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INEC rules out e-transmission of Kogi polls results

Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. James Apam, yesterday ruled out the possibility of transmitting results of the state’s November 16 governorship poll through the use of electronic means.

Apam, who stated this during an interactive session on election and collation process in Nigerian elections organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja, said that the decision was in line with the provision of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended.

He said it behooves on stakeholders to push for the amendment of the Electoral Act to enforce the electronic transmission of results in subsequent elections in the country.

But Managing Director of Premium Times, Mr. Idris Akinbajo, who accused Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of not providing the enabling environment, said non-payment of allowances to ad-hoc members of staff, transportation, and power supply were responsible for problems associated with manipulation of results during the electioneering process.

He warned that unless results are electronically transmitted, the problem associated with votes’ rigging and manipulation of results would still reoccur in the 2023 poll.

Also, Head, OSIWA-Nigeria, Mr. Jude Ilo, who spoke in the same vein, wondered why INEC would have to wait for the amendment of the Electoral Act to deploy the use of electronic means of transmitting results at the poll.

And for the Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Chief Peter Ameh, the call for transmission of polls’ results was a welcome development, just as he faulted the call for the reduction of the numbers of registered political parties in the polity.

CDD’s Executive Director, Idayat Hassan, who disclosed that there were significant defects in collation of results in some states, urged the electoral body to improve the processes for conducting collation in line with international best practices.

Meanwhile, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni to serve as Returning Officer for the Bayelsa State 2019 governorship primaries.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Director-General for Press Affairs to the Governor, Abdullahi Bego, yesterday.

The appointment of Buni was contained in a letter signed by the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.

The primary election was originally scheduled for yesterday but shifted to tomorrow, August 31, 2019. (Guardian)

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Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, on Wednesday officially declared his intention to seek reelection for a second term on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Bello made the declaration while inaugurating the board of the State House of Assembly Service Commission at Banquet hall Government House, Lokoja.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has slated the governorship election in the state for Nov. 2.

The governor said his declaration came after consultations with the leadership of his party both at the national and state levels and pressure from the people of the state on him to seek re-election. 

He added that his decision is premised on the official release of the State’s Election time table by INEC.

I would like to inform the good people of the state, the APC family and supporters from the state, the Local Government Areas (LGAs) down to the wards and polling units, as well as various stakeholders, opinion molders, families and friends of my interest to run for a second term in office as the Executive Governor of the state.

”I have sought the blessing of the Almighty God and our good people; I will have to contest for the second term so that we can build on our modest achievements so far in the state by taking it to the next level,” Bello said.

He urged members of the board to always let the interest of the state be paramount in their mind, and shun any form of tribal or religious sentiment.

He further enjoined them to serve well with all their capacity and ensure they cooperate with the members of the state House of Assembly.

Mr Matthew Kolawole, the Speaker, commended the governor for his magnanimity to have signed the bill and for inaugurating the board.

All of us in the House of Assembly are happy with the inauguration of the board of the commission, because it marks the beginning of our financial autonomy,” Matthew said.

He expressed happiness over the governor’s declaration for second term bid, saying they had been expecting it.

Our prime objective right now is to see him returning on Nov. 2, as the 5th executive governor of the state, and it shall come to past,” he said.

Mr Andas Momoh-Jimoh, the Chairman of the Commission, commended the governor for the opportunity given to them to serve.

I believed in oneness and unity of the state and I am going to carry out this assignment without any bias, fear, favor or any religious or tribal sentiment,” he said.