NGE tasks FG, INEC on security, vote-buying, credible polls

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), the body of editors across print, electronic and online media platforms in Nigeria, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be truly independent and ensure fairness in the conduct of the polls. The editors said the hope of the Nigerian masses lies in making their votes count, and that such can only be guaranteed by the electoral umpire. This was as the group condemned the incessant killings and general insecurity in Nigeria, urging the government…

Read More

Budget delay: No plan to postpone 2019 elections, says INEC boss

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, yesterday declared that the umpire will not shift the date for the conduct of the 2019 general elections. The INEC boss said this is despite the delay in the passage of the N189.2 billion budget proposal for the conduct of the polls before the National Assembly. Yakubu gave the assurance while speaking to State House Correspondents on the implications of the development after a meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, in the Presidential Villa,…

Read More

2019: NASS summons Yakubu over N189bn budget

The National Assembly joint committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, summoned the chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to come and clarify conflicting budget requests for the 2019 general elections. The committee made the invitation, following a seeming stalemate in the attempt by the joint committee to arrive at the budget of the electoral umpire with respect to the conduct of the 2019 polls. For the second day running, disagreement ensued yesterday among members of the National Assembly Joint Committee on INEC over the N189 billion…

Read More

Factors that will shape Ekiti guber election

Candidates across 35 political parties registered in Ekiti State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will, tomorrow, slug it out in a governorship electoral contest that pundits tout as a make-or-mar-battle. Sulaiman Salawudeen examines factors that may sway voters in favour of an eventual winner   Ekiti people across entire 16 councils of the state will tomorrow file out to elect their governor for the next four years. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that 35 parties were duly registered and presented contestants for the election in…

Read More

Southern, Middle Belt leaders allege registration of mercenary voters

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum has, again, restated its lack of confidence in the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. The leaders expressed worries over reports of alleged registration of mercenaries from neighbouring countries for the election. In a communiqué issued yesterday after its consultative meeting in Lagos, the Forum, in its position signed by Yinka Odumakin (South-West), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South- South), Prof. Chigozie Ogbu (South-East) and Dr. Isuwa Doga (Middle Belt), said President Muhammadu Buhari…

Read More

Kano’s underage voters: INEC is not culpable

Yakubu Dogara

Following the Kano State local government election held on February 10, there were several reports in the media, particularly the social media, alleging that underage persons voted in the election. Both explicit and implicit in some of these reports was the suggestion that since the National Eegister of Voters compiled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was used in the election, the alleged problem of underage voting is linked to a prevalence of underage registrants in the National Register of Voters. I must note that till date, not a…

Read More

Balanced news coverage during elections (1)

Nigeria has organised nine general elections 58 years after independence. Of these nine indigenous elections (1964/65, 1979, 1983, 1993, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015), only the 1993 election was certified and adjudged to be relatively free, fair, credible and peaceful by electoral observers (local and international) and the people respectively. The others were presumed to be marred by varying degrees of electoral irregularities and violence. The same narrative dogged state and local elections across the six geopolitical regions of the nation during the post-independence era. Elections at the national…

Read More

Rage over electoral offences commission

What becomes of punitive sanctions contained in the amended Electoral Act 2010 if a new bill is seeking to establish National Electoral Offences Commission (NEOC)? Is the bill desirable in view of a series of other existing laws in the statute books to punish offenders? Lawyers say no. FOLUSO OGUNMODEDE reports   Lawyers at the weekend fumed at a bill being pushed by the National Assembly which would stipulate punitive measure for any judicial officer caught perverting electoral justice. Should the bill sail through at the National Assembly, judges found…

Read More

Tackling underage voting

AKEEM NAFIU writes that lawyers were unanimous at the weekend that only a thorough investigation of an alleged underage voting in the recently conducted local government election in Kano State would curb a repeat of the allegation in future elections   The local government election in Kano state which was held on February 10 may have come and gone, but the sour taste left behind over allegations that underage voters were part of the exercise may have created a dent on the election adjudged as free, fair and credible. Video…

Read More

Court grants Yakubu permission to travel for medical treatment

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, granted permission to a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu, to travel abroad for medical treatment. Yakubu is standing trial on a six-count charge bothering on alleged stashing of over N3billion at his guest house in Kaduna State.   At the resumed trial, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, granted an application dated February 26, wherein the defendant, through his counsel, Ahmed Raji, SAN, urged the court to permit him to travel outside the country to undertake…

Read More