The Governor-elect of Kwara State, Mr AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, said the state had finally been set free from political bondage and underdevelopment.
AbdulRazaq, who was the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, said this in his acceptance speech after being declared winner of the governorship election held on Saturday.
His Peoples Democratic Party counterpart, Mr Abdulrazaq Atunwa, polled 114,754 votes to emerge as the runner-up in the election.
Consequently, Abdulrazaq beat Atunwa with a margin of 216,792 votes.
Notably, the APC beat the PDP in all 16 local government areas of the state.
Liman added that out of 1,376,372 registered voters in the state, 464,393 were accredited.
Total valid votes were put at 453,433; rejected votes were 9,994; while the number of total votes cast were 463,427.
Whereas different party representatives were around at the INEC office to witness the declaration of results, those of the PDP boycotted the venue.
In a statement, he dedicated his victory to Kwarans, whom he said stood resolutely to see through the revolution that started many years ago.
He said, “On March 9, the people of Kwara State finally shook off the yoke of political subjugation and socioeconomic stagnation by voting overwhelmingly for our party in the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
“We are faced with the challenge of evolving a Kwara that works for all, away from the abysmal state of affairs now.. We promise to diligently implement our manifesto for the good of our people.”
He said he would work together with everyone in the state to propel it forward.
“Finally, we are grateful to everyone who supported the ‘O to ge’ (Enough is enough!) movement,” he added.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of Saturday’s Governorship election in Enugu state for a second tenure.
The state Returning Officer, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, who announced the result in Enugu on Sunday, said that Ugwuanyi won in the 17 local government areas (LGAs).
Ahaneku said that the governor polled 449,935 votes against his closest rival, Sen. Ayogu Eze of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 10,423 votes.
Mr Emmanuel Nwankpa of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Mr Ekene Uzodinma of the United Peoples Party (UPP) polled 2,547 and 1,476, respectively.
Ahaneku, who is the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said that there were 1,944,016 registered voters in the state.
He said that 478,241 voters were accredited, adding that 470,927 valid votes were recorded, while 7,314 votes were declared invalid.
Invoking the powers conferred on him, Prof. Ahaneku declared the full election result details as follows:
- Enugu South APC 533 PDP 17,513 2. Aninri LGA APC 496 PDP 21,450 3. Awgu LGA APC 1,232 PDP 23,025 4. Ezeagu LGA APC 255 PDP 21,448 5. Isi-Uzo APC 284 PDP 19,698 6. Nkanu West PDP 30,698 APC 243 7. Igbo-Etiti APC 1,223 PDP 25,557 8. Nsukka PDP 51,207 APC 572 9 Oji River PDP 22,369 APC 536 10. Udenu PDP 39,437 APC 394 11. Udi PDP 25,124 APC 823 12. Igbo-Eze North PDP 30,666 APC 1,607 13. Enugu North PDP 15,120 APC 276 14. Enugu East APC 352 PDP 22,300 15. Igbo-Eze South APC 705 PDP 38,326 16. Nkanu East APC 636 PDP 23,118 17. Uzo-Uwani APC 256 PDP 22,879 Total votes scored: PDP: 449,935 APC: 10,423
Indeed, It has ended in Praise!
Seyi Makinde, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has emerged winner of the Oyo state gubernatorial election.
He polled 515,621 votes to defeat Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 357,982 votes.
The results of all the 33 local government areas of the state were announced at the collation center of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ibadan, the state, capital.
Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, returning officer of the election is about to declare Makinde the winner of the exercise.
With his victory, PDP has won its first state in the south-west, having lost Ekiti last year. The PDP was in control of Oyo till the emergence of Abiola Ajimobi, the incumbent governor.
Below is the result:
- Ibadan north-west: PDP 20,715 – APC 10,221
- Ibarapa east: PDP 13,002 – APC 8,646
- Atiba: PDP 14, 636 – APC 9,690
- Kajola: PDP 13,600 – APC 12,982
- Ido: PDP 16, 726 – APC 8,585
- Lagelu: PDP 16,217 – APC 11,923
- Iwajowa: PDP 9,358 – APC 8,459
Ogbomosho south: PDP 11, 236 – APC 10,984
- Afijio: PDP 10,515 – APC 7,591
- Orelope: PDP 10, 460 – APC 7,546
- Ibadan north-east: PDP 30,824 – APC 12,553
- Ibadan south-east: PDP 24, 556 – APC 13, 277
- Orire: PDP 9,856 – APC 15,810
- Ibarapa north: PDP 11,580 – APC 8,644
- Atisbo: PDP 10,026 – APC 9,678
- Ibarapa central: PDP 10,964 – APC 7,888
Ogo Oluwa: PDP 6,152 – APC 9,547
- Surulere: PDP 7,505 – APC 14,168
- Ogbomosho north: PDP 13,035 – APC 14,442
- Ibadan north: PDP 40,785 – APC 18,868
- Egbeda: PDP 24,203 – APC 13,581
- Itesiwaju: PDP 8,612 – APC 6,825
- Irepo: PDP 7,633 – APC 7,862
- Saki east: PDP 8,527 – APC 6,344
- Sake west: PDP 21,184 – APC 15,147
- Oyo west: PDP 12,132 – APC 9,756
- Oyo east: PDP 12,580 – APC 8,721
- Oluyole: PDP 18,070 – APC 9,477
- Olorunsogo: PDP 7,554 – APC 5,277
- Ona Ara: PDP 14,430 – APC 7,848
- Akinyele: PDP 23,423 – APC 12,023
- Iseyin: PDP 21,080 – APC 15,435
- Ibadan south-west: PDP: 34, 445 APC: 18, 183
The Governorship and State Assembly elections held throughout the states of the federation on Saturday witnessed very low turnout in most states, with many voters staying away from their polling units.
Besides, there were incidences of malfunctioning card readers, violence, underage voting and late arrival of election materials that characterised last Presidential and National Assembly elections.
￼For instance, in Lagos State, election did not start in many polling units due to the protest by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad hoc staff over nonpayment of allowances.
In Kogi State, the exercise was marred with violence as thugs took over the stage. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, armed thugs shot indiscriminately and tried to snatch ballot boxes at the polling units opposite Bishop Delisle Catholic Cathedral in Lokoja, the state capital.
The state Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr Hakeem Busari, who confirmed the attack on a polling unit in Lokoja told NAN that some policemen had been mobilised to the troubled spots.
￼Also, PREMIUM TIMES, reported the abduction of its staff, Kunle Sanni, by political thugs for taking pictures of underage voters at a polling unit in Plateau State.
Also, two cars conveying ballot papers were impounded at Magwan Primary School, Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
According to an eyewitness identified as Shazal, the cars were impounded and taken to the Kano State police headquarters in Bompai.
The Police in Kano also on Saturday intercepted a vehicle loaded with thumb-printed ballot papers in Kano metropolis.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Abdullahi, confirmed the arrest of the vehicle in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
￼He said the vehicle was intercepted at Magwan Polling Unit at Magwan Primary School in Nassarawa Local Government area of the state.
In Benue State, cash meant for vote-buying was intercepted by EFCC operatives in Makurdi, state capital. According to the commission in their Twitter handle, @officialEFCC, “At North Bank Area, Makurdi, Benue State, EFCC operatives intercept bags of cash meant for vote-buying. In an attempt to arrest the culprit, some thugs attacked operatives and vandalised the bus used for patrol.” Similarly, suspected hoodlums set ablaze all electoral materials, including ballot boxes and card readers on fire, at Mbalom ward in Gwer east local government area of Benue state, according to The Cable newspaper.
Commenting on the low turnout, former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday blamed the situation on irregularities observed in the presidential election.
Atiku made the observation while speaking to newsmen in Yola shortly after casting his vote at the Ajiya polling unit 02 of Gwadabawa ward of Yola North Local Government at about 12.35 pm.
He called on his supporters to remain calm and await the outcome of his legal action.
Already reports turning in from the states showed that ruling party in Southwest may retain their leadership of the zone. In Lagos, the APC is coasting home to victory
Also, counting of votes commenced early in polling units in Bauchi, producing its first shocker as incumbent governor Muhammed Abubakar of APC lost his polling unit to Bala Mohammed of PDP.
However, results from various units across the country showed that the APC is coasting home to victory in the gubernatorial elections in Lagos, Kwara, Gombe, Zamfara, Kaduna, Borno, Yobe, Niger and Katsina states.
The PDP on the other hand is retaining its hold on states in the south-south and Southeast. The party is also leading in Oyo, Taraba, Bauchi and Kano states
Reports From States:
Voter Apathy, Late Arrival of Materials Mar Guber, Assembly Polls
In Lagos, there was tension on Saturday morning at Ogudu collation centre over missing nine booklets of ballot papers meant for the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.
Each of the booklets contains 100 pages meant for Ward 4 at the centre.
Our correspondents who were at the centre between 7.35 am and 8.30 am, observed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agents were protesting over the missing booklets.
A PDP agent, Kunle Aladiyan said the party discovered the booklets were missing in the morning while INEC officials were distributing election materials to each wards.
Aladiyan said the party would not participate in the election without the missing booklets, adding that similar thing happened in 2015.
Apathy Mars Voting As Oyegun Suggests Same Day For All Elections
Voter apathy marred the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in Benin city, as a handful of the voters reported for voting at most of the polling stations.
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former National Chairman of APC, who voted at Edo Staff Training Centre, GRA, Benin City, attributed the low turnout to the absence of governorship election in Edo State.
Oyegun, who cast his vote at 10.43 am, said the only solution to voter apathy was to adopt a system whereby all elections would hold the same day.
Meanwhile, electoral materials for the House of Assembly election were on Saturday set ablaze at Usagbe Primary School, Ogbido in Etsako West local government Area of Edo State.
Reports had it that the hoodlums numbering about five were said to have emerged from the bush, shot sporadically to scare voters away from the polling unit before setting the place ablaze.
Ogba Condemns Burning of INEC Materials In Ebonyi
Obinna Ogba, the senator representing Ebonyi Central zone on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has condemned the burning of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) materials by gunmen suspected to be political thugs at Registration Area Centre (RAC) located at community Secondary School Okposi, Umuoghara, in Ezza North LGA of Ebonyi State.
The incident took place early hours of Saturday in the area. The hoodlums, who were said to have shot sporadically into the air to scare away people keeping vigil at the centre, later set ablaze the school building where the election materials were housed.
Police in Ebonyi State confirmed the incident.
The area, where the incident took place is within the Senatorial zone of Senator Ogba.
Meanwhile, the PDP governorship candidate in the state, David Umahi, was leading his APC counterpart, Senator Sunday Ogbuoji in the governorship election as at last night.
Shooting, Ballot Box Snatching Spread In Kogi
Besides, the shooting and snatching of ballot boxes, hoodlums in fake Police and Army uniforms scared away voters at the various polling units
Sunday Adwjoh, a staff of the Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) told newsmen that many people from Karaworo polling station ran into the church premises for safety.
Adwjoh, who spoke on phone, said, “As we speak, all of us are lying down to escape being hit by stray bullets.”
Also, at Oke Egbe Polling Unit 01 in Yagba West Local Government Area, a man was shot on the leg when thugs invaded the polling unit to snatch ballot boxes and other materials.
Tunde Oladipo, one of the victims, was said to have joined others at the polling unit to prevent the armed thugs from snatching the ballot box.
The invading thugs were, however, prevented from going away with the ballot box by the police.
Bagudu Hails Voter Turnout, Commends INEC
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State on Saturday expressed happiness over the large turnout of voters in the state to exercise their franchise during Governorship and State Assembly elections.
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Bagudu made the remarks shortly after casting his vote at Mai-Alelu polling unit 006, Nasarawa 2 ward in Birnin Kebbi at about 11.10 am.
He said: “I am happy that the turnout of voters is impressive at polling units across the state. People came out well, even the elderly and persons with disabilities have all come out.”
Violence, Shootings Mar Voting
The state on Saturday recorded violence as voting commenced late following sporadic gunshots which were reported in former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Otuoke community in Ogbia Local Government Area ,after some armed thugs attempted to snatch ballot boxes.
It was gathered that soldiers repelled the hoodlums, preventing them from getting away with the electoral materials.
However, at Ayama, also in Ogbia LGA, electoral officers reportedly struggled with a team of soldiers who wanted to move electoral materials away from a unit.
Some thugs succeeded in carting away electoral materials at ward 17 in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
It could not be ascertained which political party or whose political interests they were working for, even as community sources said that voting was disrupted in the affected units of Southern Ijaw ward 17.
Similar skirmishes were reported at Okpoama and Eweama in Brass Local Government Area.
Monday Tom Udoh, INEC’s Residential Electoral Commissioner (REC) who spoke to newsmen at Toru-Orua in Sagbama LGA, said he had had reports of ballot box snatching in some parts of the state.
He said the electoral officers in the affected voting areas were expected to file official reports on the incidents.
Ifeanyi Okowa, the State governor expressed confidence in the electoral process, even as he assured his supporters that the PDP would emerge victorious in the election.
Shortly after casting his votes at about 8:40am, at unit 03 of Ward 02 in Owa-Alero, in Ika North East Local Government Area, Okowa told newsmen that his administration had partnered very well with the people to warrant a renewal of his mandate.
He, however, expressed worries about the threats by a section of the political class to disrupt the process with thugs allegedly imported from neighbouring Edo State.
Irate Youth Burn Properties Of NASIEC Chairman Over Alleged Snatch Of Ballot
Irate youth in Doma local government area of the state have destroyed properties belonging to Henry Omaku, a former chairman of Doma Local government Area now Chairman Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission over alleged ballot box snatching.
Our Correspondent gathered that the incident happened at Kofar Abari Bunu polling unit of Ungwan-Dan Galadima ward in Doma.
According to an eyewitness, Abdulkadir Maigatari, an agent of Zenith Labour Party, he alleged Omaku came to the polling unit and attempted to induce voters and was resisted.
He said the suspect, whom they identified as a government officer later came back at about 1:30pm when voting was still on and took the ballot box.
Maigatari said the youth in the area gave the ballot snatcher a hot chase forcing him to smash the box and its content on the road and ran into the bush.
Meanwhile, the polling officers had to flee the area for their safety.
Mr Austin Akwe, INEC SPO for the area confirmed the incident to the Sunday INDEPENDENT said it was in corroboration with the party agents.
Wike’s Aide Feared Dead
Another aide to Governor Nyesom Wike and former caretaker committee chairperson of Andoni local government, Mrs. Emilia Nteh was feared killed by unknown gunmen few hours to the Governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday.
Nteh who served on Governor Wike’s cabinet as special adviser on gender matters in the state, was said to have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in her country home at Andoni and was taken to an unknown destination.
When contacted, the police public relations officer, PPRO, DSP, Nnamdi Omoni confirmed that Emilia was kidnapped by “unknown gunmen but we cannot say she has been killed. In the course of repelling the kidnappers, a police officer was shot dead.”
Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, confirmed the murder of Emilia Nte shortly after casting his vote in Ubima, Ikwerre LGA, adding that, “Two persons were also killed in my mother’s village”, Egbeda in Emohua LGA.
Meanwhile, after casting his vote at Unit 7, Ward 9, in Obio/Akpor LGA, Governor Nyesom Wike said “We are hoping that it will Continue to be like this. Sometimes, the voting goes on smoothly, but the main thing is at the Collation Centres.
“For now, we are satisfied and confident that we will win this election very well. We are not afraid. We don’t know how many Local Government Areas they can manipulate. But with reports we are getting, even though they are trying to be funny, we shall win”.
EFCC Arrests Assembly Candidate For Vote Buying
There was heavy presence of men of Nigerian Army across Ogun State as the state witnessed a peaceful election.
The atmosphere during the electioneering campaign suggested a violent election as supporters of Allied People’s Movement, APM and All Progressives Congress, APC clashed at different occasions.
From Ogun Central to East and Ogun West, soldiers were stationed strategically in their numbers at about 500 meters interval.
Meanwhile, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested a candidate of the APM for the Abeokuta South State Constituency 1, Sotayo Johnson, for alleged vote buying.
Sotayo was arrested in Ward 7, Ijaye area of Abeokuta with a polythene bag filled with one thousands of naira notes.
The House of Assembly candidate, our correspondent learnt, stormed the ward with cash to induce voters in order to vote for APM.
The suspect was whisked away by the EFCC to an undisclosed destination for interrogation.
Reps Member Feared Dead After Gun Shot in Ibadan
Hon. Temitope Olatoye Sugar, the lawmaker representing Lagelu/Akinyele Federal constituency in the National Assembly, was on Saturday shot by unknown gunmen.
Sugar, who contested the seat of Oyo Central Senatorial seat on the platform of Action Democratic Party (ADP) and lost, was reportedly shot in the face by suspected hoodlums at undisclosed location in Ibadan.
One of his aides who spoke with newsmen, said the lawmaker was rushed to the Accident and Emergency centre in University College Hospital(UCH), Ibadan.
Polls: Two Killed, One Injured
Two persons were reportedly killed yesterday in Oba-Akoko, Akoko Southwest Local Government Area of Ondo state, during the State House of Assembly election.
One other person was said to have been injured in a fracas involving security agents and youths in the community.
Sources said the fracas occurred when the youth blocked the road and attempted to prevent officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from taking election results to the collation center.
Femi Joseph, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, confirmed the incident. (Daily Independent)
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be on board, Ethiopian Airlines said.
Ethiopia’s prime minister offered condolences to victims’ families.
“We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in accident today,” the airline said in a statement on Sunday.
“It is believed that there were 149 passengers and eight crew on board the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight.”
The airline said “search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties.”
The plane took off at 8:38am (06:38 GMT) from Bole International Airport and “lost contact” six minutes later near Bishoftu, a town some 60km southeast of Addis Ababa by road.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office tweeted it “would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”
Ethiopian Airlines said it would send staff to the accident scene to “do everything possible to assist the emergency services.”
It would also set up a passenger information centre and a dedicated telephone number for family and friends of people who may have been on the flight.
The Boeing 737-800MAX is the same type of plane as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed last October, 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
The last major accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was a Boeing 737-800 that exploded after taking off from Lebanon in 2010, killing 83 passengers and seven crew.
SOURCE: Aljazera News
As part of its commitment to gender equality, Stanbic IBTC makes a bold statement today the International Women’s Day (March 8) by changing the colour of its logos which are predominantly blue, to magenta on most of its digital platforms. Magenta is the colour of the UN Women HeForShe brand.
This symbolism, according to Mr. Yinka Sanni, Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, “reconfirms our organization’s commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Women HeForShe initiative which encourages equality in the way and manner people are treated and the opportunities with which they are availed, regardless of gender or race.” Stanbic IBTC Holdings, he adds, is championing this initiative alongside its parent group, Standard Bank which is the only Africa-headquartered corporate to become a thematic champion of this campaign.
“Achieving gender equity is not only a fundamental human right but a business imperative,” says Standard Bank Group Chief Executive Sim Tshabalala. “Women embody half the world’s talent, skill and energy and more than half its purchasing power.” He adds that “business leaders, therefore, ought to be committed to achieving gender equity in their organizations and to helping to drive this cause in the societies in which they operate.”
Stanbic IBTC Holdings has always been distinguished by its deliberate and painstaking commitment to gender equality. In its 30 years of existence, it is one of a few publicly quoted Nigerian corporations to have had a female Chief Executive. In addition, women occupy many strategic roles in the Stanbic IBTC Group including functioning as Chief Executives of its subsidiary companies. According to Sanni, “At Stanbic IBTC, we have long recognized that we have a duty to create an enabling environment that thrives on merit and ability, rather than gender, for our people to excel. In the years ahead, we pledge to remain steadfast in this commitment.”
The partnership between Stanbic IBTC’s holding company, Standard Bank Group and the HeForShe initiative was announced on September 26, 2018 at a UN Women’s event that ran parallel with the UN General Assembly in New York.
Standard Bank has since set itself the goals of increasing the representation of women in executive positions to 40% by 2021 in its South African operations and 2023 in the entire group. Standard Bank also aims to enhance the representation of women on its board from 22% in 2018 to 33% by 2021 while doubling the number of female Chief Executives in its Rest of Africa operations from 10% in 2018 to 20% by 2021.
Stanbic IBTC, affirms Sanni, “remains very committed to nurturing a great workplace that is founded on merit, a diverse workforce that thrives on equality of opportunity for all, regardless of gender, religion, tribe or race.” Doing so, he says, “enables us live up to our mission to provide end-to-end financial services solutions to our customers and drive the economic and development growth aspirations of the country.”
The organisation, he said supports the development of its women with several initiatives and programmes such as the Stanbic IBTC Blue Women Network, a platform established to, among other things, provide the women in Stanbic IBTC the opportunity to gain new insights that will enhance their professional skills as well as support their all-round growth through information sharing, best practice and mentorship to help develop their leadership skills and advance their career prospects.
Argentina captain Lionel Messi is back in the national squad for the first time since 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Messi will play in, at least, one of their friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco this month, coach Lionel Scaloni said on Thursday.
The Barcelona forward has not played for his country since their last-16 exit at the hands of eventual champions France, opting to take a sabbatical after what was a disappointing tournament for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
However, Scaloni said in January that he had a “good feeling” about Messi’s possible return from his self-imposed exile, and included him along with 30 other players.
“Leo has been selected, we’ll decide later if he plays one game or two,” Scaloni told reporters in Buenos Aires. “I will make that decision.”
Messi is Argentina’s leading goal scorer with 65 goals but he is often criticised for not reproducing his club form for the national side.
He joins a squad featuring four goalkeepers, 10 home-based players but no Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain or Mauro Icardi.
West Ham United midfielder Manuel Lanzini also returned to the squad for the first time after suffering a knee injury days before the World Cup that ruled him out of action for nearly nine months.
Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin, Juan Musso, Esteban Andrada, Franco Armani
Defenders: German Pezzella, Gabriel Mercado, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Walter Kannemann, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Gonzalo Montiel, Renzo Saravia, Lisandro Martinez
Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Guido Rodriguez, Giovani Lo Celso, Manuel Lanzini, Roberto Pereyra, Angel Di Maria, Matiaz Zaracho, Ivan Marcone, Domingo Blanco, Rodrigo De Paul
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Martinez, Paulo Dybala, Angel Correa, Lautaro Martinez, Dario Benedetto, Matias Suarez.
Gov. Ugwuanyi coasts to victory as Observers, Nwodo, Nwobodo, Archbishop Chukwuma hail peaceful election
A coalition of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) – accredited foreign and local observers, and notable leaders in Enugu State have commended the successful conduct of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state, describing the exercise as “peaceful, free and fair”.
This came as results trickling in from polling units across Enugu State indicate the state governor and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and House of Assembly candidates of the party are coasting to victory as the PDP leads with wide margins.
Gov. Ugwuanyi who voted at exactly 9:35am, after trekking from his residence to the polling unit, said that “in all we do in Enugu State, we give God due glory, honour and adoration and by the special grace of God this election will end in praise”.
Speaking on behalf of the observers, shortly after Gov. Ugwuanyi cast his vote at his Amube Ward II Polling Unit, a foreign observer from Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO), Rotarian Titus A. Alagba, stated that the election was in conformity with the INEC rules and regulations, and thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for “providing the peaceful atmosphere for this free and fair election”.
Also speaking, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who spoke to journalists after voting at his polling unit in Ukehe Ward I, disclsoded that the election “was very peaceful, very orderly and it typifies the peaceful character of our state.
The former governor of old Anambra State and chieftain of the PDP, Senator Jim Nwobodo added that the exercise “has been peaceful”. Senator Nwobodo, who expressed optimism that “PDP will win with a landslide in Enugu State”, saying: “After the result of the last election. If you can see there is no other party here. It is just PDP all through”.
Applauding Gov. Ugwuanyi for the peaceful atmosphere in the state, the elder statesman, who was accompanied to his polling unit by his wife, Pat, said: “This governor is a man of peace and because he is a man of peace, there is peace everywhere in this election. So, I think it will end in praise”.
On his part, the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, (Anglican Communion) Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, commended Gov. Ugwuanyi, INEC and the security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the exercise, maintaining it was “orderly, very much peaceful, free and fair”.
The cleric equally lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi “for the way he has been able to hold Enugu State peacefully without discrimination, no party in Enugu will say that probably the ruling party has suppressed them at all”.
According to him, “it is a matter of everybody knowing that Enugu State is a place the governor has given everyone serious playing ground to play politics”.
March 9 elections will end in Praise, for Enugu State is truly in the hands of God!. #amokelouis
The senior pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has expressed his willingness to contest for the presidency after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term.
Bakare announced his ambition again, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, March 9 in Lagos shortly after casting his vote at the Opebi Grammar School polling unit.
He said: “I am going to throw my hand into the fray. I am just waiting for President Buhari to finish his tenure.
￼“We cannot continue this way because we have something to offer this country, and we will by the grace of God.”
Bakare, who said that he was desirous of making Nigeria one of the greatest countries, added that he looked forward to a future where every Nigerian vote would count.
He said that he would continue to pray for the day when every Nigerian would come out and make their votes count.
He urged Nigerians to desist from allowing themselves to be deceived by ‘stomach infrastructure’ when the needed infrastructure in their communities had decayed.
Bakare was Buhari’s presidential running mate in 2011. He had also at Calgary, Canada, in January 2019, predicted that he would succeed Buhari as Nigeria’s 16th president or head of state.