Jigawa PDP rejects governorship election results of 5 LGAs

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the results of the governorship election in five local government areas of Jigawa.

Jigawa has a total of 27 local government areas out of which results of 26 LGAs have been presented at the ongoing collation in Dutse.

The PDP agent at the State Collection Centre, Mr Aminu Abubakar, announced the rejection of the results on Sunday.

The results had been presented to the Returning Officer, Prof. Zaiyan Umar of Federal University, Birnin Kebbi by the local government collation officers.

The local government areas are Kazaure, Yankwashi, Birnin Kudu, Gwaram and Dutse.

Abubakar accused INEC of “unjustified” cancellation of more than 22 polling units results in Birnin Kudu LGA alone, where the PDP candidate came from.

He also argued that the results were characterised by “a lot of abnormalities” in the five LGAs and called on the returning officer to declare the election in those areas inconclusive.

The PDP agent alleged that the abnormalities committed in those areas were deliberate, because the areas were stronghold of the party.

In his reaction, the All Progressives Congress (APC) agent, Dr Abdullahi Kainuwa, dismissed the objection raised by the PDP.

He said that there were rules and procedures provided by the Electoral Act for tackling such issues which PDP ought to have followed when collation was concluded.

Kainuwa said that it was very clear that the PDP was fretting having realised that it had lost the governorship election.

Responding, the returning officer said all the issues raised by the PDP agent will be given attention immediately after the full collation of the governorship election results.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

We’ll sue INEC over omission of party’s logo – NNPP Cross River guber candidate

Amb. Wilfred Bonse, the governorship candidate, New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Cross River says the party will sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the omission of the party’s logo from ballot papers.

Bonse, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ogoja said he was disappointed over the conduct of the governorship and house of assembly elections in the state.

He noted that the party had earlier written a letter to INEC to ensure the inclusion of his party’s name on the ballot paper, instead of only the logo.

NAN reports that the governorship election was largely peaceful in Ogoja and Boki local government areas of Cross River.

The NNPP Gubernatorial candidate for Cross River said he was denied the opportunity of voting for himself and having the Cross River people vote for him.

Bonse said that the party would sue INEC for the wrongful exclusion of its logo from the ballot papers.

“This is a very interesting election in which I didn’t even have the opportunity to vote for myself because I was wrongfully excluded from the ballot.

“NNPP was not represented at all in the governorship ballot paper, and that’s not acceptable.

“We are going to sue for wrongful exclusion. We intend to take this to the highest possible level to ensure we get redress

“It is wrong for INEC to let us go through the process, then they go all the way and print ballot papers for an election and excluded us.

“So, this is just the beginning and certainly not the last of this,” he said.

Also, Carolyn Williams, the NNPP Senatorial Candidate for Cross River North in the recently concluded presidential and national assembly elections held on Feb. 25, said she was also on ground to cast her vote in her polling unit at Mbube East, Ward II.

Williams, however, expressed disappointment at the turn of events, adding that justice must prevail for NNPP.

“Well, I didn’t expect INEC to act differently. They had deliberately erased NNPP from the 2023 elections in Cross River. First, it was my senatorial and the presidential election .

“We raised concerns about the party’s logo and our absence from the ballot, but nothing, absolutely nothing was done to correct the deliberate act by INEC.

“This is totally unfair to me and our gubernatorial candidate,” she said.

Simon Akpa, INEC, Assistant Electoral Officer for Ogoja told NAN that he was not aware of the issue as it had not been formally reported to INEC on Sunday.

Akpa, however, said that if the report was true and what was obtainable not just in Ogoja or Boki but also in other parts of the state, then the party had the constitutional right to file an official complain to INEC for further investigation.

“The complaint has to be officially transmitted from the national level of NNPP to INEC. At that level, the commission will give prompt attention to the issue.

“However, if the issue was a peculiar one to a particular local government area and not a general concern, the complaint might not really hold water.

“But if the same concerns were raised and observed all over the state, then it will definitely be looked into by the electoral commission,” he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

UBEB to make Peace Club part of extra-curricular programmes in FCT schools

Dr Hassan Sule, Director, FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), says plans are being made to make Peace Club part of extra-curricular activities in schools within the FCT.

Sule disclosed this when the Three C’s Met, an institute that engages in mediation, negotiation, counselling, and conciliation, paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.

According to him, education is not only about offering children the opportunity to explore their potentialities, but also about helping them to build on core foundational values including discipline and ethics.

“Inculcating discipline and ethics, building their psyche about the society, and doctoring their mindset on avoiding bias on religion, tribe, and culture, will foster understanding that we are all Nigerians.

“We are looking to actually streamlining into the education system as a club for now, as an extra-curricular activity.

“We will write formally and follow adequate procedures to get it into the system,” he said.

The UBEB director added that plans were also being made to ensure sustainability, to see that peer mediation and the Peace Club initiative is completely absorbed into the system even in future administrations.

Founder/Principal Partner at the institute, Mr Chijioke Nnanna-Ibeku, who led the team, praised the board for a job well done.

Nnanna-Ibeku said the board had offered the institute a platform upon which to run the Peer Mediation programme in schools.

“We are here to say a big thank you for your support and for the resources you have given us to build this programme on, to ensure that there is no generational gap in the practice of mediation.

“Mediation has come to stay. Our aim is to make sure these children relate peaceably across the borders of religion, culture, tribe, and race, especially in Nigeria.

“As much as within the practice of mediation can get, we hope that when these children grow up and get into positions of authority, they will know how to manage issues and prevent rancour degenerating into disputes and conflicts,” he said.

Nnanna-Ibeku observed that If children were well taught at their formative years, the society would be sure to have a peaceful and accommodating environment in the future.

He explained that the institute’s mantra is “there is no better time to practice mediation than now”.

Nnanna-beku, therefore, called on stakeholders and other sectors to form partnerships with the institute and make peace the foundation upon which Nigeria should thrive and explore its rich potentialities.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

LG chairman lauds officials for recording no security breach in Keffi

Alhaji Muhammad Baba-Shehu, Chairman of Keffi Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa state, has praised concerned officials for ensuring there was no security breach during Saturday’s elections in the area.

Baba-Shehu gave the commendation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Keffi after the state’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the area.

He said the success recorded was as a result of the zeal and commitment of security agencies in the area.

The LGA Chairman said officers of the concerned security agencies worked hard to ensure no one carried out any act that would destabilise the peace being enjoyed in the area.

“So far, as the chief security officer of the area, I have not received any report of any breach in security and that is because our security personnel are up and doing.

“All the security agencies in Keffi LG did what they know best and what was expected of them. They were in every corner of the community,” he said.

Baba-Shehu added that the peaceful conduct of the elections in the area was commendable, and lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for ensuring the process met Nigerians’ expectations.

“I also have to commend INEC officials because the electoral materials reached polling units in good time and the election process also started early.

So, there was no complaint of delay of accreditation or voting in Keffi,” he said

Source: News Agency of Nigeria