Emmanuel made the commendation after casting his vote in Awa Ward 1, Unit 1, in Onna LGA on Saturday. He said people in the state, particularly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters were being intimidated and harassed. “I urge security officers to maintain peace because Nigeria is a peaceful country and we have adequate rule of law. “So if they can arrest the 2.1million, that’s when the elections will be thwarted,” Emmanuel said. “You cannot have a perfect process because the card readers are man made, but the readers are authentic.
February 23, 2019 14:37 UTC
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State has said that he is satisfied with the processes and conduct of the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state. Al-makura, who stated this shortly after casting his vote at Kofar Wambai polling units (PU 004), commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for keeping to its words. “So far so good, there is no cause for alarm, because with the turnout of the people to exercise their Civic duties, I am confident that the election is going to be successful. According to Governor Al-makura, he has given a directive to security operatives to arrest any breakdown of law and order without fear or favour, saying that Nasarawa State would continue to remain peaceful throughout the election period. Meanwhile, Nigerian Tribune observed a massive turnout of voters in most polling units, with shops looked up and roadblocks mounted by security operatives in major roads to enforce compliance of movement restrictions.
February 23, 2019 14:20 UTC
Vote your conscience, vote right. Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) —Our votes really do countIt is important that we know that our votes count. Votes count. Shan George —The postponement disorganised us, but…The last minute election postponement disorganised so many people’s schedules. But I am not discouraged because we must make our votes count this time.
February 23, 2019 14:15 UTC
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who witnessed the incident reports that Polling Unit 23 located on Baba-Ewe Street/Ago Place Way was also affected by the fire. INEC ad-hoc staff at the polling units, as well as voters who came out to cast their votes, ran away from the polling centres for safety. A team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command arrived at the scene to apprehend suspects. As at the time of this report, the INEC ad-hoc staff and voters had yet to return to the units. A team of SARS also intervened, shooting in the air.
February 23, 2019 14:15 UTC
Some ballot boxes at Polling Unit 18 located at junction of Ohafia/Ago Palace Way, Okota in Oshodi/Isolo LGA of Lagos State have been set on fire. The thugs who committed the arson also attempted to force voters to thumbprint for a particular candidate, reports say. The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who witnessed the incident reports that the Polling Unit 23 located on Baba-Ewe Street/Ago Place Way was also affected by the fire. INEC ad hoc staff at the polling units as well as voters who came out to cast their votes ran away from the polling centres for safety. A team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrived at the scene to apprehend suspects.
February 23, 2019 14:06 UTC
INEC officials arrived at at 9.15a.m., 30 minutes before the arrival of Idiat. INEC officials were late but people waited patiently for them to be ready. “However, I want to believe that INEC officials will hasten up the process so that as many people and everybody here will vast their votes,” she said. Also, Mr Arubiewe Abongu, PDP Candidate for Lagos State House of Assembly, Eti-Osa Constituency, said that election was going on smoothly. Abongu hailed INEC officials at the polling booths for starting the voting process early.
February 23, 2019 14:03 UTC
We are trying to make people see the vices of social media. It has destroyed a lot of people that don’t know how to use it. People get intimidated and depressed over the fine photos they see on social media. But I’m an extremely private person, so to smile and take photos to put on social media is a lot of work. Bob-Manuel was the only person I wouldn’t get on Instagram because he is not on Social media.
February 23, 2019 14:03 UTC
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has shifted the blames of missing names of prospective voters on its register to the affected eligible voters. In some polling units across the country, prospective voters with their Permanent Voters Cards searched in vain for their names on the Commission’s manual voters list. He claimed such eligible voters did not make use of the window created by INEC to verify their names on the Voters Register during the seven days set aside for verification of the list of voters. We displayed voter’s register for claims and objections for seven days for people to check their names on the voter’s register. It isn’t as if they are missing but the presiding officers are guarding the reports sheets jealously so that they don’t fall into the wrong hands.
February 23, 2019 13:52 UTC
He said that the will of the electorate must be respected, adding that as a true democrat, free and fair elections must be protected. READ ALSO:2019 Presidential Election: Live Updates“If my party is voted out in this election, I will accept it because it is the people’s verdict, that is their decision. Any democrat that cannot accept a result from a free and fair election is not worthy of that name. “As a true democrat, you must be able to accept the results of a free and fair election. It has demonstrated the resilience of the people and like the President has said; we have chosen the best way in a difficult way.
February 23, 2019 13:51 UTC
Chukwudi Akasike, Eric Dumo, Port HarcourtThe Rivers State Police Command had confirmed the killing of a former aide to the state governor, Mowan Etete, who was shot dead alongside his brother on Saturday. It was gathered that Mowan, who was a former Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters and his brother were killed by unknown gunmen at his residence in Andoni. Unconfirmed report also has it that there were skirmishes in Abonema, Okrika and Bonny LGA, where some security agents were said to have carted away election materials. In Bonny alone, security operatives shot into the air at a RAC centre to decongest the place, a development that got several persons injured. DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 23, 2019 13:49 UTC
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has expressed satisfaction with the massive turnout of voters in Kwara State for the presidential and National Assembly election in the state. Saraki spoke to newsmen shortly after he cast his vote at Ode Opobiyi Polling Unit (005/006), in Ajikobi ward of Ilorin West Local Government area. Accompanied by his wife, Mrs Toyin Saraki, mother, Mrs Florence Saraki and eldest son, Seni, the Senate president cast his vote at 10.20am. He enjoined the electorate to remain patient to enable them to cast their vote within the stipulated time frame. The Senate President, however, decried the late arrival of voting materials at some polling units within the Ilorin metropolis.
February 23, 2019 13:41 UTC
A 95-year-old woman, Madam Elizabeth Adedoyin, exercised her civic duty voting at Ward 033 polling unit, on Ope-Ewe Street, Jankara, Ijaiye-Ojokoro area of Lagos, at exactly 11. She was accompanied to the polling unit, a distance of about 200 metres from her home by her son’s wife, Mrs Olufemi Adeyeye, a retired school principal in Lagos State, who also cast her vote at the same place. The nonagenarian told our correspondent who monitored the election that even though she is a stark illiterate, she must exercise her voting right at every general election in the country. She said she had never in her life missed any vote since she reached the age of voting more than 70 years ago. She, however, said Nigeria ought to have been better than the present both socio-economically and politically if the successive leaders have the political will and interest of the masses at heart.
February 23, 2019 13:18 UTC
Eric DumoA former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Monwon Etete, has been shot dead. He was killed by yet to be identified gunmen in his hometown of Andoni on Saturday afternoon while voters were waiting for the commencement of elections. The murder of Etete, who is now a member of the All Progressives Congress, has sent panic across the entire community. Details shortly…DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 23, 2019 13:06 UTC
Osinbajo, who arrived at the unit at 10:28 a.m, voted at 10:53 a.m. while Durotoye voted at 12: 11 p.m.Mr Adetokunbo Ladega, Chairman, VGC, Property Owners and Residents Association, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was excited having two key players in the presidential contest living in the community. According to him, it is a rare feat which makes him feel VGC is the right place to live in. He said that VGC was a very large community which had two main polling units. “We are a very large community, with a little over 5000 registered voters. “So, we know from previous experience that there is always a need to put in place effective crowd management,” he saidNAN reports that the conduct has been peaceful and hitch-free as residents, who massively turned out, sat calmly while the exercise went on.
February 23, 2019 12:56 UTC
At least four persons, including two chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress, have being shot dead in separate incidents by suspected thugs in Asarama, Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. APC spokesperson in the state, Chris Finebone, said the thugs shot, Mowan Etete, a former council chairman, his elder brother and another victim that is believed to be his cousin. The fourth victim, simply identified as Ignatius, “an official member of APC Rivers State Executive committee was also shot to death in Ajakaja, same Andoni LGA of Prince Secondus,” Finebone said. “It’s instructive to note that PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus is from Andoni LGA in Rivers State,” Finebone added. Details later.
February 23, 2019 12:56 UTC