How INEC’s flaws could taint the March 11 Governorship elections (See Reasons)

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How Inec'S Flaws Could Taint The March 11 Governorship Elections

There are signs that the next governorship and state assembly elections on March 11 may be marred by indifference as a result of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) alleged loss of confidence during the recently ended elections and how INEC’s flaws could taint the March 11 Governorship elections.

Voters who were upset by the alleged irregularities committed by some INEC officials during the last presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday have pledged never to cast another ballot.

When Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared the winner, the opposition parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Labour Party, LP, claimed that the electoral commission was forced to rig the results.

Menawhile it was this week that Tinubu declares the winner of 2023 presidential election and receives a certificate of return from INEC

Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, claimed that Mr. Tinubu defeated the other 17 candidates that ran for office by receiving the most votes overall (8,794,726).

Atiku Abubakar of the PDP received 6,984,520 votes in total, while Peter Obi of the Labour Party finished third with 6,101,533 votes.

The opposition parties had contested the election’s results and were suing to have Tinubu’s win declared invalid.

The electoral body’s failure to upload results from polling places and wards prior to collation was one of the complaints.

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According to the AILY POST, the large turnout of voters who believed the new electoral legislation would improve free and fair elections was let down by allegations of unauthorized voting, the cancellation of initial results, and other electoral malpractices that tainted the election.

Attacks by alleged political thugs took place around the nation, but particularly in the states of Lagos, Rivers, Edo, and Kogi.

Several voters who spoke with Blend News Journalist on Saturday in Abuja and other regions of the nation expressed skepticism that their votes would count in the governorship election.

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Collins Adanu, a human rights activist, stated that there may have been more irregularities in the governorship race than in the presidential and National Assembly elections.

“In my opinion, there is no need to put my life at danger in order to vote when I am certain that my vote will not be counted.

Are the governorship elections going to be held by a different INEC? They won’t rig it like the one they did last week, won’t they? Adanu bemoaned, “INEC has betrayed our trusts.

Mr. Micheal Aondoka, a young leader in Wadata Ward in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State, said the youths are upset with the results of the presidential election and have promised to boycott the next polls.

I know what it took for us to persuade some of these people to cast their ballots in the recent presidential election, he remarked. It was challenging persuading them that their votes would matter.

“It is obvious that the election did not go as planned given the numerous charges of malfeasance, and even the INEC did not show any concern before announcing the results. You might be shocked to learn that some voters from that election would never cast a ballot again since they are upset young people.

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In opposition to INEC’s announcement, Obi claimed he had won the presidential election and would use all legal and peaceful measures to establish this.

Tinubu will likely take the oath of office as president of Nigeria in May.
Since then, INEC has given him his Certificate of Return.

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Oyo Election : Seyi Makinde Re-elects with large votes margin to beat Teslim Folarin

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Gov Seyi Makinde Am Not Afraid Of Losing 2023 Election

The seating Governor of Oyo State has been declared the winner of March 18, governorship poll in Oyo state by Independence National Electoral Commission as a candidate with larger votes margin to beat his closest rival Teslim Folarin of APC .

Mr. Seyi Makinde Re-elects with large votes margin to beat Teslim Folarin according to the returning officer for Oyo governorship election 2023 in the state ,Prof . Olusola Kehinde, said :

“That Makinde Oluseyi having satisfied the requirement of the law is declared winner of the poll,”

Oyo State Speaker Debi Ogundoyin wins Ibarapa East Constituency again

Makinde polled 563,756 votes to beat his close rival Teslim Folarin of All Progressive Congress who scored 256,685 votes, while Adebayo Adelabu of Accord Party scored 38,357 votes.

Makinde won 31 out of the 33 local government areas in the state, while Folarin came second by winning two local governments of Irepo and Ore-lope.

Makinde, who was seeking re-election, on Saturday, contested against Folarin, a three-term Senator, and Adebayo Adelabu of Accord Party, who was former deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

As announced by INEC ,here is the details and full list of result

18) Ibadan Southeast Local Government

Accord: 1,846
APC: 9,147
PDP: 23,585

19) Ibarapa North Local Government

Accord: 563
APC: 5,678
PDP: 10,845

20) Ibarapa Central Local Government

Accord: 1,455
APC: 6,287
PDP: 10,491

21) Oyo West Local Government

Accord: 431
APC: 7,599
PDP: 15,084

22) Oyo East Local Government

Accord: 571
APC: 6,999
PDP: 15,751

23) Ogbomosho North Local Government

Accord: 562
APC: 10,661
PDP: 20,387

24) Ido Local Government

Accord: 822
APC: 7,865
PDP: 19,284

25) Kajola Local Government

Accord: 1,710
APC: 9,523
PDP: 13,562

26) Lagelu Local Government

Accord: 886
APC: 10,661
PDP: 19,104

27) Ibadan North Local Government

Accord: 2,120
APC: 11,883
PDP: 39,658

28) Iseyin Local Government

Accord: 501
APC: 9,694
PDP: 25,740

29) Egbeda Local Government

Accord: 3072
APC: 7,377
PDP: 30,444

30) Saki West Local Government

Accord: 607
APC: 13,753
PDP: 17,452

31) Ore-lope Local Government

Accord: 1602
APC: 7077
PDP: 6,483

32) Iwajowa Local Government

Accord: 269
APC: 6,441
PDP: 9029

33) Akinyele Local Government

Accord: 1287
APC: 9,445
PDP: 28,920

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Lagos Election : Desmond Elliot wins surulere constituency election seat again

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The national electoral commission (INEC) has announce renowned Nollywood film producer cum politician Desmond Elliott as the winner of Surulere state constituency election in 18 March ,2023 election .

The declaration was given on Sunday by Dr. O.J. Fenuga, the INEC returning officer.

Also read Oyo State Speaker Debi Ogundoyin wins Ibarapa East Constituency again

He said that Adebayo Bode of the Labour Party, LP, who received 7,822 votes, came in second to Desmond Elliott of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who received 17,837 votes.

Fenuga reported that Thompson Sulaimon Abolaji, the PDP’s candidate, received 1,045 votes.

Festus Keyamo, a representative for the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, had previously congratulated Desmond Elliot on his victory.

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Police begins investigation over MC Oluomo threat to Igbo voters

Idowu Owohunwa, the commissioner of police for Lagos State, announced on Friday that an investigation had been opened into the alleged threat made by Musiliu Akinsanya

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Police Begins Investigation Over Mc Oluomo Threat To Igbo Voters

Idowu Owohunwa, the commissioner of police for Lagos State, announced on Friday that an investigation had been opened into the alleged threat made by Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo, the chairman of the Lagos State Parks Management Committee, against Igbo.

Police begins investigation over MC Oluomo threat to Igbo voters

In an interview with TV Arise News regarding the Saturday governorship and state assembly elections preview, Owohunwa made this statement.

In a popular video, MC Oluomo urged Igbo residents of Lagos not to bother voting if they didn’t support the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It will be recalled that the head of PM (Motor Parks manager) of lagos State Mr. Musilu Akinsanya has come out to urge lagos Igbo residents to not bother to come out to vote on the Sat 2023 governorship election MC,Oluomo threatens Igbo voters to stay home during the upcoming tomorrow election.

MC Oluomo threatens Igbo voters ahead of Saturday Election

Mc Oluomo made the warning in the viral video which he posted on his TikTok account page .

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If you don’t want to vote for us sit down at home – MC Oluomo threatens Igbo voters – Video

The charmain of motor parks management in Lagos State said:

"Please tell them, we have begged them. If they don’t vote for us, it is not a fight. Tell them that Chukwudi’s mother, if you don’t vote for us, sit down at home. Do you understand? Sit down at home.” 

In a swift response to the threat today, Lagos CP said,

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms any act, statement, or an action that could be interpreted as hate speech or that could be interpreted as deepening political tension regardless of the brain that might be behind it. With regards to this specific video you mentioned, it is currently a subject of a detailed investigation".

Mr Owohunwa further stresses that “those brewing violence in the state should desist or face the full wrath of the law, adding that the law enforcement agents will not spare any lawbreaker”.

He continues

"Naturally, we are using our access to cyber security to address that. Also, I can guarantee that no one is above the law. This nation has regulations. It is still the job and mandate of the Nigeria Police to look into anyone who attempts to incite hatred or create political tension, both of which have the potential to escalate into violent acts". 

Nigerians are heading to cast their votes tomorrow for governorship and house assembly election 2023 for the candidates of their choice among the different political parties .

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