The meeting, which started at about 11.00am, was held inside the Plateau Ballroom of the hotel. The meeting, which had in attendance Commonwealth Observer team, EU Observer team, AU Observer team and ECOWAS Observer mission, and others, lasted for about an hour. Some of the leaders of the local observer groups sighted by newsmen included Mr Clement Nwankwo, Convener, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room and Ms. Idayat Hassan, Director, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD). Others were Mr Auwal Musa-Rafsanjani, Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and Mr Samson Itodo, Executive Director, YIAGA AFRICA, among others. FG commences release of N1.3trn NDDC hanging funds Shortly after the meeting, correspondents approached
Civil society groups in Nigeria has called on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately provide clear explanation to Nigerians on what warranted postponement of the general elections. Yakubu Converging on the auspices of Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, Convener of the coalition, Mr Clement Nwankwo, made the call while reacting to INEC’s postponement of Saturday and March 2 elections, on Saturday in Abuja. Nwankwo expressed disappointment and shock at the development in spite of the assurances by INEC that everything was ready for the elections. “This development casts a cloud of doubt on INEC’s credibility and
President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Katsina for Abuja following the postponement of the Feb. 16 and March 2 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The president was scheduled to exercise his voting right on Saturday in Daura, his country home, before the sudden postponement by INEC. Reports have it that the president, who did not use his official chopper due to bad weather, arrived Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport Katsina by road at about 12.12p.m for the onward journey to Abuja. Polls: We’re not routing for any presidential candidate – Charlyboy’s group Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika and other prominent personalities were at the airport to bid the president
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the reports of ballot papers found in the possession of some people ahead of the general elections.
INEC Director of Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, told Channels Television that there was nothing wrong with that, provided they were specimens.
“Yes! we did give political parties a specimen of the ballot paper,” he said during his appearance on The Verdict. “There is nothing wrong with having specimen ballot papers in your possession.”
The INEC director added:-
“In terms of getting people out, teaching them how to vote correctly such that their ballots are not invalid.
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that nobody will unseat him.
He said contrary to opinions in some quarters, he had the strength to lead the country for four more years.
Buhari stated this in an interview aired on Friday on the verified Instagram page of CNN Africa while responding to doubts about his ability to run the country for a second term.
The interviewer had asked the President, “This is a vibrant democracy. You came in, unseating the incumbent. Are you worried the same could happen to you?”
To this, Buhari responded:-
“No. Nobody would unseat me.”
“I am ready to take this country forward for the next four years.”
The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has warned serving corps members not to take money from anyone while on election duty.
The NYSC Director-General, Maj. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure gave the warning on Thursday, February 14, 2019, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during the final phase of his nationwide sensitization programme for corps members.
Kazaure represented by NYSC Assistant Director, Human Resources, Mrs. Franca Olaleye said any corps members caught collecting gratification would be prosecuted.
“You are expected to handle this critical assignment with a high sense of patriotism, responsibility, and integrity.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned the postponement of the general election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
INEC had, in the early hours of today, postponed to February 23rd, the General election earlier scheduled for today, Saturday, February 16th, 2019. INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu,while briefing newsmen at the commission’s headquarters, announced that continuing with the election as earlier scheduled for today, 16th February, 2019, was no longer feasible.
AbdulRazaq made the call on Thursday while addressing APC members and supporters, at a rally in Pakata, Ilorin.
They don’t have anything else for you. Go out on Saturday to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and all our National Assembly candidates. This is the only way out for us.
We must end their misrule this Saturday. Once you vote all our candidates this weekend, we will complete the work on March 2, he said.
Speaking at the rally, Yahaya Seriki, Director General for the Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq Campaign Organisation, told the people of the state especially APC supporters, to shun violence even in the face of provocation.