Wednesday 27 February 2019

#NigeriaDecides2019 Atiku Rejects Election Result, Goes To Court!

Presidential candidate of the Peoples' Democratic Party, (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has rejected INEC's result of the 23rd February, 2019 elections, in-which APC's incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari won for a second term.

PDP Presidential candidate: Atiku Abubakar

Citing "....manifestations and premeditated malpractices in many states, which negate the results announced", among other discrepancies, Atiku rejected the election result, saying he will challenge it in court.

"I thank the Nigerian people who trooped out in their millions to perform their civic duty this past Saturday. The patriotism of Nigerians is heartwarming and affirms my oft-repeated statement that we are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one mother Nigeria.

With regards to the Presidential elections that took place on February 23, 2019, it is clear that there were manifest and premeditated malpractices in many states which negate the results announced.

One obvious red flag is the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states.

The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50% less than what they were in 2015?

Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations.

The militarization of the electoral process is a disservice to our democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship.

In some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the very citizens they were meant to protect.

This is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future.

I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world. Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations. I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days.

If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.

However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.

Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.

I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.

I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty.

The loss of over 40 lives in attacks at Dalijan, Rakkoni & Kalhu in Rabah council of Sokoto & reported herdsmen attack on Kajuru, Kaduna State stands condemned. I urge security be stepped up while peace building initiatives promoted in Kajuru to stem the lingering crisis there". - Atiku Abubakar.

Tuesday 26 February 2019

#NigeriaDecides2019- Muhammadu Buhari Returned As President!

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently declared incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, of the APC Party, winner of the just concluded Presidential elections, which took place on 23rd February, 2019. 

INEC's Chief Returning Officer, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made this known in a recent information. It read:

"I Prof Mahmood Yakubu, hereby certify that I am the Returning Officer for the Presidential Election held on the 23rd February, 2019. That the election was contested and the candidates received the following Votes;

Total Number of Registered Voters 82,344,107
Total Number of Accredited Voters 29,364,209
Total Votes Cast 28,614,190
Total Valid Votes 27,324,583
Rejected Votes 1,289,607

AAC: 33,953
ADC :97,874
ADP: 54 930
APC: 15,191,847 - Winner
PDP: 11,262,978
SDP: 34,746

That Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the higest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected. #NigeriaDecides2019 Result".

Friday 22 February 2019

#NigeriaDecides2019 : Nigerian Security Agencies Release Emergency Respons Numbers

To ensure adequate security around the nation during the 2019 elections, the Nigerian Security Agencies has released 'Emergency Response Numbers'.

Source: @HQNigerianArmy

It Reads: 

Do you have any sesurity related incident you want to report to security agencies?
call or send sms, Whatsapp messages via these numbers. 

Nigerian Army information call center/ situation room via: 
193: 07017222225, 09060005290, 08099900131, 08077444303

Nigerian Police: 08057000001, 08057000002, 08057000003

FRSC: 122

Thursday 21 February 2019

Ahead of 2019 Elections- EFCC Warns Against Vote-Buying And Fake Dollar Notes Circulation!

Ahead of Nigeria's General elections, the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), recently alerted Bureau de Change and BDC operators, on 'fake-Dollar' notes, reportedly in circulation. 

During the "Sensitization" exercise, on Thursday, 21st February, 2019, at Wuse Zone 4, Abuja,  the Commission's Creative Commissions Boss, ADC Aisha Larai Musa, said: ....."as the electioneering period peaks, you are now a soft target for money laundering and circulation of fake dollar notes”.

Operators were asked to report suspected cases of 'fake-Dollar' notes, or vote-buying'' incidents.

The much anticipated Presidential and National Assembly elections was re-scheduled to hold on Saturday, 23rd February 2019; while the Governorship, State House of Assembly, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) area Council elections, was re-scheduled to hold on Saturday, 9th March, 2019.

For Reportedly Filling Fake Police Report, Smollett Has Been Charged!

American Actor and singer, Justin Smollett, otherwise known as Jussie Smollett, has been charged with felony for reportedly filling a false Police report.

Justin Smollett

The Actor filled a Police report, after he was reportedly attacked on Tuesday, 29th, January, 2019, by two men, who according to reports, shouted “racial and homophobic slogans”, while they carried out the attack.

The Police was able to track down Smollett's attackers, who happened to be two Nigerian brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo.

Footage also emerged, which showed the brothers buying items, including ski masks, like the ones worn by the attackers.

Ola and Able reportedly left the United States after the attack, but were arrested on their return penultimate week. Both brothers have worked on Empire, while one of the brothers was Smollet's trainer.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Lagos Logjam!

It was 11 am, Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, and the gridlock on major roads in Lagos, is unbelievable. Stretching all the way from Stadium interchange, into Costain, on the fly-over bridge above, and express-way beneath, was a no-go-area. 

20/02/2019: Costian, Lagos

20/02/2019: Costain Round About, Lagos

20/02/2019: Costain, Lagos

20/02/2019: Costain, Lagos

Demoralized commuters disembarked from commercial vehicles to walk instead.  
What is going on?.

Saturday 16 February 2019

Flood Stalls Business Activities In Idumagbo, Lagos Island!

Parts of Idumagbo community, Lagos Island area of Lagos state; famously known for its population density and the extensive business activities it accommodates on a daily basis, battles with flood each time it rains.

16/02/2019Idumagbo, Lagos Island

16/02/2019Idumagbo, Lagos Island

16/02/2019Idumagbo, Lagos Island

Like most areas in Lagos State, flood remains a major challenge, that needs to be tackled, and which is achievable through the construction of new drainage systems, and clearing of existing channels across the state.

16/03/2018: Idumagbo, Lagos Island

16/03/2018: Idumagbo, Lagos Island

There have been clamours for drainage re-structuring, in most parts of Lagos state, however, the pleas remain unattended to.

Link to an old Publication on relative issues:

Friday 15 February 2019

Proceeding With 16th February And March 2nd Elections, No Longer Feasible- INEC!

After a meeting on what was supposed to be the eve of Nigeria's 2019 general elections, Friday, 15th February, 2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the elections slated to hold on Saturday, February 16, and on March 2nd, 2019.

The electoral body sited "logistics and operational plan and the determination to conduction free, fair and credible elections", the Commission concluded that going-ahead with the elections as initially scheduled, was not attainable

The new date scheduled for the Presidential and National Assembly elections will be on Saturday, 23rd February 2019; while the Governorship, State House of Assembly, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) area Council elections, was re-scheduled to hold on Saturday, 9th March, 2019.

The Commission said it will meet with "key stake-holders", at the International Conference Center, Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, by 2 pm, on Saturday, 16th February, to update them in the development.

Thursday 14 February 2019

INEC Restores Materials Razed In Fire Out-Breaks!

Following the destruction of electoral materials in two containers, believed to be INEC's major storage facilities in Awka, Anambra state capital, south-east Nigeria; "replacement Card Readers, for the 14 local government areas", was recently arranged and delivered. 

INEC's major storage facilities in Awka, razed by fire

INEC said it is working hard to configure and deliver "replacement Card Readers for the outstanding 7 local government areas, namely: Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Idemili North, Idemili South, Aguata, Awka North and Oyi". 

Replacement of Card Readers in Anambra state
Photo: INEC

Confirming that elections will hold in Qu'an Pan local government area of Plateau state, middle-belt, Nigeria, INEC replaced "ballot boxes and voting cubicles", destroyed in a recent blaze. According to the Electoral body, "reprinting of voters' register for all polling units have been completed, and office relocated to a new building".

Replacement of ballot boxes and voting cubicles in Qu'an Pan, Plateau state 
Photo: INEC
INEC also promised to re-print and deliver Permanent Voters' Card to individuals affected in the Isiala-Ngwa South local government area, office in Abia state, south-east Nigeria.

Wednesday 13 February 2019

INEC Discredits Rumour On 'Only' Index Finger Vote!

Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has debunked the rumour currently circulating, which states that the electoral body- "has changed pattern of voting without majority of (Nigerian) citizens being aware of". 

Photo source: INEC 

The rumour further states:"you don't vote with your thumb anymore, you vote with your index finger (warning finger). Any vote caste with the thumb is void (cancelled).....

Photo source: INEC 

Discrediting the rumour, INEC responded: "INEC's attention has been drawn to a fake News, making rounds, that the index finger, is the only finger approved for marking a ballot paper, this is false. At the point of registration, all ten fingers was captured, so any finger can be used for marking a ballot paper. Make sure that your mark is inside the box of your Party of choice, and does not stray into another box".