A coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that observed the general elections in 2023 has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to justify the N400 billion spent on the exercise. The CSOs, who met in Abuja on Tuesday for a post-election retreat to evaluate the recently finished exercise, reiterated in a statement published at the end of the meeting that the electoral umpire should also explain why it was unable to upload results into IREV. The Executive Chairman of CICSD, Hon Kunle Yusuf, issued a press release in which he stated that they resolved: “That INEC, as the institution in charge of the voting system, explain to Nigerians why the BVASs developed so many flaws.” “INEC should explain why the results were not submitted to IREV.” “In addition, INEC should use her office to prosecute election criminals.” “INEC should improve its interaction with civil society organizations.” “Indec should be better prepared for the approaching elections in Balyesa, Imo, and Kogi States.” “That the EFCC also investigate those individuals involved in vote buying and inducement during the election.” “The Federal Government should investigate the establishment of a special court for election offenders.” “INEC should justify spending over $400 billion of tax payers’ money on a project that has just ended.” CSOs, according to Hon. Yusuf, are “real ambassadors, authentic representatives, and true defenders of democracy.” Despite praising their efforts, he added, “Wr have seen what transpired with the 2023 elections.” Your argument is that of those who saw the good, terrible, and ugly sides of this election. “We appreciate what you’ve done. Your reports have helped in so many ways,” he continued, hoping that the report produced at the end of the retreat will aid the country’s democratic journey.
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Ex-governor, Ihedioha quits Governorship race in Imo
Emeka Ihedioha, the former governor of Imo State, has withdrawn from the 2023 governorship election. This comes after he had been cleared to take part in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state governorship primary election, which is set to take place on April 15. In a letter dated March 27 and addressed to the party’s national chairman, Ihedioha announced the news. In an effort to maintain party cohesion, the former governor stated that he was withdrawing from the campaign. Ihedioha’s media assistant, Chibuike Onyeukwu, verified the news to the Nigeria Tribune on Tuesday in Owerri.
Court battles won’t prevent the handover to Tinubu – FG on May 29.
The Federal Government has stated that court proceedings will not halt the transfer of power from President Muhammadu Buhari to President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. The
Safeguard yourself and your companies from MC Oluomo and thugs in Lagos, says IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has asked Igbos in Lagos State to defend their lives and businesses from thugs led by Musiliu Akinsanya, commonly known as MC Oluomo, the former Lagos State National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, chairman. Threatening Igbos in Lagos State, according to IPOB spokesman Emma Powerful, is a threat to all of Biafra. IPOB condemned the silence of Yoruba leaders over the attack on Igbos and their businesses in Lagos State in a statement issued by Powerful. The silence of Yoruba politicians over the attack on Igbos in Lagos State, according to powerful, demonstrates that the age-old enmity cannot be repaired. He argued that the silence of Yoruba leaders demonstrated their support for the plot to forcibly evict Igbos from Lagos State. According to Powerful, the Indigenous People of Biafra, led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, denounce the multiple kidnappings and attacks on Ndigbo in Lagos by thugs and criminals led by MC Olomo. In the meantime, we encourage Ndigbo to organize brave organizations to defend themselves against tribal vagabonds and political thugs. Politicians recruit Yoruba felons and cultists.
Despite their popularity, Nigerian entertainers are unable to secure parliamentary positions.
Featured According to them, a politician’s and her/his party’s popularity is a key success factor in winning elections. But, that hasn’t been the case for the majority of Nigerian celebrities, who have continued to lose humiliatingly in numerous elections across the nation despite their notoriety. Some influential figures in the sector made announcements about their retirements and forays into partisan politics prior to the general elections of 2023. Nollywood actresses Funke Akindele and Tonto Dikeh are among them. They ran as the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) and African Democratic Congress’s (ADC) deputy governor candidates in the states of Lagos and Rivers, respectively. Others include “The Johnsons” star Olumide Oworu, who ran for the Labour Party nomination for the Surulere Constituency 1 seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly, and actor Femi Branch, who was the deputy governorship candidate of the National Rescue Movement in Ogun State. Singer Olubankole Wellington, also known as Banky W, ran for the PDP nomination for the Eti-Osa House of Representatives seat. Sadly, DAILY POST noted that Nigerian celebrities’ forays into the complicated world of politics haven’t been without incident. All else lost their bids, with the exception of legendary actor-turned-politician Desmond Elliott, who defeated Oworu. Akindele Funke In the recently completed Lagos State governorship election, Akindele served as Abdul-Azeez Adediran, aka Jandor, the PDP’s running mate. A lot of people had great expectations for her and her principal, especially in light of her celebrity profile and “street cred”. All those dreams, however, were dashed when she and her boss came in third place (62,449 votes) behind the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC (762,134 votes), and the Liberation Party candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (312,329 votes). Days later, the actress took down all of the promotional images from her social media accounts. Billie W Banky W, a seasoned singer/rapper and owner of a record company, made news when he was defeated in the Lagos State Eti-Osa Federal Constituency election by the lesser-known Attah Thaddeus of the Labour Party (LP). Surprisingly, Banky W, the PDP candidate, received 18,666 votes to the LP candidate’s 24,075 votes, while Babjide, the incumbent and son of Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of State for Defense and APC candidate, received 16,901 votes. The music executive had earlier lost the 2019 election for the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency. His most recent electoral failure led several of his friends, including Nollywood star Deyemi Okanlawon, to publicly contest Thaddeus Attah’s victory as the LP candidate online, which rankled a lot of social media users. Dikeh Tonto Controversial Tonto Dikeh, a brand influencer and actress from Nollywood, shared the same fate as her rivals in the Rivers State governorship race. Despite Dikeh’s fame, Tonte Ibraye of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), who was running for governor of Rivers State, lost to Simi Fubara of the PDP. Despite her popularity, her party did poorly in the poll, faring worse than the APC and Labour Party. She posted on her Instagram page shortly after the election to express her gratitude to her supporters for their encouragement despite the result, saying she had loved the experience. Omide Oworu
Atiku, Obi behind Tinubu, Ariwoola secret London meeting rumor: Fani-Kayode
APC chieftain Femi Fani-Kayode has linked presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Labour Party, Peter Obi, to news of President-elect Bola Tinubu meeting with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Olukayode Ariwoola, in London. Fani-Kayode called Atiku, Obi, and their supporters repulsive. He accused Atiku and Obi of slandering Tinubu. “What @PeterObi, @atiku & their fans did to the CJN is disgraceful,” the former Aviation Minister tweeted. They lied about him, defamed him, and tried to humiliate, blackmail, undermine, and embarrass him out of office. “These savages and barbarians want to demolish our institutions.” Tinubu and the CJN allegedly met in London, and photographs of Ariwoola in a wheelchair circulated online.
Osun: APC reacts to Appeal Court ruling, discloses next steps
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State said the party would study the judgement of the Appeal Court which was delivered in favour of Peoples Democratic Party’s
14 petitions reach Edo Election Tribunal.
Yesterday, the Edo Election Petitions Tribunal announced that it had received 14 applications from political parties and candidates who had suffered losses in the recently held elections for the National Assembly and State Assembly. In an interview with Benin news reporters, the Tribunal Secretary, Mr. Muazu Sanusi, disclosed the information. According to Sanusi, the petitions were submitted within the legal window of 21 days. He said that the petitions were submitted by the All Progressives Congress (APC), Labour Party (LP), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and their respective candidates. The tribunal has currently received a total of 14 applications, he said. The 14 petitions included 10 for the House of Representatives election and 3 for the senate race. “But, one petition is coming from the way the State House of Assembly election was conducted.” The Secretary stated that petitions were to be filed at least 21 days after the results were announced because there was no longer time to file petitions for the House of Representatives and Senate elections. The Secretary stated that the tribunal was awaiting petitions from unhappy candidates and parties in the Edo House of Assembly election but was unable to provide a precise start date for the tribunal’s proceedings. He stated that it would begin sitting once the petitioners and respondents had exchanged procedures.
Osun Gov Dispute: Appeal Court To decide Adeleke’s fate
Today, THE Court of Appeal in Abuja will issue its ruling on an appeal Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State filed to contest the election’s
The Road to Victory: Abia Governor-elects Winning Campaign Strategy Without Peter Obi
Alex Otti, the newly elected governor of Abia State, said on Thursday that he once won a gubernatorial election without the Labour Party’s presidential candidate,