LG Election: Kaduna votes with electronic machines as opposition complains

Local government council elections held in Kaduna on Saturday amid complaints of late arrival of materials and low turnout of

Local government council elections held in Kaduna on Saturday amid complaints of late arrival of materials and low turnout of voters.

The election in 21 of the state’s 23 local government areas was conducted using electronic voting machines — the first time in Nigeria.

At all the polling unit visited in Unguwan Dosa, Kawo, Unguwan Shanu, Badarawa, Barnawa, Television, Kakuri, few voters were seen queueing to get accredited and vote for their preferred candidates. At some unit, officials were yet to arrive as at 12: 30pm.

Yakubu Aliyu, a resident of Maiduguri Road, said he voted early. He applauded the state government for introducing the electronic voting system.

“Although few people turned out at most polling centers, the process was quiet simple and fast. Many people have voted. It took me not five minutes to vote. This is commendable,” he said.

Voting started late in some areas of Zaria, Sabongari, Lere, Ikara, Kachia, and Jaba.

Sani Bitrus from Jaba Local Government told PREMIUM TIMES that they were witnessing late arrival of the election officials.

Accredited voters did not see ballot papers. Instead, they faced an electronic voting machine displaying the logos of the political parties participating in the election.

By pressing the logo of a preferred political party, the voter registers a choice that is recorded and acknowledged by the machine.

Complaints

But a former spokesperson to former governor Ramalan Yero, and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Maiyaki, accused the state government and the state electoral body of deliberately disenfranchising the people by not arriving at polling unit early, and not being present in some polling units.

“We are aware of the plan by APC to rig the local government election. We are not going to accept that,” Mr Maiyaki said.

“As I am taking to you right now, there were no electronic machine at many polling units up till this afternoon. All over the place there are reports of absence of voting machine and it is deliberate.

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“And again there is clear used of money at various polling centers. In Igabi Local Government, the story is not different. I am telling that the state has failed and we are watching and we are not going to accept the result as it is clear they want to rig the results.

” All of us here are supervising the election, I am here at the PDP situation room here and I am telling clear and loud, this is a failure.

Meanwhile a visit to some polling unit in the state reveal low turnout and in many, are still expecting election materials.

When contacted, an APC chieftain in Kaduna, Hassan Mohammed, said he was not aware of any plan by the party to disenfranchise Kaduna voters from exercising their civic rights.

“The APC is accepted by the people of the state and there is no plan in anyway to stop the people from electing their chairmen and councilors. It is that feeling of defeat that the PDP is already experiencing and they have started their usual noise,” Mr Hassan said.

An official of the state electoral commission, Mohammed Mustapha, told PREMIUM TIMES that the commission was doing all it could to see that no citizen of the state missed out of the election.

“Yes we are having little hitches here and there, like arrival of voting materials to some units but as I speak to you now many polling units have finish capturing voters and just waiting for voters to come.

“Everybody will vote and we are prepared to make sure the elections succeed.”

Buhari: A Cat That Can’t Kill Any Mice (READ)

I actually do believe the men in PDP, to an extent, destroyed the country in the 16 years of that

I actually do believe the men in PDP, to an extent, destroyed the country in the 16 years of that party’s rule. And I use “men” advisedly. However, the question that has never been answered, or perhaps has never been asked at all, is: what of the non-pdp states, how did they fare those 16 years? were there reinvented into el-dorado then, or have they evolved into gold-paved cities today? I mean the ANPP, AD, AC, CPC, Labor Party, APGA and ACN states. Did they utilize resources shared to them any better? Did they steal any less?

Perhaps, it might just be that the narrative of corruption in Nigeria is not a PDP issue after all. If it were, Obanikoro would be in jail today. But he is not. He is in APC, which is a jail of some sort, a jail for the soul rather than the body, except that healthy doses of champaign and generous portions of chicken and caviar are served, rather than the usual measly rounds of prison broth. He was once declared wanted by this government for stealing billions. He fled into exile. Came back, joined APC, and attained Nirvana. What a miracle.

I’ve come to that inescapable conclusion that “party” is nothing, gentlemen. What is important is that the cat catches mice. I won’t be bothered if it’s a white cat or a black cat. Once it catches mice, ill cue under rain or shine to print my thumb on the ballot, in affirmation of his ascendency.

However, it won’t be like 2015. If you come to me claiming to be a cat that catches mice, you will show me a dead mouse with your imprint on it. No, you will not steal another cat’s kill and present it as your quarry. Then you’ll bare your claws. We’ll have to see claws to believe you are a cat. No excuses that you just had pedicure or manicure. You will show us proper, homegrown claws. Then you’ll show me your whiskers. You can’t be a cat without whiskers. Ill count them myself. Twelve on each cheek.

And then you’ll meow to my hearing. A distinct feline meow it must be. And no. Coughs will not pass for meows this time around, as it did in 2015.

In other words, you’ll be completely and properly tested by the electorate, before you are elected, not after. You see, we need men of character, of proven integrity, regardless of party. Not in the mold of Buhari, who would stretch out his hands to receive Switzerland’s refund of “Abacha’s loot”, whereas just a few years ago, he himself had denied that Abacha stole a penny from public treasury. Till date, I can’t connect the lines. Brazen double speak.

We don’t need a bipolar personality, who will deny allegations that he is sick, afflicted by prostrate cancer, on the eve of election, only to win and then spend the entire administration abroad treating this same sickness, using public funds. And then funny fellows with bequeathed internet connections, came up with the excellent narrative that he’d been poison with cancer. Poisoned with cancer? That story circulated for a while, with measured aggression, because the purveyors believed not one Nigerian went to school, and would swallow it hook-line-and-sinker. We are all stupid, aren’t we? And did this man not also say he would never seek treatment abroad, if elected? Aha, this promise, as with a thousand others, have been kept…in the breach.

No. We do not need a person who would insist, and even swear on oath, that he has some certificate but when sued to produce it by a young, daring lawyer, promptly proceeds to hire the very best SANs in the entire country, over 10 in number, to file objections to the Suit, preferring to argue jurisdiction rather than file a simple affidavit exhibiting the certificate or a CTC of it, in order to finally lay that issue to rest and save the face of those who innocently staked their name and blood in defense of his touted “integrity”.

Why all the fancy footwork, when a singular erect posture would have sufficed? Does integrity no longer mean rectitude?

And he also said he is a “converted democrat.” So, why is Nigeria sliding into absolute tyranny, under your watch? Why are Court orders flouted at will? Why are people arrested and detained perennially, without trial? Why are those who speak against your government hounded by security operatives?

Why?
Is this what I voted for?
Pure, unadulterated, inner-belly deceit!!
Enough of the games with Nigeria’s destiny!!!
Another Buhari cannot befall us in 2019.

Fidel Albert, a Lagos based legal practitioner, and a known Buharist has written this on his Facebook page.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Buhari Unfit To Remain In Office – PDP Reacts To The President’s Unending Medical Tourism

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari is unwell, ailing and unfit to attend to state

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari is unwell, ailing and unfit to attend to state matters.

The opposition party stated that Monday, May 7, 2018, statement by the Presidency that the president would be travelling to the United Kingdom to meet with his doctors was a confirmation of its position.

The party regretted that the president and his handlers had chosen to shroud the issue of Buhari’s persistent ill-health in secrecy.

Buhari departed Abuja for London on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, where he is scheduled to meet with his doctors for routine medical check-up.

At a press conference on Tuesday, May 8, 2018,  Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, said Nigerians, for long, had been left in dark on the health of the president, despite demands for full disclosure.

“This admission, though belated and coming after intense public pressure, has now put to rest speculations and anxiety on the health status of the president, as well as his attendant inability to effectively govern,” Ologbondiyan added.

He recalled that Buhari travelled to the United Kingdom, five days before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM, in April without transmitting a letter to the National Assembly, as required by the constitution.

“Only last week, two days after his departure from the United States where he had gone for a visit, Mr. President went ‘missing’ again.

“When concerns began to mount on his whereabouts, the Presidency claimed he had ‘technical stopover’ in the UK, citing flight issues, only for revelations to emerge from the same Presidency, on Monday, that Mr. President was actually in the UK to see his doctors,” PDP noted.

The party said Nigerians were taken for granted, deceived and left without leadership as Buhari refused to transmit power as required by the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Ologbondiyan said PDP had nothing against Buhari’s decision to take care of his ailing health because everybody is subject to human frailties.

What the party frowned at, according to him, was the deception, lies and beguiling that had trailed the handling of his health issue.

“Even as we speak, Nigerians are not aware of the ailment our president is suffering from and the identity of the doctors and the hospital attending to him.

“Moreover, it is unfortunate that President Buhari would always embark on medical tourism abroad when his administration has completely refused to address the poor state of the health sector in Nigeria, for which medical personnel are currently on strike across the nation.

“We urge the Presidency to note that shrouding the issue of President Buhari’s illness in secrecy, just for political gains, is neither in the interest of the president nor that of our nation at large.

“Sordidly, the handlers of Mr. President appear to be more concerned about the next election instead of the consequences of a failing health and the blatant breaches of our constitution.

“The PDP, therefore, counsels President Buhari to be well guided and take charge of his health challenges,” he advised.

The presidential aircraft conveying the president and a few of his aides took-off from the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 3:20 p.m.

Muhammad Bello, the minister of federal capital territory, Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, and Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, were among those at the airport to bid the president farewell.

Others included members of the president’s media team, Mr. Femi Adesina, and Malam Garba Shehu, as well as other presidential aides.

Shehu had, on Monday, May 7, 2018,  in a statement, said Buhari would, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, begin a four-day trip to the UK for a medical check-up.

He said: “In the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the president had a meeting with his doctor.

“The doctor requested the president to return for a meeting, which he agreed to do.”

Shehu added that the president, who is expected back in the country on May 12, 2018, would undertake a two-day visit to Jigawa, which was postponed because of the ward congresses of the All Progressives Congress.

He said the visit would last between May 14, 2018, and May 15, 2018.

Buhari first went on medical vacation on January 19, 2017, and returned later than he planned and declared that he had never felt so ill in his life.

The president returned for treatment on May 7, 2017, and came back after 103 days.

Before leaving Abuja on Tuesday, May 8, Buhari received Letters of Credence from ambassadors of Netherlands, Republic of Botswana and Lebanon to Nigeria, where he stressed the need for sustained financial, technical and capacity building from the international community to mitigate the effects of climate change in the country.

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Buhari In US: Open Letter To President Trump – By Annkio Briggs [MUST READ]

Dear President Trump, We send you greetings from the Creeks, Swamps, Mangroves, and Rivers of the Niger Delta Region, on

Dear President Trump,

We send you greetings from the Creeks, Swamps, Mangroves, and Rivers of the Niger Delta Region, on the platform of the Niger Delta Self- Determination Movement, NDSDM.

The first time we wrote an open letter to sir was after you won the elections in 2016 We wrote to congratulate and the Republican Party for winning the election of 2016.

We took that opportunity to bring to your attention the plight of the Niger Delta people, and the concerns, in-fact fear that we had at the emergence of President a retired General of the Nigerian Army.

Between your inauguration in 2017 and April 30, 2018, a lot of undemocratic events have occurred in Nigeria.

We will try not to take you through historical education of Nigeria as you no doubt have all you need to know about Nigeria a 104-years-old country created by Lord Lugard on (January 22, 1858- April 11, 1945) who amalgamated the Northern and Southern Protectorate who had nothing in common by culture, religion or language.

Please allow us to mention a few anti-human rights and undemocratic acts, and crimes against humanity that has taken place in Nigeria, particularly in the Middle Belt states which are majorly Christian states, and known as the food basket of Nigeria.

Thousands of Christians, men, women, youths, children and old people, are victims of the Fulani herdsmen, that President Buhari, the Federal Government, the Military have unbelievably identified as non-Nigeria Fulani herdsmen who they claim were trained and armed by the late and former President of Libya, Gaddafi.

The worst of the pogrom and genocide has taken place in Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Kaduna and Plateau States. The victims of the slaughter are 95 percent Christians.

Christians of the South of Nigeria and specifically of the oil and gas-rich Niger Delta region that is undeveloped, neglected and oppressed we are very concerned for our survival today and the future of our children tomorrow.

In 2017 on the day of your inauguration youths of IPOB, a nonviolent organization of the people of Igbo nation also referred to as Ndigbo and of the South East political zone of Nigeria whose leader is Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has not been seen or heard of since October 2017 when the Nigeria Military invaded his home and community. His parents have also not been seen.

This group went on a celebration and a congratulatory procession on the day of your inauguration, they were not armed yet a number of them were shot and killed in broad daylight and cold blood and a lot more arrested and still been held.

The Nigeria army occupied the South Eastern states, the states of the Igbo nationality. During the occupation of the South Eastern states in an operation the military called ‘Operations Python Dance’ the military have been accused of torture and extrajudicial killings.

The Fulani herdsmen who are of the same Ethnic group and religion as the President get away with indiscriminate attacks and horrific killings against Christians.

In this year 2018 from January 1, 2018, to April 20, 2018, over 2000 Christians across the Middle Belt particularly in Benue and Taraba States.

Mr. President Nigeria is a secular Country, Nigeria is not an Islamic Nation, if a credible census is undertaken in Nigeria it is more likely than not that Christians are more than Muslims yet at no time in the history of Nigeria’s 104 years have Christians persecuted Muslims like the extreme movement of Muslims/Islam have persecuted Christians.

If Christians will not be left to live at peace to practice our faith freely in our Country Nigeria then we desire a referendum to be conducted amongst the Ethnic Nationalities across Nigeria especially in the Christian South and Middle Belt to determine if we want to stay in Nigeria that persecute us for our religion and faith or separate from Nigeria.

In the past 4 weeks, Christians in the majorly Christian states of the North East Christians are leaving their communities abandoning their ancestral homeland in droves, Christians are daily becoming refugees in their own God-given land.

Thousands of Churches have been burnt and destroyed in the past 3 years. Pastors and Priests male and female are killed and beheaded.

There is a lot bitterness and discontent from the Middle Belt to the South of Nigeria, there is a great sense of disappointment and lack of confidence in the Federal Government as lead by President Buhari.

In the Niger Delta the region that owns the oil and gas resources exploited by the International Oil Companies, and the Federal Government, the Ethnic Nationalities of the Niger Delta region are occupied by the military and the special force set up especially for the Niger Delta region because of our oil and gas resources.

Despite the United Nations Report on the devastating and unacceptable levels of poisonous pollution in our drinking water, air, fish and farm our people especially our youths are oppressed, occupied by the Military and kept for years in jails without trial.

A few weeks ago Retd. Gen. T Y Danjuma a former Army Staff and Defense Minister a respected military insider, a Christian of Taraba State of the North East accused the Nigeria military of turning the other way (purposefully turning a blind eye) while the killings of Christians by the fourth deadliest terror organization in the world according to Global Terrorism Index kill, and terrorize the people who are mainly Christians.

These accusations against the Nigeria Government and the Nigeria Military should be investigated by the neutral UN as what is going on in Nigeria is genocide, pogrom, ethnic and religious cleansing.

Nigeria between 1967 and 1970 have fought a civil war that claimed more than 2 million lives of mainly the people of the Igbo Ethnic Nationality, including other Ethnic Nationalities of the Eastern Region of Nigeria.

The massacre of Christians in Nigeria is spreading and we are worried that they aim to attack the three regions of Southern Nigeria (17 states).

This ongoing threat against Christians especially the oil and gas-rich Niger Delta region has the potential of breaking into a full-scale war.

This will be horrendous and uncontrollable not only for Nigeria but for West Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, and the entire African continent affecting the economy and all other security interests the world especially the USA and Europe has in Africa.

This will be the biggest disaster after the 2nd World War.

Nigeria is a complex country and the complexity is very volatile.

The threat to democracy and the suspicion we have in the Oil and Gas producing region is that the 2019 elections will not be free and fair.

This is another major area of concern as the people of the Niger Delta of Nigeria will not accept results of any elections that disregards the democratic will of the people by imposing a governor or other politically elected officials such as the Senators, National Assembly and House of Representatives Members of the choice by what we in Nigeria refer to as the Political Mafia or Political Cabal.

We are aware, sir, that in the past few days leading up to this meeting you initiated that Nigerians and friends of Nigeria all over the world and from Nigeria have called into a special telephone line of the White House to express our concerns, fears, hopes, and expectations to you.

We hope that as a world leader and believer you will shift the messages and act on them as Mr. President our very lives, existence and future depends on what you do or don’t do.

We are most encouraged by what God has used you to achieve in the situation of North and South Korea, by God’s grace and wisdom you will be able to keep Nigeria from imploding and affecting not only Africa disastrously but indeed the world at large.

This impending disaster will affect Europe and the United States of America and the world at large.

Niger Delta Self Determination Movement, NDSDM, is a non-violent organization of the numerous Ethnic Nationalities of the Oil and Gas Region of Niger Delta.

We desire nothing less than Peace, Liberty, Equity, and Justice.

We are available anytime, anywhere to truthfully and fearlessly present out case.

Annkio Briggs is a daughter, servant, and respected leader of the Niger Delta. She is a leading voice in the struggle for human rights and environmental justice in the oil-rich region. Connect with her on Facebook

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. 

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Ailing Buhari Leaves Nigeria For London On ‘4-Day Medical Trip’

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, departed Nigeria for the United Kingdom on a medical trip. According

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, departed Nigeria for the United Kingdom on a medical trip.

According to a statement from the Nigerian presidency signed by Garba Shehu, one of the president’s spokesperson, Buhari is undertaking “a four-day trip to the United Kingdom” on the advise of his doctor in London.

Buhari’s Twitter account revealed this development on Monday, May 7, 2018, adding fuel to the calls for the president’s ouster from power over his failing health.

“I will be traveling to the United Kingdom tomorrow, to see my doctor, at his request. Will be away for four days; back in Abuja on Saturday, May 12, 2018,” the president said on the micro-blogging website.

“In the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the president had a meeting with his doctor,” a statement from Aso Rock said.

“The doctor requested the president to return for a meeting which he agreed to do.

The president is expected to return on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

“On his return, the President’s two-day State Visit to Jigawa, which was postponed because of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Ward Congresses, will now take place on Monday 14, 2018, and Tuesday May 15, 2018,” the brief statement said.

President Buhari has spent more than half of his tenure abroad on medical treatment at the expense of the Nigerian taxpayer. His frequent medical trips abroad have been subject of conversation in the political and social arena.

Critics of the president, who as a candidate, condemned foreign trips for public officials in the country, say that his foreign medical tourism is an embarrassment to Nigeria and some say that Buhari ought to resign for failing in key sectors of the economy which include health care.

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Buhari Jets Out To London For 4 Days Medical Leave

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London on Tuesday to see his doctor, his media Garba Shehu said in a

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London on Tuesday to see his doctor, his media Garba Shehu said in a statement on Monday.

Buhari is expected to be in London until May 12.

“In the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the President had a meeting with his doctor,” Shehu said. “The doctor requested the President to return for a meeting which he agreed to do.”

The president was in London between January 19 March 10, 2017, to “undergo routine medical check-ups” during a short holiday.

On his return, he tacitly acknowledged that he was very ill, telling his cabinet members that “I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man.” He also said he had “blood transfusions, going to the laboratories and so on and so forth.”

He returned to the United Kingdom on May 7, 2017, for the same reason and did not return until August 19.

Shehu, last week, said medical reasons were not behind Buhari’s ‘technical’ stopover in London on his way back from the United States.

“The big jet is under repair. So, the president is using a small plane and there is a limit to the distance the small plane can cover,” he told AFP.

“The technical stopover I talked about is that the journey from the US to Abuja is broken into two.”

Buhari, Saraki, Dogara Meet In Abuja

  President Buhari on Monday met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives

 

President Buhari on Monday met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara.

The meeting which was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja was aimed at resolving the misunderstanding between both arms of government.





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Buhari Visits Katsina Emirate Council, Commiserates With Family Of Chief Imam

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday visited the Katsina Emirate Council where he condoled with the family of the Chief Imam of

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday visited the Katsina Emirate Council where he condoled with the family of the Chief Imam of the Juma’at Mosque, Liman Lawal, who passed away on Sunday.






 

 

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Buhari, Saraki, Dogara Meet Over Melaye Arrest, Other Issues

  President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with the President of the Senate Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker Rt

 

President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with the President of the Senate Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara during the meeting with members of National Assembly Executives at the State House in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara over the arrest of the Senator representing Kogi West Constituency, Dino Melaye.

Today’s meeting comes after Senator Melaye was arrested by immigration officials at the airport on his way for an official assignment, he was later released but was arrested the next day by the police.

Senator Melaye while in police custody on his way to Lokoja jumped out of the police vehicle thereby injuring himself.

He was rushed to the National Hospital in Abuja.

 

The meeting between the Presidency and the legislature was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Other issues focused on were the President’s visit to the United States and the non-appearance of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

 

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