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Displaying items by tag: elections



The Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in an interview  said his successor as governor of the state would come from the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Oshimhole added that his successor must be competent in managerial skill in order for the state to experience more growth and development than it has during his tenure.


Oshiomhole said: "Today the Edo man has regained confidence, there is no question now that the state is capable of developing and that we can do something about the problem of infrastructure, flooding, restoring integrity to public schools and restoring integrity to public health care system.


“The problem we are having in Edo today is that PDP cannot show you one clean road with street light, with drainage that they did that is still there. The only thing you can see are the ones Ogbemudia did. If the PDP had laid some foundations we would have gone far today, we started from minus and minus to zero.


“But the next governor is going to build on plus plus plus. And I am confident that the next governor will come from APC because the PDP has neither the messenger nor can they have a credible message.”


By: Temitope Bamidele

The governorship election petition tribunal of Taraba state sitting in Abuja, on Saturday, has nullified the April 11, 2015 election of the state governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party and declared the All Progressives Congress counterpart, Aisha Alhassan, as the winner.

The tribunal led by Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar in its judgment ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to swiftly withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ishaku as the winner of the election and to issue a fresh one to Alhassan.

The court held that Ishaku was not qualified to contest for the election on basis that there was no proper conduct of the party’s primaries, consequently the court ruled that Ishaku was not duly nominated as PDP candidate in the election as stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act.

Hence, the tribunal ruled that Alhassan off the APC being the candidate who scored the second highest number votes as winner of the election.
By: Temitope Bamidele


Myanmar held its first openly contested poll in over 25 years as the country set to transform from military rule to democracy.

The parliamentary poll ended amidst cheers from citizenry.

A voter in the country's largest city, Yangon, told journalists that: "This day that we can make a change for the future, for the brighter future for our country."

Also, Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reported from Yangon saying: "This election is seen as more inclusive and legitimate compared with the last election five years ago.

"International observers have been allowed in. People who didn't bother voting in the 2010 election are turning up to cast their ballots."

The poll is mainly between. the military-backed ruling party and the opposition led party by pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi whose  party won in 1990 election, but which was overruled by the military and who keep her under house arrest until her release in 2010.

Credit: Al Jazeera

By: Temitope Bamidele

Following the Bihar state elections, India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party has accepted defeat in what many see as a major blow for the prime minister, Narendra Modi.

The coalition of regional political parties leads in 158 of 243-seat state assembly, while Modi's BJP led in only 52 seats as vote counting continues.

The incoming chief minister, Nitish Kumar, disclosed via Twitter on Sunday that the PM called him and congratulated him on his party's victory in Bihar.

"Just received a phone call from the Prime Minister congratulating me." — Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar)

Modi also tweeted: "Had a telephone conversation with Shri @NitishKumar & congratulated him on the victory."


By: Temitope Bamidele

The Abia State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, dismissed the petition filed by Dr. Alex Otti, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Otti had gone to the tribunal to seek the nullification of the declaration of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, the PDP candidate, as governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the end of the April general elections in the state.

Many Abians view this judgement as a judicial process of robbing Peter to pay Paul and using the tribunal to legalise rigging in an election that was clearly won by Otti.

According to Mr Darlington Ezenwa, a produce merchant in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia, Bwala’s judgement was ‘’sun set at dawn” in Abia.

“The tribunal has murdered sleep in Abia.  I do not believe there is justice in the tribunal’s verdict. This is unfortunate,” Ezenwa said.



By: Chika Onwuasoanya


Yesterday, news spread across Nigeria, that for the very first time, a female governor had been elected in Taraba state.

Initially, Senator Aisha Alhassan lost the election, however, the elections petitions tribunal has annulled the result of the April 11 governorship election on Saturday, November 7, on the grounds that PDP’s candidate Darius Ishaku was not validly nominated at the party’s primaries to contest the governorship election, therefore making her the Governor of Taraba state.

Amina Dauda, one of her supporters said:

“It shows that the judiciary is the last hope for aggrieved people. I am happy that a woman is now the governor of Taraba. It is a good encouragement for us and we have made history in Nigeria,” the activist said.

Suleiman Ibrahim, another supporter of Mama Taraba, said:

“The judgment is a confirmation that Taraba is for APC… It is a reflection of the wish of Taraba people.”



By: Chika Onwuasoanya


The Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has, on Saturday, nullified the state's April 11 elections which declared Nyesom Wike as winner.

According to the tribunal, the election was nullified on grounds that it didn’t comply with electoral guidelines.

Hence, the tribunal has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to conduct fresh elections within the next 90 days.




By: Temitope Bamidele

19-yr-old Nigerian Emerges Councillor in UK

Aisha Eniola, a 19-year-old final year Nigerian student, was recently elected as the Councillor of Brent Council in London, UK.

Aisha who is currently a final year student of Mass Communication in one of the London universities, represented the Labour Party.

She polled a total of 2,160 votes, defeating Simon Erskine, of the Green Party, who received a total of 459 votes and Paul Fowler, of the Liberal Democrat, who polled 313 votes.

She exhibited astounding brilliance during the debates preceding the election, and this warmed her into the hearts of the voters.

She is currently the youngest Councillor in Brent council, and according to her, she hopes to inspire youths to participate in politics.




By: Pheyie





The Supreme Court has upheld the poll of Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, of the All Progressives Congress in the April 11 governorship election.



The Court led by Justice Tanko Muhammad dismissed the appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Mr. Olujimi Agbaje, on basis of not being competent.


The judgement read by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, on Tuesday, read in part: “... the appeal herein is struck out for incompetence. The judgement of the lower court which upheld that of the trial tribunal and striking out the petitions is also affirmed by me.”


By Temitope Bamidele


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The government of Burkina Faso on Thursday disclosed a new date for its Presidential and Legislative elections as November 29.

By Temitope Bamidele

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An election tribunal in Taraba State on Wednesday nullified the election of ex-acting Governor of Taraba State, Sani Abubakar Danladi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the petition tribunal in Akwa Ibom upheld the elections of Minority Leader,
Godswill Akpabio, as the duly elected representative of the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.


By: Temitope Bamidele


The Court of Appeal in Ibadan has dismissed the petition filed by the accord governorship candidate in Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja against Governor Ajimobi.

The Appeal Court which upheld the decision of the Election Tribunal which has earlier dismissed Ladoja's claim against Governor Ajimoba as winner of the April 11 governorship election.

The court led by Justice M. Saulawa, said: “Handing a different ruling will be an exercise in futility.

“The appeal is dismissed in its entirety and the ruling of the lower tribunal on August 18 is upheld.”





By: Temitope Bamidele

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, might yet be removed as the election tribunal is yet to determine its final judgement.

In  the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, against Governor Nyesome Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the tribunal will give judgement on the 29th of October.
This was disclosed in a statement by the tribunal chairman, Justice Mohammed Ambrosa, who urged both parties to submit their final written addresses, scheduled to be adopted on October 22, before the expiration of the time.
Dakuku Peterside, the APC governorship candidate in April 11, 2015 election in Rivers state, had on September 16, alleged that no election took place in the state.
By: Chika Onwuasoanya

The National Assembly Elections Tribunal in Ilorin, Kwara State, will pronounce its judgment in the petition against Senate President, Bukola Saraki, today on Tuesday.

The petitioner, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, challenged Dr. Saraki as the winner of the March 28th elections in Kwara Central.




By: Temitope Bamidele

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Awka, Anambra state has upheld the senatorial election of Princess Stella Oduah for Anambra North Senatorial district on Monday.

Also, on Monday, the Cross River Election Petitions Tribunal upheld the elections of Sen. Gershom Bassey of the Peoples Democratic Party in Cross River South.




By: Temitope Bamidele

Senator Dino Melaye's Election Upheld

Reports are coming in that Senator Dino Melaye of APC, Kogi State has had his election upheld by the tribunal.

The decision was taken this morning by the tribunal after being challenged by the former holder of the seat, Smart Adeyemi, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The elated Senator went on twitter to celebrate, tweeting:

"Praise God.Sen Dino Melaye's election upheld and Sen. Smart Adeyemi's petition dismissed for lack of merit."




By: Chika Onwuasoanya

Guinea begins elections amid tight security

Guineans trooped out to vote on Saturday, amidst tight security in what is the country's second free election since independence about 60 years ago.

Plain-clothes policemen stood vigil at booths early in the day while anti-riot police took positions at street corners to check vehicle permits amid tight security measures.

"I am happy to have voted. I hope everyone does it in peace and that all goes smoothly," said Mamadouba Camara, the first voter in polling station No. 5.

But voters in the opposition neighbourhood of Hamdallaye complained that they had not received voting materials by around 0800 GMT while some officials had not yet arrived there.




By: Chika Onwuasoanya


The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Aremo Adekoya Adesegun Abdel-Majid, for the March 28 House of Representatives election in Ogun state, has lost his seat. He represented Ijebu East, Ijebu North and Ogun Waterside constituency.

The election was cancelled today by the  Election Petition Tribunal in a sitting held in Ogun State.

Irregularities were noticed in 222 units and this made Justice Tobi Ebimowei order for a fresh election. The tribunal stated that the petitioner presented 21 witnesses while the respondent called 15 witnesses.

The petitioner adduced that many irregularities and non compliance marred the election and thereby called for the annulment of the election.

Total votes adduced to the respondent after deduction was 14,371 while the respondent had 14,234. With the majority votes being a slim 137 votes the Judge said it was much lower than the cancelled votes.

This resulted to the victory on the part of the All Progressives Congress APC.





Credit: PM News

By: Kindness Okoli

The Elections Petition Tribunal in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has nullified the election of Senator Buruji Kashamu representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the Senate.

The tribunal on Friday has also ordered a re-run election in 110 polling units.





By: Temitope Bamidele

During the official launch of “Vote Not Fight; Election No Be War” Campaign held in Lokoja on Thursday, the popular musician 2face Idibia urged Kogi youths to shun violence before, during and after the governorship election that is to be held November 21.

The campaign was organised by 2Face Foundation, Youth Emancipation for the Society and the Centre for Human Rights and Conflicts Resolution.

2Face advised the youths to see the election as a sporting event where by one opponent loses and the other wins. He explained that his campaign was aimed at the pursuit of peace especially during elections.

He concluded by saying that the Kogi youths should possess the spirit of peace and promote a complete free environment before and after the elections.




By: Kindness Okoli


The Benue State Tribunal in Makurdi, on Tuesday, has upheld the declaration of former Senate President David Mark as the winner of the Benue South Senatorial election.

The tribunal led by Justice Mosumola Dipeolu dismissed the petition against Mark by the All Progressives Congress candidate, Daniel Onjeh, stating that petitioner failed to prove his case against Mark’s election.


Credit: Punch

By: Temitope Bamidele


With 99 percent of Sunday's vote counted in the regional parliamentary elections in Catalonia, the coalition of separatists ("Together for Yes") who has promised independence for the Spanish region is on the lead, winning 48 percent of the votes with 62 seats in the 135-member parliament.

If the secessionists will coalesce forces with the left-wing pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy party, which won 10 seats, both parties will have the needed 68 seats required to realise their secession plan to make Catalonia an independent nation from Spain by 2017.

However, Spain's ruling Conservative Popular Party has dismissed the result and said it would keep fighting against its position independence quest.

The conservative popular party's spokesman, Pablo Casaso has told newsmen the, " The government will continue to guarantee the unity of Spain."

Credit: Al Jazeera

By: Temitope Bamidele

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