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Ogun Re-run: 2 electoral criminals arrested by EFCC ..

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has arrested two suspected electoral criminals for their involvement in vote-buying during the Federal House of Representatives rerun election in Ogun State during the weekend.

EFCC spokesperson Tony Orilade said the suspects, one Alaga Segun and Bamidele Falegan, who claimed to be agents of an unnamed opposition party in the state, were arrested at the Odomowo Oko Polling Unit in the Ijebu Ode area of the state.

According to Orilade, Segun, the first suspect to be arrested, was in possession of the sum of N149,000, out of N150, 000 he claimed was given to him by his accomplice, Falegan, to induce voters during the exercise.

“Upon interrogation on their fraudulent activity, Falegan confessed to have received the money from one Taiwo Shote, a lawyer and an opposition party candidate in the election. The suspects will soon be charged to court,” Orilade said.


Bauchi re-run experience great amount of voters

The supplementary/re-run elections in two Local Government Areas of Bauchi state recorded large turnout of voters, NobleReporters report

Whereas supplementary election is being conducted in Zaki Local Government Area, INEC is also conducting re-run election in Gamawa Local Government Area.

Large turnout of voters in units the exercise is being conducted in Sakwa , Murmur North and Mainako in Zaki. N.Rs learnt

Mohammed Hassan, Presiding Officer (PO) in-charge of Daladagum unit in Dugunmi town, told media that voting commenced at 8.20 a.m.

Alhaji Awal Jatau of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tata Umar of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 19 other candidates are contesting in the supplementary polls to occupy the seat of Federal House of Representatives for Zaki Constituency.

In a similar development, voting commenced early in most of the 287 voting units visited in Gamawa.

Madaki Gololo of the PDP and 20 other candidates are contesting for the Gamawa House of Representatives seat, while Mohammed Garba of the APC had earlier been excluded from the race by an election tribunal.

N.Rs recalls that the Court of Appeal, Jos Division, on November 14, 2019, had sacked All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, Rep. Umar Tata, representing Zaki Federal Constituency.

The same court had nullified the election of Garba Gololo of APC representing Gamawa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, and disqualified him for presenting forged certificates to contest in the election.

The court also, in a consensus judgment, ordered INEC to conduct re-run election in the area within 90 days, excluding APC or its candidate from participating.


11 election officials abducted by gunmen in Calabar re-run

Unknown gunmen have reportedly abducted election officials with materials that were headed for the 8 polling units in Afayna/Igoni-Igoni ward under Abi state constituency in Cross River State.

The Federal Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in charge of South-South region, Dr. Mohammed Lecky told newsmen during election duties that the incident occurred in the middle of the river leading to the community.

Backed by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner Dr. Alalibo Johnson and the Administrative Secretary of INEC in the state Mrs. Irene Ngozi Oghuma, the Federal Commissioner said the unknown gunmen accosted the Electoral officials with materials and went away with all the voting materials along with the SPO (State Presiding Officer).

According to him, the security men that accompanied the materials and men of election duties decided to avoid casualty by not engaging the unknown armed men in the middle of the river.

He expressed sadness over the incident but thanked God that all the NYSC members on duty and other election duty officials have returned safely to office except the SPO, whose phone is ringing but he is not picking.

He said the total number of registered voters in the affected area where the materials have been hijacked is 5606.

The Re-run in Cross River State affected 33 polling units covering Ekureku ward one and ward two for Abi/YAKURR Federal Constituency where Dr. Alex Ebona of the APC is aiming to retain the seat he won during the February 2019 elections.

The Re-run also affected some wards in the Abi State House of Assembly constituency.

Across many other polling units visited during the voting hours, there was a huge turnout of voters.

The PDP candidate, Hon. John Gual Lebo, whose petition led to the rerun election refuse to speak to newsmen as he was seen holding meeting with his supporters at the resident of the former governor of the state.

However, Dr. Alex Ebona, the APC candidate expressed satisfaction over the huge turnout of voters noting that the incident of hijack of material occurred in the area for the state house constituency election.

According to him, he is told the election in the affected area will be held the next day if the problem was not resolved before close of voting.

Dr Alex Egbona, said:” The turn out is encouraging and you know that the election is in my community. I am in touch with my community and that is why you see this unprecedented turn out.”

“I encourage all voters to vote according to their conscience as nobody would molest them. This is democracy so vote according to your choice. But I can tell you with this development I would emerge victorious.”

The election materials arrived very early just as voters turned out as early as 6: 30 am.

It was also observed that the INEC officials had initial difficulty in containing the mammoth crowd, especially at Gbagaro Agbara and Egbonyi polling units within Ekureku II ward.

Speaking on the conduct of the election, the presiding officer for Gbagaro Agbara polling unit, Mr Isaac Oke, said: “I can tell you the election materials arrived at 8:00am and we commended accreditation immediately because the voters were already on ground.

“There is large turn out of voters as you can see. The card reader is very slow, but we promise to ensure that everybody would vote at the end of the day.

Also speaking INEC observer, Mr Jubril Isa, commended the voters for their peaceful and orderly conduct but observed that the processes are slow.

He enjoined INEC to try and improve upon it so that no voter is disenfranchised this exercise.


Kano election re-run, massive turnout

Re-run election into some states and federal constituencies in nine local governments area of Kano state witnessed an impressive turnout of voters.

However, voting Commenced as early as 8 am, as election materials and lNEC ad hoc staff were already waiting.

In some polling units monitored by our Correspondent in the state, people were on queue as early as 6 am waiting for the arrival of INEC officials.

The actual voting commenced at exactly 8 am. For example, in Kofa Cikin Gari polling unit II in Bebeji local government area where the court ordered a rerun in the whole constituency which includes Bebeji/ Kiru local government areas voters were orderly.

Similarly, in other locations where election is taking place, there are no reports of security breach across the state.

Three national assembly seat, which includes Bebeji/Kiru, Tudun Wada/ Doguwa and Kumbotso are on contest. While, four state assembly seats are also open in the state.

At the time of filing in this report, it was observed that most polling stations still witnessed long queues awaiting to cast to their votes.

At the polling stations and around the town, there was heavy presence of armed security men.