INEC plotting to disenfranchise 2m people in Anambra –Ohanaeze

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio- cultural organisation, Anambra State chapter, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of allegedly plotting to disenfranchise over two million people in the state in the on-going voters registration exercise. The state chapter’s President of the organisation, Chief D. A. Okeke Ogene, who stated this while addressing traditional rulers of 180 communities in the state, described the exercise as a colossal failure. He said it was unfortunate that inadequate capturing machine was provided to serve over 200,000 people who thronged each council headquarters…

Alleged N360m bribe: Rivers court to try INEC officials

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday transferred the bribery case against 23 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over alleged N360 million bribe received from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to the Port Harcourt Division of the court. The said bribe was alleged to have been collected by the officials during the December 10, 2016 re-run elections. The Federal Government, however, filed a corruption charge against the indicted INEC officials before the Abuja Division of the court, but the defendants raised a preliminary objection as…

INEC gives Osun 90 days to replace Adeleke in National Assembly

Barely three weeks after his death in a mysterious way, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given political parties in Osun state 90 days to provide a replacement for the vacuum created in the senate by the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke. Adeleke, who was the first executive governor of Osun state, was until his death on April 23 the senator representing Osun west senatorial district in the National Assembly. INEC had giving political parties in the state 90 days ultimatum within which to provide a replacement for the late…

INEC sets up committee for 2019 general elections

About two years to the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set up a 16-man committee charged with the responsibility of planning for the elections. The commission had fixed between February 16 and March 2, 2019 for the next general elections. A statement by Prince Adedeji Soyebi, INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, said the Election Project Plan Committee (EPPC), which was inaugurated yesterday after the commission’s weekly management meeting would coordinate all departments and the planning for elections. The committee…

INEC has no legal impediment on Anambra Central rerun – Umeh

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) senatorial candidate for Anambra Central in the 2015 elections, Chief Victor Umeh, speaks in this interview with PAMELA EBOH, on the court-ordered rerun, which has lingered for close to two years     The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, was quoted to have recently that Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election will not hold until all pending court cases are cleared. What is your reaction to that? I was surprised to read those audacious statements by Dr. Chrs Ngige. My surprise stems…

We’ll make 2019 elections better than 2015 – INEC

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu‎ has assured that the 2019 general elections would be better than that of 2015. Prof. Yakubu, who spoke on Wednesday when he received the new United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington at INEC headquarters, said the commission had already commenced planning for the forthcoming elections. “2015 was a defining moment for Nigeria elections, but we want to assure you that the commission is conscious of its responsibility and we are committed to making future elections even better. ‎“It…

INEC and political parties’ desperate moves

Recently, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made a damning revelation about political parties devising various means of circumventing the Electoral Act and the constitution in a bid to have their way. Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, disclosed that apart from the general malaise of lack of internal democracy, leading to imposition of candidates on the electorate, certain political parties were in the habit of seeking to alter the list of their candidates even after the mandatory period allowed by the law. Yakubu said that in the build up…