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Minister Sunday Dare Holds General Meeting with Oyo State Support Groups for Tinubu/Shettima:



Assure Nigerians of Better Life and Future during Tinubu/Shettima’s Tenure

Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare, held a general meeting with Oyo State Support Groups for Tinubu/Shettima, 20th January 2023.

The general meeting, coordinated by the Assistant Director Support Groups Coordination APC PCC Southwest Zone, Mrs. Titilope Gbadamosi, was held at Akinremi Jagaban Hall, Emmanuel Primary School U. I. Ojoo road Ibadan, started 3pm.

Chief Sunday Dare, who also is the Deputy Director Stakeholders Relations for APC PCC appreciated all the Support Groups, for their unrelenting support for the Tinubu/Shettima Ticket, before and after the primaries, even till now.

The Agbaakin of Ogbomosoland, while speaking at the meeting, admonished everyone not to relent and keep working hard, more than ever, as we approach the election period, because it’s only the support groups that can do the job of mobilisation, canvassing, grassroot consultation, across the Local Governments, wards, polling units and that’s why it’s important to carry them along, to get the job done. He used the medium to unveil twenty thousand (5000) ‘Pick Your PVC, Vote Tinubu/Shettima, Renewed Hope, Get Out to Vote’ fliers, which were distributed to all present at the meeting.

Chief Dare stated further that Nigeria and Nigerians stands more chance of becoming a prosperous nation, if Asiwaju Bola Ahmed becomes the President by 2023.
Also that the youthful generation are at a better advantage, as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a complete advocate of the youths and so passionate about lifting and bringing up youths, to enviable in positions in different capacities and human endeavour, hereby called on the youths to ensure victory for the Tinubu/Shettima Candidacy in the first ballot, 2023 Presidential elections, by voting massively.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, the Sarkin Wasanni of Hausaland said “Tinubu is a the man Nigeria needs at the moment, for a better hope, better future, better life and a better Nigeria, so we need to make everything possible to make it happen, one of which is to engage important stakeholders, and Support Groups are major players in this wise”.

Present at the meeting were APC party faithfuls, stalwarts, stakeholders and dignitaries, amongst whom we have Former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Chief Moses Adeyemo Alake, Hon. Lekan Afuye Former Chairman of Ibadan North East, Member of PCC Support Group Coordination Southwest Hon. Taiwo Akinola, Former Deputy National Youth Leader of the APC Hon. Bolaji Afeez Rẹpẹtẹ, Former Oyo State Progressive Youth Leader Alhaji Abiodun Ambali, together with 120 Support Group Coordinators and about 200 Support Group members.

This meeting, is the second of it’s kind for Support Groups in Oyo State, after the first meeting held at Liberty Stadium, in December 2022, also coordinated by Mrs. Titilope Gbadamosi and other PCC Support Group Coordination Southwest Zone, geared towards urging support groups to go all out, canvass, mobilise and convince the electorates to vote massively and ensure a landslide victory for Tinubu/Shettima by 2023.

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SDP Calls For Review Of Kogi Governorship Election Results



Joel Ajayi

The National Leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has demanded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), review the results of the Kogi governorship election held on the 11th of November and declare the party’s candidate Murtala Ajaka as the fully elected governor of the state.

The national chairman of the  SDP, Shehu Gabam made the demands on behalf of the party at a press conference at the party’s national Secretariat in Abuja on over the weekend.

Addressing newsmen Shehu Gabam said, they were amazed how the umpire who issued two separate press releases later turned around and admitted results over voting, prefilled, and mutilated results.

He noted that INEC must redeem itself by being above board in the Kogi governorship election.

“We therefore seek, the cancelation of polling units affected by overvoting, reverse the observed irregularities, rescind the result declared by the returning officer and declare the proper result, rescind the  erroneous and unlawful return of Ahmed Ododo and declare Murtala Ajaka dully elected as the governor of Kogi State.” He said

To back his demands, he said, “We humbly request the INEC to exercise its rights and obligations under the constitution of Nigeria and the Electoral Act, 2022 to review the earlier result.

“In view of the above, we humbly request the Independent National Electoral Commission to exercise its rights and obligations under the Constitution of Nigeria and the Electoral Act, 2022 to review the earlier incorrect declaration and cancel the results where there had been irregularities and processes contrary to the provisions of the law, regulations, and guidelines, and manual for the election. He demanded

Speaking further he said, “We wish to report even more infractions and infringements in the Kogi State election and therefore wish to request the Chairman to review, in accordance with Section 65(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022, the declaration by Professor Johnson Urama, acting on behalf of INEC.

“We wish to bring the attention of the Honourable Chairman, the following complaints on actions which marred the Kogi election management and were in contravention of Section 51(2) of the Act, 2022 and hence formally request the Commission to make urgent reviews. They are: a. That significantly substantial registered voters with irregular or multiple registration were returned as lawful voters in Okene LG., A similar instance was observed at Okehl, Adavi and Ogori-Magogo, and Ajaokuta LGs.

“Also, activities of INEC functionaries which contravene Section 51(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022 were reported by our Polling Agents who complained strongly at the ways and manners in which Presiding Officers at hundreds of Polling Units carried on; for instance:

Allowing Forms EC8A where total votes cast and rejected votes together were more than the total BVAS accreditation counts physically shown to the Polling Agents. The summation of the Total Valid votes and the Rejected votes written on Form EC8A

exceeded the total votes cast as written on the same Form EC8A Over voting also occurred in some Polling Units where total votes casts exceeded the count of voters in the voters register in the same Polling Unit.”

“That there were areas where voting did not take place at all, and polling agents were chased away and yet the Presiding Officers returned phantom results as lawful vote counts such as in Barilo Ward-1 in Okene LG at Govt. Day Sec. Sch. Irivucheba-l Polling Station 1701-038 where the Presiding Officer scored 400 votes for APC and zero for all the other parties. Even other Parties Polling Agents were not allowed to vote.” He added

He also noted that, Presiding Officers allowed illegal voters who failed accreditation and marked ‘FA on the Voters Register used on the election day to vote contrary to the guidelines and regulations

In nearly all these cases of overvoting and unlawful votes, the records of Forms EC40A, EC408, and EC40C did not match the records or did not correspond with the records put on Forms EC8A as required by the law, regulations, and guidelines. That PVC counts of all those eligible to vote in some Polling Units are less than the Total valid votes cast, even though these PVC counts were actually less than the count of voters registered

“We avow that the irregularities observed in the affected polling units substantially affected the outcome of the election and that but for such irregularities, the outcome would have produced a winner other than Mr Ahmed Usman Ododo of the APC and that

Murtala Ajaka, the candidate of the SDP would have and should have been declared the winner.”

The candidate of the SDP in the Kogi State governorship election, Murtala Ajaka, said he had earlier told the public that he wasn’t going to challenge the declaration of Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress APC by INEC as the elected governor of Kogi State. But had a change of mind from the evidence at hand and pressure from his people.

“Though I already said I wasn’t going to court from pressure from my people we are going to court, we have gathered all the evidence needed to win the case.”

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