Rivers APC Crisis: We Are Only Demanding A Right To Compete, Says Party  

The Rivers State Police command has confirmed the killing of a soldier at Abonema in Akuku Toru Local Government Area, which was turned into a theatre of war on Saturday between hoodlums and soldiers as they engaged in gun battle.
The command’s spokesperson, Nnamdi Omoni, said several other people sustained gunshot wounds.
Although he said that the police had no record of civilian casualties, some party members told Channels Television that more people were killed in the encounter.
The Commissioner of Information in the state, Emma Okah, also said some of their party members could have been killed in the violence.
The army has also confirmed the shootings in Abonema but gave no casualty figures.
According to the Assistant Director of Public Affairs, 6 Division Nigerian Army Colonel Aminu Illiasu, there was a shootout between suspected hoodlums, who allegedly were trying to disrupt the electoral process.
The police in Lagos have arrested four persons in connection with the disruption of voting and destruction of voting materials in Okota, Okota in Oshodi/Isolo council area of Lagos State.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Zubairu Muazu, made the disclosure during a visit to the affected polling units.

Muazu was in company with an Assistant Inspector-General of Police monitoring elections in Lagos State, Mr David Folawiyo.

Muazu said that the suspects would soon be charged with disrupting elections and damage to election materials.

The hoodlums had set ablaze some ballot boxes at Polling Unit 18 located at the junction of Ohafia/Ago Palace Way, Okota.

The incident occurred midway into voting at the booth, causing voters and INEC ad-hoc staff to run for safety.

The hoodlums also disrupted voting at Polling Unit 23 located on Baba-Ewe Street/Ago Place Way.

It was gathered that a group of boys in tricycles and motorcycles stormed Polling Unit 18 and few other polling units and attempted to force voters to vote for a particular party.

The group fled when a team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command arrived at the scene.

SARS had shot into the air.

However, the hoodlums returned when the police left. They attempted unsuccessfully to snatch the boxes, and then burnt some.

They also disrupted voting at Polling Units 035 and 036 located at Adeneken Street/Alhaji Olusesi Street Junction and Adeneken Street/ Ago Palace Way, respectively.

Although the ad-hoc staff and some voters returned later at the polling booths, voting did not continue until the time of this report – 3.50p.m.
Banky W shared a video on his twitter page stating that their was no ballot paper for house of rep at polling unit 13 in Ikoyi, Lagos.

He wrote:

“@inecnigeria pls see video evidence that at Polling unit 13 in Ikoyi, the staff didn't bring ANY House of Reps ballot papers. Voters were told to only vote for Senate & President. We will monitor the final count to ensure no votes are counted for House of Reps in that Unit 13”

A man believed to be the Head of OPC in Okota, Mr Demola has been reportedly stoned to death by voters in the area for disrupting the election in the area.

According to a video posted on Twitter by a handle @tweetmankind, the alleged leader of the Oodua People's Congress in the area was accused of arranging thugs that scattered the voting process in Okota, which was earlier reported in the news.

He tweeted:

Mr. Demola the head of the OPC has been stoned to death by angry voters who claimed he was the one that scattered the voting process earlier today at Okota Lagos.

Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, has lost his polling unit to a rival, Uba Sani.

Shehu Sani is seeking re-election to the Senate under the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) while Uba Sani is vying on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The incumbent voted at Polling Unit 20, Ungwar Seriki ward, in Kaduna North Local Government.

He told journalists in the morning that he chose to vote at the unit instead of Tudun Wada where he usually vote due to proximity to his house.

After the count of ballots, Shehu Sani polled 51 votes setting him away from his rival, Uba Sani, who had 236 votes.

PDP garnered 34 votes.

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In other results, APC had 292 votes in the presidential polls while PDP polled 23.

For the House of Representatives, APC had 240, PDP 47 and PRP 28.

The results of the polling unit was announced by Umar Sanusi, the Assistant Presiding Officer 1 for the unit.

Formerly a member of APC, Mr Sani defected to PRP at “dying minute” after failing to secure the party’s ticket.
Report has it that at least two persons were killed and many others badly injured during the elections at polling units in Amukpe area of Sapele town, Sapele council area of Delta state on Saturday.

It was gathered that some armed persons opened fire on the voters and killed their victims instantly as supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), clashed in the area before the intervention of policemen who fired some shots to disperse the fighters.

A witness at the scene of the incident, said the killers surfaced and started shooting at about 12:55pm.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has emerged victorious in the polling unit of party's Vice Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi.

PDP won in PU 019, Umudimakasi Square, Agulu, Anambra where Obi voted.

PDP polled in 258 votes, while the APC polled in 1 vote.

President Muhammadu Buhari defeated Atiku Abaubakar, his main challenger, at the polling unit of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, on Saturday.

While the All Progressives Congress (APC) secured 87 votes in the presidential election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got just 18 votes.

Obasanjo had picked Atiku over Buhari, advising the president to quit politics.

President Muhammadu Buhari has won his polling unit, PU003 at Sarkin Yara ward A, in Daura, Katsina.

The president scored 523 votes while the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar got only three votes.

However, the president’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate for Katsina North senatorial district, incumbent Kaita Baba-Ahmad, lost the unit to the candidate of Accord party, Lawal Nalado.

Mr Nalado scored 263 while Mr Kaita scored 248 votes.

The candidate of the major opposition party, the PDP, Usman Mani, scored only two votes.

President Buhari had on Saturday morning reaffirmed his confidence in winning the presidential election.

Mr Buhari told reporters shortly after voting at Kofar Baru, Sarkin Yara “A” ward in Daura, his home town, that he would win the election and congratulate himself.

Clad in a light blue `Babbar Riga’, the president was accompanied by his wife, Aisha, and some security details.

Mrs Buhari was the first to vote before the president at 8.06 a.m., while the president voted at 8.10 a.m.

“So far, so good. Nigerians understand and are behaving themselves,’’ Mr Buhari said when asked to give his assessment of the exercise, so far.

When asked if he would congratulate the winner if he lost the election he said, “I will congratulate myself; I am going to be the winner,’’ the president said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party at his polling unit.

Wild jubilation broke out following the announcement that Mr Buhari scored 186 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar, who got 167 votes.

Atiku’s loyalists were quick to play up the figure as a remarkable showing for their candidate, despite its closeness, saying the unit has been historically won by Mr Buhari, who has stood in every presidential election since 2003.

The results from Atiku’s polling unit are amongst some of the early returns trickling in from across the country in today’s presidential and federal parliamentary elections.
Mr Buhari overwhelmingly won his polling unit in Daura, Katsina State.

Mr Buhari won his polling unit, PU003 at Sarkin Yara ward A, in Daura.

The president scored 523 votes while Atiku got only three votes.

President Muhammadu Buhari has emerged victorious in his polling unit at Daura.
Buhari who cast his vote at 8:30 reportedly defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar in his Sarkin Yara polling unit with a ‘wide margin’.
The APC polled in 523 while the PDP polled 3 votes.
Buhari’s media aide, Bashir Ahmaad confirmed this in a post on his verified Twitter page
He wrote: “President Buhari wins his Sarkin Yara polling unit with a ‘wide margin’.
“APC = 523, PDP = 03 Moving onto the NextLevel!

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu, has said that he would accept the result of the presidential election even if it did not go the way of the party.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tinubu spoke with journalists after voting at Polling Unit 047, Ward 3, Ikeja at 11:20am.
He said that the will of the electorate must be respected, adding that as a true democrat, free and fair elections must be protected.
Tinubu was, however, upbeat about his party’s chances of winning the elections.
“If my party is voted out in this election, I will accept it because it is the people’s verdict, that is their decision. Any democrat that cannot accept a result from a free and fair election is not worthy of that name.
“As a true democrat, you must be able to accept the results of a free and fair election.
“My hope and determination of my party is that we are winning this election because we have the support of the masses and if you look at our rallies, it is an indication of our party’s popularity that we are the populace.
“We are not talking about the elites or those that are rich, but the poor masses, farmers, traders, artisans and the common man who seek for continuity,” he said.
Tinubu, however, rated the conduct of the elections as successful so far, adding that though elections were expensive, yet it remained the best way of choosing leaders.
“The election has been successful so far, so good. It has demonstrated the resilience of the people and like the President has said; we have chosen the best way in a difficult way.
“Democracy is the toughest way of selecting a leader but the best system. With resilience of the people and strong determination we are getting there,” Tinubu said.

Mr Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), said on Saturday that the turnout of voters was impressive in spite of the postponement of the election date by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He commended INEC after he cast his vote at about 11:55am at his Ward 10, Unit 1 at Iyamho in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo, observing that the turnout was massive compared to previous elections in the country.
“I have been voting here since 1999 and the turnout here today is totally unprecedented and some of you who have witnessed previous voting here will agreed that it is almost three, four times higher.
“Those with small babies on their back who have come to vote, I am touched, I think so far, so good, they say it is never over until it s over, for now I am satisfied with what I have seen here.
“I am not a future teller, and I am not here to campaign, but I have always said, the thing about election is comparing one with other.
“Now from evidence now, our own candidate President Muhammadu Buhari went around the 36 states.
“I am very confident that if everything goes round like this Nigerians will win, Nigerians must win, and once Nigerians win no problem,” he said.
A man has been caught today by the Lagos by the Rapid Response Squad while he was hawking weed along the Berger axis of Lagos state.

According to the team, he has been apprehended and handed over to the Base 105, Ojodu.
Pandemonium broke out moments ago in Okota area of Lagos State, after thugs stormed Baba Ewe polling unit 023 to disrupt the ongoing presidential and national assembly elections.

The hoodlums chased people and the policeman out of the polling unit and destroyed ballot boxes and other election materials.

Look at voters running for dear lives: what happened to Snatch At Your Own Risk??

APC thugs deliberately sent to disrupt the voting process in Igbo dominated areas where PDP is expected to win - thus is systematic rigging

There was drama at A.Y.A Polling Unit in Abuja on Saturday morning when it was discovered that there were already thumb-printed ballot papers in the ballot boxes ad hoc officials brought to the unit.
The ad hoc officials who arrived at the unit at about 9:30 am explained that they were initially at the wrong polling unit, at Total Filling Station in Area 11.
According to them, it was after more than 100 people had voted that they realised that they were at the wrong polling unit and moved to the A.Y.A polling unit which turned out to be the right one.
Voters at the unit, however, insisted that the already cast ballots should be burnt and fresh voting should begin.
See photos from the unit below. (Photos: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun)

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it has cancelled elections in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers after voting failed to take off there today.

The commission’s spokesperson in Rivers State, Edwin Enabor, confirmed the decision on Saturday afternoon.

He said elections in the area would now hold on another date to be set by the commission.

“In Bonny, there was no election at all,” said Mr Enabor, adding that: “the exercise there has been postponed. It will hold on another day.”

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how elections could not hold in the area after protesting APC members stopped materials and personnel from leaving the INEC office there.

The APC supporters reportedly alleged that the ballot papers deployed to the area were fake.

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A resident, Opuade Abbey, said the area had been taken over by armed security operatives including soldiers.

The development in Bonny may affect the results of Rivers southeast senatorial district and Bonny/Degema federal constituency elections.

Elsewhere, in Okrika Local Government Area, Mr Enabor said sensitive materials for one ward was diverted.

“Therefore voting did not hold in the affected registration area (ward),” he said.

“The position of the commission is that election will be conducted separately for that registration area later.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kebbi state has urged politicians to be wary of social media posts after voting prior to the official declaration of result by the commission.

The resident electoral commissioner (REC) in the state, Alhaji Ahmad Mahmud, gave the advice during an interactive session with stakeholders in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.

“Fake news is now a trend and can mar our efforts to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

“We urge you to be wary of social media posted results before official declaration.

“Only INEC returning officers at wards, local governments and state levels have the statutory authority and power to declare the results,” he said.

He said that 1,938,171 permanent voter cards (PVCs) were received from INEC headquarters out of which 1,860,239 were distributed, leaving 77,932 PVCs unclaimed.

“We have all the sensitive materials at CBN custody, so we have no fear for the materials now.

“I collected the remaining sensitive materials that we had been awaiting for and by Wed, Feb. 20, we are going to start distributing them to remote areas and by Friday 22.

“We hope to finish the distribution in all the 21 local government areas of the state.”

According to him, the state has 225 wards, 1,345 voting points and 2,398 polling units in the 21 local government areas.

“We still maintain our arrangement as we had earlier told before the postponement that, we are going to use 520 vehicles in the transportation of ad hoc staff and election materials.

“This is part of our arrangement with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Federal Road Service Corps (FRSC) as well as security agencies on transportation.”

He assured that INEC was determined to ensure free, transparent and fair elections but urged the people to continue to pray for successful conduct of the exercise.

The REC said that special arrangements had also been made to take care of physically challenged persons to enable them exercise their franchise without hitches.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the stakeholders at the interactive session were security agencies, representatives of political parties, traditional and religious leaders as well as various NGOs and CSOs.
Security operatives in Rivers state have arrested suspected militants/thugs which were allegedly imported for the ongoing presidential and national assembly elections.

The suspects were apprehended along Mbiama bridge in Ahoada West Local government area of the state.

Some fake Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials with electoral materials, were also arrested in the same area by the joint security team.