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2023 Elections: 21 Deaths Reported On Election Day – EU Mission

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The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) said no fewer than 21 deaths were reported in the just concluded general election.

The election monitoring group disclosed this in its second preliminary report released on Monday.

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According to the EU-EOM, the fatalities were recorded on election day.

It said there were “multiple incidents of thuggery and intimidation” that interrupted polls in several voting units across the country on election day.

The EU-EOM stated, “obstruction and organised violence limited the free expression of the will of the voters, despite efforts by civil society to promote democratic standards”.

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It also said vote-buying was recorded in the election, affecting the proper conduct of the exercise.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: EU Mission Knocks INEC, Says Violence, Vote-buying Marred Gov Polls

The report reads partly, “The 25 February post-election environment was largely peaceful, with parties appealing to supporters for calm. However, a few days before the 18 March elections, violence abruptly increased with more than a dozen attacks;

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“… and abductions of candidates by thugs and unidentified gunmen, some of which resulted in fatalities. Violence shortly before and on election day appeared to strategically suppress voter participation.”

“Overall, on election day, multiple incidents of thuggery and intimidation interrupted polling in various locations, primarily across the south but also in states in the central and northern areas. There were reportedly some 21 fatalities. In polling units in several states, violent incidents targeted voters, INEC personnel, citizen observers, and journalists.

“Most polling units opened with materials and personnel deployed on time, although a dismal level of voter participation meant less pressure on INEC operations throughout the day. Vote-buying, also observed by EU EOM observers, further detracted from the appropriate conduct of the elections.”

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The election observers said journalists were attacked while carrying out their duty and that security operatives turned blind eyes instead of prosecuting the attackers.

“Law enforcement agencies failed to prosecute persons who attacked, intimidated or harassed journalists during or after the presidential polls in at least five southern states with fiercely contested state-level races,” the EU-EOM said.

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“In two further states, police arrested two journalists on bogus charges. EU EOM observers confirmed 10 incidents involving media; only in one instance, police opened a case.

“Impunity encouraged by police inaction is detrimental to freedom of expression, particularly as independent and trusted outlets are targeted. This does not accord with Nigeria’s regional and international commitments to the protection of the media.”
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I Would Have Slapped Kwankwaso If I Met Him In Aso Rock – Ganduje Fumes

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Infuriated by the ongoing demolition by the governor of Kano State, Abba Kabiir Yusuf, the immediate past governor of the state, Dr Umar Ganduje, on Friday, said he could have slapped his predecessor, Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, if he saw him in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Ganduje was the immediate past governor of Kano while Kwankwaso was the Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, in the February 25 election and the two have become like cat and dog in recent years.

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Briefing State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Bola Tinubu, the visibly enraged Ganduje accused Kwankwaso of being behind the demolition of property in the state.

READ ALSO: Ganduje Fumes In Alleged Leaked Audio Over Tinubu’s Meeting With Kwankwaso

Fuming while speaking with state house journalists, Ganduje said if he had met Kwankwaso, at the Villa, he would have slapped him.

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The former governor said he met with President Tinubu to brief him on the security situation in Kano State following the demolition exercise embarked upon by the administration of Governor Yusuf.

Fielding a question on whether he met Kwankwaso who is equally around in the Villa with the president, he said, “I know he is in the building but we have not met. Probably if we met, maybe I could have slapped him.”

READ ALSO: Drama As Kano gov, Abba Yusuf Rejects Official Seat Used By Ganduje [VIDEO]

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Ganduje said the demolition exercise was done without carrying out any investigation or giving due notice in line with the provisions of the Land Use Act.

The former governor said he spoke at length on the issue while reporting the matter to the president and had petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba with video evidence of the looting and vandalisation that trailed the demolition.

Ganduje said he had briefed the president adequately on the demolition exercise that even affected the supporters of Kwankwaso whom he accused of ordering the action.

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He said the governor who he described as a “stooge” of Kwankwaso was no longer happy because of the condemnation that greeted the move.

READ ALSO: Fire Duts Ganduje’s Kano Residence

Asked to give figures to properties lost to the demolition exercise, he said some human rights organizations were working on the level of damage.

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He, however, said one of the developers who was affected had sued the government demanding over N10billion.

He said the state government had said the demolition exercise was part of the fulfilment of his campaign promise to “restore” the urban development master plan of the city.

He had also insisted that the exercise was not a vendetta against the past administration of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and that many more demolitions would follow.

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UPDATED: Ex-Edo Guber Aspirant Defects To LP, Says ‘My Sojourn In APC, PDP Full Of Pain, Deciet’

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A former governorship on the platform of the PDP, Barrister Ken Imansuangbon, has described his over 20 years sojourn in the PDP and APC as full of pain and deceit.

Imansuangbon expressed this feelings on Friday while formally defecting to the Labour Party in Abuja.

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Imansuangbon had on Tuesday in a letter addressed to the Edo State chairman of the party and copied his ward, Esan South East Local Government Area chairman of the party respectively, resigned his membership of the PDP.

Imansugbon who was received by the Julius Abure-led executives of the Labour Party, showered praises on the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi and his Vice, Ahmed Datti for championing the course of new and better Nigeria.

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Noting that Obi and Datti remain president and vice respectively in minds and hearts of Nigerians, the Edo-born politician said the Labour Party has come to stay and will continue to give fresh hope and leadership to Nigerians whom he noted have been pauperised by the APC and PDP.

“I want to thank the Labour party for this opportunity and for giving Nigerians fresh hope. My political history is well known. I ran to PDP little did I know that I was running from frying pan to fire, PDP and APC are birds of the same feathers, they don’t love Nigerians but their pockets.

“I must also thank the youths of Nigerians who supported the Labour Party for what I failed to see in the Obidient and Datti movement. Today, we know who the president is and he is in the minds of Nigerians. The world is watching the courts and to see what they will do. This is the party for the Nigerian people, students and the very weak.

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He assured the leadership of the party that more people in the 192 wards in Edo State are ready to join the Labour Party.

Speaking, the National Chairman of the party, Barrister Julius Abure, while welcoming Imansuangbon into the party, called on those who are still sitting on the fence to join the Labour Party in the movement to rescue Nigeria.

He said, “On behalf of the national leaders of the party, I heartily welcome you to the national secretariat. We are happy you joined the party to rescue Nigeria and Edo state.

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READ ALSO: JUST IN: Imansuangbon Defects To Labour Party, Received By Abure-led Leadership

“In the general election our party provided the most viable alternative and our candidates are the best and that is why the people came out in their numbers to support the party. Just like what Ken said it is clear to every Nigerians that we won the election.”

He promised that the party will offer equal opportunity to all irrespective of when they join the party adding that there is no godfather in the Labour Party.

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JUST IN: Imansuangbon Defects To Labour Party, Received By Abure-led Leadership

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The opposition Labour Party, (LP), Friday received former Edo state Peoples Democratic Party’s, PDP, Governorship Aspirant, Barrister Ken Imansuangbon into its fold amidst jubilation.

Imansuangbon had on Tuesday in a letter addressed to the Edo state chairman of the party and copied his ward, Esan South East Local Government Area chairman of the party respectively, resigned his membership of the PDP.

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The Edo politician in company of his wife, Mrs Kate Imansuangbon and large supporters, stormed the national secretariat of the Labour Party in Abuja where he was received by the national leadership of the party.

Imansugbon who was received into the party by the Julius Abure’s led executives of the Labour Party, showered praises on the party’s presidential candidate , Peter Obi and his Vice, Ahmed Datti for championing the course of new and better Nigeria, noting they remain president and vice in minds and hearts of Nigerians.

READ ALSO: Edo Has Lost One Of Its Finest – Imansuangbon Mourns Passage Of Dokpesi

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He said the Labour Party has come to stay and will continue to give fresh hope and leadership to Nigerians whom he noted have been pauperised by the APC and PDP.

The philanthropist popularly referred as the ‘riceman’ in Edo State and across described his 20 years sojourn in the APC and PDP as full of pain and deceit.

“I want to thank the Labour party for this opportunity and for giving Nigerians fresh hope. My political history is well known. I ran to PDP little did I know that I was running from frying pan to fire, PDP and APC are birds of the same feathers, they don’t love Nigerians but their pockets.

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“I must also thank the youths of Nigerians who supported the Labour Party for what I failed to see in the Obidient and Datti movement. Today, we know who the president is and he is in the minds of Nigerians. The world is watching the courts and to see what they will do. This is the party for the Nigerian people, students and the very weak.”

He assured the leadership of the party that more people in Edo State are ready in the 192 political wards to join the Labour Party.

The National Chairman of the party, Barrister Julius Abure, while welcoming Imansuangbon into the party, called on those who are still sitting on the fence to join the Labour Party now in the movement to rescue Nigeria.

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He said, “On behalf of the national leaders of the party, I heartily welcome you to the national secretariat. We are happy you joined the party to rescue Nigeria and Edo state.

READ ALSO: Imansuangbon: Re-encting The Ali’s Education Policy

“In the general election our party provided the most viable alternative and our candidates are the best and that is why the people came out in their numbers to support the party. Just like what Ken said it is clear to every Nigerians that we won the election.”

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He promised that the party will offer equal opportunity to all irrespective of when they join the party adding that there is no godfather in the Labour Party.

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