There was partial disruption of collection of the Permanent Voters Card(PVCs) in some parts of Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State on Friday and Saturday morning as the Independent National Electoral Commission moves the distribution of the PVC to ward level.
The Head of INEC Voters Education in Edo State, Timidi Wariowe in a Press Statement made available to Journalists in Benin City,Edo State, said the disruption occurred in five wards in the state.
A part of the statement reads:
“The Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) Edo State has received reports of unruly incidents between yesterday ,Friday January 6 and today, Saturday January 7, which degenerated to the disruption of the collection of PVC and threat to officials and materials in the following RAs/Wards:
“Ward 01 at Iwogban/Uteh;Ward 05 at St. Saviour’s School;Ward 07 at Ugbekun;Ward 06 at Maria Goretti College ;RA 09 at Obanyator ,with Army Children’s School and Ogheghe health centres respectively as the actual centres.
“In the meantime, INEC Edo State has decided to move the collection centres for Ward 1 and Ward 9 to the INEC Local Government Office in Ikpoba Okha, while the staff earlier withdrawn from Ward 5, Ward 6 and Ward 7 are making their ways back to their collection centres to continue with the activity, on the assurances the Electoral Officer has received from the DSS of their presence in those locations. INEC has equally informed the Police Command about the situation.
“INEC wishes to remind citizens, especially community leaders, of the need to ensure the safety of INEC officials and materials, as deployed to the various communities to ensure that every voter collects their PVCs and are able to vote in the election.
“INEC wishes to stress again that collection of PVC can only be by the owners and not through proxy.” He concluded.
Meanwhile, the commission said a total of 26095 prospective voters have collected their PVCs between the 1st – 7th of January,2023 ahead of the general elections.
This was also contained in a statement made available by the INEC Head of Voters Education,Edo State. Timidi Wariowe.
BREAKING: I Won’t Challenge Election Result At tribunal — Dino Melaye
The Kogi State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Dino Melaye, said he will not challenge the electoral victory of the All Progressives Congress before the state election petition tribunal.
The PUNCH reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the APC candidate, Usman Ododo, winner of the November 11 governorship election in the state.
The PDP governorship candidate who came third in the election, on Wednesday, alleged that the judiciary is no longer independent, but a department in the APC.
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Dino stated, “Judiciary is no longer the last hope of the ordinary people, it is now a department under the All Progressives Congress. Why should any responsible person go to the tribunal when the APC have captured the judiciary?
“I have lost complete confidence in the judiciary.”
Ondo Crisis Worsens, Assembly Demands Aiyedatiwa’s Resignation
The Ondo State House of Assembly has warned against violating the resolutions of President Bola Tinubu’s meeting with the members of the House and other stakeholders over the lingering political crisis in the state.
The House held its first plenary session on Tuesday after last Friday’s meeting with Tinubu in Abuja.
At the end of Tuesday’s plenary, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Olamide Oladiji, disclosed that, as part of the resolutions reached at the meeting with Tinubu, the deputy governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, was asked to write an undated resignation letter and submit it to the President.
The Speaker said the President appointed him (Speaker), the Secretary of the Ondo State Government, Mrs Oladunni Odu, and the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Ade Adetimehin, to monitor compliance with the resolutions.
Oladiji, who read the resolutions on the floor of the House, warned all the gladiators and stakeholders against violating the resolutions of the meeting.
The Speaker said, “For the avoidance of doubt, let me present to the good people of Ondo State, the resolutions reached after the meeting of representatives of the Ondo State House of Assembly, the State Executive Council members, members of the National Assembly from Ondo State and the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress with His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the leadership of our great part, that all parties shall embrace peace, that status quo be maintained by all parties, that all impeachment proceedings be terminated forthwith, and all court cases withdrawn by all parties.”
Reading further, he said the resolutions also included “that there will be no dissolution of the State Executive Council, that an undated letter of resignation must be written and signed by the deputy governor and submitted to the President, that the party leadership and structures remained intact, that the House of Assembly leadership remained intact and that Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa continues to perform the functions of office as deputy governor.”
The speaker noted that the lawmakers were acting based on the mandate given to them by their constituents.
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“We, as elected representatives of the people, have only acted within the precinct of the mandate freely given to us by our constituents. We have demonstrated courage when the occasion demanded it. We asked questions when there was cause for us, to do,” the Speaker stated.
During the plenary session, 51 members of the Interim Caretaker Committee for the 18 local government areas of the state as well as the Local Council Development Areas, who had been screened by the Assembly, were approved, following the request of the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
The PUNCH reports that there was a heavy presence of security operatives around the Assembly complex while the Tuesday session lasted.
All efforts to reach the deputy governor on the telephone were not successful as his phone line indicated busy while the text message sent to him was not replied to at the time of filing this report.
But one of his political associates, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Aiyedatiwa was not pleased with the decision of the Assembly as it was against the resolution reached at Friday’s meeting
“You can see that the deputy governor was not in the state yet. He is waiting for the House to declare him the acting governor before coming. But I don’t know what will happen next on the matter because the House has not kept its own part of the ‘deal’.
“The status quo they are talking about is for the deputy governor to be acting as the governor and that is what I expected the speaker to read today but he didn’t put that in his speech. Let’s see what happens next.”
JUST IN: Appeal Court Sacks Nasarawa Speaker
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has sacked the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, a member of the All Progressives Congress in the state.
The speaker was sacked in a judgement delivered on Tuesday by the Court which declared the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Sa’ad Abdullahi Ibrahim, as the rightful winner of the election of the March 18, 2023 election for the Umaisha/Ugya State Constituency.
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