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Ahead of the November 6th, 2021 Anambra Governorship elections, Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has revealed that the Police is in possession of intelligence showing that subversive elements are planning to threaten the process and the smooth conduct of the election.

Consequently, the IGP has tasked Squadron Commanders of Police Mobile Force and their units that will be deployed for the elections to ensure they deter the elements by being ruthless noting, “The task of securing our democratic values and guarantying a safe, secure and credible electoral process in Anambra state will rest squarely and majorly on some of you, the Squadron Commanders”.

Alkali Baba who spoke while declaring the one day Squadron Commander’s Conference in Abuja, also warned of severe consequences for those involved in unprofessional conduct and other infractions being committed by PMF personnel across the country especially as it pertains to illegal deployments.

He said, “As you are aware, the Anambra governorship election will hold on 6th November, 2021. The election security action plan will as usual revolve Units of the Mobile Police Force. The import of this is that most of your operatives will be deployed to deter subversive elements that are planning to threaten the process, while others will be deployed to secure personnel and materials of INEC, as well as other critical national infrastructure”.

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“While the detailed operational action plan in this regard will form a key part of our discourse during this conference, I must strongly warn you to ensure that you demonstrate high level of professionalism, strong supervisory capacity on your units, and the firmness and courage which are the traditional hallmarks of the Police Mobile Force”.

“I charge you to cultivate the spirit of team work and inter-agency cooperation, knowing that you will operate side by side other sister security agencies and officials of INEC. Above all, you must remain apolitical while being ruthless with violent elements and ill-guided political thugs that may wish to test our common will to deliver a transparent and credible electoral outcome”.

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Anambra Elections: We have uncovered plans to scuttle process – IGP Alkali

Disclosing that plans are on to reposition the PMF as one of his Police leadership agenda, IGP Baba said, “In furtherance to this, all the Squadron Commanders shall be leaving this conference with new sets of operational assets which have been approved for issuance with a view to sharpening your operational capacity”.

“Plans are also underway to issue more weaponry and operational vehicles to enhance your operational mobility and combat ability. The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations has also been tasked to commence the process of training and re-training of operatives of the PMF in order to strengthen your operational capacity and exposing you to modern tactical and combat requirements”.

Continuing the IGP told the Squadron Commanders, “Citizens of this country are worried about the illegalities of some bad eggs within the fold of the PMF as well as the tendency for corruption by some others. These misconducts are direct consequences of supervisory ineptitude by some of you, the Squadron Commanders.

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“Much as I am determined to motivate you to advance your mandate as the striking arm of the force, let none of you be in doubt of my firm resolve to deal decisively with any Squadron Commander that lacks command capacity as well as those who are unwilling to key into our mission of reforming the PMF and repositioning the force”.

“Discipline, professionalism and operational excellence are the bedrocks of PMF. Any personnel that is deficient in any of these has no justification to remain within the PMF system as they are not only dangers to the force, but to the nation. Accordingly we shall not spare any PMF operative that continues to conduct himself or herself in manners that are not edifying to the Nigeria Police force.

“Consequently, the AIG PMF has been directed to put machinery in motion to identify and rationalize such incorruptible elements out of the PMF”, the IGP said.

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APC appeal com’tt okay Niger Congress, says no petition, complaint received

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The Chairman of the State Congress Appeal Committee in Niger state, Chief Ray Morphy, has said that his committee did not recieve petition or complaint regarding the recently conducted state congress of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger state.

Chief Morphy declared that the appeal committee’s exercise was open, inclusive and democratic.

The national secretariat of APC had set up appeal panel for each state to hear the grievances of aggrieved party members over the recently conducted congresses.

In a statement released to newsmen Wednesday in Abuja, Chief Morphy said: “From ward congresses through local government, up to state level, the APC congresses in Niger were splendid. The state adopted the option of consensus in which every interest group was represented and carried along.

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“As the chairman of the Appeal Committee for the three levels of Congress, I can confirm that we received no petition or complaint.

“My committee was on ground in Minna at the Party Secretariat and no one showed with either a written or oral petition. We had several stakeholders meeting and all we were getting was commendation for the democratic and inclusive nature of the process in Niger state.”

The APC chieftain also dismissed media reports claiming that some persons could not submit their petitions to the Appeal Committee in Niger state.

“I am therefore surprised that anyone can claim that he or she sought to submit a petition and was denied.

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“That in my view is a figment of such a person’s imagination because the congresses were done in the open and witnessed by all relevant agencies that are empowered to do so.

“Our sittings as an Appeal Committee was also in the open. No one showed up to complain.”

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The Independent National Electoral Commission says an inconclusive election cannot be ruled out in Anambra State governorship poll next week.

INEC’s National Commissioner for Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye, said this on a live programme on Nigeria Info 95.1fm Abuja on Tuesday which was monitored by one of our correspondents.

Okoye, while responding to questions from callers regarding inconclusive elections, stated that the Electoral Act and the constitution state conditions for electoral victory.

He argued that as long as no candidate meets the requirement, another election would be conducted.

Okoye added, “The issue of inconclusive elections is embedded in our electoral framework. For instance, in Anambra State, constitutionally, before you can be declared as having won the governorship election, you must score a quarter of the votes cast in two thirds of all the local government areas of Anambra State and you must score a majority of all votes.

Anambra guber: INEC says inconclusive poll can’t be ruled out

“If no candidate in the election scores against this geographical spread and also scores majority of lawful votes cast in the election, you will have an inconclusive election and you must go back to organise a second election in order to get the person who has won. So, the issue of inconclusive election is embedded in our electoral framework.”

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He argued that based on the insecurity in the state, if elections are cancelled in any particular local government in Anambra and it is discovered that such cancellation could affect the outcome of the poll, then the exercise would be deemed inconclusive.

“Moreover, if for instance, on account of insecurity, we are unable to deploy to five local government areas for instance and the votes from all other local governments are assembled, if the total number of registered voters in these five local government where we did not conduct election has the capacity to affect the outcome of the elections where we have already conducted elections, we will declare it inconclusive until we have conducted election in all these other five local governments where we didn’t conduct elections,” the INEC commissioner added.

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Okoye argued that declaring inconclusive elections under circumstances are based on the constitution, the Electoral Act and its guidelines.

“So there is nothing untoward or obscene about it and nothing odious in what we are doing in relation to the election,” he said.

The INEC commissioner stated that the pavilion and collation centre of the commission which were burnt earlier in the year had been reconstructed as well as all stores housing their materials.

Meanwhile, INEC has said new 81,778 Permanent Voter Cards had been printed and would be delivered to its office on October 28.

Okoye said this in a statement on Tuesday after the commission’s meeting in Abuja to review preparations for the Anambra election.

According to him, a total of 138,802 Nigerians completed the registration during the Continuous Voter Registration exercise in the State.

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Okoye said after a thorough cleaning up of the data, it was discovered that the number of multiple registrants was 62,698 forcing valid registrants to drop to 76,104.

“During the same period, there were 5,674 requests for transfers, update of voter information and replacement of lost or damaged cards, giving a cumulative total of 81,778 PVCs. These cards have been printed and will be delivered to our office in Anambra State on Thursday October 28, 2021”, he said.

Okoye said the commission would work out the most efficient means of ensuring that the voters concerned collect their PVCs in earnest, adding that “fortunately, the commission has the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of all the new registrants. They will be contacted to make the collection seamless.”

He assured the people of the commission’s determination to proceed with the conduct of the election while appealing to all the critical stakeholders and citizens to cooperate with the commission for a successful exercise.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said that 81,778 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were ready for collection in Anambra State.

INEC disclosed this in a statement titled “ Update on Preparations for the Anambra State Governorship Election”, signed by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Okoye said that the new printed PVCs included newly registered voters and those who applied for replacement or transfer of their cards in the state during the just concluded first phase of the Continuous Voter Registration in the state.

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He said that the cards had been printed and would be delivered to the INEC office in Anambra State on Thursday.

“In our previous update, the Commission informed the public that a total of 138,802 Nigerians completed the registration in Anambra State.

“After a thorough cleaning up of the data, it was discovered that the number of multiple registrants was 62,698.

Anambra Guber: 81,778 PVCs Ready For Collection – INEC

“Consequently, the number of valid registrants dropped to 76,104.

“During the same period, there were 5,674 requests for transfers, update of voter information and replacement of lost or damaged cards, giving a cumulative total of 81,778 PVCs.

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“These cards have been printed and will be delivered to our office in Anambra State on Thursday, Oct. 28.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra State and his staff shall work out the most efficient means of ensuring that the voters concerned collect their PVCs in earnest.

“Fortunately, the Commission has the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of all the new registrants. They will be contacted to make the collection seamless,” Okoye said.

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