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Obaseki: I Was Pushed Out Of The APC And Will Not Return To The Party

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….Backs electronic transmission of election results

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State for the umpteenth time vowed not to go back to the All Progressives Congress, APC

Governor Obaseki said though it was not his will to leave the political platform that sponsored his election in his first tenure, he was pushed out of the party when he wanted to run for the second tenure.

The governor stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Asked whether he had any plan to return to the APC, he said, “Well, I think I have shown that I’m a politician with integrity and I have made it very clear that I didn’t leave the other party on my own.

Obaseki: I Was Pushed Out Of The APC And Will Not Return To The Party

“I was pushed out of the party, and someone else gave me cover, gave me an opportunity, it will not be the right thing to do to now, to leave who helped you, who gave you the umbrella in your storm, and then go back to the person who pushed you out.”

Recall that the governor joined the PDP when he was denied the gubernatorial ticket of the APC just before the 2020 election.

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While reacting to the Senate’s decision to reverse its earlier resolution on electronic transmission of election result, the governor affirmed that he would probably not have returned as governor but for the deployment of technology by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He said: “If not for the technology utilised by INEC, and God, I may not be governor today. So, I am one of those people who believe that we cannot and should not have elections in this country, going into the future, without transmitting results electronically from the polling units, because for elections to be credible, they have to be seen as transparent and once you have voted, you should be assured that your vote will count.

“With technology today, it is possible and INEC has shown it from my elections, that as soon as you voted, and the results have been counted in the polling units, then that result should be made available, such that you already know what you expect to be collated at the ward collation points.

“What has happened in many cases in the past is that people go and vote, the votes are counted in the polling units, they know, but by the time it gets to the collation point, it changes.

“But this time around, because of the transparency, everybody will see and know what they are expecting to be collated from the polling units. That is what happened in my election.

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“So, I am a very strong advocate for electronic transmission of results from elections and I want to also note that from my personal experience, INEC has the capacity, INEC has the technology, and also the understanding of how these things should work. So, they should be encouraged. I hope and pray that the President will assent to that bill.”

The Governor was however not categorical in his assessment of the direct primaries also adopted by the Senate, saying that while political parties should be allowed to determine their own procedure, if properly supervised, direct primaries would help the nation’s democratic development.

He explained: “My party is currently undertaking an electronic registration of our members across the country. Because we anticipated that one day, you will be required to show your own register, because if we as political parties vote on the basis of an election register, then the parties must also have their registers because democracy has to begin with the parties and it’s only when you have very clear open registers, then you can now have whatever form of elections from within the party.

“I would have thought that parties should have options; if a party wants to reduce the cost of their own internal primaries, by having a delegate system, having an electoral college and a delegate system, they should have the option to do so.

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“But to just lump everybody together and say look, it’s the only way to go! I would have suggested that you should have options.

“However, the direct primaries process, properly supervised, is a very fundamental step in the evolution of our democratic system.”

The governor also spoke on the lingering internal crisis in the Edo state chapter of the PDP, saying as a party that was in opposition for 12 years in the state, it would take a while to develop an understanding among new and olds members.

He stated: “You have to understand that this is politics. My current party was in opposition for 12 years and this is the first time the party is being in government.

“So, it will take a while for everybody to come together to have an understanding of the new role and the new position we occupy.

“It’s only a natural and normal process in party politics. But I can assure you it’s been sorted. Yes, we had a peculiar situation. So, it’s not just about me coming to join your party.

“There were some internal crises, even in the old party, which we’re trying to heal. We’ve made some significant progress and I believe that it will be sorted out before our convention.”

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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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