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AnambraDecides: Andy Uba cries foul, rejects results

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Andy Uba, the APC governorship candidate in the just-concluded Anambra governorship election has rejected the results of the election.

The decision was announced by the Andy Uba Campaign Organisation in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja, by its spokesman Jerry Ugokwe.

He described the election as a charade, saying that the result did not reflect the wishes of the people of Anambra.

“Our popular candidate, Senator Andy Uba, is a victim of widespread electoral fraud and manipulation,” he said.

Mr Ugokwe alleged that the election was manipulated by INEC, in cohort with the Governor Willie Obiano-led administration and security forces deployed to oversee the exercise.

He further alleged that the election was characterised by widespread irregularities, intimidation and voter suppression to clear the path for the victory of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate at the polls.

“For instance, in polling units where the Biometric Voters’ Accreditation System (BVAS) malfunctioned, INEC went ahead with the election manually.

“There were numerous cases where votes announced by INEC exceeded the number of accredited voters in polling units.

“It is inconceivable that our candidate, who polled over 200,000 votes in the APC primary election, would be allocated a slightly above 43,000 votes by INEC.

“It is surprising that APGA, which lost almost 80 per cent of its stalwarts through defection to APC before the election, came out victorious,” he said.

Mr Ugokwe recalled that the sitting APGA Deputy Governor, seven members of the House of Representatives, 10 members of the House of Assembly, all defected to APC before the election.

This, he said, was in addition to some APGA Board of Trustees members and several others who joined APC, ahead of the governorship election.

According to him, it is, therefore, ridiculous that APGA emerged victorious at the election despite the defection of its critical stakeholders to APC, ahead of the election.

Mr Ugokwe added that from all indications, the only people remaining in APGA at the time of the election were Governor Obiano and his household as well as a few staffers of the Government House and as Professor Chukwuma Soludo, the party’s candidate.

This, he said, was especially so because the majority of the electorate in the state had moved to APC.

“There was definitely no way the carcass of APGA could have defeated APC without the active collusion and manipulation by INEC and the Obiano-led administration.

“What happened on November 6 fell far below the acceptable standard of a free and fair election, and can best be described as electoral fraud,” Mr Ugokwe said.

He, however, appealed to APC supporters in the state to remain peaceful and calm.

Ugokwe assured that the organisation would not relent in pursuing what he called “their stolen electoral mandate” through all available constitutional means.

He further stated that the facts on ground did not, in any way, reflect the outcome of the elections, as announced by INEC. 

(NAN)

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UK stops issuance of visa to Nigerians

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The United Kingdom has announced a temporary suspension on reviewing and issuing visitor visa applications from all red list countries, including Nigeria.

The decision was announced in a statement issued on Sunday by the British High Commission.

“To support the UK Government’s aim to protect public health from COVID-19 and associated variants of concern (VOC), UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will pause making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries, including Nigeria, until travel restrictions are lifted,” the statement said.

This comes after Nigeria was placed on the UK’s red list over growing concerns of the recently identified COVID-19 Omicron variant. 

“You cannot travel to the UK if you’ve been in a red list country in the previous 10 days unless you are a British or Irish national, have residence rights in the UK,” the commission had said on Sunday.

On Saturday, Peoples Gazette reported Nigeria’s addition to the UK’s “red list”, with Health Secretary Sajid Javid listing the new restrictions that would come into force on Tuesday. These restrictions include out-bound passengers needing to provide either valid evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test result within 48 hours of departure.

Nigeria, after confirming two cases of the Omicron variant on December 1, joined the list of African countries, except those in North Africa, which have been placed on red lists as high-risk countries.

Governments across the globe have been emplacing travel bans since the Omicron variant was sequenced and identified in South Africa. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had said that the Omicron variant, now detected in 38 countries, appears to be more contagious than the COVID-19 Delta variant.

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APC wins Ekiti council poll boycotted by PDP

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The Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission on Sunday declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of all the seats contested in Saturday’s local government councils poll in the state.

The election was boycotted by the main opposition party PDP which claimed that the APC led administration in the state was incapable of organising credible, free and fair elections without violence.

Justice Jide Aladejana, the chairman of the commission, announced that the APC won all the 35 council chairmanship seats and 176 out of the 177 councilorship seats declared.

Mr Aladejana said that the commission had postponed councilorship election in Erinjiyan ward, following violence that broke out during the poll in the town.

He appreciated security agencies and the staff of the commission as well as the electorate for participating in the poll and for their cooperation for the successful conduct of the election.

The election was held across the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the 19 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) as well as the 177 wards of the state.

Six other political parties participated in the poll.

They included Action Alliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ADC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressives Congress(APC), National Rescue Movement(NRM), and Young Progressives Party (YPP).

Speaking on the election, Raphael Adeyanju, the state PDP Publicity Secretary, described it as a sham.

Mr Adeyanju said that the result of the election and the obvious low turnout of voters had confirmed fears by the party that the result had already been predetermined by the ruling APC ahead of the poll.

The spokesman also described the conduct of election in the newly created LCDAs as unconstitutional, claiming that since the constitution of Nigeria only recognised the existing sixteen LGAs in state, the election in the 19 LCDAs was an aberration and a waste of resources.

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Kogi speaker’s wife dies in Lagos

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The wife of the Speaker of Kogi House of Assembly, Esther Zainab Kolawole, is dead.

Femi Olugbemi, spokesman to the speaker, Matthew Kolawole, announced this in a statement on Sunday.

He said the deceased died in the early hours of Sunday in a Lagos state hospital.

The statement stated that Mrs Kolawole was 50-years and died after a brief illness.

According to him, the burial arrangements will be announced later.

He said she is survived by her husband, children, siblings and an aged mother.

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