E-transmission of election results and need for sensitisation

November 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

Since the inception of democracy, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been working tirelessly to improve the process by which election is conducted in Nigeria using technology. Despite the commission’s efforts, it has conducted six general elections manually, out of which only two were said to be free of irregularities; and that was from 1999 to 2019. Nonetheless, INEC Read More

2023: Separating reality from myth

October 3, 2022 Blueprint 0

The storms and brouhaha of running mate is over, it remains the rigorous campaign that will separate boys from men. Again, the craftiness and stupidity of both the elite and masses will be tested, the strong man will once again move to and fro amidst the breath. As it stands, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stands on a tripod Read More

2023: Separating reality from myth

September 30, 2022 Blueprint 0

The storms and brouhaha of running mate is over, it remains the rigorous campaign that will separate boys from men. Again, the craftiness and stupidity of both the elite and masses will be tested, the strong man will once again move to and fro amidst the breath. As it stands, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stands on a tripod Read More

Political campaign: The dos and don’ts

September 25, 2022 Blueprint 0

Ahead of the 2023 elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has set September 28, 2022, as the day for the kick-off of campaign for presidential and National Assembly elections, while governorship and state assembly is on October 12, 2022. We are few days to electioneering, where everything will be different, or at least all efforts are made to make Read More

2023: Tension heightens as campaigns kick off

September 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

After the primaries conducted by different political parties approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), campaigns for the 2023 general elections are set to officially commence. As a prelude to the exercise, INEC released names of political parties and candidates for different positions on September 20. In this report, PAUL OKAH examines the underlying issues politicians and the electorate Read More

INEC’s cost justification

September 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

For the umpteenth time, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained that the cost of conducting elections in Nigeria is relatively high because of the country’s own peculiarities. Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, cited the web of security that is usually thrown around the election process as an example. He spoke during an interactive session with editors last Read More

IPAC’s demand for shift in 2023 election timetable retrogressive, CTA backs INEC

May 16, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has expressed surprise over the request to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a shift in the 2023 election timetable by the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), describing the move as retrogressive. While expressing support for INEC, the election monitoring body, however, called on the political parties to heed to the guidelines under Read More

Reconciliation: APC invites Oyo stakeholders, leaders to Abuja

November 4, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has invited all party gladiators, stakeholders and leaders in Oyo state for a reconciliation meeting in Abuja over the last Saturday state congress. Chairman of the APC stateCongress Committee for Oyo state, Hon Gambo Lawan dropped this Tuesday while clearing the air on the purported cancellation of the results of last Read More

Oyo APC state congress results not nullified – Lawan

November 3, 2021 Bayo Agboola, 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC)  congress committee chairman for  Oyo State, Hon Gambo Lawan on Tuesday declared that the results of the last Saturday congress in the state stands Lawan in a chat with newsmen in Ibadan dispelled the rumour about purported cancellation of the congress result by the APC national secretariat. The said that the party national secretariat only Read More

Anambra: Youth ambassador to US warns youths against political thuggery, ballox snatching

November 1, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Ahead of the Anambra  state governorship election, the Nigerian Youth Ambassador to the United States and Secretary-General, Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC), Dr. Raymond Edoh, has warned the Nigerian youths against electoral violence. Also, he appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to trend with caution while discharging its duties during the exercise so that the decision of the masses Read More

Listen to Nigerians, declare for presidency now, pressure mounts on Tinubu

October 23, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former Lagos state governor and a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been pressurised again to make public his intention to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari. Thousands of his supporters gathered Saturday in Abuja at the unveiling Asiwaju’s legacies and inauguration of states’ steering committee to reinstate their claims. Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has Read More

$4m bribe: CUPP urges parties to focus on campaign, leave INEC alone

October 22, 2021 Lekan Shehinde 0

Following allegation of $4 million bribe against officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Coalition of Political Parties (CUPP) has called on political to focus on campaigns and leave frivolous allegations against the commission. Urging security agencies to be on top of their game, the CUPP said that it has concluded after thorough investigation that the allegations are false and Read More

Anambra: Supreme Court judgment foretaste of victory – PDP candidate

October 22, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 6th Anambra governorship election, Valentine Ozigbo, has described the Supreme Court judgment affirming his nomination as foretaste of the outcome of the polls and a win for Ndi Anambra. Ozigbo who spoke with newsmen at the party headquarters in Abuja, Thursday said that the Supreme court was right in describing Read More

Ebonyi: Ex-lawmaker insists PDP followed party guidelines in conduct of congress

October 18, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha, 0

A former lawmaker, Linus Abba Okorie Sunday insisted that People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Ebonyi state chapter adhered to the guidelines and constitutions of the party in the just concluded congress. Hon Okorie a two time representative of Ohanivo in the House of Representatives was reacting to allegations made by Barrister Silas Onu, the immediate past caretaker publicity secretary and chairmanship Read More

E-transmition of results: ZLP commends Senate, rejects direct primaries

October 14, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

National Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, has commended the Senate on the revision of Electronic Transmission of Election results even has it condemned the proposed imposition of Direct Primary Election on political parties. ZLP in a statement released Thursday in Abuja by the party’s national chairman, commended the Nigerian Senate particularly the Senate President, on revising Read More

Adopt e-transmition of results in Anambra election, ADP urges INEC

October 14, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The national leadership of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adopt electronic transmission of results in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state. The opposition party also expressed support for the Senate on the direct primaries decision by all the political parties. Speaking Thursday at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, during Read More

Anambra poll: Police committed to securing public space, IGP assures

October 14, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

​ The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has assured of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to securing the public space and upholding democratic values ahead of the November 6, 2021, governorship election in  Anambra state. The IGP gave the assurance, Wednesday, during a strategic meeting with Commanders of  Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadrons at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. Force Read More

Breaking: Senate bows, rescinds decision on electronic transmission of results

October 12, 2021 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

After months of bashings from the public over resolution against unfettered electronic transmission of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) where and when practicable, the Senate is set to rescind its unpopular decision. The Senate had in July during consideration of report on 2010 Electoral Act (Amendment ) Bill 2021 submitted by its Commitee on INEC, amended Read More

Defection: PDP drags Gov Ayade, deputy to court

October 9, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

Almost five months after the defection of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP has dragged he and his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu to court, seeking that they vacate office for defecting to the APC. The case which was instituted in the Federal High Court Abuja Read More

CUPP uncovers plot to derail 2023 election, scuttle ongoing electoral Act amendment

October 6, 2021 Lekan Shehinde 0

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) said it has uncovered plot to derail the 2023 general election. The Coalition also revealed plot to scuttle the ongoing electoral Act amendment at the National Assembly. Addressing newsmen Wednesday, the spokesman of CUPP and Chairman of Action Peoples Party (APP), Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere alleged that there would be no electronic transmission of Read More

PDP Congresses: I didn’t receive N10m from Makinde – Oyo REC

September 27, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Oyo state, Barrister Mutiu Agboke, Sunday warned politicians in the state to desist from falsehood and unnecessary propaganda targeted at his person. Barrister Agboke in a statement signed by the state INEC Head of Department Voter Education, Gender and Publicity, Mrs Katherine Ogwu denied allegations against him by a group within Oyo state chapter Read More

Voter register: INEC requests NPC’s data on deceased Nigerians

September 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the National Population Commission (NPC) to periodically avail INEC of the data of deceased Nigerians to further enhance the credibility of the nation’s register of voters. The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the request when he received the chairman of the NPC, Alhaji Isa Kwarra, who paid him a courtesy visit Read More

Delta South bye-election: Diri commends INEC on BVAS, hails winner

September 13, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Bayelsa state governor, Sen Douye Diri has commended the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and the electoral body for the successful introduction and deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS). The commission introduced and tested the new voter accreditation device on Saturday in the Isoko South Constituency 1 bye-election into the Delta State Read More

Isoko South 1 bye-election: INEC declares PDP winner

September 12, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Evivie Ovuakpoye, as winner of the Isoko South 1 State Constituency bye-election. According to the official results released by INEC Sunday morning, the PDP’s candidate secured his victory with a total 6,957 votes to defeat 11 other candidates including his closest rival, Ifowodo Read More

INEC to NASS: We don’t need NCC’s clearance for electronic results transmission

September 8, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Tuesday reasserted its independence of any agency of government, declaring it does not require the approval of any government outfit to carry out its functions as the country’s electoral body. Rather, the commission said Section 160 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria vested powers in it to impose duties on any Read More