#OsunDecides2018: INEC, PDP Disagree Over Alleged Creation Of Illegal Polling Units

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have clashed over an allegation that the electoral body has created illegal polling units to aid rigging in today’s governorship election in Osun State.

 

The PDP through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan alleged, at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, that the creation of the illegal polling units by INEC was in order to rig the election for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) but the electoral body dismissed the allegation, asking the public to disregard it.

Ologbondiyan said the APC in connivance with INEC‎ was creating illegal polling units and delineating illegal wards across the federation.

“It will interest you to know that just as we are preparing ‎for the Osun election, we have been able to burst one of those fictitious electoral wards created for APC to rig‎ election.

“Ila Local Government has 11 electoral wards, but ahead of tomorrow’s election, INEC has created an imaginary 12 wards for Ila and allocated over 4,000 votes for that ward, and that ward is called Iperin‎.

“What they have done is to create two wards in Iperin‎, instead of one; allocated votes for both wards including the original ward and the fictitious ward.”

According to Ologbondiyan, if INEC was delineating constituency, where two or three wards shares name, they would give it numeral figures; “like this Iperin, would have been Iperin 1 and Iperin 2,‎ but what we have in this situation is Iperin, Iperin.

“Whereas INEC recognised 11 wards in that local government. What we have had now is 11 wards‎

“And to also showcase the fact that this is a deliberate plot, we discovered that the figures allocated to the two Iperin wards are different ‎, one has over 4,000 votes, the other has over 2,000 votes.

“In all, where they would have had 2,000 votes, they want to generate 6,000 votes. We are not yet aware of the number of local government where this is currently ‎happening.”

The PDP spokesman demanded that INEC should make an outright withdraw of fictitious electoral wards from its database.

“We have also directed our members to continue to monitor the devious plans of APC and INEC‎ during Osun election.

“The PDP will not accept any result that come from Iperin if INEC insist on allowing votes in the two Iperin ward‎s.”

Ologbondiyan vowed that the PDP was determined in the Osun election to dismantle all the rigging plans and all the rigging plots ahead of the 2019 general elections.

“Our men are on the street of the entire Osun and we are also collaborating with Civil Society Oganisations, who were determined to ensure a clean, clear, free electioneering process,” he said.

Reacting to the allegation, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi said it was a baseless and false alarm.

“The Commission hereby urges the general public, especially the good people of Osun state to disregard the baseless allegations and false alarm made and raised by the PDP.

“The Commission also wishes to reiterate its determination to ensure that only the votes of the Osun state people, as would be freely expressed in Saturday’s governorship election, will determine who becomes the next governor of the state,” Oyekanmi said.

#OsunDesides2018: Facts and Figures about Osun guber election

The people of Osun State will troop to the polling unites today to cast their vote for a preferred candidate that will govern them for the next four years. The present Governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola is constitutionally mandated to relinquish the seat this year at the end of his two term of eight years tenure.

Lining up to take Aregbesola’s place at the Government House are 48 candidates representing 48 different political parties. In this regard, Osun people are spoilt for choice but only one of them can become governor.

Each of the over 40 candidates will hope to convince 1,687,492 registered voters scattered around 30 local government areas that they are the right person for the job. However, only 1,246,915 PVC were distributed, so it is safe to say that the number of voters will drop significantly on election day.

INEC has distributed over 4,700 card readers to 3010 polling units in the 332 registration areas across the state. Though some of this card readers are expected to develop some form problem during the elections, it is however expected that most of them will be used for the election.

It is also expected that that Osun State would play host to over 40 local and international election observers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#OsunDesides2018: APC, PDP, SDP, Others Battle To Produce Next Governor

In a bid to outsmart the tough stance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on vote buying in today’s governorship election in Osun State, politicians in the state have turned to social media messaging application, WhatsApp to woo voters with financial enticement, Saturday Punch reports.

According to Investigations by the newspaper, the representatives of at least one of the contestants were using the WhatsApp social media platform to woo Permanent Voter Card (PVC) holders, who are residents of Osun State, to sell their votes

The representatives, the report revealed hid their identities to carry out the vote buying exercise.

A correspondent of the newspaper had tried to get the identify of the buyers and was linked to a Whatsapp number 08120569530, where he was asked a series of questions to ascertain if he actually had a PVC and if he was an Osun State indigene.

The administrator promised that N10,000 would be deposited into the correspondent’s account number at 6am on Election Day. He was asked for his account detail, age, town, ward and unit to claim the amount.

According to the report, the administrator said: “You’ll receive bank alert 6am on the Election Day. Don’t forget to pass this good news to all your friends and family. Make sure you add us to you(r) phone book and don’t forget to send this to all your friends and family living in around Osun State. Expect our call anytime from now.”

According to the report, All efforts to track the identify of the people behind the scheme and the candidate they are working for proved fruitless.

OSUN 2018!!! Desperate Politicians Outsmart INEC, Adopt New Strategy Of Vote-Buying To Rig Today’s Election, As PDP, APC, Trade Blames

As 48 Governorship candidates from 48 political parties jostle for 1,246,915 votes, in the Osun State Gubernatorial election holding on Saturday (today), some of the contestants and their Political Associates, have devised new means and tactics to induce voters, ahead of the poll.

Investigations revealed that representatives of some of the political parties, were using the WhatsApp social media platform to woo Permanent Voters Card holders, who are residents of Osun State, to sell their votes.

This was despite attempts by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to curb vote-buying and selling, especially in the Osun State election.

It was gathered that the Associates of the contestants cleverly hid their identities.

To track the identities of the buyers and the Politicians they were working for, Punch’s Correspondent connected to an online link that in turn linked him with a WhatsApp number, 08120569530, where he was asked a series of questions to ascertain if he actually had a Permanent Voters Card, and if he was an Osun State indigene, the administrator later promised that N10,000 would be deposited into the Correspondent’s account number at 6am on Election Day. The Correspondent was asked to send his account details, age, town, ward and unit to claim the amount.

The administrator said: “You will receive bank alert by 6am on the Election Day. Do not forget to pass this good news to all your friends and family. Make sure you add us to you(r) phone book and do not forget to send this to all your friends and family living in and around Osun State. Expect our call anytime from now.”

It was however difficult, to ascertain the party or Governorship candidate that initiated the payment process. When the Correspondent tried using Truecaller to unmasked the identity of the person, he did not respond.

Almost immediately, the administrator sent a message that the Correspondent would be stopped from enjoying the N10,000 vote-buying price. “Please, no WhatsApp call, and if you keep calling, we will block you”, the administrator wrote.

Meanwhile, one of the contestants was said to have started distributing money to the Ward Leaders, who would identify names of their party members on the voters registers, and pay them ahead of the poll.

A source close to one of the Politicians, disclosed that the money had been moved to where the distribution would be done, in order to pay for the votes.

He said: “There is nothing they can do to stop vote-buying, especially in this election, because Politicians are desperate to outdo one another in their bid to buy votes.

“They have started bringing money out, but this time around, because of the noise over it, they will be more discreet in sharing the money. Money has been given to the Leader of the party in our area, but they are yet to tell us how much.”

It was also gathered that the sponsor of a particular candidate compelled some party Leaders to swear an oath, that they would spend the money he wanted to give them to induce voters, and not pocket them.

Some of the Leaders were said to have agreed, while a few of them were said to have rejected the money, because they could not swear this oath of allegiance.

The same candidate was said to have distributed forms to prospective voters, asking them to fill in their accounts details, to enable them to be credited with the sum of N10,000. The amount is said to be meant for any voter with a PVC.

However, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, traded blames over allegations of vote-buying, on Friday, accusing each other of trying to sway voters, by offering electorates money for their votes.

The PDP accused the ruling party of planning to buy votes with billions of naira, in order to manipulate the people to vote for the ruling party’s candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.

The opposition party denied that its candidate in the election, Ademola Adeleke, was collecting bank details of the electorates through a WhatsApp number, in order to buy their votes.

He said the allegation was a rumour, and that Adeleke would play by the rules of the election.

The PDP Chairman in Osun State, Mr. Soji Adagunodo, who stated this on Friday, at a Press Conference, at the party Secretariat, noted that the party had detected several means through which the APC wanted to rig the election.

Adagunodo stated: “We wish to alert the general public to the planned monetisation of the Osun State Governorship election, especially the voting process, by the APC. Towards this ignoble end, several helicopters loaded with cash were flown into the Government House, between the hours of 4pm and 8pm, on Thursday.

“The money, which we were reliably informed about runs into billions of naira, was contributed by State Governors elected on the platform of the APC, to enable the party to induce voters at various polling units.

“In addition, each of the 67 Local Government Council Development Areas in Osun State, were made to cough up N12.5 million, for the same purpose. The plan of the APC, as gathered from very credible sources, was to buy votes with a sum ranging from N5,000 to N10,000 each, at the polling units.

“It is quite unfortunate that a government which did not find it compelling to pay salaries and allowances of its workforce for 34 months, could resort to attempting to buy the conscience of voters in this election.”

In a swift response, a Chieftain of the APC in Osun State, Sola Fasure, who is also the Media Aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, asked the PDP to provide evidence of its allegations.

In defence of the ruling party, Fasure said that the opposition party had started inducing voters ahead of the election, adding that, the PDP raised the allegation as a smokescreen to divert attention from the alleged electoral fraud the party had perfected.

He said: “The PDP and its candidate have been sending messages out to obtain account numbers of the people whose votes they want to buy. They are using this allegation to cover their own heinous and sinister practice of trying to induce voters.

“They are making allegations without evidence, but we have evidence of them trying to induce voters. They are the ones actually sending messages and trying to induce these voters with cash. They have been obtaining bank accounts, and it is all over the State. Everybody knows, but they are using the Press Conference as a means to divert attention from them, so that they can perpetrate that criminal activity of subverting the election and inducing voters.

“We are not giving out money to anybody; anyone who claims to have collected money from us, should come out to the public and say it. We have the strategy of winning elections, by going out to canvass for votes, and they have the strategy of taking shortcuts, by paying to induce voters, and to circumvent the electoral process. They have started inducing voters already, but they will fail woefully.”

Elsewhere, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday, said that the Commission had recently observed increasing voters’ inducement through electronic transfers to influence their choice of voters on the day of the election.

According to a release by INEC on Friday, Yakubu led a team of National Commissioners to the EFCC, on Thursday, to look at further steps that could be taken to address the vote-buying and selling menace.

Yakubu said: “Of immediate concern, is the election we are holding on Saturday, in Osun State, and it is going to be the last major election before the 2019 general elections. We have taken steps as a Commission, but we need the support of the EFCC in this respect. Vote-buying and selling is giving our democracy and elections a bad reputation. Also, Institutions like the EFCC, having the powers to arrest, investigate and prosecute, can help to stem this ugly tide.

“We have also recently observed increasing inducement through electronic transfers, whereby money is transferred into the accounts of some voters, in order to influence their decisions on Election Day. We believe that you have both the law and the capacity on your side to help us in this respect.

“We implore the EFCC to also monitor campaign finances of political parties and their candidates. We do not want the moneybags to determine our democracy. We want the votes of the people to determine who wins in our elections.”

INEC and EFCC form tag team against rigging and vote buying in Osun election

Nigeria’s electoral umpire, INEC and the country’s anti-graft watchdog, EFCC and agreed to combine forces against anti democratic element looking to manipulate the outcome of the gubernatorial elections in Osun State.

While both bodies, along side the Nigeria Police have resolve to work together against vote rigging, what is of paramount importance is the issue of vote buying which was taken to a new level at the recently held Ekiti governorship elections where both the PDP and APC were accused of inducing voters with cash.

Speaking recently during a meeting of the heads both the EFCC and INEC, chairman of the electoral body, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said:

“We are here as part of our consultations with critical agencies that are connected to the electoral process. We have undertaken a number of innovations to strengthen the electoral system and these days, you hear less of ballot box snatching and kidnapping of INEC officials. But as we solve one problem, another one is coming up.”

“Of immediate concern is the election we are holding on Saturday (September 22) in Osun State and it is going to be the last major election before the 2019 general elections. We have taken steps as a Commission, but we need the support of the EFCC in this respect.

“Vote buying and selling is earning a bad reputation for our democracy, for our elections and we thought we should visit national institutions like the EFCC because you have the powers under the law to arrest, to investigate, to prosecute and to help us, so we can stem this ugly tide of vote buying and selling.”

He implored the EFCC to also monitor campaign finances of political parties and their candidates.

“As we go into the elections proper in 2019, we also need your support in the area of campaign finance and spending by candidates. The law has prescribed limits as to what candidates can spend in elections but we need the enforcement of these laws. We don’t want the money-bags to determine our democracy. We want the votes of the people to determine who wins in our elections”.

Mr. Magu, who shared the INEC’s Chairman’s worries, said: “There’s indeed a lot of concern about vote buying and selling. There’s also a lot of concern about the possibility of moneybags trying to derail our democracy and democratic process. We have the mandate to monitor money transfers and we are collaborating with the banks.

“We have the mandate to arrest, investigate and prosecute and we are going to use the (Osun governorship election) as a test case.”

Magu also assured the INEC Chairman: “We will work with you. We will do our best.”

HELP!!! PDP Cries Out, Exposes APC, INEC’s Alleged Rigging Template, Less Than 24-Hours To The Osun State Guber Poll

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of conniving with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to create a fictitious Ward, in order to rig Saturday’s Gubernatorial election in Osun State.

The opposition party said that the electoral body had created an additional Ward in Ila Local Government Area, to perfect their rigging plan.

This alarm was raised on Friday, via a statement on PDP’s Twitter handle.

Earlier, the former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, had also revealed an alleged plot by INEC, to rig the forthcoming Governorship election in Osun State.

Frank, who recently left the ruling party for the PDP, called on INEC to be fair to all political parties participating in the election.

He said that there was a grand plan by the electoral body, in connivance with the ruling APC, to deploy faulty Card Reader Machines to the identified strongholds of major opposition parties in the State, to deprive voters the opportunity to exercise their franchise, and subsequently reduce the votes of the opposition parties.

Frank, described the latest plot as a scientific rigging, developed by the ruling APC, calling on all Observers in the Osun State election, to take note of the rigging style.

Frank warned the INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu, to either desist from the plot or step aside, if he cannot disobey the APC, in the interest of justice; stating that, information gathered from multiple sources in INEC, revealed the plan.

“The latest rigging method was first used in Ekiti Governorship election, where the APC won with 19000 votes, and INEC cancelled over 19000 votes as a result of faulty machines in the strongholds of the People Democratic Party (PDP)”, Frank’s statement said.

“The people of Osun should be alerted to the latest method, and resist to vote until faulty Card Reader is changed wherever, because the plan is to cancel such places where Card Reader malfunction.

“We are also calling on Local and International Observers to be conscious of this information, ahead of Saturday’s election.

“Nigerians should be worried that if the INEC could not deploy functional Card Readers and other machines to conduct peaceful and credible elections in just one State of the Federation, despite the huge amount of money the body is getting, what is the assurance that the same body will be fair to all in 2019?

“One would begin to suspect whether the latest rigging method is what is giving the APC assurance, and the reason why its Leaders are boasting of winning the yet to be conducted election already.”

INEC Set To Announce Inconclusive Election Results In The Historic Osun State Governorship Election – DETAILS

In less than 24-hours, residents of Osun State will head to the polls, to elect their next Governor.

It’s gathered that although 48 political parties fielded candidates, there is no gainsaying that the wrestle for power is between four candidates.

The election gets more interesting, given the fact that the four gladiators and their running mates, are from major election-influencing areas of the State.

In the last Governorship election in Osun State, the two leading parties fielded candidates from Osun East, hence Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Iyiola Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, divided the votes from that Senatorial District, while Aregbesola won overwhelmingly in Osun Central and Osun West Senatorial Districts.

The votes from those two Districts made him Governor. However, in this forthcoming Governorship election slated for Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, candidates are spread across all the Senatorial Districts.

APC is fielding Gboyega Oyetola from Osun Central, with Benedict Alabi, his running mate from Osun West; the PDP has Ademola Adeleke, its flag bearer from Osun West, and Albert Adeogun, his running mate, from Osun East.

The Social Democratic Party, SDP, has Iyiola Omisore from Osun East, and Lawal Olayemi, his Deputy, from Osun West; while the Action Democratic Party, ADP, has Moshood Adeoti from Osun West, and Adeolu Durotoye from Osun Central.

Gboyega hails from Osogbo, Adeleke from Ede, Omisore from Ife, and Adeoti from Iwo, Osun State.

Given the geographical distribution of the candidates and their popularity in their regions, each contender will most likely clinch the votes of the Local Government Area of his District.

However, the big question is, where will the winner get the significant votes? The Constitution mandates that the overall winner must have not less than one-quarter of the votes cast in the election; each of at least two-thirds of all the Local Government Areas in the State.

Chapter 6, section 179, sub-sections 2 of the 1999 Constitution reads: “(2) A candidate for an election to the office of Governor of a State, shall be deemed to have been duly elected, where there being two or more candidates – (a) he has the highest number of votes cast at the election; and (b) he has not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the Local Government Areas in the State.

“(3) In default of a candidate duly elected in accordance with subsection (2) of this section, there shall be a second election in accordance with subsection (4) of this section, at which the only candidates shall be – (a) the candidate who secured the highest number of votes cast at the election; and (b) one among the remaining candidates who secured a majority of votes in the highest number of Local Government Areas in the State, so however, that where there are more than one candidate with a majority of votes in the highest number of Local Government Areas, the candidate among them with the next highest total of votes cast at the election, shall be the second candidate.”

This is where the possibility of inconclusive election and a run-off comes in.

A run-off is an election conducted when the first election fails to produce a clear winner for the position of a President or Governor. This can happen when the candidate with the highest votes, does not have the required votes spread in the affected States or Local Government Areas.

If a winner does not emerge on first ballot, who the two final candidates will be, is what will remain unknown at least for now.

All the above indications show that a winner will not likely emerge on Saturday, as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, may be forced to announce an inconclusive election, and fix another date for a run off.

Osun 2018: INEC election materials distributed amidst tight security

There was heightened police presence at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday as they began the distribution of sensitive election materials to their offices in the 30 local government areas of the state.
The increased number of policemen was in readiness for the governorship election holding on Saturday, September 22.
Mr Olusegun Agbaje, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the state disclosed that they had distributed the election materials to all the local government area of the state in readiness for Saturday’s guber election.
According to the REC,, “The election materials have all been transported to the local government areas. We started distributing them this morning and we completed it this evening. They have all been moved and they are all at the local government including smart card readers. They are being watched by security men and nothing can tamper with them.

“We are ready for the Saturday election and we want to assure everybody that the election will be credible and security operatives would ensure that it is violence-free as well.”
The INEC office in the state had heavy presence of armed policemen and officers from the Counter Terrorism Unit. They armed officers were in strategic positions around the building to prevent any attack on it.
There was also tight security at the Central Bank of Nigeria where they kept the sensitive election materials before moving them to the INEC offices in the 30 local government areas.
The police counter terrorist unit had a barricade in front of the INEC head office in Osogbo, the Osun state capital. Members of the same unit built a shed where they could watch and control access to the building.

‘Be more active in elections’ – INEC to Nigerians

The National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, on Wednesday said Nigerians should be more active in elections since it affected the actively and indirectly.
 
He said in Lagos that participation of the citizens in elections was important to the development of democracy. According to him, elections are important to every democracy since its citizens have the choice to elect representatives of their choice.
 
He also said that citizens were also empowered not to re-elect representatives who did not perform to expectation on assuming elective posts.
 
“I want to advise that Nigerians should take the issue of electing people into office seriously because it will impact on them directly or indirectly. When you have representatives that you have chosen via votes of the larger majority of Nigerians in the various constituencies, it means that such representatives have a responsibility of taking care of the people within their constituency.
 
“These elected officials represent them fully in the various offices they occupy, either at the national or state houses of assembly or whichever office. They have a responsibility to the constituents of their various constituencies by pushing forward their needs and yearnings.
 
“So, I feel that Nigerians should be more alive and active in the issues of election,” he said.
The commissioner said that voting should be a compulsory exercise or a criterion for one thing or the other as obtained in some other countries.
 
“In some countries like Argentina, they make voting a compulsory affair. Even if you are not going to vote for one reason or the other, you must notify the electoral body several weeks before the election date, and they have a way of knowing whether you have voted or not.
“In Nigeria, we can get to that level too. I’m sure that by the time we make voting a criterion for one thing or the other in this country, people will get more involved in the electoral process.
On voter apathy, Ogunmola said that the commission had increased its collaboration with political parties. “The parties are the ones in need of the votes of the people and should do more than what they are doing right now in the areas of enlightenment and canvassing for votes.
“This will enable more people to come out to exercise their civic responsibility,” he said.
On 2019 general elections, the commissioner said that preparations were in place to ensure it was credible. “I want to assure you that come 2019, we will be able to give Nigerians a very good election,” he said.

Osun 2018: PDP condemns INEC for banning smartphones, cameras at polling booths

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has condemned the decision of the electoral body, INEC, to ban smartphones and cameras at polling booths. It said the decision was puzzling and was going to prevent the global community from knowing the process of the elections.

The comments were made on Tuesday, during a meeting in Bayelsa with stakeholders from the Bayelsa East senatorial district.

INEC on Monday banned the use of mobile phones, cameras or any recording devices by voters in polling booths during the Osun State governorship election.

The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said the ban will help reduce the risk of vote buying and selling which he described as a norm amongst politicians.

In another development, the Plateau state chairman of the PDP, Damishi Sango said the exclusion of Jos North, Jos South, Barkin Ladi and Riyom local councils from the October 10, 2018 council elections was a design to exclude the known strongholds of the party.

 

Sango said this yesterday while addressing journalists at the party’s secretariat. He cited that using insecurity as a basis for excluding the four councils from exercising their franchise is laughable and should not be taken seriously.