Endless Jubilation As Aminu Tambuwal Receives 2019 Presidential Blessings From Former Military Head Of State

Former Military President, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has said that the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has his blessings to contest the 2019 Presidential election.

Babangida made this disclosure when he hosted Tambuwal and his team, at his Hilltop residence, in Minna, the Niger State capital, on Saturday afternoon.

“You have my blessings and I will keep monitoring to ensure you do not deviate”, Babangida told Tambuwal.

He states that Tambuwal is a grounded Politician, who understands the challenges of the country, and has the potentials to fix them.

Babangida lauded Tambuwal for promoting peace, rule of law, and unity during his reign as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“I am very proud that you belong to the generation that want to keep Nigeria as one. You have a good team to keep that.

“I have no doubt that Nigerians will give you the opportunity to put these good ideas for the good of the country.

“You know the country; you understand the challenges of the country. I trust you will work based on your conviction for this country.”

In reaction, Tambuwal stated that he was in Minna, the Niger State capital, as part of his nationwide consultations to seek the blessings of the former Leader.

He noted that IBB and others fought to keep Nigeria as one, but that it is unfortunate that the country was now divided along ethnic and religious lines. He promised to serve as a bridge, and a unifier when elected as the President.

“Mr. President Sir, we are here also to drink from your fountain of knowledge and experience, and to consult you on this all important mission of not only securing the flag of our party, the PDP, in the 2019 Presidential election, but also eventually by the grace of God, getting elected as the President of this great country.”

The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, vowed that he would assemble the best brains to turn around the economy of the country, and restore the confidence of Nigerians in the government.

He also pledged to ensure devolution of powers to States, so that among other things, funds are available to States to carry out meaningful projects.

“I believe in the devolution of power to State. We will ensure States get more funding, for them to be able to carry out meaningful projects in their domain”, he said.

Post-Nigeria recalls that Aminu Tambuwal, a few weeks ago, declared that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, would be defeated, in 2019.

The Governor also expressed confidence that he would clinch the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential ticket, despite the other various strong contenders.

“As you are aware, the primary election is about party delegates, and I am sure that the delegates would find me worthy to be the PDP candidate, with a view to winning the 2019 Presidential election.”

The Governor expressed determination “to provide quality education for the youths, so as to become useful in the society, if given the mandate, come 2019. The PDP will defeat the APC in the 2019 Presidential election.”

Suspected PDP Agent Nabbed By Police For Vote Buying

Nigeria Police have nabbed a party agent suspected to be a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adeagbo Wasiu.

This was made known in a statement issued by the police on Twitter.

Wasiu was caught trying to buy votes at Ward 8 Unit 9 Fiwasaye Area of Osogbo.

The statement reads: “Arrest of one Mr Adeagbo Wasiu, a suspected PDP Chieftain at Ward 8 Unit 9 Fiwasaye Area of Osogbo.

“He was apprehended in the act of votes buying and the sum of One Hundred and Sixteen Thousand (116,000) was recovered from him. Investigation is ongoing.”

PDP AGENTS Arrested With N604,000 meant for vote buying in Osun state

Vote buyers are having a bad day in the Osun governorship election as Security agents attached to polling units have effectively barred voters from taking their smart phones into voting cubicles.

The police on Saturday arrested one Muraina Olalekan and Hamzat Muniru at St Mary’s Grammar School, Elewe-Iwo, Iwo for being in possession of the sum of N604, 000 which they allegedly confessed was meant for APC agents and election officials.

According to reports, Nigeria, the party agent arrested had been revealed to be PDP AGENTS after they attempted to distribute money to voters at the Obada area of Ede in Ede Local Government Area, which is also the town of Ademola Adeleke.

See the photo evidence of the agents carrying sack of money with PDP Candidate, Senator Adeleke’s Late Elder brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke name imprinted on it!!!

 

The phenomenon called ‘see and buy’, was deemed a stain on the integrity of Nigeria’s elections. However, the Independent National Electoral Commission, along with security agents have vowed to end the practice.

 

In some of the polling units visited in Ilesa and Ile-Ife, majority of the voters came to the polling units with their smartphones. However, security agents did not allow them to take them inside the cubicles, where they vote. A security personnel, who spoke with NAN on the condition of anonymity, said move had so far checked the incidence of vote-buying at polling units. Mr Jimmy George, an election observer, commended security agents for preventing voters from using their phones inside the cubicles.

 

George , who is the National Secretary of the National Committee of Patriots, said the action of the security agents would minimise vote-buying in the election.

 

Meanwhile, accreditation and voting in the election continued on a peaceful note in many polling units across the state. At Unit 12A, Ward 05 in Ile-Ife, voters were seen on the queue peacefully with INEC ad hoc staff attending to them. It was also observed that the card reader machines were also working perfectly at the polling unit visited

 

Mr Lukman Adedini, the Social Democratic Party (SDP), agent confirmed that the election had been peaceful. Adedini also commended INEC ad hoc staff for arriving on time. Also at Ward 6, Remo Unit 2 in Ile-Ife, many voters were seen on the queue. Mrs Victoria Komolafe, the Presiding Officer, who said the election had been orderly and peaceful, also commended the large turnout of voters. Mr Olayade Abiola, the SDP party agent at the polling unit, commended INEC for the prompt arrival of materials

#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: 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.”

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.”

Dogara, Namadi Sambo, Others Get Very Juicy Appointments, Ahead Of The PDP Presidential Primary

A former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, was on Thursday night, named as the Chairman of the 10-member Committee that would screen the 13 Presidential Aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Other members of the Committee, are the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; a former President of the Senate, Iyorcha Ayu, and Chief Tom Ikimi.

Also on the list are: Chief Okwesikizie Nwodo, Hajia Ina Ciroma, Mrs. Kema Chikwe, Dr. Haliru Bello, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, and the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel.

The Aspirants that will be screened are: a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo; a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; a former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa.

Others said to have been invited are: President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki; a former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark; a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki (SAN); a former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jona Jang; and a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Others expected at the meeting are: a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido; Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed; and Usifo Stanley.

The screening will take place at the National Headquarters of the party, Abuja, on Monday.

2019 Elections: PDP Governor fires shots at Buhari, says he’s old and dilapidated

During the visit of Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant to Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, the latter took shots at President Muhammadu Buhari in Ado-Ekiti on Friday where he claimed the president was old and dilapidated.

He made the claims while meeting PDP delegates to the coming national convention of the party.

According to a press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Tambuwal, who is also one of the presidential aspirants in the party, said the likes of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State were needed to take back the country from those that had hijacked it.

Fayose faulted the Buhari-led government for being insensitive to the feelings and plight of Nigerians.

“They have refused to give Ekiti our last tranche of the Paris Club refund and seized two months’ budget support money meant for us. APC is in power to oppress not to develop the nation. We have N11.8 billion remaining in the Paris Club refund not paid as they paid others. Because of Osun poll, they released money to them and three others. Buhari is not only old but outdated and dilapidated and those packaging him are doing that for their own benefits,” he said.

Tambuwal, in his campaign speech said, “I won’t be insensitive to the feelings and plight of Nigerians if elected the president of this country. I also promised to run an all inclusive government as the president. It is very important to provide dynamic leadership for our country. We are not ethnic jingoists. The government in power is desperate and are doing everything outside the law to ensure they remain in power.

“We need a great and united country and that is possible if we choose a leader that has a vision of one Nigeria. I have traversed the length and breadth of this country and have an idea of what the people want. I am in a good position to respect the sensibility and sensitivity of the people,” he said.

Tambuwal said he supported restructuring and that fiscal federalism must be allowed for every section to grow at their own pace. He also added that he would approach that issue by calling all parties to a round table for robust discussion of the issue at stake.

Tambuwal will be contesting the primaries for the PDP presidential ticket against Senator Bukola Saraki, Former Vice-President, Atiku Abukar, Former Senate President, David Mark, among others.

2019 Elections: EFCC launches probe into APC, PDP, 89 other parties

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announced on Friday that it had begun mobilisation of its resources to identify the sources of campaign funding by the 91 political parties to field candidates in the 2019 general elections. The political parties include the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), among others.

The purpose is to identify the culprits and prosecute them for the first time in the history of Nigeria’s political funding, which has become grounded in fraudulent practices especially vote-buying in recent times.

The EFCC has also moved its investigations into high gear in the fight against vote buyers ahead of Saturday’s governorship elections.

The commission revealed that as part of its proactive efforts in securing the integrity of the electoral process and prevent the exercise from being used as avenue for money laundering, it had already launched massive, but discreet, surveillance of the financial flows of all the actors in the various political parties.

The statement by EFCC said, “As preparations for the 2019 general election enters the home stretch, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission restates its determination to stamp out corruption in the electoral process to ensure that the will of the people is not subverted through financial inducement by desperate politicians.

“To this end, and starting from the governorship election in Osun State this weekend, the Commission has fully mobilized its investigative resources in a proactive move to stem the incidence of vote buying and other financial inducements that had bedevilled the nation’s electoral process.

“Specifically, the Commission expresses its resolve to monitor campaign financing by political parties, while calling on aspirants to elective offices to apprise themselves of the provisions of the Electoral Act on campaign financing as anything done outside the law would be considered as corrupt practices and dealt with accordingly.

“The audacious move by the Commission, according to its acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, is part of a collaborative initiative that will see the EFCC join forces with other law enforcement organizations in the country to enforce the provisions of the Electoral Act which criminalizes financial inducement by political parties and their candidates during electoral campaigns and at polling centres on election day.

“We will be working with all stakeholders especially from the security and intelligence community to stop the practice of vote buying and other financial malpractices that undermine the integrity of our elections. It is important to state here that those who offer bribes for votes are as guilty as those who receive such gratifications. My candid advice to the electorates is to be vigilant and resist the temptation to sell their votes.

“After the widely acclaimed peaceful transfer of power from a sitting president, who was the candidate of the then ruling party, to the candidate of the opposition party in 2015, the 2019 general election offers Nigeria the opportunity to deepen her emerging democratic culture that is free and participatory. We must guard this process by shunning all forms of electoral malpractices,” Magu said.

The EFCC advised Nigerian voters to be vigilant in the exercise of their franchise, by resisting monetary inducement for votes as those who dangle such carrots cannot be trusted to protect their interest once in power.