Enugu Residents Hail Jonathan’s Sportsmanship Over Presidential Election Result

He said that Jonathan had set a benchmark in Africa by accepting defeat before the final result was announced and congratulated his opponent. “We hope that APC will sustain the democratic dividends created by the PDP for the good of the country and the citizens at large,” he said. Another resident, Mr Ugochukwu Ubosi, a businessman said that Nigeria’s democracy was on the right track and expressed the hope that APC would sustain the tempo.

 

 A cross section of Enugu residents on Wednesday hailed the sportsmanship of the outgoing president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan toward the outcome of the presidential election. The residents, who spoke to newsmen in Enugu, said that the president had set a benchmark in Africa as the first president in power to accept defeat even when the final result was not announced.

A football enthusiast, Mr John Eli said that the result of the election showed that the will of the people had for once prevailed. “The victory surprised me but the will of God has to be done in all our lives. If not the victory, we will not have known the kind of statesman the outgoing president is. “For Mr President to accept a defeat and congratulate his opponent means that he loves Nigeria and has the good of the common man in his heart,” he said.

He said that Jonathan had set a benchmark in Africa by accepting defeat before the final result was announced and congratulated his opponent. “We hope that APC will sustain the democratic dividends created by the PDP for the good of the country and the citizens at large,” he said. Another resident, Mr Ugochukwu Ubosi, a businessman said that Nigeria’s democracy was on the right track and expressed the hope that APC would sustain the tempo.

“As for me, l am not disappointed because I know that one day power must change hand and it has come to pass in my own time. “Jonathan is a hero for sacrificing his interest for the peace of the Nation,” he said. In his reaction, Mr George Udeh, a university Lecturer said that the change of power was at the right time and showed that Nigeria had come a long way in democratic development. “Congratulations to the victorious party and we hope to see a better government in the years ahead,” Udeh said.

Service Chiefs Visit Jonathan

They were led to the closed-door session with the President by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

 Nigeria Security Chiefs meet with President

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 The nation’s service chiefs also on Wednesday visited President Goodluck Jonathan, a day after he lost his re-election bid.

They were led to the closed-door session with the President by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

Service chiefs who met with Jonathan at the Presidential Villa,  Abuja included the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.

None of them spoke with journalists at the end of the parley that lasted about an hour.

After the meeting, they also consulted briefly with Dasuki at the forecourt of the President’s office before they left.

Details of discussion at the meeting were not available as of  the time of filing this report.

The last time the security chiefs met with Jonathan was on March 17 when they briefed him of their preparation for the general election and the success recorded in the anti-terrorism war in the North Eastern part of the country.

General Muhammadu Buhari Wins Nigeria’s Presidential Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

  

The announcement was made by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, after the completion of the collation and announcement of results from across Nigeria, which started at the collation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday and ended  in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1.

After the announcement of votes received by all 14 candidates, the INEC Chairman received the results from the 36 states plus the FCT and proceeded with computation and tallying.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.

Professor Jega went on to declare the APC presidential candidate as the winner of the presidential election and was returned elected “having satisfied the requirements of the law and scoring the highest numbers of votes”.

Muhammadu Buhari, born December 17, 1942, is a retired Major-General of the Nigerian Army. He was Head of State of Nigeria from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état.

He had contested unsuccessfully for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections.

In December 2014, he emerged as the Presidential Candidate of the APC, for the 2015 elections.

A native of Daura in Katsina State, north west Nigeria,  Gen. Buhari is of the Fulani ethnic background. He is a Muslim of the Sunni Islam.


Election 2015: fashola urge residents to be calm while waiting for the election vote 

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Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos on Monday urged residents to remain calm as they await official release of the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections results.

Addressing journalists in Ikeja, Fashola decried the impression created in some quarters that there was tension in the state, urging people to go about their normal businesses.

The governor explained that the reports being peddled around on social media that he had asked workers to close early over security concerns were misleading.

“I didn’t issue the statement, and in almost eight years, I have never issued a directive, as far as government work is concerned, through social media.

“Things like work-free day, security issues have never been issued by me through social media.

“Rather, we have always resorted to making broadcast in person or I ask the Head of Service to issue circular.

“Or, I ask the Commissioner for Information and Strategy to make announcement through the state broadcast stations,” he said.

The governor said he understood that there was anxiety as far as the elections were concerned.

He urged residents not to yield to the antics of those planning to cause tension with the situation.

Fashola commended the residents for comporting themselves peacefully during the elections, urging them to show the same attitude in the other elections.

Delta Apc urge the cancellation of result

 

 Emerhor describes election as sham, flays attack on journalists

SSG decries shortage of voting materials, card readers failure

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for outright cancellation of last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections held in Delta State, saying the exercise was a sham. It alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) manipulated results to favour its candidates.

The governorship candidate of the APC in Delta Sate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, made the call yesterday at his country home in Warri while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the elections. He called on INEC to announce a date for the conduct of fresh election in the state.

He, therefore, called on all its party agents in the state not to sign any “INEC-doctored or fake results sheets by PDP riggers in collaboration with corrupt INEC officials.” He alleged that all results so far collated in Delta State were fraudulently obtained by PDP and submitted to INEC in Asaba for declaration. “We are saying to INEC that the election that took place on Saturday in Delta State was a farce. So many things went wrong and as I speak to you now, Delta State results are being manipulated by PDP. Our agents do not even know the location of INEC returning officers.

I understand that 12 results have reached INEC in Asaba. They have suspended collation right now and they are waiting for the process of falsifying results to continue,” Emerhor said. According to him, most result sheets in many polling units were confiscated, while in other units there were no result sheet, adding that even some resident electoral officers in some local government areas were kidnapped and taken to unknown destinations.

He blamed the situation on INEC’s the last minute decision to use manual voting as opposed to the use of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) that would have enabled the detection of manipulation of votes and falsification of results.

He also condemned an attack on journalists in Warri by some  unidentified policemen in Ughelli. Emerhor said the attack was a “desperation by the ruling party to hide their dubious activities such that some security operatives compromised started assaulting law-abiding iournalists who are out there performing their legitimate assignments.” However, Delta State government has denied reports in some online portals that results of the Saturday election conducted in Delta State had been collated. Information Commissioner Chike Ogeah, in a statement, described the figures quoted by online news portal were outright falsehood.

The statement said: “The attention of the Delta State Government has been drawn to a story on Saharareporters website where it was claimed that collation of results for the presidential election has been concluded in the state.

Writing under the headline “preliminary independently collated presidential results” where it ran a table of results purportedly from all the states, Saharareporters claimed that the All Progressive Congress (APC) scored 5,331 votes in the presidential poll while the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) secured 205,256 votes. “This report is utterly false and should be seen as the product of armchair journalism by Saharareporters. The fact of the matter is that as at 5.30 pm today, Monday, March 30, 2015, results from only 11 out of the 25 local government areas in Delta State had been collated. The collation of results is still in progress.

This should not come as a surprise given the challenging terrain in the state where many local councils are in the riverine areas. “The INEC office in Asaba will forward the result to its headquarters in Abuja when the results are collated.” Meanwhile, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, has expressed displeasure over the disenfranchisement of no fewer than 33, 000 registered voters in Isoko North Local Government Area, in the presidential and National Assembly elections.

The SSG, while fielding questions from news men shortly after voting at Unit 4, Ward 1 in Owhelogbo Isoko North Local Government Area, said the shortfall of materials for 33, 000 eligible voters out of 107, 000 registered was a rape on democracy. He, however, described the election as peaceful, orderly and commended eligible voters for coming out enmasse to exercise their franchise and for comporting themselves in an orderly manner.

A cross section of the voters who included Prof. Samuel Aghelino of the University of Ilorin, decried the malfunctioning of the card reader, lamenting that many eligible voters were disenfranchised. They called on INEC to do something to checkmate the failure of card readers.

PDP: We are Leading with Majority Votes Cast

 

National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh

  • Urges members to shun violence

Chuks Okocha in Abuja


The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday reacted to the release of the presidential elections results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), claiming that it was leading by the highest votes cast.

PDP also said it is satisfied with the performance of the party at the Saturday presidential election.

According to PDP, “On account of result released so far, we congratulate our president.

“We are not interested in who won in the states but 25 percent recorded in the states” it said.

The party explained that it had refrained from making comments but consequent upon the INEC announcement of results, which commenced yesterday in the afternoon, “it is appropriate to talk.”

The party also said it was sure that President Goodluck Jonathan would score more than 25 per cent in the two third of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Addressing journalists on the outcome of the presidential results so far released by INEC, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, said: “ What matters is not the number of states won but the highest majority votes won and the ability to score the mandatory 25 per cent in two third of the states of the federation.”

He explained that in the votes score from the presidential results released that the PDP was leading in the majority votes score, saying, “to us this is what matters.”

He assured members  of the party not to panic because from field reports, the party was already coasting home to victory.

The PDP spokesman appealed to members as law abiding party members that they should shun any act of protest, stressing that anyone advocating violence should put his children in the fore front.

It was gathered that the estimation of the PDP that Buhari might not make the mandatory 25 per cent in the whole of South-east and South-south and the party is expecting a heavy return from the South-south and South-east to counter the huge votes cast from the far northern states