“The PDP youth were led by one Edafe, popularly known as ‘Gaddafi’, an aide to the member representing Isoko South constituency 11 in the state House of Assembly, Johnson Erijo, who is also the Director General of the Campaign Organisation of Leo Ogor, the Minority Leader and member representing Isoko federal constituency. Our investigations so far revealed that the PDP youth were sponsored by Ogor and PDP members in the community. So many of our vehicles were burnt and damaged.”
undreds of All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters in Isoko nation of Delta State escaped death Saturday, when armed thugs accused of working for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), attacked the campaign train of the APC candidates: Joel-Onowakpo Thomas of Isoko federal constituency; Benjamin Okiemute Essien of Isoko South constituency I, Delta State House of Assembly, and Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta South senatorial district.
SaharaReporters gathered that the campaign train was moving from Enwhe in Isoko South Local Government Area of the state to the neighbouring Igbide community in continuation of their campaign rally, when they were ambushed by the hoodlums, who set ablaze several vehicles and damaged others.
Our correspondent learnt that PDP thugs, who were shooting sporadically, barricaded the road on sighting the campaign train.
Narrating the incident to our correspondent, one of those present at the rally, who gave her name as Ewomazino, said: “As we were on the campaign ground, we received a security alert that there were plans to attack us. As we were moving in a convoy to the neighbouring Igbide community, these PDP youth attacked us as we got to the other side of the community called Okpolo-Enwhe.
“The PDP youth were led by one Edafe, popularly known as ‘Gaddafi’, an aide to the member representing Isoko South constituency 11 in the state House of Assembly, Johnson Erijo, who is also the Director General of the Campaign Organisation of Leo Ogor, the Minority Leader and member representing Isoko federal constituency. Our investigations so far revealed that the PDP youth were sponsored by Ogor and PDP members in the community. So many of our vehicles were burnt and damaged.
“But the beauty of the whole thing was that it didn’t stop us from going ahead with our campaign rallies at Igbide, where we were received by the people, who pledged their support to all APC candidates and promised to vote them in the elections.
“The issue has been reported to the Police for investigation.”
Fayose – Why Buhari is plotting to replace Yakubu with Zakari as INEC Chairman
Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has alleged that the All Progressives Congress, APC, led federal government was mounting pressure on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu to ensure that APC fields candidates in Zamfara State.
The former governor said President Muhammadu Buhari’s relation, Amina Zakari was already being positioned to replace Prof Mahmood should he refuse to “play ball on Zamfara.”
Speaking through his Media Aide, Lere Olayinka, in a release issued to DAILY POST on Saturday evening, Fayose said, “It is now getting clearer that APC desperation to have candidates in Zamfara State is one of the main reasons for the postponement.”
He said Nigerians should not forget the letter written to INEC by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, directing the commission to postpone elections in Zamfara State so as to allow APC to field candidates.
Fayose added that, “Since Prof Mahmood has made it clear that the election coming up next Saturday, is not a fresh process and there will be no campaign, bringing in candidates that were not part of the election that should have held today will also negate the position of INEC.
“Putting pressure on the INEC Chairman and threatening him with sack just to force the commission to accept APC candidates for Zamfara state is evil and unacceptable.”
The former governor said rather than blame the INEC Chairman, President Buhari’s should be blamed for deliberately orchestrating the postponement of the elections, adding that “INEC don’t control the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Aviation agencies as well as security apparatus in Nigeria.
“If there is anyone to be blamed for this dying minutes postponement, it should be the President and if anyone needs to resign, it should be President Buhari.”
ELECTION 2019: Tinubu tells Nigerians what to do
The All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has expressed disappointment over the postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Tinubu, in a statement he personally signed on Saturday, said though, he acknowledged the enormity of the logistical challenge that elections poses to INEC, he was still pained that the Commission could not meet this challenge within the time allotted.
He, however, urged Nigerians who intended to vote to maintain their commitment and not be discouraged by the latest development.
He said, “Do not allow this delay to deter you from the expression of your democratic rights. What you had set your mind to do on February 16, keep your mind and heart on for February 23.
“We are also perplexed that INEC literally waited so late in the day to make known the obstacles preventing it from keeping faith to the election schedule. INEC could have and should have given the nation more ample and earlier warning. This could have perhaps lessened the pervasive disappointment that we all now feel. It also would have helped people better order their steps”.
“As the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress and simply as a Nigerian, I must express my profound concern and dissatisfaction with the unexpected, late hour postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections by INEC. According to INEC, the one-week postponement of the election from February 16 to February 23 was compelled by logistical difficulties encountered by the commission in transporting essential election material to polling in various parts of the country.
“While we appreciate the enormity of the logistical challenge that elections in a vast nation like ours poses to INEC, we are still pained that the Commission could not meet this challenge within the time allotted. We are also perplexed that INEC literally waited so late in the day to make known the obstacles preventing it from keeping faith to the election schedule. INEC could have and should have given the nation more ample and earlier warning. This could have perhaps lessened the pervasive disappointment that we all now feel. It also would have helped people better order their steps today.
“We have reports of eager voters rising early to leave their homes to cast their ballots only to be told upon arriving at their appointed polling stations that the election had been postponed. This should not have happened for it could well discourage people from coming out when the election takes place. Thus, we heartily commend those people for coming out in exercise of their fundamental rights and duties as citizen voters, who vote by vote, seek to build and perfect our democracy. For each voter is in part an architect and each one of your votes is a brick by which, when lain together, shall construct a strong democracy in such a way that it shall forever stand and endure. Thus, we appeal to all who actually came out to vote and to those who intended to vote today, to maintain your commitment. Do not allow this delay to deter you from the expression of your democratic rights. What you had set your mind to do on February 16, keep your mind and heart on for February 23.
“INEC has stated the reason for the delay and has expressed regret over the inconveniences it has caused. We must take INEC’s statement at face value and hold to the belief that INEC understands even more than ever the sober and grave responsibility it has to our nation and our democracy. INEC can only properly discharge that responsibility by conducting free and fair elections. While we cannot go back to repair what did or did not happen to cause this postponement, we all must encourage INEC to do all that is necessary so voting can smoothly proceed on February 23. Whatever our political affiliation, we must encourage INEC to overcome the difficulties in order to rise to this most important occasion. INEC must commit itself more than ever before to perform to its utmost so that these elections will be remembered as a free and fair exercise consonant with the best of international standards.
“In the end, elections must be held in such a manner that every vote carries the same weight and no vote is minimized because elections took place much earlier or later in one place than in another. Thus, it is better to experience a slight delay to conduct the elections properly rather than to conduct the elections piecemeal and uneven fashion. No one will absolve INEC if such a fate befalls this all-important election. The electoral body must use the one-week extension mend its logistics gaps and lapses. This delay has clearly provoked significant anger and disappointment among the people. The voters were ready and INEC should have been equally as prepared and ready as the voters. Yet, we ask that the people contain their anger and remain calm. Let no one be tempted to breach the peace because of this delay.
“In the greater scheme of things, a one-week delay is not overly burdensome when compared to the importance of conduct of free and just elections in the establishment of representative democracy and good governance in our land. Please, persevere just a bit longer to ensure that the elections on February 23 truly reflect the will of the people. Whatever obstacles may come, be they large or small, let us show the world the Nigerian people will not be deterred from realizing the democracy for which we have fought and sacrificed so long and so hard to achieve.”
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