Wins in Oyegun’s polling unit
OPPOSITION Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was in early lead while ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, trailed it in the governorship election held in Edo State yesterday. However, the exercise which recorded large turnouts across the state was not
without its negative sides that had to do with what observers recorded as votes buying. Cases of thuggery and related electoral crimes were also recorded. But when counting of votes commenced, PDP candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu defeated his APC counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, at the polling unit of his party’s national chairman, John Oyegun. While Ize-Iyamu polled 78 votes, Obaseki trailed him with 69 at Unit 1, Ward 002 of Oredo Local Government Area. Idia Ize-Iyamu, wife of the PDP candidate, who voted at the same venue with Oyegun, told journalists that the APC was financially inducing voters and intimidating those who turned down their wish. “He is definitely going to win because most of the people collecting the evidence and we have been alerting security agencies,” she said. “There has been subtle intimidation of voters. They have been telling them to write down their names as soon as they collect the money and show the party agents the thumb printed ballot papers, but we have raised the alarm and they know that we are aware and we are watching them. “So far, so good, the turnout has been very impressive and we are just waiting for the end of the vote,” Mrs Ize-Iyamu added. INEC Card Readers fail in Auchi Some of the card readers deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission failed to function at Ipkeshi, near Auchi, during the governorship election in Edo. The device could not function in Ward 11 and 12 at Okhueromoh Primary School, Ipkeshi, when the INEC official attempted to accredit voters for the poll. Some of the voters, Mr Agbada Jerry and Charles Monday decried the development and said that it would delay the voting process. The INEC Polling Officer, Mr Mubarak Jubril told NAN that the card readers could read and confirm the PVCs, but could not read most fingers. “We have complained to INEC and we are directed to use the manual accreditation, and that is what we are using now,” Jubril said. Similarly, the card reader failed at Ward 4, Unit 17, in Oredo Local Government Area, but the machine was replaced by INEC officials. INEC Deputy Director of Publicity, Nick Dazang said the decision to use Incident Form was right. “When the card reader reads the
OGUN State government yesterday signed an agreement with a consortium of four private companies to build the second largest refinery in sub-Saharan Africa and the largest petroleum product depot in Nigeria. Chairman, Petrolex Group, Mr. Segun Adebutu led other partners in the consortium to the office of the state governor for the agreement signing ceremony. Adebutu said the two projects, when completed, would generate not less than 2000 employment opportunities for the citizens and greatly increase the socio-economic condition of the state. He said the refinery was situated in Odogbolu Local Government Area of the state. Speaking during the ceremony, Governor Ibikunle Amosun assured the consortium of his administration’s
PVCs and unable to read the biometrics of the voters, they are directed to use the Incident Form and the voters register,’’ Dazang said. Edo PDP kicks Given allegations of irregularities and financial inducements against the APC, opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, issued a terse statement condemning the developments. A statement from the party read: “We have become aware that senior members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in collusion with certain staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have started writing fake and fictitious results as part of their plan to manipulate the Edo State gubernatorial election which is taking place today. “We are aware that these APC members are working in collusion with Amina Zakari, an INEC national official; ImouduSule, Edo State INEC PRO, the Delta State REC, and the National Deputy Director of Operations. “We are also aware that these officials have distributed millions of Naira to the Local Government Electoral Officers to get them to write false & fictitious results in favour of APC even before votes are cast. “It is necessary to warn the Nigerian public that our party will resist any attempts by the ruling party to subvert the will of the people by any engagement in the substitution of electoral materials. “We urge all well-meaning Nigerians to counsel INEC and the ruling party to refrain from acting in a manner that may lead to the breakdown of law and other.” At press time last night, collation of votes had begun at the various collation centres in the state.
commitment to fully support the project. “We have the political will and we will support the project fully. You can be rest assured that I will get involved when necessary in order to ensure that the project is a success,” the governor said. Amosun added that “any government that will get it right indeed must be private sector driven.” In this respect, the governor said Ogun State did not just want any investment but that which would truly support the dreams, goals and economic drive of the present administration in the state. The governor disclosed that his administration would always support people of like minds who would in turn bring positive economic development to the state. The firms involved in the consortium include Petrolex Oil and Gas, Hyundai, Ajayi Legal Partners and Wema Bank PLC.
the money were saying they will collect the money and vote PDP,” she had said. “The APC people have threatened to beat them after the election, but the people are motivated. I got here around 6:30 and I saw a lot of people. Many are saying today is the end of APC in Edo State.” She said the PDP was in possession of documentary evidence against the APC. “We are watching so far. The APC has been inducing voters, giving them N3,000, N2,000. We have documented