• INEC fixes Edo, Ondo election dates
  • Modu Sheriff appoints aides

National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday approved the conduct of congresses for the Edo State chapter of the party.
According to a statement issued by the national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the Ward Congress in the state will hold on Saturday, March 5; Local Government Congress on Thursday, March 10, while the State Congress is scheduled for Monday, March 14.
He explained that the congresses will be conducted by the Congress Committees sent from the party’s national secretariat, Abuja, as the tenure of the state executive of the party has since expired.
Meanwhile, the national leadership of the party has approved the appointment of Hon. Inuwa Bwala as the Special Assistant (Media) to the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff.
A seasoned journalist, Hon Bwala is a former commissioner of information in Borno state.
Also approved is the appointment of Hon. Shettima Shehu as the Special Assistant to the National Chairman on Special Duties.
The appointments take immediate effect.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed Edo and Ondo States governorship elections for September 10 and November 26, respectively.
INEC Deputy Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Nick Dazang, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN)in Abuja on yesterday.
Dazang said that the timetable for the elections would soon be made public.
“When the timetable for the elections is out, we will commence the processes for budgeting and implementation for the elections,’’ Dazang said.
Commenting on the conduct of the re-run elections so far, Dazang said the exercises had been successful and peaceful, except in Kogi Central and Imo where little challenges were witnessed.
“The re-run elections we have had from January 27 have been peaceful except that challenge we had in Kogi, otherwise, generally it has been peaceful.
“Those of Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Niger states were peaceful.
“The only place we had challenges was Kogi Central- Adavi Local Government where our office was burnt down before the election.
“Fortunately, that did not affect the election in the area because by that time we had not taken the sensitive materials to the office.
“In one of the wards in the same senatorial district, some hoodlums confiscated the result sheet and tore it.
“That was why as at that time we were unable to make a return of the election. But fortunately, we fell back on the duplicates, based on that, we were able to declare a winner.’’
Dazang said that in Imo, the commission suspended one senatorial and three state house of assembly elections based on security advice.
He said that people in the state were demonstrating and making all sorts of allegations against INEC staff but investigation by the commission revealed that the allegations were baseless.
“They just wanted to make use of that to stop the elections. So they started demonstrating.
“Given that the commission suspended the re-run election in the state indefinitely, based on advice from the security agencies.’’
Dazang added that the commission was preparing to conduct the remaining elections in other states in a free, fair and credible manner.
“The major one will be that of Rivers, on March 19, where we have three senatorial districts, one federal constituency and house of assembly elections.
“Already the commission has identified electoral officers that are going to conduct the elections and they have reported at the state capital, Port-Harcourt, for training.’’

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