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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by eyeview: 10:07pm On Sep 24, 2018
This inec under yakubu and buhari will be the bane of our democracy

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by hotplate(m): 10:07pm On Sep 24, 2018
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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by Franklin1997: 10:07pm On Sep 24, 2018
What a country.
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by Fuckingmallam45(m): 10:08pm On Sep 24, 2018
bishopkay:
angry

The INEC should explain what happened at kogi state as regards the last held bye elections.

When they answer that then they can justify the inconclusiveness of the Osun state election
The law is amended to feat only the Governorship and presidential election

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by projectTopicsNg: 10:09pm On Sep 24, 2018
ok. let see how it goes
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by 9jaown(m): 10:11pm On Sep 24, 2018
alizma:
INEC chairman called a friend rather than allowed the audience to assist him in the who want to be a millionaire game played in Osun on 22/9/18.

Iswear you no well

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by seanfer(m): 10:14pm On Sep 24, 2018
bishopkay:


I am currently watching channels TV politics today and the truth is if INEC is served a paper as defendants from the court and restraining them, INEC would obey. At least so says the law theoretically

And do you know that if they delay the election by the time the court will give verdicts there would surely be a lacuna because the law says the run-off should take place in not more than 7 days from the day the first ballot was casted.. Another thing is that the court case is going to affect the Handing over date... A Sole Administrator will be appointed for the State and the Election will hold afresh... In all this who is the bigger loser?

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by AmazingELixir: 10:14pm On Sep 24, 2018
grin

Wahala
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by emmanuelpopson(m): 10:15pm On Sep 24, 2018
watching in 3D....PDP cant sit down look...they should utilise all there powers.courts, alliances, the re-run and meeting the electorates...with that..its a win win for them...
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by seanfer(m): 10:17pm On Sep 24, 2018
bishopkay:


I agree with you though I seriously think they should go through with the elections but would INEC be unbias? They've already shown bias. INEC seems compromised else why would you use different standards for elections held just less than 2 months apart (kogi and Osun).

INEC is the problem! And no one trusts them

The Election held in Kogi was a legislative Election and the Electoral Act did not give room for a Run-off in such election, The only thing the tribunal can do in the case of Kogi is to call for a fresh election

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by forayfleo(m): 10:18pm On Sep 24, 2018
Lets inject Inec very early on wednesday 25th September 2018 even if it won't work so that they can bring more money for our people very good move
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by seanfer(m): 10:20pm On Sep 24, 2018
Fuckingmallam45:

The law is amended to feat only the Governorship and presidential election

You should know that majority of those commenting are not ready to do little research... All they do is follow the rumors.... They’re comparing Legislative Election with Gubernatorial... But they refused to tell us what happened in Kogi 2015 and Bayelsa governorship elections where there was a Run-off because of the same issue we have in Osun this year...

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by Mizwisdom(f): 10:25pm On Sep 24, 2018
Good move. Let this be a lesson to APC and INEC, please free and fair election is what we are asking for, thanks

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by Deltatoto: 10:25pm On Sep 24, 2018
donphilopus:
During the Kogi 2015 guber poll, the late Abubabakar Audu was leading the then incumbent, Idris Wada (of PDP) with a margin of about 43k and the election was declared inconclusive because some polling units with about 49k voting strength had their votes cancelled. PDP celebrated the declaration because they knew if they had declared Audu the winner, automatically, Faleke would have been sworn in as the governor after the death of Audu. Now, same thing has happened in Osun and they are already crying foul.

The rerun would be conducted in Osun come Thursday and APC candidate would emerge the winner and heaven would not fall.!
u Dey talk anyhow.
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by buhariguy(m): 10:32pm On Sep 24, 2018
excomarow:
Karma is a bi*ch! grin

PDP now are going to court...

To God be the Glory smiley
that is the power of change.


They just shot themselves by going to court,
What a apc should do now is to follow Pdp drag the matter reach Supreme Court, then delay it up-to 6months.

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by hush15: 10:35pm On Sep 24, 2018
WisdomFlakes:


I still insist they should just go ahead with the election instead of this court route. The election is theirs to lose. At this point it is next to impossible for APC to beat them on Thursday. There are already precedents for Inec's decision.

you guys dont understand this APC at all, even more is the desperation of Tinubu to hold on to that state. So much will unravel about the finances of state and for once, APC didnt envisage they would loose Osun so it caught them unprepared. It is a must win for APC else, its the beginning of their loss. So am almost certain something is up their sleeves cos they will never let go...

So the courts is a right move to start with, if they wait for just run off, APC can pull a desperate joker and at that point, One would wish they went to court earlier. Lets look at what the court will say before weekend now...
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by bubu2019: 10:36pm On Sep 24, 2018
krendo:


PDP is doing both

Go to court to reclaim their mandate

Prepare for the supplementary election to win at the polls

I think they should add a 3rd dimension and challenge the 1000 deducted from Ayedade

3 prong attack, APC must fall at one of these 3 hurdles!
bros, na your papa born you,I like the way you reason.chase the vargabonds aouta town asap

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by searchlight: 10:39pm On Sep 24, 2018
donphilopus:
During the Kogi 2015 guber poll, the late Abubabakar Audu was leading the then incumbent, Idris Wada (of PDP) with a margin of about 43k and the election was declared inconclusive because some polling units with about 49k voting strength had their votes cancelled. PDP celebrated the declaration because they knew if they had declared Audu the winner, automatically, Faleke would have been sworn in as the governor after the death of Audu. Now, same thing has happened in Osun and they are already crying foul.

The rerun would be conducted in Osun come Thursday and APC candidate would emerge the winner and heaven would not fall.!
irredeemable zombie has spoken

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by buhariguy(m): 10:43pm On Sep 24, 2018
hush15:


you guys dont understand this APC at all, even more is the desperation of Tinubu to hold on to that state. So much will unravel about the finances of state and for once, APC didnt envisage they would loose Osun so it caught them unprepared. It is a must win for APC else, its the beginning of their loss. So am almost certain something is up their sleeves cos they will never let go...

So the courts is a right move to start with, if they wait for just run off, APC can pull a desperate joker and at that point, One would wish they went to court earlier. Lets look at what the court will say before weekend now...
going to court is Pdp greatest mistake.
buhariguy:
that is the power of change.


They just shot themselves by going to court,
What a apc should do now is to follow Pdp drag the matter reach Supreme Court, then delay it up-to 6months.

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by excomarow(m): 10:48pm On Sep 24, 2018
buhariguy:
that is the power of change.


They just shot themselves by going to court,
What a apc should do now is to follow Pdp drag the matter reach Supreme Court, then delay it up-to 6months.

Na so...
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by budusky05(m): 10:51pm On Sep 24, 2018
donphilopus:
During the Kogi 2015 guber poll, the late Abubabakar Audu was leading the then incumbent, Idris Wada (of PDP) with a margin of about 43k and the election was declared inconclusive because some polling units with about 49k voting strength had their votes cancelled. PDP celebrated the declaration because they knew if they had declared Audu the winner, automatically, Faleke would have been sworn in as the governor after the death of Audu. Now, same thing has happened in Osun and they are already crying foul.

Na ur father born u brother. Tell the fools
The rerun would be conducted in Osun come Thursday and APC candidate would emerge the winner and heaven would not fall.!

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by hush15: 10:51pm On Sep 24, 2018
buhariguy:
going to court is Pdp greatest mistake.

Ogbeni, is it your greatest mistake? will you gerrarehhia men...

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by budusky05(m): 10:52pm On Sep 24, 2018
donphilopus:
During the Kogi 2015 guber poll, the late Abubabakar Audu was leading the then incumbent, Idris Wada (of PDP) with a margin of about 43k and the election was declared inconclusive because some polling units with about 49k voting strength had their votes cancelled. PDP celebrated the declaration because they knew if they had declared Audu the winner, automatically, Faleke would have been sworn in as the governor after the death of Audu. Now, same thing has happened in Osun and they are already crying foul.

The rerun would be conducted in Osun come Thursday and APC candidate would emerge the winner and heaven would not fall.!
Na ur father born u � tell the fools

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by neyobills: 11:14pm On Sep 24, 2018
seanfer:


You should know that majority of those commenting are not ready to do little research... All they do is follow the rumors.... They’re comparing Legislative Election with Gubernatorial... But they refused to tell us what happened in Kogi 2015 and Bayelsa governorship elections where there was a Run-off because of the same issue we have in Osun this year...

You have also refused to tell us how u rejoiced when the 2007 Edo Governorship election Tribunal the cancelled votes was deducted from Osunbors vote which gave Oshiomole the lead hence Osunbor was sacked and Osho took over

The logic is simple the votes were cancelled unto no fault of the electorates hence they are null and void.

If u write Waec and the result of a subject say math is cancelled in the whole centre of a school due to exam malpractice,will WAEC re do the math exam for the school outside the WAEC calendar?
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by senatordave1(m): 11:26pm On Sep 24, 2018
neyobills:


You have also refused to tell us how u rejoiced when the 2007 Edo Governorship election Tribunal the cancelled votes was deducted from Osunbors vote which gave Oshiomole the lead hence Osunbor was sacked and Osho took over

The logic is simple the votes were cancelled unto no fault of the electorates hence they are null and void.

If u write Waec and the result of a subject say math is cancelled in the whole centre of a school due to exam malpractice,will WAEC re do the math exam for the school outside the WAEC calendar?
Oga,the supreme court ruled on this matter in 2016 during the faleke/yahaya matter so pdp are wasting their time.
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by DerrickzB: 11:31pm On Sep 24, 2018
davodyguy:
This is contradictory.
You said if the election is conducted over and over again, PDP would still win. The question is this: If Victory is so sure, why are they crying foul and heading to court? They should just wait for Thursday to come and test their might lobatan

So if you have a bag of rice in your store room, then your neighbors should be wasting all pots of rice you cook??
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by Onlyonebuhari: 11:40pm On Sep 24, 2018
[MUST MUST READ]

*OSUN 2018 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTIONS: LEAVE MAHMOOD YAKUBU ALONE* by Dr Chima Matthew Amadi


A few hours ago, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the Osun State Governorship elections inconclusive. This bold action has triggered all manners of verbal umbrage against the elections Umpire but particularly,the Head of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.


Conspiracy theorists have latched upon this action to vent their anger on a man whose only “sin” was that he was appointed by the current president. But before delving into the Incredulity of judging a man’s character and competence for job through the lenses of his appointing authority, let us dispassionately examine today’s action by the EMB and try to anchor its legality or otherwise against the provisions of the statutes that guard elections in our land.


First, the Constitution and the Electoral Act made it mandatory on INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections. To achieve this, the voter is key. His/her vote must count. Protecting the sanctity of the vote is crucial.


The entire electoral legal framework is intended to achieve this objective. Responsibilities are assigned, processes and procedures defined and sanctions prescribed all with the intention of achieving that objective.


Specifically Section 153 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) empowers the Commission, in pursuit of the provisions of the Act, to "issue regulations, guidelines, or manuals for the purpose of giving affect to the provisions of this Act and for its administration thereof".


Accordingly, INEC has made guidelines and regulations to protect the sanctity of the vote in instances where the processes are disrupted to disenfranchise voters. It is common knowledge that politicians have hijacked ballot papers, chased away voters and disrupted processes and procedures in order to gain unfair advantage. That is why INEC formulated guidelines and regulations to the effect that where voters are disenfranchised on account of someone's disruptive action, INEC gives such voters another opportunity to vote where their number will make a difference to the outcome of the election.


The Commission has been applying this regulation in several elections. So there is nothing new here.


This was applied in Governorship elections in Imo (2011 and 2015), Anambra (2013), Taraba (2015), Kogi, Bayelsa (2015) etc.


Let us take a look at examples of these inconclusive elections.


Case Number (1)


IMO GUBER ELECTIONS 2015


Okorocha( APC) —-385,671
Ihedioha( PDP) ——-306,142
Margin———79,529
Cancelled votes——-144,715

From the above, it is evident that the margin or victory was lower than the cancelled votes, a number that is enough to alter the balance. The Commission under Professor Attahiru Jega did the needful and promptly declared the elections inconclusive.


Take note that my party, the ruling party (PDP) then hailed the decision and applauded the decision of the INEC, calling it a “patriotic and sound decision “. Of course, APGA kicked against it. A re-run election was scheduled which APGA won.


Recall that a similar situation had happened in 2011 in the same IMO between Okorocha and Ikedi Ohakim where INEC had declared the elections inconclusive because elections did not take place in some wards.


Case Number (2)


ANAMBRA SENATORIAL ELECTION 2011


Dora Akunyili( APGA) ——-66,273
Chris Ngige ( ACN) ——65,576
Margin —697


INEC declared the elections inconclusive because elections did not take place in some wards with a voting population that was higher than the margin of victory.


Case Number (3)


KOGI GUBER ELECTION 2015


Abubakar Audu( APC) —-240,867
Wada Idris ( PDP) —199,514
Margin —————41,353
Cancelled votes ———49,953


Again, the margin here was less than the cancellations and was rightly declared inconclusive by Professor Mahmood Yakubu led INEC.


The point to note here was that the APC was by this time the ruling party and clearly had a huge lead but Yakubu still refused to budge under pressure by the ruling party to announce it as winner. My party the PDP applauded it.


CASE NUMBER (4)


BAYELSA GUBER ELECTIONS 2015


Dickson ( PDP) ——-105,748
Sylva ( APC)——72,594
Margin ——-33,154


In the case of Bayelsa, a contraption of an election had taken place in Southern Ijaw which had Sylva winning the entire 120,000 votes in that area, but this much maligned Yakubu refused to accept it, declared it inconclusive and ordered a re-run for the number of registered voters were clearly more than the margin of victory. The PDP received this news well and celebrated it.


CASE NUMBER (5)


ANAMBRA GUBER ELECTION 2013


Obiano ( APGA) —174,710
Tony Nwoye ( PDP) —-94,956
Margin——-79,754
Cancelled votes——-113,113


Again the Commission under Jega declared it inconclusive and the PDP celebrated it as a bold move.


I have taken time to outline these numbers to show that even where the margins were wide, and when logic will suggest that the lead would be insurmountable, so long as it is mathematically possible for someone from a losing position to win an election, it was incumbent on the Umpire NOT to declare a winner.


As regards the Osun election, the margin of victory which is about 353 is lower than the number of cancellations and could therefore not be definitive for a party to ask to be declared winner. This position is anchored in our laws.


Where there is over voting, as it happened in one Polling Unit in Ife North, Sec. 53 of the Electoral Act requires INEC to declare the result null and void, make no return on the election result and fix another date to conduct the election where the number of registered voters will make a difference to the outcome of the election. In Ife North, the total number of registered voters is exactly the same as the margin of lead in the election. How can INEC declare a winner under the law? Read Sec. 53 verbatim and see what it clearly provides�


In fact, Sec. 53 (3) prohibits the Commission from declaring a winner for the election "until another poll has taken place in the affected area".


Beyond over voting, election was disrupted in 6 other polling units. 3 in Orolu LGA with 947 registered voters, 2 in Ife South with 1,314 voters and 1 in Osogbo with 884 voters. If you add Ife North to it, there is a total of 3,498 voters. Meanwhile, the margin of lead is 353 votes. There can be no declaration of winner under the circumstances.


INEC has fixed Thursday 27th September 2018 for the re-run in 7 PUs across 4 LGAs and will then proceed to make a declaration. That is what the law says.


My focus is on the processes and not on parties or candidates. Votes are counting in our elections. That's why we can a have a difference of 353 votes in a Governorship election involving 1.6m voters spread across 30 LGAs. The Commission showed no bias for the ruling party as some have alleged. Otherwise, there wouldn't have been a margin of only 353 votes and even so in favour of the opposition candidate.


My take is that the Commission is being crucified for rightly being transparent. The Commission’s various moves to carry Nigerians along and to demystify elections in Nigeria is paying off. The reason why we are here today is because of the innovations that the Commission has put in place.


In Osun, anyone who was interested had the results which were due to the form EC60-E that is usually pasted on the walls and that allow the people to protect their votes.


Could anyone have envisaged this in 2011?I recall an incident where the late Justice Katsina-Alu went to his community to vote. While still on the queue the Iwu led INEC had announced the result of the elections. This really pissed off the late jurist. Only a mischievous rabble-rouser will not appreciate the gains being made in our elections.


Mahmood’s sins is simply that he accepted to serve under this president and for some, that is an unforgivable sin. But it is immaterial, Yakubu is on track and will not be distracted.


I love my party (PDP) but I must stand by truth and justice. Nothing less is demanded of me.

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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by neyobills: 11:56pm On Sep 24, 2018
senatordave1:

Oga,the supreme court ruled on this matter in 2016 during the faleke/yahaya matter so pdp are wasting their time.

Faleke VS Bello was an APC tussle for who is the legitimate governorship election flag bearer for APC after the demise of Audu and not about the election results don't confuse yourself by been clever by half
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by imran147(m): 12:29am On Sep 25, 2018
PDP Theres nothing you can do but to let the rerun commence ...similar situation occur in Kogi few years ago...

*2015 Kogi Election v. 2018 Osun Election: Are the wailers ignorant of the Nigeria's current affairs?*

*In Kogi Election 2015* Abubakar Audu of APC had scored a total of 240,867 votes while Idris Wada of PDP scored a total of 199,514 votes.

This showed the margin of 41,353 votes in favour of APC but yet INEC declared the election inconclusive because there was a total of 49,953 cancelled vote, the figure which was higher than the 41,353 votes with which Audu was ahead of Wada by 8,600 (36%). Have a look at this:

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/…/193724-inec-declares-kogi-…

*In Osun Election 2018* the margin between PDP and APC is 353 with 3,498 cancelled votes, which means the total cancelled votes is higher than the mergin by 3,145 (110%). Have a look at this:

https://www.channelstv.com/…/breaking-inec-declares-osun-g…/
Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by poseidon12: 1:05am On Sep 25, 2018
WisdomFlakes:
Does that mean the PDP won't participate in the supplementary election or what? The election is theirs to lose on Thursday, so they better receive sense and stop this rubbish.

Of course, they will participate in the bye election inspite of the court case.
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Re: PDP Heads To Court Over Osun Governorship Election by kolaaderin: 2:27am On Sep 25, 2018
Onlyonebuhari:
[MUST MUST READ]

*OSUN 2018 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTIONS: LEAVE MAHMOOD YAKUBU ALONE* by Dr Chima Matthew Amadi


A few hours ago, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the Osun State Governorship elections inconclusive. This bold action has triggered all manners of verbal umbrage against the elections Umpire but particularly,the Head of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.


Conspiracy theorists have latched upon this action to vent their anger on a man whose only “sin” was that he was appointed by the current president. But before delving into the Incredulity of judging a man’s character and competence for job through the lenses of his appointing authority, let us dispassionately examine today’s action by the EMB and try to anchor its legality or otherwise against the provisions of the statutes that guard elections in our land.


First, the Constitution and the Electoral Act made it mandatory on INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections. To achieve this, the voter is key. His/her vote must count. Protecting the sanctity of the vote is crucial.


The entire electoral legal framework is intended to achieve this objective. Responsibilities are assigned, processes and procedures defined and sanctions prescribed all with the intention of achieving that objective.


Specifically Section 153 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) empowers the Commission, in pursuit of the provisions of the Act, to "issue regulations, guidelines, or manuals for the purpose of giving affect to the provisions of this Act and for its administration thereof".


Accordingly, INEC has made guidelines and regulations to protect the sanctity of the vote in instances where the processes are disrupted to disenfranchise voters. It is common knowledge that politicians have hijacked ballot papers, chased away voters and disrupted processes and procedures in order to gain unfair advantage. That is why INEC formulated guidelines and regulations to the effect that where voters are disenfranchised on account of someone's disruptive action, INEC gives such voters another opportunity to vote where their number will make a difference to the outcome of the election.


The Commission has been applying this regulation in several elections. So there is nothing new here.


This was applied in Governorship elections in Imo (2011 and 2015), Anambra (2013), Taraba (2015), Kogi, Bayelsa (2015) etc.


Let us take a look at examples of these inconclusive elections.


Case Number (1)


IMO GUBER ELECTIONS 2015


Okorocha( APC) —-385,671
Ihedioha( PDP) ——-306,142
Margin———79,529
Cancelled votes——-144,715

From the above, it is evident that the margin or victory was lower than the cancelled votes, a number that is enough to alter the balance. The Commission under Professor Attahiru Jega did the needful and promptly declared the elections inconclusive.


Take note that my party, the ruling party (PDP) then hailed the decision and applauded the decision of the INEC, calling it a “patriotic and sound decision “. Of course, APGA kicked against it. A re-run election was scheduled which APGA won.


Recall that a similar situation had happened in 2011 in the same IMO between Okorocha and Ikedi Ohakim where INEC had declared the elections inconclusive because elections did not take place in some wards.


Case Number (2)


ANAMBRA SENATORIAL ELECTION 2011


Dora Akunyili( APGA) ——-66,273
Chris Ngige ( ACN) ——65,576
Margin —697


INEC declared the elections inconclusive because elections did not take place in some wards with a voting population that was higher than the margin of victory.


Case Number (3)


KOGI GUBER ELECTION 2015


Abubakar Audu( APC) —-240,867
Wada Idris ( PDP) —199,514
Margin —————41,353
Cancelled votes ———49,953


Again, the margin here was less than the cancellations and was rightly declared inconclusive by Professor Mahmood Yakubu led INEC.


The point to note here was that the APC was by this time the ruling party and clearly had a huge lead but Yakubu still refused to budge under pressure by the ruling party to announce it as winner. My party the PDP applauded it.


CASE NUMBER (4)


BAYELSA GUBER ELECTIONS 2015


Dickson ( PDP) ——-105,748
Sylva ( APC)——72,594
Margin ——-33,154


In the case of Bayelsa, a contraption of an election had taken place in Southern Ijaw which had Sylva winning the entire 120,000 votes in that area, but this much maligned Yakubu refused to accept it, declared it inconclusive and ordered a re-run for the number of registered voters were clearly more than the margin of victory. The PDP received this news well and celebrated it.


CASE NUMBER (5)


ANAMBRA GUBER ELECTION 2013


Obiano ( APGA) —174,710
Tony Nwoye ( PDP) —-94,956
Margin——-79,754
Cancelled votes——-113,113


Again the Commission under Jega declared it inconclusive and the PDP celebrated it as a bold move.


I have taken time to outline these numbers to show that even where the margins were wide, and when logic will suggest that the lead would be insurmountable, so long as it is mathematically possible for someone from a losing position to win an election, it was incumbent on the Umpire NOT to declare a winner.


As regards the Osun election, the margin of victory which is about 353 is lower than the number of cancellations and could therefore not be definitive for a party to ask to be declared winner. This position is anchored in our laws.


Where there is over voting, as it happened in one Polling Unit in Ife North, Sec. 53 of the Electoral Act requires INEC to declare the result null and void, make no return on the election result and fix another date to conduct the election where the number of registered voters will make a difference to the outcome of the election. In Ife North, the total number of registered voters is exactly the same as the margin of lead in the election. How can INEC declare a winner under the law? Read Sec. 53 verbatim and see what it clearly provides�


In fact, Sec. 53 (3) prohibits the Commission from declaring a winner for the election "until another poll has taken place in the affected area".


Beyond over voting, election was disrupted in 6 other polling units. 3 in Orolu LGA with 947 registered voters, 2 in Ife South with 1,314 voters and 1 in Osogbo with 884 voters. If you add Ife North to it, there is a total of 3,498 voters. Meanwhile, the margin of lead is 353 votes. There can be no declaration of winner under the circumstances.


INEC has fixed Thursday 27th September 2018 for the re-run in 7 PUs across 4 LGAs and will then proceed to make a declaration. That is what the law says.


My focus is on the processes and not on parties or candidates. Votes are counting in our elections. That's why we can a have a difference of 353 votes in a Governorship election involving 1.6m voters spread across 30 LGAs. The Commission showed no bias for the ruling party as some have alleged. Otherwise, there wouldn't have been a margin of only 353 votes and even so in favour of the opposition candidate.


My take is that the Commission is being crucified for rightly being transparent. The Commission’s various moves to carry Nigerians along and to demystify elections in Nigeria is paying off. The reason why we are here today is because of the innovations that the Commission has put in place.


In Osun, anyone who was interested had the results which were due to the form EC60-E that is usually pasted on the walls and that allow the people to protect their votes.


Could anyone have envisaged this in 2011?I recall an incident where the late Justice Katsina-Alu went to his community to vote. While still on the queue the Iwu led INEC had announced the result of the elections. This really pissed off the late jurist. Only a mischievous rabble-rouser will not appreciate the gains being made in our elections.


Mahmood’s sins is simply that he accepted to serve under this president and for some, that is an unforgivable sin. But it is immaterial, Yakubu is on track and will not be distracted. :-)


I love my party (PDP) but I must stand by truth and justice. Nothing less is demanded of me.
God bless you. Now let get the truth to the people for record purpose.

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