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INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by Elchicolo: 10:41am On Feb 27
The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, an elections observer group, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide clarification on why over one million votes were cancelled in the presidential and national assembly elections.

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, on Tuesday declared President Muhammadu Buhari winner of Saturday’s presidential election with 15,191,847 votes.

However, in its fourth interim statement which assessed the credibility and fairness of the electoral process, the Situation Room said: “There is a lack of clarity in the rationale for cancellation of polls. We have recorded 1,084,358 cancelled votes across 1175 polling units in 18 States. The pattern of this cancellation requires some close interrogation to show fairness and objectivity.”

It was reported that overvoting, card reader malfunction and violence are reasons provided for the cancelled votes.

“Situation Room demands that INEC provide clarification on rationale and compliance with its guidelines regarding cancellation of polls,” it said.

The organisation, which comprise of over 70 CSOs working in support of credible and transparent elections in Nigeria, rated the February 23 election as worse than 2015 owing to the violence and other logistical problems.

“A careful look at some of the figures of accredited voters and the total number of votes show discrepancies. As at 6:47pm Tuesday 26th February, the discrepancy was a total of 513,214, in 27 states including Nasarawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Edo States and the FCT. Situation Room calls on INEC to transparently address this confusion before the completion of result tabulation,” the statement further read.

“Situation Room calls on INEC to address the discrepancies in the vote tally and provide cogent explanations for the rejected votes and clearly clarify what amounts to cancelled votes.

“Our observers were denied access to 10 Ward Collation Centres in Abia State, 7 in Lagos State and 5 in Akwa Ibom and Ogun States respectively. Other reports received indicate that there was no collation in some Wards; rather, polling unit results were directly collated at Local Government level, raising questions about violation of the collation process.”

In 2015, 844, 519 were rejected out of the 29,432,083 votes cast.
https://www.thecable.ng/situation-room-demands-explanation-for-1m-cancelled-votes

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by MiaB(f): 10:45am On Feb 27
Its my birthday too so I'm celebrating with buhari

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by midolian(m): 10:47am On Feb 27
The 1 million cancelled votes would have gone to Atiku if the Elections were free and fair grin grin

Only that it wont make a difference...

Oh i forgot, 8million votes from disenfranchised peter obi's people in China would have made the difference. grin grin grin




Cc: Kirkwood, the dreamer grin grin grin

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by TIGRITIS: 10:49am On Feb 27
Add the 1million to atiku's vote abeg make we rest.

Then give him the total votes in yobe & zamfara. Abi no be the states wey dem say make inec cancel be dat?

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by olujastro: 10:49am On Feb 27
Elections were peaceful in the entire north apart from Dekina LGA in Kogi state, so they had very few cancelled votes.

We in the South claim to be more educated but thuggery and violence from the political class are always part of our elections.
Every time there's election in Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta and sometimes AkwaIbom, people must die. So let's not blame INEC for the almost 1m cancelled votes in Rivers, let's blame ourselves.
If PDP wants the over 1 million cancelled votes, INEC can dash them.

The good news is that both our national treasury and NNPC are safe for another 4 years.
Sai Baba grin

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by StupidInyamiri: 10:49am On Feb 27
grin

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by Guyman02: 10:50am On Feb 27
This is to encourage young Igbos post election and not a divisive post.
Please dont see it as offensive.


We do what we do as a result of who we are!

We are Igbos, and proud of it. No apologies.


Igbos are not united!
Igbos are not united!

It was the same people who sell you the stereotype that Igbos are not united that came out, to fight the unity of Igbos at Okota/Ago, other parts of Lagos and Igbo land in general.

Seeing that their narrative is failing, they are now selling another narrative. They are saying Igbos are putting all their eggs in one basket.
How can the whole of the Igbos vote PDP?
Now we are being accused of not being divided enough to spare some votes for APC. Olee ihe emere ya adi uwa mma?

A little history will suffice. We are an egalitarian society. Indirect rule didn't work with Igbos. It worked well with the North and the South West but not with Igbos. Warrant Chiefs didn't help matters either. So really, Igbos are not political lots. Same reason voter aparthy is highest in Igbo land.

But when we take a political stand, we speak with one voice. That is who we are.
We have always done. We did it with Shagari, Obasanjo, Ya'radua and Jonathan. We are doing it against Buhari.

Make no mistake, we have always put our political eggs in one basket and that is who we are. That is why we don't entertain dynasties. The likes of Saraki and Tinubu and Mohammed won't last a decade in Igbo land.
We are decisive and courageous. If that is what you call arrogance, then so be it. But we will never stand on the fence.

I write this because of the young generation of Igbos in Nigeria. Go home to your fathers in the villages and ask questions. Learn how to be Igbo without being apologetic. The first thing people notice about an Igbo man is his enterprising spirit. It is not found anywhere else. Ihe agwo muru aghaghi ito ogologo.

We can't apologize for who we are. But what we do not have is the spirit of Nigerian politics. We don't play the politics of "Master say! Alhaji say! Everyone is a master in Igbo land. Onweghi onye na akpanye ibe ya nri.

The Igwe of my community has no more stake in the affairs of my community than I do. He is more of a representative of the people to the government and the custodian of our tradition than a "ruler" in the real sense of it. That is why we have the cabinet and elders in council.
Igbo amaghi eze.

It is not a bad thing in a sense that decisions are collectively taken, from the household, through the hamlets to the community. It does not make us lawless lots. The consultative mechanism is our strength. Igwe bu ike.

This is the singular reason why the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo has been able to evolve into that rallying point for the Igbos like the Arewa People's Congress for Northerners, Oodua Peoples Congress and the Afenifere for Yorubas.

Let us all brace up for the times ahead.
Someone who will dislike you will not always need a reason to. Add the ingenuity and hardwork of the average Igbo man to the mix, and dislike quickly turns to hate.

And I understand it. I perfectly do. Its not easy to like someone who comes back to your land, after being sent packing just a few decades ago with just some two pounds and all his properties confiscated by his hosts.

He comes back and acquires them back hundred folds, marries your daughters and prospers with them. Then goes ahead to not only carve settlements in Ojodu and Ojo for themselves, but is about to become a determinant to your political future in a dispensation where you have been promised a second place.

What they may never know is that the ordinary Igbo man is not interested in your presidency. We thrive wherever we go. So when you say we are not strategizing enough for the presidency, we don't see it how you see it.

The average Igbo man simply wants a good environment for his business, and good infrastructure for a decent life. The things which "presidency" has not bestowed on any ethnic group in Nigeria.

The five Igbo states have since 2012 almost consistently occupied the best positions in WAEC and produced the highest number of medical and engineering students in Nigeria.

Check the Igbo business in Lagos, Kano, Maiduguri, Portharcourt. Most are not based on government patronage. We make things out of nothing. Presidency means nothing to an average Igbo man. The ten poorest and educationally backward states in Nigeria are within the regions that have held the presidency within the last two decades.

A good example is the very primary school where President Buhari cast his vote. It was the closest to his ancestral home. A "successful" Onitsha business man who has made money from his trade will know that the church and the school closest to his home is the very yardstick to measure his success. He needs not become president to refurbish them. Ana esi na ulo mara mma puo ama.

THE CONCLUSION

To the young generation of Igbos, I say to you today, Quit trying to impress anyone about how hospitable or detribalized you are!
Nnamdi Azikiwe did it and failed, Jonathan did everything imaginable, things he did not do for his native South South and yet failed. If you think you can please Nigeria, then you have another thing coming.

Look at Benue people, they received the greatest visit of deaths from this government. But they'd rather die some more than let an Igbo man smell the Vice Presidency. And tomorrow, they will also tell you Igbos don't know politics. And you will want to engage them in an argument.

Do not be disturbed when you hear them say we are not united. We have never been that kind of united people. Read our history. Even as Igbos were dying in their hundreds during the pogrom, Gen. Ojukwu, one of the first Igbo men who realized that this "forced marriage" can never work was only "permitted" to embark on the war against Nigeria by seeking the voice of every hamlet, every village and every community. He did not take unilateral decisions.

That's how decisions are taken in Igbo land. We do no alienate those who are in dissent. We do not allow one Tinubu to make decisions for some and another Saraki for others, so that our two eggs are comfortably placed in two baskets. No! We rise to the occasion wherever we are, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, sokoto. Our spirits communicate with each other and not with any leader figure and decide what is best for us. Either you respect us for getting it, or you respect us for trying. This is who we are, and we are not changing it soon. We are Igbos. Deal with it.

Written by Ugo Finian

I will repeat the last line.

WE ARE IGBOS. DEAL WITH IT.

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by Franzinni: 10:51am On Feb 27
#BUHaRIG

I just saw over 200 kids waving brooms with painted faces shouting sai buhari.... And rejoicing that their god and savior has retained the seat BY ANY MEANS! And I ask this one question

While educated forward thinking kids who have progressive parents that know the value of a well governed country are in school...

This hausa kids in nassarawa of ages between 3 and 12 are shouting sai Baba

And we wonder why boko haram never ends...

This nation is one HUGE ZOMBIE now!!!

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by KingAzari: 10:51am On Feb 27
Even if you add that to Athiefku, can't still win.

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by Kaycee9242(m): 10:51am On Feb 27
add the 1million votes to atiku and also add all his likes and shares on nairaland may he will win

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by botanist123: 10:51am On Feb 27
Inec please add the 1m for them so that we can rest abi

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by Fr33born(m): 10:51am On Feb 27
Radarada

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by hisexcellency34: 10:52am On Feb 27
But can Atiku win in court?
Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by NOHOLDSBAR: 10:52am On Feb 27
TIGRITIS:
Add the 1million to atiku's vote abeg make we rest.



LMAO......

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by somalianprince: 10:52am On Feb 27
This is the PDP votes that were cancelled. By the time you add it and millions of PDP supporters that were disenfranchised you will understand why Atiku won fair and square. However this fraud cannot stand.

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by tonididdy(m): 10:52am On Feb 27
TIGRITIS:
Add the 1million to atiku's vote abeg make we rest.

Bros e nor still reach na.

We need explanation for over 5million voters who refused to be accredited?

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by TOPCRUISE(m): 10:52am On Feb 27
If we dash Atiku the one million cancelled vote will he still win.

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by az94(m): 10:52am On Feb 27
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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by morikee(m): 10:52am On Feb 27
Give am to atiku and he will still not make it

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by dahmie2013: 10:52am On Feb 27
Thank you! This is my main issue! Why do we have cancelled votes?

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by taiwolomo1(m): 10:53am On Feb 27
TIGRITIS:
Add the 1million to atiku's vote abeg make we rest.

Then give him the total votes in yobe & zamfara. Abi no be the states wey dem say make inec cancel be dat?
grin grin..you got me cracking

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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by hoodedjaystrim(m): 10:53am On Feb 27
Tales of the Wailingtons
Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by Arabique: 10:53am On Feb 27
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Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by wolexy14(m): 10:53am On Feb 27
Ok we dash una the 1m vote .....ok we still dash u 500k for rivers ...lobatan
Re: INEC: Situation Room demands explanation for 1m Cancelled Votes by PHIPEX(m): 10:54am On Feb 27
I takes extreme case of hyper myopia to deny the entire process was rigged.

Unfortunately I am more hopeful on INEC doing a good job than the Judiciary giving a good judgement. It's a lost cause, we are all in it together.

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