Monday, 30 March 2015

Ex-Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah Wins Senate Seat


The former Minister of Aviation, Chief (Ms.) Stella Oduah is sure one of the victors in this election. The woman of substance who’s believed to be one of President Jonathan’s close confidants has won the Senatorial North seat in to represent Anambra Federal constituency in the nation’s forthcoming eighth Assembly. The PDP candidate, Oduah polled a total votes of 42, 239 to beat closest rival, Chief Dubem Obaze of APGA who scored 8, 868 votes. Below are the poll results as announced by the returning officer, Dr. Celestine Okaro.

Anambra North Senatorial Election
Candidates:
Princess Stella Oduah - PDP
Chief Dubem Obaze - APGA

1. Onitsha North LGA
PDP- 42,239
APGA- 8,868

2. Onitsha South LGA
PDP- 25,890
APGA- 10,112

3. Ayamelum LGA
PDP- 9,782
APGA- 15,292

4. Oyi LGA
PDP- 12,301
APGA - 10,683

5. Ogbaru LGA
PDP  - 33,542
APGA - 7,558

6. Anambra East LGA
PDP- 8,871
APGA- 12,342

7. Anambra West LGA
PDP - 9,007
APGA - 5,863

TOTAL
PDP - 143,478
APGA- 70,906
Winner - Princess Stella Oduah
Results declared by Dr Celestine Okaro, INEC returning officer


NigeriaDecides2015! Ondo, Kogi Votes Favour APC Candidate, Mohammodu Buhari


The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari, has emerged victorious in Saturday’s election in Ondo State. He defeated his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, by over 40,000 votes. Ondo State is being governed by the Peoples Democratic Party. The state Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, had until this election enjoyed the invincibility fame in electoral contests. The election’s Returning Officer, Prof. Oyewole Olusola, announced the result. Below is the full result: AKOKO NORTH WEST LGA APC – 17, 997 PDP – 12,048 AKURE NORTH LGA APC – 13,092 PDP – 7,817 OSE LGA APC – 11,300 PDP – 13,466 IFEDORE LGA APC – 13,459 PDP – 8,031 IRELE LGA APC – 9,969 PDP – 11,639 ONDO WEST LGA APC – 18,923 PDP – 20,243 OWO LGA APC – 27,290 PDP – 13,757 AKOKO SOUTH EAST LGA APC – 7,245 PDP – 6769 IDANRE LGA APC – 12,654 PDP – 12, 290 AKOKO SOUTH EAST LGA APC – 25,336 PDP – 15,490 ODIGBO LGA APC – 18,655 PDP – 19,315 ILE OLUJI/OKEIGBO LGA APC – 12,338 PDP – 13,652 ESE ODO LGA APC – 4002 PDP – 24,943 ONDO EAST LGA APC – 5,922 PDP – 8,708 AKURE SOUTH LGA APC – 50,411 PDP – 18,125 OKITIPUPA LGA APC – 17,495 PDP – 19,035 AKOKO NORTH EAST APC- 18,894 PDP- 10, 348 Ilaje LGA APC-14, 907 PDP- 15, 692 Total Registered Voters – 1,501,804 Total Accredited Voters – 618, 040 Total Valid Votes Cast – 561, 056 Total Void Votes – 21, 379 Total Votes Cast – 582, 435.

In another development, has also emerged the winner in Kogi State by polling 264,851 votes to beat the incumbent and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who polled 149,987 votes. The Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Michael Adikwu, announced the results. In the result announced, APC scored 264,851 votes, PDP 149,987, ACPN 4,089, AA 700, AD 427, ADC 761, APA 144, KOWA 190, NCP 399, PPN 476, UDP 180, UPP 456. Votes cast in the election was 439,287, while 17,959 votes were invalidated. The total number of valid votes was 421,328. Kogi State is being governed by the Peoples Democratic Party. Below is the full result: Omala LG AA 8, ADC 18, ACPN 17, APA 72, UPP14, APC 21806, CPP 45, KOWA 19, UDP 7, ACPN. 71, PDP 10742, NCP 30, AA 30, HDP 15 and PPN26. Ankpa LG: AD 22, APA 72, ADC 40, UPP 14, APC 21806, CPP 45, KOWA 19, UDP 7, ACPN 71, PDP 10742, NCP 30, AA 30, HDP 15, PPN 26. Lokoja LG: AA 48, AD 45, ACPN 64, ADC 50, APA 152, NCP 37, APC 24658, CPP 71, KOWA KOWA 11, PDP 5112, PDM 17, UPP 10, UDP 66. Ogorimagongo APC 2,321 PDP 1,934 Adavi APC 22,659 PDP 7,767 Okehi APC 17,801 PDP 5,808 Igalamila APC 6, 075 PDP 7,285 Yagaba West APC 6,231 PDP 6,639 CPP 55, NCP 12, PDP 3856, PPN 33, UDP 2, APA 22, KOWA 5, UPP 12 Mopa/Moro APC 3,881 PDP 2,793 Kabba/ Bunnu LGA APC: 8,737 PDP: 9,099 Dekina LGA APC 18,189 PDP 13,885 Konto-Karfe LGA APC: 15,358 PDP: 2,735 Olamaboro LGA APC: 10,419 PDP: 7,788 Ofu LGA APC 12,998 PDP 9,204 Ajaokuta LGA APC 12,197 PDP 8,139.


Sunday, 29 March 2015

A Call To Protect The Sanctity Of Our Votes- by: Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim


The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room is concerned by reports of attempts across several states of the country to undermine the integrity of the collation of votes and outcome of the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly general elections.
The Situation Room has received disturbing reports that politicians using various arms of the national security apparatus are attempting to fiddle with the collation process and pass off results that undermine the credibility of the elections and the sacrifice of millions of Nigerians from all walks of life, who against all odds trooped out to cast their votes on March 28.
INEC:
Situation Room calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ensure that results that are announced reflect the true outcome of the votes cast by the Nigerian people. Given the many concerns that have been raised and the investments that have been made towards the conduct of the 2015 general elections, INEC must ensure that its laudable efforts are not marred by a failure or abuse of the collation process and that all announced results are accurate and reflective of the will of the Nigerian people as expressed in their vote on March 28, 2015.
POLITICIANS
Situation Room is disappointed at the actions of politicians who are hell bent on plunging the country into chaos to achieve desperate political ends.
Reported electoral fraud being sought to be perpetuated by political forces and security personnel negate the spirit of the Abuja Peace Accord voluntarily signed by the presidential candidates of the political parties, and threaten the peace and stability of the Nigerian nation.
SECURITY AGENCIES:
Situation Room also calls on security personnel to note that they will be held to account and pursued for prosecution under various local and international laws if they undermine the elections.
CITIZENS:
Situation Room calls on Nigerians to be vigilant at this critical time of our national history and defend the course of democracy.
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY:
Situation Room also calls on the International Community and democracies around the World to support the Nigerian people in defence of our right to democratically elect our leaders, without political subversion by politicians.
Situation Room urges the International community to exert every effort in assisting the Nigerian people to hold political actors to account.
Where necessary, needed sanctions should immediately be activated and targeted against specific political actors and officials for their action in instigating crisis in Nigeria.

President-Elect Emerge Today- INEC Chair, Jega


The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that despite the extension of Saturday’s elections till Sunday in some parts of the country, the results of the presidential poll will be declared on Monday(today).

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, gave the assurance as some of results from wards, local government areas and states continued to emerge on Sunday.

For instance, results from Osun and Ogun states showed the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, defeating President Goodluck Jonathan.

But in Ekiti State, Jonathan had an easy ride as he beat the APC candidate.

Jega, who gave journalists an update on the conduct of the polls in Abuja, said that as of Sunday evening, results of the elections had only been completely collated in two states, one of which was Ekiti.

He said, “Some people assume that when I said 48 hours( for the release of the results), it starts from the morning the elections commenced. It is 48 hours after elections have ended, like yesterday(Saturday).

“You start counting 48 hours from yesterday (Saturday) when substantial majority of the polling units ended elections.”

The INEC chief expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the polls, which he said held in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the troubled North-East zone where internally displaced persons voted in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.

“We are pleased that the elections went on smoothly in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the North-East where the commission was also able to conduct voting for Internally Displaced Persons in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno,” Jega said.

He said that out of more than 150,000 card readers used for the conduct of the polls , only 300 failed, representing about 0.25 per cent of the total number of machines.

“It is also gratifying to note that the card readers worked well in the majority of polling units, even though there were areas where difficulties experienced necessitated additional guidelines to allow for manual accreditation of voters, as announced yesterday (Saturday),” Jega said.

He stated that manual accreditation was done in some polling units in Osun, Kebbi, Ekiti, Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi states.”

Jega said the elections were extended and concluded on Sunday in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Taraba State has the highest number of 116 polling units where the polls were extended.

Other states where the number of polling units where the elections were extended are Lagos (90), Kebbi (16), Adamawa (25), Niger (six ), Yobe (37), Borno (eight), Jigawa (37), Kano (13) and FCT (two).

He also rejected the claim by the spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, that his party had won in certain number of states.

Jega, who said Fani-Kayode should be asked the source of his figures, stated that as of the time he was addressing the journalists on Sunday evening, collation had only been concluded in two states. He said that the results from the two had yet to arrive Abuja in the manner that it could be announced.

The chairman said, “You said somebody in one of the parties said the PDP is winning in 23 states. I don’t know the sources of his information. I know result have not been collated in 23 states.

“May be you should direct the questions to him and let him explain.”

He advised journalists “to be careful about reporting this kind of information that is being put out there by people who are clearly partisan.”

He also debunked speculation that he was under pressure to declare results of the presidential election inconclusive.

“We are not under any pressure to declare inconclusive elections. In fact, I wonder who will be interested in declaring the election inconclusive. I think candidates will be interested in being declared winners and not to have the election declared inconclusive,” Jega said.

The INEC boss said his office had on Sunday morning received petitions from the APC in Rivers State calling for outright cancellation of the elections in the state.

He assured the petitioners that the commission would consider all the complaints, including the allegation of presence of some underage voters and substitution of some members of the commission’s ad hoc staff with untrained partisan persons in Rivers and Lagos states.

However, results from Osun State showed that Buhari recorded victory in 22 out of the 24 Local Government Areas so far announced by the state INEC. He had 264,734 votes.

Jonathan,who won the remaining LGAs – Ife Central and Ife East – scored 192,288 votes.

The results were announced in Osogbo by the returning officers for each of the LGAs on Sunday.

Also in Ogun State, the APC presidential candidate defeated Jonathan in 13 out of the 20 LGAs whose results were announced by INEC.

He polled 308, 290 votes while Jonathan scored 207,950 votes.

The APC candidate for the Ogun Central Senatorial District, Lanre Tejuoso, defeated PDP’s Abisola Sodipo-Clark, the wife of an Ijaw national leader, Edwin Clark.

Tejuoso scored 115, 197 votes while Sodipo-Clark had 30,036 votes. The sitting senator for Ogun Central and Social Democratic Party’s candidate, Olugbenga Obadara, got 15,124 votes.

Jonathan, however, had it easy in Ekiti State where he polled 176,466 votes from 16 councils in the state. Buhari garnered 120,331 votes.

The result was announced by the state Returning Officer, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, to party officials on Sunday.

It was also a sweet victory for the PDP as it won all the three senatorial and six House of Representatives seats in the state.

Impliedly, by implication two of the APC senators – Anthony Adeniyi and Olubunmi Adetumbi – who contested the poll will not join their colleagues in the eight National Assembly.

Gbenga Olofin, the third APC candidate for Ekiti Central was defeated by Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, wife of a former Lagos State military administrator, Brig.-Gen. Raji Rasaki of the PDP.

Those elected for the House of Representatives seats are Kehinde Agboola, Ayotunde Oladimeji, Thaddeus Aina, Olamide Oni, Akin Awodumila and Segun Adekola.

In Kogi State, Buhari was leading by polling 108,817 votes from six LGAs as against Jonathan’s 84,555 in five LGAs.

The APC candidate also won in Dekina, the LGA of Governor Idris Wada with 18, 819 votes to Jonathan’s 13,885 votes. He also won in Amadu Alli’s LGA of Idah with 10,445 votes to Jonathan’s 6,113.

But there was a mild tension in parts of Imo State on Sunday as armed officials of the Department of State Services, the Police and the Army barred journalists from collation centres in the state.

At the collation centre in Owerri Municipal Council Secretariat, journalists were turned back from the gate by stern looking security operatives who asked them to go back and wait until the results were announced.

All efforts to reach the Resident Electoral CommisPresident-elect to emerge today –Jega
March 30, 2015 : Our correspondents 18 Comments

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that despite the extension of Saturday’s elections till Sunday in some parts of the country, the results of the presidential poll will be declared on Monday(today).

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, gave the assurance as some of results from wards, local government areas and states continued to emerge on Sunday.

For instance, results from Osun and Ogun states showed the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, defeating President Goodluck Jonathan.

But in Ekiti State, Jonathan had an easy ride as he beat the APC candidate.

Jega, who gave journalists an update on the conduct of the polls in Abuja, said that as of Sunday evening, results of the elections had only been completely collated in two states, one of which was Ekiti.

He said, “Some people assume that when I said 48 hours( for the release of the results), it starts from the morning the elections commenced. It is 48 hours after elections have ended, like yesterday(Saturday).

“You start counting 48 hours from yesterday (Saturday) when substantial majority of the polling units ended elections.”

The INEC chief expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the polls, which he said held in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the troubled North-East zone where internally displaced persons voted in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.

“We are pleased that the elections went on smoothly in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the North-East where the commission was also able to conduct voting for Internally Displaced Persons in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno,” Jega said.

He said that out of more than 150,000 card readers used for the conduct of the polls , only 300 failed, representing about 0.25 per cent of the total number of machines.

“It is also gratifying to note that the card readers worked well in the majority of polling units, even though there were areas where difficulties experienced necessitated additional guidelines to allow for manual accreditation of voters, as announced yesterday (Saturday),” Jega said.

He stated that manual accreditation was done in some polling units in Osun, Kebbi, Ekiti, Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi states.”

Jega said the elections were extended and concluded on Sunday in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Taraba State has the highest number of 116 polling units where the polls were extended.

Other states where the number of polling units where the elections were extended are Lagos (90), Kebbi (16), Adamawa (25), Niger (six ), Yobe (37), Borno (eight), Jigawa (37), Kano (13) and FCT (two).

He also rejected the claim by the spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, that his party had won in certain number of states.

Jega, who said Fani-Kayode should be asked the source of his figures, stated that as of the time he was addressing the journalists on Sunday evening, collation had only been concluded in two states. He said that the results from the two had yet to arrive Abuja in the manner that it could be announced.

The chairman said, “You said somebody in one of the parties said the PDP is winning in 23 states. I don’t know the sources of his information. I know result have not been collated in 23 states.

“May be you should direct the questions to him and let him explain.”

He advised journalists “to be careful about reporting this kind of information that is being put out there by people who are clearly partisan.”

He also debunked speculation that he was under pressure to declare results of the presidential election inconclusive.

“We are not under any pressure to declare inconclusive elections. In fact, I wonder who will be interested in declaring the election inconclusive. I think candidates will be interested in being declared winners and not to have the election declared inconclusive,” Jega said.

The INEC boss said his office had on Sunday morning received petitions from the APC in Rivers State calling for outright cancellation of the elections in the state.

He assured the petitioners that the commission would consider all the complaints, including the allegation of presence of some underage voters and substitution of some members of the commission’s ad hoc staff with untrained partisan persons in Rivers and Lagos states.

However, results from Osun State showed that Buhari recorded victory in 22 out of the 24 Local Government Areas so far announced by the state INEC. He had 264,734 votes.

Jonathan,who won the remaining LGAs – Ife Central and Ife East – scored 192,288 votes.

The results were announced in Osogbo by the returning officers for each of the LGAs on Sunday.

Also in Ogun State, the APC presidential candidate defeated Jonathan in 13 out of the 20 LGAs whose results were announced by INEC.

He polled 308, 290 votes while Jonathan scored 207,950 votes.

The APC candidate for the Ogun Central Senatorial District, Lanre Tejuoso, defeated PDP’s Abisola Sodipo-Clark, the wife of an Ijaw national leader, Edwin Clark.

Tejuoso scored 115, 197 votes while Sodipo-Clark had 30,036 votes. The sitting senator for Ogun Central and Social Democratic Party’s candidate, Olugbenga Obadara, got 15,124 votes.

Jonathan, however, had it easy in Ekiti State where he polled 176,466 votes from 16 councils in the state. Buhari garnered 120,331 votes.

The result was announced by the state Returning Officer, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, to party officials on Sunday.

It was also a sweet victory for the PDP as it won all the three senatorial and six House of Representatives seats in the state.

Impliedly, by implication two of the APC senators – Anthony Adeniyi and Olubunmi Adetumbi – who contested the poll will not join their colleagues in the eight National Assembly.

Gbenga Olofin, the third APC candidate for Ekiti Central was defeated by Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, wife of a former Lagos State military administrator, Brig.-Gen. Raji Rasaki of the PDP.

Those elected for the House of Representatives seats are Kehinde Agboola, Ayotunde Oladimeji, Thaddeus Aina, Olamide Oni, Akin Awodumila and Segun Adekola.

In Kogi State, Buhari was leading by polling 108,817 votes from six LGAs as against Jonathan’s 84,555 in five LGAs.

The APC candidate also won in Dekina, the LGA of Governor Idris Wada with 18, 819 votes to Jonathan’s 13,885 votes. He also won in Amadu Alli’s LGA of Idah with 10,445 votes to Jonathan’s 6,113.

But there was a mild tension in parts of Imo State on Sunday as armed officials of the Department of State Services, the Police and the Army barred journalists from collation centres in the state.

At the collation centre in Owerri Municipal Council Secretariat, journalists were turned back from the gate by stern looking security operatives who asked them to go back and wait until the results were announced.

All efforts to reach the Resident Electoral Commissioner, George Ada, were abortive as his telephone was switched off.
sioner, George Ada, wePresident-elect to emerge today –Jega
March 30, 2015 : Our correspondents 18 Comments

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that despite the extension of Saturday’s elections till Sunday in some parts of the country, the results of the presidential poll will be declared on Monday(today).

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, gave the assurance as some of results from wards, local government areas and states continued to emerge on Sunday.

For instance, results from Osun and Ogun states showed the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, defeating President Goodluck Jonathan.

But in Ekiti State, Jonathan had an easy ride as he beat the APC candidate.

Jega, who gave journalists an update on the conduct of the polls in Abuja, said that as of Sunday evening, results of the elections had only been completely collated in two states, one of which was Ekiti.

He said, “Some people assume that when I said 48 hours( for the release of the results), it starts from the morning the elections commenced. It is 48 hours after elections have ended, like yesterday(Saturday).

“You start counting 48 hours from yesterday (Saturday) when substantial majority of the polling units ended elections.”

The INEC chief expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the polls, which he said held in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the troubled North-East zone where internally displaced persons voted in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.

“We are pleased that the elections went on smoothly in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the North-East where the commission was also able to conduct voting for Internally Displaced Persons in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno,” Jega said.

He said that out of more than 150,000 card readers used for the conduct of the polls , only 300 failed, representing about 0.25 per cent of the total number of machines.

“It is also gratifying to note that the card readers worked well in the majority of polling units, even though there were areas where difficulties experienced necessitated additional guidelines to allow for manual accreditation of voters, as announced yesterday (Saturday),” Jega said.

He stated that manual accreditation was done in some polling units in Osun, Kebbi, Ekiti, Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi states.”

Jega said the elections were extended and concluded on Sunday in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Taraba State has the highest number of 116 polling units where the polls were extended.

Other states where the number of polling units where the elections were extended are Lagos (90), Kebbi (16), Adamawa (25), Niger (six ), Yobe (37), Borno (eight), Jigawa (37), Kano (13) and FCT (two).

He also rejected the claim by the spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, that his party had won in certain number of states.

Jega, who said Fani-Kayode should be asked the source of his figures, stated that as of the time he was addressing the journalists on Sunday evening, collation had only been concluded in two states. He said that the results from the two had yet to arrive Abuja in the manner that it could be announced.

The chairman said, “You said somebody in one of the parties said the PDP is winning in 23 states. I don’t know the sources of his information. I know result have not been collated in 23 states.

“May be you should direct the questions to him and let him explain.”

He advised journalists “to be careful about reporting this kind of information that is being put out there by people who are clearly partisan.”

He also debunked speculation that he was under pressure to declare results of the presidential election inconclusive.

“We are not under any pressure to declare inconclusive elections. In fact, I wonder who will be interested in declaring the election inconclusive. I think candidates will be interested in being declared winners and not to have the election declared inconclusive,” Jega said.

The INEC boss said his office had on Sunday morning received petitions from the APC in Rivers State calling for outright cancellation of the elections in the state.

He assured the petitioners that the commission would consider all the complaints, including the allegation of presence of some underage voters and substitution of some members of the commission’s ad hoc staff with untrained partisan persons in Rivers and Lagos states.

However, results from Osun State showed that Buhari recorded victory in 22 out of the 24 Local Government Areas so far announced by the state INEC. He had 264,734 votes.

Jonathan,who won the remaining LGAs – Ife Central and Ife East – scored 192,288 votes.

The results were announced in Osogbo by the returning officers for each of the LGAs on Sunday.

Also in Ogun State, the APC presidential candidate defeated Jonathan in 13 out of the 20 LGAs whose results were announced by INEC.

He polled 308, 290 votes while Jonathan scored 207,950 votes.

The APC candidate for the Ogun Central Senatorial District, Lanre Tejuoso, defeated PDP’s Abisola Sodipo-Clark, the wife of an Ijaw national leader, Edwin Clark.

Tejuoso scored 115, 197 votes while Sodipo-Clark had 30,036 votes. The sitting senator for Ogun Central and Social Democratic Party’s candidate, Olugbenga Obadara, got 15,124 votes.

Jonathan, however, had it easy in Ekiti State where he polled 176,466 votes from 16 councils in the state. Buhari garnered 120,331 votes.

The result was announced by the state Returning Officer, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, to party officials on Sunday.

It was also a sweet victory for the PDP as it won all the three senatorial and six House of Representatives seats in the state.

Impliedly, by implication two of the APC senators – Anthony Adeniyi and Olubunmi Adetumbi – who contested the poll will not join their colleagues in the eight National Assembly.

Gbenga Olofin, the third APC candidate for Ekiti Central was defeated by Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, wife of a former Lagos State military administrator, Brig.-Gen. Raji Rasaki of the PDP.

Those elected for the House of Representatives seats are Kehinde Agboola, Ayotunde Oladimeji, Thaddeus Aina, Olamide Oni, Akin Awodumila and Segun Adekola.

In Kogi State, Buhari was leading by polling 108,817 votes from six LGAs as against Jonathan’s 84,555 in five LGAs.

The APC candidate also won in Dekina, the LGA of Governor Idris Wada with 18, 819 votes to Jonathan’s 13,885 votes. He also won in Amadu Alli’s LGA of Idah with 10,445 votes to Jonathan’s 6,113.

But there was a mild tension in parts of Imo State on Sunday as armed officials of the Department of State Services, the Police and the Army barred journalists from collation centres in the state.

At the collation centre in Owerri Municipal Council Secretariat, journalists were turned back from the gate by stern looking security operatives who asked them to go back and wait until the results were announced.

All efforts to reach the Resident Electoral Commissioner, George Ada, werePresident-elect to emerge today –Jega
March 30, 2015 : Our correspondents 18 Comments

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that despite the extension of Saturday’s elections till Sunday in some parts of the country, the results of the presidential poll will be declared on Monday(today).

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, gave the assurance as some of results from wards, local government areas and states continued to emerge on Sunday.

For instance, results from Osun and Ogun states showed the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, defeating President Goodluck Jonathan.

But in Ekiti State, Jonathan had an easy ride as he beat the APC candidate.

Jega, who gave journalists an update on the conduct of the polls in Abuja, said that as of Sunday evening, results of the elections had only been completely collated in two states, one of which was Ekiti.

He said, “Some people assume that when I said 48 hours( for the release of the results), it starts from the morning the elections commenced. It is 48 hours after elections have ended, like yesterday(Saturday).

“You start counting 48 hours from yesterday (Saturday) when substantial majority of the polling units ended elections.”

The INEC chief expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the polls, which he said held in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the troubled North-East zone where internally displaced persons voted in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.

“We are pleased that the elections went on smoothly in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the North-East where the commission was also able to conduct voting for Internally Displaced Persons in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno,” Jega said.

He said that out of more than 150,000 card readers used for the conduct of the polls , only 300 failed, representing about 0.25 per cent of the total number of machines.

“It is also gratifying to note that the card readers worked well in the majority of polling units, even though there were areas where difficulties experienced necessitated additional guidelines to allow for manual accreditation of voters, as announced yesterday (Saturday),” Jega said.

He stated that manual accreditation was done in some polling units in Osun, Kebbi, Ekiti, Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi states.”

Jega said the elections were extended and concluded on Sunday in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Taraba State has the highest number of 116 polling units where the polls were extended.

Other states where the number of polling units where the elections were extended are Lagos (90), Kebbi (16), Adamawa (25), Niger (six ), Yobe (37), Borno (eight), Jigawa (37), Kano (13) and FCT (two).

He also rejected the claim by the spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, that his party had won in certain number of states.

Jega, who said Fani-Kayode should be asked the source of his figures, stated that as of the time he was addressing the journalists on Sunday evening, collation had only been concluded in two states. He said that the results from the two had yet to arrive Abuja in the manner that it could be announced.

The chairman said, “You said somebody in one of the parties said the PDP is winning in 23 states. I don’t know the sources of his information. I know result have not been collated in 23 states.

“May be you should direct the questions to him and let him explain.”

He advised journalists “to be careful about reporting this kind of information that is being put out there by people who are clearly partisan.”

He also debunked speculation that he was under pressure to declare results of the presidential election inconclusive.

“We are not under any pressure to declare inconclusive elections. In fact, I wonder who will be interested in declaring the election inconclusive. I think candidates will be interested in being declared winners and not to have the election declared inconclusive,” Jega said.

The INEC boss said his office had on Sunday morning received petitions from the APC in Rivers State calling for outright cancellation of the elections in the state.

He assured the petitioners that the commission would consider all the complaints, including the allegation of presence of some underage voters and substitution of some members of the commission’s ad hoc staff with untrained partisan persons in Rivers and Lagos states.

However, results from Osun State showed that Buhari recorded victory in 22 out of the 24 Local Government Areas so far announced by the state INEC. He had 264,734 votes.

Jonathan,who won the remaining LGAs – Ife Central and Ife East – scored 192,288 votes.

The results were announced in Osogbo by the returning officers for each of the LGAs on Sunday.

Also in Ogun State, the APC presidential candidate defeated Jonathan in 13 out of the 20 LGAs whose results were announced by INEC.

He polled 308, 290 votes while Jonathan scored 207,950 votes.

The APC candidate for the Ogun Central Senatorial District, Lanre Tejuoso, defeated PDP’s Abisola Sodipo-Clark, the wife of an Ijaw national leader, Edwin Clark.

Tejuoso scored 115, 197 votes while Sodipo-Clark had 30,036 votes. The sitting senator for Ogun Central and Social Democratic Party’s candidate, Olugbenga Obadara, got 15,124 votes.

Jonathan, however, had it easy in Ekiti State where he polled 176,466 votes from 16 councils in the state. Buhari garnered 120,331 votes.

The result was announced by the state Returning Officer, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, to party officials on Sunday.

It was also a sweet victory for the PDP as it won all the three senatorial and six House of Representatives seats in the state.

Impliedly, by implication two of the APC senators – Anthony Adeniyi and Olubunmi Adetumbi – who contested the poll will not join their colleagues in the eight National Assembly.

Gbenga Olofin, the third APC candidate for Ekiti Central was defeated by Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, wife of a former Lagos State military administrator, Brig.-Gen. Raji Rasaki of the PDP.

Those elected for the House of Representatives seats are Kehinde Agboola, Ayotunde Oladimeji, Thaddeus Aina, Olamide Oni, Akin Awodumila and Segun Adekola.

In Kogi State, Buhari was leading by polling 108,817 votes from six LGAs as against Jonathan’s 84,555 in five LGAs.

The APC candidate also won in Dekina, the LGA of Governor Idris Wada with 18, 819 votes to Jonathan’s 13,885 votes. He also won in Amadu Alli’s LGA of Idah with 10,445 votes to Jonathan’s 6,113.

But there was a mild tension in parts of Imo State on Sunday as armed officials of the Department of State Services, the Police and the Army barred journalists from collation centres in the state.

At the collation centre in Owerri Municipal Council Secretariat, journalists were turned back from the gate by stern looking security operatives who asked them to go back and wait until the results were announced.

All efforts to reach the Resident Electoral Commissioner, George Ada, were abortive as his telephone was switched off.
 abortive as his telephone was swPresident-elect to emerge today –Jega
March 30, 2015 : Our correspondents 18 Comments

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that despite the extension of Saturday’s elections till Sunday in some parts of the country, the results of the presidential poll will be declared on Monday(today).

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, gave the assurance as some of results from wards, local government areas and states continued to emerge on Sunday.

For instance, results from Osun and Ogun states showed the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, defeating President Goodluck Jonathan.

But in Ekiti State, Jonathan had an easy ride as he beat the APC candidate.

Jega, who gave journalists an update on the conduct of the polls in Abuja, said that as of Sunday evening, results of the elections had only been completely collated in two states, one of which was Ekiti.

He said, “Some people assume that when I said 48 hours( for the release of the results), it starts from the morning the elections commenced. It is 48 hours after elections have ended, like yesterday(Saturday).

“You start counting 48 hours from yesterday (Saturday) when substantial majority of the polling units ended elections.”

The INEC chief expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the polls, which he said held in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the troubled North-East zone where internally displaced persons voted in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.

“We are pleased that the elections went on smoothly in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the North-East where the commission was also able to conduct voting for Internally Displaced Persons in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno,” Jega said.

He said that out of more than 150,000 card readers used for the conduct of the polls , only 300 failed, representing about 0.25 per cent of the total number of machines.

“It is also gratifying to note that the card readers worked well in the majority of polling units, even though there were areas where difficulties experienced necessitated additional guidelines to allow for manual accreditation of voters, as announced yesterday (Saturday),” Jega said.

He stated that manual accreditation was done in some polling units in Osun, Kebbi, Ekiti, Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi states.”

Jega said the elections were extended and concluded on Sunday in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Taraba State has the highest number of 116 polling units where the polls were extended.

Other states where the number of polling units where the elections were extended are Lagos (90), Kebbi (16), Adamawa (25), Niger (six ), Yobe (37), Borno (eight), Jigawa (37), Kano (13) and FCT (two).

He also rejected the claim by the spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, that his party had won in certain number of states.

Jega, who said Fani-Kayode should be asked the source of his figures, stated that as of the time he was addressing the journalists on Sunday evening, collation had only been concluded in two states. He said that the results from the two had yet to arrive Abuja in the manner that it could be announced.

The chairman said, “You said somebody in one of the parties said the PDP is winning in 23 states. I don’t know the sources of his information. I know result have not been collated in 23 states.

“May be you should direct the questions to him and let him explain.”

He advised journalists “to be careful about reporting this kind of information that is being put out there by people who are clearly partisan.”

He also debunked speculation that he was under pressure to declare results of the presidential election inconclusive.

“We are not under any pressure to declare inconclusive elections. In fact, I wonder who will be interested in declaring the election inconclusive. I think candidates will be interested in being declared winners and not to have the election declared inconclusive,” Jega said.

The INEC boss said his office had on Sunday morning received petitions from the APC in Rivers State calling for outright cancellation of the elections in the state.

He assured the petitioners that the commission would consider all the complaints, including the allegation of presence of some underage voters and substitution of some members of the commission’s ad hoc staff with untrained partisan persons in Rivers and Lagos states.

However, results from Osun State showed that Buhari recorded victory in 22 out of the 24 Local Government Areas so far announced by the state INEC. He had 264,734 votes.

Jonathan,who won the remaining LGAs – Ife Central and Ife East – scored 192,288 votes.

The results were announced in Osogbo by the returning officers for each of the LGAs on Sunday.

Also in Ogun State, the APC presidential candidate defeated Jonathan in 13 out of the 20 LGAs whose results were announced by INEC.

He polled 308, 290 votes while Jonathan scored 207,950 votes.

The APC candidate for the Ogun Central Senatorial District, Lanre Tejuoso, defeated PDP’s Abisola Sodipo-Clark, the wife of an Ijaw national leader, Edwin Clark.

Tejuoso scored 115, 197 votes while Sodipo-Clark had 30,036 votes. The sitting senator for Ogun Central and Social Democratic Party’s candidate, Olugbenga Obadara, got 15,124 votes.

Jonathan, however, had it easy in Ekiti State where he polled 176,466 votes from 16 councils in the state. Buhari garnered 120,331 votes.

The result was announced by the state Returning Officer, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, to party officials on Sunday.

It was also a sweet victory for the PDP as it won all the three senatorial and six House of Representatives seats in the state.

Impliedly, by implication two of the APC senators – Anthony Adeniyi and Olubunmi Adetumbi – who contested the poll will not join their colleagues in the eight National Assembly.

Gbenga Olofin, the third APC candidate for Ekiti Central was defeated by Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, wife of a former Lagos State military administrator, Brig.-Gen. Raji Rasaki of the PDP.

Those elected for the House of Representatives seats are Kehinde Agboola, Ayotunde Oladimeji, Thaddeus Aina, Olamide Oni, Akin Awodumila and Segun Adekola.

In Kogi State, Buhari was leading by polling 108,817 votes from six LGAs as against Jonathan’s 84,555 in five LGAs.

The APC candidate also won in Dekina, the LGA of Governor Idris Wada with 18, 819 votes to Jonathan’s 13,885 votes. He also won in Amadu Alli’s LGA of Idah with 10,445 votes to Jonathan’s 6,113.

But there was a mild tension in parts of Imo State on Sunday as armed officials of the Department of State Services, the Police and the Army barred journalists from collation centres in the state.

At the collation centre in Owerri Municipal Council Secretariat, journalists were turned back from the gate by stern looking security operatives who asked them to go back and wait until the results were announced.

All efforts to reach the Resident Electoral Commissioner, George Ada, were abortive as his telephone was switched off.
itched off.President-elect to emerge today –Jega
March 30, 2015 : Our correspondents 18 Comments

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that despite the extension of Saturday’s elections till Sunday in some parts of the country, the results of the presidential poll will be declared on Monday(today).

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, gave the assurance as some of results from wards, local government areas and states continued to emerge on Sunday.

For instance, results from Osun and Ogun states showed the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, defeating President Goodluck Jonathan.

But in Ekiti State, Jonathan had an easy ride as he beat the APC candidate.

Jega, who gave journalists an update on the conduct of the polls in Abuja, said that as of Sunday evening, results of the elections had only been completely collated in two states, one of which was Ekiti.

He said, “Some people assume that when I said 48 hours( for the release of the results), it starts from the morning the elections commenced. It is 48 hours after elections have ended, like yesterday(Saturday).

“You start counting 48 hours from yesterday (Saturday) when substantial majority of the polling units ended elections.”

The INEC chief expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the polls, which he said held in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the troubled North-East zone where internally displaced persons voted in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.

“We are pleased that the elections went on smoothly in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the North-East where the commission was also able to conduct voting for Internally Displaced Persons in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno,” Jega said.

He said that out of more than 150,000 card readers used for the conduct of the polls , only 300 failed, representing about 0.25 per cent of the total number of machines.

“It is also gratifying to note that the card readers worked well in the majority of polling units, even though there were areas where difficulties experienced necessitated additional guidelines to allow for manual accreditation of voters, as announced yesterday (Saturday),” Jega said.

He stated that manual accreditation was done in some polling units in Osun, Kebbi, Ekiti, Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi states.”

Jega said the elections were extended and concluded on Sunday in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Taraba State has the highest number of 116 polling units where the polls were extended.

Other states where the number of polling units where the elections were extended are Lagos (90), Kebbi (16), Adamawa (25), Niger (six ), Yobe (37), Borno (eight), Jigawa (37), Kano (13) and FCT (two).

He also rejected the claim by the spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, that his party had won in certain number of states.

Jega, who said Fani-Kayode should be asked the source of his figures, stated that as of the time he was addressing the journalists on Sunday evening, collation had only been concluded in two states. He said that the results from the two had yet to arrive Abuja in the manner that it could be announced.

The chairman said, “You said somebody in one of the parties said the PDP is winning in 23 states. I don’t know the sources of his information. I know result have not been collated in 23 states.

“May be you should direct the questions to him and let him explain.”

He advised journalists “to be careful about reporting this kind of information that is being put out there by people who are clearly partisan.”

He also debunked speculation that he was under pressure to declare results of the presidential election inconclusive.

“We are not under any pressure to declare inconclusive elections. In fact, I wonder who will be interested in declaring the election inconclusive. I think candidates will be interested in being declared winners and not to have the election declared inconclusive,” Jega said.

The INEC boss said his office had on Sunday morning received petitions from the APC in Rivers State calling for outright cancellation of the elections in the state.

He assured the petitioners that the commission would consider all the complaints, including the allegation of presence of some underage voters and substitution of some members of the commission’s ad hoc staff with untrained partisan persons in Rivers and Lagos states.

However, results from Osun State showed that Buhari recorded victory in 22 out of the 24 Local Government Areas so far announced by the state INEC. He had 264,734 votes.

Jonathan,who won the remaining LGAs – Ife Central and Ife East – scored 192,288 votes.

The results were announced in Osogbo by the returning officers for each of the LGAs on Sunday.

Also in Ogun State, the APC presidential candidate defeated Jonathan in 13 out of the 20 LGAs whose results were announced by INEC.

He polled 308, 290 votes while Jonathan scored 207,950 votes.

The APC candidate for the Ogun Central Senatorial District, Lanre Tejuoso, defeated PDP’s Abisola Sodipo-Clark, the wife of an Ijaw national leader, Edwin Clark.

Tejuoso scored 115, 197 votes while Sodipo-Clark had 30,036 votes. The sitting senator for Ogun Central and Social Democratic Party’s candidate, Olugbenga Obadara, got 15,124 votes.

Jonathan, however, had it easy in Ekiti State where he polled 176,466 votes from 16 councils in the state. Buhari garnered 120,331 votes.

The result was announced by the state Returning Officer, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, to party officials on Sunday.

It was also a sweet victory for the PDP as it won all the three senatorial and six House of Representatives seats in the state.

Impliedly, by implication two of the APC senators – Anthony Adeniyi and Olubunmi Adetumbi – who contested the poll will not join their colleagues in the eight National Assembly.

Gbenga Olofin, the third APC candidate for Ekiti Central was defeated by Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, wife of a former Lagos State military administrator, Brig.-Gen. Raji Rasaki of the PDP.

Those elected for the House of Representatives seats are Kehinde Agboola, Ayotunde Oladimeji, Thaddeus Aina, Olamide Oni, Akin Awodumila and Segun Adekola.

In Kogi State, Buhari was leading by polling 108,817 votes from six LGAs as against Jonathan’s 84,555 in five LGAs.

The APC candidate also won in Dekina, the LGA of Governor Idris Wada with 18, 819 votes to Jonathan’s 13,885 votes. He also won in Amadu Alli’s LGA of Idah with 10,445 votes to Jonathan’s 6,113.

But there was a mild tension in parts of Imo State on Sunday as armed officials of the Department of State Services, the Police and the Army barred journalists from collation centres in the state.

At the collation centre in Owerri Municipal Council Secretariat, journalists were turned back from the gate by stern looking security operatives who asked them to go back and wait until the results were announced.

All efforts to reach the Resident Electoral Commissioner, George Ada, were abortive asPresident-elect to emerge today –Jega
March 30, 2015 : Our correspondents 18 Comments

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that despite the extension of Saturday’s elections till Sunday in some parts of the country, the results of the presidential poll will be declared on Monday(today).

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, gave the assurance as some of results from wards, local government areas and states continued to emerge on Sunday.

For instance, results from Osun and Ogun states showed the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, defeating President Goodluck Jonathan.

But in Ekiti State, Jonathan had an easy ride as he beat the APC candidate.

Jega, who gave journalists an update on the conduct of the polls in Abuja, said that as of Sunday evening, results of the elections had only been completely collated in two states, one of which was Ekiti.

He said, “Some people assume that when I said 48 hours( for the release of the results), it starts from the morning the elections commenced. It is 48 hours after elections have ended, like yesterday(Saturday).

“You start counting 48 hours from yesterday (Saturday) when substantial majority of the polling units ended elections.”

The INEC chief expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the polls, which he said held in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the troubled North-East zone where internally displaced persons voted in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.

“We are pleased that the elections went on smoothly in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the North-East where the commission was also able to conduct voting for Internally Displaced Persons in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno,” Jega said.

He said that out of more than 150,000 card readers used for the conduct of the polls , only 300 failed, representing about 0.25 per cent of the total number of machines.

“It is also gratifying to note that the card readers worked well in the majority of polling units, even though there were areas where difficulties experienced necessitated additional guidelines to allow for manual accreditation of voters, as announced yesterday (Saturday),” Jega said.

He stated that manual accreditation was done in some polling units in Osun, Kebbi, Ekiti, Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi states.”

Jega said the elections were extended and concluded on Sunday in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Taraba State has the highest number of 116 polling units where the polls were extended.

Other states where the number of polling units where the elections were extended are Lagos (90), Kebbi (16), Adamawa (25), Niger (six ), Yobe (37), Borno (eight), Jigawa (37), Kano (13) and FCT (two).

He also rejected the claim by the spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, that his party had won in certain number of states.

Jega, who said Fani-Kayode should be asked the source of his figures, stated that as of the time he was addressing the journalists on Sunday evening, collation had only been concluded in two states. He said that the results from the two had yet to arrive Abuja in the manner that it could be announced.

The chairman said, “You said somebody in one of the parties said the PDP is winning in 23 states. I don’t know the sources of his information. I know result have not been collated in 23 states.

“May be you should direct the questions to him and let him explain.”

He advised journalists “to be careful about reporting this kind of information that is being put out there by people who are clearly partisan.”

He also debunked speculation that he was under pressure to declare results of the presidential election inconclusive.

“We are not under any pressure to declare inconclusive elections. In fact, I wonder who will be interested in declaring the election inconclusive. I think candidates will be interested in being declared winners and not to have the election declared inconclusive,” Jega said.

The INEC boss said his office had on Sunday morning received petitions from the APC in Rivers State calling for outright cancellation of the elections in the state.

He assured the petitioners that the commission would consider all the complaints, including the allegation of presence of some underage voters and substitution of some members of the commission’s ad hoc staff with untrained partisan persons in Rivers and Lagos states.

However, results from Osun State showed that Buhari recorded victory in 22 out of the 24 Local Government Areas so far announced by the state INEC. He had 264,734 votes.

Jonathan,who won the remaining LGAs – Ife Central and Ife East – scored 192,288 votes.

The results were announced in Osogbo by the returning officers for each of the LGAs on Sunday.

Also in Ogun State, the APC presidential candidate defeated Jonathan in 13 out of the 20 LGAs whose results were announced by INEC.

He polled 308, 290 votes while Jonathan scored 207,950 votes.

The APC candidate for the Ogun Central Senatorial District, Lanre Tejuoso, defeated PDP’s Abisola Sodipo-Clark, the wife of an Ijaw national leader, Edwin Clark.

Tejuoso scored 115, 197 votes while Sodipo-Clark had 30,036 votes. The sitting senator for Ogun Central and Social Democratic Party’s candidate, Olugbenga Obadara, got 15,124 votes.

Jonathan, however, had it easy in Ekiti State where he polled 176,466 votes from 16 councils in the state. Buhari garnered 120,331 votes.

The result was announced by the state Returning Officer, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, to party officials on Sunday.

It was also a sweet victory for the PDP as it won all the three senatorial and six House of Representatives seats in the state.

Impliedly, by implication two of the APC senators – Anthony Adeniyi and Olubunmi Adetumbi – who contested the poll will not join their colleagues in the eight National Assembly.

Gbenga Olofin, the third APC candidate for Ekiti Central was defeated by Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, wife of a former Lagos State military administrator, Brig.-Gen. Raji Rasaki of the PDP.

Those elected for the House of Representatives seats are Kehinde Agboola, Ayotunde Oladimeji, Thaddeus Aina, Olamide Oni, Akin Awodumila and Segun Adekola.

In Kogi State, Buhari was leading by polling 108,817 votes from six LGAs as against Jonathan’s 84,555 in five LGAs.

The APC candidate also won in Dekina, the LGA of Governor Idris Wada with 18, 819 votes to Jonathan’s 13,885 votes. He also won in Amadu Alli’s LGA of Idah with 10,445 votes to Jonathan’s 6,113.

But there was a mild tension in parts of Imo State on Sunday as armed officials of the Department of State Services, the Police and the Army barred journalists from collation centres in the state.

At the collation centre in Owerri Municipal Council Secretariat, journalists were turned back from the gate by stern looking security operatives who asked them to go back and wait until the results were announced.


All efforts to reach the Resident Electoral Commissioner, George Ada, were abortive as his telephone was switched off.

Source: Punch