Exactly 5 hours ago, the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu declared the incumbent president; Muhammadu Buhari winner of the Saturday 23 presidential election with a total vote of 15,191,847.
His closest rival, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar came second with a total vote of 11,262,978.
While the Buhari supporters rejoice with the president for his second term and await Next Level; Atiku supporters are everything but happy about the results. They're in no doubt that the election wasn't in anyway free and fair.
President Muhammadu Buhari rejoices with his supporters and party members in a Twitter post. According to him, he plans to build a better Nigeria where no one will be left behind.
Read his statement below;
First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.
I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.
In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council.
My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.
I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.
Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.
I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.
I would like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.
We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.
The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end.
We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.
I thank you for your support and may God bless the Federal Republic of NigeriaRead More
Reuters- The US. appeals court approved wireless carrier AT&T Inc's deal to buy media company Time Warner on Tuesday, a defeat for the US. Justice Department which had argued the $85.4 billion mergers would mean higher prices for consumers. The three-judge panel on the US. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled unanimously in favor of the deal, setting the stage for the No. 2 US. wireless carrier to integrate its WarnerMedia business as well as its new Xander advertising unit.
"The government’s objections that the district court misunderstood and misapplied economic principles and clearly erred in rejecting the quantitative model are unpersuasive," the judges said in their opinion.
The Justice Department had asked the court to declare the deal illegal, arguing that AT&T, which owns DirecTV, would use ownership of Time Warner’s content, such as CNN and HBO's "Game of Thrones," to make pay-TV rivals pay more, thus raising prices for consumers.
The deal had been a target of criticism from US. President Donald Trump, also a frequent detractor of Time Warner’s CNN. It also marked a rare instance of the US. government seeking to stop a merger of a distributor and a supplier.
AT&T said it hoped that this ruling would end the court fight.
"While we respect the important role that the US. Department of Justice plays in the merger review process, we trust that today’s unanimous decision from the D.C. Circuit will end this litigation," said AT&T General Counsel David McAtee in a statement.
The Justice Department had no immediate comment.
AT&T shares were last up 0.2 percent in morning trade.
The merger, which was announced in October 2016, closed on June 14 shortly after Judge Richard Leon ruled the deal was legal under antitrust law.
AT&T, the No. 2 US. wireless carrier by subscribers, agreed in June to manage Time Warner's Turner networks separately from DirecTV, including setting prices and managing personnel, until February 2019 or the conclusion of the government's appeal.
The deal was seen as a turning point for a media industry that has been upended by companies like Netflix Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google which produce content and sell it online directly to consumers, without requiring a cable subscription.
- The Nigerian army rounded up 8 suspects posing as INEC officials in River states.
- The suspects confessed to be working for Nyesom Wike.
While parading the suspect at 6 division of the Nigerian army, Port Harcourt, the army spokesperson, Colonel Sagir Musa, said the suspects posed as the staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission and tampered with electoral materials.
According to him, the suspects confessed to working for the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.
Parading the suspects before journalist, the army spokesperson said they have on phone record conversation between the governor and the suspects.
More to follow...Read More
The Senator Mao Ohuabunwa Campaign Organization says its been given reliable information which clearly implies that INEC operatives meddled with the electoral process in Abia North.
Coordinator of the organization, Ukpai Ukairo Esq claimed in a statement on Tuesday, that the election result was pre-determined and manipulated.
Ukairo said the Senatorial elections were a shock of all well-meaning patriots who believe in democracy, saying that it is tragic that “INEC could conduct an election without the issuance of form EC40G, a form used to capture canceled votes and places where there was no voting”.
He further claimed that there was no Ward collation in the entire Bende Local Council Area, hence, demanding that the results be canceled in line with the electoral act and the constitution.
“We demand that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Abia State should direct the Returning Officer of the Abia North Senatorial Election to make the requisite declaration in accordance with the dictates of Rule 17E(e) of the guidelines for the conduct of elections issued by INEC by canceling the elections completely.
The Senator Mao Ohuabunwa Campaign Organization (SMOCO) went on to argue how the outcome of the election in Abia North is not viable.
In Arochukwu for instance, the total no of votes allotted the Senator was a laughable 843.
The declaration of the results was not anything near substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act; just about 2%, or 10% of the registered voters or potential votes respectively! Much as it is painful & going to be a Herculean task to try to redress the grave injustice, legally the law is strongly on our side!
“This is the fraud they are planning to declare for Abia North Senatorial Zone after canceling 72 units in Arochukwu and over 21,000 votes in Nkporo.
“According to the declared results of the five local governments in their different headquarters by the Returning Officers, Isuikwuato recorded 8317 votes for the APC followed by the PDP with 4,609 votes.
“In Ohafia, APC recorded 5521 votes while PDP had 4861 votes. In Bende, APC had 10,701 votes while the PDP recorded 4,875 votes. In Arochukwu, APC recorded 1166 votes while the PDP had 843 votes “
“Meanwhile, in their bid to confuse and hastily rush to a conclusion, they have been busy announcing that Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa lost the Abia Senatorial elections. For the avoidance of doubt, Mazi Sam never contested any election but Distinguished Senator Mao Ohuabunwa,” the Senator Mao Ohuabunwa Campaign Organization stated.Read More
The Lagos police denies any such news on social media about the attack on Igbos in Oshodi.
The Police Command in Lagos State had on Monday dismissed rumors that some thugs were attacking Igbo traders at Oshodi area of Lagos.
According to a statement signed by the State Police Command’s spokesperson, Chike Oti, the police has intensified patrols and surveillance to allay the fears of members of the public.
“Attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news on the internet to the effect that a group of boys popularly called the ‘Area boys’ is attacking Igbo traders at Oshodi, preventing them from opening their shops.
“The command wishes to debunk the rumor in its entirety as nothing could be further from the truth.
“Although the command received distress calls from concerned Nigerians whose apprehensions were understandably heightened by disturbing rumors emanating from some social media platforms.
“The command swiftly and massively deployed its personnel drawn from various units to Oshodi and environs to assuage the feelings of residents,’’ Mr. Oti said.
He further assured Lagos residents of its readiness to decisively deal with any person or group of persons who attempted to breach the public peace.
Mr. Oti said the Commissioner of Police in the state had commended residents of Lagos for conducting themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner during last Saturday Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
He further assured Lagos residents of its readiness to decisively deal with any person or group of persons who attempted to breach the public peace.
A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the border of Ecuador and Peru on Friday sending shockwaves as far as the Ecuadorean capital of Quito and coastal city Guayaquil.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage relating to the quake.
The earthquake occurred at around 5:15 a.m. local time. It struck 71 miles southeast of Palora in the Morona Santiago province and at a depth of 82 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said
It hit at a depth of 132 kilometers. Most major earthquakes in South America are at shallow depths of 70 kilometers or less, the USGS said.
There were two aftershocks, one in the same area and with a magnitude of just over 6.0, Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute said. It gave the same 7.5 magnitudes for the big quake.
“We have no reports of injuries so far, just some broken windows,” said Tarcisio Ojeda, mayor of the town of Macas, in Morona Santiago province where the quake hit.
Emergency rescue teams were applaudable active.
The other aftershock hit the Pacific coast region of Guayas but it did not do any harm either, President Lenin Moreno said on TwitterRead More
The 2019 presidential election may just be a few hours away and I say few because we can't be too sure considering the last minute surprise we got last weekend.
A couple of hours from now, we'll be going out to cast our votes, well not all of us as some people don't feel the need to vote and secure their future.
But to those of us who are not voting because they feel compelled to, I hope Nigeria gets the right long-awaited change it's been yearning for.
President Muhammadu Buhari had shared his thoughts and hopes for Nigeria, a few hours ago on his Twitter account.
In a letter to Nigerians, he began with "Dear Nigerians", as he urged Nigerians to go out and vote so that we may better perfect the democracy.
Read the letter below:
Dear Nigerians,Read More
Finally, we have reached the eve of the rescheduled first round of this year’s general elections.
Tomorrow, the polls open. Tomorrow, we affirm that Nigeria stands as a democracy and that no worldly hand can deter us from this wise and fitting path we have chosen for ourselves.
While democracy is the most beneficial way to select a nation’s leaders, it is far from the easiest thing to achieve and maintain.
It requires a combination of patience, tolerance, compassion, diligence, wisdom, and hope. These traits exist in us the Nigerian people. Because of who we are, democracy has the chance to flourish in this land.
Thus, I commend all of you for your patience and peaceful conduct so far during this electoral season and especially during this intervening week following the postponement of the February 16 elections.
Many were worried and thought the worst might happen. You proved them wrong by showing that you are a great people with an abiding love for peace, democracy and the unity of our country.
According to the daily INEC public briefings given this week, the Electoral Commission says it is ready and fully prepared to conduct the election in a free, fair and transparent manner.
I believe INEC realizes the profound and weighty duty that rests upon it. We must cast aside doubt and have faith that INEC will rise to the occasion. We must believe and encourage INEC to fulfill and honor this responsibility it owes to our country.
As your President, I hereby ask all Nigerians with voting cards to participate in defining the future of our nation by exercising your democratic rights tomorrow. I urge you to go out and vote.
I say this because elections are the cornerstone of representative governance. And voting constitutes the highest and best expression of the sovereign will of the people to choose the government that best represents them.
It is only upon the freely expressed will of the people that the government truly dedicated to the welfare, rights, and interests of the people can be found.
Do not allow anyone to discourage you from the exercise of your rights as citizens and voters tomorrow.
To vote means that you believe in Nigeria and the excellent things the future holds for this nation and its people.
No matter our political leanings, we all believe in Nigeria, in the noble principles for which it stands and in the values we strive for our beloved nation to uphold.
All who are able must vote so that we may better perfect this democracy and continue to build the greater nation we seek.
Do not be afraid of rumors of violence and unrest. Our security agencies have worked diligently to ensure that adequate security measures are in place.
You will be able to vote in an atmosphere of openness and peace, devoid of fear from threat or intimidation.
International and domestic monitors and observers are assured of their safety and freedom of movement needed to perform their important functions.
As we thank domestic monitors and observers for their contributions to our democracy, we also thank the international groups for the friendship and concern they have demonstrated to our nation.
We appreciate their efforts in encouraging us to further entrench and strengthen our democracy.
Tomorrow is an encounter with history in which you, the people, shall affirm your collective belief in our national greatness and in our future. I ask that you embrace and hold on to the importance of the moment soon to be upon us.
Honor your civic duty as voters by going to the polls tomorrow to vote for the government of your choice, for the government that will lead Nigeria toward its finest destiny.
As citizens, there is no greater duty than this and no greater honor. Tomorrow, I know you will once again make Nigeria proud of its people.
May God bless our democracy and forever bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the huge amount of foreign currency flooding the country intended to influence the general elections beginning on Saturday is quite alarming.
Speaking during the Federal Executive Council, (FEC) meeting Wednesday, the President accused some politicians of floating money laundering regulations in their desperate bid to capture political power.
President Buhari, however, commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for successfully tracking the money in “millions of United States dollars.”
The EFCC success followed the presidential directive to investigative agencies to probe a number of high profile cases.
Reassuring the nation of his administration’s determination to wage a relentless war against money laundering and terrorist financing, the President again appealed to Nigerians, especially politicians to place the interest of the country above all others, as they troop out to cast their votes in the coming elections.Read More
Prof. Makau Mutua, a US-based Kenyan lawyer had on Thursday revealed that he's considering running for president in 2022. According to him, Kenya is lacking and he intends to offer the country fresh and untainted leadership.
Prof Mutua said he feels compelled to offer himself for election because Kenya needs to be rescued from mediocre people who want to lead it.
"My time has come. If not now, when? If not me, who?" he posed to the Nation in an interview to clarify and make his point on a tweet that set off a storm on Wednesday.
The lawyer who has refused to recognize Uhuru Kenyatta as president after his election in 2013 said he's considering "very seriously" a bid for the top office, but that is if there will be an ideal candidate for Kenya.
"I would run not because of blind ambition, like some past candidates, but because I believe I have the best policy prescriptions and moral standing that dwarf any other candidate" he explained.
He said, if a certain morally compassionate person who he considers the perfect candidate for the presidency doesn't run, he'll take that as an opportunity to enter the race in order to change the country.
"It may not be an actual person, it is largely a prototype candidate. But if I do jump in the race, I'll be a formidable candidate likely to turn Kenyan politics on its head and upend the existing assumptions about leadership" he said.
Prof Mutua said Kenyans are yearning for new leadership devoid of the usual ethnic considerations and has the best credentials voters are looking for.
Asked whether he has the capacity to assemble a campaign war chest to mount a successful presidential bid within the remaining three years, Prof Mutua said money won't be an obstacle even though he doesn't want to buy the election.
"We have extensive networks of clean and uncorrupted resources – both financial and moral. But that's not our most important question. I don't intend to but the election" he said adding he'll endeavor to conduct politics in a manner that win the hearts and minds of Kenyans.
In the last two presidential elections, Prof Mutua has thrown his weight behind the National Super Alliance (Nasa) ticket of ODM party leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
He played a major role in the negotiations among opposition politicians on was to be the coalition's flag bearer and assembling the Nasa line-up.
Born in 1958 at Ngiini village in Kitui County, Prof Mutua made history as the first African-born person to head an American law school when he was appointed the first black Dean of SUNY (State University of New York) Buffalo Law School.
Following the retirement of former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga in June 2016, Prof Mutua was among the 10 people who applied for the job but despite his strong credentials, he wasn't shortlisted.
He has written several books and dozens of scholarly articles on the reconstruction and re-imagination of the state, but in the United States where he has lived most of his adult life, he has been recognized for his work as both a professor and scholar.Read More