Ifeanyi Ubah votes in Nnewi North
Business mogul, Ifeanyi Ubah has voted at his polling unit, Nnofor Hall, Otolo Ward 1, Nnewi North LGA.
Ubah, shortly after exercising his civic right, asked electorates to avoid violence during and after the process.
APC candidate, Tony Nwoye votes; denies intimidation of party agents
Tony Nwoye, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the ongoing governorship election has voted.
Nwoye voted at Ofianta PU008, Nsugbe ward 1, Anambra East.
Speaking shortly after casting his vote, Nwoye debunked the alleged intimidation of APC agents and officials by police.
Obaino’s deputy, Nkem Okeke votes
Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke has voted at Ward 004 Uruekwo primary School ENUGWU-UKWU 2 in the ongoing governorship election.
Shortly after casting his vote, Okeke said he was confident his party would retain the seat.
He called on electorates to remain calm while waiting for INEC to announce the final result.
Two arrested at Nsugbe, Nwonye’s ward
Two persons have bee reportedly arrested at Nsugbe, the ward of Tony Nwonye, the APC candidate in the ongoing governorship election.
It was gathered that problem started when a man, a local government chairman, Pius whose identity was given as Ifeadi, came to Ward 1 Nsugbe (Ofianta unit) with some boys to inspect the processes but was stopped by some natives who accused him of working for a rival All Progressives Grand Alliance party.
When the fracas escalated, the police had to arrest two persons suspected to be thugs assisting the council boss.
A witness said, “The chairman is not from this ward. He belongs to another ward. But surprisingly he came here with some boys. The people resisted his attempt to start dictating for them. Then trouble began and the police took two of his boys.
“This place is PDP, so we couldn’t understand why an APGA man should come here to dictate for us on how to vote.”
Electorates shun election in Ozidi
Electorates seem to have shunned the ongoing Anambra governorship election at Ogidi, the headquarters of Idemili North Local Government area.
Ogidi is the birthplace of internationally known author, Chinua Achebe.
Checks around 1:00pm showed that no electorate was in sight at a polling unit in Ụmụdiọka.
Electoral officials could be seen ambling about waiting for electorates.
Yul Edochie votes, hails exercise
Yul Edochie, candidate of the Democratic Peoples Congress in the ongoing governorship election in Anambra State has voted in his ward.
The Nollywood star, who is also the son of veteran actor, Pete Edochie, said the exercise has been so far peaceful.
“I have voted. Please go out and vote. Do not be scared. It’s peaceful,” Edochie tweeted shortly after casting his vote.
PPA candidate, Ezeemo calls for extension of voting in Aguata
The governorship candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) Godwin Ezeemo has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to extend the accreditation and voting time for the people of Umuchu Ward in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
His call is based on the delay in the arrival of electoral materials.
According to him, as of 9:50 am materials and INEC officials had yet to arrive at his polling unit in Igwebuike civic centre in Umuchu Ward 1 in the LGA.
Ezeemo is worried that even with all the preparations by INEC there are still delays in the election process.
I will win this election – Obiano
Incumbent governor of Anambra state, Dr. Willie Obiano, has expressed confidence that he would win the ongoing gubernatorial election with a landslide victory.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after casting his vote at Otuocha ward 1, at his hometown, Auleri, in Anambra East senatorial district, Obiano said he was satisfied with the conduct of the election.
“A few minutes ago, I performed my Civic responsibility. It started with the accreditation I was told my card is verified, but my finger print, they said it couldn’t be read, but they said that doesn’t count since my card had been verified, so I hope that counts.
“I’ve already performed my civic responsibility. I am really upbeat, I am very happy to see the large turn out of voters eagerly waiting to cast their votes. I am very confident that at the end of the day, I am going to carry the day, I’ll win this election with a landslide victory, and that will be to the glory of God,” he said.
According to him, “If you look around, you will see that there is peace and tranquility everywhere. I urge all my supporters all over Anambra state to please come out and diligently stay on the queue and vote. At the end of the day, their votes will count and the numbers will be counted.”
Commenting on the general conduct of the election so far, Obiano said but for the few hitches reported, which he said are nothing to worry about.
“Little hick ups here and there. Delays, like in Uli, where two of the polling booths, as we speak, the INEC people are not there. We are following up on that. Other than that, there are very, very minor incidents here and there, but nothing to make me worry at all at this point in time,” he added.
Party agent ‘lures’ voters with food
At Illo Abito square PU 001 Nsugbe ward 1, a party agent was seen sharing food to votes.
The agent was also accused of enticing voters with N2000 to vote his party.
Meanwhile, at Ukpor ward 4, PU 007 and 008, Nnewi South, voters came out in their numbers to vote. Foreign observers can be seen monitoring the poll.
One arrested for allegedly buying votes, Chidoka arrives polling unit
Officials of the Department to Security Service have arrested an unidentified man for allegedly trying to buy votes in the ongoing governorship election.
The man is currently held by DSS officials
Meanwhile, Osita Chidoka, the UPP candidate, arrived his polling unit 030 at Central School 3 at 9.55am, but the officials at the unit just started setting up.
Massive turnout at Umuobi community
Residents of Umuobi Community today came out en mass to cast their votes for the governorship election in Anambra State.
The election in the area at the time of this report is peaceful according to Voting Point Officer of Unit 001, Kelechukwu Elemuwo.
Elemuwo disclosed that accreditation started early before voting commenced.
Officials of the Department of State Security, DSS, and some men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were on ground to ensure a smooth exercise.
APGA chairman, Victor Oye casts vote in Awka South, laments party’s ‘tiny logo’
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Ike Oye has claimed that the symbol of the party in the ballot paper is ‘too small.’
Chief Oye made the assertion shortly after casting his vote at Unit 003 about 9:45am in Amuobia Village, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Chief Oye stated that it was even difficult for him to identify his party logo in the ballot paper before casting his vote.
He however described the turn out of the people as “impressive” stressing that accreditation and voting took place simultaneously in the area.
“I think this is mass improvement from what we’ve always had. We are very very happy. We believe that everything will end well.”
Chief Oye added,”everything is moving fine and people are efficiently mobilized and they are conscientized as well as enlightened.”
He expressed hope that the people will do he right thing, saying,” people voted and they are waiting for the results.”
Accreditation, voting begin in Awka
Accreditation and voting by registered voters for the Anambra governorship in some part of the state have started.
At Awka award 8, Agu Awka, three polling units in the area began accreditation and voting simultaneously at about 9:10am.
Samuel Okezie, the agent of the PDP told DAILYPOST that the party is satisfied with the process so far.
He said the part was happy with the process, which allows one to receive accreditation and vote immediately.
DAILYPOST gathered that election have also started in most other parts of the state as early as 8:50.
Obiano finally cast his vote at Otuocha
Incumbent governor, Willie Obiano has finally voted at Eri primary school, in Otuocha.
The governor had earlier stepped after the card reader failed to detect his fingertips.
Card reader fails to detect Obiano’s fingertips
Smart card reader at Eri primary school, Otuocha couldn’t detect Willie Obiano’s fingertips.
The governor has stepped aside while the INEC ad-hoc staff is trying to resolve the problem.
Obiano arrived the unit around 10am.
Accreditation, voting commence in Onitsha North
10:20am Accreditation and voting have commenced at the Central School Amawbia 2 unit 003, 002, 001. Voters are said to be tricking in smoothly.
Meanwhile, materials and personnel have not arrive at any of the 3 polling units visited in Onitsha North LGA as of 7:30 am. Ado girls secondary school, Awka road Onitsha, New era secondary school Omagba phase1 and Prince memorial high school.
However, some youths were seen playing football at the Unizik junction, Awka.
Governor Obiano arrives polling unit
Governor Willie Obiano has arrived at Eri Primary School, Unit 004, Otuocha 1, Aguleri, Anambra East LG to cast his vote.
The governor, who was accompanied by his wife and some aides arrived the centre around 10am.
Voters flee Nkpor polling unit over ‘spiritual charms’
Voters in Nkpor, Anambra state have fled from the Ilogwu Orie Nkpor Polling Unit, after more than seven spiritual charms (JUJU) were seen at the entrance of the polling unit.
Recall that the outlawed IPOB group had threatened to do anything to maintain the sit at home order of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
However, a man has been arrested by security offiers for impersonation. The man, believed to be in his 50s was arrested for holding two voters card at Ubuluisiozor Ward 001 Ihiala LGA.
Voters protest as card reader malfunctions at Oriaifite ward
Reports from Oriaifite ward 3, precisely Irefi central school PU 003-006 have it that voters and INEC officials are currently involved in heated argument over the inability of the card reader to function well.
The INEC ad-hoc staff are at the moment sweating it out to fix the malfunctioning machine.
Meanwhile, report from Uswundiuka1 in Otuocha, Anambra East said there is a massive turnout of voters in the exercise.
Also, voting has started at PU011 Ward 3 Atani Ogbaru LGA.
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APC Reacts To Shehu Sani’s Resignation, Reveals Next Step
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the resignation of one of its senators, Shehu Sani, from the party.
Senator Sani had announced his resignation in a letter addressed to his ward chairman in Kaduna state on Saturday over the prolonged crisis in the state chapter of the ruling party.
According to his letter, “I present to you my highest compliments and wish by this communication to formally offer you my resignation from the APC.
“I had joined the APC and remained with it against all odds in the belief that it will constitute a veritable platform for the realisation of those democratic ideals which I hold very dear.
“I joined in the belief that honour and integrity will be the ultimate ethos of the party and most importantly, that internal democracy will always be the norm.”
Speaking on the development, APC in a terse statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said it was studying and relating all the facts before taking an appropriate action.
The statement read: “We received the news of the alleged defection of Senator Shehu Sani through media reports.
“The party leadership will relate with all the facts concerning the reported defection and react appropriately in due course.”
Senator Shehu Sani Dumps APC
Following controversies that trailed the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) has resigned from the party, The Cable reports.
Sani has been at loggerheads with the Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
The lawmaker sent his resignation letter to the chairman of the APC in ward 6, Tudun Wada north, Kaduna.
“I present to you my highest compliments and wish by this communication to formally offer to you my resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“l had joined the APC and remained with it against all odds in the belief that it will constitute a veritable platform for the realization of those democratic ideals which I hold very dear, that honor and integrity will be the ultimate ethos of the patty and, most importantly, that internal party democracy will always be the norm. However, only posterity can affirm the extent to which the APC has committed to and reflected these values.
“As I exit the APC at this point in time. I wish to formally thank the party for availing me the platform upon which I am currently serving this country in the honoured capacity of Senator of the Federal Republic.
“I wish the party well in all her future endeavors and ask sir, that you please accept the assurance of my highest considerations,” the letter read.
No Way For Dapo Abiodun In Ogun, Akinlade Remains The Consensus Candidate — Amosun
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has described his reported support for the emergence of Prince Dapo Abiodun as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state as false.
Amosun declared that he stands solidly behind the duly elected consensus candidate of the state APC, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade.
This was contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye, and made available to reporters yesterday. The governor said he had followed with deep reflection and consternation, “the false and embarrassing reports in some sections of the media” that he had been prevailed upon by some party leaders in the state to support Abiodun.
According to him, the reports were nothing but another in a series of political propaganda to tarnish his image. He added that those behind the “unfounded rumours” are doing so to heat up the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Amosun implored political actors to be wary of statements that could demarket the state and reverse the enormous gains of the recent years. He said: “Those behind the unfounded rumours are doing so to heat up the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections. They are doing it on behalf of their paymasters for cheap political motives. It has become a routine of many political jobbers in Ogun State.
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