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Christians Boycott Church Services In Enugu To Collect PVCs

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Most Christians in Enugu on Sunday, boycotted Church services for the collection of their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs ) at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) collection centres.

Some of the electorate told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that they took the action as Monday would be their last opportunity to collect the PVs, as announced by INEC.

A medical doctor, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that she came to collect her PVC from the hospital where she had just finished her night shift duty and as a result could not attend church service.

“I cannot go to Church today, I am coming directly from the hospital because I was on night duty and due to the PVC collection, I decided to boycott church service.

“Because without it I will not be able to vote, “she said.

Mr Kelechi Nwani, an electorate of ward six in Enugu South Local Government Area, said he had been at the INEC collection centre since 8: 00 a.m., and had yet to be attended to since the past two hours.

According to Nwani, his PVC has not been found, adding that other electorate in his ward had been waiting for INEC officials responsible for the distribution of ward six PVCs to resume duty.

Mrs Veronica Ugwueze said she did not attend church service because she needed the PVC to exercise her voting rights during the elections.

“I have to come to this INEC collection centre for my PVC, because I really want to vote my choice of candidate, though; it seems the officers are delaying in distributing the cards to their owners.

“I commend the INEC for extending the PVC collection in all the states, this goes to show how much ready  INEC is in the forthcoming general elections,” she said.

Mr Emmanuel Ogbodo told NAN that he came with his wife and three children to collect their PVC as they were all eligible voters.

“As a family, we came all the way from Agbani Road to collect our PVCs because it is our right to vote and we will vote according to our conscience on Feb 16,” Ogbodo said.

He called on INEC not to allow politicians to collect other people’s PVCs other than theirs to avoid vote buying.

Meanwhile, Mr Thomas Olawuyi, the Electoral Officer, for INEC PVC collection centre in Enugu South said that there had been a large turnout in the collection of PVC.

He said that many people had collected their PVC while others were still waiting to collect.

He noted that the inability of some electorate to find their PVC could be due to improper capturing during registration.

The electoral officer, however, commended the electorate for turning out in their large number for the collection of their PVC.

Olawuyi urged them to be patient, assuring them that INEC was ready to distribute PVCs to those who came to collect theirs. (NAN)

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BREAKING: INEC To Reschedule Elections In Lagos, Rivers, Anambra Over Violence and Ballot Box Snatching Allegations

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Saturday, said that it would reschedule elections in some parts of Rivers, Anambra and Lagos States where there were cases of violence and ballot box snatching.

The commission which specifically mentioned the National Assembly elections in Rivers State, also acknowledged the challenges of smart card readers, saying they have been resolved.

INEC Commissioner and chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, while giving an update on the ongoing elections, said where the malfunctioning of smart card readers were not resolved before the closing of elections, voting will continue the next day.

He said, “We received reports of violence and ballot box snatching which took place in Akokotoro and Bonny LGAs in Rivers State; and some parts of Lagos and Anambra states. We are waiting for the reports, we have told the Resident Electoral Commissioners in the states to submit reports. So long as the poll is didn’t commence, it is assumed that there was no voting.

“So, elections in these areas, especially in areas related to the House of Representatives and Senate didn’t take place and the date for the election will be decided later after we receive reports from INEC officials on ground.”

The commission also said that most of the challenges association with smart card readers were resolved on time.

Okoye also threatened that any INEC official who deliberately refused to make use of the smart card readers would be prosecuted because that action contravened the electoral guidelines and provisions of the Electoral Act.

He said, “It was made clear that the use of smart card reader is mandatory. Therefore any official of the commission who will deliberately refuse to use the smart card reader will be subject to prosecution.

“The challenges of smart card readers have been resolved. But where they are not resolved before the closing of elections, the election will continue the next day.”

He also explained that all the unused ballot papers will be cancelled immediately after election.”

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15 Feared Killed By Gunmen In Military Uniform In Rivers #NigeriaDecides2019

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Fifteen persons are reported to have been killed by gunmen in military uniform Abonema area of Rivers State.

The report, filed in by a correspondent of Channels Television during the station’s live transmission of the coverage of the election, makes it the second incident of killing in Rivers State in the ongoing Presidential and National Assembly elections.

An agent of the Peoples Democratic Party was reported killed earlier in the day.

The PDP agent has been allegedly identified as Thywill Dobtubo.

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It’s None Of Your Business What Bullion Vans Are Doing In My House —- Tinubu Tells Nigerians

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has frowned at those questioning what bullion vans were doing in his Bourdillon home in Ikoyi, Lagos State a day before the commencement of the 2019 general elections.

Tinubu made his position known to newsmen shortly after casting his vote in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Tinubu, who voted alongside his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, said since there has been no report that the bullion vans contained electoral materials, he had committed no offence.

He also said he had not stolen government money.

He said he has had no contact with government money in any way in the last five years.

Tinubu told newsmen: “What is your issue with bullion vans in my house?

“I have not done any government business in the last five years.

“So I didn’t steal government money.

“And the bullion van was not said to contain election materials.

“So what offence have I committed.

“I have had no contact with government money in the last five years.

“So I don’t see why that should be anybody’s problem.

“It is my money.

“I decide where to keep it and where to keep it.”

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