Sahara Reporters Latest News Sunday 24th February 2019

Sahara Reporters Latest News Sunday 24th February 2019

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target=_blank>BREAKING: PDP Chairman, Bayelsa Govt House Photographer Killed By ‘Men In Military Uniform’

Rampaging armed men in military uniform have killed Reginald Dei, a Government House photographer, and one other person at Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Dei was killed alongside Seidougha Taribi, the Ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the area.
According to an eye witness who spoke with SaharaReporters, the two victims of the electoral violence were killed while they were in their houses waiting for the counting of their votes, which had been concluded in their ward.
The assailants were said to have moved to the houses to victims and shot them.
A statement by Chief Moses Cleopas, the PDP state chairman, issued on Saturday, noted that “the death of Dei and Seidougha brings the number of those killed by APC thugs, some of who were backed by soldiers, to three”.
Moses claimed that the thugs were identified to be working for the APC with the support of some soldiers. They had besieged the Bassambiri and Oluasiri axis of Nembe Local Government Area, where they engaged operatives in a shootout all night on Friday.
According to him, the attackers lost a member in the attack while several others were injured and taken to the hospital in Ogbolomabiri and Yenagoa.
He accused Chief Timipre Sylva, former Governor of Bayelsa State, and surveillance contractors in Nembe, Kodjo, as being behind the violence that rocked Opu Nembe and Bassambiri.He stated further that “the rampaging APC thugs hijacked the electoral materials for the seven wards of Bassambiri and Oluasiri to Darius Hotel for thumb-printing”.
Similarly, soldiers protecting Professor Nelson Brambaifa, the acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and thugs disrupted the voting in Agbere, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The materials for the elections were said to have been taken to the residence of Brambaifa, which led to a protest by the youth of Agbere community in front of his residence.

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target=_blank>JUST IN: INEC Expresses Satisfaction With Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed satisfaction with the general conduct of the presidential and National Assembly election across the country.
Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner on Information and Voter Education, disclosed this at a press briefing on the situation report of the election in Abuja on Saturday.
He said the number of polling units that opened at 8am and 10am stood at 67.91 per cent, while polling units that opened after 10am stood at 16.96 per cent.
“At this moment we recorded a total point of 92.76% of the polling units that opened,” he said.
He said the commission would assess the reports and incidents of violence in some states where election materials were burnt and vandalised and take a decision. 
“The commission has also received report of violence and ballot box snatching in some areas leading to the disruption of the process. We have asked the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and the officials of the commission on ground to submit their first-hand report in relation to some of these incidents,” he added.
Okoye noted that the commission got report of violence in states like Anambra, Rivers and Lagos, pointing out that the commission would hold consultations with the relevant authorities, stakeholders and REC in relation to those areas and take a decision. 
According to Okoye, the commission would prosecute officials who deliberately decided not to use the card readers during the election in some states.

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target=_blank>BREAKING: INEC Postpones Elections In Two Rivers Communities ‘Till Further Notice’

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed elections in two communities in Rivers State “till further notice”.
Edwin Enabor, spokesman of INEC in Rivers State, stated that elections were postponed in Akuku-Toru and Bonny communities.
Speaking on the development, Enabor said: “We will inform the public when it will take place, because measures have to been put in place we can go ahead.”

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E2%80%99s-polling-unit target=_blank>BREAKING: Buhari Wins In Atiku’s Polling Unit

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lost in his polling unit.
Interestingly, for all the elections conducted in Atiku’s polling unit, the PDP lost by all counts.
For the presidential election, APC polled 186 votes while PDP narrowly lost by securing 167 votes.
For the Senate seat, APC got 187 votes while PDP got 120 votes.
For the House of Representatives seat, APC got 145 votes while PDP got 121.
The results were declared at AC 30 B PU 012 polling Unit, Ajiya Ward of Yola North Local Government Area (LGA) in Adamawa State.

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target=_blank>Buhari Wins In Adversary Obasanjo’s Polling Unit

President Muhammadu Buhari emerged victorious at the polling unit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the presidential election held on Saturday.
At Obasanjo’s polling unit in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 87 votes, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came far behind with just 18 votes.
Obasanjo had supported Buhari in the 2015 election, but chose to pitch his tent with Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the PDP for the 2019 presidential election.

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E2%80%99s-polling-unit-four-votes target=_blank>Slim Win! Atiku Beats Buhari At Sanwo-Olu’s Polling Unit By Four Votes

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has secured victory at the polling unit of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The polling unit is located at Ikoyi in Lagos.
It was a close call, though, as while the PDP secured 52 votes, the APC polled 48 votes.

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target=_blank>BREAKING: Boko Haram Prevents Yobe Governor Ibrahim Geidam From Voting

Boko Haram insurgents have prevented Ibrahim Geidam, Governor of Yobe State, from participating in the presidential and National Assembly elections.
The Governor wanted to leave for Bukarti, his hometown in Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State, to participate in the elections, but could not do so as a result of an early morning attack by the insurgents on Geidam and Bunu Yadi communities in the early hours of Saturday.
Abdullahi Biego, Director General of Media Affairs to the Governor, confirmed the incident ina sttement on Saturday in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
The statement read: “The security agencies would naturally seek to reinforce and increase security around the governor for him to travel to cast his vote.
“The increased security around the governor will mean that vital security resources that are needed elsewhere in the state would be diverted and allocated to the governor.
“It is better and more useful for the security agents, including soldiers, Police, civil defence, DSS, to focus their attention on providing security for the election than devoting large security contingent for the governor to cast his vote.”
Geidam is contesting for a seat in the Senate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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target=_blank>Woman Stabs Female Voter In The Face With Bottle In Osun

A woman has been stabbed at a polling station in Osun State, following an altercation with another lady about who got to the polling unit first.
The incident happened at Akarabata ward 1, Units 1-12, which is situated in Lagere, Oranmiyan Tower Complex.
The lady, with whom the stabbed lady had an alteration, has been arrested.
In the course of the squabble, the victim was stabbed in the face with a bottle.
Speaking on the incident, AIG Adeleye Oyebade, who is in charge of Zone 11 in Osun, said there was no cause for worry as the situation had been taken care of.

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target=_blank>BREAKING: APC Agents Caught Thumb-Printing For Other Voters In Sokoto (Video)

All Progressives Congress (APC) agents in Sokoto State have been caught on tape voting on behalf of voters, by placing their fingers beside the APC logo on the ballot paper and then passing on the paper to another agent to drop into the ballot box.
The incident happened at Kammanda, Polling Unit 002 in Wammako Local Government Area of the state. 
Interestingly, the Presiding Officer was nowhere in sight, while other officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were busy settling the gender-mix chaos going on at the polling unit. Meanwhile, the APC party agents replaced them at their duty posts, and instead focused on helping voters cast their votes.

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The only Police officer available was seen holding his baton firmly while battling with the crowd of voters.
A UPN party agent attempted to challenge the process but was ignored, as the APC agents continued helping the voters cast their votes.

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Amosun, Wife Vote Manually After Card Reader Failure

Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State, and his wife, Olufunke, resorted to voting manually at the polling unit in ward 6, Itagbangba in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State.
According to updates from our correspondent at the polling unit, the card reader failed to read the thumbprints of the Governor and his wife.
The Governor, who was accompanied by his aide to the voting centre at about 11am, then moved to check his name on the voters register and proceeded to cast his vote manually.
There have been incidents of manual voting in some parts of the state.
At Ughiogwa ward 1, polling unit 3,  Etsako Central, Edo North, the Presiding Officers (PO) directed voters to confirm their names on the voters register and cast their votes manually, as the card readers in the unit failed to authenticate anyone.

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