The battle for the control of Creek House, Yenagoa and Lugard House, Lokoja in Bayelsa and Kogi states respectively, is moving to the election tribunal as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to challenge the victories of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last Saturday governorship elections.
The main opposition party has maintained that it was robbed in both states.
Shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) pronounced David Lyon winner in a landslide victory, yesterday morning, the candidate of the PDP in Bayelsa, Senator Douye Diri, declared that he was robbed.
The Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) said Lyon polled 352, 552 votes and scored the highest votes in six local government areas against Diri who polled 143, 172 votes and won in two councils.
However, Diri at a press conference, said INEC and the Nigerian Army connived with the APC to rob him and the PDP.
Results collated from the PDP situation room indicated that he won Lyon in all the local government areas, he claimed.
Aside that, he said based on court judgment, APC was not on the ballot and any vote for it is void.
He maintained that by legal provisions, APC should not have participated in the election and wondered why INEC would not produce the Court order that directed it to include APC on the ballot.
“There was a subsisting court judgment that disqualified APC as of the time the election was conducted. The request by PDP agent at the state collation centre, Dr. Don Osusu that INEC should produce the order, which made APC’s presence during collation legitimate, was ignored. We urgently call on INEC to declare me winner. It is only shameful and laughable that INEC would manufacture figures. For us, the rule of law is under threat in this democracy; anarchy is looming in this democracy, democracy is being raped. All the figures reeled out are a charade and a ruse.”
Diri, who listed several areas in the state where APC leaders and Nigerian Army allegedly intimidated, harassed and molested PDP leaders regretted that INEC staff were also kidnapped and forced to accept fake results.
Governorship candidates from Gre¡en Party, United Patriots, DPP, UPP, APGA, NPC, NCNP, DPP and APGA have dismissed the figures presented by INEC for APC and aligned with the PDP governorship candidate.
In Kogi, Musa Wada had earlier rejected the results describing it as a sham and a murder of democracy
He said the result was not a reflection of the wishes of the people who willingly cast their votes for him. He urged all lovers of democracy to join hands with PDP in the condemnation of the entire process
Wada, who was flanked by his running mate, Sam Aro, at a press conference in Lokoja, decried the militarisation of the election saying security agents working in collusion with the APC harassed and intimidated voters who came to exercise their civic responsibility.
He said the entire exercise was a daylight robbery as results were written for the APC. He also alleged that the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Busari, had relocated his office to Dekina LGA collation centre where he had field day doctoring results for the APC.
My Husband And I No Longer Sleep Side By Side — Aisha Buhari
The wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, has said that she does not have the opportunity to sleep side by side with her husband in order to have pillow talk.
Aisha stated this while being featured as a guest on a Television Programme aired on Television Continental (TVC), Journalists Hangout, a recorded of which was obtained by newsmen.
The first lady spoke to the journalists on the TV show on phone and expressed that the busy schedules have denied her the chance to sleep in bed with the President and have pillow talks.
This was in response to a question extended to her on why she chooses to express her views on pressing national issues in public domain instead of doing the same during pillow talks as wives and husbands do.
Noting that there is no chance for them to sleep together, Mrs Buhari responded, “There is no pillow in the villa. No, because we are always busy listening to one story or another. I think the people he puts in the cabinet, they should just sit up and do the needful. That is why it is not good to have godfatherism.
“We just have to choose the right people to be at the right places so that we would rest, so that the first lady should stop talking.”
When queried if she was ever asked to stop talking in the public, Aisha said, “Who will stop me? Everybody is talking in the country; nobody is stopping me.
“Nigerian people believe in my husband’s ideology and he fought for it for 12 years. When we got to this place, it is not because we are the richest or educated or handsome.
“We are there (Aso Rock) due to the trust and confidence that they have in us. So, I feel indebted to the Nigerian masses to continue defending them as the wife of the president.”
‘We Won’t Disclose Outcome Of Our Investigation Against Sen. Elisha Abbo’ — Nigerian Senate
Nigerian Senate has said it cannot make public the outcome of its investigation against Adamawa lawmaker, Elisha Abbo, who was caught on camera assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja.
According to reports, the Senate spokesperson, Godiya Akwashiki, said this while speaking with journalists after plenary on Thursday, December 12th where he was quoted to have said;
“I know vividly when that issue was brought to the plenary under matters of urgent importance, a senator raised an observation saying this issue is in a court of law. It’s not an issue we should disturb ourselves over.
“Please, I want to speak like a lawmaker. Once an issue is in a court of law, there is a limit for us to discuss it in the plenary.”
While Akwashiki rationalised the Senate’s delay in debating the report, section 88 of the Constitution, which empowers the National Assembly to investigate allegations of misconduct against members, gives no such restriction.
An investigation by the legislative arm, the section states, could be over the conduct of any “person, authority, or government body that has the duty of executing or administering laws enacted by the National Assembly.”
Although such investigations cannot be aimed to punish, the section states that it shall only be either to “make laws with respect to any matter within its legislative competence and correct any defects in existing laws” or “expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution or administration of laws within its legislative competence”.
Ize-Iyamu Formally Joins APC At His Residence
In spite of the stoppage of the mega rally being organized by a faction of the All Progressives Congress (ACP) in Edo State to receive Pastor Ize -Iyamu and his supporters back to the party by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, thousands of his supporters on Friday stormed his residence situated at Ugbor area of Benin – City to felicitate with him.
The venue of the rally was slated at Garrick Memorial Schools playground, Benin City before it was banned by the Police for security reasons.
Edo state factional chairman of the APC, Col. David Imuse (rted) however formally welcomed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu into the party and presented him and his supporters with a broom, which is the APC party symbol.
He said the coming of Ize-Iyamu and his supporters from the 18 local government areas of the state to the APC was a homecoming worthy of celebration adding that it would add value to the party.
He said, ” We are here to celebrate the homecoming of our brothers and sisters from the PDP who have come to add value to our party; not only to add value, they are coming to make our party grow from strength to strength so that we can win at all levels”.
Imuse who urged all members of the party in the state to close ranks so that it can grow from strength to strength, called on those he said were sitting in the fence to come and join the party adding that as a party with a large heart, the APC was open to all.
Receiving the broom from the APC chairman, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said that the notion that he was joining the APC in Benin City was wrong because he had already done so as required by party regulations at his Ugboko ward in Orhionmwon Local Government Area.
Displaying his APC membership card, he said, “For those who are in doubt, the moment I made up my mind to join the APC, I went to my ward and I am proud to say I have registered in Ugboko ward in Orhionmwon local government area”.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu thanked the crowd of supporters for coming to his residence for the event saying he was confident that his decision to return home to the APC will, “by the grace of God make APC grow from strength”.
Meanwhile, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu appreciated his supporters for turning out en masse despite the disappointment of a change of venue.