Buhari Hails Nigerians, Congratulates Jonathan

In a televised speech Wednesday, after the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, officially declared him the winner of Saturday’s presidential election, Mr. Buhari said “In a more profound way, it is you, Nigerians that have won. The people have shown their love for our nation and their belief in democracy”.

Mr. Buhari said Nigerians have made history, and that it was the resolve of Nigerians that made the change they were yearning for possible.

“The good people of Nigeria, answered the call of history. When the account of this fine moment is written, it will be said that it was the people themselves who led this nation to democracy,” he said.

“You stood in line patiently for hours in the sun, rain and then in the dark to cast your ballots. Even when the vote was extended to Sunday in some places, you still performed your civic duty. You did so peacefully. You voted with your heart. Your vote affirms that you believe Nigeria’s future can be better than what it is today.

“You voted for change and now change has come,” he said.

Respect for President Jonathan

Mr. Buhari also confirmed that he received a call from President Goodluck Jonathan “at exactly 5:15pm” congratulating him for his victory.

“For this I want all Nigerians to join me in congratulating and appreciating Mr President for his statesmanship,” he said.

He also said Mr. Jonathan engaged in a spirited campaign and was a worthy opponent.

“I extend my hand of fellowship to him. I look forward to meeting him soon as we plan the transition from one administration to another. He will receive nothing but understanding, cooperation and respect from me and my team,” Mr. Buhari said

The president-elect also thanked Nigerians for putting their faith in him, even as he said the country has now joined the ranks of those nations that have used the ballot box to peacefully change an incumbent President in a free and fair election.

“To me this is indeed historic,” he said.

Mr. Buhari reiterated his earlier call to all his supporters to remain peaceful as they go about their celebrations and not engage those who never wanted a change.

“Most people will welcome the result because it is the one they voted for. Others will naturally be disappointed. I ask that we all be circumspect, respectful and peaceful in these times,” he said.

He said the electioneering was a hard- fought contest, adding emotions are presently high.

“We must not allow them to get the better of us. This is not the time for confrontation. This is a moment that we must begin to heal the wounds and work toward a better future.

“We do this first by extending a hand of friendship and conciliation across the political divide. We hope and pray our friends in other parties reciprocate,” he said.

Mr. Buhari said he will address the nation after receiving his certificate of return from INEC possibly Wednesday.

SOURCE: SAHARA REPORTERS

LOVE HAS NO DEFINITE FORMULA. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Sweet Love: Small Man Shows Off His Big Woman

This guy, Anton Kraft, 52, is a world record bodybuilder, who stands at 4ft 4in and the strongest ‘small’ man in the world, as the only man in the world who has lifted four times his own body weight.

Anton is known for dating women only 1ft taller than him, but has now found love in China Bells, a 6’3’ man who turned into a woman. They both live in Florida and Anton says he is the luckiest man alive for having such a pretty woman by his side.

Nawao! See more photos of the small man and his man turned woman babe:

SOURCE: CITY PULSE

Buhari Leads With 3 Million Votes After Controversial Results From Rivers, Akwa Ibom Give Jonathan A Boost

Election observers as well as Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State had declared that last Saturday’s elections in the state turned into a fiasco, marked by intimidation and shootings of APC members and widespread manipulation by security agents. Even so, the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state declared that Mr. Jonathan polled more than 1.48 million in the state, leaving Mr. Buhari with a little more than 69,000 votes.

Despite this figure and results from Akwa Ibom that gave the incumbent president 953,304 votes, the APC presidential candidate maintains his lead.

Two sources told SaharaReporters that several top APC politicians have already arrived in Abuja in preparation to declare victory in the presidential polls.

The delay in announcing polling results from the South South and South East zones had caused apprehension within the country and heightened allegations that President Jonathan’s associates were surreptitiously attempting to inflate the incumbent president’s vote tally from the two zones.

Below are updated polling figures:

SOURCE: SAHARA REPORTERS

Presidential Election: Buhari leads, PDP kicks

2015PRESIDENTIAL-ELECTIONBy Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor, Clifford Ndujihe, Henry Umoru & Jude Opara
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BUJA — Erstwhile Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) was last night sustaining his lead over President Goodluck Jonathan in the declared results of the presidential elections released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, last night.

President Jonathan has, however, protested results declared from Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi States, alleging malpractices.

Jonathan’s protest articulated by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was, however, followed by another statement late last night in which it claimed it was not perturbed by the results from the North-West, stronghold of Buhari.

Buhari’s All Progressives Congress, APC, has also protested the results submitted from Rivers State on the basis that there was no election in the state.

Main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari casts his ballot at a polling station in the "Gidan Niyam Sakin Yara A ward" at Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015.   Voting began in Nigeria's general election but delays were reported countrywide because of technical problems in accrediting electors.  AFP PHOTO

As at the time the commission suspended announcement of results late last night, Buhari had scored 10,101,497 votes from 21 states and the FCT, to President Jonathan, who has so far polled 6,798,254 votes, to second place.

The results were declared by the returning officers from the states.

Of the 21 states declared, Buhari won the polls in 13 states of Ogun, Kogi, Osun, Ondo, Oyo, Kwara, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Gombe, Sokoto, Jigawa and Kaduna.

Jonathan won the polls in eight states namely Ekiti, Enugu, Nasarawa, Anambra, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Imo and Plateau. Jonathan also won the polls in the FCT.

Buhari had so far marshalled more than 25 per cent in 16 states while the president grabbed 25 per cent in 15 of the states so far declared.

The results from Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Lagos, Niger, Rivers, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara were outstanding at press time and would likely be declared today.

The results earlier submitted from Rivers State, however, turned into a matter of investigation after the APC sent a strongly worded petition rejecting the results. The results returned had given Jonathan 1,487,075 votes, representing 95 per cent of the votes.

Under-aged voters

Addressing journalists, yesterday, in Abuja, Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, gave the seven states the party has petitioned INEC for the cancellation of the polls to include Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi States.

Jonathan casting his vote

Secondus alleged that in the seven states, under-aged children were allowed to vote in contravention of the Electoral Act and he also alleged that voting took place late in the night in the affected states, adding: “In Kano and some of these states in the North, majority of voters were under-aged. Voting also took place in the night, and you know that in the night rigging can take place. We have completed our reports from the Kano State chapter.”

We’ll resist rigging—Fani-Kayode

Also yesterday, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, reiterated its claim that its candidate, President Jonathan, was winning the presidential election.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Director, Media and Publicity of PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode threatened that any attempt to manipulate figures or rig out the PDP from any quarter would be firmly resisted.

Fani- Kayode said: “We wish to take this opportunity to make it clear to the Nigerian public that according to the figures made available to us, we are ahead in the presidential elections by at least two to three million votes.

“We have our own Situation Room and we have collated all our figures from the various polling booths, wards, local government areas and states in the federation.

“Despite the propaganda of the opposition, we are confident of victory. They and all other stakeholders can be rest assured that we will accept nothing less than the announcement of an election result that is truthful and that reflects the true will of the Nigerian people.

“Any attempt to manipulate figures or to rig us out from any quarter will be firmly resisted.”

INEC probes Rivers result

Announcing the constitution of a high-powered investigation team to investigate the allegation that voting did not take place in Rivers State, the commission in a statement issued by Mr. Kayode Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said the fact-finding mission would ascertain the veracity of the claims and allegations and advise it and the Chief Electoral Commissioner/Returning Officer for the Presidential election appropriately.

Idowu said the committee of National Electoral Commissioners to handle the investigation included Mrs. Thelma Iremirem, Head and Supervisory National Commissioner for Rivers State, Col. M.K Hammanga and Professor Lai Olurode as members.

He said: “They have departed for Rivers State and it is expected that they will submit their report before the end of the collation of results of the other states and the FCT. Following the consideration of the report, the commission will make its decision known.”

The PDP also suffered significant losses in the Senate elections.

The APC swept the three seats in Kogi, Oyo, Lagos, Kwara, Kebbi and Sokoto. The PDP, however, won in Abia, Imo and Ebonyi.

SOURCE: VANGUARD

Army Rig For Ruling Party – Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s origin, Edo North was under 24-hour Army lockdown, yesterday as all the entry and exit points into the senatorial district were sealed by soldiers till the early hours of Sunday.

Vanguard reports that motorists and pedestrians were caught unaware as they got stopped from moving and unlucky ones horsewhipped by military men while others were made to face the indignity of being frog-jumped even late into the night yesterday. Recall that the Inspector-General of Police had announced a restriction of movement from 8:00am to 5:00pm on election day, motorists trapped at a military checkpoint at Agbede, the gateway into Edo North bordering Ewu in Edo Central told reporters that the soldiers manning the checkpoint said they have orders to stop movement in and out of Edo North till midnight.

However, Governor Adams Oshiomhole said the army has been a huge problem as they had been used to rig for the ruling party at the centre. There were no fewer than twenty military checkpoints in Edo North, there were five checkpoints at Okpella bordering Kogi State, two checkpoints at Iyamho, which completely sealed off the Governor’s home, five points at Auchi; another point at INEC office in Auchi, a checkpoint at Jattu junction, another one close to the Jattu home of Hon Philips Shaibu, the APC House of Reps candidate, another point at Ikabigbo, Ogbonna, Fugar, and three points at Agenebode. There were also military checkpoints at Aviele and another one at Agbede, bordering Edo North and Edo Central.

Vanguard made it known that INEC officials were not spared a harrowing ordeal in the hands of the soldiers as those taking materials to Ward 10, Unit 1 Iyamho were around 9:00 am, Saturday, as they were stopped by soldiers who had laid siege to the home town of Governor Adams Oshiomhole. The INEC officials told reporters that were forced to sit on the ground, alongside their police escort for several hours. They were later allowed to leave after they got calls from their superiors. The soldiers said they were acting on strict orders from above.

Even journalists were not spared the soldiers’ ordeal as the INEC accreditation cards and reflective jackets were ignored while each reporter was asked to produce his company ID cards. Curiously, newsmen who were returning to base to file their reports, Saturday night, and were cleared to proceed after producing their ID cards saw only light military checkpoint at Ekpoma in Edo Central and none in Edo South.

There were sporadic shootings by the soldiers at Okpella, during the day and at night while PDP chieftains in Wards 6 and 8 at Okpella disrupted the electoral process with the aid of soldiers to pave the way for electoral malpractice. Interestingly, the uniform worn by the soldiers at all the checkpoints had no name tags. Governor Adams Oshiomhole who spoke to reporters after casting his vote at 5:58pm at Unit 1, Ward 10, Iyamho said the military compromised and were in many cases used to chase away voters.

He said: “there are disturbing stories in many places. The Army has been used in a very criminal way to harass, intimidate and beat up voters in many units. For example at Fugar, our officers there were beaten up. They were going to take them away and the people were able to resist them. They went to another unit within the same Fugar, beat up people there, arrested the Local Government Chairman and took him away to the barracks on the order of General Odidi.

“Dokpesi brought Army from nowhere. I don’t know when Dokpesi became commander in chief of the Army to have such rights. You have seen me, I am the Governor of this state and with all humility I am the number one citizen of the state but I am abiding by the rules which say that there is restriction of movement, that is why I am here at my polling unit. I have vehicles, I have bodyguards, I have even ordinary people who I can carry along to anywhere but as a leader I have to show example.

“Even when they delayed the supply of materials to 2pm, our people waited. Now I don’t understand how Dokpesi has suddenly become an extremist using Soldiers to hit at women, using soldiers to hit at elderly people, using soldiers to drive away electorate so that they can write result sheets. I am ashamed of him and I think it is a sad day for Nigeria because for people like that, I think they have the greatest stake in democracy. I don’t know what his contract is that he had to go this far to do this very dirty job but I do not think it will change what God has willed.

“In Igueben, I have just been told that once they again saw that they were losing, Tom Ikimi invited the Army and the Army responded and they were beating up women, beating up the elderly. I emphasise women because as you can see from here, they just sat down, they are patient, they want to exercise their right. The men might be tired and leave but they will stay there. The good thing is that the voters are not fighting. In all cases, I have not heard where I am told the police are harassing people, it is the Army that is beating people, it is the Army that Dokpesi is using.

“In Edo South we are also having all kind of stories. In many cases, they didn’t bring result sheets. In Akoko Edo in some Units they didn’t bring result sheet which makes voting difficult. In many areas they refused to vote until the result sheet comes. 

“In Ovia North East and Ovia South West, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion who is a registered voter in Oredo, today he has been everywhere in ovia North East and Ovia South West, sharing money on election day under the supervision of the Nigeria Police. I have called the Commissioner of Police and I said, who gave Esama Policemen to be moving from one Local Government, from one Ward to another, from one booth to another in Ovia North East and Ovia South West.

“As the Governor of Edo State, I have chosen to be here. It is the sensible thing to do, to obey the law. Yes, Igbinedion’s daughter may be contesting but that does not give him the right to move around. Even the candidate is not at liberty to move about freely. Now Igbinedion is moving around using policemen to harass and intimidate the electorate and surprisingly, each officer you call will say, oh I didn’t know. The policemen attached to him, are they from Esama’s republic?

“I think it is two conclusions I have reached. First which is very reassuring is that the Nigerian people have bought democracy, they have internalized the values of democracy. The ordinary man and woman wants democracy. However, the level of desperation on the part of PDP that they must return the ruling party to power in my view is extremely worrisome because if we wanted just continuity, we didn’t have to worry about military rule.

“Now people want to vote, they have a right to vote. It’s clear that some INEC officers too have been compromised. As you can see, the lady who is supposed to manage the election in this local government disappeared, the guy who is supposed to fix the card reader was nowhere to be found and as you can see, they would have stopped accreditation if I were not here. Across the state, there are stories like that and it is very shameful.

“In all cases, the turnout of the electorate is very good, people are enthusiastic. The ordinary people are not fighting, those causing trouble are men of the Nigerian Army who are beating up people and scattering ballot papers accompanied by chieftains of the PDP.

“INEC Officials in Orhiomwon completely compromised. No result sheets in any polling unit in Orhiomwon and the Electoral Officer have very silly stories to tell. Up to 11pm, 12 noon, election materials did not get to most parts of Orhiomwon and I had to complain to INEC authorities and they confirmed it. When they eventually brought the election materials, there were no result sheets and you know what that means is that you can be doing whatever you are doing, the person with the result sheet will sit somewhere and just write the result. So whatever you think you were going to achieve with the card reader or no card reader, they will simply write the result.

“I have been informed that Orhionwon has been cancelled because of these malpractices and maybe some areas where there were no result sheets we cannot certainly accept results from those areas. It’s a mixed reaction and it is quite shameful. As a Nigerian I thought that this time around we would say yes, we got it right but it doesn’t seem so. The Army has been a huge problem in this process, but the cheering news is that Buhari will still win.”

Source: Naij.com

buhari

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections nationwide.

General Buhari said the hiccups experienced in few states over the card readers were not enough to cast aspersions on the election.

Fielding questions from Journalists in his house in Daura, Katsina State, General Buhari said reports made available to him by his observers indicated that the election had been generally peaceful.

Remain Calm

General Buhari commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for extending the exercise in some polling units till tomorrow.

The APC Presidential candidate, however, appealed to all his supporters to remain calm no matter the outcome of the election.

The electoral body had released an adjusted guideline for the elections, allowing the ad-hoc staff at polling units to accredit voters with the manual register to allow eligible voters with accreditation issues exercise their civic right.

He is the strong opposition to the incumbent President and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Goodluck Jonathan.

SOURCE: CHANNELS TV

Manual Accreditation Evidence Of Card Reader Failure – PDP

PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the poor working condition of the card readers in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections across the country could have been avoided, if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had listened to advice from well meaning Nigerians and organizations, including the PDP, regarding the use of the card readers.

National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Saturday, said the last minute resort to manual accreditation by INEC clearly shows the failure of the system.

“The unfortunate development is a vindication of our earlier position that as good as the idea of card readers is, it was too virgin to be successfully used in a general election without proper testing especially in an environment as ours that is not entirely digitally proficient,” the statement said.

The PDP also described the accreditation problems experienced by President Goodluck Jonathan as a ‘’huge national embarrassment.’’

Governor Jonah Jang, of Plateau, James Ngilari of Adamawa, Isa Yuguda of Buachi among others, have also reacted to the problems of accreditation, seeking explanation from INEC.

The PDP also reacted to reported cases of accreditation of under-aged persons in some states, especially in the northern part of the country, calling on INEC to ensure that such unqualified persons are not allowed to vote, and also to prosecute its officials involved in the crime.

The ruling party said it is seriously concerned about the developments given the avowed commitment of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration to hitch-free, fair and credible electoral process.

The PDP charged the electoral body to take urgent steps within the law, to ensure that no willing and qualified voter is disenfranchised, while urging Nigerians to remain calm in the overall interest of the nation.

SOURCE: CHANNELS TV