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Elections: INEC reveals percentage of women to vote in Kogi

Up to 50 per cent registered voters that will be casting their votes in the forthcoming general election in Kogi State are women.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kogi State, Prof James Apam disclosed this on Friday at a town hall meeting with women groups and gender-focused CSOs for enhanced participation of women in elections.

Apam, while reaffirming the readiness of INEC towards conducting a free, fair, and credible election in the country, urged women to increase their interest in the political process of the country.

This, according to him, is imperative as women has continued to play a pivotal role in strengthening the democratic process of the country.

The REC, who was represented by the administrative secretary of the commission, Mohammed Abubakar Sadiq assured women of adequate security during the process.

The INEC boss however urged women to caution their wards at home, as the commission is set to prosecute any individual caught in electoral violence and fraud.

According to him, violence during election hinders political participation and good representation in governance.

He urged them to conscientize their children to rise against fraudulent politicians who intend to arm them for selfish interests in the forthcoming polls.

Apam however hinted that the commission has recorded 88.3 per cent collection of the Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, as 193,381 PVCs are yet to be collected from INEC as at Wednesday 6th February 2019.

While wishing participants a fruitful deliberation, Apam also took time to educate women on the seven guidelines of voting and the resolution of the body to give preference to pregnant and nursing women, including persons living with disabilities.

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Atiku attends PDP NEC meeting over Elections, Buhari


The special National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started its emergency meeting to make a review of the postponement of the 2019 elections by the Independent National Electoarl Commission (INEC).

In attendance at the meeting, holding at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, and presided over by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, are the party’s leaders, including Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate, and Bukola Saraki, the Senate President.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) held a similar meeting on Monday, during which President Muhammadu Buhari controversially said: “So I’m going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.”

Buhari’s expense-of-your-life comment is one of the leading agenda at the NEC meeting.

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2019: Atiku has conceded defeat to Buhari before elections on Sartuday – Oshiomhole

Ahead of Saturday’s election, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has conceded defeat.

Oshiomhole said this while reacting to Atiku’s claim that two geopolitical zones, South South and South East were his strongholds.

Reacting to Atiku’s claim, Oshiomhole said the former Vice President has unwittingly revealed that he has lost out in four out of the six geopolitical zones in the country.

According to Tribune, Oshiomhole said: “PDP has conceded defeat, Atiku claimed to have control of South south. That isn’t true. I come from Edo state and it is under the control of APC. By saying he has 2 out of 6 zones, it means he has lost.

“Atiku knows he can’t win. In 2015, he lost his ward, he procured his senatorial zone for Senator Jubril Aminu, he did same for Senator Jonathan Zwingina! Let him deny it, I am ready to meet him in court.

“Atiku is afraid of defeat, we are ready for the election and by Saturday Atiku would remain a permanent candidate that he has always been. ”

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Leah Sharibu: Dapchi parents cry out to FG over Christain girl’s fate

Parents of Dapchi schoolgirls in sober, sorrow and agony mood, have again reechoed the need for the Federal Government to expedite action to ensure that Leah Sharibu, the only Christain girl still in Boko Haram’s enclave is released unharmed.

The parents through their chairman, Bashir Manzo made the appeal at a special prayer session organized to commemorate one year anniversary of the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls, held at Leah’s family house in Dapchi town today, February 19, 2019.

Manzo told DAILY POST that, though parents of Leah were absent at the prayer, they were represented by Helakuri, Leah’s aunt, saying Mrs Rabecca Sharibu travelled to Yola, Adamawa state to join her husband following recent rumour that their daughter was gruesomely killed by the terrorists.

He said that, the prayer brought together Muslim and Christian clerics wearing black and white mufflers while offeriing special supplications to the Almighty God for the safe release of Leah, the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity.

“Apart from today’s prayer, we had observed three days fasting, with a view to seeking divine intervention for the release of our daughter (Leah).

“Despite assurances that Leah is alive and well, we are once again appealing to the Federal Government to rededicate its commitment to salvage our daughter from her captors”, the chairman appealed.

Recall that, on February 19, 2018, Boko Haram terrorist group abducted over 100 students of Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi and were released a month later, leaving Leah Sharibu in captivity.

The abduction of the girls had generated global outrage as Nigeria and the world at large had not fully recovered from the kidnapping of over 200 Chibok school girls in neighbouring Borno state before the Dapchi girls were taken.

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