An observer group in the just concluded Edo State Governorship election, Intercontinental Leadership Initiative, has faulted the integrity of the Sept. 19 poll.
Mr Stafford Bisong, the Country Head of the organisation, stated this at a news conference in Benin on Monday, NAN reports.
Bisong, who disclosed that he had his officials across the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo State during the election, noted that non-functional card readers used for the election across the State raised integrity issues about the poll.
He also cited the none display of voters registers five days before the poll as prescribed by the electoral act.
According to him, another finding by the organisation was the late arrival of sensitive and non sensitive materials in about 80 per cent of polling units in most polling units, especially in Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha and Egor Local Government Areas.
While calling for improvement on Nigeria’s voting process, Bisong expressed the need to display voters’ registers on time for eligible voters to know their voting units.
He said: “We discovered a lot of discrepancies on the field during the election, and we concluded that there is more to desire in our electoral voting procedure.
“Both sensitive and non sensitive materials arrived relatively late in 80 per cent of the polling units, prominent in Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha and Egor.
“Voting commenced around 1.30 pm in some parts of these polling units.
“Another one is the issue of voters’ register. The register was pasted just less than 24 hours to the election, and this made it difficult for many to exercise before the poll.
“We again discovered that the voters’ register was not updated; as a result, this made it impossible for many not to participate in the exercise.
“Some of these people may have relocated. Some died while Covid-19 pandemic may have kept many away.
“Finally, non-functional card readers, as noticed across the State, led to the issue of voting complications in parts of the polling units.
“Eighty per cent of these card readers malfunctioned as they were not authenticating fingerprints of the voters, which led to manual use of authentication.”
Rotimi Amaechi uncovers biggest obstacle to Nigeria’s development
Amaechi, in an opinion on Friday, revealed that rail projects around Nigeria were built for the improvement of the country’s economy rather than racial biases.
The former Rivers State Governor recognized what he called politicising of railway development as one of the main challenges thwarting the government’s effort to boost the economy.
The minister, who was speaking as a guest lecturer at the Annual Public Lecture of the Department of Economics at the University of Lagos, commented that transportation as a criterion involved logistics.
Ameachi said, ”It’s a key element in driving the development of economies all over the world and it creates possibilities for other sectors; therefore, you cannot even create employment if you don’t create logistics.
“Nigerians are too ethnically conscious. You think first of your ethnicity before you think as a Nigerian.
”Ethnicity is putting pressure on the economics of railway construction. What you hear is, ‘I am a Yoruba man, I am a Hausa man, I am an Igbo man.”
“Railway is fuelled by economic activities, it is not fuelled by tribes.
Ondo university vows to rusticate students over indecent dressing
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has thoroughly warned its entire students against indecent dressing that it will no longer condone such act from its undergraduates of the institution.
The Senate of the institution has put rustication as a form of portends for any student involved in any form of indecent dressing.
The authority of the institution, which gave the stern warning in a circular, disclosed that failure to comply with the directive would attract rustication from the school for a semester.
The circular with reference number AD/ REG/CIR/58/VOL. VI/309 was signed by the registrar of the school, Olugbenga Arajulu .
According to the circular, indecent dressing that would no longer be allowed on campus include, “wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses; leaving cleavages open by female students; and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans, sagging etc by some male students.
“Any student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, who violates the above Senate decision on indecent dressing is deemed to have committed a misconduct and he/she shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.” school management informed the students.
Katsina:Three women are arrested by police for concealing petrol in bags for bandits
Just on thursday, a team of policemen, operating along Katsina-Jibia road arrested a mother, her daughter, alongside another woman, for hiding petrol in their bag to take to bandits in the forest.
The Spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo paraded the three suspects at the state police headquarters on Thurday.
The suspects, who admitted to have committed the offence in contravention of the executive order and other extant laws of the federation, are all said to be residents of the Malali Quarters, in Katsina metropolis.
“These women that you are seeing here were arrested along Jibia-Katsina road with these bags pretending to be normal travellers going to Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.
“What they do is engaging in smuggling of petrol to bandits in Jibia forest but nemesis caught up with them and they were arrested with these exhibits.
“These exhibits you are seeing are not just travelling bags but they are loaded with petrol meant to be taken to the forest for the bandits.
“The suspects are Umma Bello, 45 years of Malali Quarters here in Katsina metropolis, Nusaiba Muhammad, 16 years and Dija Umar 50 years all of the same address.
“It may interest you to know that the suspects while confessing to have committed the offence also revealed that many of them in the area are involved in the business.
Futhermore, SP Isah Gambo said “What they do is to engage the services of ‘okada’, motorcycle riders to buy the fuel for them in their motorcycle tanks from filling stations and then take it back to Malali quarters for them where they siphon the fuel from the motorcycle tanks and then arrange them into bags like these to avoid the eagle eyes of the security agencies while taking it to the forest to sell to bandits,”
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