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Today's Headlines: APC national chairman loses polling unit to Obi, INEC begins collation of results today

APC National Chairman Adamu Loses Unit To Peter Obi

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu, on Saturday lost his polling unit to Labour Party in the presidential elections.

The APC Candidate in the presidential elections, Bola Tinubu polled 85 votes while Labour Party’s candidate, Mr Peter Obi raked in 132 votes.

In the National Assembly polls, the ruling party also lost to the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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The SDP polled 184, the APC got 55 votes and LP had 42 for the Senatorial elections. For the House of Representatives, the SDP had 159 votes, LP raked in 30 votes and APC got 46 votes.

INEC Begins Collation of results today 

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said collation of the results of the 2023 presidential election will begin midday today, Sunday 26, February.

Yakubu announced this at a news conference on the 2023 general elections on Saturday in Abuja.

According to the INEC Chairman, results were expected by the commission from the states starting from Sunday.

“I will like to invite you at midday tomorrow (Sunday) for the official opening of the National Innovation Centre for the 2023 general elections.

“We hope that by tomorrow, we expect to have some of the election results coming from states, particularly for the presidential election.

“So, the collation centre for the presidential election will open midday tomorrow,” Yakubu said.

2023 Elections: Pregnant Woman Slumps, Dies While Waiting On Queue To Vote

A pregnant woman, identified as Shamsiya Ibrahim on Saturday slumped and died while waiting on the queue to vote in Tsafe Area of Zamfara State.

It was gathered that when the pregnant lady slumped, she was rushed to Tsafe General Hospital where she was confirmed dead upon arrival.

Shamsiya traveled from Kotorkoshi area of Bungudu Local Government to Tsafe town, a distance of about 50kilometers to cast her vote. The authorities are yet to make a formal statement regarding the tragic development.

INEC Declares One-Day Extension Of Voting In Cross River

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said voting will be extended till Sunday in some polling units in Cross River State.

The INEC’s Head of Department (HOD), Voter Education and Publicity, Anthonia Nwobi, said this in a statement issued on Saturday on behalf of the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the extension period of voting for the Presidential and National Assembly Elections to Sunday February 26, 2023 in Polling Units in Cross River State that election did not take place on Saturday 25 February, 2023 including Polling Units and Wards in Bakassi Local Government Area; Dayspring 1 & 2, Qua Island.

“Voting in the affected areas will resume by 8 am till 12.00pm on Sunday February 26, 2023. All Stakeholders including Members of Political Parties, Interagency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), Observers, Press, INEC Staff and Adhoc Personnel for 2023 general elections etc should be guided accordingly.”

Nwobi urged all affected eligible voters to use the opportunity to come out and cast their votes.

“The Commission also wishes to re-assure all eligible voters of her resolution that no registered voter will be disenfranchised in the 2023 general election,” INEC added.

Election: Voting to continue in parts of Plateau on Sunday

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Plateau, Dr Oliver Agundu, has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct Presidential and National Assembly elections in some parts of Kanam Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.

Agundu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after going around Jos and other parts of the state to assess the ongoing process.

He also said that voting was still ongoing in several polling units in Jos North, Jos South and Mangu local government areas.

The REC explained that the voting time was generally extended to enable registered voters to perform their civic responsibilities.

He attributed the late commencement of voting in most areas to the technical hitches encountered during the exercise.

“As I speak to you this night some polling units in Jos North, Jos South and Mangu LGA’s are still voting.

“Voting in some polling units in Kanam will continue on Sunday, Feb. 26, due to the destruction of some Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in the units by suspected thugs,” he said.

Elections: ICPC busts nine vote buyers in 5 states

Nine suspects were arrested by operatives of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over alleged vote buying in Osun, Ondo, Borno, Akwa Ibom and Sokoto States during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections on Saturday.

Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, the spokesperson, ICPC said in a statement that four of the vote buyers were arrested in Osun State by operatives of the anti-graft agency.

She added that two persons were arrested in Sokoto State, while one person each was arrested in Ondo, Akwa Ibom and Borno respectively.

“The four vote buyers arrested in Osun State are Adewale Teslim, 32 years; Yemi Adebiyi, 42 years; Shake Idris, 36 years, and Emiola Joseph Oluwole, 69 years.

“The suspects, who are in Osun State Office custody, were found with documents containing lists of names, phone numbers and account details of voters during the election in the State.

“Operatives of the Commission retrieved a list of names and phone numbers of voters from Adewale Teslim at Polling Unit 07, Ward 07, Ile Aganna in Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun State.

“The officers also recovered a list of people who had voted with their phone numbers and account details from Yemi Adebiyi at Polling Unit 06, Ward 04 at Ikirun Junction, Ikirun while Shake Idris was arrested at Polling Unit 6, Ward 10, Ofatedo area of Osun State with a notebook containing over 100 names and account numbers.

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