INEC Postpones Governorship, State Assembly Elections
Barring any further extensions, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reached a decision to postpone Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly elections to March 18, 2023.
A top INEC official in Rivers State who craved anonymity confirmed the development to Channels Television on Wednesday evening.
The electoral umpire, the source added, will soon release an official statement about the postponement.
The postponement is due to the Commission’s inability to promptly commence reconfiguration of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines utilized during the February 25 presidential election to enable their use in the state elections.
INEC was earlier restrained from tampering with the information embedded in the BVAS machines until the due inspection was conducted and Certified True Copies (CTC) issued to candidates who are challenging the outcome of the presidential election.
Kogi NLC Elects New Chair
The Kogi State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress has elected Comrade Gabriel Amari as the new Chairman of the state council.
Amari who was returned unopposed takes over from Comrade Onu Edoka whose two terms tenure ended on Monday will pilot the affairs of the council for the next four years.
Prior to this, Comrade Amari is the Chairman of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Kogi chapter.
Other executive members elected were Comrades Ebenezer Adeyemi and Opaluwa Eleojo as Vice Chairmen; Salifu Joel As Treasurer; Omuya Momoh and Awodi Ochala as Adutors; and Bolanle Inubiwon & Oyiza Sanni as Ex-Officios.
Court Grants Tinubu Access To Inspect Election Materials
The Appeal Court in Abuja has granted the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, access to inspect electoral materials used by the Independent National Electoral Commission during February 25, 2022, general elections.
The PUNCH reports that Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, on Tuesday, urged the Court of Appeal in Abuja to order INEC to grant him access to sensitive materials it used for the presidential election.
Tinubu, through his lawyer, Mr Akintola Makinde, said he would need to inspect, scan and make photocopies of some of the electoral materials to enable him to prepare his defence against petitions that would seek to nullify his election.
While Tinubu’s first ex-parte application, which was filed on March 6, has the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi as respondents, in the second application, the Peoples Democratic Party, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, were cited as respondents, alongside INEC
Tinubu, Atiku, Obi Parade 51 SANs For Legal Battle
The legal tussle between the Labour Party, Peoples Democratic Party and the ruling All Progressives Congress over the outcome of the February 25 presidential election took a new dimension following the report that a combined team of 51 Senior Advocates of Nigeria had been engaged by the trio.
Sources within the camps of the warring political parties said that the array of legal luminaries, drawn from different chambers, were presently being furnished with materials that could be tendered as evidence in court.
The PUNCH reported that the President-elect and candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu, was announced the winner of the keenly contested election last Wednesday.
The former Lagos governor polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the LP flag bearer, who got 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes respectively.
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