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Jubilation, protest as APC wins Ekiti election
Mon, 16 Jul 2018

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Jubilation and knocks have trailed the result of the governorship election in Ekiti, in which Mr. Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and immediate past minister of Mines and Steel Development, polled 197,459 votes to defeat Prof. Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party who got 178,121 votes.

Read also: Fayemi defeated Olusola with 19,338 votes to emerge governor-elect

The PDP and Olusola-Eleka, yesterday, rejected the results, saying it did not reflect the true outcome of the poll.

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Olusola-Eleka justified his claim by citing allegations of intimidation, oppression and inducement by security agents which he said aided and abetted manipulation of the electoral process.

He described the alleged manipulation of the poll as “most audacious electoral robbery of our recent history”, which he said “shall not stand.”

He alleged further that APC rigged the poll by leveraging on its well-advertised but patently obnoxious and anti-democratic federal might to intimidate, harass, victimise, oppress and brutalise PDP leaders, members and the voting public all over the state.

“You are all aware of the unfortunate and dangerous events of the past 24 hours, in which our governorship election was hijacked by political desperadoes leveraging on “federal might” to pervert

the electoral process, subvert the will of Ekiti people, and viciously steal the mandate willingly and freely given to me on a massive scale by our people. PDP and I won the election overwhelmingly, receiving more than 70 per cent of lawful votes cast and winning in almost all of the state’s 16 local government areas. I therefore reject the falsified results being bandied by the Independent National Electoral Commission, which purportedly gave the election to the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi,” he said.

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Addressing a press conference in Abuja shortly after INEC declared Fayemi winner, yesterday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan described the outcome as “a daylight robbery, a brazen subversion of the will of the people and direct assault on our democracy.”

Ologbondiyan stated that judging from the results from the polling centres across the state, it was obvious Olusola-Eleka won with a “comfortable margin.”

He said the party was collating all the infractions in the election, and would make public its next step to retrieve its mandate in Ekiti, soon.

“The PDP has the details of all the polling units where we won, mostly with very wide margin ahead of the APC, only for the security agencies to chase away our agents, then aid the alteration and swapping of such results with those smuggled in by the APC at the collation centres. We have the detail
of the discrepancies between the authentic results from the polling units and the false figures eventually announced by INEC.”

The opposition spokesman further stated that all the issues the party raised ahead of the elections, including the alleged conspiracy between the APC, compromised electoral and security agencies, as well importation of thugs and falsification of results all played out in the election.

“There is no way our democracy can survive with an electoral process as witnessed in Ekiti State under President Muhammadu Buhari and the current INEC leadership.

“This bare-faced subversion of the will of the people is a clear recipe for crisis and we invite Nigerians and the international community to hold President Buhari, the APC, the INEC chairman and heads of security agencies in Nigeria responsible should there be any breakdown of law and order in Ekiti state as a result of this election.

“This robbery of the franchise of Ekiti people is a horrible rape of our democracy and it is most uncharitable that it could happen under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the participation of the APC, who hugely benefitted from the credible electoral process midwifed by the PDP in 2015,” Ologbondiyan said.

Buhari congratu- lates Fayemi

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In spite of PDP’s outrage, President Buhari described the result as a hard-fought victory after a dignified campaign.

A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, urged Fayemi and the APC members to be magnanimous in victory as the incoming administration prepared to unfold a new lease of life for the people of Ekiti State through purposeful and responsible governance.

While commending the people of the state for their mature and peaceful conduct, Buhari also lauded INEC for adequate preparations and display of impartiality throughout the process as well as the security agencies for creating the right atmosphere for the relatively peaceful conduct of the polls. President Buhari also commended local and international observers and monitors for their vigilance and contributions towards the relatively hitch-free exercise.

He appealed to all stakeholders in Ekiti State to work towards a successful transition to a new administration in the higher interest of not only the state but the entire nation and its fledgling democratic experience.

“In all this, the people of Ekiti State have spoken loud and clear, and democracy has won again,” he said.

Alsoreacting, the APC said Fayemi’s victory is a rejection of “crude politics” by Ekiti electorate.

The party said the people voted Fayemi because they trusted his ability to deliver on his campaign promises.

“The APC congratulates Dr. Kayode Fayemi, our party’s candidate, on his election as the governor of Ekiti state,” a statement by Bolaji Abdullahi, spokesman of the APC,said.

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Borno: 23 soldiers, 8 trucks allegedly missing after Boko Haram ambush
Mon, 16 Jul 2018

No fewer than 23 Nigerian soldiers are yet to be accounted for, after Boko Haram insurgents ambushed a military convoy at Boboshe village, in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

Five officers, 18 soldiers and 8 trucks were allegedly missing after the attack which occurred early on Saturday.

The military, acting on intelligence, mobilised troops in a convoy of 11 trucks, to clear the insurgents from the deserted village. The attacking insurgents were believed to have been those who escaped the ongoing offensive by the military to flush out Boko Haram in the fringes of Sambisa and the Lake Chad region.

Read also: Soldiers kill 15 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno, recover arms

A competent military source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), yesterday, that the insurgents, in their hundreds, allegedly ambushed the troops and, in the process, many of them were missing. He disclosed that only three, of the 11 trucks deployed to the area, returned to their base in Maiduguri, after suffering huge loss in the battle with the insurgents.

“There was quick response by the army when they received reports that hundreds of the insurgents gathered at Boboshe on Maiduguri-Konduga-Bama road. The gallant soldiers were ambushed by the insurgents, only three of the 11 trucks returned to the base. It is not clear what happened but it was assumed the soldiers were missing following the ambush,” the source added.

Meanwhile, residents of Jilli community in Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State, on Saturday, fled the town; sequel to an attack by Boko Haram insurgents.

It was learnt that the insurgent attacked the area from the axis of Lake Chad, forcing the residents to flee.

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Mallam Bukar Mustapha, one of the residents, told NAN that he and other villagers fled their homes when they received report that the insurgents were coming to attack them.

“In the afternoon on Saturday, we heard that the insurgents gathered in the nearby bush preparing for the attack. I am one of those who ran to Maiduguri, which is about 45 kilometres from my village. On Sunday morning, I called Gubio and I was told that the insurgents had attacked the town during the night. I do not have the casualties because the situation is still not clear at Jilli,” Mustapha said.

Another resident, who declined to be named, said troops had been deployed to the area.

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Traders endorse Ugwuanyi for second term
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Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon title
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Mon, 16 Jul 2018
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Courtois picks World Cup Golden Glove Award
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Modric named World Cup Most Valuable Player
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Okotie declares for presidency, calls for home-grown federalism
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PFN holds rally in Calabar over killing of Christians, hunger
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
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Borno: 23 soldiers, 8 trucks allegedly missing after Boko Haram ambush
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