The election conducted in Adamawa state on March 23rd was declared inconclusive of which INEC has selected a date for the rerun has suffered a setback on Wednesday as a court in Yola has refrained INEC from conducting further election in the state which has Peoples Democratic Party leading.
The state High Court, presided in Yola by Justice Abdulaziz Waziri, granted an interim injuction by one of the governorship candidates stopping INEC from conducting the supplementary polls in the 44 polling units where voting during the March 9 governorship election was cancelled
The governorship candidate of the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRRD), Rev Eric Theman, had filed for the injunction on the premise of non-inclusion of his party logo for the governorship election.
The election had been declared inconclusive by INEC after it collated results from the 21 LGAs of the state and found that the margin of lead between the two leading parties, PDP and APC, was lower than the number of registered voters in polling units where voting was cancelled.
The PDP had polled 367,471 votes as against APC’s 334,995; giving a difference of 32,467; less than the 40,948 registered voters in the 44 polling units where voting was cancelled.
The commission announced Tuesday that it would conduct a supplementary election on March 23 in the affected polling units, a proposal the High Court has now put on hold.
How APC hired an Israeli based firm for elections – Frank
Comrade Timi Frank, former assistant National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), applauded a press release by a U.S based agency – the Digital Forensic Research Laboratory of the Atlantic Council.
The US firm had revealed ‘Archimedes’, a political consultant firm in Isreal role in spreading fake news through the social media about PDP Presidential Candidate – Atiku Abubakar.
Facebook expelled Archimedes from the network on Thursday due to its “coordinated and deceptive behavior”. The popular network also removed dozens of accounts and thousands of facebook pages that are created to disrupt elections in Countries in Africa, with a few sparse exercise in East asia and South America.
In response to the ban, Mr Frank, through a comment on Saturday, said the world would eventually realize all the lies behind Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation as the victor during the last election.
One of pages removed by Facebook on Thursday, as revealed by Frank, was loaded with viral false news and targeted attacks on Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice president.
According to Timi Frank, the report reads:
“that on the overall, the misleading accounts had reached some 2.8 million users, and the pages had engaged over 5,000 followers, according to Facebook’s estimates.”
After praising Facebook, He went on further to say:
“Nigerians ought to be worried about how the APC-led government is spending huge amount of money just to discredit the rightful winner of the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.
“I believe that if a lie goes on for 20 years, truth will definitely catchup with it one day. It will not be long before Nigerians will realise how desperate and fake President Muhammadu Buhari is in his bid to hang onto power.”
The political nationalist called on the rest of the world to acknowledge the press release of the Associated Press as well as the resulting damage accomplished in the last election to Nigeria’s second largest party and its presidential nominee.
“The AP’s report has clearly shown the level of lies sponsored against Atiku during and after the last general election. The campaign of calumny has not stopped but Nigerians should henceforth disregard malicious reports in the social media against the former VP,”
INEC set new dates for Kogi, Bayelsa governorship elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have announced that the staggered governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa state earlier slated to hold November 2 have been postponed to November 16 of this year.
The commission had earlier announced November 2 for the two sates elections out of the six states who were unable to hold theirs due to the staggered timetable of the elections.
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