Army vows to crush polls violence
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen. Kenneth Minimah, yesterday, warned those plotting to scuttle Saturday’s presidential election to rethink or face a very hard response from the military.
In Abeokuta, Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun yesterday advised the electorate not to allow the on-going deployment of soldiers deter them from casting their votes. Amosun, in a statement in Abeokuta, said, although it was abnormal to deploy armed soldiers for supervision of civil acts like the voting process, the soldiers, like other security agents, were being deployed to ensure peaceful elections.
The newly-deployed Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Evbakhavbokun, said his command would not recognise state-sponsored quasi or pseudo security operatives during the election.
In Kano State, the police also banned local security agencies from playing any role whatsoever in the elections. Security officers attached to public officers would also not be allowed to move around the units during elections.
No plan to rig election in favour of any political party —INEC
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday, dismissed the claims in some quarters that its chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, was planning to rig the general election in favour of a particular political party.
The commission, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Thursday, by the chief press secretary to its chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu, debunked the claim, saying it was false.
The commission affirmed that the allegation to manipulate or rig the election was “completely false and baseless.”
According to the statement, “the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) noted with dismay, a front page advertorial by a faceless group in some national newspapers on Wednesday, March 25, 2013, alleging a plot by the chairman of the commission to rig the 2015 general election.
“The group cited the constitution of a presidential election result collation committee by the INEC chairman as the basis for its allegation that a plot to rig the election has been hatched.
“INEC would not have bothered to respond to such patently cynical and malicious allegation, but for the fact that the elections are days away and otherwise respectable national newspapers have lent themselves to be used as platforms to disseminate such falsehood.
“The commission assures Nigerians of its commitment and resoluteness to conduct free, fair and credible elections.”It warned that it would will not hesitate to institute legal action, where necessary, to protect its members from malicious and libelous allegations.
Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, has redeployed senior officers as follows;
DIG Dan’Azumi Doma – Coordinator South East Zone, DIG Mamman Tsafe– Coordinator South-South Zone, DIG Hashimu Argungu– Coordinator South West Zone, DIG Christopher Katso- Coordinator North West Zone, DIG Hilary Opara – Coordinator North East Zone, DIG Adeola Adeniji– Coordinator North Central Zone, AIG Kalafite Adeyemi– Asst Coordinator South West Zone, AIG Bala Magaji Nasarawa – Asst Coordinator North Central Zone, AIG Adisa Bolanta – Asst Coordinator North West Zone, AIG Usman Gwary – AIG Federal Operations (FEDOPS) Abuja, and AIG Mark Idakwo– AIG Zone 9 Umuahia
Also, the IGP, in a release signed by the Force Spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, Commissioner of Police, has ordered the redeployment of the following Commissioners of Police to Commands indicated for the period of the elections.
CP Hosea Karma – CP Rivers State Command, CP Adamu Mohammed – CP Anambra State Command, CP Dan Bature – CP Enugu State Command, CP Usman Abdullahi – CP Katsina State Command, CP Jimoh Ozi-Obeh – CP Benue State Command, and CP Hyacinth Dagala – CP Department of Operations (DOPs) FHQ Abuja.
Tinubu-Ojo shuts Lagos markets for Ambode
LAGOS—Under the leadership of the President General, Mrs Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, market traders kept Lagos markets shut yesterday to hold a rally at the Onikan statdium in support of Akinwunmi Ambode, the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in the state, ahead of the elections.
Mrs. Tinubu-Ojo declared that all members of the Lagos state chapter of the Association of Commodity Market Women and Men of Nigeria, have pledged their support for Ambode in a bid to sustain the growth and development that has been witnessed all over the state under the APC.
“We market women and men make up a majority among voters. I can assure you that we have our voters cards, and with this support and our continued prayers, victory is definitely assured for Ambode and all APC candidates in this general elections”, Tinubu-Ojo said.
Source: Vanguard, The Guardian Nigeria, Tribune
Buhari’s aide deny rumors of ill health
Presidential candidate of the Nigeria’s opposition party, the All Progressive Congress, Muhammadu Buhari denies that ill-health is hindering his campaign across the Southern region in Nigeria.
Campaign aide says rumors making rounds is another effort by the PDP-led government to distract Buhari from his campaign. According to the aide, 72-year-old retired general tripped on his ‘’wrapper ‘’but regained his composure and went on to address the crowd.