PDP Aspirants Pledges Support Whoever That Emerges PDP Presidential Candidate – Bafarawa

A presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, has said that all the aspirants are committed to supporting any of them that emerges the party’s candidate.

Bafarawa, former governor of Sokoto State, stated this in an interview with journalists in Bauchi on Sunday.

“Two aspirants come from Sokoto my home state, the present Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and me, Attahiru Bafarawa, Alhaji Bafarawa “That is not a problem at all because we the aspirants pledged that whoever emerged the candidate, we will all support him as our presidential candidate.” Bafarawa said what the aspirants wanted was to “rescue Nigeria from All Progressives Congress (APC). “I am a democrat and therefore ready to support any aspirant who emerges as the party’s flag-bearer in order to move the country forward. “We all, however, need to be screened before the final decision on the party’s candidate is taken.

“I am not into politics to make money but to serve and I remain the best among the aspirants with 8 years’ experience as Governor of Sokoto State.”

The presidential aspirant presented two books on his eight years of stewardship as governor and pledged to do more as president.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche :I Felt Sad Seeing My Parents Read The Negative Comments Thrown At Me

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian author, has expressed how saddened she felt about the backlash her question to Hillary Clinton, an American politician, generated on social media, particularly among Nigerians.

Speaking to a group of young Nigerians during a hangout session in Lagos on Saturday, Adichie said she was surprised about the reaction the question generated, noting that it made her sad seeing her parents read horrible things Nigerians said about her.

In an interview with Hilary Clinton, the author, whose work has gained recognition, including winning the Orange Prize award, asked the female politician why she had described herself first as a ‘wife’ before other things on her social media bio.

This question, which Adichie said she considered harmless, brought backlash from Nigerians, including celebrities, many of which were premised on the notion that the reference in her question was a negative example for thousands of Nigerian women who follow the author religiously.

Adiche said she felt sad seeing her parents read the negative comments thrown at her. “Watching my mother, I felt close to tears,” she said.

Adichie, whose clapback at a French journalist — who had asked her if there were libraries in Nigeria — warmed her to the hearts of many, said the episode made her begin to rethink how she felt about Nigeria.

“When I got back to Lagos and there is just all of this noise and apparently it’s just all of ugliness, people said to me: ‘they are writing public letters to you. They said you are a demon; that you want to break up marriages…’, all kinds of things. I felt… Let me be honest, that is the first time I really started to rethink how I felt about Nigeria. I have never done that before.

“Until then, I had been a very dutiful daughter of Nigeria and I am still at that phase where I am thinking about how I really, really feel about Nigeria.”

She however explained she had asked the question for political reasons.

She said: “Quite frankly, the reason I asked that is that it was a political thing, particularly in the contest of Hilary Clinton — a woman who had to change her name and take her husband’s name because people would not vote for her husband if she had kept her name. A woman that for many Americans they still need to see a woman in domestic terms before they can concede a little power to her politically. We don’t think that of men.”

INEC Has Announced Thursday September 27 As The New Date For A Rerun

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced Thursday September 27 as the new date for a rerun after Saturday’s inconclusive Osun State governorship election.

Announcing the results on Sunday afternoon, Joseph Afuwape, INEC’s Returning Officer, had said Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled254,699, while his closest challenger, Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had 254,345 votes.

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Since the total number of cancelled votes (3,486) exceeds the difference between the two leading parties (353), Afuwape said it was impossible for him to declare any party as winner.

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Thursday’s supplementary contest will be a straight battle between Adeleke and Oyetola, as the rerun will hold only in the seven polling units where results were cancelled.

Police Nabbed Electoral Officer Who ‘Tore Result Sheet At Ayeedade LGA, Osun.

The Police have arrested Mr. Salau Mutiu Kolawole, an electoral officer who allegedly collaborated with a senior official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to tear the result sheet of the disputed Ayeedade Local Government Area.

While announcing the results of yesterday’s Osun State governorship election, INEC had said the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 10,861 votes in Ayedaade while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recorded 9,836. However, a result sheet circulating online has 10,836 votes — 1,000 more — against PDP’s name.

The PDP agent at the INEC collation centre in Osogbo made the complaint, with leading PDP officials outside Osun State making the point as well.

The disputed 1,000 votes could prove crucial, as the race between PDP’s Ademola Adeleke and APC’s isiaka Oyetola is proving one of the closest electoral tussles in Nigeria’s history.

INEC has declared Saturday’s Osun State governorship election “inconclusive”

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Saturday’s Osun State governorship election “inconclusive”.

Announcing the results on Sunday afternoon, Joseph Afuwape, INEC’s Returning Officer, said Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled254,699, while his closest challenger, Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had 254,345 votes.

Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) polled 128,049 votes to place a distant third.

However, Afuwape said that since the difference between the two leading parties was just 353 votes but the number of cancelled votes was 3,498, no winner had emerged.

“Unfortunately, as the Returning Officer, it is not possible to declare any party as winner,” he said.

He implored party agents to wait for a few minutes to get the date for a rerun between the t

Osun: PDP Rejects INEC Declaration of Osun Guber as Inconclusive

September 23, 2018

Press Conference

Osun: PDP Rejects INEC Declaration of Osun Guber as Inconclusive

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejects in its entirety, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) declaration of the September 22, 2018 Osun State Governorship election as inconclusive.

The PDP insists that the process was conclusive and that its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, who won a total of 254, 698 votes, is in clear lead and should be immediately declared winner by INEC, having met the requirements of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Section 179 (2) (a)(b) of the 1999 Constitution, (as amended), is clear and very unambiguous in spelling out the conditions for returning a candidate to the office of governor of a state.

This section states inter-alia, “A candidate for an election to the office of Governor of a State shall be deemed to have been duly elected where, there being two or more candidates – (a) he has the highest number of votes cast at the election; and (b) he has not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the local government areas in the State.

The declaration of the election as inconclusive, by INEC is therefore a sordid robbery of the franchise of the people of Osun State, who participated in the election.

It is obvious that having failed in their schemes to alter the final results due to the resistance of the people, the APC had to bear pressure on INEC to declare the election inconclusive so as to pave way for the perfection of their manipulative schemes, which the people of Osun state have firmly resisted so far.

Instead of yielding to the evil machination of the APC, INEC should have summoned the patriotic courage to immune itself and end this needless controversy by returning the PDP and declare our candidate as the winner.

It is instructive to state that the PDP will no longer accept inconclusive elections as subterfuge by the APC attain its dubious electoral manipulative schemes in our nation.

The people of Osun state and the entire nation are already aware that the PDP won this election. They have the authentic figures from the polling units and know the candidate the voters prefer.

The people by their votes, have overwhelmingly declared for our candidate and we are not ready to accept any attempt by anybody to use any means whatsoever to steal our mandate freely given by the people.

The PDP is for peace, but we will not hesitate to use every force available in a democracy to face any attempt to subvert the will of the people or rig us out in this election.

The PDP therefore charges the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to avoid the fury of the people by immediately reversing this fraudulent decision of the Resident Electoral Commissioner and declaring our candidate the winner of the election. Anything short of this is definitely not acceptable to the PDP and the people of Osun and it is a direct recipe for crisis.

Finally, the PDP cautions INEC and the APC to note that the game is up. The people of Osun state have decided in favour of the PDP and that has become a fact that can never be altered.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary