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Start Work Early, Says Yakubu As He Presents Certificates To Elected Senators

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Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has asked senators-elect to start work early.

He spoke while presenting certificates of return to senatorial candidates who emerged winners in the February 23 polls.

The event is taking place at Africa Hall of the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.

“For the commission, we are glad that we are presenting the certificates of return to our lawmakers,” Yakubu said.

“As a matter of urgency, the commission will begin work of post-2019 election review and roadmap for 2023. I want to assure you that we will continue to work with the national assembly to review and strengthen our electoral laws.

“But I want to appeal to the senators elected to please stark work early and complete work on the electoral legal framework in good time well ahead of the 2013 general election. There is a lot of work ahead but the very limited time available.”

The presentation of certificates to the newly elected house of representatives members are scheduled to hold at 2 pm.

INEC had earlier said only those whose names appeared on its website as winners of the election would be presented with certificates.

The name of Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, who was declared the winner of Imo west senatorial election, was deleted from the list after the returning officer said he was forced to declare Okorocha winner.

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PDP’s Bala Mohammed Wins Bauchi Governorship Election

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PDP’s Bala Muhammed has been declared the winner of the governorship race in Bauchi State.

Mr Bala Mohammed defeated the incumbent Governor Muhammed Abubakar who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress.

Mohammed polled a total of 515,113 votes while the APC polled 500,625.

The Returning officer Professor Kyari Mohammed announced the winner and returned the former FCT Minister Bala Muhammed as the Governor of Bauchi State.

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Kwankwasiyya Group Posting Gory Pictures of Plateau Crisis to Discredit Governorship Rerun Election, Says Kano State Govt

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Kano state government describes as desperate move by the Kwankwasiyya group of the PDP to discredit the peaceful conduct of the rerun election by posting pictures of violence witnessed in some part of the country on social media platforms and beyond and paints it as what is happening in Kano.

A statement signed by the commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba indicates that, the supplementary election that witnessed large turn out of voters and adjudged as most peaceful, is being dismissed by the Kwankwasiyya group.

It says even before the election the group had unleashed terror on innocent citizens in order to scare them away from exercising their franchise.

“Since yesterday, members of the group have been posting and sharing gory pictures of violence in an effort paint black the peaceful and orderly election in Kano. Some of this pictures were shots from the Jos crisis in Plateau state”, the statement adds.

The commissioner therefore calls on the public to ignore such postings awash on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

The statement also urges the people and particularly members of the APC to remain calm and await for the outcome of the election.

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Emir Sanusi Plots Cancellation of Kano Rerun Election

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Disturbed that the candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is leading in the Kano governorship rerun election, the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has pleaded with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) to cancel the results.

Impeccable security sources told our Correspondent that the controversial Emir put several calls across to the INEC chairman and the Director-General of the DSS late Saturday afternoon, begging for the cancellation of the result.

The Emir, it was gathered has, before now launched a campaign of calumnly against Kano state Governor, Dr. Ganduje.

A source close to the Palace revealed that Emir Sanusi has been lobbying major Kano stakeholders to work against Ganduje’s victory.

“He has been holding secret meetings with Kwankwaso in and outside the country perfecting plans on how Ganduje will be pushed out of the way so that Kwankwaso will take over Kano again through his proxy and son inlaw, Abba Kabir Yusuf,” the Palace source added.

Our Correspondent, however, gathered that the INEC chairman and the DSS boss refused to hid to the plea of the Kano Emir.

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