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#OsunDecides2018: Tempers flare as PDP protests local govt result

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#OsunDecides2018: Tempers flare as PDP protests local govt result

Tempers are boiling over in Osogbo, capital of Osun State, as party supporters and officials of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are crying foul and accusing INEC of vote tampering on account of the declared results from Ayedaade Local Government Area.

The PDP’s protest came after the State INEC office declared 9,836 votes for the party in Ayedaade LGA, a result that party officials said was 1,000 votes less than what was previously announced by the LGA’s INEC collation officer.

The results declared and made available to agents, journalists and observers at the local government collation by the collation officer indicated that the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, scored 10,836 votes in Ayedaade while the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, scored 10,861 votes.

The PDP party agent at the state collation centre promptly protested the figures, and was asked to seek clarifications from the officials who supervised the LGA elections. Officials later announced that they have reached understanding on the discrepancy with the PDP agent and that he had come to clarity on what was amiss. “Every data matched, there was no case (of manipulation)”, according to the Ayedaade presiding officer.

Unimpressed by what appeared to be an understanding inside the state collation centre however, the PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, told PREMIUM TIMES Sunday morning that “This is a deliberate plot by the returning officer to slash our votes by 1,000 in order to reduce our edge by over 500 votes,”.

“This is totally unacceptable and we have appealed to INEC to immediately announce the original result right there. We will not allow them to rob us and now say we should go to tribunal.

“This is clear, clear robbery and we will not accept it,” Mr Ologbondiyan said. “We appeal to all Nigerians and international observers who have the interest of Nigeria’s democracy at heart to immediately call on INEC to retrace its steps right here and now.”

#OsunDecides2018 LGA Results
#OsunDecides2018 LGA Results

The controversy arose as results from Osogbo were being awaited. Already, results from 29 of the total 30 local government areas of the state have been declared. Osogbo is the big prize that will ultimately decide the elections. In the governorship elections of 2014, Osogbo had 53,000 valid votes cast, of which the APC won 75 per cent of those valid votes.

As votes tally now, the governing party has so far won in 15 local governments, while the PDP has won in 11 local governments. The ADP has won in one local government (Iwo) while the SDP has won in two local governments (Ife East and Ife Central).

Rasheed Olawale, a spokesperson for Mr Adeleke’s campaign said: “We raised the alarm in the dead of the night that they are changing results. This is a brazen stealing of peoples’s will and must be rejected.”

Oluwole Uzzi, a spokesperson for INEC, however, rejected allegations that the election results were tampered with to the detriment of PDP, which is an opposition party in both the state and at Nigeria’s centre.

“But, since the collation is still ongoing, there is no need for anyone to conclude that a permanent decision has been taken on the matter,” the official told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Sunday morning. “Let us wait for the final declaration.”

Jamiu Olawunmi, a spokesperson for APC’s candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, also took a similar position when reached for comments.

“It is too premature to start talking about a collation that is still ongoing,” he said.

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Husband allegedly beats wife to death with belt

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A man identified as Laiko Osuri, has been arrested for allegedly beating his wife, Beryl Adhiambo Ouma, to death with a belt.

The unfortunate incident happened at their Kahawa Sukari home, Nairobi, Kenya.

According to neighbours who spoke to a local daily, the couple fought a lot but explained that they were the usual “husband and wife quarrels”.

On the fateful day, the deceased reportedly screamed for help for hours but nobody came to her aid.

Her father, Douglas Ouma said that his late daughter, Beryl Adhiambo Ouma, sent him a “Please Call Me” text on Wednesday night. But he tried to reach her, no one came to the phone.

“My daughter sent me a ‘Please call me’ but I was asleep so I did not hear the phone,” he is quoted by the daily.

Mr Osuri would later call him back and inform him that he and Adhiambo had had an argument.

Confirming the details was Ruiru divisional police commander James Ng’etich who noted that the suspect who is already in custody had admitted to assaulting the deceased using a belt.

 

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Wrong Giving Can Make You Poor — Reno Omokri 

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Reno Omokri in his Nugget on Friday corrected the popular notion that giving can never make you poor.

The ex- aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan said that wrong giving can actually make one poor. Read below…

“It is a lie that no one has become poor by giving. Giving can make you rich, depending on who you give to.

For instance, you can never be poor if you give to God, your parents and the poor.

However, there are very many men who became poor by giving to girlfriends. A man has no obligation to look after his girlfriend.” He wrote.

Giving money to a girl you sleep with makes her more appropriately a prostitute, not a ‘friend’ #RenosNuggets

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Polls: Beware of Voodoo Dollars in Circulation, EFCC Warns Nigerians

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…Takes Campaign to BDC Operators

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 21, 2019 took its sensitization campaign to Bureaux de Change, BDC operators at the Wuse Zone 4 Office in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The EFCC team, which was led by ADC Aisha Larai Musa, Head, EFCC’s Creative Communications Unit, used the opportunity to warn the BDC operators on the dangerous trend of an influx of fake Dollar notes now in circulation.

Advising the operators to be at alert, Musa, urged them to be cautious because “as the electioneering period peaks, you are now a soft target for money laundering and circulation of fake dollar notes”.

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