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1999, 2003 election results missing, says INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday raised fears that the results and data of the 1999 and 2003 general elections were missing.

The commission however said researchers did not find it difficult to trace the 2019 general elections results which was already online.

According to him, the draft compendium recommended that the result of elections should be released in a more organized manner that will aid documentation.

INEC National Commissioner (Election and Party Monitoring) and former member of the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research, Prof. Anthonia Okosi – Simbina, stated this during a one-day workshop to look at the proposed compendium of the results of 2007, 2011 and 2015 general elections, organised by NISER, Ibadan.

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According to her, the programme focused on preparing a compendium of 2007, 2011 and 2015 general elections results because data of the result of the 1999 and the 2003 general elections results were not available.

She said there were no particular findings from the 2007, 2011 and 2015 general elections results.

Okosi – Simbina added that the difficulty they encountered in the research process before she was appointed National Commissioner was that the 2007, 2011 and 2015 general elections results were collected individually without proper organization.

She said, “You need to organise them from the polling units, constiuencies and local governments. We want people to get the statistics of the voters. The Women, the men, artisants and the rural dwellers.

“If political parties follow the demographics, they will be able to know their targets during political campaigns. It will also help the government in the provision of essential things. It will also help INEC too.

“It was difficult to get that of 1999 and 2003; much of the data were not made available because it was scattered in various offices but the 2019 data was not like that because we had a better way of storing them and it’s online.

“The recommendation is that the result of election should be release in more organized manner.”

She said the data they got was not organized in a better form for researchers to use.

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Also speaking, a National Commissioner and chairman, Board of The Electoral Institute, Prince Solomon Soyebi, said they have interrogated the result of the elections.

He stated that INEC was trying its best to ensure that the results of all the elections from 1999 were available online and lesson learnt on those elections help in future polls.

“Result of the 2019 general election is in our website. It is separated based on sex, rural setting and other demographics. From the 2019 general election, we can now show the state with the highest votes. Lagos has always experience lowest percent of registration and voting”, Soyebi said.

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Police vow to bring killers of Gov. Obiano’s aide to book

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The Assistant Inspector-General of Police  (AIG) in charge of Zone 13, AIG Danmallam Mohammed, has vowed to bring killers of the Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Willie Obiano on Security, late Azubuike Ekwegwalu, to book. 
Mohammed, who made the pledge on Monday in an interview with newsmen in his office at Ukpo near Awka, described the incident as “sad and most unfortunate.”
The AIG said he had directed the Anambra Police Commissioner, CP  John Abang to commence an investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“I am sure that the commissioner of police will intensify intelligence to track down the criminals and make sure that they are brought to book.
“The people of the state should not express fear or have sleepless nights over the development.
“They should know that in larger societies like this, there are pockets of crimes,” he said.
The AIG assured the people, especially family members of the deceased, that the culprits would be apprehended, no matter how highly placed they were.
He also expressed concerns over the increasing wave of cultism in the state, warning cultists to denounce their membership or face the wrath of the law.
The Newsmen recalls that Ekwegbalu, 43, was allegedly stabbed to death with a kitchen knife at his residence in the  Commissioners’ Quarters, Awka, by unknown assailants on Sunday.
The Police Command’s Spokesman in the state, SP Haruna Mohammed already said a suspect seen within the premises around 1:30 a.m. on a fateful day had been arrested for further investigations.
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JUST IN: Lebanon’s government resigns over Beirut blast

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Lebanon’s government resigned Monday as the fallout from last week’s deadly explosion deepened a political crisis in the country’s blast-ravaged capital.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab said he would resign alongside all of his ministers.

“We will back down and stand with the people. We need to open the door for the people,” he said in an address to the nation.

The move comes after enraged protesters and world leaders alike demanded political reform following the Aug. 4 blast that killed almost 160 people and injured thousands more.

Protesters took to the streets of Beirut again Sunday with a video showing what appeared to be tear gas canisters being fired at demonstrators who had congregated in a street near the parliament.

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Last week’s blast, which sent a mushroom-like cloud into the sky above Beirut’s port, dealt a blow to a country already on its knees.

Nearly a week since the devastating explosion, public anger shows no signs of abating.

The blast was triggered when a warehouse fire ignited hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, according to Diab.

It sent a shock wave that scarred the coastline of Beirut, destroying hundreds of buildings and leaving many homeless.

The protesters blame the ruling elite for chronic mismanagement and corruption that is believed to be behind the explosion and the country’s broader issues.

“You literally blew us up. We have nothing left to lose,” a group of protesters screamed at a demonstration on Saturday.

The scenes of public fury came as world leaders pledged millions in emergency aid to the country’s explosion-ravaged capital in a teleconference co-organized by France and the United Nations.

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President Donald Trump was among the participants, as well as leaders from Gulf Arab states, China and the European Union.

“The international community, Lebanon’s closest friends and partners, will not let Lebanese people down,” the chair of the conference said in a concluding statement on Sunday, according to the French mission to the U.N.

The participants agreed to help meet the immediate needs of Beirut and the Lebanese people through emergency assistance programs and agreed it would be “directly delivered to the Lebanese population.”

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They warned that any support of the economic and financial recovery of the country would be contingent on Lebanese authorities committing to economic and political reforms demanded by the Lebanese people, according to the statement.

The government’s resignation, however, is not a panacea for Lebanon’s problems.

The country is facing its worst economic crisis in its modern history and is afflicted by skyrocketing unemployment, rising prices and a plummeting Lebanese pound. Hunger is spreading throughout the country of 6.8 million people.

 

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Ondo 2020: Akeredolu blasts Mimiko for abandoning projects

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For the first time in his over three years stay in office, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Monday, came hard on his predecessor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.

Governor Akeredolu said his predecessor abandoned projects begun by late Olusegun Agagu.

Akeredolu said the Ondo seaport project envisioned by late Agagu was abandoned by Mimiko.

He said the seaport would have become a reality if Mimiko had continued with the vision.

The Ondo Governor said Mimiko also abandoned the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa as well as left six months unpaid salaries.

Governor Akeredolu said he would defeat all candidates from other political parties in the October 10 governorship election.

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Akeredolu who spoke during the flag-off of distribution of palliatives donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) promised to complete the seaport project before the end of his second term.

He said over 200,000 households have received palliatives since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Akeredolu stated that apart from the most vulnerable that got palliatives, patients in the hospitals; the sick, pregnant, and women and nursing mothers also received palliatives.

He said the items donated by CA-COVID would get to 50,000 households.

His words:

“We have been forced by COVID-19 outbreak to review downward our budget just like every other State and the Federal Government, but nevertheless God Almighty has made it possible for us to continue to pay salaries and the implementation of our various shining across the State.

“Let us not be in doubt that a new foundation has been laid for Ondo while the sun is shinning. Port Ondo is on the way. By the grace of God, I will complete it.

“If previous government had shown concern, we would have had a seaport. Agagu started it but we had a government that abandoned it.

“That government abandoned OAUSTEC. Come on Saturday and see the wonderful work we are doing there.

“We have been in the office for about 42 months and have paid salaries and allowances for 48 months. The six months extra being the carry-over debt from the immediate past administration, despite our lean purse since we took over.”

Chairman of Ondo COVID-19 Palliatives Committee, Pastor Akin Olotu, said individuals that did not benefit from the other phases of distribution would be reached out to.

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Spokesman of Mimiko, John Paul Akinduro, did not pick calls to his phone.

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