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INEC finally launches online portal for voter registration

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INEC launches online portal for voter registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally launched an online portal for Nigerians to register as voters.

The portal will go live on Monday when the online registration is scheduled to commence.

The electoral umpire stopped the continuous voter registration in August 2018, about six months before the last elections.

As of then, the total number of registered voters in Nigeria stood at 84 million, just 42 percent of the country’s population.

At least 11 million voters were yet to collect their permanent voter cards (PVCs) when the commission stopped distributing them weeks before the election.

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that the portal was created for intending registrants to commence the process online by provided relevant details and book an appointment to visit an INEC office.

They can then visit any INEC state or LGA office to complete the process from July 19, the same day the physical registration is scheduled to start.

No date has been fixed yet for the process to start at all the 2,673 registration centres nationwide.

“In addition, those who are already registered as voters can carry out all the other activities such as transfers, correction of personal details and replacement of damaged or defaced PVCs online,” he said.

“We hope that through this portal, we shall reduce overcrowding at our registration centres, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, make the registration processes generally easier, thereby giving Nigerians a pleasant electoral experience.

“However, I must quickly reiterate that the online registration is a public service and therefore free of charge. There is no INEC-approved cybercafe, no online registration centre and no scratch card to be purchased for the exercise. All you need is a device, including your mobile phones, that can connect to the internet.”

Mahmood added that INEC has acquired all the equipment for the voter registration and has also planned for the deployment of 5,346 staff to the registration centres.

Among the equipment he mentioned is a new registration machine called the INEC voter enrolment device (IVED) which will replace the laptop-based old direct data capture machine (DDCM).

“I am glad to say that our engineers designed the IVED in-house before it was fabricated abroad. It is more mobile and efficient than the DDCM and could also be deployed to other activities, particularly the accreditation of voters during elections,” he said.

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List of Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari’s loyalists declared winners of APC party congress in Adamawa

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Various contestants endorsed by Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari have all won in the just concluded state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa.

A unity list said to have been endorsed by Aisha Buhari saw all the names listed, winning various State Working Committee (SWC) offices contested.

Others said to have also endorsed the list are former Governor Murtala Nyako, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha.

By the end of the congress, which took over 30 hours, all loyalists of the First Lady had won the offices they contested for.

However, the outcome has been fiercely rejected by a group backed by former SGF, Babachir Lawal and sex toy-loving senator, Elisha Abbo.

Spokesperson for the group, Barr. Shagna Pwamaddi, told journalists that “the purported state congress was a sham”.

“The exercise was marred by irregularities, including over-voting.

“We would not hesitate to explore the internal mechanism for resolving disputes, failure of which we’ll challenge the outcome in a law Court,” he said.

The list seen by SaharaReporters has Ibrahim Bilal returned as State Chairman.

The list of other exco members is as follows:

  1. State Chairman – Ibrahim Bilal
  2. State Deputy Chairman – Samaila Tadawus
  3. State Secretary – Dr. Raymond Dauda Chidma
  4. State Asst. Secretary – Mohammed Raji Suleiman
  5. State Zonal Vice Chairman I – Isa Bagalchi
  6. State Zonal Vice Chairman II – Wilfred Huam
  7. State Zonal Vice Chairman III – Ahmed Bako
  8. State Legal Adviser – Idris Shuaibu
  9. State Asst. Legal Adviser – Muawiya Mohammed
  10. State Treasurer – Yahaya Hamajulde
  11. State Asst. Treasurer – Gambo Bakari Shelleng
  12. State Financial Secretary – Ibrahim Abdullahi Wali
  13. State Asst. Financial Secretary – Medan Kaigama
  14. State Organising Secretary – Mustapha Atiku Ribadu
  15. State Asst. Organising Secretary – Stephen Helma Semete
  16. State Publicity Secretary – Mohammed Abdullahi
  17. State Asst. Publicity Secretary – Adamu A. S. Magaji
  18. State Welfare Secretary – Audi Monday
  19. State Asst. Welfare Secretary – Shehu Ahmed Iya
  20. State Auditor – Obed Shadrach
  21. State Asst. Auditor – Mark Dauda
  22. State Women Leader – Hauwa Hammajalo
  23. State Asst. Women Leader – Salamatu Hassan
  24. State Youths Leader -Abubakar Abubakar
  25. State Asst. Youths Leader – Idris Abubakar
  26. State Special Physically Challenged Leader – Ibrahim Alhassan
  27. State Senatorial Youths Leader I – Stephen Gerison
  28. State Senatorial Youths Leader II – Idris Buba Malabu
  29. State Senatorial Youths Leader III – Usman Hamalai
  30. State Senatorial Women Leader I – Rose John
  31. State Senatorial Women Leader II – Melody Musa
  32. State Senatorial Women Leader III – Aisha Adamu Namtari
  33. State Ex-Officio I – Jamilu Abubakar
  34. Ex-Officio II – Saidu Maitalata Naira
  35. Ex-Officio III – Bello Baballo
  36. Ex-Officio IV – Gloria Makson

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PDP gets 2 factional chairmen in Oyo after parallel congresses

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The duo of Hon. Michael Okunlade and Mr. Dayo Ogungbenro have emerged as factional chairmen of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State.

The duo emerged as a result of the parallel state congresses held by the party.

The parallel congresses were held simultaneously on Saturday.

Our correspondent gathered that two camps have been having a running battle over who takes control the party in the state.

The factions are the one loyal to the state Governor, Seyi Makinde and the other one led by some aggrieved members of the party.

Makinde’s camp had its congress at Lekan Salami stadium in Adamasingba, while the aggrieved members had their own congress at Jogor centre.

Okunlade, a former member of the State House of Assembly emerged as Chairman at the Jogor centre congress.

Other state officers that were elected unopposed at the Jogor centre congress were Hon Matthew Abioye (Deputy Chairman), Mr Abiodun Oyesola (State Secretary), Pa Olawuwo (Vice-Chairman Oyo South), Akeem Ariola (Financial Secretary), Mogaji Bola Akinyemi (Publicity Secretary) and Adekola Adeoye (Youth leader).

Ogungbenro emerged as Chairman at the one held at Adamasingba stadium. Hon. Wasiu Adeleke was also returned as State Secretary at the Adamasingba stadium’s congress.

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Lagos APC: Lagos4Lagos releases parallel lists of nominees for congress

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Ahead of the Saturday All Progressives Congress, APC, congress, Lagos, a group within the party, Lagos4Lagos, has announced the names of nominees for party for executive council members slated for Saturday, with Prince Sunday Ajayi, as chairman.

Lagos4Lagos group is led by Olajide Adediran, popularly called “Jandor.”

Earlier, APC, Lagos, led by out-going Tunde Balogun, in few hours to the state Congress, also released a list of the consensus executive council members, with former House of Representatives member and ex-Chairman of Ojo Local Government, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, emerging the Chairman-designate.

In the release on Friday, ex-Lawmaker, Sumi Odesanya, is the Secretary-designate; former Commissioner for Special Duties in the state, Seye Oladejo as the Publicity Secretary-designate, while former Chairman of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, Comrade Ayodele Adewale is the Organising Secretary-designate.

While Balogun led group is scheduled to hold it’s congress at Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Jandor led group is billed to hold it’s congress at Airport Hotel, Ikeja at 10 am simultaneously.

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