Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mimiko leads

LP’s Mimiko being accredited for the election LP’s Mimiko being accredited for the election
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Results of some polling units announced so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission have shown that the Labour Party candidate, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, is leading.
Mimiko polled 348 votes at his Ondo Ward 7 Unit 20, while the PDP and the ACN scored 18 and 16 respectively.

2015: Sanusi faults rotational presidency

By Taye Obateru, Jos

…Tasks Gowon biography
Governor of the  Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has disagreed with advocates of a return of power to the Northern part of the country in 2015 saying leadership should no longer be based on ethnic or regional considerations.

‘Keret House’: world’s narrowest abode opens doors in Warsaw

Etgar Keret, the celebrated Israeli author, on Friday unveiled Keret House billed as the world’s narrowest abode and destined to become a home away from home for artists in an area of the Polish capital that was the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust.

Bank customers make panic withdrawals in Ondo State

Bank customers make panic withdrawals in Ondo State

Less than 24hrs to the governorship election in Ondo State, commercial activities in Akure, the state capital, and major towns across the state, intensified as people made a last-minute rush to stock their homes with household needs.

Checks by our correspondent on some hotels in Akure, Ondo, Owo, and Okitipupa showed an increase in bookings by lodgers.

The investigation showed that a cross-section of the lodgers included security operatives, independent election monitors, Independent National Electoral Commission employees, journalists, among other groups of lodgers.

Some popular hotels in Akure, which included Flourish Hotel and Suites, Bliss World Hotels and Suites, RafTeju Hotel and Ade Super Hotel, witnessed increase in patronage.

Meanwhile, banks within the three senatorial districts of Ondo witnessed increased activities with customers thronging their halls to make last-minute transactions.

Findings showed that some of the banks witnessed massive cash withdrawals from politicians, even as some banks informed their customers that they would close at 3 pm on Friday.

The tempo of buying and selling in popular markets across the state with people visiting markets to stock household needs such as food, drinks, kerosene and petrol.

Most filling stations in Akure were closed; along the Oyemekun-Ilesa Garage road, a few that had fuel sold above the N97 official pump price.

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‘N3.3tn stolen from LG pension funds since 1976’

Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina
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About N3.3tn has been stolen from the Local Government Pension Funds from 1976 till date.
The Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, and another member of the team, Ngozika Ihuoma, said the amount was deducted from the funds without proper accountability.
They said the team also recovered N36bn that was embezzled from the Police Pension Funds Office.

Soldiers detain Oke, commissioner, others

Olusola Oke casting his vote Olusola Oke casting his vote
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A team of soldiers arrested and detained the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olusola Oke, at Igbotako town in company with hefty men in four jeeps and two hillux vans around 6:30 am on Saturday.
Our correspondent learnt that when the soldiers accosted Oke and his men at the

Boko Haram Commander Arrested By JTF In Senator's Home

Boko Haram Commander Arrested By JTF In Senator's Home

One of the Wanted Boko Haram Commanders, Shuaibu Mohammed Bama has been arrested at the private residence of Senator Ahmed Zanna representing Borno Central Senatorial District.

Bama was arrested yesterday when the Joint Task Force JTF Operating in Borno State storm the house of the serving Senator  who has been under serious  watch by security forces  for allegedly romancing and sponsoring the Boko Haram sect.

These was contained in a press statement Issued to reporters in Maiduguri by the Spokesman of the JTF, Lieutenant Sagir Musa.

According to Musa the JTF intensified its cordon and search operation  ” when suspected Boko Haram sect launched multiple attacks at different locations of the JTF troops in Sinimari and Lagos street of Gwange general area and that all the attacks were repelled by JTF”.

He continued ” the JTF was able to arrest one notorious Boko Haram Commander in a serving Senator’s House along Damboa road GRA” recalled that the Senator Ahmed Zanna was once indicted by the former Police Commissioner in Borno State Simeion Midenda for finding some Boko Haram related materials in hands of Zanna’s Supporters.

Consequently, a top security source in the state revealed that he had made available enough security reports on to his headquarters on Senator Zanna’s  connections with the Boko Haram terrorist.
Zanna who belong to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) became very popular when he defeated the then incumbent Governor  Ali Sheriff to occupy the Borno Central seat.

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Election observers commend security agencies, electorate

•People celebrating the early results of the election at the riverine area of Ilowo, Ondo South, Ondo State... on Saturday.

•People celebrating the early results of the election at the riverine area of Ilowo, Ondo South, Ondo State... on Saturday.
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The Nigerian Civil Society Election Situation Room on Saturday in Akure, commended the people of Ondo State for conducting themselves peacefully during the governorship election.

An interim report  signed by  the coordinator of the 30 civil society organisations that made up the situation room,  Mr. James Ugochukwu, said the group also commended security agents who were on duty to ensure the safety of voters and election officers while voting lasted.

Ugochukwu said the situation room dispatched over 30 election monitors to various parts of the state.

He said, “The governorship election has progressed peacefully, and the people of Ondo State have so far conducted themselves in an orderly manner.

“Reports we are receiving from our network of observers throughout Ondo State indicate that election officials and security agents were deployed in sufficient numbers in most polling units, and that these officials have conducted themselves in a professional and commendable manner.”

The group further noted that distribution of materials and commencement of accreditation started on time.

The group also noted that although  some centres experienced delays in commencement of accreditation and voting, there were no reports of large-scale disenfranchisement.

He said, “The Nigerian Civil Society Election Situation Room received reports that some polling units were overcrowded with as much as over one thousand voters, making it difficult for the election officials posted to the units to control the voters and efficiently manage the election.

“We were also informed by observers that late redeployment of Electoral Officers constituted a major challenge due to the inability of some of the redeployed officers to locate and arrive at their new postings on time.

“The late arrival of these officials delayed the commencement of accreditation in some areas.”


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•Mrs. Mopelola Ologbosere being assisted to a polling booth at Igboroko Ward 1, Unit 2, in  Owo.
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Chukwumerije insists on 2015 Igbo presidency

Senator Uche Chukwumerije Senator Uche Chukwumerije
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The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, has called for political restructuring of Nigeria that will redress the alleged injustice that has been done the Igbo nation since the end of the civil war.

Funke Akindele: I'm The Only Legal Wife of My Husband

Funke Akindele: I'm The Only Legal Wife of My Husband
"My huband has never been married," Actress Funke Akindele insists in response to much of the hearsay about her marriage to Almaroof.
"I am the woman he got married to. I was married properly. Alot of negative comments came from sadists who want to run their mouths. So because I am a Youth Ambassador or Celebrity, I can't have my life?
It is my life. If I do things because people want me to, I will end up unhappy. I do what I do because I want to be happy. I would still continue to teach

S’East govs spend N28m on Ekwueme’s birthday

former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme
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Governors of the South-East geo-political zone spent N28m to celebrate the 80th birthday of former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme.
Former Senate President and Chairman of Ndigbo Organising Committee, the group that organised the birthday for Ekwueme, Senator Ken Nnamani, made this disclosure.

Video: From Felabration Day 3; Asa Duet With Femi Kuti, Omawumi, Chidinma, Naomi

The 3rd Day of the week long Felabration will no doubt go down in the annals of history as one of the most significant. The day somewhat served as the unofficial diva’s night as some of the biggest female artistes in Nigeria graced the stage together.

Also, another magical moment worth remembering is when the king of Afrobeat; Femi Kuti came on stage with his world renowned skill on the saxophonist skill in a duet with Nigeria’s biggest female musical export; Asa in a perhaps once in a lifetime experience. They undoubtedly held the crowd spellbound with their instrumental duet. Omawumi, Chidinma, Naomi, Reminisce, Durella, Dj Jimmy Jatt and many more artistes rocked the night to the fullest.

Gunmen Kill Another UNIPORT Student, Ex-Corps Member, One Other In Choba community

Gunmen Kill Another UNIPORT Student, Ex-Corps Member, One Other In Choba community
Three persons, a former corps member, a student of the University of Port Harcourt and his girlfriend, were Thursday night killed by unknown gunmen in Rumuchakara, Choba community, near the university.
Saturday Tribune gathered that the victims had gone out to celebrate the passing out of the former member of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), who concluded his service same Thursday.
According to sources in the area, the victims’ car had run into a road side store as they were suspected to be under the influence of alcohol and had alighted from the car to discuss with the owner of the store.

Achebe’s opening of Pandora’s box

Tunde Fagbenle Tunde Fagbenle
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It is doubtful if the great novelist of our time, Prof. Chinua Achebe, expected his latest book, “There Was A Country” to be anything more than its subtitle says: “A Personal History of Biafra.”
In my own opinion, the old philosopher merely wanted (and needed) to unburden his mind before he left “this sinful world,” tell his own story of anguish and pain, of dashed hopes and unfulfilled dreams first for Nigeria and then even worse for a

Pastor arrested for sickler’s death during vigil

Pastor arrested for sickler’s death during vigil 
A physically challenged trainee pastor, Adebayo Kehinde, 19, will have to explain the circumstances surrounding the death of a member of his church, known as Tobi. The deceased was said to have attended a night vigil supervised by Kehinde in a church at Iree in Osun State when he had three successive epileptic seizures and died.

A physically challenged trainee pastor, Adebayo Kehinde, 19, will have to explain the circumstances surrounding the death of a member of his church, known as Tobi.
The deceased was said to have attended a night vigil supervised by Kehinde in a church at Iree in Osun State when he had three successive epileptic seizures and died.

Before his death, Tobi was a student of a polytechnic in the state and a sickler. CRIME DIGEST gathered that he had suffered epileptic seizures since he was born 23 years ago.
The police in Osun arrested Kehinde over the incident. His father, Mr. Samuel Kehinde, said he was away from home when he learnt of the incident.

Prem: City leave it late, Chelsea beat Spurs

Chelsea and Manchester City produced stirring comebacks on Saturday as the top three all secured victories in the Premier League. Elsewhere, Liverpool ended their Merseyside drought on a day when West Ham, Fulham and Swansea all won.

 Brewin: Chelsea deny AVB

Manchester City are yet to lose this season and they

Five feared dead as boat capsizes in Bayelsa

Five persons were feared dead on Saturday in the Akenfa suburb of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State when  canoes transporting passengers capsized, eyewitnesses said.

Witnesses told the News Agency of Nigeria in Yenagoa that the tragedy occurred when the two canoes, transporting persons from Akenfa III to Akenfa I, capsized on the Epie Creek at about 8a.m.

NAN reports that the accident is one of the major disasters recorded due to the ravaging flood in the state in the past three weeks.

Witnesses said the two canoes collided close to where they were supposed to have berthed at Akenfa I due to panic by the passengers.

NAN learnt that the five persons, who had yet to be rescued from the creek, included a woman with a baby strapped on her back.

A NAN correspondent who visited the scene reports that a large crowd was seen at banks of the Epie Creek at Akenfa III, the take-off point, and Akenfa I, the destination.

Meanwhile some officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission who said they had received a distress call, added that  the Nigerian Navy had been notified due to the commission’s handicap.

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Fidelis Odunna, who confirmed the incident, however, said that three persons and the driver of one of the canoes, were missing.

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FRSC pulls passenger bus out of river

The Federal Road Safety Commission on Saturday said it had pulled out a passenger bus that plunged into a river at Ogbere-Ijebu, Ogun State on the Sagamu-Ore Expressway on Friday.

A pregnant woman and three other passengers miraculously survived the accident, which was said to have occurred when the bus skidded off the dual carriageway and plunged into the river.

The pregnant woman and the two other survivors were said to have reached out for and clung to the branches of a tree as the bus lost control and began its fatal plunge into the river.

An FRSC statement said12 corpses, comprising one male and 11 female, were pulled out of the bus.

“According to our findings, 21 people were inside the bus, the three that survived have been taken to hospital.

“FRSC’s coordinated search for the remaining victims with local divers continues,” it said.

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Mimiko crushes Akeredolu, Oke in own ward

Mimiko, Akeredolu and Oke

Mimiko, Akeredolu and Oke
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Ondo State Governor and Labour Party governorship candidate, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has crushed his main opponents – Rotimi Akeredolu of the Action Congress of Nigeria and Olusola Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party – in his own Ward 7 in Ondo twon.

In results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission after the collation of results on Saturday, Mimiko received 348 votes; ACN (Akeredolu) 16; and PDP (Oke) 11.

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Mimiko wins Akeredolu’s polling unit by slim margin

Mimiko, Akeredolu and Oke

Mimiko, Akeredolu and Oke
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Ondo State Governor and Labour Party candidate, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, on Saturday won the election in the polling unit of his arch-opponent and Action Congress of Nigeria candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu.

In results declared at the Ijebu 2 Ward 5 Unit 6 in Owo, Ondo State, Mimiko got 144 votes; Akeredolu, 139; Olusola Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party, 35; while the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria garnered three; COngress for Progressive Change, three; and Better Nigeria Peoples Party, two.


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Nigerian Musician St Janet Catches her Husband Sleeping With Her 16 Year Old Daughter

Nigerian Musician St Janet Catches her Husband Sleeping With Her 16 Year Old Daughter

Notorious Lagos-based female singer, St. Janet (real names Omotoyosi Kayode Iyun) is not in the best of times as her marriage is on the verge of crashing due to serious troubles on the home front.
Despite her musical success, St Janet ’s happiness on the home front is fast turning into nightmares barely two months after marrying her heartthrob, Olukayode Samuel Iyun who incidentally is her band manager.
It was gathered that the stocky built singer has packed out of her matrimonial home following a shocking discovery by her about her husband sleeping with one of her daughters. The girl (name withheld) from St Janet ’s previous marriage was reported to have spent the last holiday with her mother and step-father at their Ilapo Estate, Alagbado home.

St Janet was said to be happy at the opportunity of being reunited with her daughter who was before then staying with one of her relations. Unfortunately, her joy soon turned into despair as rumours started making the rounds about an amorous relationship between her daughter and her new

Boroffice wins polling unit for ACN

Ajayi Boroffice

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Senator Ajayi Boroffice proved himself to be in solid control of his area as he led his party, Action Congress of Nigeria, to trounce the Labour Party in his polling unit in Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.

ACN garnered 109 votes against LP’s 82 in Unit 10 Ward 5 Oka in Akoko South-West Local Government Area, according to the results declared at the polling unit.

Peoples Democratic Party got 43; African Political System, 1; Peoples Democratic Congress, 3; National Social Democratic Party, 1; Better Nigeria Peoples Party, 1 while 17 votes were invalidated for double shading or empty spaces.

Boroffice left LP last year after he fell out with Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who is seeking re-election.

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Flooding: Bayelsa commuters resort to trucks

Commuters travelling from Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, to cities within and outside the state are now using Mercedes Benz 911 trucks, popularly known as tipper lorries, as their means of transportation.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this development is to enable them get by areas rendered impassable by recent flooding.

The linkage roads from Yenagoa to areas such as Ahoada, Otuoke, Port-Harcourt and other cities have been over-run by flood and have become impassable for cars, jeeps and commuter buses.

Consequently, many tippers and other trucks used for conveying items such as sands and goods have been converted to passenger-carrying vehicles.

NAN reports that wooden benches were often put in place in the open trucks for the comfort of passengers.

In addition to this, wooden ladders were also made available as stairs for the commuters to climb into the trucks.

The operators of these trucks also charge exorbitant fares, taking advantage of the desperate commuters who have to travel out of the state.

A commuter, Ebinemen Damaro, told NAN she paid N6,000 as fare to ride on a truck from Yenagoa to Port-Harcourt.

The normal fare on bus rides before the flooding was between N1,000 and N1, 500.

NAN further reports that the situation has resulted in a lull in business for the commercial bus operators as passengers deserted their vehicle parks for the truck parks.

However, some of the travelers disclosed that their ordeal on the road in the trucks was unpleasant.

They said they spent between eight to nine hours from Port-Harcourt to Yenagoa, a journey which should not have taken more than ninety minutes in buses.

The worst-hit of the flooded areas, according to the passengers, was the Ahoada junction on the Yenagoa-Port-Harcourt road which has been taken over by flood.

The Yenagoa city itself was not left out of the flooding as some areas have been taken over by the water.

Residents of Onipa and Igboginni areas of the city centre had been evacuated to designated camps in the state, while canoes were used to move people and goods out of their residence.

President Goodluck Jonathan had disclosed on Monday that his residence at his country home in Otuoke was not left out of the ravaging flood in the state.

Speaking while launching the “Saving one million lives” health programme at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday, Jonathan had said water had reached the window level in his Otuoke house.

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ACN, PDP, Labour Party commend INEC, security agents

Action Congress of Nigeria governorship candidate in  Saturday’s election in Ondo State, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has expressed satisfaction with the large turnout of voters  in  his Unit 6 Oke-Ijebu, Owo polling unit.

He said that though he was not allowed to visit any other area, information available to him indicated that voters turned out in large numbers  in other areas of Owo, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

“Although the late arrival of INEC materials had brought an initial setback to the accreditation of voters, we have reached out to the officials concerned and we believe they will profer solution to the problem,”  Akeredolu said.

He, however, commended   INEC’s efforts, saying, “They have prepared enough to discharge their responsibility.”

State Chairman of the Labour Party, Chief Olu Ogidan, also  commended the Federal Government for providing a level playing field for all parties participating in the election.

According to him, the security arrangement has adequately nipped in the bud any attempt to cause violence in the state.

Also speaking, the state Peoples Democratic Party  Chairman, Mr. Ebenezer Alabi, commended the security arrangement put in place for the poll.

Alabi, who also commended   INEC for ” its tidy arrangement,”  said he was happy about  the conduct of the voters during the accreditation process.

The Olukare of Ikareland, Oba Akadiri Momoh, in his reaction, described the accreditation process as peaceful and orderly.

He urged the voters to accept the election result whenever it was announced.

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Police, Army deny alleged arrest of Ondo commissioner, LG boss

The police in Ondo State on Saturday denied an allegation by the Action Congress of Nigeria that the Commissioner for Special Duties, Niran Sule, and some other persons had been arrested for alleged possession of guns and ballot papers and boxes.

ACN had in a statement by its spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, alleged that “Ondo State Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Niran Sule, and the Chairman of Owo Council, Mr. Akinrogbe, have been arrested and stripped naked after they were found with six AK-47 guns in the early hours of Saturday. They have been whisked to Akure for interrogation.”

However, the spokesman for the state police command, Mr. Aremu Adeniran, told PUNCH that he had contacted the Commissioner for Police, Ondo State, Mr. Muhammad Indabawa; Owo area commander; and Owo Divisional Police Officer and they all denied the report.

Aremu said, “Your people (journalists) have been calling me on the matter; but my boss, the CP, Owo Area Commander and the DPO Owo had all denied it when I called them.

‎”The implication of this is that the arrest, if any, was not carried out by the police and we are not aware of such incident.”

Also, the Public Relations Officer of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Akure, Lt.-Col. Emmanuel Onoja, said the Army were not aware of the purported arrests.

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PHOTO: This is How Nigerian Soldiers Torture Suspects and Victims.

This is one of those pictures that tell their own stories. It's clear and vivid enough to see all the characters in it very clearly and from the first glance you can tell that these are soldiers and you can also see that they are either in the middle of an interrogation of torturing the young men who are dressed as civilians in the picture.

This is the point where you take a look and tell me what you think..

Security agents arrest suspected impersonator, party agent in Ondo election

A man identified as Bola Osun was on Saturday arrested by the Yaba Police Division in Unit 23, Ward 7, Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State for allegedly impersonating as a legitimate voter during the Ondo governorship election.

Bosun was swiftly disowned by members of the community.

When questioned by the police, after his name was not found on the register, Bosun said he mistakenly washed his voter card.

Meanwhile, there are reports that a Peoples Democratic Party agent has allegedly been arrested with cash and voter cards at a polling station.

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Party agents allegedly bribe voters with money, gifts

Agents of some political parties are allegedly bribing voters with money, textile fabrics, kerosene, buckets and other gifts.

Witnesses at different polling units alleged on Twitter that the party agents are trying to use the gifts to entice voters to support their candidates.

Writing under the Twitter handle, @solar_unique, a witness said in a report to the Independent National Electoral Commission that a Labour Party agent “called Mandela is currently distributing N100 notes at Ward 3, All Saints Grammar School, Ondo West Local Government Area.”

In response, INEC said, “Thank you for reporting this. We will look into it right away.”

Another commentator, @elnathan, wrote INEC thus, “So (Shoutout) to Ondo. Anyone who thinks there is difference between the parties is joking o: ACN (Action Congress of Nigeria is) giving recharge cards. Labour (Party is) giving food. PDP (Peoples Democratic Party is giving) cash.”

Responding, INEC wrote, “Can you please provide the particular Polling Units where this distribution of gifts is happening so we can take action.

“INEC is taking measures to ensure all parties follow proper electoral procedures and regulations. Please report any issues.”

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Gridlock on Sagamu-Ore-Benin Expressway as security agents enforce restriction order

A gridlock ensued on Saturday morning on Sagamu-Ore-Benin Expressway as security agents blocked the Ondo-Ogun and Ondo/Edo borders of the highway.

The security agents were enforcing a total restriction order by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, as part of measures to ensure a hitch-free governorship election in Ondo State.

Witnesses said a large number of inter-state transport buses were held up at both borders on Saturday morning.

The situation may not be different on the highway linking Lagos with Abuja through Ondo State, although PUNCH has yet to receive any report from there.

The state is a major point linking the South-West with the North, South-South and South-East by road and sea.

It shares borders with Ogun, Edo, Osun, Ekiti and Kogi states.

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Akeredolu urges security agents to arrest thugs, others

Governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Saturday urged security agents to arrest any member of any political party involved in election rigging and other malpractices.

Speaking at the venue of his accreditation at Ijebu 2 Ward 5 Unit 6, Owo, Akeredolu said, “If security agencies arrest any member of any party, they should ensure they are not released.

“The same goes for members of our party. If any member of the ACN is arrested for any offence, they must ensure they are not released.”

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ACN, others complain over late arrival of voting materials, insecurity

Action Congress of Nigeria on Saturday morning issued a statement complaining of the late arrival of voting materials and insecurity in some parts of Ondo State, as the governorship election got under way.

ACN spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in the statement , “Though election materials have been distributed to many polling units across the states, they are yet to get to several polling units, more than one hour after the election ought to have commenced.

“Specifically, materials have not been brought to Ese Odo LG Ward 1 Unit 11, as well as Akure South Ward 8 Wofere Unit.

“Also at both Units, INEC officials have not been sighted.  At the Ese Odo LG, Apoi 4, Unit 1, duplicate EC8A was presented.”

In the statement, the party also raised the alarm over acts of thuggery and irregularities.

It said, “Inadequate security has been reported in many localities in Ondo State, with the worst-hit areas being Idanre and Okitipupa.
In Idanre, for example, thugs on motorcycles are harassing voters and agents of the opposition.

“There are also reports of stuffed ballot boxes being moved to polling booths with the protection of Labour Party thugs.
“In Owo, a state government commissioner has been arrested by soldiers after he was found with weapons.

“The widespread insecurity has led to apprehension by voters, and there is the need for security agencies to urgently deploy additional security to the affected areas.

“Many agents of the Action Congress of Nigeria whose names were forwarded to INEC were not given accreditation tags in several polling units across the state, raising fears that ACN agents may not be able to monitor the election. INEC must immediately remedy the situation.”

The state government has already denied the alleged arrest of its Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Niran Sule, whom, the ACN statement may have referred to.

Meanwhile, field reports indicate that voters are complaining that materials were yet to reach some communities in Arogboland as at 10.30a.m.

The State Commander of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Shuaib Yisa, had to volunteer his vehicle to convey stranded officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and their materials from Cathedral area of the state capital, Akure, to various polling units in Akure South Local Government Area.

However, INEC has given the assurance that the complaints on late arrival of materials had been addressed.

Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, said on Facebook, “All issues as regards late arrival of election materials and officials in some wards across the states especially in Sijuwade, Oke Aro andBolajoko have been dealt with accordingly.”

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Ondo govt debunks rumours of deputy gov’s resignation, commissioner’s arrest

Ondo State Government on Saturday morning denied rumours of the resignation of Deputy Governor Ali Olanusi.

Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, dispelled the rumours in a statement in the state capital, Akure.

Akinmade also debunked rumours that security agents arrested the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Niran Sule, and some people for allegedly thumprinting ballot papers and stuffing ballot boxes in the residence of an Afenifere chieftain.

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