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Prof Abiodun Bashua is second Nigerian victim of Ethiopian Airlines crash

Professor Abiodun Oluremi Bashua has been confirmed as the second Nigerian victim of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines.

Aged 68, Bashua is a former United Nations(UN) and African Union(AU) Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). He was one of the passengers aboard the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed earlier today and was until his death based in Addis Ababa where he was a consultant.

Bashua served in UNAMID since August 2009 at various senior levels, including as Director of Political Affairs and most recently as Director of the Joint Support and Coordination Mechanism.

He also has extensive experience in several United Nations Peacekeeping operations in Africa, including Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan. He has also served as Secretary to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

He heldd a Postgraduate Diploma in French Language from the University of Besancon, France and a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
He was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1951.

APC Plateau lawmaker Ezekiel Afon dies after winning re-election

Mr Ezekiel Afon, a lawmaker representing Pengana Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly has died hours after he was re-elected to represent the constituency.

Mr Bashir Sati, the Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state confirmed the lawmaker’s death to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Jos.

According to Sati, Afon died Sunday afternoon after a brief illness.

“It is unfortunate that we lost Afon, one of the most dedicated members of our party and a committed lawmaker just after he was declared winner to occupy his seat again.

“Though he has been sick for a while but we received the news of his demise with rude shock,” he said.

NAN reports that Afon was first elected into the Assembly under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015, but defected to the ruling APC in 2017. (NAN)

BREAKING: APC retains Lagos as INEC declares Babajide Sanwo-Olu Governor-Elect

The candidate of All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been declared the winner of the governorship election held on Saturday, March 9.

Returning Officer, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, made the declaration on Sunday at INEC’s collation centre in Yaba, Lagos.

Prof Pius Adesanmi, Nigerian scholar, dies in Ethiopian air crash (UPDATED)

There are indications that Pius Adesanmi, Nigeria-born Canadian professor, was on board the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday.

All the 157 persons on board the Boeing 737-800 MAX flight died in the incident.

In a statement, the airline said 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans and seven British nationals were among the passengers.

The late professor was believed to have flown with a Canadian passport .

Adesanmi, who holds a Nigerian and Canadian passport, posted a photo from Addis Ababa Airport, Ethiopia, hours before the plane took off.

Adesanmi posted a message on Facebook which read, “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me – Psalm 139:9-10.”

The plane, which was bound for Nairobi, Kenya, went down in the early hours of Sunday.

One Nigerian was listed among the dead as well as 18 Canadians, 32 Kenyans, nine Ethiopians, eight Chinese, eight Italians, eight Americans, seven French, seven Britons, six Egyptians, five Germans, four Indians, four Slovaks, three Australians and others.

Aside from Ethiopians, there were nationals of Canada, China, Kenya and others aboard the airliner.

Popular social media influencer, Kayode Ogundamisi, also expressed fears of Adesanmi’s demise.

He wrote, “I know you had issues boarding from Canada. May God give us that one slim chance that you missed the flight and you are still on your way and will soon call.”

Adesanmi, who was a Director at the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, Canada, was a professor of English.

As of the time of filing this report, there were over 500 condolence messages on his Facebook page.

APC wins all 20 LGAs in Lagos Gov poll

Following the announcement of the results of all the local government areas in Lagos State, the All Progressives Congress has won in all the LGAs.

Meanwhile, there was a mild drama at the collation centre when the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Prof. Ifagbemi Awamaridi, protested against the announcement of the results.

He argued that the election in the state should not have taken place at all given that the number of electoral materials were incomplete, as discovered during the distribution in the premises of the Central Bank of Nigeria branch in the state on Wednesday.

Awamaridi, whose insistence drew comments from the audience, said, “On Wednesday, we pointed out that the election materials were not complete and the law says election should not start until that is resolved.

“INEC told us it would invite us when the matter is resolved, but that didn’t happen until the election took place yesterday. It is wrong.”

58 Nigerians killed in 2019 elections – Situation Room

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, has expressed concern over the shortcomings of the 2019 general elections which, it said, recorded the death of 58 Nigerians.

The group said there were reports about the prevalence of vote-buying in Adamawa, Sokoto, Lagos, Delta, Enugu, Ekiti, Bauchi, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kwara, Zamfara, Kebbi, Oyo, Kano and Osun States within the range of N500 and N5,000.

While demanding an independent inquiry into the exercise, the organisation condemned the spate of violence and bloodshed, especially in Rivers State in the governorship and House of Assembly elections, the CSSR said, “since 2011, elections in Rivers State have been a major theatre for violence.”

The Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre and Convener, NCSSR, Clement Nwankwo, expressed these views in its third preliminary statement on Sunday.

The independent inquiry, Nwankwo said, should address challenges of procurement, logistics management, role of the military and abuse of process by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

While appreciating the existing security challenges across the country, Situation Room said it was worried about reports of excessive military involvement in the elections, particularly in the South-South and South-East, specifically Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states.

“The militarisation of the country’s electoral process is a troubling one as this is not just about the presence of military officials, but the actions of our intelligence agencies, the use of the military by the political class and the partisanship and non-recourse to rules of engagement of our armed forces”, it said.

Nwankwo said, “Situation Room states unequivocally that elections are for citizens to democratically exercise their right to choose their government and as such, no election should cost lives. Situation Room notes with profound sadness the election-related violence that has led to the deaths of 58 Nigerians in this electoral cycle including Hon. Temitope Olatoye (aka Sugar) of Oyo State who was shot and Sunday Oroh in Enugu State on Saturday.”

PDP condemns ‘confiscation’ of Rivers election results

The Peoples Democratic Party has condemned what it described as “confiscation’’ of the Rivers governorship election results and demands the immediate release of the poll result to avert a crisis.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued in Sunday in Abuja, said that the party completely condemn the subversive act by soldiers, who were alleged to have seized and diverted the results to an army barrack in Port Harcourt.

He called on all lovers of democracy to unite against the “brazen attack” on Nigeria’s democracy, saying such barefaced “assault is only akin to a coup d’état and should not be allowed to stand”.

He said that Nigerians watched in bewilderment as soldiers, in the company of alleged the All Progressives Congress thugs, invaded polling units in Rivers, unleashed violence on voters, disrupted polling processes and hauled away electoral materials.

This, according to Ologbondiyan, is just because the APC is not on the ballot following its self-inflicted exclusion from the election.

He said that the use of soldiers to ambush the electoral process and confiscate results was an extreme scheme by the APC to enmesh the Rivers governorship election in controversy, seeing that there is no way they can take away victory from the PDP.

“We want Nigerians to note that the APC is frustrated that it is not on the ballot in the Rivers state election and for that it has resorted to violence, killings and heavy militarisation of the area; in the attempt to disrupt the electoral process, seeing that the PDP had already won.’’

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP already had valid documents of all the results as delivered from all the polling units where elections held across the state and that the figures were with all the stakeholders.

“Therefore, deploying soldiers to confiscate the results will not change the victory already recorded by our party in Rivers state.”

However, the Independent National Electoral Commission has suspended all electoral processes in Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers until further notice.

The suspension, according to the statement, issued on Sunday in Abuja by Mr Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, was due to widespread violence and disruptions that characterised the state’s elections.

(NAN)

BREAKING: INEC office currently on fire in Imo

The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ngor Okpuala local government area of  Imo state is currently on fire.

Suspected hoodlums were said to have invaded the place while electoral officials were collating results of the governorship and state assembly elections.

An INEC official, who preferred anonymity, said that the suspected thugs broke intoh the place around 2pm.

She said they overpowered the local security guard there before setting the place on fire.

Policemen quickly moved in and guarded the electoral materials while the officials where taken to the INEC head office in Imo, where they are currently collating the results.

Francis Ezeonu, Imo resident electoral commissioner, said that the election was compromised in the area.

BREAKING: INEC suspends electoral processes in Rivers

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended electoral processes in Rivers state as a result of violence.

The commission announced this in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon.

More to follow…

BREAKING: APM rejects Ogun Gov polls results

The Allied Peoples Movement has rejected the ongoing election results being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The APM Campaign Director General, Sarafa Ishola, said this on Sunday at the party’s secretariat at Leme, Abeokuta.

Ishola said the election began peacefully on Saturday, but was allegedly hijacked by hoodlums and “unidentified uniformed men” during the collation stage.

He said the results of the election were manipulated in favour of APC.

He said the APM had petitioned INEC in the state to investigate the “infractions” and stop announcement of results forthwith.

The DG expressed concern that, despite the complaints, the INEC has started announcing the results.

Ishola said the APM rejects the results as being announced, declaring that “it was hijacked, compromised and did not reflect the wishes of Ogun people.”

“The people of Ogun state has been raped,” he declared, saying hey will seek all legal means to “undo the injustice.”

Rivers: Amaechi-backed AAC leading Wike by wide margin

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State is currently losing to the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress, Biokpomabo Awara.
The AAC, which fielded Omoyele Sowore as it’s presidential candidate at the February 23 polls, is backed by Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and has opened an early lead from results announced so far.
Here are some of the results below:
Ahoada West LGA
AAC – 44,857
PDP – 5,866
Ikwerre LGA
AAC – 96,663 Vote
PDP – 7,554 Vote
Asalga
AAC -18,834
PDP -2,239
Eleme LGA
AAC – 27,712
PDP – 4436
Oyigbo LGA
AAC – 32,026
PDP – 8,652
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, accompanied by his wife, Eberechi on Saturday voted in the Governorship and State Assembly elections and declared that he was confident of victory.He voted at about 10.47a.m at Unit 7, Ward 9 of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area in Rivers State after he was duly accredited.Addressing journalists after voting, Wike said that in spite of “attempts to manipulate the election in some local government areas”, he was sure of victory.

One Nigerian on board crashed Ethiopian Airlines jetliner

At least one Nigerian has been reported to be on board the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed  in Ethiopia this morning.

According to a tweet by MarthaLeah Nangalama (@mlnangalama)  on the manifest of the passengers on board the crash Kenya, Canada, Ethiopia, USA and China have the highest numbers of their nationals on board the ill-fated flight.

MarthaLeah Nangalama (@mlnangalama) Tweeted:
Ethiopian Airlines – list of the dead per country that was on board the plane. https://t.co/gZLHoJ5ZvMhttps://twitter.com/mlnangalama/status/1104734918280507392?s=17

Kenyan 32, Canadians 18, Ethiopians 9, USA 8, Chinese 8 Nigerian 1

Meanwhile, the nationalities of two passengers on board the flight are yet to be identified.

 

BREAKING: APC defeats PDP 16-0 in Kwara state

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has defeated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in all 16 local government areas of Kwara state, in the gubernatorial poll.

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of the APC has been declared the winner of the Saturday poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Abdulrazaq polled 331,546 votes, effectively scoring more than twice his opponent’s vote, which stood at 114,754 votes after all 16 local government were collated by INEC.

This sort of result was las seen in Ekiti state in 2014, when Ayodele Fayose, the former governor of the state defeated APC’s Kayode Fayemi in all 16 local governments in the state.

More to follow…

Dapo Abiodun thanks God, Ogun people

Prince Dapo Abiodun, candidate of the All Progressives Congress has posted an appreciation of Almighty God and the people of Ogun state ahead of his official declaration as governor-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Collation of the results, council by council, is still ongoing in Abeokuta, but all indications point to his victory over Abdulkabir Akinlade, candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who ran on the platform of the Allied Peoples Movement and Senator Buruji Kashamu of the Peoples Democratic Party.

In a post on Twitter, Abiodun wrote: “Unspeakable Joy. Limitless Happiness.We are GRATEFUL to GOD Almighty and the good people of Ogun State”.

Abiodun similarly sought God’s favour when he voted on Saturday. “I VOTED. May the Almighty God grant us VICTORY!”

And he got the victory not surprisingly as the Ogun State people rejected overwhelmingly Amosun’s stooge, Akinlade and Senator Kashamu.

From results declared so far, Abiodun led in Odeda, Ijebu East, Sagamu, Odogbolu and Ijebu-Ode, Abeokuta South local governments.

In Odeda, he polled 8030 votes, while the APM candidate got 6454 votes. PDP came home with 1041 votes. In Ijebu east, Abiodun got 10,426 almost doubling APM Votes of 5147. PDP came second with 5296 votes.

In Odogbolu, the APC candidate, who will soon be declared governor-elect polled 12,529 votes, while APM candidate got 7516 votes. PDP paled out here with 3418..

In Ijebu-Ode, Abiodun polled his highest majority of votes so far declared. He got 13,234 votes, while PDP got 7289 votes. The APM candidate got 4401 votes, according to the results declared by INEC.

Elections: Another person shot dead in Ibadan

 

A young man said to a supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was shot dead on Saturday.

The victim was reportedly killed by a bullet from the rifle of a police officer in Ile Tutun, Ibadan South East Local Government Area.

Eyewitnesses said that the young man who was in his early 20s was loudly celebrating the victory of his party when a shot fired by the policeman hit him.

The bullet reportedly ruptured his abdominal area and damaged his intestines.

The victim, simply identified as Mudasiru, was said to have been rushed to one Kehinde Ege’s house in Ita Ege, for the extraction of the bullets.

He, however, died before the bullets were extracted having lost too much blood.

The Police Public Relations Officer, in the state, Lawrence Fadeyi, who confirmed the incident, asked for more time for a comprehensive investigation before further details could be made available.

The victim’s death comes less than 24 hours after a federal lawmaker, Temitope Olatoye, popularly called Sugar, was shot dead in Ibadan.

INEC ad hoc staff feared missing as boat capsizes in Delta

No fewer than 12 persons, suspected to be ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, are feared missing after their boat capsized in the Warri-North Local Government Area of Delta State.

It was learnt that the incident occurred around Ebrohimi community creek on Saturday evening.

It was gathered that the boat had on board about 20 persons, including corps members and security personnel.

It also carried electoral materials used for the conduct of the exercise in the area.

Our correspondents gathered that the occupants were returning to Koko, the headquarters of Warri North LGA, after the governorship and House of Assembly elections, when the boat capsized.

The source was, however, silent on the number of casualties, saying that although a rescue operation was said to have begun shortly after the incident, it was not clear whether all the occupants had been rescued as of the time of filing this report.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chuks Oresewezie, said, “I will just confirm whether what you are saying is true because as of yesterday, before I left the office, there was nothing like that.”

But the Resident Electoral Commission, Dr. Cyril Omorogbe, who confirmed the incident, noted that ad hoc staff of the state were not involved in the mishap.

Omorogbe, who spoke in Asaba on Sunday morning, “I understand that my staff members are not involved.

“They (INEC workers) are all safe and the ad hoc staff were safe.

“And I don’t think the mishap affected the materials because it happened later in the day, from what I know.”

Oyo gov poll: Makinde wins in Adelabu’s local govt

The result was declared by the Collation Officer for the local government, Dr Abiodun Olapade, on Sunday at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office in Ibadan.
Elections results were cancelled in Ward 9, Unit 05; Ward 11, Unit 019; Ward 9, Unit 05, Ward 10, Unit 02 and Ward 2 Unit 02 due to disruption of voting and over-voting.

BREAKING: Soldiers, policemen clash at INEC head office in Rivers

Soldiers and policemen are currently engaged in a heated argument at the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers state.

The argument broke out over who should be in charge of the office which is the state collation center where result of the governorship election will be announced.

More to follow…

BREAKING: Armed men currently burning houses in Kaduna

Some armed men are currently burning houses in Angwan Barde village, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.

A community leader, who pleaded anonymity, told TheCable that the attackers were on their way to a nearby community after wreaking havoc on Angwan Barde.

The attack is coming barely 12 days after 40 people were killed and several houses burnt in Karamai village, still in Kajuru local government area.

“Gunmen are presently killing and burning of housing in Angwan Barde now. They are done attacking Ungwan Barde, they are now advancing towards the next village which is Sabon Gida,” he said.

He said the killings started with some attacks on farmers in the area on Saturday.

“They started isolated attacks yesterday. Someone voted and went to his farm and he was killed. Five people went to search for him and they were also attacked one of them was killed and four came back alive. I am not in a position to give you casualty figures until the situation is calm, I don’t want to give wrong figures,” he said.

Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, did not respond to calls and a text message sent to his mobile phone on the issue.

The first attack on the Angwan Barde was on February 11, when suspected herdsmen invaded the village at midnight and killed 11 people.

The attack led to reprisals and many people were killed. Nasir el-Rufai, the governor, put the death toll at 130.

APC wins two councils in Abuja, Bwari election inconclusive

The All Progressives Congress has won two chairmanship slots in the Federal capital of Abuja, according to the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Mr Abdullahi Candido won the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Chairmanship election and was declared winner by the Returning Officer, Prof. Mohammed Ndagi

Declaring the result on Sunday, the returning officer announced that Candido scored a total of 53538 votes to defeat the other 28 contestants.

The election which was contested in 12 wards had a total of 99443 accredited voters and a total of 2615 rejected votes.

The closest contender and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mrs Vivian Anazedo scores a total 35753 votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), also declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adamu Danze, as the winner of Gwagwalada Area Council chairmanship race.

Mr Ahmed Shittu, the INEC Returning Officer who announced the result, said Danze, the incumbent chairman, scored the highest votes of 21,960, to defeat his closest rival Abubakar Giri, of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who scored 14,105.

The returning officer said that 10 political parties contested for the chairmanship position in the area council.

In the third council of Bwari, the election was declared inconclusive.

In an interview with journalists after the declaration of AMAC result, Candido who is the incumbent Chairman of AMAC said he was humbled and excited.

He said he was happy and set to render another tremendous service to the people of the council.

The chairman said that electoral process was transparent adding that the election was one around town.

He called on candidates who lost in the election to come on board as there was room in his administration for everyone to serve.

However, the collation agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dr Harvest Iyowor said that the election was marred by irregularities.

He said that there were cases of over-voting and that the result was not acceptable to his party.

He said that the that party would challenge the result in court and retrieve the the mandate from the APC.

On his part, Mr Kwanashie Yahuza, the party agent for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) said that there were too many irregularities in the election.

Yahuza, whose party candidate, Isokari Tonye scored a total of 830 votes said though his party would not challenge the result in court, the result was not acceptable by any standard.

Prof. Wesley Nafarda, the returning officer for Bwari Council Elections declared the elections in the council inconclusive due to some problems at some polling units.

Nafarda said this during the collation of results at Bwari on Sunday adding that 17 polling units including all the 12 polling units at Kawu ward were cancelled.

Other units cancelled were two units at Dakwa and Public Place, in Kubwa ward, one unit at Gidan Bawa under Dutsen Alhaji ward, one unit which is at Primary School in Igu ward while the last one is still pending.

According to him, total number of registered voters is 224, 737, accredited voters 44250, valid votes 42, 291, rejected votes 1, 137 and total votes cast 42, 428.

Nafarda said the difference between the highest scorers was 5, 997, which made the election inconclusive.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that PDP scored 22, 711 while APC scored 16, 714.

The Returning officer blamed thuggery for the cancellation of the result of 12 polling units in Kawu ward.
He said thugs destroyed the result sheets during collation.

He assured that a new date will be announced for another election at the affected units.