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INEC results on Ekiti guber poll tallies with our tabulation: Yiaga Africa

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Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, Board Member, Yiaga Africa, made this known in the group’s final verification statement on the Ekiti election on Sunday in Abuja.

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“The INEC result falls within Yiaga Africa’s Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) which is an election observation methodology based on a representative random sample of polling stations and is employed for independent verification,” he said.

Nwagwu said that Yiaga Africa deployed 500 observers in pairs to a representative random sample of 250 polling units and 25 mobile observers in all the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) among others.

He said that the deployment strategy enabled the organisation to provide timely and accurate information on the election day process beginning from the set-up, voter accreditation, voting, and counting to independently verifying the result.

“The process and results verification statement is based on reports from 245 to 250 (98 per cent) sampled polling units in Ekiti State.

“Based on report of the sampled polling units, Yiaga Africa’s statistical analysis shows that the All Progressives Congress (APC) should receive between 50.5 per cent and 54.1 per cent of the vote.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should receive between 19.0 per cent and 22.4 per cent of the vote, Social Democratic Party (PDP) should receive between 20.4 per cent and 24.6 per cent of the vote.

“No other political party should receive more than 5.5 per cent of the vote. The PVT statistical analysis is based on the number of registered voters and not the number of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) collected,” he said.

Nwagwu said that with this, INEC official results for the 2022 Ekiti state governorship election was consistent with Yiaga Africa’s because it fell within its estimated range.

He said that had the official results been changed at the ward, LGA or state collation centres, the official results would not have fallen within the Yiaga Africa estimated ranges.

“This is because the official results fall within the estimated ranges, candidates, parties, and voters should have confidence that the official results for the Ekiti 2022 gubernatorial election reflect the ballots cast at polling units on Saturday, June 18,” he said.

Nwagwu said that it was important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the four political parties that received the most votes.

“At 100 per cent of polling units, an APC party agent signed the EC.8A results form, at 99 per cent of polling units a PDP party agent signed the EC.8A results form and at 97 per cent of polling units an SDP party agent signed the EC.8A results form.

“At 99 per cent of polling units, APC party agents were given a copy of the EC.8A results form, at 97 per cent of polling units, PDP polling agents were given a copy of the EC.8A results form and at 96 per cent of polling units, SDP party agents were given a copy of the EC.8A results form.

“While at 96 per cent of polling units, the polling official posted the official polling unit results for the public to see,” he said.

Nwagwu said that INEC turnout and rejected ballots for the 16 LGAs were also consistent with Yiaga Africa’s estimate.

He added that the organisation was able to estimate that turnout was between 35.7 per cent and 38.7 per cent while INEC’s official result was 36.47 per cent.

Similarly, he said that Yiaga Africa’s estimated rejected ballots were between 1.8 per cent and 2.6 per cent while INEC official result was 2.46 per cent.

The organisation encouraged INEC to uphold the principles of transparency by publishing the total number of PVCs collected in Ekiti state on its website.

“In addition, Yiaga Africa calls on INEC to audit the newly created polling units and ensure equitable distribution of voters to the polling units.

“In cases where voters have been allotted to new polling units, INEC should update the voter records on its website and communicate the changes to prevent voter disenfranchisement.”

The organisation commended the electorate in Ekiti state for their resilience and commitment to a non-violent election.

It also urged them to sustain their participation in the electoral process beyond the election by holding political parties accountable for their campaign promises.

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Cracks in APC as 20 senators plan to defect to PDP, NNPP others

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No fewer than 20 senators are set to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties.

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The ruling party, which had earlier lost over 10 senators to the opposition parties is troubled by the wave of defection as more lawmakers that lost their return tickets to the National Assembly during the party primaries are set to leave the party.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Senator Dauda Haliru Jika representing Bauchi Central, announced his defection to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Worried by the wave of defection in the party, the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, met with the APC senators behind closed doors at the National Assembly complex, Abuja yesterday.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Adamu admitted that the APC is worried about the development.

The meeting with the senators was most fruitful. The issue of defection is an unfortunate development when it happens but this is a season where there are all sorts of behaviour in the political space and ours is not an exception.

“In every election year, this kind of thing gives cause for stakeholders to sneeze and Nigeria is not an exception so is the APC, not an exception. I don’t care about what is happening in other parties, my focus is on the APC. But we all know that the occurrence is not only happening in the APC, it’s happening across other political parties too. And because we are the ruling party, our problems are exaggerated before the public.

“There is no responsible leader that would not be worried when he loses one member not to talk of two. At the moment we are faced with the stark reality of our problems. I have committed my colleagues at the National Assembly to face the problem squarely and see the problem as solvable. We are in politics, I don’t know what would happen tomorrow, and nobody does,” he said.

According to Punch, a source in the National Assembly disclosed that not lesser than 20 senators are planning to leave the APC within the next week.

“The party chairman came to have a meeting with the APC senators because he said that they learnt through intelligence that not lesser than 20 more senators were planning to defect to other parties within the next one week.

“The chairman asked each of the aggrieved senators to lay bare their grievances which we all did one after the other. Having heard our problems, the chairman instructed that we put them into writing,” the source said.

The lawmaker said during Adamu’s meeting with them, the party chairman asked the senators to put their complaints into writing and promised to address all issues raised.

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Bala Mohammed meets Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt [Photos]

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has held a closed-door meeting with his Rivers State counterpart, Gov. Nyesom Wike.

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The National Vice Chairman of the PDP, South-South Dan Orbih was also part of the meeting.

The meeting with Bala Mohammed came after pictures of the Presidential candidate of the Labour party, Peter Obi meeting with Wike in his country home emerged online.

Obi says his visit to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was for the duo to discuss vital national issues.

Earlier today, I visited Port Harcourt, to confer with H.E. @GovWike on vital issues of national interest,” Obi’s tweet, shared alongside photos of him and the Rivers leader, read.

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Peter Obi explains why he visited Wike

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Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party says he visited Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to discuss vital issues of national interest with him.

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Obi’s visit to Wike in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, sparked a conversation on social media as many believe the meeting was about the forthcoming 2023 elections.

But hours after the meeting, the former governor Anambra took to Twitter to explain the reason he held a meeting with Wike behind closed doors.

“Earlier today, I visited Port Harcourt, to confer with H.E. @GovWike on vital issues of national interest,” Obi tweeted.

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