Governorship Poll: Nigeria governors warn security agencies against bias; ask Nigerians to defend their votes

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to investigate and prosecute anyone caught sabotaging or violating the electoral process, no matter how highly placed, during the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections.

It also asked the nation’s security agencies to perform their duties professionally and refused to be used to manipulate the electoral process.

The Forum also urged Nigerians to troop out en masse to vote for candidates of their choice while also defending their votes.

The Forum, which stated this in a statement by its Director General, Asishana Okauru, asked INEC to improve on its performance in last Saturday’s election.

It said although there were complaints here and there, local and international observers rated the last elections as largely free and fair.

It said the exercise is a huge progress for Nigeria and its electoral system.

“We expect that the Governorship and State Assembly elections will be even better, with INEC correcting the lapses observed in the March 28 elections,” the forum said.

“The logistics of distributing sensitive election materials should be perfected. Steps should be taken to ensure card readers work smoothly while ballot snatching and other forms of electoral fraud should be blocked.

“INEC should ensure that anyone caught sabotaging or violating the electoral process, no matter how highly placed, are investigated and prosecuted.”

The Forum urged the security agencies being deployed for the election to carry out their duties professionally and in line with the Constitution and should not allow themselves to be used by politicians to intimidate voters or perpetrate electoral fraud.

It said, “We expect that heads of security agencies will investigate complaints across the country, that during the presidential and national assembly elections, some personnel colluded with unscrupulous politicians to engage in malpractices.

“Heads of security agencies should re-orientate their personnel to shun partisanship and discharge their responsibilities on Election Day in line with global best practices.”

The Forum also admonished politicians from all political parties to abide by the rules and refrain from any action capable of undermining the electoral process or plunging Nigeria into crisis.

“We urge eventual winners of the elections to be magnanimous in victory while losers should take a cue from our President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship. Nigeria is bigger than any one of its citizens,” it said.

It also called on the electorate to come out en masse on Saturday to vote for candidates of their choice.

It reminded Nigerians that states are closer to the people in terms of governance, adding “this is definitely a very important election”.

The Forum added, “The decisions we make on Election Day will affect how much progress and development our states experience in the next four years and beyond.

“We urge all voters to be law-abiding, cast their votes and ensure their votes count. We wish everyone well on Election Day and after.”


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  • Oba_I’ll_Kill_U

    FOI Bill

    FOI (Freedom of Information Bill) bill gives the right to all Nigerians to seek for information regarding burning ‘national’ issues.
    Therefore, we want to confirm whether Duncee is a child molester. So, Nigerians hereby wish to know…… at what age did he marry Aisha? Reports on internet forum say Aisha is 35yrs now and was married off at 9 yrs. If this is true, then somebody has to go to jail.
    FOI bill in action pls! Nigerians want to know!!!

    • burning spear

      @9 and gave birth @13—Mohamed married his own Aisha @6-deflowered her @ 9 also–Buhari was only following in the footsteps of the holy prophet Mohammadu–PBUH–I HEAR

      • I Hate Sycophant Truly

        I knew you’re already insane and just manifesting the madness at every forum that that bad spirit leads you. I hope you will not die of emotional and sentimental backwardness? To be forearmed is to be forewarned. Take time and check your BP and you will discover it has reach the hyper level.
        It was part of these hates that made Jonathan lose the election. Remember for anyone to become a president of Nigeria, he need both Christian and Muslim votes. But you, Fayose and Patience Jonathan used hate speeches to indirectly defeat Jonathan at the poll.

        • burning spear

          Was that why Obama installed Buhari as presiddent of Nigeria—Buhari was not elected by Nigerians–Hw was IMPOSED—ON JEGA—————U KNOW OBMAM HONORED JEGA——–RECENTLY.-.-.-.-.-.-WHEN ROGUES LIKE U were insulting jonathan all over the web for buhari—–u told us u were doing it under the–the FoS–ACT OF THE UN–NOW that u are returing fire—over your past misdeed———-s againt Jonathan u bgein to fume and fret————-were u not enjoying it—–with jonathan–How old was AISHA WHEN BUHARI Mrried her———6 or 9–? na question i ask sha

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            I said it that you insanity is of higher degree and if not checked you may go mad soon. Please ask for spiritual cleansing, hence it takes you to mother’s earth.

    • tundemash

      Cl0wn submit your FOI request to the appropriate authority, not PremiumTimes. Hopefully they would respond to you unlike when SERAP requested for Dumbo’s declaration of assets.

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      And you think you’re sane? Pls kindly ask for spiritual help before it gets out of hand. Your clan has to do something before something do you.

  • burning spear

    in spite the Holy Spirt led angel guided action exhibited by His Excellency , Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in accepting defeat and congratulating the president-elect, Rtd General Muhammadu Buhari, APC has continued to use scare tactics to fan the embers of hatred against the outgoing president and members of his party–at the shock of many Nigerians-APC till date do not see the efforts Jonathan as an act of a true democrat and sportsmanship . Ijaw man Jonathan has shown every politician and Nigerians that , no single person is above the country except God. Especially those who feel that ,without them , Nigeria will not move forward from the Fulani North–and the South West of Yoruba land .

    Dr Jonathan’s patriotic acts, and sportsman like behaviour when compared to the blood-chilling comments of our Quota system general Buhari’s–baboon and dogfight—–added to that of the attempt by Amaechi to establish a parallel government in Nigeria should Jonathan win the 2015 elections added to Tinubus (we will roast them alive in Ekiti threat——–shows the type of vagabonds we have in Power—Savages who were installed by the Neo colonialist powers in the USA and Britain need not torment Nigerians any longer with their dirty scare tactics-
    Ijaw man ahs already penned his name in Gold—concerning his attempt to usher in peace, divinely directed development 4 the Nation.
    Teach others a moral lesson that after services on earth most especially Aso Rock, there is judgment. Besides the future of the country is paramount, to all regardless of our tribal marks that is the message from Jonathan–
    Rather than have the janjaweed’s in APC call on the regional elites in d fulani North and South-west to emulate Jonathan——–they want to boko haram the citizenry into running away from their civic responsibilities–again–So that they can repeat the rigging formula of the last elections where INEC via Obama aided Buhari to import 5 yr old kids—from niger republic ati chad—————to rig the election for APC-what a shame–what a certificate-less country-ati president-

    • burning spear

      Dr Jonathan’s patriotic acts, and sportsman like behaviour- when compared to the blood-chilling comments of our Quota system general Buhari’s–concerning his lynch mentality ati his baboon and dogfight–threats—added to that of the attempt by Amaechi to establish a parallel government in Nigeria should Jonathan win the 2015 elections–Right down to Tinubus soul depressing (we will roast them alive in Ekiti threat)——–shows the type of vagabonds we have in Power now-Look the–Savages who were installed by the Neo colonialist powers in the USA and Britain need not torment Nigerians any longer with their dirty scare tactics-the country is theirs for keep-

      Ijaw man Zonatan–has already penned his name in Gold—concerning his attempt to usher in peace, ati divinely directed development 4 the Nation state of Nigeria.

      He has taught others a moral lesson that after services on earth most especially Aso Rock, comes judgment. Besides the future of the country is paramount, to all regardless of our tribal marks that is the message from Jonathan–

      Rather than have the janjaweed’s in APC, call on the regional elites in d fulani North and South-west to emulate Jonathan——–they want to boko haram the citizenry into running away from their civic responsibilities–again-tomorrow-So that they can repeat the rigging formula of the last elections where INEC via Obama aided Buhari to import 5 yr old kids—from niger republic ati chad—————to rig the election for APC-what a shame–what a certificate-less country-ati president——freedom is our goal———

    • Alamu

      Holy Spirit has nothing to do with egbesu demon worshipping people. Jonathan was led by holy spirt led angel (another name for egbesu).

      • redeem

        The Nigerian President elect, Muhammadu Buhari has declared in a recent intrview with the BBC-that ruling Nigeria will be a very difficult task and should not be seen as easy as some people would think——————Then why did u use the obama connection to impose your boko haramic self on us?———————
        Buhari added that 4 years will not be enough to fix the problems of Nigeria.—-buhari how old are?—there are soldier and there are shoulder pads—How u u take enter the army—–there are thinkers and there are tinkers————-there are certificate forgers—and there are fraudsters—-and there are money changes——————

  • Wise Head

    Rotimi Amaechi, your own dey too much. Too much drama. Na wetin? Are the only governor in Nigeria? Go home and face the electorate on behalf of the man you anointed if you think you did well, and stop overheating the polity unnecessarily with mostly baseless allegations

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  • Words on Marble

    Projected Final Presidential Election Result of 2015

    • General Muhammadu Buhari PRESENTED a false certificate
    to INEC by reciting in a signed and written statement that he obtained
    WASC/Cambridge Certificate in 1961 and deposited that WASC with the
    Nigerian Army – an assertion the Nigerian Army has disproved as false;
    and which disproof Buhari has also conceded at a press conference.

    ……Lawyer D.A.L.L.E.Y

    (April 10th, 2015)

    • i dey hear

      • “A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
      presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission”.

      …….Section 137 (1) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

      • Pointblank

        @ I dey hear:

        The 1999 Constitution says “..SHALL NOT BE QUALIFIED.” When the 1999 Constitution
        uses the word ‘shall‘, no Judge, no court, nobody – not even President Jonathan;
        or General T.Y Danjuma, has the power to say, no! or to qualify Muhammadu Buhari
        all by himself.

        • peteradeyemi

          THE IGBO WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH AFTER GENERAL T.Y DANJUMA’S TAUNTS,
          AND DESPITE A ‘GENOCIDE THREAT’ FROM OBA AKIOLU OF LAGOS, BECAUSE THE
          IGBO HAD THE SAME INFORMATION ALL OTHER NIGERIANS HAD LAST DECEMBER
          THAT BUHARI PRESENTED A FALSE WASC CLAIM TO INEC – BUT UNLIKE YORUBA
          CHRISTIANS; WHO RENOUNCED THEIR OWN EDUCATION TO VOTE ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW,
          THE IGBO REFUSED TO WASTE THEIR VOTES ON THE APC DISQUALIFIED CANDIDATE.
          THAT IS A VERY INTELLIGENT STEP – THOUGH THE IGBO WILL NOW NEED THIS BOOK:

      • hummm

        Stop beating a dead horse. Move on d army has found d certficate.

  • Oba_I’ll_Kill_U

    ..

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!

    This is to inform ALL the Okechuchwus and Nnekas and other aliens in Lagoon state that if you do not vote for my anointed candidate, you will be liable for monthly sacrifice 25,000ft beneath the Lagoon. This is not a joke. Not a threat. This is what will happen. I hope you all understand me? So, who will you all vote for??????

    Election victories by Jihadism……
    Election victories by threats of blood on the streets….
    Election victories by terrorism….
    Election victories by certificate forgeries….e.g., Salisu Buhari (1999 – 2000), Extension 2015

    .
    ……………they all have grace consequences as they set a VERY dangerous precedent.

  • burning spear

    (Those conscienceless former Governors, Senators, Legislators, Speakers, Party Chairmen and Chieftains, Women and youth leaders, et al, who used their political party platforms thoroughly to gain relevance, only to jump ship and dump the parties when their services and loyalty were most needed, welcome to the Hall of Shame. Judas Iscariot could not have done worse. But, unlike him who repented and returned his blood thirty pieces of silver, you have held unto your ill-gotten loot, pilfering and squandering the Nation’s and states’ commonwealth. Sooner than later, nemesis, the Law of Karma, will catch up with you. Mark these immortal words of the Bible (Isaiah 33:1):

    “Woe to you, O destroyer, while you were not destroyed; And he who is treacherous, while others did not deal treacherously with him. As soon as you finish destroying, you will be destroyed. As soon as you cease to deal treacherously, others will deal treacherously with you”)

  • burning spear

    AMAECHI–(-your induction into the Hall of Shame is total and eternal. I know sooner than later, when the climate changes, you will decamp back to your earlier party and eat your odious putrefying vomit. Where is ideology, honour, integrity, character? )

    • Olu

      Amaechi has just demonstrated that he is a nationalist and not an ethnic chauvinist that you wanted him to be. I hope you expect people from the North and West to call their people that threw support on Jonathan shameful and betrayers? You are still living in dark age.