#EdoDecides: Some Official Results Declared By INEC; Obaseki Still On The Lead As PDP Supporters Protest; See Photos
#EdoDecides: Some Official Results Declared By INEC; Obaseki Still On The Lead As PDP Supporters Protest; See Photos
Punch Newspaper - The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo State governorship election, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has taken an early lead in the election.

With results from nine local government areas collated, Obaseki holds the lead with 142,424 votes, while the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Osagie Ize-Iyamu is close behind with 136,808 votes.

Out of the nine local governments for which results have been collated, Obaseki won five, with Ize-Iyamu claiming the remaining four.

Results for nine more local governments have yet to be collated.

Meanwhile as the collation went on, PDP supporters protested outside the INEC office, demanding that INEC should stop collation of results from the LGAs in the North Central Senatorial district.

They alleged that the results were manipulated.

The protesters were eventually dispersed by police operatives who fired tear gas at them and shot into the air.

See collated results below:

1. Owan West

APC: 12,862

PDP: 10,132

2. Egor

APC: 26,177

PDP: 19,514

3. Esan North East

APC: 9,130

PDP: 16,220

4. Igueben

APC: 7,802

PDP: 7,560

5. Uhunmwode

APC: 10,911

PDP: 8,667

6 Esan South East

APC: 9,554

PDP: 11,466

7. Oredo

APC: 37,612

PDP: 30,492

8. Orhionmwon

APC: 15,262

PDP: 16,446

9. Esan West

APC 13,114

PDP 16,311

Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDJM,
Militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDJM, has blown up another Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, delivery pipeline in Delta State.
The separatist group had on 18 September  blown up a pipeline belonging to NPDC in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.

The latest attack was disclosed in a statement by the militant group’s spokesman, Gen Aldo Agbalaja.

According to the group, its strike force at about 1am on Thursday blew up the Unenurhie-Evwreni delivery line in Ughelli south/north, belonging to NPDC.

The statement reads, “As a mark of our commitment to a just course and to prove to the wicked and ungrateful multinational oil companies and their Nigerian military allies, who have been forcefully taking our natural endowment, without any visible returns, that we own our lands, the Opudo Strike Team of the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, at about 01. 00 hour today , 29th Sept 2016, bombed the Unenurhie-Evwreni delivery line in Ughelli south/north respectively operated by NPDC.

“We want to assure the oil multinational companies that we are determined to end their operations in our lands and this we shall if they fail to show the will to change their relationship with our people and their operational attitude in our land.

“For the avoidance of doubts, we want to say here, categorically, that no amount of military protection/presence can stop this whirlpool, no amount of shoddily arranged military operation can quell the will of our gallant army.

“The same way their Operation Crocodile Smile was sunken by our Operation Crocodile Tears is how all their schemes against our land and people will continue to be defeated.”

BREAKING: Tension Edo As Protesters Invade INEC Collation Centre, Disrupts Results Announcement
Some aggrieved persons from Esan West and Esan East Local Government Areas of Edo State are currently protesting at outside the premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s office in Benin, the state capital

INEC’s Benin office is the venue for the collation of yesterday’s governorship election that held in the state.

The aggrieved voters are protesting the manner which the election was conducted in their area, insisting that the electoral umpire should stop the announcement of results from the area.

This is happening at a time the electoral umpire is announcing results collated from the various local government areas in the state .

As Nigerian await the official result from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; fresh report according to Sahara Reporters suggests that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC may have won the election as is said the party have currently won in 13 Local Governments while the opposition Peoples Democratic Party won in 3 local governments.

Below is a tweet by SH:

As at press time, the collation that will precede the declaration of final result is ongoing in Edo.

Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of denying journalists access to the collation centres for the Edo governorship election.

Prince Dayo Adeyeye, PDP National Publicity Secretary, in a statement early Thursday morning accused the ruling party of undermining electoral process.

The spokesman had in an earlier statement said the APC and INEC were planning to rig the election overnight.

His latest statement reads: “As part of plans to manipulate the results of the Edo State gubernatorial election, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in tandem with security agents are denying journalists access to the INEC Collation Centre in Benin City.

“This action is a manifestation of the plots hatched by the All Progressives’ Congress, APC, to manipulate the election results about which we have raised alarm several times.

“Furthermore, this action demonstrates the contempt and disdain which the ruling APC, has for the media, which is the fourth pillar of democracy.

“We call on INEC and the relevant security agencies to reverse this ill-advised decision and to grant journalists access to the INEC Collation Centre to enable them carry out their professional duties of monitoring the elections.

“We urge Nigerians to counsel INEC, APC and the relevant security agencies to desist from further perpetuating actions capable of derailing law and order in the State.”

Meanwhile, INEC, Wednesday night suspended the collation of results for the Edo State governorship election.

Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Sam Olumekun, confirmed that the collation of the results would resume on Thursday.

Olumekun made the announcement at the collation centre in Benin after a closed-door meeting with a National Commissioner and two Resident Electoral Commissioners at 11.20pm on Wednesday.

Although he did not give reasons for the shift, the development may not be unconnected with the late arrival of results from the 18 local government areas of the state.

Security remains tight at the INEC office, while movement to the area had been restricted to only accredited officers and staff.

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bola tinubu
By now, you must have read the FFK story on Tinubu and his predictions for the APC before 2019. There is no doubt also that the FFK's political savory has went viral on social media and is also being analyzed by many political zions. Truth be told, what do you make of this cry out of FFK at this trying times of the APC in our land? This was a party who rode on the crests and backs of all Nigerians in less than two years ago. Today, the whole political gymsim of APC is in total disarray. 

Are there facts in the FFK brouhaha? Yes there is of course. He predicted very rightly and conscientiously. Tinubu has been decimated no doubt and his control room set on brim fire. For him to have demanded the removal of the APC Chairman shows that he can no longer be pretending of not suffocating under his political strong room.

What is therefore, the sin of Tinubu? Unfortunately, those behind this act were not known politically some years back. Asiwaju brought many of them into politics. You know all of them without a mention of anybody's name. He used his money and good political records to build them into the Nigeria's political arena. Some of them are acting fast to destroy this uncommon political enigma and the political structures he has built for many years. Look round the country today, where has Tinubu not invested in people. You may not like his person or even political style, but the truth is that Tinubu has built his empire everywhere. In the Judiciary, academics, politics, business, corporate world, traditional institutions, media, even religions. His hands are full everywhere. Tinubu has made more people than any others person in this generation. Tinubu is not only rich in people, he is also very rich in good ideas. He is a man bake and made by God for the people of the world. Tinubu has won many battles and lost very few.

Such a person is very difficult to destroy. You can search his forays into the Nigeria's political arena and you will see that Tinubu has covered more grounds than any politicians in history. Tinubu has also had more followers than any other politician in our present political history. The facts are everywhere to judge my assertions. 

If not for Tinubu, where would Nigeria be today. We've all seen how decimated Nigeria was turned into in the last 6 years of a government. Today, those who have the ideas of how best to run a decimated economy are kept off from the ivory power house just because "Baba Buhari" will not trust them. Today, there is no clear way out of our present economic quagmire. Show me one person clearly that can be followed in this Buhari's government without you going hungry? Clearly, nobody. Nobody, except you would die a hungry man.

Let me tell you, without the connection of a brilliant Tinubu, it will be very hard for APC to win elections in the coming Edo, Ondo and even in Ekiti elections. Look at the situation in Ondo State APC. Under that arrangement, it will be very difficult for the likes of AKETI to win an election in the face of politically enigma person called IROKO. APC should just forget. In Ekiti as I write this small note, the APC is in total disarray. No leadership structures in place neither a captain to paddle the affairs of the party. The party boys and girls are in disarray and growing blindly hungry day by day. The JKF boys are virtually crying for help not even a crumble from the minister's table again. Fayemi is all alone in Abuja, while his boys abruptly and awful go to sleep in empty stomachs. What a calamity. That is the stuff the APC Is made off when Tinubu's hands are tied to the poles. 

Tell me who amongst the so called adversaries of Tinubu can still win elections in their domains if elections are to be conducted today. Is it Fashola in Lagos, Ajimobi in Oyo or Amosun in Ogun.  Except Aregbe and Ambode  the rest are just packs of awful politicians. All these people rode to power on the heels of Tinubu and after getting to power suddenly became acclaimed political powers. But like FFK wrote, Tinubu is an enigma and political caterpillar that will always fight back.

 Good day.

Asiwaju Kasali Oluwafemi.
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