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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015
I, Olukayode A. Ajulo, heartily congratulate the clear winner of the 2015 Presidential Election, General Muhammadu Buhari and his party, APC.
I also seize this opportunity to congratulate President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for forthrightness, his commitment to the advancement of Nigerian democracy, selflessness and resilience in the face of all odds.
The loser in this election is not Dr. Jonathan; it is the people that have been cheated, particularly those that were denied the opportunity to vote due to some ineffective smart card readers.
The battle has been lost and won, but this does not preclude a thorough and sincere appreciation of the events that transpired before during and after the election.
These events, I make bold to say, are further vindication of my earlier positions on the political situation and the electioneering process in general.
The just concluded presidential election is one that was fraught with many pitfalls.
We have never before had a perfect election in Nigeria and we have never harbored any illusion of perfection.
But in this particular case the irregularities are just too overwhelming and daunting.
The use of card readers for which had not been test run in small scale elections in the past and later resort to manual accreditation allowed for manipulations.
Nevertheless, I plead for peace in Nigeria and I urge our leaders to pursue justice for all in moving our nation forward.
The President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR also needs to demonstrate statesmanship by appealing to his supporters and kinsmen to remain calm.
The beauty of democracy is the campaign, election and declaration.
In addition, may I with every sense of responsibility and respect nominate President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for a Nobel peace Award for his indelible conduct, prior to, during and after the election. Irrespective of where his act or omission is viewed this man has saved lives of many Nigerians and non-Nigerians from probable violence that is to take place after the election.
For to be a loser, there must be a winner and for a winner to emerge there must be a loser. It is complimentary of each - ceteris pari bus.
Kayode Ajulo Reloaded
Nigeria faces an uphill task as election 2015 compilation of election results continues in bid to choose a new leader who will run the affairs of the state in the next four years. However, an uncomfortable lead recorded so far by the opposition has not been hoped upon as results from the incumbent president’s home base are expected to knock off all pessimism on the opposition camp. Buhari has been leading with more than 2.million votes
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Saturday, 28 March 2015
Breaking: INEC website hacked! Investigation on-going, INEC announces!
The Independent National Electoral Commission conducting the voting exercise in Nigeria on Saturday announced that its website has been hacked! This was communicated via its verified social media handle @inecnigeria barely two hours into the presidential poll. However the accreditation process of electorates who have Permanent Voters Card,PVC are said to be smoothly conducted across Nigeria except in few cases where issues relating to Card Readers inability to verify some voters
PVC have been detected.
The INEC said that attempts to stall the workings of its website has nothing to do with any technical issue relating to Card reader. The electoral body maintained that they have been working to bring the website back."We are aware of the recent hack of our @inecnigeria website, we are currently investigating this incident
#NigeriaDecides" INEC posted via Twitter.
INEC website back! Fully working as normal.
Meanwhile, a notorious group nicknamed Naija Cyber Army, NCA claimed responsibility for the ulterior action of stalling the INEC website for an hour.
On the card reader issue, If card reader not working, advise INEC officials to remove protective film on the lense #NigeriaDecides @nujenews
Pls tweet or we tweet your observation to INEC. The film on the readers inhibiting as claimed by many who shared same experience. #NigeriaDecide
The INEC website has since been fixed and fully back working as normal. The news went wild as NUJ EUROPE first posted the alert via its BBM channel.
Why Card readers fail to verify President's PVC. Read more on #Nigeriadecides http://t.co/B8qyNbGQJL follow more at @nujenewsWhy Card readers fail to verify President's PVC. Read more on #Nigeriadecides http://t.co/B8qyNbGQJL @nujenews
Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan was appearing at the polling both in his ward to be accredited earlier today and could not be verified with the fourth card reader after the first 3 failed @nujenews reports #NigeriaDecides
As Card Reader Fails to Verify Jonathan's PVC!
The President however had to endure a waiting period as 4 card readers had to be tried in order to verify his card. At the end of it, both the President and the First Lady's cards could not be verified.
The President called on all Nigerians to persevere.
Incidentally, other voters were accredited at the polling unit without any hitch.
The Anchor Online gathered that the President would be allowed to vote since the electoral officer there can identify him and his wife.
They left and came back around 11 am when they were accredited using the incidence report register.
• Your vote is secret because no one will see which candidate you choose.
You will mark your ballot behind a polling screen secretly.
Apply your finger print only in one circle/space which corresponds to the candidate of your choice.
On presentation of voter’s card, the PC shall:
• Check appropriate cuticle thumbnail of voter,
and when he is satisfied that the person has been duly accredited, he shall tick voters’ register, apply indelible ink on the cuticle of the voter’s appropriate thumbnail.
Voters who have no Right/Left hand, the PA shall:
• Apply the ink to the corresponding toes of the voter’s Right/Left foot Voters who have neither fingers nor toes:
• Ink shall be applied on the corresponding toes of the persons assisting them.
The PO shall stamp and sign the back of ballot paper.
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Friday, 27 March 2015
Presidential Election in my Country, Nigeria is less that 24 hours away, as a lawyer, I know what the law says about campaign at this hour as I also remember a popular German automobile.
In my part of Nigeria we called it Ijapa (tortoise)
I first had a ride in it when my brother came with one from school, it was his first. As a matter of fact, the Beetle was a first car for many youths before my time in the 70's & 80's. More so, for it's affordability rather than its look.
And so, it was well cherished at the time. But time soon changed and it was no longer cool to drive around in a rear-engine, four-seater, two-door car.
I drove Suzuki sidekick as a undergraduate in the 90's.
I doubt very much that even today's college students would want to be caught dead driving a Beetle with no AC, had manual transmission and even the windows had to be cranked manually.
Especially, when given a choice between that and its modern survivor, the Bug or any other car in today's world which come standard with automatic transmission, power steering, power windows, remote entry, not to mention backup camera, heated seats, GPS, etc.
I have brothers and sisters who are university students in Nigeria. I can imagine how they would feel if they're offered Beetle, our Ijapa, which by the way has to be used, since they stopped producing this car a long time ago.
So, folks as you go out to vote on Saturday, don't chose a Beetle, Ijapa! Maybe, you currently drive a six year old Toyota Camry that's running a little slow. And, yes, you'd rather drive a Lincoln MKZ but that option is not on the table at the moment. Please don't go back to driving a Volkswagen Beetle . They don't even make the parts any more and I doubt if today's mechanics still remember how to fix the it should it break down.
I've heard some people say they'd rather take their chances. But is it worth the risk? I mean, what happens when your good old Beetle gets a blown head gasket? Or when even something as little as a fuel pump goes out? Won't you be left stranded in the middle of the road?
Dated 27th March, 2015
Olukayode AJULO, ESQ.
Castle of Faith,