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Elections: Peaceful, Orderly In Ogu/Bolo LGA

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The last Saturday’s
National and State Assemblies rerun elections in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area were conducted without hitches according to our correspondents who monitored the exercise in the area.
The exercise was concluded with no reported cases of logistics or security challenges recorded in the area, our reporters said.
In an interview with pressmen the Rivers South-East Senatorial candidate of the PDP, Senator Sekibo described the exercise as peaceful, orderly and calm.
On the Card Reader Machine, the PDP candidate said, “I had no problems with the Card Reader Machine, but some persons complained of minor challenges”.
The representative of Ogu/Bolo Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Evans Bipi said, “I want to give Kudos to INEC who finally decided to fix this day to test the popularities of the contestants. This is the best election for me in politics.
“There have been threats of violence before today.  But as you can see every where is peaceful and no violence.  PDP is Ogu/Bolo and Ogu/Bolo is PDP”.
He also noted that the card reader worked well except for some minor hitches.
A statement of APC and one time Executive Chairman of the LGA, Hon Lawrence Abiebiari said, “so far, it’s been peaceful, turn out also fine and no problem with the card reader.  We have adequate security everywhere.  I wish subsequent elections will be like this. I will advise that elections be conducted in this manner”.
At Ele Town, Dr Alpheaus Paul-Worika told reporters that, it is peaceful, orderly and so far, so good”.
On the Card Reader, he said, “at the first time it was introduced, there were some recorded challenges  but today, there is a remarkable improvement.  I think Nigerian elections have a future with the Card Reader”.
A onetime Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, in Rivers State, Hon Vincent Nemieboka, also described the exercise in the area as orderly and peaceful. “This is what Rivers State Government craves for as people are voting for their candidates of choice peacefully”.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the LGA, Mr Isaac Ibiberebupakabo who also spoke to newsmen in course of the exercise said.   “Thank God, people are voting peacefully for now, there is no challenge”.
He commended the people especially the youths for conducting themselves very orderly and urged them t o always maintain such disposition for sustainable development of the area.

 

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Ayade Orders Recruitment Into Civil Service

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has ordered immediate recruitment into the state civil service to fill the vacuum that may occur due to workers’ retirements.
The new Head of Service (HoS), Mr Timothy Akwaji, disclosed this on Wednesday during his maiden meeting with permanent secretaries on Wednesday in Calabar.
Akwaji said the creation of AkwaIbom from Cross River in 1987 caused a mass exodus of civil servants to the new state, leading to mass recruitment by the state government to fill the attendant vacant positions.
“Most of these workers will be exiting the service, having completed their mandatory 35 years in service and this may create a bureaucratic vacuum if there is no mentoring of those who may be left behind to keep the service running.
“The governor has, therefore, given approval for the recruitment of workers to cushion the effect of the impending mass retirement from the state civil service.”
The Head of Service stressed the need for the permanent secretaries to mentor their subordinates, as directors and for other civil servants to look up to them as role models.
He said mentorship in the service had become necessary to enable civil servants discharge their responsibilities effectively.

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APC Releases Timetable For Nat’l Convention

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The All Progressives Congress has said it will begin the sale of forms for aspirants vying for its national positions ahead of the National Convention from February 14.
National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, announced this in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said, “The APC CECPC at its 19th regular meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the party’s National Secretariat considered and adopted the timetable/schedule of activities for the February 26, APC National Convention.”
According to him, the schedule of activities ahead of the party’s national convention is as seen below:
“Receiving of the interim report of the National Reconciliation Committee, January 31, 2022.
“Consideration and adoption of Reports of State Congresses February 2, 2022.
“Inauguration of the State Executives February 03, 2022.
“Sale of forms to all aspirants vying for National Offices at the APC National Secretariat, February 14, 2022.
“Submission of completed forms and accompanying documents at the APC National Secretariat on or before February 19, 2022.
“Publication of Sub-Committees February 19, 2022.
“Screening of all aspirants vying for National Offices February 20 February 22.
“Screening Appeals to hear and resolve complaints arising from the screening exercise February 23, 2022.
“Accreditation of all statutory and elected delegates to the National Convention – February 24 to February 25, 2022.
“National Convention to elect National Officers to the National Executive Committee February 26, 2022.
“National Convention Appeal to hear and resolve complaints arising from the National Convention February 28, 2022.”
The APC scribe, at an interaction with newsmen at the party’s National Secretariat, had earlier described as fake, reports that the party’s leadership had zoned its national chairmanship position to a particular zone.
Akpankudohede said the report should be disregarded, adding that there was no decision on that.

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INEC Dismisses Tinubu’s Comment On PVCs

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) have not expired.
The commission said this while responding to the comment credited to Senator Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking while addressing the women leaders of the party who paid him a visit recently, Tinubu asked voters to obtain new PVCs.
Earlier in the month, after so much speculations, Tinubu formally announced his intention to contest for the 2023 presidency.
“In case they do not announce to you on time, the PVC you have has expired,” Tinubu said.
“Take one family member, two family members, knock on all doors and make sure that the new registration… Because they may not announce to you on time. The PVCs you have have expired. Yes!
“You need to spread it to various local government and wards at each levels. No matter how difficult it is. To me, I look at it closely and you look at other elections being held, you will see that it’s diminishing because those cards (is) expired. It’s mandatory that you go and register to vote and achieve your aspirations. May God bless you and bless Nigeria.”
But reacting, the Chief Technical Adviser to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, said those who have registered for election do not need to do so again because their cards are valid for future elections.
“This information is not correct. The PVC issued to all previously registered voters remains valid. This kind of statement will certainly push eligible voters to register more than once thereby creating the problem of double and multiple registrations,” he said.
In the same vein, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, said that Nigerians who already have their PVCs do not need to register again.
He warned, “In fact, double registration is an offence under our laws. Eligible Nigerians are entitled to register only once.”

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