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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2019
It's Day 5 in the race to choose Nigeria next president who will lead till 2023.
It has been quite a hell of a ride so far cross carpeting across 774 local council areas in 36 states of the federation plus the FCT.
Here is a full analysis of the polls. You should find this interesting. The APC and PDP retained their domination of Nigeria's political sphere.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019
It's Day 4 since the start of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and the action has been moved to Abuja, the nation's Federal Capital Territory where all RECs are submitting final result sheets to the INEC.
12:36AM: EBONYI APC 90,726 PDP 258,573
12:42AM: JUST IN - 11 STATES DONE - 25 TO GO - INEC ADJOURNS COLLATION OF RESULTS TILL 10AM.
12:06PM: Welcome back to the collation centre, AS USUAL INEC RESUMED LATER THAN 10AM.
NIGER: APC - 612,371 PDP - 218,052
JIGAWA: APC - 794,738 PDP - 289,895
KADUNA: APC - 993,445 PDP - 649,612
ANAMBRA: APC - 33,298 PDP - 524,738
ADAMAWA: APC 378,078 - PDP - 410,266
It's time for lunch, we take a one hour break and resume at 3pm. What are you having for lunch?
3:40PM - And we are back again and heading into the results for Bauchi State
BAUCHI: APC - 798,428 PDP - 209,313
A representative of the PDP Chairman has presented a letter to INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu seeking clarification on the discrepancies between accredited voters and actual voters.
The spokesperson, Osita Chidoka has asked INEC to make the details of accredited voters known to all.
It was a similar letter that the infamous Godsday Orubebe tried to submit in 2015 that led to that magical moment with Jega.
In His resolution, Yakubu says all complaints will be duly noted and addressed in due course.
LAGOS: APC - 580,825 PDP - 448,015
BENUE: APC -347,668 PDP - 356,817
AS AT 5:23PM 24 STATES COMPLETED+ FCT ABUJA
PLATEAU: APC - 468,555 PDP - 548,665
KATSINA: APC - 1,232,133 PDP - 308,056
TARABA: APC - 324,906 PDP - 374,743
9:10PM: We are back from the latest round of breaks. We head on to Cross River State
CROSS RIVER: APC - 117,302 PDP - 295,757
AKWA IBOM: APC - 175,429 PDP - 397,831
SOKOTO: APC - 490,333 PDP - 361,604
KEBBI: APC- 581,552 PDP - 154,282
ZAMFARA: APC - 438,682 PDP - 125,423
It's mostly over now! The ballots are in. The people have chosen and INEC will make its final announcement and declaration at 3AM
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019
It's Day 3 since Nigerians headed to the polls to determine who would lead the country as Commander-In-Chief over the next 4 years.
11:23AM - INEC says it is setting up to begin collation of results and the delay is regretted. The election process is inching closer to the final stage where the result of the presidential election will be declared by INEC's chair.
So far so good or bad (depending on your side of the divide) the Senators and Rep members have either won or lost the race.
Let's take a stroll into the Senate and see how the serving lawmakers fared.
Saraki - The leader of the Nigerian parliament has lost his seat and will possibly not return to the 9th Assembly.
Ekweremadu - The deputy Senate president has earned his people's mandate to return to the Red Chamber for the 5th time.
11:35AM - INEC begins result collation. First up is Ekiti State. The results will be announced by the State Election Officer.
EKITI: APC - 219,231 PDP - 154,032
FCT ABUJA: APC - 152,224 PDP - 259,997
KWARA: APC - 308,984 PDP - 138,184
NASARAWA: APC - 289,903 PDP - 283,847
ONDO: APC - 241,769 PDP - Kogi suspended at this time - the REC says he needs a ruler and more light to aid his sight - 5:45pm
GOMBE: APC - 402,961 PDP - 138,484
6:49PM: INEC calls for recess to resume at 8PM
ENUGU: APC - 54,423 PDP - 355,553
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019
It's the day after D-DAY and some Nigerians have been left mourning the death of their loved ones in Oyo and Bayelsa state.
As they went to the polls to cast their ballots little did they know that it would be their last day.
At least two people were killed in Oyo while an unknown number of people may have been killed or injured along coastal areas in Bayelsa.
11AM - We have just received information that officials of the EFCC have raided INEC's office in Lagos while collation of results is still ongoing.
The reason for the raid is yet to made known to the public. Hmmm....
2PM - Voting has resumed in some local council areas in Bauchi amid concerns of frail security.
A few results are still surfacing on social media but we cannot state categorically who is leading. The media is in no position to announce results, only INEC can.
JUST IN - 2:38PM INEC announces voting to continue in 10 local councils in Zamfara.
The ballot was re-opened after voters complained of late arrival of voting materials, failed card readers and result sheet mis-match.
Let's take a moment to sit back and review what's ongoing. See how this police man tried his best to stop hoodlums from interfering with the voting process.
There are a few questions we should ask - where are his teammates? why is he not able to get back up? why are the people looking aloof while their mandate is being destroyed?
1. Ekiti is the first state to have all election results in.
2. Voting will continue in all states where there were disruptions and infractions - Lagos, Anambra and Bayelsa will have polls conducted on yet to be announced date.
3. INEC cannot confirm the number of deaths recorded across the country saying it's attention is focused more on its direct and adhoc staff.
INEC Chair says it is not its duty to give such figures directing the question to security operatives.
4. INEC's says it cannot have people under age 18 voting in the polls - dismisses claims that under-age voting was recorded in Taraba.
5. Collation of final results will begin at 6pm on Sunday in Abuja.
5:43PM - INEC has introduced trackers to monitor the transportation of ballot boxes and result sheet within certain states of the federation.
A GPS tracking system is in use in Katsina - Buhari's home state - as drivers transporting election boxes and result sheets are being monitored.
6:05PM - Nigeria's Secret Service has arrested Spokesperson of the PDP's Presidential Campaign Organization, Buba Galadima. He is alleged to have prepared fakes results to be published before INEC declares its results.
6:30PM - INEC declares the National Collation Centre Open says result collation will begin at 11am on Monday, February 25.
#ICYMI See Highlights Of All The Action From Saturday FEB 23 as #NigeriaDecide2019
What seems to have been a peaceful eve to the polls as #NigeriaDecides2019 has been totally eroded.
At least 10 explosives have gone off in Maiduguri, the Borno state headquarters and some other local council areas in Yobe.
The North-East has been a hot bed for terror attacks especially with Boko Haram getting more aggressive in the last couple of months.
President Buhari has cast his ballot in Daura, his hometown in Kaduna state. He was accompanied by his wife, Aisha, who was largely missing from is campaign train.
Did you notice Baba checking who Aisha voted for on her ballot paper before she folded it?
Let's move on to South-East Nigeria where the VP candidate of the PDP, Peter Obi is already casting his ballot in the box.
Obi drops a few mind-boggling accusations against security operatives. He says he and other chieftains of the PDP have been harassed and allegedly arrested.
NOT TO VIOLENCE - #VOTENOTFIGHT A police officer has been killed by suspected hoodlums in Kogi state. There are reports that the officer was ambushed and killed by his assailants in the wee hours of the night.
Our coverage takes us to Benue state where the governor, Samuel Ortom (who jumped ship from APC to PDP) has accused INEC of disenfranchising over 180,000 IDPs.
Off to Adamawa where the Waziri is casting his vote - Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar is out dressed in green and white and there is a crowd escorting him to the cubicle - is this not supposed to be a secret ballot?
Nollywood In Action - So, no one is left out of the process - Spotted. Actress Bimbo Akintola at polling unit 047 carrying out her role of election observer. Step out of your home, join the process. VOTE.
In Lagos, the Jagaban - National leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu came out to cast his vote just before midday.
Tinubu says he would accept the result whether or not his party's candidate, Muhammadu Buhari wins or loses.
In South-South Nigeria, former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Patience did not have the horrible experience of failed card readers as he did in 2015.
The former president had a swift message to losers of today's poll - accept the result and try again if you feel you have something 'special' to offer.
JUST IN - 1:40PM - INEC EXTENDS VOTING TIME FOR POLLING UNITS THAT EXPERIENCED DELAY
You really do not have to be discouraged. Speak up, tell the INEC officials around your community that voting will continue until everyone else has been allowed to exercise their rights.
Our coverage shifts to The State of Harmony ... Please stop laughing - we are now in Kwara - home town of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Dr. Saraki says he is impressed with the turn-out of voters while asking INEC to ensure Nigerians are allowed to vote.
In 2015, it was Jonathan whose fingers the card readers refused to verify, this time it's the Speaker of the House Of Reps, Yakubu Dogara.
Dogara, who described the process as largely fair, still got a chance to cast his ballot.
BREAKING: VOTING YET TO COMMENCE IN MANY LOCAL COUNCIL AREAS IN RIVERS STATE. VIOLENCE RECORDED.
JUST IN - Ballot boxes scattered, ballot papers burnt as voting process is disrupted along Ago Palace Way in Okota Lagos state.
We return quickly to Rivers state where voting has begun in some parts of Obia Akpor and Ekwere local council areas.
Ekwere is home town of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
5PM - Vote counting and collation have begun in some states of the federation with some results trickling in.
Unfortunately,#BounceNews adheres to INEC rule that no result can be announced or verified by anyone or group other than the umpire - INEC.
5:30PM - INEC Briefing The electoral umpire in Nigeria says it will reschedule election in local councils where cases of violence were reported.
INEC says some states were delayed in opening of polls while in other states they was 100 percent compliance.
INEC's National Commissioner for Information, Festus Okoye says there has been improved level of compliance by INEC officials but warned that the commission will prosecute adhoc staff that chose not to use of card readers.
In Lagos state, there appears to have been voter apathy with significantly low number of voters coming out despite having collected their PVCs.
Lagos has the highest number of registered voters across the nation with an intimidating - 6.57 million.
So, it seems most of you chose to sit at home. I guess we will all face the consequences together.
6:29PM - Police authorities have confirmed that 3 people were killed and many others injured during a clash between rival groups in Rivers state.
9:00PM - INEC officials say voting will continue on Sunday, February 24 in areas where voting was stopped abruptly or excessively delayed.
11:PM - There are fears that at least more people may have been disenfranchised in Bayelsa.
MIDNIGHT -BREAKING - THERE HAS BEEN A FIRE OUTBREAK AT INEC'S OFFICE IN OSUN STATE. BALLOT BOXES WITH VALID BALLOT PAPERS FROM THE VOTE ON SATURDAY ARE REPORTED TO HAVE BURNT IN THE INFERNO.
THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNKNOWN.
Friday, February 22, 2019
It seems INEC is finally ready for the polls as more briefings held confirming distribution of electoral materials to appropriate local council areas.
First it was the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu spoke and then Nigeria's top cop, the IGP, Mohammed Adamu.
By the way, if you are a daredevil determined to disrupt Saturday's poll, you should listen to what he said.
While all this was going on some #fakenews mills have started spinning again - the Presidential candidate of the YPP, Kingsley Moghalu was rumoured to have stepped down.
He has since denied the rumour asking his supporters to come out on Saturday to vote for him.
If that shocked you, wait till you read our next news item - So, the AAC's presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore who is known to be outspoken against agencies of the state, is singing a new tune.
Sowore says he has faith in INEC and trusts the commission to conduct free, fair and credible polls.
Some sad news now - we do support people coming out in their thousands and millions to vote but please do not get violent while expressing your rights.
The are reports that two people have been injured as the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo visited Kwara state.
Meanwhile, his boss, President Buhari has asked Nigerians to come out in their millions and cast their votes.
The drama of the day seems to have saved for last.
So, while you were trying to get home and prepare for the polls on Saturday, some funny miscreants had a crystal ball to see as far as the result sheets.
INEC officials have allegedly found a filed and completed result sheet for the Lagos polls in a community in Kwara.
12 midnight - We have waited all day and night and it seems there won't be a postponement this time.
Let's all walk out to our polling units with our PVCs and vote.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
The new date for the presidential and National Assembly election is in less than 48 hours and the day opened with presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, addressing Nigerians and making a special request ahead of the Presidential election.
He did same before the election was postponed but INEC is doing all to assure us that this one slated for February 23 will go well as in different states express readiness, with INEC in Oyo State saying they are ready with more than enough materials needed.
On Thursday, the Nigerian government declared Friday, public holiday and granted visa fee waiver to foreign election observers.
The government has also ordered the closure of land borders for Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.
However, the priority of the security agencies is to ensure everything goes peacefully. The news that an APC Chairman in Imo state was killed by gunmen must be a source of concern.
Nobody wants to die; the APC and PDP in Osun State have called on their supporters to be calm after clashes in parts of the state left many people injured.
That is not to say the parties are suddenly uniting.
Former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwakwanso has urged Hausas in Lagos State to vote out the APC in the state while the Jagaban of Lagos, Senator Bola Tinubu is also wooing the Igbo community in Lagos with some sweet words.
Former Ekiti governor, Ayodele Fayose, has also claimed that there were plots by unidentified persons to use the DSS and EFCC to manipulate INEC officials and to also rig in Lagos and Kano while the APC has written INEC to demand for a right to present their candidates in Rivers state but the commission dashed their hopes.
AAC presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, is asking serious questions regarding President Buhari's call for a ruthless handling of ballot box snatcher.
Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai needs to start praying that no foreign observer dies while on election duty in Nigeria, Human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) explains why.
INEC has now confirmed that 72.7 million out of the over 84 million registered voters in the country collected their PVCs in readiness for the general elections. It also means over 11 million Nigerians failed to collect their PVCs.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
The race to Aso Rock is heating up 48 hours to the polls.
The candidate of the opposition PDP, Atiku Abubakar may have secured a boost with the support of the National Chairman/presidential candidate of the National Interest Party, Eunice Atuejide.
Eunice threw in the towel saying she believes Atiku's plan to Make Nigeria Great again is worth exploring.
Meanwhile, mixed reactions continue to trail President Buhari's comment about being ruthless with those planning to snatch ballot boxes.
This time spokespersons for the PDP, Senator Dino Melaye and APC, Festus Keyamo went at it head on LIVE on television.
However, the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu disagrees with the president saying offenders should be punished in line with the rule of law.
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3PM: INEC Chairman,Mahmood Yakubu addressed a press conference saying the umpire is on course to hold the polls on Saturday.
The role of the church in Nigerian politics seems to have come to the fore following comments by a certain pastor who said those voting for a particular candidate will end up in hell.
Responding to this alleged statement, Lagos based pastor, Abayomi Kasali criticised some clerics for substituting their personal predictions with God prophesies.
Wednesday wouldn't end without the usual banter between representatives of the West African nation's leading political parties - APC and PDP.
First shot was fired by the APC's National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. He claims Atiku has secretly admitted defeat ahead of Saturday's polls.
In his reply, Atiku claimed APC has recruited special agents to reconfigure the PVC smart card readers which are in INEC's custody.
Hmmm... Don't get tired of the electoral process. Hold tight to your PVC. It's your voice. Come out and vote.
I'll leave you with your daily tonic BounceDailyRound - find out what drama Tony and Jona are up to this time.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Good news arrived on the door steps of the politicians in Nigeria who had wondered if their messages and manifestos would remain stale till Saturday.
INEC has approved the continuation of campaigns across the country till Friday, February 22.
On this day, we are also reminded of how deeply divided the APC has become just a few days to the start of the general elections.
Buhari's Communication's Minister, Adebayo Shittu has asked the APC's National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole to remove the log in his eyes and stop pointing an accusing finger at INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu.
Although various figures have been bantered as possible loss that Nigeria's economy recorded to the shift in polling dates; there appears to one source with a lot of credibility and anger.
Nigeria's equity the market reacted negatively to the unanticipated poll delay,shedding 196 billion naira by the close of business.
The cause was not far-fetched. Investors, who were already skeptical about the nation's economic fortunes before the poll, simply jumped ship to stay afloat.
President Buhari's earlier comments about punishing those who dared to snatch ballot boxes has earned him a spot at a High Court in Abuja.
His top contender and former VP, Abubakar Atiku has filed a suit seeking the court to give a restraining order to the president and security operatives that could interfere with the voting process.
Lost But Found
The Police unit in Rivers state claims to have found 31 lost card readers, allegedly stolen from INEC's office, in a bush.
The alleged suspects are said to have fled the scene in a saloon car through the bush. Hmmm...
Rounding off the day, the electoral umpire, INEC has denied claims that it's Returning Electoral Commissioner in Adamawa state,
Kashim Gaidam has been compromised by the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku is alleged to have offered the official one million dollars and a house in Dubai.
Enjoy this episode of BounceDailyRound as Tony and Jonah track the missing card readers to Rivers state.
Monday, February 18, 2019
The Lagos metropolis which had been largely quiet swung back to life.
The traffic returned to major routes and commercial vehicles offered their services to people who play their part in keeping the nation's economy afloat.
While people on the street and offices spoke about the various emerging conspiracy theories that allegedly plagued the polls; the APC's leadership was back to formally lay bare their claims.
The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole called for the resignation of the INEC Chairman.
He also asked President Buhari (who was also seated at the gathering) to investigate what really transpired between midnight on Friday the 15th and the early hours of Saturday the 16th. By the way Baba said he would investigate whether he loses or wins.
During his speech, President Buhari reiterated his conviction that Nigerians must be allowed to vote for whoever they choose.
Meanwhile, the PDP refused to take all the heat without responding.
The opposition party says it would hold its National Leadership Emergency meeting on Tuesday, February 19. That promises to be equally exciting.
Soothing The Loss
The physical, mental and financial loss caused by the #electionpostponed is real. The people have cried out and the government appears to be indirectly implementing some soothing balm.
First, it was IPMAN that called on its members to sell fuel at a reduced price of N140 as against the stipulated price of N145.
Although, implementation of the order has been highly selective, the association did not set up any team to enforce its order.
The other gift came from the aviation sector. Arik and Aero Contractors will sell economy one-way tickets for N16,000.
However, the promo lasts only from 21st to 25th of February.
Snatching Ballot Boxes
President Buhari would not allow anyone to undermine his capacity to govern the nation but perhaps is passion for free and fair polls ran too high.
He has been accused to issuing a death threat to Nigerians who would be casting their votes on Saturday the 23rd.
It was quite an eventful day. Do relax and enjoy this episode of #BounceDailyRound. Tony and Jonah also postponed the show!
Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17
The narrative in Nigeria's political sphere can best be characterised as uncertain following the electoral umpire's decision to push back the start of general elections till Saturday, February 23.
While you slept at 3am; INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu postponed the polls by exactly 168 hours.
The mudslinging wasn't far fetch with the leadership of the APC and PDP trading accusations (each claims the other worked closely with INEC to trade Nigeria's democracy).
While all this happened, Bounce News took a closer look at the presidential polls with the candidates seemingly shrinking to 3 of 72 (unofficially).
The pain of the shift in date was resounding across the country - see what we found out while counting the cost of INEC's decision.
The National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu was also willing to lend his voice to matter.
While Nigerians began to pick up the pieces of their broken expectations to move on with their business at about 4pm on Saturday, February 16; the INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu was not ready to relent.
Yakubu believes his decision was in the best interest of Nigeria's democracy and the interest of the electorate who would have been disenfranchised.
It's finally here.
Africa's largest democracy heads to the polls to renew it's legitimacy. In line with the rule of law, Nigerians will decide who would lead the West African nation over the next 4 years.
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