Monday, 17 February 2020

PRESS STATEMENT – ELECTION MONITOR COMMENDS THE SUPREME COURT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA FOR ITS DECISION TO REVIEW ITS JUDGMENT ON THE 2019 IMO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION





PRESS STATEMENT – ELECTION MONITOR COMMENDS THE SUPREME COURT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA FOR ITS DECISION TO REVIEW ITS JUDGMENT ON THE 2019 IMO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION
Monday 17th February 2020   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Recently Election Monitor released a press statement requesting for the Supreme Court of Nigeria to urgently review its 14th January 2020 judgment  of the 2019 Imo Governorship Election.
The press statement can be accessed by clicking the following link:
Election Monitor commends the Supreme Court for fixing Tuesday 18th February 2020 to review its judgment on the 2019 Imo Governorship Election.

Nigeria shall prevail!
God Bless the Supreme Court of The Federal Republic of Nigeria
God Bless the Nigerian Judiciary
God Bless The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Signed

Abiodun Ajijola


National Coordinator

Friday, 24 January 2020

PRESS STATEMENT – ELECTION MONITOR CALLS FOR THE SUPREME COURT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA TO URGENTLY REVIEW ITS JUDGMENT OF THE 2019 IMO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTIONS



PRESS STATEMENT – ELECTION MONITOR CALLS ON THE SUPREME COURT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA TO URGENTLY REVIEW ITS JUDGMENT OF THE 2019 IMO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Election Monitor recently issued a press statement requesting that the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria urgently review its  judgment of the 2019 Imo State Governorship Election.
After going through copies of the results from the 388 polling units which were the main subject of the appeal the attached document provides details about the spread of votes obtained across the various LGAs in Imo State by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate.  
Election Monitor believes that based on its own assessment the Supreme Court should urgently review the judgment in the interest of justice, equity and fairness. The reasons for this are delineated in the attached document.
It should be noted that Election Monitor obtained all the information used in this document from publicly available sources. Election Monitor felt it necessary to do an audit analysis of the 2019 Imo Governorship Election as a Nigerian organization that is committed to the promotion of good governance.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Nigeria shall prevail!
God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Signed

Abiodun Ajijola
National Coordinator




ELECTION MONITOR CALLS FOR THE SUPREME COURT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA TO URGENTLY REVIEW ITS JUDGMENT OF THE 2019 IMO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTIONS

Friday, 15 November 2019

ELECTION MONITOR PRE-ELECTION PRESS STATEMENT: 16TH NOVEMBER 2019 KOGI AND BAYELSA POLLS



ELECTION MONITOR PRE-ELECTION PRESS STATEMENT: 16TH NOVEMBER 2019 KOGI AND BAYELSA POLLS

Friday 15th November 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State governorship polls have finally arrived with many stakeholders on ground to ensure a successful exercise. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) appears on course to deliver a quality exercise. All key activities have been completed and sensitive materials are already making their way to the Registration Area Centres (Super RACs) as of the time of releasing this press statement. However INEC needs to ensure that last leg distribution to the polling units is not hampered in anyway to ensure timely opening of polls by 8am.

In the build up to the elections INEC has made concerted efforts to meet with stakeholders on several occasions in both Bayelsa and Kogi states. Peace accords have been signed by candidates which should ideally provide the platform for a relatively peaceful exercise. However the final stakeholders meeting which held on Tuesday 12th November 2019 in Lokoja, Kogi State witnessed a deviation from this as the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) was prevented by some thugs from gaining access to the venue where the meeting was going on. This is a very rare occurrence and quite unacceptable. INEC and security agencies need to ensure that such intimidation and harassment of a candidate does not reoccur in the future.

There have been some incidences of pre-election violence observed in the two states with Bayelsa having recorded some deaths. With over sixty-thousand security personnel expected to be deployed in the exercise across both states it is clear that there should not be a lack of security agents with at least 17 agents per polling unit in Bayelsa and at least 13 security personnel per polling unit in Kogi state. However the security agencies lead by the Nigeria Police must also ensure that there is effective distribution of their officers statewide to ensure concentration in violence prone areas in such a way that these areas are effectively covered while ensuring adequate coverage for other locations as well. Political parties must ensure that they warn their members to desist from all forms of violence as this would not be condoned by security agencies and citizens.

Election Monitor calls on security agencies to ensure that votebuying is brought to a drastic minimum and all those involved in such should be apprehended and arrested immediately. Polling officials and voters should alert security agents where they observe votebuying activities within and in the vicinity of the polling units. Political parties should ensure that they should collect their copies of result sheets from the polling units to the last level of collation. In addition the party agents should also request for the final accreditation reading on the smart card readers after polls close and ensure that this is the same figure recorded for voters accredited. If each party agent does this across all polling units in the state there would be no need to lay accusations against INEC after the elections as regards accreditation figures because the political parties will have their own verifiable records of the accreditation data.

It is also important for polling officials to ensure that the polling units are well administered in an orderly manner and in accordance with their training. Polling officials must ensure that no one has access to ballot papers that have been thumprinted and placed inside the ballot boxes (especially before the sorting, counting and documentation of votes cast).

Election Monitor commends the various media houses that are covering the elections and admonishes that every effort and care should be made to accurately represent all election related issues.

Election Observers are urged to make observations in context as much as possible which means that sweeping statements that cannot be backed up with evidence or data should be avoided as much as possible.

Election Monitor calls on all registered voters in Kogi and Bayelsa states to come out en masse to exercise their civic rights to choose their leaders freely and fairly in the four elections holding tomorrow.

God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Nigeria shall prevail!
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Signed

Abiodun Ajijola
National Coordinator