By: Openiyi Anuoluwa
In a bid to ensure total victory is attained in the forth-coming General election, the APC Ikeja LGA Chapter staged a massive and mega rally campaign which was held in Olowu Junction by Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos. The campaign rally started with the door-to-door campaign in which the Party Executives led by Honourable Dally Adedokun alongside other party Executives and party faithful and supporters moved about different locations within the Ikeja environment going from house to house to campaign on behalf of the Party for the forth-coming General elections.
The door-to-door campaign and rally was not without the Number one Mayor of Ikeja Land, Engr. Dr. Mojeed Alabi Balogun who alongside his team of legislative members joined other party faithful in the house-to-house and door-to-door campaign activities. The Ikeja Council Chairman gave notable reason to members of the electorates reason why they should come massively to vote the Ruling Party for continuation in Governance so as to continued the beneficial advantages of the dividends of democracy the citizens have been enjoying over time.
The campaign train finally moved to the campaign ground at the Olowu Junction where members and supporters were already waiting and seated in their large numbers waiting to the commencement of the campaign. The campaign process kick-started by the Secretary to The Local Government, Hon. Akeem Dauda by introducing the Executive members present as well other party dignitaries who were present. Also, the candidates representing Ikeja Federal constituency for the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Abiodun James Faleke and Hon. Ademola Richard Kasunmu, candidate representing Ikeja constituency at the Lagos State House of Representatives were also introduced to party members. Both candidate present were unanimous in their speech which is the orientation they gave to all the supporters to vote the APC party candidates on the day of election.
Also, another notable personality present was the APC South-West Women Leader, Madam Kemi Nelson, Yeye Sewa of The Universe. In her speech, ‘’I would urge you all party members and supporters to know that we are yet to go out to vote for the election. Therefore, in order to ensure total victory is gotten, I want you all to go out and vote massively for all our candidates and for the APC Presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari in the forth-coming general elections’’.
Other Politcians present were; Chairman of Ojodu LCDA, Hon. Olumuyiwa Oloro and Chairman of Onigbongbo LCDA, Hon. Babatunde Oke. Both Chairmen came to support the host and overall Council Leader of Ikeja Local Government Area, Engr Dr. Mojeed Alabi Balogun.
The APC Ikeja Party Chairman, Hon. Dally Adedokun also opined that votes must be deliver for the State and at the Federal Level in the forth-coming election by Ikeja LGA. He further noted that this is the only way total victory can be achieved. He however expressed hopes and optimism in all the supporters of the party that they would surely do the needful in victory for the Party.
BOS ICG IKEJA Media aide,
Ikeja Local Government
Election shift: I’m deeply disappointed with INEC —Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep disappointment over the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The President lamented that, despite giving all the necessary support to the electoral umpire, the exercise was postponed just hours to voting and after Nigerians had taken the pains to travel to vote.
“I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement,” Buhari said in a statement he signed on Saturday morning in Daura, Katsina State.
However, he asked INEC to ensure the safety of election materials already distributed and appealed to Nigerians to remain law abiding.
Buhari also stated that he had decided to relocate to Abuja from Daura to ensure that the meeting INEC called to hold with stakeholders was successfully.
His statement reads further, “We now urge INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement, and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.
“While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire and the sanctity of the electoral process and ballot, I urge all political stakeholders and Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.
“I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.”
Source: Punch Newspaper
President Buhari’s statement on postponement of elections by INEC
STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT BUHARI ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF GENERAL ELECTIONS BY INEC
I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement.
Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered.
INEC themselves have given assurances, day after day and almost hour after hour that they are in complete readiness for the elections. We and all our citizens believed them.
This administration has ensured that we do not interfere in any way with the work of INEC except to ensure that all funds were released to the commission.
We now urge INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement, and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.
While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire and the sanctity of the electoral process and ballot, I urge all political stakeholders and Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.
I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.
I have decided to move back to Abuja to ensure that the 14.00 hrs meeting called by INEC with all stakeholders is successful.
Daura, February 16, 2019
Election postponement: I’m disappointed….Balarabe Musa
Former Kaduna State Governor, Balarabe Musa, on Saturday expressed disappointment over the postponement of the general elections, but declared that INEC was never prepared for the exercise in the first place.
INEC had announced the postponement a few hours to the kickoff of the February 16 presidential and National Assembly polls.
Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, while announcing the postponement in Abuja, attributed the step to “overwhelming logistics and operational challenges.”
The Commission fixed February 23 and March 9 as new dates for the presidential and National Assembly elections; and the governorship and state Assembly polls respectively.
But Musa, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Saturday, said he was disappointed, but not surprised, at the development.
“I am not surprised because INEC was never ready for the exercise, given the level of its preparations.
“INEC had serious funding challenges; what was appropriated to the Commission by the National Assembly was not adequate and everyone knew it.
“We are not even sure if the approved amount was released to the electoral body by the Federal Government.
“The logistics and operational challenges are glaring. There are also serious security challenges that may affect the agency in the course of the elections.
“The security services are facing the same funding crises and most of them are living in fear.
“You can also see the serious challenges being faced by the Judiciary, who are supposed to play a major role in the election process,” Musa said.
“So, I must say that I am disappointed; but, again, as I said, I am not surprised. I hope that all the stakeholders will take the necessary measures to help INEC address the issues before February 23, the new date for the presidential polls, because the President can only hand over power to an elected person.”
Musa called on Nigerians to remain calm as they prepare towards the new dates for the polls.
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