SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – FEBRUARY 24, 2019
Nigeria Election: Beware of social media polls result, INEC warns
The Independent National Electoral Commission has advised the public to be wary of election “results’’ circulating on social media. In a message on its verified Twitter handle, @inecnigeria, on Sunday afternoon, the Commission said it was the only body constitutionally empowered to declare the results of the elections. “It has also come to our notice that some election ‘results’ are circulating on the various social media platforms. “Kindly disregard such ‘results,’ as only INEC is constitutionally empowered to declare the outcome of the elections,’’ it said. Minutes earlier, INEC said on the same platform that elections were still ongoing in some areas of the country. It added that detailed reports of such areas would be communicated at a news briefing scheduled to hold at the National Collation Centre in Abuja at 3 p.m.
Buhari’s campaign organisation accuses PDP of planning to release fake presidential results
The campaign council of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the People’s Democratic Party of planning to release fake election results. The APC campaign team also called for the arrest of one of the spokespersons of the PDP presidential campaign organisation, Buba Galadima, over a controversial video. The spokesperson of APC campaign, Festus Keyamo, made the call in a statement Sunday. Mr Keyamo also alleged that the PDP is planning to hire hoodlums to stage sponsored protests in some parts of the country.
Atiku defeats Buhari at Ambode’s ward, loses others
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has won the election at Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State ward, defeating President Muhammadu Buhari. Aside the President, other APC candidates yesterday lost at the ward to their PDP counterparts. Though the governor was able to deliver his ward as promised to the President but was unable to influence the electorate in his ward to vote massively for him. At Ambode’s Ward A5, polling unit 033, Ogunmodede College in Ajaganabe Area, Papa Epe, Buhari polled 131 votes as against People’s Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who polled 116 votes. Ambode, however, could not deliver his ward for the party’s Senatorial and House of Representatives candidates.
Buhari defeats Atiku in Kwankwanso’s local govt
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the three elections held on Saturday in the Madobi Local Government Area of Kano State. A former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, is from the local government. Mr Kwankwaso is the leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano and one of the principal officers of the PDP presidential campaign organisation. Announcing the results on Sunday, the INEC collation officer for the presidential election in the local government, Sani Umar, said the local government has 84,067 registered voters with 40,764 accredited voters.
Tension in Ogbomoso as collation officers flee INEC office
The collation process at the Independent National Electoral Commission at Ogbomoso North Local Government Area has been truncated as the returning officer, Professor Rasheed Okunola and other collation officers were forced to flee the centre. Okunola was reconciling the results of the 10 wards in the in the LGA when the report of security threat was received. Officials of INEC accompanied by security agents on receiving reports that some people wanted to cause violence, moved all the results to the town hall, near the palace of Soun Ogbomoso.
Atiku thanks Nigerians for massive support. ….says victory is assured!
Presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has thanked Nigerians for turning out to vote for him in their millions and confirmed that the initial indications from the PDPs Simultaneous Vote Count show a PDP victory is assured. Atiku in a statement issued in Abuja by his Special Assistant On Public Communication,Mr. Phrank Shaibu said “I would like to sincerely thank the millions of people who, despite having to bear the additional burden of a postponed election, came out yesterday to vote for me and the other PDP candidates standing in this election.”
Atiku condemns violence, says his ambition not worth blood of any Nigerian
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the violence in some parts of the country during Saturday’s election in Nigeria. Several people have been confirmed killed during the elections including 11 in Rivers State. Mr Abubakar, in a statement by his spokesperson, Paul Ibe, reiterated his pre-election statement that his ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
PDP senators Olujimi, Faseyi lose reelection bid in Ekiti
Two Peoples Democratic Party senators in Ekiti State – Biodun Olujimi (North) and Duro Faseyi (South) have lost their reelection bid to the All Progressives Congress candidates. The Returning Officer for Ekiti South Senatorial District, Prof Laide Lawal, returned APC candidate, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, elected having scored 77,621 votes to defeat his closest rival, Olujimi, of the PDP, who polled 53,741 votes. The Returning Officer for Ekiti North Senatorial District, Prof Abayomi Sunday Fasina, also declared the APC candidate, Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi, the winner having polled 60,689 votes to defeat Faseyi, who got 49,209 votes.
Some polling units still open in Nigeria, a day after voting
Some polling stations remained open across Nigeria on Sunday, while votes were counted in Saturday’s presidential election, widely seen as a tight race between the president and a former vice president. Although voting was said to be peaceful in most areas of Africa’s largest democracy, there were a few outbreaks of violence in the vast West African country. Analysis unit SBM Intelligence, monitoring the security situation for a civil society platform, said at least 35 people had been killed, citing its own informants and media reports.
Atiku wins Kaura LG Poll in Kaduna
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has won the presidential election in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State with 33,647 votes, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Presidential Election Returning Officer in the LGA, Prof. Nafiu Abdu, who announced the result, said that President Muhammad Buhari of the All Progressives Party (APC) got 6,907 votes. Abdu said that there were 89,701 registered voters in the 10 registration areas in the LGA, adding that accredited voters were 43,979 with a total valid votes of 41,550.
Nigeria Election: Thugs chase away INEC officials at Egor/Ikpoba-Okha collation centre
Crisis brewing at Western Boys High School, Benin, as suspected thugs chase INEC officials conveying elections results out of the Egor/Ikpoba-Okha collation centre located in the school. The House of Representatives candidate of the All Progressives Congress and incumbent member representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha federal constituency, Johnson Agbonnyima, who was accompanied by some of his supporters, alleged that Electoral Act had been breached, adding that “the results for Wards 1, 3, 4 and 5 should not be taken to the collation centre through the back door.” The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Jude Ise-Idehen, is also at the centre with his supporters.
Theresa May rules out Brexit deal vote this week
Standing at the bar of the U.K. government’s RAF Voyager en route to Egypt for a 24-hour summit with EU and Arab leaders Sunday, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May gave the Brexit can another hefty kick down the road, by explicitly ruling out holding a second parliamentary vote on her European Union divorce deal this week. Instead the PM promised only that she would bring back her deal for a second “meaningful vote” by March 12 — less than three weeks before Britain’s scheduled departure from the EU. The prime minister’s latest move to delay the U.K.’s Brexit reckoning kicks off what her aides admit will be a particularly brutal — “attritional” — week for No. 10 Downing Street.
Pope calls child sex abuse like ‘human sacrifice’, vows ‘all-out battle’
Pope Francis on Sunday vowed to tackle every single case of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church, comparing paedophilia to “human sacrifice” in a speech that left victims cold. His public address to top bishops at the end of a landmark summit in the Vatican promised an “all-out battle” against abusive priests, but blamed the devil and insisted the Church was not the only place children were assaulted. “If in the Church there should emerge even a single case of abuse – which already in itself represents an atrocity – that case will be faced with the utmost seriousness”, Francis promised.
Poles will return east to higher wages and jobs, and UK will lose out
A perception had built up over the decade leading to Brexit that Britain was a country out of control. Brussels bureaucrats controlled our lives and money. Migrants were stealing jobs and sponging benefits, or so went the shock doctrine of the tabloid press, manifested among the myriad reasons 17.4 million people cried out from the ballot box two and a half years ago: enough is enough. But as the countdown on Brexit approaches its chaotic finale in little more than 30 days’ time, it’s worth remembering that, until recently, that perception hadn’t travelled far overseas.
Instagram could be planning public Pinterest-style collections
Ever wished Instagram was a bit more like Pinterest? You could be in luck – code discovered in Instagram for Android suggests the app is about to launch a new feature to make your collections public. First discovered by regular tipster Jane Manchun Wong and reported by TechCrunch, the feature would let you show off a collection of pictures to the wider world. Instagram told TechCrunch the new option isn’t currently being tested – so we don’t know if or when it’s going to roll out, or which countries it’s going to appear in at first. It does look to be on the way though.
Huawei unveils its 5G consumer solutions built on new 5G chipset
Today at MWC Barcalona Huawei launched its first consumer 5G products. Aside from its 5G Mate 20 X, the company also updated and new products that will bring 5G to people’s homes and devices through routers and connectivity options. Most consumers will first taste 5G not on a dedicated device like a phone, but through broadband-like services and these devices are aimed at that market. Last year, Huawei announced the 5G CPE Pro but never took it to market. Then, last month, ahead of MWC Barcelona, Huawei announced a new version alongside its new Balong 5000 5G chipset, which is at the heart of its consumer 5G products.