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Certified copies of election documents will be available, INEC tells political parties



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will make certified true copies (CTC) and photocopies of election materials available to political parties.

Tanimu Inuwa, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), spoke on Tuesday on behalf of the commission during an administrative meeting at the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

Representatives of the Labour Party (LP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the All Progressives Congress (APC) were present at the meeting.

On March 1, INEC declared Bola Tinubu, candidate of the APC, as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.

But Peter Obi, the LP standard bearer, and Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the PDP, are challenging the outcome of the election in court.

They also asked the court to grant them permission to inspect sensitive materials used by the INEC in the conduct of the election.

Upon request, the court also granted Tinubu permission to inspect INEC materials to defend his election.

In the report of the administrative meeting seen by TheCable, Inuwa said INEC currently has forms Ec8d, summary of results of each state, and FCT, Ec8da, national summary, and form Ec8a, result sheets.

However, he said the result sheets and ballot papers are in the various states not at the headquarters.

He also suggested that a timeline for visitation for all parties should be made for ease and the persons appointed to inspect should be limited.

Inuwa said the BVAS and backend report of over 11,000 pages were being finalised, adding that the certified true copies and photocopies of the document will be made available.

Responding, Joe-Kyari Gadzama, a SAN representing the PDP, requested that the inspection begins on Tuesday (today) given the timeline.

Gadzama said representatives of the PDP in various states have gone to the INEC offices for inspection but were denied access because the headquarters had not given the go-ahead.

He said in addition to the documents already requested by the party, it would need the report of the offline and online logs and server from February 24 and March 1, including the phone numbers used on each BVAS.

“Babatunde Ogala, SAN representing APC stated that all parties should henceforth inspect the documents together in the spirit of transparency and a joint committee of all parties should be made to come up with a schedule for the inspection,” the report reads.

“Livy Uzochukwu, SAN representing LP stated that LP and PDP petitioned while APC is responding. Hence the timelines are different and petitioners should be treated with priority.”

At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that PDP and APC can commence inspection immediately while LP having started inspection will continue from where it left off.


JUST IN: NLC To Embark On Nationwide Strike Over Naira Scarcity




The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed public sector workers in the country to embark on strike beginning from Wednesday next week.

Joe Ajaero, NLC president, gave the directive at an ongoing media briefing at Labour House in Abuja on Wednesday.

He also directed that affiliate unions constituting the Nigeria Labour Congress should also be on standby for picketing exercise across all branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) nationwide.

He said the directive became imperative following the expiration of a one-week ultimatum given to the apex bank to make cash available for Nigerians.

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Lagos Airport Hotel assures customers of safety after fire incident




The Management of the Lagos Airport Hotel Limited has allayed the fears of customers after the fire incident in one of the layover rooms in its administrative section.

The hotel’s Acting General Manager, Mrs Folashade Awe, in a statement, assured customers of their safety, as the fire incident was far from the customers’ service blocks

According to her, no life was lost as it was quickly brought under control.

“Although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained at the time of this report, it might likely be as a result of an electric spark,” Awe remarked.

The acting general manager claimed that the hotel operated on a high level of general safety and discipline “and wishes to correct the impression that the whole hotel was on fire”.

She reiterated that only a tiny portion of the staff layover that was isolated from the hotel service rooms was affected and the incident did not in any way affect the hotel’s daily operations.

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INEC to resume collation of results in Abia, Enugu today




The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will resume the collation of election results in three LGAs in Enugu and Abia states today.

The electoral body had on Monday suspended the collation of results from Obingwa LGA in Abia as well as Nsukka and Nkanu East LGAs in Enugu.

Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, announced the resumption of the exercise in a statement on Wednesday.

“It will be recalled that the Commission met on Monday 20th March 2023 and reviewed the conduct of the Governorship and State Assembly elections held nationwide on Saturday 18th March 2023,” the statement reads.

“Arising from the meeting, the Commission took the decision to suspend further collation of the Governorship election results in some parts of Abia and Enugu States in order to carry out a review of the collation processes in both States.

“The Commission has concluded the review. Consequently, the collation of results for the Governorship election in both Abia and Enugu States will continue today 22nd March 2023.

“The Commission appreciates the patience and understanding of the people of both states as we conclude the collation processes.”

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