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Polls: Effects of Card Reader, PVC manufacturer’s arrest

By Patrick Andrew

When the news broke on Wednesday night that the Department of State Security (DSS) had arrested the owner of the company ACT Technologies Limited, Sani Musa, not many people readily saw the relevance of his arrest to the general elections.

That was soon brought home. The company is a major player in today’s general elections having been awarded the contract to produce the Card Reader and Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Sani Musa, who owns ACT Technologies Limited which printed the PVCs and card readers, was arrested in a private location by operatives of the DSS, according to sources.

Though it could not be established the reasons for the arrest, however, some think it might not be unconnected with the allegation that he is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). They think that since he alone has the code to the smart card reader any such affiliation and open sympathy for any political party would be detrimental.

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PDP, election postponement and inevitability of defeat

By Umar Ardo, Ph.d

When Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the National Security Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, muted in far away London the idea of postponing the February general elections, it immediately crossed my mind that President Jonathan was very well heading for an electoral defeat. And when ultimately the elections were postponed at the instance of the same Dasuki under the guise, this time not of the poor distribution of PVCs as he earlier canvassed in London but, of security situation in the country, I became convinced of the inevitability of defeat of the ruling party, the PDP. Usually in African countries, when defeat stares incumbents in the face they postpone elections. In other words, African leaders generally conduct elections only when they are certain to win. But feeling certain to win and winning are two different things all together. For on most occasions those who shift elections, or try to amend constitutions, or resort to other untoward methods to retain power, ultimately lose it. This therefore forced African incumbents not only to brace themselves up to face the electorate, but over the years also perfected a whole new armory of manipulating elections to remain in power even where they are manifestedly unpopular. Several examples in many African countries, including Nigeria, attest to this assertion.

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2015: Battle for Lagos gets hotter II

By Patrick Andrew.

It is no longer news that the two dominant political parties in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital located in the western part of the country, are the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The fascinating twist about the governorship race in the state however, is that the struggle for the control of the state is not even between the candidates of the two parties, but their god-fathers.

Though it is certain that either Akinwunmi Ambode of the APC or Jimi Agbaje of the PDP would win the election, analysts say the actual winners of the election would either be the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu or Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the PDP who is considered as Agbaje’s godfather.

Both Tinubu and George lay claim to Lagos, but have been sworn enemies for long. Apart from the role played by party affiliation, George believes that Tinubu was instrumental to his imprisonment even though court documents showed that he was guilty of fraudulent activities while in office as chairman of Nigerian Ports Authority.

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Mixed reaction trails card reader test in Kano, Lagos

Since last year, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced its plans to bring sanity into the electoral process through the use of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and the Smart Card Reader, the commission and its top management, led by Professor Attahiru Jega, have come under intense pressure from various political gladiators who felt threatened with the new methodology being canvassed by Jega and his men.

The issue, which was greeted by criticism from different quarters, also made the two main political parties in the country to lock horns as to whether to go ahead with the use of the card readers or otherwise.

Apparently, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had since kicked against the decision to use the technology during the general election, While the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) is seemingly in support of the new electoral technique with the assumption that it would ditch the ruling parties plans to rig the forthcoming elections.

However, to prove its mettle over the use of the new technology in the country, INEC was prompted to conduct a mock field test of the biometric card readers in two states each from the six geopolitical zones, including Kano and Kebbi States from the Northwest zone on Saturday, March 7.

Read more: Mixed reaction trails card reader test in Kano, Lagos

2015: Battle for Lagos gets hotter

By Patrick Andrew.

It is no longer news that the two dominant political parties in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital located in the western part of the country, are the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The fascinating twist about the governorship race in the state however, is that the struggle for the control of the state is not even between the candidates of the two parties, but their god-fathers.

Though it is certain that either Akinwunmi Ambode of the APC or Jimi Agbaje of the PDP would win the election, analysts say the actual winners of the election would either be the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu or Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the PDP who is considered as Agbaje’s godfather.

Both Tinubu and George lay claim to Lagos, but have been sworn enemies for long. Apart from the role played by party affiliation, George believes that Tinubu was instrumental to his imprisonment even though court documents showed that he was guilty of fraudulent activities while in office as chairman of Nigerian Ports Authority.

Read more: 2015: Battle for Lagos gets hotter

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