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INEC to Test-run Smart Card Readers in Ekiti on Saturday

This Day (Thursday, March 05, 2015):  By Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Saturday test-run the smart card readers in Ekiti State to convince Nigerians about the workability of the machines for the general election.

Speaking in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Sam Olumekun, said the state was one of the 12 states selected for the exercise among the 36 states in the country.

Olumekun said Dallimore Ward 09, Ado Ekiti, with a total registered voters of 21,631 out of which 14, 461 had collected their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), had been selected for the exercise.   More....

Jega will go, heavens won’t fall —Fayose

Daily Trust (Thursday, March 05, 2015):  Written by Doyin Adebusuyi, Ado Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday insisted that INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega must be sacked. This appears to contradict President Goodluck Jonathan’s posture that he had no intention to sack Jega.

Fayose in the statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the president has the power to either sack or retain whoever he wishes adding, “If he does, heavens will not fall.   More....

Heavens will not fall if Jonathan sacks Jeg – Fayose

Vanguard (Thursday, March 05, 2015):  By Gbenga Ariyibi

ADO EKITI—Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose yesterday said that President Goodluck Jonathan has the prerogative power to ask the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega to proceed on terminal leave, saying members of All Progressive Congress, APC, who are opposed to this have their own agenda.

Fayose who described the rantings of APC and their sympathizers as mere comedy, advised them to stop acting as if Nigeria belongs to the party.   More....

INEC to test-run card readers in Ekiti

The Nation (Thursday, March 05, 2015):  Posted by: Odunayo Ogunmola

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti State has concluded arrangements to test-run the smart card reader on Saturday.

Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Sam Olumekun said the test-run would convince the electorate that the device was suitable for the polls.

Olumekun said the exercise would also identify challenges that could be encountered and the need to solve them ahead of the elections.

The electoral chief said Ekiti was one of the 12 states selected to conduct the field test.   More....

Stop endless war against Buhari, APC tells Fayose

The Nation (Thursday, March 05, 2015):  Written by Odunayo Ogunmola

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has called on Governor Ayo Fayose to stop what it called his “endless war drums” against the party’s presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

APC deplored Fayose’s frequent trips outside the state, which, it said, were without economic benefits and had no value to Ekiti people.

The party’s Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in a statement yesterday that there was a lull in government’s activities and the governor had allegedly failed to fulfill his campaign promises.   More....
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