The stage is ready for the 2021 governorship election in Anambra State and the Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed its readiness to upload results from the 5,634 polling units for the election today (Saturday).
The electoral body, however, revealed that the collation of results in the election would be done manually as obtained in previous elections.
The commission noted that the decision to upload results from the polling unit would help boost the confidence of people in elections and enable Nigerians to view results from polling units as voting ends.
Uploading of results was first used by INEC during the Nasarawa Central State Constituency bye-election and was also applied in the electoral process in Edo and Ondo State.
The National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in an interview with Punch disclosed that the electoral body converted 1,112 voting points to full-fledged polling units, the total polling units in the state rose to 5,720.
According to Okoye, 86 polling units in the state would not be used during the election because INEC could not carry out batch transfers because of insecurity and the inability to carry out intensive civic and voter education.
He further stated that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System newly introduced by the commission would replace the card readers going forward and would be used for voter registration, accreditation, and uploading polling unit results to the result-viewing portal.
He said, “BVAS allows us to use one machine for the purposes of voter registration, accreditation – fingerprint and facial authentication – and uploading of polling unit results to our result-viewing portal. So, it’s a three-in-one solution. We are confident that the BVAS will perform well and it will be the dominant means of accreditation going forward.
“The commission will upload polling unit level results to our INEC result-viewing portal. We are confident that our new technological approach to elections will continue to yield results. We have trained all the ad hoc staff that would use the BVAS and the implication is that we have more or less retired the smart card reader as equipment for voter accreditation.”
Okoye noted that the BVAS had been dispatched to the local government areas in the state since Thursday, adding that the commission is capable of attending to any arising issue.
The INEC Commissioner while speaking on the issue of insurance of workers of the commission noted that no commission can replace a human life, but the commission had put in place group life and accident insurance for the over 26,000 permanent and ad hoc staff deployed for the election.
He added that the electoral body required at least 25,009 ad hoc staff and when added to other categories of staff, it needed at least 26,000 but that there was a slight shortfall due to anxiety in the state.
Okoye said, “Over 26,000 ad hoc staff will be involved in this election. The staff of the commission will also be involved in the election. The commission has group life and accident insurance for all the permanent and ad hoc staff that will be deployed for the election.
“We engaged reputable insurance companies for the purpose of providing insurance cover for our staff and critical national assets.
“The security agencies involved in election security remain within the command and control of their various agencies. The Commission only compliments what the security agencies are providing.”
Okoye, while speaking on the safety of Corps members, said the commission had a history of according the welfare and safety of corps members priority, adding, “We have assured them of their safety and their welfare. We will secure the Registration Area Centres. We will secure their lodges. We will protect the polling units and we will leave no stone unturned in protecting them.
“The corps members are determined to serve their nation and we are determined to protect them.”
Bella Shmurda performs at 02 Arena, thanks Wizkid
His performance was one of the high points at day 2 of Wizkid’s Made in Lagos concert.
Expressing his excitement for this opportunity, Bella Shmurda took to his Twitter page to thank Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, for the opportunity.
He wrote, “Maybe it wasn’t just Vision 2020. Up and beyond from here! Thank you Mr Balo @wizkidayo.”
Bella Shmurda broke into the music industry with the release of his song, “Vision 2020”, and his hit track, “Cash App”, gained him more prominence.
Therefore, it was no surprise that the singer performed “Cash App” at his O2 Arena debut performance.
The buzzing crowd sang along as the excited Bella Shmurda made an energetic performance.
Sharing the video of his performance on Tuesday, Bella Shmurda said, “Today, I realise this thing ain’t thug of war. @wizkidayo I will never forget this.”
Breaking: APGA Candidate, Soludo Defeats Ozigbo, Andy Uba In Their LGA
The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Charles Soludo has secured the highest votes in Aguata Local Government Area.
Valentine Ozigbo, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress, and Soludo are all from Aguata.
The Collation Officer for Aguata, Prof. Anim Ajake while making the results known at the Local Government Collation Centre, said Soludo polled 9,136 votes, while Uba had 4773 votes and Ozigbo trailed with 3798.
Ajake disclosed that elections did not hold in certain areas.
He listed these areas as Umuchu 1 (3 Units – 2292), Igbokwu 1 (3-926) 5units 2665, Ekwulobia II (2 units).
Below are the full details of the election
Registered Voters – 144766
Accredited Voters – 20809
A – 111
AA – 07
AAC – 73
ADC – 32
ADP – 91
APC – 4773
APGA – 9136
APM – 40
APP – 11
BP – 22
LP – 132
NNPP – 11
NRM – 30
PDP – 3798
PRP – 31
SDP – 60
YPP – 1070
ZLP – 120
VALID VOTES : 19548
REJECTED VOTES: 654
TOTAL VOTE CAST: 20202
Days After Obi Cubana’s Arrest, Cubana Chief Priest ‘Declares Bankruptcy’, Seeks ‘Prayers’
Celebrity barman, Cubana ChiefPriest whose real name is Pascal Chibuike Okechukwu has declared himself bankrupt days after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested his ex-boss, Obi Cubana.
Bennievibez understands that Cubana, had on Monday, honored an invite to the office of the EFCC to answer questions bordering on alleged offenses of money laundering and tax fraud, although reports reaching Bennievibez notes that the anti-graft agency just released the businessman.
In a new Instagram post, Cubana Chiefpriest who’s currently running a building project posted a post via his Instagram account playfully ‘seeking’ prayers from fans and well-wishers, whilst declaring himself bankrupt.
According to the celebrity barman, he’s broke and bankrupt and needs prayers.
He wrote; ”Boke N Bankrupt, Pls Pray For Me N My Guy This Sapa Too Shall Pass Away. Help Me If You Can @nastyblaq Don Finish Me”
Meanwhile, Cubana Chief Priest recently responded to the arrest of his friend and boss, Obinna Iyiegbu (Obi Cubana).
Bennievibez reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested the billionaire businessman and socialite on Monday, November 1 over alleged money laundering and tax fraud.
Reacting to the arrest of the 46-year-old Anambra-born entertainer, Cubana Chief Priest took to his Instagram page to demand the release.
He charged the commission to free Obi Cubana, adding that Igbos are used to the EFCC treatment. Cubana Chief Priest’s post read: ”What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, we Igbos are used to this. #freeobicubana.”
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Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today 24 October 2021 (Black Market Rate)
Dollar to Naira exchange rate today 24 October 2021, black market rate can be accessed below.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the exchange rate changes hourly… it depends on the volume of dollars available and the Demands. What it means is that…you can buy or sell 1 dollar at ₦573 and the price can change (high or low ) within hours.
How Much Is Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today Official Rate?
October 24 dollar to naira official exchange rate: $1 dollar to naira =
The exchange rate between the Naira and the US dollar according to the data posted on the FMDQ Security Exchange where forex is officially traded showed that the naira opened at ₦…. per dollar on Sunday, 24 October 2021, after it closed at ₦415.07 per $1 on Friday, 22 October 2021. This represents a change of 0.00%.
How much is exchange rate of Dollar to Naira in Black Market today?
The Nigeria parallel market (black market dollar exchange rate today) to the Nigerian Naira is as follows: For the Lagos market (black market).
LAGOS PARALLEL MARKET RATES October 24, 2021 (BLACK MARKET): dollar to naira exchange rate today black market
October 24 dollar to naira black market exchange rate: $1 dollar to naira = ₦573
Lagos parallel market (black market dollar exchange rate today)
The local currency opened at N573.00 per $1 at the parallel market otherwise known as the black market, today, Sunday, 24 October 2021, in Lagos Nigeria after it closed N572.00 per $1 on Saturday, 23 October 2021.
Note: dollar to naira exchange rate has stabilized at N570-575 per $1 since Monday, October 11.
Even though the dollar to naira opened in the parallel market at ₦573 per $1 today, Bennievibez reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not recognise the parallel market, otherwise known as the black market. The apex bank has therefore directed anyone who requires forex to approach their bank, insisting that the I&E window is the only known exchange.
Bennievibez reports that the black market, the players buy a dollar for N568 and sell for N573 on Sunday morning, October 24, 2021 after they bought N568 and sold N573 the previous day.
Meanwhile, bennievibez reports that the USD began this week at ₦572 in Parallel Market also known as Black Market on Monday, October 18, 2021 inLagos Nigeria. after it opened N575 last week Monday, October 11, 2021.
Disclaimer: Bennievibez does not set or determine forex rates. The official NAFEX rates are obtained from the website of the FMDQOTC. Parallel market rates (black market rates) are obtained from various sources including online media outlets. The rates you buy or sell forex may be different from what is captured in this article.
Buhari To Visit Saudi Arabia For Lesser Hajj, France, Scotland For Medical Examination, Others
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday leave the country for Saudi Arabia to participate in Umrah, also known as the Lesser Hajj.
The president would from there proceed to France and Scotland where he is expected to start an afresh round of medical examination.
“Baba (Buhari) is going to Saudi Arabia, France, and Glasgow from Tuesday. The date is set and part of it is for his medicals. The trip will not exceed two weeks but the first stop is Saudi Arabia. He will go for the Umrah before heading for Paris and Glasgow,” one of many sources disclosed to Sahara Reporters.
The publication had in the past reported that Buhari would be visiting Glasgow, Scotland; Paris, France, and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates before the end of 2021.
“Buhari to visit Glasgow, Scotland, Paris, France and Dubai, UAE before the end of 2021 amidst strong rumor of third term agenda,” a source had said.
Naija News reports that Saudi Arabia, had in August this year, had announced plans to gradually begin receiving Umrah pilgrimage requests from abroad for vaccinated pilgrims starting after about a year and a half of not receiving overseas worshippers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The kingdom had announced that with a capacity that would rise to 2 million pilgrims from 60,000 pilgrims per month, Mecca and Medina will start welcoming visitors from abroad to their mosques while maintaining COVID-19 precautionary measures.
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