The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has on Friday announced that all 15 pending bye-elections would be conducted on Saturday, December 5th, 2020. This was made known in a statement by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman (Information and Voter Education Committee), Barr. Festus Okoye. The statement read in part: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met Friday, November 13, 2020, and among other things reviewed the outcome of its quarterly engagements and consultations with critical stakeholders in the electoral process, and further reviewed the security situation and other challenges regarding the 15 pending bye-elections in 11 states.
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Wednesday unveiled the logo and theme to be used during Nigeria’s Diamond Jubilee celebration in October. The unveiling of the 60th independence celebration logo with the theme “Together shall we be” took place during the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, with Vice president Yemi Osinbajo and Federal Ministers in attendance. Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami who also doubles as the Chairman, Diamond Innovation Change Sub-Committee, Nigeria @60 Inter-ministerial Committee said the upcoming celebration is in line with COVID-19 safety guidelines.
The Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has on Saturday affirmed the election of Senator Duoye Diri as Governor of Bayelsa State, dismissing the petition submitted by Owei Woniwei of Alliance for Democracy (AD). According to the judgment delivered by Justice Owodunni, the petition against Diri was incompetent and lacked merit, adding that the petitioner failed to prove the allegations of false declaration of age and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate against the deputy governor, Lawrence.
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday said he was committed to the free and fair governorship election in Edo State, warning political parties, candidates, agents, and security officials against "do-or-die" politics. This was disclosed in a message to voters, electoral officials, and political parties titled "Edo election: President Buhari urges parties, candidates, security agents to behave responsibly." issued by Garba Shehu, the President's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in Abuja.
"I am passionately committed to free and fair elections, but my own commitment is not enough if other actors at ground zero refuse to abide by the rules.
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the appeal against the election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. A seven-man panel of the court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, made this declaration in two judgments dismissing the separate appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and the Socialist Democratic Party. The apex court affirmed the earlier July 4, 2020 judgments of the Court of Appeal in Abuja and verdicts of the election petition tribunal, which had both upheld Bello’s victory at the poll. The Monday’s judgments affirm the validity of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Kogi State.
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Wednesday sent a message of condolences to former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, who died on 11 August 2020. The nonagenarian death was announced by his wife, Arese Carrington. Walter C. Carrington who was an American diplomat served as the United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Senegal and Nigeria between 1980 to 1981, and 1993 till 1997.