Elections News Trend August 2019

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The Guardian Newspaper Thursday, 29th August 2019APC governors not ganging up against Oshiomhole, says Ganduje"Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has faulted the notion held in certain quarters that his colleagues of Progressive Governors Forum are plotting to oust the National chairman of All progressives Congress (APC) from his seat. Ganduje, who bared his mind on issues of national importance in an interactive session with reporters in Abuja, declared that he would never be party to such plot.
According to him: “I am not aware of governors working against the national leadership of the APC. I have not heard of any such thing. So, I have not heard of any gang up against the national leadership and if it exists, I’m not aware of it and I’m not a party to it.”"
APC Internal Crisis, Progressive Governors Forum, Governor Ganduje.https://guardian.ng/politics/apc-governors-not-ganging-up-against-oshiomhole-says-ganduje/
The Guardian Newspaper Thursday, 29th August 2019Jega comes under attack over role in deregistering PRP"Former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, came under severe criticism in Abuja on Wednesday 28th August 2019 over his recent declaration to join Peoples Redemptions Party (PRP). His action was likened to a dog returning to his vomit having deregistered the party under his leadership of INEC.

While speaking to reporters after the election of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Abuja on Tuesday, the national youth leader of PRP, Mr. Lawan Musa, said Jega would not be allowed to hold or contest election on the platform of the party even though he is registered member of PRP. He said posterity would never forgive the former INEC chairman for the terrible thing he did to the party which he has joined today."
Prof. Jega, PRP, INEC.https://guardian.ng/politics/jega-comes-under-attack-over-role-in-deregistering-prp/
Thisday NewspaperThursday, 29th August 2019Abia APGA Alleges Oye’s Plot to Frustrate Otti’s Petition at Tribunal"Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has expressed reservations over the alleged complicity of the party’s National Chairman, Chief Victor Oye in moves to frustrate the petition filed by the 2019 governorship candidate of the party, Mr. Alex Otti.
Otti, who came third in the last governorship poll, is currently engaged in a legal battle challenging the elections.
In a statement made available to journalists in Umuahia, the state chairman of APGA, Hon. Nkem Okoro, alleged that the party was aware of a high level conspiracy by former state officials of the party to scuttle Otti’s case with Oye’s backing."
Election Petion Tribunal, Abia State, APGA.https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/29/abia-apga-alleges-oyes-plot-to-frustrate-ottis-petition-at-tribunal/
Thisday NewspaperThursday, 29th August 2019Court Stops APC Primary in Bayelsa, as Party Postpones Election to August 31"A Bayelsa State High Court has ordered the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to conduct the forthcoming governorship primary using the direct primary method.
The applicants in the suit are Japan Christopher, Evinson Olotu, Oddu Oyimiebi and Obriki Isaiah, while the first respondents are APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and other members of the NWC, while the second respondents are Hon. Jonathan Amos and members of the State Working Committee of the party.
The aggrieved members, who dragged the party before Justice E G Umukoro, obtained the interim order restraining the NWC of APC from going ahead to conduct the forthcoming primary using direct procedure.

Bayelsa State Governorship Election 2019, APC.https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/28/court-stops-apc-primary-in-bayelsa-as-party-postpones-primary-to-august-31
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, 29th August 2019Lawan: N/Assembly will not fail Buhari"President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan says that the 9th National Assembly will support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve a better, prosperous and secure Nigeria. Lawan made the declaration at a town hall meeting with members of his constituents in Gashua, Yobe State.
“We will make sure the 9th National Assembly gives the president the full support needed to achieve the Next Level agenda in the interest of our people and the country. “Though there are pockets of opposition from other sides, I assure you all that we won’t fail,” Lawan told a crowd that welcomed him.

National Assembly, Senate President, President Buhari, 9th Assembly.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/lawan-n-assembly-will-not-fail-buhari.html
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, 29th August 2019APC clears Irukera for Kogi governorship primary after protest"The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally cleared an aspirant, Babatunde Irukera, to contest the party’s Kogi governorship primaries. His clearance came few hours after a protest staged by his supporters at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said in a statement yesterday that Irukera ‘successfully’ met the conditions provided by the party’s guidelines for the nomination of candidates within the time granted to clarify his claims.

Kogi State Governorship Election 2019, APC Primaries, Babatunde Irukera.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/apc-clears-irukera-for-kogi-governorship-primary-after-protest.html
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, 29th August 2019APC shifts Bayelsa gov’ship primary"The National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC has shifted the date for the Bayelsa State governorship primary scheduled for today. The primary election will now hold on Saturday, August 31.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, yesterday, said the party had also adopted the direct mode of primary in line with the written request of the Bayelsa State chapter and majority of the stakeholders.

Bayelsa State Governorship Election 2019, APC.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/apc-shifts-bayelsa-govship-primary.html
The Guardian NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019Kogi aspirants kick, insist on open, transparent primaries"Dissatisfied by their disqualification for the November 16, 2019 gubernatorial election by the All Progressives Congress (APC), a coalition of the 12 aggrieved aspirants has faulted the party’s decision, insisting on inclusive, direct and transparent primaries. Spokesperson of the coalition, Mr. Babatunde Irukera, yesterday told journalists that they were unjustly disqualified to pave way for Governor Yahaya Bello to emerge unopposed as standard-bearer of the party.
This is just as a former president of the National Association of Kogi State Students, (NAKOSS), Suleiman Mazai Farouq, said the Bello administration has carried out reforms in the state to warrant reelection.
However, the disqualified aspirants called on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to reverse their exclusion by the screening committee, led by Senator Hope Uzodinma, and allow the entire 16 aspirants that picked the N22.5 million worth nomination and expression of interest forms vie for the ticket.
Kogi State Governorship Election 2019, APC Primaries.https://guardian.ng/politics/kogi-aspirants-kick-insist-on-open-transparent-primaries/
The Guardian NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019PDP suspends former Senator, mother, 11 others over anti-party activities"Former Nigerian Senator Samuel Anyanwu, his mother Virginia Anyanwu and 11 other ward officials have been suspended indefinitely by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State.
Anyanwu, who represented Owerri Senatorial District in the 8th National Assembly, was suspended by his ward, Amaimo in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State. His mother- Virginia was the party’s Woman Leader in the local government.
In a letter dated 31st July, 2019, and addressed to the Ikeduru LGA chairman of the party, the ward executive committee said the decision was based on the recommendation of the committee inaugurated by the ward to look into the allegations of anti-party activities against the senator and the others."
PDP, Party Suspension, Imo State.https://guardian.ng/politics/pdp-suspends-former-senator-mother-11-others-over-anti-party-activities/
The Guardian NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019Stakeholders kick over fears of insecurity, candidate imposition, delegates’ list ahead of Bayelsa polls"A member of Bayelsa State PDP has alleged to The Guardian that one of the strategies opposition may use winning the Bayelsa election is to plant a ‘surrogate’ as PDP gubernatorial candidate through a distorted primary by using the incumbent who has been accused of having illicit romance with some APC leaders.
however, beyond the above insinuations, there are also fears of security breaches that could lead to candidate imposition. AlthoughGovernor Dickson may have given his word that there would be a level playing field ahead of the primaries to elect the flag-bearer, it is still unclear the shape of things to come. All the aspirants jostling for PDP ticket recently submitted themselves for screening in Abuja.
Those cleared after the Abuja screening would slug it out on September 3, 2019 at the party’s primary, scheduled to hold in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital. There are, however, a groundswell of calls that the primary be moved to a neutral ground, preferably Abuja, to ensure the event is held under secure atmosphere. Another reason is so all aspirants are given a level playing field."
Bayelsa State Governorship Election 2019, PDP.https://guardian.ng/politics/stakeholders-kick-over-fears-of-insecurity-candidate-imposition-delegates-list-ahead-of-bayelsa-polls/
The Guardian NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019PDP cautions against vote buying in Bayelsa, Kogi states"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the Federal Government against engaging in vote buying in Bayelsa and Kogi states, as the gubernatorial elections draw nearer.
It also declared that it would not be stampeded into rushing the conduct of its primaries in both states.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated at a media briefing in Abuja yesterday that in the case of Bayelsa, “the process is on and the party has not reached any conclusion in respect of the issues involved. The party is still holding meetings in that respect.
He stated that “It is misplaced for anybody or group of persons to say that the party has taken a decision and allege that the National Chairman had played a role in whatever form in the process.
“We have constituted committees that will conduct the election to produce the three ad-hoc delegates from each ward. And I can say that the governors, who chaired those committees, did well and as such, other processes will follow.”
Kogi and Bayelsa States Governorship Election 2019, PDP.https://guardian.ng/news/pdp-cautions-against-vote-buying-in-bayelsa-kogi-states/
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019"APC clears Gov Bello, 8 others for Kogi governorship primary.
"The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared nine governorship aspirants to participate in tomorrow’s Kogi State indirect primary election to produce its candidate for November 16, 2019 poll. The APC National Publicity Secretary Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu said in a statement released in the early hours of Wednesday, 28th August 2019 that incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello, Hadiza Iyoma Ibrahim, Yahaya Odidi Audu, Sani Lulu Abdullahi, Engr. Abubakar Bashir, Engr. Danlami Umar Mohammed, Yakubu Mohammed, Hassan Abdullahi, and Mrs Ekele Aishat Blessing had been cleared.
Issa-Onilu said they were cleared after a comprehensive review of the submissions by the screening and appeal committees, relying on the party’s guidelines and the provisions of the Electoral Act.

Kogi State Governorship Election 2019, APC, Screeninghttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/just-in-apc-finally-clears-gov-bello-8-others-for-kogi-governorship-primary.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019Anxiety in Kogi over APC delegates’ list"There is tension among the governorship aspirants of the ruling APC in Kogi State over a purported plot to doctor the delegates’ list ahead of the primary election where the standard bearer will emerge. Sources told Daily Trust yesterday that the-power-that-be in the Confluence State was no longer comfortable with the list submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
One of the sources said the list, which comprised delegates from 239 wards and 21 local government areas.
Kogi State Governorship Election 2019, APC Primaries.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/anxiety-in-kogi-over-apc-delegates-list.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019Bayelsa gov’ship: APC disqualifies ex- Cross River REC, clears Lokpobiri, 5 others"The All Progressives Congress (APC) Gubernatorial Primary Election Screening Committee for Bayelsa State has disqualified the immediate past Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Briyai Oyeins Frankland, from participating in tomorrow’s primary election. The committee, however, cleared Preys Aganaba, Prince Ebitimi Amgbare, Ms Diseye Poweigha, Mr Lyon David, Prof. Ongoebi Etebu and Senator Heineken Lokpobiri.
The disqualified governorship aspirant resigned his appointment as REC recently because of what he called “home pressure.”

Bayelsa State Governorship Election 2019, APC.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/bayelsa-govship-apc-disqualifies-ex-cross-river-rec-clears-lokpobiri-5-others.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019APC chair disowns gov’ship aspirant in Kogi LG"Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State, retired Major David Samuel, has denied issuing any letter to Barr. Babatunde Irukera, a governorship aspirant of the party who hails from the area. At a press conference, yesterday in Lokoja, the Yagba West APC chairman said a letter trending on the social media allegedly written by him after receiving some funds never emanated from him.
“In the said letter, Barr. Babatunde Ayokunle Irukera claimed to have been responsible for the payment of rent for the party secretariat in Odo-Ere and payment of staff salaries of the APC in the council among others,” the chairman said.

Kogi State Governorship Election 2019, APC.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/apc-chair-disowns-govship-aspirant-in-kogi-lg.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019IPAC reelects Ameh as president"The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), yesterday in Abuja, re-elected High Chief Peter Ameh as its president for another one year. The first tenure of Ameh, who is also the National Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) ends on September 5.
Daily Trust reports that 68 delegates comprising political parties’ officials converged at The Electoral Institute (TEI) for the election.
Ameh said the council had adopted the nomenclature ‘president’ as the new official designation of the overall leader at the national level instead of ‘chairman’ to differentiate the position with those of chairmen in state chapters.

IPAC Elections 2019, Chief Peter Ameh.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/ipac-reelects-ameh-as-president.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019CAN hasn’t adopted any aspirant in Kogi – Chairman"Kogi State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has debunked claims that it has endorsed the aspirant of a party for the November 16 governorship election in the state. Its chairman in Kogi State, Dr John Ibenu, refuted the allegation at the CAN extraordinary extended exco meeting held, yesterday, at the Chapel of Freedom International in Lokoja.

There were rumour making the round in the social media that CAN in Kogi had endorsed Gov. Yahaya Bello, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the APC.

Kogi State Governorship Election 2019, CAN.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/can-hasnt-adopted-any-aspirant-in-kogi-chairman.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019APC closes defence with one witness at Kano gov’ship tribunal"The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano, yesterday, adjourned its proceedings to September 18, for continuation of hearing shortly after the All Progressives Congress (APC) closed its defence after calling one witness. APC had on Friday, through its lead counsel, Alex Izinyon (SAN) applied for adjournment for them to prepare to call more witnesses, a motion that was granted and the tribunal adjourned to yesterday for continuation.
However, counsel to APC, Prof. Mamman Yusufari (SAN), informed the court yesterday, that his client had decided to close its case as they did not intend to call more witnesses.

Election Petion Tribunal, Kano State,APC, PDP.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/apc-closes-defence-with-one-witness-at-kano-govship-tribunal.html
ThisdayLive OnlineTuesday, 27th August 2019Buhari: We Remain Committed to Rule of Law, JusticePresident Muhammadu Buhari has restated his administration’s commitment to the rule of law and justice. Buhari, who stated this in Lagos on Monday, 26th August 2019 at the opening ceremony of the 59th edition of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference holding at Eko Hotels and Suites in Victoria Island, added that his government has demonstrated this commitment in many ways including accepting adverse court judgments without questions. The President, who was represented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), further stated that his administration has ensured the independence of the judiciary. Malami, who declared the conference open on behalf of the President, reiterated the Federal government’s resolve to probe the circumstances surrounding the failed power project leading to $9 billion arbitration award against Nigeria in favour of Irish firm, P&ID.President Muhammadu Buhari, Rule of Lawhttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/27/buhari-we-remain-committed-to-rule-of-law-justice/
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, 27th August 2019Youth group calls for removal of Kwara APC chairThe Congress of Kwara Youths, an umbrella body of youth associations across the State on Monday, 26th August 2019, called for the removal of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, Hon. Bashiru Bolarinwa. Speaking to journalists, the spokesman of the group, Mr. Ishaq Ibrahim, who read their resolutions, gave the party a seven-day ultimatum to remove Bolarinwa from office. Ibrahim, who is also the Coordinator of Ilorin Emirate Youths Assembly, noted that, “We have carefully watched the trend of political happenings in the State in the last few days and we hereby lend our voice to corroborate the position of other stakeholders in the State who have earlier called for the party Chairman’s removal. Hon. Bolarinwa’s disloyal attitude to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq does not portray him as a true party helmsman that is expected to foster prudence, peace, unity and prosperity among members. Reacting to the agitations, Bolarinwa described the youth group as faceless and added that he and the party have always shown support to the Governor.
Kwara State, APChttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/youth-group-calls-for-removal-of-kwara-apc-chair.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, 27th August 2019Kogi PDP appeals for release of kidnapped ChairmanThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has appealed to those holding its Okene Local Government party Chairman, Hon Adelabu Musa, captive to release him unconditionally. In a statement issued on Monday, 26th August 2019 in Lokoja, Kogi State, by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Bode Ogunmola, the party expressed concern over the continued abduction of Adelabu and charged security agencies to ensure his safe release. It maintained that the continuous holding of Adelabu captive has further reinforced the party’s belief that his abduction was politically-motivated. The party further maintained that the onus is on the APC-led government to proof its innocence by duly tasking security agencies to secure the release of the victim from the hands of his abductors. Democracy, the party insists, is about freedom of association, noting that it is morally wrong in a democratic dispensation to coerce people to associate against their wish.Kogi State, PDPhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/kogi-pdp-appeals-for-release-of-kidnapped-chairman.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, 27th August 2019Depoliticise fight against corruption, Tambuwal urgesSokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on Monday, 26th August 2019 harped on the need to depoliticise the fight against corruption in the country. He also stated that the best way of fighting corruption is through strengthening public institutions. Tambuwal stated this at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Sokoto State Government and the United Nations (UN) on the 2019 UN Sustainable Development Partnership framework work plan at the Government House in Sokoto. According to the Governor, “We need to depoliticise the fight against corruption; it should be holistic, not selective prosecution by a section with political powers”. He advocated separation between the office of Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and that of the Minister of Justice for the fight against corruption to succeed in the country. The Governor expressed support for efforts towards strengthening democracy and good governance in the country.
Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Fight against corruptionhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/depoliticize-fight-against-corruption-tambuwal-urges.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, 27th August 2019Court dismisses suits on Kogi Governorship primariesA Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed two suits instituted by aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State challenging the planned use of indirect primaries for the nomination of the Governorship candidate of the party. On Monday, 26th August 2019, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja dismissed the first suit which asked the court to stop the indirect primaries adopted by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. The Judge held that the matter had become statute barred having been brought outside the 180 days provided under Section 285 (10) of the Constitution for pre-election matters to be heard and dealt with. The judge also dismissed the second suit which asked the court to determine the authentic leadership of the party. The aggrieved members of the party had sought an order of court restraining APC from adopting an indirect mode of primary for the nomination of its Governorship candidate in the November Governorship election in Kogi State, pending the determination of a motion on notice on the matter before another court.
Kogi State Governorship Election 2019, APC.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/court-dismisses-suits-over-kogi-govship-primaries.html
The Guardian NewspaperTuesday, 27th August 2019APC clears Bello, three others for Kogi Governorship primariesThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared Governor Yahaya Bello to vie for a second term in the November 16 governorship election in the State. Three other aspirants, comprising a serving member of the House of Representatives, Yahaya Abdullahi, Abubakar Bashir and Mrs. Ekele Aishat Blessing were approved by the Senator Hope Uzodinma-led six-member screening panel of the party to jostle for the ticket of the party in the primaries billed to hold on Thursday, August 29, 2019. A statement by the party’s screening committee, headed by Senator Hope Uzodinma, stated that 14 of the aspirants were screened out from contesting the primary of the party for discrepancies ranging from double declaration of age, non-commitment to the party and non-attachment of relevant documents to their nomination forms. Meanwhile, 12 disqualified aspirants have faulted the decision of the party to disqualify them from contesting the primaries, on the basis that they were unjustly disqualified. Kogi State Governorship Election 2019, APC, Screeninghttps://guardian.ng/news/apc-clears-bello-three-others-for-kogi-guber-primary/
ThisDayLive Online Monday, August 26, 2019INEC to Support Chadian Electoral CommissionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to provide technical support to the Republic of Chad, just as the country prepares for parliamentary elections. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the pledge when he received a delegation of senior officials from the Independent Electoral Commission of Chad (CENI), led by its Vice Chairman, Adama Mamadou Dijbert, over the weekend at the INEC Headquarters in Abuja. The Chadian officials were in Abuja to appreciate the Commission and Nigeria for deepening democracy in their country and to solicit for more support for their forthcoming parliamentary elections. Duirng the meeting with the delegation, the INEC Chairman stated thus: “If there is anything of value that you think Nigeria can share with the Republic of Chad for the purpose of organising free, fair and credible elections, consider us your friends and brothers. We will support you in any way that we can”. Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Independnet National Electoral Commission of Chad (CENI)https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/26/inec-to-support-chadian-electoral-commission/
ThisDayLive Online Monday, August 26, 2019Edo APC Primaries: Obaseki Threatens Disciplinary Actions against erring APC MembersEdo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured that disciplinary actions will be meted out to those who 'betrayed' the party during the 2019 All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries before the 2019 General Elections in the State. Obaseki stated this while receiving the report of a committee set up by the Edo State Chapter of the APC to reconcile aggrieved party members after the 2019 primary elections. The Governor expressed appreciation to the committee for helping to review issues involving all the aspirants that participated in the APC primaries for the 2019 General elections. He assured that he would get across to all the parties involved in the issues raised by the committee and urged them to be proud of the progress recorded so far by the party. Obaseki assured that the reconciliation exercise will be carried out while promising that stiff disciplinary measures will be meted out to those who erred against the party.Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, APChttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/26/edo-apc-primaries-obaseki-threatens-disciplinary-actions-against-erring-apc-members/
DailyTrust OnlineMonday, August 26, 2019Kano Governorship: ‘Gama results were cancelled at State collation centre’The Nassarawa Local Government Collation officer during the March 9 2019 gubernatorial election in Kano State, Prof. Ibrahim Khalil Abdussalam, has told the Election Petition tribunal sitting in Kano that the Gama ward election results were cancelled at the State Collation centre. Abdussalam, who was a subpoenaed witness testifying for the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is the 3rd respondent in the case, also told the court that as the Local Government collation officer, he noticed some discrepancies in the Gama ward results. Abdussalam further stated that as a result of those discrepancies, party agents agreed that the results should be cancelled. However, the agent of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), who spearheaded the protest and wrote an agreement on behalf of the other party agents, to cancel the results later changed his mind on the cancellation. Prof Abdussalam added that at about 1am on March 11 2019, while collation was ongoing at the Local Government Collation centre, pandemonium broke out, and he was pushed aside while the election results were carted away from his table. He insisted that the election results from Gama ward were cancelled at the State Collation centre.

2019 Governorship Election, Kano State, Nassarawa LGA, Election Petitionhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/kano-govship-gama-results-were-cancelled-at-state-collation-centre.html
The Guardian Monday, August 26, 2019Alaibe assures his supporters of victory in Bayelsa Governorship pollFormer Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and an aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Bayelsa State governorship race, Chief Timi Alaibe, has assured his supporters of getting the ticket despite the opposition and urged them to maintain peace and remain focused. He stated that the issues arising from the list of Returning and Electoral officials for the delegates' election was being addressed by the party’s leadership at the national level. Alaibe, who alleged unilateral inclusion of certain names on the list, contrary to the party’s constitution and guidelines for the conduct of a peaceful primary election, described the action as a deliberate calculation to create confusion and frustration to destabilise his aspiration to lead Bayelsa State.Bayelsa State Governorship Election 2019, PDP.https://guardian.ng/news/nigeria/alaibe-assures-supporters-of-victory-in-bayelsa-governorship-poll-urges-calm/
Thisday NewspaperThursday, 22nd August 2019"PDP Has No Preferred Candidates, Secondus Tells Kogi, Bayelsa Guber Aspirants
"National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday charged the governorship aspirants of the party in Kogi and Bayelsa states in the November 16 governorship elections to take their campaigns to the ad-hoc delegates as they alone would determine the flag bearers of party in the two states.
Secondus also stated categorically that the party has no preferred candidates in the emergence of governorship candidates, pledging that the party would ensure transparent governorship primary elections in the two States.
The PDP chairman spoke yesterday when he addressed the governorship aspirants from Kogi and Bayelsa States at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja."
Kogi and Bayelsa States Governorship Election 2019, PDP.https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/22/pdp-has-no-preferred-candidates-secondus-tells-kogi-bayelsa-guber-aspirants/
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, 22nd August 2019Kano Tribunal threatens relocation to Abuja"The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano yesterday threatened to relocate to Abuja if any of its members face the slightest security threat in the state. The Presiding judge, Justice Halima S. Muhammad, said this while condemning a cyber attack meted on one of the witnesses who testified before the tribunal for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the case.
“If a life of a witness is threatened just because she came to testify here, then we cannot just sit here and think we are safe,” the learned judge said.
Election Petion Tribunal, Kano State, INEC.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/kano-tribunal-threatens-relocation-to-abuja.html
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, 22nd August 2019Kaduna Tribunal dismisses Shehu Sani’s petition"The Election Retitions Tribunal sitting in Kaduna has dismissed the petition brought before it by Sen. Shehu Sani challenging the victory of Sen. Uba Sani for lack of merit. In a two-hour judgement, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice A. H. Suleiman, described the sitting as successful based on evidences presented. The lead Counsel to Sen. Uba Sani, Barr. Frank Akpe, said the tribunal upheld the election of his client on grounds of the evidences presented to the Tribunal.
Election Petion Tribunal, Kaduna State.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/kaduna-tribunal-dismisses-shehu-sanis-petition.html
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, 22nd August 2019IPAC set to elect new leaders"Twenty- two candidates from various political parties in the country have entered the race for the election of national officers of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) fixed for Tuesday next week in Abuja. The incumbent chairman of the council and National Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Chief Peter Ameh is among those who have been screened to contest in the election.
IPAC Elections 2019. https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/ipac-set-to-elect-new-leaders.html
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, 22nd August 2019"Delta Rep aspirant loses out at Supreme Court
"The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, struck out the case filed by Chief Julius Akpovoka challenging the candidacy of the Member representing Ughelli North/Ughelli South/Udu Federal Constituency, Rev. Francis Ejiroghene Waive. The apex court, while affirming the candidature of Rev. Waive as authentic candidate of the APC, described the appeal filed by Akpovoka as “abuse of court process” which should not have been mentioned in the first instance.
Election Petion Tribunal, Delta State, PDP, APC.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/delta-rep-aspirant-loses-out-at-supreme-court.html
The Guardian Newspaper Thursday, 22nd August 2019PDP clears Alaibe, Jonah for Bayelsa poll"Former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe, has been cleared by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to contest the Bayelsa State gubernatorial primary scheduled for September 3, 2019.
Alaibe was handed his clearance certificate yesterday at Wadata House, Abuja, by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, who chaired the party’s screening committee. He will make formal declaration with the unveiling of his policy document on the ‘Blue Economy’ on August 27.
Also cleared was the deputy governor, RAdm. Gboribiogha Jonah (rtd.).
Speaking to journalists shortly after the screening, Jonah, who was the first aspirant to appear before the committee, said that he was in the race to render passionate service and to consolidate on the gains of the Restoration Administration of Governor Seriake Dickson."
Bayelsa State Governorship Election 2019, PDP.https://guardian.ng/politics/pdp-clears-alaibe-jonah-for-bayelsa-poll/
The Guardian NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019Presidential Election Tribunal Reserves Judgment"The Presidential Election Petition on Wednesday reserved judgement in the petition challenging the election of Muhammadu Buhari as President.

NAN reports that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, are challenging the election of President Buhari.

Buhari was declared the winner of the Feb. 23 presidential election, with over 15 million votes as against Atiku’s 11, 262,978 votes. (NAN)"
Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, Atiku Abubakar, Muhammadu Buharihttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/21/presidential-election-tribunal-reserves-judgment/
ThisDay NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019No Law Requires Presentation of Certificate for Presidential Election, Buhari Tells Tribunal"President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja insisted that there was no law to his knowledge that requires a candidate seeking election into the office of President of Nigeria to present any certificate qualifying him to contest the election.
Buhari made this submission at the resumed hearing of the petition of candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, and his Party, PDP, challenging his emergence as winner of the polls.
The five man Tribunal headed by Justice Mohammed Garba had at the last sitting adjourned till August 21 for parties to adopt their final written addresses for and against the petition.
Atiku and PDP had on March 18 filed their petition against the outcome of the presidential polls, alleging rigging, electoral malpractices amongst others and urged the Tribunal to nullify the victory of Buhari at the polls."
Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, Atiku Abubakar, Muhammadu Buharihttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/21/no-law-requires-presentation-of-certificate-for-presidential-election-buhari-tells-tribunal/
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019"You can’t access INEC server, Supreme Court tells Atiku,PDP
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), which rejected their request to inspect a central server said to belong to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). PDP and Atiku had alleged that INEC used the said central server for the collation of results of the 2019 presidential election and that the results from the said server indicated a defeat for President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, Atiku Abubakar, Muhammadu Buhari, Supreme Court.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/you-cant-access-inec-server-supreme-court-tells-atikupdp.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019Uche Nwosu insists PDP rigged Imo gov’shipUche Nwosu The governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo State, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, has insisted that all evidences available to him show that the March 9, governorship election in the State was manipulated in favour of the PDP and its candidate, Emeka Ihedioha. Nwosu, while giving evidence in the petition he filed against the declaration of Ihedioha as Governor by INEC, alleged that the results as announced showed that votes were only allotted to PDP, especially in the three Local Government Areas of Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise and Ezinihitte.Election Petion Tribunal, Imo State, AA, PDP.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/uche-nwosu-insists-pdp-rigged-imo-govship.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019Sack Abiodun and declare me governor, Akinlade tells Ogun tribunal"The governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in the March 9, 2019, election in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade, yesterday, asked the election tribunal sitting in Abeokuta to sack Gov. Dapo Abiodun and declare him winner of the poll. Akinlade and his party filed a petition marked EPT/OG/GOV/01/19 on grounds of alleged over-voting.
They added that Abiodun lacked the requisite qualification to contest in the election in which he was declared winner by the INEC."
Election Petion Tribunal, Ogun State, APC, PDP.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/sack-abiodun-and-declare-me-governor-akinlade-tells-ogun-tribunal.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019"PDP tells APC to stop shadow-boxing
The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the APC to stop what it termed “shadow-boxing” and address the failures of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government. The opposition party, in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was appalling that at a time the PDP and other well-meaning Nigerians were condemning reprehensible acts and seeking for solutions, the APC was allegedly gloating and playing politics “on very grave issues that bordered on national security and stability. The PDP further said the APC should assist President Buhari in providing answers to the alleged failures of his government, including “the crippling economy and the erosion of national cohesion” which has resulted in resentment across the country. State of the Nation, APC, PDP.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/pdp-tells-apc-to-stop-shadow-boxing.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019PDP begins screening of Bayelsa, Kogi governorship aspirants"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has began screening of its governorship aspirants for Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship elections billed for November 16, 2019. The screening which started on Monday in Abuja is currently going on in two different venues simultaneously.
Aspirants from Bayelsa are undergoing the screening at the PDP National Secretariat, while aspirants from Kogi are being screened at Legacy House, the Party’s presidential campaign office in Maitama. "
Kogi and Bayelsa States Governorship Election 2019, PDP.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/pdp-begins-screening-of-bayelsa-kogi-governorship-aspirants.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019Nasarawa Gov asks Tribunal to dismiss Ombugadu’s petitionCounsels representing Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State at the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lafia have urged the Judges to dismiss the petition filed by PDP’s candidate in the 2019 Governorship Election, David Ombugadu, for lack of merit. Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) who is the lead counsel to Gov. Sule, urged the Tribunal to quash the petition while adopting his final written address on Monday. Olanipekun said this was because the petition lacked merit and substance in every aspect.Election Petion Tribunal, Nasarawa State, APC, PDP.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/nasarawa-gov-asks-tribunal-to-dismiss-ombugadus-petition.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019Impeachment: Kogi assembly asks CJ to set up panel on Deputy GovernorThe Kogi State House of Assembly has requested the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah to constitute a seven-man panel of inquiry to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba. The House made the request yesterday in a resolution issued at plenary, following the adoption of a motion by Majority Leader Abdullahi Bello-Balogun (APC-Ajaokuta) calling for investigation into the allegations levelled against the Deputy Governor as second step towards his impeachment.Kogi State Deouty Governor's Impeachment saga, APC. https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/impeachment-kogi-assembly-asks-cj-to-set-up-panel-on-deputy-governor.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019Bayelsa, Kogi polls: INEC issue time table on PVC collection, Party primaries"The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued deadlines and other modalities for the conduct of the governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States billed for November 16. INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja, at the end of the Commission’s management meeting.
On the conduct of primaries for nomination of candidates by Parties, Okoye said the period within which notice of intention to conduct primaries for the election of candidates has elapsed, saying no further notice of intention to conduct party primaries will be entertained."
Kogi and Bayelsa States Governorship Election 2019, PDP,INEC.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/bayelsa-kogi-polls-inec-issue-time-table-on-pvc-collection-party-primaries.html
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019Bayelsa gov’ship: I won’t support any candidate outside restoration team — DicksonThe Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has insisted that he will not support any candidate outside his Restoration Team on the platform of People's Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 16, governorship election in the State. The PDP governorship primary election has been fixed for September 3. There are 21 PDP gubernatorial aspirants in the State as at the time of this report, out of which eight are members of the Restoration Team. The aspirants are now undergoing screening ahead of the primary election.Bayelsa State Governorship Election 2019, PDP.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/bayelsa-govship-i-wont-support-any-candidate-outside-restoration-team-dickson.html
The Guardian NewspaperWednesday, 21st August 2019APC will fizzle out with Buhari, says Shehu Sani"The Senator, who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), which started with President Muhammadu Buhari will end with him in 2023. He said the future of Nigeria is dependent on having a political party with credible leadership and a clear ideological direction of which the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) represents.
The former Lawmaker made the remarks yesterday while receiving the executive members of the PRP on a courtesy call to his residence in Kaduna. They were led by the State’s Party Chairman, Hon. AbdulRahman Haruna Danbirni.
The executive members, who briefed Senator Sani on the Party’s upcoming national convention, also called on him to contest for the national chairmanship position of the Party, saying his achievements while representing Kaduna Central at the Senate are self-evident."
State of the Nation, APC, Sen. Shehu Sanni.https://guardian.ng/politics/apc-will-fizzle-out-with-buhari-says-shehu-sani/
Thisday NewspaperTuesday, 20th August 2019Work as a Team, Buhari Tells Ministers-designate"President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja told Ministers-designate that they must work as a team, stressing that his administration would rely on them to implement policies and programmes to lift Nigerians out of poverty.
The president also described as frightening Nigeria’s “looming” population status, which he put at 200 million currently but has been estimated by the United Nations (UN) to rise to 411 million by 2050.
He told the would-be ministers in Abuja at the opening of the two-day retreat that “working as a team demands that we know what the next person is doing.”"
Ministerial appointments, Buhari, Nigeria.https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/20/work-as-a-team-buhari-tells-ministers-designate/
Thisday NewspaperTuesday, 20th August 2019Court Voids Okorocha’s Son-in-law’s Candidacy in Imo Gov Poll"Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja yesterday nullified the participation of Mr. Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of former Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, in the last governorship election in the State.
Justice Ekwo, in a judgment, nullified Nwosu’s candidacy in the polls on the grounds of double nominations by political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Action Alliance (AA), an action, which according to the Court violated section 37 of the Electoral Act.
Nwosu contested the March 16 governorship election held in Imo State on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA)."
2019 General Elections, Imo State. https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/20/court-voids-okorochas-son-in-laws-candidacy-in-imo-gov-poll/
Daily TrustTuesday, 20th August 2019Tribunal: Atiku didn’t score majority of lawful votes – INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar did not score the majority of lawful votes in the February 23 election. In a written address filed by its lead counsel, Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN), INEC said PDP and Atiku could not prove allegations of wrong entry of results in 11 States of Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Zamfara States. INEC contends that the burden of proof which was on the petitioners was not successfully discharged, adding that they failed to establish that the election of February 23 was invalidated by corrupt practices and non-qualification against President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, Atiku Abubakar, Muhammadu Buhari, INEC.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/tribunal-atiku-didnt-score-majority-of-lawful-votes-inec.html
Daily TrustTuesday, 20th August 2019PDP rakes in N793m, screens 33 aspirants for Bayelsa, Kogi gov’ship.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has begun screening of its governorship aspirants for Kogi and Bayelsa States ahead of the November 16 elections. The Party had raked in N693m from sales of nomination form from the aspirants vying for the two governorship seats in Bayelsa and Kogi States. No fewer than 21 aspirants from Bayelsa State purchased the PDP form and 13 from Kogi State.Kogi and Bayelsa States Governorship Election 2019, PDP.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/pdp-rakes-in-n793m-screens-33-aspirants-for-bayelsa-kogi-govship.html
Daily TrustTuesday, 20th August 2019Kogi 2019: Aspirants in last-minute consultations over APC ticketAhead of the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State, aspirants have continued with consultations and underground works to brighten their chances of clinching the party’s ticket. No doubt, it is going to be a fierce contest between Governor Yahaya Bello and other contestants who are gunning for the highly coveted APC ticket. At the moment, no fewer than eight aspirants have already picked the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms ahead of the primary election billed for August 29.Kogi State Governorship Election 2019, APC.https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/kogi-2019-aspirants-in-last-minute-consultations-over-apc-ticket.html
The Guardian Newspaper Tuesday, 20th August 2019Nwosu insists on run-off in Imo guber poll"Imo State Action Alliance (AA) governorship candidate in the 2019 General Election, Uche Nwosu, is bent on a run-off election between him and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Emeka Ihedioha.
Nwosu, in his petition before the Tribunal, maintained that there was wrong spread of score allotted to Ihedioha in the Election, adding that the PDP flagbearer did not meet the constitutional requirement to be declared winner of the poll.
One of his counsel, Nelson Ezerioha, told The Guardian yesterday, that “Nwosu’s first application is that there should be a run-off between the two leading candidates, him and Ihedioha, as none of them got the spread score as required by the constitution."
2019 General Elections, Imo State election tribunal. https://guardian.ng/politics/nwosu-insists-on-run-off-in-imo-guber-poll/
The Guardian NewspaperTuesday, 20th August 2019Deputy in alleged plot to oust Akeredolu as Ondo 2020 heats up."The scramble to occupy Alagbaka, the seat of power in Ondo State, has taken a new dimension as the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, is said to be strategizing against the incumbent Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
If confirmed to be true, it would be a serious crack in the political block of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in his bid to secure a second term.
It is rumoured that Ajayi would resign his position as the Deputy Governor by December and leave the ruling party for the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to slug it out with his boss at the poll. Also, Ajayi, who is hails from the South Senatorial District which is the stronghold of PDP in the State, is alleged to be scheming to pick a current House of Representatives member, Hon. Adedayo Omolafe as his running mate."
Ondo Sate 2020 Governoship Elections. APC, PDP, Ondo State, https://guardian.ng/politics/deputy-in-alleged-plot-to-oust-akeredolu-as-ondo-2020-heats-up/
The Guardian Newspaper Tuesday, 20th August 2019Cross River REC, Briyia, has proved to be APC stalwart, says PDP"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Frankland Briyia, has proved himself as a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with his emergence as the Party’s governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State.
It described Briyia’s aspiration while in office as REC as a direct confirmation that APC used its members to write figures for President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 Presidential Election.
PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiya, noted, “Mr. Briyia’s governorship ambition on the platform of the APC, which he announced in the confines of his office as REC, amply exposed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a partisan electoral umpire under the watch of Professor Mahmood Yakubu.”"
Cross Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), PDP, APC, Frankland Briyia, INEC.https://guardian.ng/politics/cross-river-rec-briyia-has-proved-to-be-apc-stalwart-says-pdp/
The Guardian NewspaperTuesday, 20th August 2019Audu, Aganaba urge direct primaries for Kogi, Bayelsa guber polls"Two gubernatorial aspirants on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mohammed Abubakar Audu and Preye Aganaba yesterday urged the Party to adopt the direct primary mode to select its candidates for the November 16 Kogi State governorship polls. Audu and Aganaba, who spoke in separate interviews with reporters shortly after submitting their expression of interest and nomination forms at APC national Secretariat in Abuja, said the use of direct primary method would produce credible candidates to win the elections.
Audu, the son of a former Governor of the State, Prince Abubakar Audu, accused the incumbent, Governor Yahaya Bello, of plotting to use intimidation to cow opponents and manipulate the primaries in his favour. He warned APC National Working Committee (NWC) against the use of indirect primary since it is not acceptable to the Party stalwarts in Kogi State, even as he expressed fears that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may cash in on the ensuing crises from indirect primary."
Kogi State Governorship Election 2019, APC.https://guardian.ng/politics/audu-aganaba-urge-direct-primaries-for-kogi-bayelsa-guber-polls/
The Guardian Newspaper Tuesday, 20th August 2019Lagos assembly rejects Sanwo-Olu’s three cabinet-nominees, confirms 35"Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday rejected three of the 38 nominees for the post of commissioner sent by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Those rejected are Ms. Adekemi Ajayi-Bembe, Obafemi George and Lanre Sanusi.
The confirmation and rejection followed the presentation, debate and adoption of the report of the 16-man ad hoc committee that screened the nominees. Chief Whip of the House and Chairman of the committee, Rotimi Abiru, presented the report on the floor of the House."
Lagos Sate commissioners screening. https://guardian.ng/news/lagos-assembly-rejects-sanwo-olus-three-cabinet-nominees-confirms-35/
Thisday NewspaperFriday, 16th August 2019Declare Us Winner of Presidential Election, Atiku, PDP Tell Tribunal"The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar and his party, PDP, have called upon the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to grant all reliefs, including declaring the opposition, winner of the election as prayed in their petition.
The petitioners, in their final address filed on August 14, through their lead counsel, Dr. Levy Uzoukwu (SAN), also said they had proved their claim that President Muhammadu Buhari did not possess the minimum academic qualification of a secondary school certificate to contest for the Presidency."
Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, Atiku Abubakar, Muhammadu Buharihttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/16/declare-us-winner-of-presidential-election-atiku-pdp-tell-tribunal/
ThisDayFriday, August 9, 2019House to Appeal Court Rulings on Edo Assembly Crisis…The House of Representatives has vowed that it would appeal court rulings restraining it from taking over the Edo State House of Assembly. The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on Wednesday ordered parties in the crisis arising from the proclamation of the state Assembly to halt hostilities and maintain status quo, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit before it. Earlier, the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had restrained the state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, from issuing a fresh proclamation of the Assembly. Reacting to the rulings, the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, told THISDAY in a telephone conversation from Australia that the House would appeal them because they infringed on the constitutional powers of the federal legislature.National Assembly; State House of Assemblyi; Edo Statepg. 8
Daily TrustFriday, August 9, 2019Tribunal: Kano PDP, candidate close case after calling 34 witnessesThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf, have concluded their presentation of evidence in the petition challenging the victory of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. Counsel to the petitioners, Barr. Maliki Kuliya Umar, announced the closure after presenting 34 out of the 378 witnesses that they proposed to present before the tribunal, and tendered over 1,040 exhibits.APC, PDP, Kano, Governorship Electionhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/tribunal-kano-pdp-candidate-close-case-after-calling-34-witnesses.html
Daily TrustFriday, August 9, 2019RevolutionNow: SERAP petitions UN over arrest of protesters, journalistsThe Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva over alleged arbitrary arrests and repression of RevolutionNow protesters, organisers, activists and journalists who covered the protests on Monday across the country. SERAP also raised concern over suppression of freedom of expression, attack on journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders by several state governments, as well as the intimidation and harassment of Amnesty International (AI) in Nigeria, including by a group of apparently paid protesters that continue to besiege the organisation’s office in Abuja thereby preventing it from carrying out its activities and giving the organisation an ultimatum to leave Nigeria.SERAP, UN, Police, DSS, Fundamental Human Rightshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/revolutionnow-serap-petitions-un-over-arrest-of-protesters-journalists.html
Daily TrustFriday, August 9, 2019C/River REC resigns, joins race for Bayelsa gov’shipThe Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in Cross River State, Mr. Briyai Frankland, has resigned his appointment to contest the Bayelsa State governorship race on the platform of APC. At a sendforth party held in his honour at INEC office in Calabar, Frankland said he conceded to pressure from his people to join the race.Bayelsa, Governorship Election, PDP, APChttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/c-river-rec-resigns-joins-race-for-bayelsa-govship.html
GuardianFriday, August 9, 2019Shiites say El-Zakzaky won’t flee as El-Rufai did in 2007"Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) yesterday replied Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on the stringent conditions given its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, for seeking medical treatment abroad.
The Shiites said their leader would not flee the country like El-Rufai did under the late President Umaru Yar’Adua administration in 2007 but would return to Nigeria after the treatment."
El-Zakzaky, Shiites, Federal Government, Kadunahttps://guardian.ng/news/shiites-say-el-zakzaky-wont-flee-as-el-rufai-did-in-2007/
GuardianFriday, August 9, 2019PDP tasks DSS on social activist’s abductionThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the Department of State Services (DSS) to clarify the claims that its men were allegedly involved in the abduction of social activists and the party’s new media personality, Abubakar Idris (popularly known as Abu Hanifa Dadiyata), last weekend. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiya, PDP noted that there were already insinuations that Dadiyata’s abduction was not unconnected with “apparent desperation to intimidate, suppress and silence public opinion and free speech in Nigeria as well as to further entrench a siege mentality on our citizenry.”PDP, DSS, Unlawful Arresthttps://guardian.ng/news/pdp-tasks-dss-on-social-activists-abduction/
GuardianFriday, August 9, 2019Nigerians have right to freedom of speech, says EUThe European Union (EU) ambassador to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, said yesterday that the organisation “stands firm on the principles of freedom of speech,” noting: “It is important in any democratic society for people to be able to participate.” The declaration followed the granting of a prayer by the Department of State Services (DSS), which had approached the Federal High Court, Abuja seeking to detain Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the last general elections, for 45 days.EU, DSS, Freedom of Speech, Nigeriahttps://guardian.ng/news/nigerians-have-right-to-freedom-of-speech-says-eu/
GuardianFriday, August 9, 2019Government to probe Taraba killings as council chairman escapes death"The Federal Government is to probe the fatal altercation between men of the 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Takum and officers of the ASP Felix Adolije-led IGP Intelligence Response Team in Taraba State.
The clash resulted in the death of three members of the special squad and a civilian as well as injuries to others. Specifically, the soldiers opened fire on the policemen that they had mistaken for kidnappers. The team from the force headquarters in Abuja was actually on a covert assignment in the state.
This comes as the chairman of Takum council area, Shiban Tikiari, yesterday escaped death after his convoy was attacked by unknown gunmen."
Police, Army, Taraba, Federal Governmenthttps://guardian.ng/news/government-to-probe-taraba-killings-as-council-chairman-escapes-death/
GuardianFriday, August 9, 2019CSOs urge National Assembly to amend 2004 UBE Act"Civil society organisations have urged the Ninth National Assembly to amend the Universal Basic Education Act (2004) to extend its coverage from Junior to Senior Secondary Education from nine to 12 years.
The COSs said the amendment will help guaranty compulsory, free, safe and quality education while providing schools with adequate running costs so as to eliminate hidden fees and levies imposed by school administrators."
National Assembly, UBE Acthttps://guardian.ng/news/csos-urge-national-assembly-to-amend-2004-ube-act/
GuardianFriday, August 9, 2019Buhari blames insecurity on neglect of education, healthcare"President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday attributed rising insecurity occasioned by terrorism, banditry, kidnappings and other crimes in the country to decades of neglect of education and healthcare.
He stated this when Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri led a delegation to visit the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja."
Insecurity, Federal Government, Educationhttps://guardian.ng/news/buhari-blames-insecurity-on-neglect-of-education-healthcare/
GuardianFriday, August 9, 2019APC governors say party worse off under Adams OshiomholeThe Progressive Governors Forum has criticised the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for the party’s ‘diminishing fortunes’. It’s Director-General, Salihu Lukman, in a letter entitled, “APC: Appeal for Reconciliation”, dated August 6, 2019, and addressed to the former labour leader, said things had allegedly gotten worse in the ruling party.APC, Adams Oshiomolehttps://guardian.ng/news/apc-governors-say-party-worse-off-under-adams-oshiomhole/
GuardianFriday, August 9, 2019APC faults Jonathan’s comment on its chances at Bayelsa guber poll"The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday faulted former President Goodluck Jonathan who ruled out its chances of sweeping the November 12 governorship poll in Bayelsa State.
The party was reacting to a media report credited to the former president where he described the APC in Bayelsa State as a party that lacked political presence at the ward, local council and state levels to win the state governorship election slated for November 16, 2019."
Bayelsa, Governorship Election, PDP, APChttps://guardian.ng/news/apc-faults-jonathans-comment-on-its-chances-at-bayelsa-guber-poll/
LeadershipFriday, August 9, 2019Insecurity: Soyinka Calls For State Of Emergency In South WestNobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has called for declaration of state of emergency due to the security challenges in the South West Zone. Soyinka made the call yesterday in Akure on the sidelines of the D.O Fagunwa Study Group International Conference held to celebrate his 85th birthday.Insecurity, Federal Government, Police, Nigeriahttp://leadership.ng/2019/08/09/insecurity-soyinka-calls-for-state-of-emergency-in-south-west/
LeadershipFriday, August 9, 2019Court Remands Ex-INEC Chair, Maurice Iwu, In EFCC Custody Over Alleged N1.2bn Fraud"Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court on Thursday remanded the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Maurice Iwu, in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged fraud of N1 .23 billion.
Justice Obiozor ordered that the former INEC boss be detained till Friday (today) when his bail application would be heard and decided by the court..
Professor Iwu was arraigned on four-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering brought against him by the anti-graft agency."
INEC, EFCC, Fraudhttp://leadership.ng/2019/08/08/court-remands-ex-inec-chair-maurice-iwu-in-efcc-custody-over-alleged-n1-2bn-fraud/
Daily TrustFriday, August 9, 2019EFCC hands over Badeh’s forfeited property to NEDCThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday handed over a 13 bedroom, one-storey building and a basement, forfeited by the late Chief of Defence Staff, (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, to the management of the North East Development Commission (NEDC). EFCC acting spokesman Tony Orilade in a statement said the property was forfeited on the order of the court, following the prosecution of the late former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Chief Air Marshal Alex Badeh for money laundering and corruption by the EFCC.EFCC, NEDC, Alex Badeh, Anti-corruption https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/efcc-hands-over-badehs-forfeited-property-to-nedc-2.html
ThisDayTuesday, August 6, 2019Commissioner Of Police Tenders 2019 Kano Governorship Results To Tribunal "Kano state commissioner of police , Ahmad Iliyasu on Monday tendered duplicate copies of the results of the 9th March governorship elections to the Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Kano.
CP Ahmad submitted 14 documents to the Tribunal, containing the results generated from some polling units in contentious Gama ward."
APC, PDP, Kano, Governorship Electionpg. 10
ThisDayTuesday, August 6, 2019INEC to commence deregistration of non-performing parties "The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will soon commence deregistration of political parties that did not meet the requirements of the 1999 Constitution as amended with regards to votes scored during the last general election, THISDAY has learnt.
This is in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 9) Act 2017 enacted on May 4, 2017 that amended section 225 of the Constitution, which empowers INEC to de-register political parties that do not meet some specific requirements. This is also to discourage what is described as using the political parties for commercial purposes.
INEC, Political Partiespg. 6
ThisDayTuesday, August 6, 2019Wike: We will Abide by Supreme Court Judgment on Dissolution of Elected Councils"Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the state government will abide by the Supreme Court judgment that state governors cannot dissolve elected councils. He, however, noted that the report presented by a committee set up by the state to investigate the spending of local government councils in the state exposed a scandalous rot in the local government system. Wike stated this yesterday when he received the report of the committee set up to investigate and audit the financial transactions of the 23 local government councils of the state from May 2018 to May 2019 at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
Council Elections, Supreme Court, Rivers Statehttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/06/wike-we-will-abide-by-supreme-court-judgment-on-dissolution-of-elected-councils/
ThisDayTuesday, August 6, 2019Tribunal Reserves Judgment in HDP’s Petition against Buhari"The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal yesterday reserved judgment in the Hope Democratic Party’s (HDP) petition challenging the conduct of the February 23 presidential election that returned President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammed Garba, reserved judgment after parties in the petition had adopted their final written addresses."
INEC, Election Petition, HDP, 2019 General Electionshttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/06/tribunal-reserves-judgment-in-hdps-petition-against-buhari-2/
ThisDayTuesday, August 6, 2019Pro-democracy Group Seeks ICC’s Intervention over Killings in Nigeria"A group known as Democracy Vanguard of Nigerians in Diaspora (DVND) has petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC) over an alleged genocidal killings of some Nigerians in the last four years.
The non-governmental, non-profit and human rights organisation, which is involved in a global network for the protection of democratic processes around the world, and especially on the continent of Africa, said it is constrained to write the ICC, drawing its attention to the threat being posed to the Nigerian democracy and the continuing human rights abuses."
Insecurity, Federal Government, Police, Nigeriahttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/06/pro-democracy-group-seeks-iccs-intervention-over-killings-in-nigeria/
ThisDayTuesday, August 6, 2019Insecurity will Receive Legislative Attention after Recess, Says House Minority Caucus"The minority caucus of the House of Representatives has condemned “in strong terms” the recent killing of a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, in Awgu, Enugu State, by gunmen.
The caucus while noting that the primary purpose of government is the security of the lives and property of citizens, charged the federal government with curtailing the high spate of insecurity in the country."
Insecurity, Federal Government, Police, Nigeriahttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/06/insecurity-will-receive-legislative-attention-after-recess-says-house-minority-caucus/
ThisDayTuesday, August 6, 2019Insecurity: Ugwuanyi Sends Anti-kidnapping Bill to State Assembly"The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yesterday rose from a crucial meeting with Vigilante/Nieghbourhood Watch groups in the 17 local government areas (LGAs) of the state and took decisive decisions towards strengthening the security of the state.
This is coming as the state police command has confirmed the abduction of the traditional ruler of Obom-Agbogugu in Awgu Local Government Area of the state, Igwe Sunday Orji, and his wife by unidentified gunmen."
Insecurity, Police, Enuguhttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/06/insecurity-ugwuanyi-sends-anti-kidnapping-bill-to-state-assembly/
ThisDayTuesday, August 6, 2019HURIWA: Attack on Protesters is Attack on Democracy"Prominent civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has described as primitive and brutish the armed police attacks on unarmed civilian protesters in Lagos yesterday.
HURIWA has demanded the immediate release of all those arrested at the Lagos protests.
It has vowed to drag the police boss to International Criminal Court in The Hague Netherlands for prosecution over crimes against humanity."
Insecurity, Federal Government, Police, Nigeriahttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/06/huriwa-attack-on-protesters-is-attack-on-democracy/
ThisDayTuesday, August 6, 2019Buhari Seeks Legislation to Encourage Youths, Disabled Persons to Seek Elective Offices"President Mohammadu Buhari has advocated the need for political parties and agencies of governments in West Africa through legislation to encourage youth and physically challenged persons to seek elective offices.
The president who was represented yesterday by the Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha at the biennial meeting of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) in Abuja, described the participation of younger persons and persons living with disabilities as a welcome development."
Elections, Inclusivity, Youth, Women, Persons living with Disabilitieshttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/06/buhari-seeks-legislation-to-encourage-youths-disabled-persons-to-seek-elective-offices/
Daily TrustTuesday, August 6, 2019Only my candidate can win Bayelsa gov’ship under PDP — DicksonGovernor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said that if delegates and leadership of the PDP give the governorship ticket to somebody not endorsed by him and his restoration family, the party could jeopardise its chance of retaining power in the state. Gov. Dickson stated this yesterday in Yenagoa during the official flag off of campaigns for local government elections holding in the state this Saturday.PDP, Bayelsa, Governorship Electionhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/only-my-candidate-can-win-bayelsa-govship-under-pdp-dickson.html
Daily TrustTuesday, August 6, 2019Bayelsa: Pro-democracy group demands change of PDP primary venueA pro-democracy organisation, Peoples Democratic Party Integrity Group, has called on the national leadership of the PDP to change the venue of its September 13, governorship primary to a neutral ground over fear of insecurity and violence. The group also alleged that some desperate governorship aspirants on the platform of the party had perfected plans to attack statutory delegates in a bid to disrupt the forthcoming primary of the party that was expected to hold in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.PDP, Bayelsa, Governorship Electionhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/bayelsa-pro-democracy-group-demands-change-of-pdp-primary-venue.html
GuardianTuesday, August 6, 2019INEC’s postponement of presidential polls illegal, HDP insists"The Hope Democratic Party (HDP) yesterday insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shifted this year’s presidential polls from February 16 to 23 in breach of the Electoral Act 2010.
Its lead counsel, Chukwunoyerem Njoku, told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) that the electoral umpire never met the conditions spelt out in the law before postponing the exercise.
He informed the panel that following INEC’s “failure to adhere to the conditions precedent before postponing the election constitutionally, a referendum was conducted in line with the law and the presidential candidate of the HDP, Chief Albert Ambrose Owuru, emerged winner with over 50 million votes.”"
INEC, Election Petition, HDP, 2019 General Elections
GuardianTuesday, August 6, 2019Government to supervise El-Zakzaky’s travel for treatment abroad"The Kaduna State High Court yesterday granted the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, permission to travel to an Indian hospital for medical treatment.
The ruling was not without conditions attached. El-Zakzaky and Zeenat must not go to any other hospital other than the one they specifically requested. Also, the travel of the Shiites’ leader and his wife must be under the strict supervision of the state officials.
The leader of the IMN, whose members are also known as Shiites and his wife were absent from court during the ruling by Justice Darius Khobo yesterday."
El-Zakzaky, Shiites, Federal Government, Kadunahttps://guardian.ng/news/government-to-supervise-el-zakzakys-travel-for-treatment-abroad/
GuardianTuesday, August 6, 2019EU counsels ECOWAS on dangers of delayed electoral reforms"Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Nigeria and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ketil Karlsen, has alerted the sub-region to the dangers of postponing political reforms.
He stressed that such changes were needed mostly after any general election like the recently concluded 2019 polls in Nigeria.
He, however, lamented that President Muhammadu Buhari did not sign the electoral bill that would have automated the entire process."
EU, Electoral Reforms, Nigeriahttps://guardian.ng/news/eu-counsels-ecowas-on-dangers-of-delayed-electoral-reforms/
GuardianTuesday, August 6, 2019CCN condemns rising insecurity, urges FG to end killingsCCN condemns rising insecurity, urges FG to end killings "The Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), South-West Zone, has condemned the rising rate of insecurity in the country, saying the case is no longer whether the government is on top of the situation but now one of the global acknowledgements of near-zero security for Nigerians.
The body in a communique signed by its Chairman, Rt. Revd. (Dr.) S. T. V. Adegbite, at the end of a meeting held at the Baptist Conference Centre, Abeokuta, said the security situation had got to a situation when people could not sleep with their two eyes closed in the country."
Insecurity, Federal Government, Police, Nigeriahttps://guardian.ng/news/ccn-condemns-rising-insecurity-urges-fg-to-end-killings/
GuardianTuesday, August 6, 2019Court declares imposition of fine by LASTMA illegalThe Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has ruled that the imposition of fines by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) is illegal. The appeal court held that imposition of penalties by the LASTMA ultra vires its power, especially where no platform was established to observe the principles of natural justice. The court declared this while ruling on the appeal filed by LASTMA over judgment delivered by the Federal High Court on September 16, 2011, in the suit no FHC/L/CS/653/2011 wherein it was held that it breached the right of the respondent in the suit.LASTMA, Lagos, Traffic Offenceshttps://guardian.ng/features/law/court-declares-imposition-of-fine-by-lastma-illegal/
ThisDayMonday, August 5, 2019INEC: APC, PDP, Others Missed Deadline on Submission of Audited Accounts…The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the Labour Party and other political parties that participated in the 2019 general election of failure to submit post-elections audited account to the commission, five months after the completion of the general election. According to the commission, only four political parties have complied with the requirements of the Electoral Act, within the three months provided by the law, to submit their audited accounts on their expenditures to the commission.INEC, Campaign financepg. 6
VanguardMonday, August 5, 2019Release Sowore unconditionally now – GroupFollowing the arrest of the presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, Omoyele Sowore, by the Department of the State Service, DSS, on Saturday, a group known as ‘Coalition Against Corruption and Bad Governance’ COCOBAG, has called for his release, noting that Nigerians have right to protest against bad governance and poor police implementations. In a statement signed by the groups Chairman, Mr Toyin Raheem, obtained by Vanguard, the group averred that “It’s unbecoming of this government to be against all patriotic Nigerians calling for good governance and respect for the democratic and constitutional rights of Nigerians.Protest, AAC, Sowore, Nigeriahttps://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/08/release-sowore-unconditionally-now-group/
ThisDayMonday, August 5, 2019Nigeria Back to Repressive Days of Abacha Regime, Says Soyinka"The federal government came under more attacks yesterday over the arrest of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, as Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, described the detention of the activist-turned politician as reminiscent of the oppressive regime of the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), also lampooned the government and faulted the argument of security agencies that the call for revolution by Sowore amounted to treason."
Buhari, Soyinka, Sowore, Police, DSS, Protesthttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/tag/nigeria-back-to-repressive-days-of-abacha-regime/
Daily TrustMonday, August 5, 2019Tribunal: PDP denies plan to tamper with evidence in A/IbomThe PDP in Akwa Ibom State has denied allegations by the APC that it has plans to tamper with evidences at the election petitions tribunal. The APC had alleged that Gov. Udom Emmanuel of the PDP and INEC were making plans to tamper with the exhibits and documented evidence presented by the PDP in court. In a statement, the state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Nkereuwem Enyongekere, said in anticipation of this development, the party had sought for a transfer of the tribunal to Abuja but that the request was opposed by the PDP.APC, PDP, Akwa Ibomhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/tribunal-pdp-denies-plan-to-tamper-with-evidence-in-a-ibom.html
Daily TrustMonday, August 5, 2019Presidency to protesters: Era of coups, revolutions over"The Presidency yesterday told promoters of revolution that regime change cannot be effected without election, saying days of revolutions and coups are over. A group known as Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria plans a “revolution” march today with the aim of bringing “regime change.”
Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu in a statement said President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration respect and uphold the right of every Nigerian to peaceful protest and civil campaign- whether to raise awareness on issues, and even oppose the government. "
Buhari, Soyinka, Sowore, Police, DSS, Protesthttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/presidency-to-protesters-era-of-coups-revolutions-over.html
Daily TrustMonday, August 5, 2019Kogi gov’ship: INEC tasks parties on transparent primariesAhead of the November 16, 2019, governorship election in Kogi State, INEC has charged all political parties fielding candidates to conduct transparent primaries and ensure strict adherence to the electoral rules. INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kogi, Prof. James Apam, gave the charge in Lokoja at a sensitisation workshop organised for chairmen of political parties and Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) members on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).APC, PDP, Kogi, Governorship Electionhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/kogi-govship-inec-tasks-parties-on-transparent-primaries.html
Daily TrustMonday, August 5, 2019Court stops N/Assembly from taking over Edo AssemblyA Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has restrained the National Assembly, the police and the Directorate of Security Services from interfering, sealing up or taking over the legislative function of the Edo State House of Assembly. The court, presided over by Justice Adamu Turaki Mohammed, also restrained Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki from issuing a fresh proclamation letter as directed by the Senate.National Assembly; Obaseki; Edo Statehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/court-stops-n-assembly-from-taking-over-edo-assembly.html
PunchMonday, August 5, 2019APC defeats PDP in Plateau constituency by-electionThe candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Yakubu Sanda, has won the Pengana constituency by-election in Bassa Council Area of Plateau State. The election was held on August 3, 2019.APC, PDP, Plateau, Bye-electionhttps://punchng.com/apc-defeats-pdp-in-plateau-constituency-by-election/
The GuardianMonday, August 5, 2019Provide land for RUGA, presidency urges states"The Federal Government at the weekend urged states to make land available for the controversial RUGA settlement, even as it said N2.258 billion was allocated for the initiative in the 2019 budget.
Disclosing the position of the government when he hosted Akwa Ibom State indigenes from the Law School, Abuja, Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters to President Muhammadu Buhari, insisted that the word ‘RUGA’ does not derive from Hausa or Fulani but is an acronym for Rural Grazing Area (RUGA), and is not intended to foist any religion or ethnic group on other sections of the country."
RUGA; Fulani; Presidencyhttps://guardian.ng/news/provide-land-for-ruga-presidency-urges-states/
The GuardianMonday, August 5, 2019‘National Assembly’s order to Obaseki undermines Edo’s sovereignty’Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the directive of the National Assembly to Governor Godwin Obaseki over the Edo House of Assembly debacle makes mockery of a state’s sovereignty enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).National Assembly; Obaseki; Edo Statehttps://guardian.ng/news/national-assemblys-order-to-obaseki-undermines-edos-sovereignty/
ThisDayFriday, August 2, 2019North-west Govs Plan Amnesty for Bandits to End InsecurityAmnesty is underway for bandits who have unleashed a reign of terror on many of the seven states in the North-west. Thousands of people have either been kidnapped or killed in the states by non-state actors who have seized control of communities and invaded villages, farmlands.Bandits, Insecurity, Zamfarahttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/02/north-west-govs-plan-amnesty-for-bandits-to-end-insecurity/
ThisDayFriday, August 2, 2019My Life’s in Danger, Kogi Dep Gov Cries outThe cold war between the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba, and the state Governor, Yahaya Bello, has taken a dangerous dimension as Achuba Thursday expressed that his life is in danger, alleging that the governor is after his life. He disclosed this threat to his life while addressing journalists at his official residence in Lokoja, the state capital.Kogi, Yahaya Bello, Simon Achubahttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/02/my-lifes-in-danger-kogi-dep-gov-cries-out/
ThisDayFriday, August 2, 2019House Committee Uncovers Massive Recruitment Fraud in MDAsThe House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating fraudulent recruitment by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) has uncovered, among other things, how a board chairman allegedly recruited 1,000 people from his state while a former minister recruited over 100 people from his state.The committee, chaired by Hon. Wole Oke, said Thursday in Abuja when it commenced its investigative hearing, that chairmen of boards of MDAs allegedly personalised the recruitment carried out between 2017 and 2018.House of Representatives, Recruitment Fraud, Ad Hoc Committeehttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/02/house-committee-uncovers-massive-recruitment-fraud-in-mdas/
ThisDayFriday, August 2, 2019APC Govs Indifferent to Corruption Fight, Presidential Committee AllegesThe Executive Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Sadiq Isah Raddah, has blamed some state governors under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for being indifferent to the fight against corruption. Speaking Thursday in Kano at a programme entitled: “Anti-Corruption Situation Room (ACSR); The Imperative of State Anti-Corruption Agency: Kano State a Case Study”, Raddah wondered why some APC governors were not keying into the fight against corruption.Anti-corruption, Presidency, APChttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/08/02/apc-govs-indifferent-to-corruption-fight-presidential-cttee-alleges/
Daily TrustFriday, August 2, 2019Sokoto gov’ship: PDP closes defence without calling witnessThe PDP in Sokoto State has closed its defence at the governorship election tribunal without calling any witness to speak on the petition filed by the APC and its gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto. PDP, which is the 3rd respondent, was to open its defence yesterday but when the case came up, its counsel, N. A. Idako, told the tribunal that “we do not intend to lead any evidence.”APC, PDP, Governorship Election, Sokotohttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/sokoto-govship-pdp-closes-defence-without-calling-witness.html
Daily TrustFriday, August 2, 2019Niger APC threatens mass defection over appointmentThe Niger state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has threatened mass exodus from the party over what it described as lack of reward for party loyalists through appointments. This was contained in the resolution of the expanded state working committee meeting held at the party’s secretariat, a copy of which was made available to journalists on Thursday. APC, Appointmentshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/niger-apc-threatens-mass-defection-over-appointment.html
Daily TrustFriday, August 2, 2019Kano: Gama ward results ‘disappeared’ at collation centre — Returning officerJoshua Kubai, an ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, testified at the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in continuation of the hearing of the case filed by the PDP and its candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf. Kubai, a staff of Bayero University, Kano, was the Returning Officer of the contentious Gama ward in Nasarawa Local Government Area during the last governorship election who was summoned by the tribunal on the request of the petitioners.APC, PDP, Governorship Election, Kanohttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/kano-gama-ward-results-disappeared-at-collation-centre-returning-officer.html
The GuardianFriday, August 2, 2019Osadolor urges media to be watchdog, not ‘lapdog’, decries ‘media capture’A fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mr. Kingsley Osadolor, has identified the phenomenon of ‘media ‘capture as a primary threat to the ability of the media to exercise its constitutional and professional powers to foster best practices of democracy in Nigeria. Other encumbrances, according to him, include failure to deploy the tools of journalism adequately, failure to utilise the legal backing to the media and inadequate rigour in reportage of issues in Nigeria’s democracy, all resulting in lack of credibility of the media as a driver of citizen participation in democracy.Election, Mediahttps://guardian.ng/news/osadolor-urges-media-to-be-watchdog-not-lapdog-decries-media-capture/
The GuardianFriday, August 2, 2019Ogun women protest, demand 50% representation in cabinetA coalition of women organisations in Ogun State yesterday protested at Governor Dapo Abiodun’s office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, demanding 50 per cent women representation in his yet-to-be-constituted cabinet. The women, drawn from Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Justice Development and Peace Centre (JDPC), among others, who were received by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Noimot Oyedele-Salako and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, said they decided to storm the governor’s office to make their position known early enough before Abiodun submits his commissioner-nominees to the House of Assembly.Ogun, APC, Womenhttps://guardian.ng/news/nigeria/ogun-women-protest-demand-50-representation-in-cabinet/
The GuardianFriday, August 2, 2019Buhari, APC satisfied with own evidence, close defence prematurelyPresident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday closed his defence in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, seeking to upturn the declaration of Buhari as winner of the February 23, 2019 presidential election. The Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal had scheduled six days for Buhari to present his defence in the contest of his qualification for the election and allegation of fraud in the conduct of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). However, the president decided to use only two days, after tendering documentary evidence and calling seven witnesses.Buhari, Atiku, APC, PDPhttps://guardian.ng/news/buhari-apc-satisfied-with-own-evidence-close-defence-prematurely/
The GuardianFriday, August 2, 2019Atiku seeks probe into alleged secret burial of 1,000 soldiersFormer Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday called for an investigation into the alleged secret burial of over 1000 Nigerian soldiers said to have been killed in the ongoing war against Boko Haram. This was contained in a personally signed statement yesterday following a report detailing the allegation in the Wall Street Journal.Atiku, Army, Boko Haramhttps://guardian.ng/news/atiku-seeks-probe-into-alleged-secret-burial-of-1000-soldiers/
The GuardianFriday, August 2, 2019APC intimidated our people with thugs during polls, witness tells tribunalNational Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emmanuel Enoidem, has revealed that elections were canceled in some polling units and wards in Etim Ekpo Council of Akwa Ibom State because armed thugs hijacked electoral materials.He stated this while testifying as the first witness of the first respondent, Governor Udom Emmanuel, as he opened his case at the Governorship Election Tribunal in Uyo.APC, PDP, Akwa Ibomhttps://guardian.ng/news/apc-intimidated-our-people-with-thugs-during-polls-witness-tells-tribunal/