Election News Trend December 2015

SourceDateStory TitleSummary of ReportsSubject/CategoryPage No./Weblink
GuardianFriday, December 11, 2015Govt to borrow for projects, struggles to sell crude oilFACED with reduced revenue following crude oil price crash, the Federal Government has decided to borrow money to fund its capital projects and meet other obligations next year.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/12/govt-to-borrow-for-projects-struggles-to-sell-crude-oil/
GuardianFriday, December 11, 2015AGF, Emefiele disown TSA contracts, paymentsAS the Senate investigated the operations of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) yesterday, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele said that he knew nothing about the scheme before the probe. Emefiele specifically denied knowledge of the appointment of a private firm to manage the transfer of funds to the apex bank in compliance with the TSA regime that led to the alleged payment of N25 billion to System Spec. System Spec is the owner of Remita, the software that was used for the transfer.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/12/agf-emefiele-disown-tsa-contracts-payments/
VanguardFriday, December 11, 2015CLO to FG: Deploy energies to crush B/Haram, not armless IPOB protestersThe Civil Liberty Organization (CLO), has condemned the alleged killing of at least 11 protesters and others severely injured when pro-Biafra protesters clashed with armed security operatives at the wee hours of Wednesday, December 2, 2015, in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/12/clo-to-fg-deploy-energies-to-crush-bharam-not-armless-ipob-protesters/
VanguardFriday, December 11, 2015CLO to FG: Deploy energies to crush B/Haram, not armless IPOB protestersThe Civil Liberty Organization (CLO), has condemned the alleged killing of at least 11 protesters and others severely injured when pro-Biafra protesters clashed with armed security operatives at the wee hours of Wednesday, December 2, 2015, in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/12/clo-to-fg-deploy-energies-to-crush-bharam-not-armless-ipob-protesters/
VanguardFriday, December 11, 2015ALLEGED $2bn arms deal PROBE: EFCC to summon Okonjo-IwealaIndications emerged last night that the Federal Government would extend its dragnet towards apprehending and prosecuting more individuals and groups which allegedly helped themselves with huge funds meant for the acquisition of arms for the armed forces, leaving the soldiers to fight with bare hands.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/12/alleged-2bn-arms-deal-probe-efcc-to-summon-okonjo-iweala/
VanguardFriday, December 11, 2015Senate, Reps battle over Frivolous Petitions BillThe Senate and the House of Representatives are set for an epic battle over perceptions that the Frivolous Petitions Bill introduced in the Senate could erode the change mantra that brought the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to power in the last elections.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/12/senate-reps-battle-over-frivolous-petitions-bill/
VanguardFriday, December 11, 2015BIAFRA: No Nnamdi Kanu, no dialogue with FG —MASSOB, IPOBThe ceasefire declared by the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to give room for a dialogue with the Federal Government appears headed for the rocks.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/12/biafra-no-nnamdi-kanu-no-dialogue-with-fg-massob-ipob/
Daily TrustFriday, December 11, 2015We have reservations on Bayelsa governorship - OyegunChief John Odigie-Oyegun is the National Chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview, he spoke on the political situation in Kogi and Bayelsa states, the need to rebuild government institution, and the politics of fuel subsidy among other burning national issues.http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/we-have-reservations-on-bayelsa-governorship-oyegun/123789.html#Mumug2WgiSS1xcUv.99
Daily TrustFriday, December 11, 2015NCP withdraws from Katsina by-electionThe state chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Abdulmumin Shehu Sani, has said that his party decided not to participate in next Saturday’s by-election in Jibia constituency because of loss of confidence in the electoral processeshttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/ncp-withdraws-from-katsina-by-election/123791.html
The NationFriday, December 11, 2015Reps flay social media ‘gag’ lawHOUSE of Representatives Committee on Media and Publicity has criticised the anti-social media bill proposed to the Senate by Deputy Senate Leader Bala Ibn Na’Allah. It said the legislature would never close the space for free speech. Chairman of the committee Abdulrazak Namdas spoke with State House correspondents after a dinner by President Muhammadu Buhari for members on Wednesday.http://thenationonlineng.net/reps-flay-social-media-gag-law/
The NationFriday, December 11, 2015APC knocks Fayose for ‘breach of protocol’ at budget presentationThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has criticised Governor Ayo Fayose for “breach of protocol” at the presentation of the Appropriation Bill at the House of Assembly on Tuesday. The party condemned Fayose’s action of bringing out a gavel and symbolically “passing” the budget into law after presenting the proposal to lawmakers. The opposition argued that besides brandishing the gavel, Fayose’s choice of T-shirt and jeans instead of an official full native attire or English wear diminished the office he occupies.http://thenationonlineng.net/apc-knocks-fayose-for-breach-of-protocol-at-budget-presentation/
The NationFriday, December 11, 2015House orders employment of 176 injured immigration applicantsTHE House of Representatives has directed that 176 candidates offered employment in the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) by former President Goodluck Jonathan be issued letters of appointment. They added that 48 members of the deceased families be deployed and their salaries effected. The lawmakers gave the order yesterday while adopting the report of the Femi Gbajabiamila-led three man panel investigating the ill-fated recruitment into NIS.http://thenationonlineng.net/house-orders-employment-of-176-injured-immigration-applicants/
This DayFriday, December 11, 2015Court of Appeal Upholds Saraki’s ElectionThe Court of Appeal sitting in Ilorin yesterday upheld the election of the senator representing Kwara Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/appeal-court-upholds-saraki-s-election/227715/
This DayFriday, December 11, 2015PDP: Military Should Face Boko Haram, Not Rig Election for APCThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday asked the Nigerian military to avoid the temptation of abandoning their constitutional role of securing the country to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) in rigging election. The party said the military should rather face Boko Haram and other insecurity issues in Nigeria and not aid APC in rigging elections.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-military-should-face-boko-haram-not-rig-election-for-apc/227713/
This DayFriday, December 11, 2015Ripples as APC Disowns SpokesmanThe controversy over who will act as the spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the absence of the former National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on thursday took a new dimension as the party said his deputy, Timi Frank, cannot longer speak for the party. Although the party said the National Secretary, Mallam Mai-Malla Buni, is henceforth to act as the spokesman of the party, Frank has kicked against it, describing it as a breach of the party’s constitution.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ripples-as-apc-disowns-spokesman/227712/
This DayFriday, December 11, 2015Violence in Kogi over Impeachment of SpeakerIt was yet another unforgettable day in Kogi State on Thursday as the move to impeach the Speaker, Hon. Momoh Lawal and replace him with Hon. Godwin Osiyi from Ogori Mango state constituency turned violent when dangerous weapons were used freely within the vicinity of the assembly, leaving no fewer than five members and some policemen seriously injured in the fracas.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/violence-in-kogi-over-impeachment-of-speaker/227711/
This DayFriday, December 11, 2015Mark: Appeal Court Ruling Nullifying My Election was BizarreImmediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark, has said he has put the nullification of his election by the appeal court behind him even as he described the action of the court as bizarre. Mark spoke at the Och’Idoma palace at Otukpo, Benue State, yesterday after a huge crowd welcome him into Otukpo.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mark-appeal-court-ruling-nullifying-my-election-was-bizarre/227706/
This DayFriday, December 11, 2015CBN Considers Ending Dollar Cash Sales to BDCsThere are strong indications that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is seriously considering discontinuing its twice-weekly dollar cash sales to bureau de change (BDC) operators as it seeks to sanitise the sub-sector.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/cbn-considers-ending-dollar-cash-sales-to-bdcs/227672/
This DayFriday, December 11, 2015Senate Seeks Stiff Sanctions for Govs Who Misapply LoansThe Senate has called for the imposition of stiff sanctions on government officials, especially state governors, who misapply loans meant for the overall improvement of the living standards of the people. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debt, Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central), stated this Thursday during the committee’s meeting with the Debt Management Office (DMO), when the agency’s management appeared before the committee to defend the federal government’s borrowing plan under the 2016-2018 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Policy Strategy (MTEF/FPS).http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senate-seeks-stiff-sanctions-for-govs-who-misapply-loans/227674/
VanguardThursday, December 10, 2015I’ll secure victory at the tribunal — WadaKogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Ichala Wada has assured his supporters that the election tribunal will do justice to the confusion surrounding the governorship polls. Addressing Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stakeholders at the Government House, Lokoja, Tuesday, the governor said the tribunal will soon decide whether it is legal for a political party to have two candidates in the course of election and whether a person’s votes could be transferred to another person.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/12/ill-secure-victory-at-the-tribunal-wada/
VanguardThursday, December 10, 2015Reps flay social media gag law, back Buhari’s anti-corruption crusadeThe House of Representatives Committee on Media and Publicity has criticised the anti-social media bill proposed to the Senate by the Deputy Senate Leader, Sen. Bala Ibn Na’Allah, saying that the legislature will not do anything to close the space for free speech.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/12/reps-flay-social-media-gag-law-back-buharis-anti-corruption-crusade/
VanguardThursday, December 10, 2015I did not fund Jonathan’s campaign with N700m – ITF DGThe Director General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mrs Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, said the allegation that she used the agency’s N700 million to fund former President Goodluck Jonathan’s election campaign was untrue. Speaking at a media roundtable in Abuja on Thursday, Chukkas-Onaeko described the accusation allegedly made by some members of staff of the organisation as ‘’ridiculous and painful’’.http://linkis.com/www.vanguardngr.com/UgXs0
Daiy TrustThursday, December 10, 2015INEC chair should go over Kogi, Bayelsa polls - Rights group The Committee for Democracy and Right of the People (CDRP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to remove the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Yakubu Mahmud for what it called lack of competence to deliver credible governorship polls in Kogi and Bayelsa states.http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/inec-chair-should-go-over-kogi-bayelsa-polls--rights-group/123589.html#pZ8osAT1PUSDoq3i.99
Daiy TrustThursday, December 10, 2015Ngilari asks court to reinstate him as governor"Former governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to return him to office till February 7, 2016. In an originating summons brought yesterday by his counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), Ngilari also prayed for an alternative order nullifying the oath of allegiance taken by Governor Mohammed Umar Jibrilla on May 29, 2015, pursuant to his being declared winner of the April 11 governorship election.
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http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/ngilari-asks-court-to-reinstate-him-as-gov/123600.html#WcPD3A9v0tYLsRqD.99
Daiy TrustThursday, December 10, 2015Why I’m defecting to APC - Alao-Akala"Ex-Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State who was the gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party in the state in the April 11, 2015 general elections has declared his intention to leave the Labour Party (LP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) because of “the reality of the moment”.
Alao-Akala spoke of his decision to join the APC at a meeting he held in his Ibadan residence with his supporters on the Destiny Group platform."
http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/why-i-m-defecting-to-apc-alao-akala/123597.html#t7VXoFHzViKkXQYZ.99
Daiy TrustThursday, December 10, 2015Kogi speaker, deputy impeached for incompetence"There was confusion at the Kogi state House of assembly Thursday as 17 out of the 25 members of the assembly impeached the speaker, Momoh Jimoh Lawal (Okene Constituency) and two other principal officers of the House. The two other principal officers impeached include the deputy speaker Aliyu Akuh (Omala Constituency) and minority leader, Hassan Bello (Ajaokuta Constituency).
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http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/kogi-speaker-deputy-impeached-for-incompetence/123669.html
The NationThursday, December 10, 2015It’s a rape of democracy, says SylvaALL Progressives Congress (APC) standard bearer in last weekend’s governorship election in Bayelsa State Timipre Sylva has described as disappointing the cancellation of Sunday’s rescheduled poll in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. He described INEC’s decision as a rape of democracy.http://thenationonlineng.net/its-a-rape-of-democracy-says-sylva/
The NationThursday, December 10, 2015PDP: we’re vindicated by cancellationAFRAID that the result from Southern Ijaw Local Government Area could turn the table against its candidate, incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lauded the cancellation of the poll in the area.http://thenationonlineng.net/pdp-were-vindicated-by-cancellation/
The NationThursday, December 10, 2015Appeal Court, reserves judgment in Ladoja/Ajimobi disputeTHE Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State, yesterday, adopted briefs by Robert Clark and Aderemi Olatubora, counsel to Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Accord. Ladoja is challenging the victory of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The court reserved ruling on the two appeals.http://thenationonlineng.net/appeal-court-reserves-judgment-in-ladojaajimobi-dispute/
The NationThursday, December 10, 2015INEC gives Bello certificate of returnThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday presented Alhaji Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) a certificate of return as the elected governor of Kogi State.http://thenationonlineng.net/inec-gives-bello-certificate-of-return/
This DayThursday, December 10, 2015We'll Substitute Faleke If Need Be, Says APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it may be constrained to replace its deputy governorship candidate in the recently concluded Kogi state governorship poll if the need arises. The party also expressed its dissatisfaction with the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the poll in Southern Ijaw and to declare the Bayelsa governorship election inconclusive.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/well-substitute-faleke-if-need-be-says-apc/227542/
This DayThursday, December 10, 2015Saraki: Controversial Portions of Frivolous Petitions Bill will be ExpungedAs opposition mounts against the passage of the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill, Senate President Bukola Saraki has assured Nigerians that the Senate under his leadership would not endorse any legislation that will deny Nigerians their freedom of expression.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/saraki-controversial-portions-of-frivolous-petitions-bill-will-be-expunged/227618/
This DayThursday, December 10, 2015Bayelsa Poll: 14 Political Parties Condemn Electoral Fraud in Southern IjawAPC thugs, hoodlums to embark on violent protest in Yenagoa, Says Obuebite The 14 political parties that contested the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa State have condemned what they described as the electoral fraud that marred the exercise in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bayelsa-poll-14-political-parties-condemn-electoral-fraud-in-southern-ijaw/227601/
This DayThursday, December 10, 2015FG to Enforce Spending Limits for Revenue Generating AgenciesIn a bid to block leakages and improve internally generated revenue paid into Consolidated Revenue Fund, the federal government has finalised measures that will reduce the ability of its revenue-generating agencies to spend money at source and also set limits on their expenditure.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fg-to-enforce-spending-limits-for-revenue-generating-agencies/227583/
This DayThursday, December 10, 2015NSA Funds: Jonathan Abused the Public Trust, Says BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari last night accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of breaching public trust in the procurement of arms by the Office of the National Security Adviser for the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nsa-funds-jonathan-abused-the-public-trust-says-buhari/227585/
This DayThursday, December 10, 2015Buhari: IDPs will Return to their Communities Next YearPresident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said the return of persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency to their home communities would begin in earnest next year. A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, said Buhari stated this while meeting with a delegation from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) led by a former British Foreign Minister, Mr. David Miliband.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-idps-will-return-to-their-communities-next-year/227617/