Election News Trend February 2015

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Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 28th February 2015"Fayose Cannot Stop Buhari From Winning"- APCThe All Progressives Congress, APC on Friday said that Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose cannot stop its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari from wining the presidential elections come March 28. Speaking on behalf of the Ekiti chapter of the APC, Taiwo Olatubosun, said, ''PDP has an agenda to kill all institutions of government as it is currently doing and make corruption a creed. Never in the history of this country have we recorded cases of frauds and scandals as we have today in Nigeria. These are the legacies that PDP can flaunt. Unfortunately, Fayose is equating PDP with Nigeria''.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fayose-cannot-stop-buhari-from-winning-apc.108420/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 28th February 2015"14 Million PVCs Still Uncollected"- INECAccording to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, a total of 14,505,729 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) are yet to be distributed. 54,327,747 PVCs which represents 78.93% have been collected so far. Akwa Ibom State has recorded the highest rate of PVC collection; 1,587, 566 which represents 94.46 percent have been collected. Ogun State has the lowest rate of PVC collection; 808,590 PVCS representing 44.20 percent have been collected. Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-14million-pvcs-still-uncollected.108424/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 28th February 2015"Buhari Has Prostrate Cancer, Acute Asthma And Suffers From Dementia"- FFKSpokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign organization, Femi Fani-Kayode in a press conference yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of trying to force a dying man into office to achieve ulterior motives. According to him, leaders of the APC know that its Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari has “prostate cancer, acute asthma and that he suffers from dementia” and as such wouldn’t last long in office if elected.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-has-prostrate-cancer-acute-asthma-suffers-from-dementia-ffk.108441/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 28th February 2015Imo Guber: Appeal Court Orders Ararume, Ihedioha Back To High CourtThe Appeal Court in Abuja has ordered a Federal High Court in Abuja to proceed with the hearing of the case filed by Senator Ifeanyi Ararume seeking to be declared as the Peoples Democratic Party's governorship candidate for Imo State. Araraume is challenging the candidacy of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chukwuemeka Ihedioha as the party's candidate for the 2015 governorship election.Imo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/imo-governorship-race-appeal-court-orders-ararume-ihedioha-back-to-high-court/202936/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 28th February 2015Elechi Accuses Anyim Of Undermining Jonathan, Masterminding Impeachment Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State has accused the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF) Senator Anyim Pius Anyim of undermining the re-election programmes of President Goodluck Jonathan as well as masterminding his impeachment. This is as 15 members of the State House of Assembly ratified constitutional breaches allegedly committed by Elechi and therefore served him impeachment notice.Ebonyi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/elechi-accuses-anyim-of-undermining-jonathan-masterminding-impeachment/202937/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 28th February 2015Northern Elders Forum Insist March 2015 Polls Date Remains SacrosanctThe Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said that it remained consistent and firm that the 2015 general elections must hold within the timeline allowed by the law. The Forum Friday in Bauchi, vowed that there must be new administrations at Federal and State levels based on credible, free, fair, and transparent elections by May 29 this year. The Forum at a press briefing in Bauchi led by its Spokesman, Professor Ango Abdullahi said, it stood to reject any arrangement outside and which was inconsistent with the 1999 Constitution as amended.Nigeria 2015; NEFhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/northern-elders-forum-insists-march-2015-polls-date-remains-sacrosanct/202938/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 28th February 2015"Nigerians Should Insist On Use Of Card Readers, PVC For 2015 Polls"- VRMAn political awareness creating body, Voting Right Movement has charged Nigerians to insist and stand by the resolve to deploy card readers and Permanent Voters Card in the forthcoming elections as they were designed to make the election free from rigging. The body in a statement expressed surprise that some people and parties were kicking against their use in the elections, pointing out that their deployment in other climes like Ghana ensured they had a hitch-free and credible elections.Nigeria 2015; VRM; Card Reader; PVChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-nigerians-should-insist-on-use-of-pvc-card-readers-for-2015-polls-/202939/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 28th February 2015PDP Challenges APC- "Explain Your Links With Jega"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to come out clear and explain to Nigerians the links ‎between it and the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, which informs and propels its feverish fixation and huge interest in his stay in office. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Saturday said it is more than curious that the APC has continued to fabricate
stories and show undue interest on Prof. Jega, adding that such raise a lot of questions for the opposition and the INEC Chairman.
Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-challenges-apc-explain-your-links-with-jega/202952/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 28th February 2015"APC Cannot Deny Tinubu's Conspiracy To Supplant Osinbajo, Buhari"- PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) said on Saturday that the All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot assertively defend Senator Bola Tinubu against the charge that he plans to supplant Professor Yemi Osinbajo as vice president and ultimately General Muhammadu Buhari as president in the unlikely event the APC wins the March 28 presidential election. Director of Media and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, maintained that the “wicked and ungodly” plot will fail, even as he dismissed the response by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to the plot as feeble.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-cannot-deny-tinubu-s-conspiracy-to-supplant-osinbajo-buhari-pdp/202956/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 27th February 2015 "No Amnesty For Boko Haram"- BuhariMuhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC on Thursday said that there will be no amnesty for boko haram terrorists if he's elected President of Nigeria. Buhari made the disclosure during a question and answer session at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London.
Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/no-amnesty-for-boko-haram-buhari.108377/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 27th February 2015 "No Amnesty For Boko Haram"- BuhariMuhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC on Thursday said that there will be no amnesty for boko haram terrorists if he's elected President of Nigeria. Buhari made the disclosure during a question and answer session at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London.
Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/no-amnesty-for-boko-haram-buhari.108377/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 27th February 2015 Fayose Explains Why He Is Opposing Buhari And The Obasanjo ConnectionAyo Fayose, Ekiti State Governor on Thursday said that he has no personal issues with Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said, ''I remember then as the ad hoc chairman of the PDP committee to shop for the presidential candidate to replace former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a crop of suitable, brilliant, healthy and competent Northern politicians‎ in the PDP were shortlisted by me for Obasanjo to pick from, but he overruled the list and asked me to contact the late Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua because he preferred him.'' In fairness to the late president, he objected to the offer on health ground, but Obasanjo insisted that he must be the President. I am not against the North, rather if Obasanjo had picked from the list of names submitted by my committee to him, certainly, a Northerner, replacing Obasanjo would have ruled this country till 2015. As an insider who saw everything and who again have noticed the repeat of the episode of 2006, I must talk. That 2006 scenario is again being re-enacted with Obasanjo and APC leaders branding General Buhari to be the President of this country''Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fayose-explains-why-hes-opposing-buhari-and-the-obasanjo-connection.108382/
Leadership News OnlineFriday 27th February 2015 Kebbi: Dakingari Warns Against Breach Of Peace The Kebbi State Governor, Saidu Dakingari has warned the people of the State against fomenting trouble capable of breaching the peace of the State before, during and after the forthcoming elections. Dakingari gave the warning during a visit to District Heads in Fakai Local Government Area of Kebbi State. The Governor also warned the people not to engage in any act likely to undermine the unity and tranquillity in the State.Kebbi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/414230/polls-dakingari-warns-against-breach-of-peace
Leadership News OnlineFriday 27th February 2015 "Over 30 APC Supporters Killed In Rivers"- IkanyaChairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, has alleged that no fewer than 30 supporters of the party have been killed in politically motivated violence that has rocked the State in the past few months. Ikanya, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by his media aide, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, lamented that those behind the killings are becoming increasingly emboldened by the day as demonstrated by their brazen attack on the party’s gubernatorial campaign train at Okrika, headquarters of Okrika Local Government Area of the State, on February 17, 2015.Rivers 2015; Violence; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/414240/over-30-apc-supporters-killed-in-rivers-ikanya
Leadership News OnlineFriday 27th February 2015 Northern Elders Endorse Jonathan For Second TermThe Northern Elders Council (NEC) has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan and his running mate, Vice President Namadi Sambo for a second term in office. The elders led by their Chairman and elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, made their intention known yesterday when they paid a courtesy visit to Jonathan at the presidential villa, Abuja. Yakasai said the NEC opted for the Jonathan/ Sambo because they offer the best prospects for continuous and sustained development, peace, unity and stability of the country.Nigeria 2015; NEC; Jonathanhttp://leadership.ng/news/414251/northern-elders-endorse-jonathan-for-second-term
Leadership News OnlineFriday 27th February 2015 Sustain Unity Bridges Built By Military, Mark Urges PoliticiansSenate president David Mark has urged politicians in the country to sustain the bridges built across the nation by those with military background to ensure the unity of Nigeria instead of engaging in acts that will divide the nation. The Senate president who spoke to journalists yesterday in Minna when he paid a condolence visit to the family of Abubakar Gimba who passed away on Wednesday night said that for instance, he feels like someone from Niger State even though he is from Benue State.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/414256/sustain-unity-bridges-built-by-military-mark-tells-politicians
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 APC Senators Allege Plot To Sack Jega Next WeekThe war of attrition between the main political parties in the country waxed stronger Thursday when the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the Senate alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government has concluded plans to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, next week. The caucus, at a press conference addressed by its Chairman and Senate Minority Leader, George Akume, said it had uncovered the plan by the Head of Service, Danladi Kifasi, to issue Jega a letter ordering him to proceed on terminal leave.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-senators-allege-plot-to-sack-jega-next-week/202873/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 Buhari In London, Says He's A Reformed DemocratThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has said no corrupt politician will be appointed into his administration if he is elected President, proclaiming nonetheless that he is a reformed democrat ready to operate under democratic norms. Buhari, who delivered a speech on Thursday at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House in London, also assured the international community that an APC-led government would ensure economic and political stability of the country.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-in-london-says-he-s-a-reformed-democrat/202875/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 US Issues Travel Advisory On 2015 PollsThe United States has said Nigeria’s upcoming elections, which are closely contested between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), present a possibility of violence. It therefore issued a travel advisory, urging its citizens to remain cautious while travelling within Nigeria during the presidential and gubernatorial elections on March 28 and April 11.Nigeria 2015; UShttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/us-issues-travel-advisory-on-2015-polls/202849/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 Group insists On Deployment Of Military During ElectionsThe Iponu Cultural Organisation (ICO), an umbrella body for the Idoma ethnic nationality has called on the Federal Government to take adequate security measures, including the deployment of the military to avoid the outbreak of violence during and after the forth coming general election. The group also condemned those opposed to the deployment of the military to provide security during the elections scheduled to hold on March 28 and April 14, 2015.Nigeria 2015; ICOhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-insists-on-deployment-of-military-for-elections/202852/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 I Remain PDP Taraba Guber Candidate, Says IshakuThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Taraba State, Mr Darius Ishaku, has debunked insinuations in several quarters that he has been replaced as the party’s candidate with former Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar. Addressing a crowd of supporters during a rally in Gashaka yesterday in continuation of his community-to-community campaign, he described the insinuations as a wicked rumour.Taraba 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/i-remain-taraba-pdp-governorship-candidate-says-ishaku/202853/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 Gbajabiamila Retracts Partisan Label On IhediohaThe atmosphere inside the chambers of the House of Representatives on Thursday was one of camaraderie as the Minority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos), who led his colleagues to heckle the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, withdrew his characterisation of the latter as being a 'partisan' leader in the way he handled Wednesday proceedings. The issue that precipitated the Wednesday misunderstanding between Ihedioha and the APC caucus in the House was a motion being proposed by Gbajabiamila for the non-use of soldiers during elections.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/gbajabiamila-retracts-partisan-label-on-ihedioha/202854/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 CNPP Cautions INEC Against Further Poll Shift As Nigerians are looking forward to the March 28 for the commencement of the general election, the Ondo State chapter of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Thursday cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) against further postponement of the election. The CNPP’s caution was part of the communiqué issued at the end of its meeting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, noting that there was nothing wrong with the postponement of the election due to security reasons.Nigeria 2015; CNPPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/cnpp-cautions-inec-against-further-shift-of-election-date/202856/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 "A Vote For Jonathan Is A Vote For The Future"- Obi The former Governor of Anambra State and the Deputy Director General of the Jonathan’s presidential campaign organisation, Mr. Peter Obi, has called for massive votes for President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that a vote for him is a vote for the future of the country. He was speaking yesterday at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan, during the Post National Conference Summit, 2015 Election and the Yoruba nation. Obi said Jonathan deserved the votes of Nigerians and all geo-political zones in the country which ever way one looked at it.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obi-a-vote-for-jonathan-is-a-vote-for-the-future/202857/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 Senator Out Not Responsible For Bassey's 'Assassination' Attempt, Says GroupA group operating under the aegis of Democratic Alliance (DA), has vehemently opposed the attempt to blame the representative of the southern senatorial district of Cross River State, Prince Bassey Otu, for the “assassination” attempt on the life of the District’s Senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Gersom Bassey at the weekend. Though the group expressed doubts that there was any assassination attempt on Bassey, it however urged members of the PDP, who are holding such views to search among themselves for the alleged perpetrators of the alleged assassination attempt instead of blaming their political opponents, whom they seek to undermine by all undemocratic means.Cross River 2015; DA; http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senator-otu-not-responsible-for-bassey-s-assassination-attempt-says-group/202859/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 Group Moves To Check Voter Apathy, Hate Campaign A non-governmental organisation, the Republican Mind has urged Nigerian electorate to reject any political party or candidate that fails to adhere to issues-based and policy-driven campaigns. The group said all eligible voters should be ready to stem the tide of apathy that has seen less than 50 per cent voter participation in past elections. Addressing journalists in Abuja Thursday, the National Chairman of the group, Alhaji Shittu Kabir Mohammed said there is the need for politicians to adhere to the spirit and letters of the peace accord as a means of guaranteeing peaceful election.Nigeria 2015; RMhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-moves-to-check-voter-apathy-hate-campaign/202860/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 I Will Defeat Jang At The Polls, Says Plateau APC Senatorial CandidatePlateau North Zone Senatorial Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Eunice Ayisa Sambo, has vowed to stop Governor Jonah Jang from going to the Senate by defeating him at the polls, adding that she is not intimated by the fact that Jang is the incumbent Governor of the State. Jang is the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the zone. Sambo stated this on Thursday during a media forum organised by the State’s Correspondents Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ).Plateau 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/i-will-defeat-jang-at-the-polls-says-apc-senatorial-candidate/202861/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 Group Asks INEC To Extend PVC Collection Date With millions of Nigerians yet to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), a group, the All Nigerians Welfare Alliance Initiative (ANWAI) yesterday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to extend the collection of PVCs to March 20th, 2015. It will be recalled that following the postponement of the general elections, INEC had extended the collection of the PVCs to March 8, 2015, in order to enable more Nigerians participate in the forthcoming elections.Nigeria 2015; ANWAI; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-asks-inec-to-extend-pvcs-collection-date/202862/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 Poll Shift: Borno APC Calls For The Arrest Of 23 Political Party LeadersThe All Progressives Congress (APC), in Borno State has called on security agencies to arrest and prosecute 23 political parties for calling for Interim Government in the state despite recent clarification by President Goodluck Jonathan that interim government is treasonable offence punishable under Nigerian laws. The State Chairman of the APC, Ali Bukar Dalori, said in a statement issued on Thursday that the 23 parties were acting the script of a former Governor of the State who he said is desperate to takeover power at all cost even if it means, pushing the State into extinction.Borno 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/poll-shift-borno-apc-calls-for-arrest-of-23-political-parties-leaders/202863/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 House Directs IG To Probe Embonyi Assembly FireThe House of Representatives on Thursday directed the Inspector General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, to carry out a thorough investigation into the fire disaster that engulfed the Ebonyi State House of Assembly on Tuesday. The incident was attributed to arsonists. Prompted by a motion raised by Hon. Linus Okorie (PDP, Ebonyi), also urged the State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, to ensure sustainable peace and order in the State ahead of the 2015 general election.Ebonyi 2015; House Of Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/house-directs-ig-to-probe-ebonyi-assembly-fire/202864/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 "Why We Are Supporting Jonathan's Re-election"- Yoruba LeadersA good turn deserves another is a popular saying in Yorubaland and this may have informed why Yoruba leaders from across the six States in South-West geopolitical zone of the country are supporting the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan. Rising from their four-hour meeting yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, the leaders; notably political, religious and opinion moulders doff their hats for Jonathan, saying “ the President be commended for the successful conduct of the 2014 National Conference which perhaps can be described as a very bold and in fact the most courageous step ever taken by any president since the return of democracy in 1999.”Nigeria 2015; Yoruba; Jonathanhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/yoruba-leaders-why-we-are-supporting-jonathan-s-re-election/202866/
ThisDay LiveFriday 27th February 2015 Buhari Urges Supporters To Respect Abuja Peace AccordThe All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign office has restated Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the historic peace accord jointly entered into by himself and President Goodluck Jonathan, as a means to forestall violence during and after the forthcoming general election. The umbrella support group of the APC candidate, the Buhari Suport Group (BSO) had on Wednesday threatened to discountenance the peace accord entered into by political party leaders if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and President Goodluck Jonathan’s men fail to stop making inflammatory remarks on Buhari.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-urges-supporters-to-respect-abuja-peace-accord/202867/
Nation NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015Why Nigeria Needs Buhari Now, By El-rufaiNigeria needs Gen. Muhammadu at this time more than before, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Mallam Nasir El Rufai, said on Tuesday in London.
El Rufai, who is contesting for governor in Kaduna State on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC),Urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to take advantage of the election to move Nigeria in the right direction. El-rufai who fielded questions on the engagement of the Diaspora in nation building urged the people to encourage their families and associates in Nigeria to vote APC into power.
Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://thenationonlineng.net/new/why-nigeria-needs-buhari-now-by-el-rufai/
Punch News OnlineThursday 26th February 2015I'm Ready For NHRC Probe, Says FayoseEkiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said he is ready to face the probe of the National Human Rights Commission over the petition written against him by the All Progressives Congress. In a February 16 petition by the state Secretary of the APC in the state, Omotosho Ayodele, the party had urged the Commission to investigate the Governor over alleged state sponsored pre-election violence in Ekiti State. It called on the commission to declare Fayose “as a person of interest” in its investigation of election violence in Nigeria.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.punchng.com/politics/im-ready-for-nhrc-probe-says-fayose/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineThursday 26th February 2015Sahara Reporters Document Shows Fani Kayode Renting Crowd To Boo Buhari In LondonThe All Progressives Congress party has stated that London sources say that Femi Fani-Kayode, is organizing a paid protest against Buhari on Thursday when he would appear at Chatham House. Buhari is scheduled to speak at 10am local time, on the topic: “Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria's Transition”. Sahara Reporters says: "Fani-Kayode’s mission is to create the impression that Nigerians are happy with President Goodluck Jonathan, and embarrass Gen. Buhari before the international community."Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/sahara-documents-show-fani-kayode-renting-crowd-to-boo-buhari-in-london.108353/
Leadership News OnlineThursday 26th February 2015FG Debunks Alleged Plans By The FG To Scuttle Use Of PVCsThe Federal Government has refuted online report suggesting that it was attempting to undermine the use of permanent voter cards (PVC) in the forthcoming general elections. The report by an online media had alleged that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN) filed an affidavit before the court to scuttle the se of PVCs for the polls.Nigeria 2015; AGF; PVC; Judiciary http://leadership.ng/news/413952/fg-debunks-alleged-plans-to-scuttle-use-of-pvcs
Leadership News OnlineThursday 26th February 2015Presidency Accuses APC Of Taking Sides With Boko Haram The Presidency yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of always taking side with the Boko Haram terrorists and criticising Federal Government’s efforts in tackling the insurgents. It also refuted the claim by the opposition party that the federal government had spent $32 billion dollars, which in naira amounts to a whooping N6.5 trillion, on the war against terrorism. Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe who made the Presidency’s position known at a briefing in Abuja noted that the APC’s claim on the N6.5trillion spent on the insurgency war was untrue and lacked any factual basis. He added that the party’s penchant for always demeaning the Nigerian military was borne out of the fact that it doesn’t seem to be happy with these recent successes recorded by the army in the war against the insurgents.Nigeria 2015; Presidency; http://leadership.ng/news/413960/presidency-accuses-apc-of-taking-side-with-boko-haram
Leadership News OnlineThursday 26th February 2015"Elections Must Hold On Rescheduled Dates"- Cardinal Onaiyekan As the military continues its onslaught against the Boko Haram terrorists ahead of the general elections, the Catholic archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan has said that the March 28 and April 11 elections must hold whether or not the military finishes its assignment in the designated six weeks. Answering questions from newsmen in Abuja yesterday, Cardinal Onaiyekan said though he had no clear idea of how far the troops had gone against the Boko Haram, his prayers and best wishes were with them. He, however, cautioned that there would be no reason for the elections not to hold on the rescheduled dates regardless of whether the military accomplishes the task of routing the terrorists or not before the election dates.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://leadership.ng/news/413972/elections-must-hold-on-rescheduled-dates-cardinal-onaiyekan
Leadership News OnlineThursday 26th February 2015Court Nullifies Declaration Of Niger Assembly Member's Seat Vacant Niger State high court presided over by Justice Aliyu Mayaki has granted order restraining the Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Barrister Adamu Usman from disallowing Hon. Muhammed Nazir Abdullahi , member representing Rijau Constituency from functioning as member. The Speaker had last week declared the seat of Nazir and that of the member representing Wushishi Constituency, Bashar Isah Lokogoma vacant on the grounds that they defected from PDP to All Progressives Congress (APC).Niger 2015; House Of Assembly http://leadership.ng/news/413987/court-nullifies-declaration-of-niger-assembly-members-seat-vacant
Leadership News OnlineThursday 26th February 2015"We Won't Take Attacks On Buhari Again"- BSOThe Buhari Support Organisations (BSO) has warned that it will no longer take what it called “insults” on the person of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, as it urged President Goodluck Jonathan to call his aides to order. At a press briefing addressed by the group in Abuja yesterday, its Director of Media and Information Management, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, said since after the postponement of the February elections, it has become a pastime for Jonathan’s Aides to attack the person of Buhari, which he said was a breach of the Abuja Peace Accord signed by all stakeholders.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/414055/we-wont-take-attacks-on-buhari-again-bso
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015Bauchi APC Investigates Officials For Meeting With YugudaBauchi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has established a committee to investigate allegations made against the State’s Vice Chairman of the party, Shua’ibu Rahama and Treasurer, Harsanu Guyaba, that they met with Governor Isa Yuguda. The Publicity Secretary of the party in the State, Awwal Jallah and the legal adviser, Barrister Lawal Husseini Ibrahim, confirmed the incident yesterday in Bauchi. Bauchi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/politics/47956-bauchi-apc-investigates-officials-for-meeting-with-yuguda
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015APC Debunks Another Rumor On Buhari's Health The All Progressives Congress (APC) has debunked the rumour saying its Presidential candidate retired General Muhammadu Buhari was unable to attend a rally held in London due to ill health. Responding to an SMS sent to him by our reporter, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Lai Mohammed said the story is a fabrication by political opponents to further their cynical agenda which they have been peddling since the party’s presidential candidate left for Britain.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48042-apc-debunks-another-rumour-on-buhari-s-health
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"Fayose Importing Fake Soldiers"- APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State yesterday alleged that Governor Ayo Fayose has imported men suspected to be political thugs in army uniforms into the State ahead of the general elections. The party said in a statement in Ado Ekiti that the thugs arrived the Governor’s hometown, Afao-Ekiti, on Tuesday night from Ibadan, Oyo State. APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, challenged Fayose to explain why the young men were stealthily imported to Afao-Ekiti at night. But Fayose through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, dismissed the allegation, saying the APC was raising unnecessary alarm as there was no soldier being kept at Afao.Ekiti 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48035-fayose-importing-fake-soldiers-apc
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"You Can't Win Elections Through Propaganda"- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan has said that his administration gave opposition opportunity to exist to deepen democracy and that they cannot win elections through propaganda. The President who spoke Tuesday night in Abuja during the Presidential Dinner in his honour organized by the University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48018-you-can-t-win-elections-through-propaganda-jonathan
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"Don't Use Fake Shekau To Implicate Opposition"- MURIC To JonathanThe Federal Government has been warned against using the recent upper-hand of the military against insurgency and President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau would be captured alive before election against political opponents. The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) gave the warning in a statement signed by its Director Prof. Isiaq Akintola.Nigeria 2015; MURICwww.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48010-muric-to-fg-don-t-use-fake-shekau-to-implicate-opposition
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"Jonathan Planning Poll Shift By 6 Months"- El-rufa'iAPC gubernatorial candidate for Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP are planning to delay elections by at least six months to buy time to manipulate the polls. El-Rufai, who spoke at a meeting of the APC-UK in London on Tuesday, said a recent opinion poll showed the APC ahead of the PDP in 27 States by at least 40 per cent, adding that the recent postponement was due to PDP’s fear of defeat.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48008-el-rufai-jonathan-planning-shift-polls-by-6-months
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"Card Readers Will Check Malpractice"- INECThe Bauchi State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Hamman Tukur Sa’ad, has assured that card readers introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will address electoral malpractice by recording the actual number of votes cast at polling stations. Tukur who was in Zaki Local Government Area of the State in continuation of his familiarization tour, gave the assurance while reacting to stakeholders observations and concerns about the card readers.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; INECwww.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/47992-card-readers-will-check-malpractice-inec
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"Appointing Speaker As Acting Governor Is An Aberration"- Rafiu BalogunThe directive by Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State that Speaker of the House of Assembly acts on his behalf in his absence is illegal, unconstitutional and an aberration. Former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ilorin branch, Barrister Rafiu Balogun, in a chat with Daily Trust noted that any decision that is taken by the Speaker in his capacity as Acting Governor would also be null and void. He maintained that the governor cannot under any circumstance bypass his Deputy because they were jointly elected.Niger 2015; House Of Assembly www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/47988-appointing-speaker-as-acting-gov-an-aberration
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"Jonathan Can't Lose In Bauchi With Me As Governor"- YugudaThe re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan got a boost in the North-East on Tuesday with the Bauchi State Governor, Mallam isa Yuguda, assuring that that the president could not lose election in the State with him in the saddle. Yuguda, who spoke exclusively to Vanguard in Abuja, asked Jonathan not to lose sleep over Bauchi votes, as he was on the ground to deliver the State to him and the Peoples Democratic Party despite attempts by some politicians to cause distraction for personal aggrandisement. The Governor said despite attempts by some politicians to blackmail him before the President, he remains committed to ensuring his victory.Bauchi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)47
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"IDPs Will Go Back Home To Vote"- COASThe Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah, yesterday, assured that all the Nigerian territories captured by the Boko Haram insurgents would be recaptured to enable the people of the area vote during the forthcoming general elections. He also said that the troops fighting the insurgensts will be promoted by one step. This was even as the Northern Elders Council, NEC, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan and the military over the level of progress being made to flush out the Boko Haram insurgents from the North East zone in the country.Nigeria 2015; IDPs; COAS54
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"15 Million PVCs Awaiting Collection"- INECWith barely 10 days to the end of the extension granted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for registered voters to pick their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), as much as 15 million PVCs are still lying at the various collection centres across the country. Speaking on the drop in the rate of collection, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu, said the drop may not be unconnected with the attitude of most Nigerians to do things at the dying minute. According to him, before the extension of the date, the rate of collection in the FCT was between 3,000 and 4,000 daily but as soon as the extension was announced, it dropped to about 400 each day.Nigeria 2015; PVC; INEC9
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015PDP Reps Give Jonathan Conditions For SupportAs preparations for the Presidential polls slated for March 28 intensify, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers in the House of Representatives have put forward a number of demands for President Goodluck Jonathan to meet as a condition for supporting him to win the March 28 election. Top on the list of demands is the immediate refund of the campaign funds expended by the members who were denied tickets by their State Governors, after paying for the party tickets and mobilising their supporters for the controversial primaries, which they claimed were manipulated by Governors and top party leaders to favour their cronies.Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives; PDP9
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015Ebonyi House Of Assembly Fire: PDP Alleges Plot By Elechi's Supporters To Torch Up Deputy Governor's LodgeThe leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi State yesterday alleged that desperate supporters of Governor Martin Elechi were those behind the fire which took place at the State House of Assembly complex in the early hours of Tuesday. It further alleged that the group was equally plotting to burn down the Deputy Governor’s lodge, the campaign Secretariat of the Deputy Governor, the State party Secretariat and Speaker’s lodge, in their desperation to create an atmosphere of insecurity and political unrest in the State.Ebonyi 2015; House Of Assembly15
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"Military's Onslaught Against Boko Haram Proves Jonathan's Critics Wrong"- Ex-MilitantsNiger Delta ex-militant leaders, yesterday, said that the remarkable achievements made by the Nigerian armed forces, the Joint Multi-national Task Forces in their present onslaught against Boko Haram in the North-East region, have proved President Goodluck Jonathan’s critics wrong. The ex-militant leaders added that the President has defeated his opponents who were carrying campaign of his ineffectiveness in tackling insecurity in parts of the North, as Mr. President had adopted a working strategy to end the Boko Haram menace.Nigeria 2015; Ex-Militants45
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"PDP Has Perfected Plot To Rig Polls"- OshiomoleGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State has perfected plans to rig the forthcoming general elections on March 28 and April 11. According to the Governor, some PDP chieftains have allegedly made overtures to senior military officers to assist them in ensuring that PDP thugs were given easy passage during the polls to carry out their rigging plot. Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)12
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 26th February 2015"I Did Not Rent A Crowd To Boo Buhari In London"- Fani-KayodeDirector of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has denied allegation that he has rented a crowd to boo the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rted) during his presentation at the Chatham House, London, on Thursday. took to micro-blogging site-Twitter to deny the allegation, stating that “My attention has been drawn to a story that I am renting a crowd to embarrass Gen. Buhari at Chatham House later today. It is a lie,” via his handle, @realFFK. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/i-did-not-rent-crowd-to-boo-buhari-in-london-fani-kayode/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015AGF Orders Withdrawal Of Affidavit Against The Use Of PVCsThe Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), has confirmed that the affidavit filed against the use of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) was filed by lawyers from his ministry. However, he said he did not authorise the filing of the process and had ordered that the counter-affidavit be withdrawn. In a statement he issued on Wednesday, Adoke, however, said he took responsibility for the filing of the counter-affidavit.Nigeria 2015; AGF; PVC; Judiciary http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/agf-orders-withdrawal-of-affidavit-against-use-of-pvcs/202739/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015House Gives Okonjo-Iweala One-Week Ultimatum To Submit PWC's Forensic Audit On NNPCThe House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday gave the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance , Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, one week to furnish it with the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) forensic audit report on the alleged un-remitted $20 billion by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). This follows a resolution mandating PAC to look into the matter last week. The report to be submitted to the House "must include the Initial Draft Report, the Executive Summary and Management/Internal Control Letters."Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives; NNPC Audit Reporthttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/house-gives-okonjo-iweala-one-week-ultimatum-to-submit-pwc-forensic-audit-on-nnpc/202740/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015Engage Only Neutral Returning Officers, PDP Charges INECFor the 2015 general election to be seen as free, fair and credible, only neutral returning officers should be hired by the electoral body to ensure the sanctity of both March 28 and April 11 elections. To this end, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has been charged to ensure neutrality in the choice of all categories of electoral officers, especially returning officers to be engaged for the exercise ahead.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/engage-only-neutral-returning-officers-pdp-charges-inec/202743/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015Court Throws Out Case Against Abia PDP Guber CandidateA Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has thrown out a suit filed by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Abia State, Mr. Friday Nwosu challenging the qualification of the party’s candidate for the State governorship election, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu. Justice Adeniyi Ademola struck out the suit after the plaintiff applied to withdraw it. The judge ordered him to pay N50,000 to each of the defendants as cost.Abia 2015; Judiciary; PDP http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-throws-out-suit-against-abia-pdp-guber-candidate/202744/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015Political Parties Sign Peace Accord In Abia Political parties and candidates vying for various elective positions were ysterday brought together by the police to sign an accord to ensure a peaceful conduct during campaigns and the general election slated for March 28 and April 11. The State Chairmen of parties signed for their respective parties and governorship candidates also signed while each party nominated a senatorial and House of Representatives candidate to sign on behalf of others.Abia 2015; Peace Accordhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/political-parties-sign-peace-accord-in-abia/202745/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015PDP Members Reject Taraba Ministerial Nominee, Says it’s a Political Miscalculation A coalition of organised fora within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba State has rejected the choice of Senator Joel Ikenya as ministerial nominee, saying it’s a political miscalculation that could rob the party of victory at the polls. In a protest letter signed by leaders of PDP Fans’ Club, Ahmed Sani and other stakeholders which was sent to President Goaodluck Jonathan and PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, they said it’s unfair and ill-timed for the PDP to nominate Ikenya from the same Southern Taraba that produced the PDP governorship candidate, Darius Dickson Ishiaku.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-members-reject-taraba-ministerial-nominee-say-it-s-a-political-miscalculation/202747/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015PDP Blasts APC Over Unrealistic PromisesThe war of words between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) continued on Wednesday, as the PDP accused the main opposition party of making unrealistic and unsubstantiated campaign promises to Nigerians in order to win votes. PDP further alleged that: “There is a worrisome trend in the camp of the opposition, which is not only inimical to the stability of our nation but also to the growth and sustenance of our democracy.” Addressing a press conference on the matter, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, however stated that the PDP has done well in the last four years under President Goodluck Jonathan, even though they were not perfect.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-blasts-apc-over-unrealistic-promises/202748/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015Court Stops Move To Impeach Niger Deputy GovernorAn alleged move by the Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, to influence the impeachment of the Deputy Governor, Ahmed Musa Ibeto, has suffered a setback as the state High Court has restrained the Attorney General of the State, the Chief Judge, the Speaker and six others from initiating any process aimed at impeaching Ibeto. Justice Aliyu Mayaki, in a ruling on Monday, also restrained the State’s AG, the Chief Judge and seven others as well as their agents from tampering or obstructing the Deputy Governor from discharging his functions. A copy of the ruling was made available in Abuja yesterday.Niger 2015; Judiciary; Deputy Governor http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-stops-move-to-impeach-niger-deputy-governor/202750/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015Soldiers For Elections: Ihedioha Draws Anger Of APC LegislatorsIrked by the way the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, superintended over plenary yesterday, legislators on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alternated between a brief walk out and persistent voice dissent when they re-entered the green chambers. The sustained commotion started when Ihedioha called on Hon. Albert Tanimu Sam-Tsokwa (PDP, Taraba) to present his report on the desirability of taking a motion brought to the floor of the House since last week by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, seeking the lower chamber to vitiate moves by the Federal Government to use soldiers in the forthcoming elections.Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/soldiers-for-elections-ihedioha-draws-ire-of-apc-legislators/202751/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015"Fayose Can't Stop Buhari From Becoming President"- BCOThe Buhari Campaign Organisation has slammed the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, over his insistence that the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari, won’t be president again. The Buhari’s campaign outfit urged the Governor to stop living in fool’s paradise, saying only the Nigerian electorate can decide the APC candidate’s fate. The BCO contended that it was tantamount to playing God for Fayose to have insisted that Buhari won’t last if elected as a president on account of ill-health and other fabricated reasons.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bco-fayose-can-t-stop-buhari-from-becoming-president/202752/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015"Why My Husband Should Be Re-elected"- First LadyThe First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Wednesday gave reasons why President Goodluck Jonathan deserves to be re-elected for a second term. Mrs. Jonathan, who was in Ikom, Cross River State, in continuation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), nationwide women rally to solicit votes for her husband, said President Goodluck Jonathan has performed well to earn a second term in office. According to the First Lady, her husband, during his first tenure has performed tremendously and has impacted positively on the people especially women.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/first-lady-why-my-husband-should-be-re-elected/202753/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015Jonathan Goofed On Ekiti Rigging Tape, Says APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as untenable and an after-thought the statement credited to President Goodluck Jonathan on why the Ekiti State rigging audio tape has not been investigated, saying the President’s waffling on the issue shows he may have something to hide. APC’s position came just as its presidential campaign organisation has commended the heroic exploits of the officers, men and women of the armed forces on their fight against the Boko Haram terrorists. In a statement issued on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the President was wrong to have said the rigging audio tape had not been investigated because the army captain who leaked it had not come forward to authenticate it.Ekiti Gate; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-goofed-on-ekiti-rigging-tape-says-apc/202754/
ThisDay LiveThursday 26th February 2015Buhari To Speak At Chatham House Thursday, May Be HeckledThere are indications that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammdu Buhari (rtd), may be confronted by protesters as he makes his way to address the Royal Institute of International Affairs today at Chatham House in London. An unconfirmed source in the APC who is in London for the speaking engagement, told THISDAY yesterday evening that the opposition party had uncovered a plot to mobilise sponsored Nigerian protesters who will storm the venue of the lecture. According to the source, the plot to recruit the protesters is aimed at embarrassing the APC and possibly disrupt Buhari’s speech at the institute.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-to-speak-at-chatham-house-thursday-may-be-heckled/202755/
Nation NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Bamidele To Fayose: "Stop Disgracing Ekiti People"A Member of the House of Representatives from Ekiti State, Opeyemi Bamidele, yesterday described as alarming Governor Ayo Fayose’s relentless vituperations on the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
Bamidele, who represents the Ekiti Central Federal Constituency I in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, said Fayose’s death wish for Gen. Buhari has ridiculed governance in Ekiti and has brought disgrace and odium on the people of the Land of Honour State. In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital yesterday, Bamidele described Fayose as a “cancer to the body politic of Nigeria” and advised the Governor to toe the line of civility like eminent citizens of the State rather than offer himself as a hatchet man.
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Nation NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Nigeria Needs APC, Says AshafaThe Senator representing Lagos East, Gbenga Ashafa, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) is the “messiah” the nation needs to rescue it from the shackles of poverty and unemployment. The lawmaker spoke at the inauguration of three newly-converted motorised boreholes to communities in Mutaku, Owu and Ado communities under Ikosi Ejinrin Local Council Development Area. Ashafa decried the lack of Federal Government presence in the State. “The Red Line of the Light Rail is hanging because the Federal Government has refused to approve the take off of the project for more than two years now."Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)6
Nation NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Aspirant Threatens To Sue Delta PDPAn impending litigation may stop the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State from fielding a candidate for the House of Assembly election on April 11. It was gathered that the party arbitrarily substituted its candidate for Uvwie Constituency. This followed the resignation of aggrieved persons and the refusal of the party leadership to follow due process. The party’s primary for the House of Assembly ticket was held on November 29, 2014.Delta 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://thenationonlineng.net/new/aspirant-threatens-to-sue-delta-pdp/
Nation NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015"Step Up Peace Campaign"- KOPIParents, elders and community leaders have been urged to step up the campaign against violence as the nation prepares for the general election. Various speakers, including traditional rulers, community leaders, policemen and members of the civil society, said a re-orientation hinged on tolerance and perseverance must be promoted and pursued as only these can foster peaceful co-existence. They spoke yesterday at the Peace and Security Forum organised by the Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government in conjunction with the Kunle Olayinka Peace Initiative (KOPI).Nigeria 2015; KOPI6
Guardian NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Ogun PDP, APC Trade Words Over Billboard Destruction Ogun State Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, has accused Governor Ibikunle Amosun and agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of removing his campaign billboards on major streets and other strategic locations within the State. Isiaka who spoke in Abeokuta, accused Amosun of intolerance and urged the Governor and his followers to desist from doing anything that would disturb the peace before, during and after elections. But the Director of media, Senator Ibikunle Amosun campaign organisation, Mr Femi Sowoolu denied the allegation, insisting that the Governor knew nothing about the allegation. Ogun 2015; APC; PDP56
Guardian NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015WAI Chief Cautions Officials Against Graft At PollsThe Bauchi State Commander Community Support Brigade (CSB) and War Against Indiscipline (WAI) Alhaji Zayyanu Musa has warned its officers and members to shun all forms of corruption and electoral malpractices on election day. Zayyanu Musa, who stated this at a one-day sensitization workshop for all the twenty Local Government commanders in the state said, “It is the duty of all our members to expose and report cases of electoral malpractices to the appropriate authority for further investigations and action. We will work with alone side with other security agencies in each of the polling unit but we are not allow to interfere with the election process because is not part of our duty, our duty is ensure election are conducted peacefully.”Bauchi 2015; WAI59
Guardian NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Group Calls On Oyo Governorship Candidates To Undergo Fitness TestsA socio-cultural organization, Oyo Patriotic Front, has called on the three leading candidates for the April 11 governorship election in the state to submit themselves to health scrutiny so as to determine their fitness for the rigours of the office they are aspiring to occupy. Specifically, the organization challenged Senator Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Rashidi Ladoja of Accord and Adebayo Alao-Akala of Labour Party (LP) to submit themselves to a consortium of medical experts before the election. Oyo 2015; OPF56
Guardian NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015IPAC Warns Against Political ViolenceThe Enugu State Chapter of Interparty Advisory Council (IPAC) has called on political parties in the State to tread with caution, shun political violence in order to protect the peace and tranquility being enjoyed in the political space of the State. The warning yesterday from IPAC, the umbrella organization of registered political parties in Nigeria, came on the heels of an alleged invasion of the Buhari Campaign Office in the State by suspected thugs and subsequent suspension of the state party’s Deputy Chairman and Woman Leader. Enugu 2015; IPAC57
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 25th February 2015"80% Of Those Advising Me Have Nothing To Say"- JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday that more than 80 per cent of his advisers have nothing to say. The President who spoke in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, at a special funeral service for eight female politicians and their driver who died in a road accident on February 14, said this has been happening to him since his days as Deputy Governor of the State. He stated this in reaction to Governor Seriake Dickson’s disclosure that he was advised against organising a state burial for the deceased. Jonathan said, “I was surprised when the Governor (of Bayelsa) said some people asked why State burial. I told the Governor that more than 80 per cent of people who come to advise you have nothing to say, but just listen to them."Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/413682/80-of-those-advising-me-have-nothing-to-say-jonathan
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 25th February 2015APC Hails Military Over Recent Successes Against Boko HaramThe All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday lauded the military for the successes it has recorded in the battle against Boko Haram in recent times, saying the string of victories confirms the party’s stand that the Nigerian military can hold its own if provided with the necessary equipment and wherewithal to function. The party in a statement issued in London by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made available to journalists in Lagos, also pointed out that President Goodluck Jonathan bears a huge moral responsibility that will haunt him for a long time to come for deliberately allowing the Boko Haram insurgency to fester, leading to the deaths of over 15,000 Nigerians and the displacement of over three million others in the past six years.Nigeria 2015; Boko Haram; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/413687/apc-hails-military-over-recent-successes-against-boko-haram
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 25th February 2015"I Never Planned To Abandon PDP With G7"- Governor AliyuFollowing the disclosure by Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State that Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State was privy to the G-7 decision to decamp to All Progressives Congress (APC) Aliyu has stated that he had never planned to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC. The Governor said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ayegba Ebije that at the time he led the G-7 group, they were driven by the objective to resolve leadership problem in their party. According to him the aim of the G-7 was not to jettison the PDP. And therefore insisted that it was aimed at bringing sanity to the party hence the objective of their action was proactive and the result was positive.Niger 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/413703/i-never-planned-to-abandon-pdp-with-g7-gov-aliyu
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 25th February 2015"Why Adamawa Politicians Should Not Support Buhari"- Senator ZwinginaThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Adamawa South Senatorial District, Senator Silas Zwingina, has warned PDP members to ensure that the ambition of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari did not see the light of the day as Buhari has plans to send most of them to jail. Zwingina who made the call at Government House Yola while addressing a meeting of PDP stakeholders noted that Buhari is planning to invest massively in building prisons to jail politicians adding that as a result of the development even his ardent supporters are having a rethink due to the uncertain future that awaits them.Adamawa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/413750/why-adamawa-politicians-should-not-support-buhari-sen-zwingina
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 25th February 2015"Jonathan's Re-election Will Ensure Stability"- JYVJonathan Youth Vanguard, a group clamouring for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians that Jonathan’s re-election will ensure stable democracy and progress in Nigeria. The National Coordinator, Jonathan Youth Vanguard 2015, Yushau Aliyu Bagudo stated this while addressing some youths in Birnin Kebbi. He said the country under Jonathan has witnessed tremendous development in terms of youth employment and provision of social amenities across the country while also adding that the north has not been neglected.Nigeria 2015; JYV; Jonathanhttp://leadership.ng/news/413755/jonathans-re-election-will-ensure-stability
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 25th February 2015Jonathan's Endorsement Divides Arewa Community In South-West Endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by Arewa Council of Chiefs has divided Arewa community in South- West, Nigeria, as some of the members yesterday dissociated themselves from the endorsement. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, the chairman of Arewa Community South- West, Hon. Kabiru Abdulahi said the endorsement by the traditional council in Lagos at the weekend did not have the consent and approval of the Arewa community in the South West of the country.Nigeria 2015; ACCSW; Jonathanhttp://leadership.ng/news/413758/jonathans-endorsement-divides-arewa-community-in-south-west
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 25th February 2015Don't Drag Military Into Politics, Uduaghan Urges Politicians The Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has decried attempts by some Nigerian politicians to drag the military into politics. Governor Uduaghan who said this yesterday in Warri when the General Officer Commanding 2nd Division, Nigerian Army, Ibadan, Major General Sanusi Nasiru Muazu paid him a courtesy visit, observed that some politicians through their comments and actions want to bring the military into the murky political waters, saying “they are not sincere and should desist from such attempts. The army has a big role to play in providing security and ensuring the smooth conduct of free and fair election and as such, they cannot be done away with at the moment; we should not drag the military into politics; anyone who questions their relevance during election is not being sincere at all”, Dr Uduaghan said.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/413775/dont-drag-military-into-politics-uduaghan-urges-politicians
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineWednesday 25th February 2015"Fayose Needs A Psychiatric Doctor"- APCThe Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has berated Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State over his recent attacks on its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the Ekiti Governor is mentally sick and needs the immediate attention of a psychiatric doctor. Speaking through a press statement signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the party Mr Joe Igbokwe, the APC boasted that not a million Fayoses can prevent General Buhari from being sworn in as the democratically elected president of Nigeria on May 29, 2015.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fayose-needs-a-psychiatric-doctor-igbokwe.108309/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineWednesday 25th February 2015"I Betrayed Amaechi, Kwankwaso And Nyako"- LamidoJigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido on Tuesday said he betrayed Rivers State Governor, Roti‎mi Ameachi; Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed; Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wammako; Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwanso; and the impeached Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako. PREMIUMT TIMES reported that Lamido made the comment after Governor Kwankwaso accused him of betraying the G-5 Governors who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Lamido said, ''Yes, I betrayed them. I am a betrayer. Confirmed.'' Lamido however said he will never join the APC.Jigawa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/i-betrayed-amaechi-kwankwaso-and-nyako-lamido.108312/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineWednesday 25th February 2015Fayose Accuses APC Of Paying For Buhari's Chatham House Event, Demands Airport PicturesEkiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has challenged the All Progressives Congress, APC to publish pictures of its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari leaving Nigeria for the United Kingdom. According to DAILY POST, Fayose issued the dare via a statement by issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fayose-accuses-apc-of-paying-for-buharis-chatham-house-event-demands-airport-pictures.108314/
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Hoodlums Attack Plateau APC Governorship Candidate's Convoy, Destroy Four VehiclesHoodlums have attacked the campaign convoy of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong destroying four vehicles in the process. The incident occurred Monday when the APC campaign train moved from Jos East Local Government Area to pay a courtesy visit on the District Head of Gyel, Da Dangyang. The Director of Media and Publicity Committee of the Lalong Campaign Organization, Mr. Festus Fuanter who confirmed the incident in an interview with Vanguard said was shocked over the development.Plateau 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)47
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Bauchi Stakeholders Raise Alarm Over INEC's Card Reader ViabilityPolitical stakeholders in Bauchi State have expressed worry over the viability of the card-reader machines introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against the backdrop that most of machines used for same purpose during the continuous voters registration exercise were faulty. They lamented that the faulty machines prevented many electorates from registering, thereby denying them the privilege of voting in the forthcoming election.Bauchi 2015; Card Reader; INEC47
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Court Shifts Judgement On Enugu PDP Crisis To Friday Justice Evoh Chukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday , deferred judgement on who should be recognised as the authentic governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State, till Friday. Justice Chukwu did not adduce any reason why the verdict which was originally scheduled for yesterday was not delivered. Senator Ayogu Eze had filed the suit before the court saying that he was the rightful candidate while, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who is currently enjoying the support of the national leadership of the PDP, subsequently applied and was joined as an interested party in the matter. The duo are laying claim to the governorship ticket of the the PDP in Enugu State having emerged from two parallel primary elections that held in the State.Enugu 2015; Judiciary; People's Democratic Party (PDP)47
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Rivers PDP Dares APC To React To Corruption AllegationsRivers State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has challenged the National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to react to a recent media report, detailing how his party allegedly connived to swindle Rivers State of over N11 million purportedly for an APC session at the UK House of Commons. Mr Jerry Needam, Media Aide to the State PDP Chairman, in a statement, said: “This is just one of several acts of corruption foisted on the State by APC."Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)45
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015"Alliance Against Jonathan Will Crumble"- OmovusuA Lagos-based management consultant, Mr Vincent Omovusu, has said the alleged political alliance being promoted against the second term aspiration of President Goodluck Jonathan will crumble like a pack of cards because Jonathan remains the best and the most credible candidate for the 2015 presidential election. Omovusu, who made this assertion in a chat with newsmen in Lagos said President Jonathan had been rated above any military Head of State and particularly, civilian Presidents that have ruled over the affairs of Nigeria.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)54
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015We Have Evidence To Support Our Claims, APC Tells NIMASAThe All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) said it has ample evidence to support its claim that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was sponsoring the hate campaign against its Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari in documentaries aired on the networks of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Africa Independent Television (AIT). NIMASA Director General, Dr. Patrick Akpobolokemi had on Sunday condemned what it called “the ongoing smear campaign” being carried out by the APCPCO against the agency “in trying to score political points against President Goodluck Jonathan”.
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ThisDay LiveWednesday 25th February 2015House To Probe AIG Mbu's Utterances, ConductThe House of Representatives Tuesday resolved to probe the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Mr. Joseph Mbu, for “violation of the constitution and disrespect to the rule of law.” Condemning recent statements attributed to Mbu, the legislators mandated their Police Affairs Committee to get to the bottom of the allegations against him. Prompted by a motion by Hon. Aliyu Sani Madaki, the lawmakers frowned on the alleged directive to officers of police under Mbu command to disregard immunity enjoyed by any Governor. This, the House considered to have violated the provision of the 1999 Constitution which “guarantees immunity to State Governors, and their Deputies and therefore no authority or person, including courts of law, has the right not to accord Governors such privileges.”Nigeria 2015; Mbu; House Of Representativeshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/house-to-probe-aig-mbu-s-utterances-conduct/202671/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 25th February 2015Soyinka Urges INEC To Investigate Ekiti Recording Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has urged all relevant authorities, particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to investigate the released audio tape allegedly revealing some notable members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) masterminding the use of the military and other security agencies to undermine the June governorship election in Ekiti State. Speaking against the background of the denial by some of those allegedly present at the meeting and the fact that it is a weighty allegation, Soyinka, in statement tilted: ‘The Silver Lining in the Cloud of Postponement,’ said INEC must take steps to investigate the veracity of the content of the audio recording.Ekiti Gate; Soyinkahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/soyinka-urges-inec-to-investigate-ekiti-recording/202673/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 25th February 2015"Jonathan Missed The Point On Missing N30tn"- SoludoA former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwumah Soludo, has faulted the response of President Goodluck Jonathan to his claim that N30 trillion was missing from the Nigerian economy. Soludo said in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday that the article entitled: “Jonathan Replies Soludo over missing N30 trillion,” which was extracted from the President’s interview with THISDAY Newspaper did not capture the points he raised, probably because the President was too busy with election campaigns that he did not read his article.Nigeria 2015; Soludohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/soludo-jonathan-missed-the-point-on-missing-n30tn/202676/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 25th February 2015Nigerian Elections: Why Ghanians WorryIn a BBC series of columns from African journalists, Ghanaian Elizabeth Ohene, a member of the main opposition NPP, raises concerns about Nigeria's future as it battles an Islamist-led insurgency in the North and prepares for tightly contested elections. If you are a Ghanaian, you tend to worry about Nigeria. Some would say we Ghanaians have enough on our own plates to keep us fully occupied with worry. The Ghanaian economy is currently facing severe "challenges", to use the preferred terminology of government spokespersons.Nigeria 2015; Ghanahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nigeria-elections-why-ghanaians-worry/202678/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 25th February 2015APC To Submit 150 Sins Of The PDP To UN, Amnesty International The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has said it would submit 150 ‘sins’ of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State on electoral violence to the United Nations (UN), Amnesty International, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other major international bodies. The threat came just as the leader of the defunct militant group, Niger Delta Vigilante, Chief Ateke Tom, declared that no political party would be allowed to hold any political rally in Okrika before the general election.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/electoral-violence-apc-to-submit-150-sins-of-pdp-to-un-amnesty-international/202691/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 25th February 2015"APC's Fake Shekau Theory Confirms Party Links To Boko Haram"- FayoseFollowing the allegations, from All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign organisation that the federal government was planning to use a fake Abubakar Shekau to implicate the party’s presidential candidate, Major General Mohammadu Buhari, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has urged the party to produce the authentic Boko Haram leader. The party declared that the new theory proposed by the party over an existence of a fake Shekau confirmed that it has link with the Boko Haram sect. Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, lamented the open display of hatred against Nigeria and its people by the APC, saying; “Up till today, the APC has not made any statement, commending our gallant soldiers who are laying down their lives to save Nigerians from the insurgents.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fayose-apc-s-fake-shekau-theory-confirms-party-s-link-to-boko-haram/202692/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 25th February 2015South-South APC Blames First Lady, Wike For Rivers Political ViolenceThe South-South Zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has blamed the political violence meted out on members of the party in Rivers State on Nigeria’s first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan and the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, Mr. Nyesom Wike. National Vice Chairman of the APC in the South-south zone, Comrade Hilliard Eta, accused the duo against the backdrop of the recent disruption of the party’s governorship campaign rally in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State and kidnap of Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s Aide, Mr.Freddy Ndigara , on Sunday by unknown gunmen at the party’s campaign ground in Kaana Local Government Area.Rivers 2015; Violence; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/south-south-apc-blames-first-lady-wike-for-rivers-political-violence/202693/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 25th February 2015"Buhari Cannot Speak On Missing Oil Money"- MONMove on Nigeria, a civic action group promoting good governance and the Transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, has dismissed as a non- issue, the call by General Muhammadu Buhari for the president to publish the NNPC forensic audit report on alleged missing $20 billion. Reacting to a statement credited to the Spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Garba Shehu, the group noted that Buhari cannot morally speak of missing oil money as it was during his tenure as petroleum minister that $2.8 bn dollars of oil money was reportedly seized in a foreign country. Still under Buhari’s watch, NNPC was never audited, so he should give GEJ credit for probing the NNPC.Nigeria 2015; MONhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-cannot-speak-of-missing-oil-money-group/202687/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 25th February 2015Fashola Lied Again On My Tax IssueThe Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has said Governor Babatunde Fashola lied again on his company’s tax. The PDP guber candidate, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said for Fashola to say that he has now paid N500,000 was a lie, and that there is no truth in the Governor’s statement.Lagos 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)
ThisDay LiveWednesday 25th February 2015Ex- Militants Flay Deployment Of Soldiers To Intimidate During PollsSome ex-militants leaders from the Niger Delta have rejected any attempt by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be subjected to further pressure by the Federal Government and the armed forces to postpone the March 28 and April 11 elections. In a statement signed on behalf of their communities by Gen. Boni, and Smart Amola, representing Burutu Local Government Area and Warri South West respectively, the ex-militants also rejected any attempt to deploy the military during the electoral process. The statement, which was also signed by Francis Muturu, Friday Edema, Sunday Amoma, Gen. Saturday Emmanuel, Gen. Isie Ologbo, Alfred Aniretan, Gen. King Jerry, Commander Mike Edesemi and Commander Peter Asule of Warri North Local Government hailed the decision of the judiciary that the armed forces have no role in elections.Nigeria 2015; Ex-Militantshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/flay-deployment-of-soldiers-to-intimidate-during-polls/202689/
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015PDP Says Card Destroyed By Obasanjo Not A Valid OneThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the membership card destroyed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo is an expired one that will soon be phased out by the party. The former President had on February 15, 2015, dumped the ruling party and tore his membership card in his home state of Ogun and declared that he had retired from partisan politics and would prefer to be an elder statesman. But speaking at the PDP National Secretariat yesterday in Abuja when Students Mobilisation Network for Jonathan paid him a courtesy visit, PDP National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo, said the membership card belonging to the former President which was torn on his directive was an expired card; not signed by the present National Chairman and Secretary of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and Professor Wale Oladipo. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)19
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Pastor Insists On N7 Billion ScandalThe Borno based pastor, Kallamu Musa Dikwa, has held firmly to his allegation that President Goodluck Jonathan gave N7billion bribe to pastors to canvass support for him in the forthcoming presidential elections. Addressing newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, Dikwa who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Voice of Northern Christian Movement, reiterated that the said money was channeled through the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) alleging that each State was given N3million.Nigeria 2015; N7 Billion; Pastor Dikwa5
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Jonathan's Eligibility Suit: Court Refers Another Suit To Appeal CourtA Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday referred to the Appeal Court another suit challenging the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the presidential election. Justice Ahmed Mohammed in his ruling said the issue raised in the suit on President Jonathan’s tenure of office, was a substantial question of law, which had never been determined by an appellate court. In the suit, two lawyers: Mase Acho, Sadiq Sarki and a politician Murtala Abubakar, who insist on protecting the constitutional provisions, are challenging President Jonathan’s eligibility to seek re-election in 2015.Nigeria 2015; Eligibility; Jonathan; Judiciary 3
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015APC Accuses Jonathan Of Allowing Insurgency To FesterThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of deliberately allowing the Boko Haram insurgency to fester, leading to the deaths of many Nigerians and displacement of others in the past six years. It said the President would bear a huge moral responsibility capable of hunting him for a long time to come.
APC in a statement issued in London by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed however commended the military for the successes it has recorded in the battle against Boko Haram in recent times. The party said the string of victories confirmed its stand that the Nigerian military could hold its own anywhere and anytime, if provided with the necessary equipment and if the morale of the troops is not undermined.
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Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 25th February 20154 Killed In Kano PDP, APC ClashFour persons were killed in a clash Monday between political thugs suspected to be members of the rival PDP and APC in Warawa LGA Kano State, Daily Trust gathered yesterday. They clashed around 7.pm shortly after the governorship candidate of the PDP, Mallam Saliu Sagir Takai, campaigned in the area. Residents said the clash caused panic in Ladi Makole village. Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, a resident, said he witnessed the killing of the first thug shortly after Takai completed his campaign.Kano 2015; Violence; APC; PDP6
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015"Yobe To Prioritize Healthcare In 2015"- GaidamGovernor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State says his administration would once again make healthcare, including the equipping and upgrading of hospitals across the State, its major priority in 2015. The Governor spoke in Damaturu yesterday when he visited the State Specialist Hospital to inspect 11 new clinical and departmental buildings in the hospital. The buildings include twin operating theatres with a total bed space for 180 patients, radiology, laboratory services, pharmacy, laundry, central supplies and sterilisation department, accident and emergency as well as Intensive Care Unit among others.Also 24 new housing units have been built and furnished in the hospital and provided to doctors as their accommodation. The Governor said given the progress the administration had made in road development and water supply in the past two years, its focus would now turn more to health care delivery and education.Yobe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)7
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015"Stay Away From Our Community"- Okrikans To APCStakeholders from Okrika community of Rivers State, comprising youths, religious leaders and elders have warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to hold another rally in the area. The Okrika stakeholders who spoke through ex-militant leader, Chief Ateke Tom, shortly after a meeting with Assistant Inspector General of Police, zone 6, Calabar, Tunde Ogunsakin in Okrika, said that was the unanimous decision of Okrikans. Rivers 2015; Violence; Okrika; APC8
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Fire At Ebonyi Assembly ComplexA section of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly was yesterday gutted by fire.
Areas affected were the accounting and records units where many important documents were reportedly lost. The fire started around 1am according to security sources. The Fire Service fought to prevent its spread to the entire building.
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Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015INEC Sensitizes Women On Card ReadersThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kaduna State has sensitized women groups on the essence of card readers and other electoral issues. Women from the 23 Local Government Areas of the State attended the event. INEC said the objective of the workshop was to address fraud and violence during elections. The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Hussaini Ahmed, represented by Fatima Aliyu Bande, said the workshop was meant to “reduce or ensure total eradication” of electoral problems witnessed in previous elections.Kaduna 2015; INEC12
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Igbos In Lagos Disagree On Politician's EndorsementsControversy has continued to trail the endorsement of politicians by Igbo leaders in Lagos State, as a faction Monday called on security agencies to investigate the said Igbo leaders’ activities. A statement by Co-ordinator of Igbo Leaders in Lagos, Chief Nwike Ezeachi, said “a number of discredited Igbo men whose criminal records are well known have been masquerading as leaders with different appellations.” It said those engaged in the endorsements were using the campaigns to extort people, using the umbrella of Igbo leaders as a platform. Lagos 2015; Ndigbo12
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 25th February 2015Emir Of Ilorin Convenes Prayers For Peaceful PollsAhead of the forthcoming elections, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman of Kwara State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, yesterday convened a special prayer at his palace to seek Allah’s intervention towards free, fair and violence-free elections. Daily Trust reports that the prayer which took place in the early hours was held in a part of the palace where Sheikh Alimi, the founder of Ilorin Emirate, used to offer prayers. Prominent imams and mallams in the emirate attended the prayer session led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Dr. Mohammad Bashir Solihu, while the complete Quran was recited to commit the coming elections into the hands of Almighty Allah.Nigeria 2015; Emir 12
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015Lagos Is Not In Bondage, Fashola Tells Jonathan Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, has reacted to President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement that victory for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming elections would free Lagos residents from oppression, saying “Lagos is not in bondage.” The Governor said: “It is an un-presidential statement made in an act of desperation.” It will be recalled that President Jonathan made the statement during a meeting with leaders of market women groups, “Iyalojas,” in Lagos.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)10
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015Cleric Slams Amaechi Over Alleged N7 Billion LargesseBishop Simeon Okah, National Vice President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has called on Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and all those behind the allegation that Christian leaders in the country were given N7 billion naira, to shut up and stop making such claims before they incur the wrath of God on themselves. Bishop Okah, who stated this in Calabar, Cross River State, at the inauguration of the Cross River State chapter executive of PFN, said it was not true that the Federal Government gave Christian leaders in the country N7bn to curry the support of the clergy men for President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections.
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Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015Senator Solomon Urges Support For AmbodeThe Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, has called on Lagosians to cast their votes for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, saying that it was imperative to sustain the posterity and massive development “put in place in the past 15 years by the APC government in Lagos.” Speaking at an event organised by pensioners of Lagos State, Senator Solomon, said Lagos needs a financial expert such as Ambode to keep her on the path of excellence. The event had in attendance over 1,000 pensioners, who said that the verbosity of the main opposition cannot save them because action speaks louder than words.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)10
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015Enugu PDP Crisis: Nnaji Files Fresh Suit Against Ugwuanyi, OthersThe chairmanship tussle in Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State has assumed another dimension as Mr. Raymond Nnaji, who claims to be the factional Chairman in the State, has filed a motion in court seeking to stop the party from presenting governorship candidate, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and other candidates, who emerged from the primaries, from contesting in the forthcoming elections. The Motion on Notice brought pursuant to Order 26 56 (1) of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2009, is expected to be moved tomorrow before the presiding judge, Justice D. V. Agishi.Enugu 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)46
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015INEC, Security Chiefs Meet To Review OperationsChairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday, engaged heads of security agencies in a marathon meeting aimed at ensuring the success of the forth coming general elections. The strategic meeting, which media men were barred from covering, Vanguard gathered, was to specifically fashion out modalities that could guarantee the smooth conduct of the elections, especially the March 28 presidential election, which is causing panic and apprehension in some quarters on the likelihood of its outcome. It was gathered that that the routine meeting called Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security,ICCES, met specifically to review the technical operations and planning towards the general elections.Nigeria 2015; INEC; Security14
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015Fire Guts Ebonyi AssemblyTragedy struck at Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital following a fire outbreak at the State House of Assembly in the early hours of Tuesday. The fire Vanguard gathered started in the Accounts department and spread to the media section of the Assembly complex. The fire according to a source, destroyed some property including sensitive documents of the House. As at the time of this report, policemen with Amoured Personnel Carrier, APC were seen stationed at the gate of the Assembly complex as journalists and other workers were not allowed into the complex.Ebonyi 2015; House Of Assemblyhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/fire-guts-ebonyi-assembly/
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015Don’t Drag Military Into Politics, Ex-Air Force Officer WarnsA former Managing Director of the defunct Nigerian Airways, Air Commodore Peter Gana (rtd) has cautioned politicians not to drag the military into partisan politics. Gana, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State, told journalists in Abuja that “the military all over the world is a unifying force for every nation,” saying it should be allowed to complement the efforts of the police during the election. He said politicians should not do anything that would demoralise the military at this moment so that they would not be distracted from their primary duty of maintaining Nigeria’s territorial integrity.Nigeria 2015; Military 21
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015ADC To INEC: "Test Run Card Readers On TV Station"The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to embark on continuous test-running of card readers proposed to be used for the March 28 and April 11 general elections to build confidence in the electorate. The party which said it has confidence in the ability of the Commission to conduct free, fair and credible elections, also said that the electorate would better understand how to vote if the card readers are displayed and test-run on local and national television stations across the country.Nigeria 2015; ADC; Card Readers; INEC17
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015"I Never Gave Udoedehe Money"- UmanaThe All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Umana Okon Umana, has dismissed rumour that Senator John Udoedehe collected money from him to withdraw from the governorship race. Mr. Umana who spoke through the Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Governorship Campaign Organisation in the State, Mr. Iboro Otongaran, said he is aware of the rumour and that it was not true.Akwa Ibom 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)19
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015"Nigeria Safer Under Jonathan Than Buhari"- Abia PDP Guber CandidateThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has said President Goodluck Jonathan must be voted in for another term as president in the interest of the people of the country. Speaking to a crowd from the Isingwu community at the house of a PDP chieftain in the area, Onyedi Okwulehie, Dr. Ikpeazu said the unity of the country will be retained and security assured under President Jonathan than under Muhammadu Buhari. Dr. Ikpeazu explained that what should be paramount in making a choice of President, is the unity and safety of Nigerians. He said when he becomes Governor of Abia, his administration will create about 5000 jobs within its first one year in office and assured also that job creation would be top on his agenda.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)19
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015APC To Fayose: "Channel Money On Hate Adverts To People-Oriented Programmes"The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has advised Governor Ayo Fayose to channel the money being expended on hate campaigns against its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, on productive activities for the benefit of Ekiti people. The party warned the Governor against wasting Ekiti money on anti-Buhari campaign, including hiring agents to trail Buhari around the world, saying that it is criminal to be spending the state’s resources in furtherance of personal ambition and safety. The party reasoned that the Governor was using such adverts to divert attention from his alleged fraudulent victory as revealed in the audio tape leak.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)17
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015"PDP Can't Set Military Against Buhari"- Haruna YerimaA former member, House of Representatives, Dr Haruna Yerima said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can’t set the military against the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in the upcoming elections. “There is no doubt that the ruling party has pocketed some elements within the military hierarch but it can’t pocket the rest of the military. The Nigerian military is patriotic despite its current poor leadership,” Yerima said. Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, the former lawmaker who was also a lecturer at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) said from past experiences “Buhari can still defeat President Goodluck Jonathan in all the military barracks in the country.”Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)7
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015Army Decries Indiscriminate Display Of Campaign Vehicles By PoliticiansAuthorities at the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri yesterday decried indiscriminate display of vehicles by politicians outside their campaign offices. Col Tukur Gusau, the spokesman of the division, stated this in a statement in Maiduguri. According to him, “The headquarters 7 Division of the Nigerian Army wish to appeal to politicians in the state to please park their marked campaign vehicle in their respective political parties only. Any vehicle seen parked outside such offices will be treated as security risk,’’ Gusau said.Nigeria 2015; Army 5
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015PDP BoT Member Set To Dump Party A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustee (BoT) is set to dump the party, a source told Daily Trust yesterday. The ranking member of the party who is from the North is said to be disenchanted with the turn of events in the party. The source, who is close to the BoT member, said the senior PDP member is leaving the party for nearly the same reasons that forced former President Olusegun Obasanjo out of the PDP last week. The source said it was tragic that Obasanjo, who was once considered as the soul and life of the party, was compelled to leave unceremoniously due to irreconcilable differences with President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP leadership.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)3
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015"APC Always Ready For Elections"- OsinbajoThe Vice-Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday reiterated the party’s preparedness for the general elections, saying the insecurity issue raised by the country’s security chiefs should not have led to the shift. Osinbajo spoke in Lagos shortly after unveiling a 50-metre banner, a specimen of what the youth wing of the party produced to be displayed by over 300 campaigners in major cities across the country.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)4
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015Ngilari Moves Against LG Officials Over BuhariAdamawa State Governor, Bala Nggilari, has threatened Local Government Chairmen and Councillors with disciplinary measures for supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaking at a PDP stakeholders’ meeting in Yola yesterday, the Governor frowned upon what he called ingratitude of party members working with the opposition. The State government had dissolved Gombi LG Council on allegation of financial recklessness shortly after the Chairman, Rufai Umar and most of the Councillors defected to the APC.Adamawa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)6
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015Don't Use Religion To Campaign, INEC Warns PoliticiansThe Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bauchi State has threatened to prosecute any political party or politician who campaigns based on religion. The State INEC Administrative Secretary, Emmanuel Umenger, gave the warning yesterday during an interactive session with stakeholders which comprised of traditional leaders, security agents, NYSC members and political party leaders in Darazo Local Government Area. The warning followed allegations by stakeholders that some politicians were basing their campaigns on religious sentiments.Nigeria 2015; INEC8
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015Man Nabbed Over PVC Racketeering The Taraba State Police Command has arrested one Alhaji Habu Iliya over alleged racketeering of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in the State. The Police Commissioner, Nyats Jatau, who confirmed the arrest yesterday, said the suspect was arrested on Sunday at Tella area in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba. He said the suspect was transferred to the command yesterday and that preliminary investigation revealed that Habu had, within the past two months, been collecting PVCs from unsuspecting members of the public on the pretext that he wanted them to guarantee a loan that was granted by a certain bank.Taraba 2015; PVC; INEC; Police9
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015Emir Of Wase Denies Blaming Nigeria's Problems On PoliticiansThe Wase Emirate Council has said that the Emir of Wase, Alhaji Mohammadu Sambo Haruna, has never blamed the crises in his domain or anywhere in Plateau State or beyond on politicians, stressing that reports in some national dailies to that effect were untrue. “The report was erroneous in every material, as between 2002 to date, about 100 villages in the locality had been attacked by some selfish persons from around the neighbourhood,” the Wazirin Wase, Alhaji Badamasi Mamuda, said in a statement made available to newsmen in the Plateau State capital, Jos.Nigeria 2015; Emir 10
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015"Those Against Buhari Are Enemies Of Nigeria"- AmosunOgun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has called for prayers from all Nigerians against those he termed as enemies of the country. He described those opposing the candidature of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as enemies of the country, saying that they “should be prayed for.” Amosun addressed the Community Development Associations (CDAs) under the Community Development Council (CDC), the State Co-operative and Thrift Society body and trade associations in Abeokuta.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)10
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 24th February 2015PDP Chieftain Flays Fayose Over Hate CampaignsA former member of the Senate, Mr Ayo Arise, has flayed Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, over his ‘death-wish’ adverts on the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari. The former lawmaker also rated President Goodluck Jonathan above the candidate of the APC in the March 28 presidential election. The Senator said Jonathan could not be blamed for all the crises bedevilling the country. Arise , who was Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation, spoke on a live programme monitored in Ado Ekiti, yesterday.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)10
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 24th February 2015"I Met Buhari Last Saturday"- Tony BlairTony Blair, former British Prime Minister has confirmed that he met with Muhammadu Buhari,presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC on Saturday. Over the weekend, supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan had accused the APC of photoshopping pictures showing Buhari and Blair. However, on Monday Blair's office confirmed the meeting.Nigeria 2015; Tony Blairhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/i-met-buhari-last-saturday-tony-blair.108262/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 24th February 2015"Fayose Wants Buhari Dead Before March 28th"- Action GroupMr. Segun Dipe, the Action Group operating within the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ekiti has accused Ayo Fayose of wanting Muhammadu Buhari dead before the March 28 presidential elections. According to PUNCH, Dipe said, ''Everyone should put Fayose on notice how his words and deeds have been threatening the life of General Buhari. 'A vote for APC is a vote against Fayose’s indecorous ways and PDP’s clueless impunity''.
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Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 24th February 2015Fayose Releases Proof Showing That Buhari's London Interview Was FakeEkiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has released proof to back his claim that Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC wasn't interviewed in London recently. According to VANGUARD, Fayose said, ,the picture of Buhari allegedly taken during the London interview was reportedly taken in suite 881 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Fayose took journalists on a tour of Suite 881 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel,Abuja to proof his point. During the tour, he compared the compared the sofa, paintings , table lamp, the flower vase, the lighting points and DSTV magazine as in the suite with what was published in the papers.
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Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 24th February 2015Buhari May Be Disqualified On March 19thMuhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC may be disqualified from contesting in the March 28 presidential elections. VANGUARD reports that the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, fixed March 19 to commence hearing on seven separate suits seeking to disqualify Buhari from contesting in the Presidential elections. All seven cases have been assigned to Justice Ademola Adeniyi.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-elections-buhari-may-be-disqualified-on-march-19.108273/
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th February 2015Police Occupy Niger Assembly, Cause Traffic GridlockSome armed policemen yesterday took over the premises of the Niger State House of Assembly and also blocked the ever busy Paiko road causing gridlock and panic. The workers resuming work at the State Secretariat opposite the House of Assembly waited for several hours to allow the traffic congestion caused by the blockage by the policemen to clear. Sources revealed that the action of the police was not unconnected with the rumour that some youth from the Constituencies of the Members whose seats were declared vacant last week by the Speaker of the Assembly, Adamu Usman were planning to invade the Assembly.Niger 2015; House Of Assembly http://leadership.ng/news/413539/police-occupy-niger-assembly-cause-traffic-gridlock
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th February 2015"Obasanjo's Exit From PDP Will Boost Buhari's Winning Chances"- CampbellA former Ambassador of the United States to Nigeria, Ambassador John Campbell, yesterday said that the exit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would boost the winning chances of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the rescheduled March 28 presidential election. Speaking in his new article, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent in New York, John Campbell added that the former President’s decision to quit the party on which platform he ruled the country from 1999 to 2003, as a result of his unending face-offs with President Goodluck Jonathan would certainly work in favour of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).Nigeria 2015; US http://leadership.ng/news/413528/obasanjos-exit-from-pdp-will-boost-buharis-winning-chances-campbell
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th February 2015Drama As Thugs Remove Candidate's Posters In SokotoMild drama played out yesterday at the Sokoto-Kano road roundabout fly-over bridge, popularly called Fly-Over ALU, as men of the Nigeria Police force allegedly took position while suspected hired thugs tore off posters of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates and replaces them with that of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates. The posters mostly affected was those of incumbent governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko and Speaker, House of Representative, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. Governor Wamakko is the APC candidate for Sokoto central senatorial seat while Tambuwal is the governorship candidate of APC.Sokoto 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/413541/drama-as-thugs-remove-candidates-posters-in-sokoto
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th February 2015"Buhari's London Interview Was Stage-Managed"- FayoseEkiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday declared that the interview the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari had with a local television station, “All Eyes on African TV” in London, United Kingdom, was not true. The Governor said the picture taken from the interview was snapped at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja and not in London as claimed by the opposition party. The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation had last Saturday circulated a picture Buhari purportedly had during the interview with Kemi Fadojutimi of the local television station.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/413578/buharis-london-interview-was-stage-managed-fayose
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th February 2015PDP Blasts APC Over Location Of Buhari's InterviewThe Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) has said that the revelation that the All Progressives Congress (APC) lied about the location of General Buhari’s interview for the TV show ‘All Eyes on Africa’ proves it is a party founded and built on deceit. In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode said, “It has come to light that the All Progressives Congress lied about the location of General Buhari’s interview with Kemi Fadojutimi of the USA-based TV show ‘All Eyes on Africa’."Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/413584/pdp-blasts-apc-over-location-of-buharis-interview
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015Group To Buhari: "Collect Your Result From Cambridge Before Returning To Nigeria"Move on Nigeria, a civic action group promoting good governance, democracy and the transformation agenda, has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to quit dodging issues and face squarely issues concerning the health and certificate of its presidential candidate and former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). The group said Buhari’s qualification had always been an issue even within the military circle where his intellectual ability had always had a question mark.Nigeria 2015; MONhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-to-buhari-collect-your-result-from-cambridge-before-returning-to-nigeria/202580/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015"I Spoke In Ekiti Rigging Audio Tape"- FayoseFor the very first time on Monday, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, owned up that it was his voice that was aired in the controversial audio tape on the State governorship election, but stated that he was complaining against the inadequacies in the electoral procedures during the governorship election in the State. Fayose, who spoke with journalists in Abuja, also disputed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), was not in London on a working visit, but on a sick bed.Ekiti Gate; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fayose-i-spoke-in-ekiti-rigging-audio-tape/202584/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015FG Planning To Arrest Fake Shekau, Says Buhari CampaignThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign organisation has alerted on reports of a fake Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, being presented before Nigerians by the government in order to claim glory for winning the war on terrorism. It said credible sources have alerted the APC that the fake Shekau might become a tool to blackmail members of the opposition party by coaching the phantom terror chief to say he was working for the opposition party candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, in order to link its presidential candidate to terrorism as it had attempted but failed in the past.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fg-planning-to-arrest-fake-shekau-says-buhari-campaign/202587/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015Buhari To Speak On Insecurity, Economy At Chatham HouseThe Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA), better known as Chatham House, has confirmed that presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), will be speaking at its event billed for February 26 in London. The confirmation of Buhari’s lecture date at the prestigious Chatham House in London, came just as a leading figure in APC and former National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, dismissed the assertion by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, that Buhari will never win the presidential election, describing it as baseless.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-to-speak-on-economy-insecurity-at-chatham-house/202589/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015Disqualification Suit Against Buhari Stalled AgainHearing in two of the 15 suits filed against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja was on Monday stalled due to the non-service of the defendant’s written addresses on the plaintiff to the suit. There are about 15 suits against Buhari which are challenging his competency to seek election as President. Chike Okafor filed the first suit via an originating summons wherein he asked the court for an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove or delete the name of Buhari and his party, APC from the list of persons and political parties eligible to contest for the office of the President of the nation.Nigeria 2015; Certificate; Buhari; Judiciaryhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/disqualification-suit-against-buhari-st
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015Buhari Dares Jonathan To Publish PWC ReportThe All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to make public the report of the forensic audit on the alleged missing $20 billion said to have been unremitted by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). But despite the challenge and the growing suspicion over the management of the funds of the NNPC, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, yesterday, defended the accounting system of the corporation declaring that she is satisfied with the level of transparency of the records in the organization. However, Buhari who spoke through his Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) asked the president and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government to live up to their flaunted belief in the rule of law and due process, public probity and accountability, by acceding to the request of the National Assembly to submit the forensic audit report from KPMG on the missing $20 billion and go ahead to publish same in mainstream newspapers for Nigerians to assess or query the degree of transparency involved in the controversial transaction.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-dares-jonathan-to-publish-pwc-forensic-report-on-nnpc/202596/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015Anti Buhari Adverts: Fayose Needs Psychiatric Test, Says APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has said Governor Ayodele Fayose needs psychiatric test with the way he has been spending millions on adverts to run down its presidential candidate, Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari. The party accused Fayose of engaging in diversionary tactics to cover up his alleged involvement in the fraudulent practices during the June 21 poll as contained in the Capt Sagir Koli’s secretly recorded audio tape. APC declared that the revelations in the tape would not be eclipsed by his anti-Buhari campaign antics, stressing that the money the Governor.is spending in his hate campaign could have been channeled towards productive activities for the benefit of Ekiti people.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/anti-buhari-8217-s-adverts-fayose-needs-psychiatric-test-says-apc/202537/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015Stop Taking Advantage Of Children Of The Poor To Unleash Terror On Opponents, Bello Advises PoliticiansA chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, Alhaji Muhammad Tahir Bello, on Monday urged politicians in the country to stop using children of the poor to perpetrate violence in order to achieve their selfish interest ahead of the general election in the country. He also said arrangements had been concluded by Mohtabe Holdings to organise a three-day public lecture between February 26 and 28, to sensitise the people of the State on the negative consequences of political violence in the polity.Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/
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ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015Former Anambra Governor Mbadinuju Defects To APCA former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, has quit the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC). Mbadinuju who addressed Journalists in Abuja yesterday accused his former party of treating him unfairly by not only denying him the opportunity to run for a second term as governor but neglecting and dumping him afterwards. He said everything good about the PDP had vanished, adding that the recent dramatic exit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo is a symbolic attestation to the fact that the party is sick.Anambra 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/former-anambra-governor-mbadinuju-defects-to-apc/202599/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015AIG Chides Rivers Politicians For Breaching Peace AccordThe Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 6, Calabar, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, has chided politicians in Rivers State for failing to comply with the “Peace Accord” they entered into with the police to ensure peace, security and safety of lives during and after the general elections in the State. He also said he has temporarily relocated to Port Harcourt to enforce the peace accord and ensure that there were no more politically-motivated violence in the State. Ogunsakin spoke on Monday in Port Harcourt while briefing journalists on investigations into the disruption of All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Okirika Local Government Area of the State.Rivers 2015; Violence; Policehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/aig-chides-rivers-politicians-for-breaching-peace-accord/202601/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015APC Accuses Jonathan Of Land Grab, Abuse Of OfficeThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan engaged in corruption through his Abuja land grab that fetched him 90.04 hectres of land in the Aviation Village, barely seven months after he was sworn into office. The party said the president’s action amounted to a serious error of judgment, abused his office and violation of the Constitution, adding that it was nothing but the height of indiscretion and abuse of office, and cannot be justified.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-accuses-jonathan-of-land-grab-abuse-of-office/202603/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015Obasanjo's Exit Is PDP's Death Warrant, Says KwankwasoKano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has described the exit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a fatal blow which points to the fact that the death warrant of the party is about to be signed. Kwankwaso described Obasanjo as a personality of great substance whose influence as a politician and elder statesman is too important to be ignored, adding that PDP leaders under rating his exit are only shedding crocodile tears.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obasanjo-s-exit-is-pdp-s-death-warrant-says-kwankwaso/202604/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015IPAC Accuses Cross River REC Of Plot To Subvert Use Of Card ReadersThe Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) has accused the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River State, Dr. Okey Ezeani, of a plot to subvert the use of card readers for the accreditation of voters during the conduct of the general election in the State. In making the accusation, the IPAC raised the alarm that the REC had commenced moves to introduce the use of Electronic Voters Register (EVR), where card readers fail, for accreditation during the elections.Cross River 2015; IPAC; INEC; Card Readershttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ipac-accuses-c-river-rec-of-plot-to-subvert-use-of-card-readers/202605/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th February 2015INEC May Use Immediate NYSC Members As Ad-Hoc StaffThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said monday immediate past National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members may still be engaged for the election duties owing to the election training they had undergone. The Commission is expected to use over 800,000 ad-hoc staff as polling officials in the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections as well as the governorship and State Assembly election slated for April 11. Spokesperson of the INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu, said despite not being under the NYSC scheme at the moment, the Commission is contemplating making use of the former corps members.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-may-use-immediate-ex-nysc-members-as-ad-hoc-staff/202606/
Guardian NewspaperMonday 23rd February 20152015: Amosun Calls For Unbiased Policing Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has called on authorities of the Nigerian Police Force and other security outfits in the country to eschew all forms of partisanship and be professional in carrying out their duties during the forthcoming elections. Amosun who made the call in Abeokuta while receiving the newly redeployed Commissioner of Police to the State in his office charged the force to hold fast to the tenets of the law and operate within its ambit.Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)74
Guardian NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015"Governor Aliyu Violated The Constitution In Handing Over To Speaker"- Bawa BwariReactions have continued to trail Governor Babangida Aliyu’s recent hand over of the reigns of the State to the Speaker of the House of House of Assembly as he traveled out of the country, with the former Chief Whip, House of Representatives in the Fourth Republic, Abubakar Bawa Bwari, saying it was a gross violation of the nation’s Constitution. In a statement in Minna, Bwari said the Governor’s action contravened Section 190 of the Nigerian Constitution, which States clearly that in the event that a Governor is not available to do his functions, the power to act in his stead automatically rests on the Deputy Governor of that State.

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Guardian NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015PVC's Found In Refuse Dumps In EnuguPacks of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) were at the weekend found in a refuse dumpster inside the Enugu East Local Council secretariat at Nkwo Nike. The Guardian gathered that the permanent voter’s cards were first seen by some concerned Nigerians who thereafter, alerted other members of the public. Those who saw the cards expressed shock over the development wondering if the cards were not those meant for distribution to eligible voters. Some residents who visited the Council Area, which is on the outskirts of Enugu capital city, saw the heaps of the essential electoral materials, inside the refuse dumpster provided by the Enugu State Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA) for evacuation of refuse.Enugu 2015; INEC75
Guardian NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015"My PDP Successor Will Sustain Youth Empowerment Scheme"- Governor OrjiResidents of Abia State have been assured that the government’s empowerment and poverty alleviation programmes will be sustained provided the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) governorship candidate is elected Governor in the rescheduled elections. This was disclosed by the State Governor Chief Theodore Orji yesterday when he distributed 30 Empowerment Vehicles to Ikwuano Youths and one Bus to the Aba State University Chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students ( NANS) at the Ikwuano Local Council headquarters .Abia 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)75
Guardian NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Civil Society, Agbakoba Caution Against Inciting UtterancesBarely a month to the rescheduled general elections, more voices are being raised against inflammatory statements capable of generating tension in the polity. In Lagos over the weekend, the Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance (CSCGG) decried the behaviours and utterances of some political actors, declaring they pose threats to Nigeria’s fledgling democracy. Also, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Partner, Development Law Consultant‎ to Olisa Agbakoba Legal (OAL) Wilfred Mamah urged politicians to‎ desist from inciting statement unnecessarily heating up polity and plunging the country into chaos.Nigeria 2015; CSCGG; Agbakoba; Inflammatory Rhetoric7
Vanguard NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Ministerial Nomination: "APC's Call For Obanikoro's Rejection Lacks Merit"- Lagos PDPLAGOS State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has faulted calls by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the rejection of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro as a ministerial nominee over his alleged involvement in an audio recording on Ekiti State governorship election, saying the party is behaving like a bad loser. It noted that such calls lacked merit since the authenticity of the tape is yet to be ascertained. Briefing newsmen yesterday in Lagos, the PDP Secretary, Wahab Owokoniran said Obanikoro’s nomination is well deserved.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)10
Vanguard NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Service Chiefs Urged To Assure Nigerians Of Peaceful PollsSome pro-democracy activists under the aegis of Nigerians United for Democracy, NUD, have called on the security chiefs to give an undertaking on the conduct and certainty of the rescheduled March 28 poll. The call was sequel to the anxiety generated by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairman’s Prof Atahiru Jega’s statement which indicated that only the service chiefs could guarantee that the rescheduled elections would hold. Addressing a press conference in Lagos, the national coordinator of the group, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, submitted that Nigerians are “worried that the new election dates are not sacrosanct.”
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Vanguard NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Appeal Court: "Omisore's Optimism Is Delusional"- Osun APCThe All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State has said that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Governorship Candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore’s optimism that he would win the seat through the appeal court as delusional. Reacting to a video clip which the PDP circulated last week in Abuja as ‘evidence that the APC rigged the governorship election in Osun State, the APC in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said the video will not make any difference to Omisore’s case at the court of appeal. According to the APC spokesman, the case Omisore argued for 180 days at the Tribunal was meticulously dismantled in a landmark judgment that lasted over seven hours by the three-man panel which struck it out as unworthy in every material particular.
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Vanguard NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Abia Government Accuses Opposition Of Heating Up PolityAbia State Government has accused opposition parties of causing tension in the State through alleged “incessant dishing of falsehood” aimed at heating up the polity. The government insisted that the State would remain peaceful despite the alleged attempt by the opposition parties and some perceived faceless groups to cause confusion in the State.Abia 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)16
Vanguard NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Biafran Secessionists Urge Igbo To Boycott PollsThe Pro-Biafra group, the Biafra Zionists Federation, BZF, has called on Ndigbo to boycott the general elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11, 2015. The BZF said its call became necessary following the refusal of a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu to grant bail to 11 of its members standing treason trial. Speaking to Journalists in Enugu yesterday, National Chairman of BZF, Mr. Onyia Cyril, said any harm done to the detained BZF members was harm on Ndigbo in general and called on the people of South-East not to participate in the election as a show of solidarity to the detained activists.Nigeria 2015; BZF; Ndigbo16
Vanguard NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015"I'll Inherit Huge Debt Profile, Empty Treasury"- BuhariPresidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that he would inherit a huge debt profile and empty treasury if elected President, expressing confidence that his wealth of experience would assist in turning the situation around. He also stated that his party’s economic policies are conceived to be people-centred, adding that the country would for the first time in over three decades experience a truly pro-people Federal Government if elected. Buhari said this in a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, APCPCO, Malam Garba Shehu.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)8
Vanguard NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Swear That You Didn't Visit UK Hospital, Fayose Tells BuhariEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Major General Muhammadu Buhari to swear with the Holy Quran if he did not visit any hospital for medical attention during his visit to United Kingdom. In a statement signed in Ado Ekiti yesterday by his Special Assistant on Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka said Buhari will never be the president as he would dash the hope of his followers.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)11
Vanguard NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015"I Disagree That Stealing Is Not Corruption"- FasholaGovernor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has said that unless Nigerian leaders lived above board by imbibing and showing high level of moral authority, it would be difficult to stop the menace of corruption in the country. The Governor, who said this at an interactive session with the Lagos State Governor’s Office Correspondents, LAGOCO, at the weekend, noted that though the concept of corruption was multi-faceted, theft constituted worst part of the practice. Fashola admitted that though corruption was a heinous crime, it could not be stopped by capital punishment in the country.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)10
Nation NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Stop Giving Jonathan Credit, Governor Ajimobi Tells AkinjideOyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has warned the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ms. Jumoke Akinjide and the Accord Party governorship candidate, Rashidi Ladoja, to stop appropriating his administration’s effort to the Presidency. His statement followed the minister’s claim that the Federal Government helped the State secure a $200 million World Bank loan for the Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP). Ms. Akinjide had urged the people to vote for Jonathan because the Federal Government helped the state access the $200 million World Bank loan to combat floods; Ladoja said the government should complete the Apete bridge with the loan.Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)7
Nation NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Jega Meets NSA Team, Others Today On State Of Security Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega will today hold a stock-taking meeting with a team from the Office of the National Security Adviser, the military and para-military organisations on security, for the general elections. Today’s session with the military is the first since the were postponed on February 7. The elections will now hold on March 28 and April 11.
A top source in INEC, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, said: “We are holding an Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) session to update ourselves on the state of the nation’s security and the Electoral Commission’s preparedness."
Nigeria 2015; INEC4
Nation NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015"Jonathan Has No Plans To Rig Polls"- MinisterNational Planning Minister Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman has said the President Goodluck Jonathan administration is doing everything possible to ensure free and fair general elections. The administration, Sulaiman said, had no plan to rig the elections. The Minister, who spoke at a reception organised in his honour by the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Abuja, described Jonathan as a leader with “a large heart”.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)5
Nation NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Reps To Security Agents: Don't Take Sides In Rivers PoliticsA delegation of the House of Representatives on a visit to All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, yesterday, urged security agencies not to take sides in the political contest in the State. They also urged politicians to play politics by the rules and campaign on issues. The delegation, led by Pally Iriase (Edo State), condemned last Tuesday’s violence in Okrika, the headquarters of Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, during Peterside’s campaign, where gunmen killed a police corporal, Ifeanyi Okorie, 33, and injured about 50 people including Channels television reporter Charles Eruka. Rivers 2015; Violence; House Of Representatives47
Nation NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Activists Warn Jonathan Against Tenure ExtensionActivists warned yesterday against another shift of the general elections.
They will stage a nationwide protest should the elections be postponed. The elections fixed for March 28 and April 11 must hold, Nigerians United for Democracy (NUD) said. The group’s leader, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), spoke at a news conference in Lagos. With him were Malachy Ugwumadu, Olarenwaju Suraj and Mr. Debo Adeniran, among others. They listed attempts by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to derail the elections, saying there would be a national day of action on February 28, where Nigerians would stand hand-in-hand to send a strong message to the government that the citizenry will not tolerate any attempt to interfere with the elections.
Nigeria 2015; Extension; Activists1
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Protests In Kaduna Over Plans To Postpone March 28th ElectionsA group under the auspices of El-Rufai Youth Coalition yesterday staged a protest against an alleged plot by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to postpone the re-scheduled March 28 presidential election. The youth raised placards during the protest with inscriptions such as ‘Save Nigeria with your PVC’ ‘Election must hold in March’ ‘Kick against corruption and insecurity with your PVC’ ‘FG, civil society, civil groups help INEC to hold election’ ‘Avoid electoral malpractice’ ‘We want total change in Nigeria’ and ‘El-Rufai is our choice.’ Addressing the crowd, leader of the coalition, Comrade Balarabe Birnin Yero, called on Nigerians who are yet to collect their PVCs to do so before the election day.Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)23
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Monarch Urges INEC Not To Disenfranchise NigeriansThe Muri Munene of Efut kingdom in Cross River State, HRM Effiong Okokon Mbukpa VII, has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure no Nigerian is disenfranchised in the forth coming general elections. Speaking with newsmen in Calabar, he said: “Before the postponement of February 14 polls, INEC Chairman said he was ready to conduct the elections but he later told the Senate that one million Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) were yet to be printed, apart from complaints that people had not collected their PVCs."Cross River 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)23
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Maku To INEC: "Don't Use PVC, Card Readers For Elections"All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate in Nasarawa State, Labaran Maku has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to drop the idea of using Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) and Card Reader Machine in 2015 election. He said the Commission should reserve the PVC and card readers to test-run in any by-elections and in the 2019 general elections. Maku, who addressed newsmen in Karu at a rally, weekend, hailed the innovation by INEC, but insisted that it needed to be test-run in a by-election to ascertain its effectiveness before deploying the technology in a nation-wide election. Nasarawa 2015; APGA19
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Youth Coalition Campaigns For Violence-Free PollsAs part of efforts to ensure violence-free elections across the nation, the Nigerian Youth Coalition Against Electoral Violence is to embark on nationwide sensitisation campaign on peaceful polls. The move, according to the coalition, is aimed at stemming the tide of political thuggery across the country. The National Secretary, Mr Idris Rogo, disclosed this at the end of a two-day national stakeholders’ workshop on electoral violence in Sokoto at the weekend.Nigeria 2015; NYCAEV8
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015PDP Secretariat Set Ablaze In NasarawaThe People’s Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Obi LGA of Nasarawa State was set ablaze early yesterday by yet unknown persons. The incident came a day after the PDP received over 3,000 members of the APC who defected during the PDP governorship campaign rally in Obi and after a peace accord was signed before security agencies with party leaders pledging not to incite supporters. Witnesses in Obi said the arsonists stormed the Secretariat and chased the security guard away before they set the building ablaze.Nasarawa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)6
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Lagos Denies Seizing Non-Indigenes PVCsGovernor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, has expressed dismay that some people whipped up ethnic sentiments to create division among Lagos residents with the allegation that non-indigenes were being denied Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs). The Governor said the allegation was not only false but also dangerous to the growth of democracy in the country. Fashola reacted at the weekend during a meeting with Igbo market leaders in Lagos. He assured all residents of the State of a level playing field in all aspects of life. Lagos 2015; PVC; INEC10
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Activist Sues Service Chiefs, NSA Over Poll ShiftA pro-democracy activist Mr Richard Akinnola has instituted a fresh law suit against the Service Chiefs and the National Security Adviser (NSA) at the Federal High Court Abuja over shift in election dates. He is seeking an order stopping the defendants from further causing any alteration or postponement to the timetable of the 2015 general election as re-scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He has also applied for an order of mandamus compelling INEC to conduct the re-scheduled elections on the appointed dates irrespective of the advice, position or opposition from the Service Chiefs and the NSA. Nigeria 2015; Postponement; Activist13
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Ndigbo Cautions Against Election ViolenceA group known as Ndigbo for Good Governance (NGG) has cautioned political parties and their candidates against violence during polls, saying elections are crucial for the survival of democracy. This was contained in a message to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Vice Chairman (South-East) retired Col. Austin Okwudiri Akobundu, on his ministerial nomination. In the message signed by its coordinator, Chima Ebere Nwankwo, the group said violence is politically dangerous, morally wrong and socially reprehensible. Nigeria 2015; Ndigbo13
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015"Neither Buhari Nor Jonathan Can Solve Nigeria's Problems"- Balarabe MusaFormer Governor of Kaduna State and leader of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Alhaji Balarabe Musa, yesterday said neither the ruling PDP nor the APC has the right candidate that will solve the country’s problems. Musa said in an interview with Daily Trust that the only way to salvage the country from collapse is to have in place a legitimate government that cares for the people. The former Governor said the Credible Alternative Alliance is advocating for a third credible alternative candidate who can emerge even one week before the elections. Nigeria 2015; Balarabe Musa; PRP14
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015"Security Not Enough Reason For Election Postponement"- John TondoA House of Representatives candidate under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State, John Tondo, has stressed the need for relevant bodies to take responsibility for shortfalls instead of using security as excuse for election postponement. Tondo told journalists in Makurdi at the weekend that the shift in dates of election was necessary to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) prepare adequately but frowned upon the idea of naming insecurity as a major reason.
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Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 23rd February 2015Jigawa Receives 4,263 Card ReadersJigawa State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday, said it had received 4,263 card readers from its headquarters in Abuja for the elections. The Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Alhaji Haliru Tambawel, told newsmen that the card readers received would be used in 4,083 polling units across the State. He said the office had also received more than 90 per cent of non sensitive materials that would be used for the elections.Jigawa 2015; INEC14
Leadership News OnlineMonday 23rd February 2015"PDP Fidgeting Over Coming General Elections"- FalanaLagos lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) has observed that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have developed cold feet over the possible outcome of the coming general election thus prompting shift in the poll. Falana who addressed the press yesterday under the aegis of Nigerians United for Democracy said all suggestions and considerations leading to the postponement of the election were illegal. He warned therefore that if government decides to inaugurate an interim administration or causes any further shift of the election, it will be massively resisted.Nigeria 2015; Falanahttp://leadership.ng/news/413389/pdp-fidgeting-over-coming-general-elections-falana
Leadership News OnlineMonday 23rd February 2015"Jonathan Will Win In Lagos"- GroupAs political parties in Lagos State are scheming to carry the day during the forthcoming governorship poll ,a Lagos-based group,Save Lagos Group(SLG) has said that the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and its governorship candidate in the State, Mr Jimi Agbaje may loose the forthcoming gubernatorial to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates Mr Akiwumi Ambode due to poor planning of the state chapter of the party. But, the group is optimistic that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan would score more than the mandatory 25 per cent According to the group Jonathan will win, on the grounds that Lagosians want him to continue in office because of his achievements recorded so far in the last four years.Lagos 2015; SLG; Jonathanhttp://leadership.ng/news/413411/group-jonathan-ii-win-in-lagos
Leadership News OnlineMonday 23rd February 2015Ekiti Rigging Tape Must Be Probed, APC InsistsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has reiterated its call for a full-scale probe of the Ekiti rigging tape that was recently released by an army captain who recorded the audio tape, saying it must be subjected to a forensic investigation. The party in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the issues exposed by the tape are too grievous to be swept under the carpet or dismissed on the basis of gross partisanship. It said the investigation is particularly necessary because of the alleged role the military played in the whole rigging scenario, and against the background of the court rulings against the deployment of troops for elections.Ekiti Gate; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/413423/ekiti-rigging-tape-must-be-probed-apc-insists
Leadership News OnlineMonday 23rd February 2015Jigawa CAN Denies Alleged Receipt Of N3 Million BribeChristian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Jigawa State chapter has denied the allegation of receiving N3 million given to all State chapters of the association across the nation to campaign against APC presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in churches. State Chairman of the association Rev. Musa Yakubu was reacting to the allegation by Pastor Musa Kallamu Dikkwa that it was to support and campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid. He said, the report in which Pastor Dikkwa alleged that President Jonathan through the president of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor gave the association the sum of N7 billion distributed to the 36 States branch of the association, including the Federal Capital Territory, was very alarming.Jigawa 2015; CAN http://leadership.ng/news/413428/jigawa-can-denies-alleged-receipt-of-n3m-bribe
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015March Elections: CNPP Raises Alarm Over Poor Funding Of PoliceThe Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has expressed concern over the poor preparations by the Nigerian Police Force for the rescheduled general election fixed for March 28 and April 11. The CNPP said it had observed some inadequacies in the police build-up to the elections caused mainly by the non-release of funds by the Federal Government. In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of CNPP, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, yesterday, the body said it had an interactive meeting with police top brass during which the Force complained of lack of funds to provide logistics for the elections.Nigeria 2015; CNPPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/march-elections-cnpp-raises-the-alarm-over-poor-funding-of-police/202496/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015APC To Jonathan: "Obey Court Order On Soldier's Deployment" The Zonal Publicity Secretaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have urged the Federal Government to respect the rulings of the Federal High Court and the Appeal Court not to deploy the military for the purpose monitoring elections. The Zonal Spokesman, under the auspices of the conference of APC State Publicity Secretaries (CAPS), said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled Federal Government should not go ahead with its plan to use soldiers during the rescheduled general election on February 28 and April 11. Their comment was contained in a statement signed by the Coordinators from the six geo-political zones and their Chairman, Mr. Joe Igbokwe.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-to-jonathan-obey-court-order-on-soldiers-deployment/202499/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015NIMASA Denies Funding Jonathan's CampaignThe Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, has denied funding the President Goodluck Jonathan political campaign. At a press briefing yesterday, Akpobolokemi stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been involved in campaign of calumny by dragging the agency into party politics, saying the agency had been busy carrying out its Constitutional duties. He pointed out that instead of the APC to engage the government on issues, it has, instead, been out dragging government agencies into party politics. The agency therefore gave APC 72 hours to withdraw the statement credited to the Buhari Campaign Organisation or it will institute a court action against it.Nigeria 2015; NIMASAhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nimasa-denies-funding-jonathan-s-campaign/202500/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015"I Am Not Leaving Jonathan, PDP"- OkeThe former National Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olusola Oke, at the weekend debunked allegations of anti-party activities levelled against him in a publication stating that he was committed to ensuring the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan. Oke, who denied romancing with the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a news conference he addressed in Akure, the State capital, said he never had the intention of leaving the PDP for the APC or any other political party.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oke-i-am-not-leaving-pdp-jonathan/202495/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015Agbaje Admits Tax Default, Pays N500,000 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, at the weekend said the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, had paid N500,000 out of N1.629 million being the cost of the Land Use charge his firm, Jaykay Pharmacy Limited, owed the State government for a period of four years. Besides, the Governor said a high level of moral authority was required to fight the country’s scare index of endemic corruption, which he said, was the real reason Nigeria had been witnessing socio-economic downturn since independence.Lagos 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/agbaje-admits-tax-default-pays-n500-000/202505/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015"Jonathan Distributed Dollars To Lagosians"- FasholaLagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Sunday alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan had spent five days in the State, holding meetings with different people and doling out monies in hard currencies them. Consequently, the Governor described the President’s alleged outreach to different groups including traditional rulers, cooperative societies and market women among others as an act of desperation. Fashola, who spoke after inspecting some ongoing projects in Ibeju-Lekki and on Lagos Island yesterday, expressed disappointment at some statements credited to the president at meetings with the interest groups at the State House, Marina.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fashola-jonathan-distributed-dollars-to-lagosians/202506/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015Election Postponement A Blessing In Disguise, Says MarkSenate President, David Mark, has stated that the postponement of the general election has provided millions of eligible voters an opportunity to collect their permanent voter’s cards (PVCs). Mark, who made the remark at the opening of the plenary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria in Abuja, said the postponement had turned out to be “a blessing in disguise”. According to him, if the elections had held on February14, many Nigerians would have been unable to vote.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; Senate http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/election-postponement-a-blessing-in-the-disguise-says-mark/202508/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015In Financial Times, Jonathan Defends His Record Of Achievement President Goodluck Jonathan has insisted that rescheduled polls will go ahead on time and that should he be defeated, he would like to be remembered for insisting they were free and fair. In a rare interview at the State House in Lagos, the former colonial seat of government, Jonathan conceded that opinion polls show him running “neck and neck” with his main rival, Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, in elections postponed by six weeks to March 28 on security grounds. The campaign comes against a backdrop of regional and ethnic tension, brutal atrocities carried out by Boko Haram extremists and with Africa’s largest economy battered by the falling price of oil.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/in-financial-times-jonathan-defends-his-record-of-achievements/202510/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015Pray For Peace, Unity, Gowon Urges Nigerians With the tension that pervaded the land following the recently postponed elections, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has urged all Nigerians to continue to pray for peace and unity of the nation. Gowon, who is Convener of the Nigeria Prays, said this in Gombe on Saturday when he visited the Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Mr Tha’anda Rubainu. According to a report monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the convener said that the Nigeria Prays project was initiated in order to pray for the leadership, people and lasting peace in Nigeria as part of the members’ contribution to the development of the country.Nigeria 2015; Gowonhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pray-for-peace-unity-gowon-urges-nigerians/202511/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015"Interim Government Is Treasonable"- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday warned those suggesting interim government, saying it is treasonable as such a system of government runs contrary to the nation's Constitution. The President still reassured Nigerians that elections would hold on March 28 and April 11 as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). According to the President, it was only the military that could put an interim government in place but that it would not be accepted by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN).Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-interim-govt-is-treasonable/202514/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015PDP Denies Planning Pre-election Violence In EdoWith less than five weeks to the general election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has accused the Edo State Government of raising false accusations and fuelling political tension in the State. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the PDP stated this against the backdrop of a statement credited to the State government, where it raised the alarm over an alleged plot by the opposition party to foment violence in Edo, prior to the elections.Edo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-denies-planning-pre-election-violence-in-edo/202515/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015Yuguda Woos Bauchi Residents To Vote For PDP CandidatesBauchi State Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda, has appealed to voters in Bauchi South Senatorial District to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming general election. Director General of Yuguda For Senate Forum, Alhaji Bala Abdullahi Maiauduga, made the appeal yesterday, while briefing journalists in Bauchi on the chances of Yuguda to win the Bauchi South senatorial seat.Bauchi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/yuguda-woos-bauchi-residents-to-vote-for-pdp-candidates/202516/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015Coalition Seeks Rejection Of Obanikoro's Ministerial NominationA coalition of civil society groups under the aegis of All Nigeria Save Democracy Movement at the weekend asked the Senate to reject the ministerial nomination of former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Lagos State governorship aspirant, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, by President Goodluck Jonathan. However, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Demola Olarewaju, kicked against the ongoing campaign to stop the re-appointment of Obanikoro as a Minister, noting that the campaign was uncalled for.Nigeria 2015; ANSD; Obanikorohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/coalition-seeks-rejection-of-obanikoro-s-ministerial-nomination/202521/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015Clark, Aggrieved PDP Aspirants Berate APC, Say Opposition Has Nothing To OfferFormer Minister of Information and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, at the weekend berated the All Progressives Congress (APC), stating that it had nothing to offer Nigeria than to enthrone a Northern President. Clark stated this in Abuja while playing host to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Aspirants’ Forum who paid him a courtesy visit to express their grievances over how the party had treated them in the last primaries in various States. The group said their grievances over the PDP was that the party did not hold primary elections to nominate any of its candidate rather all the standard bearers were appointed by god fathers.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/clark-aggrieved-pdp-aspirants-berate-apc-say-opposition-has-nothing-to-offer/202522/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015I Was Not Imposed On Plateau People, Says PwajokThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Plateau State, Senator Gyang Pwajok, has debunked the insinuations making the rounds that he was imposed on the people of the state by the incumbent Governor; Mr. Jonah Jang, saying he polled overwhelming votes from the delegates from all the zones in the state during the party’s primaries to emerge as the candidate. Describing the allegation as ridiculous, Pwajok noted that the total votes of all the other 15 aspirants that contested the primaries election with him was nothing near the votes he polled. Pwajok stated this yesterday while receiving supporters Kanke Local Government Area, who paid him a solidarity visit at the Rock View Hotel Jos, to appreciate him for picking one of them in the person of Yilji Gomwalk as his running mate.Plateau 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/i-was-not-imposed-on-plateau-people-says-pwajok/202523/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015Peterside Calls For Investigation Into Rivers KillingsThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Hon. Dakuku Peterside, has called on journalists and all other relevant stakeholders to investigate the spate of political violence that has led to the killing of over 30 members of his party ahead of the elections in the State. The ruling APC has continued to accuse the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being behind the violence unleashed on their supporters in Bori, Khana LGA and other parts of Rivers State that have left scores wounded and many killed.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/peterside-calls-for-investigation-into-rivers-killings/202524/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015PDP Urges IG To Investigate Attack On Imo State WidowsRipples of alleged attack on widows in Imo State by suspected members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) continue as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organisation yesterday called on Inspector-General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, to investigate the attack on the women, saying it will resist attempt to brutalise women in Nigeria. It would be recalled that women under the aegis of the PDP widows, on February 10, in a protest rally in Owerri reportedly clashed with agents of the State government in the course of their Assembly. Speaking at a news conference on Sunday, Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP presidential campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, called on the IG to act expeditiously on the petition sent to him by the leaders of the widowed women associations by investigating the attacks on them.Imo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-campaign-urges-ig-to-investigate-attack-on-imo-state-widows/202526/
ThisDay LiveMonday 23rd February 2015"I'll Being Opposition To My Cabinet If Re-elected"- JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has said he will open the door for new people, including those who oppose now, to join his administration and serve Nigeria if he finally wins the race to return as the country’s president on March 28. Likewise, the president has pledged to hunt down the Boko Haram insurgents, whose operations he acknowledged, had caused collateral destruction of lives and property in the North-East in particular. The President expressed the view in a document that emanated from a meeting he held with Strategy Group, a forum of trusted Northerners and Southerners on February 14.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-i-ll-bring-opposition-to-my-cabinet-if-re-elected/202527/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 23rd February 2015APC Accuses Fayose Of Trailing Buhari's Moves In LondonThe All Progressives Congress, APC has accused Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose of trailing its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on a working visit in London. The APC made the accusation via a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity for the APC presidential campaign. The statement claimed that some people who Fayose hired in London had been trailing the movement of Buhari during his working visit in the UK.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-accuses-fayose-of-trailing-buharis-moves-in-london.108236/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 23rd February 2015"NIMASA Now A Campaign Outpost Of PDP"- APCThe APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has dismissed as empty the threat of litigation against it by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) over allegations that the maritime agency was behind the sponsoring of the hate campaigns against the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari on AIT and the NTA. A statement by the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the APCPCO signed by Garba Shehu in reaction to the 72-hour ultimatum by NIMASA demanding retraction and apology over the said report said that the APC will present credible witnesses in court to prove not only this, but the fact that the maritime agency has since transformed into a campaign outpost for the PDP.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nimasa-now-a-campaign-outpost-of-pdp-apc.108237/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSunday 22nd February 2015"I Have Added Value To Governance"- FasholaGovernor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has said that his administration has done a lot to improve the living condition of the citizenry. Speaking at an interactive session with State House correspondents at his Marina residence on Friday night, Fashola said that his administration had added value to governance. He described attacks on his administration by the opposition as ‘’unfair’’, insisting that he had done so much to improve the living standard of the people since he assumed office in 2007.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fashola-claims-he-has-added-value-to-governance.108209/
ThisDay LiveSunday 22nd February 2015Jonathan Parleys Alaafin, Soun Over Re-election BidPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday visited Oyo State as part of his ongoing campaign to have another shot at the presidency ahead of the March 28 general election. The President visited both the ‎Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III and the Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade, where he pledged his commitment to consolidate on his achievements and take the nation to greater heights if re-elected.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-parleys-alaafin-soun-over-re-election-bid/202403/
ThisDay LiveSunday 22nd February 2015Ebonyi: Ogbuewu Accuses Elechi Of Working Against JonathanDeputy Coordinator of Jonathan/ Sambo 2015 Presidential Campaign in Ebonyi State, Amb. Frank Ogbuewu has accused the state governor, Chief Martin Elechi of working against the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan and all the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State in the forthcoming general election. Briefing newsmen in Abakalaliki, the former Minister for Culture and Tourism noted that though Elechi has no capacity to make Jonathan lose in Ebonyi, the political situation in the state is unique as “this is the first time in the State where a PDP government is working for opposition - Labour Party in the State level and also pretending to be working for the PDP presidential candidate”.Ebonyi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ogbuewu-accuses-elechi-of-working-against-jonathan/202394/
ThisDay LiveSunday 22nd February 2015Balarabe Musa Warns Against Further Postponement Of ElectionsNational Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party ( PRP) and former Governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has warned that further postponement of the general elections may provoke massive protest by Nigerians. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier shifted the 2015 general election from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11, giving unabated Boko Haram bloody activities in North-East as one of the reasons for the shift. However, Musa who spoke with newsmen yesterday shortly after a meeting of the National Executive Committee of Peoples PRP in Kaduna, said the election could hold with or without the insurgency taking charge of just a small portion of the country.Nigeria 2015; PRPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/musa-warns-against-further-postponement-of-elections/202392/
ThisDay LiveSunday 22nd February 2015Adhoc Staff List In Abia Not Tampered With, Says INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abia State has debunked allegations that the ad hoc lists of electoral officers had been tampered with by external influences, saying that there was no truth in the allegations. Opposition in the state have been alleging that the INEC ad hoc list had been substituted with a list prepared by the State government and the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) while the uniforms of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) had been procured to impersonate those selected as ad hoc staffs. Reacting to the allegations, the head public enlightenment and voter education of INEC, Barr. Edwin Enabor told THISDAY that the electoral body was jealously guarding the ad hoc list and could not subject it to any substitutions or alterations.Abia 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ad-hoc-staff-list-in-abia-not-tampered-with-says-inec/202390/
ThisDay LiveSunday 22nd February 2015"I'm Not In Any London Hospital"- BuhariThe Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday dismissed reports that he visited a London hospital to attend to his health, saying: ‘I’m hale and hearty’. Buhari was reacting to the allegation by Governor Ayo Fayose that the APC presidential candidate was being attended to in a London hospital. According to Fayose, Buhari’s alleged visit to the hospital corroborated his alarm that the former military dictator was sick and lacked the required capacity to rule a complex country like Nigeria.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-i-8217-m-not-in-any-london-hospital/202405/
ThisDay LiveSunday 22nd February 2015The Card Reader Is Different From E-Voting, INEC Chieftain ClarifiesA National Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Lai Olurode, has clarified that the smart card reader being proposed for the 2015 general elections is not synonymous with electronic voting as being erroneously thought in some quarters. Olurode, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti States gave the clarification in Ado Ekiti at the weekend during a meeting with the management staff in Ekiti State, led by Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Sam Olumekun. Olurode said the basic function of a device that is novel in the country’s electoral system is to verify the Permanent Voter Cards and authenticate the claims of the prospective voters.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/card-reader-s-different-from-e-voting-inec-chieftain-clarifies/202400/
ThisDay LiveSunday 22nd February 2015Catholic Bishops Meet Over Security, Violence- Free PollsBishops under the aegis of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) are to meet today in Abuja over several national issues ahead of the 2015 general elections. Top on the agenda at the conference is security and violence-free 2015 general elections. The Catholic Church has already expressed concern over insecurity mostly in the Northern part of the country and how that may impede the process. Speaking to THISDAY on the expectations of the conference, which has as its theme ‘Good Family, Make Good Nation’ CBCN President, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos said the current political atmosphere compels the Bishops to reflect on the situation and possibly charge politicians to chart the course of peace in the political activities.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/catholic-bishops-meet-over-security-violence-free-polls/202398/
Leadership News OnlineSunday 22nd February 2015UN Backs Nigeria On New Election DatesThe United Nations (UN) secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, on Saturday said the world body has thrown its weight behind Nigeria on the new dates fixed for the conduct of the country’s general elections. This was contained in a statement issued by its Spokesperson, Stephane DuJarric, in New York. The statement quoted the UN scribe as saying that the global body was closely monitoring developments and was offering its full support to Nigeria towards the March 28 and April 11 new dates for the polls. The Secretary-General said the UN high-level representative to Nigeria led by Mohammed Ibn Chambas, would remain actively engaged with the Nigerian authorities over the coming weeks.Nigeria 2015; UNhttp://leadership.ng/news/413195/un-backs-nigeria-on-new-election-dates
Leadership News OnlineSunday 22nd February 2015Nasarawa PDP Denies Diversion Of N200 Million Campaign FundThe Nasarawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed media reports that the campaign organisation of the party has diverted N200 million campaign funds. This was contained in a statement signed by Senator Solomon Ewuga, the director general, PDP gubernatorial campaign organisation in the State. The campaign DG said such reports were malicious and the figment of the imagination of the author.Nasarawa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/413233/nasarawa-pdp-denies-alleged-diversion-of-n200m-campaign-funds
Leadership News OnlineSunday 22nd February 2015"Use Of Card Readers In Line With Electoral Act"- INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission, National Commissioner, Prof Lai Olurode, yesterday said that the Commission has not erred in its decision to use the Smart Card Readers for the 2015 general elections. Olurode, who is the National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti States stated this on Saturday in Ado Ekiti during a meeting with the Commission’s management staff in Ekiti State. He clarified that the machine was not synonymous with electronic voting as being erroneously insinuated in some quarters which contravenes the provision of the Electoral Acts 2010 as amended. Olurode said the basic function of the device was to verify the Permanent Voter Cards and authenticate the detailed information about the prospective voters.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://leadership.ng/news/413174/use-of-card-readers-in-line-with-electoral-act-inec
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 21st February 2015"We Suspect APC In Anti-Election Leaflets Circulation"- PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as revealing, the attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to politicise the circulation of anti-election leaflets in Gombe State. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Tuesday alerted that the rush with which the APC started raining accusations was “suspect and betrays a subterfuge; a spirited attempt to cover-up, divert attention and distract the security forces from getting to those behind the threats.”Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/413023/we-suspect-apc-in-anti-election
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 21st February 2015"PDP Instigated Circulation Of Anti-Election Leaflets Over Fear Of Defeat"- APCThe All Progressives Congress, (APC) has fingered the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who it said is mortally afraid of the 2015 general elections of sponsoring the circulation of leaflets urging the people of Gombe to stay away from the polling booths on election days or they will be in trouble. The National Publicity Secretary, of APC, Lai Mohammed said the PDP was desperate to ensure that the general elections do not hold, at all costs.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/413025/pdp-instigated-circulation-of-anti-election-leaf
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 21st February 2015APC Accuses PDP Of Plot To Blackmail Clerics, Others Over BuhariThe All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has alleged that the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through some government’s security agencies, of plans to shift the paradigm of public perception of corruption on them to the camp of the opposition by witch-hunting some Northern Muslim clerics and district heads of having stolen Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to rig election for the APC flag-bearer, retired General Muhammadu Buhari. A statement signed by the APCPCO Director of Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja yesterday and made available to LEADERSHIP Weekend, said: “If this clandestine plan is hatched like the use of the military to rig the polls in the governorship election in Ekiti State last year, or the underhand treatment currently being given to INEC and other State institutions, we in the APC and majority of fellow Nigerian men and women would disbelieve it, resist it and question it till such an oppressive decision is rescinded and the anomaly rectified.”Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/413131/apc-accuses-pdp-of-plot-to-blackmail-clerics-others-over-buhari
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 21st February 2015Kukah Tasks Politicians On Unity, DevelopmentThe Roman Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, on Friday, advised politicians to refrain from acts capable of disrupting the unity of the country. He gave the advice at a lecture in Abuja titled; “Democracy in Nigeria, So Near, Yet So Far’’, organised by the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja chapter. The lecture was aimed at fashioning a way forward for the country after the forthcoming general elections. Kukah said Nigerian politicians should not compromise the unity of the country for the 2015 general elections.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://leadership.ng/news/413134/kukah-tasks-politicians-on-unity-development
ThisDay LiveSaturday 21st February 2015"Jonathan'll Defeat Buhari Even If Elections Hold Today"- KotoyeThe President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Coordinator for Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, Mr. Adeyinka Kotoye, has expressed confidence that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will defeat Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the main opposition party, All Progressive Congress (APC) even if election holds right now. Kotoye said his confidence is hinged on the fact that President Jonathan remains the best presidential candidate in the country with a proven track record of performance.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-jonathan-ll-defeat-buhari-even-if-election-holds-today-/202387/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 21st February 2015"APC's Opposition To Use Of Military During Elections Meant To Throw Nigeria Into Civil War"- PDPThe ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the All Progressives Congress’ (APC’s) opposition to the use of the military during next month’s general elections as part of a hidden agenda to throw the country into chaos and take back Nigeria to 1966 and the 1967 civil war era. Also, the PDP accused the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, as the mastermind of the crisis plaguing the State, while accusing the Rivers State government of plotting to release cultists awaiting trial so that they would be used as political thugs during the elections.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apcs-opposition-to-use-of-mili
ThisDay LiveSaturday 21st February 2015APC Insists Buhari Not In London For MedicareThe presidential campaign organisation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has maintained that General Muhammadu Buhari is not hospitalized in London as was alleged by the Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Ayo Fayose. The party which issued a statement on Saturday to explain Buhari's itinerary, said contrary to insinuations that he was receiving treatment in London, the former Head of State is scheduled to hold discussions and interviews with some groups and organisations while in London.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-insists-buhari-not-in-london-for-medicare/202360/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 21st February 2015Election Postponement Saved Our Country Huge Embarrasment, Says PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says contrary to subjective reactions that the postponement of the February election dates was injurious to the nation’s democracy, especially the deficit in the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVC), had shown that the development rather saved the nation and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) huge embarrassment. The PDP said all lovers of democracy should appreciate those who raised the alarm that led to the postponement, as any election on the earlier scheduled February 14 and 28 dates would have been chaotic and far from fair and credible as over 23 million registered voters would have been disenfranchised for no fault of theirs.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/election-postponement-saved-our-natio
ThisDay LiveSaturday 21st February 2015Be Wary Of PDP's Demands, BYO Advises INECThe Buhari Youth Organisation in Yobe State on Friday cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against allowing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) drag its name into the mud. The group said for INEC to be seen by all as being a just umpire, the Prof. Attahiru Jega-led Commission must be firm and resist all the supposed attempts by PDP to have its way during the forthcoming elections. The group claimed that the ruling party was bent on having little or no change in past electoral procedures which was not immune against manipulation and which the PDP had used to a great advantage in the past.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/be-wary-of-pdps-demands-inec-advised/202336/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 21st February 2015"Obasanjo Is Still My Godfather"- JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan according to a Tribune report has stated that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is still his godfather, adding that disagreement should be expected between political children and their father. He, however, cautioned those he called senior citizens to always be mindful of the unity and security of the country whenever they have cause to disagree.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/obasanjo-is-still-my-godfather-president-jonathan.108197/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 21st February 2015"I Have Delivered On My Promise To Transform Nigeria"- JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Friday said that he has continually delivered on his promise to transform Nigeria. The President made the statement during the inauguration of the 750 MW Olorunsogo II Power Station at Olorunsogo, Ifo Local Government Council Area of Ogun. He said that the Federal Government had invested about 8.26 billion dollars in the power sector through the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP)‎. He said that 650 million dollars‎ of the amount was committed to the Olorunsogo power plant, adding that 10 of such power projects were currently ongoing across the country.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/i-have-delivered-on-my-promise-to-transform-nigeria-jonathan.108189/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 21st February 2015CAN Denies Collecting N7 Billion From PDPThe Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN has denied receiving N7billion from the Peoples Democratci Party, PDP as payment to campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election. CAN had to issue the denial an accusation by a Borno based pastor. According to PUNCH, a statement issued General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake said that Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, had fallen into wrong hands, “because his endorsement for the March 28 general election by Northern Christian Leaders Eagle-Eye Forum led by one Aminchi Habu was fraudulent.”
Nigeria 2015; CANhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/can-denies-collecting-n7billion-from-pdp.108188/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 20th February 2015Borno Pastor Claims PDP Gave CAN N7 Billion To Support JonathanKallamu Dikwa, a Borno based Pastor is claiming that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP gave the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN N7billion to support President Goodluck Jonathan. Pastor Dikwa's claim is coming a few weeks Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi accused the PDP of giving Pastors a N6billion bribe to campaign against Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/borno-pastor-claims-pdp-gave-can-n7billion-to-support-jonathan.108157/
Vanguard NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015"Rescheduled Polls Will Hold"- Wali, AdefuyeForeign Affairs Minister, Mr Aminu Bashir Wali and Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Ade Adefuye, have assured that the re-scheduled general elections in Nigeria will hold on March 28 and April 11. This came as they accused the Barack Obama’s administration of promoting falsehood that President Goodluck Jonathan was bent on using the security crisis as a ruse to stay in power. The two diplomats were reported in the Washington Times, yesterday as saying that the US overall relationship with Nigeria, which boasts Africa’s largest economy, has grown stronger in recent years, but the relationship has suffered from poor communication and miscalculated public pronouncements from top Obama administration officials.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; Diplomats4
Vanguard NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015"Soldiers Will Provide Security During Elections In Rivers"- General Koko EssienCpmmander, 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt Barracks, Brigadier-General Koko Essien, has said that the military will provide security during the general elections in Rivers State. Brigadier-General Essien, in his maiden briefing with journalists, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, said soldiers would be involved in the elections in accordance with the provisions of the law, stressing that the army had been meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on the issue. Rivers 2015; Violence; Military12
Vanguard NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015Delta PDP Expels Ochei, Omo Agege, OthersDelta State chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, expelled the immediate past Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Victor Ochei, former Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, a former Member of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Doris Uboh and Mr Ngozi Okolie from the party for leaving the party to contest elections on the platforms of other political parties. Announcing the expulsions shortly after the State Executive meeting, Chairman of the PDP in the State, Chief Edwin Uzor, said: “Any member of the PDP who left the party to contest against the party’s candidate from another party has been expelled."Delta 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)13
Vanguard NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015"Why Jonathan Deserves South-West Votes"- Ijaw GroupThe Friends of Oronto Douglas support Group for Jonathan in South-West has described the geopolitical zone as a dependable ally since independence. In a release by its Coordinator, Miss Linda Oyawerikumo in Lagos, the group said South-West benefited from South-South’s cooperation during former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s era.Nigeria 2015; Ijaw Grouphttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/why-jonathan-deserves-south-west-votes-ijaw-group/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th February 2015"FG Has Assured Us There'll Be No Interim Government"- AbdulsalamFormer military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), on Thursday reassured Nigerians that contrary to fears being nurtured in some quarters, there will be no interim government, stating that the Federal Government has assured the National Peace Committee on 2015 elections that there will be no such government. Instead, Abdulsalam stated that elections will hold as scheduled, adding that the May 29 handover date remains sacrosanct.Nigeria 2015; Interim Governmenthttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/abdusalam-fg-has-assured-us-there-ll-be-no-interim-government/202260/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th February 2015Postponement: APC Senators Insist On Invitation Of Service ChiefsSenators on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) have insisted that the Senate must summon service chiefs to give an assurance that the 2015 polls will not be postponed again. This insistence followed the submission of the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, when he appeared before the Senate on Wednesday that only service chiefs could guarantee the sanctity of the new election dates. However, after the meeting, some APC senators, who had insisted earlier that the service chiefs be summoned along with Jega, said following Jega’s submission that they were in the best position to guarantee the sanctity of the polls’ dates, it had become imperative to bring the military men into the chamber for clarification.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; Senate; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/polls-shift-apc-senators-insist-on-invitation-of-service-chiefs/202261/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th February 2015Rivers APC Still Wants To Hold Okrika RallyThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has said it would still hold its governorship campaign rally in Okrika Local Government Area despite the violence that has trailed the rally in the area. The party has also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sanction the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) whom it accused of being responsible for the Okrika incident in which a policeman lost his life and scores of people, including a journalist, lost their lives. The State Chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, made the assertions during a press briefing in Port Harcourt yesterday.Rivers 2015; Violence; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rivers-apc-still-wants-to-hold-okrika-campaign-rally/202253/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th February 2015PDP Wants Elections Shifted Again In Troubled North-East, APC AllegesThe All Progressives Congress (APC), Yobe State chapter, on Thursday alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was planning a further shift of elections in four North-Eastern States of Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Yobe. The party, in a statement issued by its Yobe State Secretary, Abubakar Bakabe, said: “We are concerned with the phoney plan by the PDP for a shift in the conduct of the general election in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe States from the reschedule March 28 and April 11, 2015, to pave way for the PDP to rig the election and augment their poor performances in other States through the use of security forces to be massively deployed to the States.”Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-wants-elections-shifted-again-in-troubled-north-east-alleges-apc/202264/
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015APC, PDP Trade Blame Over Religious PoliticsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday engaged in a war of words over religious politics. The APC, which first issued a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, alleged that there was a plot by some politicians to use religion to gain political advantage. The party said the plot was in line with the track records of those who have consistently used religion to divide Nigerians in order to feather their political nests. It alerted Nigerians to a fresh plot by desperate politicians to circulate leaflets in mosques and churches, asking Muslims and Christians to only vote for candidates of their faith.Nigeria 2015; Inflammatory Rhetorics; APC; PDP19
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015"Why We Relocated Polling Units From Private Homes"- Enugu RECThe Resident Electoral Commissioner for INEC in Enugu State Prof Chukwuemeka Onukogu has said that the commission has relocated some polling units from private homes to schools and other public places. Onukagu said about 73 percent of the electorates in the State have received their permanent voters’ cards as against 63 percent last week. He indicated that the Commission might not achieve 100 percent distribution of PVCs in the State as some of the people who registered during the exercise in 2011, especially students of tertiary institutions, have left the State.Enugu 2015; INEChttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/politics/47522
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015Ngilari Denies Link With SDP, BuhariGovernor Bala Ngilari has insisted that he is not funding the campaign of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Adamawa State, Marcus Gundiri. Spokesperson of Ngilari, Phineas Elisha described as irresponsible the allegations going round that the Governor donated N500 million to Gundiri. Ngilari is said to be under pressure from his party over alleged lack of committment to the campaign of PDP’s candidate Nuhu Ribadu and for romancing with opposition parties. Speculations are rife that the Presidency and PDP are plotting for the Governor’s exit from office through a court case filed by former Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri.Adamawa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)21
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015"APC Will Win Elections"- TinubuThe national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday, said that his party would win the re-scheduled general elections. Speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting at the party’s secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos, Tinubu, who was supported by Governor Babatunde Fashola, the APC governorship candidate Akinwunmi Ambode and the chairman of the party in the state Chief Henry Ajomale, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to insist on using card readers “to block PDP’s rigging plan.” Addressing party members, Tinubu alleged that the PDP has been buying Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and voters’ identification numbers at the cost of N10,000 in order to de-populate the number of those interested in voting for APC.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)21
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015"Nigerians Should Re-elect Jonathan To Avoid Niger Delta Trouble"- Jimi AgbajeThe governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State Jimi Agbaje has reiterated his call for Nigerians to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan for another four-year term to avoid possible trouble from people of the South-South region. A couple of weeks ago in London, Agbaje who was at a town hall meeting with a group of Nigerians in Diaspora to promote his ambition, was quoted as saying that the Niger-Delta militants might cripple the nation’s economy by stopping oil exploration in the region, if President Jonathan failed to win this year’s general elections.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)21
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015Police Recover 7,365 Stolen PVCs In DeltaThe Police in Delta State said they have recovered 7, 365 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and registers stolen from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government. The police authorities stated that one Ajiah Shakira Adewale of INEC in the State reported at the police station in Oghara that armed men broke into the Commission’s office in the area and made away with 6,000 PVCs and registers. Delta 2015; Police19
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015MURIC Cautions Jonathan Against Tenure ElongaationThe Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) in an advice yesterday cautioned President Goodluck Jonathan against yielding to the temptation of prolonging his stay in office through further shift in election dates. The group said in a statement signed by its Director Prof. Isiaq Akintola that Wednesday’s resumption by the National Assembly (NASS) was marred by rumours of an advanced plot aimed at extending the tenure of President Jonathan, thereby scuttling the 2015 polls. It also observed that members of Senate and the House of Representatives are allegedly being lobbied to support a six-month extension in the first place. This will later be extended by two years as the regime digs in, it said.Nigeria 2015; MURIC12
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015Oyo APC Petitions CP Over Attacks On Ajimobi's WifeThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has petitioned the new Commissioner of Police in the State over a violent attack allegedly carried out on the convoy of the wife of the State Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, in Ibadan on Tuesday. Reports said that some political thugs believed to be working for a former Governor and the gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party in the forthcoming general elections, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, waylaid the Governor’s wife who was returning from an engagement and caught up with the occupants of the last two cars in the convoy. In a statement issued by its Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, the APC alleged that some known political thugs on Akala’s payroll led the attacks which resulted in vandalism of two of the vehicles in Mrs. Ajimobi’s convoy. He gave the names of the perpetrators as Ekugbemi, Agunbiade and Saidi alias SP.Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)16
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015"No Tenure Elongation"- RepsThe House of Representatives said any attempt to extend the tenure of political office holders beyond May 29 would amount to a breach of the Constitution.
Addressing correspondents yesterday in Abuja, spokesman of the House Zakari Mohammed said there is no provision in the 1999 Constitution that allows for tenure elongation. Mohammed equally said that the House was in support of the use of card readers for this year’s general elections.
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Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015Missing $20 Billion: Reps Demand Full Audit Report On NNPCThe Forensic audit report on the account of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the alleged missing of $20 billion must be made available to Nigerians, the House of Representatives said yesterday. An international firm, Price-WaterHouseCoopers was engaged by the Federal Government in April last year to conduct the audit on the accounts of the corporation. Allegation by former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) of the inability of NNPC to refund $20 billion to the Federation Account led to the hiring of the firm to ascertain the remittances of the corporation. But Minority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila in a motion yesterday, told the House that on February 2, the audit report was formally presented to the President by the firm.Nigeria 2015; Corruption; National Assembly4
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015Jonathan's Eligibility: Appeal Court Reserves JudgementThe Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal yesterday, reserved its decision on whether or not President Goodluck Jonathan is eligible to contest the Presidential election. Presiding Judge, Datijo Yahaya said that the judgment date will be communicated to the parties after hearing arguments canvassed by all the parties. Other members of the panel of justices that heard the appeal were Akomolafe Wilson (Mrs), T.Y. Hassan, J. E. Ekannem and M. Mustapha.
Arguing the appeal, Chief Okon Obono Obla, lawyer to Cyriacus Njoku, the appellant, urged the court to hold that Njoku has locus to file the case.
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Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015INEC Explains The Use Of Card ReadersThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday gave explanation on the operation of smart card readers to be deployed for the upcoming general elections. INEC also released the fact-sheet on the Election Day procedure that comprised voting hours, accreditation, voting process as well as activities that could lead to electoral offenses. On the cards reader, which is going to be used in the Nigerian election history for the first time, the Commission said it utilises low power consumption and will be deployed across the country. INEC said in its website that “For the first time in Nigeria’s electoral history, electronic voter authentication system (Smart Card Readers) is being deployed for the 2015 general elections. "Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; INEC4
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015"Elections Must Hold In The North-East"- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Lagos vowed that the rescheduled general elections must hold in the North-East as well as every part of the country.
The President assured Nigerians that the military would rout the Boko Haram sect within six weeks to pave way for the elections, adding that the current military onslaught against insurgents would be sustained to free all towns and villages seized in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. Jonathan spoke at the Nigerian Navy Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island Lagos at the commissioning of four new warships recently acquired from China, the United States and Ireland by the Nigerian Navy.
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Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015Absence Of Candidates Stalls Peace Accord SigningThe absence of governorship candidates of the APC and PDP in Sokoto State, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and Senator Abdallah Wali stalled the signing of a peace pact yesterday. The signing of the accord was slated for yesterday by the Zone 10 Police Command of the Nigeria Police. The signing had to deferred to a later date as agreed by the political parties following the absence of the two gubernatorial candidates.Sokoto 2015; Peace Accord6
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015Oba Akiolu Carpets Obasanjo, ObanikoroOba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, yesterday took a swipe at former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, for complaining over certain developments in the country after allegedly institutionalising corruption while in office. He also chided the former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, over his alleged role in political violence in Lagos. Akiolu who spoke with newsmen after the commissioning of four new Nigerian Navy warships by President Goodluck Jonathan, at the Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos accused Obasanjo of being part of the many accusations he is now highlighting. Nigeria 2015; Akiolu7
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015"Why FG Must Deploy Military For Polls"- Fani Kayode, FayoseEkiti State Governor Ayo Fayose and Director of Media and Publicity, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode said the Federal Government must involve the military in the conduct of the 2015 elections. Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja yesterday, Fani-Kayode said said the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) is against the use of military in the rescheduled polls because it wants to rig the elections. He said the Federal Government must deploy soldiers for the elections in order to stop any form of mayhem and killing of innocent person citing the killing of youth corps members in 2011. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)7
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015Buhari's Certificate: Panel To Send Report To CJNA panel that sat on the petition against a chief magistrate in Abuja for failing to hear a case of alleged forgery and perjury against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), retired General Muhammadu Buhari, is set to submit its report. After concluding its hearing on Wednesday, the four-member panel of the Ombudsman Unit of the FCT High Court presided by Mr Salaudeen Abdulateef said it is compiling its report to be forwarded to CJN through the Chief Judge.Nigeria 2015; Certificate; Buhari; Jonathan; Judiciary9
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015"Winning Elections Is Not A Do Or Die Affair"- Perm. Secretary Politicians contesting in the forthcoming elections should know that winning is not a do or die affair, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs Winifred Oyo- Ita, gave the advice in Abuja yesterday. She was speaking at the presentation of awards to the best staff of the ministry’s finance and accounts department, where she noted that only a free and fair contest would save the country from crisis after the elections. Mrs Oyo-Ita said power is transient and no God fearing politician should cause crisis as power fades away after some years.Nigeria 20159
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015Buhari To Address Chatam House In LondonThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, has travelled to the United Kingdom for engagements with British policy makers in Chatam House, London. A statement by his campaign Media and Publicity Director Malam Garba Shehu yesterday said in the course of the visit, General Buhari is expected to hold meetings with key members of the British political establishment and interact with some global institutions with interest in the affairs of Nigeria.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)9
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th February 2015New Constitution: National Assembly To Compel The President To Address The NationThe National Assembly is to compel the President to appear before a joint session of the National Assembly to deliver a State of the Nation address. In the amended Constitution, Section 67 is altered by substituting for a new Section 67(1) which states that “a sitting President shall attend a joint meeting of the National Assembly once a year to deliver an address in respect of the state of the nation.” The amended Constitution also stipulates that the “President may attend any joint meeting of the National Assembly either to deliver an address on national affairs including fiscal measures, or to make such statement on the policy of government as he considers to be of national importance.” President Goodluck Jonathan withheld his assent to the State of the Nation address bill passed by the National Assembly in 2013.Nigeria 2015; National Assembly; Constitution Amendment14
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 20th February 2015"Buhari Travelled Abroad Because He Is Ill"- FayoseEkiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose on Thursday said that Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC is ill, hence the secret trip to the United Kingdom. A statement issued by Fayose's Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka said, ''If the APC people are saying otherwise, let them publish the picture of Buhari boarding the plane and granting interview to Aviation Correspondents at the Abuja Airport. "Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-traveled-abroad-because-hes-ill-fay
Leadership News OnlineFriday 20th February 2015"Jonathan Will Restructure Nigeria Through CONFAB Report Implementation"- MimikoThe Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has urged Nigerians, particularly the Yoruba Nation to support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, saying the president will re-structure Nigeria through the implementation of the National Conference recommendations if re-elected. He stated this yesterday at the Post-National Conference Summit convened by the Ondo State government for South-West States, tagged “The National Conference, 2015 Elections and the Yoruba Nation”, held in Akure, the State capital. Mimiko said he purposely convened the summit to serve as a reminder to Nigerians, saying the Yorubas should put the implementation of the confab report above any political affiliation.Nigeria 2015; CONFAB; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng
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Leadership News OnlineFriday 20th February 2015Youth Groups Pass Vote Of Confidence On Governor YeroA coalition of Youth Groups across the 23 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State has expressed satisfaction with the performance of Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and, therefore, passed a vote of confidence on him. Addressing a press conference, the coordinator of the coalition and President, Kachia Progressive Youth Congress (KPYC), Comrade Hadwyah Samuel John, highlighted areas where it said the Governor has performed creditably in every sector of the State economy, and advocated that he should be supported to carry on with the good work of providing good governance for the State.Kaduna 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/412861/youth-groups-pass-vote-of-confidence-on-gov-yero
Leadership News OnlineFriday 20th February 2015"No Plan To Impeach Niger Deputy Governor"- SpeakerThe Speaker Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Adamu Usman has stated that there was no plan to impeach the Deputy Governor of the State, Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto because he defected from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC). Hon. Usman stated this yesterday in Minna while speaking to LEADERSHIP Friday following the rumour doing the rounds that Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu has allegedly induced members of the House of Assembly to impeach the Deputy Governor. The Speaker stated that it was not possible to impeach the Deputy Governor by just a letter or petition from the Governor adding that the speculation on the alleged planned impeachment of the Deputy Governor was the figment of some people’s imagination.Niger 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/412863/no-plan-to-impeach-niger-deputy-governor-speaker
Leadership News OnlineFriday 20th February 2015NIMASA Behind Campaigns Of Hate Against Buhari, APC AllegesThe All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has accused the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) of being behind “dirty campaigns” of hate against the APC presidential candidate, retired General Muhammadu Buhari and his family as aired in the recent documentary by AIT and NTA. The APCPCO’s Director of Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement yesterday, said that the organisation has evidence and has confirmed that NIMASA was indeed the sponsor of all the documentaries against Buhari on AIT, NTA and several other media platforms. The development, according to Shehu, contravenes the NIMASA Act, Public Service Regulations, and the Electoral Act 2010 as amended. APCPCO said if the claims were to be true by the Joint Committee, disciplinary action should be taken against the agency and its leadership.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/412881/nimasa-behind-campaigns-of-hate-against-buhari-apc-alleges
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineThursday 19th February 2015Stop Behaving As If You Own Nigeria, APGA Warns PDP, APCThe All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA has cautioned the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and foremost opposition, the All Progressives Congress, APC to desist from over heating the polity. APGA gave the advice during a press conference addressed by the South West chairman of the party, Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi in Abeokuta, Ogun State.Nigeria 2015; APGAhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/stop-behaving-as-if-you-own-nigeria-apga-warns-pdp-apc.108130/
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015PDP, Wike Deny Involvement In In Shooting At APC Rivers RallyRivers State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its governorship candidate, Mr Nyesom Wike, have denied involvement in the shooting at the campaign ground of the state All Progressives Congress, APC, in Okrika. State Chairman of PDP, Mr Felix Obuah, in a statement by his media aide, in reaction to allegations by the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside and the APC, that the PDP had a hand in the incident, said: “How will Amaechi associate the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, who is currently mourning the death of Bayelsa State women who lost their lives in a motor accident with the shooting at Okrika? It shows the degree of hate Amaechi has for the first family. The First Lady is currently going about consoling the bereaved families, and cannot be part of violence. She deserves sympathy at this sad moment.” He described Wike as an advocate of peace, non-violence and a God-fearing man who cannot be a party to violence.Rivers 2015; Violence; People's Democratic Party (PDP)45
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Niger-Delta Must Unite For Jonathan, Says OdjeFacilitator of Niger Delta Democratic Union, NDDU and lawyer, Dr Akpo Mudiaga-Odje, yesterday, said that the people of the Niger Delta should set aside all their differences and unite by voting en-masse for President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 presidential election. Odje, in a statement, said: “This is a time in our collective history and existence as ethnic nationalities of the Nigerian State, which has benefited immensely from oil resources, to unite behind one of our own as we reach out to our brothers and sisters from other geo-political zones of our dear country. “It is no longer news or new to say that it is the Niger Delta that is the economic live-wire of Nigeria.”Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)45
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015APC Accuses PDP Of Economic Sabotage In EnuguAll Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State has accused Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Enugu State chapter, of deliberate efforts at sabotaging the growth of indigenous businesses operating in the State. Speaking, Chairman, Enugu APC, Dr. Ben Nwoye said: “It is consistent with Enugu PDP to trample on indigenous companies and patronize their elitist cronies from Anambra and Abia States.That is why we have a Chief of Staff presently from Abia State serving in Governor Sullivan Chime’s administration. It is unheard of. It will tell you what the next PDP government will do if elected; just the same way the present one hires Arab contractors instead of indigenous ones.”Enugu 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)46
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Akwa Ibom Governorship Race: Eket Endorses Emmanuel As Sole CandidateThe people of Eket Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State, under the aegis of Ekid Peoples Union, have endorsed Mr Udom Emmanuel as their sole candidate in the April 11 governorship race. The apex socio-cultural organisation of Eket Federal Constituency, said it had studied carefully and compared the manifesto of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate with those of other contenders, and concluded that Emmanuel’s programmes are the best for the State.Akwa Ibom 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)12
Vanguard NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Impeachment: Nyako Accuses CJ Of BiasThe former Governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd), yesterday, accused the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, of frustrating the suit challenging the legality of the process that led to his impeachment from office. Nyako said he was shocked to discover that it was the CJ that personally withdrew his case file from Adamawa division of the High Court, a few days to delivery of judgement by the trial judge, Justice Bilikisu Aliyu. The ousted Governor, who spoke to newsmen through his counsel, Mr. Olukoya Ogunbele, in Abuja yesterday, urged Justice Auta to respect the tenets of justice and immediately release his case file and send it back to the Yola division of the Federal High Court to enable the trial judge deliver the suspended verdict.
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Vanguard NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015"Igbo Have No Preferential Presidential Candidate"- Ohaneze Ndigbo EldersChairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo Elders Advisory Committee and first republic minister, Chief Mmabazulike Amechi, yesterday directed Igbo electorate to vote according to their individual choice because Ndigbo had no preferred presidential candidate for the March 28, 2015 general elections. Addressing reporters at his Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area country home, Amechi, who is among Igbo elders challenging the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan by Chief Enwo Igariwei–led Ohaneze Ndigbo, said the advice to Igbo voters was because the two leading presidential candidates, Jonathan of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and General Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress, APC, failed to reckon with the Igbo nation.Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbo15
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Benue Guber: Court Orders Summons Pasted On Ortom's ResidenceA Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State, yesterday granted an application to serve the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) a writ of summon to appear before it by pasting the notice at his judges quarters residence, in Makurdi. The application was granted by Justice Binta Nyako on the request of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which is challenging Ortom’s eligibility to contest the April 11 general elections on the platform of the APC.Benue 2015; Judiciary; APC17
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Use Lenten To Pray For Elections, PDP Urges NigeriansPeoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to use this year’s Christian Lenten period to pray for peaceful conduct of the March 28 and April 11, 2015 general elections. The party in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, also urged Nigerians to re-dedicate themselves to the virtues of compassion, good neighbourliness and love for one another.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)17
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Primary: Court To Hear Suit Challenging Tambuwal February 23rdThe suit filed by Senator Umaru Dahiru against the Speaker House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and others over the Sokoto State governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been fixed for Monday February 23. Justice Steven Chukwu Evoh, of the Federal High Court, Abuja, adjourned the case till Monday to allow counsel to the defendant prepare their defence. Senator Umaru Dahiru and Barr Aliyu Abubakar Sanyinna are the plaintiffs while the APC, Aminu Tambuwal and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are the defendants. Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)20
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Governor Dakingari's Wife Advised To Emulate Her Late FatherWife of Kebbi State Governor, Hajiya Zainab Dakingari has been advised to emulate the good behaviour of her father, late President Umaru Yar’adua and resist the urge to dabble into Kebbi politics. Hajiya Zainab had carpeted the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kebbi Central senatorial candidate, Sen Adamu Aliero, saying he has a history of trading with the mandate of the electorate. Chieftain of the APC, Yahaya Sani Labbo, in his reaction yesterday in Birnin Kebbi, said Zainab is from a good family, therefore, she should avoid reckless statement against people especially those who worked with her late father.Kebbi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)20
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Jonathan Warns Against Hate SpeechPresident Goodluck Jonathan has called on all candidates in the forthcoming general elections to eschew hate speech, incitement to violence, divisiveness and malicious denigration of opponents. The President made the call yesterday in his goodwill message to Christians on the commencement of this year’s Lenten season. Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, in a statement, said Jonathan urged Christians in Nigeria to pray fervently for peaceful, violence-free and successful general elections on March 28 and April 11, 2015. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)3
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Buhari Assures On Peaceful ElectionsPresidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), retired General Muhammadu Buhari, has assured that the 2015 elections would be conducted peacefully despite the seeming apprehension by Nigerians. He gave the assurance in Abuja yesterday when he received a delegation from ECOWAS over the recent postponement of elections. Buhari assured of peace after the elections and praised President Goodluck Jonathan for promising to hand over to the winner of the presidential poll.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)4
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Okorocha Flays Fracas At Rivers State APC RallyImo State Governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday condemned the disruption of the party’s governorship rally in Okirika, Rivers State, with explosions and gunshots on Tuesday. Governor Okorocha, who addressed newsmen on the incident, described it as primitive and an act of frustration. He regretted that several explosions had before now disrupted APC rallies in the State. He said the explosion should be condemned by well meaning Nigerians who love the nation’s democracy, irrespective of their political affiliations. Okorocha urged President Goodluck Jonathan to make a categorical condemnation of the Okirika attack.Rivers 2015; Violence; All Progressives Congress (APC)6
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015" I Equipped The Military Better Than Jonathan"- BuhariThe military was better equipped during General Muhammadu Buhari’s 20-months tenure as Head ofSstate than under President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign organisation has said. Buhari was reacting to a newspaper advertorial about Nigeria’s military expenditure during his stint as military Head of State by the Jonathan campaign, adding that he spent more in equipping the military within his short tenure than Jonathan did in two years. Buhari said whereas he spent only 20 months in office and imported $940 million worth of arms when crude oil sold for between $10 and $14 per barrel, President Jonathan spent 48 months in office and imported $284 million of arms between 2011 and 2013, according to a statement by his campaign Media and Publicity Director Malam Garba Shehu.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)7
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015"INEC Ready For Poll"- RECThe Resident Electoral Commissioner in Bauchi State, Professor Hamman Tukur Sa’ad, has assured the people of the State of the Commission’s readiness to conduct free and fair elections next month. Sa’ad gave the assurance when he led a team of INEC officials in the State to visit Governor Isa Yuguda.Bauchi 2015; INEC8
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015"Gunmen Robbing Our Supporters Of Their Voter's Cards"- APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State has alleged that gunmen are robbing its supporters of their permanent voters cards. The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Rev Phineas Padio, told newsmen in Yola, yesterday that four men visited the home of a female APC member, Hajiya Hauwa Liman in Jambutu ward in Yola and ordered her and other people in the compound to surrender their PVCs at gun point. Public Relations Officer of the Adamawa State Police Command, DSP Othman Abubakar, said he has not been briefed on the matter.Adamawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)8
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015APC Alleges Plot To Shift Elections In The North-EastYobe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday alleged plot to further shift elections in the North-East States. In a statement, APC secretary in the State, Alhaji Abubakar Bakabe, said: “We are concerned about the phony plan by PDP to facilitate a shift in the conduct of the general elections in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe States. The party condemns in strong terms the ill-conceived plan, as it amounts to rape of democracy in Nigeria.”Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)8
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Sell Your PVC, Go To Jail, AIG WarnsAssistant Inspector General of Police Zone 10, Sokoto, Alhaji Bala Hassan, yesterday warned eligible voters within the zone against selling or buying the Permanent Voters Cards, saying anyone involved in the act risks imprisonment. He said it is an offence under the Electoral Act to sell voters card and warned eligible voters to desist from it.
The AIG stressed that anyone caught buying or selling the permanent voters cards would be made to pay a fine of N500,000 or be jailed for two years.
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Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Gombe: Dankwambo's Aide Resigns, Joins APCSpecial Assistant on Security Matters to Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State and Secretary, Security Advisory Team, Abdullahi Babangida Muhammad has resigned his appointment. It was gathered that Muhammad tore his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership card and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC). The decampee said the PDP did not respect the feelings and aspirations of Nigerians, “just as it does not operate in accordance with laid down rules and regulations. "Gombe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)12
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015Nasarawa State Governor's Wife Campaigns Against Electoral ViolenceNasarawa State Governor’s wife, Hajiya Salamatu Al-Makura, said yesterday that she has concluded State-wide campaign on violence-free elections. “I have gone round all the 13 Local Government Areas and 16 Development Areas and visited all the nooks and crannies of the State in this direction,” she said. Nasarawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)12
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 19th February 2015"Almajiri Will One Day Become President"- Edwin ClarkElder statesman and former information Minister, Chief Edwin Clark, has said that one day an almajiri will become the president of Nigeria. Clark stated this Tuesday, when the GEJ almajiri support initiative group and the executive council of the National Youth Leaders of Nigeria paid him a visit in Abuja. He said that President Jonathan is the only President in Nigeria that remembered the almajirai, adding that the Northern Governors have not done anything for them. It would be recalled that as part of attempts to remove the growing figure of over four million children beggars from the streets of Nigeria, the Federal Government begun the establishment of 400 almajirai schools across the North.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)16
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th February 2015Rivers/ Yobe Bombings: Atiku Calls For CalmFormer Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on Nigerians to be calm in the aftermath of last Tuesday’s bombings which killed several people in Yobe State and injured several more in another incident at the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) governorship campaign rally in Rivers State. In a statement issued by the Atiku Media Office (AMO) yesterday, the APC chieftain encouraged Nigerians never to give up their desire for change.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/412614/riversyobe-bombings-atiku-calls-for-calm
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th February 2015Tinubu Laments Non-Collection Of PVCs In LagosThe national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has lamented the non-challance of the people of Lagos towards the collection of their permanent voter’s cards (PVCs) now pegged at 62 per cent. Tinubu made the observation during an emergency stakeholders’ meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Lagos.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/412616/tinubu-laments-non-collection-of-pvcs-in-lagos
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th February 2015Insecurity: NUJ Threatens Boycott Of Election Coverage In RiversThe Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has threatened that it would direct its members to boycott the coverage of the 2015 general election in Rivers State if the various stakeholders do nothing to guarantee safety of journalists. Chairman of NUJ in the State, Opaka Dokubo, disclosed this yesterday when led executive members of the union on a visit to the new Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dame Gesila Khan, in Port Harcourt. Dokubo, who was reacting to the attack on the campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Okrika, Headquarters of Okrika Local Government Area of the State, where journalists were attacked, stated that as purveyor of information the journalist is always at the forefront of both war and crime situations without any form of security.Rivers 2015; Violence; NUJhttp://leadership.ng/news/412621/insecurity-nuj-thre
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th February 2015LP, PDP Supporters Clash In IbadanSupporters of the Labour Party (LP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday clashed in Ibadan, Oyo State. LEADERSHIP learnt that about seven people were injured and several vehicles vandalised while dangerous weapons were freely used. A source said that the incident took place at the popular spare parts market, Agodi- Gate. It was gathered that one of the drivers of the PDP vehicles was beaten with charms by suspected members of the LP. The campaign train of the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin had met his Labour Party counterpart at the market when their supporters clashed.Oyo 2015; Labour Party (PDP); People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/412632/lp-pdp-supporters-clash-in-ibadan
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th February 2015APC Reps Block Move To Summon Jega AgainAll Progressives Congress (APC) federal lawmakers yesterday blocked a fresh move to summon the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega over the preparedness of the Commission to conduct the March and April election. Recall that Jega had appeared before the Senate on Wednesday to explain the postponement of the election. The House Deputy Majority leader, Leo Ogor (Delta/PDP) had raised a motion at Wednesday’s calling for Jega’s summon. But when the motion was put to a voice vote, it was roundly rejected by the APC lawmakers who now form majority in the House. The distribution of House Members and their party membership shows: APC (182); PDP (155) other parties (23). The House has 360 Members.Nigeria 2015; House of Representatives; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/412675/apc-reps-block-move-to-summon-jega-again
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th February 2015Jonathan's Kinsman Drags Buhari To Court Over CertificateA kinsman of President Goodluck Jonathan from Bayelsa State, Hon Donald Daunemigha yesterday filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), seeking an order disqualifying him from participating in the March 28 poll. The suit, which was filed by the counsel to Donald Daunemigha, Barr Douye Fiderikumo, also included INEC as 2nd defendant. The suit is asking the court to issue an order declaring that the APC presidential candidate is not qualified to contest the election to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria slated for March 28 having presented a forged certificate to INEC.Nigeria 2015; Certificate; Buhari; Jonathan; Judiciary; Kinsmanhttp://leadership.ng/news/412683/jonathans-kinsman-drags-buhari-to-court-over-certificate
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th February 2015IGP Orders Full Investigation Into Okrika ShootingFollowing Tuesday’s shootings at the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign rally in Okrika, Rivers State, the inspector general of police, IGP Suleiman Abba, has directed the Assistant Inspector-General of police in charge of Zone 6, Calabar, AIG Johnson Tunde Ogunshakin to commence investigation and promptly bring to book all the perpetrators, conspirators and sponsors. Abba gave the directive yesterday, in a statement by the Force spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, made available to LEADERSHIP, in which he lamented that despite warnings and interactions with politicians to avoid violence, the politicians have continued to engage in violence. The IGP expressed regret over the death of one police operative and the injuries sustained by three others who are being treated in the hospital.Rivers 2015; Violence; IGPhttp://leadership.ng/news/412570/igp-orders-full-investigation-into-okrika-shootings
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th February 2015Ebonyi Assembly Threatens Elechi With Impeachment The rift between Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, and the State legislators has continued to deepen as the Minority Leader in the State Assembly Hon. Enyi .C. Enyi, threatened to come up with an impeachment motion against the Governor if the allegations in the petitions received by the assembly on financial impropriety were found to be true. The lawmakers in a plenary on Wednesday adopted five petitions against the Governor and other key actors in the state for alleged financial misappropriation and embezzlement.Ebonyi Assembly; Crisishttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ebonyi-assembly-threatens-elechi-with-impeachment/202154/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th February 2015Poll Shift: CommonWealth Observers Depart Nigeria The Commonwealth Observer Group on Wednesday said its personnel have departed Nigeria following the postponement of the general election from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11. The Communications Officer of the group, Mr. Will Henley, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the group was looking forward to the rescheduled election dates. According to him, the support staff from the Commonwealth Secretariat has also departed.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; CommonWealthhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/polls-shift-commonwealth-observers-depart-nigeria/202155/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th February 2015Constitution Amendment: State Assemblies Reject LG AutonomyThe Senate on Wednesday formally ratified the amendments to the 1999 Constitution as approved by the State Houses of Assembly with the State legislatures rejecting the proposal for Local Government Autonomy. According to the document presented by Deputy Senate President and Chairman of Senate Committee on the Review of the Constitution, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, only 16 of the 36 States supported the autonomy for Local Governments, while 20 rejected it. Two-thirds of 36 States amounting to 24 are required to push an amendment through.Nigeria 2015; Constitution Amendmenthttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/constitution-amendment-state-assemblies-reject-lg-autonomy/202158/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th February 2015New Suit Challenging Jonathan's Eligibility Filed In Abuja High CourtAfter withdrawing their suit from a Federal High Court, four plaintiffs seeking to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from seeking another term in office have re-filed it at the Abuja High Court. The plaintiffs, Prof. Tunde Samuel, Dr. Junaidu Mohammed, Mr. Rasak Adeogun and Yahaya Ezeemoo Ndu, are asking the court to declare that by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution, it was unconstitutional, unlawful, illegal and not permissible for any person to occupy the office of the resident of Nigeria for more than a cumulative and aggregate period of eight years when the country is not at war. It will be recalled that the plaintiffs applied to withdraw their suit from the Federal High Court for tactical reasons.Nigeria 2015; Eligibility; Jonathan; Judiciary http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/new-suit-challenging-jonathan-s-eligibility-filed-in-a
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th February 2015Jega Refuses To Guarantee Election Dates, Says Service Chiefs Know BetterThe Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, on Wednesday declined to make an assertive declaration that the 2015 general election scheduled for March 8 and April 11 won't be postponed again. The INEC boss, who appeared before the Senate to explain why the elections initially slated for February 14 and 28 were postponed as well as the level of preparedness of the Commission for the use of card readers during the elections, said the security forces would be in a better position to answer the question on whether the elections would hold as re-scheduled or not. According to him, he could only give assurance on issues under his jurisdiction, submitting that the provision of security for the elections was not INEC’s responsibility and hence giving assurance to the public on issues that are not under his control was a futile effort.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-refuses-to-guarantee-elections-date-says-service-chiefs-know-better/202164/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th February 2015ECOWAS Deploys 250 Election Observers To NigeriaThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it has deployed a total of 250 election observers to monitor the conduct of the March 28 presidential election in the country. The regional body said though it is part of its mandate to monitor and observe all general elections in member States, the elections in Nigeria are special. Speaking during a meeting with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, the ECOWAS President, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, said the organisation has had 250 persons to Nigeria since January 20, in the six geopolitical zones.Nigeria 2015; ECOWAShttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ecowas-deploys-250-election-observers-to-ni
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th February 2015Niger Assembly Declares Seat Of Two Members VacantThe Niger State House of Assembly has declared the seats of Bashir Abdullahi Isa Lokogoma and Nazeer Abdullahi vacant for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adamu Usman, the action of the State Assembly was based on the letter written to it by the State chapter of the Peoples Democratice Party (PDP) which confirmed that the two members defected to the APC. The session in the House was rowdy as the two affected members were not allowed to speak, and they were later ordered out by the Speaker and walked out by the Sergeant-at-Arms.Niger 2015; House Of Assembly http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/niger-assembly-declares-seats-of-two-members-vacant/202160/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th February 2015APC Asks Jega To Comply With Judgement Banning Armed Forces From ElectionsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (APCPCC) has written to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, drawing his attention to the judgment of a Federal High Court in Sokoto, which declared illegal the use of members of the armed forces in the conduct of future elections in the country. The party, in a letter dated February 16, aslo copied the President, Goodluck Jonathan. Copies of the letter were also sent to the National Security Adviser, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, the National Chairman of the APC and the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-asks-jega-to-comply-with-judgment-banning-armed-forces-from-elections/202161/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th February 2015"Why I Directed PDP Ward Leader To Tear My Membership Card"- ObasanjoAs mixed reactions continue to trail his dramatic exit from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former President Olusegun Obasanjo has explained how he arrived at the decision to leave the party to which he belonged for 16 years. The former President had on Monday announced his resignation as a member of the party on whose platform he ruled the country between 1999 and 2007. Obasanjo renounced his membership of the PDP when some leaders of the party led by Surajudeen Oladunjoye, the Chairman of the Ward around his former residence in Ita Eko, visited him at his home in Abeokuta.Nigeria 2015; Obasanjohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obasanjo-why-i-directed-pdp-ward-leader-to-tear-my-
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineThursday 19th February 2015Aso Rock Writes To Nigerians: 12 Reasons To Re-elect GEJIn an article in the Villascope magazine (the in-house State House magazine) titled "12 reasons to support Jonathan," the Presidency gave Nigerians 12 reasons why they must re-elect President Jonathan fo another four-year term in March 28. Some of the reasons it listed, according to PUNCH were: "the present administration strides in road construction, railway rehabilitation, remodeling of airports, transformed agriculture sector and increased access to education. Others are increased access to housing, improved power supply, improved water supply, better health facilities, reformed security infrastructures, economic transformation and increased Nigerians’ participation in downstream oil sector".Nigeria 2015; Presidency; http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/aso-rock-writes-to-nigerians-12-reasons-to-re-elect-gej.108124/
Guardian NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015"LP Vindicated By Nwanyawu's Exit"- Salisu MohammedThe National Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Salisu Mohammed, has said the resignation of the party’s erstwhile Chairman, Mr. Dan Nwanyanwu, did not come as a surprise, describing it as a vindication and a blessing to the party. He also said the catastrophe that led to the aborted delegates’ conference of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the subsequent inconclusive election would be looked into.Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP)7
Guardian NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015"LP Vindicated By Nwanyawu's Exit"- Salisu MohammedThe National Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Salisu Mohammed, has said the resignation of the party’s erstwhile Chairman, Mr. Dan Nwanyanwu, did not come as a surprise, describing it as a vindication and a blessing to the party. He also said the catastrophe that led to the aborted delegates’ conference of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the subsequent inconclusive election would be looked into.Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP)7
Guardian NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015No Amount Of Intimidation Will Distract Me, Says OrtomAll Progressives Congress (APC) standard-bearer in Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, has vowed that no amount of attacks on him and his campaign property would intimidate or distract him from his determination to win the election. Ortom, at his campaign headquarters in Makurdi on Monday, where he addressed his supporters after inspecting the damage caused by political thugs suspected to be from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has appealed to them never to retaliate.
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Guardian NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015Benin Forum Edebiri, Disagree Over BuhariConcerned members of Benin Forum have passed a vote of no confidence on the Chairman, Steering Committee, the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri for his inability to properly manage the affairs of the group in accordance with its constitution. The decision of the forum was sequel to Edebiri’s campaign that Benin people should not vote for President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office, contrary to the position and direction of His Royal Majesty, the Omo N’oba Erediauwa.Edo 2015; BF; Buhari55
Guardian NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015Mimiko Sure Of Jonathan's Landslide Victory In South-WestThe Governor of Ondo State and coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign in the South West geo-political zone, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has expressed optimism that the party’s candidate, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan will win the zone with a landslide in the coming elections. Mimiko who spoke at an interactive session with reporters in Akure, said the electorate in the six States of the South West are a sophisticated lot who cannot be hoodwinked into taking any political decision without looking at its merits.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)60
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015"Card Reader Violates Electoral Act"- SenateSenate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, yesterday said the deployment of card readers by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accredit voters is contrary to Section 52 of the Electoral Act 2010. In a motion which came under matters of urgent public national importance at the resumed Senate plenary in Abuja yesterday, Ndoma-Egba said it was necessary that Senators get briefed adequately on the matter by INEC. “It is necessary that Jega brings the card readers here to demonstrate how it works to us,” he said.
As such, the Senate invited Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega to appear before it today over the botched February general elections.
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Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015"Political Parties Shown How Card Reader Works"- INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that political parties were the first set of stakeholders to be shown how the Smart Card Readers intended to be used during elections operate, disputing the claim from one of the parties that the Commission did no such demonstration. Spokesperson of the INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu in an interview with Daily Trust yesterday said all relevant stakeholders including leaders of the political parties were called to different meetings by the Commission and shown how the card readers operate before the initial date of the election.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; INEC3
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015"Interim Government Unacceptable"- MarkSenate President David Mark has described as an exercise in futility, the calls for the installation of an Interim National Government on May 29. Speaking at the resumption of plenary yesterday, Senator Mark said, “These are not ordinary times in our nation. There is palpable tension in the land and the comments and even the body language of the political class further exacerbates the tension.” The Senate President argued that as statesmen and women they must rise to the occasion and help reduce tension, adding that the Senate must refrain from acts or statements that will aggravate the already charged atmosphere across the country.Nigeria 2015; Senate3
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015INEC Pays 150 Supervisors After Threats Of Polls BoycottThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nasarawa State yesterday paid the 150 supervisors it hired for the elections their outstanding training allowances. The ad-hoc staff had on Monday threatened to boycott the polls if they were not paid. They complained that they were each paid N12,000, out of the approved training allowance of N16,500. Yesterday, the Commission invited the supervisors to its State Headquarters in Lafia, where it paid them the balance of N4,500, to complete the full payment of N16,500. Nigeria 2015; INEC7
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015Jonathan Nominates Obanikoro, 7 Others As MinistersPresident Goodluck Jonathan has nominated former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro for confirmation as Minister representing Lagos State. Others on the list are Senator Patricia Akwashiki (Nasarawa State), Mrs. Hauwa Lawan (Jigawa State), Senator Joel Ikenya (Taraba State), Col. Augustine O. (Abia State), Eng. Fidelis Nwankwo (Ebonyi State) Mr. Kenneth Kobani (Rivers State) and Professor Nicolas Ada (Benue State). The nominees will fill the vacancies created by the exit of former Ministers who left to contest for the governorship primaries of the ruling People’s Democratic Party.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)14
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015Buhari Calls On Military To Stay Out Of PoliticsThe Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) retired General Muhammadu Buhari has called on the military especially its leadership to avoid being dragged into politics. He made the call in Abuja yesterday at the Joint Leadership Meeting organized by the party to review its activities as regards to the presidential campaigns and the postponement of elections from February 14 to March 28 and April 11.
Buhari particularly spoke on the revelations by Captian Sagir Koli about how he and other senior serving officers, worked with key politicians of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were deployed to rig the Ekiti State governorship elections.
Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)10
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015Tiv Group Wants Politicians To Sign Peace PactsThe umbrella body of Tiv people worldwide, Mdzough U Tiv, has concluded arrangements for all political parties in the Tiv speaking Senatorial Districts of Benue State to meet and sign a peace accord that would guarantee safety of lives and property during the next month’s general elections. The body has also condemned those who masterminded and carried out destruction of campaign materials belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State. Benue 2015; MUT12
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015Elections: "Nigeria Under Tension"- MarkPresident, David Mark, yesterday said the country was in a trial moment as it was under tension occasioned by the forthcoming general elections and inflammatory comments by the political class. Mark also said the call for Interim National Government, ING, in some quarters was a futile exercise that was alien to the nation’s Constitution. Speaking while welcoming Senators from recess declared for them to prepare for the botched February 14 elections that had been shifted to March 28, Senator Mark appealed to Senators to rise to the occasion and douse the tension in the polity.Nigeria 2015; Senate14
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015Boko Haram Leader Vows To Disrupt Nigeria's Election In New VideoBoko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau vowed to disrupt Nigeria’s general election in a new video released Tuesday, after two suicide attacks in the North-East blamed on the Islamists killed 38 people. “This election will not be held even if we are dead. Even if we are not alive Allah will never allow you to do it,” Shekau said in the Hausa language, presumably referring to the polls scheduled for March 28. People hold signs and flags to protest against deadly raids by Boko Haram on February 17, 2015 in Niamey. The radical sect struck across the border into Niger for the first time on February 6, launching attacks on Bosso and near provincial capital Diffa, both South-Eastern towns near Nigeria. Boko Haram has waged an insurgency aiming to create a hardline Islamic State in North-East Nigeria since 2009, a conflict that has claimed some 13,000 lives. The video appeared to be the first message released by the group on Twitter, a sign of its changing media tactics after previous messages were distributed to journalists on DVD.Nigeria 2015; Boko Haramhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/boko-haram-leader-vows-to-disrupt-nigeria-election-new-video/
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015Ekiti PDP Accuses Appeal Justices Of CompromiseEkiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that it was not comfortable with the judgment of the Court of Appeal on the governorship election of June 21, 2014. The party said though the court upheld the victory of its candidate, Mr Ayo Fayose but expressed reservation over the Tribunal laying too much emphasis on the use of military during the election, adding that it would appeal that aspect of the judgment.Ekiti 2014; Judiciary11
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015"Buhari Is Masquerading As A Progressive"- GroupYoruba leaders under the aegis of Yoruba Progressives, have accused the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari of ‘masquerading’ as a progressive within the APC. The leaders in a statement by the Secretary General of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Senator Femi Okurounmu, recalled how the former Head of State reportedly attacked progressive movement during his regime. According to the group, Buhari insulted Chief Obafemi Awolowo, surrounded his house with troops and seized his international passport and shortened his life by denying him a medical trip overseas.Nigeria 2015; YP11
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015Lagos APC Carpets Jonathan Over Obankoro's Ministerial NominationLagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has described as laughable the inclusion of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro in the ministerial nominees’ list sent to the National Assembly for consideration by President Goodluck Jonathan. In a statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Joe Igbokwe, the APC wondered what value the President was expecting from a minister who recently resigned from the Federal Executive Council, FEC, to add to the nation. The party said the PDP government could not take Nigeria and Nigerians to loftier heights with the recycling of people.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)10
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015APC Senators Allege Fresh Plot To Scuttle PollsSenators of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, alleged that there were fresh plans by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led Federal Government to scuttled the rescheduled elections, slated for March 28 and April 14, this year. They alleged that the government was working in connivance with the leadership of the Senate to ensure that card readers and Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, were not applied in the conduct of the forth coming elections, vowing that they will do everything within their power to frustrate the move. The Senators, who also condemned the recent postponement of the polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, warned against any further shift just as they said any such action could precipitate unpleasant consequence that could be similar to Somalia.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/apc-senators-allege-fresh-plot-to-scuttle-polls/
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015"N10 Billion Jet Story Against Me Is A Mere Fabrication"- Allison MaduekePetroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, yesterday, described as mere fabrication, allegations by her traducers that she spent N10 billion in leasing jets for her use. The Minister, who spoke in an interaction with some senior journalists in Abuja, said she was being framed by her accusers for merely rising up to change the Nigerian oil industry for the benefit of the country. According to her, the lease of jets to run the highly technical and competitive oil industry is a common practice around the globe, since it is more cost-effective than buying.Nigeria 2015; Allison Madueke9
Vanguard NewspaperWednesday 18th February 2015"Nigeria Lacks Institutions, Systems, Processes To Prevent Corruption"- Okonjo-IwealaThe Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said on Tuesday that corruption persisted in the country because Nigeria lacked the institutions, systems and processes to prevent it. Okonjo-Iweala made this known when she spoke on the Topic: `Preventing Leakages in the Nigerian Economy` at the Catholic Caritas Foundation Forum in Abuja. According to her, the absence of the relevant systems and institutions that will help check corruption has created opportunities for people to engage in the act.Nigeria 2015; Okonjo-Iwealahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/nigeria-lacks-institutions-systems-processes-pr
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015Nasarawa: Senator Ewuga Allegedly Attacks Journalist Over Jonathan's N200m Booty ReportThe Nasarawa State correspondent of the Nigerian Pilot newspaper, Mr. Peter Ahemba, was in the early hours of Tuesday allegedly attacked by Senator Solomon Ewuga and the Director-General of Alhaji Yusuf Agabi (PDP governorship candidate) organisation over the published story by the reporter about the mismanagement of N200 million by some of the party members. The director general of the PDP governorship candidate’s campaign and Ewuga, who felt aggrieved, summoned the reporter and attacked him publicly at the party’s State Secretariat in Lafia, shortly after Mr. Ahemba’s arrived at the office.Nasarawa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ewuga-allegedly-attacks-journalist-over-jonathan-s-n200m-booty-report/202091/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015New York Times Playing To The Gallery, Says AdefuyeNigerian Ambassador to the United States, Professor Ade Adefuye, has expressed his shock and disappointment over a recent New York Times editorial accusing President Jonathan of postponing the February 14 presidential and general election. According to the February 16 editorial titled: “Nigeria’s Miserable Choices,” President Jonathan postponed the February 14 election because he “grew alarmed by the surging appeal of Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who has vowed to crack down on Boko Haram.” Adefuye who spoke with THISDAY, told the NYT editor the decision to postpone the election was made by INEC and not by Jonathan.Nigeria 2015; UShttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/new-york-times-playing-to-the-gallery-says-adefuye/202095/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015Tambuwal Flays Postponement Of ElectionsThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on Tuesday criticised the postponement of the earlier scheduled February polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to March, describing it as ill-timed and an erosion of the carefully cultivated democratic and electoral process. This is as the Senate summoned the Chairman INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, to appear before it today and explain the real reason why he opted to postpone the elections for six weeks. Also, the House passed into law the amended sections of the 1999 Constitution following the receipt of the State Assemblies’ outcomes.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; House Of Representativeshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tambuwal-flays-postponement-of-elections/202099/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015Buhari, Tinubu, Other APC Leaders Map Out Election StrategiesLeaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), including the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhamadu Buhari (rtd.); Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, on Tuesday met in Abuja to adopt an action plan to prosecute the March 28 election. Part of the issues tabled during the meeting that lasted almost four hours included measures and strategies to be taken to counter any plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to deny the opposition victory at the coming polls. Addressing the leaders and party stakeholder during the interactive session at the Late Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Buhari urged the party leaders and faithful not to rest thinking that all is won.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-tinubu-other-apc-leaders-map-out-election-strategies/202105/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015INEC: 75.88% Of PVCs Collected By Eligible VotersThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it has distributed 52,233,396 or 75.88 per cent of the permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) out of the 68,833,476 registered voters in the country for the March 28 and April 11 elections. Providing an update on the PVCs collection exercise yesterday in Abuja, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu said the national average of PVCs collection as at yesterday stood at 75.88 per cent, showing that of the 68.8 million registered voters, 52.2 had collected their cards.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-75-88-of-pvcs-collected-by-eligible-voters/202112/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015Despite APC Majority, Tambuwal Halts Attempt To Change Party LeadershipThe National Assembly resumed from recess on Tuesday with the usual histrionics, as an attempt by some legislators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to change the leadership of the House of Representatives was truncated by the wise counsel of Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who reminded his colleagues that the matter precipitated by the defection of six legislators that day was still in court. The House will also require a two-third majority to effect a leadership change. The APC members had sought the removal of the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, and her Deputy, Hon. Leo Ogor.Nigeria 2015; House of Representatives; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/despite-apc-majority-tambuwal-halts-attempt-to-change-house-leadership/202114/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015Gunmen Attack Okrika, Disrupt APC RallyAt least one policeman was killed and scores of people injured on Tuesday when three explosions and sporadic gunfire abruptly ended a rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Okrika, Rivers State. The incident brings to three the number of times APC has encountered violence in Okrika, home of First Lady Patience Jonathan. On Sunday, January 11, the party’s secretariat in Okrika was bombed with explosives suspected to be dynamite while on Saturday, January 24, unknown gunmen attacked the campaign ground of the party in the town, destroying the platform and other equipment.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/gunmen-attack-okrika-disrupt-apc-rally/202115/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015Anti-Election Leaflets: PDP Wants APC InvestigatedThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as revealing the attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to politicise the circulation of anti-election leaflets in Gombe State. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Tuesday, said the rush with which the APC started raining accusations was “suspect and betrays a subterfuge; a spirited attempt to cover-up, divert attention and distract the security forces from getting to those behind the threats.”Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/anti-election-leaflets-pdp-wants-apc-investigated/202122/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015Institution Of PVCs, An Antidote To Election Corruption, Says Governor AhmedKwara State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the forthcoming election, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has said the institution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the electorate ahead of the general election would put an end to electoral malpractices. Speaking at the interactive programme organised by the State chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for the governorship candidates of all the political parties in the State ahead of the forthcoming elections in Ilorin yesterday, Ahmed said the development would assist the electorate to use their votes through their PVCs to change the destiny of the country for good.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/institution-of-pvcs-an-antidote-to-election-corru
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015INEC Is Disenfranchising About 10 Million Igbos, Says PDP ChieftainNational Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South-east zone, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) has challenged the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to show clear evidence of neutrality by ensuring effective and unrestrained distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) in PDP control States and strongholds. Akobundu, in a statement in Enugu on Tuesday, said a situation whereby a supposedly electoral umpire displays signs of bias in the conduct of its constitutional assignment cannot be accepted by the PDP in particular, Ndigbo and indeed every right thinking Nigerian. He accused Prof. Attahiru Jega-led INEC of deliberately frustrating the distribution of PVCs in PDP strongholds.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-is-disenfranchising-about-10m-igbos-says-pdp-chieftain/202118/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015Obtain PVCs To Vote Candidate Of Your Choice, Says Emir Of KanoThe Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II has tasked the people of the state to massively use the postponement of election date to obtain their permanent voters’ card (PVCs). Sanusi said obtaining the PVCs would enable them to vote candidates of their choice during the coming polls, stating that, “We are calling on parents to allow their wards who are eligible to vote to come out enmasse and obtain their permanent voters’ card”. The monarch who spoke to reporters in his palace yesterday revealed that the only weapon that the electorates have is to obtain the PVC that will enable them to discharge their civic responsibility.Nigeria 2015; Emir Of Kanohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obtain-pvcs-to-vote-candidates-of-your-choice-says-emir-of-kano/202117/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015Why Jonathan Deserves Re-election, By Gboyega IsiakaThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka has given reasons why President Goodluck Jonathan deserves another term in office. He said Jonathan has performed well in the area of infrastructure, transportation and agriculture, especially in simplification of fertilizer distribution in the country. Isiaka made his position known yesterday just as an Ijaw interest group under the aegis of Izon-Ibe Global Policy Network (IGPN), said it was ready to mobilise over five million youths from the Niger Delta region to carry on the gospel of change and ensure that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, is voted into office.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/why-jonathan-deserves-re-election-by-isiaka/202116/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015Reps Pass 1999 Constitution Amendment The Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Tuesday criticised the postponement of the earlier scheduled February polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to March , describing it as ill-timed and an erosion of the carefully cultivated democratic and electoral process. This is as the House passed into law the amended sections of the 1999 Constitution following the receipt of the State Assemblies' concurrence. Tambuwal told his colleagues at the resumption of plenary yesterday after a 5-week break, that Nigerians must not allow the attempts to emasculate democracy to pass.Nigeria 2015; Constitution; House of Representativeshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/reps-pass-1999-constitution-amendment/202051/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015"Why Nigerians Should Support Jonathan's Transformation Agenda"- G4Pro-President Goodluck Jonathan group, Goodluck Good Governance Group (G4), has called on all Nigerians to support the president’s transformation agenda by voting massively for him in the forth coming presidential election. The group pointed out the achievements of the President Jonathan administration namely, respect for the rule of law; strong support for due process; improvement of road networks more than any of his predecessors; revitalisation of the railway system; restoration of the agricultural products system and improving of the education sector; and therefore urged Nigerians to rally round the President for the second term.Nigeria 2015; G4; Jonathanhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/g4-why-nigerians-should-support-jonathan-s-transformation-agenda/202120/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th February 2015Buhari Faults PDP's Branding Of Food Donations To IDPsAll Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has warned the Federal Government to stop the systematic politicisation of state institutions. The campaign team which gave this charge in a statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the latest example of such act was the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), which has been forced to shed its garb of a neutral, public service institution by branding their grains with PDP logo and Jonathan campaign slogans. The APCPCO accused the Federal Government of re-bagging all the grains at the nation’s strategic grain reserves, paid for with public resources in PDP colours and Jonathan’s campaign slogans ahead of issuance to the public.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-faults-pdp-s-branding-of-food-donations-to-idps/202121/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineWednesday 18th February 2015Reno Omokri Demoted As President Jonathan Shuffles Social Media TeamPresident Goodluck Jonathan has reorganized his social media team, sidelining Reno Omokri by appointing Obi Asika as his Senior Special Assistant on social media. Sahara Reporters theorizes that President Jonathan is doing this to bring life to his social media image since it began to take several dastardly blows (some of them attributable to the tactlessness of Mr Mokori himself). Until now, Omokri was the point man of the President's social media structure. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/reno-omokri-demoted-as-presid
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineWednesday 18th February 2015APC Becomes Majority In The House Of Reps As 6 PDP Members DefectThe All Progressives Congress, APC is currently the majority in the House of representatives as 7 members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Tuesday defected to other parties. Three of the defectors joined the All Progressives Congress, two joined the Labour Party, while one switched camp to Accord party. A total of 179 lawmakers are now in the APC, while the PDP has 162. Smaller parties share the remaining 19 members, making 360.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-becomes-majority-in-house-of-reps-as-6-pdp-members-defect.108080/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineWednesday 18th February 2015INEC Chairman, Jega To Appear Before The Senate TodayThe Senate has summoned the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, to appear before it on Wednesday to demonstrate operational certainty of the card-reader to lawmakers. The Commission has resolved to use the machine to ascertain the authenticity of the Permanent Voter Cards to be used on elections day. The invitation followed a motion moved by the Senate Leader, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba, at plenary on Tuesday. Ndoma-Egba also said that the Senate reserved the right to inquire from the head of the electoral body the remote reason for the shift of the election dates.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-jega-to-appear-before-senate-today.108081/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineWednesday 18th February 2015Amaechi Blames Patience Jonathan, Wike For Attack On APC RallyRivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has accused Nigeria's first lady , Dame Patience Jonathan and Nyesom Wike, Gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP of masterminding the attack on the All Progressives Congress, APC rally in Okrika Local Government Area of the State. Reacting to the incident Amaechi said, ''Clearly, the wife of the President does not want APC to campaign in Okrika, her Local Government Area. The wife of the president and the governorship candidate of the PDP in Rivers again organised thugs to disrupt APC rally.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/amaechi-blames-patience-jonathan-wike-
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 18th February 2015Minister Advises Obasanjo To Apologise To PDP, President JonathanDr Stephen Oru, the Minister, Niger Delta Affairs, on Tuedsay advised former President Olusegun Obasanjo to apologise to President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP over alleged unguarded statements credited to him. Oru made the call in Abuja at a news conference organised by the ministry. He said that the former President was the most privileged Nigerian who had the opportunity of ruling the country twice both as military Head of State and as a democratically-elected president.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/412282/minister-advises-obasanjo-to-apologise-to-pdp-president-jonathan
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 18th February 2015Pro-Democracy Group Calls For Investigation Of ObasanjoExecutive Secretary of the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency, Comrade Ola Oluwasanmi has called for the investigations of former President Olusegun Obasanjo by security agencies over recent comments in the press attributed to him. Comrade Oluwasanmi who described Obasanjo ‘ s comments as “divisive and inflammatory, capable of causing public unrest”, called on the State Security Services and the Nigerian Police to investigate the tone and manner of the former President’s pronouncements. The pro-democracy activist who addressed the press in Abuja, berated Obasanjo for comparing President Goodluck Jonathan to Mgbabo saying “such comment was not expected of a statesman he claims to be”.Nigeria 2015; CSJET; Obasanjohttp://leadership.ng/news/412289/pro-democracy-group-calls-for-investigation-of-obasanjo
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 18th February 2015Governor Lamido Urges PDP To Beg ObasanjoJigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido yesterday urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) family apologize to former President Olusegun Obasanjo irrespective of his perceived shortcomings. According to him, Obsanjo was still father to the current generation of politicians in the country because he made all of them, including President Goodluck Jonathan, adding that the former President’s DNA runs in all their blood, including that of the President. Fielding questions from State House correspondents after a meeting with President Jonathan at the residential villa, Abuja, Governor Lamido insisted on the need to apologise to Obasanjo as his children, if they (the PDP family) fell short of his expectations.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/412295/gov-lamido-urges-pdp-to-beg-obasanjo
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 18th February 2015APC Distributes Ekiti Alleged Rigging Video For Broadcast As DocumentaryThe opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has distributed copies of reproduced video and audio clips of alleged electoral malpractices in the June 21, 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State to its Governors for broadcast on their State televisions as documentary for the public. Recall that the then incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi of the APC lost to Mr. Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under circumstances that baffled pundits. The audio clip in circulation was recorded by one Captain Sagir Koli, who was at the time of the election an intelligence officer serving with 32 Artillery Brigade, which covers Ondo and Ekiti States.Ekiti Gate; Rigging; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/412303/apc-distributes-alleged-ekiti-rigging-video
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 18th February 2015Ekiti Rigging Audio Clip: Go To Court To Reclaim Your Mandate, Nda-Isaiah Urges FayemiTwenty-four hours after the Court of Appeal in Abuja affirmed the election of Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose’s victory, the founder of LEADERSHIP Group, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, has called on the State’s former Governor, Kayode Fayemi, to go to court and reclaim his mandate from Fayose. Nda-Isaiah, who is a former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Party (APC), made the call during the first APC Joint Leadership Meeting in Abuja yesterday after watching both video and audio clips detailing how the June 21, 2014 Ekiti governorship election was allegedly rigged in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Ekiti Gate; Rigging; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/412307/ekiti-rigging-clips-go-to-court-to-reclaim-your-mandate-nda-isaiah-urges-fayemi
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 18th February 2015Ekiti Guber Poll: APC Heads To Supreme CourtAll Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has voiced its resolve to appeal the Court of Appeal judgement on its petition challenging the election of Mr. Ayo Fayose in the June 21, 2014 governorship poll at the Supreme Court. The party while reacting to the Monday’s Court of Appeal judgement, which upheld Fayose’s election, said the move became necessary as other issues that were not addressed by the Appeal Court in the judgement would be trashed out at the apex court. APC’s State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Ado Ekiti said that though the court ruled in Fayose’s favour, it is gratifying that judicial declaration was given to the party’s complaint on illegal deployment of soldiers to harass and intimidate the opposition during the election.Ekiti 2014; Judiciaryhttp://leadership.ng/news/412349/ekiti-guber-poll-apc-heads-to-supreme-court
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 18th February 2015Benin Palace Chiefs Divided Over Remark On President Jonathan's Return BidThe row between palace chiefs in Benin Kingdom over the comment credited to Chief David Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin Kingdom that Benin people will not vote for President Goodluck Jonathan intensified yesterday as the third in hierarchy of chiefs, Chief Amos Osunbor also faulted Edebiri’s position. Chief Osunbor, while reacting to the comment at a press conference, described it as “vexatious”, warning that such misinformation portends danger to the Binis. He cautioned that the palace should not be dragged into the murky waters of politics for personal aspiration.Edo 2015; Jonathan; Palacehttp://leadership.ng/news/412358/benin-palace-chiefs-divided-over-remark-on-jonathans-return-bid
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 201570% Of PVCs Distributed In South-West, Says INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 70% of Permanent Voters' Cards (PVCs) have been distributed in the South West and called on those that were yet obtain theirs to do so within the time frame given by the Commission. INEC National Commissioner for Lagos, Ondo and Osun States, Professor Akinola Salawu, who disclosed this during an evaluation and confirmation tour in Ondo State yesterday, said they have done their bit and it is left for the people to go and collect their cards. Nigeria 2015; INEC19
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015"Buying Of PVCs Is A Fruitless Exercise"- INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Plateau State yesterday said those engaged in the buying of the Permanent Voter's Cards were only wasting their time as the chip used in the PVC reading machine cannot be cloned. INEC's Head of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Osaretin imahinyereobo also said those collecting VIN and serial numbers are also doing so out of ignorance because it will be difficult for anyone no matter how connected to erase those numbers and you cannot use the numbers without cards. Nigeria 2015; INEC17
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Why Jega Must Go, By Bode George, Daniel, Ogunlewe, Babatope, OthersThe South-West Presidential Contact Committee Group of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday called for the removal of Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for gross dereliction of duty and deliberate partisan complicity. In a communique issued at the end of its meeting in Lagos, the committee also described the intervention of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the current national challenges as distorted, unstatesmanly, too personalised and provocative. The communique was signed by Chief Olabode George, Senator Seye Ogunlewe, Maj.-Gen. A. T. Olanrewaju, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Ebenezer Babatope and others.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)9
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 17th February 2015Tambuwal Assures Nigerians Of Free, Fair ElectionsThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, has assured that the forthcoming general elections would be peaceful, free and fair. Tambuwal gave the assurance in Sokoto on Monday at a town hall meeting organized by the Justice Development and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocesse of Sokoto.Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/tambuwal-assures-nigerians-of-free-fair-elections.108046/
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Governor Okorocha Tasks Politicians On PeaceGovernor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, has called on politicians to avoid acts capable of plunging the country into crisis. The Governor gave the advice while speaking on the theme The Leader Nigeria wants at a post-service talk at Victory Chapel, Government House, Owerri.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)46
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015PDP Reps Shun Call To Reject INEC Card Readers, PVCAttempt by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to get its members in the House of Representatives to endorse the rejection of the use of the Card Readers and Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the deferred polls failed to get the support of the members last night. No fewer than 100 members of the ruling party in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, who were summoned to a nocturnal meeting in Abuja by the House Leader, Mulikat Akande and her Deputy, Leo Ogor, stood their grounds that they would not lend their support to any move that could truncate the nation’s democracy.Nigeria 2015; National Assembly8
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Mimiko Faults Obasanjo On Election PostponementGovernor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, yesterday, faulted former President Olusegun Obasanjo postulation on the reason adduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the postponement of the general elections. Speaking in Akure, Dr Mimiko said available evidence on ground was at variance with the former President’s postulations on why the polls were shifted by the electoral umpire.
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Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015APC Campaign Cautions NASS Members On Undemocratic AnticsAs the National Assembly resumes today, the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, APCPCO, has cautioned the members against taking any action that might affect the foundation of democracy in the country. A statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of APCPCO, Malam Garba Shehu, yesterday in Abuja said members were returning to plenary at a time when the country was passing through a phase of some surreptitious attempt to tamper with the sanctity of the election date and the hand-over date.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)9
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Edo Central Backs Jonathan's Re-election Ahead of the presidential election scheduled for March 28, the Esan people of Edo Central Senatorial District of Edo State have thrown their weights behind the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, describing him as a better choice of the two leading presidential candidates. Esan people who are kinsmen of the Chairman, Board of Trustees, BOT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, spoke through the Esan Elders Forum at a press briefing in Uromi, Edo North Local Government Area of the State.Edo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)41
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Ethnic Minorities Mobilize Support For JonathanEthnic minority groups in Lagos have thrown their weight behind the recent postponement of the general elections by another six weeks, appealing to Nigerians to remain calm and mobilise fellow citizens who have not collected their permanent voter cards to use the period of the extension to do so. The rally organised by Ijaw National Congress, INC, was attended by different ethnic groups in the South-South geo-political region as well as supporters from the South West and South-East zones, who took the podium to canvass support for President Goodluck Jonathan. They include South-South Women Forum, Ijaw Youth Council, Ijaw Women Group, Ijaw National Congress, traditional rulers, professional groups among others.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)41
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Arrest Politicians Buying PVCs, Says OshiomoleGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, has called on the Police and other security agencies in the State to investigate and apprehend some desperate politicians, who he said go about purchasing Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, from eligible voters with a view to disenfranchising them in the forthcoming general elections. The Governor, yesterday, when he received the new Commissioner of Police for the State, Mr. Samuel Damilola Adegbuyi, who visited him in his office, said: “Everyday, I hear reports about some desperate politicians buying PVCs from people, particularly villagers and even non-villagers, sometimes for as much as N5,000."Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)13
Vanguard NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Emir Accuses Politicians Of Inciting Discord Amongst NigeriansThe Emir of Wase, Alhaji Sambo Haruna, has accused politicians of pitching the masses against one another and urged the people to understand that such acts were not in their interests. Haruna, who spoke against the backdrop of unending crises in the area, lamented the incessant burning of villages and sacking of innocent people in his locality and appealed to politicians, irrespective of party and religious affiliations, to join in the ongoing efforts at reconciling the people. He spoke in his palace, yesterday, while receiving All Progressives Congress, APC, campaign organization led by its governorship candidate, Mr. Simon Lalong.Plateau 2015; Emir54
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 17th February 2015Kogi: "Defectors Will Come Back To PDP"- IdrisFormer Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris has restated his commitment to ensuring that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) does not only win all its elections but will also wax stronger in the State. Alhaji Idris who dropped this hint yesterday while fielding questions from journalists in Lokoja after the meeting of PDP Elders Advisory Committee, stressed that those who defected from PDP would certainly come back due to the hunger they are experiencing outside the party. He said the speculations in the State that he had defected or is planning to defect to another party are the figments of the imagination of those holding such views, noting that a captain does not abandon his troops after winning a war.Kogi 2015; People's Democratic Paty (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/412103/defectors-will-come-back-to-pdp-idris
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 17th February 2015APC Decries Arrest Of 5 Members In NigerThe Niger State All Progressives Congress (APC) has decried the arrest of five of its members for raising the alarm over a vehicle suspected to have been carrying ballot papers. The Chairman of APC, Niger State, Engr Mohammed Imam said that the members of the party who went to the police to report the incident ended up being arrested by the police. He said that the J5 bus arrested was unmarked and was actually carrying INEC materials, yet the police did not see the report of the APC members as a patriotic action but ended up arresting them.Niger 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/412106/apc-decries-arrest-of-5-members-in-niger
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 17th February 2015Polls: South West Gets 5,000 MonitorsTo ensure that the forthcoming general election is credible, the Odua Liberation Movement (OLM) said it has trained 5000 election monitors to complement the efforts of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Speaking during a one-day symposium organised by the OLM in partnership with Network Of Yoruba Alliance (NEYA) in Lagos, the National Co-ordinator of OLM, Comrade Olugbenga Awosode said the event was put together as part of voter education initiated by the group. The group explained that with the lapses by the INEC it has become imperative for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other organised groups like OLM to provide ancillary services in support of INEC’s preparations.Nigeria 2015; OLMhttp://leadership.ng/news/412114/general-elections-south-west-gets-5000-monitors
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Kebbi: Dakingari's Wife Slams Aliero Over Senate AmbitionWife of Kebbi State Governor, Hajia Zainab Dakingari, has called on women to beware of politicians who could trade with their mandate if voted into office. Hajia Zainab, who was canvassing support for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kebbi Central Senatorial candidate, Alh Abubakar Gari Malam, yesterday in Birnin Kebbi, reminded women in the zone that the APC candidate, Senator Adamu Aliero, has a history of trading with the mandate of the electorate.Kebbi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)17
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015"Obasanjo's Tearing Of Our Party Card, An Act Of Provocation"- Fani KayodeThe Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) yesterday said while former President Olusegun Obasanjo was free to leave the party, the act of tearing the party card was provocative. In a statement issued by Director of Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, the PDPPCO said watching its party membership card being torn up with President Obasanjo watching was painful and tragic. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)5
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Elections: "Obasanjo's Assertions Are False"- DHQThe Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday said recent comment by former President Olusegun Obansanjo that election dates were postponed to enable President Goodluck Jonathan use the military to manipulate the process is false. Reacting to Obasanjo’s comments, a statement posted on the DHQ Face-book account www.facebook.com /DefenceInfoNG said: “We dare say again that Chief Obasanjo’s assertions are false.” The DHQ stated that: “The comments credited to Chief Obasanjo alleging that the postponement of the General Elections was to enable President Jonathan to use the Service Chiefs to plot a tenure extension is to say the least, very surprising."Nigeria 2015; DHQ3
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015APC Petitions Adoke, Wants Ekiti Election Riggers ProsecutedThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has demanded the prosecution of those who allegedly conspired to rig former Governor Kayode Fayemi out of office. Chairman of the party, Chief Jide Awe, made the call in a petition he sent to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke, Inspector General of Police, Suleman Abba and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State. Similarly, Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Taiwo Olatubosun, has raised the alarm over threat to his life and called on the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, to investigate the matter with a view to arresting and prosecuting the suspect.Ekiti Gate; All Progressives Congress (APC)8
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015"Card Readers Are Being Reconfigured"- INECSmart card readers meant to be used for authentication of voters during the general elections are being reconfigured to reflect the new dates of March 28 and April 11, INEC said yesterday. INEC’s National commissioner, Chris Iyimoga, said while unveiling the card in Abuja yesterday that the reconfiguration of the cards would be done to update them with the new election dates.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; INEC10
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Andy Uba Urges Support For INECThe senator representing Anam-bra-South Senatorial District, Andy Uba, has called on Nigerians to be calm and support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) so that the general elections would be conducted peacefully. He decried what he called politicisation of the shift, urging Nigerians to disregard inflam-matory statements made by politicians. Uba, who said all those blaming the Peoples Democratic Party for the shift were misleading Nigerians, wondered how there could have been credible elections “when many Nigerians are yet to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and INEC is yet to achieve infrastructural readiness”. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)10
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Arewa Youths Warn Against Further Polls ShiftThe Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that all necessary arrangements were put in place for polls to be conducted on the new date, saying another shift might not go down well with many Nigerians. President of the forum, Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, in a statement called on President Goodluck Jona-than to sack the service chiefs in the country because of their incompetence and disservice to Nigerians. It said it was improper for the security chiefs who were aware of the February elections to, at the last minute, say they could not guarantee security.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; AYF10
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Appeal Court Hears Jonathan's Eligibility Case On Thursday The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal yesterday fixed Thursday, February 19, for hearing in an appeal challenging the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the March 28, 2015 Presidential election. The court had to adjourn the matter yesterday when INEC informed it that it had not been served with any of the court papers, although INEC had been represented in the Court since the case went on appeal.Nigeria 2015; Eligibility; Jonathan; Judiciary 14
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015Customs Denies Withdrawing Its Men From BordersThe Nigeria Customs Service has dismissed allegation made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that its officers had been withdrawn from Nigeria’s borders in Kebbi and Katsina States. Yesterday, spokesman of the APC, Alhaji Lai Muhammed in a statement alleged that Customs, Immigration and other security personnel from the country’s border posts in the two states have been instructed to leave their posts by an unnamed authority. Spokesman of the Nigeria Customs Service Wale Adeniyi in a statement said: “There was no directive whatsoever, verbal or written to officers of Nigeria Customs Service posted to Kebbi/Sokoto and Kaduna/Katsina commands to withdraw from the borders or their patrol bases." Nigeria 2015; Customs14
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th February 2015"No Plans For Interim National Government"- JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has dispelled the rumours that he was planning to hand over to an Interim National Government (ING). A top Presidency source said Jonathan dispelled the rumours at the State House in Abuja yesterday at a meeting he held with a delegation of the European Union Election Observer Mission.The source, who pleaded anonymity, said the President told the delegation that those peddling the rumours were being mischievous.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)14
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th February 2015Northern Elders Tackle Clark, Others On Tenure ElongationThe Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA) was on Monday criticised by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) for planning to scuttle the 2015 elections and promote tenure elongation for the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. This counter-allegaton was a reaction to SNPA’s allegation that the NEF was collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to manipulate the outcome of 2015 presidential elections in favour of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).Nigeria 2015; NEFhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/northern-elders-tackle-clark-others-on-tenure-elongation/202023/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th February 2015"Card Reader Will Guarantee Credible Voting"- INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said the use of the card reader in the forthcoming general election would ensure free, fair and credible exercise. The National Electoral Commissioner in charge of Lagos, Ondo and Osun States, Prof. Akinola Salawu, gave the assurance yesterday in Akure, Ondo State, during the evaluation and confirmation tour to the State.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-card-reader-will-guarantee-credible-voting/202024/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th February 2015Unknown Gunmen Kill APC Chieftain In PlateauUnknown gunmen monday allegedly killed a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chairman of the party in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, of Plateau State, Chief Samuel Doro. The Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) of the state command, DSP Emmanuel Abuh, confirmed the incident, which occurred in the early hours of yesterday. Abuh said the victim was shot at a close range at his Kurra Drong residence in Jos South Local Council, expressing disenchantment over the unfortunate development.Plateau 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/unknown-gunmen-kill-apc-chieftain-in-plateau/202026/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th February 2015Tension In Adamawa As Court Rules Tuesday On Suit Challenging Ngilari's Governorship Fresh dimensions of the political crisis in Adamawa State politics emerged on Monday as tension enveloped the state capital over rumours that Governor Bala James Ngilari may be removed from office today following a pending court case instituted by the State House of Assembly against him. Ngilari was declared as the Governor of the State by an Abuja Federal High Court last year, after his purported resignation from office as the Deputy Governor in the wake of the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako, who was his principal.Adamawa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tension-in-adamawa-as-court-rules-tuesday-on-suit-challenging-ngilari-s-gov
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th February 2015Appeal Court Upholds Fayose's ElectionThe Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has upheld the victory of Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the Ekiti State governorship election held in June 21, 2014. The appellate court upheld the judgment of the election tribunal which had earlier dismissed the petition written by the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging Fayose’s victory. However, the appeal court made a definite pronouncement on the role of the military in an election, saying the military ought not to have been deployed for the election. The court stated that by the provisions of the law, the military had no role to play in electoral process, adding that whoever had deployed the military to the State for the elections had breached the law. In affirming the decision of the tribunal, the court dismissed the appeal brought by the APC.Ekiti 2014; Judiciaryhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/appeal-court-upholds-fayose-s-election/202032/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th February 2015ECOWAS Cautions Jonathan, Buhari On Hate SpeechesEconomic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on Monday cautioned President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to refrain from hate speeches capable of overheating the polity. Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security at the Commission, Salamatu Suleiman, made the disclosure while speaking with State House correspondents shortly after the Commission’s team visited President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.Nigeria 2015; ECOWAShttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ecowas-cautions-jonathan-buhari-on-hate-speeches/202033/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th February 2015Soyinka Calls For Revolt If Incoming Government DisappointsNigeria's Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has stated that Nigerians should be prepared to go back to the trenches, whatever it takes, if a wrong choice is made in the incoming elections. Soyinka, who made this known in an interview with BBC's Will Ross in Lagos, also stated that President Goodluck Jonathan alone should not be blamed for the Boko Haram menace in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.Nigeria 2015; Soyinkahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/soyinka-calls-for-revolt-if-incoming-govt-disappoint
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th February 2015Stampede, Shooting Disrupts Buhari's Rally In MaiduguriThe campaign rally of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, in Maduguri, the Borno State capital, was disrupted by a rowdy, uncontrollable crowd, resulting in a stampede and gunshots, as security agents tried to control the multitude of people who had come out to see Buhari. The State government had declared yesterday a public holiday in Borno, to allow the people give a rousing welcome to the presidential candidate who was at a time the Governor of the defunct North-Eastern State with Maiduguri as its capital. Apparently obeying the government’s directive, thousands of people thronged the streets making it difficult for vehicular movement, while gaining access to the Ramat Square, venue of the rally, was almost impossible for hundreds of people who thronged out to see Buhari.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/stampede-shooting-disrupt-buhari-8217-s-maiduguri-rally/202036/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th February 2015At Last Obasanjo, PDP Part Ways, APC CelebratesAfter months of haranguing President Goodluck Jonathan and openly romancing with the leadership of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a melodramatic fashion characteristic of the retired army general, tore up his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership card and parted ways with the party on whose platform he ruled Nigeria for eight years. However, his exit from the PDP which was done to preempt possible sanctions by the ruling party for anti-party activities and the dirt which would have been dished out on him by the Presidency, was celebrated by the governorship candidate of the APC in Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.Nigeria 2015; Obasanjohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/at-last-pdp-obasanjo-part-ways-apc-celebrates/202037/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th February 2015"Obasanjo's Exit, Big Yoke Lifted Off PDP"- BabatopeA member of Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a chieftain of the party, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, on Monday said the exit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the party has lifted a big yoke in the PDP. Babatope, a former minister of Transport said: "Obasanjo leaving the PDP has come as a happy and welcome development. With Obasanjo's exit, a huge yoke has been lifted off the necks of PDP. I congratulate the PDP for being patient in dealing with former President Obasanjo's offensives against the Party without embarking on wild and unproductive conclusions. Though Obasanjo is a hard fighter, his exit will have no effect of any kind on the PDP. The PDP will by God's grace win the March elections," he added.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obasanjo-s-exit-big-yoke-lifted-off-pdp-babatope/201973/
Guardian NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Sambo Cautions Islamic Clerics Against Hate PreachingsAhead of the forthcoming general elections, Vice President Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo has appealed Muslim scholars to as much as possible avoid hate preaching, but to continually preach violence free and peaceful conduct during and after the exercise. The Vice President made the appeal at a sensitisation and Town Hall meeting organised for Muslim preachers, Imams and Islamiya school teachers from across the North-West zone by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Islamic Affairs in collaboration with Coalition of Islamic Organisation of Nigeria, yesterday, at the Umar Yar’ Adua Hall, Murtala Square, Kaduna. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)71
Guardian NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Ugwuanyi Will Perform, Ekweremadu Assures PDPDeputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has given assurances that the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, would deliver on his promises to Enugu people if elected in the forthcoming general elections. Ekweremadu gave the assurances while addressing communities in Ezeagu Local Council in continuation of his re-election campaign and inspection and commissioning of various projects he attracted to the area under the President Jonathan Administration.Enugu 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)74
Nation NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015PDP'll Retain Enugu, Say Nwobodo, NnamaniFormer Governor of old Anambra State Senator Jim Nwobodo has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win.
Nwobodo made this declaration while addressing a huge crowd of supporters at the PDP campaign rally held at the headquarters of Enugu South Local Government Area. He said there is no opposition in the state as far as the election is concerned, adding that members of the PDP that left the party to contest elections in other political parties are wasting their time. Nwobodo however urged such people to return to the PDP as the umbrella of the party is big enough to accommodate their various interests.
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Nation NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015PDP Disowns Anti Poll LeafletsPeoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy National Publicity Secretary Abdullahi Jalo, dismissed the accusation against the PDP. According to him, it is not the first time the Boko Haram would give notice of impending attacks, especially in Borno and Yobe States. Jalo, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone last night said: “Let me ask you, is it the first time Boko Haram would give notice of impending attack? Of course that has been their attitude. Government has acquired new weapons which are being kept in Gombe and that is what the Boko Haram are targeting. Or are you saying that the government would acquire weapons and allow the insurgents to come and destroy or steal them?”.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://thenationonlineng.net/new/pdp-disowns-anti-polls-leaflets/
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015INEC Has Played Its Last Card, Buhari Tells UN, AUThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, said Wednesday, that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has played its last card by shifting the general elections from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11. Buhari spoke while receiving delegations of the United Nations and African Union in Abuja yesterday.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/politics/46790-inec-has-played-its-last-card-buhari-tells-un-au
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Ghanian Parliament Cautions Nigeria Against Further Poll ShiftPiqued by the postponement of the Nigerian general elections, members of the minority in the Ghanaian Parliament have warned of the dire consequences should there be further shift in dates of the general elections. The lawmakers, who also flayed the seeming invasion of Ghana by Nigerian politicians, tacitly supported the recent dismantling of campaign billboards of some Nigerian political parties, declaring that “Nigerian politics should be played out in Nigeria, because politics is a local affair.” Speaking in Accra at a press briefing with the theme ‘The actions and Inactions of Government,’ Minority Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs of the Parliament of Ghana, Mr Isaac Osei, contended that Ghana was at risk, because of the political uncertainty pervading Nigeria.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; Ghanian Parliamenthttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/politics/46906-polls-ghanaian-parliament-cautions-nigeria-against-further-shift
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015"Nobody Can Stop My Victory"- OrtomAll Progressives Congress (APC)’s governorship candidate in Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, yesterday said that nobody can stop his victory at next month’s polls. Ortom who made the remark in Makurdi shortly after inspecting damage done to his property by suspected political opponents, told his supporters not to retaliate as no amount of attacks on him and his campaign property will intimidate or distract him from the determination to win the election.Benue 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)19
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Tallen Assures APC Of Victory In Plateau Guber ElectionsAs part of effort to ensure victory in the elections for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Plateau State, Barr Simon Lalong, a group has organised a fundraising dinner to raise funds for the candidate. The group under the aegis of Plateau Rescue Movement said it organised the fundraiser in order to harness resources and help the party to win the elections in the State not only in the governorship elections but at all levels. Speaking at the occasion, former Deputy Governor, Mrs Pauline Tallen said the APC is doing well in the State and will defeat the PDP in the elections because it has not performed to get another term. Tallen who is also a Former Minister, recently defected with other prominent politicians to the APC at the presidential rally of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.Plateau 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)19
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015PDP Wants INEC To Conduct Mock Elections Ahead Of March 28thThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said stakeholders’ observations on the electoral preparations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were borne out of the need to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy. The party said there was the need for INEC to adequately test-run its equipment in a mock election session, within two weeks to demonstrate and ensure their practicability and reliability in the field. PDP in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, however called on all political parties and other relevant stakeholders in the electoral process to relegate all narrow group interests and join hands with INEC to guarantee the success of the general elections.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)21
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015APC Youths Pledge To Win Jigawa For BuhariYouths in Jigawa under the auspices of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Youth Vanguard yesterday promised to deliver 100 percent of youths’ votes in the state to the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari. North-West leader of the group, Comrade Isa Shehu Isa who spoke at a press conference in Dutse said their group, which was formed a few months after the merger that produced APC, has been working round the clock to ensure that Buhari gets 100 percent of youths’ votes in Jigawa and all the states in the region.Jigawa 2015; All Progressives Congressives (APC)21
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015"Destruction Of Billboards Is An Act Of Political Violence"- WaziriSpecial Adviser to Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Ashafa Waziri, has said that the current trend of destruction of campaign billboards and posters of one party by the supporters of another can lead to political violence if not checked. Speaking with newsmen in Kaduna at the weekend, Waziri said no individual, group or political party should impose their views or ideology on the others and no one should force the other to carry the flags, posters and materials of a party or candidate.Kaduna 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)21
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Group Fears Rescheduled Elections May Be ManipulatedA Non-Governmental Organization under the aegis of the Rescue Kaduna Group (RKG) has expressed doubts on whether the rescheduled elections will hold as promised. In a statement signed by the chairman of RKG, Mustapha Munir, and the secretary, Mujahid Balarabe, the group dismissed the argument given by INEC for the postponement of the elections, noting that INEC was obviously under pressure to postpone the elections in order to suit the political calculations and interests of some people. It appealed to Nigerians to remain committed to peace and unity and to desist from any action or inaction that may result in a breakdown of law and order.Nigeria 2015; RKG23
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Kogi APC Accuses PDP Of Importing ThugsKogi State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) has alleged that the People Democratic Party (PDP) is planning to eliminate some of its notable members in the State before the election. Addressing a press conference at the weekend in Lokoja after its meeting, the state coordinator of General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) Campaign organisation, Barrister James Ocholi, alleged that they were reliably informed by their informants within the PDP of the impending plan.Kogi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)23
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Sherrif, Shettima Fight Over IDP's Votes In BornoGovernor Kashim Shettima of Borno State and his enstranged godfather, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, have taken their fight to the camps of internally displaced persons as supporters of the latter raised an alarm that the State government is preventing them from reaching their supporters in such camps. Abdulrahman Terab, the member representing Bama, Ngala, Kala-Balge Federal Constituency which is under Boko Haram occupation, yesterday accused the Borno State government of persecuting thousands of “his people” who are living in Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri.Borno 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)19
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015FG Releases Emergency Phone Numbers For ElectionsThe Federal Government has released some emergency telephone numbers to be contacted by citizens in case of any problem during the 2015 elections.
The numbers were released during the routine security briefing in Abuja. Speaking during the briefing, Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri, said the numbers were released to ensure hitch-free elections. Crisis Centre Telephone Numbers are; 07057274630, 07057276432, 07057254633, 07057254634, 09096223788, 09096223816, 096303517, 096303520, 096303522, 096303523 and 096303525 as well as Crisis Centre U-Report SMS Line, 20544.
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Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Buhari's Supporters Break Gates To Attend Rally In MaiduguriThousands of supporters of Retired General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday overwhelmed security operatives manning some gates of the popular Ramat Square in Maiduguri to attend his rally. Our correspondent reports that as early as 6am, the Square located in the city centre was nearly filled to capacity by men, women and children including the blind, cripple and other physically challenged people. The gates to the Square were therefore locked by heavily armed soldiers and policemen, who cited security reasons as basis for the closure.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Anenih To Obasanjo: "PDP Won't Miss You"Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih has said the party will not miss former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Anenih, in a chat with State House journalists on Monday afternoon, was reacting to the former President's exit from the PDP. Obasanjo announced his exit from the party in his home town of Abeokuta earlier, opening discarding his membership card. According to Anenih, as a Nigerian, Obasanjo has the right to quit any party and join any party.
Anenih also stressed that the former President's exit did not constitute any loss to the ruling party.
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Vanguard NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Stop This War, Ijaw Nation Urges Jonathan, ObasanjoThe newly inaugurated President of the Ijaw National Congress Worldwide, INC, Chief Boma Obuoforibo, has called on former President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan to stop the war of attrition between them. Obuoforibo made the call while fielding questions from journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, yesterday.Nigeria 2015; Ijaw13
Vanguard NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Alleged Bias: Resign Now, Ex-Envoy Tells JegaFormer Nigeria’s Ambassador to Congo, Chief Greg Mbadiwe, has called on the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Altahiru Jega, to resign immediately, over alleged inability to respond to allegations of partisanship and gross dereliction of duty leveled against him. Chief Mbadiwe, member of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s Presidential Committee on Media and Publicity, claimed in a statement in Owerri that since it was obvious that Prof Jega had compromised himself before the rival All Progressives Congress, APC, PDP no longer reposed confidence in his ability to conduct elections.Nigeria 2015; Jega; Mbadiwe15
Vanguard NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015APC Debunks Plan To Rig 2015 PollsLagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has described as baseless allegations by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that it planned to use teachers to rig 2015 elections. The party rather accused Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of using some groups and individuals to induce people with money to buy their voters’ cards. This came against the backdrop of a statement by one Mr. Felix Oboagwina on behalf of PDP governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, that the party wanted to use teachers and civil servants to swing the forthcoming election for the APC. State Publicity Secretary of APC, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said the statement was another baseless hoax and childish prattle that had characterized the campaign of a party that has nothing to show for its 16 years in power.
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Vanguard NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015US Accused Of Fuelling Political Tension In NigeriaMove on Nigeria, a civic action group promoting democracy, transformation agenda and good governance in Nigeria has accused the Obama administration of fuelling political tension in Nigeria so as to achieve the US prediction of Nigeria’s disintegration this year. In a statement signed by its National Co-ordinator, Mr Clem Aguiyi, the group said “it is interesting that the Obama administration that has refused to do anything to help Nigeria in the fight against insurgency, has continued to publicly magnify every failure Nigeria’s government experienced and also working behind the scene to assist Buhari, who ruled Nigeria with iron fist to unseat the incumbent president. The Obama administration cannot pretend not to know that the Buhari military government was known for harshly cracking down on civil rights, arresting opposition forces, and intimidating critical journalists”.
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Vanguard NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Lawyers Flay Election Postponement Two Lagos based lawyers, Dr. Wilfred Mamah and Derin Fagbure, have stated that the postponement of Nigeria’s general election 2015, by INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, raises a structural challenge of disorder and lack of accountability in the country. In a statement, the lawyers posited that INEC’s admitted un-readiness, after four years of costly preparation, was a clear demonstration that the Nigerian people who have been counting on February 14, 2015 ,as the day to exercise their ultimate power of choice had not received value for their money.
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Vanguard NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Polls Shift: Group Tells Jega To Resign As the 2015 general elections linger, a civil society group, Move on Nigeria, has asked the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, to resign over allegations that he is being partial and having an affiliation with a political party. The group also said that Jega has failed in the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, which is one of the major materials for the election. Addressing newsmen in Ikeja, the National Coordinator of Move on Nigeria, Mr. Clem Aguiyi, urged Jega to allow Nigerians vote with their Temporary Voter Cards, TVC’s if the PVCs are not available.
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Vanguard NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015"PDP Is The Greatest Threat To Democracy"- Osun APCAll Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State has described the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s recent tactics to elongate the transition programme as the greatest threat to democracy in the country. The APC, in a statement in Osogbo, yesterday, by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, noted that the PDP, “unless it pulls back from its desperation to stay in power at all costs, it may very well self-destruct and in the process, terminate the current democratic dispensation in Nigeria.”
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Vanguard NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015Ignore Obasanjo, Continue With Your Good Work, Bozimo Tells JonathanFormer Minister of Police Affairs in the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, has advised President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to ignore his former boss and focus on educating the electorate on the developmental strides of the Jonathan administration. Bozimo, in Warri, Delta State, weekend, during a chat with Vanguard at his waterfront country home, said: “Obasanjo’s attacks on Jonathan don’t worry me. As you know, Obasanjo remains my boss. He is a friend and I respect him a lot. We worked well together but you know, Obasanjo the politician is not Obasanjo the friend that I know. So, in politics you don’t have permanent friends, you only have permanent interests."
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Vanguard NewspaperMonday 16th February 2015APC Raises Alarm Over Removal Of Custom, Immigration Officers From Border PostsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over a strange directive ordering the withdrawal of Customs, Immigration and other security personnel from the country’s border posts in Kebbi and Katsina States, wondering what purpose such a directive was meant to serve. In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the verbal directive led to the total withdrawal of the stated personnel from the border posts in the two states, leaving the posts unmanned. It wondered who gave the order and for what purpose, and asked the Federal Government to immediately tell Nigerians what happened.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/apc-raises-alarm-withdrawal-customs-immigration-personnel-border-posts/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 16th February 2015Obasanjo Is Attacking Jonathan Because He Cannot Control HimFemi Fani-kayode, former Aviation Minister and Director of Media, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Presidential Campaign organization has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of attacking President Goodluck Jonathan for personal gains other than National interest. Fani-Kayode made the accusation at a press conference in Abuja n Sunday.
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Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 16th February 2015Obasanjo Benefited From Murtala Mohammed, Abiola's Death"- FayoseEkiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has accused Nigeria's former President Olusegun of benefiting from the deaths of Murtala Mohammed and M.K.O Abiola. Fayose made the accusation in a statement issued on Sunday by Lere Olayinka, his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/obasanjo-benefited-from-murtala-mohammed-abiolas-death-fayose.107999/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 16th February 2015Bode George, Kashamu Attack ObasanjoTwo Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Sunday in Lagos described Saturday's statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo's against President Goodluck Jonathan as unsavory. Obasanjo had in reaction to the postponement of the Feb. 14 polls, alleged that it was done to further the interest of President Goodluck Jonathan. Chief Olabode George. a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP and Prince Buruji Kashamuu, Chairman, Organisation and Mobilisation Committee of the PDP South West, condemned the statement.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/bode-george-kashamu-attack-obasanjo.108003/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 16th February 2015GEJ Allegedly Working With National Assembly To Totally Bypass INECAccording to Sahara Reporters, President Jonathan is using his inner circle to 'jettison' the elections totally. According to the online journal, the President may use members of the National Assembly to postpone the polls and settle for an 'interim national government.' Sahara Reporters says its sources for this story are within the Presidency. It also says that the key players in this 'scheme' are: Mr. Jonathan, Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, the Chairman of the PDP’s board of trustees, Tony Anenih, Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and Ijaw political figure, Edwin Clark. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/grand-conspiracy-gej-allegedly-working-with-nat
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 16th February 2015Obasanjo Dumps PDP, Publicly Tears Membership CardAccording to reports from PM News and TV Continental, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has dumped PDP, declaring that he was no longer imterested in the party. He is also reported to have torn his PDP membership card in public. He hasn't announced joining any other party yet.Nigeria 2015; Obasanjohttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/obasanjo-dumps-pdp-publicly-tears-membership-card.108008/
Leadership News OnlineMonday 16th February 2015Borno Declares Monday Public Holiday For Buhari's RallyThe Borno State Government Sunday declared today a work-free day for the visit of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), to the State. The Secretary to the State Government, (SSG) Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, stated this in a statement issued to journalists, saying the gesture was to enable residents welcome Buhari to the State for the presidential rally.Borno 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/borno-declares-monday-public-holiday-for-buhari-s-rally/201937/
Leadership News OnlineMonday 16th February 2015Rights Group Petitions IG Over Mbu's ThreatThe Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has written a petition to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Sulieman Abba, over a threat to life by Mr. Joseph Mbu, AIG zone 2, Lagos. The civil society organization, in the petition signed by the CIPM Executive Chairman, Mr. Nelson Ekujumi, said Mbu’s declaration at a meeting with police officers of the Ogun State Command at its Eleweran Headquarters, Abeokuta, on Thursday, February 12, 2015 could cause anarchy in the polity. The petitioners accusing Mbu of htreatening to killing dozens of civilian in cold blood.Nigeria 2015; CPPM; Mbu; IGPhttp://leadership.ng/news/411973/rights-group-petitions-ig-over-mbus-threat
Leadership News OnlineMonday 16th February 2015PDP Chieftain Asks INEC To Use TVCs For ElectionsThe National Auditor of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju, yesterday asked the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to allow the use Temporary Voters’ Cards (TVCs) for the forthcoming general election to avoid rigging and disenfranchising millions of eligible voters. Adeyanju however advised the commission to commence the use of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the subsequent by-elections arising from the general elections to test run the card readers.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/412025/pdp-chieftain-asks-inec-to-use-tvcs-for-elections
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th February 2015Nigeria Resourceful Enough To Secure Itself, Says BuhariThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, sunday lamented the growing insecurity in the North-East region, adding that Nigeria is blessed with human and material resources “to secure itself.” Also, Buhari has condemned the perceived ethno-religious colouration of his presidential aspiration, noting that his candidacy had nothing to do with any ethnic agenda or religious body, but purely about the prevailing need to salvage Nigeria.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-nigeria-resourceful-enough-to-secure-itself/201955/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th February 2015APC Blames PDP For Anti-Election Leaflets In GombeThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those it said are mortally afraid of the 2015 general election of sponsoring the circulation of leaflets urging the people of Gombe State to stay away from the polling booths on election days or they will be in trouble. The party urged President Goodluck Jonathan not to plunge Nigeria into crisis or give the country the Gbagbo treatment, all in pursuit of personal interest at the expense of national interest. As part of measures to adjust and re-strategise following the postponement of the elections by the Indpendent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC is convening a meeting of all its leaders tomorrow in Abuja.Gombe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-blames-pdp-for-anti-election-leaflets-in-gombe/201936/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th February 2015PDP Urges Political Parties To Work Together For Democracy The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on all political parties in the country as well as all other relevant stakeholders in the electoral process to abhor all narrow group interests and join hands with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to guarantee the success of the 2015 general election. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday, said all parties must come together in the interest of the nation and ensure that measures that create the environment for credible, free and fair elections are firmly put in place.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-urges-political-parties-to-work-together-for-democracy/201930/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015Valentines Day Tragedy: 11 Female Supporters Of Patience Jonathan Die In Ghastly Crash It was a St. Valentine’s Day tragedy on Saturday in Rivers State when top female politicians from Bayelsa State were burnt to death in a ghastly motor accident along the East-West road while returning to Yenagoa from a political meeting with the First Lady, Patience Jonathan. The tragic death of the 11 women leaders comprising a former Member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly from Brass Local Government Area and Special Adviser to the State Governor, Mrs. Ruth Benjamin; a former Commissioner for Women Affairs in the administration of Governor Timipre Sylva, Hon. Gimbra Panowei; wife of the Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Mrs. Elizabeth Allison-Oguru; and a women’s leader from Otuoke community in Ogbia Local Government Area, Mrs. Consider Amadi, occurred at the Ahoada/Elele section of the East-West road in Rivers State.Nigeria 2015; Tragedy; First Lady; Car Crashhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/valentine-8217-s-day-tragedy-11-female-supporters-of-patience-jonathan-die-in-ghastly-crash/201946/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015Jonathan Decries Criticism Of Security ForcesPresident Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his displeasure over the fact that several Nigerians do not value the sacrifices of the Nigerian military in securing the country and are losing their (soldiers) lives in the process. According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Jonathan who spoke at the weekend, during the inaugural presidential dinner for wives and relatives of military men who have died on the battlefield against Boko Haram, vowed that the government would take good care of families of fallen heroes, particularly by adopting the Victims Support Fund as a policy for the military.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-decries-criticism-of-security-forces/201945/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015PDP Accuses Obasanjo Of Trying To Undermine Jonathan's AdministrationThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation (PCO) on Sunday accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of trying to undermine President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration, vowing that the party would resist the antics of the former President at all costs. The PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation further called on the former President to substantiate his allegation that President Jonathan is trying to stay in office by ‘hook or crook’, stating that if there is anyone in the political history of Nigeria that attempted to stay in office beyond the constitutional mandate, that it was Obasanjo’s abortive third term in office.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-accuses-obasanjo-of-trying-to-undermine-jonathan-s-administrat
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015We'll Run Market Based Economy, Says BuhariThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his government will run a market-based economy, with a clear and unambiguous regulatory framework and an effective enforcement mechanism with zero tolerance for corruption. Buhari also promised that his APC-led government "will insist on cutting out wastage and run a lean and efficient administration in order to make funds available for capital and development projects that will assure prosperity for all Nigerians."Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/well-run-market-based-economy-says-buhari/201882/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015PDP Group Seeks Audit Of PVC DistributionA Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) group, the PDP Integrity Vanguard, has called for an immediate audit of the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The group led by Senator Aniete Okon, at a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, wondered how INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, could hinge the postponement of the election on security challenges despite the huge irregularities that characterised the distribution of the PVC. The group also expressed concerns about the planned use of card readers, submitting that there were doubts about their application and success, particularly as INEC had not experimented with it anywhere in the country.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-group-seeks-audit-of-pvcs-distribution/201878/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015Ekiti Gate: Fayose 'Ready To Meet' Fayemi In CourtThe Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose , on Sunday declared that he was not rattled by the threat by ex-Governor Kayode Fayemi to head to court over an audio clip in the social media claiming that soldiers were allegedly used to rig the June 21 governorship election in his favour. Fayose contended that Fayemi , having alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party rigged the poll in cahoots with some soldiers, should have produced evidence of how and where they committed the electoral heist in a court of law, saying the proof goes beyond mere rhetoric or noisemaking.Ekiti Gate; People's Democratic Party (PDP)www.thisdaylive.com/articles/election-audio-clip-fayose-ready-to-meet-fayemi-in-court/201877/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015Poll Shift: APC Elders Task Members To RestrategizeThe Elders Council of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ondo State, at the weekend tasked members of the party and their sympathisers not to be discouraged by the postponement of the general election but to seize the opportunity to re-strategise with the sole aim of defeating the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in the forthcoming elections. The Chairman of the Council, Senator Olorunnimbe Farukanmi, gave the charge in Akure, the Ondo State capital, in a statement titled “Poll Shift: A Setback to Democracy”, made available to journalists.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/election-shift-apc-elders-task-members-to-restrategise/201876/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015Poll Shift Commendable, Says GroupA group known as Jonathan Youth Vanguard (JOY) has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for postponing the general election to March 28 and April 11. The Director-General of the group, Mr. Ebis Orubebe, who disclosed this in a statement, said shifting of the election from February 14 and February 28 to March 28 and April 11 would ensure the sanity of the electoral process. According to Orubebe, the Federal Government should be commended for accepting the poll shift as the final outcome of a co-operative effort of the security, INEC and political parties, among other stakeholders.
Nigeria 2015; Postponement; JOYhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/poll-shift-commendable-says-group/201819/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015DSS Operatives Invade Home Of Reuters Correspondent In BayelsaMen from the Department of State Security (DSS) over the weekend invaded the home of the Niger Delta correspondent of the Thomson Reuters in the Niger Delta, Mr. Tife Owolabi, for alleged espionage. The security operatives who carted away personal computers and electronics of the correspondent accused of working against the interest of the country. The DSS men who invaded the house late Saturday night spent over four hours in ransacking the house even as they held him and his wife hostage. The men claimed that they were acting on orders from Abuja. The DSS men, who did not exactly seem to know what they were really looking for left with the mobile telephones of the Reuters’ correspondent and his wife, Mrs. Jane Owolabi, with other items carted away. He was later arrested before being released to the custody of the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of journalists (NUJ) Comrade Tare Akono.Nigeria 2015; DSShttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dss-operatives-invade-home-of-reuters-correspondent-in-bayelsa/201943/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015Nyako Petitions NJC Over His ImpeachmentThe ousted Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has petitioned National Judicial Council (NJC) over the role played by the incumbent Chief Judge of Adamawa, Justice Ishaya K Banu, and former Acting Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi, in denying him justice over his impeachment. Nyako was impeached out of office last year by the Adamawa State House of Assembly on alleged 21count charges of gross financial misconduct.Adamawa 2014; Impeachment; Nyakohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nyako-petitions-njc-over-his-impeachment/201881/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015Delayed Poll Further Tears Obasanjo, Jonathan ApartFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday renewed his diatribe against President Goodluck Jonathan over the rescheduled general election, accusing him of plotting to emerge victorious “by hook or by crook”. The former President accused Jonathan of having a grand plan to create confusion and plunge the nation into chaos if his plan fails. But in a swift reaction, President Jonathan debunked Obasanjo’s allegation, describing it as “odious, repugnant and self-serving” , and accused the former President of scheming to cause crisis so that he could head an interim government.Nigeria 2015; Obasanjohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/delayed-poll-further-tears-obasanjo-jonathan-apart/201843/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015"Presidential Election Result Will Be Released Within 48 Hours"- INECNational Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission, Hajia Amina Zakari, said in Saturday in Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital, that the outcome of next month’s presidential and governorship elections would be announced within 48 hours after the close of voting. Zakari said this during a public sensitisation and practical demonstration of the accreditation and election processes, meant to familiarise the electoral officers with the voting procedure. She said the changes in the election timetable had enabled the Commission to perfect the process, explaining, “The Commission would treat observations and ensure smooth conduct of the election proper and to avoid hitches and criticisms.”Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-presidential-election-result-will-be-announced-within-48-hours/201842/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th February 2015Don't Sell Your PVCs, Imoke Warns Cross RiveriansCross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, on Saturday warned the electorate in the State not to fall prey to desperate politicians who may be out to hoodwink them into selling their Permanent Voter Cards, otherwise called PVC. According to him, “Selling your PVC is tantamount to automatically disenfranchising yourselves and that is dangerous for politics.” The Governor’s warning came against the backdrop of reports that desperate politicians have been going around luring unsuspecting electorate to sell their PVCs.Cross River 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/don-t-sell-your-pvcs-imoke-warns-cross-riverians/201838/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSunday 15th February 2015Jonathan Speaks On Ekiti 'Rigging' AudioThe President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan has told the Wall Street Journal that the Ekiti audio is a fabrication, and Sahara Reporters says this is despite the verification of its authenticity by Guardian Consulting LLC, a US-based voice-verification firm. “It’s all fabrications,” he reportedly said. “Why should I investigate things that are not real?” Dr. Fayemi, speaking to WSJ as well, has said of the tape and its implications: “It’s very sad. The military has lost any democratic control.”
Ekiti Gate; Jonathanhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/president-jonathan-speaks-on-ekiti-rigging-audio.107986/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSunday 15th February 2015"Obasanjo Is Lobbying To Head Interim Government"- President JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of lobbying to head an interim government if elections do not hold in Nigeria. President Jonathan made the accusation via a statement issued by Reuben Abati, his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/obasanjo-is-lobbying-to-head-interim-govt-president-jonathan.107975/
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th February 2015APC Kicks Against PDP, Presidency's Opposition To Use Of Card ReadersThe All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO), has frowned at the castigation of the use of card readers for the general elections by the Presidency and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The opposition party which added that the card readers would ensure the integrity of the forthcoming general elections, as being proposed by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the PDP’s opposition to its use was to advance their agenda for the manipulation of the electoral process.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/411815/apc-kicks-against-pdp-presidencys-opposition-to-use-of-card-readers
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th February 2015"INEC Will Conduct Elections As Scheduled"- IBBFormer military President Ibrahim Babangida says he is optimistic that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct elections as rescheduled. He spoke in Minna when he received the members of Arewa Citizens Action for Change on Saturday. He said people should not look at insecurity as only a problem restricted to a particular zone of the country but as a problem confronting the entire country.Nigeria 2015; IBBhttp://leadership.ng/news/411843/inec-will-conduct-elections-as-scheduled-ibb
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th February 2015APC Blasts Mbu For Advocating The Killing Of CiviliansThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed the Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2 command, Joseph Mbu, over statements and utterances recently credited to him saying the utterances are capable of inciting mass killings, violence and anarchy. The party in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its national Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described Mbu as a lawless and barbaric policeman who should urgently be called to order by his boss before he starts another around of nihilism in his new posting. APC said Mbu’s actions since he was posted to Lagos have neither dignified the police as an institution nor portrayed him as a well-trained law enforcement agent.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/411902/apc-blasts-mbu-for-advocating-killing-of-civilians
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th February 2015"How Governor Aliyu Barred Me From Council Meeting"- Niger Deputy GovernorNiger State Deputy Governor, Hon Musa Ibeto, has narrated how the Governor of Niger State, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu barred him from the State Executive Council on Wednesday saying that the Governor was ready to forcefully remove him from the council chamber. Ibeto had defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last month and was set to attend the State Executive Council meeting when the drama ensued. LEADERSHIP Friday gathered that at the commencement of the council meeting, the Governor had said that he would not preside over a council meeting having his Deputy Governor in attendance because he has followed APC governorship candidate to campaign tour where he was allegedly maligned.Niger 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/411739/defection-how-gov-aliyu-bars-me-from-council-meeting-deputy-gov
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th February 2015"We Are Under Attack By PDP Thugs"- Ijesa APCMembers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ijesa-South Federal Constituency in Osun State have called on the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba and the National Director of the Department of State Security (DSS) to rescue them from political thugs allegedly hired by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The APC members said they were being incessantly attacked by the PDP hoodlums who used the residence of the Osun East senatorial candidate of the party, Francis Fadahunsi as an abode and torture centre.Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/411807/we-are-under-attack-by-pdp-thugs-ijesa-apc
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th February 2015APC Impressed By Army's Assurance Of NeutralityThe APC Presidential Campaign Organization (APCPCO) has said it welcomes the reassurance of the Nigerian armed forces to be faithfully committed to its traditional and professional role rather than being exposed to undue partisanship. The Director of Media and Publicity of the APCPCO, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement in Abuja that the opposition party was pleased by the assurance by the Defence Spokesman, Brigadier General Christopher Olukolade, that the armed forces would stick to their constitutional and professional roles of protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria rather than being diverted in this mission to partisanship. According to the statement, the army’s reassurance could not have come at a better time, adding that a politically neutral armed force is a prerequisite for free and fair elections.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-impressed-by-army-s-assurance-on-neutrality/201786/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th February 2015"Police Will Always Protect Human Rights"- IGThe Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, has restated his avowed commitment to the observance of the rule of law and respect for the fundamental rights of citizens and residents alike by all police officers. While admitting that there are circumstances under which an officer may be provoked in the course of duty, the IGP, in a release signed by the Force’s
Spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, stressed that the attributes of a police officer as contained in the Police Regulations, require of every officer to exercise tact, patience and tolerance and the control of his temper in trying situations.
Nigeria 2015; IGPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/police-will-always-protect-human-rights-ig/201788/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th February 2015APC Youths, Women March Abuja Streets For BuhariHundreds of youths and women members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stormed the streets of Abuja on Saturday chanting solidarity songs for the party's presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari. The solidarity march started off about noon at the Buhari Presidential Campaign office at Herbert Macaulay Way in the Central Business District of Abuja and ended at the APC National Secretariat in Wuse 11. Addressing the rallying youths and women, the party's National Youth Leader and a member of the APC Campaign Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Jalo Dasuki said though the party was not happy over the postponement of the elections, it has accepted the situation and is mobilizing its membership in readiness for the net election date of March 28.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-youths-women-march-abuja-streets-for-buhari/201789/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th February 2015BSO Plans Massive Rally For BuhariAhead of the March 28 Presidential election, Buhari Support Organisation (BOS) is planning a massive rally for the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari in his quest to become next president of Nigeria. According to the Lagos State Coordinator of the group, Gbenga Omotuenishe, the party was undaunted by the postponement of the election but it would rather increase the popularity of APC and its candidates in the coming polls. Meanwhile, one of the sponsors of BSO, Honourable Adebowale Collins said he believed in the ideology of BOS and that was why he was putting his money where his mouth was. "I believe in what we are doing, I believe in change and I believe everybody has a role to play. I want a future for my children. It's not compulsory you do things for monetary benefits."Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bso-plans-massive-rally-for-buhari/201756/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th February 2015Polls: NANs Orders FG Not To Shut Down SchoolsThe National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the federal government not to close down the higher institutions in the country, in order to ensure students participate fully in the rescheduled general elections. The student's body made the appeal at a press conference Friday in Abuja while speaking on the State of the nation, saying it would allow students to vote where they registered.Nigeria 2015; NANshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/polls-nans-urges-fg-not-to-shut-down-schools/201757/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th February 2015"INEC Should Be Sanctioned For Shoddy Arrangements"- DLG GroupThe Development Law Group has called for sanctions against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the shoddy handling of the election processes leading to the postponement of the exercise. In a release signed by the partner/Head, Development Law Group, Dr. Wilfred Mamah and the Associate, Development Law Group, Derin Fagbure, the duo said they had carefully studied the situation leading to the postponement and come to the conclusion that electoral body mishandled the process.Nigeria 2015; DLGhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-should-be-sanctioned-for-shoddy-arrangements-2015-polls/201758/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th February 2015Thugs Beseige Ekiti Towns, Abduct Four APC MembersSuspected thugs allegedly sponsored by members of the Peoples Democratic Party on Friday stormed some communities in Gbonyin and Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Governments yesterday attacking the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and destroyed billboards and posters of its candidates in the March 28 and April 11 general elections. According to a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, the thugs armed with guns and machetes stormed Igbemo-Ekiti where they disrupted APC ward meeting. The APC Spokesman said that suspected thugs, who wore military uniform abducted Chief Peter Akinsola , Mr. Olusola Bello, Mr. Olujimi Ogunade, and 22-year-old Adefemi Ojo during the attack.Ekiti 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/thugs-besiege-ekiti-towns-abduct-four-apc-members/201759/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th February 2015Don't Sabotage INEC's Efforts, NOA Tells Politicians, Security AgenciesThe National Orientation Agency has charged politicians not to sabotage the efforts of the Independent National Electoral Commission through violence and unwholesome conducts during the forthcoming general elections. The agency also appealed to the security agencies not to intimidate voters on the day of elections, saying this remained the best way to curtail voters’ apathy in the country’s political system. The agency’s Director in Ekiti State, Mr Dayo Famosaya made the statement in Ado Ekiti during a training organised by the agency in conjunction with Globastorm Company for members of the Community Support Brigade(CBS) in preparation for the March general elections.Nigeria 2015; NOAhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/don-t-sabotage-inec-efforts-noa-begs-politicians-security-agencies/201760/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th February 2015"Jonathan's Performance Will Give PDP An Edge"- Mu'azuThe national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has said that the sterling performances of President Goodluck Jonathan in the area of the economy will give the party a cutting edge over other political parties during the elections. Mu’azu said in a statement by his Press Secretary, Tony Amadi, "Whether anyone likes it or not, it is the performance of the Peoples Democratic Party in the economy that will give us the cutting edge to victory in the 2015 Presidential, gubernatorial and other parliamentary elections next month."
Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mu-azu-jonathans-performance-in-economy-will-give-pdp-the-edge/201790/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 14th February 2015"Jonathan Is Afraid Of Handing Over To Buhari"- ObasanjoNigeria's former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of postponing the country's election over fear of defeat. Obasanjo made the comment during an interview with journalists at his Presidential Hilltop residence in Abeokuta.
Nigeria 2015; Obasanjohttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/jonathan-is-afraid-of-handing-over-to-buhari-obasanjo.107973/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 14th February 2015"APC Will Attack Its Own Leaders And Blame Us"- PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP claims that there is a fresh plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC to attack it's (APC) leaders and put the blame on the PDP. The PDP made the disclosure in a statement issued on Friday by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO).
Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-will-attack-its-own-leaders-and-blame-us-pdp.107968/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 14th February 2015US Congress Summons Nigerian Ambassador Over Election PostponementNigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Professor Ade Adefuye was on Friday summoned by the US Congress over the re-scheduling of the general elections in Nigeria that were to begin on 14th February, 2015. The Ambassador during the meeting in Washington DC debunked the impression in the international diplomatic circles that the military and the ruling party - the PDP - were working to scuttle the general elections.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; UShttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/us-congress-summons-nigerian-ambassador-over-election-postponement.107966/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 14th February 20154 PDP Governors Secretly Working For BuhariVANGUARD has a report which claims that four Governors in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are secretly working with Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. With the storm over the shift of polls yet to settle, the Presidency has run into a fix over what to do with four of its Governors said to be secretly working for the success of the opposition in the rescheduled elections. Saturday Vanguard learnt yesterday that the Presidency became convinced that the four Governors were not sincerely working for the success of the ruling party after reviewing their activities in relations to the presidential campaigns in their respective States. It was gathered that an appraisal carried out by security agents and placed at the disposal of the ruling party clearly indicated that PDP would lose election in the affected States because of the activities of the Governors.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/4-pdp-governors-secretly-working-with-buhari-vanguard.107964/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 14th February 2015Oshiomole Gives Jobs To 11 Victims Of NIS Recruitment StampedeThe Edo State Government on Friday offered jobs to 11 of the 20 surviving victims of the 2014 Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment stampede in Benin. The State Governor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, announced the offer in Benin when he received the victims, including the widower and children of the late Sandra Amu. Oshiomhole also gave N2 million to the children of Amu for their upkeep and assured the victims that they were at liberty to leave the employment of the State government whenever they so desired. He said the State government would consult with lawyers to ascertain if the NIS was liable for the deaths of some the applicants.Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/oshiomhole-gives-jobs-to-11-victims-of-nis-recruitment-stampede.107959/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 14th February 2015Jonathan, Buhari To Hold Joint BroadcastPresident Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC will hold a joint broadcast on electoral violence; THE CABLE reports. Chidi Odinkalu, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) announced the joint broadcast on Friday. He said, ''Let us change the messaging for this election and show we can do better. We want to show that Nigerians can hold elections without killing one another. A date for the broadcast will be announced later. Nigeria 2015; NHRC; Jonathan; Buharihttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/president-jonathan-buhari-to-hold-joint-broadcast.107958/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 14th February 2015EFCC Arrests Former Governor Nyako's SonThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested Abdul-Aziz Nyako, son of former Adamawa Governor, Murtala Nyako. The younger Nyako was arrested in Gombe State on Friday weeks after he and his father had been declared wanted by the EFCC. Immediately after his arrest, the younger Nyako was flown to Abuja where he will be answering questions on stealing, abuse of office and money laundering. Nigeria 2015; EFCC; Nyakohttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/efcc-arrests-former-governor-nyakos-son.107953/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015No One Can Impose Sharia Law In Nigeria, Says BuhariThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has said nobody can contemplate imposing Sharia or customary laws on Nigerians since the country’s Constitution does not permit a State religion. Buhari, who made the assertion when he met with some Northern pastors under the aegis of Northern Christian Leaders Eagle-Eyes Forum yesterday in Abuja, said contrary to the views of detractors, he is not a religious fanatic of any sort and would never support religious extremism.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/no-one-can-impose-sharia-law-on-nigeria-says-buhari/201696/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015Ekiti Gate: Soldiers Will Testify Against Fayose In Court, FayemiFormer Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Thursday declared that some soldiers had volunteered to testify in court to support the authenticity of the audio clip on how some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and military chiefs allegedly rigged the June 21, 2014 governorship poll. The former Governor also added that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC only hid under the pretext of security threat to do the bidding of the PDP by postponing the 2015 general election. Fayemi said this while appearing on a programme tagged: ‘APC Change Hour,’ on an Akure-based ADABA 88.9 FM , which was monitored in Ado-Ekiti .Ekiti Gate; Rigging; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ekiti-election-audio-clip-soldiers-will-testify-against-fayose-in-court-says-fayemi/201694/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015Mbu Orders Police To Shoot Electoral Offenders In Self DenseThe Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, AIG Mbu Joseph Mbu, Thursday ordered his men to shoot any electoral offenders who first shoot at his men, as a means of self-defence during the general election. Mbu who was visited the state Command, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, while lecturing the policemen on the general election, said, “That’s why I said don’t touch my policemen. If you shoot my policeman, I will shoot twenty of you, I will shoot a hundred of you because we are coming to you for peace. We are not coming to you to come and kill you.”Nigeria 2015; Policehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/polls-mbu-orders-police-to-shoot-electoral-offenders-in-self-defence/201684/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 13th February 2015Ignore Rumours Of Interim Government, Says Attorney GeneralNigeria's Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke has urged Nigerians to ignore rumours of an interim government formation; CHANNELS TV. Adoke said an interim government is unconstitutional.
Nigeria 2015; AGFhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/ignore-rumours-of-interim-government-attorney-general.107906/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 13th February 2015PDP Passes Vote Of Confidence In JegaThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has passed a vote of confidence on Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu'azu announced the vote of confidence on Thursday during a press briefing in Abuja. Mu'azu said, ''I want you to know that President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Prof Jega and his team to INEC’s leadership. I am sure the President thought very well before he appointed them. Secondly, you have asked me about my confidence in Jega; my answer is not far-fetched. At the press briefing, as a candidate Jonathan stated his confidence in Jega, and he is the candidate of my party. We have confidence in Jega; that his team will conduct a very free, fair, transparent and credible election in the country''.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-pdp-passes-vote-of-confidence-on-jega.107908/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 13th February 2015"Obasanjo's Endorsement Of Buhari Is A Rumor"- PDP ChairmanAdamu Mu'azu, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has described stories of former President Olusegun Obasanjo's endorsement of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC as a 'rumour'. According to LEADERSHIP, during a news briefing in Abuja, Mu'azu said, ''I consider that a rumour. I know he is more sagacious and experienced than that, and I have no doubt in my mind that he still remains not just our party member but one of our revered party leaders in PDP."Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/obasanjos-endorsement-of-buhari-is-a-rumour-pdp-chairman.107913/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 13th February 2015"I Did Not Endorse Buhari"- ObasanjoFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied endorsing Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. ''I didn’t endorse or unendorse him as such.What I said and I will say it again and I will do it: when the time comes for me to vote, I will consider the track record of all the candidates that are contesting and I will assess and based on my assessment, whoever I believe has the best track record to perform the job of the Nigerian President will have my vote. If anybody should know what the job of the Nigerian president requires, I should know. Nigeria has a population of 180 million and you wouldn’t have anybody other than one person or two persons that can run the affairs of Nigeria. There are millions who can run the affairs of Nigeria who are not even coming out. So why should you die on behalf of one who is probably performing as a mediocre? What the hell are we talking about? If you love Nigeria, you would look for the best for Nigeria and I don’t believe that at this point in time we have the best for Nigeria."Nigeria 2015; Obasanjohttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/obasanjo-denies-endorsing-buhari.107912/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 13th February 2015Lagos PDP's Agbaje Promises To Demolish Lekki-Epe Toll Gate If ElectedJimi Agbaje, Lagos state gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has promised to demolish the Lekki-Epe toll gate if elected Governor come April 11,2015. Agbaje made the promise at a peaceful protest, tagged March for freedom, organised by Freedom Group in Lekki, Lagos State.
Lagos 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/lagos-pdps-agbaje-promises-to-demolish-lekki-epe-toll-gate-if-elected.107914/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015Jonathan, Military Can't Intimidate Us, APC InsistsThe All Progresives Congress (APC) has said the party's leadership and members will not be intimidated by the latest antics of the Jonathan administration to harass and intimidate the opposition, especially in the run-up to next month's general elections. In a statement issued on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the recent military siege on APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu' residence and the Imo State Government House and the police harassment of APC's Presidential Campaign Spokesman
Garba Shehu fit perfectly into this emerging pattern.
Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/don-t-drag-military-into-politics-oshiomhole-warns/201705/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015Don't Drag Military Into Politics, Oshiomole WarnsEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has warned that the military should be left out of politics as the consequence of doing so could be dangerous. Speaking while commencing the reconstruction 3.6km Second East Circular dual carriage road in Benin City yesterday Oshiomhole said he was happy that the world has denounced the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the postponement of the general election from February 14 to March 28.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/don-t-drag-military-into-politics-oshiomhole-warns/201705/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015Jonathan Is The Best President Since Independence, South-South Group InsistsA pressure group in the South-South geo-political region, the South-south Solidarity Forum (SSSF) has States that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan cannot be compared with previous ones in the country in terms of positive performance and being focus. Reacting to political developments in the country, the National President of the group, Dr. Bassey Umoh, Thursday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, said President Jonathan remains the best President in Nigeria since the country’s independence. According to him, the President’s transformation agenda speaks volume of the feat recorded by his administration describing President Jonathan as a man with focus and vision since, and should be allowed to do a second term.Nigeria 2015; SSSF; Jonathanhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-best-president-since-independence-south-south-group-insists/201707/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015Imo Farmers Vow To Vote Ihedioha As GovernorThe Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives and Imo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has been endorsed by Imo farmers as their sole candidate for the governorship election in Imo State. The group under the aegis of Imo Farmers Association (IFA) made this known at the closing ceremony of their Annual Prayer Session to mark the beginning of this year’s farming season and exhibition of various farm products held at the All Saints Cathedral field, Egbu, Owerri, Imo State. The President General of the Association, Okenze D.N. Keke, in his speech, enumerated the Deputy Speaker’s support for farmers in Imo State which according to him, impacted their business very positively.Imo 2015; IFAhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/imo-farmers-vow-to-vote-ihedioha-as-governor/201708/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015"Why Nigerians Should Vote For Buhari"- APC GroupA group known as the New Generation Forum (NGF) has called on Nigerians to vote massively for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, saying the former military leader has what it takes to rebuild Nigeria and take the country to the zenith of development. NGF, an APC pressure group, added that the controversy surrounding Buhari school result is a scheme to discredit him, “but he (Buhari) is strong and can handle the situation, as the planned controversy is a sign that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has conceded defeat.”Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-group-why-nigerians-should-vote-for-buhari/201709/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015I'm Of Sound Mind And Body, Says AmbodeThe Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organisation (AACO) has rejected rumours making the rounds that the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, may be challenged by ill health. Stressing that Ambode is of sound mind and body, AACO who spoke on his behalf, described the rumour as completely without credit and orchestrated by individuals without conscience.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/i-m-of-sound-mind-and-body-says-ambode/201710/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015"Wike Falsified Government Expenditure Figures"- AmaechiRivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has described recent comments on government expenditure in the state by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Chief Nyesom Wike, as bogus lies, falsification of figures and clear case of ‘tales by moonlight.’ Wike had, during the Rivers State PDP governorship campaign rally in Port Harcourt Local Government Area on Tuesday, accused Amaechi of running the most corrupt regime in the country, alleging that the Governor between January and November 2014 squandered over N298 billion that accrued to the State from the Federation Accounts and loans obtained from various commercial banks.
Wike further alleged that between December 2014 and January 2015, Amaechi, through the Government House and the Office of the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, expended N11 billion, believed to have been channelled into the Buhari Campaign Organisation.
Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/amaechi-wike-falsified-govt-expenditure-figures/201711/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015Grid Your Loins, Mu'azu Charges PDP MembersAhead of the March 28 rescheduled presidential election, the National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu, has charged members of the party to gird their loins, saying the presidential election would be a “titanic battle.” In a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Tony Amadi, Mu’azu said: “All the PDP members at all levels from Ward, Local Government, State and Federal, must in the next five weeks to the March 28 presidential election gird their loins, tighten all loose ends as we face a titanic battle to ensure that we win a historic fourth presidential election victory, control the National Assembly and produce more Governors on April 11.”Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/gird-your-loins-mu-azu-charges-pdp-members/201713/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015APC Cries Out Over Police Siege On Home Of Campaign Spokesman The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the police of laying siege on the residence of the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC presidential campaign organisation, Shehu Garba. The party said the action was part of the ongoing harassment and intimidation of the party’s leadership by security agencies. In a statement issued Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Garba’s residence at the NNPC Quarters, Area II, Abuja, had been surrounded by armed policemen since 3 a.m. yesterday, making it impossible for him to even go to the mosque for prayers.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-cries-out-over-police-siege-on-home-of-campaign-spokesman/201714/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015APC Campaign Faults High Speed Rail Contract The All Progressives Congress presidential campaign organisation, has described as a hoax claims by the President Goodluck Jonathan’s government that a high speed Abuja-Lagos rail service will commence operation in three years time. In a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the campaign team said though the envisaged Lagos-Abuja line as proposed by the Minister of Transport is most desirable, and would provide an alternative means of transport between the federal capital city and Lagos, it is again giving a false hope on the early completion of the project. Shehu disclosed that a public private-partnership (PPP) agreement to build and operate a rail line takes at least two years to negotiate and bring to financial closure, adding that the Jonathan’s government has not even started negotiations with anybody yet on the project.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-campaign-faults-high-speed-rail-contract/201715/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th February 2015Group Disagrees With Jonathan Over Power To Sack JegaA group, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), has disagreed with President Goodluck Jonathan on his claim that he possessed the power to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega and other commissioners of the electoral body. The group at a press conference in Abuja warned that the President risked throwing the nation into anarchy should he take such a step. It said much as the President was empowered under the Constitution to nominate people as INEC’s Chairman and Commissioners for confirmation by the Senate, he lacked the power to either sack or compel occupants of such offices to proceed on pre-retirement leave.Nigeria 2015; Situation Roomhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-disagrees-with-jonathan-over-power-to-sack-jega/201689/
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 11th February 2015Reject Attempt To Sack Jega, ASUU Tells NigeriansThe Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday urged Nigerians to resist any attempt by the Federal Government to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega. In a resolution reached at the end of a National Symposium on the 2015 Elections, signed by the Chairman, University of Ibadan Chapter, Prof Segun Ajiboye, ASUU alerted Nigerians to alleged grand plan of the ruling cabal to ask the INEC Chairman to proceed on Terminal Leave. The Union warned the cabal to tread with caution as Nigerians are too sensitive to be hoodwinked to succumb to its tyrannical ploy.Nigeria 2015; ASUUhttp://leadership.ng/news/411359/reject-attempt-sack-jega-asuu-tells-nigerians
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 11th February 2015Osoba, Amosun Fight Poject Spread In OgunFormer governor of Ogun State, and national leader of Social Democratic Party, SDP, Chief Olusegun Osoba and the incumbent Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun started as enemies on the political turf in 2002. However, by 2011, tables had turned and the duo formed a formidable fold in Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, that blew the then PDP government of Otunba Gbenga Daniel, away. Today, they are back as foes. The fight stemmed from the battle to control the soul of All Progressives Congress (APC) at inception. The national leadership of the APC failed to resolve the crisis and late last year, Osoba led an exodus of his supporters to join SDP.Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/411370/osoba-amosun-fight-projects-spread-ogun
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 11th February 2015Elections Shift: Plot For Interim Government Not OverFormer Minister and member of the Presidential Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr Audu Ogbeh, yesterday warned that postponement of the elections was indicative that the moves to have an interim government installed were still on. Ogbeh’s position is regardless of the declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan that May 29 hand-over date is sacrosanct. Ogbeh, a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who spoke with newsmen in Abuja, lamented that the situation in the country has reduced Nigeria to a laughing stock.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/411381/elections-shift-plots-interim-government-ogbeh-warns
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineWednesday 11th February 2015"I Hope We Won't Have Coup"- Obasanjo To JonathanFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned President Goodluck Jonathan of an imminent coup d'etat if the 2015 electoral process is manipulated. Obasanjo issued the warning in Nairobi while speaking with Financial Times. He accused President Jonathan of undermining the armed forces. ''It is a question of leadership – political and military. I think you need to ask Jonathan how he let the army go to this extent. Many things went wrong: recruitment went wrong; training went wrong; morale went down; motivation was not there; corruption was deeply ingrained; and welfare was bad''. On the postponed elections, Obasanjo said, ''I sincerely hope that the President is not going for broke and saying ‘look dammit, it’s either I have it or nobody has it’. I hope that we will not have a coup. I hope we can avoid it''.Nigeria 2015; Obasanjohttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/obasanjo-to-jonathan-i-hope-we-wont-have-a-coup.107815/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineWednesday 11th February 2015INEC Sacks 2 Staff In Lagos For Denying Non-Indigenes PVCThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State on Tuesday said that it had relieved two members of a community it engaged for the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) of the assignment. This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Femi Akinbiyi, the Commission’s Head of Public Affairs in the State. It said that the two persons were found to have denied a few non-indigenes the collection of their cards in the State.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-sacks-2-staff-in-lagos-for-denying-non-indigenes-pvc.107818/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineWednesday 11th February 2015"APC Is Full Of Chicago, Toronto Certificate Holders"- SamboNigeria's Vice President, Namadi Sambo last weekend mocked the All Progressives Congress, APC for their various certificate scandals. DAILY POST reports that speaking during the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Bayelsa, Sambo said, ''The leadership of APC is full of Chicago and Toronto certificate holders. Nigerians don’t want people who will parade Chicago and Toronto certificates,” he stated.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-is-full-of-chicago-and-toronto-certificate-holders-sambo.107819/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015APC Applies To join Suit To Compel INEC To Use Temporary Voters' CardsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has applied to join a suit filed by a group - Society for Advancement and Protection of Public Rights (SAPPR) - seeking to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from using the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for the forthcoming elections. The party has filed an application before the Federal High Court in Abuja, praying to be joined as a defendant in the suit filed by SAPPR - which favoured the use of only the Temporary Voters’ Cards (TVCs). On Tuesday, the party’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), who led a team comprising of eight Senior Advocates to the court, applied for time to allow service of his client’s application on INEC (1st defendant) in the suit.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-applies-to-join-suit-to-compel-inec-to-use-temporary-voters-cards/201530/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015Political Parties Sign Peace Accord In FCTLeaders of political parties in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have signed an accord to maintain peace and refrain from acts of violence before, during and after the general election in the territory. The leaders signed the accord on Tuesday at the FCT Police Command, at a meeting summoned by the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 7, Mr. Patrick Dokumor. Zone 7 comprises Kaduna and Niger States, as well as the FCT. The parties which signed the accord were the PDP, APC, APGA, LP and the SDP.Nigeria 2015; Political Parties; Peace Accordhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/poll-political-parties-sign-peace-accord-in-fct/201532/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015You Gave 500 Pastors Money To Support APC, PFN To AmaechiThe Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Cross River State has alleged that the Director General (DG) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, Governor Chibuike Amaechi, gave money to five hundred pastors in October last year to get their support for his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). The pastors made the allegation against Amaechi who is also the Rivers State Governor in apparent response to the allegations he made recently against pastors in the country whom he accused of collecting N6 billion from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to mount campaigns against the presidential candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari.Nigeria 2015; PFNhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pfn-to-amaechi-you-gave-500-pastors-money-to-support-apc/201533/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015IG Redeploys 33 CPsAhead of the forthcoming elections, the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, has redeployed 33 Commissioners of Police to different commands and formations with immediate effect. A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, in Abuja on Tuesday, said the exercise was with the determination and drive to enhance the administrative and operational effectiveness of the Nigeria Police Force.Nigeria 2015; IGPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ig-redeploys-33-cps/201534/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015Presidency Debunks Rumoured Sack Of Jega, Asks Opposition To Desist From Inciting PropagandaThe Presidency has debunked the rumour gaining grounds online and the social media that the embattled Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has been sacked by the Federal Government. The Director, Special Duties in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Col. Bello Fadile (rtd), citing security concern on Tuesday, warned politicians spreading falsehood capable of inciting violence to desist from doing so. The warning came as the Spokesman to Jega, Mr. Kayode Idowu, faulted reports that the INEC boss would proceed on terminal leave on March 1 this year.Nigeria 2015; Presidency; http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidency-debunks-rumoured-sack-of-jega-asks-opposition-to-desist-from-inciting-propaganda/201537/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015Fashola, APC Decry Deployment Of Troops To Tinubu's ResidenceLagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday decried the unconstitutional deployment of military personnel to the residence of the party’s National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Fashola said the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan “has resorted to intimidation of the opposition parties and frustration of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its bid to glue itself to power”. He disclosed this during the APC campaign rally at Ejigbo in Oshodi-Isolo LCDA, saying the Jonathan administration “is a government that lies with everything. They have removed security from the Head of the Commission”.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-fashola-decry-deployment-of-troops-to-tinubu-s-residence/201561/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015Expectedly, Obasanjo Endorses BuhariFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo has raised the alarm about the postponement of the general election and has publicly endorsed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, to unseat President Goodluck Jonathan. Obasanjo, who had said last week that he would not speak on the elections until after the polls, broke his vow of silence in Nairobi Monday, where he launched his 1,500-page autobiography which was highly critical of Jonathan, whose ascent to the Presidency he helped to engineer, reported the London-based Financial Times newspaper on Tuesday. The book has been banned in Nigeria pending libel hearings brought by Buruji Kashamu, an ally of the President.Nigeria 2015; Obasanjohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/expectedly-obasanjo-endorses-buhari/201562/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015Nnamani, Nwobodo Dismiss APC's Threats As Wild Goose ChaseFormer Senate President, Ken Nnamani, and former governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, on Sunday in Enugu foreclosed the possibility of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) or any other political party routing the ruling PDP in the forthcoming general election, insisting that Nigerians have already made up their minds to retain their support for the ruling party. The two PDP leaders who addressed a Large crowd of party supporters during a campaign rally at the headquarters of Enugu South council of the State noted that their party was sure of victory in the March 28 presidential/National Assembly election as well as the April 11 gubernatorial/State Assembly election.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/elections-nnamani-nwobodo-dismiss-apc-s-threats-as-wild-goose-chase/201553/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015Buhari's Campaign Organization Faults New NIS Recruitment ExerciseThe All Progressives Congress presidential campaign organisation has raised the alarm over the latest call for applications from Nigerian youths for recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), describing it as a continuation of the despicable scamming of jobless youths by the government. The organisation said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign, Malam Garba Shehu, that this latest attempt, being supervised by a presidential committee, came on the heels of the March 15, 2014 exercise which ended in disaster across the various centres in the country. The statement said aside the payment of N1,000 from each of the 520,000 applicants, there were very shoddy preparations made for the exercise.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-campaign-faults-new-nis-recruitment-exercise/201554/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015PVCs Now Go For N10,000 Each, APC AllegesThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that some people suspected to be agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have resorted to underhand tactics, including the purchase of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and the intimidation of some voters to seize their PVCs in the wake of the recent postponement of the general election. In a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also alleged that a company, an Agro-Allied outfit, has been established ostensibly to provide N50, 000 loans each to ‘empower’ women.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pvcs-now-go-for-n10-000-each-alleges-apc/201555/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015Vote According To Your Conscience, Fayose Tells Ekiti WorkersTo the consternation of the entire workforce of the Ekiti State Civil Service, Governor Ayodele Fayose on Tuesday told the workers to vote according to their conscience in the March 28 Presidential and April 11 State and National Assembly elections. Fayose said being a proponent of apolitical and non-partisan civil service, he would not coerce the workers to vote for any Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in the forthcoming elections, which was a surprise to many of the workers who had expected him to campaign for the PDP, particularly President Goodluck Jonathan. Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ekiti State on Tuesday blasted Governor Ayodele Fayose, for allegedly banning all APC adverts and jingles on State radio and television.Ekiti 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/vote-according-to-your-conscience-fayose-tells-ekiti-workers/201556/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015"I Never Accused Jonathan Of Sponsoring Boko Haram"- MakuFormer Minister of Information and gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State, Mr. Labaran Maku, on Tuesday denied linking President Goodluck Jonathan with the sponsorship of the insurgency in the North-East region. Maku also said his support for the re-election bid of President Jonathan was more important than his gubernatorial ambition.Nasarawa 2015; APGAhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/maku-i-never-accused-jonathan-of-sponsoring-boko-haram/201557/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th February 2015PDP Accuses APC Of Trying To Denigrate Military, Cause Crisis In NigeriaThe ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday dismissed the claims of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it interfered and pressurised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reschedule the general elections as an attempt to trigger a political crisis in the country and denigrate the esteemed position of the military in maintaining the unity of Nigeria. The party also accused the APC of acting as an agent of destabilisation.
The Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, in a chat with journalists in Abuja, said the claims of the APC cannot be anything close to the truth and was an attempt to politicise the military away from its professional role of ensuring the unity and stability of the country.
Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-accuses-apc-of-plotting-to-denigrate-the-military-cause-crisis-in-nigeria/201558/
Daily Post OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Police Affairs Minister Confirms Ekiti Rigging TapeDespite attempts by a former Minister of State, Defence, Senator Musliu Obanikoro to rubbish the leaked the audio tape on how the Ekiti governrship election was rigged in favour of Governor Ayodele Fayose, the Police Affairs Minister, Jelili Adesiyan, who was mentioned to have been part of the meeting, has admitted that the meeting actually took place. The recording of the meeting, which also featured other top officials of the government and Aliyu Momoh, a Brigadier General, was leaked last week. Adesiyan, however, contended that the conversation in the leaked tape was an face-off between Fayose and Gen. Momoh after the former accused the later of being bribed by the then incumbent Governor of the State, Kayode Fayemi.Ekiti Gate; Rigging; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://dailypost.ng/2015/02/10/police-affairs-minister-confirms-ekiti-rigging-tape/
Daily Post OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Yobe: 2,000 PDP Members Defect To APC In NangereOver 2000 members of the People’s Democratic party (PDP) in Nangere Local Government Area of Yobe State have defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC). The PDP members who defected from across six towns of the Local Government, namely, Garin Jalam, Garin Gambo, Nzada, Garin Bakwamai, Garin Isah Yaya and Chukuriwa were received by the zonal coordinator-zone B, Ibrahim Gaidam campaign organization who is also the former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Saleh Bagare.Yobe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://dailypost.ng/2015/02/10/yobe-2000-pdp-members-decamp-apc-nangere/
Sun News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Nigerians In Europe To Hold Dialogue With Jonathan, BuhariNigerians resident in Europe under the auspices of ‘Nigerians for Good Governnace Europe’ have taken advantage of the shift in date of the general elections, to hold peace dialogue with the two main presidential candidates, Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan and All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, General Mohammadu Buhari. The group, comprising 27 associations from the 27 European countries is being led by Dr Oge Okoro.Nigeria 2015; NGGE; Jonathan; Buharihttp://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=104026
Sun News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Polls Shift: Saraki Blames Jonathan For Security FailureChairman of Senate Committee on Ecology and Environment, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has attributed the postponement of the general elections to the inability of President Goodluck Jonathan to make national security a priority since his assumption of office six years ago. Saraki, who bemoaned the severity of the security challenges facing the nation, said insecurity should not be used as an excuse to delay the general elections and obstruct the nation’s hard-earned democracy. The former Governor of Kwara State in a statement he personally signed, saw the delay in elections as an obstruction of democracy led by President Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Nigeria 2015; Postponement; APChttp://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=104041
Sun News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Rivers Women Endorse Wike, DeputyRivers State women have declared their support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Chief Nyesom Wike and his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry. The women stated this yesterday, in their solidarity messages at a mega rally organised by Rivers New Vision (women team), held at Community Secondary School, Nkpolu, Oroworukwo, and Port Harcourt. They noted that PDP had created an indelible record in the State, by choosing Dr. (Mrs.) Harry as a running mate to Chief Wike. Speaking at the rally, the party’s woman leader in the State, Mrs. Victoria Allison, stated that women drawn from the 23 Local Government Areas, professionals, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had gathered to demonstrate appreciation and support for PDP.Rivers 2015; RNV; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=104047
Sun News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015APC, PDP Trade Banter At NLC ConferenceThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) took their rivalry to Nigerian workers yesterday, as Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) opened its 11th Delegate Conference at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. The APC presidential candidate, general Mohammadu Buhari, used the occasion to fraternize with the workers and sell his party’s manifestos to them. Buhari lamented the appalling State of the nation’s economy, riddled with corruption. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan said the President was only aware of the NLC conference that morning and warned him not to make any political statement, because a conference of the NLC should not be turned into a political campaign avenue as some of the workers at the meeting might be ad-hoc workers of INEC in the 2015 general elections. Also speaking at the ceremony, Edo State Governor and former President of the NLC, Adams Oshiomhole, urged Nigerian workers to disappoint the ruling government by avoiding violence in relation to the postponement.Nigeria 2015; APC; PDPhttp://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=104052
Sun News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Abide By May 29th Hand-over Date, International Monitoring Group Tells INECElection Monitoring Group, under the aegis of International Organisation for Sustainable Development, has said though it supports the postponement of the general elections in the country, the May 29 handover date must remain sacrosanct. Head of Mission of International Organisation for Sustainable Development, Mr. Timothy Ihenmadu, who stated this at a press conference in Enugu at the weekend, said no nation would go into an election under a war situation or the majority of its citizens disenfranchised. He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to retrieve the permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) collected by political stakeholders and monarchs for onward distribution to the voters. The traditional rulers and politicians, he said, could give the PVCs to their cronies if not collected from them, thereby disenfranchising the owners of the cards.Nigeria 2015; IOSD; INEChttp://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=104062
Sun News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015"Save Us From Abuja Based Politicians"- Ebonyi GovernmentThe Ebonyi State Government yesterday accused some top politicians and officials of the Federal Government who are based in Abuja of working to set the State on fire. It alleged the politicians and government officials from the State are hell-bent on bringing down the Elechi administration. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-general, Mr Ben Igwenyi and his Information counterpart, Ifeanyi Ike, claimed there is ongoing “persecution of the government and people of Ebonyi State by a few privileged citizens of the State, who are in the corridors of power in Abuja and those fighting to win elections even when the people do not want them.”Ebonyi Assembly; Crisishttp://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=104066
Punch News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Test Card Readers Before Elections, Ogboru Tells INECChief Great Ogboru, the Delta State governorship candidate of the Labour Party has demanded that the Independent National Electoral Commission should do a test run of the card readers to be used in the general elections. Ogboru made the demand at a press conference he called in Asaba on Monday to react to the postponement of the general elections to March 28 and April 11. The elections were originally slated for February 14 and February 28. The LP governorship candidate said there would be grave implications should the card readers fail on election day and INEC decides to fall back on a Plan B that has not even been made known.Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP)http://www.punchng.com/politics/test-card-readers-before-elections-ogboru-tells-inec/
Punch News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Poll Shift: Abia Vows To Arrest ProtestersThe Abia State Government says it has uncovered a plot by some politicians from outside the State to stage a mass protest against the postponement of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the commercial city of Aba. In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Theodore Orji, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, the State government warned those behind the plot to shelve the proposal or face the wrath of the law.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; Abiahttp://www.punchng.com/politics/poll-shift-abia-vows-to-arrest-protesters/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015"Consider Nigeria's Election A Contest Between Two Siblings From One Womb"- President JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Monday urged Nigerians to shun strife as the elections approach. In a Facebook post, the President wrote; 'My dear friends on Facebook, I want to remind us all that we have no other country other than Nigeria and as we approach the election, it is wise that we speak good and peaceable words over Nigeria because we will have to eat our words, so let us make them sweet rather than bitter. We must see the coming polls as a contest amongst brothers and sisters from the womb of one Nigeria. We must avoid threats and desperation as we make our case to the electorate. Head or tail, Nigeria wins. Therefore, I urge all Nigerians to join me in saying it is well with Nigeria and by the special grace of God, it shall continue to be well with our great country Nigeria. GEJ."Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/consider-nigerias-election-a-contest-between-siblings-from-1-womb-president-jonathan.107780/
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015General Elections: Jonathan's Kinsmen Lobby SultanIn his eleventh-hour strategy, President Goodluck Jonathan has resolved to use his kinsmen to appeal to the conscience of influential Nigerians, especially those of Northern extraction, to reconsider him for re-election, a reliable source has disclosed. The source, who pleaded anonymity, listed some of his strategies to include a proxy visit to the Sultan, Emirs, most of the first-class chiefs and religious leaders, including Imams and pastors from the North. LEADERSHIP reliably gathered yesterday that a respected monarch and a kinsman of the President, alongside Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Mukhtar Shehu Shagari, secretly visited the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubkar III, in his palace.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/411233/general-elections-jonathan-kinsmen-lobby-sultan
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Physically Challenged Declare Support For BuhariDespite the postponement of the general elections,the physically challenged in Ondo State yesterday trooped to the popular Oba Adesida road in Akure, the state capital to declare their support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and the APC. Their march for change was led by a renowned able legal practitioner and human rights activist, Barrister Tunji Abayomi. Abayomi, while addressing reporters, stressed the need to treat as equal the physically challenged in the country.Nigeria 2015; PLWD; Buharihttp://leadership.ng/news/411168/physically-challenged-declare-support-buhari
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015"Moles Within, Worst Enemies Of PDP"- NnamaniFormer Senate President Ken Nnamani yesterday declared that there were moles in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing them as the worst enemy of the party. Speaking yesterday during the campaign rally of the party held at Enugu South Local Government headquarters, Nnamani described those who are in the PDP and working for the opposition parties as the worst enemies of the ruling party and advised people to be careful of them. He said it was unfortunate that the moles support the PDP in day time and in the night, they would support the opposition, warning that the development was not healthy for the ruling party.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/411200/moles-withinworst-enemies-pdp-nnamani
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015"Jonathan, Military Have Launched War On Democracy"- TinubuThe national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that President Goodluck Jonathan led Federal Government and the nation’s military by hoodwinking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone election dates have declared war on the country’s democracy. The former Lagos State Governor in a statement issued yesterday and made available to journalists noted that what happened on Saturday with the postponement of elections was not a postponement due to security or logistical reasons but a by-product of overt political interference undermining the independence of the election management body.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/411193/jonathan-military-launched-war-democracy-tinubu
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Election Shift Motivated By Fear Of DefeatThe APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has described fear as the reason why President Goodluck Jonathan decided to postpone the February 14 presidential elections by six weeks. In a statement released by the campaign’s Directorate of Media and Publicity yesterday, the APCPCO said that while the election postponement was supposedly to enable a multinational force that will launch an onslaught on Boko Haram and recover the terrorist group’s stolen territories, President Jonathan had actually seen the handwriting on the wall and had become desperate, like most men in a State of panic.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; APChttp://leadership.ng/news/411198/elections-shift-motivated-fear-defeat-apc
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Court Refuses To Hear Suit Against Tambuwal's DefectionJustice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday refused to entertain a suit filed by two Lagos-based lawyers, seeking to restrain the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal from further parading himself as Speaker of the House. The judge instead transferred the matter to the Abuja division of the court, stating that the Federal Capital Territory is the appropriate venue for the suit since the National Assembly conducts its business in Abuja.Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; Judiciaryhttp://leadership.ng/news/411232/court-refuses-hear-suit-tambuwals-defection
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015Nigerian Navy Promises To Provide Security For Election Materials In Riverine AreasThe Nigerian Navy said on Monday it was ready to provide security for the election materials meant for use in the Riverine Areas. Rear Adm. Henry Babalola, the new Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command, made this known to newsmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers. He, however, said that the deployment of troops would be at the request of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Nigeria 2015; Navyhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigerian-navy-promises-to-provide-security-for-election-materials-in-riverine-areas.107776/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015NLC Disappointed With INEC Over Election PostponementThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has expressed disappointment with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the for shifting the date of the general elections. INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega on Feb. 7 announced the postponement of the date of the presidential and NASS elections from February 14 to March 28. The date for the governorship and state Assembly elections were shifted from February 28 to April 11. The reaction of congress is contained in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson and made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja. Ozo-Eson said the shift in the date of the polls was against popular opinion.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; NLChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nlc-disappointed-with-inec-over-election-postponement.107777/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 10th February 2015"Postponing Elections Again Will Be A Coup"- BuhariMuhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC on Monday said if elections get postponed again it will be termed a coup. Buhari made the statement in Abuja during a courtesy call on him by the first elected President of Malawi and Leader of the Commonwealth Election Observers Group, Dr. Bakili Muluzi. Buhari said, ''We told them about the change in the dates of elections and the constitutional limitations of INEC. That is the last card for INEC and they cannot delay the elections anymore. So, it is up to the government to facilitate a free, fair and credible election." As part of the consequences of the rescheduling of the 2015 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the extension of the deadline for the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) by registered voters. According to a statement signed by the Commission’s Secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, the collection of the cards would continue for four more weeks until March 8.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/postponing-elections-again-will-be-a-coup-buhari.107779/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015INEC Extends Deadline For Collection Of PVC To March 8th As part of the consequences of the rescheduling of the 2015 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the extension of the deadline for the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) by registered voters. According to a statement signed by the Commission’s Secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, the collection of the cards would continue for four more weeks until March 8.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-extends-deadline-for-collection-of-pvcs-to-march-8/201450/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015Poll Postponement Unsettles Currency, Equity MarketsThe naira and equity markets are expected to weaken further following the postponement of the general election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), analysts said on Monday. Confirming their forecasts, market capitalisation at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) fell significantly by N208.381 billion on Monday to close at N9.796 trillion, compared with the N10.005 trillion at the close of trading last Friday. Similarly, the naira fell to a record low despite the intervention by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The nation’s currency closed at N196.50 against the dollar, extending its slide since the start of November to 18 per cent, according to Reuters.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; NSEhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/poll-postponement-unsettles-currency-equity-markets/201453/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015"There Will Be No Further Shift In Elections"- DasukiNigeria’s general election will not be postponed past March 28, National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), said on Monday, after he successfully lobbied for a poll delay because of Boko Haram violence. “Those dates will not be shifted again,” Dasuki told AFP when asked if the polls, initially scheduled for February 14, could be pushed back further. Dasuki had urged election officials to postpone the vote on the grounds that the military could not provide nationwide election security because all available resources were being deployed in the North-East to fight Boko Haram.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; NSAhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dasuki-there-will-be-no-further-shift-of-elections/201455/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015Election Postponement: Jega Is Incompetent, Says CNPP ChairmanThe Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) in Cross River State, Mr. Cletus Obunm has stated that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, is incompetent to do the job his office demands. Obun, who joined other Nigerians in condemning the postponement of the elections, said it was wrong for Jega to have caved in to pressure on the basis of insecurity in the North-East of Nigeria, more so when the military has no constitutional role in the conduct of elections.Nigeria 2015; CNPPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/election-postponement-jega-is-incompetent-says-cnpp-chairman/201385/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015Group Apologizes To Jonathan For People's Rejection Of DicksonFollowing the rejection by many Bayelsans of the call by President Goodluck Jonathan for them to work with Governor Seriake Dickson, a group, the Niger Delta United for Jonathan (NDUJ), has apologised to the President and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Dickson had been booed by a crowd of party supporters during the last presidential campaign rally in the State when Jonathan asked them to work with the Governor.Bayelsa 2015; NDUJhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-apologises-to-jonathan-for-people-s-rejection-of-dickson/201397/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015Ambode, Agbaje Sign Peace Pact The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Ambode Akinwunmi and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, have signed a peace pact in Lagos to ensure that there is no violence before, during and after the election. The peace deal was organised by the United States Embassy.
Both candidates pledged on behalf of themselves and supporters, “to promote peaceful participation in the 2015 election and beyond to accept the outcome of the Lagos election, whatever it may be, and to seek redress for any perceived injustice through legal and legitimate channels.” Ambode stated that his supporters and the party are committed to peace in the State, saying his campaign has been based on issues without verbal attacks on the opposition.
Lagos 2015; Violence; Peace Pact; APC; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ambode-agbaje-sign-peace-pact/201425/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015Appeal Court Reserves Judgement In Suit Challenging Fayose's ElectionThe Appeal Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Monday reserved judgment in the suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC), contesting the victory of the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, in the June 21 governorship poll. The Chairman of the five-man appeal panel, Justice Abdu Aboki, ruled that the court was reserving judgment till a later date to be communicated to the interested parties via their lawyers, having listened to submissions of the counsel to the parties in the suit. The Election Petitions Tribunal had on December 19, 2014 upheld Fayose’s election and dismissed the APC petition.Ekiti 2014; Judiciaryhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/appeal-court-reserves-judgment-in-suit-challenging-fayose-s-election/201426/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015Jonathan's Campaign Security Chief, Others Defect To APC In EdoThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suffered another major setback as President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign security chief in Edo State, Mr. Fred Ikhuebor, led over 3,000 people to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State. Other former PDP stalwarts who decamped with their teeming supporters to the APC at a rally held in Benin City on Sunday, included Chief Sunny Erhengbo, Dr. Friday Omokaro, former PDP House of Representative aspirant for Ikpoba Okha/Egor Federal Constituency, Dr. John Ogbomo and Mr. Lucky Akalede, among others.Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-s-campaign-security-chief-others-dump-pdp-for-apc-in-edo/201427/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015Military In Cahoots With PDP To Rig 2015 Elections, Says APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the country’s military hierarchy of engaging in a surreptitious but deliberate plot to subvert the will of the people. The party, which had, along with its presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammudu Buhari, warned that they would not tolerate another shift in the election dates, said it had got wind of a secret memo by the Presidency to all Commanders of divisions and battalions of the Nigerian Army inviting them to a meeting on this Monday on how to use the military to intimidate voters in APC States.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/military-in-cahoots-with-pdp-to-rig-elections-alleges-apc/201435/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015Again Elechi, Lawmakers Clash Over Ebonyi Council PollsThe crisis between Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi and members of the State House of Assembly may be far from resolution as the Governor is planning to hold a new election for Local Government Chairmen and Councillors without the determination of the appeal filed by the House in the Court of Appeal, Enugu against the judgement of a Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki which set aside the law made by the House and nullified the Local Government election. The Federal High Court had nullified the election on the ground that the open ballot system adopted by the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC) negates the individual’s right to privacy, as the plaintiff contended.Ebonyi Assembly; Crisishttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/again-elechi-lawmakers-clash-over-ebonyi-council-polls/201433/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015Deputy Senate Whip Rounds Off Campaign In Oke-OgunFor attracting federal government presence like roads rehabilitation, educational and social infrastructures and other self-financed projects which included a N500 million University College Hospital annex in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State, the Deputy Senate Whip, Hosea Ayoola Agboola, has been given a pat on the back by royal fathers and community leaders in the ten Local Governments that make up Oke-Ogun area of the State. Senator Agboola who was elated by the outpouring of emotions and supports for his re-election campaigns by community heads and all manner of socio-cultural organisations who graced his campaign rallies in Oke-Ogun promised to continue to pursue masses-oriented and welfarist projects that have direct bearings on the people if re-elected next month.Oyo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/deputy-senate-whip-rounds-off-re-election-campaign-in-oke-ogun/201432/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015PDP Vows To Recover Rivers State AssetsThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has vowed to recover all assets of the State allegedly sold by Governor Chibuike Amaechi without following due process if it wins the governorship election. Director-General of the Rivers PDP Governorship Campaign Organisation, Chief Desmond Akawo, spoke on Monday at a rally organised by the New Rivers Women Team in Port Harcourt. He said the PDP governorship candidate, Chief Nyesom Wike, was on a mission to rescue Rivers State and restore its honour as the “Treasure Base of the Nation.”Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-vows-to-recover-rivers-assets/201431/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 2015Court To Hear Dispute In Ekiti Assembly March 10thA Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday fixed March 10 for further hearing on the suit filed by the ‘impeached’ Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin and others to contest the legality of his impeachment. Omirin, who is a member of All Progressives Congress (APC), was impeached by seven lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State. Dissatisfied, Omirin and 18 other APC lawmakers had approached the court to contest the legality of the impeachment and other steps taken by the PDP lawmakers.Ekiti Assembly; Judiciaryhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-to-hear-disputes-in-ekiti-assembly-on-march-10/201430/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 10th February 201512,000 PDP Members Defect To APC In SokotoAt least 12,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kware and Gwadabawa Local Government Areas of Sokoto State. The decampees, who included 2,800 and 9,200 members from Kware and Gwadabawa Local Government Councils respectively, were received into its fold by the State Acting Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Usman Danmadamin-Isa. Speaking during a campaign rally in Gwadabawa council yesterday, a spokesman of the defectors from the area, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf, said they joined the APC due to the giant strides recorded by Governor Aliyu Wamakko in the State. He pledged to work hard to ensure APC’s victory in the forthcoming governorship elections in the State.Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/12-000-pdp-members-defect-to-apc-in-sokoto/201429/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 9th February 2015Nigerian Police Minister Says Ekiti Nigeria's Police Minister, Jelili Adesiyan said the Ekiti rigging tape which was released last week by SAHARA REPORTERS is real. Speaking with PUNCH over the weekend, Adesiyan who was also featured on the tape said the the conversation in the leaked tape was an altercation between Governor Fayose and Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh and not a plot to rig. Governor Fayose and Musliu Obanikoro, former minister of defence had earlier dismissed the audio as fake. Ekiti Gate; Rigging; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigerias-police-minister-says-ekiti-rigging-tape-is-authentic-but.107753/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 9th February 2015Disqualification Looms For President Jonathan As Court Orders Eligibility Suit Against HimAccording to the PUNCH newspaper, an Abuja Federal High Court has ordered that President Goodluck Jonathan be served with court documents in a fresh suit that seeks to disqualify him from getting re-elected in the coming polls. Two other suits seeking same disqualification are still pending before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the court. Another is pending at the Court if Appeal, Abuja.
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Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th February 2015Governor Fashola Receives PVC, Faults Rescheduling Of PollsGov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Sunday, expressed disappointment at the rescheduling of the general elections from Feb. 14 to March 28 and April 11, 2015 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He told journalists after collecting his Permanent Voter Card (PVC) at his ward in Surulere Local Government Area, that the change in date for the elections lacked merit. Fashola said the claim by the security agencies that they could not guarantee security for the elections as initially scheduled smacked of lack of preparedness for the polls on the part of the election management body.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/politics/410924/gov-fashola-receives-pvc-faults-polls-rescheduling
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 9th February 2015Unknown Gunmen Kidnap Former Plateau Governor, Dariye's Father, Demand $10 Million RansomUnknown gunmen on Saturday night kidnapped Mr Dariye Defwang, the father of Sen. Joshua Dariye, at Mushere, his village in Bokkos Local Government, Plateau State. The gunmen invaded the fenced area housing the former Plateau Governor’s family and started shooting sporadically, which scared the villagers. One Adamu, Dariye’s relation, told newsmen that ''the fear-stricken villagers scampered in all directions and initially thought the invaders were cow thieves, but unknown to us, they had a different mission.’’Plateau 2015; Kidnaphttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/unknown-gunmen-kidnap-former-governor-dariyes-father-demand-10m-ransom.107746/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 9th February 2015Police AIG Mbu Dares Fashola, Refuses To Pay Toll At Lekki Toll GateJoseph Mbu, Assistant Inspector General of Police, with the Zone 2 Command in Lagos on Friday dared Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola by refusing to pay toll at the Lekki toll gate. NEWSWIRE NG wrote; Assistant Inspector General of Police, with the Zone 2 Command in Lagos, Mbu Joseph Mbu, has begun his reign of ‘fire for fire’, he had to promised, in Lagos. The AIG and his convoy had on Friday, refused to pay the customary toll at the Lekki toll gate, and instead the Police Chief withdrew all the police details at the LCC. Mbu’s convoy, consisting of six cars and an armoured personnel carrier, sought to transit through the Ikoyi-Lekki toll plaza on Lane 8. On reaching the toll point, some of the police orderlies escorting the convoy allegedly ran up and informed the LCC official on duty and the mobile policemen standing by that the AIG was in the convoy.

The LCC official was said to have retorted: “Who is the AIG? He should follow procedure and pay the toll.”
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Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 9th February 2015Ozekhome, Darah Hail INEC For Election PostponementConstitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Mike Ozekhome, on Sunday said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did the right thing by postponing the general elections. Similarly, a teacher at the Delta State University, Abraka, Prof. Godini Darah, applauded the Commission's decision. Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), told newsmen on telephone in Abuja that security reasons cited by INEC for shifting the date of the elections were "weighty and formidable" enough.Nigeria 2015; SANshttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/ozekhome-darah-hail-inec-for-postponing-elections.107741/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 9th February 2015"Presidency Shops For Jega's Replacement"- VanguardWith the successful postponement of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Presidency has launched a two-pronged war to ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan wins the election convincingly. INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega addressing pressmen , announcing November 30 for Supplementary election at Anambra State while National Commissioner Lawrence Nwuruku looks on in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan. Nigeria 2015; Presidency; http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-presidency-shops-for-jega%E2%80%99s-replacement-vanguard.107735/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineMonday 9th February 2015For Nigeria, Let Us Be Calm, Buhari Speaks On Election Postponement Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has called for calm following the postponement of the February elections. A statement issued on Sunday by Buhari read ; Following the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the 2015 general elections by six weeks, I wish to appeal for utmost restraint and calm by all Nigerians, especially the teeming supporters of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015Civil Society Group Asks Jega To Publish Contract For Ballot Paper PrintingSocio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Corruption Watch UK, and the African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) have sent an open letter to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC)Professor Attahiru Jega, seeking “clarification on the contracts for the printing of ballot papers for the 2015 elections.” In a statement signed for and on behalf of the civil society organisations (CSOs) by SERAP’s Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, they expressed “concern at suggestions that INEC may have overpaid considerably for the ballot papers.Nigeria 2015; ANEEJhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/civil-society-groups-ask-jega-to-publish-contracts-for-ballot-paper-printing/201354/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015Nigerian Army Has Failed The Nation, Says OcholiThe Kogi State Coordinator of the General Muhammad Buhari Campaign, Mr James Eneojo Ocholi, has berated the Nigerian army for pressurising INEC to shift the earlier scheduled dates of the February elections. Ocholi said this in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja. According to him, " The Nigerian Army and the other armed forces have failed in their constitutional responsibilities in defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria .Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nigerian-army-has-failed-the-nation-says-ocholi/201356/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015INEC Has Shown it’s A Responsive, Worthy Umpire, Says WakilMinister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil has said that with the shift in the election dates, INEC has shown that it is responsive and a worthy umpire. The Minister also said that the Commission with it's latest action has averted what would had been a ruse and unworthy election. Wakil, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Alhaji Olawale Rasheed, said well-meaning Nigerians should commend INEC over this present decision for it was glaring that the Commission was truly not fully prepared.Nigeria 2015; Wakilhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-has-shown-its-responsive-worthy-umpire-says-wakil/201360/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015Braithwaite Condemns US InterferenceElder statesman and founder, National Advance Party (NAP), Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, has expressed disdain over what he tagged as the interference of the international community in the decision to change the dates of election in Nigeria. In a reaction to a statement by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry who expressed disappointment over the postponement, Braithwaite who spoke on phone from the United Arab Emirate, said the decision to shift the poll “is purely our affairs and in our national interest to get our priorities right."Nigeria 2015; Postponement; Braithwaitehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/braithwaite-condemns-us-interference/201361/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015Revealed: Shift Of Elections Was A Lifeline For INECIt has emerged that the position of the security services advising against the conduct of the 2015 elections in February was actually a lifeline handed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which was ill-prepared to conduct the elections this month. A Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) assigned to one of the Northern States, who spoke to THISDAY on the condition of anonymity, said the advice by the security chiefs and the National Security Adviser (NSA) to defer the elections because of the security situation in the North-East gave INEC the much needed breather to prepare adequately for the polls.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/revealed-shift-of-election-was-a-lifeline-for-inec/201368/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015Jonathan Says Handover Date Sacrosanct As US Decries Postponement Of PollsIn a bid to allay concerns over the postponement of the polls originally scheduled to commence this Saturday, President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said he remained committed to the sanctity of May 29 as the terminal date of his first term in office. His assurance to the public came on the back of the condemnation by the United States of America of the postponement of the polls, and the grudging acceptance by the All Progressives Congress (APC), which however warned that it would not tolerate a further attempt to defer the general election. However, the US yesterday expressed its deep disappointment over the decision to postpone the general election under the pretext of security concerns. In a statement from the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, the State Department described as unacceptable what it called political interference with INEC.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-says-handover-date-is-sacrosanct-as-us-decries-polls-8217-postponement/201369/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015Private Security Practitioners Caution Politicians Over Inciting StatementsDespite the postponement of the general election, the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN) , at the weekend cautioned all political parties against inciting statements that could heat the polity. The ALPSPN, an umbrella body of all licensed private security providers in the country, made this disclosure in a press conference in Lagos.Nigeria 2015; ALPSPNhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/private-security-practitioners-caution-political-parties-against-inc
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015Youths Inaugurate Guber Debate In AbiaDetermined to contribute their quota to the emergence of a new administration in Abia State, a coalition of Nigerian youths has inaugurated an intellectually-packed gubernatorial debate for candidates of the various political parties in the State. The political debate said to be the first of its kind since the creation of the State will be organised by Vision Alive Empowerment Foundation, in partnership with the International World Youth Forum, (IWYE). Briefing journalists in Aba, Abia State, the President and Executive Consultant of the group, Stanley Ezeabasirim, said the event is aimed at bringing Abians one-on-one with their future leaders, especially those aspiring for the gubernatorial seat.Abia 2015; IWYEhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/youths-inaugurate-gubernatorial-debate-in-abia/201328/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015"We Will Not Tolerate Further Shift In Elections"- BuhariThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it would no longer accept any further postponement in the election dates under any guise or excuses. Following the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the 2015 general elections by six weeks, from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11, the party said the Commission's autonomy has been greatly impaired by the military's threat not to give it security guarantee for the cancelled Saturday's Presidential polls. Addressing Journalists at APC presidential campaign office in Abuja on Sunday, the presidential candidate, General Muhammedu Buhari (rtd), said the PDP administration has engineered a postponement using the threat that security will not be guaranteed across the country.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/we-will-not-tolerate-further-shift-in-elections-says-buhari/201283/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015We Are Ready For Elections Anytime, Says Chime, UgwuanyiEnugu State Governor, Mr. Sullivan Chime and the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday said they were prepared for the coming elections whenever the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shows willingness to conduct the polls. They therefore asked the people of the State not to despair over the postponement of the polls. The two leaders who spoke at the weekend at the Enugu North council headquarters, told the people that any time the election was shifted to, the people of the State would be ready to vote for the PDP. On his part, Ugwuanyi urged the people to remain with the party no matter when the election is fixed.Enugu 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/we-are-ready-for-elections-anytime-say-chime-ugwuanyi/201329/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015Call Your Supporters To Order, PDP Chieftain Urges El-rufaiThe governorship candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai, has been asked to call his supporters to order to avert the breakdown of law and order. Addressing a news conference in Kaduna on Sunday, the Special Adviser to Governor Mukhtar Yero on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mr. Waziri Ashafa, alleged that the APC supporters were intimidating and forcing their ideas on the people. According to him, the APC supporters had thrown all decency to the wind and were going about attacking Governor Yero’s convoy and intimidating the people in the streets in the name of campaign.Kaduna 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/call-your-supporters-to-order-pdp-chieftain-urges-el-rufai/201330/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015Labour Party To Endorse Buhari Or JonathanThe National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Abdukadir Salau, has said his party will soon settle for one of the two leading presidential candidates - President Goodluck Jonathan of the People Democratic Party (PDP) or Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) of All Progressives Congress (APC). Salau, who spoke in an interview with journalists at the weekend in Abuja, however, said the party was not in hurry to make the endorsement. According to the Chairman, even if it remains 48 hours to the presidential election, the leadership of LP would still tell their teaming supporters who to vote for.Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/labour-party-to-endorse-jonathan-or-buhari/201334/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th February 2015"Jang Promised To Retire After His Tenue As Governor"- APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau State has expressed dismay that Governor Jonah Jang did not keep to his words as an elder statesman, when he reneged on his promise to retire from politics after his tenure as the Governor of the State. Speaking at the APC women workshop held at the Obasanjo Model Primary School, Hwolshe, Jos, the APC senatorial candidate for Plateau North zone, Eunice Ayisa Sabo, said Jang had told Plateau people that he was retiring after his tenure as Governor, querying if the Senate was a place for retirees.Plateau 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-jang-told-us-he-was-retiring-after-his-tenure-as-governor/201338/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015Election Postponement: "NSA Sambo Plotted A Coup With Military Chiefs"- FalanaFemi Falana has released a press statement where he said that Nigeria's Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and the army chiefs conspired to plot a coup by postponing the general elections. According to him, Dasuki's speech in London last month was a premeditated (and failed) attempt to get the elections postponed, but when that didn't work, President Jonathan convened a meeting of the Council of State. He declared that Dasuki's statement in London was illegal, and that the army's letter to the INEC was an act of usurping the powers of the National Security Council. Nigeria 2015; Postponement; Falanahttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/election-postponement-nsa-sambo-plotted-a-coup-with-military-chiefs-femi-falana.107718/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015Postponement: "Nigerians Will March On The Streets"- AmaechiGovernor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State said that Nigerians will march on the streets if elections are postponed; The Guardian reports. Speaking during the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship campaign rally at Isiokpo, the headquarters of his Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Amaechi said, ''If PDP say there are strong, we are ready for election, let them come out. APC has said to PDP, let us wrestle; they are running away. "
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Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSunday 8th February 201521 Out Of 37 RECs Reject Election Postponement21 out of 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have reportedly rejected calls for the postponement of the February elections; PREMIUM TIMES reports. In a voting exercise conducted by INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, the 21 RECs said the elections should proceed as earlier scheduled while the 16 other RECs voted for an extension. There are 37 RECs in Nigeria; one for each State of the Federation including the FCT. Nigeria 2015; Postponement; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-21-out-of-37-inec-recs-reject-election-postponement-premium-times.107689/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015"PVC Distribution More Successful In APC States"- JegaProf Attahiru Jega, Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has disclosed that Permanent voters Card, PVC distribution has been more successful in States run by the All Progressives Congress, APC than States run by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. According to PUNCH, Jega made the disclosure in his submission to the Council of State meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday.
Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-pvc-distribution-more-successful-in-apc-states-jega.107688/
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015US Blasts FG, INEC Over Polls PostponementThe United States yesterday expressed its disappointment over the postponement of the 2015 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Reacting on behalf of the government, US Secretary of States, Mr. John Kerry, said that his country was deeply disappointed by the decision to postpone Nigeria’s presidential election, which had been scheduled for February 14, 2015. Speaking further, Kerry said that the Federal Government’s interference with the Independent National Electoral Commission was unacceptable, stressing that it was critical that the Nigerian government did not use security concerns as a pretext for impeding the democratic process.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; UShttp://leadership.ng/news/410869/blasts-fg-inec-polls-postponement
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015Don Blasts Security Chiefs Over Election PostponementA Professor of Law at the University of Ilorin,Professor Wahab Egbewole has described the postponement of the general elections as admittance of failure on the part of the nation’s security agencies. Egbewole wondered how the security agencies which could not solve the problem of insurgency in the three North Eastern States for about three years now want Nigerians to believe they can solve it within six weeks. He expressed disappointments that the nation’s security agencies could not provide the needed security for INEC staff despite the huge resources the nation is committing to security.Nigeria 2015; Postponementhttp://leadership.ng/news/410872/don-blasts-security-chiefs-polls-postponement
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015"Elections Postponement Provocative"- BarajeA chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje yesterday said the postponement of the general elections by INEC is not only provocative but will impact negatively on the nation’s democracy.
Baraje stated this in Ilorin, Kwara State during an interview with newsmen .
The APC chieftain said the electorate have resolved to vote for the APC Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and that the postponement of the polls would not deterred them.
Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/410874/elections-postponement-provocative-baraje
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015NURTW Bosses Call On Members To Desist From Being Used As Political ThugsThe National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) on Sunday, called on members to be good ambassador of peaceful elections rather than being used as political thugs. Alhaji Najeem Yasin, National President of the Union in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said members should at all times put up their best behaviour. Yasin said transporters were professionals like the doctors. pilots whose professions affects the lives of people.Nigeria 2015; NURTWhttp://leadership.ng/news/politics/410878/nurtw-bosses-call-members-desist-political-thugs
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015Group Dumps Jonathan For BuhariGroup known as Mass Movement for Goodluck (MMG) that alleged to have worked for the President in the 2011 general elections, has dumped President Goodluck Jonathan for the All Progressives Congress (APC)‎ presidential candidate, gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and metamorphosed into Mass Movement for Buhari (MMB). Addressing the Northwest members in Kaduna, the National Coordinator of MMB, Kenneth Ibe-Kalu said President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s failure to deliver on their electoral promises and good governance prompted their action. According to the Co-ordinator, the ‎PDP had failed to meet the yearning and aspiration of the citizens sequel to which the people are clamouring for change.Nigeria 2015; MMGhttp://leadership.ng/news/410890/2015-polls-group-dumps-jonathan-buhari
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015"Nobody Can Intimidate President Jonathan's Re-election"-Hon. MakuFollowing recent attacks and assaults on President Goodluck Jonathan and his campaign team in some States in the North, the Warri North Local Government Chairman of Delta State, Hon Francis Maku, said nobody can intimidate the President’s re-election bid. Maku told journalists that the action of intimidation by some politicians and parties was uncalled for, and adding that no religious or political leader in the North has condemned the harassment suffered by President Jonathan and his supporters. He described the action has deliberate attempt on the life of President Jonathan and violation of his fundamental human rights as citizen and President of Nigeria.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/410908/intimidate-president-jonathans-reelection-hon-maku
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015"Violence Will Not Give Nigerians Credible Elections"- OnianwaAhead of the general election, the National Coordinator, Organise the Mind of Nigerian Youth Initiative (OTMONYI), Comrade Elidad Onianwa, said violence would not produce credible leaders in Nigeria at the general elections on February 14 and 28. Onianwa who made the statement while speaking on recent pre-election violence in some parts of the country expressed concern over the unhealthy development in the polity. Onianwa who specialises on developing young people’s skills and talents said it was high time various non-governmental organisations including religious organisations in the nation synergise to ensure the various support groups for the election were thoroughly sensitised and their violence based orientation was changed to embrace self-discipline and proper conduct during the elections.Nigeria 2015; OTMONYIhttp://leadership.ng/news/410911/violence-give-nigerians-credible-leaders-onianwa
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015TUC Says Postponement Of Polls In Best Is In Best Interest Of Nigeria The Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Sunday in Abuja, said that the postponement of the general elections by INEC to the next six weeks was in the best interest of Nigerians and the country as a whole. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahuri Jega on Saturday announced the postponement of the the National Assembly and Presidential elections from Feb. 14 to March 28, while that of Governorship and House of Assemblies to April 11..Nigeria 2015; Postponement; TUChttp://leadership.ng/news/politics/410903/tuc-postponement-general-elections-interest-nigerians
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015Mixed Reaction Trail Election PostponementMixed reactions trailed the postponement of the February general polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to March and April in Sokoto State. A cross section of the people interviewed by correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) voiced their support and opposition to the shift in the dates of the polls. Alhaji Ibrahmi Gidado, the Deputy Coordinator of the Goodluck Jonathan/Namadi Sambo Campaign Organisation in Sokoto State, said “the postponement is in order as it will allow more Nigerians to collect their PVCs. “What is worth doing, is worth doing well,” Gidado, a former Information Commissioner in the State added. However, Alhaji Usman Danmaddin-Isa, the Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) in Sokoto State, kicked against the postponement of the polls.Nigeria 2015; Postponementhttp://leadership.ng/news/politics/410829/february-elections-mixed-reactions-trail-postponement
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015"Jonathan Has Done Well, Deserves Second Term"- Senator AdeseunSen. Ayoade Adeseun, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senatorial candidate for Oyo Central Senatorial District, on Sunday, said President Goodluck Jonathan deserved another term, having performed wonderfully well. Adeseun gave the remarks on Saturday evening in Ibadan when he received the “Senator of the Year Award’’ from Oyo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). He said the President had done creditably well in the cashless economy, aviation, road construction and transportation, describing corruption as a worldwide problem.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/politics/410854/jonathan-deserves-term-adeseun
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015PDP Supporters In UK Laud Postponement, Say Its Good For Democracy Nigerians in the UK on Sunday, commended INEC for the postponement of the general elections, and appealed for understanding from all stakeholders. Some of them who spoke to the Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in London, unanimously agreed that the extension was in the best interest of the nation’s democracy, while urging the youths to refrain from violence. Rex Chosen, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) UK South-South, said that INEC’s decision should be applauded rather than criticised.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; PDPhttp://leadership.ng/news/politics/410860/nigerians-uk-laud-postponement-good-democracy
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015Tarzoor, Ortom Trade Words Over Shooting Of PDP Supporters In BenueThe campaign directorate of the flag rearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Terhemen Tarzoor and that of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Samuel Ortom in Benue State have traded words over a fresh crisis that erupted between their supporters which resulted to shooting of two persons. A supporter of Tarzoor, Denen Oryiman Mede was allegedly shot by unknown gunmen in Mede council ward of Vandikya Local Government while Emmanuel Ayila was also shot on the head during a PDP campaign rally in Gbajimba LGA of the State. They are supporters of the ruling PDP.
However, the Director General of Tarzoor/Ngbede Campaign organization, Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher while briefing newsmen yesterday in Makurdi alleged that it is APC supporters that unleashed the mayhem. He described the attack as unfortunate, evil, totally undemocratic and condemned it in strong terms.
Benue 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/410862/tarzoor-ortom-trade-words-shooting-pdp-supporters-benue
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015"We Will Retaliate If Igbos Are Attacked In Northern States"- Ohaneze NdigboThe umbrella body of Igbo Youths Worldwide,the Ohaneze N’digbo Youths, yesterday warned the 19 Northern Governors to provide security to safeguard the lives and properties of Igbo indigenes resident in their states against threats of electoral violence and attacks during the Presidential elections. According to the President of the Ohaneze N’digbo Youths, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, although they have asked Igbos in the North to remain calm, any attack on the Igbos in the Northern States will be met with massive reprisal attacks on Northern Indigenes resident in Eastern and South-South States.Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbohttp://leadership.ng/news/410810/retaliate-igbos-attacked-northern-states
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015"Buhari/Osibanjo Presidency'll Move Nigeria Forward"- Lawyers For ChangeA political support group, Lawyers for Change, seeking the actualization of Buhari/Osibanjo presidential ticket, has stated that Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) and Professor Yemi Osibanjo would move Nigeria forward if elected President and Vice President respectively in the presidential election.
The group’s National Coordinator, Adesina Ogunlana Esq., stated this at a joint press conference convened by Lawyers for Change, Patriotic Youth Movement and United Lawyers for Osibanjo in Abuja.
Nigeria 2015; LFChttp://leadership.ng/news/410812/buhariosibanjo-presidency-ll-move-nigeria-lawyers-change
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015Stop Playing Politics With PVCs, INEC Warns Politicians The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cautioned politicians against playing politics with the permanent voter cards (PVCs), stressing that all the cards are in the country and ready for collection. Speaking at an interactive session on the 2015 elections organised by the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) in conjunction with INEC, the Director-General of Electoral Institute of INEC, Prof Abubakar Momoh, said everybody should endevour to collect their PVCs, stressing that nobody should use PVCs to blackmail the electorate.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://leadership.ng/news/410816/stop-playing-politics-pvcs-inec-cautions-politicians
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015"PDP Will Run Transparent Government In Kwara"- AjibolaThe PDP governorship candidate in Kwara, Sen. Simeon Ajibola, has given an assurance that he would run a transparent administration. Ajibola gave the assurance on Saturday at the palace of the Emir of Shonga, Dr Haliru Ndanusa, during a campaign tour of Pategi Local Government Area of the State. The governorship candidate was accompanied to the Emir by his running mate, Mallam Yinka Aluko, and other party chieftains.Kwara 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/politics/410818/pdp-run-transparent-govt-kwara-ajibola
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015"Kogi Will Not Disappoint Jonathan"- Governor WadaGov. Idris Wada of Kogi said the people of the State would not disappoint President Goodluck Jonathan in the forth- coming general elections. Wada made the promise at the PDP West Senatorial District campaign in Kabba on Saturday. According to him, Kogi is home to the President, adding that the people will vote en masse for him and all other candidates of the PDP.Kogi 2015; People's Democratic Paty (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/politics/410819/kogi-disappoint-jonathan-gov-wada
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015"Polls Shift In Nation's Interest"- PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)Presidential Campaign Organisation, has expressed support for Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) postponement of the general elections, saying it was in the nation`s interest. The party’s position is contained in a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of campaign organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on Sunday in Abuja. INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, had at a news conference on Saturday night, announced the postponement of the general elections earlier scheduled to commence on Saturday 14, by six weeks.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; PDPhttp://leadership.ng/news/politics/410822/polls-shift-nations-interest-pdp
Leadership News OnlineSunday 8th February 2015APC Says Election Postponement Setback For Democracy The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Sunday, described the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the February general elections as major setback in Nigeria’s democracy. This is contained in a statement signed by the APC Chairman, Chief John Oyegun in Abuja. The statement quoted Oyegun as saying “we just heard in the news that INEC has decided to postpone the February general elections by six weeks.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; APChttp://leadership.ng/news/politics/410825/apc-election-postponement-setback-democracy
ThisDay LiveSunday 8th February 2015We Will Not Tolerate Further Shift In Elections, Says BuhariThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it would no longer accept any further postponement in the election dates under any guise or excuses. Following the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the 2015 general elections by six weeks, from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11, the party said the Commission's autonomy has been greatly impaired by the military's threat not to give it security guarantee for the cancelled Saturday's Presidential polls. Addressing Journalists at APC presidential campaign office in Abuja on Sunday, the presidential candidate, General Muhammedu Buhari (rtd), said the PDP administration has engineered a postponement using the threat that security will not be guaranteed across the country.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/we-will-not-tolerate-further-shift-in-elections-says-buhari/201283/
ThisDay LiveSunday 8th February 2015PDP Campaign Organization Seeks To Partner APC For Free, Fair PollsAffirming its desire for a level playing field for all participants with a view to ensuring free, fair and credible polls, the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation has expressed its readily to collaborate with its APC counterpart to achieve one of the critical aspects of this process – PVC collection. Director of the PDP Presidential Campaigns Media and Publicity, Femi Fani Kayode, stated this on Sunday while addressing newsmen after the over 90 minutes meeting the Director General of the PDP PCO, Dr. Ahmadu ‎ Ali held with all the PDP Presidential Campaign directing officials on how to reposition the party' s presidential campaigns.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-campaign-organisation-seeks-to-partner-apc-for-free-fair-polls/201281/
ThisDay LiveSunday 8th February 2015"Shift In Poll Poses No Threat To The APC"- Osun Deputy GovernorThe Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, on Sunday said that the shift in the general elections would not negatively affect the chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Also, Speaker Osun State House of Assembly , Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam, has charged Nigerians to be vigilant and refuse to rest on their oars as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was forced by the nation’s security situation to postpone the general elections. Laoye-Tomori expressed her view while speaking at the annual ‘’Oke Maria’’ (Catholic pilgrimage) in Otan Ayegbaju, Boluwaduro Local Government Area of Osun State.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/shift-in-elections-poses-no-threat-to-apc-osun-dep-gov/201277/
ThisDay LiveSunday 8th February 2015"Shift In Poll Does Not Confer Any Advantage On The PDP"- MetuhThe ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the opportunity of the rescheduling of the dates of the general election to investigate the involvement of its staff in the discrimination of the non-issuance of the Permanent Voter Cards to non-indigenes. The party also said that the shift does not confer any advantage on it as it was ready for the polls before the rescheduling of the general elections.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/shift-in-polls-does-not-confer-any-advantage-on-pdp-metuh/201275/
ThisDay LiveSunday 8th February 2015INEC Announces Rescheduling Of General Elections To Mar 28th, April 11thThe Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega on Saturday announced the rescheduling of the dates of the general elections from February 14 to March 28 for the Presidential and National Assembly and April 11 for the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly election. THISDAY had earlier exclusively reported on the new dates. Also the INEC chairman who blamed the rescheduling of the dates of the general Elections on the security situation in the country, said that the new dates would attract no extra cost from the tax payers’ money.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-announces-rescheduling-of-general-election-to-march-28-april-11/201238/
ThisDay LiveSunday 8th February 2015Ambode Refutes Civil Service Sack AllegationThe All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode, has quashed rumours making the rounds that he was fired from the Lagos State Civil Service. He stated this at a reception held in his honour by the Eko Club, one of the most prominent and premier clubs in Lagos State. Ambode made the remark in response to a question on the reasons for his exit from the service at a relatively young age of 49. He stated that he served the State meritoriously for 27 years and was specially commended by the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN). He added that he was issued a Certificate of Service by the Lagos State Civil Service in recognition of the service he rendered to the State and stated that the rumours being peddled by the opposition that he was forced out of office were totally baseless and untrue.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ambode-refutes-civil-service-sack-allegation/201240/
ThisDay LiveSunday 8th February 2015ASATU Threatens PDP Over INEC ListThe Association of Town Union Presidents General in Anambra Central Senatorial Zone has threatened to shift their support to an opposition party if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alters the final list published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Secretary General of ASATU, Mazi Omife I. Omife. According to him, “we received with dismay the recent court judgment concerning Anambra State. We wish to advise the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at national level to respect the will of the people and their choice of Senator Annie Okonkwo as their senatorial candidate in the forthcoming National Assembly election, as any attempt to subvert this choice may result in mass defection of our people to another party and withdrawal of the support of town unions for the PDP."
Anambra 2015; ASATUhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/asatu-threatens-pdp-over-inec-list/201239/
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 7th February 2015Accord Party Adopts Jonathan As Its Presidential CandidateThe National Working Committee of the Accord Party yesterday adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as its candidate for the February 14 Presidential election. The party also joined its voice to the growing ranks of political parties that are opposed to the shifting of the February 14 Presidential election.Nigeria 2015; APhttp://leadership.ng/news/410701/accord-party-adopts-jonathan-presidential-candidate
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 7th February 2015"Advocates Of Election Shift Unrelenting Despite Council Of State's Decision"- APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that in spite of the commendable and patriotic decision of the National Council of State that the 2015 general elections must go on as scheduled, proponents of election shift have not given up on their desperation to scuttle the elections. In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party however said that the desperadoes will always fail in their evil machinations, because no power is strong enough to defeat a determined people.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/410691/advocates-election-shift-unrelenting-council-states-decision-apc
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 7th February 2015Fight Against Insurgency: "Traditional Leaders Sidelined"- Mamman NasirFormer president of the Court of Appeal and chairman Advisory Council of Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Justice Mamman Nasir yesterday in Kaduna averred that the activities of insurgents have continued to thrive partly because traditional rulers have been side-lined in the fight against their activities. According to the elder statesman, if the traditional rulers were adequately carried along, they would have helped in the fight against insurgency and help find a lasting solution to their activities. Justice Nasir disclosed this while addressing newsmen on behalf of the foundation on critical issues in the upcoming elections and the security situation of the nation.Nigeria 2015; Insecurityhttp://leadership.ng/news/410737/fight-insurgency-traditional-rulers-sidelined-mamman-nasir
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 7th February 2015"Nigerian Elections Postponed By 6 Weeks Due To Military Campaign Against Boko Haram"- Premium TimesAccording to a report from Premium Times, the Chairman of INEC had a meeting with Civil Society groups and informed them that the security forces were not available to provide security during the elections on February 2015. He therefore had no choice but to postpone the election by 6 weeks to enable the security forces conclude their 6 week campaign against Boko Haram. We are still waiting for confirmation from the INEC Chairman.Nigeria 2015; Postponement http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigerian-election-postponed-due-to-6-weeks-military-camapign-against-boko-haram-premiu
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 7th February 201517 Political Parties Support Election Postponement (See List)At a meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, 17 political parties in Nigeria reportedly pushed for the postponement of the February elections. According to PREMIUM TIMES the 17 political parties pushing for postponement are; Peoples Democratic Party, PDP United Democratic Party, UDP; the Citizen Peoples Party, CPP; the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN; the Action Alliance, AA; the Peoples Democratic Congress, PDC; the Labour Party, LP; Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN; Alliance for Democracy, AD; New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP; Independent Democrat, ID; Advanced Congress of Democrats, ACD; Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN; Fresh Democratic Party, FDP; National Conscience Party, NCP; All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA; and Progressives Peoples Alliance, PPA.Nigeria 2015; Postponement http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-17-political-parties-support-election-postponement-see-list.107678/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 7th February 2015"PDP Will No Longer Tolerate Opposition Sponsored Attacks"- MetuhThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says it will no longer condone unjustified sponsored attacks on it and its public office holders across the country, by the opposition. This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olisa Metuh, the party’s National Publicity Secretary on Friday in Abuja. Metuh said that the fact that the party had remained calm and peaceful in spite of numerous provocations, did not suggest that it would allow itself to be cowed. He particularly cited ‘’Save Democracy Youth Movement’’, which he said had been circulating messages, calling on the Ministers of Petroleum Resources and Finance, to resign before Feb.11. The group, according to him, cited unfounded allegations as reason for the call.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/pdp-will-no-longer-tolerate-opposition-sponsored-attacks.107655/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 7th February 2015Rivers PDP Uncovers Plans By Amaechi To Run Away After ElectionsThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State chapter says it has uncovered clandestine moves by Governor Chibuike Amaechi to sneak out of the State when the All Progressives Congress, APC loses the February 14 and 28, 2015 elections. This, the PDP argues is cowardly because it proves the outgoing Governor as lacking the spirit of sportsmanship which is the hallmark of a good leader and politician.
Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/rivers-pdp-uncovers-plans-by-amaechi-to-run-away-after-elections.107659/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 7th February 2015"Elections Will Come And Go, Nigeria Will Remain"- OritsejaforThe President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has cautioned politicians to tread with care as they campaign for votes ahead of the general elections of February 14 and February 28. Oritsejafor said this while fielding questions from newsmen at the retreat of the National Christian Elders Forum in Abuja on Friday. He said the polity had already been heated as a result of the ongoing politicking by individuals and groups ahead of the polls.Nigeria 2015; CANhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/elections-will-come-and-go-nigeria-will-remain-oritsejafor.107660/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 7th February 2015Presidency Accused Of Bribing Parties With $50,000 To Push Election Date"The Nigerian Presidency is currently engaged in the bribery of small political parties who are billed to meet with the Independent National Electoral Commission Saturday to discuss possible postponement of the forthcoming elections," Premium Times has said. The paper places their sources in the selfsame Presidency. A presidential source told the newspaper that on Friday night, presidential officials distributed cash amounts ranging from $30,000-$50,000 to other parties asking them to "push aggressively for the postponement of the elections on Saturday."Nigeria 2015; Presidency; http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-presidency-accused-of-bribing-parties-with-50-000-
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 7th February 2015"Why President Jonathan Wants The Elections Postponed"- Presidency The Presidency explained on Friday the reason behind President Goodluck Jonathan's position on shifting the date of the general elections, originally planned for February 14 and 28. Dr. Doyin Okupe, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, said that the President was concerned about INEC's preparedness for the polls. The Presidency expressed concern over the issues of registered voters not obtaining their voters cards and also on the security situation in the North-East. Nigeria 2015; Presidency; http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/why-president-jonathan-wanted-the-elections-postponed.107672/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineSaturday 7th February 2015Army To INEC: "We Won't Protect Nigerians If Election Is Feb 14th"Even as the Independent National Electoral Commission meeting continues, Daily Trust is reporting that military chiefs have said that no soldiers will provide security anywhere in Nigeria if INEC continues with the February 14 election date. The reason for this, they say, is because the military would be too busy with their operations in the North-East. This position is expected to be one of the issues under debate at the INEC meeting today. Nigeria 2015; Army; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/army-to-inec-we-wont-protect-nigerians-if-election-date-is-feb-14.107675/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 7th February 2015Yobo Preaches Violence- Free Elections, Meets Igbo CommunityThe atmosphere was electrifying as a small crowd of select personalities from the various pro-Jonathan groups in Lagos representing different sectors of the Igbo community gathered at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac Town, Lagos. Ambassador of The Peoples Democratic Party Ward to Ward Initiative and former captain of the national team, Joseph Yobo had called for the gathering and offered to host them to a dinner. As an ambassador of PDP Ward to Ward Initiative, Yobo did not hide his intentions – to woo every Igbo man and woman to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan. He said this could only be achieved in a peaceful and convivial atmosphere, where there is no rancour. He therefore challenged Nigerians, particularly the youths to resist any attempt by those he described as desperate politicians to use them to foment trouble before, during and after the forthcoming presidential elections. “Nobody should allow those who want to cause trouble have their way."Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)
ThisDay LiveSaturday 7th February 201526,000 PDP Members In Yobe PDP Defect To APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe State friday received over 26,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State. The Speaker of the Yobe State House of Assembly Alhaji Adamu Dala Dogo, who is the Chairman of the contact, mobilisation and reconciliation committee of the Yobe APC, revealed that the number cut across seven of 17 Local Government Areas of the State. He listed the Council Areas to as Damaturu, Tarmuwa, Yunusari, Nangere. Gulani, Geidam and Bursari. He said in all the Local Government Areas, all the Chairmen and the Local Government executives among several other followers denounced membership of the PDP and have thrown their weight behind the APC in “the search for a better and purposeful leadership.”Yobe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/26000-pdp-members-in-yobe-state-join-apc/201182/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 7th February 2015Only Railway Hoax In Nigeria Is By APC, Says PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) has described the attack by the All Progressives Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) on President Goodluck Jonathan's achievements in Nigeria’s railway sector as laughable, adding that the only railway hoax in present-day Nigeria was perpetrated by Rotimi Amaechi, an APC Governor. In a statement released in Abuja, the PDPPCO said: "For the APCPCO to resort to attacking a verifiable achievement that is on the ground and being enjoyed by millions of Nigerians is not only laughable, but also a clear indication that President Jonathan has completely overwhelmed the APC with the sheer quantum and quality of his achievements in rail and other sectors of the economy."Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/only-railway-hoax-in-nigeria-is-by-apc-says-pdp/201219/
Leadership News OnlineFriday 6th February 2015"INEC Trying To Disenfranchise South-South"- Ijaw Youth LeaderThe Independent National Electoral Council has been accused of deliberately trying to disenfranchise the Southern part of the country. The claim was made by the leader of the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Comrade Udengs Eradiri on Tuesday, during the national conference of the Northern Ethnic Youth Groups Assembly (NEYGA) in Keffi, Nasarawa State, on Tuesday.Nigeria 2015; Ijawhttp://leadership.ng/news/410143/inec-disenfranchise-south-south-ijaw-youth-leader
Leadership News OnlineFriday 6th February 2015Don't Create Turmoil In Nigeria, Gumi Warns PoliticiansKaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, has warned Nigerian politicians not to use the forthcoming elections to create political turmoil in the country. Gumi gave the warning while speaking to journalists at the First Roundtable Peace Meeting organised by the Northern Religious Leaders Peace Initiative Forum, held in Abuja yesterday. He cautioned politicians not to slide the country into turmoil as currently being experienced in Yemen where insurgents took advantage of the discord among political leaders to wield power in that nation’s capital.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://leadership.ng/news/410217/polls-dont-create-turmoil-nigeria-gumi-warns-politicians
Leadership News OnlineFriday 6th February 2015Group Predicts Peaceful ElectionsAs the fear of a possible outbreak of violence in this month’s election continues to grip Nigerians, a group of clerics under the aegis of Masters Seed Pentecostal and Evangelical College of Bishops and Ministries Network has predicted a peaceful and violence free election. The clerics who are optimistic of a successful and peaceful election admonished Nigerians not to panic as God has already taken absolute control of the situation, assuring Nigerians of God’s intervention in the election.Nigeria 2015; MSPEChttp://leadership.ng/news/410221/group-predicts-peaceful-election
Leadership News OnlineFriday 6th February 2015PVC Distribution: "INEC, APC Committing Electoral Crime"- PDPPeoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disclosed that more facts have emerged on the connivance of some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to deny non-indigenes in APC-controlled States of their permanent voter cards (PVCs) for the February 14, 2015 general elections. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Thursday, described the development as a crime against the electoral process, adding that the party has received overwhelming evidence from citizens in APC States following its earlier alarm that non-indigenes who form the bulk of PDP supporters in Lagos were being denied their PVCs.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/410263/pvc-distribution-inec-apc-committing-electoral-crime-pdp
Leadership News OnlineFriday 6th February 2015APC Governor's Forum Hail Council Of State's DecisionAPC Governors, under the aegis Progressive Governors Forum, have expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the Council of State meeting which held on Thursday at the State House, Abuja. This is contained in a communiqué signed by Gov. Rochas Okorocha, Chairman of the forum and governor of Imo State. The communique expressed satisfaction with the assurances given by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki on the state of preparedness for the Feb. 14 and 28 General elections.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/410303/election-apc-governors-forum-hail-council-state-decision
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015Gombe Christians, Muslims Sign Peace Pact To Ensure Violence-Free ElectionsAs part of the preparations for the forthcoming general election, the two major religions in Nigeria have signed a pact for peace in agreement for violent-free elections. The action, which is geared towards averting any possibility of outbreak of crisis, was seen in the past elections in 2011. The pact was signed at a forum organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for stakeholders in the State on Thursday.Gombe 2015; Violencehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/gombe-christians-muslims-sign-pact-to-ensure-violence-free-elections/201124/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015Clark-led Group Wants Elections Shifted To AprilFriends and supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan under the aegis of Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA) on Thursday joined the train of those calling for the shift of the February 14 and 28 elections as well as the sack and immediate arrest of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, for the offence of registration of under-aged voters in the northern part of the country. They also want the election to be shifted to April this year.Nigeria 2015; SNPAhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/clark-led-group-wants-elections-shifted-to-april/201125/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015ICC Team In Nigeria Says Politicians Who Incite Violence Will Be ProsecutedThe International Criminal Court (ICC) said it has come to the conclusion that war crimes which fall under the jurisdiction of the court have been committed by Boko Haram in the North-eastern part of Nigeria, even as it threatened to prosecute any politicians and their followers who incite people to violence. This was disclosed in Abuja on Thursday by a team from the Office of the ICC Prosecutor led by Mr Phakiso. Mochochoko, the Director of Jurisdiction, complimentary and Cooperation Division. Mochochoko said the team was in Nigeria to find out whether the Federal Government of Nigeria was willing and able to prosecute those who perpetuated these crimes.Nigeria 2015; ICChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/icc-team-in-nigeria-says-politicians-who-incites-violence-will-be-prosecuted/201127/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015"We Have Invited Asari Dokubo Over Inflammatory Statements"- DSSContrary to insinuations in some quarters that the Department of State Services (DSS) has not deemed it fit to invite the leader of the Niger Delta Volunteers Force (NDVF), Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, over the inflammatory comments he made recently, the service said on Thursday it had invited ex-militant leaders several times. The Spokesperson of the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, disclosed this while responding to a question at a news conference organised by the National Information Centre.Nigeria 2015; DSShttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dss-we-have-invited-asari-dokubo-over-inflammatory-statements/201129/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 201510 Political Parties Kick Against Shift In Polls, Abuja Residents ProtestWith no resolution reached at the Council of State meeting on whether the general election would take place as scheduled or be postponed, a coalition of 10 political parties on Thursday kicked against the postponement of the polls, alleging that those who scuttled the June 12, 1993 general election had coalesced again and were about to re-enact the situation for their selfish ends. The parties, under the aegis of Coalition of Progressive Political Parties (COPP), expressed shock at the conduct of 16 other parties which had joined what they called the “infamous campaign to scuttle Nigeria's hard-earned democracy by calling for the postponement of the general election barely a week before the election is to commence”.Nigeria 2015; Democracyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-10-political-parties-kick-against-shift-in-polls-abuja-residents-protest/201137/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015Council Of State Divided Along Party Lines, INEC To Review, Decide On Election DateFollowing a seven-hour meeting of the National Council of State on Thursday on the 2015 general election and security issues in the country, deep divisions along party lines deterred the council from taking a decision on whether to hold the poll as scheduled or not, THISDAY has learnt. Having failed to arrive at a common resolution on the scheduling of the elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), whose Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, was at the meeting to brief its members on the commission’s preparedness or otherwise to hold the polls, was instructed to hold consultations with his National Electoral Commissioners, Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and the political parties to arrive at a decision that would be made public on whether the elections should go ahead as planned or be postponed. However, before Jega was asked to consult and announce INEC’s final decision to Nigerians, he had made a brief presentation to the council, a copy of which was obtained by THISDAY last night.Nigeria 2015; Council Of Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/council-of-state-divided-along-party-lines-inec-to-review-decide-on-election-dates/201138/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 6th February 20156,000 APC Members Defect To PDP In SokotoNo fewer than 6,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Wamakko Local Government Area of Sokoto State on Thursday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The defectors were received in Wamakko by Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, Chairman of PDP in Sokoto State. The Spokesman for the defectors, Alhaji Abubakar Gedawa, said they joined the PDP to get justice and equity.
Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/6-000-apc-members-defect-to-pdp-in-sokoto-state.107608/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineFriday 6th February 2015Nigerian Government Uncovers Plot To Unleash Female Suicide Bombers With PVCsThe Federal Government said it had uncovered plans by some unscrupulous Nigerians to hijack and hand over Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to female suicide bombers to cause havoc in the February elections. Mr Mike Omeri, Coordinator, National Information Centre, who disclosed this on Thursday while giving update on the security situation in the country, therefore, called on the people to remain vigilant.
Nigeria 2015; Insecurityhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/elections-nigerian-govt-uncovers-plot-to-unleash-female-suicide-bombers-with-pvcs.107609/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015Lagos Declares Today Work Free Day For Collection Of PVCsThe Lagos State Government has declared today as a work-free day for its workers, and urged the private sector employers to release their workers early to enable them to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in their various polling units. The Head of Service, Mrs. Oluseyi Williams, gave the directive in a statement on Thursday, saying the state government wanted all public servants in the state to participate in the voting process. The statement added that the public servants should take the opportunity to go out and collect their cards at their polling units.Lagos 2015; PVC; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/lagos-declares-today-work-free-day-for-collection-of-pvcs/201111/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015Ayogu Eze's Kinsmen Back Ugwuanyi As Chime, PDP Intensify Campaign In EnuguKinsmen of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Works, and one of the aspirants laying claim to the gubernatorial ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State, Senator Ayogu Eze, on Thursday distanced themselves from all the actions taken by the lawmaker regarding the outcome of the December 8, 2015 governorship primaries in the state, saying that the Senator “is on his own.” Senator Eze’s kinsmen from Igboeze North council of the state, who trouped out in their thousands during the party’s campaign rally at Ogurute, the council’s headquarters, said they were totally in support of Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as the party’s candidate and therefore urged their kinsmen to discontinue any legal action against the party.Enugu 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ayogu-eze-s-kinsmen-back-ugwuanyi-as-chime-pdp-intensify-campaigns-in-enugu/201112/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015"Why We Can't Endorse Jonathan, Buhari"- Ohaneze FactionBarely 48 hours after the Chief Gary Igariwey-led apex Igbo socio - cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the February 14 presidential election, another faction led by Chief Ralph Obioha has distanced itself from any endorsement, insisting that it would be counter-productive to commit Ndigbo to any form of blanket support. They made it clear that they will not be endorsing either President Jonathan or his main challenger and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari for next week’s presidential election.Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ohaneze-faction-why-we-can-t-endorse-jonathan-buhari/201113/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015Elections: Rivers Partners Navy On Security Of WaterwaysRivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has said the State government will give the Nigerian Navy, the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) code-named Operation Pulo Shield, the Marine Police and other security agencies the needed support to ensure the safety of sea travellers especially during the forthcoming elections. He stated that his administration would not relent in ensuring the security of lives and property across the state especially along the waterways. Amaechi spoke on Thursday when the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt.Rivers 2015; Navy; Securityhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/elections-rivers-partners-navy-on-security-of-waterways/201114/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015"Jonathan Is Still Nigeria's Best Till Date"- AkinjideThe Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, has described President Goodluck Jonathan as the best President in the history of the Nigeria. Highlighting all the various achievements of the Jonathan-led administration in the last four years, Akinjide said the efforts of the president have transformed all sectors of the Nigerian nation more than any other person that has occupied the office before him. Addressing management and staff of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, while on a visit aimed at intimating the hospital community of her plans for the hospital in 2015, the Minister said the electoral process has been buoyed and enhanced with the sustenance of credible and fair elections in Nigeria which had deepened our hard earned democracy and earned global respect and credibility for our country.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/akinjide-jonathan-is-nigeria-s-best-till-date/201115/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015Focus On Issues, Group Admonishes Political PartiesA non-governmental group, the Stakeholders Democratic Initiative (SDI), has admonished political parties and their candidates, especially in the Niger Delta region to focus more on issues as they campaign for the forthcoming elections. The group also said there was need for the people to find out from those seeking to lead them their plans on infrastructure, youth development and employment opportunities among others before election date. SDI’s Senior Project Officer, Allison Timipere, made the appeal while speaking on the side-line during an interactive programme held for candidates and representatives of the 23 Local Government Areas of Rivers State in Port Harcourt on Thursday.Nigeria 2015; SDIhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/focus-on-issues-group-admonishes-political-parties/201116/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015PDP Governors Ashamed To Campaign For Jonathan, Says KwankwasoKano State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has accused governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of avoiding to publicly campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan because of the president’s alleged poor performance. He said the PDP-elected governors were concentrating on their campaigns and leaving out Jonathan out for fear that campaigning for the president could harm them politically. Kwankwaso made the claims Wednesday night in Abuja at a fund-raising dinner for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Plateau State, Hon. Simon Lalomg.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-govs-ashamed-to-campaign-for-jonathan-says-kwankwaso/201117/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015"FG Clueless On Power Sector"- OshiomoleFor the Federal Government-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to budget almost a billion naira for the purchase of diesel and petrol to fuel generators in the Presidential Villa shows that it has no clue on how to fix the problem in the power sector, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State stated on Thursday. He also said the fact that the federal government is using power generators at the nation’s seat of power is an indication that the common man has no hope of getting uninterrupted power supply from the power distribution companies in the country. Oshiomhole therefore advocated that the inefficiency of the PDP-led Federal Government should be punished by voting them out in the February 14 general election.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oshiomhole-fg-clueless-on-power-sector/201118/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015Jonathan's Claim On Railway, Power Sector Bogus, Says APC Campaign The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has drawn attention to what it described as bogus claims by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration with regards to its achievements in the railway and power sectors. APCPCO also noted that President Jonathan’s yet unfulfilled promises include the rehabilitation of all existing power generation, distribution and transmission assets to give a minimum of 6,000mw of electricity; the harnessing of alternative sources of energy such as coal, wind and solar to generate an initial 13,000mw, and the unbundling of PHCN into 18 successor companies.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-s-claims-on-railway-power-sector-bogus-says-apc-campaign/201119/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th February 2015Peace Committee Worries Over Exodus Of Nigerians From Likely Flash PointsThe national peace committee on 2015 elections on Thursday in Abuja expressed its worries over the exodus and relocation of Nigerians from the likely flash-points for election violence. In a statement made available to THISDAY, the committee said the apprehension that has followed preparation for the elections and the likely violence expected, signals a tragic repeat of Nigeria’s history. The statement, signed by the Chairman of the committee and former president, Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar (rtd.) and Convener of the committee, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, frowned at the manner in which fear and tension has become part of the conduct of the 2015 elections.Nigeria 2015; NPChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/polls-peace-committee-expresses-worries-over-exodus-of-n
Leadership News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015US Cautions Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Others Over Inflammatory Comments The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has cautioned former militants of the Niger Delta, Alhaji Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari, Victor Ben Ebikabowei aka Boy Loaf, and Government Ekpemupolo, aka, Tompolo, over all the inflammatory statements that are being credited to them in the build up to the presidential election that is coming up next week Saturday. The Commission while making this warning in its latest report which its Chairman, Dr. Katina Lantos Swett, made available to correspondents of the Department of State in Washington, DC during the week, added that such statements coming from the former militants who have been threatening wars if President Goodluck Jonathan loses the election, could lead to a religiously-motivated violence if proper measures are not taken by politicians and security agents in good time.

Reacting to the inflammatory statements that are being credited to the former militants, the USCRIF warned President Goodluck Jonathan and other candidates to prevent the looming electoral violence by calming their supporters as well as warning them against such statements.
Nigeria 2015; UShttp://leadership.ng/news/409599/cautions-dokubo-tompolo-inflammatory-statements
Leadership News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015N6 Billion Bribery: You Lied, PDP Tells AmaechiThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the Director General of All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Governor Chibuike Amaechi lied over his claim that they (PDP) offered N6 billion bribe to some pastors to help President Goodluck Jonathan win the presidential election. The party further dared Amaechi to name the pastors that benefited from the alleged largesse, advising the Governor to ask for God’s forgiveness.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/409603/n6bn-bribery-lied-pdp-tells-amaechi
Leadership News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015Nasarawa PDP Guber Candidate Vows To Restore Peace If ElectedThe gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Yusuf Agabi, has vowed to tackle the security challenges bedevilling the State if elected Governor of the State. Agabi made the commitment yesterday in Loko while addressing party supporters on the need to find lasting solution to communal clashes that have claimed hundreds of lives in the State. He said this will be achieved through building bridges of mutual trust and understanding, adding that it would be an inclusive process.Nasarawa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/409611/nasarawa-pdp-guber-candidate-vows-restore-peace-elected
Leadership News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015IPAC Praises President Jonathan For Rejecting Postponement Of ElectionsThe Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Anambra State chapter yesterday praised President Goodluck Jonathan for refusing pressures on him to postpone the scheduled February general election. In a statement issued to newsmen in Onitsha, the State’s commercial hub by IPAC, an umbrella body of all registered political parties in Nigeria, and signed by Chief Bartho Igwedibia and Chief Peter Okala, chairman and Publicity Secretary respectively, it said with this action, Jonathan had shown that he is truly a democrat who is not after power through fraudulent means.Nigeria 2015; IPAChttp://leadership.ng/news/409695/ipac-praises-jonathan-rejecting-postponement-elections
Leadership News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015Accept Defeat, Embrace Nasko, Niger PDP Tells Other AspirantsThe publicity secretary of Niger State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Hassan Saba, has asked defeated aspirants in the just concluded PDP governorship primaries to accept their fate, saying they are wrong for saying the conduct of the elections were flawed. In a statement issued yesterday in Minna, Saba maintained that the conduct of the governorship primaries was flawless and a reflection of the wish of the people. He said those complaining were crying wolf where none is and therefore urged those who lost the primaries to accept their fate, adding that they must eschew unnecessary speculation over the conduct of the election.Niger 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/409727/accept-defeat-embrace-nasko-pdp-tells-aspirants-3
Leadership News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015Edwin Clark To Jega- "Tell Nigerians Your Level Of Preparedness"Elder statesman and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark has said that the preparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is important in the debate for the postponement of the election. The former Federal Commissioner said that INEC chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega needs to speak out on the position of the commission so as to avoid a repeat of the 2011 election where INEC was not able to provide voting materials on the day of the election. He called for the arrest of any one who made provocative and inciting statement that threatens the unity of the country. Clark, who spoke to journalists in Abuja also denied making or supporting the call for war should Jonathan fail to secure second term of office.Nigeria 2015; Edwin Clarkhttp://leadership.ng/news/409593/edwin-clark-jega-nigerians-level-preparedness
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015"INEC Is Conniving With APC To Deny Non-Indigenes PVC"- PDPOlisa Metuh, National publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of conniving with All Progressives Congress, APC to deny non-indigenes ‎in Lagos State their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs). He said that the development had been reported to INEC, adding that in some States the PVCs of non-indigenes were burnt.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-is-conniving-with-apc-to-deny-non-indigenes-pvc-pdp.107569/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015Patricia Etteh Joins APCPatricia Etteh, former Speaker of the House of Representatives has defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Etteh defected on Tuesday during the APC campaign rally in Osun State. Addressing the crowd during her defection, Etteh said she decided to join the APC because of the party’s progressive policies and the love for the masses, saying that her decision was to join the progressives so that she will be able to contribute her quota to the development of the people.
Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/patricia-etteh-becomes-change-agent-joins-apc.107570/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015"More PDP Governors Will Defect To APC Before February 14th"- Oyegun, BarajeJohn Oyegun, National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC and Kawu Baraje, a former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Wednesday said that the APC will be receiving more Governors from the ruling party before the February 14 Presidential elections. The duo made the disclosure in Benin.
Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/baraje-oyegun-more-pdp-governors-will-defect-to-apc-before-feb-14.107574/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015"I Won't Keep Quiet Again" -Soludo Tells Okonjo-IwealaCharles Soludo, former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has replied Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's 'last' reply to him.
He said " Let me also state for the avoidance of doubt that I stand by every statement I made in the two articles viz: (1) “Buhari Vs Jonathan: Beyond the Elections”; and (2) “Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Missing Trillions”. In particular, I insist that over N30 trillion has either been stolen or unaccounted for, or grossly mismanaged over the last few years. This figure does not include the estimated $40.9 billion (N8.6 trillion at parallel market exchange rate or nearly two years’ Federal Government budget) which the African Union’s (AU) recent report claims to be “stolen” from Nigeria each year."
Nigeria 2015; Soludohttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/i-wont-stop-keep-quiet-again-soludo-tells-okonjo-iweala.107579/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015"APC Has Faith In The Council Of State, But Won't Accept Election Postponement"- OyegunThe All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday in Abuja said it would resist any attempt to postpone the general elections slated for February 14 and February 28. National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, made this known in a news conference. Odigie-Oyegun hinted that the Presidency may attempt to convince members of Natioanl Council of State to postpone the elections in a meeting slated on Thursday.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-has-faith-in-the-council-of-state-but-wont-accept-electi
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineThursday 5th February 2015Return N6 Billion Bribe Before Fire Consumes You, Pastor Adeboye Tells PastorsPastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG has called on Nigerian pastors to return an alleged N6billion bribe offered to them by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Pastor Adeboye's calls follows allegations by Governor Rotimi Amaechi that pastors were offered N6billion to campaign against Muhammadu Buhari.
Nigeria 2015; RCCGhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/return-n6bn-bribe-money-before-fire-consumes-you-adeboye-tells-pastors.107582/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015Former Heads Of State, APC Governors, Jega In Council Of State Meeting Former Heads of State, Governors of All Progressives Congress (APC) and their People's Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts are presently in a crucial Council of State meeting at the Presidential Villa. Checks indicated that the calls in some quarters for the postponement of the forthcoming general elections will top the agenda of the meeting. The APC governors in attendance included Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Aliyu Wamako (Sokoto), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and Abdulfatahi Ahmed (Kwara). People's Democratic Party (PDP) Governors who also arrived for the meeting are those of Kogi, Idris Wada, Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson, Adamawa, James Baba Ngilari and Niger, Babangida Aliyu. The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega was also at meeting.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, led other service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Sulaiman Abba, to the meeting.

Heads of state present were Gen Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Ernest Shonekan, Shehu shagari.

Conspicuously absent was Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
Nigeria 2015; Council Of State
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015Tension Rises As Council Of States Meet On ElectionsAhead of the National Council of State meeting scheduled to take place today in Abuja, the bitter recriminations between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) continued to escalate on Wednesday, with the ruling party calling on the main opposition party to leave it out of the controversy over the plot to set up an interim government and push for the postponement of the elections. The ruling party also raised the alarm over the discrimination against non-indigenes of Lagos State in the distribution of permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) and the burning of cards belonging to non-indigenes in some States. However, the APC and its presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, remained unrelenting in their call on members of the Council of State to reject any proposal to postpone the elections scheduled for this month.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tension-rises-as-council-of-state-meets-on-elections/201046/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015"INEC Has Distributed Over 44 Million PVCs"- JegaAhead of the general election, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, on Wednesday stated that the commission had distributed over 44million Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) as at Tuesday just as he said over 90 per cent of the PVCs are in the States awaiting collection. Speaking at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room dialogue session with INEC’s accredited observers and political parties in Abuja, Jega, who was represented by a National Commissioner, Amina Zakari, stated that by Wednesday evening all the cards would have been in the states awaiting collection.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-inec-has-distributed-over-44m-pvcs/201011/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015Police Sets Up Special Investigative Team For Electoral OffencesIn view of the general election scheduled for for this month across the country, the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, has ordered the Constitution of a Special Investigative Team to be headed by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Force Legal/Prosecution Department, to investigate offences emanating from elections in the country. Abba, who disclosed this during the conference he held with CPs and above in Abuja, reiterated the preparation and readiness of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure free, fair credible and violence free elections as well as adequate security of lives and property before, during and after the elections.Nigeria 2015; Policehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/police-set-up-special-investigative-team-for-electoral-offences/201010/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015Council Of State Has No Power To Postpone Elections, Says FalanaLagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has said the Council of State has no power to postpone elections. In a statement he issued on Wednesday, Falana stated that the council was one of the Federal Executive Bodies established by Section 153(1) of the Constitution. He said the role of the council was merely advisory.Nigeria 2015; Falanawww.thisdaylive.com/articles/council-of-state-has-no-power-to-postpone-elections-says-falana/201008/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015"Only FoI's Passage Met Our Recommendations After 2011 Polls"- EU Election MissionThe European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) to Nigeria for the general election has stated that of all its recommendations related to change in electoral legislation following the 2011 general electios, only the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act recommendation was implemented and signed into law. Some other recommendations related to the work of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the political parties and participation of women.
This is as the body disclosed that its budget for the current election mission is €4.4 million. The budget covers security, specialists, stay of all observers including those who would stay to observe the early stages of the election petitions, and other logistics.
Nigeria 2015; EUhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/eu-election-mission-only-foi-s-passage-met-our-recommendations-after-2011-polls/200999/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015"I Reserve My Comment Until After Elections"- ObasanjoFormer president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday declared that he would not make any comment concerning the presidential election until after the poll, saying: “I reserve my comments regarding the February general election until a winner emerges.” Obasanjo who spoke at his Presidential Library, Abeokuta, while receiving royal fathers from Egba traditional council, said he had made enough comments regarding the elections, saying: “If anybody is still looking to him for comment, the person probably has not been around for some time now.” The former President also made the same comment in Kano shortly after he inaugurated the newly-built flyover named after him at Ibrahim Taiwo Road. The structure was constructed by the Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso administration.Nigeria 2015; Obasanjohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obasanjo-i-reserve-my-comments-until-after-elections/201007/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015Ugwuanyi, Ayogu-Eze Lay Claim To Enugu Guber PDP TicketThe Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has fixed April 2 to decide who is the authentic governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State. Justice Evoh Chukwu adjourned for judgment on a day two PDP gubernatorial aspirants in the state, Senator Ayogu Eze and Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, insisted that they are the duly elected candidates to fly the governorship flag of the party. Both of them told the court that they emerged from parallel primary elections they said were monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Whereas Ayogu Eze argued through his lawyer, Mr. Yusuf Ali (SAN), Ugwuanyi, addressed the court through his own lawyer, Mr. Patrick Ikwueto (SAN).Enugu 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/enugu-ugwuanyi-ayogu-eze-lay-claim-to-pdp-ticket/201016/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015Delta Guber: Ogboru, Emerhor Split Urhobo UnionThe hope for the Urhobo ethnic nationality to join forces to enhance the chances of one of its illustrious sons in the 2015 governorship race in Delta State may have been dashed as the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), the socio-cultural union of Urhobos world-wide, has failed to reach consensus on who the body should endorse. Instead, the influential UPU has split into two factions with one drumming support for the candidature of Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru of the Labour Party (LP) and the other faction declaring Chief O’tega Emerhor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its sole candidate in the February 28 election. This followed a deadlocked meeting of the UPU, held behind closed doors on Sunday night in Mosogar, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, which has torn the apex Urhobo leadership body into two factions with each endorsing the two Urhobo sons as Urhobo nation’s sole candidate.Delta 2015; UPUhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/delta-governorship-poll-ogboru-emerhor-split-urhobo-union/201018/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015Drama As Lagos PDP Members Join Ambode's Rally In SurulereThere was mild drama on Wednesday when many supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State ran into a campaign train of All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Akinwunmi Ambode alongside which included Governor Babatunde Fashola at Alaka Bus stop, Surulere. Some of the PDP supporters abandoned their train, folded their umbrella and threw away some of their party souvenirs in exchange for that of the APC. They joined the APC train shouting “Change, Change, Change”. They said that the wind of change had blown away the PDP “to restore the dignity of our people and rescue the masses.”Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/drama-as-pdp-members-join-ambode-s-rally-in-surulere/201019/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015Otti Cries Out Over Invasion By Unidentified Men In Military UniformThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Alex Otti, on Wednesday alleged that a group of men numbering 14 and dressed in military uniform invaded his country home at Umuru Umuehim in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area. Otti’s alarm came barely 24 hours after he was accused by the Abia State Government of parading a group of men in military uniform who followed him in his campaigns and intimidated people, an allegation he had denied. Speaking at a press conference in his campaign office at Umuahia, Otti said at the time of the invasion at 10.58p.m. he was on his way back from a campaign tour of Ukwa East and Ukwa West Local Governments, adding that the strange visitors came with suspicious motives.Anambra 2015; APGAhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/south-east-south-south-group-mobilises-votes-for-jonathan/201021/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015South-East, South-South Group Mobilizes Votes For JonathanProf. Anaya O. Anya has urged voters in the coming elections to cast their votes for President Goodluck Jonathan for another tenure of four years in office. Speaking at the unity rally organised by the South-east/South-south United Assembly (SESSUA), Anya said the president had performed well and needed another four years to consolidate on his performance. A mammoth crowd of people from the two regions resident in Lagos expressed strong support for the president, saying their support for him is purely based on merit.Nigeria 2015; SESSUA; Jonathanhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/south-east-south-south-group-mobilises-votes-for-jonathan/201021/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015PDP Flays APC On Rivers Opinion PollThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has described as untrue media reports that the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, is leading in opinion polls in the State. The party said the report entitled, ‘Peterside Leads Wike in Rivers Gubernatorial Polls’ was authored by a known member of the APC, Mr. Andy Briggs, describing the report as not only dishonest but the product of “a demented brain and a deceased imagination.”Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-flays-apc-on-rivers-opinion-poll/201022/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015CSOs Warn Against Plans To Remove Jega, Scuttle ElectionsA coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has described as treasonable the call by members of 16 political parties in the country to postpone the February general election. The CSOs also alleged that those proposing that elections should be postponed, planned to remove Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attaihiru Jega, on the grounds of incompetence, so as to pave the way for the appointment of a pliant, submissive and dependent person into the Commission. The coalition, which comprises 16 groups including the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), addressed journalists on the matter on Wednesday in Abuja.Nigeria 2015; CSOshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/csos-warn-against-plot-to-remove-jega-scuttle-elections/201023/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th February 2015Third Suit Seeking To Disqualify Buhari Filed In AbujaAnother suit seeking the disqualification of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has been filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja. The suit which was filed on Wednesday, is the third of such suits filed against the ex-military ruler. The new suit filed by Dr. Ayakeme Whiskey is seeking an order declaring Buhari ineligible to contest the February 14 election. Apart from the disqualification suit, there is a pending direct criminal complaint against Buhari before an Abuja Magistrate Court in Abuja asking the court to direct that the former Head of State “be brought to book” for allegedly claiming on oath that he had a certificate he did not obtain.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/third-suit-seeking-to-stop-buhari-filed-in-abuja/201025/
Punch News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015Ekiti Afenifere Dissociates Self From Jonathan's EndorsementThe Ekiti State chapter of Afenifere, the pan–Yoruba socio-political association, has dissociated itself from the purported endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election by the group. The Chief Reuben Fasoranti-led group had last week in Akure, the Ondo State capital hinged its support for President Jonathan on his commitment to the restructuring of the country through the convocation of the national conference last year. But the Chairman of the group in Ekiti State, Chief Ibidapo Awojolu, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti yesterday said the chapter was not part of the decision to endorse President Jonathan for the February 14 polls. It added that the purported endorsement was hastily done and that it was merely the reflection of the mindset of a few leaders of the group that attended the Akure meeting with the President.Nigeria 2015; Yorubas; Afeniferehttp://leadership.ng/news/409071/ekiti-afenifere-dissociates-jonathans-endorsement
Punch News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015"Jonathan Has Great Plans For Youths"- AgangaThe Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, has reiterated the commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan to end youth unemployment in the country. Aganga, who was represented by Chairman, Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, Mr. Jim Obaze, addressed students and young professionals at the maiden edition of its programme, Press Play – Achieve Your Dreams, at the University of Lagos.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.punchng.com/politics/jonathan-has-great-plans-for-youths-aganga/
Punch News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015"Why Nigerians Should Vote For Jonathan"- DanielA former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has said President Goodluck Jonathan, is one of the best performing Presidents in the history of the country and should be re-elected on February 14. He said this while inaugurating the state’s President Goodluck Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organisation Advisory Committee at the party secretariat, Onikolobo, Abeokuta. The 22-member committee was headed by Segun Seriki, and included a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, a former Speaker Ogun State House of Assembly, Titi Oseni, and Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.punchng.com/politics/why-nigerians-should-vote-for-jonathan-daniel/
Punch News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015"Agbaje Is Bode George, Ogunlewe's Stooge"- APCThe Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has urged the people of the State not to vote for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, saying he is being controlled by the State’s PDP leader, Chief Bode George, and a former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe. The PDP had, last week, accused the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, of being a puppet of former Governor Bola Tinubu.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.punchng.com/politics/agbaje-is-bode-george-ogunlewes-stooge-apc/
Punch News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015Three Feared Dead At PDP Rally In Akwa IbomAt least three persons were feared dead during the Peoples Democratic Party rally in the Etinan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Saturday. It was learnt that trouble started after a youth snatched the money which was the share of one of his colleagues at the rally. The money was said to have been given to the youths as payment for attending the rally. A politician who said some of the youths were from his ward and who refused to be named, told our correspondent in Uyo on Monday that the other youths who felt cheated by the development chased the man who was running away with the money.Akwa Ibom 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.punchng.com/politics/three-feared-dead-at-pdp-rally-in-aibom/
Punch News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015Christian Group Endorses BuhariA faith-based group, Charis Royale Initiative, has expressed support for the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj.Gen Muhammudu Buhari (retd.). Speaking on the organisation’s decision, the convener of the group, Pastor Dele Adeogun, said the organisation’s decision to endorse Buhari and his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osibajo (SAN), was in line with its mission to promote good governance.Nigeria 2015; CRIhttp://www.punchng.com/politics/christian-group-endorses-buhari/
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015Polls: "Shun Violence"- MURIC Tells StakeholdersThe Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) yesterday appealed to all stakeholders to eschew violence during and after the elections. MURIC’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola in a statement also charged the security agencies to show professionalism and impartiality. It called on political parties, relevant authorities and individuals to resist temptations to rig the election. It appealed to the federal government to declare a two-day holiday to enable civil servants and other workers to collect their permanent voter cards. (PVCs).Nigeria 2015; MURIChttp://leadership.ng/news/409077/polls-shun-violence-muric-tells-stakeholders
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015"Niger PDP Will Not Be Intimidated"- KantigiThe gubernatorial running mate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State, Alhaji Isah Liman Kantigi has said that the campaign team will not allow itself to be provoked into engaging in aberrations considering the support it received at the grassroots. He said in Minna over the weekend that from the recent campaign tour of Niger South, there were strong indications of massive grassroots support to win this month’s election. Speaking on the acceptance of the party in the just concluded campaigns in Niger East and Niger South Senatorial Districts, Kantigi said that PDP has gained popularity by its programmes, policies and projects.Niger 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/409119/niger-pdp-intimidated-kantigi
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015Thugs Attack Taraba State Acting Governor At Campaign RallyThe Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Sani Danladi Abubakar was on Saturday attacked by thugs in Karim Lamido Local Government Area of the State during a campaign rally. LEADERSHIP gathered that the thugs who invaded the campaign rally organised by PDP to sell the party’s governorship candidate, Arc. Darius Ishaku caused pandemonium and sent the dignitaries to flee the rally ground after dragging Alhaji Abubakar Bonanza who was addressing the rally down from the podium.Taraba 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/409135/thugs-attack-taraba-acting-governor-campaign-rally
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015Ohaneze Endorses JonathanThe youth wing of the apex Igbo social cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has thrown its weight behind the candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the February 14 presidential election. In a statement signed by the national Vice Presidents’ of the group for the States of Imo, Delta, Rivers, and Ebonyi, Comrade Obinna Achinonye, Odozi Nwodozi, Kanu Oscar Nwaorisara, and Alex Okemiri, respectively, the youths dismissed as baseless, recent media reports which portrayed them as being opposed to the re-election of the President.Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbohttp://leadership.ng/news/409139/ohanaeze-endorses-jonathan
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015PDP Begins Door-to-Door Campaign In Akwa IbomThe Eket Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State has flagged off its door-to-door campaign with visits to villages and hamlets in the area ahead of this month’s general elections. The election campaign train led by the former Minister of lands, housing and urban development and ex-National Assembly member, Chief Nduese Essien, the chapter Chairman of the party, Evang Godwin David and former House of Assembly member, Barr Jack Udota, visited some villages including Ikot Ikpe, Ikot Obio Atta, Ikot Akpa Ukpong among others. The daily campaign tour is expected to cover all the 78 villages in the oil-rich city of Eket.Akwa Ibom 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/409157/pdp-begins-doortodoor-campaign-aibom
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015Don Faults PDP Over Poor LeadershipProfessor of Political Science, Covenant University, Kunle Amuwo has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Africa’s largest party that is determined to rule the country forever and has penchant for massive looting and despoliation of the people’s collective patrimony. He disclosed this at the 39th public lecture tagged, “Bullet versus Ballot: Interrogating Nigeria’s 4th Republic’s Electoral Consultations” held at the institution’s chapel over the weekend. The Professor who doubted if there will be free and fair election this month maintained that there is urgent need to get leaders that would build State institutions, especially the ones that will offer dividends of democracy.Nigeria 2015; Donhttp://leadership.ng/news/409167/don-faults-pdp-poor-leadership
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015"Support Disciplined Buhari, Visionary Ambode"- TinubuNational Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Tinubu, on Monday described Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the party's governorship candidate in Lagos State, as one of the most brilliant minds in financial accountancy. Tinubu spoke at the APC governorship campaign rally in Ojo area of the state, urging the people to give Ambode their votes in the February 28 governorship election. He said that Ambode was a credible candidate who should be given the chance to continue with the excellence for which Lagos was noted.
Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/support-disciplined-buhari-visionary-ambode-tinubu.107465/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015Buhari Opts For Town Hall Meetings Instead Of Presidential DebatesAfter Pulling out of two presidential debates, the All Progressives Congress, APC has announced that its Presidential candidate will be holding town hall meetings in major cities across Nigeria. The town hall meeting was announced via a statement issued by the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation.
Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-opts-for-town-hall-meetings-instead-of-presidential-debates.107468/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015"I'm Indebted To Jonathan"- FayoseGov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti on Monday said his support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan was in appreciation for the opportunity given him to serve the people of Ekiti State. Fayose, who made this known during his campaign tour to Ikole in Ekiti, said it would be wrong on his part if he did not support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fayose-im-indebted-to-jonathan.107449/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015Tambuwal Welcomes 2,400 PDP Defectors In SokotoSpeaker Aminu Waziri and APC gubernatorial candidate in Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal on Monday receives 2400 supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) who defected to APC in Kebbe Local Government Area of the State. Tambuwal received the defectors at the party's gubernatorial campaign rally held in Kebbe town, headquatets of Kebbi Local Government Area of the State. He called on the defectors to work towards promoting the loafty ideals of the party in the rural areas.
Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/sokoto-tambuwal-welcomes-2-400-fresh-pdp-defectors.107450/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015Arewa Warns Tompolo, Asari Against Threatening DanjumaArewa Consultative Forum,ACF a northern socio-political organisation has warned former Niger Delta Militants against threatening Nigeria's former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.). Leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari; Victor Ben Ebikabowei, aka, Boy Loaf; and Government Ekpudomenowei, aka, Tompolo had issued threats to Danjuma after he called for their arrest following threats of war if President Goodluck Jonathan loses re-election.
Nigeria 2015; Violencehttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/arewa-warns-tompolo-asari-against-threatening-danjuma.107457/
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015No More Forign Rice, Tomato If Buhari Becomes PresidentMuhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has promised to stop importation of rice and tomato if elected President of Nigeria. Buhari made the promise in a meeting with the Organised Private Sector in Lagos. The ban he said is to enhance local production of the products.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/no-more-foreign-rice-tomato-in-nigeria-if-buhari-becomes-pres
Nigerian Bulletin News OnlineTuesday 3rd February 2015PDP Dares Buhari To Debate Jonathan On Nigeria's EconomyThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to come out with its policy direction for wealth creation instead of engaging in unfounded claims. The challenge is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, on Monday in Abuja.
Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/pdp-dares-buhari-to-debate-president-jonathan-on-nigerias-economy.107460/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015Certificate Saga: Court Orders Service Of Documents On Buhari, INECA Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the service of the court documents on the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), in a suit seeking to, among others, stop him from participating in the February 14 election. In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/14/2015, filed by Max Ozoaka, the plaintiff raised eight questions for the court’s determination and prayed for among others, an order disqualifying Buhari from contesting or participating in the election. Justice Adeniyi Ademola while ruling on an ex-parte application, ordered a substituted service of the court documents on Buhari and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday after hearing the plaintiff’s application to that effect.Nigeria 2015; Judiciary; Buhari's Certificatehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/certificate-saga-court-orders-service-of-documents-on-buhari-inec/200861/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015Inciting Programs: NBC DG Vows To Sanction Erring Broadcasting StationsThe Director General, National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Mr. Emeka Mba, on Monday vowed to sanction erring broadcasting stations that breached the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in their coverage of the campaigns. Mba made the remark at a political sensitisation workshop organised by the NBC at the Sultan Maccido Institute of Quran and General Studies, Sokoto. The Director General, who was represented by the Head of Publicity of the NBC, Malam Awal Salihu, noted with dismay that some stations had been broadcasting programmes and adverts that were against the provisions of the code.Nigeria 2015; NBChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inciting-programmes-nbc-dg-vows-to-sanction-erring-broadcasting-stations/200862/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015ICC Will Prosecute Politicians Who Incite ViolenceThe International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Monday it would prosecute any Nigerian political actor linked to the Commission of violence before, during and after the country’s general election. ICC, in a statement issued by its Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, urged parties to the peace accord signed recently in Abuja to abide by their commitment to maintain peace. Bensouda noted that the ICC has jurisdiction over Rome Statute crimes committed on the territory of Nigeria or by Nigerian nationals from July 1, 2002, onwards.Nigeria 2015; ICChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/icc-will-prosecute-politicians-who-incite-violence/200863/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015"68.8 Million PVCs Have Been Produces, Ready For Collection"- INECDespite the controversy over the collection of the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said 68.8 million PVCs had been produced and ready for collection by duly registered voters in the country. INEC also said the PVCs of those who were affected when the Commission had data losses were ready for collection. The Commission said this category might include the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Governor Babatunde Fashiola of Lagos State and many other registered voters whom INEC had said their cards were not among those initially produced when their data was mistakenly deleted. Also ready for collection are the PVCs of those who participated in the recent continuous voters’ registration.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-68-8m-pvcs-have-been-produced-ready-for-collection/200864/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015"Spare Nigeria A Repeat Of 2011 Post-Election Carnage"- AbdulsalamAhead of the commencement of the elections, former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), on Monday charged politicians, political parties and citizens to spare Nigeria a repeat of the 2011 post-elections crisis and the ugly experience of elections-related conflicts. Abdulsalami spoke during a meeting with heads of all military establishments in the country. The former leader was joined by John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Air Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd), Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, Prof. Zaynab Alkali, Mr. Sam Amuka, Mrs. Priscilla Kuye, Prof. Oshita Oshita and other officials of the National Peace Committee on 2015 elections as members of the committee and stakeholders.Nigeria 2015; Violencehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/abdulsalami-spare-nigeria-a-repeat-of-2011-post-election-carnage/200865/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015Polls: Sultan, Onaiyekan Express Fear Over Impending ViolenceBarely one week to the presidential election, the Catholic Archbishop of Metropolitan See, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, have expressed their fears over the impending violence following the signposts of intolerance and violence that have characterised the campaigns. The two prominent religious leaders yesterday in Abuja said given recent acts of violence witnessed in the campaigns such as the stoning of President Goodluck Jonathan’s convoy in the North, it is now glaring that the forthcoming general election might spell doom for the country unless urgent steps are taken to remedy the situation. Speaking to journalists, the two leaders said the political mood of the nation is tensed, and that it would be foolish for anyone to brush aside the stark realities associated with violence and intolerance ahead of the elections.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/polls-onaiyekan-sultan-express-fear-over-impending-violence/200866/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015"APC'll Provide Visionary Leadership"- TinubuFormer Lagos State Governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has said his party will provide visionary leadership that can get Nigeria on the right path at all levels if elected. Tinubu, who made the remarks on Monday while addressing the people at the Akinwunmi Ambode campaign rally at Ojo, said the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led President Goodluck Jonathan administration has failed the people.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tinubu-apc-ll-provide-visionary-leadership/200838/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015My Re-election Will Be Based On My Achievements, Says AjimobiThe Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on Monday said that his re-election campaign would be based on his record of unassailable achievements never recorded in the history of the State. He noted that the forthcoming poll was another opportunity for the people of the State to choose between sustained peace and resurgence of violence. The Governor said this while unveiling his achievements to the electorate at Ibadan North-west Local Government Area, in continuation of his re-election campaign.Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/my-re-election-will-be-based-on-my-achievements-says-ajimobi/200839/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015Don't Falsify Results For Politicians, Fayose Warns Youth Corps MembersAs the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has unveiled its plans to use members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as electoral officers during the February elections, the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has warned them against falsification of results for any party. In the same vein, Fayose appealed to students in Nigeria to shun violence during the polls and insulate themselves against any form of inducement that could lead them into violence and wanton destruction of property. Fayose gave the advice yon Monday during the campaign tour of Oye, Ilupeju, Odo Oro and Ikole Ekiti in continuation of campaign for the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/don-t-falsify-results-for-politicians-fayose-warns-youth-corps-members/200841/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015Ex-National Conference Members Warn INEC On Election Crisis Some former members of the 2014 National Conference have cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against the likely negative consequences of going into the next elections unprepared. The conference delegates, who made presentations at a symposium on the national conference and the 2015 elections organised by the HH Macaulay Centre for the advancement of democracy in Abuja, said from all indications, the build-up to the February 14 portends grave dangers to the survival of democracy in the country.Nigeria 2015; National Conference; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ex-national-conference-members-warn-inec-on-election-crisis/200842/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015Yorubas In US Upbraid Afenifere For Endorsing JonathanThe Oodua Nation, an umbrella body of Yoruba nationals in the United States of America, has advised the leaders of Afenifere to desist from frivolous endorsement of candidates, and preserve the integrity of the race. Commending the leaders, led by Chief Reuben Fasoranti for their contributions to the development of the zone in the past, the group said it became imperative to state that the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration had done a colossal damage to the collective integrity of the Yorubas at home and in the Diaspora.Nigeria 2015; Yorubas; Afeniferehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/yorubas-in-us-upbraid-afenifere-for-endorsing-jonathan/200843/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015Buhari To Increase Allocation To Education Sector, Says BSOThe umbrella support group of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), has said the Federal Government under Muhammadu Buhari, if elected president, will improve on the statutory allocations to the education sector as a way of closing the funding gap. The group said as part of the interventions to encourage more school enrolment and ameliorate the hardship many low income parents face in sponsoring the children’s education, Buhari’s administration would provide free education. Spokesman of the organisation, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, said at a news conference in Abuja that a situation where the budgetary allocations to education have persistently fallen below the recommended UNESCO standard of 26 per cent was unacceptable.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-to-increase-allocation-to-education-sector-says-bso/200844/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015"How Jonathan Ran Nigeria's Economy Agound"- APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration has succeeded in running the country’s economy aground, alleging a combination of incompetence, massive corruption and unparalleled profligacy. The party said Nigerians could not afford to reward the President with another four years.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-how-jonathan-ran-nigeria-s-economy-aground/200845/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015"APC's Criticism Of Jonathan's Agricultural Revolution Wicked"- PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as highly despicable and deceitful the attempt by the APC to distort the facts on verifiable achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan in agriculture, saying such has “clearly confirmed that the APC is a party of liars, fraudulent and desperate individuals completely averse to the well-being of Nigerians.” PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement on Monday that it is unfortunate that the APC has deliberately refused to accept the unprecedented successes recorded in agriculture under President Jonathan as demonstrated in the quantum leap in domestic food production for which the nation has received international applause.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-criticism-of-jonathan-s-agricultural-revolution-wicked-pdp/200846/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd February 2015"We Can't Continue On Jonathan's Cluelessness"- BuhariThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on Monday dismissed the possibility of continuing with programmes and policies of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, saying to continue on the ideas of a government without clue signals danger. Buhari, who was responding to questions on continuity during an interactive session with the private sector in Lagos also identified corruption as the bane of economic growth in the country and thus used the occasion to unfold his economic plans for the country if elected president on February 14. Buhari promised that his administration would critically examine the programmes and policies of the Jonathan administration and address each on the strength of their failure or success, depending largely on their possibility and continuity.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-we-can-t-continue-on-jonathan-s-cluelessness/200847/