Election News Trend January 2015

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Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 27th January 2015 Buhari’s Certificate: Fani Kayode In E-mail Forgery Mess The Presidential Campaign Organization Director of Media, Femi Fani-Kayode has been accused of “forging an email” in a bid to discredit Muhammadu Buhari’s statement of result. Last week, we published a story stating that the University of Cambridge had verified that Hausa was one of the examinations offered during the 1961 WASC. It will be remembered that the dispute on whether the subject was offered or not was one of the most controversial ones surrounding Buhari’s credentials. Today, Suraj Oyewale, a Chartered Accountant/blogger has accused Fani-Kayode of altering an email from Cambridge Assessment on the issue and sent false information to media houses in a bid to convince the electorate that Hausa Language was not an examination paper in 1961. Nigeria 2015; FFK; Buhari’s Certificate http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /buharis-certificate- femi-fani-kayode-in -email-forgery-mess .107111/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 27th January 2015 Endorse The Use Of Temporary Voter’s Cards, Jang Tells Jonathan Gov Jonah Jang of Plateau has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to endorse the use of temporary voter cards in general elections in February. Jang made the call at Jonathan’s re-election campaign in Jos on Monday. He explained that the call became imperative as many eligible voters were yet to get Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ endorse-use-of-tem porary-voter-cards- jang-tells-president -jonathan.107137/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 27th January 2015 Imo APGA Denies Endorsing Ihedioha The Imo state Chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has denied endorsing the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emeka Ihedioha. The State party Chairman, Mr Peter Ezeobi, stated this during an interaction with journalists in Owerri on Monday. According to him, the reported endorsement of the PDP governorship candidate by a group of persons claiming to be APGA members is a mere ruse conceived to defraud the PDP candidate. Imo 2015; APGA http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ imo-apga-denies-end orsing-ihedioha.107 136/
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 APC Doubts Jonathan’s Pledge On Handover Date The All Progressives Congress, APC, has expressed doubt over President Goodluck Jonathan’s promise that the May 29, 2015 handover date is still sacrosanct, noting that the dates for the presidential and governorship polls should also remain sacred. It also warned against postponing the exercise on the basis of insurgency in the North-West geo-political zone to avoid giving victory to insurgents. Briefing newsmen yesterday in Lagos, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the APC would not accept any postponement, adding that the party is ready for the elections. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.vanguard ngr.com/2015/01/apc -doubts-jonathans- pledge-handover-date/
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 “Jonathan Deserves Second Term”- PDP Senatorial Candidate A senatorial candidate on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for Lagos West, Segun Adewale, has described allegation by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that President Goodluck Jonathan has not performed as mere propaganda, asserting that the President deserved a second term. Adewale, who contested in 2011 for the lower legislative house, alleged that the last election was marred by rigging, even when it was glaring that he defeated his APC opponent, Lekan Adeola, then. Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Adewale stressed the need for staff of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, in the State to be impartial in its duty. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguard ngr.com/2015/01/jona than-deserves-second -term-pdp-senatorial -candidate/
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Peter Obi Tackles Soludo Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi has dismissed Soludo as a man hunted by his past for stating that he (Obi) built no signature project in Anambra State during his tenure. Speaking through his Media Assistant, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, Obi described the article by Professor Charles Soludo as full of evidence of one who is still nursing deep hatred against those he wrongly assumed were responsible for not renewing his appointment as the Governor of the Central Bank and those that thwarted his move towards becoming the Governor of Anambra State last year. Obienyem in his response agreed with some vital points raised by Soludo but regretted that the aim of the write-up was not to instruct or contribute to positive national discourse, but to hit back at those he is nursing secret grudges against. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguardngr. com/2015/01/peter-obi- tackles-soludo/
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 EPZ: Perform Ground- Breaking Before February 14th Or Forget Itsekiri Vote, DCC Tells Jonathan Rising from an emergency meeting convened in the wake of President Goodluck Jonathan’s private visit to the Olu of Warri and Warri Council of Chiefs, a political pressure group, Delta Coalition for Change, DCC, has said that it will not be swayed by reports that President Jonathan promised members of the Warri Council of Chiefs that he will perform the ground-breaking ceremony of Ogidigben Export Processing Zone, EPZ, before the end of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s tenure. DCC, in a statement in Warri by its President, Young Piero, said that it was not convinced by statements ascribed to President Jonathan, where he explained that the twice postponed EPZ ground-breaking had nothing to do with threats by Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo and his Gbaramatu kinsmen. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguardng r.com/2015/01/epz-per form-ground-breaking- feb-14-forget-itsekiri- votes-dcc-tells-jo nathan/
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Enugu PDP Raises Alarm Over Smear Campaign Peoples Democratic, Party, PDP, Enugu State, chapter, yesterday, raised alarm over alleged plot by unnamed political opponents in the State to embark on campaign of calumny against Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, its governorship candidate. A statement by the Director, Media and Publicity of PDP Campaign Organization in the State, Chukwudi Achife, claimed that the party had uncovered a plot, led by the governorship candidate of a major opposition party, to circulate false stories through local newspapers and the social media about Ugwuanyi in a desperate bid to smear his image and reputation. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguard ngr.com/2015/01/enu gu-pdp-raises-alarm- smear-campaign/
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 APC SMS Shut Down: NCC Dismisses Fashola’s Allegations Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, yesterday, dismissed the allegation by Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, that the Commission shut APC’s SMS platform established by his team to raise fund for General Muhammadu Buhari’s election campaign. Juwah said it was wrong for the Governor to make such an unfounded allegation, when the rules regulating SMS platform on the nation’s telecommuni- cation network were not made for political gains. The EVC stated this at African Preparatory Meeting, APM 15/3) for the World Radiocommunication Conference, holding in Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; NCC http://www.vanguardn gr.com/2015/01/apc- sms-shut-ncc-dismisse s-fasholas-allegations/
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Police Witch-Hunting APC Members In Rivers, Commissioner Alleges All Progressives Congress, APC, members in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State have accused the Police of indiscriminate arrest of its members in the council over alleged unsubstantiated issues. Commissioner for Lands and Survey and leader of the party in the council, Mr Ezemonye Ezekiel–Amadi, who spoke yesterday, in Port Harcourt, said the Police in the council have been witch hunting members of his party, adding that they recently arrested one Chibuike Olocha, a member of APC, who later died two days after he was released by the Police. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.vanguardn gr.com/2015/01/police -witch-hunting-apc-me mbers-rivers-commissi oner-alleges/
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Former Plateau Commissioners, Aides Dump PDP For APC Former Commissioners and Special Advisers who served during the first tenure of Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State have dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with their supporters for the All Progressives Congress, APC. The former cabinet members who described the PDP under Governor Jang as “a sinking ship” were received by the State Chairman of APC, Lateb Dabang and the party’s flag bearer in the forthcoming election, Mr. Simon Lalong. Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguardng r.com/2015/01/former- plateau-commissioners- govs-aides-dump-pdp- apc/
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Minister Threatens APC With N10 Billion Suit Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has threatened to slam a N10 billion libel suit against the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State and its spokesperson, Taiwo Olatubosun, over claim that the federal government paid N22 billion to the State government as refund on construction of roads. The Minister said in a statement yesterday that neither he nor President Goodluck Jonathan said at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign rally in Ado Ekiti that N22 billion was paid to Ekiti State by the Federal Government as being claimed by the APC. He therefore gave a 14 days’ ultimatum to the party and its Spokesman within which to  retract “this malicious falsehood within or risk N10bn libel suit.” Ekiti 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 12
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 “Give Jonathan A Second Chance”- Governor Aliyu Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu yesterday said people should give President Goodluck Jonathan a second chance, adding that the call for change was unnecessary. The Governor spoke when the Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial campaign team visited the Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Garba Attahiru in Rafi Local Government Area. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 12
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Sultan Harps On Peace, Tolerance The Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III has said that love and tolerance are the key determinants for peace and stability. The Sultan spoke through Wazirin Katsina, Dr. Sani Abubakar Lugga, at a conference with the theme “Love and Tolerance: Two Dynamics for Personal and Social Reform” organised by Ufuk Dialogue Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference and Fountain Magazine. A book, “Love and Tolerance,” authored by Fethullah Gulen was also presented at the event. Nigeria 2015; Sultan Of Sokoto 10
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 “Education My Top Priority”- Tambuwal Governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, yesterday assured residents that the education sector would not suffer as a result of dwindling resources accruing to the State. In an interaction with students and youths at the Sultan Maccido Institute for Qu’ranic and General Studies, he said education would remain his greatest priority if elected Governor. He promised to continue with the monthly incentives to mothers who send their female children to school. Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 9
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Katsina 2015: Shema Warns Against Intimidation Governor Ibrahim  Shema of Katsina State has stressed the need for people to be allowed to hold and express their personal/ political opinions and vote whoever they desire without harassment or intimidation. Speaking during the flag-off of Engineer Musa Nashuni campaign yesterday, Shema said people must be wary of advocates of change “as there is nothing on ground that needs to be changed”.  He said politicians must learn to show respect for one another, just as he called on all citizens to endeavour to live in peace. Katsina 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 9
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Elections: Journalists Urged To Sign Collective Accord The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) have urged the Nigerian media to consider signing a collective action pledge to responsibly report this election season. The two organisations said the media-along with citizens and civil society-needs to call out and challenge incitement and avoid stoking up tensions in its reporting.  While charging journalists to ensure impartiality in the coverage of the coming general elections, the two organizations, which recently hosted a conference on Nigeria’s national elections in Abuja, said the pledge should be similar to the Abuja Accord in which leading candidates pledged to refrain from inflammatory language and discourage constituents to do same. However, former Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch magazine, Mr Dan Agbese told Daily Trust last night that in this time of elections, the media have been turned to the weeping boy. Nigeria 2015; SCDDD; Journalists 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Politicians Dragging INEC Into Campaign Politics, Says Jega Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has voiced out concern over attempts by politicians to involve the Commission in their ongoing campaigns. He said despite emerging issues of campaigns by politicians, the Commission has remained committed to discharging its duty of conducting a credible election. He spoke yesterday in Abuja at the Commission’s Headquarters, during the quarterly meeting with the 36 States’ Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) ahead of the elections. The INEC chairman may apparently be lamenting the certificate uproar that led to the consistent call on INEC to disqualify the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate surrounding his secondary school certificate. Nigeria 2015; INEC 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Katsina: Thugs Vandalise Masari’s Office Campaign headquarters of the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate in Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, was vandalised by yet-to-be identified persons on Sunday night. The party’s flags mounted at the premises were torn and billboards and posters destroyed. A security guard told our correspondent that the incident took place around 11pm. A statement by Masari’s Media Aide, Abdu Labaran, described the attack as barbaric, adding, “it is our belief that the continuous cowardly attacks on the APC’s offices are emboldened, indeed encouraged by the refusal of security agencies to apprehend the offenders and their sponsors, even as these acts of thuggery are most of the time carried out in the presence of the police.” Katsina 2015; Violence; All Progressives Congressives (APC) 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 “I’ll Not Run Nigeria Like A Jungle”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday declared his commitment to running a government that would allow  people to freely express themselves without fear of intimidation. He said Nigeria is not a zoo where leaders should intimidate citizens but a country governed by laws and conventions. Speaking at his campaign rally in Ilorin, Kwara State, the president said: “We don’t encourage a situation where leaders intimidate followers, where people are led as if they are in a zoo for lions or leopards. Nigeria  is not a biological garden, Nigeria is not a forest, Nigeria is a country governed by laws and conventions.” Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 APC Chieftain Murdered In Imo All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Imo State and a member of State House of Assembly, Toby Onyekele, was killed yesterday at a filling station in Ugwuorji village along Okigwe road by unknown gunmen. He was shot at close range as he resisted his attackers’ attempt to drag him out of his car. Daily Trust learnt that Onyeleke had gone to the filling station to buy fuel and was on his way out when the assailants swooped on him. They fired several shots into the air and fled. Onyeleke was shot on the thigh, neck and abdomen and still had his car keys in his hands even after he breathed his last. He had driven into the filling station in a Jeep with Imo State House of Assembly number plate. Police Spokesman, DSP Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the incident, adding that preliminary investigation had commenced. Imo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 INEC Releases List Of Guber Candidates Today, Disqualifies 7 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will today release the final list of governorship aspirants for the 36 States after withdrawals and replacements by their political platforms. The Commission will also release the final list of state Houses of Assembly candidates, 30 days ahead of their February 28 elections as required by the Electoral Act. INEC said yesterday that seven governorship candidates submitted by their political parties failed to get the Commission’s nod for the contest. Nigeria 2015; INEC 3
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Ethnic Minorities Seek Jonathan’s Re-election Representatives of northern and southern ethnic minorities yesterday resolved to mobilize their compatriots across the country to support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan. They made the resolution at the national summit of the Congress for Equity and Change held in Yenagoa yesterday. The National Chairman of the congress, Senator Ameh Ebute, said the group was formed in 2010 for the promotion of identity and unity of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.  He noted that the congress drew membership from the minorities in the South and Middle Belt and has support from all parts of the country. He said the group supports the candidature of President Jonathan and spearheaded his electioneering campaigns in the Middle Belt States in 2011. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 3
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 “We Are Expecting 2 Million Youths/Students At Jonathan’s Lafia Rally”- PDP The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State has said that it is expecting no fewer than two million youths and students across the State to participate in today’s campaign rally of President Goodluck Jonathan. Chairman of the presidential campaign contact and mobilization committee Comrade Nathaniel Isah told Daily Trust that the state is planning what he called “the biggest campaign rally for Mr. President’s re-election.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Bauchi PDP Chieftain, Others Defect To APC A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, Alhaji Ahmed Shuaibu, along with hundreds of his supporters yesterday defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC). Shuaibu, who is populary known as Raba Gardama, announced his decision to leave the PDP in Bauchi as hundreds of his followers from the 20 local government areas of the State followed suit. Bauchi 2015; Violence; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Buhari Shows Great Commitment For Peace”- Olajokun Former Lagos State governorship candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Hammed Hassan Olajokun, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, has shown great commitment to peace and conduct of free and fair elections next month. Olajokun said this in Abuja while speaking to journalists on the isolated incidences of attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan’s convoy and his campaign vehicles in some states of the North. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 18
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 APC To Ladoja, Akala- “You Have No Fresh Ideas” The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has slammed two former Governors of the State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, saying they lacked fresh ideas that could accelerate the pace at which the State is currently developing. Consequently, the party said that the two former governors were not worthy of being trusted with the mandate of the people of the State. Ladoja and Alao-Akala are the governorship candidates of the Accord Party and Labour Party respectively in the February 28, polls, challenging Governor Abiola Ajimobi. Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 17
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Adamawa CP Cautions Politicians Against Electoral Violence The Commissioner of Police in Adamawa State, Gabriel Adaji has vowed to deal with any politician who sponsored youths to foment trouble during next month’s general elections in the State. Speaking during a meeting with the leadership of various political parties yesterday, Adaji stressed that in the event of any eruption of violence during the election the police would go after the sponsors. He commended politicians in the State for their maturity and peaceful disposition during campaigns and urged them to sustain the good record of peaceful elections being enjoyed in the State. Adamawa 2015; Police http://www.dailytrust. com.ng/daily/politics/ 45385-adamawa-cp -cautions-politicians- against-electoral- violence
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 27th January 2015 Jonathan’s Supporters In Ghana Pledge 2 Million Votes Supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan in Ghana have vowed to garner at least two million votes to secure his re-election in the February 14 election. The supporters coming under the auspice of ‘Friends of President Goodluck Jonathan in Ghana’ have engaged themselves in massive mobilization and sensitization of Nigerians in a bid to secure his success at the polls. One of the leaders of the group, Prince Emmanuel Okeson, who is also the coordinator of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) Ghana, said they would deliver at least two million votes from Ghana for President Jonathan during the election. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 16
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 PDP Will Not Allow Rigging By Any Political Party, Says Jonathan, Mark President Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate President, David Mark, declared on Monday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would not allow any form of rigging by any political party in the next general election. The duo stated this in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, during the party’s presidential campaign rally held at the Metropolitan Square, Ilorin. President Jonathan who said his administration was committed to free, fair and transparent elections, appreciated the large turn-out of supporters at the venue of the rally, saying he would not encourage governance by intimidation if re-elected. He said he would give the people the ability and freedom to express themselves. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-would-not-allow -rigging-by-any-po litical-party-say-jon athan-mark/200254/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 EU Meets Buhari, Rules Out Election Monitoring In The North-East The European Union International Election Observation Mission has said it would not be able to send election monitors to cover the February general elections in the North-Eastern parts of the country as a result of the security danger posed by the activities of the insurgency group, Boko Haram. The Head of the EU delegation to Nigeria,  Mr. Santiago Ayxela, told journalists shortly after holding a closed door meeting with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja that Mission intends to deploy 90,000 election observers to Nigeria. He said it is possible that his delegation will also meet with the President Goodluck Jonathan this week. Nigeria 2015; EU http://www.thisday live.com/articles/eu -meets-buhari-rules -out-election-monito ring-in-north-east/2 00253/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 Bauchi Attack On Jonathan: Yuguda Lied, Says FCT Minister The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sanator Bala Mohammed, has spoken out against the allegation of the Governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda, accusing him of allegedly sponsoring the thugs who attacked the campaign team of President Goodluck Jonathan in Bauchi on January 22, during a campaign rally in the State. Mohammed, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Nosike Ogbuenyi, said: “It is simply irrational for Yuguda to allege that the Minister hired thugs to stone and embarrass himself (Minister), while addressing the presidential rally in his home State. By this claim, Yuguda has proven correct the allegation that he has been hobnobbing with the All Progresives Congress (APC) at night and running with the PDP in daytime.” Bauchi 2015; Violence; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ba uchi-attack-on-jona than-yuguda-lied-sa ys-fct-minister/20 0252/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 Ondo PDP Campaign: Artisans, Market Operators Plan Big For Jonathan As President Goodluck Jonathan covers the length of the country in continuation of his re-election rallies, Akure, the capital of Ondo State, his next campaign spot  tomorrow,  is already agog, even as artisans in the State have promised to demonstrate their support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate by trooping to the rally en masse. As part of their own preparations for the president’s campaign, artisans in the State,  according to  Supo Adediran, the Secretary of the Ondo branch of the State, vulcanisers association,  are storming the rally  en masse in a uniform  sown specially  for that purpose by the group. He said preparations were in top gear by other groups within the artisans in the state to participate fully in the rally. Ondo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/on do-pdp-campaign- artisans-market-op erators-plan-big-fo r-jonathan/200251/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 PDP Cries Out Over Destruction Of Jonathan’s Campaign Billboards, Posters In Anambra The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State has cried out to Governor Willie Obiano and the agents of his administration over what it described as the continuous vandalism, defacing and destruction of the campaign posters, billboards and other materials of its candidates, including those of President Goodluck Jonathan, in some parts of the State. The party, according to the leader of the PDP Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the presidential campaign council in the State, Mr. Ken Emeakayi, has already formally petitioned the security agencies including the police, the State Security Service (SSS), the army, the navy and the State Governor, among others over the matter. Anambra 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-cries-out-over- destruction-of-jona than-s-campaign-po sters-billboards-in- anambra/200250/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 Thousands Of APC Members Defect To PDP In Niger, Kebbi Thousands of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger and Kebbi States. While 2,000 members left the APC for the PDP in Suleja, 2,750 members also defected to the PDP in Koko/Besse Local Government Area of Kebbi State. Speaking on behalf of the defectors in Suleja, Niger State, a three-time chairman of the Local Government Area, Alhaji Abdullahi L. Suleiman, said they had to leave the APC because the party had no direction, adding that they were also made to swear by the Quran to abide by rules and directives from the party. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/tho usands-of-apc-mem bers-defect-to-pdp- in-niger-kebbi/2002 49/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 Rivers: Wike Unveils Blueprint, Vows To Probe Amaechi Over Sale Of State Property, Failed Contracts The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has unveiled a 19-point blueprint for the development of the state and vowed to probe Governor Chibuike Amaechi over the sale of government property and failed contracts. Speaking while presenting his development agenda in Port Harcourt on Mpnday, Wike also accused Amaechi of mismanaging about N3 trillion that accrued to the State from the Federation Account within his seven and a half years in office. He lamented that the State had not fared well under Amaechi and promised that a PDP government would restore the State to its glory. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/wi ke-unveils-blueprint -vows-to-probe-am aechi-over-sale-of- state-property-faile d-contracts/200248/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 Imo: Ohakim Declares Support For Ihedioha’s Governorship Project The former Governor of Imo State and one of the governorship aspirants in the December 8, 2014 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, on Sunday evening made what he called a’historical statement’ by drumming support for the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and the state PDP governorship standard bearer, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, in the forthcoming governorship election. He urged all his supporters and the electorate in the state to cast their votes for Ihedioha, to redeem all the losses that the people of the State have suffered in the last three and a-half years under Chief Rochas Okorocha’s administration. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/im o-ohakim-declares -support-for-ihedio ha-s-governorship- project/200246/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 Ambode Is Tinubu’s Puppet, Says Obanikoro The former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has described the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akinwunmi Ambode, as a “puppet”, who is not fit to lead the State. Speaking on Monday at the formal flag-off the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign rally held in Ikeja, Obanikoro said that Ambode does not have the capacity to govern a State like Lagos, saying that the State deserves an independent-minded person like Jimi Agbaje as the PDP’s candidate. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/am bode-is-tinubu-s-pu ppet-says-obanikor o/200245/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 APC Campaign Hails US Stand On February Polls The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has expressed satisfaction with the call by the United States for free and fair elections and non-violence in next month’s general elections in the country. In a statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity of the organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu, said it fully identifies with Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeal to political parties to ensure free and fair and non-violent polls. According to Shehu, all responsible politicians should support the objectives of free, fair and non-violent polls as advocated by the US government. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap c-campaign-hails-u s-stand-on-februar y-polls/200244/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 “Politicians Who Sponsor Violence Are Enemies Of Democracy”- Tambuwal The Speaker of House of Representatives and the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Monday said politicians who sponsor violence are the enemies of Nigeria’s democracy. Tambuwal made the remark on Monday during a meeting with some students of tertiary institutions in the State. He maintained that no patriotic Nigerian would sponsor youths or any group of persons to perpetrate violence and the breach of peace in the State and the country. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ta mbuwal-politicians -who-sponsor-vio lence-are-enemies -of-democracy/20 0202/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 General Elections: Civil Society Demands 60 Days Extension Uncertainty has continued to trail the conduct  of next month’s general elections as civil society groups under the auspices of the Nigerian Hopes Alive Project on Monday blocked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja demanding for the extension of both the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for February 14 by 60 days. They also demanded that the Governorship and State House of Assembly election slated for February 28 be equally extended by two months. Nigeria 2015; NHAP; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ge neral-elections-civil -society-demands- 60-days-extension/ 200200/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 Buhari’s Certificate: Lawyer In Court, Seeks Disqualification With the suspension of the three-week-old industrial action embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and reopening of federal courts across the country, an Abuja-based lawyer, Chukwunweike Okafor, on Monday asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to disqualify the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 14 presidential election, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, over the controversy surrounding his secondary school credentials. Okafor claimed that Buhari had failed to prove that he has the minimum educational qualification to run for the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; Judiciary; Buhari’s Certificate http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-s-certificate-la wyer-in-court-seek s-disqualification/20 0242/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 “Jonathan, PDP Are Terrified Of February Elections”- APC The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday at a news conference in Lagos said President Goodluck Jonathan and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are terrified of the outcome of next month’s presidential election, hence their attempt to scuttle the general election in its entirety. APC said despite local and international concerns, the Jonathan administration has continued to pursue a clearly thought-out agenda to scuttle next month’s general election, using a two-pronged approach. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap c-jonathan-pdp-are -terrified-of-feb-ele ctions/200241/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 “Task To Keep Nigeria One Non-Negotiable”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan has described the task to keep Nigeria one as non-negotiable, saying it is “a task that must be done with utmost commitment.” He added that the founding fathers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the likes of the pioneer National Chairman of the party, Chief Solomon Lar, lived for the same commitment. The President, who noted this while addressing a mammoth crowd that turned up for his campaign rally at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium, Jos, Plateau State, reassured  them that Nigeria cannot break for any reason. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/tas k-to-keep-nigeria- one-not-negotiable -says-jonathan/20 0232/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 27th January 2015 Fashola Warns Police Against Partisanship Ahead of the February elections in the country, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has advised the police to be neutral in the electoral process as a demonstration of professionalism and in accordance with the law. Fashola, who made the statement during his short speech at the handover of an Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre to the Area C Police Command in Lagos on Monday, noted that the primary responsibility of the police in a democracy is to the people. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/fa shola-warns-police -against-partisanshi p/200227/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 27th January 2015 “PDP IS The Only Party That Has No Owner”- President Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday described his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the ”only truly democratic party where everyone is the same and with equal stake. PDP is the only party that has no owner; it is a democratic group with no landlord and tenant,’’ Jonathan said in his campaign in Jos, Plateau. He urged that internal disagreements in the party should be resolved using the its machinery, and cautioned against the temptation to defect to another political party over the slightest disagreement. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ pdp-is-the-only-part y-that-has-no-owne r-president-jonathan .107133/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 27th January 2015 “A Vote For Jonathan Is A Vote For Press Freedom”- Akinjide Chief Jumoke Akinjide, the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Monday said that a vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in the upcoming general elections would be a vote for press freedom. Akinjide stated this at a Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) rally at Ibadan North Local Government Area. She said that unlike the repealed Decree 4, which was promulgated by the regime of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in 1984 to gag the media, Jonathan gave the press freedom of expression. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /a-vote-for-jonathan -is-a-vote-for-press -freedom-%E2%80 %93-akinjide.1071 31/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 27th January 2015 Adamawa Assembly Confirms Sa’ad Tahir As Deputy Governor The Adamawa House of Assembly has confirmed the nomination of Alhaji Sa’ad Tahir as Deputy Governor of the State. The confirmation followed Governor Bala Ngilari’s letter of nomination of Tahir as Deputy Governor at the Monday plenary session of the House, presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ adamawa-assembly -confirms-saad-tahir -as-deputy-governo r.107130/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 27th January 2015 “Buhari Will Lead Nigerian Military To Battle Boko Haram”- Osinbajo Speaking at a town hall meeting in Abuja, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo of the APC says Gen. Muhammadu Buhari will lead the Nigerian army to battle and end insurgency in the country if voted as President. The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) will lead the military to the North-East to fight the Boko Haram insurgents if voted into power on February 14, his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), said on Monday. Osinbajo expressed concern over deepening insecurity in the country and accused President Goodluck Jonathan of reneging on his promise to protect Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ buhari-will-lead-nige rian-military-to-batt le-boko-haram-osi nbajo.107129/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 27th January 2015 Buhari’s Certificate: Fani Kayode In E-mail Forgery Mess The Presidential Campaign Organization Director of Media, Femi Fani-Kayode has been accused of “forging an email” in a bid to discredit Muhammadu Buhari’s statement of result. Last week, we published a story stating that the University of Cambridge had verified that Hausa was one of the examinations offered during the 1961 WASC. It will be remembered that the dispute on whether the subject was offered or not was one of the most controversial ones surrounding Buhari’s credentials. Today, Suraj Oyewale, a Chartered Accountant/blogger has accused Fani-Kayode of altering an email from Cambridge Assessment on the issue and sent false information to media houses in a bid to convince the electorate that Hausa Language was not an examination paper in 1961. Nigeria 2015; FFK; Buhari’s Certificate http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ buharis-certificate-f emi-fani-kayode-in- email-forgery-mess. 107111/
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 “May 29th Handover Date Sacrosanct”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, said that the May 29 handover date to a new elected president in the country “is sacrosanct.” Jonathan made the pledge at a meeting with the United States of America, USA, Secretary of State, John Kerry. Jonathan spoke against the backdrop of controversy trailing the call by the National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to postpone the election for three months to ensure the distribution of outstanding 30 million Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVCs, to their owners in several parts of the country. In a statement signed by Jonthan, the Federal Government also promised to provide all the resources needed for the elections to ensure hitch free polls. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 8
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 Bankole Moves Political Structure To Ogun LP A strong indication has emerged that, former Speaker of House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole has moved his political structure from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the Labour Party, LP, in Ogun State. The indication emerged following a closed-door meeting Bankole’s father, Chief Alani Suarau Bankole held with the leaders of the LP in the state last week at his Onikolobo residence, Abeokuta. Present at the meeting were the state Chairman of the party, Olabode Simeon, the State Secretary, Sunday Oginni, the governorship candidate of the party, Abolaji Sunmola, his campaign Director-General, Abayomi Arabambi and other top leaders of the party in the State. Ogun 2015; Labour Party (LP) 11
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 “Jonathan’s Achievements Verifiable”- PDP Ahead of next month’s presidential and general elections, the national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has challenged the All Progressives Congress, APC and its leaders to carry out a survey and see the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan. The PDP, in a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, described the APC as lacking in policy direction, boasting that all the achievements of the PDP-led government were verifiable. The party said its array of candidates for the February elections were far better than those of the APC, adding that same was applicable to the policy direction of both parties. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 14
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 I Won’t Disappoint You, Ogboru Assures Itsekiri Nation Delta State candidate of the Labour Party in the forth coming governorship election, Chief Great Ogboru, has assured the Itsekiri nation of adequate attention and massive infrastructural development if elected as governor of the state in next month’s polls. Ogboru, who gave the assurance weekend, in Koko, Headquarters of Warri North Local Government Area of the State, told the chiefs, Elders-in-Council and people of Koko Community, led by the Olara-Aja (most senior man) of Koko Community, Pa Victor Nanna, to take advantage of the long time peaceful relation existing between the Urhobo and the Itsekiri to cast their vote for him at the election, addin, “I will not disappoint the Itsekiri nation. I will not disappoint you if you elect me as your Governor.” Delta 2015; Labour Party (LP) http://www.vanguar dngr.com/2015/01/ wont-disappoint-og boru-assures-itseki ri-nation/
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 Dwell On Issues Not Personality, Oyetibo Tells Politicians Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Tayo Oyetibo, has urged candidates in the forthcoming election to dwell on issues and not personality. Oyetibo, who spoke in an interview with Vanguard, said: “One of the major issues is to get our candidates contesting in the election to dwell on issues than personality. And when they mention issues, it is not deep.” Nigeria 2015; Oyetibo http://www.vanguar dngr.com/2015/01/ dwell-issues-not-pe rsonality-oyetibo-te lls-politicians-2/
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 Agbaje Urges Electorate To Vote Credible Leaders the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, yesterday urged the electorate to vote for only credible leaders in the February 14 and February 28 elections. Agbaje made the remark at the PDP’s thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Kirikiri, Apapa, in Lagos. He said when the right persons were voted into office, there would be positive changes in the country. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 10
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 INEC Seeks Support Of Religious Leaders Over Next Month’s Election The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for Osun State, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola has charged religious leaders to actively pursue the success of the forthcoming general elections by preaching to their congregations to shun violence before, during and after the polls. The Osun State REC made the call weekend in Osogbo during an advocacy parley with religious leaders in the state in preparation for the coming elections. The parley was part of sensitization meetings scheduled with stakeholders held at Olu-Osungbohun Hall of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Osogbo. Nigeria 2015; INEC 11
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 Timipre Sylva Lobbies Former Aides, Others For Buhari The former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has intensified lobbying of his former top aides and leading members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to support the election of the presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Mohammud Buhari, in the State. While Sylva has won over former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Felix Oboro, one of the founding fathers of the PDP in Bayelsa State into the APC fold, he led a team of senior party leaders on a call on his former Special Adviser on Security, Chief Richard Kpodo. Sylva, it was learned, led the State APC Chairman, Chief Tiwei Orunimingha and hundreds of party loyalists to a meeting with Chief Kpodo at his hotel in Yenagoa. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.vanguar dngr.com/2015/01/ sylva-lobbies-forme r-aides-others-buhari/
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 2015 Polls: Security Agencies Tasked Over Journalists’ Safety Security  agencies in the country have been urged to provide the necessary protection for the safety of journalists during and after the coming elections. The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Press Council, Mr. Nnamdi Njemanze, made the call, yesterday, in Lagos at a workshop on Effective Coverage and Reportage of 2015 general elections. Speaking on the hazard journalists face in covering elections and carrying out their constitutional roles, Njemanze noted that the role of media is critical in making elections a success. Nigeria 2015; Security; NPC 10
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 26th January 2015 “Anambra Has Achieved 71% PVC Collection Rate”- REC The  Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Anambra State, Mr. Edwin Nwatarali, has said the State has achieved 71 per cent level of Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, collection. Addressing reporters in Awka, Nwatarali said following the low level collection rate, he embarked on tour of INEC offices in the 21 Local Government Areas where he interacted with the stakeholders, noting that with improved public enlightenment, the people had seen the need to collect their cards. Anambra 2015; INEC 15
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 APC To PDP “Enough Of The Mudslinging” The All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to tell Nigerians how it plans to move from the near zero governance of the past six years of the President Goodluck Jonathan Administration to good and purposeful governance, instead of engaging in perpetual and tiring mudslinging. The party said it believes that next month’s elections should be about issues that will be beneficial to the electorate, not about throwing everything but the kitchen sink at a particular candidate simply because of his soaring acceptability. In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said it is time for the PDP to end the muckraking and tell the world how it plans to tackle the worsening insecurity in the land. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 16
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 Buhari Youth Groups Urged To Synergise For Victory Youth groups canvassing for the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari have been called upon to synergise their activities to ensure his victory. National youth leader of the party Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo Waziri made the call while addressing some APC youth leaders and groups at a seminar in Abuja over the weekend. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 Niger PDP Dismisses APC’s Violence Allegations As Baseless The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State has dismissed allegations by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it is promoting unhealthy political rivalry in the State, saying it is the APC that should be accused of violent rivalry by defacing posters and billboards of its party’s candidates in the State. Running mate to PDP governorship candidate in the State Liman Isa Kantigi, who dismissed the allegations yesterday during the party’s rally in Tafa, said their door-to-door campaign in some parts of the State was peaceful because his party was not attacked and their supporters did not harass anybody. Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 Pwajok’s Campaign Rally Faces Problems In Plateau South The Plateau State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate Sen Gyang Pwajok and his campaign team at the weekend faced challenges during a campaign rally in two Local Government Areas of the Southern Senatorial District of the State. Eye witness at the rally said the governorship candidate was booed in Shendam ,which is home town to the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Barrister Simon Bako Lalong, while a mild drama occurred in Langtang South when two House of Assembly candidates of the party and their supporters had a confrontation. Angry youths were said to have chased after Sen. Pwajok’s campaign vehicles in Shendam shouting “we don’t want PDP, we want APC.” Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 Dankwambo Moves To Reconcile Adamawa PDP Gombe State Governor and Chairman of the Presidential Reconciliation Committee Ibrahim Dankwambo has expressed confidence that the crisis rocking Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would be resolved. Addressing journalists in Yola shortly after a reconciliation meeting, Dankwambo said the internal division within the party in the State would soon be tackled as all parties have shown interest to work for the success of the party at next month’s polls. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 18
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 Protect Your Votes, Goje Urges Voters Gombe State Governor and Chairman of the Presidential Reconciliation Committee Ibrahim Dankwambo has expressed confidence that the crisis rocking Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would be resolved. Addressing journalists in Yola shortly after a reconciliation meeting, Dankwambo said the internal division within the party in the State would soon be tackled as all parties have shown interest to work for the success of the party at next month’s polls. Gombe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 14
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 PDP Accuses Zamfara Government Of Attacking Opponents The campaign office of the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Zamfara has accused the  state government of using its agency, Zamfara Road Traffic Agency popularly known as ZAROTA to harass and intimidate PDP supporters. At a press conference in Gusau, running mate to the State PDP gubernatorial candidate, who is also the campaign director, Alhaji Malami Aliyu Yandoto, accused the agency of taking part in the vandalisation of their property. Zamfara 2015; People’s Democraatic Party (PDP) http://www.dailytrust .com.ng/daily/news/4 5287-pdp-accuses-z amfara-govt-of-attack ing-opponents
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 CSOs Caution Politicians Against Inflammatory Statements Civil society organisations have called on politicians in the country to avoid using inflammatory statements that could heat up the polity and cause disaffection.  A statement jointly signed by 22 civil society organisations yesterday called on all politicians and citizens of the country to remain law-abiding and address their grievances and misgiving through legally established channels. They said while the accord signed by all registered political parties in the country to ensure violence-free election is commendable, the value of such an accord is not in the signing but in keeping to the letters and spirit of the agreement. Nigeria 2015; Inflammatory Rhetorics; CSOs 20
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 “I’ve Not Defected To APC”- Abacha Son of late Head of State, Mohammed Abacha yesterday denied defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he remained a loyal and committed member of the PDP. Mohammed is one of the aggrieved gubernatorial aspirants of the PDP in Kano State. It was reported at the weekend that Abacha met leaders of the APC at the national level in an effort to perfect his planned defection. But in a telephone interview with our correspondent, Abacha said he would remain in the PDP no matter the challenge. Kano 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 20
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 26th January 2015 “Postponing Elections Can Lead To Uprising”- Senators Some Senators have opposed  calls for the postponement of next month’s general elections suggested by the National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki. Dasuki had last week in London called on INEC to consider postponing the 2015 elections since millions of voters were yet to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs). However, Senator Ita Enang from Akwa Ibom State told Daily Trust in Abuja yesterday that any attempt to postpone the polls could lead to public uprising. Nigeria 2015; Senators 3
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 26th January 2015 “Jonathan, Forget Edo State”- Oshiomole Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomohole has stated that President Jonathan will not get the votes of the Edo people in next month’s election. He said that this was because despite getting 95% of Edo State’s votes in 2011, he did not fulfil his promise to develop the State.  “The last time, we voted for President Jonathan. He got 95 per cent of the total votes in Edo State. Yet, I cannot think of any meaningful thing he has done in the State.” Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianb ulletin.com/threads/j onathan-forget-edo- state-oshiomhole.10 7091/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 “PDP Cannot Be Distracted”- Alkali The Special Assistant to the President on Political Affairs, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkali, on Sunday said his office, along with the National Headquarters of the Goodluck Support Group (GSG), would not be distracted by unfair commentaries from a few individuals whose missions are not be in tandem with the goal of re-electing President Goodluck Jonathan. Alkali made the assertion in response to a communiqué issued by a group claiming to be speaking on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Support Groups who are claiming they were not integrated into the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation. He declared that the allegations contained in the communiqué are unfounded an intended to distract the teams and individuals working for the re-election of President Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive .com/articles/alkali-pdp -cannot-be-distracted /200151/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 Call Niger-Delta Ex-Militants To Order, APC Tells Jonathan The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to call the Niger Delta ex-militants who have threatened to wage war should President Jonathan fail his re- election bid to order. This call came just as the APC on Sunday challenged the PDP to focus on issues and tell Nigerians how it plans to move from “the near zero governance of the past six years of the Jonathan administration to good and purposeful governance, instead of engaging in perpetual and tiring mudslinging.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive .com/articles/call-niger -delta-ex-militants-to- order-apc-tells-jonat han/200156/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 Jang Advocates Three Million Votes For Jonathan In Plateau Ahead of this Monday’s visit by President Goodluck Jonathan to Plateau State, Governor Jonah Jang has urged the people of the state to come out en masse to receive the president, describing Plateau as a home for the president and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He has also said having given Jonathan two million votes in the 2011 election, the State should strive to do more by giving him about three million votes this time, if possible. The Governor was speaking at a women political rally organised my his wife, Ngo Talatu Jang, in support of President Jonathan, the PDP gubernatorial candidate in the State, Senator Gyang Pwajok, and other PDP candidates in the State. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jan g-advocates-three- million-votes-for- jonathan-in-plateau/ 200155/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 Why INEC Recognised Otti As APGA Guber Candidate It has emerged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recognised the former Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Dr. Alex Otti, as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State based on the submission of his name by Chief Victor Umeh-ledNational Chairman of APGA. Otti’s candidacy had suffered a temporary setback when a State High Court placed an order stopping Umeh from parading himself as APGA National Chairman thereby leaving the fate of the candidates he submitted to INEC hanging in the balance as Chief Chris Ejike Uche emerged as “Acting National Chairman” with his own list of candidates. But in a letter entitled: ‘Re: Submission of nomination of APGA candidate for the 2015 general election,’ addressed to the factional acting National Chairman of APGA, Uche, which was made available to THISDAY, the national electoral body made it clear that only the list of candidates submitted by Chief Umeh was acceptable. Anambra 2015; APGA http://www.thisday live.com/articles/wh y-inec-recognised- otti-as-apga-guber -candidate-in-abia/ 200154/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 CSOs Ask Presidential Candidates To Tell Nigerians How They Will Address Critical Sectors Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called on all presidential candidates of political parties in the country to tell Nigerians the specific policies they will adopt to tackle the numerous challenges facing the country. In a statement signed by the Coordinator of Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN), Melissa Omene, the group called on the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari respectively, to speak directly to Nigerians in respect of the prevailing livelihood and human rights issues to enable  Nigerians vote based on concrete agenda. HRAN asked the candidates to explain in detail how they intend to tackle the issue of corruption in the private and public spheres in Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; HRAN http://www.thisday live.com/articles/cso -asks-presidential- candidates-to-tell-ni gerians-how-they-wil l-address-critical-sec tors/200153/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 Ekweremadu Tasks Nigerians To Unite Against Electoral Violence Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, at the weekend challenged Nigerians to unite against electoral violence, irrespective of their political, religious or ethnic leanings. Ekweremadu, according to a statement, made the call while being  conferred with the honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D) award at the 44th convocation ceremony of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka on Saturday. The statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, also challenged the nation’s higher institutions of learning to rise up to the task of restoring the dignity of man through quality researches that can address the nation’s security and development challenges. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ek weremadu-tasks-ni gerians-to-unite-aga inst-electoral-violen ce/200152/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 Presidency Not In Support Of Maku’s Guber Ambition In APGA, Says Mark The Senate President, Senator David Mark, has said the former Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, had betrayed President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by dumping the party for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). He said President Jonathan was not in support of Maku’s gubernatorial ambition in APGA. Mark made the remark in Keffi while addressing the PDP supporters during the commencement of the Nasarawa State governorship campaign. Nasarawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pr esidency-not-in-su pport-of-maku-s- guber-ambition-in -apga-says-mark/ 200158/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 APC Goes To Court Against FG Over Fundraising Platform The All Progressives Congress has said it would go to court to challenge the shutdown of some of its fundraising platforms by the Federal Government through  the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC). This was disclosed by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, at a meeting of the Fund Raising Directorate of the APC Presidential Council, in Abuja, on Sunday. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap c-goes-to-court-ag ainst-fg-over-fundr aising-platform/200 159/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 “Plot To Postpone Elections Is An Exercise In Futility”- Oshiomole Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has described the subterranean plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led federal government to postpone the 2015 federal elections as a futile attempt to postpone the evil day. Speaking on Sunday at the Palace of the Otaru of Igarra when he presented the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) vying to represent  the party at both the federal and state legislative chambers,  Oshiomhole said: “The issues are very clear. They have seen it and are now calling for the postponement of the February 14 elections. You cannot postpone the evil day. Nigeria must go for a peaceful election and the election will be peaceful. When God has decreed, no man can do otherwise, when your time is up you can’t postpone it.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/os hiomhole-plot-to-po stpone-polls-exercis e-in-futility/200161/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 Jonathan Campaign Vehicles Burnt In Niger Suspected supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Sunday attacked and set ablaze two campaign vehicles belonging to President Goodluck Jonathan in the Suleja area of the Niger State. The attack, THISDAY gathered, was as a result of the jubilation by members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who received about 2,000 decampees from the APC during the campaign of PDP governorship candidate, Umar Nasko. The attack took place after the campaign train which had on it the Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu had left the town for Gurara Local Government Area.The intervention of the military prevented the escalation of the situation. Soldiers have condoned off the street in which the incident happened. Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-campaign-v ehicles-burnt-in-nig er/200162/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 “Buhari’s Election Will Rob The North Of Two Terms”- Wakil The Minister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil, has called on the people of the North not to settle for a General Muhammadu Buhari’s single tenure administration, insisting that if they wait till 2019, the people of the region would be guaranteed a two-term uninterrupted reign. He said a vote for Buhari is a sure signal that the North will only have four years at the helm, adding that “the North will lose the opportunity of having a two-term at the Presidency unless the zone backs the re- election of President Goodluck Jonathan.” Addressing youth and women leaders after the successful campaign rally for Mr. President in Maiduguri, the Minister alerted the people of the North that Buhari had promised to serve for only one term, warning that a vote for Buhari is a vote for return of Presidency to South-West in 2019. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/min ister-buhari-s-electi on-will-rob-the-nort h-of-two-terms/20 0163/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 FG To Resist Plan By Opposition To Form Alternate Government The Presidency has said it will resist any attempt by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to form an alternative government if President Goodluck Jonathan is re-elected in next month’s general election. It also accused the APC of planning to instigate political crisis in the country if the party (APC) did not win the Presidency. The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman, presidential amnesty programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, stated this in Port Harcourt yesterday at an ethnic nationality summit. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/fg -to-resist-plans-by -opposition-to-form -alternative-govt/20 0164/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 “Nigeria’s Elections Must Hold As Scheduled”- US The United States Government on Sunday said Nigeria’s general election billed for next month must hold as scheduled because it is one exercise that is both critical to the survival of the country and reaffirm its place in the world map. The US Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, who said this at a news conference in Lagos, also had separate meetings with both President Goodluck Jonathan and the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, where they discussed the need for a violence-free election and the nations’ bilateral relations. While the meeting with Jonathan was said to have held at the State House in Lagos, the one with Buhari was held at the official residence of the US Consul General in Ikoyi, Lagos, the same venue as the news conference yesterday evening. Nigeria 2015; US Embassy http://www.thisday live.com/articles/us- nigeria-s-election- must-hold-as-sched uled/200181/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 Buhari’s Certificaate Scandal: Police Deny Murder Of School Principal The Katsina Police Command on Sunday dispelled rumour over the alleged murder of Malam Ballo Isyaku, Principal of Government College, Katsina, who released Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s certificate. The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Aminu Sadiq, made the denial to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Katsina. He said the command had contacted top officials of the Ministry of Education and they confirmed that the principal was hale and hearty. Sadiq said the command had also contacted the Commissioner for Education, and the Zonal Director of education, who assured the police that the rumour was false. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-s-certificate- saga-police-deny- murder-of-college- s-principal/200172/
ThisDay Live Monday 26th January 2015 Jonathan Visits Winners’ Chapel, Seeks Prayers, Support President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday visited Bishop David Oyedepo’s Living Faith Church also known as Winners chapel, Ota, Ogun State, to seek prayers and support of church members ahead of his presidential election. Jonathan’s visit to Winners’ Chapel marked the end of the church’s 21-day fasting and prayers, taking some of the worshippers by surprise. Jonathan, who sought for prayers and support of the members waved to the congregation, saying he was there to thank members of the church for their prayers and support for the country. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdayl ive.com/articles/jona than-visits-winners- chapel-seeks-prayer s-support/200169/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 26th January 2015 “No American Visa For Instigators Of Electoral Violence”- Kerry Reads Speech In Lagos US Secretary of State, John Kerry stated that instigators of violence during the 2015 general elections would be denied an American visa in the efforts of the US to curb such practices. He said “So let me be clear: Anyone who participates in, plans, or calls for widespread or systematic violence against the civilian population must be held accountable, including by ineligibility for an American visa. Violence has no place in democratic elections, and I can guarantee you that the perpetrators of such violence would not be welcome in the United States of America. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation and one of the world’s largest democracies. It is blessed with some of the planet’s most valuable and abundant natural resources. Conducting accountable, credible, peaceful elections will help put the Nigerian people on a path to prosperity and regional leadership that is needed in order to address a wide range of challenges in this part of the world, including, obviously, violent extremism.” Nigeria 2015; US Embassy http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /no-american-visa- for-instigators-of-e lectoral-violence-re ad-john-kerrys-spe ech-in-lagos.107084/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 26th January 2015 “My Initial Fears Over My Husband As Buhari’s Running Mate”- Osibanjo’s Wife Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of Professor Yemi Osinbajo, APC’s Vice Presidential candidate, is the founder of Women’s Helping Hands, an NGO that is passionate about women empowerment.  In a recent interview with ThisDay, she was asked her first reaction when she found out her husband had been selected as Buhari’s candidate.  “My initial reaction was that of apprehension,” she said. When asked why, she said: “Because I knew I would have to share him with others, I mean political associates, official functions and all the likes. And I would rather have him to myself alone. So, that was my initial reaction.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ my-initial-fears-over -my-husband-as-bu haris-running-mate- osinbajos-wife.107 083/
Leadership News Online Monday 26th January 2015 Buhari Promises Igbo Youths 1 Million Jobs The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has promised to create one million jobs for Igbo youths in the South East when he becomes the President. Buhari, who made this promise at Enugu West APC zonal rally held in Orie Awgu Market, Awgu local government area of the State, said he would create the jobs by revamping huge coal deposits in Enugu State for generation of electricity and export. The presidential hopeful who was represented by the State chairman of APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Osita Okechukwu, explained that coal would be revamped with the objective of generating electricity to serve the entire South East, thus boosting the economy of the zone. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/406525/electi on-buhari-promises -igbo-youths-1m- jobs
Leadership News Online Monday 26th January 2015 APC Calls For Removal Of Enugu State REC The leading opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Enugu State chapter has appealed to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, to as a matter of urgency remove the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof Eze Onukaogu. Speaking over the weekend during the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Enugu State Correspondents Chapel’s “FORUM”, the chairman of the party in Enugu State, Dr Ben Nwoye, said they were not comfortable with Onukaogu because of the last controversial governorship election in Anambra where he was REC. Enugu 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/406551/pol ls-apc-calls-remov al-enugu-rec
Leadership News Online Monday 26th January 2015 “Why I’m Supporting Buhari”- Bamidele A Member of the House of Representatives and Labour Party chieftain, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, has said that his decision to support the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is to enable him to be part of the change the party is about to effect in the country. He explained that his resolve to support the APC is not about him but about Ekiti and Nigeria in general. Bamidele who spoke to reporters yesterday in Ado-Ekiti on the rumour that he had already returned to APC, said the matter would be discussed after the February elections. Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP) http://leadership.ng/ news/406559/im-su pporting-buhari-bam idele
Leadership News Online Monday 26th January 2015 “El-rufai Is The Best Choice For Kaduna”- Utomi A former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress party and founder of Centre for Values in leadership (CVL) Professor Pat Utomi has urged the people of Kaduna State to give former FCT minister, Mal. Nasir el-Rufai the chance to transform the State. Prof. Utomi described Mallam Nasir el-Rufai as the kind of leader that can implement good policies and secure premium return on investment. Utomi, who was speaking as guest lecturer at the El-Rufai Support Group Interactive Dinner held in Kaduna weekend, highlighted what he described as the variables of progress such as policy choices, strength of institutions, human capital, entrepreneurship and culture. Kaduna 2015; CVL; Utomi http://leadership.ng /news/406583/elru fai-choice-kaduna -utomi
Leadership News Online Monday 26th January 2015 Ambode Hinges Plan For Lagos On Four Pillars The governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has promised to hinge his plans for the continuation of rapid economic development in Lagos State on four pillars. According to the University of Lagos-trained former Accountant General, the blueprint of his economic agenda will be anchored on Economic Development, Infrastructural Development; Social Development and Security as well as Sustainable Development and Environment. In a release signed by his Director of Media and Communications, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Ambode’s four-pronged approached to sustainable economic development was unveiled to a rich array of captains of industry, entrepreneurs and corporate players at an event tagged An Evening with Akinwunmi Ambode, which held on Friday evening at the Oriental hotel in Lagos. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/406562/amb ode-hinges-plans- lagos-pillars
Leadership News Online Monday 26th January 2015 “No Room For Violence”- Katsina PDP The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina State said it was confident of sustaining its grip on power insisting that violence-prone politicians would never assume power in the State. Addressing newsmen in Katsina yeaterday, the director general of the PDP Governorship Campaign Organisation, Bature Umar Masari said the PDP was not shaken by the antics of the opposition. Katsina 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/406563/katsi na-guber-room-vio lence-pdp
Leadership News Online Monday 26th January 2015 2015 Polls: Biafra Movement Endorses Self Defense For Igbos The Biafra Liberation and Emancipation Movement has called on Igbos in the country to adopt self defence mechanisms in view of threats by some northerners and Niger Delta ex-warlords ahead of the 2015 general elections in the country. Rising from an expanded Assembly held at Zodiac Hotel, Independent Layout in Enugu yesterday, the group said they were compelled after observing deliberations of the Niger Delta ex-ward held at Yenegoa which discussed very important issues bordering on the survival of our democracy and continual co-existence as a nation to hold an emergency session where it was unanimously agreed that members should rise to adopt, endorse and uphold the self defence strategies being employed by the freedom fighters in the creek to protect President Goodluck Jonathan and their resources. Nigeria 2015; Biafra Movement http://leadership.ng /news/406572/201 5-polls-biafra-mov ement-endorses-sel fdefence-igbos
Leadership News Online Monday 26th January 2015 Ahmed, Saraki Challenge Jonathan Over Projects As President Goodluck Jonathan takes his campaign train to Kwara State today, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and former Governor Bukola Saraki have challenged him to point to a federal project he commissioned in the State in the past six years. The two leaders therefore urged the people of the State, especially the youths not to be deceived by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s chieftains sweet talks. Ahmed and Saraki spoke in Ilorin, the State capital yesterday during a campaign rally in Iponrin, Ilorin East local Government Area. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/406575/ahm ed-saraki-challenge -jonathan-projects
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 25th January 2015 Tompolo, Asari, Boyloaf Threaten War If President Jonathan Loses Re-election Former Niger Delta militants, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, leader, Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Victor Ben Ebikabowei, aka, Boy Loaf, and Government Ekpudomenowei, aka, Tompolo have threatened war if President Goodluck Jonathan loses the February presidential elections.  The former militants issued the threat on Saturday after a meeting at the Bayelsa State Government house.  Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa had called on ex-militants in the Niger Delta to unite in their support for the re-election of President Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; Violence; Ex-Militants http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ tompolo-asari-boylo af-threaten-war-if-pr esident-jonathan-lose s-re-election.107040/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 25th January 2015 “PDP Thugs Attacked Jonathan”- Yuguda Agrees With APC Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state on Saturday said that the recent attack on President Goodluck Jonathan was carried out by thugs loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP not the All Progressives Congress, APC.  Yuguda who is a PDP member made the claim while speaking on the Hausa service of BBC.  Yuguda’s statement is coming just as Lai Mohammed of the APC denied his party’s involvement in the attacks in Bauchi and Kastina. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ pdp-thugs-attacked -president-jonathan -yuguda-agrees-wit h-apc.107041/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 25th January 2015 UNIPort Responds To Allegation That Jonathan Didn’t Finish His PHD Course The University of Port Harcourt has responded to the allegations that President Godluck Jonathan did not finish his doctorate degree program at the University.  Dr. William Wodi, Deputy Registrar (Information) of the University said that President Jonathan concluded his first degree, Masters and Ph.D in the same institution.  He said this in a statement forwarded to the PUNCH newspaper.  He noted that Jonathan was one of 422 students who was admitted in 1977 to the Department of Zoology, now named Animal and Environmental Science. After that, Wodi said, Jonathan enrolled into the Postgraduate (PGD) program and obtained a Master of Science degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries in 1985. In 1995, he said, Jonathan became a Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology. Nigeria 2015; UNI Port; Jonathan http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /uniport-responds-to -allegation-that-jona than-didnt-finish-his -phd-course.107059/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 25th January 2015 “Kano Belongs To Jonathan”- Shekarau Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, the Minister of Education has stated that the people of Kano, having been made to realize all the good President Jonathan has done for the North, will vote in PDP.  Speaking in Kano, he said: “It’s only expired politicians that can castigate Mr President and say he has not done well for the people of the North.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /kano-belongs-to-jo nathan-shekarau.10 7060/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 25th January 2015 “Military Will Take Over If Election Date Is Postponed”- Ex-Generals A number of ex-military officials have warned that a postponement of the February elections may lead to a military takeover of the Nigerian administration.  They have stated that a postponement may lead to anarchy, which will precipitate the stepping in of the military on the scene. Brigadier-General Ayodele Ojo (rtd), former Director of Procurement in the DHQ said the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki’s call for postponement will move the country towards military rule. Nigeria 2015; Military; http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /military-will-take-ov er-nigeria-if-election -date-is-postponed- ex-generals.107071/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 25th January 2015 Armed Soldiers Take Over Rivers Stadium For President Jonathan Ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign rally in Rivers State on Wednesday, soldiers have taken over the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Igwuruta-Ali. The take over follows moves by the Rivers State government to deny the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP use of the stadium on grounds of ongoing construction work. During an APC rally at Etche recently, Governor Rotimi Amaechi had insisted he wasn’t going to let the PDP use the stadium. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /armed-soldiers-take -over-rivers-stadium -for-president-jonath an.107051/
Leadership News Online Sunday 25th January 2015 Arewa Youth Coalition Advocates Violence-Free Polls Youths under the umbrella of the Arewa Youth Coalition for Peace (AYCP) has called on politicians and the electorate to work towards achieving peaceful polls next month, especially in the light of the recently signed Peace Pact by political parties and their candidates. Addressing a congress of youths in Kaduna on Saturday, the Chairman of AYCP, Comrade Mukhtar Muhammad, said the call became necessary in view of the role peace in nation building and development, saying there could hardly be any meaningful development in the absence of peace, thus without peace, there could never be free, fair and credible elections. Nigeria 2015; AYCP http://leadership.ng/ news/406488/2015 -arewa-youth-coalit ion-advocates-peac eful-polls
Leadership News Online Sunday 25th January 2015 Australia Tasks Nigeria On Violence-Free Polls Australia’s High Commissioner to Nigeria has appealed to political parties and their candidates to refrain from violent acts and inflammatory speeches ahead of the February general elections. Mr Jonathan Richardson, gave the advice on the occasion of the celebration of Australia Day in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Australia celebrates its National Day on Jan. 26 every year to commemorate the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788. Richardson said that Australia was, however, confident that the poll would be peaceful. Nigeria 2015; Australian Embassy http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/4064 68/australia-tasks- nigeria-violencefr ee-poll
Leadership News Online Sunday 25th January 2015 Governor Lamido Urges Traditional Leaders To Caution Subjects Against Electoral Violence Gov. Sule Lamido of Jigawa on Sunday in Kazaure urged traditional rulers to caution their subjects against harassment of any leader in the name of politics. Lamido gave the advice when he stopped over to pay homage to Emir of Kazaure, Alhaji Najib Adamu, during the ongoing campaign tour in the area. He said that the recent attacks on leaders were bad for the country’s democracy and tasked monarchs to educate their subjects on what leadership was all about and how people should honour and respect those in power. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/politics/4064 39/2015-polls-gov- lamido-urges-traditio nal-rulers-caution- subjects-violence
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 24th January 2015 President Jonathan’s Kinsman Dumps Campaign Group, Joins APC Senator Felix Oboro, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bayelsa Presidential Campaign Committee, on Friday defected to the All Progressives Congress. Speaking during his official welcoming ceremony to APC, Senator Oboro said, ”In 1998, we laid the foundations for PDP and nurtured the party to become the dominant party that it has become in the State, but the outcome of the recent PDP congress has destroyed the cohesion in the party. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /president-jonathans -kinsman-dumps-ca mpaign-group-joins -apc.107000/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 24th January 2015 Igbo In Diaspora Rejects Jonathan, Endorse Buhari The Igbo Diaspora Initiative for Buhari (IDIB) on Friday rejected the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by a group, the Eze Ndi Igbo Northern chapter, for re-election. The National Chairman of IDIB, Mr Ezedinma Nonso, told newsmen in that the ”Northern Eze Ndi Igbo does not hold brief for all Igbos. We are not against any person or group from endorsing any candidate of their choice, but the use of the name Ndi Igbo without the traditional approval of the Igbos is condemnable. Igbos should feel free to choose leaders of their choice in the forthcoming elections after careful analysis of their persons, characters, antecedents and performances,’’ Nonso said. However, he said that IDIB ”solely supports’’ Buhari and the APC, and its members are mobilising and sensitising their people to join the train of change. Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbo http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigeria-elections-igb o-diaspora-group-re jects-jonathan-endor ses-buhari.106999/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 24th January 2015 Gunmen Blow Up APC Campaign Venue In Rivers State The political tension in Rivers State took another turn today as we received reports that the venue of the APC rally in Okrika Local Government in Rivers State, the National School Field, has come under attack from gunmen.  According to Daily Post, the gunment destroyed the State, canopies and chairs using explosives.  Dakuku Peterside, the APC governorship candidate, was scheduled to be in Okrika as part of his campaign trail in Rivers. According to Ibim Semenitari, Peterside’s Director of Media and Publicity, the armed men struck at about 3am, wrecking the venue.  He said the men shot sporadically to cause panic before they exacted their egregious attack. Rivers 2015; Violence; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /gunmen-blow-up-a pc-campaign-venue -in-rivers-state.106 998/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 24th January 2015 Respect Jonatha, He’s The President Of Nigeria, Shettima Tells Borno People Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno on Friday appealed to his supporters not to disrespect President Goodluck Jonathan or members of his entourage as the PDP holds its rally on January 24. This is contained in a statement signed by the Governor and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria by his Media Assistant, Mr Isa Gusau, in Maiduguri. Shettima, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the statement, said the appeal became necessary in view of recent disrespect shown to the President by some youths in Bauchi. Borno 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ respect-jonathan-he s-president-of-nigeri a-shettima-tells-born o-citizens.106997/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 24th January 2015 Certificate Scandal: Babangida Defends Buhari Former military President, Ibrahim Babangida on Friday spoke in defence of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC who is accused of having no secondary school certificate. Babangida said, ”The military is one institution that believes in constant learning and training. You receive the initial training from the Staff College. After one year, you go for another round of intensive training that is all encompassing. It is one institution that is concerned about knowledge, even in warfare. The military requires you to keep abreast of development in warfare, weaponry and education. ‘The military remains the institution of unity. I will not support the idea of politicising the military. This is nothing but politics. I think those aggrieved should know what to do. Anybody who feels aggrieved should go to court and let the court make a pronouncement that will settle everything”, Babangida said. Nigeria 2015; IBB http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ certificate-scandal- babangida-defends -buhari.106995/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 24th January 2015 “PDP Actually Behind Attacks On Jonathan In The North”- APC The APC, yesterday, accused the PDP of orchestrating the attacks on President Jonathan, saying it was part of their grand plot to frustrate the February election. They also condemned the National Security Adviser (NSA)’s call for a postponement of the elections, saying that a postponement will lead to a postponement of Goodluck Jonathan’s rule beyond May 29.  The National Secretary for the party said it was deliberate, the insecurity in parts of the North, to prevent elections in those areas that were strongly in support of Buhari’s candidacy. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /apc-plot-twist-pdp -actually-behind-att acks-on-jonathan-i n-the-north.106994/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 24th January 2015 “I’m Still In PDP”- Plateau Deputy Governor Deputy Governor Ignatius Longjan of Plateau State on Friday denied defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). This is contained in a statement signed by Secretary of his Campaign Organisation, Mr Garba Musa, in Jos. Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ im-still-in-pdp-platea u-deputy-governor. 106993/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 24th January 2015 Suspected PDP Thugs Burn Down APC Office In Bauchi On Friday, thugs suspected to be loyal to the Ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP burned down the campaign office of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Bauchi State, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar; PUNCH reports. The thugs reportedly attacked the office building at about 2am. No life was lost during the attack. The attack is coming barely 24 after some political hoodlums, suspected to be members of the APC, attacked President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign convoy with stones. Bauchi 2015; Violence; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ suspected-pdp-thugs -burn-apc-campaign -office-in-bauchi.1 06992/
ThisDay Live Saturday 24th January 2015 Egwu: Elechi, Others Not PDP Loyalists Former Governor of Ebonyi State and Peoples Democratic Party senatorial candidate for  Ebonyi North zone of the state in next month’s election, Dr Sam Egwu, has lambasted some of the PDP members who defected to the opposition Labour Party as not the original members of the ruling party in the State. Egwu stated this during the PDP governorship rally at Ngbo Central School in Ohaukwu Local Government area in the State. He noted that in 2007, many people declared interest to take over from him as the Governor but at the end of the day, Chief Martin Elechi emerged as his successor and everybody took it in good fate. Egwu noted that now that Elechi wants to hand over to another person, some people decided to join the Labour Party, describing them as not PDP loyalists. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdayl ive.com/articles/egw u-elechi-others-not- pdp-loyalists/199997/
ThisDay Live Saturday 24th January 2015 Tinubu, Bamidele In New Deal Over Presidential Poll A strong Indication emerged last night in Lagos that a former Governor of Lagos State and one of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, may have struck a deal with a former member of the party from Ekiti State, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, as part of plans to mobilise support for the presidential candidate of the party, General Muhammadu Buhari in the February 14 election. THISDAY learnt last night that Bamidele, who is the leader of Ekiti Bibire Coalition, has been in talks with the leadership of the APC since the Ekiti governorship election and has finally resolved to work with the APC after he was allegedly persuaded by Tinubu’s logic. Bamidele, THISDAY gathered, consented not only to the idea of deploying his political network in Ekiti to mobilise for Buhari, who is expected in Ekiti State today in furtherance of his electioneering, but to ensure that such mobilisation translated to votes for the candidate during the presidential poll. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/tinu bu-bamidele-in-new -deal-over-presiden tial-poll/199970/
ThisDay Live Saturday 24th January 2015 I Have No Political god-father Says El-Rufai The gubernatorial candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai on Friday said he had no  godfather other than the Almighty God and the people of the state who he depends on to win the governorship election in February. Addressing thousands of party stalwarts and supporters at a rally in Saminaka, Headquarters of Lere local Government Area of the State, El-Rufai said he was seeking to become the Governor of the State to bring about development and improve the economic condition of the people through transparent and judicial management of public resources. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/i- have-no-political- god-father-says- el-rufai/199969/
ThisDay Live Saturday 24th January 2015 Attack On President Jonathan In Bauchi, Katsina: This Nonsense Must Stop, Says Presidency Following the recent attacks on the convoy of President Goodluck Jonathan and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina and Bauchi States by suspected supporters of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), the Presidency on Friday reacted angrily, saying, “this nonsense must stop” and called on the opposition party to caution its supporters. President of the Senate, David Mark also reacted furiously, describing the attack as “despicable desperation of the opposition.” On its part, the leadership of the Ijaw nation rose from a meeting held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and declared that unless Jonathan was allowed a second term in office as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, “there will no longer be a One Nigeria.” The Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkali in his statement captioned “This Nonsense Must Stop”, said the action of APC supporters was a negation of the non-violence peace pact signed recently in Abuja by all the presidential candidates. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/att acks-on-jonathan- in-katsina-bauchi- this-nonsense-must -stop-says-presiden cy/199990/
ThisDay Live Saturday 24th January 2015 INEC Sticks To Election Timetable As Prominent Lawyers Say They Can Constitutionally Postpone The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Friday dismissed calls for the postponement of the February 14 presidential election and the February 28 governorship election, stating that the commission would implement the elections guidelines to the letter. This is as the All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed to galvanise mass action against any attempt to shift the February 14 date for kick-starting of the general elections in the country. However, prominent lawyers like Professor Itse Sagay SAN, Nigerian Bar Association President, Augustine Alegheh, SAN, and Festus Keyamo said the electoral umpire had the right to postpone elections going by the provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ine c-sticks-to-election -time-table-as-prom inent-lawyers-say- they-can-constitution ally-postpone-it/199 983/
ThisDay Live Saturday 24th January 2015 Women March For Their ‘Champion’ President Jonathan Women from all walks of life took to the streets of the nation’s fastest growing and most populous city, Lagos, on Friday, January 23, to show their support for the man they dub their ‘Champion,’ President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. A vast gathering of women, hailing from all spheres of life, marched from Kalacutta to the National Stadium to endorse and celebrate the undeniable strides the President and his administration have made in improving their welfare and their lives during his period in office. The women also conveyed their heartfelt thanks to the Federal Government for its decision last week to reduce the price of petrol from N97 per litre to N87 per litre, with its welcome impact on family budgets. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/wo men-march-for-thei r-champion-preside nt-jonathan/199974/
ThisDay Live Saturday 24th January 2015 Osun Tribunal To Communicate judgement Date As PDP, APC Submit Final Addresses Osun State Election Petition Tribunal hearing the petition of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, challenging the victory of Mr. Rauf Aregbesola of All Progressives Congress, APC in the August 9, 2014 governorship election on Friday adjourned for judgment. The adjournment came following the adoption of written address of the two parties by their counsel. The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)’s governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore is praying the Tribunal to cancel the results of the election in some polling units in 17 Local Government Councils of the State and declared him the lawful winner of the election. Osun 2014; Tribunal http://www.thisday live.com/articles/os un-tribunal-to-com municate-judgemen t-date-as-pdp-apc -submit-final-addres ses/199967/
ThisDay Live Saturday 24th January 2015 Enugu APGA Adopts PDP’s Ugwuanyi As Guber Candidate Gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said on Friday that he would make job creation and the empowerment of youths one of the cardinal policies of his administration while consolidating on the good works of Governor Sullivan Chime. This came as the State chapter of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) formally endorsed him for the February 28 governorship election in the State. The party said its choice of Ugwuanyi is predicated upon his track road of performance, expressing confidence that with Ugwuanyi as the next Governor of Enugu State, there will be a secured future for the people of the State. Enugu 2015; APGA http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap ga-adopts-as-pdp- candidate-ugwuany i-for-enugu-guber/ 199930/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 24th January 2015 CSIS Cancels Buhari’s Speaking Event, US Trip Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has cancelled his proposed January 26th trip to the United States. Buhari had to cancel the trip after the U.S-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS cancelled the event he was scheduled to speak at. Jennifer Cooke, CSIS Director of African Programme claims the cancellation of the trip was because of a change in Buhari’s schedule. Nigeria 2015; CSIS; Buhari http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /csis-cancels-buharis -speaking-event-u-s -trip.106988/
Leadership News Online Saturday 24th January 2015 “Distribution Of PVCs Won’t Affect Timeline Of Elections”- Jega Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, yesterday declared that the electoral Commission will stick to the election timetable it released last year, noting that distribution of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) will not alter the date slated for the elections. Jega, who stated this at the official launch of the Mitigation Of Violence in Election (MOVE) in Abuja, said the issues of PVC distribution before the election is something the Commission will handle before the election dates. The event was organised by International Foundation For Electoral System (IFES) and other local partners to address issues of election violence before, during and after the elections. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://leadership.ng/ news/406228/distrib ution-pvcs-wont-affe ct-timeline-elections- jega
Leadership News Online Saturday 24th January 2015 Northern Elders Urged To Speak Up Against Attack On Jonathan Following attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan’s convoy in Katsina and Bauchi States where he campaigned for his re-election earlier in the week, members of the Northern Emancipation Network (NEM) have decried the silence of Northern elders on the issue and urged them to speak up against the acts. Coordinator of the group, Mallam Abdulazeez Suleiman, in a statement issued in Abuja, said it was baffling that elders in the North had yet to say anything about the attacks on the president and his supporters, noting that the attacks were an infringement on the rights of association of the President’s supporters. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/406191/nort hern-elders-urged- speak-attacks-jona than
Leadership News Online Saturday 24th January 2015 “Anti Jonathan Protests, PDP’s Plot To Postpone Polls”- APC Scribe Incidents of reported attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan by irate youths in some Northern States is part of the plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to frustrate the conduct of the general elections billed to hold in February across the country, the National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Mai Mala Buni has said. The APC Secretary in an interview on Friday, said the attacks were organised and sponsored by the PDP to achieve their obnoxious plot. He also accused the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki of flying an unpopular kite for the illegal extension of President Goodluck’s tenure beyond May 29, 2015. He said the unending insecurity in some parts of the north is sustained ostensibly to prevent elections in those areas. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/406187/antij onathan-protests-p dp-plot-postpone- polls-apc-scribe
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 24th January 2015 “We Condemn Unwarranted Violent Attacks Against The PDP And Its Candidates”- David Mark Senate President David Mark on Friday in Abuja condemned the persistent attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP campaign train. In a statement signed by Paul Mumeh, the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Mark described the act as ”despicable”. President Jonathan and the PDP campaign train were reportedly attacked in Katsina, Kano and Bauchi States by miscreants. Mark said the attack on the PDP was an affront on democracy and a betrayal of the peace pact entered into by the political parties and their candidates. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /we-condemn-unwa rranted-violent-attac ks-on-the-pdp-and -its-candidates-davi d-mark.106989/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 24th January 2015 Buhari’s Wife Reacts To Allegations That Her Husband Will Scrap The Office Of The First Lady If Elected The wife of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Mrs Aisha Buhari, says her husband will not tamper with the office of the ‘first lady,’ if it is constitutionally recognised. Buhari told newsmen on the sidelines of the inaugural meeting of the APC women presidential campaign initiative held in Abuja on Saturday. Wife of the APC presidential flag-bearer was reacting to her husband’s promise to scrap the office of the first lady because it was unconstitutional and alleged conduit pipe for stealing public funds. According to her, where such does not exist constitutionally, she will limit her roles to the traditional functions of visiting orphanages and caring for society’s downtrodden as the First Lady. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ buharis-wife-reacts- to-allegations-that- her-husband-will- scrap-first-ladys- office.107035/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 INEC Not Contemplating Shift In Polls As Dasuki Says PVC Collection Needs More Time Reacting to the proposal by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, for a postponement of next month’s polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Thursday that it was not contemplating any shift in the date for the general election. Dasuki had at a forum in London earlier in the day called for a deferment of the polls in order to give INEC more time to distribute millions of biometric ID cards to voters. However, in a contradictory statement issued by PR Nigeria, a media advisory for government security agencies, Dasuki was quoted as assuring his audience in London Thursday that the February general election would be successful and violence-free. But APC in a statement yesterday rejected the call by the NSA for the postponement of the elections, ostensibly to give INEC more time to distribute PVCs. The party warned that under no circumstances must the elections be scuttled. The National Publicity Secretary, Mohammed, said the call by Dasuki had exposed the clandestine plot by the Jonathan administration to push for the postponement of the polls, using all sorts of cheap tricks. Similary, Buhari and Atiku yesterday rejected any plan to move the February general election forward. In the same breath, a civil society organisation, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), rejected the call by Dasuki for the postponement of the 2015 general election. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ine c-not-considering- shift-in-polls-as- dasuki-says-pvc- collection-needs- more-time/199921/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 “Buhari’s Statement Of Result Is A Forgery”- PDP Despite the presentation of the statement of result of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), by his school, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation has dismissed the document as a forgery. But the principal of Buhari’s alma mater, Government Collage, Katsina (formerly Provincial Secondary School, Katsina), Alhaji Isiyaku Bello Bello, has invited the ruling party to sight the original copy of the University of Cambridge/West Africa School Certificate result, if there are any lingering doubts. Speaking to THISDAY on Thursday, Bello said: “We are here waiting for anybody who doubts what we have sent out.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-buhari-s-statemen t-of-result-is-a-forge ry/199920/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 Northern Group Drags Buhari To ICC Over Election Violence A non-governmental group, the Northern Coalition for Democracy and Justice (NCDJ) on Thursday said it had commenced moves to file a case against presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari over the  2011 post election violence. The coalition, in a statement jointly signed by its Secretary General, Umar Farouk, Publicity Secretary, Yunanan Shibkau, Organising Secretary, Baba Nagari , Secretary Research and Documentation, Dr. Ibrahim Baba and Secretary International Affairs, Abdulazeez Suleiman, said they had ample evidence to support the call for prosecution of Buhari at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Buhari had been accused by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of making inciting comments that might have fuelled the post-election violence  that occurred in 2011. Nigeria 2015; NCDJ; Buhari; ICC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/no rthern-group-drags -buhari-to-icc-over -election-violence/ 199880/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 Buhari’s Supporters Pelt President’s Campaign Train With Stones In Bauchi Security personnel, including soldiers and anti-riot policemen, on Thursday averted what was potentially an ugly situation as supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), mostly the youths, pelted the motorcade of President Goodluck Jonathan with stones and sachet water at in Bauchi State. There was palpable tension as the president’s convoy heading to the Bauchi Emir’s palace drove past the Nasarawa area road, where some supporters of Buhari, brandishing brooms, welcomed the president with chants of ‘Sai Buhari’ even as some could be heard calling President Jonathan ‘arna’ (in Hausa meaning an unbeliever). Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-s-supporters- pelt-president-s-ca mpaign-train-with- stones-in-bauchi/1 99915/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 “There Won’t Be Room For Rigging February Polls”- INEC Ahead of the commencement of next month’s elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday in Enugu State asked politicians, who are preparing to rig the election to bury the idea as the Commission had device strategies that would not give room for such. Speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting with political parties and their candidates in Enugu State, the commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Chukwuemeka Onukaogu said this year’s election would not be business as usual. He expressed dismay that electoral irregularities had dealt a big blow to the nation’s electoral exercises in the past years, stressing that for the country to be able to enthrone good governance, it must be able to first address the electoral process. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/in ec-there-won-t-be -room-for-rigging- february-polls/1 99914/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 US May Send Kerry To Meet Jonathan, Buhari, Jega On Elections The much-advertised invitation to a public lecture by the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) by the United States-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has been put on hold. This is as the US State Department, THISDAY was told, might send Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry, on Sunday to confer with President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari and the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  Professor Attahiru Jega, on the need to ensure a hitch-free polls acceptable to both parties during the February 14 presidential elections and the governorship on February 28. Nigeria 2015; US Embassy http://www.thisday live.com/articles/us- may-send-kerry-to -meet-with-jonatha n-buhari-jega-on-el ections/199913/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 FG Shuts Down Buhari, Osibanjo’s Fundraising Platform Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday disclosed that the Federal Government had directed the closure of a fund-raising platform set up to enable supporters contribute N100 to the presidential campaign of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. Fashola, who is also the Director of Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Fund, added that the decision of the Federal Government to shut the 35350 platform was nothing but repression of freedom, which obviously violated section 39 of the 1999 Constitution. He expressed profound disappointment at the decision of the federal government at a news conference which he addressed at Lagos House, Marina, alongside another member of the Fund, Mr. Ben Akabueze, and his Special Adviser on the Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/fg -shuts-down-buhar i-osinbajo-fundrais ing-platform/199 911/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 Rivers Guber Candidates Sign Peace Pact With US Ambassador Hopes for violence-free elections in Rivers State were rekindled on Thursday as governorship candidates of the major political parties in the State signed a peace pact with the United States  Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle. Fears of violence have pervaded the state in recent weeks as politically-motivated attacks had been reported in various parts of the states with political parties pointing accusing fingers at one another. But in the agreement signed in Port Harcourt, the candidates, on behalf of their supporters, vowed to promote peaceful participation in the elections and to accept the results of the elections. They also pledged to pursue any perceived grievances through legal and legitimate means. Rivers 2015; US Embassy http://www.thisday live.com/articles/riv ers-guber-candida tes-sign-peace-pac t-with-us-ambassa dor/199910/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 Collection Of PVC To End February 8th The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) which is going on in all the electoral Wards in Nigeria will end on February 8, about one week before the start of the 2015 general election. The presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives elections would hold simultaneously throughout the country on February 14 while the governorship and State House of Assembly election would hold on February 28. Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC for Cross River State, Dr. Okey Ezeani, made the disclosure on Thursday while interacting with members of the Inter Agency Advisory Committee on Voter Education (SICVEP). Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/co llection-of-pvcs-to -end-february-8/1 99909/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 I Will Tackle Insecurity, Poverty, Corruption, Buhari Tells Electorate In Sokoto The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), on Thursday pledged to tackle insecurity, poverty, unemployment, bribery and corruption, if elected in the forthcoming general election. Addressing a mammoth crowd at a campaign rally at the Giginya Memorial Stadium Sokoto on Thursday, Buhari emphasised that these social canker-worms were the main problems retarding Nigeria’s socio-economic development. According to him, such problems were major impediments to the nation’s progress and the moment they are fully tackled, Nigeria would be a better place. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdayl ive.com/articles/i-w ill-tackle-insecurity -poverty-corruptio n-buhari-tells-elect orate-in-sokoto/1 99908/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 Abia: Support Grows For Otti As Defectors Retrace Their Steps Back To APGA The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State on Thursday said about 60,000 members of the party had in the last few days retraced their steps by openly declaring their loyalty to the Chief Victor Umeh-led national executive of the party. The members also pledged their unflinching support for the gubernatorial candidate of the party in the state, Dr. Alex Otti. Led by Chief Uduma Nnate, the returnee members who besieged party’s secretariat in Umuahia stated that they had come back to the authentic APGA after they realised the truth of the matter and in the interest of the party in the State. Abia 2015; APGA http://www.thisday live.com/articles/su pport-grows-for-ot ti-as-defectors-retr ace-their-steps-bac k-to-apga/199907/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 Middle Belt Won’t Fare Better Under Buhari, Says Group Ethnic nationalities in the Middle Belt under the umbrella of the Middle Belt Dialogue (MBD) have declared that the region would be worse off under Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) as President. The group maintained that although President Goodluck Jonathan failed the Middle Belt, it was still better to support him than the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). In a communiqué at the end of its strategic summit which held in Jos, the Plateau State capital, the group said the Jonathan administration had failed the Middle Belt which supported him massively in 2011, the region would not fare better under the Buhari Presidency. Nigeria 2015; MBD; Buhari http://www.thisday live.com/articles/mi ddle-belt-won-t-fa re-better-under-bu hari-says-group/ 199905/
ThisDay Live Friday 24th January 2015 Buhari Is Safe In Ekiti, CP Assures APC Despite allegations by the All Progressives Congress that some elements within the Peoples Democratic are allegedly planning to attack the presidential candidate of the party during his visit to Ekiti State this Saturday, the State Police Command has assured that Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari is safe in the State. The Command’s Police Commissioner, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, assured that adequate  security measures have been put in place that would ensure hitch-free campaign in the State in spite of the fears being expressed by members of the opposition. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-is-safe-in-ekiti -cp-assures-apc/ 199904/
Leadership News Online Friday 24th January 2015 “Why I Endorsed My Successor”- Dakingari Kebbi State Governor Dakingari has explained why he endorsed General Bello Sarkin Yaki to succeed him as the next Governor of the State. The Governor made the disclosure yesterday at the flag-off campaign rally for the gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kebbi State, which was held in Zuru Local Government Area, attended by thousands of PDP supporters in the State. Dakingari described the Kebbi PDP flag bearer as a gentleman with an excellent track record of service in the military, honesty and vision to transform Kebbi on the basis of equity and fair play. Kebbi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/405934/polls -endorsed-success or-dakingari
Leadership News Online Friday 24th January 2015 Buhari: “PDP Has Run Out Of Lies”- Oshiomole Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has run out of lies and is fishing for new ones having failed with the School Certificate lie they tried to pin on the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. Speaking during an inspection of road projects which culminated in a campaign at the Egor market in Upper Siluko area of the State capital, Oshiomhole said: “I’m happy that you people are following what is happening and one young man said even if Buhari doesn’t have a school certificate, if it’s just a NEPA bill he presents as certificate, it’s enough and the people will vote for him. Another said the other man has a doctorate in Zoology, but we can’t even get fish on our table. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/406047/buha ri-pdp-run-lies-osh iomhole
Leadership News Online Friday 24th January 2015 “We Will Not Respond To Fani Kayode’s Provocation”- APC The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has said that it prefers not to respond to the provocations of the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential campaign, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, but rather engage him on issues that have the potential to bring the greatest good for the greatest number of Nigerians. A press statement signed by Director of Media and Publicity of the APCPCO, Mallam Garba Shehu, yesterday said it was laughable the PDP would not let-go of the educational qualifications of the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, even when the matter has been exhaustively laid to rest. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/406038/resp ond-fanikayodes- provocations-apc
Leadership News Online Friday 24th January 2015 “I Have No Personal Disagreement With Jonathan”- Fashola Amid intense politicking in the country that has put political gladiators at arm’s length, Lagos State Governor Mr Babatunde Fashola yesterday debunked insinuation in some quarters that he is at loggerhead with President Goodluck Jonathan. Addressing the mammoth crowd of All Progressives Congress (APC) party faithful at a Campaign Rally held in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area of the State, Fashola said, “I have no personal disagreement with Jonathan.” Fashola said the only problem he has with the President is that he has failed to fulfill lots of promises made to the residents of Lagos prior to the 2011 elections. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/406032/perso nal-disagreement- jonathan-fashola
Leadership News Online Friday 24th January 2015 Fayose’s Threat On Buhari: APC Petitions Police, SSS, INEC, Others The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, over the PDP morbid advert sponsored by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and published on the cover pages of two national dailies of 19th January, 2015. In the petition signed by the Governor of Rivers State and Director General of the Campaign, Rotimi Amaechi, the APC Presidential Campaign condemned PDP and Fayose for portraying its candidate, General Buhari as a dead man walking to scare Nigerians from voting for him in the February 14 election. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/405974/fayo ses-threat-buhari- apc-campaign-peti tions-police-sss-inec
Leadership News Online Friday 24th January 2015 “Kogi West Grossly Misrepresented”- Dino Melaye Kogi West senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Otunba Dino Melaye has said his people have been grossly misrepresented in the National Assembly in the last eight years. Melaye speaking while donating water pumping machines to the people of Karaworo area of Ward C in Lokoja Local Government promised adequate and quality representation if elected into the Senate in the February 14 election. He said his decision to provide the water pumps followed several ignored pleas to the PDP-led Kogi State government by the community for urgent intervention to their water situation. Kogi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/405946/kogi -west-grossly-misre presented-melaye
Leadership News Online Friday 24th January 2015 Mohammed To Maku: “Stop Villifying Al-Makura, APC The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and former Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, has been cautioned against persistently casting aspersions on the person of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and the All Progressives Congress ( APC). A chieftain of the APC in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Abubakar Gada Mohammed, who handed down the warning in Lafia yesterday, noted with worry that Mr. Maku had over the past one month persistently attacked the person of the Governor in his campaign outings. He said Maku’s three-fold campaign points bordered on fervent appeals to religion, ethnicity and zoning, all of which had Al-Makura and the APC as the central point of reference. Nasarawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/405940/moh ammed-maku-stop -vilifying-almakura -apc
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 24th January 2015 Buhari’s School Principal Allegedly Receives Death Threats Mallam Isyaku Bello,Principal of the Government College, Katsina has allegedly gottent death threats from unnamed persons shortly after releasing Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s 1961 West African School Certificate (WASC) statement of result. Mallam Bello was allegedly summoned by his employers, the Katsina State Ministry of Education, in connection with the release of the results. Also, unnamed sources claim he has been making distress calls to his friends and relatives. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ buharis-school-princ ipal-allegedly-receiv es-death-threats. 106939/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 24th January 2015 “Nigeria Must Move Forward”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday advised Nigerians to resist attempts by some people to frustrate the progress being recorded across the country. He gave the advice while addressing the Benue State people at the Presidential Campaign rally in Makurdi. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /nigeria-must-move- forward-%E2%80% 93-jonathan.106933/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 24th January 2015 “PDP Planning To Stone Buhari In Ondo”- Oyedele Mr. Ife Oyedele, Buhari Campaign Co-ordinator for Ondo State on Thursday raised alarm that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is planning to attack Muhammadu Buhari’s convoy on Saturday. Oyedele said, ”The PDP is organising thugs to stone our convoy on Saturday. They are recruiting thugs that will be throwing stones at General Buhari, just to give the impression that he is not loved by the people of the State. ”But we shall resist it. We have also petitioned the Commissioner of police in the state on this. We expect the security agencies to do what they are paid to do” he said. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ %E2%80%98pdp- planning-to-stone- buhari-in-ondo%E2 %80%99-oyedele. 106929/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 24th January 2015 Patience Jonathan Campaigns For Wike, PDP In Rivers State First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has urged Rivers people to vote for her husband, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and other Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidates in the general elections in February. She made the plea during PDP’s governorship campaign in Okrika, Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers on Thursday. She said the President had built a bridge to link Okrika with Port Harcourt and that he would consolidate on the Transformation Agenda of his administration if re-elected. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /patience-jonathan- campaigns-for-wike -pdp-in-rivers-state .106925/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 PDP, APC Condemn Attack On Buhari’s Convoy In Katsina The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation (PCO), wednesday condemned the attack on the convoy of President Goodluck Jonathan in Katsina State by suspected members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stating that the PDP would hold both the APC and its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, responsible should any harm come to the President. Addressing a press conference wednesday, the PDP PCO Director of Media and Publicity, Femi Fani-Kayode, said a group of broom-wielding vandals, chanting “sai Buhari”, hurled stones at the convoy of the President, who is the presidential candidate of the PDP in the February 14 election. Also, the PDP added its voice to the condemnation of the attack on President Jonathan’s convoy by supporters of the APC and Buhari in Katsina. Nigeria 2015; APC; PDP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-apc-condemn-att ack-on-jonathan-s -convoy-in-katsina /199818/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 12 People Including Policemen Collapse At Buhari’s Rally In Katsina Twelve persons, including four policemen, wednesday collapsed  in Katsina State at the General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) presidential campaign rally. The rally, which held at the Polo Ground in the metropolis, had been scheduled to commence at 10a.m. but most of the key All Progressives Congress (APC) members didn’t arrive the venue until 4.30p.m. An eyewitness who told THISDAY what happened, said some of the victims had been standing for hours under the sun and the heat and stress apparently took a toll on them. He also said there were instances where people collapsing but some of them were revived by sympathisers who fanned and poured water on them. Most of the collapsed victims were standing close to the podium where key members of the APC were scheduled to speak to a large crowd and they were taken to hospital for treatment after they collapsed. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/12 -people-including-p olicemen-collapse-a t-buhari-s-rally-in- katsina/199817/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 Lagos Government Orders Removal Of Jonathan’s Campaign Posters The Lagos State Government yesterday directed a pro-President Goodluck Jonathan campaign group, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), to remove the president’s campaign materials from the highways and streets in the state, citing the group’s failure to comply with its regulation on outdoor advertising. The State government said its directive became imperative due to the termination of about N350 million contracts with outdoor agencies duly registered with Lagos Advertising and Signage Agency (LASAA). The agency’s Managing Director, Mr. George Noah, issued the directives at a news conference he addressed in Alausa yesterday, noting that if TAN failed to heed the order, its enforcement team would remove the posters in line with the enabling law setting up the agency. Lagos 2015; LASAA; Campaign Posters http://www.thisday live.com/articles/la gos-orders-remov al-of-jonathan-s- campaign-posters/ 199816/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 Tell Us What You Have Done In 12 Years As A Senator, Governor Ahmed Challenges Ajibola Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has challenged his opponent in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections, Senator Simeon Ajibola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to reveal what he has done for Kwara State in his three terms as senator representing Kwara South. Speaking during a campaign stop at Isanlu Isin in Isin Local Government Area, Ahmed said his opponent could not point to any tangible project or program he has attracted to the State since he became a Senator twelve years ago. He stressed that people are interested in what candidates have done and their capacity to do more rather than what they intend to do. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/tell -us-what-you-have -done-in-12-years -as-senator-govern or-ahmed-challenge s-ajibola/199806/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 Call Your Followers To Order, Commission Tells Jonathan, Buhari The National Human Rights Commission (NHR) has called on the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari respectively to refrain from making statements capable of inciting their followers to violence. The Commission decried the alarming rate of hate speeches that have characterised electioneering campaigns and political commentaries in the country ahead of the 2015 Polls. The Chairman of the Governing Council of the Commission, Dr. Chidi Odinkalu, made the call at a media roundtable to stop the use of hate speech during campaign. Nigeria 2015; NHRC; Jonathan; Buhari http://www.thisday live.com/articles/call -your-followers-to- order-rights-commis sion-tells-jonathan- buhari/199805/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 “PDP Is Showing Signs Of Desperation”- Akeredolu Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Ondo State in the 2013 elections, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has condemned in strong terms, acts considered as desperation on the part of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Akeredolu, while reacting to the last Monday advertorial placed in some national dailies demeaning the person of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), tagged ‘Nigerians Be Warned – Choose Between Life and Death,’ by the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, said such acts was provocative and an exhibition of desperation ahead of the general election coming up next month. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ake redolu-pdp-is-showi ng-signs-of-despera tion/199804/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 Governor Aliyu Denies Begging IBB Over Defection Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has denied a story in a national daily (not THISDAY) alleging he went begging former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, to plead with his Deputy and other decampees to go back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to Aliyu, who made his position known during a courtesy visit by Federation of Advocates for Fair, Credible and Peaceful Election led by elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, in Minna on Wednesday said it is not unusual to see politicians decamping during electioneering period, adding that those who have defected have the right to do so. “They said I went to beg IBB for those who defected. I have passed the stage of begging anybody. Every politician is free to decide on which party they want to belong to. Let me however plead that nobody should victimize anybody for the political decision they make.” Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ali yu-denies-begging- ibb-over-defection /199767/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 “Democracy Is Not About Intimidation”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday observed that democracy was not about intimidation as it is being projected by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Jonathan spoke at the presidential campaign rally held  at Aminu Kano Triangle Square, ‎Dutse, Jigawa State capital. He said the philosophy of great Nigerian leaders like Amino Kano, Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa, was against intimidation. According to Jonathan, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was a party that promotes unity and will never allow the country to disintegrate. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-democracy- is-not-about-intimid ation/199766/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 “Visually Impaired To Vote With ‘Tattered Ballot Papers” In February Election”- INEC Following agitations by the people living with disabilities that they should be given the opportunity to participate in the 2015 general elections, the Independent National Electoral  Commission has disclosed that those with all forms visual defects  will vote with the aid  of ‘Tattered Ballot Papers’. The Commission made the clarification in Ado Ekiti during an interactive session with the members of the National Association of the People Living With Disabilities (NAPLWD). The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti, Mr Sam Olumekun, told the participants that nobody would be disenfranchised on account of disabilities in the forthcoming elections. Nigeria 2015; PLWD; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ine c-visually-impaired -to-vote-with-tatte red-ballot-papers- in-february-election s/199764/
Leadership News Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 NBC Warns Politicians Against Inciting Comments The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) yesterday warned politicians against inciting, unpatriotic and unguarded statements that could set the country on fire. The Commission’s Director General, Mr Chris Okoyomoh, while speaking at a sensitisation workshop tagged “2015 General Election: Towards Decency and Professionalism in Political Broadcasts” in Ibadan, advised them not to see the February election as a do-or-die affair. The NBC boss who said many broadcasting stations did not know the contents of the code regulating their activities warned that in as much as he placed premium on freedom of speech, it should be borne in mind that freedom has limits. Nigeria 2015; NBC http://leadership.ng/ news/405756/elect ion-nbc-warns-poli ticians-inciting-state ments
Leadership News Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 APC Alleges Plans By PDP To Rig Elections Using Fake Soldiers The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State is hatching a plot to rig next month’s election. Barrister Iheukwumere Alaribe, commander general of the APC Campaign Organisation disclosed this to newsmen during a press conference in Owerri yesterday. He said already, some fake military uniforms are being stockpiled in various areas in the state for the purpose of rigging election. Alaribe who said the matter has been reported to the appropriate authorities for further investigation, however, urged the opposition parties to allow a peaceful election to take place in the State. Imo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/405753/apc- alleges-plot-pdp-ri g-election-fake-sold iers
Leadership News Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 Don’t Run Away, Governor Yero Appeals To Igbos Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has appealed to the Igbos resident in the State not to panic or decide to run away during the general election scheduled to commence on February 14, 2015, assuring them that the government of Kaduna State will do everything necessary to protect lives and properties before, during and after the elections. Governor Yero made the appeal while addressing a mammoth crowd of Ndigbo in Kaduna State led by Eze Igbo, Igwe Silvanus Aneke and the president general of Igbo Community Welfare Association (ICWA) Chief Chris Nnoli in a town hall meeting in Kaduna at the Top Galazy Hotel, Sabo Tasha. Kaduna 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/405724/dont -run-gov-yero-appe als-igbo
Leadership News Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 Inhuman Treatment Of Nigerians At Rallies Worry Rights Group A group under the aegis of Civil Right Advocacy Group [CRAG] has roundly condemned what it described as inhuman treatment Nigerians are subjected to at campaign rallies around the country, particularly the All Progressives Congress rally in Jigawa State recently. The rally which witnessed a mammoth crowd who were largely transported from Kano State and other neighboring States in a most horrible manner and dehumanizing condition that best befits animals has been called to question by the group who queried where lies respect to human life in such stampeded arena. Nigeria 2015; CRAG http://leadership.ng/ news/405693/inhum an-treatment-nigeria ns-rallies-worries- rights-group
Leadership News Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 US Institution Invites Buhari For Briefing On February Election The United States Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has invited the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, to Washington DC to speak on the February 14 presidential election. The confirmation of this invitation to the political summit which will hold on Monday, January 26, 2015 between 2:30pm and 4pm (US time) at the Conference Room of the centre will put to rest, the rumour that the APC candidate would on Monday be going to America for a medical check-up. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/405767/insti tution-invites-buhari -briefing-feb-election
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 Buhari’s School Silences PDP Over Certificate Saga The raging controversy over the academic credentials of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, was finally laid to rest wednesday when the school he attended in Katsina issued a statement of result as well as a print out of the University of Cambridge/West African School Certificate (WASC) showing the subjects Buhari took and passed in 1961. The statement of result as well as the Cambridge/WASC print out, which were provided by the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, showed that the retired general obtained credits in History (B3), English Language (C5), Hausa Language (C5), Geography (C6) and Health Science (C6). He also obtained a pass in Literature in English (P7), but failed his Mathematics (F9) and Wood Work (F9). The statement of result and print out were signed by the current principal and examination officer of the school and dated yesterday, January 21, 2015. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-s-school-silenc es-pdp-over-certifi cate-saga/199827/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 Jonathan Visits Emir Of Kano, Excited Over Crowd At Rally President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s campaign train wednesday berthed in the populous city of Kano, where he paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Kano and former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi (II). Jonathan, who immediately after his arrival at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport proceeded to the Emir’s place, expressed gratitude for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage. Also soliciting the support of the emir with whom he had a fractious relationship when he was in charge of the CBN and later fired, Jonathan added, “I am here to seek your royal blessing and to reassure the people of Kano that PDP is totally committed to developing the country.” In his response, Sanusi said the emirate has no political affiliation with any of the parties, stressing that its major concern was sustainable peace and the security of lives and property in the State. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-visits-emir- of-kano-excited-ov er-crowd-at-rally/ 199825/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 Sultan, Onaiyekan Caution Politicians On Hate Messages As Nigerians gear up for the general election, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III and the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal Onaiyekan, have called on politicians not to spread hate messages which can cause conflicts in the country. They reiterated the necessity of politicians working to promote love and tolerance among people of all ethnicities and faiths in the country. The Sultan, who spoke at conference on love and tolerance titled: ‘Two Dynamics to Personal and Social Reform,’ organised by the Ufuk Dialogue Foundation in Abuja yesterday, said Nigerians should be cautious of politicians who ginger them to conflict. Nigeria 2015; Clerics; Sultan Of Sokoto; Cardinal Onaiyekan http://www.thisday live.com/articles/sul tan-onaiyekan-caut ion-politicians-on-h ate-messages/199 814/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 Two New IDPs Camps Established In Maiduguri Two new camps have been established to house those fleeing into Maiduguri as a result of recent attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has revealed. With the two newly created camps, the number of such established camps are now 12 in the troubled Borno State. Speaking to our correspondent in Maiduguri, the information officer of the North-East zonal office of the agency, Mallam AbdulKadir Ibrahim, said the newly established camps in the heart of Maiduguri are at the Madinatu Muslim League which hosts 1,905 IDPs from Baga and Mohammed Goni College of Islamic and Legal Studies hosting 1,500 IDPs from Mobbar. With the latest addition, the numbers of IDPs established camps in Borno State have risen to 108,473. Nigeria 2015; Boko Haram http://www.thisday live.com/articles/tw o-new-idps-camps -established-in-mai duguri/199812/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 “We’re Not Against The North”- Ekiti Stakeholders The E-Eleven, a forum of Ekiti stakeholders, yesterday dissociated the people of the state from an advert placed in two national newspapers on Monday by the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, insinuating that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, might die in office if elected. The forum, chaired by Mr. Femi Ajiniran, added that the Ekiti people “are not in any way against the North, neither are we against any geopolitical zone in the country. We believe firmly in the principle of equality as espoused in the 1999 Constitution,” saying the view expressed in the advert “is Fayose’s personal opinion.” In a related development, Ekiti indigenes in the diaspora, under the auspices of  Ekiti Panupo Forum, apologised to Nigerians and particularly the Northerners, over the offensive advert placed by Fayose against the presidential candidate of the APC. Ekiti 2015; E-Eleven; North http://www.thisday live.com/articles/we -re-not-against-the -north-say-ekiti-sta keholders/199811/
ThisDay Live Thursday 22nd January 2015 Kuffor Heads ECOWAS 250-Man Observation Team To Nigeria’s Polls Former President of Ghana, Mr. John Kuffour, is heading the 250-member Election Observation Mission (EOM) of ECOWAS for Nigeria’s 2015 general election on February 14. This EOM, which is one of the largest foreign observer missions being deployed to Nigeria, would arrive February 10, and would be preceded by a 12-member Long-Term Election Observation Mission (LTEOM), whose members will be deployed from January 22 to February 18 2015. ECOWAS in a statement issued yesterday noted that  elections are taking place under heightened international interest and security concerns, especially in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; ECOWAS http://www.thisday live.com/articles/kuf four-heads-ecowas -250-man-observati on-team-to-nigeria- s-polls/199809/
Punch News Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 INEC Can’t Disqualify Buhari, Jega Insists The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has maintained that the commission cannot disqualify the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), even if he does not present his senior school certificates in the future. Jega, who spoke on Wednesday night during an interview on a Channels TV programme, titled, Straight Talk With Kadaria, said those asking the Commission to disqualify Buhari were free to go to court. He said the Electoral Law permitted that if any presidential candidate cited any documents that he could not produce, he could swear to an affidavit. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.punchng. com/politics/inec-can t-disqualify-buhari-je ga-insists/
Punch News Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 APC Kicks As NCC Bans Networks From Advertising The All Progressives Congress has berated the National Communications Commission for directing telecoms companies not to run political adverts. The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said during a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday that the directive was issued in order to give the Peoples Democratic Party an unfair advantage. Mohammed said the directive was suspect as it was issued shortly after the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, unveiled the platforms through which Nigerians could make monetary contributions to the campaign of its presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng. com/politics/apc-kick s-as-ncc-bans-networ ks-from-advertising/
Punch News Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 Don’t Be Partial, Group Warns Controversial Mbu The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders has warned the new Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Mr. Joseph Mbu, to be neutral in the season of electioneering. The Executive Chairman of the Coalition, Mr. Debo Adeniran, queried the sincerity of the police authorities on the deployment of Mbu to Lagos State despite his controversial pedigree. The group recalled that Mbu, a former Rivers State Commissioner of Police, had a running battle with the Governor of the State, Rotimi Amaechi. Nigeria 2015; CACL; Mbu http://www.punchng. com/politics/dont-be -partial-group-warns -controversial-mbu/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 Police Arrests 24 Over Attack On President Jonathan’s Convoy In Katsina The Police in Katsina State have arrested 24 persons in connection with the attack on the convoy of Peoples Democratic Party,PDP Presidential campaign in Katsina on Tuesday. The Deputy Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Bala Zamasenchi, told newsmen in Katsina on Wednesday that knives, daggers, and machetes were recovered from the suspects. He said the suspects would be prosecuted after investigation, stressing that ”anybody behind the act will face the wrath of the law”. Zamasenchi advised politicians to stop over- heating the polity and play politics in accordance with the provisions of the law. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigeria-police-arrest -24-over-attack-on -president-jonathan %E2%80%99s-con voy-in-katsina. 106869/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 PDP To Buhari: “Apologise To Nigerians For Saying Your Certificate Was With The Army” The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation has advised All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammad Buhari, to apologise to Nigerians for earlier claiming that his certificate was with military authorities.  Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Director, Media and Publicity of the organisation, gave the advice at a news briefing on Wednesday in Abuja. Buhari had, at a press briefing in Kano earlier on Wednesday said that he was surprised that the records of his secondary school education which he thought were with the military were not there. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ pdp-to-buhari-apol ogize-to-nigerians- for-saying-your-cert ificate-was-with-the -army.106866/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 Asari Dokubo Vows to Retaliate Attack On President Jonathan’s Convoy In Katsina Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, former militant leader has vowed to retaliate Tuesday’s attack on the convoy of President Goodluck Jonathan in Katsina. Asari made the threat in Abuja during a press conference. Nigeria 2015; Asari Dokubo; Violence http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ asari-dokubo-vows -to-retaliate-attack- on-president-jonath ans-convoy-in-kast ina.106868/
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 “Why We Cleared buhari”- Onu, Chairman APC Presidential Screening Committee Chairman of the defunct Presidential Screening Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that the party’s presidential candidate, General Mohammadu Buhari was cleared for primary election strictly on the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended. Besides, he said that the affidavit produced by Buhari during the screening exercise provided every conviction needed to clear him. Onu also added that the person of Buhari who had hitherto attended many military institutions both at home and abroad before rising to the pinnacle of his career in the Nigeria Army could not have done so without passing his examinations at primary  and secondary school levels. He wondered why the certificate has suddenly been made an issue even when Buhari had contested previous elections without hitches. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 14
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 “North Under Seige Because Of Buhari”- Gov Lamido Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State has expressed disgust over what he described as the level of threat some northerners were facing for not supporting the presidential ambition of the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, warning that the type of siege mentality being inflicted on the people was the beginning of the failure of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, at the polls. “The fear of Buhari is the beginning of leadership failure; therefore Nigerians and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government must stand up to its mandate,” he said. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 9
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 Death Wish Advert: NHRC To Sanction Fayose The National Human Rights Commission, yesterday, reviewed the controversial advert placed in some major national newspapers in the country by Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State with a verdict that the material amounted to “hate speech.” Though the commission may not immediately arrest and prosecute Fayose because of the immunity he currently enjoys as a sitting Governor, the rights commission might recommend him for appropriate sanctions once he leaves office. This indication emerged at a stakeholders’ roundtable organised by the NHRC for civil society groups, mainstream and social media partners in Abuja, yesterday. Nigeria 2015; NHRC; Fayose 9
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 Mark Assures Jonathan Of 85% Votes In Benue Senate President, David Mark, has assured President Goodluck Jonathan of over 85 percent of the total votes that would be cast in Benue State. Mark yesterday ahead of the party’s presidential campaign rally today in Makurdi, the State capital. The Senate President and the Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswan also harped on a violence free election in the forthcoming general elections. Speaking at his Otukpo country home in the State yesterday, Mark said that the PDP-led Federal Government had provided enough dividends of democracy to the people of Benue State to guarantee a resounding victory for the party. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguar dngr.com/2015/01/ mark-assures-jonat han-85-votes-benue/
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 INEC, NYSC To Protect Corps Members During Elections National Youth Service Corps members who would be participating in the 2015 general elections have been assured of their safety during and after the elections. This assurance has been stressed by both the leadership of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission.  Speaking with newsmen, The Director General of the NYSC scheme, Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, said provision has been placed on ground to ensure the protection of lives of NYSC members before, during and after the electoral activities. Nigeria 2015; NYSC; INEC http://www.vanguar dngr.com/2015/01/ inec-nysc-protect- corps-members- election/
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 “APC’ll Rescue Delta From 16 Years Of PDP Misrule”- Emerhor All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Delta State, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, said yesterday that the mission of APC in the state was to rescue Deltans from the 16 years of bad governance of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Emerhor, at the flag-off of APC’s governorship campaign for next month’s election at Agbor, Ika North-East Local Government Area, the home base of PDP governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, said his party’s choice of Agbor was because the people were receptive to change. Delta 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 13
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 Osun PDP Alleges Plot By Aregbesola To Disrupt Tribunal Proceeding The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that it has uncovered the attempt by the Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to hide under the strike embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria , JUSUN , to truncate the adoption of written address by Osun state governorship election petition tribunal slated for tomorrow. But the State government in a swift reaction described the allegation as a blatant lie and directed the security agencies to beam their searchlights on the activities of the opposition in the State. Osun 2014; Tribunal 11
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 Bayelsa APC Accuses Police Of Indiscriminate Arrest Of Members All Progressive Congress, APC, in Rivers State has condemned alleged indiscriminate arrest of its members by Police in the State. Director of the governorship campaign platform of the party, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, in a statement, yesterday, decried the alleged action of the Police, saying members of the party were being detained by the Police over flimsy issues. She accused the Police of being biased, adding that the Inspector General of Police should call his men to order in the State. Bayelsa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 7
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 “We Employed 25,000 Graduates Under Sure-P In 2014″- FG The Federal Government has said it provided jobs for over 25,000 graduates under the Subsidy Reinvestment and Programme, SURE-P’s Graduate Internship Scheme, GIS, saying its target is to engage 50,000 by the end of this year. About 100 of these graduates are engaged in Abia with 24 firms partnering with the Federal Government on the scheme. Each graduate serves for 12 months and receives N30, 000 monthly stipend. Nigeria 2015; SURE-P 15
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 Crisis In Anambra PDP Deepens Over Candidates Indication emerged, yesterday, that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was heading toward a confrontation with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over its candidates in Anambra State, as the national leadership of the party, yesterday, ordered all its candidates in the State for next month’s general election to commence campaigns. Recall that list of candidates submitted by PDP to INEC after its primaries in Anambra State was different from the list released by INEC. Anambra 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 15
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 “Chime Is An Exemplary Leader”- Ekweremadu Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has described Governor Sullivan Chime as an exemplary leader who has made Enugu State and its representatives at the National Assembly proud with his achievements . While speaking at Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Nde Aboh, headquarters of his Local Government Aninri home, Ekweremadu said Chime had set record in good governance which the people would continue to respect and follow him even after he had left office. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguar dngr.com/2015/01/ chime-exemplary-l eader-ekweremadu/
Sun News Online Thursday 22nd January 2015 Ihedioha, Ararume Unite As President Jonathan Campaigns In Imo Supporters of Senator Ifeanyi Ararume over the weekend joined Hon. Emeka Ihe­dioha and Imo State PDP to welcome President Goodluck Jonathan to Owerri, confirming the support of the Okigwe -born Sena­tor for Ihedioha as the governorship candidate of his party. At Saturday’s rally in which Ihedioha was presented to the people of Imo State by President Jonathan, observers were quick to imply that the action of Ararume and his men boldly accepted the course of events in Imo – queuing behind Ihedioha. The PDP governorship primary election saw Ihedioha emerging as the winner and Senator Ifeanyi Ararume coming second – an outcome that threw up a somewhat bitter aftermath as Ararume fought so bit­terly against Ihedioha. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline. com/new/?p=101344
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 Okorocha Tasks Lawyers On Electoral Processes Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, has called on lawyers to show more interest in the processes leading to the 2015 elections and in the campaigns of the presidential and governorship candidates to know whether their campaigns are issue-oriented or mere blackmails . Okorocha spoke at the 2015 Law Week of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Owerri Branch with the theme, “2015 General Elections in Nigeria:;  The Task Before the legal profession”.  He advised lawyers not wait until election cases were brought to them to handle, before knowing that they were key stake-holders in the electoral processes. Imo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 16
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 Agbaje Promises Low-Cost Houses If Elected Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje has promised to address the rising accommodation problem in the state with special emphasis on building low cost housing for Lagosians. Speaking at a town hall meeting at Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area, Agbaje, who accused the State government of paying lip service to the plight of the masses in the state in the area of housing, noted that the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government has only succeeded in building 25,000 housing units in the last 16 years. Agbaje argued that some major challenges militating against affordable housing in the State is the exorbitant cost of land and the stress of obtaining permit from the State government. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 10
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 “Card Readers Will Eliminate Voting With Another Person’s PVC”- IGINI The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Edo State, Mr Mike Igini, has said that with the introduction of card readers ahead of the February general elections, the Commission has gone digital while politicians were still at the analogue stage in their thinking. He explained that contrary to the belief that the Commission may not be able to provide the card readers, a total of 137,000 of the card readers had arrived the country, adding that with the introduction of the card readers, it will now be impossible for anybody to use another person’s Permanent Voters Card, PVC, to vote on the day of election. Nigeria 2015; IGINI; Card Readers http://www.vanguar dngr.com/2015/01/ card-readersll-elimi nate-voting-another -persons-pvc-igini/
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 22nd January 2015 Delta 2015: “Okowa Is A Reliable Politician”- Ogor Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor, has described Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as a tested and reliable politician that the Isoko nation can trust. Ogor who spoke during the Isoko North/South Peoples Democratic Party, PDP campaign flag off in Ozoro, weekend, said ”Okowa is one dependable politician that will certainly deliver his campaign promises if voted into office as governor of Delta State”. He said “I’ve no doubt that our people will never regret if they vote massively for both President Goodluck Jonathan and Okowa as they represent our beacon of hope in our region”. Ogor also urged party faithful at the rally to vote him and his fellow legislators in the Delta South Senatorial District of February 14. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguar dngr.com/2015/01/ delta-2015-okowa -reliable-politician -ogor/
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 INEC Confirms Ownership Of Ballot Boxes Intercepted In Ogun The Ogun Police Command says INEC has confirmed its ownership of the ballot boxes that were intercepted by soldiers on the Benin-Sagamu Expressway. The Spokesperson of the Command, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, told newsmen on Tuesday in Abeokuta that soldiers attached to the 35 Artillery Brigade, Abeokuta, on Tuesday intercepted a truck containing 3,600 ballot boxes. Adejobi said that the driver and two other passengers of the truck, who could not give satisfactory explanations concerning the boxes were handed over to the police at the Ijebu-Ode Area Command. He, however, said that INEC, in the course of investigations conducted by the police confirmed that the items were meant for the Commission. Ogun 2015; INEC http://www.vanguard ngr.com/2015/01/inec -confirms-ownership- ballot-boxes-intercept ed-ogun/
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “No Party Can Shake PDP In Cross River”- Imoke Senator Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, yesterday, said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will win all elective positions in the State, despite the strong showing of the All Progressives Congress, APC and Labour Party in the State. Senator Imoke, in Ogoja, Cross River North Senatorial District, while flagging off the PDP campaign rally for the February elections, said the party has presented genuine and credible young men and women on whom the future of the State and the country lie and as such, the party would stop at nothing to ensure their victory at the polls. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguard ngr.com/2015/01/no- party-can-shake-pdp -c-river-imoke/
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 N750 Million Bribe: EFCC Goes After PDP NWC Members Indications emerged last night that several top-ranking members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, might soon be dragged to court for allegedly demanding and collecting N750 million from a governoship aspirant in Delta State, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu. The PDP top officials, who are members of the PDP National Working Committee, NWC, were named by the prime suspect, Mr. Dumebi Kachikwu, who was arrested and detained for five days by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for his role in the crime. Before he was admitted to bail last week, Kachikwu, who is a former son-in-law to the former Aviation Minister, Kema Chikwe and Women Leader of the PDP, had made what a top source in EFCC called “very useful information” on how the money was received and shared to the “beneficiaries.” Further findings by Vanguard revealed that N100 million of the N750 million given by Elumelu had been traced to a top businessman in Delta State, who was also mentioned by the suspect. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguardn gr.com/2015/01/n750 m-bribe-efcc-goes-pd p-nwc-members/
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 Zamfara, Bayelsa Share Common Challenges, Says President Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday took his campaign for re-election to Zamfara and Katsina States, reminding supporters of his achievements in the last four years with promises to boost infrastructure in the two States. While President Jonathan pulled away from criticising his rival, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, many in his entourage were not so restrained. His campaign manager and former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Col. Ahmadu Ali rained tirades on Buhari who he said committed atrocities in the past, including drugging and preparing to crate Dr. Umaru Dikko from England to Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguardn gr.com/2015/01/zamf ara-bayelsa-share-co mmon-challenges-say s-jonathan/
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 Oshiomole Slams FG Employment Policy Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has attacked the Federal Government’s employment policy, accusing the government of deceit and fleecing unemployed Nigerian youths of over N800 million in the name of employment. Speaking at a rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Agenebode, Fugar and Jattu in Etsako Local Government Areas of the State, Oshiomhole said the Federal Government’s claim of creating three million jobs was false as nobody can point to any of his relations so employed by the Federal Government. He said the Jonathan administration was full of deceit, as it only says things it would never deliver on. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.vanguardng r.com/2015/01/oshiom hole-slams-fgs-employ ment-policy/
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “Why I Want To Unseat Amosun”- UPN Candidate The governorship candidate of Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, Prince Rotimi Paseda yesterday, promised to implement free healthcare programme and provide social security for the senior citizens in Ogun State if elected Governor at the February election. Paseda said he desired to unseat the incumbent Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun in the coming governorship election so as to implement Awolowo legacies on education, health and others. Paseda stated this, yesterday, at the UPN party secretariat, Onikolobo in Abeokuta shortly after he received the party flag from the interim national chairman of the party Dr. Manzo Abubakar. Ogun 2015; UPN http://www.vanguard ngr.com/2015/01/wan t-unseat-amosun-upn -candidate/
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “APC Has No Link With Muslim Brotherhood”- BV Claims published online that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is a Muslim Brotherhood member has been debunked by a group in support of Gen. Muhamadu Buhari’s candidacy. Speaking in Lagos, Lagos State Coordinator of the body known as Buhari Vanguard, Mr. Pade Ojoodide, describe the claim as malicious and in bad taste. Ojoodide said that the message is intended to poison the minds of Nigerians and that it is encumbered with the spirit of error, saying, “The message going round both on the internet, video and magazine that the APC has a link with the Muslim Brotherhood is a fallacy. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.vanguard ngr.com/2015/01/apc -has-no-link-with-mu slim-brotherhood/
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “Jonathan Will Use Amasieamaka Stadium For Presidential Rally”- Wike Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Mr Nyesom Wike, has said that the PDP Presidential Campaign Rally in Rivers State will hold at the Amasieamaka stadium on January 28 contrary to claims by the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi. Wike said that the stadium belongs to Rivers people and President Jonathan will use it for his campaign rally. The former Minister of State for Education spoke in Port Harcourt, yesterday, during a meeting with Goodluck to Goodluck Political pressure group. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguardn gr.com/2015/01/jonat hanll-use-amasieamak a-stadium-presidential -rally-wike/
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “Anenih And I Are United To Liberate Edo”- Ikimi Former External Affairs Minister under the regime of late Gen. Sani Abacha, has emphasized the unity between him and Chief Tony Anenih in the political struggle to liberate Esanland and the entire Edo State from the clutches of All Progressives Congress, APC. He spoke at a rally by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Igueben, his home town. Meanwhile, the daughter of late Professor Ambrose Alli, first civilian Governor of the defunct Bendel State, Ms Rosemary Alli, who was also at the rally, called on Esan people not to vote for Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the APC Presidential candidate, alleging that he was responsible for the death of her father shortly after he was released from prison. Edo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguardn gr.com/2015/01/feb- polls-anenih-united-lib erate-edo-ikimi/
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 Don’t Alter Nigerians’ Wish, Oba Of Lagos Tells INEC The Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, yesterday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to alter the wish of Nigerians at the February elections. Akiolu made the appeal in Lagos. He said that INEC should not tolerate rigging or any other electoral malpractice to ensure free, fair and credible polls that would deepen Nigeria’s democracy. The monarch tasked the Commission to ensure that all eligible voters would get their cards before the elections. He assured INEC of the support of the traditional institution in the State toward credible general elections. Akiolu regretted the insurgency in some parts of the country but hoped that it would soon end. Nigeria 2015; Oba of Lagos http://www.vanguard ngr.com/2015/01/don t-alter-nigerians-wish -oba-lagos-tells-inec/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 Fayose Again, Attacks Buhari In Second Paper Ad Here, again, is another ad from the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose. He has attacked the APC Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, stating that the man is too old to be President of Nigeria. The previous ad had somewhat disagreeable undertones as it led the reader to suspect that Fayose expected Buhari to die while in office. Femi Fani Kayode, speaking for the Presidency and the PDP, dissociated the party from the advert yesterday. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ photo-fayose-again- attacks-buhari-in-se cond-paper-ad.106 837/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 Buhari Sheds Light On WAEC Certificate Drama General Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate has this morning addressed the mystery and suspicions surrounding his West Africa School Certificate (WASC) palaver, blaming it on mischief makers.  He said this at the Kano Sate Government House. General Buhari noted that he graduated at Provitional Secondary School, Katsina (1961) with several prominent Nigerians, including the late Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and Justice Umar Abdullahi, former President of the Court of Appeal. According to Buhari, he sat for the WASC with the above mentioned men. His examination number, he said, was: 8200002 and he passed the examination with the second division. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ buhari-sheds-light-in to-waec-certificate- drama.106832/
Leadership News Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 Boko Haram Declares Buhari, Jonathan Infidels In New Video Leader of the Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau has released a disturbing video in which he was seen burning Nigerian flags even as he displayed cache of arms and ammunition seized from the Nigeria Army in Baga, Borno State. Shekau, in the 36 minutes video, also declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and President Goodluck Jonathan  enemies and infidels who Nigerians are celebrating ignorantly. The leader of the Boko Haram was dressed in full military kit with an assault rifle hanging across his chest as he held a spiral bind booklet from which he read out his statement that lasted 17 minutes in Arabic. There after he spoke for about seven minutes in Hausa. Nigeria 2015; Boko Haram http://leadership.ng/ news/405612/boko -haram-declares-bu hari-jonthan-infidels -enemies-video
Leadership News Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 Osibanjo Solicits Support Of APC In Diaspora The Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has taken the party’s campaign to Nigerians in the Diaspora, as he woos support of APC-Diaspora, Canada Chapter ahead of the presidential election on February 14. Osinbajo made the move in a video-conference where members of the Diaspora body participated from different locations including Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal. The programme afforded Nigerians the opportunity to ask various questions on burning issues affecting the country. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/405622/2015 -osinbajo-solicits-su pport-apcdiaspora
Leadership News Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 Ondo Deputy Governor Urges PDP Members To Resolve Differences The Deputy Governor of Ondo State , Alhaji Ali Olanusi, has urged aggrieved members of the PDP to cooperate and work for the development of the party in the State. Olanusi gave the advice on Wednesday while presiding over a meeting of the reconciliatory committee of the party in Owo Local Government Area of the State. The Deputy Governor appealed to all aggrieved PDP aspirants to forget about their grievances and work together for the good of the party. He stressed the need for members to resolve their grievances and work harmoniously to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan in February’s election. Ondo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/405601/ondo -deputy-governor- urges-pdp-member s-resolve-differences
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 Buhari Insists On Probe… All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari yesterday dismissed PDP’s denial of the front page death wish advertisement by Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, insisting on independent investigation. Buhari dismissed the rebuttal by President Goodluck Jonathan’s Campaign Spokesperson Femi Fani-Kayode as “merely a case of a master disassociating himself from the errand boy after the message had backfired.” Speaking through his campaign media and publicity director Malam Garba Shehu, the APC flag bearer said the PDP response is “too casual and off-handed to impress anyone. It doesn’t sound convincing. The PDP needs to take this issue more seriously to underscore its commitment to the sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy and the non-violence pact entered into by the party and its presidential candidate.” Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 Protesters In Katsina Destroy Jonathan, Nashuni Billboards Irate youths yesterday destroyed and set ablaze billboards and posters of President Goodluck Jonathan and Engr. Musa Nashuni immediately after the campaign team departed the venue of the presidential campaign rally in Katsina. The youths carried posters of Muhammadu Buhari, brooms and chanted ‘Nigeria sai Buhari’, ‘Karya ne’ . Some youths drove cars dangerously along major roads, especially those adjourning the venue of the rally, chanting APC songs just as others were spotted with sticks. Some APC women under the auspices of Masari Network for Change swept the roads as a sign of protest over the President’s visit. They swept Kofar Soro, Kofar Durbi, Kerau and Saulawa among others. Their leader, Sadiya Lawal, the granddaughter of retired General Buhari, said the action was informed by their desire to show their anger over the visit and solidarity to the APC. Katsina 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 4
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 NBC Accuses States TV, Radio Stations Of Partisanship The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has accused television and radio stations government-owned of partisanship in their election coverage, even as it threatened to sanction them. Speaking yesterday in Abuja at a one-day Sensitization Meeting on Political Broadcasting organised by the Abuja Zonal Office of NBC, the NBC’s Director General Dr Emeka Mba said the commission has having serious issues with broadcast stations owned by State governments because most of them either shut out opposition politicians or did not give them equal airtime in their States. But he said NBC had sent warnings to the stations involved and may sanction them if they failed to stop their unbalanced reporting. Nigeria 2015; NBC 15
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “Collect Voter’s Card, Get Free Medical Care”- Governor’s Wife Wife of Cross River State Governor, Mrs Obioma Liyel Imoke, has urged people of the State to ensure that they collect their permanent voters’ card, saying that would guarantee them free medical service, insurance for their children and employment.  Mrs Imoke spoke at Itighidi, home town of the Governor, when she went to obtain her voters card. She said government agencies in the State may soon begin to pay special attention to women and children who have voters’ card. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 14
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “Katsina Made Me Who I Am”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday campaigned in Katsina amidst tight security, declaring indebtedness to the State which he said made him whom he is today. He thanked the people, saying he was a son of the State as he was brought to government by the late Umaru Musa Yar’ adua. According to him, it was more of home coming. “Without Katsina, I wouldn’t be there. Katsina State made me who I’m today”, he said. He said he would continue to give the state priority attention for greater development and prosperity. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 4
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 Buhari In Jigawa, Promises To End Unemployment All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, was yesterday in Jigawa State in continuation of his North-West tour, promising to end youth unemployment among others. Buhari who arrived the Malam Aminu Kano Triangle, venue of the rally at about 7pm, got a rousing welcome from party supporters who had been waiting for him since 10am. In his brief remarks he said though the thrust of his campaign was on security, economy and corruption, his emphasis would be on how to tackle youth unemployment which is a big challenge in Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 4
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 Crowd Overwhelms Buhari In Kano Activities in Kano State were yesterday grounded as  unprecedented number of supporters thronged the Sani Abacha Stadium to attend the campaign rally of presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) retired General Muhammadu Buhari. From the Mallam Aminu International Airport (MAKIA) where Buhari and his entourage landed, all major roads were impassable as his supporters occupied the streets, chanting “Sai Baba”. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 4
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “We Can’t Disqualify Underaged Candidates”- INEC The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it does not have the backing of law to disqualify candidates submitted by their political parties, including the underage candidate for any elective office. This is coming on the heels of a report by an online media portal that discovered many candidates vying for the both the Senate and House of Representatives offices but whose ages fell below the required level required by law. The report by Premium Times revealed that there are 22 candidates on the final list of contestants into the senatorial election released by INEC, who are below the stipulated age of 35 years, from about 13 political parties. The report added that another batch of 25 candidates below 30 years have been cleared by the Commission to contest the House of Representatives election. Nigeria 2015; INEC 3
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “I Am Still In PDP”- Sambawa Former Minister of Sports and Social Development Dr Saidu Samaila Sambawa has said no amount of pressure and inducement will lure him away from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Sambawa said in Abuja yesterday that he would work assiduously for the success of the party in the forthcoming general elections and called on the party supporters in Kebbi, his home State, to vote for PDP. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 20
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “INEC Please Give Me My Voter’s Card”- Action Alliance Chairman For someone to willingly sacrifice his fundamental and constitutional right of casting his vote during an election, it must be a weighty decision to take, more so when such individual is himself contesting for a presidential election. This is the case of the Action Alliance (AA) presidential candidate and the party’s national chairman, Tunde Anifowose Kelani, who said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must produce his Permanent Voter Card. Kelani said like all eligible voters in the country, he went to his registered polling unit during the recent collection of PVCs in his State, only to be told that the entire unit where he was registered has been cancelled by INEC. This apparently did not go down well with the AA presidential candidate so much so that he made a request jokingly at INEC Headquarters in Abuja yesterday during a programme. Nigeria 2015; AA; INEC 20
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “PDP’s Antics Won’t Stop”- Buhari The campaign of calumny against the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not stop him from winning the February 14 presidential elections, a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Gondina Musa Sambo, has said. Sambo, who represents Pengana constituency of Bassa Local Government Area, told journalists in Jos that Nigerians are sick and tired of the PDP-led government, hence the need for change. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “More Is AT Stake For Presidential Elections”- BP A pro-Buhari group has said that more is at stake regarding the 2015 general elections as the country is faced with daunting challenges which need a committed leader like the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu  Buhari to tackle. Speaking at a press briefing organized by the group under the aegis of ‘Broom Platform’ in Abuja yesterday, Chairman of the group Dr. Tom Ikhire, said if Nigeria sails through the next elections, it would be like one of its African counterparts, Ghana, which cemented democracy. Nigeria 2015; Broom Platform 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 “Use Of Illicit Weapons Marred Past Elections”- Jega Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Attahiru Jega has said that elections in Nigeria have been marred in recent times by the use of illicit weapons that are prevalent all over the country. He said this at a stakeholders’ sensitization forum on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria organised by the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), on Monday in Kaduna with the theme ‘Ballot without Bullets.’ Nigeria 2015; INEC 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 Governor Ahmed’s Aide Dumps APC For PDP The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State on Primary Health, Professor Babatunde Opabola, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Opabola, a professor of public health who was the Chairman of the State Committee on Ebola prevention set up during the National anti-Ebola campaign, resigned from Ahmed’s cabinet to join the PDP. He was formally received into the PDP during the inauguration of the 2015 campaign committee of the party chaired by former Federal Character Commission (FCC) Chairman, Professor Abdulraheem Oba. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 17
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 21st January 2015 Senator Magoro To Head Buhari’s Mobilization Committee In North-West The Senator representing Kebbi South Muhammadu Magoro has been appointed to serve as chairman of the Contact and Mobilization Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) North-West zonal Presidential Campaign Council ahead of General Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign visit to Birnin Kebbi tomorrow, Daily Trust gathered. Magoro, a former Board of Trustee (BoT) member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had defected to the APC alongside former Chief of Staff to Governor Saidu Dakingari, Alhaji Abdullahi Lamba, and Senator Abubakar Tanko Ayuba who is to serve in the Planning and Strategy Committee of the Presidential Campaign Council. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 20
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 International Observers Identify Loopholes In Preparation For February Polls Two foreign election monitoring groups on Tuesday enumerated loopholes in the preparation for next month’s elections by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and tasked the Commission to bridge the gap. They also urged various political parties canvassing for people’s votes in the February polls to focus on issue-based campaigns which they said should border on security, economy and governance. The groups, National Democratic Inistitute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI), made the appeal after a delegation of both groups concluded a five-day mission to Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; IRI; NDI http://www.thisday live.com/articles/int ernational-observer s-identify-loopholes -in-preparation-for- february-polls/199741/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 “Fayose Does Not Speak For Us Or Jonathan”- PDP As outrage continues to trail the advertorial placed by the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, stating that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) is terminally ill and might soon die, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the Governor’s view does not represent the position of the party or the views of President Goodluck Jonathan. Disassociating PDP and the President from the controversial advertisement, the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaigns, Chief Femi Fani Kayode, said Fayose did not speak for the President and the PDP as a political party and that the content  of the advertisement did not represent the position of the party. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-fayose-does-not- speak-for-us-jonath an/199740/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 INEC Releases List Of Accredited Election Observers The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accredited 89 local and international groups to observe the 2015 general election scheduled for February 14 and 28. INEC in a statement said the groups were accredited sequel to their compliance with the requirements and guidelines issued by the Commission. The Commission warned that any observer groups other than those accredited by, and listed by it, which are found in the States, in the course of the elections, should be handed over to law enforcement agencies. It also warned that accredited field observers found in the States other than where they were posted would equally be sanctioned. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ine c-releases-list-of-acc redited-election-obse rvers/199739/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Tinubu, Osibanjo Donate N10 Million To Victims Of Election Violence Former Lagos State Governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu  and the party’s vice-presidential candidate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, have donated N10 million and food items to the  victims of  the 2011 post-election violence in Kaduna. The donations were presented to the affected persons shortly after the APC presidential rally in Kaduna on Monday. While Tinubu made a donation of N10 million, Osinbajo donated bags of rice and other food items. Speaking during the presentation, Tinubu said the money was his personal contribution to the sympathetic condition of the victims, adding that the donation had nothing to do with the APC account. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/tin ubu-osinbajo-donat e-n10m-to-victims- of-election-violenc e/199735/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Jonathan’s Achievements Inconsequential, Says Buhari The  All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has described as empty and inconsequential the claims by President Goodluck Jonathan of outstanding achievements in the education sector. Rather, the organisation said the administration was responsible for serious shortcomings in the sector, and blames the president for presiding over the greatest decline ever known in the education sector in the country’s history. In a statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC presidential campaign organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu, the APC blamed the administration of President Jonathan for the present confusion in the sector characterised by long strikes caused by the poor management of the sector by his appointees. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-s-achievem ents-inconsequenti al-says-buhari/199 736/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 EU Deploys Observation Mission For Nigeria’s General Elections The European Union (EU) has deployed an Election Observation Mission for the forthcoming presidential, National Assembly, governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections in Nigeria, scheduled for February 14 and 28. This was contained in a statement signed on Tuesday by the Press and Information Officer, EU Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) in Nigeria, Mr. Eberhard Laue. At the invitation of the authorities of Nigeria, Laue said the mission would assess the elections against national law and international principles for elections contained in regional and international law and standards. Nigeria 2015; EU http://www.thisday live.com/articles/eu -deploys-observati on-mission-for-nige ria-s-general-elect ion/199738/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Labour Party Berates Politicians Over Personality Attacks The National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Abdulkadir Salau, has described as unfortunate the unfolding scenario of character assassination and mud-silinging being employed by politicians in the ongoing election campaigns. Salau, who spoke to journalists yesterday in Abuja said LP debunked the insinuation that the party has endorsed one the presidential candidates for next month’s election. Speaking on the wave of abuses and name-calling that has characterised the initial stages of the election campaigns, Salau said it smacks of uncivilised behaviour and a negation of what campaigning should be. Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/lab our-party-berates- politicians-over-per sonality-attacks/19 9734/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Post Election Victims In Gombe Protest Over 500 victims of the 2011 election violence on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest in Gombe State over the Federal Government’s alleged abandonment, four years after the incident. The protesters who carried placards with different inscriptions which alleged abandonment by the government said they felt betrayed for voting for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 as they are suffering untold hardship afterwards. Speaking through the Spokesman of the protesters, Julius Joseph Bajoga, they said the victims in State had been disappointed by the attitude of the PDP-led Federal Government, after voting for it and losing the lives of their beloved ones including properties worth millions of naira. Gombe 2011; Violence http://www.thisday live.com/articles/po st-election-violence -victims-in-gombe- protest/199733/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Agbaje Promises Non-Indigenes Better Treatment The Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the February 28 gubernatorial election, Jimi Agbaje, has assured non-indigenes residing and doing business in the state of proper treatment by his administration if elected into office. Agbaje made the promise during the continuation of a marathon town hall meeting that was held in three separate Local Government Areas of the State respectively; including  Ikorodu, Ajeromi and Apapa. In reference to the controversial policy by the incumbent administration that saw many non-indigenes sent back to their States of origin, Agbaje promised: “We will not deport non-indigenes from Lagos.” Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ag baje-promises-non -indigenes-better-tr eatment/199732/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Ambode Meets Business Leaders, Promises 24 Hour Economy The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has promised the business community and corporate sector in the state a 24-hour economy if elected as the Governor on February 28. According to a statement signed by his Director of Media and Communications, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the APC candidate spoke at two well-attended fora in the past few days to enumerate his vision for a “clean, secure and more prosperous Lagos.” Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/am bode-meets-busine ss-leaders-promises -24-hour-economy/ 199731/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Jigawa Ready For Jonathan, Says Campaign Co-ordinator President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to visit Jigawa State this Wednesday in continuation of his campaign tour of all the States of the Federation. According to the Campaign Coordinator, Jonathan for President, Alhaji Yusuf Alhassan Gumel, who is also the Barma of Gumel said, everything has been put in place to receive the President. The Campaign Coordinator further revealed that their reason to whole-heartily receive the President is as result of his achievements, which cut across all the States of the Federation. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jig awa-ready-for-jona than-says-campaign -coordinator/199730/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 APGA Guber Ticket: Otti Threatens Legal Action Against Ufomba Former Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has warned Mr. Reagan Ufomba to desist from parading himself as the candidate of the party in the State or face legal action. A statement signed by the Media Director, Alex Otti Campaign Organisation, Mr. Chris Uka, said with Otti’s name now published as the APGA candidate by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ufomba cannot continue to parade himself as the APGA candidate in the State. Abia 2015; APGA http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap ga-guber-ticket-otti -threatens-legal-acti on-against-ufomba/ 199729/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Emerhor Unveils Campaign In Agbor The All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Delta State, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, will this Wednesday hold its mega campaign flag-off rally in Agbor, Delta State. The event, which is expected to attract over 300,000 party supporters of the APC, will kick off at 11a.m. The Director of Media and Political Communication, Dr. Fred Oghenesivbe, said the choice of Agbor was as a result of the massive support of the APC and its gubernatorial candidate by the people of Delta North Senatorial District. Delta 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/em erhor-unveils-campa ign-in-agbor/199728/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Cross River: Ayade Promises Continuity At Campaign The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Cross River State, Senator Ben Ayade, has promised to sustain programmes and projects initiated by Governor Liyel Imoke. Ayade, who made the promise during the flag off of the party’s campaigns for the February elections at the Ogoja township stadium, told the mammoth crowd of supporters and party stalwarts who turned out for the rally that he would ensure the completion of ongoing projects and others initiated by Governor Imoke. He noted that the projects were laudable, as they were people-oriented, and as such would use them as a takeoff pad to commence work as Governor if elected into office come May 29. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ay ade-promises-conti nuity-at-campaign/ 199727/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 I Won’t Probe Elechi, But No Room For Corruption, Says Umahi Ebonyi State Deputy Governor and the Peoples Democratic Party governorship flag-bearer in next month’s election, Chief Dave Umahi has said he has no intention to probe the State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi but he would not allow any corrupt practices in the State. Umahi stressed that he would not condone any corrupt practices, which leaders of the State have agreed to eradicate from the system, as failure to do so would amount to invitation of poverty in the State. Briefing newsmen in Abakaliki, Umahi attributed the political disagreement he has with the Governor to a handiwork of darkness. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/i- won-t-probe-elechi -but-no-room-for- corruption-says-um ahi/199726/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 “The Choice Of My Successor Unites Enugu PDP”- Chime Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State on Tuesday declared that unlike in other States in the country, the choice of the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State has helped to consolidate the party ahead of next month’s elections. This came as the party’s candidate, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, pledged his readiness to deliver a minimum of 10,000 jobs within the first six months if elected as the State Governor. Addressing the party supporters during the PDP Local Government Area campaign rally in Enugu East Council Area, Chime said the choice of Ugwuanyi as the party’s standard bearer was the tonic that resolved all the contending issues in the State. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ch ime-the-choice-of- my-successor-unit es-pdp-in-enugu/ 199725/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Stop Castigating Wamakko, Other Northern Leaders, APC Chieftain Tells Lamido A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, Dr. Abubakar Muhammad, on Tuesday accused Jigawa State Governor, Mallam Sule Lamido of betraying the G-5 Governors and cautioned him against castigating Governor Aliyu Wamakko and Northern leaders. He also said Wamakko had nothing against President Goodluck Jonathan but his style of leadership that had pauperised Nigerians. Muhammad was reacting to recent remarks made by Lamido at the presidential rally of the Peoples Democratic Party in Sokoto on Monday, where he berated Wamakko and some Governors for betraying the PDP that gave them the platform to rise to national prominence. Jigawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/sto p-castigating-wamak ko-and-northern-lea ders-apc-chieftain-te lls-jigawa-governor /199724/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 APC Candidates Have Our Support, Royal Fathers Tell Oshiomole Traditional Rulers in Etsako land, Edo State, have thrown their weight behind the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in year’s general election, saying  their support is based on the need to continue the development in the State. The endorsement was made yesterday during the visit of the state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to the traditional rulers during his campaign tour of the area. The party’s candidates are Mr. Francis Alimikhena, Senate Edo North; Mr. Philip Shaibu, House of Representatives; Mr. Damian Lawani, Mr. Gani Audu, Mr. Yakubu Gowon and Mr. Kingsley Ughabi, who are all House of Assembly candidates. Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdayl ive.com/articles/apc -candidates-have- our-support-royal- fathers-tell-oshiomh ole/199723/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 “We Do Not Have Buhari’s Certificate”- Army In a bid to put to rest the controversy surrounding the credentials of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army has stated that it is not in possession of his West African School Certificate (WASC) with which he enrolled in the Nigerian Military Training College in 1962. At a press briefing yesterday in Abuja, the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Olajide Laleye, said the clarification was necessitated after the barrage of requests from individuals and corporate organisations seeking to know the true position of Buhari’s credentials. But in a swift reaction, the APC warned that those bent on destroying its candidate may end up destroying the country’s Military by dragging it into politics. Nigeria 2015; Army http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ar my-we-do-not-hav e-buhari-s-certifica te/199754/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Fashola Unveils Fund-Raising Strategy For Buhari, Alleges FG Has Shut Down APC Website Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, yesterday said the Federal Government has shut down the official website of the All Progressives Congress (APC), just as he unveiled the fund-raising strategy for the presidential campaign of the party. The Governor, who is the Chairman of the Buhari-Osinbajo Campaign Fund, also debunked allegations that allocations of 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas had been diverted to fund the party’s campaign. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/fas hola-unveils-fund-ra ising-strategy-for-bu hari-alleges-fg-has- shut-down-apc-web site/199752/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 Al-Makura’s Campaign DG’s Pregnant Daughter Assassinated Gunmen suspected to be assassins on Monday murdered the pregnant daughter of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura’s campaign organisation Director-General, Alhaji Musa Illu, Mrs. Amina Suleiman. Mrs. Suleiman, who was seven months pregnant, was found in the pool of her blood with her neck cut and a knife stuck in her stomach. Illu’s younger brother, Namairo Babai, said the late Amina was killed in her home in faraway Katsina State when her husband, Suleiman Mohammed, was away to Zaria for his doctoral degree programme. Nasarawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/al -makura-s-campaig n-dg-s-pregnant-da ughter-assassinated /199712/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 21st January 2015 US Groups List Boko Haram As Major Challlenge To February General Elections Two  United States of America (USA)-based institutes, National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI), Tuesday said that the Boko Haram insurgent group remains one of the major threats to the February general elections in Nigeria NDI and IRI had jointly constituted a delegation charged with the responsibility of, among others, assessing  the current political  and  electoral  environment in the lead-up to the February 14 presidential election; and assessing preparations for the presidential election and offer recommendations to enhance citizen confidence in the process and mitigate violence; Nigeria 2015; IRI; NDI http://www.thisday live.com/articles/us -groups-list-boko- haram-as-major -challenge-to-febru ary-general-electio ns/199681/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 “Buhari Has Failed As Head Of State”- Shehu Shagari Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s Second Republic President on Tuesday endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for re-election.  Shagari made the endorsement during a Presidential rally of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Nigeria 2015; Shehu Shagari http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /nigeria-buhari-failed -as-head-of-state-sh ehu-shagari.106812/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 APC Refuses PDP’s Dissociation From Fayose’s Death Wish Advert On Buhari The All Progressives Congress, APC has refused a statement from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP distancing itself from a death-wish advert sponsored by Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose against its Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. A statement issued by APC presidential campaign Spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday, said, Femi Fani-Kayode, was ”merely a case of a master dissociating himself from the errand boy after the message had backfired”.  Garba described the PDP’s response to the advert as ”too casual and off-handed to impress anyone”. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ buhari-apc-refuses- pdps-dissociation- from-fayoses-death -wish-advert.106814/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 Adamawa Governor Wants State Guber Elections Postponed To April Governor Bala Ngilari of Adamawa state has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the conduct of the February elections in the State until April due to insecurity. Ngilari made the call in Abuja on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ workshop on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and 2015 general elections organised by INEC. He said as the Chief Security Officer of the State, it would not be fair for him to say that the security situation had sufficiently stabilised to conduct elections on Feb. 14. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /adamawa-governor -wants-states-guber -elections-postpone d-to-april.106816/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 Nigerian Army Releases Buhari’s Academic Records, Insist They Don’t Have His WASC The Nigerian army has released some school documents of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The Army has however insisted that it doesn’t copies of Buhari’s West African Secondary School Certificate as ”it was not the practice of the department to keep such document at that time”.  Follow Links below to see Buhari’s documents as obtained by PREMIUM TIMES. Nigeria 2015; Army http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /nigerian-army-relea ses-buharis-academi c-records-insists-the y-dont-have-his-was c.106828/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 “President Jonathan Will Destroy Nigerian Army Because Of Buhai’s Certificate”- APC The All Progressives Congress, APC on Tuesday alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP will destroy the Nigerian Army in a quest to paint Muhammadu Buhari ‘bad’. The APC made the accusation in a statement issued after Brigadier General Olajide Lalaye, Director of Army Public relations issued a statement saying the Nigerian Army wasn’t in possession of Buhari’s certificate. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ president-jonathan-p dp-will-destroy-niger ian-army-because-of -buharis-certificate- apc.106818/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 “Shagari Denies Endorsing Jonathan”- Sahara Reporters Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s second republic president has denied endorsing President Goodluck Jonathan for re-election. Speaking on behalf of Shagari, his son,Muhammad Bala Shagari, said, ”I’d like to inform the general public and concerned citizens of this country that the speech that was credited to His Excellency Alhaji Shehu Shagari, GCFR (Turakin Sokoto) by some media agencies and online news blogs in which His Excellency was reported to have endorsed President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and commending his government for some achievements is nothing but a blatant lie. And we’ve condemned it in strong terms. It is pertinent to note that Alhaji Shehu Shagari is not a card-carrying member of any political party neither [does he] support the candidature of any politician. Alhaji Shehu Shagari was for long retired from partisan politics, he’s known for his proven integrity and [reputation as a] distinguished nationalist and elder statesman who treats every Nigerian/politician equally irrespective of his/her political party, tribe, ethnicity or religion.” Nigeria 2015; Shehu Shagari http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ shagari-denies-endor sing-jonathan-sahara -reporters.106823/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 “Political Campaigns Are Good For Nigeria’s Economy”- Fashola Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State says the ongoing political campaigns are impacting positively on Nigerians and the nation’s domestic economy. Fashola spoke in Lagos on Tuesday at a news conference as Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee for the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation. The Governor, however, declined to project on the level of economic growth so far recorded. According to him, the level of impact of the political campaigns on both the formal and informal sectors of the nation’s economy is visible to discerning observers. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/p olitical-campaigns-are -good-for-nigerias-ec onomy-fashola.106826/
Leadership News Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 Southern Leaders Endorse Jonathan Some Southern leaders under the auspices of Southern Nigeria People’s Assembly (SNPA) yesterday unanimously endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid in the February 14, 2015 presidential election. This is even as they vowed to resist all attempts by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resurrect the implementation of the 30,000 additional polling units. In a communique issued after its 5th General Conference held at Golden Royale Hotel, Enugu which was signed by former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, Chief Edwin K. Clark, co-chair/leader of South South and Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu, leader of the South West, the group vowed to resist any attempt to employ violence to kill innocent Nigerians on account of the outcome of the general elections. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/405571/polls -southern-leaders- endorses-jonathan
Leadership News Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 Lawyers, CSOs Condemn Fayose Over Advert On Buhari Condemnations yesterday trailed the publication in some newspapers last Monday by the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on the health of the All Progressives Comgress (APC) candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). Reacting to the advertisement, a Senior Advocate and Professor of Law, Chief Awa Kalu described the publication from the governor as awkward. “The life of everyone is in God’s hands and he determines when anybody will die”, the SAN said. Also, civil society organisations working in support of credible elections in the country have condemned the publications in strong terms. The Situation Room is made up of CSOs working in support of credible and transparent elections in Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; Inflammatory Rhetorics; Situation Room http://leadership.ng /news/405569/lawy ers-csos-condemn- fayose-publication -buhari
Leadership News Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 Ex-Militant Youths Warn Patience Jonathan Over Presidential Rally In Bayelsa Hundreds of youths from the coastal communities in Bayelsa State, suspected to be ex-militants, yesterday warned the wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan against accompanying her husband to the presidential rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled to hold in the State on February 5. The ex-militant youths,under the aegis of the Mangrove Boys of Bayelsa (MBB) asked Mrs. Jonathan to steer clear of the rally over her alleged involvement in the plot to boo and stone the State Governor,Hon.Seriake Dickson during the forthcoming presidential rally in the State. Bayelsa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)  
Leadership News Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 “Buhari’s Overseas Military Training Equivalent To Doctorate Degree”- Musa Sambo A member representing Pengana constituency of Bassa LGC in the Plateau State House of Assembly under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Gondina Musa Sambo has said that the military training of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari with which he rose to the rank of General and former head of state is enough to qualify him for the exalted office of the President of this country. He said that Buhari has gone through many military trainings both in Nigeria and overseas, adding that the courses he attended are equivalent to a doctorate degree. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/405543/buhar is-overseas-military- training-equivalent- doctorate-degree- sambo
Leadership News Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 “I Won’t With-Hunt My Deputy For Defecting To APC”- Governor Aliyu The Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has said that he will neither witch-hunt nor deny his Deputy, Hon Ahmed Musa Ibeto of his privileges or rights for defecting to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). Aliyu said while collecting his Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in Minna that defection to another party was part of the freedom of association of the Deputy Governor and he will not infringe on that. According to Aliyu, the Deputy Governor like any other free citizen of Nigeria has the right to choose who he associates with and the group he belongs to. Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/405540/wont -witchhunt-deputy- defecting-apc-gov- aliyu
Leadership News Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 Ex-Minister Flags Off PDP Campaign In Kuje The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, yesterday, flagged off the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign for National Assembly at Kuje Area Council. Addressing party supporters at the occasion, the Minister, who is also the leader of the party in the territory, commended the present administration for doing so much to develop the Federal City Centre (FCC) and the surrounding satellite towns, saying the Abuja master plan is being maintained in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/405519/minis ter-flagsoff-pdp-cam paign-kuje
Leadership News Online Wednesday 21st January 2015 “I’m Mobilising Eligble Voters, Giving Hope To Nigerians”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan has said that his campaign is targeted towards mobilising eligible voters and hinged on building schools, giving hope and empowering Nigerians. Jonathan, who stated this yesterday through his Spokesperson, Dr. Reuben Abati, via his Twitter post @abati1990, said is interested in moving Nigeria forward. He revealed that the opposition are instead mobilizing under-aged person, turning them into street sweepers, hate mongers and stone-throwers and called on Nigerians to beware. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/405508/twit ter-war-im-mobilisi ng-eligible-voters- giving-hope-nigeria ns-jonathan
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 “PDP Believes In One Indivisible Nigeria”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and all its candidates believe in one indivisible Nigeria, saying the unity of the country was paramount. He also cautioned politicians who are using religion and ethnicity to divide Nigerians to desist forthwith, stressing that he had no hatred whatsoever towards northerners, contrary to the falsehood being peddled by some politicians in the North. Speaking at the PDP presidential campaign rally in Sokoto, Jonathan maintained that the PDP government believes in one Nigeria and will continue to deliver the much needed dividends of democracy to Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-pdp-believe s-in-one-indivisible -nigeria/199645/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Kaduna Shuts Down For Buhari Former military Head of State and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), has asked his supporters to protect their votes in the February elections. Buhari at a rally in Kaduna on Monday, urged his supporters to ensure that they escort their votes after voting. The APC presidential candidate who arrived at the Murtala Square venue of the event at about 6:35 p.m. after keeping a mammoth of supporters waiting, said Nigerians would witness a remarkable change two years into his administration as president if elected. Buhari who addressed the crowd in Hausa language, said his administration would focus on security, the economy, education and health. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ka duna-shut-down-fo r-buhari/199644/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Future Of Nigeria Is In The Hands Of PDP, Says Mark The Senate President, David Mark, has stated that the future of Nigeria is in the hands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and therefore urged Nigerians to vote for the PDP to actualise the dream. According to Mark who made this known at the Nagwamatse Stadium in Kontagora, during the commencement of the campaign of the governorship candidate of the party, Alhaji Umar Nasko, on Monday, said only the PDP can take Nigeria to the promised land. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/fut ure-of-nigeria-is-in -the-hands-of-pdp -says-mark/199643/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Focus On Issues Not Religion, Sultan Tells Jonathan, Buhari The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Monday advised President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to conduct their campaigns based on issues and devoid of religious sentiments. He equally enjoined them to avoid the use of abusive language and mudslinging. The monarch also called on the President to do whatever it takes to bring an end to the security challenges bedeviling the country. The Monarch made the plea on Monday when President Jonathan paid him homage in his palace in Sokoto. Nigeria 2015; Sultan Of Sokoto http://www.thisday live.com/articles/fo cus-your-campaig ns-on-issues-not- religion-sultan-tel ls-jonathan-buhar i/199642/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Buhari To Be In Jigawa On Tuesday The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa State has concluded arrangement to receive its presidential candidate, General Muhammad Buhari (rtd), in Dutse the State capital, this Tuesday. Speaking with THISDAY on the telephone, the Chairman of the party in the State, Alhaji Ado Sani Kiri, said the APC had fully mobilised its members like other States in the country to receive Buhari whom he described as a man of the moment. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-to-be-in-jigaw a-tuesday/199640/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Baraje Flays Fayose Over Attack On Buhari A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and member of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, has blasted the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, for his comments on the health status of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). Baraje, in a statement issued and personally signed by him which was made available to journalists in Ilorin, Kwara State capital on Monday, drew the attention of  the Inspector General of Police, the INEC Chairman, State Security Services and other security agents to the inflammatory statements originating from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidates particularly Governor Fayose. The APC chieftain urged the security chiefs  to do something urgently about the provocative comments emanating from Governor Fayose. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/b araje-flays-fayose -over-attack-on- buhari/199639/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 “Why Jonathan Should Be Voted Out”- Oshiomole Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State on Monday listed the reasons why Nigerians should vote out President Goodluck Jonathan in the next presidential election. For instance, he accused the President of giving national honours to people who presided over the death of young Nigerians in the name of giving them employment. Oshiomhole who stated this at a rally in Agenebode, Fugar and Jattu, where he presented Chief Francis Alimekhena as the senatorial candidate of the APC in Edo North, and Philip Shaibu as the House of Representatives candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Etsako Federal Constituency, added that during the botched immigration recruitment exercise, “even after they collected N800million from jobless Nigerians, they harvested death instead of job.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/os hiomhole-why-jona than-should-be-vot ed-out/199638/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Ndoma-Egba Denies Attack As Ayade Pays Visit The Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), has denied reports making the rounds in the media that the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Ben Ayade, was attacked in his Ikom residence on Sunday night. Ndoma-Egba stated this early on Monday morning before he received Ayade who visited him to solicit his support. Before the repeat of his visit yesterday morning, Ayade and members of his entourage had visited the residence of the Senate Leader in Ikom on Sunday night following an earlier appointment between them. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/nd oma-egba-denies- attack-as-ayade-pa ys-visits/199637/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 INEC Deploys 1,555 Card Readers To Ekiti, Says Election Date Stands The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti State monday said it had taken delivery of  1,555 smart card readers to scrutinise voters during the June 21 governorship election. The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Sam Olumekun, who gave the hint yesterday in Ado Ekiti, said the introduction of the cards would help in stemming the tide of forms of electoral malfeasance that have  been the hallmark of elections in the country. Olumekun, who was redeployed from Ogun State to Ekiti barely a week ago, disclosed that the State still has a total of total of 244,747 unclaimed Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), urging all  the stakeholders to join the Commission in raising the bar of voter education to prevent apathyin the February elections. He said a total of 488,029 had so far been distributed to the electorate, which represents 67 per cent of the total number of registered voters in the State. Olumekun declared the readiness of the electoral umpire, INEC to conduct a free, fair and credible general election in February. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/in ec-deploys-1-555 -card-readers-to- ekiti-says-election -dates-stand/19 9636/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Okonkwo Kicks Off Campaign In Anambra The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate in Anambra Central, Senator Annie Okonkwo, on Monday kicked off his campaign in grand style, donating a trailer load of rice to supporters of the party. Speaking during the distribution of the rice and cash incentive at his campaign office in Awka, Okonkwo who represented Anambra Central in the Senate from 2007 to 2011, thanked his supporters for the confidence reposed in him and assured them that he wout not let them down. He recounted his efforts in employing the youths, erosion control, scholarship to students, adding that he has come out to serve his people again. Anambra 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ok onkwo-kicks-off- campaign/199634/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Kwara APC Group Raises Alarm An All Progressive Congress (APC) group in Kwara State has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to manipulate the Nigeria Police and other security agencies into arresting its stakeholders ahead of the February general election in the State. In a statement issued in Ilorin and signed by the Director, Kwara APC Advocacy Group, Mr. Kayode Jimoh, accused the PDP of making sinister plans to use federal might to intimidate APC members. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/kw ara-apc-group-raise s-the-alarm/199633/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Chime, Ekweremadu Begin Campaign In Enugu As Ugwuanyi Pledges Continuity Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Monday formally kicked off the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Local Government campaign in the state, reaffirming the party’s readiness to sustain the tempo of development in the State if returned to power. This came as the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, asked the people of the State to endeavour to obtain their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in order to fully participate in next month’s general election. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/chi me-ekweremadu-be gin-pdp-campaign-in -enugu-as-ugwuanyi -pledges-continuity/ 199632/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Reject Politicians Who Encourage Violence, Abe Urges Nigerians The lawmaker representing Rivers South-east in the National Assembly and All Progressives Party (APC) candidate for the 2015 senatorial election, Senator Magnus Abe, has appealed to Nigerians not to elect politicians who encourage political violence. This was as he expressed the hope that Nigeria will change for the better immediately Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is declared the winner of the February 14 presidential election. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/re ject-politicians-who -encourage-violence -abe-urges-nigerian s/199631/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Amosun’s Campaign Organization Accuses Osoba Of Trying To Rig The Senator Ibikunle Amosun Campaign Organisation on Monday accused former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Segun Osoba’s Social Democratic Party (PDP) of a plan to rig, ahead of next month’s election. While addressing journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, it’s campaign Director General, Hon. Bode Mustapha, said Osoba was reported to have boasted that the SDP would win between 450, 000 and 500, 000 votes in the coming elections in the State. Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/am osun-campaign-org anisation-accuses- osoba-of-planning- to-rig/199630/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 IBB Endorses Buhari, Says Retired Generals Will Back Him In an apparent endorsement of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, who he overthrew in a bloodless coup 30 years ago, former military Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has stated that retired generals will support Buhari’s bid for the Presidency. Despite Babangida’s seeming endorsement, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday insisted that the APC presidential candidate’s failure to present his secondary school certificate in order to put paid to questions over his eligibility to contest next month’s election, was indicative that he was not even qualified to have been made a commissioned officer of the Nigerian Army. Babangida, who made this known on Monday in Minna, Niger State, when Buhari paid him a visit, said: “They will support their own.” Nigeria 2015; IBB http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ibb -endorses-buhari- says-retired-general s-will-back-him/19 9629/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Fani Kayode Faults Keyamo’s Comment On Jonathan Former Minister of Aviation and Director of Media and Publicity of the Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has disagreed with critics who have declared President Goodluck Jonathan as insensitive to corruption by his appointment into the president’s campaign team while he is still standing trial for money laundering. Lagos-based Lawyer and Human Right Activist, Mr. Festus Keyamo, had on Sunday said President Jonathan was not capable of fighting corruption and that the appointment of Fani-Kayode as the Director of Media and Publicity of his Presidential Campaign Organisation was a validation of his claim. Keyamo is the one prosecuting a case for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Fani-Kayode. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/fa ni-kayode-faults-k eyamo-s-comment s-on-jonathan/1 99622/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Jega Admits Mistakes In 2011 Polls, Pledges Credible Elections In 2015 The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has stated that the commission has taken steps to avoid the mistakes of the past, acknowledging that the 2011 general election was somewhat flawed. Jega said the 2015 election results would be collated by men of proven integrity to be drawn from the academia. Delivering a lecture on Monday at Bayero University Kano (BUK) entitled: ‘INEC and the 2015 general election, expectations, prospects and challenges,’  the INEC boss said: “This time around, results would be announced at every  polling unit for any irregularity to be averted. Even if an agent of any political party refuses to sign a result sheet, we are going ahead to make such a valid result.” Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/je ga-admits-mistakes -in-2011-polls-plan s-credible-elections -in-2015/199621/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 20th January 2015 Ebonyi: Elechi Sacks SSG, Others Resign Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, on Monday sacked the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Fidelis Mbam. In a minor cabinet reshuffle, he announced that Mbam’s sack was connected with his health challenges but wished him speedy recovery. Elechi noted that his former SSG was a dedicated and committed public administrator, stressing that he has worked with him so cordially for the past seven and half years. Meanwhile, the Governor has replaced him with the Secretary to Ebonyi State Founding Fathers Forum, Chief Boniface Chima. In another development, the commissioner for Donor and Grants, Elder Fred Udeogu, has reportedly resigned his appointment, THISDAY has authoritatively gathered. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ele chi-sacks-ssg-othe rs-resign/199616/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 20th January 2015 “A Vote For Jonathan Is A Vote For Nigeria’s Unity”- Akpabio Dr Godswill Akpabio, the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party,PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Akwa Ibom, said ”a vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general polls is a vote for unity of Nigeria” The Governor said this in Sokoto on Monday at the inauguration of the Goodluck Jonathan/Namadi Sambo Presidential Campaign in the State. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /a-vote-for-jonathan -is-a-vote-for-nigeri as-unity-akpabio.10 6738/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 20th January 2015 “Disqualify Ambode, He Is Spending Too Much On Campaigns”- PDP Cries To INEC The PDP has called for the disqualification of the APC’s governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode.  According to the PDP, Ambode is breaching Section 91 of the Electoral Act 2010 (amended), which stipulates a maximum amount of N200,000,000 as the fund permitted for governorship candidates to spend in an election. The PDP says their intelligence report shows that Ambode has spent more than N6.7 billion in campaigns. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /disqualify-ambode- pdp-cries-to-inec- he-is-spending-too- much-on-campaign s.106735/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 20th January 2015 “Buhari’s Certificate Is Equivalent To A Masters Degree”- Sagay Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), the Constitutional lawyer has stated that Buhari’s academic qualification is equivalent to a Master’s Degree. He said this in response to Mr. Mike Ozekhome (another lawyer)’s claim that Buhari was not qualified to contest in the elections due to his failure to provide his certificate. Sagay has argued that there is no requirement in the Constitution saying he must provide his certificate, noting that Buhari attended the Military Training College in Kaduna; the Mons Officer Cadet School in the United Kingdom; and the Army War College in the United States. Nigeria 2015; Sagay http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /buharis-certificate- is-equivalent-to-a- masters-degree-sag ay.106724/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 20th January 2015 “Buhari’s Failure To Present His Certificate Raises Questions About His Army Career”- FFK Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation and head of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign media group on Monday said that the failure of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC to present his secondary school certificate raises questions about his career in the Nigerian Army. This was contained in a press release sent out yesterday by Fani-Kayode. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ buhari%E2%80%99 s-failure-to-present- certificate-raises-que stions-about-his-arm y-career-ffk.106751/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 19th January 2015 “Northern Nigeria Remains Our Strong Hold”- PDP The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Sunday said that the Northern part of Nigeria remains one of its strongholds where it had enjoyed massive support and majority votes in the last 16 years. This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, on Sunday in Abuja. He said this was as a result of the party’s unprecedented performance in all sectors in the region. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /northern-nigeria-re mains-our-stronghol d-pdp.106689/
ThisDay Live Monday 19th January 2015 “Why We Refused PDP Access To Stadium For The Presidential Rally”- Rivers Government The Rivers State Government has said it refused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) use of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Igwuruta-Ali, for its presidential campaign rally because the facility was unsafe as work was ongoing at the site. In a statement issued by the state Commissioner of Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, the government said it was not impressed by the threat of the PDP that it would force its way into the stadium if the government did not grant its request to use the facility. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/riv ers-why-we-refuse d-pdp-use-of-stadi um-for-presidential -rally/199556/
Leadership News Online Monday 19th January 2015 “Buhari Is Not Fit”- PDP Insists The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, yesterday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, should take a brisk walk or jog around a stadium before any of his rallies to prove his medical fitness. However, the campaign team failed to produce any evidence to back up their claims that Buhari is not fit to be president on health grounds. Addressing a press conference yesterday, the director of media and publicity of the presidential campaign organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said that the rumours about the health status of Buhari had been circulating before the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) declared him healthy. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/405217/buhar i-fit-pdp-insists
Leadership News Online Monday 19th January 2015 PDP Flags Off Presidential Campaign In Abuja The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the People Democratic Party (PDP), has officially flagged off its Presidential and National Assembly campaign, at the weekend, in Abuja. Addressing the party supporters, the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, said the present administration has done more to develop Federal City Centre (FCC) and the satellite towns, saying the FCT master plan has been maintained in line with the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan. The Minister said the FCT traditional institute will be accorded more attention, adding that the crisis rocking the Kwali traditional will be resolved once the PDP candidates are elected into power. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/405172/pdp -flags-campaign- abuja
Leadership News Online Monday 19th January 2015 Massive Crowd Attends Zamfara PDP Rally Despite the laudable projects executed by the governor of Zamfara State, Abubakar Yari including rural and urban roads, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday pulled an amazing crowd of party supporters. The PDP organised a grand rally in the state capital Gusau to flag-off its campaign and also present the party’s flag to candidates seeking for various political offices in the forthcoming general elections. The former Governor of the State Alhaji Mamuda Aliyu Shinkafi, who is now the party’s governorship flag bearer warns politicians, including members of his party to keep away from manipulating religion to deceive the electorate to avoid causing disaffection and crisis in the country. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/405165/mas sive-crowd-attends -zamfara-pdps-rally
Leadership News Online Monday 19th January 2015 Osinbanjo Denies Alleged Plan By APC To Islamise Nigeria The Vice Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 14 presidential election, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, (SAN), has urged Nigerians not to believe the rumours making the rounds that the party is planning to Islamise the country. Osinbajo, who said this in a town hall meeting yesterday at Ikosi-Ketu area of Lagos, noted that it is impossible to either Christianise or Islamise the country. The pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) described as mere propaganda and insinuation in certain quarters that the main mission of the APC presidential candidate Gen Muhammadu Buhari, if elected was to Islamise Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/405159/osin bajo-denies-plan- apc-islamise-nigeria
Leadership News Online Monday 19th January 2015 Uniben/Edo Feud: “PDP Perfects Plan To Destabilize Edo”- Oshiomole As students of the University of Benin are expected to resume for academic activities after the Christmas break, the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in state-wide broadcast weekend raised the alarm of plans by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to use a section of the students of the University of Benin to foment trouble in the state and create chaos which may lead to loss of lives of innocent people. It would be recalled that the relationship between the management of the institution and the Edo State government were strained when the State government demolished some properties earlier given to the University by the former Governor of Mid-Western State, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia with the aim of re-claiming the said quarters occupied by staff of the ivory tower. Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/405154/uni benedo-feud-pdp- perfects-plan-desta bilise-edooshio mhole
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 19th January 2015 Fayose Under Fire For Distasteful Advert In Punch About Buhari And Death An advertisement by Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose has sent the nation reeling in outrage. The ad shows Nigeria’s past leaders (Abacha, Murtala Muhammed, Musa Yar’Adua…) and after that, the photograph of General Muhammadu Buhari with a question mark over his image. Underneath is the caption “will you allow history to repeat itself?” and “Enough of state burials! Nigerians, Vote Wisely: Vote Goodluck Jonathan. Northern Presidency should wait until 2019.” This advert campaign is a thinly veiled attack on General Muhammadu Buhari’s health, obviously. Nigerians have picked up on this and the vox populi is that the Ayo Fayose ad was in really poor taste. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /photo-fayose-unde r-fire-for-distasteful -punch-advert-abou t-buhari-and-death. 106701/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 19th January 2015 “He Abused A Bible Verse, And Insulted Muslims”- Buhari Reacts To Fayose’s Advert Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has reacted to a ‘distasteful’ PUNCH advert by Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State. A reaction posted on Buhari’s official Facebook page read, ”He abused a Bible verse and insulted Muslims, especially Northerners. He put three former Heads of State who are Muslims and Northerners together in images and suggested that what happened to them may happen to Muhammadu Buhari”. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /%E2%80%98he-a bused-a-bible-verse -and-insulted-muslim s%E2%80%99-%E 2%80%93buhari-rea cts-to-fayoses-adver t.106705/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 19th January 2015 “APC Was Designed To Return Power To The North”- Brookings  Predicts Jonathan’s Victory Brookings , one of the world’s most influential think-tank group based in the United States has released a publication in which it claims that President Goodluck Jonathan will win re-election as the All Progressives Congress, APC is a fragile anti-Jonathan setup. According to the publication titled ”Foresight Africa – Top Priorities for the continent”, ”Though the election is expected to be very competitive, the odds still favor President Jonathan”. On the APC, Brookings wrote, ”The party is, however, a fragile one that seems united only in its quest to wrest the Presidency from Jonathan or to have power returned to the North”. Nigeria 2015; Brookings http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /apc-was-designed -to-return-power-t o-the-north-%E2% 80%93us-group-pre dicts-jonathan%E2% 80%99s-victory. 106703/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 19th January 2015 Buhari Condemns Reduction Of Petrol Pump Price Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has lashed out at President Goodluck Jonathan for reducing the pump price of petrol from N97 to N87.  Lashing out at the President via a Facebook post, Buhari wrote,”Out of desperation, GEJ’s government has increased subsidy payments and reduced fuel prices to N87 per liter. Many people think it is a good decision. But it is not. You think you are paying less at the Petrol station, but you cannot experience much economic developments this way. Why? The monies that have been budgeted for Education, Security, Constructions and many more will be diverted to pay for subsidy as it was never planned. Budget – $65 per barrel. Crude – $48 per barrel. We are losing $17 per barrel. In recent weeks, India and Indonesia have removed fuel subsidies. Nigeria’s government decides to take on more. Deregulation is the solution, not increased subsidy payments. GEJ is seeking to buy your votes for N10, but your future cannot be exchanged for N10. He knows this move is not sustainable and so, he will definitely increase it, even more than N97, if you vote him in. He waited up until 27 days to the election to make this move. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /nigeria-buhari-cond emns-reduction-of- petrol-pump-price. 106691/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 19th January 2015 Agbaje Promises To Retain Tinubu’s 37 LCDAs In Lagos The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate for Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, on Sunday said that he would retain the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) created by the Chief Bola Tinubu administration, if elected. Agbaje told newsmen at an interactive session in Lagos that he would grant greater autonomy to the LCDAs and the original 20 Local Government Areas of Lagos State. The 37 LCDAs created in 2003 by the Alliance for Democracy (AD) Government of Tinubu, had yet to be recognised by the Federal Government. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /abgbaje-promises- to-retain-tinubus-37 -lcdas-in-lagos.10 6694/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 19th January 2015 APC To Taraba Residents, “Vote A Woman” Sen. Aisha Alhassan, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State has appealed to the electorate to give her the mandate to make the difference. Alhassan made the appeal in an interview in Jalingo after a reception in her honour by supporters and party faithful on Sunday. She said men had ruled the state since its creation in 1991 but had not recorded the desired impact on the lives of the common people. Taraba 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /apc-to-taraba-resid ents-vote-a-woman. 106696/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 19th January 2015 “My Certificate Was Never An Issue The Last Three Times I Contested, Why Now?”- Buhari Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has finally spoken on the certificate scandal plaguing his campaign; THIS DAY reports.  Speaking from the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, Buhari said, ”Why didn’t Nigerians ask when I contested three times under the same rules set by the INEC whether the basic educational qualification had been met and I was allowed to contest all these elections because my certificate was in order. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /buhari-my-certifica te-was-never-an-iss ue-the-last-3-times- i-contested-why-no w.106699/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 19th January 2015 “Jonathan Steals 400,000 Barrels Of Oil Daily”- Tinubu The All Progressives Congress national leader, Bola Tinubu has declared that President Jonathan is responsible for the theft of 400,000 barrels of crude oil daily in Nigeria. He made this accusation during the inauguration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s campaign in Ibadan on Saturday.  He said “God will not take us back to the bad days again. We will not see PDP here again because God has chased them away. Segun Oni and Oyinlola have realised that PDP is not the right party. Leaders of the party have deceived us for too long but I did not allow them in Lagos. Jonathan and his government are stealing 400,000 barrels of crude oil every day in Nigeria. He is telling us that he cannot see that amount of crude oil being stolen in the system, yet he calls himself the President. He is running a government of thieves and we will use our votes to send him away. He is taking away all our wealth.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ jonathan-steals-400 -000-barrels-of-oil -daily-tinubu.106706/
Leadership News Online Monday 19th January 2015 “Jonathan’s Victory Will Be Total In February”- Dickson Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has declared that there is no division in the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying the victory of President Goodluck Jonathan in the February 14, presidential election will be total. Governor Seriake Dickson, who was speaking at the weekend during the inauguration of the 420 member committee to champion the re-election campaign of President Goodluck Jonathan in the State, said the whole State is for PDP. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/405155/jona thans-victory-total- feb-14-dickson
Leadership News Online Monday 19th January 2015 Osun APC Urges Supporters To Collect Their PVCs Before Deadline The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun on Monday called on its supporters to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the collection deadline expired. Mr Kunle Oyatomi, the APC Media Spokesman, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo. He said some party supporters were yet to collect their PVCs, warning that delay in doing so might prevent them from participating in the upcoming general election. Oyatomi said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had called on the electorate to visit their offices across the country to collect their PVCs, but many turned deaf ears. He said the PVCs remained the only means by which the electorate could exercise the right to vote for candidates of their choice. Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/405243/osun -apc-urges-suppor ters-collect-pvcs- deadline
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 19th January 2015 Niger Deputy Governor Defects To APC, Arrives Minna Airport To Receive Buhari The PDP reportedly had a meeting yesterday to pre-empt the defection of the Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto, but it appears to have failed as the PUNCH has reported that he has gone ahead with the defection. His defection is expected to be followed by the mass defection of other PDP faithfuls.  He is reportedly at the Minna airport where he would receive Buhari (who is expected to campaign in the town today. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ niger-deputy-gov-de fects-to-apc-arrives -minna-airport-to-re ceive-buhari.106714/
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 “We’re Still Intack”- G22 Tell Akwa Ibom People The 22 aggrieved governorship aspirants of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom State, on the platform of G-22, have called on Akwa Ibom people and supporters to disregard widespread lies and insinuations in some quarters in the State that they were disbanded. Addressing their supporters upon arrival from Abuja, weekend, in Uyo through their Chairman, Obong Nsima Ekere, the group said that the 40 days they spent in Abuja brought them closer and more united than before. The group assured Akwa Ibom people and members of the PDP that they would never give up on their struggle to liberate the State from the emerging political challenge in the party. Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 13
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 Ladoja, Ajimobi Bicker Over N67 Billion Naira Oyo State Debt The Director General, Ladoja Campaign Organisation, Mr. Adeolu Adeleke, has accused the Oyo State government of plunging the State into a N67 billion debt. Adeleke, a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly alleged the debt was incurred by the banks on account of a deal that prompted the financial institutions to finance the road expansion projects embarked upon by State government but which are now abandoned. He said this during an interaction with newsmen in Ibadan, at the weekend. But, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, said he was proud to say that the State had not borrowed a dime from any bank since it came on board in 2011. Oyo 2015; APC; Accord Party 11
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 “We Are Headed For Victory”- PDP Ahead of next month’s presidential and general elections, national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, concluded yesterday that with its campaigns across the country, it was already headed for victory. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP noted that in the course of the campaigns, it discovered that Nigerians from all walks of life identify with President Goodluck Jonathan as a leader with what it termed a strong bond with the people and their well-being, irrespective of religious, ethnic and political affiliations. According to Metuh, the people of Nigeria will vote massively for President Jonathan to victory. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 9
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 “PDP Bent On Inciting Hatred Against Buhari”- Campaign Organization The Buhari Campaign Organisation has called on Nigerians to disregard what its described as ongoing misinformation about the personality and record of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, noting that the PDP is bent on arousing hatred against Buhari. It also regretted that rather than focusing on issues of national significance, the PDP spokesmen have stuck to the tactics of demonising Buhari. A statement by Mr. Dele Alake, Director, Strategic Communications of the organisation, called on the PDP to avoid dishonouring the Abuja non-violence accord through inflammatory statements. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 9
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 Okowa Assures Of All Inclusive Government If Elected As Delta Governor Delta State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, flag bearer, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, promised to run an all-inclusive government where all stakeholders would have equal opportunity, if elected. Speaking at Akwukwu-Igbo, Issele-Uku, Aboh and Kwale, he said that the PDP believed in the peace and unity of all Deltans and assured that his administration will build bridges of peace and unity across the state if elected. He commended the large turnout of supporters at the rallies, saying that a 100 percent votes for PDP was sure in Oshimili North, Aniocha North, Ndokwa East and Ndokwa West Local Government Areas. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 12
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 Delta APC, DPP, LP Stalwarts Defect To PDP THE Commissioner, Special Duties, in charge of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, and Secretary of Okowa Campaign Council, Warri South Local Government Area, Mr. Matthew Opuoru, weekend, received former House of Assembly candidate for Warri South constituency II, on the platform of Democratic Peoples’ Party, PDP, Prince Odjuwu Okumagba and some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as well as Labour Party, to the PDP. Opuoru, who received the decampees, when he played host to a large gathering of PDP faithful from Okumagba wards 1 and 2, Okere, Otowodo and other Wards in Warri South Council, noted that the major aim of the meeting was to bring everybody together to have a sense of belonging. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 12
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 19th January 2015 “Jonathan Will Concede Defeat If He Loses”- Presidency The Presidency has assured Nigerians that if President Jonathan loses in the February elections, he would concede defeat and congratulate the winner.  Dayo Adeyeye, the Minister of State for Works, assured Nigerians of this on a ‘Politics Today’ Channels TV program. He was asked if President Jonathan would congratulate the winner of the forthcoming elections if he (Jonathan) lost, and Adeyeye said yes, he would. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /2015-jonathan-will -concede-defeat-if- he-loses-presidency .106723/
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 INEC To Use 12000 Ad-Hoc Staff In Taraba The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said a total of about 12,000 adhoc staff would be used during the elections in Taraba State. INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for the State, Alhaji Ahmad Makama, said online application for recruitment of adhoc staff was still ongoing.  He said National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members would form bulk of the adhoc staff, adding that students of tertiary institutions and civil servants would also be used if the corps members are not enough. Makama said the Commission was doing its best to ensure free and fair elections in the State. Taraba 2015; INEC  
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 “Era Of PDP Dominance Over”- APC The All Progressives Congress, (APC) has said that  the era of dominance by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was over and that President Goodluck Jonathan should prepare his handing over notes. Kogi State Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, who spoke in Lokoja at the weekend  after the campaign rally of the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, expressed confidence that they would emerge victorious in the forthcoming general elections. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)  
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 Jonathan Promises To Revolutionize South East President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to create an enabling environment to further revolutionalise industrial and economic development in the South-East. The President, who made the pledge while addressing supporters of the PDP, said to show his commitment in the industrialisation of the South-East, his administration has embarked on the NIPP project at Ugwunagbo and extended the 132KVA transmission power stations to rural areas of the State. He said upgrade of the Sam Mbakwe Airport to an International Cargo airport and Dr. Akanu Ibiam Airport to an international airport as well as construction of the second River Niger bridge were all geared towards improving the region. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 18
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 “Buhari A Credible Alternative”- Keyamo Lagos lawyer, Barrister Festus Keyamo, says the APC presidential flag-bearer in the next month’s election, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, is the only credible option to save the nation from the mess caused by the ruling party. Keyamo, in a statement in Lagos yesterday, said though Buhari is not perfect, he presents the only viable option and avenue for the people to vent their frustrations and anger against an inept and “clueless” Federal Government. Nigeria 2015; Keyamo 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 Northern Youths Task INEC On Voter’s Cards Youth groups from the Northern region under the umbrella of Coalition of Northern Youth Leaders (CONYOL) yesterday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that all eligible voters get their cards before the general elections. The groups said at the moment, INEC had not completed the distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and  adequate measures must be taken to ensure that no one is disenfranchised. Nigeria 2015; CONYOL 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 Shinkafi Cautions Against Religious Politics Former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi, has advised politicians to stop using religion to deceive Nigerians as such is capable of causing disaffection and crisis in the country. Shinkafi, who is the Zamfara State PDP gubernatorial candidate for next month’s election, gave the advice at  weekend’s flag-off of his gubernatorial campaign in Gusau. He lamented the use of religion and ethnicity as campaign tools, saying such brings about crises and urged Nigerians to vote only politicians who have credible plans for their States and country. Zamfara 2015; People’s Democraatic Party (PDP) 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 19th January 2015 “Millions Of Fake PVCs In Circulation”- INEC The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has discovered that millions of fake Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) are currently in circulation, its commissioner in charge of South West, Professor Lai Olurode, has disclosed. He said this yesterday in his goodwill message at a special national prayer for peaceful and successful conduct of the 2015 general elections, organised by the Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society (NASFAT), Kubwa branch, Abuja. NASFAT branch missioner, Alhaji Abdul-Afeez Shutti and its chairman, Alhaji AbdulGaffar Sanusi said the prayer session was to beseech Allah to make the 2015 elections successful and violence-free.  Vowing that the fake PVCs would be rejected during the elections, Olurode restated INEC’s position that only Permanent Voter’s Cards would be allowed in the polls, urging those without them (PVCs) to steer clear of the polling booths. Nigeria 2015; INEC 3
ThisDay Live Monday 19th January 2015 “Why Nigeria Needs Buhari”- Oshiomole Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State at the weekend urged the people to vote en masse for the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying there are many reasons why “we must vote General Muhammadu Buhari. It is for our own survival. It goes beyond tribal sentiments.” Speaking at two rallies of the APC held at Auchi in Edo North and Irrua in Edo Central, Oshiomhole said the ruling party has reduced Nigeria to a huge joke in the comity of nations because of its inability to fight insurgency and the huge corruption plaguing the nation. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/osh iomhole-why-nigeri a-needs-buhari/19 9578/
ThisDay Live Monday 19th January 2015 “Jonathan Lacks Capacity To Secure Nigeria, Fight Corruption”- Keyamo Lagos lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has said President Goodluck Jonathan lacks the capacity to secure Nigeria and fight corruption. In a statement he issued yesterday, Keyamo called on the elites not to sit on the fence and urged them to explain to the masses the many failings of Jonathan. He said: “My real worry is that many Nigerians who are the elites can see through some of these outright falsehoods but have decided to sit on fence and keep an embarrassing silence. They forget that millions of ordinary Nigerians who are confused and hoodwinked by these falsehoods and who do not have access to facts depend on their voices and guidance to make their choices.” According to him, it would be wrong for Nigerians to re-elect  Jonathan as President. Nigeria 2015; Keyamo http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ke yamo-jonathan-lac ks-capacity-to-sec ure-nigeria-fight-co rruption/199579/
ThisDay Live Monday 19th January 2015 Mu’azu Fails To Reintegrate Kalu At Abia PDP Campaign Rally Efforts by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, to re-integrate the former Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, into the Abia PDP fold appeared to have hit the rocks as the party Chairman’s request has been rebuffed by the party’s supporters. Mu’azu might have underestimated the deep-rooted animosity between Kalu and his erstwhile political friends in the State PDP when he wanted to capitalise on the euphoria of the presidential campaign rally in Umuahia to reconcile the political foes. After presenting the party’s flag to the governorship candidate, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Mu’azu announced to the huge crowd at the Umuahia Township Stadium that Kalu “has been working with us in the Presidency” and therefore requested that Abia PDP should also allow the former Governor to work with the party in the State. However, the PDP National Chairman got what he did not bargain for as his request was spontaneously greeted with a deafening “No, no, no” from the party supporters, compelling him to abruptly stop making comments on the Kalu issue. Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/mu -azu-fails-to-reinteg rate-kalu-into-abia- pdp-at-campaign- rally/199580/
ThisDay Live Monday 19th January 2015 Less Than Half Of Senators Will Return To The Assembly In June No fewer than 50 Senators in the seventh National Assembly have lost their bids to secure return tickets to the Senate from their respective political parties, it was learnt at the weekend. This development, viewed as unhealthy for legislative growth, will witness far less than half of the incumbent 109 Senators returning to the Senate in the eighth National Assembly as some of the 60 seeking to return to the chamber will still lose at the National Assembly election. THISDAY’s findings from the list of eligible candidates released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last week, showed that only about 60 Senators obtained tickets to contest the forthcoming April 14 senatorial elections. Nigeria 2015; Senate http://www.thisday live.com/articles/les s-than-half-of-sena tors-will-return-to- assembly-in-june/ 199584/
ThisDay Live Monday 19th January 2015 Police Beef Up Security Ahead Of Jonathan’s Campaign In Sokoto The Sokoto State Police Command on Sunday said it had beefed up security in the State ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the State today for a presidential campaign rally. The State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Shuaibu Gambo, made this known at the weekend while briefing journalists at the police headquarters in Sokoto. He disclosed that men and officers of the command had been put on the alert and that all the security agencies had been working together to provide adequate security in the State . Gambo said adequate police personnel had been mobilised to provide security at the Shehu Kangiwa Square venue of the presidential rally. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/po lice-beef-up-secur ity-ahead-of-jonat han-s-campaign-in -sokoto-today/1 99583/
ThisDay Live Monday 19th January 2015 “PDP’s Demonisation Of Buhari Must Stop”- APC Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of committing more time and energy to “demonising” its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), than it is putting into informing Nigerians about how it plans to address the problems confronting the country. The Director, Strategic Communications, of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr. Dele Alake, in a  statement on Sunday, said the PDP had resorted to “abuses and foul temper” to whip up hatred against the person of the APC candidate. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap c-pdp-s-demonisat ion-of-buhari-must -stop/199582/
ThisDay Live Monday 19th January 2015 “I Had A Cold, Not Cancer”- Buhari The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has expressed his frustration over the campaign of calumny by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against him, dismissing allegations propagated by the ruling party over his health, his stewardship at the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) and the controversy over his failure to submit photocopies of his academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Buhari, who spoke on Sunday at the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, alongside the APC governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, and former Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, described as unfortunate the amount of energy dissipated by PDP on his health and academic credentials. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/buh ari-i-had-a-cold-not -cancer/199587/
ThisDay Live Monday 19th January 2015 Rights Group Asks Jonathan, Buhari, Others To Endorse Its Seven-Point Anti Coruption Programme A civil society organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has sent an open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, General Muhammadu Buhari and other presidential candidates asking them to make “a clear and unequivocal commitment to uphold and implement a seven-point anti-corruption and human rights programme in your political policies if elected.” Other presidential candidates which the CSO said should pledge the commitment include: Chekwas Okorie, United Peoples Party (UPP); Oluremi Sonaiya, Kowa Party; Nani Ibrahim Ahmad, African Democratic Congress (ADC); Ambrose Albert, Hope Democratic Party (HDP); Martin Onovo, National Conscience Party (NCP); and Ganiyu O. Galadima, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN). Nigeria 2015; SERAP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/rig hts-group-asks-joa nathan-buhari-othe rs-to-endorse-seve n-point-anti-corrup tion-programme/1 99564/
ThisDay Live Sunday 18th January 2015 Northern Youths Challenge Buhari Over Certificate The Northern Youth Forum has challenged the APC candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to produce his certificates to the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for proper contest. The national President of the forum, Bello Gambo Bichi, said in a press statement in Kano and made available to THISDAY on Saturday, “…General Buhari should do what is required of him by presenting his certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as other presidential candidates have done instead of hiding behind the fig leaf of constitutionalism.” Nigeria 2015; NYF http://www.thisday live.com/articles/no rthern-youth-challe nge-buhari-over-c ertificate/199469/
ThisDay Live Sunday 18th January 2015 “We’re Prepared For 2015″- David Mark President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has assured citizens that in spite of the anxieties and fears being expressed ahead of the 2015 general elections, Nigeria is adequately prepared for a peaceful, free, fair, transparent and credible exercise. Mark told the visiting United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle in Abuja that the Electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is now well equipped with necessary tools and personnel for the polls. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ma rk-we-re-prepared -for-2015/199470/
ThisDay Live Sunday 18th January 2015 PVC Cloning: APC Slams DSS, DG, Plans Retaliation The last may not have been heard from the ongoing disagreement between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Department of State Security (DSS) over the alleged plan to clone the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs). This is as top politicians from the opposition party are said to be angry with the conduct of the Director General of the DSS, Mr. Ita Ekpeyong, over his handling of the allegations. The party, confident that it would win the February presidential poll, has allegedly pencilled down officers in the service and other security agencies that would be kicked out as soon as it is inaugurated. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pv c-cloning-apc-flays -dg-dss-plans-retal iation/199471/
ThisDay Live Sunday 18th January 2015 Arewa Yoths Pledge Alleigance To Jonathan, Promise 20 Million Votes The Arewa Youth Integrity Forum has promised to mobilise 20 million votes across the 19 Northern States for President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term ambition. The group, in a statement signed by its National President, Hamid Usman, described Jonathan as a statesman who is sympathetic to the plight of his followers. Usman also lauded Jonathan for the courage and bravery demonstrated in visiting Nigerian troops in Maiduguri, describing it as a bold step. Nigeria 2015; AYIF http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ar ewa-youths-pledg e-allegiance-to-jon athan-promise-20 m-votes/199503/
ThisDay Live Sunday 18th January 2015 APC Rejects Interim Government The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it will neither accept an interim government nor a postponement of next month’s elections as being advocated by certain individuals, saying the elections must hold as scheduled on Feb. 14th and 28th 2015. In a statement issued on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party warned that any attempt to scuttle the polls in preference for any other arrangement will be resisted by all available constitutional means. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap c-rejects-interim-g overnment/199506/
ThisDay Live Sunday 18th January 2015 Stolen PVCs An Effort In Futility, Says INEC The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Borno state on Sunday told politicians in the state that mass theft of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) will count for nothing. There has been an exchange of allegations by the two major parties, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that PVCs were stolen or bought off card holders.  Prof. Tukur Sa’ad, the Borno INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) told journalists in Maiduguri, that the alleged theft was unnecessary. He explained that stealing or hijacking PVCs will not give advantage to any political party during the elections. Nigeria 2015; PVC; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/st olen-pvcs-an-effo rt-in-futility-says- inec/199508/
ThisDay Live Sunday 18th January 2015 Why Dickson Doesn’t Want TAN In Bayelsa Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, has once again taken a swipe at the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), the political group led by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, as the war over the control of the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues. The Governor who, over the weekend mobilized Bayelsans from all the Local Government Areas to rally support for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s re-election bid in the February 14 general elections, called on groups like TAN and others in Bayelsa State putting up campaign structures for the President, other than the PDP, to take their activities to States where the opposition is presently enjoying greater control. While urging TAN and other groups like it not to dissipate energy campaigning for the President in Bayelsa, the Governor assured that Bayelsa, being the home State of the President, will give the PDP bulk votes come February 14th, 2015 and subsequent elections in the country. Bayelsa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/wh y-dickson-doesnt -want-tan-in-bayel sa/199513/
ThisDay Live Sunday 18th January 2015 Security Agencies To Deply 360,000 Operatives For Elections No fewer than 360,000 security personnel will be deployed to ensure that the 2015 general election is violence-free. To this end, the security agencies have assured of their preparedness for the conduct of the general election. The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, disclosed this while speaking to journalists at the end of a 2-day conference with the theme: Nigeria 2015 Elections and Beyond: Roles of State and Non-State Actors in Mitigating Violence in Elections. According to him, about 300,000 of his officers have been trained in partnership with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and development partners. Nigeria 2015; IG of Police http://www.thisday live.com/articles/se curity-agencies-to- deploy-360-000-o peratives-for-elect ions/199510/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 18th January 2015 “Atiku, Kwankwaso, Fashola Have Abandoned Buhari”- PDP Nigerians have been urged to continue to support President Goodluck Jonathan as he goes into the next election due to his consistency, sincerity and forthrightness on all national issues. Mr Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the call in a statement he issued in Abuja on Saturday. He said the call had become imperative as the All Progressives Congress, APC had continued to betray their inner aversion towards the candidacy of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /pdp-atiku-kwankw aso-fashola-have-a bandoned-buhari.1 06658/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 18th January 2015 APC Alleges Plan To Annul Presidential Election If Buhari Wins The All Progressives Congress, APC has issued a statement claiming the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is set to scuttle the victory of its Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Directorate of Media & Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, read, ”The All Progressive Congress’ Presidential Campaign Organization has asked the general public to ponder on a statement posted on Facebook by an official of the Presidency saying their government will rather hand over power to the military rather than to General Muhammadu Buhari in the event that the APC candidate wins the election.” Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /apc-alleges-plan-to -annul-presidential- election-if-buhari- wins.106663/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 18th January 2015 Amid Health Concerns, Buhari Jets Out Of Nigeria Concerns were raised, last night, over the health status of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, following his planned trip to the United States of American towards the end of January. Buhari is reported to have filled an online application for the United States of America Visa to enable him travel to the country around January 26 for medical scrutiny. The application for the visa, it was learnt, instantly fueled speculations that Buhari had been weighed down by the strain of the campaigns which he had been undertaking in recent days, thereby requiring urgent medical attention in the foreign land. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /amid-health-conce rns-buhari-jets-out -of-nigeria-vangua rd.106672/
Leadership News Online Sunday 18th January 2015 Former APC Chairman, 3 Lawmakers, Others Defect To PDP In Yobe Alhaji Sani Inuwa-Nguru, former Interim Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe, three members of the State House of Assembly, and over 10,000 members of APC have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the PDP in the State, Alhaji Sule Doguwa, said this on Sunday while addressing PDP supporters in Damaturu. According to Doguwa, the three Lawmakers are: Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf, representing Damaturu Local Government Area; Alhaji Kaigama Umar, representing Jakusko Local Government Area and Alhaji Kachalla Mai-Hassan representing Gujba Local Government Area. Yobe 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/4050 60/apc-chairman-3 -lawmakers-defect -pdp-yobe
Leadership News Online Sunday 18th January 2015 Kwara APC Inaugurates Campaign Committee The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, has inaugurated its campaign team for next month’s general elections with the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Barr. Razak Atunwa, as the Director-General. Inaugurating the committee, the APC leader in the State, Dr Bukola Saraki, said the party would record total victory in the elections. He said with the calibre of membership of the campaign committee and the verifiable achievements of the disciples of the Saraki political dynasty in governance since 2003, the coming elections would be a walk-over for the APC. He added that the pedigree of the APC presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed is a plus for the APC. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/405105/201 5-kwara-apc-inaug urates-campaign- committee
Leadership News Online Sunday 18th January 2015 “FG Has Crippled States Through Indiscriminate Revenue Deductions”- Kwara APC Campaign DG The inability of most State governments to embark on new capital projects has been attributed to the dwindling revenue and alleged indiscriminate deductions of the State revenue from the federation account by the Federal Government. The Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly and Director-General of All Progressives Congress (APC)’s 2015 campaign team in the State, Barr. Razak Atunwa, made this observation in Ilorin while addressing members APC. Atunwa lamented that the indiscriminate deductions from the state fund from the Federation Account by the Goodluck Jonathan- led Federal Government had crippled most States from performing their statutory responsibilities. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/405110/405 110
Leadership News Online Sunday 18th January 2015 Don Advises Nigerians To Elect True Leaders A member of the recently concluded National Conference, Prof. Yusufu Turaki, has advised Nigerians to vote wisely during the February general elections and elect credible and competent leaders who have the capability of solving the myriad of problems bedeviling the country. Turaki gave the advice while presenting a paper during a political awareness seminar organised by the Church of Christ in Nation (COCIN) tagged: “2015 Election and Me”, held at the COCIN headquarters church in Jos, Plateau State. Nigeria 2015; Turaki http://leadership.ng /news/405116/201 5-don-advises-nige rians-elect-true-le aders
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 17th January 2015 “Nigeria Will Get A Female President In My Lifetime”- President Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday expressed the hope of a woman becoming Nigeria’s president in his life time. Jonathan, who said this at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential rally in Abakaliki, Ebonyi, noted that women in the country were intelligent and hard working. He insisted that women should be encouraged to participate in governance, especially politics. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /nigeria-will-get-a- female-president-in -my-lifetime-presid ent-jonathan. 106627/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 17th January 2015 APC Rally: Broom Sellers In Benue Run Out Of Supply Broom sellers in Makurdi, Benue, say they are overwhelmed by the demand for the commodity by APC supporters for the presidential campaign of the party. An investigation of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Wurukum, Wadata and Highlevel markets in Makurdi where the product is sold, reports that brooms were in short supply. A cross section of the sellers said broom sales picked up since Thursday when news broke out that the APC presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, would address party supporters at the rally. Madam Vihiga Amusan, who sells brooms at the Highlevel market, told NAN that she exhausted her supplies as early as 10 a.m. on January 16. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /apc-rally-broom-se llers-in-benue-run- out-of-supply. 106629/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 17th January 2015 Lagos: Agbaje Promises To Return All Illegally Acquired Land To Former Owners The Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jimi Agbaje, on Friday promised to return illegally acquired lands to their owners, if elected. Agbaje made the promise at a town hall meeting with the people of Ibeju Lekki at the Eleko Beach Hall, on Lagos Island. He also promised to pay adequate compensation to those whose lands were acquired for government projects but were not well compensated. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ lagos-agbaje-promis es-to-return-all-illega lly-acquired-lands-to -former-owners. 106631/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 17th January 2015 Traditional Rulers In Abia State Endorse President Jonathan For Re-election No fewer than 250 traditional rulers have endorsed the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan in the forthcoming presidential election in February. The traditional rulers expressed their support and commitment during a meeting with the President in Umuahia on Friday. The Chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Eberechi Dick, said that having considered the accomplishments of President Jonathan, the council would give him its unalloyed support. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /traditional-rulers-in -abia-state-endorse -president-jonathan -for-re-election. 106632/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 17th January 2015 APC Congratulates Jonathan On Maiduguri Visit, Demands He Visits Chibok The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for finally finding the courage to visit Maiduguri to pep up the gallant troops battling the Boko Haram insurgency, but said the President has more trips to make to Chibok, Buni Yadi and Potiskum, among others. In a statement issued in Makurdi on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the President should follow up his visit to the epi-centre of the Boko Haram battle with visits to the parents of the 219 missing Chibok girls as well as the families of the boys who were killed at the Federal Government College in Buni Yadi, Yobe State, last year. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ apc-congratulates- jonathan-on-maidug uri-visit-demands-he -visits-chibok. 106633/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 17th January 2015 Fashola Insists Agbaje Is Too Old For Lagos But Buhari Isn’t Too Old For Nigeria Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola is standing by his claims that Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is too old to take over from him. Speaking at the All Progressives Congress, APC governorship campaign for the party’s candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at Apapa, on Friday, Fashola said, Agbaje was too old for Lagos but that Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) was not too old to be president in Nigeria, considering the prevailing circumstances. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /fashola-insists-agba je-is-too-old-for-la gos-but-buhari-isnt -too-old-for-nigeri a.106637/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 17th January 2015 PDP Office In Zamfara Attacked Some unknown persons on Thursday set ablaze the campaign office of the Zamfara Central Senatorial candidate of PDP, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu, the police and witnesses have confirmed. Three persons were injured and three motorcycles burnt. A PDP member, Malam Muhammad Ibrahim, said that some unidentified youths raided the office, beat up the security guards and set the place ablaze. Ibrahim said that those injured were Muntari Damba, Sani Yanga, and Malam Aminu, adding that the attackers removed one motorcycle and burnt three others. Zamfara 2015; People’s Democraatic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ pdp-office-in-zamfa ra-attacked.106639/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 17th January 2015 “Buhari Is Not Ill”- APC The Presidential Campaign Organisation of the All Progressives Congress, APC has issued a statement saying that Muhammadu Buhari is not ill.  The statement is coming days after Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose raised alarm over Buhari’s health claiming he may die in office like the Late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua.  A statement issued by the APC campaign organisation urged Nigerians to ignore the ”utterly silly and reckless statement” credited to Governor Fayose. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /buhari-is-not-ill-ap c.106640/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 17th January 2015 “Obasanjo, Buhari Are In A Marriage Of Convenience To Remove Jonathan”- Clark Chief Edwin Clark, popular Ijaw chieftain and ally of President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday told VANGUARD that former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC are in ”a marriage of convinience to remove President Jonathan from office”. The Ijaw chief who applauded President Jonathan for signing the Abuja accord said, ”’Buhari cannot be trusted to keep the agreement”. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ obasanjo-buhari-are -in-a-marriage-of-co nvenience-to-remove -jonathan-clark. 106642/
Leadership News Online Saturday 17th January 2015 North Central Promises Jonathan 100 Percent Votes PDP North-Central Governors on Saturday promised to deliver 100 per cent votes to ensure the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in next month’s general elections. They made the pledge at the end of their closed door meeting with Senate President David Mark and all the PDP governorship candidates in the zone. The Governors also pledged to recapture Nasarawa and Kwara, currently under the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership. Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau State told newsmen that PDP was formed in the North-Central, adding that the zone would continue to be the pillar for the party. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/politics/4024 42/north-central-pr omises-jonathan- 100-cent-votes
Leadership News Online Saturday 17th January 2015 Buhari Promises To Tackle Boko Haram If Elected Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), said if elected, his administration would address the issue of Boko Haram insurgency to ensure security in the country. Buhari stated this on Saturday at the township square, Lafia, during his campaign rally in the Nassarawa State capital. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/402438/buha ri-promises-tackle- boko-haram-elected
Leadership News Online Saturday 17th January 2015 Jonathan Pledges More Empowerment For Youths President Goodluck Jonathan says his second term in office will be to empower and encourage more youths to be great leaders through youth-oriented programmes. Jonathan made the promise at the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri on Saturday. He said his administration recognised the creative ability of the youths, especially in sports and the entertainment industry, which must be encouraged and appreciated. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/402440/jona than-pledges-empo werment-youths
Leadership News Online Saturday 17th January 2015 Hospital Gives Buhari Clean Bill Of Health Contrary to a widely circulated hospital report on the internet, purportedly from Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, claiming that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, is suffering from prostate cancer, the management of the hospital has flatly debunked any knowledge of the medical report. A statement by the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the APC campaign in Abuja yesterday described as disdainful, distractive, mischievous, fake and fallacious, the trending news report of the alleged prostate cancer condition of its presidential flag-bearer, being credited to a source from the renowned teaching hospital. The medical report which was supposedly gotten by some reporters of NewsDay alleged that the presidential candidate’s medical situation was arrived at through a method known as digital rectal examination (DRE) in detecting the prostate cancer clinically. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/politics/402 453/hospital-buha ri-clean-bill-health
Leadership News Online Saturday 17th January 2015 Buhari Pledges To Revive Ajaokuta Steel The presidential candidate of the APC, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, has promised to revive Ajaokuta Steel Company if elected president of Nigeria. Buhari made the promise during campaign in Lokoja on Friday. He said he would resuscitate the company which had been out of production for the past five years. He explained that this would enable it to generate employment for the nation’s teeming youths and create wealth for the country. Buhari said government had spent almost $5billion on the company, promising that its fortunes will change for the better as soon as he assumed office. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/402456/buha ri-pledges-revive- ajaokuta-steel
ThisDay Live Saturday 17th January 2015 Buhari Pulls Mammoth Crowd In Jos, Promises To Rescue Dwindling Economy The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has again, in the midst of a mammoth crowd in Jos, promised to tackle the dwindling economy head on. He has also promised to tackle insecurity and eliminate it completely. He spoke on Saturday at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium in Jos in his Presidential Campaign visit to Plateau State, where he urged Nigerians to join hands together to fight corruption to its knees. He also expressed concern about youth unemployment, saying that it is worrisome because about 60 percent of the youths who are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow have no jobs, adding that the lack of the essential ingredients of life in the country is unacceptable. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-pulls-mammot h-crowd-in-jos-pr omises-to-tackle- dwindling-econom y/199431/
ThisDay Live Saturday 17th January 2015 Amaechi Bars Jonathan From Using State’s Stadium The stage is set for another round of confrontation between Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Governor has refused the party the use of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Igwurita-Ali for its presidential campaign. The party applied for use of the stadium for its presidential campaign rally on January 28 but Amaechi refused to grant them the use of the facility on the grounds that the stadium is under construction. But the PDP has countered that the governor was not being fair since his own party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has used the stadium twice for political rallies. The PDP has already warned Amaechi to rescind his decision or be ready for a face-off. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/am aechi-bars-jonathan -from-using-states- stadium/199432/
ThisDay Live Saturday 17th January 2015 Elechi Denied Speaking Slot At Jonathan’s Campaign Rally Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, saw a new twist to his political career as he was not allowed to speak at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential/ Gubernatorial rally in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital. Elechi who attended the event with his wife, Josephine, was merely acknowledged by Speakers at the event on what could be described as a total humiliation of the personality of the Governor in his own home State. However, THISDAY gathered that the action against the Governor may not be unconnected with Elechi’s rumoured defection or romance with the opposition Labour Party (LP), where his eldest son, Chief Nnanna Elechi is contesting for senatorial position. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ele chi-denied-speakin g-slot-at-jonathan- s-rally/199468/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 16th January 2015 President Jonathan Visits Borno President Goodluck Jonathan and his military chiefs on Thursday according to Premium Times made an unexpected visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, where some 200 girls were kidnapped in Chibok last year. The President and the military high command reportedly left for Borno State after attending the Armed Forces Remembrance in Abuja. Mr. Jonathan and the service chiefs will meet with troops in the North-East State, according to reports. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ president-goodluck- jonathan-finally-visit s-maiduguri.106553/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 Era Of Writing Election Results In Hotels Are Over, INEC Warns Politicians The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday warned politicians that the era of election malpractices by political parties was over. The Commission also said politicians who were planning to snatch ballot boxes or write election results in hotels should have a rethink as the Commission had taken necessary steps to ensure a free and fair election. INEC’s Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gesila Khan, gave the warning in Port Harcourt during an interactive session with leaders of political parties. She said no result written or recorded in an unauthorised place would be accepted in the February elections, emphasising that INEC would ensure that only the authentic outcome of the general elections were announced. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/era -of-writing-election- results-in-hotels-ove r-inec-warns-politic ians/199328/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 “Obasanjo Planning Another Yar’adua Option With Buhari”- Fayose Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday stated that former President Olusegun Obasanjo was planning to foist the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), on Nigerians the way he did with the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2007. Fayose said the North deserved to present a better candidate among the myriad of intellectuals they have and not an ‘old horse’ like Buhari, whose age and State of health are of concern to all Nigerians. He warned Nigerians to beware of the ‘banana peel’ being thrown on their path as the nation prepares for next month’s presidential election. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/fayo se-obasanjo-planning -another-yar-dua-s- option-with-buhari /199327/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 PDP Commends Jonathan, Buhari On Peace Pact The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday commended its presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) for signing a pact on non-violence  ahead of the general election, saying this was in line with the irrevocable commitment of the ruling party to peace and progress of the nation at  all times. A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said the party had already in the last one week of campaigns,  demonstrated its resolve to peaceful polls by ensuring that its members  adhere strictly to its code of conduct on violence free polls. Nigeria 2015; APC; PDP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-commends-jonath an-buhari-on-peace -pact/199326/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 “PDP Presidential Campaign Now Unstoppable”- Mu’azu Boasts As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaigns moves to Abakiliki, Ebonyi State today and Umuahia, Abia State, on Saturday, the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has boasted that the presidential campaigns of the party have moved into an unstoppable phase. A statement by Mu’azu’ s media aide, Tony Amadi, said: “The PDP campaign for the 2015 elections is coming on stronger and stronger and the fight back to claim the soul of Nigeria is rapidly growing with the unstoppable PDP campaign train moving around the country until victory on February 14 is achieved.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/mu -azu-boasts-pdp- presidential-campaig ns-now-unstoppabl e/199325/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 PDP Mobilizes LG Councillors For Jonathan The quest by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to win next month’s general election has moved to the grassroots with its launch of “Operation Deliver Your Ward” handed to Councillors elected on the platform of the party. At the PDP National Councillors’ Forum conference for the North-central zone on Thursday, the party described Councillors as political foot soldiers and true grassroots mobilisers. Deputy Director General of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Professor Tunde Adeniran, who represented the Director General of the campaign organisation, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, at the occasion said the need to use the Councillors for the mobilisation of the people was because of they occupy the most strategic position among politically elected people. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-mobilises-lg-coun cillors-for-jonathan/ 199324/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 Mimiko Decries Political Pretension In War Against Terror The Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has warned against political pretensions in the war against terrorism, urging all Nigerians irrespective of political  affiliation to rise up to the challenge and arrest the inhuman act. Mimiko  threw the challenge at the Armed Forces  Remembrance Day celebration, held  at the Alagbaka cenotaph in Akure, the State capital yesterday as he  identified terrorism as a global challenge, stressing the  need for Nigerians to use all their resources, including human, materials and spiritual endowments to fight insurgency in the country. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/m imiko-decries-poli tical-pretension-in -war-against-terro rism/199323/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 Buhari To Ensure Participation Of Youths, Women In Economy The All Progressives Congress (APC)  presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has promised that he will initiate policies and programmes that will impact positively on the lives of youths and women if voted into office in the February 14 presidential election. A statement from the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the campaign organisation, said the APC manifesto contains several innovations and legislative proposals that will promote the manpower development and social participation of women and youths in the country. The statement, signed by Mallam Garba Shehu yesterday, said: “Drawing extensively from the information contained in the APC’s manifesto, a Federal Government under the leadership of Buhari promises to offer women and youths in Nigeria a new deal. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-to-ensure-parti cipation-of-youths- women-in-economy /199322/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 Okowa Will Win Delta Guber, Says Obuh A former Delta State governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Tony Obuh, has declared that Senator Ifeanyi Okowa will win the February 28 governorship election in Delta because he (Okowa) is a “wonderful personality who has remained consistent in his service to the people.” Describing Okowa as “my dear friend and brother” Obuh, who lost to Okowa at the PDP primary election, said:  “Senator Okowa is very passionate about the well-being of the people of Delta State, which has earned him respect and acceptance across the State.” He spoke during a meeting between Senator Okowa and the leadership of National Association of Delta State Students in Asaba yesterday. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ok owa-will-win-delta -guber-says-obuh/ 199321/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 “Amaechi, Okorocha Are Pathalogical Liars”- Onwuliri The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, has described the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi  Amaechi, and his Imo State counterpart, Chief Rochas Okorocha, as “pathological liars” over their comments during the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign rally in Imo State. She was reacting to the statement made by Amaechi that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government could not point at one single project it has executed in the State. But, speaking with journalists during an inspection of a multi-billion silo (an agro storage facility) in Okigwe area of the State, the Minister described the Rivers Governor and his party (APC) as pathological liars who were too desperate to get power. She described Amaechi as a true representative of APC, which she added “is made up of bandwagon of liars.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/on wuliri-amaechi-oko rocha-apc-are-path ological-liars/199320/
Leadership News Online Friday 16th January 2015 Rivers: Wike, Others Escape Death As Unknown Gunmen Disrupt Campaign Rally Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike yesterday escaped death as unknown gunmen shot sporadically to disrupt the party’s campaign rally at Abua Central in Abua/Odual Local Government Area of the State. Wike, and other leaders of the PDP in the State, including his running mate, Dr (Mrs) Ipalibo Banigo, were not hurt in the gun attack that lasted for more than 45 minutes, as they were still at the palace of the traditional ruler of Abua, King Kaleh Obunge, when the incident occurred. However, when the sound of guns died down, supporters of the party who had earlier fled the venue of the campaign rally as a result of the sporadic shooting return, and the event commenced in earnest. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/402242/rivers -wike-escape-death -unknown-gunmen- disrupt-campaign-rally
Leadership News Online Friday 16th January 2015 Ezekwesili, Olukolade Bicker Over Biu Attack Alert The spokesperson of defence, General Chris Olukolade and former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, bickered on twitter over a purported alert on Biu attack. The hot exchange yesterday started when Ezekwesili tweeted via her handle @obyezeks, on the outcry from residents of Biu over Boko Haram attack. But Olukolade, who faulted her alert, responded immediately via his twitter handle @GENOlkolade, insisting that the Borno town was calm, stressing that forces have repelled the insurgents attack and are engaging them. Nigeria 2015; Insurgency http://leadership.ng/ news/402207/oluko lade-ezekwesili-bick er-twitter-biu-attack -alert
Leadership News Online Friday 16th January 2015 Presidential Rally: Youths Oppose Presence Of First Lady A youth group from Bayelsa State, Bayelsa Youth Vanguard (BYV) said it would obstruct the PDP presidential rally of President Goodluck Jonathan scheduled for February 5, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State if the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan accompanies him. The youth group said their grouse was because of her attempts to destabilise the State and fuel needless crisis and political tension. While they claimed that they are not being sponsored by any one, they noted that she will only be allowed to step her foot into Bayelsa soil when she retraces her steps. Nigeria 2015; BYV http://leadership.ng/ news/402199/presi dential-rally-youths -oppose-presence -lady
Leadership News Online Friday 16th January 2015 Buhari’s Certificate: Aregbesola Demands Apology From Detractors The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has demanded an unreserved apology from people casting aspersions on the academic qualification of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. Speaking at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony and laying of wreath in honour of fallen soldiers at the Osogbo cenotaph, Aregbesola said for Buhari to have risen to the level of a General in the Army, he deserves the respect of all. He described the Boko Haram insurgents as the common enemy of Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity, religion or race adding that the menace in parts of Nigeria should be brought to a permanent halt by every Nigerian without consideration of tribe. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/402201/buh aris-certificate-areg besola-demands-ap ology-detractors
Leadership News Online Friday 16th January 2015 “Ortom Was Imposed On Benue APC”- Suswam Benue State Governor, Dr Gabriel Suswam, yesterday said he did not send the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the state, Samuel Ortom, out of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He also described Ortom as an imposition in the opposition party. Ortom had on Tuesday, during a grand reception in his honour at the IBB Square, Makurdi, told the Benue people that Suswam threw him out of the PDP simply to frustrate his ambition to become the next Governor of the agrarian State. However, while fielding questions from journalists in Makurdi, Suswam stated that it was the inordinate ambition of Ortom that forced him out of the ruling party, saying his behaviour was out of desperation. Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/402193/orto m-imposed-apc-sus wam
Leadership News Online Friday 16th January 2015 INEC Requires 48,000 Ad-Hoc Staff For February Elections In Kano The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano State on Thursday said it would require a total of 48,000 ad-hoc staff for the February general elections in the State. The newly appointed INEC Commissioner in the State, Alhaji Munkaila Abdullahi, made the disclosure at a news conference in Kano. He said the Commission would collaborate with the State NYSC Secretariat for recruitment of personnel who would serve as presiding officers and polling agents, as well as other officers. Kano 2015; INEC http://leadership.ng /news/politics/4021 51/inec-requires-48 000-adhoc-staff-fe bruary-elections- kano
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 “Buhari, Jonathan Should Engage In Debate”- Kingsley Kuku As allegation and counter allegations continue to trail the next month general elections, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger/Delta Affairs, Hon Kingsley Kuku, yesterday suggested that debates should be organised for presidential candidates participating in the election. Specifically, Kuku who spoke in Akure, Ondo State capital, during a lecture organised by the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said the two leading contenders, the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should face each other in a debate. Nigeria 2015; Debate http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pre sidential-poll-buhari -jonathan-should-en gage-in-debate/199 317/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 Ambode, Agbaje, Others Reveal Their Manifestos At First Lagos Guber Debate Governorship candidates of most of the leading political parties in Lagos yesterday participated in the first gubernatorial debate where they all discussed their agenda for the State ahead of the February 28 governorship election. The 2015 gubernatorial debate was organised by the Diocese of Lagos State (Anglican Communion) in conjunction with the Dioceses of Badagry and Lagos Mainland at Archbishop Vinning Memorial Church Cathedral (AVMCC), GRA, Ikeja. The governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Mr. Jimi Agbaje; Mr. Bolaji Ogunseye of the Alliance for Democracy (AD); Ayodele Akele of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Pastor Kayode Jacobs of the Mega Progressives Peoples Party (MPPP), Chief Victor Adeniji of the KOWA Party (KP), Mr. Ishola Aregbesola of the Action Alliance (AA), Akinola Obada of the Independent Democrats (ID) and deputy governorship candidate of Labour Party, Pastor Biodun Popoola, who represented the party’s candidate; Mr. Rotimi Olulana, all discussed at the event. Lagos 2015; Debate http://www.thisday live.com/articles/am bode-agbaje-other- discuss-manifestos- at-first-lagos-guber -debate/199318/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 “Why President Jonathan Must Be Returned”- Uduaghan Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has declared that re-electing President Goodluck Jonathan for another term in office is non-negotiable for the people of the South-South geo-political zone. Uduaghan, while addressing a mammoth crowd that turned out for the Delta State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally at Koko, Warri North Local Government Area, maintained that the President deserves another four years in office because he has a listening ear to the plight of the Niger Delta region. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/udu aghan-why-president -jonathan-must-be- returned/199319/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 Youth Leaders Pledge Non-Violence In 2015 Polls Youth leaders of some political parties have pledged not to engage or encourage violent acts in the fast approaching general elections. Youth leaders of the two main parties, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) however did not participate in the event which was at the instance of the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle. The representative for the APC was absent while that of the PDP, Abdullahi Maibasira, left before the event started on grounds that he did not receive the mandate of the party chairman, Adamu Mu’azu to make comments at the event. Nigeria 2015; APC; PDP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/yo uth-leaders-pledge -non-violence-in-20 15-polls/199277/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 With 5.8 Million Registered Persons, Lagos Tops States With Eligible Voters Details of the voters’ register released Tuesday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that Lagos State has the highest number of registered voters with 5,822,207 found eligible out of the 68,833,476 registered voters. Lagos State is followed by Kano State with a total number of 4,975,701 registered voters. According to details exclusively obtained by THISDAY, Kaduna State has a total number of 3,407,222 registered voters; followed by Rivers State which has 2,537,590 registered voters. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/wi th-5-8m-registered -persons-lagos-top s-states-with-eligib le-voters/199345/
ThisDay Live Friday 16th January 2015 PDP, APC Reel Out Policies To Stem Out Reliance On Oil The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday proposed new sets of policy measures in response to the challenges posed by the country’s over-dependence on oil as the only major source of income.  While the PDP said it is implementing policies that would make the economy an all-inclusive one through the privatisation and liberalisation of critical sectors of the economy, APC said it would target investments in agriculture and related industries as well as revive the textile industry as a basis for creating jobs for the unemployed. Nigeria 2015; APC; PDP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-apc-reel-out-pol icies-to-stem-relian ce-on-oil/199344/
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 160 Reps Out Of Race For Seats Only 200 out of the 360 members of the House of Representatives got tickets to re-contest their seats in next month’s polls, a list of candidates released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has shown. This figure represents about 56 percent of the lawmakers who were nominated by their political parties who have the chance of returning. Those who got the nomination of their respective parties are expected to slug it out with candidates of other parties at the general elections. Nigeria 2015; House of Representatives; INEC 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 Nasarawa: Agabi’s Campaign Co-ordinator Defects To APC The campaign coordinator for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Nasarawa State, Yusuf Agabi in Akwanga Local Government Area has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to work for the re-election victory of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura. Isa Muhammad, who held the office of chief campaigner for Agabi in Akwanga, dumped the PDP governorship candidate soon after he (Agabi) was handed the PDP flag after his victory at the primary election. Nasarawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 Plateau: Pwajok, Lalong Sign Peace Accord Plateau State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Gyang Pwajok and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barrister Simon Lalong yesterday signed an accord to conduct themselves peacefully as well as mobilise their supporters against violence regardless of who wins next month’s governorship election. The two candidates signed the accord before the Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kwanga Godwin Mbatsavbee as well as religious and community leaders. Plateau 2015; Peace; APC; PDP 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 “2015 Election Should Not Be About Religion”- Wada The 2015 presidential election must be based on track record while voting should not go along religious lines, Kogi State Governor Idris Wada has said. The Governor who stated this yesterday at the government house, Lokoja  at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders’ meeting  urged  party members to work for the victory of the party in all the elections. According to him,  due to the complex nature of the composition of Nigeria, there is always the need for Muslim/Christian ticket which, he said, must not be misunderstood to mean that one must vote for the candidate of any political party. Wada warned some appointees not to engage in anti-party activities during the election, saying that President Jonathan has delivered on his electoral promises to the people. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 18
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 Tinubu, Ogbeh Tackle Jonathan On Insecurity, Unemployment All Progressives Congress (APC) national leaders Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Audu Ogbeh said President Jonathan has failed and is incapable of creating jobs for the Nigerian youth.  The opposition chieftains spoke Tuesday in Abeokuta, Ogun State during the party’s presidential campaign rally. Tinubu asked Jonathan to go and rest having failed the country in the last six years.  The former Lagos Governor, while addressing the audience said, “Jonathan has failed. Let him go and look for another job. We don’t want him anymore. It’s not his fault. But it is just that he can’t do it. Let him just go and rest.” He said the president’s promises of hundreds of jobs for the youth is a lie having failed to deliver. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 16
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 37 Defect From PDP To APC In Ondo Thirty-seven  members of the late Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Agagu-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State including his son Femi Agagu who was  Chief of Staff to Governor Olusegun Mimiko,have defected from the party  to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Other members of the old PDP faction who also decamped from the PDP include two former Speakers of the House of Assembly in the State, Victor Olabimtan and  Taofeek  Abdulsalam. Also included are six  former State Commissioners,  Mrs Bukola Tenabe,  Chief Akinyemi  Akinnigbagbe, Tola  Wewe, Olaitan  Ayeni , Mrs Tola Aworh and  Barr Niran Sule. Ondo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 16
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 Emir Of Ilorin Harps On Nigeria’s Unity The Emir of llorin, Alhaji lbrahim Sulu-Gambari, yesterday urged stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria remains an indivisible entity to enable it maintain its enviable leadership position in Africa. Sulu-Gambari spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State, while playing host to the executive members of Gamji Club led by its President General, Dr Yusuf Laro. The Emir, who advised politicians to play the game according to the rules, stressed that no meaningful development could be achieved in an atmosphere of rancour and acrimony. Nigeria 2015; Emir Of Ilorin 15
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 Taraba APC Denies Expelling 90 Members Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Hassan Ardo, has denied allegations that the party expelled 90 of its members.  Ardo made the denial at a news briefing yesterday in Jalingo. He, however, said the Karim-Lamido Local Government chapter of the party made allegations against some of its members and that the party set up a committee to look into the issues. A faction known as APC Concerned Members in the state, had on Monday in Jalingo told newsmen that it did not recognise Ardo as Chairman of the party in the State. Led by Alhaji Yau Samaila, the group also rejected the party’s governorship candidate in the State, Sen. Aisha Alhassan, on the grounds that the APC constitution was not followed in their emergence. Taraba 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 12
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 Explosives Found At INEC Office In Imo The Imo State Police Command yesterday discovered two Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in Owerri. One was discovered at the premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Owerri, while the second one was found at the office of  Owerri Capital Development Authority, which is located a few meters away from the INEC office.  The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the incident, saying the bombs were discovered through a tip off.  He said the devices have already been detonated by the bomb squad unit of the command. Imo 2015; INEC 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 Jega Blames Politicians For Election Violence The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has identified areas that trigger violence in elections in the country while proffering possible solutions as the general elections draws nearer. Chairman of the Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega who spoke at the Sensitisation Workshop on Non-Violence in Abuja, yesterday promised that the electoral body will maintain it’s neutrality as an umpire in the elections. Delivering a paper titled “Tenets of Non-Violent and Peaceful Elections: Lessons for Nigeria”, the INEC Chairman said electoral violence in Nigeria and other countries is a phenomenon which stems from many factors. Nigeria 2015; INEC 14
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 “My Relationship With Uduaghan Is Cordial”- Okowa Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that he his relationship with incumbent governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, was cordial. Okowa, who spoke in Koko, Warri North Local Government Area at a rally organised by the State PDP, also revealed that Governor Uduaghan had earlier predicted that he would handover to him (Okowa) after completing his tenure, adding that the prophesy has come to pass. The rally, which witnessed a large turnout of PDP supporters in the State, was attended by Governor Uduaghan and his Commissioners as well as other dignitaries. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)  
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 PVC Distribution: APGA Threatens To Sue INEC Over Neglect Of Strongholds The leadership of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Imo State, has threatened to drag the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to court, over faulty distribution of permanent voters cards, PVCs, in its areas of stronghold. Disclosing this to newsmen in Owerri, its State chairman, Peter Ezeobi, said the party would have no other option than go to court, if INEC failed to redress the anomaly. Imo 2015; APGA http://www.vanguard ngr.com/2015/01/pvcs -distribution-apga-threa tens-sue-inec-neglect- strongholds/
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 15th January 2015 Lawyers March For Buhari In Lagos Lawyers in their hundreds took to the streets yesterday in Lagos to drum support for the Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo presidential ticket under the platform of the All Progrssives Congress, APC. The lawyers who tagged their outing a “‘Walk for Change” said this is necessary to create awareness on why Nigerians must support change of government through the forthcoming general elections. According to the National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, the lawyers are also campaigning for a change of government at the federal level come   February 14. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.vanguard ngr.com/2015/01/law yers-march-buhari- lagos/
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 Buhari In Osun, Vows To Break Circle Of Insecurity, Corruption And Unemployment The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)  Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), on Wednesday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, promised to fight corruption, insecurity and problem of unemployment  if voted into power on Feburay14. The APC candidate, who spoke solemnly during his  campaign for a few minutes at the State stadium in Osogbo, also  said all circles of  insecurity, corruption and unemployment shall be broken to pave the way for total development of the country. He equally stressed that agriculture,  and mining would be given serious attention while promising that all competent people would be engaged in order to allow for full scale employment. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-in-osun-vows- to-break-circle-of -insecurity-corrupti on-unemployment/ 199257/
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 PDP Will Win Presidential Election, Others Transpaently, Says Mark Senate President, David Mark, has expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not only win the presidential and other elective positions in the 2015 general election, but will do so transparently in a free and fair contest, such that will be acceptable to the opposition, the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mark stated this on Wednesday at Mangu Mini Stadium, where he chaired the flag off campaign of the PDP governorship candidate in Plateau State, Senator Gyang Pwajok. He described Pwajok as credible, competent, intelligent and hardworking, saying with his reputable credentials and integrity, the only the PDP members in the State that will vote him but some members of the APC will equally support hm. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-will-win-presiden tial-election-others- transparently-says- mark/199254/
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 INEC Urges Over 1.8 Million Lagosians To Collect Their PVCs About 1, 800,000 eligible voters in Lagos who are yet to collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC), among the 4,000000 million PVCs received by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the State, have been urged to collect them to enable them participate in the coming election. The Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Akin Orebiyi, who expressed concern over the high figure of potential voters who are yet to get their PVC, during a press conference, said residents should get their PVCs at the 245 Collation Centres across the State which have been designated as distribution points for the PVCs. Lagos 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/in ec-urges-over-1-8 m-voters-in-lagos- to-collect-their-pv cs/199253/
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 “We Have Kept Our Promises”- Tinubu Former Lagos State Governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has disclosed that the outgoing administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola has kept to the promises it made to the people of the State. Tinubu, while addressing scores of APC supporters who converged on the Archbishop Vinning Memorial Church Open Ground, GRA, Ikeja,  Lagos for the commencement of the Akinwunmi Ambode campaign said “Fashola has perform creditable well in his administration of the State.” Addressing the crowd of supporters, Tinubu said: “Since 2007 that I brought him (Fashola) to you and I said he will perform better that he is a man of sound brain and mind and that the person is Fashola; he did not disgrace us.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/tin ubu-we-have-kept -our-promises/199 252/
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 Omeri Should Resign From NOA, Says Buhari’s Campaign Team The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation has protested the appointment of the Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mike Omeri, into the Jonathan Campaign Organisation as an act of impunity, and violation of the NOA Act. The Buhari campaign team cited the appointment of Omeri, saying the action by ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in violation of Part 2 Section 6 (2) of the National Orientation Agency Act, which expressly prescribes that the Director General of NOA should be “non-partisan”. It described the behaviour as unbecoming and designed to compromise and undermine the rules and principles on which the nation’s public service was founded. The campaign stated that this action jeopardises the neutrality, reputation and position of the service as an institution of governance. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/om eri-should-resign-fr om-noa-says-buhar i-s-campaign-team/ 199250/
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 Ohaneze Youths Demand Special Polling Units For Displaced Igbos With the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) contemplating the establishment of special polling units for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the North-East, the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), the youth wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has demanded such facilities to be set up for Igbos and other Southerners fleeing Boko Haram insurgency. Thousands of Igbos resident in the troubled North-East of the country who fled home stand the risk of being disenfranchised having been registered in their former places of residence before relocating. Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbo http://www.thisday live.com/articles/oh anaeze-youths-dem and-special-polling -booths-for-displa ced-igbos/199248/
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 Jonathan’s Kinsmen In Lagos Berate His Critics Over Corruption, Insurgency The Niger Delta people living in Lagos under the umbrella of Niger Delta Nationalities Forum (NDNF) have condemned the criticism and perception of President Goodluck Jonathan as a leader who is not intensifying the fight against corruption and insurgency which have led to the prevailing insecurity in the country, saying he alone cannot do it. They also called on Nigerians to vote for the president for a second term in order to continue the transformation agenda he had already started. The group described as unfortunate the impression that Jonathan’s political opponents have decided to place the effects of corruption and insecurity in the country at the doorsteps of the President alone. Nigeria 2015; NDNF http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-s-kinsmen-i n-lagos-berate-his -critics-over-corru ption-insurgency/ 199247/
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 Bafarawa To Wamakko: “Prepare To Handover To Wali” Former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, yesterday told Governor Aliyu Wamakko, to prepare to handover to the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Abdallah Wali, by May 29. He also said God had ordained President Goodluck Jonathan as the President of Nigeria, adding that unscrupulous politicians were only using religion to deceive people in the North. He was speaking at a campaign rally of the PDP, which the State Deputy Governor and leader of the party in the State, Alhaji Mukhtar Shagari, was conspicuously absent. Sokoto 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ba farawa-to-wamakk o-prepare-to-hand over-to-wali/199245/
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 Nzeribe’s Ex-Wife Urges Youths To Support Jonathan The ex-wife of Senator Arthur Nzeribe, Njideka Ndiwe, has appealed to the youth in Nigeria to come out en masse and vote President Goodluck Jonathan at the forthcoming general election. Ndiwe, popularly called “mother of Nigerian youths worldwide, said her support for Jonathan’s second term ambition was based on his remarkable achievements in key sectors of the economy. Ndiwe, who is also the President of Global Youths Initiatives, spoke in Onitsha recently. She specifically praised Jonathan’s achievements in the areas of power, rail, agriculture, sports, and health. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/nz eribe-s-ex-wife-ur ges-youths-to-sup port-jonathan/199 244/
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 Akpabio Tasks Security Agencies On Peaceful Polls Governor Godswill Akpabio of Aka Ibom State has called on the security agencies  to be on the watch out  for people or politicians wanting to truncate the country’s democracy by threatening to form a parallel government if they lose the forthcoming general election. Akpabio, who made the call on Tuesday when the Inspector General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, paid him a courtesy visit in Uyo, urged the security agents to place such politicians on surveillance to stop them from carrying out their threat, describing such as anti-democratic tendency. He lamented that most achievements of President Jonathan were subsumed in false propaganda by the opposition party and hoped next general elections would be anchored on tangible achievements by different political parties. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ak pabio-tasks-securi ty-agencies-on-pea ceful-polls/199243/
Leadership News Online Thursday 15th January 2015 “PDP’ll Reclaim Lost Territories From APC”- Mu’azu National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Adamu Mu’azu, yesterday declared that the PDP campaigns for next month’s elections show that the party is reclaiming lost grounds from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). He said the party’s influence is rapidly growing with the unstoppable PDP campaign train moving around the country ahead of the February 14 presidential election. In a statement by his chief press secretary, Tony Amadi, Mu’azu said after just six major stops in Lagos, Enugu, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Osogbo and Ado Ekiti in the heart of the South-West, the party is reclaiming lost territories from the opposition All Progressives Congress. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/402018/pdp -ll-reclaim-lost-terr itories-apc-muazu
Leadership News Online Thursday 15th January 2015 “Jonathan’s Government Is Corrupt”- Asari Dokubo Leader of the defunct Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, has said that corruption in the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan is endemic, although it does not stop him from supporting his administration. The former militant leader also threatened war on any successor of Rivers State governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, that fails to probe his administration. Dokubo-Asari spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt while fielding questions shortly after attending a town hall meeting organised by NDPVF, in conjunction with the Niger Delta People Salvation Front (NDPSF). Nigeria 2015; Asari Dokubo http://leadership.ng/ news/402001/jonat hans-govt-corrupt- asari
Leadership News Online Thursday 15th January 2015 APC Woos PDP Stalwarts In Edo Ahead of the February 2015 presidential election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has begun wooing stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State with a view to ensuring landslide victory for its presidential flag bearer, General Muhamadu Buhari. To this end, Kwankwasiyya Nigeria, a group led by the executive governor of Kano State, and former presidential aspirant in APC, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, yesterday paid a visit to the former Chief of Staff to the Edo State government under the Osunbor administation, Hon. Isaiah Osifo, to woo and plead with him to join the APC in Edo State. The visit to Osifo, a former senatorial aspirant under the PDP who is considered a mass mobiliser, was led by the Kwankwasiyya Nigeria, National Coordinator, Southern Mandate and Senior Special Assistant to Edo State government on Inter Party Relations, Comrade Ikonomwan Francis. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/401999/feb- 14-poll-apc-woos -pdp-stalwarts-edo
Leadership News Online Thursday 15th January 2015 “Amaechi’s Government Neglected Ogoni Land”- Wike Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has accused the administration of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of neglecting Ogoniland in the area of basic amenities. He said that it was a wicked act for the State government to deliberately refuse to provide potable drinking water, electricity and good roads for the people of Ogoni, who the Governor claims to love. Wike spoke yesterday at Mogho community in Gokana Local Government Area of the State, during the campaign rally of the PDP. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/401998/river s-amaechis-govt-ne glected-ogoniland- wike
Leadership News Online Thursday 15th January 2015 “Defectors From PDP To APC Are Selfish Politicians”- Governor Aliyu Governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu, has described those who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as selfish politicians who do not have the interest of the country at heart. He also said that the PDP would not allow desperate politicians to take over the affairs of the country this year, adding that the party would campaign hard and ensure victory for its candidates so that they would continue the transformation of the county. Aliyu stated this yesterday in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State during the official flag-off campaign for Senator Gyang Pwajok, the PDP gubernatorial candidate of Plateau State. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/401983/defe ctors-pdp-apc-sel fish-politicians-gov -aliyu
Leadership News Online Thursday 15th January 2015 “Why APC Picked Buhari As Its Presidential Candidate”- Ikuforiji The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji has said that the choice of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s presidential candidate was based on his integrity. The Lagos Assembly speaker stated this while delivering his keynote address at the maiden edition of Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents Association (LAHACA) programme at the Assembly Complex, Alausa Ikeja. IKuforiji who was represented by the Chairman House Committee on Finance, Funmilayo Tejuoso noted that the former Head of State has been so exemplary in terms of integrity. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/401975/apc- picked-buhari-presi dential-candidate- ikuforiji
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 House Tinkers With Electoral Act To Enable IDPs Eligible For Elections The House of Representatives on Wednesday took the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act a step further when it decided to harmonise its position with that of the Senate. The House Deputy Spokesperson, Victor Ogene (APC, Anambra), told journalists after the green chamber adjourned for five weeks for the purpose of reviewing the Act to make provision for internally displaced persons (IDPs) to participate in the forthcoming general election. According Ogene, already, the House is “working to harmonise its position on the Electoral Act with the Senate. And should the need arise, the House will be reconvened to consider it. Nigeria 2015; House of Representatives; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ho use-tinkers-with-ele ctoral-act-to-make -idps-eligible-for- election/199236/
ThisDay Live Thursday 15th January 2015 Jonathan Warns Politicians Against Provocative Statements President Goodluck Jonathan has again called on politicians to desist from using provocative statements and instigating their supporters against political opponents ahead of the forthcoming general elections. Jonathan, who made the call yesterday in Abuja at the elections sensitisation workshop, also advised politicians to desist from threatening their opponents. The workshop was organised for political parties and their presidential candidates by the Office of the National Security Adviser in collaboration with the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs for political parties. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-warns-polit icians-against-prov ocative-statement s/199233/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 15th January 2015 “Christians To Present Voter’s Cards Before Taking Communion”- CAN The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Akwa Ibom on Wednesday said it was proposing the denial of communion to members without voter cards. Archbishop Cletus Bassey, Chairman of CAN in the State, announced this at a Summit for Religious Leaders on Peaceful Elections organised by INEC in Uyo. ”We are proposing denial of communion to our members without voter cards”, Bassey said. He said this was part of measures being put in place to encourage mass participation of Christians in the State in the forthcoming general elections. Nigeria 2015; CAN http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /nigeria-christians-to -present-voters-car d-before-taking-com munion.106513/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 15th January 2015 Akwa Ibom Students To Get N50,000 Bursary If APC Wins State Mr Umana Okon Umana, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate in Akwa Ibom, has promised to pay N50,000 bursary award per student if elected. Umana made the promise on Wednesday in Abak Local Government Area while flagging off his State-wide campaign for the February 28 General Elections. He said that the N5,000 currently being paid to students of the State origin in tertiary institutions was grossly inadequate given the rate of inflation in the country. Umana, who was a former Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG), said that if voted, his administration would pay attention to improving the standard of education in the State. He also promised that his administration would bring real change to the State by inculcating in the students the culture of excellence through competitions. Akwa Ibom 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /akwa-ibom-student s-to-get-n50-000- bursary-if-apc-wins -state.106512/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 15th January 2015 Abia Guber: “I’ll Forfeit My Salary As Governor”- Otti The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia, Dr Alex Otti, on Wednesday said that he won’t accept any salary as Governor of Abia State if elected into office.  Otti made the disclosure on Wednesday while addressing members of the State working committee of the party, led by its National Vice-Chairman for the South East, Mr Uchenna Okogbuo in his Umuru-Umuehim Nvosi home in Isialangwa South. Abia 2015; APGA http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /abia-ill-forfeit-my- salary-as-governor -alex-otti.106510/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 15th January 2015 Lagos: Agbaje Promises To Cancel Lekki-Epe Toll Gate Mr Jimi Agbaje, the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos on Wednesday promised to cancel the toll on the Lekki-Epe axis of the State, if elected. Agbaje told newsmen at the party Secretariat in Lagos that the decision was based on the fact that the toll-gate was untenable as it was standing on an existing road. He, however, disclosed that the Lekki Phase 1 inner bridge would remain, since it was started from the scratch by the concessionaire. The issue of toll on the Lekki-Epe Expressway of Lagos had remained controversial since it began in 2014. The PDP candidate commended Gov. Babatunde Fashola of the State for some of the successes recorded in the State, but insisted that Lagos was in need of urgent change and not continuity. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ lagos-agbaje-promis es-to-cancel-lekki- epe-toll-gate.106505/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 15th January 2015 “Fashola Performed Better Than I Did”- Tinubu Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos state and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday said that the Mr Babatunde Fashola administration had performed better than his. Tinubu, the immediate past Governor of Lagos, spoke in Ikeja at the flag-off of the party’s campaign for the forthcoming general elections in the State. He said that the Fashola administration had performed tremendously well in the last eight years. He said that Fashola had performed well in construction of roads and school buildings, employment of youths and healthcare delivery, among others things. Tinubu urged Lagos residents to vote en masse for the party’s governorship candidate for Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, in the general elections. He said that Ambode would build on Fashola’s achievements. In his address, Fashola urged Lagos residents to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to enable them to vote. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ lagos-fashola-perfo rmed-better-than-i- did-tinubu.106500/
Sun News Online Thursday 15th January 2015 Ex Speaker Bankole Loses Out In Ogun Guber Race The former speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole may have lost out finally in his bid to contest the February 28 governorship election in Ogun, as the resuscitated Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the State yesterday publicly presented incumbent Senator Akin Odunsi as its flag bearer in the forthcoming polls. This is coming just as the SDP said it was targeting 500,000 out of the over one million votes of the eligible voters in the State in the forthcoming governorship election. Speculations had been rife that Bankole, who along with eight other aggrieved aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state who had boycotted the December 8 governorship primary election of the PDP, and defected to the SDP, was being favoured to fly its flag in the forthcoming governorship polls. Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline. com/new/?p=100283
Sun News Online Thursday 15th January 2015 “Inexperienced People Can’t Govern Lagos”- Tinubu National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu yesterday said inexperienced people could not govern Lagos State. Speaking during the flag-off of the APC governorship campaign in Ikeja, Tinubu said the State could not be used for experiment and governed by in-experienced people. “We need an experienced person and good financial manager to manage Lagos State. Lagos State is not for experiment, so we cannot experiment in Lagos State,” he said. Speaking on why Lagosians should vote for the APC governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, Tinubu said the APC governorship candidate was more experienced and credible than the peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline. com/new/?p=100277
Sun News Online Thursday 15th January 2015 “We’re For Buhari”- Arewa Consultative Forum Ambassador Sule Maitama-led Northern Elders Forum (NEF), yesterday, formally made its position known on next month’s 2015 presidential race, saying it has endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC). Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) also endorsed the candidature of NEF Head of State, saying with Buhari as the President, Nigeria would be a better place. Addressing journalists yesterday, Professor Ango Abdullahi, Secretary of the Forum, said Buhari had better credentials to lead the country out of its current challenges. Nigeria 2015; ACF; NEF http://sunnewsonline. com/new/?p=100251
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 “16 Years Of PDP Leadership Has Failed Nigerians”- Tinubu Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos state and National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC on Tuesday said that sixteen,16 years of leadership by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has failed Nigeria. Tinubu made the comment while speaking at the APC rally in Abeokuta, Ogun State.  He said, ”PDP government has failed us, in the last 16 years of their leadership and also six years of Jonathan administration he cannot secure employment for the youths. Just yesterday in Abeokuta, he promised 10 million jobs for young graduates. How can someone that spent six years in government and did not achieve anything now promise 10 million jobs within 4 years?. The PDP family lies and they have failed Nigerians, Jonathan has confessed to Nigeria that he has nothing to offer us. Six years of Jonathan’s apprenticeship, has totally failed us”. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ 16-years-of-pdp-le adership-has-failed -nigeria-tinubu.106 462/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 “I Won’t Support You”- Obasanjo Tells Jonathan Former President Olusegun Obasanjo will not be supporting the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria. According to the media house, the former President made the disclosure after a meeting in his home in Abeokuta.  Obasanjo reportedly told Jonathan, ”It’s too late; I’m sorry”. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigeria-i-wont-suppo rt-you-obasanjo-tells -jonathan.106460/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 Ebonyi Labour Party Office Attacked With IED The Abakaliki campaign office of the Labour Party (LP) was on Tuesday attacked with substance suspected to be Improvised Explosive Device (IED), the police have confirmed. The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Chris Anyanwu, described the incident as unfortunate. Anyanwu, however, said the command was on top of the matter as investigation was still ongoing and advised politicians to play the game according to the rules by avoiding thuggery, bitterness and rancour. The incident came 24 hours after a similar attack on the All Progressive Congress office in the area. Similarly, the office of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) had suffered a similar attack which led to the destruction of the party’s property. The homes of some APGA supporters in Ohaukwu Local Government Area were also attacked by unknown gunmen. Ebonyi 2015; Labour Party (LP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /ebonyi-labour-party -office-attacked-with -ied.106459/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 Sokoto Assembly Gets New Speaker, Deputy The Sokoto State House of Assembly on Tuesday elected Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar and Alhaji Bello Goronyo as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively. The development followed the resignation of the former Speaker, Alhaji Lawal Zayyana. Zayyanna resigned after he was appointed Sarkin Gobir of Gwadabawa. The new Speaker, who was nominated by Alhaji Sani Yakubu (APC-Gudu), is a member representing Tureta Constituency and former Deputy Speaker of the Legislature. The Deputy Speaker, nominated by Alhaji Abubakar Bunkari (APC-Binji), is a member representing Goronyo Constituency and also former Deputy Leader of the House. After the election, Abubakar assured his colleagues that he would work with all for better Sokoto State. Sokoto 2015; State House Of Assembly http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ sokoto-assembly-ge ts-new-speaker-dep uty.106457/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 “I Probed Buhari’s Tenure At PTF”- Obasanjo Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday said that he probed the accounts of the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF after the tenure of Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Obasanjo made the disclosure in Ogun State when Buhari and other national leaders of the APC visited him. Addressing Buhari, Obasanjo said, ”When you were going to become the manager of PTF. We talked about it and when you finished and I took over, we looked into it. I haven’t said this publicly, I would say it publicly now. When we looked into it, there was really nothing amiss except that that organisation went from road building to mosquito net-buying and all sorts of things.” Nigeria 2015; Obasanjo http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ i-probed-buharis-ten ure-at-ptf-obasanjo. 106455/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 “17 Governorship Candidates In Lagos Will Debate”- NUJ The Lagos chapter of the Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ) on Tuesday said that it would organise a debate for the 17 governorship candidates for Lagos ahead of the February elections. This is contained in a statement signed by the Lagos State Chairman of the union, Mr Deji Elumoye. The NUJ said that the debate was part of its efforts to bring good governance, excellence and accountability to bear on the contestants. According to the union, the two-day live debate will feature all the gubernatorial candidates of the 17 political parties fielding candidates for governorship polls in the State. Lagos 2015; NUJ http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ 17-governorship-can didates-in-lagos-will -debate-nuj.106452/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 Buhari Pledges To Develop Nigeria’s Non-Oil Sector The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, said he would explore the non-oil sector to create wealth for the nation if elected. Buhari made the promise at APC presidential campaign/rally held in Abeokuta, Ogun. The former military Head of State said over concentration on the oil sector and the failure to manage the resource from it by successive governments plunged the country into economic woes. ”Our leaders have over relied on oil money to the detriment of other sectors. Now that the price of oil has crashed, we are now facing serious economic challenges. Our concern is the vicious cycle of insecurity, corruption and unemployment confronting Nigeria now’’, he said. Buhari promised to address the challenges headlong if voted into power. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ buhari-pledges-to-de velop-nigerias-non- oil-sector.106451/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 “I Ask Nigerians To Support Buhari Over Goodluck”- Ex- Bayelsa Governor Chief Timipre Sylva, former Bayelsa State Governor, has revealed why he is backing General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC against President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP in the forthcoming elections. Speaking on an interactive session with the Bayelsa people on Royal FM in Yenagoa, he said he was working for Buhari in 2015 because Jonathan had failed the people of Niger Delta.  Adding that he had disowned Jonathan as a brother, he said “What has Bayelsa gained from the Presidency? Where is the Federal project in the State that is significant? I don’t see any. Not even electricity is available in Otuoke. And you have the Presidency. If I have somebody else that is not my brother but a friend with my interest at heart, it is better. Sometimes, a good friend is better than a bad brother. If a good friend can come and give us electricity and good jobs, I will go for that good friend rather than go for that bad brother. Look at Bayelsa. Look at Niger Delta. Look at the East-West Road under a brother. Why hasn’t the road been fixed under a brother? Why is the Brass LNG not working under a brother because we know where the project was under Obasanjo? Why is it that all they promised us under Amnesty has not been fulfilled? You remember they promised us a new city. Where are those small cities under our brother?” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ i-advise-nigerians-to -support-buhari-over -goodluck-ex-bayelsa -governor.106469/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 President Jonathan Promises To Reduce Terrorism If Re-elected President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Osogbo said his administration, would reduce the challenges of terrorism in the country if re-elected. Jonathan, who made the promise at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign, said the security challenges in the country would not be forever. On unemployment, Jonathan said he would create two million jobs on a yearly basis if re-elected. Jonathan, who said that 1.8 million youths entered into labour market on a yearly basis, said his administration would continue to tackle the issue of unemployment in the country. The President then urged the people of the State to vote for him during the February 14 presidential election. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ president-jonathan- promises-to-reduce -terrorism-if-re-elect ed.106467/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 “Jonathan Not My Generation Failed Nigeria”- Fashola Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday replied President Goodluck Jonathan’s comment on how his generation has failed Nigeria. According to VANGUARD, speaking at the 2015, First Quarter of the Town Hall meeting with stakeholders in the transportation sector held in Agidingbi, Ikeja, said, ”You (Jonathan) failed Nigeria because my generation did not fail this country.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /jonathan-not-my-ge neration-failed-nigeri a-fashola.106464/
Leadership News Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 Jonathan, Buhari Sign Peace Pact On 2015 Polls Today In a bid to avoid the kind of violence that engulfed the country after the 2015 general elections, President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari are expected to sign a political accord ahead of the February 2015 general polls today. Jonathan who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Buhari, the presidential flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will meet in Abuja at an all political stakeholders national workshop on violence-free elections in 2015 to sign the undertaking. Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs Senator Ben Obi who gave the hint on the national workshop at a press conference said the event would be convened by the Presidency at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel and Towers Abuja, at 9.00 am today. Nigeria 2015; APC; PDP http://leadership.ng /news/401760/jona than-buhari-sign-pe ace-pact-2015-po lls-today
Leadership News Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 “Buhari Will Lift Veil Of Secrecy, Shadiness In NNPC”- APC The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has said General Muhammadu Buhari will lift the veil of secrecy and shadiness that has characterised the transactions of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) if he is elected into office in the February 14 presidential election. A press statement from the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the campaign in Abuja on Tuesday said it is apparent that the reason the country’s economy comes under heavy shock any time there is instability in the global oil market is because of corruption and lack of transparency and honesty in the way the NNPC is run. The statement signed by Mallam Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign assured that if elected into office an APC-led government will promote credible book-keeping in the day-to-day workings of the NNPC. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/40175 8/buhari-will-lift-veil -secrecy-shadiness- nnpc-apc-campaign
Leadership News Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 FCT Natives Vow Not To Vote Jonathan, Buhari Unless…. Natives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have vowed not to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan or General Mohammadu Buhari unless the two top contenders visit their indigenous communities and tell them their developmental plans for the communities. This was disclosed by a local vanguard group, the Original Inhabitants Development Association (OIDA), at the third FCT heritage day celebration in Kuje Area Council of the FCT. Speaking on behalf of the group, the group’s president, Pastor Danladi Jeji, said that if the presidential candidates fail to visit their communities and tell them programmes that will directly impact the lives of the natives they will have no choice but to cast their votes elsewhere. Nigeria 2015; FCT http://leadership.n g/news/401717/na tives-vow-not-vote -jonathan-buhari- unless
Leadership News Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 Kofi Annan Warns Politicians Over Inciting Comments Former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Anan has cautioned politicians over inciting statements capable of dividing the country and causing violence before and after next month’s general election. Anan, currently the Chairman of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security said, while delivering a keynote address during Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room roundtable on the “role of civil society in ensuring electoral integrity” organised by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) that politicians should watch their utterances in order not to make inciting statements. Also speaking at the round table, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Abdulwaheed Omar described corruption as a major threat to election in Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; Kofi Annan http://leadership.n g/news/401678/ko fi-anan-warns-poli ticians-inciting-com ments
Leadership News Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 Adamawa SDP Guber Candidate Dies The gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Adamawa State, Rev Hakila Yerima is dead. The death of the guber candidate few weeks to the general elections has thrown party officials and followers into a sombre mood. Yerima became the candidate of the party after winning the gubernatorial primaries of the party which held on the 6th of December, 2014. Confirming the development in Yola, the State Secretary of the party, Dr John Luka said the party’s candidate took ill and has been in hospital for some time before his final departure. Adamawa 2015; SDP http://leadership.n g/news/401704/a damawa-sdp-gu ber-candidate-dies
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 Agagu’s Brother, Ex-Commissioners, Ex-Speakers, Others Defect To APC The rank of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State on Tuesday depleted further as two former Speakers of the state House of Assembly, former Commissioners including those that served under the late former Governor Olusegun Agagu and the incumbent, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, some former Special Advisers, former House of Assembly Members and some leaders of the party defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The defectors were led by Agagu’s brother Femi, who was the Chief of Staff to the late former Governor. The defection of the PDP stalwart might not be unconnected with the yet-to-be resolved crisis rocking the party in the recent times. Ondo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ag agu-s-brother-ex- commissioners-ex -speakers-others- defect-to-apc/19 9128/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 PDP, APC Trade Words Over Ekwueme’s Outburst About Ruling Party The South-East chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday chided the Governors’ Forum in the zone for its recent claim that Second Republic Vice-President, Alex Ekwueme, had lost touch with realities following his (Ekwueme) outburst that President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might not get block votes from the area. Briefing journalists in Enugu, the opposition party’s Spokesman in the zone, Osita Okechukwu, said the former Vice-President was right in his views, stressing that despite the huge support the people of the South-East had given to the ruling party in the past 16 years, it had nothing tangible to show for it. In a swift reaction however, the PDP said the opposition party’s claims that it would make in-roads to the zone in next month’s presidential election amounted to a wild-goose chase as the zone remains the ruling party’s stronghold. Nigeria 2015; APC; PDP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-apc-trade-words -over-ekwueme-s- outburst-against-rul ing-party/199127/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 Olubadan Sues For Violence-Free Polls The monarch of Ibadanland in Oyo State, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I, on Tuesday appealed to all the political parties in the State to eschew violence and play the game according to the rules. The traditional ruler spoke through his Chief, Tajudeen Abimbola, the Eekerin Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland. Also, Chief Theophilous Akinyele specifically urged all politicians in the State to exhibit all sense of political maturity to ensure acceptable and credible elections.He warned that the state could not afford to witness any violence during and after the general elections, just as he enjoined all the politicians to play the game according to the rule. Nigeria 2015; Olubadan http://www.thisday live.com/articles/olu badan-sues-for-vio lence-free-polls/ 199130/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 Jonathan Is The Change Nigeria Needs, PDP Insists The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said no change could be better than the rapid change in all sectors which Nigeria has undergone in the last four years, declaring the continuity of President Goodluck Jonathan as the real change the nation needs. A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, on Tuesday said no administration in the history of Nigeria had done so much in the first four years, saying in adopting change as its slogan, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had shown that it was out of tune with reality as change is exactly what the Jonathan-led administration represents. The party further argued that the mark of true leadership is the ability to stay the course notwithstanding the level of distraction orchestrated to make the leader lose focus, saying President Jonathan has beaten every adversity to achieve an unprecedented  transformation of Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jon athan-is-the-change -nigeria-needs-pdp -insists/199148/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 Jonathan’s Critics On Corruption Are Hypocritical, Says TAN The Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria (TAN) has said most of the people criticising President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration are actually the corrupt ones who have one case or the other to answer at the anti-corruption agencies. The organisation which is playing key role in the re-election campaign of President Jonathan insisted that the president has performed more than all his predecessors contrary to what opposition political parties were feeding Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; TAN http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-s-critics-on -corruption-hypocri tical-says-tan/19 9131/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 “APC Government Has Not Benefitted Lagosians”- Agbaje The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has noted that most of the policies carried out by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State could have been better implemented to really meet the needs of Lagosians. Agbaje, who spoke with journalists in a chat on Tuesday in Lagos, said though the APC-led government in Lagos State had recorded some successes in governance, his administration would work rigorously to ensure better living conditions for Lagosians, if he is elected. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/agb aje-apc-government -has-not-benefitted -lagosians/199133/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 Buhari Is Competent For The Job, Says Alake The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Adedotun Gbadebo, has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, as “a purposeful man of vision who is competent for the task of salvaging the nation at this critical time.’’ He said Buhari is a man totally devoid of sentiments and capable of taking the country to the desired haven. The Alake, who made this declaration when he, alongside all Egba royal fathers  hosted the leadership of the APC and its presidential candidate in his Ake, Abeokuta palace, before party’s mega rally held at MKO Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, said that Nigerians will not be making a wrong choice by sharing in the Buhari vision. Nigeria 2015; Alake Of Egbaland; Buhari http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-is-competent- for-the-job-says- alake/199136/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 Wike Berates APC For Celebrating Terrorism The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) for always celebrating terror acts for political reasons. This came as the APC governorship candidate in the State, Mr. Dakuku Peterside, restated his commitment to peace in all the communities in the state if elected Governor in next month’s election. Wike spoke on Tuesday in Port Harcourt when he visited the campaign office of the former PDP governorship aspirant, Mr. Ibinabo Michael-West, who has collapsed his campaign structure into Wike’s team. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/wi ke-berates-apc-for -celebrating-terrori sm/199138/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 Oshiomole Says El-rufai Will Rebuild Kaduna If Elected Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state on Tuesday expressed confidence in the ability of All Progressives Congress, APC governorship candidate for Kaduna, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, to rebuild the State, if elected. Oshomole said in Kaduna at the inauguration of APC governorship campaign in the State that El-Rufai would bring about cogent development and genuinely unite the diverse peoples of the State. APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, in a message read at the event, described El-Rufai as a competent and tested leader that would bring about positive change to the State. Oyegun, who was represented by his deputy, Sen. Lawal Shuaibu, pledged that APC would ensure sacrifice and result-oriented leadership that would bring about national rebirth and genuine development. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ oshiomhole-says-el- rufai-will-rebuild-kad una-if-elected.10 6450/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 14th January 2015 INEC Releases Names, Qualifications Of 14 Presidential Candidates The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published names of 14 presidential candidates for the 2015 general elections. Details of the names were released on the Commission’s website on Tuesday, showing that one presidential candidate and four vice presidential candidates are females. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /nigeria-2015-inec- releases-names-qual ifications-of-14-pres idential-candidates. 106448/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 Poverty Is The Main Problem Facing nigeria, Says Makinde Oyo State Social Democratic Party (SDP) gubernatorial candidate, Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday identified poverty as the greatest challenge confronting the country and posited that “unless the menace is frontally tackled, the future looks bleak.” The engineer-turned politician made this remark at the public presentation of a book titled: ‘Election Law Practice in Nigeria,’ published in his honour in Ibadan. Nigeria 2015; SDP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/po verty-is-the-greates t-challenge-confront ing-nigeria-says-ma kinde/199141/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 IG Warns Officers Against Violating Electoral Act As the general election approaches, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, on Tuesday warned officers and men of the force not to operate outside the Electoral Act as anybody going contrary would be treated as dereliction of duty. Addressing Police Offices under zone six in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, the IG said arrangements had been concluded for mass distribution of the Electoral Act to all the policemen across the country. He reminded the security operatives of the need to conduct themselves within the guideline and provision of the electoral act cautioning that Policemen are not expected to be partisan in the current political dispensation. Nigeria 2015; IGP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ig -warns-officers-aga inst-violation-of-elec toral-act/199142/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 APC Destroy PDP Vehicles In Revenge Attack In Gombe No fewer than four vehicles and other property belonging to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were destroyed in an alleged revenge attack by supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gona town of Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State. The attack happened when a convoy of the APC gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya was on its way to Billiri for a campaign rally. THISDAY checks revealed that the APC supporters, accompanied by their gubernatorial candidate, were in possession of dangerous weapons. Gombe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap c-destroys-five-pdp -vehicles-in-revenge -attack-in-gombe/ 199143/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 Delta PDP Stakeholders Storm National Headquarters, Demand Primaries’ Rerun As the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) traverses the country in their ongoing campaign for the general election, some stakeholders from the Delta State chapter of the party on Tuesday stormed the party’s national Secretariat, demanding the cancellation of the party’s primaries in the State. The stakeholders under the aegis of Concerned Anioma Patriotic Forum made the call in a protest march at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja. Addressing journalists at the party Headquarters, the forum’s Spokesperson. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/del ta-pdp-stakeholders -storm-party-s-natio nal-hq-demand-prima ries-rerun/199144/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 “Jonathan Will Win The South-East Comfortably”- Orji Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, on Tuesday declared that President Goodluck Jonathan had nothing to fear about the opposition in the South-East geopolitical zone as he would surpass the electoral success he recorded in the zone four years ago. The Governor, who was fielding questions from journalists after a meeting of the State co-ordinators of the PDP Campaign Organisation, South-East zone held at government house Umuahia, said Jonathan still enjoys the love of the people of South-East, which is a crucial factor in the poll. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/or ji-jonathan-will-win -the-south-east-com fortably/199139/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 APC Seeks Dialogue With PDP On Violent-Free Elections Worried by growing incidences of pre-election violence, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked for a parley with the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on how both parties and indeed the electoral process can run smoothly without violence. The APC spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday in a statement noted that the desire for the parley derives from a meeting held last May. In the statement, the party said such a meeting would send a powerful message of zero tolerance to violence to the supporters of both parties as well as other parties and indeed the entire people of Nigeria and serve to douse the tension that is building up ahead of the elections. Nigeria 2015; APC; PDP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap c-seeks-dialogue-w ith-pdp-on-violence -free-polls/199156/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 INEC Releases Names Of Eligible Voters, Candidates The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday presented a voters’ register of 68,833,476 Nigerians that would be eligible to vote at the February 14 presidential and National Assembly elections and the February 28 governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections. The Commission also said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and 12 other presidential candidates are duly nominated to contest the February 14 presidential election. It also said there are 739 senatorial candidates and 1,780 candidates for the House of Representatives elections. Also, the Commission said that it had received 130,000 card readers for the election, while some are still being expected. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/20 15-inec-releases-reg ister-of-eligible-voter s-candidates/199155/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 Annan Asks Nigerians To Resist Boko Haram’s Ideology A former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan, has called on Nigerians to reject the evil ideology of the Boko Haram sect. He spoke in Abuja at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room’s Roundtable on the Role of Civil Society in ensuring Electoral Integrity organised by the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC). He said:  “We must reject their evil ideology. We are in the same boat. Boko Haram’s vicious and brutal tactics have no place in the civilised world. No cause, I repeat, no cause, can justify such brutality, murder, kidnapping of innocent children, women and men.” He also called on politicians and their supporters to be careful with their language in order not to incite people to violence. Nigeria 2015; Kofi Annan http://www.thisday live.com/articles/an nan-asks-nigerians- to-resist-boko-hara m-s-ideology/199153/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 Poll: What 81% Of Nigerians Want From PDP, APC The annual new year poll conducted by NOI Poll has revealed that eight out of 10 Nigerians want President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), to concentrate more of their energies in seeking solution to the current security challenge bedevilling the country and job creation for the unemployed youths across the country. While the poll was silent on corruption, recent campaign trends of the two presidential candidates have bothered more on non developmental issues. Their campaigns have revolved more on trading and counter trading of blames. Nigeria 2015; Poll http://www.thisday live.com/articles/po ll-what-81-nigerian s-want-from-jonath an-buhari/199145/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 14th January 2015 INEC Presents Register Of 68.8 Million Eligible Voters The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Tuesday presented a  register of 68,833,476 eligible voters for the February 14 Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as the February 28 Governorship and State Houses of Assembly. The Commission also said that presidential candidate of the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan, and the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, and 12 other presidential candidates are duly nominated to contest the February 14 presidential election. Addressing newsmen Tuesday evening, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega said that there are 739 senatorial candidates and 1780 candidates for the House of Representatives elections. Also, the Commission said that it has received 130,000 card readers for the election, while some are still being expected. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/in ec-presents-registe r-of-68-8m-eligible -voters/199090/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 “Every Nigerian Life Is Important, Whether 150 Or 2,000″- Buhari In what seems to be a response to the Defence Headquarters claim that 150 persons not 2,000 were killed in Baga, Borno State, Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has reiterated the importance of every Nigerian life. In a series of tweets this morning, Buhari wrote, ”Every Nigerian life is sacred. On ?#?Baga?, 150 or 2000, every Nigerian life matters. We cannot continue like this.” Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ buhari-every-nigerian -life-is-important-whe ther-150-or-2000. 106421/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 “I’ll Create 2 Million Jobs Per Annum If Re-elected”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria on Monday in Abeokuta pledged to create not less than two million jobs annually, if re-elected. Jonathan, who made this promise at his campaign, said he would give increased attention to address the challenges of Nigerian youth in order to prepare them ahead for leadership roles. He recalled that his administration established 14 additional universities, adding that more would be established if re-elected. Jonathan emphasized his determination to continue in his bid to improve infrastructure in the tertiary institutions. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /nigeria-ill-create-2m illion-jobs-per-annu m-if-re-elected-jona than.106383/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 SIPRI Chart Compares Jonathan’s Weapon Expenditure With Buhari’s Yesterday, Abike Dabiri posted a few charts in response to the accusations from the Presidential quarters that Buhari didn’t buy a single rifle when he was Head of State. See link for her screenshots. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ sipri-chart-compares -buharis-weapons- expenditure-with-jona thans.106386/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 Baga Killings: President Jonathan Orders Investigation Reno Omokri has quoted President Jonathan in one of his tweets as saying “on Baga I’ve given the NSA an order that he must give a comprehensive report to Nigerians.” Last week, the BBC reported that 2000 Nigerians may have died in the North-Eastern town of Baga, following a particularly ferocious attack from the Boko Haram sect.  The President has drawn criticism from both national and international media for apparently showing more grief for the Charlie Hebdo attack in France than for the deaths of Nigerians in Baga. Nigerians have frustratedly waited word from the President, but it is reported that President Jonathan, in his campaign rally in Ibadan yesterday, promised Nigerians that his National Security Adviser was investigating it, and a report would be presented to Nigerians when it was done. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ baga-killings-preside nt-jonathan-orders- investigation.106387/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 Anxiety In APC Over Buhari, Obasanjo, Babangida Beef Reports are starting to spread that former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has blatantly refused to endorse the presidential ambitions of APC candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.  In addition to this, the party is worried about the animosity between Buhari and Babangida, and in a recent interview, Buhari did say he was unhappy that Babangida brought an end to his military regime.  According to Point Blank News, however, the reason for the refusal may be connected to a report by the Interim Management Committee of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF).  According to the report, the PTF under Buhari was poorly managed.  APC sources say when Bola Tinubu visited him in Abeokuta, Obasanjo specifically told the APC not to field an ‘unclean vessel’ (and it was taken to mean he was referring to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.) He had promised Tinubu that their candidate would have his blessings, but weeks after Buhari emerged Baba has avoided him, and has not accepted the request that the party brings Buhari and Osinbajo to his house, it is very troubling” according to an APC source. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /anxiety-in-apc-over -buhari-obasanjo- babangida-beef.1063 88/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 Obasanjo, Jonathan, Pastor Oyedepo, Adeboye Hold Closed Door Meeting Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners’ Chapel on Monday night held a closed door meeting in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The men of God ; Oyedepo and Adeboye were reportedly present at the meeting because Obasanjo insisted on their presence if he must meet with President Jonathan.  Details of the meeting are yet to be made public but a source close to THE NATION claims that Obasanjo intended to use the meeting as an avenue to ask Jonathan salient questions to the hearing of Adeboye and Oyedepo bordering on security situation of the country, his loyalists who were weeded out of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) as well as the matter concerning the South-West Organising Mobilisation Committee Chairman of PDP, Prince Buruji Kashamu. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ obasanjo-jonathan- pastor-oyedepo-and -adeboye-hold-close d-door-meeting.10 6389/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 Buhari Promises Nigerians Better Security, Economy If Elected Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in the upcoming election, has promised to improve the security and economic situations in the country if elected. Buhari, who made the promise at the party’s rally at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Imo, on Monday, said that prevailing Boko Haram insurgency would be a thing of the past if he took over governance. He also assured that he would ensure adequate power supply and employment for youths in the country, explaining that improvement in power supply would provide meaningful business for citizens. According to him, industries will also be revitalized while soft loans will be given to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), aside other infrastructural development. Buhari urged the people of Imo to ensure that they obtained their permanent voter cards and ensure that their votes were counted. Similarly, Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha, said that when elected for a second term, he would concentrate on building of more factories, job creation and ensure that free education continued. He assured the people that Buhari would not Islamise Nigeria when elected as President as being peddled in certain quarters and urged them to vote for APC. The Director-General of APC Presidential Campaign, and Governor of Rivers, Chibuike Amaechi, said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled Federal Government’s promise to construct a second Niger Bridge was a ruse. He said that if given the presidential ticket, APC would ensure the construction of the bridge, reconstruction of Owerri/Port Harcourt and Port Harcourt/Aba Roads. Amaechi lamented that under the leadership of PDP, the nation’s economy had nosedived, and blamed the situation on impropriety in handling excess crude funds. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /buhari-promises-nig erians-better-securit y-economy-if-electe d.106393/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 Police IG Condemns Pre-election Violence In Jos, Port Harcourt The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, has condemned in strong terms, political violence in Port-Harcourt and Jos, respectively, where property belonging to both the PDP and APC were damaged. In a statement signed by the Force Spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, on Monday, Abba said he was saddened by the pre-election violence which he described as an ugly development. He, however, assured that the perpetrators of those ”unacceptable and heinous acts” would not go unpunished as the police would do all it would take to bring them to justice. Abba reminded politicians, party supporters and well meaning Nigerians, that politics was a means of empowering some with power and entrusting them with the commonwealth for the overall benefits of all. The I-G also reminded them that politics needed to be played with sense of decorum devoid of religious, ethnic and other forms of primordial sentiments. Nigeria 2015; IGP http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigeria-police-ig-con demns-pre-election- violence-in-jos-port- harcourt.106394/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 Governor Lamido Of PDP Calls Buhari An Incorruptible Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa on Monday described the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), as an incorruptible and honest leader. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lamido, a known critic of Buhari, stated this while addressing supporters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at a rally in Maigatari. He explained that he had no problem with the former Head of State, but had with some of the candidate’s supporters, especially those that left the PDP to the APC. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ sule-lamido-of-pdp- describes-buhari-as -an-incorruptible-lea der.106395/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 2015: Kukah Demands Specific Roles For Religious Leaders The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah, has expressed the readiness of religious leaders to contribute their quota to the success of the forthcoming general elections. Kukah told newsmen on Monday in Abuja that INEC and other relevant agencies should spell out the role these leaders could play. He said that the electoral body was saddled with the responsibility of holding peaceful and successful elections, hence the assistance of religious leaders could enable it achieve such task. He expressed optimism that things would get better for the nation after the elections as the electoral process was paramount in order to strengthen democracy. According to the cleric, various parties are showing interest in the number one seat, which shows that a party cannot dominate the political space for long. Nigeria 2015; Kukah http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigeria-elections-kuk ah-demands-specific -roles-for-religious- leaders.106396/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 “Don’t Take The Law Into Your Own Hands”- Buhari Begs Supporters The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Flag-bearer, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, urged his supporters to abide by the rule of law and must not tarnish the party’s image. Buhari gave the advice at the inauguration of his campaign office and the presidential campaign council in Abuja. According to him, no supporter should be rude to any leader on his behalf because it will amount to anti-party activity. He pledged that under the APC-led government, no Nigerian would go to bed hungry or angry at government. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ dont-take-the-law- into-your-hands-buh ari-begs-supporter s.106400/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 “First Ladies Do Not Spend Government Money”- Jonathan President Jonathan has stated that the First Ladies across the nation “are not spending government money” although the office has been instrumental for the national development of Nigeria’s women. He said this in response to the ongoing social media complaints about the offices constituting a burden to the Nigerian government, serving as outlets through which public funds are leached.  He responded through his Special Assistant on New Media, Reno Omokri, in a tweet saying: “I can tell you that these offices (of First Ladies) are helping to mobilise the women.” Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ first-ladies-do-not- spend-government- money-jonathan. 106406/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 13th January 2015 Rivers APC Protests Violence On Members Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on Monday staged a peaceful protest at the State Headquarters of Nigeria Police and the Department of State Security (DSS) in Port Harcourt over incessant attacks on members of the party. The protesters said they were worried that more than six of their party members were lying ill at the hospital following injuries they received when they were attacked on Sunday by people suspected to be members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The incident, they noted, happened the same day the APC Secretariat at Okrika was bombed. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdayl ive.com/articles/rive rs-apc-protests-agai nst-violence-on-me mbers/199036/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 13th January 2015 Jonathan Toying With Welfare Of Security Personnel, APC Warns The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of not taking serious the welfare and safety needs of members of the nation’s security personnel. The campaign council in a statement said the president  was prepared to trade the welfare and security needs of the security personnel for political gains. It  said it was for reason of political exigency and to carry on with his “gentleman image’ of not being able to hurt a fly that the President has failed continuously as a Commander-in-Chief, unable to mobilise the security forces and to provide them with the necessary leadership to accomplish their objective. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-toying-with -welfare-of-security -personnel-warns -apc/199035/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 13th January 2015 “Development Is The Main Issue In 2015 Electioneering”- PDP Campaign Organization Presidential Campaign Organisation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has identified the development of Nigeria as the major issue in the current electioneering and concluded that President Goodluck Jonathan has performed creditably on that score. Fani-Kayode, who was responding to questions on the O&M Late Show last Friday night on the Africa Independent Television (AIT), said it was for his performance and verifiable record of achievements that President Jonathan deserves to be rewarded with a second term in office. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pdp -campaign-organisa tion-devt-is-the-mai n-issue-in-2015-ele ctioneering/199034/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 13th January 2015 “INEC Cannot Afford To Fail Nigeria”- Emerhor The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Delta State, Mr. Otega Emerhor, on Monday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to step up its preparation for the conduct of the forthcoming general elections scheduled for February. Speaking during a media chat in Lagos, the renowned businessman said although the Commission was trying its best to cope with the situation on ground, it cannot afford to fail Nigerians in the conduct of the elections, which he described as a turning point in the history of this country. Emerhor, who is seeking to end 16 years of continuous ruling of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, plans to anchor his government on a 10-point development strategy, which will be largely private-sector driven, with specific focus on addressing unemployment, education, health, physical infrastructure and greater collaboration between the State and the Local Governments. Delta 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdayl ive.com/articles/emer hor-inec-cannot-affo rd-to-fail-nigeria/199 033/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 13th January 2015 “Jonathan Better Than Buhari On Performance Rating”- PDP The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), cannot boast of any development project in any sector of the economy during his regime as military Head of State. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Monday said when juxtaposed with the performance of President Goodluck  Jonathan’s democratically elected government, it becomes clear that “Buhari is not and cannot be a match for President Jonathan”. The ruling party said Buhari failed because he lacked the capacity and the capability to comprehend complex issues at the highest level of governance. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-jonathan-better-th an-buhari-in-perform ance-rating/199038/
Leadership News Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 PDP Says APC Is Desperate For Power The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has debunked allegation by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that President Goodluck Jonathan was unserious about welfare and needs of the nation’s security agencies. Instead, the party said that the allegation was a demonstration of APC’s desperation for power. This is contained in a statement issued by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation on Tuesday in Abuja. Fani-Kayode said that the accusation, believed to be based on the Ombatse killings in Nasarawa State in May, 2013, was another example of the insensitivity and opportunism of the APC. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/4016 55/pdp-says-apc- desperate-power
Leadership News Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 New Lagos INEC REC Meets Party Leaders, Solicits Support The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos on Tuesday called for the support of political parties to ensure successful general elections in the State. Mr Akin Orebiyi, the new Resident Electoral Commission (REC) said this during his inaugural meeting with party leaders and other stakeholders in the State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting held at the State INEC office in Yaba. Party Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen, Secretaries among others as well as key stakeholders were present at the meeting. Orebiyi said that the success of the general elections depended on collective efforts of all parties involved in the elections. Lagos 2015; INEC http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/40163 2/new-lagos-inec- rec-meets-party-lea ders-solicits-support
Leadership News Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 Governor Shettima Commends INEC Over PVC Distribution, CVR Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno has commended the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on its efforts to ensure successful conduct of the February general elections. He made the commendation shortly after receiving his Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in Maiduguri on Tuesday. Borno 2015; INEC http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/4016 30/gov-shettima-co mmends-inec-pvcs -distribution-cvr
Leadership News Online Tuesday 13th January 2015 More Defections As Reps Resume Plenary As members of the House of Representatives resumed from a three-week break on Tuesday, five of them officially notified the House of their decision to defect from their parties. At the resumed plenary, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal read out separate letters from the affected members to that effect. The members, who have changed their political parties are Hon. Eddy Ifeanyichukwu Mbadiwe who defected from All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA, Imo) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Mbadiwe specifically gave “irredeemably factionalisation” of his former party as a reason for his decision. Others are Hon. Murtala Kayode Busari formerly of the Accord Party (AP, Oyo), who has now joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Similarly, Hon. Ibrahim Adeniyi Olaifa (AP, Oyo) has also moved to the SDP. Meanwhile, the ruling PDP has lost two members from its fold in the House as Hon. Jerry Mamwe (Taraba) moved to SDP citing “shoddy treatment” meted to him and his supporters as reasons for his action while Hon. Ibrahim Eibo (formerly PDP, Niger) joined the All Progressives Congress (APC). Nigeria 2015; House of Representatives; INEC http://leadership.ng/ news/401598/defe ctions-reps-resum e-plenary
Punch News Online Monday 12th January 2015 “Expect 24 Hour Economy”- Ambode Tells Lagosians With dwindling oil prices and reduction in federal allocations, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, says he can revolutionise the economy of the state and make it compete with megacities in other advanced countries. The former Accountant General of the State, who is said to be largely responsible for increasing the State’s Internally Generated Revenue, said he could increase the state’s revenue by ensuring that Lagos economy runs 24 hours a day. The retired civil servant said this in a list of 11 promises which make up his manifesto. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng. com/politics/expect -24-hour-economy- ambode-tells-lag osians/
Punch News Online Monday 12th January 2015 Ijaw Group Endorses Wike As Rivers Governor A pan-Ijaw group, Ijaw Progressive Agenda, on Sunday, resolved to support the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike. Briefing journalists after an emergency meeting of the group, on Sunday, its National President, Mr. Richard Akinakah, said the group resolved to look beyond ethnic considerations in the interest of good governance and development. Explaining why Wike was endorsed by the group, Akinakah said no other candidate vying for the governorship election was more competent than Wike. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng. com/politics/ijaw-gro up-endorses-wike-as -rivers-gov/
Punch News Online Monday 12th January 2015 “APC Governors Frustrating FG Programs”- PDP The Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday accused the All Progressives Congress governors in the South-West of frustrating the projects of the Federal Government in their States. In a statement by the Lagos State PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Gani Taofik,the party also said the APC’s description of Jonathan as a hypocrite on railway revival and love for the South-West is untrue. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng. com/politics/apc-gov s-frustrating-fgs-pro grammes-pdp/
Punch News Online Monday 12th January 2015 “Agbaje’ll Sack Civil Servants Like Fayose”- APC The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress says if the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, emerges Governor next month, a large majority of civil servants should “kiss their jobs good bye.” The Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said, “Agbaje would embark on mass sacking just like the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who sacked over 300 employees of the Ekiti State Traffic Management Authority which is the equivalent of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.” Igbokwe also said that as the “Fayose administration embarked on the mass sacking of over 800 members of the Peace Corps and other employees of the State, Agbaje would go after employees of all State parastatals.” Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng. com/politics/agbajell -sack-civil-servants- like-fayose-apc/
Daily Post News Online Monday 12th January 2015 “Buhari Will Do Worse Than He Did Before If Voted Into Power”- PDP Scribe A member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, has insisted that President Goodluck Jonathan stands the chance of winning the February 14 Presidential candidate election than the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). Oyedokun made this remarked in Osogbo on Saturday, at the launch of the campaign of the PDP candidate in Osun Central Senatorial District, Mr. Daisi Aina. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/12/buha ri-will-worse-vote d-power-pdp-scribe/
Daily Post News Online Monday 12th January 2015 South-East PDP Replies Ekwueme “You Can’t Stop People From Voting For Jonathan” The elder statesman had in a recent interview with the Sun declared that the southeast geo-political zone had not benefited anything from Jonathan’s government since he assumed power in 2011. He also accused Jonathan of refusing to pay him homage like his predecessors did. Reacting to Ekwueme’s remarks, the National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu ( retd.), said the Ekwueme’s “prediction was incorrect and did not reflect the realities on the ground.” He insisted that the South-East zone remained a very strong support base of Jonathan, assuring the President that the zone would still give him 100 per cent support as was the case in 2011. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/12/south -east-pdp-replies- ekwueme-cant-st op-people-voting -jonathan/
Sun News Online Monday 12th January 2015 Asari Dokubo Flays Mbaka, Says South’ll Humiliate Buhari With Votes Leader of the defunct Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo has criticised Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka over his castigation of the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and endorsement of the All Progressives Con­gress (APC) candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari. Asari Dokubo said Mbaka traded with God’s name. He challenged Mbaka and others backing Buhari to show the candidate’s legacies when he was Head of State between 1983 and 1985. Nigeria 2015; Asari Dokubo http://sunnewsonline. com/new/?p=99802
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 12th January 2015 US War College Confirm Buhari’s Certificate After weeks of scandals following the inability of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC to tender his educational certificates, SAHARA reporters claims it has obtained proof showing that the presidential candidate actually went to school. See proof in link. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ us-war-college-confi rm-buharis-certificat e-saharareporters. 106339/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 12th January 2015 Suspected APC Supporters Burn PDP Properties In Gombe Suspected supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC have burnt down several properties belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Gombe State. The incident is coming two days after supporters of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC burnt campaign buses belonging to President Goodluck Jonathan.  Mijinyawa Ahmed, a resident of the area who spoke to newsmen said that a convoy belonging to the APC governorship candidate, Inuwa Yahya instigated the incident.  Meanwhile, the APC secretary in Gombe claims the incident was started by PDP supporters. Gombe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigeria-suspected-ap c-supporters-burn-pd p-properties-in-gomb e.106331/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 12th January 2015 INEC Chairman, Jega May Be Jailed The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega stands the risk of being sent to jail over his refusal to accept the list of candidates for the National and State Assemblies from the Ejike Oguebego-led Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State. The Oguebego faction had initiated contempt proceedings against Jega for allegedly flouting a judgement of a Federal High Court in Abuja in relation to the outcome of the National Assembly primaries held in the State. In a motion for committal filed by the party on December 31, 2014, Jega was accused of disobeying a December 5, 2014 judgement restraining INEC from accepting “any delegate list or nominated candidates” from the congresses or primaries conducted by the caretaker committee purportedly set up by the party’s national leadership to manage the affairs of the Anambra PDP. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ inec-chairman-jega- may-be-jailed. 106332/
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 Attack On Campaign Buses: Jonathan, Buhari In War Of Words President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, traded words with the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Major-General Muhammadu (rtd) over the burning of his campaign vehicles in Jos, Plateau State. President Jonathan, who is running on the banner of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) urged Buhari to call his supporters to order on the grounds that suspected APC supporters burnt two of his campaign buses, saying that the action was a sign of desperation on the part of the opposition party. However, the Buhari Campaign Organisation has distanced itself from the allegation, saying that the incident in Jos was passed as a PDP on PDP violence arising from the party’s rigged primaries. Nigeria 2015; APC; PDP 1
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 Ambode, Others Challenge INEC Over Credible Polls Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode has called on the Independent Electoral Commission, (INEC) to stand up to its responsibilities ahead of February general elections. He also urged Nigerians to stand up and challenge INEC to do the right thing before and during the elections. Ambode who was a panellist at an event organised by a non governmental organization called January 9 Collective, (9JC) annual lecture over the weekend called on Nigerians to vote for the change which APC preaches. Speaking on the lecture topic tagged, “2015 General Polls:Beyond the Rhetoric’s of Credible Elections”, he said it is high time INEC brought about sanctity in the electoral process in Nigeria. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 10
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 Ekiti APC Alleges Plan By PDP To Disrupt Buhai’s Rally The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State, has said it had uncovered a plot by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to disrupt the campaign rally for its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, slated for January 14, in Ado-Ekiti. In a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Ola tubosun, the party said it had incontrovertible evidence that PDP had mapped out plans to unleash terror on APC members and supporters by using fake soldiers imported from neighbouring countries to be mixed with local miscreants to cause mayhem. Ekiti 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 11
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 SDP Tackles Ogun APC Candidate Over Alleged N50 Million Gift The Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Ogun State has described the purported N50 million offer by the All Progressives Congress, APC, senatorial candidate for Ogun East, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, to residents of Ogun Waterside Local Government to restore electricity in the area, as a Greek gift. Speaking through a  member of the House of Representatives, representing Ogun Waterside, Ijebu-North and Ijebu East in the National Assembly, Mr. Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, the party said the offer was nothing but a way to hoodwink residents of the area to vote for the party in the forthcoming polls. The party wondered  why the APC government had failed to address the problem of electricity in the area over the last three and a half years in office, saying that the APC wanted to reap where it had failed to sow. Ogun 2015; SDP 11
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 Youth Leader Rallies Support For Jonathan Ahead of the February 14 presidential election, the youth leader of Bayelsa State chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Donald Daunemigha, has called on Nigerians to return Goodluck Jonathan as President to consolidate on his transformation agenda for the country. He urged youths of Northern extraction not to cast their votes based on ethnic and religious sentiments but on performance, citing President Jonathan’s establishment of 125 Almajiri model schools in 27 States of the Federation as a laudable achievement. Daunemigha in an interview with Vanguard in Yenagoa, reiterated the President’s support for the youths and his resolve to actualise the 30 per cent affirmative action of youths involvement in politics and decision making in the country. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 12
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 “FG Can’t Account For Oil Money”- Fashola Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has said that the Federal Government was not properly managing the country’s oil revenue account, even as his Edo State counterpart, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, said Nigerians must vote out the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for failing to provide electricity after 16 years in the saddle. - Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 48
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 “Elections Won’t Hold In Borno, Yobe, Adamawa Unless…”- INEC The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not deploy its staff for the conduct of elections in the troubled states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa unless their (staff’s) security is guaranteed. The chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman Professor Attahiru Jega, Mr. Kayode Idowu, stated this last night while featuring on a Channels Television programme tagged “Politics Today” which was monitored by our correspondent. Idowu noted that INEC had always expressed its readiness to conduct elections in all States of the Federation, including the three States ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency. He, however, said the Commission was optimistic that the security challenges in the three States would be appropriately handled by the security forces for elections to hold there. Nigeria 2015; North-East; Insurgency; INEC 3
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 IDP’s Turnout In Droves To Get PVCs In Borno Hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the various camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital yesterday went to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). There has been palpable fear that millions of people displaced from their communities by Boko Haram in about 20 Local Government Areas of the State will be disenfranchised by the Independent National Electoral Commission in this year’s general elections. Our correspondent who monitored the exercise in some of the camps in the Maiduguri metropolis observed hundreds of displaced people queuing up to collect their cards. Some of the displaced people who spoke to Daily Trust said they were happy to get their PVCs despite that they were yet to return to their localities. Borno 2015; PVC; INEC 3
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 “Buhari’s Election Will Ensure Moe Development”- Amosun Victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election will guarantee more development in Ogun State, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, said. The Governor said people of the state would be complementing his second term in office only if they can ensure that Buhari is also voted in to implement the manifesto and developmental programmes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the country. Amosun said this at Isonyin Ijebu in Ijebu North-East Local Government Area of the State during his re-election campaign tour to the area. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 4
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 Sultan Warns Religious Leaders On Utterances The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on religious leaders to desist from insulting political leaders. He said they should rather, advise and pray for them, adding that casting aspersions on them would not augur well for the country. Speaking at the fund raising ceremony for the construction of an Islamic centre in Kano by the Jama’atut Tajdidil Islam (JTI)held in Sokoto yesterday, the monarch maintained that only prayers can lead this country out of its present predicaments. He also advised political leaders to fear God and work for the people, attributing the country’s challenges to injustice by the political class. The Sultan said anyone who leads without the fear of God would fail in his assignment. Nigeria 2015; Sultan Of Sokoto 4
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 “Jonathan’s Campaign Not Issue Based”- Saraki Former Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election campaign has not been issues-based “because his campaigners lack ideas on how to move the country forward.” Saraki stated this while inaugurating the campaign committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state led by Speaker of the House of Assembly,  Razaq Atunwa.  “We have gone to the battle and we have conquered. We did it in 2003, 2007 and in 2011. Insha Allah, we will repeat it in 2015”, he said.  He added that the APC is not only going to secure a landslide victory, but will send a strong message to the PDP that power belongs to the people. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 4
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 “Jonathan Is Incompetent”- Ezekwesili Former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, has again carpeted President Goodluck Jonathan over his failure to rescue about 200 Chibok secondary school  girls, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents nine months ago. Ezekwesili, who spoke on a programme monitored by our correspondents yesterday, said the president’s slow response to free the girls from the insurgents’ captivity smacks of “incompetence and deceit on his part to take charge of the country’s affairs.” She compared the French government’s response to terrorists attack on the country three days ago with Nigeria’s fight, saying the latter has not demonstrated requisite will-power to rescue its territory from invaders. She expressed concern over the increasing number of female suicide bombers in Nigeria, stressing that the development points to the failed security index of the nation. Nigeria 2015; Ezekwesili 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 INEC Displays Registered Voters Tomorrow, Publishes Presidential Candidates’ List Registered voters eligible to cast their votes in the upcoming general elections are to ascertain their registration status with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from tomorrow when the official register would be displayed by the electoral body. The display is in sync with the requirement of Section 20 of the Electoral Act that asks INEC to publish the official register of voters, which the Commission said stood at 70, 383, 427. INEC said those on the candidates list would be printed in the ballot papers for the two elections scheduled to hold on February 14. Nigeria 2015; INEC 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 Researcher Asks Court To Disqualify Jonathan A researcher and public affairs analyst, Mr Nkemjika Nkemjika has filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting the February 14 presidential election. In an originating summons by his counsel Chris Ugwuala, Nkemjika seeks a declaration that the two terms limit allowed Jonathan under the 1999 Constitution as democratically elected president shall expire on May 29, 2015. He further wants the court to declare that by the provisions of Section 135 (1) (b) and 135 (2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution, Jonathan is not qualified for re-election either under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform or any other political party. He further prays that in the event that the court agrees that Jonathan is ineligible for any further election as president of Nigeria, the court should make an order nullifying the nomination of Jonathan as the PDP presidential candidate for the election. Nigeria 2015; Judiciary; Jonathan 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 Elections eferendum On Jonathan’s Bad Leadership’- Buhari Campaign Organization The February 14 presidential election is a referendum for Nigerians to decide on President Goodluck Jonathan’s incompetent leadership, Buhari campaign office has said. The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign said it was disappointed that instead of telling Nigerians what he did for them in the last five years, Jonathan ended up offering uninformed commentaries on the country’s problems in his campaigns. A statement by the Media and Publicity Director of the APC presidential campaign, Malam Garba Shehu, reminded “Jonathan that no amount of anger and fear of losing office as exhibited by him in his campaign outings so far can reverse the tide of the impending change, whose time has come.” Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 Kaduna Jonathan’s Campaign Office Opened Under Tight Security Soldiers and policemen yesterday provided security shield for Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and other top State and federal officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the commissioning of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign office in Kaduna. The office is located close to popular NEPA roundabout in Kaduna. Though no reason was given for the security blanket, sources said it was part of measures taken following the heckling of some politicians at 40th anniversary ceremony of the Emir of Zazzau Alhaji Dr. Shehu Idris in Zaria on Saturday. Journalists and party loyalists were allowed into the arena after screening.  In his speech, Sambo accused the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) of planning to demolish buildings erected in unauthorized places across the State if voted. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 8
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 “Obstacle Won’t Bar Us From Promise Land”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan has reassured that Nigeria will reach the Promised Land despite all her current obstacles. He spoke at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp, Gwarinpa Abuja, yesterday at a thanksgiving service for the wedding of his foster daughter, Inebharapu, held at the National Christian Centre on Saturday. The President, who noted that the whole world was currently facing challenges, again urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the country. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 12
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 “Our Intellectuals Have Failed Us”- Professor Kwanashie The Vice Chancellor of Veritas University, Abuja, Prof Michael Kwanashie, has blamed the failure of Nigeria and most of Africa to develop on the continent’s intellectuals. He made the assertion at an event to pay tribute to late Kenyan intellectual Prof. Ali Mazrui organised by the Electoral Institute in Abuja. Kwanashie said the failure of intellectuals to meaningfully impact on society and influence social transformation is an indictment on them. According to him: “Our intellectuals have failed. Our intellectuals are at the forefront of our failures. Some of them are the ones beating the drums of war to promote regional or religious sentiments.” Nigeria 2015; Kwanashie 12
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 12th January 2015 UN Security Council Composition Not Democratic, Nigeria Says The Federal Government has said that the current composition, structure and mode of operation of the UN Security Council are clearly not democratic. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu B. Wali said this on Thursday in Ankara, Turkey, at the annual Turkish Ambassadors conference to evaluate the developments of the foregoing year and provide a high-level platform for other countries to bring their perspectives on regional and global issues, including mapping out the strategies for going forward. Wali, while speaking at the conference, noted that Nigeria has creditably represented Africa in the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member on five different occasions. UN Security Council; Nigeria 14
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 12th January 2015 “APC Is The Cure To Nigeria’s Headache, Jonathan Resign Now”- Tinubu Bola Tinubu, National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC has called on President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria to step down ahead of the February 14 presidential election.  Tinubu made the call during the he governorship campaign flag-off of the Speaker, House of Representatives and Sokoto APC governorship candidate, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. The APC National leader said, ”APC is the only cure to the diseases ravaging our country. APC is the cure to Nigerians’ headache. Today, we are launching a campaign for unity and progress. We will win back Nigeria. President Jonathan should resign because with the brooms in our hands and God on our side, we will sweep out the recklessness and mal-administration of the PDP in the February general elections”. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /apc-is-the-cure-for -nigeria%E2%80% 99s-headache-jona than-resign-now-t inubu.106323/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 12th January 2015 “Buhari Is A Captive Of His Political Associates”- Agbaje Jimi Agbaje, gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Lagos State has described Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC as a captive of his new political associates.  Speaking at an interactive forum last weekend, Agbaje said, ”The Buhari of now is not the same Buhari of 2007 and 2011 and I can defend this anywhere. The Buhari of 2011 was running on his own steam. The Buhari of 2015 is a captive. We know who is behind his running mate. We know those who put all those working in his team where they are today.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /buhari-is-a-captive -of-his-new-politica l-associates-agbaje .106322/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 12th January 2015 UPN Denies Endorsing President Jonathan For Re-election Ahead of the February 14 presidential election, the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) says it has not adopted any presidential candidate.  The National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto, clarified this in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday. ”The Leadership of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) did not authorised the suspended National Chairman nor direct any official of the party at any level to commit the party to support any presidential candidate,’’ it said. It would be recalled that the suspended UPN National Chairman, Dr Frederick Fasehun, was alleged to recently endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s presidential flag bearer for the poll. But Sokoto said the party received the news as a great embarrassment to all its leaders and supporters across the world. Nigeria 2015; UPN http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigeria-upn-denies- endorsing-president -jonathan-for-re-ele ction.106321/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 12th January 2015 Dakuku Begs Supporters To Remain Calm After Explosion Rocks Rivers APC Secretariat Dr Dakuku Peterside, the Governorship Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers, on Sunday urged the people to remain peaceful and have faith in the security agencies. Peterside made the call in Abam-ama in Okrika Local Government Area when he visited the APC Secretariat destroyed by explosions. He said the party was confident that the security agencies would fish-out those behind the act. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /apc-dakuku-begs- supporters-to-stay- calm-after-explosion -rocks-secretariat. 106320/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 12th January 2015 President Jonathan To Meet With Obasanjo Today President Goodluck Jonathan will today visit former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his Abeokuta, Ogun State residence. President Jonathan and Obasanjo were rumoured to be estranged until 48 hours ago when the former President made a surprise appearance at the wedding of Inebharapu, the foster daughter of President Jonathan. During the visit, the President is expected to woo Obasanjo into active participation in activities of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianb ulletin.com/threads/ni geria-president-jonat han-to-meet-with- obasanjo-today.1 06318/
ThisDay Live Monday 12th January 2015 Police Beef Up Security As Jonathan, Buhari Visit Ekiti The Ekiti State Police Command has warned residents against unruly behaviour and acts that could threaten security as President Goodluck Jonathan and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress  (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, visit  the State  this week for their presidential campaigns. The statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Babayemi, said  the police have tightened security in view of the scheduled visit of the President, and General Buhari to Ekiti for their campaign in the State on Tuesday January 13, and Wednesday January 14 respectively. In a statement by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, on Sunday, the police gave notice that some roads in the State would be closed during the two days, and begged road users for understanding. Nigeria 2015; APC; PDP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pol ice-beef-up-security -as-jonathan-buhari -visit-ekiti/198973/
ThisDay Live Monday 12th January 2015 “Facts About Delta Guber Primaries Will Emerge Soon”- Uduaghan As Delta State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) strives to reconcile aggrieved party members over the fall-out of the governorship primary election in the State, the State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said facts about the political undercurrents that followed the governorship primaries would emerge in due course. Uduaghan, who spoke on Sunday in Asaba, the State capital, during a thanksgiving service for the emergence of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as the PDP governorship  standard bearer  conducted  at the  St. Philips Anglican Church in Asaba stated that: “In due course, facts of what happened during and after the election will emerge.” Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/udu aghan-facts-about- delta-guber-primari es-will-emerge-soo n/198972/
ThisDay Live Monday 12th January 2015 “Labour Party Has Not Adopted Jonathan”- Ajulo The National Secretary of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Kayode Ajulo, on Sunday said the party was yet to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan as its preferred presidential candidate ahead of the presidential election. Saying the party’s support is still open to President Goodluck Jonathan and former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, he stated that the party had looked critically at the credentials of all the party candidates aspiring to lead Nigeria and would make its position known to Nigerians soon. Ajulo, who spoke with journalists in Lagos, said even where the LP was not fielding a presidential candidate for the 2015 election, there were procedures that must be gone through before the choice of the candidate the party will support would arrived at. Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/aj ulo-labour-party- has-not-adopted- jonathan/198971/
ThisDay Live Monday 12th January 2015 Jonathan Will Defeat Opposition In General Elections, Says Jang In spite of the daunting challenges before President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the forthcoming general election, the Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, has reassured that the President will defeat the opposition and clinch the Presidential ticket, adding that his State would vote massively for Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Jang stated this Sunday at a brief reception held at the new Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos, for the PDP governorship candidate in Plateau State in the forthcoming elections, Senator Gyang Pwajok, on his return to the State from Lagos, where he was presented the party’s flag. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/j onathan-will-defeat -opposition-in-the- general-election-say s-jang/198913/
ThisDay Live Monday 12th January 2015 “PDP Should Go To Court Over Buhari’s Certificate Controversy”- INEC The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the claims of complicity levelled against it by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the controversy surrounding the educational qualifications of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, restating that the Commission has no powers to disqualify any candidate sent to it by the political parties and has advised the PDP to challenge Buhari’s candidature in court. INEC, which was responding to the allegations made by the PDP presidential campaign Spokesman, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said if the ruling party feels so strongly about the matter, “it knows what to do”. Speaking on the issue on Sunday, INEC’s Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Wale Uzzi, and its Director, Legal Services, Mr. Ibrahim Bawa, stressed that the Commission has no constitutional power to disqualify any candidate presented to it by the political parties. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/in ec-pdp-should-go- to-court-over-buha ri-s-certificate-contr oversy/198990/
ThisDay Live Monday 12th January 2015 APC Alleges Plot To Stop Elections, DSS Link With PDP The All Progressives Congress (APC) has again countered the claim by the Department of State Security (DSS) that it attempted to hack into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) database, alleging instead that the invasion of its data centre in Lagos was part of a ploy by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ensure that next month’s elections are postponed. DSS had last week accused the APC of an “articulated plan to inflate the party’s membership database as well as hack into INEC’s voters’ registration database through the creation of party membership forms and cards to match INEC’s voters’ register across the country”. However, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who addressed journalists yesterday at the APC Data Centre, said from the manner and timing of the DSS’ findings, it was becoming obvious that the sole aim might be to seek the postponement of the election. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap c-alleges-plot-to-s top-election-dss-li nk-with-pdp/1989 89/
Leadership News Online Monday 12th January 2015 “I Didn’t Instruct Thugs To Destroy Jonathan’s Billboards”- Taraba Acting Governor The reinstated Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Sani Danladi has denied rumours that he instructed thugs to destroy President Goodluck Jonathan’s billboards within Jalingo metropolis. Briefing journalists yesterday in Jalingo, the Spokesman of the Acting Governor, Mr Slyvanus Giwa said the Acting Governor who is canvassing for votes for Mr President could not have been behind the destruction of his billboards. He stressed that the Acting Governor is working hard to unite the party and the entire State, and therefore, could not be behind the action. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/401248/didn t-instruct-thugs-des troy-jonathans-billb oards-taraba-actin g-gov
Leadership News Online Monday 12th January 2015 Adamawa Guber: “Defeat Awaits PDP”- Senator Bent Imminent defeat awaits the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, unless the national leadership of the party corrects the anomaly in the governorship and National Assembly primaries in the State, Sen. Grace Bent has said. Bent a major stakeholder of the PDP in Adamawa State maintained that no primary held for Adamawa for the election of the governorship and National Asembly candidates for the February polls because those who were eligible to vote during the primary were disenfranchised. All PDP primaries for elective positions in Adamawa State, were held in Abuja last year. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/401246/adama wa-guber-defeat-awa its-pdp-sen-bent
Leadership News Online Monday 12th January 2015 150 PDP Members Decamp To APC In AMAC The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), at the weekend, suffered a major setback ahead of the general elections as over 150 members of its party decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The members were received by APC stakeholders who include the FCT senatorial candidate, Sen. Sidi Ali and AMAC/Bwari contestant for the National Assembly, Hon. Isa Dara, in Karshi community. Receiving the members, the State Chairman of the party, Alh. Abdulmalik Usman, commended the decampees for their action, which he described as the best towards actualising a better Nigeria, saying that APC is the party to beat across Nigeria during the 2015 general elections. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/401226/150 -pdp-members-dec amp-apc-amac#dis qus_thread
Leadership News Online Monday 12th January 2015 “I’m In The Race To Serve”- Ambode The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, has reiterated the core reason for putting himself forward for the highest job in Lagos State – service to humanity. In his campaign across different areas of the State, the APC candidate used the whole of the weekend to reassure supporters and stakeholders as well as woo undecided voters that he is in the race to serve and lead by example. In a press release signed by his director of Media and Communications, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Ambode said Lagos had witnessed a record of excellence service in the past 15 years and the more than 17 million people living and working in this Africa’s largest city-State “deserves a tested hand who will continue in that tradition of excellence.” Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/401217/im- race-serve-ambode
Leadership News Online Monday 12th January 2015 Rivers: CP, Monarch Laments Destruction Of Campaign Billboards And Posters The Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mr. Dan Bature, and the traditional ruler of Akpor Kingdom in Rivers State, Eze Anele Orlu Oriebe, have expressed worry over the manner in which politicians and their supporters go about defacing and tearing campaign billboards, banners and posters of their political opponents in the State. They believe that such anti-democratic propensity is capable of overheating the polity and causing needless altercations or confrontations between supporters of different political office seeking candidates. Rivers 2015; Commissioner Of Police; Violence http://leadership.ng /news/401205/rive rs-cp-monarch-lam ent-destruction-cam paign-billboards-posters
Leadership News Online Monday 12th January 2015 “February Election Critical For Change”- Aregbesola Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said that Nigerians should consider the February elections as very critical for the much desired change they had longed for. Aregbesola stated this yesterday at the Special Thanksgiving Service organised for him at the Freedom Park, Osogbo by the National Headquarters of an Islamic organisation, Nasrul-Lahi-il Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT). He stated that the general election will bring a leader in General Muhammadu Buhari who will turn around the much eroded fortunes of the country for the better. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng /news/401210/febr uary-election-critica l-change-aregbesola
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 11th January 2015 Jos Youths Chant ‘Sai Buhari’ While Burning Jonathan’s Campaign Buses On Saturday, youths in Jos, Nigeria burnt down to campaign buses belonging to President Goodluck Jonathan.  The youths are said to be supporters of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC as they chanted ”Sai Buhari’ while burning the buses. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /video-jos-youths- chant-sai-buhari- while-burning-jona thans-campaign-bu ses.106288/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 11th January 2015 Buhari Condemns Burning Of President Jonathan’s Campaign Buses Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has condemned the burning of President Jonathan’s campaign buses by youths in Jos, the Plateau State capital.  In a Twitter post made immediately after the incident, Buhari said, ”I have received news of violence in Jos today. I condemn this violence in its entirety. I reject any supporter who resorts to violence. Like I said after the attack on our supporters in Rivers this week, elections are not war. Electoral violence is unacceptable. We can and we will bring #Change to Nigeria peacefully. I call on the PDP to join this call for peace. Every Nigerian life is sacred”. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /buhari-condemns- burning-of-presiden t-jonathans-campai gn-buses.106289/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 11th January 2015 “Don’t Be Deceived, Jonathan Is Not An Igbo Man”- Amaechi Tells Enugu People Rivers State Governor and Director General of the the Muhammadu Buhari campaign organization on Saturday told Enugu people not to let President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s name deceive them into voting for him; DAILY POST reports.  Campaigning on behalf of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Amaechi who spoke Igbo dialect common to South-East Nigeria said Ndigbo should not be deceived by ‘Ebele and Azikiwe’, attached to President Jonathan’s names. The Governor went further by daring the President to speak Igbo. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /dont-be-deceived- jonathan-is-not-an- igbo-man-amaechi- tells-enugu-people. 106290/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 11th January 2015 Anglican Bishop Of Awka Presents Bible To Buhari Rt. Rev. Alex Ibezim, Anglican Bishop of Awka on Saturday presented a bible to Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.  The clergy made the presentation before Buhari’s rally in Anambra State.  Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state who was present during the bible presentation commended the Bishop for the kind gesture and once more assured Nigerians that Buhari will not attempt to Islamize the country. He said, ”Buhari was once a military General and Head of State. He had decree and power. If he didn’t do it then, is it now that we are in a democracy that he will Islamise Nigeria?” Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /anglican-bishop-of -awka-presents-bib le-to-buhari.106292/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 11th January 2015 FG Releases N3 Billion To Victims Of 2011 Post-Election Violence The Federal Government on Saturday said it had released N3 billion for disbursement to victims of 2011 post-election violence in Kaduna State. The Vice President, Namadi Sambo made the disclosure at the 40th anniversary of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, on the throne held at the Emir’s palace, Zaria, Kaduna State. Sambo, who was represented by Gov. Muktar Yero of Kaduna State, said the money which was already in the coffers of the state government, would be disbursed to the affected victims accordingly. He stressed the need for people to live in peace with one another to enable government at all levels to provide the dividend of democracy to the electorate. While congratulating the Emir for attaining 40 years on the throne, Sambo attributed the success recorded by the Emirate to patience, fairness, justice and truthfulness. Nigeria 2015; Post-Election Violence; Federal Government http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /nigeria-fg-releases- n3billion-to-victims -of-2011-post-elec tion-violence.1062 93/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 11th January 2015 High PVC Collection Rate In APC States Frightens PDP PUNCH has remarked that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has worried at the high rate at which Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) are being collected in geo-political zones largely considered to be APC strongholds.  According to the INEC, 38,774,391 of 54,341,610 PVCs had been collected by their owners while less than 15,567,219 cards were still with INEC.  PDP, PUNCH says, is uncomfortable with the fact that in states where the APC candidate Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is considered to be popular, there is a high number of registered voters. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /2015-high-pvc-coll ection-volume-in-ap c-states-frightens-pd p.106306/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Sunday 11th January 2015 “Why Buhari’s Age Doesn’t Matter”- Ladoja Former Gov. Rasheed Ladoja, Accord Party’s (AP) governorship candidate in Oyo State, said Saturday that experience is needed in governance and not age. Ladoja made the assertion at the Durbar Stadium in Oyo during the official inauguration of the party’s 2015 campaign. He said that all those claiming he was too old to govern the state were only afraid of his popularity and experience “If the members of All Progressives Congress (APC) find Muhammadu Buhari suitable as its presidential candidate, then nothing is wrong with his candidacy as the Accord party flag-bearer in the State. If Buhari could be fielded at his age to govern the whole country, what would make it difficult for me to govern a State?“ he asked. Oyo 2015; Accord Party http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ ladoja-why-buharis -age-doesnt-matter. 106307/
ThisDay Live Sunday 11th January 2015 “Buhari Not Qualified To Contest February 14 Election”- PDP Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday alleged that the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, was not qualified to contest next month’s presidential election because he did not possess the minimum academic requirement for the post. PDP also alleged that there had been a deliberate cover-up of Buhari’s lack of requisite educational qualification by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The media director of PDP’s presidential campaign organisation, which is seeking another term for President Goodluck Jonathan, Femi Fani-Kayode, made the assertions at a press conference in Abuja. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-buhari-not-qualifi ed-to-contest-febru ary-14-election/1 98873/
ThisDay Live Sunday 11th January 2015 Jega, Akinyemi, Others Brainstorm On Path To Credible Polls With less than five weeks to the presidential poll, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Minister of External Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, and several other intellectuals will tomorrow in Abuja mount the podium in a brainstorming session to chart a recipe that will ensure credible future elections. In an interview granted THISDAY on Saturday in Abuja, the Executive Director of African Policy Research Institute (APRI), Amb. Sunday Dogonyaro, said the main thrust of the policy dialogue by foremost political scientists across the country is to allow INEC tell Nigerians how it would actualise an all-inclusive election, where no Nigerian will be disenfranchised next month. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/je ga-akinyemi-others -to-brainstorm-on- path-to-credible- poll/198870/
ThisDay Live Sunday 11th January 2015 Rivers PDP Accuses APC Of Killing Two Members The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) members of killing two of its (PDP) members in two separate incidents in the State. The PDP, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Saturday alleged that APC members last Friday shot and killed two members of the PDP, Hon. Hope George and Friday Mbadee Onura. However, the APC has described accusations that its members shot and killed two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members as wild, unfounded, spurious and mere hogwash. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-accuses-apc-of- killing-two-membe rs/198869/
ThisDay Live Sunday 11th January 2015 Probe Alleged Funding, Endorsement Of Buhari, Group Demands A civil rights group, the Peoples Forum (PF) has demanded an immediate and thorough investigation of the alleged funding of the campaign of the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari. The forum also called for a probe of the purported endorsement of Buhari for 2015 presidential election by the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND). Nigeria 2015; PF http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pro be-alleged-funding- endorsement-of-bu hari-group-demand s/198868/
ThisDay Live Sunday 11th January 2015 Gombe APC Guber Candidate Alleges Attempted Assasination On Him Gombe State gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya, has petitioned the state Commissioner of Police over allegation of threat to his life, following a recent attack on his Gombe residence. Yahaya was attacked around 6:00pm on Tuesday by hoodlums alleged to be supporters of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). He said they were in a meeting with his supporters at his residence when they suddenly heard heavy noise and disturbance outside. Gombe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdayl ive.com/articles/gom be-apc-guber-candi date-alleges-assassi nation-attempt-on- him/198865/
ThisDay Live Sunday 11th January 2015 “Only APC Can Save Nigeria From Security Challenge”- Wamakko Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, on Saturday said only the All Progressives Congress (APC) was capable of salvaging Nigeria from the security challenge and myriad of problems bedevilling it. Wamakko made the assertion in Sokoto, while addressing party supporters, shortly after his return from Saudi Arabia where he had performed the lesser Hajj. According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government had failed in securing the lives of Nigerians. The Governor said Nigerians were in dire need of a people-oriented government that would tackle poverty, insecurity and improve their living conditions. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/wa makko-only-apc-ca n-rescue-nigeria-fro m-security-challenge /198861/
Leadership News Online Sunday 11th January 2015 “Why Nigeria, Kaduna Is Underdeveloped”- El-rufa’i Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, has alleged that the failure of late President Umaru Yar ádua and Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State to choose competent people as running mates, is the reason why Nigeria and Kaduna are being misgoverned. El-Rufai, who is the Kaduna State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stated this during a Hausa political phone-in programme on DITV/Alheri Radio, monitored by LEADERSHIP Sunday yesterday. The gubernatorial candidate who justified the selection of Hon. Barnabas Bala Bantex, the State chairman of the APC as his running mate, noted that the choice was made after due consultation with party members. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/401084/niger ia-kaduna-underdev eloped-el-rufai
Leadership News Online Sunday 11th January 2015 Governor Lamido Urges Electorates To Vote Out PDP Defectors In 2015 Gov. Sule Lamido of Jigawa on Sunday urged electorate in the State to vote out defectors of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC) in February elections. Lamido gave the advice in Buji, Buji Local Government Area of the State, at the commencement of Local Government PDP campaign rally for governorship and other candidates seeking elective positions. He said that all defectors seeking for re-election or higher positions with the mandates of PDP were not deserved to be voted for in the upcoming general polls. According to him, all those that left their party for other political parties are nothing but betrayers and traitors. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/4011 21/gov-lamido-urge s-electorate-vote- defectors-pdp-febr uary-polls
Leadership News Online Sunday 11th January 2015 Senator Ndume Lauds INEC On PVC Distribution In Borno Sen. Mohammed Ndume on Sunday commended the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for commencing the distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in Borno. Ndume (APC-Borno), who gave the commendation at a news conference in Maiduguri, said that the large turnout of registered voters to collect their PVCs was a sign of good omen. Borno 2015; PVC; INEC http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/40111 7/ndume-lauds-inec -pvc-distribution- borno
Leadership News Online Sunday 11th January 2015 President Jonathan’s Performance Will Earn Him Second Term, Says Nasarawa PDP Chairman The developmental strides of President Goodluck Jonathan across the country, will earn him second term in office in 2015, the Nasarawa State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Chief Yunana Iliya, has said. Iliya stated this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Nasarawa, the headquarters of Nasarawa Local Government Area of the State. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/4011 13/president-jonat hans-performance- will-earn-second-te rm-says-nasarawa -pdp-chairman
Leadership News Online Sunday 11th January 2015 Sambo, Yero Booed In Zaria Thousands of irate youths yesterday booed vice president Mohammed Namadi Sambo and Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State at their Zaria home town during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the reign of Emir of Zazzau, Alh. Shehu Idris. The Vice President, who arrived the venue of the occasion late when the procession of horse was about to terminate at about 2:30pm met the anger of people who converged at the palace to witness the historic celebration. Sambo hails from the ancient city of Zaria, and he was at the occasion as the Special Guest of Honour. Kaduna 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng /news/401082/sam bo-yero-booed- zaria
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 Forget The South- East, PDP Tells APC As the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its presidential campaign team move to the South-East, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned APC and General Muhammadu Buhari to stay away from the zone as it is an exclusive domain of the ruling party. It also described as sheer delusion and a mid-day feverish dream for the APC campaign in the South-East as the zone will deliver 100 percent block vote to the PDP in the February general elections. In the same manner, the National Chairman of PDP, Adamu Muazu has boasted of how the PDP will upstage the APC in the South-West during next month’s general elections. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/feb ruary-polls-forget- the-south-east-pdp -tells-apc/198815/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 INEC Decentralizes PVC Distribution, To Publish Voter’s Register Jan 13 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ordered the decentralisation of on-going distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to Ward levels, in order to enhance access by persons yet to collect their cards. Before now, the distribution was done at the Local Government offices of the Commission since the end of distribution at the polling unit level. But distribution of the PVCs will henceforth be at Ward level nationwide. The Commission, at its meeting on Thursday, January 8th, 2015, resolved that the period for distribution of the cards should be extended. Registered voters who are yet to collect their cards can now do so from 8. 30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily. As part of preparations for the next month’s general elections, INEC is to issue/publish the Register of Voters to be used for the conduct of the 2015 General Elections on Tuesday, January 13th 2015. Nigeria 2015; PVC; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/inec -decentralises-pvc- distribution-to-publ ish-voters-register- jan-13/198810/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 Northern Politicians Close To Jonathan Not Doing Enough To Sell His Candidacy, Says Dingyadi Zonal Coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party Youth Frontier (PDPYF) North-West, Alhaji Yusuf Dingyadi, Friday accused some Northern politicians close to President Goodluck Jonathan, as lacking the political strategy, media management and genuine commitment towards marketing him to Nigerians. Speaking at a one-day sensitisation seminar for the PDP Youth Awareness Volunteers on building party support tagged; “Our PDP, Our Chances and Their Supports for 2015″ in Sokoto on Friday, Dingyadi described such politicians as a liability rather than asset to Jonathan. Dingyadi, who was former Deputy Director of Media and Publicity for Obasanjo/Atiku Campaign Organisation in 2003, noted that ministers and politicians from the North-West who benefited immensely from this government, were not making real efforts to explain to the people why they should vote for Jonathan in 2015. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/nor thern-politicians-clo se-to-jonathan-not- doing-enough-to-sell -his-candidacy-says -dingyadi/198804/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 Uduaghan Charges Judiciary On 2015 General Elections Governor Emmnauel  Uduaghan of Delta State has said the nation’s judiciary  had a crucial role to play in  ensuring  that the  country remained  one indivisible entity  during and after the 2015 general election in  the face of the mounting political and security challenges. Uduaghan, who stated this on Friday during a three-day development course for lawyers in the State Ministry of Justice, said a lot would be happening in the country from the pre- and post- election disputes that would be brought before the courts and Tribunals for adjudication. He urged lawyers to comply with the rules of legal practice as the judiciary was the last hope of the common man in the society and to bring stability to the political and security  challenges in the country. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/udu aghan-charges-judic iary-on-2015-general -elections/198803/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 US Ambassador Tasks PDP Leaders On Violence- Free Elections The Ambassador of the United States of America to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, has called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State to ensure violence-free elections in the State. Entwistle, who made the call yesterday during a meeting with the party leaders at the campaign office of the PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje in Lagos, urged that political parties should ask their supporters to eschew violence before, during and after the polls. He however advised the party to ensure that their agents were in all the polling units to check rigging and to engage in issue based campaigns that will bring about sustainable system for all sectors in Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; US Embassy http://www.thisday live.com/articles/us -ambassador-tasks -pdp-leaders-on-vi olence-free-election /198801/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 “Beware Of Electioneering Campaigns With Lies”- Oshiomole Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has advised Edo electorate to beware of parties who come to feed them with lies in order to deceive them and get their votes. Oshiomhole specifically said he was aware that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had begun a campaign of lies to deceive the people and further impoverish them since they have no record of performance to present to the people. The Governor who stated these on Friday at the commissioning of the Auchi-Jattu-Afashio-Ikabigbo road, said: “In the next couple of weeks, in fact the season is already here, politicians are already into marketing”. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/-b eware-of-electione ering-campaigns-w ith-lies-/198800/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 Obono-Obla Dismisses Jonathan’s Attacks On APC A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and close associate of General Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government as unfocused for blaming the opposition party for the myriad of problems currently confronting Nigeria. Obono-Obla stated this on Friday in Calabar against the backdrop of attacks launched by President Goodluck Jonathan on the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, and others opposed to his return for a second term during the flag-off of the PDP presidential campaigns in Lagos on Thursday. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ob ono-obla-dismisses -jonathan-s-attacks -on-apc/198799/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 INEC Releases Names Of Ondo PDP’s National And State Assembly Candidates The Ondo State government has announced that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has published names of the state’s candidates contesting the National and states Assembly elections on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Candidates in the coming general elections. The State’s Commissioner for Information, Hon. Kayode Akinmade while announcing this in Akure, gave the names of the Senatorial candidates for the party as published by the electoral body as Pastor Yele Omogunwa, Ondo South, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, Ondo Central and Senator Bode Olajumoke for Ondo North. Ondo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ine c-releases-names- of-ondo-pdp-s-na tional-state-assemb ly-candidates/198798/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 “Nigerians Should Vote Performance Not Ethnicity , Religion In 2015″- Ijaw Progressive Alliance The National President of Ijaw Progressive Agenda, Comrade Richard Akinakah is sure Nigerians have become more politically conscious and would want them to take it a notch higher by eschewing religious and ethnic sentiments in choosing leaders in the 2015 polls. He wants people to vote based on their assessment of performance, especially between President Goodluck Jonathan of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He also spoke of plans to hold political appointees from Ijaw nation accountable and sanction non performing ones. In this chat with Ahamefula Ogbu he spoke on the threat by Ijaw PDP Elders to PDP to drop Nyesom Wike, performance of Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Prophesy that Jonathan won’t win 2015 polls by Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, allegations of corruption against Jonathan’s regime and what he called deception by managers of the nation’s economy as well as dangers of not funding the amnesty programme properly. Nigeria 2015; IPA http://www.thisday live.com/articles/nig erians-should-vote- performance-not-e thnicity-religion-in- 2015-presidential- elections/198755/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 I Can’t Fight Corruption Buhari’s Ways, Says Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan Friday in Enugu challenged the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress,  Muhammadu Buhari to unveil his blueprint on how to fight corruption and ‘revive’ the nation’s economy, noting that unlike in 1983 when Buhari clamped “innocent Nigerians” into jail, there are new and modern ways of fighting corruption. Addressing the mammoth crowd of supporters who thronged the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium,  Enugu,  venue of the PDP presidential campaign rally, Jonathan said his administration had tackled the problem of corruption in the last four years using modern technologies. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/i-c ant-fight-corruption -buharis-ways-says -jonathan/198751/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 Stop Blaming Jonathan For Naira Devaluation, Arise Tells Opposition Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator  Ayo Arise, has lambasted the All Progressives Congress for blaming President Goodluck Jonathan for the currency  devaluation being experienced  in the country. Arise declared that the dwindling fortunes of oil price in the international market accounted for the fluctuation of naira’s value and should not be erroneously ascribed to President Jonathan’s incompetence, as being flaunted  by APC. Briefing newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Friday, Arise, who was the Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatization between 2007 and 2011, said the sordid scenario will continue to play out in the country, except  the country addresses its sole dependence on oil. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/st op-blaming-jonatha n-for-naira-devaluat ion-arise-tells-oppos ition/198748/
Leadership News Online Saturday 10th January 2015 Eschew Bitterness, Wada Urges PDP Members Kogi State Governor, Capt Idris Wada, has called on the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State to burry their differences so as to ensure the victory of the party in the coming elections. Wada made the call during a meeting with some aggrieved members of the party over the crisis that arose from the last PDP primaries in the State. The Governor reiterated his commitment to ensuring victory for the party in the forth coming elections, saying that all members should work as a team on the strategies and approaches for the success of the party at the general elections. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/400958/esche w-bitterness-wada- urges-pdp-members
Leadership News Online Saturday 10th January 2015 Losers In Kwara PDP Guber Primary Appointed Jonathan’s Campaigners In what looks like a consolation, the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Campaign Organisation has appointed two former gubernatorial aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, Professor Oba Shuaib Abdulraheem and Senator Rukayyat Gbemisola Saraki as members of the President’s campaign team. AbdulRaheem and Saraki, who lost out at PDP’s gubernatorial primaries in December last year, are to serve as members of contact and mobilisation committee and women mobilization committee respectively. Other politicians, who made the list from the State, include the Minister of the National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman to serve as the Deputy Chairman of the Administration and Logistics committee and Hajia Muinat Sagaya who is to serve on the Finance committee. Kwara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/400949/lose rs-kwara-pdp-gube r-primary-appointed -jonathans-campaig ners
Leadership News Online Saturday 10th January 2015 “Political Campaigns Will Not Affect Development Projects”- Al-Makura Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on Saturday said that the increased political activities across the State would not affect the progress of ongoing projects in the State. The Governor said this during an inspection tour of Lafia Township Stadium and the new Lafia Square in Lafia. Al-Makura said that his administration was committed to people- oriented policies and programmes. He said that all ongoing projects across the State would be completed in spite of the current political campaigns embarked upon by political parties in the State. Nasarawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/400944/politi cal-campaigns-will -not-affect-develo pment-projects-a l-makura
Leadership News Online Saturday 10th January 2015 Jega’s Ill Health: Reps Cancel Scheduled Meeting With INEC The House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters yesterday postponed a meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and stakeholders following the ill-health of the INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega. The Jerry Manwe-led House Committee had invited INEC and other stakeholders to discuss Nigeria’s preparedness for the 2015 general elections. Nigeria 2015; House of Representatives; INEC http://leadership.ng /news/400931/jega s-ill-health-reps-can cel-scheduled-meet ing-inec
Leadership News Online Saturday 10th January 2015 “Obasanjo Won’t Work Against PDP In South-West”- Mu’azu National chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Adamu Mu’azu, yesterday shrugged off the face-off between President Goodluck Jonathan and his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, declaring that the former President will not work against the PDP in the South-West. Mu’azu added that contrary to the assumption that PDP will play second fiddle to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the southwest, the opposition will be in for a shocker because the PDP has worked very hard over the past four years in wards and Local Government Areas of the entire South-West geopolitical zone. He said, “we are confident the opposition will find themselves in the shade, far behind.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/400908/obas anjo-wont-work-pd p-southwest-muazu-2
Leadership News Online Saturday 10th January 2015 “No Plan To Demolish Any Community In Kaduna”- El-rufa’i The gubernatorial flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-rufai said, if elected, his administration will not demolish any community in the State as being speculated. The running mate to El-Rufai, Arc Bala Barnabas Bantex who dismissed the fear while speaking ahead of next Tuesday’s State wide campaign said, “we don’t have any plan to demolish a community.” Bantex, a former Chairman of Kaura LGA, Member of the House of Representatives said he is now happy that Kaduna masses no longer condone deceit, adding that the poor performances of the PDP-led government has made it easier for the opposition party to win in the February election. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/400904/no- plan-demolish-com munity-kaduna-el -rufai
Leadership News Online Saturday 10th January 2015 Osibanjo Unfolds APC’s Economic Blueprint Vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has unfolded plans by his party to introduce a social security scheme for the elderly and disabled in Nigeria just as he promised that the APC-led federal government will provide 720,000 jobs in its first year, if elected come February 14. Osinbajo disclosed this on Thursday in Benin City when he met with the people of Edo State across political divides, where he articulated the position of the APC in its quest to effect changes in the social and economic lives of Nigerians. Addressing the mammoth crowd at Imaguero College Hall, he said, “for the first time in the history of Africa, we are introducing a social security scheme. It means the elderly who are poor and the disabled would be given stipends.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/400875/osinb ajo-unfolds-apcs- economic-blueprint
Leadership News Online Saturday 10th January 2015 2015: Youths Express Fear Of Disenfranchisement Nigerian youths have expressed fear that they might be disenfranchised from participating in the 2015 general elections as a result of late production or non-production of the permanent voters cards (PVCs) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The fear was expressed by the head of policy, research and advocacy, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Samson Itodo at the public presentation of the Youth Observatory Report on PVC collection in Abuja, yesterday. Presenting the report to journalists, Mr Itodo stated that at the conclusion of a study which had over 4,886 participants spread across 10 States “youths expressed a palpable fear of disenfranchisement due to late production/non production of PVCs and this is in spite of the heightened interests of youth to participate in the 2015 general elections.” Nigeria 2015; YIAGA; PVC http://leadership.ng /news/400871/2015 -youths-express-fea r-disenfranchisement
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 Buhari’s Certificates: PDP Accuses INEC Of Complicity The ruling PDP on Saturday accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of complicity in shielding the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari over his inability to present his academic qualifications to the electoral body as stipulated by both electoral laws and the 1999 Constitution. Addressing a press conference, the Director of the PDP Presidential Campaigns, Femi Fani Kayode said that the inability of Buhari to submit hia academic qualifications to INEC as stipulated is breach of the laws and a threat to the advancement of democracy in Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu haris-certificates-p dp-accuses-inec- of-complicity/198 820/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 Planned Hacking Of INEC Database: Group Urges Security Agencies To Prosecute Culprits A group under the aegis of The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Integrity Vanguard has urged all relevant security agencies to bring to justice the All Progressives Congress, APC, and all those alleged to be behind plot to hack into the voters registration data base of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. According to the group in a statement on Saturday, the Department of State Security Service and other security agencies must not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that those behind the act were made to face the full wrath of the law. The statement which was signed by the Coordinator of PDP Integrity Vanguard and pioneer National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Senator Aniete Okon, described the action as most condemnable, a sophisticated digital rigging plan, a pre-meditated electoral fraud and akin to the activities of ‘yahoo-yahoo’ internet fraudsters. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pla nned-hacking-of-in ec-database-group -urges-security-age ncies-to-prosecute -culprits/198818/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 Buhari In Abia, Promises To Save Nigeria From Falling Oil Prices Apparently worried by the free fall of crude oil price in international market, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari on Friday promised that he would steer Nigeria out of the attendant economic hardship by diversifying the economy into agriculture and minning if electded as President on February 14, 2015. He made the pledge at a presidential campaign rally at Etche Primary School Aba, the commercial city of Abia State, saying that Nigeria had great potentials in agriculture and solid mineral deposits which if well harnessed, would enable the country absorb any shock occasioned by dwindling oil revenue. According to him, by paying more attention to the non-oil sector of the economy, his administration would not only put the economy on a firmer ground, but also tackle the lingering problem of unemployment Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-in-abia-promis es-to-save-nigeria- from-falling-oil-pric es/198809/
ThisDay Live Saturday 10th January 2015 INEC May Not Be Able To Distribute PVCs In 25 Borno LGAs The outgoing Resident Electoral Commissioner in Borno State, Professor Tukur Sa’ad on Friday stated that the planned distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in the State by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) from January 10 to January 15 would only be carried out in two of the 27 Local Governments – Maiduguri and Jere – due to prevailing security challenges. On his part, the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) indicated that 20 of the 27 Local Government Areas of in the State are inaccessible as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency. The exercise was earlier scheduled to start on Friday. Sa’ad said that INEC would also conduct Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) for individuals who had attained voting age during the period. The Borno INEC REC said that the exercises would take place at Ward levels as well as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the areas. Borno 2015; PVC; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ine c-may-not-be-able -to-distribute-pvc- in-25-borno-lgs/ 198806/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 10th January 2015 Northern Elders Endorse Buhari Because PDP Altered Zoning Deal The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) on Thursday said it would support APC Presidential Candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in the forthcoming general elections. Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the Spokesman of the forum, said this at a news conference in Zaria, Kaduna state, on Thursday. He said the measure became necessary due to the ”unfair and unjust manner” the PDP had treated the region. Nigeria 2015; NEF http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigeria-northern-elde rs-endorse-buhari- because-pdp-altere d-zoning-deal.1062 53/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 10th January 2015 UPN Picks President Jonathan As Its Presidential Candidate The Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN has nominated President Goodluck Jonathan as its candidate for the February presidential election.  The Party announced its decision on Friday in Lagos during its National convention.  National Chairman of the party, Dr Frederick Fasheun said, ”Allowing President Jonathan to continue in office on another four-year term will allow for the maturation of his infrastrucural and socio-economic programmes, as well as guarantee continuity in development policies which a new government may likely abort”. Nigeria 2015; UPN http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigeria-upn-picks-pr esident-jonathan-as- its-presidential-candi date.106254/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 10th January 2015 Buhari Allegedly Slumps At APC Presidential Rally In Calabar Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC slumped at his campaign rally in Calabar, the Cross River State capital; African Herald Express Reports.  Buhari reportedly slumped when he was climbing to the podium to give his speech. Four aides rushed to his side and stabilized him quickly.  An eyewitness who was present at the event told African Herald Express, ”From the way he sat when his convoy arrived, it was obvious that the man does not appear very strong. It could be stress arising from old age as well as fatigue from campaign trips to Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Imo and now Cross River State”. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ buhari-allegedly-slum ps-at-apc-calabar- rally.106255/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 10th January 2015 “Buhari Tripped On His Wrapper, He Didn’t Slump”- Aide An unnamed aide of Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC on Friday told Sahara Reporters that his principal didn’t slump in Calabar, the Cross River capital. The Aide said that what happened at the APC rally was that the 72-year-old retired general tripped on his wrapper but quickly regained his composure and went on to address a large crowd that had gathered to hear him. Since the death of President Umaru Yaradua, the health status of government officials in Nigeria has become a big deal. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ buhari-tripped-on-hi s-wrapper-he-didn% E2%80%99t-slump- %E2%80%93aide. 106259/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 10th January 2015 Enugu: Jonathan Reads Babangida’s 1985 Coup Speech On Why Buhari Was Overthrown President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday reopened old wounds in Enugu during his presidential campaign by reading the 1985 speech by former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Babaginda after the overthrow of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. The crowd of PDP supporters at the event listened to the speech with rapt attention and burst into wild applause once the President was done reading.  Also, the President and some members of his team posed for pictures with Alex Ekwueme, who many say was unjustly imprisoned by Buhari. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ enugu-jonathan-reads -babangidas-1985-co up-speech-on-why- buhari-was-overthrow n.106265/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Saturday 10th January 2015 Get Your PVC And Vote My Husband, Patience Jonathan Tells Enugu People The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Friday, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the only party that has the interest of Nigerian women. The First Lady, who made the remark at the PDP Presidential Campaign Rally in Enugu, thanked the Igbo people for casting their votes for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011. She enjoined women to vote for Jonathan for the second term because he would further uplift their status and presence in government. She added that ”PDP is the only party that has the interests of women at heart.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ get-your-pvc-and-vo te-my-husband-patie nce-jonathan-tells-en ugu-people.106268/
ThisDay Live Friday 9th January 2015 Jonathan To Buhari: “How Did You Spend Your Defence Budget?” In what appears like a frontal attack meant to puncture the accusations of weakness and cluelessness leveled against his administration, President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday at the commencement of the presidential campaign in Lagos, challenged his principal opponent, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major General Muhammadu Buahri (rtd) to explain to Nigerians how he spent his Defence budget while he served as the nation’s Head of State. President Jonathan who was addressing a crowd of party supporters at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos noted that the fight against terrorism is dragging on because of lack of equipment owing to the fact that previous governments including that of Gen Buhari failed to equip the Nigerian soldiers. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-to-buhari- how-did-you-spend -your-defence-bud get-/198742/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 9th January 2015 MEND Insists On Buhari For President, Blasts Ijaw Youths The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND has insisted that Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC is its choice for President come February 14, elections; PUNCH reports.  A statement issued by MEND on Monday in response to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s response to its endorsement of Buhari read, ”The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta views the recent question and statement credited to the Peoples Democratic Party National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, as very callous and irresponsible. This question: ”Explain your connections with MEND”, further confirms and vindicates our views about Goodluck Jonathan, his inept government and the PDP. MEND strongly denies any link with the All Progressives Congress and has never been approached for anything, at any point in time, by the party, as pettily alleged by Olisa Metuh. Nigerians should ask this man (Eric Omare) if he was referring to ‘ghosts’ when he lauded MEND for declaring a temporary ceasefire six months ago. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, once more, urges Nigerians to ignore the empty threats of this so-called ‘ex-agitators’ and the Ijaw Youth Council. Their reckless utterances only ridicule and confirm the colossal failure of the Amnesty Programme. We advise the Ijaw Youth Council to use their idle time in telling and showing Nigerians and Niger Deltans what the government of Goodluck Jonathan has done or achieved in Nigeria and the region in the last six years in office, apart from giving them handouts called monthly stipends.” Nigeria 2015; MEND; Buhari http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ mend-insists-on-buha ri-for-president-blasts -ijaw-youths.106205/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 9th January 2015 “Nigeria Doesn’t Need A President Without A University Degree”- Mimiko Ondo state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko on Thursday said that Nigerians will not settle for a President with less than a university degree. Mimiko made the statement during the flag-off of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign in Lagos. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigeria-doesn%E2% 80%99t-need-a-pre sident-without-a-uni versity-degree-%E2 %80%93mimiko. 106200/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 9th January 2015 “My Generation Has Failed Nigeria”- President Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said that his generation has failed Nigeria.  The President made the comment during his campaign flag-off in Lagos.  He said, ”My generation has failed Nigerians and it is the youths that will take this country to the moon. I’m here to talk to the youths who are voting for the first time and those between the ages of 20-23 years. It is only this government that has done so much for the youths in this country” Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ video-my-generation -has-failed-nigeria-pr esident-jonathan. 106197/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 9th January 2015 INEC Explains Why The Presidential Elections Was Fixed On Valentines Day The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said it had not fixed the Presidential and National Assembly elections on February 14, to rub Nigerians of the joy derivable from the Lovers’ Day. The Chief Press Secretary to the Commission’s Chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu, told newsmen in Abuja that the election date was a coincidence. ”When the Commission was taking that decision, it never even occurred to the leaders of the Commission that it was Valentine’s Day. But then, it is a day for showing love and if we can show love that will discourage people from fomenting violence. That will discourage you from being hateful towards another person on that day. It will make the election peaceful. So, it is a good coincidence”.  He, however, urged Nigerians to be guided by the meaning of Valentine’s Day to make the election peaceful. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ inec-explains-why- presidential-election -was-fixed-on-valen tines-day.106194/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 9th January 2015 Niger-Deltans Are With Me, Jonathan Replies Buhari On MENDS Endorsement The Presidency has dismissed the alleged endorsement of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the APC candidate in the February 14 presidential election by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). In a statement in Abuja on Thursday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, described the reported endorsement as a poisoned chalice. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ niger-deltans-are-with -me-jonathan-replies- buhari-on-mends-endo rsement.106192/
Leadership News Online Friday 9th January 2015 Jonathan, Buhari Twitter War Gets Tougher The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan has tackled his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, General Muhammadu Buhari, on issues that border on Buhari’s military regime, as the Twitter war between both sides gets tougher. Jonathan, through his Special Assistant on New Media, Reno Omokri, yesterday raised several questions begging for answers from Buhari in his twitter handle @renoomokri and called on the APC to start its change revolution by passing the Freedom of Information Act in their states, using the hashtag #GEJisit. The presidential candidate of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, has raised concerns over the level of corruption in the country, insisting that if it is not killed now, it will kill Nigeria. Buhari, who stated this in his tweet via his twitter handle @Thisisbuhari, assured that his government would stem the tide of corruption and save the country from collapse. The tweet reads, “If we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria”. Nigeria 2015; APC; PDP http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/40065 1/jonathan-buhari- twitter-war-gets- tougher
Leadership News Online Friday 9th January 2015 Fashola Blasts DSS Over Alleged Cloning Of INEC PVCs Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday berated the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) for exposing their incompetence and abuse of the law by breaking into the data centre of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State. Fashola spoke shortly after the book presentation on Judicial Integrity: Legal Essays and Materials in honour of Justice S. O. Uwafio, who recently retired from the nation’s Supreme Court, as part of his 80th birthday anniversary celebration held at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Benin, Edo State capital. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/40065 0/fashola-blasts-dss -alleged-cloning-ine c-pvcs
Leadership News Online Friday 9th January 2015 “Jonathan Shedding Crocodile Tears Over Ethnic Divisions”- APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that President Goodluck Jonathan is only shedding crocodile tears with his lamentation over the fact that Nigeria has become more divided along religious and ethnic lines today than at anytime in its history. “Mr President, there is no point being sanctimonious about an issue for which you bear the most responsibility. You are the most divisive leader in the history of Nigeria, having ceaselessly exploited the country’s fault lines for political gains,’’ the party said in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/4006 48/jonathan-shedd ing-crocodile-tears -ethnic-divisions- apc
Leadership News Online Friday 9th January 2015 Northern Elders Reply Jonathan: “Sitting Leaders Are Worse Than Pickpockets” The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) yesterday, in a swift reaction to reports credited to President Goodluck Jonathan, in which he was quoted to have described some elder statesmen as touts, also described sitting leaders as pickpockets and thieves. The Spokesman of NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi, while addressing select journalists in his Zaria farm, said even some sitting leaders are worse than pickpockets in a motor park, adding that President Jonathan shouldn’t have made such abusive statement against the nation’s statesmen who fought for the unity of the country. Professor Abdullahi who is also a member of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) also tongue-lashed the Tanko Yakasai-led Northern Elders Council (NEC), saying the group lacks principle and they are not speaking for the generality of Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; Northern Elders Forum (NEF) http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/40064 5/northern-elders-rep ly-jonathan-sitting-lea ders-worse-pickpo ckets
Punch News Online Friday 9th January 2015 Peterside Promises To Sustain Development In Rivers The governorship candidate of the All Progressives candidate in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, kicked off his campaign on Thursday with a promise to sustain development in the State. Peterside also pleged to pay special attention to the infrastructural development of Ahoada-West and the Orashi region if voted into power. Peterside, who spoke to a large crowd at Akinima, the headquarters of Ahoada-West Local Government Area, also assured the people that the Local Government Area would be one of the first beneficiaries of his administration’s pipeborne water programme. Ahoada-West is part of Orashi region and Rivers-West Senatorial District in Rivers State. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng. com/politics/peterside -promises-to-sustain -development-in- rivers/
Punch News Online Friday 9th January 2015 Osun Tribunal Awards N50,000 To Aregbesola The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, has ordered the candidate of the Accord Party, Mr. Niyi Owolade, to pay N50,000 to the 1st respondent, Governor Rauf Aregbesola. The petitioner was also ordered to N50,000 each to the 2nd respondent, the All Progressives Congress and the 3rd respondent, Independent National Electoral Commission. It subsequently dismissed the petition filed by Owolade. Osun 2014; Tribunal http://www.punchng. com/politics/tribunal -awards-n50000-to -aregbesola/
Punch News Online Friday 9th January 2015 22 Governorship Aspirants Dump PDP In Akwa Ibom Twenty two aggrieved governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State, otherwise known as G22, have finally defected from PDP to All Progressives Congress. They will meet the APC’s presidential candidate, Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, January 12, 2015. It was learnt that the 22 governorship aspirants of the PDP in the controversial December 8, 2014 primary in the State decided to defect from PDP to the APC on Wednesday. Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng. com/politics/22-gove rnorship-aspirants- dump-pdp-in-akwa -ibom/
Daily Post News Online Friday 9th January 2015 APC Calls Fayose A Rascal For Laying Off Workers Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Thursday has being described by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State as a rascal for laying off about 180 employees of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and Permanent Secretaries. The State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, while issuing a press release yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, noted that by dismissing employees by the leader of the seven Peoples Democratic Party’s lawmakers, Dele Olugbemi, it goes a long way to show that Fayose is not a friend of the workers in the State. Ekiti 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/09/apc-c alls-fayose-rascal- laying-off-workers-2/
Daily Post News Online Friday 9th January 2015 “We Are Succeeding In Our Anti Corruption Crusade”- Jonathan The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential campaign kicked off yesterday in Lagos with the President Goodluck Jonathan declaring that his generation has failed Nigerians while also disclosing for the first time that Henry Okah’s faction of the Niger Delta militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND was paid to kill him. Addressing youths at the campaign ground, Jonathan appealed to them to work for the future of Nigeria, through hard work and dedication, saying youths are the ones expected to take Nigeria to the moon. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/09/succee ding-anti-corruption -crusade-jonathan/
Daily Post News Online Friday 9th January 2015 “Buhari Prowess Means Trouble For PDP”- David West A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof. Tam David-West, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in great trouble given the huge success of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s flag off campaign in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, on Tuesday. David-West told The Nation that the PDP is in trouble because it underestimated the All Progressives Congress, believing that it would break up due to personal ambitions of gladiators in the party. He added that the PDP woes are compounded by lack of good advisers and strategies and over-reliance on the power of money. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/09/buhar is-prowess-means -trouble-pdp-davi d-west/
ThisDay Live Friday 9th January 2015 “More Than 15 Million Eligible Voters Yet To Collect PVCs”- INEC Though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on January 13  publish the list of registered voters, the Commission revealed on Thursday that not less than 15,567,219 Nigerians were yet to collected their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs). By INEC’s records as at August 2014, there were a total of 70,383,427 registered voters, out of which PVCs of 54,341610 were printed, only 38,774391 had been distributed, thus leaving a total of 15,567219 Nigerians without the PVCs. According to the data released by INEC, out of the 54,341610 PVCs printed so far, only 38,774391 were distributed, which is 71.35 per cent of the PVCs printed. Going State by State, Lagos State with four million PVCs, only 53.98 per cent or 2,159,091 voters have received their PVCs, leaving behind 1,840,909 eligible voters without the PVCs. Nigeria 2015; PVC; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/inec -more-than-15-milli on-eligible-voters-ye t-to-collect-pvcs/1 98726/
ThisDay Live Friday 9th January 2015 You Have Failed Bayelsans, Amaechi Tells Jonathan Rivers State Governor and Director General of the presidential campaign committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday in Yenagoa, lashed out at President Goodluck Jonathan, insisting that he had failed the people of the State. Amaechi at the rally held in the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa, witnessed by a large crowd of Bayelsans from all works of life, stated that charity should ordinarily begin at home, hence the President should tell the people what he has done for the State in the last six years that he has been President of the country. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/yo u-have-failed-bayel sans-amaechi-tells- jonathan/198725/
ThisDay Live Friday 9th January 2015 Buhari Warns Against The Use Of Soldiers During Elections The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has warned that it would not be in the interest of the country to deploy soldiers in the conduct of the February elections. He said soldiers reserved for election duties should rather be used to fight Boko Haram, arguing that if that was done, it would bring insurgency to an end in the country. Buhari spoke on Thursday at a meeting with stakeholders of Ogoni ethnic nationality at Saakpenwa, headquarters of Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-warns-against- use-of-soldiers-for -elections/198724/
ThisDay Live Friday 9th January 2015 “APC Will Win 28 States On First Ballot”- Ngige The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Chris Ngige, has predicted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win 28 States on first ballot in the February general elections. Ngige told journalists in Awka Anambra State capital on Thursday that his prediction was based on facts and surveys conducted by independent surveyors. Ngige, who is the Coordinator of Muhammed Buhari Presidential Campaign in the South-East, said following the prediction, APC would form the next government at the centre. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ngig e-apc-will-win-28- states-on-first-ballot /198723/
ThisDay Live Friday 9th January 2015 PDP, APC Disagree On Reform Policies In Oil Sector Ahead of next month’s general election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have expressed divergent views on how to tackle the challenges facing  the operations of the oil and  gas sector. Speaking at a debate organised by the  by Centre for Democracy and Development in conjunction with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) which focused on what policy blue print the political parties have in stock for the Nigerian petroleum industry. Both PDP and APC while acknowledging the need for a speedy passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) into law, failed to accept blame that they all have a hand in the delay. Nigeria 2015; APC; PDP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pdp -apc-disagree-on-re form-policies-in-oil- sector/198722/
ThisDay Live Friday 9th January 2015 I Did Not Call Political Class Liars, Says Aliyu Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has stated that he was quoted out of context when his explanation over lying among some politicians was taken as his position on political affairs. But the State All Progressives Congress (APC), while reacting to the Governor’s statement said no amount of coercion and persuasion will  give the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) victory at the polls, adding that the people are tired of PDP’s lies. The Spokesman of the APC in the State who made this known in a statement made available to THISDAY in Minna, the State capital, yesterday alleged that the PDP government in the State has failed. Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/i- did-not-call-politic al-class-liars-says -aliyu/198721/
ThisDay Live Friday 9th January 2015 Group Launches Buhari Coalition Today The Coalition for Change (C4C), a volunteer group for the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation will be inaugurated today at the Buhari/Osinbajo campaign office, 8 Idowu Martins Street, Off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos. The group consists of individuals and organisations with social gifts that are volunteering to be the catalysts for change and to push to trigger the necessary change that is required to fix Nigeria through the election of General Muhammadu Buhari in February. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/gro up-launches-buhari -coalition-today/1 98718/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 9th January 2015 MEND Tried To Assasinate Me In 2010, Says President Jonathan Speaking at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, President Jonathan has stated that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) tried to assassinate him in the October 1, 2010 bombing in Eagle Square, Abuja.  He said this in reaction to the group’s recent endorsement of his opponent for the February elections, General Muhammadu Buhari.  The October 1, 2010 bombing resulted in 12 deaths and 17 injuries. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ mend-tried-to-assas sinate-me-in-2010- goodluck-jonathan. 106184/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Friday 9th January 2015 “Don’t Blame Jonathan For Nigeria’s Problems”- Oba Akiolu The Oba of Lagos, Oba Railwan Akiolu, on Thursday said that President Goodluck Jonathan should not be blamed for the problems of Nigeria. Akiolu said this while receiving Jonathan at his palace in Lagos. He said that many of the problems in the country predated the Jonathan administration. The President was in the Lagos State for the flag-off of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) presidential campaign at the Tafawa Balewa Square. He was in the Oba’s palace to pay homage to him and seek his blessings before going to the campaign venue. Akiolu said that fighting corruption was the responsibility of every Nigerian. Nigeria 2015; Oba of Lagos http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ dont-blame-jonathan -for-nigerias-problem s-oba-of-lagos.106 185/
Punch News Online Friday 9th January 2015 Thugs Attack Ekiti APC Leader, Injure 8 Policemen Political thugs on Wednesday wounded eight policemen, including a Divisional Police Officer when they attacked a political leader of the All Progressives Congress in Efon-Alaaye, Ekiti State, Chief Joseph Alake. Alake gave the revelation at the political stakeholders meeting organised by law enforcement agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday. He alleged that the thugs invaded his house at about 11a.m and fired several gunshots with the intention to kill him and members of his household because he had been the rallying point of the opposition party in Efon Local Government Area. Ekiti 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng .com/politics/thugs- attack-ekiti-apc-lea der-injure-eight-pol icemen-2/
Punch News Online Friday 9th January 2015 Activist Predicts Failure For The PDP The National Coordinator, Concerned Advocate for Good Governance, Mr. Olusegun Bamgbose, on Wednesday, predicted failure for the PDP in the oncoming elections. He said it has become obvious from political development that the Peoples Democratic Party had nothing to offer Nigerians. Bamgbose, in a statement, said President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in February would spell doom for the country. Nigeria 2015; CAGG http://www.punchng. com/politics/activist- predicts-failure-for -pdp/
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 8th January 2015 Akpabio Presents Agbaje, Udom To Akwa Ibom Community In Lagos GOVERNOR Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, yesterday, presented the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, Udom Emmanuel to Akwa-Ibom residents in Lagos State. He also appealed to indigenes of the state to also ensure victory for the President Goodluck Jonathan in the February 14 presidential election. Speaking at an event held at the National Theatre in Iganmu, Lagos, Akpabio described Udom as a thoroughbred politician who will continue with his giant strides in Akwa Ibom State. Akwa Ibom 2015; Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 10
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 8th January 2015 Ekiti Assembly Crisis: 19 APC Lawmakers Seek Reps Intervention The embattled Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Omirin has said all the 19 All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers in the assembly have formally requested the intervention of the National Assembly over the face -off between them and the state governor, Mr Ayo Fayose. Omirin equally declared the intention of his colleagues to storm the House any moment from now for their legislative business. The embattled speaker who spoke with newsmen at his Aisegba Ekiti country home yesterday on the crisis in the House, said the APC legislators have no option than to report Fayose to the House of Representatives for illegally stopping them from performing their duties and withholding their salaries and other allowances . Ekiti 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 11
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 8th January 2015 “Nigerians Won’t Recognise Themselves In 4 Years If They Vote Jonathan”- Buhari All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari yesterday warned that Nigerians would not recognise themselves in four years time if they allowed the degenerations under the present administration to continue for another four years. The city of Osogbo, capital of Osun State also yesterday stood still as the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo joined thousands of residents in a Walk for Change procession. The rally tagged “Nigerians walk for change (Buhari/Osinbajo),” drew people from all the adjourning towns and villages who trooped to the streets to join the team on a physical exercise by walking through the major streets. Buhari spoke at a campaign stop in Calabar just as Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State flayed President Goodluck Jonathan for failing the test of brotherhood in his alleged failures to address the issues of underdevelopment of the South-South people. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 11
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 8th January 2015 Delta PDP Inaugurates Campaign Committee Governor Emmnuel Uduaghan of Delta State has urged members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to engage in door to door campaign to ensure they garner all the votes in next month’s general elections. Uduaghan spoke, yesterday, in Asaba during the inauguration of the Delta State PDP Campaign Committee. Chairman of the PDP in the state, Chief Edwin Uzor, performed the inauguration, which took place at Government House, Asaba, with the governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and members of the committee in attendance. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 12
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 8th January 2015 PDP’ll Reclaim Kano, Imo, Rivers, Kwara, Sokoto, Others, Metuh Boasts AHEAD of next month’s general elections, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, boasted, yesterday, that it will reclaim all the states it lost to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, through defection of governors. PDP in a statement, by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said besides winning Sokoto, Kano, Kwara, Rivers and Imo states, it had put in place measures that would enable it win additional states, especially Lagos and other states in the South West. According to Metuh, with the candidates it was fielding for the elections and what he termed, verifiable record of performance and the support of a majority of the voting population, it would win overwhelmingly next month. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 14
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 8th January 2015 “Why Elections Should Hold In The North East” – Babangida Aliyu Niger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu has dismissed calls that election should not hold in the North East geopolitical zone currently being ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency, describing the affected areas as the strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He also called for a formal declaration of war on Boko Haram insurgents, noting that failure to do so would make the ongoing war on terror appear cosmetic. Aliyu in an interview on Channels Television, yesterday, called on the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, to shun calls for election not to be held in the zone. Nigeria 2015; North East; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 14
Daily Post News Online Thursday 8th January 2015 Buhari’s  Scratch Cards Mopped Up By Adamawa State Residents Chairman Buhari Campaign Organisation in Adamawa yesterday said that in less than 24 hours, the N3m Buhari Scratch Cards meant for the state had been exhausted by Buhari supporters. He disclosed this while addressing pressmen on the unavailability of the cards in Yola. “The N3m cards so far supplied to the state last week had been sold to supporters in less than 24 hours.” Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/08/buharis -scratch-cards-mop ped-adamawa-state -residents/
Daily Post News Online Thursday 8th January 2015 “My Second Term Ambition Is Not Worth The Blood Of Any Nigerian”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that no Nigerian would lose his life because of his second term ambition. Jonathan promised to build on the foundation laid by the founding fathers of this nation. The President took to his Facebook wall Thursday morning to beg all Nigerians to join him at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos as he kick-starts his campaign in the city of Lagos today. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/08/2015- second-term-ambit ion-not-worth-bloo d-nigerian-jonathan/
Daily Post News Online Thursday 8th January 2015 “Why Jonathan’s Men In Kano Are Afraid To Campaign For Him”- Kwankwaso Kano State governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, has said supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan were afraid to campaign for his re-election because of his gross incompetence and failure of his government.The governor made the statement when he received a delegation from Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of the state at the Government House on a solidarity visit on Wednesday. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/08/jonath ans-men-kano-afra id-campaign-kwank waso/
Daily Post News Online Thursday 8th January 2015 Ekiti: Fayose Fires 180 Assembly Workers Employed By Fayemi The Ekiti State Government under the leadership of Ayo Fayose has fired no fewer than 180 assembly workers employed by the immediate past Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress.The affected workers told newsmen on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti that their disengagement was announced by the Speaker, Hon. Dele Olugbemi, during the monthly prayer meeting to usher in the New Year at the assembly complex in Ado Ekiti. However, while reacting to the development, Olugbemi, claimed the sacked workers were not properly employed by the Fayemi administration. Ekiti 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/08/ekiti- fayose-fires-180- assembly-workers -employed-fayemi/
Daily Post News Online Thursday 8th January 2015 “South-South Will Shut Down Oil Sector If Jonathan Loses”- Agbaje Warns As preparations heat up ahead of the February presidential election, the Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimi Agbaje, has warned that the South-South region could shut down the oil sector if President Goodluck Jonathan fails to win next month’s election.Agbaje believes that Nigeria is nothing without the oil. The PDP governorship candidate said this at a meeting in London organised by his supporters and the UK chapter of the PDP. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/08/south -south-will-shut-oil -sector-jonathan- loses-agbaje-warns/
Daily Post News Online Thursday 8th January 2015 “Buhari Is Tinubu’s Candidate, North Will Decide Its Own In 2019″- Fayose Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Mohammadu Buhari, would not win the next month presidential election.The governor said Buhari was ‘handpicked’ by Tinubu and would not get the support of the Northern Nigeria at the polls in February. He called on those clamouring for shift of power to wait until 2019 after Jonathan had completed his tenure. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/08/buhari -tinubus-candidate -north-will-decide -2019-fayose/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 8th January 2015 “Lagos Will Be A Village Without Non- Indigenes”- Agbaje Jimi Agbaje, Lagos state Gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Wednesday said that Lagos State, Nigeria’s economic hub will be a village without the contributions of non-indigenes.Agbaje made the comment during his formal presentation to Akwa Ibom indigenes resident in Lagos. Agbaje said, ”I always tell people that Lagos will be a village if non-indigenes are not in Lagos.You are one of the major drivers of the economy in Lagos and I urge you to vote for the PDP for change”. Governor Godswill Akpabio who was the host of the event urged the Akwa Ibom indigenes to support Agbaje. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /lagos-will-be-a-vill age-without-non-ind igenes-agbaje.106161/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 8th January 2015 Rochas Donates Ultra Modern Campaign Bus To Buhari Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha on Wednesday donated an ultra-modern campaign bus to Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /photos-rochas-don ates-ultra-modern- campaign-bus-to- buhari.106148/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 8th January 2015 Tambuwal Goes After President Jonathan For Corruption The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of mind-boggling corruption, saying Nigerians would be shocked if he revealed the dubious acts perpetrated by the Presidency. Speaking at the APC rally in Rivers, Tambuwal said the Reps have evidence to back up his claim. The Speaker said the country would develop faster with the opposition APC than with the ruling PDP, noting that the Jonathan-led administration was not serious about governance. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ tambuwal-goes-after -president-jonathan- for-corruption.106134/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 8th January 2015 “GEJ Hates The North”- President Submits VP As Counter Argument President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed insinuations that he hated the Northern part of the country. Speaking when a delegation of the Northern Elders Council (NEC) visited him at the Presidential lodge, Jonathan wondered what informed such suggestion. He also flayed the attitude of some people, who paraded themselves as statesmen but “make provocative statements just to create enmity and division in the country”. Citing projects executed by his administration in the North and appointment of many Northerners into key positions in his government, Jonathan said he would provide documents to prove his critics wrong. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ gej-hates-the-north -president-submits- vp-as-counter-argu ment.106132/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 8th January 2015 $64 Billion: “Jonathan Did Not Steal Nigeria’s Reserves”- Ngozi Okonjo Iweala According top Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, President Goodluck Jonathan is innocent of claims that he squandered Nigeria’s foreign reserves, according to Channels TV. The Federal Ministry of Finance has debunked claims that President Goodluck Jonathan has squandered the Nigeria’s reserves, insisting that it was used appropriately in the course of normal transactions required for the development of the Nigerian economy. In a statement released to clarify the facts of the recent history and status of Nigeria’s Excess Crude Account and foreign reserves, the Ministry said “it is important to restate the true position in the interest of the Nigerian public as well as local and international investors. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ 64-billion-reserves- jonathan-didnt-squa nder-nigerias-reserv es-okonjo-iweala. 106133/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Thursday 8th January 2015 SSS Displays Documents Recovered From APC Office Raid The State Security Service has displayed a number of documents which it recovered from the APC Lagos office.  The service also accused APC of attempting to sabotage the election with fraudulent documents, multiple registrations and by hacking the INEC database. Nigeria 2015; SSS http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ photos-sss-displays- docs-recovered-fro m-apc-office-raid. 106128/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 Jonathan Orders Jega To Ensure Voters Get Their PVC President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday directed the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, to do everything possible to ensure that all Nigerians have their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs). He equally called on the Commission to be neutral in its work at ensuring a credible election. He gave the directive at the swearing-in of the new National Commissioner of INEC, Prof. Akinola Salau. Salau is representing Oyo State in the Commission. The President said he was surprised to hear State Governors complain of non-availability of their voters’ cards and promised that no eligible Nigerian voter would be disenfranchised. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jona than-orders-jega-to- ensure-voters-get-pv cs-before-elections/ 198655/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 Editors Call For Fair Play During Elections In preparation for the 2015 general election, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has asked all the political stakeholders to ensure that there is fair play in their conduct during and after the elections. The editors, in a communique issued after their last quarterly meeting for 2014 in Lagos, and signed by their President, Femi Adesina, argued that there was need to ensure that the elections were conducted in an orderly manner because Nigeria’s reputation as well as that of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were at stake. Nigeria 2015; Editors  
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 Explain Your Connection With MEND, PDP Tells APC The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tasked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to come out clean and explain to Nigerians, their connections with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta  (MEND). The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Wednesday said while the onus lies on the APC to choose those to work with in their quest for power, “the explanation has become necessary  following the unsavory public reactions and concerns trailing the  statement by MEND backing their presidential candidate, General  Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).” Nigeria 2015; MEND; PDP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ex plain-your-connecti ons-with-mend-pdp -tells-apc/198652/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 Chime: “Jonathan Will Get 100% Votes In Engu”; As Ohaneze Chides Mbaka Ahead of the commencement of the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State on Friday, Governor Sullivan Chime has declared his readiness to mobilise the people of the State to deliver 100 per cent of their votes to President Goodluck Jonathan during the February 14 election. This is coming as the youth council of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation,  Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Wednesday carpeted the fiery Enugu Catholic priest,  Rev. Father, Ejike Mbaka, over his recent advice to Nigerians to reject President Jonathan in the coming election over alleged non-performance. The National President of the Ohanaeze Youth Council,  Chief Okechukwu Isiguzoro, urged Nigerians especially Ndigbo to ignore the vituperations of the Catholic Priest as he was not speaking for either the Catholic church or Ndigbo. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ch ime-jonathan-will- get-100-votes-from -enugu-as-ohanaeze -chides-mbaka/ 198651/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 INEC Considers Creating Special Constituency Voting Centers The committee set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to find solutions to how the internally displaced persons (IDPs) could vote in the February elections on Wednesday submitted its report canvassing the creation of separate Constituencies for the displaced persons. This was one of the possible options looked into by the task force set up by INEC to ensure that IDPs, scattered across the country, vote in the February general election. The committee was given a two-week mandate to turn in its report. IDPs’ camps have been created in sections of the country close to the three States of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa which have been under attack by insurgent group, Boko Haram. Nigeria 2015; IDPs; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ine c-considers-creating -special-constituency -voting-centres/198 650/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 Elections: More Policemen To Be Drafted To Borno The Borno State Commissioner of Police , Clement Adoda, on Wednesday said more policemen are expected to be drafted to the troubled State during next month’s general election in order to check any breach of security by the Boko Haram insurgents. The CP who revealed this during a sensitisation meeting with political parties in Maiduguri, the state capital, said: “There is need for external support during the elections, and I have talked to the Inspector General of Police (IG) on this.” He said the command was also looking at the possibility of seeking additional troops from other States to beef up security during the polls, adding: “I want to assure you of our readiness to ensure peaceful conduct of the election in the State. Borno 2015; Commissioner of Police http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ele ctions-more-police men-to-be-drafted -to-borno/198649/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 Lagos APC Candidates Charge INEC To Provide More PVCs With one voice, the governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State on Wednesday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that the over six million registered voters in the State get their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) before the elections. Expressing concern over hitches in the distribution and collection of PVCs in the State, the candidates lamented that eligible voters in Lagos might be disenfranchised if the situation was not addressed. Lagos has 68 candidates vying for various slots in the February general election. They spoke at a well-attended parley hosted by the party’s governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, at his campaign office in Gbagada. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/la gos-apc-candidates -charge-inec-to-pro vide-pvcs/198648/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 Enugu Group Chides APC Over Attack On Ekweremadu The Enugu West Peoples Forum (EWPF) on Wednesday dismissed as mischievous and blatant falsehood a statement credited to the All Progressives Congress (APC) accusing the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu of non-performance. The group insisted that the Senator has performed. It also blasted the authors of the said statement for accusing the Senator of sponsoring a motion seeking the legalisation of abortion. Enugu 2015; EWPF http://www.thisday live.com/articles/en ugu-group-chides- apc-over-attack-on -ekweremadu/ 198647/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 Arab Countries Not Funding Buhari’s Presidential Campaign, Says Aide The  former Head of State  and Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari has denied any financial link with any Arab country in aid of his electioneering campaigns. Also wednesday, Buhari’s campaign organization made some readjustments in its structure by appointing Media Aide to the former Vice President, Garba Shehu as the new Head of Media and Publicity for the campaign team. Buhari denial came through his Chief of Staff, Col. Hamid Ali (rtd) who spoke to journalists in Abuja wednesday during an interactive session with several groups supporting the Buhari’s presidential bid. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/arab -countries-not-funding -buharis-presidential -campaign-says- aide/198590/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 “Jonathan Represents Light And PDP Buhari Represents Darkness”- PDP Ahead of its campaign kick-off today in Lagos, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that Nigerians should not vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidental candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, because he represents the forces of darkness, while Preseident Goodluck Jonathan represents light, and that its array of popular candidates, a verifiable record of performance as well as the support of a majority of the voting population, will make it win overwhelmingly in the February general election. Director of Media and Publicity for Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode said this in Abuja on Wednesday, while PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement said: “The PDP stands out as the only party that commands genuine followership among Nigerians irrespective of religious and ethnic affiliations,” adding that this “will drive the voting pattern and reflect accordingly in the results of the presidential, governorship, National and States Assembly elections across the Federation.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-jonathan-represe nts-light-and-buhari -represents-darkne ss/198662/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 “FG Misleading Investors On State Of Economy And Security”- Fashola Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday said the Federal Government was misleading Nigerians and foreign investors on the true State of the country’s economy and internal security. Speaking at the inauguration of the Cooperative Home Ownership Incentive Scheme (CHOIS) city at Agbowa, Ikosi-Ejirin and the first solar-powered primary healthcare (PHC) centre in Epe, Fashola lamented that all the central government informed the citizens and foreign investors about the country especially on insecurity and rebasing of the country’s economy were untrue. The Governor said the Federal Government “is ignorant and later lied to Nigerians. This is an indication that they do not know what to do on the challenges confronting this country, especially on insecurity. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/fas hola-fg-misleading- foreign-investors-o n-security-econom y/198640/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 “Some Statesmen Are Ordinary Men Based On Their Utterances”- Jonathan Hitting back at his critics, President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said some  Nigerians tagging themselves as statesmen are “ordinary politicians” considering their utterances. According to him, having occupied an elective office as a politician does not make such person  a statesman. Jonathan stated this when he hosted a delegation of the Northern Elders Council (NEC) at  the Presidential Villa. He said politicians making provocative utterances to cause disaffection and bring the country down are not worthy to be called statesmen. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-some-states men-are-ordinary- men-based-on-the ir-utterances/198 639/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 Buhari Comes Under Severe Attack Over Plans To Scrap First Lady’s Office The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in the February 14th presidential elections, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has come under severe attack following his decision to scrap the Office of the First Lady if elected  President. A Canada-based gender rights activist, Chioma Ikejiani, who is leading the protests, called on Nigerian women to rise against former the military Head of State, arguing that if he succeeds, the action would put an end to the development of women through his resolve to make the Office of the First Lady extinct. Buhari had in a campaign talk, said he would abrogate the first lady’s office if he gets the nod to become Nigeria’s leader. Nigeria 2015; Chioma Ikeajiani; Buhari http://www.thisday live.com/articles/buh ari-comes-under-se vere-attack-over- plans-to-scrap-first -lady-s-office/198636/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 APC Describes DSS Findings As Hogwash The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed as hogwash the findings of the DSS following its raid on the party’s offices in Lagos, saying the findings presented to the media by the agency on Wednesday were a great disservice to Nigeria and an embarrassment to all intelligence-gathering organizations around the world. In a statement issued on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also described the timing of the release of the findings as a plot orchestrated in collusion with the PDP to distract the APC from its ongoing campaigns for next month’s elections. It described as disingenuous, flimsy, premeditated, partisan and an irritant the conclusion that the APC had an ”articulated plan to inflate the party’s membership data as well as hack into INEC’s voter registration database through the creation of party membership forms and cards to match INEC’s voters register across the country”. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/a pc-describes-dss -findings-as-hogw ash/198599/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 Shooting In Rivers State: APC Accuses PDP Of Engaging In Violence The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the PDP of engaging in violence ahead of next month’s general elections, after many supporters of the APC were shot by gunmen while heading to the inaugural campaign of their presidential candidate, General  Muhammadu Buhari, in Rivers State on Tuesday. The party said the PDP has realised that it is fast losing ground in Rivers and  has become so desperate as to resort to violence against supporters of the ruling party in the State. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/sh ooting-in-rivers-sta te-apc-accuses-pd p-of-engaging-in- violence/198594/
ThisDay Live Thursday 8th January 2015 2015: Nigeria Will Remain Safe, Says Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday assured of a peaceful election and a safe country that will not burn. He said though newspapers’ reports often presented a nation on the verge of burning, he promised that the country will remain safe. Jonathan however called for prayers. Jonathan spoke when he received the report of 2013/2014 Hajj presented to him by the leader of the delegation to Presidential Villa, Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad III, who said pilgrims to the Holy Land of Mecca prayed for a peaceful election this year. Jonathan urged religious leaders to continue to pray for the peace of the country, especially as the general elections inch closer. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/20 15-nigeria-will-rem ain-safe-says-jona than/198588/
Leadership News Online Thursday 8th January 2015 Buhari Lists Insecurity, Corruption As Nigeria’s Major Challenges, Promises Better Deal For The South-East The Presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, has said that insecurity and corruption are the major problems militating against the development of Nigeria as a nation and promised to tackle the menace, if elected President on Feb. 14. Buhari said this when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo at the Government House, Owerri on Wednesday. He called on the Igbos to support APC, saying that one of the objectives of his government, if elected, was to secure the country and efficiently manage it. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/40028 1/buhari-lists-insecur ity-corruption-nigeri as-major-developm ent-challenges-promi ses-better-deal-sou th-east
Leadership News Online Thursday 8th January 2015 Buhari’s Campaign Team Heads To Bayelsa On Thursday The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa on Wednesday said it was ready to host its Presidential Candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and his campaign team in Yenagoa on Thursday. The party’s Publicity Secretary in Bayelsa, Mr Panebi Fortune, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa that the APC presidential candidate would visit Bayelsa after Akwa Ibom. He urged Bayelsa people to be of good conduct during the rally as every effort had been made to ensure its success. Fortune appealed to the people of the State to come out en mass to welcome the APC flagbearer to the State. (NAN) Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/politics/40026 9/buhari-campaign- team-heads-bayel sa-Thursday
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 “We Won’t Postpone February Polls”- INEC The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, rebuffed entreaties to postpone next month’s round of elections, saying it was financially and mentally set for the polls. The Commission, nevertheless, affirmed that the go-ahead for elections in the troubled North-East would be given by security agencies. Also yesterday, the Inspector General of Police, Sulieman Abba, vowed to deal with errant politicians who heat up the polity through negative utterances, saying he would show to them that no one could be above the law. Nigeria 2015; INEC 8
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 “I’ll Expose Failures Of Ex- Heads Of State”- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has threatened to expose the failings of Muhammadu Buhari and other former Heads of State before him. President Jonathan made the threat during the inauguration of he Goodluck/Sambo 2015 Presidential Campaign Organisation.  He said, ”When we start campaigns, we will confront them with what we have done as a government, we will tell them what they did not do when they were Heads of State. Some people want to still keep these children as shoe cleaners, we must lift them up. Our children should not be used as cannon folders. They should be allowed to move forward to be Governors like us.” Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 1
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 Revisit Party Primaries, Bode George Tells PDP Leadership Former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, has called on the leadership of the party to revisit the just conducted governorship primaries held across the country by setting up a committee to look into other methodologies to handle the rancour-ridden primaries. George addressed party members at his Lugard office in Ikoyi on his return from the United Kingdom on Monday night. He said: “The PDP needs to revisit the process of our primaries. The National Working Committee of our party, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees and National Working Committee must set up a committee to look into the primaries.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 10
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 APC Presidential Campaign Holds In Osun Today The Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola would today lead Nigerians in the great road procession tagged “Nigerians Walk for Change.” The road procession is coming up barely 24 hours after the APC kicked off its presidential campaign in Port Harcourt. The party in a statement released in Osogbo yesterday said that the State capital will be agog when tens of thousands of people take to designated streets in the State capital in a marathon walk from Government House at 7am through Oke-fia/ Olaiya- Odi-Olowo/Isale Aro through Gbemu Junction, Oluode Market, Boorepo- Aiyetoro and terminating at Osogbo City Stadium. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 11
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 “Daniel Is My Political Associate”- Kashamu Chairman, Mobilization Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-West, Prince Buruji Kashamu, has said that a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was his political associate. “We are comfortable with each other and the fact that he was a two-time Governor and a senior in politics qualifies him as our leader but I am a sensational and active leader,” he said. Kashamu told newsmen that the duo were not at loggerheads, although there might be little misunderstanding between the leaders. Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 11
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 Shun Provocative Utterances, Uduaghan Urges Nigerians Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, yesterday, told Nigerians to shun provocative utterances and actions capable of creating tension in the country. Speaking at the launch of the 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week in Asaba, Uduaghan stressed the need for Nigerians to embrace dialogue. The Governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Ovuozorie Macaulay, said: “The occasion requires everyone to reflect on the need to avoid violent conflicts in the society by doing everything possible to promote peace and harmony.” Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 13
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 Crisis Rocks NLC Over Next Month’s Election Less than 24 hours after the Conference Credential Committee, CCC, for next month’s National Delegates Conference, NDC, Elections of Nigeria Labour Congress, released list of contestants dully cleared for the election, the congress has now been enmeshed in a crisis that is threatening to tear it apart. Some leaders of the private sectors unions are accusing the public sector union of betrayal and fielding candidate for NLC Presidency instead of leaving it for the private sector unions to slug it out in line with the norms. Already allegation of external influence to ensure certain candidates are elected is spreading like wide fire. In fact, the Presidency is being accused of working with some officials of NLC to influence the election by ensuring that its preferred candidate succeeds the outgoing President, Mr. Abdulwaheed Omar. But the General Secretary of NLC, Mr Peter Ozo-Esor  denied the allegations of external influence, stressing that the present leadership of NLC  was not aware of any government preference. Nigeria 2015; NLC 52
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 7th January 2015 Amaechi Explains Why Governors Shared Excess Crude Dollars Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has explained why Nigerian Governors demanded for money from the excess crude account.  Speaking during the All Progressives Congress, APC rally in Uyo, Amaechi said, ”I was ashamed to read on the pages of newspapers, where the PDP said things had improved from 2011 till now. Oil price used to be between $120 and $145 before now. Our savings used to be between $45 and $46bn. We had over $10bn to $20bn in excess crude. The reason why the Governors asked that excess crude be shared was that after each meeting we had, if the money was $10bn, before we come back for another meeting, it would be $8bn. Who has taken the $2bn? We did not know. When we discovered that our money was being taken away with reckless abandon without accounting, it was then we asked, ‘Oga, please share this money. You are not a bank. And if it were a bank, it would add more to the money.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianb ulletin.com/threads/a maechi-explains-why -governors-shared- excess-crude-dollars .106101/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 7th January 2015 APC Chief Gives Reasons Why Buhari Cannot Islamize Nigeria Mr Hilliard Eta, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national Vice-Chairman, South-South, says Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Conbgress, APC cannot Islamise Nigeria if he becomes President because he’ll have to go through the National Assembly to get approval.  Speaking during an interview session with NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, Eta said, ”Buhari has been a military Head of State and he could wake up and make a decree and it would become a law in the country. At that time, he did not make any attempt to islamise Nigeria; neither did he Islamise Nigeria. Is it now he will need the National Assembly to put a stamp of approval on what to do and people can even impeach him that he will now come and islamise Nigeria?” Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ apc-chief-gives-reason -why-buhari-cannot- islamize-nigeria.106102/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 7th January 2015 “Gunmen Attacked APC Supporters In Rivers”- Police The Rivers Police Command has confirmed that unidentified gunmen attacked All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters travelling to Port Harcourt to attend the party’s presidential campaign. The presidential campaign flag off was held on Tuesday in Port Harcourt. DSP Muhammad Ahmad, the Command’s Spokesman, told newsmen in Port Harcourt that the unknown gunmen ”opened fire on the APC supporters’. Ahmad said that the supporters were travelling in group from Buguma in Asari-Turu Local Government Area of the State for the rally. According to Ahmad, the initial report had shown that there were no casualties. Ahmad said the command had commenced investigation into the incident, assuring that it would get to its root and bring the suspects to justice. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ gunmen-attacked-apc -supporters-in-rivers -state-police.106105/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 7th January 2015 Buhari Visits Injured APC Supporters In Rivers Muhammadu Buhari has paid a visit to supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC who were attacked by gunmen in Port Harcourt. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ photos-port-harcourt -buhari-visits-injured- apc-supporters. 106109/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 7th January 2015 “Nigeria’s Economy Lies In Jonathan’s South-South”- Fayose Tells APC Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has urged the All Progressives Congress, APC to tread with caution as the South-South region where President Goodluck Jonathan comes from still accounts for the bulk of Nigeria’s revenue. Speaking with aviation correspondents at the Lagos airport, Fayose said, ”We should remember that the economy of this country lies in the South-South, so we must strike a balance. But let me make it clear to all Nigerians, the election is going to be a bit turbulent. Even if Buhari wins the election today, there would be reactions. But Jonathan would win the election and there would be reactions to it. Any attempts to bomb or blackmail Jonathan out of office, we should know the repercussion”. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigerias-economy-lies -in-jonathans-south- south-fayose-reminds -apc.106108/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 Jonathan Swears In New INEC Commissioner President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday swore in Prof. Akinola Murtala Salau as a new Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Commissioner, charging him to demonstrate to Nigerians the quality he is made of. The president charged INEC to do everything to ensure that all Nigerians have their voters’ cards. He equally called on the Commission to be neutrral in their work at ensuring a credible election. The event was held at the Presidential Villa. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jon athan-swears-in-ne w-inec-commission er/198586/
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 PVC: INEC Records 72% Success In Benue The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has distributed 72 per cent of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to its owners in Benue State, while the remaining 28 per cent are lying in the 23 Local Government Area Councils in the State awaiting collection. Former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the State, Yusuf Baba Abba, in an interview with our correspondent in Makurdi, admitted that the major challenge facing the distribution of the PVC in the State was the inability of the people to come out and pick their cards. Benue 2015; PVC;  INEC; 10
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 Mu’azu To Jonathan- “Address Injustice In PDP” National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu yesterday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently address the injustice in the party. Mu’azu who was speaking at the inauguration of PDP Presidential campaign organisation in Abuja said lack of equity, fairness and justice has made many members of the party to defect to other political parties. The former Governor who stressed that the PDP would employ all democratic strategies to win the forth coming general elections in the country however, insisted that President Jonathan must act fast on the wrongs in the party that have made members to be defecting to the opposition parties. He said the majority of members of some opposition parties in the country were members of the PDP who were aggrieved and left the party. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 13
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 “PDP Out Of Touch With Nigerian Condition”- Bego National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu has goofed about socio-economic developments in the Northeast by saying that APC States including Yobe do not have  State universities, the Special Adviser to the Yobe State Governor on Press Affairs, Abdullahi Bego has said. “The PDP National Chairman and the PDP as a whole are totally out of sync with the Nigerian condition. They are ensconced in Abuja and don’t seem to have an idea about life as Nigerians truly live it.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 13
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 “We Will Resist Rigging In 2015″- Senator Waku Senator Joseph Waku yesterday said despite instituting a court action against the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the party’s gubernatorial primaries in Benue State, his group would  work for the success of APC’s presidential candidate and would resist any attempt to rig the forthcoming polls. Waku made this known in Kano during an interactive session with newsmen, saying rigging the February elections would spell doom for the country. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 “We Will Crush APC In General Elections”- Mark, Akpabio, Ali Top leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vowed yesterday to ensure that the party overruns the leading opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in next month’s general elections in the country. The leaders also cautioned the APC to desist from campaign of calumny, propaganda and imbibe issue-based politics to enable the masses make the right choices in the elections. Senate President David Mark in his speech said the opposition has nothing to offer to Nigerians stressing that the PDP cannot afford to hand over power to a set of people who are “not trustworthy.”  Similarly, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State said the PDP is the party to beat considering the political history of Nigeria from 1999, adding that APC members are “people without democratic credentials and can only imprison Nigerians if elected. In his acceptance speech on behalf of other members of the committee, the Director-General of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation for 2015 elections, Senator Amadu Ali, assured the party that the committee members would do everything democratically possible to return President Jonathan to the Presidential Villa. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 Group Wants INEC To Reverse Decision On PVCs A group, Advocate for Peoples’ Rights and Justice, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reverse its decision that only those with Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) would participate in next month’s general elections. In a letter dated December 19, 2014, addressed to INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega and signed by National Co-ordinator of the group, Barrister Victor Giwa, it said the issuance of the PVCs should only be for administrative purposes and not to determine the eligibility of voters. Nigeria 2015; APRJ; PVC; INEC; 20
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 7th January 2015 “PDP Scared Of Opinion Poll”- APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) of suffering from a self-inflicted paranoia following its statement that the APC is set to influence an opinion poll to shore up its rating among the populace. APC in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the PDP has only succeeded in committing an  error by  reacting to a yet to be conducted poll. APC said it’s fear is understandable considering the fact that the party is being pressured from all sides by various forces. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 20
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 Stand Against Misuse Of Military To Intimidate Voters During Elections, Aregbesola Tells Voters Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday called on all Nigerians not to tolerate the misuse of the military and the abuse of governmental  authority during the coming February general election. The Governor made this charge while delivering his address titled: ‘A toast to our men and women of valour’ at the launching of Armed Forces Remembrance emblem held at the Government House in Osogbo. Aregbesola stated that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the military and other security agents are not used to intimidate civilians during and after the general election as it was done in the State during the last August 9 governorship election. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/sta nd-against-misuse- of-military-to-intimi date-voters-in-elec tions-says-aregbes ola/198565/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 Igbo Elders, Women Give Conditions To Jonathan For Support Ahead of the February 14 presidential election, a coalition of six-Igbo groups, including the Igbo Leaders Council, Umuada Ala Igbo, Igbo Women Assembly, Igbo Students’ Association, South-East Self Determination Coalition and Eastern Christian Council on Tuesday in Enugu gave conditions under which they would support the candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan. Briefing journalists at the end of the strategy meeting of the groups, one of their leaders and the President of Igbo Women Assembly,  Mrs. Mariz Okwor, said although the groups had given indications recently of their decision to try other alternatives,  they have resolved finally to give the President a second chance under a negotiated arrangement. Okwor noted that for the groups to fully endorse the President who is also the candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he must come to the zone and make commitment on what he has in store for the Igbo nation, expressing dismay that despite the overwhelming support the zone gave to the President in 2011 elections, they had nothing to show for it. Nigeria 2015; Igbo; Jonathan http://www.thisday live.com/articles/igbo -elders-women-give -conditions-to-jonat han-for-support/1 98564/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 APC Berates Ekweremadu For State Of Federal Roads In The South-East The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has berated the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, over his criticism of the State of Federal roads in the South-East region. In a statement made available to THISDAY on Tuesday, the party expressed disdain over “the outright neglect of Federal roads in the South-East: which the Ninth Mile road junction gridlock is the metaphor.” According to the statement signed by the chapters Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Kate Ofor, “We are outraged that it took Ekweremadu 12 good years to come to terms with the outright neglect of Federal roads in the South-East and in particular, the mess the Ninth Mile road junction transit route to Northern and Western States has turned into. Enugu 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/apc -berates-ekwerema du-for-state-of-fede ral-roads-in-south- east/198563/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 New Cross River REC Cautions APC The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Cross River State, Dr. Okey Ezeani, has cautioned the All Progressive Congress (APC) against making unsubstantiated allegations against his person. The party had alleged that Ezeani was a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ezeani who stated this in reaction to demands made recently that he be redeployed from the State because of what the party described as his antecedents, said  the demand credited to the South-South Chairman of the APC,  Hillaird Eta, is false. Cross River 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/new -cross-river-rec-caut ions-apc/198562/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 INEC To Distribute PVCs In Borno On Friday The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said it would begin the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in Borno State on Friday. The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Tukur Sa’ad disclosed this on Tuesday to journalists in Maiduguri, the State capital. He noted that PVCs and CVR exercises by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could be done at anytime. Borno 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ine c-to-distribute-pvcs -in-borno-on-friday /198561/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 Akala Tours Major Markets In Ibadan As Folarin Promises New State Former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Oyo State on Tuesday visited major markets in Ibadan, the State capital , on a sensitisation campaign with a promise to build new markets, provide robust revolving loans to traders and do away with demolition of stalls and shops to guarantee a leap in the economic advancement of the people. Not only that, Akala in company of his running mate, Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, and all candidates of the party across Zones in the State, expressed regrets that the marketers have been made “to suffer unjustly with many sent to their early graves in view of the policy summersault of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in the State.” Similarly, a governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, Senator Teslim Folarin, said if elected, the creation of another State from the present Oyo State will be his priority, so as to ensure that the State is not shortchanged in the development issues among other comity of States across the Federation. He urged the people of the State to vote for PDP candidates as members of the National Assembly, stating that with his experience as a Senator and their cooperation, the state would not lose out if new States were created. Oyo 2015; Labour Party (LP); People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdayl ive.com/articles/akal a-tours-major-marke ts-in-ibadan-as-fola rin-promises-new- state/198560/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 Jonathan Raps APC: “We Are Democrats Not Hooligans Or Renegades” President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday fired back at the main opposition political party, describing the ruling PDP as a party of democrats and not the opposition political party whom he described as a party of hooligans and renegades. He also charged the APC Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari to showcase his democratic credentials. Speaking at the inauguration of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, the President said, “You must always remember that we are a party of democrats, not a party of hooligans. We are a party of patriots, not a party of renegades. We are a party of Statesmen and women. We are a party of builders, not destroyers. We are a party of committed servants of the people.  You must let our people see once again that we are in this to serve and to move Nigeria forward, not to move Nigeria backwards.?” Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-raps-apc- we-are-democrats- not-hooligans-or-ren egades/198526/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 INEC Confirms Otti As APGA Guber Candidate For Abia After the initial anxiety created by the non-inclusion of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the list for the 2015 governorship election earlier released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the electoral body on Tuesday pasted another list containing the name of Dr Alex Otti as the APGA candidate. The list which was pasted at INEC State office in Umuahia on Tuesday evening was authenticated by the legal office of the electoral body in Abuja, showing that Otti would run with Mrs. Uche Eme-Uche as his running mate, thereby making APGA the only party with a woman as Deputy governorship candidate in the State. Abia 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/inec -confirms-otti-as-ap ga-guber-candidate- for-abia/198525/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 Wamakko Did Not Sabotage Senator Maccido’s Hospital Project, Says Kalambaina Chairman of Wamakko Local Government Area of Sokoto State, Alhaji Ahmad Kalambaina, Tuesday asserted that Governor Aliyu Wamakko did not sabotage any hospital project in the area, contrary to allegation made by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Ahmad Maccido. Kalambaina was reacting to the allegation by Maccido last wee that Wamakko stopped the take-off of health services at a 50-bed capacity hospital built by him in Samalo village of Wamakko Local Government Area of the State. Speaking in an interview with THISDAY in Sokoto Tuesday, Kalambaina averred that Wamakko had no reason to stop the commencement of services at a medical centre built for the benefit of the people in his area. Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdayl ive.com/articles/wam akko-did-not-sabota ge-senator-maccidos -hospital-project-says -kalambaina/198517/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 Ekiti CP Mediates In Ekiti Assembly Crisis, Assures APC Members Of Safety The Ekiti State Police Command has started a process of mediation in the crisis in the State House of Assembly involving Hon. Adewale Omirin and Dele Olugbemi factions. To start the reconciliation process, the embattled Speaker, Omirin, visited the Police Headquarters in Ado Ekiti where he met with the Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu on Tuesday and assured him that his members would no’t foment trouble or make inflammatory comments that could ignite crisis. THISDAY sighted Omirin at the Police Headquarters at about 9am, where he held a closed door meeting spanning over an hour with the Police Commissioner on the protracted crisis in the Assembly. Speaking with newsmen after emerging from Lakanu’s office, Omirin dispelled the rumour on social media that he narrowly escaped assassination attack on Monday’s night, describing the rumour as baseless and unfounded. Ekiti 2015; House Of Assembly; All Progressives Congress; Crisis http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ek iti-cp-mediates-in- ekiti-assembly-cris is-assures-apc-law makers-of-safety/ 198514/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 Buhari Begins Campaign, Promises To Fight Insecurity, Corruption The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State  and Uyo in Akwa Ibom State, commenced his campaign for the February 14 presidential election with a promise to fight insecurity and corruption and also revive the ailing economy of the country. Addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex, Igwurita-Ali, in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers  State, Buhari said the two major challenges facing the country are insecurity and an ailing economy made worse by corruption. He said his party had already assembled capable hands that would work towards improving the economy as soon as he is sworn in on May 29. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-begins-campaig n-promises-to-fight -insecurity-corrupt ion/198579/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 MEND Endorses Buhari’s Presidential Bid Niger Delta militia, the Movement for the Emancipation of  Niger Delta (MEND), on Tuesday endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) of the  All Progresives Congress (APC), for the upcoming presidential election. MEND insisted that Buhari is the right man for the job to revamp the failing State of the country. The group in a statement issued via e-mail which was signed by its Spokesman, Gbomo Jomo, said the decision to support Buhari stemmed from the pathetic state of the country “occasioned by the government of President Goodluck Jonathan.” The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) therefore urges Nigerians to ignore the empty threats and provocative comments from political thugs parading themselves as ex-militants and Freedom Fighters.” Nigeria 2015; MEND; Buhari http://www.thisday live.com/articles/me nd-endorses-buhari -s-presidential-bid/ 198576/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 Lagos Cautions CP, Insist On Removing Campaign Posters The Lagos State Government on Tuesday warned the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kayode Aderanti, against plans to arrest its officials, insisting that it would continue with the removal of posters pasted in unauthorised public spaces. The State Government, consequently declared zero tolerance for the indiscriminate pasting of posters on highways, high streets and major roads, which it said would be removed by the enforcement officials of the State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA). The agency’s Managing Director, Mr. George Noah, said this at a news conference held at Alausa, warning the State Police Commissioner against his plan to arrest LASAA officials carrying out their statutory duties or face the wrath of  the law. Lagos 2015; LASAA; Campaign Posters http://www.thisday live.com/articles/la gos-cautions-cp-ins ists-on-removing-ca mpaign-posters/ 198574/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 7th January 2015 “Obasanjo Is A Confused Person”- Waku A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Senator Joseph Waku, has described the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as a coward and confused person who has lost respect. Waku said: “Obasanjo is the architect of our country’s mess democratically. He is a coward and does not wish this country better. He is a confused person and has lost respect among the people of this country.” In an interview with journalists in Kano on Tuesday, Waku added that the quagmire that the country found itself resulted from the bad leadership under President Goodluck Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/wa ku-obasanjo-is-a- confused-person/ 198572/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Wednesday 7th January 2015 Lamido, 8 Other PDP Governors Shun Inauguration Of Jonathan’s Campaign Group On Tuesday, nine Governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP shunned the inauguration of the Presidential Campaign Organisation of the party in Abuja; PUNCH reports.  The absentee governors included; Idris Wada (Kogi), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Theodore Orji (Abia), Dr. Olusegun Mimiko(Ondo), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) and Martin Elechi (Ebonyi) were absent.  Governors present at the event included; Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), James Ngilari (Adamawa), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and Godswill Akpabio(Akwa Ibom). The Goodluck Jonathan campaign organisation is headed by former National Chairman of the party, Senator Amadu Ali. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ lamido-8-other-pdp -govs-shun-inaugura tion-of-jonathans- campaign-group. 106090/
Leadership News Online Wednesday 7th January 2015 “Drowning PDP Is Paranoid”- APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the PDP as a victim of self-inflicted paranoia following the ruling party’s panic reaction to a yet to be conducted opinion poll. In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the PDP has only succeeded in committing an unforced error by its frenzied reaction, which is understandable considering the fact that the party is being pounded from all sides by both seen and unseen forces. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/400142/drow ning-pdp-paranoid -apc
Leadership News Online Wednesday 7th January 2015 Ebonyi Assembly Declares War On Elechi, Dissolves LGA Caretaker Chairmen Ebonyi House of Assembly declares war on Elechi, dissolves 13 LGA’S Caretaker Committee Chairmen, 28 Coordinators. The Ebonyi State House of Assembly yesterday dissolved the 13 newly appointed Local Government Caretaker Committee and the 28 Development Center Coordinators appointed by the State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi after a Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki had the sacked the elected Council Chairmen. The House of Assembly also during its plenary attended by 18 out of the 24 members of the House also dissolved the Chairmen of boards and parastatal appointed by the State Governor and directed Governor Elechi to submit to the House the total allocation and the internally generated revenue received by the State Government between January 2014 till date. Ebonyi 2015; State House Of Assembly; Crisis http://leadership.ng /news/400134/ebo nyi-assembly-decla res-war-elechi-diss olves-lga-caretaker -chairmen
Leadership News Online Wednesday 7th January 2015 “Cabinet Reshuffle Had Nothing To Do With Patience Jonathan”- Bayelsa Government The Bayelsa State government has described the claim that the recent minor cabinet shake-up in the State was due to rifts between Governor Seriake Dickson, President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, as a deliberate propagation of falsehood and the handiwork of mischief makers. A statement issued yesterday by the chief press secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Mr Daniel Markson-Iworiso, said the minor cabinet shake-up was due to the need to inject new blood into the system of the present administration in the State. Bayelsa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/400132/cabin et-reshuffle-nothing -patience-jonathan -bayelsa
Leadership News Online Wednesday 7th January 2015 Okorocha Shines At Ihedioha’s Campaign In Imo There was a mild drama yesterday during the campaign of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, as the crowd cheered Governor Rochas Okorocha instead of the campaign train. The campaign train which temporarily paralysed economic activities in the ever busy roads of Daouglas, Mbaise and Okige with the long motorcade saw heavy traffic gridlock on the roads as the crowd along the major roads chanted “Owelle we know; APC is the party”. As if that was not enough, the chanting crowd brandished brooms and posters of Okorocha. Some people in the crowd were seen sweeping away the dust raised by the campaign train with their brooms. The situation later degenerated into a competition of brooms and umbrellas as the PDP supporters responded by brandishing their umbrellas. Imo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/400138/okoro cha-shines-ihediohas -campaign-imo
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 “Today Is The Deadline For Submission Of Nomination Forms”- INEC As part of preparations for the February 14 and 28 general elections, political parties seeking to sponsor candidates for election have up till Tuesday as deadline to submit their nomination forms to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The schedule of activities for General Elections, 2015, said that the last day for the submission of Nomination forms by Political Parties is slated for Tuesday. According to the guidelines, the time-table scheduled the last day for submission of nomination forms for Presidential and National Assembly by parties for January 6th 2015, while Governorship and State Houses of Assembly have till January 20th, 2015. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ inec-today-is-dead line-for-submission -of-nomination-form s/198506/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 PDP Clarifies N21 Billion Donations Sixteen days after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raised the sum of N21 billion to allegedly further the campaign of President Goodluck Jonathan in the February 14 presidential election, the party yesterday clarified that the money was not for the presidential campaign alone. The reversal might not be unconnected with the uproar the raised sum generated in the polity as many said it was an abuse of the electoral laws as it clearly overshot the stipulated amount that can be utilised for the presidential election. Until a former Minister of Information, Prof Jerry Gana’s explanation on Monday, many PDP chieftains like Chief Ebenezer Babatope had defended and justified the donations towards President Jonathan’s re-election bid. He explained that the insinuations making the rounds that monies collected were targeted at fuelling the presidential campaign was not true as the central aim of the fundraising was to complete the PDP National Headquarters. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pdp -clarifies-n21bn-don ations/198507/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 Buhari Begins Presidential Campaign In Rivers Today As the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 14 election, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), commences his campaign in Port Harcourt, an official of the Rivers State government has said the State has mobilised not less than 100,000 supporters for the event. The event is scheduled to hold at the 40, 000-capacity Adokiye Amieseimaka Stadium, Igwuritali-Ali in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State. The Director of Mobilisation for the rally, Chief Tony Okocha, who disclosed this to journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, expressed happiness that Buhari decided to commence his campaign in the State. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/bu hari-begins-presiden tial-campaign-in-rive rs-tuesday/198505/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 Abia Guber: Otti’s Group Accuses Orji Of Intolerance Governor Theodore Orji-led administration in Abia State has been accused of perpetrating acts of political intolerance by destroying the campaign billboards of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti, ahead of the coming election. A group, Abia First, which is Otti’s campaign organisation, in an open letter to the Inspector-General of Police (IG) and other law enforcement agencies, accused  Orji of intimidation, harassment and vandalism. The Director of Media and Publicity, Abia First, Chris Uka, said his party was drawing the attention of the relevant stakeholders to the wanton destruction going on in the State. Abia 2015; APGA http://www.thisday live.com/articles/otti -s-group-accuses-or ji-of-intolerance/1 98504/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 PDP To APC: “Focus On Real Campaign” The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari to pay attention to real campaign and try to win followers genuinely instead of applying cheap diversionary tactics. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Sunday said “the APC’s so called ‘change agenda’ should be based on issues and not on change of dressing and religious gathering.” According to the statement, “This election is not about political window-dressing and dramatising. What will count is the record of performance and antecedents”, in which President Jonathan stands taller than Buhari. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pdp -to-apc-focus-on-rea l-campaign/198503/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 Lagos CP Warns LASAA Over Destruction Of Campaign Posters As the 2015 general election approaches, the Lagos State Police Command on Monday issued a warning to the Lagos Signage and Advertising Agency (LASAA) to henceforth stop the removal and destruction of campaign posters of political aspirants. The State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti, made this disclosure in his office in Ikeja, in a briefing to intimate Lagosians on the preparedness of the police for the forthcoming elections. Apparently, some aggrieved parties had approached the CP to allege that the State-owned apparatus only focused on removing the campaign posters of the perceived opposition. Lagos 2015; Commissioner of Police http://www.thisday live.com/articles/lag os-cp-warns-lasaa- over-destruction-of -campaign-posters/ 198502/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 “I Still Remain Sokoto PDP Guber Candidate”- Wali The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, Senator Abdallah Wali, on Monday said he had no plan whatsoever to work against the interest of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, if he emerged the Governor next month. Wali also stated that he remained the governorship candidate of the PDP in the State, saying the visit of the Vice-President, Alhaji Namadi Sambo, to the State was successful as it yielded positive result. Speaking in an interview with journalists in Sokoto, Wali maintained that he had no reason to antagonise the Sultan if he wins the governorship election, describing their relationship as cordial. Sokoto 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/wa li-i-still-remain-soko to-pdp-guber-candi date/198501/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 Mass Defection Hits Delta PDP All appears not well with the Delta State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a  gale of defections has hit the party in the build-up to the 2015 general election. THISDAY gathered that stalwarts of the party have started dumping it for favourable opposition parties in a bid to realise their ambition. While some of the defectors have laid claims to the unresolved inconclusive primary elections that rocked the party last December, others said the exercise was devoid of the expected level-playing field. While one of the leading governorship aspirants of the party in the State, Mrs. Ngozi Olejeme, the Chairperson of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and now Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee, Presidential Campaign Organisation (PCO) 2015, is said to be contemplating teaming up with Chief Great Ogboru as running mate, the former State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi may join the Accord Party (AP). Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ma ss-defection-hits-del ta-pdp/198500/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 Ihedioha Vows To Introduce Due Process In Imo The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and governorship standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has pledged to institute due process in the conduct of government business if elected into office. This was contained in the official political blueprint of Ihedioha which was obtained from his media campaign organization in Owerri over the weekend. The PDP standard bearer had observed that the misgovernance and maladministration that is being experienced in Imo State under the watch of Governor Rochas Okorocha is basically due to the whimsical attitude of Okorocha who do not subscribe to due process and rule of law in the conduct of public policy. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ihe dioha-vows-to-intro duce-due-process- in-imo/198499/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 6th January 2015 Katsina APC Warns Opposition Aspirants To Stop Using Buhari’s Image The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State has warned candidates of other political parties’ to desist from merging the poster of its Presidential Candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Bahari with their campaign posters. The Chairman of the party, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, gave the warning on Monday in Katsina during a meeting with APC candidates for the February general elections. Inuwa said the party had observed that some candidates of other political parties were printing their posters with that of Gen. Buhari to gain peoples’ support. Katsina 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ kastina-apc-warns- opposition-aspirants -to-stop-using-buhar is-image.106045/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 6th January 2015 Sokoto APC Governorship Aspirant Defects To PDP A former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recent party primaries Sokoto State, Alhaji Yusha’u Kebbe, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Kebbe said this in an interview in Sokoto on Monday. He said he joined politics to protect the interest of his people and for the development of the State. He also said that he defected to the PDP to achieve the objective and to ensure the success of the party during the forthcoming elections at all levels. Sokoto 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ sokoto-apc-governo rship-aspirant-defect s-to-pdp.106043/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Tuesday 6th January 2015 “Where Is The $35 Billion I Left In Nigeria’s Reserve?”- Obasanjo Lashes GEJ Again Ex-President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that he has no beef with President Goodluck Jonathan as has been purported by certain parties.  He said that all he was doing was to ensure the good governance of Nigeria, and he then called on Nigerians to vote against bad candidates in the February election. Obasanjo has nevertheless attacked Goodluck Jonathan for wasting billion of dollars that would have been used to reduce the effect of the oil crash. Obasanjo reiterated that he had enough experience in ruling Nigeria, and that was why he was regularly speaking on the country’s problems, and that any leader who ignored his words would eventually face shame. Nigeria 2015; Obasanjo http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ wheres-the-35bn-i- left-in-nigerias-reser ve-obj-lashes-gej- again.106041/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 Jonathan To Launch Re-election Bid In Lagos President Goodluck Jonathan, who is gunning for a re-election on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform has chosen Lagos State, South-West Nigeria, as the State to host his kick-off campaign. The campaign committee of the party said the event would hold at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos today. The PDP said its candidate is running on the record of his performance, which the party said ranges from turnaround of the agricultural sector, transportation and road networking across the country. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/jo nathan-to-launch- re-election-bid-in- lagos/198509/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 “We Have Granted Autonomy To Local Governments”- Fashola The Lagos State Government on Monday disclosed that it had granted autonomy to 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State contrary to the call in some quarters for Council autonomy. The State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said this while inaugurating 57 Executive Secretaries for the Local Councils in Alausa, noting that the Council officials “are democratically elected and decide what they spend their allocations on.” The inauguration was attended by the Chairman of the Lagos All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Oladele Ajomale and the party’s governorship candidate in the State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, among others. Lagos 2015; LG Autonomy; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/fas hola-we-have-grant ed-autonomy-to-lo cal-govts/198495/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 6th January 2015 Stop Lying About Your Failure In Ekiti, Fayose Tells Fayemi Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Monday advised his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to stop defending his failure in the State, saying his consistent ‘lie’ that the new Government House was awarded at the sum of N2.1 billion amounted to a disservice to people he governed for four years. A statement by  Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose  disclosed that the contract was initially awarded to Kouris Construction Nig. Ltd on July 27, 2012 for N2,054,573,822.00, while additional contract of N730,186,636.87 was awarded on October 10, 2014, six days before the expiration of Fayemi’s administration. Ekiti 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/sto p-lying-about-your -failure-in-ekiti-fayo se-tells-fayemi/1 98493/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 APC Ups The Ante, Insists On Parallel Government If Election Is Rigged Despite a warning by the Department of State Security Services against inflammatory statements by politicians, the All Progressives Congress on Saturday reiterated its threat to form a parallel government if the February 14 presidential election was rigged to hand President Goodluck Jonathan a second term. APC, however, expressed its readiness to congratulate the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party if he won re-election in a transparent and credible process. The national chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, stated this in a New Year message, which he personally signed.But APC did not say if it would be the judge and jury to decide if elections were rigged. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap c-ups-the-ante-ins ists-on-parallel-go vernment-if-electio n-is-rigged-/198345/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 I’ll Sanction Mbaka If He Was Under My Diocese, Says Onaiyekan More troubles appear to be staring the controversial Catholic Priest and Founder of Adoration Ministry, Enugu Catholic Archdiocese, Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka, in the face following his statement urging Nigerians to reject President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and vote for Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd ) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 14 presidential election. Speaking to THISDAY in an exclusive interview, the Catholic Bishop of Abuja Metropolitan See, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, said given the rules of the church, Fr. Mbaka ought to be sanctioned. This came as Onaiyekan cautioned the PDP and opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) to desist from campaigns of calumny. Nigeria 2015; Catholic Church; Mbaka; http://www.thisday live.com/articles/i-ll -sanction-mbaka-if- he-s-under-my-dioc ese-says-onaiyekan /198424/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 “Army Has Buhari’s Academic Records But He Needs To Apply For It”- Lajide The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier Olaleye Lajide, has dismissed reports in the Nigerian media claiming that the  army could not find academic records of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). Lajide described the reports as false. The Military Spokesman made the clarification while responding to a text message from SaharaReporters seeking clarification about the status of Buhari’s records. He reaffirmed that the Nigerian Army was in possession of all records of serving, retired and deceased officers since its inception. He added, however, that all military officers are supposed to keep original copies of their certificates. Nigeria 2015; Military; Buhari http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ar my-has-buhari-s-a cademic-records- but-he-needs-to- apply-lajide/198419/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 Nigeria’s Future Is Bright Despite Challenges, Says Jonathan Despite the numerous challenges facing the nation, President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday expressed optimism of light at the end of the tunnel. Jonathan expressed optimism for a brighter future for the country, when he spoke at the first Sunday of the year service at St. Stephens Anglican Church, Otuoke, Bayelsa State. He said all parts of the nation are blessed with potential needed for development. The President added that  his administration would continue to explore the potential for the development of the country. Jonathan thanked the church and Christians for their prayers for the nation. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/nig eria-s-future-bright -despite-challenges -says-jonathan/198 418/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 2015 Elections Is Not About Who Wins, Says Kukah Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah, declared at the weekend that the 2015 elections are not about who wins, but about people who would be ashamed of the state of the Nigerian nation and do the right thing. Speaking at the funeral ceremony of a prominent community leader and retired military officer, Lt. Col. Christopher Waziri Zonkwa, in Ungwar Rana, Ashafa Ikulu Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, he said it does not matter who becomes the president, stressing that Nigerians were only interested in somebody who will address the problems facing them. He said it was unfortunate that 50 years after, Nigerians are still talking about the same issues that are facing the country and blamed the leaders for their failure to move the nation to the path of progress. Nigeria 2015; Bishop Kukah http://www.thisday live.com/articles/20 15-is-not-about-wh o-wins-says-kukah /198416/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 395 IDPs Live In Niger, Says NSEMA Boss The General Manager, Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Shaba, has said no fewer than 395 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are residing in the State. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Sunday in Minna that most of the IDPs were from the North-Eastern part of the country. Nigeria 2015; IDPs http://www.thisday live.com/articles/395 -idps-live-in-niger- says-nsema-boss/1 98414/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 5th January 2015 “Fr. Mbaka Does Not Speak For Nigerian Catholic Church”- Bishop Kaigama Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has issued a statement distancing the Nigerian Catholic Church from Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s recent outburst. According to THIS DAY, a statement issued by Archbishop Kaigama read, ”There are more than 30 million Catholics in Nigeria, Fr Mbaka is just one Catholic, if he makes a statement, it cannot be the voices of more than 30 million Nigerian Catholics speaking. So Nigerians should avoid hasty generalisation. Mbaka cannot speak for the church, only the CBCN can speak for the church. Those who are complaining, should go to Fr Mbaka and find out why he is saying what he is saying. I tell you, even the Canon Law forbid a priest to engage in partisan politics. If the law has been abused, we will ensure that we enforce the law. In this case, it is not the Catholic church; the church did not send him to say those things. Mbaka belongs to a diocese, so if the Bishop finds out that he has fallen out of line, the Bishop can call him to order”. Nigeria 2015; Catholic Church; Mbaka; http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ fr-mabaka-doesnt- speak-for-the-niger ian-catholic-church .106016/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 5th January 2015 “We’ll Destroy Nigeria If Jonathan Loses”- Asari Dokubo According to Osun Defender, Asari Dokubo has threatened Nigeria, saying that it is ready to go to war if the North gets its hands on power.  “If it is war the North wants, we are ready for them because Jonathan must complete the mandatory constitutionally allowable two terms of eight years,” the paper quotes him as saying.  “At home, we have regrouped and we have put our people at alert. In less than one hour, the way we would strike, the world will be shocked.  If anybody does anything against Jonathan, we will retaliate. What we will do will shock the whole world. We will cripple the economy of the country not only in the creeks, but also on the nation’s territorial waters, no vessel will be allowed to enter Nigeria’s territorial water. Let them not try anything. If they abuse Jonathan, there is no problem, he is their President but anything that will affect the interest of the Ijaw people and the interest of the entire people of the Niger Delta will be resisted at any cost.” Asari-Dokubo also vowed that the defeat of Jonathan in a free and fair election would trigger crisis.” Nigeria 2015; Asari Dokubo; Jonathan; Violence http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ well-destroy-nigeria- if-jonathan-loses-asa ri-dokubo.106014/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 5th January 2015 Tunde Bakare Wants 2015 Elections Postponed Pastor Tunde Bakare, Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly and former Vice Presidential Candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC , has called for the postponement of the 2015 elections in Nigeria slated for February, 2015.  Bakare made the call in a state of the nation broadcast on CHANNELS TV. He said, ”Section 135(3) of the 1999 Constitution provides that if the Federation is at war, in which the territory of Nigeria is physically involved and the President considers that it is not practicable to hold elections, the National Assembly may by resolution extend the period of four years mentioned in subsection (2) of this section from time to time; but no such extension shall exceed a period of six months at any one time.”. Bakare also called for the creation of a transitional government which will be headed by the President. Nigeria 2015; Tunde Bakare; Postponement http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads/ nigeria-tunde-bakare -wants-2015-election s-postponed.106013/
Punch News Online Monday 5th January 2015 Former Osun Speaker Urges Support For Buhari A former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, has called on the people of the State to vote massively for the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in the February elections. Alabi, who is a House of Representatives candidate for Ejigbo / Egbedore / Ede Federal Constituency on the platform of the APC, spoke in Ede North and Ede South Local Government Areas of the State during his campaign tours. He said Buhari had good profile and integrity that would bring the needed change towards the growth of the country. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng. com/politics/former- osun-speaker-urges- support-for-buhari/
Punch News Online Monday 5th January 2015 I’m Not A Cult Member, Says Wike The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has dismissed claims in some quarters that he is a member of a secret cult. Wike said throughout his days in the university and the law school he never contemplated joining any secret cult, describing such claims as “cheap blackmail.” The former Minister of State for education who spoke on Sunday during the dedication of the State PDP campaign at the Saint Paul’s Anglican Church in Port Harcourt, challenged anybody to say that he was once invited by any secret cult. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng. com/politics/im-not-a -cult-member-says-wike/
Punch News Online Monday 5th January 2015 “I’ll Set Up Lagos Unemployment Trust Fund”- Ambode The Lagos State All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has released a 10-page manifesto, promising to set up a trust fund that will cater to the needs of unemployed youths in the State. According to the APC, Ambode, who is a former Accountant General of the State, revolutionised the State revenue generation when the Olusegun Obasanjo led Federal Government withheld the State’s allocation more several months. Ambode, who said he was the most experienced candidate, added that the proposed unemployment trust fund would be like the Lagos State Security Trust Fund which the state government uses in funding security agencies. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng. com/politics/ill-set-up -lagos-unemployment -trust-fund-ambode/
Punch News Online Monday 5th January 2015 Don’t Be Deceived By Osibanjo, PDP Tells Lagosians The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has urged residents of the state not to be carried away with the grass-roots campaign of the All Progressives Congress vice-presidential candidate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN). Osinbajo has been campaining in BRT buses and wooing traders in different markets in the State for weeks. However, the PDP in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, said Osinbajo was only trying to deceive the people. Gani said when Osinbajo was a Commissioner for Justice in Lagos for over six years, he never boarded public transport. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng. com/politics/dont-be -deceived-by-osinbaj o-pdp-tells-lagosians/
Daily Post News Online Monday 5th January 2015 “We Have No Power To Disqualify Buhari”- INEC Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared that only the courts have the powers to disqualify a former Head of State and Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), from contesting the 2015 general elections. INEC said it was yet to receive any petition against President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, Buhari or any other presidential candidates, more than seven days after displaying their particulars. The Director of Voter Education and Publicity in INEC, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, told Punch that the Commission could not go beyond its Constitutional powers. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://dailypost.ng/20 15/01/05/2015-no- power-disqualify-buh ari-inec/
Daily Post News Online Monday 5th January 2015 MURIC Warns Presidency, APC, Army Not To Heat Up Polity The Nigerian political arena became tense in the last week of year 2014 as both the Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Army issued terse warnings to politicians to watch their utterances. To cap the edifice, President Jonathan also flashed the yellow card threatening to deal with trouble-makers in 2015. Sequel to the warnings, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, a key opposition figure and Spokesman of the All People’s Congress (APC), raised the alarm that security agents were making moves to arrest him. The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) wishes to caution the major dramatis personae (the Presidency, the ruling party, the opposition, the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police) on the need to observe decorum, adopt civilized behavior, respect the rule of law and strictly adhere to the principles of democracy. These are the only ways to avoid throwing Nigeria into chaos before, during and after the 2015 general elections. Nigeria 2015; MURIC http://dailypost.ng/ 2015/01/05/2015- muric-warns-presi dency-apc-army- not-heat-polity/
Sun News Online Monday 5th January 2015 “Why Jonathan Will Win 2015 Presidential Election”- Dickson Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has predicted that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, would win the 2015 election. Dickson, who stated this in an interview in which he spoke on a wide range of issues said three factors would combine to hand victory over to Jonathan. According to him, Jonathan is a good product, which the PDP, a party he described as a war horse, is ready to take to victory against the All Progressives Congress (APC). Dickson also reacted to criticisms against his administration that it is not sharing money to Bayelsans, adding that he has no apologies for pleading guilty to striving hard to ensure Bayelsa is developed. Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline. com/new/?p=98857
Sun News Online Monday 5th January 2015 Don’t Support LG Autonomy, Sagay Tells Edo Lawmakers A former Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Benin, Prof. Itse Sagay, has urged the Edo State House of Assembly not to support debate on Local Government Autonomy. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone yesterday in Lagos that the recognition of Local Government as the third tier of government in Nigeria was not ideal. Sagay said the proposed amendment of the 1999 Constitution was aimed at granting autonomy to Local Governments. Nigeria 2015; LG Autonomy; Sagay http://sunnewsonline. com/new/?p=98851
Sun News Online Monday 5th January 2015 Oyo 2015: Ajimobi Challenges Ladoja, Akala, Others To Open Debate Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has challenged his opponents to an open debate on the gubernatorial contest, saying they should come out and tell the people of the State what they had done for the State that qualifies them for the people’s mandate. The Governor threw the challenge while speaking at a programme organised by the State government to herald the New Year at the Remembrance Arcade, Government House, Ibadan at the weekend. Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline. com/new/?p=98853
Sun News Online Monday 5th January 2015 “PDP May Lose Guber Election, Others In Ebonyi”- Group A group, Ebonyi Solidarity for Good Governance (ESGG), has warned the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against what it called imminent loss of governorship election and other elective offices in the State. In a statement signed by the Coordinator of the group, Mr. Bonaventure Ugwuede and made available to Daily Sun, the ESGG expressed regret that nothing had been done by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC), led by Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu to placate aggrieved aspirants, who felt cheated over the manner the party’s primaries were conducted in the State. The group stated that mere admonition by the president and party National Chairman that aggrieved aspirants should not dump the ruling party was not enough and noted that some of the candidates being paraded for the forthcoming elections were not popular in the State. Ebonyi 2015; ESGG; PDP http://sunnewsonline. com/new/?p=98849
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 5th January 2015 Lagos APGA To Endorse Buhari Because Of Following In The North The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA has disclosed that it may be endorsing Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC ; PUNCH reports.  Mr. Campbell Umeh-Nzekwe, Chairman Lagos APGA made the disclosure on Sunday.  Nzekwe said, ”The game has changed. As it is, Jonathan has no chance of winning. Buhari seems to have taken over. The PDP has collapsed in the North if you care to know. All those who are running to Aso Rock and making promises to the President are just deceiving him”. Nigeria 2015; APGA http://www.nigerianb ulletin.com/threads/la gos-apga-to-endorse -buhari-because-of- cult-following-in-the -north.106007/
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 “We Screened And Found Buhari Qualified”- Member APC Screening Committee All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), was scrutinised and found educationally qualified to be the party’s presidential flag bearer, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, a member of the party’s committee, who screened all five presidential aspirants, has said. Abayomi’s assertion came as a senior Buhari aide affirmed that the campaign would not go into the mud with the candidate’s rivals on the issue. The senior campaign official said officials of the Buhari campaign were not in any way bothered on the issue given what he said was the uprightness of the General on the issue. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 9
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 “Nigeria’ll Not Break In 2015″- NLC Scribe The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC yesterday said that the prediction that Nigeria would disintegrate in 2015 would fail. Mr Peter Ozo-Eson, the General Secretary of the NLC said in Lagos that the country would overcome its challenges. The scribe, who expressed optimism that the country would overcome the current challenges, however, decried the failure of politicians to unite in the fight against terrorists. Nigeria 2015; NLC 10
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 “Okowa’s Emergence As Delta PDP Guber Candidate Is An Act Of God”- Ishiekwene A former chairmanship aspirant for Ukwuani Local Government Area, Delta State, on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Basil Ishiekwene, has described the emergence of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as the state PDP governorship Candidate as an act of God. Ishiekwene, while speaking to newsmen urged all party faithful to rally round Senator Okowa to ensure victory for the PDP in the February general elections. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 13
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 “Nobody Can Give PDP Ultimatum”- Wike Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that nobody can give the party ultimatum or direct it on what to do. Wike, at the sensitisation rally on non-violent election organised by the Grassroots Development Initiative, GDI, said that the ultimatum issued by PDP statesmen and chieftains from a riverine ethnic nationality in the state cannot be adhered to by the party. Similarly, PDP Elders Forum in the state has called on the national leadership of the party to ignore an ultimatum for the party to substitute the governorship candidate of the party with somebody from the riverine part of the State. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 13
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 Urhobo Reject Buhari, Pledge Support For Jonathan THOUGH the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has failed to produce an Urhobo as its governorship candidate for this year’s governorship election in Delta State, the Urhobo nation at home and in the Diaspora, contrary to its earlier stand, has conveyed their approval and support to President Goodluck Jonathan, who is re-contesting this year’s presidential election under the platform of the PDP. They promised to deliver over one million votes to the President in the presidential election. Nigeria 2015; Urhobo 14
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 Peterside Promises More Development In Rivers State Governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has called on Ikwerre traditional rulers to join in the effort to promote political justice and equity in the State. Peterside, when he paid a courtesy visit to the traditional ruler of Isiokpo Ancient Kingdom, Eze Blessing Wagor, in Isiokpo, headquarters of Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State, said that traditional rulers have a role to play in the drive to ensure sustained development in the State. He said that if elected, he will ensure greater development of the State. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 14
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 Mark Loses Bid To Secure Automatic Tickets For Senators Despite Jonathan’s Intervention The move by Senate President, Chief David Mark, to secure automatic tickets for some of his principal officers, who were schemed out of the Peoples Democratic Party’s primaries by their Governors, has finally collapsed. One principal officer of the Senate, was, however, still hopeful, weekend, that his name might have been smuggled into by the party after the intervention of the President with his Governor. The strident attempt to salvage the lawmakers, who reportedly ‘lost’ the mock election in most cases to unknown politicians, failed when the Governors of the affected states confronted Mark before President Goodluck Jonathan to drop his fight for the affected Senators. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 15
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 “Nigeria’s Doomed Should Jonathan Rule For 4 More Years”- Chidia Maduekwe Head, Media and Publicity of the Buhari Support Organization, BSO, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, yesterday, warned that Nigeria would be doomed should President Goodluck Jonathan be allowed to rule for another four years. Maduekwe who spoke to Vanguard in Abuja also stated Jonathan deceived the Igbo people of the South-East by adding “Azikiwe”, a name he adopted from the first President of Nigeria, late Dr. Nnmadi Aizikwe, a revered Igbo man to his names. According to him, the promise of building a second Niger bridge in Anambra State by the President administration which it never realized was very ridiculing to the Igbos. He also stated that the case of insecurity has clearly brought out the incompetence in Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 15
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 Okonjo Iweala Sued Over Refusal To Reveal Salaries Of Political Office Holders Minister of Finance, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been dragged before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, over her alleged refusal to grant access to details of salaries and emoluments that political office holders receive from the federal budget per annum. A non-governmental organisation, Centre for Social Justice, through its lawyer, Mr. Nnajiaka Kingsley, is praying the court to issue an order of mandamus, compelling the minister to disclose the details of salaries and emoluments of civil servants as distinct from that of political office holders. Nigeria 2015; Minister Of Finance 15
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 Ohaneze Ndigbo In South Africa Seeks Credible Elections In Enugu Ahead of next month’s general elections, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in South-Africa, yesterday, said it had commenced a door-to-door campaign aimed at ensuring that elections in Enugu State were credible. The leader of Ndigbo in South-Africa and Patron, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Enugu State, Chief Mike Urama, who briefed journalists in Enugu, after a reception organised for them by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State chapter, said the door-to-door campaign would stamp-out political and voter apathy, political thuggery, electoral malpractice and violence. He said they were determined to fight victimisation, discrimination and marginalisation of voters on the basis of gender, religion, ethnicity and the likes. Enugu 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbo 16
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 Clark’s Wife Flags Off Door-to-Door Campaign In fulfilment of her promise to run a different kind of electioneering campaign, senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for Ogun Central district, Dr. Bisola Sodipo-Clark, has commenced door-to-door campaign as part of her strategies to win the February election. In what surprised some residents of Abeokuta, weekend, the medical doctor turned politician led her campaign team to many homes in the Ibara area of the capital telling residents about her programme and thanking them for their support so far. Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 48
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 “Opposition’s Criticism, Edge For Jonathan”- Macaulay Publicity Secretary of the Delta State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Deinghan Macaulay, yesterday, said the anti-democratic disposition of the opposition parties and their non-recognition of President Goodluck Jonathan‘s laudable achievements were the fertile ground for the party’s victory in the forthcoming general elections. Macaulay, who addressed newsmen in Asaba, said “Jonathan’s achievements in roads construction, the rebasing of the nation’s economy as the best in Africa, attracting investors and the conduct of free and fair elections in Ekiti and Osun States deprived the opposition parties viable means of criticising the President. He said, The unfounded criticism of the opposition parties are indirectly campaigning for the President and come February, the electorate shall reward the PDP with another four years at the National and State levels.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 53
Vanguard News Online Monday 5th January 2015 “Religion Must Never Be Used To Divide Or Oppress Others To Gain An Unfair Advantage”- Buhari Former Head of State and Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Muhammed Buhari, (retd), yesterday, said religion should strengthen the corporate existence of Nigeria as well as unite citizens and therefore, should not be used to divide the country. Meantime, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has called on Nigerians to choose wisely in the forthcoming 2015 general elections, saying, “God’s will shall be done.” The duo spoke at the 8th edition of the Annual Lagos Thanksgiving Service under the administration of Fashola in Ikeja where eminent personalities were in attendance, including Buhari’s running mate, Professor Yemi Osibajo. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.vanguardngr. com/2015/01/religion- not-used-divide-nigeria -say-buhari/
Vanguard News Online Monday 5th January 2015 Sokoto Guber Candidate Denies Plan To Sideline Sultan The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, Sen. Abdallah Wali, on Monday pledged to work closely with the Sokoto Sultanate Council, if elected in the forthcoming general election. Wali gave the pledge at a news conference in Sokoto, during which he denied any plan to sideline the council, headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar. Reports has it that Wali was reacting to wide-spread insinuations in the State that he would not work with the sultanate if he becomes Governor. Sokoto 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.vanguardn gr.com/2015/01/soko to-pdp-guber-candid ate-denies-plan-side line-sultan/
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 “God Has Decided Outcome Of Next Year’s Elections”- Rev. Oruwori God has decided the outcome of this year’s general elections long ago and nobody can change that, a cleric from President Goodluck Jonathan’s hometown of Otuoke in Bayelsa State has said. Bishop of Ogbia Diocese Rev. James Aye Oruwori stated this yesterday at St. Stephens Anglican Church, Otuoke where the president participated in the first Sunday service of the year. This was barely 72 hours after a Catholic Priest Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has urged Jonathan to drop his re-election bid so that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate retired General Muhammadu Buhari could emerge the winner of the presidential election. Nigeria 2015; Cleric 3
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 “Free And Fair Elections Would Minimise Conflict”- Bamanga Former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has advised politicians not to see the forth-coming general elections in the country as a do-or-die affair. Speaking in an interview with Daily Trust in London, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur also called on the government and all stakeholders to ensure a level-playing field for all those participating in the elections, adding that free and fair elections would minimise conflicts and ensure justice and equity in the country. He urged the politicians to focus on issues rather than personalities in their campaigns, stressing that seeking elective positions should be seen as a means to render public service. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 UPN Accuses INEC Of Circulating Fake Candidates’ List The Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) yesterday alleged that the current list of candidates purportedly released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the forthcoming general elections was fake. The Ogun State Chairman of the party Prince Shoye Oyebuga and the governorship candidate, Prince Rotimi Paseda made the allegation at a news briefing and formal presentation of the party’s candidates for the elections. The duo said checks from the electoral body indicated that the current list of candidates, which did not have the candidates of the UPN was fake. “We have made our findings and INEC has told us that they are not aware of the release of candidates in Ogun State.” Nigeria 2015; UPN 9
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 Youths Task ECOWAS On Credible Elections West African youths have said that ECOWAS would be held responsible for the outcome of elections in five countries if the community fails to improve the electoral process in the region. The message was delivered by the President of the Global Association of West African Youths, (Gloway) Baruga Abdullahi Ibrahim, at the 2014 end of year appraisal summit held in Abuja, recently. Speaking on behalf of the youths, Ibrahim tasked ECOWAS to act beyond the capability of mere observers by scrutinising, evaluating and analysing the resolve of the respective leaders of the affected states for a level playing ground. Nigeria 2015; ECOWAS; Youths 10
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 Again, Ohaneze Rejects Motion To Endorse Jonathan The decision making body of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Saturday, threw out a motion seeking to adopt President Goodluck Jonathan as the consensus candidate of Ndigbo for next month’s presidential election. It was the second time the move to endorse Jonathan failed in the Ohaneze meeting as an earlier meeting held on November 9 last year rejected a similar motion. It was gathered that the inner caucus of the organisation, known as Imeobi, failed to adopt the new motion brought by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, during its meeting at its National Secretariat in Enugu. Though Daily Trust learnt that the endorsement of Jonathan was not even on the agenda, Iwuanyanwu, who is the publisher of Champion Newspapers, moved the motion midway into the meeting and advised Ohanaeze to adopt Jonathan for re-election. Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbo 17
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 Plateau Youths Burn PDP Secretariat Some aggrieved supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State have burnt the party’s secretariat in the area, Daily Trust learnt. The aggrieved supporters also destroyed President Goodluck Jonathan and Senator Gyang Pwajok’s campaign posters. Our correspondent gathered from sources in Kanke that the incident took place on New Year Day when worshipers were still observing cross-over prayers in various churches. The immediate cause of the violence was linked to an alleged diversion of some Christmas and New Year gifts meant for the people of the Local Government by government and party officials. But a source told our correspondent that the angry youths burnt the Secretariat as a result of crisis rthat emanated from the recent governorship primary poll in which Pwajok emerged as the party’s candidate. Plateau 2015; Violence; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 17
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 Dokubo Warned Against Inflammatory Statements A Northern youth group has warned Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo to stop making statements that would heat up the polity ahead of next month’s general elections in the country. Dokubo said recently that President Goodluck Jonathan has already won the 2015 election. This, the group said is in  addition to what he had declared in the past that there would be chaos in the country should President Jonathan loss the election. The statements had however, received heavy bashing from prominent Nigerians including a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof. Tam David-West, who warned Dokubo against inflammatory statements on the 2015 polls. Nigeria 2015; Asari Dokubo; Inflammatory Statements 19
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 5th January 2015 “Buhari Won’t Islamise Nigeria”- APC National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for South South Prince Hilliard Eta has said it is impossible for the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, to turn Nigeria into an Islamic nation if he becomes the country’s  president. Speaking with newsmen in Calabar, Eta said it would have been easier for Buhari to Islamise Nigeria when he was military Head of State, stressing that he would not do so if elected in next month’s general elections. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 19
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 5th January 2015 My Life Is In Danger, Cries Father Mbaka Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of Adoration Ministry in Enugu state, yesterday stated that his life was in danger following the controversial sermon he gave on New Year’s eve.  According to the Sun newspaper, the Pastor said he was however unfazed by the death threats. Nigeria 2015; Catholic Church; Mbaka; http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /my-life-is-in-danger -cries-fr-mbaka. 106024/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 5th January 2015 2 Million Votes: “Sambo Is Deceiving Jonathan”- Shehu Sani Malam Shehu Sani, an APGA senatorial candidate in Kaduna has described Vice President Mamadi Sambo’s vow to deliver 2 million votes from Kaduna for President Jonathan’s re-election bid as a ‘political scam.’  He said Sambo is deceiving Jonathan with his ‘wishful promise.’ Where will he (Sambo) get the votes from? he asked.  It will be remembered that while collecting his Permanent Voter Card at his ward in Kaduna North Local Government Area, boasted that he would deliver 2 million votes from the State to President Jonathan in next month’s elections. Nigeria 2015; Shehu Sani http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /two-million-votes- sambo-is-scamming -jonathan-shehu- sani.106027/
Nigerian News Bulletin Online Monday 5th January 2015 Buhari, Fashola Worship Alongside Pastor Adeboye Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, his running mate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos state Governor, Babatubde Fashola on Sunday worshiped alongside Pastor Enoch Adeboye during the Lagos State Government 2015 Annual Thanksgiving Service which held at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja today, Sunday, January 4, 2015. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian bulletin.com/threads /photos-buhari-fash ola-worship-alongs ide-pastor-adeboye .106004/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 APC To Hold Presidential Rally In Akwa Ibom On Tuesday The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), and his campaign train will storm Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday. Already, leaders of the Yoruba community in the State, members of University of Lagos Alumni Association, Nigerian Bar Association and members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God as well as members of the Hausa community, retired military men, youths and women leaders have met over the visit. During the visit, Buhari will hold his presidential rally at the Uyo Township Stadium, and present the party’s flag to the governorship standard-bearer of the party in the State, Obong Umana Okon Umana. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/apc -holds-presidential- rally-in-akwa-ibom- tuesday/198440/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 “I Did Not Stop INEC From Publishing List Of Ondo PDP Candidates”- Judge Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of a Federal High Court in Abuja has debunked claims that he restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from publishing the names of candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the National and State Assembly elections from Ondo State. Justice Mohammed stated that he rather abridged the time from 15th to 6th of January to enable Justice Adeniyi Ademola who had granted an interim order on the matter to determine whether there is a contempt of court or not in the interim orders he made on December 18. A certified true copy of the court’s proceedings made available to our correspondent corroborated the judge’s position. Ondo 2015; Judiciary; INEC; PDP http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ju dge-i-did-not-stop -inec-from-publishi ng-list-of-ondo-pd p-candidates/198437/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 PDP Dedicates 2015 Campaign To God The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State on Sunday dedicated its campaigns for the  general election to God. This came as some traditional rulers in Ikwerre Kingdom endorsed the candidacy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Hon. Dakuku Peterside. The dedication of the PDP campaign for the general election which took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Port Harcourt, attracted the PDP governorship candidate, Chief Nyesom Wike; his running mate, Dr. Ipalibo Banigo; former Rivers State Governors, Dr Peter Odili and Sir Celestine Omehia; and Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/pd p-dedicates-2015- campaigns-to-god/ 198435/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 APC Wants New Cross River REC Removed The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-south geo-political zone has rejected the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) deployed to Cross River State, Mr. Sylvester Okey, demanding that the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) redeploy him to another State. The National Vice-Chairman South-South of APC, Mr. Hilliard Eta, who made the appeal on Sunday, said members of the party, especially those in Cross River State, are afraid that peace would elude the State if Okey was allowed to head the INEC in the State during the forth-coming general election. Speaking with journalists in Calabar, Eta said the APC did not have confidence in the credibility of the newly-redeployed REC because of his antecedents. Cross River 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap c-wants-new-c-riv er-rec-redeployed/ 198433/
Leadership News Online Monday 5th January 2015 “APC Yet To Have Governorship Candidate In Taraba”- Akirikwen Weeks after the declaration of Senator Jumai Aisha Alhassan by the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the gubernatorial flag bearer of Taraba State, a hot contender for the governorship seat in the State, Mr Yusufu Nya Akirikwen has said that there was no governorship primary election in the State. In an interview with LEADERSHIP yesterday in Jalingo, the gubernatorial hopeful said that elections can only be conducted where there are contestants, but what the people sent from the National Secretariat of the party did was not how elections are conducted. Taraba 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/399757/apc- yet-governorship- candidate-taraba
Leadership News Online Monday 5th January 2015 Rivers Guber Race: PDP Elders Reject Calls For Wike’s Substitution The Elders’ Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has condemned calls for the substitution of the governorship candidate of the party in next month’s election, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike. The forum said such calls were not only undemocratic but also designed to hurt the fortunes of the party and the re-election bid of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The forum was reacting to threats by the Rivers Leaders and Elders’ Council, led by Chief Albert Horsfall, that the people of the State would vote for the rival All Progressives Congress (APC) if the PDP did not impress on Wike to withdraw from the governorship race on or before today, Monday, January 5, 2015. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/399746/rivers -guber-race-pdp- elders-reject-calls- wikes-substitution
Leadership News Online Monday 5th January 2015 Fashola, Osibanjo Fault Federal Government Economic Policies Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prof Yomi Osibanjo (SAN) at the weekend picked holes at the economic policies of the Federal Government, saying it lacks safety net for an economy on the brink of recession. The duo who spoke at an interactive session with student union leaders of tertiary institutions which took place at the Tafawa Balewa Square Hall added that corruption, mismanagement and lack of accountability were largely responsible for the country’s under development. Fashola described the austerity measures being proposed by the Federal Government as a deceptive policy, adding that the official excuse it gave that because it was losing 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day the people have to tighten their belts, is not tenable. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ news/399743/fasho la-osinbajo-fault-fg -economic-policies
Leadership News Online Monday 5th January 2015 Houses Burnt As APC, PDP Supporters Clash In Benue Supporters of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and that of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have allegedly clashed in Benue State with several houses said to have been burnt. The clash which happened at the weekend occurred at Tyeku-Yandev, a suburb of Gboko town of Gboko Local Government Area of the State. Tyeku is situated along Gboko-Makurdi expressway. There has been incessant clashes between PDP and APC supporters in the Gboko area especially now that the general elections is approaching. The disagreement is between supporters of Senator George Akume and Chief Mike Mku who are both vying to be elected for the seat of Benue North West Senatorial District. Benue 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/399738/house s-burnt-apc-pdp-sup porters-clash-benue
Leadership News Online Monday 5th January 2015 “APC Will Not Win In Benue”- Governor Suswam Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam has stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other opposition political parties will not win any elective position in the forthcoming general elections. He said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under his leadership has already put all necessary machinery in place to win all the elective positions in the State and that the party will also deliver votes for President Goodluck Jonathan 100 per cent. Suswam spoke weekend, at the inauguration of the Governorship Campaign Directorate of the PDP flag bearer, Terhemen Tarzoor and his running mate, John Ngbede at Aminu Isah Kontagora Theatre Complex in Makurdi. The campaign team is headed by Prof. Iorwuese Hagher, a former Ambassador of Nigeria to Mexico. Benue 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ news/399731/apc- ll-not-win-benue- 2015-gov-suswam
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 Sambo Reconciles PDP Guber Aspirants In Sokoto, Says FG Not Sponsoring Terrorism The Vice-President, Alhaji Namadi Sambo, yesterday reconciled the four governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, saying there was no victor no vanquished. He also said the Federal Government had no reason to sponsor terrorism in the country. Addressing party stakeholders at the residence of the former Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, in Sokoto, Sambo said he was glad that the governorship aspirants had been reconciled to enable the party strategise for the 2015 election. He noted that the primary election was fraught with problems but as Muslims they should accept the outcome in good faith. Sokoto 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/sa mbo-reconciles-pd p-guber-aspirants- in-sokoto-says-fg- not-sponsoring-terr orism/198429/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 Ogun Market Women Adopt APC Candidate, Abiodun Market men and women in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State at the weekend declared their support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate, Ogun East, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, in the February general election. In a meeting at the Ikenne Town Hall, the leadership of the market women declared that the group does not engage in politics but they have to show interest in the February poll because of the track records of the APC candidate. According to the Iyaloja General of Remo, Mrs. Mercy Owolana, the altruistic disposition of the APC senatorial candidate in Ogun East attracted the group which does not trust politicians because of their inconsistency. Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/og un-market-momen- adopt-apc-candidat e-abiodun/198427/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 We Won’t Return To PDP, Vows Atiku And Kwankwaso Former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, have rejected moves  by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to woo them back to the party from the opposition All Progressives Congress. The PDP’s National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, had recently mooted the idea of luring both Atiku and Kwankwaso back to the party they left in August 2014. But while reacting to the statement, Atiku’s Spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, dismissed the story  saying his principal had bade farewell to PDP and nothing would take him back to the party again. In the same vein, Kano State Governor said the attempt to woo him back to PDP is a confirmation and acknowledgement that the PDP is going to lose Kano in the 2015 general elections without his help. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/we -wont-return-to-pdp -vows-atiku-kwank waso/198382/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 Nasarawa APGA Presents Maku As Its Guber Candidate At last, the leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State has formally presented former Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, as its gubernatorial candidate of the party for the 2015 election. Maku, according to a release, was presented along with his running mate, Alhaji Ibrahim Abu amidst tight security. Nasarawa 2015; APGA http://www.thisday live.com/articles/ap ga-presents-maku- as-its-guber-candi date/198328/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 “Rivers Can’t Continue With Current State Of Underdevelopment”- Wike The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said the state will not afford another era of disconnect from the Federal Government. He lamented that the present administration had led the State into gross under-development because of the unnecessary acrimony between the Governor and the Presidency. Addressing traditional chiefs and titled citizens at Minimah town in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area at the weekend, Wike urged the people to work relentlessly to ensure a victory for President Goodluck Jonathan, himself as the Rivers PDP governorship candidate and all the PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/wi ke-rivers-can-t-con tinue-with-current- state-of-under-devt/ 198415/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 Group Asks INEC, Army For Information On Buhari’s Qualification A public interest group, the Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative (ASRADI), has invoked the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act to demand from the Nigerian Army (NA) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) details of the All Progressives Congress’ presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari retired. In separate letters to the two institutions signed by its Executive Director, Deolu Oyinlola, the group gave NA and INEC seven days within which to respond to the request. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday live.com/articles/gro up-asks-inec-army- for-information-on- buhari-s-qualificati on/198420/
ThisDay Live Monday 5th January 2015 Electoral Violence Makes Way For Bad Leaders To Emerge With the political parties heading for full swing electioneering ahead of the forthcoming general election, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged Nigerians to guard against electoral violence in order to avoid the emergence of bad leaders. The Abia State Director of NOA, Mrs. Ngozi Uduma, gave the warning in her address at a voter education programme held in Bende for Abia North zone, saying that “we must all be concerned and involved in stopping“ all forms of violence during elections to ensure the emergence of good leaders. Nigeria 2015; NOA http://www.thisday live.com/articles/elec toral-violence-make s-way-for-bad-lead ers-to-emerge-warn s-noa/198423/