Election News Trend January 2016

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GuardianWednesday, January 27, 2016Presidency, World Bank, partners launch N’East rapid recovery schemePREPARATORY to the launch of the Federal Government’s economic recovery scheme for the insurgency-ravaged North East, the Presidency yesterday okayed the commencement of a rapid peace building assessment for the region. The special assessment is coordinated by the World Bank, United Nations, European Union and other development partners. The assessment is expected to take about two to three months.World Bank; FG; North Easthttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/presidency-world-bank-partners-launch-neast-rapid-recovery-scheme/
GuardianWednesday, January 27, 2016Interior ex-minister, Moro, alleges attempt on his life over Benue South Senatorial ElectionAS political parties continue campaign, for the Benue South Senatorial re-run election, a top supporter of the former Senate President, who is ex-minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has raised the alarm over the assassination attempt on his life and other supporters of David Mark by four unidentified gunmen.Benue South Senatorial Election; Abba Morohttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/interior-ex-minister-moro-alleges-attempt-on-his-life/
GuardianWednesday, January 27, 2016We’ll soon recover $750m Abacha loot, Ibori’s £6.9m says MalamiMINISTER of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami says the Federal Government has concluded plans to recover additional $750 million allegedly pilfered by the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha.Nigeria; 2016 Budgethttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/well-soon-recover-750m-abacha-loot-iboris-6-9m-says-malami/
GuardianWednesday, January 27, 2016Buhari’s statement on Kanu false, says IPOBThe Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, has said that the extra-legal travails of the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in the hands of federal security agencies at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari; have confirmed fears by western powers that the Nigerian leader has poor human right records.IPOB; Nnamdi Kanu; Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/buharis-statement-on-kanu-false-says-ipob/
GuardianWednesday, January 27, 2016Move against graft suspects lawful, says SGFSecretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has said that the ongoing move against political office holders accused of corruption and abuse of public trust is within constitutionally authorized limits.Anti-corruption; Nigeriahttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/move-against-graft-suspects-lawful-says-sgf/
VanguardWednesday, January 27, 2016Ijaw protest cancellation of Maritime VarsityINDIGENES of Okerenkoko Federated Community in Delta State, yesterday, besieged Government House, Asaba, protesting the Federal Government’s move to cancel the Nigeria Maritime University sited in Gbaramantu Kingdom, Warri South Local Government Area of the state. The protesters, numbering over 1,000, who blocked the entrance to Government House, berated the Federal Government over the alleged plan to cancel the university, noting that the reasons advanced by the Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, were baseless and politically motivated.Maritime University; Ijawhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/ijaw-protest-cancellation-of-maritime-varsity/
VanguardWednesday, January 27, 2016Soldiers invade Ondo community for Ajube, ex-MEND leaderSECURITY operatives hunting for the militants who bombed oil pipelines in Delta State have invaded the riverine Bolowoh community in Ondo State, in search of a former commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, Bibopre Ajube, aka Shoot-At-Sight.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/soldiers-invade-ondo-community-for-ajube-ex-mend-leader/
VanguardWednesday, January 27, 2016Afenifere to Buhari: Don’t make anti-graft war your only agendaPAN-Yoruba Socio- Political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against making the anti-corruption fight his only agenda but to tackle the nation’s dwindling economy. It also kicked against the plan to finance the 2016 budget through excessive borrowing from international financial institutions.Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/afenifere-to-buhari-dont-make-anti-graft-war-your-only-agenda/
VanguardWednesday, January 27, 2016Kogi Speaker urges Bello to build on legacy of past regimesEmbattled Speaker of Kogi House of Assembly, Alhaji Momoh-Jimoh Lawal on Tuesday urged in-coming governor Yahaya Bello to see his election as a divine call to service of the diverse the people of the State.APC; Kogi Statehttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/604680/
Daily TrustWednesday, January 27, 2016INEC fixes Feb. 13 for Adamawa Reps re-run electionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Feb. 13 for the Demsa, Lamurde and Numan Federal Constituency re-run election in Adamawa. This is contained in a statement signed by Mrs Rifkatu Duku, Head of Information, Adamawa INEC Office, and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola on Monday.INEC; Adamawahttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/inec-fixes-feb-13-for-adamawa-reps-re-run-election/130601.html
Daily TrustWednesday, January 27, 2016Traditional rulers should select political leaders - Och’IdomaParamount ruler of Idoma nation in Benue State, Och’Idoma, Elias Ekoyi Obekpa, has advocated for traditional rulers to be allowed to select ‘trustworthy people’ to occupy political positions in the country rather than the electorate. Obekpa also said royal fathers are better positioned to select credible leaders for political positions because they know their subjects and understand their domains.Benue South Senatorial Electionhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/traditional-rulers-should-select-political-leaders-och-idoma/130878.html
Daily TrustWednesday, January 27, 2016BoT aligns with North-east over PDP chairmanshipThe Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is meeting to iron out issues surrounding the party’s national chairmanship position. The office of national chairman of the party ‎became vacant on May 22, 2015, following the resignation of Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. Since then, his deputy, Prince Uche Secondus, has been acting in that capacity.PDP; Chairmanhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/bot-aligns-with-north-east-over-pdp-chairmanship/130881.html
Daily TrustWednesday, January 27, 2016Labour Party protests non-inauguration of Omo-Agege as senatorThe Labour Party (LP) has protested the non-inauguration of Barr Ovie Omo-Agege as senator to represent Delta Central Senatorial District. Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, the national chairman of LP, said yesterday, in Abuja, said the action of the Senate President Bukola Saraki is a threat to democracy and an affront to the judiciary.National Assembly; INEC; Labour Partyhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/labour-party-protests-non-inauguration-of-omo-agege-as-senator/130872.html
Daily TrustWednesday, January 27, 2016INEC fixes February 20 for Benue South rerunThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Benue State has fixed February 20 for the rerun election of Benue South senatorial district. Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Prof. Istifanus Dafwang, yesterday at an interactive session with Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), intimated that a new feature would be introduced in the conduct of the rerun election.Benue South Senatorial Electionhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/inec-fixes-february-20-for-benue-south-rerun/130873.html
Daily TrustWednesday, January 27, 2016Powerful forces behind de-registration of PRP - Balarabe MusaThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) only acted out a script when it de-registered the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) along with other political parties in 2012, national chairman of the PRP, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, has said. The PRP had, however, challenged the action of INEC in a court which declared in December, last year, that the deregistration was null and void.INEC; PRPhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/powerful-forces-behind-de-registration-of-prp-balarabe-musa/130876.html
Daily TrustWednesday, January 27, 2016APC candidate not on list as Gombe rerun holds today"The rerun elections for the Akko Federal Constituency and Akko North State Constituency would take place today but the name of the APC candidate, Umaru Kawuwa Barambu, contesting for the House of Representatives is not on the list of candidates.
Already, the APC has vowed to challenge INEC in court over exclusion of its candidate."
Gombehttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/apc-candidate-not-on-list-as-gombe-rerun-holds-today/130874.html#58S3Ac26Eif0XMmL.99?platform=hootsuite
The NationWednesday, January 27, 2016CBN: no devaluation of nairaThere will be no devaluation of the naira, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele reiterated yesterday. He told reporters in Abuja after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting that the apex bank is “already working on different scenarios".CBN; Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/cbn-no-devaluation-of-naira/
The NationWednesday, January 27, 2016Budget 2016 scales second readingThe 2016 appropriation bill passed second reading amid scathing criticisms from members of the opposition at the House of Representatives yesterday. Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara however said the debate so far was illuminating and it should be a guide to the House in the perfection of the 2016 appropriation bill at the various committee stages.Nigeria; 2016 Budgethttp://thenationonlineng.net/budget-2016-scales-second-reading/
The NationWednesday, January 27, 2016FAAC shares N387.7b among federal, states, local govtsThe three tiers of government yesterday shared N387.7 billion for the month of December last year at the end the monthly Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in Abuja. The amount shared represents an increase of N17.88 billion more than the N369.8 billion shared for the month of November.Nigeria; Federal Allocationhttp://thenationonlineng.net/faac-shares-n387-7b-among-federal-states-local-govts/
The NationWednesday, January 27, 2016Senator Tinubu faults N4b vote for Women Affairs in budgetChairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, yesterday faulted the N4 billion allocation to the Ministry of Women Affairs in the 2016 budget. Senator Tinubu, who made the observation while contributing to the debate on the 2016 Appropriation Bill, asked relevant committees to ensure the vote of the ministry was reconsidered.Nigeria; 2016 Budgethttp://thenationonlineng.net/senator-tinubu-faults-n4b-vote-for-women-affairs-in-budget/
The NationFriday, January 22, 2016Minister, IYC decry attacks on pipelines in Niger DeltaThe Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani and the President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Comrade Udengs Eradiri, have condemned the bombing of oil and gas pipelines in Delta State. They described it as a setback for the country. Eradiri urged the Federal Government to fish out the culprits and avoid punishing the innocent.http://thenationonlineng.net/minister-iyc-decry-attacks-on-pipelines-in-niger-delta/
The NationFriday, January 22, 2016PDP governors deplore spokesman’s handcuffing Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have described Tuesday’s handcuffing of the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, as a new low in the Federal Government’s profiling. Deploring the action, the governors said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration was a step away from full-blown fascism.http://thenationonlineng.net/pdp-governors-deplore-spokesmans-handcuffing/
The NationFriday, January 22, 2016Ondo council poll: ‘wait for Supreme Court’s verdict’An Akure-based lawyer, Charles Titiloye has urged Governor Olusegun Mimiko and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State to respect the Constitutional authority of the Supreme Court by refraining from taking any extra- judicial step. This, according to him, will undermine the determination of the local government dissolution suit pending before the Supreme Court.http://thenationonlineng.net/ondo-council-poll-wait-for-supreme-courts-verdict/
The NationFriday, January 22, 2016Reps summon Ambode, Monguno, others over $470m CCTV contractTHE National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun and Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode are to appear before a House of Representatives panel over a $470 million contract for the provision of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in Abuja and Lagos.http://thenationonlineng.net/reps-summon-ambode-monguno-others-over-470m-cctv-contract/
The NationFriday, January 22, 2016Ex-militant leaders: we didn’t blow up pipelinesEx-militant leaders yesterday distanced themselves from the bombings of oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta region especially in Delta State. The former warlords from the six Niger Delta states said none of them including Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, was involved in the recent destruction of oil installations.http://thenationonlineng.net/ex-militant-leaders-we-didnt-blow-up-pipelines/
GuardianWednesday, January 20, 2016Courts nullifies 81 elections, upturns 15 others, says INECTHE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday disclosed that high courts sitting across the States and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have so far nullified a total of 81 elections including Senatorial, House of Representatives and two governorship polls that would proceed to the Supreme Court.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/courts-nullifies-81-elections-upturns-15-others-says-inec/
GuardianWednesday, January 20, 2016Legislator advocates death penalty, amputation for treasury lootersIRKED by the high level of corruption in the country, the Minority Leader and member, House of Representatives, Chikun/Kajuru federal constituency of Kaduna State, Umar Yakubu Barde, has advocated for capital punishment for those found guilty of looting the treasury.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/legislator-advocates-death-penalty-amputation-for-treasury-looters/
GuardianWednesday, January 20, 2016Senate adopts corrected version of 2016 budgetAFTER the controversy that trailed the 2016 budget, the Senate unanimously adopted a corrected version of the fiscal plan sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday. It also resolved to begin work on the budget today even as the upper legislative chamber declared that it had taken Buhari’s corrected version as the substantive budget proposal.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/senate-adopts-corrected-version-of-2016-budget/
Daily TrustWednesday, January 20, 2016Four years not enough for Buhari — NwucheFormer Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Barrister Chibudom Nwuche, said in this interview that four years will not be enough for President Muhammadu Buhari to actualise his change agenda for the country. He also said those from the South South opposing Buhari’s anti-corruption war are not speaking for the region.http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/four-years-not-enough-for-buhari-nwuche/129847.html
Daily TrustWednesday, January 20, 2016Stop blaming us, APC tells PDPThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has told the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop attributing ‘misfortunes’, ‘in-fighting’ and ‘implosion’ being witnessed in its hierarchy to the governing party. APC National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, traded words yesterday with PDP National Secretary, Wale Oladipo, who was quoted to have said that some party members were being “used by the APC to draw political capital from the present challenges facing it (PDP).”http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/stop-blaming-us-apc-tells-pdp/129848.html
Daily TrustWednesday, January 20, 2016We’ll not stifle opposition in Benue - OrtomGovernor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that his administration will not stifle the opposition in the state so that democracy can thrive at its best. Ortom made the remark while delivering his speech at IBB Square in Makurdi, during a reception held to celebrate his victory at the Supreme Court.http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/we-ll-not-stifle-opposition-in-benue-ortom/129842.html
Daily TrustWednesday, January 20, 2016INEC shifts Gombe rerun election to January 30"The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Gombe State has shifted the rerun elections for the Akko federal constituency and Akko North State Assembly seat to January 30. Public affairs officer of the electoral body, Mukhtar Gidado, told reporters in Gombe that the decision was reached during a stakeholders’ meeting.
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The NationWednesday, January 20, 2016U.S.: Nigerians frustrated by corruption, extremismNIgerians are frustrated by corruption and extremism, the United States (U.S.) said yesterday. U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs Shaun Casey spoke with reporters at the U.S. Consulate in Lagos. He spoke about an initiative at the instance of the Secretary of State John Kerry to train staff of the U.S. Mission across the world on building relationship with global religious organisations and leaders.http://thenationonlineng.net/u-s-nigerians-frustrated-by-corruption-extremism/
The NationWednesday, January 20, 2016Senators, Service chiefs meet on relocation of IDPsThe Caucus of Northeast Senators yesterday met with the Service chiefs to address the relocation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their local government areas. Senate Leader Mohammed Ali Ndume, who addressed the Service chiefs before the parley moved into a closed session, said the meeting was necessary following President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that steps should be taken to relocate IDPs to their local government areas.http://thenationonlineng.net/senators-service-chiefs-meet-on-relocation-of-idps/
The NationWednesday, January 20, 2016Panel report: Ekiti lawmakers allege plot to ‘assassinate’ FayoseEkiti State House of Assembly lawmakers have alleged a plot by the Federal Government to assassinate Governor Ayo Fayose, if moves to remove him from office fail. The lawmakers at yesterday’s plenary alleged that they had uncovered a plot to use the report of an Army Board of Inquiry that investigated the conduct of soldiers in the June 21, 2014 governorship poll to sack Fayose from office.http://thenationonlineng.net/panel-report-ekiti-lawmakers-allege-plot-to-assassinate-fayose/
The NationWednesday, January 20, 2016Ondo APC to Mimiko: present budgetThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State yesterday took a swipe at Governor Olusegun Mimiko for failing to present the 2016 budget. The party in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro, said by now, the execution of the budget ought to have started, with revenue and expenditure monitored to guard against deficit.http://thenationonlineng.net/ondo-apc-to-mimiko-present-budget/
The NationWednesday, January 20, 2016Nigeria, UAE sign pact on stolen funds recoveryNigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi signed six agreements to enhance bilateral relations between them. The signing of the agreements on trade, finance and judicial matters, according to a statement by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.http://thenationonlineng.net/nigeria-uae-sign-pact-on-stolen-funds-recovery/
ThisDayWednesday, January 20, 2016Presidency: Social Programmes will Not Be Based on Party AffiliationThe presidency on Tuesday gave an assurance that the beneficiaries of the social protection programmes promised by President Muhammadu Buhari would not be chosen on party affiliation. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, gave the assurance in an interview with State House correspondents inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidency-social-programmes-will-not-be-based-on-party-affiliation/230804/
ThisDayWednesday, January 20, 2016Courts Have So Far Annulled 81 Elections, Says INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has put the number of elections nullified by the courts since the conduct of the 2015 general election at eighty-one. The commission which based its statistics on last week’s record also said that 15 of the election results were upturned by the courts which directed that the certificate of return be retracted and re-issued to those who won the cases.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/courts-have-so-far-annulled-81-elections-says-inec/230792/
ThisDayWednesday, January 20, 2016Group Raises Alarm over Plan to Substitute Faleke’s NameThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been accused of working in connivance with the All Progressives Congress (APC) governor-elect in Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to input the name of another running mate into its record.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-raises-alarm-over-plan-to-substitute-faleke-s-name/230794/
ThisDayWednesday, January 20, 2016Remove Fayose and Face Fire, Ekiti Assembly Warns BuhariThe Ekiti State House of Assembly on Tuesday said the federal government’s attempt to use the report of the indictment of some military officers who participated in the conduct of the last governorship election in the state to impeach the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, would be resisted by the Ekiti people.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/remove-fayose-and-face-fire-ekiti-assembly-warns-buhari/230797/
ThisDayWednesday, January 20, 2016ActionAid: Nigeria Gave Away $3.3bn Through Tax Breaks to Shell, Total, Eni" A new report has revealed that Nigeria gave away an estimated $3.3 billion to Shell, Total and Eni through generous tax breaks over a seven-year period to compensate for their investments in the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Company Limited. This was contained in a new report prepared by British-based ActionAid, titled: “Leaking Revenue, How a Big Tax Break to European Gas Companies Has Cost Nigeria Billions,” which was made available to THISDAY yesterday by ActionAid’s country director, Ms. Ojobo Atuluku.
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GuardianTuesday, January 19, 2016Senate to deliberate on 30 bills of interest in 2016 – SarakiThe President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Monday said the Senate will deliberate on 30 bills during 2016 legislative year. According to Saraki, the bills submitted by members of the Senate will address governance, economic reform and help reform critical sectors of our country.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/senate-to-deliberate-on-30-bills-of-interest-in-2016-saraki/
GuardianTuesday, January 19, 2016Buhari’s budget fails integrity test, says SenateAN alleged discovery of strange projects in the second version of the budget 2016 document brought by the presidency to the National Assembly was responsible for its rejection, the Senate declared yesterday.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/buharis-budget-fails-integrity-test-says-senate/
GuardianTuesday, January 19, 2016Defence chief, ministers move to Warri over pipelines bombingTAKING an urgent step to nip in the bud the resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta, the Federal Government has sent the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to the region.http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/defence-chief-ministers-move-to-warri-over-pipelines-bombing/
VanguardTuesday, January 19, 201655 Nigerians stole N1.34trn in 8 years – FGThe Federal Government said, yesterday, that 55 well-placed Nigerians stole a whopping N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013, an amount that would have been enough to provide significant developmental projects across the country. Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the figure while addressing a world press conference in Abuja to mark the beginning of the war against corruption in Nigeria.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/602271/
VanguardTuesday, January 19, 2016Presidency revises 2016 budgetThere are indications that the 2016 budget was actually withdrawn for a major amendment as two different versions of the budget are showing different figures and adjustments in expenditure heads. A version indicating to be an amendment shows a major cut of about N8.8 billion in the Presidency’s original figure with purchase of vehicles receiving the deepest cuts.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/presidency-revises-2016-budget/
VanguardTuesday, January 19, 2016Edo 2016: I will not stand aloof over the choice of my successor – Oshiomholeension is heightening in Edo ahead of the 2016 governorship election in the state, as leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) engage in war of words over the alleged endorsement of the Chairman of the Economic Team of the state government, Mr Godwin Obaseki, as the likely candidate of the APC, by Governor Adams Oshiomhole. The situation has pitted leaders against their political sons and Oshiomhole against some leaders in the state just as other governorship aspirants intensify their campaigns in the battle for the over 3,500 expected delegates for the primary.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/edo-2016-i-will-not-stand-aloof-over-the-choice-of-my-successor-oshiomhole/
Daily TrustTuesday, January 19, 2016CSOs want ‘controversial’ judgements checkedThe Coalition of Civil Societies for Credible Elections has called on the judicial authorities to stem the spate of what they called ‘controversial, incoherent and varying’ judgments coming from the Court of Appeal. Addressing a press conference in Umuahia on the appeal court judgment on the 2015 governorship election in Abia State, the group said the ‘worrisome, disturbing and unfortunate’ trend could create voter apathy and cynicism among the electorate.http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/csos-want-controversial-judgements-checked/129401.html
Daily TrustTuesday, January 19, 2016Nigeria will not be a one party state - DicksonGovernor Seriake Dickson said his re-election as governor of Bayelsa State was a clear indication that Nigeria will never be a one party state. The governor also said they survived a ‘war’ during the January 9 rerun election in the southern part of the state and some local government areas.http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/nigeria-will-not-be-a-one-party-state-dickson/129646.html
Daily TrustTuesday, January 19, 2016Buhari: We’ve driven Boko Haram into fall-back positionsPresident Muhammadu Buhari says the Nigerian Armed Forces have driven the Boko Haram terrorist group from the nation’s territory into “fall-back positions.” President Buhari said that was done in collaboration with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF).http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/buhari-we-ve-driven-boko-haram-into-fall-back-positions/129698.html
Daily TrustTuesday, January 19, 2016Corruption main opposition to Buhari govt – SGFThe Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal has said that corruption is the main opposition facing the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and not any political party. The SGF made this remarks yesterday in Abuja when he received a delegation of a Coalition of Progressive Political Parties led by Mr. Ibrahim Yusuf Bashir of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/corruption-main-opposition-to-buhari-govt-sgf/129697.html
The NationTuesday, January 19, 2016Senate adopts 2016 revised budgetThe Senate on Tuesday adopted the revised version of the 2016 budget estimates. The adoption of the corrected version of the budget followed a letter by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on the revised budget proposals.http://thenationonlineng.net/senate-adopts-2016-revised-budget/
The NationTuesday, January 19, 2016Corrupt judges won’t escape justice – FGThe Federal Government has declared that corrupt judges will no longer be allowed to escape from justice in line with President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s resolve‎ to fight corruption in the country. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), made the declaration in his address as Special Guest at the launching of a report by Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) at Weston Hotels, Opebi Link Road, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday.http://thenationonlineng.net/corrupt-judges-wont-escape-justice-fg/
The NationTuesday, January 19, 2016PDP NWC splits over Metuh, HaliruThe leadership in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raged on yesterday as some of the members of the National Working Committee (NWC) demanded that National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh and acting Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman Bello Haliru Mohammed should step down to face their trial.http://thenationonlineng.net/arms-scandal-pdp-nwc-members-ask-metuh-haliru-to-quit/
ThisDayTuesday, January 19, 2016APC to Boycot LG Poll in OndoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State monday said it would not participate in the local government election fixed for April 23 by the state Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC). The decision of the party was disclosed by the Chairman of the party in the state, Mr. Duerinimi Isaacs Kekemeke at the leaders’ consultative meeting, saying the party’s decision was due to lack of faith in the leadership of the state electoral body.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-to-boycot-lg-poll-in-ondo/230718/
ThisDayTuesday, January 19, 2016Ekwunife’s Entry Unsettles South East Women’s CaucusIndications emerged monday that the entrance of the former senator representing Anambra Central senatorial district, Uche Ekwunife, in the re-run election ordered by the Appeal Court under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have unsettled the South East Women’s Caucus of the party.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ekwunife-s-entry-unsettles-south-east-women-s-caucus/230719/
ThisDayTuesday, January 19, 2016FCT: APC AMAC Supporters in Free for All at Party SecretariatHell was almost let loose monday at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja when the supporters of key aspirants of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) chairmanship election, Adamu Candido and Mrs. Pam Amanda engaged themselves in a physical combat over the result of the primary election. The primary election of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was conducted in December 16.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fct-apc-amac-supporters-in-free-for-all-at-party-secretariat/230723/
ThisDayTuesday, January 19, 2016Trouble in PDP as Group Asks Haliru, Metuh to ResignSome members of the national executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made up of mainly deputy national officers of the party have asked the acting Chairman of their Board of Trustees (BoT), Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed, and the party’s spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh, to resign pending the disposal of the various charges brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/trouble-in-pdp-as-group-asks-haliru-metuh-to-resign/230750/
ThisDayTuesday, January 19, 2016Senate Promises to Pass 2016 Budget in FebruaryThe Senate monday gave assurance that it would pass the controversial 2016 budget before the end of February. This promise was made by Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, as the National Assembly leadership read the new letter addressed to it by President Muhammadu Buhari on the budget today. Buhari had in the letter announced that there were errors in the budget that he presented on December 22 as well as the correction done on it.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senate-promises-to-pass-2016-budget-in-february/230741/
ThisDayTuesday, January 12, 2016Dickson: Instead of Focusing on Economy, Buhari is Interested in Political ConquestGovernor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has expressed serious concern about the current state of the nation, and advised state governors and other stakeholders to work with President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government in tackling issues of national security, law/order and the economy. The newly elected governor for a second-term stated this while speaking with journalists in Abuja monday.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dickson-instead-of-focusing-on-economy-buhari-is-interested-in-political-conquest/230724/
Daily TrustTuesday, January 12, 2016Anti-graft: We're not apologetic-APCThe ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is not apologetic over the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari's administration. APC National Chairman John-Odigie Oyegun said this late Monday night while addressing State House correspondents after a two-hour closed-door meeting the National Working Committee of the party held with Buhari at the State House in Abuja.http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/says-we-need-vibrant-opposition/128498.html
Daily TrustTuesday, January 12, 2016Money-for-defection: Jigawa govt to sue PDPThe Jigawa state government has threatened to sue the opposition Peoples Democratic party (PDP) over what it calls “persistent lies and crass fabrication of falsehood” saying N400million was spent on the 370,000 decampees to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In an interview with Daily Trust, the state’s Deputy Governor, Barrister Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia expressed concern over the PDP’s decision to concoct ‘wild and frivolous tales at regular intervals’ in its attempt to ‘adjust to the realities’http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/money-for-defection-jigawa-govt-to-sue-pdp/128434.html
Daily TrustTuesday, January 12, 2016Bayelsa Polls: Re-run lacks credibility - TMGThe Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has said that last Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Bayelsa State lacks credibility. The group also describes the poll as an embarrassment to the nation’s democracy due to the high levels of violence, harassment and intimidation at the polling units.http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/-re-run-lacks-credibility-tmg/128435.html
The Nation Tuesday, January 12, 2016Why APC lost Bayelsa election, by spokesmanThe Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has said the party lost the governorship election in Bayelsa State because of unresolved intra-party misunderstanding. Frank told reporters yesterday at his Abuja home that the party’s internal crisis, which arose from the primary election, was not resolved.http://thenationonlineng.net/why-apc-lost-bayelsa-election-by-spokesman/
The Nation Tuesday, January 12, 2016Sylva rejects Bayelsa governorship poll result Bayelsa State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Chief Timipre Sylva alleged yesterday that the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conspired with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to “rig” him out of the election.http://thenationonlineng.net/sylva-rejects-bayelsa-governorship-poll-result/
The Nation Tuesday, January 12, 2016"Ekiti, Osun 2014 polls: Military panel recommends retirement of officers
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The military has come down hard on its officers who were unprofessional during the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states in 2014 and in last year’s general elections. Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai said the military will be returned to its full professional status when he received the report of the Army Board of Inquiry (BoI) set up to probe allegetions of misconduct against its personnel during the elections.http://thenationonlineng.net/ekiti-osun-2014-polls-military-panel-recommends-retirement-officers/
This DayTuesday, January 12, 2016Boko Haram Kills Six, Injures Eight in AdamawaBoko Haram terrorists have again struck some villages in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing six and leaving eight others injured. An eyewitness told THISDAY that the insurgents struck in the areas at about 2:30a.m. when locals were still asleep.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/boko-haram-kills-six-injures-eight-in-adamawa/230127/
This DayTuesday, January 12, 2016Supreme Court Reserves Judgment in Benue Governorship Election Dispute"The Supreme Court will on Friday January 15, 2016 deliver judgment in the appeal brought before it by the candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 11 governorship election in Benue State, Dr. Terhemen Tarzoor ,against the decision of the Court of Appeal which dismissed his appeal in November.

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This DayTuesday, January 12, 2016Sylva will Still Lose at Tribunal, Says PDPGovernor Seriake Dickson’s Restoration Campaign Organisation monday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the just concluded election in Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, would lose at the tribunal if he decides to contest the outcome of the election because he has no case. In a statement made available to journalists, Director of Publicity of the PDP campaign organisation, Jonathan Obuebite, reckoned that the election was already won and lost going by what he regarded as “overwhelmimg support and voting trend in favour of PDP,” by the electorate across the state.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/sylva-will-still-lose-at-tribunal-says-pdp/230113/
This DayTuesday, January 12, 2016Buhari, APC NWC Meet Behind Closed DoorsPresident Muhammadu Buhari monday met with the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Members of the NWC, led by the Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, arrived at the Aso Rock Villa at about 8p.m. for the meeting which was held at the First Lady Conference Room.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-apc-nwc-meet-behind-closed-doors/230118/
This DayTuesday, January 12, 2016Kogi Tribunal Grants Order for Substituted Service on BelloThe Kogi State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Lokoja monday granted six ex parte motions to all the petitioners seeking leave of the tribunal to grant order of relief to serve the Governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, through a substituted means, owing to the inability of court bailiffs to serve him.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kogi-tribunal-grants-order-for-substituted-service-on-bello/230123/
This DayTuesday, January 12, 2016Magu: Why EFCC Has Not Arrested JonathanThe acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has explained why former President Goodluck Jonathan has not been arrested in connection with the $2.1 billion misappropriated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) when he was the president.http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/magu-why-efcc-has-not-arrested-jonathan/230133/
VanguardMonday, January 4, 2016Yahaya Bello gets stakeholders’ backingsKey leaders and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State numbering about 103 have thrown their weight behind the Governor-Elect of the state, Alh. Yahaya Bello. Yahaya Bello; APC; Kogihttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/yahaya-bello-gets-stakeholders-backings/
VanguardMonday, January 4, 2016Judgments against PDP expected —EdebiriAHEAD of the 2016 governorship election in Edo State, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Solomon Edebiri, has described recent court judgments against candidates of the party as expected in a developing nation like Nigeria.PDP; Edohttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/judgments-against-pdp-expected-edebiri/
VanguardMonday, January 4, 2016Bayelsa supplementary poll: Police summon ex-militant leaders to meetingFollowing fears of a repeat of the violence witnessed during the botched December 5 and 6 governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, the state police command has summoned ex-militant leaders to a security stakeholders’ meeting in the state.Bayelsa Governorship Electionshttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/bayelsa-supplementary-poll-police-summon-ex-militant-leaders-to-meeting/
VanguardMonday, January 4, 2016Dasuki, Kanu: NBA, SANs differ with Buhari, SagayNigerian Bar Association, NBA, and some leading lawyers in the country have disagreed with the Presidential Committee on anti-corruption led by Professor Itse Sagay over President Muhammadu Buhari’s insistence that the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu who are facing separate criminal charges, would not be released from custody, despite valid court orders that granted them bail.Buhari; Nigeriahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/01/kanu-dasuki-nba-sans-differ-with-buhari-sagay/
Daily TrustMonday, January 4, 2016Lawmakers’ pictures missing in N/Assembly website"Photographs of legislators in both lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly are missing from the re-designed website of the 3rd arm of government, Daily Trust can report.
Apart from the photographs of the presiding officers, the website, which was reportedly re-designed and improved upon soon after the expiration of the 7th Assembly, only features bio-data of the legislators, with the spaces for their pictures left empty.
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National Assemblyhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/lawmakers-pictures-missing-in-n-assembly-website/127187.html
Daily TrustMonday, January 4, 2016Metuh not under EFCC investigation - PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh is not under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as claimed in a national dailyPDP; Metuhhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/metuh-not-under-efcc-investigation-pdp/127234.html
Daily TrustMonday, January 4, 2016APC AMAC crisis deepens ahead of pollsChairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Alhaji Abbas Baba, and 19 executive members have rejected alleged imposition of a candidate by the party for the March, 2016 FCT elections in the council. They alleged that there was lack of internal democracy during the primaries for the selection of the candidate.Abuja Council Elections 2016http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/apc-amac-crisis-deepens-ahead-of-polls/127192.html
Daily TrustMonday, January 4, 2016"2016 budget favours youth - APC chieftain
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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Sam Nkire, has said that with the emphasis placed on job creation, manufacturing and agriculture, there is no doubt that the youth are most favoured in the proposed federal budget for 2016 presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.Nigeria; 2016 Budgethttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/2016-budget-favours-youth-apc-chieftain/127186.html
The NationMonday, January 4, 2016APC ‘ll conduct credible primary in Ondo, says AkandeElder statesman and former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Bisi Akande has said that the party will hold a free and fair primary for governorship aspirants in Ondo State.APC; Ondo Statehttp://thenationonlineng.net/apc-ll-conduct-credible-primary-in-ondo-says-akande/
The NationMonday, January 4, 2016Lawyers to INEC: allow neutral workers to conduct Bayelsa rerunLawyers have said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will fail neutrality test if it allows those who conducted the December 5 “inconclusive” election in Bayelsa State to handle the rerun on January 9. The lawyers, who conducted legal clinic on Bayelsa election with civil society groups, said their findings revealed that the current composition of INEC in Bayelsa State would not guarantee a free and fair rerun.Bayelsa Governorship Electionshttp://thenationonlineng.net/lawyers-to-inec-allow-neutral-workers-to-conduct-bayelsa-rerun/
The NationMonday, January 4, 2016APC sweeps Zamfara council pollsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the Chairmanship positions in the Saturday’s local council election in the state. The Chairman of the Zamfara State Independent Electoral Commission (ZSIEC), Alhaji Garba Muhammad said yesterday in Gusau that all the candidates of the party in the 14 councils met all the provisions of the electoral law and had been declared winners of the election in their respective councils.Zamfara LG Pollshttp://thenationonlineng.net/apc-sweeps-zamfara-council-polls
This DayMonday, January 4, 2016APC Won’t Let Nigerians Down, Says IgbokweThe Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend assured Nigerians that the party won’t let them down despite the bleak global economic prospects. In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, the party promised that having been freely voted into power by millions of Nigerians, it was prepared to tackle the nation’s economic woes in the New Year.APC; Nigeriahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-won-t-let-nigerians-down-says-igbokwe/229431/
This DayMonday, January 4, 2016APC Won’t Let Nigerians Down, Says IgbokweThe Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend assured Nigerians that the party won’t let them down despite the bleak global economic prospects. In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, the party promised that having been freely voted into power by millions of Nigerians, it was prepared to tackle the nation’s economic woes in the New Year.APC; Nigeriahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-won-t-let-nigerians-down-says-igbokwe/229431/
This DayMonday, January 4, 2016PDP will Continue to Win all Elections in Rivers, Says WikeRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that if elections are conducted 10 times in the state, the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will still emerge victorious because of the commitment of the party to the wellbeing of the people.PDP; Rivers Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-will-continue-to-win-all-elections-in-rivers-says-wike/229444
This DayMonday, January 4, 2016Audu’s Vision for Kogi My Priority, Says Faleke"The running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu in the last governorship election in Kogi State, Hon James Faleke, has declared that his major priority at the moment is how to ensure the implementation of Audu’s lofty campaign promises to the electorate in the state.
Faleke, stated this at the weekend during the 40th Day Fidaus prayer for the late former governor attended by no fewer than 80 Imams and Islamic prayer warriors at Ogbonicha, Audu’s hometown in Kogi State. "
Falake; APC; Kogihttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/audu-s-vision-for-kogi-my-priority-says-faleke/229440/
This DayMonday, January 4, 2016INEC Official Accuses Bayelsa REC of Collecting N200m Bribe from Dickson A Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO) with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Francis Asmakia Ted, has accused the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Bayelsa State, Mr. Baritor Kpagih, of collecting N200 million bribe from Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State.Bayelsa Governorship Electionshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-official-accuses-bayelsa-rec-of-collecting-n200m-bribe-from-dickson/229446/
This DayMonday, January 4, 2016Bayelsa Poll: INEC to Deploy Election Materials by WednesdayAhead of Saturday’s re-scheduled governorship election in Bayelsa State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would commence deployment sensitive materials to the affected areas in Southern Ijaw latest by Wednesday. The commission also said it had put the inter-agency committee on election security on alert in view of the contentious nature of the re-scheduled poll.Bayelsa Governorship Electionshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bayelsa-poll-inec-to-deploy-election-materials-by-wednesday/229449/
This DayMonday, January 4, 2016Federal Government’s Grand Social Intervention Scheme to be PhasedThe social intervention programme of the federal government, for which about half a trillion naira has been proposed in the 2016 budget will not be a one-off scheme, with work commencing in earnest in the presidency to implement the scheme, the media aide to the vice-president, Mr. Laolu Akande, has said.Nigeria; 2016 Budgethttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/federal-government-s-grand-social-intervention-scheme-to-be-phased/229454/
This DayMonday, January 4, 2016Bayelsa: Group Urges INEC’s Neutrality in Supplementary ElectionA socio-political pressure group, The Legal Clinic, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to maintain high degree of neutrality in the forthcoming Bayelsa supplementary governorship elections.Bayelsa Governorship Electionshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bayelsa-group-urges-inec-s-neutrality-in-supplementary-election/229401/