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|All Africa Online||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Commonwealth Pledges To Assist Nigeria In 2015 Polls||As Nigerians await the 2015 elections, Secretary General of Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, has pledged that Commonwealth family will help Nigeria strengthen the existing machinery already put on ground for credible elections next year. Sharma made the pledge Wednesday in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali. The Secretary General also commended the Nigerian government and the electoral body for a job well done in the past general elections where volunteers were employed to strengthen the workforce.||Nigeria 2015; Commonwealth||http://allafrica.com/
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Thursday, 31st July 2014||2015: It’s Jonathan Or Nothing, Says TAN||A non-governmental organisation, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), has disclosed that the mandate of President Goodluck Jonathan needs to be renewed so as to enable him consolidate on and expand his modest achievements so far. A member of the orgaisation and Professor of Sociology, Prof. Joe Okanlawon, made this assertion while speaking with journalists in Awka yesterday.
He pointed out that the President has visibly used his transformation agenda to impact positively on the people and the polity. He noted that it is therefore wise, ideal and advisable to allow him consolidate on and spread of the achievements.
|Nigeria 2015; TAN||http://www.nigerian
|Leadership News Online||Thursday, 31st July 2014||APGA To Support Jonathan In 2015||The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) is to support the presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 elections. The APGA national Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh who said this in Umuahia while briefing newsmen after the commissioning of the Abia State Secretariat of the party in Umuahia disclosed that the leadership of the party has initiated talks with the PDP with a view to fine-tuning the agreement.
He said that part of the pact would be for APGA to support the re-election bid of President Jonathan in 2015 but that the President should not interfere in any other elective position that any APGA candidate is contesting.
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)||http://leadership.ng/
|Osun Defender News Online||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Osun Poll: "Don’t Sponsor Bloodbath" APC Warns Jonathan||The State of Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned President Goodluck Jonathan to desist from moves to sponsor bloodbath through the August 9, 2014 governorship election in the State, as it is battle-ready to resist such move. At a press conference addressed by the Acting State Chairman of the party, Elder Adelowo Adebiyi, the party said it has been reliably informed by inside sources in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of the plan of mass arrest and possible assassination of top government officials considered to be loyal to APC and party elders, who are said to be on the hit-list of the PDP, saying Governor Rauf Aregbesola is top on the list. He also asked the President to give the country and the world guarantee that he is totally committed to a free, fair, peaceful and unmanipulated electoral process in Osun.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Violence||http://www.osun
|ThisDay Live||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Ekiti Tribunal Grants Fayose, PDP Leave To Inspect Ballot Papers, Other Materials||The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday won a major feat at the State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado-Ekiti as the tribunal granted them the relief, seeking permission to inspect the materials used for the conduct of the June 21 governorship poll. The Justice Mohammad Sirajo-led tribunal had earlier granted same to the petitioner, All Progressives Congress (APC), which filed the petition on behalf of its candidate, Governor Kayode Fayemi.||Ekiti 2014; Election Tribunal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisday
|ThisDay Live||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Impeachment: Stop Shedding Crocodile Tears, Oyo APC Tells Akala, Ladoja.||The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked former Governors of the State, Adebayo Alao-Akala and Rashidi Ladoja, to stop shedding what it termed “crocodile tears” over the recent rumoured impeachment bid of the State House of Assembly against its party-led government, saying the two former Governors were products of chaotic governments and cannot now pretend that theirs were governments of peace. The party made this known in a statement issued by its party chairman, Chief Akin Oke, in reaction to two separate statements credited to the two former Governors last weekend. The APC said the two former Governors did not have the moral right to postulate or advise any government on peace, since they headed governments that were renowned for brigandage, thuggery, bloodshed and where peace eluded the people of the State.||Oyo State; Impeachment; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Osun Defender News Online||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Over 5,000 SSS Take Over The State As INEC Releases Full List Of All Political Parties, Candidates||With a little over a week to the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday released the list of the 20 political parties and governorship candidates that will be contesting in the poll. This is as the security agencies are making early moves to secure the state ahead of the election, with the deployment of over 5,000 operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS).||Osun 2014; INEC; Security; DSS||http://www.osun
|The News Online||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Osun State Government Advices Against Panic On Election Day||Government of the State of Osun Wednesday advised residents not to be scared of large numbers of security personnel deployed to the State for the Aug. 9 governorship election. Special Adviser on Environment and Sanitation to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, Mr Bola Ilori, gave the advice while addressing journalists in Osogbo. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC), had opposed the deployment of soldiers for the election. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supported the deployment of security men, including soldiers, to ensure violence free polls. Ilori said Gov. Rauf Aregbesola was not contesting the deployment of security men to the State since they were to protect lives and property.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://thenewsnigeria.
|Channels News Online||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Al-Makura Impeachment: Lawmakers Want Investigative Panel Dissolved||The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has called for the dissolution of the investigative panel set up to look into the allegations against the State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura. The panel, headed by Mr Yusuf Usman, was set up by the Nasarawa State Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko, to investigate the 16-count impeachment charges levelled against the Governor by the Lawmakers. Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Mr Mohammed Ibaku, said that the panel lacks the credibility to carry out their duty. Mr Ibaku explained that the Assembly based its decision on a petition written by a group known as Nasarawa Concerned Citizens, alleging irregularities in the composition of the panel. The House took the decision while sitting in Karu Local Government, away from the assembly complex in Lafia, the State capital. The House wants the Chief Judge to set up a new panel.||Nasarawa State; Impeachment||http://www.channelstv.
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Adamawa Guber: APC Splits Into Camps||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State has split into two camps in the process of trying to decide who should pick the party’s ticket in the soon to be concluded governorship by-election in the State. Currently, there is a camp comprising of supporters of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and another camp of henchmen of the former Governor Murtala Nyako. The Atiku camp is said to be working for the emergence of former governorship aspirant, Barrister Boss Mustafa while Nyako’s camp are trying to persuade former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) not to defect to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) so as to be considered for the ticket.||Adamawa 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Niger East: PDP Drops Consensus, To Hold Primaries||Niger State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was compelled yesterday to abandon the earlier consensus arrangement for the selection of the party’s candidate for the August 16 Niger- East Senatorial by-election. The party had earlier given the ticket to the former Deputy Governor of the State, Dr. Shem Nuhu Zagbayi.||Niger State; Senate By-election; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||17|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Osun 2014: "Omisore, PDP Circulating Fake Survey Result"- Okanlawon||The Director of Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of Osun State Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, has debunked an alleged falsehood being spread by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Iyiola Omisore, on a purported poll survey. Okanlawon, in a statement yesterday, said the PDP and Omisore claimed that a survey conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) put him ahead of Rauf Aregbesola. Okanlawon described the alleged poll result as "the manifestation of the falsehood for which the PDP and its candidates are well noted."||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Survey||8|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Olu Falae Rallies Support For SDP Candidate||Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Mr. Olusegun Akinwusi will bring calm, integrity and transparency to Osun State, if voted for in the August 9 poll, the party’s National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, has said. Falae in a message to party members called on the electorate to vote for Akinwusi as the best option among the governorship candidates.||Osun 2014; Social Democratic Party (SDP)||8|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||ACF Kicks Against Pro- Jonathan, Abuja Rally||The Areqa Consultative Forum, ACF, yesterday faulted the proposed rally by Niger Delta Youth in support of President Goodluck Jonathan. The ACF said that the rally was ill-timed, ill-advised and a disregard to the feelings of other Nigerians affected by the insecurity in the country.||Nigeria 2015; Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF)||9|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Osun Can’t Afford ‘Trial And Error’ Again, Say Lawmakers||Osun State House of Assembly has passed a vote of confidence on Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his quality leadership especially in the implementation of his six point integral action plan. The Assembly noted that his transparency in governance and creativity impacted positively on the development of Osun in the comity of States. The Speaker, Najeem Salam reiterated that with the style of the Governor, the State had switched gear to geometric speed in all spheres of influence, making dividends of democracy reach the common man; asserting that the State could not afford a new "trial and error" approach at this crucial moment.||Osun 2014; State House of Assembly||11|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Edo Speaker Declares Lawmaker’s Seat Vacant For Defecting To PDP||The Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, yesterday, declared the seat of the member representing Etsako West Constituency I, Mr. Abdulrazak Momoh, vacant for defecting to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, from All Progressives Congress, APC. The Speaker, Mr. Uyi Igbe, during plenary of the APC lawmakers at the Old Assembly Complex in Government House Benin, said the lawmaker’s defection did not follow due process. However, Mr. Momoh described the action as laughable, saying the move was to truncate the legal action instituted against the APC legislators for allegedly forging his signature.||Edo State House of Assembly; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Crisis||12|
|This Day Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Former Minister Of Sports, Abdullahi Finally Joins APC||Former Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has formally declared his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State. Abdullahi said the APC remains the only party that holds the key to a credible political future for Nigeria. The former Minister, who disclosed this to journalists in Ilorin yesterday also enjoined Nigerians to carefully weigh the options before them before deciding which political party to support in 2015.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||8|
|This Day Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Nyako Denies Allegation Of Stealing State Funds||Former Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has debunked the allegation of stealing N82 billion levelled against him by the acting Governor of the State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri. Nyako said the action of the incumbent government of the State had shown its level of desperation to come to power. This came as the State government yesterday disclosed that the figures released by the Governor to the public against Nyako were arrived at after series of meetings with the former Governor’s bankers.||Adamawa State; Impeachment; Alleged Theft||9|
|This Day Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Impeachment: Enugu Assembly Resumes Today, May Direct CJ To Set Panel Against Deputy Governor||The ongoing impeachment proceeding against the Enugu State Deputy Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, is expected to assume a new dimension at the State House of Assembly today as the Legislators resume after one week of adjournment. There are fears that the Legislators might ask the State Chief Judge, Justice Innocent Umezulike, to set up an investigative panel to look into the allegations against the Deputy Governor as a prelude to his possible impeachment.||Enugu State; Impeachment; Deputy Governor||10|
|This Day Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||Lawmakers Intensify Plan To Impeach Al-Makura||In a daring show of impunity, the plot to impeach Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al- Makura, yesterday took a new dimension as the State lawmakers purportedly sat outside the State capital with a view to actualizing their plan. The Lawmakers met to further press on the State Chief Judge to disband the seven-man probe panel to investigate the alleged wrong doings against the Governor which they had alleged was tilted in favour of the embattled Governor. Meanwhile, the APC has described any move to conduct the affairs of the State Assembly outside Lafia as illegal and of no effect.||Nasarawa State; Impeachment; Lawmakers||11|
|This Day Newspaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||2015: Riverine Area Must Produce Rivers Governor For Equity, Says Toby||As sections of Rivers State jostle to produce thee next Governor of the State, the wife of the former Deputy Governor of the State, Mrs. Christy Toby, has said the next Governor should come from the Riverine area in the interest of equity and equal opportunity. She spoke at the maiden edition of the Eastern Delta Women’s Conventionconvened by the women’s wing of the Eastern Delta People’s Association (EDPA) held in Port Harcourt yesterday.||Rivers 2015; Riverine Area||10|
|Guardian Newpaper||Thursday, 31st July 2014||State Assemblies Cautioned Against Impeachment||The Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) Auwalu Musa Rafsanjani, has expressed concern over what it termed the sudden resurgence in the spate of impeachment threats and urged lawmakers in the State Houses of Assembly not to abuse this power or deploy it arbitrarily.||Impeachment; Lawmakers; CISLAC||5|
|Sun News Online||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||PDP Chieftain Takes Responsibility For Rice Distribution||As controversies continue to trail the assertion by the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, during a television chat that he was not involved in rice distribution to the electorate, a chieftain of the party, Chief Francis Fadahunsi, yesterday claimed responsibility for the act. Addressing newsmen in Osogbo, Fadahunsi, declared that the gesture was not in anyway, connected to the forthcoming poll in the State, saying he had been giving out food items, clothing and employment opportunities to indigent people of the State several years before now. He said he deliberately did not seek the consent of the party’s flag bearer before commencing the distribution of rice to people across the State, because it was not the first time he would be showing such gesture to the people. He said that his names were bodily inscribed on the bags of rice being given out to avoid controversy.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnews
|Sun News Online||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||Osun 2014: Omisore’s Loyalist, PDP Members Defect To APC In Ifetedo||Thousands of supporters of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore, led by a former Chairman of Ife South Local Government Area, Hon. Diran Ayanbekun, yesterday, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), at a colourful programme in Ifetedo. This was as Governor Rauf Aregbesola said his second coming will end lack of basic infrastructure in the State, assuring the people that his administration will build more roads and provide other social amenities in Ife-South Local Government.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Partyy (PDP); Defection||http://sunnews
|Tribune News Online||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||Osun: :PDP Wants To Use Propaganda, Falsehood To Avert Defeat"- Omisore||Build ups to the August 9 governorship poll in Osun took a new twist on Monday, when the standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore ,alerted all eligible voters and the people of the State of a grand plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) ,to explore falsehood, propaganda and manipulated violence as tools to avert impending defeat during the election. He said part of the propaganda of the APC’s candidate, Rauf Aregbesola and his party, is the use of smear campaign and “publication of false story on a dubious online newssite to the effect that top officials of the RMS, a public affairs company based in Lagos ,were arrested to prevent the firm from releasing the report of its opinion survey on Osun governorship election”, stressing that “the report is utterly false and a calculated attempt to smear my name”. But, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Sunday Akere ,dismissed the position of the PDP, contending that the “PDP has come up with their bundle of lies again”.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.tribune.
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||Catholic Bishop Warns Against Using Religion To Further Political Ambition||Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Badejo, the Catholic Bishop of Oyo Diocese, has appealed to politicians not to use religion to further their political ambition. Badejo, who spoke in an interview with newsmen on Monday in Abuja, regretted that politicians were promoting religious differences for selfish interest. He said the signs ahead of the 2015 polls portend great danger going by the attitude of some politicians. "What I am afraid of now is the tendency of politicians to begin to stoke the fires of religious differences as a pillar of their agenda. Politicians are now saying that this person should not be there because he did this and he did that to Christianity; we do not need that," he said.||Nigeria 2015; Cleric;||http://www.nigerian
|Sun News Online||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||APGA Pledges To Take Over Abia In 2015||National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, has said the party is poised to take over Abia State Government House in 2015 and transform the State into a mordern one as it did in Anambra State. He described APGA as the symbol of Igbo identity and unity, stating: “Next year, 2015, it is APGA that will take the lead. We will do more than we have been doing now; Abia State will be like Anambra State.” He told APGA supporters that the late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s dream for the Igbo was the attainment unity “because he believed that when we are united, nothing shall be impossible for Ndigbo.”||Abia 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC);||http://sunnewsonline.
|All Africa Online||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||Nasarawa Impeachment: "I’ll Appear Before The Probe Panel"- Al-Makura||Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, yesterday, said he would appear before the impeachment panel set up by the State House of Assembly, even as he described the panel as illegal. The embattled Governor had earlier condemned the House for embarking on what he described as "unconstitutional and grossly illegal" impeachment process aimed at ousting him from office. He said he would appear before the panel to clear himself of the allegations levelled against him. He spoke at the Presidential Lodge when traditional rulers in the State and some of his permanent secretaries paid him Sallah homage.||Nasarawa State; Impeachment||http://allafrica.com/
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||PDP Lawmakers Displaying Legislative Rascality, Says Obende||The Senator representing Edo North Senatorial District of Edo State in the National Assembly, Senator Domingo Obende, yesterday described the gale of impeachment in the country as legislative rascality being perpetrated by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Domingo, who said that the leadership of the PDP should be held responsible if the unity of the country was threatened with the way and manner APC governors were being impeached by PDP legislators, warning that the attempt to suppress opposition was dangerous.||Nigeria; Impeachment; Law Makers; All Progressives Congress (APC)||12|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||Enugu Impeachment Saga: Group Flays Alleged Pressure On Deputy Governor To Resign||A pressure group, Enugu Rescue Group, ERG, has flayed the reported pressure on the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, to resign his office, describinng the episode as a festival of shame and power. The Group, in a statement made available to Vanguard also chided Enugu PDP stakeholders who were supportive of the removal of the Deputy Governor from office and accused them of playing the ostrich. It reasoned that asking the Deputy to resign or get impeached at the pleasure of one man was unconstitutional and the height of impunity.||Enugu State; Impeachment; Deputy Governor||15|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||2015: Jonathan’s Aides, Governors Clash Over PDP Tickets||President Goodluck Jonathan and his strategists have launched a secret plot to win more States in the North, sources said at the weekend. Some Ministers, Presidential Aides, Associates and friends of the President from the North- west and North- east are being drafted into the governorship race in the 13 States of the two geo-political zones and in Kwara and Nasarawa States. But most PDP Governors in some of the States are opposed to plans to impose presidential aides or public officers as governorship candidates.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||4|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||APC Urges INEC To Conduct Ondo By-election||All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the by- election for the Odigbo State Constituency. The seat became vacant in the State House of Assembly following the death of its representative and former Speaker of the State Assembly, the late Samuel Adesina. The Party’s publicity secretary, Abayomi Adesanya, accused the ruling Labour Party (LP) for the delay in conducting the by- election.||Ondo State; By-election; INEC; All Progressives Congress (APC||5|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||APC, PDP Trade Words Over ‘Hate Campaign, Rigging’||The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) traded words yesterday over alleged religious hate campaign and revelation of a strategy to rig the August 9th poll. Osun State APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, claimed that the PDP had intensified religious hate campaign ‘but its efforts are failing dramatically." Adding that a renegade Christian community has been accusing Aregbesola of being an idol worshipper and therefore an anti Christ, and for this reason, Christians should vote for Omisore. The Party also alleged that a PDP State Chairman allegedly boasted to close friends that the party’s victory in Osun was a forgone conclusion. But the State PDP Publicity Secretary, Prince Bola Ajao, while dismissing the APC’s allegations said the party was confident it would win the election based on its candidate, Senator Omisore’s popularity and that the party was conscious of diverse religious interests in the State.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||6|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||Ilorin Emir Warns Politicians Against Violence In 2015||Emir of Ilorin Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari has warned politicians in Kwara State against the use of thugs. The Monarch spoke yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, shortly after prayers, marking this year’s Eid-il Fitr celebrations, led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Alhaji Muhammad Salihu. Referring to violent brawl between rival street urchins in Ilorin, Alhaji Gambari regretted that the violence was perpetrated by political thugs, who relocated to the town from Lagos State.||Ilorin 2015; Monarch||10|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||PDP Woos Ribadu To Run For Adamawa State Governor||There is pressure on the former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman Nuhu Ribadu to join the Adamawa governorship race on the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The pressure on Ribadu is coming from PDP National Chairman Adamu Mu’azu and other party chiefs. But the ex- EFCC Chairman, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has not accepted the PDP’s overtures. It was gathered that the PDP is after Ribadu to "pull the carpet off the feet of APC" which may benefit from sympathy votes to compensate for Nyako’s impeachment. Ribadu’s ‘credibility’ is said to have attracted the PDP.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||1|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||Insurgency Threatens 2015 Polls, Don Warns||A senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Ibadan, Dr. Remi Aiyede, has decried the increasing attacksby insurgents in parts of the country. He said the raging insecurity posed a serious threat to next year’s general elections,if the Federal Government fails to tackle the menace effectively. While warning of the dangers inherent in not holding polls in the North East, or reducing their scope on the basis of State of emergency, the University lecturer insisted that "this could create political chaos, with the opposition rejecting a close unfavourable national tally."||Nigeria 2015; Insecurity||5|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||Dahiru Bauchi Advises Jonathan Over Insecurity Ahead of 2015||Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, renowned Islamic Scholar who last week survived a suicide attack on his motorcade in Kaduna , has advised President Jonathan to take steps to stop "some desperate politicians" who want to win 2015 elections at all costs. Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi gave the advice in a special audio message emailed to newsmen from Mecca where he usually travels to at the end of every Ramadan fast. The Sheikh said there are die hards among both muslims and christians who are desperate to ensure that their own man wins the election.||Nigeria 2015; Insecurity; Sheikh||5|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||Osun Demands Open Vote Counting In Guber Poll||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been urged to openly count and immediately announce results of the Osun governorship election on August 9th. Dr. Adeleke Ipaye, Commissioner for Local Government Service Commission in Osun, made the call at the presentation of a book: Professor Olatunji Dare at 70, in Lagos yesterday.||Osun 2014; INEC; Commissioner||8|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||2015: Pro- Jonathan Groups Plan Mass Rally In Abuja||A group of youth under the aegis of Jonathan Youth Vanguard have planned a mass rally in support of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government. Addressing a news conference in Abuja on the planned rally, Founder of the Niger Delta Youth Leaders Council, Barrister George Turnah, a member of the youth groups said about 500 pro Jonathan support groups have signed onto the project. He said the rally planned to take place in Abuja will attract a million participants to convince President Jonathan to run for a second term in office in 2015.||Nigeria 2015; JYV||14|
|This Day Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||Adamawa: Acting Governor Accuses Nyako Of Stealing N82bn, Set To Probe Him.||In what appears like justifying the impeachment of his predecessor, the acting Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, has accused the former Governor, Rear Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd), of stealing N82 billion State funds. In order to confirm the figure and recover the said sum, Fintiri hinted that he would not only set up a judicial panel to probe Nyako, but would also invite security agencies to whom he pledged cooperation.||Adamawa State; Impeachment; Probe||1|
|Guardian Newspaper||Wednesday, 30th July 2014||Niger PDP Divided Over Choice Of North-East Senatorial Candidate||Contrary to the party’s position, there appears to be a crack in the Niger State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) following the emergence of two candidates for the Niger- East Senatorial bye- election slated for August 16, 2014. This is coming barely two weeks after the party had unanimously endorsed the former gubernatorial aspirant of the party in the 2007 general elections, Dr. Shem Nuhu Zagbayi, as the candidate for the August 15th by- election after a stakeholder’s meeting in Minna, the State capital. Another aspirant, Abdullahi Musa, a former House of Representatives member, emerged on the party’s platform to contest for the Niger East Senatorial by- election.||Niger State; Senate; Senatorial By-election; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Crisis||7|
|All Africa Online||Tuesday, 29th July 2014||Benue 2015: Ortom Joins Guber Race||Minister of State, for Trade and Investments, Dr. Samuel Ortom has formally declared his intention to contest the 2015 governorship election in Benue State. He said he was motivated to join the race because of his earnest desire to add value to the lives of the people of the state through purposeful leadership. Ortom who spoke in an interview with newsmen yesterday at Makurdi said: "Having consulted with the people at all levels, I am declaring my interest in the position, not to seek bread and butter, but to give service to our people. All I am seeking to do is to bring my experience and the goodwill I enjoy from around the globe to bear in the socio-economic development of Benue State."||Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://allafrica.com/
|Daily Post Online||Tuesday, 29th July 2014||Rivers 2015: Wike Says He Cannot Be Defeated||Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike has boasted that no one can stop him from contesting election. Wike also said he has not been told by anyone not to contest the 2015 governorship election in Rivers State. He stated this in Port Harcourt while reacting to rumours that he had been advised by President Goodluck Jonathan not to contest election in 2015.||Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party; Wike||http://dailypost.ng/
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Tuesday, 29th July 2014||Ogun 2015: Kashamu Says PDP Do Not Need LP To Win Ogun||Chairman, Mobilisation and Organisation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West, Prince Buruji Kashamu, yesterday said the party does not need any alliance with the Labour Party (LP) to win the 2015 general election in Ogun State. He spoke against the backdrop of a rumoured alliance with the LP in the State under the leadership of the former Governor of the State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel. Speaking in Ijebu-Igbo, his hometown after distributing over 200 bags of rice to the residents to mark Eid-el-Fitr, Kashamu said PDP does not have such a plan.||Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|Sun News Online||Tuesday, 29th July 2014||APC Will Lose Another South- West State, Says Ayodele||Primate Elijah Ayodele of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church in Lagos State has predicted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will lose another State in the South-West in the 2015 elections. He said either Oyo or Ogun would fall into the hands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The cleric, who predicted a shocker in the recent governorship election in Ekiti State, said: “Before now, I had predicted it that President Jonathan should pray so that he will not cry over someone close to him. I am reiterating it that our president should pray very well over those close to him. I don’t want to be specific this time around, but that prayer is necessary.” He also urged Nigerians to pray for the country between December and January 15 to avert heavy bloodletting.||Nigeria 2015; Primate Ayodele||http://sunnews
|Guardian News Online||Tuesday, 29th July 2014||UNDP, NIPSS Train Parties For 2015 Polls||Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD), a project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos have collaborated on the need to deepen the capacity of political parties in the country. The training has been on since last year at the NIPSS, with funding from the UNDP/DGD and its international development partners, which include the European Union (EU), United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), managed by the Political Party Leadership and Policy Development Centre at the Institute.||Nigeria 2015; UNDP; NIPSS||http://www.ngrguard
|Punch News Online||Monday, 28th July 2014||2015: "Polling Centers’ Maps Ready"- Surveyor General||Polling centres across Nigeria have all been mapped in preparation for the 2015 general elections, the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation has said. According to OSGOF, the move is aimed at facilitating the activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission during the period of the elections.The Surveyor-General of the Federation, Prof. Peter Nwilo, who disclosed this to the House of Representatives Committee on Works while making a presentation at the OSGOF headquarters in Abuja, stated the success of the recent gubernatorial election in Ekiti was also due to the mapping of the polling units in the State. He added, “Places that we have not done are Adamawa, Zamfara and Kebbi. However, we are about to start work on these States. Adamawa is mainly because of the crisis but we are getting the required information.”||Nigeria 2015; OSGOF; INEC; Maping||http://www.punchng.
|All Africa Online||Monday, 28th July 2014||Civil Society GroupsThreaten To Boycott 2015 Elections||As the 2015 general election beckons, a civil society group, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has threatened that the non-passage of the petroleum industry bill (PIB) may trigger apathy in the elections. The group said that if the National Assembly refuses to pass the bill before the expiration of this current term, the civil society would be left with no option than to rally the masses not to waste their votes on any politician in the forthcoming election. Executive Director of the group, Godwin Uyi Ojo, at the end of a one-day seminar in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, told Sunday Independent that the group was disappointed by the attitude of the Lawmakers whom he said have caved in to the blackmail by the multinational oil companies to ensure that the bill does not see the light of day.||Nigeria 2015; Civil Society Groups; Petroleum Industry Bill||http://allafrica.com/
|Sun News Online||Monday, 28th July 2014||2015: Expect The Worst, Says Balarabe Musa||Second Republic governor of old Kaduna State and leader of the nascent Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, Alhaji Balare Musa may be versed in the socio-political dynamics of Nigeria, but he is averse to the surging sentiments of rotational presidency that has recently raised hairs, pitting the North against the South in the rocky race towards 2015 elections. Swimming against the tide of deep Northern currents, he tells Sunday Sun characteristically in his modest Kaduna home that “Nigeria is at the end of the road,” following the deepening North and South polarisation. He fears that if indeed the 2015 elections becomes a reality, the nation may go down with it.||Nigeria 2015; Balarabe Musa||http://sunnews
|All Africa Online||Monday, 28th July 2014||Ogun LP Resolves Conflict With Daniel||Indication emerged weekend that the two factions of the Labour Party, LP, in Ogun State had resolved their crisis ahead of the 2015 general elections in the State.
The hint was given when a factional Chairman of the party in the State, Olabode Simeon, said the leader, former Governor Gbenga Daniel remained the party leader in the State. At a briefing in Abeokuta, Simon said his faction had resolved its differences with Daniel’s faction and denied faulting Daniel for speaking on behalf of the leadership of the party over the alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to work for President Goodluck Jonathan.
|Ogun 2015; Labour Party (LP)||http://allafrica.com/
|All Africa Online||Monday, 28th July 2014||Group Okays Ex- Vanguard Staff For House Of Representatives||As the 2015 general election approaches, Nigeria Grass-Root Mobilizers for Jonathan and Sambo, a political pressure group, yesterday, endorsed Mr. Daniel Idonor as its candidate for the Ughelli North/Ughelli South/Udu Federal Constituency. Speaking during a courtesy visit to Idonor at his Ughelli residence, President of the group, Mr. Nathaniel Okoroh, said Idonor’s endorsement was necessitated by his commitment to the well being of his people. Describing Idonor as a man with charisma to represent his people, Okoroh explained that his choice to represent the constituency was because of his pedigree and track record in office when he was chairman of State House Correspondents chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Aso Rock, Abuja.||Abia 2015; Ughelli; House Of Representatives||http://allafrica.com/
|Daily Post Online||Monday, 28th July 2014||2015: Group Wants Atiku To Run For Presidency Under APC||A political group, under the umbrella of Atiku Abubakar Restore Nigeria, ARAN, has called on former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to declare his intention to contest the 2015 Presidential election. ARAN in a statement by its Convener, Mr. Oluwasegun Ola-Jones, on Monday in Abuja, said the former Vice President should run on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The statement added that the only hope left for the restoration of human dignity and abolition of poverty in Nigeria was for Abubakar to take over from President Goodluck Jonathan.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Daily Post Online||Monday, 28th July 2014||APC Flays Jonathan Over Assurances Of Credible 2015 Elections||The All Progressives Congress has reacted to President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent assurance that the 2015 election would be amazingly credible and peaceful. The party has asked the President and his government to walk the talk, saying all the assurances given so far by the Jonathan cannot be translated into free and fair elections. The APC, in a statement in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, urged the President to transcend sheer rhetoric and embark on concrete actions in order to ensure a credible election in 2015, unlike the Anambra and Ekiti gubernatorial elections that were allegedly marred by intimidation and other irregular practices reportedly perpetrated by the PDP.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); President Jonathan||http://dailypost.ng/
|Tribune News Online||Monday, 28th July 2014||Osun 2014: "PDP’s Claims Over New Tax Regimes Untrue"- Akere||Ahead of the August 9 governorship poll in Osun State, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere, on Sunday, described as untrue and misleading, rumour that the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, would introduce new tax regime if elected into office for a second term. He also maintained that there was no plan by the State government to embark on another round of demolition of properties and structures in Osogbo and other Communities. Akere, who made these disclosures in a press statement made available to journalists in Osogbo, alerted members of the public of the alleged “plans by some people going round major cities in the state marking buildings for demolition in a bid to incite the populace against the Government." But, the PDP’s State Chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, described the claims of the APC and Akere as untrue, saying that there was no hiding place for Aregbesola to face the “ignoble consequences of his wickedness to the innocent citizens of Osun, including the civil servants, staffers of state owned tertiary institutions and shop owners, who are already groaning under obnoxious tax regimes being enforced by officials of the state government”.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.tribune.com.
|All Africa Online||Sunday, 27th July 2014||Nigeria 2015: Contact Office Opened For Buhari’s Presidential Bid||Former Head of State, retired General Muhammadu Buhari and his loyalists seemed set to kick-start the campaign for his presidential aspiration on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), with the opening of a contact office in Abuja. The office, a rented apartment located at No. 34 Lobito Crescent, off Adetokunbo Ademola Way in Wuse II, was opened without fanfare a few weeks ago.THISDAY gathered that Buhari was persuaded to also hire a residential accommodation in an undisclosed area in Asokoro so that he could have more time to stay and interact with political stakeholders in Abuja.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://allafrica.com/
|All Africa Online||Sunday, 27th July 2014||Dosumu Declares For Lagos Guber Race||Ahead of the 2015 governorship election in Lagos State, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, during the 2011 Lagos governorship election, Dr. Ade Dosunmu, weekend, declared his interest to contest the polls under platform of the party, saying it was time to liberate the State. In a statement, said: "I have consulted widely with major stakeholders in the party before finally deciding to re-contest. My party, the PDP is aware of the yearnings of the good people of Lagos State for positive change, thus, I will work with other well-meaning members of the party to bring succour to Lagosians."||Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party||http://allafrica.com/
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Sunday, 27th July 2014||Nigeria 2015: Kwara APC Wants Saraki To Contest For Presidency||Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the three senatorial districts in Kwara State have called on a former Governor of the State, Senator Bukola Saraki, to contest the 2015 presidential election. Speaking with journalists in Ilorin, the spokesperson of the group, Alhaji Jimoh Balogun, who is also the APC chairman for Kwara South senatorial district, said Senator Saraki exemplified the qualities of a good leader that will take the country to its rightful place.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|All Africa Online||Saturday, 26th July 2014||"We’ll Shock The World With 2015 Elections"- Jonathan||President Goodluck Jonathan says Nigeria will surprise the whole world in 2015 by conducting peaceful and credible elections. Jonathan was speaking at the State House in Abuja Thursday night at the breaking of Ramadan fast with members of the Diplomatic Corps and Senators. He said: "I know that one thing that is dear to your hearts is what the elections in this country will look like next year. But let me use this unique opportunity to reassure you and I’m conveying this to my brothers, your heads of government, that our elections next year will be free and fair. It’ll be so peaceful in nature that it’ll even surprise the whole world".||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan||http://allafrica.com/
|Osun Defender News Online||Saturday, 26th July 2014||Osun 2014: "A PHD Holder Who Is Afraid To Participate In A Debate Is A Moron"- APC Tells Omisore||The All Progressives Congress has responded to IyIola Omisore’s reasons for not participating in the American sponsored pre-governorship election debate in Osun last Saturday, describing it as ‘the wisdom of a fool’.
The party went on to describe the candidate of the People’s Democratic party, PDP as a moron for failing to attend the debate, “‘That was why he ran away from the debate – simplicita! His claim to superiority is empty. A so-called PhD holder who is afraid to confront an O’Level opponent in a debate is a moron,”.
|Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.osun
|Daily Post Online||Saturday, 26th July 2014||"Presidency Acting As If Osun Election Is War"- APC||The Osun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has lamented that the deployment of Joint Task Force in the State has energised some hoodlums to the point of killing two people in Ilesha on Friday during the campaign of Iyiola Omisore, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the August 9 election. A statement sent to newsmen yesterday alleged that thugs went into an orgy of destruction, knocking down posters and billboards of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola with sadistic impunity while security forces looked the other way.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Sun News Online||Saturday, 26th July 2014||Osun 2014: "Don’t Link Me To False Reports About Omisore"- Fayose||Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr Peter Ayo Fayose has debunked rumours making the rounds on social media that he made negative remarks during a live interview programme on Progress FM Radio, Ado Ekiti last Thursday, expressing reservations about the chances of the PDP candidate in the Osun State governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore. In a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi in Ado Ekiti on Friday and made available to the press, Fayose described the rumour as a fabrication by the APC members who were overwhelmed with fear of losing Osun State few weeks after their party was booted out of Ekiti State.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP);||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Friday, 25th July 2014||Osun Poll: INEC Ad-Hoc Staff Warned Against Malpractices||Members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) that would serve as ad-hoc staff for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the August 9 governorship election have been warned against involving in acts capable of constituting electoral offences. Osun State Commissioner for Special Duties and Regional Integration, Mr. Bashiru Ajibola, gave the warning while speaking with newsmen in Osogbo. According to Ajibola, NYSC members as fresh graduates should uphold sanctity of the Constitution of the country and work towards peaceful conduct of the election by shunning any act capable of marring it.||Osun 2014; INEC||http://sunnews
|Osun Defender News Online||Friday, 25th July 2014||"Why We Asked Osun INEC REC To Step Down"- Jega||The Chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, has described as difficult and painful but realistic the decision to send another Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, to conduct the Osun governorship election. Mr. Jega made the observation at a dialogue with news managers, titled: ‘Experience Sharing Dialogue with Media Professionals’ in Abuja on Wednesday. He said the decision was made to minimise, if not totally eliminate, allegation of lack of level playing ground. “INEC is convinced that our REC, Amb. Rufus Akeju, has done nothing wrong, unfortunately, some people have obtained a High Court injunction to prevent him from conducting the election. We have appealed against that judgment but again people are trying to politicise his continued role in the conduct of election in Ekiti. The commission has to take the painful decision rather than allowing the allegation to continue to circumscribe the conduct of the election, let get another REC to conduct the election. As we are concerned, the allegations against him have not been substantiated,” Mr. Jega said.||Osun 2014; INEC; Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC)||http://www.osun
|Osun Defender News Online||Friday, 25th July 2014||"I Can’t See Omisore Winning Osun Poll, I Don’t Think He Can Win.."- Fayose||If you’re wondering why Ayo Fayose didn’t extend his South-west campaign to Omisore/PDP in Osun, he made a comment on a popular radio interview in Ado-Ekiti where he shared is opinion on the possibility of the Osun governorship candidate under his party, PDP, winning the election. He said with all seriousness, “…I can’t see Omisore winning the poll, I don’t think he can win, but I wish him good-luck”. – via progress 100.5 fm Ado-Ekiti ~ PeterAyodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor Elect.||Osun 2014; Ekiti Governor- Elect; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.osun
|Leadership News Online||Friday, 25th July 2014||You Can’t Determine Who Governs Imo State, Rochas Tells Nzeribe||Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday blasted maverick politician, Arthur Nzeribe over his comments in the media that the State Government will play host to another Governor in 2015 through his prowess. This was contained in a press statement issued through his Senior Special Assistant on media, Sam Onwuemeodo, maintaining that the power to govern the State does not rest on Nzeribe or any other godfather.Nzeribe was reported to have vowed to resist the re-election of the Imo State Governor after he boasted that the Imo Government House will witness another Governor in 2015.||Imo State Governor; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|All Africa Online||Friday, 25th July 2014||Nasarawa State: PDP Gives Al-Makura’s Deputy Conditions||Ahead of the planned impeachment of Governor Umaru Al Makura of Nasarawa State and the eventual takeover by his Deputy, Mr. Luka Barau, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reportedly barred Barau from seeking governorship election in the 2015 poll. A source said it aimed at preventing the yet to be Governor from using his office to seek re election and thus scuttling the chances of the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku and Senator Solomon Ewuga, representing Nasarawa North at the Senate. Maku and his erstwhile godfather, Ewuga have since declared their ambitions to vie for the State governorship seat in the coming general election.||Nasarawa State; Impeachment||http://allafrica.com
|Daily Post Online||Friday, 25th July 2014||Osun 2014: INEC National Commissioner Arrives State For Supervision||National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ambassador Ahmed Wali, yesterday arrived Osun State. He is expected to lead supervision in the August 9 governorship election. A press statement issued by the Chief Public Affairs Officer of the Commission in Osogbo, Mrs Adenike Tadese, said the deployment by the leadership of the Commission was to enhance transparency and fairness during the election.||Osun 2014; INEC||http://dailypost.ng/
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday, 25th July 2014||PDP Must Take Over Kwara In 2015- Chairman||Kwara State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Iyiola Oyedepo, has expressed confidence that there would be leadership change in Kwara in 2015. The Chairman who was speaking during a special prayer organized for the newly inaugurated Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman at Ansarul Islam mosque in Abuja, solicited for the co-operation of all to bring the dream to reality.||Kwara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||20|
|The Nation Newspaper||Friday, 25th July 2014||APC, PDP In Rivers Disagree On Amaechi’s Tour||The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State have disagreed over the tour of the 23 Local Governments by Governor Rotimi Amaechi. The APC Chairman, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, described the tour as a political master stroke. He accused the PDP of naivety. The PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah said Amaechi’s campaign should be stopped by the Commissioner of Police, Tunde Ogunsakin and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as it is causing political tension in the State.||Rivers State; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP);||7|
|The Nation Newspaper||Friday, 25th July 2014||APC Alleges Plan By Omisore, PDP To Cause Mayhem In Osun||Osun State All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Iyiola Omisore are planning to cause mayhem after the August 9th poll. The party’s spokesperson, Kunle Oyatomi, in a statement yesterday said, the PDP was also planning to set the voting process in disarray before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announces a "pre-determined election result". But Omisore denied that he and the PDP would cause mayhem after the election.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Violence||8|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday, 25th July 2014||2015: Eight Persons Battle For Edo South Senatorial Seat||As campaign for the 2015 National Assembly election hots up in Edo State, eight persons have indicated interest to vie for the Edo South senatorial seat, including the Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr Samson Osagie. It is unclear whether the current occupant Senator Ehigie Uzamere, will seek a third term or wait for the 2016 governorship race. Some of the aspirants in the senatorial race include Samson Osagie APC, Matthew Urhoghide PDP, Victor Ebos Edomoyi PDP, Ehioge West Idahose PDP, Patrick Obahiagbon APC, and Henry Idahagbon APC.||Edo 2015; Edo- South Senate||13|
|This Day Newspaper||Friday, 25th July 2014||Impeachment: Enugu Assembly Serves Deputy Governor Through Substituted Means||The impeachment noose hanging on the neck of the embattled Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Sunday Onyebuchi, was tightened yesterday as the House of Assembly passed a motion asking the Clerk, Christopher Chukwura, to serve the impeachment notice on him through substituted means. When contacted on whether or not the notice had been served as directed by the Assembly, the Public Relations Officer, Jonas Ugwuanyi, confirmed the service.||Enugu State; Impeachment; Deputy Governor||9|
|This Day Newspaper||Friday, 25th July 2014||Gunmen Kidnap Ebonyi Assembly Majority Leader||Gunmen on Thursday kidnapped the Majority Leader of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Sam Nwali, representing Ikwo North Constituency. Available report said Nwali was kidnapped at his residence at Watchman Street in Abakaliki at the early hours of Thursday. Meanwhile, a source who pleaded anonimity said Nwali’s kidnap may not be unconnected to the crisis rocking the House of Assembly, over the impeachment of the former Speaker, Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku, last Monday.||Ebonyi State; Impeachment; Speaker; Kidnap||10|
|Guardian Newspaper||Friday, 25th July 2014||Civil Servants Are Better Managers Than Politicians, Says Akinwusi Of SDP||The flag bearer of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun State, Mr. Olusegun Akinwusi, has stated that civil servants are better managers of men and resources than professional politicians. Akinwusi who spoke while addressing a group of retirees in his campaign office in Osogbo, decried the manner in which politicians had nearly ran the nation aground , saying it would be suicidal for public servants to wholly entrust their lives in the promises of politicians.||Osun 2014; Social Democratic Party (SDP)||7|
|Guardian Newspaper||Friday, 25th July 2014||Omisore Condemns Use Of School Children For Campaign||The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has expressed displeasure over alleged use of public school children for campaign by the All Progressives Congress (APC). He said the practice of using the school pupils for the purpose of electioneering campaigns negated democratic norms and presented the State Government as using the students unduly. The PDP candidate, therefore, urged parents and guardians in the State to keep watch on their children and monitor their movement.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||7|
|Channels News Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Braithwaite Calls For Suspension Of 2015 General Elections||A former presidential candidate, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite on Wednesday said that should be no election in 2015 unless the Chibok girls kidnapped in April from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok are released.Mr Braithwaite who was amongst other activists at a rally held at the Event Garden in Lagos as part of activities to mark 100 days of captivity of the girls, condemned the manner at which politicians go about their electioneering activities in the face of insecurity in the country.||Nigeria 2015; Insecurity||http://www.channelstv.
|Punch News Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Jega Lists Challenges Ahead Of 2015 Elections||The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has listed challenges facing the Commission ahead of 2015 general elections. Jega, who listed the challenges in an interactive forum with the media in Abuja on Wednesday, also said that the recent governorship election in Ekiti State was not militarialised. Listing the challenges ahead of 2015 elections, he said that they included, “Insecurity, funding, attitudes of political class, apathetic and inactive citizenry, delay in amendment to the legal framework, completion of the review of electoral constituencies and polling units and prosecution of election offenders.” He, however, said that the commission had carried out some reforms, which had led to the success of Ekiti State Governorship election.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.punchng.
|Bella Naija Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Nigeria 2015: "People Without Permanent Voter’s Card Ineligible To Vote"- INEC||Selina Okoh, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Imo, said INEC has decided that only those who have Permanent Voter Card (PVC), would be eligible to vote in 2015 general elections. Okoh made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri on Tuesday. She said although INEC Headquarters had cancelled the initial date for the distribution of the cards in the State, a new date would soon be communicated to the electorate.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.bellanaija.
|This Day Live||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Daniel Canvasses Suport For Jonathan||Former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, has urged Nigerians to support the President Goodluck Jonathan re-election bid in 2015 in the interest of the country. Daniel, who addressed a press conference at his Maryland Krestal Laurel office yesterday, said the prevailing condition in the country does not give room for a change of government, but that instead, President Jonathan requires the full support of Nigerians to continue with the transformation he kick started in his first term in government. The former Governor who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Labour Party (LP) vowed that President Jonathan and the PDP would receive the backing of LP in the 2015 polls to return to office, and also assured the people that his party was poised to partner the PDP in Ogun State to beat the incumbent Governor Ibikunle Amosun of All Progressive Congress (APC).||Nigeria 2015; Labour Party; President Jonathan||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Thursday, 24th July 2014||2015 Will Be Pay-back Time For PDP, Jonathan, Says APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the electorate in the North-East will use the next year’s general election to show their displeasure against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and President Goodluck Jonathan for allegedly failing to arrest the destructive scourge of insurgency ravaging the North-Eastern part of the country. The party’s National Vice-Chairman in the North-East, Babachir David Lawal, who made the assertion in an interview with journalists in Abuja, also said the people of Adamawa State are angry over the wrongful removal of former Governor Murtala Nyako and will definitely restore APC to power in the State after the by- election.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|All Africa Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Repeat Your 2011 Support For Jonathan, FCT Minister Tells Ndigbo||Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Usman has called on the indigenes of the South East geo-political zone, to ensure that their support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s electoral success in 2011, is replicated in 2015, saying that Igbo were key to the President’s re-election. He said this in a speech titled: Transforming Nigeria: Building a Safe Peaceful, Strong and Prosperous Nation at an award dinner convened by an Igbo group, Ndigboamaka in Lagos.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://allafrica.com/
|Sun News Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||2015: Anti- Amaechi Lawmakers Endorse Jonathan, Wike||The six Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) members in the Rivers State House of Assembly, popularly referred to as ‘anti-Amaechi Lawmakers’ have endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in 2015. The Lawmakers include Evans Bapakaye Bipi representing Ogu/Bolo Constituency, Martin Amaewhule representing Obio/Akpor Constituency I, Michael Okechukwu Chinda representing Obio/Akpor Constuency II. Others are Victor Ihunwo representing Port-Harcourt Constituency III, Kelechi Nwogu representing Omuma Constituency and Ibani Ikuiyi representing Andoni Constituency. A statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday and signed by the six Lawmakers also endorsed the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, as the party’s flag bearer in the 2015 governorship race in the State. According to them, their decision to endorse Jonathan was informed by his transformation agenda, which they said was fast-tracking development in the country.||Nigeria 2015; Port Harcourt; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnews
|All Africa Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||APGA Women Support Umeh For Senate||The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Women for Good Governance, Anambra State chapter, has thrown its support to the decision of the party’s National Chairman, Victor Umeh, to contest for Anambra Central Senatorial seat in the 2015 general election. In a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, its Coordinator, Grace Dike, stated that Umeh is a divine gift to APGA, Anambra State and Nigeria "in our quest at building a strong, virile and prosperous democratic society.||Anambra 2015; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA); Senate||http://allafrica.com
|Daily Post Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Aide Insists Umeh Is No Threat To Ngige’s Senatorial Ambition||Following the declaration of his senatorial ambition last weekend by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, his rival, Senator Nwabueze Chris Ngige says he has nothing to worry about. Ngige, who is currently representing the Anambra Central senatorial district spoke through his Media Aide, Chief Charles Amilo. Chief Amilo in an exclusive interview with DailyPost said that Umeh was the least of the problems of the distinguished Senator as his declaration speech during his 52nd birthday had not even been discussed by the Ngige camp. He dismissed with a wave of the hand the opinion that the Anambra Central Senatorial election in 2015 may be a replica of the 2011 battle between his boss and late Prof Dora Akunyili, insisting that Umeh would be an easy win for the Ngige camp.||Anambra 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Senate||http://dailypost.ng/
|Daily Post Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Osun 2014: Jega Promises Credible Election||Jega in a chat with newsmen in Abuja said the Commission will ensure that the forthcoming poll surpasses the outcome of the Ekiti State election. He said, some of the measures put in place include sanitised and credible voters registers as well as Permanent Voters Card (PVCs), the use of colour coded ballot papers and the utilisation of super racks which entails the deployment of materials ahead of the election proper. He added that in Ekiti, by 8am, 95 per cent of the polling units were operational which was a huge departure from previous system. Jega noted that the engagement of all stakeholders and training of staff were major contributory factors in making the election successful.||Osun 2014; INEC||http://dailypost.ng/
|Guardian News Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Stakeholders Pledge Peaceful Poll In Osun||Stakeholders in the August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun State last Thursday unanimously pledged total commitment to peaceful and non-violent conduct and behaviour before, during and after the poll. In Oshogbo at a sensitisation workshop for political parties, gubernatorial candidates and stakeholders, organised under the auspices of the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Inter Party Affairs (SAP-IPA), the stakeholders expressed individual and collective support for anything that would ensure free, fair, credible and non-violent elections in the State.||Osun 2014; Peace||http://ngrguardian
|Leadership News Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Omisore Pledges To Return Osun To 6-3-3-4 Education Policy||With less than 17 days to the conduct of August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun State, the standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has promised to revert to the 6-3-3-4 national policy on education if elected Governor of the State. Addressing a rally at Okinni in Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State, Omisore condemned the State government’s jettisoning of 6-3-3-4 educational curriculum, which was introduced by the federal government for all schools in Nigeria.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng
|Osun Defender News Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||APC Takes Concrete Measures To Endure Free, Fair And Credible Election In Osun||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken concrete actions to ensure that all the candidates in the Aug. 9th 2014 governorship election in Osun State are provided with a level playing field and that the election is free, fair, transparent and devoid of harassment and intimidation. In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said it had challenged in court the powers of the President to deploy troops to Osun State for the election and the power of the Inspector-General of Police to impose a curfew on any part of the State during the election. It also said the party had written to INEC to demand a postponement of the election if the electoral commission cannot guarantee that all registered voters will be given their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) before voting day or in the alternative allow all registered members in possession of INEC temporary voters card to cast their votes in the election.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.osun
|Leadership News Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Aregbesola Will Deliver On Campaign Promises, Akere Tells Osun Electorates||Chairman of Governor Rauf Aregbesola re-election Campaign Committee for Ila Federal Constituency, Mr Sunday Akere has told the electorate in Osun State that the Governor is dedicated to improving the lot of the people of Osun State. The campaign chairman assured the people that Aregbesola would not only deliver on his electioneering promises as he has done during his first four years, but would also ensure that he does more to make Osun a paradise for them.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng
|Sun News Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Adamawa: "We Need A Formal Notice Of Vacancy"- INEC||The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, said yesterday that the agency has not been formally notified of the existing vacancy in the Adamawa State Government House. Jega, at an interactive with journalist in Abuja at the behest of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said although as citizens of Nigeria, they read and heard in the media of the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako, INEC has not been formally notified as is required to prepare for a replacement.||Adamawa State; Impeachment; INEC; By-election||http://sunnews
|All Africa Online||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Akinwusi, Akinbade Condemn Inducing Osun Voters With Food Stuff, Others||The governorship candidates of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun State, Mr. Olusegun Akinwusi and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, have warned politicians who induce voters with foodstuffs and other materials to desist from it, saying the practice is undemocratic. The duo, in separate statements, urged citizens in the State to be wary of politicians who move round to bribe them with material things, saying their agenda was to secure their support during election and later abandon them after they might have come to power. According to them, people in the State should be wary of the Greek gift desperate politicians allegedly carry about simply to curry their favour, pointing out that those who engage in the practice don’t have the interest of the State at heart.||Osun 2014; Social Democratic Party (SDP); Labour Party (LP)||http://allafrica.com
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Osun Poll: Omisore’s Group Differ Over Plan To Militarise Poll||The Osun State All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Omisore Campaign Organization differed yesterday over plans to deploy military personnel for the August 9 governorship election. Interim Chairman of the APC, Elder Adebiyi Adelowo, at a media briefing yesterday at the party’s secretariat said the election was supposed to be a civil excercise devoid of soldiers. But the Director of Publicity for Omisore Campaign Organization, Prince Diran Odeyemi, described the APC’s allegations as baseless saying the PDP would win the election without rigging and without the influence of any individual or group of people.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||8|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Nasarawa Assembly Asks Chief Judge To Constitute Panel||The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has asked the Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko, to constitute a seven man panel to probe alleged gross misconduct against Governor Tanko Al- Makura. The Lawmakers took the decision during plenary yesterday, which lasted for about 20 minutes.||Nasarawa State; Impeachment||10|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 24th July 2014||APC Gets Tribunal’s Nod To Inspect Ekiti Election Materials||The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti, yesterday granted the application of All Progressives Congress (APC) requesting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow it unfettered access to inspect all electoral materials used in the June 21 governorship election. The Tribunal equally granted the motion of APC to serve the Governor- elect, Mr Ayo Fayose through a substituted means since the court’s bailiffs were unable to serve the petition to Mr. Fayose personally.||Ekiti 2014; Election Tribunal; All Progressives Congress (APC)||11|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Osun 2014: Imbibe The Spirit Of Tolerance, Says NOA To Politicians||With a few days to the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State, politicians in the State have been advised to imbibe the spirit of tolerance to ensure continued peaceful coexistence of the society. Speaking at an interactive session with key stakeholders in the State, organized by the National Orientation Agency, NOA, in Osogbo, the Director General of the body, Mr. Mike Omeri, pointed out the need for stakeholders to embrace peace and impress it on their followers the importance of peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the poll.||Osun 2014; Peace; NOA||57|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Military Presence Enhanced Success Of Ekiti Election, Jega Says||Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday explained that the deployment of military men during the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State helped to ensure a peaceful and successful conduct of the election. The INEC Chairman said it is wrong to view the deployment of soldiers in Ekiti State as militarization saying it is just a ploy by some politicians to create excuses to undermine the electoral process.||Ekiti 2014; INEC; Militarization||19|
|This Day Newspaper||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Face Your Case With EFCC, Ogun APC Tells Daniel||The Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised the former Governor of the State, Mr. Gbenga Daniel, to channel his energy towards extricating himself from the web of stealing proferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This, according to the party in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Sola Lawal, is the noble course to take by the former Governor, instead of distracting the incumbent from the task of rebuilding all that he dismantled in the State. Daniel had vowed to unseat the Ibikunle Amosun administration for rubbishing his legacies.||Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||52|
|Guardian Newspaper||Thursday, 24th July 2014||Association States Modalities For Peaceful, Transparent Conduct Of Election||The Osun Development Association (ODA) has presented modalities for peaceful and transparent conduct of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Osun State. In a statement issued and signed by the Chairman, Prof. Olu Aina and the Secretary, Mr. Ademola Fabunmi said, "Determined to vigorously pursue its mission and objective of an enduring peace , and accelerated development in Osun State, a special meeting of the Osun Development Association (ODA) was held today to brainstorm on the modalities for the peaceful and transparent conduct of the August 9 gubernatorial election in the State." This includes avoidance of unguarded inciting statements by politicians, conduct of a credible election by the Electoral body, shunning of manipulation by electorates and neutrality of the Federal Government.||Osun 2014; ODA||69|
|All Africa Online||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||"CBN Monitoring Government, Politicians Spending"- Emefile||The Governor of Central bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said, yesterday, that the apex bank was closely monitoring government spending and those of individuals as the nation moves nearer the 2015 elections with a view to taking proactive measures towards checking their negative effects on the economy. Mr Godwin Emefiele answering questions during his screening by the Senate for Central Bank Governorship in Abuja on Wednesday. He was reacting to questions at his briefing on the outcome of the 96th Monetary Policy Committee, MPC, meeting which held between Monday and yesterday, in Abuja, where he also announced the retention of the Monetary Policy Rate, MPR, at 12% , with a corridor of +/-200 basis points.||Nigeria 2015; CBN||http://allafrica.com/
|All Africa Online||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Benue 2015: Suswam’s Bid To Loan Senate Seat||Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has finally opened up on his bid to take the Senate seat presently occupied by Senator Barnabas Gemade. The outgoing Governor’s bid for Gemade’s political jugular is bound to excite the political firmament in the region. Governor Gabriel Suswam was modest in staking his bid for the Benue North East senatorial seat last Thursday at the palace of the Ter Kwande, Chief Hilary Ikima in Adikpo, Kwande Local Council of the State. The Governor led his retinue of supporters from across the State including the three paramount rulers of the Sankera political bloc where he comes from to lobby the two paramount rulers of Ushongo and Kwande Local Councils where the PDP supposedly zoned the position to, asking that the seat be ceded to him.||Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://allafrica.com
|All Africa Online||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Kashamu, Daniel Bicker Over Jonathan||Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Chairman, Organisation and Mobilisation Committee, PDP, South West, Prince Buruji Kashamu yesterday traded words over who was working for President Goodluck Jonathan’s perceived second term election in 2015. While Daniel said the Labour Party, LP, had resolved to back the President’s perceived ambition, Kashamu argued that it was a plan to mislead the people of Ogun State.||Ogun State; Labour Party; People’s Democratic Party||http://allafrica.com/
|All Africa Online||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Ngwa Group Rejects PDP’s Zoning Of Guber Position To Abia South||Last Saturday’s zoning of the next Abia State governorship slot in 2015 to Abia South senatorial zone by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus, which resolution was taken at a meeting held at the Banquette Hall of Government House, Umuahia, has been rejected by an Abia socio-cultural group called Odimma Ndi Abia 2015. The PDP caucus based its zoning to the South on what it called equity, justice and fair play, which it stated, was/is in line with the rotation arrangement of the position among the three zones of the State, pointing out that while Abia North had its turn through Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, the present Governor Dr. Theodore Orji, whose second term will end next year, has taken the turn of Abia-Central. The Odinma Ndi Abia 2015 said, zoning to Abia-South would tantamount to excluding Ngwa governorship aspirants that are not indigenes of the said Abia-South zone, as well as create dichotomy and discrimination against non-Abia South-Ngwa aspirants they described as "real sons of Ngwaland".||Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://allafrica.com/
|Codewit News Online||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Okorocha Tells NTA To Provide A Level Playground For Political Parties||The Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) has been urged to provide a level play ground for all political parties and their candidates to air their views, programmes and vision come 2015 general election. The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha who made the call, when the management led by the General Manager of NTA Channel 12 Owerri, Mr. Leyi Nwinyode paid him a courtesy visit at the State Government House, Owerri, said that the nation has come to a critical moment when those aspiring to rule the country would be judged on what they can offer to the people rather than by the political party they belong.||Nigeria 2015; NTA; Imo State Governor||http://worldstagegroup.
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Nzeribe Vows To Resist Okorocha’s Re-election Bid||Senator Arthur Nzeribe, has vowed to resist the re-election bid of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State come 2015. Sun News reported that Nzeribe, described Okorocha as "a Governor full of baggage". "On May 29, 2015, Douglas House in Imo State will play host to a baggage-free brand new Governor. The fresh Governor will emerge from one of the two distinct groups in Imo politics, made up of 15 candidates. Nine politicians out of the two identified groups can be regarded as analogue or old political activists, the rest six are digital or new political activists", Nzeribe bragged.||Imo 2015||http://www.nigerian
|Tribune News Online||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||2015: Saraki Joins Presidential Race, To Declare After Ramadan||Former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki has joined the 2015 presidential race under the banner of All Progressives Congress (APC). The former Chairman, Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF), who is currently the Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, had commenced consultations with relevant stakeholders in the country two months ago. He was said to have concluded the series of consultations with a firm decision to contest the presidential election and concluded that President Goodluck Jonathan, who is set to fly the flag of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is beatable in the 2015 race. It was also gathered that the Senator has designed a campaign that will de-emphasise religion, ethnicity and bigotry.A source close to the campaign said the former Governor is set to tell the entire nation of his ambition, shortly after the Ramadan fast.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.tribune.
|This Day Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Enugu Assembly Begins Impeachment Process Against Deputy Governor||The gale of impeachment blowing across the nation’s political landscape hit Enugu State yesterday when the State’s House of Assembly formally commenced impeachment proceedings against the Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, who was accused of gross misconduct in the performance of his functions. In a sitting that lasted less than an hour, the lawmakers passed a motion directing the Clerk of the House, Christopher Chukwura, to serve the embattled Deputy Governor the impeachment notice with 22 out of the 24 lawmakers endorsing the notice.||Enugu State; Impeachment; Deputy Governor||8|
|This Day Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||PDP Delegates Endorse Marwa’s Candidature||Delegates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the Adamawa State Central Senatorial district have endorsed a former military Governor of Lagos and Borno States, Brigadier- General Buba Marwa (rtd), for the governorship seat on the Party’s platform. The 335 delegates from the central district declared their support for Marwa at a PDP delegates and stakeholder’s meeting held yesterday in Yola, the State capital. However, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the PDP , Dr. Umar Ardo said Marwa is merely chasing shadows.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||10|
|This Day Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Osun Guber: NYSC Boss Cautions Politicians Against Unguided Statements||The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier- General Olawumi Johnson, has noted with disdain comments credited to some politicians against corps members involved in the electioneering process. Olawumi described the situation where politicians blackmail corps members to score political goals as improper and uncalled for.||Osun 2014; NYSC; Inciting Comments||13|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||EFCC Quizzes Adamawa Ex- Deputy Governor||Former Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari was yesterday quizzed by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at its Abuja headquarters over allegations of fraud. The EFCC spokesman said Ngilari was released after about three hours of questioning. Daily Trust also learnt that the anti- graft agency is planning to declare Nyako wanted over allegations of misappropriation of State funds.||Adamawa State; Impeachment; Deputy Governor; EFCC||3|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Stop Playing Politics With Security, Oshiomole Tells Politicians||Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomole has urged politicians to resist the temptation of playing politics with security matters In the interest of the nation. Speaking at a workshop organized by the Department of State Security Services in Benin City yesterday, the Governor said playing politics with sensitive security matters will only encourage the perpetrators to do more.||Edo State Governor; Security||6|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||PDP Tackles Buhari Over Comments Against Jonathan||The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday reacted to former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari’s (rtd) comment on President Goodluck Jonathan’s government. The party said Buhari’s ‘insult’ on the person and office of the President as well as the ruling party was unbecoming of an opposition leader.||People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Buhari||10|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Senate Writes INEC On Niger East By- election||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s Resident Commissoner in Niger State, Dr. Emmanuel Onuchenyo has said the Commission will soon announce a date for the Niger East senatorial by- election as the Senate has written to confirm there is a vacancy in the senatorial district.||Niger State; Senate; INEC; Senatorial By-election||19|
|Guardian Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||PDP Alleges Plot By APC To Truncate Democracy||Nigerians have been alerted of a ‘grand plot’ by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to truncate the nation’s democracy ‘the systematic attack and destruction of key democratic institutions, including the judiciary, legislature, security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).’ Making the allegation yesterday in Abuja during a press conference tagged "APC Is On The Destructive March Again", the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said that while the nation was yet to recover from the effects of the past utterances of some APC leaders, more of such utterances were being made. These he said, were part of a grand design to throw the country into a situation that could destroy its democracy.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Inciting Utterances||3|
|Guardian Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Borno Speaker Denies Plot To Impeach Governor||Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkareem Lawan yesterday denied impeachment plot against Governor Kashim Shettima, assuring that more than two- thirds of the 28 member Assembly is currently in support of the StateChief Executive, especially as he is battling challenges of insurgents tormenting the State. Lawan made the ‘clarifications and denials’ in a telephone interview yesterday from Makkah, Saudi Arabia where he is performing the lesser hajj.||Borno State; Impeachment||6|
|Guardian Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Osun 2014: O- REAP Scheme Fraudulent, Omisore Alleges.||The governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, senator Iyiola Omisore, has criticized Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s agriculture programme, alleging that the Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O-REAP) is a fraud. Speaking through his Director of Media and Strategy, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, he said in the face value, the current administration presented the programme as means to empower farmers but that a close examination indicated it was allegedly a fraud. The party has asked Aregbesola to come out with a breakdown of how the O- REAP fund was expended if he has nothing to hide.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); O_REAP||68|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Osun 2014: INEC To Stop Distribution Of PVCs’ On August 4th||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Osun State has said it will stop distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) on August 4th to concentrate on the governorship election. The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, yesterday made the disclosure at an interactive session with Christian and Muslim leaders.||Osun 2014; INEC; Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC)||8|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday, 23rd July 2014||Graca Machel, Tutu, Malala Write Jonathan, World Leaders On 2015||Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Wife of late Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, Pakistani girl education rights activist, Mala Yousafzai and two other civil rights campaigners, have written a letter to world leaders, including President Goodluck Jonathan, warning of dangers that lie ahead of 2015 as a result of growing insecurity.||Nigeria 2015; Insecurity||9|
|Guardian Newspaper||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Buhari Warns Against Stifling Opposition||Former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to halt his administration’s alleged impunity in the interest of Nigeria’s survival and the sustenance of the nation’s democracy.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||1|
|Guardian Newspaper||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||INEC Delivers PVC, Others In Cross River||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River State has taken delivery of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) and materials for the Continuous Voter’s Registration in the State. Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Mike Igini, who confirmed the delivery, said a three- day collection of the PVC had been fixed to commence at polling units where electorates registered in 2011.||Cross River 2015; INEC; Permanent Voter’s cards (PVCs)||9|
|Guardian Newspaper||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Parties Bicker Over Violent Conduct Ahead Of Osun Poll||Against the backdrop of the rising wave of violence preparatory to the August 9 governorship poll in Osun State, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its arch rival the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), have continued to make accusations and counter allegation of violent conduct. The PDP at the weekend accused the APC of keeping a killer squad within the party purposely to terrorise the opposition but the APC countered saying it was the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, who is formenting trouble through some security men who wear veils and accompany him during rallies.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||65|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Nasarawa Lawmakers At Crossroads Over Al- Makura’s Impeachment Saga||The plot by Nasarawa State House of Assembly members to unseat Governor Tanko Al- Makura appears to be heading towards the rocks, according to reliable sources in Lafia and Abuja. Although the 20 pro- impeachment lawmakers have since relocated to Abuja in a bid to perfect their plan, a highly placed source in Lafia told Vanguard last night that the Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko, was insisting on strict compliance with laid down rules before he could support the process.||Nasarawa State; Impeachment||9|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||2015: Abia Zones Guber Seat To South Senatorial District||The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has officially said that the governorship candidate would come from Abia South senatorial district in the 2015 elections. The controversial decision is bound to continue to occupy the political space of the State for sometime to come as the Governor of the State had always said the slot would go to Ukwa/Nkwa people of Abia South. However, some politicians from Abia North have expressed their desires to run.||Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||15|
|The Nation Newspaper||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||PDP, Omisore Group Deny Alleged Rift Over Campaign Fund||Iyiola Omisore Campaign Organization and the Osun State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have denied allegations of a rift over an alleged fund released by the Federal Government to prosecute the August 9 governorship election. The organization’s Media Director, Prince Diram Odeyemi, in a statement, described the media reports on the issue as mischievous.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||8|
|The Nation Newspaper||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||We Were Not Paid To Sack Nyako, Says Acting Governor||Adamawa State Acting Governor Ahmadu Fintiri has said members of the House of Assembly were not ‘bribed’ to remove Governor Murtala Nyako. Fintiri spoke yesterday when he visited President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||9|
|This Day Newspaper||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Ebonyi Speaker Impeached||Eighteen out of the twenty four members of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly yesterday impeached the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku amidst tight security. Nwazunku was impeached following a motion moved by Hon. Chris Usulor, representing Ezza South constituency and seconded by the Minority Leader, Hon. Enyi C. Enyi. Hen. Helen Nwobashi is now the new Speaker.||Ebonyi State; Impeachment; Speaker||A|
|This Day Newspaper||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Niger Senatorial By-election: APC Says REC Lacks Credibility To Conduct Poll||The Niger State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Niger State lacks the credibility to conduct credible elections in the State, calling on the Chairman of the Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, to redeploy the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Emmanuel Onuchenyo, before the by- election to fill the senatorial seat left vacant by the late Senator Dahiru Kuta.||Niger State; All Progressives Congress (APC); INEC; Senatorial By-election||B|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Jonathan Deserves Impeachment, Says VOTAS||Former Chairman of the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) and President of the Nigeria Voter’s Assembly (VOTAS), Comrade Moshood Erubami has said it is President Goodluck Jonathan that deserved to be impeached by the National Assembly for violation of the Constitution rather than the opposition.||VOTAS; Impeachment||12|
|This Day Live||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||2015 Elections May Be Nigeria’s Turning Point For The Best, Says UNDP||Contrary to the fears in many quarters that the 2015 general election could spell doom for the country given the rising wave of tension and unrest in some parts of the country, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has allayed the fears in the minds of many Nigerians that the 2015 polls will mar the country, saying the election is “a possible turning point for the best for Nigeria”. UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria, Mr. Daouda Toure, who said this yesterday while on a courtesy visit to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, reassured Nigerians that the country would come out stronger from the elections.||Nigeria 2015; UNDP|
|The Nation News Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||2015: INEC To Adopt New Plans, Says Jega||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will adopt various strategies to educate the electorate, especially rural and illiterate voters, ahead of next year’s general elections.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said various platforms would be developed to reach out to the electorate. Jega spoke yesterday in Abuja at a four-day workshop organised by the United States Embassy for INEC Public Affairs officers, with the theme: The Role of INEC Press Officers: Enhancing Good Governance Through Media and Grassroots Outreach. The INEC Chairman said various platforms would be developed to ensure that the electorate are adequately informed about their roles in the conduct of credible elections. He assured Nigerians that INEC had put in place measures to enhance capacity of its staff.
|Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://thenationonlineng
|Osun Defender News Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Stop Decieving Nigerians Now- Atiku Tells PDP, Jonathan||Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has warned the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government against the dangerous tactics of polarising the country along fault lines as a means of diverting the attention of Nigerians from its inept and apathetic posture to corruption and insecurity. Reacting to a report in a weekly paper which alleges that a former Russian spy had linked the All Progressives Congress to terrorists and extremists, the former Vice President said in a statement in Abuja on Sunday that these sponsored allegations by the PDP administration would not help the country. He said no responsible Government should seek to create division, suspicion and animosity among its citizens by linking the opposition leaders with terrorist activities or accusing them of harbouring extremists.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congresss (APC)||http://www.osun
|All Africa Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||South- East APC Moves To Save Okorocha||Apparently unsettled by the shocking loss of its gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, the South East chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has begun to perfect plans to ensure that it does not meet similar fate in Imo State where its candidate and incumbent Governor, Rochas Okorocha, is angling for a second term in office.To avert what has become known as the ‘Ekiti charade’ and provoke other strategies to ensure Okorocha is returned in 2015, the zone’s chapter of the party has began a wide consultation with its other leaders in South West, South South and other parts of the country.||Imo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://allafrica.com/
|Tribune News Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||2015: Why Akwa Ibom Won’t Allow Opposition To Poach||Fresh facts indicate that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is working to sustain the existing unity and commitment among all its governorship contenders in Akwa Ibom State, Nigerian Tribune, has learnt. Accordingly, the party is determined to carry all of them along in the State, as it intensifies preparations for 2015 elections. A source told the Nigerian Tribune that the PDP was prepared to fend off any pressure from the opposition parties to break the ranks of PDP governorship contestants in the State, with a view to taking advantage of any possible crack. It was also gathered, on Monday, that the party believed that all the contestants remained part of the real assets that had continued to make the PDP wax strong in the State. Among the notable PDP bigwigs widely believed to be interested in the party’s governorship ticket in the State are the immediate past Commissioner for Finance, Bassey Albert Akpan; former Secretary to the State Government, Mr Umana Umana and a Former Deputy Governor, Mr Nsima Ekere.||Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP);||http://www.tribune.
|Daily Post Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||2015: Kwankwaso Warns Jonathan Not To Forget Northern States||Ahead of the 2015 presidential election, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, has declared that President Goodluck Jonathan cannot win any of the 19 Northern States in a free, fair and credible contest. According to the Governor, he arrived at the conclusion after undertaking a survey of Northern States. Kwankwaso said, “I have not taken the time to go to the South to study what is happening, but I had time to study the North. In the 19 States, I don’t see any State where under a free and fair election; people will go and vote for the status quo. The status quo is not good for anybody because it has failed to provide the basic services to justify why the people voted for this government.
Being a President is not about personal enjoyment, it also does not mean protecting some and ignoring others."
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Northern States||http://dailypost.ng/
|All Africa Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Imo 2015: Youths Insist For Guber Slot For Okigwe Zone||As preparations for the 2015 general elections gather momentum, a youth organisation in Imo State, Okigwe Youth Assembly, OYA, has challenged Okigwe zone to legitimately seek to complete its truncated tenure at Government House, Owerri. OYA explained that its demand was in line with the spirit and dictate of established Imo Charter of Equity, after which Owerri zone will take over. The OYA President, Dr. Onumuo Wilson, who made the position of the youths known to newsmen, however, reasoned that although the group was aware that what it was advocating lacked Constitutional basis, it had become politically expedient for the people of the zone who were opposed to sacrificing competence and merit on the altar of mediocrity.||Imo 2015; OYA; Okigwe Zone||http://allafrica.com
|Sun News Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Rights Group Warns Against Removal Of Nasarawa State Governor||The Nigerian Human Rights Community, has urged Nasarawa State Lawmakers to discontinue their plans to remove the State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura, saying the move could heat up the polity unnecessarily. Addressing journalists in Lagos yesterday, leader of the group, Mr. Kehinde Adegbuyi, observed that the spate of impeachments across the country was not informed by any rational thinking or driven by genuine interest of the masses. The group stated that the body language of the Lawmakers was suggestive that their actions “are part of a grand plot to ensure the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 presidential election.” The group urged the people of Nasarawa State to ensure the recall of all the pro-impeachment Lawmakers by their various Constituencies if they insisted on going on with the impeachment, saying the whole exercise was part of an alleged growing misuse of federal power that would not do the nation any good.||Nasarawa State; Impeachment; NHRC||http://sunnews
|Tribune News Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||"I Am Yet To Be Served Impeachment Notice"- Al- Makura||In the wake of widespread protests by the people of Nasarawa State against the planned impeachment of the Governor, the State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, declared, on Monday, that he was yet to be served any impeachment notice. He hinted that he would respond appropriately to all allegations levelled against him if eventually served. However, he described the purpoted allegations against him as baseless and speculative, and accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of opening more war fronts, even as it had the issue of insecurity and insurgents to cope with. Al-Makura, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant, Public Affairs and former Majority Leader, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, . Abdulhamid Kwarra, said the so-called notice of impeachment had not been served, adding that all the allegations were cooked up, frivolous, baseless and lacked any substance.||Nasarawa State; Impeachment||http://www.tribune.
|All Africa Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Enugu: Chime Plots Deputy’s Impeachment, Mobilizes Lawmakers||There were indications, yesterday, that the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Chief Sunday Onyebuchi, may be impeached any time from now as Governor Sullivan Chime has reportedly asked him to resign with immediate effect. . The Deputy Governor’s sin, Vanguard exclusively gathered, is his decision to contest Enugu East senatorial election come 2015 against the Governor’s preferred candidate and Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo. Already, a top functionary of the House was said to have been mandated to collect signatures of his colleagues for the impeachment yesterday. Already, 20 of the 24 members of the State House of Assembly have signed the impeachment notice against the Deputy Governor.||Enugu State; Impeachment; Deputy Governor||http://allafrica.com/
|All Africa Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Choice Of Guber Candidate Tears Oyo PDP Apart||Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oyo State has been engulfed by fresh crisis over the choice of its governorship candidate in next year’s gubernatorial election as some chieftains of the party from Ibadan extraction, yesterday said the candidate must come from their area. A meeting attended by aspirants of Ibadan extraction, yesterday took the decision that would likely frustrate the on-going reconciliation. At the end of the meeting, they issued a five-paragraph communiqué, which was signed by Elder Wole Oyelese, former Minister of Power and Steel; Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi, former Deputy Governor of the state; Professor Taoheed Adedoja, former Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board; Professor Soji Adejumo; Senator Teslim Folarin, former Senate Leader; Engr Seyi Makinde and Dr. Azeez Adeduntan.||Oyo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Crisis||http://allafrica.com/
|Tribune News Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Osun 2014: Eschew Inciting Statements, REC Advises Governor And Other Candidates||With less than 19 days to the conduct of August 9 governorship election in Osun State, the newly redeployed Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Olusegun Agbaje, on Monday, advised governorship candidates and political leaders to avoid statements capable of inciting members of the public to violence during electioneering campaigns. He underscored the need for all political leaders, regardless of party affiliations to tone down their languages and statements at campaign rallies, stressing that this would assist in reducing the growing tension among the people in the State. Agbaje, who spoke during a chat with journalists in Osogbo ,asserted that “the utterances of our political leaders should be toned down during their campaigns. If that is done, there would not be need for anxiety and fear for the people. Statements of our political leaders during campaigns are capable of causing tension and fear”.||Osun 2014; INEC; Inciting Statements||http://tribune.com.ng/
|Sun News Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Osun Labour Party Guber Candidate Lambasts Aregbesola Over Waste Of Resources||The Labour Party torch bearer in the August 9, 2014, governorship election, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, has observed that the over N300 billion that has accrued to the State in the last three and half years from the Federation Account, was enough to transform the State if the Rauf Aregbesola administration had put it to judicious use. Akinbade said the amount did not include loans and other credit facilities, running into several billions of naira already obtained by Aregbesola’s government. The erstwhile Secretary to the State Government, who bemoaned the situation, made the observations in a release signed by his Director of Media, Mr. Kayode Oladeji. He added that it was only through judicious use of the available resources that the State could be transformed, assuring that the LP administration would re-introduce the procurement law so as to ensure transparency and accountability.||Osun 2014; Labour Party||http://sunnews
|Osun Defender News Online||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||PDP Finally Reacts To Atiku’s Statemet, Denies Saying APC Has Islamic Agenda||The Peoples Democratic Party has denied linking the All Progressives Congress to any Islamic agenda. The ruling party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in Abuja on Monday, was reacting to a statement credited to a former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in which he asked the ruling party to stop linking the opposition party with Islamic agenda. Metuh, in his reply, said though the party would not want to take on the former Vice President, acknowledging that Atiku was among the founding fathers of the ruling party, warned that he (Atiku) should “caution his media managers to desist from associating him with propaganda, political mudslinging and character assassination that the APC has become notorious for.” Metuh said, “On the issue of APC having an Islamic agenda, it is known to all and sundry that the the PDP never labelled it as such. We merely, in our statement of January 7, 2014, drew the attention of Nigerians to the revelation by an Islamic cleric, Ambassador Yusuf Garba and the Religious Equity Promotion Council that the APC was seeking to impose on Nigeria, an agenda akin to that of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.osun
|This Day Live||Tuesday, 22nd July 2014||Advertisers Want Effective Communication To Deepen Democracy||Members of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), has called on the political class on the need to employ core professional techniques in taking their message to public. Speaking at an International Seminar on political advertising organised by the association, its outgoing President Mrs. Bunmi Oke, described effective communication as a major tool necessary to strengthen democracy. The theme of the seminar is; “Political Advertising, Perception Building & Voter Education." The seminar which was held at the Sheu Musa Yar’adua International Centre, Abuja, is an effort aimed at promoting voters’ education and knowledge-based electioneering that should translate to inform voting at the polls in the coming general elections.||Nigeria 2015; Voter Education; AAAN||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday, 21st July 2014||I Am Overwhelmed By Our Achievements, Says Aregbesola||Osun State Governor, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has said he is overwhelmed by the achievements of his administration in the last three and a half years, promising that he will do more to further transform the State. The Governor stated this at the weekend while relocating over 1,300 traders and shop owners along the MDS Road, Osogbo to a permanent site.The Governor said he had equally earmarked a sum of N2billion as compensation to traders and shop owners in the area. He also handed over the parcel of land allocated to the traders and shop owners whose structures were affected by the road expansion. Aregbesola said since the inception of his administration, numerous developmental projects had been completed, and thus had transformed the State beyond his expectation.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|This Day Newspaper||Monday, 21st July 2014||Nasarawa Impeachment Saga: Deputy Governor, 21 Lawmakers Relocate To Abuja||Worried about their safety and the determination to ensure that they do not back down on the impeachment plot against the Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al- Makura, by the State House of Assembly, it was gathered that some Presidency and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) officials have facilitated the relocation of the State Deputy Governor, Damishi Luka Barau, the Speaker and 20 members of the National Assembly to a private home in Abuja. Apart from hinging the relocation on ‘deft moves not to leave things to chances’, it was also learnt that the movement of the State’s government officials to Abuja might not unconnected with the increasing tension and violence of anti- impeachment protests for three days in Lafia last week, which claimed some lives.||Nasarawa State; Impeachment;||1|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday, 21st July 2014||2015: S-South Journalists Flay NBC’s Directive On Political Programmes||The recent decision by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC, that it must approve every live political programme before it was transmitted has been described as a great danger to the forthcoming 2015 general elections.This was part of a resolution reached at a workshop organized for South- South journalists ahead of the 2015 general elections by the United Nations Development Commission UNDC, Democratic Governance for Development, European Union, UKAid, Canadian Foreign Affairs Trade Development in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Calabar, Cross River State.||Nigeria 2015; NUJ;||10|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday, 21st July 2014||2015: PDP Has No Pact With Opposition Parties- Mark||Senate President, Senator David Mark, has denied the allegation that the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) entered into agreement to cede some senatorial and House of Representatives seats to opposition parties, especially in Anambra State, in the forthcoming 2015 general elections.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Senate||14|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday, 21st July 2014||Sherriff Spearheads Plot To Oust Borno, Yobe Governors||An alleged plot by the Presidency has been hatched to oust Borno and Yobe State Governors through Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, who is defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Sheriff, a former Borno State Governor is also said to have been given enormous powers, enough to enable him decide the course of political events in the two States, including who picks up what position in the Primaries for the next elections, the sources said.||Borno State; Yobe State; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Impeachment||1|
|Osun Defender News Online||Monday, 21st July 2014||Ekiti 2014: "I Did Not Accept Defeat"- Fayemi||Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has countered the widespread belief that he conceded defeat to his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenger, Mr. Ayodele Fayose who was declared winner of the June 21 governorship poll in the State. In his first interview published after the election on Daily Sun, Fayemi asked anyone who thought he accepted the outcome to read the transcript of his post-election broadcast again. “Anyone who understands the English language well would know that that speech was not the concession speech that many people are talking about. Yes, I have said I won’t challenge the election in court and congratulated Mr Fayose, but that’s not tantamount to accepting the result. That’s about saving Ekiti.”||Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Petition||http://www.osun
|Business Day News||Monday, 21st July 2014||"Osun Voters Must Be Willing To Protect Their Vote" Banire||Ahead of the gubernatorial election in Osun State slated for August 9, Muiz Banire, a former Commissioner of Transport; Environment and Special Duties in Lagos State and currently the legal adviser to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in an interview advised voters not be intimidated by the number of security agencies that will be deployed to Osun, but must be vigilant and courageous to protect their votes. He said "my advice to Osun voters is that they should not be intimidated by the security agents that will be deployed to the State. And we are saying that they should not be locked up as they did in Ekiti State, it is very wrong, it is illegal and goes against the rights of the people to exercise their franchise without hindrance. The voters must be vigilant, willing and ready to protect their votes which determine their future. They must be ready to protect the votes in all ramifications."||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://businessday
|Tribune News Online||Monday, 21st July 2014||Osun 2014: Ogunwale Defects To APC||Ahead the conduct of August 9 governorship poll in Osun State, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the State, Senator Felix Ogunwale, at the weekend ,defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), just as he declared his support for the re-election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola. Speaking during a chat with journalists on Saturday, during his official defection with hundreds of his supporters in Iragbiji, Ogunwale, said he was backing Aregbesola, considering many infrastructural developments his administration had brought to the State. The Iragbiji -born politician, who represented Osun Central at the Senate between 2003 and 2007, contended that “what Osun State is witnessing now is unprecedented in its history, hence, the need for all hands to be on deck in ensuring continuity of the good work.”||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.tribune.
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Monday, 21st July 2014||Kaduna 2015: El- Rufai ‘Clear Favorite’ To Fly APC Flag||Former FCT Minister, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, is the odds-on favourite to fly the flag of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 governorship election in Kaduna State, party insiders have told TheCable. Although primaries are still three months away, aspirants are already deploying their game plan as the political landscape takes shape. El-Rufai has not openly discussed his governorship ambition but his friends have told TheCable that it is going to be a head-to-head clash with Hon. Ashiru Isa Mohammed Kudan, who is the Vice-Chairman of the plum Appropriation Committee of the House of Representatives.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC);||http://www.nigerian
|Daily Times Online||Monday, 21st July 2014||APGA Inaugurates Grassroot Solidarity Forum||As the race towards the 2015 election gathers momentum, the All Progressives’ Grand Alliance (APGA) has inaugurated the APGA Solidarity Forum (ASF) to commence grassroots socio-economic and political development of the various communities in Anambra State and the country at large. Speaking with party members in Awka on Saturday, the National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, said the APGA would obtain a resounding victory in the upcoming election.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)||http://www.dailytimes.
|Daily Post Online||Monday, 21st July 2014||"Deployment Of Soldiers During Elections, Unconstituional"- Falana||Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) has said it is illegal and ultra vires on the part of President Goodluck Jonathan to deploy Armed Forces to maintain law and order during elections. Falana, in a statement he released on Sunday titled: ‘Illegal involvement of soldiers in election duties,’ said sections 215 and 217 of the Constitution are abundantly clear that the power of the President to deploy Armed Forces for internal security is limited to the suppression of insurrection, including insurgency and aiding the Police to restore order when it has broken down. The rights activist submitted that rather than use soldiers during elections, He advised that the police should be strengthened to discharge the duty of ensuring internal security while the Armed Forces are restricted to the defence of the Nation’s territorial integrity.||1999 Constitution; Falana; Militarization; Elections; Human Right Activist||http://dailypost.ng/
|ThisDay Live||Monday, 21st July 2014||I Am Overwhelmed By Our Achievements, Says Aregbesola||Osun State Governor, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has said he is overwhelmed by the achievements of his administration in the last three and a half years, promising that he will do more to further transform the State. The Governor stated this at the weekend while relocating over 1,300 traders and shop owners along the MDS Road, Osogbo to a permanent site.The Governor said he had equally earmarked a sum of N2billion as compensation to traders and shop owners in the area. He also handed over the parcel of land allocated to the traders and shop owners whose structures were affected by the road expansion. Aregbesola said since the inception of his administration, numerous developmental projects had been completed, and thus had transformed the State beyond his expectation.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisday
|Sun News Online||Sunday, 20th July 2014||"APC Drawing Nigeria’s Democracy Back"- Ndoma Egba||Senate leader Ndoma-Egba speaks on the National Conference, the Senate , governance and democracy when asked about the concluded governorship election in Ekiti State in an interview said, "I am aware that quite a number of observers both local and international were in Ekiti to observe the election. And all of them agreed that the election was free and fair. Governor Kayode Fayemi, a complete gentleman and great democrat, has already conceded victory to PDP. Now, if APC is saying that there was scientific rigging, maybe it was the massive deployment of spiritual forces they are talking about. So, it is for them to establish how scientific the rigging was. But I think that when Governor Fayemi congratulated the incoming governor Fayose for his victory, I thought it was a remarkable turn in our politics for the better. I thought it was one great moment in our politics and that Nigeria could now start thinking of moving to the next level in our politics and our political conduct and etiquette. It is regrettable that APC is taking us back to where we prefer to have left.||Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnews
|Daily Post Online||Sunday, 20th July 2014||"Aregbesola May Assault Me During Debate"- Omisore||The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has explained why he would not like to engage Governor Rauf Aregbesola in a public debate. He said, facing the incumbent may be risky because the governor may assault him publicly. Omisore was reacting to an earlier call by Aregbesola for a public debate.
He told Punch that although he was ready for the challenge, he must be assured that Aregbesola would not attack him with State Boys and thugs allegedly being raised by the All Progressives Congress’ candidate.
|Osun 2014; People’s Democraatic Party (PDP); Debate||http://dailypost.ng
|Daily Post Online||Sunday, 20th July 2014||Osun 2014: APC, PDP Trade Words Over Distribution Of Rice For Votes||The All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, yesterday, accused each other of plans to distribute rice to voters ahead of the August 9 governorship election in the State. The APC, in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, warned the people of the state to be wary of the goods, alleging that they were confiscated expired rice. Reacting, the Omisore Campaign Organisation accused the APC of attempts to distribute bags of rice in order to hoodwink the Osun electorate.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Sunday, 20th July 2014||"Removal Of APC Governors Will Not Stop The Party From Winning 2015 Elections"- Radda||The National Welfare Officer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dikko Radda has said that the removal of Nyako and plots to impeach other APC Governors will not deter the party from winning the 2015 elections, saying that Nigerians are already tired of the PDP-led government and are determined to enforce change in 2015. Dikko who also spoke on the plan by President Goodluck Jonathan to borrow an external loan of $1bn said the president is only seeking money to fund his 2015 campaign.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Sunday, 20th July 2014||YOWICAN Urges Youth To Participate In 2015 Elections||The Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) has called on Christian youths across the country to actively participate in the 2015 general elections. According to the group, people rejoice when the righteous rules.The President of YOWICAN, Dr Simon Dolly who was an Awardee at a special convocation and award of honours at the Agape Christian Theological Seminary in Abuja made this call while speaking with journalists. According to Dolly, there are a lot of potentials in the youth population which have not been harnessed due to their ‘seat at home syndrome’. He noted that with youth participation in political affairs, they would redeem power from the old generation.||Nigeria 2015; YOWICAN; Youth Participation||http://leadership.ng/
|All Africa Online||Sunday, 20th July 2014||2015: Northern Group Endorses Jonathan||A group, the Northern Alternative Forum (NAF), has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election.
A statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the Chairman of the group, Alhaji Gidado Ibrahim, said the endorsement of Jonathan was based on his achievements in office since 2011. Ibrahim said his group aligns with the President’s Transformation Agenda and the sucesses recorded so far.
|Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://allafrica.com/
|All Africa Online||Saturday, 19th July 2014||"Jonathan Will Win In 2015"- Amb. Bagudu||Ahead of 2015 Presidential election, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu Hirse, vowed yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan will win the election. According to him, the conclusion was based on what he termed the disenchantment which trailed the national convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC, adding, "when APC completed their primary, I knew Mr. President’s victory in 2015 is fait accompli."||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://allafrica.com/
|All Africa Online||Saturday, 19th July 2014||PDP Leader Urges Youth To Particicpate In Politics||National Youth Leader of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Abdulahi Maibssira has urged Nigerian youths to take serious interest in the country’s democratic processes, especially as the 2015 general election draws close. He also enjoined the youths to, irrespective of their ethno-religious differences, remain resolute in charting the cause of united and indissoluble Nigeria.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://allafrica.com/
|All Africa Online||Saturday, 19th July 2014||Women Participation- Nigeria Falling Behind Tanzania, Uganda Unacceptable- UNDP||Ahead of the 2015 General Elections the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) Project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has tasked the Federal Government to step-up initiative that would enhance Women, youth and persons with disabilities participation in the electoral processes. Senior Gender Expert of the UNDP/DGD Anne Ikpeme made the appeal yesterday in Keffi, Nasarawa State while speaking on "Understanding Gender/Persons with Disability (PWD) Perspectives to Political Participation" at the two-day Capacity Development for officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development on Electoral Issues and Election Programme Implementation. She said that despite the better imperatives and opportunities, Nigeria is lagging behind countries like Uganda, South Africa and Tanzania among others in the degree of participation of women and PWD in elections and governance.||Nigeria 2015; DGD; UNDP; Voter Education||http://allafrica.com/
|Daily Times Online||Saturday, 19th July 2014||Osun 2014: "Presidency Instructs PDP To Use Religion Against Aregbesola"- APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) disclosed yesterday in Osogbo that competent source from Abuja has alleged that the Presidency instructed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State of Osun to intensify its religious campaign against Governor Rauf Aregbesola in an attempt to persuade Christians to vote against him. Speaking through its Director of Publicity, Barr Kunle Oyatomi said the decision was taken at a meeting in the Presidency last week during their review of Aregbesola’s campaign footages with the mammoth crowds that explicitly demonstrates a huge popular support for the Governor.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytimes.
|Daily Post Online||Saturday, 19th July 2014||Osun 2014: "SDP Will Defeat APC, PDP"- State Chairman||Not minding its relatively unknown status in Nigeria’s modern political terrain, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has expressed confidence that it would emerge the winner of August 9 governorship election.
State Chairman, Ademola Ishola, while addressing chieftains of the party on Thursday in Iwo, said he based the party’s chance of emerging victorious in the forthcoming poll on a number of facts. This, he said, includes the party’s credentials, acceptability and high integrity of the candidate presented by the party for the poll.
|Osun 2014; Social Democratic Party (SDP)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Daily Times Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||Northern Group Demands Division Of Nigeria||A group of protesting youths under the auspices of the Arewa Youth Development Foundation (AYDF), on Wednesday in Kano, called for the immediate dissolution of Nigeria as a political entity. The protest which was held outside the Palace of the Emir of Kano shortly after a courtesy call on the Monarch, attracted hundreds of youths believed to be students drawn from tertiary institutions in Kano. Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, appealed for calm and enjoined the youth to imbibe the lesson of peace in their entire endeavours considering the critical role they play in nation building.Sanusi II told the protesting youths that “it is only natural that people of different and divergent cultures live in one entity as a nation, and I enjoin you people to imbibe the lesson of peace considering your role in nation development”.||Nigeria; Dissolution||http://www.dailytimes.
|The Guardian News Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||"We’ll Play Real Politics Of Stomach Infrastructure In Lagos"- APC||The Publicity Secretary, Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Joe Igbokwe, while fielding questions from journalists recently, said the party would never allow a repeat of what took place in Ekiti State in the August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun State. He also flayed the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the brain behind religious sentiment currently introduced into the Nigerian politics. He said "The APC is leaving no stone unturned, given the setbacks we had in Ekiti State recently. More than ever before, we are fighting and digging deep, as if we are in the opposition. From the State level to the 57 Councils, and to the 377 Wards, we are playing the real politics, realising that all politics is local. We are waiting for the PDP in Osun, Ogun, Oyo, and Lagos in the Southwest. We will play the real politics and politics of the stomach, too. Yes, that is what Ekiti people taught us in the 21st Century."||Lagos State; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://ngrguardian
|Tribune News Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||Support Jonathan’s Administration, Muazu Urges Nigerians||The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has said that if Nigerians can give adequate support to President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, lasting solutions will be proffered to the many problems confronting the country. Mu’azu, who stated this on Thursday at the groundbreaking ceremony of the PDP permanent secretariat in Akwa, Ibom State, noted that insurgency and many other national issues confronting the Federal Government could be addressed with prayers, support and well intended actions from all Nigerians.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.tribune.
|Tribune News Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||Confusion In Plateau PDP Over Suspension Of Chairman||Uncertainty has gripped the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, over the confusion trailing the suspension of its Chairman, Dr Haruna Dabin. The News Agency of Nigeria recalled that Dabin, was suspended from office in May, at a PDP stakeholders’ executive meeting over allegation that bordered on financial mismanagement. Dabin, who was suspended for two weeks, was also accused of running a one-man show and refusal to convene congress sessions “for several years’’. A Committee was set up to investigate the officer and report back within the period. After several extension of the suspension period, and with the PDP office still run by the acting Chairman, Dabin brought a letter purportedly written to him by PDP National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo, in which the party headquarters claimed it was not aware of his suspension. The letter, dated July 9, 2014, referred to the main issue that led to Dabin’s suspension.||Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.tribune.
|Daily Times Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||3 Lawmakers Dump APC For PDP||The recent gale of defection rocking the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) continued on Wednesday in the House of Representatives as three lawmakers from the party in Borno State, dumped the APC for the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). The lawmakers that defected are: Hon. Isa Lawan, Hon. Peter Biye Gumtha and Hon. Abdurrahman Abba Terab.The opposition APC got a consolation too as a PDP member from Yobe State, Hon. Ali Yakubu also left the ruling party. The three Borno members said their reason for quitting was the liquidation of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) on which platform they were elected, by the INEC.||Nigeria 2015; National Assembly; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Defection||http://www.dailytimes.
|All Africa Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||Okorocha Distances APC From Boko Haram Activities||Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has washed the hands of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC), off the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the Country. He was apparently refuting claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the terrorists were being sponsored by the opposition party. The Governor who made the clarification during a breakfast meeting with political appointees and APC stakeholders at the Government House, Owerri, rather insisted that the strength of Boko Haram is in the disunity of the country. Okorocha noted that the Boko Haram had been in existence before the formation of APC and urged party members not to allow such rumour to distract them from the love and support they have for the party.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://allafrica.com/
|Daily Post Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||Osun Poll: Aregbesola Says Sambo’s Prediction Of PDP Win Is Wishful Thinking||Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola on Thursday described as wishful thinking, the remark by Vice President, Namadi Sambo that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will soon take over Osun State. The VP had said his party will reclaim Osun State, which was taken “through the back door” by the All Progressives Congress, APC. But Aregbesola in a statement by his Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon said Sambo could not have been referring to Osun where the people have demonstrated their total rejection of anything that has any traits of PDP.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Tribune News Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||Osun 2014: Presidency Stresses Need For Free, Fair Election||Dr Ben Obi, Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs, has stressed the need for the conduct of a free, fair and acceptable governorship election in Osun State. He made the call on Thursday, in Osogbo, at a sensitisation workshop for officials of political parties contesting the poll.The workshop was organised by the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Inter- Party Affairs.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.tribune.
|Sun News Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||Osun 2014: Akinbade Promises Enduring Jobs||As a means of creating enduring jobs for the teeming youths in Osun State, the Labour Party Candidate ,Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, has assured the party’s administration in the State would place a premium on their empowerment if elected into power.To this end, Akinbade promised that skill acquisition centres would be established to serve as platforms for the provision of gainful employment for the youths. According to his spokesperson, Mr. Kayode Oladeji, the LP gubernatorial candidate made the promise while addressing a cross section of youths in Ilesa.||Osun 2014; Labour Party (LP)||http://sunnews
|P.M News Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||Aregbesola Splashes 375m On Osun Women||The crowd at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, capital of Osun State, Southwest Nigeria, on Thursday, comprising mainly of women, showed their appreciation through singing, dancing and prayers for the incumbent Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola. Aregbesola’s administration will give out N375 million as cash in aid of women who head households in the State. Apart from giving the women monthly stipends, they will be trained in vocations common to their territory and at the end of the 12th month, they will each be given a seed money to start small scale business.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.pmnews
|Sun News Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||Osun 2014: Candidates Meet, Promise Peaceful Poll||Ahead of the August 9 governorship election, candidates of the 20 political parties in the race yesterday, met in Osogbo and promised to ensure that the election is peaceful. The candidates met at a sensitisation workshop organized for political parties and stakeholders by the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Inter Party Affairs in Osogbo, where issues affecting the smooth conduct of the election was discussed. Some of the candidates were present at the workshop, while others, including the State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate were represented by their running mates. The 20 candidates promised that they would do everything to ensure that the election is peaceful and devoid of violence.||Osun 2014;||http://sunnews
|This Day Live||Friday, 18th July 2014||Adamawa Acting Governor Dissolves Nyako’s Cabinet||The acting Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, has dissolved the cabinet and fired all political appointees of the administration of Governor Murtala Nyako, who was impeached last Tuesday by the State House of Assembly for gross misconduct. In a statement signed by Prof. Abdullahi Liman Tukur, who was sworn in on Wednesday by the acting Governor as the new Secretary of the State Government (SSG), Fintiri announced the dissolution of all political appointees of the Nyako administration.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||http://www.thisday
|Punch News Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||FG Denies Paying Adamawa Lawmakers $300,000 Each||The Federal Government on Thursday denied bankrolling the impeachment of the immediate past Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako. The Federal Ministry of Finance described as untrue rumours making the rounds that the Federal Government paid each of the Adamawa lawmakers $300,000 (about N49.5m) each to ensure the removal of Nyako. Paul Nwabuikwu, Special Adviser on Media to the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said the Ministry did not broker any of such deal with the lawmakers.||Adamawa State; Impeachment; Federal Government||http://www.punchng.
|Sun News Online||Friday, 18th July 2014||"We’ll Participate In Adamawa Guber By-Election"- North East APC||The North East caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said it would participate in the governorship election in the State to replace the impeached Murtala Nyako. All Progressives Congress North East Vice Chairman, Mr. Babachir Lawal, who briefed journalists in Abuja, said while the party was preparing to challenge Nyako’s impeachment in court, it would also prepare for an early election, which he noted, the Constitution stipulated must be held within 90 days. Lawal, however, added that in the event that Nyako won at the court, the supposed winner in the forthcoming election would honourably vacate the Adamawa Government House for him. Lawal said the APC would be participating in the election in order not to play into the hands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).||Adamawa State; By- Election; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnews
|Premium Times News Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||2015: Group Urges Buhari To Run For President||A group of supporters of a leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, has asked him to declare his interest in the 2015 presidential election. The group, Buhari Vanguard, in a statement on Wednesday said many Nigerians think it was time for him to lead the Country and rekindle hope. Mr. Buhari, a retired Major General was Nigeria’s Head of State between December 31,1983 and August 27, 1985. He contested the presidential election twice on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and once on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Buhari||http://www.premium
|Leadership News Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||2015: APC Needs Nda- Isiah, Ribadu, Others To Make Impact||A former Ebonyi State Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now a stakeholder of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Elder Samuel Igwe, yesterday said that for APC to make any meaningful impact and wrest power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 presidential election, the party must consider giving its presidential ticket to a selfless young politician and someone who has not looted the Country.
Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Abakaliki on the chances of APC ahead of the 2015 general election, Elder Igwe said that those who will make impact in the presidential election if given the party’s ticket include the chairman of LEADERSHIP Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah, the former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and the Former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, Nasir El-Rufai.
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng
|Leadership News Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||2015: Northern Youth Groups Want Saraki For Presidency||Youths under the aegis of North Central Youth Consultative Assembly have urged the former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki to join the 2015 presidential race to salvage the nation. This was contained in a communique signed by the Chairman, Comrade Abubakar Ibrahim, and Secretary, Comrade David Audu, and made available to LEADERSHIP after the general assembly meeting of the group yesterday in Makurdi, Benue State.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng
|Leadership News Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||"Jonathan Is Behind Nyako’s Impeachment; Desperate For Re-election"- APC||President Jonathan has been accused of being so obsessed with his re-election bid next year that he has declared war against the opposition as manifested in the impeachment of Murtala Nyako on Tuesday and plans to move to other opposition Governors. The National Chairman of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, raised this alarm yesterday while addressing a press conference at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja as a reaction of his party to the impeachment of Nyako.||Adamawa State; Impeachment; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng
|Guardian News Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||APC Alleges Adamawa Lawmakers Got Money To Impeach Governor Nyako||Far from being a constitutionally sanctioned process, the impeachment of Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako was wholly influenced by pecuniary interest, the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged yesterday. The APC specifically alleged that each lawmaker in the Adamawa State House of Assembly was induced financially to remove Nyako from office. The party was worried about a plot by the presidency to ensure the impeachment of five opposition Governors before the 2015 elections.||Adamawa State; Impeachment; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.ngrguardian
|All Africa Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||Impeachment Of Oposition Governors Threatens 2015 Polls, Group Warns||Mr. Nyako was impeached by the Adamawa State House of Assembly on Tuesday while his Deputy, Bala Ngilari, resigned his position.Stating that the Governor’s removal has set a new template for vindictive politics in Nigeria, Nigeria’s Voter’s Assembly (VOTAS) warned that if not checked, the impeachment gale could have spill-over effect in other States where legislators were already pumping the war drums. It listed the States as Edo, Rivers, Nasarawa and Kano, saying the States had been put on the keg of gun powder and nobody could predict the end of the chain reactions it could cause. The group warned, "In fact the syndrome of using rigging and impeachment as a tool for fighting the opposition parties and candidates to bring down performing governments, should no more be tolerated anymore and Nigerians too, must use the coming 2015 elections to halt for all time, the occupation of political offices by those who lack the passion to serve the people and conscienceless politicians without the capacity and necessary blue print for sustainable Human Development."||Nigeria 2015; Adamawa State; Impeachment; Threat||http://allafrica.com/
|Sun News Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||Obiano Endorses Jonathan, Urges Ndi Anambra To Vote For Him||As the coast becomes clearer on the chances of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential race, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has endorsed the presidential aspiration of the President, urging Ndi Anambra to vote for him in the coming elections. Speaking during an inspection tour of the Isuanaocha-Urum-Achalla Road in Awka, Anambra State yesterday, Obiano stressed that President Jonathan had earned the confidence and support of Nigerians with his dogged commitment to keeping the Country as one in the face of daunting odds in the last few years.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; Anambra State Governor||http://sunnewsonline.
|All Africa Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||"APGA Will Reclaim Imo, Win Lagos, Nasarawa, Zamfara In 2015"- Umeh||National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Umeh, on Wednesday in Abuja said his party will reclaim its mandate in Imo State and other States of the Federation in the 2015 general elections in the country.Speaking during the inauguration of the reconstituted membership of Imo State Caretaker Working Committee, Umeh charged the new Exco to work hard to reclaim its mandate in the State. The Party’s new chairman in Imo State is Peter Ezeobi, a former Commissioner in the Niger-Delta Development Commission. The APGA National Chairman stated that the party will sweep all positions in the next elections the State also charged them to "comb Imo State for membership drive."||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)||http://allafrica.com/
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday, 17th July 2014||"Why Jonathan Should’nt Recontest"- Joe Igbokwe||Pro-democracy activist Comrade Joe Igbokwe yesterday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to jettison his re-election bid because it is not in the Nation’s interest. He said the harassment of the opposition, the Boko Haram insurgency and impeachment of opposition Governors underscored the President’s desperation to retain power. The activist said these are among incidents that put democracy under threat. Igbokwe, who addressed reporters in Lagos, stressed that if the quest for power was anchored on good performance, Dr. Jonathan is unfit for a second term because his handling of national affairs had been tragic and disastrous.
The activist urged the President to respect the zoning in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that Jonathan’s plan to rule for 10 years may break up the Country.
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); President Jonathan||6|
|Osun Defender News Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||"Amaechi Will Complete Tenure, No Cause For Alarm"- Rivers State Government||The Rivers State Government has told the people of the State not to lose sleep as the fate that befell the Governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Hamman-Yero Nyako (retd.), who was impeached by Adamawa lawmakers, cannot befall Governor Chibuike Amaechi. Addressing the APC Youths League Rivers State Chapter and Igbo Professionals in Rivers State, paid him a solidarity visit in his office in Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha, the Chief of Staff to Governor Amaechi, declared that the sad event that took place in Adamawa would never be allowed to happen in Rivers as the majority of the lawmakers in the State are true progressives who are loyal to both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Amaechi, assuring that they “will never give in to such rascality as exhibited by the Adamawa lawmakers.”||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress; Amaechi; Impeachment||http://www.osun
|All Africa Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||Group Tasks APC Leadership On Internal Democracy||THE New Lagos Movement (NLM), an elite group within the All Progressives Party (APC), has urged the new National Executive, led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to ensure the emergence of electoral candidates through direct primaries, as deeply enshrined in the Constitution of the party.
At a press conference in Lagos, its Chairman, Mr. Niyi Akinsiju, said the group considers it most pertinent to awaken the consciousness of the new leadership of the party to certain fundamental imperatives, the failure of which could destroy the party and spell doom for the democratic aspirations of millions of Nigerians.
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Internal Democracy||http://allafrica.com/
|Tribune News Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||BON Threatens To Shut Down Biased Stations||Henceforth, any broadcasting station which fails to give equal airtime to all political parties to air their views during electioneering campaigns in 2015 will either be fined or shut down, the Executive Secretary of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), Mr Olusegun Olaleye, has said.
Olaleye gave the warning on Wednesday, during a training workshop organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with Democratic Governance for Development (DDG). The workshop had as its theme: “Promoting the role of broadcast professionals and practitioners in peaceful free and fair elections.”
|Nigeria 2015; BON||http://tribune.com.ng
|Tribune News Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||"Aregbesola’s Administration Is The Backbone Of Development"- Cleric||The Board of Ministers and Elders of Christ Apostolic Church, Gbonmi District Headquarters, Osogbo, has described the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, as the wheel and backbone of development in the State. This disclosure was made by Evangelist ‘Wale Opadele, during a Sunday Service programme attended by members of the State Executive Council in the church. According to the Cleric, the church acknowledged the brilliant, visionary, tireless, dogged and hardworking Governor of the State. According to Opadele, “we would like to describe Governor Aregbesola as the pivotal of truth, pillar of initiatives, the mover and shaker of development, the backbone of development. No adjective is too much to describe the quintessential Governor”.||Osun 2014; Governor Aregbesola; Cleric||http://www.tribune.
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Thursday, 17th July 2014||Osun 2014: APC Drags President Jonathan To Court, Seeks To Stop Deployment Of Soldiers During Guberantorial Election||The Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) according to News Express, has approached a Federal High Court in Lagos for an injunction restraining President Goodluck Jonathan from deploying military personnel for election activities at the forthcoming August 9 gubernatorial election in Osun State. News Express reports that militarisation of the recent governorship election in neighbouring Ekiti State is one of the reasons given by APC for its loss of the coveted seat to the Peoples Democratic Party – the party at the centre, which controls both the Police and the Military.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Military||http://www.nigerian
|Daily Post Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||Osun Poll: "PDP Will Claim The State"- Jonathan||As preparations continue ahead of August 9 gubernatorial election in Osun State, President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP would reenact what it did in Ekiti State last month, as the party was set to reclaim the State. Jonathan maintained that those presently occupying the Government House, in Osun state did not get into office through the poll. Speaking on behalf of the President during a meeting of PDP national campaign organisation for Osun State at Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja, Chairman of the Committee, Vice President Namadi Sambo said the forthcoming election in the State would be free, fair and credible.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Tribune News Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||Osun Voter Not Worth More Than N10,000, PDP National Chairman Allegedly Says.||National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Muazu has said that his party will use money and bags of rice to “win” Osun’s governorship election on August 9, 2014, as they did in Ekiti. “We are in power and we have the cash. At best, Osun voter would not be worth more than N10, 000 and a bag of rice each. That is what we gave them in Ekiti, we will repeat it in Osun and win,” Muazu assured Oba Olajide Omisore, father of PDP’s gubernatorial candidate in Ile-Ife over the weekend.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP);||http://www.nigerian
|Channels News Online||Thursday, 17th July 2014||Reps Summon INEC Over Permanent Voters Card (PVC) Distribution||The House of Representatives in Nigeria has summoned the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, to furnish it with progress report on the ongoing distribution and modalities for the distribution of Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) across States before the 2015 elections.A lawmaker, Yakub Balogun, had raised a motion of urgent national importance on what he termed a haphazard distribution of Permanent Voters’ Card by the Electoral Commission, raising fears of imminent disenfranchisement of eligible voters in some States. The INEC boss is expected to appear before the House Committee on Electoral Matters within the next 48 hours. The Electoral Commission had said that voters without the PVC would not be allowed to vote in the 2015 election.||Nigeria 2015; House of Representatives; INEC; PVCs||http://www.channelstv.
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday, 17th July 2014||INEC Silent On Adamawa Governorship By- Election||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would soon make its position knownon the impending by- election to fill the Adamawa State Governor’s seat.||Adamawa State; By- Election; INEC||15|
|This Day Newspaper||Thursday, 17th July 2014||I Was Forced To Resign, Says Ngilari||A day after his purported resignation from office, insider information is indicating that Mr. James Ngilari who until Tuesday, was the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, was made to resign under duress.Speaking at his new residence, Ngilari said, "The truth is that I have not sent any letter of resignation to the Governor before the impeached and up till now I have not, because the representation of the Assembly came to my house on Tuesday asking me to tender my resignation and to address it to the Speaker of the Assembly which I did."||Adamawa State; Impeachment||9|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 17th July 2014||Protests In Nasarawa, As Al- Makura Moves To Avert Impeachment||There were pockets of demonstrations in some parts of Nasarawa State yesterday, following the notice of impeachment served on the Governor Umaru Al-Makura, Monday, by the State House of Assembly. Some youths demonstrated at the Orange Market at Mararaba, Keffi, Akwanga, and other parts of Lafia yesterday, protesting what they described as alleged attempt by members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to remove Al- Makura from office for selfish reasons.||Nasarawa State; Impeachment; Protest||8|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 17th July 2014||25 Pro- Amaechi Lawmakers Decamp To APC||The 25 pro- Governor Rotimi Amaechi lawmakers in Rivers State have dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for All Progressives Congress (APC) during the sitting of the State Hoouse of Assembly, yesterday, at the old auditorium of Government House, Port Harcourt.||Rivers State; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Defection||14|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 17th July 2014||Osun 2014: APC Accuses PDP Of Pre- Determined Results||The APC has accused the National leadership of the PDP of planning to foist fabricated results on the people of Osun State saying that all such attempts would be steadfastly resisted as it will lead to chaos.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||50|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday, 17th July 2014||Ekiti Tribunal Begins Sitting As APC Alleges Plot To Burn INEC Office||The Election Petition Tribunal set up to hear grievances relating to the Jun 21 Governorship Election in Ekiti State yesterday, begins sitting in Ado- Ekiti , the State capital. The State APC also said it has uncovered a plan by the PDP to burn the INEC office in Ado- Ekiti for the purpose of concealing evidence.||Ekiti 2014; Election Tribunal; All Progressives Congress (APC)||7|
|This Day Newspaper||Wednesday, 16th July 2014||PDP Govs, House Members, Endorse Jonathan For 2015||After months of loud silence on his desire to seek re- election, the stage now seems set for President Goodluck Jonathan to publicly declare for the race after the Muslim Ramadan period. The decision to declare his ambition openly followed the endorsement by the Governors and members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||1|
|This Day Newspaper||Wednesday, 16th July 2014||FG Aids , Profits From Boko Haram, Says APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of aiding, abetting and benefitting from the benefiting Boko Haram insurgency in the country. The party said through the mismanagement of national resources, massive corruption and the incompetent handling of what started as a localised insurgency, the PDP- led Federal Government had been responsible for the festering of the crisis.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Insecurity||A|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday, 16th July 2014||Nyako Vows To Fight His Impeachment In Court||An acting Governor, former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Umaru Fintiri mounted the saddle yesterday in Adamawa State after Governor’s Murtala Nyako’s controversial impeachment. There were plans to arrest Nyako who was said to have left Yola on Monday. The sacked Governor Murtala Nyako has described the said impeachment as illegal. He vowed yesterday to challenge the process in court to reclaim his mandate.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||1|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday, 16th July 2014||Expelled PDP Members Defect To Ruling Party||Four expelled stalwarts of the Osun State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have joined the All Progressives Congress (APC). The former PDP members were received into the APC by Governor Rauf Aregbesola at a campaign rally organized at a campaign rally in Ilesha. The four defected members were among the six expelled on Monday for anti party activities.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Defection||9|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday, 16th July 2014||APC Alleges Murder Plot against Aregbesola||Osun State All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to use Israeli snipers to assassinate Governor Aregbesola during his campaign rally. The Party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, accused two chieftains of PDP as the masterminds of the plot.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Violence||9|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday, 16th July 2014||"4 More APC Governors Targeted For Impeachment"- Saraki||Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki has condemned the impeachment of Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako by the State House of Assembly yesterday. Saraki alleged that four other APC Governors have been penciled down for impeachment by the Federal Government.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||4|
|Guardian Newspaper||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||I May Run For Presidency, Says Kwankwaso||Goveernor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State has declared his interest to vie for the presidential race in next year’s general elections on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), but added that he would only do so if the party leadership finds him suitable to contest the polls.||Nigeria 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Kano State Governor||1|
|Guardian Newspaper||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Nyako, Deputy Flee Government House||As the political crisis in Adamawa State deepens, Governor Murtala Nyako and his Deputy Bala Ngilari allegedly fled the Government House yesterday. A source told the Guardian that the Governor and his Deputy had taken their personal belongings out of the Government House. This came out as the seven- man committee set up by the State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Ambrose Mammadi, to investigate the 20 charges of gross misconduct levelled against Nyako and Ngilari yesterday submitted its report to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Haruna Fintiri.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||1|
|Guardian Newspaper||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Odigie- Oyegun Alleges Plot To Destabilise APC States Ahead Of 2015||The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is accusing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of attempting to destabilise States controlled by the opposition party across the Country in a desperate move to win back such States.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||9|
|Guardian Newspaper||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||INEC Ready To Defend Ekiti Poll At Tribunal, Says REC||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) through the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Ekiti State Halilu Pai, yesterday said it was not bothered that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has gone to the Election Petition Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the June 21 govenorship election in Ekiti State. The Electoral Body said it was pleased with the action rather than prosecuting the Commission on the pages of newspapers.||Ekiti 2014; INEC; Election Petition||9|
|This Day Newspaper||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Nyako May Escape Impeachment||After weeks of uncertainty hanging over him, the Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, may have escaped the impeachment bid initiated by the Legislators of the State House of Assembly following the decision by six of the anti- Nyako lawmakers to back out of the plot against the Governor.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||1|
|This Day Newspaper||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||"It Is Not A Crime To Aspire To Be President"- Lamido||The Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido yesterday stated that it was not a crime for him or any other Nigerian to aspire to become the President of Nigeria next year. He said those occupying political offices today never thought that they would be there some years back.||Nigeria 2015; Jigawa State Governor||8|
|This Day Newspaper||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Buhari, Tinubu Lead APC Crisis Management Team To Edo||Prominent leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) including a former Head of State, Major General Buhari (rtd) and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, were billed arrive Benin City, the Edo State Capital, yesterday to help reunite the Party and possibly end off further defections. The peace mission came just as the party alleged yesterday that its members were being denied permanent voter’s cards ahead of the August 9th governorship election in Osun State.||Edo State; Crisis; All Progressives Congress (APC)||11|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Plateau PDP Secretariat Sealed||The crisis within the Plateau State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) increased yesterday as the State Secretariat was sealed apparently to keep the suspended State Chairman, Dr Haruna Dabin from his office. The crisis resulted in the State Executive Committee suspending Haruna Dabin last month, but a letter from the National Secretariat of the Party dated 9 July 2014 faulted the suspension and retained him as the State Chairman.||Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||6|
|The Nation Newspaper||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Fashola Lambasts PDP Over Rally At Gani Fawehinmi Park||Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) yesterday berated the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for holding its rally at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park at Ojota.The Park is among the greening initiatives of the State Government which the PDP had described as "cosmetic and elitist". The Governor said the PDP leaders, by their action, vindicated his administration’s greening policy while they also displayed their inconsistency. The Governor recalled that at inception, the PDP criticized the initiative and labelled it a waste of tax payers’ money.||Lagos State Governor; All Progressives Congress (APC)||6|
|The Nation Newspaper||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Osun 2014: "Opposition Planning To Implicate Adeleke"- APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has accused the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to implicate the State’s first Civilian Governor, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, by hiding criminal objects in and around his Ede country home. The APC added that its allegations against the PDP were based on credible information. The PDP through its Director of Publicity, Mr. Bola Ajao, has denied the allegation saying "only the guilty are afraid"||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||8|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||"I’m Not Going Back To PDP"- Daniel||Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has dismissed insinuations that he is planning to return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), saying however, that there have been advances by the party to woo him back.The former Governor said none the less, the leadership of the PDP in the State will be welcomed if it shows any interest in the Labour Party (LP).||Ogun State; Labour Party||11|
|Sun News Online||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||2015: PDP Chief Drums Support For Jonathan||As Nigerians await a word from President Goodluck Jonathan on whether or not he would contest the 2015 presidential election, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Anambra State, Chief Kodilichukwu Okelekwe, has said the President deserves a second term because of his achievements in the past three years. Okelekwe, who is a senatorial aspirant for Anambra Central Senatorial District, in an interview, said the present administration under President Jonathan, had touched virtually every area of the nation’s economy and as such deserved to be re-elected in next year’s election. Besides, he said the President’s ability to successfully keep the Country together against all odds was one achievement Nigerians should not ignore.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnews
|World Stage News Online||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||US Observers For Osun Elections||The United States Consul General to Nigeria, Jeffrey Hawkins on Monday offered to lead a team of about 30 American observers to Osun State for the August 9 governorship election. Speaking at the opening ceremony of a four-day workshop organised by the US Mission in Nigeria for press and public affairs officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), drawn across the country, Hawkins stated that the US would closely monitor Osun election because it was key to cementing Nigeria’s democracy. He said, “I will be in Osun on the election day. We will be deploying about 30 observers in similar magnitude with that of Ekiti. The Osun election is the last litmus indicator for future elections in Nigeria. Please be transparent with the process. We have a wide programme working with INEC through the United States Agency for International Development and through various training sessions to support the work of INEC and we have a close collaboration with Chairman Attahiru Jega and others. So there is a strong commitment from the US to democracy in Nigeria whether it is on a localised level or at the national level.”||Osun 2014; United States Of America; INEC; Observers||http://www.worlds
|P.M News Online||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||"We Are 85% Ready For Osun Election"- INEC||The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said on Monday it’s 85 percent ready for the 9 August governorship election in Osun State, Southwest Nigeria, in which 20 candidates are vying for the top job in Osogbo, the State Capital. INEC Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Adenike Tadese, said in an interview in Lagos, Western Nigeria, that apart from final training of some ad hoc staff, the Electoral Body is ‘fully prepared’ for the last major election before the general elections next February.
“We are 85 percent prepared. We still have a few things go do,” she said. Tadese was among 30 other INEC Heads of Communication in various Nigerian States who are undergoing pre-election training at the United States Consulate General in Lagos.
|Osun 2014; INEC||http://www.pmnews
|All Africa Online||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||US Envoy Tasks INEC On Transparency In Elections||The U.S. Consul-General, Mr Jeffery Hawkins, on Monday urged the Press and Public Officers of the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to be transparent in their responsibilities.
Hawkins made the plea at the opening session of a four-day workshop organised by the Consulate-General for 30 INEC Press and Public Officers from the various States. The theme of the workshop is "The Roles of INEC Press Officers: Enhancing Good Governance through Media and Grassroots Outreach".
|Nigeria 2015; United States Of America; INEC||http://allafrica.
|All Africa Online||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Niger PDP Names Candidate In Senate By- Election||The Niger State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced former Deputy Governor of the State, Dr. Shem Nuhu Zagbayi as the consensus flag bearer to replace late Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta in the upcoming Senatorial election yet to be announced by INEC. This decision was taken by stakeholders of the party from the Niger East Senatorial district where late Senator Kuta represented after an emergency meeting held yesterday. Vice chairman of the State PDP, Barrister Tanko Beji who made the declaration in Minna yesterday said the stakeholders rooted for the former Deputy Governor after series of meetings on whom to replace late Kuta. He said though INEC has not announced a date for the election, we believe in preparing ahead and having our candidate ahead of the announcement by INEC.||Niger State; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Senate By-Election||http://allafrica.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Commissioner Urges Osun Voters Not To Run Away From Security Officers||Voters in Osun State have been urged not to be scared of security operatives during the election, as they are meant to protect them and their votes. The Commissioner for Finance and Budget Development in the State, Dr. Wale Bolorunduro stated this during a campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Obokun Local Government Area of the State. Bolorunduro stressed that “the boast by some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders that they would use federal power to oppress the electorate are mere vituperations.” According to him, “the vituperations were meant to scare the people so that they would not be able to come out on the election day to re-elect Aregbesola, who, has affected their lives positively.”||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnews
|Daily Times Online||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Osun 2014: INEC Capable Of Conducting Credible Polls, Says Akinwusi||As the August 9 Osun election draws nearer, the governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr. Olusegun Akinwusi yesterday expressed his confidence in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a free and fair polls. Akinwusi who stated this during the visit of Concerned Osogbo Indigenes and Non-Indigenes Group (COING) to his campaign office in Osogbo however called on co-contestants in the forthcoming election to desist from violence.||Osun 2014; Social Democratic Party (SDP)||http://www.daily
|Tribune News Online||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Osun 2014: PDP Cautions Aregbesola Against Intimidation Of Civil Servants To Vote For APC||As the electorate awaits the conduct of August 9 governorship poll in Osun Stste, the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, warned the standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Rauf Aregbesola, against intimidation of civil servants to vote for his party.The party contended that eligible public workers and other electorate in the private sector should have the freedom as guaranteed in the Constitution to vote for any party of their choice.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.tribune.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Group Says PDP Can’t Repeat Ekiti Victory In Osun||The Lagos State chapter of the Mandate Movement, a platform of the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has vowed not to allow what happened during the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State to reoccur in Osun State. Speaking after their meeting in Oriade area of Lagos State, the leader of the movement, Buraimoh Mustafa Ojora (SABU), said the All Progressives Congress ( APC), would win convincingly in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Mandate Movement||http://sunnews
|360 Nobs Online||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||LP Candidate Woos Osun Workers With Higher Wages||The Labour Party candidate in the forthcoming Osun State governorship election, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, on Monday promised to increase the wages of workers in the State. Akinbade said his government would ensure job security, stating that workers would be allowed to complete their full term of 35 years of service or attain 60 years of age. He also noted that those in tertiary institutions would enjoy the statutory 65 years of age.||Osun 2014; Labour Party (LP)||http://www.360nobs
|Sun News Online||Tuesday, 15th July 2014||Osun PDP Expels Party Members For Anti Party Activities||Barely 26 days to the governorship election in Osun State, the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expelled six of its leaders over alleged anti-party activities. In a statement issued by the State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, after the State Working Committee (SWC) meeting held at the party’s Secretariat in Osogbo, the party said it took the decision to ensure discipline in its fold. Those expelled from the party, according to the statement, were the former State Secretary of the party, Mr. Yinka Adeojo, Former Chairman of Osogbo Local Government Area, Alhaji Teslim Igbalaye and a former Personal Assistant to former Governor of the State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Alhaji Razaq Oyelami. Others were the suspended State Secretary of the party, Major Raphael Towobola (retd), Alhaji Razaq Oyetunji and former Deputy Chairman of the party in the State, Alhaji Bashiru Salami.The PDP chairman stated that the party took the decision after it had carefully considered the activities of the expelled members in recent times.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnews
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday, 14th July 2014||Ekiti Election: APC Overrules Fayemi, Heads For Tribunal||Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said at the weekend that it has filed a petition challenging the results of June 12 gubernatorial election before the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado- Ekiti. Interim Chairman of the Party in Ekiti, Chief Jide Awe maintained that the petition filed by the party was not of variance with the earlier position of the Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi who accepted defeat and congratulated Mr. Ayo Fayose of the PDP who was declared the winner by INEC saying the Governor belongs to the Party and not the other way round.||Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Petition||7|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday, 14th July 2014||Confusion As Ewuga, Maku Emerge Eggon Guber Candidates||Eggon land in Nasarawa State was split at the weekend when two separate forums announced two different persons as the chosen candidates of the Eggon ethnic group to contest the governorship election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015. While Senator Solomon Ewuga emereged after a screening conducted by a group, Eggon Stakeholders for the Actualization of Eggon Candidate 2015, another pressure group chose Labaran Maku, the Information Minister as its preferred candidate.||Nasarawa 2015; Eggon Land; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||17|
|The Nation Newspaper||Monday, 14th July 2014||2015: INEC Urges Adherence To Guidelines On Political Adverts||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, has urged political parties and their candidates to follow best practices in their advertising ahead of the 2015 elections. He also added that the Commission had revised the regulations in its Code of Conduct for political advertisements and campaigns to ensure strict compliance among parties and their candidates.||Nigeria 2015; Campaigns; INEC||5|
|The Nation Newpaper||Monday, 14th July 2014||Aregbesola To Omisore: "Your Lies Won’t Give You Victory"||Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has said the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate Iyiola Omisore’s lies would not ensure his victory in the August 9th governorship poll. Aregbesola, through a statement by the Director of Communications and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, said Omisore should tell the people his manifesto instead of trying to discredit the landmark projects of the Aregbesola administration.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||8|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday, 14th July 2014||Adamawa Impeachment: Panel Indicts Nyako||There were indications last night that the panel raised by the Adamawa State House of Assembly to probe allegations of misappropriation of funds had indicted the State Governor, Murtala Nyako. Also the panel might have cleared his Deputy, Bala Ngilari.The panel is expected to submit its report to the State House of Assembly today. It was also gathered that the embattled Governor was already considering defecting to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as that remained the only option to escape the impeachment noose hanging on his neck.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||1|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday, 14th July 2014||Edo Assembly Crisis: "We’ll Continue To Attend Plenary"- PDP Lawmakers||The nine People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in Edo State House of Assembly, yesterday, said they will hold plenary at Chief Anthony Enahoro Assembly, tomorrow, insisting that they have already appealed to the Supreme Court against the ruling of the Court of Appeal which barred them from sitting.||Edo State House of Assembly; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Crisis||12|
|This Day Newspaper||Monday, 14th July 2014||Jonathan Meets PDP Govs, Mu’azu On Re-election Bid||In a move aimed at paving the way for his declaration to contest the 2015 presidential election slated for February , President Goodluck Jonathan will, at 9pm today, meet all the governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as well as the National Chairman of the Party, Adamu Mu’azu. A presidency source told THISDAY that the second meeting between the President, Governors and Mu’azu is suspected to be the ice breaker, as Jonathan would use the opportunity to inform the Party and the Governors of his decision to seek a second term in office.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||1|
|Daily Times Online||Monday, 14th July 2014||Osun 2014: Omisore Campaign Team Replies To APC Assassination Claim||The Omisore Campaign Organisation has distanced itself from the allegation leveled against the PDP candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, that he intended to assassinate four APC chieftains in Osun State. Its Director, Media and Publicity, Prince Diran Odeyemi, faulted the statement credited to the APC. He described the allegation as cheap propaganda that will not sell.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.daily
|Tribune News Online||Monday, 14th July 2014||Osun 2014: APC Accuses INEC Of Refusing To Issue PVCs To Supporters||With less than 27 days to the conduct of Osun 2014 governorship poll, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the State ,on Sunday, accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of allegedly refusing to issue Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ,to its supporters. The party affirmed that “thousands of APC supporters across local government areas are systematically being disenfranchised as INEC is preventing them from obtaining their Permanent Voter Card (PVCs) ,without which they will not be allowed to vote”. But, in a swift reaction, the redeployed Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Olusegun Agbaje, described the accusation as unfounded, unwarranted, saying that the umpire cannot disenfranchise anybody irrespective of political parties or race.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); INEC; Permanent Voter’s Cards||http://www.tribune.
|The Nation News Online||Monday, 14th July 2014||Journalists To Monitor 2015 Elections||Journalists under the aegis of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) will be accredited to monitor the 2015 election. NAWOJ will also be co-opted into the National Inter-Agency Advisory Committee on Voters’ Education and Publicity. This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a training on Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE), Media and Elections segment, involving NAWOJ, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), INEC and the European Union. Stakeholders agreed that more training programmes should be introduced to bridge the communication gap between the electoral body and the media.||Nigeria 2015; NAWOJ|
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Monday, 14th July 2014||"Jonathan Wants To Be Life President"- Kwankwaso||Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan is scheming to be life president of the Country. “We are praying for the best in 2015 and working to have a free and fair election and we want to see one united country but with the way they are working now everybody, both locally and internationally, is worried because they want to take it by force. People are desperate and they want to continue by all means and that is the whole idea of the divide and rule, he wants to rule forever, he wants to be life president,” Kwankwaso said.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Kano State Governor; President Jonathan||http://www.nigerian
|P.M News Online||Monday, 14th July 2014||Osun Poll: "INEC To Distribute Election Materials On Time"- Agbaje||Election materials for the 9 August governorship election in Osun would arrive the State as planned and would be distributed on time, Olusegun Agbaje, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), has assured. Agbaje gave the assurance on Sunday in Osogbo in an interview with NAN. He said that preparations were underway to ensure the materials arrived few days before the election as scheduled. He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would ensure even distribution of the materials to the appropriate quarters. He said that the Commission would also ensure distribution of the materials were completed early enough before the election. He said that sensitive ballot papers would be kept at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) branch in the State for safety. The Commissioner pledged that the Commission would do its best to conduct a credible, free and fair election.||Osun 2014; INEC||http://www.pmnews
|Premium Times News Online||Monday, 14th July 2014||Adamawa Impeachment: Nyako Begs Lawmakers As Panel Submits Report On Monday||In a last minute effort to stave off impeachment moves against him and his Deputy, Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State for the second time in a week flew to Abuja weekend to plead with State Lawmakers to back off from the plot to remove him. The embattled Governor arrived Abuja for the final push as the seven-man panel mandated to investigate him for “misconduct”, prepares to submit its findings Monday. Confirming the meeting with the lawmakers in Abuja, Senior Special Adviser to the Governor, Phileas Elisha, said that in his bid to ensure that peace reigned in Adamawa, Mr. Nyako was not leaving any stone unturned as he had gone back to Abuja to renew negotiations with the lawmakers as he could never be “intimidated” by the antics of the PDP stakeholders. He said efforts to resolve the crisis was being truncated by some PDP stakeholders allegedly hell bent on, ‘’ removing Nyako through illegal ways,’’ Mr. Elisha noted.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||http://www.premium
|Leadership News Online||Monday, 14th July 2014||Impeachment: Adamawa Assembly Drops 5 Out Of 20 Charges Against Nyako||The Adamawa State House of Assembly has dropped five of the 20 charges it levelled against Governor Murtala Nyako following its failure to prove the allegations beyond reasonable doubt before the seven-man panel investigating gross misconduct against him and his Deputy Bala James Ngillari. The House had, on June 18, 2014, preferred a 20-count charge of gross misconduct against Governor Nyako. Nineteen out of the 25 Lawmakers endorsed the move, leading to the commencement of impeachment proceedings against the Governor. With the repudiation of five of the charges, the Governor is now facing 15 charges.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||http://leadership.ng
|The Guardian News Online||Monday, 14th July 2014||Edo Monarchs Wade Into House Of Assembly Crisis||Traditional rulers in Edo State have agreed to set up a committee to resolve the crisis that has rocked the House of Assembly. They said that as representatives of the grassroots, who voted them to office, they were not happy with what is happening. Speaking with journalists at the Oba’s Palace in Benin shortly after the State Council of Traditional Rulers’ meeting on Saturday, Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Haliru Momoh, said: “Edo State is in a turmoil and we feel we must, as traditional rulers, wade into the matter to resolve it absolutely and we felt that the State Council of Traditional Rulers should make a statement to the Country about the situation here.||Edo State; House of Assembly; Crisis;||http://www.ngrguar
|Osun Defender News Online||Monday, 14th July 2014||Osun State Has The Lowest Double Registration Figure In The Country- INEC||Traditional rulers in Edo State have agreed to set up a committee to resolve the crisis that has rocked the House of Assembly. They said that as representatives of the grassroots, who voted them to office, they were not happy with what is happening. Speaking with journalists at the Oba’s Palace in Benin shortly after the State Council of Traditional Rulers’ meeting on Saturday, Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Haliru Momoh, said: “Edo State is in a turmoil and we feel we must, as traditional rulers, wade into the matter to resolve it absolutely and we felt that the State Council of Traditional Rulers should make a statement to the Country about the situation here.||Osun 2014; INEC||http://www.osun
|All Africa Online||Monday, 14th July 2014||Osun 2014: APC Kicks Off Rally In Ifedayo||The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun State has taken its re-election campaign rally to the rural communities in Ifedayo Local Government Area of the State, urging the rural dwellers to cast their votes for Governor Rauf Aregbesola for continuity and completion of all ongoing infrastructural and developmental projects across the State. Among the communities the campaign train led by the Ila Federal Constituency Campaign Committee Chairman, Sunday Akere, visited include Isimi-Olotu, Alagbede, Idi-Odan, Irepodun-Enle and Ayetoro.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://allafrica.com
|Sun News Online||Sunday 13th July 2014||S’West PDP Ratifies Oladipo As National Secretary||The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West said it has ratified the appointment of the acting National Secretary of the party, Professor Wale Oladipo, as the substantive National Secretary of the party pending the determination of the case instituted by a former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola at the Supreme Court. The South West caucus of the party said it took the decision to ensure that the constitution of the party is upheld and also to put an end to the controversy surrounding the office of the National Secretary of the party.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); National Secretary||http://sunnews
|Tribune News Online||Sunday 13th July 2014||Osun 2014: "LP Will Halt Capital Flight To Lagos"- Nwayanwu||With less than a month to the Osun 2014 governorship election, the National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Mr Dan Nwayanwu, on Saturday in Osogbo, said his party would immediately halt alleged capital flight to Lagos and reinvigorate the economy of the State to banish poverty. Nwayanwu, who officially presented the flag of the LP to the party’s standard bearer in the August 9 poll, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, said “LP is the only progressive political party in Nigeria”, stressing that “our governor, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, would not pay returns to any political godfather anywhere”.||Osun 2014; Labour Party (LP)||http://www.tribune.
|Daily Post Online||Sunday 13th July 2014||Ahead of the 2015 presidential election, the Publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah, yesterday paid a visit to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye. Nda, before now, signified interest to run for the presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The visit was held behind closed doors at the Redeemed Camp located in Ogun State. Shortly after the meeting, Nda-Isaiah told newsmen that he was in the camp to consult with the highly revered spiritual leader over his presidential ambition.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Daily Times Online||Sunday 13th July 2014||"Jonathan Will Win Again In 2015"- Fayose||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor-elect in Ekiti State, Dr. Ayodele Fayose at the weekend reiterated that President Goodluck Jonathan will win the 2015 presidential election and party would take over the South-west from the All Progressives Congress (APC). Fayose made the declaration at a thank-you rally held at the Freedom Park, Ojota.
He said irrespective of the antics of the APC, President Jonathan would rule the Country for another four years.
|Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.daily
|P.M News Online||Sunday 13th July 2014||2015: Bakare Calls For Interim Government||The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly and Convener of the Save Nigeria Group, SNG, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said interim government may be the solution to the political crisis that may erupt whether President Goodluck Jonathan contests next year’s presidential election or not. He said the dilemma of whether President Jonathan should contest or not is a major issue the nation would grapple with in 2015, given the threats by those who do not want him to contest and that of his kinsmen in the Niger Delta who have threatened to blow up oil installations in the region if Jonathan does not return to power.||Nigeria 2015; Interim Government||http://www.pmnews
|Daily Post Online||Sunday 13th July 2014||2015: Former Deputy Governors Back Jonathan, Want Him To Declare Ambition||The Forum of former Deputy Governors has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to declare his intention to contest for the 2015 Presidential election. The forum, under the aegis of the Mass Movement For Goodluck 2015 (MMG), warned other politicians against making unguarded staments that could heat up the polity. Speaking in Abuja at its maiden press briefing, the MMG National Coordinator, Kenneth Ibe-Kalu, stated that criticisms arising from political vendetta were cancerous to any nation.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Former Deputy Governors||http://dailypost.ng/
|Daily Times Online||Sunday 13th July 2014||PDP Leader, 3000 Supporters Join APC In Edo||A leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Chairman of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) in Edo State, Comrade Johnbull Asemota, the present Chairman, Comrade Osahon Osamuyi, 20 members of the PDP Executive in Uhumwonde Local Government Area and members of the NUPENG union numbering over three thousand, have formally joined the All Progressives Congress at a mass rally in Benin City, last Saturday. Comrade Asemota said he decided to join the APC to lend support to the Governor in his quest to quickly develop the State.||Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Defection||http://www.daily
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Sunday 13th July 2014||Osun 2014: Campaign Now Or Keep Quiet After Defeat, PDP Charges APC||The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has knocked the All Progressives Congress (APC), charging it to face reality and use the period before the August 9 governorship election in Osun State to campaign and canvass for votes just like the PDP instead of engaging in political blackmail and empty propaganda in the media. The PDP commended its candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore as well as party stalwarts in the state for engaging in vigorous all-inclusive campaign in all the nooks and crannies of the State, which it said has resulted in the massive support currently being enjoyed by the party among the people.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP);||http://www.nigerian
|All Africa Online||Sunday 13th July 2014||Osun Guber: "Why We Will Win"- PDP||The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday boasted that the factors that gave the PDP victory in Ekiti State will still work in favour of its candidate, Iyiola Omisore, ahead of the Osun election. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh noted that those factors which gave it victory in Ekiti, including a popular candidate with grass root appeal, strong and well accepted message as well as the humble and effective leadership of its leader, President Goodluck Jonathan were still at play ahead of the August 9 Guber poll in Osun.||Osun 2014; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)||http://allafrica.com
|Daily Post Online||Sunday 13th July 2014||"PDP Will Win Osun Election"- Uduaghan||Following the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) victory in Ekiti State’s governorship election, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has declared that the PDP will win all future elections in the Country. He told newsmen in Asaba that his party would repeat the same feat in the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State.||Osun 2014; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailypost.ng
|Daily Post Online||Saturday, 12th July 2014||Plot Against Amosun Thickens As Ogun LP Indicates Readiness To Partner With PDP||Ogun State chapter of the Labour Party, LP, on Friday declared its intention to work with other “influential parties” that are also against the administration of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of the All Progressives Congress. A statement sent to DailyPost and signed by Niyi Osoba, Ogun LP Chairman, recalled that the party’s leader, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was the main builder of the PDP in Ogun State with the cooperation of other leaders. He said it is on record that the PDP carried out aggressive grassroots campaign in all the 236 wards in Ogun State in 2002/2003 and was elevated to an election winning machinery. Osoba said though the intra party crisis of 2009 weakened the PDP stronghold which nearly 90% of the current PDP and the LP members were part of, that formidable structure was re-uniting to reclaim the Ogun Government House.||Ogun 2015; Labour Party (LP)||http://dailypost.ng
|Daily Times Online||Saturday, 12th July 2014||Hold Omisore, Obanikoro Responsible If Any APC Chieftain Is Killed- Osun APC||As preparations for the August 9, 2014 governorship elections in Osun State enters top gear, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun State Chapter, has accused its rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, of plotting to assassinate some prominent party leaders within its fold.
The APC claims its accusation came from security tip-off it got from those close to the opposition party in the State. The party therefore called on indigenes and residents of the area to be on high alert. The Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the APC in Osun, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said in a statement, “Omisore and the PDP have contracted the assassination of four top APC leaders to hired killers from the Niger Delta for immediate execution.The leaders involved are Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke (the first civilian governor of the state), Elder Peter Babalola, Chief Olu Abiola and Alhaji Fatai Oyedele."
|Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Violence||http://www.dailytimes
|This Day Newspaper||Friday, 11th July 2014||Nyako, Lawmakers, Inch Towards Peace Deal , Swears In 36 Area Administrators||The Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, who has an impeachment noose hanging over him, yesterday, carried on with the affairs of the State by swearing in 36 Development Area Administrators, four Permanent Secretaries and a Special Adviser. A source close to the Governor revealed the appointment of the Administrators was part of a deal stuck between the Governor and the State lawmakers including the Speaker, Umaru Fintiri, in efforts aimed at reconciliation between the Executive and the Legislature.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||8|
|This Day Newspaper||Friday, 11th July 2014||Obasanjo Shuns Ogun PDP Mega Rally||Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday shunned South- West sensitization mega rally of the State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP);Obasanjo||C|
|Guardian Newspaper||Friday, 11th July 2014||Osun 2014: INEC Plans More Voting Units Before Exercise||Ahead of the Osun governorship polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the Commission would create additional polling units before the election to enhance the electoral process. Besides, the electoral umpire also assured those who registered with the Commission during the Continuous Voter’s Registeration (CVR) would receive their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) when they are received from the headquarters of the Commission in Abuja.||Osun 2014; INEC||64|
|Guardian Newspaper||Friday, 11th July 2014||PDP Chief Denies Rift Between Oyinlola and Omisore||A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Chief Francis Fadahunsi, yesterday said the suspended National Secretary of the Party, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has reconciled with Senator Omisore. He said Oyinlola, a former Governor of Osun State, has no choice but to support the governorship ambition of Omisore due to the alleged role he played in the emergence of Oyinlola as Governor.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||64|
|Guardian Newspaper||Friday, 11th July 2014||Appeal Court Upholds Contempt Trial Against Suspended Edo Lawmakers||The Court of Appeal in Benin City yesterday dismissed the application brought before it by four suspended members of the Edo State House of Assembly challenging an order restraining them from the House. The Court said the application lacked merit as the lawmakers disobeyed an interim High Court order on them.||Edo State; House of Assembly; Crisis; Judiciary||65|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday, 11th July 2014||Osun Poll: Oni Sues For Peace In Ile- Ife||The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade has appealed to all the politicians in Ile- Ife not to turn the community into a theater of war. The foremost traditional ruler also advised the residents of the ancient town to shun violence before and during the August 9 governorship election in the State.||Osun 2014; Ooni of Ife; Insecurity||11|
|The Nation Newspaper||Friday, 11th July 2014||"PDP Planning To Flood Osun With Soldiers"- APC||The Osun State All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Federal Government controlled People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of alleged plans to flood Osun State with soldiers one week before the August 9th election. But Omisore, through his spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi, denied the statement credited to him by the APC.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||8|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday, 11th July 2014||"Okorocha Working To Return To Our Party"- APGA||Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has said there is a secret plot by Governor Rochas Okorocha to return and seek re-election on its platform in 2015.||Imo 2015; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA); Okorocha||19|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday, 11th July 2014||INEC Reschedules Distribution Of Voter’s Cards In Cross River State||The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Cross River State, Barrister Mike Igini, has announced that the distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) and Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in the State has been rescheduled to August 15th 2014—August 25th 17th 2014 instead of July 18th— July 20th for PVC collection and CVR procession to begin on the 20th August 2014–25th August 2014 instead of July 23rd—July 27th 2014 as was earlier scheduled.||Cross River 2015; INEC; Permanent Voter’s cards (PVCs)||19|
|Daily Post Online||Friday, 11th July 2014||"APC Is Blinded By Desperation For Power"- PDP||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party blinded by desperation to control federal power following its constant attack on the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. The PDP made the observation in response to Wednesday’s statement by the APC in which the opposition party accused President Jonathan of impunity and failure. The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the statement by APC was “a desperate effusion of noise, fury and falsehood which are the unmasked trademark of the Nigerian equivalent of the ancient Athenian thirty tyrants” who would not mind the nation on its knees in quest for power”.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC)|
|All Africa Online||Friday, 11th July 2014||2015: Yuguda Torn Between Senate And Presidency||Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda has a tough decision to take and it is urgent. Will he go for the presidency or the Senate after his eight-year stint at the Government House. Now, his supporters have been divided into two. While a wing wants him to go for the Presidency the other wants him to be in the Senate representing Bauchi South Senatorial District. Indeed, many political groups are currently agitating for Yuguda to be in the Senate in 2015 about seven months to the end of his tenure. He has also been endorsed for the Senate by many stakeholders.||Bauchi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://allafrica.com
|All Africa Online||Friday, 11th July 2014||Nigeria 2015: "Block Votes Await Jonathan In Etsako"- House Of Reps Aspirant||A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, House of Representatives aspirant for Etsako Federal constituency in Edo State, Mr. Garuba Hussein, has given the assurance that a block vote awaits President Goodluck Jonathan if he decides to contest the 2015 presidential election. Garuba, in Auchi after his consultative visit to political stakeholders in his bid to secure the PDP ticket, said the government of President Jonathan has touched the lives of Etsako people with projects, adding that the people were waiting to pay him back by voting massively for him.||Edo State; People’s Democratic Party (PDP);||http://allafrica.com
|This Day Live||Friday, 11th July 2014||"Western Media Unfair To Nigeria"- Adefuye||The United States Congress yesterday again held an African Policy Breakfast Series on ‘Instability in Northern Nigeria and the Ongoing Threat of Boko Haram terrorists,’ with the Nigerian Ambassador to the US, Professor Ade Adefuye, condemning the Western media for what he described as biased reportage aimed at selling their newspapers. He added that, “Do not forget that the political angle to this war was ignited in 2011 by some political leaders who lost out in the election. They said they would make Nigeria ungovernable; some of them are deeply enmeshed in corruption and are unhappy with Jonathan’s reforms.“You can see them delighted each time these terrorists strike and kill our people and all this is aimed at stopping Jonathan from contesting the 2015 election.” Adefuye further stressed that: “We don’t need to come out and announce openly what the authorities are doing. If Boko Haram succeeds, the Western world and Africa are in trouble.”||Nigeria 2015; Ambassador; Insecurity||http://www.thisday
|Tribune News Online||Friday, 11th July 2014||2015: We Need Daniel, JMK, Onabiyi, Others In Ogun PDP||Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, Honourable Abiodun Akinlade, has stressed the importance of politics of inclusion in the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in ensuring its victory in the 2015 general election. Akinlade, a third-term member of the House of Representatives, urged the party to reach out to former State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, Alhaji Sule Onabiyi and other aggrieved members, back to the fold. The lawmaker, who was elected on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), led thousands of his supporters to the party at a mega rally organised by the State chapter of the party. He said the party’s internal democracy and respect for the rule of law had further strengthened the party.||Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://tribune.com.
|Daily Post Online||Friday, 11th July 2014||Re-election Of President Jonathan Will Strengthen Democracy And Stabilize Nigeria, Says Tukur||Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has said the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 will strengthen democracy and preserve the unity and stability of Nigeria. Tukur, the Chairman of Nigeria Railway Corporation, stated this in Abuja yesterday when he received members of The Strategic Team (TST), a national political think-tank. According to him, Jonathan deserved to return to Aso Rock next year because of his progressive and human-faced policies.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailypost.ng
|Daily Post Online||Friday, 11th July 2014||Osun 2014: Don’t Re-enact The Rigging Perpetrated In Ekiti, APC Warns||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that any form of rigging would not be tolerated in the Osun State forthcoming governorship election. According to the party, the August 9 election would be different from that of Ekiti State. Spokesman of the party, Lai Mohammed, in a chat with newsmen in his home town, Oro, Kwara State on Thursday warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Federal Government against violating electoral rules and procedures.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Sun News Online||Friday, 11th July 2014||Aregbesola Presents 20 Armored Personnel CarriersTo Police||Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola yesterday presented 20 sophisticated Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) worth over N1.3billion to the State Police Command. Presenting the vehicles to the police, Aregbesola expressed worry at what he called the Federal Government’s penchant for playing politics with crucial security matters. He appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to separate politics from security by granting the State a short code for its emergency centre.The Governor also read the riot act to criminals and agents of violence, warning them to steer clear of the State or face the full wrath of the law.||Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Osun State Police Command||http://sunnews
|P.M News Online||Friday, 11th July 2014||"We Will Ensure Peaceful Conduct Of Osun Poll"- APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) said on Thursday that it would do everything to ensure a peaceful conduct of the 9 August governorship election in Osun.
Senator Chris Ngige, APC chieftain and former governor of Anambra, made the statement when he spoke with newsmen after a meeting of the party’s leaders at Government House, Osogbo. Ngige said the meeting was centred on how to ensure that peace prevail before, during and after the election.
|Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.pmnews
|P.M News Online||Friday, 11th July 2014||Osun Poll: CSOs Warn Against Military Intervention||A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), on Thursday advised the military to ensure orderliness during the forthcoming governorship election in Osun on 9 August.
The Executive Director of the Coalition, Bassey Ekamon gave the advice at a news conference on preparation for Osun governorship election in Abuja.
Ekamon said that role of military in promoting peace and harmony in the country “at this trying time” could not be overemphasised.
He reminded the military of its primary responsibility of protecting the territorial integrity of the country against external aggression. He advised the people of Osun to remain resolute in the course of exercising their fundamental human rights and urged politicians to play according to the rules of the game.
|Osun 2014; CSOs; Nigerian Army||http://www.pmnews
|Sun News Online||Friday, 11th July 2014||Osun Commissioner Alleges Sale Of Voter’s Cards||Osun State Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Special Needs, Mr Stephen Kola-Balogun has expressed concern over alleged dubious act of collection of voters’ cards from youths and the elderly people by some politicians across the State. Speaking with newsmen in Osogbo, Kola-Balogun described the scenario as undemocratic, wicked and criminal. He warned politicians to desist from such action or be ready to face the wrath of the law. According to him, some people are currently collecting voters’ cards of youths in exchange for N10,000 while the elderly ones are being tricked to submit their voters’ card for peanuts. Kola-Balogun posited that selling and buying of voters’ cards is a new approach to rigging and must be discouraged for democracy to thrive.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Rigging||http://sunnews
|Osun Defender News Online||Friday, 11th July 2014||Adamawa Impeachment: Nyako To Be Confronted By Probe Pane Today||The seven-member panel probing Governor Murtala Nyako’s alleged maladministration is expected to return to work today and may raise issues concerning his refusal to honour its invitation. The panel had pasted the summons asking the Governor to appear before it on the walls of the Government House in Yola on Wednesday and fixed today as the return hearing date for the Governor, who returned to the State on Thursday morning but shunned the panellists.The Governor had given the indication that he would not appear before the panel, having gone to court to challenge the way and manner the members had violated the laws regarding the process of impeaching him and his Deputy, James Ngilari.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||http://www.osun
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Thursday, 10th July 2014||Group Kicks Against Modu Sherrif’s Plan To Defect To PDP||Following speculations that the former Governor of Borno State, Senator Modu Sheriff, is planning to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a group, Bayelsans Advocacy and Defence Roundtable (BADR), has cautioned President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP National Chairnan, Adamu Mu’azu, against admitting him into the party. In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday, the group said Sheriff was already stigmatised with an insurgent group and his membership of PDP will have negative impact on public perception of the party.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); BADR||http://www.nigerian
|Osun Defender News Online||Thursday, 10th July 2014||2015 Rivers Guber Poll: Why Wike May Decamp To APGA||The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) appears to be cashing in on the reported decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to shut out the supervising Minister of Education Wike from realizing his ambition of emerging the next Governor of Rivers State. Although the PDP had denied media report that it has shut out Wike or any other candidate seeking to contest for the governorship ticket of the party, inside sources said Wike’s fate as far as the Rivers Government House is concerned has already been taken. Sources said the Minister is still currently battling forces against his ambition to succeed Gov. Amaechi, but he is considering the option of moving to APGA who may have offered him the party’s ticket to contest for the Rivers governorship.||Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party; Wike||http://www.osun
|P.M News Online||Thursday, 10th July 2014||Lagos 2015: "Nothing Can Save APC From Defeat"- PDP||The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is already jittery ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the State, adding that no emergency surgical operation will save the party from defeat in 2015.
The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Taofik Gani, who said this during an interview, stated confidently that his party will win the governorship election in Lagos next year.
|Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party||http://www.pmnews
|P.M News Online||Thursday, 10th July 2014||Delta 2015: Isoko Leaders Endorse Olejeme||Isoko leaders on Wednesday declared their support for the governorship ambition of Dr. Ngozi Olejeme. The leaders, who spoke to journalists in Emevor, Isoko North Local Government Area under an Umbrella body, Isoko Development Forum (IDF), observed that since the State needed a vibrant, visionary, focused and disciplined person, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme was the most appropriate person for the position. “Olejeme is the best among all those running for the 2015 Delta State governorship election. She understands the needs of the people and wants to create an enabling environment to make the State more attractive to entrepreneurs” the leaders said.||Delta 2015; Olejeme||http://www.dailytimes.
|Daily Times Online||Thursday, 10th July 2014||President Jonathan Is Nigeria’s Number One Enemy, Says APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described President Goodluck Jonathan as Nigeria’s number one enemy because of his propensity to perpetrate impunity, abuse federal institutions and tolerate corruption, all in a dangerous clamor to win re-election at all costs. In a statement issued in Osogbo on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said under President Jonathan’s watch, Nigeria has been thrown into unprecedented crisis that is manifesting in the opposition strongholds of Rivers, Edo, Adamawa, and Nasarawa States, and elsewhere across the country.The President has also abused national institutions perhaps more than any other President in Nigeria’s history, deploying the police and the army to intimidate and harass ordinary citizens in general and opposition supporters in particular, as he did recently in Ekiti and he is allegedly planning to do in Osun State; shutting airports at will just to punish the opposition and muscling the Electoral Commission, INEC, to prevent incorruptible RECs from conducting elections, it said.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://dailytimes.
|Punch News Online||Thursday, 10th July 2014||Reps Fine-tune Electoral Amendment Bills For 2015 Elections||The Electoral Act has remained a focal point for actors in Nigeria’s political scene. Both chambers of the National Assembly have at various times made adjustments to the provisions of the Act. The Act had gone through a series of fine-tuning in the past, the last two efforts being in 2006 and 2010 respectively. Yet, members of the House of Representatives say the Act is still deficient in many aspects which they claim inflict serious injuries on actors preparing for elections or those who either celebrate or lick their wounds after each election. In its latest attempt to further adjust the provisions of the Act, the House is proposing amendments it believes will provide a “level-playing field for all participants and for a more transparent process of conducting elections in Nigeria.” How this would be achieved remains to be seen as a bill to further amend the Act, was presented for second reading at the House on July 3, 2014.||Nigeria 2015; Electoral Act 2011; Ammendment Bills; House of Representatives||http://www.punchng
|Tribune News Online||Thursday, 10th July 2014||Osun 2014: "PDP Will Run Aregbesola Out Of Office"- PDP National Secretary||Ahead the governorship election in Osun State,the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ), on Wednesday, declared that come August 9, the incumbent governor of the State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, under the All Progressives Congress (APC), would be ran out of office with the massive support of the people of the State at the poll. The National Secretary of PDP Professor Adewale Oladipo, stated this in Abuja, when he received an award of excellence for his democratic credentials from a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO), Nigerian Progressive Youth Congress (NPYC). While accusing the incumbent Governor of demolishing traditional institutions in the State,he said “as an indigene of Osun State, I can tell you that the governor, Rauf Aregbesola, is in trouble, we will run him out of town, he can go and live under the bridge in Lagos."||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.tribune.
|Leadership News Online||Thursday, 10th July 2014||Aregbesola Reiterates His Commitment To Improve The Health Status Of Osun People||Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has re-echoed his commitment to improving the health status of the people of Osun State. Addressing supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who thronged the ancient town of Ede for his re-election campaign rally in Ede/Egbedore/Ejigbo federal constituency, the Governor disclosed that his administration has procured no fewer than 100 safe delivery equipment due for distribution to health institutions across the State.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng
|Leadership News Online||Thursday, 10th July 2014||"We’ll Ensure Prompt Payment Of Salaries, Allowances Of Osun Workers"- Omisore||Exactly a month to the conduct of the Osun State governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer, Senator Christopher Iyiola Omisore has assured of prompt payment of salaries of workers in the service of the State Government. Addressing party supporters in continuation of his door-to-door State wide campaign at Owode, Ede South local government of the State, Omisore said he would also ensure timely payment of allowances of the senior citizens of the State.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng
|Osun Defender News Online||Thursday, 10th July 2014||"PDP’s Robbery In Ekiti Is Impossible Here"- Olunloyo||Former Governor of old Oyo State Dr. Omololu Olunloyo on Tuesday said it would be impossible for the Peoples Democratic Party to repeat what happened in Ekiti two weeks ago. Olunloyo who spoke in Ede during the campaign rally for the re election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, said he did not care if his endorsement of Aregbesola would anger Abuja saying he had studied Aregbesola’s style of governance and adjudged it to be the best.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.osun
|Osun Defender News Online||Thursday, 10th July 2014||Don’t Sell Your Future, You Know Who Deserves Your Votes, Olunloyo To Osun Electorates||A former Governor of the old Oyo State, Dr Omololu Olunloyo has described the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as a visionary leader worthy of emulation by all particularly, political office holders. Dr Olunloyo stated this at the palace of Timi of Ede land, when the Aregbesola campaign train paid a homage to the traditional ruler. Olunloyo enjoined the people of the State not to sell their votes in the forthcoming governorship election.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.osun
|Guardian Newspaper||Thursday, 10th July 2014||Security Operatives Stall Probe Panel’s Bid To Summon Nyako||Security operatives in Adamawa State Government House, yesterday locked all entrances into the building making it impossible for a member of the probe panel set up to investigate Governor Nyako from delivering a letter inviting him to appear before the committee therefore had to resort to pasting it at the Government House gate. However, Nyako’s Deputy, Mr. Bala Ngilari collected the invitation letter through his secretary, saying he had no fears appearing as he has not committed any criminal offence. Meanwhile, Nyako yesterday expressed confidence that he would survive the ongoing impeachment move against him, noting that he won’t resign.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||1|
|Guardian Newspaper||Thursday, 10th July 2014||Osun 2014: Governor Tasks Security Agents On Conduct During Poll||Governor Rauf Aregbesola yesterday urged security operatives to be civil in their relationship with the people during the August 9th poll in order not to incur the wrath of the electorate.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||80|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday, 10th July 2014||INEC Inaugurates Voter’s Education Committee In Jigawa||The Jigawa State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday inaugurated the State inter-agency committee on voter education and publicity. The State Resident Electoral Commissione, Alhaji Ibrahim Bagobiri said the voter’s education is geared towards preparations that would ensure a free, fair and credible elections in 2015.||Jigawa 2015; INEC; Voter Education||18|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 10th July 2014||Shape Up Or Ship Out, Fayose Tells Obasanjo||Ekiti State Governor-elect has advised former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Senators in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to either align with the ongoing reconciliatory moves or be shown the way out.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||11|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 10th July 2014||Youths Told To Shun Thuggery In 2015 Elections||Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Security, Major Babatunde Panox (rtd.) and Chief Judge of the State, Ayotunde Phillips, have advised youths to resist temptation of being used as thugs during the 2015 elections.||Nigeria 2015; Voter Education;||43|
|Tribune News Online||Monday, 7th July 2014||Osun 2014: "Aregbesola Deserves A Second Term"- Osun Traditional Rulers||As the re-election campaign team of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, moved to Boluwaduro Local Government Area, the Onirun of Oke Irun and Oniresi of Iresi, Oba Isaac Adetunlerese and Oba Sikiru Adeseun, had declared that the State Governor’s performance in all sectors was tremendous. The traditional rulers said with the policies and projects implemented by Aregbesola, who is the standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in August 9 governorship poll, which were equally distributed in all geopolitical zones, “he deserved a second term in office”.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Traditional Rulers||http://www.tribune
|Daily Post Online||Monday, 7th July 2014||Osun 2014: PDP, APC Trade Words Over Campaign||The Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State and its governorship candidate in the August 9 election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, against any form of violence in the State. A statement signed by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, said sponsors of political campaigns should refrain from such acts or face the wrath of the law. The party was reacting to a political violence by the Osun State Police Command in Obokun Local Government Area of the State. Reacting, Director of Media and Strategy of the Iyiola Omisore Campaign Organisation, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said that, “rather than pointing accusing fingers at the PDP, the APC should desist from orchestrating violence and wrecking further havoc on innocent citizens of Osun by importing thugs from Lagos and sourcing the service of ignoble militants from the Niger Delta to cause chaos in the State.”||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Violence||http://dailypost.ng
|Leadership News Online||Monday, 7th July 2014||Osun 2014: APC Condemns INEC’s Delay In Release Of Voter’s Cards||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has decried the delay in distributing the permanent voters cards to registered voters in the state ahead of the August 9, 2014, governorship election in Osun State, warning that it might be a ploy to disenfranchise voters.
“INEC has been painfully slow in processing the permanent voters cards, and one can only hope that the electoral body is not doing this deliberately to disenfranchise voters, especially in opposition strongholds,’’ the party said in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. APC said INEC has continued to tell those who throng its offices in the State to collect their permanent voters cards that the cards were not ready, without giving an indication of when they would be ready for collection.
|Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); INEC; Permanent Voter’s Cards||http://leadership.
|Daily Post Online||Monday, 7th July 2014||Osun 2014: PDP Insist Osun Commissioner Was In Delta State To Recruit Thugs||Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the weekend said the confession of the State Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Dr Wale Bolorunduro that he was actually in Delta State on the 27th of June, had vindicated the party’s claim that the was arrested there. Bolorunduro, who was alleged picked up by security agents at a hotel in Delta State, had described the report as untrue, saying he was never there. But in a press release issued on Friday by his personal assistant, Seun Ogunsanya, the Commissioner admitted he was indeed in Warri for the burial of a colleague’s father-in-law. He, however, debunked allegations by the PDP, that his mission was to recruit thugs for the August 9 governorship election.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailypost.ng
|Punch News Online||Monday, 7th July 2014||"2015 Elections Will Be Credible"- Ajijola||The Chairman, Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa and New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Senator Simeon Ajibola, has said with the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the Ekiti State governorship election, it would conduct credible, transparent, free and fair elections in 2015. He also charged the critics of President Goodluck Jonathan to be fair in their criticism, claiming that Jonathan had improved infrastructure across the country and had started educational revolution especially among almajiris in the northern part of Nigeria.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng
|All Africa Online||Monday, 7th July 2014||2015 Political Fireworks To Begin After Ramadan Fast- Atiku||Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has said he will unfold his next political plans soon after the conclusion of the ongoing Muslim Ramadan fast. Atiku, who addressed journalists shortly after breaking the fast yesterday night in Abuja said this was the time for Nigerians to join hands and work for the restoration of peace and unity, and not a time to shift blame or draw the battle lines along ethnic or religion differences.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Atiku||http://allafrica.com
|Leadership News Online||Monday, 7th July 2014||"APC’ll Dislodge PDP In Kaduna"- Lukman||The only opposition party capable of dislodging the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State come 2015 is the All Progressives Congress (APC), the director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Mohammed Lukman, has said. Lukman, who was the senatorial candidate under the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the 2011 general election, disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen on his intention to run for the governorship in 2015 on the platform of the APC. According to him, the PDP has been in power since 1999 in Kaduna State but have succeeded only in making the people poorer while joblessness continues to worsen.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.
|Tribune News Online||Monday, 7th July 2014||Friends Urge APC To Adopt Buhari||Friends of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, under the aegis of Buhari Friends Organisation Network, at the weekend urged the party to adopt the former Head of State as its presidential candidate for the 2015 election. They spoke in Abuja at the inaugural general meeting of the group. The group’s National Coordinator, Saint Athanasius Okon, noted that like Buhari, his friends also hate corruption, lawlessness, impunity and other vices.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Buhari||http://www.nigerian
|All Africa Online||Monday, 7th July 2014||PDP In Dilemma Over Oyinlola||Attempt by the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unite the Osun State chapter of the party and its South West Zone ahead of the August governorship election in Osun State as well as the forthcoming 2015 general elections may have hit the rocks. According to sources, the current efforts to win back Oyinlola into the mainstream of the party is heading for failure due to the refusal by some elements within the party to allow the battle for supremacy between the loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the current president, Goodluck Jonathan, end in the larger interest of the party.||Nigeria 2015; Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://allafrica.
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Monday, 7th July 2014||Governor Akpabio Accused Of Political Assasinations, Kidnappings||Chief Umana Okon Umana, former Secretary to the Government of Akwa Ibom State and one of the governorship aspirants in the 2015 governorship elections in the State has fingered Governor Godswill Akpabio n the assassinations and kidnapping of his political associates. According to LEADERSHIP, Umana has written a petition against Governor Akapbio to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). He also accused the governor of attempts on his life and that of his family ahead of the 2015 general elections.||Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Petition||http://www.nigerian
|All Africa Online||Monday, 7th July 2014||APC Throws Presidential Ticket Open, Moves To Save Nyako||National chairman of All Progressives Congress, Chief John Oyegun, has said the party’s presidential candidate for the 2015 general election would emerge from an open contest where all interested aspirants, irrespective of geopolitical zone, will compete in a free and fair atmosphere. This was as the party convened a stakeholders’ meeting at the weekend in an effort to prevent the impeachment of Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako. The meeting held yesterday at the Government House, Yola, was attended by prominent APC members from the State and it deliberated on ways to save Nyako’s job and the integrity of the party in the State. It followed last Friday’s setting up of a seven-man committee by the acting Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi, to investigate allegations of gross misconduct and misappropriation levelled against the governor and his deputy, Bala James Ngillari, by the House of Assembly.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Adamawa State||http://allafrica.
|All Africa Online||Sunday, 6th July 2014||Nigeria 2015: Group Tips Saraki For APC Presidential Ticket||Ahead of the 2015 general elections, members of the New Generation Nigeria, a youth organisation within the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the former Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki to run for the Presidency in 2015 on the platform of the party.
In a statement co-signed by its president, Alhaji Musa Abdulkadir, Secretary-General, Otunba Philip Coker and Publicity Secretary, Chief Victor Anyawu, the group said it has come to realise that only a good visionary leadership can salvage the country from its challenges.
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://allafrica.
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Sunday, 6th July 2014||2015: "Obasanjo Won’t Campaign For Jonathan"- Top Aide||The relationship between President Goodluck Jonathan and former president Olusegun Obasanjo is still frosty: the latter has vowed not to campaign for his estranged godson. Obasanjo appears set to throw up a twin challenge to President Jonathan, both within and outside the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. LEADERSHIP Sunday was told that he would back Jigawa State governor Sule Lamido to challenge the president at the primaries, and, if that fails, he is said to have perfected plans to support the presidential aspiration of Kano State governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso under the platform of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|All Africa Online||Sunday, 6th July 2014||2015: I’ll Run For Presidency, Says Balewa’s Son||The son of Nigeria’s First Republic Prime Minister, Dr. Abdul Jelil Tafawa Balewa, has declared his intention to contest the 2015 presidential election. According to him, having consulted widely, he was convinced that Nigerians had been yearning for a new leadership capable of fulfilling the high expectations and aspirations of the greater majority in the country.
Speaking with journalists on Sunday in Abuja, the Medical Doctor said with the right political party, he was fully prepared. Balewa has however decided to in the meantime, keep silent on the political party "for strategic reasons"
|Nigeria 2015; Tafawa Balewa||http://allafrica.
|Business Day News||Sunday, 6th July 2014||Jega Scores The Bull Eye In Ekiti, Still Counting||Smarting from a superlative performance at the recent gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that Nigerians should expect a better outing in Osun State on August 9, 2014. Jega said, “The forth-coming election in Osun State, God willing should be better than Ekiti, and the 2015 general elections must be the best. It is therefore a challenge for all of us to join hands and continue to work together to ensure this necessary outcome,” he added.||Nigeria 2015; Osun 2014; Jega; INEC||http://business
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Saturday, 5th July 2014||2015: Jonathan Camp Split Ahead Of Declaration Over VP Slot||Ahead of the declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan for second term, there is a split in the President’s camp over the Vice-President slot. The choice has been narrowed down to either the retention of Vice President Namadi Sambo or Governor Ibrahim Shema. The President is however expected to break the ice when he declares for second term in office. Investigation by our correspondent revealed that in spite of repeated moves to suppress the division within the Jonathan camp on the VP slot, it is still a major hurdle to cross. Findings by our correspondent showed that some stakeholders loyal to the First Lady and some ministers are pushing for Shema as the next Vice President, but Governor Henry Seriake Dickson and other stakeholders from Bayelsa State have pitched their tents with Sambo as Jonathan’s running mate for second term.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Vice President||http://www.nigerian
|PM News Online||Friday, 4th July 2014||Seadogs Call For Credible 2015 Elections||The National Association of Seadogs (NAS) has called for free, fair, credible and acceptanble general election in 2015 saying it is critical in strengthening the nation’s frail democracy.
NAS urged Nigerians to be patriotic and participate actively in the electoral process and vote for candidates of their choice and ensure that their votes are counted and count in the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
|Nigeria 2015; Voter Education; NAS||http://www.pmnew
|All Africa Online||Friday, 4th July 2014||IGP, Police Top Brass Restrategize On 2015 Elections||The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and other top ranking Police Chiefs, yesterday, met to strategise on how to curb the rising insecurity in various parts of the country.
The meeting, held at Police Headquarters in Abuja, with the Zonal Commanders and Commissioners of Police is to address the menace of farmers/ herders clash in Nigeria. They also examined the rising wave of kidnapping, trans-border banditry, illegal possession of arms and ammunition as well as other forms of crimes and criminality. Speaking at the meeting, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar tasked the Commanders and senior police officers, to start putting in place strategies to ensure security ahead of the 2015 elections. Meanwhile, The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday, charged officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to equip themselves with knowledge, by seeking higher qualification.
|Nigeria 2015; Inspector General of Police||http://allafrica.
|Sun News Online||Friday, 4th July 2014||My Nephew Cannot Win Osun Elections, Says Omisore’s Uncle||A lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly and uncle to Iyiola Omisore, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the coming gubernatorial election in Osun State, has declared that his nephew cannot defeat the incumbent governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Ipoola Omisore, who represents Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 2 at the House said he was hopeful that Iyiola Omisore would one day govern the state but that this could only happen if he returned to the progressive party; in this case, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The older Omisore said his nephew lost it when he moved over to PDP from the Alliance for Democracy (AD), the party which threw him up, as deputy governor in the administration of Bisi Akande in the state
|Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnew
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday, 4th July 2014||"Osun REC Is On Leave, Not Removed"- INEC||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that the Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Rufus Akeju, was asked to proceed on a leave of absence—reportedly for his own safety and as his contribution to ensuring the credibility of the State governorship election scheduled for August 9, 2014.The Commission insisted that Mr. Akeju has not been removed or redeployed as widely reported in the media today. Mr. Idowu, the Commission’s Chief Press Secretary, said the REC, aware of INEC’s efforts to continue a free, fair and credible election in Osun State, accepted the commission’s request. He stated that Mr. Akeju had not been indicted for any offence, adding that INEC’s appeal for a stay of execution of the interlocutory order restraining the Commission from recognizing him as REC for Osun State was still in progress.||Osun 2014; INEC; Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC)||15|
|Tribune News Online||Friday, 4th July 2014||Osun 2014: Akinbade Laments Lecturer’s Strike||As political parties jostle for votes ahead the August 9 governorship poll in Osun State, the flag bearer of the Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, on Tuesday, lamented the protracted five months old strike embarked on by lecturers and non- teaching staff in the State owned tertiary institution. In a press release issued by the media director of Akinbade, Mr Kayode Oladeji, the LP chided the State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, who is also the standard bearer of the All Progressive Congress (APC), over alleged insensitivity of the State government to the plights of the striking lecturers. While allegedly identifying the controversial re-classification policy and lack of tangible plans for the state owned tertiary institutions by Aregbesola’s government as the basis for the dwindling fortunes of education in the sector, the LP candidate said this “sector has been badly affected, so much muddled up: many schools built through communal efforts have been demolished, thereby leaving the pupils and their parents in such areas in serious problems”.||Osun 2014; Labour Party (LP);||http://www.tribune.
|Leadership News Online||Friday, 4th July 2014||Delta 2015: Non Natives, Opposition Vow To Support Olejeme||The governorship ambition of the only female governorship aspirant in Delta State, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Olejeme has received a boost following a declaration of total support for her by members of the Etsako Communities in the state. The group known as Weppa Wanno Union, Sapele branch, vowed to ensure that all delegates under their influence vote in favour of Olejeme whom they described as a defender of democracy. Speaking on behalf of the group during a visit to Sapele, the president general of the Weppa Union, Comrade Godwin Obilo, commended Olejeme for her humanitarian works, which he said, cut across ethnic, religious and political boundaries. The youth leader of the group and APC chieftain, Mr Paul Ojojo vowed to commit his time and resources to the support of Ojeleme if her party, the PDP, gives her the ticket.||Delta 2015; Weppa Wanno Union; Olejeme||http://leadership.
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Friday, 4th July 2014||Wike Campaigns For Goodluck Jonathan||The Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike yesterday campaigned for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in 2015 Presidential Election.Speaking in Abuja while presenting some landmark achievements of the Federal Ministry of Education under his watch,Wike said President Jonathan is a special gift to the country and Nigerians should not allow the opportunity slip by in the forthcoming Presidential election.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Wike; Campaign||http://www.nigerian
|Punch News Online||Friday, 4th July 2014||2015: Jonathan Will Lose Woefully, Says Balarabe Musa||Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa shared his views on the re-election bid of President Jonathan saying, "Considering the negative state of the nation, which has affected every part of Nigeria, particularly the level of poverty and insecurity, Jonathan should not seek re-election in 2015. His party will not even nominate him. But if it does, they will face the consequences because Jonathan will lose the election woefully. He will not get reasonable votes even in the South-South where he comes from because the South-South is also suffering from the negative state of the nation. South-South people are also suffering from the current level of unemployment, hunger and insecurity. Jonathan’s incompetence has affected every part of Nigeria. Without the misuse of incumbency and money power, there is no way he can get nomination even from the PDP, let alone winning the election."||Nigeria 2015; Balarabe Musa||http://www.punchng.
|The Nation Newspaper||Friday, 4th July 2014||2015: Jonathan Under Fire For Early Campaign||President Goodluck Jonathan came under fire yesterday for jumping the gun in the 2015 race. Although the President is yet to speak on his political future, his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has held some ‘unity rallies’ in some northern and eastern States which they suspended after criticisms. After a brief lull, the campaign re-opened, with a new group, the GEJITES, displaying customized vehicles and giant electronic billboards at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, where the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners have been meeting. The All Progressives Congress (APC), the United People’s Party (UPP), some politicians, lawyers and some opinion leaders chided the Jonathan campaigners for their action and Jonathan for looking the other way. But the PDP has said it has nothing to do with the campaign by the group which the Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State Balarabe Musa described as flouting the Independent National Electoral Commision’s (INEC) rules.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); GEJITES; President Goodluck Jonathan; INEC||1|
|The Nation Newspaper||Friday, 4th July 2014||Osun 2014: 780, 464 Permanent Voter’s Cards Distributed||Seven hundred and eighty thousand, four hundred and sixty four permanent voter’s cards have been distributed to eligible voters in the 30 local government areas of Osun State ahead of the August 9th governorship elections. The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Segun Agbaje, spoke to reporters yesterday at the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) office on Gbogan Road, Osogbo, the State capital. Agbaje said 20 political parties would participate in the election.||Osun 2014; INEC; Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC)||9|
|The Nation Newspaper||Friday, 4th July 2014||Suspected ‘PDP Thugs’ Caught Destroying Aregbesola’s Billboards, Posters||A socio-political organization in Osun State, De Raufs Volunteer Group has described the vandalization of Governor Aregbesola’s campaign billboards and posters by thugs of the opposition party, PDP as criminal and barbaric.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Violence||9|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday, 4th July 2014||Court Okays Adamawa Impeachment Process||An Adamawa State High Court presided over by the acting Chief Judge, Justice Ambrose Mamadi, yesterday dismissed an application by Governor Murtala Nyako through his Counsel, Ayo Akams, to restrain the State House of Assembly from proceeding on his impeachment process. The House of Assembly on Wednesday passed a resolution asking the Chief Judge to set up a seven man panel to investigate allege impeachable offences committed by Nyako and his deputy but there is controversy on whether the resolution has been communicated to the Chief Judge. The Chief Registrar of the High Court has however denied knowledge of any correspondence or receipt of the said resolution by the High Court on behalf of the Chief Judge.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||4|
|This Day Newspaper||Friday, 4th July 2014||Senate Passes Ammendment To 2010 Electoral Act, Okays Electronic Voting||The Senate yesterday, voted against a Bill seeking to empower the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct presidential debates in the 2015 elections and another bill seeking to place responsibility of proving regularity of any election on INEC. The legislators however voted overwhelmingly giving the electoral body powers and freedom to determine the procedure for voting at an election. It also passed the bills of establishing tenure and appointment of the Commission’s Secretary and also increased the time required for INEC to produce certified true copies of documents by any party in an election petition from one to two weeks. It provided punishment for polling officers who conspire to make false declaration of results. The Bill has been forwarded to the House of Representatives for concurrence before it will be forwarded to the President for assent.||Nigeria 2015; Senate; Electoral Act Ammendment Bills||10|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday, 4th July 2014||INEC Scraps Polling Units At Palaces||As the Independent National Electoral Commission seeks to increase polling units across the nation by the 30, 000, the Commission has vowed to scrap electoral centers at traditional palaces. The Commission said neutral places and centers like schools would be the sole polling centers, against the present structure, where election centers are located even in forests.||Nigeria 2015; INEC; Polling Units||17|
|The Vanguard Newspaper||Friday, 4th July 2014||Ekiti PDP Sues Fayemi Over Proposed LCDAs||People’s Democratic Party PDP, in Ekiti State has dragged the State government to court over planned creation of additional 18 Local Government Development Areas in the State, alleging violation of provisions in the 1999 Constitution. The Party is asking the Court to compel the State House of Assembly to stop any further action on the issue.||Ekiti State; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); New LCDAs; Judiciary||11|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday, 4th July 2014||Confab Okays Rotational Presidency||Delegates at the National conference yesterday, voted for rotation of presidency between the North and South and among the six geo-political zones. The delegates, however, shot down a proposal for a single term of six years for the President.||Nigeria 2015; National Conference||1|
|Guardian Newspaper||Friday, 4th July 2014||Edo Political Crisis Deepens; PDP, APC Clash Over Deputy Speaker’s Removal||The Edo State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday, rejected the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Festus Ebea, claiming that due process was not followed and that the meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the Government House was a "travesty of plenary."||Edo State; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Impeachment||3|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Jega Alleges Plot To Clone Voters’ Cards For 2015||Ahead of the 2015 general elections, Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in a meeting Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room oganized by Policy And Legal Advocacy Center (PLAC) with other civil society organizations in Abuja yesterday, raised the alarm over attempts by some persons to clone the Permanent Voter’s Card, PVC, currently being issued by the Commission. He said that it was in view of the development that INEC, on the Ekiti State election day, ensured that the register of distribution which he said contained names of all the electorate that were duly issued with the PVCs in Ekiti, were made available at all the polling units in the State.||Nigeria 2015; INEC; Ekiti 2014; Cloned Cards||9|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||LP Candidate Promises Industrial And Agricultural Revolution||The governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Fatai Akinbade says his administration will place a premium on the industrialization and mechanization of agriculture to reduce youth unemployment rate in the State. He also maintained the State would witness unprecedented turn around through industrialization and massive agricultural development if given the opportunity to govern the State.||Osun 2014; Labour Party (LP);||56|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Beware Of Greek Gifts, Kashamu Tells Electorate||Chief Financier of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Prince Buruji Kashamu, has urged the people in the region to beware of what he called ‘greek gifts’ being dangled by the All Progressives Congress, APC. The PDP Chieftain in a statement in Abeokuta yesterday, described the latest gestures of the APC-led governments as "panicky Greek gifts that are meant to deceive people and hoodwink them; hence, our people have to be vigilant."||Nigeria 2015; Ogun State; Bribery; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||11|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||2015: Groups Okay Political Awareness In Taraba||Two human rights groups, Option Without Borders, OWB and Citizens Rights Campaign, CRC have expressed satisfaction over the level of political enlightenment at the grassroot level in Taraba State towards having credible 2015 general elections in the State. The groups made the remarks after conducting an enlightenment campaign for the electorate, aimed at deepening electoral education among the rural folks, ahead of the 2015 general elections.||Nigeria 2015; Human Rights Activist; Voter Education; Taraba State||14|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Plot To Impeach Nyako Thickens||Adamawa State House of Assembly has directed the State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Ambrose Mamadi to constitute a seven-man impeachment panel within seven days to investigate allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Governor Murtala Nyako and his Deputy Bala Ngilari. The directive is in defiance of an earlier court order restraining the Assembly from proceeding with the matter which was before the court.||Adamawa State; Impeachment||16|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Obanikoro and PDP Aiding Boko Haram, Says Tinubu||National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has accused Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of aiding Boko Haram. In a statement last night by his Special Adviser on Media, Sunday Dare, Tinubu said "The defence budget to fight Boko Haram and terrorism has become a conduit pipe for the ruling party PDP just as the likes of Obanikoro continue to use Boko Haram as a tool of blackmail against the opposition. This time, just like it failed in the past, it will not stick. It will not stand. It is the PDP led- government which Obanikoro is an agent that is perpetuating the insurgency for pecuniary benefits. Obanikoro’s allegation that Tinubu and his friends in the opposition created Boko Haram is both fallacious and untenable. Bola Tinubu and the APC have been on record repeatedly condemning killings and bombings by Boko Haram and proffering solutions to the menace."||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Inflammatory Statements||4|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||"Vulnerable Groups Excluded From Ekiti Election"- Civil Society Groups||State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI), the Disability Policy and Advocacy Initiative (DPAI) and the Lagos State Civil Society Partnership (LACSOP) yesterday said vulnerable people like the blind, the deaf and dumb, the physically challenged, the elderly, pregnant and nursing women were excluded in Ekiti State governorship election. They said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to take steps that would have enabled the groups to excercise their voting rights as inaccessibility of polling booths and materials to cater for their peculiar needs, heavy presence of armed security forces and so on contributed in this and urged it to avoid a repeat in the Osun State governorship poll.||Ekiti 2014; Osun 2014; Civil Society Groups; Vulnerable Persons; INEC||7|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Oyo APC Criticizes FCT Minister For Comment On Bridge||The Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Minister of State of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide, to desist from playing politics with the lives and well being of the people while reacting to a statement credited to the minister on the flood situation. Akinjide was quoted to have asked the State government to spend the Federal government’s N400 million intervention fund on the Apete Bridge in Ibadan, which was flooded a few days ago and reportedly took the lives of some passers by. But the APC has accused the Minister of mere playing to the gallery and seeking to hood wink the people for the purpose of gaining political advantage.||All Progressives Congress (APC); Minister of State For FCT; Oyo State; Apete Bridge||10|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||2015: Youth Launch Roadmap For Participation||Ahead of the 2015 general elections, youth leaders of political parties and civil society organizations yesterday in Abuja formally launched the ‘Nigerian Youth Agenda on Political Participation.’ The policy document among other things wwas aimed at safeguarding youth participation in electoral politics in the build up to the 2015 general elections and beyond."||Nigeria 2015; Youth Participation||7|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Edo APC Lawmakers Relocate, Impeach Deputy Speaker||Following the protracted crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly, All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the House yesterday held its plenary sitting in the Government House and impeached the suspended deputy speaker. The plenary which was presided over by the speaker, Uyi Igbe, was attended by the 15 APC members. A motion was brought forth for the lawmakers to relocate plenary to the Government House while the House of Assembly was being renovated following alleged vandalism by the impeached Deputy Speaker and eight other members.||Edo State; All Progressives Congress (APC); Impeachment||15|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||2015: CSG Demands Quick Passage Of Amendment To Electoral Act||Civil Society Groups have called for swift passage of the ammendment to the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) before the conduct of the 2015 general elections. Making the demand on Monday, Clement Nwankwo, one of the organizers of the event said that if there was contentious issues, there was need to settle such before the elections. He said the group will work together with the National Assembly to ensure that the necessary ammendments to the electoral law were achieved.||Nigeria 2015; Electoral Act 2011; Ammendment Bills; Civil Society Organization||19|
|Nigerian Bulletin News||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||2015: Jonathan’s Men Open Bid Near Chibok Protesters||Some customised vehicles and giant electronic billboards mounted on wheels appeared yesterday in a strategic part of Abuja – the seat of power. Engraved on the boards are President Goodluck Jonathan’s achievements and his photograph as well as Vice President Namadi Sambo’s — beaming. The customised vehicles and electronic boards appeared at the Unity Fountain where the BringBackOurGirls campaigners were meeting in solidarity with the abducted Chibok girls. Over 200 girls were snatched off their dormitory by Boko Haram on April 15 in Chibok, Borno State. They are yet to be found —80 days after.
The boards and the vehicles were rolled out by a group, Gejites (Goodluck Ebelo Jonathanites). The Nation learnt that all these was in preparation for Dr. Jonathan’s announcement of his plan to run again.
|Nigeria 2015; Jonathanites; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|Daily Times Online||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||"Security Challenges Will Be Over Before 2015 Elections"- Omeri||The Federal Government has restated its commitment in overcoming the current security challenges facing the nation before the 2015 general elections.
The Chairman of the National Information Center, Mr. Mike Omeri, made this known while answering questions from journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, at the regular briefing on security challenges across the country. Omeri stated that everything was being done, not only to secure the freedom of the girls abducted from Chibok on April 14, but also to ensure peace across the country. Omeri added that the Federal Government appreciated the patience and support of Nigerians toward efforts aimed at bringing an end to the activities of insurgents in the country.
|Nigeria 2015; Insecurity||http://www.daily
|Daily Post Online||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Groups Allege New Strategies To Perpertuate Electoral Fraud In Port Harcourt||Some members of pro-democracy and civil society groups in Rivers State have staged protest in Port Harcourt over alleged moves by some politicians to rig the 2015 elections. The protesters alleged that the politicians would try to relocate polling units of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to their desired locations. The leader of the protesters and representative of Social Action rights group, Celestine Akpobari addressed the audience at the venue of a public hearing organised by the National Human Rights Commission to discuss electoral accountability ahead of the elections. Akpobari said INEC should convince Nigerians on its preparedness for credible general polls in 2015, adding that Nigerians want free and fair campaigns and elections.||Nigeria 2015; Rivers State; INEC; Electoral Fraud||http://dailypost.ng/
|Osun Defender News Online||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Lagos 2015: PDP Can Never Be A Threat In Lagos- APC||The Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Joe Igbokwe, speaks on the outcome of the Ekiti State governorship elections and its implication. He said "The outcome of Ekiti State election has spurred us into action in Lagos and even in all the APC States. Lagos State APC will dig the deepest well in Lagos, we will go extra mile, we will leave no stone unturned and we will stop the fraud if what happened in Ekiti is, indeed, a fraud. One more thing: Lagos is too sophisticated for anybody to toy with. Lagosians know their leaders. Ekiti is not Lagos State – all things considered. But let me tell you and make it abundantly clear, the APC is not afraid of any PDP takeover here in Lagos or elsewhere because we know that Ekiti is out of the ordinary. What I want to assure you is that the PDP does not exist in Lagos as to constitute a threat in Lagos no matter the bizarre anomie in Ekiti. PDP will never be a threat to the APC in Lagos State because there is no meeting point between light and darkness, between mediocrity and focused leadership, between right and wrong, and between actions and inactions."||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.osun
|Osun Defender News Online||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Osun 2014: Call PDP, Others To Order Now For Peace To Reign, APC Tells Security Operatives||Osun State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has enjoined security operatives to call opposition parties, particularly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to order for allegedly defacing billboards and posters of Governor Rauf Aregbesola. The party in a petition addressed to the State Commissioner of Police, SSS Director and others claimed that PDP supporters were vandalising APC’s posters thus causing threat to peace.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.osun
|All Africa Online||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Osun Guber: Aregbesola Urges Electorates To Shun Religious Sentiment||Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has urged people of Osun State to shun religious sentiment and vote for merit in the forthcoming August 9th governorship election in the State.
The Governor who is the candidate of All Progressive Congress charged electorate in the state to see themselves as one despite their religious difference. Aregbesola who said this at a campaign held at Ibokun, Ijesha North Federal constituency urged Christians, Muslims and traditional adherents in the State to be united and tolerate each other’s religion in order to foster peace and unity in the State. Aregbesola said the opposition parties are liars from the pit of hell and they want to use religious difference to discredit him and that it would not work.
|Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://allafrica.
|Leadership News Online||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Group Lauds Jega, INEC Over Akeju’s Redeployment||As new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Osun State, Mr Segun Agbaje, resumed work in the State yesterday ahead of the forthcoming governorship election, a human rights group, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has commended the Professor Attairu Jega-led Independent National Electoral (INEC) over the removal of the controversial outgone REC, Mr Rufus Akeju from the State.
It advised the electoral body not to allow Akeju to be redeployed to any state of the federation again till his tenure lapses in July 22, 2015, because of his dented image within the Commission. The group however called on the Presidency, National Assembly, INEC, Department of State Service (DSS) and Nigeria Police to investigate the four years of Akeju’s activities in the State and those behind the pro-Akeju advertorial against the editorial opinion of Nigerian Tribune in the two national dailies of March 19, 2014.
|Osun 2014; INEC;||leadership.ng/
|Sun News Online||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||Osun: Police Arrest Suspect Over Ile-Ife Explosion||Osun State Police Command has arrested one person in connection with the explosion that rocked Ile-Ife on Tuesday. The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Maishanu, in a text message sent to our correspondent yesterday, said the police command had commenced investigation into the cause of the explosion. He said: “We are going to address a news conference on the incident. We have arrested a person and he is helping us in the investigation.” However, he assured residents of Ile-Ife and the State at large, of security of lives and property. The police boss, who said he had visited the scene of the explosion to ascertain the extent of damage it caused, said there was no cause for alarm in the State. Maishanu, who noted that the explosion was a minor one, assured all residents of the State of the police commitment to ensuring the security of all individuals at all times.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Najeem Salaam, has alleged that the explosion was politically motivated.
|Osun 2014; Insecurity||http://sunnews
|Daily Post Online||Thursday, 3rd July 2014||FG Clears The Air On Osun Blast||Coordinator of NIC, Mr. Mike Omeri had earlier clarified the report about the explosion which occurred in Ile Ife, Osun State on Tuesday. Omeri said “there was a report of a non lethal explosion from an object which was investigated by security agencies at Agbedegbede Street, Ile-Ife, Osun state. “The outcome of the investigation indicates that the explosion was neither a bomb nor dynamite, but carbide as neither the ground where the explosion occurred nor the building within the vicinity were affected by the explosion, just as no human life was lost, neither was plantain shrubs near it destroyed.” “Furthermore, Nigeria’s security forces have continued to make significant progress with active presence on the ground to combat the highly challenging and complex terrorist threat that currently exists as well as ensuring long term safety and security of the people and the nation”, Omeri declared.||Osun 2014; Insecurity; Federal Government||http://dailypost.
|Daily Post Online||Wednesday, 2nd July 2014||Osun 2014: "Start Packing Your Bags"-Omisore; "Don’t Expect Ekiti Miracle"- Aregbesola||Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun gubernatorial election, Senator Iyiola Omisore has again declared his readiness to clinch victory. He said that once that is done, incumbent governor, Rauf Aregbesola will have no choice than to return to Lagos. Omisore, spoke while addressing his supporters during a PDP rally held at the weekend in Ifedayo Local Government Area of the state. Meanwhile, Aregbesola himself has told the PDP not to expect a repeat of the outcome of Ekiti State election in Osun State. Speaking at a campaign rally yesterday, he said “the people of Ekiti had decided to go the way they wanted and we have nothing to do about that.But the victory of PDP in Ekiti state would have no effect on the governorship poll in Osun State.”||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailypost.ng
|Daily Post Online||Wednesday, 2nd July 2014||Osun 2014: Jonathan Meets Oyinlola In Aso Rock, Seeks His Support||President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday met ousted National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was initiated by the leadership of the party as it believes all hands must be on deck to ensure victory in the forthcoming gubernatorial poll in Osun state. He was led to the villa by the National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu. Oyinlola, who declined to give details of the meeting, however insisted that he remains the authentic secretary of the party known to the law.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailypost.
|Tribune News Online||Wednesday, 2nd July 2014||Osun 2014: Aregbesola, Omisore Lobbies CAN For Votes||Ahead of the August 9, governorship poll in Osun State, two key political gladiators, namely the standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore and his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday ,stepped up lobby of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the state chapter, with a view to getting votes of its members. Nigerian Tribune reliably gathered that while Aregbesola, who is the incumbent governor of Osun State, held a parley with the state executives of the Christian body at their secretariat around Owode, in Ede, on Monday, Omisore also met with the CAN leadership-led by Reverend Ogundiya.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.tribune.
|Osun.Gov.Org/ News||Wednesday, 2nd July 2014||Osun 2014: Aregbesola Pledges Commitment To Worker’s Welfare||Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola has pledged his commitment to the welfare of workers in the state just as he has declared that he would not sack any worker in the service of the state. Speaking at a lecture organized by the Osun chapter of forum of Heads of Federal Government establishments to mark 2014 African Civil Service Day in Osogbo, Aregbesola through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Human Resources and Capacity Building, Mr Festus Olajide, said he was rather committed to filling existing vacancies in various government establishments.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC);||http://osun.gov.
|All Africa Online||Wednesday, 2nd July 2014||Osun 2014: Omisore, Akingbade Fault Aregbesola’s Education Policy||Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and Labour Party LP, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Alhaji Fatai Akinbade respectively have faulted the Rauf Aregbesola administration re-classification education policy in the state. The two candidates in their separate comments stated that the new policy has taken the state backward and counter productive to the advancement of education development in the state. Specifically, Akinbade fingered the re-classification policy and lack of tangible plans for the state owned tertiary institutions by Aregbesola’s government as the basis for the dwindling fortunes of the state in the sector.||Osun 2014; Labour Party (LP); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://allafrica.com
|The Guardian News Online||Wednesday, 2nd July 2014||PDP Seeks Strict Security During Osun Election||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure massive deployment of security personnel to man the August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun State to guarantee free and fair election. The party in a press conference addressed by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, at its national secretariat in Abuja, declared that it won the June 21, 2014 Ekiti governorship polls because it allowed the most popular aspirant to emerge as candidate through a transparent primary election||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.ngrguar
|Sun News Online||Wednesday, 2nd July 2014||"Elections Will Hold Everywhere In 2015"- Jega||Contrary to the earlier submission by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, that elections might not hold in the three emergency states of Yobe, Adamawa and Borno, the exercise will take place in every state in 2015.He spoke yesterday when the Chinese Ambassador, Gu Xiaojie, visited the commission. Jega restated INEC’s readiness to conduct the 2015 general election in all the states of the federation, despite security threats in some areas especially in the North-East.
He said: “We know that both nationally and internationally, there are concerns about the 2015 general elections, partly because of the challenges of security in some states. “On our part, we have been doing our best to ensure that we are able to conduct elections in those areas; and we have been working very closely with security agencies to ensure that there is adequate security for the conduct of elections in those states.”
|Nigeria 2015; INEC; Insecurity||http://sunnews
|PM News Online||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||"APC Not On Ground In Ekiti"- PDP||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the outcome of 21 June governorship election in Ekiti State showed that All Progressives Congress was not on ground in the state. Olisa Metuh, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, adding that, democracy had taken firm roots in the country.
Metuh said result offered great lessons and showed that the people could make informed leadership choices given free and fair atmosphere. “This shows that the APC was not really on ground and lacked the support of the people.”
|Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.pmnew
|Osun Defender News Online||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||Osun 2014: Anxiety Increases in Osun As State INEC Official’s Whereabout Remains Unknown||A huge atmosphere of uncertainty surrounds the premises of the headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Osogbo, Osun State, over the rumours regarding the whereabouts of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC in the state, Ambassador Rufus Akeju.
Since the start of the outgone week, there had been insinuations about him being transferred, though none of the senior officers of the commission could confirm it. But a source close to the commission confided in newsmen that Ambassador Akeju did not show up in office in the outgone week, the source added that he traveled and had not returned.
|Osun 2014; INEC||http://www.osun
|Daily Times Online||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||Nigeria 2015: Ajimobi Canvases For Decorum, Decency Among Politicians||Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has called on politicians to exhibit high level of decorum and decency in order to ensure a successful and peaceful democratic process, as the 2015 general elections draw near.
He stated this while receiving a delegation of Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) who paid him a courtesy call at the Agodi Government House, Ibadan.
Governor Ajimobi said that since the objective of any political party was to promote development and the welfare of the people, there should be no need for rancour and bitterness among politicians.
|Nigeria 2015; Oyo State Governor; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.daily
|Sun News Online||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||Osun APC Challenges PDP To Make Campaign Open||Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State to make its campaign open instead of embarking on house-to-house campaign. The APC stressed that open campaign would show how credible the PDP’s claim to unseat Governor Rauf Aregbesola is, in the August 9 governorship election. The party, in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi said “it is curious that 45 days to the crucial election, the PDP and its governorship candidate are not visible on the campaign trail.” But the PDP in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Prince Bola Ajao said the APC had no business with the style of the party’s campaign, stressing that “if the PDP chose to campaign from house to house, I don’t think it is the concern of the APC or any other political party.”||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnews
|All Africa Online||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||Lagos 2015: Ikorodu Battles For Lagos Guber Slot||The race for Governor Babatunde Fashola’s job in Lagos State has taken new dimension with chieftains, elders and traditional rulers in Ikorodu Division harping on producing the next governor. Apart from using the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), they are ready to throw their support to any party that will actualise their dream.
The 2015 governorship contest in Lagos State is getting tougher by the day, especially in the APC. Apart from the party’s decision to zone the slot to Lagos East Senatorial District and its perceived preference for a Christian candidate, a number of issues are shaping the contest that is about seven months away.
|Lagos 2015; Ikorodu District||http://allafrica.com
|Tribune News Online||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||Osun 2014: Segun Agbaje Takes Over As REC Today||Former Resident Electoral Commission (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi State, Mr Segun Agbaje, will take over today as the REC in Osun State, ahead of the August 9, 2014 governorship election in the State, the Nigerian Tribune authoritatively gathered. Credible sources informed the Nigerian Tribune that the former embattled REC in the State, Ambassador Oluwatoyin Akeju, had already put finishing touches to his handing over note, which would be presented to his successor today. Nigerian Tribune had exclusively reported that Akeju had been replaced by the authorities of INEC in Abuja. At the INEC office in Osogbo on Monday, the majority of the workers were seen discussing the exit of Akeju.||Osun 2014; INEC||http://www.tribune.
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||Abaribe Declares For Abia Governorship||Senate spokesman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has formally declared to contest the governorship of Abia State in 2015 Abaribe who is a former Deputy Governor of the State told party officials at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Umuahia at the weekend that he was the heeding the overwhelming call to run for the seat.||Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||"Nobody Can Rig Me Out In Imo Governorship Election"- Ihedioha||Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Emeka Ihedioha yesterday said that as long as the 2015 governorship election in Imo State is concerned, nobody can rig him out. He insisted that Imo State has great opportunity in having him as the next governor because of his capacity to salvage the State saying, "if I win election, nobody will stop it." Ihedioha also aired his regrets on the indebtedness of the State under the current government of Governor Rochas Okorocha. Reacting to the claims by the deputy speaker, senior special assistant on media to Okorocha, Sam Onwuemodo beckoned on those aspiring to govern Imo State to focus on what they intend to do for the people of Imo rather than accuse a government that has done alot to salvage the State.||Imo 2015; Ihedioha; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||19|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||2015: PDP Chieftain Cautions Mu’azu Against Endorsing Candidates||The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) organizing secretary for Nasarawa South Senatorial District in Nasarawa State Alhaji Sidi Ndagi has urged the party’s national chairman Ahmadu Adamu Muazu against any purported endorsement of candidates ahead of the 2015 elections.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||19|
|This Day Newspaper||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||Tinubu Blames Misgovernance, Poverty For Rise Of Boko Haram||Former Lagos State Governors and one of the national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has reiterated that the menacing activities of the Boko Haram sect in the northern part of Nigeria is a manifestation of mis-governance, gross injustice, mass poverty and declining democratic culture in the country.He also lamented that Nigeria’s democratic ethos was on a constant decline, arguing that the duo of poverty and terrorism have come together to form he described as a "terrible union" against democracy.||Nigeria; All Progressives Congress (APC); Boko Haram||10|
|This Day Newspaper||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||Boko Haram: APC Threatens Legal Action Against Fani- Kayode||For allegedly linking the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the outlawed terrorist group Boko Haram, the party has asked Mr. Femi Fani Kayode to retract his comment or face legal action. APC said Fani-Kayode had erroneously imputed that the party through its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, had condemned the Federal Government for proscribing the terror group. The APC denies this claims and challenges Mr. Fani Kayode to produce the said statements as proof. The party also condemned Fani- Kayode’s description of Boko Haram as the armed wing of the APC, saying the statement is most irresponsible, uncharitable and without basis.||All Progressives Congress (APC); Femi- Fani Kayode; Boko Haram; Defamation||10|
|This Day Newspaper||Tuesday, 1st July 2014||"I Remain The Cornerstone Of PDP"- Oyinlola||Former Governor of Osun State, Mr. Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has denied reports that he has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State saying he remains ‘a cornerstone’ of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and would ensure his party attains victory in the August 9th governorship election in the State.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||11|