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|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 30th June 2015||El-rufai Wins Governor's Performance Award||Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa’i has won the monthly CIAPS Governors Performance Index (CGPI) award while his counterparts in Kano and Sokoto States, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, occupied the second position. The CGPI is a monthly performance review of governors performance across the country, conducted by the Lagos based Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies (CIAPS).||Kaduna 2015; CGPI; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/58592-el-rufa-i-wins-governors-performance-award|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"APC Demonstrating Self-Destructive Instinct"- Group||A group, Coalition of Civil Society Organisations on Good Governance, has said that no political party in recent times has demonstrated such level of insensitivity to people’s feelings and self destructive instinct in the National Assembly as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). National Secretary of the Coalition, Zeb Obioma Ijewa, who addressed a press conference yesterday in Abuja, wondered how “a political party which, just the other day, had taken our hopes with slogans of change now turns around to destroy same phrase.”||Nigeria 2015; CCOGC; APC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58584-apc-demonstrating-self-destructive-instinct-group|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"Appoint SGF From North-East"- Group Urges Buhari||A group, the National Mandate Group, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a person from the North-East as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). The group said in a statement jointly signed by its national co-ordinator, Otunba Doyin Adeniyi and national executive secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Modibbo, specifically that the president appoints Alhaji Gambo Magaji as SGF.||Nigeria 2015; NMG; SGF; Buhari||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58583-appoint-sgf-from-north-east-group-urges-buhari|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"National Assembly Crisis Due To One Man's Ambition"- Na'Allah||Senate Deputy Majority Leader Bala Ibn Na’Allah, yesterday attributed the current crisis in the National Assembly to the ambitions of one man. Na’Allah who did not however name the person, cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC) against allowing the ambitions of few individuals to create problems for the party. He made the statement in an interview with newsmen while on assessment visit of tanker spill fire that killed six and destroyed over 30 houses in Dabai, Zuru Local Government Area of Kebbi State.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58585-n-assembly-leadership-crisis-due-to-one-man-s-ambition-na-allah|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 30th June 2015||National Assembly To Get Its Radio Station Soon||National Assembly would soon get its own broadcast station saddled with the responsibility of disseminating to the public its activities if the Senate Ad hoc Committee set up to draft the Legislative Agenda for the 8th Assembly completes the assignment and the report adopted at the end of the day. Vanguard gathered, yesterday, that members of the committee were of the view that it has become imperative to have such a radio station at the National Assembly as obtained in most parliaments of the world, adding that as an arm of government, it must not rely solely on what other media houses report about the upper and lower chambers.||Nigeria 2015; NASS||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/national-assembly-to-get-its-radio-station-soon/#sthash.1rZZSzha.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"List Of NASS Principal Officers Emanated From Governors Not NWC"- APC Chieftain||There are strong indications that the list of Principal Officers of the National Assembly that was said to have been compiled by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was after all the product of the governors of the party from each of the six geo-political zones of the country, where the seats were allocated. A source close to the National Chairman of the APC, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Vanguard in Benin, Edo State, that the mission of the eight governors, who visited Chief John Odigie-Oyegun a few days before the uproar that greeted the publication of the names of the Principal Officers was to deliver a prepared list to him.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/list-of-n-assemblys-principal-officers-emerged-from-govs-not-nwc-apc-chieftain-2/#sthash.Yn8daPKY.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"Don't Appoint Retired Judges, Lawyers Into Arbitration Panels"- El-rufai||The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has warned the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria, QSRBN not to appoint retired judges and lawyers into its Arbitration panel. El-Rufai who gave the warning at the just concluded 5th Building and Construction Economic Roundtable in Abuja, noted that this is he only way to avoid prolonging proceedings unnecessarily. He stated that judges and lawyers have a penchant to delay and prolong court proceedings, noting that they may carry over this habit, if appointed into the QSRBN arbitration panel. The former Minister of Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, who observed that the nation’s judicial system is broken, regretted that it takes at least seven years to resolve legal cases.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/dont-appoint-retired-judges-lawyers-into-arbitration-panels-el-rufai/#sthash.nAjVJG2P.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"Aregbesola, Debtor Governors Chose Not To Pay"- Monye||Professor Sylvester Monye, who served as special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on monitoring and evaluation has distanced the Jonathan administration from the failures of the Osun State government to pay salaries, saying Governor Rauf Aregbesola chose not to pay. Speaking on a live Channels Television interview monitored in Lagos yesterday, Monye said Governor Aregbesola, like other governors was advised by the Jonathan administration to prioritise salary payments but chose not to in preference of payment of contractors and other services. -||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/aregbesola-debtor-governors-chose-not-to-pay-monye/#sthash.uzokpRfz.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 30th June 2015||Stakeholders Attribute NNPC Board Dissolution To Infractions||President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to dissolve the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has been applauded as a major step towards sanitising the Nigerian oil and gas industry and the NNPC in particular. Many see the Corporation as lacking in transparency, amid allegations of corruption which the Board and management made no effort to check. Buhari-oilSome respondents who spoke to Vanguard, argued that the NNPC is deliberately designed to continually deceive and keep Nigerians in the dark about the true state of things in the petroleum sector. They also believed that the NNPC had over the years been able to get away with almost everything because it enjoyed the patronage of both the executive and the legislative arms of government. In particular, the Convener, Good Governance Group, Mr. Gambo Seyi, lamented that the lack of transparency of the NNPC has helped in stunting the growth of the Nigerian economy.||Nigeria 2015; NNPC; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/stakeholders-attribute-nnpc-board-dissolution-to-infractions/#sthash.bjUBg0T4.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 30th June 2015||Ex Militants Demand SA On Amnesty Programme||Thousands of ex-militants in Phase One, Second Phase and Third Phase of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, yesterday, marched through major roads in Warri, Delta State, to request President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, fill the vacant position of Special Adviser on amnesty programme in the Presidency. Some of the placards with inscriptions saying, “We want credible leaders like Mr. Famous Daunemugha to be appointed; We are like sheep without shepherd; Daunemugha is a unifying force; Buhari don’t leave us in disarray,” charged the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, government to make their demand a priority.||Nigeria 2015; Amnesty Program; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/ex-militants-demand-sa-on-amnesty-programme/#sthash.XbeOjijH.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 30th June 2015||Buhari Orders Re-issuance Of Villa Press Pass To Deutsche Welle Correspondent||"President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the re-issuance of Presidential Villa Press Pass to Deutsche Welle correspondent, Mallam Ubale Musa, who was expelled from villa by the previous administration. The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this while presenting the re-issued villa press pass to Musa at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.|
Adesina said that Musa’s re-accreditation as a State House correspondent was in keeping with Buhari’s commitment to correct the wrongs of the past."
|Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buhari-orders-re-issuance-of-villa-press-pass-to-deutsche-welle-correspondent-2/#sthash.cs46bZeD.dpuf|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"Name Your Alleged Abductors"- Marafa Tells Saraki||A member of the Senate Unity Forum, comprising the All Progressives Congress ( APC) Senators who supported the bid of Senator Ahmad Lawan ( Yobe North) for the presidency of the 8th Senate, later won by Bukola Saraki ( Kwara Central) , has challenged Saraki to name those who wanted to abduct him before his emergence as President of the 8th Senate. The Senator, Kabiru Marafa ( Zamfara Central), in a text message to journalists yesterday, tasked them to ask Saraki to name those who wanted to abduct him before getting full reaction to his allegation.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/443657/name-your-alleged-abductors-marafa-tells-saraki|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 30th June 2015||Bayelsa Guber: PDP Gives Dickson Automatic Ticket||Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has been tipped to emerge as the consensus candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming governorship election in the State. A source at the Wadata Plaza, the PDP national headquarters, told LEADERSHIP that it was a decision already taken and sealed by the national leadership on the ground that conducting a primary in the State would not be in the interest of the party. It was also gathered that in the build-up to campaigns for the governorship poll billed to hold this year, various interest groups have endorsed the incumbent Governor, while more of such endorsements were being expected.||Bayelsa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/443731/bayelsa-guber-pdp-gives-dickson-automatic-ticket|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"Facebook Fraudsters Using My Name To Defraud People"- Fashola||The immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) yesterday alerted that some unscrupulous persons are using his photographs and ascribing fictitious statements to him on fake Facebook accounts to defraud innocent people. Fashola in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello, said the alert became necessary, for the umpteenth time, in view of the activities of scammers who have been issuing out series of Facebook comments and information in his name with the intention of duping unsuspecting members of the public.||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/443750/facebook-fraudsters-using-my-name-to-defraud-people-fashola|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"Separate Politics From Governance"- PMB To NEC||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/443756/pmb-to-nec-separate-politics-from-governance|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th June 2015||Buhari Promises To Compelete, Rehabilitate Hydro-Power Project||President Muhammadu Buhari monday said his administration would give the highest possible priority to the rapid improvement of power supply across Nigeria. The president spoke when he had an audience with officials of CCECC, the Chinese Construction Company, working on the Mambilla power project. Buhari said it was quite regrettable that power generation in Nigeria had failed to keep pace with national needs over the years.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-promises-to-complete-rehabilitate-hydro-power-projects/213454/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"All Revenues From NNPC, Others Must Be Paid Into Consolidated Revenue Fund"- Buhari||In a landmark directive, President Muhammadu Buhari monday ordered all revenue generating agencies such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), amongst others, to pay all their revenues into the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CFR). The president issued the directive during the inauguration of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, adding that the agencies would henceforth be required to submit budgets for appropriation to meet their expenditure needs annually after their revenue had been remitted.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-all-revenues-from-nnpc-others-must-be-paid-into-consolidated-revenue-fund/213459/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th June 2015||NNPC Spent N3.8tn In Three Years Without Approval||The National Economic Council (NEC) has revealed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) spent N3.8 trillion in three years without approval. The latest indictment of NNPC, confirmed the forensic audit report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the 2012 report of the Presidential Committee on the Verification of Fuel Subsidies, which both revealed that the corporation deducts as much as 46 per cent of oil receipts to meet its expenditure before remitting the balance to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CFR).||Nigeria 2015; NNPC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nnpc-spent-n3-8tn-in-three-years-without-approval/213460/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"Legislators Do Not Get Funds For Constituency Projects"- Deputy Speaker||The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Sulaimon Lasun, has explained that lawmakers do not receive funds for projects located in their constituencies. This he said was contrary to general conceptions. Lasun, who stated this when he received the Yoruba community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in his office in Abuja yesterday, added that the funds for the execution of constituency projects are handled by the presidency.||Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/deputy-speaker-legislators-do-not-get-funds-for-constituency-projects/213430/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th June 2015||El-Rufa'I Appoints Chief Of Staff, Others Join Shiklam In Kaduna||The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has appointed Hadiza Bala Usman as his Chief of Staff. Hadiza is the daughter of the late university don, Dr. Bala Usman, who was well known for his radicalism. Also appointed were Alhaji Bashir Dabo as Special Assistant, New Media and Mrs. Saude Amina Mohammed as Personal Secretary to the Governor. The appointments were announced monday in a statement by the Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/el-rufai-appoints-chief-of-staff-others-john-shiklam-in-kaduna/213432/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"Rebuilding North-East Critical Agenda For House"- Dogara||A motion to convene an international donors’ conference towards rebuilding the North-Eastern part of Nigeria would be debated by the members of the House of Representatives as soon as they resume from recess. This is in recognition of the fact that the federal government alone cannot be relied on to rebuild the region which has been ravaged by the activities of terrorist sect, Boko Haram. This was disclosed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara during a courtesy call by members of the Northern Reawakening Forum in Abuja yesterday, where he added that rebuilding the North-east is a critical agenda for the House.||Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dogara-rebuilding-north-east-critical-agenda-for-house/213445/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th June 2015||Financial Hardship Won't Stop Our Economic Program||The Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said he was determined to make good his promise to ensure “prosperity for all Deltans” despite the current wind of financial hardship sweeping across the country. Okowa promised that the ‘S.M.A.R.T.’ development agenda of his administration would be pursued vigorously despite the financial crunch and sued for a change of attitude to work especially by public officials and youths, including those presently unemployed.||Delta 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/financial-hardship-won-t-stop-our-economic-programme-says-okowa/213446/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th June 2015||Jega Left An Impressive Record, Says Atiku||The former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has described the tenure of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega as impressive and enviable. According to Atiku, as Jega officially ends his tenure tuesday, he would be remembered for the successful conduct of the 2015 elections with the introduction of Card Reader and Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC), adding that the achievement has tremendously boosted Jega’s reputation and earned him the respect of Nigerians and the international community.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-left-an-impressive-record-says-atiku/213448/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th June 2015||Saraki, Dogara Dismiss Akande's Allegations On Sponsorship By Subsidy Culprits||Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, monday described as mischievous, the allegation by former Interim National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, that his emergence as Senate President was facilitated by oil subsidy culprits. Saraki in a statement by his Special Assistant, Print Media, Mr. Chuks Okocha, also described the allegation as malicious, false and reprehensible. While further describing the allegation as the figment of Akande’s imagination, Saraki wondered how himself who moved the motion, which he said exposed oil subsidy scam would now turn out to benefit from it.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/saraki-dogara-dismiss-akande-s-allegations-on-sponsorship-by-subsidy-culprits/213452/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th June 2015||APC Postpones Caucus Meeting, Fixes NEC For Friday||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has put on hold the meeting of its national leadership caucus earlier scheduled for tuesday. The party said it would now hold the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Friday. The shift of the leadership caucus meeting came just as the deputy spokesman of the party, Mr. Timi Frank, disagreed with the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to send a letter to the National Assembly nominating principal officers.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-postpones-caucus-meeting-fixes-nec-for-friday/213453/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th June 2015||"You Can't Blackmail Us"- PDP To Buhari||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said no amount of intimidation, blackmail or propaganda by the presidency would stop it from standing shoulder to shoulder with Nigerians in demanding that President Muhammadu Buhari kick-starts the government and commence implementation of his campaign promises for which he was voted into office. The party said the presidency’s excuse of clearing the so-called Augean stable is lame and diversionary, noting that it stands by its statement that the delay is creating loopholes through which some persons claiming closeness to the president “have infiltrated executive bodies, arm-twisting and conniving with unscrupulous elements to siphon the nation’s resources in the last 30 days.”||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-to-buhari-you-can-8217-t-blackmail-us/213456/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 29th June 2015||Jega Urges National Assembly To Adopt Uwais Report||"Outgoing chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has urged the National Assembly to immediately begin work on Justice Mohammed Uwais’ report on electoral reform if the country must improve on the electoral successes recorded in recent times. The Justice Uwais Electoral Reform Panel was set up by late President Umar Yar’adua in 2007 following outcry over the election that brought him to power.|
Among others, the Uwais committee recommended the establishment of an Electoral Offences Commission and two other bodies; the Constituency Delimitation Commission and the Political Parties’ Registration and Regulatory Commission. Jega made the call weekend in Abuja at a dinner organised for him by the Nigeria Labour Congress in conjunction with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria to celebrate his end of tenure at the Commission."
|Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/58478-jega-urges-n-assembly-to-adopt-uwais-report|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 29th June 2015||"PDP Plotting To Get Power Through The Back Door"- Nkire||A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Sam Nkire, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to be part of the APC government’s decision making process at all costs and plotting to get back to power through the backdoor. Speaking with newsmen weekend in Abuja, Nkire said that the PDP would not succeed as the APC will surmount every obstacle the party may place on its road to “change”.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58456-pdp-plotting-to-get-power-through-back-door-nkire|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 29th June 2015||PDP Gives Buhari 10 Days To Name Cabinet||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given President Muhammadu Buhari ten days to set up his cabinet, saying Nigerians did not vote for a sole administrator. The party also insisted that Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), must fulfil their campaign promises to Nigerians and confront insurgency with vigour. In a statement yesterday in Abuja, PDP national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, said after a careful evaluation of the first 30 days of President Buhari in office by the PDP, it has become obvious that Nigerians need to join hands in prayers to save the government from further “inaction and dithering.”||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58457-pdp-gives-buhari-10-days-to-name-cabinet|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Monday 29th June 2015||APC's National Caucus Meets Tomorrow||As part of efforts to address the challenges facing the All Progressives Congress (APC), the national caucus of the party will meet at the party’s National Secretariat tomorrow to discuss the way forward. A member of the party’s caucus who did not want to be named told Daily Trust by telephone yesterday that the caucus meeting would kick start the planned meetings of the various organs of the party to find a lasting solution to the crisis facing the party, especially the leadership crisis in the National Assembly and other important matters affecting the party.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58463-apc-national-caucus-meets-tomorrow|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Monday 29th June 2015||"PDP'll Soon Regret Running Nigeria Aground"- Presidency||"The Presidency has replied PDP's recent condemnation of the Muhammadu Buhari administration 30 days after its inauguration. The party had asked Nigerians to pray for Buhari as his 30 days in office shows that he is slothful and probably has nothing to offer Nigerians. A statement signed by Femi Adesina, Senior Adviser on Media and Publicity, the Presidency says its wrong for PDP to judge Buhari as he's busy cleaning up the mess the PDP has made of the country for the past 16 years.|
|Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/pdpll-soon-regret-running-nigeria-aground-presidency.113741/|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 29th June 2015||Rivers APC Backs Buhari On Recovery Of Looted Funds||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has thrown its weight behind the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari, to investigate and recover the billions of naira looted by the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The party called on Buhari to pay special attention to the Ministry of Education, where Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, served as Minister of State, describing the Ministry as one of the major conduits used by the past administration.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/443552/rivers-apc-backs-buhari-on-recovery-of-looted-funds|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 29th June 2015||Okorocha To Ihedioha- "Stop Insulting Me, Face Tribunal"||Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has urged the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Emeka Ihedioha, to respect his office and stop insulting him on the pages of newspapers. Okorocha who was reacting to a media report credited to Ihedioha alleging that he has stolen funds of the State since he assumed office in 2011, asked the former lawmaker to rather face his case at the election tribunal and stop what he described as “unnecessary distraction”.||Imo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/443553/okorocha-to-ihedioha-stop-insulting-me-face-tribunal|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 29th June 2015||"I Didn't Leave Katsina In Debt"- Shema||Former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema has denied leaving behind debts of about N42 billion, insisting that he left the State in a sound financial footing. It would be recalled that the ruling All Progessives Congress (APC) accused the former Governor of having left behind a debt of N42 billion, including pension and gratuities of State and Local Government staff. But in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Oluwabusola Olawale, Shema said the report “is nothing but falsehood and deceit,” describing the report as mere claims without justification.||Katsina 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/443565/i-didnt-leave-katsina-in-debt-shema|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 29th June 2015||"Saraki's Emergence Is Synonymous With Political Truculent"- Malumfashi||The former immediate Chairman of Kano State Independent Electoral Commission, KANSIEC, Sani Lawal Malumfashi, has defended the position of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso that the emergence of Senator Saraki as Senate President is synonymous to political truculent that will hold the country at standstill for years to come. He said Saraki’s political ego is now clearly at variance with the collective consciousness of the nation and that those cynics supporting him should understand that people are watching and the power of the people will eventually prevail even if it means recalling those involved.||Nigeria 2015; Saraki||http://leadership.ng/news/443568/sarakis-emergence-is-synonymous-to-political-truculent|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 29th June 2015||Be Patient With Buhari, Northern Elders Urge Nigerians||"Following concerns expressed across the country on the seeming slow pace of the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Northern elders have urged Nigerians to be patient with the President. This is just as a former head of state from the north, it was learnt at the weekend, met with the president to inform him of the general concern among political stakeholders that the delay in forming government was grounding government and business activities in the country. Meanwhile, the presidency and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were yesterday locked in a war of words over calls by the opposition party for prayers to deliver President Muhammadu Buhari from his difficulties in forming his government.|
|Nigeria 2015; NEF; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/be-patient-with-buhari-northern-elders-urge-nigerians/#sthash.EGSHsdNb.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 29th June 2015||$ 1.85 Billion Oil Block Sale: "Jonathan's Government Never Sold Oil Blocks"- Group||Move on Nigeria, a civic and political action group that promotes democracy and good governance has faulted claim by the Secretary General of NEITI, Ms Scot Clare that the Federal Government under President Jonathan sold an oil block for $1.85 billion and remitted only $100 million to the Federation Account. The group in a statement by its National Co-ordinator, Mr. Clem Aguiyi, said the governing party had since been re-echoing these allegations without making any effort to verify or substantiate them.||Nigeria 2015; MON||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/1-85bn-oil-block-sale-jonathan-govt-never-sold-oil-blocks-group/#sthash.X1nLCRcU.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 29th June 2015||"Saraki, Dogara Won't Apologize To Buhari, APC"- PDP Lawmaker||The face-off between the Presidency and leadership of the National Assembly may take a longer time to resolve if President Muhammadu Buhari and his party insist on the Assembly leaders tendering an apology for defying the directive of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the choice of leaders. This is because the two men are not in a hurry to apologise for defying both the President and party in putting themselves up for election into the two key NASS posts. A ranking Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmaker, who was privy to the plot by his party to work with a faction of APC to elect both men against the directive of APC, confirmed that the two men did not see any reason to tender any apology to anyone.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/saraki-dogara-wont-apologise-to-buhari-apc-pdp-lawmaker/#sthash.PkmrOFtw.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 29th June 2015||Buhari To Appoint Ministers In Two Months||President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers may come in two months at the earliest as the new administration seeks to come to grip with what its officials claim as the rot it inherited. Insiders in the new government claim that this is due to the acute State of affairs of government finances and resources. It was also disclosed that President Buhari would in the next few days take very painful decisions akin to “pulling off the tooth” of a man without painkillers. A source close to the President, who made these known to reporters at the weekend, spoke in reference to assertions of the president’s slow take-off as reflected in the failure to appoint key actors of government. The source dismissed suggestions that the activities of government had been crippled on account of the failure to appoint ministers as a blackmail by politicians keen to get into the pie.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buhari-to-appoint-ministers-in-2-months/#sthash.7d1FyHiz.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 29th June 2015||APC Crisis: Akande Urges Buhari, APC Governors To Close Ranks||Following the crisis rocking the National Assembly over election of its principal officers, former Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Bisi Akande, yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and governors elected on the platform of the APC to close ranks and salvage the party from imminent collapse. President Muhammadu Buhari chairs the meeting of the Peace and Security Council at the 25th AU Summit in Johannesburg on Saturday President Muhammadu Buhari. Akande, in a statement made available to Vanguard, painted a gloomy future of the party if the leaders of the party fail to urgently address the crisis rocking the APC. He alleged that those fuelling the rebellions against the APC positions, which led to the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki, were old new-PDP tendencies.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/apc-crisis-akande-calls-on-buhari-apc-govs-to-close-ranks/#sthash.WkiiTVUE.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 29th June 2015||"Things Have Started Working Within 30 Days Of Buhari's Government"- Chekwas||The Presidential candidate of the United Progressive Party, UPP, Chief Chekwas Okerie said that already within 30 days of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration there have been positive results. He said that though the Ministers have not been appointed, some of the steps so far taken had yielded positive results, adding that they were made possible because of the character of the President.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/things-have-started-working-within-30-days-of-buharis-govt-chekwas/#sthash.hzKgFEnZ.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 29th June 2015||Corruption: AGF Partners NASS On Implementing Performance Audit||The Office of the Auditor General for the Federation, AGF, said it has concluded arrangements to collaborate with the National Assembly with a view to providing legal framework for the implementation of performance audit among Ministries, department and agencies in order to curb corruption in the public institutions. The Auditor General for the Federation, Samuel Ukura, said this at the closing ceremony organised for performance auditors drawn from four African countries under the umbrella of the African Organisation for Supreme Audit Institution-English Speaking[AFROSAI-E].||Nigeria 2015; AGF||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/corruption-agf-partners-nass-on-implementing-performance-audit/#sthash.l8TPo2CG.dpuf|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th June 2015||Tsav Blames Akume For APC Crisis In Benue||Former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has attributed the crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State to the lack of proper handling of party matters by the leadership of the party in the State, even as he urged the people of the State and the party to hold Senator George Akume responsible for the development. Speaking on the development Sunday in Makurdi, the State capital, Tsav said: “Akume encouraged impunity and lack of internal democracy in the State chapter of the APC leading to the imposition of candidates at all levels because he is the leader of the party."||Benue 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tsav-blames-akume-for-apc-crises-in-benue/213363/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th June 2015||"Buhari Has Political Will To Make Things Better"- Oshiomole||Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State Sunday expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari’s policies and programmes would impact positively on Nigerians. Oshiomhole said in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo, that “Buhari has the political will to make things better for Nigerians."||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oshiomhole-buhari-has-political-will-to-make-things-better/213358/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th June 2015||Okowa Commends Ijaw Nation, Assures Deltans Of Equity And Fairness||Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has commended the Ijaw nation for their support during the last governorship election. He gave the commendation in Warri, Delta State, at the weekend, when he paid a condolence visit to the member representing Delta South Senatorial District, Senator James Manager, to commiserate with him on the death of his father, Chief Emiemukumor Manager.||Delta 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/okowa-commends-ijaw-nation-assures-deltans-of-equity-and-fairness/213353/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th June 2015||PDP Urges Prayers For Buhari, APC To Deliver||After a careful evaluation of the first 30 days of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said it had become obvious that Nigerians need to join hands in prayers to save the government from further inaction and dithering. The party said the call for prayers had become necessary given the fact that the administration was finding it difficult to locate its bearing and even take off and face the challenges of governance at the centre, resulting in 30 days of all motion and no movement, a scenario that does not augur well for the polity.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-urges-prayers-for-buhari-apc-to-deliver/213362/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th June 2015||"We Didn't Steal Nor Accumulate Huge Debts In Kaduna"- Former Deputy Governor||The immediate past Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, at the weekend dismissed allegations that the Yero administration stole and left billions of naira debts for the new administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State. Yero, who spoke in Kafanchan during a reception organised in his honour by the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Southern Kaduna senatorial zone, said the PDP administration left over N8billion cash in the coffers for the APC government.||Kaduna 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/former-dep-governor-we-didn-t-steal-nor-accummulate-huge-debts-in-kaduna/213348/|
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 28th June 2015||"We Are Cleaning PDP's Augean Stable"- Presidency||The Presidency on Sunday fired back at the spokesman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Olisah Metuh, who had in a 30-day appraisal had called for prayers for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Metuh had said the Buhari administration was showing symptoms of confusion and cluelessness. He premised Buhari's cluelessness on his inability to make key appointments and set in motion machineries that will ensure the fulfillment of his campaign promises.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidency-we-are-cleaning-pdps-augean-stable/213319/|
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 28th June 2015||Osun APC Urges Justice Oloyede To Resign||All Progressives Congress in Osun state on Sunday advised Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede to do the honourable thing by first resigning her position as a judge of the high court of the state's judiciary before “ganging up with the opposition to attempt to destroy the State government” of which she is an integral part. The party gave this advice on Sunday in its initial reaction to a petition the judge had forwarded to the State House of Assembly demanding the impeachment of the governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and his deputy, Iya Afin Titi Laoye Tomori, over the unpaid salaries of the State workers and pensions.||Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)|
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 28th June 2015||Omehia: APC Warns Wike Against Undermining The Judiciary||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has decried the action of Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who has sought to restore the rights and privileges due to Sir Celestine Omehia, as a former Governor of the State. In a statement issued by the State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Finebone, the party expressed embarrassment that Wike, who is a legal practitioner, could disregard a ruling of the Supreme Court on the matter.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/omehia-don-t-undermine-the-judiciary-apc-tells-wike/213283/|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 26th June 2015||"APC Lawmakers Must Save Us From Legislative Embarrassment"- Abiola||Daughter of the late Chief M. K.O. Abiola and the Secretary / Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the All Progressive Congress Young Women Forum (APC-YWF), Miss Rinsola Abiola , has called on leaders of the party to put an end to the embarrassing National Assembly leadership crisis. She said the APC Lawmakers were not inspiring confidence in the people as the real change which the party promised Nigerians was a far cry from yesterday’s brawl at the House of Representatives.||Nigeria 2015; Abiola||http://leadership.ng/news/443031/apc-lawmakers-must-save-us-from-legislative-embarrassment-abiola|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Friday 26th June 2015||"I Remain Loyal To The Party"- Saraki Writes APC||Senate President, Bukola Saraki has replied the letter written to him by the All Progressives Congress, APC few days ago.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/i-remain-loyal-to-the-party-saraki-writes-to-apc-leadership-see-letter.113632/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Friday 26th June 2015||Saraki Explains Why Senate Went On Recess||"Senate President, Bukola Saraki has shed more light on the recent recess embarked on by the senate. The adjournment of Senate's plenary to July 21, was meant to give the Senate Ad-Hoc Committees on Legislative Agenda and Review of the Senate's Finances time to conclude their work and submit their reports. The two committees were given one-week to submit their reports. However, the Senate assured that it will reconvene at any time before the adjourned date to consider any matter of urgent national importance or to attend to any national assignment requiring its attention. The Senate's Ad-hoc Committee on Financial review is the first time the Senate is setting up a body to review its own salaries, allowances, and the overhead cost of running the Senate with a view to realigning them to reflect the present economic situation in the country.|
|Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/saraki-explains-why-senate-went-on-recess.113635/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 26th June 2015||"I Inherited N636 Billion Debt"- Okowa||Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, decried the financial position of the state and disclosed that the government had over N636 billion debt, including contractual obligations, to contend with in the next three years. Addressing the state legislature, Okowa said: “A total monthly deduction of N4.60 billion will be made from our FAAC receipts with effect from this June through to March 2017, and thereafter N1.098 billion monthly until September 2018."||Delta 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/i-inherited-n636bn-debt-okowa/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 26th June 2015||"Poverty Level In Nigeria Intolerable"- Osinbajo||Nigeria's Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says no decent nation can tolerate the level of poverty currently ravaging the country and unless there is a functional social system where the highly vulnerable are assisted to survive, vast majority of the population would die before long. Professor Osibanjo who stated this in Calabar yesterday while delivering a keynote address on the 10th anniversary of the Late High Court Judge, Peter Bassey Foundation lecture, said those against the Federal Government’s policy of Conditional cash Transfer where those without jobs would be given the sum of N5,000 each to assist them are only being callous and ignorant of the pitiable plight of large numbers of the population in the country.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/poverty-level-in-nigeria-intolerable-osinbajo/#sthash.84p7dAsJ.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 26th June 2015||Buhari's ADC Formally Writes To Withdraw DSS Personnel From Villa||Contrary to denial by the Presidency that operatives of the Department of State Services were not ordered out of the villa, Vanguard can authoritatively reveal that the Aide-de-Camp, ADC, to the President has formally informed the DSS that its personnel would no longer provide close body protection for the President as they are being replaced with men of the Nigerian Army and Police personnel “who were trained as Presidential Bodyguards.” It will be recalled that Vanguard reported, yesterday, that ADC to the President, Lt. Col Abubakar Lawal, ordered personnel of the DSS out of the villa and replaced them with men of the Nigerian Army.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buharis-adc-formally-writes-to-withdraw-dss-personnel-from-villa/#sthash.dGP518hZ.dpuf|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th June 2015||Court Sacks House Member For Wrongful Substitution||A Federal High Court in Abuja has sacked a member of the House of Representatives, Idu Emeka Godwin, representing Onitsha North/South Federal Constituency from the House. The court on Thursday ordered the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Idu Emeka Godwin and to issue a fresh certificate of return to Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu, after holding that she was wrongly substituted. The court held that Chuba-Ikpeazu was the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the April 11, 2015 election.||Anambra 2015; Judiciary||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-sacks-house-member-for-wrongful-substitution/213142/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th June 2015||Buhari Appoints New Accountant General Of The Federation||President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Idris as the Accountant General of the Federation. Buhari announced this Thursday through the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoS), Danladi Kifasi, who said the appointment is with effect from June 25, 2015. Idris who hails from Kano State was born on the November 25, 1960, and was until this appointment the Director of Finance and Accounts in the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-appoints-new-accountant-general-of-the-federation/213148/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th June 2015||Jega, Six National Commissioners Bow Out June 30th||The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, and six national commissioners are expected to bow out of INEC by June 30, having served their mandatory five years in the Commission. Jega had said he would not seek or accept any offer of extension or renewal of his tenure as the Chairman of the Commission. The outgoing INEC Chairman was inaugurated on June 30, 2010, by former President Goodluck Jonathan.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-six-national-commissioners-bow-out-june-30/213150/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th June 2015||"Merit Should Supersede Federal Character For Government Appointments"- Osinbajo||Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has advised that merit be given paramount consideration as a criterion in the appointment of persons into public offices instead of federal character. Osinbajo’s remark, which is bound to trigger a debate, is coming at a time Nigerians are eagerly awaiting the appointment of political office holders into the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/osinbajo-merit-should-supersede-federal-character-for-govt-appointments/213129/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th June 2015||United States President Barack Obama will on July 20, 2015, host Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari for talks to strengthen the relationship between both countries. Both Presidents are also expected to discuss further cooperation for a holistic regional approach to combating the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, and efforts to advance Nigeria’s economic and political reforms to unlock its full potential as a regional and global leader.||United States President Barack Obama will on July 20, 2015, host Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari for talks to strengthen the relationship between both countries. Both Presidents are also expected to discuss further cooperation for a holistic regional approach to combating the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, and efforts to advance Nigeria’s economic and political reforms to unlock its full potential as a regional and global leader.||Nigeria 2015; US||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obama-to-host-buhari-next-month/213128/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th June 2015||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned as a show of shame and national embarrassment, Thursday’s fracas by disgruntled All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the House of Representatives. It said that the ugly development brings to question President Muhammadu Buhari and his party’s commitment to democracy, unity and the stability of the country.||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned as a show of shame and national embarrassment, Thursday’s fracas by disgruntled All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the House of Representatives. It said that the ugly development brings to question President Muhammadu Buhari and his party’s commitment to democracy, unity and the stability of the country.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; PDP||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-condemns-house-fracas-accuses-buhari-of-bias/213092/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th June 2015||"No Cause For Alarm Over Akwa Ibom Election Tribunal Ruling"- Aniekan Umana||The current furore over the order by the Akwa Ibom State Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should move all the materials used in the April 11, 2015 governorship election in the State to its headquarters in Abuja is simply and routine exercise and no cause for alarm. Making this clarification in a chat with newsmen in Uyo, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, who served as Chairman, Media/Publicity Committee of the PDP Campaign and former Commissioner for Information and Communications, observed that the tribunal’s order for inspection of the election materials granted the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the fuss it is generating in their camp is needless and amounts to the proverbial storm in a tea cup.||Akwa Ibom 2015; People's Democratic Party||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-no-cause-for-alarm-over-order-by-a-ibom-election-tribunal-/213152/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th June 2015||Tribunal To Consider Ambode's Preliminary Objection To Agbaje's Petition Today||The Lagos State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Ikeja will today decide on whether to hear the preliminary objection filed by Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, against the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje in the April 28 election. Agbaje is challenging the declaration of Ambode by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the election.||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tribunal-to-consider-ambode-s-preliminary-objection-to-agbaje-s-petition-today/213153/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th June 2015||"National Assembly Members With Pending Election Cases Don't Deserve Full Pay"- Onuoha-Bourdex||Members of the National Assembly whose victories are being challenged at the election petition tribunals should be placed on half salaries and allowances pending the final determination of their cases. This was the position of the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) for Abia North in the last election, Dr. David Onuoha-Bourdex, in a statement made available to journalists in Umuahia, in reaction to the ongoing controversial jumbo pay for the members of the federal legislature.||Abia 2015; APGA||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-n-assembly-members-with-pending-election-cases-don-t-deserve-full-pay-/213154/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th June 2015||Wike Restores Omehia's Rights As A Former Rivers Governor||"Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has formally restored all the entitlements and benefits of Sir Celestine Omehia as a former Governor of the State. Wike, on Thursday, also formally reinstated the official portrait of Omehia amongst the line up of former governors of Rivers State at the Government House, Port Harcourt Executive Council Chamber. Performing the exercise, Wike said the decision to restore the entitlements and privileges of Omehia as former Governor stemmed from the fact that he worked as Governor of the State between May 29, 2007 and October 25, 2007, wherein he took decisions on behalf of the State and initiated projects.|
|Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/wike-restores-omehia-s-rights-as-former-governor-of-rivers/213155/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th June 2015||APC State Chairmen In Crucial Meeting Over NASS Crisis||About 28 Chairmen of the State chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Thursday went into a meeting in Abuja trying to take decisions on urgent matters affecting the party. The meeting is coming at the time the Labour Party (LP) condemned the behaviour of the lawmakers on the platform of the APC in the House of Representatives, which led to the disruption of proceedings at the lower legislative chamber.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-state-chairmen-in-crucial-meeting-over-n-assembly-crisis/213156/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th June 2015||Defection: PDP Withdraws Case Against Tambuwal, Others||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has withdrawn the suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja challenging the defection of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwal to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Following the application yesterday by counsel to the PDP, Mike Ahamba (SAN), Justice Ahmed Mohammed struck out the suit in its entirety.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58203-defection-pdp-withdraws-case-against-tambuwal-others|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th June 2015||LP Wants Osun Assembly To Probe Aregbesola||The Labour Party has urged Osun State House of Assembly and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to investigate allegations of financial recklessness against Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Mrs. Titilayo Tomori. LP’s call came on the heel of the call by Justice Oloyede Folahanmi, a judge in the Osun State Judiciary, who urged the State House of Assembly to impeach the Governor and his Deputy, following the government’s inability to pay workers in the State for months.||Osun 2015; Labour Party (LP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58198-lp-wants-osun-assembly-to-probe-aregbesola|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th June 2015||APC NWC Members Deny Ministerial Ambition||Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) have denied angling for ministerial and other appointments. One of the NWC members who was mentioned as one of the people interested in the ministerial position, APC National Vice Chairman (North East) Engr. Babachir David Lawal, said the reports linking leaders of the party with struggles for appointments was an attempt by some people to tarnish their image. Lawal, who spoke to Daily Trust on telephone yesterday, said he has never nursed the ambition to become a Minister.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58157-apc-nwc-members-deny-ministerial-ambition|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th June 2015||"Lalong To Name Commissioners Soon"- Plateau Government||Plateau State government yesterday said the process for the selection of commissioners was in progress and will be completed as soon as Governor Simon Bako Lalong consents and presents the names to the House of Assembly. A statement issued by the governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Samuel Emmanuel Nanle, and made available to newsmen yesterday, said Lalong and the All Progressives Congress (APC) had completed the processes leading to the submission of names for the position of Commissioners from her participatory and people-oriented approach which began from the ward to the local government levels.||Plateau 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58156-lalong-to-name-commissioners-soon-plateau-govt|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th June 2015||Dogara Confirms Receiving APC's Letter Nominating Gbajabiamila, Others||The office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives yesterday confirmed receiving a letter from the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) nominating former minority leader Femi Gbajabiamila and others for various principal positions. A copy of the letter as received by Dogara’s office and obtained by Daily Trust showed that it was stamped with the speaker’s seal with 23 June as the date it was received and marked with ‘Rt Hon Speaker’ in handwriting. However, it is not clear if Dogara will act based on the party’s recommendation.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58205-dogara-confirms-receiving-apc-s-letter-nominating-gbajabiamila-others|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th June 2015||Group Berates Buhari On Empty Treasury, Demands Publication Of Jonathan's Handover Notes||Political action group that promotes democracy and good governance, Move on Nigeria, has faulted the recent claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that he inherited empty treasury from President Goodluck Jonathan. In a statement released to the press in Lagos and signed by its National Coordinator, Mr. Clem Aguiyi, the group described the statement as misleading and uncharitable and wondered why the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government would continue to lie on virtually every issue.||Nigeria 2015; MON||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-berates-buhari-on-empty-treasury-demands-publication-of-jonathan-s-handover-notes/213030/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th June 2015||"DSS Personnel Not Expelled From Villa"- Presidency||The Presidency Wednesday dispelled the rumours making the rounds that personnel of the Directorate of Security Service (DSS) had been expelled from the Presidential Villa. It said the insinuation was unfounded, baseless and with no iota of truth. This was contained in a statement issued last night by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina. According to Adesina, Buhari did not give such order.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidency-dss-personnel-not-expelled-from-villa/213034/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Thursday 25th June 2015||"Let's Scrap The Senate And Reduce The Cost Of Governance"- Tinubu||National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu has called for the scrapping of the Nigerian senate. According to PUNCH, Tinubu made the call while speaking at the 2012 Annual Conference and Awards ceremony organised by the Leadership Newspapers. He said, ''We have kept complaining about the cost of governance and the recurrent expenditure. But we have never examined the structural problem of even the Constitution that we are operating. 'Why do we need two Houses of the National Assembly, whereas the House of Representatives representing the smaller constituencies is enough in the same number of population. Why not get rid of the Senate for a slim and better legislative activity? Let us start examining that''.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/lets-scrap-the-senate-and-reduce-cost-of-governance-tinubu.113580/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Thursday 25th June 2015||Court Stops Wike, Rivers Assembly From Sacking LG Chairmen||Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state and the State House of Assembly have been barred from sacking 23 newly elected Local Government Chairmen in the State. LEADERSHIP reports that the National Industrial Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State granted an interim injunction stopping the sack. The interim order followed a motion ex-parte and affidavit of extreme urgency filed by chairmen of the 23 Local Government Councils on behalf of themselves, and the 23 Local Government Councils of the State. The All Progressives Congress, APC has hailed the court for the order. Governor Wike and the PDP are yet to react.||Rivers 2015; Judiciary||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/rivers-court-stops-wike-state-assembly-from-sacking-lg-chairmen.113585/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Thursday 25th June 2015||North Central, South-East APC Lawmakers Unite Against Party||North-central and southeast All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the federal house of representatives have kicked against their party's decision to zone principal positions of the lower chamber to the North-East and South-West. THE CABLE reports that speaking to journalists at separate news conferences at the national assembly complex in Abuja, the groups decried the party’s exclusion of their zones from the principal positions of the house.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/north-central-south-east-apc-lawmakers-unite-against-party.113597/|
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 25th June 2015||NASS Leadership: Senate Rejects Move To Read APC's Letter||The Senate on Wednesday rejected a move by some APC Senators to read the letter by the APC recommending some Senators to occupy other principal officers of the Senate. Sen. Gbenga Ashafa (APC-Lagos East), who relied on Order 15 of the Senate Standing Order, urged that the President of the Senate should read on the floor of the Red Chamber the letter from the Party. However, Sen. Ibn Na’Allah (APC-Kebbi South) immediately countered the point of order and explained that the nomination should be made `from’ the party not made `by’ the party. The Senate President said: “I have listened to Senators Ashafa and Na’Allah. Going by the rules and what has been said earlier, I think I will just note what Senator Ashafa has said. We will leave the matter as that and in that case, rule that out of order.”||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/442794/nass-leadership-tussle-senate-rejects-move-to-read-apcs-letter|
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 25th June 2015||Substantive PDP Chairman To Emerge In August||A substantive national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will emerge next month. Also, the PDP Post-election Review Committee, led by Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu was granted a 10 weeks extension to finish their work. This was disclosed after the Board of Trustee (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met in Abuja.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/politics/442935/substantive-pdp-chairman-to-emerge-in-august|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 25th June 2015||Governor Obiano, EFCC Asked To Investigate N68 Million Aronata Bridge Scam||Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State is made up of 16 communities. They have cried over alleged marginalisation and nobody is listening. So the Presidents-General of the communities decided to articulate the areas of need of each community before the State Governor and even write for probe or attention for redress in areas where they are not satisfied. They do not want business as usual by their political leaders. For a start, they visited four communities of Ndikelionwu, Ndiokolo, Ndiokpalaeke and Awa. The Orumba North Association of Town Unions, ONATU, is led by Hon. Ernest Igboanugo from Ndiokpalaeke. They are partnering with Justice, Peace and Development Commission, JPDC, Caritas Foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Awka.||Anambra 2015; JDPC; ONATU||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/gov-obiano-efcc-asked-to-investigate-n68m-aronota-bridge-scam/#sthash.q0zZ2mES.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 25th June 2015||Edo APC Defends Oyegun Against Bribery Allegation||Edo State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has dismissed, as a figment of the imagination of the authors, reports of bribery allegations, purportedly levelled against the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, by governors of the party. State Publicity Secretary of the party, Godwin Erhahon, who spoke on the issue, yesterday, said: “The publication is a figment of the imagination of the author. We in Edo State, have been able to read the statement of the governors and the national chairman and there was no spelt-out allegation or call for resignation.”||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/edo-apc-defends-oyegun-against-bribery-allegation/#sthash.UmZjoWS4.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 25th June 2015||Buhari's ADC Orders DSS Operatives Out Of Presidential Villa||The inter agency rivalry between the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army came to head, yesterday, as the Aide de Camp to the President, Lt. Col Abubakar Lawal ordered personnel of the DSS out of the villa. The incidence which happened at the residence of the President at the Presidential Villa was extended to all other points that had been manned by the personnel of the DSS.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buharis-adc-orders-dss-operatives-out-of-presidential-villa/#sthash.1If7fbsi.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 25th June 2015||Rights Group, Others Laud Buhari Over Dismantling Of Military Check Points||A Rights group, Centre for the Vulnerable and the Underprivileged, Centrep, has described the recent directive by President Muhammadu Buhari dismantling all military check-points across the country as a welcome development and one of the best decisions taken so far by the Federal Government. This came as an Abia State-based group, Asa Leaders of Thought, ALT, commended the President for the decision.||Nigeria 2015; CENTREP; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/rights-group-others-laud-buhari-on-dismantling-of-military-check-points/#sthash.LJWPDKmL.dpuf|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th June 2015||Jega Recommends Deployment Of Election Risk Management Tool To African Countries||After successfully deploying the Election Risk Management (ERM) tool for the 2015 general elections, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega has recommended the introduction of the ERM in the election management of other African countries. The tool is intended to build users' capacity to understand electoral risk factors, collect and analyze risk data, design prevention and mitigation strategies, and record the results of actions.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-recommends-deployment-of-election-risk-management-tools-to-african-countries/212996/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th June 2015||Court Refers Question Of Relocation Of Tribunal Court To Appeal Court||A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has referred to the Court of Appeal for determination the question whether under Section 285(2) of the Constitution as amended a gubernatorial election tribunal could validly relocate to Abuja instead of sitting in the state where the governorship election took place. Justice Gabriel Kolawole granted the application which was moved by counsel to the defendants, Prof Yemi Akinseye-George (SAN).||Nigeria 2015; Judiciary||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-refers-question-on-relocation-of-governorship-tribunal-to-appeal-court/213042/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th June 2015||Okowa To Address Delta Assembly Plenary Today||Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, is scheduled to make his maiden address to members of the State House of Assembly at the plenary of the legislature today. The Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Monday Igbuya, announced this during yesterday’s session of the Assembly. Igbuya noted that the Governor would address the legislators on sundry State matters of governance, including the issue of the financial situation of the State government.||Delta 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/okowa-to-address-delta-assembly-plenary-today/213043/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th June 2015||APC Zoning: South-South Group Cries Out To Buhari Over Marginalization||As the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government put finishing touches to the appointments at the federal level, the South-south Community, Abuja chapter, has cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari over marginalisation of the zone. The group decried in strong terms the outright the marginalisation of the South-south geo-political zone of the country in the appointments by the APC-controlled government. Speaking to journalists, the President of the group and former FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawrence Alobi (rtd), expressed worries over the lopsidedness of the appointment made so far.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-zoning-south-south-group-cries-out-to-buhari-over-marginalisation/213044/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th June 2015||Borrofice Disowns Alasoadura, Says He Has No Intention To Be Whip||Senator representing Ondo North senatorial district Boroffice on Wednesday dissociated himself from the remarks of Senator Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo Central) on Tuesday that he (Borrofice) was a better choice for Senate Chief Whip’s office as against the party’s candidate, Senator Olusola Adeyeye (Osun Central). At the APC senators’ caucus meeting on Tuesday, Alasoadura was said to have rejected the decision of the party to decide who would occupy the Senate leadership positions. This provoked Senator Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara Central) who accosted him and pushed him violently. However, Borrofice while responding to Alasoadura’s comment on Wednesday, said the latter was not speaking for him.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/boroffice-disowns-alasoadura-says-he-has-no-ambition-to-be-whip/213045/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th June 2015||Emmanuel Lauds APC For Acknowledging That Elections Took Place In Akwa Ibom State||Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has lauded the State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for finally accepting that elections truly took place in the State on April 11. This was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ekerete Udoh and made available to journalists. The Governor, who was reacting to a call by the opposition party in the State that he should publicly declare his assets and the debt profile of the State, called on the party to join hands with him in moving the State forward.||Akwa Ibom 2015; People's Democratic Party||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/emmanuel-lauds-apc-for-acknowledging-that-elections-took-place-in-a-ibom-state/213046/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th June 2015||PDP BoT Promise Constructive Opposition To APC||The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday pledged to engage the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a constructive opposition without engaging in frivolities. As part of this, the BoT endorsed the criticisms of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration by the National Working Committee (NWC) where it cautioned the administration against engaging in propaganda and offering excuses for the APC’s government inertia in governance.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-bot-pledges-constructive-opposition-to-apc/213047/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Salary: APC Seeks Bailout For Osun||Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider a bailout for the State and others that cannot pay salaries of workers. Chairman of APC in Osun State, Prince Gboyega Famoodun, said this while addressing a press conference in Osogbo. Famoodun said if the federal government could give bailout of over N4 trillion to banks, it makes good sense to give bailout to States whose impact are felt by millions of people. The party blamed delay in payment of workers salaries in the State on “about 80 per cent drop in federal revenue allocation to the State”.||Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/58051-salary-apc-seeks-bailout-for-osun|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Amaechi Reacts To Wike's Allegations||Former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi yesterday responded to allegations raised by his successor Nyesom Wike who set up a judicial panel of inquiry to investigate his tenure. Speaking through his commissioner for information Mrs Ibim Semenitari, Amaechi inherited a failed state “in dire need of infrastructure” because militancy and criminality had forced government and business in the State to a standstill.” She said the N150 billion in question was judiciously utilized in tackling the challenges including land reclamation in riverine communities and massive construction of roads, bridges and interchanges all over the State.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/58064-amaechi-responds-to-wike-s-allegations|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th June 2015||"Defectors Have No Electoral Value"- Bayelsa PDP||"The Bayelsa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said members of the party that left for the All Progressives Congress (APC) have no electoral value.|
In a statement issued yesterday by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Barrister Osom Macgbere, the party described the action of the defectors as a show of shame. The PDP regretted that those who claimed to have decamped from the PDP due to purported lack of proper governance were beneficiaries of the magnanimity of the present administration of Governor Seriake Dickson, who they said appointed them into key positions, and awarded contracts and other perquisites to them."
|Bayelsa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58058-bayelsa-pdp-defectors-have-no-electoral-value|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Dissolution Of Local Governments By Governors Unconstitutional, Says ALGON||National President of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Micah Y. Jiba, has described as unconstitutional the action of some State Governors in dissolving Local Government administration and setting up caretaker committees. The ALGON boss, who is also the chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), during a press conference in Abuja, said local government chairmen should be allowed to see to the end of their tenure without undue pressure from State governments. He said the right of most Local Government Chairmen have been violated by not allowing them to complete their tenure in office.||Nigeria 2015; ALGON||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58052-dissolution-of-local-govts-by-governors-unconstitutional-says-algon|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th June 2015||"Why I'm Yet To Appoint Aides, Commissioners"- Jigawa Governor||Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Badaru yesterday said the delay in the appointment of key aides and commissioners is because the transition team and the state Civil Service have not completed their technical interaction on the right size of government for Jigawa State in view of the financial problems in the country. Badaru, who disclosed this in a chat with newsmen, said he must take into cognizance the size of his government before he makes his appointments in order to avoid mistakes.||Jigawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58044-why-i-m-yet-to-appoint-aides-commissioners-jigawa-gov|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Okowa Extends Olive Branch To Ogboru, Emerhor||Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has extended a hand of friendship to his opponents in the last governorship election, asking them not to despair but to join hands with him in moving the State forward. Two major contenders in the election, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chief Great Ogboru of the Labour Party (LP) are already contesting the victory of Governor Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the tribunal.||Delta 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58042-okowa-extends-olive-branch-to-ogboru-emerhor|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th June 2015||APC Group Warns PDP Against Interference With Party's Affairs||A coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) support groups have asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to steer clear of the affairs of the APC, saying Nigerians are watching their moves. A statement by chairman of the coalition, Ambassador Lawal Mohammed Munir yesterday, said the PDP is a party rejected by Nigerians in the recently conducted general elections because of “mis-governance” and should take caution.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/58040-apc-group-warns-pdp-against-interference-with-party-s-affairs|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Unpaid Salaries: UPN Stalwarts Advise Buhari To Sanction Defaulting Governors||A stalwart of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Mr Rotimi Paseda, on Tuesday advised President Muhammadu Buhari to visit appropriate sanctions on state governors that defaulted in paying their staff salaries. Paseda, who was UPN Governorship Candidate in Ogun state in the 2015 general elections, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Paseda also called on the Federal Government and appropriate authorities to investigate the issue.||Nigeria 2015; Unity Party Nigeria (UPN)||http://leadership.ng/news/442491/unpaid-salaries-upn-stalwart-advises-buhari-to-sanction-defaulting-governors|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 24th June 2015||"Gale Of Defections In Bayelsa APC, Show Of Shame"- PDP||The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State yesterday dismissed as a show of shame, the recent gale of defections of some prominent members from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, saying that the defectors have no electoral value. The party said though it is not disturbed by recent cases of defection of perceived men of former President Goodluck Jonathan, it is rather unfortunate that “these fair weather politicians are taking undue advantage of the loss of the PDP at the centre to reposition themselves as APC members so as to curry favour and attract patronage from the APC leadership."||Bayelsa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/442652/gale-of-defections-in-bayelsa-apc-show-of-shame-pdp|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 24th June 2015||"PDP Is Rebranding"- Governor Mimiko||The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum (PDPGF) who is also Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, has said PDP is rebranding to offer very responsible and constructive opposition. Mimiko stated this on Tuesday in Abuja after a meeting of PDP Governors in Abuja. Mimiko said, “We are doing some re-organisation, re-branding and re-positioning, essentially, that is what we are doing now. We are putting ourselves together to offer very responsible and constructive opposition.”||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/442670/pdp-is-rebranding-gov-mimiko|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Review Jonathan's Last Minute Appointments, Idada Tells Buhari||Former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army, Brig-General Idada Ikpomnwen, yesterday, admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to review what he described as the last minute appointments made by former President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that such appointments infringe on the President’s powers to appoint capable individuals who will drive his reform processes. Idada said: “It is inherent in the presidential system and by the clear wordings of our constitution, that the President is empowered to appoint Aides who share his ideas and philosophy to various executive positions in order to efficiently carry out the all-important but herculean task of running government and in turn deliver the dividend of democracy to the people who elected him into office."||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/review-jonathans-last-minute-appointments-idada-tells-buhari/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Empty Treasury: Jonathan's Minister Faults Buhari||The immediate past Minister/Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission (NPC), Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, yesterday, faulted claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that his administration met an empty treasury. Suleiman said the former administration as at May 29 left behind $30 billion, adding that the sum would have been higher had the governors not insisted on sharing the fund. He warned that the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, must not be criminalized and painted a plunderer and looter of the nation’s treasury before the generality of Nigerians.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/empty-treasury-jonathans-minister-faults-buhari/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Unpaid Salaries: Osun Judge Calls For Aregbesola's Impeachment||An Osun State judge, Justice Oloyede Folahanmi has called on the State House of Assembly to investigate the alleged mismanagement of the State’s financial resources by the Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and his Deputy in accordance with Sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 constitution, saying there is no moral justification for their continued stay in office. Folahanmi, in a 30-page petition urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Amnesty International, Transparency International among others, to investigate any other person found to be responsible for what he described as ‘’ deliberate mismanagement of the economy of Osun State.’’||Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/unpaid-salaries-serving-osun-judge-calls-for-aregbesolas-impeachment/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Senate Leadership Crisis: APC Governors To Intervene||Governors of the All Progressive Congress have resolved to wade into the leadership crisis in the senate after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to express their displeasure over what is happening in the Senate. Addressing State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the governors of Imo and Edo States, Rochas Okorocha and Adams Oshiomhole respectively said the Senators cannot continue to act in defiance of the party’s directives.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/senate-crisis-apc-govs-to-intervene/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Saraki Appoints Galaudu Chief Of Staff, Olaniyonu Special Adviser||Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday appointed Senator Isa Galaudu who represented Kebbi North in the seventh Senate as his Chief of Staff. According to a statement by Deputy Clerk of the Senate, Benedict Efeturi, the senate president also appointed former Commissioner for Information in Ogun State, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, as his Special Adviser, Media. The appointments, the statement added, would take immediate effect.||Nigeria 2015; Saraki||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/saraki-appoints-galaudu-chief-of-staff-olaniyonu-special-adviser/212962/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||"International Community Will Help Nigeria Recover Stolen Funds"- Buhari||President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said his administration had received firm assurances of cooperation from the United States and other countries on the recovery and repatriation of funds stolen from Nigeria. The President spoke when he had an audience with members of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Buhari noted that it was now up to Nigeria to provide the international community with the facts and figures needed to drive the recovery effort.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-international-community-will-help-nigeria-recover-stolen-funds/212964/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Making Excuses||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as evasive, diversionary and pre-emptive President Muhammadu Buhari’s excuses, describing them as signs for possible failure in delivering on his campaign promises to Nigerians. The opposition PDP said it was unfortunate that Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) who were privy to the nation’s dwindling economy occasioned by the global economic downturn and fall in international oil price, even before the start of the campaigns, chose to deceive Nigerians with bogus promises, only to now resort to excuses after using the promises to secure power at the centre.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-asks-buhari-to-stop-making-excuses/212966/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Buhari To Governors- "Days Of Impunity, Fiscal Recklessness Are Over"||President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told the State Governors that the days of impunity, lack of accountability and fiscal recklessness in the management of the nation's resources were over in the country. The President equally vowed that funds stolen by government officials who abused their offices in the recent past would be recovered while systemic leakages would be plugged. The president spoke when he held a meeting with the Governors of the 36 States of the federation at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-to-govs-days-of-impunity-fiscal-recklessness-are-over/212940/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Buhari Considers Fashola, Oronsaye, Others For Villa Positions||As the jostling for cabinet posts in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration intensifies, there are indications that the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Babatude Fashola; former Head of Service, Mr. Steve Oronsaye; a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Abdulrahman Dambazzau; a former Managing Director of New Nigerian Newspapers, Adamu Adamu, and a former Military Administrator of Kaduna State, Col. Hammed Ali, may have been shortlisted for positions in the administration. Specifically, Dambazzau is being considered for the post of National Security Adviser (NSA) while Fashola, Oronsaye and Ali are being considered for the position of Chief of Staff to the president.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-considers-fashola-oronsaye-others-for-villa-positions/212939/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||APC Senators Get Into Brawl Over Principal Positions||The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the struggle for the leadership of the National Assembly continued unabated yesterday, as the attempt by senators to finally settle their differences through zoning of offices ended in a brawl. Consequently, the thinking that the face-off between the two factions, which emerged in the heat of the struggle for Senate Presidency would be brought to an end, yesterday ended in a fiasco, as the Senators could not agree on the modalities for sharing outstanding principal positions in the upper chamber.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nassembly-apc-senators-get-into-brawl-over-principal-positions/212941/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Wike Asks Court To Set Aside Order To Inspect Election Materials||Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has asked the state Election Petitions Tribunal to set aside the order it made for the inspection of election materials used for the April 11, 2015 governorship election in the State. Counsel to the Governor Emmanuel Ukala, SAN in a motion dated June 16, 2015 asked the court to set aside the order granted on June 11, 2015 to inspect the materials used for the election. In the motion, the Governor said the order which was made after an ex-parte motion was moved by counsel to the petitioner, Olumide Olujinmi, was unknown to law.||Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/wike-asks-court-to-set-aside-order-to-inspect-election-materials/212967/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||"Ekweremadu Will Not Resign As DSP"- Kinsmen||Kinsmen of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Tuesday dismissed calls for the lawmaker’s resignation as a principal officer of the Senate as not only laughable but anti-democratic. In a statement, the Vice-Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Enugu State chapter and chairman of Awgu Local Government, Hon. Mathanus Nnanna Nze, said the people of Greater Awgu, Enugu-west and indeed South-east were opposed to such resignation calls. He noted that the calls by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some other individuals for Ekweremadu’s resignation was shocking and amounted to a volte-face by “the disciples of change.”||Nigeria 2015; ALGON; Ekweremadu||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kinsmen-ekweremadu-will-not-resign-as-dsp/212968/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Let's Unite For The Sake Of Nigeria, Ashafa Urges APC Lawmakers||The Senator representing Lagos East senatorial district, Gbenga Ashafa, has urged other senators elected on the platform of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to close ranks and settle down to work, having come to terms with the enormity of the task before them. Ashafa made this statement in Lagos in reaction to the senate inauguration fallout and how it affects the legislative body.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/let-s-unite-for-nigeria-s-interest-ashafa-urges-apc-lawmakers/212969/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Ex-House Leader To Know Fate By Friday Over Electoral Loss||The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Oyo State will on Friday hear a motion on notice filed by the candidate of Labour Party and winner of the Ogbomoso North, Ogbomoso South and Oriire House of Representatives election, Segun Ogunwuyi, against the petition raised by a former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande-Adeola. Counsel to Ogunwuyi, Oluwasina Ogungbade from Chief Afe Babalola chamber, is seeking an order to set aside the petitioners’ joint reply to the replies of the 1st and 2nd respondents (Ogunwuyi and Labour party respectively) filed on the May 27, 2015 same having been filed a day outside of the period limited in paragraph 16(1) of the first schedule to the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).||Oyo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ex-house-leader-knows-fate-friday-on-electoral-loss/212970/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Afonja Descendant's Union Back Saraki's Emergence As Senate President||A socio-cultural group, Afonja Descendants Union (ADU) in Kwara State, on Tuesday said the recent emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President would usher in good governance and delivery of more dividends of democracy to the doorsteps of the people of the country. The union at a press conference in Ilorin said there was no doubt that the former Governor the State, Senator Saraki, deserved the position in view of his past record in the democratic governance of the State and the nation in general.||Nigeria 2015; ADU; Saraki||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/afonja-descendants-union-backs-saraki-s-emergence-as-senate-president/212971/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Senate Constitutes 18-Man Committee To Set Agenda For National Assembly||The Senate on Tuesday constituted an 18-man committee to draw the agenda for its take-off. This decision was announced by Senate President Bukola Saraki while welcoming his colleagues back from a two-week recess. According to Saraki membership of the committee would be drawn from each of the six geo-political zones of the country. Saraki, who said the committee would comprise three Senators from each zone, tasked his colleagues to rise up to tackle immediate legislative challenges confronting them.||Nigeria 2015; Senate||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senate-constitutes-18-man-committee-to-set-agenda-for-n-assembly/212972/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th June 2015||Speaker Proposes Shake Up Of House Committees||The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday unveiled his legislative agenda, a portion of which revealed that standing committees with overlapping functions would be overhauled with a view to trimming their sizes. Dogara disclosed this while presenting a draft legislative framework to provide direction to the eighth Assembly within the next four years. The debate on the agenda said Dogara would commence from today and run up until tomorrow when it would be ratified and passed. He appealed for the understanding and support of his colleague, emphasising that the exercise was intended to merge, streamline or scrap existing committees because of duplicity of functions.||Nigeria 2015; Speaker; House of Representatives||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/speaker-proposes-shake-up-of-house-c-ttees/212973/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||PDP Set To Meet With Buhari||Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have harmonised their position on issues to present before President Muhammadu Buhari in today's meeting (Tuesday). The Governors are insisting on relocation of the Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Taraba States governorship and House of Assembly election petition tribunals from Abuja to the States. The Governors at their meeting Monday night also ratified Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State as chairman of the forum.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57984-pdp-governors-set-to-meet-with-buhari|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||Plot To Oust Dickson In 2016 Thickens||Interest groups and individuals opposed to the second term bid of Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, have met in Yenagoa to fashion out strategies on how to unseat the Governor in the forthcoming election. Daily Trust gathered that the meeting which took place at the weekend was convened and hosted by the former Deputy Governor of the State and the State coordinator of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), Werinipre Seibarugu.||Bayelsa 2016; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57940-plot-to-oust-dickson-in-2016-thickens|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||Tallen Advises Dogara On Unity||The former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has advised the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, to use his position as Speaker of the 8th National Assembly to unite Nigerians, especially Northerners and minority tribes in the country. Tallen gave the advice in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State during a thanksgiving service organised by the people of Dass/Bogoro/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency to appreciate God for choosing Barrister Dogara to be the Speaker.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57933-tallen-advises-dogara-on-unity|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||"Substitution Of Candidates Nearly Marred 2015 Polls"- Jega||Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday said lack of internal democracy in political parties and last-minute substitution of candidates nearly marred the success of the 2015 elections. He spoke yesterday in Abuja at a two-day stakeholders’ conference on the 2015 elections, organised by the Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Centre (PPLPDC) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), and the UNDP DGD II Project.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57942-substitution-of-candidates-nearly-marred-2015-polls-jega|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||"Amaechi's Probe Not A Witch-Hunt"- Commissioner||Rivers State Government has accused former Governor Rotimi Amaechi of being mischievous with his claim that the probe of his administration by Governor Nyesom Wike was a witchhunt. The State Commissioner for Housing, Mr Emma Okah, in a statement, yesterday, said that Amaechi should be bold enough to explain to Rivers people how the money his administration received was expended. Reacting, however, former Commissioner for Information in the State, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, said she would not respond to comments, but issues.||Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/amaechis-probe-not-witch-hunt-commissioner/#sthash.6EvTAeS6.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||MEND Threatens Renewed Holities Over Jumbo Pay For Lawmakers||Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, has warned that it could resume hostilities should the 8th National Assembly fail to check the ridiculous salaries and allowances of lawmakers at the detriment of other Nigerians. Spokesperson of the group, Jomo Gbomo, in a statement, said: “We have observed with disgust, the brazen disregard for the feelings of the change-seeking masses by very selfish members of the eighth National Assembly."||Nigeria 2015; MEND||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/mend-threatens-renewed-hostilities-over-jumbo-pay-for-lawmakers/#sthash.q8W2jgv2.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||NASS Leadership: Oyegun Brokers Peace Between Saraki, Lawan||To ensure a rancour free plenary today on the floors of both chambers of the National Assembly, the National chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun may have brokered peace between warring camps of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Senator Ahmed Lawan. On a similar note, Oyegun also met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubo Dogara and his Deputy, Hon. Yusuf Lasun.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/nass-leadership-oyegun-brokers-truce-between-saraki-lawan/#sthash.mcQe2KF5.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||"Nigeria's Treasury Empty"- Buhari Laments||On his first day at the Aso Rock Villa since his inauguration on May 29, President Muhammadu Buhari said, yesterday, that he inherited a “virtually empty treasury”, from his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan with debts running into hundreds of millions of dollars. The President disclosed this on a day he ordered the withdrawal of the military from internal security operations as part of a comprehensive review of national security operations. The President who spoke while meeting with members of the State House Press Corps said it was a disgrace that Nigeria is unable to pay workers salaries, adding that this was as a result of bad management.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/nigerias-treasury-empty-buhari-laments/#sthash.WpdUTo3d.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||"I Regret Inability To Pay Salaries"- Aregbesola||Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has expressed regret over his inability to pay salaries for months now. He however added that contrary to reports, he was not helpless about the unpaid salaries of civil servants in his State because he has Allah. Delivering a Ramadan Lecture at the Women Development Centre, Abuja, the Governor used the occasion to debunk reports that he ever said he was ‘helpless’.||Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/i-regret-inability-to-pay-salaries-aregbesola/#sthash.Y1kpuuuJ.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||PDP Governors Insist On Relocation Of Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Taraba Election Tribunal From Abuja||Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday rose from a meeting in Abuja, insisting that governorship and State Houses of Assembly election tribunals of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Taraba States be relocated from Abuja to their respective States. The Governors who met last night in Abuja, the second time in one week, described as illegal and unjustified, the location of these tribunals to Abuja other than the States where the elections were held.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/pdp-govs-insist-on-relocation-of-akwa-ibom-rivers-taraba-election-tribunal-from-abuja/#sthash.qNAfv0wm.dpuf|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||"Give Buhari Time To Study What Jonathan Left Behind"- Pastor Bakare||Pastor Tunde Bakare has called on Nigerians to give President Muhammadu Buhari time to asses what he met on ground. THE NATION reports that Bakare made the call on Sunday shortly before declaring open the annual convention of the Glory Christian Centre, Lagos.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/give-buhari-time-to-study-what-jonathan-left-behind-pastor-bakare.113491/|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||"Be Ready For Permanent Change"- Osinbajo To Nigerians||Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday called on Nigerians to be patient and keep faith with the Federal Government to enable it bring about the desired permanent change in the country. Osinbajo, who spoke to State House correspondents on his first day in office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, challenged Nigerians to show understanding on what the government needed to do for the general good of the society. According to him, change is not an easy task but pledged that as leaders they will set examples for all citizens to follow to achieve the desired permanent change.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/442277/osinbajo-to-nigerians-be-ready-for-permanent-change|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||Crisis Hits APGA As Maku Faction Hijacks Party Leadership||Members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State who are aggrieved about the outcome of the May 20, 2015, party congresses in the State, yesterday called for the immediate dissolution of the State executive saying their emergence was dubious, unlawful and a breach of the party’s constitution. Chairman of the Southern senatorial zone of the party, Dr. Joseph Adagadzu, made this known on behalf of the aggrieved party members after an emergency meeting at the zonal secretariat of the party in Lafia, the State capital.||Nigeria 2015; APGA||http://leadership.ng/news/442342/crisis-hits-apga-as-makus-faction-hijacks-party-leadership|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||"2019 Partly Responsible For NASS Leadership Crisis"- Shehu Sani||Senator representing Kaduna central at the National Assembly, Comrade Shehu Sani yesterday said the crisis rocking the Senate leadership is not unconnected to the 2019 presidential ambition of some powerful politicians. The human activist senator disclosed that all revolution are usually faced with post revolution crisis, saying that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is being faced currently with such post revolution crisis as is being partly demonstrated by the leadership tussle in the NASS.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/442347/2019-partly-responsible-for-nass-leadership-crisis-shehu-sani|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||Alleged N4 Billion Diversion: APC Tackles PDP, Fayose||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of employing his old practice of falsehood and blackmail to divert Ekiti people’s attention from proven cases of his sharp practices in governance. The party was reacting to the state’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s allegation that the former Governor Kayode Fayemi diverted N4 billion workers entitlements to his party, the All Progressives Congress. A statement by Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, expressed dismay that the Governor was just realising that N4 billion was diverted by Fayemi after eight months in office and with the revelation that he had awarded himself N720m and paying back N650m to his election contractors while he was yet to pay workers salaries and pensioners’ entitlements.||Ekiti 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/442378/alleged-n4bn-diversion-apc-tackles-fayose-pdp|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||"Mimiko's Emergence, Mark Of Failure"- Ondo APC||The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has described the emergence of Governor Olusegun Mimiko as the chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, as a mark of failure and end of the road for the PDP in Nigeria. This was contained in a statement issued by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya and made available to journalists in Akure , the State capital yesterday.||Ondo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/442379/mimikos-emergence-mark-of-failure|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||"Saraki's Election Followed Due Process"- Senator Melaye||As the 8th Senate begins its sitting today, one of the arrowheads of Senate Like Minds Group, Senator Dino Melaye, has insisted that Senator Bukola Saraki’s emergence as Senate President followed the laid-down process. Senator Melaye (APC, Kogi West) also counselled the rival Unity Forum against making good its threat to take legal action against Saraki’s election, insisting that there were no anomalies in the selection procedure. Members of the Senate Unity Forum had at the weekend insisted on taking legal action against Saraki’s election on the grounds that it did not follow due constitutional procedure.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/442385/nass-sarakis-sarakis-election-followed-due-process-sen-dino-melaye|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||Why We Could Not Impeach Ex-Governor Chime, By Ex-Speaker Odoh||Former Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Eugene Odoh on Monday expressed regret over the inability of the legislature under his leadership to impeach the immediate past Governor of the State, Sullivan Chime, insisting that the former Governor indeed committed impeachable offences. Speaking with newsmen during a reception organised in his honour by the people of his Igboetiti Local Government Area to formally welcome him after his 12 years as a lawmaker and eight years as Speaker, Odoh said the former Governor escaped by whiskers as a result of the inability of the Assembly to secure the required two-third members.||Enugu 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/why-we-could-not-impeach-chime-by-ex-speaker-odoh/212814/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||I'll Annoint Next Governor Of Edo State In 2016, Says Igbinedion||Former Governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, has declared that he would be the one to decide who becomes the Governor of the State in next year’s election in the State. Igbinedion, who governed the State from 1999 to 2007, also affirmed that when the time comes to pick the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) standard bearer, he would play a prominent role in the process.||Edo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/i-ll-anoint-next-gov-of-edo-state-in-2016-says-igbinedion/212873/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||Yobe Assembly Returns Speaker||Yobe State House of Assembly monday returned Hon. Adamu Dala Dogo as speaker of the 6th Assembly. Dogo, a member representing Karasuwa constituency, was the Speaker of the recently dissolved 5th Assembly and was returned at the inauguration of the 6th assembly in Damaturu. He emerged after his nomination by the member representing Tarmuwa Constituency, Hon. Usman Adamu, was unanimously accepted.||Yobe 2015; House Of Assembly||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/yobe-assembly-returns-speaker/212879/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||Crisis Hits APC As Factions Trade Words||A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State Monday claimed that it has expelled the State Chairman, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe, and his deputy, Eddie Julius, over allegations of anti-party activities. But Orunimighe yesterday swiftly dismissed the faction, saying they have been expelled and suspended from the party by the State APC leadership.||Bayelsa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/crisis-hits-apc-in-bayelsa-as-factions-trade-words/212884/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 23rd June 2015||Ikpeazu Cuts Own Salary, Allowances By Half Over Worker's Unpaid Salaries||Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, monday decided to make personal sacrifice by placing himself on half salary because of the pains workers were passing through over unpaid salaries. He also announced a 50 per cent cut in his travel allowances, saying that he was feeling as much pain as the workers, who have been enduring months of unpaid salaries. The Governor, who was baring his mind on the issue of outstanding salary arrears during the swearing-in of a new Head of Service, Dr Vivian Uma, said he expected that both elected and non-elected political office holders would follow his example.||Abia 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ikpeazu-cuts-own-salary-allowances-by-half-over-workers-unpaid-salaries/212888/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||"Nigerians Ignorant Of Lawmakers' Pay"- Rep||The hue and cry over the salaries and allowances of federal lawmakers was because Nigerians are misinformed about the actual take home package of the legislators, a member of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Abdulkadir Mahmud has said. He described as alarming and unnecessary a situation where Nigerians from all walks of life would descend on the lawmakers without finding out what the actual situation is. The lawmaker’s reaction is coming on the heels of recent media reports that the wardrobe allowances of the 469 federal lawmakers would gulp about N9 billion. However, it later emerged that while a Senator is entitled to about N506,500 as wardrobe allowance, a Rep will get about N400,000 for same.||Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57819-nigerians-ignorant-of-lawmakers-pay-rep|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Monday 22nd June 2015||Governor Ambode Declares Second Lekki-Epe Expressway Toll Free||Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has declared the second Lekki-Epe expressway toll free. It was reported that the Governor while speaking at an interactive session with journalists at the Banquet Hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja, assured residents that tolls will not be collected at the second toll point on the Lekki- Epe Expressway.||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/lagos-governor-ambode-declares-second-lekki-epe-expressway-toll-fre.113429/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Monday 22nd June 2015||"Jonathan Left Behind A N7 Trillion Deficit"- Ahmed Joda||"Ahmed Joda, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC transition Committee in a interview with DAILY TRUST said that former President Goodluck Jonathan left behind a deficit of N7 trillion. Joda said, ''Nobody follows the rules anymore. You employ people anyhow and pay them anyhow and I think you in the media have a fair idea of what is going on and are surprised how bad things are. I often wondered, since the beginning of this exercise, if the PDP and President Jonathan had won the election what would have been the fate of Nigeria. I personally didn’t know that until I got into this exercise. Now, if they came back, they couldn’t wake up in the morning and say we can’t pay salaries, we couldn’t do this or even pay contractors and might even not be able to pay pensions and gratuities or finance any of our operations. We were told at the beginning of the exercise that the government was in deficit of at least N1.3 trillion and by the end people were talking about N7 trillion; everything is in a State of collapse."||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/goodluck-jonathan-left-behind-a-n7trillion-deficit-joda.113434/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Monday 22nd June 2015||"Mimiko Cannot Be Chairman Of PDP Governors Forum"- Fayose||Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has kicked against the emergence of Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko as Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor's forum. THE NATION reports that Fayose has rallied some other Governors in the party to kick against Mimiko’s emergence and a petition has been sent to the party's leadership. Fayose and his supporters are protesting on grounds that the choice of Mimiko did not follow due process on grounds as the Ondo Governor only defected to the PDP only last year.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/mimiko-cannot-be-chairman-of-pdp-governors-forum-fayose.113449/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||Controversy Trails Appointment Of New AGF||The appointment of Mr Mohammed Dikwa as the acting Accountant General of the Federation has been faulted by some staff of the civil service. According to them, the development is being viewed as inimical to seniority, experience and discipline. According to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity to Vanguard, he said; subdued murmurs and simmering discontent have been trailing the process of the appointment of the successor to the immediate past Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, Mr Jonah Otunla, who left office about a fortnight ago.||Nigeria 2015; AGF||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/controversy-trails-appointment-of-new-agf/#sthash.nbcVgTR6.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||Review Allocation Of Oil Blocs, PENGASSAN Tells Buhari||The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has alleged that the allocation of oil blocs in the country lacked transparency and has urged president Muhammadu Buhari to review the process. The association has also told Mr. President to declare a state of emergency in the oil sector to have permanent solution to the myriads of problems bedevilling the sector.||Nigeria 2015; PENGASSAN||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/review-allocations-of-oil-blocs-pengassan-tells-buhari/#sthash.tHyOqSDr.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||"I'll Lift Evil Spell Cast On Benue State"- Ortom||Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State,weekend, assured that he would revive Taraku Oil Mills, Otukpo Burnt Bricks, and Ikwe Wildlife Park, saying he was determined to lift the evil spell cast on the State. He spoke while inspecting facilities at the moribund companies noting that the collapse of all industries in the State indicated that it was under an evil spell to have allowed the high level of economic decay and rot of all her industries.||Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State,weekend, assured that he would revive Taraku Oil Mills, Otukpo Burnt Bricks, and Ikwe Wildlife Park, saying he was determined to lift the evil spell cast on the State. He spoke while inspecting facilities at the moribund companies noting that the collapse of all industries in the State indicated that it was under an evil spell to have allowed the high level of economic decay and rot of all her industries.||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/ill-lift-evil-spell-cast-on-benue-state-ortom/#sthash.kaqo44MS.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||"I Didn't Pay Myself N720 Million"- Fayose||"Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State yesterday dismissed allegations that he paid himself N720 million as allowances for his first tenure, saying “it is only a heartless leader that will do such.” The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC had accused the governor of paying the said sum. The Governor, however, saluted the people of the State on the first anniversary of his election and declaration as the governor-elect of the State following the June 21, 2014 governorship election. Fayose also appealed to pensioners and civil servants in the state to be patient with his government, noting that he had been battling with inherited debts, the repayment of which is being made from the source.|
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|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||"No Bailout Coming From Anywhere"- Governors||"No Bailout Coming From Anywhere"- Governors||Governors of the 36 States of the Federation rose from a meeting in Abuja last week Wednesday, resolving to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on the financial crisis crippling the affairs of some States in the federation. According to the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, Abdulazeez Yari, the Governors viewed the financial crisis facing the States as national issue as there are also Federal Government agencies that owe salaries for upward of seven to eight months. The new chairman of the Governors’ Forum said: “We decided not to talk of the bailout directly, though the problem we observe is not only a State matter. It is a national matter. Some federal agencies are being owed for seven months and above. The Federal Government cannot do it alone because of the dwindling economy."||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/governors-no-bailout-coming-from-anywhere/#sthash.uBKwXcQG.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||Unpaid Salaries: SERAP Drags States, FG To ILO||Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged State and the Federal Governments to International Labour Organisation (ILO), “requesting its Governing Body to, suo motu, and in its own capacity, establish without delay a commission of inquiry to examine systematic and egregious non-observance of Convention No 29 on Forced Labour and other international standards on the right of workers to timely payment of salaries.” The organisation said the complaint was brought pursuant to Articles 26-34 of the ILO Constitution.||Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged State and the Federal Governments to International Labour Organisation (ILO), “requesting its Governing Body to, suo motu, and in its own capacity, establish without delay a commission of inquiry to examine systematic and egregious non-observance of Convention No 29 on Forced Labour and other international standards on the right of workers to timely payment of salaries.” The organisation said the complaint was brought pursuant to Articles 26-34 of the ILO Constitution.||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/unpaid-salaries-serap-drags-states-fg-to-ilo-2/#sthash.AswbVYcN.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||Buhari To Remove Oil Subsidy||President Muhammadu Buhari plans to totally remove fuel subsidy and use the proceeds for the provision of free and compulsory primary/secondary education across the country. The administration is also said to be working on unbundling the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to make it more efficient in the production and delivery of products to Nigerians. These proposals form part of the strong recommendations made by the transition committee raised by Buhari to work out a blueprint for his administration.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buhari-to-remove-oil-subsidy/#sthash.ES3URPrJ.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||"NASS Crisis Can End In Favour Of All"- Ashafa||"NASS Crisis Can End In Favour Of All"- Ashafa||Lagos East Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Gbenga Ashafa, has called for the dismantling of all caucuses in the National Assembly; saying if the Legislators and the All Progressives Congress, APC, leadership should close ranks, the crisis rocking the National Assembly can be resolved in favour of all. Senator Ashafa, who made this position known in a press statement issued to journalists yesterday said for the APC to completely douse the raging tension in the legislative arm of the nation’s government; it would need to find a peace mechanism that will create a win-win situation. Ashafa in the statement said both APC leadership and the National Assembly leadership need to eschew the bad blood that has accumulated as a result of the June 9 incident in which elected legislators went against party decisions in choosing their principal officers.||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/nass-crisis-can-end-in-favour-of-all-ashafa/#sthash.70PzeLhN.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||"Era Of Unpaid Salaries'll Soon End"- Mimiko||Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has assured that the present predicament of inability of most States to pay their workers will soon be over. He gave the assurance yesterday at the 13th Anniversary of the Prayer Centre Church of God in Akure, the Ondo State capital. Dr Mimiko said the inability of state governments to pay workers’ salaries as the greatest challenge facing State governments in the country today. According to him, despite the numerous sins committed in the country on daily basis, God has continued to show uncommon mercy to Nigeria.||Ondo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/era-of-unpaid-salariesll-end-soon-mimiko/#sthash.mSUx79Tq.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||Lawmaker Urges Dogara To Reconcile Warring Reps||The member representing Ovia Federal Constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, Miss Omosede Igbinedion, has charged the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, to urgently reconcile members to enable the House focus on laws that will better the lives of Nigerians. Describing the emergence of the Speaker as the work of God, Igbinedion described Dogara as humble and a man who has the legislative experience that will help to unite the House soon.||Nigeria 2015; Speaker House Of Representatives||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/lawmaker-urges-dogara-to-reconcile-warring-reps/#sthash.Xfnmh2Sq.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||Ambode Unfolds Plans For Roads, Housing, Transport, Others||Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State at the weekend unfolded his strategic thinking about improving road network, affordable housing scheme, upgrading the transport system and improving public service in the State, among other issues. He particularly assured residents that the state will not collect any toll at the completed second toll point on the Lekki- Epe Expressway. The Governor, who spoke at an interactive session at the Banquet Hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja, said more importantly, his concern is about ensuring the Lekki – Epe Road is completed.||Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State at the weekend unfolded his strategic thinking about improving road network, affordable housing scheme, upgrading the transport system and improving public service in the State, among other issues. He particularly assured residents that the state will not collect any toll at the completed second toll point on the Lekki- Epe Expressway. The Governor, who spoke at an interactive session at the Banquet Hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja, said more importantly, his concern is about ensuring the Lekki – Epe Road is completed.||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/ambode-unfolds-plans-for-roads-housing-transport-others/#sthash.5XTW2qjH.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 22nd June 2015||Fresh Crisis Looms In PDP Over Mimiko's Emergence As PDPGF Chairman||Fresh Crisis Looms In PDP Over Mimiko's Emergence As PDPGF Chairman||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/fresh-crisis-looms-in-pdp-over-mimiko-emergence-as-pdpgf-chairman/#sthash.88BbsQt1.dpuf|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd June 2015||NASS Crisis: APC Governors, NWC To Meet Today||Following the impasse over the reconciliatory measures proposed by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to end the rift among its lawmakers, Governors elected on the party’s platform will today hold crucial talks with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC. The meeting, which is meant to explore ways of bringing the warring parties in the National Assembly to accept the party’s peace option, is at the instance of the Governors.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/n-assembly-leadership-crisis-apc-govs-nwc-to-meet-today/212775/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd June 2015||"I Was Never Threatened, Asked To Go On Leave Before Elections"- Jega||"Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, at the weekend, revealed that contrary to the rumours that made the rounds before and after the 2015 elections, he was never threatened or asked to proceed on leave or retire by anybody or authority, adding that it was just the work of rumour mongers who did not want anything good for the country. Jega, who also tasked the new administration to try its best to ensure that the hopes and aspirations of Nigerians are realised, disclosed that during the elections, his security aides were never withdrawn for a second, contrary to what many were made to believe."||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-i-was-never-threatened-asked-to-go-on-leave-before-the-elections/212785/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd June 2015||Plot To Discredit Akpabio Uncovered||The immediate past Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Sunday raised the alarm over plot to discredit him and the monumental achievements of his administration through spurious and baseless petitions to anti-graft agencies and circulated in the social media. The plot, which intelligence reports said are multi-faceted, are primed to scandalise the former Governor through frivolous accusations, thereby instigating the Nigerian public against them.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/plot-to-discredit-akpabio-uncovered/212778/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd June 2015||NASS Feud: Atiku Denies Link To 2019 Ambition||Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has dismissed the insinuation that he and the current leadership of the National Assembly maybe working in concert on a hidden agenda to actualise their 2019 presidential ambition. In a statement released by his media office on Sunday, which was signed by Mazi Paul Ibe, the former Vice President urged all party men to accept what happened in the National Assembly as mere interplay of politics in the interest of the system and the party.||Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has dismissed the insinuation that he and the current leadership of the National Assembly maybe working in concert on a hidden agenda to actualise their 2019 presidential ambition. In a statement released by his media office on Sunday, which was signed by Mazi Paul Ibe, the former Vice President urged all party men to accept what happened in the National Assembly as mere interplay of politics in the interest of the system and the party.||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/n-assembly-feud-atiku-denies-link-to-2019-ambition/212780/|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd June 2015||Buhari Moves Into Aso Rock||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/442075/finally-buhari-moves-into-aso-rock|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd June 2015||"Buhari Needs Our Support"- Atiku||Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar has said that it is dangerous for any individual or group in the ranks of the govening party to constitute themselves into an opposition even before the Constitution and take off of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. The former Vice President made the call against the backdrop of developments in the polity, which he noted are interplay of forces and interests that are dynamic, but must not be promoted to the point of being a threat to our democracy and the new administration.||Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar has said that it is dangerous for any individual or group in the ranks of the govening party to constitute themselves into an opposition even before the Constitution and take off of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. The former Vice President made the call against the backdrop of developments in the polity, which he noted are interplay of forces and interests that are dynamic, but must not be promoted to the point of being a threat to our democracy and the new administration.||http://leadership.ng/news/442113/buhari-needs-our-support-atiku|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd June 2015||Appointments: PDP Defectors Split Benue APC||Indications have emerged that members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who dumped the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), are currently working underground to split the party over cabinet appointments. Sources within the two parties have confided in LEADERSHIP that since the PDP defectors joined the APC, they have not proffered initiatives that would assist Governor Samuel Ortom led- administration to succeed but instead, are interested in being appointed as Commissioners and Special Advisers.||Indications have emerged that members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who dumped the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), are currently working underground to split the party over cabinet appointments. Sources within the two parties have confided in LEADERSHIP that since the PDP defectors joined the APC, they have not proffered initiatives that would assist Governor Samuel Ortom led- administration to succeed but instead, are interested in being appointed as Commissioners and Special Advisers.||http://leadership.ng/news/442135/appointments-pdp-defectors-split-benue-apc|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd June 2015||"Dickson Received N440 Billion With Nothing To Show For It"- Oyegun||The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, last weekend took a swipe at the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson over alleged misuse of funds accrued from the federal government estimated at over N440 billion. He said that saying that Dickson has done nothing to show for the huge funds he has received so far .||The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, last weekend took a swipe at the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson over alleged misuse of funds accrued from the federal government estimated at over N440 billion. He said that saying that Dickson has done nothing to show for the huge funds he has received so far .||http://leadership.ng/news/442140/dickson-received-n440bn-with-nothing-to-show-for-it-oyegun|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd June 2015||"My Probe A Fraudulent Witch-Hunt"- Amaechi||Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has described the so-called probe of his administration by his successor Nyesom Wike, as a sham, a fraudulent witch-hunt meant to deceive the public. Amaechi, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday described Wike as a sick man who is sickly fixated on rubbing him (Amaechi) with his (Wike’s) mud of corruption and then grabbing media headlines with his concocted bogus stories of the former Governor’s alleged corrupt activities.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/442141/my-probe-a-fraudulent-witch-hunt-amaechi|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd June 2015||"How God, Sultan, Others Worked For My Victory"- Dogara||Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Dogara Yakubu, yesterday attributed his victory to the mercies of God, the goodwill of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, the entire State and other parts of the country. The Speaker made this known at a thanksgiving service held in his honour at the Church of Christ In All Nations (COCIN), Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi State. Dogara was accompanied to the service by his wife, Gimbiya,former deputy governor of Plateau State, Mrs. Paulen Tallen,executive secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Prof.Suleiman Elias Bogoro and more than twenty members of the House of Representatives across political party lines.||Nigeria 2015; Speaker House Of Representatives||http://leadership.ng/news/442159/how-god-sultan-others-worked-for-my-victory-dogara|
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 21st June 2015||Wike Denies Receiving N108 Billion From Jonathan||Wike Denies Receiving N108 Billion From Jonathan||Rivers State Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has denied allegations that he received the sum of N108 billion from the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan as refund from the repairs of federal roads in the state, which was carried out by former Governor Rotimi Amaechi. Wike, who made the denial during an interactive session with journalists in Port Harcourt at the weekend, wondered when the money was released to him, adding that such funds are not difficult to trace.||http://leadership.ng/news/politics/442059/wike-denies-receiving-n108bn-from-jonathan|
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 21st June 2015||"Wike's Probe Of Amaechi's Administration Laughable"- Rivers APC||"Wike's Probe Of Amaechi's Administration Laughable"- Rivers APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as laughable the decision of Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, to probe the administration of his predecessor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi. Wike had last Friday inaugurated a seven-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCI), chaired by a judge of the State High Court, Justice George Emereji, with a directive to investigate the administration of Amaechi and report back in one month.||http://leadership.ng/news/politics/442061/amaechis-probe-by-wike-laughable-apc|
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 21st June 2015||"I Owe Nigerians A Lot"- Dogara||The Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara at the weekend arrived Bauchi his home state to a grand reception by supporters, admirers and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Speaker, who was visiting Bauchi State for the first time since his emergence as the Speaker of the House of Representatives said that the House would move a motion for an international donor agencies conference that would fast track development for the North-East region.||Nigeria 2015; Speaker House Of Representatives||http://leadership.ng/news/441900/i-owe-nigerians-a-lot-dogara|
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 21st June 2015||"Probe Of My Administration By Wike, Sham, Witchunt"- Amaechi||The immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has described the so-called probe of his administration by his successor Nyesom Wike, as a sham, a fraudulent witch-hunt meant to deceive the public. Amaechi, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Sunday described Wike as a sick man who is sickly fixated on rubbing him (Amaechi) with his (Wike’s) mud of corruption and then grabbing media headlines with his concocted bogus stories of the former Governor’s alleged corrupt activities.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/442040/probe-of-my-administration-by-wike-sham-witch-hunt-amaechi|
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 21st June 2015||Lagos Lawmaker Promises Development, Urges Equal Political Opportunities For Non-Indigenes||The legislator representing the Amuwo Odofin federal constituency of Lagos State, in the eighth House of Representative, Hon. Oghene Emma Egoh, has promised to bring dividends of democracy to the doorsteps of his constituents for “the great dedication they exhibited” during the election that gave him victory. Egoh, who won on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated this during a recent thank-you visit to his Constituency, adding that non indigenes should be given equal opportunities to realise their political aspirations anywhere in Nigeria, as he dedicated his victory to Awori people (a sub tribe in Yoruba land) “in whose land I have been a sojourner for about 30 years during which period my political career blossomed and others.”||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/lagos-lawmaker-promises-devt-urges-equal-political-opportunities-for-non-indigenes/212777/|
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 21st June 2015||PDP Governors Reject Claims Of Electoral Fraud In Akwa Ibom, Rivers Governorship||The PDP Governors' Forum has rejected claims by certain groups that governorship elections did not hold in Akwa Ibom and Rivers States in the last elections. In a statement released in Abuja and signed by the coordinator of the forum, Osaro Onaiwu, the forum said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which is the legally authorized agency that conducts elections, has already affirmed that credible elections were held in Rivers State, after investigations.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-governors-reject-claims-of-electoral-fraud-in-rivers-a-ibom-governorship-elections/212701/|
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 21st June 2015||Damina, Panti Emerge Bauchi Assembly Speaker, Deputy As Police Disperse Thugs With Tear Gas||Members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly (BAHA) have elected Alhaji Dahuwa Shehu Damina, representing Darazo Constituency, as the new Speaker of the 8th Assembly. The new Speaker, who was elected unopposed, pledged to make elected members’ welfare his number one focus. Damina, former Chairman of Darazo Local Government Area, was nominated by Hon. Yusuf Nuhu representing Lame Constituency in Toro Local Government Area and seconded by Saleh Umar representing Ganjuwa East. The State Assembly also elected unopposed Hon. Abdulmuminu Bala Fanti from Pali constituency as the Deputy Speaker.||Bauchi 2015; House Of Assembly||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/damina-panti-emerge-bauchi-assembly-speaker-deputy-as-police-disperse-thugs-with-teargas/212644/|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 20th June 2015||Kashamu Files New Suit In US Court To Stop 'Forceful Abduction'||Embattled Senator representing Ogun East in the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, on April 9 filed a fresh suit at the United States Northern District of Illinois court seeking an injunction ordering the U.S. to cease all efforts to abduct him from Nigeria or any other country. In the suit, Kashamu said if his relief is not granted, he is likely to be abducted and possibly killed or injured.||Nigeria 2015; Kashamu||http://leadership.ng/news/441850/kashamu-files-fresh-suit-in-us-to-stop-forceful-abduction|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 20th June 2015||Buhari's Wife Urged To Be Advocate Of Child's Rights||Ms Onyeka Onwenu, the Director-General, National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha to be promoters and advocates of child rights. Onwenu, a famous Nigerian artiste, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.||Nigeria 2015; NCWD||http://leadership.ng/news/441858/buharis-wife-urged-to-be-advocate-of-childs-rights|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 20th June 2015||Don't Forget Amaechi's Contribution To Your Victory, Northerners Tell Buhari||The Northern community in the South-South geo-political zone of the country has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to forget the contributions of former Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, to his victory during the 2015 presidential elections in the country. They, therefore, appealed to Buhari to ensure that Amaechi, who was the director-general of All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council (APCPCC), is appointed into a position that reciprocates his contributions and sacrifices towards the emergence of the APC-led Federal Government.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/politics/441868/dont-forget-amaechis-contributions-to-your-victory-northerners-tell-buhari|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 20th June 2015||Mbang, Akpabio Visit Obasanjo||Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom and his predecessor, Sen. Godswill Akpabio on Saturday paid a visit on former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun. The duo arrived at Obasanjo’s residence at about 2.48 p.m in company of a former Prelate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Dr Sunday Mbang and some other State officials. The team immediately proceeded into a closed-door meeting which ended at about 4.05 p.m.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/441881/mbang-apkabio-visit-obasanjo|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 20th June 2015||PDP Taunts APC Over NASS Election Crisis||In an apparent reference to the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday said the recent political events in the country has further vindicated them as the only true national platform that is committed to the national interest, where no individual or group of individuals can claim ownership or attempt to appropriate control. The former ruling party stated this while hailing the PDP Governors’ Forum (PDPGF) for the smooth transition of leadership, saying the development reflects the unity and sense of purpose within its fold, especially at this rebuilding time.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/441886/pdp-taunts-apc-over-nass-election-crisis|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 19th June 2015||Youths Urge Buhari To Take Control Of APC||The Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take full control of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying that he cannot stand aloof as a leader of the party. In a statement signed by its National President, Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, the forum said many people voted for the APC because of the person of President Muhammadu Buhari and that he cannot afford not to take active part in what happens in the party.||Nigeria 2015; AYF; Buhari||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57692-youths-urge-buhari-to-take-control-of-apc|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 19th June 2015||Ex-Chief Of Staff To Dickson Dumps PDP For APC||As the crisis of confidence rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State persists, a founding member of the party, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ikiogha, a former chief of staff, Bayelsa State Government House, Daily Trust gathered, is a trusted and dependable ally of Governor Seriake Dickson and was said to be one of the brains behind Dickson’s emergence as Governor in 2012. However, observers say indications of frosty relationship between Dickson and Ikiogha emerged when the governor removed him in controversial circumstances as chief of staff and redeployed him to Abuja liaison office.||Bayelsa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57686-ex-chief-of-staff-to-dickson-dumps-pdp-for-apc|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 19th June 2015||Appoint Onu As SGF, Buhari Urged||Coordinator of the Goodluck Jonathan Support Group in the 2015 general elections in Zamfara State, Alhaji Bachiri Sarkin S. Fulani, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Dr Ogbonnaya Onu as the next Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The former Coordinator who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) noted that the position is in line with the reminder for the President on his commitment to the Nigerian electorate that his administration would consist of not only tested and trusted hands but technocrats with high record of integrity and selfless service to the country.||Nigeria 2015; GJSG; Buhari||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57682-appoint-onu-as-sgf-buhari-urged|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 19th June 2015||"APC's Internal Squabbles Will Derail Buhari's Change Agenda"- LP Scribe||National Secretary of Labour Party, LP, Mr. Kayode Ajulo, has warned that the ongoing leadership tussle within the ranks of All Progressives Congress, APC, may derail and distract the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration from delivering on its many promises to Nigerians. While he described the in-fighting between certain power blocs within APC as borne of selfish interests, Ajulo said the ominous signs being given by the leadership of APC appears to be a confirmation of the popularly held opinion that APC was a party of “strange bedfellows” which was not built to last and would not stand the test of time.||Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/apcs-internal-squabbles-may-derail-buharis-change-agenda-lp-scribe/#sthash.H1XwdcJ2.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 19th June 2015||"Ndigbo Will Resist Attempt To Remove Ekweremadu"- Group||A socio-political group in Aba, Abia State, Ndigbo In Aba, has vowed to resist any attempt to force the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, out of office. This came as another Enugu West Peoples Forum, yesterday, came hard on the National Vice Chairman,South-East, of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Emma Eneukwu, for misrepresenting the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s comment on his re-emergence as the Senate number two man.||Nigeria 2015; NA; Ekweremadu||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/ndigboll-resist-attempt-to-remove-ekweremadu-group/#sthash.gJhDjnbx.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 19th June 2015||Unpaid Salaries: Osun PDP Warns Of Looming Crises||From Osun State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday came a warning that the State may be plunged into serious security crises, if salaries are not paid within seven days. This is just as the party warned the Governor’s Aides against insulting people that are making efforts to bail the State out of the “quagmire”, Governor Aregbesola had already admitted the State is in. The PDP, in a statement issued in Osogbo by the party’s Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said from all indications, the June 30 deadline for the payment of salaries by Aregbesola, rather than solving the problem, is heightening tension among residents.||Osun 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/unpaid-salaries-osun-pdp-warns-of-looming-crises/#sthash.TEvIcUG9.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 19th June 2015||Buhari To Move Into Aso Villa, Announce Some Appointments Next Week||After spending nearly three weeks in the saddle, President Muhammadu Buhari is set to move into the Presidential Villa and commence serious business of governance next week, a competent Presidency source confirmed to Vanguard. Since being declared winner of the 2015 Presidential election, Buhari has been operating from the Defence House in Maitama and has been conducting official business of government from there, having taken over the mantle of leadership on May 29, 2015 from former President Goodluck Jonathan. But authoritative Presidency sources told Vanguard that Buhari was set to move into the Presidential Villa before the end of the week and might also name the first set of top government officials to kick-start the administration, which has witnessed a lull in the last three weeks.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buhari-set-to-move-into-aso-villa-as-firm-completes-renovation/#sthash.8pQsYnkE.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 19th June 2015||Tribunal Will Determine Elections Held Without Card Readers, Says Jega||The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, said yesterday that it was the responsibility of the election tribunals to determine the validity of election results produced without the use of card readers. Speaking at a retreat for senior officials of the Commission to review the 2015 general elections, the INEC boss however, praised the conduct of the elections, saying it was a success. The retreat, which involved Resident Electoral Commissioners, REC, with the theme 2015 General Elections: Lessons and Way Forward, was held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/tribunal-ll-determine-elections-held-without-card-readers-says-jega/#sthash.oEbl69qR.dpuf|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Friday 19th June 2015||Bauchi State Government Reclaims 22 Cars From Former Governor Yuguda's 3 Wives||The Bauchi State government as part of efforts to recover all its properties has seized 22 cars in the possession of the 3 wives of former Governor Isa Yuguda. VANGUARD reports that the seizure was announced by Chairman of the Transition Committee, Senator Mohammed Mohammed who spoke yesterday at the Government House in Bauchi, he said, ''We have so far, recovered a total of 22 cars from the wives of the former Governor, Isa Yuguda. We recovered 11 cars from his first wife, seven from the second wife and four from the third wife. We are yet to recover the remaining cars from his fourth wife who is currently out of the country."||Bauchi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/bauchi-state-govt-reclaims-22-cars-from-former-governor-yugudas-3-wives.113323/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Friday 19th June 2015||Fashola Heads President Buhari's Team Of Associates||"As a prelude to setting up his administration, President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly handed over the 800-page Transition Committee Report to a trusted team of his associates, headed by former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola. Fashola is being tipped to emerge as Chief of Staff to the President because of his pedigree as a former Chief of Staff, Governor and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.|
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-fashola-heads-president-buharis-trusted-team-of-associates.113331/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Friday 19th June 2015||Amaechi Spokesperson Says Wike Also Took Rivers State Cars Home During His Tenure As Chief Of Staff||Ibim Semenitari, Rivers state Commissioner of Information for the Rotimi Amaechi led administration has reacted to allegations that she stole the car which was towed from her premises yesterday. In her reaction which was contained in a press statement, Semenitari accused Governor Nyesom Wike of going him with government cars after his tenure as Chief of staff.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/amaechis-spokesperson-says-wike-also-took-rivers-state-cars-home-after-his-tenure-as-chief-of-staff.113332/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Friday 19th June 2015||"Don't Challenge Saraki's Victory Else APC Will Pay"- Baraje||Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC has warned Senators in the ruling party to desist from challenging Bukola Saraki's emergence as senate President. According to VANGUARD, Baraje gave the advice while speaking to newsmen in Kwara. He said, ''The process was legal; there was no breach of any rule of the National Assembly, NASS and the NASS is not dependent on government."||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/dont-challenge-sarakis-victory-else-apc-will-pay-baraje.113333/|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 19th June 2015||US Envoy Ensures Saraki Of Assistance In Fight Against Terrorism||The United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, yesterday assured the president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, of his country’s continued support for Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram. The envoy gave this assurance when he paid a courtesy visit on the Senate resident yesterday. Entwistle informed Saraki that he has already met with President Muhamadu Buhari on new ways of fighting the insurgency.||Nigeria 2015; US||http://leadership.ng/news/441623/us-envoy-assures-saraki-of-assistance-in-fight-against-terrorism|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||I Met An Empty Treasury, Wike Insists||The Rivers State Government has refuted claims by the last administration that it left N7 billion in the State treasury, insisting that it did not meet any money in the state coffers. The State Governor, Nyesom Wike, made the declaration Thursday in Port Harcourt shortly after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Messrs Julius Berger Plc and CCECC Nigeria Limited on the rehabilitation of roads in the metropolis. The Governor stated that the State’s FAAC account was in debit as at May 29 when he took over the reins of governance in the State.||Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/i-met-an-empty-treasury-wike-insists/212473/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||N100 Million Scam: Court To Deliver Judgement On Fani Kayode July 1st||Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has deferred judgment in the case of a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, till July 1, 2015. She told the court Thursday that she could not deliver judgment in the case, as earlier scheduled, owing to the absence of the lead prosecution counsel, Mr. Festus Keyamo, in court. “It is proper for the entire parties to be around for the judgment, I feel this is the right thing to do... it is better to have everyone present for the judgment,” she said.||Nigeria 2015; EFCC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/n100m-scam-court-to-deliver-judgment-on-fani-kayode-july-1/212478|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||Gbajabiamila Fights Back, Says He Was Never Convicted||A member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, who contested and lost the speakership seat during the inaugural sitting of the House on June 9, 2015, has denied allegation of previous criminal conviction in Georgia, United States of America. In a counter-affidavit filed at the Federal High Court in opposing the suit by Social Justice and Civil Rights Awareness, Gbajabiamila denied the allegation that he was convicted in the US.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/gbajabiamila-fights-back-says-he-was-never-convicted/212479/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||EFCC Arrests Ohakim, Quizzez Lamido||The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Thursday arrested former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedia Ohakim over corruption allegations. The Commission also interrogated the former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido for several hours. Wilson Uwujaren confirmed the arrest to THISDAY, but said he was not sure when Ohakim is due to appear in court. Ohakim, who was invited by the anti-graft Commission to clarify some issues raised against him during the probe of his administration on Wednesday, failed to show up. Meanwhile, Lamido, who is being accused of fraud totalling several billions of naira, had said he was always willing to honour the EFCC invitation even when he enjoyed immunity as a Governor.||Nigeria 2015; EFCC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/efcc-arrests-ohakim-quizzes-lamido/212480/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||Selection Of Senate Leader, Others May Cause Another Challenge For APC||"Indications that there might yet be another crisis unfolding within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) surfaced yesterday following a disagreement between the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and the National Leader of the party, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over how to produce the candidates for the positions of Senate Leader, Deputy Senate Leader, Senate Chief Whip and the Deputy Senate Chief Whip. Whereas Tinubu prefers that the party handpicks the persons to occupy the positions, the NWC led by John Oyegun wants the various zonal Senate caucuses to nominate their leaders to occupy the said offices.|
|Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/selection-of-senate-leader-others-may-pose-another-challenge-for-apc/212434/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||Buhari Orders Disposal Of Nine Presidential Aircraft To Cut Cost||"As part of the federal government’s cost measures, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that nine of the VIP transport aircraft under the presidential fleet should be sold. Industry sources informed THISDAY that the presidential fleet, which are registered as Nigerian Air Force aircraft, is one of the largest in Africa and the third largest in Nigeria after Arik Air and Aerocontractors."||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-orders-disposal-of-nine-presidential-aircraft-to-cut-cost/212433/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||Tribunal Upholds Melaye's Election As Senator For Kogi West||The 2015 Election Petition Tribunal holding in Lokoja, Kogi State, Thursday upheld the election of Otunba Dino Melaye, as the Senator representing Kogi West, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In its ruling, the tribunal dismissed the petition filed by the former chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sen. Smart Adeyemi, for lacking in merit. The tribunal dismissed the former chairman the Nigeria Union of Journalists' (NUJ's) case for lacking merit as the petitioner filed his papers very late.||Kogi 2015; Tribunal||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tribunal-upholds-melayes-election-as-senator-for-kogi-west/212403/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||Crisis Rocks Benue Assembly As PDP Member Resigns||The crisis brewing in the Benue State House of Assembly has continued to degenerate as a member, Mr. Nick Eworo, has resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This is coming after the PDP, who were in the majority in the Assembly had announced Mr. Sule Audu, representing Agatu State Constituency as the Majority Leader of the Assembly. Eworo was representing the Obi State Constituency on the platform of PDP.||Benue 2015; House Of Assembly||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/crisis-rocks-benue-assembly-as-pdp-member-resigns/212459/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||Ekiti APC Accuses Fayose Of Paying Self N720 Million Arears||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of paying himself N720million being the arrears of his unfinished first term in office as the Governor, describing the conduct as satanic in the face of the hardship being witnessed by workers. Fayose, who was the governor between May 29, 2003 and October 16, 2006, was impeached six months to the expiration of his first term.||Ekiti 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-accuses-fayose-of-paying-self-n720m-arrears/212461/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||"PDP Has Commenced The Process Of Recapturing Power"- Mimiko||Ondo State Governor and newly-elected Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Thursday said the party had commenced the process of regaining power at the centre in 2019. Mimiko mentioned this during a mini-reception organised in his honour at the Akure airport on his return from Abuja where he was elected Chairman of the forum on Wednesday.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mimiko-pdp-has-commenced-process-of-re-capturing-power/212465/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||Akwa Ibom State Governor Challenges Relocation Of Tribunal To Abuja||As part of the federal government’s cost measures, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that nine of the VIP transport aircraft under the presidential fleet should be sold. Industry sources informed THISDAY that the presidential fleet, which are registered as Nigerian Air Force aircraft, is one of the largest in Africa and the third largest in Nigeria after Arik Air and Aerocontractors. According to an aviation source, who is aware of the directive to sell the aircraft, the presidency has a number of serviceable and unserviceable aircraft that need to be disposed of in order to reduce the amount spent by the federal government for aircraft maintenance annually.||Akwa Ibom 2015; People's Democratic Party||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/akwa-ibom-governor-challenges-relocation-of-tribunal-to-abuja/212470/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||"House To Debate Legislative Agenda"- Dogara||Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has disclosed that the House will commence debate on the eighth Assembly Legislative Agenda next week. A statement issued by his spokesman, Hassan Turaki, on Thursday said the Speaker made this known when he received the draft eighth Assembly Legislative Agenda from the committee of members and experts he inaugurated few days ago. “As early as next week, we will debate the legislative agenda and adopt the final version,” he said.||Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dogara-house-to-debate-legislative-agenda/212472/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||"No Gang Up Can Remove Saraki, Ekweramdu"- Senator Ordia||The Senator representing Edo Central Senatorial District in the eighth National Assembly, Senator Clifford Ordia has boasted that no amount of gang up by leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) can overturn the emergence of Dr. Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as Senate President and Deputy, respectively. Ordia, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the remarks in Abuja yesterday, following a statement credited to former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and other aggrieved interest groups that the emergence of the two leaders was faulty.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; PDP||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/n-assembly-crisis-no-gang-up-can-remove-saraki-ekweremadu-boasts-senator/212474/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||APC Senators Of Like Minds Rap Kwankwaso Over Attack On Saraki||The ripples from the hate campaigns and indecorous comments against the election of Dr. Bukola Saraki as Senate president by the former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, have continued as Senators operating on the platform of the Senators of Like Minds have expressed shock over the uncouth language of the former Kano State Governor on the President of the Senate. They also cautioned the Kwankwaso over his incendiary utterances capable of destabilising the National Assembly and rubbishing the prevailing political tranquility in the country, while accusing him of suffering from a defeat syndrome, hence his resort to hate campaign and vile language for no just cause “but the selfish intentions of a man whose ambition has beclouded his sense of reasoning.”||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senators-of-like-minds-rap-kwankwaso-over-attack-on-saraki/212475/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th June 2015||Stop Making A Mockery Of Governance, PDP Tells APC||Less than 24 hours after its statement chiding a group within the party which asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he cannot perform due to his age, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday charged the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the presidency to stop making mockery of governance with premature celebrations of imaginary achievements except if the intention is to set up the President for national and international ridicule. It further said it was embarrassing for the APC and Aides of Buhari to decide and invade the minds of Nigerians with propaganda and tissues of lies instead of assisting the president who was inaugurated three weeks ago to settle down, form a government and deliver his campaign promises to Nigerians.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/stop-making-a-mockery-of-governance-pdp-tells-apc/212477|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||"Rivers Will Continue To Be A PDP State"- Wike||Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said that despite the alleged claims by the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the election tribunal, Rivers State will remain a PDP State. The Governor who spoke yesterday when he granted audience to the Delta State House of Assembly, said that no amount of intimidation would change the mandate that the people of Rivers State gave to him on April 11.||Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57563-rivers-will-continue-to-be-a-pdp-state-wike|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||PDP Is Trying To Undermine APC Leadership, Says Bauchi Governor||Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State yesterday alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was using fresh antics to unsettle the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at all levels. A statement distributed to newsmen yesterday by the Director of Information of the State House of Assembly, Lamaran Abdu Chinade in Bauchi, said Governor Abubakar stated this during a dinner he organised for lawmakers in the State.||Bauchi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57559-pdp-trying-to-undermine-apc-leadership-says-bauchi-governor|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||Bauchi Speaker Warns Executive Against Interference||The Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kawuwa Shehu Damina, has warned against undue interference by the Executive in the discharge of legislative duties. Kawuwa gave the warning when the new lawmakers paid a courtesy call to Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar yesterday in Bauchi.||Bauchi 2015; House Of Assembly||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57557-bauchi-speaker-warns-executive-against-interference|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||PDP Disowns Group Over Statement Calling For Buhari's Resignation||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday disowned a group known as PDP Media Watchdog which called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari. National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement, said the group is unknown to the PDP and has no connection with the party at any level. He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, our great party has not authorized this group to use its name, acronym or logo to issue statements or make public pronouncements on any matter and we caution those behind them to henceforth desist from such immediately.”||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57554-pdp-disowns-group-over-statement-calling-for-buhari-s-resignation|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Thursday 18th June 2015||"Under Akpabio, Akwa Ibom Experienced Uncommon Propaganda"- Umana||Former Secretary to Akwa Ibom State government and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April 11 governorship election, Umana Umana Okon has accused the immediate past Governor, Godswill Akpabio of promoting 'Uncommon propaganda' during his tenure. Umana made the remark while speaking to bloggers in the State. According to THE CABLE, Umana also accused Udom Emmanuel, Akpabio’s successor, of enjoying a ''stolen mandate''.||Akwa Ibom 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/under-akpabio-akwa-ibom-experienced-uncommon-propaganda-umana.113265/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Thursday 18th June 2015||APC Slams Jega For Saying Rivers Election Was Credible||The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC has faulted the outgoing Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission [INEC], Prof. Attahiru Jega for saying gubernatorial elections in the State was credible. The party in a statement signed by its publicity secretary Mr Chris Finebone said, ''It is sad that despite the fact that the entire gamut of that exercise is now the subject of serious dispute at the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, Prof. Jega will, at the slightest excuse, attempt to publicly downplay the anomie his staff led by Dame Gesila Khan connived with the PDP to perpetrate in Rivers State last March 28 and April 11, 2015''.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-slams-jega-for-saying-rivers-election-was-credible.113270/|
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 18th June 2015||Ramadan: Buhari Urges Muslims To Promote Peace||President Muhammadu Buhari last night called on Nigerians to pray for the return of peace, love and prosperity throughout the country as Muslims commence the 2015 Ramadan fast. In a congratulatory message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President also directed an appeal to the perpetrators of violence and destruction in the name of Islam all over the world to desist from tarnishing the name of the religion.||Nigeria 2015; Ramadan; Buhari||http://leadership.ng/news/441363/ramadan-buhari-urges-muslims-to-promote-peace|
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 18th June 2015||Lagos Senatorial Seat: PDP Petition Stalled At Tribunal||The petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Lagos West Senatorial District, Segun Adewale, challenging the declaration of Senator Olamilekan Adeola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the March 28 election was yesterday stalled. The proceedings could not go on following the failure of the respondent to file his reply on point of law as ordered by the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.||Lagos 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/441321/lagos-senatorial-seat-pdp-petition-stalled-at-tribunal|
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 18th June 2015||"Crushing Boko Haram Remains My Priority"- Buhari||President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the President and people of the Republic of Chad on the twin suicide bombings which took place in that country’s capital on Monday, saying killing 23 people and wounding more than 100 in the attacks which the Chadian police has blamed on Boko Haram militants. Buhari also condoled the people and government of Borno state over the death of over 60 people from explosion triggered by abandoned explosives in Monguno town.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/441361/crushing-boko-haram-remains-my-priority-buhari|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||Impersonators Approach Kashamu With Plans To Poison Obasanjo||Two persons posing as daughter of former President, Chief Olusegun Obsanjo and an intelligence officer respectively, were alleged to have approached Senator Buruji Kashamu, to assist him poison the former President over their face-off. The accused persons – Peter Uwakala and Victoria Alaegbu, were said to have met with the Senator at a hotel in Victoria Island, last month, assuring him that they would also help resolve the political rift between the duo. However, after the conversation, Kashamu reportedly lodged a verbal complaint to policemen at the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, prompting the Police to swing into action leading to the arrests.||Ogun 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/impersonators-approach-kashamu-with-plan-to-poison-obasanjo/#sthash.z2lYrdqK.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||"Saraki's Emergence As Senate President Not Facilitated By Oil Barons"- Dino Melaye||Chairmen of the State chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have thrown their weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun for accepting the outcome of the National Assembly leadership election. Also Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District has described as totally malicious and false, the report that Senator Bukola Saraki’s emergence as President of the Senate was facilitated by oil barons. Rising from a meeting under the auspices of the Forum of APC States Chairmen with Oyegun yesterday in Abuja, the Chairmen said despite the “disappointments”, they were happy that the APC’s leaders accepted the outcome of the election that brought Senator Bukola Saraki and Rep. Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/sarakis-emergence-as-senate-president-not-facilitated-by-oil-barons-dino-melaye/#sthash.jZYYJP15.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||"No Security Challenge In Rivers"- Wike||Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has dismissed claims in some quarters that the state was facing security challenges. The Governor, at a State banquet, Tuesday night, at Government House, Port Harcourt, for vice chancellors of universities in Nigeria, said the choice of the State as venue for the vice chancellors’ conference was because the State was peaceful.||Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/no-security-challenge-in-rivers-wike/#sthash.g8vsM1qt.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||Otti Laments Campaign Against His Origin||The governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the last elections in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has decried the campaign of calumny against him over his Aro descent, describing it as primordial and laughable. Otti said the campaign being run against him by his political opponents was lame and would only be acceptable to the gullible. According to him, Ngwa ethnic nationality in Abia is a conglomeration of migrants, essentially from Aro, Akwa Ibom and Mbaise in Imo State.||Abia 2015; APGA||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/otti-laments-campaigns-against-his-origin/#sthash.Yp2MmvWP.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||Graft Probe: Elechi Spends 8 Hours With EFCC||Former Ebonyi State governor, Chief Martins Elechi, yesterday on the second day of his questioning in Abuja, faced more than eight hours of rigorous grilling in the hands of operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged laundering of State funds. The former governor arrived the EFCC Headquarters at 10am and faced his interrogators until 4pm when he was asked to go and return on a date next week. A source at the Commission confirmed to Vanguard that the politician might be charged to court based on the evidence adduced by his interrogators and those earlier gathered from some top officials who served under his government.||Ebonyi 2015; EFCC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/graft-probe-elechi-spends-8-hours-with-efcc/#sthash.LyXGz8dc.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||"I Will Donate My Allowance To Osun Workers"- Ben Murray Bruce||"The lawmaker representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, has promised to donate his wardrobe allowance to the unpaid workers in Osun State. He made this known via his Twitter handle. For about seven months now, workers in the Osun State civil service are yet to be paid their salaries. But in a swift reaction, the Osun State government lampooned the lawmaker , saying he was playing to the gallery just as he said he (Murray-Bruce) was trivialising the issue.|
|Osun 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/i-will-donate-my-allowance-to-osun-workers-murray-bruce/#sthash.1tgr8CS7.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||El-rufai Accuses Yero Of Squandering N10 Billion On Govt House Complex||Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i, has accused his predecessor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, of squandering N10 billion on the Kaduna new Government House complex. Speaking yesterday at the opening of the Kaduna State Healthcare Summit, El-Rufa’i said that the money should have been channelled towards the development of the health sector and what he described as other critical areas. Lamenting that the State has the second highest HIV prevalence in Nigeria, El-Rufa’i noted further that only 36 per cent of mothers have the benefit of receiving adequate healthcare. He described the development as unacceptable, the Governor pledged that his administration would seek vast improvement in healthcare outcomes for the people.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/el-rufai-accuses-yero-of-squandering-n10bn-on-govt-house-complex/#sthash.4hufwGX2.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 18th June 2015||Unpaid Salaries: Governors Demand Urgent Review Of Revenue Sharing Formula||Worried by the economic situation in the country where 18 States of the Federation cannot pay workers salaries, thirty- six State Governors yesterday buried their differences and resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari for an urgent review of the revenue formula and address the problems precipitated by the economic problems. The Governors noted that it became imperative to work with the President because the issue of dwindling resources was not a State government problem alone, but an issue that has serious national impact.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/unpaid-salaries-govs-call-for-urgent-review-of-revenue-formula/#sthash.zmgDCH0B.dpuf|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th June 2015||"Like Fine Wine, Buhari Will Get Better With Age"- Presidency||The Presidency, on Wednesday faulted reports in some newspapers that credited President Muhammadu Buhari as stating that he was too old to rule Nigeria, adding that at 72, the President, like good wine, could only improve with age. The clarification was contained in a statement issued by the President’s Media Aide, Mr. Femi Adesina.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidency-like-good-wine-buhari-will-get-better-with-age/212384/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th June 2015||"No Crisis In APC"- Dogara||"Against the backdrop of insinuations that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is enmeshed in squabbles over the defiance that produced him and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has reassured that the party is still in control of its affairs. He gave the assurance while playing host to a delegation of the defunct 2014 Presidential Primaries Committee of the APC which paid him a courtesy call in his office.|
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dogara-no-crisis-in-apc/212286/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th June 2015||"Incomplete Reconciliation Was Our Undoing"- Plateau PDP||Plateau State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has identified incomplete reconciliation with various aggrieved groups in the party before the last governorship election as the undoing of the party, adding that some members remained in the party but were working for the opposition. The PDP State Organising Secretary, Mr. Michael Dachom, who noted this yesterday while speaking with journalists, also dismissed that his party is a group of ill-informed people who were dealt a big blow in the election by the citizens for taking them for granted, but insisted that PDP remains a party of the people despite losing the governorship elections to the opposition APC.||Plateau 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/plateau-pdp-incomplete-reconciliation-was-our-undoing/212354/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th June 2015||APC Mediates In Crisis In Delta Chapter||The Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr. Segun Oni, has held a separate meeting with the leadership and select members of the party from Delta State to try and resolve the intra- party crisis. The National Chairman had summoned the meeting as part of mediatory efforts to end the crisis which has engulfed the State chapter of the party. Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting, the APC governorship candidate in Delta State, Olorogun O’terga Emerhor denied that the Delta APC is factionalised.||Delta 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-mediates-in-crisis-in-delta-chapter/212355/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th June 2015||Yobe Assembly Passes 24 Bills In Four Years||The Yobe State House of Assembly in the last four years passed a total of 24 bills and had 59 resolutions, it was disclosed yesterday. This was disclosed by the Speaker, Hon. Adamu Dala Dogo, while presiding over the valedictory session of the fifth Assembly. He also disclosed that the Assembly within the same period also drafted three-year strategic development plan aimed at improving the performance of the State Legislature as well as the establishment of a synergy between the house and civil society organisations in the State.||Yobe 2015; House Of Assembly||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/yobe-assembly-passes-24-bills-in-four-years/212363/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th June 2015||Ekweremadu: Enugu Group Faults South East APC||"An Enugu-based political pressure group, the Enugu West Peoples Forum, has come hard on the National Vice-Chairman (South-east) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Emma Eneukwu, for misrepresenting the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s comment on his re-emergence as the Senate number two man. The group wondered why “Eneukwu would engage in clear mischief rather than deal with the many crises rocking the Enugu State chapter of the APC under his nose."||Nigeria 2015; EWPF; Ekweremadu||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ekweremadu-enugu-political-group-faults-south-east-apc/212381/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th June 2015||Keyamo Asks National Assembly To Probe Alison Madueke, NNPC, Others Over Oil Spills||"Following allegations of massive fraud, the two chambers of the National Assembly have been advised to commence investigation into the activities of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), particularly in the areas of crude oil swap programme and offshore processing agreements (OPAs). Making the call yesterday in a letter addressed to the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Festus Keyamo, alleged the looting of the country resources by some NNPC officials in collaboration with some local companies."||Nigeria 2015; Keyamo; Corruption; NNPC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/keyamo-asks-n-assembly-to-probe-alison-madueke-nnpc-others-over-oil-swaps/212390/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th June 2015||"My Antecedents, Body Language Are Against Corruption"- Saraki||The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday said his antecedents and body language in the seventh Senate had made him an unlikely person to be sponsored by oil barons involved in the infamous oil subsidy deals. He also restated the support of his leadership to for anti-corruption stance of President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that the Senate would give the Buhari administration all the necessary legislative support to wipe out corruption in the country.||Nigeria 2015; Saraki||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/saraki-my-antecedents-body-language-are-against-corruption/212391/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th June 2015||NASS Feud: State APC Chairmen Back Buhari, Oyegun||The Chairmen of the State chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday expressed support for the stand taken by President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over the emergence of the new leadership at the National Assembly. The position of APC State Chairmen came just as facts emerged that the meeting of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) scheduled to take place yesterday had to be postponed owing to the absence of the former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/n-assembly-feud-apc-state-chairmen-back-buhari-oyegun/212395/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th June 2015||Saraki, RMAFC Agree To Review Lawmaker's Earnings As Rights Group Protest||Senate President Bukola Saraki wednesday met with officials of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to ascertain the exact cost of wardrode allowance for lawmakers and how to effect a cut in lawmakers’ allowances. Saraki, who made this disclosure known on his tweeter handle, said the Commission would publish the earnings of lawmakers and simultaneously reduce the allowances in conformity with economic reality.||Nigeria 2015; Senate Presidency; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/saraki-rmafc-agree-to-review-lawmakers-earnings-as-rights-groups-protest/212396/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Oduah: Court Orders Bank To Reveal NCAA’s Car Loan Details To Enough is Enough (EiE)||"A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered First Bank of Nigeria Plc to reveal details of the loan facility it advanced the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the 2013 purchase of two bullet-proof BMW cars for the then Aviation Minister Stella Oduah.|
Justice Mohammed Yunusa gave the order while delivering verdict in a suit instituted by Enough is Enough (EiE) against the bank over its refusal to disclose the information to the organization following an application it made under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act on October 30, 2013.
He also gave an order of mandamus compelling the bank to grant access to or make available to EIE the information it requested in its letter dated October 30, 2013.
The civil society requested the credit application file the bank provided for the loan facility of N836,970,156 for the purchase of two bullet proof BMW 760 Ll HSS vehicles for the NCAA from Coscharis Motors with the following details and original documents including pro-forma invoice(s) from the supplier, request letter from NCAA and insurance certificate for the assets (the BMW vehicles). It also requested for the rationale for approval including the credit application (or an acceptable alternative) originating the request and details of the approving authority; and offer letter to NCAA stating the terms and conditions of the loan facility, among others.
Although First Bank claimed that as a private company, it is not covered by the FOI Act, Justice Yunusa noted that the bank did not deny EIE’s claim that the bank collects levies and taxes on behalf of various governments and government institutions and is therefore a private company performing public functions within the meaning of the act."
|Stella Oduah; Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); Car Loan; First Bank of Nigeria||http://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57442-oduah-court-orders-bank-to-reveal-ncaa-s-car-loan-details|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Mimiko Is New Chairman Of PDP Governors' Forum||"Five out of the 13 governors forming the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors' Forum on Tuesday night failed to attend the meeting of the governors in Abuja, where Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State was elected chairman of the forum.|
Mimiko had in October 2014, dumped the Labour Party (LP) on which platform he was elected governor to the PDP.
The five governors who were absent at the meeting which ended on Wednesday were Governors Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Professor Ben Ayade of Cross River State.
Those in attendance were Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Capt. Idris Wada (Kogi), Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba).
The deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral John Jonah represented the state governor at the meeting.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, said: ""the forum of PDP governors unanimously elected Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State as the chairman of the PDP Governors' Forum"" but did not give reasons for the absence of five of their colleagues.
The governors also condemned the relocation of election Tribunals in Rivers, Taraba and Akwa Ibom States to Abuja and congratulated General Muhammadu Buhari on his election as Nigeria's President."
|PDP Governors Forum; Election; Olusegun Mimiko||http://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/top-stories/57473-mimiko-is-new-chairman-of-pdp-governors-forum|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Court Stops Oshiomhole From Sacking Workers||"The National Industrial Court sitting in Akure has restrained Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and Judicial Service Commission from terminating the appointment of members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) who have been on strike since January, pending determination of the Motion on Notice.|
The court also restrained the Attorney General of the Federation and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) who are respondents in the Motion of Notice filed by Comrade Uyi Ogieriakhi, leader of JUSUN in Edo State.
Justice A.N. Ubaka restrained the respondents whether by themselves, their servants, agents or privies from terminating the appointments or advertising the positions of JUSUN members. Justice Ubaka then adjourned the matter to June 23, 2015."
|Edo State; Adams Oshomhole; Workers||http://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57460-court-stops-oshiomhole-from-sacking-workers|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Imo Govt Denies Owing Workers 11 Months Salaries||"Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State yesterday denied reports that his government was owing workers 11 months salaries. Okorocha, through his Chief Press Secretary Sam Onwueneodo, described the report as unrealistic. |
He said: “The truth is that Imo State government is not owing civil servants. We are making this claim to be contradicted with verifiable fact.” He maintained that government was only owing May salary, “which will soon be paid.”"
|Workers Salaries; Imo State||http://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57451-imo-govt-denies-owing-workers-11-months-salaries|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 17th June 2015||ASUU Gives Taraba Govt Condition For Strike Suspension||"The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapter of Taraba State University yesterday said it would suspend its strike if the state government could provide money for it to clear the N100 million cheque issued to the union in March this year.|
Chairman of ASUU in the university, Dr Reuben Jonathan, who was reacting to calls by the government to call off its three-month-old strike, said government should not expect the union to call off its strike without receiving any commitment to their demands.
He noted that the immediate past administration issued a N100 million cheque to the union as part payment for their unpaid allowances but that the said cheque bounced.
Dr Jonathan, who said the union embarked on strike due to lack of sincerity and commitment on the part of the past government in the state, expressed willingness to suspend its strike if the present administration is ready to meet part of their demands while negotiation continues.
He urged the present administration of Governor Darius Ishaku to give priority to the funding of the university to enhance quality education, just as he called for improvement of staff welfare to enable them offer the best to the university."
|Strike Action; ASUU; Taraba State||http://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57452-asuu-gives-taraba-govt-condition-for-strike-suspension|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Boko Haram Kills 100 In Monguno Town In Borno||"Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday killed nearly 100 people in Monguno town in northern part of Borno State, witnesses and security sources said.|
It was a market day in Monguno where grains and animals are brought and sold from far and near, thereby attracting large patronage.
The terrorists reportedly used the opportunity to sneak into the town and wreaked havoc, leading to the death of no fewer than 100 people, including traders, customers, labourers and children.
According to a security source, the bomb used by the insurgents reportedly exploded at an area known as 'Bakassi.' Several other people, including women and children sustained injuries during the blast which also destroyed nearby houses and merchandise, witnesses said."
|Boko Haram Attacks; Monguno Town; Borno State||http://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/top-stories/57475-boko-haram-kills-100-in-monguno-town-in-borno|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Re-industrialization Will Tackle Kidnapping –NUPENG||"The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle unemployment, saying that is the only way to tackle “the frightening wave of kidnapping in the country.” President of the union, Comrade Igwe Achese, said in a statement Lagos yesterday that if able-bodied men were gainfully employed and kept busy, kidnapping would stop.|
“The best way is through re-industrialisation, through reviving moribund industries and establishing new ones to absorb the army of unemployed. The power sector must be made to work 24/7 for these industries to come back on stream,” it said.
“The union called for special training, especially overseas for those in the Anti-terrorism and kidnapping section of the police, so that they will be adequately trained on methods to track the kidnappers, who live with us and are no spirits,’’ it added."
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Ramadan: Expect New Moon Today – Space Agency||"The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) said the new moon is expected to be seen today (Wednesday) in various cities across the nation.|
In a statement by the agency’s spokesperson Mr Felix Ale, the agency said the moon would be seen on Wednesday 17 June 2015 with the first crescent in Abuja appearing at 6:45pm to 7:15pm with sunrise at 6:22am and sunset at 6:42pm.
It said, in Maiduguri the first crescent would be sighted between 7:23pm to 7:53pm, with sunrise at 5:57am and sunset at 6:21pm. Kano and Katsina will experience the first crescent at 7:14pm to 7:44pm, and 6:46pm to 7:16pm respectively."
|Ramadan; New Moon; NASRDA||http://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/top-stories/57472-ramadan-expect-new-moon-today-space-agency|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Edo Govt Disagrees With PDP On LG Funds||"The Edo State government has described as “crass ignorance,” the allegation of misapplication of local government funds levelled against it by the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Dan Orbih.|
In a statement signed by Prince Kassim Afegbua, Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs, the government said rather than criticize the local government administrations, Orbih ought to cover his face in shame at the “outright plundering of the economy by the last PDP-led government at the federal level to the extent that it could not pay salaries of workers.”
He said Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole did not tamper with local government funds, pointing out that the Governor had continued to encourage the third tier of government to apply due diligence in its accounting process."
|Edo State; LG Funds; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57447-edo-govt-disagrees-with-pdp-on-lg-funds|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Sunil Vaswani Takes over Delta Steel in Multibillion Naira Deal||"Premium Steel & Mines, a company owned by Mr. Sunil Vaswani and other institutional investors, has successfully acquired Delta Steel Company Limited (also known as Aladja Steel) from the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in a multibillion naira deal.|
AMCON and Premium Steel, THISDAY learnt from sources conversant with the transaction, closed the sale in March this year, paving the way for the new owners to take over the steel plant and all of its non-core assets such as its workers’ quarters, schools and hospitals.
The deal, according to a source, was struck after Premium Steel offered to pay a sum higher than what was paid by Global Steel Holdings Limited (GSHL), promoted by Mr. Pramod Mittal, to the federal government through the Bureau of Public of Enterprises (BPE) almost a decade ago.
BPE had sold Delta Steel in 2006 under controversial circumstances to Pramod Mittal, the younger brother of Lakshmi Mittal, an Indian multibillionaire and Chairman/CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel manufacturer. However, the administration of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua reversed the privatisation of Delta Steel when it was discovered that GSHL breached the terms of the sale by failing to inject equity into the company. Instead, it borrowed heavily from Zenith Bank Plc and other Nigerian banks, but failed to repay the banks, thus forcing them to sell their non-performing loans (NPLs) to AMCON between 2011 and 2012."
|Delta Steel; Sunil Vaswani||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/sunil-vaswani-takes-over-delta-steel-in-multibillion-naira-deal/212242/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th June 2015||IGP: 27 Missing Policemen Yet to be Declared Dead||"Twenty-seven policemen declared missing after terrorists attacked Gwoza in Borno State in August, 2014, are yet to be declared dead, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, said yesterday.|
Arase disclosed this while responding to questions from newsmen afterinaugurating the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Police Property Development and Construction Company Limited. (NIPPDCC).
The IGP explained that the Police would follow its tradition of declaring officers who are declared missing in battle dead after a period has lapsed which he declined to give, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Thirty-five policemen were declared missing in August last year after Boko Haram insurgents attacked a police training school in Gwoza. A few days after the attack on the college, Police spokesman, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, said eight of them had been found, leaving 27 still missing.
The seven-man NIPPDCC board is chaired by the IGP, who penultimate week had mandated the Police Works Department to build 6,000 units of modern houses for its personnel.
Five hundred units of the houses are to be located in each of the 12 Police zonal commands across the country."
|Nigeria Police Force; Welfare; Missing Policemen||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ig-27-missing-policemen-yet-to-be-declared-dead/212241/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Dateline Set for Reconstruction of Destroyed Borno Communities||"A dateline has been determined for the reconstruction of the destroyed communities in troubled Borno State, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency.|
The time for the commencement of the reconstruction work was given by the Governor of the State, Kashim Shettima, yesterday while receiving the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mohammed Sani Sidi, who was in the state on a tour of internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camps.
The Governor said immediately after the conclusion of Ramadan, the destroyed communities would be rebuilt and reconstructed with the goal of relocating the displaced persons.
The Borno State Government’s planned reconstruction would be assisted by NEMA revealed the DG."
|Borno State; Reconstruction of Communities; Boko Haram||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dateline-set-for-reconstruction-of-destroyed-borno-communities/212240/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Nigerians in S'Africa Report New Xenophobic Attacks||"The Nigerian Union in South Africa has reported new xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreigners in Sternkopf, Namakwa Municipality in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.|
The President of the Union, Ikechukwu Anyene, said yesterday in Pretoria, that the Northern Cape Province chapter Chairman of the Union reported the incident to its national secretariat, a day after the Union led other Nigerians to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, who was in South Africa for the African Union Summit.
“The National Secretariat of Nigeria Union has received a report of xenophobic attacks from Mr. Kennedy Osagie, the Northern Cape Province chapter chairman of the union. “The report indicated that South Africans attacked Nigerians. “Two cars belonging to Nigerians have been reportedly burnt and they have been going from house to house looting and destroying their property,” he alleged.
Anyene, who said that there were 20 Nigerians living in the affected community, added that none had been reported dead in the incident, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). “Six Nigerians have taken refuge with their families in nearby SpringBok community and they do not know the whereabouts of the other Nigerians,” he said."
|Xenophobic Attacks; Nigerians in South Africa||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nigerians-in-safrica-report-new-xenophobic-attacks/212243/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Guard Your Utterances, PDP Tells Kwankwaso||"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, against incendiary utterances capable of destabilising the National Assembly and rubbishing the prevailing political tranquility in the country.|
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Tuesday, said the party was particularly shocked by the hate statement from Kwankwaso wherein he used offensive language on the party and its members in the National Assembly.
This came as the South-east zonal caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flayed the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, for claiming that his current position had guaranteed the zone a place in the APC-led government.
The PDP said it was “taken aback by the venom and bitterness in the statement especially coming from a former Governor, an elected Senator, a highly respected former member of the PDP, who also benefitted hugely from the party as minister and two-time State Governor.
It said it was “indecorous, mischievous and misleading for anybody to declare a party with an enviable history as the PDP, with 14 State Governors, 47 Senators and hundreds of members in the House of Representatives and State Houses of Assembly dead."
|Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Hate Speech; Kwankwaso||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/guard-your-utterances-pdp-tells-kwankwaso/212250/?utm_medium=twitter|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Governors Meet Today, Seek Bailout to Pay Salaries||"Governors of the 36 States of the Federation will meet today to consider proposals for a possible bailout for States with financial difficulties, especially those unable to pay workers’ salaries.|
Also, the Governors are expected to discuss their dwindling monthly allocations from the Federation Account and the status of the Excess Crude Account (ECA).
Last month, Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had met with President Muhammadu Buhari requesting a bailout to enable them pay the backlog of salaries to workers in the states.
Already, workers in Osun, Enugu, Ekiti, Benue and Ebonyi States have embarked on strike over the inability of their state governments to pay their salaries.
In a statement by the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Asishana Okauru, he said: “I have been directed by the Chairman, Governor Abdullaziz Yari, to invite you to a meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum holding as follows on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 10 am at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.”
He listed the agenda for the meeting to include: brief by the chairman, update on the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) and ECA, proposal for bailout to states, and a revenue enhancement scheme for states, among others."
|Workers Salaries; Bailout; Governors Forum;||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/governors-meet-today-seek-bailout-to-pay-salaries/212244/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th June 2015||Custom Boss Laments Law Enforcement Agents’ Complicity in Smuggling||"The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Abdullahi Dikko Inde on Tuesday accused some unscrupulous elements within the law enforcement agencies as well as regulatory bodies of jeopardising the economic prospects of the country by aiding smuggling activities across the borders. He said the recent seizure of contraband goods worth N480 billion in Kano State showed total failure on the part of government agencies to undertake their statutory functions.|
Speaking in Abuja at a one-day forum of the customs and textile value chain stakeholders, he said there are bad eggs within the law enforcement and government agencies, which work with smugglers to sabotage the country.
However, he noted the customs would support the textile manufacturing sector to make it an instrument for employment generation but stressed that information sharing was critical for detection and fight against crime. Dikko said the service would revisit a recent directive by the federal government to remove Africa Prints from the Import Infrastructure list, adding that the customs was not carried along in the decision.
He also faulted a proposed move to give N5000 monthly allowance to the unemployed youths stressing that he would prefer that the money be committed to providing jobs instead."
|Smuggling; Nigeria Custom Service; Law Enforcement Agents; Abdullahi Dikko||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/customs-boss-laments-law-enforcement-agents-complicity-in-smuggling/212280/?utm_medium=twitter|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th June 2015||EFCC Invites Four Officials of Katsina State Government||"The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday invited four officials of Katsina State Government for questioning over some financial transactions. The invitation letter signed by Aminudeen Muhammad on behalf of Chairman, addressed to the Secretary to the State Government indicated that the officials would appear before the anti-graft agency today and tomorrow.|
The affected officials are the state accountant general, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, his works counterpart, and the General Manager of Katsina State Road Maintenance Agency (KASROMA).
According to the invitation letter, the officials are directed to appear before the EFCC with documents detailing financial transactions in their respective ministries and departments from 2011 to 2015.
The letter states that the “commission is investigating a case in which the need to obtain certain clarification” from the officials is imperative."
|EFCC; Katsina State Government||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/efcc-interrogates-elechi-former-ebonyi-governor/212272/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th June 2015||EFCC Interrogates Former Ebonyi Governor||"The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tuesday invited former Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State for interrogation. A source at the EFCC said in Abuja, Elechi arrived at the commission’s office at 10 a.m. to honour the invitation.|
On January 29, 2015 the EFCC also invited the former Governor’s son, Nnanna Elechi, for interrogation.
The former Governor, who left office on May 29, 2015 after a second term, could not face the anti-graft agency earlier since he had constitutional immunity against prosecution. The spokesman of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the information."
|EFCC; Martin Elech||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/efcc-interrogates-elechi-former-ebonyi-governor/212272/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||CISLAC To NASS: "End Leadership Distraction, Face Legislative Business"||The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has urged federal and state lawmakers to quickly end the leadership contests and distractions and focus on legislative activities that Nigerians are yearning for. Executive Director of the centre, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, said yesterday in a statement that the ongoing political development in the National Assembly, where the struggle for leadership positions is fast becoming a priority over the nation’s democracy and national interested is unacceptable.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; CISLAC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57316-cislac-to-nass-end-leadership-distraction-face-legislative-businesses|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Controversy Trails New APGA Leadership||"Controversy is raging over the emergence of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) national leadership which has Victor Oye and former Information Minister, Labaran Maku as National Chairman and Secretary respectively.|
This followed a prolonged leadership crisis in the party between Chief Victor Umeh and Chief Maxi Okwu which has almost paralysed the party. Chief Victor Umeh had on June 6, 2015, convened a national convention of the party in Awka, where the party’s new leadership emerged and were handed over the party’s documents while the Supreme Court is yet to decide on the party’s leadership tussle, which it had adjourned to October."
|Nigeria 2015; APGA||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57315-controversy-trails-new-apga-leadership|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||"Saraki's Election Victory Of Democracy Over Individual Interest"- Baraje||Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje has described last week’s election of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President as a triumph of democracy over individual interests. He warned against any attempt to challenge his emergence, noting that Nigerian electorate would resist it. Baraje, who urged the aggrieved senators to reconcile and work together in the interest of the party, said the APC leadership is working assiduously to mend the cracks created by the election of National Assembly leaders.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57314-saraki-s-election-triumph-of-democracy-over-individual-interest-baraje|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||North East To Mobilize Support For Dogara||"The North-East Concerned Citizens have said they would go round the region to drum support for Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara in order for him to succeed. They said they would visit leaders of the region such as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, all APC governors and other political leaders in the region to support Dogara, being the first to occupy the Speaker’s position from the region.|
Deputy Coordinator of the group, Salisu Sabo, told newsmen in Abuja that for Dogara to succeed, he needs the support of lawmakers from the region and beyond, hence their resolve to embark on the campaign."
|Nigeria 2015; NECC; Dogara||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57313-n-east-to-mobilise-support-for-dogara|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Imoke's Former Aides Run To APC||Two of former Governor Liyel Imoke’s key aides, including the Secretary to State Government, Barrister Johnson Ebokpo and his wife, Margaret Ebokpo, who also was Special Adviser on Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organizations have defected to the All Progressives Congress. Over the weekend, they formally registered with and addressed stakeholders and supporters of the party, promising to work to ensure that the party wins power in 2019 in the State.||Cross River 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57312-imoke-s-former-aides-run-to-apc|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||SDP Beats PDP To Produce Minority Leader In Adamawa Assembly||"The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has beaten the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to clinch the position of minority leader in Adamawa House of Assembly. The Speaker, Kabiru Mijinyawa has announced the names of principal officers on Monday, sparking protest from PDP members. The appointment of Justina Nkom who is the only SDP member in the House as minority leader drew criticism from Emmanuel Samdu (PDP) from Madagali constituency who emerged as Minority Whip.|
Samdu insisted that the PDP ought to have been given the position of minority leader since it has two members at the House before he was overruled by the Speaker."
|Adamawa 2015; SDP||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57309-sdp-beats-pdp-to-produce-minority-leader-in-adamawa-assembly|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||"Re-unifying APC Is Our Top Priority"- Oyegun||"National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, said that following from the National Assembly leadership elections, the top priority for the party’s leadership is to re-unify its members.|
Speaking to journalists at the party’s national Headquarters in Abuja, yesterday, Oyegun admitted that the party had a problem but it was moving to resolve it, adding that the leadership was trying to see that everything went well. He said there would be peace in the party and the country despite what happened, adding “all the party has decided to do is to re-unify as quickly as possible our members in both chambers of the National Assembly under the existing realities."
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57321-re-unifying-apc-is-our-top-priority-oyegun|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Pro-Buhari Group Against Appointment Of 'People With Dubious Character'||Ahead of appointment of ministers to be announced by the new government, the Buhari Friends Organisation Network (BFON) has said people of questionable character and those who never worked would not have a place in the new government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari. They said they would work to ensure that such people are not appointed into positions of trust and responsibility.||Nigeria 2015; BFON; Buhari||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57320-pro-buhari-group-against-appointment-of-people-with-dubious-character|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Dogara Appoints Jerry Manwe As Chief Of Staff||Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has appointed a former federal lawmaker in the immediate past 7th House, Hon. Jerry Manwe as his Chief of Staff. Manwe’s appointment is with immediate effect. A letter of appointment with reference No. NASS/SPK/MGT/VOL.I/002 dated June 15, 2015 addressed to the Clerk of the National Assembly and personally signed by Dogara conveyed Manwe’s appointment as his Chief of Staff.||Nigeria 2015; Speaker; House of Representatives||http://leadership.ng/news/440749/dogara-appoints-jerry-manwe-as-chief-of-staff|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Be Patient With Buhari's Government, Opadokun Tells Nigerians||Amid criticisms that President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has failed to hit the ground running, the Co-ordinator of the Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reforms, Ayo Opadokun, yesterday urged Nigerians to be patient with the government. Opadokun, who spoke with journalists shortly after paying a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode noted that though Nigerians have right to be angry after many years of bad governance they must not fail to understand the enormity of the rot in the system.||Nigeria 2015; CDER; Buhari||http://leadership.ng/news/440793/be-patient-with-buharis-govt-opadokun-urges-nigerians|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Governor Bindow Cuts Salary By 50%||Governor of Adamawa State, Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow yesterday pledged to cut his salary by 50 per cent adding that he would also appeal to members of the state House of Assembly to do same as their sacrifice for the State to move forward. Bindow made the pledge during the flag-off of some township roads in the state capital adding that he will also work with minimal number of commissioners to minimise expenditure.||Adamawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/440799/gov-bindow-cuts-salary-by-50|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Senator Marafa Faults Maikasuwa Over NASS Elections||A member of the Unity Forum, Senator Kabiru Marafa, has accused the clerk of the National Assembly (CNA) of fraud for his actions during the June 9 Senate elections that produced Senator Bukola Saraki as President of the 8th Senate. According to him, the CNA amended the Senate Standing Order without the knowledge of the Senators, thereby changing the Standing Rule of the Senate – that for any presiding officer to emerge, he must score two-thirds votes of the number of the Senators, and not one-third as the CNA stated before the said election.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/440812/senator-faults-maikasuwa-over-nass-elections|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Tuesday 16th June 2015||APC National Chairman Addresses His Rumoured Nomination As SGF||John Odigie-Oyegun, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday addressed rumours of his interest in emerging Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). According to THE NATION, Oyegun said, ''On this issue of SGF, I will respond to you just in case, because I don’t want to offend anybody, but I will say this quite definitely. I have not in anyway, in capital letters and underlined, solicited for any position other than the national chairmanship of APC. I think I’m clear enough, isn’t it? And nobody has approached me on that or say he is considering me for that position or another."||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-national-chairman-addresses-rumour-of-his-nomination-as-sgf.113165/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Kwankwaso To Saraki- "Don't Destroy APC With Your Ambition"||Former Governor of Kano State and Senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, yesterday, warned the Senate President, Bukola Sarki, against using his ambition to destroy the party they laboured to build and betray the confidence which Nigerians reposed in them by voting them for change. In an interview with newsmen in Abuja, the former Defence Minister regretted that the Senate President had used his ambition to destroy party discipline and should be punished for it.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/kwankwaso-to-saraki-dont-destroy-apc-with-your-ambition/#sthash.4PvnUdS1.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||"I Don't Know Why People Are Anxious For Ministers"- Buhari||President Muhammadu Buhari explained, yesterday, that he was yet to appoint his ministers because his predecessor’s transition committee submitted its report on the previous administration to him late. Buhari, who spoke to newsmen at the Summit of the African Union in Johannesburg, South Africa, said he was being careful in order not to make mistakes in appointing individuals especially to key positions such as in the Finance and Petroleum Ministries.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/i-dont-know-why-people-are-anxious-for-ministers-bahari/#sthash.HQ7cQFJU.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||"MKO Paved Way For Democracy"- Daughter||"One of the daughters of the late Chief MKO Abiola, Miss Habiba Abiola, has said that her father’s death paved way for democratic government in Nigeria. Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 1993 presidential elections died in detention. In a statement issued in Lagos, Abiola said that the June 12 celebrations which coincided with her birthday reminded her of the many years she missed without a father on her special day.|
|Nigeria 2015; June 12th||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/mko-paved-way-for-democracy-daughter/#sthash.3vPlGWzX.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 16th June 2015||"Non APC Members May Make Buhari's Ministerial List"- Oyegun||National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday, said Nigerians who are non card-carrying members of party were likely to serve as Ministers in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. Oyegun also said that he was not interested in the office of the Secretary to Government of Federation, SGF, as being speculated in different quarters. According to APC National chairman, Buhari’s government and APC as a political party were more concerned with assembling technocrats and other competent hands who would key into the vision and objectives of the present government.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/non-apc-members-may-make-buharis-ministerial-list-oyegun/#sthash.oBZGEzyZ.dpuf|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Wike Dissolves All Boards, Parastatals In Rivers||Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has dissolved all boards and parastatals in the State. A statement issued monday in Port Harcourt by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Opunabo Inko-Tariah, said the dissolution was with immediate effect, adding that the dissolved boards are to handover to their various authorities. He, however, said the boards of Rivers State Waste Management Authority and that of Greater Port Harcourt Authority were not affected.||Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/wike-dissolves-all-boards-parastatals-in-rivers/212168/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Ayade Finalise Quality Control Deal On Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja Road||The construction of the Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja-Obudu dual carriage super highway is set to commence any moment with the Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade finalizing a deal on quality control for the signature project. Ayade closed up the deal yesterday in the German city of Wiesbaden. The Governor had announced last week that he was in discussions with the President of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is expected to come to the state to do the groundbreaking before the commencement of work, hopefully in few weeks.||Cross River 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ayade-finalises-quality-control-deal-on-calabar-ikom-ogoja-road/212170/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Court Strikes Out Kashamu's N20 Billion Suit Against Obasanjo||An Abuja High Court judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, has struck out a suit by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Buruji Kashamu, against former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The judge struck out the case after Kashamu filed an application to discontinue the suit. Kashamu in withdrawing the suit, claimed that parties were engaged in on-going settlement moves. However, Obasanjo’s lawyer denied knowledge of such moves.||Nigeria 2015; Judiciary||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-strikes-out-kashamu-s-n20bn-libel-suit-against-obasanjo/212179/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||"Why Saraki, Dogara Were Recognized"- Oyegun||As the All Progressives Congress (APC) moves swiftly to mend the cracks that surfaced following the National Assembly leadership contest, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, has provided further insight into why the APC leadership decided to accept the emergence of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara despite initial objections. But the former Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Kwakwanso, has said that the ruling party delayed in taking measures that could have prevented the embarrassment it suffered in the National Assembly.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oyegun-why-saraki-dogara-were-recognised/212189/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||PDP Confused, Ill-Informed On Ambode's Asset Declaration, Says Lagos APC||The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), monday described as uninformed, hollow and laughable, the statement credited to the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that Governor Akinwumi Ambode should declare his assets or be regarded as a pretender Governor. The party said Lagos PDP was lost and needed help to survive the demeaning fate they face in Lagos and the country tuesday.||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-confused-ill-informed-on-ambode-s-asset-declaration-says-lagos-apc/212152/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Ikpeazu Outlines New Measures For Better Security In Abia||Ikpeazu Outlines New Measures For Better Security In Abia||Abia 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ikpeazu-outlines-new-measures-to-enhance-security-in-abia/212160/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Edo House Member Brands Advocates Of Pay Cuts For Legislators As Ignorant||The member representing Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben Federal Constituency in the newly-inaugurated House of Representatives, Hon. Joe Edionwele, has described those seeking pay cut for legislators as ignorant of the fact. Edionwele in a chat with journalists in Abuja monday, said contrary to popular opinion, some lecturers, bankers and oil workers earn more than federal lawmakers. He assured that the ongoing debate over the legislators salaries will be soon put to rest, as details of what each member of the National Assembly earns will be made public.||Edo 2015; House Of Assembly||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/edo-house-member-brands-advocates-of-pay-cut-for-legislator-as-ignorant/212162/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||"Osun Government Owes N480 Billion"- Omisore||Former Senate Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Iyiola Omisore, monday noted that the financial situation of Osun State stood at N480 billion, saying only drastic reduction in the government overhead cost could save the State from the present predicament. Omisore stated this while speaking at Crown FM in Ile-Ife during an interview. But in his response, the State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, said Omisore has merely demonstrated further “the mischief and ignorance he is known for with the fraudulent N480 billion loan figure he alleged during the interview he granted his radio station, Crown FM.”||Osun 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/omisore-osun-govt-owes-n480bn/212163/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Enugu APC Leaders Divided Over Ministerial Slot||The leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the three senatorial zones of Enugu State have commenced intense lobbying for the ministerial slot of the State in the yet-to-be constituted cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari. The situation has further deepened the crisis rocking the party in the State. At the moment, no fewer than five leaders of the party in the state have either directly shown interest or used a subterfuge to lobby for the position with each advancing reasons for being the best man for the job.||Enugu 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/enugu-apc-leaders-divided-over-ministerial-slot/212167/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Governor Ahmed Signs Four Bills Into Law||The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has signed four bills into law with a pledge to intensify efforts to improve the welfare of the people, despite the downturn in the national economy. The new laws are: a law to amend the Environmental Sanitation Law, a law to repeal the Kwara State Transport Corporation, a law to amend the Cooperative Societies Law, and a law to amend the Kwara State Debt Securities Issuance Law.||Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ahmed-signs-four-bills-into-law/212169/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Jega To INEC Staff "Don’t Get Carried Away By Success Of 2015 Polls"||Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, monday admonished staff of the Commission not to be carried away by the accolades showered on them on the successful conduct of the 2015 general election but work towards improved performance in 2019. Jega, who spoke at the retreat organised for INEC electoral officers, said that despite constraints, the Commission was able to deliver credible elections to the country in 2015.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-to-inec-staff-don-t-get-carried-away-by-success-of-2015-polls/212172/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||APC's Deputy National Publicity Secretary Calls For Oyegun's Resignation||The ripples from last week’s elections of the principal officers of the National Assembly have refused to subside in the All Progressives Congress (APC), with the call by Mr. Timi Frank, the party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, for the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to resign. Frank also blamed the Chairman and some members of the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) members for the crisis, accusing them of taking sides before the election of leaders of the National Assembly.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-s-deputy-national-publicity-secretary-calls-for-oyegun-s-resignation/212176/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||PDP Governors' Forum Meeting Holds Tuesday||The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum (PDPGF) will today hold its first post-general election meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 7p.m. in Maitama, Abuja. In a statement released by the Coordinator of the Forum, Osaro Onaiwu, top on the agenda are issues like post-election assessment of the party, the way-forward as well as the election of the Chairman from among the thirteen Members.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-governors-forum-meeting-holds-tuesday/212182/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th June 2015||Dogara Sets Up Committee On Welfare||The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Monday constituted an ad-hoc committee on welfare, which he said, was in line with the standing rules of the lower chamber. Dogara’s decision was contained in a statement by his Chief of Staff, Hon. Jerry Manwe, noting that membership of the committee “are drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).” The statement said Hon. Nasiru Baballe Ila would serve as Chairman of the committee ,while Hon. Igbinedion Omosede Gabriella would be the Deputy Chairman.||Nigeria 2015; Speaker; House of Representatives||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dogara-sets-up-committee-on-welfare/212178/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 15th June 2015||"Gaya Should Be Senate Majority Leader"- SF||Supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of Solidarity Forum (SF) yesterday said senator Kabir Gaya of the Kano South should be given the position of Senate Majority Leader. The group called on the 8th Senate to tread carefully in electing the remaining officers of the red chamber to ensure equity, justice and merit for the sustenance of the party and good governance.||Nigeria 2015; SF; Senate||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57169-gaya-should-be-senate-majority-leader|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 15th June 2015||"Emergence Of Ekweremadu Would Have Been Avoided"- Duhu||Former APC Interim North East Vice Chairman, Umar Duhu said that the loss of the senate deputy presidency to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would have been avoided if the party had mediated early. He stated this in Abuja yesterday while reacting to the controversies that trailed the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/57162-emergence-of-ekweremadu-would-have-been-avoided-duhu|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 15th June 2015||"Jang Ignited Plateau Crisis"- JIBWIS||The Jama’atu Izalatul Bid’a Wa’ikamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS) at the weekend alleged that former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah David Jang, was responsible for killing and destruction of property in the State, adding that the government divided people of the State along religious lines. National Secretary of the group, Barrister Aliyu Alhassan Sangei, made the allegation at a pre-Ramadan lecture in Jos, organized by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).||Plateau 2015; JIBWIS||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57217-jang-ignited-plateau-crises-jibwis|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 15th June 2015||"APC's Approach To Governance Worrisome"- Unity Forum||The governance approach by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been worrisome such that the speed with which the change slogan that saw the overwhelming victory of the party’s candidates across States and nationally is past reducing, the Unity Forum has said. The forum said after its meeting last week that the trends associated with the leadership of the party in the just concluded National Assembly election had left many Nigerians questioning the antics of APC especially as that is coming at the early life of the Buhari-led government. Chairman of the forum, Musa Maigida Abdu said in a statement yesterday that leadership of the party must be proactive in managing its politics and strategies as a way of galvanizing avenues for the delivery of good governance to Nigerians.||Nigeria 2015; Unity Forum; APC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57212-apc-s-approach-to-governance-worrisome|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 15th June 2015||"Workers Will Get Their Salaries Before The End Of June"- Aregbesola||"Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, said his government is set to pay workers outstanding salaries before the end of June.|
Aregbesola made the declaration in a statement issued in Osogbo on Sunday through his Media Aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon. Most workers are being owed seven months’ salaries. But the statement was silent on whether the Governor would pay the backlog or he would pay part of the salaries."
|Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/before-the-end-of-june-workers-would-get-their-salaries-aregbesola/#sthash.fffqfbNe.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 15th June 2015||CONFAB Report Not For Dustbin, Kukah Tells Buhari||Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Dr. Matthew Kukah, has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against jettisoning the report of the National Conference, saying it contains some recommendations that could solve some national puzzles. He also advised that the report be given to relevant government agencies in order to find areas suitable for implementation. Kukah, who said this in a chat with Vanguard in Sokoto, said though the confab was seen as former President Goodluck Jonthan’s tool for political bargaining, Buhari should not heed calls to abandon it.||Nigeria 2015; CONFAB||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/confab-report-not-for-dustbin-kukah-tells-buhari/#sthash.qw3hBZZx.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 15th June 2015||Declare Your Assets, Lagos PDP Tells Ambode||The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has issued a 14 days ultimatum to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State to publicly declare his assets upon assuming office. The party, which gave the governor till Monday, 29th June, also tasked the Governor to make public in the media, the details of the handover notes and assets of his predecessor, Mr Raji Fashola.||Lagos 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/declare-your-assets-lagos-pdp-tells-ambode/#sthash.MeHplOLr.dpuf|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Monday 15th June 2015||EFCC Files 50 New Charges Against Timipre Sylva||The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has slammed 50 new money laundering charges on former Bayelsa Governor, Timipre Sylva. VANGUARD reports that the charges were increased from the initial 42 to 50 by the anti-graft agency, thereby giving Sylva a tougher task to defend himself in the matter, which has already been filed and likely to be assigned to a new judge. In the new changes, the EFCC carefully listed the acts of looting alleged to have been perpetrated by Sylva when he was the Governor of Bayelsa State.||Nigeria 2015; EFCC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/efcc-slams-50-new-charges-on-timipre-sylva.113114/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Monday 15th June 2015||President Buhari Set To Pay Poor, Unemployed N5,000 Monthly||"Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo during the weekend announced that the Muhammadu Buhari led government will soon commence payment of N5,000 monthly stipend to poor and unemployed Nigerians. Osinbajo made the disclosure while speaking at the 10th Year Anniversary Lecture of Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State. He said, ''We cannot talk about the economy of the future without addressing how we move people out of poverty.""|
|Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/president-buhari-set-to-pay-poor-unemployed-nigerians-n5-000-monthly.113118/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Monday 15th June 2015||"The People Around Jonathan Destroyed His Government, We Won't Allow You Destroy Us"- Aisha Buhari||Aisha Buhari, Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari over the weekend warned political associates of her husband to be mindful of their actions. The first lady issued the warning during an Appreciation Dinner she hosted in honour of the All Progressives Congress’ women and youths at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She said, ''Goodluck Jonathan is a good man whose government was destroyed by those around him. We shall not allow aides to destroy us''.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/the-people-around-jonathan-destroyed-his-govt-we-wont-let-you-destroy-us-aisha-buhari.113120/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Monday 15th June 2015||"They Have Hijacked Our Change, Again"- Pat Utomi||What was the purpose of the vote for change? The purpose is an elite that for one generation failed a people and denied them the progress they deserve and desire, should change their way and bring progress to the greatest number of people. The patience had worn thin. Now, it is the people who must now take back their country anyway they see fit. They cannot watch as Singapore escapes Third World status, South Korea becomes one of the most knowledge-driven high income societies on earth and Brazil goes from potential to a top 10 economy in the world. These countries found a patriotic elite at some point that sacrificed for progress. Since Nigeria has been repeatedly denied such by its elite, the people may have no choice but to rise up and save themselves. There were enough blame for June 9 to go around, from the APC hierarchy whose complicit role was put forward in the advert I referred to in the Daily Trust by some concerned APC members, to the PDP leadership whose business, no doubt, is to make the party in government uncomfortable but which must know that in decent societies a government must be allowed to settle in and not for legislators to collaborate with those across the Isle in ways that can be disruptive. Fortunately, it’s never too late to begin again....||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/they-have-hijacked-our-change-again-pat-utomi.113125/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 15th June 2015||Buhari's Wife Calls For Fair Representation Of Women In Leadership Positions||"Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, at the weekend called for fair representation of women in both leadership and decision-making bodies.|
She equally, observed that high rate of divorce in the northern part of Nigeria was a major setback for the region, saying something must be done to remedy the trend. Mrs. Buhari equally bemoaned the harassment of women in higher institutions of learning, noting that steps must be taken to stop it. She spoke during an appreciation dinner for women and youths she hosted at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa Saturday night."
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-s-wife-calls-for-fair-representation-of-women-in-leadership-positions/212063/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 15th June 2015||"Allegations Of Electoral Fraud In Rivers Greatly Exaggerated"- Jega||The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has disclosed that allegations that the elections in Rivers State were manipulated and flawed was exaggerated. Jega said the elections in the State was credible and the Commission did the right by announcing the winner.||Rivers 2015; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-allegations-of-electoral-fraud-in-rivers-greatly-exaggerated/212074/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 15th June 2015||UK Group Urges APC To Sanction Errant Senators||A group of Nigerians in the diaspora under the aegis of Nigeria 2015 Group UK, has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to implement stiff penalties against Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. The body, in a press statement signed on its behalf by Mr. Kingsley Ogbonda, raised concerns about the election of the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, conducted on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.||Nigeria 2015; NGUK; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/uk-group-urges-apc-to-sanction-errant-senators/212073/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 15th June 2015||PDP BoT Chairman Endorses Bi-Partisan National Assembly||The Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed, has described the new bi-partisan leadership of the eighth National Assembly as the best for the current direction in Nigeria’s march towards democratic growth and development. He stated this on Sunday in a statement issued by his Special Assistant, Media, Emeka Nwapa, during an audience with PDP’s chieftains and supporters from across the country who called on him to discuss last Tuesday’s election of the new Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-bot-chairman-endorses-bi-partisan-national-assembly/212072/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 15th June 2015||Igbos Have No Regret Voting For PDP, Ekweremadu Insists||Basking in the euphoria of his recent victory at the National Assembly election, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu on Saturday reaffirmed that the decision of the people of South-East geo-political zone of Nigeria to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general election was a good decision and have no regret about it. He said given another opportunity, the people will vote in the same manner. Speaking on arrival at Akanu Ibiam international Airport Enugu, where a mammoth crowd of supporters and political allies gathered to receive him, Ekweremadu stated he decided to take another shot at the position of Deputy Senate Presidency where it appeared the people of the zone were about to be sidelined in the scheme of things in the new dispensation.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/igbos-have-no-regret-voting-for-pdp-ekweremadu-insists/211966/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 15th June 2015||Senate President: Seek Reconciliation, Group Urges Saraki||Following controversies that generated from the recent election of the 8th National Assembly leadership, a youth socio-political group, the Arewa Progressives Group (APG) have asked the newly-elected Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to pursue reconciliations in the interest of stability of the Senate. The Spokesperson of the group, Madam Asabe Nahana, the group said they were in Lafia to meet to deliberate on possible avenues the public could intervene in bringing the division in the National Assembly to a “peaceful end.”||Nigeria 2015; Arewa Progressives Group (APC); Saraki||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senate-presidency-seek-reconciliations-group-urges-saraki/211964/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 15th June 2015||Group Urges Tinubu To Publicly Recognize Saraki's Emergence As Deputy Senate President||A group, Nigeria Needs Positive Change Group (NNPCG), at the weekend urged the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, to forget the past and follow the exemplary conduct of the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun by publicly recognising the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President. This, the group said, would add value to the party and also ensure unity and stability of the APC.||Nigeria 2015; NNPCG; Tinubu; Saraki||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-urges-tinubu-to-publicly-recognise-saraki-s-emergence-as-senate-president/212084/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 15th June 2015||S'East APC Faults Ekweremadu On Deputy Senate Presidency||The All Progressives Congress (AP), South-east zone Sunday expressed outrage over the claim by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, that he contested for the position despite being in a minority party in order to enable the people of the South-East and South-South have presence in the APC-led government, describing the reason as “crass and unimaginative propaganda.” The party, in a statement by its spokesman in the zone, Osita Okechukwu, insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari never had any intention to marginalise either the South-East or South-South zones, adding that the fact that the president has not made any appointment outside those of his media aides further confirmed Ekweremadu’s claims as mere imaginative.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/s-east-apc-faults-ekweremadu-on-deputy-senate-presidency/212083/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 15th June 2015||Why Enugu Will Continue To Honour Chime, Ifeanyi, Nebo||Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and the former Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo, Sunday described the immediate past Governor of the State, Sullivan Chime, as a leader with very rare qualities who will continue to receive plaudits for years due to records he set while in office. They insisted that Chime would not only remain in the consciousness of the people of the State for a long time to come but would also remain a reference point for good governance. The two leaders who spoke at Udi during a grand reception held in Chime’s honour by the people of his Local Government Area, said Chime was God’s special gift to State saying he had through his personal integrity sacrifices and commitment set the State on an irreversible path to greatness and prosperity.||Enugu 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/why-enugu-will-continue-to-honour-chime-ugwuanyi-nebo/212082/|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 15th June 2015||APC Crisis: "We Have Been Vindicated"- Alkali||More reactions have continued to trail last week’s National Assembly leadership election, with Prof. Rufai Alkali, erstwhile political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, declaring yesterday that the process has vindicated their stance on the All Progressive Congress (APC). Speaking to journalists on Sunday, Alkali, who reiterated that the APC was not prepared to govern a complex nation such as Nigeria, said the greatest obstacle to the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is not the PDP and other political parties, but some of the over ambitious leaders and members of his party.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/440585/apc-crisis-we-have-been-vindicated-alkali|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 15th June 2015||NASS Leadership: Group Faults Attack On Lai Mohammed||A group, Kwara Concerned Citizens has stoutly defended the national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed over the statement he issued on behalf of his party shortly after the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives respectively. The group in a statement signed by Shaaba Lafiaji and Hezekiah Oyedepo also condemned a statement credited to a group in Kwara State threatening to deal with Mohammed for “for carrying out his duties diligently, as he has always done, by articulating the position of his party”.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/440590/nass-leadership-group-faults-attack-on-lai-mohammed|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 15th June 2015||NASS Leadership: "APC Caucus, BoT To MeetTomorrow"- Al-Makura||Governor of Nasarawa State Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has stated that the caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party are scheduled to meet tomorrow to take a final stand on the leadership crisis in the National Assembly. Governor Al-Makura stated this yesterday in an interview with journalists in Lafia, the state capital, saying that the crisis was unfortunate but that despite the incident, the party remains united and unshaken. He expressed optimism that after the meeting, the party will come out stronger and more united than ever before.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/440600/nass-leadership-crisis-apc-caucus-bot-meet-tomorrow-al-makura|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 15th June 2015||El-rufai Summons Contractors Of Water Project||Determined to end the perennial water scarcity in seven Local Governments of the State, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has summoned the contractors handling the Zaria water project to present to him the comprehensive details of the project. Governor El-Rufai who paid an unscheduled visit to the project site at the weekend, expressed his administration’s determination to complete the project and break whatever jinx is stalling the project that is years behind schedule despite the fact that it has already cost the state billions of naira.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/440605/el-rufai-summons-contractors-of-water-project|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 15th June 2015||Northern Group Warns Against Plot To Undermine Tinubu||A group under the aegis of the Patriotic Northern Coalition for Justice, Peace and Equity has called on the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to beware of some politicians and elements within the party plotting to undermine the party’s chieftain and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu. The national coordinator of the coalition, Alhaji Babangida Sule Jnr, told newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, that Tinubu is the bedrock of APC and still commands great respect in his region and in the party, adding that any plot against his interest will be counter-productive.||Nigeria 2015; NCJPE; Tinubu||http://leadership.ng/news/440604/northern-group-warns-against-plot-to-undermine-tinubu|
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 14th June 2015||Hold Wike Responsible For Unrest In Rivers, APC Tells Buhari||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to hold Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike responsible for any breach of peace in the State that may result from his planned dissolution of elected chairmen and councillors of the 23 Local Government Areas of the State. This is as the party called on the National Assembly, civil society organizations and the general public to prevail On Wike to jettison the idea of dissolving the Local Government officials, who were elected on May 23, 2015.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/440443/hold-wike-responsible-for-unrest-in-rivers-apc-tells-buhari|
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 14th June 2015||"We'll Give Dogara Necessary Support To Succeed"- Bauchi APC Chair||The Bauchi State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Uba Nana, has said that the North-East must come together in order to give all necessary support to the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, so that his achievements will be a reality. He made the disclosure on Sunday when the North-East Concerned Citizens group, which campaigned for Dogara, paid him a courtesy visit.||Bauchi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/440488/well-give-dogara-necessary-support-to-succeed-bauchi-apc-chair|
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 14th June 2015||APC Must Focus On Building Internal Democracy, Says Ndakkpoto Ibrahim||"Aminu Ndakkpoto is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview, Ndakkpoto speaks on the state of the nation and the just concluded National Assembly election. Anayo Okolie presents the excerpts: Nigeria witnessed the first defeat of a president in an election and the first civilian-to-civilian transition. Are there lessons to be learnt by leaders from the outcome of the March 28 presidential election?|
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-must-focus-on-building-internal-democracy-says-ndakkpoto-ibrahim/211959/|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 13th June 2015||UK Pledges To Work With Saraki To Boost Legislative Capacity Of Senators||The newly elected President of the 8th Senate, Bukola Saraki, got international recognition yesterday, with a courtesy call on him by the British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Dr Andrew Pocook, who pledged the British government support for Saraki as the President of the Nigerian Senate. The British envoy at the visit said the essence of the visit was to to make a commitment to new Senate President and to Nigerian Senate that the British government will continue to work very closely with the Senate on a whole range of areas in which the country can assist Nigeria.||Nigeria 2015; UK Embassy||http://leadership.ng/news/440297/uk-pledges-to-work-with-saraki-to-boost-legislative-capacity-of-senators|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 13th June 2015||"Osun Economic Crisis Beyond My Control"- Aregbesola||Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola yesterday regretted that his administration’s inability to pay workers’ salaries is an economic crisis in the State that was beyond his control. Speaking to journalists after emerging from a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Defence House, Abuja, the Governor said he felt very sad about men who were unable to meet the needs of his family members.||Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/440295/osuns-economic-crisis-beyond-my-control-aregbesola|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 13th June 2015||"Sanctioning Saraki Will Cause Implosion In APC"- Lekan Ojo||A security expert, Mr. Jackson Lekan Ojo has warned that any attempt to sanction President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki over the coup that occurred in the National Assembly could lead to an implosion in the All Progressives Congress (APC). He further warned that if any action is taken against the Senate President, , lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly loyal to him and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who rebelled against the position of the party to impose its preferred candidates for the leadership of the National Assembly may decamp to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ojo, who spoke to newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday, advised the APC to move fast to reconcile its legislators in the National Assembly and remind them of the need to respect and be loyal to the party which gave them the platform through which they earned their mandates to represent their people and serve Nigeria.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/440326/sanctioning-saraki-will-cause-implosion-in-apc|
|Daily Trust Newspape||Friday 12th June 2015||INEC To Adopt Report On 2015 Election Monday||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Monday validate the report of the 2015 general election, barely two months after the conduct of the polls. The report’s validation would be a prelude to the presentation of the report on June 29, a day before the Commission’s Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega bows out of office. The 2015 election report committee, headed by a National Commissioner, Chris O. Iyimoga was inaugurated by the INEC boss on April 22, 11 days after the governorship and State Assembly elections.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57082-inec-adopts-2015-election-report-Monday|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 12th June 2015||Speakership: "Buhari's Neutrality Inspired Us To Push On"- Dogara||Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s neutral stand on the National Assembly leadership election was behind his resolve to contest despite the lack of support from his party. “We must commend the president for his decision not to interfere in the process leading to our emergence by refusing to impose anybody on us. It was his stand on this matter that gave us the encouragement to offer ourselves for this leadership,” he said.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57074-speaker-buhari-s-neutrality-inspired-us-to-push-on-dogara|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 12th June 2015||Gbajabiamila, Monguno To Work With Dogara||The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates for speaker and deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and Mohammed Tahir Monguno have promised to work with the elected leadership of the House led by the speaker Yakubu Dogara. The duo who spoke separately after a closed door meeting with the party’s leadership at the party’s headquarters in Abuja yesterday said they will work to actualise the programmes and promises made by the party to Nigerians. Gbajabiamila said he has no intention of challenging the outcome of the election in the court.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57073-gbajabiamila-monguno-to-work-with-dogara|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 12th June 2015||Civil Society Asks Buhari To Review 2015 Budget, Merge MDAs||"A civil society organization, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently review the budget for the 2015 fiscal year passed by the National Assembly and also merge some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).|
In a briefing yesterday, the lead director of CSJ, Barrister Eze Onyekpere said the budget does not reflect the change Nigerians had clamoured for, while calling for a cut in “frivolous expenditure” included in the budget."
|Nigeria 2015; CSJ; Buhari||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57057-civil-society-asks-buhari-to-review-2015-budget-merge-mdas|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 12th June 2015||Wike Appoints Ambassador As Sole Administration||Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has appointed Nigerian Ambassador to South Korea, Desmond Akawo, as the new Sole Administrator of Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority. The board was dissolved last week by Governor Wike and its pioneer administrator, Mrs Aleruchi Cookegam was relieved of her duty. A statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday and signed by the governor’s spokesman, Sir Opunabo Inko Tariah named Chief Ferdinand Alabraba as chairman of the board of the authority while Messer Florence Amiesimaka, Mr Okas Wike, Barr. Chima Boms, Mr Tonte Davies, Architect Nnamdi Obuzor and Barrister Gloria Akor, are board members.||Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/57051-wike-appoints-ambassador-sole-administrator|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Friday 12th June 2015||NASS Election: "Tambuwal Supported Dogara Because He Is Nursing A Presidential Ambition"||PUNCH has a report which claims that Aminu Tambuwal, former Speaker of the house of representatives and Governor of Sokoto state supported the anti-APC rebellion in the house of representatives because he's nursing a Presidential ambition. A reliable source within the party said Tambuwal will be made to face disciplinary actions for his role in the rebellion. The source claimed that Tambuwal supported Dogara so that he (Tambuwal) could retain his influence over the lower chamber of the National Assembly.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nass-election-tambuwal-supported-dogara-because-hes-nursing-a-presidential-ambition.112997/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Friday 12th June 2015||APC Sends Out Warning To Saraki||Sani Zorro, a member of the House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja told newsmen that the All Progressives Congress, APC will punish Senate President, Bukola Saraki and other members who participated in the National assembly rebellion. He said, ''I can assure you as a colleague and a member of the House of Representatives that we are satisfied by the explanation by the chairman of the party on measures itemised,” Mr. Zorro said. “First to clean up the mess, manage the crisis, de-escalate the tension and achieve early solution to the emerging political brouhaha."||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-sends-out-warning-to-sraraki.112993/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Friday 12th June 2015||NASS Election: "President Buhari Disrespected The Constitution"- PDP||The Peoples Democratic Party,PDP on Thursday said it was disrespectful for President Muhammadu Buhari to fix a meeting with All Progressives Congress, APC lawmakers at the same time with the National assembly inauguration. The PDP made the remark in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; PDP||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nass-election-president-buhari-disrespected-the-constitution-pdp.112992/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Friday 12th June 2015||Bayelsa: Tribunal Commences Hearing On Sylva, Murray Bruce Case||"The Bayelsa State Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday began a pre-trial hearing in the petition filed by Chief Timipre Sylva against the declaration of Mr. Ben Murray Bruce as Senator-elect. THIS DAY reports that Sylva, a former Governor of Bayelsa and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in last National Assembly election for Bayelsa East senatorial district had approached the tribunal to declare the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bruce not qualified to contest the April 8 National Assembly election due to his dual citizenship and the refusal to relinquish such before the election. Sylva also wants the tribunal to declare him valid winner of the National Assembly election. |
|Bayelsa 2015; Tribunal; APC; PDP||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/bayelsa-election-tribunal-commences-hearing-on-sylva-vs-murray-bruce-case.112987/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 12th June 2015||Lagos PDP Still In Quandary||There seems to be no end to the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State. This is because some members of the State Working Committee are determined to scheme the embattled chairman of the party, Captain Tunji Shelle out of power following the allegations of financial mismanagement leveled against him.. Only last week, a meeting was called by the interim State Chairman, Mr Owolabi Kamal Olorunoje, to brief some elders of the party, led by former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Korofowola Bucknor-Akerele, on updates within the party.||Lagos 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/lagos-pdp-still-in-quandary/#sthash.GYYKQDTG.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 12th June 2015||N2 Billion Allegation Baseless, Total Blackmail, Says Ex-Niger SSG||Immediate past Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Saidu Kpaki has described report that the past administration secured N2.9 billon loan and his office received N600 million on the eve of it departure as untrue, baseless and a figment of the imagination of its author. Kpaki in a statement by his media assistant, Musa Bologi said the past administration neither approached any financial institution for loan nor secured any in the last minute as alleged by the present administration.||Niger 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/n2-bn-allegation-baseless-total-blackmail-says-ex-niger-ssg/#sthash.TzbaUuhu.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 12th June 2015||National Assembly Urged To Prioritize The Passage Of PIB||Executive Secretary of the Nigeria National Summit Group, NNSG, Mr Tony Uranta, yesterday, urged the Senate in the just inaugurated 8th Assembly to make passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, one of its first priorities. Mr Uranta, in a statement, called for the quick passage of PIB by the Senate, saying: “The PIB was introduced to the National Assembly since 2007.” Uranta, who is also the Secretary General of United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy, UNDEDSS, added: “It is disheartening that the PIB which sought to establish a legal, fiscal and regulatory framework for the petroleum industry was not given priority passage by the 7th Assembly.||Nigeria 2015; PIB; NNSG||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/national-assembly-urged-to-prioritise-passage-of-pib/#sthash.xFAf8jex.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 12th June 2015||House Of Reps Leadership: Gbajabiamila Accepts Defeat||"Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, the official candidate of the APC who lost to Dogara in the leadership contest also pledged his allegiance to the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. Speaking, yesterday, when he led about 20 supporters of his aspiration to the National Secretariat of the APC in Abuja, Gbajabiamila said they have accepted defeat.|
He also overruled any legal action against the Dogara."
|Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/house-of-reps-leadership-gbajabiamila-accepts-defeat/#sthash.ziQPL025.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 12th June 2015||MKO Abiola: Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ogun Declare June 12th Public Holiday||Four South West states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Osun have declared today, June 12 as a work free day as part of the 22nd year commemoration of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election presumed won by late Chief MKO Abiola. In a statement signed by Habib Aruna, the Chief Press Secretary to governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor said the date marked a watershed in the annals of transparent, free and fair elections in the country.||Nigeria 2015; June 12th||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/mko-abiola-lagos-ogun-osun-oyo-declare-june-12-public-holiday/#sthash.nlYW9O1r.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 12th June 2015||Saraki, Lawan's Men Close Ranks||The dust raised over the National Assembly leadership contests was, yesterday, settling as some antagonists of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara have commenced peace moves with some now eyeing juicy committee positions. The peace moves nonetheless, the two major political parties were unceasing in their own acrimony.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/nass-saraki-lawans-men-close-ranks/#sthash.XzP1TXo3.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 12th June 2015||June 12th: "Abiola's Footprint In Nigeria Is Indelible"- Ashafa||Sen. Gbenga Ashafa has described Late Chief M.K.O. Abiola as a man who will always be remembered in Nigeria and abroad, while emphasizing that his footprints remain indelible in the country’s politics, sports and philanthropy. Ashafa who joined other Nigerians in commemorating the 22nd year of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election which was supposedly won by Abiola took to his twitter to praise the landmarks achieved by the legend.||Nigeria 2015; June 12th||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/june-12-abiolas-footprint-in-nigeria-is-indelible-ashafa/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 12th June 2015||States Defend Laws Giving Generous Pensions To Ex-Governors, Deputies||Some States that passed laws for the payment of pensions to their former governors and their deputies have said they have justification for making the laws. In separate counter-affidavits to a suit filed at the Federal High Court Abuja by 36 non-governmental organisations including Human Development Initiatives and two activists – Ayodeji Kolawole and Tunde Asaju, the states asked the court to dismiss the suit. Lagos, Sokoto, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Kwara states are among the states that have counter-affidavits to oppose the suit. They have also filed preliminary objections seeking a dismissal of the suit.||Nigeria 2015; Pension Laws; Governors||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/states-defend-laws-giving-generous-pensions-to-govs-deputies/211806/|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 12th June 2015||Rivers Lawmakers Approve N10 Billion Loan For Wike||The Rivers State House of Assembly yesterday approved N10billion loan from Zenith Bank for the newly inaugurated administration of Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike to finance some projects in the State. This was as Wike approved the appointment of Nigeria’s Ambassador to Korea, Chief Desmond Akawor, as the administrator of the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority (GPHCDA), with Chief Ferdinand Alabraba as chairman of the Board.||Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/440102/rivers-lawmakers-approve-n10bn-loan-for-wike|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 12th June 2015||"Saraki, Dogara's Experience Will Galvanize Legislative Process"- Hon Kurfi||As controversy continue to trail emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara as leaders of the Eighth National Assembly, the lawmaker representing Dutsinma-Kurfi federal constituency of Katsina State, Hon. Danlami Kurfi has said that they would use their experience from the emergence of Saraki and Dogara, to galvanize legislative process in the country. Kurfi in a statement he issued and made available to journalists in Lagos argued that the new principal officers have what it takes to improve and ease the legislative duties of the lawmakers.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/440107/saraki-dogaras-experience-will-galvanise-legislative-process|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 12th June 2015||"Bukola Did Not Snub Buhari, Other APC Leaders"- Forum||The Abubakar Bukola Saraki Leadership Forum yesterday clarified that the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki did not snubbed President Muhammadu Buhari or the party leadership as being insinuated in some quarters. The group while addressing newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State described the emergence of Saraki as the President of the eighth Senate as a landmark event.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/440131/saraki-did-not-snub-buhari-apc-leaders-forum|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 12th June 2015||June 12th: Akerele Wants Buhari To Honour Abiola||Former political assistant to the late Bashorun MKO Abiola and veteran journalist, Lisa Olu Akerele, has remained unrelenting in his advocacy for the official recognition of the democratic martyrdom of MKO Abiola as the icon of the current democracy and his posthumous declaration as President-elect of Nigeria. In a press statement in Abuja yesterday, Akerele said, “For a man who selflessly martyred himself and whose blood watered the tree of the very democracy that we enjoy today, declaring him president-elect posthumously and recognizing the day that symbolizes his political struggle, will not be too much to assuage his spirit and to give proper repose to the soul of such political icon.”||Nigeria 2015; June 12th||http://leadership.ng/news/440137/june-12-akerele-wants-buhari-to-honour-abiola|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 12th June 2015||Rivers: LG Chairmen, Councillors Protest Planned Dissolution Of Councils||Chairmen and councillors of the 23 local government councils in Rivers State, along with their supporters yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt, the state capital, over the plan by the Rivers State House of Assembly to pass a resolution empowering Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike to dissolve the Local Government Councils. The elected council officials, under the aegis of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALCON), efforts to carry their protest into the Rivers State House of Assembly complex, located along Moscow Road, was resisted by men of the Nigeria Police, led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, who barricaded the main entrance into the complex.||Rivers 2015; LGA||http://leadership.ng/news/440138/rivers-lg-chairmen-councillors-protest-planned-dissolution-of-councils|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 12th June 2015||NASS Power Tussle: APC, Buhari Reach For Peace Accord||The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided to collaborate with President Muhammadu Buhari in finding a peaceful solution to the crisis that rocked the National Assembly over election of its principal officers. The reconciliatory move by the party comes on the heels of the insistence by its loyal members in the National Assembly that the party must take measures to sanction all those involved in thwarting its decision on the choice of leadership of the legislative chambers.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nass-power-tussle-apc-buhari-reach-out-for-peace-accord/211762/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 12th June 2015||INEC To Hold Post-Election Meeting/ Retreat||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled a three-day post election review meeting/retreat for Electoral Officers (EOs), Administrative Secretaries and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs). According to a statement signed by the Director of Commission’s Secretariat, I.A. Gali, the three-day retreat will start with a meeting with Electoral Officers on Monday, June 15, scheduled to hold at NAF Conference Hall, Kado District, Abuja. The meeting/retreat for Administrative Secretaries and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), will hold on June 17 and 18 respectively, at the Le Meridien Hotel, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-to-hold-post-election-review-meeting-retreat/211810/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 12th June 2015||Stakeholders In Borno Warn Against Imposition Of Senatorial Candidate||As the battle for who replaces the deceased Senator representing Borno Central, Ahmed Zannah hot up, stakeholders in the area Thursday warned leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno State to desist from imposing a candidate. The warning was issued in a communique after a well attended Borno central stakeholder meeting of the party at Barwee Hotel, Maiduguri, which was called to address the rumour that there might not be primary election to determine the new party flag-bearer.||Borno 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/stakeholders-in-borno-warn-against-imposition-of-senatorial-candidate/211811/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 12th June 2015||Abia, Imo, Cross River Houses Of Assembly Appoint Speakers||As the new elected governments settle down for the business of governance across the country, state Houses of Assembly have continued to elect their speakers to complement the executive and judiciary. Yesterday Hon Martins Azubuike, Mr. John-Gaul Lebo and Mr. Acho Ihim were elected speakers in Abia, Cross River and Imo States respectively. Azubuike, representing Isiala Ngwa North State constituency, and member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was elected unopposed as his nomination moved by the member representing Bende North State constituency, Hon Cosmos Ndukwe, shortly after the inauguration of the House, was not challenged.||Nigeria 2015||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/abia-imo-cross-river-elect-speakers/211812/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 12th June 2015||Rivers: Tribunal Grants APC's Application To Inspect Election Materials||Justice Muazu Abdulkadir Pindiga of the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has granted the requests of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its gubernatorial candidate in the April 11, 2015 governorship election in the State, Hon. Dakuku Peterside, to inspect election materials used for the election. The APC and its candidate had through their counsel, Chief Akinlolu Olujinmi (SAN), sought the leave of the court to order the inspection of electoral materials used for the governorship election in the State.||Rivers 2015; Tribunal; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rivers-tribunal-grants-apc-s-application-to-inspect-election-materials/211813/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 12th June 2015||State Caucuses Lobby Dogara For Positions||Lobby for positions of committee leadership may have been uppermost in the minds of lawmakers who under the auspices of their State caucuses, have taken turns to pay courtesy call on Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. The eighth House of Representatives was sharply polarised at the close of the June 9 election in which Dogara defeated the favourite of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos). Although they openly congratulated him and appealed to him to bring about a united House, it was obvious they all had ulterior purposes as they demanded a private session with him.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/states-caucuses-lobby-dogara-for-positions/211814/|
|ThisDay Live||Friday 12th June 2015||NASS Leadership: PDP Warns APC Against Witch-hunt Of Clerk, Assembly Commission||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday cautioned the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) against attempts to intimidate or harass the Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, and the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) for performing their statutory functions during the inauguration of the National Assembly. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday, said any attempt by the APC to transfer their frustration, which he said was a product of their ineptitude, would amount to witch-hunt and victimisation.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; PDP||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; PDP|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 11th June 2015||Kwara APC Lauds Buhari's Position On Outcome Of NASS Poll||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his statesman-like position on the election of the leadership of the National Assembly. The party also lauded Buhari for his unalloyed respect for the independence of the legislative arm of government. The APC in a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, Wednesday in Ilorin said the emergence of Dr Bukola Saraki as the Senate President “shows that the train of change has fully taken off.”||Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kwara-apc-lauds-buhari-s-position-on-outcome-of-n-assembly-poll/211684/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||Saraki Swears In Lawan, 27 Senators||Members of the Senate Unity Forum loyal to Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan (APC, Yobe) were yesterday sworn in by Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki. The lawmakers were absent on Tuesday when the 8th session of the National Assembly was inaugurated and Saraki was elected. Among the 28 Senators, Saraki administered oath of office and allegiance on were Lawan himself. Others included Oluremi Tinubu (APC Lagos Central) George Akume (APC Benue North West), Barnabas Gemade (APC Benue North East), Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Central), Abdullahi Adamu (APC Nasarawa West). The pro-Lawan senators had for the purpose of taking the oath of office mobilised themselves to the chamber as early as 8:30am waiting for the Senate President, to formally swear them in as Senators.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56943-saraki-swears-in-lawan-27-other-senators|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||LP Warns APC Not To Challenge Saraki, Dogara's Victory||The Labour Party has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) to desist from threatening to go to court to challenge the National Asesembly members’ election of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. The National Secretary of the Labour Party, Kayode Ajulo, said the APC action would be “non-suit”, noting that the party lacks locus standi to institute any action from the fallout of the election.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; LP||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56928-lp-warns-apc-not-to-challenge-saraki-dogara-s-victory|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||Masari To Probe Shema's Administration If Necessary||Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari will probe the immediate past administration of Ibrahim Shema if he is not satisfied with the contents of the handover notes made available to him. The Governor, in a statement by his media aide, Abdu Labaran, said people of the state had the right to know how funds allocated were appropriated. He said Governor Masari will always seek the peoples’ input on the running of the State, adding that, “government has no deliberate plan to probe, but will do so if we are not fully satisfied with the explanations we are given”.||Katsina 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56913-masari-to-probe-shema-s-administration-if|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||Fuel Crisis: NLC Urges Buhari To Declare Emergency||The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency in the oil sector to ensure adequate fuel supply at the appropriate price. The nation has been hit by acute fuel shortage in the past couple of months with prices reportedly reaching 500 per litre in Lagos at the height of the crisis two weeks ago. Acting president of the NLC Comrade Kiri Mohammed made the call for the emergency declaration yesterday in Abuja where he reiterated congress’ rejection of the removal of subsidy, rather than tackling the corruption in the system.||Nigeria 2015; NLC; Buhari||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56907-fuel-crisis-nlc-urges-buhari-to-declare-emergency|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||Bulkachuwa Warns Election Tribunal Secretaries||The President Court of Appeal (PCA) Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa has warned the secretariat personnel in the Election Petition Tribunal matters not succumb to any form of political pressure or allow themselves to be used as tools to truncate due process. She said this during a two-day orientation training for staff of the 2015 Election Petition Tribunals organized by the Court of Appeal in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) support to Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) which took place at the Court’s Headquarters in Abuja.||Nigeria 2015; Judiciary||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56906-bulkachuwa-warns-election-tribunal-secretaries|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Thursday 11th June 2015||Saraki: "APC Is Facing The Consequences Of Greed"- PDP||The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has said that the failure of the All Progressives Congress, APC to accept the emergence of Bukola Saraki as senate President shows that the party is not ready for leadership. A statement issued by Olisah Metuh on behalf of the PDP on Wednesday read, ''The crass inexperience so far displayed by the APC is a pointer that it is not adequately equipped to handle the affairs of government at the center. Nothing can be more astonishing than the whining by the APC that the PDP at the last minute expressed its preference for Saraki and Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively, after it had earlier stated that it was not interested in the positions."||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; PDP||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/saraki-apc-is-facing-the-consequences-of-greed-pdp.112933/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||2019: Civil Societies Want Credible Elections||The Alliance for Credible Elections, a civil society organization in conjunction with the MacArthur foundation yesterday presented “The 2015 General Elections Post-Election Poll Report” in Abuja. Executive Director, Centre for Information Technology and Development, Yunusa Zakari Ya’u who was the chairman of the occasion said the essence was to address public perceptions about the conducts of the election. He noted that the perception of the public was very critical in terms of analyzing the conducts of the elections.||Nigeria 2019; ACE||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56903-2019-civil-societies-want-credible-elections|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Thursday 11th June 2015||"Why President Buhari Didn't Show Up For Meeting With Lawmakers"- Lai Mohammed||"Lai Mohammed on Wednesday explained why President Buhammadu Buhari did not show up for his meeting with lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Speaking on CHANNELS TV, Mohammed said, ''The meeting did not hold for two reasons. One, those members of the party that were bent on disobeying the party directives did not trun up and while the President was preparing to come to attend the meeting with all other faithful, loyal members of the party, he was informed they had already started voting in the upper chambers and at that point in time there was no point for him to come to join the meeting. That is why we now asked our members to go back to the National assembly while we went to the Presidency."||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/why-president-buhari-didnt-show-up-for-meeting-with-apc-lawmakers-lai-mohammed.112936/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Thursday 11th June 2015||28 Senators Storm Out Of Proceedings, Threaten Legal Action||Twenty-eight Senators under the aegis of Senate Unity Forum, led by Barnabas Gemade, a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Wednesday walked out of senate proceedings and threatened to take legal action against Bukola Saraki. PUNCH reports that the group staged the walk out after Saraki had administered oath of office and allegiance on 28 All Progressives Congress lawmakers, who were absent at the inauguration of the Eighth Senate. Senator Gemade and Marafa then raised a point of order demanding full integration of the SUF members who were absent from the formal inauguration on Tuesday.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/28-senators-storm-out-of-proceedings-threaten-legal-action-against-saraki.112939/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Thursday 11th June 2015||Saraki Vows Not To Return To PDP||Nigeria's senate president Dr. Bukola Saraki has said he won't be returning back to the Peoples' Democratic Party, The Cable reports. Describing insinuations that he would return to PDP as “absurd and laughable”, he said: “It is just cheap blackmail by political adversaries who want to call a dog a bad name in order to hang it. And those making such desperate allegations should remember that I willingly left the PDP on matters of principles when the party was in power.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/saraki-vows-not-to-return-back-to-pdp.112929/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||"Don't Drag My Name In The Mud Over Enugu APC's N400 Million Campaign Fund"- Ex-CP||Retired Police Commissioner, Mr. Titus Okoro, who was chairman, Security Committee of Enugu chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the last general elections, yesterday, warned against being used as a sacrificial lamb in the scandal over alleged misappropriation of N400 million sent from the party’s national headquarters to the State for campaign. At a press conference in Enugu, Okoro shed light on what he actually received during the period he served as the chairman of the Security Committee of the party during the last general elections. He denied receiving the sum of N25 million of the controversial N400 million campaign fund for security, adding that he merely got a paltry sum of N30,000 as transport fare.||Enugu 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/dont-drag-my-name-in-the-mud-over-apc-n400m-campaign-fund-ex-cp/#sthash.RaHAFMXd.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||8th NASS: "APC Not Ready For Governance"- SEPA||A socio-political group, South East Progressives Assembly, SEPA, has berated the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, describing the party as an association of strange bedfellows and wounded political foes who clearly lacked coherence and ideology to effect the much desired change they promised in Nigeria. In a statement by its President, Ebere Uzoukwa and made available to Vanguard, the group stated that a situation where APC could not get members together and leverage on its majority in the Senate with 10 members above the PDP to produce both the Senate President and his Deputy, clearly exposed the party’s lack of coordination, greed and disunity.||Nigeria 2015; SEPA; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/8th-nass-apc-not-ready-for-governance-sepa/#sthash.QmRR2E4D.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||Declare Emergency In Education Sector, Crescent Varsity VC Tells Buhari||The vice-chancellor of the Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Prof. Ibraheem Gbajabiamila has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a national emergency in the nation’s education sector, in order to correct the challenges confronting the sector in the country. Prof. Gbajabiamila said this yesterday in Abeokuta while briefing newsmen about the activities marking the 10th year anniversary of the institution. The Vice-Chancellor who claimed that due to inconsistent policies and failure to meet international standard in funding,the country had not recorded significant progress in the education sector in the past 50 years.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/declare-emergency-in-education-sector-crescent-varsity-vc-tells-buhari/#sthash.lHnOcQOB.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||Wike Vows To Tackle Problem Of Multiple Taxation In Rivers||Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has promised to tackle the problem of multiple taxations in the State. The Governor, yesterday, when members of the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mines and Agriculture, PHACCIMA; Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN and the Petroleum Technical Association of Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt, said his government will continue to create the needed atmosphere for businesses to thrive in the State.||Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/wike-vows-to-tackle-problem-of-multiple-taxations-in-rivers/#sthash.uZq6jbHG.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||Create Space For Youths In Government, Arewa Group Tells Buhari||A group, Arewa Youth Awareness Initiative Forum, AYAIF, out to empower Nigerian youths, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to create space for youth in his administration. AYAIF’s founder, Babangida Ruma, explained in a press statement that youth-led civil societies if engaged by the government would help build youth’s capacity for the nation’s benefit.||Nigeria 2015; AYAIF; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/create-space-for-youths-in-govt-arewa-youths-tell-buhari/#sthash.pO3m2dgO.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||Senator Tinubu Rejects Saraki's Handshake||The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Wednesday, administered the oath of office and allegiance on his closed rival in the contest for the Senate President for the 8th Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan and 27 other Senators that missed their oath taking on Tuesday. But the oath-taking and allegiance witnessed a mild drama as Senator Oluremi Tinubu Representing Lagos Central on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, held back her hands when the Senate President in line with the tradition after administering the oath stretched out his hands to shake her.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/senator-tinubu-rejects-sarakis-handshake/#sthash.r15SXJFl.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 11th June 2015||El-rufai Begs Kaduna Lawmakers To Cut Down Salaries, Allowances||Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i, has begged members of the House of Assembly to review their salaries and allowances downward in order to generate more revenue for the development of the State. “The Deputy Governor and I have signalled our intention in this regard by announcing that we are taking a pay cut of 50 per cent of our salary and allowances until the fiscal situation of the state improves,” El-Rufa’i said, yesterday, when he paid a visit to the House of Assembly. “We appeal to all political office holders to embrace this example and attitude of sacrifice,” he said, adding that after paying salaries of civil servants, government was left with only 20 per cent of its revenue.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/el-rufai-begs-kaduna-lawmakers-to-cut-salaries-allowances/#sthash.2tyNqVVq.dpuf|
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 11th June 2015||Marwa, Supporters Defect To APC||Former military administrator of Lagos State, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) along with his supporters a week after he resigned from his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Marwa made this known in a statement made available to journalists yesterday in Yola through his media aide, Mallam Bello Zubairu.||Adamawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/439870/marwa-supporters-defect-to-apc|
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 11th June 2015||N19.2 Billion Fraud: Court Dismisses Suit Against Ex-Governor Sylva||Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a suit brought against ex-Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva, by the Economic and Finanacial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N19.2 billion fraud. The EFCC had joined Sylva, Francis Okokuro, Gbenga Balogun, Samuel Ogbuku, Marlyn Maritime Ltd, Eat Catering Services Ltd and Haloween Blue Construction and Logistics Ltd as co-accused in the suit. In his ruling on the motion to set aside the charges, the trial judge dismissed the suit on the ground that the prosecution breached court process in its case against Sylva and the co-accused.||Bayelsa 2015; Judiciary; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/439873/n19-2bn-fraud-court-dismisses-suit-against-ex-gov-sylva|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 10th June 2015||PDP Congratulates Saraki, Ekweremadu, Dogara, Lasun||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated newly elected Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, as well as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, noting that their elections underscore the fact that no section of the country should be neglected on national issues. PDP national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday, described the development in both chambers of the National Assembly as “victory for democracy and triumph of the time-honored value of the PDP that every zone and segment of the country must at all times be given a sense of belonging in governance.”||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; PDP||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56803-pdp-congratulates-saraki-dogara-ekweremadu|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 10th June 2015||"Emergence Of Saraki, Dogara Unacceptable"- APC||"The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the election of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively is totally unacceptable and the highest level of indiscipline and treachery.|
“Senator Bukola and Hon. Dogara are not the candidates of the APC and a majority of its National Assembly members-elect for the positions of Senate President and House Speaker,” National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed said in statement yesterday.
He said the party had met and conducted a straw poll and clear candidates emerged for the posts of Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, supported by a majority of all Senators-elect and members-elect of the House of Representatives. "
|Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56802-apc-emergence-of-saraki-dogara-unacceptable|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 10th June 2015||"Nigeria Is Nobody's Private Estate"- Fayose Congratulates Saraki, Dogara||Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has congratulated the new leadership of the National assembly. Fayose hailed the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara as the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively, describing the election as a confirmation that Nigeria cannot be owned by any individual.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; PDP||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-is-nobody%E2%80%99s-private-estate-%E2%80%93fayose-congratulates-saraki-dogara.112884/|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 10th June 2015||APC Lagos Wants Party To Punish Saraki, Dogara For Anti-Party Activities||"The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC has called on the National leadership of the party to punish Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for anti-party activities. PUNCH reports that the chapter made the call in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe. |
|Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-lagos-wants-party-to-punish-saraki-dogara-for-anti-party-activities.112889/|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 10th June 2015||Chairman Of Goodluck Support Group Remanded In Prison For Alleged Blackmail||"A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday ordered that the Chairman of the Goodluck Support Group, Aminu Abubakar and one Okechukwu Geoffrey be remanded in prison custody over allegation of blackmail. The accused persons were docked on a 3-count charge bordering on extortion and conspiracy to extort, slammed against them by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges when read to them and the prosecution counsel, George Lawal, prayed the court for date to commence trial in the matter.|
|Nigeria 2015; GSG; Judiciary||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/chairman-of-goodluck-support-group-remanded-in-prison-for-alleged-blackmail.112896/|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 10th June 2015||"Why Buhari Should Not Recognize Saraki"- Professor Sagay||Prof. Itse Sagay, a constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria has said that Muhammadu Buhari should not recognize the newly sworn in Senate President, Bukola Saraki. PUNCH reports that Sagay made the comment during a telephone interview. He said, ''In my view, it is not only an act of gross impunity which Senator Saraki has brought from the PDP but he has now demonstrated it in the Senate. It is an illegal act because there is no way a Senate can be formally inaugurated without all the members being present – provided they want to be present."||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; Sagay||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/prof-sagay-why-buhari-should-not-recognise-saraki.112898/|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 10th June 2015||Unpaid Salaries: Aregbesola Sympathizes With Workers||Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday described as very painful the inability of some States to pay workers’ salaries. Aregbesola said this in Osogbo when a non-governmental organisation, Osun Action Strategy Development Group, paid him a courtesy visit. He stated that it is disheartening for people to work and such work fails to translate into wages, saying it is a harrowing experience for both workers and government.||Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/439594/unpaid-salaries-aregbesola-sympathises-with-workers|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 10th June 2015||"I Inherited N40.5 Billion Debt"- Governor Bindow||Governor of Adamawa State Muhammadu Jibrilla Bindowo has said that his administration inherited a debt profile of N40.5 billion from the administration of former Governor, Bala James Ngilari. Bindow made the disclosure when APC chairmen from the 21 Local Governments of the State paid him a commiseration visit over the recent bomb blast in the State.||Adamawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/439593/i-inherited-n40-5bn-debt-gov-bindow|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 10th June 2015||Niger: Expose Corruption In My Government, Governor Bello Tells Assembly||The Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has urged the State House of Assembly to expose any form of corruption in the State. This is even as the House elected Hon. Marafa Ahmed as the new Speaker of the Assembly. The Governor who was represented at the inauguration of the 8th session of the House of Assembly by the Deputy Governor, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, said one of the main functions of the legislature was to appropriate funds and also embark on oversight functions.||Niger 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/439598/expose-corruption-in-my-govt-bello-tells-assembly|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 10th June 2015||Recover N4 Trillion From Oil Firms, NEITI Tells Buhari||"Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), yesterday, indicted oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria of defrauding the country to the tune of $19.1 billion, about N3.82 trillion, over the last couple of months, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the recovery of the money from the companies. NEITI, in a statement in Abuja, disclosed that the amount represents clear cases of underpayments, under-assessments of taxes, royalties, rents, among others, revealed in its several independent audit reports which have not been adequately addressed in the past.|
|Nigeria 2015; NEITI; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/recover-n4trn-from-oil-firms-neiti-tells-buhari/#sthash.xZNEWtgg.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 10th June 2015||Governor Ayade Disbands Cross River Anti-Deforestation Task Force||Cross River State Governor, Senator (Prof) Ben Ayade, has disbanded the Anti- Deforestation Task Force, ATF, of the Cross River State Forestry Commission and directed immediate prosecution of all offenders. Timber merchants had accused officials of the ATF of sleazy activities during the tenure of the ex- Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, but he did not take action against the task force, which operated as if it was above the law. The Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Barr. Tina Agbor, in a statement, said the governor, who was visibly angry, wants the state’s Forestry Commission and the Task Force “to explain to the people of the State how the forest left in their care was so rapidly depleted.”||Cross River 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/gov-ayade-disbands-c-river-anti-deforestation-task-force/#sthash.dhg0dogV.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 10th June 2015||Otti Tasks Members-Elect To Work Hard For Their People||Abia State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the 2015 general elections, Dr. Alex Otti, has charged members of the party elected into the state House of Assembly to make a difference in the House through quality and effective representation of their people. Otti at a two-day retreat organised by APGA for the legislators-elect, charged Assembly members to focus on “legislations that will enhance the quality of lives of the people and overall development of the State.”||Abia 2015; APGA||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/otti-tasks-members-elect-to-work-hard-for-their-people/#sthash.hWmyhXss.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 10th June 2015||Isiaka Asks Ogun PDP Lawmakers To Block Anti-People Bills||"The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Ogun State, Gboyega Isiaka, has urged the nine legislators who were elected on the party’s platform not to entertain bills that seek to promote selfish agenda. Isiaka, who spoke in the presence of the party Chairman in the State, Adebayo Dayo, maintained that bills considered as anti-people and aimed at promoting personal interests must be blocked. He spoke at the PDP State secretariat in Abeokuta while hosting the nine members of the State House of Assembly.|
|Ogun 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/isiaka-asks-ogun-pdp-lawmakers-to-block-anti-people-bills/#sthash.l9nv5562.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 10th June 2015||Governor Lalong Tasks Journalists On Professionalism||Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has tasked journalists in the State to demonstrate professionalism in carrying out their responsibilities, especially while reporting crises situations, so as not to create chaos. Lalong said though he is an advocate of free flow of information for journalists to have access to credible information, they should contribute meaningfully and create an informed public who would contribute to nation -building and development.||Plateau 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/lalong-tasks-journalists-on-professionalism/#sthash.Tea4Xdzy.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 10th June 2015||APC, PDP Men Emerge Nasarawa Assembly Speaker, Deputy||The new members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly have unanimously elected Mr Ibrahim Balarabe (APC – Umaisha/Ugya) and Mr. Godiya Akwashiki (PDP-Nassarawa Eggon West) as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the State’s 5th Assembly respectively. The election of the two officers was unopposed. It commenced with a motion for nomination of Balarabe as the Speaker of the State’s 5th Assembly by Alhaji Abubakar Imam (APC-Lafia Central).||Nasarawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/apc-pdp-men-emerge-nasarawa-assemblys-speaker-deputy/#sthash.7gisweNF.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 10th June 2015||El-Rufai Slashes Number Of Kaduna Commissioners||Harping on the need to reduce the cost of governance, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i, yesterday announced the reduction in the number of Commissioners in the State from 23 to 13. According to a statement by El-Rufa’i’s Media Assistant, Samuel Aruwan, the Governor will also place limits on the number of Aides that the Commissioners can have.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/el-rufai-slashes-number-of-kaduna-commissioners/#sthash.ErSB5UY7.dpuf|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 10th June 2015||"Rumours Of Buhari Engaging Senegalese Spiritualists To Cleanse Villa Baseless"- Presidency||The Presidency Tuesday described as unfounded and baseless, the rumour making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari refused to move into the Presidential Villa because of purported advice from Senegalese spiritualists. In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the Presidency expressed “utter embarrassment at such suggestion.” It said Buhari as a practicing Muslim, believes his fate belongs to God.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidency-rumours-of-engaging-senegalese-spiritualists-to-cleanse-villa-baseless/211631/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 10th June 2015||NASS Leadership: IPAC Cautions APC To Tread With Care||Following the emergence of the new National Assembly leadership, the National Chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Commission (IPAC), Tanko Yanusa, has cautioned the APC to tread softly with the new leadership of the National Assembly so as not to recreate the kind of acrimonious relationship that existed during the last administration. Yanusa, who spoke with THISDAY shortly after the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to find a way of keeping himself out of the conflict.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/n-assembly-leadership-ipac-cautions-apc-to-tread-with-care/211635/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 10th June 2015||How G5 Governors, Atiku Stopped Lawan||Details have emerged on how former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and the five Governors who in late 2013 defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) worked against the emergence of Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate President. THISDAY gathered that Atiku and the five Governors were uncomfortable with the rising touted political wizadry of APC national leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and decided to “cut him to size.” Two of the former Governors - Rabi’u Musa Kwakwanso and Aliyu Wammako (Kano and Sokoto States) were recently elected into the Senate. Kwara State Governor, Ahmed Abdulfatah, is the political protégé of the new Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/how-g-5-govs-atiku-stopped-lawan/211636/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 10th June 2015||G7 Expresses Support For Buhari||The Group of 7 (G7) industrialised nations have resolved to support President Muhammadu Buhari. The group said it acknowledged the manner of Buhari's emergence as President, as well as the monumental challenges confronting his government, especially in its efforts at combating the Islamist terrorists group, Boko Haram. In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, his aide said: “At the end of the presentation Buhari made on Monday at the G7 summit, the G7 leaders informed him that they recognised the president’s massive amount of confidence and expectations behind his government."||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 10th June 2015||We'll Chart A New Course For APGA, Says New Party Chairman||The newly-elected National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Victor Ike Oye, Tuesday said the new leadership was poised to chart a new direction for the party. Speaking with journalists at Umuahia the new party leader explained that he would steer APGA away from leadership crisis that had rocked the party over a long period of time and reposition if to grow in strength.||Nigeria 2015; APGA||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/we-ll-chart-new-course-for-apga-says-new-party-chairman/211642/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 10th June 2015||"NASS Victory Shows Politics Is About Negotiation Not War"- Orji||Senator Theodore Orji (PDP-Abia) has ascribed the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as the President of the Senate as a proof that politics is all about negotiation and not war. Orji, who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday after the adjournment of the first session of the eighth Senate, said with negotiation, things work out better. He expressed confidence that the new senate president would stabilise the upper chamber of the National Assembly just like former Senate President David Mark did.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/orji-victory-shows-politics-is-about-negotiation-not-war/211643/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 10th June 2015||Jubilation In Ilorin Over Saraki's Victory||The ancient city of Ilorin, Kwara State capital, yesterday witnessed a joyful mood following the news that the former governor of the state and senator representing Kwara central senatorial district at the national assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki, was elected unopposed as the new Senate President of the eight National Assembly. The people of the ancient town, spreading across such areas as Oja Oba, Aloore, Idi Ape, Kuntu, Offa Garage, Tanke, Challenge and Unity road trooped out to celebrate their kinsman. Also included in the jubilation are students of tertiary institutions in the State, workers, artisans among others.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jubilation-in-ilorin-over-saraki-s-victory/211644/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 10th June 2015||Bayelsa: INEC Upturns APGA's Victory , Declares Rescheduled Assembly Poll Inconclusive||Forty-eight hours after the presiding officer of the rescheduled House of Assembly poll in Bayelsa State gave victory to the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Brass Constituency II election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday upturned the verdict. The presiding officer, Perekemor Bathola, had declared the APGA candidate, Alfred Belemote Watson the winner of the election which took place last Saturday. But INEC in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Timidi Wariowei, said the poll was inconclusive.||Bayelsa 2015; INEC; APGA||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bayelsa-inec-upturns-apga-s-victory-declares-rescheduled-assembly-poll-inconclusive/211646/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 10th June 2015||"My Former Deputy Lied Against Me"- Amaechi||The Immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has debunked claims by Tele Ikuru, his DSeputy while he was Governor, that he (Ikuru) returned billions of naira to him (Amaechi) and the State government. Ikuru had at a thanksgiving service at the weekend said he returned over N2 billion cash to Amaechi and additionally saved the Amaechi administration not less than N100billion.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/amaechi-my-former-deputy-lied-against-me/211647/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 10th June 2015||Jega To Retire With Seven National Commissioners, 16 RECs||Indications have emerged on Tuesday that Professor Attahiru Jega would retire alongside seven National Commissioners and 16 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) by the end of the month. INEC’s REC in Lagos, Akin Orebiyi, dropped the hint yesterday in Lagos during the opening session of a two-day stakeholders’ review meeting on the role of media in the 2015 elections, organised by the UNDP – Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) Project II. Orebiyi, who said the Commission could not fulfill some of its promises to the electorate, expressed hope of a better electoral process ahead of the 2019 elections.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-to-retire-with-seven-national-commissioners-16-recs/211649/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 10th June 2015||"With Saraki's Emergence, Tinubu Is Five Minutes Away From Political Sunset"- Bode George||Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has hailed the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President. George, who spoke in London, said Saraki’s emergence is an indication that the former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, “is five minutes to his political sunset”. To the PDP chieftain, Saraki’s election and that of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, “has proved that national politics is better than zonal politics.”||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bode-george-with-saraki-s-emergence-tinubu-is-five-minutes-to-his-political-sunset/211648/|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 9th June 2015||Stop Admitting PDP Defectors, APC Chieftain Urges Party Leaders||A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Princess Imikan Attah has implored leaders of the party to beware of those defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the ruling party. Princess Attah, while urging the APC leadership to stop admitting PDP members embarking on the current wave of defections to the party, said the best solution is to close shop on defectors for now.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/439378/stop-admitting-pdp-defectors-apc-chieftain-urges-party-leaders|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 9th June 2015||Ebonyi, Kwara, Others Elect New Speakers||Twenty-four members of the fifth assembly of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly on Monday elected the member representing Izzi West, Hon. Francis Nwifuru and the member representing Onicha East, Hon. Odefa Obasi Odefa, as the new Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively. The motion for the election of the Speaker was moved by Odefa and seconded by Joseph Nwobashi (Ezza North East) while the election of the Deputy Speaker was moved by Chike Oguji (Ikwo South) and seconded by Frank Onwe (Ohaukwu North).||Nigeria 2015||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ebonyi-kwara-elect-new-speakers-other-officers/211458/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 9th June 2015||Rivers Assembly Declares LG Poll Illegal||The Rivers state House of Assembly has paved the way for the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, to dissolve the Local Government Councils reconstituted by the former Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, six days to the end of his tenure. The Assembly, in its sitting on Monday, declared the May 23 council elections in the State illegal and passed a resolution directing the State Governor to dissolve the State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC). The Assembly also directed the governor to sack the State Judicial Service Commission (RSJSC) for its role in the protracted crisis in the State judiciary.||Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rivers-assembly-declares-local-govt-poll-illegal/211483/|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 9th June 2015||More Trouble For APC As Okorocha Submits 3 Names For The Post Of SGF||A fresh crisis is brewing in the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has submitted the name of his in-law, Prof. Anthony Anwuka and two others to President Muhammadu Buhari for the post of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). Okorocha, as the leader of APC in the South-east, is saddled with the responsibility of submitting the list of the SGF nominees to Buhari to make a choice. The other names on the list are Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and Senator Chris Ngige. According to sources in the APC, Okorocha’s preference is Prof Anwuka for the post and only included Onu and Ngige on the list to fulfill all righteousness.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/more-trouble-for-apc-as-okorocha-submits-three-names-for-post-of-sgf/211544/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 9th June 2015||"PDP Can't Nullify Rivers LG Polls"- APC Chieftain||A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Kelechi Ubani, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by Governor Nyesom Wike cannot dissolve or nullify the May Local Government elections in the State. Ubani, while affirming the legality of the council polls, which were described by the PDP as a sham, said that Governor Wike and his party that boycotted the elections do not have any legal ground to dissolve the already constituted chairmen in the 23 councils of the State.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/pdp-cant-nullify-rivers-lg-polls-apc-chieftain/#sthash.cVdAtBZY.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 9th June 2015||Speakership: Court Refuses To Disqualify Gbajabiamila Over US Indictment||"Legal move to disqualify Femi Gbajabiamila from emerging as Speaker of the House of Representatives failed before Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday.|
In a chamber ruling, Justice Abdul Kafarat, instead of restraining the House of Representatives from accepting the nomination of Gbajabiamila as an aspirant for the office of the Speaker, directed the plaintiff to go and put the defendant on notice. Justice Kafarati ordered the service of all the relevant court processes on Gbajabiamila to enable him appear in court on June 18 to show cause why he should not be disqualified from holding the speakership position, following his alleged conviction by the Supreme Court of Georgia in 2007."
|Nigeria 2015; Speakership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/speakership-court-declines-to-disqualify-gbajabiamila-over-us-indictment-2/#sthash.OdGxDiK8.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 9th June 2015||Pay Attention To Sports Development, NANS Tells Buhari||"Nigerian youth have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to pay special interest to the development of sports in the country.|
The youths, under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, said the government should focus on higher institutions for talents to be harnessed for the desired results in the nation’s sports.
The body noted that school sports were gradually dying in the country due to laxity on the part of the school authorities orchestrated by the Federal Ministry of Education."
|Nigeria 2015; NANS; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/pay-attention-to-sports-development-nans-tells-buhari/#sthash.ZvzbhV28.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 9th June 2015||I Left Office Broke, Says Former Rivers Deputy Governor||"Former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Engr Tele Ikuru, has said that he left office broke as he did not get any parting gift from his boss, former Governor Rotimi Amaechi, before they bowed out on May 29 this year. Former Deputy governor Rivers State, Tele |
Ikuru, who spoke in Andoni Local Government Area of the State, during a church service to thank God for his tenure, recalled that he served as Deputy Governor under former Governor Amaechi for seven years and seven months, adding that he also did five months under deposed Governor Celestine Omehia.
Continuing, he said former Governor Amaechi did not think he deserved a parting gift at the end of their tenure."
|Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/i-left-office-broke-says-former-rivers-deputy-gov/#sthash.0Ojntp6R.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 9th June 2015||NDLEA Vs Kashamu: Court Quashes Agency's Warrant Of Arrest, Extradition Process||A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, quashed the extradition proceedings and arrest warrant procured by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, against Senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District, Prince Buruji Kashamu. Trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, in his ruling on an application argued by Kashamu’s lawyer, Chief Alex Izinyon, SAN, quashed the extradition proceedings and arrest warrant issued by another judge of the Federal High Court.||Nigeria 2015; NDLEA; Kashamu||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/ndlea-vs-kashamu-court-quashes-agencys-warrant-of-arrest-extradition-process/#sthash.nA6U8gu8.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 9th June 2015||Aregbesola Dares SDP To Publish His Assets||Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has dared the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the state to go ahead and make public his assets. The party had said that the Governor should declare his assets publicly without delay or it will be forced to publish what it knows about his alleged massive wealth. SDP described Aregbesola’s defence on how he spent several billions of the State funds as a mere rhetoric, laughable and inconsistent going by the facts in its possession.||Osun 2015; Social Democratic Party (SDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/aregbesola-dares-sdp-to-publish-his-assets/#sthash.EDFKfQkt.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 9th June 2015||NASS Leadership: PDP Adopts Dogara, Saraki||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it has adopted Senator Bukola Saraki for the position of Senate President in the National Assembly leadership election to be held today. In the same vein, the PDP said it has adopted Hon. Yakubu Dogara for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. In a statement by National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the party urged its Senators and Members-elect in the House of Representatives to support its candidates.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/breaking-news-nass-leadership-pdp-adopts-saraki-dogara/#sthash.nO0zjPoJ.dpuf|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Tuesday 9th June 2015||NASS Leadership Crisis: Buhari Summons APC Federal Lawmakers For Emergency Meeting||"President Muhammadu Buhari has called for an emergency meeting of all federal lawmakers eleceted on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. THE CABLE reports the meeting will hold this morning at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, starting from 9am, just before the federal lawmakers head for the national assembly complex to elect their leaders. Notice of the meeting was sent by Lai Mohammed, the party’s national publicity secretary, who said “all concerned must endeavour to attend”.|
|Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nass-leadership-crisis-president-buhari-summons-apc-lawmakers-for-emergency-meeting.112830/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Tuesday 9th June 2015||"I Didn't Snub Osinbajo's Truce Meeting"- Saraki||Contrary to media reports, the former Governor of Kwara State and Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial district has issued a statement that he didn't snub a truce meeting called by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, Premium Times reports. Media reports has it that Senator Saraki allegedly said he as a former Governor cannot attend a meeting called by a former Commissioner. But the Senator through his Special Adviser on Media and Advocacy, Bamikole Omisore denied the allegation in strong terms. "We wish to categorically State that up to this very point 10:50pm, 8th of June 2015, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki is yet to receive any official invitation from His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria or through any other source for any meeting; political, social or otherwise."||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/i-didnt-snub-osibanjos-truce-meeting-saraki.112826/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 8th June 2015||"I'm Not Lobbying To Stay Back As Amnesty Chairman"- Kuku||Immediate past Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, and Special Adviser on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, has denied claims that he is lobbying to be retained in that post. Kuku said in Abuja, weekend, that he had since completed his assignment and moved on and was not in any way trying to stay back after the end of his tenure, as claimed by a group of ex-agitators in the Niger Delta in some newspapers.||Nigeria 2015; Amnesty Program; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/im-not-lobbying-to-stay-back-as-amnesty-chairman-kuku/#sthash.rRjc50sw.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 8th June 2015||"What I Went Through For Believing We Could Defeat PDP"- Tinubu||National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has noted how he and other party officials were mocked at and derided when they conceived the idea of forcing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from power two years ago. Speaking at the African Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Nigeria, AYEEN 2015 programme in Lagos, weekend, the party leader thus urged youths not to ever give up on their ideas “even if no one believes in you.”||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/what-i-went-through-for-believing-we-could-defeat-pdp-tinubu/#sthash.IOC3E4v1.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 8th June 2015||"I Am Not Available To Serve In Buhari's Government Now"- Soludo||It has been difficult tracking Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo (former Governor of the Central Bank) since his bombshells before the general elections, but finally we tracked him down in his private library at his residence in Abuja on Friday, 5th June, 2015. He seemed unwilling to say much, at least for now. But it was still vintage Soludo, and some of the issues he raised are explosive. He sees hope and opportunities for the new Government, even though he says his current engagements will not allow him to join the government on a full time basis, contrary to wide speculations. He says he can however freely offer advice to the government if needed.||Nigeria 2015; Soludo||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/i-am-not-available-to-serve-in-buharis-govt-now-soludo/#sthash.zjqMAC5t.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 8th June 2015||"Buhari Will Deliver On Campaign Promises"- Kumuyi||The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo will bring about the change they promised Nigerians during their campaigns. Kumuyi, who spoke with journalists at Kaduna Airport weekend after presiding over a revival crusade, said he hinged his optimism on the two men’s past achievements.||Nigeria 2015; Kumuyi; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buharill-deliver-on-campaign-promises-kumuyi/#sthash.oSADBKVL.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 8th June 2015||Presidential Poll: Ijaw Lost To Conspiracy, Betrayal, Says Graham Douglas||Former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Chief Tonye Graham-Douglas, yesterday, said the Ijaw lost the Presidency to the North due to intrigues, conspiracies, betrayals and manipulations. He spoke in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State during the fifth memorial lecture in memory of late educationist and former Commissioner for Transport in Bayelsa State, Chief Nicholas Frank-Opigo.||Bayelsa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/presidential-poll-ijaw-lost-to-conspiracy-betrayal-says-graham-douglas/#sthash.4SFLcats.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 8th June 2015||NASS Leadership: Dogara, Saraki Threaten APC||The All Progressives Congress, APC, was at the weekend teetering towards a major crisis following serious disagreements over the emergence of the new leadership of the National Assembly. The party leadership was, however, last night rallying round to quench the dissent with an appeal for unity, saying the party must not enter tomorrow’s leadership contest as a divided party.||Nigeria 2015; NASS Leadership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/nass-leadership-tussle-dogara-saraki-threaten-apc/#sthash.qEkP3cwz.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 8th June 2015||Speakership: Court Asked To Disqualify Gbajabiamila Over US Indictment||The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court is currently hearing an ex-parte motion seeking to disqualify Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from emerging as the Speaker of the House of Representatives tomorrow. Justice Abdul Kafarati is presiding over the suit which was lodged before the high court by the Registered Trustees of Social Justice and Civil Rights Awareness Initiative.||Nigeria 2015; Speakership; Judiciary||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/breaking-news-speakership-court-asked-to-disqualify-gbajabiamila-over-us-indictment/#sthash.VHeuWJFP.dpuf|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 8th June 2015||PDP Salutes Mark, Ekweremadu, Tambuwal, Others For Successful Stewardship||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the immediate-past Senate President, Senator David Mark and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, for the mature and patriotic manner they conducted the affairs of the last Senate especially in stabilising the upper house, which contributed immensely in deepening the nation’s democracy. In the same vein, the party commended the immediate-past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and his deputy, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha for their efforts in steadying the ship of the last House despite unpredicted daunting challenges.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-salutes-mark-ekweremadu-tambawal-others-for-successful-stewardship/211428/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 8th June 2015||SDP Threatens To Publish Aregbesola's Assets If He Fails To Do So Without Delay||The Social Democratic Party (SDP), Osun State has demanded that the State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola should declare his assets publicly without delay or the party would be forced to publish what it knows about his alleged massive wealth. SDP described Aregbesola’s defence of how he had spent several billions of the State funds as a mere rhetoric, laughable and inconsistent going by the facts in its possession.||Osun 2015; Social Democratic Party (SDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/sdp-threatens-to-publish-aregbesolas-assets-if-/211404/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 8th June 2015||NASS Leadership: NANS Warns Against APC's Overbearing Influence||Following the mock election conducted on Saturday by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pave way for consensus candidates for the leadership of the 8th National Assembly, which has sparked controversy within the party, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has warned the APC to desist from having overbearing influence on the legislative leadership issue. It said it was not a party affair.||Nigeria 2015; NANS; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nass-leadership-nans-warns-apc-against-overbearing-influence/211406/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 8th June 2015||"Last Guber Election In Plateau Was Not The Wish Of The People"- Sango||Former Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Hon. Damishi Sango, has disclosed that the outcome of the last governorship election in Plateau State did not reflect the wish of the people, adding that the election result was only scuttled against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He reassured that the PDP candidate, Senator Gyang Pwajok was a Governor in the waiting. Sango stated this at the weekend in Jos, while commissioning Pwajok’s constituency projects in the five Local Government Councils of Plateau North Senatorial zone of the State.||Plateau 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/sango-last-guber-election-in-plateau-not-the-wish-of-the-people/211426/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 8th June 2015||"Jonathan Is Not A Hero Of Democracy, Conceding Defeat Is Inevitable"- Sylva||Former Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, has again reiterated that the decision by former President Goodluck Jonathan to concede defeat was inevitable. Sylva stated that the former President should not be accorded the status of hero of democracy, because it would have been suicidal for him not to concede defeat. The former Governor who spoke with journalists during a stopover in Yenagoa ahead of Sunday’s rescheduled House of Assembly elections in his community, Okpoama and Otuokpoti, said the decision by Jonathan to concede defeat should not be considered an achievement but an inevitable act from a defeated President.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/sylva-jonathan-s-not-a-hero-of-democracy-conceding-defeat-was-inevitable/211429/|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 8th June 2015||Speakership Race: Gbajabiamila Satisfied With PDP, Other Parties' Response||"The All Progressives Congress (APC) consensus candidate for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has appreciated the response he got from legislators of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties to whom he has reached out seeking their backing. Gbajabiamila emerged the sole candidate of the APC with journalists after a mock election adjudged as contrived by his closest rival, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who led 15 others to walk out of the venue of the exercise."||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/speakership-race-gbajabiamila-satisfied-with-pdp-other-parties-response/211431/|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 8th June 2015||"I Survived Impeachment By Divine Intervention"- Fayose||Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, yesterday said he was able to survive the political crisis that rocked the state in the last few months by divine intervention. The Governor said he had to seek the face of God in prayers to intervene when the situation became unbearable for him. He spoke yesterday at the Deeper Life Campground, Ado Ekiti, during a thanksgiving service to mark his victory and the inauguration of the new members of the State House of Assembly.||Ekiti 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/439220/i-survived-impeachment-by-divine-intervention-gov-fayose|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 8th June 2015||"I Didn't Steal A Dime From Adamawa"- Nyako||Former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako has reiterated his innocence over allegations of money laundering leveled against him noting that he did not steal a dime from the purse of the state while his tenure lasted. Nyako who made the revelation during a session with journalists shortly after his arrival in the State following his self exile, noted that he used the resources of the state judiciously, frugally and prudently adding that the feat led to serious developmental strides in the State.||Adamawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/439219/i-didnt-steal-a-dime-from-adamawa-nyako|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 8th June 2015||Insurgency: "Buhari's Regional Tour Exposes APC's Hypocrisy"- PDP||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of double standard and insincerity as the party that once chastised immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan for seeking regional cooperation to finding solution to the challenge of insurgency is now hailing president Muhammadu Buhari for towing the same line. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement yesterday said in the days ahead, Nigerians should expect further unmasking of APC’s double standard and blackmail upon which they rode to power.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/439218/insurgency-buharis-regional-tour-exposes-apcs-hypocrisy-pdp|
|Leadership News Online||Monday 8th June 2015||2015 Elections: PPA Sacks Ekiti, Niger, Sokoto, Plateau Excos||The Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA has dissolved its executive committees in Niger, Ekiti, Plateau and Sokoto States over alleged incompetence and failure to field candidates, promote and sell its manifesto during last general elections. The National Working Committee the party said its Niger State chapter was dissolved “after series of investigations which indicted the members for alleged gross misconduct, contrary to the party’s Article 12(2) a, b, c, d and refusal to appear before its disciplinary committee.” The NWC also accused the sacked executives of “causing disaffection within the party and unruly behaviour to the leadership of the PPA.||Nigeria 2015; PPA||http://leadership.ng/news/politics/439255/2015-elections-ppa-sacks-niger-ekiti-sokoto-plateau-excos|
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 7th June 2015||Ashiru, Baba Ahmed, Shekarau Battle For Kaduna Ministerial Slot||The battle for the ministerial slot among top members of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Kaduna State has begun in earnest, LEADERSHIP Sunday can reveal. The battle is sequel to indication that President Muhammadu Buhari is likely to allot one ministerial slot to the State. LEADERSHIP Sunday learnt that the battle-line has been drawn among the trio of Hon Isa Ashiru, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed and Dr Ishaku Shekarau.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/439030/ashiru-baba-ahmed-shekarau-battle-for-kaduna-ministerial-slot|
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 7th June 2015||Group Rates Governor Dickson High, Want Him For Second Term||A group, Grassroots Restoration Movement, at the weekend rated high Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson, on proper fiscal policy and infrastructural development in the existing eight local government councils of the State and asked him to seek a second term as the Governor of the State. The President of the group, Chief Thompson Amule, while speaking in Yenagoa yesterday during a media interactive session, said it respectfully call on Governor Dickson to contest the 2015/2016 governorship election in the State.||Bayelsa 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/439036/group-rates-gov-dickson-high-wants-him-for-second-term|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 6th June 2015||"My Administration Is Open To Constructive Criticism"- Niger Governor||The Niger State Governor, Alh Abubakar Sani Bello, has stated that his administration is open to constructive criticisms but not criticisms aimed at settling personal scores. Governor Bello, who stated this while receiving members of Niger State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists on a courtesy visit at government House yesterday in Minna also stated that he takes responsibility for all appointments he has made so far. The union was led by its State chairman, Mohammad Mohammad. Reacting to the criticism he has received since he announced the appointment of some of his Aides, the Governor maintained that the people of the State should give him the benefit of doubt and wait until those appointed fail to perform before criticising them.||Niger 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/438836/my-administration-is-open-to-constructive-criticisms-niger-gov|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 6th June 2015||APC To Buhari: Probe Wike's Tenure As Minister||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to institute a probe into the tenure of Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, when he served as the Minister of State for Education. The party stated that such exercise would no doubt strengthen the anti-corruption fight in the country much as it will expose the rot perpetuated under the guise of the Almajiri school scheme, the Universal Basic Education (UBEC), and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) under Wike’s watch.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/438848/apc-to-buhari-probe-wikes-tenure-as-minister|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 6th June 2015||Impeachment: Fayose Absolves Buhari||Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose yesterday absolved President Muhammadu Buhari from the alleged plot by the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the outgone State house of assembly to impeach him. The Governor stated this yesterday during the inauguration of the fifth assembly of the State in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital where the former Publicity Secretary of the State Peoples Democratic Party, Pastor Kolawole Oluwawole emerged new Speaker of the House. Fayose, who had earlier held a public procession around Ado-Ekiti to express his gratitude to the people for their supports during the trying time said, available security reports showed that Buhari had no hands in the impeachment plot against him (Fayose).||Ekiti 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/438854/impeachment-fayose-absolves-buhari|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 6th June 2015||"We'll Ensure Environmental Justice For Sustainable Growth"- Buhari||President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration would ensure ‘environmental justice’ for sustainable growth and development of Nigeria as a country. He stated this at the Gala Night on Friday to celebrate the World Environment Day 2015, which held at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja. The President who was represented by Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo noted that environmental problems including flood, climate change were assuming a higher dimension.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/438931/well-ensure-environmental-justice-for-sustainable-growth-buhari|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 6th June 2015||Forgery: Federal Lawmaker Denies Evading Police Arrest||A member of the House of Representatives, Dr. Patrick Asadu has refuted reports suggesting that he was on the run to evade arrest, following a purported warrant of arrest issued against him for forgery of result sheet by a Magistrate Court in Enugu. The two term member of the House who was re-elected in the 2015 National Assembly poll to represent Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South federal constituency in Enugu State said nothing could be farther from the truth than the said report.||Enugu 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/politics/438918/forgery-federal-lawmaker-denies-evading-police-arrest|
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 6th June 2015||Al-Makura Starts Second Tenure With Zero Debt Profile||Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has kick-started his second tenure in office with zero debt profile having liquidated the towering bad debt he inherited from his predecessor, Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma. Governor Al-Makura had upon assumption of office in 2011 inherited a debt profile of over N37 billion which he settled in his first three years in office. In 2013, the Nasarawa State government also secured N10 billion bond from the capital market which he also liquidated within a year to leave a clean bill for any incoming administration.||Nasarawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/438886/al-makura-enters-2nd-tenure-with-zero-debt-profile|
|ThisDay Live||Saturday 6th June 2015||Speakership: Gbajabiamila Emerges APC Annointed Candidate||"The immediate past Minority Leader in the last session of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has secured the endorsement of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the office of the Speaker of the lower legislative chamber. At the mock in-house election held at the International Conference Centre on Saturday, Gbajabiamila got the backing of majority of the House members from APC, scoring 154 votes to Dogara's 3 votes. Out of the 213 APC members in the House of Representatives 183 signed attendance register while 26 later walked out in protest."||Nigeria 2015; Speakership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/speakership-tussle-gbajabiamila-emerges-apc-anointed-candidate/211319/|
|ThisDay Live||Saturday 6th June 2015||I Am Vindicated, Says Nyako||Former Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has said that he has been vindicated in view of what had so far happened since his removal from office up to the defeat of Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Nyako disclosed this at his residence in Yola while addressing his supporters who came to bid him welcome back to the State after his self-exile abroad for months.||Adamawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/i-am-vindicated-says-nyako/211321/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||"Why I Stepped Down For Dogara"- Rep Jibrin||One of the contestants for the speaker of the 8th House of Representatives, Abdulmumini Jibrin, has said that he stepped down for Yakubu Dogara because he believed in the lawmaker’s capacity to lead the House. Jibrin, who is one of the early aspirants for the office, said he had decided to step down so as to “diffuse” the growing tension associated with the House’s speakership logjam.||Nigeria 2015; Speakership; APC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/56462-why-i-stepped-down-for-dogara-rep-jibrin|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||APC USA Wants Diaspora Voting Rights In 2019||The All Progressives Congress (APC), United State of America (USA) chapter has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the inclusion of Nigerians in the Diaspora in the next general elections in 2019. The group made the call when its representatives led by the International Coordinator, Mr Francis John, visited the headquarters of Media Trust Limited, publishers of the Daily Trust titles, on a courtesy call.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/56445-apc-usa-wants-diaspora-voting-right-for-2019|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||"Buhari Under Pressure But Upto The Task"- Ocholi||Given the high expectations from different sections of Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress Campaign Coordinator of Kogi State in this year’s general elections, Ocholi James (SAN), has said President Muhammadu Buhari is under pressure, which he described as normal. The APC chieftain who was addressing visiting members of the APC Igala Forum, Abuja noted that even the president had said the challenges were enormous, but not insurmountable, adding that “President Buhari would be equal to the task.”||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/56465-buhari-under-pressure-but-up-to-the-task-ocholi|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||El-rufai To Establish Peace, Reconciliation Commission||Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, on Thursday, said plans were underway to establish a Peace and Reconciliation Commission in the State. El-Rufa’i said this when the Northern Christian Elders paid him a courtesy visit at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House in Kaduna. He said the move was to further improve peaceful co-existence in the State. The Governor said his administration would take serious disciplinary measures against anyone or group found attacking one another on the basis of religion or ethnic differences.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56486-el-rufa-i-to-establish-peace-reconciliation-commission|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||TMG Asks Buhari To Reject '46 Bills In 3 Hours'||"The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to decline accent to the 47 bills ‘hurriedly’ passed into law by the Senate on Wednesday, saying it amounted to legislative rascality.|
Forty-six of the bills were transmitted from the House of Representatives. Chairman of the group Comrade Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi said yesterday in a statement that the 47 laws reportedly passed by the National Assembly, was undoubtedly without recourse to due process of proper legislation and with no sense of reflection about the implication of their action on the image of the country."
|Nigeria 2015; TMG; Buhari||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56482-tmg-asks-buhari-to-reject-46-bills-in-3-hours|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Reps Approve 15 Advisers For Buhari||The 7th House of Representatives has approved the appointment of 15 Special Advisers and their remuneration by president Muhammadu Buhari, minutes after reading the president’s letter requesting the approval by the acting speaker, Emeka Ihedioha. Ihedioha, while reading the letter on the floor of the House, said the President has aligned his request to the provision of section 151 (1) and 152 (2) of the 1999 Constitution. But shortly after reading the letter, a motion, already lined up in yesterday’s Order Paper, was moved by the House leader, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, citing the exigency of the need to approve the advisers for the President.||Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56474-reps-approve-15-advisers-for-buhari|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Kanu, Odumakin Want Buhari To Immortalize Kudirat Abiola||Former military governor of Lagos State and NADECO leader, retired Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu and President, Women Arise, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, alongside others have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to honour late Kudirat Abiola, who was killed 19 years ago. Kudirat Abiola was the wife of Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election. She was killed on June 4, 1996, by unknown persons along Oregun/Ojota road in Lagos.||Nigeria 2015; Abiola; Buhari||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56471-kanu-odumakin-want-buhari-to-immortalise-kudirat-abiola|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Labour Urges Buhari To Appoint Competent Ministers||Organised Labour under the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint competent persons as ministers to enable him fulfil his campaign promises to the electorate. The union’s National President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and the Secretary-General, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the call was necessary because some names being mentioned in mainstream and social media as possible candidates for ministerial portfolios in the Buhari administration are “persons of questionable characters that have been recycled over and over again by previous governments”.||Nigeria 2015; ASCSN; Buhari||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56456-labour-urges-buhari-to-appoint-competent-ministers|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Boko Haram: Buhari Demands More Action From Multi National Task Force||President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in N’djamena, Chad, urged member-countries of the Lake Chad Commission to intensify the operations of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF established to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency. President Mhammadu Buhari and President of Niger Republic, Issoufou Mahamadou while waiting for the Press conference shortly after the bilateral meeting at the presidential palace in Niamey on June 3rd 2015 President Mhammadu Buhari and President of Niger Republic, Issoufou Mahamadou while waiting for the Press conference shortly after the bilateral meeting at the presidential palace in Niamey on June 3rd 2015. Speaking at bilateral talks between Nigeria and Chad, Buhari noted that the security of Nigeria and her neighbours’ were intrinsically linked. He added that it made it very essential that they cooperated on security issues in a robust and sustained manner.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/boko-haram-buhari-demands-more-action-from-multi-national-task-force/#sthash.cfSiofOO.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Ortom Cancels Last Minute Recruitments By Ex-Governor Suswam||Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, has cancelled all the last minute recruitment into the state civil service as well as the appointment of six first class chiefs by his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam. He also approved the dissolution of the 23 Local Government Caretaker Committees in the State with immediate effect. Ortom who spoke in Makurdi, after a closed door meeting with heads of government agencies and parastatals, attributed the action to the poor financial situation in the State.||Benue 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/ortom-cancels-last-minute-recruitments-by-ex-gov-suswam/#sthash.bN6F0oe0.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Buhari Pledges Commitment To Amnesty Program||President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged commitment to prosecute the amnesty programme in the Niger Delta with vigour in order to bring lasting peace and stability to the region. Buhari-oilMr Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Department, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja yesterday. The statement explained that Dr Jamila Shu’ara, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources,disclosed this while delivering Buhari’s message at the ongoing 167th Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, International Seminar in Vienna, Austria.||Nigeria 2015; Amnesty Program; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buhari-pledges-commitment-to-amnesty-programme/#sthash.jAjkxQOO.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Igbo Youths Want Buhari To Ensure Geometric Power Begins Operations In Aba||Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Geometric Power Limited commenced generation and distribution of power in Aba, Abia State. The group in a statement signed by the National President and National Secretary, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike Emmanuel, respectively, called on the President to investigate why the Geometric power plant in Aba was still being frustrated from generating and distributing power to Aba and its environs.||Nigeria 2015; OYC; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/igbo-youths-want-buhari-to-ensure-geometric-power-begins-operation-in-aba/#sthash.8f5uidGc.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||N3 Billion: Sherriff Spends Second Day With EFCC||Former Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff spent his second day with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, trying to explain all that he knew about the alleged siphoning of over N300 billion under his watch. The operatives, who started questioning Sheriff at 6pm on Wednesday merely allowed him some breathing space on Wednesday night and ordered him to report on Thursday for more grilling, a directive, he obliged. An EFCC source confirmed to Vanguard last night that he would not know when the former Governor would be freed by his interrogators, who really wanted to establish the veracity of the story relating to the N300 billion.||Nigeria 2015; EFCC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/n3bn-fraud-sheriff-spends-2nd-day-with-efcc/#sthash.eRoKA2vF.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Fayose: Court Adjourns Ruling On Anti-Impeachment Suit||The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has adjourned till today to decide whether or not it has the jurisdiction to stop 19 Ekiti State Lawmakers belonging to All Progressives Congress, APC, from impeaching the Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose. Justice Evoh Chukwu slated ruling on the matter on a day seven members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, prayed the court to abort a subterranean plot by their APC counterparts to remove Governor Fayose despite the pendency of the suit.||Ekiti 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/fayose-court-adjourns-for-ruling-on-anti-impeachment-suit/#sthash.FAqHzWy1.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Mark, Ekweremadu Leave NASS Premises Without Convoy, Aides||Following the valedictory session marking end of the 7th Senate, outgoing Senate President, David Mark and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday evening left the premises of the National Assembly without the usual convoy of vehicles. Also, the two principal officers of the Red Chamber were seen leaving the premises without their usual retinue of Aides. Instead, among the several vehicles in their convoys, only a handful of three cars, believed to be their personal cars, followed them outside.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/mark-ekweremadu-leave-nass-premises-without-convoy-aides/#sthash.LgHGO1U7.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Buhari Charges Corps Members On War Against Corruption||President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, charged National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, members to join hands with his administration in the fight against corruption in the country. Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of 2015 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) corps members deployed to Lagos State, at the NYSC Orientation Camp, in Iyana-Ipaja, Buhari who spoke through Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, who was also represented by Dr. Aderemi Desalu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, affirmed that the true desired change that Nigerians yearned for must begin with the youths.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buhari-charges-corps-members-on-fight-against-corruption/#sthash.K15ipRrL.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Falae, Musa Query Buhari On Reliance On Foreign Nations||"President Muhammadu Buhari who travelled to neigbhbouring Chad and Niger in his first week in office has come under fire by the Credible Alternative Alliance, CAA, under the leadership of former Minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae and former Governor of Kaduna State, Alh. Balarabe Musa.|
CAA, a coalition of 14 political parties and 13 Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, told journalists in Abuja, yesterday, that it would be a grave mistake for Buhari to think that the support he needed to govern the nation could be better foreign among foreigners than, at home, among Nigerians."
|Nigeria 2015; CAA; Falae; Musa; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/falae-musa-query-buhari-on-reliance-on-foreign-nations/#sthash.aBlYSYZf.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Impeachment Scare: Fayose, Supporters Jubilate As APC Lawmakers' Tenure Expires||Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has called out his supporters to rejoice with him on the streets today over the expiration of the term of the 19 All Progressives Congress, APC, who had been at loggerheads with him. Expressing relief at the end of the tenure of the lawmakers yesterday, the governor said the end of the term of the APC controlled legislative House was now an opportunity for him to get into the act of governance.||Ekiti 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/impeachment-scare-fayose-supporters-jubilate-as-apc-lawmakers-tenure-expires/#sthash.Z71kkE7G.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 5th June 2015||Don't Scrap Amnesty Program, Ex Militants Beg Buhari||Niger Delta ex-militants, under the aegis of Justice Group, have said that their survival may be in grave danger, should President Muhammadu Buhari scrap the amnesty programme. Leader of the ex-militants, David Owhegbe, who spoke yesterday in Jesse, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, said: “Since the government of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has completely failed us and the nation in general in its 16 years rule, we were already thanking God when the All Progressives Congress, APC, administration came with the change slogan.||Nigeria 2015; JG; Amnesty Program; Buhari||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/dont-scrap-amnesty-programme-ex-militants-beg-buhari/#sthash.85oJ1h0U.dpuf|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 5th June 2015||Speakership: Lawyers Ask Court To Disqualify Gbajabiamila Over Dual Citizenship||Lawyers have dragged the House of Representatives minority leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking his disqualification from holding any public office in Nigeria. In an originating summon filed before the Court yesterday by Registered Trustees of Social Justice and Civil Rights Awareness Initiative, the lawyers are seeking for an order of the court declaring Gbajabiamila not fit to be elected member of the House of Representives. In an affidavit in support of the originating summons, the lawyers reported to the court that Gbajabiamila was convicted in the United States in the State of Georgia for unethical practices and was debarred for 36 months on 26 February, 2007 by the Supreme Court of Georgia. They also reported that Gbajabiamila was convicted of theft of his client’s funds in the year 2007, which contravene section 66 of the Constitution.||Nigeria 2015; Speakership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/438570/speakership-lawyers-ask-court-to-disqualify-gbajabiamila-over-dual-citizenship|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 5th June 2015||Lawan's Bid For Senate Presidency Gets Boost||Senators-elect under the aegis of the Unity Forum, penultimate Wednesday, formally informed the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of their support for the Lawan-Akume Senate Presidency ticket, just as the party assured them that the extant Standing Order of the chamber will be adhered to in its final decision. This was contained in a letter signed by Senators Barnabas Gemade, Abu Ibrahim, Olusola Adeyeye, Abdullahi Adamu and Bukar Abba Ibrahim with the signatures of their members attached and the group’s resolutions.||Nigeria 2015; Senate Presidency; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/438566/lawans-bid-for-senate-presidency-gets-a-boost|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 5th June 2015||APC To Wike- "You Are Not Ready For Governance"||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has said that the events that have trailed the administration of Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, since his inauguration and swearing-in on May 29, 2015, have shown that the Governor is not ready for governance. Chairman of APC in the State, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, accused the Governor of running a motor park administration, adding that his one week in office as the Chief Executive of the State is a disaster foretold.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/438604/apc-to-wike-youre-not-ready-for-governance|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 5th June 2015||NASS Leadership: APC Cancels Meeting With Lawmakers||The meeting of national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with its National Assembly members-elect scheduled for yesterday was abruptly called off as the various camps angling for the Senate Presidency and speakership positions refused to agree on consensus candidates. There was however, no official statement from the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on why the meeting was called off after it had taken advertorial in national dailies to publicise the event.||Nigeria 2015; Speakership; APC||http://leadership.ng/news/438606/nass-leadership-apc-calls-off-meeting-with-lawmakers|
|Leadership News Online||Friday 5th June 2015||Former President Jonathan, Aides Won't Get N3.2 Billion Severance Pay Until 2016||Former President Goodluck Jonathan; his deputy, Namadi Sambo; immediate past Ministers and Presidential Aides as well as non-returning federal lawmakers will wait till next year before collecting their severance allowances, investigation by The PUNCH has shown. Their severance allowances as contained in the remuneration package put together by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission is valued at about N3.24bn.||Nigeria 2015; Jonathan||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/former-president-jonathan-aides-wont-get-n3-2billion-severance-pay-until-2016.112682/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||IPAC Worries Over Delay In Ministerial Appointments||Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Dr. Yunusa Tanko has said that President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), are delaying the appointment of ministers and other individuals into key positions to satisfy the interests of the four parties which merged to form the APC. Speaking with newsmen, yesterday, in Abuja shortly after he received Outstanding Leadership/Excellence Award from the National President of National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), Comrade Salaudeen A. Lukman, on behalf of the union, Yunusa said Nigerians should allow the new government more time to avoid making “disastrous” mistakes in appointing individuals into key positions.||Nigeria 2015; IPAC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/56368-ipac-worries-over-delay-in-ministerial-appointments|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||"Elective Offices Will Be Less Attractive By 2019"- Yusuf Ali||Former national chairman of the defunct All Peoples Party (APC), Alhaji Yusuf Garba Ali, yesterday, said elective offices would be less attractive before the 2019 general elections. Addressing newsmen in Kano, Ali said the programmes and policies of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government would make all elective positions less attractive.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/56367-elective-offices-will-be-less-attractive-by-2019-yusuf-ali|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||"We Have No Candidate For Senate Presidency"- PDP Says It Is Too Early To Criticize Buhari's Government||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it has no candidate for Senate Presidency, stressing that it has not launched any plot to take away the position from the All Progressives Congress (APC) which formed a majority in the Senate. This is after PDP Senators from the Southwest, SouthSouth and Southeast geo political zones confirmed that the PDP is not plotting to present incumbent Senate President David Mark as a candidate for the Senate Presidency. Briefing newsmen at the end of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) meeting yesterday in Abuja, PDP national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh said contrary to reports in the media, the party does not have any candidate for the position, adding that it is too early to criticize the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, as he is yet to settle down.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/56364-pdp-we-have-no-candidate-for-senate-presidency-says-it-s-too-early-to-criticize-buhari-s-govt|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||CSOs Launch Platform To Monitor Buhari's 174 Campaign Promises||As part of measures to deepen democracy and good governance, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) have launched what they called “Buharimeter” to monitor the fulfilment of the 174 campaign promises of President Muhammadu Buhari. This is as the organisations gave a three-month ultimatum for the president to evolve a ‘Marshall Plan’ for the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the North-east. The ‘Buharimeter’ is similar to the ‘Obameter’ used to monitor the campaign promises of President Barack Obama of the United States.||Nigeria 2015; Buharimeter; CDD||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/56366-csos-launch-platform-to-monitor-buhari-s-174-campaign-promises|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||Speaker: Reps Group Alleges Moves To Manipulate The Process||Members of the 8th House of Representatives Consolidation Group have alleged moves by some powerful leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to manipulate the process that will lead to the emergence of next Speaker. They alleged that despite the stand taken by President Muhammadu Buhari that he would not interfere in the leadership tussle of the National Assembly, some party leaders are hell-bent on subverting the process by planning to bring an alien democratic conduct.||Nigeria 2015; Speakership; APC||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/politics/56363-speaker-reps-group-alleges-moves-to-manipulate-process|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||Senate Grants Buhari's Request For 15 Advisers||"The Senate has approved the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint 15 Special Advisers. Buhari had on Tuesday forwarded a request to the upper chamber seeking approval to make the appointments.|
The Senate unanimously granted the request yesterday after adopting a motion on the matter moved by senate leader Victor Ndoma-Egba who noted that the request was in consonance with the provisions of section 151(2) of the 1999 Constitution."
|Nigeria 2015; Senate||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56379-senate-grants-buhari-s-request-for-15-advisers|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||"I Inherited N125 Billion Debt"- Bauchi Governor||Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar said yesterday that he inherited a debt of about N125 billion from the immediate past administration. Abubakar, who made the disclosure in a state broadcast, said the development is disturbing. He said his administration is now looking for money to procure fertilizer for farmers, offset outstanding salaries of civil servants among others. The governor said his administration is inheriting an almost collapsed social sector, but added that everything possible would be done to revamp it.||Bauchi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56374-i-inherited-n125bn-debt-bauchi-gov|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||Gaidam, Shettima, Masari Accompany Buhari To Chad||Governors Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State, Kashim Shettima of Borno, Aminu Masari of Katsina and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto yesterday left for Niger Republic at the beginning of a two-day visit to Niger and Chad Republics. President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governors are to meet with Presidents Muhammadu Yuosufu of Niger Republic and Idriss Deby of Chad respectively to discuss urgent security issues affecting the three countries. Top on the agenda of the meeting, according to sources, is the nagging issue of Boko Haram militants who have been carrying out attacks across the three countries.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56354-gaidam-shettima-masari-tambuwal-accompany-buhari-to-niger-chad|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||Sokoto Governor, Deputy Governor Declare Assets||Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and his deputy, Ahmed Aliyu, have declared their assets. The Director, Code of Conduct Bureau in the State, Malam Yusuf Muhammad, who announced this, said the Governor and his Deputy had collected their asset declaration forms on May 18 and returned them a day before their assumption of duty. He urged outgoing members of the State executive council including Secretary to the State Government, Special Advisers and Members of the House of Assembly to return their end of tenure declaration forms on or before Monday next week.||Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56353-sokoto-gov-deputy-declare-assets|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||Lagos Assembly May Pick Obasa As Speaker||Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly may pick the member representing Agege Constituency I, Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, as Speaker of the House’s 8th Assembly if things do not change by this weekend, our correspondent gathered yesterday. It was gathered that the ‘battle’ to succeed Adeyemi Ikuforiji has been on for over two weeks, when about seven returnee members jostled to become the next Speaker. However, feelers from some members of the House showed that the consensus candidate of all the attendees could be Obasa, a fourth-term member.||Lagos 2015; House Of Assembly||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56352-lagos-assembly-may-pick-obasa-as-speaker|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||"We Did Not Spend N100 Million On Inauguration"- Jigawa Governor||Jigawa State Governor Abubakar Badaru has faulted reports that there is crisis in the State chapter of the All Progressive Congress over N100 million inauguration fund. Badaru, who spoke to journalists in Dutse, said the report that crisis over the money is causing ripples in the government and the APC in the state, is a figment of the imagination of the publishers, who according to him are out to cause problems in the State. He said the report was callous, unfounded and unprofessional, adding that his administration did not release any money for the inauguration as that was the responsibility of the former administration.||Jigawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56347-we-did-not-spend-n100m-on-inauguration-jigawa-gov|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||Bauchi Governor Slashes Salary By 50%, Freezes Government Account||Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has embarked on stiff measures to deal with the current economic woes of the State by slashing his salary and that of his deputy by 50%, and has frozen all Government accounts. Speaking in his maiden state-wide broadcast, Abubakar said: “All government accounts in every bank are hereby frozen, similarly all pending financial transactions and instruments are hereby suspended. However, MDAs that are charged with essential services may and can formally apply for waiver from my office.”||Bauchi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56342-bauchi-governor-slashes-his-salary-by-50-freezes-govt-accounts|
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 4th June 2015||50 Civil Servants Sue Ex-Governor Aliyu, Demand N100 Million Compensation||Niger State civil servants numbering 50 have taken the immediate past governor of Niger State, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu to Minna High Court 4 for unlawfully seizing their motorcycles. The 50 civil servants said the action of the former Governor violated their fundamental human rights. They were in the High Court demanding for compensations and general damages amounting to the sum of N100 million from the former Governor.||Niger 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/438290/50-civil-servants-sue-ex-gov-aliyu-demand-n100m-compensation|
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 4th June 2015||Lalong, Jang Trade Words Over Plateau Debt Profile||The former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang has said that he left a debt profile of N18 billion in his handover note to the new Governor of the State, Hon. Simon Lalong and not N104billion as claimed by Lalong. Jang made this known yesterday in a statement signed by his special assistant, Media,Clinton Garuba , and made available to newsmen in Jos. LEADERSHIP recalled that Governor Simon Bako Lalong had on Tuesday alleged that the immediate past Governor of the State Jonah Jang left N104billion debt in his handover note to him.||Plateau 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/438295/lalong-jang-trade-words-over-plateau-debt-profile|
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 4th June 2015||El-rufai Fires Council Chairmen, Chief Executives||Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, yesterday fired the 23 Local Government Chairmen appointed by the previous administration in the State. A statement by the secretary to the State government, Balarabe Abbas Lawal, said all political appointees, including chief executives that are not civil servants, have also been relieved of their appointments with immediate effect. The directive, he said, includes the sole administrators of all the 23 Local Government Areas, the Secretaries of the Development Areas, Special Advisers and Assistants appointed by previous administrations.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/438294/el-rufai-fires-council-chairmen-chief-executives|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||"Ndigbo'll Never Suffer Under Buhari's Administration"- Moghalu||"Against the backdrop of insinuations that the South-East geopolitical zone would suffer neglect by the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him a paltry .013 per cent of the total votes cast in the March 28 presidential election, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has assured that, the situation would be different.|
The APC National Auditor, Dr. George Moghalu gave this assurance, while speaking at a dinner organised by Igbo Progressives, IP, Lagos State chapter for leading Igbo personalities in the party."
|Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/ndigbo-ll-never-suffer-under-buharis-administration-moghalu/#sthash.8x7MCCB7.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||Senate Presidency: Tension As APC Picks Candidate||"The criteria recently announced by the National Working Committee, NWC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on how the Senate President in the 8th Senate will emerge is generating ripples among senators.|
Meanwhile, it was learnt last night that the meeting between the APC leadership and senators-elect where a consensus on the issue of the Senate President was to be resolved may have been shifted. One of the two camps was said to have pressed for the shift because of the insufficiency of the support it was expecting to show to the party leadership."
|Nigeria 2015; Senate Leadership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/senate-presidency-tension-as-apc-picks-candidate/#sthash.OIMagBrp.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 4th June 2015||"Buhari Is Not A Miracle Worker"- Okoye||Rights activist and member of the 2014 National Conference, Festus Okoye, said it will be unfair for Nigerians to expect President Muhammadu Buhari to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria overnight. Okoye who represented the civil society at the Conference also told Vanguard in an interview in Kaduna that former President Goodluck Jonathan may have convened the conference for selfish political gains.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buhari-not-a-miracle-worker-okoye/#sthash.sYlF01MW.dpuf|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th June 2015||Court Yet To Fix Date For Kashamu's Extradition||Officials of the Federal Ministry of Justice and lawyers to senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, are currently awaiting the hearing date in the extradition application filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja in relation to Kashamu. The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) is seeking the court’s permission to transfer Kashamu to the United States following a purported extradition application by the country (US). The AGF’s application has been assigned to Justice Gabriel Kolawole of Court No. 5 of the Federal High Court, Abuja.||Nigeria 2015; NDLEA; Kashamu||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-yet-to-fix-date-on-application-for-kashamu-s-extradition/211146|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th June 2015||"Wike's Probe A Witch-hunt"- Amaechi||Former Rivers State Governor, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, has described the so-called probe of his tenure as Governor by his successor, Nyesom Wike, as a deliberate persecution. Amaechi said Wike had gone ahead with his plan of threatening, coercing and blackmailing officials of his administration, especially civil servants into making false, phony and bogus statements that would make legitimate government transactions appear as corrupt practices. In a statement signed on his behalf by his Media Aide, David Iyofor, Amaechi urged Rivers people, the media and the public to be watchful, vigilant and discern the fraudulent acts of Wike to make him and his administration look bad.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/amaechi-wike-s-probe-a-witch-hunt/211147/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th June 2015||Nigerian Army Will Route Boko Haram, Buhari Assures Nigerians||President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Niamey, Niger Republic, promised that the Nigerian military would rout and eradicate the menace of the terrorist group, Boko Haram. The President spoke at an interactive session with journalists after talks with President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger Republic. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari declared that the Nigerian Army which had earned a good reputation across the world, remains a virile fighting force.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nigerian-army-will-rout-boko-haram-buhari-assures/211148/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th June 2015||Senate Mocks Lawmaking, Passes 46 Bills In 10mins Without Legislation||The Senate yesterday made a mockery of the labourious task of legislation when it passed 46 bills in ten minutes by sidestepping the lawmaking procedures as well as its standing rules. The procedure for lawmaking stipulates that a bill must past through three phases – the first reading, second reading and third reading – before it can be passed. However, the parliament which will round off legislation in the Seventh Senate today, received the bills from the House of Representatives and passed them without observing the procedural rules. In a sheer aberration, the Senators did not set their eyes on any of the bills before passing them.||Nigeria 2015; Senate||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senate-mocks-lawmaking-passes-46-bills-without-legislation-in-10-minutes/211156/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th June 2015||Speaker, Members Shed Tears As Bayelsa Inaugurates 5th Assembly||“The 4th Assembly of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, which was inaugurated in June 2011, having completed four years, hereby stands dissolved,” the Speaker, Hon. Kunbowei Benson said, tears in his eyes. A number of other legislators also got emotional and cried. The motion for the dissolution of the Fourth Assembly, which happened about 1.30pm after a valedictory sitting of the House in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, was moved by the Leader of the House, Mr. Peter Akpe, representing Sagbama Constituency 1 and seconded by Mrs. Agatha Goma, Ekeremor 1, an out-going lawmaker.||Bayelsa 2015; House Of Assembly||www.thisdaylive.com/articles/speaker-assembly-members-shed-tears-as-bayelsa-inaugurate-5th-state-assembly/211051/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th June 2015||Oyegun Cautions Against Muscling The Opposition||The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has canvassed support for a virile democratic environment which allows room for opposition parties to thrive. He said parties that hold power must allow the opposition space to grow and to be able to keep it on track. Oyegun stated this in Abuja Wednesday when the former President of Niger Republic, Alhaji Mamman Usman, paid him a congratulatory visit at the party’s Headquarters.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oyegun-cautions-against-muscling-of-opposition/211122|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th June 2015||PDP Members Resort To Prayers For Fayose's Survival||Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday held a prayer session for Governor Ayodele Fayose to survive the impeachment onslaught against him by the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers. The prayer session was held at the secretariat road in Ado Ekiti, where members from all the 16 Local Government Areas had gathered. They prayed that God should intervene and save Fayose from his current political travail.||Ekiti 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/impeachment-pdp-members-resort-to-prayers-for-fayose-8217-s-survival/211124/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th June 2015||Clark Urges Nigerians To Support Buhari||Ijaw leader and former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, on Wednesday called on Nigerians irrespective of political their affiliations to rally round President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed in the task of nation building. Besides, the former information commissioner charged Buhari to treat all Nigerians equally irrespective of tribe, party or gender. In view of this, Clark called on the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to allow the president discharge his functions without undue interference.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/clark-urges-nigerians-to-support-buhari/211125/|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th June 2015||Speakership: PDP In Confusion Over Dogara's Offer||Rising from its retreat for its National Assembly members in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has become polarised as to who to support in the race for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives. The retreat, which had members of the PDP National Working Committee, Party Leaders, Governors, Senators, House Members and invited guest lecturers in attendance, focused on the new role the party will play as an opposition party in the new eighth assembly. But there was no consensus among members as to who they should back between the two leading aspirants in the contest for Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and Yakubu Dogara.||Nigeria 2015; Speakership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-in-confusion-over-dogara-s-offer/211050/|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||NUJ Tasks Buhari, Lauds Adesina's, Shehu's Appointments||Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to focus on reviving critical infrastructure for the development of the country. In a congratulatory message on Tuesday signed by the union’s National Secretary Shu’aibu Leman said the President should “focused towards continuing investment in the much needed sectors and in the maintenance of social infrastructure which are the foundation for economic growth and development.” NUJ said as a former head of state “we believe your second coming will make a significant difference in the fortunes of Nigeria.”||Nigeria 2015; NUJ; Buhari||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56227-nuj-tasks-buhari-lauds-adesina-shehu-s-appointments|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Stop Petrol Import Before Removal Of Subsidy, PENGASSAN Tells Buhari||Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the focus of deregulation policy is based on local production rather than importation. PENGASSAN in a statement signed by its National Public Relations Officer, Comrade Emmanuel Ojugbana, said that removing subsidy while the country depends on importation of refined products would make prices of refined petroleum products to be out of the reach of the masses and cause inflation. Restating the position of the trade union, Comrade Ojugbana said that importation of refined petroleum products was a major drain on the nation’s revenue, adding that it created jobs for the refining nations in spite of the high unemployment rate confronting Nigeria.||Nigeria 2015; PENGASSAN||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56290-stop-petrol-import-before-subsidy-removal-pengassan-tells-buhari|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Political Interests Derailing PIB, Says Ihedioha||Contributions of members of the House of Representatives in the ongoing consideration of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) are assuming political coloration, rather than technical solution on controversial clauses, deputy speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, said yesterday. He said it was unbecoming of the lawmakers to pass the all-important PIB on the basis of current considerations as it would not augur well for the National Assembly’s image in the future. The slow-paced PIB consideration was adjourned by the House a fortnight ago owing to myriad of controversies and objections on certain clauses.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56274-political-interests-derailing-pib-says-ihedioha|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Tambuwal Promises Transparent, Fair Government||"Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, yesterday said the time for politicking had passed, and urged Nigerians to support the present administration in its bid to reposition the nation’s ailing economy.|
The governor also assured the people of the state that he would run a transparent, fair and open-minded government. He was speaking when he received officials of the state chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) who paid him a congratulatory visit at Government House in Sokoto."
|Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56272-tambuwal-promises-transparent-fair-government|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||"Hoodlums Attacked Me At Presidential Inauguration"- Mark||Senate President David Mark said yesterday that some hoodlums attacked him at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Friday during the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Mark spoke when the Senate adopted a motion by Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba congratulating Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on their inauguration. “Sometimes the followers go overboard either out of excitement or whatever reasons. I also ran into a group of hooligans when I was entering the Eagles square and they damaged my (car’s) windscreen”, he said. The Senate charged Buhari’s government to meet the yearnings of Nigerians and reposition the country.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56267-mark-hoodlums-attacked-me-at-presidential-inauguration|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Ishaku Appoints SSG, Media Aides||Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has approved the appointment of Anthony Jellason as the Secretary to the State Government. Jellason, a commissioner for agriculture under former Governor Danbaba Suntai, was sworn in yesterday by the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Josephine Tuktur. Speaking at the swearing in ceremony in Jalingo, Governor Ishaku urged the new SSG to put in his best in coordinating government activities for effective running of his administration. He said things would no longer be ‘business as usual’, and all hands must be on deck to surmount the challenges facing the State.||Taraba 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/index.php/news-menu/news/56261-ishaku-appoints-ssg-media-aides|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||APC Lists Two Criteria For Senate Presidential Candidates||The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday listed some criteria for the Senate presidential candidate, PUNCH reports. It was agreed that the Senate President must come from the geopolitical zone with the second highest number of votes, after the North-West, at the Presidential election held on March 28. It was also agreed that the next Senate president must not have any corruption charges hanging on his or her neck and should be one of the most ranking senators in the current Fourth Republic.||Nigeria 2015; Senate Leadership; APC||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-lists-2-criteria-for-senate-presidential-candidates.112637/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Rivers PDP Charges Wike To Recover Government House Property Stolen By Amaechi||"The Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State chapter, Prince Felix Obuah, has expressed grave concern over the deplorable condition of the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt and liaison offices in Abuja, Lagos and other places, following monumental looting and outright mismanagement of resources and facilities by the out-gone Amaechi administration, calling on the new Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to do everything possible to recover the loots.|
|Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/rivers-pdp-charges-wike-to-recover-govt-house-properties-stolen-by-amaechi.112622/|
|Nigerian News Bulletin Online||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||"President Buhari Has Some Surprises For Boko Haram"- Oyegun||Odigie Oyegun, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC on Tuesday announced that President Buhari has some surprises for boko haram terrorists. According to PREMIUM TIMES, Oyegun made the remark while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the party’s National Working Committee’s visit to the president in Abuja on Tuesday. He said it was obvious the insurgents were daring the president’s resolve.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/president-buhari-has-some-surprises-for-boko-haram-apc-chairman.112625/|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||"Buhari Must Act PAN African"- Issa Aremu||President Muhammadu Buhari has been told that to properly position the country in the struggle for African liberation and to lead a renewed pan-Africanism, he must think global and act local. Mr. Issa Aremu, Chairman, Industrial Global Union, Sub-Sahara Africa, made the call at an event to mark Africa Day, May 29, by National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, in Lagos. Aremu, who is also the General Secretary of NUTGTWN and factional Vice President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, said: “Buhari must, however, with equal energy, think and act African and indeed global.”||Nigeria 2015; NUTGTWN||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buhari-must-act-pan-african-issa-aremu/#sthash.eZl90IHd.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||"We'll Provide Condusive Atmosphere For Emergence Of NASS Leadership"- APC||The All Progressive Congress, APC, yesterday, said it will provide a conducive atmosphere for its members in the National Assembly to elect its officers. National Chairman of the party, John Odigie Oyegun, disclosed this after leading members of the National Working Committee of the party to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. According to Chief Oyegun, the NWC met with President Buhari to assure him of their unalloyed support and loyalty.||Nigeria 2015; Speakership; APC||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/well-provide-conducive-atmosphere-for-emergence-of-nass-leadership-apc/#sthash.pJMHtd4E.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||NBA Urges President Buhari To Beam Anti Corruption Search Light On Judiciary, Police||Onitsha branch of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct his government’s anti-corruption crusade to the judiciary and the Nigerian Police. According to the NBA, “the two institutions touch the daily lives of the citizens and if are properly directed and guided, will positively impact on the lives of the people.” The NBA in a statement, yesterday, issued by its Chairman Mr. Chuikwudi Obieze, said: “It has become very imperative for the present administration of President Buhari, to beam its anti corruption search light on the two institution in the country because they will make or mar the country”.||Nigeria 2015; Corruption||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/nba-urges-president-buhari-to-beam-anti-corruption-search-light-on-judiciary-police/#sthash.ERcmaLzH.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||"Some Immediate Past Ministers Must Go To Prison"- Gbagi Tells Buhari||Former Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi yesterday accused some immediate past ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria massively enriched themselves while in office, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that they go to prison after probing them. According to him, the kind of money in the hands of some persons in Nigeria was enough to plung the country into war in the next ten years, adding that the money must be returned by these persons for the provision of infrastructure.||Nigeria 2015; Corruption||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/some-immediate-past-ministers-must-go-to-prison-gbagi-tells-buhari/#sthash.bsLMh2wI.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Kashamu Says NDLEA Lied About Notice Of Extradition To US||The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday said it had served a notice on Senator-elect of Ogun East, Prince Buruji Kashamu for his extradition to the United States of America. However, in a swift reaction, Kashamu denied being served any extradition letter, describing NDLEA’s claim as false. He explained that a copy of the process was dropped in his counsel’s Lagos office Monday, assuring that it would be dealt with in accordance with the law.||Nigeria 2015; NDLEA; Kashamu||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/weve-served-kashamu-notice-of-extradition-to-us-ndlea/#st|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||"Hard Times Are Truly Here"- PDP||Anyone in doubt of how the vicissitudes of life have hit the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP should have seen the arrangements for the one day retreat of the party’s elected members into the forthcoming National Assembly. The retreat in Port-Harcourt involving senators-elect and members-elect into the 8th National Assembly was held in Port-Harcourt on Monday, June 1, 2015 and was remarkably the first official outing for the new governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike and the handful of the PDP governors inaugurated the previous Friday.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/pdp-hard-times-are-truly-here/#sthash.6ImTALdH.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Buhari May Head Petroleum Ministry As He Seeks Senate Approval To Appoint 15 Advisers||"President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate seeking approval to appoint 15 Special Advisers. This came as indications emerged, yesterday, that the President is likely to head the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in the emerging cabinet, rather than trust anyone else with the source of most of Nigeria’s revenue, his associates said.|
Buhari, in the letter which was his first to the Senate after his inauguration, explained that the request was in line with Section 151 (2-3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
|Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buhari-seeks-senates-approval-to-appoint-15-advisers/#sthash.X4PDmHE6.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||"I'm A One Man Army Against APC"- Fayose||Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday affirmed that he is a one man army who cannot be overwhelmed by alleged machinations of the outgoing legislators of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State House of Assembly. Receiving national officers of the PDP in his office in Ado Ekiti, the Governor insisted he was firmly on ground even as he warned that the country must not be turned into a one party State. The assertions came amid reports of the abortion of the planned movement into the State by the APC legislators yesterday. Vanguard learned that the buses conveying the legislators were turned back at the Igbara Oke boundary between Ondo and Ekiti States yesterday.||Ekiti 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/im-one-man-army-against-apc-fayose/#sthash.UzWRUlbf.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Buhari Set To Name Chief Of Staff, SGF, Other Aides Today||The shape and faces to the Muhammadu Buhari administration will begin to unfold today baring any last minute change of mind by the President, Vanguard has learnt. Among those to be named are the Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF and personal staff of the President and the Vice-President. Yesterday, the President requested the Senate to approve 15 special advisers for him. Meanwhile, the delay in the announcement of senior officials of the new administration, it was learnt yesterday, flowed from the delay by the former officials of Goodluck Jonathan administration in forwarding their handover notes to the transition committee constituted by Buhari.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/buhari-set-to-name-chief-of-staff-sgf-other-aides-today/#sthash.rHqSohDz.dpuf|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Amendment Of 1999 Constitution Dead With Jonathan's Exit, Says Akume||Senate Minority Leader, George Akume, yesterday, foreclosed the possibility of the National Assembly overriding former President Goodluck Jonathan’s veto on the 1999 Constitution Amendment Bill, passed by the National Assembly. Akume said the inability of Jonathan to assent to the bill before the end of his tenure has rendered the bill dead, saying there was nothing the legislature can do to get the amendment becomes law. Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Akume, who represents Benue North West in the Senate under the All Progressives Congress, APC, said even as the Supreme Court asked both the Federal Government and the National Assembly to settle the issue out of court, the court did not ask that the government made concession nor ask the legislature to override the President’s veto.||Nigeria 2015; Constitution Amendment; Senate||http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/amendment-of-1999-constitution-dead-with-jonathans-exit-says-akume/#sthash.ZYViKScX.dpuf|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||"Okowa Won't Disappoint Deltans"- Odogwu||A grassroots Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stalwart in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, Comrade Tam Odogwu, has expressed confidence in the newly sworn-in Governor of Delta State, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, and his deputy, Chief Kingsley Otuaro, assuring Deltans that they would not be disappointed by them. Odogwu who made the statement at Ughelli, said the new government in the state has better plans to take Deltans beyond the level they find themselves and also the new leadership in the State were capable of meeting the aspirations of the people.||Delta 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/news/438012/governor-okowa-wont-disappoint-deltans-odogwu|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||APC To Mark- "Port Harcourt Can't Be PDP's New Headquarters"||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has said that it has taken exception to the declaration by the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, that Port Harcourt, the State capital is the new headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This is as the party said it welcomes the decision of Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, to stay away from Government House, Port Harcourt, describing it as an admission of imminent defeat at the Election Petition Tribunal. The APC, in a statement issued yesterday in Port Harcourt and signed by its Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, advised Mark and PDP chieftains to look for the party’s Ministers and cronies that looted our common patrimony with impunity to fund the dying party and leave Rivers State alone.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/438060/apc-to-mark-port-harcourt-cant-be-pdps-new-headquarters|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||"Jang Left Over N104 Billion Debt In Handover Note"- Lalong||Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has disclosed that the immediate past governor of the State, Jonah Jang, left N104billion debt in his handover note to him. Lalong made the disclosure while addressing judiciary workers led by the chief judge of the State, Justice Pius Damulak, who had visited the Governor at the Presidential Lodge old Government House, Rayfield in Jos. Lalong said he found no kobo in the State treasury as the former Governor left a total debt of N104billion including the non-payment of seven months workers salaries as well as pensioners in the State.||Plateau 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/438061/jang-left-over-n104bn-debt-in-handover-note-lalong|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||"Ijaw People Are Under Threat Of Extinction"- INC||Elders and traditional rulers from the Ijaw communities in the Niger Delta region yesterday expressed concern over the rising devastating effects of oil and gas explorations in their communities,predicting that the Ijaw communities in the region are facing threat of extinction. The Ijaw elders drawn from over 78 clans of the Ijaw communities under the umbrella body of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), said the Ijaw oil and gas bearing communities suffer the deleterious effects of oil and gas exploration and exploitation and the inability of the Nigerian state to address the concomitant negative impacts on the health, economy, culture and environment of the Ijaw people has worsened the situation.||Nigeria 2015; INC||http://leadership.ng/news/438085/ijaw-people-are-under-threat-of-extinction|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Governor Bindow Upturns Ngilari's Decision, Reinstates Sacked BPP DG||The Governor of Adamawa State, Muhammadu Umar Jibrilla Bindow, has reinstated the sacked director general of the Adamawa State Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Alhaji Abba Umar, who was sacked by the immediate past administration of Governor Bala James Ngilari. Umar was sacked following his alleged leaking of an official secret, an action which was contrary to the ethics of civil service. But in a petition challenging his removal from office sent to the state House of Assembly, Umar said he was sacked for his audacity to query an illicit transaction by Ngilari including the purchase of 50 Hilux vans and two bulletproof jeeps at the cost of N580million.||Adamawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/news/438088/gov-bindow-upturns-ngilaris-decision-reinstates-sacked-bpp-dg|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||NIS Recruitment Victims Write Buhari||Some victims of the ill-fated Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, recruitment exercise, yesterday wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that their employment letters which government penultimate week said are ready are given to the beneficiaries, just as they rejected plans to conduct fresh screening for victims. The coordinator of the NIS victims in Edo State, Comrade Edmund Osumah, who stormed the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat in Benin City, Edo State in company of the victims said they had to make the urgent appeal following insinuations that authorities in-charge may have substituted names of affected victims for their relations.||Nigeria 2015; NIS; Buhari||http://leadership.ng/news/438110/nis-recruitment-victims-write-buhari|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||NDLEA Serves Kashamu Notice Of Extradition||The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday said it had served a notice of application for extradition of the Ogun-East Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, to the United States. According to a statement by the Head, Public Affairs of the agency, Ofoyeju Mitchell, the application for the extradition was contained in an application made to the Chief Judge, Federal High Court, Abuja, in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/479/2015. According to him, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation is seeking the extradition of Kashamu to answer alleged drug trafficking charges.||Nigeria 2015; NDLEA; Kashamu||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ndlea-serves-kashamu-notice-of-extradition/211029/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Wike Accuses Amaechi Of Vandalizing Government House||Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has disclosed that with the level of the looting of furniture, facilities and cars in Government House, Port Harcourt by the immediate past Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, it could take three months before he starts operating from there. Wike had, after an inspection of the Government House, alleged that all the bullet proof doors, furniture cars, crested carpets, curtains and windows were stolen by the former administration.||Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/wike-accuses-amaechi-of-vandalising-govt-house/211030/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||House Throws Out Report Clearing Alison-Madueke Over Allocation Of Oil Leases||The House of Representatives on Tuesday shoved aside the report of an ad-hoc committee which probed the alleged involvement of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in shady oil deals. The report was compiled by the Muraina Ajibola-led ad-hoc committee and contains three recommendations which didn’t see any wrongdoing by the former Minister.||Nigeria 2015; Corruption||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/house-throws-out-report-clearing-alison-madueke-over-allocation-of-oil-leases/211033/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||President Seeks Senate's Approval To Appoint 15 Special Advisers||President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday sought the Senate's nod to appoint 15 Special Advisers, in accordance with Section 151(1) of the Constitution. Buhari, in his first letter to Senate President, David Mark, urged the lawmakers to treat his request with dispatch.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/president-seeks-senates-approval-to-appoint-15-special-advisers/211001/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Boko Haram, Oil Theft Top Agenda As Buhari Meets Service Chiefs||Just as Boko Haram continued its guerilla attacks in North-Eastern Nigeria yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari met with the Service Chiefs at the Defence House, Abuja, where the insurgency and security situation in the country was reviewed. Topmost on the agenda at the meeting was the Islamist terror group, the success recorded in the war against the sect, as well as strategies on sustaining the tempo against the terror group. According to sources, another issue that featured during the meeting was incessant crude oil theft in the Niger Delta.||Nigeria 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/boko-haram-oil-theft-top-agenda-as-buhari-meets-service-chiefs/211002/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||PDP National Assembly Members Vow Not To Defect To APC||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Assembly members-elect have vowed not to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). They said they would all remain in the PDP and provide the nation credible opposition that would ensure good governance. The decision was contained in a communiqué issued by the lawmakers at the end of their one-day retreat in Port Harcourt.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-national-assembly-members-vow-not-to-defect-to-apc/211042/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||PDP Terms Fayose's Impeachment A Litmus Test For Buhari, Denies Begging Lawmakers||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) on Tuesday denied begging the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly to rescind their decision to impeach the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, boasting that the gang-up against the Governor would fail. The PDP insisted that the impeachment hammer dangling on Fayose remains a litmus test to the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying this will confirm whether his government would respect the rule of law and due process or not.||Ekiti 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-terms-fayose-s-impeachment-a-litmus-test-for-buhari-denies-begging-lawmakers/211041/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||APC NWC Meets Buhari, Pledges Loyalty||The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday led the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to pay their respects, as well as pledge loyalty to him. Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting at the Defence House, Oyegun said the visit was imperative following the inauguration of Buhari as President.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-nwc-meets-buhari-pledges-loyalty/211040/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||APC Lawmakers, Leaders To Meet On Thursday||The All Progressives Congress (APC) will hold a crucial meeting with all its senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect this Thursday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party explained that it would meet with its Senators-elect at 10a.m. while the meeting with its elected members of the House of Representatives is scheduled for 2p.m. on the same day at the same venue.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-party-s-lawmakers-leaders-to-meet-thursday/211039/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Fashola Bickering Caused Our Electoral Failure, Says Surulere Constituency II||The people of Surulere constituency 2 in Lagos State have put the blame of their loss in the just concluded general election squarely on the immediate past State Governor, Babatunde Fashola. They expressed bitterness that all the promises Fashola made to them during his 2010/2011 political campaigns were not fulfilled which led to the people in the constituency to desert the All Progressives Congress (APC). The community stated this during its recent reconciliation meeting held at Itire-Ikate area of the State, where they also fervently apologised to the new State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, asking him to put their electoral losses to the PDP behind him, and focus on the area.||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fashola-bickering-caused-our-electoral-failure-says-surulere-constituency-2/211038/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||"Why Saraki Should Succeed Mark"- Nwaoboshi||The ambition of Senator Bukola Saraki to become the next Senate President further received a boost as he has been described as the most detribalised legislator, with the most administrative experience over other contenders for the position. Senator Peter Nwaoboshi made this statement while speaking with journalists on the sideline during a one-day retreat for lawmakers-elect on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt last Monday. Nwaoboshi, who represents Delta North senatorial district in the National Assembly, also described Saraki as a principled and firm lawmaker who cannot be dictated to.||Nigeria 2015; Senate Leadership; PDP||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nwaoboshi-why-saraki-should-succeed-mark/211037/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Suswam Withdraws Petition Against Gemade||The immediate past Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, on Tuesday withdrew his petition against the election of Barnabas Gemade as Senator (Benue North-east). Gemade, formerly of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest the seat against Suswam of the PDP. The ex-Governor had filed a petition before the National/State Election Petitions Tribunal to challenge his defeat on the grounds of malpractices.||Benue 2015; Tribunal; PDP||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/suswam-withdraws-petition-against-gemade/211034/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||PDP Accuses APC Of Doctoring Election Tribunals||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday described as an invitation to anarchy and a danger to democracy, the subterranean moves by the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership to arm-twist the judiciary to use various election tribunals to subvert the will of the people and upturn democratically elected governments in some PDP States. The new opposition party notwithstanding, vowed to rigidly resist such moves. PDP also alerted that the APC had already started hounding PDP Senators-elect, threatening to use its newly acquired federal influence to coax the tribunals against them if they fail to do its bidding in the ongoing politicking to raise new leadership in the Senate.||Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-accuses-apc-of-doctoring-election-tribunals/211035/|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd June 2015||Speakership Race: Gbajabiamila, Monguno Team Gains Traction||As the race for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives approaches its climax in less than a week, the campaign team of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, seeking to be Speaker and deputy respectively, have geared up to mobilise more legislators to vote for them. THISDAY learnt that both men are putting finishing touches to their plans and drawing up an elaborate, yet undisclosed programmes, to win more supporters before June 8 or 9, when the eighth House would formally be inaugurated. According to a source who pleaded anonymity, the duo has the backing of 120 members from two geo-political zones in the North.||Nigeria 2015; Speakership; APC||http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/speakership-race-gbajabiamila-monguno-team-gains-traction/211036/|