Election News Trend May 2016

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ThisDayWednesday, June 15, 2016Bill to Include Young People in Governance Passes Second Reading in HouseA bill seeking to include youths of not less than 35 years in governance yesterday passed second reading in the House of Representatives. The “Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to enhance political inclusion and participation of young people in governance in Nigeria’’ was sponsored by Raphael Igbokwe (PDP-Imo).http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/15/bill-to-include-young-people-in-governance-passes-second-reading-in-house/
ThisDayWednesday, June 15, 2016WAEC Certificate: Buhari Files Appeal against Ruling Dismissing His ObjectionPresident Muhammadu Buhari has appealed the ruling of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja who on May 26, 2016 dismissed his preliminary objection in a suit filed by an Abuja-based legal practitioner, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe. Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had alleged that Buhari was unqualified to aspire to the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate WASC) in 1961 as he claimed.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/15/waec-certificate-buhari-files-appeal-against-ruling-dismissing-his-objection/
ThisDayWednesday, June 15, 2016INEC: We’ll Conduct Rivers Re-run Elections If Parties Denounce ViolenceThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it was ready to conclude the rerun elections in Rivers State if the political parties would guarantee peace. Speaking at a consultative meeting with critical stakeholders at the Police Officers’ Mess, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, said although the date for the conclusion of the legislative rerun election had not been fixed, INEC was prepared and ready to conduct the exercise, provided all the stakeholders in the state were willing to cooperate with and support the electoral body.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/15/inec-well-conduct-rivers-re-run-elections-if-parties-denounce-violence/
ThisDayWednesday, June 15, 2016PDP: Sheriff Acted Lawlessly, May Be Acting APC ScriptConfusion continued to reign within the ranks of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) on Tuesday described the storming of the national secretariat of the party by the ousted National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as lawless and detestable.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/15/pdp-sheriff-acted-lawlessly-may-be-acting-apc-script/
ThisDayWednesday, June 15, 2016Malnutrition Kills Hundreds in Borno CampMalnutrition has hit hard at internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Borno State, it was gathered on Tuesday. THISDAY learnt that between May 23 and 31, 2016, 137 persons died as a result of acute malnutrition in Bama camp alone.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/15/malnutrition-kills-hundreds-in-borno-camp/
ThisDayWednesday, June 15, 2016FG: El-Zakzaky Not in Detention, He’s Under Protective CustodyThe federal government on Tuesday denied the claim of unlawful detention of the leader of the Shi’ite Islamic sect, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, claiming that El-Zakzaky is a vulnerable person and as such was being held under protective custody.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/15/fg-el-zakzaky-not-in-detention-hes-under-protective-custody/
The NationWednesday, June 15, 2016PDP blames crisis on APCThe caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of hiring “ousted” PDP Chairman Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff to destroy the PDP.http://thenationonlineng.net/pdp-blames-crisis-apc/
The NationWednesday, June 15, 2016Abdulsalami urges dialogue with Niger Delta Avengers Former Head of StateGen. Abdulsalami Abubakar yesterday urged the Federal Government to dialogue with militant groups in the Niger Delta.http://thenationonlineng.net/abdulsalami-urges-dialogue-niger-delta-avengers/
The NationWednesday, June 15, 2016N23.29b poll cash: EFCC summons Sheriffhe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) yesterday invited the controversial National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, to appear before it for interaction on the N450 million allocated to Borno State from the N23.29 billion campaign funds facilitated by ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.http://thenationonlineng.net/n23-29b-poll-cash-commission-summons-sheriff/
Daily TrustWednesday, June 15, 2016PDP: Youths threaten to take over leadership in 7 days"A group, Concerned Peoples Democratic Party Youths (CPDPY), has threatened to take over the party if the lingering leadership crisis in the main opposition party is not resolved in seven days.
The group has also announced the establishment of an 11-man committee to liaise with the Board of Trustees (BoT), PDP Governors Forum (PDPGF), National Assembly Caucus (NC), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s camp and Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee.days/151136.html#Afwr4ikuDsdMTYKj.99"
Daily TrustWednesday, June 15, 2016Reps want INEC to release pending PVCs"The House of Representatives has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately embark on the distribution of pending permanent voters’ cards (PVCs).
The House also urged INEC to embark on continuous voter registration, calling on the federal government to ensure the provision of funds for INEC to cope with its enormous responsibilities."
Daily TrustWednesday, June 15, 2016We’ve 400 days to 2019 elections — INEC Chair"The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, says though the 2019 general elections might seem far, the commission does not have the luxury of time.
He, therefore, advised its officials, especially those involved in operations and logistics, on early preparation and planning."
Daily TrustWednesday, June 15, 2016Kogi APC probes Gov Bello for ‘anti-party"The Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has constituted an 11-man disciplinary committee to probe alleged anti party posturing by Governor Yahaya Bello.
The committee, which has Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West), as chairman, was constituted at the end of a meeting held in Abuja, yesterday, and attended by stakeholders of the party, including the state chairman, Haddy Ametro."
VanguardWednesday, June 15, 2016Ortom seeks judicial commission on herdsmen’s killing in BenueGovernor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called on the Federal Government to institute a judicial commission of enquiry into the killings in Agatu and other parts of the state by Fulani herdsmen.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/ortom-seeks-judicial-commission-herdsmens-killing-benue/
VanguardWednesday, June 15, 2016APC elders want all Benin aspirants disqualifiedTHE Committee of Concerned Elders Council in the APC has called on the National leadership of the party to disqualify all six governorship aspirants from Edo South senatorial district from this weekend’s primary contest for supposedly violating the principle of federal character.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/apc-elders-want-benin-aspirants-disqualified/
VanguardWednesday, June 15, 2016Edo 2016: PDP women advocate female Deputy GovernorIn advocating a female deputy governorship candidate in Edo State and more participation of women in politics, the International Republican Institute has partnered with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, women in the state in a sensitization forum.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/edo-2016-pdp-women-advocate-female-deputy-gov/
VanguardWednesday, June 15, 2016FG bars states from bank loansThe Federal Government has barred banks in the country from giving loans to state governments. The decision was taken in line with the Fiscal Sustainability Plan, FSP, which has been agreed to by the Federal Government’s economic team and state governors, to ensure prudent management of sub-national resources.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/fg-bars-states-bank-loans/
ThisDayWednesday, June 1, 2016We Won’t Back down, Militants Tell FGMilitant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, said yesterday that in spite of the federal government’s deployment of fighter jets and the military in Delta State, it would not relent in its violent attacks on critical oil installations in the region.Militancy; Niger Delta; Federal Government; Buhari; Armyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/01/we-wont-back-down-militants-tell-fg/
ThisDayWednesday, June 1, 2016Police Withdraws From PDP HeadquartersThe Nigerian Police has withdrawn its men from the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after a week of occupation. As an indication that peace and understanding are gradually returning to the main opposition party, security men who have been deployed since the last one week on Tuesday dismantled the blockade mounted at the entry points to the PDP.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/05/31/police-withdraws-from-pdp-headquarters/
ThisDayWednesday, June 1, 2016We Acted in Self Defence over Biafra Day Killings, Says MilitaryThe Nigeria Army on Tuesday gave reasons for the killing of some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), saying the security forces acted in self-defence when their intervention to restore law and order was resisted by the agitators.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/01/we-acted-in-self-defence-over-biafra-day-killings-says-military/
ThisDayWednesday, June 1, 2016Buhari to CBN: No Objection to Flexible Exchange RateFaced with an economy nearing recession and inflation at the highest in almost six years, President Muhammadu Buhari has backed down on his refusal to allow the naira to weaken. The President, according to Bloomberg, has given the Central Bank of Nigeria the go-ahead to introduce a more flexible exchange-rate system even as he remains against a devaluation of the naira.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/01/buhari-to-cbn-no-objection-to-flexible-exchange-rate/
ThisDayWednesday, June 1, 2016Diplomatic Passport: Immigration CG Orders Arrest of Ex-govs, SenatorsThe Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has ordered the arrest of illegal holders of diplomatic passports. Babandede directed officers on duty at various airports to be on the look out for former ministers, governors, diplomats, National Assembly members, who are still in possession of the document.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/01/diplomatic-passport-immigration-cg-orders-arrest-of-ex-govs-senators/
ThisDayWednesday, June 1, 2016House Passes Amendments to CCB Act, Removes Presidential Oversight The House of Representatives, in a bold move, has passed 10 amendments to the Act establishing and guiding the operations of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Code of Tribunal (CCT). A major amendment removes oversight including disciplinary powers over the CCB from the hands of the president of the country, and vests it in the National Assembly.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/01/house-passes-amendments-to-ccb-act-removes-presidential-oversight/
ThisDayWednesday, June 1, 2016INEC to Conclude All Re-run Elections By July 31The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rolled out conditions and processes that will lead to the eventual conduct of suspended re-run elections in four states-Rivers, Imo, Kogi and Kano. The processes include assessment of the current security situation, possible legal impediments and general preparedness for the election, meeting with all political parties in Abuja, obtaining undertaking from parties,candidates and their supporters for peaceful elections and meeting of the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security and RECs final report on security readiness for the election.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/01/inec-to-conclude-all-re-run-elections-by-july-31/
ThisDayWednesday, June 1, 2016Buhari Appeals to National Assembly to Pass Money Laundering, NDDC, FCT, Other BillsPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday night appealed to the National Assembly to, as a matter of urgency, consider and pass five bills presently before it. Buhari made the appeal while speaking at a dinner he hosted in honour of the National Assembly members at the old Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja. He listed the bills to include the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Appropriation bill, Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) bill, Mutual Legal Assistant in Criminal Matters bill, Statutory Budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Bill for Acts for domestication of agreements for avoidance of double taxation between Nigeria and South Korea, Spain, and Sweden respectively.http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/06/01/buhari-appeals-to-national-assembly-to-pass-money-laundering-nddc-fct-other-bills-2/
The NationWednesday, June 1, 2016INEC to register voters in Ondo, Edo June 22-26The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given condition for the conclusion of the suspended elections in Rivers, Imo, Kogi and Kano states not later than July 31. The suspended elections will only be conducted when the conditions were conducive enough, a statement by INEC Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said.http://thenationonlineng.net/inec-gives-condition-conduct-suspended-elections-rivers-others/
The NationWednesday, June 1, 2016Niger Delta Avengers: Proposed peace talk splits IYCEfforts by the Federal Government to end militancy in Niger Delta have led to a crisis in the popular Ijaw youths’ body, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide. It was gathered that some people in the Presidency attempted to engage the Udengs Eradiri-led IYC to persuade the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to embrace dialogue and stop the destruction of pipelines and other oil installations in the region.http://thenationonlineng.net/niger-delta-avengers-proposed-peace-talk-splits-iyc/
The NationWednesday, June 1, 2016Ex-militants urge Tompolo, Avengers to surrenderThe Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF), the defunct militia group led by the late John Togo, has urged the embattled former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo), to surrender himself to the Federal Government.http://thenationonlineng.net/ex-militants-urge-tompolo-avengers-surrender/
The NationWednesday, June 1, 2016Armed masked men invade Kogi House of AssemblyThe crisis rocking the Kogi State House of Assembly deepened yesterday despite court’s ruling which reinstated the Speaker, Momohjimoh Lawal. His G15 loyalists’ have alleged threats to their lives. They said they were prevented from entering the Assembly complex by stern-looking soldiers who manned the gate.http://thenationonlineng.net/armed-masked-men-invade-kogi-house-assembly/
The NationWednesday, June 1, 2016IPOB members will be arraigned for murder – AraseThe Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has directed that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who were arrested in connection with the killing of three policemen on Monday be charged for murder. He also ordered the Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIG) and the Commissioners of Police in the affected areas to immediately disarm members of the group.http://thenationonlineng.net/ipob-members-will-arraigned-murder-arase/
Daily TrustWednesday, June 1, 2016Court rules out rerun for Adamawa Rep seat"A Federal High Court in Abuja has refused to make an order for a fresh election in the Numan, Demsa, Lamurde Federal Constituency of Adamawa State.
Justice Anwuli Chikere, last week held that only an election tribunal can nullify and order fresh election for the House of Representatives seat currently being occupied by Talatu Yohanna of the All Progressives Congress (APC)."
Daily TrustWednesday, June 1, 2016Buhari urged to review cost of electionsThe Peoples Mega Party (PMP), which is seeking registration from the INEC, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to review the cost of elections in the country to enhance people’s participation in politics. Speaking at the commissioning of the national administrative‎ office of the PMP, situated at Gwarimpa-Abuja, yesterday, the party’s national chairman, Chief Perry Opara, said that the need for review the cost of elections became necessary in order to open the political space to especially the youths, who have the ability to govern, but lacked the financial strength to contest election.http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/buhari-urged-to-review-cost-of-elections/149209.html
Daily TrustWednesday, June 1, 2016‘Affront on internal democracy remains huge burden’ - INECA former national commissioner at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Lai Olurode, has identified lack of internal democracy in political parties as the bane of democratic advancement in the country. He stated this while delivering the 2016 edition of the Annual Distinguished Lecture of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State.http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/-affront-on-internal-democracy-remains-huge-burden/149216.html
VanguardWednesday, June 1, 2016No going back on electricity tariff hike—FGTHE Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, told the Senate yesterday that there was no going back on the implementation of the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariff already in progress. According to NERC, the decision to increase the tariffs is to ensure that the power sector become revived, and that removing tariff will worsen the power problem in the country.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/no-going-back-electricity-tariff-hike-fg/
VanguardWednesday, June 1, 2016Travel ban on govs could plunge Nigeria into civil war’ - PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Osun State chapter, yesterday warned President Muhammadu Buhari against acts capable of plunging the country into civil war, saying tampering with the constitutionally guaranteed immunity of governors would spell doom for the country.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/travel-ban-govs-plunge-nigeria-civil-war/
VanguardWednesday, June 1, 2016Ogbe-Ijaw council raises alarm over planned invasion of community by soldiersTHE Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Governing Council has raised alarm over insinuations that soldiers are planning to invade the community in search of suspected militants.The council in a statement by its president, Alaowei Alex Akemetubo, and secretary, Aaron Ebiye, while describing the rumour as a calculated ploy to tarnish the image of the community, stated that the Ogbe-Ijoh was not harbouring militants under any guise.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/ogbe-ijaw-council-raises-alarm-over-planned-invasion-of-community-by-soldiers/
VanguardWednesday, June 1, 2016Adesina to Buhari’s critics: Accept the reality that election had been won and lostSenior Special Assistant, SSA, to the President on the Media, Mr. Femi Adesina, yesterday, identified the reticence and thriftiness of President Muhammadu Buhari, as some of the challenges that has affected the management of the president by his media team.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/challenge-managing-brand-buhari-adesina-2/
VanguardWednesday, June 1, 2016Biafra: Atiku calls for restructuring of federationFormer Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has called for a restructuring of the Nigerian federation to cater for the aspirations of its component units. According to him, such restructuring is the only answer to the current agitation for a Biafra Republic.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/biafra-atiku-calls-restructuring-federation/
VanguardWednesday, June 1, 2016EDO 2016: Gov aspirants, others embark on non violent rallyAHEAD the September 10, 2016 governorship election in Edo State, governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in collaboration with the Alumni Association of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, yesterday organized a peace and non- violent election rally round the streets of Benin City.http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/edo-2016-apc-gov-aspirants-others-embark-non-violent-rally/