Elections News Trend March 2015

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Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th March 2015Police Ban Street Rallies In EkitiThe Ekiti State Police Command has banned street rallies by political parties and their candidates in the state ahead of Saturday presidential poll in the country. The police said the step was taken to forestall outbreak of violence among supporters of the contestants before, during and after elections. This was contained in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Alberto Adeyemi and made available to newsmen yesterday in Ado-Ekiti.
He said it was in view of the peculiarity of the State, particularly in terms of perceived high level of political intolerance among the political class.
Ekiti 2015; Policehttp://leadership.ng/news/419748/police-ban-street-rallies-in-ekitiA
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th March 2015"APC On The March To Presidential Villa"- Buhari's WifeWife of the APC presidential candidate, Hajiya Aishatu Muhammadu Buhari has said that the days of President Goodluck Jonathan as president are numbered insisting that the APC is on the march to win the 2015 presidential election. Aishatu Buhari was speaking in Kano at a campaign rally organised for women in Kano on Sunday berated first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan for bashing the people of the North over the way they raise their children.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/419817/apc-on-the-march-to-presidential-villa-buharis-wife
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th March 2015Shun Ethnic, Religious, Cash Inducement, Group Tells NigeriansFew days to the general elections, Nigerians have been urged to shun ethnicity, religious consideration and cash inducements by politicians. The Veteran Organisation for Crusade Against Corruption and Coalition of Civil Right Activists in Nigeria, in a statement in Ibadan yesterday, drummed support for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari. The group’s coordinator, Comrade Babalola Nasrudeen and secretary, Comrade Abimbola Adekunle, called on well-meaning and detribalised Nigerians who believe in the unity of Nigeria to vote for positive change and good governance.Nigeria 2015; CACCCRANhttp://leadership.ng/news/419833/elections-shun-ethnic-religious-cash-inducement-group-tells-nigerians
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th March 2015"I Was Deceived In Joining APC"- Amaechi's DeputyRivers State deputy governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, has said that he was deceived into dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in December 2013 to join the All Progressives Congress (APC). This is as the embattled Deputy Governor, who announced his defection back to the PDP on Sunday, is alleged to have packed out of his official quarters, located in the Old GRA, Port Harcourt, and moved into his personal residence. Ikuru, who spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt during a reception organised by the leadership of PDP in the State to welcome him back to their fold, said Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi made him believe that joining the APC was the new order.Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/419846/i-was-deceived-in-joining-apc-amaechis-deputy
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th March 2015"Give Peace A Chance During Elections"- Shehu ShagariFormer president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari has appealed to Nigerians to continue to give peace a chance especially during this election period. Shagari, who spoke in a press briefing in his Sama Road residence in Sokoto metropolis further stressed that anybody perpetrating violence does so against the common interest of the Nigerian State. Talking on the inestimable place of unity on development, Shagari said, nobody should perpetrate violence in the name of politics, hence, Nigeria belongs to all of us. He said that Nigerians should continue to learn how best to respect all irrespective of religion, region or political affiliation.Nigeria 2015; Shagarihttp://leadership.ng/news/419851/shehu-shagari-give-peace-a-chance-during-elections
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th March 2015"No Development In Imo For 20 Years"- IheanachoThe All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate in the April 11 election in Imo State, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho, has stated that in the past 20 years, successive administrations in the state have failed to develop the State. He made this assertion at the weekend during a debate organised by the Imo State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) for governorship candidates in the state.
Ihenacho, however, affirmed that he would make the State work again if he wins the forthcoming governorship election.
Imo 2015; APGAhttp://leadership.ng/news/419887/no-development-in-imo-for-20-years-iheanacho
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th March 2015"Corruption Is Over-Celebrated In Nigeria"- JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday night said though there is corruption in the country it is over celebrated. Jonathan who maintained this position during an interactive session with young professionals in Nigeria and abroad held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos said his administration has done well in the fight against corruption in last four years.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/419948/corruption-over-celebrated-in-nigeria-jonathan
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 24th March 2015Tukur Tasks APC, PDP, Others On Violence-Free PollsAs political parties prepare for the final lap of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dr Bamanga Tukur, has tasked politicians in the country to act in accordance with the with electoral laws and discourage the resort to violence. Tukur, who made the appeal yesterday when he hosted top politicians at his residence in Abuja, said ‎while election is a process through which the people choose their leaders,Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/419955/tukur-tasks-pdp-apc-others-on-violence-free-polls
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th March 2015PDP, APC Exchange Barbs Over Hate Videos, Campaign SpendingThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organisation on Monday alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC), in a new hate video, was inciting the military to take over the affairs of government and also planned to assassinate key government officials. On the other hand, the APC presidential campaign has accused the President Goodluck Jonathan administration and the ruling party of frittering away N1 trillion in tax payers’ money on hate campaigns.Nigeria 2015; APC; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-apc-exchange-barbs-over-hate-videos-campaign-spending/204890/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th March 2015Obama Calls For Peaceful, Free And Fair ElectionsRegardless of the outcome of the 2015 general election, it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to help keep the peace, as violence should have no place in democracy. This was the crux of the message by United States (US) President Barack Obama as Nigerians head to the polls Saturday for the presidential election. In a video message released by the White House yesterday, the US president acknowledged that Nigeria had won its independence, emerged from military rule, and strengthened democratic institutions.Nigeria 2015; Obama; UShttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obama-calls-for-peaceful-free-and-fair-elections/204896/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th March 2015ECOWAS Calls For Free, Fair, Credible PollsIn view of the Saturday presidential election in Nigeria, Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States and Ghanaian President, John Draman Mahama, on Monday called for free, fair and credible election. Mahama made the call, when he met with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. According to the Ghanaian president, ECOWAS was interested in the conduct of a peaceful and credible election in the country.Nigeria 2015; ECOWAShttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ecowas-calls-for-free-fair-credible-polls/204903/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th March 2015APC Is An Evil At The Gate We Must Fight, Says IkuruRivers State Deputy Governor, Mr Tele Ikuru, has said he was deceived by his boss, Governor Chibuike Amaechi, to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) and called on the people of the state to fight the APC which he described as an evil at the gate. This came as the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Felix Obuah, boasted that about 16 members of the 32-member State House of Assembly and about 21 Commissioners had abandoned Amaechi. The duo spoke on Monday in Port Harcourt at a reception to formally receive the Deputy Governor into the PDP following his defection from APC on Sunday.Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-is-an-evil-at-the-gate-we-must-fight-says-ikuru/204850/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th March 2015No Nigerian Born Of A Woman Will Vote For PDP, Kano APC Chieftain InsistsA member of the national Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Usman Alhaji, has said that no Nigerian born of a woman should vote for the People Democratic Party (PDP) and President Goodluck Jonathan. Besides, Alhaji who spoke in Kano on Monday accused the PDP-led government of desperation, which he said informed their motive of sharing cash, both in dollars and naira to Nigerians in order to buy the peoples’ vote. He insisted that such action was an act of desperation.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/no-nigerian-born-of-woman-will-vote-for-pdp-insists-chieftain-of-apc-in-kano/204897/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th March 2015APC Youths In Mop Up Campaign For BuhariSeveral youth groups of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday took to the streets in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on a last minute sensitisation march for Nigerians, especially the youths and women on the need to cast their votes for the candidate of their party, General Muhammadu Buhari. The spokesman of the youths, Mr. Emmanuel Sawyer, told journalists during the rally which started from the APC National Secretariat in Abuja that his group is out to ensure that Nigerian youths and women come out en-mass and vote the right candidate.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-youths-in-mop-up-campaign-for-buhari/204898/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th March 2015Jonathan, Buhari To Participate In UniAbuja Debate On WednesdayThe Chairman, University of Abuja Presidential Debate Committee, Mr. Uwakwe Abugu, has promised that President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will grace the presidential debate being organised by the university tomorrow. According to him, since none of the candidates had declined the invitations extended to them, it was assumed that they would be present at the event to showcase their manifestoes to the electorate.Nigeria 2015; Debate; APC; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-buhari-others-to-participate-uniabuja-debate-wednesday/204899/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th March 2015Corporate Forum Endorses JonathanMembers of the Corporate Forum on Monday endorsed the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan. The group, while addressing a media briefing in Lagos, said they decided to throw their weight behind the president in Saturday’s election, because of the numerous achievements and reforms undertaken by the present administration. Speaking with journalists, the Chairman, Corporate Forum, Mr. Funso Lawan, explained that the group had, in the past five months, reviewed the achievements of the Jonathan’s administration, and found out that it has created a very conducive atmosphere for the private sector to thrive.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/corporate-forum-endorses-jonathan/204900/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th March 2015Middle Belt Youths, Clerics Declare Support For JonathanThe Middle Belt Youth Council has declared to vote massively to President Goodluck Jonathan in this week’s presidential election “to enable him continue with his transformation agenda that has impacted positively on the economy of the country." This is even as a foremost northern Christian cleric, Prophet Isa El-Buba, founder of Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministries International (EBOMI), has also endorsed the president for the Saturday election.Nigeria 2015; MBYChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/middle-belt-youths-cleric-declare-support-for-jonathan-s-re-election/204901/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 24th March 2015Abdulsalami, Ukiwe, Kukah, Others Take Campaign On Anti-Hate Speech To PDPThe National Peace Committee led by the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar on Monday visited the secretariat of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as part of its campaign to discourage hate speech and campaigns among the political parties. Abdulsalami, who was represented by the former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Hassan Kukah, among others, met with the National Chairman of PDP, Adamu Mu’azu and other members of PDP National Working Committee (NWC).Nigeria 2015; NPChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/abdulsalami-ukiwe-kukah-others-take-campaign-on-anti-hate-speech-to-pdp/204902/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 23rd March 2015FG Barred From Using Soldiers During ElectionsA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has decreed that the Nigerian Army will not be used in thhe conduct of elections in the country. The court says that the Nigerian government cannot and should not deploy soldiers to polling units. This would be a source of relief for the APC as it has been the crux of arguments in the previous weeks. Nigeria 2015; Judiciary; Militaryhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fg-barred-from-using-soldiers-during-election.109262/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 23rd March 2015INEC Releases Statistics Of PVCs Collected In The 36 StatesAhead of March 28, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has released fresh information to show the rate of PVC collection in all states of the federation. See list in link.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-releases-statistics-of-pvc-collected-in-all-36-states-see-list.109263/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 23rd March 2015Buhari Promises To Make Naira Equal In Value To DollarThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday said he would ensure that the Naira was equal to the dollar in value, if voted into office. Buhari stated this during the South-East presidential rally of the party at Dan Anyima Stadium, Owerri.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-promises-to-make-naira-equal-in-value-to-dollar.109277/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 23rd March 2015"Follow Your Votes Till The End"- Patience Jonathan Charges Enugu WomenThe First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has appealed to Nigerians to guard against manipulations by opposition parties during forthcoming elections. Jonathan made the appeal at the PDP Women Presidential Campaign in Enugu on Monday. She said that guarding the votes would eliminate all forms of rigging and make the elections credible. The First Lady urged the electorate to vote massively for President Jonathan for the continuation of his transformation agenda.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/follow-your-votes-till-the-end-patience-jonathan-charges-enugu-women.109278/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 23rd March 2015"Fayose Is An Embarrassment To The Family"- BrotherGovernor of Ekiti, Ayo Fayose's elder brother has described him as an embarrassment to the family. Segun Fayose called on his brother to stop dragging the family name in the mud. The UK-based accountant said this while speaking to The Nation reporters. He said: “It is a pity Nigerians are celebrating criminals. I am angry with Nigerians for electing somebody like Ayodele as Governor. My children cannot come to Nigeria because of the terrible situation of our country." Nigeria 2015; Fayosehttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fayose-is-an-embarrassment-to-the-family-brother.109251/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 23rd March 2015"Wike Bribes Patience Jonathan With $1 Million Dollars Monthly"- AmaechiAPC campaign director, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has stated that the Rivers state gubernatorial candidate of the PDP and former Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, bribes the first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan with $1million monthly. Amaechi said: “Do you know that the PDP guber candidate, Wike has been giving $1million monthly to the wife of the President, Mrs Patience Jonathan? He has been doing this to gain political favour in the Presidency and to retain the favour."Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/wike-bribes-dame-patience-with-1m-monthly-amaechi.109249/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 23rd March 2015"Buhari Will Win In 17 States, Jonathan Will Win In 14"- VanguardVANGUARD has published a report of how Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC and President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP will fare in Saturday's presidential elections. Based on the report, Buhari is expected to win in 17 States, President Jonathan will win in 14 States while 5 States remain 'too close to call'.Nigeria 2015; APC; PDPhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-will-win-17-states-jonathan-will-win-14-vanguard.109248/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 23rd March 201521 States That May Be Affected By Post-Election Violence According To The PunchA Security Threat Assessment report by a non-governmental organisation, CLEEN Foundation has listed 21 Nigerian States that may be affected by electoral violence come March 28 and April 11 elections. The States listed in the report obtained by PUNCH include: Lagos, Oyo, Ekiti, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Benue, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Abia and Ebonyi.Nigeria 2015; Violencehttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/21-nigerian-states-that-may-be-affected-by-post-electoral-violence-see-list.109247/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 23rd March 201521 Commissioners, 16 Lawmakers Side With Amaechi's Deputy, Defect To PDP In Rivers21 Commissioners and 16 out of 25 State House of Assembly members in Rivers state have reportedly joined the state's deputy governor in defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

According to NEWSWIRE NG, the defection of the commissioners and lawmakers was announced by an aide to Mr Nyesom Wike, the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Rivers state.
Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/21-commisioners-16-lawmakers-side-with-amaechis-deputy-defect-to-pdp-in-rivers-state.109245/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 22nd March 2015"I Treated Him With Love"- Amaechi Reacts To Deputy's Defection To APCRivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has officially reacted to the defection of his Deputy, Tele Ikuru from the All Progressives Congress, APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. A statement issued by Ibim Semenitari, Amaechi's Commissioner of Information and Communications, read, ''The Rivers State Governor Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has only this evening received the news of the resignation of his Deputy Governor Engr Tele Ikuru from the All Progressives Congress. Whilst the news remains unofficial at this time as the Deputy Governor is yet to notify His Excellency the Governor of this move, Governor Amaechi however wishes Engr Ikuru all the best in his future political endeavours. On a personal note, Governor Amaechi has accorded Engr Ikuru all the privileges and respect due the office of the Deputy Governor and has treated him with love as a friend brother."Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/i-treated-him-with-love-amaechis-reacts-to-deputys-defection-to-pdp.109240/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 22nd March 2015INEC Card Reader Stolen In ZamfaraThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Zamfara, lost one card reader during the training of ad-hoc staff in Anka Local Government Area, an official has confirmed. Alhaji Garba Galadima, INEC Head of Voter Education and Publicity in the State, who confirmed the incident on Sunday in Gusau, said security agents, were investigating the matter. Reacting on the issue, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP Sunusi Amiru said the police had already arrested some suspects in connection with the stolen machine.Zamfara 2015; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-card-reader-stolen-in-zamfara.109237/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 22nd March 2015"The Rivers Man In Me Rejects APC"- Rivers Deputy GovernorTele Ikuru, deputy to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state has revealed why he dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He said, "My dear People of Rivers State, I bring you honest and sincere greetings. Today, I address you out of the fullness of my heart. Recall that in December 2013, out of extreme loyalty to my Boss and friend, I joined the All Progressives congress (APC) along with other then disillusioned Rivers People. Ever since, as the true nature and motives of APC are unveiled, I have continued to twist and turn in extreme mental and emotional agony. The more I struggle to belong,the more the Rivers man in me rejects the APC."Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/the-rivers-man-in-me-rejects-apc-amaechis-deputy-explains-defection-to-pdp.109236/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 22nd March 2015"Jonathan Already Has 21 States In The Bag"- KukuPresident Jonathan's Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman of the Amnesty Program, Kingsley Kuku has predicted that the president will win 21 of the 36 States in the forthcoming elections. Speaking with PDP members in Ondo State, he assured them that APC was no threat at all to the PDP. He said that APC wouldn't even have 24% of votes from Ondo State.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-jonathan-already-has-21-states-in-the-bag-kuku.109228/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 22nd March 2015Amaechi's Deputy Dumps APC For PDPTele Ikuru, Deputy to Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has officially dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Ikuru's defection was announced earlier today by CHANNELS TV. The Rivers State government is yet to react to Ikuru's defection and how it will affect the campaign of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the APC. Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/6-days-to-presidential-elections-amaechis-deputy-dumps-apc-for-pdp.109227/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 22nd March 2015Prevent Another Biafra War, Save Us From Jonathan, Igbos Beg BuhariIgbo leaders in the 19 Northern States declared their support for the APC presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to rescue the country from being destroyed by President Goodluck Jonathan. According to Vanguard newspaper, the igbo leaders visited Buhari at his campaign hq in Abuja. Nigeria 2015; Ndigbohttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/prevent-another-biafra-war-save-us-from-jonathan-igbos-beg-buhari.109224/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 22nd March 2015"We Should've Impeached Obasanjo In 2002"- Na'abbaFormer Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’Abba, says he regrets not impeaching ex president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2002. In an interview with The Punch Na'abia says Nigeria won't be in her current woes had Obasanjo been impeached. According to him, the legislative and executive arm of Nigeria's government clashed during his tenure because they had philosophical differences.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/we-shouldve-impeached-obasanjo-in-2002-naabba.109215/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 22nd March 2015Alleged $20 Billion: Allison Madueke Comes Clean, Tackles SanusiDiezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria's Minister for Petroleum affairs has come out in a lengthy interview with Vanguard newspaper and has spoken about pitfalls in the N10 billion jet hire story and corruption in the subsidy system. Speaking on the kerosene subsidy, she said: 'if anybody flouted the presidential order, it must have been the Minister of Petroleum at that time,' referring to the time the presidential directive to withdraw kerosene subsidy was given. Nigeria 2015; Minister of Petroleumhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/alleged-20bn-alison-madueke-comes-clean-tackles-sanusi.109218/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSaturday 21st March 2015APC To Sue Fani-Kayode For Linking Buhari To ISIS, Al-QaedaThe All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCCO) has threatened to sue presidential spokesperson Femi Fani-Kayode, for claiming that General Muhammadu Buhari is getting funding for his election campaign from terrorist groups, such as the outlawed Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and ISIS. In a statement in Abuja, Saturday, the APCPCO accused the Director of Media of the PDP’s presidential campaign of perpetuating the religious politics that his principal, President Goodluck Jonathan is well known for, giving him one week to retract his defamatory comments or face the law.
Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-to-sue-fani-kayode-for-linking-buhari-with-isis-boko-haram-and-al-qaeda.109208/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSaturday 21st March 2015Mu'azu Lists Five Stubborn States Where Jonathan Will WinThe PDP's National Chairman has expressed confidence in President Jonathan winning the elections slated for March 28 and April 11. He listed five States where their Governors defected to APC and said that President Jonathan will win in those States despite that. The States he mentioned were: Rivers, Kwara, Sokoto, Adamawa and Kano. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-muazu-lists-five-stubborn-states-where-gej-will-win.109206/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSaturday 21st March 2015US Consultancy Firm Predicts Jonathan Win By 13%A UK research and political risk consultancy firm, Kevin, Charlyn and Kimberly Associates has projected that President Jonathan will win the March 28 poll by a 13% margin. Vice President of the poll, Mr. Vince Onyekwelu stated that the data was gotten using a 'monkey survey' and 'political risk index' to predict the election outcome, and a Jonathan win was the outcome. He took care to note that the firm had no partisan bias.
Nigeria 2015; KCKA; Pollhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/election-fever-peaks-uk-consultancy-firm-releases-new-poll-showing-gej-win-by-13.109200/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSaturday 21st March 20152015: "I Will Surely Win"- JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has stated, quite simply and straightforwardly, that in the impending elections of March 28, he will 'surely win.' His words were exactly that: 'I will surely win.' Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/march-28-nigerias-president-jonathan-brags-on-cnn-i-will-surely-win.109197/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSaturday 21st March 2015INEC RECs Threaten To Expose Governors Who Offer To Bribe ThemResident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC have threatened to expose state governors offering them bribes. Speaking to PUNCH in separate interviews, the RECs said Governors and other politicians have been offering them gifts. They however vowed to reject all gifts. Ekiti State REC, Mr. Sam Olumekun,said, ''It is unimaginable for a governor or any politician to give monetary or non-monetary gifts to a REC or his spouse, especially when elections are around the corner." Kwara State REC, Dr. Emmanuel Onucheyo, also said he was not ready to receive any gift from any politician, including the State Governor.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-elections-inec-recs-threaten-to-expose-governors-offering-them-bribes.109189/
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th March 2015"Card Reader Will Earn Nigeria Respect"- ACPNNational chairman of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Engr. Olu Okunrinboye has said his party supports the use of the Card Reader because it can boost Nigeria’s image in the international community. Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday, the ACPN chairman said, “Every time there’s always problem on elections. Rigging! Nobody comes up to say this election has been fair today.”Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; ACPNhttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/50007-card-reader-will-earn-nigeria-respect-acpn
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th March 2015INEC Ad-Hoc Staff Take Oath To Remain NeutralThe 13, 484 ad-hoc staff recruited by INEC for the forth coming election in Adamawa State yesterday took an oath to remain neutral in the performance of their duties. The oath was administered to presiding officers and their assistants yesterday in ceremonies conducted across the 21 Local Government Areas of the State. The Chief Registrar, Adamawa State High Court of Justice, Isa Dashen, administered the oath on the officers assigned to conduct elections in Yola North, Yola South and Madagali.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49997-inec-ad-hoc-staff-take-oath-to-remain-neutral
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th March 2015"Elections Was Postponed To Save Jonathan"- FasehunFounder of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) Dr Frederick Fasehun, yesterday said he and other persons contributed to shift the February 14, 2015 presidential election to save President Goodluck Jonathan from imminent defeat. INEC had shifted the poll citing security reasons, but speaking at the post-National Conference Summit hosted by South West leaders in Lagos yesterday, Fasehun said what he revealed was the real reason for the polls shift.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; OPChttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/50001-elections-were-postponed-to-save-jonathan-fasehun
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 20th March 2015"Buhari Remains The Best Choice For Nigeria"- MagoroChairman, Contact and Mobilization Committee of Buhari Campaign Organization, Senator Mamman Magoro, yesterday said the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, remains the best choice for Nigerians. Speaking when his committee paid a courtesy call on Governor Abdulaziz Yari in Gusau, Senator Magoro said “Buhari is a messiah for Nigeria, that is why the common man in the country is working hard to ensure his success in the forthcoming polls”. He said the current security challenge is enough a reason to vote out the PDP.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49986-buhari-remains-the-best-choice-for-nigeria-magoro
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 20th March 2015"Two Issues Anyone Can Accuse Me Of"- BuhariPresidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, in Lagos affirmed that his administration will have zero tolerance for violence against women just as he formally took responsibility for actions taken under his stewardship as head of State. Buhari spoke at two separate interactive sessions with the women in Lagos yesterday. He spoke as Governor Rotimi Amaechi commended Buhari’s wife as a true epitome of womanhood saying she has been well groomed as a lady preparatory to stepping in as First Lady. Governor Amaechi at the ceremony debunked attacks on him by First Lady Patience Jonathan saying that the same woman attacking him as a son cannot do so.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/buhari-pledges-zero-tolerance-for-violence-against-women/#sthash.Jxt9npaR.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 20th March 2015Fashola Condemns Hate Language By PoliticiansGovernor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, said yesterday that hate speeches by politicians would undermine the country’s electoral process and democracy. Fashola said this when a delegation of the Council of the Wise, led by its Coordinator, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari paid him a courtesy visit in Lagos. The council of the wise is a think-tank committed to peaceful and acceptable elections in Nigeria. The Governor during the visit said efforts must be made to stop the ugly trend, and to institute a means of holding politicians accountable for not only their actions but that of their supporters as well.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/fashola-condemns-hate-language-by-politicians/#sthash.v2NOoob9.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 20th March 2015NBA Seeks Court Order To Make INEC Use Card ReadersWarri branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Delta State, has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before a Federal High Court sitting in Warri, seeking an order to guard against any attempt to prevent the commission from employing its voters card reading machines, VCRMs, in the general elections. The case is before Justice Abubakar Shittu. Plaintiffs are Mr John Aikpokpo-Martins, Chairman, NBA, Warri; Mr Othadua Okpakpor, Secretary, NBA, Warri and Olukunle Edun, Chairman, NBA, Warri, Public Interest Litigation Committee. Respondents are INEC, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and All Progressives Congress, APC.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; NBAhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/nba-seeks-court-order-to-make-inec-use-card-readers/#sthash.wITO3Svp.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 20th March 2015Group Alleges INEC's Plan To Marginalize Niger-DeltaNational Coordinator, Concerned Deltans for Good Governance, Olorogun Francis Vevakpor, has accused Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of having an ulterior agenda against the Niger Delta region. Vevakpor said that the introduction of the card reader machine and Jega’s insistence on its use were a grand design to marginalise the oil rich region.Nigeria 2015; CDFGGhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/group-alleges-inecs-plan-to-marginalise-n-delta/#sthash.TqM38TIM.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 20th March 2015Former Akwa Ibom Deputy Speaker AssassinatedThe candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, for Ukanafun State Constituency in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Okon Uwah, was, Wednesday night, assassinated. Uwah, who was the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly between 2007 and 2011, was allegedly murdered by political thugs, when he went on a campaign consultation in Ntek, Ukanafun Local Government Area. Contacted, the State Commissioner of Police Mr. Gabriel Achong, said he could not substantiate the allegation that party thugs killed him, adding that the police command was carrying out its investigations. Akwa Ibom; House Of Assembly http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/former-a-ibom-dep-speaker-assassinated/#sthash.AHVIbbed.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 20th March 2015Lagos PDP Women Vanguard Task AgbajeHopeful of victory, the Lagos PDP Women Vanguard has urged the governorship candidate of the party in the state, Mr Jimi Agbaje not to forget women when he assumes office, saying that a number of agenda should be implemented to take care of womenfolk. Making this call in a speech is Mrs Abiola Folami Ada, President of Lagos PDP Women Vanguard at a general assembly of the group convened in Surulere recently. Mrs Ada, in her address, noted that the PDP Women Vanguard in Lagos is a mouthpiece for women in the political arena and those otherwise engaged.Lagos 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/lagos-pdp-women-vanguard-tasks-agbaje/#sthash.uaoESd84.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 20th March 2015Otti Slams Orji Over Abia Monarch SackAll Progressives Grand Alliance governorship candidate in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has decried the sack by the State government of five traditional rulers perceived to be sympathetic to his party. Reacting in a statement by the Media and Publicity Director of his Abia First Campaign Organisation, AFCO, Chris Uka, APGA governorship hopeful described the action as cowardly and vindictive. The traditional rulers were allegedly axed for failing to abide by the directives of the government that no Eze in the State should identify with APGA.Abia 2015; APGAhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/otti-slams-orji-over-abia-monarchs-sack/#sthash.ICBMOQ7U.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 20th March 2015"No Alternative To Jonathan's Presidency"- Ohaneze YouthsOhanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has called on Nigerians, especially people of Igbo extraction, to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan in next week’s presidential election. The group, in a statement by the President, Mazi Francis Oji, and Secretary, Board of Trustees, Mazi Okwu Okwu, said doing otherwise would amount to political suicide that the Igbo might regret for years to come. It counselled Igbo leaders to close ranks, stop infighting and strategize like other ethnic nationalities to get into the mainstream of Nigerian politics.Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbohttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/no-alternative-to-jonathans-presidency-ohanaeze-youths/#sthash.j2BVBviL.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 20th March 2015"APC Is Full Of Propaganda"- Patience JonathanFirst Lady Mrs Patience Jonathan, yesterday, lambasted the All Progressives Congress, APC, saying the party was only good in propaganda and urged Nigerians to come out massively to reject the opposition party in the forthcoming elections. Speaking at a women sensitisation rally in Lagos, Mrs. Jonathan urged Lagosians to massively vote for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP at all levels saying they will live not to regret it. According to her, the PDP administration in Abuja has delivered on its promises and would do more if given the opportunity.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/elections-apc-is-full-of-propaganda-patience-jonathan/#sthash.RnPxOMIR.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 20th March 2015Yoruba Elders Split Over Jonathan, BuhariThe South-West geo-political zone was split, yesterday, as Yoruba leaders and elders were sharply divided over who to vote for in the March 28 presidential polls between President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Divided into two groups, the leaders held parallel summits in Ibadan and Lagos and took divergent positions on what the Yoruba should do in the coming elections with reasons. While those at the Ibadan gathering were mostly for Buhari, the Lagos crowd rooted for Jonathan.Nigeria 2015; Yoruba Leadershttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/yoruba-elders-split-over-jonathan-buhari/#sthash.ArcT5sGU.dpuf
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineFriday 20th March 2015Buhari's Wife To Patience Jonathan- "Don't Be Afraid Of Jail"Aisha Buhari, wife of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC today addressed comments that her husband will jail Nigerians if he becomes President. Mrs Buhari gave the reassurance in Edo, during an APC rally.
Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buharis-wife-to-patience-jonathan-dont-be-afraid-of-jail.109141/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineFriday 20th March 2015EFCC Nabs SDP House Of Reps Candidate For N142 Million ScamA House of Representatives candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Miss Oluwametomi Adetokunbo Adisa, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly obtaining the sum of N142, 029,000 (One Hundred and Forty- Two Million, Twenty- Nine Thousand Naira only) from one businessman, Alhaji Isa Bello, by false pretence. The 37 year old politician allegedly obtained building materials worth N142, 029,000( One Hundred and Forty-Two Million, Twenty-Nine Thousand Naira only) from Bello, in the guise of servicing a supply contract she had with a construction company. The materials comprised: 9,900 bags of cement, 381 tons of imported iron rods and 468 tons of local iron rods. Nigeria 2015; EFCC; SDPhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/efcc-nabs-sdp-house-of-reps-candidate-for-n142million-scam.109154/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineFriday 20th March 2015"Only A Bastard Yoruba Will Vote Jonathan"- Ibadan SummitOn Thursday, prominent Yoruba leaders gathered in Ibadan and endorsed Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. According to PM NEWS, Yoruba leaders presented at the summit decried marginalization by the Goodluck Jonathan administration. Endorsing Buhari, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade who was represented by High Chief Eddy Oyewole said, ''On 28 March, 2015, let us vote for Buhari''. Nigeria 2015; Ibadan Summithttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/%E2%80%9Conly-a-bastard-yoruba-will-vote-for-jonathan-ibadan-summit.109155/
Leadership News OnlineFriday 20th March 2015"Atiku Remains A Committed APC Leader"- FayemiThe alleged move by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to woo former Vice President Atiku Abubakar back to the party will fail, the ex-governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said yesterday. He said the move was aimed at ripping the APC apart and dimming the chances of the APC presidential candidate, Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in the March 28 election.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/418841/atiku-remains-a-committed-apc-leader-fayemi
Leadership News OnlineFriday 20th March 2015"I'll Ensure Protection Of Women, Girls"- BuhariThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari, has promised to ensure that Nigerian girls and women that are now endangered species in the wake of the nation’s insecurity are protected when voted as the next president of the country in the forthcoming general election. Buhari who gave the assurance at the APC Town Hall Meeting with Women Professionals in Lagos, said “My administration will have zero tolerance for violence against women and girls. We will provide women with greater legal protection from all forms of violence and sexual harassment.”Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/418905/ill-ensure-protection-of-girls-women-buhari
Leadership News OnlineFriday 20th March 2015"Politicians Using Religion Against Buhari"- Aisha BuhariWife of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, yesterday said the campaign of calumny especially using religion to demonise her husband by politicians, is a ploy to continue to loot the lean resources of the country. She therefore urged Edo women not to mortgage their future by selling their permanent voter cards (PVCs) and called on Edo people to come out enmass on March 28, 2015, to vote massively for the APC presidential candidate for the desired change the country yearns for.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/418908/politicians-using-religion-against-buhari-aisha-buhari
Leadership News OnlineFriday 20th March 2015"No Government Favoured Women Like Jonathan's"- Patience JonathanNigerian women have been called upon to use their numerical strength and position as mothers and wives to ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan is voted for another term in office to sustain the privilege Nigerian women are enjoying today. Speaking through the wife of the Vice President, Hajia Aminat Namadi Sambo, at a rally in Osogbo yesterday, Dame Patience Jonathan noted that no administration has favoured women in the history of Nigeria as Jonathan’s administration.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/418910/no-government-favoured-women-like-jonathan-first-lady
Leadership News OnlineFriday 20th March 2015Opinion Poll- "Jonathan Ahead Of Buhari"Nine days to the March 28 election, an independent consulting firm, Kevin, Charlyn and Kimberly, has said that an opinion poll carried out by the firm shows that President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will likely lead his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, with a margin of 13 per cent. A consultant with the firm and director of Vince Network Limited, a United Kingdom-based organisation, Mr Vince Onyekwelu, disclosed this during a press conference in Abuja yesterday.Nigeria 2015; KCK; Pollhttp://leadership.ng/news/418920/jonathan-ahead-of-buhari-opinion-poll
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015Buhari Opposes Expeditious Hearing Of Case Seeking His DisqualificationThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has urged the Federal High Court Abuja not to rush into hearing the suit challenging his eligibility to contest this month’s election in the interest of justice. Buhari and his party, the APC, said this when the case came up for hearing on Thursday. Buhari, the 1st defendant in the suit filed by an Abuja-based legal practitioner, Chinwuike Okafor, is being represented by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), while the APC’s (2nd defendant) counsel is Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).Nigeria 2015; Eligibility; Buharihttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-opposes-expeditious-hearing-of-case-seeking-his-disqualification/204599/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015Court Strikes Out Suit Challenging Obanikoro's Eligibility To Hold OfficeJustice Kazeem Alogba of an Ikeja High Court yesterday struck out a suit seeking to stop the newly-appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, from ever contesting for any elective office in Nigeria. The suit was struck out on the grounds that the documentary evidence tendered before the court were not admissible in law.Nigeria 2015; Obanikoro; Senate; APChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-strikes-out-suit-challenging-obanikoro-s-eligibility-to-hold-public-office/204603/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015PVC Update: 12.4 Million Registered Voters Yet To Collect Their Voters Cards- INECWith the March 22 deadline for the collection of the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) close, over 12.4 million registered voters are yet to collect their voter cards. In a table released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Commission said that over 56,350,776 registered voters or 81.87 per cent had collected their PVCs out of the total 69,933,476 registered voters. By the INEC table of the distribution of the PVCs, Ogun, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory are still lagging behind in the collection of the PVCs.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pvc-collection-update-12-4m-registered-voters-yet-to-collect-their-voters-cards/204606/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 20152015 Polls: Soyinka Worried About Intention Of Military Nigeria’s Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has expressed concern over the real intentions of the military, suggesting a hidden agenda to sweep aside the civilian administration. Soyinka, 80, told Deutsche Welle on Wednesday that the military may be poised to intervene unconstitutionally and seize power after presidential elections on March 28.Nigeria 2015; Soyinkahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-polls-soyinka-worried-over-intention-of-military/204610/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015APC Accuses PDP Of Plot To Intimidate Voters In KadunaThe opposition All Progressives Congress (APC ) in Kaduna State has alleged of plots by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the state to use soldiers to intimidate voters during the forth coming elections. But the PDP in a reaction dismissed the allegation, saying that the opposition should accept the imminent triumph of the ruling party and quit telling cock and bull stories. The APC Campaign Council Secretariat in a statement claimed that the PDP was planning to scare voters from voting and defending their votes during the elections.Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-accuses-pdp-of-plot-to-use-soldiers-to-intimidate-voters-in-kaduna/204576/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015PDP Commends Jonathan, FEC For Approving National Conference ReportThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for Wednesday’s approval of the final report of the 2014 National Conference. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Thursday said “the development shows that the President and the PDP government are sensitive to the yearnings and aspirations of the Nigerian people as encapsulated in the report.”Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-commends-jonathan-fec-for-approving-national-conference-report/204577/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015Peterside Restates Commitment To Ogoniland, Drums Support For OPC The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has reaffirmed his commitment to ensure that the people of Ogoniland are given equal opportunities in the State and in the country. Peterside who described himself as a son of the soil, asked the Ogoni people to reject President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election for his failure to implement the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report that asked for immediate cleanup of Ogoniland over three years.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/peterside-restates-commitment-to-ogoniland-drums-support-for-apc/204578/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015Armed Men Attack Otti's Campaign In Isiala NgwaArmed thugs yesterday attacked the campaign team of the governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway. Eyewitnesses said Otti’s motorcade was on its way for a town hall meeting at Mbawsi in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of the State, when the thugs waylaid it at Ntigha Junction on the expressway. The thugs were said to have blocked the way to Mbawsi, shooting randomly into the air, resulting in a stampede as motorists on the expressway as well as cyclists, passersby and hawkers at the junction ran to different directions for safety.Abia 2015; APGAhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/armed-thugs-attack-otti-s-campaign-team-in-isiala-ngwa/204579/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015UPP Disowns Alliance With APC, Other PartiesThe United Progressive Party (UPP) has denounced any collaborative arrangement with the All Progressives Congress ahead of the March 28 presidential election. The party described the move by some political parties who on Wednesday announced their willingness to collaborate with the APC in the coming election as a gang-up. In a statement issued by the Director-General of UPP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr. Ugorji O. Ugorji, the party said it is not in any alliance with any party and is still very much in the race for the Presidency.Nigeria 2015; UPPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/upp-disowns-alliance-with-apc-other-parties/204580/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015NLC Backs Use Of PVC, Card Readers For 2015 PollsThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has thrown its weight behind the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use card readers and the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for the 2015 general election. It hinged its support on the premise that the use of the card readers and PVCs would make rigging almost impossible and produce transparent and credible elections.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; NLChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nlc-backs-use-of-card-readers-pvcs-for-2015-polls/204581/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015Buhari, APC Governors Meet In Owerri To StrategizeThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), is to meet with the party’s governors, under the aegis of the Progressive Governors’ Forum next Monday to work out strategies for March 28 and April 11 elections. The planned strategy meeting of the opposition party is coming on the heels of a statement issued by the Buhari Support Group (BOS), the mainstream campaign support group of the APC, alleging that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is under pressure to drop the use of card reader for the election.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-apc-governors-meet-in-owerri-to-strategise/204582/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015"Some Politicians Are Planning To Announce Parallel Results"- IGWith barely a week to the presidential and National Assembly elections, the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Suleman Abba, on Thursday revealed that some politicians were planning to announce parallel results. The police boss therefore cautioned individuals and groups not to declare election results different from the one announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) will use all legal means to protect the integrity of the electoral process. He also disagreed with the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on whether voters should stay at the polling stations after casting their votes.Nigeria 2015; IGPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ig-some-politicians-are-planning-to-announce-parallel-results/204583/http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ig-some-politicians-are-planning-to-announce-parallel-results/204583/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015PDP, APC Give Timelines For Stable Power SupplyAhead of the March 28 and April 11 elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have offered timelines during which they intend to bring about significant improvement in electricity supply to Nigerian homes. While PDP said Nigerians should expected at least 10 hours stable electricity supply within next 10 weeks, APC on its part promised that the power sector it would record a significant improvement within six months if elected into office. The representative of both parties faced each during a debate organised by the Center for Democratic and Development (CDD) and OSIWA in Abuja yesterday.Nigeria 2015; Power; APC; PDP; NPPDSwww.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-apc-give-timelines-for-stable-power-supply/204584/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015APC Alleges Plot To Frame Party Leaders For Money Laundering OffencesThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it has uncovered plots being hatched against its leadership to link them with money laundering offences. The party said the plot involved a huge amount of money (in US dollars) which are being ferried into Nigeria by some people who will then claim they were hired as cash couriers by APC leaders. In a statement issued on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the funds are to be ferried into the country through the Seme or Idi-Iroko, or any other border posts, anytime from now.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-alleges-plot-to-frame-leaders-for-money-laundering-offences/204585/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015"APC Is Not Happy With Jonathan's Victory Over Boko Haram"- Fani-KayodeThe Spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on Thursday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) was apparently not happy with the victory of the nation’s military and the federal government over the Boko Haram insurgents. Fani-Kayode, in a statement he issued in Abuja, said: “What is really giving the APC a headache is their failed expectation that President Goodluck Jonathan’s government would be unable to subdue the deadly activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-Eastern part of the country.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fani-kayode-apc-not-happy-with-jonathan-s-victory-over-boko-haram/204586/
ThisDay LiveFriday 20th March 2015"PDP Will Not Win By A Landslide But Will Be Victorious"- Mu'azuThe National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has said he is not expecting a landslide victory for the party in the general election, but he is convinced that the PDP will emerge victorious in the election. According to Muazu, “While I do not see a landslide victory coming, I am convinced that our party will perform creditably in the South-west and the North of Nigeria and elsewhere in all the elections this year because the evidence is clear that despite our travails at the beginning, we have done very well over the past 16 years of our nascent democracy since 1999 to record a victory. Those who disbelieve our resilience will be surprised for victory is ours.”Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mu-azu-pdp-will-not-win-by-a-landslide-but-will-be-victorious/204587/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th March 2015Court Declares Lawan PDP Candidate For Borno Governorship RaceA Federal High Court in Abuja has declared Gambo Lawan as the authentic standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming April 11, governorship election in Borno State. Justice Ahmed Mohammed has consequently ordered the PDP to replace the name of the Alhaji Mohammed Iman with that of Alhaji Lawan. He also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise Lawan as the genuine candidate of the PDP for the 2015 governorship election in Borno State.Borno 2015; Judiciary; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-declares-lawan-pdp-candidate-for-borno-governorship-race/204498/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th March 2015Yero Advocates Split Of Northern Governor's ForumKaduna State Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero, has called for a split of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) into three zones. Yero disclosed that he and his two other Governors in the region had started discussing the need to split the meeting in accordance with the three geopolitical zones in the North, namely North-West, North-East and North-Central, which have different peculiarities and development needs. Yero, who was responding to questions at an interactive session with some civil society organisations (CSOs) during a dinner on Tuesday in Kaduna, said the time had come when the truth must be told.Kaduna 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/yero-advocates-split-of-northern-governors-forum/204497/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th March 2015Buhari Pledges New Security Architecture, Exemplary LeadershipThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has pledged to bequeath to the country a new security architecture that will be better equipped, more professional and ready to confront the challenges of insecurity. Buhari, who lamented the near-free fall of the naira value, explained how he resisted pressure to devalue the nation’s currency and remove subsidy on petroleum product when he came into office in December 1983.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-pledges-new-security-architecture-exemplary-leadership/204496/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th March 2015Court Refuses Plea To Stop IhediohaThe Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Wednesday refused to grant the request of the state Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, who sought the court to give an interim injunction stopping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the state, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, from campaigning for the April 11 governorship election. The court held that all the respondents must be put on notice, as interim injunction in this case does not come automatic without the parties being put in the know. Okorocha is said to be trying to use the court to stop or slow the PDP from further campaigning in the State.Imo 2015; Judiciary; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-refuses-plea-to-stop-ihedioha/204494/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th March 2015Buhari Meets Arewa Community, Women, Others In Lagos TodayThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and leaders of the party are due in Lagos today. They are to meet with the various interest groups including artisans, the Arewa community and market women, as well as other critical stakeholders. Speaking on the visit last night, the Lagos State Coordinator of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation, James Abiodun Faleke, described the meetings as part of nationwide consultations by the party’s standard bearers.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-meets-arewa-community-women-others-in-lagos-today/204493/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th March 2015Okrika Attack: I Won't Respond To Amaechi, Says Patience JonathanThe First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, has said she will not descend so low as to reply the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, on the allegations levelled against her that she was responsible for the political violence that has rocked the State, especially the attack at the All Progressives Congress (APC) rally at Okrika. This came as the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Dan Bature, on Wednesday said Governor Amaechi lied in his allegation that the withdrawal of the anti-terrorism unit, C4I, from the APC gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, was an attempt to assassinate him.Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/okrika-attack-i-won-t-respond-to-amaechi-says-patience-jonathan/204492/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th March 2015"My Politics Has No Luxury For Vacation"- AtikuFormer Vice-President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said the demands of the Nigeria today cannot afford him the luxury of a vacation from politics. The former Vice-President said in a reaction to the claims by an aide to President Goodluck Jonathan that he (Atiku) was on sabbatical, and would soon return to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that the nature of his politics is full time and leaves no room for a vacation.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/my-politics-has-no-luxury-for-vacation-says-atiku/204490/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th March 2015Ohaneze Denies Accepting Money From JonathanThe Lagos State chapter of Ohanaeze Youths has denied the allegation taking money and material items from President Goodluck Jonathan. This came on the heels of festering rumour that the organisation was involved in unscrupulous acts of bribery to compromise the choices of its membership in endorsing candidates for the elections. The leader of the youth wing of the parent body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mr. Kelvin Okereke, stated that his leadership is resourceful, principled and focused in all matters concerning the Ndigbo youths and would therefore endeavour to protect their interests.Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ohanaeze-denies-accepting-money-from-jonathan/204491/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th March 2015Obi Advises Youths To Vote For JonathanFormer Governor of Anambra State and the Deputy Director-General of the President Goodluck Jonathan presidential campaign organisation, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on Nigerian youths to vote for President Jonathan in the forthcoming election. Obi made this call on Wednesday when he spoke during the South-east youths town hall meeting at the Aladinmma Shopping Mall, Owerri, Imo State.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obi-advises-youths-to-vote-for-jonathan/204487/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th March 2015TAN Pledges Smooth Victory For JonathanThe National Vice-Chairman Transformation Agenda of Nigeria (TAN), Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has said it will synergise with about 680 groups and affiliate bodies and organisations that cut across ethnic nationalities, gender, professional and business groups to facilitate a smooth and resounding victory for President Goodluck Jonathan and other candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming general election. Ubah, who made this known on Wednesday during an interactive session with market women, business executives, employers of labour, associations, as well as its top executives, in Lagos, described the President as a passionate patriot who is committed to the growth and development of the country, noting that he has done so much for Nigeria to deserve another tenure to consolidate and expand them.Nigeria 2015; TAN; Jonathanhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tan-pledges-smooth-victory-for-jonathan/204486/
ThisDay LiveThursday 19th March 2015Jonathan Not Involved In OPC Protest, Says PDPMudslinging has continued between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), with the ruling party berating the opposition for trying to link President Goodluck Jonathan to Monday’s protest by members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Lagos. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Wednesday, described the allegation as cheap blackmail and part of the mind game being played by the APC in their spirited effort to discredit and scuttle the electoral process.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-not-involved-in-opc-protest-says-pdp/204484/
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015Rivers APC Members, Supporters Protest Indiscriminate Arrests By PoliceThousands of members and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State on Thursday took to the streets of Port Harcourt, the state capital, to protest the incessant arrests, and detention of members of the party by the Police. The protest came less than 24 hours after a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, fixed Monday, March 23, 2015, for hearing on the bail application by the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Etche local government area, Hon. Charles Anyanwu, and five other chieftains of the APC, who are currently standing trial for illegal possession of fire-arms.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/418576/rivers-apc-members-supporters-protest-indiscriminate-arrests-by-police
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015APC Raises Alarm Over Threat To Peaceful Elections In Okrika, Rivers StateThe All Progressives Congress (APC), Okrika Local Government of Rivers State Chapter on Tuesday petitioned the National Human Rights Commission, (NHRC); Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Inspector General of Police over an alleged threat to peaceful elections in the Local Government. According to the petition signed by the APC Chairman, Okrika chapter Hon. Christian Asifamaka and Chairman APC Ogu/Bolo Chapter, Chief Israel Iboms, they alleged that some people in the community and outside were hell bent on causing trouble in their area.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/418583/apc-raises-the-alarm-over-threat-to-peaceful-elections-in-okrika
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015"US Collaborating With Nigeria On Elections"- SarakiChairman Senate Committee on Ecology, Senator Bukola Saraki, has said the visit of US congressman, Stephen Lynch, shows that the United States is interested in Nigeria holding credible elections and urged for further collaboration and cooperation. Just as the the United States has begun a review of its security in its embassies following the new threat posed by the alleged alliance between Boko Haram terrorists and those fighting to propagate an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).Nigeria 2015; UShttp://leadership.ng/news/418589/us-collaborating-with-nigeria-on-elections-saraki
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015"Police Will Be Impartial To All Parties"- IGPThe Inspector general of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba has reassured that the force would not show preference to any political party or individual during the coming elections. Abba gave the assurance yesterday before a closed meeting with senior police officers, on strategies to provide adequate security for the March and April elections where he warned that whoever attempt to disrupt the smooth conduct of the forthcoming general election would be arrested and prosecuted.Nigeria 2015; IGPhttp://leadership.ng/news/418599/elections-police-will-be-impartial-to-all-parties-igp
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015APC To First Lady: "PDP Cant Win Rivers State"The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has called on the people of the state to ignore the prediction of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win the governorship election in the State on April 11, 2015. APC, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Thursday was reacting to the comments credited to Mrs. Jonathan, while speaking at the PDP women presidential rally at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt, where she said the party would install its governorship candidate, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike as the next Governor of the State.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/418616/apc-to-first-lady-pdp-cant-win-rivers
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015Youth Delegates Applaud Jonathan Over Implementation Of CONFAB ReportThe Forum of Youths to the 2014 National Conference has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for fulfilling his promise on the implementation of the confab report. A statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Forum’s secretary, Comrade Clifford Abur, said the youths who attended the conference were happy with the development and called on the President to particularly expedite action on the recommendations that have bearing on the Nigerian youths.Nigeria 2015; National Conferencehttp://leadership.ng/news/418625/confab-youth-delegates-applaud-jonathan-over-implementation-of-report
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015US VP Calls Jonathan, Buhari Over Perceived Electoral ViolenceAhead of the rescheduled March 28 presidential elections in Nigeria, United States Vice President, Mr. Joe Biden has had a telephone conversation with President Goodluck Jonathan and his All Progressive Congress (APC) counterpart, Gen. Mohamadu Buhari, over how the elections will be made violence free. During the separate conversations, according to a White House media note which was made available to our correspondent on Thursday, Mr. Joe Biden told both President Jonathan and General Buhari that the United States government was greatly concerned over indications that the elections might be filled with violence due to inflammatory statements coming from both the ruling and the major opposition parties in the country.Nigeria 2015; UShttp://leadership.ng/news/418567/elections-us-vp-calls-jonathan-buhari-over-perceived-violence
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015Tinubu To PDP: "Charge Me To Court If I Have Stolen"The national leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to charge him to court over its allegation that he embezzled the State’s resources. He disclosed this at the 14th Town Hall meeting of Lagos Central Senatorial District tagged: “Treading the Path To Prosperity,” organised by Senator Oluremi Tinubu on Wednesday.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/418509/tinubu-to-pdp-charge-me-to-court-if-i-have-stolen
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015Niger 2015: Naskos Campaign Coordinator, Others Defect To APCMany members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State including the coordinator of the party’s governorship candidate, Alhaji Umar Nasko in Shiroro Local Government of the State, Alhaji Akilu Ishaku Kuta have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). They defected on Tuesday during the campaign tour of the APC governorship candidate, Alhaji Abu Sani Bello. Kuta a former vice chairman of Shiroro Local Government on the platform of PDP announced that he was defecting to APC with 1,500 of his supporters who were hitherto in PDP.Niger 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/418513/niger-naskos-campaign-coordinator-others-defect-to-apc
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015Fulanis Endorse Jonathan As Sole CandidateMiyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural association, yesterday endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as their “sole candidate” for March 28 presidential elections. This is even as the president has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to finding a permanent solution to the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the country. The Fulani socio-cultural association, which was at the presidential villa to endorse the President, also invested him as a life patron of the association.Nigeria 2015; MAKH; Jonathanhttp://leadership.ng/news/418536/poll-fulanis-endorse-jonathan-as-sole-candidate
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015UN Backs INEC Over Use Of Card ReadersThe United Nations on Thursday backed the idea of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use card readers during the rescheduled March 28 presidential elections in Nigeria, stressing the need for all Nigeria’s political parties to create a conducive environment for the elections. Speaking during his visit to Nigeria, the United Nations Political Envoy, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, lauded the efforts of the electoral umpire for its ability to distribute Permanent Voters Cards and the testing of card readers despite a tight schedule and logistical challenges.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; UNhttp://leadership.ng/news/418560/2015-un-backs-inecs-over-use-of-card-readers
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015"Buhari Should Seek Forgiveness From Yorubas Not Votes"- FayoseEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said that the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) presidential candidate, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), should rather seek forgiveness from the Yoruba people of the South West States, including Edo and Delta States, and not votes. The Governor said; “Buhari’s coup of 1983 destroyed the Southwest and the old Bendel State (now Edo and Delta) as it put an end to the developmental programmes of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) government in the Southwest states of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and Ondo, as well as Bendel State.”Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/418460/buhari-should-seek-forgiveness-from-yorubas-not-votes-fayose
Leadership News OnlineThursday 19th March 2015Sacking Of Lawmakers: NBA Seeks Dissolution Of Akwa Ibom AssemblyThe Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Akwa Ibom State branch, yesterday said the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly should be dissolved going by the provision of section 91 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). NBA’s position on the matter was contained in a letter entitled: ‘Dissolution of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly by Operation of Law,’ and addressed to the clerk of the House. The letter was signed by the State Chairman, Mfon Uyoh and Secretary, E. I. Ekanem respectively.Akwa Ibom 2015; House Of Assembly; NBAhttp://leadership.ng/news/418497/sacking-of-lawmakers-nba-seeks-dissolution-of-aibom-assembly
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 18th March 2015APC Urges Stakeholders To Be Vigilant At PollsThe gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State, Sen. Aisha Alhassan, has called on the party’s agents, supervisors and returning officers to be very vigilant and ensure that what is due for the party at the polls is appropriately recorded in the right documents. Aisha, who made this call yesterday in Jalingo, during a one-day training workshop organised for the party’s agents, supervisors and returning officers, urged them to acquaint themselves with the roles expected of them during the forthcoming elections.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/418381/apc-stakeholders-urged-to-be-vigilant-at-polls
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 18th March 2015Katsina PDP Guber Candidate Shuns DebateThe Katsina State gubernatorial candidate of the ruling PDP, Engr Musa Nashuni, yesterday shunned a political debate organised for gubernatorial candidates by the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations. Nashuni and five other key gubernatorial candidates were invited for the debate with the theme: “Discussing Issues Not Personalities” which focused on key issues of development in the State. But three of the candidates including former Speaker Aminu Bello Masari of APC, Senator Yakubu Lado Danmarke of PDM and Abdulmumini Sani of NCP attended the debate.Katsina 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/418389/katsina-pdp-guber-candidate-shuns-debate
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 18th March 2015"We've Done Everything To Protect Voter Card Readers From Hacking, Jamming"- JegaThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says it has done everything to protect its card readers from being hacked or jammed on Election Day. Mr Chidi Nwafor, the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), INEC, stated this at a Situation Room Dialogue with INEC officials in on Wednesday in Abuja. The dialogue was organised by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, with support from the British Department for International Development (DFID).Nigeria 2015; Card Readers; INEChttp://leadership.ng/news/418434/weve-done-everything-to-protect-voter-card-readers-from-hacking-jamming-inec
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 18th March 2015PDP Calls For The Arrest Of Fayemi, Other APC Leaders Over New Radio StationThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation has called for the arrest of some All Progressives Congress (APC) officials for allegedly operating an illegal radio station. Also to be arrested in connection with the radio station, according to PDP, is the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi. Director of Media and Publicity of the organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, made the call at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/418436/pdp-calls-for-arrest-of-fayemi-apc-leaders-over-new-radio-station
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th March 2015Rivers State Ijaws Endorse Jonathan, WikeThe people of Rivers State of the Ijaw ethnic nationality have endorsed the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan and the candidacy of the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Nyesom Wike, as Governor of the State in the forth-coming elections. The Ijaw people have also called on Governor Chibuike Amaechi, to apologise to Jonathan for “making misguided and embarrassing statements locally and internationally against the President.Rivers 2015; Ijaws; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rivers-ijaws-endorse-jonathan-wike/204365/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th March 2015"500,000 PVCs Yet To Be Collected In Ogun"- INECThe National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in charge of Ogun, Oyo and Ekiti States, Professor Layi Olurode, on Tuesday disclosed that as many as 589,377 permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) have not been collected from the Commission’s office. He also said, out of the 1,795,794 registered voters in the state for the forthcoming elections, INEC had as at yesterday distributed 1,053,230 cards. He therefore, said the state INEC was still expecting 153,185 PVCs from the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja.Ogun 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-500-000-pvcs-yet-to-be-collected-in-ogun/204366/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th March 2015Obanikoro: Call Abaribe To Order, APC Senators Tell MarkA few days after the confirmation of former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, as Minister-designate, the bitterness generated by the confirmation among senators is yet to abate. When the matter was re-opened on Tuesday, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume, asked Senate President, David Mark, to call the parliament’s Spokesman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, to order over his reaction to the All Progressives Congress (APC) opposition to Obanikoro’s confirmation. Abaribe described the APC Senators’ clamour to drop Obanikoro over a matter that had not been determined as misplaced.Nigeria 2015; Obanikoro; Senate; APChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obanikoro-call-abaribe-to-order-apc-senators-tell-mark/204367/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th March 2015TAN Diaspora Canada Roots For JonathanIt was a moment for the celebration of the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan recently when Nigerians living in Ottawa, Canada, came together under the auspices of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) Diaspora to openly declare their support for the re-election efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan. The Coordinator of TAN Diaspora, Mr. George Chukwu in his address at the Ottawa gathering said Jonathan has made all Nigerians proud of his humane approach to governance.Nigeria 2015; TAN; Jonathanhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tan-diaspora-canada-roots-for-jonathan/204368/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th March 2015"Cloned Voters Cards Cannot Be Used For Polls"- JegaChairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has warned politicians and Nigerians intending to undermine the electoral process by presenting cloned voters’ cards for accreditation during the polls that doing so will be an effort in futility. According to the INEC Chairman, “We feel confident that people will try to clone cards but a cloned card cannot be read by our card readers. We have examined all the possibilities of hacking and we have taken care of this.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-cloned-voters-cards-cannot-be-used-for-polls/204369/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th March 2015APC Cries Over Police Harrassment Of Supporters In JigawaThe All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has alerted of threats to the life of one of its members, Rotimi Fashakin, by persons suspected to be linked to the Jonathan campaign. APC’s alarm came just as the party appealed to the police in the Birniwa council area of Jigawa State to stop the incessant harassment and intimidation of its members in the area, saying the police is national institution that should always be neutral and non-partisan.Jigawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-cries-out-over-police-harassment-of-members-in-jigawa/204370/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th March 2015"Atiku On A Vacation In APC"- PresidencyThe presidency on Tuesday said former Vice-president Atiku Abubakar is on sabbatical in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and that he would soon return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Alkali, stated this in Abuja when members of the 120 Atiku Abubakar Support Groups in the South-west formally defected to the PDP from the APC.
Nigeria 2015; Presidencyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidency-atiku-on-vacation-in-apc/204372/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th March 2015Anti Jega Protests: Jonathan's Men Fuelling Violence, Says APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of carrying his re-election desperation to a new height on Monday by allowing thugs to be unleashed on Lagos residents during a sponsored Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) protest against the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega. In a statement issued on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party alleged that the President’s supporters, led by the OPC, took to major roads in the city during rush hour traffic to unleash mayhem on the citizens, create massive gridlock that prevent many workers from reaching their places of work as well as destroy any APC campaign poster they could lay their hands on.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-anti-jega-protest-jonathan-s-men-fuelling-violence-says-apc/204377/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th March 2015Ban Ki-Moon Tasks Nigeria On Credible ElectionsAs part of the United Nations (UN) consultations towards a peaceful general elections, the Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday called on political leaders in the country to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enhance free, fair and credible elections in the country. Ban Ki-Moon, who spoke through the Under Secretary of United Nations Political Department, Jeffrey Feltman, stressed the importance of Nigeria in the UN and the forthcoming general election as reason for the visit to the country.Nigeria 2015; UNhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ban-ki-moon-task-nigeria-on-credible-elections/204421/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th March 2015PDP Commends Jonathan For Electricity Tarrif ReductionThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the 50 percent reduction in electricity tariff in the country. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement on Wednesday that the reduction, which came two months after the cut in the pump price of petrol, shows the President “as a listening and compassionate leader who has the interest and wellbeing of his citizens at heart.”Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-commends-jonathan-for-electricity-tariff-reduction/204419/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 18th March 2015Na'abba Joins APC As BoT MemberThe former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ghali Na’Abba has expressed optimism that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), will be victorious at the March 28 polls. Na’Abba, who was formally received in the opposition party fold yesterday in Abuja with an automatic appointment into the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), said the bane of the country in the past years had been the inability of its leadership to carry the people along in governance. He lamented that Nigeria had been misruled by successive governments in the past 16 years.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/na-abba-joins-apc-as-bot-member-predicts-buhari-s-victory/204378/
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th March 2015Lagos Protesters Demand Jega's RemovalProtesters yesterday marched through the streets of Lagos calling for the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega. The rally which started at the old toll-gate section of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, witnessed a large turnout of supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).Lagos 2015; OPC; Jonathan http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49624-lagos-protesters-demand-jega-s-removal
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th March 2015Court Restrains AIT From Airing Tinubu Documentary A Lagos High Court in Ikeja yesterday restrained the Africa Independent Television (AIT) from broadcasting a documentary titled “Lion of Bourdillion” on a former Lagos State Governor, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu. Justice Olamide Akinkugbe granted the restraining order while ruling on an exparte motion filed by the Tinubu through his counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN). He said the order would last pending the hearing and determination of the interlocutory application filed by the applicant.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49606-court-restrains-ait-from-airing-tinubu-documentary
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th March 2015Buhari Condemns Benue MassacreThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate retired General Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the Benue killings, saying bloodshed is never a solution to any problem. Buhari was reacting to the incident at Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, where dozens, mainly women and children were killed by unknown gunmen at the weekend. A statement by his campaign Media and Publicity Director Malam Garba Shehu yesterday quoted the APC flag bearer saying the resort to violence in whatever form was not acceptable and justifiable, no matter the grievances.Benue 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49603-buhari-condemns-benue-massacre
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th March 2015"Don't Be Deceived By APC"- Patience Jonathan Tells Ekiti WomenFirst lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, yesterday at a PDP rally in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, warned the electorate against being deceived by the APC, saying the party only thrives on deception. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State also said Nigerians must allow President Jonathan to complete his second tenure so that the North can have its uninterrupted eight year tenure from 2019.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49602-don-t-be-deceived-by-apc-mrs-jonathan-tells-ekiti-women
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th March 2015S/West Arewa Community Endorses Buhari/OsinbajoMembers of the Arewa community in the South-West converged in Ibadan yesterday to declare support for the candidature of retired General Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo of the APC. As early as 8 am, the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan was filled with the supporters who sang and danced as they chanted: ‘Sai Buhari! Sai Baba!! Sai Buhari! Sai Baba!!’Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49601-s-west-arewa-community-endorses-buhari-osinbajo
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th March 2015"Card Reader Jamming Allegation Is Wild And Baseless"- Fani KayodeThe Director, Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has described as wild and baseless the allegation that the Federal Government and the Peoples Democratic Party plan to jam the Card Readers during the forthcoming elections. In a statement yesterday in Abuja, he said the Federal Government and the PDP do not have any plan to sabotage the card readers and do not need to indulge in such shady, sinister and tardy practices. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49597-allegation-wild-baseless-fani-kayode
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th March 2015Your PVCs Are Ready, INEC Tells Jang, Gbong Gwom Jos The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday that the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) of Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State and Gwong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, are ready. INEC Deputy Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Osaretin Imahireyereobo, who spoke at a workshop on violence-free election, organized by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Jos, said the PVC of the Governor had arrived the State alongside that of the Gwong Gwom Jos. Plateau 2015; INEChttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49594-your-pvcs-are-ready-inec-tells-jang-gbong-gwom-jos
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th March 2015Mrs Buhari Urges Proper Voter EducationWife of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, yesterday called for proper education of the party’s supporters on its symbol and logo, saying the APC’s support base is the masses. Mrs. Buhari who paid a courtesy visit to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State as part of her two-day Citizens Outreach and Town Hall meetings in Kwara State noted that the masses who make up the party’s backbone include illiterate and rural people who have no access to television or the social media.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49584-mrs-buhari-urges-proper-voter-education
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 17th March 2015Elections: Peace Agencies Task Youths To Shun ViolenceThe Peace Ambassador Agency has called on Nigerian youths to avoid being used by politicians to create violence of any sort before and after the forthcoming general elections. Speaking at the 2015 peace conference in Abuja, Chief Executive of the Agency, Ambassador Kingsley Amafibe said a lot of youths have been killed because they allowed themselves to be used by politicians to create violence during elections stressing that the nation do not need such instability anymore.Nigeria 2015; Violencehttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49581-elections-peace-agency-task-youths-to-shun-violence
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineTuesday 17th March 2015"Buhari Will Serve One Term And Return Power To The South"- OkorochaImo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has described Muhammadu Buhari,presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC as the Nelson Mandela of Nigeria. According to VANGUARD, Okorocha made the description when addressing Imo State indigenes who gathered on the banner of Imo State Towns Development Association Lagos (ISTDAL) at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Monday. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-will-serve-1-term-and-return-power-to-the-south-okorocha.109037/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineTuesday 17th March 2015"Please Don't Vote Buhari, I'm Not Ready To Take Food To My Husband In Prison"- Patience JonathanNigeria's First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan on Monday appealed to supporters to re-elect her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan. Speaking in Ado Ekiti during the rally of the women’s wing of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dame Jonathan making a reference to the All Progressives Congress, APC said, ''What did they forget in Aso rock? If you vote PDP and Jonathan, it would be better for you. If you vote APC, you will go to prison. How can you jail somebody for 300 years? I’m not ready to carry food to my husband inside prison oh!''.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/please-dont-vote-buhari-im-not-ready-to-take-food-to-jonathan-in-prison-patience-jonathan.109039/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineTuesday 17th March 2015President Jonathan To Sack Dieziani During Next Cabinet ReshuffleIn a bid to secure victory in the forthcoming presidential elections, President Goodluck Jonathan is set to drop some ‘powerful’ Ministers from his cabinet. According to BLUEPRINT, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke is one of the powerful Ministers that will be dropped. A source who spoke anonymously said that the cabinet reshuffle is part of President Jonathan’s “three-prong approach” to win more support as the campaign pulls into the home stretch.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/president-jonathan-to-sack-diezani-during-next-cabinet-reshuffle-blueprint.109042/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineTuesday 17th March 2015"I Am Not Under Pressure Top Resign"- JegaProf Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Monday disclosed that he's not under any pressure to resign. Speaking at the the town hall meeting organised in Abuja by Reinvent Media, in conjunction Ford Foundation and Kukah Centre, Jega said, ''No reasonable person, in my view, who is holding this kind of job – like the one I am holding – will contemplate dropping everything and go on leave before the job is concluded. "Nigeria 2015; INEC; Jegahttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-%E2%80%9Ci-am-not-under-pressure-to-resign-jega.109046/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineTuesday 17th March 2015Jonathan Begged Me To Join PDP, Atiku AdmitsWhile speculations are rife as to the outcome of President Jonathan's secret meeting with Atiku Abubakar (with Sahara Reporters suggesting that the President may be asking Atiku to buy in on his alleged interim government idea), Atiku Abubakar has admitted to being asked to join the Peoples Democratic Party. Atiku, saying the topic of election scuttling never came up in his talk with the President, said that Jonathan did try to get him to join the PDP. He said he rejected the invitation immediately. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-jonathan-begged-me-to-join-pdp-atiku-admits.109047/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015Electorates Urged To Ignore Anti Jonathan CampaignsThe Coordinator of President Goodluck Jonathan campaign organization in Anambra State, Chief Ugochukwu Okeke, yesterday called on the electorate to shun the campaigns of calumny against President Jonathan by the opposition. Okeke, who spoke in Ihiala Local Government, described the campaigns as calculated attempts to turn back the clock of progress already initiated by the President. He said Jonathan’s achievement since assuming office was there for all to see.Nigeria 2015; JCOhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/electorate-urged-to-ignore-anti-jonathan-campaigns/#sthash.kIYVeYxN.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015Bayelsa Voters Beseige INEC Centers For PVCsEligible voters in Bayelsa State, yesterday, besieged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, designated centres to collect their permanent voters cards as the State government embarked on “Operation show your PVCs.” The State government had declared yesterday (Monday) a work-free day, the second time in two weeks, to enable registered voters to collect their PVCs. The usually busy State secretariat complex and public schools in Yenagoa were under lock and key but some of the private schools were in session when this reporter went round the town.Bayelsa 2015; INEChttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/bayelsa-voters-besiege-inec-centres-for-pvcs/#sthash.FewCfxio.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015Delta APC Alleges Plot To Recruit Fake INEC StaffDelta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has alleged that there was a plot by one of the political parties in the State to recruit staff into the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the March 28 and April 11 general elections. Speaking to Vanguard, state Deputy Chairman of the party, Chief Cyril Ogodo, while drumming up support for the use of card readers in the elections, said the party has petitioned INEC on the recruitment plot.Delta 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/delta-apc-alleges-plot-to-recruit-fake-inec-staff/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015ING: Group Challenges Fayemi To Produce EvidenceMove on Nigeria, a Civic Action group promoting good governance and democracy, has dismissed the claim by the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi, that he had evidence of President Goodluck Jonathan’s plan to install an interim government and that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was invited to be part of the ING arrangement. Nigeria 2015; MON; Jonathanhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/ing-group-challenges-fayemi-to-produce-evidence/#sthash.G5gG48LV.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015Edo Majority Leader Tasks INEC On Prosecution Of Alleged PVC BuyersMajority Leader of Edo State House of Assembly and All Progressives Congress, APC, House of Representatives candidate for Etsako Federal Constituency, Mr Philip Shaibu, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to commence the prosecution of those arrested over alleged purchase of Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, from people so as to serve as a deterrent to others. Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/edo-majority-leader-tasks-inec-on-prosecution-of-alleged-pvc-buyers/#sthash.aixJ0gwn.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015APC, PDP, APGA Trade Words Over Printing Fake Election Result Sheets In AnambraThree political parties in Anambra State, All Progressives Congress, APC; Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, are trading words over allegations of printing fake result sheets for the forthcoming Presidential and National Assembly elections. However, PDP and APC are accusing the ruling party, APGA, of having a hand in the fake result sheets. State Chairman of PDP, Mr. Ejike Oguebego, told reporters in Awka: “Our party is a law abiding one that play politics with the ambit of the law. However, State Chairman of APGA, Chief Mike Kwentoh, told reporters that PDP and APC are merely crying wolf where there is none."Anambra 2015; APC; PDP; APGAhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/apc-apga-pdp-trade-blames-over-fake-election-results-sheets-in-anambra/#sthash.ItrzPcMl.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015Sambo Predicts Victory For PDP In KadunaVice President, Namadi Sambo has predicted a resounding victory for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kaduna State, saying that the State is the home of the party. Sambo spoke during a fund raising dinner in support of the party’s governorship candidate, Mukhtar Yero and his running mate, Nuhu Bajoga, at the Hotel 17 in Kaduna, weekend. This was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Umar Sani, yesterday.Kaduna 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/polls-sambo-predicts-victory-for-pdp-in-kaduna/#sthash.9qzxLeEI.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015"Alleged Dollar Rain Can't Buy Yoruba Votes"- Osun APC EldersThe Elders’ Council (Igbimo Agba) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State has described last minute efforts by President Goodluck Jonathan to influence Yoruba to support his re-election efforts through monetary inducement as too little too late. In a statement signed by Chairman of the Council, Sola Akinwumi and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, yesterday, the Elders’ Council maintained that Yoruba people are not articles that could be purchased by the highest bidder.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/alleged-dollar-rain-cant-buy-yoruba-votes-osun-apc-elders/#sthash.a7lTCYAq.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015OPC Pro-Jonathan Group March Paralyse LagosMembers of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, created scene Monday morning at the 7-Up end of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, in Oregun/Alausa area, as they gathered in preparation for anti-Jega protest and pro-rally for the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. OPC members who were believed to have come from different zones in Lagos and neighbouring States, were seen brandishing weapons such as cutlasses, guns, knives and others and occupied one side of the highway, harassing road users, including motorists and pedestrians. The ethnic militia group members were also joined with some individuals, in black vest, believed to be FERMA/SURE-P personnel whose yard is located around the old toll gate area.Lagos 2015; OPC; Jonathan http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/protest-opc-pro-jonathan-group-paralyse-lagos/#sthash.0iSKUfOW.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015ICC To Probe Incitement Allegation Against Patience Jonathan The International Criminal Court, ICC, said it would investigate allegations of incitement against the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, The Cable, an online newspaper reported yesterday. The decision to investigate and possibly prosecute the First Lady followed a petition submitted to the ICC by All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organization, APCPCO. The Director-General of the APCPCO, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State had last week signed the petition against the First Lady, alleging incitement during her recent campaign speeches in some sections of the country. Following the petition, The Cable had sought confirmation from the Office of The Prosecutor, OTP, at the ICC over the issue.Nigeria 2015; Patience Jonathan; ICChttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/icc-to-probe-incitement-allegations-against-patience-jonathan/#sthash.OgehdDgx.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015"Army Not Empowered To Monitor Polls"- JegaIn an apparent warning to the military to stay away from the forth-coming general elections, Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, yesterday, hinted that the power of the military as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended), does not empower it to monitor elections. The INEC Chairman spoke at a town hall meeting in Abuja, organised by Reinvent Media in conjunction with Ford Foundation and Kukah Centre, where he entertained questions on the State of preparedness of the electoral Commission ahead of the March 28 and April 11 elections.Nigeria 2015; INEC; Jegahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/army-not-empowered-to-monitor-polls-jega/#sthash.MR6Pdsbp.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 17th March 2015"Buhari Is Nigeria's Mandela"- OkorochaImo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has likened the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to late Dr. Nelson Mandela of South Africa and urged Nigerians to give him the mandate to steer and stabilise the ship of State. Addressing Imo State indigenes who gathered on the banner of Imo State Towns Development Association Lagos (ISTDAL) at a colourful reception for him at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, Okorocha said at 72, the only thing uppermost in Buhari’s mind was to clear the rot in the polity and move on.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/buhari-is-nigerias-mandela-okorocha/#sthash.hx3yRk8Y.dpuf
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 17th March 2015"Give Nigerian Youths PVCs Not Guns"- Anti-Cult GroupThe National Coordinator of Peace in Campus Initiatives for Child Education against Cultism (PCI/ICEAC) in Nigeria, Comrade Oliver Cromwell, has blamed politicians for being the brain behind violence during elections. Cromwell urged politicians to see youths as their children and to encourage them to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) and not guns. He made this statement on Sunday at the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osura.Nigeria 2015; PCI/ICEAChttp://leadership.ng/news/417886/give-nigerian-youths-pvcs-not-guns-anti-cult-group
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 17th March 2015Accept Defeat, Embrace Nasko, Niger PDP Tells Other AspirantsThe Publicity Secretary of Niger State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Hassan Saba, has asked defeated aspirants in the just concluded PDP governorship primaries to accept their fate, saying they are wrong for saying the conduct of the elections were flawed. In a statement issued yesterday in Minna, Saba maintained that the conduct of the governorship primaries was flawless and a reflection of the wish of the people. He said those complaining were crying wolf where none is and therefore urged those who lost the primaries to accept their fate, adding that they must eschew unnecessary speculation over the conduct of the election.Niger 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/418020/accept-defeat-embrace-nasko-pdp-tells-other-aspirants
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 17th March 2015APGA Cancels, Reschedules Imo Guber PrimaryThe Acting National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Ejike Uche, has disclosed the cancellation of the party’s Imo governorship primaries which produced two candidates. Making the announcement in a press briefing, he said parallel primaries was an illegality which the party would not condone, adding that APGA can no longer accept factionalisation in the party. He then disclosed that Imo State governorship primary of the party has been rescheduled for Thursday ( Dec 11).Imo 2015; APGAhttp://leadership.ng/news/418022/apga-cancels-reschedules-imo-guber-primary-3
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 17th March 2015Shagari Declares Sokoto PDP Guber Primary IllegalThe leader of Sokoto Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Deputy Governor, Barrister Muhktar Shehu Shagari, has declared that the primary election to elect who becomes the flabearer of the party in the State was simply a sham. Shagari, who described the exercise as nothing but a mere display of illegality, further queried the credibility of the electoral panel.Sokoto 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/417994/2015-shagari-declares-sokoto-pdp-guber-primary-illegal-2
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015"I Won't Resign, I Have A Job To Do"- JegaThe Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has replied critics pushing for his ouster, saying that he will not resign his appointment, as he has a job to do. Also the INEC Chairman expressed satisfaction with the security situation in the North-Eastern part of the country, adding, however, that soldiers were never allowed at the polling units in past polls and would not be allowed during the forthcoming elections.Nigeria 2015; INEC; Jegahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-i-won-t-resign-i-have-a-job-to-do/204304/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015Electoral Violence: Again, ICC Warns Politicians Will Face Prosecution Ahead of the general election, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has for the second time reminded Nigerian politicians that they risk being hauled to The Hague, Netherlands, for trial if they continue with the level of violence already witnessed in the country. In a statement released on Monday, the prosecutor reiterated her earlier call on Nigerian politicians and leaders to refrain from inciting their followers into violence because of the elections.Nigeria 2015; ICC; Violencehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/electoral-violence-again-icc-warns-politicians-will-face-prosecution/204305/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015In Covenant With Nigerians, Buhari Unveils Marshall PlanThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has entered into a covenant with Nigerians highlighting his plan to tackle the challenges currently facing the country, including a Marshall Plan on the Boko Haram insurgency and insecurity. In a document released on Monday titled ‘My Covenant With Nigerians’, the former military Head of State unfolded his agenda for Nigeria and how his party intends to bring about a change in the country if elected into office.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/in-covenant-with-nigerians-buhari-unveils-marshall-plan/204306/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015Amaechi Alleges Plot To Assassinate PetersideRivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has alleged that the recent withdrawal of security personnel from the Gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, was to facilitate his assassination by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Addressing journalists at Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday, Amaechi said the police had withdrawn the security personnel attached to Peterside in his capacity as the standard bearer of the APC in the forth-cvoming governorship election.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/amaechi-alleges-plot-to-assassinate-peterside/204245/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015TAN In Diaspora Rocks Accra, Kumasi For JonathanThe Ghanaian capital city of Accra literally came to a standstill last weekend when the local chapter of the Nigerian-based international Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO), the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) held its strategy meetings to fine-tune and strategise on the most cost-effective way to win a resounding victory for President Goodluck Jonathan in the forthcoming March 28 presidential poll. According to TAN’s Director (Diaspora), Mr. Chris Udechukwu, the meeting, which held also in the key commercial city of Kumasi, saw the group sweeping across all Nigerians living in the West African country in support of the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.Nigeria 2015; TAN; Jonathanhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tan-in-diaspora-rocks-accra-kumasi-for-jonathan/204307/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015"Na'abba Is A Paper Weight, PDP Won't Miss Him"- GroupA group known as Kano State PDP Frontiers has described the resignation of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a non-issue saying the politician “was of no value aside the relics of him serving in office.” Reacting to Na’Abba’s letter of resignation issued on Sunday, the group in a statement issued in Kano yesterday by the Coordinator of the group, Ahmed Sani Kabara, said the party and its members would not miss the former Speaker as “his presence is of no impact, so would his absence be.”Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-na-abba-is-a-paper-weight-pdp-won-t-miss-him/204309/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015"No Plan To Leave PDP"- ShagariSokoto State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Shagari, on Monday said he had no reason to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stressing that he was solidly behind the governorship aspiration of the PDP candidate in the State, Senator Abdallah Wali. Speaking at a one-day sensitisation workshop on voter education organised for party Chairmen in the 23 Local Government Areas of the State, Shagari averred that he had no plan whatsoever to defect from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that he was ready to do whatever it takes to ensure victory in the forthcoming polls.Sokoto 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/shagari-no-plan-to-leave-pdp/204310/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015Group Endorses Buhari, Emerhor, AgodaThe Prudent Democratic Movement, a political pressure group started by the late Senator Akpor Pius Ewherido, has endorsed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as its candidate in the March 28, presidential election. In a meeting held in Effurun, Delta State, at the weekend, the group also endorsed the APC governorship candidate of Delta State, Olorogun Otega Emerhor; Hon. John Halims Agoda, the APC senatorial candidate of Delta Central and all APC candidates in Delta State. The group said this was in line with the wishes and vision of its founder, Senator Ewherido.Nigeria 2015; Prudent Democratic Movement; Buharihttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-endorses-buhari-emerhor-agoda/204311/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015"Its Undignified To Vote PDP"- TambuwalWith less than two weeks to the March 28 presidential election, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said a vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will perpetuate indignity and undermine the self-worth of every Nigerian. According to him, if he and some of his colleagues in the National Assembly wanted the easy option for themselves, they would not have moved away from the PDP but would have remained in the party and make themselves richer for it.Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tambuwal-it-s-undignified-to-vote-pdp/204312/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015Tinubu Warns Jonathan Against Fani-KayodeFormer Lagos State Governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised President Goodluck Jonathan to be wary of former Aviation Minister and the Director of Media and Publicity, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode. Speaking on Monday in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media, Mr. Sunday Dare and titled: ‘Femi Fani-Kayode is an Epistle of Deceit as he Continues to Battle the Truth,’ Tinubu said Fani-Kayode could say anything against anybody for as long as he gets power.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tinubu-warns-jonathan-against-fani-kayode/204313/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015Buhari's Wife's Convoy Attacked In KwaraSuspected hoodlums on Monday attacked the convoy of the wife of the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress(APC), Hajia Aishat Muhammadu Buhari, in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. During the attack, according to THISDAY checks, about 10 vehicles in the convoy were vandalised by the hoodlums. It was gathered that the incident happened along Emir road, Ilorin when she left the palace of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, where she paid a visit before moving to venue of a sensitisation programme at Banquet Hall of Government House, Ilorin.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-s-wife-s-convoy-attacked-in-kwara/204314/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015APC Alleges Plan To Jam Card ReadersThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned on an plan by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to render card readers ineffective on election day, with a view to justifying their fears about the use of the card readers. But in a swift reaction, the PDP accused the opposition political party of raising false alarms aimed at throwing the polity into chaos and also wreck the electoral process.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-alleges-plan-to-jam-card-readers/204315/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015BSO Intensifies Online Fundraising For BuhariThe Buhari Support Organisations (BSO) on Monday announced the progress of its online fundraising campaign in support of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Professor Yemi Osinbajo. The campaign tagged: ‘Online Buhari Support Organisations (BSO) Fund,’ is an integration of technology into the process of grassroots organising and fundraising, providing an opportunity for Nigerians who do not have access to the BSO scratch cards to contribute to the electoral process and ensuring their voices are heard.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bso-intensifies-online-fundraising-for-buhari/204316/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015Atikus Group, PDM, Throws Weight Behind Jonathan's Re-election BidThe re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan monday got a boost with his endorsement by the Alhaji Atiku Abubakar group, AAA/Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) Collectives, in South-west. The endorsement and the decision of the South-West AAA/PDM Collectives to support and work for Jonathan was revealed at a news conference held in Akure, the Ondo State capital. The news conference was attended by leaders and members of the group from six States of Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and Lagos. Appreciating members of the group for their interest in Jonathan’s project, Mimiko, who read a memo allegedly written by Atiku Abubakar on the need for true federalism and restructuring of Nigeria, said the decision of the group was a very bad one for APC and good day for PDP.Nigeria 2015; PDM; Atiku; Jonathanhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/atiku-group-pdm-throws-weight-behind-jonathan-s-re-election-bid/204317/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 17th March 2015"Jonathan Better Than His Predecessors In Fight Against Corruption"- PDPThe campaign body further claimed that Jonathan has successfully plugged all loopholes which corrupt persons took advantages of to operate freely in the country. The Spokesman of the campaign team, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said in statement issued yesterday in Abuja that the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, cannot fight corruption because he is not only surrounded by corrupt men but also unable to give what he does not have.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-jonathan-better-than-predecessors-in-fight-against-corruption/204318/
Nation NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015"Jonathan's N9 Billion Contract Fuelling Anti-Jega Protests"- APCThose pushing for Prof. Attahiru Jega’s removal do not seem to be tired – a protest is slated for Lagos today. The Jega-must-go march is being led by an amorphous organisation – The Coalition of Concerned Nigerians – backed by the Oodua Peoples Congress (APC). The protest is coming after the weekend action against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chair by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in the South-East. It is all at a price – N9billion – the All Progressives Congress (APC) said yesterday.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://thenationonlineng.net/new/jonathans-n9b-contracts-fuel-anti-jega-protests/
Nation NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015"North'll Reply Hate Campaign On March 28th"- KwankwasoKano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso yesterday said the North will reply the hate campaign against All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on March 28 with their massive votes. Kwankwaso spoke at the Lagos residence of APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu during a meeting with the Lagos Arewa community. The Governor reviewed the hate campaign by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), especially by Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose and the dollar sharing in the Southwest by President Goodluck Jonathan to woo voters. Tinubu urged the Hausa community not to be deterred saying “the Arewa community is part of the government in Lagos.”Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://thenationonlineng.net/new/kwankwaso-north-ll-reply-hate-campaign-march-28/
Nation NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015"Lagos, Rivers, Kaduna Prone To Poll Violence"- NHRCThe National Human Right Commission (NHRC) is worried about the safety of lives and property in Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States as the general elections approach. The Commission’s concern was strengthened by post-election violence in the affected States in 2011, in which lives were loss and property destroyed. NHRC Chairman Prof. Chidi Odinkalu said this at the weekend at Sir Kashim House, Kaduna, when he parleyed with political stakeholders ahead of the rescheduled polls.Nigeria 2015; NHRChttp://thenationonlineng.net/new/nhrc-lagos-rivers-kaduna-prone-to-polls-violence/
Guardian NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015Ekiti, APC Disagree On Fayose's Anti-Buhari StanceThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has said Governor Ayodele Fayose’s belligerent postures against elderly Nigerians do not represent the ‎standard conduct of Ekiti people. APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun‎, said in a statement that Fayose’s tantrums against APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, represented the quality of the governor’s personality, noting that his record of interpersonal relationships with others reflected a man ravaged by “desperation, recklessness, greed and riotous handling of issues not representative of Ekiti credo”.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/03/ekiti-apc-disagree-on-fayoses-anti-buhari-stance/
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 16th March 2015"We Never Endorsed Jonathan"- Yoruba Elders CouncilThe Yoruba Council of Elders has said that the appearance of its National President, Brig- Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd), at a post-national conference summit in Ibadan, Oyo State, should not be mistaken for an endorsement of the candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 election. YCE, also known as Igbimo Agba Yoruba, said this at the end of its National Executive Council meeting in Ibadan. The summit, which was convened by the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, was attended by some Yoruba leaders where they endorsed the candidacy of President Jonathan.fNigeria 2015; YCE; Jonathanhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/we-never-endorsed-jonathan-yoruba-elders-council/#sthash.hFXPbGVC.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 16th March 2015Oyo APC Accuses INEC Of Diverting PVCAll Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, has accused some influential opposition party members of allegedly compromising some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to divert permanent voter cards, PVCs, belonging to some registered voters in the State. The ruling party in the State, in a statement by its Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, queried INEC’s claim on the attainment of over 60 per cent distribution of PVCs in Oyo State when available facts indicate that many eligible and willing voters in the State were yet to obtain the cards.Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/oyo-apc-accuses-inec-of-diverting-pvcs/#sthash.uQdmyYnd.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 16th March 2015Court Strikes Out Suit Against LP, INECA Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has dismissed a suit filed by former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the State, Mr. Sina Kawonise, declaring that it lacks juridiction to declare him as the governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the April 11, 2015 poll in the State. Kawonise had accused the Labour Party of substituting his name with that of Abolaji Sunmola as governorship candidate for the forthcoming poll after he was duely confirmed by the party congress in the State.Ogun 2015; Judiciary; Labour Party (LP); INEChttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/court-strikes-out-suit-against-lp-inec/#sthash.IQmy326I.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 16th March 2015Rivers APC Alleges Plan To Frame Members For ArrestAll Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, yesterday, alleged that it had uncovered plans by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to conspire with a unit in the Police, Special Armed Robbery Squad, SARS to frame some leaders of the party for arrest before the general elections. Meantime, the PDP has denied the allegation. State Chairman of the party, Mr Felix Obuah, who spoke through his media aide said the party had no such plans, stressing that its focus was on winning the general elections.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/rivers-apc-alleges-plan-to-frame-members-for-arrest/#sthash.KT7YzjiO.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 16th March 2015Polls: "Social Media Tearing Nigeria Apart"-FGThe Federal Government weekend, lamented that the social media is being used as a tool by unscrupulous individuals to tear the country apart, especially in the build up to the elections. Speaking at the send-forth ceremony organised by Galaxy Backbone Limited for Mr. Gerald Ilukwe, pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Mr. Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, stated that instead of using the social media and Information Communication Technology, ICT, to drive the growth and development of the country, it is instead being used to create animosity and rancour.Nigeria 2015; Federal Governmenthttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/polls-social-media-tearing-nigeria-apart-fg/#sthash.l0CWWlM9.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 16th March 2015APC Blasts PDP Over Abandoned Enugu international Trade FairThe All Progressives Congress, APC, weekend, took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,over Federal Government’s failure to construct the permanent site of Enugu International Trade Fair complex six years on. The Federal Government had designated Lagos,Kaduna and Enugu,International Trade Fair complexes but had completely constructed that of Lagos and Kaduna, leaving Enugu untouched. Spokesperson of APC in the South-East geopolitical zone,Mr. Osita Okechukwu, wondered why President Goodluck Jonathan should treat Ndigbo with levity.
Enugu 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/apc-blasts-pdp-over-abandoned-enugu-intl-trade-fair/#sthash.5w1DBT8R.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 16th March 2015Election Fever Drags Down Foreign Investment FlowTotal foreign capital imported into Nigeria in 2014 summed to USD20.8 billion, lower by USD576.6 million or 2.7 per cent from the USD21.3 billion imported in 2013. The capital import figure represents value of foreign investments in Nigeria’s economy in the period under review. The year’s decline was primarily due to the reduction in the value of capital imported in the fourth quarter of 2014, which was USD4.5 billion, a sharp decline of USD2.04 million or 31.2 per cent from the value of USD6.5 billion recorded in the preceding quarter (Q3. 2014).Nigeria 2015; Investmenthttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/election-fever-drags-down-foreign-investment-inflow/#sthash.1Cd2FEII.dpuf
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015Jonathan's Eligibility Suit Goes To Supreme CourtA member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Cyriacus Njoku has finally appealed to the Supreme Court of Nigeria (SCN) against the March 3, judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja that affirmed that President Goodluck Jonathan is eligible to contest this year’s presidential election. Mentioned as respondents in the appeal are Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Federal Capital Territory Abuja, High Court had on March 13, held that President Jonathan was eligible to contest the 2015 presidential election despite the fact he had allegedly taken oath of office and of allegiance twice.Nigeria 2015; Eligibility; Jonathan; Judiciarywww.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49499-jonathan-s-eligibility-suit-goes-to-supreme-court
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015"North Does'nt Lack Visionary Leaders"- SamboVice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo says the northern region does not lack visionary leaders. The Vice President said Northern leaders had instilled the culture of peace, order and good governance in the region. He spoke Saturday at a lecture organised by the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Arewa House’ Centre for Historical Research and Documentation, at Arewa House, Kaduna.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49498-sambo-north-doesn-t-lack-visionary-leaders
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015"Jonathan Can't Sack Jega"- TinubuNational leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has enjoined Nigerians not to entertain fears over the sack of the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, saying President Goodluck Jonathan cannot sack him. Tinubu spoke yesterday while hosting the Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso and some Arewa community leaders at his residence in Lagos, even as Kwankwaso berated the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose over his utterances on both the APC and its presidential candidate, retired General Muhammadu Buhari in recent time, saying Fayose needs psychiatric treatment.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49493-jonathan-can-t-sack-jega-tinubu
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015"Card Reader Machines Don’t Suck Blood"- INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday met traders at the Illela International Market in Sokoto State, debunking rumours that the card reader machines suck blood. Daily Trust gathered that to scare people from voting in Sokoto, some politicians had spread rumours that the machines could suck blood. Addressing people at the market, the head of Voter Education and Publicity unit of the Commission in Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Musa Sokoto, said the machines were harmless and only meant to check election fraud.Sokoto 2015; INEC; Card Readershttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49490-card-reader-machines-don-t-suck-blood-inec
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015"Police Ready For Election"- DIGDeputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Adeola Adeniji, yesterday assured Nigerians that the police are prepared for the March 28 and April 11 elections.
He allayed fears that the election would be marred by violence, urging Nigerians to remain calm and be ready to exercise their franchise. Speaking shortly after a special prayer organised for him by the Ilorin branch of the Ansaru-Deen Society of Nigeria, the DIG said there was no need for apprehension as the elections would be conducted under a free and fair atmosphere while those with genuine cases after the polls could approach tribunals to seek redress.
Nigeria 2015; IG of Policehttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49489-police-ready-for-election-dig
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015Sultan Urges Credible, Peaceful PollsSultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has again called for credible, transparent and peaceful polls in Nigeria.
“The thorny issue that has been in the minds of so many people across the country and even abroad is how to conduct these elections in a very peaceful, credible, transparent manner in which whoever is the winner would be accepted by all and everybody will come out and support him and move the nation forward”, he said.
Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49488-sultan-urges-credible-peaceful-polls
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015Court Strikes Out Party In Suit Against Use Of Card ReadersAn Abuja Federal High Court has struck out the name of the Action Alliance (AA) as a party in the suit seeking to stop the use of card readers for the forthcoming general elections. The executive committee of the Action Alliance said it was not aware of the suit because by the party’s constitution, any affidavit must be deposed to by the party’s legal adviser.Nigeria 2015; Judiciary; INEChttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49484-court-strikes-out-party-in-suit-against-use-of-card-readers
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015"Nigeria, Morroco Row Unfortunate"- SarakiFormer Governor of Kwara State and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bukola Saraki has said that the Federal Government must sanction its officials culpable in the row between Nigeria and Morocco. Saraki, who described the situation as sad and unfortunate, noted that it has ridiculed the country.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49470-jonathan-tasked-on-free-fair-pollshttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49477-nigeria-morocco-row-unfortunate-saraki
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015Jonathan Tasked On Free And Fair PollsPresident Goodluck Jonathan has been advised to ensure free and fair elections to avoid crisis. Former Director of Studies at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru in Plateau State, Professor Bashir Ibrahim, gave the advice during a town hall meeting organised by the Coalition of Buhari Supporters group in Jos at the weekend. Professor Ibrahim said the future of Nigeria would depend entirely on what happens on the 28th of this month, adding, “If we get it right this time, we will be out of the woods, but if we don’t get it right, we are be deep in the woods and we will go further down.’’Nigeria 2015; NIPPShttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49470-jonathan-tasked-on-free-fair-polls
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015"We Changed Strategy To Capture Bauchi"- PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bauchi State chapter says it changed its strategy to ensure that it captures the State during the elections. State Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Bashir Bukar, while briefing newsmen, said they took advantage of the election postponement to meet with stakeholders. Alhaji Bashir said the State PDP campaign council set up a committee to go round the 20 Local Government Areas to reconcile aggrieved members. Bauchi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49468-we-changed-strategy-to-capture-bauchi-pdp
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 16th March 2015"Don’t Use Religion To Cause Problems"- Archbishop Fearon Tells PoliticiansAnglican Bishop of Kaduna, Josiah Idowu Fearon, has warned politicians to refrain from using religion as a weapon to cause problems in the country. The bishop made the call at a workshop on the role of the community and traditional leaders in promoting peace and violence free elections, organized by the Savannah Center for Diplomacy Democracy and Development (SCDDD) in Kano.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49466-don-t-use-religion-to-cause-problems-archbishop-fearon-tells-politicians
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 16th March 2015APC Warns PDP Against Attempting To Murder Buhari, TinubuThe All Progressives Congress, APC has warned the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP against attemepting to assassinate its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari or its National leader, Bola Tinubu. Speaking to PUNCH, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Lai Mohammed said, ''I have never seen a government so terrified of elections as this present administration. And I have never seen a candidate so terrified of the opposition as Jonathan. Even as recent as last week, (Ekiti State Governor Ayodele) Fayose was asking for the withdrawal of Buhari from the Presidential election; and it is just bizarre -but that coming from Fayose, one should not be surprising."Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-warns-pdp-against-attempting-to-murder-buhari-tinubu.108986/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 16th March 2015Arewa Leaders Tell Kwankwaso About How They Rejected President Jonathan's DollarsArewa leaders on Sunday told Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, of how they rejected dollars bribe offered to them by President Goodluck Jonathan two weeks ago. Addressing Governor Kwankwaso during a meeting at the Ikoyi home of a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Tinubu, the Chairman, Arewa Community in Lagos, Alhaji Sani Kabiru, said, ''When President Jonathan came to Lagos with dollars, some of us here quickly went back and gathered ourselves and started calling our own not to go to visit Jonathan. I also commend some leaders here for leading an offensive and convinced people not to go there."Nigeria 2015; ACLhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/arewa-leaders-tell-kwankwaso-of-how-they-rejected-president-jonathans-dollars.108992/
Leadership News OnlineMonday 16th March 2015"Only God Gives Leadership"- WamakkoWith less than three weeks to the general election, Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has said that only God gives and takes leadership, and advised Nigerians to accept God’s verdict on who emerges victorious after the elections. Wamakko who spoke while distributing empowerment materials to over 700 women from his Constituency, also affirmed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) solely depends on God for overwhelming victory at the 2015 polls.Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/417854/only-god-gives-leadership-wamakko
Leadership News OnlineMonday 16th March 2015Kaduna: Yero Gets N1.5 Billion Donation From Friends And AssociatesThe re-election bid of Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero at the weekend got a boost as his friends, associates and well-wishers at a fund-raising dinner donated about N1.5billion in support of the election slated for April 11, 2015. The event which held at the Hotel Seventeen had in attendance the Vice President, Arc Namadi Sambo, former Governor of the State, Senator Mohammed Ahmed Makarfi, the National Organising Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Mustapha, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe among other political heavyweights in the State and outside the State from the ruling party.Kaduna 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/417852/kaduna-guber-yero-gets-n1-5bn-donation-from-friends-associates
Leadership News OnlineMonday 16th March 2015"Jonathan Not Sponsoring Ethnic Militia"- PDPPCO To APCThe Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) yesterday dismissed as false, the claims by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the President Goodluck Jonathan administration is sponsoring ethnic militias to disrupt the scheduled March 28 and April 11 general elections. Director of Media and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who reacted in Abuja, also justified the employment and compensation given to families of the victims of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) employment tragedy, saying that the APC’s criticism of the gesture was unfortunate.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/417840/polls-jonathan-not-sponsoring-ethnic-militia-pdppco-replies-apc
Leadership News OnlineMonday 16th March 2015Polls: Jonathan Assured Of 1.5 Million Votes In Akwa IbomAkwa Ibom people have promised to deliver about 1.5 million votes to President Goodluck Jonathan during the March 28 presidential election. Governor Godswill Akpabio who spoke weekend during the Women for Change Development Initiative PDP Transformation rally at Uyo Township Stadium, said there is no need for the president to campaign in the State.Akwa Ibom 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/417808/polls-jonathan-assured-of-1-5m-votes-in-aibom
Leadership News OnlineMonday 16th March 2015SERAP Urges Jonathan, Buhari To Endorse International Anti-Corruption CourtCivil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has called on the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, to show commitment to the fight against corruption by publicly endorsing an International Anti-corruption Court (IACC). SERAP maintained that such action will demonstrate their expressed commitment to satisfactorily address corruption and impunity of perpetrators if voted into power.Nigeria 2015; SERAP; IACChttp://leadership.ng/news/417822/serap-urges-jonathan-buhari-to-endorse-international-anti-corruption-court
Leadership News OnlineMonday 16th March 2015"Fayose Is An Embarrassment"- KwankwasoKano State governor, Dr Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso, yesterday took the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose to the cleaners over his use of vile language and verbal assaults on individuals and the Northern region, saying he has become a national embarrassment and should be taken to the psychiatric hospital. Kwankwaso who stormed Lagos to counter the effects of alleged ‘dollar rain’ in Lagos State, South West zone and to reunite the Arewa Community in the zone now divided over the sharing formula of Mr President’s largess also visited the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with Hausa leaders to reaffirm their loyalty to the party despite the financial inducements.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/417834/fayose-is-an-embarrassment-kwankwaso
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015"APC Is A Creation Of My Administration"- Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said the emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was as a result of the deliberate policy of his administration to entrench democracy in the country. Jonathan spoke at a roundtable conference in Abuja tagged: ‘The Other Side of Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration’, through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim. He said his administration allowed the opposition parties to merge, thus creating a formidable opposition in the country.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-apc-is-creation-of-my-administration/204177/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015Patience Jonathan Redefines CorruptionNigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Friday took to the podium to explain to women in Akwa Ibom State the meaning of ‘corruption’. While addressing the crowd during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Women Presidential Rally in Uyo, Mrs. Jonathan said the promise by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to fight corruption were “all lies”. Mrs. Jonathan urged the women not to vote for the APC because, according to her, they have nothing to offer.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/patience-jonathan-redefines-corruption/204176/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015INEC Asked To Adopt Option A4 As Plan B To Ensure Polls HoldAhead of the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections, the Concerned Nigerian Professionals and Entrepreneurs’ Forum (CNPEF) on Sunday in Enugu asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make contingency arrangement to adopt the Option A4 system to ensure the election is not postponed again in event the card readers are not ready before the election date. The option would ensure that no eligible voter is disenfranchised.Nigeria 2015; CNPEF; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-asked-to-adopt-option-a4-as-plan-b-to-ensure-polls-hold/204174/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015Abia PDP Expects More High Profile Defections From OppositionThe Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is upbeat about gaining more high profile defections from the opposition parties following the defection of the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Fred Eke Idika, to the ruling party. The APC number two man in Abia had on March 5, 2015 dropped the broom and entered into the cover of the umbrella with over 20,000 supporters during the presidential rally of the PDP women’s wing held at the Umuahia township stadium.Abia 2015; People's Democrtatic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/abia-pdp-expects-more-high-profile-defections-from-opposition/204183/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015"Those That Endorsed Jonathan Are Impostors"- Labour Party Following the meeting by the National Executive Council held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where some members of the Labour Party (LP) purportedly endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in this month’s election, the leadership of the party in Abuja on Sunday said it had not endorsed any candidate. The Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the party, Salisu Nuhu Mohammed, said the endorsement of President Jonathan was done by those he described as ‘impostors’ and not the real party members.Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/labour-party-those-that-endorsed-jonathan-are-impostors/204182/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015Kogi Youths Pledge Support For JonathanA coalition of youth groups across the 21 Local Government Area of Kogi State have pledged their support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan. The endorsement was made at the weekend in Lokoja during the Kogi youth strategic meeting organised by the Northern Local Government Chairmen’s Forum ( NLGCF). Pioneer Chairman of the forum, Mohammed Ali, in his address, said Jonathan had made a lot of achievements and he will deliver more to Nigerians if re-elected.Kogi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kogi-youths-pledge-support-for-jonathan/204181/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015Ngige, Others Reconcile Warring APC Politicians In AnambraThe Coordinator for All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign in the South-east region, and senator representing Anambra Central senatorial district in the Senate, Dr. Chris Ngige, with other stakeholders of the party in Anambra State, have reconciled the two warring politicians in the State. A House of Representatives aspirants under the APC, Mr. Stanley Okeke, recently took the party to court to seek redress following an alleged manipulation of the primaries in Idemili North and South Federal Constituency of the State, which produced Mr. Chibuzor Obiakor.Anambra 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ngige-others-reconcile-warring-apc-politicians-in-anambra/204184/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015Amosun Raises Alarm Over Plan By Politicians To Buy PVCs From INECOgun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has raised the alarm over an alleged attempt by some politicians to lure the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state to sell Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to them.
The Governor who revealed this while speaking during an interactive session with the League of Imams and Alfas in Abeokuta yesterday, said he has officially reported the matter to the security agencies in the State.
Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/amosun-raises-the-alarm-over-plans-by-politicians-to-buy-pvcs-from-inec/204185/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015Aggrieved Ondo PDP Members Pledge Loyalty To Jonathan, Other CandidatesLike their counterparts in the Ondo South Senatorial District, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Central Senatorial District at the weekend resolved to forget the past and work for re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan. The decision of the party members, who were mainly of the old PDP and aggrieved faction, was part of the communiqué issued at the end of the stakeholders’ meeting held in Akure, the State capital.Ondo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ondo-aggrieved-pdp-members-pledge-loyalty-to-jonathan-other-candidates/204186/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015Former Speaker Na'abba Departs PDPFormer Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba, has resigned his membership of Peoples Democratic Party. Na’Abba, in a letter dated yesterday, accused President Goodluck Jonathan of frustrating many PDP members out of the party.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/former-speaker-na-abba-departs-pdp/204187/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015"We Have Agreed To Support Jonathan"- Senator BentThe stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State have unanimously agreed to support the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan but said they are faced with the major challenge of how to sell some ‘unmarketable’ candidates in the coming general election produced by the party’s primaries held in Abuja last year. Senator Grace Bent, one of the major stakeholder of the PDP in the State disclosed this to journalists shortly after President Jonathan’s reconciliatory meeting was held at the Yola Government House last Saturday with the aggrieved stakeholders of the party .Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senator-bent-we-have-agreed-to-support-jonathan/204189/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015"We Have No Reason To Induce Lecturers To Rig Elections In Sokoto, Kebbi And Zamfara"- BafarawaFormer Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, on Sunday flayed Governor Aliyu Wamakko for accusing him and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) of planning to induce university lecturers to rig the presidential election in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States in favour of President Goodluck Jonathan. The former Governor, who spoke through his Media Aide, Alhaji Yusuf Dingyadi, told THISDAY that there was no need for the NSA to rig election in order to give President Goodluck Jonathan landslide victory in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, as people were solidly behind the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and appreciate the developmental projects executed by the Jonathan administration.Sokoto 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bafarawa-we-have-no-reason-to-induce-lecturers-to-rig-elections-in-sokoto-kebbi-and-zamfara/204190/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015Fayose Brands Tinubu A Traitor, Says His Support For Buhari Is A Greek GiftThe Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has described the support being given by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as a Greek gift. The Governor branded Tinubu a treacherous politician, who will sell out anyone to achieve political gains. Fayose, who maintained that Tinubu was not honest in his support for the APC presidential candidate, added: “Knowing Buhari’s age, State of health and mental capability, Tinubu is only using him to achieve his target of high-jacking power from the North.”Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fayose-brands-tinubu-a-traitor-says-his-support-for-buhari-is-greek-gift/204191/
ThisDay LiveMonday 16th March 2015Lamido Bent On Rubbishing Buhari, Says APC Campaign The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign organsation has accused the Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, of playing out a script aimed at damaging the image of the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). In the same vein, it has alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan administration is sponsoring ethnic militias to foment trouble before, during and after the forthcoming general election. It said the sum of N9 billion was recently paid out to some ex-militants and ethnic militias with the aim of mobilising them to scuttle the polls.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/lamido-bent-on-rubbishing-buhari-says-apc-campaign/204192/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th March 2014Court Clears Confusion Over Inclusion Of YDP In Ballot PapersJustice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of the Federal High Court has finally laid to rest the controversies surrounding his judgment delivered on March 4 on the registration of the Young Democratic Party (YDP). Justice Mohammed merely ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue certificate of registration to the party. The judge said at no time did he make any order for the inclusion of the party in the ballot papers for the 2015 general elections.Nigeria 2015; YDP; Judiciary http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-clears-controversy-over-inclusion-of-ydp-in-ballot-papers/204076/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th March 2014Coalition Warns FG, INEC Against Further Election PostponementCoalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) under the aegis of Global Development Centre for Rescue Mission in Nigeria, yesterday warned that any attempt by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to postpone the March 28 general elections would plunge the country into chaos. Its National Coordinator, Comrade Emeh Eleojo, gave the warning, while briefing journalists in Sokoto. He warned that any attempt to shift the elections again would be vehemently resisted by Nigerians.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; GDCRMNhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/coalition-warns-inec-fg-against-further-election-postponement/204078/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th March 2014Polls: Aliero Urges Nigeria To Learn From Ghana, OthersThe former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sen. Adamu Aliero has said Nigeria has no reason not to follow in the footsteps of smaller countries such as Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone that have gained international respect with the conduct of credible elections. Aliero in a statement he released yesterday in Abuja warned that “the world would not forgive Nigeria if it misses the opportunity of using the coming elections to build a firm foundation for the unity of the country, which is a precursory platform for growth and development.” He expressed dismay over campaigns against the use of card reading machines in the upcoming general elections and has advised all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliations to speak up in support of the use of the card readers.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/elections-aliero-urges-nigeria-to-learn-from-ghana-others/204098/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th March 2014Polls: Nwabueze, Agbakoba, Others Unveil Intervention CommissionFormer President of Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has been named as the arrowhead of the intervention of coalition of leaders of thought and political activists in the build up to the 2015 elections; at a special parley convened by the leader of Project Nigeria Movement, Eminent Jurist, Prof Ben Nwabueze, SAN, in Lagos during the week. According to a statement issued in Lagos by the group’s Head of Secretariat, Olawale Okunniyi, the Agbakoba political Commission was set up to take appropriate measures and steps to reset the 2015 electoral agenda from the ongoing campaign of calumny and to ensure that the electoral process is issue driven and ideology based.Nigeria 2015; PNMhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/polls-nwabueze-agbakoba-others-unveil-intervention-commission/204103/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th March 2014"We Have Evidence Of Jonathan's Planned Interim Government"- FayemiThe ex-Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Saturday said the All Progressives Congress has evidence against President Goodluck Jonathan over his party’s claim that the Federal Government was secretly planning to foist an interim government on Nigerians. But Jonathan had since said it was unconstitutional and seditious for anyone to contemplate an interim government. Fayemi said the allegation made by the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, that his life was being threatened confirmed the desperation on the part of the Jonathan-led team and members of the Peoples Democratic Party.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fayemi-apc-has-evidence-of-jonathan-s-planned-interim-govt/204145/
ThisDay LiveSunday 15th March 2014"APCs Campaign Using Fani-Kayode's Anti-Jonathan Statements 'Otdated'"- PDPDirector of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO), Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has said the newspaper advertorials of his views that attacked President Goodluck Jonathan before his return to the PDP now being used by All Progressives Congress (APC) had been renounced by him and were outdated. He described the action as a measure of the opposition party's desperation.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-s-adverts-using-fani-kayode-s-anti-jonathan-statements-outdated-/204152/
Leadership News OnlineSunday 15th March 2014Defamation: Benue APC Guber Candidate Sues NBC, OthersThe Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State has ordered the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, Chief Samuel Ortom to serve, out of jurisdiction, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Global Media Mirror Limited, publishers of National Mirror newspapers in a N3bn suit over alleged defamation of his character. Ortom in the case suit No FHC/MKD/CS/26/2015 had dragged the NBC, National Mirror, Radio Benue and Ashi Waves radio station before the court and is claiming the sum of N3billion as damages over alleged defamation and libel.Borno 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/417644/defamation-apc-guber-candidate-sues-nbc-others
Leadership News OnlineSunday 15th March 2014"Northerners Chasing Money For Political Relevance"- Justice AkanbiFormer President of the Court of Appeal, Honourable Justice Mustapha Akanbi yesterday averred that one reason among several others that has kept the Northern region backward and drifting from what it used to be is that “some Northerners are now chasing money about in order to make them politically relevant in the polity.” He also lamented that in today’s Nigeria, leaders prefer to be hero worshipped and venerated by sycophants, stressing that it was not so during the late Sarduana’s time, adding, “around him were men of honour and integrity and not greedy and corrupt persons who prefer to serve selfish ends.”Nigeria 2015; Justice Akanbihttp://leadership.ng/news/417662/northerners-chasing-money-for-political-relevance-justice-akanbi
Leadership News OnlineSunday 15th March 2014"Tolerance Key To Peace, Development"- Senator FolarinThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Sen Teslim Folarin, yesterday identified tolerance as key to peace and development. He charged the people of the State to continue to imbibe the culture of tolerance and mutual respect for one another. Speaking after praying at the Odua Central Mosque, Dugbe, Ibadan, he described tolerance as a major sustainer of peace and development. Oyo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/417668/tolerance-key-to-peace-development-folarin
Leadership News OnlineSunday 15th March 2014PVC: Makinde Commends INEC On DistributionWith about a week to the deadline for the collection of the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), the Oyo State governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Seyi Makinde, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the level of successes recorded in the distribution of the cards. The governorship hopeful also appealed to the residents of the State yet to collect their cards to use the opportunity of the few days remaining to do so in order to be able to cast their votes.Oyo 2015; SDP; INEChttp://leadership.ng/news/417671/pvc-makinde-commends-inec-on-distribution
Leadership News OnlineSunday 15th March 2014IGP Orders Withdrawal Of Security Details Of Political AppointeesThe Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in-charge of Zone 6, Mr. Tunde Johnson Ogunsakin has ordered the Commissioners of Police in-charge of Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Ebonyi and Cross River States to ensure the withdrawal of policemen attached to political appointees in their respective States. He said the order was in line with the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, who had already has withdrawn all previous approvals issued by him as more men are needed by the Police Commands during this electioneering period.Nigeria 2015; IG of Policehttp://leadership.ng/news/417745/orders-withdrawal-of-security-details-of-political-appointees
Leadership News OnlineSunday 15th March 2014Kwara APC Assures Defectors Of Fair TreatmentThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State on Sunday assured defectors from the opposition political parties in the State of fairness and equity. The APC had in the past weeks received defectors from other parties,especially from the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It gave the assurance in a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari.Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/417756/kwara-apc-assures-defectors-of-fair-treatment-%e2%80%8e
Leadership News OnlineSunday 15th March 2014Obanikoro: "Mark Betrayed Us"- SarakiThe Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Dr. Bukola Saraki has declared that the Senate President, David Mark betrayed the APC Senators on his decision to go ahead with the confirmation of Musliu Obanikoro as a Minister. Saraki during an interview with newsmen in Ilorin yesterday claimed that Mark reneged on an earlier agreement he had with other lawmakers on the confirmation of Obanikoro.Nigeria 2015; Obanikoro; Senate; APChttp://leadership.ng/news/417763/obanikoro-mark-betrayed-us-saraki
Leadership News OnlineSunday 15th March 2014Community Lauds Kwara APC Campaign DG Over SupportThe people of Olorunsogo, Oko Erin ward of Ilorin West have commended the Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the House of Representatives-Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency, Barr Razak Atunwa for his donation towards the repair of a damaged transformer in the area. The residents of the community which has suffered total black out for about two months due to the faulty transformer were overwhelmed with joy as Atunwa donated the sum of N200, 000 for the immediate repair of the transformer while working on providing a new one for the community.Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/417636/community-lauds-apc-campaign-dg-over-support
Leadership News OnlineSunday 15th March 2014Igbo Rulers Caution Politicians Against Hate SpeechesGrass root traditional rulers of Igbo extraction in the 19 States of the North and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have cautioned politicians in the country against hate speeches which are capable of affecting adversely, the unity and oneness of the country. The traditional rulers who operate under the umbrella name of Association of Ndi Ezes In the 19 Northern States and Abuja, rose from their two days meeting at the Liberty Hotel, Kubwa, Abuja, last Sunday, with a communiqué which emphasised the need for politicians to be very careful with their utterances, especially in this period of electioneering.Nigeria 2015; ANEhttp://leadership.ng/news/417575/igbo-rulers-caution-politicians-against-hate-speeches
Leadership News OnlineSunday 15th March 2014Kalu Urges Support For INECFormer Abia State Governor and chieftain of the ruling PDP, Orji Uzor Kalu has urged Nigerians to support, rather than criticise the INEC. Speaking in Katsina yesterday, Kalu flayed those making critical statements about the electoral umpire noting, “INEC is doing a good job so Nigerians should support it.” Kalu insisted that the forth coming election is not just about an individual or political party insisting that the unity of Nigeria and its continuous existence as an indivisible entity is paramount.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/417586/kalu-urges-support-for-inec
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 15th March 2014International Firm Says Buhari'll Win Presidential Election By 60%An internationally reputed political risk research and consulting firm, Eurasia Group, has postulated that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress, APC, to win the March 28 presidential election against its earlier estimation. “We change our election forecast from a narrow win for incumbent Goodluck Jonathan to a victory for opposition leader, Muhamadu Buhari (60% probability). The electoral map is tilting towards Buhari in the swing regions of the South-West and Middle Belt, while high turnout in his core Northern base will offset Jonathan’s advantage in the Niger Delta," a statement from the group’s Practice Head in Africa, Philippe de Pontet, says.Nigeria 2015; Eurasia Grouphttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/intl-research-firm-says-buhari%E2%80%99ll-win-presidential-elections-by-60.108967/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 15th March 2014Kwankwaso's Right Hand Man Joins President JonathanBashir Hussain, a serving member of the Kano State House of Reps and Special Assistant to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on Empowerment, Hajia Maryma Kofar Mata, were some of the APC members who recently decamped to PDP in the State. A statement by VP Sambo says that this development is a result of a fallout during a visit of Sambo to the State.
Kano 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/kwankwasos-right-hand-man-joins-president-jonathan.108968/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 15th March 2014"I Helped Jonathan Become President"- TinubuBola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State and National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC on Saturday disclosed that he helped President Goodluck Jonathan win the 2011 presidential elections. Addressing the Ndigbo APC governorship rally held at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos. Tinubu said, ''In 2011, I helped Jonathan become President because he made us believe he was a breath of fresh air. I didn’t say because he was from Bayelsa that I would not help him. We voted for him because he promised to make our lives better. But now, he has failed us''.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/i-helped-jonathan-become-president-tinubu.108975/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 15th March 2014Fire Incident At INEC Office In AbujaThe Independent National Electoral Commission’s Electoral Institute in Abuja was ablaze on Saturday night, Punch reports. The fire was however contained swiftly. The Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Kayode Idowu, said the fire didn’t affect any electoral material.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fire-incident-at-inec-office-in-abuja.108978/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 15th March 2014APC Kogi Governorship Candidate Is DeadAbdulAziz Omeiza Aliyu, the All Progressives Congress, APC Governorship candidate for Kogi State is dead. The APC candidate and his younger brother, Salmanu Aliyu,died in a fatal road accident at Jere town along Kaduna – Abuja federal highway on Saturday, March 14th. The All Progressives Congress, APC is yet to release an official statement on the demise of their Kogi gubernatorial candidate.
Kogi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-kogi-governorship-candidate-is-dead.108979/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 15th March 2014EFCC Arrests Ogun State Labour Party Chief ArabambiThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested Abayomi Olufemi, a chieftain of Labour Party in Ogun State for allegedly issuing dud cheques. Mr. Olufemi, also known as Arabambi, is currently contesting for a House of Representatives seat on his party’s platform, and was arrested by the police and handed to EFCC operatives on Friday, reports say. EFCC had acknowledged a petition against the politician dated December 17, 2014 and since commenced investigations.Ogun 2015; EFCC; LPhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/efcc-arrests-ogun-labour-party-chief-arabambi.108981/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015President Jonathan Denies Speaking With King Of Morrocco, Demands Probe Into Alleged Fake CallPresident Goodluck Jonathan has ordered an investigation into the alleged phone call he made to King Mohammed VI of Morocco.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/president-jonathan-denies-speaking-with-king-of-morocco-calls-for-probe-into-fake-call.108927/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015"It Is Fake"- EFCC Denies Document Calling For Probe Of APC ChiefsThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied a document calling for the probe of some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC. A statement issued by EFCC on Friday read, ''The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, wishes to alert the public about a letter supposedly from the office of the Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, mandating the Commission to initiate discreet investigation against some prominent political figures in the country.Nigeria 2015; EFCC; APChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/it-is-fake-efcc-denies-document-calling-for-probe-of-apc-chiefs.108931/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015Lekki Robbery: "Fashola Is Irresponsible For Blaming Jonathan"- PresidencyThe Presidency says Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola is irresponsible for blaming President Goodluck Jonathan for the Lekki robbery which took place last Thursday. A statement issued by Reuben Abati on behalf of the Presidency read, ''We consider the statement attributed to Governor Fashola as grossly and utterly irresponsible. We expect that a man of his status who is the Governor of a State should speak more responsibly. It doesn't make any sense whatsoever that the entire police formation in a State would be deployed to protect the President of Nigeria. "Nigeria 2015; Presidencyhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/lekki-robbery-fashola-is-irresponsible-for-blaming-jonathan-presidency.108934/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015"12.9 Million PVCs Yet To Be Collected"- INECBarely two weeks to the presidential and National Assembly elections, data from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that a total of 12, 929,204 Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) were yet to be distributed. According to an update on the breakdown of PVCs collected so far by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu, a total of 55,904,272 million or 81.22 per cent has been distributed out of 68,833476 million PVCs produced.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/official-12-9m-pvcs-yet-to-be-collected-inec.108937/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015"I Am Next in Line After Jonathan"- Governor AliyuThe Sun has said that Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, will be running for Presidency after President Jonathan (under the assumption that President Jonathan is reelected on March 28, apparently.) "From all indications, the Governor appears to be hanging out with the party with the hope that he will get the ticket to succeed President Goodluck Jonathan in 2019 if the President wins the March 28 presidential election. He actually confirmed this in this interview," said the newspaper.
Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/aliyu-im-next-in-line-after-jonathan.108939/
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015"Stop Involving Youths In Political Thuggery"- NOAThe National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Kebbi State has made a passionate appeal to political parties to desist from using youths as political thugs during their electioneering campaigns in the State. The Acting State Director of NOA in the State, Joseph Yaro Machika, made the appeal while speaking with newsmen in Birnin Kebbi yesterday. Machika expressed utmost unhappiness over the attitude of youths during campaign rallies and blamed politicians for inducing the youths into use of drugs to molest their opponents.Nigeria 2015; NOAhttp://leadership.ng/news/417369/stop-involving-youths-in-political-thuggery-noa
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015Card Readers: Telecom Workers Want Adequate Security Of FacilitiesAs the general elections approach, the Chairman, Telecommunications Security Workers Association of Nigeria, Dr Ishaya Bawa, has called for an effective and adequate security for all telecommunication facilities throughout the country. In an interview with LEADERSHIP Weekend in Abuja yesterday, Bawa stated that the security of all telecommunication outfits in the country was important to guarantee effective workings of the card readers in the upcoming general elections.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; Telecomhttp://leadership.ng/news/417375/card-readers-telecom-workers-want-adequate-security-of-facilities
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015"APC Leaders Will Answer For Their Crimes"- Fani KayodeDirector of media and publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO), Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, yesterday said corrupt leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would answer for their crimes as nemesis would soon catch up with them. Fani-Kayode spoke against the backdrop of a forged letter purportedly signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Brigadier Jones Arogbofa and believed to have been circulated by the opposition APC. According to him, “We have said it before and we shall say it again: the entire leadership of the APC is suffering from paranoia and delusion."Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/417386/efcc-apc-leaders-will-answer-for-their-crimes-fani-kayode
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015"We Wont Be Relegated During Elections"- NCWSNational Council of Women Societies of Nigeria (NCWS) has declared that Nigerian Women will participate actively in the forthcoming general election because the era when women are relegated to only clapping and dancing at political rallies is over in Nigeria. This declaration was made yesterday by the first National Vice President, (NCWS) and President/ Founder Gateway Women And Children Development Foundation (GWF) Dr. Mrs Gloria Laraba Shoda mni, at an interactive session with newsmen in commemoration of the 2015 International Women’s Day, in Abeokuta. She maintained that Nigerian women have proved beyond reasonable doubt that they have the ability required to effectively manage any public office.Nigeria 2015; NCWShttp://leadership.ng/news/417396/we-wont-be-relegated-during-elections
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015"Sacking Of Defected Akwa Ibom Lawmakers Is An Exercise In Futility"- APCThe leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that the recent sacking of four lawmakers who decamped from the ruling PDP to the APC by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly is an exercise in futility. Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Uyo, the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Obong Samuel Udobong, said that the action of the Speaker and his co-travellers is not only unconstitutional but a waste of time. Udobong noted that the issue of defection from one party to another has been put to rest in the case of Obasanjo versus Atiku in which the later defected from the ruling PDP to then Action Congress, now APC.Akwa Ibom 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/417483/sacking-of-defected-aibom-lawmakers-is-an-exercise-in-futility-apc
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015"I Didn’t Promise Tinubu VP Appointment"- JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan refuted the claim by national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu that he (President) offered him (Tinubu) the position of Vice President in the planned Interim National Government (ING). A statement from the office of the APC National Leader had alleged that Jonathan had offered to make him Vice President if he supports the forming of interim national government. But President Jonathan who described Tinubu’s claim as a lie said, “Those who seem determined to pull down this country with lies, with black information are the enemies of this country and do not deserve to be given the opportunity to occupy, to enjoy opportunities that they do not deserve”.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/417537/ing-i-didnt-promise-tinubu-vp-appointment-jonathan-2
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015Masari Decries Underdevelopment In Katsina StateAll Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari has insisted that the State was in dire need of restoration having lost its glory through failed leadership. Addressing Members of the Katsina Consultative Forum during an interactive session, yesterday, Masari said “we must tell ourselves the truth which is that Katsina is decaying and we must salvage it by restoring its lost glory.”Katsina 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/politics/417543/masari-decries-underdevelopment-of-katsina-state
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015Alago Nation Throws Weight Behind Al-Makura's Re-electionThe Alago nation in Nasarawa State, which constitutes the second highest ethnic group has thrown its weightbehind the re-election bid of Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura come April 11, 2015. Mr. David Ayewa, a member Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) stated this yesterday when he led a delegation of political leaders of Alago land under the auspices of Alago Consultative Forum (ACF) on a courtesy call on Governor Almakura. He said the decision of the entire Alago nation to throw their weight behind Almakura is borne out “good, fair and balanced people oriented governance” he has wrought to the State in the past four years of his administration.Nasarawa 2015; Alagohttp://leadership.ng/news/politics/417545/alago-nation-throws-weight-behind-al-makuras-re-election
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015"Jonathan Taking Political Advantage Of Immigration Job Deaths"- APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of taking political advantage of calamities that have befallen Nigeria under his watch to curry peoples votes. The party in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, emphasised that giving 5 million naira to each family that lost a relative in the immigration recruitment exercise after one year is not only belated but aimed at currying votes. The party wondered why it took the President all of one year to act on the promise he made to the families, adding that but for the forthcoming elections, the President would have simply ignored the families, in his usual style.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/politics/417550/jonathan-taking-political-advantage-of-immigration-jobs-death-apc
Leadership News OnlineSaturday 14th March 2015"Spate Of Killings In Rivers Worrisome"- DSSThe Department of State Security (DSS) has expressed worry over the spate of politically motivated killings in Rivers State ahead of the forthcoming general elections in the country. Director of DSS in Rivers State, Mr. Abok Nyam, who disclosed on Saturdaywhen the chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the State, Mr Opaka Dokubo paid him a courtesy visit in Port Harcourt, advised those involved in such crime to desist from it as politics is meant for development and not for destruction. While observing that politicians should realize that everyone has the right to belong to party of his choice, Nyam who said he has served in different States like Imo and Abia, but never experienced high spate of political killings as being witnessed in the State presently.Rivers 2015; Violence; DSShttp://leadership.ng/news/417554/spate-of-political-killings-in-rivers-worrisome-dss
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th March 2015Human Rights Activist Urges Stakeholders To Close Ranks Over Card ReadersNational Coordinator for Committee for Democracy and Rights of the People(CDRP) Comrade Amitolu Shittu has advised stakeholders in this forthcoming general elections to close ranks and allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make use of the card readers for the elections in order to eliminate fraud and over-voting during the elections. Speaking with our correspondent in Ilorin, Kwara State capital on Friday during a chat, Comrade Shittu said that, all efforts must be on deck by all the stakeholders in the elections to support and collaborate with the INEC so as to achieve credible and acceptable elections.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; CDRPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/human-rights-activist-urges-stakeholders-to-close-ranks-over-card-readers/204049/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th March 2015PDP Governor's Forum Plans To Subvert Credible Elections, Alleges South-West APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) friday said the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum against the use of card reader machines (CRMs) for the 2015 elections “is an attempt to promote electoral frauds and rigging.” The party, also, said rejecting the use of CRMs for the next general elections suggested that the forum had demonstrated that the PDP at large “is not committed to credible elections and deepening the country’s democratic process.”Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-governors-forum-plans-to-subvert-credible-elections-alleges-s-west-apc/204048/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th March 2015Rivers Elders Endorse JonathanElder statesmen and leaders in Rivers State have called on the people of the State and entire Niger Delta region to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in the forth-coming presidential election. The statesmen and leaders, under the aegis of Rivers Elders and Leaders Council (RELEC), said their decision to endorse Jonathan was not necessarily based on his achievements but to ensure that the Niger Delta region maintained its relevance in the governance of the country.Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rivers-elders-endorse-jonathan/204047/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th March 2015Wamakko Distributes Empowerment Materials To 720 Women In SokotoSokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, on Friday inaugurated the distribution of empowerment materials worth millions of naira to 720 women in Sokoto -South Local Government of the State. Speaking during the distribution of the materials in Sokoto, Wamakko disclosed that the assorted materials were donated by some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Local Government Council. He stated that no fewer than 720 women drawn from 220 polling units in the 11 Wards of the Area benefitted from the gesture.Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/wamakko-distributes-empowerment-materials-to-720-women-in-sokoto/204046/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th March 2015Lagos PDP Guber Aspirant, Gbadamosi, Set To Join APCA businessman and prominent member of the PDP in Lagos, Chief Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi, is set to dump the party for the All progressive Congress (APC). Babatunde Gbadamosi popularly referred to as BOG by members of the PDP ran for the gubernatorial ticket with five others in the Lagos primary and lost in the process that produced Olujimi Agbaje. Investigations revealed that the APC had been making overtures to the young Gbadamosi who was viewed as force to reckon with in Lagos politics and someone that could be a plus to their campaign strategy both at State and at the Federal levels. A source at the party hierarchy said talks had reached an advanced stage for BOG to decamp to their party.Lagos 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/lagos-pdp-guber-aspirant-gbadamosi-set-to-join-apc/204044/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th March 2015"I Won't Jail Jang When I Become Governor"- LalongGubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Plateau State, Rt. Hon Simon Lalong has assured that in spite of the much loot from the State’s treasury by the incumbent Governor of the state, Da Jonah David Jang, he would be magnanimous enough to spare him from going to jail if he becomes the Governor of the State. He however said he would ensure that Jang and his cronies coughed out the loot back into the treasury to enable him pay the civil servants in the State that the Governor had starved for months.Plateau 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-i-won-t-jail-jang-when-i-become-governor-/204045/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th March 2015Oshiomole To Jonathan -"Emulate Mandela, Quit After One Term"Governor Adams Oshiomhole has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to jettison his second term ambition and do what the late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela did and earn the respect of all Nigerians and Africans. Speaking in Benin City, Friday, during a visit by residents and various associations in Egor Local Government Area to thank the Governor for the construction and dualisation of the Upper Siluko road in the State capital, Oshiomhole said President Jonathan should go beyond empty jingles and truly emulate President Mandela who spent only a single term but impacted on the lives of all South Africans.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oshiomhole-to-jonathan-emulate-mandela-quit-after-one-term/204042/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th March 2015MASSOB Activists Protest In South-East States, Insist On Jega's RemovalAhead of the March 28 Presidential/National Assembly election, thousands of members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) Friday staged peaceful protests across the five States of the South East zone calling for the immediate removal of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega. However, in a swift reaction, the APC spokesman in the South-East, Osita Okechukwu, dismissed the claims by MASSOB as self-serving, insisting that the protests were part of the moves aimed at stopping the INEC from using the card reader device for the elections.Nigeria 2015; MASSOB; Jegahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/march-28-polls-massob-activists-protest-in-s-east-states-insist-on-jegas-removal/204043/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th March 2015Over 80,000 Women Resolve To Support Jonathan In AdamawaOver 80 000 women and youths drawn from various political pressure groups, civil societies and Non-governmental organisations across the 21 Local Government Area of Adamawa State have resolved to identify with the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan. The Adamawa State Coordinator, Goodluck Support Group, GSG, Gimbiya Vivian Nashan, who disclosed this to newsmen on Friday, said that the over 120 organisations have registered under the aegis of the GSG, amounting to over 80,000 persons mostly youths and women.Nigeria 2015; GSGhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/over-80-000-women-youths-resolve-to-support-jonathan-in-adamawa/204040/
ThisDay LiveSaturday 14th March 2015TAN Mobilizes 15 Million Trainees For JonathanThe Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), an arm of the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign organization, has said it will flag off its volunteer training scheme at the 8, 812 Wards on Saturday. The Director of Media at TAN, Mr. Afam Ilounoh, in a statement Friday in Abuja, said the project is to mobilise 100,000 paid volunteers across the 8, 812 Wards in Nigeria who will in turn recruit additional 1.1million volunteers for the PDP. According to Ilounoh, the volunteer mobilisation chain would go on and is expected to re-produce over 15 million volunteers.Nigeria 2015; TAN; Jonathanhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tan-mobilises-15m-trainees-for-jonathan/204024/
Leadership News OnlineFriday 13th March 2015Presidency Breaks Silence On Card ReadersA clear-cut position on the planned use of card readers for the 2015 general polls came from the Presidency yesterday, with Vice President Namadi Sambo declaring that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not afraid of the use of the card readers. He said the ruling party was rather concerned that no eligible voter is disenfranchised in the forthcoming general elections.Nigeria 2015; Card Readers; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/417235/presidency-breaks-silence-on-card-readers-2
Leadership News OnlineFriday 13th March 2015Lagos Assembly Condemns Obanikoro's Confirmation As MinisterLagos State House of Assembly has condemned the confirmation of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro for ministerial appointment in a very controversial circumstance. This was contained in a statement signed by the Spokesperson of the House and Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Security, Hon. Segun Olulade.Nigeria 2015; Obanikoro; Senate; APChttp://leadership.ng/news/417223/lagos-assembly-condemns-obanikoros-confirmation-as-minister
Leadership News OnlineFriday 13th March 2015"Stop Playing Politics With The Country's Ailing Economy"- Aregbesola Tells JonathanAs the Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola intensifies campaign for the election of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the coming general election, he has charged President Goodluck Jonathan not to play politics with the ailing State of the country’s economy. The Governor urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led government to as a matter of urgency nip in the bud the issue of oil theft that has robbed the country of trillions of naira.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/417229/stop-playing-politics-with-ailing-economy-aregbesola-tells-jonathan
Leadership News OnlineFriday 13th March 2015Ambode Vows To Make Lagos Global Economic HubThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, yesterday said he would implement a blueprint that would make Lagos State a global economic hub if elected in the forthcoming gubernatorial poll. Ambode who has intensified his campaign rallies, town hall meetings and road shows across different areas of the State to emerge the next governor of the state said his primary objective is to take the State to the next level of development.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/417231/ambode-vows-to-make-lagos-global-economic-hub-2
Leadership News OnlineFriday 13th March 2015"Tinubu's Claims On ING Baseless And False"- Fani KayodeDirector of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO), Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has described as baseless and false the claim by Senator Bola Tinubu that the PDP and the Presidency offered him (Tinubu) the position of Vice President in an Interim National Government (ING) if he would part company with General Muhhamdu Buhari.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/417282/tinubus-claims-on-ing-baseless-false-fani-kayode
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineFriday 13th March 2015"Jonathan Offered Me VP Position"- Tinubu Reveals Amidst Fear Of Death National leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said that the recent attacks against him were because he rejected President Jonathan's offer to serve as Vice President. He said this on Thursday. Tinubu says that ever since he refused President Jonathan's offer, the President has been looking for ways to kill him or have him arrested on trumped up charges. According to Tinubu, PDP is at its most desperate since it came into power 16 years ago. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/jonathan-offered-me-vp-position-tinubu-reveals-amid-fear-of-death.108893/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineFriday 13th March 2015Fashola Blames Jonathan For Daring Robbery In LekkiYesterday we reported a daring robbery in Lekki phase one, which saw the loss of three police lives and three civilian lives with several people rushed to the hospital afterwards. Governor Fashola has reacted to this by saying that President Jonathan is responsible for the success of the robbery. According to the Lagos State Governor, the President's planned visit to Lagos led to a low number of policemen availalable to tackle the armed robbers. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/a-disgusted-fashola-blames-president-jonathan-for-daring-robbery-in-lekki.108892/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th March 2015Yoruba Leaders Cannot Campaign For Any Candidate, Awujale Tells JonathanAs part of his re-election bid, President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday visited the Awujale of Ijebu land, Oba Sikiru Adetona, where the paramount ruler said it was not possible for any Oba to campaign for any candidate in Yorubaland. Oba Adetona who received the president in his palace, pointedly told him that it was wrong for any oba to campaign for any politician in his domain.Nigeria 2015; Awujalehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/yoruba-leaders-cannot-campaign-for-any-candidate-awujale-tells-jonathan/203977/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th March 2015Jonathan, Presidency Unfold New Plot To Frame Me, Tinubu AllegesThe national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, on Thursday unveiled grand strategies by President Goodluck Jonathan and the Presidency to silence him ahead of the 2015 elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11. The former Governor of Lagos State added that the plan to silence him ahead of the next elections was designed to throw the opposition party into disarray, which he said, was premised on the belief that an APC without him “will not stand.”Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-presidency-unfold-new-plot-to-frame-me-alleges-tinubu/203976/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th March 2015"Atiku, Northern Elders Have Withdrawn Support For Buhari"- FayoseEkiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has said the alleged tactical withdrawal of support by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and leaders of thought in the North for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), were enough signals that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost the battle. Fayose declared that the new development has deflated the ego of the opposition party to the extent that it has tactically conceded defeat few days to the March 28 presidential election.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fayose-atiku-northern-leaders-have-withdrawn-supports-for-buhari/203989/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th March 2015Wamakko Accuses NSA Of Plans To Rig Sokoto, Zamfara And Kebbi ElectionsSokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, on Thursday said he had uncovered plots by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) in connivance with former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa, to induce some university dons who would serve as returning officers to rig the March 28 presidential poll in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He also likened President Goodluck Jonathan to former President of Cote d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, who was bent on remaining in power at all costs.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/wamakko-accuses-nsa-of-plot-to-rig-polls-in-sokoto-kebbi-zamfara/203988/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th March 2015Buhari's Campaign Organization Faults Obanikoro's Ministerial Confirmation By The SenateThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign organisation yesterday faulted the confirmation of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro as a Minister by the Senate on Wednesday. Addressing journalists in Abuja, the campaign organisation’s Director of Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the confirmation was a tragic development. While condemning the Senate’s action in confirming Obanikoro despite pending petitions against him, Shehu said what the Senate did by clearing him was wrong and tragic.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buharis-campaign-faults-obanikoros-ministerial-confirmation-by-senate/203980/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th March 2015APC Reaches Out To Persons With DisabilitiesThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken its search for votes to the segment of the Nigerian society, the Persons With Disabilities (PWD). The party on Thursday held an interactive session with representatives of persons with disabilities in Abuja. Speaking on behalf of the presidential candidate, the Director of Media of the APC campaign council, Garba Shehu, said the party is the only party that established a full directorate of PWD within its campaign.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-reaches-out-to-persons-with-disabilities/203981/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th March 2015PDP Under Publicized Jonathan's Achievements, Says Adeniran Deputy Director-General of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organisation, Professor Tunde Adeniran, yesterday berated the PDP for not making public the achievement of President Goodluck Jonathan. Adeniran warned that if the PDP did not retrace its step and showcase Jonathan’s achievements others will use it against him. The former Minister of Education spoke yesterday in Abuja at a national training session for PDP delegates, designed to train-the-trainers and expected to train 600,000 polling units canvassers ahead of the election.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-under-publicised-jonathan-s-achievement-says-adeniran/203983/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th March 2015PDP Asks Court To Stop INEC From Using Card ReadersA chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Waliu Taiwo, has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Lagos seeking to stop the use of Electronic Card Readers during the general election. The plaintiff, in the suit numbered FHC/C/CS/296/15, is seeking an order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from using the card readers during the polls. This came as Action Alliance, one of the political parties that filed the suit to stop INEC from using electronic card readers, yesterday pulled out of the case.Nigeria 2015; Card Readers; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-chieftain-asks-court-to-stop-inec-from-using-card-readers/203985/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th March 2015Our Campaign Is On Course, Victory Is In Sight, Says PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said its campaigns are on course, even as it reassured its supporters that it is already on the verge of winning the elections following the soaring nationwide acceptability of President Goodluck Jonathan and its other candidates ahead of the polls. This is coming as one of the support groups of the party, PDP Integrity Vanguard, led by Senator Aniete Okon and Chief Sergeant Awuse, has expressed concern that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has refused to listen to the complaints of pitfalls from last Saturday’s test run of the Card Readers (CRs).Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/our-campaign-on-course-victory-in-sight-says-pdp/203986/
ThisDay LiveFriday 13th March 2015Buhari Vows To Kill Corruption In NigeriaThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has said his primary assignment, if elected president in the forthcoming election, will be to kill corruption before it kills the nation.
This is as the Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation and Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, said an APC-led Federal Government under Buhari would transform the amnesty programme to a welfarist project that would remove the guns from the hands of former militants. Buhari spoke on Thursday at a South-South zonal presidential rally of the APC at the Liberation Stadium, Elekahia, in Port Harcourt.
Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-vows-to-kill-corruption-in-nigeria/203987/
ThisDay LiveThursday 12th March 2015Atiku Vows Not To Return To PDPFormer Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has made it clear that he would not leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) for any other political party not even in a dream. He said he was committed to the success of the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates of the party in the 2015 general election. In a statement on Wednesday reacting to reports in a section of the media of his purported return to the fold of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku said he would never leave the APC for any reason.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/atiku-vows-not-to-return-to-pdp/203871/
ThisDay LiveThursday 12th March 2015Nigerians In Diaspora Oppose Use Of Card ReadersNigerians in the Diaspora yesterday kick against the use of the electronic Card Readers, arguing that it is capable of disenfranchising millions of Nigerians. Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the Global Chairman of All Nigerian Nationals in the Diaspora, Dr. Peter Mozie, said the insistence by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega shows that they were “unmindful of disenfranchising Nigerians in the forthcoming general election.”Nigeria 2015; ANNDhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nigerians-in-diaspora-oppose-use-of-card-readers/203873/
ThisDay LiveThursday 12th March 2015Sultan Cautions Politicians Against Bitter RivalryThe Chairman of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged politicians to stop the campaign of calumny they were sponsoring against one another ahead of the general election in the interest of peace. Speaking at a meeting of the traditional rulers which held on Wednesday at the Lugard Hall, Kaduna, the Sultan said the traditional institution in the North was concerned about bitter political rivalry and the do-or-die attitude among politicians.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/sultan-cautions-politicians-against-bitter-rivalry/203874/
ThisDay LiveThursday 12th March 2015"No Controversy On Where Oba Of Benin Stands"- SonsPrinces of Benin kingdom on Thursday said that it is a non issue to second-guess the political stand of the Oba of Benin over the March 28 Presidential Election. Speaking on behalf of four princes of Benin Kingdom that visited Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Prince Ada Erediauwa, one of the sons of the revered traditional ruler, said that the Oba need not to make public pronouncement on where he stands on the March 28th Presidential election; stressing that no matter what was said of the Benin Palace, It remains an institution.Nigeria 2015; Oba Of Beninhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidential-election-no-controversy-on-where-oba-of-benin-stands-sons/203927/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineThursday 12th March 2015"PDP Has Already Lost The Election"- APCThe All Progressives Congress, APC on Wednesday said that the recent attack on its presidential aspirants proved that Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has already the March 28 presidential elections. Speaking from Lagos, Lai Mohammed, National Publicity Secretary of the APC said, ''What has come out clearly in the media interaction between the PDP and the media yesterday (Tuesday) is desperation, despondency and dejection on the part of the PDP. When you have an interaction with a gathering like PDP Governors, you expect something much more elevating. You see, they lost a beautiful opportunity to even sell their party.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/pdp-has-already-lost-the-election-apc.108847/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineThursday 12th March 2015Buhari To Grant Amnesty To Obasanjo, Jonathan, Only New Offenders Will Be ProbedMuhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has granted amnesty to all past leaders of the country including former President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan. THE SUN reported that Buhari made the amnesty declaration in Kaduna on Wednesday. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-grants-amnesty-to-obasanjo-jonathan-only-new-offenders-will-be-probed.108851/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineThursday 12th March 2015Danjuma Refuses To Endorse President JonathanOn Wednesday, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma former Minister of Defence and Chairman of the Victims Support Fund visited President Goodluck Jonathan. The duo held a meeting which lasted for about 15 minutes. After the meeting, when asked by journalists if he'll be supporting President Jonathan's campaign bid, Danjuma said, ''I don’t canvass (for votes). I am not in any of the political parties. The President is Nigeria’s President''.Nigeria 2015; TY Danjumahttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/danjuma-refuses-to-endorse-president-jonathan.108852/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineThursday 12th March 2015President Jonathan Gives Tompolo, Asari Dokubo, Others New Oil JobsNow that the Presidency has directed the Police and the NSCDC to quit the job of guarding Nigeria's water ways and oil pipelines, the job falls on other companies, signed on by the government. The companies are owned by a few ex Niger-Delta militants and some prominent citizens. The Nation newspapers mentions their names as "Government Tompolo; Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo and Chief Bipobiri Ajube (aka Gen. Shoot-At-Sight)."Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/president-jonathan-gives-tompolo-asari-dokubo-others-new-oil-jobs.108875/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineThursday 12th March 2015"Diaper Wearing Buhari Funded With Corruption Money Cannot Fight Corruption"- Fani-KayodeEkiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose is not giving up his criticism of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the Alll Progressives Congress, APC. In a statement issued today, Fayose said ''a diapers-wearing old man surrounded and being funded by notoriously corrupt people cannot fight corruption''.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/diaper-wearing-buhari-funded-with-corruption-money-cannot-fight-corruption-fayose.108881/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineThursday 12th March 2015"I Have No Hand In Documentary On Love Triangle Between Jonathan, Patience And Dieziani"- SarakiSenator Bukola Saraki has denied involvement in an alleged documentary by the All Progressives Congress, APC featuring a dirty love triangle between President Goodluck Jonathan, First Lady, Patience Jonathan and Minister of Petroleum, Alison-Madueke Deiziani. Saraki issued the denial in a press statement issued by his office. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/i-have-no-hand-in-documentary-on-love-triangle-between-jonathan-patience-and-deiziani-saraki.108882/
Leadership News OnlineThursday 12th March 2015"Only Credible Polls Can Prevent Electoral Violence"- FasholaLagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has said that the surest way to avert electoral violence in the forthcoming election is for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair elections. Fashola who said this when members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) led by its Chairman, Professor Chidi Odinkalu paid him a courtesy visit at Lagos House, Marina, added that the use of military personnel to curb electoral violence is awkward in a democratic setting. The Governor added that it will be difficult to prevent violence in the face of grave injustice.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)leadership.ng/news/416914/only-credible-polls-can-prevent-electoral-violence-fashola
Leadership News OnlineThursday 12th March 2015Stop Playing Politics With Gombe's Future, Group Tells GojeA socio-political group, the Concerned Gombe Action Group, has cautioned former Gombe State Governor Danjuma Goje against playing politics with cogent issues that affect the future of Gombe State youths, women and children. The group gave the warning yesterday against the backdrop of Senator Danjuma Goje’s accusation against the Director-General, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Munir Gwarzo when the latter appeared before the senate committee on capital market to defend the commission’s budget, for approving 20 billion naira infrastructure bond to the Gombe State Government.Gombe 2015; CGAGhttp://leadership.ng/news/416917/stop-playing-politics-with-gombes-future-group-tells-goje
Leadership News OnlineThursday 12th March 2015Court Stops Media From Airing Damaging Documentary On OsinbajoJustice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday, restrained the Africa Independent Television (AIT) from further broadcast of defamatory documentaries on the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN). Tsoho also extended the restraining order to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and any other broadcast station under the control of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), to stop airing similar videos forthwith.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/416972/court-stops-media-from-airing-damaging-documentary-on-osinbajo
Leadership News OnlineThursday 12th March 2015Obanikoro Scales Senate ScreeningAmidst protests from Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Senate, yesterday, screened and confirmed eight ministerial nominees including Musiliu Obanikoro whose nomination was met with stiff opposition from the three Senators from his home State, Lagos. After a rancourous session characterised by intermittent fights between the APC and PDP Senators, Obanikoro and the other seven nominees were later confirmed by a voice vote. His confirmation was ratified the second day after it came up in the Senate and after being listed on the order paper due to opposition by the APC and some PDP Senators. Proceedings in the Senate were tensed after some Senators, mainly of the APC, maintained their stand that Obanikoro should not be screened for the position because of a pending case in court seeking to determine his eligibility to hold public office following the Ekitigate scandal.Nigeria 2015; Obanikoro; Senate; APChttp://leadership.ng/news/416970/obanikoro-scales-through-senate-screening
Leadership News OnlineThursday 12th March 2015Buhari, Osinbajo Parley Religious Leaders In KadunaThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, debunked insinuations that he is a religious fanatic who will impose the Sharia Law on Nigerians, stressing that nobody can impose the law on anybody in the country. This is even as the duo of Buhari and Prof Yemi Osibanjo also vowed to implement the report of the recent National Conference if elected as President and Vice President respectively.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/416968/buhari-osinbajo-parley-kaduna-religious-leaders
Leadership News OnlineThursday 12th March 2015APC, PDP Clash In Church Debate In ImoTension heightened in Imo State yesterday when supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Rochas Okorocha and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha clashed during a scheduled debate organised by the Catholic Arch Diocese of Owerri. The event was almost going on as planned when suddenly there was a commotion at the high table where the State Chairman of PDP, Nnamdi Anyaehie with some other candidates were already seated. The Director General of Rochas Campaign Organisation, Iheukwumere Alaribe who addressed journalists shortly after the incident alleged that the PDP Chairman, started the fracas when he pushed the podium mounted close to him.Imo 2015; Violence; APC; PDPhttp://leadership.ng/news/416927/pdp-apc-clash-in-church-debate-in-imo
ThisDay LiveThursday 12th March 2015APC Expresses Outrage Over Killing Of Its Supporters In Rivers StateThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm at the seemingly targeted killing of its members and supporters in Rivers State as this month’s general election draws nearer, wondering if those who are bent on suppressing the opposition at all cost have finally unleashed their killer snipers. In a statement issued on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the killing of nine APC members in two separate incidents in the State last Saturday night raises a very serious concern about the motive of the killings.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-expresses-outrage-over-killing-of-supporters-in-rivers-state/203870/
ThisDay LiveThursday 12th March 2015Labour Party Adopts Jonathan As Its Presidential CandidateTwenty-four hours after the Alliance for Democracy (AD) endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as their preferred candidate for the March 28 presidential election, the Labour Party (LP) on Wednesday followed suit. In adopting Jonathan as the party’s candidate, the LP also opposed the use of card readers being promoted for use by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during this year’s general election.Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/labour-party-adopts-jonathan-as-presidential-candidate/203869/
ThisDay LiveThursday 12th March 2015Abia 2015: "I Did Not Sign Any Pact With Anybody"- IkpeazuThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that he has not signed a secret pact with Governor Theodore Orji, with a promise to pay Orji money if he eventually becomes Governor of the State, as alleged in some reports. Speaking with editors in Lagos, Ikpeazu rather said that he has a pact with the common people of Abia to give them hope, while ensuring that the State is properly repositioned to compete with other States. He however challenged Nigerians to ask those throwing money around in millions where they got such money.Abia 2015; People's Democrtatic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/abia-2015-i-ve-not-signed-any-pact-with-anybody-ikpeazu/203868/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 11th March 2015Oyo Assembly Orders Arrest Of Accountant General And 2 OthersThe Oyo State House of Assembly has issued a warrant of arrest on the Accountant-General of the state, Mr Oludele Oyadeyi, for refusing to appear before its parliamentary council after being summoned. Also ordered to be arrested at Tuesday’s plenary of the Assembly were the Permanent Secretary and Director of Inspectorate in the State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.Oyo 2015; House Of Assemblyhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/oyo-assembly-orders-arrest-of-accountant-general-2-others.108805/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 11th March 2015"Buhari Will Not Be A One Term President"- APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has debunked the myth being peddled by the PDP that Gen. Buhari will spend only one term in office if elected President, saying it is the creation of the PDP which is seeking to play a section of the country against another. "The APC will not abridge the right of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to spend the constitutionally-guaranteed two terms as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria if elected in the March 28th poll,'' the party said in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-will-not-be-a-one-term-president-apc.108811/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 11th March 2015"Buhari's Age Not A Problem For PDP Governors"- AkpabioGovernor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State who is also Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governors Forum on Tuesday said that the age of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC is not a problem for PDP Governors. Akpabio made the remark during the PDP Governors forum meeting in Lagos on Tuesday.
Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buharis-age-not-a-problem-for-pdp-governors-akpabio.108813/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 11th March 2015"6 Months Is All I Need To Provide Lagosians With Stable Power"- FasholaMr. Babatunde Raji Fashola on Sunday said that he could provide uninterrupted power to Lagos within 6-8 months. He said this during the commissioning of the 8.5 MW Lekki Independent Power Project (IPP), the fifth of such power projects in the last five years in Lagos. He said that the Lekki IPP was proof that stable power in Nigeria wasn't as arduous a task as people made it look.
Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fasholas-challenge-6-months-is-all-i-need-to-provide-lagosians-with-stable-power.108819/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 11th March 2015"Buhari's One Term Plan Will Ruin Nigeria"- PDP Raises AlarmThe PDP Governors yesterday launched a concerted attack on Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari, warning that Buhari planned to serve only one term, and this would seriously derail the rotation between the North and the South. The PDP Governors, who converged on Lagos from their respective States, dismissed Buhari’s reputation as an anti-corruption crusader, affirming him as a willing collaborator in the human rights and financial abuses that characterised the Sani Abacha era.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buharis-one-term-plan-will-ruin-nigeria-pdp-raises-alarm.108815/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 11th March 2015"The Presidency Uses Filthy Language During Campaigns"- Wole SoyinkaProf. Wole Soyinka has described the electioneering campaigns in Nigeria as filled with crudity and vulgar abuse of language, and has stated that the Presidency is the major culprit. Professor Soyinka, who spoke yesterday in Lagos at the public presentation of a book titled “Modern and Tradition Elite in the Politics of Lagos” written by Ambassador Patrick Dele Cole said what the current political actors have done is to take Nigeria to “hitherto imaginable low in the art of public persuasion which – we have a right to imagine – forms the foundation of political life.”Nigeria 2015; Soyinkahttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/the-presidency-uses-filthy-language-during-campaigns-wole-soyinka.108816/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 11th March 2015Alliance For Democracy (AD) Sacks Presidential Candidate, Adopts GEJAD, the Alliance for Democracy party, has adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as its flagbearer for the March 28 elections, Vanguard says. Its former National Secretary, Rafiu Salau, has been suspended by the party's NEC for anti-party activities.Nigeria 2015; ADhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-alliance-for-democracy-ad-sacks-presidential-candidate-adopts-gej.108817/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 11th March 2015"Buhari Played A Key Role In The Massacre Of Igbos In 1966"- Presidency A new dimension was exposed in the 'verbal combat' between the PDP and the APC ahead of the 2015 elections, with the Presidency asking Muhammadu Buhari to explain his role in the events that led up to the 1966 countercoup. Speaking with media personnel on Wednesday, Femi Fani-Kayode asked the APC presidential candidate to answer questions on the “massacre of Igbo” in Kano in 1966 and in Asaba during the civil war. Nigeria 2015; Presidencyhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-played-key-role-in-massacre-of-igbos-in-1966-presidency.108838/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 11th March 2015"APC Planning A Documentary On Secret Life Of President Jonathan, His Wife and Dieziani Alison"- PDPFemi Fani-Kayode, Spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential campaign organization has accused the All Progressive Congress, APC of planning a documentary focused on the secret live of President Goodluck Jonathan, first lady, Patience Jonathan and the Petroleum Minister, Dieziani Allison Madueke. Fani-Kayode raised the alarm during a press conference in Abuja. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-planning-a-documentary-on-secret-life-of-president-jonathan-his-wife-and-dieziani-pdp.108841/
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 11th March 2015DSS Restores Tambuwal's Security DetailsThe security details withdrawn from the Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal by the Department of State Security (DSS) has been restored. ‎Tambuwal’s spokesman, Imam Imam confirmed the development Wednesday evening. ‎Imam stated that only the DSS have restored its men earlier withdrawn from the Speaker.Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; DSShttp://leadership.ng/news/416882/dss-restores-tambuwals-security-details
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th March 2015Tension In Akwa Ibom As Seats Of Four Lawmakers Are Declared Vacant Tension has risen in Akwa Ibom State as the seats of four lawmakers in the State House of Assembly have been declared vacant. THISDAY gathered that the official quarters and residences of the affected lawmakers were on Wednesday jam-packed as hundreds of their supporters trooped in to confirm the development. The Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Sam Ikon, had on Tuesday declared four State constituencies’ seats vacant due to the defection of members from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to other political parties.Akwa Ibom; House Of Assembly http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tension-in-a-ibom-as-seats-of-four-state-lawmakers-are-declared-vacant/203867/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th March 2015 "Fani-Kayode Is A Dubious Liar"- ShettimaBorno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday described the Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO), Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, as a dubious liar and a manipulator of facts. The Governor, who had recently been engaging the former Aviation Minister in a war of words, said he decided to react to Fani-Kayode’s present tirade in other to put the fact right and ensure that Nigerians are not sold a lie that was mischievously conceived and concocted by a mentally immature mind.Borno 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/shettima-fani-kayode-a-dubious-liar/203866/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th March 2015Reprieve For Elechi As Seven Lawmakers Jettison Impeachment PlanReprieve may have finally come the way of the embattled Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Martin Elechi, as seven out of the 15 members of the House of Assembly who endorsed an impeachment notice against him yesterday declared their readiness to discontinue with the project. The House of Assembly had on February 27 passed an impeachment motion against the Governor for alleged gross misconduct.Ebonyi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/reprieve-for-elechi-as-seven-lawmakers-jettison-impeachment-plan/203828/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th March 2015PDP Is My Home, Says Mu'azu, Wishes Propagandists GoodluckThe Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has said the party is his home and will never leave it, following rumour of a rift between him and President Goodluck Jonathan. Mu’azu took to his Twitter account, to debunk the rumour and reiterated his loyalty to the party and the President. The former Governor of Bauchi State, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), noted that he has remained in the party since its formative stage in 1998 and will not leave it for a regional, sectional or ethnic party.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-is-my-home-says-mu-azu-wishes-propagandists-good-luck/203827/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th March 2015Moro Accuses APC Of Sinister MovesThe Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, has alleged that the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) may have a sinister agenda to Islamise Nigerian. Moro spoke at the weekend at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders’ town hall meeting in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, organised by the State office of the Goodluck/Sambo re-election campaign organisation. The Minister noted that an incline to the Islamist agenda of the APC could be deduced from the composition of the party’s leadership at the national level.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/moro-accuses-apc-of-sinister-motives/203826/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th March 2015"We'll Ensure Victory For APC" Royal Father Assures OshiomoleA traditional ruler in Edo South, Edo State, the Enogie of Oghobase, has pledged support to the State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to ensure victory for his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the forthcoming elections. The traditional ruler stated this yesterday when Oshiomhole paid him a visit at his palace.Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/we-ll-ensure-victory-for-apc-royal-father-assures-oshiomhole/203824/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 11th March 2015"Fear Of Defeat Compels PDP Governors To Reject Card Readers"- FasholaLagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said the decision by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors to reject the use of card readers for the next elections was antithetic to democracy. The Governor added that the fear of losing the next elections was the main reason the PDP Governors decided against the card readers, which he said, contravened its conception by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prevent rigging and multiple voting. He frowned on the decision at a rally he addressed in Eti-Osa Local Government Area alongside the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and other party chieftains in the State.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fashola-fear-of-defeat-compels-pdp-governors-to-reject-card-readers/203825/
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 10th March 2015Institute Charges Jonathan, Buhari On PeaceThe Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan and his main opponent retired General Muhammadu Buhari to take the recent peace accord they signed to the grassroots. In a news briefing, the president of the institute, Dr Brown Ogbeifun described the peace accord as a very laudable project but which required more action. While enumerating the historical challenges affecting Nigerian political processes, Ogbeifun also tasked politicians to be tolerant of opposing views.Nigeria 2015; ICMChttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/49032-institute-tasks-jonathan-buhari-on-peace
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 10th March 2015CSOs Insist On Use Of PVC, Card ReaderA coalition of over 60 Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, yesterday, insisted on the full use and deployment of the Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, and Card Reader Machines, CRM, for the general elections. The group, in a statement in Abuja yesterday, said its insistence on the use of both the PVC and CRM was based on the outcome of the mock election conducted in select states last Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Though the CSOs, under the aegis of Nigerian Situation Room, rated the mock exercise as fairly successful, it decried the low turnout of voters for the exercise due to INEC’s inadequate sensitisation and urged INEC to intensify its efforts on voter education and civic education on why and how to vote with PVC.Nigeria 2015; Situation Roomhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/csos-insist-on-use-of-pvc-card-reader/#sthash.6jsd0ZEN.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 10th March 2015743, 367 Yet To Collect PVCs In OyoThree weeks to the 2015 general elections, about 743,367 eligible voters are yet to collect their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, in Oyo State. This was disclosed by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ambassador Rufus Akeju yesterday in Ibadan while fielding questions with journalists shortly after the presentation of voter education materials written in braille form to representatives of people living with disabilities. According to him, out of 2,381,102 PVC’s the electoral body received from its parent body, only 1,637,735, representing 68.78 per cent have been collected so far.Oyo 2015; INEChttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/743367-yet-to-collect-pvcs-in-oyo/#sthash.yElNRe18.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 10th March 2015Fayose Wants APC, Buhari To Withdraw From Presidential RaceEkiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has said that the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its presidential candidate, General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), no longer have moral rights to participate in the March 28 presidential election having lied to Nigerians on several occasions. According to a press statement issued in Ado-Ekiti by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the Governor noted with dismay the contemptuous manner in which the APC and Buhari hold Nigeria and its people. The Governor, who vowed that Nigeria will never be ruled by deceit, said: “In saner climes, you can’t lie and be discovered to have lied repeatedly as done by the APC and still want to stand for elections."Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/fayose-wants-apc-buhari-to-withdraw-from-presidential-race/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 10th March 2015PDP Governors Kick As INEC Insists On Card ReaderThe Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday endorsed last weekend’s trial run on the card readers and resolved to use the device for the forthcoming general elections. The INEC stance nonetheless, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors were last night locked in a meeting in Lagos where they were articulating strong objections to the use of the device. The PDP Governors, who had erstwhile Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George and other stalwarts in attendance at the meeting, Vanguard learnt, were also raising issues on the term of INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega. Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, who was present, canvassed at the beginning of the meeting that Jega should leave office three months to the end of his tenure in accordance with public service rules.Nigeria 2015; Card Readers; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/pdp-govs-kick-as-inec-insists-on-card-readers/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 10th March 2015SANs, Politicians Divided Over Moves To Prosecute Patience Jonathan At ICCSome of Nigeria’s top lawyers were yesterday divided over the move by the All Progressives Congress, APC to have Mrs. Patience Jonathan, wife of President Goodluck Jonathan prosecuted by the International Criminal Court over alleged hate speech. The move which was derided by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was, however, thumbed up by a number of Nigeria’s prominent political actors who said it would serve as a deterrent to other political actors from inciting violence.Among the lawyers who spoke on the issue, yesterday were constitutional lawyers, Prof. Itse Sagay, Mr. Frank Odita, QC and Chief Olisa Agbakoba. Sagay, who spoke with Vanguard on the issue, expressed displeasure over the First Lady, said the remarks was of poor taste. I do not see how ICC would entertain such matter — Prof Fidelis Oditah, SAN, QC. ICC is made for more serious issues, not for political issues Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN. Matters that can lead to anarchy can be taken to ICC- Emeka Ngige, SAN.
Nigeria 2015; First Ladyhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/sans-politicians-divided-over-move-to-prosecute-mrs-jonathan-at-icc/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 10th March 2015Thugs Held VP Sambo Hostage In KanoVice President Namadi Sambo had a raw deal in the hands of suspected thugs in Kano, Monday, when he was held hostage for 20 minutes before a negotiated settlement. The incident occurred at the old campus of Bayero University Kano shortly after the number two citizen rounded up official engagement in the university. It took the intervention of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 1, Tambari Yabo, before the Vice President regained his freedom.Nigeria 2015; Violencehttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/thugs-held-sambo-hostage-in-kano/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 10th March 2015"I Have Kept My Promises, Jonathan Has Not"- FasholaGovernor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of failing to fulfill his promises made to Nigerians prior to the 2011 election, saying, “that is the difference between us, All Progressives Congress, APC, and them, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led Federal Government. " Fashola made the remarks at the commissioning of the 2.18 Kilometer Glover Road, Ikoyi, which also had in attendance the business mogul, Otunba Subomi Balogun, Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and others dignitaries in attendance. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/i-have-kept-my-promises-but-jonathan-has-not-fashola-boasts/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 10th March 2015"Seven PDP Governors In Secret Meeting With APC"- OkorochaChairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors Forum, and governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha said yesterday that seven Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors were secretly holding meetings and strategizing in favour of his party for the polls. This came as National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said the federal government has allegedly diverted money meant to insure security men, especially those fighting insurgency in the North East. Okorocha, who spoke at APC campaign rally in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos, did not, however, name the PDP Governors involved.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/seven-pdp-govs-in-secret-meetings-with-apc-okorocha/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineTuesday 10th March 20157,000 APC Members Defect To PDP In YobeAlhaji Ibrahim Gero, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 7, 000 members of the party in Yobe have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Speaking on behalf of the defectors at a campaign rally on Monday in Karasuwa, Gero said he and his colleagues dumped APC out of the desire for better leadership in the State. Gero, who also the former Chairman of the council, added that the people of Yobe were yearning for good governance that would address infrastructure deficits.
Yobe 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/blame-it-on-idleness-7-000-apc-members-defect-to-pdp-in-yobe.108750/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015"PDP Will Win In All Southern States Including Lagos"The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governors Forum on Monday said that the party would win elections in all the States in the south of the country including Lagos. The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Akwa Ibom, Chief Gooodswill Akpabio said this at a meeting of the dorum in Lagos. Speaking to newsmen before the commencement of the meeting Akpabio said that the PDP would win on first ballot because it was a national party.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/pdp-will-win-in-all-south-states-including-lagos-akpabio.108758/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015"I Can't Be Identified With Electoral Violence"- Patience Jonathan Tells APCNigeria's first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan on Monday told the All Progressives Congress, APC Presidential campaign organization she can never be identified with electoral violence. Speaking on behalf of the first lady, her Media Aide Ayo Adewuyi said, ''she is a woman of peace that can never be identified with electoral violence''. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/i-cant-be-identified-with-electoral-violence-patience-jonathan-tells-apc.108765/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015"God Has Anointed Me To Seize Power From Both Jonathan, Buhari"- APA CandidateAlhaji Musa Ayeni, the presidential candidate of the African Peoples Alliance (APA) yesterday stated that God has ordained him to seize the mantle of leadership from President Jonathan after May 29th. He said this in Akure to newsmen, adding that he was merely running in obedience to God's divine call. Nigeria 2015; APAhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/god-has-anointed-me-to-seize-the-presidency-from-both-buhari-and-jonathan-apa-candidate.108766/
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015Jonathan Seeks More Attention For Women President Goodluck Jonathan has said it is important to give more attention to the female folks as they held the aces of growth for the economy and the country at large. According to him, any government that must succeed, must seek to strengthen its women, even as he decried a situation where the girl child education was still at an all time low in some parts of the country, while some parts had picked up.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/416443/jonathan-seeks-more-attention-for-women
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015Civil War: "Buhari Must Apologize To Igbos"- Fani-KayodeThe Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) has asked the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari to apologize to the Igbo over the alleged massacre of their army officers and indigenes during the civil war in the 60s. The Director, Media and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, disclosed this at the weekend while addressing journalists in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/416445/civil-war-buharis-must-apologise-to-igbos-fani-kayode
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015"Jonathan, Mu'azu Enjoy Excellent Relationship"- PDPThe national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday denied media reports of a sour relationship between its presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan and National Chairman, Dr Adamu Mu’azu. In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, PDP described Mu’azu as one of the founding fathers of the PDP, which has continued to attract massive support for its presidential flag bearer.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/416463/jonathan-muazu-enjoy-excellent-relationship-pdp
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015"Nasarawa PDP, APC Embark On Campaign Of Calumny Against Maku"- APGAThe All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State has accused the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of embarking on campaign of calumny against its gubernatorial candidate and former Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku. This was contained in a statement issued by the state secretary of the party, Mr Emmanuel Yaro, where he alleged that the smear campaign being orchestrated by the two leading political parties in the State was out of fear of Maku’s soaring popularity. Mr Yaro said this while denying media reports that the former Minister joined APGA in 2013 while serving in President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet.Nasarawa 2015; APGAhttp://leadership.ng/news/416468/pdp-apc-embark-on-campaign-of-calumny-against-maku
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015"Those Wishing To Hijack Rivers State Treasury Will Fail"- Amaechi Rivers State Governor and chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that those who are plotting to hijack the treasury of the state from May 29, 2015, when he finally hands over power will fail. He, therefore, urged the people of the State to vote for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Dakuku Peterside in the forthcoming election and rescue the State from the hands of those he described as intending hijackers of the State’s treasury.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/416466/those-wishing-to-hijack-rivers-treasury-will-fail-amaechi
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015"Ihedioha Will Liberate Imo State"- Patience JonathanThe wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience, has urged the Imo State electorate to vote massively for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) in the State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, to free the people from what she described as misrule by the present administration in the State. Speaking during the PDP Women Presidential Campaign rally in Owerri, the State capital, the First Lady described Ihedioha as the only candidate among others that could bring the dividend of democracy to the people.Imo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/416477/ihedioha-ll-liberate-imo-patience-jonathan
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015ACF Faults OPC Leader Over Call For Jega's SackThe apex northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has condemned in strong terms the call for the sack of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, by the coordinator of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC ), Chief Gani Adams. The OPC leader recently called for the sack of the INEC chairman “on the basis of PVC distribution, introduction of card reader and creation of 30,000 bogus and fraudulent polling units in the northern part of Nigeria against the Southern part”. ACF in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim and made available to newsmen in Kaduna said the call is “laughable and shows his pedestrian understanding o Nf the Nigerian Constitution and the Electoral Law.Nigeria 2015; ACFhttp://leadership.ng/news/416505/acf-faults-opc-leader-over-call-for-jegas-sack
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015El-rufai Promises To Stop Killings In Southern Kaduna, Birnin GwariApparently disturbed by the lingering killings in parts of Southern Kaduna, Birnin Gwari and Giwa Local Government Areas of Kaduna State, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai yesterday vowed to stop the killings if elected as Governor in April. He said an APC government will not only protect the people, but will also energetically pursue and crush the killers.Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/416504/el-rufai-promises-to-stop-killings-in-southern-kaduna-birnin-gwari
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 10th March 2015Campaign Funding: "PDP, APC Violate Electoral Act"- ReportA report by the Centre for Social Justice, CSJ, a non-governmental organisation, has revealed that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the leading opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) violated the electoral law on campaign funding. The report titled “Second Campaign Finance and Use of State Administrative Resources Report in the 2015 Presidential Election” was presented to journalists yesterday and spanned from 19th January to the end of February.Nigeria 2015; CSJhttp://leadership.ng/news/416517/campaign-funding-pdp-apc-violate-electoral-act-report
Guardian NewspaperMonday 9th March 2015APC Lauds Test-run Of Card Readers The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has described as successful yesterday test-run of card readers by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti State. It said the exercise was a huge success and evidence of INEC’s readiness to conduct fraud-free poll devoid of acrimonious disputes arising from flawed electoral exercises of the past. APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in a statement that the exercise yesterday in Ado-Ekiti allayed the fear of the failure of the machine during accreditation, noting that the result achieved through the technology marked the end of over-voting and impersonation problems that dented the credibility of the nation’s electoral process leading to litigations that tasked contestants’ finances. Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/news/national-news/201104-apc-lauds-test-run-of-card-readers
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 9th March 2015APC Exposes Plan To Harass Alleged Party FinanciersThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over plans by one of the security agencies, apparently acting at the behest of the Jonathan Administration, to harass and intimidate supposed sponsors of the party, as part of ongoing efforts to cripple its activities in the run up to the March 28th polls. In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party however said the agency can only target phantom financiers, since the APC is, in reality, being financed by Nigerians, not some money bags.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/apc-%E2%80%8Bexposes-%E2%80%8Bplan-to-harass-supposed-party-financiers/
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 9th March 2015"I'll Confront Insecurity With Grit, Zeal"- BuhariThe presidential candidate of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed outrage and grief at the latest terrorist suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri, which left at least 54 innocent people dead. In a condolence message he issued in Abuja on Monday through his media campaign committee, General Buhari said the frequency with which terrorists destroy lives and property embarrassed him beyond measure, and that tackling such indiscriminate violence would be on top of priorities once elected into office.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/ill-confront-insecurity-with-grit-zeal-buhari/
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 9th March 2015"2015 Elections Is Beyond Jonathan, Buhari"- Presidency The Presidency says this year’s general elections go beyond President Goodluck Jonathan and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), retired General Muhammadu Buhari. Addressing journalists in Abuja weekend, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe said the coming elections are about the stability of Nigeria. Okupe said before Nigeria gained independence, the north and the south had always given concessions to each other with a view to balancing the polity and avoiding problems.Nigeria 2015; Presidencyhttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48895-2015-elections-beyond-jonathan-buhari-presidency
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 9th March 2015Elections: US Envoy Urges Losers To Accept DefeatThe United States (US) Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle has called on contenders in the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria to accept the results of the elections if they lose. He also called on politicians to shun violent reactions to outcome of the elections results. The envoy made the call while speaking at a conference in Abuja at the weekend organised by the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association in collaboration with youth groups and leaders as part of its series of activities to promote peaceful, credible elections in Nigeria.Nigeria 2015; UShttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48893-elections-us-envoy-urges-losers-to-accept-defeat
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 9th March 2015Clark Identifies Imposition As PDP's ProblemElder statesman and Ijaw leader and Chief Edwin Clark has said that the problem of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been the imposition of candidates at all levels. Clark, stated this when the leadership of Jonathan Sambo Support Group in Gombe South/Central Senatorial District of Gombe State paid him a courtesy call in Abuja. He lamented that the leadership of the party allowed this to happen for reasons best known to them. The elder statesman said such practice is not democratic because people are “appointed” as candidates of the party and not elected in line with democratic principles.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48892-clark-identifies-imposition-as-pdp-s-problem
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 9th March 2015"Why INEC Can't Achieve 100% PVC Distribution"- Kebbi RECThe Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kebbi State, Jibril Ibrahim Zarewa, has said that the commission does not expect to achieve 100 per cent distribution of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in the State. He however added that out of 1.5million registered voters, the State had distributed 1.4million Permanent Voters Cards.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48890-why-inec-can-t-achieve-100-pvc-distribution-kebbi-rec
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 9th March 2015APC Drags Nigeria's First Lady Before ICCThe All Progressives Congress, APC has reported Nigeria's first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan to the International Criminal Court, ICC for promoting violence. The APC letter which was signed by Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Governor of River State and Director General of the party's campaign organisation will be delivered to to ICC today, copies will be sent to the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, and the National Human Rights Commission.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-drags-nigerias-first-lady-before-icc.108708/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 9th March 2015"It's A Fraud"- Fayose Calls For Suspension Of The Card ReaderEkiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to suspend the use of card readers during the March 28 and April 14 elections. Describing the use of the card readers as fraud Fayose expressed doubt over the forthrightness of the INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega in handling the elections.
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Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 9th March 2015INEC Extends PVC Collection To March 22The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has extended the March 8 deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by two weeks. This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman on Sunday in Abuja. The statement said the period for the collection of the PVCs had been extended from March 8 to March 22.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-extends-pvc-collection-to-march-22.108715/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 9th March 2015"Fani-Kayode Has A Child's Mentality In An Adult's Body"- Governor ShettimaBorno state Governor, Kashim Shettima has blasted Femi Fani-Kayode, Spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential campaign organisation for saying that he knows the location of the kidnapped Chibok school girls. A statement issued by Shettima's Media Aide, Malam Isa Gusa, read, ''Femi Fani-Kayode is one Nigerian that is physically an adult but mentally an infant. He (Fani-Kayode) is known for saying 'A' in the morning, 'K' in the afternoon and 'Z' at night, so we will wait for him to contradict himself and he will surely do so because that is him, he can't avoid being who he is. We will not have any conversation with him" the Aide added.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fani-kayode-has-a-childs-mentality-in-an-adult-body-shettima.108719/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 9th March 2015OPC Accuses Jega Of Pursuing Northern AgendaOtunba (Dr) Gani Adams, National Coordinator, Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, has accused Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of pursuing a Northern agenda. Calling for Jega's sack Adams wondered why PVC collection was higher in Nigeria's North where the country is facing security challenges than the South -West. ''This to me is not only curious but beyond thinking imagination of a reasonable mind and I believe this is fraught with evil intention'', Adams said. Nigeria 2015; OPC; Jegahttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/opc-accuses-jega-of-pursuing-northern-agenda.108723/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 9th March 2015"No Jega, No Elections"- OyegunChief John Odigie-Oyegun, national Chairman of of the All Progressives Congress, APC over the weekend said that there will be no election in Nigeria if Prof Jega Attahiru, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Speaking in Abuja, Oyegun said, ''I don’t think they can remove him. We have only three weeks, although President Goodluck Jonathan, keeps saying he has no plan to sack him, that is different from removing him. But we have only three weeks unless they don’t want an election. It’s simple!"Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-no-jega-no-elections-apc.108740/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015INEC Meets Abdulsalami, Mbeki On 2015 PollsPresident Goodluck Jonathan Sunday met behind closed-doors with former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) and former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Although what transpired at the meeting was not disclosed, THISDAY findings indicated the presidential elections billed for March 28 topped the agenda of the meeting. The meeting was held inside President Jonathan’s official residence. It was gathered that issues bordering on a smooth and violent-free election were discussed.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-meets-abdulsalami-mbeki-on-2015-polls/203653/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015Mixed Reactions Continue To Trail INEC's Test Run Of Card ReadersAs the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) at the weekend test-ran the Smart Card Readers in some States of the federation as part of its preparations for the general election, a cross-section of Nigerians and groups have expressed mixed feelings on the desirability or otherwise of the usage of the machine for the elections. For instance, a former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, has expressed doubts on the efficacy of the Card Readers to be used for the elections. Also, the National Coordinator, Good Governance Initiative (GGI), Dr. Harruna Shettima, has described the test-run of the Card Readers as a grossly inadequate exercise incapable of ensuring a free, fair and hitch- free election. In a release by the Director of Media and Political Communication of the O’tega Emerhor Campaign Organisation, Dr. Fred Oghenesivwe, Emerhor faulted the call for discarding the use of card readers by the PDP. Also, the National Coordinator for Committee for Democracy and Rights of the People (CDRP), Amitolu Shittu, has said the use of Card Readers for the conduct of the polls would eliminate fraud and over voting during the period.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mixed-reactions-continue-to-trail-inec-s-test-run-of-card-readers/203655/
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015Forum Petitions IGP Over Death On Farm Of Benue's APC Guber CandidateThe group, National Democratic Front has petition the Inspector General of Police over the mysterious death of one Mr. Simeon Shikor who is said to be an employee of Oracle Farms Limited in Benue State, allegedly owned by the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Chief Samuel Ortom. In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Philip Agbese, and made available to LEADERSHIP, the Forum tasked the IG of Police to expedite action and thoroughly investigate the matter toward ensuring effective delivery of justice.Benue 2015; NDF; IGP; APChttp://leadership.ng/news/416163/forum-petitions-igp-over-death-in-benue-apc-guber-candidates-farm
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015"Why We Changed Our Stand On Jonathan's Re-election"- BoyloafFormer deputy commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Ebikabowei Victor-Ben, popularly known along the creeks and waterways as Commander Boyloaf, has explained the reason for the shift in strategy by the ex-militant generals in the region over the call for re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28, 2015 presidential election. He said though the decision to change strategy from the call for war to the diplomatic discussions to convince other ethnic Nationalities on the need to re-elect President Jonathan is not a show of weakness, the action by the ex-militant leaders was to ensure peace and increase the votes for President Jonathan.Nigeria 2015; MENDhttp://leadership.ng/news/416184/why-we-changed-our-stand-on-jonathans-re-election-boyloaf
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015Pre-election Actions: Too Little Too Late, APC To PDPThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as too little, too late, the recent, election-propelled acts of governance by President Goodluck Jonathan to convince Nigerians to vote for him and his party in the forthcoming polls. ”Mr. President, you cannot undo, in six weeks, the glaring instances of cluelessness, incompetence and near total lack of governance that your administration has exhibited in the past six years, even if you move Aso Rock to the South-West or bribe every Nigerian with the proceeds of corruption,” the party said in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/416195/pre-election-actions-too-little-too-late-apc-tells-jonathan
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015"Amaechi, APC Have Killer Squad In Rivers"- PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has alleged that Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in connivance with the All Progressives Congress (APC) want to use the C4I, special unit of the State Police Command, as a killer-squad to abduct and assassinate its members in the State. Chairman, Media, and Publicity Committee of the PDP Campaign Organisation in the State, Mr. Emma Okah, who made the allegation while addressing journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, also alleged that the conspiracy was to arm some youths who would thereafter be arrested while armed with the very weapons given to them by the C4I and APC.Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/416208/amaechi-apc-have-killer-squad-in-rivers-pdp
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015"True Federalism Will Reduce Corruption"- Edwin Clark The former federal commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark has said that for corruption to be drastically reduced in the country, the power presently concentrated at the centre will have to give way for true federalism. He made the assertion yesterday at the palace of Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, in Abeokuta while paying the royal father a visit as part of his effort to boost the chances of his wife, Dr Abisola Sodipo Clark at the March 28, senatorial election.Nigeria 2015; Niger-Delta; Jonathanhttp://leadership.ng/news/416231/true-federalism-will-reduce-corruption-clark
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015Christian Elders Raise Alarm Over Plot To Disenfranchise Northern Christians The National Christians Elders Forum (NCEF) has raised the alarm over attempts to disenfranchise Christians in the north from exercising their civic rights during the forthcoming elections through the non-issuance of voter’s cards to many Christians in the region. The forum made this known yesterday in a communique presented to journalists which was signed by the Chairman of the forum, Mr Solomon Asemota, Chairman of plenary session, Lt. Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (Rtd) and Secretary of the forum, Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, after a two-day retreat in Abuja.Nigeria 2015; NCEFhttp://leadership.ng/news/416253/elections-christian-elders-raise-the-alarm-over-attem
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015Adamawa APC Set For Victory As Nyako, Atiku's Camp ReconcileIn their resolve to clinch all elective positions at the coming general polls, stakeholders of Adamawa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have reconciled their differences at a meeting attended by members of Nyako and Atiku’s camps on Saturday. The meeting which held at the Dougirei residence of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, saw major stakeholders of the party from the two camps including former chairman of PDP in the State, Alhaji Mijinyawa Kugama, Chief of Staff to Nyako, Abdurrahaman Abbah Jimeta, and Alhaji Mansur Toungo from Nyako’s camp while Ibrahim Mijinyawa Yayaji and Sajoh Gella were some of the stalwarts from Atiku’s camp.Adamawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/416283/adamawa-apc-set-for-victory-as-nyako-atikus-camps-reconcile-2
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015Delta PDP Crisis Deepens As It Expels DefectorsFierce outrage enveloped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Asaba, the Delta State capital recently, when supporters of the alleged expelled members of the party stormed the party Secretariat in a protest march, chanting war songs and barricading Nnebisi road for several hours before they were sent away by security agents. Some of the placards carried by the protesters read, ‘PDP cannot dictate who to vote for’, ‘PDP expulsion of our candidate is fake’, ‘We will win our election because our candidates are credible candidates’, and ‘Stop extorting people; we are not slaves to PDP.’Delta 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/416286/delta-crisis-deepens-as-pdp-expels-defectors
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015"Use Of Card Reader Is A Step In The Right Direction"- Bishop Idowu FearonBishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon of the Diocese of Kaduna (Anglican Communion) yesterday applauded the choice of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) card reader in the forthcoming general elections, saying it is a step in the right direction to reduce rigging of the election. Although the bishop agreed that the card reader may not be able to completely rule out the possibility of rigging, he said if used, it will at least reduce rigging tendencies to the barest minimum and give some level of credibility to the election process.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://leadership.ng/news/416330/elections-use-of-card-reader-step-in-right-direction-bishop-idowu-fearon
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015"PDP, APC Ideologically Bankrupt"- OkuwaThe newly elected National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) Prof Bankole Okuwa has said that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) lacked ideology of governance and rarely have anything good to offer the nation. Speaking shortly after he was affirmed by the delegates from across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as the National Chairman of the UPN during its national convention which held in Kaduna at the weekend, Professor Okuwa disclosed that his membership of the UPN dates back to 1979 when it was established.Nigeria 2015; UPNhttp://leadership.ng/news/416351/pdp-apc-ideologically-bankrupt-okuwa
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015"Rise Against Poll Shift, Plot To Remove Jega"- NUDPro-democracy activists in Nigeria have called on Nigerians to rise against the plots by some persons in the Presidency to shift the 2015 general election scheduled to hold on March 28 and April 11, 2015, as well as moves to remove the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega. The activists, under the aegis of the Nigerians United for Democracy (NUD) said those who are opposed to the use of permanent voter cards (PVC) in the forthcoming general election, are election riggers, who should be avoided by Nigerians.Nigeria 2015; NUD; Jegahttp://leadership.ng/news/416353/rise-against-polls-shift-jegas-sack
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015Nasarawa Government Borrows Money To Pay Salaries Following the shortfall in statutory allocation from Federation Account accruing to Nasarawa State due to the downward plunge in the global oil market, the State government has secured N500 million bank facility to pay February salary. Mr. Mohammed Musa Danazumi, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, made this known in Lafia on Monday while addressing the press at the Shendam road Government House. He said the situation is compounded by the non-release of SURE-P funds since December 2014 which was hitherto used in augmenting shortfalls of Local Government salaries.Nasarawa 2015; Salaryhttp://leadership.ng/news/416363/nasarawa-government-borrows-money-to-pay-salaries
Leadership News OnlineMonday 9th March 2015Unpaid Salaries: Benue Assembly Plans To Sack Governor Suswam's AidesThe members of the Benue state House of Assembly are seriously angry over the blatant refusal of some summoned Aides of Governor Gabriel Suswam to appear before it and are planning to sack them, LEADERSHIP has gathered. Recall that the lawmakers had summoned the Commissioner of Finance, Omadachi Oklobia, the Chairman of Benue Internal Revenue Service (BIRS), Gabriel Asen and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government, Solomon Wombo to appear before it and tender relevant documents on the downturn of financial status of the State, since 2014. But the summoned government functionaries have deliberately refused to appear to the plenary, for two consecutive times, even as they failed to offer cogent reasons over their non-appearance.Benue 2015; Assemblyhttp://leadership.ng/news/416368/unpaid-salaries-benue-assembly-plans-to-sack-suswams-aides
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015South West Students Declare Support For ObanikoroSouth-West students, under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), have declared their supports for the ministerial nomination of the former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. The NANS urged members of the Senate not to break the longstanding tradition where former Senators take bows during screening on the floor, just because some were bent on stalling Obanikoro’s reappointment by President Goodluck Jonathan.Lagos 2015; NANs; Obanikorohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/south-west-students-declare-support-for-obanikoro/203662/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015Ogun UPN Governorship Candidate Denies Stepping Down For Amosun Ogun State governorship candidate on the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Mr. Olatunde Rotimi Paseda, sunday denied insinuations that he had stepped down for the incumbent Governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun of the All Progressive Party (APC ). Paseda said those spreading the rumour of his stepping down are afraid of his grassroots support as the candidate to beat in the forthcoming governorship election slated for April 11,Ogun 2015; UPNhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ogun-upn-governorship-candidate-denies-stepping-down-for-amosun/203635/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015Igbo Group Cautions PDP, APC Against Post-Election ViolenceLess than three weeks to the March 28 presidential election, a South-east group, the Igbo Youth Movement, (IYM), yesterday in Enugu embarked on a peaceful demonstration, asking the international community and the federal government to prevail on the supporters of the two leading political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) against any form of post election violence, especially in parts of northern Nigeria. The parties were asked to be ready to accept whatever would be the outcome of the election as a true reflection of the desires of Nigerians.Nigeria 2015; IYM; Violencehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/igbo-group-cautions-pdp-apc-against-post-election-violence/203632/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015Anambra Women's Group Mobilizes Support For BuhariIgbo women under the umbrella body of Amoji Women Association (AWA), Umoji, Anambra State, have embarked on massive mobilisation in support of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), in order to boost his chances at the poll. The group based their determination on the policy framework of Buhari and his party, which they said dwelt on transforming Nigeria from its present woes, in the area of constant electricity supply, massive employment opportunities, good governance, investment opportunities among others.Nigeria 2015; AWA; Buharihttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/anambra-women-8217-s-group-mobilises-support-for-buhari-apc/203629/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015Ondo South PDP Leaders Agree To Work With MimikoThe former Governor of Anambra State and the Deputy Director General, South of the Jonathan’s Campaign Organisation, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on Nigerians, for the sake of the unity and progress of the country, to support and vote President Goodluck Jonathan for the second term. He argued that besides the facts that Jonathan has done well to merit a re-election, the socio-economic dynamics of the country demands that we allow the South-south exhaust their eight 8 years. Obi was speaking at the meeting of the laity of Nigeria at the Pope John Paul II Centre, Abuja.Ondo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ondo-south-pdp-leaders-agree-to-work-with-mimiko/203664/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015Jonathan Not Sincere With National Conference Report, Says S'West APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) Sunday faulted the notion being created by President Goodluck Jonathan that the implementation of 2014 National Conference report is dependent only on his re-election. The party also dismissed the impression, describing Jonathan’s statement as illogical and unreasonable, adding the impression is a poly to earn cheap popularity from South-west marginalised by his administration.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-not-sincere-with-national-conference-report-says-s-west-apc-party/203663/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015Mu'azu Reads Riot Act To PDP State Chairmen, Campaign CoordinatorsAs the elections draw nearer, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, has read the riot act to the State chairmen of the party, handing down a 10-point agenda on how to win the coming elections. According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Tony Amadi, Mu’azu who encouraged the State chairmen and campaign coordinators to increase their work rate to ensure success, handed down the 10-points agenda, which when strictly executed, would see the party coasting to a fourth consecutive presidential election victory.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/elections-mu-azu-reads-riot-act-to-pdp-state-chairmen-campaign-coordinators/203665/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015Igbos Extract Commitment From AgbajeDissatisfied with what they described as their unfair lot in the hands of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in Lagos State, the Igbos under the aegis of Aka Ikenga, the umbrella group of Igbos in Lagos, sunday extracted commitment of a fair bargain from the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, Mr Jimi Agbaje. The meeting, which took place last night in the Victoria Island home of Ambassador Greg Mbadiwe, extracted the commitment of better treatment of Igbos in Lagos, from Agbaje.Lagos 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/igbos-extract-commitment-from-agbaje/203666/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015Buhari Restates Commitment To Empower WomenThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has restated his commitment to the empowerment of Nigerian women by ensuring that the rights of women as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution, are protected under his government. Buhari’s position was contained in a special message to Nigerian women, in commemoration of the International Women’s Day.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-restates-commitment-to-empower-women/203667/
ThisDay LiveMonday 9th March 2015CNPP Threatens Parties Opposed to Card Readers For Elections The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has said it may be forced to withdraw the membership of political parties that engage in unethical and undemocratic agitation The group, which serves as an umbrella association of all political parties in the country, said it is unequivocally in support of the use of Magnetic Card Reader for accreditation of voters in the 2015 general elections. In a statement issued on Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary of CNPP, Mr Osita Okechukwu, the body said it takes exception to political parties that are wittingly or unwittingly threatening the survival of our fledgling democracy by opposing the deployment of Magnetic Card Reader.Nigeria 2015; CNPP; Card Readerhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/cnpp-threatens-parties-opposed-to-card-reader-for-elections/203668/
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 6th March 2015"PDP Has Failed On All Levels"- AmbodeThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April 11 gubernatorial elections in Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday said people of the State do not deserve the PDP as the party had proven to be a failure at all levels. Ambode was addressing a crowd at an APC campaign rally at Ibeju-Lekki yesterday. He advised Lagosians to vote for the APC in the forthcoming elections, noting that the nation is in a bad shape today because people made a mistake voting for the PDP at the federal level in 2011.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48781-pdp-has-failed-at-all-levels-ambode
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 6th March 2015"Ibeto Should've Resigned After Quitting PDP"- Governor AliyuNiger State Governor Babangida Aliyu yesterday said he expected his Deputy, Ahmed Ibeto, to resign immediately after leaving the PDP for the APC. Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Aliyu said his Deputy ought to have resigned on moral grounds. The Governor said since he and Ibeto were jointly elected, any diversion from the ticket should automatically lead to his resignation.Niger 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48778-ibeto-should-have-resigned-after-quitting-pdp-aliyu
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 6th March 2015EU Says Proper Electoral Process Is A ConcernThe European Union Election Observers Mission-Nigeria 2015 has said that it was more concerned about the electoral process which will be used during the forthcoming polls not in the candidates contesting. Speaking yesterday when the EU team led by the EU Deputy Chief Observer, Hannah Roberts visited the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi in Abuja, she said it would monitor the elections in all parts of the country hence, a preliminary report on the elections would be released two days after the polls.Nigeria 2015; EUhttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48774-eu-says-proper-electoral-process-a-concern
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 6th March 2015"INEC's Multiple Ballot Boxes May Scuttle Elections"- GayaThe proposed introduction of sepa-rate ballot boxes for the forthcoming elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could lead to confusion and scuttling of the polls, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya, has said. Gaya (APC, Kano), said he was strongly opposed to the decision to introduce separate ballot boxes for the presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives election on March 28. Speaking to reporters in Abuja yesterday, he said: “We are used to voting with one ballot box, if you come to vote and dump the three ballot papers in one ballot box, it is the job of INEC staff to do the separation and later do the counting with party agents.”Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48773-inec-s-multiple-ballot-boxes-may-scuttle-elections-gaya
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 6th March 2015"INEC Is Ready For Mock Elections"- Nasarawa RECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nasarawa State and stakeholders met in Lafia over Saturday’s mock election, saying the test run of Permanent Voter Cards and card reader is necessary. INEC announced that Kokona in Nasarawa-West zone of the State has been chosen for the exercise. But an attempt to demonstrate how the card reader is used during the meeting failed, as the Commission said it was not programmed for Abacha Youth Centre, venue of the meeting. Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the State, Abdullahi Umar Danyaya, said Nasarawa is among the 12 States where the card will be tested. Nasarawa 2015; INEChttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48738-inec-ready-for-mock-election
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 6th March 2015NEMA Sensitizes Public On Peaceful PollsThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on all relevant stakeholders to work together to ensure that the forthcoming general elections are free of violence. Speaking at a sensitization and awareness workshop against electoral violence in Kaduna yesterday, the agency’s North-West Zonal Director, Musa Ilallah, said it was important to educate and sensitize the general public on the need for peaceful elections and on emergency/ disaster curtailment activities during and after the elections.Nigeria 2015; NEMAhttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48732-nema-sensitises-public-on-peaceful-polls
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 6th March 2015JNI, CAN Call For Peaceful ElectionsThe Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have appealed to religious leaders to discourage their followers from violence and strictly abide by the holy books to ensure peaceful conduct of the general elections. The religious bodies made the appeal yesterday at a seminar organised for imams and pastors by the Interfaith Forum of Muslim and Christian Women Association also known as Women Interfaith Council. The Acting Chairman of JNI in Kaduna South LGA, Alhaji Ibrahim Abduljelil, urged religious leaders not to relent in preaching peace and encouraging peaceful co-existence before, during and after the elections, advising Nigerians to accept the results without violence.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48735-jni-can-call-for-peaceful-elections
Daily Trust NewspaperFriday 6th March 2015Hope Party Faults Judgement On Jonathan's EligibilityThe Hope Democratic Party (HDP) yesterday faulted the Court of Appeal judgment which on Tuesday affirmed the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to stand for the March 28 poll. The party alleged that the legal action which brought the judgment was pre-arranged by the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) using one of its chieftains Mr. Cyriacus Njoku who had no locus standi to file the suit to unlawfully clear the way for Jonathan. In a statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Malami Usman Sani, HDP vowed to pursue its own legal action against President Jonathan eligibility to a logical conclusion.Nigeria 2015; Eligibility; Jonathan; HPhttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48716-hope-party-faults-judgment-on-jonathan-eligibility
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 6th March 2015"Sacking Jega Will Set Nigeria On Fire"- PrimateThe Primate of the Orthodox Anglican Communion, Archbishop Christopher Umane, has warned against any plot by the Presidency to remove the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, saying that such an action will plunge the nation into avoidable crisis. The cleric, who spoke to journalists yesterday in Benin City, Edo State, expressed fears over the future of the nation’s democracy, lamenting that rather than pray for the best candidate to emerge, men of God abandoned prayers for money and power, which according to him, was creating more problems for Nigerians.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/sacking-jegall-set-nigeria-on-fire-primate/#sthash.Af4Qbf0V.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 6th March 2015Reps Adopt Report On Electoral Act AmendmentMembers of the House of Representatives, yesterday, finally adopted the conference committee report on a Bill for an Act to further amend the Electoral Act No.6 of 2010 to create room for a level playing ground for all parties in the electoral process in the country. The report, presented by Chairman of the House Committee on Electoral Matters, Rep. Jerry Manwe, has 28 amendments. The amendments include a new sub-section (b) proposed to the extant Section 29(1) of the Principal Act which seeks to give more powers to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to be the authority to request for the deployment of security personnel for election monitoring. House Of Representatives; Electoral Act Amendmenthttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/reps-adopt-report-on-electoral-act-amendment/#sthash.d89Z96Ds.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 6th March 2015"PDP Will Win The Elections"- WikeRivers State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Mr Nyesom Wike, has expressed assurance that he will win the election in the State. Wike who spoke in Port Harcourt, yesterday before traders also said President Goodluck Jonathan was going to win the presidential election.Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/pdp-will-win-the-elections-wike/#sthash.Lwdmj0wY.dpuf
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 6th March 2015Ex-Militant Commanders Set Up Election Monitoring GroupsFormer militant commanders in the Niger Delta have set up election monitoring groups ahead of the forth coming general polls. In a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, under the aegis of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, president of the forum of ex- militant leaders, Pastor Reuben Wilson, said the various groups would monitor the elections round the country, adding that they will ensure that the electorate were free to vote for candidates of their choice. The ex-militant leaders, who reaffirmed their support for President Goodluck Jonathan, warned politicians planning to rig the elections to refrain from such act.Nigeria 2015; Ex-Militantshttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/ex-militant-commanders-set-up-election-monitoring-groups/
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 6th March 2015Group Chides Opponents Of Obanikoro's Ministerial Appointment Director, Media and Publicity, Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Group, Chief Willy Akinlude, said that Senator Musiliu Obanikoro’s second coming as Minister was an “act of God and well merited” noting that “nobody can block what God has put together for a particular objective.” He noted that “It is regrettable that some elements in the party were still playing the same old game. Otherwise why would anyone be against the successful completion of Senator Obanikoro’s screening? What purpose would that narrow interest serve? The truth is that we cannot all be minister at the same time."Nigeria 2015; Confirmation; Obanikoro; Senate; APChttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/group-chides-opponents-of-obanikoros-ministerial-appointment/
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 6th March 2015APC, PDP, SDP Sign Peace Accord In OgunTo avoid violent clashes and peaceful elections, political parties in Ogun State, yesterday, signed a peace accord. Known as the Abeokuta Accord, the move was initiated by the Ogun State Police Command. Parties that signed the accord included the All Progressives Congress, APC, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Social Democratic Party, SDP, Labour Party, LP, and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, among others.Ogun 2015; Non-Violence; Peace Accordhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/violence-apc-pdp-sdp-sign-peace-accord-in-ogun/
Vanguard NewpaperFriday 6th March 2015"Mismanagement Is Nigeria's Main Problem"- ObasanjoFormer President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, lamented yesterday that mismanagement of resources has been the main problem confronting Nigeria.
The former President, who spoke at the 2015 annual summit and his 78the birthday celebration held at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta also said that most of the West African countries were worried about the situation in Nigeria while the developed countries were afraid that should there be a civil war in the country, no country could accommodate some of the 180 million Nigerians. Obasanjo, flanked by former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and former governors of Osun and Ekiti States, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Segun Oni respectively said the problem of the country arose from mismanagement of resources.
Nigeria 2015; Obasanjohttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/mismanagement-nigerias-main-problem-obasanjo/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineFriday 6th March 2015Muazu Sacks ICT Team After Viral Anti-APC Fuel Scarcity TweetThe tweet that began the accusations and counter-accusations during these trying times of petrol scarcity originated from PDP National Chairman, Adamu Muazu's twitter address. A lot of people were shocked and upset, naturally, but Muazu himself has sent another tweet to say he wasn't responsible for the tweet and that he has 'changed' his ICT team following the episode.
Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/muazu-sacks-ict-team-after-viral-anti-apc-fuel-scarcity-tweet.108618/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineFriday 6th March 2015PDP Distances Self From Fayose's Comments On JegaThe ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has dissociated itself from a statement by Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose calling for the sack of Prof. Attahiru Jega, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Speaking on behalf of the PDP, Deputy National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Sedondus, said, ''We are not fighting Jega. The opinion expressed by the Governor of Ekiti State on the INEC Chairman remains his own. He’s not speaking for the party. There is no plan to remove Jega. The party has absolute confidence in INEC and its leadership''.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/pdp-distances-self-from-fayoses-comments-on-jega.108635/
Leadership News OnlineFriday 6th March 2015Yero/Bajoga Campaign Organization Decries Alleged Violence By The APCThe Yero/Bajoga Campaign Organisation has expressed concern over the alleged deliberate and “calculated attempt” by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State to perpetrate violence and destruction of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) posters and billboards. The campaign organisation further decried the attempt by the APC to “feed the gullible electorate with twisted and dubious lies, concocted and ditched out by people who are faced with obvious defeat.”Kaduna 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/415549/yero-bajoga-campaign-organisation-decries-alleged-violence-by-apc
Leadership News OnlineFriday 6th March 2015Don't Be Intimidated By Soldiers, Police, Fashola Tells LagosiansBarely 22 days to the nation’s rescheduled general elections, Lagos State governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola yesterday urged Lagosians not to be intimidated by the presence of soldiers and policemen in their environments on election days. Fashola who said this while addressing the teeming party faithful at the All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign rally held at the Ibeju Lekki Local Government, pointed out that the law enforcement agents are also yearning for change and would not fight against the people since they are also badly affected by the economic policies of the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/415563/dont-be-intimidated-by-soldiers-police-fashola-tells-lagosians
Leadership News OnlineFriday 6th March 2015Chidoka At Chatham House Says Jonathan Is Committed To Democracy Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to democracy, peace and security in Nigeria, even as he emphasised the Peoples Democratic Party’s strong history of upholding democratic principles. He stated this when he was hosted on Tuesday by the Chatham House’s Africa Programme, led by the head of the programme, Dr Alex Vines. Chidoka who was at Chatham House to discuss President Jonathan’s full commitment to democracy, said that every effort must be made to replicate the model of free and fair election that the world witnessed with President Jonathan’s 2011 victory.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/415584/chidoka-at-chatham-house-says-jonathan-is-committed-to-democracy
Leadership News OnlineFriday 6th March 2015"We Are Not Afraid Of Card Reader"- PDPThe national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday debunked insinuations that they were against the use of card readers for the forthcoming elections. The party, however, insisted on adequate test runs of the card readers before deploying them for use, in order to avoid chaos. The Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, who stated this yesterday while briefing newsmen, further boasted that the PDP would win the 2015 election comfortably.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/415595/we-are-not-afraid-of-card-reader-pdp
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015Mimiko, Don Mobilizes South-West Youths For Jonathan Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, on Thursday admonished youths from the South-West States to vote for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan because of his commitment for the implementation of the National Conference report, which he said has a lot of benefits for young people. Mimiko gave the advice in Akure, the State capital, at the post-Confab summit organised to sensitise them on the benefits that youths can derive if the report of the National Conference is implemented. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mimiko-don-mobilise-south-west-youths-for-jonathan/203403/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015"Jonathan Has Shown More Commitment To Ending Insurgency Than His Ambition"- AmosuThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, on Thursday in Abuja commended President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to tackling insurgency in the North-East, saying the president had shown greater commitments to ending the menace than his re-election bid. Speaking while defending the budget of Nigeria Air Force before the Senate Committee on Defence (Airforce) yesterday, Amosu said military operations in the North-East had totally destroyed Boko Haram stronghold by damaging its command and control in the area.Nigeria 2015; Militaryhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/amosu-jonathan-has-shown-more-commitment-to-ending-insurgency-than-his-ambition/203404/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015Stop Inciting Policement, IG Warns The Inspector-General of Police (IG) Suleiman Abba says some members of the public have adopted the mischievous path of inciting Junior Police Officers to disrespect their oath of office. While warning such members of the public to desist from this unholy attitude, the IGP drew attention to the dangers inherent in Police officers disobeying superior orders and acting outside the code of conduct. It does not portend well for public safety and security, and is a threat to our democracy.Nigeria 2015; IG of Policehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/stop-inciting-policemen-ig-warns/203409/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015Buhari Faults PDP, Jonathan On Non-Oil Export Growth The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has described as an untenable fallacy a claim that the Jonathan-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) diversified the economy, grew the non-oil export sector and enhanced the national economy by 300 per cent. In a signed statement in Abuja on Thursday, the APCPCO’s Director of Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that an advertorial placed by the “Forum for Economic Progress” claiming that “non-oil export has increased by 300 per cent and that cocoa had brought revenues of over $2 billion in the last two years” is “blatant lies and bandied poor spin-doctoring by a dying PDP regime clawing to undesirable straws.”Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-faults-pdp-jonathan-on-non-oil-export-growth/203410/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015Tambuwal Absent As 16 Political Parties Sign Peace Accord In SokotoSpeaker of House of Representatives and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, was on Thursday absent during the signing of the peace accord by 16 political parties in the State. The signing of the peace accord which was supposed to have been conducted on February 19 was postponed to enable all the governorship candidates of the parties in the state attend the meeting. The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Abdallah Wali, was present during the signing of the peace accord with the governorship candidates of other parties, while Tambuwal was represented by the Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Sidi Aliyu.Sokoto 2015; Non- Violence; Peace Accordhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tambuwal-absent-as-16-political-parties-sign-peace-accord-in-sokoto/203412/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015APC Youths Threaten To Occupy Aso Rock, Major Cities Over Alleged Plans To Oust JegaAhead of the general election, the youth leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday vowed to resist any act of interference in the electoral process, including the alleged move to oust the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega. Speaking at a strategy meeting in Abuja attended by the zonal and state APC youth leaders, the leader for North-West geopolitical zone, Mr. Shehu Marshal, said the country had witnessed a lot of political maneuverings by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in recent times aimed at interfering with the electoral process. He threatened that the APC youth groups would not hesitate to occupy Aso Rock and other major cities in the country if elections are not held on March 28.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-youths-threaten-to-occupy-aso-rock-major-cities-over-alleged-plan-to-oust-jega/203418/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015Buhari Back From London All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, who left the shores on Nigeria controversially for London two weeks ago for medical attention as well as to make a speech at Chatham House, is back in the country. He touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 5.40 on Friday morning. Asked about the true purpose of the trip, and the state of his health, he said it was human for anyone to have medical issues from time to time, but asked rhetorically: “Am I looking sick?”Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-back-from-london/203441/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015Muslim, Christian Clerics To Hold Joint Prayer Rally For JonathanAhead of the Presidential election slated for March 28 this year, Muslim and Christian religious leaders operating under the auspices of Inter-faith Prayer Forum are to hold a joint prayer rally for President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo in Abuja on March 20. The churches and mosques involved in the expected prayer session number more than 3000. This was disclosed by leaders of the prayer forum led by Archbishop Leonard Kawas and Sheik Dan Zanga when they paid a courtesy call on the Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr Ahmadu Ali, in Abuja.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/muslim-christian-clerics-to-hold-joint-prayer-rally-for-jonathan/203386/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015NNPP Calls For Extension Of PVC CollectionNew Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has demanded the extension of the collection of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). At a press briefing in Lagos on Thursday, the party posited that the extension has become necessary taking into consideration the number of voters that have not been able to collect their PVCs. He stated that NNPP appreciated the reason given by INEC for the postponement of the election earlier scheduled for February 14 and February 28 respectively, with regard to the problem associated with distribution of the PVCs and security issues.Nigeria 2015; NNPP; PVC; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nnpp-calls-for-extension-of-pvc-collection/203423/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015Stop Political Violence In Oyo, Makinde Warns As the various political parties in Oyo State gear up for the last lap of their campaigns ahead of the March 28 and April 11 elections, the party leaders, especially the governorship candidates, have been called upon to warn their supporters against violence. This call was made by the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the State, Seyi Makinde, while reacting to the Sunday political rally in Ibadan which turned violent and during which three supporters of the Accord Party were murdered.Oyo 2015; SDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/stop-political-violence-in-oyo-makinde-warns/203425/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015NBC, APCON Promoting Violence, Hate, Says APCThe APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has warned that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), two regulatory agencies of broadcasting and print advertising respectively, are by default promoting violence and hate following their inability to sanction erring radio and television stations, industry players and groups who continuously breach extant laws and regulations governing activities of the agencies. The campaign therefore challenged the NBC to make good its threat to wield the big stick against erring broadcast stations by applying its code to all industry players across board without fear or favour.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nbc-apcon-promoting-violence-hate-says-apc-campaign/203426/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 20152015 Polls: New Party Makes Demands Of INECA new controversy has arisen over the conduct of the 2015 polls, as a political party, Young Democratic Party (YDP), which obtained a court judgment on Wednesday ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register it and include it in the 2015 elections, has demanded that it be accommodated by the Commission or the elections be postponed. Addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday shortly after its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Ugo Nwofor, described the judgment as a victory for democracy, the rule of law and triumph over impunity. Nwofor said that his party was ready for the 2015 elections and gave INEC two options: re-printing of its ballot papers to include YDP, so as to accommodate its candidates, or within the constitutional provision to further reschedule the polls.Nigeria 2015; YDP; Judiciary http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-polls-new-party-makes-demands-of-inec/203427/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015Jonathan's Wife Was Right On Buhari, Says PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) on Thursday rose in defence of the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, saying that she was spot on in her assessment of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) as being “brain-dead.” The Director of Media and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, in response to the APC presidential campaign organisation in Abuja, said: “Mrs Jonathan was absolutely right. To say that Buhari is ‘’brain-dead’’ is an understatement and to suggest that he is suffering from dementia is nothing new.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-s-wife-was-right-on-buhari-says-pdp/203428/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015"Why I Did Not Defect To APC With G5 Governors"- AliyuThe Chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Niger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, on Thursday gave an insight into why he did not defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the five Governors who dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Governors of Rivers, Adamawa, Kwara, Sokoto and Kano States were the PDP Governors that defected to the APC. He explained that the idea of the seven Governors on the PDP platform including himself, was not to leave PDP, but to correct what they saw as anomalies.Niger 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/aliyu-why-i-did-not-defect-to-apc-with-g-5-governors/203429/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015PDP Planning To Scuttle Elections Over Card Reader, Says APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday said the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) public avowal to oppose the use of Card Readers in this month’s rescheduled election has justified its accusations that the ruling party was doing all in its powers to either prevent the election from holding or to rig it. In a swift reaction, the PDP said it was not against the use of the Card Readers, but wants it tested to avoid mass disenfranchisement of eligible voters and Nigerians being used as guinea pig.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-planning-to-scuttle-election-over-card-readers-says-apc/203430/
ThisDay LiveFriday 6th March 2015APC Will Dump National Conference Report, Says PDP GroupAhead of the March 28 presidential election, a group operating under the aegis of the PDP Integrity Vanguard on Thursday expressed fears that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference if the party wins the presidential election. Addressing a press conference in Abuja, members of the group, some of whom were delegates to the conference, said the APC was strongly opposed to the convocation of the National Conference and refused to participate in it.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-will-dump-national-conference-report-says-pdp-group/203431/
Nation NewspaperThursday 5th March 2015APC Accuses PDP Of Plot To Blackmail Jega, TinubuA huge amount of money is to be stuffed into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Attahiru Jega’s bank account and the former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will be accused of making the payment, the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged yesterday. The party said the plan was being hatched to justify the on-going campaign for Prof. Jega’s removal and prevent him from conducting the re-scheduled elections. APC also alleged that “there is an on-going effort to compromise the card reader, which the Jonathan Administration sees as inimical to its rigging plans." But the PDP denied it all, saying it has no plans to rig elections.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)1
Vanguard NewpaperThursday 5th March 2015"Journalists Not Evaluating Politicians"- Alele-Williams Professor Grace Alele-Williams, former Vice Chancellor of University of Benin, UNIBEN, has accused journalists of treating Nigerian politicians as demi-gods, rather than subject them to critical evaluation. Speaking at a briefing by the Initiative for Moral Rectitude in Society, IMRS, in Lagos, yesterday, Alele-Williams, who is the Vice Chairman of the body, said after creating the “political class,” journalists failed to set parameters for person in that class.Nigeria 2015; Journalists; IMRS; Alele-Williams54
Vanguard NewpaperThursday 5th March 2015Niger-Delta Youths Drum Up Support For Jonathan Youths from the Niger Delta region, under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth Council, yesterday, called on well meaning Nigerians to support the second term bid of President Goodluck Jonathan to enable him complete the good works he has started. The youths, in a statement at the end of their meeting in Owerri, Imo State, said that President Jonathan was the only man that could bring about the desired change Nigerians were yearning for.Nigeria 2015; NDYC; Jonathan 45
Vanguard NewpaperThursday 5th March 2015AIT Replies Tinubu, Demands N100 Billion Damages Daar Communications Plc has rejected in their entirety the demands of Tunji Abayomi and co on behalf of Bola Tinubu over a documentary titled “Unmasking The Real Tinubu” transmitted on African Independent Television, AIT, according to a publication on its website. The demands, which Mike Ozekhome’s chambers describe as laughable, include the stoppage of further transmission of the alleged defamatory documentary, failure which Daar Communications will be made to pay twenty billion Naira representing damages. In its reaction, Mike Ozekhome’s chambers on behalf on behalf of DAAR communications declares that AIT, in transmitting the documentary was only carrying out its constitutional responsibility to uphold the fundamental objectives of the Constitution.Nigeria 2015; AIT; Tinubuwww.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/ait-replies-tinubu-demands-n100bn-damages/
Vanguard NewpaperThursday 5th March 2015Uduaghan Declares March 6th Work-Free Day For Collection Of PVCsGov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta has declared March 6 work free day to enable civil servants to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the March 8 deadline. The Governor made the declaration on Wednesday at during the State Executive Council meeting in Asaba. The pronouncement came after the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Elder Aniede Ikiowak, led other staff members to demonstrate use of card reader at the meeting.Delta 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/uduaghan-declares-march-6-work-free-for-collection-of-pvcs/
Vanguard NewpaperThursday 5th March 2015MASSOB Insists On Jega's Removal The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has said it would resist election in the South, if the Independent National Electoral Commission ,INEC, Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, refuses to go. MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, who disclosed this yesterday at world press conference held at the MASSOB headquarters annex, New Owerri, Imo State, said the resolve of his group stemmed from allegations of bias against the INEC boss.Nigeria 2015; MASSOB; Jega15
Vanguard NewpaperThursday 5th March 2015Rivers APC Says Presidency Plotting Damaging Documentary On AmaechiThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has raised alarm over a plot by the Presidency to produce a very damaging documentary on the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibiuke Rotimi Amaechi, in continuation of the on-going campaign of calumny against leading lights in APC by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “The plot, which was leaked to us by a patriotic Nigerian working in the Presidency, is intended to present Governor Amaechi, who is also the Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, as a power-hungry and corrupt politician, but nothing could be further from the truth."Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/rivers-apc-says-presidency-plot-damaging-documentary-on-amaechi/
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 5th March 2015940,000 PVCs Distributed In Kogi, Says INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Tuesday that the Commission has distributed 940,000 Permanent Voters Card in Kogi State. The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hussain Halilu Pai, said they have achieved 71 per cent distribution rate. He said a total of 1.3 million PVCs were received by the Commission in the State, and that so far, 940,000 have been collected. He expressed hope that before the deadline, the remaining cards will be collected. Pai urged people of the State to collect their cards, saying the Commission has done enough sensitization.Kogi 2015; INEC8
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 5th March 2015Amaechi Tasks INEC On Transparency Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi yesterday called on the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dame Gecila Khan, to ensure an impartial and transparent electoral process. Amaechi spoke when the Resident Electoral Commissioner led a team of top INEC officials in the State on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Port Harcourt. He said the problems of rigging and writing of election results should be nipped in the bud, in order to allow Nigerians legitimately choose credible leaders in the forthcoming elections.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)12
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 5th March 2015INEC To Make Polling Units Accessible To Physically Challenged PersonsThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kaduna State yesterday said all polling stations will be designed to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities during the forthcoming elections. The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hussaini Ahmed Mahuta, represented by Abdullahi Adamu Gujungu, said this during an awareness workshop for people living with disabilities in Kaduna. He said polling officers will provide necessary support to physically challenged persons during voting and that polling areas will be accessible to every voter.Nigeria 2015; INEC; PLWD12
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 5th March 2015Elections: Group Cautions Against Postponement The University of Lagos Muslim Alumni (UMA) has called on the Federal Government to ensure that the general elections hold as rescheduled in a peaceful and violence-free atmosphere. In a statement issued by its National President, Alhaji Akeeb Sola Oladokun, the group warned against any attempt to postpone the polls again under any cover, including the use of spurious security threats.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; UMA15
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 5th March 2015Court Restrains Assembly From Impeaching Elechi A Federal High Court in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, yesterday restrained the state House of Assembly from impeaching Governor Martin Elechi. The court, presided over by Justice John Igboji, placed an interim injunction on the continuation of impeachment proceeding against the Governor without causing him to be served a notice of impeachment pending the determination of the substantive application.Ebonyi 2015; Judiciary; House of Assembly; Impeachment 6
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 5th March 2015Woman Held Over Sale Of PVCPolice have arrested a woman in Kaduna for allegedly attempting to sell Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) to a politician. It was gathered that the incident occurred in Kabala and that the suspect is being detained at the police headquarters. A source said the suspect was arrested while negotiating the price of voters cards with one Hajiya Hajara Maiturare, the PDP Women Leader in Kabala Costain. Police Spokesman, Zubairu Abubakar, said Maiturare infor-med the police about the suspect before she was picked up. Kaduna 2015; INEC; Police; PVC10
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday 5th March 2015Parties Sign Peace Pact In BenuePolitical parties in Benue State yesterday signed a peace pact to ensure violence free polls. The candidates reached the peace accord at a fora organised by the Inter-security Agencies Committee. Head of the committee and State Commissioner of Police, Hycinth Dagala, said candidates must abide by the peace initiative for law and order to thrive across the state before, during and after the elections. Dagala regretted that in the past few weeks, some youths under the guise of political parties have been going about and destroying campaign materials. He said the development portends danger. Benue 2015; Non-Violence; Peace Pact; Political Parties10
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineThursday 5th March 2015PDP Restates Concerns Over The Use Of Card ReadersThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation has restated the party's concern by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use electronic card reader in the forthcoming elections. Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity of the organisation, raised the concern at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-elections-pdp-restates-concern-over-use-of-card-readers.108579/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineThursday 5th March 2015Four Political Parties Demand Jega's SackFour (4) political parties are calling for the removal of Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. They are calling for Jega's sack on grounds of unprofessionalism and poor judgement. The parties have also threatened to pull out of the March 28 and April 11 elections if INEC refuses to suspend the use of card readers. The 4 parties include; MEGA Progressive Peoples Party, Peoples Party of Nigeria, Alliance for Democracy
and Advanced Congress of Democrats
Nigeria 2015; Jega; Political Partieshttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/4-political-parties-demand-jegas-sack-see-list.108581/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineThursday 5th March 2015Buhari To Return To Nigeria This WeekendMuhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC will return to Nigeria this weekend after a long bedrest in the United Kingdom. According to PUNCH, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed confirmed Buhari's return. ''I spoke with him (Buhari) this morning (Wednesday), he will be back in the country God willing this weekend''.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-to-return-to-nigeria-this-weekend.108592/
Leadership News OnlineThursday 5th March 2015"We Won't Be Distracted By Rumors Of Jega's Removal"- INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)? yesterday shrugged off rumours of the planned removal of its Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, saying it is focused on preparations to conduct the general elections, billed for March 28 and April 11. This comes as Commission disclosed that a total of 55, 232, 875 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) or 80.24 per cent have been distributed just as the outstanding one million PVCs have been received by INEC.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://leadership.ng/news/415332/we-wont-be-distracted-by-rumours-of-jegas-removal-inec
Leadership News OnlineThursday 5th March 2015"I'm Not Against Card Readers But…"- UduaghanDelta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has expressed concern over the decision to use card readers for the 2015 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Uduaghan said that should the card readers fail or many people are unable to vote because of inability to collect their permanent voter cards (PVCs), there would be confusion and a serious challenge for the country.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/415336/im-not-against-card-readers-but-uduaghan
Leadership News OnlineThursday 5th March 2015Card Readers Will Disenfranchise Eligible Voters, 7 Political Parties WarnConcerned leaders of seven political parties and five presidential candidates have called on the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, not to use the proposed Card Readers during the forthcoming elections, saying it would disenfranchise millions of eligible voters. The political parties are Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), MEGA Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), Peoples Party of Nigeria, (PPN), Alliance for Democracy (AD), African Democratic Party (ADP), Citizens Popular Party (CPP) and Social Democratic Party of Nigeria (SDPN).Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; INEChttp://leadership.ng/news/415334/card-readers-ll-disenfranchise-eligible-voters-says-7-parties
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015"PDP Is Afraid Of Me"- OttiThe governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has said that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is jittery over his candidature because he has a massive following in the State. Otti said his rising popularity among the people had made the PDP uncomfortable, hence, the series of verbal attacks against him by agents of the party. The former Managing Director of Diamond Bank stated this at a forum with the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abia State chapter, on yesterday.Abia 2015; APGAhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/otti-pdp-is-afraid-of-me/203346/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015Party Leaders, Politicians Must Respect The Non- Violence Accord, Eminent Nigerians InsistSenior citizens in the country yesterday charged all the political parties and leaders to respect the non-violence pact they signed recently. The eminent Nigerians who converged on Lagos under the umbrella of the Initiative for Moral Rectitude in Society (IMRS), appealed to politicians, election agents and party supporters to avoid any act capable of throwing the country into confusion, as such would be inimical to the development Nigerians yearn for.Nigeria 2015; IMRShttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/party-leaders-politicians-must-respect-the-non-violence-accord-eminent-nigerians-insist/203363/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015Again, Opposition To Obanikoro Stalls Confirmation Of Other Ministerial NomineesAfter about two hours of closed-door session, spirited efforts by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators to save Senator Musiliu Obanikoro whose appointment as a ministerial nominee has been enmeshed in controversies, ran into a hitch yesterday as the meeting ended in a stalemate. Following the stalemate orchestrated by the stiff opposition from All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators, Senate President David Mark, announced at the meeting that instead of the initial plan to screen and confirm all the eight nominees, only four would be screened.
The decision to screen only four of the eight, according to a Senator who spoke with THISDAY in confidence, was a tactical way of avoiding the screening of Obanikoro whose hope of confirmation would have been completely dashed if considered yesterday.
Nigeria 2015; Confirmation; Obanikoro; Senate; APChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/again-opposition-to-obanikoro-stalls-confirmation-of-other-ministerial-nominees/203369/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015"Over 80% Of PVCs Collected"- INECAhead of the March 8 deadline for the collection of the permanent voters' cards (PVCs), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that over 80 per cent of PVCs have been collected by registered voters in the country. The Commission also said polling would take place in 120,000 polling units and 155,000 voting centres, while assuring the public that all smart card readers (CRs), ballot papers and boxes had been distributed to the respective States and were currently under lock and key at the various branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-over-80-of-pvcs-collected/203379/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015"Timing Of Delivery Of Hardware Influenced Poll Postponement"- BadehAs the Nigerian military continues its onslaught to rid the North-East of Boko Haram insurgents, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, has disclosed that the timing of the arrival of new military hardware into the country played a major role in the request by the security agencies for a shift in the polls. He also assured Nigerians that although the war against terrorism has been tough and challenging, the military would not relent in its goal to restore peace and stability in the North-east and other troubled spots within the country, adding that in the push to reclaim lost territories, the troops had freed many kidnapped civilians in the process.Nigeria 2015; Postponement; Military http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/badeh-timing-of-delivery-of-hardware-influenced-calls-for-polls-postponement/203380/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015PDP Berates Opposition For Its Desperation To Win General ElectionsThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned in totality the seeming desperation of the opposition parties to win the forth coming general election in the country at all cost. Members of the South-South Zonal Executive Committee of the party said this yesterday at the end of their zonal meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital. A communiqué issued at the end of the one-day meeting equally frowned at the foreign trips and baseless shuttle diplomacy targeted at whipping up sentiments against the PDP-led government in Nigeria.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-berates-opposition-parties-for-desperation-to-win-general-election/203343/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015"Nigerians Tired Of PDP's Excuses"- OshiomoleEdo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole has taken a swipe at the federal government for buffeting Nigerians with excuses, saying Nigerians are tired of waiting in vain for the party to get its acts right and are yearning for change to return the country to the path of glory. Speaking yesterday when over 3,000 members of the Edo State Welders Association paid him a thank-you visit at the Government House, Oshiomhole said in spite of the media hype from the PDP-led Federal Government about revolution in the agricultural sector, he was surprised to read in the newspapers that the country still imports rice.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oshiomhole-nigerians-tired-of-pdp-s-excuses/203348/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015Face Your Problem, Umahi Tells ElechiThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in in Ebonyi State, Chief Dave Umahi, has tasked the State Governor, Chief Martins Elechi, to respond to the allegations levelled against him by the State House of Assembly instead of embarking on a smear campaign. In a statement issued in Abakaliki yesterday by Umahi, who is the Deputy Governor of the State, he asked the Governor to defend himself on the eight-point impeachment notice and refrain from pointing accusing fingers at the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim and Umahi himself.Ebonyi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/face-your-problem-umahi-tells-elechi/203355/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015Ecstacy In Ibadan As Oyo Traders Endorse Jonathan he quest for President Goodluck Jonathan to win the forthcoming presidential election received a boost yesterday as hundreds of traders from across the 33 Local Government Areas of Oyo State converged on Ibadan to pledge their support for his re-election bid. The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide, who was represented by a former governorship aspirant of the party, Mr. Femi Babalola, and a former Minister for Sports, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, thanked the traders for appreciating the transformation agenda of the President.Oyo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ecstasy-in-ibadan-as-oyo-traders-endorse-jonathan/203356/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015We Disn't Endorse APC Candidates In Lagos, Says Ohaneze NdigboLagos State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said that it did not endorsed any All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in Lagos, urging its members and the public to dismiss the rumour. While reacting to a story published by a newspaper, the Lagos President of the organisation, Chief Fabian Onwuya, stated that Ohanaeze Ndigbo remains one in the state, saying those parading themselves, as Lagos executives are fake.Lagos 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/we-didn-t-endorse-apc-candidates-in-lagos-says-ohanaeze-ndigbo/203359/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015"We're Not Part Of Jonathan's Money Sharing"- NdigboA coalition of Igbo indigenes in Lagos State under the aegis of Association for the Defence of Igbo Interests yesterday disclosed that it was not part of ‘indecent’ money President Goodluck Jonathan shared in Lagos about fortnight ago. However, the association listed 12 reasons it endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate in the State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, to build on the foundation, which it said, was laid by former State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his successor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ndigbo-we-re-not-part-of-jonathan-s-money-sharing/203360/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015"I Did Not Appoint The Speaker As Acting Governor To Spite My Deputy"- Governor AliyuNiger State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday explained that the appointment of the Speaker of the House of Assembly as the Acting Governor when he travelled for lesser Hajj was not to spite the Deputy Governor or his office. Aliyu added that he had received a letter intimating him that his Deputy will also be going for lesser hajj, saying he assumed the Deputy Governor also travelled out of the country as there was a notification letter to that effect.Niger 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/aliyu-i-did-not-appoint-speaker-as-acting-governor-to-spite-my-deputy/203361/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015Stop Desecrating Religious Institutions, APC Tells Jonathan The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has condemned the desperate tactics of President Goodluck Jonathan by using religion to gain sympathy and remain in office at all costs. The presidential campaign organisation also urged the South-West to ignore the president on his repeated promises to implement the report of the National Conference because it contains nothing that approximates to their collective interest. A statement from the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the campaign and signed by Malam Garba Shehu, said it was surprising why the president turned worship centres into PLATFORMS for making official statements or announcing government policies.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/stop-desecrating-religious-institutions-apc-tells-jonathan/203367/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015Court Declares Young Democratic Party Duly Registered Political Party With about three weeks to the general election, a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accord full recognition to the Young Democratic Party, having been deemed registered as a political party. Young Democratic Party had sued the INEC, Mr. Peter Fayose, Dr Kayode Ayemi, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), as 1st to 6th defendants respectively. However, the names of the 2nd-6th defendants were struck out by the court, leaving only INEC.
The plaintiff had asked the court to declare that INEC had no reason not to register it as a political party.
Nigeria 2015; YDP; Judiciary http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-declares-young-democratic-party-duly-registered-political-party/203370/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015"Patience Jonathan Is Crude"- APCThe All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has thanked Nigerians for putting up with “an incredibly crude woman,” Patience Jonathan, as Nigeria’s First Lady. Speaking on Tuesday during the PDP women presidential campaign rally in Kogi State, Mrs. Jonathan had described Muhammadu Buhari, APC’s presidential candidate, as unfit to be the country’s President. “Wetin him dey find again? Him dey drag with him pikin mate,” she said in pidgin English. “Old man wey no get brain, him brain don die pata pata.” But responding in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja and obtained by an online news medium, TheCable, APCPCO said it was not only insulting for the President’s wife to describe Buhari as “brain-dead,” but it was also demeaning of her status as the First Lady.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-patience-jonathan-is-crude/203371/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015"Heaven Won't Fall If Jega Is Sacked"- FayoseEkiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has declared that President Goodluck Jonathan will not breach the constitution to protect the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, adding that heaven will not fall if the Chief Electoral Officer is sacked. Fayose described the outbursts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the country would boil if Jega is removed as a mere comedy, saying; “President Jonathan can sack the INEC boss if he wishes and if he does, heaven will not fall.”Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-apc-fight-dirty-over-alleged-plot-to-frame-jega/203376/
ThisDay LiveThursday 5th March 2015APC, PDP Fight Dirty Over Alleged Plot To Frame JegaThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday resumed their tirades with the oppostion party alleging that there are fresh plans by President Goodluck Jonathan and his party to scuttle the elections slated for March 28 and April 11 respectively. But in a swift reaction, the PDP accused the APC of raising series of false alarms and outright lies. The APC at a news conference in Lagos, said the alleged plan conceived by the ruling party, boils down to Jonathan perpetuating himself in office.Nigeria 2015; Jega; APC; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-apc-fight-dirty-over-alleged-plot-to-frame-jega/203376/
Guardian NewspaperWednesday 4th March 2015Edo North Candidates Sign Peace PactCandidates of the various political parties in Edo North Senatorial District have signed a peace pact to ensure violence-free elections on March 28 and April 11, 2015. At the end of a meeting of all the candidates held in Auchi, they also pledged to ensure that their campaigns would be issue-based and devoid of religious or ethnic considerations. The meeting was convened by Mr. Abdulkareem Ikharo, the founder and National Co-ordinator of a non-governmental organization, League of National Patriots, based in Lagos.Edo 2015; Peace Pact; APC; PDP6
Guardian NewspaperWednesday 4th March 2015Edo North Candidates Sign Peace PactCandidates of the various political parties in Edo North Senatorial District have signed a peace pact to ensure violence-free elections on March 28 and April 11, 2015. At the end of a meeting of all the candidates held in Auchi, they also pledged to ensure that their campaigns would be issue-based and devoid of religious or ethnic considerations. The meeting was convened by Mr. Abdulkareem Ikharo, the founder and National Co-ordinator of a non-governmental organization, League of National Patriots, based in Lagos.Edo 2015; Peace Pact; APC; PDP6
Guardian NewspaperWednesday 4th March 2015PPN Presidential Candidate, Allagoa Steps Down For Jonathan Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), Prince Kelvin Allagoa, has stepped down for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan. Also, President Jonathan and the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, have both received the endorsement and royal blessing ahead of the polls.Nigeria 2015; PPN; Jonathan www.ngrguardiannews.com/news/national-news/200472-ppn-presidential-candidate-allagoa-steps-down-for-jonathan
ThisDay LiveWednesday 4th March 2015Tinubu Asks NBC To Sanction AITFormer Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, has asked the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to sanction the Africa Independent Television (AIT) for airing malicious documentary against his person. In a petition titled: ‘Petition on Libelous Documentary on Bola Tinubu on African Independent Television on Sunday, March 1, 2015’ and addressed to the NBC Director General, Mr. Emeka Mba, by his solicitor, Mr. Tunji Abayomi, Tinubu alleged that the broadcast station erred on the part of ethics in the documentary.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tinubu-asks-nbc-to-sanction-ait/203260/
Vanguard NewpaperWednesday 4th March 2015Agbaje Promises Traders Better Welfare PackageThe Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Jimi Agbaje, yesterday, visited Ladipo, Idi-Oro, Oshodi and Ikeja markets and promised the traders to put an end to the era of impunity, allegedly suffered by them at the hand of the Lagos State Government, with incessant shutting of their business places over different excuses. Meanwhile, President-General of the Ladipo Central Executive Auto Dealers’ Association, Mr Ikechukwu Animalu, expressed worry over the harsh regime of levies and charges imposed by the State government and the council, with no commensurate services.Agbaje accompanied by his running mate, Alhaja Safurat Abdulkareem, promised the traders that he will stop the multiple taxation imposed on them by the All Progressives Congress, APC, government in the State.Lagos 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Vanguard NewpaperWednesday 4th March 2015APC Dares NIMASA, Threatens To Open Can Of WormsThe war of words between the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, over a disputed sponsorship of hate campaign against General Muhammed Buhari, the presidential flag-bearer of the party, has taken a dramatic twist as the party has threatened to open a Pandora box if NIMASA fulfills its threat of approaching the court on this matter. Rebuffing NIMASA’s suit threat, the Director of Media and Publicity of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, APCPCO, Garba Shehu, declared that the party has ample evidence not only to prove the sponsorship of hate campaign by NIMASA, but would also divulge other damming details that will shock Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)55
Vanguard NewpaperWednesday 4th March 2015"Why I Concentrated Development In Asaba"- UduaghanGovernor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, yesterday, explained why his administration built the International Airport, ultra-modern Government House and other development projects in Asaba, the State capital. Speaking at the flag-off of 64 township roads in Asaba, he said: “Asaba is the capital of Delta State and it is the mirror with which many people look at us and they can go away with a wrong impression if they see the town as undeveloped.”Delta 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)12
Vanguard NewpaperWednesday 4th March 2015"Nigeria Needs A Problem Solving President"- PetersideGovernorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said that Nigeria desperately needs a president with a strong character and bearing to lead the country. He also said that the presidential candidate of APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, remains the only option viable for Nigeria to move forward. Speaking during an interactive session in Port Harcourt, Peterside described Buhari as a transparent and experienced leader, just as he called on the people of the South-South region to discountenance attempts to portray Buhari as a religious bigot.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)12
Vanguard NewpaperWednesday 4th March 2015"Buhari Will Turn Nigeria's Misfortune Around"- AmaechiWith few weeks to the presidential election, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has again assured that the All Progressives Congress, APC, under Gen. Muhammadu Buhari will turn the country’s misfortunes around if elected. He noted that the current challenges plaguing the country would adequately be addressed with the needed political will to positively turn around the country’s wheel of development. Amaechi spoke in Degema, Obonoma and Abonnema communities in Degema and Akuku-Toru Local Government Areas of the State during APC’s ward to ward campaign. He criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for not taking decisive action on the recent tragic shooting that disrupted the APC rally in Okirika, Rivers State.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)13
Vanguard NewpaperWednesday 4th March 2015"Many Corruption Allegations Against My Government Are Politically Motivated"- JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has berated internal and external criticisms of his administration as corrupt asserting that a significant proportion of the allegations has beenpolitically motivated. In an interview broadcast on Monday on the English language channel of Al Jazeera, President Jonathan cited the claim of missing oil funds raised by the erstwhile Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and now Emir of Kano, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi as one of the politically motivated allegations of corruption directed at his government. President Jonathan had at the height of the allegations directed a forensic audit of the transactions by the international accounting firm, Pricewaterhouse Coopers.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/many-corruption-allegations-against-my-government-are-politically-motivated-jonathan/
Vanguard NewpaperWednesday 4th March 2015S-West APC Faults Yoruba Leaders On Endorsement Of Jonathan All Progressives Congress, APC, in the South West zone has described the recent post-national conference summit where some Yoruba leaders endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term ambition as an assemblage of strange bedfellows who lacked the political aura to sell the candidacy of the President to reasonable people in the zone. South-West APC Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Ayo Afolabi, said the self-acclaimed Yoruba leaders were in the minority and that was why, despite purporting to be acting in Yoruba interest, they held a conference that was not opened to the public.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)11
Vanguard NewpaperWednesday 4th March 2015Alleged Defamatory Comments: Fani-Kayode Demands N5 Billion From Lai MohammedDirector, Media and Publicity of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode has indicated his intention to sue the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed over alleged defamatory publication. In a three-page letter by his lawyers, Ahmed Raji and Company, dated March 3, 2015, Fani-Kayode who described the alleged statements by Lai Mohammed as libellous against him, published in the newspapers, however, demanded a retraction of the said statement as well as an apology to him within seven days of the receipt of his letter.Nigeria 2015; Defamation; APC: PDP11
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 4th March 2015Minority Groups Mobilise Support For JonathanMembers of ethnic minorities have staged a mobilisation rally in support of President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in Lagos. At the rally organised in Apapa, a Niger/Delta rights activist and leader, Ms Annkio Briggs, described the idea of mobilising for the return of the president as a noble cause.Nigeria 2015; Niger-Delta; Jonathan7
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 4th March 20153 Held For Buying Voters CardsPolice in Kasina State have arres-ted three persons over their involvement in the purchase of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC). The command’s Public Relations Officer, Aminu Sadiq, told newsmen that investigation into the matter had commenced. Daily Trust gathered that the suspects were apprehended by some supporters of the APC and handed over to the police. It was further gathered that voter cards are being bought in the State at the cost of N5,000 to N25,000, mostly from women in local communities. Katsina 2015; Police8
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 4th March 2015"Fuel Scarcity Caused By Bad Leadership"- Acho ObiomaThe All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Abia Central District of Abia State, Acho Obioma has said that scarcity of petroleum in the country is a product of bad leadership.
Obioma called on President Goodluck Jonathan to stop blaming the situation on the opposition and find solution to the problem. Speaking in Umuahia, Obioma said it was surprising that a big oil producing country like Nigeria did not have enough petroleum for its people, likening the situation to that of a farmer who could not feed his family.
Abia 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48502-fuel-scarcity-caused-by-bad-leadership
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 4th March 2015Dark Days Loom In Nigeria, Tambuwal WarnsSpeaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal yesterday warned ot signs that point to the possibility of a return to “dark days” in Nigeria especially with the present efforts to scuttle free and fair elections. He called on politicians to avoid placing their personal interests above the national interest as doing that is capable of sliding the country into crisis. The Speaker, stated this yesterday when he played host to the delegation of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room.Nigeria 2015; House of Representatives 12
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 4th March 2015"PDP Commissions Movies To Malign Buhari, APC Leaders"- BCOPeoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commissioned a movie that will malign and blackmail the APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari and leaders of the opposition party ahead of the March 28 poll, the Buhari campaign office said. The campaign office said part of the plan “will be to run documentaries on national TV networks against the persons of our presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi.Nigeria 2015; BCO; APC12
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 4th March 2015JIBWAS Urges Nigerians To Vote Credible LeadersThe Jama’atul Izalatul Bid’a Wa’iqamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS) has called to the Muslim Ummah to be steadfast and vote for credible and good leaders in the forthcoming general election. The National Chairman of Jibwis Sheikh Abdullahi Bala Lau made this call at the organisation’s national Secretariat Abuja. He stressed that there is a need for people to use all their senses in choosing the leaders who would work hard to protect the right and interest of their followers. Lau urged the religious clerics to be painstaking and cautious in their relationship with any politician.Nigeria 2015; JIBWAS14
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 4th March 2015"Politicians Will Determine The Success Of Elections"- Kaduna CPKaduna State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Umar Usman Shehu, yesterday in Zaria said the success or failure of the rescheduled 2015 elections would largely depend on how politicians conduct themselves in line with the laws of the country. Shehu spoke after the signing of peace accord by flag-bearers of different political parties in Northern Kaduna Senatorial District at the Sabon Gari LG secretariat. The Commissioner said the police were hopeful that they would supervise peaceful elections, but, according to him, the conduct of politicians is critical in achieving those wishes.Nigeria 2015; Police44
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 4th March 2015Aregbesola, NDI Caution On Army's Role During ElectionsOsun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the National Democratic Institute yesterday cautioned the military and other security agencies in the country not to allow themselves to be used to intimidate voters before, during and after the forthcoming election. Aregbesola said in Osogbo while receiving the General Officer Commanding II Mechanised Division, Ibadan, Major-General Sanusi Muazu that the traditional role of the military was the protection of territorial integrity of the country and ensuring an atmosphere where democracy must thrive.Nigeria 2015; NDI; APC; Military44
Daily Trust NewspaperWednesday 4th March 2015"Only Jonathan Can Take Care Of Nigerian Women"- Patience JonathanThe Nigeria First lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has called on Nigeria women to vote for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan saying he is the only one that could take care of their interest.
The First lady stated this on Tuesday in Lokoja, Kogi State during a rally to galvanize women support for President Jonathan's re-election. She said past governments restricted women to the kitchen but that Jonathan came and changed the status quo by appointing women into various leadership positions as well as empowering them to take care of the home front .
Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48534-only-jonathan-can-take-care-of-nigerian-women-patience
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 4th March 2015"PDP Has Plunged Nigeria Into Economic Crisis"- Amaechi Rivers State Governor and director-general of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has called on Nigerians to vote out President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming general elections for plunging the country into economic crisis. This is as unknown gunmen temporarily disrupted the ward-to-ward campaign rally of the APC governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Adol Peterside, at Bakana community in Degema Local Government Area of the State yesterday.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/415142/pdp-has-plunged-nigeria-into-economic-crisis-amaechi
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 4th March 2015"Incumbent Politicians Must Be Re-elected On Track-Record Not Promise"- FasholaLagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Monday urged the Nigerian electorate to ensure that incumbent politicians who are seeking re-election to their positions are re-elected based on their track records and not on promises. Fashola who said this while commissioning nine networks of roads in Maidan-Aina-Agiliti area of Mile 12, Kosofe Local Government Area of the State noted that the incumbent candidates in the forthcoming election had enough time to prove their mettle during their first term in office, adding that coming around to be making fresh promises to the electorate is deceptive.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/415149/incumbent-politicians-must-be-re-elected-on-track-records-not-promise-fashola
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 4th March 2015Jonathan Wades Into Ebonyi Crisis, Summons Anyim, Elechi, UmahiThe impasse crippling political activities in the Ebonyi State chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a turn for the worse yesterday when a meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the warring parties was inconclusive. The President, LEADERSHIP gathered, had summoned the State Governor, Martins Elechi; Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, the PDP governorship candidate for Ebonyi State, David Umahi, and some PDP leaders to the meeting with a view to addressing the political rancour once and for all.

Ebonyi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/415153/jonathan-wades-into-ebonyi-crisis-summons-elechi-anyim-umahi-2
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 4th March 2015Don't Blame Us For Your Woes, APC Tells Jonathan The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has accused the Jonathan-led PDP administration of using the opposition party as a whipping boy to divert attention from its woeful failures and broken promises. In a press statement yesterday in Abuja, signed by the director, Media and Publicity of its presidential campaign, Mallam Garba Shehu, the APC said it was bemused by the allegations by the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, that the opposition is behind the current fuel scarcity in the country.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/415160/dont-blame-us-for-your-failures-apc-tells-jonathan
Leadership News OnlineWednesday 4th March 2015Oil Price: "APC Bitter About Nigeria's Economic Progress"- PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the relentless attacks of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on President Goodluck Jonathan’s strategic policies to plug leakages in the nation’s economy show that the opposition party is not happy with the economic progress in the country. The PDP said the recent bitter criticism against widely applauded initiatives by the Jonathan administration aimed at guaranteeing the economic progress of the nation even in the face of the fall in crude oil price at the international market, not only confirms APC’s general aversion to the wellbeing of the nation but also the fact that its leaders have lost every sense of positive reasoning due to their desperation for power.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/415162/oil-price-apc-bitter-over-nigerias-economic-progress-pdp
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 4th March 2015"Buhari Will Win On March 28th"- ObasanjoA report by The Citizen quotes Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has predicted a Buhari win in the Presidential election scheduled to hold on March 28, 2015. He also simultaneously dismissed the worries of annulment after the 1993 event under the Babangida administration. He said this in Abeokuta, Ogun State where he reassured the Concerned Citizens of Nigeria group that there will never be a repeat of 1993 after an election. Nigeria 2015; Obasanjohttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/polls-buhari-will-win-on-march-28-obasanjo-thecitizen.108528/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 4th March 2015Group To Sponsor Chatham House Debate For Buhari And JonathanThe Wind of Hope, a pro-democracy group has offered to sponsor Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC and President Goodluck Jonathan, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the United Kingdom for a debate at Chatham House. VANGUARD reports that the group made the offer via an open letter to Buhari by its National Coordinator, Onoriode Akpe. Nigeria 2015; who; Debate; Buhari; Jonathanhttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/group-to-sponsor-chatham-house-debate-for-buhari-jonathan.108532/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 4th March 2015"PDP Will Rule Nigeria For 60 Years"- Patience JonathanThe First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has declared that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) will continue to rule Nigeria for the next 60 years. Jonathan, represented by the Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Zainab Maina, spoke at the party's women rally in Sokoto on Tuesday. She said that Nigerian women had gotten their fair share and attention in Jonathan's administration by holding about 50 per cent of the posts.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/pdp-will-rule-nigeria-for-the-next-60-years-patience-jonathan.108533/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineWednesday 4th March 2015"Don't You Dare Fire Jega"- House of Reps Warns FGThe House of Representatives on Tuesday advised the Federal Government not to remove the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, ahead of the 2015 polls. This followed the adoption of a motion moved by Rep. Ali Ahmed (Kwara-APC), which also cautioned against further shift in the election dates. Ahmed said removing Jega’s could snowball into violence, adding that such development would be inimical to the smooth conduct of the elections. Nigeria 2015; House of Representatives http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-dont-you-dare-fire-jega-house-of-reps-warns-fg.108534/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 4th March 2015"Jonathan Will Win Presidential Elections By Landslide"- PDP GovernorsThe Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum (PDPGF) has said reports in the nation’s polity indicate that President Goodluck Jonathan will win the presidential poll 90 per cent on March 28. The Chairman of the forum, who is also the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, dropped the hint when he spoke with State House correspondents late on Monday after the governors met with the president. According to him, the party had prepared well in the run up to the election, and as such, victory at the polls was inevitable.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-govs-jonathan-will-win-presidential-election-by-landslide/203274/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 4th March 2015Doling Out Dollars Can't Change Your Record, Fashola Tells JonathanLagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Tuesday said doling out of dollars by President Goodluck Jonathan to win some stakeholders in the South-West would not change his records of performance. He, also, handed over nine roads to communities in Maidan-Aina-Agiliti area of Mile 12 in Kosofe Local Government Area, which he said, accumulated to 3.1 kilometres with a bridge, service duct, walkways and streetlights. Fashola urged Nigerians to cast their votes for incumbent politicians based on their track records and not on promises while handing over a network of nine roads in Kosofe Local Government Area.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/doling-out-dollars-can-t-change-your-record-fashola-tells-jonathan/203275/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 4th March 2015Wike Promises To Find Solution To Soku Oil Well Conflict The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said he would find a political solution to the crisis surrounding the ceding of Soku oil wells to Bayelsa State. This came as the State Governor, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, urged the people of Kalabari to vote out the PDP in the forthcoming elections for plunging the nation into economic hardship. Wike said he has already received a firm promise from President Goodluck Jonathan that a political solution would be reached on the lingering conflict between Rivers and Bayelsa States over the oil wells.Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/wike-promises-to-find-solution-to-soku-oil-well-conflict/203276/
ThisDay LiveWednesday 4th March 2015Osinbajo, Fani Kayode Head To Courts To Seek Damages For Defamatory StatementsThe face-off between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, took a new dimension yesterday with threats and counter-threats by parties to go to court. While the APC vice-presidential candidate of the APC, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Femi Fani-Kayode, to apologise over his “defamatory statements” against him, Fani-Kayode has demanded a retraction from the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for what he described as a libelous statement that was published against him. Osinbajo, in a letter dated February 28 addressed to Fani-Kayode and obtained by an online news medium, Premium Times, demanded N2 billion as damages. He also demanded an immediate retraction of the “offensive and derogatory” publication and an apology on four television channels and national newspapers.Nigeria 2015; Defamation; APC: PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/osinbajo-fani-kayode-head-to-courts-seeking-damages-for-defamatory-statements/203277/
Nation NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Jonathan Covering His Tracks, Says APCThe All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation has alleged that the President Goodluck Jonathan administration was beginning to cover its tracks for fear of losing the rescheduled presidential elections. The campaign organisation said some of the Federal Government’s programmes being implemented by ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) ahead of the presidential election were aimed at protecting the Jonathan administration from the inevitability of General Muhammadu Buhari winning the presidential election and because of his zero-tolerance for corruption.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.thenationonlineng.net/new/2015-elections-jonathan-covering-his-tracks-says-apc/
Nation NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015200 PDP Members Defect To APC In Governor Yero's WardKaduna State Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Abubakar Rilwan, has said over 200 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have defected to the APC at Kaura Ward in Zaria Local Government. He spoke with reporters after APC members swept major streets in Zaria. Rilwan said the defectors, from Kaura Ward, joined APC last Friday ahead of PDP’s governorship campaign in Zaria Local Government on Saturday.Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.thenationonlineng.net/new/200-pdp-members-defect-to-apc-at-yeros-ward/
Guardian NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Arewa Chieftain Cautions Against Plans To Sack jegaCriticising those calling for the sack of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, an Arewa chieftain, Mr. Anthony Sani has said that any attempt to remove the INEC boss before the conduct of the 2015 general election by the Federal Government will affect the credibility and conduct of the polls. Besides, Sani also cautioned those agitating for the further shift of the election dates to be mindful the legal implications and the survival of democracy in Nigeria.Nigeria 2015; Jegawww.ngrguardiannews.com/news/national-news/200340-arewa-chieftain-cautions-against-plan-to-sack-jega
Guardian NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Ekweremadu Urges Pilgrims To Pray For Peaceful PollsThe Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has enjoined Christians participating in the 2015 Easter Pilgrimage to Jerusalem to pray for the peaceful conduct of the general elections. He also charged them to pray for the total fall of the Boko Haram insurgency while in the holy land. Ekweremadu, who spoke at the weekend during the flag-off ceremony of the 2015 Easter pilgrimage to Israel, Greece and Rome at the Akanu IbiamInternational Airport, Enugu, commended the courage of Nigerian military in the ongoing war against the Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism, saying that with God, Nigeria will achieve peaceful elections contrary to the negative predictions in some quarters.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)www.ngrguardiannews.com/news/national-news/200338-ekweremadu-urges-pilgrims-to-pray-for-peaceful-polls
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineTuesday 3rd March 2015Resident Electoral Commissioners May Pass Vote Of Confidence In Jega On WednesdayResident Electoral Commissioners,RECs of the Independent National Electoral Commission may cast a vote of no confidence on Prof Attahiru Jega, Chairman this Wednesday. Jega and the RECs are scheduled to meet this Wednesday. During the meeting, the RECs who are in support of moves to remove Jega will make a major move by passing a vote of no confidence on the INEC Chairman. Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-resident-electoral-commissioners-may-pass-vote-of-confidence-on-jega-this-wednesday.108490/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineTuesday 3rd March 2015"PDP Has Members In All Voting Units In Nigeria"- President JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Monday expressed optimism that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP will dominate the upcoming elections in the country. Speaking to party members at the unveiling of the PDP Volunteer Scheme at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,President Jonathan said, ''We should all be proud of our party and we should not allow others to intimidate us. We must all collectively protect and defend the interest of our party''.
Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/pdp-has-members-in-all-voting-units-in-nigeria-president-jonathan.108495/
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015"Jonathan Surrounded By Clueless Advisers"- Buhari Campaign President Goodluck Jonathan has only succeeded in producing poor quality leadership because he has surrounded himself with clueless advisers since his days as Deputy Governor, the Buhari campaign organisation said yesterday. The campaign team said Jonathan had himself to blame for the poor quality of aides and advice he had used from since his days as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State. It said in a statement by its media and Publicity Director, Malam Garba Shehu, that the recent statement credited to the President that most of the advice he got were worthless, is a clear indication that the President lacks sound judgment, bearing in mind that a leader is only as good as those who surround him.Nigeria 2015; BCOwww.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48412-jonathan-surrounded-by-clueless-advisers-buhari-campaign
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Edo CAN Denies Receiving Bribe From PDPEdo State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Peter Imasuen, has denied any involvement in the sharing of the N7 billion allegedly given to the national leadership of the association by President Goodluck Jonathan. Imasuen, who is the Bishop of Benin Diocese of the Anglican Communion, denied this yesterday in Benin while reacting to an allegation by a Borno-based pastor, Kallam Musa-Dikwa, that N3 million was disbursed to the State Chairman of the association. Imasuen said he was not aware of the money and did not attend the last meeting of the body or collect any money.Nigeria 2015; Edo CAN; PDPwww.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48408-edo-can-denies-receiving-bribe-from-pdp
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Northerners In South Reject Jonathan's Endorsement ClaimNorthern communities residing in the Southern part of the country have voiced out their anger over recent announcement by a group that all the northern communities hadendorsed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan. A group of Northerners, had after meeting president Jonathan in Delta State at the weekend, announced that all the Northern communities in the south were in support of his continuity in office.Nigeria 2015; Northwww.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48401-northerners-in-south-reject-jonathan-s-endorsement-claim
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Ekiti APC Accuses AG Of ImpersonationThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has told the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi to stop parading himself as a person in such capacity. The party said doing so would amount to impersonation and flagrant impunity. The APC also advised the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to ignore Governor Ayodele Fayose’s defence of his human rights abuse record as presented by Ajayi, saying the law does not recognise him as Attorney General. Ekiti 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48397-ektiti-apc-accuses-ag-of-impersonation
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015"No Plan To Disenfranchise Any Voter"- INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday that it is working hard to ensure that every voter gets his or her permanent voters card before the elections, contrary to allegations in some quarters that there is a plan to deprive some voters of their cards. Deputy Director in charge of Civic Education of the Commission in Plateau State, Osarehin Imahiyereobo, in an interview during a peace meeting organized by a non governmental organization, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in conjunction with the Plateau State government, said though some people were yet to receive their voters cards, there is no cause for alarm. Nigeria 2015; INECwww.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48395-no-plan-to-disenfranchise-any-voter-inec
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Husbands Told Not To Disenfranchise WivesHusbands have been asked to allow their wives to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections. Malam Nura Attajiri, who spoke as guest speaker at a workshop by the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) Sokoto State chapter, urged women to votes wisely. Chairman of the event, Dr. Sadiyya Omar Bello, stressed the importance of educating the women folk on elections. Earlier, the State Amirah FOMWAN, Dr. Balbasit Ibrahim, said the workshop was aimed at encouraging Muslim women to exercise their franchise.Nigeria 2015; FOMWANwww.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48394-husbands-told-not-to-disenfranchise-wives
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015"I Will Complete Amaechi's Monorail Project"- PetersideGovernorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside, has pledged to continue with the monorail project initiated by Governor Chibuike Amaechi, when voted into power, adding that the project was borne out of uncommon vision. Peterside, who described the rail project as a product of a man who saw tomorrow, commended the initiator, Chibuike Amaechi, for what he called his courage and visionary leadership. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48390-i-will-complete-amaechi-s-monorail-project-peterside
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Polls: Ex-NBA President Backs Military DeploymentFormer Nigerian Bar Association President, Joseph Daudu (SAN) has expressed support for the use of the military for the forthcoming general elections in the country. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Daudu explained that the military are not being deployed to participate in election, but to handle any security threat that may arise due to the sensitive situation in the country.Nigeria 2015; Militarywww.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48381-polls-ex-nba-president-backs-military-deployment
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Jos Youths Protest Non-Availability Of PVCA group of Jos South youths of Plateau State living in Abuja have protested non-availability of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in their Local Government barely three weeks to the General Elections. The youths who addressed reporters yesterday in Abuja said they were apprehensive that they would be disenfranchised from participating in the elections due to the non-allowance of using the Temporary Voter Cards (TVCs) for the election.Plateau 2015; INECwww.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/news/48380-1b
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 3rd March 2015South- East, South-South Commercial Bus Drivers Acquire 300 Buses For Jonathan Campaign In their bid to ensure President Goodluck and his Deputy, Namadi Sambo, win the forth coming presidential election, members of South East, South South Commercial Drivers Welfare Association, SSDWA, have secured over 300 buses for campaign rally in Imo, Enugu and Anambra States in second week of March 2015. They also advised their members to collect their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs. The States that make up the membership of the association are Anambra, Abia, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Cross Rivers and Bayelsa States, the home State of President Jonathan.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/seast-ssouth-commercial-drivers-acquire-300-buses-for-jonathan-campaign/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Lagos Gets 12 New Permanent SecretariesGovernor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, warned the newly appointed permanent secretaries in the State civil service against corrupt practices, saying the government has zero tolerance for corruption. Fashola, gave the warning, after the administration of oath of office and oath of secrecy on the 12 newly appointed permanent secretaries even as he cautioned them against nepotism and other acts capable of undermining the interest of the public they are called to serve. According to the Governor, the call to public service must never be seen as a means to benefit self at the expense of the generality of the people.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/lagos-gets-12-new-permanent-secretaries/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Group Lauds Afenifere, OPC, Yoruba Leaders For Endorsing JonathanMove on Nigeria (MON) a Civic Action group promoting good governance, democracy and transformation agenda has commended Yoruba leaders, Afenifere and the Odua Peoples Congress for endorsing the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan noting that they have redeemed the image of the Yoruba nation as people who are truly progressive and believe in social justice. The group in a statement signed its National Co-ordinator, Mr Clem Aguiyi then urged the younger generations to listen to the voice of the elders because the elders will not mislead them. '‘We praise the courage of the elders who for the sake of posterity took a patriotic stand for the love of the people and the nation knowing they have nothing to lose standing by the truth”, it said
Nigeria 2015; MON; Jonathanwww.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/group-lauds-afenifere-opc-yoruba-leaders-for-endorsing-jonathan/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Polls: Court Declines To Stop INEC From Using Card Reader MachinesThe Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, declined to issue an ex-parte order stopping the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from deploying Card Reader Machines, CRM, for the conduct of the forthcoming general elections. Instead of granting the ex-parte motion which was filed by four political parties—United Democratic Party (UDP), Action Alliance (AA), Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Alliance for Democracy (AD)— Justice Ademola Adeniyi ordered the plaintiffs to put INEC on notice to enable it appear in court on March 10 to enter its arguments for or against the substantive suit.Nigeria 2015; Judiciary; INECwww.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/polls-court-declines-to-stop-inec-from-using-card-reader-machines/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Fuel Scarcity: PDP Accuses APC Of Sabotage People's Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of being behind the present fuel scarcity in the country, just as it accused the opposition of sabotaging Federal Government’s effort at ensuring that there was supply of Petroleum products. The APC has, however, described the accusation as totally unconscionable, and indeed an admission of failure for a sitting government and ruling party to blame the opposition for their failings. A statement yesterday by the Director, Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode said the sudden fuel scarcity in many parts of the country was because the APC has infiltrated the ranks of the fuel marketers.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/fuel-scarcity-pdp-accuses-apc-of-sabotage/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Ogun INEC Discovers 555 PVCs Of Dead PeopleThe Independent National Electoral Commission in Ogun State has discovered 555 Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, belonging to dead people in the State. The Commission, however, said it had set aside the PVCs, adding that investigation was still on-going to know the actual figure of registered voters who had died.
Making the disclosures, yesterday, at a press conference in Abeokuta, the Resident Electoral Commission, Timothy Ibitoye, reacted to conflicting reports over number of registered voters and PVCs collected so far from Abuja, saying the Commission had received 1,370,340 and had distributed 860,076 PVCs. The REC said the correct figure of registered voters is 1,795,794 and not 1,829,534.
Ogun 2015; INEChttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/ogun-inec-discovers-555-pvcs-of-dead-people/
Vanguard NewpaperTuesday 3rd March 2015Orbih Accuses Edo APC Of Destroying Posters Of PDP CandidatesPeople's Democratic Party, PDP, Edo State chapter, has alleged the defacing and destruction of posters of President Goodluck Jonathan and other candidates of the party across the State by suspected All Progressives Congress, APC, supporters and appealed to the leadership and members of the APC to stop what it described as the deliberate and unprovoked destruction of their posters. The PDP also expressed surprise at the posters of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, which it said now adorn the State capital, Benin, and other parts of the State, asking if Governor Oshiomhole was a candidate in the forthcoming general elections. However, in his reaction, APC State Secretary, Godwin Erhahon, said that his party was not aware of the defacing and removal of posters of PDP candidates in the State.
Edo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/orbih-accuses-edo-apc-of-destroying-posters-of-pdp-candidates/
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 3rd March 2015Alleged Osun Video Clip: Group Demands Immediate ProbeA human rights group, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has called for the immediate probe into alleged Osun Video clip by the security agents including Nigerian Police, Department of State Security Services (DSSS) and Interpol and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), insisting that the alleged Osun video clip on how August 9th, 2014 Osun State governorship election was rigged in favour of Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola,was the truth and the allegation must be thoroughly investigated. The group also alleged that the election was rigged in favour of Ogbeni Aregbesola through the grand plan and arrangement of the then Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Ambassador Rufus Akeju before the authorities of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) sent him on compulsory annual leave, supporting their argument with the usage of members of Rauf Aregbesola –Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme(OYES) cadets as Polling Officers(POs) and Assistant Polling Officers(APOs) and creation of illegal voting point.Osun 2015; CHRSJhttp://leadership.ng/news/414962/alleged-osun-video-clip-rights-group-calls-for-immediate-probe
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 3rd March 2015"Card Reader Will Reduce Electoral Fraud"- INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has again reiterated it’s determination on the use of the Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) card readers, saying it will reduce suspicion among politicians and electorate, adding that it will also reduce to the minimal level all associated fraudulent practices in election. Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Kaduna State, Alhaji Hussaini Ahmed Mahuta stated this yesterday at a peace accord signing by political parties in Kaduna State, stressing that the use of card readers meant well for the country.Nigeria 2015; Card Reader; INEChttp://leadership.ng/news/414980/card-reader-will-reduce-election-fraud-inec
Leadership News OnlineTuesday 3rd March 2015Amaechi Swears In 21 New Council ChairmenRivers State Governor and chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Mr Rotimi Amaechi has urged the newly sworn-in council chairmen to attach seriousness to the protection of lives and property in the various councils across the State. Amaechi stated this yesterday when he swore in 21 Local Government Council Chairmen at Government House in Port Harcourt, the State capital.Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/414994/amaechi-swears-in-21-new-council-chairmen
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015INEC Sued Over Missing PVCs In LagosA Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed March 16 for hearing in a suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over missing the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) in parts of Lagos State. The suit arose from allegations that PVCs of several registered voters were not produced, their data having been allegedly wiped off INEC’s database. This is said to be the fate of many registered voters.Lagos 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-sued-over-missing-pvcs-in-lagos/203162/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015APC Faults Ribadu On Change Of C-In-CThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted a statement credited to the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, that countries do not change the Commander-in-Chief during war. APC’s Director of Strategic Communications, Mr. Dele Alake, on Monday in Lagos said that Ribadu’s statement flies in the face of history and concrete reality. The APC said the Constitution said the welfare and security of the people shall be the primary purpose of government but the tragic reality of Nigeria today is that the nation lacks a competent Commander-in-Chief to perform this constitutional duty. Noting the implication of Ribadu’s alibi for not changing the Commander-in-Chief, APC said many mature democracies would not have changed the party and persons running their administration, if this was true.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-faults-ribadu-on-change-of-c-in-c/203166/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Tinubu To Sue AITAll Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is set to sue the management of the Daar Communications Limited, owners of the Africa Independent Television (AIT), for the defamatory content of a documentary aired last Sunday. Counsel to Tinubu, Mr. Tunji Abayomi, said a letter asking Daar Communications to apologise for the content and stop further airing was delivered this afternoon.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tinubu-to-sue-ait/203168/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Tinubu, Fani Kayode Slogfest Gets Nastier As Parties Resort To Name CallingThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential campaign organisation Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, to produce evidence of their purported claims of oath-taking and resignation of Prof Yemi Osinbajo for national leader of APC, Senator Bola Tinubu, in the event that General Muhammadu Buhari wins the March 28 presidential election. The APC presidential campaign organisation in a statement in Abuja on Monday warned the PDP and Fani-Kayode to either show evidence of the oath-taking or retract the libelous claims within 72 hours or be ready to go to a court of law. In a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said it never and would never wish anyone any ill health.
However, APC said it was seriously concerned that Fani-Kayode may have unhinged, perhaps as a result of a relapse into an unhealthy lifestyle of substance abuse. Reacting to the statement from Tinubu’s aides, Fani-Kayode said: “Whether the APC wishes me well or not, I shall live long and prosper. What they think about me is neither here nor there and I lose no sleep over it."
Nigeria 2015; Inflammatory Statements; APC; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tinubu-fani-kayode-slogfest-gets-nastier-as-parties-resort-to-name-calling-abuses/203170/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015INEC Backs The Use Of Military During ElectionsThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed support for the presence of the military in the forthcoming elections, saying it would give the electorate confidence to come out and vote. The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ondo State, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, stated this in Akure, the Ondo State capital, at a town hall meeting with stakeholders on non-violent electoral participation. He explained that higher number of people come out to vote when military personnel are used on election days because people feel a sense of security.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-backs-presence-of-military-during-elections/203172/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015INEC To Test Run Card Readers On Saturday As part of preparations for the general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be conducting field tests on the functionality of the smart card readers (CRs) to be deployed for the accreditation of voters on election day. According to the Commission’s Decision Extract issued recently and signed by its Director, Commission’s Secretariat, Ishiaku A. Gali, the field tests would take place in two states of each of the six geopolitical zones of the federation and it would take place simultaneously on Saturday, March 7, 2015.Nigeria 2015; INEChttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-to-test-run-card-readers-saturday/203175/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015"South-West Zone Won't Vote For Buhari"- LamidoJigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has predicted that the South-west geopolitical zone would not vote for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, as this would amount to the acceptance of the National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, as the leader of the Yoruba race. Lamido, who is also the North-West Coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, further opined that religion and ethnicity would play a major role in the March 28 presidential election, simply because President Goodluck Jonathan is from the South and a Christian and Buhari is a Muslim and a Northerner.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/lamido-south-west-zone-won-t-vote-for-buhari/203176/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Atiku's Refusal To Sponsor Bindow Cripples APC In AdamawaFormer Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s refusal to sponsor the campaign organisation of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Jibrilla Mohammad Bindow, in Adamawa State has paralysed the organisation, as it struggles to fund its campaign in the run-up to the elections. One of the party’s stalwarts in the State, who spoke to journalists in Yola on Monday on the condition of anonymity, noted that Atiku’s refusal to sponsor Bindow’s campaign organisation has affected the struggle. He said the reason for Atiku’s refusal was as a result of the political rivalry between him and Bindow as according him, Bindow had always worked against (him) Atiku politically.Adamawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/atiku-s-refusal-to-sponsor-bindow-cripples-apc-in-adamawa/203193/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015President Charges PDP To Resist Opposition's IntimidationPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Monday charged members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to resist any kind of intimidation from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). The Chairman, Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Ahmadu Ali, also said the West’s opposition to Jonathan’s return might not be unconnected with the president’s refusal to ensure the passage into law of the same sex bill by the National Assembly. Jonathan spoke when he addressed PDP faithful at the unveiling of the party’s Volunteer Scheme held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.Nigeria 2015; Jonathan; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/president-charges-pdp-to-resist-opposition-s-intimidation/203192/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Oba Of Benin Does Not Endorse Political Candidates, Says Prince AkenzuaThe Benin royal family in Edo State on Monday declared that the Oba of Benin does not endorse political candidates, describing as abominable the seeming cold war among the chiefs of the Royal Court (top palace chiefs), after the comments made by the Esogban of Benin Kingdom and Chairman of the Benin Forum, Chief David Edebiri, that the Benin people will not vote for President Goodluck Jonathan. The family specifically described as disrespectful the alleged open castigation of the Esogban by the Eson of Benin Kingdom, Chief Amos Osunbor, who declared that the Binis will vote for President Jonathan, saying the Eson’s action was against the rules of the palace since his rank comes after that of the Esogban in the hierarchy of the palace chiefs.Nigeria 2015; Traditional Leadershttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oba-of-benin-does-not-endorse-political-candidates-says-prince-akenzuwa/203191/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Elections: Jonathan, PDP Governors, Stalwarts StrategisePresident Goodluck Jonathan on Monday was engaged in a marathon meeting with Governors on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as the party’s stalwarts at the Presidential Villa. Checks by THISDAY indicated that the meeting was to strategise on the forthcoming general election. Though the outcome of the meeting, which commenced by 4p.m. with all the PDP Governors in attendance, was not disclosed to journalists, it was however gathered that the meeting reviewed the activities of the party’s campaign organisation in the 36 States of the Federation.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/elections-jonathan-pdp-governors-stalwarts-strategise/203190/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Panic In Kwara PDP Over Gbemisola Saraki's Plan To Leave Party Ahead of forthcoming general election, tension is now pervading the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State over the alleged move by the former Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, to leave the PDP for another party in the State. Already, the leadership of the party in the State has reportedly been working day and night to beg the former Senator not to dumping the party in view of her political influence in the State.Kwara 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/panic-in-kwara-pdp-over-gbemisola-saraki-s-plan-to-leave-party/203189/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Court Upholds Ugwuanyi As Enugu PDP Governorship CandidateJustice Evoh Chukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed by Senator Ayogu Eze challenging the emergence of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State. Eze had filed the suit against the PDP, its National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Ugwuanyi, who is currently enjoying the support of the national leadership of the PDP, subsequently applied and was joined as an interested party in the matter.Enugu 2015; Judiciary; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-upholds-ugwuanyi-as-enugu-pdp-governorship-candidate/203188/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Stop Telling Lies For Political Gains, Oyo Warns Akinjide, OthersThe Oyo State Government has warned the campaigners for President Goodluck Jonathan in the State to desist from peddling outright lies, half truths and fallacies in their futile attempts at hoodwinking the people of the State into supporting the second term bid of their boss. Reacting to a statement credited to the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ms. Jumoke Akinjide, on the funding of tertiary institutions in the State by the Federal Government, the State government said it was a mere fabrication aimed at scoring cheap political point.Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/stop-telling-lies-for-political-gains-oyo-warns-akinjide-others/203187/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Awoniyi Canvases Votes For Jonathan As First Lady Takes Campaign To KogiThe Kogi State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, has described the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan as a vote for consolidation of his transformation agenda for the country. Awoniyi stated this while inspecting the state of preparedness at the Lokoja Township Stadium, venue of the rally by the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, who is due in the state on Wednesday. The first lady will be in Lokoja the State capital today in continuation of her nationwide sensitisation tour ahead of the March 28 presidential election and to sensitise the women to vote for President Jonathan.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/awoniyi-canvasses-votes-for-jonathan-as-first-lady-takes-campaign-to-kogi/203186/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Attacks Against Obanikoro Unfounded, Mischevious, Says GroupA pro-democracy group in Lagos, Visioners for New Lagos (VNL), on Monday sent a strong warning to those leaders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling party in the state against what it described as unfounded attacks against Senator Musiliu Obanikoro as an intending Minister. Coming against the backdrop of orchestrated opposition against Obanikoro’s confirmation as a Minister, the group which dismissed the attacks as unfounded and mischievous, said the same opposition has shown lack of “intelligence in their disdain for Obanikoro and are typified by a class of no gender.”Nigeria 2015; VNL; Obanikorohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/attacks-against-obanikoro-unfounded-mischievous-says-group/203185/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Pro Elechi Protest Rocks EbonyiOver 2, 000 concerned citizens of Ebonyi State on Monday staged a peaceful protest against the impeachment plot against the State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, in Abakaliki, the state capital. The lawmakers had last Friday passed an impeachment notice on the Governor over alleged gross misconduct, fraud and breach of the Constitution. THISDAY gathered that since the notice was passed, there has been tension in the State with divided opinions on the action of the lawmakers, coupled with the accusations and counter-accusations between Elechi and his deputy and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Dave Umahi, over the crisis in the State.Ebonyi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pro-elechi-protest-rocks-ebonyi/203184/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Obi Not Running Okorocha Down, Says AideThe Media Aide to former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, has said Obi never let the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, down nor would he let anybody down, adding that such trait of running people down was not in Obi’s character. Obienyem said his boss characteristically told Imo State people not to vote for Okorocha, and gave his reasons, among which were that he (Okorocha) has put Imo State in debt and what he described as condemnable slide of the State from number one in education to one of the worst at present.Imo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obi-not-running-okorocha-down-says-aide/203183/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015You Are Like Ebolo Vegetable, Oyo APC Tells Ladoja, Akala, TeslimThe Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said there is a gang-up by the opposition parties in the State, especially Accord, Labour and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to instigate violence and use such isolated cases to puncture the three-and-a-half years of peace that its party-led government had brought to the state, stating that the parties and their runners who are trying to come back to government are like the traditional smelly vegetable called Ebolo which cannot hide its smelly antecedent. The party said this in a release signed by its State Director of Publicity, Mr. Olawale Sadare.Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/you-are-like-ebolo-vegetable-oyo-apc-tells-ladoja-akala-teslim/203182/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015"Peterside Has Nothing To Do With Attack On Wike, PDP"- APCThe campaign organisation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Greater Together Campaign Organisation (GTCO), has said it is not true that its governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, had hands in the alleged attack on the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Chief Nyesom Wike, and others last Saturday. The campaign organisation described the allegation against Peterside as a “tissue of lies and libellous provocation”, and equally accused the PDP of seeking an infamous route to escape its summons before nemesis.Rivers 2015; Violence; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-peterside-has-nothing-to-do-with-attack-on-wike-pdp/203181/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015APC Group Laments In South-East The National Coordinator of the Mass Movement for Buhari (MMB) Kenneth Ibe-Kalu, has raised the alarm over what it described as violence against members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition party members in the South-Eastern part of the country. Ibe-Kalu, in a statement, noted that members and supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sporadically unleashed mayhem on members of opposition political parties, including APC in all the five States under the zone. According to the statement, members of the PDP consistently intimidate opposition in the South-East in an attempt to force support for the party.Nigeria 2015; MMB; Buhari; South-East http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-group-laments-in-south-east/203180/
ThisDay LiveTuesday 3rd March 2015Governor Obiano Asks Pilgrims To Pray For JonathanAnambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has charged a contingent of the State’s Christians who Monday embarked on a pilgrimage to Israel, Rome and Greece as part of this year’s Easter pilgrimage programme of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission to pray for a landslide victory for President Goodluck Jonathan in the coming elections and for the immediate and total defeat of Boko Haram in the ongoing war against the terrorist sect in the North-Eastern part of the country. Flagging off the Easter pilgrims programme at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Obiano reminded the pilgrims that a pilgrimage gives every Christian the chance for spiritual renewal and expressed optimism that the pilgrims would return from the Holy land, transformed.Anambra 2015; APGAhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obiano-asks-pilgrims-to-pray-for-jonathan/203179/
Nation NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015"Fuel Scarcity, Power Supply Drop Is Evidence Of Jonathan's Failure"- APCThe APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) yesterday described the return of fuel queues in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Lagos and some major cities and the reduction in the hours of electricity supply to Nigerians as sad reminders of the failure of the PDP-led Federal Government. Its Spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement, said: “The glaring and inexcusable failure of the PDP government in these two important areas is a sign of gross ineptitude, maladministration and corruption, which is responsible for the sorry economic state the average citizen of Nigeria has found themselves”.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)4
Guardian NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015Group Warns Against Removal Of Jega, Further Poll PostponementA group, Osun Progressive Left, has cautioned against further any plan to tinker with the rescheduled March 28 and April 11 general elections. The group also warned the Federal Government not to remove the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, {INEC}, Professor Attahiru Jega, saying Nigerians would resist such move.Nigeria 2015; OPL; INEC76
Guardian NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015APC Accuses Ekiti State Media Of Misconduct, Petitions NBCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has petitioned the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), calling the attention of the regulatory body to acts of unprofessionalism and abuses at the radio and television stations of the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES). Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in a statement that in a petition by APC State Secretary, Paul Omotoso, dated February 15, 2015, the party pointed NBC’s attention to the poor quality control mechanism arising from poor staffing at the leadership cadre of the two stations. Ekiti 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)76
Guardian NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015INEC Distributes 70% Of PVCs Distributed In KogiThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the State has so far distributed 926, 740 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) (70.36 percent) of the total 1, 317, 095 it received, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hussaini Halilu Pai, said over the weekend. Speaking at an interactive seminar on security awareness, violence-free elections and sensitization on PVCs, organised by the non-governmental Kogi Transformation Network (KOTRAN), Pai said the outstanding is 390, 355 (29.64 percent). He added that distribution was ongoing at the 239 Wards of the State from 8a.m to 5p.m daily till March 8.Kogi 2015; INEC73
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015Ijaw Youths Sign Peace Pact With North, Deny War ThreatsYouth from the North and South-South regions at the weekend in Kaduna signed a pact and released birds symbolizing peace at a one day summit organized by the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in collaboration with the Ijaw Youth Council World Wide (IYCWW). At the summit, President of the Ijaw Youth Council World Wide (IYCWW), Comrade Udengs Eradiri said there was no time the Ijaw youths threatened to wage war against the North if President Jonathan is defeated in the 2015 presidential election but condemned attacks on the President.
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Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015Candidates Sign Peace Accord In GombeCandidates vying for political offices in Gombe State, at the weekend signed a peace accord to ensure a violence-free exercise. Speaking during the event organised by the State police command, the Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Kudu Nma, said adequate security arrangement is a crucial step towards ensuring a hitch-free exercise. He said the police, in collaboration with other security agencies must do their job as expected during the polls to guarantee voter turnout.Gombe 2015; Peace Pact10
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015"Elections Not Do Or Die Affair"- OhanezePresident of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Kaduna State branch, Chief Austin Amaechi, has called on Igbos in the country to conduct themselves peacefully before, during and after the elections, saying that elections are not a do or die affair. Speaking yesterday in Kaduna at the inaugural and ratification meeting of elected officers of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, President of the group said Igbos had agreed to canvass for violence-free elections. Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbo10
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015"Replacing Jega Will Scuttle Elections"- Kwara GovernorFollowing speculations that plans are underway to remove Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed at the weekend called for caution, saying such move would impact negatively on the electoral process. He said Jega’s replacement would be tantamount to changing the rules in the middle of a game. Speaking with newsmen shortly after a meeting with traditional rulers and taxi drivers in Ilorin Emirate comprising of five Local Governments, Ahmed cautioned the Federal Government against scuttling the ongoing process.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)8
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015"NSCDC Fully Ready For Elections"- Abolurin Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Dr. Ade Abolurin has said the corps was prepared for the upcoming general elections. Abolurin, who was speaking to commemorate the 2015 World Civil Defence Day yesterday, with the theme “Sustainable Peace Building” said all modalities had been put in place for effective monitoring before, during and after the elections. He said that the deployment of men and officers of the corps had since commenced to all identified black spots with the collaborative efforts of all security apparatus, in order to ensure peaceful elections. Nigeria 2015; NSCDC11
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015Ekiti Denies Rights Violation AllegationThe Ekiti State government has dismissed allegation of human rights abuse by the All Progressives Congress (APC), describing it as spurious and unfounded. The APC had recently petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over alleged infringement of fundamental Rights by Governor Ayo Fayose. In a protest letter to the NHRC yesterday, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Owoseni Ajayi, it said contrary to the claims of the APC, infractions of fundamental rights actually occurred during the tenure of Dr Kayode Fayemi. Ekiti 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)13
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015Kano Records 15 Cases Of Political Violence In 6 WeeksNo fewer than 15 cases of political violence between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) were recorded in Kano in six weeks. The State police spokesperson, ASP Magaji Musa Majia, said the cases were recorded between January 14 and February 26.
He said two persons were killed while nine others were injured in the clashes which occurred at different locations in the State. He said eight vehicles and many other valuables were burnt during the fracas. Majia said the command arrested 89 suspects in connection with the clashes and that they had since been charged to court.
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Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015OPC Kicks Against Militarization Of ElectionsThe O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) has kicked against the alleged plans to militarise forth coming elections by the Federal Government, saying it is the job of the police and civil defence to monitor polls. Leader of OPC, Chief Gani Adams, who spoke to journalists at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, also chided INECs level of preparedness to conduct the elections. Adams, who commended the Federal Government for deploying the military to crises prone areas in the country, said if the military were involved in elections, it might amount to taking over the job of the police. He however noted that, where serious unrest is envisaged, the military could be engaged. Nigeria 2015; OPC13
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 2nd March 2015Akenzua Warns Against Death Wish Campaigns The Enogie (Duke) of Obazuwa and younger brother to the Benin monarch, Prince Edun Akenzua, has warned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that their ‘death wish’ campaigns against the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, may be their albatross in the forthcoming general elections, if they don’t stop. He argued that the amount of money expended by the PDP “in running documentaries that tend of destroy the person of Gen. Buhari would have been enough to build a refinery for Nigerians.”Nigeria 2015; Traditional Leaders13
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 2nd March 2015"Senate Not For Small Minds"- UmehThe National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, has said that only serious-minded people were good for the next Nigerian Senate. According to him, the senate is where the resolutions of the national conference will be debated for implementation by the President. Addressing officials of Anambra State wing of the National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, from the 21 Local Government Areas of Anambra State in Awka, who adopted him as their preferred candidate for Anambra Central senatorial zone, Umeh said having been part of the recommendations of the confab resolutions, he knew exactly the importance of going to the National Assembly as an Igbo Senator.Anambra 2015; APGA14
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 2nd March 2015Anambra PDP Assembly Aspirants Threaten To Defect Over Nomination FeesNational and State Assembly aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State who failed to secure the party’s ticket for the March 28 and April 11 elections have threatened to defect to another political party with their supporters if the leadership of PDP refused to refund them the nomination and screening fees paid before the inconclusive primaries of the party last year. Operating under the aegis of PDP Aspirants Forum, Anambra State chapter, the aspirants, who are from the three senatorial zones of the State, said they were demanding refund of their money because there were no primaries conducted by the party.
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Vanguard NewpaperMonday 2nd March 2015Ebonyi Impeachment: Blame Yourself Not Others, Umahi Tells ElechiThe governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, In Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi, weekend enjoined Governor Martin Elechi to stop pointing accusing fingers at prominent sons of the State, including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim and Chief Fidelis Nwankwo over the impeachment notice served him by the State House of Assembly last friday. At a press conference in Abakaliki, the PDP governorship candidate who described Governor Elechi’s comments on the impeachment notice as false and deceitful, stated that it was the right of the House to serve an impeachment notice on any chief executive whenever it deemed necessary.Ebonyi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)54
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 2nd March 2015Alake Flays PDP Over Comment On TinubuDirector of Strategic Communications of the All Progressives Congress presidential Campaign Organisation Mr Dele Alake has declared that the allegation of nursing presidential ambition after General Muhammadu Buhari becomes president concocted by the PDP against Tinubu is concrete evidence that the party has conceded victory to the APC presidential ticket. Reacting to the allegation credited to the Director of Media, PDP presidential campaign organisation Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, Alake said the scenario begins with the assumption that the APC will win the presidential polls on March 28.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)55
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 2nd March 2015"APGA Will Sweep General Elections In The South-East"- EzeonwukaChief Rommy Amandi Ezeonwuka, a member of Board of Trustees, BoT of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has expressed optimism that the party would clinch victory in all the contentious seats in the South East geo-political zone come March 28 and April 11 general elections in the country. Addressing Igbo youths, led by their commanders, who paid him a courtesy visit at his Rojenny Games Village, Oba, Anambra State, to seek his royal blessing, Ezeonwuka noted that he was sure that APGA would sweep the polls because of the practical performances of all APGA elected office holders both in the past and in the present.Nigeria 2015; APGA14
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 2nd March 2015Jonathan's Endorsement Splits Ohaneze NdigboThe self-acclaimed Caretaker Committee of apex Igbo socio-cultural group,Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has faulted the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for the March 28 presidential election. The committee had alleged that the tenure of the President General,Chief,Enwo Igariwey, and its executives had expired in January as allegedly contained in the constitution of the body which stipulates two years tenure in office for its executives. Secretary to the Caretaker Committee, Mr. Zed Chukwujama, disclosed this in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Enugu weekend.Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbo14
Vanguard NewpaperMonday 2nd March 2015Violence In Ogun As APC, PDP Supporters Clash At Amosun's CampaignThe re-election campaign of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State turned bloody during his visit to Remo North Local Council of the State, when the supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, clashed leaving some people injured. The clash which occurred, weekend, also led to the destruction of some vehicles, shops and billboards belonging to the PDP House of Representatives candidate for Remo Federal Constituency, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu.
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Vanguard NewpaperMonday 2nd March 2015PDP Wants Buhari Sanctioned For 2011 Election BloodlettingPeople's Democratic Party, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO alleged yesterday that the All Progressives Congress, APC spent N5 billion for the appearance of its Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd at the Chatham House in London last Thursday, just as it described it as a jamboree and monumental failure. Addressing Journalists in Abuja yesterday, Director, Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode disclosed that the Federal Government has concluded arrangements and may soon drag General Buhari before the International Criminal Court, ICC over the 2011 Electoral violence in the country to face alleged charges of human rights abuses and criminality, just as he urged Buhari to get prepared for the trial after the elections.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/pdp-wants-buhari-sanctioned-for-2011-election-bloodletting/
Daily Trust NewspaperMonday 2nd March 2015Crisis In Yobe PDP Over Missing N400 Million Campaign FundYobe State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is currently enmeshed in crisis over various sums of money totalling N400 million sent to it by the national leadership of the party in respect to the forthcoming general elections. Candidates of the party from the State, our correspondent learnt, have complained to the PDP national leadership that while other State chapters of the party have disbursed various sums to support their candidates in the forthcoming elections, those of them from Yobe are yet to receive any form of financial assistance either from the Presidency or national headquarters of the party.Yobe 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)17
Leadership News OnlineMonday 2nd March 2015"Why We Endorsed Buhari"- Northern Christian ForumA group of Christians under the umbrella of Northern Christian Leaders Eagle Eyes Forum (NCLEEF) has said their endorsement of the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari is because President Goodluck Jonathan has failed the nation. This is even as the forum raised the alarm that the lives of its leaders are under serious threat following their endorsement of Buhari. Addressing a press conference in Kaduna at the weekend, chairman of the forum, Pastor Aminchi Habu said Jonathan’s tenure in the past six years was a disappointment to Nigerians, particularly Christian community which he claimed gave the President the winning votes in 2011 general elections.Nigeria 2015; NCLEEF; Buhari http://leadership.ng/news/414698/why-we-endorsed-buhari-northern-christian-forum
Leadership News OnlineMonday 2nd March 2015Yero's LG Stands Still As He Concludes CampaignKaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, had a rousing welcome at the weekend when he concluded his state-wide campaign tour with a grand rally in Zaria, his home Local Government Area. The Governor had kick-started his campaign tour in Sanga Local Government in the Southern part of the State. Thousands of supporters lined the streets of the city to welcome Yero and his entourage. The famous traditional horse riding was also part of the colourful reception ceremony accorded to Yero by the people of Zaria during the campaign tour.Kaduna 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://leadership.ng/news/414701/yeros-lg-stands-still-as-he-concludes-campaign
Leadership News OnlineMonday 2nd March 2015"Security Agents Supervised Destruction Of My Billboards"- El-rufa'iSecurity agents on Friday night in Zaria and Sabon Gari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State supervised and protected PDP hoodlums to destroy billboards and posters of my campaign, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has alleged. In a press release issued in Kaduna, El-Rufai wondered why the police would supervise the destruction of his campaign billboard after the peace pact him and the incumbent Governor signed.Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/414706/security-agents-supervised-destruction-of-my-campaign-billboards-el-rufai
Leadership News OnlineMonday 2nd March 2015South-West Youths Drum Support For BuhariSouth-West youths on Sunday declared that no amount of propaganda and blackmail would stop the well meaning people of the region from casting their votes for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammodu Buhari, in this month’s presidential election. Speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, the group’s Co-ordinator, Ismail Babalola, noted that the APC presidential standard bearer had demonstrated the credibility and honesty needed to turn the fortune of the country around.Nigeria 2015; SWY; Buharihttp://leadership.ng/news/414760/swest-youths-drum-support-for-buhari
Leadership News OnlineMonday 2nd March 2015"Jega Surrendered INEC's Constitutional Power To Service Chiefs"- NUDAgainst the backdrop of the postponement of the February election, the Nigerians United for Democracy (NUD), a coalition of civil society groups, has said that the statement attributed to the INEC Chairman that only the service chiefs can guarantee the March general election is a great disservice, adding that by that statement, Prof Jega surrendered INEC’s constitutional powers to the service chiefs. A statement signed by the NUD Coordinator, Kano wing, Dr Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, said the March 28 election is still not sacrosanct considering Jega’s submission before the Senate last week, and called on the National Assembly to extract a firm undertaking from the National Security Adviser and security chiefs that the election would not be further postponed.Nigeria 2015; NUD; Jegahttp://leadership.ng/news/414790/jega-surrendered-inecs-constitutional-power-to-service-chiefs-nud
Leadership News OnlineMonday 2nd March 2015"No Corrupt Offender Will Go Unpunished"- OsinbajoAll Progressives Congress (APC) vice presidential candidate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has said that the issue of corruption will not be treated with kid gloves by their administration if elected in the forthcoming election. Osinbajo who said this at an interactive session with youths from South-West States in Lagos said there would be no sacred cow in its fight against corruption. According to him, an APC government will address the root causes of corruption, noting that the major drawback of the nation’s system presently is unbridled level of corruption.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://leadership.ng/news/414797/no-corrupt-offender-would-go-unpunished-osinbajo
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 2nd March 2015Ekiti Rigging Audio: PDP Disowns Obanikoro, Fayose, OmisoreThe PDP has distanced itself from the current imbroglio that is the Ekiti rigging tape situation, where some of its members were heard attempting to rig the governorship elections of the state held on June 16 last year. The voices of Musiliu Obanikoro, former Minister of State for Defence; former Senator Iyiola Omisore; Ekiti Governor Ayo Fayose and others were heard in the audio, in a suspicious discussion with the Brigadier General of the Nigerian Army, Aliyu Momoh, on how the military would be used to rig the State's election. Most of the men in the tape have admitted to being in the meeting, but have denied that they were discussing rigging. PDP spokesman Olisa Metuh told Premium Times that the PDP is innocent of the schemes of any of the men mentioned in the alleged rigging audio. Ekiti Gate; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/ekiti-rigging-audio-pdp-disowns-obanikoro-fayose-omisore.108451/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 2nd March 2015"Fani-Kayode Is Not As Smart As He Thinks"- TinubuBola Tinubu, National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC has issued a statement in response to Femi Fani-Kayode's recent jabs thrown at his person and party. The statement obtained by THE NATION. "The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign continues its descent. This is to be expected. Because the truth stings them harshly. They have become a factory of lies. A few days ago, the agent of character assassination who doubles as the busy hatchet man of the PDP accused Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of plotting to be Vice President then President through subterfuge. Clearly, he has exposed the confusion and contradiction within his party and has veered off from the real debate. But he cannot avoid the storm of change already unleashed by the APC."Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fani-kayode-is-not-as-smart-as-he-thinks-tinubu.108462/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineMonday 2nd March 2015Niger Governor Evicts Deputy From Government HouseNiger State Governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has ejected his Deputy, Honourable Ahmed Musa Ibeto, from his office at the Government House. This was as the Governor directed Ibeto to relocate to “F” Layout quarters, a public residential area about 1,500 metres away from the Government House premises. The relationship of the embattled Deputy Governor with his boss had been frosty since his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in January.Niger 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/niger-governor-evicts-deputy-from-govt-house.108466/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015Fayose Begs Nigerians To Save Buhari From TinubuThe Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has called on Nigerians, especially Northern leaders. to save the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), from former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu and his cabal in the APC. To buttress his consistent claim that Buhari was ill, he wondered why Buhari hadn’t returned to Nigeria since his Chatham House speaking engagement if that was why he went to London as claimed by his party.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fayose-asks-nigerians-to-save-buhari-from-tinubu/203059/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015Olejeme Confident Of Jonathan's Re-electionThe Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, said she is confident President Goodluck Jonathan would be returned to power in the March 28 presidential elections. “PDP will have a resounding victory. That is very clear,” she told Niger Delta youths at the weekend in Asaba. Olejeme, who sought the support of the young and old to make Nigeria great, said President Jonathan would work closely with all Nigerians.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/olejeme-confident-of-jonathan-s-re-election/203064/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015APC, CNPP Warn Against Renewed Push To Remove Jega, Shift PollsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) have expressed concern over an alleged bid to oust the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega. APC has also warned of the relentless scheming by the Jonathan administration and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) “to push for another postponement of the 2015 general election, unless they can perfect a rigging plan, and called for the imposition of global sanctions on whoever scuttles the polls”.Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-cnpp-warn-against-renewed-push-to-remove-jega-shift-polls/203086/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015PDP Blames APC On Attacks On Wike's Governorship RallyThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has blamed the attack on its members and supporters during its the governorship rally in Bakana, Degema Local Government Area of the State at the weekend on members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The party has also called on the police to arrest the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, and the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Otelema Dan Amachree, over the incident. The call was contained a statement issued on Sunday by the State Chairman of PDP, Mr. Felix Obuah, through his Media Aide, Jerry Needam.Rivers 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-blames-apc-for-attack-on-wike-s-governorship-rally/203071/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015Otti Pledges Massive Investment For The Rehabilitation Of AbaAs Aba continues to attract attention in the campaigns of political parties in Abia, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Alex Otti, has pledged that he would “invest massively to reclaim” the commercial city. Speaking at a media interaction with journalists in Umuahia, Otti said he would put Enyimba city in the front burner of developmental blueprint if he becomes the chief executive of Abia come May 29.Abia 2015; APGAhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/otti-pledges-massive-investments-for-rehabilitation-of-aba/203072/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015Ambode Gets Royal Backing The candidacy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, received a boost on Sunday as he got the unanimous endorsement from the Epe Council of Obas. The endorsement came during Ambode’s meeting with the Obas at the Palace of the Alara of Ilara, Oba Akeem Okunola Adesanya.Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ambode-gets-royal-backing-in-lagos/203075/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015Yobe APC Organizes Training For Electoral Agents Poltical parties’ election agents across 178 electoral Wards have been trained at a workshop organised by the Yobe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The aim of the workshop which was organised for a day, it was gathered, is to educate party agents on what are expected from them during the electioneering process. Declaring the workshop open at the weekend in Damaturu, the Chairman of the occasion who is also the coordinator of Buhari campaign organisation in the State, Alhaji Tijjani Musa Tumsa, asked the agents to inbibe good electoral ethics they will be taught during the workshop when they are called to task during electioneering period.Yobe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/yobe-apc-organises-training-for-election-agents/203076/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015Buhari's Chatham House Speech Laughable, Says GroupA group operating under the aegis of Good Governance Initiative (GGI) has punctured speeches made by the All Progressives Congress APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, describing it as laughable. The group in a statement at the weekend in Lagos, said even though it was clear that the retired general was reluctantly reading a script prepared for him by those who see him as a tool to actualise their selfish political goal, the delivery was fraught with a deluge of irregularities and fallacious promises that are unrealisable.Nigeria 2015; GGI; Buharihttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-s-chatham-house-speech-laughable-says-group/203077/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015Elechi Denies Promising To Hand Over To His Deputy Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, has made it clear that he never promised his Deputy, Dave Umahi, that he would hand over to him after the expiration of his tenure as Governor of the State. Umahi, at a press conference at the weekend alleged that the governor had promised to hand over to him when he (Elechi) approached him to help deliver their joint ticket in 2007. Elechi made the disclosure in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyekachi Eni, in Abuja on Sunday.Ebonyi 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/elechi-denies-promising-to-hand-over-to-his-deputy/203078/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015"Imo Will Repay Okorocha's Financial Recklessness By Voting Him Out"- IhediohaThe Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has alleged that the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha misappropriated N175 billion fund belonging to the local governments in the State and as such Imo people have rejected him for a second term in office. Speaking to Imo indigenes in Onitsha, Anambra State, Ihedioha pointed out that investigation discovered that Okorocha had collected from the Federation Account over N175 billion council funds from May 2011 to December 2014 which the APC administration cannot account for.Imo 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ihedioha-imo-will-repay-okorocha-s-financial-recklessness-by-voting-him-out/203079/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015Buhari Promises To Halt Multiple Taxation The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has said the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), will not impose any harsh tax regime on Nigerians in order to fund a social welfare scheme. The campaign group also condemned the emergence of fuel scarcity and fuel queues in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and some parts of the country, as well as the recent gross reduction in the hours of electricity supply across the country by electricity provider, describing it as a sad reminder of the failure of the PDP Federal Government.Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-pledges-to-halt-multiple-taxation/203080/
ThisDay LiveMonday 2nd March 2015Produce My Supposed N500,000 Tax Reciept, Agbaje Challenges FasholaThe governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has challenged the State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, to present the receipt of the make-up tax the politician is supposed to have paid after being publicly accused of evading land use charges on his business premises. “There is no truth in this latest piece of misinformation that the Governor is spreading around. He lied again, giving the impression that my company paid money after his initial outburst and his first lie."Lagos 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/produce-my-supposed-n500-000-tax-receipt-agbaje-challenges-fashola/203081/
Punch News OnlineMonday 2nd March 2015Ekiti AG Denies Human Rights ViolationThe Attorney General of Ekiti State, Owoseni Ajayi, has denied the allegation of violation of fundamental human rights levelled against Governor Ayodele Fayose by the All Progressives Congress. A February 16, 2015 petition by the Ekiti State Secretary of the APC, Omotosho Ayodele, the party had urged the National Human Rights Commission to investigate Fayose over alleged sponsored pre-election violence in Ekiti State. It also called on the commission to declare the Governor as “a person of interest” in its investigation of election violence in Nigeria.Ekiti 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.punchng.com/politics/ekiti-ag-denies-human-rights-violation/
ThisDay LiveSunday 1st March 2015"APC Arranged Chatham House Engagement With N5 Billion"- PDPPeoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) has said that the Chatham House engagement in London by All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, was arranged with the sum of N5 billion. Addressing newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, the Director of Media and Publicity of PDPPCO, Femi Fani-Kayode, said that Buhari would be on his way to International Criminal Court on account of the 2011 electoral violence in Nigeria if he failed to win the presidential poll. He also said that his life was being threatened following his statement that former Lagos State Governor, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, was plotting to become the next President.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-arranged-chatham-house-engagement-with-n5bn-pdp-alleges/203039/
ThisDay LiveSunday 1st March 2015First Lady To Visit Sokoto March 3rd To Flag Off Distribution Of Fertilizer, Rice To Women Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Sokoto State, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, Sunday said arrangements had been concluded to ensure the successful one-day visit of the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, to the State on March 3 for the continuation of the ongoing presidential campaigns of the PDP. He also called on the people of the North to vote massively for President Goodluck Jonathan to continue with the transformation agenda. Speaking with newsmen in Sokoto on Sunday, Milgoma said the First Lady was expected to flag off the distribution of free fertilizer and rice to thousands of women across the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/first-lady-visits-sokoto-march-3-to-flag-off-distribution-of-fertiliser-rice-to-women/203037/
ThisDay LiveSunday 1st March 2015PDP To Government Officials: "Be Ready For Sacrifice"National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, has directed all PDP candidates as well as would-be government appointees under the party to prepare to go the extra mile to make huge sacrifices after the party’s victory in the coming general elections. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement on Sunday that all serving elected and appointed PDP government officials have also been directed to set the tempo for the new era by redoubling their efforts and making more sacrifices in reciprocation of the support by the people.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-to-govt-officials-be-ready-for-sacrifice/203035/
ThisDay LiveSunday 1st March 2015Don't Engage In Post-Election Violence, Cleric Urges Muslims, YouthsA Muslim cleric and Chief Imam of Rexton Mosque, Ikoyi, Lagos State, Sheikh Ibrahim Usman, Sunday advised Muslim youths in the country to refrain from perpetrating violence irrespective of the candidate that wins the presidential elections. Usman gave the advice in Sokoto during a preaching session organised in commemoration of the doctorate degree in transportation awarded to Chairman of Mohtabe Holdings, Dr. Mohammed Tahir Bello, by the Ogun State University.Nigeria 2015; Clericshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/dont-engage-in-post-election-violence-cleric-urges-muslim-youths/203034/
ThisDay LiveSunday 1st March 2015"You Don't Change A C-In-C In The Middle Of WarCiting the latest successes recorded by the military in the ongoing campaign against terrorists and the recapture of territories previously occupied by Boko Haram insurgents, Anti-corruption czar and former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, on Saturday warned that changing the Commander-in-Chief in the middle of war would be inimical to the consolidation of the victories achieved so far. Ribadu, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police and gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Adamawa State, therefore urged Nigerians to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan in this month’s election so as to sustain the tempo of the ongoing onslaught against Boko Haram, a deadly group that has killed about 13,000 people, captured territories in the North-East and displaced over one million people in the past six years.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ribadu-you-dont-change-a-c-in-c-in-the-middle-of-war/202991/
ThisDay LiveSunday 1st March 2015In Change Of Strategy, Jonathan, Buhari Opt For Town Hall MeetingsAs the two main political parties for this year’s general election await the new poll dates, which were fixed after the conclusion of their nationwide presidential campaign rallies, their candidates have turned to public meetings involving socio-political, economic, and cultural groups in a continued bid to ingratiate themselves with the electorate. President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, and the candidate of All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari, have been meeting stakeholders within and outside the country to campaign for votes.Nigeria 2015; Town Hall Meetings; APC; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/in-change-of-strategy-jonathan-buhari-opt-for-town-hall-meetings/202990/
ThisDay LiveSunday 1st March 2015"Why Political Violence Continues To Thrive In Nigeria"- AkpoghomehDirector, Centre for Logistics and Transport Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Prof. Osi Akpoghomeh, on Saturday attributed the high incidence of political violence among the youth in the country to urban frustration and poor living conditions of the people. Akpoghomeh made the remark at a public lecture with the theme ‘Youth should say yes to education and no to political violence’ organised in commemoration of the doctorate degree in Transportation awarded to the Chairman of Mohtabe Holdings, Dr. Muhammad Tahir Bello, held at the Sultan Maccido Institute of Quran and General Studies, Sokoto.Nigeria 2015; Violencehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-why-political-violence-continues-to-thrive-in-nigeria-/202985/
ThisDay LiveSunday 1st March 2015"Involvement Of Soldiers Alien To Democratic Elections"- NEFThe Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has described as totally alien to any democratic elections the participation of soldiers in election supervision, saying it is akin to bringing the military into politics. This is as the Forum has said a process is in progress to file a suit in a court of justice against the vituperations of the Ijaws leader, Chief Edwin Clark, leading to defamation of characters of some of its members.Nigeria 2015; NEFhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nef-involvement-of-soldiers-alien-to-democratic-elections/202983/
ThisDay LiveSunday 1st March 2015Jang Drags INEC To Court Over Skewed Distribution Of PVCGovernor of Plateau State, Jonah David Jang said he has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over skewed distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to his State, and warned INEC not to destroy the hard-earned democracy. Speaking with newsmen in Jos, Jang, who expressed disappointment with the poor distribution of the card in his State and other parts of the country, noted that the issue has started generating controversy among political parties, especially between the ruling party and the main opposition party.Plateau 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jang-drags-inec-to-court-over-skewed-distribution-of-pvcs/202953/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 1st March 2015Patience Jonathan Mocks APC, "Buhari Is A Child"Nigeria's first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan on Friday mocked the All Progressives Congress, APC by describing to its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari as a 'child'. Dame Jonathan gave the description at the Benue State edition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Women Campaign Rally held at the IBB Square, Makurdi. According to DAILY POST, the first lady said, ''a child that is still crawling at age 72 does not have anything new to offer the people of Nigeria''. Dame Jonathan also described the APC as a sinking ship that would drown and remain under forever.Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/patience-jonathan-mocks-apc-buhari-is-a-child.108447/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 1st March 2015"Obasanjo To Apologise Before Readmission Into PDP"- Walid JibrinWalid Jibrin, Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Saturday said that former president Olusegun Obasanjo must apologize before he's readmitted into the party. Speaking from his home in Marmara, Nasarawa State, Jibrin said, ''Obasanjo must offer unreserved apology before he is admitted and his card re-issued''. Jibrin however added that the PDP will be delighted to have Obasanjo back. Nigeria 2015; People's Democratic Party (PDP)http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/obasanjo-to-apologize-before-readmission-into-pdp.108446/
Nigerian News Bulletin OnlineSunday 1st March 2015List Of Four People That May Replace JegaAlthough President Goodluck Jonathan has clearly stated that he has no plans of removing, Prof Attahiru Jega from his position as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC there are indications suggesting otherwise. A report published by PUNCH newspaper claimed that 4 persons have already been lined up to fill Jega's spot. The 4 include; Dr. Mohammed Wali from Sokoto State, Mrs. Amina Zakari from Jigawa State, Colonel Mohammed Kurmi Hammanga (rtd.) from Adamawa State, and Dr. Ishmael Igbani. Until Jega embarks on terminal leave news of his replacement remains rumours.
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