Election News Trend May 2014

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Channels TV News Online Saturday, 31st May 2014 Fayemi Administration Is A Government Of Billboards- Labour Party  The Labour Party, represented by Bolanle Badekunle-Bruce on Saturday told Channels Television that it is the party to beat in the Ekiti governorship election, describing the Kayode Fayemi administration a government of billboards and publications. In what turned out to be a fierce debate, with claims and counterclaims, Bruce alleged that all the achievements the Fayemi administration had publicized were not real. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Inflammatory Statements http://www.channelstv
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Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday, 28th May 2014 Aregbesola Flags Off Re-election Campaign Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, yesterday in Ile-Ife, flagged off his re-election campaign, declaring that the August 9 governorship election would be a total victory for the All Progressives Congress, APC. Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 11
The Guardian Newspaper Wednesday, 28th May 2014 Aggrieved Guber Aspirants Write Presidency, May Quit PDP Some of the aggrieved gubernatorial aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may quit the party following what they described as a refusal of the Presidency and the national leadership of the Party to implement terms of reconcilliation after the primaries that produced Mr. Ayodele Fayose as the candidate of the Party. A source revealed that a letter dated 28th April 2014 was written to the Presidency and the national leadership of the Party to address the issue to no avail. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, 28th May 2014 IPAC Moves Against Politcal Summit Called By Presidency The Inter-Party Political Council (IPAC) has moved against the proposed political summit slated for June 12 by the Presidency. The chairman of the Council, Dr Yunusa Tanko, said no political party had been consulted before the announcement and also stressing that, IPAC would resist any attempt by the Presidency to clamp down on Parties. Nigeria 2015; Inter-Party Political Council (IPAC); Political Summit 22
The Nation Newspaper Wednesday, 28th May 2014 “Fayose, Omisore Plan To Import Thugs As Poll Monitors.”- EYEM A youth group, Ekiti Youth Emancipation Movement, (EYEM) has alleged a plan by the governorship candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti and Osun States, Ayodele Fayose and Iyiola Omisore, to bring thugs as monitors during the June 21 and August 9 elections. Representatives of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in both States have however, dismissed the claims by the group Ekiti 2014; Osun 2014; Ekiti Youth Emancipation Movement (EYEM); People’s Democratic Party 11
This Day Newspaper Wednesday, 28th May 2014 APC Pursuing Anti-People Policies, Says LP The leadership of the Labour Party (LP) while welcoming the governorship aspirant of the Party in Osun State gubernatorial election, has described the education policy of the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led government whereby students of higher institutions are subjected to exorbitant fees as anti-people and does not portray the Party as progressive. Osun 2014; Labour Party (LP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Inflammatory Rhetorics 12
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, 28th May 2014 Osun PDP Accuses APC Of Using Thugs For Campaign The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Osun State chapter, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of using thugs for its campaigns and called on the police to be vigilant so as to ensure security of lives and property. Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC) 22
The Nation Newspaper Wednesday, 28th May 2014 PDP Alleges Impersonation By APC In Petition To Police The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has petitioned the police, alleging acts of impersonation by the State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The PDP alleged that APC members were planning to use thugs to impersonate PDP members by wearing Fayose’s vests while causing mayhem so that the people of Ekiti would think Fayose was responsible for violent activities in the State. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Ekiti State Police Command 11
The Guardian Newspaper Wednesday, 28th May 2014 E-Eleven Is Anti- Development , Says Fayose People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has described a socio-political group in the State, E-eleven, as an enemy of the Ekiti people, saying “Those people in the group are anti-Ekiti development and they are apologists of the All Progressives Congress (APC).” Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); E-eleven 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, 28th May 2014 Osun Guber: Jonathan, Omisore In Secret Talks President Goodluck Jonathan and the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, yesterday held a closed door meeting for about 35minutes at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 22
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday, 28th May 2014 2015: Kwankwaso, Nyako, Wamakko Meet Ahead of next year’s general elections, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State and his Adamawa State counterpart Murtala Nyako, have begun moves by by holding a strategy meeting on how to stop President Jonathan and the People’s Democratic Party  (PDP), from victory at the polls. Governor Wammakko of Sokoto State was said to be absent in person at the meeting, but was included through a phone conference. Nigeria 2015; Governor of Kano State; Governor of Adamawa State; Governor of Sokoto State 9
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, 28th May 2014 Lamido: Now Is Not The Best Time To Talk About 2015 Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State yesterday said, he is more concerned about the well being of Nigeria now than his personal ambition. Lamido who made the statement at a press confrence to mark his seventh year in office coming up on the 29th of May, said these are not the best of times in Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; Jigawa State Governor; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 17
Daily Post Online Tuesday, 27th May 2014 APC Demands INEC’s  Use Of E-Card Reader In Ekiti, Osun Polls The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday called on the INEC to make use of e-card readers during the forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun States. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that INEC had said that it would not use the card readers for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections. It had, however, said that the non-deployment of card readers would in no way affect the credibility of the elections. According to the party, the most compelling reason for the use of e-card reader by INEC is that it will eliminate the rigging of elections through the use of stolen or purchased voter cards Ekiti 2014; Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); INEC; E-Card Reader http://dailypost.ng/

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PM News Nigeria Online Tuesday, 27th May 2014 Police Guarantees Maximum Security For Ekiti Election Guber The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has given the assurance that maximum security will be provided for the 21 June gubernatorial election in Ekiti.
Felix Uyannah, Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, conveyed Abubakar’s assurance while speaking with journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Monday.
Uyannah said he met with the Inspector-General recently in Abuja over the forthcoming election. He warned that anyone or group planning to cause chaos before, during or after the exercise would have themselves to blame.
Abubakar assured the 18 participating political parties that the police would play the role of unbiased umpire, and urged them to caution their followers against causing trouble.
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Daily Post Online Tuesday, 27th May 2014 Jonathan Should Quit Honourably In 2015- Sam Nda-Isaiah A presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress APC, Sam Nda-Isaiah, has advised President Goodluck Jonathan to quietly leave office in 2015, saying he lacks the required capacity to rule a complex country like Nigeria.
Nda-Isaiah said the country was facing different challenges ranging from insecurity, kidnapping and armed robbery under the Jonathan-led administration because of weak leadership.
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Vanguard News Online Tuesday, 27th May 2014 “APC Has Janjaweed Ideology Against The Nation” -PDP In a statement by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the APC was out to cause confusion and ultimately truncate the nation’s democracy, just as he warned that the opposition should know that power belongs to God. Metuh said, “in continuously hauling insults against a democratically elected President upon whose shoulders lies the sacred mandate freely given by the Nigerian people, the APC is directly insulting Nigerians and showing their disdain for the institution of democracy. This further confirms the APC’s Janjaweed ideology against the nation Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Inflammatory Rhetorics http://allafrica.com/

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PM News Nigeria Online Tuesday, 27th May 2014 2015 Elections: ‘God Has Spoken Through Jonathan’  Otunba Henry Ajiomale (APC Chairman Lagos Chapter) The statement by President Goodluck Jonathan at the 2014 Democracy Day Interdenominational Church Service in Abuja on Sunday that, “after Today, the next Democracy Day will witness a new government,” has been described as a divine message from God. Reacting to the President’s statement, the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Lagos State chapter, Otunba Henry Oladele Ajomale said, “God has spoken through President Goodluck Jonathan to personally announce the vision that APC will take over the centre in 2015. “He did not only assure us that the 2015 general elections will hold, but also gave a revelation that Nigeria will witness a new government next year. Can’t you see that God is great?” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); President Goodluck Jonathan http://www.pmnews

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Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday, 27th May 2014 Suswam Calls For Extension Of Time For Card Collection Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, yesterday, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the time for the permanent voter’s card (PVC) collection in the State as more people are yet to participate in the exercise. However, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the State, Baba Abba Yusuf told the Governor that nothing was yet amiss as the excercise is still ongoing at the various offices of INEC in the State. Nigeria 2015; Benue State; INEC; Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) 17
The Guardian Newspaper Tuesday, 27th May 2014 INEC Assures Of Credible Polls, Warns Against Rigging The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  has told politicians who may be planning to rig the June and August governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States to look for other useful engagement, assuring that measures have been put in place by the commission which will make manipulation of the election difficult. Ekiti 2014; Osun 2014; INEC; Rigging 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday, 27th May 2014 Ministry Signs Pact On Youth Participation In 2015 Elections The Federal Ministry of Youth Development has signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme/ Democratic Governance for Development (UNDP/ DGD) on the implementation of the enhancement of youth participation in the 2015 general elections project. The project is said to cover the six geo-political zones of the country which will be divided into three components. Nigeria 2015; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Democratic Governance for Development (DGD); Federal Ministry of Youth Development 19
Nigerian Voice Online Tuesday, 27th May 2014 2015 Elections: What Nigerian Youth Wants Statistically, the Nigerian population is largely youth based. The youth population accounts for over 75 percent of the country’s total population – an undeniable demographic force in determining the present and indeed the future of the country. According to a recent survey conducted by the International Press Centre (IPC) Nigeria, published via the Nigerian Democratic Report (NDR), the five topmost demands of Nigerian youths are Power Supply, Education?, Youth Employment and Job Creation, Security of lives? and HealthCare. The survey, which was conducted through an opinion poll titled ‘Setting public agenda for the media ahead 2015 elections’, had about 2012 respondents spread across 30 states of the federation. Nigeria 2015; Nigerian Youth; Survey http://www.thenigerian

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The Guardian Newspaper Tuesday, 27th May 2014 Bamidele Flays Adebayo For Supporting Fayemi’s Candidature Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Opeyemi Bamidele, has described the decision of the first civillian governor of the State Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo to support Governor Kayode Fayemi’s re-election bid against his ambition as a “betrayal of a kinsman.” Adebayo and Bamidele hail from the same town Iyin-Ekiti. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP) 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday, 27th May 2014 Osun Election Can’t Be Rigged- INEC The Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Rufus Akeju, yesterday said the commission has taken measures to make it impossible to rig the August 9 governorship election as it will be witnessed by election observers within and outside the country and ballots papers will be exclusively used once. Osun 2014; INEC; Rigging 7
Tribune News Online Tuesday, 27th May 2014 APC Accuses Police Of Complicity In Alleged Violent Attacks By PDP AndLP Thugs The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, on Monday, raised the alarm over alleged violent attacks on its members in parts of the state and alleged that the security agencies in the state watched as APC members are beaten and injured. Acting chairman of APC in Ekiti State, Chief Jide Awe, alleged that they had it on “good authority that plans are afoot to detonate bombs in this state.” The APC chiefs also alleged that the police in the state were partisan, saying “the police is partisan and as we are going into a critical time in the election, it will not augur well for anybody if we resort to self help if we cannot be protected.”
But the police in reaction described the allegations as an act of mischief, saying “the APC members are always the first to launch attacks based on our series of investigations and they are always the one to first blow the whistle that they are under attack.”
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Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday, 27th May 2014 Stop Insulting Jonathan- PDP Tells APC National leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of mouthing sustained insults against the office and person of the President. The PDP said this is a part of a plot to truncate the nation’s democracy. People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Inflammatory Rhetorics 17
Daily Post Online Tuesday, 27th May 2014 APC Demands INEC’s  Use Of E-Card Reader In Ekiti, Osun Polls The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday called on the INEC to make use of e-card readers during the forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun States. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that INEC had said that it would not use the card readers for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections. It had, however, said that the non-deployment of card readers would in no way affect the credibility of the elections. According to the party, the most compelling reason for the use of e-card reader by INEC is that it will eliminate the rigging of elections through the use of stolen or purchased voter cards Ekiti 2014; Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); INEC; E-Card Reader http://dailypost.ng/

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The Nation Newspaper Monday, 26th May 2014 APC Sues For Peace As Aregbesola Kicks Off Campaign Tomorrow Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola will kick off his re-election campaign tomorrow in Ile-Ife. His campaign committee in Ife Zone urged the People’s Democratic Party and its candidate to embrace peace. It said it got information that the PDP was planning to disrupt the campaign through violence and urged the opposition to have a rethink. Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Violence 8
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday, 26th May 2014 Jonathan Has Failed In His Responsibilities As President- APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Jonathan-led Federal Government of abdicating its responsibility to Nigerian citizens. The Party said, a statement attributed to the President telling those who are calling for the realease of the abducted schoolgirls in Chibok to address their protests to the abductors, rather than to the President or the government he leads, logically concludes there is absolutely no hope for Nigeria under the present administration. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); President Goodluck Jonathan 20
The Nation Newspaper Monday, 26th May 2014 “Ekiti Poll’ll Be Hitch -Free” Dipo Ayeni A former Commissioner of Police in Plateau State, Mr Dipo Ayeni, has assured the people of Ekiti State that next month’s governorship election would be peaceful. Ayeni who is the special adviser to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Security, said that the All Progressives Candidate (APC) is applying strong political will and constructive mechanism to ensure credible poll in the State. Ekiti 2014; All Progressive Congress (APC) 10
The Guardian Newspaper Monday, 26th May 2014 Deputy Governor Expresses Shock Over Violence In Ekiti Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Professor Modupe Adelabu has expressed shock over the tragic turn of electioneering campaigns for the forthcoming June 21 governorship election in the State. Adelabu therefore stressed the need for candidates to reign in their followers from engaging in acts capable of compromising the integrity of the poll. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Violence 82
The Nation Newspaper Monday, 26th May 2014 Group Seeks Fayose’s Disqualification A non-government forum of Ekiti stakeholders, e-eleven, has applied to the Ekiti State High Court, Ado-Ekiti to seek the disqualification of the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ayodele Fayose, from contesting the June 21 governorship elections on grounds of perjury among other things. The group deposed that Fayose specifically denied that he had never been indicted for embezzlement or fraus by a judicial commission of inquiry or an administrative panel of enquiry. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Fayose; Ekiti State High Court 12
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday, 26th May 2014 2015: Police Begin Arms Recovery In Rivers Police in Rivers State have started mopping up illegally acquired arms ahead of the 2015 elections.The State Commissioner of Police, Tunde Ogunshakin, said at the weekend in Lagos that over 1,115 arms have been recovered since he took over the mantle of leadership at the command about 100 days ago. Nigeria 2015; Rivers State Police Command 10
Daily Trust Monday, 26th May 2014 Enugu State

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The Government of Enugu State has declared 28th to 30th  May as public holidays to enable residents participate in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in the State. This was contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Chuks Ugwoke, in Enugu yesterday.

It directed residents who turned 18 years and above after the last exercise in 2011 to ensure that they register to enable them vote during the 2015 general elections.

The statement also urged those who had not registered at all and new residents in the State to take advantage of the holidays to do so.

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Daily Trust Newspaper Monday, 26th May 2014 Jonathan: 4 Years Not Enough For Nation Building President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday during the 2014 Democracy Day Interdominational Church Service at the National Christian Center in Abuja, said a period of four years is not enough to achieve nation-building. The president said his government has so far succeeded in the turn-around of the power, housing, road, agriculture and aviation sectors. But he added “We’ve not reached where we’re expected. And definitely, you cannot build a nation in four years or even ten years as nation building is a continuous process.” Nigeria 2015; President Goodluck Jonathan 1
Tribune News Online Monday, 26th May 2014 Ekiti 2014: As Traditional Rulers Mediate In Political Violence The build-up to the June 21 governorship election witnessed what many observers in the state termed a frightening dimension following the intrusion of bitter violence among the rival political parties jostling for votes in the election. The spate of political violence and the fear it had created among the people prompted traditional rulers in the state to call a meeting of the candidates of the 18 political parties INEC had listed on the ballot. The intervention of the monarchs became imperative because of the height the violence was gradually attaining and the tone of its perpetrators. The perpetrators became so audacious that they no longer did it clandestinely but dared even the security agencies in their nefarious deeds. Campaign rallies became events to be abhorred for fear of political thugs, while the acts took its toll on the overall image of the state. Ekiti 2014; Violence http://www.tribune.

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Leadership News Online Monday, 26th May 2014 Elections Will Hold In Borno, Yobe, Adamawa- Jega INEC chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega has said that the commission will conduct the 2015 elections in the volatile states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. According to him, elections have been held in warring and unstable places across the globe. “INEC is ready and plans are in the pipeline to carry out election in all the 36 states of the federation. And also INEC is taking every measure in ensuring that all the staff and election materials that will be deployed to the states are protected. Nigeria 2015; INEC; Borno State; Adamawa State; Yobe State; Insecurity http://leadership.ng

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The Nation News Online Monday, 26th May 2014 Insecurity Won’t Stop 2015 Elections, Says Jonathan Goodluck Jonathan assured yesterday that the challenges facing the country will not stop the 2015 general elections from holding.
He gave the assurance while speaking at the 2014 Democracy Day Interdenominational Church Service in Abuja. According to him, next year’s Democracy Day will witness a new government. Stressing that Nigeria is at a defining moment, he said: “The dark moment we find ourselves now will surely transform to greatness.
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Osun Defender Online Monday, 26th May 2014 Labour Party Thugs Shot APC Chieftain, Vandalize Properties In Ekiti Scores of All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Ikere-Ekiti were on Saturday visited with terror by suspected thugs of Labour Party (LP) while their properties were also vandalized. The incident which happened while the Labour Party was rounding off what it termed its South senatorial mega rally left residents of the town fleeing for their lives at the sound of gunshots and rampaging thugs who were brandishing various dangerous weapons.
A chieftain of APC, Otunba Femi Ayodele, was shot in the neck while his office was also vandalized
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Leadership News Online Sunday, 25th May 2014 2015 Elections: Anglican Bishop Urges Nigerians To Be Patriotic Most Rev. Adebayo Akinde, the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos Mainland, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, on Sunday advised Nigerians to demonstrate high sense of patriotism in the 2015 general elections. According to him, the political class needs to be reminded that no one’s political ambition is worth the blood of one single Nigerian.
“The electioneering campaign should be conducted with utmost civility. “There should be no room for undue ethnic or religious jingoism. Inflammatory and inciting statements should be guided against,’’ he said. The cleric urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the opportunity of the next general elections to prove that it was committed to conducting hitch-free polls.
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The Street Journal News Online Sunday, 25th May 2014 NUJ Condemns Attack On AIT Staff In Ekiti The Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ ) Zone-B has condemned in strong terms the attack on the crew of African Independent Television (AIT) in Ikere Ekiti on Saturday, 24th May, 2014.
In a statement in Akure, the NUJ said the attack on the media outfit that went to cover LP campaign rally in Ikere was disheartening.
The Zone described the barbaric event as a dangerous dimension to political development in Ekiti State.
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Channels TV News Online Sunday, 25th May 2014 Ekiti Election: Labour Party Chairman Says APC Is A Violent Party Dan Nwanyanwu, the Labour Party Chairman, who was present at the Party’s mega rally in Ikere Ekiti, said that the event went on very smoothly but while he was addressing the crowd, APC thugs broke into the venue of their mega rally and started fomenting trouble.He alleged that after the rally the men came back to attack the party supporters and in the process destroyed three cameras belonging to a television station – African Independent Television – whose crew was there to transmit the event. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Violence http://www.channelstv

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Daily Post Online Sunday, 25th May 2014 Fayose Accuses Fayemi Of Threatening Ekiti Obas Not To Receive President Jonathan The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has accused the State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi of threatening traditional rulers in the State not to receive President Goodluck Jonathan when he comes to Ekiti State for the Flaf-Off of the PDP gubernatorial campaign. Fayose alleged that Governor Fayemi sent a text message to the Chairman, Ekiti State Council of Obas and the Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, Oba Idowu Adamo Babalola, telling him to make sure that first class Obas in the State do not attend the reception scheduled for the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/

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Daily Trust Newspaper Friday, 23rd May 2014 Osun Students Boo Aregbesola Students of the Osun State-owned tertiary institutions yesterday booed Governor Rauf Aregbesola when his convoy ran into them during their protest over the on-going strike by lecturers. Osun 2014; Osun State Governor 5
Vanguard Newspaper Friday, 23rd May 2014 Stopping Jonathan From Contesting 2015 Poll Calls For Disintegration- Ex NDDC Rep Former Edo State representative on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, and a chieftain of the PDP, Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen yesterday, said those asking President Jonathan not to contest the presidential election in 2015 were calling for the disintegration of the country. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 12
Sun News Online Friday, 23rd May 2014 Buhari, Tinubu, Others Condemn Incessant Killings Former head of state, Gen Muhammad Buhari (retd) and national leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Sentor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday condemned the rising wave of killing by the Boko Haram sect.  The party leaders, who were in Ado-Ekiti to present the party flag to Governor Kayode Fayemi as standard bearer for the June 21 governorship election, said it was rather sad and grievous how the blood of innocent Nigerians was being shed by the insurgents. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Violence; Ekiti 2014; Boko Haram http://sunnewsonline

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Daily Trust Newspaper Friday, 23rd May 2014 APC Gives States 10 Days To Conclude Congresses In preparation for the forthcoming national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in June, the party has concluded plans to allow ten days within which all the outstanding congresses in the States must be concluded in order for the party to be well prepared for the convention. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 17
Sun News Online Friday, 23rd May 2014 APC’ll Fail- Fayose Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Ayodele Fayose has said that the plan by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to win elections at the state and federal level would not succeed.While addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti, the state capital yesterday, the former governor said that the opposition APC had tried to distract President Goodluck Jonathan just because of their desperate desire to win the 2015 presidential election at all cost. He lamented that at the time the nation was trying to host the world for the World Economic Forum for Africa, the Boko Haram struck in Abuja and the APC was sensationalising it. Ekiti 2014; Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Inflammatory Rhetorics http://sunnewsonline

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The Guardian Newspaper Friday, 23rd May 2014 Group Raises Doubts Over Alleged Destruction Of Fayose’s Billboards An organization of concerned Ekiti youths, Ekiti Youth Emancipation Movement (EYEM), has expressed doubts over the allegation by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Ayodele Fayose that the All Progressives Congress (APC) members were destroying his billboards. The group alleged that Fayose could have destroyed his own billboards only to turn around and blame the opposition just to gain sympathy claiming it was the same style he used to destroy his own boards in Fajuyi Area of Ado-Ekiti and blamed it on APC. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC) 7
Vanguard News Online Friday, 23rd May 2014 Declare Your Assets Or Face Court Action, Group Urges Bamidele The Labour Party, (LP) candidate, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, has been challenged to openly declare his assets, following the example earlier set by the incumbent governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.The South West Social and Economic Foundation, (SWEF) in a statement made available to Vanguard said Bamidele needs to explain the source of his ‘enormous wealth.’ The group in a statement issued by its Director, Ahmed Olokoju said that Mr. Bamidele has been preaching openness, justice and equity but that his failure to declare his assets shows that his public conducts negate what he professes. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP); All Progressives Congress (APC) http://allafrica.com/

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Vanguard Newspaper Friday, 23rd May 2014 Protest Rocks Osun Over Tinubu’s Comment About Monarchs Members of a socio-cultural organization, Yoruba Liberation Movement, YLM, yesterday protested in Osogbo, Osun State against a statement credited to the former governor of Lagos state and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu that only three traditional rulers in Yorubaland are worthy of their stools. Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Inflammatory Rhetorics 11
Daily Times Online Friday, 23rd May 2014 Buhari, Tinubu, Others Say APC Can Rescue Nigeria National leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Senator Bola Tinubu, yesterday said that the party has the capacity to rescue Nigeria from her present security challenges. The APC leaders, who condemned the federal government’s ineptitude to tame the Boko Haram insurgents, urged Nigerians to join “broom revolution” to restore peace to the country. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Insecurity http://www.dailytimes.

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This Day Newspaper Friday, 23rd May 2014 Nothing Can Stop Jonathan From Contesting 2015 Election, Says Fayose The Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose, yesterday led other chieftains of the party in a peaceful protest in the State capital against the killings and bombing of innocent Nigerians around the country. Fayose warned the political class against bringing the country to its knees over power, saying nothing will distract President Jonathan led government from developing the nation in spite of the havoc by the insurgents. Ekiti 2014; Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 52
Daily Trust Newspaper Friday, 23rd May 2014 PDP To Kwankwaso: You’re The Vulture In Nigerian Politics The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday replied Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State for referring to some of its leaders as vultures saying it is Kwankwaso that is acting like a political vulture. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Kwankwaso; Kano State 17
Sun News Online Friday, 23rd May 2014 Fayemi Plans Mass Arrest Of LP Members- Bamidele Labour Party governorship candidate, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele has alleged that Governor Kayode Fayemi was plotting to embark on massive arrest of his supporters across the state to derail the party’s focus and preparation for the June 21 governorship election. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP); All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.

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Vanguard Newspaper Friday, 23rd May 2014 PDP, APC In War Of Words Over Comments On Security The relative peace between the nation’s two major political parties arising from the spate of insecurity in the land was shattered yesterday after People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and major political parties tore at one another over alleged indiscretions. The PDP lampooned the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its leaders and notably, the governor of Kano State who was villified as an ingrate.The APC also said the PDP was a clueless and callous Party. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Inflammatory Rhetorics 8
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday, 22nd May 2014 Benue Declares 2-day Public Holiday For Voter’s Registration Benue State government has declared today and tomorrow as public holiday to enable residents in the state turn out for the continuous voter’s registration and permanent voter’s card distribution by the Independent National Electoral Commission. (INEC). Nigeria 2015; INEC; Benue State 17
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday, 22nd May 2014 INEC Dismisses Claims Of Missing Names in Enugu Voter’s Registration The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, dismissed claims that names of some prominent politicians were missing from the voter’s register in Enugu State.The Commission said, registration was still ongoing in the State with the Continuous Voter’s Registration slated for 23rd May 2014. Nigeria 2015; INEC; Enugu State; Voter’s Register 14
The Nation Newspaper Thursday, 22nd May 2014 APC Not Saboteurs’ Party, Says Kalu Former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzo Kalu, has corrected insinuations by some members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that the All Progressives Congress (APC), is sabotaging the ruling party’s efforts through criticisms of government policies and programmes. He said criticism of government policies was healthy for democracy. All Progressives Congress (APC); Democracy 6
The Nation Newspaper Thursday, 22nd May 2014 Ekiti Indigenes In Europe To Meet Over Poll Barring any last minute hitch, Ekiti indigenes living in Europe will on Saturday meet in Frankfurt to deliberate on the coming governorship election in the State. The Frankfurt meeting will review the political situation in Ekiti State, especially concerning the coming governorship elections. Ekiti 2014; Ekiti State Indigenes; Europe 10
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday, 22nd May 2014 APC Benefits From Terrorism- PDP The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of benefitting from the wave of terrorism in the country after appraising the response of APC to the security situation in the country. People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Inflammatory Rhetorics 17
The Nation Newspaper Thursday, 22nd May 2014 Osun Politicians Warned Osun State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Maishanu has urged politicians to act in consonance with the Electoral Act or face the wrath of the law. Maishanu warned governorship candidates and their supporters to shun anything that will disrupt the peace of the State. Osun 2014; Osun State Police Command 8
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday, 22nd May 2014 2015: Uduaghan Warns against Importation of Arms Delta State governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday, warned politicians against importing arms into the State in preparation for the 2015 elections, vowing that his administration will do everything to frustrate such actions anywhere in the State. Nigeria 2015; Delta State; Delta State Governor 12
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday, 22nd May 2014 Observers Divided Over Credibility Of Kano LG Polls Observers comprising various civil society organizations that monitored last Saturday’s local government elections In Kano State are divided over the credibility of the polls. All Progressives Congress (APC); Kano State; Election Monitor; CSOs 19
Sun News Online Thursday, 22nd May 2014 Fayose Challenges Fayemi To Street Walk The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship can­didate in Ekiti State, Ayo­dele Fayose has challenged the state governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to a street-walk in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. Fayose, who threw this challenge in a statement issued by the Director General, Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO), Dipo Anisulowo, said; “The street-walk will show the public who is more acceptable to Ekiti people and who has been rejected by the people.” Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewso

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Leadership News Online Thursday, 22nd May 2014 2015 Elections Not A Do Or Die Affair- Rev. Ademowo The Bishop Emeritus, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rev Adebola Ademowo, yesterday urged politicians not to see the 2015 election as a do-or-die affair.
Ademowo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that politicians should rather emphasise qualitative service to the electorate.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the opportunity of the next general elections to prove that it is committed to conducting hitch-free polls.
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Tribune News Online Thursday, 22nd May 2014 Why We Went Ahead With Ekiti Mega Rally- APC Leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) from all over the country were in Ado-Ekiti, on Wednesday, to endorse the party’s candidate in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and hand the party’s flag to him to contest the election. Party Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed said the party had to go ahead with the rally because it had already been scheduled, saying “we are constrained to be here because we cannot change the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) time table,” and added that “we will cut down the fanfare because of the mood in the country.” Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.tribune

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Tribune News Online Thursday, 22nd May 2014 Fayemi’s Mega Rally An Act Of Insensitivity- Fayose Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, Mr Ayò Fayose, has lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for going ahead with its mega rally in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, saying the rally was a mark of insensitivity to the killing of Nigerians in Jos, Plateau State, on Tuesday.  According to Fayose, “if the national leadership of the PDP can postpone the flag-off ceremony already slated for today to solidarise and sympathise with the victims, families and the people of Nigeria over this unfortunate incident, what can be more patriotic than this?”  But the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation (KFCO), in reaction to the postponement of the rally as a sign of fear and anxiety on the part of the PDP and its candidate, Mr Fayose. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Violence http://tribune.com

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PM News Nigeria Online Wednesday, 21st May 2014 APC Leaders Rally For Fayemi Leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) across the nation on Wednesday converged on Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, to drum up support for the second term aspiration of Governor Kayode Fayemi. Chief Bisi Akande, the party’s interim chairman presented the APC flag to Fayemi. Those present at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium were General Muhamadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Governors of APC controlled states. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.pmnew

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The Nation Newspaper Wednesday, 21st May 2014 Anti- Bomb Experts Deployed As Buhari, Tinubu, Others Visit Ekiti State Ekiti State Police Command has deployed anti bomb experts to strategic locations across Ado- Ekiti, the State capital and other major towns. The move, according to the command, was designed to ensure security of life and property during today’s rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to the State which is slated for tomorrow. Ekiti 2014; Ekiti State Police 11
Vanguard Newpaper Wednesday, 21st May 2014 Osun Speaker raises Alarm Over Fake Voter’s Card Deployment Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam, yesterday raised an alarm alleging mass deployment of fake voter’s cards in the State. He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to choose the option of voter’s card reader machine if the security device of the permanent voter’s card was genuine and truly data captured. Osun 2014; INEC; Rigging 11
Vanguard News Online Wednesday, 21st May 2014 Chibok: Don’t Embarrass Our President In Ado Ekiti, PDP Tells APC The PDP has accused the APC in Ekiti State of planning to disrupt tomorrow’s expected visit of President Goodluck Jonathan through engineering a demonstration against the abduction of the Chibok girls in Ado Ekiti during the president’s visit. The president is expected in Ekiti to formally flag off the gubernatorial campaign of the PDP flag bearer, Ayo Fayose. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC) http://allafrica.com

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The Nation Newspaper Wednesday, 21st May 2014 Bamidele Promises Modern Farming For Rural Dwellers The governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Opeyemi Bamidele has promised improved farming practices for rural farmers across Ekiti State. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP) 11
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, 21st May 2014 Permanent Voter’s Cards and the 2015 Elections The Independent National Commission (INEC) will on Friday, commence the distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) in some selected States of Federation. The commencement of the exercise will, according to election experts, provide the platform to test the committment of INEC for the 2015 general elections. Nigeria 2015; INEC 18
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday, May 21st 2014 Amosun Storms Out of APC Exco Meeting The All Progressives Congress (APC) has resolved to enthrone a new national executive on June 14 following a heated National Executive on June 14 following a heated National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting in Abuja yesterday. One of the flashpoints of the meeting was when Governor Amosun of Ogun State walked out following a heated arguement between him and another NEC member over the correctness of the congresses conducted in Ogun State. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; Ogun State Governor 15
The Nation Newspaper Wednesday, 21st May 2014 APC Fixes Convention For June 13 In Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) said yesterday it would hold its National Convention on June 13 and 14th 2014 in Abuja. The party which has thrown all offices open to members, named a 15 man National Convention Committee headed by Gov. Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto State with Senator Chris Ngige as secretary. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, 21st May 2014 Adamawa Assembly Fully PDP As 3 APC Members Defect The three members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Adamawa State House of Assembly have defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). By this, all the 25 members of the assembly are now PDP members. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party; All Progressives Congress (APC) 17
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday, May 20th 2014 Fashola Condemns Call For Christain Successor Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, condemned the demand by some Christain religious groups in the State that a Christain should be his successor in 2015, saying, “do they really believe in God? It is only God that can insist.” The Governor stated that religion should not be made the yardstick to determine his successor but someone capable of administering good governance. Lagos State 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Fashola 10
Daily Post Online Wednesday, 21st May 2014 Governor Aliyu Admonishes Voters Ahead Of 2015 Elections As  2015 general elections is drawing nearer, Niger state Governor Babangida Aliyu has advised the electorate in the state not to sell their votes or compromise their position because of financial inducement. He said some members of the opposition political parties in the state have been going round the various constituencies to buy the votes of the voters saying that if they succumb to such antics they would be compromising the future of their children and development of the state. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Niger State http://www.dailytimes.

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The Nation Newspaper Tuesday, May 20th 2014 Delegate Denies Tenure Elongation Campaign A delegate to the National Conference, Chief Okon Osung, has said his proposal for the postponement of next year’s elections was not intended to elongate the tenure of the current administration. He said proposing a government of national unity at the expiration of 18 months moratorium meant the current administration cannot succeed itself, except if re-elected. Niigeria 2015; National Conference 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, May 21st 2014 CONFAB Management Disowns Tenure Elongation Memo The management of the National Conference yesterday distanced itself from a statement made by a delegate from Akwa Ibom State Chief Okon Osung calling for 18month tenure elongation for the president and governors because of security challenges in the country. Nigeria 2015; National Conference 15
The Nation Newspaper Tuesday, May 20th 2014 I Attracted 89 Projects To Ekiti in 3 Years As A Lawmaker, Says Bamidele Governorship candidate of Labour Party (LP) Opeyemi Bamidele, has disclosed how he influenced almost 90 Federal projects into Ekiti State as a Federal lawmaker. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP) 11
The Nation Newspaper Tuesday, May 20th 2014 Fayemi’s Education Policy Thrills Students Members of the Ekiti State Students Union have praised the Governor Kayode Fayemi led administration’s strides in the education sector. The commendation countered the views of the opposition on the policies of the government in the sector. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 11
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday, May 20th 2014 “2015 Is Not Kwankwaso’s Priority” Gara Speaking in Kano, Shuaibu Gara who is an aide to Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso said the governor has redefined politics in the North with his people oriented projects. He added that the governor is also not bothered about any 2015 ambition but is instead busy compeleting the projects he started in Kano. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Kano State 17
Guardian Newspaper Tuesday, May 20th 2014 PDP Vows To Regain S’West The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West has assured its supporters that despite the challenges confronting the party, all strategies would be put in place to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the zone. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 87
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday, May 20th 2014 Stop Blackmailing Me, Omisore Tells Aregbesola Governorship candidate of the main opposition Party in Osun State, the People’s Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore, yesterday asked Governor Rauf Aregbesola to stop blackmailing and defaming his character. But the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State said all the issues raised against Omisore in the past were not to blackmail him, but facts. Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC) 11
The Nation Newspaper Tuesday, May 20th 2014 APC To Presidency: Stop Harrassment Of Our Members In Bayelsa The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday raised alarm over what it called the arrest and persistent harrassment of its members in Bayelsa State by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government. The Party accused the government of using the police as its arrowhead, in an attempt to clear the State of all the vestige of opposition ahead of next year’s general elections. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party  (PDP); Bayelsa State 10
Press TV Online Monday, May 19th 2014 Nigerians Expect Progress, Change in 2015 Less than a year before the new round of Nigerian Presidential election, the country’s opposition party’s promises of progress and change is gaining more support from the people as well as political figures.
APC alliance believes the ruling PDP has failed the nation due to the high rate of unemployment, inflation, economical hardships, insecurity, oil theft and the inability to address Takfiri militants of Boko Haram.
Experts say after the abduction of Nigerian girls by the Takfiri militants and President Goodluck Jonathan’s inability in handling of the issue, APC is even closer to victory in 2015 election.
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All Africa News Online Monday, May 19th 2014 PDP Youth Say APC, Tinubu Instigating Violence In Osun, Ekiti. The Peoples’ Democratic Party Youth Frontier, PDPYF, on Monday said that the All Progressives Congress, APC, and a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, should be held responsible if there is anarchy after the forthcoming elections in Osun and Ekiti States. The National Coordinator of PDPYF, Austin Usman, said that the “careless utterances from leaders of the opposition party, APC are unbecoming. Tinubu can’t intimidate the good people of Ekiti and Osun state not to choose the candidate of their choice, (it) is undemocratic and against the tenet of electoral act.” Ekiti 2014; Osun 2014; Inflammatory Rhetorics; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://allafrica.com/

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All Africa News Online Monday, May 19th 2014 PDP Youth Say APC, Tinubu Instigating Violence In Osun, Ekiti. The Peoples’ Democratic Party Youth Frontier, PDPYF, on Monday said that the All Progressives Congress, APC, and a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, should be held responsible if there is anarchy after the forthcoming elections in Osun and Ekiti States. The National Coordinator of PDPYF, Austin Usman, said that the “careless utterances from leaders of the opposition party, APC are unbecoming. Tinubu can’t intimidate the good people of Ekiti and Osun state not to choose the candidate of their choice, (it) is undemocratic and against the tenet of electoral act.” Ekiti 2014; Osun 2014; Inflammatory Rhetorics; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://allafrica.com/

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World Stage News Online Monday, May 19th 2014 Fayose Accuses Government of Booking Hotels With N100 million. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the State of wasting over N100 million public fund to book all hotels in the State ahead of the June 21 governorship election. The governorship candidate, who said all attempts to circumvent the will of Ekiti people by the APC government will fail, added that; “If they like, let them pay for all hotel rooms in Ekiti, let them pay for all farmlands and even vacant residential accommodations in Ekiti, they won’t survive defeat on June 21.” Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC) http://worldstagegroup.

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Nigerian Tribune Online Monday, May 19th 2014 Fayemi Administration, Most Teacher-Friendly: Campaign Group The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation (KFCO) has described the Dr Kayode Fayemi-led administration in the Ekiti State as the most education-friendly and the “most teacher-centric in the history of Ekiti State.” According to a statement by the campaign group of the All Progressives Congress(APC), candidate in the June 21 governorship election in the state, Fayemi had proven those “through its lasting and robust welfare package aimed at motivating teachers in the discharge of their duties and to put smiles on their faces as very important partners of the Fayemi administration.” Ekiti 2014; Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organization (KFCO); All Progressives Congress (APC); Teachers http://www.tribune.

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The Nation Newspaper Monday, May 19th 2014 Osun Poll: Public Complaints Commission Warns Against Violence The Public Complaints Commission (PCC) has advised politicians in Osun State to shun violence ahead of the governorship election. The Commission also urged them to steer their supporters away from acts capable of breaching the public peace. It warned that unruly behaviour could lead to anarchy. Osun 2014; Public Complaints Commission (PCC) 44
The Nation Newspaper Monday, May 19th 2014 Ekiti Govt Flays Fayose Over ‘Wild Allegations’ Ekiti State Government has described the “unsubstantiated wild allegations” of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Ayodele Fayose, as “ordinary vituperations of a desperate politician whose ambition of returnning to the Oke Bareke Government House has turned to a wild goose chase.” This is in response to recent claims made by the Ayo Fayose Campaign Organization that the recently awarded N1.4billion contract for the Turn Around Maitenance of the Ero dam was to fund the re-election of Governor Kayode Fayemi. Ekiti 2014; Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organization (KFCO); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Ayodele Fayose Campaign Organization 12
The Nation Newspaper Monday, May 19th 2014 We’ll Prosecute Multiple Registrants, Says INEC The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to prosecute any voter who registers more than once. Its National Commissioner in charge of Edo, Delta and Bayelsa States, Mr Ishmael Igbani, said such defaulters would be penalised according to approriate Electoral Laws. Nigeria 2015; INEC 8
Tribune News Online Monday, May 19th 2014 Women Can Prevent The Rigging Of 2015 Elections Rivers State governor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said Nigerian women can help to prevent an alleged plan by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the 2015 elections, especially in the state. Alleging that the plan was to use police and military to rig the elections, he said women can frustrate such a plan by dressing in their traditional attires and come out enmasse to vote during the elections. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Rivers State; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.tribune.

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ThisDay Live Online Monday, May 19th 2014 Conference Delegates, CNPP Oppose Calls For Tenure Elongation There has been mounting opposition to the clamour for tenure elongation for President Goodluck Jonathan, the state governors and other elected officials in government. The plan to extend the tenure of the elected officials by 18 months had been shot down by both the northern delegates in the conference and the Conference for Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) . Nigeria 2015; National Conference http://www.thisdaylive

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Daily Trust Newspaper Monday, May 19th 2014 1005 Ondo Labour Party Members Defect to PDP A total of 1005 members of the Labour Party (LP) in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State yesterday officially announced their defection from the Party to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Labour Party (LP); Ondo State; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 20
Vanguard Newspaper Monday, May 19th 2014 No Compromises, We’re Set For Polls- Ekiti CP The Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Mr Felix Uyanna, has assured that the Police will not condone any compromise during the June 21 governorship election just as he vowed that the election will be violence-free. Ekiti 2014; Ekiti State Police 45
The Guardian Newspaper Monday, May 19th 2014 Accord Party Blames APC, PDP, LP For Rising Violence Accord Party in Ekiti State has blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC), Labour Party (LP) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the rising violence and heating up of the political temperature in the State. The Party therefore, advised the warring Political Parties to base their campaigns on issues, as violence will scare many voters on the election day. Ekiti 2014; Accord Party (AP); All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Labour Party (LP); Violence 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday, May 19th 2014 APC Sweeps Kano LG Polls The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the 44 local government chairmanship and the 484 councillorship positions contested for in last Saturday’s elections. However, in his swift reaction, former governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau described the result as a fraud and stated that the APC used political thugs to intimidate, harrass and unleash terror on the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) supporters. He added the matter will be taken before the Election Tribunal for redress. All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Kano State 10
Vanguard Newspaper Monday, May 19th 2014 Bamidele, Fayemi Tango Over Failed Factories Labour Party governorship candidate, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele has accused the Governor Fayemi-led administration of paying lip service to industrial development in Ekiti State. Bamidele said the governor failed on his inauguration day promise to diversify the State Civil Service from its present monolithic economy through industrialization. Responding to the allegation, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode said Fayemi made positive impact on the economy and industrial base of the State countering that Bamidele, was acting like someone who did not understand how to make things work. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP); All Progressives Congress (APC) 45
Daily Post Online Sunday, 18th May 2014 I Will Not Step Down For Anybody- Bamidele Ahead of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti, Labour Party flag bearer, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele, said on Sunday that he was still contesting. Bamidele said no amount of intimidation and attack would make him succumb to the wishes of those who he claimed saw him as a threat. He said those spreading the information that he was no longer in the race were only jittery over his rising political profile. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP) http://dailypost.ng/

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Osun Defender Online Saturday, May 17th 2014 Why 2015 Elections Should Be Postponed By 18 Months- CONFAB Delegate A Delegate representing the South South geo- political Zone of the country at the on- going National Conference, Chief Okon Osung has called on the Federal government and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to postpone the proposed 2015 general and Presidential elections by at least eighteen (18) months, just as he said that the nation’s democracy must be preserved. Nigeria 2015; INEC; National Conference http://www.osundefen

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Daily Post Online Saturday, May 17th 2014 I Will Make Pension Payment a Priority If Elected- Bamidele Labour Party candidate in the forthcoming election in Ekiti state, Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele has promised to place pension on first line charge if elected governor of the state. The state government allegedly owes pensioners an arrears of about one billion Naira. To achieve prompt payment of pensions and make delay in the payment of pension and gratuities a thing of the past in the state, Bamidele said he intends to inject it into the state budget. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP) http://dailypost.ng/

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Sun News Online Friday, May 16th 2014 Collect Your Cards, Voters Urged The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation has urged registered voters in Ekiti State who are yet to obtain their permanent voter’s cards to do so as a matter of urgency because May 21, 2014 has been designated the last day for the collection and transfer of voter cards in the state. Ekiti 2014; Fayemi; PVC http://sunnewsonline.

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Daily Times Online Friday, May 16th 2014 Insecurity: INEC Remains Positive, Focused For 2015 Elections The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is positive and focused to deliver better elections in 2015, in spite of the security challenges confronting the nation, especially northern parts of the country. Jega said that the commission believed that the security agencies would overcome the challenges and provide an enabling environment for the commission to deliver better elections in 2015. Nigeria 2015; INEC; Insecurity http://dailytimes.

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The Guardian Newspaper Friday, May 16th 2014 Bamidele Denies Copying Governor’s Programmes The Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Opeyemi Bamidele has dismissed the allegation from All Progressives Congress (APC) that he is copying the programmes of its candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi. Describing the allegation as “laughable, watery and baseless” the LP candidate’s team added that, “we equally see it as one of the last efforts of a drowning party and its government in Ekiti to remain afloat.” Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP); All Progressives Congress (APC) 6
Vanguard News Online Friday, May 16th 2014 APC, PDP Trade Words Over Ekiti TV. THE People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed displeasure over the partiality shown by state broadcasting station, EKTV. While it accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration for allegedly prevailing on the station not to air its programme, the party said it may petition the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC. In its defence, the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, picked holes in PDP’s allegations, saying the party is only trying to draw attention to itself. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Ekiti TV http://allafrica.com/

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Vanguard News Online Friday, May 16th 2014 PDP Pick Holes In Fayemi’s Reinstatement Of Council Officials The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has questioned the moral justification for Governor Kayode Fayemi’s reinstatement of council officials he sacked two years ago through the Publicity Secretary saying, “Let the governor tell Ekiti people whether the circumstances surrounding the sack of the council officials have changed. This is a governor who had labeled these people as thieves and incompetent. Have these people become competent overnight when he needs their votes? Are they no longer thieves? What will happen to their salaries that they have not collected since three years now?” Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://allafrica.com/

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Vanguard Newspaper Friday, May 16th 2014 APC Begins Search For Chairman As Akande Steps Down The interin national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, is to remove himself from seeking the office in the forthcoming national convention of the party. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 9
The Nation Newspaper Friday, May 16th 2014 PDP, APC Bicker Over N1.4b Ekiti Dam Contract The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has alleged that the newly awarded N1.4 billion Ero Dam contract was to serve as a conduct pipe through which the All Progressives Candidate (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi will fund his re-election bid. The Fayemi Campaign Organization debunked the claims, urging ” Fayose to substantiate the allegation with evidence.” Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 8
Daily Trust Newspaper Friday, May 16th 2014 Adamawa: Supreme Court Upholds Ardo’s Disqualification The Supreme Court has upheld the disqualification of Dr Umar Ardo from contesting the governorship of Adamawa State in 2012 as it was held that, political parties had the sole monopoly to nominate the candidates they wished to sponsor provided this was done within the Electoral Act, 2010. Adamawa Governorship Elelction; Supreme Court; Electoral Act 17
Vanguard News Online Friday, May 16th 2014 Fayemi’s New Romance With Ekiti Teachers a Hoax- LP The Labour Party in Ekiti State has described the recent romance between the APC governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi and teachers of the state as laughable. Describing it as a Greek gifts, the party said it is “another of his desperate moves to secure a second term by all means possible.” Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP); Ekiti Teachers http://allafrica.com/

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Leadership News Online Thursday, 15th May 2014 The Road That Led To Chibok: A Timeline Of Abductions In the face of direct accusations and innuendo that the loss of the girls and the campaign to bring them back is part of a grand conspiracy to discredit President Jonathan ahead of the 2015 elections, it is important to track the timeline and occurrence of the abduction of Nigerian females in Boko Haram’s war against Nigeria. Knee-jerk politicisation of issues must not becloud reason: this is not the first time girls will be abducted and unfortunately with our attitude to the insecurity and value we place on women and children, it will not be the last. Nigeria 2015; Boko Haram; Chibok; Borno http://leadership.ng/

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Tribune News Online Thursday, 15th May 2014 Ekiti 2014: PDP Replies Tinubu; Says “We will win Ekiti Convincingly” Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose, has described a statement credited to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, on allegations of rigging the election as “reckless talk,” saying “we will win the election convincingly.” Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Bola Tinubu http://www.tribune.com.

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The Guardian Newspaper Thursday, 15th May 2014 National Conference Panel Seeks Unbundling of INEC A proposal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be empowered to disqualify aspiring candidates to electoral offices has been unanimously rejected by the National Conference Committee on Political Reforms and Electoral Matters which is recommending removal of the residency clause in the Electoral Act to enable people in diaspora who desire to be registered by the electoral body to do so. Nigeria 2015; INEC; National Conference 1
The Guardian Newspaper Thursday, 15th May 2014 INEC Charges Parties On Voter’s Apathy The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has charged political parties to intensify campaign on voter’s education to correct the apathy being showed by the electorate towards the June 21 Ekiti State governorship election. Ekiti 2014; INEC 6
The Nation Newspaper Thursday, 15th May 2014 PDP May Not Win Ogoni, Says Don Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt , Prof Don Baridam, has advised the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to embrace internal democracy. He warned that the party may become unpopular in Ogoni land, owing to the politics of exclusion and mistrust. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Ogoni Land 52
The Nation Newspaper Thursday, 15th May 2014 Candidates Boycott Dialogue With Women All the 18 candidates in the Ekiti governorship election yesterday shunned a women’s dialogue organised by the Independent National Electoral Vommission (INEC) in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. Although some of the parties were represented. Ekiti 2014; INEC 10
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday, 15th May 2014 INEC Insists Early Campaigns Is Illegal The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again warned aspirants eyeing elective positions in next year’s general election to desist from early campaign. Nigeria 2015; INEC 17
Leadership News Online Wednesday, 14th May 2014 Why We Won’t Use Card Readers In Ekiti, Osun- Jega The chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday advanced reasons why the commission will not use card readers in the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states. Jega said: “It will not be wise to use a pilot scheme in an election that will be keenly contested.” Ekiti 2014; Osun 2014; INEC http://allafrica.com/

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Nigerian Bulletin Online Wednesday, 14th May 2014 NCP To INEC: Use Card Reader Machines For Ekiti, Osun Elections The National Conscience Party (NCP) on Wednesday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use card reader machines for the conduct of Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial elections. They explained that if the card reader machines are used for the elections in the two states, it would minimise rigging and also absolve INEC of any form of electoral malpractice. Ekiti 2014; Osun 2014; INEC; National Conscience Party (NCP) http://www.nigerianbul

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PM News Nigeria Online Wednesday, 14th May 2014 80% Of Uwais-Led Panel’s Recommendations Implemented- Jega The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has said that nearly 80 per cent of the recommendations of the Justice Lawal Uwais-led Political Reform Panel has been implemented.
Jega made the statement in his presentation at the National Conference Committee on Political Parties and Electoral Matters in Abuja on Tuesday.
“I think almost 80 per cent of Uwais Panel recommendations have been implemented in one way or the other.
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Vanguard News Online Wednesday, 14th May 2014 INEC, Delegates, Disagree On Conduct Of Election Same Day There was a sharp disagreement, yesterday, between the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and members of the Committee on Political Parties and Electoral Matters on the feasibility of conducting the 2015 general elections and subsequent ones in one day.
While the committee, which has former Senate Presidents Iyorchia Ayu and Ken Nnamani as co- chairmen recommended that all the elections should henceforth be conducted same day, the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega countered that it was not realistic considering logistic challenges
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The Nation Newspaper Wednesday, 14th May 2014 “Fayemi’s Promises To Teachers Political” Says Fayose Former Ekiti State governor and People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate, Ayodele Fayose, has described the promises made by Governor Kayode Fayemi to pay teachers in Ekiti State 27% allowance as “an attempt to hoodwink them and a mere political statement”. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Fayose 9
Daily Post Online Wednesday, 14th May 2014 Ekiti 2014: PDP, LP Carpets APC Over Rigging Allegations The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has faulted the allegation by the All Progressives Congress that it intends to rig the June 21 governorship elections.
State publicity secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole described the alarm as an unfortunate and unfounded rumour.
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The Nation Newspaper Wednesday, 14th May 2014 Fayose Has No Electoral Value, Says Youth A socio-political organization, the Ekiti Youth Emancipation Movement (EYEM) has described the PDP standard- bearer, Mr Ayo Fayose, as a character that is not fit to govern the State again, owing to his alleged woeful past. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Fayose 9
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, 14th May 2014 We Won’t Apologise To Buhari, Says PDP National leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said it stands firmly by its earlier statement that some prominent leaders of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) aided insurgency in the country through their careless utterances. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Inflammatory Rhetorics 17
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, 14th May 2014 INEC To Begin Issuing Permanent Voter’s Card In Benue The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has indicated its readiness to commence issuance of permanent voter’s cards (PVC) in Benue and nine other states. Nigeria 2015; INEC; PVC 17
The Nation Newspaper Wednesday, 14th May 2014 APC To Opposition: Stop Copying Our Candidate The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has advised rival contenders in the June 21 governorship election to stop making campaign promises along Dr Kayode Fayemi’s record of achievements Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 9
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, 14th May 2014 INEC Technically Prepared For 2015, Says Jega Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday said the commission is technically prepared to conduct acceptable elections as with the series of reforms and innovations introduced recently, the commission is more confident and better organized for 2015 Nigeria 2015; INEC 18
The Guardian Online Wednesday, 14th May 2014 Boko Haram: Six Reasons Why the Nigerian Militant Group is So Powerful 1. Political Connections: It would be naive to think that this kidnap happened in a vacuum, or that the Boko Haram has no connection to the powers that be in Nigeria’s Game of Thrones-style politics. Spikes in violence and insecurity took place on a suspiciously recurring basis in the 12-18 months preceding Nigerian presidential elections: the next election is scheduled for 2015. This tends to be the time that politicians allegedly deploy armed militia to harass, intimidate, or even assassinate their rivals. Nigeria 2015; Boko Haram; Borno State http://www.theguar

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The Nation Online Tuesday, 13th May 2014 2015 Elections: Competence Or Sympathy President Goodluck Jonathan deserved our sympathy to climb to the Presidency in 2010, after the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua. That was understandable, considering the bad-testing cookies from the staple of the late President’s kitchen cabinet, shortly before his death. Again, in 2011, the tale that Jonathan was a shoeless boy from a minority national, in Nigeria, sold like a hot pancake. That again was understandable, as he represented a David, staking against the Goliaths. But as 2015 approaches, I canvass that competency instead of sympathy should be our common guide, in our country’s best interest. Nigeria 2015; President Goodluck Jonathan http://thenationonlineng.

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The Nation Newspaper Tuesday, 13th May 2014 Teachers Assure Fayemi Of Re-election From teachers across the primary and secondary schools in Ekiti State came yesterday a promise of ensuring another term of four years for Governor Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in June 21 election. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Teachers 9
Daily Trust Online Tuesday, 13th May 2014 Fayemi Cancels Teacher’s Assessment, Raises Allowance Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday went back on the decision of government to organise the controversial Teachers Development Needs Assessment (TDNA)for teachers in the state. Fayemi also announced the decision of his administration to commence payment of the 27.5 per cent Teachers’ pecuniary allowance. The governor, however, said the TDNA would be replaced with “well structured capacity building programmes and administration of questionnaires to students.” Ekiti 2014; Fayemi; Teacher’s Development Needs Assessment http://allafrica.com/

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Nigerian Bulletin Online Tuesday, 13th May 2014 Nigeria 2015: Nigeria May Experience Widespread Chaos if 2015 Elections Are Rigged- Expert A Professor of Criminology, Femi Odekunle, has warned that the country may face widespread public disorder, chaos or a semblance of undeclared civil war if the forthcoming general election in the country lacks credibility and acceptability among Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; Violence http://www.nigerian

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The Nation Newspaper Tuesday, 13th May 2014 Fayemi Accuses INEC, PDP Of Plot To Rig Poll The Kayode Fayemi Organization has accused the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Federal Government, through the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), of planning to declare Ayo Fayose winner of next month’s governorship election in Ekiti State Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); INEC; Rigging 9
Sun News Online Tuesday, 13th May 2014 Fayemi’s Wife Urges Leaders To Embrace Ekiti Model Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has said the impactful populist programmes and policies of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led administration will aid the re-election bid of the governor in the June 21 governorship election. She was also optimistic that the country would be a better place for all citizens if the state’s model of good governance, transparency and clarity of vision were replicated at every level of governance. Ekiti 2014; Fayemi; All Progressives Congress (APC); First Lady http://sunnewsonline.

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The Guardian Newspaper Tuesday, 13th May 2014 Bamidele Alleges Plans To Recruit Mercenaries Federal Lawmaker and Labour Party gubernatorial candidate Hon. Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele has urged the electorates to resist moves by some politicians to hijack the forthcoming June 21 election in the State through the use of mercenaries. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP); Bamidele 7
Deutsche Welle Online Tuesday, May 13th 2014 Kari: Linking Boko Haram to 2015 Is Counter-productive Attempts to link Nigeria’s difficulties in dealing with the militant group Boko Haram to the 2015 elections are a major reason why the problem has become so intractable, political scientist Garba Umar Kari tells DW. He said, It is unfortunate that elements within the presidency have been [involved in] efforts to try to link everything with 2015. That is one of the major reasons why the Boko Haram problem has become intractable and has defied all attempts at a solution – simply because it is like somebody who is supposed to face west and he’s facing east. You see, as far as I’m concerned, the attempt to link the insurgency and the Boko Haram problem to 2015 is counterproductive, is unwarranted, is unnecessary, and is misleading. That is what I have to say. Boko Haram; Nigeria 2015 http://www.dw.de

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The Nation Newspaper Tuesday, 13th May 2014 INEC: 800,000 Osun Voters Registered More Than Once No fewer than 800,000 eligible voters registered more than once in Osun State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday Osun 2014; INEC; Rigging 8
The Guardian Newspaper Tuesday, 13th May 2014 INEC Urges 285, 574 Ekiti Registrants To Collect Voter’s Cards The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Ekiti State has expressed fears that about 40% of registered voters may disenfranchise themselves at the June 21 governorship election as no fewer than 285, 574 Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected by them. Ekiti 2014; INEC; Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) 7
Osun Defender Online Monday, 12th May 2014 APC UK Chapter Formally Adopts Dr Fayemi and Ogbeni Aregbesola The All Progressives Congress, APC United Kingdom Chapter has formally adopted the candidature of Dr J. Kayode Fayemi and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as the APC gubernatorial candidates for Ekiti and Osun states respectively. Ekiti 2014; Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.osundef

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Leadership News Online Monday, 12th May 2014 Ekiti 2014: Fayemi, Argebesola Advocate Use of Card Reader Machine Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and his Osun State counterpart, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rescind its decision not to use Voter Card Reader machines in the forthcoming Ekiti and Osun states governorship elections. Ekiti 2014; Fayemi; Aregbesola; All Progressives Congress (APC); INEC http://leadership.ng/

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The Guardian Newspaper Monday, 12th May 2014 I Won’t Force Teachers To Write Test, Says Bamidele Labour Party (LP) Candidate in the Ekiti governorship election, Bamidele has assured teachers that if elected as governor of the State, they will not be subjected to mandatory examination to assess their competence Ekiti 2014; Labour Party (LP); Bamidele; Teacher’s Development Assessment (TDA) 7
ThisDay Newspaper Monday, 12th May 2014 Osun: APC Guber Aspirant Drags Aregbesola To Court A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, Mr Olalekan Banjo, has dragged the State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and the leadership of the party before a Federal High Court in Osogbo to challenge Aregbesola’s emergence as the governorship candidate of the party in the August 9 governorship election. Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 60
ThisDay Newspaper Monday, 12th May 2014 Oyinlola, Adeleke, Others Set To Join APC On Saturday Arrangements have been concluded by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State to receive two former governors of the State, Mr Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Senator Isiaka Adeleke and their supporters into the ruling party in the State next Saturday Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 10
The Guardian Newspaper Monday, 12th May 2014 APC, PDP Bicker Over Alleged Plan To Use Fake Policemen The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are trading blames about plans to employ fake policemen during the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Rigging 7
Sun News Online Monday, 12th May 2014 Jonathan To Storm Ekiti For Fayose Ahead of the June 21 gover­norship election, President Goodluck Jonathan would on May 22, visit the state to drum support for the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) governorship candidate, Mr Ayodele Fayose. Fayose, who gave the hint at a mega rally in Ifaki-Ekiti at the weekend, said that the President is coming to offi­cially present the party’s flag to him and charged the party members to be com­mitted to the party during the electoral battle. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); President Goodluck Jonathan; Fayose http://sunnewsonline.

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Vanguard Online Monday, 12th May 2014 Fayose Tasks Ekiti Indigenes In Ondo State Over Polls Ahead of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Mr Ayodele Fayose, weekend asked the indigenes of the state living in Ondo State to transfer their voters’ cards to their respective local governments to make them eligble to vote. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Fayose; Ondo State http://allafrica.com/

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Daily Post Online Monday, 12th May 2014 Ekiti 2014: PDP Can Only Win By Rigging- Tinubu A former governor of Lagos State and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has stated that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party can only win the forthcoming Ekiti governorship election by rigging. Ekiti 2014; Tinubu; All Progressives Congress (APC); Inflammatory Rhetorics http://dailypost.ng/

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Sun News Online Monday, 12th May 2014 Saving Nigeria From Imminent Inferno Many people in Nigeria today have been asking what is it that has made governance in a big country like Nigeria so ineffective and ap­parently incapable of silencing a small group of militants who are out to overthrow the government of the na­tion. With the 2015 elections around the corner, there is an upsurge in the activities of Boko Haram to discredit President Jonathan from running for a second term. So the thinking in some circles is that the renewed onslaught is to force the President to step down from 2015 race for the presiden­cy. Information gathered from intelligence report shows that the insurgents are being funded from within and probably as­sisted with technical support and local knowledge. Nigeria 2015; Boko Haram http://sunnewsonline.

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Daily Trust Newspaper Monday, 12th May 2014 Terrorism: FG Has Left Nigeria in the Cold- APC The All Progressives Congress (APC), at a world press conference addressed by its national leaders yesterday, bemoaned a situation where over 200 school girls have been abducted for 19 days and the government does not have a clue as to how to rescue them. The Party which called on the people of good will to wake up offered suggestions on the way forward. All Progressives Congress (APC); Terrorism; Boko Haram 18
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday, 12th May 2014 Insurgency threat to 2015 Presidential Election- Expert A Port Harcourt based security analyst, Mr Jackson Lekan Ojo, said over the weekend that the escalating cases of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East may pose a serious threat to 2015 presidential elections. Nigeria 2015; Boko Haram; Insecurity 17
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday, 12th May 2014 Buhari To Go Ahead With Legal Action Against PDP, Metuh The Legal team of General Muhammadu Buhari has concluded the necessary processes to institute a legal action against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, for alleged libel over the latter’s statement linking Buhari to the Boko Haram sect. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Libel; Boko Haram 17
Vanguard News Online Monday, 12th May 2014 Nigeria 2015: Tinubu, Fashola Urge Nass To Reverse Election Order Ahead of the 2015 election, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State and his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu have urged the National Assembly to review the order of upcoming elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had in its timetable released early in the year planned to commence the 2015 election on February 14, 2015, with the Presidential and National Assembly elections. According to the communiqué “INEC must be impartial and must be seen to have done so; hence, National Assembly should review and reverse the order of elections starting from the local to the national; remove the time limit on election petitions; Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Fashola; Tinubu; Lagos State http://allafrica.com/

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Punch Nigeria Online Monday, 12th May 2014 TMG Decries Insecurity Ahead of 2015 Elections The Transitional Monitoring Group has said the state of the nation is a pointer to the possibility of violence during and after the 2015 general elections. In a press briefing in Lagos on Saturday, the coalition of over 400 civil society groups urged President Goodluck Jonathan to do everything possible to ensure that the security situation in the country was doused before 2015. The Chairman of TMG, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, noted that the politicians had heated up the polity through their utterances and actions. He said, “We are approaching 2015 elections and already the ethnic and sectarian band is being beaten, various groups are talking about marginalisation along ethnic, regional and religious lines. If we are not careful, we run the risk of fighting along these lines, and further dividing the country. We risk inheriting the prejudices of the politicians and becoming their foot soldiers in their battle cry that is absolutely senseless and meaningless.” Nigeria 2015; Violence http://www.punchng.com

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Punch Nigeria Online Monday, 12th May 2014 Terrorism Threatens 2015 Elections, Says Group A group known as the Yoruba Youth Alliance has said the 2015 election was under threat as a result of the increasing rate of terrorism occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram members. The national leader of the group, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, cautioned that except the Federal Government equipped the military to a global standard, the fight against terrorism might not be won before 2015. Nigeria 2015; Terrorism http://www.punchng.

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Punch Nigeria Online Saturday, 10th May 2014 Ekiti 2014: Unity of Strange Bed Fellows Next month’s governorship election in Ekiti State has generated controversies. FEMI MAKINDE, in this piece, x-rays the contentions surrounding the coming election. A few weeks to the Ekiti State governorship election, the rumblings within the political circuit of the agrarian state is typical of Nigerian politics. The two foremost parties in the state, the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party, have had their shares of blackmail, intrigue and controversies. The Labour Party is also a growing force to reckon with in the state. Ekiti 2014: All Progressives Congress (APC); Fayemi; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Fayose; Labour Party; Bamidele; Segun Oni; Bola Tinubu www.punchng.com/

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Vanguard News Online Sunday, 11th May 2014 Osun PDP Is A Poisoned Cup Of Tea- APC Spokesman Barrister Kunle Oyatomi is the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy for the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State and was quoted saying, “Osun PDP is a poisoned cup of tea. That leadership is notorious. If the Vanguard cares, we suggest it does a comprehensive investigation of the antecedents of that leadership which has been absolutely rejected by the original stakeholders of the PDP in Osun. The notoriety of the current leadership is over its bent on violence, thuggery and the creation of chaos in most of its interactive engagements with opponents within and outside the PDP structure.” Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); Inflammatory Rhetorics; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://allafrica.com/

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PM News Nigeria Online Friday, 9th May 2014 No Late Arrival Of Materials- INEC INEC has assured that all election materials would be deployed to all states of the federation in good time for the 2015 general elections. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Zamfara State, Alhaji Jibrin Zarewa, gave this assurance at a news conference in Gusau on Friday. He said adequate arrangements were being made by the commission throughout the country to ensure that all lapses recorded during 2011 general elections were addressed. 2015 Elections; INEC http://www.pmnewsni

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Daily Trust Online Friday, 9th May 2014 Why I Chose University Don As Deputy- Fayose Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next month’s governorship election in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has explained that he chose Dr. Olusola Ojo, an associate professor, as his running mate because he is apolitical. He also said his choice of the don was divine. Dr. Ojo replaces the 80-year-old Pa Joshua Ojo, whose name had earlier been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Fayose; Deputy; INEC http://allafrica.com/

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Sun News Online Friday, 9th May 2014 Ekiti 2014: Obas Compel Guber Candidates To Make Undertaking Against Violence In order to ensure peace ahead of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, the traditional rulers have compelled the governorship candidates to pledge against violent attacks on opposition political parties in the run to the poll. Chairman of the state traditional council and Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, Oba Adamo Babalola, who presided over the peace meeting held inside Bishop Adetiloye Hall, Ado-Ekiti, compelled the candidates to declare publicly to guaranttee peace. Most of the candidates were present. Ekiti 2014; Traditional Rulers; Violence http://sunnewsonline.

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Daily Post Online Friday, 9th May 2014 Ekiti 2014: Fayemi Accuses Fayose, Bamidele of Plotting Joint Rigging, Violence Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi yesterday alleged that opposition parties contesting in the forthcoming poll were bent on winning at all cost. According to him, the thrust of the strategy was centered around the recruitment of fake policemen who would put away strategic leaders of the APC on Election Day and also help to foment crisis in strongholds of the APC. The Fayemi Campaign Organisation in a statement yesterday said the intent of the plans was to create fear in the minds of the followers of such leaders who may become jittery and decide to stay away from polling units, thereby leading to voter apathy. Ekiti 2014: All Progressives Congress (APC); Fayemi; Violence; Rigging http://dailypost.ng/

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Daily Post Online Thursday, 8th May 2014 Former Ekiti Deputy Governor, Others Decline To Join Oni in APC r Sikiru Lawal, a former deputy governor of Ekiti State, has said that he would not join his principal, Chief Segun Oni, and defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Lawal made the declaration on Thursday in Afao-Ekiti when he led scores of other erstwhile loyalists of the former governor to the home of the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Mr Ayo Fayose. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); http://dailypost.ng/

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Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday, 8th May 2014 Buhari, Atiku Should Forego Presidential Ambitions- Baba Ahmed General Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have been advised to forego their presidential ambitions in order to widen the chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning next year’s elections says Hakeem Baba Ahmed, Kaduna State Interim APC Chairman. As if they run, it will create a very bitter and dangerous campaign. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 17
Daily Trust Newspaper Thursday, 8th May 2014 Sokoto: Bafarawa Donates N11.5m For Registration of PDP Members The former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, yesterday donated the sum of N11.5m to the Sokoto State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) towards the conduct of a smooth membership registration exercise in the State. Nigeria 2015; Sokoto State; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 17
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, May 7th 2014 2015: Lamido’s Presidential Mobilization Team Heads South Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jigawa Central Senatorial zone and arrow head of the Lamido 2015 Presidential Project, Alhaji Aminu Jahun, yesterday disclosed that the contact and mobilization team of the project is heading to the Southern part of the country, starting with Bayelsa State, to mobilize support for the project. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Jigawa State 17
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday, May 7th 2014 Kwankwaso Orders Removal of Presidential Posters The Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankaso has ordered the removal of presidential posters of his image that were placed around strategic points of the State. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC); Kano State 17
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday, May 7th 2014 Jonathan’s Rating Drops- Survey An opinion poll carried out by the NOIPolls Limited on job performance of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government has revealed that the administration recorded a decline of four-point on last month’s poll. Nigeria 2015; Goodluck Jonathan; Opinion Poll 15
ThisDay Newspaper Wednesday, May 7th 2014 Drop 2015 Presidential Ambition, Ohaneze Urges Igbos The Ohaneze Ndigbo has asked all politicians of Igbo extraction not to join the 2015 presidential race if President Goodluck decides to seek reelection as he said the Igbo people were satisfied with the administration and would lend their support in the reelection bid. Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbo A
ThisDay Newspaper Wednesday, May 7th 2014 Abducted School Girls: First Lady’s Intervention Distractive, Says APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the intervention of First Lady Mrs Patience Jonathan, in the abduction of the schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State as melodramatic, distracting and counter- productive. The party said her move is calibrated to scapegoat others with the sole intention of exculpating her husband rather than finding the girls. Boko Haram; All Progressives Congress (APC); Chibok 9
National Mirror Online Wednesday, May 7th 2014 Ekiti 2014: Group Urges Electorate To Vote With Conscience As the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State draws nearer, a non-governmental organisation, NGO, has called on the electorate in the state to vote with their conscience and not to be swayed by monetary enticement from politicians.
The President, Rights Monitoring Group, RMG, Comrade Olufemi Aduwo, told airport journalists at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, MMA, Lagos yesterday that in a bid for the State not to lose its progress track, the electorate should eschew political affiliation in deciding who to vote for in the forthcoming election
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Bloomberg Business Week Online Wednesday, May 7th 2014 MTN Expects Naira To Be Devalued After Nigeria 2015 Elections MTN Group Ltd. (MTN), Africa’s largest phone operator, said Nigeria’s currency will probably be devalued after next year’s election and the move will boost the company’s import costs in its biggest market.
Declining oil exports and prices means that the Central Bank of Africa’s biggest crude producer will face difficulties in keeping the Naira stable against the Dollar before the Feb. 14 vote, Andrew Bing, chief financial officer of MTN’s Nigerian unit, said in a May 5 interview in Lagos, the commercial capital. The official peg may have to be lowered by three or four percent, he said.
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Daily Post Online Wednesday, May 7th 2014 Ekiti 2014: Fayose Substitutes Running Mate The PDP flag bearer for the June 21 Ekiti State gubernatorial election, Mr Ayo Fayose on Tuesday said the name of his running mate earlier submitted to INEC has been substituted. Dr Olubunmi Olusola, who is in his 50s, was forwarded to INEC as a replacement for 80 year old retired school teacher, Pa Joshua Ojo. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); INEC http://dailypost.ng/

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Punch Nigeria Online Tuesday, May 6th 2014 2015: US Trains Journalists On Election Reporting The United States Mission in Nigeria on Tuesday organised a training session for journalists in the print and electronic media ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The resource person, Eduardo Cue, an American media and communications trainer cum journalist, made his presentation during a session held via digital video conference with journalists seated at the US Consulate General in Lagos.
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PM News Nigeria Online Tuesday, May 6th 2014 2015 Elections: APC Aspirants Relocate To Epe, Ikorodu Following the confirmation of the zoning of the 2015 Lagos governorship ticket to Lagos East Senatorial District by the All Progressives Congress, APC, leadership , some of the governorship hopefuls have started relocating to the zone.
Two of the leading aspirants who are said to have relocated are Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon, GOS, whose known political base is Mushin and the current state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat from Ifako-Ijaiye Local Govenrment Area.
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Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday, May 6th 2014 Accord Party Accuses APC Of Destroying Billboards Accord Party has accused suspected thugs of the APC of vandalizing billboards bearing the picture of of the party’s governorship candidate, Mr Kole Ajayi Ekiti 2014; Accord Party 29
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday, May 6th 2014 “He Has Not Changed”-Fayemi Warns The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organization has warned voters not to forget what it described as the legacies of violence and misrule which were reflective of the Ayo Fayose era in the state between 2003 and 2006 Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 29
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday, May 6th 2014 “I’m Now A Better Man” Fayose The PDP candidate who had a cantankerous relationship with the Ewi of Ado Ekiti when he was governor of the state has asked for forgiveness saying that he is now a better man. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 29
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday, May 6th 2014 Omisore Threatens To Sue Aregbesola For Calling Him Ex- Convict People’s Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in the August 9th election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore threatened to drag Governor Rauf Aregbesola to court over a statement allegedly credited to Aregbesola that he (Omisore) was an ex convict. Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Bola Tinubu; Iyiola Omisore 11
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday, May 6th 2014 Omisore Asks Tinubu To Steer Clear Of osun Ahead Of Guber Elections People’s Democratic Party’s, (PDP) candidate in the August 9th governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) Leader, Bola Tinubu to steer clear of Osun ahead of the polls. Omisore said anybody that tries to foment trouble in the state will regret it. Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 23
Business Day Online Tuesday, May 6th 2014 Poll Forsees Tightly Contested Race ANAP Foundation says it foresees a tightly contested governorship race in Ekiti State going by recent survey conducted on its behalf by NOI Polls Limited. The Foundation said the recent opinion poll indicated a tightly contested race between the top two contenders, the current governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi and Ayo Fayose, a former governor of the State, with just two percentage point gap between them. A statement on the outcome of the poll signed by Atedo Peterside, president & founder, ANAP Foundation, noted that when asked who respondents would be voting for in the coming June 2014 governorship elections in Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose led the list of candidates with 31 percent, while Kayode Fayemi had 29 percent. Bamidele Opeyemi, another contender for the governorship seat, trailed at a third position with 3 percent, while Kola Ajayi received no votes. Ekiti 2014; Survey Poll; Kayode Fayemi; Ayo Fayose; Opeyemi Bamidele; Kola Ajayi http://businessdayonline.

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National Mirror Online Tuesday, May 6th 2014 2015 Polls and INEC: The Fears, The Prospects Ahead of the next February polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has often expressed its readiness to conduct the best polls ever despite fears by stakeholders about its non-capability to so do. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://nationalmirroro

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All Africa News Online Tuesday, May 6th 2014 Nigeria 2015: Our Women On The March Again To achieve that ahead of the 2015 general elections, the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, convened a two-day National Dialogue on Enhancing Women’s Participation in the 2015 Elections titled: Dialogue Between Women Leaders and Chairmen of Political Parties on Enhancing Women’s Candidature in the 2015 Elections. After the 2011 elections, it was generally believed that the proportion of women in politics fell. The female outing in that exercise, was so low that only thirty two women were elected to the National Parliament out of four hundred and sixty nine members, which was barely 8% representation. For gender activists and political analysts, that represented a major setback for the efforts at enhancing womenparticipation in the democratisation participation in the democratisation process. Hence the need to address the situation in line with the United Nations, UN, specification for 35 percent female presence in elective and appointive positions. Nigeria 2015; Women Participation; Women; United Nations (UNDP) http://allafrica.com/

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Punch Nigeria Online Tuesday, May 6th 2014 Ekiti 2014: Between Vengeance And Passion For Service The governorship race in Ekiti State is fast leaving the realm of political parties into becoming the battle of personalities. Eighteen political parties are contesting the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State. Analysts however argue that the poll is more of a three horse race among the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Governor Kayode Fayemi; former Governor Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party and a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, who is contesting on the platform of the Labour Party. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Labour Party (LP) http://www.punchng.

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Daily Post Online Monday, 5th May 2014 Campaign Of Calumny Against Fayose Won’t Work- PDP Chieftain A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Mr Lati Ajijola has challenged the All Progressive Congress (APC) government in the State to debunk with facts and figures claim by the PDP governorship candidate, Mr Ayo Fayose that PDP governments developed the State better than any other governments, instead of engaging in campaigns of calumny. Ajijola, who said no amount of character assassination will save the APC from defeat in the June 21 election, added that; “From Ado-Ekiti to Mobaland, Ekiti people have made up their minds to reject the APC government and no amount of campaign of calumny against the person of Fayose will change that.” Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/

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All Africa News Online Monday, 5th May 2014 Sambo Fights Back In a bid to step up survival battle to remain in position ahead of the 2015 elections, Vice President Namadi Sambo has launched a drive to mobilise support for both President Goodluck Jonathan and himself across the North West zone and other parts of the North. The Vice President, according to a close source and top member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) based in Kaduna, is unmoved by what he termed “Sponsored write-ups” in newspapers to rubbish his character as an individual and a Northerner. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://allafrica.com/

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All Africa News Online Monday, 5th May 2014 2015- Kaduna APC Vows To Defeat Sambo Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Vice President Namadi Sambo’s home local government in Kaduna State have vowed to defeat him in 2015 general elections.
According to them, the VP presence cannot give the ruling party (PDP) any victory in 2015, saying that “we will repeat what we did in 2011 elections without any iota of doubt.”
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The Nation Newspaper Monday, 5th May 2014 “Why Opposition Must Lie About Fayemi’s Achievements” An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun has said opposition politicians would have to lie to the electorate about the achievements of Governor Kayode Fayemi to win ‘sympathy and relevance’ Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 10
The Nation Newspaper Monday, 5th May 2014 Pro-PDP Poll is Voodoo Survey, Says Fayemi The John Kayode Fayemi (JKF) Campaign Organisation has described as laughable a survey declaring the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Ayo Fayose as the leading candidate. The organization, in a statement, said the survey was doctored Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 10
Vanguard Newspaper Monday, 5th May 2014 Kwankwaso laments Federal Government’s Discrimination Against APC States Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso yesterday in Ogun state accused the Federal Government of deliberately denying States under the control of the All Progressives Congress, APC, of 2 billion Naira ecological funds, saying other states apart from APC-controlled states had been paid. All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Boko Haram; 10
Vanguard Newspaper Monday, 5th May 2014 Osun Guber Poll: “You are planning to forment trouble” APC Accuses PDP….”Only In Your Imagination”-PDP Replies Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its main challenger in the August 9th governorship election in the State, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday differed on the alleged plan to unleash terror in some parts of the State ahead of the election. The APC indicated that the PDP had plans to foment trouble with some APC Leaders in some selected towns in the State which had the PDP swiftly denying, saying it had no such plans and allegation existed only in the imagination of APC members Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress(APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Violence 10
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday, 5th May 2014 Okorocha: APC Will Resist Rigging in 2015 Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would resist rigging in the 2015 general elections insisting that Imo people would be out to protect their votes. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congresses (APC); Imo State 19
All Africa News Online Sunday 4th May 2014 2015 Presidential Election May Not Hold- Interview Veteran politician and second republic governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, is worried that there appears to be a conspiracy to stop the 2015 presidential election. Balarabe, in this interview, also speaks on the insecurity challenge the nation is facing, the hostilities between Fulani hersdmen and locals in some parts of Nigeria, and the on-going National Conference which he describes as President Goodluck Jonathan’s strategic committee. Nigeria 2015; Boko Haram; Violence; National Conference http://allafrica.com/

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Sun News Online Sunday 4th May 2014 Why APC Must Be Voted Out- Fayose The Ekiti State Peoples Demo­cratic Party, (PDP) governor­ship candidate, Mr. Ayo Fayose has warned the people of Ijero Local Government of Ekiti State against allow­ing the APC to return to power. According to him, returning APC to power amounts to sentencing the state to a state of “permanent slavery, permanent pov­erty, hunger for workers and permanent king­dom for thugs, killers and treasury looters.” Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Inflammatory Rhetoric http://sunnewsonline

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Daily Post Online Sunday 4th May 2014 Senator Ola Joins PDP; Says APC Stands For Wickedness and Deceit Barely 48 hours after a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State and former Deputy Speaker, Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun dumped the camp of Ayo Fayose for the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party in the state has lost another bigwig to the PDP.
This is as Senator Bode Ola, publicly announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday.
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Vanguard News Online Sunday 4th May 2014 INEC Moves To Check Fraud Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is moving against fraud in future elections with the full complement of the Advance Automatic Finger Identification System, AAFIS, exercise, which has seen 108,529 voters deleted from the voter register (VR) for Ekiti State. Ekiti 2014; INEC; Fraud; Voter’s Register http://allafrica.com/

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Daily Times Online Saturday, 3rd May 2014 PDP South West Women’s Forum Mobilizes For 2015 Elections Rep. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, Leader, House of Representatives, has advised PDP women in South West to close ranks and put away all in-fighting to ensure victory for the party in 2015. She appealed to the women to accept and support all candidates chosen by the party for all elective positions.
She urged all women interested in running for office to begin to declare their interests so as to mobilise support for them.
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Daily Post Online Saturday, 3rd May 2014 Bamidele Denies Withdrawing From Ekiti Gubernitorial Race The Labour Party (LP) flagbearer, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele has denied reports that he had withdrawn from participating in the election. The LP candidate explained that he had not stepped down from the race, but only suspended his campaigns due to persistent attacks on his followers by his opponents. Ekiti 2014; Labour Party; http://dailypost.ng/

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The Guardian Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 Ekiti Workers Warn Politicians Against Violence Workers in Ekiti yesterday warned politicians against turning the state into a battlefield and stop political violence as they prepare for June 21 governorship election. Ekiti 2014; Worker’s Day 7
The Guardian Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 Omisore Pledges To Return Schools To Owners Governorship Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the August 9 Governorship elections in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore has said that he would return mission schools to their owners if elected Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 5
The Guardian Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 Labour Links Terrorism To Bad Politics The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) at the May Day celebration, said that unbriddled political interests were hampering the war against terrorism NLC; TUC; Nigeria; Boko Haram 1
Vanguard Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 We’ll Mobilise Youths For 2015 Polls- Obiekwe DYON Boss The president of the Dynamic Youth Organization (DYON), Chief Elvis Obiekwe has assured Nigerians of fair and transparent general elections come 2015 as DYON would partner the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that Nigerian’s votes count. Nigeria 2015; Dynamic Youth Organization; INEC; Elections 27
The Nation Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 Fayemi To Opponents: Declare Your Assets Ekiti State governor Kayode Fayemi has challenged candidates in the governorship election to declare their assets and stop peddling lies that he owns a university somewhere. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 11
The Nation Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 Fayose: Probe APC’s Claim On My Office The Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO) has urged security agencies in Ekiti State to investigate the claim by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the PDP candidate Ayo Fayose, planned to burn his campaign office. The DG of AFCO said “APC members are noted for accusing other people of planning to do what they are plotting to do” Ekiti 2014; Violence; Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO); People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 11
The Nation Newspaper Friday 2nd May 2014 Ekiti Police Arrest Suspected Thugs in Iyin-Ekiti Scores of suspected thugs carrying guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons were arrested yesterday as they stormed the palace of Oba Ademola Aja-kaiye to prevent a meeting of the town’s monarch with Governor Kayode Fayemi in Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State. Ekiti 2014; Violence 11
The Nation Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 Island Club Denies Backing Omisore The Lagos Island club has denied a media report that it endorsed Senator Iyiola Omisore of the PDP as its candidate in the August 9th governorship poll in Osun State as the club is a non-partisan club. Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 10
The Nation Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 APC Youths Back Argebesola Youths in Ede North and South Local Government areas of Osun State have endorsed Governor Rauf Aregbesola for a second term by a rally marching round the ancient city of Ede. Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC), Political Rally 10
Vanguard Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 Aregbesola, Omisore Talk Tough Ahead of the August 9th governorship election in Osun state, both Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate and his main challenger Senator Iyiola Omisore of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, are talking tough and exchanging words while asking people to vote for them. Osun Governorship Elections 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 11
Vanguard Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 Osoba Has No Hand In Ogun APC Crisis- Party Chair Chief Isaac Agemo, a factional chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State loyal to a National Leader of the party, Aremo Segun Osoba said the former Governor did not contribute to the crisis rocking the party in the State. Agemo also said neither the party nor the national Leader was against the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, urging him not to nurse any fear Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 11
Daily Trust Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 Fear Grips Ekiti Community as Fayemi Campaigns Palpable fear, yesterday, gripped the people of Iyin Ekiti (hometown of Labour Party candidate Opeyemi Bamidele) as Governor Fayemi stormed the community for his re-election campaign. It was gathered that some angry youths threatened to stop the governor from campaigning in the area. Ekiti 2014; Violence 20
Daily Trust Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 2015: APGA Seeks Level Playing Field For All Political Parties The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide a level playing field for all political parties to contest the 2015 general elections Elections 2015; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA); INEC 20
Daily Trust Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 Lamido Will Contest PDP Presidential Primaries Central Senatorial Zone Alhaji Aminu Jahun said yesterday, that Governor Sule Lamido will contest the PDP presidential primary election at the forthcoming national convention of the party. People’s Democratic Party PDP; 2015 Elections; Presidential Primaries 20
All Africa News Online Friday, 2nd May 2014 Ex-Lagos AG Forsees 2015 Election Crisis A former Attorney General of Lagos State warned the provisions for the conclusion of all electoral petition cases as provided for in the new Electoral Act was capable of causing crisis in the coming election. Prof. Yemi Osibanjo said the 180 days was “unrealistic.”
“All a lawyer needs to do to frustrate the system is to file appeals and counter appeals on trivial issues. Such appeals would now be taken up till the Supreme Court. It is a clever ways of making sure that the 180 days elapses and the matter would be struck out based on that. This is bad for the system and must be reviewed”
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Daily Post Online Friday, 2nd May 2014 Bamidele Suspends Campaign Over Fear Of Being Attacked Labour Party Governorship Candidate in Ekiti State, Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele has suspended his campaign against the June 21, governorship election in the State. Bamidele made this known while speaking with journalists at his hometown in Iyin-Ekiti. He was lamenting over the continuous alleged attacks on his followers and LP members by the Chieftians of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Ekiti 2014; Labour Party; Violence http://dailypost.ng/

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Daily Trust Newspaper Friday, 2nd May 2014 Don’t Sensationalise What I said- Chikwe People’s Democratic Party (PDP) women leader, Kema Chikwe in a swift reaction, cautioned against sensationalising part of her speech on the issue of the abducted girls, saying she was misunderstood and this is not the time to score political points. People’s Democratic Party; Boko Haram; Violence 17
Daily Trust Newspaper Friday,2nd May 2014 Abducted School Girls: APC Says Chikwe’s Comments Reflects The Mind Of PDP The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as shocking the comments credited to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Women Leader, Kema Chikwe, over the abduction of the Chibok School girls in Borno State. Chikwe was reported to have expressed her doubts about the abduction at a PDP prayer session when she asked “Who saw it happen?”. The APC said the statement raised concerns and may be construed as the unstated opinion of the ruling party and the presidency on the matter. All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Boko Haram; Violence 17
Nigerian Bulletin Online Thursday, 1st May 2014 INEC to Use Card Readers for Ekiti, Osun, 2015 Elections – ThisDay In readiness for the 2015 general election and the Ekiti and Osun State governorship elections slated for June and August this year respectively, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said notwithstanding the rejection of e-voting by the National Conference Committee on Technology that e-voting would not be completely ruled out in subsequent elections. INEC said the Commission had finalised plans to deploy card readers to be used during the 2015 as well as in Ekiti and Osun governorship elections. Nigeria 2015; INEC; E-Voting http://www.nigerian

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Daily Post Online Thursday, 1st May 2014 Ekiti 2014: Police Warns 18 Guber Candidates Over Continued Violence, Siren Abuse The Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Mr Felix Uyanna, has directed governorship candidates of political parties to get police permit before using siren and cars with tinted glasses. Uyana gave the order on Wednesday at an emergency security meeting with 18 governorship candidates in Ado-Ekiti on the June 21 election. “It is illegal for any of the gubernatorial candidates in the state to use vehicles with siren and tinted glasses without first obtaining permission from the State Police Command,’’ he said.
He said that the command was shocked to realise that in spite of the appeals and warnings made to them in the past to avoid fomenting trouble while carrying out their campaigns, they continued to ignore the warning.
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