Election News Trend November 2014

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 24th November 2014 Atiku Says He’ll Contest Again If He Loses Now Former Vice President and a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Sunday , said that he would not give up on his bid to become the President of this country now or in the future. Atiku made this declaration in Dutse, Jigawa shortly before holding a closed-door consultation with Governor Sule Lamido in Dutse. He said he was determined to continue to vie for the office of President if he lost the present bid until he eventually scaled through in the near future.  Atiku, however, said that his chances of winning his party’s primary on December 10 were bright.  He also said he was ready to support whoever emerges at the primary election to ensure that person’s victory at the 2015 presidential election. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 24th November 2014 "Jonathan Has Performed Better Than You And Other Presidents"- Presidency Replies Obasanjo The Presidency on Sunday replied former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s claim that President Goodluck Jonathan has performed below average.  A statement issued last night in Abuja by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said that President Jonathan has outperformed other past Nigerian Presidents. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 24th November 2014 Taraba Assembly Speaker Resigns Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Josiah Kente, has resigned his position on Monday, and a new Speaker has been appointed in his place.  Mark Useni was elected by the House as his replacement. Mr. Kente has said that his decision to resign is in the interest of pace in the state. He was elected speaker in November 2013, following the death of Haruna Tsokwa, his predecessor. Premium Times reported that Mr. Kente left office after the pressure from supporters of the new Acting Governor got to him.  While he was Speaker, he clamored for the removal of Danbaba Suntai, substantive Governor of Taraba State, who had been ill for two years after an air crash.  It is believed that Mr. Kente resigned after it became apparent that Lawmakers were set to impeach him.  Taraba 2014; Acting Governor; AGF; Supreme Court; Danladi; Speaker http://www.nigerian
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Daily Post News Online Monday 24th November 2014 "Amaechi, APC Have No Place In Rivers State"- Wike A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has no place in the State. According to him, its promoters have nothing to show for their stay in government. He made the declaration in Port Harcourt yesterday when he hosted Bonny community leaders and professionals under the aegis of Bonny Democratic Front. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/
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Daily Times News Online Monday 24th November 2014 2015: NYSC DG Warns Corps Members Against Receiving Gratification Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, has warned corps members whose services will be engaged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as ad-hoc staff during the 2015 general election against accepting gratification or any financial inducement from politicians. Giving the warning on Saturday in Kano during his visit to the orientation camp in Kusala Dam, Karaye, Karaye LGA of the State, Brig. Gen. Olawumi stated that corps members’ services will be engaged to participate in the 2015 general election in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between NYSC and INEC. Nigeria 2015; NYSC http://www.dailytimes.
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Daily Times News Online Monday 24th November 2014 Let’s All Rise Against Boko Haram, Labour Party Urges Political Parties The Labour Party (LP) has called on all political parties to rise up to the challenge posed by the Boko Haram sect rather than dwell on divisive actions. In astatement issued by the National Secretary of the party, Mr. Kayode Ajulo, political parties are expected to stand up for the unity and progress of the country, even when they are not in power. Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP) http://www.daily
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Daily Times News Online Monday 24th November 2014 "What We Found In Lagos APC Data Center"- SSS Department of State Services, DSS, has said that it found some documents worthy of investigation in the office of the Lagos office of All Progressives Party. In a statement on Sunday by its spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, the DSS, popularly called SSS, said it received a petition alleging “unwholesome activities” in the building located at No.10, Bola Ajbola Street, Allen Avenue, Ikeja. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.dailytimes.
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Daily Times News Online Monday 24th November 2014 Return To The Trenches To Save Democracy, Says Falana Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has called on those he described as democratic forces to return to the trenches in order to salvage the nation’s democracy. Falana’s call in a statement on Sunday, was against the backdrop of “the ongoing politicisation of the security forces, the unprecedented wave of official corruption and the subversion of democratic institutions by the Federal Government.” Nigeria 2015; Falana http://www.dailytimes
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ThisDay Newspaper Monday 24th November 2014 APC Northern Caucus Seeks Soft Landing For Kwankwaso With the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) due in a couple of weeks, the leadership of the party have begun to put finishing touches to an arrangement that would lead to a hitch-free exercise. Although Dr. Fayemi-led Convention Planning Committee is yet to decide on the venue of the exercise, the Northern Caucus of the party has been meeting to initiate moves to prevail on the Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso , to stand down his presidential bid.  Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 1
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 24th November 2014 Bamanga Tukur Wants Probe Of National Assembly ‘Invasion’ Former Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has called for the probe of last week’s Police ‘invasion’ of the National Assembly to forestall future recurrence. He said in a statement yesterday in Abuja, that political players, security operatives, government officials and Nigerians in general should be wary of conducts capable of subverting the hard-earned Nigerian democracy. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 3
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 24th November 2014 "Police Actions Threatening Democracy"- NUJ National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Malam Mohammed Garba yesterday said recent actions of the police are threatening the country’s democracy. Reflecting on the common developments in the country at a news conference in Kano, Malam Garba said the Inspector General of Police should be called to order to focus mainly on the constitutional responsibilities of the police. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; NUJ 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 24th November 2014 Akintola Flays Abba’s Appointment As IGP A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Adeniyi Akintola, has faulted the National Council of State for what he called a fire brigade approach in confirming Sulaiman Abba as the Inspector General of Police. He spoke against the backdrop of last week’s commotion at the National Assembly where the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Aminu Tambuwal, was prevented from entering the premises. Akintola blamed Nigerians for not raising alarm over the appointment of the IGP from the start. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; IGP; Akintola 6
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 24th November 2014 APC Warns FG To Leave Amaechi Alone The All Progressives Congress (APC) has issued a warning to the Federal Government to allow Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State to live in peace. National Vice-Chairman of the Party in the South-South, Prince Hilliard Eta, issued the warning while condemning the recent siege on the National Assembly. He said Governor Amaechi  has the democratic right to express his individual views over the Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 17
Leadership Newspaper Monday 24th November 2014 2015: Fayose Urges Youths To Be Agents Of Change Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State on Monday said the Nigerian youths must  see themselves as the vehicle of change needed by the nation, especially during the 2015 general elections. Fayose made the call during the closing-ceremony of 2014 Batch ‘C’ corps members held at the State permanent orientation camp, Ise-Ekiti, in Ise/Orun Local Government Area of the State. The Governor was represented by his wife, Mrs Feyisetan Fayose. He said the 2015 general elections were so crucial to the nation and that everything must be done for its successful conduct. He said that Nigerian youths could not afford to fail the nation at this period of time. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 Adamawa: Ngilari Promises To Restore Damaged Infrastructure The Governor of Adamawa State, Bala James Ngilari, has assured the people of State that he will implement a programme of restoration in the areas of education, health, infrastructure and security. Ngilari, who spoke in response to his clearance to contest the 2015 governorship primaries by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said  if elected to be Governor again, his administration would  give legal backing to the activities of the vigilantes as a means of eliminating the insurgency. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 Delta Government Warns Hoodlums Against Attack On Journalists The Delta State Government has warned militants and men of the underworld not to extend their nefarious activities to journalists in the State. The State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chike Ogeah, who gave the warning yesterday in a statement, said being “Unbiased purveyors of information, the press requires respect and protection from all interest groups. That is why the thoughtless detention of the 14 journalists remains a condemnable act.” The Commissioner while reacting to the November 16 abduction of 14 journalists who were returning from the Escravos area by armed men, noted that the State was not in agreement with the development. Delta 2015; Journalists http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 Ogun PDP Considers Four Aspirants For Governor Out of the 11 governorship aspirants vying for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket in Ogun State, four aspirants have been pencilled down for the ticket come December 6, when the party primaries would be held. The 11 aspirants fighting for the guber ticket include: former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, Yanju Lipede, Chief Yomi Mejekodunmi, former House Representatives Member, Jelili Amosan, Prince Gboyega Isiaka, Segun Adewale, former Minister, Sharafa Ishola, Chief Rafiu Ogunleye and Hon. Biodun Akinlade. According to a reliable source in the party, the four aspirants were considered based on their political pedigrees and popularity, saying their political structures would be strong enough to unseat Governor Ibikunle Amosun at the general election. Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 "No Zoning In Delta Governorship Race"- O’tega One of the governorship aspirants seeking the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest the governorship election in Delta State, Chief O’tega Emenhor, has said what the party and people are looking for is one who can deliver good governance . O’tega, who made the assertion while submitting his nomination form at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja last Friday, told THISDAY  that the people of the State are tired of empty promises of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and are ready to support APC in the 2015  elections. Delta 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 PDP Clears Yuguda For Senate Bauchi State Governor,Malam Isa Yuguda, has been cleared to contest the Bauchi South Senatorial seat in the 2015 general election and has been presented with a certificate of clearance by the screening committee of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Our Correspondent who monitored the ceremony said the Governor was issued the clearance certificate at the end of the screening of aspirants by the ruling PDP in Bauchi over the weekend. The presentation of the clearance certificate has now put to rest the speculation on whether or not the Governor will contest the senatorial seat, come 2015, following calls by various PDP stakeholders from the seven Local Government Areas that make up the Bauchi South Senatorial District of the state. Bauchi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 Ogene Denies Being Part Of Plot To Impeach Jonathan, Says Impeachment Is Not The Answer A Member representing Ogbaru Federal Constituency of Anambra State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Victor Afam Ogene, has denied being part of any plot to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan. In a statement yesterday by his Media Assistant, Edward Dibiana, Ogene said the clarification become necessary because of the countless inquiries by his  teeming admirers and supporters regarding his stand in the current crisis rocking the House. The Lawmaker said impeaching President  Goodluck Jonathan cannot be the answer to the crisis currently rocking the lower chamber of the National Assembly. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 Lagos: Two APC Guber Aspirants Step Down For Solomon Two governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Ikorodu division of Lagos State have voluntarily stepped down for a frontline aspirant from the area, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon, popularly called GOS. As a result, political and eminent leaders in Ikorodu Division have unanimously adopted Solomon as the APC consensus candidate for the Division. Those who stepped down from the race include Taiwo Akintunde Kara and a former Head of Service in the State, Adeseye Ogunlewe. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 PDP Ready For Ward Congresses In Cross River All is set for the conduct of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ward congresses in Cross River State today. The earlier congresses held on November 1 were cancelled by the national leadership of the party following allegations that the result of that exercise was doctored by members of toral panel. The party subsequently directed that the exercise be re-conducted today. At a meeting with the stakeholders of the party yesterday at the party secretariat along Murtala Mohammed Way, the Chairman of the new electoral panel, Chief Chidi Egiogu, promised that the exercise would be transparent, free and fair. Egiogu therefore, urged politicians to exhibit high level of discipline during the exercise. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 "Why Elections Are Rigged In Nigeria"- JAAR The Joint Action Against Rigging (JAAR) has described the inadequate knowledge of Nigerians about political activities as the bane of credible elections in Nigeria. The group also enjoined the National Orientation Agency (NOA)  to improve on its politics and civil education mandate. The Executive Secretary of the group, Edward Olutoke, canvassed this view yesterday in Abuja during this month’s edition of Speakers Corner Trust Nigeria (SCTN) monthly debate, tagged:  “Ending the ‘I don’t care’ attitude among Nigerians.” Olutoke who accused the political class of deliberate act of keeping Nigerians uninformed and poor for political benefits, said; “An ignorant person can easily be misled and the poor easily be bought over.” He also attributed the alarming rate of political apathy to public distrust and unworthy character of some politicians. Nigeria 2015; JAAR http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 "Lawmakers Who Jumped Fence Deserve Commendation"- Abe The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Magnus Abe, has said members of the House of Representatives who scaled the gate when they were barred by the police last Thursday from entering the  National Assembly complex  deserve commendations and national awards. Abe spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt at the grand finale of the Yoruba Week, 2014 and formal launch of the N500 million Yoruba House. Abe said there was nothing wrong in the action of the L:awmakers, noting that what they did was in the defence of the independence of the Legislature. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 Atiku In Secret Meeting With Lamido, APC Delegates In Dutse Former Vice-President and the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Sunday held a secret meeting with the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, at his private residence behind the  Government House in Dutse. Atiku, who arrived the State via the Dutse International Airport, first met with the APC delegates at a three-star hotel before meeting with the Governor at his private residence. THISDAY checks revealed that the two personalities had a closed-door meeting, which lasted for two hours. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 UNDEDDS Declares Support For Jonathan A coalition of all ethnic and political pressure groups in the Niger Delta region, United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS), has declared support for President Gooduck Jonathan’s second term ambition. Making this known sunday in a press statement, UNDEDSS Secretary-General, Mr. Tony Uranta, in a statement after the body’s seventh annual general assembly, held in Port Harcourt at the weekend, said members of the association were committed supporters of President Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; UNDEDDS; President Jonathan http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 Court Restrains Umeh, APGA From Disqualifying Ukachukwu Justice O.A. Musa of the Federal Capital High Court in Abuja has restrained the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and its agents from further disqualifying Mr. Nicholas Ukachukwu from contesting the Anambra South Senatorial primary election in the State pending the determination of the case. Also, the Senator Walid Jubrin-led National Assembly screening panel has cleared all the South-East Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) serving Members of the House of Representatives to contest the party primaries scheduled for December. This was confirmed to THISDAY by the Chairman, Walid Jubrin, who is also the Secretary of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT). Anambra 2015; APGA http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 PDP Members In Ondo Threaten Mass Defection The defection of the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has continued to cause crisis within the party in Ondo State some members have alleged. Yesterday in Abuja, some members of the party in Ondo State, who are seeking election into both the Senate and the House of Representatives, said they would move to another party because Mimiko had devised means to scheme out those he met in the party after he defected from the Labour Party. Addressing journalists on behalf of the aspirants in Abuja, a legal practitioner, Bola Aidi, stated that the party’s screening panel had refused to give anyone of them certificates of qualification or disqualification, after the screening exercise. Ondo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 "Jonathan Is A Threat To Democracy"- PDM Reactions Sunday continued to trail the crisis in the House of Representatives as the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) said that Thursday, November 20, would go down in Nigeria’s history as the day of infamy at the National Assembly, when lawmakers were locked out of the parliament by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government of President Goodluck Jonathan. The party which consists mainly of the political associates of former Chief of General Staff, Major General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua,  further said Nigerians watched with consternation and disbelief as the Speaker of the House and number four citizen in the country,  Aminu Tambuwal, and other Members of the House were tear-gassed by members of the Nigeria Police Force whose primary duty is to protect citizens and enforce the law. In a statement signed by its National Chairman, Bashir Ibrahim, the PDM  said the kind of lawlessness and abuse of executive power had never happened in Nigeria before, stating that  it was the lowest point in the history of democracy in Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; PDM http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 APC Presidential Aspirants Must Meet Set Criteria, Says Onu The Chairman of the Presidential Screening  Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said the committee will ensure that all the aspirants that would go before the national convention meet the stipulated requirements of the Constitution and the electoral guidelines. Speaking in an exclusive interview with THISDAY yesterday in Abuja, Onu said the party would avoid fielding anyone who may be asked to leave office after winning the election because such a person did not meet the requirements of either the Constitution or the Electoral Law. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Monday 24th November 2014 Ekiti Government Writes CP, Calls For Re-opening Of Murder Case Against Lawmakers, APC Chair Two members of the pro-Omirin faction in the Ekiti State  House of Assembly, Hon. Kehinde Boluwade and Hon. Sehinde Ogunrinde and the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, Chief Jide Awe,  may be arrested by  the State police command for alleged complicity in criminal activities during Governor Kayode Fayemi-led government. A letter from the Department of Public Prosecution, state Ministry of Justice, with reference no MJ-AD-792-54, dated October 24, and addressed to the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, called for their arrest and prosecution over their alleged involvement in murder cases. However, the APC  has  raised  the alarm over  alleged threats to the lives of State Lawmakers, accusing the  police of  partisanship in the crisis in the State Assembly. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday
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Sun News Online Monday 24th November 2014 "APC Will Defeat PDP In Bayelsa, Edo"- Oshiomole Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has dismissed President Goodluck Jonathan’s claim that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will take over the State in the next general elections. Speaking to a select group of journalists, during his sixth anniversary celebration in Benin City, Edo State capital, Oshiomhole faulted Jonathan for saying Edo would fall, saying it was unbecoming of a civilian President to say so. According to him, State’s only fall in war and, therefore, Edo State will not fall to PDP. He stated that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), will rather defeat the PDP in Bayelsa and Edo. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.
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Punch News Online Monday 24th November 2014 Akwa Ibom PDP Guber Aspirants Threaten To Defect Some Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirants in Akwa Ibom State have threatened to defect to the All Progressives Congress. The aspirants from Oron Federal Constituency and Uyo Senatorial District, including parts of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, particularly Abak Federal Constituency, said they will declare in a few days’ time. A source, who did not want to be named, told our correspondent that the aspirants had concluded plans to defect to the APC before the PDP South-South screening exercise for governorship aspirants in Port Harcourt, on Saturday. Akwa Ibom; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.
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Punch News Online Monday 24th November 2014 Obanikoro, Lai Mohammed, Ogunlewe’s Sons To Contest Assembly Seats The sons of political chieftains of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have thrown their hats into the ring to contest for Lagos House of Assembly seats. They include the son of the immediate past Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, the son of the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lai Mohammed, and the son of a former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe. Jimi Mohammed, the son of Lai Mohammed, is set to contest the Lagos State House of Assembly election. Meanwhile, our correspondent also learnt that Babajide Obanikoro, the son of the former Minister of State for Defence, has declared his intention to contest the Eti-Osa Constituency II election on the platform of the PDP. Also, our correspondent learnt that Moyosore Ogunlewe, the son of a former Minister of Works and PDP chieftain, Mr. Adeseye Ogunlewe, will contest the Kosofe Constituency 1 seat of the Assembly. Moyosore, who studied Business Administration at the University of Lagos, holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Buckingham, in the United Kingdom.

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Punch News Online Monday 24th November 2014 Kwankwaso Berates Presidency Over Insecurity Kano State Governor and a presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has berated the Federal Government for not using the right measures to tackle ravaging insecurity in the North-East. Kwankwaso, who was in Ogun State to see Governor Ibikunle Amosun, on Friday, lamented the effect of insurgency in the North-Eastern States of Yobe, Adamawa and Borno, among others. Kwankwaso also chided the Jonathan administration for what he termed “the worsening economic situation in the country.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.
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Punch News Online Monday 24th November 2014 PDP Clears Orubebe In Delta State, Holds Lagos Ward Congresses Ex-Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, has been given the nod by the Peoples Democratic Party to contest the party’s governorship primary in Delta State. The Ambassador Obed Wadzani-led South-South zonal screening committee of the PDP gave the former Minister the clearance after the screening in Port Harcourt, on Saturday. The party congress is scheduled to hold on December 7 and 8, 2014. This was contained in a statement issued by the Orubebe Governorship Campaign Orgainsation in Abuja, on Sunday. Meanwhile, following the cancellation of the November 1, 2014 Ward congresses of the PDP in Lagos, the State chapter of the party says it will hold its Ward congresses on Monday (today). Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.
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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 24th November 2014 There Will Be Two Governments In 2015, Amaechi Insists Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi on Saturday insisted that there will be 2 governments in Nigeria in 2015 if the elections are rigged. NewsWire NG, reports that Amaechi made the statement on Saturday when speaking on invasion of the National Assembly by the police on Thursday. The Rivers Governor said, "We don’t have democracy in Nigeria yet. What we have is diarchy. We don’t have a democracy. Diarchy is dictatorship. The Federal Government has appropriated the police as its personal property. The FG has taken over the police. See the way the police took over the National Assembly. By law, the police have no power to invade the National Assembly and they have no power to stop the Speaker from going in or out of the National Assembly complex. But they don’t obey law.What is the essence of going to court when the Federal Government don’t obey the law. That’s why the APC say we won’t go to the court any longer. If you rig us out, we would rig ourselves in; which means if you think you can rig us out in 2015, we will form our own government. We have met on that and we have agreed on that. We will install our own government and there would be two governments. "The only way to avoid a parallel government is to have a free and fair election. You can’t continue to use the police as if it is a private agency or company of the government.". Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 24th November 2014 Lai Mohammed Says Lawmakers Will Scale The Fence Again If Denied Entry National Publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC on Sunday urged members of the House of Representatives to scale the Assembly fence again if the police tried to deny them entry. Mohammed gave the advice on Sunday while speaking during ‘Politics Today’ on CHANNELS TV.  The APC chief said, "If the police repeats this again, I will encourage them to do exactly the same" He applauded the Lawmakers, whom he said "outsmarted the police, the PDP and the Presidency, whose game plan was to get the Speaker impeached" The APC chief expressed regret that Ekiti Lawmakers couldn’t do the same to save the Speaker from impeachment.  Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 24th November 2014 Prosecution’s Documents Challenging President Jonathan’s Eligibility Goes Missing A Lawyer involved in the prosecution of a case challenging President Goodluck Jonathan’s eligibility in next year’s election, Wahab Olatoye, has said the vital documents needed to prosecute the case have been stolen. He said some men broke into his office in Abuja last Friday and stole “most of the files containing documents to be used in the eligibility suit and other vital documents.” Olatoye and Adejumo Ajagbe filed the suit before the Federal High Court, Abuja seeking an order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney- General of the Federation (AGF) from allowing Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo to seek re-election next year. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 24th November 2014 PDP Extracts N43 Million  From South- East Guber Aspirants Forty three PDP governorship aspirants in the South-East paid N1m each in order to be screened to contest the 2015 governorship election in the State, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd), the party’s National Vice Chairman in the zone, has said. Speaking in Enugu on Sunday, Akobundu said that the exercise was successful as the aspirants conducted themselves as expected. On the N1 million screening fee paid by each of the 43 aspirants, Akobundu said the money should be seen as “party dues“ paid by the aspirants. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 23rd November 2014 "Arresting Tambuwal Will Be Fatal For Nigeria’s Democracy"- APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned that the reported plan hatched by the Presidency to arrest House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal could trigger a crisis that will be fatal for the nation’s democracy, hence there is the need to jettison the plan out of abundance of caution. In a statement issued in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the Federal Government will be pouring petrol on a naked fire by arresting the Speaker, following the failed attempt to prevent him from accessing the National Assembly to preside over the affairs of the House of Representatives on Thursday, and also in an apparent attempt to halt the current move to impeach the President. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 23rd November 2014 Police IG Denies Ordering Tambuwal’s Arrest The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, has denied ordering the arrest of Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and any other persons involved in the disturbance of public peace at the National Assembly on Thursday. This is contained in a statement by Police spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, a Commissioner of Police, on Saturday in Abuja.  Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; IGP http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 23rd November 2014 Soldiers Invade APC Lagos Office, Arrest 28 Workers On Saturday, Operatives of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) and personnel of the anti-crime squad, OP-MESA invaded the the All Progressives Congress data centre in Lagos and arrested 28 workers (25 data agaents and 3 security guards). According to PUNCH, the security agents confiscated computer hardware, which contained the data of APC members in several parts of the country. Unnamed sources claim the DSS acted on a tip-off that the centre was allegedly being used as a warehouse by a former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, to produce and issue fake Permanent Voter Cards, while another version had it that weapons were being kept at the centre.  So far, the DSS is yet to issue an official statement about the raid. Nigeria 2015; Soldiers; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 23rd November 2014 APC Condemns Invasion Of Its Lagos Office The All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly condemned Saturday invasion of its offices in Lagos by security agents, calling it perhaps the worst political scandal in Nigeria’s history. In a statement issued in Ijebu-Ode on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the invasion can only be likened to the Watergate Scandal that led to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon in 1974, as a result of the June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the attempted cover-up of its involvement by the Republican Nixon Administration. It therefore called for an independent inquiry to fish out those who ordered the needless and unprovoked attack on the offices of the APC and ensure that they face very serious consequences, irrespective of their status. Nigeria 2015; Soldiers; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 23rd November 2014 Atiku Considers Fashola, Amaechi, Amaechi And Oshiomole For VP  Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar who is currently one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC is reportedly considering Kayode Fayemi, Babatunde Fashola, Rochas Okorocha, Rotimi Amaechi and Adams Oshiomhole as likely choices for a running mate. It was also gathered that three factors are likely to influence his choice. The factors are said to include political balance, religious balance, and competence. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian
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Leadership Newspaper Sunday 23rd November 2014 "INEC To Engage Air Force, Navy Personnel For 2015 Elections"- Commissioner The Independent National Electoral Commission said it would engage the services of Nigerian Air Force, Navy and other security agencies for adequate security during general elections in 2015. Mr Austin Okojie, the Commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Taraba, disclosed this while addressing Batch B corps members at NYSC Orientation Camp in Jalingo on Sunday. Okojie explained that the move was necessary given the level of insecurity in the country. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership Newspaper Sunday 23rd November 2014 PDP Screens Aspirants For Governorship Positions In The North-East Zone The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday in Bauchi screened 17 governorship aspirants from Bauchi, Yobe, Taraba and Adamawa seeking to contest on the platform of the party in the 2015 general election. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the aspirants had appeared before the screening panel chaired by a former Governor, Achike Udenwa, who assured them of fairness. He said any of the aspirants that felt dissatisfied with the panel’s decision was free to appeal. The four governorship aspirants that appeared before the panel from Taraba include immediate former Acting Governor, Garba Umar, former Minister for Niger Delta, Darius Isiaku, Mr David Kente and Amb Musa John. Former Minister of State for finance, Dr Yarima Ngama and a PDP youth leader, Hassan Kapayos were the only governorship aspirants from Yobe at the screening. In troubled Adamawa, Gov. Bala Ngilari, former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, Auwal Tukur, the son of former PDP National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, Sen. Abubakar Girei, Markus Gindiri, Aliyu Modibbo and Brig. Gen Aliyu Kama (rtd) appeared before the panel. NAN reports that the aspirants from Bauchi State include former Health Minister, Muhammad Pate, Sen. Babayo Garba Gamawa, a Member of the House of Representatives, Auwal Jatau and Aminu Hammayo. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership Newspaper Sunday 23rd November 2014 PDP Chieftain Berates INEC Over Voter Registration Exercise A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Mr. Mathew Iduoriyekemwen has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of frustrating efforts of prospective voters at registering in the ongoing voter registration exercise being carried out by the Commission. Iduoriyekemwen, who made the accusation while speaking to newsmen in Benin City, the State capital, said the exercise was being threatened because the Commission was not prepared in terms of logistics. The former governorship aspirant on the platform of the PDP, stated that part of the problem was inadequacy of data capturing machine as well as none provision of generator to power the few available ones. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 PDP NWC Reviews Sack Of Adamawa, Ebonyi Excos The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reviewed the sack of Adamawa and Ebonyi States party executives to suspension. PDP had on Wednesday, sacked the party executives in the States and set up caretaker committees to manage the affairs of the party in both States. A statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the review was in the light of the appeals and interventions of critical stakeholders together with the remorse demonstrated by the executives. But THISDAY gathered that it may not be unconnected with threats of defection to opposition parties by the Lawmakers in the two States. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 Tambuwal Apologizes To Mark Over Attack By House Member Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, on Friday tendered an unreserved apology to Senate President, David Mark, over the assault on him by a Member of the House when he visited the lower chamber on Thursday. A statement by Senate President’s Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, said the Speaker appealed to Mark to pardon the misdeed of Abdul Malik Usman Cheche (PDP, Niger) who reportedly held the Senate president by his shoulders, shaking him vehemently and almost removed his cap when the latter visited the House chamber to calm frayed nerves following the pandemonium that accompanied the invasion of the National Assembly by security forces. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; House Of Representatives; David Mark http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 Obanikoro Joins Lagos Guber Race The race to determine who picks the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket in Lagos State is taking shape as former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has formally declared to contest the 2015 governorship election. Obanikoro, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Ghana, arrived at the Ikeja GRA Lagos PDP Secretariat in company of his supporters on Friday and told party leaders that there was need for members of the PDP to play the politics of the primary as members of the same family. The Chairman of Lagos PDP, Mr. Tunji Shelle, other members of the executive and party faithful received the former Minister. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 No Plan To Leave PDP, Says Suswam Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has denied a news report that he was nursing plans to defect from the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) to the Labour Party (LP) should he fail to secure the ticket of the party for the Benue North East Senatorial zone presently occupied by Senator Barnabas Gemade. Suswam was reacting to a speculation that the Presidency had given automatic tickets to forty PDP Senators in the country. Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 APC Threatens To Reject Result Of 2015 Election  The All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a swipe at the Presidency for its response to the warning that if the 2015 elections were rigged, the party would not recognise the outcome and would go ahead to form a parallel government, saying that that represented the stand of the party. In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said that what Governor Rotimi Amaechi said at the APC’s Salvation Rally, which had now rankled the Presidency into a state of delirium, was simply to reiterate the stand taken by the party before the last Osun State governorship election. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 "We’ll Be Vigilant Against Jonathan’s Unlawful Tactics The Minority Leader of Nigeria’s House of Representatives and APC Caucus Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed sadness over events that led him and other members into scaling the National Assembly gate to gain entrance into their duty post on Thursday. The police and other security agencies on Thursday blocked Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, and many other APC Lawmakers from entering the National Assembly complex while their counterparts in the PDP had easy access to the Legislative building. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 Again INEC Assures Every Validly Registered Voter Must Get Card Despite the challenges facing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards, the Commission has assured that no effort would be spared to ensure that every validly registered voter got his / her Permanent Voter Card (PVC). INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, who gave the assurance, explained that the Commission had reached a comfort level to boldly say the forthcoming general election would be free, fair, credible and transparent, and would be of far higher standard than what was achieved in 2011. Jega spoke when he played host at the Commission’s head office to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West and Central Africa, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 "Jonathan Deals A Devious Hand"- Tinubu Former Governor of Lagos State and chieftain of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has condemned the action of President Goodluck Jonathan and the Nigeria police in attempting to stop Aminu Tambuwal from entering the National Assembly as dealing a devious hand. He lamented that it was the President who wrote to Tambuwal to convene the House of Representatives under matters of urgent national importance to consider the extension of emergency rule in some North-Eastern States, only to send the police to block and harass him. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 Police Action Disgraceful, Says APC Governor’s Forum All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors have officially reacted to the commotion that happened at the National Assembly last Thursday during which the Speaker of the House of representatives and other Members of the Green Chamber of the National Assembly were not only prevented by the police from having access to the chambers, but were also tear-gassed by the police, describing the development as unfortunate. Chairman of the APC Governors’ forum and Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha who spoke on behalf of the Forum described the incident as a disgrace to the country’s growing democracy, and the worst known incident in the history of the country’s National Assembly. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 I’m Available To Answer Police Invitation, Says Tambuwal Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has expressed readiness to answer any police invitation extended to him as a law-abiding citizen of the country. A statement by his Media Assistant, Imam Dalhatu Imam, said the Speaker got information that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abbah, had ordered that he be invited to the Force headquarters and be arrested if he resisted. Tambuwal, while regretting what he alleged as “unprofessional conduct of the police” assured that he was available and ready to answer any question. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 House Insists IGP Must Grace Summon The House of Representatives Friday insisted the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, must appear in person next Tuesday to answer questions over the invasion of the National Assembly by armed policemen who threw tear gas canisters at the Speaker, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and some Legislators. The House committee on Police Affairs handed down the ultimatum after it declined to have audience with the representative of the IGP, Mr. Sotonye Wakama, DIG Operations ,whom he had sent. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; IGP; House Of Representatives http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 Tambuwal Picks Sokoto Guber Nomination Form The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Friday picked a nomination form to contest for the governorship under the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Sokoto State. This is just as the State APC Chairman, Alhaji Bala Hassan Abubakar 111, said the leadership of the party had unanimously endorsed Tambuwal as the party’s governorship candidate for the 2015 election. Speaking shortly after picking his nomination form at the APC Headquarters in Sokoto, Tambuwal said his decision to vie for the governorship election was in response to the call by the people of Sokoto that he should come back home and serve them. Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 Ekiti: Fashola Seeks Jonathan’s Intervention Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Friday said President Goodluck Jonathan “has a moral role now to play" in the manner the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin was impeached by seven Lawmakers. The Governor sought the President’s intervention when 19 Lawmakers elected on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) protested Omirin’s impeachment at the Lagos House, Ikeja. Fashola, who described it as unconstitutional, said there “are rules in the House about how the leader emerges and how he could be removed.  Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Saturday 22nd November 2014 Guber Aspirant Ambode Tours Lagos LG, Recieves Massive Acceptance Chances of the frontline governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressive Congress in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, emerging as the flagbearer of the party during the December 2 primaries brightened during the week as his tour of Local Governments across the State entered its second week. Apapa, Surulere, Lagos Mainland, Ikeja, Ifako Ijaye, Agege, Eti Osa and Lagos Island Local Government Areas were the places the former Accountant General visited in between Monday and yesterday in his quest to secure his party’s nod for the exalted position. At every Local Government Area, the green light for Ambode’s candidature was not in doubt as he was received in a carnival-like atmosphere. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 22nd November 2014 PDP Calls For Full Investigation Into Fracas At The National Assembly The National Working Committee (NWC), of the PDP has called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the circumstances that lead to the fracas at the National Assembly on Nov. 20. The call is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olisa Metuh, the party`s National Publicity Secretary in Abuja on Friday. The statement said the call had become necessary in the light of accusations and counter accusations over the unfortunate incident that led to the shutdown of the National Assembly. It charged the Inspector General of Police to unravel the fact of the incident within the next 72 hours. According to the statement, the sanctity of the National Assembly as an arm of government and citadel of democracy must be upheld at all times. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 22nd November 2014 "Why I Went To The Green Chamber"- David Mark President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, today provided insights into his visit to the Green Chamber of the House of Representatives in the heat of the pandemonium that occurred in the National Assembly on Thursday. Already, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State have appealed to the President of the Senate to tamper justice with mercy and forgive Hon. Abdul Malik Usman Cheche (PDP Niger) who assaulted him on the floor of the House on Thursday. In a statement from his office, Senator Mark explained that he was in the House “to ascertain the safety of Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and his colleagues having received reports that canisters of tear gas were targeted at the Lawmakers.” Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; House Of Representatives; David Mark http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 22nd November 2014 "Why We Scaled The Fence"- Gbajabiamila, Ogene The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and APC Caucus Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has explained his role in Thursday’s incident at the National Assembly. Gbajabiamila who was one of those who scaled the gate to gain entrance into the National Assembly premises said what he did was to save democracy. Also speaking on the incident, Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Affairs, Hon. Victor Afam Ogene, who also scaled the gate said the action was necessary in the interest of their safety as plain clothes security men who had pepper spray in their possession had already infiltrated the Lawmakers who had gathered and were spraying the substance in the air. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/
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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 22nd November 2014 "Jonathan Has Performed Below Average, I Didn’t Know Yar’adua Was Sick"- Obasanjo Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday described President Goodluck Jonathan’s performance in office as below average.  PUNCH reports that Obasanjo gave the rating in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during Ake Festival. "His performance is below average. I will not accept responsibility for his performance. There is nobody that gets such a position without being helped".  On Why he picked President Jonathan as a VP candidate over the likes of Donald Duke, Obasanjo said, "In my own life, I don’t put all my eggs in one basket. Duke was young enough to be in the reserve. He did not agree with me. Donald Duke is my friend but he needs a little of toning down. He needs to get his feet on the ground.” Speaking on Late President Umaru Yar’Adua, Obasanjo said, "Yar’Adua told me he was well. He showed me his medical report and I even consulted experts". Nigeria 2015; Obasanjo http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 22nd November 2014 "I Am Carrying Out An Intellectual Campaign To Ensure Nigerian Leaders End Up In Jail"- Pat Utomi In a recent interview with The Sun newspaper, Prof. Pat Utomi, the renowned Economist and businessman noted that he was completely disenchanted with the way Nigeria was being run and blamed President Jonathan’s government for the falling price of oil. When asked about his presidential ambition, Professor Pat Utomi said: "I actually despise the use of that word ‘ambition’. I had a desire as a citizen to work with other citizens to create a better society. But if some other citizens don’t like it, then I can take a bow and face other things that I can do. If it is ambition, it becomes do or die. My attitude is that, if we had political parties, you would not be offering yourself, the leaders of the political party would identify credible persons that they want to project for elective positions, bring them into their party to vie for elective positions on their platforms. But here, any armed robber that presents N10million, gets ticket to become a Governor. Most of the people who lead in Nigeria should be jailed. And I’m carrying an international campaign to make sure many of them end up in jail in The Hague." Nigeria 2015; Pat Utomi http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 22nd November 2014 PDP Cancels Ward Congresses In Lagos, Oyo, Cross River The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cancelled the November 1 Ward congresses conducted in Lagos, Cross River and Oyo. This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olisa Metuh, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja on Friday. According to the statement fresh ward congresses would be conducted in the three States on Monday, November 24. Metuh also said that the party’s, NWC had reviewed the state of the party in Adamawa and Ebonyi. He said that the party had rescinded the dissolution Executives Committees in Adamawa and Ebonyi. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 22nd November 2014 AGF Orders Taraba Acting Governor To Hand-Over To Danladi The Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Bello Adoke, has directed the Acting Governor of Taraba, Alhaji Garba Umar, to immediately hand over power to Abubakar Danladi in order to prevent a vacuum. Adoke said this in a statement signed by the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Mr Abdullahi Yola, made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja. He said the directive became necessary following the nullification of the impeachment of the former Deputy Governor of Taraba, Abubakar Danladi, by the Supreme Court on November 21. Taraba 2014; Acting Governor; AGF; Supreme Court; Danladi http://www.nigerian
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Daily Post News Online Friday 21st November 2014 “Fallout At National Assembly Was A Horrible Sight”- Peterside A Federal Lawmaker, Dakuku Peterside has said he is unaware that the National Assembly has been closed till Tuesday next week. He disclosed that the House Committee on Police Affairs has summoned the Inspector General of Police to appear before it. Peterside made the denial while narrating his ordeal following the chaos that happened at the National Assembly Complex. The Lawmaker representing Adoni- Opobo /Nkoro Federal Constituency also noted that the House sat despite the supposed closure of the National Assembly.He said during plenary most legislators rejected President Goodluck Jonathan’s request to extend emergency rule in the 3 North Eastern States of Borno Adamawa and Yobe States and called for his impeachment because they felt the President was behind the Police action. Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives; Tambuwal http://dailypost.ng
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Daily Post News Online Friday 21st November 2014 National Assembly Drama: Police Did The Right Thing The Presidency has stated that the drama that occurred at the National Assembly on Thursday was ‘normal’. It said the security operatives were not wrong to block the National Assembly Complex, where Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and other Lawmakers were prevented from gaining access to the House to preside over the deliberation on the extension of emergency rule in the North-East. Addressing Journalists yesterday after the fracas, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe who noted that Suleiman Abba never invaded the National Assembly, but barricaded it, said, “Assumption (on whether the police boss was acting on instruction from the President) should stop. The IGP is a very senior officer of the government and his duties are to enforce the law. Nigeria 2015; National Assembly; President Jonathan http://dailypost.ng
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Daily Post News Online Friday 21st November 2014 Enugu PDP Crisis: Chime’s Camp Suffers Another Setback As Court Dismisses Case A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, dismissed a motion for joinder brought by some members of the Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking to be joined in the suit (number FHC/ABJ//CS/816/2014) filed by Mr. Orji Chinenye Godwin, Chiefs Cletus C. Akalusi and Orji C. Orji on behalf of themselves and all Delegates elected on November 1, 2014 Ward Congress against the PDP, the National Chairman and the National Organising Secretary as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. This is even as an Enugu State High Court presided over by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Innocent Umezulike, on the same day granted a motion for joinder brought by Mr. Orji Chineye Godwin, Chiefs Cletus C. Akalusi and Orji C. Orji seeking to be joined in the suit (number E/446/2014) brought against the PDP by Mr. Charles Okafor of the Enugu State chapter of party. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng
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Daily Post News Online Friday 21st November 2014 “Fracas At National Assembly An Act Of Brigandage”- CNPP The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) rose from an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon, describing the fracas at the National Assembly as an act of brigandage. The group in a statement issued after the meeting said it condemned in no uncertain terms the brigandage and rascality of the Nigeria Police Force as evidenced with the desecration of the National Assembly.The statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, said “it is yet to understand the motive behind the violence unleashed by the Nigeria Police Force, to Honourable Members of the House of Representatives, in utter violation of the core mandate of the Police to protect and defend the people and the laws of the land. Nigeria 2015; CNPP http://dailypost.ng/
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Punch News Online Friday 21st November 2014 Obasanjo Receives PVC, Advises INEC A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to rectify errors on the voter register so that Nigerians will not be disenfranchised in 2015. Obasanjo spoke on Thursday when he was presented with his Permanent Voter Card. “Whatsoever correction that needs to be done should be done. If we do not do that, many people will be disenfranchised and it would undermine our democratic process,” he said Nigeria 2015; Obasanjo http://www.punchn
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Daily Times News Online Friday 21st November 2014 Throw Out President’s Request For Extension Of Emergency Rule, ACF Urges National Assembly The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has called on the National Assembly throw away the President’s request for an extension of the emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. Mr. Jonathan had urged the Senate and the House of Representatives to approve a six-month extension in the three States. The ACF, in a statement by its spokesman, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, described such call for extension of emergency rule as uncalled for since it had so far failed to yield desired results, but had actually produced an opposite effect. Nigeria 2015; ACF; Insurgency; State Of Emergency http://www.dailyt
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Daily Times News Online Friday 21st November 2014 “Jonathan Is Going Down The Drain Of Merciless History”- Sheikh Gumi A Kaduna-based renowned Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmed Gumi on Friday said President Goodluck Jonathan is going down the drain of merciless history and falling at an acceleration. Sheikh Gumi who wrote this on his facebook wall said, President Jonathan didn’t listen to the words of wisdom and “has already entered a cul-de-sac with his party.” The cleric who titled the write-up, “NASS blockade: Sign of Good omen” said, the National Assembly is the heart of our collective existence. It’s the core of the democratic governance and the antidote to political impunity and despotism. Nigeria 2015; Sheikh Gumi http://www.dailyt
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Daily Times News Online Friday 21st November 2014 National Assembly Fracas: IG Tells Politicians To Bey The Law The Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abba has cautioned politicians and their followers to respect constituted authorities and follow due process in the pursuit of their agenda. He gave the warning in response to the fracas that ensued at the National Assembly yesterday between his men and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal with his supporters when the Police blocked their entry into the National Assembly Premises. While the Senators and House Members fumed, the Presidency and Abba justified the deployment of security operatives, saying it was to defend the 1999 Constitution and prevent a breakdown of law and order. Nigeria 2015; IG of Police; National Assembly http://www.dailyt
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Sun News Online Friday 21st November 2014 2015: “PDP, Jonathan’ll Sweep South-West”- Abiodun Akinlade Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the Lawmaker representing Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency, Chief Abiodun Akinlade, has reiterated the superior posture of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, South West and the country at large, saying that the party is on a good stead to replicate its 2003 feat in the zone. Speaking to newsmen in Lagos, the third term lawmaker noted that the people of the South West had tolerated and had enough of the opposition, adding that the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 would be a good thing for the PDP, as it would consolidate the transformation of the country. Akinlade, a governorship aspirant of the PDP in Ogun State said with the influx of strong politicians into the party from the zone, the PDP was on its way to a landslide in the South-West. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.c

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Sun News Online Friday 21st November 2014 Delta 2015: Ex-Lawmaker Canvasses Support For Obuh Former member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Aniocha/Oshimili Constituency, Prince Ned Nwoko, has thrown his weight behind the governorship ambition of Tony Obuh, saying his emergence is a good choice for the people of Delta State. In a chat with journalists in Abuja, Nwoko said Obuh had all the needed qualifications to be Governor of the State, urging other aspirants to queue behind him and support his emergence. Describing Obuh as the best for the office, the former Delta North senatorial candidate, stated that Obuh’s emergence was a break from the norm of political class taking leadership position in the State. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.c

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Sun News Online Friday 21st November 2014 APC Senator Begs Buhari, Kwankwaso To Step Down For Kwankwaso Chairman of the Senate Committee on States and Local Governments, Kabiru Gaya, yesterday appealed to former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to step down for Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 polls. Gaya, a former Governor of Kano State, who made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, said the duo of Buhari and Atiku, as elder statesmen should allow a younger and more vibrant man, like Kwankwaso to fly the party’s ticket. He also said the achievements of the Kano State Governor, who is spending 75 per cent of the State’s budget on capital projects and 25 per cent on recurrent expenditure, were enough proof that he would transform the nation’s economy, if elected. Nigeria 2015; Kwankwaso; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.c

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Sun News Online Friday 21st November 2014 Jonathan Will Win Without Rigging, Presidency Replies Amaechi The Presidency yesterday reacted to a statements credited to Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi on the 2015 general elections. Speaking on Wednesday at Eagle Square, Abuja venue of the Salvation Rally organised by the  All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Amaechi warned against any attempt to rig the forthcoming elections as he vowed that the main opposition party would carry out “civil disobedience” as well as form a “parallel government.” But reacting yesterday, Dr Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, faulted Amaechi, that Jonathan would win the next election without rigging. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://sunnewsonline.c

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ThisDay Newspaper Friday 21st November 2014 “Political Parties Must Work Together To Sustain National Unity”- Maduekwe The Nigerian Ambassador to Canada, Ojo Maduekwe, has advised political parties in the country to find a common ground to work together for the survival of Nigeria’s unity. He pointed out that politicians should consider the nation first before any other premordial consideration, saying there was a loyalty that is higher than all parties: Nigeria. Maduekwe took this position as a guest speaker at a book launch by Mr. Chidi Amuta titled: “Writing The Wrong.” The book is Amuta’s compendium of essays published in the national newspapers including THISDAY. Nigeria 2015; Maduekwe C
Guardian Newspaper Friday 21st November 2014 PDP Will Sweep All 2015 Polls, Says Aliyu Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State is optimistic that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will win 80 percent of all elective position at next year’s general elections. Similarly, no fewer than 500 associations and political groups from the three Senatorial Districts of Niger State have unanimously adopted the former Chief of Staff to Governor Aliyu, Mohammed Umar Nasko as People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate for the 2015 election even as he is set to declare his intention. Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 69
Guardian Newspaper Friday 21st November 2014 Benue PDP Women Leader Wants Jonathan Out Of Gemade/ Suswam Feud People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Women Leader in Benue State, Mrs Felicia Tondu, has advised President Jonathan to steer clear of Benue North-East Senatorial politics. Addressing journalists in Makurdi on Wednesday, the Gboko-based woman said that Jonathan has grown beyond local politics and should not be involved in it but allow a level playing field for all aspirants to test their political might at the poll. Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 69
Guardian Newspaper Friday 21st November 2014 Edo Police Arrests Two INEC Officials Over Illegal Registration The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of two ad-hoc staff members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who were allegedly involved in the illegal registration of people at a residence of a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward II Oredo Local Council of the State. Some youths of the APC had stormed the residence at about 4pm on Tuesday in company of security operatives after it was learnt that the party leader confiscated INEC machines and members of staff were registering people illegally. Edo 2015; INEC 71
Guardian Newspaper Friday 21st November 2014 NBA, Others Partner To Ensure Violence-Free Election In Akwa Ibom To ensure free, credible, fair and violence-free elections in Akwa Ibom come 2015, government has been called upon to desist from imposition of candidates against the wish of the people as well as allowing the wish of the people to prevail. The Head of Ikot Oboroenyin Edemaya Clan, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State, Sir Gabriel Ekere, made this known at a one-day workshop ahead of the 2015 general elections held in Eket organized by the Nigeria Police Force in collaboration with the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Akwa Ibom State branch and INEC. He called on politicians not to make politics a do or die affair. Akwa Ibom 2015; Violence-Free; Ikot; NPC; NBA; INEC 71
Guardian Newspaper Friday 21st November 2014 Witnesses Allege Malpractice In Osun Governorship Poll A principal witness in the petition by Senator Iyiola Omisore, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the August 9th governorship election in Osun State, Prince Bola Ajao, Tuesday told the Panel that as the PDP Secretary in the State, he recieved numerous reports from party members on the field on the alleged malpractices that went on in some areas. Another witness, Prince Kolapo Sikiru, who said he served as supervisor to PDP and came from unit 3, Isale Osun, Osogbo Local Council during the election noted certain discrepancies in the signature of party agents presented to him for identification. Osun 2014; Tribunal 74
Vanguard Newspaper Friday 21st November 2014 PDP Chair: “Tukur Resigned Properly”- Mu’azu National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, said yesterday that former National Chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, resigned properly from his position in line with the constitution of the party. Speaking with Vanguard yesterday, Mu’azu said this was not the time in the political situation of the party and the country to argue over the issue of resignation when the party was presently preparing for the 2015 general elections. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 8
Vanguard Newspaper Friday 21st November 2014 Daniel, Kashamu Clash Over Senatorial Ambition Former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Chairman Mobilisation and Organisation Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West, Prince Buruji Kashamu, yesterday appeared before a screening panel of the PDP over their Senatorial ambition. Kashamu who had appeared for screening was later joined and embraced by Daniel at the office of the State Chairman of the party, Bayo Dayo. Kashamu spoke to newsmen saying “one has to step down for the other but I don’t know who is going to step down for the otherbut I believe he is going to step down for me.” Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 11
Nation Newspaper Friday 21st November 2014 Oshiomole To Fayose: “Face Proper Governance” Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomole has told his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose, to face the task of governance, rather than drag his (Oshiomole’s) name into the “political gangsterism” that is associated with him. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria, Oshiomole said, “We find it laughable and childish for Fayose to seek to drag Oshiomole into his ‘crude gangster tactics’, which he has re-introduced into Ekiti politics less than two months after assuming office.If the Ekiti State Governor is too lazy to read and know what is going on in Edo State House of Assembly, we expect his psychedelic Aides to shut their mouths rather than behave like novices.” Ekiti 2014; Oshiomole; Fayose 9
Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 Supreme Court Sacks Acting Governor Of Taraba The Supreme Court has sacked Garba Umar, Acting Governor of Taraba State.  PREMIUM TIMES reports that the court nullified the impeachment of Abubakar Danladi, erstwhile Deputy Governor to ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai.  The court has ordered that Danladi be sworn in immediately. Taraba 2015; Deputy Governor; Impeachment; Supreme Court http://www.nigerian
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 Aliyu Apologises To Mark Over Unruly Conduct Of Niger Lawmaker Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, on Thursday tendered an unreserved apology to the Senate President, Senator David Mark, over the unruly conduct of Hon. Abdullahi Degechi Usman Cheche, adding that the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), government and people of the State were embarrassed by the brazen show of disrespect exhibited by the Member. Aliyu, who made this known in Minna on account of the physical attack on Senator David Mark by Niger Zone A Member of the House of Representative, Hon. Cheche, said his action was despicable, notorious and dishonorable for a Lawmaker. Aliyu intimated that already the State PDP had commenced disciplinary action against the Assembly Member, adding that his despicable action must be addressed to serve as deterrent and also to sanitize the party of nitwits like Cheche. He said it was time politicians understood that occupying elective positions comes with basic acceptable attributes. He said no matter how bad issues are, they should be subjected to dialogue and not fisticuffs. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 Enugu Crisis: PDP Denies Plans By Chime, Others To Leave Party The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State on Thursday dismissed as false, mischievous and misleading the allegation that Governor Sullivan Chime and his team “might be planning to pitch their tent with the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to further their political ambition,” saying it’s the handiwork of mischief makers who don’t wish the PDP well in the State. Reacting to reports in some sections of the media that most campaign posters of members of the party in the State pasted all over the Enugu metropolis had no PDP logo on them, the party, through a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Dr. Okey Eze, debunked the allegation, stressing that virtually all the posters produced by its aspirants in the State have the party’s logo on them, wondering where the false report emanated from. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdayl
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 23 Adamawa Lawmakers Set To Leave PDP Over Dissolution Of State Exco Twenty-three out of 25 Lawmakers of the Adamawa State House of Assembly have threatened to defect from the People Democratic Party (PDP) if the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party does not rescind its earlier decision of dissolving  the Joel Madaki-led State executive committee. The Lawmakers said the unfriendly dissolution of the State exco  was against their interest and genuine wishes of the State electorate following the fact that the dissolution was done because the Madaki-led exco refused to agree with the schemed of the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, to impose his preferred candidate on the State. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdayl
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 Onu Heads APC Presidential Screening Committee The All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated an eight-member committee headed by Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu to screen its presidential aspirants ahead of the December 10 national convention to elect its  candidate for the 2015 presidential election. Speaking during the inauguration at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja yesterday, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, said members of the committee  are individuals with proven  integrity who have made some  positive achievements. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 Buhari Launches Presidential Campaign Fund Initiative, Targets About N7 Billion Former Head of State and one of the presidential aspirants seeking the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has commenced an initiative to pull campaign funds  from amongst his supporters in the country. The aim of the initiative is to raise about N7 billion from an estimated 70 million party supporters and admirers who will be expected to contribute a minimum of N100 each. Addressing a group of young supporters under the aegis of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), Buhari decided to buy into the initiative  because of the in-built mechanism for ensuring accountability and transparency in its operations. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 PDP Calls For Emergency Rule In Nasarawa Following the incessant cases of communal clashes in The Nasarawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency,  declare emergency rule in the State to quell the crisis and security challenges. Addressing journalists in Abuja, the State PDP Chairman, Yuhana Ilaya, said the security situation in the State had worsened in recent weeks following the importation of large number of mercenaries who have now embarked on wide spread destruction of villages, towns and communities across Nasarawa South and North Senatorial Zones. State of Emergency; Nasarawa State; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 Pro Fayose Lawmakers Remove Ekiti Speaker, Deputy The pro-Fayose Lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday removed Hon. Adewale Omirin as the Speaker of the assembly and elevated the Speaker pro-tempore, Hon. Dele Olugbemi, to occupy the seat. The Deputy Speaker, Hon Tunji Orisalade, suffered a similar fate as he was equally removed and replaced with a female Lawmaker, Hon.  Abeni Olayinka, representing Ado constituency II. The new Speaker is a foundation member of the Campaign for Democracy, a human rights organisation. Omirin, however, insisted that he remains the Speaker of the Assembly, saying two-thirds majority of the Assembly was required to unseat him as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution. Ekiti 2014; State House Of Assembly; Fayose http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 Fulani Group Backs Jonathan The National President of a Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, has reiterated the association’s total support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general election. Bodejo discredit the allegation of his suspension published in one of the national newspapers. This was contained in a press statement signed by the National Secretary of the association; Mr. Saleh Alhassan, and made available to THISDAY in Lafia. Nigeria 2015; Fulani; President Jonathan http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 Taraba Crisis: PDP Aspirant Accuses Umar Of Security Negligence A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Taraba State, Mr. Darius Ishaku, has accused the Acting Governor of the State, Alhaji Garba Umar, of morbid negligence, saying he has failed to ensure the security of lives and property of the people. He stated that as against the position of the Acting Governor that there is peace in most parts of the State, peoples’ lives and property are being destroyed in  Ibi, Gassol, Wukari. Ishaku, who was also a Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, in a statement made available to THISDAY yesterday added: “Silent massacres are ongoing in troubled areas of the State where thousands of residents have been displaced,’’ saying the government has been unable to ensure the security of lives and properties of the people. Taraba 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 CODER Urges Nigerians To Insist On 2011 Manual Voter’s Register Nigerians have been advised to demand that the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  Prof. Attahiru Jega, should use the 2011 compiled manual register for the 2015 general election or else the election  will be a failure. Lawyer, rights activist and convener of the Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reform (CODER), Mr. Ayo  Opadokun, who gave the advice during a press conference in Lagos, said the software used for the digitalised bio-data capture in 2011 was corrupted, explaining why Governor Babatunde Fashola’s name is missing from the register. Nigeria 2015; CODER; Voter’s Register http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 APC, Buhari, Atiku Express Outrage Over FG, Police Lawlessness The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over what it described as an unbridled show of lawlessness being displayed in the National Assembly by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government under the watchful eye of President Goodluck Jonathan. The party also accused the President of sabotaging his own administration’s war against Boko Haram on the altar of personal vindictiveness and political desperation, an action that is unbecoming of any self-respecting national leader. In the same vein, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has slammed the crude methods the Jonathan administration is using to harass and humiliate perceived political enemies. Speaking on the fracas that broke out on Thursday at the National Assembly when an attempt was made to prevent the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, from entering the Legislative Chambers, APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun expressed fear that the country may fall apart. Similarly, the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari expressed concern over the alleged lockout in the National Assembly by the police, warning of the imminent danger inherent in politicising the security forces. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 Kano Government Threatens Law Suit Over Irregularities In Voters’ Registration Exercise The Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has said the State government is ready to go to court if the inconsistencies associated with the voters’ registration exercise are not properly addressed. Speaking with journalists on Thursday in his office in Kano, Ganduje wondered why the exercise was not properly handled by those entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring its total success, saying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should have expedite action on accomplishing the giant task. According to him, the issue of voters’ registration is something that should be taken seriously by the government, stressing that, “in an ideal democratic setting, no one is expected to be disenfranchised.” Kano 2015; INEC; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday
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ThisDay Live Friday 21st November 2014 “Nigeria Will Witness Change In Three Months”- Nda- Isaiah A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, has predicted that an end to a 15-year reign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was already in sight. Nda-Isiah, who is the Chairman and  publisher of Leadership Newspapers, condemned the decision of the Nigeria police to block the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, from entering into the National Assembly complex. He said these during a meeting with Governor Babatunde Fashola at the Lagos House, Ikeja where he said the kind of brigandage displayed at the National Assembly was unprecedented. At the meeting, the presidential hopeful said what happened at the display of some officers of the Nigeria Police “is a clear indication that the country is in need of urgent change.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisday
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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 United States, European Union Blast Governor Shema For Calling Opposition Cockroaches The European Union (EU) and United States on Thursday urged Nigerians to work towards ensuring peaceful election in 2015. Briefing newsmen in Abuja, Mr Michel Arrion, EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, called on political actors in the country to desist from using hate speeches and shun violence. “I will not hide what I read today in the press. If really the speech delivered in Hausa by the Governor of Katsina (Ibrahim Shema) is real and confirmed, I would say it is the beginning of something that is a serious source of concern for us.” He’s quoted as having said: `”you should not be bothered with cockroaches of politics. What do you do when you have a cockroach in your house? and the crowd respond `you kill it, yes, you must crush them. Those kinds of statement are extremely dangerous and not acceptable. I’m not sure people using that kind of language realise what it means and I want to be really clear on that, we have to be careful and there is no good reason whatsoever to call someone a cockroach.” In a separate statement, the United States expressed concerns over what it described as “violent political rhetoric” and reiterated the need for stakeholders to promote a peaceful election environment. The statement, which was made available by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, specifically condemned the statement made by the Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State. Katsina 2015; US; EU; Governor Shema http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 Omisore Claims Party Leaders Want To Assasinate Him Senator Iyiola Omisore, candidate of the Peeoples Democratic Party, PDP claims that some persons suspected to be leaders of one of the parties in the State have concluded plans to assassinate him.  According to VANGUARD, a statement in Osogbo by his Media aide, Mr. Victor Oriola, read, “We are constrained to inform the general public, especially the security agents that we have uncovered plots to assassinate Senator Iyiola Omisore in order to cover up the electoral heist perpetrated on August 9, 2014. We have noticed that whenever Senator Omisore comes to the venue of the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal at Oke-Fia, he is being trailed by an unmarked vehicle, ostensibly to monitor his movement. Because of this development, Senator Omisore has been advised not to appear personally in court in order to forestall these unscrupulous elements from perpetrating their evil deed”, the statement added. Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 Fayose Advises Oshiomole To Stop Meddling In Ekiti Affairs Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has advised Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state to stop meddling in Ekiti affairs. According to PUNCH, Fayose through his Special Adviser on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, on Thursday, said that Oshiomhole allegedly perpetrated illegality by shifting the sitting of the Edo Assembly to the Government House and that he should face the administration of his State and stop meddling in the affairs of Ekiti. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 130 Lawmakers Sign President Jonathan’s Impeachment Notice On Thursday, 130 Members of the Federal House of Representatives began moves to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan.  According to TH NATION, the 130 Lawmakers signed an impeachment notice register, alleging executive recklessness, interference and abuse of police.  Shortly after signing the impeachment notice register, a principal officer of the House said, “With how the police and security agents molested Members of the House of Representatives, President Goodluck Jonathan has lost our goodwill. We have resolved to stop this impunity in the land”.  THE NATION claims that Senators are in league with Members of the House to move against President Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; Impeachment; President Jonathan; House Of Representatives; Tambuwal http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 Prominent Nigerians React To National Assembly Siege On Thursday, we reported that Speaker of the House of representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and several other Members of the National Assembly where locked outside and teargassed by security operatives.  Prominent Nigerians have reacted to the National Assembly siege.  Speaking on the situation, Sen. Adeyeye Olusola (APC-Osun) described the trend as an attack on Nigerians. On his part, Sen. Ali Ndume (PDP-Borno) said “this is an ugly trend and must be condemned by all.” Also, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, Chairman Senate Committee on Information, said “we are undoubtedly worried by the incident but I can assure you that effort is on to clear the mess’’. Meanwhile, Sen. Abdullahi Adama (PDP-Nasarawa) advises the authority to stabilise the polity as soon as possible, adding that “these different challenges we are experiencing could halt our hard earned democracy’’. Constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), also condemned Thursday’s action by the police at the National Assembly complex. Speaking in a telephone interview with NAN in Lagos, Sagay said the action of the police on the Legislators portends a great danger to Nigeria’s democracy. Speaking similarly, Mr Onyekachi Ubani, a former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, urged Nigerian leaders to focus on the current challenges being faced by the country. He noted that while it was shameful to see lawmakers scaling the fence to gain entrance into the complex, those who did so were only out to prove a point. “They were only trying to prove a point that not even the police can stop them from carrying out the responsibility entrusted to them by the Constitution,” Ubani said. Human Rights lawyers, Fred Agbaje and Kayode Ajulo also condemned action of the Police. In his reaction, Agbaje, told NAN in a telephone interview that what the policemen did was “sacrilegious”. Ajulo, told NAN that “police incessant dabbling into the nation’s politics has got to stop”.

 

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 Jonathan Calls For Synergy Of Three Arms Of Government President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday stressed the need for “constructive and productive engagement” among the three arms of government to tackle the current security challenges in the country. Jonathan made the statement shortly after swearing in the new Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said that while every effort was being made to tackle the security challenges, the need for the three arms of government to join forces in addressing them was vital. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.nigerianbulletin.co

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 Assembly Invasion: PDP Cautions Assembly Members, Amaechi The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as embarrassing, the violence on Thursday by some Lawmakers, which led to the closure of the National Assembly, even as it distanced itself and the Presidency from the development. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement said lawmakers “are responsible adults elected by their Constituencies and wondered what would have happened if the law enforcement agencies were not there to maintain law and order.” The PDP described the incident as unfortunate and cautioned that the parliament, being the nucleus of democracy, its Members should be above board as Nigerians expect the best of behaviour from them. On the statement by Governor Rotimi Ameachi of Rivers state that the opposition would form a parallel government if the PDP wins the 2015 general election, the PDP said it was shocked and stunned by the statement especially coming from an elected person. It cautioned Governor Amaechi against unduly overheating the system and urged him to concentrate on his duties in his state. Stating that Governor Amaechi was a democrat when he was in the PDP, the ruling party urged him not to allow the undemocratic attitude of the APC to becloud him. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.co

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 First Lady Snubs Bayelsa Delegation During President Jonathan’s Birthday Bash Wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, tactically avoided the Bayelsa State delegation, led by Governor Seriake Dickson, who came to rejoice with the President on his 57th birthday in Abuja on Thursday. No Member of the National Assembly from the State was also on the delegation. There has been no love lost between the Governor and the President’s wife over an alleged plan by Mrs. Jonathan to stop Dickson from being re-elected as the State Governor. The PUNCH had reported exclusively on Thursday that Bayelsa Senators and Members of the House of Representatives at the National Assembly had joined forces with the First Lady against Dickson. Bayelsa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.co

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 Ozekhome UrgesTambuwal To Resign Mr Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), on Thursday called on Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker, House of Representatives, to resign for peace to reign in the Legislature. Ozekhome, a constitutional lawyer, said this in an interview on Thursday while reacting to the Lawmakers’ fracas which culminated in Thursday’s shut down of the National Assembly. Ozekhome said that the undercurrent of the entire episode was that some Lawmakers must have felt that the reconvening of the House would lead to Tambuwal’s impeachment by his opponents. This, he said, could have informed their desperate attempt to get to the chambers by climbing the National Assembly gate and fence when it was closed against them to forestall the impending fracas. Nigeria 2015; Ozekhome; Tambuwal http://www.nigerianbulletin.co

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 Ekiti Government Orders Impeached Speaker, Deputy Speaker To Return State Property The Ekiti State Government on Thursday ordered impeached Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin, his Deputy, Abeni Olayinka, to return all State property in their possession. This directive is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Dr. Modupe Alade in Ado-Ekiti. The statement congratulated the new Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Dele Olugbemi and the Deputy Speaker, Mrs Abeni Olayinka, on their ascension to office. The statement assured the new helmsmen of the readiness of the State government to work with him. It called for a smooth working relationship between the new leadership of the House and the Fayose administration in order to move the State forward. Alade charged other Lawmakers who had gone on self exile to return and perform duties they were elected for. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 21st November 2014 House Of Reps Rejects Extension Of State Of Emergency The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected the request by President Goodluck Jonathan to further extend the emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. Rep. Mohammed Zakari, Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, said announced this to newsmen shortly after the house rose from its executive session. Zakari said that the House resolved that the Federal Government should rely on the provisions of the Constitution to deploy military personnel to further combat insurgency in the affected region. Nigeria 2015; Insurgency; North-East http://www.nigerianbulletin.co

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ThisDay Live Thursday 20th November 2014 IDPs: We Are Learning How To Ensure Every Eligible Voter Votes, Says Jega In an apparent move to ensure that the States with insurgent activities cast their votes in  the  2015 general election, the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is undergoing a study from other countries and Election Management Bodies (EMBs) on how to ensure that every eligible voter in the country has the opportunity to vote, particularly the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the North-East. The security challenges in the North-East States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe have created a huge displacement of persons internally since 2009, sparking  continued clamour for the respect of their civic rights. Speaking at a roundtable meeting with stakeholders on IDPs in Abuja, the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, stated that the Commission intended for every eligible voter to vote in 2015. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Thursday 20th November 2014 Ekiti Assembly Crisis: Omirin Remains Speaker, Say Pro- Fayose Lawmakers The pro-Fayose lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Wednesday reiterated that the embattled Speaker, Hon. Adewale Omirin, was not impeached during Monday’s controversial sitting of 10 Members. The Lawmakers , who insisted that 10 Lawmakers sat during the highly vilified sitting, clarified that Omirin remained the Speaker and that they never contemplated any removal nor did they habour sinister any intention against him. They disclosed that three Legislators within the rank of  the All Progressives Congress were already working with them “administratively”, saying dialogue had reached an advanced stage for the defection of six more into the PDP’s fold. The Lawmakers said this during a courtesy call  paid on the Assembly by the leadership of the Market Women Association, Ekiti chapter , in solidarity with the Legislators in view of the crisis rocking the Assembly . Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Thursday 20th November 2014 Worried APC Approaches Osoba, Attempts To Reconcile Him With Amosun Although he has left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the leadership of the APC has not given up yet on former Governor Olusegun Osoba of Ogun State as it has set up a new committee to look into his grievances and ensure the former Governor returns to its fold. But a source close to Osoba dismissed the latest effort of the APC leadership as futile, saying Osoba and his team had embraced a choice they might not turn away from on principle. Sources hinted that the latest move by the party leadership to close in on Osoba was informed by the reality of the political situation in the country, the consequences of which they reckoned could be detrimental in his local Ogun State, given APC’s desire to hold on to the South-West during the 2015 general election. Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Thursday 20th November 2014 Court Stops PDP From Using Taraba Ward Congress Results A Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from using the results of the Ward congresses conducted in Taraba State on November 1, for the purpose of fielding candidates for the 2015 general election. Justice Adeniyi Ademola granted the order via an ex-parte application filed and argued by Chief Kanu Agabi, (SAN) on behalf of the six members of the PDP in Taraba State. The plaintiffs are Senator Joel I Kenya, Hon. Sale Habu, Ali Janya Samuel, Hon. Isaac Solomon, Julde Garba and Absolom Simon. They sued for themselves and on behalf of all the Delegates returned on  November 1 at the PDP Ward congresses held in Taraba State. Taraba 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Thursday 20th November 2014 PDP Remains The Party To Beat, Says Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains the party to beat in the 2015 elections. He equally said his party was poles ahead of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and others. The President spoke at a luncheon organised by his Declaration Committee chaired by Dr. Haliru Bello Mohammed at the Banquet Hall in the Presidential Villa. He, however, advised the aspirants on the platform of the PDP to avoid desperation and  do-or-die politics. He thanked members of the party, and stakeholders  for his successful declaration to seek re-election in 2015. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Thursday 20th November 2014 You-Win Beneficiaries Lobby For Jonathan Young  business entrepreneurs who were assisted with funding and training under the Federal Government’s innovative youth empowerment programme have formed a lobby group to campaign for the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan. The youths under the auspices of Nigerian Young Entreprenuers said over 5,400 of them have so far been empowered by the Federal Government under the You-Win  programme. Speaking with journalists in Abuja on their  new mission in politics, the group’s Director of Media  Mr. Bello Muritala, listed some of the employment generation programmes being implemented by  President Jonathan to include, launching of Venture Capital Fund and provision of N220 billion to support small and medium scale businesses. Nigeria 2015; You-Win; President Jonathan http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Thursday 20th November 2014 PDP Constitutes Caretaker Committee For Adamawa, Ebonyi Following the dissolution of the State Executive Committees  (SEC) of Adamawa and Ebonyi States, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted caretaker committees to pilot the affairs of the party in the two States. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh. According to the statement, the Adamawa State Caretaker Committee has Ambassador Umar El Gash as Chairman and Senator Zik Sunday as Secretary while that of Ebonyi State has Dr. Ifeanyi Onodugo as Chairman and Mrs. Chinwe Mba as Secretary. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Thursday 20th November 2014 Atiku Seeks Oshiomole, Edo APC Leader’s Support In a bid to seek the support of the Edo people in the forthcoming All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primaries, former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday arrived Benin City, capital of Edo State, to interact with Governor Adams Oshiomhole and leaders of the party in the State to solicit their support for his ambition to secure the party’s presidential ticket. Speaking during a courtesy visit to Oshiomhole at Government House, the Turaki Adamawa said he was in Benin City to seek audience with the Governor as well as interact with party faithful in the State. Responding, Oshiomhole expressed hope that the APC would put its internal issues in order ahead of the 2015 general election, so as to provide Nigerians with an opportunity to enjoy a new approach to politics and governance. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Thursday 20th November 2014 Tinubu Hails Tambuwal’s Exit From The Presidential Race Former Lagos State Governor and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has described the decision of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, to jettison his presidential bid as bold and patriotic. In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, Tinubu said the APC had become stronger since Tambuwal joined the party. Tinubu said there are lessons to be learnt from all that are unfolding in the party towards building a better future, adding that the sacrifice the Speaker made would serve as a good example to the young and old in the party. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Thursday 20th November 2014 PDP Screens Uduaghan, Other Senatorial Aspirants In Delta State Delta State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday in Asaba screened Governor  Emmanuel Uduaghan and other aspirants  for the Senatorial primary scheduled to hold this month. Uduaghan, who is contesting in the Delta South Senatorial District, appeared before the committee, which sat at  the PDP Secretariat in Asaba. He  told journalists shortly after he was screened that he was confident of victory at the primaries because he was the most qualified to represent the Delta South Senatorial District. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Thursday 20th November 2014 DSS Arrests Six Persons For Murder Of Bayelsa Electoral Commission’s Secretary Six young men who said they have no other motive than the desire to kill have been arrested for the killing of the Secretary of the Bayelsa State Electoral Commission (BSIEC), Chief Simeon Akpane, by the men of the Department of State Security (DSS) in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. It would be recalled that Akpane, 48, was shot in the head at close range on October 10, 2014, in front of his residence at Yenezue-Gene of Yenagoa. The State Director of the DSS, Mr. Laasan Baba, who paraded the suspects lamented that the boys killed the Chief without any apparent motive. Bayelsa 2015; BSIEC; Murder http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 Ekiti Assembly Crisis: APC Lawmakers Go Into Hiding Strong indications emerged in Ekiti State on Tuesday that the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the state House of Assembly have gone into hiding, having departed the state for an unknown destination following the crisis that hit the assembly during the controversial sitting held by 10 lawmakers on Monday.

It was also gathered that the 10 lawmakers who appointed Hon. Dele Olugbemi as speaker protempore on Monday did not hold any session despite their adjournment to resume plenary on Tuesday.

This is coming as the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, clarified that he had not taken any steps that could denigrate the legislative and the judicial arms of government since assumption of office on October 16, contrary to APC’s allegation.

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 APC Presidential Ticket: Fayemi Heads 27- Member Convention Committee The former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has been appointed to head a 27-member national convention committee which will organise the December 10 presidential primaries to produce the All Progressives Congress  (APC) standard bearer for next year’s presidential election. The setting up of the convention committee came just as the party leadership spoke of plans to hold a emergency rally which THISDAY gathered might be used to protest against the alleged impunity of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government in Ekiti State. Speaking while inaugurating the convention committee, the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said the time to organise the convention was short, which meant that the challenge before the committee was enormous. He gave undertaking that the leadership of the party would give the committee members absolute freedom to carry out their assignment. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 Abia: PDP Grants Waiver To Orji Uzor Kalu As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) begins the screening of all Senatorial and House of Representatives aspirants on Wednesday and Thursday, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party may have granted a waiver to the former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, to enable him contest the Abia North Senatorial election. The PDP NWC also sacked the executive committees of the party in Adamawa and Ebonyi States, urging members of the party to disregard the published lists of delegates in the two States. This was disclosed on Tuesday to journalists by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who said the publication of lists of delegates was not authorised. Also, the PDP NWC yesterday directed that a special committee should be set up to screen Kalu in Abuja to avoid a possible violence between Orji Kalu supporters and the supporters of the incumbent Governor, Theodore Orji. Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 Enugu: APC, PDP Candidate Kick Against Chime’s N11 Billion Loan Request The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State on Tuesday reaffirmed its opposition to the N11 billion loan requests by the State government a few months to the expiration of Governor Sullivan Chime’s tenure in office. The party therefore called on the people of the State to rise up against the “illegal” loan request, saying that they should start by withdrawing their patronage from the two commercial banks (names withheld) for allegedly serving as conduit pipe to drain the coffers of the State. Also, a gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, Chinedu Onu also kicked against the loan, describing it as “awkward” in view of the general knowledge that the Chime’s administration is not known for borrowing. Enugu 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 Borno PDP Throws Weight Behind Extension Of Emergency Rule Stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno State on Tuesday threw their weight behind the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East, especially the extension of the state of emergency in the States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. The party stalwarts also promised to do everything to ensure the success of President Goodluck Jonathan at the 2015 election, insisting that it was the PDP-led administration in the country that can bring an end to Boko Haram insurgency. Borno 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 PDP Is Planning Scientific Rigging In 2015, Says APC Stalwart A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a member of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has alleged that the Presidency is plotting to rail-road President Goodluck Jonathan back to power next year. In a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja, Okechukwu accused the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Prof. Ahmed Akali, of saying that President Jonathan  would win elections in 30 States of the Federation. Okechukwu wondered how in the midst of clear evidence that Nigeria is sliding dangerously into a failed State under the watch of President Jonathan would his Political Adviser confidently boast of such. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 Osun Tribunal: Voters Were Accredited And Voted, Says PDP Secretary The Osun State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Bola Ajao, has told the Election Petition Tribunal in Osogbo that voters were allowed to be accredited and voted freely on the August 9 governorship election. Also, a chieftain of the party, Gbadebo Adeyemo, who is the third witness in the petition filed by the party and his candidate in the August 9 gubernatorial election, Senator Iyiola Omisore,  on Tuesday informed  the Tribunal that incompetent policemen  were deployed to his polling unit in Osogbo Local Government Area. Ajao stated this before the Tribunal while giving evidence at the continued hearing of the petition filed by Omisore and his party, the PDP, against the re-election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the All Progressives Congress (APC). While being cross-examined by Aregbesola’s counsel, Chief Charles Edosonwan, the APC counsel, Chief Yomi Aliu, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) counsel, Mr. Ayotunde Ogunleye, Ajao who was the petitioners’ first witness, said his claim as to the alleged rigging of the election were not witnessed by him, adding that: “I was told by my party agents.” Osun 2014; Tribunal http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 “Modu Sherrif Has No Locus Standi To Call Governor Shettima Corrupt”- Media Aide The former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, does not have the locus standi to describe his successor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima as corrupt, the Media Aide to the incumbent, Alhaji Isa Gusau, said on Tuesday. Gusau said the description was an irony, laughable and absurd, especially coming from someone who was practically broke before becoming a Governor in 2003 only to leave office as perhaps the richest man in Borno State and one of the richest former Governors in the country. The Governor’s Spokesman was reacting to an alleged claim by the former Governor in a press briefing in Maiduguri on Monday that his successor was corrupt. Borno 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 Court Declares Aja Authentic PDP Chairman In Enugu A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja presided over by Justice E. S.  Chukwu on Tuesday declared Mr. David Aja as the authentic Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State pending the appointment of another Chairman from the area where the immediate past Chairman of the party hails from. This is even as the PDP has confirmed that its nationwide November 1 Ward congresses to elect three ad hoc delegates validly held in the State. Counsel to the national leadership of the PDP, Frederick C. Olisa, stated this in an amended affidavit to override his earlier submission in a different suit in line with emerging facts. The presiding Judge, Justice Chukwu, while delivering judgment in the suit filed by Aja on October 27, granted all the reliefs sought by the plaintiff. The defendants in the suit were PDP, the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Admau Mu’azu, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Chief Ikeje Asogwa and Steve Oruruo. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 Lagos 2015: PDP Patriots Endorse Obanikoro Ahead of the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, a body known as the Lagos PDP Patriots has endorsed the candidature of the immediate past Minister of State for Defense, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. At a press conference in Lagos, leaders and members of the Patriots gathered to take a stand on what they attributed to the need for “a strong and electable candidate” to match the strength of the  ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and  boost the chances to win the State for the PDP in the next elections. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 Agbaso Promises To Rid Imo Of Poverty Imo State governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Martin Agbaso, has pledged to rid the State of poverty if he wins both the ticket to represent the PDP at the polls and also go ahead to win the election come 2015. One of the founding fathers of the PDP in Imo, Agbaso, speaking through his Director General, the Martin Agbaso Campaign Organisation in Lagos, Dr. M I Okoro, said his first focus and core area of concentration if he wins the election would be on job creation and mechanised farming. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 19th November 2014 Former Health Minister Asked To Step Down From Ebonyi Guber Race Some members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State have urged former Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, to withdraw from the governorship race, as he would not receive their support in the election. The group, under the aegis of the of Ebonyi PDP Stakeholders Forum, advised Chukwu to see the handwriting on the wall and turn down his ambition because the electorates in the State were already aggrieved on the way and manner he emerged as consensus candidate without consulting any of the nationalities in the State that have their various aspirants. The call was the second in the series after the Second Republic senator from Abakaliki zone and one of the governorship aspirants, Offia Nwali, had told Chukwu to continue with his national drive for the fight against Ebola virus and “not to mess himself up with the situation in the State politics”. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 19th November 2014 Bamanga Tukur Says He Was Forced To Resign As PDP Chairman The former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has declared that he was forced to resign his post in order for the seven defected Governors to return to the party. Tukur, however, said that following the defection of the seven PDP Governors to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013, pressures were mounted on President Goodluck Jonathan to remove him to enable the Governors’ return to the party. In a counter-affidavit he filed to a suit instituted by an aspirant to the House of Representatives in Adamawa State, Aliyu Abuba Gurin, who is seeking to unseat the present National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, and also stop the party’s planned delegates convention, described Mu’azu’s appointment as a nullity. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 19th November 2014 Governor Chime Dares President Jonathan Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime has dared President Goodluck Jonathan by declaring his intention to contest for the Enugu West Senatorial District seat.  Chime made his declaration at the Enugu West Senatorial District Zonal meeting of the PDP, which held at Awgu Local Government Council Headquarters at the weekend.  According to 247UReports, The Governor told the gathering, which comprised the 5 Council Chairmen under the Senatorial District and some party stakeholders loyal to him, that President Jonathan had not been firm over his discussions with him and that he was free to present himself to Enugu people since Enugu belonged to Enugu people.  About a week ago, President Jonathan had mediated a peace meeting between Chime and Senator Ike Ekweremadu . At the meeting, Chime was allegedly asked to drop his Senatorial ambition. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 19th November 2014 Tambuwal Drops Out Of APC Presidential Race The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Assembly, Tambuwal, is rumoured to have dropped out of the race to be Nigeria’s next President come 2015. It is believed that he has now settled to contest the Governorship elections in Sokoto State. According to Sahara Reporters, this was done as he came under pressure to drop out and support the presidential campaign of General Buhari, who is hoping to get the APC nod as the consensus candidate. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 19th November 2014 “Why I’m Stepping Down For Buhari, Atiku”- Tambuwal Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, confirmed yesterday that he had withdrawn from the 2015 presidential race.  He said in a statement that he was stepping down for the unity of the APC, and that he will give his support to any other aspirant the party produces.  Tambuwal will now run for Governor of Sokoto. He joined the presidential race last week following a defection from the PDP to APC in October. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Leadership Newspaper Wednesday 19th November 2014 APC Presidential Candidate Will Emerge Through Credible Process, Says Chairman Former Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi yesterday was named the Chairman of the Presidential Convention Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun promised Nigerians that the convention would be credible and transparent. With this new development, the plan being made by some chieftains of the party to have Fayemi as the running-mate to whoever emerges as the presidential candidate has fallen through. Since the strong opposition to the speculated Muslim-Muslim ticket, the name of Fayemi was one of those touted as likely running-mate by the leadership of the party. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/390

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Leadership Newspaper Wednesday 19th November 2014 North-West Stakeholder Asks Mu’azu To Resign A major stakeholder of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) in the North West geo-political zone, Alhaji Ibrahim Suleiman Zango yesterday asked President Goodluck Jonathan to remove the current National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu. He alleged that the incompetence of Adamu Muazu’s leadership has led to the present conflict in the party. Alhaji Zango in a statement in Kaduna, said the current conflict between PDP Senators and the Presidency was as a result of the inability of Muazu to resolve the issue amicably. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/390

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Leadership Newspaper Wednesday 19th November 2014 SERAP Threatens To Sue PDP, APC Over Spending On 2015 Elections A civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Projects (SERAP), has threatened to drag the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to court over their spending towards the 2015 general elections. SERAP said yesterday that if the information about the sources and spending on the electoral campaigns and other operations linked to the February 2015 general elections was not made public within 14 days, it would take appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to get the information. The group, in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni stressed that Nigerians had the right to know about spending by their political parties especially the major parties, the PDP and APC because they had strong possibility to assume government offices in the future. Nigeria 2015; SERAP http://leadership.ng/news/39

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 Emergency Rule: Northern Senators Put General Elections Before Security There were ominous signs on Tuesday that President Goodluck Jonathan’s attempt to extend emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States may hit a brick wall as a number of Senators mainly from the North were opposed to the move, ostensibly more concerned about elections holding in the affected States than security. However, the President got support for his request from the most unexpected of places when Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, who had vehemently opposed the imposition of emergency rule in the past, threw his weight behind its extension for the third time. Nigeria 2015; North-East; Boko Haram http://www.thisdaylive.co

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 Senate Confirms Mohammed As Next CJN The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed the appointment of Justice Mahmud Mohammed as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria (NJC). Mohammed will take over from Justice Aloma Mukhtar whose tenure expires on November 20 following the attainment of the mandatory retirement age of 70. The confirmation was sequel to a letter addressed to Senate President, David Mark, by President Goodluck Jonathan last week in which he urged the Senate to confirm the appointment of Justice Mohammed in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). Nigeria 2015; Senate; CJN http://www.thisdaylive.co

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 19th November 2014 Emergency Rule: Tambuwal Reconvenes House On Thursday The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has called for the reconvening of the lower chamber on Thursday to consider the request of President Goodluck Jonathan to extend emergency rule in the beleaguered North-East States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. A notification by the office of the Speaker issued on Tuesday by his Spokesperson, Imam Imam, said:  “On Tuesday, 18th November 2014, I received a communication from the President, Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, requesting for the extension of the existing State of Emergency in Adamawa , Borno and Yobe States by the House of Representatives. Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives; Tambuwal http://www.thisdaylive.c

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Daily Post News Online Wednesday 19th November 2014 Governor Fashola Says Lagos Will Become Africa’s Model City By 2015 Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has predicted that the State would become Africa’s model mega city by 2015. According to him, more private sector investments were being attracted to the acclaimed Centre of Excellence, both internationally and locally to create jobs and increase productivity. The Spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Jamiu Dosunmu, in a statement on Tuesday, said the State Governor, Babatunde Fashola disclosed this during the celebration of the Lagos State Day at the just concluded International Trade Fair. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/

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Daily Post News Online Wednesday 19th November 2014 Fayose Seals Off Ekiti Speaker’s Office, Withdraws Drivers Crisis in Ekiti State deepened this evening as Governor Ayodele Fayose ordered sealing off of the office of the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin. A statement by the Speaker’s Special Adviser on Media, Wole Olujobi?, said the Governor had earlier employed threats and coercion, including freezing the accounts of the Assembly, cutting off of electricity supply from the Speaker’s Lodge and stopping statutory votes for the Speaker’s upkeep and protocol to intimidate him and take firm control of the House”. He added that only yesterday, the Governor announced the sack of the Speaker’s Aides, ?including that of the Deputy Speaker and Majority Leader. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/1

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Sun News Online Wednesday 19th November 2014 Akwa Ibom: “Akpabio Did Not Endorse Emmanuel”- Anietie Okon A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Senator Anietie Okon, has denied allegations by some members of the party that Governor Godswill Akpabio endorsed Gabriel Udom Emmanuel as the gubernatorial candidate. Okon said the allegations were misplaced and came from members of the party that had either been sacked or were involved in anti-party acts. Akwa Ibom; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.co

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Sun News Online Wednesday 19th November 2014 Rivers: Obuah Debunks Cancellation Of Ward Congress Results The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Rivers State chapter, Chief Felix Obuah, has described as false, baseless and unfounded, a report credited to one of the governorship aspirants, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, to the effect that the Ward congresses conducted in the State recently, has been cancelled. He said the national leadership of the party was not contemplating cancelling the Ward congress results, describing the report as the figment of the imagination of Lulu-Briggs. Obuah, who spoke through his Media Adviser, Mr. Jerry Needam, said the results of the ward congress remained irreversible, as due process was strictly followed during the conduct of the election. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.co

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Sun News Online Wednesday 19th November 2014 2015: Save Nigeria From Collapse, Adesina Tells Journalists President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mr. Femi Adesina yesterday in Asaba said journalists have critical roles to play if the doomsday prediction that Nigeria will disintegrate in 2015 is to be avoided. Adesina, who is also the Managing Director of The Sun Publishing Limited, warned media practitioners to always uphold the ethics of the profession and avoid being appendages of politicians before, during and after the 2015 elections. Nigeria 2015; NGE http://sunnewsonline.co

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Sun News Online Wednesday 19th November 2014 Enugu 2015: Ohaneze Chief Calls For Dialogue, Sacrifice Among Aspirants Moved by the lingering crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State, a patron of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Igwe Patrick Eze, has called for dialogue and a truce among aspirants. Eze, who is the traditional ruler of Egali Amalla community in Udenu Council Area of the State, said this was necessary to avoid moves capable of creating tension in the polity ahead of the 2015 general election He urged aspirants on the platform of PDP to employ dialogue as alternative means to resolve the crisis trailing the resignation of Vita Abba as State Chairman and the Ward congress election ahead of the party primary. Enugu 2015; Ohaneze; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.co

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 Ebonyi Guber: War Over Chukwu’s Emergence As Consensus Candidate These are not the best of times for Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, and by extension the former Minister of Health, Prof. Christian Onyebuchi Chukwu. This is because several major political stakeholders in the State have in the last two months launched vitriolic attacks on the out-going Governor for adopting the immediate past Health Minister as the consensus gubernatorial candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next year’s general elections. Beyond his intimidating credentials, the choice of Prof. Chukwu, many political observers in the State say, is borne out of the fact that he hails from Ebonyi South Senatorial zone. The zone is yet to produce a Sovernor since the State was created by the late military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, in 1996. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/39

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 7 Ekiti PDP Lawmakers Okay Commissioners, Aides’ Nominees For Fayose Seven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Members out of the 26 Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly yesterday approved the nominees for Commissioners, Special Advisers and Governor Ayo Fayose’s request for the reconstitution of the dissolved caretaker committees of the 16 Local Government Councils in the State. The absence of the Speaker, Rt. Hon Adewale Omirin and Deputy Speaker, Chief Adetunji Orisalade, saw the Assemble nominating Hon Dele Olugbemi as protem Speaker to preside over the sitting of the day held under tight security. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/3

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 Kaduna 2015: Zangon Kataf Elder’s Council, Stakeholders Recommends Katung For Reps As the National Assembly Primaries of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) draws nearer, the Council of Elders and Stakeholders have recommended former Kaduna State Commissioner of Finance and Water Resources, Barrister Sunday Marshal Katung for election into the Jaba/Zangon Kataf Federal Constituency. The decision was reached at an all important meeting of major stakeholders and elders of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. They agreed that the incumbent Member representing the area, Hon Godfrey Ali Gaiya from Jaba Local Government had served two terms hence the need to give way for someone from Zangon Kataf Local Government Area based on the rotational agreement between the two Local Governments. Kaduna 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/3

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 PVC: Association Urges Members To Register Before Deadline The Hulbe Development Association of Nigeria (HULDAN) has called on its members in Kano State to participate in the Continuous Voter Registration by INEC before the expiration of the deadline for the exercise on Wednesday. Following the extension of the period for the registration by two days, the exercise will now end on Nov.19 instead of Nov. 17. The National Chairman of the association, Alhaji Ahmed Torob, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Tuesday. Kano 2015; HULDAN http://leadership.ng/news/3

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 “Adamawa Voters’ll Shun Jonathan”- Ardo A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Adamawa State Dr. Umar Ardo, has criticised politicians from the State who are championing President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential aspiration at a time when the President has left a large chunk of their State to Boko Haram insurgents. He, therefore, said that with the prevailing security situation, Adamawa State will be a ‘no go’ area for Jonathan in 2015. Ardo, who has challenged the suitablility of Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, claimed that Adamawa people would rise against President Goodluck Jonathan’s ambition in 2015 due to his failure to put an end to the insurgency which had claimed lives and properties of natives and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/39

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 PDP Chieftain, APC Flay Ebonyi State Government Over N15 Billion Bond Bid A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State, Chief Obinna Ogba, has disapproved the plan by the PDP-led administration in the State to raise a N15billion bond from the capital market, just as he commended the State House of Assembly for requesting President Goodluck Jonathan, not to approve the proposed bond by the State government. In an interview with LEADERSHIP, Chief Ogba who is currently aspiring to represent Ebonyi Central Senatorial zone in the Senate on the platform of PDP, wondered what the State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, did with the previous N16billion loan raised from the capital market. It would be recalled that the State chapter of APC had earlier written to the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) not to approve the N15billion bond, alleging that the PDP-led administration in the State intends to use the money to prosecute the 2015 electioneering campaigns. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/39

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 “Nigeria Lacks Genuine Leaders”- Soyinka The Noble Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka yesterday lamented the insecurity in Nigeria and blamed it on lack of genuine leadership. Speaking after receiving the honourary award of the University of Ibadan, he said if the country had genuine leadership, Nigerians would not be at the mercy of Boko Haram. Soyinka who specifically asked the representative of President Goodluck Jonathan at the award ceremony, the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau to deliver his message, cautioned the President on the huge amount of money being spent on sports. Nigeria 2015; Soyinka http://leadership.ng/news/39

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 Withdrawal Of Tambuwal’s Security: Court Strikes Out Suit Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out one of the suits filed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Tambuwal against the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), challenging the constitutionality of the withdrawal of his Security Aides. Also yesterday, the court also fixed November 27 for hearing of the motion for joinder and amended originating summons filed by Tambuwal in another suit. The court struck out the case after it was withdrawn by counsel representing Tambuwal in the matter, Dr. Tunji Abayomi. During yesterday’s proceedings, Abayomi told the court that his client had earlier called him before the court sat that the application should be withdrawn. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/39

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 18th November 2014 CNN Drops APC’s Change For Democracy Adverts Cable News Network (CNN) International has stopped airing APC’s campaign advert on its network. This, it says, was done due to the political nature of the message. The “Change for Democracy” campaign had already been aired on Thursday, despite CNN’s blanket ban on political and religious advertising on the network. CNN says it aired it in error – contrary to the initial belief that the APC ad had been approved because it didn’t explicitly canvass votes. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 18th November 2014 “Obasanjo Nearly Killed Me As A UNILAG Student”- Bakare DailyPost says that the activist/founder of the Latter Rain Assembly, pastor Tunde Bakare has accused former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, of killing student unionism in the country at the time he was military Head of State in 1978.  According to him (Bakare), Obasanjo, as the then Head of State in 1978, used brute force to repress the students during the ‘Ali Must Go’ protest. Some students were killed in the protest. One of them was Akintunde Ojo. Delivering a paper titled, “Good Governance: Sustainability of Democracy, the Role of Students in the Forthcoming General Elections”, Bakare said it was unfortunate that students’ unionism had been hijacked by unserious students. Recalling the history of students’ unionism from the colonial days, he noted that it suffered a fatal blow in 1978. He said, “General Olusegun Obasanjo’s government ordered the brutal suppression of that protest. Live bullets were unleashed on protesting students. As we proceeded outside the University of Lagos main gate, I narrowly escaped death, as Akintunde Ojo, the young man standing just beside me, was gunned down. Nigeria 2015; Bakare http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 18th November 2014 President Jonathan Extends State Of Emergency In Borno, Yobe, Adamawa Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has extended the state of emergency imposed on Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in the North-East of the country, following more deadly attacks perpetrated by the Boko Haram insurgents in the area. The decision to extend the measure was taken at a meeting of the National Defence Council (NDC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday. This would be the third time state of emergency will be extended; in November 2013 and May this year. The state of emergency was first declared May 13, 2013 in the three States after a series of deadly attacks by insurgents. Nigeria 2015; North-East; Boko Haram http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 18th November 2014 “PDP Will Win Borno In 2015″- Wakil Alhaji Mohammad Wakil, the Minister of State for Power, on Monday expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP would win Borno in the 2015 gubernatorial polls, going by recent developments. Wakil said this at a news conference attended by all PDP stakeholders in Maiduguri. He said that the stakeholders had decided to abandon their differences, with a view to uniting to fight a common front. Borno 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 18th November 2014 PDP Governors, Mu’azu In Fresh Battle All is not well within the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party as some members of its National Working Committee are accusing one another of taking side with some influential members of the party in some States concerning the Ward congresses which were held few days ago. The fresh crisis, which was said to have been reported to President Goodluck Jonathan, according to investigation by our correspondent, was threatening the party’s chances of winning the forthcoming governorship elections in some States. At least, six Governors (Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, Katsina, Enugu, Ebonyi States) of the party were also said to be angry with the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, for allegedly tampering with the result of the ward congresses in their respective States. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 18th November 2014 APC Raises Alarm Over PDP- Instigated Impunity In Ekiti The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over what it termed “a Peoples Democratic Party,PDP-led and police-backed acts of impunity in Ekiti State, where only seven members of the 26-strong House of Assembly on Monday morning convened the House to carry out an agenda, “dictated by Gov. Ayodele Fayose, that includes the impeachment of the Speaker”. In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said over 200 armed policemen are currently offering protection to the seven PDP Members of the House, who convened purposely to impeach the Speaker, approve the list of Commissioners-designate as well as the Caretaker Committees for the Local Councils in the State. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 18th November 2014 Keyamo Writes PDP, Protests Planned Exclusion Of Ngilari From Adamawa Guber Primaries Human rights lawyer, Festus Kayamo has written a letter to the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, questioning the party’s resolve to zone the 2015 presidential election to Adamawa Central. Keyamo’s letter was written on behalf of his client, the current Governor of the State, Bala Ngilari whom he said was not part of the zoning arrangement, saying that by such, he had been schemed. He said it was unfair for the party to push his client out of the race when he had been a ‘’committed and loyal member of your great Party (PDP) since 1999. And this was evident when his former boss, Admiral Murtala Hammanyero Nyako defected from your Party to the rival All Progressives Congress (APC), our client stayed put in your Party, unlike other Deputy Governors who found themselves in the same position.” Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/1

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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 18th November 2014 Wike Boasts, PDP Will Reclaim Rivers In 2015 Former Minister of State for Education and PDP gubernatorial aspirant in Rivers, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday bragged that his party would reclaim its stolen mandate in the State in 2015. Wike made the statement during his consultation with PDP delegates in Okrika Local Government Area. He said that APC had always been a failure in elections against the PDP, assuring that the PDP had the capacity to defeat APC in all elections in the State. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/1

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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 18th November 2014 “Obasanjo And I Have Agreed To Save Nigeria”- Atiku Former Vice President and frontline runner for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, stated on Monday that he had signed a pact with former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on how to save Nigeria from its current unenviable State. Speaking with BBC Hausa Service monitored in Abuja, Atiku revealed that a closed-door meeting he recently had with the former President at the Otta Farm, Ogun state, was fruitful and was in the best interest of Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/1

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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 18th November 2014 INEC Lifts Presidential, NASS Campaign Ban, States To Wait Till Nov 30th The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday, officially lifted the ban on campaigns for the 2015 general elections. The Commission said that in line with the electoral timetable and in keeping with the 90 days provision, Presidential and National Assembly aspirants had from Monday, November 16 commenced their campaigns. However, governorship and State House of Assembly aspirants would have to wait till November 30 before they could begin their own electioneering campaigns nationwide. Nigeria 2015; Campaign; INEC http://dailypost.ng/2014/1

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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 18th November 2014 APC Says Taraba Has No Working Government, Vows To Win State In 2015 Taraba State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Hassan Jika Ardo, has said that the inability of the State government to bring an end to the incessant killings that have been rocking its Southern part was because there is no government in place. He told Leadership Newspaper that those in the position of power were more concerned about their seats and not the electorate. Ardo added that the leadership crisis rocking the State had adversely affected governance. Taraba 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/1

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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 18th November 2014 Jonathan Denies Pursuing Anti-Itsekiri Agenda After Damning Comments From Communities The Presidency on Monday rejected accusations that President Goodluck Jonathan has anti-Itsekiri agenda by postponing the ground breaking ceremony of the multi-billion Gas Revolution industrial park in Delta State. Since the postponement on Friday, many advertorials in newspapers attacked President Jonathan, calling him “anti-Itsekiri”. A statement issued by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, lamented the position of the people, calling for speedy resolution of the dispute that resulted in the postponement of the ceremony. Nigeria 2015; Itsekiri; President Jonathan http://dailypost.ng/2014/1

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Sun News Online Tuesday 18th November 2014 2015: US Mobilizes Lagos Youths Against Electoral Violence The Consulate of the United States of America yesterday appealed to hundreds of youths from various districts in Lagos State to stand against electoral violence in the forthcoming general elections in the country. The Public Affairs Officer of the Consulate, Dehab Ghebreob, said the US remained keenly interested in free and fair elections in the country, noting that the Embassy had been meeting with aspirants to ensure a hitch-free election. Speaking with journalists at a national youth workshop on electoral violence and protection, organised by the African Youths Initiative on Crime Prevention (AYICRIP), in collaboration with the US Embassy, Dehab said the United States considered strengthening democratic institutions in Nigeria as a top priority. Nigeria 2015; US http://sunnewsonline.co

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Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 Electoral Act: Senate Moves To Grant Voting Right To Displaced Persons The Senate has begun considering a bill that will mandate the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct election in camps of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Senator Ali Ndume from Borno State, sponsor of the legislation, said INEC will be under obligation to identify various camps of displaced persons, register them and establish polling units to enable them vote in 2015. Nigeria 2015; IDPs; Senate 3
ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 “APC Intends To Rig 2015 Elections In Lagos”- PDP The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in  Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area in Lagos, Mr. Sunday Olaifa, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of planning to rig next years gubernatorial election  in the State. Olaifa made this allegation during an interaction with newsmen over the weekend. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 “Tambuwal’s Aspiration Won’t Break APC”- Ashafa The Vice-Chairman of Senate Committee on Lands and Housing,  Senator Gbenga Ashafa, yesterday yesterday said the presidential aspiration of the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, would not break the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Lawmaker, who is representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the Senate, said the progressive party was in the race to truly transform Nigeria. He doused fear about Tambuwal’s aspiration at an empowerment programme in Lagos yesterday,  insisting that no individual ambition would in any way destroy the unity of the party or hampered its chances. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 Cross River PDP Elders Deplore Campaign Of Calumny Against Imoke Elders and concerned stakeholders of the Southern Senatorial zone of the Peolpes Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State on Monday lambasted the former Governor of the State, Mr. Donald Duke, and Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, for what they described as deprecatory campaign against the State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke. Addressing a press conference in Calabar yesterday, the elders and Stakeholders, drawn from the Southern Senatorial District of the State, said they could no longer continue to be indifferent to what they called the macabre dance and destructive campaign being orchestrated by Donald Duke and Ndoma-Egba against Imoke. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.c

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 Sokoto Senators Address Re-election Hurdles The three Senators representing Sokoto State in the National Assembly are currently fighting the battle of their lives. They seem to face a herculean task in their bid to return to the Senate next year. This is not unconnected with the large number of aspirants seeking to take over their seats in 2015. In fact, the chances of the Senators are believed to have been further reduced by the intensity of the rivalry between the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State. Although Senator Umar Dahiru representing Sokoto South and Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir from Sokoto East defected with Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko from the PDP to the APC early this year, Senator Ahmed Muhammad Maccido representing Sokoto Central stayed back in the PDP. Sokoto 2015; Senate http://www.thisdaylive.co

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 APC Ticket: Atiku Returns Nomination Forms, Pledges Loyalty Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, monday submitted his Expression of Interest and nomination forms, seeking the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with an undertaking to remain loyal to the party no matter the outcome of the presidential primaries. Atiku’s position came just as the Adamawa State executive committee of the party endorsed his ambition to fly the flag of the APC at the presidential election next year. Speaking while submitting his forms at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, Atiku promised to transform and uplift the economic indices of the country if elected President. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 Hoodlums Ransack Ekiti AG’s Office As Government Re-opens Murder Case Against APC Chairman The Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Jide Awe, may soon face a serious legal battle as the State government has re-opened murder cases against him, a Member of the House of Assembly, Mr. Kehinde Boluwade and others charged for various murder cases. The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Owoseni Ajayi, who disclosed this in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said some hoodlums had on Sunday night besieged his office and scattered everywhere in a desperate bid to frustrate some murder cases pending in court. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 PDP Ward Congresses: Enugu, Delta, Kwara Stakeholders Petition NWC Over Delegate’s List Ahead of November 29 State Assembly primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the Federation, four State House of Assembly aspirants of the party in Delta State have petitioned the party, the National Chairman, Adamu Muazu, and the Chairman of PDP Board of Trustee (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, over alleged manipulation of the lists of delegates in Ndokwa East State Constituency. Also on Monday, protesters from Kwara State PDP protested against business woman, Mrs. Bola Shagaya, claiming that she manipulated the State delegates’ list. The protesting Kwara PDP members alleged that Shagaya was a stranger to the party in the State, insisting that they would resist imposition by “outsiders” in the State. In the same manner, another petition from Enugu State accused the State Governor, Sullivan Chime, of plotting to destroy PDP in the State and decamp to another party. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 Rivers: “I Was Never Bribed To Forfeit My Guber Ambition”- Briggs A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Rivers State, Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs, has debunked rumours that he was offered financial inducements to forfeit his aspiration for the governorship next year. Briggs, in an interview with THISDAY at the weekend, said: “I will not step down for anybody. We have run a very open and consultative campaign so far. We have built a formidable structure based on solid support from across the State with both the young and old clamouring for change and liberation of which I am the arrow head. I am in this race to win, and win fairly.” Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 Oshiomole Accuses PDP Of Bringing Mercenaries To Register In Edo Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has raised the alarm alleging that some politicians in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDD) in the State are importing mercenaries to register in their Wards to boost their numbers for the forthcoming elections in the State. Oshiomhole, who spoke on Monday after monitoring the ongoing Continuous Voter’s Registration exercise at Ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area of the State, said busloads of mercenaries were imported into the State and were given cover by suspected soldiers. Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 Osun Tribunal Rejects Omisore’s Application The Osun State Election Petitions Tribunal on Monday rejected the application of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in the August election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to move a motion to call additional witnesses without reply by Governor Rauf Aregbesola and other respondents. This is just as the petitioners tendered more documents with discrepancies before the Tribunal. Osun 2014; Tribunal http://www.thisdaylive.com/

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 PDP, Mu’azu Ask Court To Dismiss Suit Seeking To Stop Party’s Convention The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, on Monday challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in Abuja to hear a suit which is seeking to stop the party’s national convention scheduled for December 10 and 11. In a preliminary objection filed through PDP’s National Legal Adviser, Mr. Victor Kwor, they said the court had no jurisdiction to hear the suit. They urged the court to hands-off the suit which was filed by a House of Representatives aspirant from Adamawa State, Mr. Aliyu Ayuba Gubrin. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 18th November 2014 INEC In Dilemma Over Monitoring Of Campaign Spending With the official ban on campaigns for presidential and National Assembly elections lifted, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday acknowledged that it was in a dilemma over the tracking of candidates who exceed the stipulated amount fixed for campaign spending. However, the Commission said it had put structures in place to help monitor such campaign expenditures as provided by the law. According to the guidelines of the 2015 general elections, and in line with the electoral timetable released by INEC as well as in keeping with the 90 days proviso, presidential and National Assembly aspirants have from November 16 been cleared to commence campaigns. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.co

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 Governors Are Sabotaging Judiciary, CJN Says The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar has blamed State Governors for Judges’ poor conditions of service and the deplorable State of courts in the country. She also accused the Governors of refusing to obey the Constitution which they swore to uphold. Justice Mukhtar, who will be retiring as the CJN in about two days from now, appealed to Judges and Magistrates in the country not to use the existence of these problems as a reason to perpetrate fraud or indulge in dishonest dealings and unwholesome conduct. Nigeria 2015; CJN http://leadership.ng/news/3

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 Nigeria Ranks Highest In Lawmakers’ Turnover Rate- Report A country survey of parliaments in 12 top democracies reveals that Nigeria has the lowest retention rate of Federal Legislators in the world. Nigeria also has the highest turnover (exit) rate of Federal Legislators in six African democracies surveyed. The survey is contained in a presentation titled: “Elections and retention rates in the National Assembly” by the Director General of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), Dr. Ladi Hamalai. Hamalai made the presentation at a two-day workshop organised for Aides to principal officers at the Federal Legislature yesterday in Abuja. Nigeria 2015; NILS http://leadership.ng/news/39

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 18th November 2014 Ebonyi Guber: War Over Chukwu’s Emergence As Connsensus Candidate These are not the best of times for Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, and by extension the former Minister of Health, Prof. Christian Onyebuchi Chukwu. This is because several major political stakeholders in the State have in the last two months launched vitriolic attacks on the out-going Governor for adopting the immediate past Health Minister as the consensus gubernatorial candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next year’s general elections. Beyond his intimidating credentials, the choice of Prof. Chukwu, many political observers in the State say, is borne out of the fact that he hails from Ebonyi South Senatorial zone. The zone is yet to produce a Sovernor since the State was created by the late military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, in 1996. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/390

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 17th November 2014 PVC: Two INEC Workers Arrested In Kano The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano State on Sunday said that two of its ad-hoc staff had been arrested in Kabo Local Government Area for allegedly registering voters at odd hours. The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alhaji Abdullahi Danyaya, said this while addressing newsmen in Kano. He said the staff involved in the scandal had since been handed over to the police for investigation and proper prosecution. The Commissioner cautioned the public to desist from manhandling INEC staff and tampering with its equipment, adding that security agents across the State had been requested to arrest anybody found in the illegal acts. Kano 2015; INEC http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 17th November 2014 “Nigerians Cannot Wait To Sweep Away President Jonathan”- Lai Mohammed The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as a scorecard of failure the claims of phantom achievements by the Jonathan Administration in its almost 60 months in the saddle, saying Nigerians cannot wait to sweep away one of the worst governments to have even presided over their nation’s affairs. In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the President failed to get the usual bounce from such declarations because Nigerians were not the least impressed by the so-called achievements, which have not positively impacted on the lives of the citizens. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 17th November 2014 President Jonathan To Decide On Emergency Rule In Yobe, Borno And Adamawa On Wednesday President Goodluck Jonathan will today decide whether or not to extend the emergency rule in Adamawa,Yobe and Borno States. The Federal Government’s next line of action on Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States at the expiration of the emergency rule imposed on the three North-Eastern States will be decided on Monday (today), investigation by The PUNCH has revealed. The third tranche of six-month emergency rule imposed on the States following the continued activities of members of the Boko Haram sect expires on Thursday. There have been speculations that President Goodluck Jonathan may impose “total emergency rule” on the States by appointing Military Administrators to take over from the State Governors. Nigeria 2015; North-East; Boko Haram http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 17th November 2014 House Of Representatives May Reconvene Before December 3rd Members of the House of Representatives, who are currently on a controversial recess, may be forced to shelve its December 3 adjourned date to reconvene for President Goodluck Jonathan’s presentation of the 2015 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly before next month. It would be recalled that the delay that arose from the 2014 budget were the discrepancies in the oil benchmark. Speaking with Nigerian Pilot yesterday, the House Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor, hinted that the presentation of the 2015 Budget by the President may require the Lower Chamber to reconvene before December 3. Ogor said though the budget had not been submitted to the Senate, he admitted that the recess could delay its presentation. Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives; Tambuwal http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 17th November 2014 “Nobody Can Chase President Jonathan Away From Delta”- Uduaghan Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, yesterday issued a stern warning that nobody could stop President Goodluck Jonathan from entering the State and urged the ethnic groups to maintain peace. The Governor spoke against the backdrop of alleged threat by the Ijaw in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area of the State to unleash mayhem in the area if President Goodluck Jonathan did not abort his planned visit for the groundbreaking of the $16 billion Ogidigben Export Processing Zone, EPZ. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Punch News Online Monday 17th November 2014 APC, PDP Disagree Over Intolerance Allegation In Ondo The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has accused the Ondo State Government of political intolerance, alleging the destruction of its billboards in Ondo town. A statement by its Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Adesanya, on Sunday, in Akure, called on Governor Olusegun Mimiko to check the destruction. But Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the State, Ayo Fadaka, said the act could not have been perpetrated by members of the PDP who had cordial relations with the APC. According to him, there remained one authentic PDP in the State, which would not be involved in violence. Ondo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/p

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Punch News Online Monday 17th November 2014 “Buhari Won’t Pick Muslim As His Deputy”-  Fashakin A former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, Rotimi Fashakin, has said Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, would choose a Southern Christian as his running mate. Fashakin, a prominent figure in Buhari’s campaign organisation, ruled out the possibility of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, a fellow Muslim, emerging as Buhari’s running mate. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/p

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Punch News Online Monday 17th November 2014 APC Accuses Fayose Of Awarding N200 Million Contract To Brother The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of awarding the repainting of Ekiti State Governor’s Office to his “blood brother” at the cost of N200m. It also accused the Governor of awarding a contract to put marble in front of the Government House, which he (Fayose) had earlier described as too expensive; and relaying of asphalt on an already asphalted road leading to the lodge. In a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, on Sunday, the APC said, “To add salt to injury, artisans working on the marble are all brought from Ibadan when many Ekiti artisans could do the job. This is a man who claims to be a friend of the masses.” Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/p

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Punch News Online Monday 17th November 2014 “Bayelsa PDP Is Not Divided”- Governor Dickson Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said the Peoples Democratic Party in the State is not divided. He described the PDP in the State as a united and focused family under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan and himself. The Governor, who made this known in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, on Sunday, pointed out that the PDP was working collectively and rallying the needed support for Jonathan and the party to achieve maximum success in next year’s general elections. Bayelsa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/p

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Punch News Online Monday 17th November 2014 Reps Recommend Tambuwal/ Amaechi Ticket The Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Finance, Mr. Yomi Ogunnusi, has said the All Progressives Congress will win next year’s presidential election if it fields the Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, as its presidential candidate; and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, as his running mate. Ogunnusi, who represents Ifako/Ijaye Federal Constituency at the lower chamber of the National Assembly, said a former Head of State, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari, should not emerge as the party’s presidential candidate but should remain as an elder statesman. Also, he said a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, should not be involved in political administration but should stay on the sideline and play the “Obafemi Awolowo role as leader of the Yoruba.” Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/p

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Daily Post News Online Monday 17th November 2014 2015: PDP Chieftain Faults Obuah’s Threat To Aspirants In Rivers A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe says the State Chairman of the Party, Felix Obuah lacks the right to punish any aspirant contesting on the platform of the party. Sara-Igbe said this in reaction to the threat issued by the State Chairman, Felix Obuah who warned its governorship and other aspirants to play by the rules and be guided by the provisions of Article 58- one of the party’s constitution of 2012 as amended. Obuah threatened that disciplinary actions would be taken against errant members. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/201

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Sun News Online Monday 17th November 2014 Delta 2015: “Why I’m Going To The Senate”- Uduaghan Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State at the weekend, said his priority at the National Assembly would be to ensure oil producing communities get 10 per cent equity participation in oil companies operating in their areas. Dr. Uduaghan said he would vigorously pursue the participation of oil producing communities in their naturally given resources to address years of neglect and insensitivity to their plight by the oil companies. The Senatorial aspirant restated his resolve to ensure that the Niger Delta region was no longer short-changed if elected to represent Delta South Senatorial District. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.c

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Daily Post News Online Monday 17th November 2014 “Fayose’s One Month In Office Filled With Gloom, Frustration And Anger”- APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose’s administration of bringing hardship upon residents. In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party said while it was the practice in other States to celebrate their Governor’s achievements after a month in office, the experience in Ekiti State “is that of gloom, anger, frustration and disappointment by the people”. Olatunbosun said rather than offer hopes of better livelihood for the people as promised during his campaigns, the Governor had been playing what he called “politics of deception”. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/201

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Sun News Online Monday 17th November 2014 APGA Condemns Plot To Set Jonathan, Obiano, Umeh, Nwankwo On War Path Ahead of the 2015 general elections in the country, a group, Anaocha Dunukofia Njikoka People Forum, has accused a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart of alleged plot to set President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, Sir Victor Umeh and Mr. Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo, on a war­path. The group, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Modestus Ubajiaku and the Secretary, Maduabuchi Nwokoye, accused the PDP stalwart of spreading malicious stories against the trio in a bid to truncate the National Assembly’s ambitions of Nwankwo and Sir Umeh. It alleged that some people masquerading as presidential appointees in Aso Rock were bent on creating a rift between the president and Obiano and ultimately make the State ungovernable. Anambra 2015; APGA http://sunnewsonline.c

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 Group Warns Of Attempt To Thwart Peace In Abia A group, Abia Progressive Leaders Of Thought, has called on security agencies in the country to be on the alert to avoid the breakdown of law and order in Umuahia and other parts of Abia State during the week over the purported coronation of the Governor’s anointed candidate for the governorship in 2015. President General of the group, Ibekwe Romanus (KSJ) in a press statement, said that there was a planned one million man-march for Tuesday in favour of one Okezie Ikpeazu, saying that the march is a plot to unleash mayhem on the peace loving people of Umuahia just to underscore a cheap political point. Abia 2015; APLT http://leadership.ng/ne

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 Insurgency: Lagos Deputy Speaker Condemns President Jonathan’s Declaration The Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Taiwo Kolawole has condemned President Goodluck Jonathan recent declaration of his second-term ambition a day after over 40 pupils were killed in a suicide bombing at their school premises in Potiskum, Yobe State. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/3

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 Disquiet In Abuja PDP Over Alleged Imposition Of Candidates The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is currently embroiled in controversy over nomination of candidates for legislative positions in the territory as some aspirants for the 2015 race have alleged that the Presidency in collaboration with the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, are surreptitiously making moves to impose some aspirants over others without going through the due process of party primaries. The aspirants and their sympathisers have however warned that if the unlawful and undemocratic act of imposition is allowed to stay, then the party would certainly lose election in the heart of the nation and the seat of power. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/3

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 APC Ticket: Online Poll Puts Atiku Ahead Of Other Aspirants In the online poll conducted by the TheCable and monitored by our reporter in Abuja at the weekend, the news portal asked its readers to vote on who they considered the best presidential candidate out of all the aspirants vying for APC ticket for the 2015 presidential election. The result as at Saturday night showed former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar leading with 32 per cent of the votes by the readers. The former vice-president was closely followed behind by former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), who got 30 per cent votes,  surprisingly the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, came third with 21% votes, Tambuwal with 11% and Rabiu Kwankwaso with 2%. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 2015 Senate: Fresh moves To Stop Akpabio The ambition of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio to contest for the Senate in 2015, may not be realized as some organizations have vowed to stop him, saying Akpabio is an election rigger and therefore not qualified to legislate for Nigerians. The three organizations, Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Transparency and Good Governance, Association for Unity and Progress and Northern Socio-Cultural Initiative threatened to take a legal action against Governor Akpabio if he goes ahead with his Senatorial ambition. Akwa Ibom; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/ne

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 Confusion As Gemade Attends Suswam’s Birthday Thanksgiving There was confusion at the Aper Aku Stadium Makurdi, venue of the 50th birthday thanksgiving mass of Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State as supporters of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) became agitated with the surprise appearance of Chief Barnabas Gemade on the occasion. Gemade is the serving Senator of the Benue North East Senatorial District which the Governor is eyeing, having purchased nomination form and is insisting on replacing the incumbent, who is bent on seeking re-election at the upper legislative chambers. Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/3

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 “Nothing Will Make Me Quit PDP”- Imoke Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke at the weekend refuted reports suggesting that he had concluded plan to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to him, while Cross River remains a stronghold for President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the 2015 presidential election, there is no way he would have nursed any thought of quitting a party which he boasts of being one of its founding members. Addressing journalists at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar on arrival from Abuja, the Governor noted that the government and people of the State were solidly behind the President’s second term ambition. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/3

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 “Why Amaechi Left PDP”- APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that Rivers State governor and chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi joined its fold to help salvage the country from the evil grip of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The party accused the Presidency and the immediate past Minister of State for Education and governorship aspirant on the platform of PDP in Rivers State, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, of being behind advertorials in both National Dailies and Port Harcourt-based weekly newspapers, showcasing Amaechi’s negative comments about the APC symbol in 2011. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/3

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Nation Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 Why Nigeria Is Static, By Buhari All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has named social injustice, insecurity and poor economy as the contributing factors to Nigeria being static. The former Head of State spoke at the weekend in Onitsha, when he visited the commercial city for the burial of the former Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Chike Ofodile (SAN). Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 5
Guardian Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 Presidency Predicts Victory For Jonathan In 30 States A prediction survey has revealed a tinge of overwhelming victory for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, the Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Professor Ahmed Rufa’I Alkali, declared yesterday in Abuja noting that supporters in no fewer than 30 States of the Federation are determined to make him win. Alkali said the cost was now clear for the President to affirm his popularity in the 2015 presidential election having paid his dues in delivering good governance and dividends of democracy to all parts of the country despite daunting obstacles continuously thrown on his path by opponents. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan 6
Guardian Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 Don’t Involve Ooni In Politics, PDP Chieftain Warns As political party primaries draws closer, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ife zone, Olufemi Olawumi, yesterday cautioned the party leadership against involving the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade in picking candidates for the party. Olawunmi, an aspirant into the State House of Assembly said the call became imperative in view of the revered position of Oba Sijuwade, not only in the South-West, but in the whole country. Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 91
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 Ebonyi 2015: Elechi Explains Choice Of Chukwu Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi yesterday said that the choice of former Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu as his successor come 2015 was based on his quest to have a committed person and an experienced hand who can handle emergency situations in the State. Elechi made the statement yesterday in Abakaliki while meeting with political leaders in the State. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 18
Daily Trust Newspaper Monday 17th November 2014 2015: Reject Candidates With Questionable Character, Says NOA Director The Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Imo State, Mr. Vitus Ekeocha, has advised Nigerians to reject candidates with questionable characters during the 2015 general elections. Speaking at a one-day zonal peace summit organized by Partners for Peace in collaboration with NOA held at Orsu Local Government of the State, Ekeocha said Nigerians could enhance the electoral process by rising against malpractice in the country. Nigeria 2015; NOA 19
ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 APC Is The Best, Says Aspirant An aspirant for House of Representatives seat for Isa/Sabon-Birni Federal Constituency on the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, Alhaji Umar Wali, on Sunday said only the party could rescue the country from the myriad of problems bedevilling it. Wali, who is the Caretaker Chairman of Isa Local Government Area, made the remarks at the weekend, shortly after submitting his nomination form at the APC Secretariat in Sokoto. Sokoto 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 Nasarawa Youth Groups Clash Over Governorship Race Ahead of the 2015 governorship contest in Nasarawa State, some youth organisations in the State have clashed over the support for two contestants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku and Yusuf Agabi. One of the groups, the Coalition of Youth Associations (CYA), said in a statement made available to THISDAY yesterday that it had rejected the endorsement of the former Information Minister, Labaran Maku, as the governorship candidate of the PDP in the State. Nasarawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 2015: Taraba CP Warns Politicians Against Use Of Thugs, Weapons As the 2015 general election draws closer, the Taraba State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ademola Omole, has warned politicians in the State against the use of thugs and weapons at political rallies and campaigns. Omole, who stated this in Jalingo at the weekend at a seminar organised by the police command for senior police officers and political parties, said the warning became imperative in order to conduct a free and fair election. Expressing the readiness of the State police to deal decisively with those intending to employ violence to gain advantage in the elections, the police boss warned that whoever is caught engaging in violent acts would not be spared. Taraba 2015; Police http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 “Dissolution Of Cross River PDP Exco Impossible”- Chairman As the crisis rocking the Cross River State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lingers, the party Chairman, Ntufam John Okon, has stated that it is impossible for the state executive committee of the party to be dissolved. Okon who said this against the backdrop of speculation within the political circles that the State Executive Committee of the party had been dissolved, said those peddling the rumour were only dreaming. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/a

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ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 Mark Calls On Leaders To Improve The Lots Of Nigerians The Senate President, David Mark, has called on political leaders in the country to improve the lives and well-being of the people in the country. Mark, who spoke on Sunday at the 50th birthday anniversary of Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, noted that power would be meaningless unless it was used to impact the live of the ordinary people. He stated that Suswam had rendered purposeful leadership to the people of the State hence ought to be thankful to God who availed him the opportunity to serve the people in different capacities at a very young age. Nigeria 2015; David Mark http://www.thisdaylive.co

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ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 15,000 PDP Members Join APC In Kwara No fewer than 15,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the 16 Local Government Councils of Kwara State at the weekend dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress(APC). The defectors, according to THISDAY checks, were also made up of members of the Muhammed Dele Belgore’s group, Bankole Association, Golden Youths of Kwara, Agbaji and Ode Alausa Maje Ko Baje group, among others. The defection of the affected PDP members to the APC might not be unconnected with the current rocking the party over the choice of a governorship candidate in next year’s general election in the State. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.co

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ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 APC Faults Enugu Government Over N11 Billion Loan Request The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State on Sunday expressed shock and disbelief at the news of the N11 billion loan request by Enugu State Government, less than seven months to the expiration of Governor Sullivan Chime’s administration. The opposition party in a statement by its Publicity Secretary in the State, Mrs. Kate Ofor, noted that it was more worried considering the secrecy that characterised the approval of the N11 billion loan recently by the State House of Assembly. Speaker of the Assembly, Eugene Odo, confirmed to journalists that the House on  November 13, reconvened from recess and approved an N11 billion loan for the State government. Enugu 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 Protests In Ilorin Over Manipulation Of PDP Delegate’s List Aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State, on Sunday staged a peaceful protest over alleged manipulation of the delegates’ lists by some top leaders of the party in Abuja. The aggrieved members who stormed the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ilorin,  to express their grievances urged the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, to intervene before the Abuja PDP politicians from the State destroy the party  in the State. The protesters were armed with placards with all sorts of inscriptions such as, “Mr. President, stop the Abuja politicians from destroying Kwara PDP, No to injustice, this conspiracy cannot work “Bring back our real delegate lists,” among others Kwara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 Afenifere Advises Jega To Quit INEC Job The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has been advised to quit his job as INEC boss rather than take actions capable of destabilising the electoral process ahead of the 2015 general elections over primordial sectional sentiment. Giving the advice yesterday, against the background of a recent query issued some Resident Electoral Commissioners pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, expresses the views that the query was a vindictive action taken because of the botched additional polling units proposed by Jega. Nigeria 2015; Afenifere; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 Bakare Calls For Postponement Of 2015 Elections The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2011 presidential election and pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has called on Nigerians, especially those in the position of authority, to suspend the 2015 general elections as a way to avoiding the imminent crisis that might trail the polls. Bakare, instead, said a two-year transitional government should be put in place to adopt the report of the just-concluded National Conference as a way to avoiding the crisis that might follow the polls. The cleric who was the Vice-Presidential candidate to former military Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, gave the advice on Sunday in his church in Lagos during a thanksgiving service marking the end of the week-long ceremony to mark his 60th anniversary. Nigeria 2015; Bakare http://www.thisdaylive.co

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ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 “Jonathan Will Not Get 3% Of Votes In Edo”- Oshiomole Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has warned President Goodluck Jonathan not to expect up to five per cent votes from the people of his State in the 2015 presidential election because he has nothing to show for the 95 per cent votes he got in 2011. Speaking with journalists in Benin City, the State capital, as part of the activities to mark his sixth anniversary, Oshiomhole said it would be wrong for the President to expect any vote from the people of the State when he has not justified the votes he got in the State in the 2011 presidential election. In contrast to his Edo State counterpart, Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State said at the weekend that his State remains a stronghold for Jonathan ahead of the 2015 presidential election. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Monday 17th November 2014 INEC Announces A Two Day Extension For CVR Exercise In an apparent reaction to the logistic challenges in the distribution of the phase three of the continuous voters’ registration (CVR), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced a two-day extension of the exercise in all the states under the third phase of the exercise, except Adamawa. In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Idowu Kayode, the commission said: “In effect, the CVR that commenced on Wednesday, November 12 and was scheduled to end on Monday, November 17, will now last until Wednesday, November 19. The States affected are Kano, Edo, Plateau, Ogun, Imo and Lagos.” According to the statement, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, approved the extension to make up for the initial challenges in the exercise and to enable as many eligible persons as possible to get registered. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Sunday 16th November 2014 Support Jonathan, NCA Urges Middle Belt A political group based in the Middle Belt called North Central Agenda (NCA) has urged the politicians and the people of the region to come out fully in support of the re-election bid of the President. The group, which draws membership from across the minority States of the North, said the interest of the North-Central zone would be better served when the current administration gets a new mandate to continue for another four years. Nigeria 2015; NCA; President Jonathan http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Sunday 16th November 2014 INEC Should Conduct All Elections, Says Mohammed Abacha Alhaji Mohammed Sani Abacha, son of the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, and a governorship aspirant in Kano State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has submitted that all elections in the country should be handled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He stated this after submitting his nomination and expression of interest forms in line with the guidelines of the party. While expressing displeasure at the recent Ward congress of the party in the State, he said he had already appealed against it and called for justice, equity and fairness from the party. The PDP, he maintained, will take over from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State. Kano 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Sunday 16th November 2014 Thugs Attack INEC Registration Center In Ogun Suspected thugs on Saturday attacked St. Mary African Church Primary School, Oke-Efon area of Abeokuta where the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise was going on.

The area was filled with tension, as about ten persons were seriously injured by the thugs who attacked the venue with guns and other dangerous weapons. INEC officials and a policewoman attached to the centre immediately ran for their lives when the situation became uncontrollable. While confirming the incident, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ogun State, Mr. Sam Olumekun, confirmed the development. He said skirmishes were record in some areas but added that the situation had been brought under control.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 16th November 2014 “Tambuwal Cannot Defeat President Jonathan”- APC Governors The presidential ambition of Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the House of Representatives may suffer a major set back as Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC may not be supporting him.  PUNCH reports that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) is the preferred presidential candidate of the APC Governors. Speaking on Tambuwal’s presidential ambition, an APC Governor said, “We are not worried with his picking Presidential form. He’s not going far.” Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 16th November 2014 Buhari’s Supporters Urge Tambuwal To Quit Presidential Race Since declaring his interest in the presidential race on the platform of All Progressives Congress last week, House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal has faced a great deal of pressure from supporters of former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, to shelve his ambition. Buhari is seen as the leading aspirant of the party and his supporters see the entry of fellow North-West man, Tambuwal, into the race as a possible upset that should not be allowed. But Tambuwal’s declaration of interest in the presidential race has, obviously, upset the campaign strategies of the party’s other main aspirants. Besides Buhari and Tambuwal, the other aspirants are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso and publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.c

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 16th November 2014 Akwa Ibom Gets New SSG Governor Godswill Akpabio has announced the appointment of new Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government. He is Engr. Nkereuwem Ekanem, immediate past Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Uyo. He replaces Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel who resigned his appointment last month to contest for the governorship position under the platform of PDP in the State. Engr. Nkereuwem, who is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a holder of M.Sc. in Engineering from United Kingdom, hails from Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of the State. Akwa Ibom; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 16th November 2014 Boko Haram: Borno, Yobe, Adamawa May Soon Get Military Administrators At the expiration of the third tranche of emergency rule in the North-East on November 20, President Goodluck Jonathan is in a fix on the next line of action because of the increasing Boko Haram insurgency in the geo-political zone. Jonathan may seek both legal and security advice in the week on the options available to the government. According to findings, the President had on May 13 sought the nod of the National Assembly to extend the emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. But the request was granted on May 20 by the two chambers of the National Assembly. By constitutional implications, the third segment of the emergency rule will end on Thursday. Nigeria 2015; North-East; Boko Haram http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 16th November 2014 PDP May Lose Major States In 2015 Because Of Patience Jonathan The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP may lose most of it’s present States in 2015 because of the Dame Patience Jonathan’s incessant meddling. Continued alleged interference by the First Lady and wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan, is said to be threatening the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its nominations of governorship candidates across the States. Reports emanating from some States alleged that the continued insistence of the First Lady to foist candidates in the PDP has pitched her against most Governors, State party executives, as well as aspirants that are not on her radial. PDP however has denied that the first lady was interfering in that direction, saying that the allegation was just a rumour being poured out for obvious political reasons. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 16th November 2014 Lagos APC Crisis: Tinubu Petitioned As Party Locks Out Aspirant We read that tension is boiling in the Apapa/Iganmu Federal Constituency of Lagos, and it is in connection to the nomination process of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Things reportedly came to a head when the Chairman of the party locked one aspirant out of the Party Secretariat. Dr. Adesola Adedayo was locked out and his declaration was stopped. Party Chairman, Alhaji Morufu Gbadamsi Ojora, reportedly locked out Adedayo and his supporters and went away with the keys.  Members in the Coundil Wards have sent a petition to Tinubu, National APC leader. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 16th November 2014 Atiku Says APC Cannot Have A Consensus Presidential Candidate Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who is one of the aspirants vying for the All Progressives Congress, APC Presidential Ticket, has ruled out the possibility of determining the party’s presidential flag bearer by consensus. He told newsmen in Bauchi on Sunday that it was ‘too late’ to select a candidate among the aspirants, by consensus. “It is too late for the party to think of holding a consensus forum for its presidential aspirants but rather, it should conduct a delegate conference where we will fight it out,” said Atiku. According to him, it is one of the tenets of best practices in democracy for candidates to be allowed to test their popularity. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Leadership Newspaper Sunday 16th November 2014 Abia 2015: “God Has Endorsed My Candidature”- Wogu Immediate past Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, who is now among 12 aspirants jostling to pick the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) to contest for the governorship seat of Abia State come 2015 has said he is the only God-endorsed candidate. Wogu who was reacting to reporters’ questions during an interactive session in Aba on the endorsement of a particular aspirant from Abia South by prominent traditional rulers from the area where the PDP has zoned its governorship seat to, said that the most important endorsement was that done by God and that of the party and not that of traditional rulers, who are only culturally and not politically relevant. Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/39

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Leadership Newspaper Sunday 16th November 2014 “APC Presidential Aspirants Are Better Than Jonathan”- Vice Chairman The national Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Zakari Idde, has taken a swipe at President Goodluck Jonathan for his inability to tackle the numerous challenges facing the country. Idde said the inability of President Jonathan to harness the vast military manpower and intelligence at his disposal to end the ongoing insurgency in the country has exposed his unsuitability to preside over the affairs of the country beyond 2015. He said all the candidates vying for the Presidency under the platform of the APC are better than President Jonathan, urging the electorates to queue behind whoever emerges as the party’s flag bearer for the forthcoming general election. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/ne

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 16th November 2014 Lagos 2015: Odutola Explains Why He Wants To Unseat Senator Remi Tinubu A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Adetokunbo Odutola has explained that he decided to contest against incumbent Senator Oluremi Tinubu for the APC senatorial ticket because of his desire to give his people better representation at the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

The Lagos lawyer said he wants to meet the yearnings of the good people of Lagos Central Senatorial District instead of somebody who gives excuses for her inadequacies.

Odutola, spoke at a formal declaration of his ambition in Surulere.

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 16th November 2014 Ogor Calls For Peace Meeting Between Jonathan, PDP Reps A peace meeting, reminiscent to the one held with People Democratic Party, PDP Senators has been called for between President Goodluck Jonathan and PDP members of the House of Representatives by the Deputy House Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor. Ogor made the call in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY PUNCH. He said such a meeting and the agreement to be reached will ensure a level-playing field and foster democratic governance. Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives; Tambuwal http://dailypost.ng/201

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 16th November 2014 Ebonyi Deputy Governor, Declares War On Governor Elechi Over Governorship Immediately the former Health Minister was named as the consensus governorship candidate, Deputy Governor, Umahi rolled out a series of campaign posters announcing his intention to challenge the adoption of a consensus candidate. The Deputy Governor mobilized the enormous resources and started rallying other disgruntled party chieftains including former Governor, Dr. Sam Egwu; Secretary to Government of the Federation, (SGF) Senator Anyim Pius Anyim and National Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Dr. Lawrence Nwuruku. With these political juggernauts, Umahi began a new wave of internal opposition politics within Ebonyi PDP and matters took a turn for the worse when the State Chairman, Prince Ugorji Ama Oti resigned from his post to contest the Afikpo North/South Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/20

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 16th November 2014 “Only APC Can Bring The Change Nigeria Needs”- Akume The Senate Minority Leader, George Akume, has boasted that his enstranged party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, is close to its expiring date. Akume, a former Governor of Benue State said that the All Progressives Congress would defeat the ruling PDP during the 2015 general elections. Akume, who is representing Benue North-West in the Senate, said the PDP’s failure had endeared APC to Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/20

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Sun News Online Sunday 16th November 2014 Buhari In Closed-Door Meeting With Zik’s Son Former Military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari yesterday held a closed door meeting with Chief Chukwuma Azikiwe, eldest son of the nation’s foremost nationalist and former President, late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. The meeting which took place at the residence of the Azikiwes in Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State, lasted over 30 minutes. Sunday Sun learnt that the secret session with the head of Azikiwe family was not unconnected with the presidential ambition of the former military leader on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). On the entourage of the presidential aspirant were former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige; former president of the Nigerian Bar Association and governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu; leaders of APC in Anambra State amongst others. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.c

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ThisDay Live Sunday 16th November 2014 “Enemies Of Nigeria Behind Tambuwal’s Presidential Ambition”- Obono Obla A staunch supporter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, has stated that those behind the presidential aspiration of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, are enemies of Nigeria. Obono-Obla, a lawyer and former Deputy National Secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), stated this on Sunday against the foray made by Tambuwal into the Presidential race on the platform of the APC few days after decamping from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Obono-Obla, a founding member of the APC who bared his mind on the development in a statement he made available journalists said people behind Tambuwal’s aspirations know too well that he cannot win the 2015 presidential election because he lacks the support base. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 15th November 2014 Obasanjo, Tinubu, Atiku In Closed- Door Meeting Former Vice President, Atiku Abaubakar and a National leader of the All Progresssives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu on Friday held separate closed door meetings with former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.  According to PUNCH, the meetings which held at Obasanjo’s Hilltop presidential residence in Abeokuta lasted less than one hour. Both Tinubu and Atiku refused to address newsmen after the meeting. However, inside sources claim that the meeting was connected to the 2015 elections. Nigeria 2015; Obasanjo http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 15th November 2014 Sambo Submits President Jonathan’s Nomination Form Vice President, Namadi Sambo on Friday in Abuja submitted President Goodluck Jonathan’s nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the Presidency in 2015 on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Submitting the form at the PDP National secretariat, Sambo said, “it is with great pleasure and humility that on behalf of all Nigerians that I present the forms.” The Vice President then presented the forms to the PDP National Chairman, Ahaji Admau Mu’azu, for onward transmission to the party`s National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapher. In his response, Mu’azu expressed happiness that the party at its caucus meeting, agreed to unanimously endorsed President Jonathan as its sole presidential candidate for 2015 presidential election. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 15th November 2014 Adebanjo, El-rufai Persuade Bakare To Return To Politics Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Malam Nasir El-Rufai on Friday urged renowned cleric, Pastor Tunde Bakare, to return to active politics. Bakare bowed out of active politics after his election bid as a running mate to the Presidential Candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), in 2011. Speaking at the launch of Bakare’s biography in Lagos, Adebanjo, also a lawyer, said that Bakare would be doing disservice to Nigeria if he refused to go back to politics. Also speaking, El-Rufai, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, described Bakare as a true leader. He said that Bakare was instrumental to his (El-Rufai’s) foray into politics, and should not back out now. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 15th November 2014 7 Injured As Governor Suswam, Deputy Escape Death On Friday, Benue State Governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam and his Deputy, Chief Steven Lawani escaped death in an auto crash on Makurdi-Gboko Road which left 7 persons injured.  THE SUN reported that the incident which happened at 11:20am yesterday occurred when a driver of a station wagon car, conveying passengers to Makurdi on top speed wanted to overtake other vehicles ahead of him, but realizing that it was too late to apply his brakes rammed into the Governor’s convoy in the opposite direction. The crash pushed Governor Suswam’s into a nearby bush but the occupants escaped unharmed. Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 15th November 2014 Obasanjo Explains Why He Met Atiku, Tinubu Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday disclosed that he met with Former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar because he (Obasanjo) is an elder statesman. A very Senior Aide to the former President said this, yesterday, while reacting to the visit of two chieftains of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), said Obasanjo is a father to many politicians. Nigeria 2015; Obasanjo http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 15th November 2014 “I Never Withdrew From Presidential Race”- Tafawa Balewa Presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and son of former Prime Minister, Dr. Abdul Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa, yesterday said he never withdrew from contesting the presidential ticket of the party with President Goodluck Jonathan. Tafawa-Balewa, stated this yesterday after submitting his presidential nomination forms at the National Headquarters of the PDP. Reports had emerged that Tafawa-Balewa withdrew his presidential ambition after he visited former Minister of Information and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark. He, however, explained that the situation that generated report that he withdrew from the race emanated from a misunderstanding arising from a response he gave to a question while he went on a visit to Clark, who was holding a press conference at his house. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/3

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 15th November 2014 Tambuwal’s Presidency Bid: Vice President’s Security Details Attack Journalists Security details attached to the Vice-President, Namadi Sambo yesterday attacked some journalists who were on their way to cover the presidential declaration of the Speaker House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. The journalists in a nine-car convoy were attacked around Aso Drive junction (close to the Three Arm Zone) as the Vice President made his way back to the Presidential Villa after Friday Jumat prayer at the National Mosque. Trouble started when a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Buba. K, ordered the arrest of one of the journalists, Mr.Emman Ovuakporie (a Senior Correspondent with Vanguard Newspaper) over allegations that he beat a security cordone mounted by the VP’s security details. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/39

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 15th November 2014 Defection Will Not Affect Our Chances In 2015, Says Ogun APC Lawmaker Mr Olakunle Oluomo, Member, Ogun House of Assembly, on Saturday, said defection of some Members of the House to other parties would not affect the chances of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections. Oluomo, who represents Ifo1 in the Assembly, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta. He said those that defected exercised their democratic rights to move from one party to another, and in spite the defections, APC was still the leading party in the State. Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/39

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 15th November 2014 Katsina 2015: 20 PDP Lawmakers Threaten Defection Barring last minutes change of plan, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina State may be set for the worst defection of its life time as no fewer than 20 of its Members at the State House of Assembly have threatened to dump the party for the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC). Our correspondent gathered that the Lawmakers are aggrieved that leadership of the party denied them chance to either seek re-election or seek other higher offices from their current position as Members of the State Assembly. A competent source told our Correspondent that the aggrieved Lawmakers met over the weekend in Kaduna where they resolved that with the imposition of candidates by Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema and the party they were left with no option other than to leave the party. Katsina 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/39

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ThisDay Live Saturday 15th November 2014 PDP Wants Suit On Cross River Delegates Election Dismissed The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked the Federal High Court to dismiss a suit filed by some members of the party in Cross River State praying for a restraining order on the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, from using the result of the Ward congresses other than the hand-written results submitted by the electoral panel. The panel had submitted a hand-written document in a plain sheet as result of the ad hoc delegates’ election from Cross River State as opposed to the results contained in the official result sheet compiled by the Ward and Local Government collation officers across the 196 Council Wards and the 18 Local Government Areas of the State. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.

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ThisDay Live Saturday 15th November 2014 Court Stops Akala From Taking Over Oyo PDP Exco A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has stopped attempts by a former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala to take control of the Peoples Democratic Party’s executives in the State ahead of the forthcoming governorship election. The former Governor who is angling to return to the office he lost at the last election in 2011 has been critical of the Hon. Yinka Taiwo-led executive of the Oyo State chapter of the party and has been working to sack the executive members and install a caretaker committee that would work for the realisation of his gubernatorial ambition in 2015. Oyo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.co

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ThisDay Live Saturday 15th November 2014 We’re Waiting To Take Over From APC In 2015, Says Dange Former Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation and an aspirant for Sokoto South Senatorial zone seat, Alhaji Mahe Dange, Friday said the Peoples Democratic Party had perfected plans to wrest power from the All Progressive Congress and rescue the State from the myriad of problems bedevilling it. Dange made the assertion during an interview with THISDAY in Sokoto. He maintained that the days of the APC were numbered in the State, as the PDP had devised strategies to ensure it established a government come 2015. Sokoto 2015, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.co

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ThisDay Live Saturday 15th November 2014 Nigerians In Diaspora Hail Jonathan’s Declaration Nigerians living outside the country have expressed satisfaction over the recent declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest for Presidency in 2015. Coordinator of the Goodluck4Nigerians Movement (which is an association of the supporters of the President in Diaspora),  Mr. Charles Efe Sylvester, in a statement made available to our correspondent, said that it was the climax of all the calls and yearnings from all Nigerians both at home and abroad for Jonathan to continue with his transformation agenda. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.thisdaylive.com/a

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Daily Post News Online Friday 14th November 2014 “Wike, Amaechi’s Quarrel Is A Grand Plan To Frustrate Jonathan”- Rivers PDP Governorship Aspirant A Chieftain of the PDP in Rivers State, Tonye Princewill has argued that the quarrel between Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and his former Chief of Staff, Nyesom Wike is a political game. Princewill also hinted that the alleged quarrel between Governor Amaechi and Wike is aimed at scuttling the chances and ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan. This was contained in a media statement issued by Princewill. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 14th November 2014 Again, Suntai Returns To Taraba There is apprehension in Jalingo, Taraba State capital, following the return of ailing Governor of the State, Danbaba, Suntai. Suntai, who had been receiving treatment in a London Hospital was flown into the State from Abuja on Wednesday. Our correspondent learnt that Suntai came in a chartered flight from Abuja and was driven in a convoy to Government House, Jalingo at about 6.30p.m. amidst tight security. Many people in Jalingo were taken unawares as there appeared to be no prior information about the Governor’s return to the State. Suntai’s Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Mijinyawa could not be reached for comment last night. He had earlier issued a statement announcing the arrival of Suntai in the country but was silent on when the Governor would come to the State. Suntai arrived Jalingo when the Acting Governor, Garba Umar was away in Abuja. Taraba 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.

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Sun News Online Friday 14th November 2014 Ward Congress: Enugu Court Bars PDP From Accepting Result Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezuluike, yesterday restrained the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from using or acting on the list or names purported to be the list of delegates elected during the recent Ward and Local Government congresses, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit on the matter. The ruling came as efforts were being made by the two factions of the party, led by Governor Sullivan Chime and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to douse the crisis. However, the court order was seen to be a major setback to the Elder David Aja-led faction loyal to Ekweremadu who had relied on the purported Ward congress list which had become controversial to sail through during the party’s primaries, even as the Chief Ikeji Asogwa-led faction had insisted that no congress was held in the 260 Wards of the State on November 1. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.co

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Sun News Online Friday 14th November 2014 “Women Will Play A Major Role In Jonathan’s Re-election”- Ambassador Adams The National Coordinator of Women for Goodluck 2015, Ambassador Fatima Adams, has declared that Nigerian women would play a major role in the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in next year’s presidential election. Speaking at the investiture of Prince Marcus Agubataofia, the Deputy Chairman of Igbo in PDP in Lagos at the weekend, she said Nigerian women were excited by Jonathan’s declaration and eager to reciprocate the President’s gesture with their votes. According to her, since the history of Nigeria’s independence, President Jonathan’s administration had been the most women-friendly. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.co

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Sun News Online Friday 14th November 2014 Borno APC Youths Flay Rep’s Performance A youth wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno yesterday challenged their representative at the Federal House of Representatives to show them his scorecard or risk losing his seat. The APC Youth Forum for the Askira/Uba and Hawul Federal Constituency, at a press conference jointly addressed by the Chairman of the Forum, Aliyu Baji and the Spokesman, Ijudigali Fali in Maiduguri, alleged that their representative at the National Assembly, Abdul Mshelizza, “has not sufficiently delivered on the mandate given to him by the people” of the area in 2011, alleging that he alienated himself from his cCnstituency. The Lawmaker, they alleged, does not deserve to return to the Askira/Uba-Hawul Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives. Borno 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.co

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Sun News Online Friday 14th November 2014 “APGA Electoral Guideline Unconstitutional”- Ex- Party Scribe Former State Secretary of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State and erstwhile Commissioner in former Governor Peter Obi’s administration, Chief Okoli Akirika, has faulted the 2014 electoral guidelines of the party. The lawyer also described some actions of the party as undemocratic and unconstitutional. Consequently, he urged leaders of the party to quickly revisit the guidelines and correct the anomalies therein, to avoid catastrophic consequences in the forthcoming general elections. Akirika, who spoke yesterday, in Awka contended that the electoral guidelines violated many sections of APGA’s constitution and extant laws, pointing out for instance, that in its preamble clause, the guidelines stipulated that in the event of any conflict between APGA constitution and the guidelines, the latter would prevail, a provision, he said, would amount to standing the law on its head. Nigeria 2015; APGA http://sunnewsonline.c

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Sun News Online Friday 14th November 2014 4 Killed In Delta Run-Off Election At least four persons were shot dead and six others critically wounded during a run-off election conducted yesterday in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State. Trouble started when a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain allegedly stormed the venue of the exercise with thugs armed with pump action machine gun, rifles and other dangerous weapons and snatched voting materials. Daily Sun gathered that the voting materials kept at the police station in Isiokolo Headquarters of the Local Government were allegedly snatched under the watch of policemen at the station. The armed youths, who came in about five vehicles, were said to have shot severally into the air and at Samagidi, where voting was taking place, and went away with the election materials just as they shot dead three members of Labour Party, who attempted to stop them. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.co

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Sun News Online Friday 14th November 2014 I’ve Paid My Dues, Says Ihedioha Deputy Speaker, House Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha said he has fully paid his dues as a loyal, tried and tested party stalwart. He is a founding member of party since 1998 and has never left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for any other political grouping. This is even as he denied ever manipulating the just-concluded delegate elections of the party. Ihedioha said he has earned the trust and confidence of most of the critical leaders and stakeholders of the PDP both in Imo State and beyond and that accounts for the support and acceptability his ambition has enjoyed. According to him, it was not a surprise that his loyalists and supporters overwhelmingly emerged as delegates at the congress. In a statement issued by the Director-General of his campaign organization, Dr Chris Okewulonu, the Deputy Speaker described the petition written to the national leadership of the party by some aspirants as a statement of misgivings against the electoral panel that conducted the election. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.co

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Sun News Online Friday 14th November 2014 “Jonathan, Amaechi’s War Is Wike’s Creation”- PDP Chieftain A gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Chief Atamuno A. Atamuno has lambasted a fellow aspirant and former Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, “for intentionally creating the war between President Goodluck Jonathan and the State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi.” Speaking during a chat with editors yesterday in Abuja, Chief Atamuno said members of the party were deluded into the war, which he described as needless, for Wike’s political gain. His words: “Unfortunately, we were deluded into taking sides with Wike in the war as party loyalists, thinking it was to protect the President’s interest. It was later we found out that Wike plotted the whole game for his political gain, which is manifesting now. The culmination of the trick and political game is the impression he has created in Abuja among the party leadership that only him, as PDP gubernatorial candidate, can deliver the State to PDP. That is a deceit and we will not accept it.” Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.co

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Sun News Online Friday 14th November 2014 Lagos APC Leaders In 4 LGs Endorse Ambode The quest of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for the governorship seat of Lagos State received a massive boost as leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ikorodu, Alimosho, Badagry and Ojo Local Government Areas have adopted him ahead of the gubernatorial primaries of the party in the State. Amobode is on the last lap of his tour of the 20 Local Government Areas and the 37 Local Council Development Ares (LCDA) of the State. At the enlarged meeting in Ikorodu, Prince Olu Ogunleye, led other notable leaders, including Olorunfemi Bashiru, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) under former Governor Lateef Jakande of Lagos State, Kaoli Olusanyan; Mrs Aderenle Ogunsanya, the former SSG under Governor Babatunde Fashola, among others, to welcome Ambode to Ikorodu. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.co

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Sun News Online Friday 14th November 2014 Tambuwal’s Ambition Splits APC The presidential ambition of the Speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has created confusion in the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). Some members of the House of Representatives, led by Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Zakari Mohammed, yesterday stormed the APC National Secretariat to pick the expression of interest and nomination forms for Tambuwal. Checks by Daily Sun revealed that the party chieftains were confused over the development, which had also created disaffection in the camp of a leading aspirant for the party’s ticket, General Muhammadu Buhari. A source revealed that the national leadership of the APC, led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun was worried over Tambuwal’s sudden interest in the race, a month to the party’s presidential convention, when efforts were being intensified to ensure a consensus candidate among the four presidential aspirants: Buhari, former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso and the Publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=90793
Sun News Online Friday 14th November 2014 “Jonathan’s Return Will Spell Doom For Nigeria”- APC National Chairman of the main opposition party in the country, the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun has urged Nigerians not to be swayed by President Goodluck Jonathan’s self-appraisal of his administration. Addressing a gathering of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithful on Monday during his declaration for the 2015 presidential race, Jonathan highlighted his achievements in virtually all sectors of the economy and urged Nigerians to empower him with a fresh mandate next year. He also assured that his administration would wipe out Boko Haram insurgents, who had since taken control of parts of Adamawa State. But addressing a world press conference in Abuja yesterday, Oyegun dismissed the achievements highlighted by President Jonathan as phantom warning that a fresh mandate for the incumbent would be disastrous. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=90783
Sun News Online Friday 14th November 2014 Delta LG Poll: PDP Wins 2 More Chairmanship Seats Chairmanship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were yesterday declared winners of the fresh council election for Ndokwa East and the run-off election for Ethiope East Areas of the State. With the result, the party had cleared the chairmanship seats for the 25 councils in the State, because the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) had earlier declared the party’s candidates winners in 23 Councils after the October 25 poll. Returning Officers for the two Councils took turns to declare the results in the presence of DSIEC Chairman, Moses Ogbe, and other members of the electoral body at the Commission’s Headquarters in Asaba. In Ethiope East, where the council election was declared inconclusive, the Returning Officer, Prof. Sunday Akparobi, announced the return of Mrs. Faith Majemite as winner having scored 28,828 votes. Announcing the results for Ndokwa East, where election was fully conducted, the Returning Officer, Prof. Timi Akporunor, said Mrs. Nkechi Chukwurah of the PDP polled 24,003 votes to emerge winner. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=90820
Leadership Newspaper Friday 14th November 2014 “Cross River Congress Results Doctored In Abuja”- Party Scribe The secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Cross River State chapter, Mr. Godwin Etta has revealed how results of the November 1, ward delegates’ congress held in the State were manipulated by the Electoral Panel. Etta who was a guest at the African Independent Television (AIT) daily programme, Kaakaaki yesterday alleged that the result of the Ward delegates’ congress was doctored by the committee sent from the PDP National Headquarters. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/390401/criver

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Leadership Newspaper Friday 14th November 2014 “Cross River Ward Congresses Were Free And Fair”- Electoral Committee One of the members of the electoral committee sent by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to conduct Ward congresses in Cross Rivers State, Senator Emma Anosike, has stated that the exercise was free and fair from the beginning to the point of submission of results in Abuja. Anosike said while speaking to newsmen in Abuja yesterday that even the Secretary of Cross Rivers PDP? was among the people who delivered the results to the party’s Headquarters in Wadata House, Abuja. He expressed surprise that no objection was made by him after the exercise and wondered where the discontent of the results were cropping from. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/390408/cross

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ThisDay Live Friday 14th November 2014 Tambuwal Confirms Receipt Of Presidential Nomination Form The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, confirmed yesterday that he had picked up his presidential nomination and expression of interest forms to vie for the Presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Confirming the development, his Spokesman, Imam Imam, said the Speaker’s political associates bought the nomination form for him. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tambuwal

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ThisDay Live Friday 14th November 2014 Ebonyi Assembly Crisis: Speaker Stops Governor Elechi’s N15 Billion Bond Proposal The crisis in Ebonyi State House of Assembly took a new dimension on Thursday, as the embattled Speaker, Chukwuma Nwazunku, formally petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan to withhold approval of the present N15 billion bond applied for by the state government pending when the assembly would be properly briefed on the use and performance of the earlier N16.5 billion bond. In a letter dated November 10, addressed to the President, which was released to THISDAY in Abakaliki, Nwazunku noted that the Assembly was yet to be properly briefed on the use and performance of the previous bond obtained by the State government. The Speaker urged the President to withhold the approval of the second bond which the State government applied for pending when their relevant Committee is properly briefed on the use of the first bond when the Assembly reconvenes from its recess on December 15. Ebonyi State House of Assembly; Crisis http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/assembly-

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 14th November 2014 Elections May Not Hold In Troubled North-East Service Chiefs have been asked by the Nigerian Senate to ensure that the seized North-Eastern territories are recaptured from Boko Haram before the general elections in 2015. This was said on Thursday in a meeting with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah. The Senate Committee on Defence and Army was also worried that the elections may not hold in the troubled North Eastern States in 2015 due to the terrorism there. However, Senator George Sekibo, Chairman of the committee said elections will hold if the army could recapture the territories seized by Boko Haram and if peace is restored in those areas. Sekibo said “while politicians are busy scheming for the 2015 elections, insurgents are on the other hand having a field day, especially in the North-East. To which Minimah replied, “I believe that we are trying our best, but is our best the best we can offer? What is happening is becoming increasingly difficult to explain to Nigerians.” Nigeria 2015; Insurgency; North-East http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 14th November 2014 Plateau PDP Governorship Aspirant Slumps And Dies In Lagos Senator Cosmas Niagwan, a Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in Plateau State, on Wednesday night slumped and died in Lagos. NEWMAIL reported that Niagwan died before he got to the hospital where he was rushed after collapsing at about 7:30pm. Raymond Dabo, Chairman of Plateau State chapter of the PDP has confirmed Niagwan’s death describing it as a huge loss to the PDP family. Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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ThisDay Live Friday 14th November 2014 Character, Leadership Qualities To Decide Next President, Says APC Ahead of the 2015 general election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said character and leadership qualities of candidates will be the yardstick to vote for the next President of the country. The party, while reacting to President Goodluck Jonathan’s speech during his declaration for re-election, said his attitude to addressing the escalating insecurity in the North-East is becoming worrisome. It described the President’s pledge to set up a special forces unit in the military to deal with insurgency after his re-election as amounting to deliberately prolonging the sufferings of the people. In the State of the nation address, titled: ‘Building A New Nigeria’ delivered by the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie Oyegun, at a press briefing marking the inauguration of the party’s media centre, the party said it would be putting forward a presidential candidate who will govern with openness and transparency, and will be ready to account for every kobo belonging to the public. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/character-

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ThisDay Live Friday 14th November 2014 APC Agent Snatched Ballot Box During Ekiti Governorship Poll, Police Tell Tribunal The police on Thursday in Abuja accused one Peter Alabi of Odo Ayedun- Ekiti, who was said to have been an agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the June 21 governorship election of ballot box snatching. The accusation was contained in the report the police tendered before the Ekiti State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja through its counsel, Chief Olusola Oke. The PDP in its own defence had told the Tribunal to dismiss the petition filed by the APC. The Secretary of the ruling party in the State, Dr. T.K.O. Aluko, told the tribunal that the election that brought in Fayose was peaceful, transparent, free and fair. The three-man panel headed by Justice Siraj Mohammed later adjourned till December 17 for adoption of written address. Ekiti 2014; Election Petition Tribunal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-agent

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ThisDay Live Friday 14th November 2014 INEC Charges Parties On Conduct Of Primaries As political parties prepare for primaries, nomination of candidates and campaigns, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has advised them to comply with relevant provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, their own constitution and INEC’s guidelines. Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, made the call at a meeting with representatives of political parties, at the Commission’s Headquarters. The INEC Chairman called on political parties to respect and abide by the code of conduct which they signed and ensure that their aspirants and nominated candidates are fully compliant with the relevant provisions. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-charg

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ThisDay Live Friday 14th November 2014 Mark Reconciles Feuding Ondo PDP Members Senate President and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Re-integration Committee of the South-West, Senator David Mark, on Thursday commended stakeholders of the party in Ondo State for their co-operation which he said paved the way for seamless reconciliation and integration in the party. The party had been embroiled in crises resulting in legal actions following the defection of the State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, from Labour Party (LP) to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently. According to a statement by Mark’s Special Adviser on Media, Kola Ologbondiyan, the reconciliation followed a six-hour meeting with stakeholders of the party in the State at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he urged party members to work together as one group to ensure the victory of PDP in all the 2015 elections. Ondo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mark-

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ThisDay Live Friday 14th November 2014 Ekiti Assembly Crisis: PDP Slams APC For Teleguiding Speaker The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Omirin, was economical with the truth over allegations that the account of the House had been frozen by Governor Ayodele Fayose. Advising the All Progressives Congress (APC)-dominated Assembly to be wary of its actions and stop playing politics with the lives of Ekiti citizens, the PDP also absolved Fayose of complicity in the alleged harassment of some APC Lawmakers by suspected security men on Wednesday. A statement issued by the State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Idowu Faleye, said Fayose never employed blackmail and harassment to coerce the Lawmakers to accede to the lists of Commissioners and Caretaker Chairmen sent before it. Ekiti 2014; House of Assembly; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ekiti-asse

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ThisDay Live Friday 14th November 2014 Pick Up Your Presidential Nomination Form, PDP Tells Abiola’s Wife The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Prof. Akasoba Duke-Abiola, the wife of the late Chief MKO Abiola, to collect her presidential expression of interest and nomination forms in view of the one week extension granted by the party which expires today. The party added that Duke-Abiola willfully refused to collect her forms after it was sent to her through her lawyers. The party expressed surprise that Duke-Abiola chose to go to court instead of taking advantage of the extension, which expires today to collect her forms. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pick-up-

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ThisDay Live Friday 14th November 2014 “Jonathan’s Declaration Has Thrown APC Into Confusion”- PDP The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said Tuesday’s declaration by President Goodluck Jonathan with the mammoth crowd in attendance as well as the catalogue of unprecedented verifiable achievements marshalled out by him, had thrown the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) into confusion. The ruling party also said Jonathan remained the candidate to beat at the forthcoming 2015 presidential election. Meanwhile, President Jonathan will today return his completed presidential nomination form. THISDAY gathered that the president is to submit the form by noon through the Vice-President, Namadi Sambo. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-jonat

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ThisDay Live Friday 14th November 2014 Suit On Jonathan’s Eligibility Moves To Supreme Court As Ardo Loses At Appeal Court A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant from Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo, has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court following the dismissal of his suit against President Goodluck Jonathan’s eligibility to contest the 2015 presidential election by the Court of Appeal. Ardo. in a brief interview with THISDAY after the suit was struck out Thursday, said: “Yes, my application to be joined as an interested party was dismissed. I will, of course, institute an appeal immediately at the Supreme Court praying the apex court to not only set aside the ruling of the Appeal Court but to also go ahead and determine the substantive matter.” He continued: “But beyond that, I also object to the fact that a matter of this nature, challenging the eligibility of President Jonathan, was given to a judge whose background is inherently unlikely to dispense justice. Not only that the presiding judge is from Bayelsa State, and from Ogbia Local Government Area, the same Local Government as President Jonathan, and from Otuegwe village, a sister village of Jonathan’s Otuoke community, but also along with the President, is generally believed to belong to the Ogbia brotherhood, a socio-politcal organisation established to advance the cause of Ogbia people worldwide.” Nigeria 2015; Eligibility; President Jonathan; http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/suit-on-

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 14th November 2014 APC Lawmakers Insist On Tambuwal For President Some members of the All Progressives Congress in the House of Representatives have launched a powerful drive for the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, to emerge as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress. Investigations by The PUNCH on Thursday revealed that the members took it upon themselves to purchase the APC presidential nomination form for Tambuwal, who recently dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for the nation’s main opposition party. Attempts by the APC to pick a presidential candidate by consensus had failed after talks between the stakeholders reportedly collapsed on Wednesday. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Daily Post News Online Friday 14th November 2014 “APC Using Boko Haram Challenge For Cheap Political Gain”- PDP The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has stated that Tuesday’s declaration by President Goodluck Jonathan rattled the All Progressives Congress (APC). A statement yesterday by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said instead of accepting the successes already acknowledged by Nigerians, APC leaders went into shadowboxing and mischievous propaganda in a failed attempt to score a cheap political point. The ruling party noted that such a lurid epithet on the APC defied the logic of an alternative, while exposing it as hypocritical and opportunistic. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/14/apc-

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 Sambo Is Still An Asset To GEJ, Says Group A group loyal to the Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, has identified him as an extremely useful and dependable political ally to his boss and the incumbent administration. Chairman of the Civil Obligations and Sustainable Peace organization, Daniel Nkpanam, and his secretary, Danjuma Bello Sarki, told journalists that against the backdrop of a statement credited to former Emir of Gwandu, Mustapha Jokolo, that President Jonathan should drop Sambo, the President still has confidence in his Deputy. Although the President, while declaring his interest to contest, Tuesday, stated that he delegated some roles and duties to Sambo, he failed to make any statement regarding whether or not he (Sambo) will run with him in 2015, the group insists the Vice-President has made various contributions to the government. The group added that Jonathan and Sambo are “obviously a perfect and divine combination,” saying, “the mutual understanding between them is what has translated into the success of the transformation agenda, thereby putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/sambo-still

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 Osun Election Tribunal Admits Exhibits From 17 LGA The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday tendered form EC8A used in 17 Local Government Areas in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State. The PDP candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, had gone to Court to challenge the results of 17 Local Governments, out of 30 Local Government Area in the State, contending that they were marred by irregularities. PDP’s lead Counsel, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), tendered Certified True Copies (CTC) of the documents which were admitted as exhibits by the Tribunal. Among the Local Governments are: Ede South, Ejigbo, Ifelodun, Ilesa East, Irepodun, Irewole, Iwo, Obokun, Atakumosa East, Boripe, and Ede North. Osun 2014; Tribunal http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/osun-elec

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Leadership Newspaper Thursday 13th November 2014 Buhari, Atiku, Tinubu, Others Fault Jonathan’s Declaration Claims Former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, and All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu, along with other party chieftains have described President Goodluck Jonathan’s claims on successes in power, economy, security and employment sectors at his declaration rally in Abuja on Tuesday, as the height of “lies” and most ridiculous by the PDP-led administration in the country. They said the socio-economic and political woes bedeviling the nation is caused by gross incompetence and lack of purposeful leadership by the PDP government at the centre, urging the people to vote out the PDP in the 2015 general election if the nation must attain the desired progress and change as well as respect among comity of nations. The party chieftains spoke separately at a rally to mark the 6th anniversary of Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, in office held at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City yesterday. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/390234/buhari

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Leadership Newspaper Thursday 13th November 2014 Delta 2015 Aspirants Write PDP NWC, Want Level-Playing Field Governorship aspirants on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State dissatisfied with the recently held Ward congresses in the State have written the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party calling for a level-playing field in the forthcoming governorship primary election. The aspirants specifically alleged that the State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan and his predecessor, James Ibori, were plotting to single-handedly install a new Governor for the State in 2015. LEADERSHIP also gathered that Ijaw national leader and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has met with the aggrieved 14 aspirants over the matter. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/390231/delta

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Leadership Newspaper Thursday 13th November 2014 INEC Warns Against Premature Publication Of Campaign Materials The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Osun State, Dr. Rufus Akeju yesterday warned against the violation of the Electoral Law through the advertisement or publication of political campaign materials before the commencement of campaign. Speaking in his office at the monthly meeting of the State Inter-Agency Advisory Committee on Voter Education and Publicity (SICVEP), Akeju noted that such act contravene section 99 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended. He warned the stakeholders against contravening this provision of the law adding that strict adherence to the law baning such advertisements or publications before the stipulated day will assist in the eradication of the era of impunity. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://leadership.ng/news/390223/inec-

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 13th November 2014 Court Orders Lagos PDP To Pay N10.5 Million Fee To Lawyer An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday ordered the Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pay the sum of N10.5 million as professional fees to a lawyer, Mr Debo Adeleke. Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, who delivered the summary judgment, also awarded N50,000 cost against the party. Adeleke had instituted the suit against the PDP national executive and its Lagos State chapter over the party’s failure to pay him his outstanding legal fees. While the national leadership of the PDP was represented by a counsel, Mr Chukwuma Nmesirionye, its State branch did not make any legal representation during proceedings of the suit. Following the development, the claimant’s counsel, Mr Benson Akeredolu, in an application dated Oct. 6, urged the court to give a summary judgment against the State PDP. In her ruling, the judge held that the second defendant (Lagos PDP) breached the provisions of Order 11 Rule 4 of the High Court of Lagos State Civil Procedure Rules. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 13th November 2014 President Jonathan Appoints New Chief Justice For Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has nominated Mahmud Mohammed as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria. PREMIUM TIMES reports that on Wednesday, President Jonathan sent Mohammed’s name to the Senate. If confirmed, Mohammed will replace Aloma Muhtar who is billed to retire on November 20. Nigeria 2015; NJC; President Jonathan; CJN http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 13th November 2014 Tambuwal Picks APC Presidential Form Aminu Tambuwal, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has officially joined the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential race. According to DAILY POST, Tambuwal has picked the APC’s expression of interest and nomination forms. The Speaker is expected to return the completed forms this Friday. Meanwhile,Tambuwal is yet to announce an official date for a declaration. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 13th November 2014 Ekiti Governor, Fayose Freezes State House Of Assembly Bank Account Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has allegedly frozen the State Assembly’s bank account. According to THE NATION, Speaker of the Ekiti State Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin, claims that the Governor froze the Assembly’s account due to failure of the House to immediately clear three persons who were nominated for position as Commissioners. However, Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary Idowu Adelusi has dismissed the allegation. Ekiti 2014; State House Of Assembly; Fayose http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 13th November 2014 Murtala’s Son To Run Against Abacha’s Son In Kano Governorship PDP Primaries Alhaji Abba Mohammed, son of late former Head of State, Gen. Murtala Muhammed and Alhaji Mohammed Abacha, son of late military Head of State, Sani Abacha will both contest in the gubernatorial primary of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP in Kano State. Submitting his nomination and expression of interest forms, yesterday, Abba said he will ensure that the PDP won in Kano State if he emerged as its candidate at its primaries slated for November 29. He expressed optimism that the leaders of the party were guided by the interest of the state and would ensure a level playing field for all aspirants. Kano 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 13th November 2014 “Return Your Stolen Mandate”- NADECO Tells Amaechi, Kwankwaso, Wamakko, Others The National Democratic Coalition, NADECO has called on Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State to return their ‘stolen mandate’. According to PUNCH, NADECO made the call in response to the defection of the Governors in November 2013. Addressing journalists in Abuja, National President of NADECO, Philip Agbese, said, “It is on this note that we renew the call on Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Magatakarda Wamakko (Sokoto) to do the needful by returning the mandate they stole from the electorate”. Nigeria 2015; NADECO http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 13th November 2014 Imoke, Chime, Suswam May Soon Dump PDP There are indications that Governors Gabriel Suswam of Benue State,Liyel Imoke of Cross River and Sullivan Chime of Enugu State may soon dump the ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP. There are worrying signals that three key Governors supportive of the President Goodluck administration, Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State; Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime and Liyel Imoke of Cross River State may dump the ruling party. Their grouse followed unresolved political crisis in their States by the party’s National Secretariat. The Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, may dump the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the Labor Party, one of the opposition parties in the country, to actualise his Senatorial dream. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 13th November 2014 “Tompolo Threatened President Jonathan”- Keyamo Popular lawyer and Human Rights activist, Festus Keyamo claims that former Niger Delta militant Tompolo recently threatened President Goodluck Jonathan. According to SAHARA REPORTERS, Keyamo made the claim in an open letter to President Jonathan. See letter in link. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 13th November 2014 Tambuwal Says He Left PDP Because A Cabal Hijacked The System Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the House of Representatives on Wednesday night revealed that he left the ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP because the party had been hijacked by a cabal. THE NATION reports that Tambuwal made the disclosure at the 6th anniversary celebration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State. Tambuwal said, “We have accepted to join the movement of progressives to change the system. The system today is malfunctioning and has failed in several ways. You have to change a system that is not working. We have a cabal that has hijacked the instrument of authority. We should vote them out in February. What do the people of the South-South have to show for voting the President? Nothing.” Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 13th November 2014 “I Rejected Obasanjo’s Bribe Of N250 Million For Third Term”- Wabara Adolphus Wabara, former Senate President has disclosed that he rejected a N250million bribe given to him by former President Olusegun Obasanjo during his time in office. According to TOP CELEBRITIES, Wabara said it was brought to his house at about 1.30am on Thursday May 16, 2007 by some foot solders of ex-President Obasanjo and he rejected the money. The bribe was to serve as payment for him to endorse Obasanjo’s third term bid. Speaking further, Wabara said that Obasanjo had invited him to his office at the Villa on July 3rd, 2013 along with his younger brother, then MD of Hallmark Bank and they spent two hours with the President. He revealed that Obasanjo told him he would continue as Senate President in 2007 if he would help him actualize his 3rd term ambition and he turned him down point blank and told him to his face that could never work. Wabara further claimed that his opposition of a third term tenure for Obasanjo was one of the reasons he had been forgotten. Nigeria 2015; Wabara; Obasanjo http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Daily Post News Online Thursday 13th November 2014 Court Fixes December 1st For Jonathan’s Eligibility Case A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed December 1, 2014 for hearing in two different suits challenging the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to re-contest in the 2015 general elections. In the first suit, the plaintiffs, Mase Daphine Acho, Saeeq Umar Sarki (both lawyers) and Murtala Abubakar are contending that Jonathan and Sambo are ineligible to be elected President and Vice President respectively. In the second suit filed by two politicians, Adejumo Ajagbe and Olatoye Wahab, they are asking the court for an order restraining INEC and the AGF from allowing Jonathan and his Vice, Namadi Sambo to seek re-election in 2015. Nigeria 2015; Judiciary; President Jonathan; Eligibility http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/13/2015

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Daily Post News Online Thursday 13th November 2014 Rivers APC Chieftain Assures Of Non- Imposition Of Candidates In 2015 The Lawmaker representing Ikwerre-Emohua Federal Constituency of Rivers State in the House of Representatives, Andrew Uchendu has denied rumours about planned imposition of candidates by the All Progressives Congress, APC in the State. There had been agitations by groups from different parts of the State, with some protesters marching to the party’s office in Old GRA, Port Harcourt. However, speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Federal Lawmaker said like other political parties, the APC does not indulge in the imposition of candidates on the people. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/13/2015-

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Daily Post News Online Thursday 13th November 2014 “Don’t Let Politicians Deceive You, Forget About Religion And Tribe”- Fashola Warns Ahead of the 2015 general elections, Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, has advised Nigerians against voting based on religious or ethnic sentiments. The Governor enjoined electorates to vote based on merit. Fashola said this while addressing a large gathering at the monthly draw of the Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme on Wednesday. Nigeria 2015; Fashola; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/13/2015-

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Punch News Online Thursday 13th November 2014 Kwara APC Stakeholders Differ Over Nomination Process Two groups in the Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Kwara-South Coalition of Youth Organisation and the Legacy Group, on Wednesday, disagreed over the nomination process of the party. The KSCYO, in a statement, said the emergence of Lofunke Adedoyin as a prospective APC candidate for Irepodun, Isin, Ekiti and Oke-Ero Federal Constituency followed internal democracy and was in line with the wishes of the residents of the Constituency. The group also said the allegations of imposition of candidates by the State APC leader, Dr. Bukola Saraki, were unfounded and untrue, adding that the party was following internal democracy in the nomination of candidates. But the Legacy Group alleged imposition of candidates in the nomination process. The group’s leader in the State, Babatunde Ibrahim, in a statement, alleged that its members were excluded in the nomination process. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/politics/apc-sta

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Punch News Online Thursday 13th November 2014 “I Won’t Return To PDP”- Adeleke A former Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, has refuted speculations that he would return to the Peoples Democratic Party. Adeleke had defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress shortly before the August 9 governorship election in the State. A statement on Wednesday, by Adeleke’s Media Aide, Olumide Lawal, noted that contrary to speculations in some quarters, the former Governor will not return to the PDP. Adeleke’s reaction came on the heels of an assertion by a Board of Trustees member of the PDP, Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun, who said that Adeleke would soon return to the PDP. Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/politics/i-wont-

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Punch News Online Thursday 13th November 2014 Court Summons Delta PDP Over Alleged Imposition Of Candidates The Delta State High Court sitting in Asaba has summoned the Peoples Democratic Party and its Delta State Chairman, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, to respond to claims of illegal imposition of candidates in the October 25, 2014 Local Government election in Delta State. In a writ of summons, the court asked the PDP, Nwaoboshi and four other respondents to enter appearance in the suit filed by a councillorship aspirant for Ojobo Ward 9, Burutu Local Government Area in the October 25 election, Mr. Magada Ewerikumor. In the suit, Ewerikumor prayed the court to declare that the alleged imposition of Mr. Anthony Pere-Gbafade as the PDP councillorship candidate for Ojobo Ward 9 was illegal, undemocratic, unconstitutional and contrary to the constitution of the PDP. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/court-

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Punch News Online Thursday 13th November 2014 Afenifere Commends Mimiko On Welfare Programmes The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has commended Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, over the welfare programmes of his administration. Spokesperson of the organisation, Yinka Odumakin, stated this in Akure, on Wednesday, during an inaugural public lecture organised by Iroko Legacy Platform. Odumakin, who commended the Abiye health care programme of the State government, said leaders who embarked on developmental projects will never be forgotten by the masses. Ondo 2015; Afenifere; Mimiko http://www.punchng.com/politics/afenifere

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Daily Times News Online Thursday 13th November 2014 “Success Of 2015 Elections Will Depend Solely On Resolving Insecurity”- Governor Aliyu Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger said on Wednesday in Minna that the success of the 2015 general elections would depend largely on solving the security challenge in the northeast. Aliyu said this at the 4th International Literary Colloquium to mark his 59th birthday. The colloquium had as its theme: “Leadership and National Development and Post Centenary Nigeria: New Literatures, New Leaders and New Nation.’’ Nigeria 2015; Insecurity; http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/success

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 Abiola’s Widow Asks Court To Stop Jonathan’s Nomination As PDP Candidate A Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to stop the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from nominating any aspirant, including President Goodluck Jonathan, as its presidential candidate at its planned primaries. A presidential aspirant of the party, Prof. Akasoba Duke-Abiola, in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/836/14, is contending that the PDP cannot validly hold the primaries, having flouted the provisions of the party’s constitution and the Electoral Act by refusing to provide her the party’s Expression of Interest Form after she paid N2 million for it. Duke-Abiola, a widow of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief M.K.O Abiola, is also praying the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining PDP from fielding any candidate for the purpose of the 2015 presidential election. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/abiola-s-

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 Rivers PDP Will Zone Governorship To Riverine Area, Says Briggs A Rivers State governorship aspirant for the 2015 election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs, has said for the purpose of justice and equity, the PDP must zone next year’s gubernatorial election in the state to the riverine area. According to him, “Equity, justice and fair play dictate that zoning should be the criterion to choose the party’s flag bearer in the State for the gubernatorial poll in 2015. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rivers-2015

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 NOA Urges Lagosians To Participate In Voter’s Registration Electors in Lagos, whose names do not appear on the list for the Permanent Voters’ Card (PVCs) or did not see officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have been advised to proceed to INEC offices in their various Local Government Areas to cross-check their names. The Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Waheed Ishola, who gave the advice Wednesday during a voters’ education and security awareness campaign towards a successful 2015 general election in the three Senatorial Districts of Lagos State held at Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA), also enjoined those who are yet to register or whose names are missing on the list to take advantage of the Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) which commenced Wednesday. Lagos 2015; NOA; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/noa-urges

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 APGA Youths Refute Report Of Obiano’s Collusion With Amaechi To Stop President Jonathan The youth wing of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has refuted the report that Governors Willie Obiano and Chibuike Amaechi of Anambra and Rivers States have been meeting with a view to undermine the government and aspirations of President Goodluck Jonathan. The youths under the aegis of APGA Greater Tomorrow for Good Governance (AGTGG), which addressed journalists in Awka, Anambra State also said that there was, “no member of APGA at any level is or has been meeting with or working closely with Governor Amaechi or even his proxies”, describing the report as completely false. Reading out a three-page document, copies of which were distributed to journalists, the Spokesman of the group, Comrade Emenike Sunday, stated that, “neither Mr. Dozie Nwankwo nor Governor Obiano as individuals or in concert with each other have ever been with Amaechi in same political party at any time at all.” Anambra 2015; APGA http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apga-you

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 Ekiti PDP Asks Tribunal To Dismiss APC’s Petition, As Fayose Opens Defence The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has told the Ekiti State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja to dismiss the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the election of Ayodele Fayose as Governor. The PDP called only one witness on Wednesday and closed its case, with Fayose expected to open his defence against the petition Thursday. At the tribunal, the PDP Secretary in Ekiti State, Dr. T.K.O. Aluko, who was called to give evidence at the tribunal said the election that brought in Governor Fayose was peaceful, transparent, free and fair. His evidence was not challenged under cross-examination, although some documents were also tendered by the party lawyer, Mr. Robert Emukperuo, who led the witness in evidence. The APC had filed the petition challenging the results of the June 21 governorship election won by PDP candidate, Fayose. Ekiti 2014; Election Petition Tribunal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ekiti-pdp

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 NLC Women’s Group Pushes For Boycott Of Elections Over Chibok Girls The National Women Commission of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said it will mobilise women across Nigeria to boycott the 2015 general election if the Federal Government fails to rescue and bring back abducted school girls of Chibok community in Borno State. The Chairperson of the Commission, Lucy Offiong, said during a two-day NLC State women leadership training in Abuja yesterday that the State of the abducted school girls and government’s seeming negligence to the development were pathetic. She alleged that the girls would have been seriously violated by their abductors and that it was regrettable that rather than doing anything within its fold to ensure that the girls are rescued, the government was busy preparing for general elections in 2015. In demonstration of their concerns for the girls as mothers, Offiong urged all women to use their voting rights to insist on the release of the girls. She stressed that if such demands fail to yield any reasonable response from the government, women across the country should boycott all elections slated for 2015. Nigeria 2015; NLC; Chibok Girls http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nlc-women

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 “We Doubt Jega’s Integrity To Conduct Free And Fair Elections”- CNPP Members of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) Lagos State chapter have shown their displeasure with the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, stressing that he lacked the expected integrity needed to conduct free and fair elections in Nigeria in 2015. The group made this known in a press statement signed by the Chairman, Lagos State CNPP, Hon. Akionla Obadia, following an assessment of 11 Local Governments Council in the States. Nigeria 2015; CNPP http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/cnpp-we-

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 Stop Verbal Exchange With The Opposition, Olanipekun Advises Fayose A senior Advocate of Nigeria and ex-National President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has counselled the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, against responding to criticisms from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in order not to be derailed from his focus. Explaining the dangers inherent in a ruling government exchanging tirades with the opposition, the legal luminary was of the view that such tendency could distract him from leading the State to a greater height. Olanipekun, who gave the advice in Ado-Ekiti during a courtesy call on the Governor in his office, on Wednesday, said Fayose’s victory in last June governorship election was well-deserved. Ekiti 2014; Olanipekun; Fayose http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/stop-verb

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 PDP Senator’s Joy Short-lived As Governors Oppose Automatic Tickets The smiles put on the faces of Senators on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by President Goodluck Jonathan after his last Thursday’s meeting with the former, fizzled out on Wednesday when the Lawmakers got wind of the information that Governors had opposed the automatic tickets promised them by the President. During the President’s truce meeting with the aggrieved Senators last Thursday night, Jonathan, along with National Working Committee (NWC) members of PDP had resolved to give return tickets to at least two Senators from each State ahead of the 2015 polls. While the Senators, except those who were still not favoured to return despite the promise of automatic tickets, had celebrated the outcome of Thursday’s meeting with the President to high heavens, their spirits were again dampened yesterday after they were briefed during their caucus meeting on the outcome of the Governors’ meeting with the President on Tuesday. A source at the meeting said the Senators were unhappy with the turn of events with one of them saying at the meeting that PDP ticket was fast becoming a “poisoned chalice.” It was also learnt that the depth of bitterness over the development had forced some PDP Senators notably in the North-East to begin to contemplate possibly dumping the party for another. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-senat

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ThisDay Live Thursday 13th November 2014 APGA Backs Jonathan’s Second Term Bid The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has said President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration that he would implement the recommendations of the National Conference has shown that he is a nation-builder determined to move Nigeria forward even at the risk of his own life. The party said Jonathan stands out as a leader with a large heart, having tolerated all the efforts of the opposition geared towards destabilising his administration. Reacting to the President’s declaration for second term in office, the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, said in keeping with the party’s resolve to endorse Jonathan’s second term bid, APGA will mobilise all the necessary support to ensure he wins the next year’s presidential election. Nigeria 2015; APGA; http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apga-back

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 12th November 2014 Potiskum Bombing: “Jonathan’s Declaration Insensitive”- APC, CSOs The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as utterly insensitive and absolutely callous the decision by President Goodluck Jonathan to declare for his second term ambition a day after almost 50 students were killed and about 80 injured in suicide bombing in Potiskum, Yobe State. The party accused the president of dancing on the graves of the students as well as of all the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency. APC said instead of asking Nigerians to vote for him again, President Jonathan should be apologising to Nigerians for wasting their mandate and explaining why, since his administration has increased security spending, declared and renewed emergency rule without stamping out Boko Haram insurgency. The civil societies said the declaration on Tuesday, a few hours after over 48 students were killed in Potiskum, was the highest point of insensitivity to Nigerians’ sensibility, accusing the President of continued lackadaisical attitude to pressing national issues. According to the OCSC in a statement signed by its Chairman and Publicity Secretary, Abiodun Agboola and Ismaeel Uthman respectively, Jonathan had shown clearly that he is incapable of ruling Nigeria, hence the call to all Nigerians to reject him at the polls and invariably elongation of his agony-filled and focusless government. However, responding to the criticism trailing Jonathan’s decision to declare for the Presidency one day after the suicide bombing in the school in Potiskum, the Director, Communications, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), Dr. Udenta O. Udenta, said the criticism was misplaced. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/potiskum

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 12th November 2014 PDP Senators End Hostility, Endorse Jonathan For President Senators on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had last week threatened to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan threw their weight behind the President’s re-election bid on Tuesday. The change of stance followed the President’s truce meeting with the aggrieved Senators last Thursday during which some of the Senators said the President along with the National Working Committee (NWC) members of the PDP offered to give return tickets to at least two of them from each State. The Senators, who boycotted plenary throughout last week, had alleged betrayal by the President following their losses at the November 1 Ward congresses of the party in their various States and therefore threatened to shut down Jonathan’s government until he addressed their grievances. Announcing the endorsement on behalf of Federal Lawmakers on Tuesday during the President’s declaration at Eagles Square, Abuja, Senate President, David Mark, said the President did not only have the support of PDP Senators but also had the backing of the entire National Assembly caucus of the PDP. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-sena

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 12th November 2014 Ifeanyi Ubah, TAN Officials Held Hostage For Non Payment Of Hired Supporters Officials of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) including the main financier, Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil Limited, were on Tuesday night held hostage for close to four hours for failure to honour their financial commitment to the rented crowd that attended President Goodluck Jonathan’s official declaration. The crisis started when the hired supporters demanded that they be paid in full for the three days that they stayed in Abuja. At press time, the rented crowd were still protesting that the N40,000 agreed to be paid per head for four nights was not honoured. One of the protesters hired told THISDAY at the Ogude Street office of TAN that they were angry and would not vacate TAN’s office until they were paid the agreed sum. Nigeria 2015; TAN; President Jonathan http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ifeanyi-

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 12th November 2014 Abia: Alex Otti Jettisons PDP, Picks APGA Guber Form Former Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc, Dr. Alex Otti, on Tuesday defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to contest for the 2015 governorship election in Abia State. Otti’s defection came just as the leadership of the party rescheduled its timetable for the conduct of its primaries from November 12 to 25. While picking the APGA governorship nomination form on his presentation of a teller for N12 million at the APGA National Headquarters in Abuja. Otti said his decision to join APGA was borne out of his strong beliefs in the party’s ideology and his determination to rescue Abia State from total collapse. Abia 2015; APGA http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/abia-guber

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 12th November 2014 APC Meeting On Presidential Candidate Deadlocked Efforts by the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to broker a consensus agreement among the presidential aspirants from the North hit the rock on Tuesday as most of the aspirants refused to step down. The meeting, summoned under the auspices of the APC Northern caucus and some elders from the North, could not reach any agreement as some of the aspirants failed to turn up but sent representatives. A party source told THISDAY that the meeting was presided over by the Deputy National Chairman (North), Alhaji Lawan Shuaibu, with former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, in attendance. Others at the meeting included Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. THISDAY gathered that Atiku, who was apparently the only one who attended the meeting out the four presidential aspirants, did not buy into the idea. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-meeti

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 12th November 2014 INEC Suspends Creation Of Aditional 30,000 Polling Units The Election Management Board (EMB) of the Independent National Election (INEC) has suspended the creation of the controversial 30,000 additional polling units. It cited time as the reason for the suspension. The decision of the Commission to create additional polling units that was seen generally as favouring the North against the South has caused a lot of controversy to the extent that some politicians have taken INEC to court. But on Tuesday, the Commission’s Secretary, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu, said in a statement that the Commission met and reviewed reports sent in from the States by Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on reconfiguration of the polling unit structure and creation of additional polling units. She said: “After taking everything into consideration, especially the controversy over the creation of additional polling units that have been overheating the polity, and the apparent inadequacy of time for the exercise, the Commission took a decision to suspend the exercise until after the 2015 general election.” Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-susp

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 12th November 2014 Lagos APC Governorship Aspirant, Fashola’s Aide Arraigned For Murder Tola Kasali, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC and Musiliu Folami, Special Adviser on Politics and Legislative Matters,to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State were on Tuesday arraigned for murder. According to PUNCH, Kasali’s Chief Security Officer, Tobun Abiodun was also arraigned. The trio were arraigned before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court on a four count charge bordering on murder and unlawful possession of firearms. The trio allegedly killed one Musiliu Lamidi, who was a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on November 9, 2014, around 2pm at Eko Tourism Hotel, Akodo, in the Ibeju-Lekki area of the state. Police report claims that they were found in possession of a pump-action gun, with number 6381, without a valid licence issued by the appropriate authorities. The corpse of the deceased was said to have been found on the premises of one of the defendants. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/l

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 12th November 2014 APC Presidential Aspirant Nda- Isaiah Loses Father Pa Clement Ndanusa Isaiah, father of Sam Nda-Isaiah, a Presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC is dead.According to LEADERSHIP, Pa Isaiah died in Kaduna at the age of 80 after a brief illness.

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 12th November 2014 8 Ogun State Lawmakers Dump APC , PPN For PDP, SDP Eight Lawmakers in the Ogun State House of Assembly on Tuesday defected from the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN and All Progressives Congress, APC to the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP and the Social Democratic Party. PUNCH listed the Lawmakers who defected as; Salmon Adeleke, Joseph Adegbesan, and John Obafemi who defected from the PPN to the PDP; Remmy Hassan and Obafemi Olowo-Oloja who defected from the APC to the PDP. Olufemi Allen-Taylor, Oludaisi Elemide and Elizabeth Anifowose who defected from the APC to SDP. Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/8-ogu

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 12th November 2014 Ex- Minister To AGF: “Stop Jonathan From Contesting In 2015 Poll” Former Minister of Youth Affairs, Mr. Inuwa Abdulkadir, has urged the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN) to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting the 2015 Presidency on the ground that such an action is unconstitutional and tantamount to a third term. Abdulkadir, who was appointed a Minister by Jonathan, stated this in a letter he addressed to the AGF. The letter dated November 11, 2014, was made available to LEADERSHIP last night. The former Minister, who has now defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), urged Adoke to take a judicial notice of the fact that Jonathan’s declaration for 2015 Presidency indicated that the President would spend more than eight years. He also cited Sections 135 (ii) and (2) (b) of the 1999 constitution, as amended, to buttress his point. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/390123/ex-min

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 12th November 2014 C’River PDP Crisis: Guber Aspirants, Ndoma-Egba Trade Accusations Over Ward Congress The tussle for soul of Cross Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deepened yesterday as some governorship aspirants and other party members from the State alleged that some “moneybags” were trying to alter the results of the recent Ward delegate congress. They specifically accused the Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN) of parading fake results from the Ward congress, alleging further that he was spreading propaganda. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the aspirants warned that the action is causing disaffection in the State and that it is capable of jeopardising the chances of President Goodluck Jonathan securing overwhelming victory in Cross River State. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/390111/criver

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 12th November 2014 Ihedioha Denies Hijacking Imo PDP Congress Deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has denied hijacking penultimate weekend’s delegate congress of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) held in Imo State. In a press statement issued by the Director General of his campaign organisation, Dr Chris Okewulonu and made available to LEADERSHIP, the Deputy Speaker described the petition written to the national leadership of the party by some aspirants of the party as a statement of misgiving against the electoral panel that conducted the election. He disclosed in the statement that he never manipulated the Ward congress election as alleged by the aspirants in their petition and publications in some national dailies, but rather restricted himself to his Ward where he casted his vote for the delegate of his choice. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/390103/ihedio

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Leadership Newspaper Wednesday 12th November 2014 Kwankwaso Opens National Campaign Office Kano State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has opened his national campaign office in the nation’s capital Abuja, with a declaration that he is the only aspirant with the clout to win a large chunk of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) votes in the 2015 presidential election. The campaign office located within Mabushi district of FCT was declared open by a former Kogi State Governor and APC chieftain, Prince Abubakar Audu, before an array of party faithful and supporters. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/390097/2015-

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Leadership Newspaper Wednesday 12th November 2014 Crave A New Nigeria, Fashola Tells Youths Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola yesterday urged Nigerian youths to yearn for a country where they will have a say on issues that affect them and their future. Fashola, who spoke at an APC Youth Summit held at Onikan Stadium, said it is important to crave for a new nation, where the leaders will place more value on human lives as the greatest asset, rather than any natural resources. He said the process to effect the desired change has started, urging them to go out and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in order to vote for their desired candidates. The Governor appealed to the teeming youths not to allow the present frustration in the system to deter them from pursuing their desire for a new Nigeria. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/390092/crave

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Sun News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 Igbo Leader Backs Obiano As BOT Chairman Igbo leader and the Ogirisi of Igbo land, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, has thrown his weight behind the appointment of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State as the leader and Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to replace former Governor, Peter Obi, who recently defected to the Peoples Democracic Party (PDP). Obi resigned as APGA leader and BoT Chairman and subsequently defected to PDP leaving the position of leader and BoT of the party vacant. The APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, announced the choice of Governor Obiano as the new leader last week. Speaking on the development, Ezeonwuka, who is a member of APGA BoT, described Obiano’s choice as perfect, saying the party leadership had finally hit the nail on the head. Anambra 2015; APGA http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=90319
Sun News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 Uduaghan Tasks Political Appointees On Loyalty Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said the injection of new Commissioners into the State Executive Council was aimed at ensuring the success of his administration. Speaking shortly after the swearing in of 10 new Commissioners, the Governor challenged them to bring fresh ideas to the running of the government, saying his administration remained committed to delivering projects and programmes that would impact meaningfully on the lives of the people of the State. He stressed the need for loyalty from the Commissioners, explaining that they should join hands with him in shaping the political future of the State. Also yesterday, Uduaghan announced the appointment of the Commissioner for Housing, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, as the new Chief of Staff, Government House, Asaba. He replaced Dr. Festus Okubor, who resigned recently to pursue his political ambitions. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=90297
Sun News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 2015: Jonathan’s Strategists Unveil Campaign Plans Ahead of today’s formal declaration, President Goodluck Jonathan’s strategists have offered ways he can win the 2015 presidential election with ease. A document, which is to serve as a handbook for the President’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign officials, indicated that Jonathan was ahead of his opponents in the forthcoming election. The document was prepared by some PDP chieftains and would be made available to members after today’s declaration. The strategic document said the President’s campaign would be anchored on his achievements. The document read in part: “Apart from being an incumbent, who would not have to learn on the job, the President has delivered on set targets and he is stabilizing the polity. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=90289
Sun News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 Umeh’s Aide Blasts Obi’s Assistant The war of words among political bigwigs in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has deepened, with Media Aide to APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, taking Obi’s Assistant to task. Reacting to an interview Obi’s media assistant, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, granted Sunday Sun on October 26, 2014, Mr. Stan Okeke, media aide to Umeh, said his boss never got any contract in Obi’s eight years rule, adding that the interview was full of lies. Okeke alleged that former Anambra State Governor spent N400 billion Local Government funds and over N600 billion from Statutory Allocations and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in eight years, with a chunk allocated for security votes, insisting that Umeh never bided for any contract in Anambra. Anambra 2015; APGA http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=90305
Sun News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 Rivers 2015: MOSOP Threatens To Boycott Elections Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), has threatened to boycott the 2015 general elections if political parties chose their Rivers State governorship flag bearers from other ethnic groups in the State. President of MOSOP, Legborsi Pyagbara, made the threat yesterday, at the 19th anniversary memorial lecture of Ogoni heroes held in Port Harcourt, the State capital. Pyagbara stated that the Ogoni were no longer interested in the Deputy Governor slot in the State after 47 years of its creation. Rivers 2015; MOSOP http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=90278
Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 11th November 2014 “I Don’t Know My Political Future”- Fashola Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has declared that he does not know what his next political step would be after his tenure ends in about six months from now. Speaking on his next political step in an interview with Channels Television, he said: “I don’t know honestly. I do well in multitasking. I have a job to do that runs until May 2015. And up till now people haven’t stopped asking me and my government for services. My mandate expires on the 29th of May and I’m going to give my best shot until the very final hour.” He added that that he hoped that his successor would be able to do better than he has done. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Punch News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 Kwara APC Presents Nomination Form To Governor Ahmed The leadership of the Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress led by its Chairman, Alhaji Ishola Balogun-Fulani, on Monday, presented a governorship nomination form to the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, at the Government House, Ilorin, to contest for a second term in office. Balogun-Fulani handed over the nomination form to Ahmed in the presence of some government functionaries and party officials. The Governor said the continued display of unity as exhibited by APC members during his declaration would play a pivotal role in the forthcoming general elections in the State. He urged members of the party to sustain the tempo to enable the APC win all elective posts in 2015. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/politics/kwara-

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Punch News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 Ex- Lawmaker Backs Call For Tambuwal’s Resignation A former Member of the House of Representatives from Ekiti-North Federal Constituency II, Duro Faseyi, has advised the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to resign immediately in order to retain his integrity. Tambuwal has faced intense pressure to resign since he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress on October 28, 2014. Faseyi, in a statement on Monday, said Tambuwal should thread the path of honour rather than heat up the polity with his insistence to be the Speaker of the lower Legislative Chamber. The ex-Lawmaker said although the Speaker has the right to change his political party, there were modalities that needed to be followed to retain his position. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/ex-lawm

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Punch News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 Don’t Be Deceived By Governors, Mkpubre Tells Jonathan The immediate past National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, South-South zone, Chief Edet Mkpubre, has urged that President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene and resolved issues arising from PDP Ward congress in Akwa Ibom State. He said the power entrusted on Governors to produce their successors was causing disaffection in the party. Mkpubre said this in Uyo while condemning the conduct of last Saturday’s congress of the party. He stated that if Jonathan desired to win the forthcoming presidential election, he should listen to the views of PDP leaders in the State. He added that the 2015 general elections will be difficult to rig as the youths and the Progressives were determined to ensure that a credible candidate emerged as President of the country. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/dont-be

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Punch News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 Groups Disagree Over Jonathan’s Re-election Bid The Director-General, Jonathan Youth Vanguard, Mr. Ebis Orubebe, has said the group will engage in a procession from Garki Mall, Abuja, to the Eagles Square, the venue for President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration on Tuesday (today). In a statement on Monday, Orubebe noted that the founder of the group, Mr. George Turnar, will lead the procession in solidarity for Jonathan after the group had inaugurated its new campaign office at Garki area of Abuja on Tuesday. According to him, Jonathan Youth Vanguard was committed towards drumming support for President Jonathan’s re-election bid. Meanwhile, another group, “In Defence of Truth,” urged Nigerians not to vote for the President. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.punchng.com/politics/groups-

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Punch News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 “Jonathan Is A Disaster To Nigeria”- Unongo A Second Republic Minister of Steel, Dr. Paul Unongo, has described President Goodluck Jonathan as a disaster to Nigeria. Unongo said it was immoral for the President to seek re-election when Boko Haram has taken over large chunks of Nigeria’s territory. He said, “He (Jonathan) is a complete disaster to Nigeria. He has made us look so ridiculous in the eyes of the world. Some little thing called Boko Haram that started like a joke is laying claim to large junk of Nigerian territories.” Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.punchng.com/politics/jonathan

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Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 Jega And Commissioners In Crucial Meeting Over Polling Units Today Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, is set to meet with the National Commissioners of INEC today, with a view to taking a decision on the controversial lopsided allocation of 30,000 Polling Units. The meeting is taking place on the day the case instituted by the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN is scheduled to commence. The meeting is also coming at a time when INEC’s last phase of the distribution of the PVCs has run into a hitch in States, forcing the postponement of the exercise in others. Nigeria 2015; INEC 8
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 Jonathan To Project Key Gains At Today’s Declaration The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is to use today’s expected declaration by President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term to project his delivery on key strategic promises he made ahead of the 2011 elections, campaign officials have disclosed. A document formulated by a strategy team at the National Party Headquarters has projected that the President would be the candidate to beat if key achievements of his administration are brought into light. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan 9
Vanguard Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 “Those Opposed To Governors Contesting For Senate Are Greedy And Selfish”- Governor Aliyu Chairman of the Northern Governor’s Forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, has described those opposed to some Governors contesting the Senatorial elections in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as not only greedy but selfish. Aliyu also said the 2015 general elections can only be held in the North- East if the Boko Haram insurgents were crushed by December this year. He spoke in an interview in Minna yesterday to mark his 58th birthday. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 47
Guardian Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 2015 General Elections Must Be Issue-Based, Falana Tasks ASUU, Nigerians Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has tasked Nigerians to make 2015 general elections issue-based and not allow politicians divide them along primordial sentiments. He specifically told the Campus unions led by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to demand from those aspiring to be President and Governor what their plans are for adequate funding of universities, eradication of illiteracy and access to education for the Nigerian child. The legal luminary disclosed this in a paper delivered at the National Education Summit organized by the four unions in Nigerian universities with the theme: “Towards A System Of Education For Liberation In Nigeria.” Nigeria 2015; Falana 70
Guardian Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 Kaduna Guber: Zangon Kataf Task Aspirants Over Electoral Promises The people of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area in the Southern part of Kaduna State have pledged that under no condition will they sell their votes in 2015 general elections to desperate and unpatriotic politicians who have nothing to offer the poor masses of the State. The All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman of the Local Government Area, Mr. Alphonsus Shinkut stated this when the party received one of the governorship aspirants of the party, Alhaji Salihu Lukman to meet the people in the area. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 85
Guardian Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 Ihedioha Charges Imo Electorate On Voter’s Card Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, has appealed to all the registered voters in Imo State and Nigeria in general to collect their cards in order to enable them exercise their franchise during the 2015 general elections. Ihedioha stated this on Saturday at the Mbutu Town School, Aboh Mbiase Council of Imo State, stressing that he was satisfied that at last, he was able to pick his card. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 86
Guardian Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 Orji Stresses Relevance Of Security In 2015 Polls Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State at the weekend, stressed the relevance of security in ensuring a hitch free poll in 2015, lauding the police for organizing a political stakeholder’s workshop in the State. He commended the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba for directing State Police Commands to hold the workshop in their various zones. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 86
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 Plateau PDP Elders Challenge Jang On Imposition Elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State yesterday vowed to challenge Governor Jonah Jang if he insists on imposing Senator Gyang Pwajok as the next Governor of the State. The elders under the PDP Equity and Justice Movement said the Governor’s history of imposition of candidates was what led to the religious crisis of 2008 Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 7
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 Don’t Disenfranchise Nigerians- Rights Group Tells INEC The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately rectify the hitches in the PVC and CVR exercise to ensure that no Nigerian is disenfranchised as a result of the exercise. The Situation Room said that INEC has not provided information for the apparent confusion that reigns in the field and how it intends to address and remedy the situation to ensure that Nigerians qualified to vote are not disenfranchised by its obvious failure to conduct a hitch-free and efficient exercise. Nigeria 2015; Situation Room; INEC; Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) 22
Daily Trust Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 “Revert To Manual Registration”- Pwajok Tells INEC Senator Gyang Pwajok yesterday expressed ‘deep disappointment’ over the disappearance of voter’s records in 161 polling units in Jos North Local Government Area and advised INEC to revert to manual registration. Voters, who went to the affected polling units to collect teir Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), returned home disappointed that there were no INEC officials at the units. Plateau 2015; INEC 22
ThisDay Live Tuesday 11th November 2014 Ebonyi Speaker Impeached, Four Others Suspended Sixteen Members of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly on Monday impeached the Speaker, Chukwuma Nwazunku over alleged gross misconduct, incompetence and embezzlement of funds meant for Members of the Assembly. Meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Blaise Orji has been elected as the new Speaker. THISDAY learnt that it was the second time Nwazunku was impeached within two months but his job was saved by the swift intervention of the Governor, Chief Martin Elechi. However, the Lawmakers also suspended four of their colleagues including the Chief Whip and Member representing Afikpo North West, Hon. Ogbonnaya Ikoro, the Member representing Abakaliki North, Hon. Oliver Nwachukwu, Hon. Odefa Obasi Odefa Member representing Onicha East Constituency and Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, Member representing Izzi West Constituency of the State. Ebonyi State House of Assembly; Impeachment http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ebonyi-

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 11th November 2014 PDP Insists Friday Is The Deadline For Submission Of Nomination Forms The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday said there would be no further shift in the Friday date for all governorship, senatorial and House of Representatives aspirants to submit their completed nomination forms. The party said the last date for the return of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for primary elections remain Friday, November 14 in line with the timetable released by the party. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday, said all the State chapters and aspirants must ensure that all forms are returned to the Office of the National Organising Secretary at the National Secretariat, Abuja not later than midnight of November 14. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-insists

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 11th November 2014 Activists, Groups Protest Failed PVC Distribution Exercise In Lagos A group of human rights activists and civil society practitioners on Monday flooded Lagos State Governor’s Office and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the State to protest failed distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs). The protesters, under the aegis of Activists for Good Governance and the Nucleus Group (TNG), were armed with placards and blocked the road leading to the INEC office. Some of the placards read: ‘Lagosians detest rigging, give us our PVCs’ ‘we reaffirm one man, one vote, give us our PVCs’ ‘Jega, be warned, do not act on Federal Government script in Lagos’ ‘the totality of Agege youth, women and men are demanding an extension for PVC collection.’ Speaking at the protest, Mr. Declam Ihekaire said Nigerians were afraid that INEC “is planning to rig next year’s election, especially in States controlled by the All Progressive Congress (APC), which informed the hoarding of the PVCs from getting to the people.” Lagos 2015; INEC; Permanent Voters Card (PVC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/activists-

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 11th November 2014 Court Asked To Stop PDP National Convention A Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to stop the planned national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The party had shifted its convention from December 6 to December 10 and 11. The party is expected to adopt President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole candidate of the party at the convention for next year’s presidential election. Justice Evoh Chukwu of the Fedral High Court has fixed the case for December 10. In the suit, the plaintiff Aliyu Ayuba Gubrin, a House of Representatives aspirant from Adamawa State, through his lawyer, Lilian Ojimma, in a motion on notice, asked the court to restrain the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu from acting as the Chairman of the party. The plaintiff asked for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the PDP from holding its national convention slated for December 10 and 11 under the chairmanship of Mu’azu pending the determination of the suit. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-ask

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 11th November 2014 Shema Expresses Confidence In PDP Retaining Katsina Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shehu Shema, on Monday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would retain the State in the 2015 election. He dismissed a petition forwarded to the PDP Headquarters by aggrieved members of his State chapter, saying the party would retain the State despite all odds. Six gubernatorial aspirants under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had earlier on Monday petitioned the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ahmed Muazu, warning that the party risked losing next year’s election in the State because of an alleged attempt by Shema to field an unpopular candidate. The petitioners included Senator Ibrahim Ida, former Deputy Governor of the State, Alhaji Tukur Jikamshi; Gide Yar’Adua, Ahmed Yar’Adua, Kabir Barkiya and Engineer Mohammed Khalil. In the petition dated November 4, they alleged that Shema conveyed a meeting of his cabinet and personal aides without involving the stakeholders of the party and announced the “anointment” of one Musa Nashumi as his gubernatorial candidate in the 2015 general election. Katsina 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/shema-

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 11th November 2014 Kaduna Governorship: Buhari Did Not Endorse El-rufai, Says Aspirant A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Hon. Shamsuddeen Ango Abdullahi, has described as false the claim that the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) is backing the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai for the same governorship position. Abdullahi, who spoke to journalists shortly after submitting his governorship nomination form to the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja yesterday, said the bottom line was the choice of the people which would be made manifest through a transparent governorship primary election. Speaking on his chances against other opponents, especially the former Minister of FCT, Malam Nasir el-Rufa’i, Abdullahi said with fairness and a level playing field, he is sure to emerge the governorship candidate of the APC in Kaduna State. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kaduna-

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 11th November 2014 PDP Has Failed God, Humanity, Says Okorocha The Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Monday in Enugu took a swipe at the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), insisting that it had failed God and humanity in the past 16 years it has held sway in the country. He also warned Ndigbo not to be deceived by the trickery of some leaders of the PDP, who brand President Goodluck Jonathan as Igbo, saying nothing could be farther from the truth. Okorocha, who addressed an APC rally in Enugu, said a few Igbo personalities who are in the ruling party were merely picking crumbs from the table, while the people were being deceived that Ndigbo are enjoying the Jonathan Presidency. While making it clear that the ruling party had nothing to offer the Igbo nation in the near future, Okorocha said Igbo leaders who are in the PDP are in it for selfish interests. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-has-

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 11th November 2014 Activists, INEC, Police Sensitize Ogun Electorates On PVCs Human rights activists, Nigerian Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday stormed Abeokuta, Ogun State capital to sensitise the electorate on the importance of the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs). Speaking at the Ogun State Voters’ Awareness Rally/Road Show held at the Panseke area of Abeokuta, founder, Women Arise Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Odumakin, appealed to the electorate to endeavour to register and collect the PVCs, saying, “The PVC is your power”. She said the PVCs serve as an instrument to decide and exercise their rights during the 2015 elections. A representative of INEC Abuja, Head, Publicity and Gender Education, Mrs. Lakunuya Bello, said she was happy to be in Abeokuta to sensitise electorates on the PVC and CVR exercise. Speaking on behalf of the State Commissioner for Police, CP Okoye Ikemefuna, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi said the command would ensure zero tolerance to electoral malpractices. He, therefore, appealed to the electorate to play by the rules of the game. Ogun 2015; INEC; Permanent Voters Card (PVC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/activists-

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 11th November 2014 Lagos APC Aspirants Agree On Primaries Governorship aspirants in Lagos State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have agreed to open primaries in order to determine the best candidate to fly the party’s flag in the forthcoming general elections. They also agreed to abide by the outcome of what they said must be a free and fair process and to queue behind whoever emerged as the party’s flag bearer. This was the fall-out of a meeting held at the Bourdillon, Ikoyi, home of its National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu to discuss ways out of the impasse pitching the party over the allegations of imposition by some leaders of the party. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/lagos-

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 11th November 2014 Ondo PDP Aspirants Protest Disqualification From The Party The crisis in the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continued on Monday as some of the party’s aspirants to the State House of Assembly protested their disqualification from participating in the primaries by a screening committee from the National Secretariat. The aspirants, who alleged that the screening committee had been compromised, said they were disqualified for spurious reasons in order to pave the way for some people, who were not known to the constitution of the party. Ondo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-aspir

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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 “We Have Not Annointed Any Aspirant”- Kwara APC The Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has denied endorsing any aspirant in the State for any elective position, except the Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed. The State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ishola Balogun-Fulani, made the clarification in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital at a news conference. Balogun Fulani said the clarification became necessary because of rumours making the rounds among members that the leadership has anointed some aspirants for certain elective posts. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/11/anoin

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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 Benue: “Jonathan Never Asked Me To Step Down For Gemade”- Governor Suswam Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, has reiterated his desire to become the next Senator for Benue North-East. He debunked reports that President Goodluck Jonathan ordered him to withdraw as an automatic ticket had already been granted to the incumbent, Barnabas Andyar Gemade, a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Suswam, during a thanksgiving mass at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Adikpo in Kwande Local Government Area, said: “There are untrue speculations and media reports that the President held a meeting with us and ordered me to withdraw from the race and that the incumbent was given automatic ticket.” Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/11/jonat

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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 “I Am Ready To Return As Edo Governor”- Osunbor Former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor has announced his readiness to take another shot at the next governorship election in the State in 2016. Osunbor disclosed this when youths across the three Senatorial Districts of the State, under the aegis of Edo Visionary Network, gave him an Award of Excellence at his Iruekpen country home. Osunbor was removed from office about six years ago by the Court of Appeal, Benin. Edo 2015; Osunbor http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/11/ready

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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 APC In Crucial Closed Door Meeting With Presidential Aspirants In continuation of its last minute effort to ensure a rancour free presidential primaries, the All Progressives Congress, APC last night held a closed door meeting with its presidential aspirants and some of its Governors in Abuja, THISDAY reports. The agenda of the crucial meeting was principally to try and build harmony and understanding among the presidential aspirants of the party. The meeting came on the heel of the party’s admonition to the aspirants to play by the rules and avoid rancorous campaigns. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/11/apc-

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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 11th November 2014 Ahead Of Jonathan’s Declaration, We Are The Best, PDP Boasts Ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid declaration today, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the development as the best so far for the party. The party had during its National Executive Committee meeting, endorsed President Jonathan as its sole presidential candidate for the election. The ruling party said it was proud that the efforts of the President had been complemented at the State level by the brilliance of its State Governors. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/11/ahead

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 Governor Okorocha Declares Presidential Ambition Imo State, Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday declared his ambition to run for the Presidency of Nigeria under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Okorocha, who spoke at a rally organised for him by the Enugu APC at the Igbozurume Hall, in Emene, Enugu State, described APC as an emergency party for a new Nigeria. He stressed that he would be President of Nigeria in 2015, saying that he would be counted before other aspirants. He told the APC members at the rally that Jonathan is not an Igbo man and that the PDP-led government had consistently marginalised the people of the South-East. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/390004/gov-

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 “Jonathan Will Be Returned As President In 2015″- Alkali As President Goodluck Jonathand declares his intention to re-contest for the Presidency today, his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Prof Rufa’i Alkali, has said that Jonathan will be returned successfully for the second term in office without hitches. Speaking at a pre-presidential inter-faith rally by the Goodluck Support Group (GSG) in Abuja yesterday, Alkali noted that the Transformation Agenda of the Jonathan’s administration would need to be continued, hence, the need for all hands to be on deck to ensure that the President is returned come 2015. He also said that in consideration of Jonathan’s leadership prowess, he has decided to commit the declaration to God through prayers as against all other contestants who just went ahead to rush into declaring without proper preparations and commitment to God. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://leadership.ng/news/389990/jonat

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 Rivers Guber: Ijaw, Ogoni Elders To Back Natives In PDP, APC Elders and political leaders of Ijaw and Ogoni ethnic nationalities in Rivers State yesterday vowed to fully embrace, promote, and deliver any of the major political parties in the country that fields an Ogoni or Kalabari candidate for the 2015 governorship election in the State. The elders and political leaders of two ethnic nationalities, who made the vow after a joint meeting in Port Harcourt, said they had the collective numerical strength, vast relationships across the Nigerian nation, political astuteness and intellect to deliver any of the political parties that fields one of their own. The meeting was attended by respected Ijaw and Ogoni leaders, including elder Statesmen Chief Tonye Graham-Douglas, Senator Cyrius Nunieh, Chief Ombo Isokriari and Justice Peter Akere (rtd). Rivers 2015; Ijaw; Ogoni http://leadership.ng/news/389989/rivers

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 Obanikoro Condemns Murder Of PDP Supporter By Political Thugs Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro yesterday condemned in strong terms the murder of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in Lagos State, Sikiru Ogboye, by some alleged All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs. Ogboye, an electoral agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State was shot dead on Sunday afternoon while monitoring the ongoing distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC). This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the governorship aspirant’s Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Ohimai Amaize. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389988/oban

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 11th November 2014 Ndoma-Egba Petitions PDP, Seeks Dissolution Of Cross River Exco The crisis over the recent Ward congress in Cross Rivers State took a new turn yesterday as the Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), has called on the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to dissolve the Cross River State executive of the party. Ndoma-Egba, in a petition to the national leadership of the party, said the Cross Rivers State executive under the chairmanship of Ntufam John Okon, instigated the sealing of State party Headquarters ahead of the party’s delegate elections which scuttled the election of National delegates in the State. He therefore called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to take over all other processes relating to the outstanding aspects of the party’s activities. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389982/ndoma

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Nation Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 APC Denies Fayose’s Claims On Conditional Cash Transfer The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has debunked Governor Ayo Fayose’s claim that the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program was part of his “stomach infrastructure” program. The APC accused Fayose of ignoring due process in the award of contracts, saying he had turned himself into a despotic sole administrator. In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party described Fayose’s claim of ownership of the CCT as dishonest. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 7
Nation Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 APC Hails Jega’s Comment On Osun Election The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has described a statement by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, on the August 9th governorship election in Osun State as a confirmation of the credibility of the election. The party in a statement by its Spokesperson, Kunle Oyatomi, said unfolding events in the State corroborated Jega’s assertion. Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 7
Nation Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Atiku Lambasts Fayose’s “Stomach Infrastructure” Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose for diluting the sublime essence of governance. He spoke at the inauguration of a 32-bed hospital built by the Member representing Ekiti Federal Constituency 1 at the House of Representatives, Bimbo Daramola. Atiku praised Daramola for the project, urging the people to value education, health and infrastructural development. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) 8
Nation Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 This Is Not Our Nigeria, Says Saraki Former Kwara State Governor Bukola Saraki has scored the Jonathan-led administration low. Saraki, who spoke to reporters at the weekend in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital said “This is not the Nigeria we all dreamed about.” He said any President who is incapable of ensuring the security of lives and property of the citizenry is incompetent. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 8
Nation Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 “Jonathan Must Act Within The Law”- NLD The Nigeria League Of Democrats (NLD) has charged President Jonathan to stop all acts of impunity against the opposition in the build up to the 2015 elections. At a conference in Lagos, the National Coordinator of NLD, Otunba Omoniyi Adebanjo, said the misuse of power by the Federal Government is frightenening , noting that it will truncate democracy. He warned President Jonathan of the dire consequence of withdrawing the security details of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal. Nigeria 2015; NLD 17
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Jonathan’s Declaration Tomorrow To Run In Six World Cities Security men drawn from Nigeria’s major formations took over the streets of Abuja yesterday ahead of the formal declaration by President Goodluck Jonathan today to run for a second term in office. This happened as the four presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been holding series of meetings to essentially reach a consensus on who would eventually fly the flag of the party in the 2015 general elections. Ahead of the declaration, security men, including anti-terrorism personnel have positioned themselves in all strategic positions in and around the Federal Capital Territory as at yesterday afternoon, frisking commuters and motorists. An insider said the declaration which is slated to hold at Eagles Square in Abuja, would hold silmuntaneously in six cities of the world. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan 7
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 PVC: Amosun, Lawmaker Hail INEC Over Extension Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and a member of the House of Representatives representing Ifo/ Ewekoro Federal Constituency, Adekunle Adeyemi, have hailed the extension of the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Reacting to the extension yesterday, Amosun in a State broadcast yesterday, commended the INEC for acceding to the government’s request for extension and also urged the people to be patient. Ogun 2015; INEC 10
ThisDay Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Nigeria Will Not Break Up In 2015, Say Uduaghan, Oritsejafor Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday declared that contrary to the dooms day predictions, Nigeria will not break in 2015. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Jubilee World Festival of Word of Life Bible Church in Warri which has ‘Arise 2015′ as its theme, Uduaghan said, “No matter the external influence, Nigeria will not break up in 2015.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) A
ThisDay Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Northern Youths Give FG Ultimatum, Offer To Provide Security For Tambuwal The National Chairman of the Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF), Comrade Eliot Afiyo, has given the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum to restore the Security Aides to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal. The ultimatum was given in Yola, Adamawa State yesterday saying, should the Federal Government and its security agencies should fail to restore Security Aides to the Speaker’s office, the group has resolved to employ the services of former members of the National Guards and former National Strike force. Nigeria 2015; North; NYLF D
Guardian Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Political Parties, Others Get Terms For Campaign Posters The Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) has issued guidelines relating to deployment of campaign posters, billboards, flyers and the likes as the 2015 elections approach. Addressing a townhall/stakeholders’ meeting at the weekend in Lagos, LASAA’s Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, George Noah, while reiterating the agency’s core mandate of institutionalizing a cleaner Lagos by checking indiscriminate and unauthorized pasting of outdoor materials in parts of the State, restated the agency’s committment to ensuring a friendly environment devoid of any kind of defacement. Lagos 2015; LASAA 83
Guardian Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Pitan Declares For Lagos Guber Race Tomorrow Former Lagos State Health Commissioner, Dr. Leke Pitan, will tomorrow formally declare his aspiration to contest the State’s governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Pitan will also use the occasion to present his 13 point agenda, which focuses on the welfare of the people in the State. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 83
Guardian Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 PDP Crisis Deepens As Ndoma- Egba Condemns Suspension Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma- Egba (SAN) yesterday dismissed reports of his suspension by the Cross River State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as a “non- issue and an act of political desperation.” Ndoma Egba told journalists in Abuja that although he was yet to be officially notified of the suspension, the move by the Cross River chapter of the party will amount to nothing. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 84
Guardian Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Osun 2014: Omisore Opens Case Today Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the August 9th governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore would open his case before the State Election Petitions Tribunal today following the closure of the pre- trial session by the panel on Thursday. The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime while reading the scheduling order to be adopted by parties when the hearing begins today at its sitting on Thursday disclosed that, 20 minutes would be alloted for cross- examination of each witness while Certified True Copies (CTC) document would be tendered by consent. Osun 2014; Petition Tribunal 85
Guardian Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Atiku Berates PDP For Asking Tambuwal To Resign A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has criticized the Federal Government for asking the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal to resign because of his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC). He also lambasted the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for bringing untold hardship on the country with its ineffective policies. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) 85
Guardian Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Bauchi Council APC Leaders Want Monarch Removed All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders in Giade Local Government of Bauchi State have called for the immediate sack of the party Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Tela, over alleged running of the party as personal property and financial misappropriation. A letter presented to the State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Uba Ahmed Nana, signed by the stakeholders of the party (9 party executives), were said to have thrown their weight behind the move to relieve Tela of his position. Bauchi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 86
Guardian Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Abia Monarchs Caution Politicians Over Utterances Ukwa- Ngawa traditional rulers in Abia State have urged politicians from the area aspiring for the position of Governorin the forthcoming elections in the State to eschew politics of bitterness and work together for the development of the area. Rising from an emergency meeting, the royal fathers said until decorum was applied, the brand of politicking currently engaged by politicians in the State to woo the electorate may over heat the polity and consequently lead to animosity among contenders. Abia 2015; Monarchs 88
Guardian Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Enugu Speaker Faces Impeachment Threats There were strong indications that a plot has been initiated to impeach the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Eugene Odoh. The development, The Guardian gathered, might not be uncconnected with the Speaker’s insistence to contest the 2015 governorship election against Governor Sullivan Chime’s preferred candidate, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The Governor and some stakeholders of the party from Enugu North Senatorial District (Nsukka Area), where the PDP zoned the governorship slot had earlier adopted Ugwuanyi as the goveernorship candidate. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 88
Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 “Money Will Not Play Any Role In PDP Primaries”- Gumbari A Senatorial aspirant in Kaduna, Mr Joseph Gumbari, has said that money would not play any role in deciding winners of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary elections at all levels. “Aspirants piling money to buy delegates will be disappointed because the party has taken care of that by pruning the number of delegates from Ward executive Council members to three per Ward. The party has also made sure that the delegates are of high standing and above board,’’ Gumbari said in Jos on Sunday. Gumbari is contesting for the Kaduna South Senatorial seat. Gumbari told newsmen that the delegates to determine the fate of aspirants, were carefully selected to ensure that their actions during the primary elections were properly guided. Kaduna 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Ribadu’s Brother Kidnapped In Yola Sani Ribadu, the younger brother of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, was on Sunday kidnapped in his farm in Yola, the Adamawa State capital. Arabi Ribadu, another brother of former EFCC boss told PREMIUM TIMES, “He was abducted by gun wielding men in his farm along Fufore road at about 5 p.m. this evening. Up till this moment, there is no communication from them”. The Kidnapped Ribadu was a one-time Chairman of Yola South Local Government Area and a former Member of the Adamawa State House of Assembly. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 “PDP Senators Are Blackmailing Jonathan”- Suswam Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam has alleged that Senators on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP are blackmailing President Goodluck Jonathan. THIS DAY reports that Suswam made the disclosure at Agbeede Gaav in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State. The Governor said, “elections into the Senate are won through the ballot and not by any arrangement. Senators should stop blackmailing the President and seek their reelection through the ballot box”. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 13 PDP Governors, Deputies Fight Over Succession All the 13 outgoing Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party have rejected their Deputies as their successors, investigations by The PUNCH have revealed. The Governors are those of Abia (Theodore Orji), Akwa Ibom(Godswill Akpabio), Bauchi (Isa Yuguda), Benue (Gabriel Suswam ), Cross River (Liyel Imoke), Delta (Emmanuel Uduaghan) and Enugu (Sulivan Chime). Others are Jigawa (Sule Lamido), Katsina (Ibrahim Shema), Kebbi (Usman Dakingari), Niger (Babangida Aliyu), Ebonyi (Martin Elechi) and Plateau (Jonah Jang). With the defection of the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, from the Labour Party to the PDP, the party is in control of 21 States out of the 36 in the country. The party also won the last governorship election in Ekiti State. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Buhari’s Endorsement Of El- rufai Causes Crisis In Kaduna APC Members of the Kaduna State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC have condemned the recent endorsement of former FCT Minister, Mallam Nasir E-Rufai by former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari. Aggrieved members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State have threatened to defect from the party over the comment of the presidential aspirant of the party, Muhammadu Buhari, on the best candidate for the party’s governorship ticket in Kaduna State. Buhari had during the public declaration of Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i for the State governorship seat allegedly said that El-Rufa’i was the man that could be supported in 2015. In a related development, there was tension in the Kaduna State chapter of the APC at the weekend following accusations from some executive members that Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i was allegedly manipulating the State Chairman of the party to his advantage. The aggrieved members of the opposition party also accused the party’s State Chairman, Barnabas Bala Bantex, of disregarding party instructions. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Ceasefire: “Chadian President May Have Been Working With Boko Haram To Deceive Federal Government”- Vanguard According to the Vanguard newspaper, it is believed that the President of Chad, Idriss Deby, may have taken the Federal Government of Nigria ‘for a ride’ over the phantom ceasefire deal with Boko Haram. Vanguard newspaper quotes TheCable as saying that the Federal Government is now trying to ascertain whether the phony deal was sold deliberately by Deby to Nigeria or if the Chadian President himself had also been deceived into believing it was genuine. “Déby was said to be working for Boko Haram as he has refused to communicate with Nigeria since the insurgents renewed their attacks,” Vangeard reports on Monday morning. “Nigerian government officials no longer have access to Déby, who is now said to be sick. It appears he set us up to drop our guard and allow Boko Haram to gain ground,” the official said. Nigeria 2015; Boko Haram; Chadian President http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 PDP Member Murdered In Lagos Sikiru Ogboye, a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was on Sunday shot dead in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State. According to NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, Ogboye was killed while monitoring the distribution of the Permanent Voters’ Cards in Ibeju when the incident occurred. The Lagos State police command is yet to confirm the murder. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Patience Jonathan Summons Kwara PDP Governorship Aspirants Nigeria’s first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has summoned all Kwara governorship aspirants on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP to a meeting in Abuja. According to THE NATION, the first lady is bent on throwing her weight behind Mr. Dele Belgore who is one of the aspirants in the Kwara governorship race. However, the other aspirants have vowed to resist the first lady’s interference. One of the PDP Kwara governorship aspirants who spoke anonymously on Dame Jonathan’s summons said, “In Kwara, the First Lady has virtually handed over the affairs of the party to her friend whose anointed aspirant cannot secure victory for PDP in the State. The First Lady has summoned all governorship aspirants to a meeting on Monday. We were thinking of shunning the meeting but we thought it is better to go there and confront the First Lady. We cannot accept a situation where the First Lady will decide for the whole people. This is a sad development, we cannot be shortchanged.” The first lady has also been accused of meddling into the politics of Adamawa, Rivers and Bayelsa States. Kwara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Obuh Submits Forms, Promises To Transform Delta State One of the leading governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Sir Tony Obuh, has said he is poised to take the State to higher glory. Obuh stated this after submitting his nomination and expression of interest forms at the PDP Headquarters in Abuja at the weekend. Obuh had, while submitting his forms, said, “I am here to inform our great party (PDP), of my intent to run for the governorship seat of Delta State. I am here to also inform our party leadership that we are determined to continue with the development strides that our great party has been providing in Delta State.” Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ob

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Taraba Acting Governor Joins Guber Race The Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, has joined the gubernatorial race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for next year’s general election. Umar said the action was premised on the quest to consolidate the modest achievement he had recorded in office and to complete projects inherited from his boss, Governor Danbaba Suntai. The Acting Governor made the disclosure when he returned his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to the Secretariat of the PDP in Abuja at the weekend. Taraba 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 “No Anointed PDP Aspirant In Oyo”- Makinde The rumour making the rounds in the Oyo State political circle that one of the aspirants had been adopted as the preferred governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2015 election has been described as untrue. In a reaction to the report, which is fast gaining ground, the Seyi Makinde 2015 Governorship Campaign Organisation, on Sunday noted that the rumour was baseless because there was no such development. Oyo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/makinde-

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Enang Pleads With Uyo Senatorial District Members Not To Quit PDP The Senator representing Uyo Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Ita Enang, has pleaded with the people of the District not to quit the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP), following the decision of the party to zone the governorship ticket to the Eket Senatorial District of the State. Enang who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, made the call at the weekend while fielding questions from journalists, saying it was better for the District to stay within to negotiate their interest. Akwa Ibom; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/enang-plea

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 PDP National Convention: Cross River Delegates May Not Vote For Jonathan There are strong indications that delegates from Cross River State may not participate in the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) billed for December 10 to 11 this year, where President Goodluck Jonathan will be nominated by the party’s delegates as the presidential candidate of the PDP for the February, 2015 presidential election. This is because the national delegates congress billed for Saturday could not hold in the eighteen Local Government chapters of the party in the State, following some unresolved issues between the State executive committee of the PDP and the national officers who were dispatched to conduct the elections. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-natio

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Fayose’s Election: “Chief Judge Must Resist PDP’s Attempt To Hijack Judiciary”- APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised the Chief Judge (CJ) of Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, not to waver in spite of the criticisms from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) advocating that the eligibility case against the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, be reassigned to another judge for trial. The APC, which described the petition by the PDP as an attempt to hijack the judiciary, said this in Ado Ekiti yesterday in its reaction to the petition sent to the CJ by the PDP and rumour milling round that the judge handling the case, Justice Segun Ogunyemi, might have returned the case file to the chief judge. Some suspected thugs had on September 25, invaded the court in the State and disrupted the proceeding in a case filed by a group under the acronym E-11 against Fayose’s eligibility to participate in the June 21 governorship election on account of his impeachment in 2006. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fayose-s-

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 ACPN To Hold Presidential Convention 11th December The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has said it will hold its national convention on December 11 to elect the party’s National Executive Council (NEC), and presidential candidate for the 2015 elections. The Acting National Chairman of the part Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima, said the party was well repositioned to field candidates into the various elective offices in the country during the forthcoming general election. He said ACPN would field presidential candidate for the February 14, 2015 presidential election. Nigeria 2015; ACPN http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/acpn-to-

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 “No APC Presidential Aspirant Will Leave Party After Primaries”- Saraki Ahead of the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), one of the leaders of the party and Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki, at the weekend hinted that, none of the four presidential aspirants of the party would dump the party for any other party as being expressed in certain quarters. He said: “These are democrats, who have taken a decision that a victory for any of them is a victory for all because they have not seen the ambition as a do or die affair”. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/no-apc-

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Lagos 2015: Ambode Woos APC Elders, Unveils Action Plan A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, at the weekend wooed the party leaders in all the Local Government Areas in the State ahead of the party primaries slated for December 2. This came as 34 Lawmakers of the State House of Assembly declared their unalloyed support for his governorship aspiration despite the fact that the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, is an aspirant in the 2015 race. He disclosed this in a statement by the Lagos Deserves More campaign group, promising to run an inclusive government in which, he said, every view and voice would be treated fairly irrespective of his ethnic background, religious inclination and political affiliation. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ambode-

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Voters In Plateau Express Concern As PVC Distribution Ends Some prospective voters in Plateau State have expressed concern about their inability to obtain the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) which distribution ended yesterday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), which went round some of the PVCs distribution centres, observed that many voters, who turned up to obtain the cards went home disappointed. It was gathered that while many could not find their names on the list at some centres, some polling units were not opened for the exercise. Among polling units not opened at all for the exercise were Mountain Kiew, close to the Federal Secretariat, Hwolshe and Kwata area in Jos South Local Government Area. At one of the polling units behind New Era Hotel in Hwolshe, out of the voters that were registered, only four names appeared on the list. The situation was also the same at polling units in Tudun-Wada, Kabong, Dadin-Kowa and Kabong. A voter, Mrs. Larai Maikifi, who spoke at the Hotel Junction in Hwolshe, described the situation as frustrating. Nigeria 2015; INEC; Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/voters-in-

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 “Insecurity, Economic Decline Confirms Jonathan’s Ineptitude”- Atiku Following the pervasive rot in the system, former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, at the weekend descended heavily on the President Goodluck Jonathan–led Federal Government, describing it as the most inept in the history of the country. Speaking on the State of the country’s economy, Atiku, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress Party (APC), said: “Nigeria is sick under Peoples Democratic (PDP) misrule and there must be serious efforts to salvage it.” Atiku said this while inaugurating a 32-bed hospital built by a member representing the Ekiti Federal Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, at Ire Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/atiku-inse

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Commission Extends PVC Distribution In Kano, Ogun By 1 Day The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for the distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to Monday. The Kano State Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State, Abdullahi Umar Danyaya, said that the new development came as a result of the late arrival of materials to various polling units across the State. Also, the Commission said because of the hitches observed during first day of the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) too in Ogun State, it has extended the distribution of PVCs by one day. In a statement by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Sam Olumekun, the exercise was extended by one day, adding that it would now end today, as against yesterday Sunday 9. The REC appealed to eligible voters in the State to be calm, assuring that any voter whose name appears in the voter register but could not find his or her card should not panic, saying their cards would be provided in due course. Nigeria 2015; INEC; Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/commission

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ThisDay Live Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 INEC Insists Registered Voters Must Get PVCs The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday reacted to the allegation that it was hoarding voter cards, assuring that all registered voters must get their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs). INEC also explained the circumstances that led to the alleged 1.4 million names said to be missing from the voters register. The Commission’s reaction came as the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday expressed concern over the three-day distribution of the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) in 12 States, alleging that the process was intentionally programmed to fail in order to disenfranchise voters in the States with the highest number of voters. INEC said it was true that after the 2011 general election that Lagos State had 6.1 million voters, but it was subjected to the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) where 82,892 were discovered to be double registrants. Nigeria 2015; INEC; Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-insist

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Stakeholders To Senator Gemade: “You’re The Architect Of Your Misfortune” Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Barnabas Gemade, has been told to abide by the decision he reached with the people of the Benue North East Senatorial District by dropping his second term bid for the Senate. Gemade, who is locked in a fierce battle with Governor Gabriel Suswam for the same seat, is however not relenting on his move to get back his position in the upper Legislative Chamber come next year. But the coordinator of the Benue North-East Senatorial District Stakeholders for Good Governance, Chief Awaleka Oliver, said yesterday that Gemade must step aside having agreed with them in 2010 to do only a term and give room for Suswam. Oliver quoted Gemade as having said then “I am in for only one term in the Senate and I will be quite happy with that because I don’t need more time than one term to effect changes in my Senatorial District”. Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389853/stake

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Lagos Guber: APC Group Insists On Primaries A group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Eko Democratic Movement (EDM) yesterday insists that the only way the party can maintain its status and ensure victory at next year’s elections is by ensuring that the party’s governorship candidate emerges through a free and fair process. In a statement issued by its Chairman, Alhaji Abdulrasak Babajide, the group said in an increasingly dynamic political system, the party cannot look the other way, adding that what would make the party to be more attractive to the electorate is when its governorship candidate is someone who would be acceptable to most members. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/389858/lagos-

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 “Why Jonathan Can’t Confront PDP Governors”- Saraki Former Governor of Kwara State, Dr Bukola Saraki, has adduced reasons why President Goodluck Jonathan cannot confront Governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Part (PDP). He said Jonathan’s re-election bid had made him incapable of confronting the Governors. Saraki was reacting to the festering crisis between Jonathan and Senators elected on PDP’s platform. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/389864/jonat

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Presidency, Senators Deal Sparks Fresh Crisis In Bayelsa The recent deal between the Presidency and members of the National Assembly over the 2015 general election has generated fresh crisis in Bayelsa State. Daily Sun learnt that the State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson has vowed to stop all National Assembly members as well as State Lawmakers from seeking re-election in 2015. The Governor’s resolve is coming just as the Presidency and aggrieved Senators settled for the return of at least two Senators per State. Governor Dickson, according to an informed source, has already rejected the deal, vowing to ensure that most of the Senators and House of Representatives Members from the State do not get their return tickets to the National Assembly in 2015. The source said the agreement between the Presidency and the Senators was not binding on Bayelsa, because the State ‘is peculiar’. Bayelsa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=90149
Sun News Online Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 “I Have No Enemies”- Governor Fashola Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has said he has no enemies but critics who inspired him to fulfil his challenges in governance by meeting the expectations of 21 million Lagosians who gave him their mandates. The Governor, who was responding to a question from one of the students, who took part in the Lagos State Science and Technology (LASSTECH) week , last Thursday, said his belief in the promise of a greater nation inspired him to always give his best. He urged the over 750 students at the event to ‘’work hard and hold on to your dreams, since all that had been thought impossible globally in the recent past have come to pass.’’ Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=90170
Daily Post News Online Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 “No More Rigging In Katsina”- APC Aspirant To PDP All Progressive Congress, APC, gubernatorial aspirant in Katsina State, Architect Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi has vowed that with his coming into the race for the Katsina State Governorship, PDP according to him “will never rig elections in Katsina State again”. Abdullahi stated this shortly after picking Gubernatorial nomination form of the party at the party secretariat in Katsina. He alleged that since 2003 opposition parties were robbed of victory in Katsina through what he described as serial rigging by the PDP, warning that the opposition would, this time around, resist any attempt to rig elections in the State. Katsina 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/10/rigging

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Daily Post News Online Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Ondo PDP Screening Committee Disqualifies Old PDP Aspirants Fresh crisis is looming between members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State and the National leadership of the party over disqualification of all aspirants, who are old members. They were reportedly disqualified last Friday by the State Assembly screening committee in Akure, the State capital. DailyPost gathered that newly defected aspirants from Labour Party (LP) to PDP were all cleared by the committee. Ondo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/10/screen

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Daily Post News Online Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Lagos: Bode George Hints At Jimi Agbaje’sCandidature, Says Jonathan Never Endorsed Obanikoro Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has given an indication that businessman, Jimi Agbaje may emerge as standard bearer of the party in Lagos State. In an interview with newsmen, he said the type of individual that the party will settle for is “a man with sound pedigree, someone you can trace his lineage, and with sound education, not Toronto or Chicago; a man who has shown semblance of top management level capability, who is respectable, responsible and acceptable and manageable; and also marketable to all the three tiers of existence – top executives, the medium level and low-level people.” Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/10/bode-

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Daily Post News Online Monday 10th Novemeber 2014 Bauchi Group Warns Adamu Mu’azu Not To Impose Yayale Ahmed As Guber Candidate A group, Bauchi PDP Project 2015, has advised the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu, to forget his alleged plan to impose a former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mahmud Yayale Ahmed, as the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2015 general election. Addressing a press conference at the weekend, the group leader, Hon. Abubakar Abdullahi Jahun, stated they were aware that Mu’azu had through the Principal Personal Secretary to President Goodluck Jonathan, Hassan Tukur, introduced Yayale Ahmed to the President as the best material for Bauchi governorship in 2015. Bauchi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/10/bauchi

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ThisDay Live Sunday 9th November 2014 Another Fresh Suit To Remove Mu’azu As PDP Chairman Forty-eight hours after the withdrawal of suits challenging the appointment of Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu as Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a new case has been filed against him at the Federal High Court in Abuja. A member of the PDP, Aliyu Garba Gubrin, through his lawyer, Lilian Ojimma, is asking the court to declare that Mu’azu could not preside over the affairs of the party because his appointment as the Chairman of the party did not follow due process. Already, Mu’azu is gearing up to chair the party’s National Convention billed for December, where President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to emerge as the presidential candidate of the party. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fre

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ThisDay Live Sunday 9th November 2014 “Presidency, INEC Colluded To Rig 2015 Elections”- Tinubu The National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Saturday expressed concerns that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had colluded with the Presidency to rig the 2015 elections. Tinubu described the decision of the Commission to deregister 1.447 million voters from the voters’ register in Lagos State as fraudulent and illegal, demanding that the names of those deregistered be published. He made the demand at a news conference he addressed at the State party Secretariat, Ogba, alongside the State’s APC Chairman, Chief Oladele Ajomale, and Women Leader, Mrs. Kemi Nelson, among others. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/

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ThisDay Live Sunday 9th November 2014 “My Fate Is In The Hands Of God, House Members”- Tambuwal Embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on Saturday declared that only God and Members of the House could determine his fate as the Speaker. Tambuwal’s recent defection from the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has generated controversy over his membership and leadership of the Lower House. However, the Speaker, who stormed the North-West Zonal Executive Committee meeting of the APC, which held in Kaduna, maintained that he was unruffled by the plot of the PDP against him. He spoke in an interview with newsmen shortly after the meeting, which was held behind closed doors, with a presidential aspirant of the APC, Maj-General Muhammadu Buhari, Deputy Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, and APC National Vice Chairman (North-West), Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, among others. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tambuwal-

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ThisDay Live Sunday 9th November 2014 INEC Reacts To Difficulties In Distribution Of PVCs The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday reacted to the allegation that it is hoarding voter cards, assuring that all registered voters would receive their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC). INEC also explained the circumstances that led to the 1.4 million names said to be missing from the voters register. It admitted that after the 2011 general election, Lagos state had 6.1 million voters, but it was subjected to the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) where 82,892 were discovered to be double registrants. In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, the Commission said that it was strongly committed to ensuring that every properly registered voter got his / her Permanent Voter Card (PVC) for the 2015 general election. Nigeria 2015; INEC; Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 9th November 2014 “Jonathan Did Not Concede Automatic Tickets To 40 Senators”- Abatemi Usman Some National Dailies at the weekend carried claims by an anonymous Senator that President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held a meeting in which they granted automatic tickets to 40 out of 72 PDP Senators to return to the Senate in 2015. However, these claims are now being roundly debunked by another Senator, Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman representing Kogi Central Senatorial District as he denies that any such deal was struck and describes the report of a “harmonized” list of automatic ticket holders as misleading and completely untrue. Abatemi-Usman states that the source of the erroneous report is a well-known Senator who has been trying to create the false impression that he is close to the National PDP leadership and the Presidency, even claiming recently that President Jonathan has endorsed him as the next Senate President. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/09/jonathan

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 9th November 2014 APC, UPP Frustrates Ohaneze’s Plan To Endorse Jonathan A plan by the Ohaneze Ndigbo to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office failed on Sunday. Although the issue of 2015 election was on the agenda at a meeting held by Ohaneze, leading members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the United Progressives Party, UPP, kicked against the idea of endorsing any candidate. The meeting, known as “Imeobi”, the highest decision making body of the apex Igbo Social Cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, would have been used to endorse President Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze; President Jonathan http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/09/apc-

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 9th November 2014 APGA Vows To Reclaim Imo State In 2015 The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has restated its determination to reclaim the Imo State government house in the 2015 general elections. The National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh said this at the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital. He, alongside some chieftains of the party, had visited their party members who survived the auto crash that claimed 5 others while on the way to the National Headquarters in Abuja to submit an aspirant’s nomination form. Imo 2015; APGA http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/09/apga-

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 9th November 2014 Senator Saraki Tasks Presidency To Tackle Nigeria’s Woes, Not Those Criticizing Jonathan The leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State, Sen. Bukola Saraki, who also represents Kwara Central in the Senate has advised the Presidency to focus more on confronting the challenges of insurgency, kidnapping and other vices ravaging the country rather than personalities speaking about the inability of the PDP-led administration to square up to the nation’s problems. This is as he assured Nigerians that the APC has the capacity to contain all the nation’s challenges and restore the needed peace and development to the nation when voted into power in 2015. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/09/saraki

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 9th November 2014 “Boko Haram Can Be Defeated In Two Months, If Jonathan Is Serious”- Okorocha Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha believes Boko Haram can be effectively curbed in two months. He however stated that this can be achieved if the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is serious about tackling insurgency ravaging the North-Eastern part of Nigeria. Okorocha stated this on Friday, during a dinner he organised for Media Executives and nominees from across the country, who were in Owerri for the Nigeria Media Merit Award- 2014. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/09/boko-

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 9th November 2014 House Of Assembly, Reps Dissatisfied With PVC Distribution In Lagos Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, on Sunday expressed dissatisfaction at the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the State. “It is not only sad but totally unacceptable. It was not funny at all; First, INEC said it would distribute the PVCs to only 11 out of the old 20 Local Government Areas of our State for three days. At the end of it all, it was confusion all the way,’’ he said. He said he collected his PVC on Saturday at a distribution centre opposite the Police College in Ikeja after being unable to obtain it the previous day due to absence of INEC officials. Also, a House of Representatives member, Mr Lanre Odubote, has expressed worry about the postponement of the Personal Voter’s Card (PVC) distribution in some Council Areas in Lagos State. Lagos 2015; INEC http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 9th November 2014 PDP Postpones Presidential Primaries The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has shifted the party`s presidential primaries from Dec. 6 to Dec. 10 according to a statement issued by Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha, National Organising Secretary of the party, on Saturday in Abuja. “In exercise of its powers under Section 29 (2) (a) and (b) of the 2012 constitution of our party as amended, the NWC has approved the review of the time-table for the conduct of congresses and primaries,’’ the statement said. This, it said, was preparatory to the 2015 general elections, adding that the new time-table superseded the earlier one. According to the statement, return of presidential nomination and expression of interest forms would close on Nov. 15, while screening and appeals would be on Dec. 26 and the National Convention, Dec. 10. Return of governorship forms by aspirants, according to the new time-table, will now end on Nov. 14, while screening and appeals would be between Nov. 22 and 25. The statement said that governorship primaries would now be held on Dec. 8. According to it, return of forms for House of Assembly will end on Nov. 14, while primaries and appeal will hold on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 respectively. Primaries and appeal for senatorial aspirants would hold on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 respectively the statement added. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 8th November 2014 PDP Suspends Governorship Aspirant, 10 Others In Akwa Ibom The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State on Friday suspended a governorship aspirant in the State, Mr Goddy Jeddy-Agba and 10 others from the party. Mr John Okon, Chairman of PDP in the State, said they were suspended for corrupting the process of the just-concluded Ward delegate congress election in the State and suing the party leadership. He named the other suspended persons as Sandy Onor, Venatius Ikem, Jones Tangban, Tony Ngban, Ubi Itam, Kenut Ndoma-Egba, Ernest Irek, Livinus Odiga, Samuel Willie and Godwin Igiri. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 8th November 2014 INEC To Extend Issuance Of PVC In Lagos By 1 Day The Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Adekunle Ogunmola, on Friday said that the issuance of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in the State would be extended by one day due to late supply of materials. Ogunmola told newsmen in Lagos that the collection of the cards and Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) would be extended to make up for the delay. Lagos 2015; INEC http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 8th November 2014 “2019 Presidency Will Go To The North”- Iwuanyanwu Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Friday said that come 2019 the office of the Presidency will go to the North. Iwuanyanwu, who is a member of PDP Board of Trustees, made the disclosure in Owerri during a news briefing and charged the Ohaneze Ndigbo leadership to summon a meeting of all retired senior security officers of South-East extraction to discuss the security of the zone. Iwuanyanwu urged the Ohaneze Ndigbo to constitute a security committee from the retired senior security officers of the Army, Navy and Police that would work closely with the five South-East Governors. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 8th November 2014 PDP Gives 40 Automatic Tickets To Serving Senators After a three-hour meeting, President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) conceded automatic tickets to 40 out of 72 PDP Senators to return to the Red Chamber. The President and the PDP will however engage the Governors of the party to allow experienced Senators to come back in 2015. Jonathan said it pays the nation to have built a stronger Legislature than starting afresh all the time. But Governors interested in picking their successors might not be given senatorial ticket. With the development, some Governors may lose out of the senatorial politics. Nigeria 2015; Senate; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 8th November 2014 Ihedioha, Yero, Elumelu, Others Tear Gassed At PDP Secretariat On Friday, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha; Kaduna State Governor, Ramalan Yero; Taraba State Acting Governor, Garba Umar; Hon Ndudi Elumelu; Hon Geofrey Gaiya, Senator Abubakar Gada and Hon Ibrahim El-Sudi from Jigawa State had tear gas sprayed on them at the National Secretariat of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. According to LEADERSHIP, the PDP chieftains and their supporters had stormed the Secretariat to submit their nomination forms. When the crowd became too much to handle, officers of the Nigerian police force retorted to use of tear gas. Atleast 2 persons slumped during the incident, although no death was recorded. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 8th November 2014 Nasarawa Governor Claims APC Will Be Incompelete Without Atiku Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura on Friday said that the All Progressives Congress, APC will be incomplete without former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. According to PREMIUM TIMES, Al-Makura made the comment when Atiku paid him a courtesy visit to the Government House, Lafia. The Nasarawa Governor said, “No caucus, executive meeting of the party ends perfectly without the Turaki. APC has arrived and eventually has eminent qualified persons that will lead us. He further called on all presidential aspirants on the APC platform to reach a consensus. Nigeria 2015; Nasarawa Governor; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 8th November 2014 “Igbo Presidency Won’t Come Until 2027″- Iwuanyanwu Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyawu, chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday has said that the Ndigbos will need to wait until 2027 before they can achieve their dreams of an igbo Presidency of the nation. He said the South-South and the North may both need to complete their ruling ‘cycles’ of eight years apiece before the East is considered. He also added that any attempt by any body to try to prevent President Jonathan (who is from the South-South) from going another four years on the presidential seat may prove cataclysmic for the country. Nigeria 2015; Ndigbo http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 8th November 2014 Committee Certifies 103 Candidates For PDP Assembly Primaries The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) screening committee for party primaries into Kogi House of Assembly has certified 103 aspirants for the contest. Mr Colet Odenigbo, Chairman of the committee, announced this while addressing newsmen after the screening at the State Secretariat of the PDP on Saturday. He said 105 aspirants were screened. Odenigbo said the process provided the aspirants the opportunity to present their credentials. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389734/comm

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 8th November 2014 “PVC Is An Instrument Of Reward For Competent Elected Public Officers”- Oshiomole Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo has described the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) as instruments of reward for elected public officers based on their performance. Oshiomhole said this on Saturday in Iyamho, near Auchi, Edo, shortly after collecting his card at his polling unit in Ward 10, Unit 1. He said the PVC was a horse whip that could be used to encourage or punish elected public officers and their political parties, based on their performance. He said the purpose of the card was to enable registered voters to elect people in trust to lead and represent them, and if the electorate were not satisfied with their performance, could “fire’’ them in subsequent elections. He further said that voting during elections justified a major reason why Nigerians should have the card. Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/389731/pvc-

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ThisDay Live Saturday 8th November 2014 “Jonathan Will Win In A Free And Fair Election”- Nwuche Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chibudom Nwuche has asserted that President Goodluck Jonathan will emerge victorious in the 2015 polls provided a transparent and level playing ground herald the conduct of the election. Nwuche, who noted that Nigerians are averse to imposition of candidates from the stages of party primaries to proper elections, advised politicians to avoid anything that would force candidates on the free-willing electorate. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nw

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ThisDay Live Saturday 8th November 2014 FG Undertakes Not To Undermine Tambuwal The Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police on Friday in Abuja undertook not to do anything that would undermine the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives even as they asked the court to dismiss the suit filed by Aminu Tambuwal challenging among others, the withdrawal of his security details as Speaker. This is as the court failed to make any orders for the restoration of the security detail of the embattled Speaker before adjourning the matter. At the resumed hearing of the suit filed by Tambuwal challenging among others, alleged plans by the Peoples Democratic Party and the Federal Government to remove him from office, the court reiterated its earlier orders for the parties to maintain the status quo. The judge premised the order to maintain status quo on verbal undertakings by the defendants’ lawyers not to do anything that would destroy the subject matter of the case. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fg

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Daily Post News Online Saturday 8th November 2014 Ondo PDP Reps Member Denies Joining APC A member of the House of Representatives, Hon Akintoye Albert has denied defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Akintoye in a telephone interview with DailyPost on Saturday said there was never a time he defected to APC as widely reported. The Legislator, who represents Irele/Okitipupa Federal Constituency in the lower House, said he only expressed his grievances over the invasion of the party in Ondo State by Governor Olusegun Mimiko and his desperation to send leaders of the party in the State to political oblivion. Ondo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/08/ondo-

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Daily Post News Online Saturday 8th November 2014 Muslim-Muslim Ticket: “Wait Until We Pick Our Candidate”- APC Chieftain A Lawmaker representing Oye -Ikole Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, has played down media speculations that the All Progressive Congress (APC) is going to field a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the Presidential and Vice-Presidential slots in next year’s general elections. Speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital yesterday, the Lawmaker urged members of the public to disregard such hearsay “as it was mere speculation”. Daramola who has finalized arrangements to donate a 32-bed hospital to his community, urged Nigerians to wait until the party picks its candidate. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/08/muslim

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Daily Post News Online Saturday 8th November 2014 “I Am Recontesting To Save Imo From Calamity”- Ohakim Scores of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, aspirants made last minute efforts to beat the party’s deadline for the submission of expression of interest and nomination forms yesterday. Many of the aspirants rushed to the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja yesterday to submit their forms. One of the aspirants that submitted who forms. yesterday is the former Governor of Imo state, Ikedi Ohakim. The former Governor said though the APC government of Owelle Rochas Okorocha is in charge of the State, the party is not in power, adding that he decided to run again so as to rescue the State from what he called calamity. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/08/re-cont

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ThisDay Live Friday 7th November 2014 “Governors Pose No Threat To Senator’s Re-election Bid”- Akpabio President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday held a series of closed-door meetings with some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), presumably on how to resolve the disaffections arising from last Saturday’s Ward congresses across the States. The disaffection, THISDAY checks revealed, was currently creating divisions within the ruling party. Stakeholders of the party from Enugu State met Jonathan in one of the series of the meetings at which the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, was also present. The State Governor, Sullivan Chime; Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, were all at the meeting. Governor Goodswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State yesterday said Governors aspiring to be elected into the Senate in 2015 posed no threat to Senators seeking re-election. He said this in Abuja while speaking with journalists after submitting his nomination and Expression of Interest forms to contest for the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District election in 2015. Akpabio, who is also the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, said the political space was wide and open for healthy competition among all players. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/akpabio-

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ThisDay Live Friday 7th November 2014 “Tinubu And Others Are Anarchists”- Presidency The Presidency has described the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, and others as anarchists for calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to resign for his administration’s inability to contain the activities of the Boko Haram. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said the suggestion by Tinubu that Jonathan should resign had again shown beyond doubt that the former Lagos State Governor and his colleagues in the opposition were a bunch of political anarchists and charlatans blinded by an unbridled appetite for power. The Presidential Aide said the assertion by Tinubu at a political rally in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Wednesday that “in civilised” societies, the President should have resigned was unfounded and lacking in historical precedence. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidency

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ThisDay Live Friday 7th November 2014 APC Has Four Months To Dethrone PDP, Says Nda- Isaiah A presidential aspirant on the platform of the APC, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, and founder of Leadership Newspapers, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, on Thursday said Nigeria is just four months away from witnessing the party’s triumph in the 2015 presidential election. Nda-Isaiah, who was at the APC Headquarters to collect the expression of interest and nomination forms, told the party leadership that everything has to be done to ensure that the change in the mantle of leadership is realised next year. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-has-

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ThisDay Live Friday 7th November 2014 Osoba’s Defection Shocks APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed shock and disbelief at the defection of some of its members in Ogun State, including one of its top leaders and the former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba, to another party. In a statement issued on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the shock stemmed from the fact that efforts were ongoing to reconcile the aggrieved members in the Ogun State chapter, hence it was expected that they would give room for the efforts to yield fruits. Both Osoba and the incumbent Deputy Governor of the State were reported to have dumped the APC following an intractable dispute between their faction and that of the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun. Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/osoba-s-

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ThisDay Live Friday 7th November 2014 Atiku Pledges Free Education At All Levels The former Vice-President and one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he will declare free educations at all levels if elected President of the country. Atiku has also proposed a number of ways to protect and promote the rights of women and the girl-child in Nigeria. The former Vice-President spoke at the public presentation/launching of a book, “Re-thinking the legal framework for rights of women and girl-child in Nigeria,” in honour of founder, Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), Hajiya Amina Titi Atiku Abubakar. Speaking on the State of affairs in the education sector, Atiku Abubakar, said the sector has suffered under funding due to corruption, adding that if elected President he will do everything possible including declaring free education at all level to make quality education available to Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/atiku-ple

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ThisDay Live Friday 7th November 2014 APGA Petitions INEC Over Fielding Of Multiple Candidates The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the possibility of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fielding multiple candidates for each electoral position in the 2015 general elections in Anambra State. Also in another letter addressed to the PDP National Chairman Adamu Mu’azu, the APGA Chairman urged him to do everything possible to ensure that the party does not wittingly or unwittingly parade multiple candidates for the coming elections. Umeh threatened that if that happens, APGA’s candidates would go to court to seek the disqualification of the PDP multiple candidates for the National and State Assembly elections in Anambra State in 2015. Anambra 2015; APGA http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apga-

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ThisDay Live Friday 7th November 2014 Lagos 2015: Desmond Elliot Promises Effective Representation, Donates To Widows, Youths Popular Nollywood actor and aspirant to the Lagos State House of Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Desmond Elliot, has promised the people of Surulere Constituency I in Lagos effective representation if elected their representative. He made the vow recently in Surulere when he donated various gift items to widows and single parents at his Constituency as part of efforts to give back to the community. Desmond also announced a number of initiatives which he has lined up, including skill acquisition and training, health insurance as well as university scholarship programmes for some of the youths in the area. Elliot reached out to the widows in the community by donating various relief items such as bags of rice, cooking gas and other household items and the sum of N100,000 to be shared among the widows, as he also announced that a number of initiatives would be put together for the benefit of the community. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/desmond

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ThisDay Live Friday 7th November 2014 Osun 2015: Former Governor Adeleke Picks Senate Form The first Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, on Thursday picked his Expression of Interest form to represent Osun West Senatorial District on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC). Adeleke had obtained form the to contest the last governorship election in the State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but was allegedly truncated by Senator Iyiola Omisore imposition by the party. He consequently defected to the APC where he is now seeking a Senatorial seat. The former Governor however promised quality representation if elected. Osun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/former-

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 7th November 2014 Tafawa Balewa’s Son Pulls Out Of Presidential Race AbdulJelili Tafawa Balewa, son of Nigeria’s former Prime Minister,Abubakar Tafawa Balewa has dropped out of the 2015 presidential race. According to THIS DAY, Balewa who was slated to contest for the office of the president on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP announced his withdrawal at a press conference organised by the Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark. Ijaw chieftain, Edwin Clark who announced Balewa’s withdrawal said, “I wish to inform you that I have succeeded in intervening to make peace between two of my sons, Balewa and Jonathan.The relationship between Balewa and Jonathan dates back to 2005 when the latter was the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State. The same relationship continued in Abuja, when Jonathan became the President. In deference to their old ties, Balewa, has formally withdrawn his aspiration to contest the presidential election in the 2015 general elections. “ Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 7th November 2014 Campaign In Plateau Not Abuja, Jang Advises Governorship Aspirants Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State on Thursday, urged governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to “come to Plateau and meet the electorate instead of fighting from Abuja”. The Governor made the call at the swearing-in of four newly appointed Commissioners. He said “there are many seeking to be Plateau Governors but instead of coming to the people to seek for their votes, they prefer to stay in Abuja to address press conferences. I want to advise such people to come home.’’ The Governor advised aspirants to seek the people’s mandate by selling their manifestos, rather than engaging in divisive issues like tribe, religion, Local Government or Senatorial zones. Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 7th November 2014 “APC Wants To Destabilize Nigeria, Not Win 2015 Elections”- Labour Party The Labour Party,LP has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC of planing to destabilize Nigeria during the forthcoming 2015 elections. LP National Secretary, Olukayode Ajulo made the disclosure on Thursday. According to PREMIUM TIMES, Ajulo said, instead of assisting the government to tackle growing insecurity in the country, the APC celebrated insurgency and terrorism while also fanning the embers of chaos across the country. Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Friday 7th November 2014 PDP: Suit Challenging Mu’azu’s Chairmanship Withdrawn Two suits seeking the removal of Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu as National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were on Thursday withdrawn. This was disclosed by the legal counsel to the two aggrieved members of the party, Mr Elochukwu Nweke, at a news conference in Abuja. The aggrieved members, Mr Emmanuel Onu and Mr Ezionye Ndubuisi, in separate suits in September and October filed legal action at the Federal High Court in Abuja. They were seeking the removal of Mu’azu as PDP’s National Chairman in their suits, which had INEC and PDP as interested parties. Confirming the development, Nweke told newsmen at the National Headquarters of the PDP that, “We wish to officially announce that we have withdrawn the suit seeking to remove the PDP National Chairman from office.” He stated that the decision of his clients to withdraw the suit was in “the best overriding interest of the party and in view of fresh evidence, letter and documentation from INEC”. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Leadership Newspaper Thursday 6th November 2014 Senate Adjourns Plenary As PDP Caucus Meet Jonathan Following the adjournment of the Senate in protest of the results of Ward congresses held by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the country last Saturday, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the Senate have expressed their displeasure, saying they would rather continue with legislative business to discuss the interest of the country. Senator Babafemi Ojudu (Ekiti Central), who spoke with newsmen yesterday at the National Assembly, said it was improper for the Senate to adjourn without first discussing the matter with the whole House. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389479/sen

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Leadership Newspaper Thursday 6th November 2014 Niger 2015: Adamu Kuta Dares Governor Aliyu For PDP Senatorial Ticket The earlier consensus reached by zonal Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) awarding the senatorial ticket of Niger East to Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu has hit the rocks with the emergence of Alhaji Idris Adamu Kuta as an aspirant. The stakeholders of the party had met last month and apparently adopted Governor Aliyu as the consensus candidate, but in a swift political twist, another aspirant, Alhaji Kuta, a retired Federal Permanent Secretary, submitted his nomination form yesterday in Minna. After submitting the form, Kuta in an interview said he was ready to take the gauntlet because he believes he is eminently qualified to vie for the position. Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389478/adamu

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Leadership Newspaper Thursday 6th November 2014 Niger: Governor Aliyu Cannot Stop Me, Says Deputy Governor The Deputy Governor of Niger State and gubernatorial candidate, Ahmed Musa Ibeto, has said that his party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the electorate would determine his emergence as Governor and not his boss, Governor Babangida Aliyu. The Deputy Governor, who stated this yesterday when he came to submit his gubernatorial forms at the National Secretariat of the PDP, described the State as a democratic society where people are given the chance to contest, addng that democracy in the country had matured. Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389477/niger-

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Leadership Newspaper Thursday 6th November 2014 Fashola Raises Alarm Over Delisting Of 1.4 Million Lagos Voters Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola yesterday raised the alarm over the disappearance of 1.447 million names from the Lagos voters’ list, urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to explain the shortfall. The Governor who disclosed this at a Statewide broadcast at the Lagos House, Marina, also declared Friday, as holiday for all public servants in the State to enable them collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) from INEC who had scheduled the distribution of the PVCs in the State from Friday, 7 to Sunday, November 9. The Governor said he was shocked that INEC declared that it would distribute 4.8 million PVCs in the State, whereas, during the last election in 2011, the voters’ list in Lagos as announced by the Commission was 6.247 million voters. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/389471/fasho

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Leadership Newspaper Thursday 6th November 2014 Adamawa Guber: PDP At War Over Plot To Alter Delegate’s List Indications emerged yesterday that the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Adamawa State chapter of the party are at loggerheads over alleged plot by the former to alter the list of 678 delegates for the governorship primaries in the State. LEADERSHIP gathered that, while unseen hands in the Presidency are behind the plan, the State chapter of the party is threatening fire and brimstone that should the forces in Abuja manipulate or truncate credible primaries, the process would be marred by protest votes. The Senator Bala Adamu-led committee inaugurated by the National Secretariat of the PDP to conduct Ward congresses last Saturday could not carry out their assignment because of terrorists activities in the State. Reliable sources told our correspondent that the committee, instead met with all the aspirants and agreed that the list of delegates used for the botched governorship primaries on September 6 this year be retained for the new primaries. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389469/adam

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Leadership Newspaper Thursday 6th November 2014 “Enugu Congress Not Cancelled”- PDP The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dismissed reports that the Ward congresses conducted by the party in Enugu on Saturday had been cancelled. Reacting to reports that the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party plans to conduct Ward congresses in Enugu on Thursday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh said that the National leadership had not cancelled any Ward congress in any State, including Enugu, just as he explained that appeal panels were set up where members could lay their complaints after the congresses. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/06/enugu

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Leadership Newspaper Thursday 6th November 2014 Boko Haram: “Jonathan Should Resign Or Wait For APC To Sweep Him Out”- Tinubu The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Wednesday said President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration cannot tackle the country’s security challenges. The APC chieftain, who spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State, during the formal declaration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed’s bid for second term in office, asked Jonathan to resign. The event was attended by former Head of State and APC’s presidential aspirant, Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku and Governors of Imo, Rivers, Kano, Sokoto and Edo States. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/05/boko-

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Sun News Online Thursday 6th November 2014 Abia 2015: “I Won’t Dump PDP”- Wogu Two governorship aspirants yesterday gave varied reactions to the Ward congresses conducted in their respective States last weekend. While former Minister of Labour and Productivity, and Abia State governorship aspirant on Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, Emeka Wogu expressed reservations over the Ward congresses conducted in the State, the erstwhile Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government and governorship aspirant, Udom Emmanuel, stated that the exercise was transparent in his State. Wogu, who spoke with newsmen shortly after submitting his nomination form, however expressed confidence that the appeal panel constituted by the party’s National Working Committee would dispassionately address issues raised by aggrieved aspirants in their individual petitions. He assured his supporters and party leaders that he would not dump the party. Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=89554
Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 6th November 2014 David Mark Declares Support For Tambuwal Senate President, David Mark has joined hundreds of Nigerians to condemn the withdrawal of the Security Aides of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal. According to PUNCH, on Wednesday, in solidarity with the House of Representatives, the Senate abruptly adjourned sitting without taking decision on any issue. Speaking before the adjournment, Mark said, “We are not to interfere in the internal affairs of each House. However, as the Chairman of the National Assembly, I cannot fold my arms or pretend that all is well about the current crisis. I am therefore going to do all I can to resolve the current impasse. Furthermore, the matter is already in a court of law, we cannot therefore discuss the issues here. I want to assure all of you that I will do the needful to protect and defend the Legislature at all costs”. ` Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 6th November 2014 16 Rivers PDP Governorship Aspirants Call For Wike’s Disqualification 16 Rivers State governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP have called on the party to disqualify, former Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, from the gubernatorial race. The 16 aspirants which included Bekinbo Dagogo-Jack, Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Lancelot Anyaya, Sampson Ngeregba, Nimi Walson-Jack, Lee Maeba, Abie Bob-Hart, Gabriel Pidomson,Silva Opusonji, Benard Mikko, Pawwariso Horsfall, Dennis Ojuka, Tonye Princewill, Nwakwo Sunday, Don Baridam and Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, yesterday protested in Abuja. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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ThisDay Live Thursday 6th November 2014 PDP Aspirants Rush To Beat Deadline In Lagos Amidst complaints of manipulation of the elections of ad-hoc delegates who will elect candidates for the governorship ticket of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), aspirants on Wednesday besieged the National Secretariat of the party to submit their completed governorship and senatorial nomination forms. The last date for the submission of all completed forms for various categories of election is November 8. The governorship aspirants of the party who were at the PDP Headquarters to submit their nomination forms were the former Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu (Abia), Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), the Deputy Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Musa Ibeto; Senator Patrick Pajok from (Plateau) and Ahmed Aminu Yar’Adua (Katsina). Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-aspi

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Nigerian News Bulletin Thursday 6th November 2014 Obasanjo Says Women In Politics Are More Reliable Than Men Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday said that women in politics are more reliable than men. Obasanjo made the disclosure while receiving the national executive and members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The former President said, “One of the best journalists that ever served me was a woman, and that was the late Mrs Oluremi Oyo. In politics, women are more reliable than men. When a woman says she is with you, you can really take it that she is with you. But if a man tells you he is with you and you catch him in another meeting, he will tell you it is politics. It should not be so. When a politician’s words cannot be believed, then you are turning politics into another thing. A politician must be a man or woman of honour that believes in morality”, Obasanjo added. Nigeria 2015; Obasanjo; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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ThisDay Live Thursday 6th November 2014 Muma Gee, Funke Adeshiyan Pick PDP Nomination Forms, As 9ice Obtains APC’s The forthcoming 2015 elections will witness the participation of some entertainers as many of them are delving into politics. Afro-pop singer, Gift Uwame, popularly known as Muma Gee, and busty Nollywood actress, Funke Adesiyan, have decided to contest under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while Nollywood star, Desmond Olusola Elliot, ‘gongo aso’ crooner Abolore ‘9ice’ Akande, Kennis Music boss, Dayo ‘D1’ Adeneye, and Kenny Saint Brown are holding on to the brooms of the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Muma Gee is aiming for a seat in the House of Representatives via the Abua/Odua and Ahoada East Local Government Area Constituency in Rivers State. Pretty Nollywood actress, Funke Adesiyan is gunning for a seat in the Ibadan South-East Constituency in the Oyo State House of Assembly. Along with 9ice, who is contesting for the House of Representatives, Funke is the other entertainer seeking elective office in Oyo State. 9ice has also launched his branded drinks and buses for his campaign. Nigeria 2015; Entertainers http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/muma-

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ThisDay Live Thursday 6th November 2014 Court Restrains PDP From Dissolving Dayo-led Executive In Ogun A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday restrained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from going ahead with its plans to dissolve the Adebayo Dayo-led executive of the party in Ogun State. Justice Okon Abang, in a brief ruling, ordered parties to maintain the status quo and refrain from acting on any dissolution plan pending the determination of a contempt suit filed by the Dayo-led executive of the party. The Dayo-led executive, believed to be loyal to Buruji Kashamu, a chieftain of the PDP, had initiated a contempt of court suit against former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole. Apart from Bankole, others mentioned as alleged contemnors in the committal proceedings, are the PDP, former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel and a former Member of the House of Representatives from the State, Dave Salako. Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-rest

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ThisDay Live Thursday 6th November 2014 Obanikoro Denies Allegation Against George The immediate past Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, who recently resigned his appointment to join the Lagos State governorship race, has denied allegations by a Lagos group, Integrity Watch ,that he accused a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Chief Bode George, of being partisan in the recently concluded PDP Ward congresses in the State. Obanikoro’s Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Ohimai Amaize, in a statement yesterday, dissociated his boss from the allegation, describing it as an orchestrated ploy to create disunity in the PDP, despite the bright chances of the party to win the forthcoming governorship in Lagos State. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ob

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ThisDay Live Thursday 6th November 2014 Group Chides Public Officers For Using Public Funds For Elections A non-governmental organisation, Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), has berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) for allegedly contributing to the high cost of governance. According to a statement by the organisation, which was made available to THISDAY on Wednesday, it was wrong for the parties to use public funds belonging to tax payers to prosecute election campaigns of their candidates. The statement, which was signed by the Centre’s Programme Officer for Good Governance, Victor Emejuiwe, stressed that addressing the high cost of governance depends fully on the platforms through which candidates emerge into office. Nigeria 2015; CSJ http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/gro

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ThisDay Live Thursday 6th November 2014 PDP Will Find Solution To Crisis In Rivers, Says Aspirant As some governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continue to condemn the conduct of last Saturday’s Ward congresses in Rivers State, an aspirant, Atamuno Ajubo Atamuno, on Wednesday said he was confident that the National Headquarters of the party would find a solution to issues concerning the State. He said he was confident that they would find a solution to issues of zoning and rotation as well as the conduct of the Ward delegates’ elections, which have pitted some aspirants against the leadership of the party in the State. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp

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Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 INEC Plans Use Of Card Readers For 2015 Elections To forestall the fraudulent use of voter’s cards during the April 2015 elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would employ the use of card readers to ascertain true owners of the registered cards. INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lagos, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, disclosed this yesterday at a media launch of the civic education materials on voters’ participation in 2015 general elections organised by the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI), the Lagos State Civil Society Partnership (LACSOP) and the Disability Policy Advocacy Initiatives (DPAI) to sensitive persons with disabilities (PWDs) of the forthcoming distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) and Continuous Voter’s Registration scheduled for November 12th to 17th in Lagos. Nigeria 2015; INEC 3
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Police Council Confirms Abba As Inspector General The Police Council yesterday confirmed the sppointment of Suleiman Abba as the substantitive Inspector General of Police (IGP). The meeting that held in Abuja, ratified the appointment of following a recommendation by the National Council of State (NCS), which held its meeting earlier. Abba, who has been acting as the police chief since July 31st when Mohammed Abubakar, the immediate IGP retired having reached the statutory retirement age, was confirmed after a marathon meeting of the two bodies. Nigeria 2015; Inspector General Of Police 6
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Leadership Publisher, Nda-Isaiah Declares Presidential Ambition Publishers of the Leadership Newspapers, Mr. Sam Nda- Isaiah yesterday in Minna, Niger State capital declared his intention to run for Presidency in the country under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general election, with a promise to change the course of Nigeria’s history forever. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 6
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Pro-Jonathan Rallies: “Presidency, INEC Culpable”- Oyewunmi Prince Oyewole Oyewunmi, a chieftain of the pan-Yoruba forum, the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has accused the Presidency and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of complicity in the activities of some pro- Jonathan groups, which have engaged in campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election when the ban on political campaign was yet to be lifted by the electoral umpire. The Ogbomosho- born member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is seeking to displace the Majority Leader, Hon. Mulikat Akande in the February general elections in the Oyo-Ogbomosho Federal Constituency, noted that the activities of the various groups amounted to a breach of the Electoral Act. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 14
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Elliot Holds Session With Youths, Urges Them To Register Popular Nollywood actor and director turned politician, Desmond Elliot, has declared his intention to run for public office in the upcoming 2015 elections. He is going for a seat in the House of Representatives under the Surulere Constituency of Lagos State. At a session with Surulere youths themed ‘Today’s Youth, Today’s Leaders; Our Tomorrow Is Today’ he said, the biggest voting populace is the youth stressing “and you can only show this if you register. We have been voting for them; this is the time for us to vote for ourselves.” Lagos 2015; Desmond Elliot; House Of Representatives 14
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 2015: How To Ensure A Free And Fair Poll, By Oyegun National Chairman of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Odigie- Oyegun, has said that the use of card readers remains a pertinent tool towards ensuring free and fair polls in 2015. Odigie- Oyegun, who claimed that the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has become jittery since the emergence of the APC, said the demilitarization of the electioneering process would go a long way in achieving the desired goal at the poll. He spoke when former Ghanaian President, John Kuffor paid him a fact-finding visit at the party’s Secretariat in Abuja. He accused the Jonathan-led aministration of using all the weapons available at its disposal to kick the APC into oblivion. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 15
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Umeh Receives Endorsement As Others Pick Legislative Forms The Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Sir Victor Umeh’s bid to represent Anambra Central Senatorial District in the Senate has received further encouragement, following his endorsement by the APGA Youth wing. The party youths, unders the aegis of APGA Solidarity Movement, at a grand occassion held at Emmaus House, Awka, said they had gathered to drum support for Chief Umeh to contest for the Anambra Central seat. Meanwhile, former Anambra State Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Godson Ezenagu (Ochendo Igbo), a grassroot politician, has picked a form seeking to represent Awka North/ South Federal Constituency at the National Assembly. Anambra 2015; APGA 15
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 CNPP Cautions Politicians Against Scuttling 2015 Polls Opposition political parties under the umbrella of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) have criticized the acrimony, violence and promotion of divisive tendencies among politicians in the country, warning that the game of politics should be played according to the rules. They added that the ugly trend was as a result of the failure to adhere to democratic tenets in the ongoing pre- election activities of some political parties ahead of the 2015 polls. Nigeria 2015; CNPP 55
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Lagos Monarchs Pledge Support For INEC Traditional rulers in Lagos State have pledged support for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure a free and fair poll. The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu stated this in Lagos during a courtesy call on him and other traditional rulers by the Lagos INEC Residential Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola at his palace. Lagos 2015; INEC 55
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Aliyu Declares Work- Free Days For PVC Collection Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has declared Friday and Monday work-free for Niger State Civil Servants to enable them collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs). In a statement yesterday in Minna by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije, Aliyu explained that the work-free day only applies to civil servants while other public and private organizations can go about their normal business. Niger 2015; INEC 76
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Fayose Set To Probe Fayemi The Ekiti State government yesterday disclosed that it has discovered more facts about the alleged financial recklessness of the immediate past administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi which put the State debt at over N86 Billion. The government declared that “those who defrauded this State will be made to pay back every kobo.” Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 77
Daily Trust Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Bauchi PDP Chieftain Campaigns For Buhari A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, Alhaji Hassan Mohammed Sheri, has openly begun campaigning for General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), calling on his supporters to vote for the former Head of State in the forthcoming general elections. He described Buhari as the most credible amongst those aspiring to lead the country in the current dispensation. Mohammed, who is a close associate of the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and the FCT Minister Bala Mohammed stated this yesterday at a press conference in Bauchi. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 19
ThisDay Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 “I Will Unite Nigeria, Fight Crime If Elected President”- Nda- Isaiah A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and founder of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, yesterday said he would make the unity of Nigeria a top priority of his administration if elected into office as President next year, in order for the country which has been divided along ethnic and religious lines, to make progress. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 1
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Tambuwal: PDP House Leaders Buckle Up Pressure on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leadership in the House of Representatives to move against Speaker Aminu Tambuwal began to manifest yesterday after a key PDP leader affirmed that the Speaker would not preside whenever the House reconvenes. The assertion made by one of Tambuwal’s closest allies, Mr. Leo Ogor, the Deputy Leader of the House came as the House Leader, Hon. Mulikat Akande narrated to journalists how she vainly tried to stop the one month adjournment of the House. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 8
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Lagos CP, Aderanti Urges Fairness In 2015 Polls The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti yesterday urged political party leaders in the State to ensure fairness and level playing grounds to all contestants vying for political offices in the forthcoming elections. Aderanti who spoke at a political parties stakeholders meeting, organized by the State Police Command, also called on political party leaders to ensure that the 2015 elections is free of thuggery, killings and other vices that could mar the success of the general election in the State. Nigeria 2015; Police 16
Nation Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 PDP Has Failed, Says APC Aspirant Nda- Isaiah A newspaper man joined the presidential race yesterday. Leadership newspaper Publisher, Mr. Sam Nda- Isaiah, who is seeking the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made his intention known in Minna yesterday. Addressing a large crowd of supporters, the aspirant said “The misfortune of this country obviously accelerated from the time the PDP came into power in 1999.” Party leaders, presidential aspirants were amongst the crowd at the rally. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 1
Nation Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 IGP Has No Right To Withdraw Tambuwal’s Security, Says Tinubu All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu queried the power of the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba to withdraw the Security Detail of House of Representatives Speaker, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal saying it amounts to illegality. Tinubu spoke when a group, the Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs, gave him an Honorary Achievement Award and made him its Chief Patron. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) 2
Nation Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Jonathan Rules Like Abacha, Says Amaechi Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has likened President Jonathan’s administration to that of late Military Head of State, General Sani Abacha. Amaechi said the use of the military under Jonathan was alarming. He spoke in Abuja on an Africa Independent Television (AIT) programme, tagged: ‘Focus Nigeria’ which was moniitored by the Nation. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 6
Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 5th November 2014 President Jonathan Heads To Burkina Faso For Crisis Talk President Goodluck Jonathan will today leave for Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso as part of an ECOWAS delegation to help settle the leadership crisis in the country. A statement issued by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity on Tuesday read, “President Goodluck Jonathan will travel to Ouagadougou tomorrow as a member of the three-man delegation of Heads of State and Government raised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to facilitate the rapid resolution of the current political crisis in Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso; Crisis; President Jonathan http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 5th November 2014 “Nigeria Not Under Seige”- Badeh The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Alex Badeh, has dismissed the insinuation in some quarters that Nigeria is under siege of terrorists and insurgents. Badeh, who was reacting to questions from State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday, also debunked the claim that the Armed Forces were not capable of defeating Boko Haram insurgents in the North East zone of the country. According to him, the fact that some parts of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are under the control of insurgents had not deterred the armed forces from carrying out its critical role of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation. The CDS was in the State House with other security chiefs to brief the National Council of State on the current security situation across the country. Insurgency; Military http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Wednesday 5th November 2014 Tambuwal Drives To National Assembly With APC Lawmakers As Body Shield The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal on Tuesday drove himself without any Security Aide to the National Assembly complex. PUNCH reported that Tambuwal arrived at the Assembly complex to declare open public hearings by two Committees of the House. Lawmakers on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC served as body shields to the Speaker all through his visit to the Assembly complex. Tambuwal left immediately after declaring the public hearings open. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Sun News Online Wednesday 5th November 2014 Buhari, Tambuwal, APC Governors Absent At Council Of State Meeting Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambawal and All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors were absent at the National Council of State meeting when it commenced at 11.35 a.m yesterday. Tambuwal’s Security Aides were withdrawn 48 hours after he defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC last week and he had since challenged the withdrawal of the Security Aides in court. This was just as the APC caucus in the House of Representatives obtained an injunction from an Abuja High Court stopping the PDP caucus from reconvening the House until December 3. Even before his current travails, Tambuwal was not known to attend the Council of State meeting but General Buhari had attended a couple of times. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=89351
Sun News Online Wednesday 5th November 2014 Senators Move To Shut Down Economy, Impeach Jonathan More trouble looms for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Senators have joined the battle against the party and President Goodluck Jonathan. Senators have vowed to show solidarity with embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, by refusing to work on the 2015 budget. They have also resolved to shut down the economy and move against President Jonathan as they have started compiling alleged impeachable offences against him. Also, the Lawmakers have pointed fingers at the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Finance Minister, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for “deliberately starving the National Assembly of our statutory allowances for the second month now.” However, they opened a window of reconciliation: they want automatic tickets for Senators angling for a return to the chamber, while the president should compel Okonjo-Iweala to release their four quarterly allocation “which should have been paid since October.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=89349
Sun News Online Wednesday 5th November 2014 APGA Names Obiano New Leader, Board Of Trustees Chair The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) yesterday named Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, as its leader/Board of Trustees chairman. With the appointment, he replaces his predecessor, Mr. Peter Obi, who decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last month. The party’s NEC also approved the guidelines for the conduct of its primaries to select candidates for the elections as was released by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on October 21, 2014. National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh disclosed the position of NEC in a statement issued to newsmen. The statement stated that pursuant to the mandate given on January 18, 2014, by the National Executive Committee to the National Working Committee to fill existing vacancies in the NWC, the NEC also appointed Mr. Alexander Amujiogu as the acting Deputy National Secretary of the party. Nigeria 2015; APGA http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=89353
Sun News Online Wednesday 5th November 2014 “Atiku Is Taking Advantage Of Nation’s Tragedy”- Presidency The Presidency has accused former Vice President and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, of taking political advantage of the scary security situation created by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East of the country. Addressing a world press conference in Abuja on Monday, the former Vice President had accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government of deliberate indifference to the activities of the terrorist group. But speaking yesterday at a public affairs forum, “The Jonathan Administration: Four Impactful Years,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, accused the former Vice President of taking a swipe at the military and President Goodluck Jonathan in a way that dignified the insurgents. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=89369
Sun News Online Wednesday 5th November 2014 Osun Guber: Omisore’s Petition Reaches Pre-Trial Petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, against the last August 9 governorship election in Osun State in which Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Party (APC) emerged victorious, yesterday scaled into the pre-trial stage at the Election Petition Tribunal in Osogbo, the State capital. The petition entered pre-trial stage because the 1st respondent, Governor Aregbesola, failed to stop the petitioner through his counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi, who had urged the court to dismiss the petition for lacking merit. Olujimi and counsel to the 2nd respondent, APC, Kemi Pinhero, had, through their various applications, insisted that the petition was incompetent and also challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain it. The Chairperson of the Tribunal, Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime, in her ruling refused to dismiss the petition, assuring that the applications of the respondents would be considered at the appropriate time as the trial progresses. Osun 2014; Election Tribunal; http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=89384
Sun News Online Wednesday 5th November 2014 Akwa Ibom Guber, Senatorial Seat: Oron Rejects One Term A group, Oron Ethnic Nationality of Akwa Ibom, State has rejected a term governorship tenure offered the nationality by Governor Godswill Akpabio to run from 2019 to 2023 after Mr. Udom Emmanuel’s one term between 2015 and 2019. The group, the third largest ethnic group in the State, also rejected Senatorial seat bribe in a meeting with the Governor in Uyo on Sunday. Daily Sun learned from a source at the meeting that the Governor pleaded for support of Oron people, whom he described as his “minority brothers” to accord him support and understanding in his effort to install Udom Emmanuel as his successor. Akwa Ibom; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=89418
Leadership Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 “Why Fashola, Amaechi Effectively Managed Ebola”- Okorocha The Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, observed yesterday that the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria would have been devastating if it had spread to other States controlled by non-progressive Governors. Okorocha insisted that the ability of Governors Fashola and Amaechi to effectively curtail the outbreak is an indication that the progressive Governors mean well for the country, adding that should APC be given the chance to govern in 2015, Nigerians would not travel for medical treatment outside the shores of the country. Represented by the Imo State Commissioner of Health, Dr Edward Ihejiare at the Progressive Governors’ Forum Policy Experts Design Session held at Giginya Hotel, Sokoto yesterday, Okorocha assured all Nigerians of quality health care delivery come 2015. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/389363/fashol

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Leadership Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Against Senator Bukola Saraki’s Election The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed an appeal filed by Alhaji L.A. K Jimoh challenging the nomination of the former Governor of Kwara Sate, Senator Bukola Saraki as the party’s Kwara Central Senatorial District’s candidate during the 2011 general election. The apex court held that Jimoh’s appeal “is unmeritorious and it is hereby dismissed.” The court advised the appellant to withdraw the matter forthwith as hearing the appeal will be an exercise in futility. The appeal was eventually dismissed. The apex court Judges who did not hide their feeling towards the appellant’s lawyer scolded the lawyer for bringing such matter before the apex court knowing fully well that such matter terminates at the Court of Appeal by law and procedure. Kwara 2011; Bukola Saraki; Supreme Court http://leadership.ng/news/389408/supreme

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Leadership Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 “40 Million Nigerians Can Afford Cars Under Jonathan”- Okonjo Iweala The Federal Government says it has done so well that in the last three years 40 million Nigerians are comfortable enough to own cars. Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala made this disclosure yesterday in Abuja. According to her, “the improvement in the economic situation of Nigerians based on concrete steps has led to a situation where about 40 million Nigerians are comfortable to have cars.” She then argued that if the tempo at which the country is performing is sustained in the nearest future, Nigeria will become one of the biggest 20 economies in the world. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://leadership.ng/business/389406/40

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Leadership Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 PDP Generates N257 Million From Sale Of Forms In Nasarawa The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State has realised the sum of N257, 800, 000 from the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms preparatory to the forthcoming general elections. LEADERSHIP reports that eight governorship contestants obtained their forms at the cost of N11 million each amounting to N88 million. A breakdown of those who purchased forms for Senate indicates that five aspirants obtained from Nasarawa North Constituency, five from the Western Constituency, while two obtained forms from the Southern zone at the rate of N4.5 million each amounting to N54 million. Eighteen aspirants have also obtained forms at the rate of N2.5 million amounting to N45 million. Nasarawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389374/pdp-

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Leadership Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Benue Ward Congresses: Gemade Rejects Fresh Delegates In Konshisha In protest of alleged manipulation of delegates election by Governor Gabriel Suswam, Senator Barnabas Gemade (Benue North-East), yesterday rejected the results of the delegate election in Benue North-East Senatorial District and asked for the outright cancellation of the exercise. Gemade, who has petitioned the ad-hoc Delegates’ Electoral Committee members in charge of Benue State, said Suswam connived with some executive members of the Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to manipulate the exercise as part of plans to rig the delegate election in the 84 council wards of the zone in order to position himself as winner ahead of the primaries. Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389370/benue

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Leadership Newspaper Wednesday 5th November 2014 Stop Cheap Blackmail, Institute A Probe, Fayemi Tells Fayose Former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has urged Governor Ayodele Fayose -led government to institute a probe of government transactions between October 2010 and October 2014 and stop its cheap blackmail and comical acts. Fayemi, stated this yesterday while reacting to the series of allegations levelled against him by Fayose. He added that it was high time the new government got its acts together, have a clear understanding of the State’s finances as well as financial regulatory matters and stop juggling figures in a clear exhibition of unpardonable ignorance. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/389368/stop-

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 5th November 2014 UPP Presidential Aspirants To Pay N15 Million Aspirants seeking to contest presidential election on the ticket of the United Progressive Party (UPP) in the 2015 are expected to pay the sum of N15 million for nomination forms. The party has also fixed nomination fees for other political offices at N5 million for governorship, N1 million for Senate, N500,000 for the House of Representatives and N200,000 for aspirants interested in running for the State House of Assembly. These were contained in the guidelines and timetable for party congresses/primary elections for all elective offices in the country including the presidential primary election/national convention approved at the party’s Tuesday’s National Executive Committee (NEC). Nigeria 2015; UPP http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/upp-

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 5th November 2014 Utuama Joins Delta Governorship Race As more aspirants signify their intentions to contest the 2015 Delta State governorship ticket of their respective political parties, the State Deputy Governor, Prof Amos Utuama (SAN), has joined the race. In a related development, the influential socio-cultural organisation, the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) on Tuesday swore to work against the interest of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election unless the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) settled for an Urhobo as its governorship candidate in Delta State in 2015. While receiving the expression of interest and nomination forms purchased for him by a socio-political group, ‘People’s Network for Utuama’ at his country home in Otu-Jeremi yesterday, the Delta State Deputy Governor said he was taking up the challenge in response to the people’s call. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/utuama-

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 5th November 2014 PDP Member Asks Court To Nullify Mu’azu’s Appointment As Chairman A Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to nullify the appointment of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, on the grounds that it was done in violation of Sections 45(1) and (2) of the party’s constitution. The plaintiff, Mr. Emmanuel Onu, who claimed to be a member of the PDP, is praying the court for a declaration that the purported resignation letter of Bamanga Tukur presented by President Goodluck Jonathan to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party was in clear violation of Sections 47(5) and (6) of the party’s constitution. The defendants are the PDP, Mu’azu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 5th November 2014 Rivers APC Zones Governorship To South-East Senatorial Zone The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has said it has zoned its governorship position to the South-East Senatorial District. The Chairman of the State chapter of the APC, Dr. Davis Ikanya, disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview with journalists in Port Harcourt. The declaration puts to rest weeks of speculations as to where the party’s candidate would come from or if the party would adopt the zoning system. Ikanya pointed out that the Rivers South-East Senatorial District has both upland and riverine areas, and said the party’s candidate could come from any area of the District. The Senatorial District comprises Oyigbo, Eleme, Tai, Khana, Gokana, Opobo/Nkoro and Andoni Local Government Areas of the State. All areas of the District are upland except Opobo/Nkoro and Andoni Local Government Areas. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 5th November 2014 Delta 2015: “Uduaghan Did Not Endorse Me”- Obuh Contrary to insinuations in certain quarters that he is the anointed candidate of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, a leading governorship aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Mr. Tony Obuh, denied being endorsed by the incumbent Governor. Obuh who spoke when he paid a courtesy visit to the corporate head office of THISDAY Newspapers in Lagos on Tuesday, stated that he came into the race like all other aspirants. He stated that what prompted him to join the governorship race was his genuine desire to develop the State and not because he enjoys the Governor’s backing. The aspirant stressed that he is most favoured to pick the party’s ticket because of his antecedents and contributions to development of the State in the past. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obuh-

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 5th November 2014 New PDP House Caucus Commends Tambuwal For Defecting An emerging ensemble of Legislators referring to themselves as “New PDP Caucus of the House of Representatives”, on Tuesday congratulated Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on his decamping to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Leader of the group, Hon. Andrew Uchendu (PDP, Rivers), handed down the felicitation in a statement made available to THiSDAY. “I wish to most heartily congratulate a distinguished member of the New PDP Caucus, our amiable Speaker, His Excellency, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal CFR, on his historic transition to the APC,” Uchendu wrote. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/new

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Daily Post News Online Wednesday 5th November 2014 “I Am Committed To The Common Interest Of The Ndigbo”- Governor Orji Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji has restated his avowed commitment to championing the common interest of Ndigbo. Orji stated this in Enugu shortly after receiving award as “a quintessential Igbo Leader” from the Igbo Youth Movement, (IYM). He urged Ndigbo to eschew personal gains, but use their positions to seek the advancement of the common good of the people. Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/11/05/commi

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 4th November 2014 Obasanjo Blames Jonathan For Power Sector Decay Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has blamed President Goodluck Jonathan and his other succesors for the decay in the power sector. According to PUNCH, speaking at a programme tagged ‘First Green Legacy Moment with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Leadership and Human Security in Africa’, which held in Abeokuta, said, “Part of our problems is lack of political will on the part of the leaders. What does a leader understand about development? Any leader worth his salt should know that power is very important. It is the driver of all developments, be it social, economic, and even political.” Nigeria 2015; Obasanjo; President Jonathan http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 4th November 2014 PDP Sells Presidential Form To Tafawa Balewa’s Son, Abiola’s Wife The ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP has finally agreed to sell its 2015 presidential forms to Dr. Abdul Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa, son of Nigeria`s first Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa and Prof. Akasuba Abiola, wife of late business mogul, Chief M.K.O. Abiola. The PDP on Monday called on aspirants interested in contesting the 2015 presidential election to come forward to the party`s National Secretariat to pick the nomination and expression of interest forms. Nigeria 2015; http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 4th November 2014 “President Jonathan Has Nothing To Offer Nigerians”- Fashola Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola on Monday said that President Goodluck Jonathan has nothing to offer Nigerians. Fashola made the revelation at the opening ceremony of Women In Business (Wimbiz) Conference held at the Eko Hotels in Victoria Island. The Lagos Governor said, “Where the North East is under siege and the economy has continued to nose-dive, the Transformation Ambassadors have continued to distort the true information that all is well. All it takes to cripple our economy by those country from where we buy oil is to say they won’t sell to us any longer. We have seen a good example where the country was denied access from buying arms. This is the situation we are as regards importation of oil. The government is yet to give us power as promised; they are yet to give us fuel; we are yet to see the standard highways they promised. There are so many Nigerians living without electricity. Yet the Transformation Ambassadors are telling Nigerians that all is well”. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 4th November 2014 Tambuwal Obtains Court Order Barring House of Reps From Reconvening Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has obtained a court order barring the House from reconvening abruptly. A Federal High Court in Abuja has issued an order directing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, its National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, and others not to reconvene the House of Representatives until November 7. Justice Ahmed Mohammed also directed the PDP leadership, the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, and others to appear before the court and show cause why the reliefs being sought by the Speaker and the All Progressives Congress, APC, should not be granted. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 4th November 2014 Tambuwal Blames Ihedioha, PDP Chairman, AGF For His Troubles Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal believes that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Mu’azu and Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke are behind his recent travails and the plot to remove him from office. According to PUNCH, Tambuwal made the accusation in an affidavit he filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 4th November 2014 Nda-Isaiah To Hold Presidential Declaration In Niger Today Sam Nda-Isaiah,founder of Leadership Newspaper will today hold his official presidential declaration in Minna, the Niger State capital. Nda-Isaiah is expected to join former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha in the struggle for the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential ticket. Like the other APC candidates, Nda-Isaiah has vowed to make it to the primaries and not step down for anybody. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 4th November 2014 “We Have Marching Orders To Impeach Tambuwal”- PDP Lawmaker Members of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP in the Federal House of Representatives have allegedly been given marching orders to impeach the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC. According to NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, the order was sanctioned, on Monday, by the Presidency and leadership of the PDP. A PDP Lawmaker who spoke anonymously said, “We have been given a marching order to impeach the Speaker, because he is no longer part of us. We are meeting with our party this evening (yesterday) to discuss how to go about the assignment”. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 4th November 2014 “Jonathan Wanted Me To Pin October 1st Bombing On The North”- Henry Okah Former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Henry Okah, was detained in a South African prison over his alleged involvement in the October 1, 2010 bombing. While in custody, he made some allegations in an affidavit he tendered to a court. In the 145-paragraphed affidavit, Okah repeatedly mentioned President Goodluck Jonathan’s name, including the names of some of the President’s Aides. For instance, says Street Journal, Okah alleged that he spoke to the President on behalf of Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke before she was made the Minister of Petroleum Resources. Okah also alleged that his present predicament cannot be divorced from his refusal to get MEND to retract their claim of responsibility for the Independence Day bombing. Okah claimed the Government wanted to pin the occurrence on some specific Northern elements. Nigeria 2015; MEND http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 4th November 2014 “President Jonathan’s Support Groups Are Desperate”- Wole Soyinka Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has strongly denounced one of the groups campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election for attributing a fabricated report to him. The offensive report, published online by the Jonathan group, was titled, “The North Must Stop Bombing Nigeria & Blaming Jonathan – Prof. Wole Soyinka”. The report quoted the Nobel laureate as stating, “If the United States citizens decide to be bombing the USA everyday and ready to die, there is nothing Obama can do about it. The only thing he can do is to urge citizens to report bad people. If citizens refuse to report evil people then there is nothing anyone can do. The only thing he can do is to urge citizens to report bad people. If citizens refuse to report evil people then there is nothing anyone can do.” The fabricated report, which is full of grammatical errors, continued: “Here in the USA in Chicago to be precise more than 10 people are killed everyday and that’s the same thing. I am only worried that this is Abuja. Nigeria 2015; Wole Soyinka http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Tuesday 4th November 2014 “You Did Not Follow Due Process In Defecting To Our Party”- Ondo PDP Aspirants To Mimiko The 2015 Aspirant Form of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State yesterday asked their party’s leadership to stick to the party’s constitution in admitting new or defected members into the party. Vice Chairman of the forum, Tolu Babaleye, said the aspirants forum welcomed the State Governor’s joining their party. He explained that the constitution stipulated that whoever wants to join or defect to the party should join at the Ward level and must be issued with the party card duly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Ward. He also noted that all these processes must be done within 30 days before the congress of the party, saying the party register had been closed before Mimiko and his supporters joined the party. Ondo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 4th November 2014 Jonathan Presides Over Council Of State Meeting With Obasanjo, Gowon, Others In Attendance President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday presided over Council of State meeting with former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Shagari and former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon in attendance. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan and Senate President David Mark were also in the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://leadership.ng/news/389285/jonath

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 4th November 2014 Zamfara APC Won’t Go For Primaries- Chieftain The Zamfara chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will not conduct primary elections, following a consensus among the aspirants for various positions of the party. The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Sani Gwamna, announced this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Gusau. Gwamna said the party’s Reconciliation Committee in the State, headed by Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari, had succeeded in reconciling the aspirants vieing for all the positions, from governorship to the State House of Assembly. He said that the success was due to the cooperation and maturity shown by the aspirants. Zamfara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/389233/zamfa

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 4th November 2014 PDP Sets Up Committee On Reps Demand For Automatic Ticket The national leadership of the PDP has constituted a committee to look at issues of automatic ticket sought by members of the House of Representatives and other pending matters. This was part of decisions reached at a meeting between the PDP leadership and members of the House in Abuja. The meeting was convened at the instance of Alhaji Adamu Mu`azu, the PDP National Chairman. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/politics/389214

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 4th November 2014 Buhari To Nigerians “Vote Out Incompetent Government In 2015″ Former military Head of State and presidential hopeful under the platform of All Progressives Congress ( APC ), General Muhammadu Buhari yesterday decried the level of infrastructural decay under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) just as he urged Nigerians to come out en-masse to collect their voters cards to vote against incompetent government. He said; “Your card is your gun against incompetence in the government, and against the deception of Nigerians. We have suffered enough”. Gen. Buhari, who spoke at the formal declaration of Mal. Nasir El-Rufai to run for the governorship of Kaduna State, said; “It is with the card that we will repair Nigeria. You know what it takes to repair Nigeria, especially the infrastructure, security, and above all employment. Let us get the infrastructure working, let’s get the security materially, physically and morally with our cards,” he said. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/389172/buhar

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 4th November 2014 Anyanwu Wants Ihedioha Reprimanded As protests continue to trail the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegates election held in Imo State over the weekend, National Assembly Lawmaker representing Owerri East, Senator Chris Anyanwu has urged the national leadership of the party to reprimand the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha for allegedly manipulating and hijacking the election in her Ward, Enyiongugu. In a petition she signed and made available to LEADERSHIP in Owerri, Anyanwu said if Ihedioha is not called to order, his action is capable of triggering breakdown of law and order and hampering the congress of the party in the State. Anyanwu, also in her petition, requested for the cancellation of any figure of the results submitted from her Ward, Enyiogugu. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389177/pdp

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Leadership Newspaper Tuesday 4th November 2014 El-rufai Accuses PDP Of Underdeveloping Kaduna Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) and governorship aspirant on the platform of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, on Monday accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State of under-developing the State and impoverishing the people. Speaking while declaring his governorship ambition at the International Trade Fair Complex, Kaduna, El-Rufai called on the people not to allow what he described as the incompetence of the current PDP government in the State to drag them down, declaring that the reign of underdevelopment and incompetence must be ended immediately by voting the APC in 2015. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/el

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 4th November 2014 Enugu Leadership Crisis: Call Chime To Order, Ajah Tells Mu’azu The leadership crisis in the Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has continued as the Acting Chairman, David Aja, has asked the National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, to call the State Governor, Sullivan Chime, to order. Aja represents the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who is contesting the Enugu West Senatorial election against Governor Sullivan Chime. The PDP National Working Committee (NWC), last week, dropped the PDP Chairman in the State, Ikeji Asogwa, backed by Chime, with David Aja in turn backed by Ekweremadu. Aja in a petition sent to Mu’azu, urged him to prevail on Chime to allow him to carry out his functions without threat or harassment. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/enugu-

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 4th November 2014 Congress: INEC Give PDP Clean Bill In Ekiti, Okays Process The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday gave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State a clean bill over the conduct of last Saturday’s congress in the State. The Commission described the congress as free and fair and well supervised by INEC, contrary to the position canvassed by some aggrieved aspirants. Ventilating their grievances at a press conference in Oye Ekiti on Sunday, former Senator representing Ekiti North Senatorial District, Ayo Arise, accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of doctoring the lists of delegates in all the 177 Wards in favour of his perceived aspirants, which the latter had refuted. But in a chat with THISDAY in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State, Alhaji Halilu Pai, described the congress as devoid of crisis and manipulations. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/congress-

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 4th November 2014 I Am The Only One That Can Defeat PDP, Says Okorocha Imo State Governor and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Rochas Okorocha, declared on Monday that unless the party made him its candidate in 2015, it would be defeated at the presidential election. Okorocha, who spoke at a rally organised by Arewa Peoples Grand Coalition in Kaduna, said he was the only aspirant with the capacity to dislodge President Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in the forthcoming elections. Imo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/im-the-

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 4th November 2014 Insecurity: Presidency Admonishes Opposition Parties, Urges Them To Be Patriotic The Presidency on Monday admonished the opposition political parties in the country and leaders on the need to be honourable in their politics by exhibiting character and patriotism in their response to the current challenges of insecurity in the country. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, stated this while addressing members of the civil society and professional groups on the third day of a programme tagged Public Affairs Forum organised by his office in Abuja. Okupe said the only reason the opposition continues to harp on insecurity in the North-East region of the country as the sole basis for assessing the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was because they do not want the world to see Nigeria in the light of its various attainments in agriculture, transportation, health and other sectors which are the real driving force of any nation’s economy. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/insecurity

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 4th November 2014 President’s Declaration: Committee To Work With Tight Budget The committee set up for President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration to seek re-election in 2015 said on Monday it would carry out its assignment with tight budget. It also promised that the November 11 date fixed for the declaration still stands, while no venue had been agreed on. Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed, made the disclosure in a brief interview with State House correspondents at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa in Abuja. The Sub-committees met on Monday at the Banquet Hall to fine-tune the preparations for the Jonathan declaration. Mohammed noted that Jonathan’s declaration would not be made outside the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). He, however, said the Sub-committee on venue arrangement was working on the most appropriate place to hold the event in Abuja. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathans

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 Imo 2015: Ararume Picks Guber Form Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, a governorship aspirant in Imo State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was at the National Headquarters of the party to pick the nomination and expression of interest form to contest for the Imo governorship election in 2015. He told party chiefs and journalists that Imo deserved good governance, adding that he is the best candidate to govern the State in 2015. Ararume added that if elected as Imo State`s next Governor, he would provide the people with basic infrastructure, which according to him was lacking in the State. He said that PDP stakeholders in Imo had a common objective, which he added was to ensure that the party reclaimed the State from the opposition in 2015. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ararume-

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 “Ogun PDP Exco Not Dissolved”- Waliu Oladipupo Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that the rumour making the rounds that the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party has been dissolved is not true. In a statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the State chapter of the party, Mr. Waliu Oladipupo, the party said: ‘We wish to state without mincing words that nothing could be farther from the truth. Adebayo Dayo-led State exco is intact. The State PDP committee, from the Ward to Local Government and State levels were not just elected at validly conducted congresses; they were refined through the party constitution and endorsed by the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).” Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/-ogun-pdp

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 PDP Ward Congresses: Uduaghan, Anenih, Others Commend Stakeholders For Peaceful Exercise Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains have commended stakeholders of the party in the State for the successful conduct of the ward congresses held last Saturday. Uduaghan, Chairperson of the Congresses Team, Chief Josephine Anenih; Senator James Manager, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, former Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Godsday Orubebe among others at a PDP stakeholders’ meeting in Asaba yesterday described the exercise as peaceful. The Governor, who is the leader of the party in the State ascribed the peace witnessed during the exercise to the maturity of party faithful in the State. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-ward

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 Akpabio, Ekpo Commend PDP Members For Peaceful And Transparent Conduct Of Congresses Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, Chief Paul Ekpo, have both described the Ward congresses of the party, which took place all over the State as peaceful, orderly and a demonstration by the people of the state to ensure that democracy survives in the country. Speaking to newsmen shortly after participating in the congress, Akpabio said, “I commend our party members for this demonstration of peace and orderliness. It is a confirmation of the party’s readiness to ensure that internal democracy is entrenched in our party.” Akwa Ibom; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/akpabio-

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 Ihonvbere, Ex- ThisDay Director, Say Edo North/ South Require Strong Voices In The Senate The contest for the Edo North senatorial seat will revolve around the issues of competence, quality representation and respect for the people of the Senatorial District, says Prof. Julius Ihonvbere. Similarly, a former Director of Marketing, THISDAY, Erhabor Emokpae has said that the empowerment of people of Edo South through a robust legislation in wealth creation and federal presence would be his cardinal objective. Both Ihonvbere and Emokpae are aspiring to represent their respective Senatorial Districts at the Senate on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaking during an interactive session with journalists in Benin City at the weekend, Ihonvbere, who is the Secretary to Edo State Government, observed that the present Senator representing the district at the Senate was operating below 30 per cent, saying that Edo North deserved better than that. Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/iho

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 ACF Accuses Buhari, Jonathan, Atiku, Others Of Insensitivity A socio-cultural group in Northern Nigeria, the Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has accused leading politicians of being insensitive to the plight of victims of the insurgency in the North-Eastern part of the country with their electioneering. The group said in a statement on Sunday that it was concerned that rather than working together to resolve the Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed over 13,000 lives and displaced thousands of people, the politicians were more interested in their 2015 ambitions. Nigeria 2015; ACF http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/acf-accuses

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 “I Will Not Step Down For Anybody” Nda- Isaiah Ahead of his declaration to seek the presidential ticket on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the publisher of Leadership Newspapers and presidential aspirant, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, yesterday said he was still contesting and is in the race to win. In a statement by the Director of Publicity of his campaign organisation, Mr. Igboeli Arinze, Nda-Isaiah urged all well-meaning Nigerians and members of the APC to disregard the claims that he would step down for another aspirant. He said no amount of intimidation and falsehood against him now or in the future would make him succumb to the wishes of those who he claimed saw him as a threat. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nda-isaiah

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 “Discontinue Your Infamous Petition”- APC To Omisore The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the August 9 election in the State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to discontinue his petition to challenge the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.According to the APC, “Omisore’s exercise would be as futile as that of his party’s wasted effort to annul the Legislative elections of 2011 in which all the PDP candidates lost their bid to be elected into the State and NationalAssemblies. The party’s Spokesman, Kunle Oyatomi, said: “From what the public has seen and heard so far, Omisore and the PDP appear to be relying purely on falsehood, and not facts on the ground, and their lies are falling apart like a pack of cards.” Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/discontinue

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 Atiku Best Suited To Fight Corruption, Says Loyalist A former Vice-President and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has been described as one of the most ideal personalities to champion the crusade against corruption in the country. A chieftain of the APC and former National Secretary of the defunct Action Congress (AC), Chief Kingsley Okafor, said Atiku has been a victim of orchestrated witch-hunting probe panels, which had always found nothing against him despite all contrived allegations. Okafor, who spoke with THISDAY in Abuja at the weekend, also said the entry of Atiku into APC had strengthened the electoral chances of the opposition party and sent jitters through the spines of the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presiden

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 Belgore Commends Transparent Congress Election In Kwara The Kwara State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Mr. Mohammed Dele Belgore (SAN), at the weekend lauded the ‘peaceful and democratic’ conduct of the just concluded ward congress delegates’ election in the State. Belgore also commended the Senator Iyiola Omisore committee that supervised the election for its maturity and transparent supervision of the exercise. Kwara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/belgore-

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 Jonathan Asks Court To Dismiss Suit Challenging His Eligibility President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice-President Namadi Sambo have asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss the suit filed to challenge their eligibility to contest the 2015 presidential election. In their notice of preliminary objection filed through their counsel, Mr. Ade Okeaya-Inneh (SAN) and Dr. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), they argued that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the suit. The plaintiffs, Mase Daphine Acho, and two others, had sued Jonathan and Sambo, contending that they are not qualified to contest next year’s presidential election. According to the notice of preliminary objection they stated that the plaintiffs lacked the requisite standing in law to institute the action. They added that the plaintiffs failed to disclose any sufficient interest to warrant a claim in public or private law against them. Nigeria 2015; Eligibility; President Jonathan; http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 3rd November 2014 “My Administration Is Gender Sensitive”- Governor Aregbesola Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has further pledged his commitment to accord women a pride of place in his administration. Speaking while receiving stakeholders of Women’s Governance Accountability Platform (WGAP) and representative of United Nations Entity for Gender Equality led by Dr. (Mrs) Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi in his office, Aregbesola said his experience with women in service shows that women are veritable tools for the development of the nation. According to him, Womens’ ability to respond appropriately to issues at the nick of time is outstanding and indeed a necessary tool to participate in politics. Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/389096/admin

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 3rd November 2014 “PDP Will Lose Us And Rivers”- Tonye Princewill Prince Tonye Princewill, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has stated that the party will lose most of it’s governorship aspirants and Rivers State if all candidates were not giving a level playing field. A statement issued by Wabiye Idoniboye-Obu, Personal Assistant on Media and Publicity to Princewill, read, “The Congress had already been done. The panel had already been settled and the electoral umpire had already been compromised. All their planning was in vain. For them, the Congress was just an opportunity for the masses to fight and destroy things. They do not care if Rivers people die as long as they win. We do. We care; and that’s why we stayed clear…..” Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 3rd November 2014 Former Senate President Wabara Calls Obasanjo A Coward Nigeria’s former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo of cowardice. In an interview with NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, when speaking on Obasanjo’s third term bid, Wabara said, “I will give it to Obasanjo and I thank him for making me this important in the polity of Nigeria. I wasn’t a military man but with due respect, I see Obasanjo as a coward. He never one day approached me on an issue. He would always go through my brother to get to me. Even when there were issues on ground, he would never come straight to me but he will go through my brother. Nigeria 2015; Obasanjo; Wabara http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 3rd November 2014 PDP Governors Can Now Handpick Their Successors Governors on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP may be handpicking their successors as the party has handed them control the political structures in their States. According to VANGUARD, under the new arrangement, the outgoing Governors have been given the go-ahead to pick their successors and also go for any other office of their choice provided they ensure maximum support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid. This new arrangement is coming weeks after the PDP promised that all aspirants on the platform will be given equal opportunities. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 3rd November 2014 “Why The PDP Cannot Impeach Tambuwal”- Sumaila The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP cannot impeach Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC because the party lacks the political and numerical strength to start impeachment proceedings; Abdurrahman Kawu Sumaila, Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives claims. According to THE GUARDIAN, in a media briefing in Kano, Sumaila said, “You need to have not less than 240 Members of the House before you can start such process. Two-third of the total House number is 240. In a parliament that has 360 members, we, from the opposition party, are more than 160, and there are few members from smaller parties. So, how can you get two over three of the total number?”. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 3rd November 2014 “I Remain Speaker”- Tambuwal Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the House of Representatives has said that he remained and will not be intimidated despite the withdrawal of his security detail. According to THE SUN, speaking during a ‘Victory Colloquium’ organised for the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Tambuwal said “Since the beginning of the public drama in Abuja, I have not made any public appearance or comments on it. Now that I am here, I will take the advantage of the ceremony to thank Nigerians, lovers of democracy, our true friends, members of human rights societies and others for the support extended to me on the matter.” Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 3rd November 2014 PDP Lawmakers Demand Automatic Ticket As Condition For Tambuwal’s Impeachment Members of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP in the Federal House of Representatives have demanded automatic return tickets from the party before they can proceed with the impeachment of House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC. According to DAILY TRUST, House leader, Mulikat Adeola-Akande, summoned a meeting of the 160-PDP members in the House where she intimated them of the party’s directives on them to reconvene the House and subsequently impeach the Speaker. After deliberations, the Lawmakers gave Adeola-Akande their condition, “the party must guarantee their return tickets before they can move against Tambuwal”. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 3rd November 2014 Yobe Governor Blames Boko Haram For Failure To Perform Yobe state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam has blamed the Boko Haram terrorists group for the failure of his government to deliver on his promises. According to PUNCH, Gaidam, however said that he had been able to record a 90 per cent achievement, despite the insurgency. “This unfortunate event has slowed down the execution of our policies and programmes. The resources we commit to support the prosecution of the war against the insurgents have affected the execution of our capital projects.” Yobe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 Nigeria’s Development Has Been Retarded By PDP, Says Yobe Governor, Gaidam Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has said the problems which have retarded the development of Nigeria and the realisation of her dreams are traceable to the misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Gaidam said the PDP was now on the verge of collapse, having lost its grip as manifested in the loss of many of its supporters nationwide. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nigeria-s-

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 APC Is Out To Cause Disaffection, Chaos, Says Labour Party The national leadership of the Labour Party (LP) has taken a swipe at the All Progressives Congress for what it described as unguarded and unwarranted castigation of the Federal Government over efforts at dealing with insurgency in the country. The party accused APC of planning to cause chaos in the 2015 general elections going by their unguarded utterances and alleged inciting statements against the country. In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, the Labour Party National Secretary, Olukayode Ajulo, blasted the APC for celebrating insurgency and terrorism, and fanning the embers of chaos rather than finding ways of assisting the government to fight it. Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-apc

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 CNPP Warns Against Violence, Abuse Of Democratic Tenets The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has raised the alarm over the degree of acrimony, violence and promotion of divisive tendencies occasioned by the failure to adhere to democratic tenets in the ongoing pre election activities of some political parties in the run up to the 2015 general elections. The group, in a statement issued by its Secretary-General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, urged President Goodluck Jonathan, as the leader of his party, the People Democratic Party (PDP), to urgently do something to douse the tension that is fast engulfing the party. Nigeria 2015; CNPP http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-cnpp

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ThisDay Live Monday 3rd November 2014 Tambuwal: Peterside Berates IG, Calls For Caution Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has described the recent action of the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, with regard to the withdrawal of security detail of House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, as crass partisanship and subversion of Nigeria’s Constitution. In a television interview on Monday in Abuja, Peterside described the police chief’s action as an act of impunity and an invitation to anarchy. The House Member, who represents Andoni/Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency in Rivers State, however called on every Nigerian to reflect deeply on this sad turn of event and be dispassionate in apportioning blame. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tambuwal

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 3rd November 2014 151 Aspirants Pick PDP Nomination Forms In Plateau A total of 151 aspirants have picked nomination forms to contest in the 2015 general election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau, the party’s State Organising Secretary, Mr Michael Dachom, has said. Dachom told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Monday that 11 of the aspirants, including the current Deputy Gov., Ignatius Longjan, picked forms for governorship, while 40 others were for National Assembly and 100 for State Assembly seats. He said Senators Gyang Pwajok and Victor Lar, as well as former Governor Fidelis Tapgun, former PDP State Chairman, Haruna Dabin and former Speaker, John Clark have also picked the governorship nomination forms. Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389109/151-

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 3rd November 2014 PDP Guber Aspirants Call For Cancellation Of Jigawa Congress The three gubernatorial aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jigawa on Monday called for cancellation of Saturday’s party congress in the State. The three aspirants, Alhaji Abba Anas, Alhaji Danladi Auyo and Alhaji Amin Kani, in a joint news conference in Dutse, said the congress was a sham. They complained of not having access to the delegate forms because they were hijacked by a candidate. According to the aspirants, there is no evidence that a congress took place in the State. Jigawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/politics/38912

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 3rd November 2014 Ex- Plateau Speaker Lalong, Picks APC Governorship Form Mr Simon Lalong, the former Plateau House of Assembly Speaker, on Monday picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination form for the 2015 governorship poll. Lalong, who paid N5.5 million for the nomination and expression of interest forms at the party’s Headquarters in Jos, said there was need for “urgent change’’ in the Plateau. Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/politics/389149

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 3rd November 2014 Youth Leaders Seek More Involvement Of Nigerian Youths In Governance Some youth leaders on Monday advocated involvement of more youths in the running of public affairs of Nigeria. In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja they noted that the youth were not in the mainstream of Nigerian politics and had contributed little in directing the affairs of the country. The National Commandant of the Nigeria Peace Corps, Mr Dickson Akoh, said youths were not in important decision-making bodies to help the country tackle its challenges. Nigeria 2015; Youth Participation http://leadership.ng/news/politics/389152/

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 3rd November 2014 PDP Opens 2015 Presidential Contest To Interested Aspirants The PDP on Monday called on aspirants interested in contesting the 2015 presidential election to come forward to the party`s National Secretariat to pick the nomination and expression of interest forms. This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olisa Metuh, the party`s National Publicity Secretary in Abuja. “All aspirants who paid for nomination forms, including the Presidential Form, but yet to collect same should come to the PDP National Secretariat with verifiable evidence of payment for purposes of collection of their forms,’’ the statement said. It, however, said aspirants to all positions for the 2015 general elections should note that the deadline for the purchase and collection of all nomination forms had been extended to Nov. 6. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389156/pdp-

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 3rd November 2014 Tambuwal: More Than 80 APC Lawmakers Meet Party Executives More than 80 Lawmakers were at the All Progressives Congress (APC) Secretariat on Monday for a consultative session with party executives. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the more than 80 Lawmakers, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, had a closed door meeting with APC leaders. Before? the closed door session, the APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said he was delighted to host the Speaker for the first time at the National level. Describing Tambuwal as an exceptional bridge builder, Odigie-Oyegun said he was impressed at the way the Speaker’s colleagues heralded his coming each time. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/389157/tamb

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Leadership Newspaper Monday 3rd November 2014 PDP Congress Protest Spreads Across Lagos In a move to forestall violence, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has beefed up security at the party’s Secretariat located in GRA, Ikeja. This is coming just as protests have continued to trail Saturday’s congresses expected to produce candidates for the party in the forthcoming rounds of elections in the State. When LEADERSHIP visited the party office located at Adekunle Fajuyi Street yesterday, armed personnel dressed in the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) uniform were screening party members and other guests who made their ways into the premises. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389167/congr

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 3rd November 2014 Nigerian Government Returns Emir Sanusi’s Passport, Salary The Federal Government is set to release the travel passport and withheld salaries of Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II. Talks bothering on the release of travel documents and salaries is coming a few days after President Goodluck Jonathan and Emir Sanusi held reconciliatory meeting. According to THE NATION, President Goodluck Jonathan has agreed on “total reconciliation with the Emir”. A source close to the Emir expressed relief about the development. Nigeria 2015; Emir Sanusi; Presidency http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 3rd November 2014 Buhari Gets Backing Of Northern Elders According to the Nigerian Tribune, influencial Northern Leaders in Nigeria are mounting pressure on the three leading APC presidential aspirants to agree on a candidate for the party’s 2015 presidential bid. Major-General Muhammadu Buhari; former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Governor Musa Kwankwaso have each obtained the presidential nomination forms of the APC, preparatory to its national convention, which may be attended by 10,000 delegates. Accordingly, some of the Northern leaders had made tactical approach to one of the aspirants on the possibility of his stepping down, so as to brighten the chances of another considered as capable of leading the party through the election. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Monday 3rd November 2014 NLC Sparks At FG- “Nothing Should Happen To Tambuwal” The Nigeria Labour Congress, in a statement by its President Abdulwahid Omar has warned the Federal Government and security operatives to ensure that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, comes to no harm. Mr. Tambuwal’s security detail was removed because he switched from PDP to APC. It is believed that the order for the removal of his security was given by the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; NLC; Tambuwal http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 Protests Galore As PDP Holds Congresses President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday in Bayelsa State advised Nigerians to eschew violence and politics of intimidation as the country prepares for general elections next year. Jonathan said this at his ward, Utuabula II, Ward 13, where he and his wife, Patience, had gone to participate in the Peoples Democratic Party ward congresses held nationwide. Senate President David Mark made a similar appeal during the PDP congress at his Otukpo Ward 1 base in Benue State, where he told the party faithful that free, fair and credible elections could guarantee sustainable democracy. But across the country, controversy marred the PDP ward congresses, as party stakeholders engaged in mutual accusations of imposition and hijack of the process. The congresses in the wards of both Jonathan and Mark were peaceful. But the story was different in many places across the country where the PDP congresses took place like Ekiti, Ondo, Plateau, Oyo, Enugu, Cross River and Akwa Ibom State. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pro

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Leadership Newspaper Sunday 2nd November 2014 Ngilari: Adamawa Groups Protest PDP NWC Zoning Of Governorship A coalition of communities and Youth groups on the aegis of ‘The Adamawa Collective’ (TAC) has kicked against the position of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over what it described as tilted and unacceptable zoning of the governorship ticket of the State to the Central Senatorial District. TAC which stated its position on the zoning of the governorship ticket in Adamawa State at a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, noted that the PDP NWC’s position was not only unjust but smacks of double standards in the policy drive of the party. National Coordinator of TAC, Mr. Eli Gamaniel and Secretary Dr. Panny Boga, said it is absurd to compel someone that was not part of a meeting to accept a decision that is not known to law but taken as a form of agreement to solve a particular situation that has now been overtaken by events. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389021/nigil

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Leadership Newspaper Sunday 2nd November 2014 Kogi State Governor Wada Probes Local Government Accounts Governor Idris Wada of Kogi has ordered a comprehensive audit of the accounts and finances of the 21 Local Government Areas in the State. In a statement issued on Sunday in Lokoja, the Governor said that the exercise had become necessary due to inability of the Local Government Areas to pay full salaries to their workers since 2013. Signed by Mr Jacob Edi, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, the statement quoted the Governor as saying that the decision had been conveyed to each of the Local Government Chairmen. According to the statement, the Governor has directed that the auditing must be carried out by private audit firms and should end within three weeks. The statement said that the State government would oversee the payment of salaries of Local Government workers in the interim. Kogi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389016/idris

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Leadership Newspaper Sunday 2nd November 2014 2015: APC Group Inaugurates Social Media Platform A group within the All Progressives Party (APC) has inaugurated “The Broom’’ as a social media website to further the campaign of the party ahead 2015 general elections. A statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by Dr Tom Ohikere, the group’s team leader, said the platform could be accessed via www.broomplatform.org.ng. It said the platform was inaugurated to complement and consolidate APC’s 2015 campaign efforts. It also said that the platform would be used to engage APC presidential aspirants in debates with the electorate, particularly the delegates to the party’s national convention, on their manifestos. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/politics/38901

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Leadership Newspaper Sunday 2nd November 2014 “Unemployment Will End If Nigerians Elect Good Leaders”- Chief Enock Ajiboso An All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial aspirant, Chief Enock Ajiboso who is vying for Lagos West senatorial seat, has said the problem of unemployment would be a thing of the past if Nigeria gets it right in the 2015 general election. Speaking with LEADERSHIP in an interview, he noted that the country had been battling with leadership challenges, saying Nigerians could correct the wrongs of the past through their votes. “Whoever that occupies leadership position must be ready to serve the people but when they get to the seat of power, they forget the people that votes for them,” he noted. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/389003/unemp

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Leadership Newspaper Sunday 2nd November 2014 Violence Mars PDP Akwa Ibom Congresses Several people were injured when two factions of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from Eastern Obolo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom engaged each other in confrontations during Saturday’s Ward congress. The Akwa Ibom Commissioner of Police, Mr Gabriel Ochong, who confirmed the clashes when he spoke to newsmen in Uyo, however said no one was killed. Ochong said that if any of the victims had died, the police who took them to the hospital would have informed him. Akwa Ibom; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/389002/clashes

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Leadership Newspaper Sunday 2nd November 2014 African Leaders Tasked On Skills Acquisition, Poverty Reduction The Heads of Government of the 54 countries on the African continent have been tasked on the urgent need to invest immensely in skills acquisition for their citizens, with a view to reducing poverty and ignorance to a relative minimal level. Addressing a press conference at the 9th African Economic Conference(AEC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday, the Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, defined socio-economic transformation as “a time when we can say we have reduced ignorance to zero; a time when we can say we have reduced poverty to zero; a time when we can say we have the capacity to fight disease and live.” Nigeria 2015; AEC http://leadership.ng/news/388998/afric

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 Yobe APC Stakeholders Endorse Governor Gaidam All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders in Yobe State on Saturday endorsed Governor Ibrahim Gaidam as the sole candidate of the party at the next gubernatorial election in the State. It would be recalled that many party faithful in the State had been apprehensive of the qualification of the Governor for re-election as he has been in the saddle for over six years after being promoted on the death of his predecessor, Senator Mamman Ali, who died on January, 2009, before he was re-elected two years after in 2011.Gaidam’s re-election would make him to be in the saddle for ten years when he exits office in 2019. But APC stakeholders set aside their apprehension and at a massive gathering in Damaturu showed solidarity with the Governor, who they said has performed creditably well to merit the endorsement. Yobe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/yo

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 Ekiti State Elders Embrace Fayose’s Stomach Infrastructure Concept In what appears like tactical approval of stomach infrastructure being canvassed by Governor Ayodele Fayose, the Ekiti Council of Elders has recommended that the present government should place premium attention on projects that will have immediate value on the lives of the citizens. Also, following the dwindling fortunes of the economic prowess of the State in terms of Federal Allocation, the Council also advised the government to as a matter of urgency improve on the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to shore up the revenue profile of the State.In a communiqué signed by its Chairman, Chief Deji Fasuan, after its ordinary meeting of October 31, the Council advised the Governor to de-emphasise preference for capital projects with long gestation period, to cushion the effects the pervasive poverty is having on the citizens. Ekiti State; Stomach Infrastructure; Fayose http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ekiti-eld

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 Anambra PDP Crisis: INEC Recognizes Oguebego As Chairman The leadership crisis tearing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) apart in Anambra State may have been settled following a letter from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja on Saturday. The letter, dated October 23, 2014, and addressed to the National Chairman of the party with reference number INEC/LEG/ LM/AN/04/V/540, was signed by Musa H. Adamu, for Secretary to INEC. The letter stated that INEC would only deal with the Ejike Oguebego-led executive of the party in Anambra State. This executive committee is believed to be loyal to the Chief Chris Uba faction of PDP in the State. The letter was acknowledged by the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja on October 30, 2014. Anambra 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/anambra

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 PDP Councillors Endorse Jonathan’s Re-election Bid Following the declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 general election, the National Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Councillors Forum has endorsed the President as its sole candidate for the election. This is as the forum urged the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to make all the Councillors on the platform of the party automatic delegates in the forthcoming primary elections from the Ward, Local Government, State to the National level ahead of the 2015 general elections. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-coun

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 “We Sought Legal Opinion Before Withdrawing Tambuwal’s Security Aides”- Police The Nigeria Police has said the withdrawal of its personnel from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, was done in accordance to the laws of Nigeria. While the police was justifying its action, indications emerged that a split has been created between Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and his Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha as Lawmakers loyal to the former suspects the latter and are plotting to unseat him. According to PRNigeria, a high ranking police officer who gave the position of Nigeria Police on the withdrawal, explained that it had sought legal advice before taking the action as the force has the statutory responsibility to uphold the spirit and letters of the Constitution. PR Nigeria is the company that publishes press releases on behalf of the Federal Government. Nigeria 2015; Police http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/police-

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 Abacha Promises To Win Kano Governorship Seat For PDP In 2015 A governorship aspirant for Kano State, Alhaji Mohammed Abacha, has said that he would ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wins the State`s governorship seat in the 2015 election. Abacha, who is the surviving eldest son of late military President, Gen. Sani Abacha, stated this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja after picking the PDP nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the 2015 election. He promised to enthrone good governance and true democracy dividends in the State if he emerges as the State`s next Governor in 2015. Abacha is to contest for the PDP ticket, with other aspirants at the party`s primaries slated for Nov. 29, ahead of the Feb 2015 governorship election. Kano 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/abacha-

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 2015: Presidency Commences Risk Assessment For 2015 Ahead of the 2015 elections, the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs in conjunction with Nigerian Economic and Political Action Committee (NEPAC) has announced the commencement of risk assessment and candidate valuation for aspirants jostling for various political offices. The assessment, tagged ‘Presidential Support Base Programme’ would evaluate and shortlist aspirants on a classified basis. Director General of NEPAC, Dr. Godson Nnaka, in a statement on Sunday noted that the assessment would ensure that only those with the tendency of maximum loyalty to President Goodluck Jonathan are supported to win elections. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 15 PDP Governorship Aspirants Call For The Cancellation Of Rivers State Congress Fifteen gubernatorial aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State have called for the cancellation of the Ward delegates congresses held in the state last Saturday. In a joint petition to the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ahmadu Mu’azu, the aspirants said the processes leading to the congresses were flawed and could not produce an acceptable outcome. The 15 aspirants listed on the petition include Beks Dagogo-Jack, Hon. Bernard Mikko, Prof. Don Baridam, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Hon. Gabriel Pidomson, Major Lancelot Anyanya (Rtd.), Senator Lee Maeba, and Nimi Walson-Jack. Others include Capt. Sunday Nwanko, Hon. Oseleya Ojuka, Chief Pawariso Horsfall, Sampson Ngeregbara, Dr. Silva Opusunju, Hon. Tamunosisi Jaja, Prince Tonye Princewill. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/15-pdp-

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 Tambuwal: Akpabio, Ihedioha Exchange Words In Front Of Jonathan Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, and Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, traded words on Sunday over the issue of the removal of the Speaker of the House. It was learnt that the duo were at a meeting called by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa last week. According to a source, Akpabio, who is also the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, took on Ihedioha and House Leader Hon. Mulikat Adeola-Akande for ‘allowing the party to lose grip in the House.” Akpabio told Ihedioha that he and Mulikat deliberately allowed Tambuwal to be having a field day in the green chamber, which was why the party was finding things difficult, the source said. “However, Ihedioha lambasted Akpabio, accusing him of not doing anything to bolster the party in the National Assembly. The Deputy Speaker told Akpabio that as the PDP Governors Forum Chairman, “what has he done for the PDP caucus in the House”, the source said. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; Ihedioha; Akpabio; Presidency http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tambuwal

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 APC House Caucus To Sue IGP On Monday The All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House of Representatives, in support of Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal will on Monday file a suit against the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for his withdrawal of the Security Aides of the Speaker. A source within the caucus told our correspondents that this is to increase the pressure on the Federal Government and the Police to restore the privilege of the Speaker in that regard. On Friday, the Speaker and the party had filed a similar suit at an Abuja High Court challenging the IGP’s action. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-house

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ThisDay Live Sunday 2nd November 2014 “Only Speaker Can Convene Plenary”- House Against the backdrop of the current impasse in the House of Representatives after the Inspector General of Police removed the Speaker’s security detail, the House has explained that it is only the Speaker who has the discretion to convene the House. Hon. Zakari Mohammed (APC, Kwara), who is also the House’s Chairman on Media and Publicity, explained this in a statement on Sunday. Noting that the House adjourned sitting of its plenary to allow its members go for pre-budget oversight activities in preparation for the 2015 Budget and also to meet the political calendar of all the political parties, Mohammed said: “This adjournment was unanimously approved by all the Principal Officers of the House without dissent. Nigeria 2015; House Of Representatives; Tambuwal http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/house-only

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 2nd November 2014 60 APC Lawmakers Replace Tambuwal’s Security Detail Following the withdrawal of security details formerly attached to the House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, 60 Lawmakers belonging to the All Progressives Congress, APC now serve as his personal security. Tambuwal’s security details were withdrawn shortly after he defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP to the APC. The security details were withdrawn on the orders of Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Abba Suleiman. PUNCH reported that the 60 APC Lawmakers have been accompanying Tambuwal around Abuja to protect him against potential security threats. They sometimes form a security shield around the Speaker to keep him safe. Ahmad Ali,Chairman, House Committee on Justice, is one of the 60 Lawmakers protecting Tambuwal, he told PUNCH, “We are covering him and we will continue to fight this illegality until it is quashed. We all went with him to the Federal High Court today (Friday) to challenge the withdrawal of his security personnel”. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 2nd November 2014 Tambuwal’s Supporters Set To Impeach Ihedioha There are indications that Lawmakers loyal to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal are currently making moves to impeach Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha. The defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has created a crack within the caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House as moves have commenced for the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha. It was learnt yesterday night that the move by the Lawmakers sympathetic to Tambuwal was borne out of Ihedioha’s alleged disloyalty to the Speaker, whom they said had been shielding him. Tambuwal loyalists said they are poised to counter any moves aimed at removing the Speaker. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 2nd November 2014 Trouble For Mimiko As INEC Recognizes PDP Exco Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko’s bid to take charge of the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP may have hit rock bottom as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has recognized the Ebenezer Alabi-led faction of the party. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday monitored the Ward congress conducted by the Ebenezer Alabi-led executive of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State. The Electoral body shunned parallel congresses held in hideouts by a PDP caretaker committee formed by Governor Segun Mimiko, despite an existing party leadership in place. Ondo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/

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Nigerian News Bulletin Sunday 2nd November 2014 Buhari Opens Up On 1985 Coup And Why He Didn’t Try To Stop Babangida Muhammadu Buhari, former military Head of State and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress,APC has opened up on the 1985 coup and why he didn’t try to stop General Ibrahim Babangida despite being fully aware of his role. In an exclusive interview with THE CABLE, Buhari said, “It is true that I learnt he was planning a coup against me. And I sat and discussed it with him in my office. He brought the news that he went to Kano and people complained that I pulled a pistol during a council meeting. I said Ibro? I called him Ibro because I was just senior to him by a few months. I said whoever wants to sit on this chair let him come and sit here. And he decided to do it.” Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 1st November 2014 Katsina 2015: Group Makes Case For Ex- NIWA Boss Ahead of the 2015 guber poll, Katsina Youth Awareness Forum has made a case for former Managing Director of National Inland Water Ways (NIWA), Arch Ahmed Aminu Yar’adua as the successor of Governor Shema. Addressing a press conference in Katsina, on Saturday, Chairman of the Forum, Umar Sada said voting Yaradua to succeed Shema would ensure continuity of laudable programmes and policies being executed by the Shema administration. The Forum insisted that Yaradua has “thorough knowledge of the State affairs, inner knowledge of the working of both administrations and is well educated and varsatile in affairs of government at all levels.” Katsina 2015; NIWA; KYA http://leadership.ng/news/388901/2015

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 1st November 2014 PDP Governorship Aspirant In Taraba Denies Stepping Down A PDP governorship aspirant in Taraba, Chief David Kente, has denied stepping down for other aspirants. Kente told journalists in Jalingo on Saturday that he had not withdrawn from the race. “I want to first of all debunk the rumour making the rounds that I have withdrawn from the race. I am fully in the race and I have no intention of stepping down for anybody. You know that I am fully on ground in the State so why then should I withdraw for others,” he asked. Kente, a former Director of finance at the National Assembly, urged the members of the party to support free and fair congresses to elect the right delegates for the primaries. Taraba 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/388914/pdp-

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 1st November 2014 Katsina 2015: Shema’s Chief Of Staff Seeks Mashi/ Dutsi NASS Seat Chief of Staff to Katsina State Governor, Salisu Yusuf Majigiri, has resigned his appointment to join the race to represent Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency of Katsina State on the platform of the ruling PDP. It was reported that Majigiri who has represented Mashi-Dutsi Constituency from 2007 to 2011 was joining the race in answer to series of calls from people of the Constituency. Only recently, a youth group from the area stormed the former Chief of Staff’s office with letter signed by two thousand people calling on him to contest for the NASS seat. Speaking to newsmen shortly after he submitted his nomination and expression of interest form, Majigiri said he had been tried and tested insisting that his experiences has prepared him for the job. Katsina 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/388900/shem

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 1st November 2014 PDP Constitutes Caretaker Committee For Anambra PDP Following a late night meeting on Friday, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party has constituted a caretaker committee to pilot the affairs of the Anambra State chapter of the party. The committee has General Aliyu Kama as Chairman and Alhaji Akibu Dalhatu as Secretary. “The NWC enjoins all members of our great party in Anambra State to continue to work together in harmony even as it assures of the conduct of free, fair and transparent congresses in keeping with the party’s strict adherence to the principles of internal democracy,” the NWC added. Anambra 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/388898/

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 1st November 2014 “More Nigerians Will Vote Jonathan In 2015″- Abba Moro Minister of Interior, Abba Moro has given assurance that the gains of the transformation agenda will give President Goodluck Jonathan an edge over his challengers at the 2015 polls. Moro, who stated this in an interview with journalists on Friday in Makurdi, commended the President for the courage of picking the PDP’s nomination forms. He said Nigerians had started reaping the benefits of the transformation programme of the government with the revitalisation of key sectors of the economy. The Minister commended the meticulous manner the President was handling the insurgency in the country and said his decision to run for the Presidency was in the best interest of the country. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/388897/nige

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 1st November 2014 Tambuwal Sues IG, PDP Over Impeachment Threat, Withdrawal Of Security The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, on Friday filed a suit before the Abuja Federal High Court over alleged attempt to declare his seat vacant and the withdrawal of his Security Aides. Tambuwal’s counsel, Mr Jubrin Okutepa (SAN) who filed the suit, which has yet to be assigned to a judge, joined the All Progressives Party (APC) as co-plaintiff and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as defendant. Also joined as co-defendants are PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, and Deputy Speaker, House of Reprentativess, Mr Emeka Ihedioha. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/388895/tamb

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 1st November 2014 Yobe Fish Farmers Buy APC Nomination Form For Senator Lawan Happy with his stance against the move by Federal government to construct a dam in their area, about 200,000 fishermen, irrigation farmers and livestock breeders in six Local Government Areas of Yobe State had yesterday offered to purchase a nomination form for the reelection of Senator Ahmad Lawan in 2015. Senator Lawan, who represents Yobe North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, had been a loud voice of opposition against the proposed construction of Kafin-Zaki dam by the Federal government. Alhaji Garba Mustapha, the Spokesman of the Yobe Fishermen, Irrigation farmers and Livestock breeders group informed journalists in Damaturu that they are contributing funds for the procurement of nomination form for Senator as a way of working expressing their happiness with his representation in the last four years. Yobe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/388896/2015

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Leadership Newspaper Saturday 1st November 2014 “No Past Government Did Half Of Jonathan’s Achievements”- Okupe Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe claimed yesterday that no previous government that had ruled the country from 1960 till date was able to do what the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government has done in terms of improving the economic and social fortune of the country in the past four years. Okupe who spoke at the Public Affairs Forum organised by his office to showcase the performance of the Jonathan administration under the Transformation Agenda, however gave credit to previous administrations, saying they did their best under the kind of circumstance they ruled the country. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/388893/past

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ThisDay Live Saturday 1st November 2014 No PDP Delegates Election In Cross River South And North In Cross River State, the PDP delegates election did not hold in most of the 196 Wards due to rancour among contending forces and interests in the party. At press time, none of the materials had arrived any of the Wards in the six Local Government Areas in the central Senatorial District and the five Local Government Areas in the Northern Senatorial District. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/no

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ThisDay Live Saturday 1st November 2014 Pro Suntai Group Prevails In Taraba Polls The Ward congresses in Taraba in the runup to 2015 tended to favour Darius Ishaku, former Minister of Niger Delta, in the sense that he got most delegates at the polls. This means the pro Suntai group has the most delegates, say sources. Taraba 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pro

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ThisDay Live Saturday 1st November 2014 Jonathan Canvases Violence Free Elections As the 2015 elections inch closer, President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday vigorously canvassed violence-free elections across the country. He warned those seeking elective positions against intimidating the electorate with weapons. Jonathan spoke in Utuabula II in Bayelsa State when he and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, picked new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership cards at his ward, Ward 13. The President stated that he was looking forward to violence-free elections in 2015, adding that those seeking elective positions should have genuine intentions for wanting to serve. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/20

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ThisDay Live Saturday 1st November 2014 No Anointed Candidate In Sokoto PDP, Says Ex Minister Former Minister of Transport and a governorship aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman, Saturday said President Goodluck Jonathan did not anoint any candidate for the party in the State and as such had no cause to step down for anybody. He also dispelled insinuations that the party in the State failed to agree on a consensus candidate during the visit of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih to Sokoto for a reconciliation meeting two weeks ago. Speaking with THISDAY in an interview in Sokoto, Suleiman stated that there was no iota of truth that Jonathan had anointed a candidate for the party ahead of 2015. Sokoto 2015, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/no

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 1st November 2014 NBA, Lawyers Fault Removal Of Tambuwal’s Security Aides Some lawyers in Lagos on Friday faulted the withdrawal of the Security Aides of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Aminu Tambuwal. The officers were withdrawn on Thursday, on the orders of the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Sulaiman Abba. The lawyers told NAN that the withdrawal of the Speaker’s Security Aides following his recent defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) posed a danger to Nigeria’s democracy. Mr Yinka Farounbi, the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, said Abba’s directive was an abuse of power. Farounbi said the police authorities misinterpreted Section 68 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, to back the action. Nigeria 2015; Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 1st November 2014 Enugu PDP Reinstates Sacked Chairman The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State has reinstated Chief Ikeje Asogwa as its new Chairman. Asogwa was reinstated at the extra-ordinary meeting of the party’s State Executive Committee in Enugu on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the reinstatement followed the nullification of his earlier appointment by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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Nigerian News Bulletin Saturday 1st November 2014 INEC To Sanction Political Parties For Violating Electoral Timetable The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will soon apply sanctions for non-compliance with its timetable for the 2015 general elections. The Commission’s Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday. He advised people, politicians and political parties to adhere strictly to the timetable. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads

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