Election News Trend November 2018

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The Guardian.ngThursday, November 8, 2018PDP elders affirm Fayose’s leadershipThe Elders caucus of Ekiti State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has upheld former Governor Ayodele Fayose’s position as the leader of the party in the state. They also declared support for the embattled Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Executive Committee in the state.
The elders dissociated themselves from the purported stakeholders meeting, which had earlier declared the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi, as the party leader.
The elders called on PDP members to apply caution to avoid the fragmentation of the party in the state.
Rising from a meeting held in Ijesa-Isu, Ekiti, the elders expressed concern about the various factional meetings held by members, saying it does not augur well for the party’s cohesion.
Fayose, PDP elders, Ekiti state, Senator Biodun Olujimi, State Executive Committeehttps://guardian.ng/politics/pdp-elders-affirm-fayoses-leadership/
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 13, 2018How civil servants return to posts after losing primariesSome civil servants, who contested and lost out in the party primaries recently conducted by political parties, have returned to their positions, Daily Trust reports.
This has ignited a raging debate whether civil servants who lose primary elections can return to their former positions in the civil service.
But a civil servant, who contested for the governorship seat in his state, said a Supreme Court ruling had given them the go ahead to participate in politics, insisting that they could only retire from service after winning the primaries ahead of the real elections.
Idris Mamman Durkwa, a Director at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, who lost out during gubernatorial primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno State, said the law was explicit on civil servants and politics.
civil servants, primaries, APC, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, real elections, Idris Mamman Durkwahttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/how-civil-servants-return-to-posts-after-losing-primaries.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 13, 2018APC governorship candidate arrested over $12m NPA contractThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma has been arrested by operatives of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property.
The Chairman of the panel, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, confirmed this on Monday to our reporter in a telephone interview.
He said Uzodinma, who was arrested on Sunday at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, was wanted over a breach of contract.
He said a company belonging to Uzodinma was awarded a $12m contract by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for the dredging of Calabar channel but did not execute the contract.
APC, governorship candidate, NPA, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, Uzodinma, Imo statehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/senator-uzodinma-arrested-over-12m-npa-contract.html
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday, November 13, 2018Buhari signs bill on extradition, 4 othersPresident Muhammadu Buhari has assented to five bills including the Extradition Treaty Amendment Act 2018 which prevents double jeopardy for extradited persons in the country.
The assent came 24 hours after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announced that it has begun the extradition of Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum, from the United Kingdom.
Buhari, EFCC, Extradition Treaty Amendment Act 2018, Diezani Alison-MaduekeDaily Trust Newspaper, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (Page 3)
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday, November 13, 20182019: CSOs commend NSCDC for declaring one-week prayerA coalition of civil society groups, Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI), Peace and Anti-Corruption Advocacy (PAC) and Transparency Network Centre (TNC), yesterday lauded the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for declaring a one-week fasting and prayer, starting on December 13, for peaceful 2019 general elections.
In a joint statement, the Executive Secretary, Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbeke of CWAI; National Coordinator of PAC, James Okoronkwo and Farouk Umar, National Coordinator of TNC; hailed the “nationalistic disposition” of the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, towards the peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections.
CWAI, PAC, TNC, 2019 general elections, NSCDC, Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbeke, James Okoronkwo, Abdullahi Gana MuhammaduDaily Trust Newspaper, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (Page 6)
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday, November 13, 2018Court vacates sitting order against Benue AssemblyA High Court sitting in Makurdi yesterday vacated the interim order restraining the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Titus Uba, and 21 other members from holding sittings at the assembly complex.
The Chief Judge of Benue state, Justice Aondover Kaka, ruled that the interim order of August 13, this year, which restrained the use of the assembly complex played on the intelligence of an earlier order and the entire legal system and was a dent on the image of the judiciary.
High Court, Benue state, House of Assembly, Justice Aondover Kaka, juduciaryDaily Trust Newspaper, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (Page 8)
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday, November 13, 2018Campaign against vote buying FCT minister asks corps membersThe Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Muhammad Musa Bello has tasked corps members serving in the FCT to embark on sensitisation programmes to educate the electorate on the criminality of vote buying and selling of votes.
He spoke yesterday at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch ‘C’ stream I corps members in Abuja.
FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello,corps members, vote buying, selling of votesDaily Trust Newspaper, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (Page 10)
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 13, 2018Atiku hasn’t used, dumped any group – CoalitionA Coalition of Atiku Support Groups (CASG) has said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has never used and dumped any support group as being rumoured by “smear campaigners.”
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, leader of the Coalition, Rev. Emmanuel Olorunmagba said it was foolhardy for any genuine support group to allege being used and dumped by Atiku, when the main campaign has not started.
“INEC has not even lifted ban on campaigns. A rational thinking person can only allege to have been used and dumped if he or she was assigned a specific task during the campaign and the assigned task was well carried out and still the entire campaign ended, he or she is not compensated in any way for the job well-done.
“Before the PDP presidential primary, Atiku always inform leaders of support groups that he would not be able to sponsor support groups before the primary because the full attention then was on how to get delegates elect him as PDP presidential flag-bearer. However, he always add that there are plans for support groups,” he said.
CASG, Atiku, Rev. Emmanuel Olorunmagba, presidential, PDP, smear campaignshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/atiku-hasnt-used-dumped-any-group-coalition.html
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday, November 13, 2018Buhari receives Electoral Act for assentPresident Muhammadu Buhari has received the latest version of the amendments made to the 2010 Electoral Act by the National Assembly for assent.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang told State House reporters yesterday that the bill was transmitted to the President last week.
Buhari, 2010 Electoral Act, National Assembly, Senator Ita EnangDaily Trust Newspaper, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (Page 13)
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 13, 201841 parties field candidates for Lagos gov’shipThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the list of governorship and House of Assembly candidates in Lagos State. In all, 41 political parties are sponsoring candidates that will vie for the governorship seat, while 589 candidates will jostle for the 40 House of Assembly seats. Beside other parties, the ruling APC in the state has Babajide Sanwo-Olu as its candidate, while Mr. Jimi Agbaje is the PDP candidate.INEC, Lagos state, House of Assembly seats, APC, PDP, governorhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/41-parties-field-candidates-for-lagos-govship.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 13, 20182019: Rep dismisses Kanu’s call for election boycott in South-EastRep Anayo Nnebe (PDP-Anambra), has dismissed the call by leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on the people of the South East to boycott the 2019 general elections.
Nnebe, who represents Awka North/South Constituency in the House of Representatives, spoke yesterday with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
“2019 election is far ahead and the truth of the matter is that the elders would be talking to our young men to see the need for us to actually get involved in the election,” he said.
Rep Anayo Nnebe, PDP, 2019 general elections, Abuja, Nnamdi Kanuhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-rep-dismisses-kanus-call-for-election-boycott-in-south-east.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 13, 20182019: Rep dismisses Kanu’s call for election boycott in South-EastRep Anayo Nnebe (PDP-Anambra), has dismissed the call by leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on the people of the South East to boycott the 2019 general elections.
Nnebe, who represents Awka North/South Constituency in the House of Representatives, spoke yesterday with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
“2019 election is far ahead and the truth of the matter is that the elders would be talking to our young men to see the need for us to actually get involved in the election,” he said.
Rep Anayo Nnebe, PDP, 2019 general elections, Abuja, Nnamdi Kanuhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-rep-dismisses-kanus-call-for-election-boycott-in-south-east.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 13, 2018It’s Nigerians that need restructuring — AGAThe All Grassroots Alliance (AGA) has said the promise of restructuring the country will not work if Nigerians are not restructured first.
The National Chairman of AGA, Dr. Olukayode James Oshiariyo, said this yesterday in Abuja at the first national convention and unveiling of the presidential candidate and other contestants of the party ahead of the 2019 elections.
Dr. Oshiariyo said part of the restructuring of the citizenry was to ensure Nigerians abided by the rules and regulations of the 2019 general elections to make them successful and credible.
All Grassroots Alliance (AGA), Dr. Olukayode James Oshiariyo, Nigerians, restructuringhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/its-nigerians-that-need-restructuring-aga.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 13, 2018SDP disowns Plateau gov’ship candidateThe Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Plateau State, yesterday, said its gubernatorial candidate is Ambassador John Pofi, and not Godfrey Miri, whose name was published by INEC.
The party, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Abubakar Dogara, said the result of the SDP gubernatorial primary which held on October 4, 2018, returned Amb. Pofi as winner. It said the primary election was monitored by INEC and the DSS and that the process was conducted according to the party’s guidelines and constitution.
SDP, gubernatorial candidate, Abubakar Dogara, INEC, DSShttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/sdp-disowns-plateau-govship-candidate.html
The Guardian.ngTuesday, November 13, 2018EFCC gets ultimatum to probe GandujeThe Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to begin an investigation into bribery allegations against Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje.
Videos online purport to show the governor taking bribes on different occasions.
Yesterday, a Kano High Court restrained the state House of Assembly from further investigating the matter pending the determination of the originating summons. It adjourned hearing till November 21, 2018.
The umbrella organisation of all registered political parties said: “The burden of proof that the President Muhammadu Buhari government is covering corrupt members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is heavier now with the Federal Government’s continued silence over the allegations against the governor.”
In a statement by CNPP Secretary General Willy Ezugwu, the organisation stated: “We are left to believe that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari and the EFCC under Mr. Ibrahim Magu only fight corruption in states with opposition leadership. Not a few Nigerians have argued that the APC is a hiding place for corrupt politicians and a cover for looters who want respite from the anti-graft agencies under the current Federal Government.
“We are totally behind the position of the state House of Assembly that the courts cannot stop it from carrying out its legislative duties and urge the lawmakers to conclude the investigation without fear or favour.
"It is shocking that instead of taking advantage of the fair hearing offered the governor by the state Assembly, Governor Ganduje chose to approach the court to stop the probe.
“Even when the Assembly offered the governor the liberty to appear before its seven-man investigative panel, the governor chose the dishonourable path by going for a black market order from the Kano State High Court, instead of proving his innocence before the committee."
CNPP, EFCC, Ganduje, General Willy Ezugwu, Buhari, bribery allegations, Kano State High Courthttps://guardian.ng/news/efcc-gets-ultimatum-to-probe-ganduje/
The Guardian NewspaperTuesday, November 13, 2018INEC not averse to public scrutinyThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that its activities are open for public assessments and criticisms.
It’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this yesterday at a public dialogue with civil society groups, organised by European Centre for Electoral Support.
He said the rationale to subject electoral process to public scrutiny was to guarantee transparency and build public confidence in the commission.
Yakubu explained that the public reserves the right to challenge electoral process being funded and conducted by public funds.
INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, public scrutiny, civil society groups, European Centre for Election SupportThe Guardian Newspaper, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (page 7)
The Guardian NewspaperTuesday, November 13, 2018Our signatures were forged to impeach speaker, deputy, say Ondo lawmakersTwo lawmakers in Ondo State House of Assembly, Sunday Olajide and Olusola Oluyede, have disclosed that their signatures were forged to facilitate the impeachment of the speaker and deputy speaker.
They revealed this yesterday at a plenary attended by nine of the 26 lawmakers, which was presided over by the embattled speaker, Bamidele Oloyelogun and his deputy, Ogundeji Iroju.
Ondo State House of Assembly, impeachment, Bamidele Oloyelogun, Ogundeji Iroju, lawmakersThe Guardian Newspaper, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (page 7)
The Guardian.ngTuesday, November 13, 2018Appeal court adjourns Ogun PDP leadership crisis suitThe Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan yesterday adjourned the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party against the Chief Adebayo Dayo-led executive committee in Ogun State till November 20, 2018, after striking out the motion for extension of time to appeal.
The court struck out the application for time extension based on the objection of the lead counsel to the Dayo executive, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN) who argued that the ruling sought to be appealed against was not attached to the motion on notice.
The embattled group is being backed by the lawmaker representing Ogun East in the Senate, Buruji Kashamu.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta had weeks back ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Uche Secondus-led national leadership of the party to accept and process the list of candidates and delegates submitted to them by the group for the 2019 general elections.
Court of Appeal, Chief Adebayo Dayo, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), INEC, 2019 general electionshttp://guardian.ng/news/appeal-court-adjourns-ogun-pdp-leadership-crisis-suit/
ThisDaylive NewspaperTuesday, November 13, 2018PDP, INEC disagree over sokoto gubernatorial candidateThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have disagreed over the names of the governorship candidate of the party and his deputy in Sokoto state.
While the electoral body said it did not reject or exclude the name of the governorship candidate in Sokoto state, the main opposition party accused the commission of manipulating the list of its candidates in the state.
PDP, INEC, Sokoto state, gubernatorial candidateThis Day Newspaper, Tuesday, November 13,2018 (page 9)
ThisDaylive OnlineTuesday, November 13, 2018Imo SDP Guber Candidate Pays Tribute to MbakweThe gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Imo state, Mr. Casimir Anyanwu has promised to run an inclusive government if elected governor. He stated that it was only the late Chief Sam Mbakwe-first civilian governor of the state, who once ran an open government in the state and also promised to improve upon that by reviving ailing and moribund industries.
Anyanwu disclosed this at a meeting with journalists to dispel rumours that he has sold his gubernatorial ticket to someone else. He said that the Mbakwe tenure which was truncated by the military brought governance to the doorsteps of everyone in the state. He noted that Mbakwe was the only governor in the history of the state who left his footprints in the sands of time. Every community was touched through the establishment of cottage industries.
According to him, “Mbakwe’s government touched everybody. It left nobody behind. I want to bring an improvement of that model of governance to the people of Imo state.
“In Mbakwe’s time, there was no community that he didn’t establish some kind of economic programme. For example, he established Imo State University, he established Concord Hotel, Progress Bank, Shoe factory, Owerri, Avutu poultry, Ada Palm, International Glass industry in Aba, amongst others,” he stated.
Late Chief Sam Mbakwe, SDP, Imo state, Mr. Casmir Anyanwu, Ada Palm, Progress Bank, Shoe factory, International Glass Industry, guber candidatehttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/13/imo-sdp-guber-candidate-pays-tribute-to-mbakwe/
ThisDaylive NewspaperTuesday, November 13, 2018Female Presidential Candidate Promises to Form Unity GovtThe presidential candidate of the Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA) Prof. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies has announced plans to form a unity government if elected as Nigeria's president.
The MAJA presidential hopeful rolled out 35 cardinal programmes with which she plans to return Nigeria to the path of glory, growth and development.
Adesanya- Davies who hails from Irra in Oyun local government council area of Kwara State stated this in a statement issued in Ilorin.
She said that, she would form an inclusive government by incorporating most of the presidential aspirants and candidates of other political parties in the MAJA- led federal government if given the mandate to rule the country.
MAJA, Prof. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies, Nigeria's president, unity government, Oyun local government council, Ilorin, federal governmentThis Day Newspaper, Tuesday, November 13,2018 (page 19)
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 12, 2018SERAP asks EFCC, ICPC to probe APC, PDP primariesThe Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission to investigate allegations of corruption during the recent primaries of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.
In the petition dated November 10, 2018 and signed by its senior legal adviser, Bamisope Adeyanju, the SERAP said allegations of bribe payments by candidates to political parties and party officials would undermine the principles of representative and accountable government.
SERAP, EFCC, ICPC, APC, PDP, Bamisope Adeyanju, political parties, primarieshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/serap-asks-efcc-icpc-to-probe-apc-pdp-primaries.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 12, 20182019: Dankwambo tasks monarchs on peaceGombe State Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has called on traditional rulers to work towards maintaining peace and security in their respective communities as the 2019 elections approach.
The governor made the call at the weekend at the coronation ceremony and presentation of staff of office to the new Emir of Pindiga, Alhaji Mohammed Seyoji Ahmed.
The emir was first appointed as District Head of Pindiga in August 1984 after the demise of his father, late Alhaji Ahmadu Shuaibu. He was elevated to a second class emir in 2000, by former Governor Abubakar Habu Hashidu after he upgraded the Pindiga district to emirate.
Governor Dankwambo, monarchs, 2019 elections, Emir of Pindiga, Abubakar Habu Hashiduhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-dankwambo-tasks-monarchs-on-peace.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 12, 2018Sokoto gov’ship: Tambuwal missing on INEC listThe name of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State is missing in INEC’s list of candidates contesting for the governorship of the state.
The list which was displayed at the office of INEC showed Manir Dan’iya as the governorship candidate of the PDP.
Dan’iya is the immediate past Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development.
Tambuwal, INEC, governorship candidate, PDP, Manir Dan' iyahttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/sokoto-govship-tambuwal-missing-on-inec-list.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 12, 2018INEC recovers 700 PVCs in BenueThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has recovered over 700 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in Benue State that were collected by proxy.
The Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in the state, Nentawe Yilwatda, said the cards were not given to their rightful owners.
Yilwatda made the disclosure during INEC’s interaction with newsmen and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) at the weekend in Makurdi.
He said the discovery of the PVCs came to fore during the commission’s mass campaign into Benue’s rural communities, stressing that people of a particular village had complained of not receiving their PVCs.
INEC, PVCs, REC, Nentawe Yilwatda, CSOs, Benue statehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/inec-recovers-700-pvcs-in-benue.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 12, 2018Osun PDP urges NJC to probe relocation of tribunalThe Osun State chapter of the PDP has called on the National Judicial Council (NJC)to probe the relocation of the governorship election petition tribunal to Abuja.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the PDP chairman in the state, Soji Adagunodo.
The party also described the relocation of the tribunal to Abuja as “another desperate and evil plan by some forces to implement a pre-written script on the proceedings and outcome of its petition before the tribunal.”
Osun state, PDP, NJC, Soji Adagunodo, Election Petition Tribunal, Abuja, governorship electionhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/osun-pdp-urges-njc-to-probe-relocation-of-tribunal.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 12, 2018Delta 2019: I remain APC reps candidate, says NiboroA former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ima Niboro, has flayed the purported substitution of his name by the APC as a House of Representatives candidate in Delta State for the 2019 polls.
This was just as the aspiring federal lawmaker accused the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC of bias and contempt to a subsisting court order.
Niboro, who disclosed this in a statement by his campaign organisation in Abuja over the weekend, also contended that both APC and INEC acted illegally by submitting “illegal candidates.”
“I emerged legally at the APC primaries and was validly nominated candidate of APC. If any names were to be published by INEC, it must be mine.
NAN, Ima Niboro, APC primaries, INEC, illegal candidates, Prof. Mahmood Yakubuhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/delta-2019-i-remain-apc-reps-candidate-says-niboro.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 12, 2018Borno: PDP group insists on Wakil, Kachallah for governor, senatorThe PDP in Borno State will go into the 2019 elections divided unless its original governorship and Borno Central senatorial candidates are given back their mandate, the Yerwa-Oodua PDP support group has warned.
The group, comprising hundreds of PDP members from Borno State resident in South Western states of Lagos, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, and Oyo, announced this in a statement yesterday.
Chairman of the group, Bakura Goni Makinta and his Secretary, Mustapha Mustapha, said unless the INEC adopts the former Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil as PDP governorship candidate and Bukar Kachallah, a former Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly as candidate for Borno Central Senatorial election, the party will lose in the general elections.
PDP, 2019 elections, Western states, Bakura Goni Makinta, Mustapha Mustapha, Mohammed Wakil, Bukar Kachallah, governorship candidatehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/borno-pdp-group-insists-on-wakil-kachallah-for-governor-senator.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 12, 2018We’re working with Oshiomhole to address Zamfara logjam — MarafaThe Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa (APC, Zamfara), has said that he is working with the National Chairman of the APC,Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to address the logjam in Zamfara State.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced that it was not expecting list of governorship, National and State Assembly candidates from the APC for Zamfara State over the failure of the party to conduct primaries within the stipulated time.
Marafa, a leading governorship aspirant in Zamfara, said Oshiomhole should be commended for doing the bidding of the members of party against that of the governors.
“I commend the Oshiomhole led NWC for respecting the court order that barred it from dealing with any faction of the APC in Zamfara State; I equally condemn the actions taken by Governor Yari of conducting and announcing results of primary election even when the law of the land forbids him from doing so,” he stated.
Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa, APC, Zamfara state, Governor Yari, Oshiomhole, INEChttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/were-working-with-oshiomhole-to-address-zamfara-logjam-marafa.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 12, 2018850 PDP, PRP members defect to APC in ZariaNo fewer than 850 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and People’s Redemption Party (PRP) have defected to the All Progressives Party (APC) in Zaria LGA of Kaduna State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defectors included the PRP Youth Leader in Zaria, Mr Ibrahim Hassan-Pako, and a prominent PDP member, Hajiya Sa’adiya Mohammed-Mai-Yanga.
Receiving the defectors at Tudun Wada Ward in Zaria on Saturday, the APC Chairman in the LGA, Alhaji Aliyu Idris-Ibrahim, assured the defectors that they would be treated fairly.
He urged the new members to feel at home and be supportive to ensure success of the party in 2019.
PDP, APC, PRP, NAN, Zaria LGA, Kaduna state, Tudun Wada, Mr Ibrahim Hassan-Pako, Hajiya Sa'adiya Mohammed-Mai-Yangahttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/850-pdp-prp-members-defect-to-apc-in-zaria.html
The Guardian.ngMonday, November 12, 2018Senate condemns Buhari’s blame-game on budget delayThe Senate has condemned the shifting of blames to the National Assembly over delay in passing the national budget every year.In a statement yesterday by its Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, the upper legislative chamber advised the Presidency to desist from playing politics with sensitive issues like the budgeting process.
Olujimi noted that a recent statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari blaming the National Assembly for the delay in the passage of the Appropriation Act every year was not only unfortunate, but shows that the Executive arm is not saying the truth.
The statement reads: “The President himself in June this year expressed surprise during a meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly when he was confronted with the fact that ministers and heads of other agencies have refused to defend the budget proposals of their ministries and agencies before legislative committees.
“On that occasion, the President stated that the information was contrary to what he was told by his aides before coming for the meeting. He then ordered the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to compel all heads of MDAs to immediately appear before the respective committees so that the budget can be passed."
Senate, Buhari, Appropriation Act, National Assembly, SGF, MDAs, budget delayhttps://guardian.ng/news/senate-condemns-buharis-blame-game-on-budget-delay/
The Guardian NewspaperMonday, November 12, 2018Oyo SDP picks woman educationist, Gariba as Ayorinde’s running mateThe Oyo state chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has named an educationist, Mrs. Mufidat Adenike Garba, as the deputy governorship candidate to Chief Bolaji Ayorinde.
A statement by the party yesterday said the SDP picked Mrs. Gariba following comprehensive consultations with leaders and stakeholders within and outside the party in the state.
SDP, Oyo state, Mrs. Mufidat Adenike Gariba, Chief Bolaji AyorindeThe Guardian Newspaper, Monay, November 12, 2018 (page 5)
The Guardian.ngMonday, November 12, 2018Olujimi insists on leadership of Ekiti PDPMinority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, has described as laughable the purported Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ‘state caucus’ meeting held in Ado Ekiti where the group allegedly declared backing for former governor, Ayodele Fayose as leader.
Special Assistant on Public Communication to the Senate Minority Leader, Chief Sanya Atofarati, while reacting to the caucus meeting, said it lacked locus standi, claiming it is unknown to the constitution of the PDP.
“I even learnt they earlier had a meeting at Afao Ekiti where they were given a script and were mandated on what to say. In a saner clime, the Oguntuase-led state executives that were accused of misappropriation could not have been allowed to preside as chairman of the purported meeting.”
Biodun Olujimi, PDP, Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state, Chief Sanya Atofaratihttps://guardian.ng/politics/olujimi-insists-on-leadership-of-ekiti-pdp/
The Guardian.ngMonday, November 12, 2018Kashamu advises PDP leaders to obey party’s constitutionSenator Buruji Kashamu (Ogun East) has counselled the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to respect the party’s constitution and the rule of law, to once again win the hearts of Nigerians.
This was contained in a letter addressed to the national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus. Secondus’ November 1 letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) faulting its recognition of the Adebayo Dayo-led Ogun State PDP executive prompted Kashamu’s letter.
In the letter entitled ‘Re: Nomination of Candidates for 2019 General Election in Ogun State’, the vice chairman of the senate committee on states and local government stated that the power to organise state congresses and elect governorship candidates “resides in the state chairman” of the party and not the national chairman or the National Executive Committee (NWC).
The senator quoted the party’s constitution: “Specifically, Section 25 (1) of the PDP constitution (as amended in 2017) states, ‘There shall be a state party congress, which shall consist of: (a) the state chairman who shall be the chairman. Section 25 (2c) states further, ‘The functions of the state congress shall be to: (c) elect governorship candidates of the party.’
Senator Buruji Kashamu, PDP leaders, Nigerians, INEC, NWC, 2019 general elections, Uche Secondushttps://guardian.ng/politics/kashamu-advises-pdp-leaders-to-obey-partys-constitution/
The Guardian.ngMonday, November 12, 2018Abuja Imam cautions against selling votes to corrupt poliiciansNational Chief Imam, Fuad Adeyemi, has cautioned Nigerians against selling their votes to corrupt politicians.He gave the advice at the weekend in Birnin-Kebbi, at a three-day workshop for 81 chief Imams in Kebbi State, titled: “Encouraging accountability and transparency through faith-based intervention (EAT-Fln).
Adeyemi, who is Executive Director of Al-Habibiyya Islamic Society, linked the actions of corrupt leaders to the growing insurgency, large number of out-of-school children, poverty and poor infrastructure in schools.
He condemned the large scale unpaid salaries across the country and warned that it was against the will of Allah. Ishaq Azika Mugundi, who spoke on behalf of other Imams, promised top spread the message to their followers.
Abuja Imam, Fuad Adeyemi, chief Imams, Kebbi state, Ishaq Azika Mugundihttps://guardian.ng/politics/abuja-imam-cautions-against-selling-votes-to-corrupt-poliicians/
ThisDaylive OnlineMonday, November 12, 20182019: Utomi Kicks against INEC’s Recognition of  Ogboru as Guber CandidateDelta State Governorship aspirant in the last primary election under the All Progressives Congress (APC) elections, Professor Pat Utomi, has rejected the list of candidates published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the weekend.
The published INEC list has Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, as the (APC) governorship candidate for Delta State in the 2019 election.
Utomi said the alleged breach of the rule of law by the party and INEC was an indication the party has given up on Delta State.
Utomi stated: “It was in view of these brazen breaches of rule of law that the US Ambassador recently raised concerns and noted that undermining the rule of law is worst offence than corruption.
“What happened in Asaba and was regarded as governorship primary by the Jones Erue faction, which produced Great Ogboru as candidate was a complete farce.
“What happened in Asaba that day was treasonable felony that should be prosecuted, or else it becomes a precedent of contempt of the rule of law, also considering the security and international image implications of what happened, I decided to challenge it in Court."
Professor Pat Utomi, APC, Delta state, governorship candidate, INEC, Great Ogboru https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/12/2019-utomi-kicks-against-inecs-recognition-of-ogboru-as-guber-candidate/
ThisDaylive NewspaperMonday, November 12, 2018Impeachment: Ondo Lawmakers Shun Akeredolu's Peace MeetingThe 18 members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, who effected the removal of the Speaker, Bamidele Oloyeloogun, and his deputy, Ogundeji Iroju, shunned the meeting summoned by state Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to intervene on the leadership crisis that rocked the assembly.
This is coming as the organised labour in the state has threatened to resume the suspended strike if the state government fails to start payment of the salary arrears from the N20.9 billion received as the state’s share of Paris Club loan refund by today.
THISDAY learnt yesterday that the 18 lawmakers had fled the state and relocated to Ibadan, Oyo State, following alleged threat to their lives.
Ondo State House of Assembly, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Paris Club, Ondo lawmakers, impeachmentThis Day Newspaper, Monday, November 12,2018 (page 46)
ThisDaylive NewspaperMonday, November 12, 2018Take A Cue From Buhari, Oshiomhole Tells Losers In APC PrimariesFollowing the controversy that trailed the outcome of the primary elections of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday urged all those that lost out to take a cue from President Muhammadu Buhari who contested the presidential election four times before he could win saying, contesting in an election is a long distance race.
Oshiomhole who spoke to journalists in Benin City, Edo State shortly after the church service to mark the second year anniversary of the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki, however, denied visiting the National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, in London as reported in some sections of the media.
Oshiomhole, APC primaries, Edo state, Governor Godwin Obaseki, presdiential electionThis Day Newspaper, Monday, November 12,2018 (page 46)
ThisDaylive NewspaperMonday, November 12, 2018Appeal Court Explains Relocation Of Osun Gov Tribunal To Abuja​The Court of Appeal at the weekend explained why it relocated the Osun State governorship election petition tribunal from Osogbo to Abuja.
This is coming as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to probe the sudden relocation of the sitting of the tribunal.
The tribunal was set up to hear petitions arising from the September 22 and 27 governorship polls in the state which Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner.
THISDAY gathered that the reshuffled three-member panel was moved to FCT High Court No 24, Apo Abuja following the directives of President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.
Court of Appeal, NJC, Osun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, APC, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, FCT High CourtThis Day Newspaper, Monday, November 12,2018 (page 47)
ThisDaylive OnlineMonday, November 12, 2018Insurgency: INEC to Take Decision on Security RiskFollowing the recent escalation of Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State, that has led to the burning down of some villages and even loss of lives, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will make a decision on the security risk involved in the said registration areas and local governments at the appropriate time.
The electoral body said it is also working in consultation and collaboratively with the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security and the National and State Emergency Management Agencies in mapping out the Local Governments, Registration Areas and Polling Units that are problematic.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, disclosed this in an e-mail while reacting to THISDAY enquiry.
He stressed that though, the commission was aware of the security challenges in the North-east, the North Central and indeed in several parts of Nigeria, but assured that INEC will conduct the 2019 elections in all parts of the country including States that are facing serious security challenges.
INEC, Boko Haram insurgency, Borno state, security risk, Mr. Festus Okoye, North-east, North-centralhttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/12/insurgency-inec-to-take-decision-on-security-risk/
ThisDaylive OnlineMonday, November 12, 20182019: Ex-EFCC Boss, Waziri, Cautions Politicians on Hate Speech, ViolenceAs campaigns for the 2019 general election kicks off this weekend, a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, has charged politicians to make their agenda for Nigerians their focus rather than dwelling on issues that will further divide the people.
She also urged political leaders especially those seeking elective positions to prevail on their supporters and followers to eschew violence in any form as campaigns for various elective positions begin this weekend.
Waziri who spoke while fielding questions from journalists at the sideline of an event in Victoria Island, Lagos, at the weekend, said the country needs peace and unity to have a successful 2019 elections.
She stated: “For me, I believe the elections will hold as scheduled. My only concern is the level of toxicity in the statements of some political leaders. This is not really good for the polity especially now that election campaigns will formally begin in a matter of days from now. So, this is the time for every patriotic political leader, most especially those aspiring for offices and who will be going round to mobilise the people, to avoid hate speech capable of inciting their followers and supporters to violence.
“We cannot afford to set the country on fire with our words because if country is set ablaze and the people are killed, there is no other Nigeria in Europe, America or Asia to call our country, and there will be no citizens to lead and govern. I think the people will be more interested in their plans, programmes and agenda than toxic words that breed violence.”
2019 general elections, EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri, hate speech, violence, politicianshttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/12/2019-ex-efcc-boss-waziri-cautions-politicians-on-hate-speech-violence/
ThisDaylive OnlineMonday, November 12, 2018N’ Delta Youths Ban Presidential Candidates Without Restructuring AgendaYouths in the Niger Delta region have warned that they would not welcome any presidential candidate who is opposed to restructuring during campaigns for the 2019 elections.
The youths made the declaration in a communique issued in Bori, Rivers state by their leaders at the 23rd anniversary of the execution of rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and nine other Ogoni patriots by the federal government.
The communique released yesterday was signed by President, Ijaw Youth Council, Eric Omare; President, National Youth of the Ogoni People, Matthew Dighi; and their counterparts from Urhobo, Isoko, Akwa Ibom, Ibibio, Oron and Itsekiri.
The communique noted that after the huge price the likes of Saro-Wiwa paid in the struggle for emancipation of the Niger Delta, the region continues to suffer deprivations and mass poverty under a federal leadership hegemony which deploys the massive wealth from the region to develop other parts of the country.
“Niger Delta region, having exhaustively deliberated the historic struggles of our people over the years for a fair and equitable Nigeria, resolved that, “Defective federal structure and unjust laws are responsible for the underdevelopment of the region
“For Nigeria to make progress, there must be holistic political, economic, and social restructuring of the country. We demand complete resource control by the federating units of the country and payment of tax to the centre in a restructured Nigeria.
“Any presidential candidate in the 2019 election that doed not believe and would not restructure Nigeria after the 2019 elections should not come to the Niger Delta region to campaign for votes,” he added.
Niger Delta Youths, restructuring, 2019 elections, Ogoni People, Niger Delta region, campaignshttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/12/n-delta-youths-ban-presidential-candidates-without-restructuring-agenda/
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018Senate to expand subsidy probe — SarakiThe Senate will expand its ongoing probe of an alleged subsidy fund retained by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to include dividend from the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Senate President Bukola Saraki has said.
Saraki said ‎expanding the probe became necessary in view of the revelation made by the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Maikanti Kachalla Baru, at an investigative hearing in Abuja on Thursday.
The GMD had told the Ahmad Lawan-led ad hoc panel probing the alleged $3.5bn subsidy fund by the NNPC ‎that the corporation did not have any amount set aside for subsidy.
Saraki, NNPC, Ahmad Lawan, NLNG, Maikanti Kachalla Baru, subsidyhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/senate-to-expand-subsidy-probe-saraki.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018Alleged bribery: Court stops Kano Assembly from investigating GandujeA group of constitutional lawyers, “Lawyers for the Sustainable Democracy of Nigeria”, had dragged Kano State House of Assembly to court and sought for an order to stop its committee from further investigation into the matter.
The National President of the group, Barrister Muhammad Zubair, who read the court order to newsmen today, said the investigation contradicted the law that separates powers among the three tiers of governments on how to operate.
He said, the case was criminal, hence only a competent court of law could entertain it.
“Though the house relied on Sections 128-129 of the Assembly in conducting its investigation, however, the assembly can only do so if there is any petition to that effect from someone,” he said.
Alleged bribery, constitutional lawyers, Kano State House of Assembly, Gandujehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/updated-alleged-bribery-court-stops-kano-assembly-from-investigating-ganduje.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018Buhari yet to receive Electoral Act for assentPresident Muhammadu Buhari is yet to receive the latest version of the amendments made to the 2010 Electoral Act by the National Assembly, Daily Trust has gathered.
Presidency sources said the Act has not been transmitted to the President for assent to enable the country use the new law for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
“It has not been transmitted,” a source told one of our correspondents.
Daily Trust reports that the both chambers of the National Assembly had weeks ago passed the amendment made to the latest version of the Electoral Act before proceeding on two weeks recess for oversight.
Buhari, 2010 Electoral Act, National Assembly, latest versionhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/buhari-yet-to-receive-electoral-act-for-assent.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018African lawmakers unite against terrorism, organized crimeAfrican lawmakers, under the aegis of African Parliamentary Union (APU), on Monday pledged to forge a common front against terrorism and organized crime in the continent.
The APU Secretary-General, N’zi Kofi, disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the 73rd Session of the Executive Committee of the APU holding at the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja, Nigeria.
According to him, this year’s Executive Session with the theme, “The role of the parliament in the fight against terrorism and organised crime in Africa,” would explore diverse means by which African countries, through their parliaments, could collaborate to rid the continent of the twin menace of terrorism and organized crime.
“We must acknowledge that the Nigerian government has gained ground in the fight against Boko Haram. However, the continued hostage taking by Boko Haram, especially of the Chibok and Dapchi school girls, point to the need for increased collaboration.”
African lawmakers, APU, N'zi Kofi, ECOWAS, Boko Haram, Chibok and Dapchi girls, Executive Sessionhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/african-lawmakers-unite-against-terrorism-organized-crime.html
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday, November 6, 2018Electoral umpires should face public scrutiny - INEC chairThe chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, says since elections are funded and conducted with public funds, activities of election management bodies should be subjected to public scrutiny.
He appealed to the CSOs to use the avenue of the dialogue to interrogate and proffer solutions to a wide range of issues concerning the proper conduct of elections. The INEC boss represented by a National Commissioner, Barrister Festus Okoye at a one-day INEC-Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) dialogue session organised by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) at Enugu, stated this had become necessary since elections are funded and conducted with public funds.
INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, CSOs, election umpiires, electionsDaily Trust Newspaper, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Page 11)
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018Oshiomhole behaving like opposition party’s spokesman –OkorochaImo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has alleged that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, is attacking APC governors as if he were an opposition party’s publicity secretary.
Okorocha made the allegation yesterday in a statement by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo.
He said: “In responding to that deliberate blackmail, we won’t toe the path of Comrade Oshiomhole. We recognize the fact that he is the national chairman of a ruling party which President Muhammadu Buhari is the leader, and we would not therefore throw caution to the winds like he did, when he was abusing or attacking governors in his party as if he is the publicity secretary of any of the political parties in opposition.”
Oshiomhole, Okorocha, APC, publicity secretary, Sam Onwuemeodohttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/oshiomhole-behaving-like-opposition-partys-spokesman-okorocha.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018Uzodinma may pick Madumere as running mateBarring any last minute change, speculations are rife that Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, may bounce back as the running mate to the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for the 2019 election in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
His role in the Imo APC Restoration Coalition otherwise known as the ‘Allied Forces’ that successfully wrested the APC structure from Governor Rochas Okorocha was said to be the biggest consideration in his choice.
Prince Eze Madumere, APC Restoration Coalition, Okorocha, Senator Hope Uzodinmahttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/uzodinma-may-pick-madumere-as-running-mate.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018‘Ndigbo yet to decide who to vote for presidency’The National President of Ohanaeze Youth Council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzo, said yesterday that the South East region has not taken any stand on whether to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or Abubakar Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as president next year.
Isiguzo however reminded President Buhari to fulfil his pledge on reactivation of the famous Enugu Coal Mine which he made during his campaign tour in 2015.
He made this known at a press briefing held in Abakaliki, yesterday.
“In 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari was seeking our votes, he did promise us that he would reactivate the Enugu Coal Mine but till date the place is moribund.
“And on who to vote in as our president come 2019, I want to state here categorically that we are yet to take a stand,” he stressed.
Ndigbo, Ohaneze Youth Council, APC, Buhari, Atiku, Enugu Coal Mine, presidencyhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/ndigbo-yet-to-decide-who-to-vote-for-presidency.html
Daily Trust NewspaperTuesday, November 6, 2018Secondus urges INEC to display 'authentic voters' register'The PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to display what he called "fake voters’ registers" at the various polling units.PDP, INEC, Secondus, polling units, voters' registerDaily Trust Newspaper, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Page 13)
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018Ekiti PDP rejects Olujimi, restores Fayose as leaderThe State Executive Committee (SEC) of the PDP in Ekiti State has dissociated itself from the purported stakeholders meeting which replaced former governor Ayodele Fayose with the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, as leader of the party in the state.
The SEC therefore reaffirmed its stand with the former governor as the leader of the party in the state.
The SEC is the highest organ of the party in the state and it comprised of the State Working Committee, party chairmen and secretaries at local government and wards and elected public office holders among others.
Fayose, Senator Biodun Olujimi, PDP, state executive councilhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/ekiti-pdp-rejects-olujimi-restores-fayose-as-leader.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018Thugs clash with aggrieved Atiku supportersA media briefing organised by supporters of the PDP presidential candidate under the aegis of Aggrieved Atiku Support Groups (AASG), was disrupted yesterday in Abuja.
The organisers of the briefing clashed with the political thugs believed to have been sent by those opposing their full integration into the Atiku Campaign Office.
The thugs successfully hijacked the banners of the aggrieved campaign groups and went away with them.
The AASG chairman, Osaratin Godspower, who briefed journalists yesterday after the encounter at the same venue located at Wuse 2 area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, said the press conference was convened to intimate the world with the happenings in the Atiku Campaign Office. Godspower, who voiced dissatisfaction that they were being described as “mere volunteers” in the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization (APCO), said the era when some persons would work and others would eat had gone.
AASG, PDP presidential candidate, Osaratin Godspower, Atiku, APCOhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/thugs-clash-with-aggrieved-atiku-supporters-2.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 6, 201874 jostle for 3 Senate seats, 401 for 24 Reps in KanoNo fewer than 74 candidates from 32 political parties are contesting for the three senatorial seats in Kano for the 2019 general elections.
This was disclosed by Garba Lawan Muhammad, spokesman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano, yesterday.
Muhammad added that a total of 401 candidates were contesting for the 24 House of Representatives seats from the state.
2019 general elections, Garba Lawan Muhammad, INEC, Kano, Senate, House of Repshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/74-jostle-for-3-senate-seats-401-for-24-reps-in-kano.html
Daily Trust OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018Amosun-backed candidates appeal to OshiomholeThe 26 candidates of the APC for Ogun State House of Assembly election, yesterday, appealed to the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, to recognise them as the party’s official candidates ahead of next year’s elections.
The candidates, who emerged through the consensus arrangement spearheaded by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, submitted that they were equally elected as flag bearers on October 7 during the legislative primary held across the state.
Speaking, yesterday, on behalf of the 26 candidates at a press conference held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, Iwe Iroyin, Abeokuta, Segun Idowu lamented that Oshiomhole had not given any of them the Candidate Form (CF001) barely three days after expiration of the deadline given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the submission of candidates’ names.
Ogun State House of Assembly election, APC, Amosun, Oshiomhole, NUJ, INEChttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/amosun-backed-candidates-appeal-to-oshiomhole.html
The Guardian.ngTuesday, November 6, 2018INEC deletes 300,000 names from voter registerThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday disclosed that it had deleted over 300,000 names from the voter register.Receiving a delegation of election administrators from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said, “as at today, over 300,000 names have been dropped after the automatic fingerprints identification system.”
He charged Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the register that is being displayed at polling booths from today through 12th of this month.”And I will like to use this opportunity to appeal to the citizens to check when we display the register so that they can draw the attention of the commission to any issues contained therein,” Yakubu pleaded.
On the forthcoming polls, the chief electoral umpire stated: “We will conduct elections into 1,558 constituencies in 2019. There is one presidential, 109 senatorial districts and 360 federal constituencies, 29 governorship, 991 state constituencies and 68 constituencies in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the area councils, the chairmen and councilors making a total of 1558 constituencies.”
INEC, ECOWAS, chief electoral umpire, FCT, senatorial districts, federal constiuencies, Prof Yakubu Mahmoodhttps://guardian.ng/news/inec-deletes-300000-names-from-voter-register/
The Guardian.ngTuesday, November 6, 2018‘Why APC has not intervened in allegation against Ganduje’The All Progressives Congress (APC) is not in a hurry to wade into the allegation of bribery leveled against Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State.
Spokesman of the party, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu, who spoke to The Guardian explained that there was no way the APC would take a stand on the matter since the House of Assembly was yet to present its findings on the issue.
The party’s comment came yesterday after it forwarded the name of Ganduje to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, last week.
Issa-Onilu said: “The APC is a law abiding party, it believes in due process. The Kano House of Assembly is already probing the issue. We have to wait to see how it goes. You don’t expect the party to rush into taking action based on a video clip on the social media whose authenticity is being disputed.”
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The Guardian.ngTuesday, November 6, 2018Gana seeks disqualification of Duke as SDP candidateA presidential aspirant of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prof. Jerry Gana, and the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) have kicked against the emergence of Donald Duke as the candidate of the party in the 2019 presidential election.
Gana and MBF alleged that the process through which Duke emerged the party’s flagbearer violated the constitution of the SDP. On October 7, 2018, the former Governor of Cross River state polled 812 votes to beat Gana, who polled 611 votes during SDP’s national convention held at the Old Parade Ground in Abuja.
Gana, unsatisfied with the results from the convention, has approached a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to seek the nullification of Duke’s emergence as the presidential candidate.
Prof. Jerry Gana, Donald Duke, SDP, MBF, FCT, High Courthttps://guardian.ng/politics/gana-seeks-disqualification-of-duke-as-sdp-candidate/
ThisDaylive OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018Four House of Reps Members Dump APCFour members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives, who failed to win renomination to contest in 2019, have announced their defection from the party.
The Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, announced the defections on the floor of the House in Abuja on Tuesday.
Among them are Mr Abiodun Awoleye-Dada (Ibadan North), who moved to the Accord Party; Mr Samuel Segun-Williams (Abeokuta South), who moved to the Labour Party; and Mr Lawan Hassan-Anka (Anka/Mafara Zamfara State), who joined the Peoples Democratic Party.
The fourth member, Mr Lam Adesina,(Ibadan North East/South East) from Oyo state defected to the African Democratic Congress
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ThisDaylive OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018Okorocha Denies Rift with Catholic Church, Cautions Oshiomhole over UtterancesThe Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum and Governor of Imo State, Mr. Rochas Okorocha, has said that he had no issues with the Catholic Church in the state especially with the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna as alleged by the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole recently, claiming that the bishop wanted a perfect leadership in the state which was not possible.
Okorocha responded through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo to the allegation by Oshiomhole who had rendered an apology to the cleric last week when he was defending the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling party over the rejection of the nomination of Uche Nwosu, Okorocha’s son-in-law, as the governorship candidate of the party in the forthcoming election in the state.
Okorocha described the apology as uncalled for since there was no issue at stake with the clergy.
APC, Oshiomhole, Okorocha, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Chief Press Secretary, Uche Nwosuhttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/06/okorocha-denies-rift-with-catholic-church-cautions-oshiomhole-over-utterances/
ThisDaylive OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018PT Tops Newly Registered Parties with Highest Number of CandidatesInformation gleaned from an Independent National Electoral, INEC, publication signed by Mrs. O. O. Babalola, a director has revealed that the People’s Trust (PT) political party, which is fielding Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim as its presidential candidate, has emerged top amongst the recently registered political parties fielding candidates for next year’s presidential and national assembly elections.
From the ‘Summary of Submission of Form CF002 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections’ issued by INEC, the PT is presenting 194. The breakdown shows that the party has one presidential candidate and one candidate for the office of the vice president. There are 52 senatorial candidates and 140 aspirants for the House of Representatives respectively running on its platform. Following the PT closely are the Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP), 182, Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) 176, the Action Democratic Party (ADP), 136, the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), 115 and the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), 106.
Nigeria’s senate is populated by 109 members, comprising equal representation of three senators from the 36 states of the federation and one senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), while the House of Representatives has 360 members.
People's Trust (PT), Form CF002, INEC, Mrs. O.O. Babalola, MPN, ZLP, JMPP, ACDhttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/06/pt-tops-newly-registered-parties-with-highest-number-of-candidates/
ThisDaylive OnlineTuesday, November 6, 2018Ezekwesili Restates Commitment to Poverty AlleviationThe Presidential candidate of Action Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili has restated her plan to lift majority of Nigerians out of extreme poverty, saying its stands out as the most actionable strategy in the lead up to next year’s general
This is coming on the heels of recent declaration by Bill Gates, Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that the world can overcome extreme poverty as demonstrated by countries such as China, India, Mexico and South Africa among others.
The second richest man in the world insisted that if nothing drastic was done, a high percentage of the world’s poor would come out of sub-Saharan Africa – a region, which has seen its population rise uncontrollably in recent years.
Ezekwesili, who has made lifting Nigerians out of extreme poverty the major thrust of her campaign, challenged her rivals to bring up their workable programmes to better the lot of citizens.
Obiageli Ezekwesili, ACPN, Bill Gates, extreme poverty, sub-Saharan Africahttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/06/ezekwesili-restates-commitment-to-poverty-alleviation/
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018PRP to replace Kano gov’ship candidate todayThe Kano State chapter of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) is to announce the replacement of its gubernatorial candidate today.
Daily Trust reliably gathered that the current state Chairman of the party, Alhaji Sammani Shariff, had earlier emerged gubernatorial candidate of the party, but that the party would replace him with another person.
Daily Trust gathered that eight people are jostling for the slot. They are a former Kano State Dep. Gov., Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, Mal. Salihu Sagir Takai, Gen. Sulaiman Wali (Rtd), Alh. Kabiru Muhammad Gwangwazo, Sheikh Ibrahim Khaleel, Alh. Aminu Baba Nabegu and Sen. Isa Yahaya Zarewa.
PRP, governorship candidate, Kano state, Alhaji Sammani Shariffhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/prp-to-replace-kano-govship-candidate-today.html
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018N/Assembly gets 2019-2021 expenditure frameworkThe National Assembly yesterday received the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) for the 2019 – 2021 financial years for approval.
The documents were transmitted to both chambers of‎ the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In two separate letters read by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara at plenary, Buhari said‎ the the documents “were prepared against the backdrop of a generally uncertain global economic environment.”
MTEF, FSP, Senate President, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, National Assemblyhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/n-assembly-gets-2019-2021-expenditure-framework.html
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018Alleged bribery: No going back on Ganduje’s probe — Kano AssemblyThe panel constituted by the Kano state House of Assembly to investigate the veracity or otherwise of the video clips released by an online newspaper, Daily Nigeran, depicting Governor Abdullahi Ganduje as collecting bribe from contractors yesterday said it would proceed with its assignment.
The chairman of the committee, Bappa Baba Dan’angundi, told newsmen that there was no court order that asked the committee to stop the investigation.
The committee was supposed to have previewed the video clips yesterday, but a restraining order was reportedly issued by a Kano State High Court presided over by Justice A. T. Badamasi stopping the committee from the exercise after a group of lawyers under the aegis of “Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria” had filed a case challenging the powers of the assembly from conducting the investigation.
Dan’agundi said: “We are here today to give the position of the Kano State House of Assembly and the committee investigating alleged bribery against Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. We have received a court process filed by some lawyers and we are going to put in our appearance to respect the rule of law and respect the court.
alleged bribery, Kano State House of Assembly, Bappa Baba Dan' angundi, Justice A.T. Badamasi, Gandujehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/alleged-bribery-no-going-back-on-gandujes-probe-kano-assembly.html
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018Wednesday, November 7, 2018Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has said Nigeria’s integrity before the international community hinges on free, fair and credible 2019 general elections.
Receiving the recently inaugurated executive committee of the Delta State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led by Apostle Sylvanus Okorote on a courtesy visit in government house, Asaba on Tuesday, Okowa called for prayers for 2019 polls.
“The Church should pray for our country Nigeria and the state. The Church should make its position known that we can have free and fair elections in Nigeria because, if we have credible elections, the comity of nations will have respect for us in the country and there will be direct foreign investment and the resource base of the country will develop."
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, CAN, Apostle Sylvanus Okorote, The Church, 2019 pollshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-polls-will-determine-nigerias-integrity-okowa.html
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018No federal might in 2019 elections – PoliceAssistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone C, Samuel Ogunjemi, has said that there will be no use of federal might in the 2019 general elections .
AIG Ogunjemi warned politicians in Ebonyi State against electoral violence, saying the police would deal decisively with any politician who engaged in violence.
Ogunjemi spoke in Abakaliki yesterday while addressing stakeholders of Ebonyi state and members of other ethnic groups in the state.
“Violence will not be tolerated whether from APC, PDP, SDP or Labour Party we don’t want violence. Your power is your PVCs, it is the voting power you have. If you like a party, if you like a person or candidate, take your voting card and vote. If it will take the whole of the day for you to cue, do that."
Samuel Ogunjemi, 2019 general elections, Ebonyi state, PVCs, federal mighthttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/no-federal-might-in-2019-elections-police.html
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018Niger state proposes N159.5bn budget for 2019The Niger state government has proposed the sum of N159, 529,728,377.00 for the 2019 fiscal year.
The proposal tagged the “Budget of Sustenance and Continuity” has a recurrent expenditure estimates of N63,324,292,994.00 constituting 39.6 percent and capital expenditure of N96, 205,435,383.00 representing 60.31 percent.
Presenting the budget proposal before the State House of Assembly on Tuesday, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said the 2019 proposal was higher than 2018 appropriation by 5.43 percent.
“The 2019 budget is hereby christened, ‘Budget of Sustenance and Continuity’ with priority attention on completing ongoing projects, particularly projects in the areas of infrastructure, education, water resources, agriculture and social development to stimulate economic growth through investment inflows,” he noted.
Niger state government, Budget of Sustenance and Continuity, capital expenditurehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/niger-proposes-n159-5bn-budget-for-2019.html
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018Osun Assembly passes Social Protection Bill 2018The Osun State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the State Social Protection Bill 2018 and commenced the amendment of State of Osun Assembly Service Commission.
The bill was passed after a motion moved by the House’s Deputy Leader, Hon. Bello Osuolale and seconded by Hon. Babatunde Komolafe.
The Speaker of the House, RT. Hon. Najeem Salam said the bill was also passed after sailing through the policy trust and second reading.
After the passage, the Speaker urged the Clerk to immediately transmit the bill to the Governor for assent, adding that all previously sent bills must be followed up to ascertain the governor’s stance for further steps.
Osun Assembly, Hon. Bello Osuolale, RT. Hon. Najeem Salam, Social Protection Bill 2018https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/osun-assembly-passes-social-protection-bill-2018.html
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018No issues with my certificate — Governorship candidateThe PDP governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Isa Mohammed Ashiru, has said he has no issues with INEC over his certificate.
Ashiru, in a statement from his media organisation, said all the documents he submitted to INEC for the purpose of the forthcoming gubernatorial election were genuine and complete.
He, therefore, called on the people of Kaduna State to ignore the allegations that his papers were not complete, describing the claim as a manifestation of the desperation of the ruling APC to create doubt and confusion in the minds of people who he said “have clearly resolved to vote out the present government in 2019.”
PDP, governorshio candidate, certificate, media organisation, APC, INEC, Kaduna statehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/no-issues-with-my-certificate-ashiru-2.html
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018I rely on God for 2nd term — Gov UdomThe Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has said those making noise about his second term are only telling lies as he only relies on God to win re-election in 2019.
The governor said Akwa Ibom State had never had it this good since its creation over 30 years ago and that the evidence was there for the people to see, cautioning those “lying” against him to desist from doing so.
Speaking during a town hall meeting with the indigenes of Akwa Ibom State in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, and the 19 northern states, yesterday, Udom said what the state had been witnessing since his assumption of office was “massive and deliberate programmes towards industrialisation of the state."
Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State, re-election, FCT, industrialisationhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/i-rely-on-god-for-2nd-term-gov-udom.html
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018Utomi expresses fear over 2019 electionsA Professor of Political Economy, Pat Utomi, yesterday in Ibadan, said there is strong possibility that the forthcoming general elections in 2019 may not hold.
Prof. Utomi said leaders in Nigeria were obsessed and forgot about service to the masses.
The don who stated this at the 70th anniversary of Students Christian Movement (SCM) of the University of Ibadan (UI), maintained that primaries across parties were the pointers that the general elections might not hold.
Utomi stated: “Can you take seriously any of the primaries that have taken place? We are going to have all kinds of trouble. People within parties will try to sabotage one another. This will spill over. The development may lead to postponement of the elections. The signs are not the best for our democracy."
Pat Utomi, SCM, University of Ibadan, 2019 elections, democracyhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/utomi-expresses-fear-over-2019-elections.html
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018APC loses 4 reps to PDP, AP, ADC, LPFour members of the House of Representatives elected under the platform of the ruling APC, yesterday, have dumped the party for other political parties.
The defectors are Abiodun Awoleye and Dapo Lam Adesina from Oyo State who left for Accord Party (AP) and African Democratic Congress (ADC) respectively.
Others are Segun Williams from Ogun State who moved to Labour Party (LP) and Lawal Hassan from Zamfara State who joined PDP.
ADC, Labour Party, PDP, Accord, political partieshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/apc-loses-4-reps-to-pdp-ap-adc-lp.html
Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018Only candidates interested in agriculture will be voted in 2019 – Nasarawa farmersNasarawa farmers have said that their support for candidates seeking elective positions in 2019 will be determined by their programmes for the agricultural sector.
The farmers, under the aegis of Association of Small Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN), said that they would subject every candidate’s agenda to a thorough screening to determine their commitment to boosting the sector.
Mr Joshua Jonathan, National President of ASSAPIN, made the position known on Tuesday in Lafia, at the review of farmers’ manifesto, ahead of the 2019 general election.
“Agriculture contributes up to 40 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP); there is the need to give it great attention by taking steps to ease the plight of farmers, in terms of inputs and other facilities.
“As farmers, we have realized our political capacity and have unanimously decided to mobilise and educate our members while strengthening our resolve to use our electoral powers to vote only political office seekers who share our vision."
Nasarawa farmers, elective positions, agricultural sector, Mr Joshua Jonathan, GDP, elective positions in 2019https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/only-candidates-interested-in-agriculture-will-be-voted-in-2019-nasarawa-farmers.html
The Guardian.ngWednesday, November 7, 2018INEC laments multiple court orders on party primariesThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lamented the “multiple and contradictory orders from courts” arising from political parties’ direct and indirect primaries.
INEC National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the development was unhealthy and would not advance the nation’s democracy.
He stated: “We don’t want a situation where they would say the commission is disobeying court orders. We want to deliver credible elections in 2019 to move our democracy forward.”
Yakubu, who was represented by the National Commissioner on Voter Education and Information, Dr. Festus Okoye, spoke at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), during a Campus Outreach organised by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES).
He dismissed rumours that it’s National Commissioners; Amina Zakari has refused to leave office, even after her tenure had elapsed.
INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, ECES, Dr. Festus Okoye, Amina Zakarihttps://guardian.ng/news/inec-laments-multiple-court-orders-on-party-primaries/
The Guardian.ngWednesday, November 7, 2018U.S. envoy, others want more women in politics, girls in schoolThe need for increased investment in the education of girls and greater participation of women in politics has been brought once more to national discourse.
United States consul-general, F. John Bray, had noted this in his keynote address at the 17th annual conference of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), in Lagos at the weekend.
In the same vein, facilitators at the fifth edition of ‘She Forum Africa 2018’ in Abuja yesterday encouraged women leaders to continue working to promote gender equality in Nigeria.
At the summit entitled ‘It Is Possible’, they pleaded for Nigerian women to be supported to win elections at the local levels, insisting that it would have a multiplier effect on other levels as well as reassure both potential female candidates and party leaders that women could win competitive elections.
They cited Rwanda where the approach proved very successful, making the country the world’s highest proportion of female parliamentarians at 64 per cent.
WIMBIZ, women in politics, female candidates, Nigeria, Rwandahttps://guardian.ng/news/u-s-envoy-others-want-more-women-in-politics-girls-in-school/
ThisDaylive NewspaperWednesday, November 7, 2018Edo Assembly passes N10.8bn Supplementary BudgetThe Edo State House of Assembly on Monday in Benin City, passed into law, a N10,874,000,000 Supplementary Budget for year 2018 fiscal year, and not ‘N160 extra budget’ billion as erroneously reported by some of Nigeria’s newspapers on Tuesday November 6, 2018. With the N10,874,000,000 supplementary budget passed into law by the Edo State Legislature, the total budget size of the state for year 2018 stands at N160,967,330,443.52, being the combined figures of the initial N150.093 billion passed and signed into law last year by Governor Godwin Obaseki, and the N10,874,000,000 passed into law on Monday, November 5, 2018.
Edo Assembly, Supplementary Budget, Governor Godwin Obaseki, lawThis Day Newspaper, Wednesday, November 7,2018 (page 16)
ThisDaylive OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018Akwa Ibom PDP Leader Defects to APCThe leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nsit Atai of Akwa Ibom State, Prince Sunny Elijah on Monday defied last-minute pressure from Governor Udom Emmanuel and defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a grand rally attended by Senator Godswill Akpabio, former Senate Minority Leader and other APC chieftains in the state.
Elijah, a strong grassroots politician rejoined PDP in August, last year, at the prompting of Governor Emmanuel after his disagreement with some Nsit Atai APC leaders over the local government chairmanship nomination but he returned to APC on Monday in spite of pleas from the governor.
On getting wind of Elijah’s impending defection last week, Governor Emmanuel was reported to have sent five of his commissioners who lured Elijah to the house of a multi-millionaire cement dealer and staunch supporter of the governor at Osongama Estate in Uyo where they begged him to remain in PDP with an immediate cash offer of N5 million and other promises.
Akwa Ibom state, Nsit Atai, PDP, APC, Governor Emmanuel, Senator Godswill Akpabiohttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/07/akwa-ibom-pdp-leader-defects-to-apc/
ThisDaylive OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018Kano Registers 5.4m Voters for 2019 ElectionsThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano State has said about 5, 459, 914 people have been registered as eligible voters to participate in the 2019 elections in the state.
The commission Head of Department (HOD) in-charge of Voters’ Education and Publicity in the state, Garba Lawal Muhammad, told journalists in his office yesterday that 688, 972 eligible voters are yet to collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in the state.
He said the uncollected PVCs as at October 31, 2018, include the number of those registered in 2011, 2015 and 2017/2018.
Mohammed noted that the figure may reduce, pointing out that “I must say that this figure is tentative because we are still cleaning the register to ascertain the number of people who are no longer here as a result of death, relocation or other situation. At the end of the day, the number may reduce.
INEC, eligible voters, PVC, Garba Lawal Muhammad, Kano state, 2019 Electionshttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/07/kano-registers-5-4m-voters-for-2019-elections/
ThisDaylive OnlineWednesday, November 7, 2018House Approves Sourcing Virement from MDAsThe House of Representatives has approved that the N242,245,050,100 supplementary budget approved for the execution of the 2019 election through virement sourced from 30 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and the Service Wide Votes (SWVs).
The federal government had kicked against the lawmakers’ refusal to comply with the request of President Muhammadu Buhari who asked the National Assembly to provide the virement from the N557 billion inserted into the budget by the federal lawmakers for their constituency projects.
This came following the consideration of a motion by the Chairman, Appropriations’ Committee, calling on the House to rescind the earlier approval of the virement Budget for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for the conduct of the 2019 general elections and that the execution of the 2019 election should be through virement from 30 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Service Wide Votes.
MDAs, Service Wide Votes (SWVs), House of Representatives, Buhari, Supplementary Budget, virementhttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/07/house-approves-sourcing-virement-from-mdas/
ThisDaylive OnlineWednesday, November 7, 20182019: Igbo in Diaspora Insists on RestructuringThe umbrella body of Igbo organisations in over 35 countries and the representatives of Ohanaeze Ndiigbo in Diaspora, Igbo World Assembly (IWA) has insisted that it would only support a candidate who believes and would implement the restructuring agenda, regionalisation and devolution of powers, among others.
In a world press conference jointly addressed by its Chairman, Nwachukwu Anakwenze and Secretary General, Oliver Nwankwor, at the weekend, the group noted that candidates for political positions must be “committed to core beliefs and principles, including respect for constitution and rule of law, respect for human rights and civil rights, respect for the federal character commission rules, merit-based appointment to government positions, firm knowledge and competent management of Nigeria’s economy, detribalised appointments and leadership in all sectors of the government”.
Igbo World Assembly, Igbo in Diaspora, Nwachukwu Anakwenze, Oliver Nwankworhttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/07/2019-igbo-in-diaspora-insists-on-restructuring/
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 8, 2018APC, PDP senators clash over FG’s social intervention fundSenators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and those of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) clashed yesterday over the Federal Government’s social intervention programme (SIP).
Minority Leader Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti), who brought a motion before her colleagues, said the SIP was being used for political purpose.
This is even as the senators resolved to probe both the federal government’s social intervention fund and the SURE-P under the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Olujimi said those given the fund were asked to fill forms alongside details of their permanent voters’ cards, noting that those without PVCs were denied.
APC, PDP, Senators, SIP, SURE-P, Goodluck Jonathan, PVCs, Biodun Olujimi, federal governmenthttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/apc-pdp-senators-clash-over-fgs-social-intervention-fund.html
Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, November 8, 2018We'll vote out govs who refuse to pay agreed minimum wage - WabbaThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba has stated that governors who may decide not to comply with the agreed minimum wage will lose workers’ votes in the coming elections.
He urged workers across the nation to use their numerical strength to vote out such non-compliant governors, whom he described as anti-people.
NLC, Ayuba Wabba, agreed minimum wage, workers' votes, governorsDaily Trust Newspaper, Thursday, November 8, 2018 (Page 5)
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 8, 20182019: Police, INEC identify flash points in LagosAhead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Lagos State Police Command have identified violence-prone areas in the state.
This emerged yesterday at the stakeholders/town hall meeting held in collaboration with the private sector and the Nigerian Policing Programme.
The Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said the command, as part of its security programmes, had increased patrol and intelligence gathering activities in the state.
He disclosed that the real threat to security during the elections in Lagos was in the creeks and coastal areas.
He however assured that there would be a massive patrol of the creeks and coastal areas in collaboration with the Marine Police, the Navy and the Nigeria Customs Service.
2019 general elections, INEC, Police, Imohimi Edgal, Nigerian Policing Programme, flash pointshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-police-inec-identify-flash-points-in-lagos.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 8, 2018Insecurity: Senate supports better funding for border communitiesThe Chairman, Senate Committee on States and Local Government, Senator Abdullahi Gumel on Wednesday said the Senate would push for more funding for border communities to check insecurity in the country.
He made this known during an oversight visit by the Senate committee at the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) in Abuja.
He said, “It is very important we keep our border community well taken care off so that it will not add insecurity to the nation.”
Senator Abdullahi Gumel, insecurity, BCDA, Abuja, border communitieshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/insecurity-senate-supports-better-funding-for-border-communities.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 8, 2018Senate probes crises in NHIS, primary healthcare agencyThe Senate has resolved to probe the crises in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
Senators mandated the joint committee on primary health care and communicable diseases and the health committee to wade into the crisis of confidence and corruption in the two agencies.
They said the action would be to restore sanity into the two agencies, which have been enmeshed in different crises of recent.
The resolution was sequel to the adoption of a motion by Sen Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP, Abia).
Senate, NPHCDA, NHIS, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa, joint committeehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/senate-probes-crises-in-nhis-primary-healthcare-agency.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 8, 2018Senate cuts N121bn from MDAs to fund 2019 pollsThe Senate yesterday changed the source of funding for the 2019 elections from one to several others.
The lawmakers had earlier approved N242.2 billion for the elections budget, saying the amount ‎would be sourced from the Service Wide Votes (SWV).
But they have now resolved that half of the amount would be sourced from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), after adopting a motion by Sen Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe), who is the chairman of the Senate appropriation committee.
Consequently, the sum of N121.122bn would be sourced from the Service Wide Votes and another N121.122bn would come from the MDAs.
2019 polls, Sen Danjuma Goje, MDAs, Service Wide Votes, Senate appropriation committeehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/senate-cuts-n121bn-from-mdas-to-fund-2019-polls.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 8, 20182019: Don’t stop politicians from snatching materials, NYSC tells corps membersThe Director-General Brigadier-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Suleiman Kazaure, has advised corps members that will be deployed for 2019 general elections against stopping politicians from snatching materials.
Addressing corps members yesterday at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Darkingari, Kebbi State, Kazaure advised:”If politicians want to snatch election materials from you, don’t drag issues with them. Help them carry it to their vehicle to avoid problems”.
He also warned corps members against bribe taking during the elections, saying “You are not covered by any immunity; anybody caught violating the Electoral Act is going to face the full wrath of the law”.
NYSC, Suleiman Kazaure, Kebbi state, politicians, permanent orientation camp, Electoral Acthttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-dont-stop-politicians-from-snatching-materials-nysc-tells-corps-members.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 8, 20182,000 PVCs seized from expatriates in LagosThere were fears in Lagos yesterday over high volume of foreigners holding Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC).
This is just as INEC disclosed that 1.5m PVCs had not been collected.
Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun, at a stakeholders’ meeting, said the total number of registered voters, including 700,000 newly registered voters, stood at 6,609,115.
However, it emerged that among the registered voters were nationals of Cameroun, Chad, Niger, among other neighbouring countries.
Thousands of them were identified by the state command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) during different raids.
The Deputy Comptroller of Immigration in the command, Owoeye Rufus, said 2,000 PVCs had been seized from expatriates.
PVCs, expatriates, registered voters, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Cameroun, Chad, Niger, Sam Olumekunhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2000-pvcs-seized-from-expatriates-in-lagos.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 8, 2018Sokoto APC, N’West vice chair differ over suspensionThe Sokoto State chapter of the APC has allegedly expelled the North West National Vice Chairman of the party, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, over alleged anti-party posturing.
Documents seen by Daily Trust showed that Abdulkadir was first recommended for expulsion by APC leaders in his Magajin Gari A Ward in Sokoto North Local Government Area when he allegedly refused to appear before a disciplinary committee to respond to some issues raised in a petition.
One Naibi Umar Abubakar who hails from the same ward with Abdulkadir had written a petition against the North West vice chairman over alleged anti-party activities, dishonest practices and absenteeism.
APC, Sokoto state chapter, North West National Vice Chairman, Alhaji Inuwa Abubakarhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/sokoto-apc-nwest-vice-chair-differ-over-suspension.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 8, 2018Takai emerges Kano PRP gov’ship candidateA two-time gubernatorial candidate in Kano State, Malam Salihu Sagir Takai, has emerged governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) for the 2019 elections in the state.
Addressing a press conference yesterday, the party’s state Chairman, Alhaji Sammani Shariff, who was the initial candidate, said based on the outcome of the meeting of the party’s executives and other stakeholders held on Tuesday, Takai was now the flag-bearer of the party.
Alhaji Shariff stated: “I sacrifice my mandate to enable Takai run for the seat. He has all the requirements needed, and looking at the situation we find ourselves in Kano, we need someone that can salvage us from the bondage of poverty and political dilemma."
Kano state, Malam Sagir Takai, Alhaji Sammani Shariff, PRP governorship candidatehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/takai-emerges-kano-prp-govship-candidate.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 8, 2018Aspirant challenges NWC over FCT APC reps primaryAn aggrieved FCT APC House of Representatives aspirant, Yakubu Adamu, has challenged his substitution with another candidate for the AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency, alleging that he won the primary.
Adamu, who claimed he won the primary, said the party erred by not affirming the result of his election and not consulting other aspirants before reaching the decision to nominate the party’s flag-bearer for the constituency.
He said, “We will contest the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party for bringing on board someone that is barely one month in the party and knowing fully well the guidelines of the primaries and constitution of the party.”
He alleged that the man who was given the ticket did not seek for a waiver, lamenting that the party went ahead to give him the ticket.
NWC, FCT, AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency, House of Representativeshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/aspirant-challenges-nwc-over-fct-apc-reps-primary.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 8, 2018Kebbi APC inaugurates 13-man panel over crisisThe APC in Kebbi State has inaugurated a 13-man reconciliation committee to reconcile aggrieved members in the wake of recent primary elections ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The state Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bala Kangiwa, who inaugurated the committee in Birnin Kebbi yesterday, tasked the committee to conclude its assignment before November 18.
Alhaji Kangiwa said the party had no time to waste as it had to prepare before the commencement of the 2019 electioneering campaigns.
In his remarks, Chairman of the committee, Sen. Muhammadu Magoro, thanked the party for giving him and others the opportunity to offer their services and assured that the committee would work assiduously to ensure the aggrieved were reconciled and united.
APC, Kebbi state, Alhaji Bala Kangiwa, primary elections, 2019 general elections, Sen. Muhammadu Magorohttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/kebbi-apc-inaugurates-13-man-panel-over-crisis.html
The Guardian.ngThursday, November 8, 2018AMCON Amendment Bill ready soon, say RepsEfforts to empower the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in its debts recovery efforts got a lift on Tuesday, as the Amendment Bill to give it a little bite will soon be presented before the lawmakers for the third reading.
The Amendment Bill seeks to empower and embolden AMCON with more powers to deliver on its debt recovery mandate, a task that had proved herculean against a deluge litigations instituted by chronic debtors to frustrate efforts of the Corporation.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency, Hon. Jones Chukwudi Onyereri, who disclosed this Tuesday evening in Abuja, said the bill will be presented to the lower chamber within the next one or two weeks.
Onyereri made the declaration when he led other committee members on a routine oversight function to the AMCON Corporate Head Office in Maitama, in line with constitutional provision to review agencies budget performance within the financial year.
AMCON, Amendment Bill, House of Representatives, Hon. Jones Chukwudi Onyereri, lawmakershttps://guardian.ng/business-services/amcon-amendment-bill-ready-soon-say-reps/
ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, November 8, 2018N’Assembly Transmits Amended Electoral Bill to BuhariThe National Assembly has transmitted the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president had on three previous occasions withheld his assent to the controversial bill, which has provisions to improve on the country’s electoral process ahead of the 2019 general elections.
However, the National Assembly a few weeks ago passed another bill.
THISDAY gathered that the new bill was forwarded to Buhari yesterday.
National Assembly, Electoral Act (Ammendment) Bill, Buhari, assenthttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/08/nassembly-transmits-amended-electoral-bill-to-buhari/
ThisDaylive OnlineThisDaylive OnlineUS Institute Denies Predicting Victory for Buhari in 2019The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has disowned reports predicting victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.
The US institute said the reports were erroneous, adding that it remained a non-partisan institute.
It also noted that its only interest in elections was that of preventing violence not on the outcome.
USIP in a statement on its website on Tuesday with the caption: “Correcting a Media Error: USIP Makes No Prediction on Nigerian Election,” pointed out that its 20-page report on risk to a peaceful election in Nigeria, predicted victory for Buhari was false.
It stated, “A few Nigerian newspapers reported erroneously this week that the U.S. Institute of Peace has made a prediction about the possible outcome of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election.
“USIP never makes predictions about election outcomes and has not done so in this case. The Institute’s work on elections is confined to helping nations avoid electoral violence.
“The erroneous news accounts misrepresent USIP’s recent 20-page report on the risks to a peaceful 2019 election in Nigeria."
Buhari, USIP, 2019 general elections, Nigerian Election, Nigerian newspapershttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/08/us-institute-denies-predicting-victory-for-buhari-in-2019/
ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, November 8, 2018Imo APGA Suspends State Chairman over Alleged Financial RascalityThe crisis rocking the Imo State Chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) over the shoddy manner State Chairman and National Working Committee (NWC) of the party handled the primary election to various positions for the 2019 general elections, some members of the state executive committee have unilaterally passed a vote of no confidence on the State chairman, Peter Ezeobi and thereby suspended him indefinitely.
In his place, the State deputy Chairman, Chima Nwosu takes over the affairs of the party in order to forestall sanity and to make sure that their members do not decamp to other parties in the face of the crisis confronting the party at the moment.
However, the aggrieved aspirants and other members of the party have dismissed the national reconciliation committee headed by the party’s Vice Presidential candidate, Jerry Chukwueke as they described the committee as “an effort on illegality since those who set it up were the ones that created the problem ab intio.
In his swift reaction on the suspension, Ezeobi told THISDAY on phone that those who claimed they were state executive members of the party do not have such powers to suspend him and described it “as unserious move”.
Imo state, APGA, NWC, 2019 general elections, Peter Ezeobi, Chima Nwosuhttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/08/imo-apga-suspends-state-chairman-over-alleged-financial-rascality/
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 9, 20182019 polls: Complaints trail display of voters’ registerComplaints have trailed the ongoing display of national register of voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at polling units across the country, Daily Trust reports.
The display, which began on November 6 for public scrutiny and possible claims and objections, is slated to end on November 12, 2018.
Daily Trust correspondents across the states reported that that there were complaints as prospective voters troop to the display centres to check their names.
Findings revealed that the complaints ranged from omission to misspelling of names, as well as the appearance of the names of dead people and expatriates on the register. Others complained of being referred from one centre to the other to check their names.
2019 polls, INEC, voters' register, dead people, expatriateshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-polls-complaints-trail-display-of-voters-register.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 9, 20182019 elections: Be unbiased — NYSC DG tells corps membersThe Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier-General Suleiman Kazaure, has urged the corps members who would be selected as ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 elections to be unbiased.
Kazaure made the call yesterday during his official visit to batch C, stream 1 orientation camp in Bayelsa State.
He also asked the corps members to use the opportunity provided by the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme to acquire skills that would equip them to be employers of labour and not seekers of jobs after their service year.
NYSC, Brigadier-General Suleiman Kazaure, INEC, 2019 elections, corps membershttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-elections-be-unbiased-nysc-dg-tells-corps-members.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 9, 2018CSOs campaign against vote buying in A/IbomCivil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Akwa Ibom State yesterday said they had begun door-to-door sensitization campaigns against vote buying in the 2019 general elections.
The chairman of Akwa Ibom Civil Society Organizations Forum, Mr. Harry Udoh, said the sensitization which would be done in the local dialect in communities was necessary to stop a repeat of cases of vote buying as it happened in Ekiti and Osun elections where voters sold their votes for N4, 000 and N7, 000.
Udoh commended the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission for relocating 22 polling units hidden in private residences of politicians and other locations in the state.
CSOs, Akwa Ibom state, 2019 general elections, Mr. Harry Udoh, vote buying, Ekiti and Osun electionshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/csos-campaign-against-vote-buying-in-a-ibom.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 9, 2018Senate suspends plenary for African Parliamentary Union meetingThe Senate suspended plenary yesterday to allow lawmakers attend the ongoing African Parliamentary Union (APU) meeting taking place in Abuja.
Senators had converged for plenary at about 11.am when Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who led the brief session, announced that there was need to suspend plenary for the APU event.
Shortly thereafter, senators adopted their votes and proceedings for Wednesday.
Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) then moved a motion for the suspension of plenary, but when Ekweremadu put the motion to voice vote, majority of the senators present jokingly voted against it.
This made Lawan to appeal to his colleagues, saying the APU meeting was an important one as Senate President Bukola Saraki was the chairman of the session.
Senate, African Parliamentary Union, Saraki, Ekweremadu, Ahmad Lawan, plenaryhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/senate-suspends-plenary-for-african-parliamentary-union-meeting.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 9, 2018Reps to probe party primariesThe House of Representatives has resolved to raise an ad hoc committee to investigate the breach of the Electoral Act by some political parties in the conduct of their primary elections.
The House, yesterday, said the committee would also ascertain the income and expenditure of the major political parties in Nigeria in the last four years in line with Section 226 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
This, the lawmakers argued, was to “prevent the National Assembly from becoming the assemblage of governors’ stooges in future.”
The resolution was pursuant to motion on notice by Chika Adamu (APC, Niger) on “lack of internal democracy in the conduct of party primaries for the 2019 elections.”
House of Representatives, Electoral Act, Chika Adamu, National Assembly, 1999 Constitution (as ammended)https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/reps-to-probe-party-primaries.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 9, 2018APC apologises to disqualified Kwara gov’ship aspirantsThe National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC has apologised to two of the party’s governorship aspirants in Kwara State, Malam Saliu Mustapha and Hon. Moshood Mustapha, over the unauthorised announcement of their disqualification during the recent direct primary conducted for the party’s governorship in the state.
In an apology letter personally signed and issued to the duo by the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the party said both aspirants were cleared by the NWC-appointed screening panel as governorship aspirants to contest for the primary, but that their disqualification was erroneously announced by an unknown source when voting was midway
APC, National Working Committee, Kwara state, Oshiomhole, Malam Saliu Mustapha, Hon. Moshood Mustapha, governorship aspirantshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/apc-apologises-to-disqualified-kwara-govship-aspirants.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 9, 2018Amosun distances self from Oshiomhole travailsGovernor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, yesterday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
Amosun who arrived at the State House around 2.50pm left around 4pm after a closed door meeting with the president.
Daily Trust reports that the governor is one of the APC stakeholders who were calling for the sack of Oshiomhole over the just concluded primaries amidst speculations that some governors were among those instrumental to the recent developments around the PAC chairman.
Responding to question from newsmen after the meeting on the grilling of Oshiomhole by the DSS, Amosun said: “I think you are probably giving me an oversight role and I am not a security person, so clearly I think that question will not be for me.
“I don’t have to hide under a finger to fight. If there is need for me to put my views across, you know me by now that I will do it,”
Amosun, Oshiomhiole, APC stakeholders, closed door meeting, PAC chairman, DSS, just concluded primaries, Buharihttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/amosun-distances-self-from-oshiomhole-travails.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 9, 2018Lagos: 12 parties disown Sanwo-OluTwelve political parties which were previously listed among the 45 that allegedly adopted the candidacy of the gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have denied being part of the team of those who adopted him.
At a joint press conference in Lagos, the representatives of the 12 parties also urged the leadership of the APC, Lagos State chapter to be wary of people who impersonate as leaders of political parties.
Speaking on behalf of the parties, the Acting State Chairman, Independent Democracy (ID), Mr. Kolawole Sunday said they did not endorse Sanwo-Olu as their candidate.
The parties that participated in the press conference were Allied Peoples Movement (APM), ACCORD, Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Coalition For Change (C4C), Change Appropriate Party (CAP), Nigerian Peoples Party (NPC), Democratic Alternative (DA), Rebuild Nigeria Party (RBNP), United Progressive Party (UPP), Action Alliance (AA), Alliance For Democracy (AD) and Democratic People’s Congress (DPC).
Sanwo-Olu, gubernatorial candidate, APC, 12 parties, Independent Democracy (ID), Lagos statehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/lagos-12-parties-disown-sanwo-olu.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 9, 2018Bauchi APC aspirants deny defection rumourTwo senatorial aspirants of the APC in Bauchi State, yesterday, denied that they have plans to dump the party.
The aspirants, in a joint statement signed by Dr. Danjuma Adamu Dabo, who contested for Bauchi South senatorial ticket and Dr. Muhammad Dogo Waziri, who contested for Bauchi North senatorial ticket, described the speculation as a rumour.
“We unequivocally reaffirm that APC is our home and as founding members who have been in this long-haul struggle with PMB, we decided that no amount of denial or deprivation will make us leave the discomfort of our party to go elsewhere,” they said.
senatorial aspirants, APC, Bauchi state, Dr. Danjuma Adamu Dabo, Dr. Muhammad Dogo Waziri, PMB, senatorial tickethttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/bauchi-apc-aspirants-deny-defection-rumour.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 9, 2018Court admits 9 Katsina APC LGA chairmen over congressesA Federal High Court in Abuja has admitted nine APC chairmen in Katsina State over a suit challenging the state’s local government congresses.
Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo, yesterday, approved the application for joinder as defendants after it was not objected as made by counsel to the chairmen, Magaji Mahmud (SAN), who moved same.
Those admitted in the suit are Sirajo Ado (Jibia), Aminu Abubakar (Dan-Musa), Aminu Yusuf (Dutsin-ma), Isah Sani (Musawa), Hamisu Adamu (Faskia), Fama’ila Garba (Kafur), Danjuma Mamman (Kankia), Armay’au Bala (Mashi) and Abdullahi Sule (Sandamu).
Also admitted in the suit which has INEC and APC as defendants are the state Chairman of the party, Shittu S. Shittu, and the Secretary, Sani Ahmed.
APC chairmen, Katsina State, Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo, Magaji Mahmud (SAN), INEC, Federal High Court, Abujahttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/court-admits-9-katsina-apc-lga-chairmen-over-congresses.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 9, 20182019 elections: US Mission drills youth on fake newsThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) fact-finding mission to Nigeria on the 2019 general elections has visited the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.
The host, while appreciating the gesture, assured the visitors of the force’s readiness to provide a peaceful environment for the conduct of free and free polls next year.Leader of the delegation, Mr. Mohammed Konte, lauded the giant strides of the police in sustaining peace across the federation. He stressed the importance of election security, adding that the sub-regional body would contribute its quota towards a violent-free exercise in 2019.
IGP, ECOWAS, fact-finding mission, Mr Mohammed Konte, 2019 general electionhttps://guardian.ng/news/ecowas-election-mission-visits-igp/
The Guardian.ngFriday, November 9, 2018Gunmen kidnap Ondo ADC chairman, four othersGunmen have kidnapped the Ondo State Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Mr. Bisi Ogungbemi, alongside four other persons in his entourage. The Guardian learnt that Ogungbemi and the four other chieftains of the party were abducted along Oba Akoko/Owo road on their way from Ikare-Akoko to Akure.
A source in the family, who said the kidnappers had not contacted the relatives of the victims at press time, added that the incident happened around 7pm on Wednesday. Others abducted Ogungbemi’s Special Assistant, Mr. Jide Ipinsagba; his driver, Mr. Boye Oletuyise; and Princess Jumoke Abdulkareem. Oletuyise was later released by the kidnappers on Wednesday evening,The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph confirmed the incident.
gunmen, ADC, Ikare-Akoko, Mr. Jide Ipinsagba, Mr. Boye Oletuyise, Princess Jumoke Abdulkareem, Mr. Femi Joseph, Mr. Bisi Ogungbemihttps://guardian.ng/news/gunmen-kidnap-ondo-adc-chairman-four-others/
The Guardian.ngFriday, November 9, 2018Usani names Boco running mate in Cross River guber pollMinister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Usani, yesterday presented Helen Boco as his running mate for the 2019 governorship election in Cross River State.
Usani, who is the governorship candidate of a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made the announcement at the party’s headquarters in Calabar. He disclosed that he picked Boco after a careful selection process, where six other aspirants had indicated interest.
He added that she was nominated because of her passion for the people and commitment to the success of the APC in the state. Usani said: “Let all my supporters and party members remain calm and focused because. I will campaign and contest the 2019 governorship election in Cross River State.
“For the benefit of hindsight most of you know that when we conducted the primaries, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Department of State Services (DSS) and police monitored and endorsed the exercise.
“But when a matter is in litigation, no matter how potent your case is, it must go through the process and we are confident that we will come out victorious at the end.”He expressed concern that some people are giving the impression that the party is not united in the state which is far from the truth.
Pastor Usani Usani, APC, Helen Boco, Cross River state, INEC, DSS, 2019 governorship election http://guardian.ng/news/usani-names-boco-running-mate-in-cross-river-guber-poll/
The Guardian.ngFriday, November 9, 2018Senate seeks early submission of 2019 budgetSenate Committee on Special Duties has called for early preparation and submission of the 2019 budget by the Federal Government to enable the National Assembly commence work on it without further delay.
The chairman, Sen. Abdul’Aziz Nyako, made the call in a statement yesterday. Nyako had paid an oversight visit to the Special Duties Office (SDO) on Tuesday at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.
The visit, he said, was to keep abreast of the performance and the implementation of the 2017 budget.Lamenting the delay in the release of funds, which he claimed had jeopardised the functions of the office in terms of monitoring and inspection of Federal Executive Council (FEC)-approved projects and constituency projects, the senator stated that this could amount to undue pressure on the part of management.
He applauded the management for utilising the little resources allocated to the office while encouraging them to put in their best in the implementation of projects, noting that this year’s release was lower than last year’s, as only 10 per cent of the budget was released recently.
Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator Abdul' Aziz Nyako, Abuja, 2019 Budget, FEC, Special Duties Officehttps://guardian.ng/news/senate-seeks-early-submission-of-2019-budget/
ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, November 9, 2018US Confident INEC Will Conduct Credible Elections in 2019The United States of America Thursday expressed confidence that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would be capable of conducting free, fair and credible elections in 2019, going by the success of the previous elections and the current efforts of the commission under the leadership of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
Visiting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Ambassador Tibor Nagy, who stated this Thursday while hosting Yakubu at the residence of the US Ambassador in Abuja, noted that though the task before the commission was a very difficult one, with the support of all, the commission would do very well.
He said, “Nigeria has been an example of a model of the kind of democratic processes, which would be wonderful to have throughout the African continent.
“Not only is Nigeria the largest African country and economy in Africa but the last election in 2015 was an absolute positive example on how an election should be conducted and so much of the credit goes to the commission for their phenomenal positive and very objective work in managing those elections.
“So, we have every confidence that the commission would be up to the task, which we all know is a very difficult task given the enormity of the process, so we are very encouraged by what we heard today.”
United States, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Elections in 2019, https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/09/us-confident-inec-will-conduct-credible-elections-in-2019/
ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, November 9, 2018PDP Supporters Abandon Igbinedion for APCThe bid by Omosede Igbinedion, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Ovia Federal Constituency, Edo State to seek re-election appeared slimmer by the day as hundreds of her supporters from the area abandoned her and defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking on their action, the defectors, led by Mr. Jamiu Deinde, attributed the reason to the non accessibility of Igbinedion, who represents the federal constituency at the National Assembly (NASS).
He noted that since her election in 2015, the lawmaker who is from their ward, and a daughter of the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, has neglected the people.
“We have suffered untold neglect, even as the promises to attract federal presence to the area, has not be met. Biggest of our pain lies in our inability to reach our lawmaker every time we try to, especially against the backdrop of her unfulfilled campaign promises.”
APC, PDP, NASS, Omosede Igbinedion, Mr. Jamiu Deinde, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, federal presencehttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/09/pdp-supporters-abandon-igbinedion-for-apc/
ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, November 9, 2018INEC Releases Names of Candidates for Nov. 17 By-electionsThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the names of political parties and their candidates for the November 17 by-elections in Cross Rivers, Kwara, Ekiti and Akwa Ibom States.
The commission had earlier released timetable and schedule of activities for the by-elections in Kankia/Kusada/lngawa Federal Constituency of Kastina State, Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, Ekiti/ Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara State and lkom II State Constituency of Cross River State on October 29.
INEC National Commissioner on Voter Education and Publicity, Barr. Festus Okoye, in a statement Thursday in Abuja, said that INEC by the timetable and schedule of activities set November 4 as the last day for the conduct of primaries by the political parties to select their candidates for the said constituencies, in accordance with Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
He said, “In the same timetable and schedule of activities, the last day for the submission of Forms CF001 and CF002 was 6th November 2018. As at the close of nomination.”
INEC, By-elections, Cross River, Kwara, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Form CF001, Form CF002, federal constituency, Barr. Festus Okoyehttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/08/inec-releases-names-of-candidates-for-nov-17-by-elections/
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018Alleged bribery video: Former NLC Deputy President faults proceedings"Former Deputy National President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Comrade Isah Tijjani has faulted the processes and the proceedings being adopted in the ongoing investigations into Kano state Governor’s bribery allegations video, adding that such processes are misrepresentation of normal procedure.
Comrade Tijjani stated this while addressing newsmen in Kano on the alleged bribery video, according to him security agencies are in a better position to ascertain whether its genuine or not.
“This is a very sensitive issue that needs not to be rushed; it is an issue that needs all procedures to be followed so as to arrive at a conclusion that wouldn’t smear the good image of Nigerian democracy. The allegation can only be decided by the house investigation committee after the conduct of a thorough investigation by security agencies that will give rise to a report upon which the house will act on,” said the comrade."
bribery video, Comrade Isah Tijjani, Nigerian Labour Congress, Kano state governorhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/alleged-bribery-video-former-nlc-deputy-president-faults-proceedings.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018Alleged certificate forgery: APC youths want Bindow probed"An All Progressives Congress’ youths’ group, Black Cap Revolution, yesterday asked the Adamawa State House of Assembly to probe the allegation of certificate forgery against Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla Bindow.
The group’s leader, Mustapha Atiku Ribadu, urged the legislators to investigate the claims that the governor forged the WAEC certificate he had submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission in 2015.
“We are not saying the governor is guilty, we are simply demanding for investigation in to the matter. We’re law abiding citizens who nurture transparency, integrity and good governance. There is an allegation against our governor that the certificate he presented which earned him the leadership is a syndicated forgery, which is synonymous with corruption.
“We want Governor Bindow to come out clean and clear. We want him to appear before the state lawmakers to defend the allegation”."
APC youths, Governor Bindow, Alleged Certificate forgery, INEChttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/alleged-certificate-forgery-apc-youths-want-bindow-probed.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018Probe bribery allegation against Ganduje, SERAP urges Buhari"The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and anti-corruption agencies to investigate allegations of bribery against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.
Video clips released by the Daily Nigeria newspaper had shown Ganduje allegedly receiving bribe from a contractor.
SERAP made the call in a letter to Buhari dated November 2, signed by its legal adviser, Ms Bamisope Adeyanju.
It also wanted the Federal Government and its agencies to guarantee the safety and security of the published of the online publication, Jaafar Jaafar."
SERAP, Buhari, Ganduje, Ms Bamisope Adeyanju, anti-corruption agencieshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/probe-bribery-allegation-against-ganduje-serap-urges-buhari.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 5, 20182019: Rigging impossible in Adamawa — REC"The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Adamawa State, Kassim Geidam, says rigging will not be possible in the state during the 2019 general elections.
Addressing journalists in Yola, Saturday, Geidam said nobody could use another person’s permanent voter’s card.
Gaidam disclosed that 288,043 permanent voter’s cards were yet to be collected in the state.
“As I address you today, we have 288,043 uncollected PVCs, out of which 164,409 cards are for 2017 and 2018 registrations. The commission approved display of register of voters at all polling units. This is in accordance with section 19 & 20 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“About two weeks ago, the state office received the PVCs for the first quarter of the year totalling 95,085. We therefore use this medium to appeal to all those who registered within this period to visit our LGA offices for collection of their PVCs and the 226 RA centres from 6th to 12th of Nov 2018."
Kassim Geidam, Adamawa state, PVCs, LGA offices, RA centreshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-rigging-impossible-in-adamawa-rec.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018I remain APC Imo gov’ship candidate, Uche Nwosu insists"The factional governorship candidate of the APC in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has said that his candidature remained valid despite the submission of the name of Sen. Hope Uzodinma.
Nwosu, who addressed journalists yesterday in Abuja, faulted the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee’s (NWC) decision on the issue.
Oshiomhole had said the party had accepted the results of the Ahmed Gulak-led primary election committee that produced Uzodinma, stating that it was in substantial compliance with constitutional provisions.
But Nwosu wondered how Oshiomhole could turn around to accept the results which he had allegedly earlier described as ‘fake’."
Uche Nwou, APC Imo governorship candidate, NWC, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Oshiomholehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/i-remain-apc-imo-govship-candidate-uche-nwosu-insists.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018ACF leader faults northern youths position on Obi"The South South and South East Coordinator of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Musa Saidu, has faulted the recent comment credited to the youths of northern extraction that the nomination of Peter Obi as Atiku’s presidential running mate is not in the best interest of the South East and the North.
Alhaji Saidu, who spoke with Daily Trust in Port Harcourt yesterday, said Obi is a renowned technocrat and industrialist whose nomination as Atiku’s presidential running mate is a good blend for both prominent politicians.
While saying that the youths were not in a better position to make such comment, he added that Obi is a dependable and long time ally of Atiku.
Alhaji Musa Saidu, ACF, Atiku, Peter Obi, presidential running matehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/acf-leader-faults-northern-youths-position-on-obi.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018Why we expelled DPP ex-chief scribe — Party chair"The National Chairman of Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), Chief Garshon Benson, says the party expelled its former National Secretary, Nafiu Bala Gombe, following the recommendations of the disciplinary committee. Alhaji Aminu Sadiq is now Acting Secretary of the party.
A statement yesterday, jointly signed by Chief Benson and the party’s Acting National Secretary, Aminu Sadiq said Gombe was involved in anti-party activities."
Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), Nafiu Bala Gombe, Alhaji Aminu Sadiq, Chief Garshon Bensonhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/why-we-expelled-dpp-ex-chief-scribe-party-chair.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018Exclusion: Women threaten to boycott elections"Women under the umbrella of Aggrieved Women of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, have threatened to boycott the 2019 general elections over alleged exclusion of women in the list of candidates for various elective positions and irregularities during the primary elections.
They say their aspirations have been truncated by the exorbitant fees collected for the nomination and expression of interest forms by the National Working Committee (NWC).
Addressing journalists at the weekend in Benin, the women’s coordinator, Dr. Aisosa Amadasun, alleged that 10 women from the three senatorial districts of the state were denied tickets in spite of the sacrifices and huge resources committed into the project."
Aggrieved women, 2019 general elections, Dr. Aisosa Amadasun, APChttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/exclusion-women-threaten-to-boycott-elections.html
Daily Trust OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018‘Nigerian politics too expensive for women’"A non-governmental organisation, Partners West Africa Nigeria (PWAN), has said that Nigerian politics is too expensive for women interested in politics to cope with.
Speaking while presenting findings of a research titled ‘Beyond Voting: Increasing Women’s Participation in the Political Process’, Lead Researcher, Dr. Chris Kwaja, stressed that it was not enough for political parties to make forms free for women but to raise money to support them to victory.
He said when the women get the forms and the tickets, they need money to pay for campaigns, posters among other things to give them victory, stressing that without financial support, they will not succeed."
PWAN, Dr. Chris Kwaja, Nigerian politicshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/nigerian-politics-too-expensive-for-women.html
The Guardian.ngMonday, November 5, 2018Gunmen abduct eight APC supporters in Rivers"Gunmen yesterday abducted eight person who were on their way to Ubimini community in Rivers State for a programme organised by the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The Guardian gathered that the victims were travelling with a Lexus jeep when the gunmen armed with AK47 riffles and other dangerous weapons struck, barricaded the express way around Omoku/Egbeda road and forced them into the bush.
Meanwhile, Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi was said to have aided the rescue of one of the victims.
It was gathered that Amaechi, a former governor of the state, was on his way to the Ubimini community in Emohua Local Government Area to address supporters of the APC when he sighted a Lexus SUV abandoned in the bush."
APC, Chibuike Amaechi, gunmen, Omoku/Egbeda road, Rivers statehttps://guardian.ng/news/gunmen-abduct-eight-apc-supporters-in-rivers/
The Guardian.ngMonday, November 5, 2018Fulfill your campaign promise to us, ex-servicemen tell Buhari"Retired military officers have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill his 2015 campaign promise to alleviate their suffering.
Publicity Officer of Retired Army, Navy and Air force Officers of Nigeria (RANAO), Capt. Yusuf AbdulMalik made the appeal in an interview with The Guardian.
According to him, military pensioners are still being denied their entitlements, despite having a retired general in the realms of affair.
He stressed that Buhari had accused management of military pensions of complicity and warned that he would not tolerate the “out right embezzlement of funds meant for payment of pensioners, or delaying of such payment to fraudulently earn interest from deposit placement with banks.”
The ex-servicemen advocated an overhaul of management and disbursement of the funds running into millions of naira accrued from annual donations for armed forces emblem."
Retired military officers, RANAO, Capt. Yusuf AbdulMalik, campaign promisehttps://guardian.ng/news/fulfill-your-campaign-promise-to-us-ex-servicemen-tell-buhari/
The Guardian.ngMonday, November 5, 2018Donald Duke, others task youths on leadership"Youths have been enjoined to take proactive steps in seizing the mantle of leadership.
The call was made by a former governor of Cross River State and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential candidate in next year’s general election, Mr. Donald Duke, and a managing partner with accounting firm Price Water and Coopers, Mr. Uyi Akpata. It was at a reception held in honour of Mr. Bode Olanipekun, to celebrate his elevation to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Also, while moderating the discussion on how the youths can seize opportunities amid obstacles against growth in the nation, Dr. Oladapo Olanipekun (SAN), threw pertinent questions at the panelists."
Donald Duke, Mr. Uyi Akpata, Dr. Oladapo Olanipekun, SDP presidential candidatehttps://guardian.ng/news/donald-duke-others-task-youths-on-leadership/
The Guardian.ngFayose’s position in PDP splits Ekiti chapter"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has been torn between loyalists of former governor, Ayodele Fayose, and senate minority leader, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi.
Some leaders of the party, according to The Guardian checks, had met in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday and appointed Senator Olujimi (representing Ekiti South) to replace Fayose as the leader of the party in the state and south west geo-political zone.
In the same vein, the stakeholders passed vote of no confidence on the Chief Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Working Committee (SWC) of the party in Ekiti, calling on the national chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, to dissolve the executive and set up a caretaker committee."
PDP, Fayose, State Working Committee, Senator Biodun Olujimi, Chief Uche Secondushttps://guardian.ng/politics/fayoses-position-in-pdp-splits-ekiti-chapter/
ThisDaylive OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018CPPP Backs Sanwo-Olu’s Governorship Bid"The chance of the Lagos State gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has received a boost yesterday with the support of the 45 political parties on the platform of the Coalition of Progressives Political Parties (CPPP).
The CPPP explained that it endorsed Sanwo-Olu because he represents its vision and passion for the development of the state, while stating that there was no line of ideological demarcation between it and the ruling APC in Lagos State.
The opposition parties include Accord, Freedom and Justice Party, Unity Party of Nigeria, PPP, PPA, AMPP and GPP. The opposition leaders listed their demands, including an improved environment, improved security, resolution of the traffic snarl, correction of the LASTMA and BRT deficiency, and programmes for widows and youths.
Its leader, Aderemi Fatukasi, said, “The next 50 years of the state must cut a path to create a framework for leaders that are not only visionary, but also inspirational with a passion for development.”"
Sanwo-Olu, Coalition of Progressives Political Parties, APC, Lagos statehttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/05/cppp-backs-sanwo-olus-governorship-bid/
ThisDaylive OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018INEC: Why We Accepted List of APC Candidates from Rivers"The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that it collected the list of candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State because there was no court order or judgment barring it from doing so.
The Supreme Court had on October 22, 2018, descended on the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal for granting an application in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in respect of the conduct of the party’s congresses in the state.
A five-man panel of the Supreme Court, in its unanimous judgment, held that the Court of Appeal committed “a sacrilegious exercise of discretion” by favouring the APC in its June 21, 2018, judgment despite the party’s decision to conduct its congresses in Rivers State in disobedience of subsisting orders of the court.
The Supreme Court faulted the action of the APC, and described the conduct of the party’s ward, local government and state congresses of May 19, 20 and 21, 2018, respectively, in Rivers State, in violation of a pending court order as “condemnable, egregious and preposterous.”"
INEC, APC, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Rivers statehttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/05/inec-why-we-accepted-list-of-apc-candidates-from-rivers/
ThisDaylive OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018Araraume: APGA Will Accommodate Everybody in Imo"The governorship candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, has said that unlike what is currently being obtained in Imo State, where governance has been personalised, the size of government is very large to accommodate everyone in his government, if elected, assuring party members that those who work will be rewarded.
This is coming as one of the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has praised the leadership qualities of Araraume, revealing that he won the 2007 governorship election in Imo State but was denied the victory.
The Media Unit of Senator Araraume Campaign Organisation quoted its principal as speaking at his expanded residence in Isiebu, Isiala Mbano in Imo State weekend, when he hosted a reconciliation ceremony, attended by thousands of party’s members and friends."
APGA,Imo state, PDP, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Senator Ifeanyi Araraumehttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/05/araraume-apga-will-accommodate-everybody-in-imo/
ThisDaylive OnlineMonday, November 5, 2018APC, PDP Pick Candidates for Kwara By-election"Ahead of the November 17 by-election to fill the vacant position of late Hon. Funke Adedoyin, who represented Ekiti/Isin/Oke-Ero/Ifelodun federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Kwara State All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr. Abdulraheem Olawuyi, yesterday emerged through affirmation.
Also yesterday, Mr. Saheed Alatishe emerged the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the federal constituency through affirmation.
Late Adedoyin died after a brief illness at an Abuja hospital September this year.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had last week fixed November 17 for the bye-election to replace Adedoyin. The APC primary took place in Omu-Aran, headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area of the state."
by-election, APC, INEC, PDP, Omu-Aranhttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/05/apc-pdp-pick-candidates-for-kwara-by-election/
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018APC: Our candidates’ list for INEC ready"The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said yesterday that the list of its candidates for the governorship, National Assembly, and House of Assembly have been processed by the National Working Committee (NWC) according to the INEC guidelines.
All political parties had up to today to submit names of their gubernatorial and House of Assembly candidates ahead of 2019 general elections.
The political parties had submitted names of their presidential and National Assembly candidates to INEC on Oct. 18. The INEC timetable and schedule of activities indicated that presidential and National Assembly candidates or their parties had up to Nov. 17 to withdraw from the race or replace their flag bearers.
Gubernatorial or House of Assembly candidates could withdraw from the race or be replaced latest by Dec. 1."
APC, National Assembly, House of Assembly, INEC, candidateshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/apc-our-candidates-list-for-inec-ready.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 20182019: Concerns over scant details on INEC’s website"Details about the upcoming 2019 general elections are scanty on the official website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Daily Trust reports.
Findings revealed that, save for the countdown to the polls, vital information about the elections scheduled for February next year are yet to be published on the website of the electoral body.
For instance, the personal particulars of candidates for the presidential and National Assembly elections are yet to be uploaded on the website, a week after they were made public across the country."
INEC, 2019 general elections, presidential, National Assembly, candidateshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-concerns-over-scant-details-on-inecs-website.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Yuguda, supporters dump GPN to join APC"Former Bauchi State governor, Mallam Isah Yuguda and his supporters have left the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
This was disclosed by members of a group of the former governor’s loyalists, Yuguda Alheri Group at a press conference in Bauchi on Thursday.
Addressing the press conference, Yuguda’s former Commissioner for Religious Affairs and Community Relations , Salisu Ahmed Barau disclosed that the former Governor joined the APC in order to contribute to the development of the state.
According to him, with their declaration, the former governor has formally dumped the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) and joined the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC)."
GPN, APC, Malam Isah Yuguda, Salisu Ahmed Barauhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/yuguda-supporters-dump-gpn-to-join-apc.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Okorocha meets Buhari, says Tinubu wrong on Oshiomhole"Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, yesterday, faulted the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on the conduct of the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Tinubu had after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, at the State House Villa, Abuja, said Oshiomhole was on the right path.
But Okorocha after meeting with President Buhari said Tinubu was wrong to have said that Oshiomhole was doing the right thing in the party.
“No, maybe he (Tinubu) is being misinformed; if he is properly informed he will not say what Oshiomhole is doing is the right thing,” Okorocha told State House reporters after the meeting."
APC, Buhari, Tinubu, Oshiomhole, Okorocha, State House Villahttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/okorocha-meets-buhari-says-tinubu-wrong-on-oshiomhole.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Nigerians asked to track campaign promises"A group, the Nigerian Diary, has asked Nigerians to track the promises made by politicians during election campaigns across the country.
The group has also set a prize of N10,000 weekly for any essay that captured the blueprint or campaign promises with a view to holding them to account.
The group, on its Twitter handle @NigerianDiary, said it made the effort of tracking campaign promises in collaboration with the McArthur Foundation to initiate and drive meaningful conversations around political events at the state and national levels as the 2019 general elections was fast approaching."
Nigerian Diary, campaign promises, Nigerians, McArthur Foundationhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/nigerians-asked-to-track-campaign-promises.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Kwara APC youth want deputy gov’ship slot"The Youth Leader of APC in Kwara State, Oyinloye Oyelere, has said that the best way to secure votes of the teeming youths in the state is to make one of them the running mate to the party’s candidate.
Oyinloye made the remark while speaking with newsmen shortly after the APC Stakeholders Forum summit held in Ilorin, on Wednesday.
He said the youths had the strength and energy to run around and galvanise support for the party.
He added that the mentoring the youth required could only be made possible when they were brought close at the various levels of responsibility thereby preparing them for the future."
Youth Leader, APC, deputy governorship slot, Oyinloye Oyelerehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/kwara-apc-youth-want-deputy-govship-slot.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018PDP: Agbaje picks female lawyer as running mate in Lagos"The Lagos governorship candidate of the PDP, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has chosen a female lawyer, Mrs. Haleemat Oluwayemisi Busari, as his running mate for the 2019 gubernatorial race.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation (JACO), Felix Oboagwina, in a statement said the PDP candidate picked Mrs. Busari following comprehensive consultations with leaders and stakeholders within and outside the party."
Jimi Agbaje, Mrs. Haleemat Oluwayemisi Busari, JACO, PDPhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/pdp-agbaje-picks-female-lawyer-as-running-mate-in-lagos.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Katsina APC congresses: Court to hear INEC reply Nov 8"A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed November 8 for the reply of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the suit challenging the congresses of the APC in Katsina State.
Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo, yesterday, adjourned the matter after criticizing the lack of diligent hearing of the matter following an application for adjournment by INEC counsel, Umar Bukar.
The suit was brought by two governorship aspirants of the APC in the state, Alhaji Garba Sani Dankani and Muhammad Sada Mainasara, who are asking the court to nullify, invalidate and set aside the purported congresses of the party held on May 12."
Federal High Court, Justice Folashade Giwa-gunbajo, INEC, APC, Alhaji Garba Sani Dankani, Muhammad Sada Mainasarahttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/katsina-apc-congresses-court-to-hear-inec-reply-nov-8.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Police take over Party office"The police have taken over the secretariat of the PDP in Ekiti State.
Daily Trust reported that the action was in order to avoid crisis as some stakeholders of the party, led by a member of the state caucus and former secretary of the party, Dr. Tope Aluko, had allegedly chased out some officials and workers from their offices.
Aluko, while speaking with journalists, alleged that some State Working Committee (SWC) members of the party were carrying out nefarious activities by withdrawing millions of naira from the party’s account."
PDP, Ekiti state, Police, SWC, Dr. Tope Alukohttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/police-take-over-ekiti-pdp-office.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Kwara APC youth want deputy gov’ship slot"The Youth Leader of APC in Kwara State, Oyinloye Oyelere, has said that the best way to secure votes of the teeming youths in the state is to make one of them the running mate to the party’s candidate.
Oyinloye made the remark while speaking with newsmen shortly after the APC Stakeholders Forum summit held in Ilorin, on Wednesday.
He said the youths had the strength and energy to run around and galvanise support for the party.
He added that the mentoring the youth required could only be made possible when they were brought close at the various levels of responsibility thereby preparing them for the future."
Youth Leader, APC, deputy governorship slot, Oyinloye Oyelerehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/kwara-apc-youth-want-deputy-govship-slot.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018PDP: Agbaje picks female lawyer as running mate in Lagos"The Lagos governorship candidate of the PDP, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has chosen a female lawyer, Mrs. Haleemat Oluwayemisi Busari, as his running mate for the 2019 gubernatorial race.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation (JACO), Felix Oboagwina, in a statement said the PDP candidate picked Mrs. Busari following comprehensive consultations with leaders and stakeholders within and outside the party."
Jimi Agbaje, Mrs. Haleemat Oluwayemisi Busari, JACO, PDPhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/pdp-agbaje-picks-female-lawyer-as-running-mate-in-lagos.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Katsina APC congresses: Court to hear INEC reply Nov 8"A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed November 8 for the reply of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the suit challenging the congresses of the APC in Katsina State.
Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo, yesterday, adjourned the matter after criticizing the lack of diligent hearing of the matter following an application for adjournment by INEC counsel, Umar Bukar.
The suit was brought by two governorship aspirants of the APC in the state, Alhaji Garba Sani Dankani and Muhammad Sada Mainasara, who are asking the court to nullify, invalidate and set aside the purported congresses of the party held on May 12."
Federal High Court, Justice Folashade Giwa-gunbajo, INEC, APC, Alhaji Garba Sani Dankani, Muhammad Sada Mainasarahttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/katsina-apc-congresses-court-to-hear-inec-reply-nov-8.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Police take over Party office"The police have taken over the secretariat of the PDP in Ekiti State.
Daily Trust reported that the action was in order to avoid crisis as some stakeholders of the party, led by a member of the state caucus and former secretary of the party, Dr. Tope Aluko, had allegedly chased out some officials and workers from their offices.
Aluko, while speaking with journalists, alleged that some State Working Committee (SWC) members of the party were carrying out nefarious activities by withdrawing millions of naira from the party’s account."
PDP, Ekiti state, Police, SWC, Dr. Tope Alukohttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/police-take-over-ekiti-pdp-office.html
Daily Trust OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Group wants women, persons with disabilities participation in 2019 elections"The Alliance for Inclusion (AI), FCT chapter, has advocated for inclusive participation of women, persons with disabilities and youths in the 2019 general elections.
The Head of the Coordinating Committee, Mrs Chinwe Onyeukwu, made the call yesterday at a press conference in Abuja.
She described marginalization, under-representation of female candidates and absence of persons with disabilities in the electoral process as a development suicide.
“Having watched with great concern the political developments leading up to the recent submission of party candidates, we have come to the realization that except something drastic is done, Nigerian women, youths and persons with disabilities would continue to be onlookers. To allow such to continue is to commit political suicide,” she said."
Alliance for Inclusion, 2019 general elections, Mrs. Chinwe Onyeukwu, persons with disabilitieshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/group-wants-women-persons-with-disabilities-participation-in-2019-elections.html
The Guardian.ngFriday, November 2, 2018‘How virtual polling units may mar 2019 elections’"The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was warned yesterday that the credibility of its elections in 2019 may be threatened by electronic manipulation. It was further told that the manipulation was being planned by some persons within its ranks.
The alarm was raised by the convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, at a press briefing in Abuja. Reliable sources in INEC revealed that the commission’s e-collation portal has been tampered with, Adeyanju said, warning that this could lead to the creation of virtual polling units.
According to him, while e-collation remains the most potent way to end vote rigging, a faulty system means anyone could enter results from any location at anytime or date because the portal allegedly no longer shows location, time and date of collation."
INEC, Deji Adeyanju, e-collation, vote rigginghttps://guardian.ng/news/how-virtual-polling-units-may-mar-2019-elections/
The Guardian.ngFriday, November 2, 2018Timi Alaibe leads Bayelsa APC chiefs, 5,000 others to PDP"Former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Timi Alaibe, yesterday led some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
They were former PDP members who had been aggrieved and left for the APC. Prominent among them were two-time Commissioner for Information and top ally of former Governor Timipre Sylva, Chief Nathan Egba; a political force in Ijaw South Council, Chief Rufus Abadi; and former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Gideon Ekeowei. They led about 5,000 of their supporters to the PDP in a colourful ceremony in Yenagoa yesterday.
Governor Seriake Dickson received them, in company of the South South zonal chairman of PDP, Chief Emmanuel Ogidi; Bayelsa PDP chairman, Chief Moses Cleopas; and other top political figures in the state."
Mr. Timi Alaibe, NDDC, PDP, APC, Chief Gideon Ekeowei, Governor Seriake Dickson, Chiefm Moses Cleopas, Chief Emmanuel Ogidihttps://guardian.ng/news/timi-alaibe-leads-bayelsa-apc-chiefs-5000-others-to-pdp/
ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Dickson Vows to Expel PDP Members Involved in Anti-party Activities"Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, wednesday cautioned those who lost in the primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against destroying the party, vowing to ensure the expulsion of such persons.
Dickson reminded the dissident members of the PDP during a meeting with the State Executive Committee and other leaders at the party’s Secretariat in Yenagoa, that he would not hesitate to wield the big stick like he did in the run-up to the governorship election in December 2015.
Dickson emphasised that any member whose intention was to sow seeds of discord and create instability within the party, no matter how highly placed, would be shown the way out.
“From now onwards, the keyword is loyalty, discipline and order in the party. In case people have forgotten, let me refresh their memories.
“Even when this party had a President, in this state under my leadership, this party expelled all those who were doing anti-party activities and we didn’t care a hoot."
Seriake Dickson, PDP, Bayelsa state, Executive Committee, governorship electionhttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/01/dickson-vows-to-expel-pdp-members-involved-in-anti-party-activities/
ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018APC Crisis: Court Issues Contempt Notice on Oshiomhole, INEC Chairman"The Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State, has issued a contempt notice on the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole and the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, over what it termed disobedience to court orders.
The court said Oshiomhole disobeyed its order not to submit the list of Delta APC candidates to INEC, while Yakubu disobeyed its order not to receive and publish such candidates’ names from Delta State for the 2019 general elections until the resolution of the case.
The court noted that despite its order dated October 17, 2018, Oshiomhole still went ahead to submit names of purported National Assembly candidates from Delta APC to INEC and that INEC also went ahead to receive and publish such names even when the order directed both parties in the case not to do so but to maintain “status quo.”
Recall that Chief Cyril Ogodo-led executive of the APC in Delta State, had dragged the APC, Oshiomhole, INEC and one other to court in a suit, with No: FA/ASB/CS/76/2018, over the issue of the authentic list of candidates that emerged from the parallel primaries conducted in the state through the two contending State Executives in the state."
Federal High Court, APC, Oshiomhole, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, National Assembly candidates, Courthttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/02/apc-crisis-court-issues-contempt-notice-on-oshiomhole-inec-chairman/
ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Cole Remains Our Rivers Governorship Candidate, Says APC"The All Progressives Congress (APC) has restated that Mr. Tonye Cole, is still its governorship candidate for Rivers State, despite Supreme Court’s ruling in a case involving factional executives in the state.
In a statement issued yesterday by APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, the party said that it had processed the list of candidates for the governorship, National Assembly, and House of Assembly, according to the INEC guidelines.
“In view of conflicting interpretations that have greeted the recent verdict of the Supreme Court on the contentions among our members in Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), it has become necessary to clarify that the Supreme Court’s verdict has nothing to do with the primaries conducted for the governorship and legislative positions in the state.
“Therefore, the candidature of Tonye Cole along with his running mate, Hon. Victor Giadom, remains inviolate. The list of our candidates for the governorship, National Assembly, and House of Assembly has been processed by the National Working Committee (NWC) according to the INEC guidelines”."
APC, Mr. Tonye Cole, NWC, INEC guidelines, Hon. Victor Giadom, Supreme Courthttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/02/cole-remains-our-rivers-governorship-candidate-says-apc/
ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Senate to Pass Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill next Month"The Senate Committee on Gas has assured Nigerians that the Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill would be passed into law before the end of the year.
The chairman, of the Committee, Senator Bassey Albert, hinted this in Lagos when he led his members on oversight functions to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
He said the bill is currently on third reading and would be giving accelerated attention to enable it come to fruition.
He explained that the bill when passed would eliminate gas flaring and put punitive measure against perpetrating the act by increasing the penalty paid from N10 per 1,000 Standard Cubic Feet (SCF) of gas to three dollars 50 cent per 1,000 SCF of gas.
Albert expressed the National Assembly’s support for the 2020 final elimination of gas flare out date but expressed the need for Nigeria to be pragmatic on the new date."
Senate Committee on Gas, Senator Bassey Albert, DPR, Standard Cubic Feethttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/02/senate-to-pass-gas-flaring-prohibition-bill-next-month/
ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018Aspirant Sues PDP, INEC, Ayade over Guber Primary Elections"Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant in the last primary election in Cross River State, Hon. Emmanuel Ibeshi, has dragged the party to court over allegation of his exclusion from participating at the governorship primaries in the state.
Aggrieved by the actions of the party and others which deprived him of the opportunity to contest governorship of the state, he filed the suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja, asking the court to nullify the governorship primary elections which produced the incumbent governor, Ben Ayade, as the winner.
Those joined as 2nd and 3rd defendants in the suit, apart from PDP, are Ayade and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In the fundamental human rights suit, the plaintiff is seeking a court declaration that his purported disqualification from contesting the party primary election conducted on September 29, 2018, was in breach of his constitutional right to fair hearing and void.
Ibeshi is praying the court to declare that his disqualification from the governorship primary elections was in breach of the electoral guidelines, party constitution, and contravened electoral laws of Nigeria, therefore wrongful and void."
PDP, INEC, Federal High Court, Ben Ayade, defendantshttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/02/aspirant-sues-pdp-inec-ayade-over-guber-primary-elections/
ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, November 2, 2018You Can’t Decide Winner of 2019 Presidential Election, Okupe Tells Tinubu"Former presidential aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has said that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Tinubu, would not have any influence on who eventually becomes the President in 2019, adding that his popularity and that of his party is receding faster than the waters of Lake Chad.
He added that Nigerians have come to a realisation that a victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 is an existential threat not only to the peaceful coexistence of the country, but also to individual wellbeing and survival of families, breadwinners and jobs across the country.
Okupe’s reaction was as a result of Tinubu’s comment on Atiku’s chances ahead the presidential election slated for February 16, 2019. According to him, the APC leader’s comment on Atiku’s prospect are essentially not meant for the serious minded, and quite unexpected from the leader of a party in power whose popularity and national acceptability are receding faster than the waters of lake Chad.
The statement reads in part: “Tinubu’s statement is extremely presumptuous. It assumes that he as a person or whatever political platform he stands on will have anything to do with who emerges as president in 2019.
“I assure Tinubu that he does not, and will not have any serious influence on who will emerge as president after the 2019 elections. He had such opportunity in 2015 but it was wasted on a moribund, unproductive and lackluster presidency."""
Dr. Doyin Okupe, APC, Tinubu, Atiku, PDP, presidential electionhttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/02/you-cant-decide-winner-of-2019-presidential-election-okupe-tells-tinubu/
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018Suspected thugs kill PDP supporter in Sokoto"Suspected thugs Tuesday killed a supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, Abu Kalhu.
Witnesses said the thugs, numbering 40, invaded his residence at Kofar Kade in two Hilux vehicles around 9pm. He said to have been taken outside and stabbed to death.
“They were formerly his boys before he left for PDP. We are suspecting some influential politicians are behind the attack because they had tried to lure him into joining their party, but he refused,” a friend of the deceased told Daily Trust.
A relative of the deceased, said to have been injured, is said to be undergoing treatment in a hospital."
suspected thugs, PDP, Abu Kalhu, kofar Kadehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/thugs-kill-pdp-supporter-in-sokoto.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018Bribery video: Ganduje to appear before committee Friday"Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, is expected to appear before the seven-man committee investigating bribery allegation levelled against him on Friday.
A credible source within the committee, confided in Daily Trust that the governor would appear before the committee at 10am.
He said the committee had extended an invitation to the governor on Wednesday night.
It would be recalled that Kano State House of Assembly has set up a seven-man committee headed by Honourable Baffa Babba DanAgundi to investigate the authenticity or otherwise of video clips allegedly showing Ganduje receiving bribe from an unidentified contractor."
Ganduje, Bribery video, unidentified contractorhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/bribery-video-ganduje-to-appear-before-committee-friday.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018Osun Assembly passes Health Insurance Bill into law"The Osun State House of Assembly has passed the Osun Health Insurance Scheme Bill, 2018 into law.
The bill which is an Act of the National Assembly, 2014 was domesticated in the state.
Osun is one of the three piloting states in the country to test run the scheme.
The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) through its programme, Health Finance & Governance (HFG) assisted the state on the process.
The motion for the passage of the bill was moved by Hon. Dejo Bello representing Boripe/Boluwaduro state constituency and it was seconded by the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Oyeleke Ogunsola representing Ayedire state constituency.
At the plenary, the legislators noted that there were several benefits in the adoption of the scheme by the State.
The lawmakers said the state will have access to grant of about 22million dollars as one of the three pioneering States, and one percent (1%) of the Federal Allocation."
Osun Health Insurance Scheme Bill, USAID, HFG, Osun State House of Assembly, National Assembly, House Committee on Healthhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/osun-assembly-passes-health-insurance-bill-into-law.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 20182019: WANEP, INEC, ECOWAS launch project to mitigate electoral violence"The West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) in collaboration with the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) of Nigeria have launched the Electoral Violence Monitoring, Analysis and Mitigation (EMAM) project in order to mitigate violence during the electoral process of the coming 2019 general elections.
The EMAM project, launched at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, is designed to facilitate and support local and national response architectures that link early warning with informed response to prevent or mitigate identified threats capable of affecting the peaceful conduct of the Nigerian elections.
This will be achieved by developing and validating indicators to inform specific monitoring and reporting of violent election threats by community monitors before, during and after the elections."
WANEP, INEC, ECOWAS, 2019 general elections, EMAM, Abuja, community monitorshttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-wanep-inec-ecowas-launch-project-to-mitigate-electoral-violence.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018Senator Adeleke arraigned, granted bail on self-recognition"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged examination malpractice.
Adeleke was on Wednesday arraigned alongside four others in a four-count charge for personation and registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro Osun State to enable him sit for the National Examination Council (NECO) examination of June/July 2017.
The offences contravene Section 10 of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.
The others are: the senator’s relative, Sikiru Adeleke; the principal of the school, Aregbosola Muftau; the registrar of the school, Gbadegesin Thomas Ojo; and a teacher in the school, Dare Samuel Olutope."
PDP, Senator Adeleke, Sikiru Adeleke, NECO, High Court, Aregbesola Muftau, Gbadegesin Thomnas Ojo, Dare Samuel Olutopehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/senator-adeleke-arraigned-granted-bail-on-self-recognition.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018Ambode mends fences with Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat"In continuation of his fence-mending mission, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has met and reconciled with his two rivals in the build-up to the gubernatorial primary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) – Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Obafemi Hamzat.
Daily Trust gathered that the governor and his rivals met at the meeting of the Governor Advisory Council (GAC) – a powerful caucus within the Lagos State Chapter of the APC – which was held at the State House, Marina, Lagos on Tuesday.
Ambode lost his return ticket on the platform of the APC to Sanwo-Olu, a former commissioner and immediate past managing director of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSDPC), in a bitter gubernatorial primary.
Sanwo-Olu’s victory had the endorsement of APC’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and prominent party leaders, many of whom are members of GAC."
Ambode, APC, Sanwo-Olu, Obafemi Hamzat, GAC, LSPDC, Tinubuhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/ambode-mends-fences-with-sanwo-olu-hamzat.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 20182019: NIPSS, parties move against vote buying"The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) and the nation’s political parties under the auspices of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) have resolved to move against vote buying and violations of regulations on campaign spending for the 2019 General Elections.
This is part of the resolution of a Capacity Building Workshop for the parties National Organizing Secretaries and some national leaders of the parties, organised by the NIPSS and the European Union (EU) Support Programme to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN).
Speaking at the event, the acting Director General of NIPSS, Mr. Jonathan Mela Juma, said the event was for the parties to develop regulations to include limits to campaign spending in consonance with relevant provision of the Electoral Act.
The IPAC National Chairman, Chief Peter Ameh, said the council, CSOs and other stakeholders have been carrying out series of advocacy across the country to sensitize and mobilize voters on the need to protect and not sell their votes."
NIPSS, IPAC, EU-SDGN, Chief Peter Ameh, CSOs, 2019 General Elections, Mr. Jonathan Mela Jumahttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-nipss-parties-move-against-vote-buying.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018Ex-Kano deputy governor confirms dumping PDP"Former Kano State deputy governor, Professor Hafiz Abubakar, has confirmed withdrawal of his membership from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but did not reveal where he would be heading to.
Professor Abubakar made the confirmation to Daily Trust yesterday via SMS when this reporter sent him a text message requesting for confirmation.
“It is true and I will speak soonest,” the message stated.
A letter on his membership withdrawal from the PDP had been in circulation on the social media platforms in the last three days."
Professor Hafiz Abubakar, PDP, Kano statehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/ex-kano-deputy-governor-confirms-dumping-pdp-2.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018Lanlehin remains ADC gov’ship candidate in Oyo"The National Working Committee of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) has re-affirmed Senator Olufemi Lanlehin as the governorship candidate of the party in Oyo State.
The National Chairman of ADC, Chief Ralphs Nwosu, disclosed this while briefing the press after a meeting of the NWC in Abuja.
A statement by ADC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Yemi Kolapo, said the issue of the candidature was revisited “to ensure that we accommodate all concerns from various quarters.”
According to her, “We have had meetings with all the stakeholders of our dear party, including aspirants at all levels of elective positions. This was meant to ensure that the choice of Senator Lanlehin satisfied the aspirations of all party leaders.”"
ADC, National Working Committee, Mrs. Yemi Kolapo, Lanlehin, governorship candidate, Oyo statehttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/lanlehin-remains-adc-govship-candidate-in-oyo.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018Submission of gov’ship, state assembly candidates ends tomorrow"Tomorrow is the last day for political parties to submit names of their governorship and state assembly candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This came amidst confusion in states like Zamfara where INEC has disqualified the ruling APC from fielding candidates for all elections as well as Imo and Ogun where Governors Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun were battling to have the gubernatorial tickets for their preferred successors.
INEC had in its timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections, which was released earlier this year, fixed November 2 as the last day for all political parties participating in the election to summit Forms CF001 and CF002 at the electoral empire’s headquarters in Abuja."
INEC, Zamfara, Ogun, Okorocha, Amosunhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/submission-of-govship-state-assembly-candidates-ends-tomorrow.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018Ogun PDP picks Reuben Abati as dep gov’ship candidate"A former presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, has been named as the running mate of the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State, Leke Shittu, ahead of the 2019 elections.
Also, the former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, was equally named as the candidate for Ogun East Senatorial district.
This followed INEC’s acceptance of the candidates’ list of the PDP faction backed by the senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu.
INEC had in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, notified the party of the acceptance of the list submitted by Bayo Dayo’s faction following the Federal High Court judgment.
Abati, who served as spokesman to ex- President Goodluck Jonathan, as well as Daniel were confirmed candidates in a statement personally signed by Kashamu, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Abeokuta, yesterday."
Dr. Reuben Abati, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Leke Shittu, PDP faction, Buruji Kashamu, Uche Secondus, Federal High Court judgementhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/ogun-pdp-picks-reuben-abati-as-dep-govship-candidate.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018NYSC scandal: Bolaji Abdullahi may pick Kwara PDP ticket"A former minister of sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, may pick the governorship ticket of the PDP in Kwara State following allegation that the winner of the primary election, Razak Atunwa, did not participate in the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
The Premium Times had reported that Atunwa faced prosecution for forging the NYSC discharge certificate which he submitted to the PDP to prove his eligibility for public office.
The online medium also reported his alleged plan to present secondary school certificate as his highest qualification after getting into trouble for purportedly swearing under oath at Kwara State High Court in Ilorin that he had university degrees and participated in NYSC between 1995 and 1996.
Atunwa, a serving member of the House of Representatives, defeated Sha’aba Lafiagi, the senator currently representing Kwara North and about eight others to pick the PDP ticket."
Bolaji Abdullahi, NYSC scandal, Kwara State High Court, Razak Atunwa, governorship tickethttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/nysc-scandal-bolaji-abdullahi-may-pick-kwara-pdp-ticket.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018Plateau APC chieftain resigns chairmanship over LG polls"A chieftain of the APC in Plateau State, Nandul Durfa, has resigned his appointment as chairman, Board of Directors, College of Health Technology, Zawan Plateau State, over what he termed “electoral fraud and impunity” in the October 10 Plateau local government elections.
Durfa, who made his resignation known in a letter addressed to the Secretary to the Plateau State Government, said his conscience couldn’t accept “such government impunity because it could bring further instability in Plateau State.”"
APC, Plateau State, Nandul, Durfa, LG Polls, College of Health Technologyhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/plateau-apc-chieftain-resigns-chairmanship-over-lg-polls.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018PDP cautions erring support groups"The PDP has issued a warning to all support groups and volunteers campaigning for its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to abide by its rules and regulations in all their activities ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Findings by Daily Trust showed that there were over 330 groups bearing different names all rooting for Atiku.
The party’s caution was predicated on the reported “objectionable activities” of a group operating as PDP Global Ambassadors World-Wide, which had engaged in soliciting for unauthorized levies and fees for collection of forms for elections into its purported vacant executive positions.
The PDP in a statement, yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the group did not have the approval of the party to receive fund from anybody or conduct its affairs in such a manner as to be seen as competing with the dictates and operations of the party."
PDP, Atiku, 2019 general elections, Kola Ologbodiyanhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/pdp-cautions-erring-support-groups.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018INEC to conduct by-elections in Bauchi, Katsina"The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct a by-election for the vacant Toro House of Representatives seat in Bauchi State on Nov. 17.
This was disclosed by the Bauchi State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, while speaking at an election stakeholders meeting in Bauchi, yesterday.
It could be recalled that Toro Federal Constituency seat became vacant when the member representing the constituency, Lawan Yahaya Gumau, contested and won the Bauchi South Senate seat in a by-election held on August 11, 2018.
The by-election was held following the death of Senator Ali Wakili representing Bauchi South in the Senate.
In Katsina State, INEC will also conduct the by-election for Kankia/Ingawa/Kusada Federal Constituency on Nov. 17.
The election was necessitated following the election of the former member, Ahmed Kaita, to the Senate when the Katsina North Senatorial District was declared vacant after the death of Sen. Mustapha Bukar."
INEC, by-elections, Bauchi, Katsina, House of Representatives, Lawan Yahaya Gumau, Senator Ali Wakili, Sen. Mustapha Bukarhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/inec-to-conduct-by-elections-in-bauchi-katsina.html
Daily Trust OnlineThursday, November 1, 2018SDP tells Buhari to step aside"The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps to arrest what it called the ravaging insecurity in the country.
The SDP National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Alfa Mohammed, in a statement issued in Abuja, said Buhari should consider stepping aside if he cannot tame insecurity and make the country safe for the people.
The party said it was high time the president found lasting solution to the incessant killings in the country."
SDP, Buhari, Alhaji Alfa Mohammed, ravaging insecurityhttps://www.dailytrust.com.ng/sdp-tells-buhari-to-step-aside.html
The Guardian.ngThursday, November 1, 2018I’m too old to learn new tricks, says Oshiomhole"The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, is set in his old ways and cannot be changed.
He disclosed this about himself at the State House, Abuja yesterday after he visited President Muhammadu Buhari.
“And those who know, know that at my age I cannot learn new tricks,” he told reporters.
The APC chairman had been explaining his handling of the crises that trailed the party’s primaries and he extended a hand of fellowship to some aggrieved governors.
He said: “I believe three governors are not particularly pleased with the outcome of the primaries in their states and you cannot grudge anyone for not being happy if a particular outcome does not coincide with his expectations.
""I don’t have power to appoint and I don’t have power to change, particularly when things have been properly done.
“Now, if this makes one, two or three people unhappy, it is unfortunate but they are my friends."
APC, Oshiomhole, State House, Buhari, new trickshttps://guardian.ng/politics/im-too-old-to-learn-new-tricks-says-oshiomhole/
The Guardian.ngThursday, November 1, 2018Nigerians seek Ganduje’s resignation over fresh ‘bribery video’"Nigerians have intensified calls for the resignation of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje following the emergence of a fresh video where he was allegedly collecting bribe from a contractor.
The two minutes, twenty seconds footage dated January 18, 2017 and posted online yesterday, exposed the contractors, projects and voice of the purported bribe giver with the governor who was dressed in a black kaftan.
This came barely a month after two similar videos were uploaded on an online news platform where the governor was shown collecting bribes in dollars and stuffing the cash into his white babariga, but he had denied the allegation, saying the videos were photo shopped."
Bribery video, Ganduje, Nigerians, fresh video, black kaftan, contractor, white babariga, dollarshttps://guardian.ng/news/nigerians-seek-gandujes-resignation-over-fresh-bribery-video/
The Guardian.ngThursday, November 1, 2018People with disabilities threaten to boycott 2019 polls"Special Persons Association of Nigeria has threatened to boycott the 2019 election, if government failed to tackle their needs.
President of the association, Princewill David, gave the threat yesterday during the group’s annual award and anniversary.
He expressed the association’s displeasure over government’s laxity in the affairs of persons with disabilities in Nigeria.
According to him, persons with disabilities make up a large population in the country and the government doesn’t support them in anyways, unlike their counterparts in other parts of the world.
He said: “We have supported thousands of Nigerians with no government support, which shows that we are highly neglected.”"
Special Persons Association of Nigeria, Princewill David, government supporthttps://guardian.ng/news/people-with-disabilities-threaten-to-boycott-2019-polls/
The Guardian.ngThursday, November 1, 2018REC leads campaign for collection of 500, 525 PVCs in Imo"Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Imo State, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, has disclosed that unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in the state have risen to 500, 525.
He disclosed this yesterday in Owerri when he led workers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on a road walk across major streets.
Ezeonu expressed concern at the figures, which rose from 345, 742 in April this year to the current quantity.
He appealed to registered voters who are yet to collect their PVCs to visit the nearest INEC office to do so.
Briefing journalists on the issue, he said: “It is regretful that we have a lot of unclaimed PVCs still in our custody. Out of over 380,000 cards of 2011 and 2014 registrants released to us at the beginning of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), exercise in April 2017, about 243,742 are yet to be claimed.
“Again, out of 72,237 cards received in respect of those who registered in 2017, about 49,252 are yet to be to be collected. Just recently, we received 110,627 PVC in respect of people who registered in the first quarter of 2018.”"
REC Imo state, PVCs, INEC, major streets, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, CVRhttps://guardian.ng/news/rec-leads-campaign-for-collection-of-500-525-pvcs-in-imo/
The Guardian.ngThursday, November 1, 2018Again, Buhari Appeals to Amosun, Okorocha, Yari, Others Not to Defect"President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday continued his fire-fighting in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), appealing, once again, to aggrieved members, who lost out during the recently concluded primary elections not to leave the party.
At least four governors of the party, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State), Chief Rochas Okorocha (Imo State), Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara State) and Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State), and scores of senior members have been up in arms against the National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, calling for his removal over the primaries.
The presidential appeal came three weeks after he asked those who failed in their bid to secure the party’s ticket to emulate the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who lost his re-election bid but did not leave the ruling party.
Buhari pleaded with the aggrieved during a dinner with them at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday night, telling them he did his best to ensure that the primaries process was free and fair."
Buhari, Amosun, Okorocha, Yari, APC, Ogun, Imo, Zamfara, Oshiomhole, Ambodehttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/01/again-buhari-appeals-to-amosun-okorocha-yari-others-not-to-defect/
The Guardian.ngThursday, November 1, 20182019 Elections: Traditional Rulers Express Concern over Security in Local Communities"As Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general election, traditional rulers from the Southern part of Nigeria have raised concerns on ensuring free, fair and violence-free polls, mostly as they relate to safety and security of lives and property in local communities during and after the election.
Arising from the second consultation meeting of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) South-South and South-east chapter held on October 30 in Benin-city, Edo State, the monarchs arrived at a common ground that if local communities are secure, Nigeria at large would be secure and save too.
Speaking at the event, the chief sponsor of event, the Eleme of Eleme Kingdom, Rivers State, Dr. Appolus Chu, said the meeting was a platform where the traditional rulers from the South-south and South-east regions would come together and speak with one voice on policies that would move the country forward mostly on security issues.
According to him, “Today, the main issue will be to look at ways of ensuring a violence-free 2019 general elections. Aside that, we are going to look at other areas of common interest and grounds where the traditional rulers from the Southern part of Nigeria would come together and rub minds.
“We have touched the area of violence-free election as well as collaborations among our various communities. The whole essence is to ensure that traditional rulers rise up to their responsibilities to ensure that live are protected in our communities and that things are done the right way during the forthcoming general election.”"
2019 general elections, traditional rulers, Dr. Appolus Chu, NCTRN, local communitieshttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/01/2019-elections-traditional-rulers-express-concern-over-security-in-local-communities/
The Guardian.ngThursday, November 1, 2018Court Should be Circumspect in Giving Orders, Says INEC"The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pleaded with the courts to be circumspect in terms of the orders and judgments they give ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The commission said that conflicting court order and judgments create more problem for the commission.
INEC’s National Commissioner on Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye told THISDAY Wednesday that the policy of INEC and the law and the constitution mandated INEC to only accept the list submitted and signed by the national chairman and national secretary of the political party.
But, he also stated categorically that the policy of the commission is to submit to the rule of law and due process at all times, stressing that the electoral body would always give effect to the judgments and orders made by properly constituted rule of law.
Okoye stated: “In relation to the PDP in Ogun State, the court made very specific orders that the INEC should accept only the list submitted by a particular faction of the PDP in Ogun State. That order was served on the INEC; there has not been any vacation; no court has vacated that order and since no court has vacated those orders.”
“The INEC as a law abiding institution will accept that particular list. We are accepting those lists based on the orders of a properly constituted court of law and that’s where we stand in relation to that.”"
INEC, Festus Okoye, court order and judgement, national chairman, national secretary, PDP, Ogun statehttps://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/11/01/court-should-be-circumspect-in-giving-orders-says-inec/