Election News Trend October 2014

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 29th October 2014 CLO Offers Platform For Amaechi, Wike Debate The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has offered to provide a platform for the Rivers State Governor, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, and the former Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, to engage in a public debate over accusations of corruption levelled against each other. This came as a political pressure group, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Project Reloaded, expressed confidence that despite the political developments in the State, the State remained predominantly a PDP State. The CLO, in a statement issued on Tuesday on Port Harcourt by its Publicity/Research Secretary, Mr. Livingstone Wechie, noted that both Amaechi and Wike had been engaged in accusations and counter-accusations of corruption against each other. Rivers 2015; CLO http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 29th October 2014 Edo Governor Oshiomole, Accuses Ize-Iyamu, Supporters Of Masterminding Attack On Legislative Quarters Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has on Tuesday accused Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of masterminding the orgy of violence that recently enveloped the State. Oshiomhole said the accusation became necessary as both All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP have been living harmoniously without rancour until the recent decamp of Ize-Iyamu and his group from APC to PDP in the State. He also said his administration had been working with all security agencies in a very significant way to contain kidnapping and robbery in the State until the recent spate of political violence. Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 29th October 2014 Jega Expresses Fear Towards 2015; Kukah Cautions Jonathan Against Imposition Of Candidates The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  Professor Attahiru Jega, on Tuesday spoke about his fears for next year’s general election. Jega, who spoke in Abuja at a National Stakeholders’ Forum on Elections organised by the Civil Society Situation Room on Achieving the Implementation of Credible 2015 general elections, said he was bothered by the heightening insecurity and the unruly attitude of politicians, which constitute major challenges to peaceful elections next year. The INEC boss, who said the security problem was more evident in the three troubled North-Eastern States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, stated that his greatest fear for the 2015 elections was making politicians to play by the rules. Also speaking at the event, the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese of Catholic Church, Mathew Hassan Kukah, cautioned President Goodluck Jonathan and Governors of the 36 States against imposing candidates on the people. He said such practice would heat up the polity and frustrate election results. Kukah said INEC can only  conduct a credible election in 2015 if Nigerians themselves wanted credible elections. Nigeria 2015; Situation Room; Bishop Mathew Kukah http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/jega-i-have
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Leadership News Online Wednesday 29th October 2014 "I Will Not Leave APC"- Atiku Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has asserted that he would remain in the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) no matter the the outcome of his ambition in the coming presidential primaries of the party. Atiku made this vow yesterday in a statement issued by his media office while reacting to a story to that effect published by a National Daily (not LEADERSHIP) which claimed that Atiku would defect to the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) if he lost in his bid to become the presidential candidate of the APC. The statement explained that Atiku was interested in the genuine change in the leadership of the country. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/n
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Leadership News Online Wednesday 29th October 2014 Pro- PDP Group Forsees Reconciliation Between Jonnathan And Amaechi A group within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Project Reloaded, has said that it foresees reconciliation between President Goodluck Jonathan and Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Coordinator of PDP Project Reloaded in Rivers State, Mr Ralph Hart, who said this in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday, said despite the wrangling between Jonathan and Amaechi, the two elected leaders know where they belong. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/
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Daily Post News Online Wednesday 29th October 2014 Defection Saga: Akpabio Tells Tambuwal To Resign Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, on Tuesday said he was not surprised over the sudden defection of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to the APC. Akpabio said he was expecting that to happen before now because Tambuwal was only a PDP member by name. Akpabio, however, said he expects Tambuwal to resign, adding that irrespective of his defection, the PDP remains the majority in the House. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/
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Leadership News Online Wednesday 29th October 2014 2015: Jonathan Warns Against Electoral Violence Not happy with the violence that trailed the 2011 presidential elections, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday called on the people of Kaduna State to do all within their powers not to allow a repeat of such crisis in 2015 general elections. Jonathan, who gave the advice during the commissioning of the new Kaduna State Government House complex, told that the people not allow themselves to be used by politicians to cause crisis in the name of politics. Meanwhile, shortly after the commissioning ceremony, the President met with traditional rulers in the State, led by the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, and PDP stakeholders behind closed doors for over 40 minutes in the new office complex. It was gathered that 2015 elections were part of the issues discussed. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://leadership.ng/
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 Presidency: APC No Threat To PDP, Says Okupe As the 2015 elections draw nearer, the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has disclosed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) poses no threat to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its bid at retaining the Presidency. Okupe dropped the hints in an interview with select journalists.
According to him, APC is a relatively young party that should be more involved in mobilising grassroots support, before thinking of contesting against incumbent administration that had delivered democratic dividends Nigerians.
Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/presidency
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-says-okupe/192452/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 INEC May Reject Enugu PDP Candidates Over Crisis Rocking State Chapter Unless the leadership of the party intervenes, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) could reject the list of candidates to be presented by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Enugu State chapter, feelers from the electoral body have revealed. Already, the PDP will, from next week, commence the election of a three ad hoc delegates that are expected to elect the various candidates of the party. The current crisis in the State is because of not following due process in electing or appointing leadership in line with the Electoral Act and the party’s constitution. This, it was gathered, was sequel to the alleged violation of the party’s constitution on the emergence of the Chairman of the party in the State. A Commissioner who did not want to be named, said the appointment of Ikeje Asogwa by the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party at a meeting presided by the Secretary of the party in the State “was in clear violation of the party’s constitution and might not get the approval of the Commission.” Enugu 2015; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/inec-may
-reject-enugu-pdp-cand
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 "I Am The Game Changer The Nation Needs In The Senate"- Ben Murray Bruce As political activities hot up in Bayelsa State, a renowned media business owner, Mr. Ben Murray-Bruce, on Monday joined the race for the Bayelsa East Senatorial District, the home district of President Goodluck Jonathan, when he submitted his expression of interest form. Murray-Bruce, who stormed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) State secretariat in Yenagoa with hundreds of supporters, insisted that what the upper Legislative House needed at this critical stage was a game changer, a process which he represents. The media mogul stressed that things had gone terribly wrong with the polity and that it was a problem that must be fixed in order to fix the country. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/ben-murray
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-in-the-senate/192454/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 Nweke, Chime’s Aid Battle For Enugu East Senate Seat Ahead of the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former Minister of Information, Frank Nweke (Jnr), is set for a major showdown with the immediate past Chief of Staff to the Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo over the Enugu East Senate seat. Also, no less than four Commissioners who resigned last week from Governor Sullivan Chime’s cabinet had indicated interest for the House of Representatives seats of their various Constituencies.  Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/nweke-
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 APGA Will Enthrone Good Governance In Imo, Says Iheanacho Former Minister for Interior, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho, on Monday assured that his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is set to reclaim the Imo State governorship seat at the 2015 general election and bring back good governance for the people. Iheanacho, who became the first of the governorship aspirants to purchase the nomination form for  2015 Imo State governorship race, said he has joined the race to correct the maladministration his State has witnessed since the return of democracy. Imo 2015; APGA http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/2015-apga
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 Enugu: Chime’s Kinsmen Deny Endorsing Ekweremadu For Senate Kinsmen of Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State from his Udi Local Government Area on Monday dismissed as false and “utterly ridiculous” media reports claiming that they had endorsed the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to retain the Enugu West senatorial seat in 2015. Also, the Enugu Professionals Forum (EPF) described the purported endorsement as deceitful, mischievous and laughable, noting that the people who were said to have endorsed Ekweremadu are not from Udi and as such cannot be classified as his kinsmen. Specifically, the Ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) in Udi, Ogochukwu Chime, denounced the report as baseless while describing those behind it as mischief makers and political desperadoes. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/2015-chi
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 "Abati Goofed In Reaction To Amaechi’s Statement"- Rivers Government The Rivers State Government has said the reaction of the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati, to statements credited to Governor Chibuike Amaechi, during the All Progressives Congress (APC) mega rally in Port Harcourt last Saturday were off the mark. Abati had said Amaechi “took his obnoxious willingness to denigrate the highest office in the land in a reckless bid to advance his selfish political interests to a new level of irresponsible and rascally behaviour with his totally false and baseless vituperations against President Goodluck Jonathan; the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan; and the Federal Government. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/rivers-aba
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 Plateau: Jang’s Deputy Picks Form Against His Anointed Candidate Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Ignatius Longjan, has entered into the gubernatorial race for the State, having accepted the expression of interest form bought for him by his people of Quan Pan Local Government Area. Governor Jonah Jang had publicly declared that he was not going to hand over to Lonjang in 2015, but that he would leave office with him to give way to the younger generation. He recently anointed Senator Gyang Pwajok to take over from him. But with the acceptance of the form by Longjan it is clear that Jang may not be able to stop him from contesting. Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/2015-jang
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 "Corruption Has Led Nigeria Into Political Instability"- Atiku Former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Monday stated that corruption, nepotism and official impunity had brought the country down to as low as three per cent in the world in terms of political stability. Atiku, who is eyeing the number one seat in the country, also said: “What we have now in Nigeria is a form of patrimonial democracy.” Speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Dr. Babalola Borishade who spoke on behalf of the former Vice-President, said patrimonial democracy poses serious threats to the durability of democracy. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 Jonathan Will Contest In 2015, Orji Replies Gumi Following the advice offered to President Goodluck Jonathan by a Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Mohammed Gumi, not to contest the presidential election in 2015 in the interest of the unity of the country, Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, on Monday insisted that the President would contest regardless of his advice. The Governor disclosed this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting of the President Jonathan Declaration Committee held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa. Orji said: “Well, anybody can say anything. You can advise somebody, it is left for that person to take your advice or not. That is a personal advice, but the general advice is for the President to contest.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 Ngilari, Otti, Others Pick Governorship Forms Less than 72 hours to the deadline for the collection of nomination forms into various elective offices, the new Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. James Bala Ngilari; the immediate past Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Alex Otti, and several other aspirants on Monday picked their governorship nomination and Expression of Interest forms. Ngilari had his governorship nomination and Expression of Interest form quietly picked for him by two of his Special Assistants, with a bank draft. They collected the Governor’s nomination form from the National Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha. So far, Ngilari is the first to pick the Adamawa State PDP governorship nomination form. Though, PDP had purportedly zoned the governorship election to the central Senatorial District when the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Umar Fintiri, emerged the governorship candidate. Adamawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/ngilari-otti
-others-pick-pdp-gover
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 Stakeholders Meet In Akwa Ibom To Discuss Violence-Free Elections Worried by rising political tension ahead of the 2015 general elections in Akwa Ibom State, security operatives have commenced strategizing  to ensure security of lives and property during the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the general elections. The one day workshop organized by the State command of the Nigeria Police Force had participants drawn from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Federal Road Safety Corps, and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). Others were from the National Human Rights Commission, National Orientation Agency, Police Community Relations Committee, representatives of the youths, traditional rulers and the Nigerian Bar Association. Nigeria 2015; Security  http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/stakeholders
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 Do Not Impose Candidates, Kukah Tells President, Governors Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese of ‎Catholic Church, Mathew Hassan Kukah, on Tuesday in Abuja said that imposition of candidates by the President and Governors would heat up the polity and frustrate elections’ results. Speaking at a National Stake-holders’ Forum on Elections organized by the Civil Society Situation Room on Achieving the Implementation of Credible 2015 general elections‎, Kukah said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could only  conduct credible elections in 2015  if Nigerians themselves wanted credible elections. Kukah noted that Nigeria had yet to develop a culture of succession, adding that this had resulted in  "a system of government by the corrosive poison of anointing," which he said promoted rent seeking. Nigeria 2015; Situation Room; Bishop Mathew Kukah http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 PDP Refuses To Give Presidential Nomination Forms To Its Presidential Candidates Despite the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), two members of the party stormed the National Secretariat of the party to pick their presidential nomination forms and the expression of interest forms, but the party declined to give them. PDP said that it printed only one presidential nomination form and expression of interest form and it is reserved for President Jonathan who has been adopted as the sole presidential candidate of the party. The presidential aspirants are Abduljelil Tafawa Balewa, son of the former Prime Minister and a female presidential aspirant Prof. Akasoba Duke–Abiola from Kalabari in Rivers State who claimed to be one of the wives of late Chief MKO Abiola. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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Leadership News Online Tuesday 28th October 2014 INEC To Distribute 4.8 Million Voter’s Cards In Lagos State The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said that it was set to distribute 4.8 million Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Lagos State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the third phase of the distribution of the PVCs will take place in Lagos and some other States from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9. Addressing newsmen in Lagos, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, said that Continuous Voters Registration would also hold from Nov 12 to Nov. 17 in the State. He urged Lagos residents to ensure that they collect their PVCs. Lagos 2015; INEC; Permanent Voter’s Cards http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership News Online Tuesday 28th October 2014 Nasarawa Governor Tanko Al- Makura Reshuffles Cabinet, Appoints New CPs Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has appointed Mr Yakubu Lamai as his new Chief Press Secretary following a minor cabinet reshuffle. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Zainab Ahmed, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lafia. It said Al-Makura also made minor cabinet reshuffle by reassigning Commissioners to oversee some Ministries following the sack of eight Commissioners last month. Nasarawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership News Online Tuesday 28th October 2014 Ex-Deputy Governors Endorse Jonathan For Second Term The Forum of Former Deputy Governors in Nigeria (FFDGN) has joined other well-meaning Nigerians to back President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid. Ahead of the polls, the former Deputy Governors have risen in support of Jonathan’s bid, saying it was time he publicly declared his intention to put to rest the anxiety of concerned Nigerians on the matter. Nigeria 2015; FFDGN http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership News Online Tuesday 28th October 2014 Avoid Politics Of Sentiment, Ndoma- Egba Counsels Politicians In order to consolidate Nigeria’s democratic gains, Senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, has advised Nigerian politicians to avoid politics of sentiment, noting that in politics, one must expect to have divergent views. He spoke on Sunday shortly after attending a mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Orimekpang community in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State. Ndoma-Egba, who was accompanied by top political associates drawn from Cross River Central and beyond, also made an initial donation of N1million to facilitate speedy completion of the church building project. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/
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-politics-sentiment-
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Leadership News Online Tuesday 28th October 2014 2015: Buhari Support Group Replies Gumi A group under the aegis of Buhari Youth Congress for Change (BYCC) has lambasted the Kaduna based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi over his open letter to former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari urging him to abandon his 2015 presidential ambition. The group called on the Islamic scholar to stop interfering in Nigerian politics but should instead engage in preaching peace and unity of the country. Speaking on behalf of the group, National Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Katagun called on Nigerians to disregard the statement by the Islamic scholar. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership News Online Tuesday 28th October 2014 Amaechi Replies Jonathan "I Spoke About Governance, Not Your Person" Rivers State Governor, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that the issues he raised at the recently held mega rally in Port Harcourt were about governance and not a direct attack on the persons of President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife, Dame Patience and the Federal Government. The Presidency had in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, and signed by Presidential Spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati described the Governor as a rascal and blackmailer, who is always willing to denigrate the office of the President in a reckless attempt to promote his selfish political interest. But Amaechi, who spoke through the State Commissioner for Information, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, told newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday that he never referred to the persons of the President and his wife, but only referred to issues that have direct bearing on the people of the State. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/
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-spoke-governance
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Leadership News Online Tuesday 28th October 2014 APC Vows To Dethrone PDP In Akwa Ibom The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom State and former Minister of the Federal Republic, Senator John James Udoedehe has vowed to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State come 2015. Udoedehe who was addressing his supporters yesterday at the APC office along Atiku Abubakar Way in Uyo, during his declaration as governorship aspirant in the 2015 general elections, said he would dethrone PDP and eradicate its legacy of waste. He said that he offered himself to provide an alternative platform for the people in order to find a lasting solution to the problems confronting Akwa Ibom State presently. Akwa Ibom 2015; All Progresives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/
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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 28th October 2014 Aminu Tambuwal Defects To APC After several months of speculation and his fervent denial, Speaker for the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the opposition, All Progressives Congress, APC.  Mr. Tambuwal formally made this announcement on Tuesday during the House plenary. The law requires him to officially make this declaration before his fellow Lawmakers. For months prior to this, the Speaker had vehemently denied planning to move to APC even though his affiliations with the party were public knowledge. Tambuwal will be expected to contest for governorship of Sokoto State, from which he hails.  It is believed that he denied involvement with APC for months because he was afraid of losing his position as Speaker.  Shortly after today’s declaration, Mr. Tambuwal adjourned the sitting of the lower House of Parliament to December 3.  Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; All Progressives Congress (APC); Defection http://www.nigerian
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 28th October 2014 PDP Reacts To Tambuwal’s Defection, Urges Speaker To Do The Needful Ripples of the defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambawal, to the All Progressive Congress (APC) forced the  National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to an emergency meeting  with PDP leaders in the House of Representatives. PDP, in a statement, asked Tambuwal to do the needful as the party is in the majority in the House of Representatives. A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh,said,” After a thorough consideration of the matter, the NWC came to a conclusion that the Hon. Speaker, as a responsible elected officer, knows full well what is needful and honourable of him since his new party is in the minority. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/pdp-reacts
-to-tambawal-s-defec
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-do-the-needful/192515/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Obi Replies Bianca Ojukwu, Says He Left APGA Because It Had Derailed The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has reacted to an interview granted to the Sun Newspaper on Monday, October 20, by Nigerian Ambassador to Spain and widow of the late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu,  Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu,  where she expressed shock and disappointment at the former Governor’s leaving the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mrs. Ojukwu also described the action of the former Governor as a betrayal of her late husband and renowned Igbo leader, who had such great trust in him and his assurances that he, Obi, would always stand by APGA. In his reaction, Obi, who has so far ignored all comments made about his political decision, opened up by pointing out that Mrs. Ojukwu was not a frivolous person and that her comments must be taken seriously more so when she was the wife of his leader. But he reminded the public that loyalty to a cause does not change with a change of platform; and that there has not been any change of principles on his part. Speaking with journalists, Obi said this response would be his last on the matter to enable him channel his time and energy alongside other well-meaning Igbos to work for the re-election campaign of President Goodluck Jonathan and the place of Ndigbo in the Nigerian politics. Nigeria 2015; Ojukwu; Obi; APGA http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 “Why Reconciliation Committee Won’t Invite Tambuwal”- PDP BoT Secretary `The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, on Tuesday said there would be no automatic waivers to all politicians who are defecting from other parties to the PDP. Rather, he urged all defectors to apply for waivers on their individual capacity and that such waivers would be granted once they applied for it. Also, the Secretary of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jubrin, reacted as to why the reconciliation committee of the party that visited Sokoto State no longer invited the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambawal, to its reconciliatory meeting in the North-west. The Secretary of the PDP BoT, Jubrin, yesterday said the party did not invite Tambawal to the party’s reconciliatory meeting in Sokoto because they learnt that the Speaker was attending a meeting with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Audu Ogbe Recants Statement, Apologises To BBOG Group A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Audu Ogbeh, has apologised to the leaders of the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group for calling them members of the APC. Ogbeh had at a rally organised by former military Head of State and presidential aspirant, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to announce his bid to vie for the Presidency in 2015 on the platform of the APC, linked the BBOG group to the party. In a statement signed by Ogbeh and made available to THISDAY Tuesday, the APC chieftain recanted his statement, stressing that his comment was not intended to paint the group as members of APC. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 2015: Chukwu, Wike, Ishaku Pick Governorship Forms Three former members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) who resigned recently – Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu (Health), Mr. Nyeson Wike (Education) and Darius Ishaku (Power and Supervising Ministers of Environment and Niger Delta Affairs) – on Tuesday purchased their governorship nomination forms to contest the governorship elections in their respective States. This is coming as a former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri, said the insurgency in Yobe and Borno States cannot affect or deter the governorship elections in both States. He also described the continued insurgency in Yobe State as a product of endemic poverty and illiteracy. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
com/articles/2015-elec
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 “Why Incumbent Senators Should Return”- Ndoma Egba Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, on Tuesday stated that the huge turnover of National Assembly members had resulted in “serious loss of institutional memory to the parliament.” The Senate Leader, who stated this after purchasing his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination form for the 2015 senatorial election, however, played down the rift between him and the incumbent Governor, Liyel Imoke. Reports are rife that Imoke is sponsoring a Member of the House of Representatives to unseat Ndoma-Egba. However, while making a case for the re-election of over 70 per cent of the members of the National Assembly, Ndoma-Egba said it would ensure stability in the polity. Nigeria 2015; National Assembly; Ndoma Egba http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Ekiti Tribunal: INEC Laments Relocation, Counts Loses The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said the relocation of the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ekiti State to Abuja would not deprive the parties of  diligent prosecution of their cases. The Commission, however, lamented that the relocation would bring additional costs to the Commission in terms of logistics and the movement of witnesses to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Speaking with THISDAY in Ado-Ekiti, the INEC Public Relations Officer in the State, Mr. Taiwo Gbadegesin, said the Commission and other parties would have to incur additional costs in relocating their witnesses and legal counsel to Abuja. Ekiti 2014; INEC; Election Petition Tribunal http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 “I Returned To PDP To Add Value”- Mimiko Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, on Tuesday broke his silence on the controversy that surrounded his return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), declaring that he came to the party to add value and not to grab anything. Mimiko made the declaration when youth leaders of the PDP from across the country paid him a courtesy call and during which he hosted them to a luncheon. The youths were led by the PDP National Youth Leader, Hon Abdulaji Mai Basira and his Deputy, Hon Denis Alonge Niyi and some zonal youth leaders. The Governor, who disclosed that 250,000 party cards had been exhausted in two days to register members, said he did not come to the party to cause any crisis. Nigeria 2015; Ondo; Meger; PDP; LP http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Taraba 2015: My Opponents Are Afraid Of Me, Says Umar As the race for the 2015 gubernatorial election intensifies in Taraba State, Acting Governor of the State, Alhaji Garba Umar, has declared that his opponents are afraid of him. Fielding questions from newsmen in Jalingo on Monday night on his arrival from Abuja where he had procured the intent and nomination forms for the election, Umar said his opponents are scared of him for being a man of the people. When asked if he is scared of the endorsement of former Minister of Niger Delta, Mr. Darius Ishaku, by Gen. T. Y. Danjuma, he stated: “I’m not afraid of anyone in this race rather, they are the ones scared of me because they know I’m  man of the people and that’s why they are panicking.” He further declared that he remained the man to beat in the party’s gubernatorial primaries in the State, adding that he was the first aspirant to pick the forms because he is sure of winning the primaries and the general election. Taraba 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Lagos 2015: APC Leaders Decry Insider’s Moves To Discredit Fashola Some concerned prominent members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State have decried the alleged clandestine moves by some members of the party to discredit the person of Governor Babatunde Fashola over a non-existen succession plan. The leaders, who met at a private residence in GRA, Lagos, on Tuesday night were said to have reviewed the turn out of events in the State and expressed worry that the ongoing move to discredit Fashola for obvious selfish objectives would boomerang and affect the party’s fortune in next year’s election if not curtailed. Reacting to some insinuations doing the rounds that Fashola is nursing a hidden succession agenda other than the collective resolve of the party leadership to have free and fair primaries, an angry source at the meeting, who pleaded anonymity, argued that the lies could begin to gain grounds and misconstrued for the truth, hence the caution to those who have set out to discredit and undermine the Governor. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Ex Akwa Ibom SSG Formally Declares To Succeed His Boss Less than twenty-four hours after resigning as the Secretary to the State Government  (SSG) of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, on Tuesday declared interest to contest the forthcoming governorship  election of the State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Before a mammoth crowd at the Uyo township stadium, the former SSG listed his vision for the State to include industrialisation and wealth creation for youths and women. The governorship faithful also pledged to promote trade, commerce and tourism through a sustainable public private partnership (PPP) arrangements. According to him, his background as a banker and a chartered accountant had fully prepared him for to assume the office of the State Governor. Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Sheikh Gumi Asks Buhari Not To Contest 2015 Elections Prominent and influential Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi, has warned of the likelihood of violence wrought by Boko Haram that would be worse than the current one and would extend beyond the North to engulf the entire country should President Goodluck Jonathan win the 2015 election, if it is contested by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. To avoid such nightmare, he has advised the ex-military ruler not to stand for the electoral contest. His reasons: “Your supporters have the biggest proportion of the underprivileged of the society which is the petrol that can be easily ignited by the slightest spark. The spark will be when you’re declared the loser. And you know you can very well lose if the Christians follow their church -and why not in this era of mediocrity. On the other hand, if Jonathan comes back. BH (Boko Haram)will be real, not the political one we see. The turmoil will engulf the whole country not only the North. That is why I also call on PDP to present some other candidates.” Nigeria 2015; Sheikh Gumi; Buhari http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji’s Son Picks PDP Form To Contest House Of Representatives Seat Aminu Abubakar Alhaji, the son of Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and erstwhile High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji, on Tuesday picked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination form to contest for the primaries for the House of Representatives to represent Tambuwal/Kebbe Federal Constituency. Speaking with THISDAY shortly after purchasing the form at PDP Headquarters in Sokoto, the 45-year-old businessman said he decided to contest in order to bring change in the lives of the people of his Constituency. According to him, his reason for joining politics was not for the sake of acquiring wealth but to serve the people. Sokoto 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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Leadership News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 APC Petitions IG Over Asari Dokubo’s Threat Of Violence The All Progressives Congress (APC) has petitioned the Acting Inspector of General of Police Mr. Suleiman Abba over the threats of violence emanating from leader of Niger Delta People Volunteer Force (NDPVF) Mr. Mujahid Asari Dokunbo against its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.The petition which was copied President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President David Mark and made available to LEADERSHIP stated that the threats made in the full glare of the general public during a press interview poses threat to the life of the party’s scribe. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Ekiti: Governor Fayose Sacks LG Education Secretaries Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has ordered the sack of all the Local Goverment Education Secretaries in the State. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, said the sack takes immediate effect. The affected Secretaries were advised to hand over government property in their care to the authorities in their respective Local Government education authority. Meanwhile, the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the huge debts left behind by the former Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, as the trait of All Progressives Congress-led governments in the States. Ekiti 2014; Fayose; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 “Mediocres Can’t Rule Oyo Again”- Governor Ajimobi Ahead of 2015 elections, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday warned that the State can no longer afford to experiment with mediocre and people of questionable characters. He charged the elites to champion the cause of educating members of the public on the need to ensure that people of proven track record are those elected into political offices. Speaking shortly after his investiture as the grand patron of the Ibadan Tennis Club held at the Club House, Iyanganku, Ibadan on Tuesday, the Governor explained that for the State to improve, progressive-minded persons, who have the interest of the people at heart, must be at the helm of affairs. Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Lawmaker Worries Over Stomach Infrastructure Politics A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Omowunmi Olatunji-Edet, representing Oshodi-Isolo II, has lamented the spate of new coinages like, “stomach infrastructure” that is prevalent in the country in recent times, describing it as a setback for the nation’s political development. She disclosed this at a weekly programme organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly correspondents tagged: “Time out with the Press” at Alausa, Ikeja. The Lawmaker, who is the Chairman House Committee on Establishment, Training and Pension said “If you continue to think about your stomach, you cannot do anything for your country.” Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Delta Guber: Orubebe Picks Guber Form The former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Peter Orubebe, yesterday picked an expression of interest form of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State to contest the governorship election in the State. Speaking with journalists after he collected the form, Elder Orubebe who went to church to dedicate the form to God described the agitation for an Ijaw native to emerge as the governorship candidate for PDP in the 2015 general elections as a winning strategy for the party. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Rivers Guber: Wike, Jack Disagree Over Power Rotation The race for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial ticket in Rivers State, intensified yesterday as former Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike and former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Power in Rivers State, Beks Dagogo Jack, disagreed over which zone should fly the party’s flag for the governorship election. Both aspirants purchased expression of interest and nomination forms yesterday at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja. Wike however picked his forms through a group, PDP Stakeholders in Rivers State, led by a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara. Opara said while they will not discourage others from vying for the gubernatorial ticket, they disagreed with the agitation that Ikwere ethnic nationality should be zoned out of the governorship contest.` Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/
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Sun News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 2015: “I’m Still In Guber Race”- FCT Minister Contrary to the  rumour in the State that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, has withdrawn from the race for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, a chieftain of the party has declared that the Minister is still very much in the race. Speaking with journalists in Bauchi on Monday, Alhaji Danjuma Barde, stated that there was never a time that Senator Mohammed announced his withdrawal from the governorship race. He stated that Senator Mohammed had wanted to quit but was prevailed upon by President Goodluck Jonathan to hold on for now to enable him sort out some issues concerning the Bauchi State governorship race. Bauchi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.
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Sun News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Chris Anyanwu Is An Alarmist, Says Okorocha’s Aide The Imo State government yesterday described Senator Chris Anyanwu, a gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as an alarmist in its reaction to allegation by the serving Senator that the incumbent administration has plunged the State into huge debts. The State government also stated that the governorship aspirant had nothing to offer the people of Imo State. Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, Senior Special Assistant (Media) to Governor Rochas Okorocha, in a statement, stated that Anyanwu had put on the toga of an alarmist in recent times, which was not expected from a distinguished Senator of her calibre. Imo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.
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Sun News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Enugu 2015: Awgu Constituents Endorse Ekweremadu Deputy President of Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, has reassured his people of Enugu West Senatorial District that if re-elected, he will redouble his efforts in attracting projects and development to the zone and Enugu State in general. Ekweremadu spoke at the weekend while addressing the people of Awgu Local Government Area of the State, made up of professionals, political and business leaders under the aegis of Save Awgu Forum Enugu State (SAFE). The Awgu leaders, led by prominent businessman, Emperor Baywood Ibe, stormed the Deputy Senate President’s hometown, Mpu, Aninri Local Government Area in their thousands on Sunday and endorsed him for another term in the Senate. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.
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Sun News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Lagos 2015: Igbos To Contest All Elective Positions A socio-cultural pressure group in Lagos, Ndigbo United Association, has said Igbo in Lagos State would contest all the elective positions in the State in the 2015 general elections. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, the Chairman of the organization, Chief Anslem Njoku, said since the Igbo contributed substantially to the economy of Lagos State, they should not only be voters or mere spectators in the affairs of the State, but take active part in its governance. He noted that though Igbo made up half of the population of Lagos State, they were not occupying any elective position from councillor to the Governor of the State. He said 2015 would be a different ball game, as Igbo would throw their hats into the ring for any elective office. Lagos 2015; Igbos; NUA http://sunnewsonline.
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Sun News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Senate: Enugu East PDP Members Buy Form For Chief Of Staff, Nwobodo Thousands of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members from the Enugu East Senatorial District yesterday stormed the State Secretariat of the party to buy form for the Chief of Staff, Enugu State Government House, Mrs Ifeoma Nwobodo. The party members, who marched from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, a distance of about two kilometres, to the Secretariat led by the Deputy Governor, Revd. Raphael Nwoye, and the six Local Government Chairmen from the Senatorial District insisted that Mrs Nwobodo would represent the District in the Senate in 2015. Senator Gil Nnaji is currently representing the Senatorial District in the Senate. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.
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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Adamawa: Fintiri Denies Embezzling N18 Billion Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Speaker of the Adamwa State House of Assembly has denied embezzling N18billion State funds during his tenure as Acting Governor.  According to LEADERSHIP, Fintiri said that when he assumed leadership of the State, the financial position of the State was in a bad shape saying the State was heading to a total collapse due to high level of indebtedness. Fintiri blamed the media for the N18billion embezzlement scandal claiming they were out to tarnish his reputation. Adamawa 2015; Fintiri http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Kwankwaso Explains Why APC Will Win 2015 Presidential Elections Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso yesterday explained why the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win next year’s presidential election. According to the APC presidential aspirant, the fact that the APC is set to organise a transparent primary to pick its candidate will swing the votes in its favour. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 “Governor Sule Lamido Is Somebody I Can Trust”- President Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan has dispelled rumours of bad blood between him and the Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido.  According to PREMIUM TIMES, speaking at an interactive forum in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital after commissioning the Dutse International Airport, President Jonathan said, “Sule Lamido is a man of his word” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian
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Daily Post News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 2015: Buhari’s Loyalists Ask Atiku To Step Down For Him Some loyalists of a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, under the auspices of Buhari Vanguard have called on a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to step down for Buhari.  Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday in Bauchi, Buhari Vanguard said that though it was Atiku’s moral and constitutional right to run for President, it would be nice if he could drop his ambition for Buhari. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/
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Daily Post News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 2015: “Buhari Is No MatchFor Jonathan”- Ezeife As battle begins for the 2015 presidential election, Third Republic Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has asserted that a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, cannot withstand President Goodluck Jonathan. He expressed hope that the President would floor Buhari in 2015 with a wider margin than he did in 2011, if the retired General emerged the presidential candidate of the APC. Ezeife, who spoke with Vaguard on Tuesday, noted that none of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the APC could defeat the President in 2015. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/
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Daily Post News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 CLO Accuses Politicians In Rivers State Of Being Lacklustre The Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO in Rivers State has lashed out at politicians in the State for their lacklustre attitude. The Spokesman of the CLO, Livingstone Nwechie in a statement described those coming out to contest election against 2015 as power grabbers. Nwechie said the aspirants do not truly have the interest of the people of Rivers State at heart. Rivers 2015; CLO http://dailypost.ng/
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Daily Post News Online Wednesday 22nd October 2014 “I Will Stamp Out Corruption”- Presidential Aspirant, Sam Nwanti International detective, Mr. Sam Nwanti, has joined the 2015 presidential race. Nwanti, who is aspiring on the platform of the Mega Progressives Peoples Party, promised to root out corruption if given the mandate. According to the Imo State born politician, he joined the presidential race in other to save Nigerians from the stranglehold of the major parties on the country, assuring all that he will beat President Jonathan and the eventual candidate of the APC. Nwanti, who lived in the United States for 26 years, believes his training, experience and exposure placed him miles ahead of others in the race. Nigeria 2015; MPPP http://dailypost.ng/
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 Tambuwal Set To Join APC, Considers Gubernatorial Race As speculations were rife Monday that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, had defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), his Media Aide Imam Imam stated that “consultations on the Speaker’s political future continue and the outcome will be made public at the appropriate time”. Although the statement failed to confirm if Tambuwal had left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on whose platform he became a Member of the Legislature and Speaker of the House, sources close to Tambuwal said that he would defect “any minute from now” and would contest the governorship race on the platform of the APC in his home State, Sokoto.Tambuwal was expected to throw his hat into the ring for the presidential contest as an APC candidate, but the sources said he has decided to settle for the governorship race on the grounds that most major stakeholders of the party such as the Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi and a National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, had settled for former military Head of State Major-General Muhammadu Buhari as the presidential candidate of APC.

However, his media aide admitted that Tambuwal had attended a stakeholders’ meeting of the APC in Sokoto on Monday at the instance of the state governor, Aliyu Wamakko.

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 Presidential Ticket: Atiku Expected To Outspend Opponents In The APC Former Vice-President and aspirant in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is expected to outspend his opponents in the presidential contest, a THISDAY survey has shown. With a war chest from various business sources and contacts, the Atiku campaign promises to be a huge money show all the way. Already, the campaign is getting donations from individuals. It received a cheque of N1000 on Monday. Principally, heavy funds would be expended on media activities such as adverts on the radios, televisions and newspapers. Atiku, a grassroots politician, believes in the efficacy of the media – a force he easily displays to his advantage. In the last general polls, Atiku outspent his opponents in advertorials where he took on his traducers with carton-type adverts. Currently, his campaign office, which runs like a mini-media house, has in its services experienced media handlers like Alhaji Garba Shehu, Paul Ibe and a host of others. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 APC Governors To Meet In Ilorin For Party Primaries All the Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will meet in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital tomorrow on the aegis of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF). THISDAY gathered that top on the agenda of the meeting is the forthcoming party primaries and other matters of national interest. A source said the Governors would also use the opportunity to hold a valedictory session in honour of the former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who left office last week. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 2015: Fulani Pastoralists Mobilize 23 Million Members For Jonathan Ahead of the 2015 presidential election, Fulani cattle breeders in Nigeria operating under the auspices of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Socio-Cultural Association on Monday promised to mobilise their 23 million members to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. They made the declaration at a world press conference held at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja. The National Secretary of the association, Saleh Alhassan Kubah, who read the text on behalf of the National President, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo, said their association was rooting for President Jonathan because he had shown special interest in the welfare of pastoralists in the country since he assumed office. According to him, apart from favourable agricultural policies under his transformation agenda, particularly in animal husbandry, President Jonathan also appointed Fulani pastoralists into key positions in his government. Nigeria 2015; Fulani; President Jonathan http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 Constitution Review: Group Commends House Of Representatives For Removal Of Immunity Clause The  Stop Impunity Nigeria (S.I.N) campaign on Monday commended the House of Representatives for removing the immunity clause for the President, Vice-President, Governors and their Deputies in the proposed Constitution Review. It called on the Senate to follow suit so as to eliminate a major source of impunity at the highest levels of government. The campaign described the decision of the House as a welcome development, saying it would facilitate accountability in the Executive arm of government and instil restraint on some of our leaders who have consistently displayed unbridled criminality in the knowledge that they cannot be prosecuted for their actions. Immunity Clause; SIN; House of Representatives; Constitutional Review http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 Court Sets Aside De-registration Of Hope Democratic Party A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to re-list Hope Democratic Party, which it de-registered in December 2012. Justice Adeniyi Ademola held that INEC has powers to de-register political parties but it must give the affected parties fair hearing. Having not given HDP fair hearing, the de-registration of the party was not liable to be set aside. The court consequently set aside the de-registration of HDP. The National Assembly and the INEC were the first and second defendants in the suit. He therefore declared as “null, void, unlawful, unconstitutional and of no effect” the de-registration of HDP through a letter dated December 6, 2013 and a press release by INEC on December 8, 2012. Nigeria 2015; Hope Democratic Party (HDP); INEC; Judiciary http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 Ekiti: Fayose Flays Fayemi Over N3.3 Billion Governor’s Lodge The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Monday flayed ex-Governor Kayode Fayemi for the N3.3 billion Governor’s lodge built in the twilight of his tenure, branding  the project as ill-conceived and  a misplaced priority. Fayose, who promised a robust women empowerment during his government, promised his administration’s strict compliance with 35 per cent affirmative action for women in government in consonance with the Beijing Declaration of  1993. He made the statements while administering oaths on the newly appointed  Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Modupe Alade and other Special Assistants  in Ado-Ekiti on Monday. The Governor berated Fayemi for expending such a staggering sum in building an edifice  for his comfort, even when the masses are facing serious hardship and challenge of abject poverty. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 2015: Jonathan Advises PDP Governors Not To Field Unpopular Candidates In an apparent approval of the quest by the Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to endorse their successors, President Goodluck Jonathan, in a meeting with them on Sunday night, urged them to ensure that they support popular candidates as their successors. Also, the meeting expressed concerns over the chances of former Military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), emerging as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 2015 presidential election. THISDAY gathered that the meeting also urged the Governors to ensure that there won’t be imposition by the Governors in their various States, and that due process is allowed to take place in the emergence of their preferred candidates as the governorship candidates. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 Ngilari Has The Right To Contest The Governorship Election In Adamawa State, Says Teneke The zonal Chairman of Adamawa South of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Medan Teneke, has stated  that Governor Bala Ngilari possesses the constitutional right to contest for the governorship seat of the State in the  coming 2015 general elections, on the platform of the party if he chooses to do so. While speaking to journalists on Monday in Yola, Teneke said Ngilari should not be subjected to any form of zoning agreement that he knows nothing about, adding that the Governor was not part of the agreement that the governorship of Adamawa had been zoned by the party to the Central Senatorial Zone. Teneke said Ngilari’s emergence as the  Governor of the State was by divine arrangement, adding that most of the party stakeholders worked against his emergency and do not like him. Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 Enugu Senate Seat: Chime, Ekweremadu Get Endorsements The battle of wits between Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and Governor Sullivan Chime over the Enugu West senatorial seat deepened on Monday as different groups drawn from the State endorsed the two leaders for the position. While the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the zone and the traditional rulers as well as the Enugu Professional Forum (EPF) endorsed the Governor for the seat, another group made up of professionals, political and business leaders under the aegis of Save Awgu Forum (SAFE) declared their support for Ekweremadu’s bid to return to the Senate for the fourth time. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 Ibori’s Political Family Endorses Senator Okowa A major political statement was made on Monday in Asaba, the Delta State capital, when notable politicians, most of them coming from the political dynasty of the former Governor, James Ibori, threw their weights behind Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, who declared to contest the governorship primary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Among them were the elder brother of former Governor, Chief Williams Ibori; former Minister of Information and Culture, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire; a former PDP Women Leader, Chief Mary Iyasere; former PDP Chairman, Mr. Pius Esenebe, Mr. Eddy Ugboma, Mr. Michael Diden, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Kingsley Emu, former Commissioner for Finance, Mr. George Orodo, Hon. Kingsley Akporia, Emma Ogidi, Hon. Okocha Theodore, Dr. Felicia Nweze and former Attorney -General and Commissioner for Justice in the defunct Bendel State. Speaking at the event which was held at the Oshimili Arcade, Okowa expressed confidence that Uduaghan would hand over to him on May 29, 2015, when the Governor’s tenure would expire. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.
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Leadership News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 Rivers PDP Chairman, BOT Member In War Of Words Over Meeting With Amaechi Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Chief Felix Obuah and a member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party, Chief Tonye Graham-Douglas were engaged in a war of words over an alleged secret meeting with Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and other chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Port Harcourt. Obuah had in a chat with newsmen on Sunday evening in Port Harcourt, alleged that Graham-Douglas, a former Minister of Culture and Tourism, attended a meeting with APC chieftains at Government House, Port Harcourt, accusing him of romancing with the opposition party. He said the presence of the Kalabari-born politician in the APC meeting has vindicated the leadership of the PDP in the State that those causing crisis in the PDP were moles and agents of APC. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 Bayelsa: Governor Dickson’s Aides Resign, Declare For State Assembly, NASS Two Aides of Bayelsa State Governor,Hon. Seriake Dickson, yesterday resigned their appointments to contest for State and National Assembly elections in the State. The two Aides are the Commissioner for Education in Bayelsa State, Hon Salo Adikumo and the Chief of Staff,Bayelsa House Abuja,Chief Dikivie Ikhiogha. LEADERSHIP gathered that their resignation is in fulfilment of the provisions required to pick up nomination forms on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Adikumo and Ikiogha are contesting for the Sagbama Constituency 3 House of Assembly election and Yenagoa/ Kolokuma/ Opokuma Federal Constituency respectively. Bayelsa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/
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Leadership News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 “Civil Servants Corrupted Politicians”- Lawmaker The Vice Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Home Affairs, Muhibat Rufai-Adeyemi has said that civil servants influenced politicians to be corrupt. She disclosed this at a weekly programme organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly correspondents. “You can imagine that even civil servants also aid corruption; at times, a politician may not have the required knowledge on how to go about embezzling money, but the civil servants would be the ones to teach him,” she said. She pointed out that any position being occupied should be seen as a trust for which everyone at the helm of affairs should be ready to account. Nigeria 2015; Corruption http://leadership.ng/n
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Leadership News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 Group Commends FCT Minister For Shelving Guber Ambition Indigenous youth in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), under the auspices of FCT Original Inhabitants Youths and Women Empowerment Association, have commended the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, for sacrificing his governorship bid to concentrate on the rapid development and transformation of the FCT. In a statement signed by the President of the association, Commandant Isaac David, the natives also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for reposing confidence in the Bauchi-born Minister, describing his gesture of ‘dropping’ his governorship bid as an “outstanding act of patriotism and sacrifice”. According to them, the Minister’s decision to harken to the voice of Abuja natives and others to shelve his gubernatorial bid is truly an act in national interest. Nigeria 2015; FCT Minister; FCTOIYWEA http://leadership.ng/
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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 “Stomach Infrastructure Is An Insult To Ekiti People”- Fayemi Former Governor of Ekiti state Dr. Kayode Fayemi while speaking during Channels Television’s “Politics Today” on Monday termed stomach infrastructure – the donation of rice and money to citizens- an insult to the Ekiti people. He defended his tenure, saying teachers in the State became the highest paid in the country, adding that he ensured that civil servants’ salaries were increased thrice during his administration. He wondered why the new Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and his supporters had been criticising him saying “What they mean by stomach infrastructure abhors me and many people know that I am not going to partake in it. I am not going to go out on the streets and start distributing N200 to the people because I want people to hail me.” Ekiti 2014; Fayemi http://www.nigerian
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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 2015: Bauchi SSG, 7 Others Resign Ahead of the 2015 general elections, eight members of the Bauchi State Executive Council have resigned their appointments to contest various positions. This is contained in a statement signed by the Principal Private Secretary to Governor Isa Yuguda, Alhaji Adamu Alkali, on Monday in Bauchi. According to the statement, the members include the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Aminu Hamayo; Chief of Staff, Government House, Alhaji Abdulkadir Mohammed, and Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Malam Abubakar Fago. Others are the Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Isa Wabu; Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Bappah Azare, and Commissioner for Envirnoment, Alhaji Tasiu Mohammed. Some other members of the cabinet that also resigned included Commissioner for Works and Transport, Malam Sani Bura, and Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Alhaji Mohammed Lassi. Bauchi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerian
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 Lagos To Get 2,400 Additional Polling Units The Independent National Eectoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lagos State, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, on Monday said the State would get 2,400 additional polling units ahead of the 2015 elections. Ogunmola spoke with journalists at a workshop on the upcoming distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) organised for key officers of INEC by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lagos. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he said the distribution of PVCs would capture the new units.The new units, when created, will bring the total number of polling units in the State to about 10, 865. Lagos 2015; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.
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ThisDay Live Tuesday 21st October 2014 Information Ministry Staff Decry Maladministration During Maku’s Leadership As the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, left office on Monday, personnel of the Ministry staged a protest, blocking the entrance to the Radio House over alleged maladministration during his tenure. It took the intervention of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Folasade Yemi-Esan, to get the staff into a dialogue after hours of protest. One of the members of staff, who expressed dissatisfaction with the Minister and the Permanent Secretary during the truce meeting, accused the duo of being insensitive to their plight. Nigeria 2015; Ministry of Information http://www.thisdaylive.
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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 Buruji Kashamu: Former Senate President Ebute Writes Obasanjo, Calls Him A Hypocrite A former President of the Senate in the Third Republic, Senator Ameh Ebute, has written an open letter to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, accusing him of hypocrisy and insincerity. His memo followed Obasanjo’s reaction to the series of visits by chieftains of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in an attempt to resolve the crisis bedevilling the South West zonal chapter of the party. Ebute, who is now the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), said he was constrained to employ the medium of an open letter since most of the issues he intended to raise were already in the public domain. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/
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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 Benue Elders Dump Senator Gemade, Buy Forms For Suswam Elders from the North East Senatorial zone of Benue State on Monday bought both expression of interest and party nomination forms for Gov. Gabriel Suswam at the State Secretariat of the PDP in Makurdi, the State capital. While presenting the forms to Governor Suswam, leader of the delegation, Atoza Ihindan, said the Governor has all it takes to represent the zone at the National Assembly. Responding, Suswam expressed appreciation to the gesture and prayed for wisdom to serve. Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/
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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 Enugu Tribunal Sacks PDP Councillor The Enugu State Local Government Election Petition Tribunal, presided over by Barr Umunna Ugwu has nullified the election of Hon Michael Kelle of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as Councillor representing Awgu Ward 1 in Awgu Local Government Council of Enugu State. Delivering judgment in Petition No. EP/5/2013, between Hon Chief Felix Okwudirichukwu Ogbonna of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Michael Kelle, of the PDP and the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission, ENSIEC, the Tribunal ordered ENSIEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to the PDP candidate and to conduct a re-run election within two weeks. The Tribunal nullified the election on the ground of substantial non-compliance with the Local Government Law of Enugu State 2004, the election guidelines and manual which substantially affected the outcome of the election. Enugu Local Government Election Tribunal; Councillor http://dailypost.ng/
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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 Amaechi’s Kinsmen Endorse Jonathan For Second Term Despite the ongoing political war brewing between President Goodluck Jonathan and his in-law, Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, Ikwerre ethnic nationality has thrown its weight behind the re-election of the President. The community also passed a vote of confidence on Jonathan and Nyesom Wike in the forth-coming general elections, and thus called on them to declare their interest for the polls without further delay. The occasion was a solidarity rally in Port Harcourt attended by illustrious sons and daughters of the land, including Sergeant Awuse, Victor Ihunwo, Prince Igirigba and Kingsley Chindah, among others. Rivers 2015; President Jonathan; Ikwerre; http://dailypost.ng/
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Daily Post News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 2015: Enugu Chief of Staff, Four Commissioners Resign Indications emerged Monday night that Mrs Ifeoma Nwobodo, the Chief of Staff to Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State and four members of the State Executive Council, have resigned their appointments to enable them contest the 2015 National Assembly Election. The Commissioners include Barrister Chukwuka Utazi (Transport) who is vying for Enugu North Senatorial seat currently occupied by Senator Ayogu Eze, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ujam (Lands) contesting for the Nkanu East and West seat at the House of Representatives, Chief Joe Mmamel (Culture and Tourism) running for Ezeagu/Udi Federal Constituency seat and Engr. Ikechukwu Ugwuegede, (Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority) vying for Nsukka and Igboeze South Federal Constituency seat. Nwobodo resigned to vie for Enugu East Senatorial seat. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/
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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 President Jonathan , Former Borno Governor Sherrif In A Closed Door Meeting President Goodluck Jonathan and former Governor of Borno State, Modu Sheriff who is allegedly a Boko Haram sponsor on Monday held a closed door meeting at the Aso Rock presidential villa, Abuja.  According to LEADERSHIP, Sheriff, who came out of the President’s office some minutes after former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Gen. Buba Marwa stepped out, refused reveal the purpose of the meeting when prodded by journalist. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.nigerian
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Sun News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 Cleric Urges Politicians To Stop Sponsoring Boko Haram As Muslims all over the world prepare for a  new year tagged: Hijrah 1436, politicians have been urged to stop sponsoring terrorism and embrace peace as exemplified by Prophet Muhammed. A cleric, Sheik Salahudeen Olayiwola, gave the charge in Osogbo, at a press briefing organised by Osun State Muslim community to herald this year’s Hijrah 1436. Olayiwola, who is the President of the association, while expressing the need for transparency in the 2015 general elections, noted: “Any attempt to tamper with the wish of the people in the 2015 elections may lead to extra-constitutional means of seeking redress by the aggrieved.” Nigeria 2015; Cleric http://sunnewsonline.
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Sun News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 “No Automatic Ticket, Consensus Candidate In 2015″- APGA As political parties get set for primary elections leading to the selection of their respective candidates for the 2015 elections, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has ruled out giving automatic tickets to its candidates or arriving at a consensus choice. National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, made the declaration in Ogbaru, Anambra State during the commissioning of two water projects in Okpoko and Ogbeukwu communities, attracted by the member representing Ogbaru Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Afam Ogene. Alhaji Shinkafi, who spoke to party faithful and Ogene’s supporters shortly before commissioning the water projects, declared that all candidates for elective posts in the party must go through primary elections, which would be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner. Nigeria 2015; APGA http://sunnewsonline.
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Sun News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 Christian Group Begs Jonathan to Declare Re-election Bid An Igbo Christian group, the Igbo Christian Traders and Gospel Ministers Association, Lagos, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to declare his ambition to run for Presidency in 2015. The Chairman of the group, Emmanuel Ezeanui, told journalists that if the President refused to declare his candidature in shortest time, about five million Christian traders nationwide, would proclaim an indefinite fast to persuade him to declare. He said he believed that God had approved Jonathan’s second tenure and promised to pray continuously for him to take the necessary step. He praised Jonathan for his leadership charisma, saying that the president had since assumption of office, united Nigeria more than ever in the country’s history. On Jonathan’s continued hesitation to make his intention known to Nigerians, Ezeani hinted that the group would march to Abuja-Aso Rock to compel him to run. Nigeria 2015; Christian Group; President Jonathan http://sunnewsonline.
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Sun News Online Tuesday 21st October 2014 “Removal Of Immunity Clause Will Deepen Democracy”- APGA Chieftain An aspirant to the Ideato North/Ideato South Federal Constituency of Imo State on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Emeka Diwe, has said the removal of the immunity conferred on the resident, Vice President, Governors and Deputy Governors, will deepen democracy and respect for the rule of law in the country. Speaking in Aba, Diwe, who was reacting to the proposal by the House of Representatives to remove the immunity clause, noted that the provision had been so much abused by public officers. Nigeria 2015; APGA http://sunnewsonline.
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Nation Newspaper Tuesday 21st October 2014 Be Fair, Monarch Tells Ogun Governor Amosun The Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, has advised Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure fairness and internal democracy. Olugbenle, who spoke in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government, when the Governor toured the area, urged him and the party to shun imposition of candidates. He said internal democracy promotes peace, tranquility and loyalty in politics. Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 8
Nation Newspaper Tuesday 21st October 2014 Fake PDP Cards Flood Ondo The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has raised the alarm over “illegal” membership registration being carried out by some people parading themselves as Chairmen and Secretaries across the 203 Wards. The statement released by the party urged members to steer clear of the illegal exercise. Ondo 2016; Mimiko; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 8
Guardian Newspaper Tuesday 21st October 2014 PDP Guber Aspirant Rates Oyo’s Ajimobi Low, Governor Disagrees As the race for Agodi Government House in Oyo hots up, a governorship aspirant under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Kehinde Olasebikan, has written off the incumbent Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, saying the latter would be easily unseated. However, Ajimobi contended that his administration since its inception had been executing projects that have direct impact on the lives of the people. Oyo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 89
Guardian Newspaper Tuesday 21st October 2014 Why I Want To Govern Yobe, By Ngama The immediate past Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama, yesterday said his decision to govern Yobe State is based on his resolve to reverse what he described as unfavourable development indices that characterised the State for the good of all the residents. Ngama is currently the only politician in the State that has picked up the N11 Million nomination form on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to vie for the highest of the State. Yobe 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 88
Daily Trust Nespaper Tuesday 21st October 2014 Appeal Court To Commence Hearing On Jonathan’s Eligibility Case Next Week There was a mix up yesterday at the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal when the appeal involving the eligibility of President Jonathan to contest the 2015 election came up. The appeal was filed by a PDP aspirant, Dr. Umar Ardo who wants the Appeal Court to join him in a suit against the President as an interested party, was meant to come up but when the case was called, it was Cyriacus Njoku that stood up as the applicant.  The court has ordered the parties involved to go to the registry to resolve the issue as the court is likely to hear the appeal next week in view of the fact that the 2015 election timetable is out. Nigeria 2015; Eligibility; President Jonathan; Judiciary; Ardo 20
ThisDay Live Monday 20th October 2014 How Buhari Intends To Fund His Presidential Campaign Former military Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), has said he would fund his presidential campaign principally from funds generated by friends, associates and well-wishers. It also expected that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled States would contribute to his campaign should he secure the ticket of the party. A close ally of Buhari who spoke anonymously to THISDAY in Abuja yesterday, said Buhari is not the typical rich Nigerian politician with loads of cash to spend. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/how-buhari-intends-to-fund-his-presidential-campaign/191729/
ThisDay Live Monday 20th October 2014 APC Ticket Is Not A Do Or Die Affair, Says Atiku Former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has advised fellow contestants  for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against allowing the issue to degenerate into actions capable of tearing the opposition party apart. Atiku, while reacting to apparent hardline positions being pushed by loyalists of the former Head of State, General Muhammed Buhari (rtd), said the contest should be issues-based rather than on primordial sentiments. The former Vice-President, who spoke through Mallam Garba Shehu from his Media Office in Abuja on Sunday, said those clamouring for consensus arrangement should know that Nigerians are no longer interested in leaders chosen through boardroom conspiracies. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-ticket-not-a-do-or-die-affair-says-atiku/191726/
ThisDay Live Monday 20th October 2014 AD Deplores High Cost Of Nomination Forms The Alliance for Democracy (AD) has berated political parties’ leaders for charging outrageous fees for party nomination forms. The National Secretary of the party, Rafiu Salau, said in a statement on Sunday that the high cost of nomination forms would turn politics into business and may ultimately lay a foundation for corruption. Former Head of State and one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), had last week complained about the N27.5 million fees charged by his party for its expression of intent and nomination form. However, Salau said AD does not see politics as business, instead as an avenue for service to the people. Nigeria 2015; AD http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-ad-deplores-high-cost-of-nomination-forms/1917

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ThisDay Live Monday 20th October 2014 APC Settles For Six Point Agenda, Set To Unveil Manifesto Ahead of next year’s general election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it is in the process of unveiling its revised manifesto to the Nigerian electorate. The manifesto is divided basically into six areas: national security, capital development, good governance, human development, land and natural resources and foreign policy. Under good governance, the APC Spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said his partywould fight corruption to a stand-still and ensure that the judicial system function very well. Speaking in an interview with THISDAY at the weekend, Mohammed said no effort will be spared to ensure that the final copy of the manifesto reflects the yearnings of Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-settles-for-six-point-agenda-set-to-unveil-manifesto/1

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ThisDay Live Monday 20th October 2014 Ex Senator Urges Chukwu To Withdraw From Ebonyi Guber Race A second Republic Senator and prominent member of Ebonyi State Founding Fathers Forum, Dr Offia Nwali has urged the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu to withdraw from the governorship race because the people that adopted him as consensus candidate were not free and fair during the adoption. He contended that the machinery of government was made available to pilot the adoption because it was believed that whatever the Governor, Chief Martin Elechi says remains sacrosanct. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ex-senator-urges-chukwu-to-withdraw-from-ebonyi-gub

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ThisDay Live Monday 20th October 2014 Fresh Crisis In Adamawa PDP Over Plot To Force Ngilari To Contest Senate Election A fresh crisis is brewing in the Adamawa State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over an alleged plot by some stakeholders in the State to stop the new Governor, James Bala Ngilari, from purchasing the governorship nomination form and forcing him to contest for the senatorial election instead of the governorship in the February 2015 elections. As part of this plot, there is an underground scheme to remove the State Chairman of the party, Joel Madaki, on the grounds that he is a Christian just as the Governor. According to top sources within the PDP, the crisis, which has religious undertone, led to the impeachment of the former Governor, Murtala Nyako, and Ngilari. The PDP source attributed this to Muslim stakeholders who do not want a Christian to become the Governor of the State following the impeachment of Nyako, hence the attempted impeachment of Ngilari as well because he is Christian. Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fresh-crisis-in-adamawa-pdp-over-plot-to-force-ngilari-to

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ThisDay Live Monday 20th October 2014 Fashola’s Succession Plan Suffers Set Back The plan by Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State to ensure that a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of the State, Mr. Olasupo Shasore, succeeds him in office is facing mounting opposition. A highly placed chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend informed THISDAY that the party leaders across the State had expressed strong opposition to Fashola’s decision to support Shasore’s governorship aspiration. The chieftain described Fashola’s decision as an affront to the party’s consensual arrangement which, he said, “has formally zoned the State’s governorship position in the 2015 election to Lagos East.” Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fashola-8217-s-succession-plan-suffers-setback/191718/
ThisDay Live Monday 20th October 2014 Why I Won’t Step Down For Akala, Says Babalola An Ibadan-based businessman and one of the front runners for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Femi Babalola (a.k.a. Jogor), has advanced reasons why he will not step down for a former Governor of the State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, ahead of the party’s primary next month. Already, Akala and former Senate Leader, Teslim Kolawole Folarin, who are equally fighting desperately for the party’s sole ticket were summoned to a meeting on Sunday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. THISDAY gathered that the meeting at the instance of the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, was engineered by a serving Minister of State, Ms. Jumoke Akinjide. Curiously, it was also attended by a former Governor of the State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, an Accord Party chieftain staging a come-back bid in 2015 too. The outcome was still being awaited as at the time of filing this report. Oyo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/why-i-won-t-step-down-for-akala-says-babalola/191717/
ThisDay Live Monday 20th October 2014 Impeached Enugu Deputy Governor Asks Court To Reinstate Him The impeached Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, has instituted a legal action before an Enugu State High Court, asking it to declare his removal from office by the State House of Assembly illegal, null and void. Onyebuchi, through his five-man team of lawyers led by Femi Falana (SAN) in suit number E/373/2014 filed on September 30, is asking the court to determine whether or not the State Assembly could initiate removal or impeachment proceedings against him for the purposes of removing him from office when he had not committed a gross misconduct in the performance of  his functions as the State Deputy Governor. Enugu Ex-Deputy Governor; Judiciary; Impeachment http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/impeached-enugu-deputy-governor-asks-court-to-reinstat

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ThisDay Live Monday 20th October 2014 Ijaw Accuses Itsekiri Of Hijacking All Elective Positions In Warri As the respective political parties’ candidates in Delta State gear up for the October 25, 2014 Council polls in the State, a Warri Ijaw pressure group has raised the alarm of looming danger in the State over alleged plans by its Itsekiri neighbiours to have all the elective positions in the area to themselves. A statement by the Chairman of the Warri Ijaw Peace Monitoring Group (WIPMG), Chief Patrick Bigha, warned of possible threats to the prevailing atmosphere of communal peace between the Itsekiri and Ijaw ethnic nationalities particularly in three Warri Local Government Areas. Delta 2014; Ijaw; Itsekiri; Council Poll http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ijaw-accuses-itsekiri-of-hijacking-all-elective-positions-in-

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Leadership News Online Monday 20th October 2014 Automatic Tickets: Jonathan, PDP Governors In Late Night Meeting In Aso Rock President Goodluck Jonathan last night entered into a closed door meeting with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors  at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Details of the meeting which commenced at about 9:40pm at the First Lady’s conference room was still unknown at press time. But LEADERSHIP gathered that the meeting may not be unconnected with the seeming row between the Governors and the party leadership over the directive that there should be no automatic ticket for governorship aspirants after the party had unanimously endorsed and adopted Jonathan as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/387601/automatic-tickets-jonathan-pdp-govs-late-night-meeting-aso-rock
Leadership News Online Monday 20th October 2014 2015: “Jonathan ‘ll Get 25% of Votes In Chibok”- Senator Aruwa A chieftain of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, Senator Mukhtar Ahmed Aruwa, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan will not only win the presidential elections in 2015 but will also get the required 25 percent votes, even in Chibok. Chibok is the now famous town in Borno State where Boko Haram sect abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls six months ago and are still holding over 200 hostage. The Senator, who is aspiring for a return to the Senate in 2015 told newsmen in an interview at the weekend, that whoever is doubting the re-election of President Jonathan in the 2015 election is misled. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/387582/2015-jonathanll-get-25-votes-chibok-sen-aruwa
Leadership News Online Monday 20th October 2014 “Jonathan Will Lose In Ondo Because Of Mimiko”- Ex- NADECO Chieftain A former chieftain of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) in Ondo State, Chief Tayo Sadibo, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan would lose the State in the 2015 general elections because of the waning popularity of Governor Olusegun Mimiko. Sadibo, who is the National Coordinator of the Social Democratic Movement (SDM), a non-partisan organisation, and member of the Ondo State Liberation Movement, described Jonathan as a good man. But he warned the President against promoting “failed politicians and political degenerates” from the South-West because they would not help him win elections in the zone. Nigeria 2015; NADECO http://leadership.ng/news/387573/2015-jonathanll-lose-ondo-mimiko-ex-nadeco-chieftain
Leadership News Online Monday 20th October 2014 “Why Wike Will Get Rivers PDP Guber Ticket”- Opara Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Austin Opara, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will give its gubernatorial ticket for the 2015 general elections in Rivers State to former Minister of State for Education, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, based on its conviction that only the former Minister can challenge the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Opara disclosed this yesterday in Port Harcourt, while speaking at a solidarity rally organised by the Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality, in support of the second term bid of President Goodluck Jonathan, and the governorship ambition of Wike. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/387570/rivers-wike-will-get-pdp-guber-ticket-opara
Leadership News Online Monday 20th October 2014 “Why I Want To Be Imo Governor”- Ararume A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, has given reasons why he wants to become the State Governor come 2015. The former Legislator, in an interview with select journalists in Abuja at the weekend, said unsolved problems of the people which border on good governance informed his desire to salvage the ‘heartland’ of Igboland. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/387569/want-imo-governor-ararume
Leadership News Online Monday 20th October 2014 “Credible Elections, Jonathan’s Greatest Achievement”- Walson- Jack A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Hon Nimi Walson-Jack, has said that the greatest achievement of President Goodluck Jonathan is creating an atmosphere for free, fair and credible elections. Walson-Jack, who stated this in Port Harcourt, while speaking at a prayer rally for Jonathan and Nigeria, organised by his non-governmental organisation, Rivers Converge, said the 2011 elections and some recent polls after it have largely been accepted as reflecting the popular will of Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; Walson Jack; Rivers 2015; President Jonathan http://leadership.ng/news/387568/credible-elections-jonathans-greatest-achievement-walson-jack
Leadership News Online Monday 20th October 2014 2015: Jonathan’s Strategy To Take Over Rivers State During the recent South-South unity rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benin City, the Edo State capital, President Goodluck Jonathan expressed his belief that the ruling party will re-capture both Rivers and Edo States in the 2015 and 2016 elections respectively. Jonathan was quoted as saying, “In the South-South at the beginning of this democracy in 1999, we know the whole region was PDP, but today two States are out. But from 2015 to 2016, we will get all our States back. Edo State has returned to the PDP. In Rivers State, the opposition exists only on billboards, the State belongs to the PDP. So, allow their billboards to stay. We know the party that is controlling Rivers State. All what we need is unity.” But, the comments of the President seem not to have gone down well with the leadership and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, who believe that Jonathan was not in terms with the current political reality in the State. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/387564/2015-jonathans-strategy-take-rivers-state
ThisDay Live Sunday 19th October 2014 “Retired Civil Servants Are More Qualified To Govern States”- PDP The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over the weekend said retired Civil Servants are most qualified to govern the 36 States of the Federation because of their wealth of experience. The National Organising Secretary of PDP, Abubakar Mustapha, clarified that the party is not against retired Civil Servants contesting elective offices, as, “indeed, they are most qualified because of their wealth of experience.” He spoke when a former Permanent Secretary in the Delta State Government, Tony Obuh, obtained his nomination and Expression of Interest forms to enable him contest to govern Delta State. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-retired-civil-servants-more-experienced-to-govern-states

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ThisDay Live Sunday 19th October 2014 “Immunity Clause Should Remain”- Governor Aliyu Niger State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has opposed the removal of the immunity clause, as the National Assembly begins the amendment of the 1999 Constitution. Aliyu, who spoke at the State Executive Council meeting in Minna on Saturday, argued that if the immunity clause was removed, administrators would be faced with unnecessary distraction. He also submitted that if the immunity clause was removed, government would waste a lot of resources on litigations, for which reason it should be retained. He argued that Nigeria should look at the issue properly before taking a decision saying that “we should not take a decision that will burden the leadership with only going to court.” Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/immunity-clause-should-remain-aliyu-insists/191614/
ThisDay Live Sunday 19th October 2014 Lagos Speaker Picks Governorship Form Lagos State Speaker, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has picked an expression of interest form for the governorship race, thus declaring his intention to serve Lagosians come 2015 if he is elected as the Governor. Ikuforiji, who was at the State Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ikeja, was accompanied by his Campaign Manager, several Aides and the Spokesman of the Assembly, Hon. Segun Olulade. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/lagos-speaker-picks-governorship-form/191620/
Sun News Online Sunday 19th October 2014 87 PDP Aspirants Jostle For 24 Nasarawa Assembly Seats No fewer than 87 persons have declared their intentions to contest the 24 Nasarawa State House of Assembly seats on the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as people of Awe reportedly purchased nomination form for the member representing them at the National Assembly, Muhammad Ogoshi Onawo. State Chairman of the party, Chief Yunana Iliya who disclosed this in a chat with journalists at the PDP Secretariat in Lafia at the weekend also said seven persons have purchased nomination forms for the House of Representatives while 10 persons are aspiring for three senatorial seats of the State. Nasarawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86854
Sun News Online Sunday 19th October 2014 “North Must Unite And Salvage Nigeria”- Governor Shettima The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has called on the North irrespective of their religion and ethnicity, to summon courage and come together, to salvage the country as Nigerians go into another round of election next year. This is just as he said that the North has the number and was in a position to make or mar the future of the country. He made this known yesterday, in Kaduna, while speaking on behalf of other All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors at the party’s Northern stakeholders’ interactive meeting. Nigeria 2015; North http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86851
Sun News Online Sunday 19th October 2014 Don’t Be Deceived, APC Warns Nigerians The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC)in the North, yesterday warned Nigerians to beware of the cease-fire deal entered into by the Federal Government with the Boko Haram group, saying that it could be a deception to achieve cheap political points by the government. In a communiqué issued at the end of its stakeholders meeting in Kaduna which was read by the APC Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the party said it was committed to the well-being of all Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86848
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 19th October 2014 Buhari, Atiku, APC Chieftains Meet In Kaduna As part of efforts by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North to approach the 2015 presidential election as a united front, presidential aspirants on the platform of the party and other party chieftains met in Kaduna on Saturday to renew their strategy on how to defeat President Goodluck Jonathan. Specifically, an aspirant and former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari told the gathering that should the Jonathan-led Federal Government be allowed to continue in 2015,Nigeria would go down the drain. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-atiku-apc-chieftains-meet-in-kaduna.96707/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 19th October 2014 Adamawa PDP May Expel Fintiri For Challenging Ngilari’s Court Victory There are indications that the Adamawa State chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP may expel former Acting Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri over his refusal to drop his appeal against the victory of Bala James Ngillari in court. The PDP at the national level also in a statement by Mr. Olisa Metuh, had said that the PDP as a party will not pursue any appeal, yet Fintiri filed an appeal through his lawyer, Chief Bayo Ojo. According to THE NATION, anonymous dependable sources are claiming that the party may soon suspend Fintiri from its fold for disobeying the orders of the PDP from the party hierarchy in Abuja and even after the intervention of the leader of the party, President Goodluck Jonathan. Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/adamawa-pdp-may-expel-fintiri-for-challenging-ngillaris-court-victory

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 19th October 2014 “Nigeria Will Remain Grateful To Gowon”- President Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan says the nation will remain grateful to former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon for “successfully managing and guiding it through an unfortunate civil war”. Jonathan said this in Abuja on Saturday in a congratulatory letter he wrote to Gowon to celebrate his 80th birthday coming up on Sunday. In the letter, signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, Jonathan described the celebrant as a worthy, steadfast and an iconic feature of Nigerian history. The President said the country came out of the war even stronger and more united. Nigeria 2015; Gowon http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-will-remain-grateful-to-gowon-president-jonathan.96718/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 19th October 2014 “Boko Haram Cease- Fire Came Too Late”- Oyegun Chief John Odigie Oyegun, in a Sunday Sun report, subtly attacked the Federal Government for its ceasefire agreement with the Boko Haram sect. The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said that the ceasefire agreement came too late, as APC had long suggested this over a year ago.  It should be recalled that the Federal Government, on Friday, had announced a ceasefire deal with the sect with a view to dialogue. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/boko-haram-ceasefire-deal-came-too-late-oyegun.96725/
Daily Post News Online Sunday 19th October 2014 CACOL Says Fayemi’s Defeat In Ekiti Was Mysterious A non-governmental organisation, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, has described the victory of Ayodele Fayose at the June 21 Ekiti State governorship election as mysterious. The Chairman, CACOL, Debo Adeniran, while speaking with Punch said it was shocking that Fayemi who didn’t have bad record could easily be defeated. Ekiti 2014; CACOL; Fayemi http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/19/cacol-says-fayemis-defeat-ekiti-mysterious/
ThisDay Live Saturday 18th October 2014 2015: Kalu Urges Jonathan Not To Drop Sambo Former Abia State Governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan not to buckle under pressure to drop Vice President Alhaji Namani Sambo as his running mate when he declares to seek re- election in 2015. Kalu who disclosed that he had picked nomination form to run for  Abia  North  Senatorial seat  under the platform of the PDP described those pushing for the dropping of Sambo as political jobbers who were only out to create disaffection in the seat of power. He said those routing for other persons to be named as the running mate of the President were the enemies of the ruling party, adding that dropping the Vice-President  would amount to a disincentive for the loyalty Sambo had demonstrated as a good Deputy and ally who was not ambitious to rock the boat. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kalu-urges-jonathan-not-to-drop-sambo/191563/
ThisDay Live Saturday 18th October 2014 2015: Tapgun Slams Plateau PDP For Disowning Him Former Governor of Plateau State, Ambassador Fidelis Tapgun, on Friday took on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State for disowning him and also for describing him as an “impostor”. The State PDP had, in a statement signed by its Secretary, Prince Pam Sale, warned Tapgun and another former Governor of the State, Chief Joshua Chibi Dariye, to stop parading themselves as members of the party, describing them as impostors. Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-tapgun-slams-plateau-pdp-for-disowning-him/191565/
ThisDay Live Saturday 18th October 2014 “Nigerians Poorer Today Than In 1999″- Buhari The Buahri Campaign Organisation has insisted  that many Nigerians were poorer today than they were in 1999, even as it described as uncharitable, irresponsible and unpatriotic the “phantom” economic growth being reeled  out by the Presidency. In a statement issued on behalf of Buhari ‘s team on Friday, Mr Osita Okechukwu wondered what could be uncharitable if Buhari said he was committed to build new oil refineries, because President Goodluck Jonathan couldn’t build one in four years. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nigerians-poorer-today-than-in-1999-says-buhari/191578/
ThisDay Live Saturday 18th October 2014 Rivers 2015: Power Task Force Chairman, Dagogo- Jack, Resigns For Guber Race Following President Goodluck Jonathan’s request that top functionaries in his government who were interested in contesting elective positions in the forthcoming 2015 general elections should resign their positions, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), Beks Dagogo-Jack on Friday tendered his resignation from PTFP. Dagogo-Jack said that his resignation from PTFP would now allow him to put himself forward for the governorship election in his State. He said that his quest to govern Rivers State was informed by wide consultation and support from relevant stakeholders. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/power-task-force-chair-dagogo-jack-resigns-for-rivers-

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ThisDay Live Saturday 18th October 2014 Ekiti: “I Took N25 Billion Bond, Didn’t Leave N84 Billion Debt”- Fayemi Ex-Governor of Ekiti State ,Dr Kayode Fayemi, has denied that his government left N84 billion debt, explaining that he  took only N25 billion bond from the capital market during his tenure. Fayemi, clarified that N14 billion of the loan had been paid back, leaving a balance of N11 billion, and urged his successor, Mr Ayo Fayose, to study the hand-over note before passing comments on his predecessor. In a telephone conversation with journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, Fayemi’s Commissioner for Information, Mr  Tayo Ekundayo, said: “Fayose should study the handing over note carefully before making unnecessary noise about the debt profile of Ekiti. I have been hearing  them saying that the debt profile of Ekiti State now stands at N84 billion” Ekiti 2014; Fayemi; Fayose http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/i-took-n25bn-bond-didn-t-leave-n84bn-debt-profile-says-fayemi/191579/
ThisDay Live Saturday 18th October 2014 Presidential Primaries: APC In Dilemma Over Party’s Constitution Barely a few months to next year’s general elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has run into a legal jam which may adversely affect its plans for the presidential primaries. THISDAY gathered Friday that whereas the party was contemplating adopting a middle course to both direct and indirect methods of primaries, it found out that such would be contrary to the existing APC constitution. A party source told THISDAY that the aim of convening the convention was to enable the party leadership to amend the constitution and to make elaborate provisions that would accommodate the new initiative for presidential primaries. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidential-primaries-apc-in-dilemma-over-party-constitut

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Leadership News Online Saturday 18th October 2014 Ekiti: Fayose Sacks 35 Local Government Chairmen, Secretaries, Dissolves Boards Ekiti Government on Saturday announced the dissolution of the 35 Local Government Areas including Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) Caretaker Administrations. This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado-Ekiti. According to the statement, all the 35 Council Chairmen along with their Secretaries and other members of caretaker committees have been relieved of their appointments. It stated that Gov. Ayo Fayose had approved the immediate dissolution of all the Councils. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/387466/fayose-sacks-35-lg-chairmen-secretaries-dissolves-boards
Leadership News Online Saturday 18th October 2014 Lawyers Fault Reps Removal Of Immunity Clause Renowned Constitutional Lawyer, Mr Tunji Abayomi, on Saturday, said the removal of the immunity clause from the Nigerian Constitution by the House of Representatives lacked common sense. Abayomi who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that the Lawmakers’ decision was unnecessary and should be rejected by the Senate and State Assemblies. According to him, removing the immunity that is currently being enjoyed by the President, Vice-President, Governors and their Deputies, will subject them to unnecessary distractions from performing their official functions. 1999 Constitution; House of Representatives; Immunity Clause http://leadership.ng/news/387467/lawyers-fault-reps-removal-immunity-clause
Sun News Online Saturday 18th October 2014 Ogun 2015: “You’re A Mole In The PDP”- PDP Chief Tackles Jimoh Ibrahim Chairman of Energy Group, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim has been accused of working as a mole in the Peoples Democratic Party for the presidential ambition of a member in the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming general election. A PDP Chieftain in Ondo State, Chief Ademola Adeyemi made the allegation in a statement issued in Akure yesterday, declaring that , Ibrahim is the Ebola virus in the PDP that must be exorcised from the party to enable it achieve the required success . According to Adeyemi, the PDP should watch out for Ibrahim, insisting that he is bent on destabilizing the party for the sake of his alleged godfather in APC. Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86714
Sun News Online Saturday 18th October 2014 Oduah Picks PDP For For Anambra North Senatorial Seat After months of intense pressure from stakeholders in Anambra North Senatorial zone, former Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah has finally picked the nomination form for the senatorial ticket of PDP for the 2015 election. Last month, at a public forum held in Onitsha by the Anambra North Development Forum, political stakeholders at the event had decried lack of quality representation of the zone in the National Assembly and resolved to send a delegation to Oduah to vie for the Senatorial seat of the zone in the coming election. Saturday Sun gathered that intense consultations have been going on since then while the delegation continued mounting pressure on Oduah until she finally succumbed and picked the party nomination form in Abuja yesterday. Anambra 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86721
Daily Post News Online Saturday 18th October 2014 2015: Jonathan To Declare Re-election Bid At TAN Rally Barring any unforeseen hitch, President Goodluck Jonathan will today use the grand finale of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) rally, billed to hold at the Eagle Square, Abuja to declare his ambition to contest the 2015 presidential race. The rally is expected to attract the Vice President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark, all State Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), all National Assembly members elected on the party’s platform, all cabinet Ministers, national officers of the PDP and members of the party’s Board of Trustees as well as other party stakeholders. Nigeria 2015; TAN; President Jonathan http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/18/2015-jonathan-declare-re-election-bid-tan-rally/
Daily Post News Online Saturday 18th October 2014 “Many APC Bigwigs Attended Buhari’s Declaration Because Of His Humility”- Oyegun National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, has clarified that the party has not endorsed the candidacy of former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as its flagbearer in the 2015 presidential election. His statement was in reaction to what many Nigerians see as a tactic approval of Buhari’s interest after top chieftains of the party across the country attended his declaration. Speaking to reporters at the party Secretariat yesterday, Oyegun insisted that the turn up of the high powered delegation did not translate into an endorsement. His words: “It does not necessarily equate to that. I think the General was extremely well advised. He is extremely humble for a man of his age and his attainment. He went personally to each of those people who were there, the people you are thinking of, and delivered the invitation personally. And so, out of respect for his humility, out of respect for his age and what he has been, they felt obliged to go and I think that it is a very good thing.” Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/18/many-apc-bigwigs-attended-buharis-declaration-humility-oyegun/
Daily Post News Online Saturday 18th October 2014 APC To Hold Extra-Ordinary Convention October 29th, Commend Bring Back Our Girls Campaigners The All Progressives Congress (APC) is to hold an extraordinary convention in Abuja on Wednesday, October 29 to amend the constitution of the party. Speaking to journalists after a National Executive Council meeting in Abuja yesterday, the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the extraordinary convention will also rectify the modalities for the conduct of the presidential primaries of the party. On the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Mohammed, who spoke hours before news of the deal between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect for the release of the girls broke, said  “I commend those who have been part of the campaign in the last six months. And if any member of APC is a member of that group, we commend them.” He added, “that the President owes the nation a duty “to secure our lives and property.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/18/apc-hold-extraordinary-convention-october-29-commends-bring-b

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Saturday 18th October 2014 APC May Front Buhari/Amaechi Ticket For 2015 Presidential Election A proposed new power sharing formula between legacy members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defectors is causing some disquiet as it is expected to throw up General Muhammadu Buhari as the party presidential candidate and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, as his running mate, Saturday Tribune has learnt. The party has reportedly, by unspoken accord, zoned its Presidential ticket to the North and Vice Presidential ticket to the South. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-may-front-buhari-amaechi-ticket-for-2015-presidential-election.9

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Saturday 18th October 2014 INEC To Commence Distribution Of PVCs In Lagos, Rivers, Kaduna, 10 Other States The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC will on November 7 commence the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards , PVCs in Lagos, Kano, Rivers, Adamawa, Borno, Edo, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun and Plateau states.  The distribution exercise will last for 3 days. Voters are advised to collect their PVCs as temporary voters cards will not be used during the 2015 elections. Nigeria 2015; INEC; Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-to-commence-distribution-of-pvcs-in-lagos-rivers-kaduna-10-other-

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Saturday 18th October 2014 Adamawa N18 Billion Fraud: EFCC Commences Probe On Fintiri Barely a week after he was sacked by a Federal High Court in Abuja, the former Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has come under the searchlight of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC whose operatives stormed Yola, the State capital on Tuesday scanning official documents as part of an on-going investigation of a whooping sum of N18 billion that allegedly developed wings in the less than the three month stay of Fintiri. While the confusion in the State lasted, there were allegations of indiscriminate award of contracts worth billions of Naira by the Acting Governor. Adamawa 2014; Fintiri http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/n18billion-fraud-efcc-commences-probe-on-fintiri.96587/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Saturday 18th October 2014 Stomach Infrastructure Begins In Ekiti As Fayose Donates 2 Cows, 10 Bags Of Rice To Muslims The newly sworn in Governor of Ekiti, Ayo Fayose is indeed a man of his words. In line with his promise to carry out good stomach infrastructure in the State during his tenure, the Governor has donated 2 cows and 10 bags of rice to Muslims in the State.  According to DAILY POST, speaking at Ado Central Mosque after the Jumat service on Friday, Fayose said , “My administration will banish poverty and hunger from Ekiti State. The concept of my Stomach Infrastructure, which has given me fame and acceptability with the people of Ekiti State, remains an integral part of this administration. Physical infrastructure and urban renewal will continue to play its own role in the development of any nation. It is only the living who are hale and hearty that can enjoy such infrastructure. Stomach infrastructure is not about food alone. It is also about the welfare of the people.” Ekiti 2014; Fayose; Stomach Infrastucture http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/stomach-infrastructure-begins-in-ekiti-as-fayose-donates-2-cows-10-b

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ThisDay Live Friday 17th October 2014 Ekiti: Fayose Sworn In, Rides Into Inauguration In A Vintage Mercedes Benz The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the June 21 governorship election, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, was sworn in Thursday as the fourth democratically elected Governor of the State, with a pledge  not to recognise the 19 newly created Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) established by his immediate predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. In the same way, Fayose ordered the demotion of the eight Permanent Secretaries appointed by Fayemi after the June 21 election, urging the Head of Service, Mr. Bunmi Famosaya, to carry out the order in the spirit of fairness. Fayose, who rode to the venue of his inauguration, the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti, the State capital, in a vintage W110 1965 Mercedes Benz 200 model, also oversaw the defection of six Lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State House of Assembly to the PDP. They were received by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. Ekiti 2014; Inauguration; Fayose; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fayose-sworn-in-rides-to-inauguration-in-vintage-mercedes-be

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ThisDay Live Friday 17th October 2014 PDP Wallowing In Past Glory, Says Oyegun The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the attitude of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government on the chances of being defeated by the opposition party as vague and unrealistic. The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who reacted Thursday to the statement credited to the President’s Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, described him as lacking in knowledge of history and practical reality. In the same vein, the  Buhari Campaign Organisation has  advised the Presidency to carefully go through the declaration speech before resorting to invectives and mudslinging. The team said contrary to the statement issued by the Presidency, Buhari is bringing new tidings to Nigeria, as clearly stated in his declaration speech, among which is provision of maximum security of lives and property, provision of youth employment and tackling corruption which has become blatant and widespread. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-wallowing-in-past-glory-says-oyegun/191504/
ThisDay Live Friday 17th October 2014 “I Am Not Vying For Presidency”- Oshiomole Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State Thursday laid to rest insinuations regarding his purported bid for the presidential ticket of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying while he remains committed to the Nigerian project, his focus now is on accelerating the pace of development in the State. This came on the heels of the statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Loius Odion, Wednesday giving reasons why Oshiomhole had decided to join 2015 presidential race, explaining that his decision was inspired by the need to rescue Nigeria from its current bondage. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oshiomhole-i-am-not-vying-for-the-presidency/191503/
ThisDay Live Friday 17th October 2014 PDP Governors, NWC Members In Stormy Session Over Endorsement In States The meeting between the State Governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the leadership of the party over the endorsement of the Governors’ successors has failed to reach a consensus as the members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) insisted that delegates and stakeholders of the party should be allowed to pick the governorship candidates through due process. However, the meeting which took place on Wednesday night at the residence of the National Chairman of the party, reached a partial agreement on the aspirations of the outgoing Governors who have Senate ambition. The second term Governors may be asked to make a choice between nominating their successors and forgoing senatorial ambition. Due to the failure to reach consensus on theGovernors endorsing their successors, another meeting is scheduled to take place at the weekend. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-govs-nwc-members-in-stormy-session-over-endorseme

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ThisDay Live Friday 17th October 2014 2015 Presidency: Atiku Intensifies Lobby For APC Ticket Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, who is aspiring for the presidential ticket of the opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), has commenced moves to woo delegates to back his presidential ambition by holding consultations with the party  leaders from Bauchi State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Speaking  at two separate meetings with the APC leaders from Bauchi State and the FCT Thursday in Abuja, Atiku said the country risks surrendering to a one-party State, with its dictatorial tendencies. According to him,  “the arrogance” of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has reached a point where the country can no longer bear it. He warned that a mandate to the PDP in 2015 would be a vote for a single-party dictatorship. The former Vice-President, said he is the only candidate with a plan to reduce the enormous powers of the Federation through a systematic devolution of power to the States. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-presidency-atiku-intensifies-lobby-for-apc-ticket/191496/
ThisDay Live Friday 17th October 2014 “Ondo PDP Will Not Accept Political Virus”- Jimoh Ibrahim A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State and Group Managing Director of Energy Group, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, Thursday in Abuja said the State chapter of the party would not accept any ‘political Ebola’ into its membership. Ibrahim said it took efforts to build the party to the level it is now and one single ‘political Ebola or virus’ can destroy the entire work, adding that the current State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party cannot be dissolved by anybody without recourse to the ongoing court proceedings, or cases in various courts. Ibrahim asserted that in 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan scored only 385,000 votes out of the 1.4 million registered voters in Ondo State, in spite of the ceremonial assertion that the Labour Party (LP) in the State was working for President Jonathan. He averred that having built the PDP in the State with mass decampees from many political parties in preparation of ‘Operation One Million Votes’ for Jonathan in the forthcoming presidential election in 2015, PDP would not accept any ‘political Ebola’ coming to hijack or corner the system. Ondo 2016; Mimiko; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ibrahim-ondo-pdp-will-not-accept-political-virus/191489/
ThisDay Live Friday 17th October 2014 “Boko Haram Will Not Affect 2015 Elections”- Jega The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has disclosed that Nigeria can hold elections in February even if Boko Haram violence makes voting impossible in parts of the North-East. Jega, who spoke with AFP, argued that the disenfranchisement of thousands of people would not undermine the entire vote. He said he was preparing to organise polling in the three States under emergency rule because of Islamist attacks. Based on current security assessments, the INEC boss said it was “inconceivable” that unrest could prevent voting throughout Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. But even if the security services ruled out polling stations in areas where the crisis is most intense — including much of Borno and parts of Yobe — the overall credibility of the vote would remain intact, he added. Nigeria 2015; North-East; INEC; Boko Haram http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jega-boko-haram-will-not-threaten-2015-elections/191487/
ThisDay Live Friday 17th October 2014 2015: Buhari Laments High Cost Of APC Nomination Form Former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, has complained about the fees charged by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its expression of intent and nomination form. But the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, while issuing the nomination form to Buhari  Thursday, assured that the leadership of the party will do everything to hold a rancour-free primary. Speaking while at the APC Headquarters to pick his nomination form, the former Head State said he tried during the meeting of the party ‘s National Executive Committee to see if he could influence the scaling  down of the fees but could not. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-presidency-buhari-laments-high-cost-of-apc-nomination

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Sun News Online Friday 17th October 2014 Kwankwaso Meets APC Senators Kano State Governor,  Rabiu Kwankwaso may shift ground on a consensus arrangement for picking the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and settle, instead, for primaries. He was at the National Assembly on Thursday for an interactive session with the Senators elected on the platform of the APC and also, to formally inform the caucus of his presidential ambition in 2015. However, Senate President, David Mark told Kwankwaso that he could not support his presidential ambition on the platform of the APC. Senator Mark, who made this disclosure when he paid him a courtesy call in his office ostensibly to solicit support for his aspiration, said: “It is completely impossible for me to support you. Good as your wishes may be, I can’t grant them.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86503
Sun News Online Friday 17th October 2014 Group Urges Jonathan To Declare Re-election Bid A group in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), One Nigeria for Jonathan and Sambo, has embarked on a nationwide campaign to urge President Goodluck Jonathan to declare his re-election bid. Speaking with journalists during the inauguration of its 28-man executive campaign team in Oyo State yesterday, the National Coordinator of the team, Mr. Chuks Otukpo, said the motive behind the team’s initiative was to make the incumbent President appreciate the stand of the people concerning their choice of leadership in the upcoming polls. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; ONJS http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86499
Sun News Online Friday 17th October 2014 “Lagos Under APC Bondage”- PDP Guber Aspirant The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has been advised to prepare to leave as the opposition party in the State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is poised to take over seat of government in 2015. Giving the advice in Lagos, a gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of PDP in the State, Mr. Akintoye Branco-Rhodes declared that the party would take over power in 2015. He said: “APC days in office in Lagos State are numbered. Governor Babatunde Fashola should start preparing his hand-over notes to PDP candidate. Lagosians are tired of APC, the people are yearning for a change; they want an alternative government and PDP is set to sweep into power in Lagos State in 2015.” Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86497
Sun News Online Friday 17th October 2014 2015: PDP Expresses Hope In Ararume National Organising Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha, has expressed hope in the capacity of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume to win the 2015 governorship election for the party in Imo State. Mustapha stated this in Abuja when Araraume came to obtain the PDP governorship nomination form at the party’s National Headquarters. The party’s Organising Secretary, described Araraume as one of those who paid a great price for Nigeria’s democracy to survive and assured that the party would not disappoint him in his pursuit for the governorship seat in Imo. Mustapha said he was confident that with Araraume, PDP would reclaim Imo State, which he said, was its stronghold. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86491
Sun News Online Friday 17th October 2014 Ogun 2015: Communities Assure Amosun Of Second Term Residents of communities along the 42-kilometre Road linking Sango in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State to Ojodu/Berger in Lagos State have expressed their determination to ensure a second term victory for Governor Ibikunle Amosun in the 2015 general elections. Majority of the residents, who spoke with Daily Sun hinged their resolve to return Amosun for a second term in office on his performance which they described as “unprecedented,” adding that the road construction that would ease traffic jam and pave way for economic activities would be stopped if another person was voted to power in 2015. Mr. Samson Otitolaye, a bread baker, who resides around Akute Alagbole expressed excitement, particularly on the longest road linking Ogun and Lagos, saying, “if Amosun is allowed to complete the project, prosperity will not forget him.” Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86493
Sun News Online Friday 17th October 2014 Kalabari People Urge Jonathan To Ignore Amaechi Kalabari people of Rivers State have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to ignore the negative comments made against him by Governor Chibuike Amaechi. Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo and his political associates, gave the advice at an event to thank the people of Kalabari kingdom and award undergraduate scholarships to 153 indigent university students. The  Minister used the opportunity to catalogue the  plans of  President Jonathan for the country, Rivers State and Kalabari Kingdom in particular.  He urged the people to continue to support the President and the PDP in the State under the leadership of  Nyesom Wike. In their response, Kalabari stakeholders from all the 33 communities and towns, thanked President Jonathan for his love for the Kalabaris and the appointment of one of their illustrious sons as Minister. They promised to support him and the PDP at the  Local Government, State and National levels. Nigeria 2015; Kalabari; President Jonathan http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86478
Sun News Online Friday 17th October 2014 “Jonathan’s Administration Disrespects Yorubas Most”- Akande President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has been described as the regime that disrespects the Yoruba the most in the history of the country. Chief Bisi Akande, former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Osun State, made the observation recently in Abeokuta, while speaking at the first inaugural Dauda Adegbenro Foundation Memorial Lecture in honour of the late Chief Dauda Adegbenro, former Premier of defunct Western Region. In his speech, entitled: Adegbenro Fought Against Regimes of Impunity, Akande alleged that Nigeria,  with Jonathan as leader, was back under a regime of impunity where the President imposed leaders on States as he wished. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86471
Sun News Online Friday 17th October 2014 Akwa Ibom 2015: Thugs Attack Senator Esuene’s Campaign Train Chairman of the Senate Committee on Women Affairs and Youth Development, Helen Esuene yesterday deplored efforts in certain quarters to scheme her out of the Akwa Ibom State governorship race. Esuene alleged that some thugs attacked her campaign train at Essien Udim Local Government Area of the State when they got to the area to canvass support from party faithful at the Essien Udim Secretariat in Afa, Ikot Abak. Senator Esuene, who was in the company of the PDP chapter Chairman in the area, Elder Friday Udoh, at the time of the attack, escaped from her attackers, who took her personal belongings, including her bag and telephone set. Several people, including the Deputy Director General of her campaign team and former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Bassey Essien, who witnessed the incident, decried the development, stressing that the entire debacle was uncalled for. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86463
Daily Post News Online Friday 17th October 2014 APC Warns Jonathan Against Using Chibok Girls As Pawns On His Political Chessboard The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned President Goodluck Jonathan, against using Chibok girls as ‘pawns on his political chessboard.’ The opposition party urged him to release the school girls who were whisked away from their school dormitory in Chibok over six months ago, if indeed he knew their whereabouts. APC in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed Secretary, on Thursday said Jonathan’s continuous silence over the issue showed that he was not capable of rescuing the girls. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/16/apc-warns-jonathan-using-chibok-girls-pawns-poli

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Daily Post News Online Friday 17th October 2014 Ekiti: Governor Fayose Appoints SSG, SA On Stomach Infrastructure, 8 Others The newly sworn-in Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose today appointed Dr. (Mrs) Modupe Alade, as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and nine other Special Assistants. Other political appointees include Mr Idow‎u Adelusi as Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Barr Owoseni Ajayi as Special Assistant to the Governor on Legal Matters. Others are, Mr Kayode Oso as Special Assistant to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mr Sola Owoeye as Special Assistant to the Governor on Protocol, Mrs Sola Olowookere as Personal Assistant to the Governor (Abuja), Chief Toyin Ojo as Special Assistant to the Governor on Finance. The remaining are, Mr Sunday Anifowose as Personal Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties and Stomach Infrastructure, Mr. Sunday Omosilade as Personal Assistant to the Governor on Domestic Matters,Mr Lere Olayinka as Special Assistant to the‎ Governor on Information and Social Media. Ekiti 2014; Inauguration; Fayose; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/16/governor-fayose-appoints-ssg-pa-stomach-infrastructure-eight-others/
Punch News Online Friday 17th October 2014 Group Rejects INEC’s Proposed Polling Units The umbrella body of all Yoruba socio-cultural groups, Yoruba Unity Forum, on Thursday, kicked against the proposed creation of 30,000 polling units by the Independent National Electoral Commission, describing it as a plot designed to make Southern Nigeria irrelevant in national elections. The Deputy Chairman of the body, retired Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi, said this at the general meeting of the forum, at the Ikenne home of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Ogun State. Gbonigi pointed out that the reconfiguration of the number of polling units in each State, which gave the North additional 22,000 units and about 8, 000 additional units to the South was unacceptable. Nigeria 2015; YUF; INEC; Polling Units http://www.punchng.com/politics/group-rejects-inecs-proposed-polling-units/
Punch News Online Friday 17th October 2014 “Nobody Can Appoint A Governor For Akwa Ibom”- Umana One of the aspirants in the 2015 governorship position in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Umana Umana, has said the choice of a new Governor in the State should be the decision of all and not that of an individual. He stated that it would be foolhardy for any individual to assume that he has a right to choose a new Governor for the over five million people of Akwa Ibom State. Umana said this in Abak on Thursday when he consulted stakeholders of Peoples Democratic Party and elders in the area. According to him, it was wrong for one man to claim that he has the right to produce a Governor after he had served his second term in office. Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/nobody-can-appoint-gov-for-a-ibom/
ThisDay Live Thursday 16th October 2014 “No Matter The Antics Of Serial Failures, Jonathan Will Contest In 2015″- Presidency The Presidency on Wednesday said no matter the antics of those it described as serial failures, President Goodluck Jonathan would contest the 2015 presidential election. The Senior Special Assistant to Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, dropped the hints while fielding questions State House correspondents shortly after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. Okupe debunked a report in an online medium that the President was not keen on re-election, but plotting a two-year tenure elongation for himself and other public office holders. Okupe said the report was false and should be disregarded, adding that it was another plot by the opposition to ridicule Jonathan. Okupe said though the President has not declared his intention to seek re-election in 2015,  he would make his intention known in due course. According to him, those who had  declared interests to run for the presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are serial failures. He listed former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who has ran for the presidency  two times but failed, adding that former Head of State, Gen. Muhammed Buhari (rtd) also tried three times. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidency-no-matter-the-antics-of-serial-failures-jonathan-w

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ThisDay Live Thursday 16th October 2014 Maku, Chukwu, Five Other Ministers Resign From Cabinet Seven Ministers in President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet who are interested in contesting the governorship elections in their respective States in 2015,  yesterday resigned from the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Those who bid the Jonathan cabinet farewell are Minister of State for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike who is running for the governorship in Rivers State;  Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu (Ebonyi); Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos); Minister of State for Niger Delta, Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Samuel Ortom (Benue); Labour Minister, Emeka Wogu (Abia) and Information Minister, Labaran Maku (Nasarawa). President Goodluck Jonathan confirmed the Ministers’ desire to leave the cabinet, when he read out their names to State House correspondent during a brief interlude while the FEC meeting was going on. Giving further insight, the President said: “If you are a public officer or you are a civil servant, if you have to go into an elective office, you have to disengage on or before 20th of this month.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/chukwu-maku-five-other-ministers-quit-cabinet/191423/
ThisDay Live Thursday 16th October 2014 Inauguration: Ekiti CJ Sends Emissary To Fayose As the Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, takes over from Governor Kayode Fayemi Thursday, strong indications emerged in Ado Ekiti, the State capital, Wednesday that the Chief Judge (CJ) of the State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, has met with the incoming Governor by proxy. The CJ, who had been embroiled in crisis with Fayose over the September 25th invasion of the court by suspected party thugs, fuelling insinuations that he might not be favourably disposed to perform the swearing-in based on the alleged frosty relationship, was said to have sent a delegation to meet with the Governor-elect yesterday. A close associate of Fayose and a member of his legal team told journalists that “the CJ has sent the Chief Registrar, Mr. Femi Fasanmi, to meet with the Governor-elect, alleging that they have rehearsed on inauguration. So, the insinuation that the CJ will not perform the swearing-in has been laid to rest,” he said. Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Inauguration; Fayose http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inauguration-ekiti-cj-sends-emissary-to-fayose/191420/
ThisDay Live Thursday 16th October 2014 Adamawa: Fintiri Alleges Foul Play, Asks NJC To InvestigateJudge Former Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Umaru Fintiri, has asked the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate Justice Adeniyi Ademola for not releasing a copy of the judgment which sacked him from office to his lawyers. Adamawa 2014; Fintiri http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fintiri-alleges-foul-play-asks-njc-to-investigate-judge/191418/
ThisDay Live Thursday 16th October 2014 Akande Accuses Jonathan Of Running Regime Of Impunity A leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande, Wednesday accused President Goodluck Jonathan of running a government of impunity. According to him, “We are back in similar era of using the regime of impunity in Jonathan’s Federal Government to impose unwanted individuals as leaders in each of the States in Yorubaland.” Akande spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, yesterday during the first inaugural lecture of the Dauda Adegbenro Foundation memorial titled: ‘Adegbenro Fought Against Regimes of the Impunity’, in honour of late Chief Dauda Adegbenro, former Premier of the Western region. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/akande-accuses-jonathan-of-running-regime-of-impunity/

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ThisDay Live Thursday 16th October 2014 Court Reserves Judgement In Suit Challenging Party’s De-registration A Federal High Court in Abuja Wednesday fixed October 20 for judgment in a suit brought before it by some political parties over the continued de-registration by the Independent NationalElectoral Commission (INEC) despite an order by the court voiding it. Justice Adeniyi Ademola fixed the date for judgment after parties adopted their briefs. The plaintiffs, Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Peoples Progressives Party (PPP), Change Advocacy Party (CAP) and Centre For Public Probity Studies through their counsel, Ambrose Owuru, wanted the court to declare that INEC should not be entitled to further funding and or donations from foreign donor countries until it guaranteed due compliance with acceptable democratic norms by obeying court orders. The plaintiffs also asked the court for a declaration that their continued exclusion from the preparations and plans towards the 2015 general election was discriminatory, unlawful and wrongful. Nigeria 2015; De-registration; Political Parties; INEC; Judiciary http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/court-reserves-judgment-in-suit-challenging-party-de-regist

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ThisDay Live Thursday 16th October 2014 Why Oshiomole Is In Presidential Race, By Louis Odion The Edo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Loius Odion, Wednesday gave reasons why the State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, decided to join the 2015 presidential race, explaining that his decision was inspired by the need to rescue Nigeria from its current bondage. According to him, Oshiomhole  was better equipped to lead the nation with his pan-Nigeria perspective, observing that he has better credentials than the other All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirants also targeting the party’s ticket. Recently, it was being speculated that Oshiomhole was interested in contesting the 2015 presidential election. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/why-oshiomhole-is-in-presidential-race-odion/191412/
ThisDay Live Thursday 16th October 2014 Taraba House Of Assembly Passes Vote Of Confidence On Umar, Kente The Taraba State House of Assembly has passed a vote of confidence on the Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, and the Speaker of the State Assembly, Hon. Josiah Sabo Kente. Passing the vote of confidence Wednesday on the floor of the Assembly, it maintained that the Acting Governor and the Speaker deserved commendation based on the matured manner they have exhibited in handling the affairs of the State. The development was sequel to a motion brought by under matter of urgent public importance by the Member representing Ibi Constituency, Hon Mohammed Abdulkarim, which was unanimously passed by the Members present. Taraba 2015; House of Assembly; Acting Governor http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/taraba-assembly-passes-vote-of-confidence-on-umar-k

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Leadership News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 “We Did Not Tell FCT Minister To Stay”- Natives Following claims by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, that he had been approached by natives of the FCT who requested that he continue to stay in office and not return to Bauchi to pursue his ambition to become Governor, the natives, under the auspices of the Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja (OIDA), have branded the statement “disrespectful and a lie”. The OIDA has advised native communities and residents in the FCT to disregard the crusade of “sycophants” who have embarked on a media campaign, calling on Mohammed not to leave the office of the FCT Minister to pursue his political ambitions in Bauchi State due to his alleged positive impact on Abuja natives. Nigeria 2015; FCT Minister; OIDA http://leadership.ng/news/387209/tell-minister-stay-natives
Leadership News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 “Ibori Can’t Dictate The Tune Of Delta State Politics”- Engema The National President of a pro-democracy group, Goodluck Believers Movement (GBM), Hon. Engema Jumbo yesterday said former Delta State Governor James Ibori lacks the political relevance to dictate the tune of Delta politics. Speaking with LEADERSHIP in Abuja yesterday, Hon Engema said there was no way Ibori could dictate the tune of Delta politics from the prison custody in the United Kingdom or who would succeed Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in 2015. Engema, who was speaking against the backdrop of reports that Ibori had rejected the aspirations of some Urhobo indigenes who were vying for the state governorship seat, said it was the turn of Delta North senatorial district to produce the next Governor. GBM; Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/387196/ibori-cant-dictate-tune-delta-politics-engema
Leadership News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 Jonathan Warns Against Ministers, Perm Secs Feud President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday warned against what he described as existing cold working relationship between some Ministers and Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service, calling for the ugly trend to stop. The President, who stated this while swearing in six new Federal Permanent Secretaries before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, also decried the “high level of indiscipline and impunity’’ in the Civil Service and government, noting that a system without discipline was bound to fail. Nigeria 2015; Civil Service; President Jonathan http://leadership.ng/news/387195/jonathan-warns-ministers-perm-secs-feud
Leadership News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 Fayemi Bows Out, Thanks Ekiti People For Their Support The former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has said that his administration, through its eight-point agenda, has reduced poverty to the barest minimum in the State over the last four years. The Governor, in a valedictory speech entitled ‘The Promise Kept’, which was relayed on the State owned media yesterday, said his government was able to win the war against poverty owing to the selfless service he rendered to the people. Fayemi, who thanked the people of the State for supporting his administration, stated that the “8-point agenda of our government was not a campaign gimmick. It served as our compass. We kept faith to the direction in which it pointed”. Ekiti 2014; Fayemi http://leadership.ng/news/387191/fayemi-bows-thanks-ekiti-people-support
Leadership News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 Niger: Zagbayi Ruled Out Of Senate As Governor Aliyu Acquires Form The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger East has ruled out Senator Shem Nuhu Zagbayi from the 2015 senatorial race for the zone, as the Talba Success Movement (TSM), a political movement for Governor Babangida Aliyu, has collected the zone’s nomination form of the party for the Governor. Before the collection of the form by TSM for the Governor, the stakeholders in Niger East, led by the Vice Chairman Mamman Gambo, and supervised by the PDP Deputy Chairman Barrister Tanko Beji, had resolved that Suleja Emirate of Niger East should take the Ministerial Slot, the Minna Emirate where Governor Aliyu comes from should take the Senatorial seat while the Kalgara Emirate will take the State Assembly Speaker. Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/387189/zagbayi-ruled-senate-gov-aliyu-gets-form
Leadership News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 “We Don’t Need Governor Aliyu”- APC The All Progressive Congress in Niger State has stated that the party in the State does not need politicians like Governor Babangida Aliyu to make the desired impact in the State. Publicity Secretary of the party in the State, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, while reacting to the declaration by Governor Aliyu on Tuesday that he will not move out of the PDP, said the Governor cannot be a political asset to APC. Niger 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/387183/dont-need-gov-aliyu-apc
Leadership News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 Okorocha Denies Dumping APC For PDP Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha yesterday denied report of his alleged plan to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). The denial was contained in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, insisting that Okorocha is a committed member of the APC. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/387154/okorocha-denies-dumping-apc-pdp
Leadership News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 Delta State House Of Assembly Restates Confidence In Governor Uduaghan The Delta State House of Assembly, yesterday, passed a vote of confidence on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and the Speaker, Hon. Peter Onwusanya, for their efforts in promoting the well-being of Deltans. The House also dispelled rumour of impeachment notice against Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan as being peddled in some quarters, saying the vote of confidence passed on him was an affirmation that the Governor is working to uplift the wellbeing of Deltans. The vote of confidence passed on the duo stemmed from a motion of matters of urgent public importance moved by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Prince Johnson Erijo and seconded by the Member representing Warri South Constituency II, Hon (Barr) Dennis Omovie. Delta 2015; House Of Assembly; Governor Uduaghan http://leadership.ng/news/387153/delta-assembly-restates-confidence-gov-uduaghan-speaker
Leadership News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 Poor Attendance Stalls Constitution Review Report Consideration In Senate Poor attendance by Senators yesterday stalled the Constitution Review report consideration as the report was deferred to Tuesday next week. According to Senate rules, the Upper House must form a quorum of two-thirds before any bill is passed and the number of Lawmakers present yesterday could not form the required quorum. LEADERSHIP recalls that the ongoing Constitutional Amendment is regarded as the most inclusive and consultative process ever undertaken by the National Assembly with alterations made to about 71 sections of the Constitution. Senate; Constitution Review http://leadership.ng/news/387152/poor-attendance-stalls-constitution-review-report-consid

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Leadership News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 “I’ll Govern Kaduna With Justice, Fear Of God”- El-Rufa’i The former Minister of Federal Capital Territory and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Kaduna State has urged the people of Kaduna State to shun attacks on his person, saying he intends to run a government of justice and fear of God if given the opportunity. El-Rufai who spent close to two weeks in Southern Kaduna told members of his party to jettison politics of blackmail and bitterness. The former Minister, who addressed APC members in Kafanchan, also condemned killings in the area which he described as ungodly and desecration of humanity. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/387147/ill-govern-kaduna-justice-fear-god-says-el-rufai
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 Nigeria’s House of Reps Removes Immunity For President, Governors The House of representatives has approved the removal of the immunity clause which shields the President of Nigeria, Governors from prosecution while in office. The final process in the amendment of the Constitution started in the House of Representatives yesterday. The House approved 71 amendments to the Constitution after an executive session. The mandatory two-thirds required (240 of the 360-Member House) for the amendment to pass was met as 252 of the 261 Members that voted were in favour of the amendments. Eight voted against and one abstained. http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigerias-house-of-reps-removes-immunity-for-president-governors.96288/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 “We’ll Give Them Osun Treatment”- Amaechi Brags During Buhari’s Declaration Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi on Wednesday said that the All Progressives Congress, APC will give President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP the Osun treatment.  Amaechi made the statement while speaking on behalf of other Governors during the official presidential declaration of Muhammadu Buhari.  According to PREMIUM TIMES, Amaechi said, “in the past whenever progressives have such gatherings you hardly see any Governor but that today whenever APC have gatherings, you see 14 Governors, that is why I say change is in the air”. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/well-give-them-the-osun-treatment-amaechi-brags-during-buharis-declara

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 2015: Ihedioha Joins Imo Governorship Race The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, said that he would ensure the enthronement of good governance in Imo, if he is elected as the State`s Governor in 2015. He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen shortly after picking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expression of interest and nomination forms to contest Imo governorship election. Ihedioha, who said he had discharged his duties professionally and creditably in the Legislature, said the day marked the beginning of his transition from the Legislative arm to the Executive arm. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/2015-ihedioha-joins-imo-governorship-race.96274/
Sun News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 “Obi’s Defection To The PDP Is A Non-Issue”- Obiano Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has described the defection of his predecessor, Peter Obi to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a non-issue. He said the former Governor came to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) alone and had left alone. This was just as a PDP stalwart in Nnewi South Council Area yesterday defected from the PDP to APGA. Governor Obiano, who was represented by his political Liaison Officer in Nnewi South Local Government Area, John Ekemezie, at the declaration of a PDP chieftain in Amichi, Dr. Jeff Okeke, for the APGA, said the party had become stronger than ever before, as many more new members were trooping into the party ahead of 2015. He said there was no cause for alarm because of a single man’s defection, stressing that APGA remained a peaceful party. Anambra 2015; Obi; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86363
Sun News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 “I Did Not Submit The Name Of Any Candidate”- Governor Uduaghan The Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has said contrary to reports in some national dailies, he did not submit anybody’s name to President Goodluck Jonathan for the governorship election in the State. In a statement signed by a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Sunny Areh, he said the Governor did not submit any name through the Anioma Congress to the President to be appointed as Governor. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86364
Sun News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 PDP Faults Buhari, Says Economy Witnessed Growth Under PDP The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to claims made by All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential hopeful, General Muhammadu Buhari in his declaration yesterday in Abuja. In his critic of the economy, the former presidential candidate of the defunct, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) had noted that Nigeria had witnessed stunted growth in the last 15 years under the ruling party. Buhari specifically observed that power generation had experienced decline from 4,000 megawatts in 1999 to 3,000 in the last 15 years in spite of enormous public fund pumped into the strategic sector and the assurance by President Goodluck Jonathan to stabilise power generation. But the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday faulted General Buhari’s claim, insisting that the country’s economy had been transformed under the present administration. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86329
Punch News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 Northern Youths Urge Atiku, Buhari, Kwankwaso To Unite Northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum have urged the three leading presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress to unite. They said it would be in the interest of the North for a former Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, and Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who are all Northerners, to join forces in order to win the 2015 presidency. The President of the AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, told PUNCH on Wednesday that the North would not stand a chance of producing the next President if the trio did not amicably choose one of them as a consensus candidate. Nigeria 2015; ACF; North; Buhari; Atiku; Kwankwaso http://www.punchng.com/politics/northern-youths-urge-buhari-atiku-kwankwaso-to-unite/
Punch News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 Don’t Intrude In Our Affairs, PDP Warns Kalu The Chairman of the Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party congress ad hoc committee, Chief Charles Ogbonnaya, has warned former Governor Orji Kalu to stop meddling in the affairs of the party. Ogbonnaya, who was reacting to a media report that he was handpicked to rubberstamp the anointed candidate of Governor Theodore Orji for the governorship primaries, accused Kalu of sponsoring the said media report. He argued that Kalu was not a member of PDP, hence, he has no business meddling to the party’s internal matters. Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/dont-intrude-in-our-affairs-pdp-warns-kalu/
Punch News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 APC Warns Igbos Against Voting For Jonathan Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Lagos State chapter, Chief Joe Igbokwe, has advised Igbos across the country not to allow President Goodluck Jonathan use them to win a second term in office. Igbokwe said this in an article titled, ‘What is wrong with Igbo politics in Nigeria?’ The APC Spokesperson said Igbos had not been able to rule Nigeria because over the years they had ensured that other ethnic nationalities got to the seat of power. Igbokwe said the pan-Igbo group, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, had also failed to fight for the Igbo cause. He advised his kinsmen to realise that in the long run, Igbos had not benefitted from the support it had been giving other ethnic nationalities. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/politics/apc-warns-igbo-against-voting-for-jonathan/
Punch News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 Police Minister, Omisore Assaulted Me, Adeleke Tells Panel A former Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, on Wednesday, told the Commission of Inquiry on Disturbance of Public Peace sitting in Osogbo that the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and another PDP chieftain, Sogo Agboola, beat him up at the premises of a hotel on April 2, 2014. Adeleke had in April while aspiring to pick the governorship ticket of the PDP accused the three leaders of the PDP of attacking him at the venue of a meeting between aspirants and national leaders of the PDP who were in the State to conduct the party’s primary election. Governor Rauf Aregbesola had set up the Commission following a petition written to him by Adeleke that he was assaulted at a hotel which was a public place. Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/police-minister-omisore-assaulted-me-adeleke-tells

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Daily Post News Online Thursday 16th October 2014 Enugu’s PDP Crisis Deepens, Awgu’s Council Chairman Served Impeachment Notice The lingering crisis in the Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is set to claim another casualty as the Awgu Local Government Legislative Council, on Wednesday, served a Notice of Impeachment on the Council Chairman and Governor Sullivan Chime’s loyalist, Hon. Mathanus Nnanna Nze. The senatorial contest between the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and Governor Chime has been a major cause of quarrel between the two camps. In a Notice of Impeachment signed by six out of the eleven Ward Councillors that make up the legislative body, the Councillors accused Hon. Nze of gross misconduct, lack of accountability, corruption, and sponsoring political violence against Legislative Council. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/16/enugu-pdp-crisis-deepens-awgu-council-chairman-served-im

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 15th October 2014 In The Spirit Of Sportsmanship, Adamu Mu’azu To Meet Odigie- Oyegun In an apparent move to end the war of words between both parties, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, yesterday pledged to meet his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, in the spirit of sportsmanship. The meeting according to Mu’azu, is to show PDP’s commitment to democracy and the party’s spirit of sportsmanship. Mu’azu however, called on the opposition to join the party in suit in this initiative. The PDP Chairman made the disclosure yesterday when he played host to a forum of former Governors led by former Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, at the party secretariat in Abuja. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/in-the-spirit-of-sportsmanship-mu-azu-to-meet-odigie-oyegun/191344/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 15th October 2014 PDP Governors Will Not Join APC, Suswam Insists Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, yesterday insisted that no Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor will defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as claimed by Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso. Suswam’s position was corroborated by the Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, who yesterday refuted newspaper reports that he and his Jigawa State counterpart, Sule Lamido, were planning to leave the PDP for the APC. Kwakwanso was quoted in a report that  two PDP Governors would soon defect to APC. Suswam stated this when he fielded questions from State House correspondents shortly after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-governors-will-not-join-apc-suswam-insists/191343/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Obasanjo Is Not Against Emergence Of Atiku As APC Presidential Candidate”- Group The Chairman of the Northern Youths Leaders Forum (NYLF), Eliot Afiyo, has  reacted  to a media report thatformer President Olusegun Obasanjo has told Senator Bola Tinubu not to support the candidature  and the emergence of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar as the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential standard-bearer for the 2015 election. Afiyo said in a statement signed by him and that the media report had also received total condemnation from the Northern youths. The Chairman said the NYLF was not oblivious to the machination of those who are never comfortable with the renewed relationship between Obasanjo and his former Vice saying they would not succeed in their bid. Afiyo said the former Nigerian leader had not thwarted the emergence of his former Vice as the presidential candidate of the APC. Nigeria 2015; NYLF; Obasanjo; Atiku http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-obasanjo-is-not-against-atiku-s-emergence-as-apc-presi

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 15th October 2014 Buhari Secures Amaechi’s Backing For APC Presidential Ticket As former Head of State, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), formally declares to run for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State Governor, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, has declared his resolve to back the general for the position. Amaechi made his position known yesterday evening when Buhari paid him a visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt. Amaechi said he was satisfied that Buhari has a solution to corruption which he described as the core of problems of the nation and said he would support the former Head of State in his aspiration. He expressed regret that most Nigerians had been accusing Buhari of tribalism and also being a religious bigot. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-secures-amaechi-s-backing-for-apc-presidential-tic

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Why APC Dropped Consensus Initiative”- Kwankwaso The Kano State Governor and one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, has defended the decision of the party to jettison the consensus arrangement in preference to primaries. Kwakwanso, who spoke  with journalists in Abuja yesterday shortly after being honoured with an award by the Leadership Newspaper for his boldness in leading the revolt against his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), said there were feelings that subjecting aspirants to primaries would create better chances for the opposition to emerge victorious. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kwakwanso-why-apc-dropped-consensus-initiative/191342/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Ebonyi People Want Chukwu As Governor”- Elechi Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martins Elechi, yesterday said the people of the State preferred the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, to be his successor in 2015. This came as the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, yesterday said if given the nod, Chukwu would make a difference in the State. The Governor noted that the  Chukwu had no ambition to become Governor or hold any other political office, but the people of Ebonyi State accessed him and found him as a good material to do the job. Elechi disclosed this when he fielded questions from State House correspondents. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/elechi-ebonyi-people-want-chukwu-as-governor/191328/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 15th October 2014 Crisis Brews In Enugu PDP As Ex Officers Threaten Showdown The crisis brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State deepened yesterday as the former State executive members and the former Local Government party Chairmen defied threats from the party to hold a secret meeting. The organizers of the meeting did not only condemn what they called “illegal harassment and intimidation” of loyal party members and lack of regard for party stakeholders in the State by the State Chairman of the PDP, Vita Abba, and his cohorts but also positioned themselves for a possible showdown. The meeting, said to have taken place at an undisclosed location in a bid to avert possible police arrest, the organizers expressed regret that Abba wanted to abort the meeting by ordering police to arrest the convener, who is the former State Publicity Secretary of the party, Ugulu O. Ugulu, for alleged impersonation. But, in a swift reaction by the State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Dr Okey Eze, the party dismissed their allegations as baseless, unfounded and mischievous with the sole intent of causing disaffection among members of the party in the State. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/crisis-brews-in-enugu-pdp-as-ex-officers-threaten-showdown/191327/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Why Jonathan Will Emerge Victorious In 2015″- Omehia Former Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Celestine Omehia, has said there is no doubt that President Goodluck Jonathan will emerge victorious with overwhelming votes in the 2015 presidential election. Omehia told journalists in Abuja that the clamour by the greater percentage of Nigerians that thePpresident should go for a second term was such that he would consider the call of Nigerians and go for the second term. He noted that the reasons adduced by Nigerians for Jonathan’s second term ambition were because of the achievements of his administration, the foundation the administration has laid, his personal demeanour and his relationship with Nigerians. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/omehia-why-jonathan-will-emerge-victorious-in-2015/191319/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Demonstration Against Obi Is A Welcome Development”- Former Aide Obienyem The Media Aide to the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, has described the demonstrations and regrets expressed over his boss’s departure from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as a welcome development, insisting that more of such demonstrations are welcome for the lessons inherent in them. Obienyem was reacting to the demonstration in Nnewi yesterday by some APGA faithfuls against Obi’s leaving the party. Anambra 2015; Obi; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/demonstration-against-obi-is-a-welcome-development/191309/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 15th October 2014 Stop Portraying Nigeria In A Bad Light, Gowon Warns Politicians Ahead of the 2015 general election, former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has admonished Nigerians, especially politicians across the political divide not to do anything that will disintegrate the country or threaten its unity. Gowon, who spoke shortly after receiving a lifetime award from the Leadership Newspaper Group for his contributions to the unity and development of the country, urged Nigerians, especially politicians, to try and portray the country in good light. Nigeria 2015; Gowon http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/stop-portraying-nigeria-in-bad-light-gowon-cautions-politician

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Leadership News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 Nda-Isaiah Pays N2.5 Million Expression Of Interest Fee To APC A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sam Nda-Isaiah, has paid to the party the mandatory N2.5 million expression of interest fee. This was contained in a press release issued by the Director General of his campaign office, Sam4Nigeria, Maamoun Saleh, in Abuja yesterday. Nda-Isaiah has become the second presidential aspirant to pay the fee after former Vice President Atiku Abubakar did so a few days ago. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/387062/presidential-race-nda-isaiah-pays-n2-5m-expression-interest-fee-apc
Leadership News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Nigerians Are Fed Up With PDP”- Buhari Former Head of State and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, has alleged that Nigerians are fed up with the bad governance of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Buhari, who said this yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, accused the PDP-led Federal Government of running the country with impunity. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/387053/2015-nigerians-fed-pdp-buhari
Leadership News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 “I’ll Not Leave PDP For APC”- Governor Aliyu The Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has stated that despite leading the G7 Governors he will not defect from the ruling party because the aim was to bring sanity to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and not to quit the party. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije, yesterday, Aliyu said that Nigerians should discountenance insinuations that he has intentions to cross carpet as contained in media reports linking him and his Jigawa State counterpart, Alhaji Sule Lamido to a plot to leave PDP for the All Progressives People’s Congress (APC) . Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/387051/ill-leave-pdp-apc-gov-aliyu
Leadership News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 Kaduna 2015: “Why Governor Yero Is Contesting”- Bajoga Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Amb. Nuhu Audu Bajoga yesterday disclosed why incumbent Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero is contesting the 2015 governorship election, saying it is simply to consolidate on the gains of his predecessors and those his administration has recorded so far. The Deputy Governor stated this during his visit to traditional rulers in the Southern Senatorial Zone of the State to update them on the recent purchase of nomination and expression of interest forms by the Governor to contest the 2015 governorship election. He said the purchase of the forms by Governor Yero last Saturday has finally put to rest speculations making the rounds that the Governor was not going to contest for the governorship position of the State come 2015. Kaduna 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/387050/2015-governor-yero-contesting-bajoga
Leadership News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 Adamawa: Nyako’s Loyalists Made The List Of Ngilari’s Appointees As a sign of appreciation to the gesture done to him by impeached Governor Murtala Nyako, prominent political associates of Nyako made the list of appointments made by Governor Bala James Ngilari yesterday in Yola. Governor Murtala Nyako’s political associates had played prominent roles in the court case instituted by Ngilari over contention in respect of whether he has sent his resignation letter to Governor Nyako or not which led to the sacking of Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri. The Nyako’s men who were in the list include Mr. P.P. Elisha who was initially appointed by Nyako as a Commissioner but was rejected by the Fintiri-led House of Assembly which made Nyako appoint him a Special Adviser on Government House Matters. Elisha is now the Director of Press to Governor Bala Ngilari. Another Nyako’s political associate who made the list is Hon. Abdul Rahman Bobboi who was also an Adviser to Nyako but was brought by Ngilari as Chief of Protocol. Adamawa 2014; Nyako; Ngilari http://leadership.ng/news/387048/nyakos-loyalists-made-list-ngilaris-new-appointees
Leadership News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 Lagos Assembly Condemns PDP Over Statement On Ikuforiji’s Acquittal The Lagos State House of Assembly has condemned the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the statement credited to the party which faulted the Lagos High Court judgment of Friday, September 26, that acquitted the Speaker of the money laundering charge instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In the statement issued yesterday by the Spokesman of the House, Hon Segun Olulade, the House condemned PDP’s statement saying the party was chasing shadows over the judgment which vindicated Ikuforiji after several years of baseless trials on a fictitious petition orchestrated to destabilize the Assembly and indeed the State Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/387043/lagos-assembly-condemns-pdp-statement-ikuforijis-acquittal
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 2015: Buhari’s Official Presidential Declaration Holds Today Former Military ruler, Muhammadu Buhari will today officially declare his intention to contest for the office for the President of Nigeria, using the All Progressives Congress, APC as a platform.  The declaration will hold at Eagles square Abuja.  Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi is expected to attend the declaration. However, it is unclear if APC national leaders will be present for the event. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-buharis-official-presidential-declaration-is-today.96118/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 Ekiti State Governor-Elect Ayo Fayose, Calls Off Curfew Imposed By Governor Fayemi On Tuesday, Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayo Fayose called off the curfew imposed by Governor, Kayode Fayemi. Fayemi had on September 26, declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the State. According to PUNCH, Fayose who returned to Ekiti on Tuesday afternoon amid cheers and jubilation by his supporters told the booming crowd to ignore the subsisting curfew and go about their normal duty because it had brought untold hardship to the people. Ekiti 2014; Fayemi; Fayose http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/ekiti-governor-elect-ayo-fayose-calls-off-curfew-imposed-by-govern

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 2015 Polls: PDP To Hold Workshop For Female Aspirants The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said it will on Wednesday organize a one-day workshop for female aspirants contesting elective positions in the 2015 general elections on its platform. This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olisa Metuh, the party`s National Publicity Secretary, on Tuesday in Abuja. According to the statement, the workshop is the party`s strategy to equip women with the capacity to fully participate in its forthcoming primaries and congresses ahead of the 2015 general elections. It said that the workshop, organized by the PDP National Women Leader, Kema Chikwe, would be hosted by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/2015-polls-pdp-to-hold-workshop-for-female-aspirants.96103/
Daily Post News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Northern Elders Sold Us Out By Endorsing Jonathan”- Ango Abdullahi The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has accused Northern Governors of selling out the region by endorsing President Jonathan for a second term. The Forum Secretary, Professor Ango Abdullahi who stated this while speaking with newsmen at his office in Bauchi, said the Northern People had lost confidence in Governors from the region, who in 2011 elections entered a secret deal with President Jonathan to contest in 2015. Abdullahi said that the secret deal was later confirmed by President Goodluck Jonathan himself. Nigeria 2015; NEF; North http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/14/northern-governors-sold-us-endorsing-jonathan-ango-abdullahi/
Punch News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 Lagos 2015: Agbaje Denies Being Tinubu’s Mole Lagos State governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has refuted speculations that he is a mole planted by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, within the PDP. He also said he had no intention of leaving the PDP whether or not he wins the party’s ticket at the forthcoming governorship primary. Agbaje said this at the Protea Hotel, Ikeja, at the weekend during an interactive session with PDP youths and women leaders representing the 57 Councils of the State. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/agbaje-denies-being-tinubus-mole/
Punch News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Don’t Vote For Jonathan In 2015″- Baderinwa A Federal House of Representatives aspirant for Ifelodun/Boripe/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency, Osun State, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, has warned Nigerians not to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan. Baderinwa said this in an interview with journalists in Osogbo on Tuesday. Baderinwa, who is a Media Aide to the first Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, said: “It is not possible for Nigerians to take the option of voting PDP again because returning the PDP will further spell doom for the country.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/politics/dont-vote-for-jonathan/
Punch News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Ekiti Should Be Thankful To Fayemi”- Akinrinade A former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.) has urged the people of Ekiti State to be thankful to the outgoing Governor of the State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, for spending the State’s resources on transformation rather than diverting it to personal use. A statement by Fayemi’s Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, said this on Tuesday. It said the former military chief gave the charge during the inauguration of the College of Technical and Commercial Agriculture, Isan Ekiti and Fountpar Food Processing Company in Ayedun Ekiti, on Tuesday. Akinrinade said the people should be thankful that Fayemi worked for them and did not pocket State funds. Ekiti 2014; Akinrinade; Fayemi http://www.punchng.com/politics/ekiti-should-be-thankful-to-fayemi-akinrinade/
Sun News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 Steer Clear Of Politics, Kwara Governor Tells Military Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has charged the military to insulate itself from political manipulation and resist the temptation to descend into the political arena as this could truncate the country’s democracy.The Governor gave the advice when participants of Course 23 of the National Defence College, Abuja on geo-strategic study tour of Kwara State paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Ilorin Kwara State Governor; Military; Politics http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86161
Sun News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 Oyo 2015: Tinubu, South-West APC Leaders Mount Pressure On Ladoja In a bid to consolidate its hold on the South-West geo-political zone and ensure a block vote for its candidates in 2015 elections, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has re-opened its negotiations with the former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja. Ladoja, the National Leader of Accord Party (AP), has declared his intention to contest the governorship election in Oyo State next year, which is expected to hold in February. The defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) had earlier entered into working agreement with Ladoja at the inception of the Governor Abiola Ajimobi administration only for the latter to truncate the agreement, alleging stern criticisms of his administration’s policies by Ladoja. Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86157
Sun News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 We Don’t Want Rancorous Elections, Ex- Governors Tell PDP, APC Ahead of the 2015 general elections, a forum of former governors in the country has called on the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure free and fair polls in the country. At separate meetings with National Chairmen of the two parties, Adamu Mu’azu and Odigie Oyegun, who incidentally are members of Former Governors’ Forum, leader of the team and former Governor of old Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo, admonished them to ensure that candidates for elective offices on their platforms shunned abuses and violence during their campaigns. Nigeria 2015; Ex- Governors http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86120
Sun News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 “I Was misquoted On Obasanjo”- Atiku Former Vice President and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has refuted a newspaper cover story headlined, ‘2015: I don’t need your endorsement, Atiku blasts Obasanjo,” saying that he didn’t make such a statement anywhere. In a press statement signed by the Co-ordinator, Atiku Media Office, Garba Shehu, he said the headline did not capture the import of what Atiku said during his media interaction with journalists at the unveiling of his draft policy document. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86093
Sun News Online Wednesday 15th October 2014 NGE, Foundation Partner On Political Foundation In an effort to add value to the nation’s political and electoral system, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and Living Legends Foundation have developed a new electioneering model. The model, “The Next President TV Reality Show,” is an electoral initiative aimed at sensitizing and re-orienting the mindset of Nigerians to embrace the right attitude towards politics and elections. According to its proponents, the new model was also aimed at reducing political tensions as well as minimizing political violence before, during and after elections. Nigeria 2015; NGE http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86128
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 Reps Reject Moves To Stop Deployment Of Soldiers At Polls A desperate attempt aimed at causing the House of Representatives to rescind an earlier decision to give the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) a role in the deployment of troops during elections has failed as protesting members of the opposition unanimously voted against the motion. The House of Representatives on the 30th September 2014 during plenary gave the Independent National Electronic Commission (INEC) the express powers to request for deployment of soldiers during elections in the country. Nigeria 2015; Security; House of Representatives 5
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 Government Not Sincere Over Cash-for-Arms Deal, Says APC Citing inconsistency, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has berated the PDP-led Federal Government for what it called ‘insulting and disingenuous explanation’ aimed at deceiving Nigerians over the $9.3 million cash-for-arms deal that went awry in South Africa, saying everything about the deal is shady. In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday through its National Publicity Secretary Lai Mohammed, the party said the deal violates foreign currency laws of Nigeria and South Africa, violates Nigeria’s money laundering law as well as the Public Procurement Act and makes a mess of the Federal Government’s cashless policy. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 5
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 Tafawa Balewa Son’s Posters Flood Bauchi For 2015 Presidency Despite the adoption of President Jonathan by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the sole presidential aspirant in the 2015 elections, campaign posters and billboards of former Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa’s son, Dr. Abdul Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, yesterday adorned strategic parts of the Bauchi State capital. The timing of the posters, which is coming when preparations are in top gear ahead of President Jonathan’s declaration for the 2015 election, has kept tongues waging on the real motive behind its appearance. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) 8
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 Bio Declares For Kwara Guber Former Minister of Transport and Sports, Ibrahim Isah Bio, will tomorrow declare for the Kwara State governorship contest under the People’ Democratic Party (PDP) platform. In a statement through his Media Aide Olukayode Thomas, he said the supporters of the former  Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly from the 16 Local Government Councils, professionals, party elders and faithfuls were expected at the State Secretariat for the event. Kwara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 74
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 Ekiti Chief Judge Re-opens Courts Ekiti State Chief Judge (CJ) Justice Ayo Daramola, yesterday ordered that all courts in the State should re-open immediately. The courts were closed down on September 25th this year following the assault on judges by suspected party thugs. Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; Chief Judge 75
Guardian Newspaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 Kalabari Stakeholders Urge Support For Jonathan The Kalabari Kingdom, which was agog when the Minster of Sports, Mr. Tammy Danagogo and his political associates gathered to thank political associates and award undergraduate scholarships to their 153 indigent university students, have been urged to support their fellow Ijaw man, President Jonathan, who is their son, brother and in-law; his wife who is their sister; and the PDP in the State under the leadership of Mr. Ezebunwo Wike CON. Nigeria 2015; Kalabari; President Jonathan 76
Daily Trust Nespaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 Jos 2015: “Support My Son If God Makes Him Governor”- Jang Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, yesterday asked the people of the State to support whoever God chooses for them as the next Governor of the State even if it is “the son of Jang.” Politicians in the State have been in suspense in the build up to the 2015 as the Governor had not given an indication who he intends to support to succeed him. Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 3
Daily Trust Nespaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 Adamawa: Tahir Mamman Declares For APC Guber Ticket Former Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Dr. Tahir Mamman, has declared his intention to contest for the Adamawa governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaking during his declaration at the APC Secretariat in Yola, Dr. Mamman urged party delegates and executives to ensure the emergence of competent and development oriented candidate for the APC. Adamawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 19
Daily Trust Nespaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Atiku Has The Structures To Defeat Jonathan”- Abdullahi Sugar Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar possesses what it takes to defeat President Goodluck Jonathan if given the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a Kano based politician, Alhaji Muhammadu Abdullahi Sugar has said. Assessing the chances of the major presidential aspirant of the APC in the North, Sugar said between General Buhari, Atiku Abubakar and Governor Kwankwaso, Atiku has the best political structure across the country. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) 19
Nation Newspaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Let Fayose Be” Mu’azu Urges APC The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu, has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to allow the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayo Fayose, enjoy a peaceful tenure. Mu’azu made this plea in Abuja yesterday at the PDP National Secretariat when members of the Former Governor’s Forum visited him. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 8
Nation Newspaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 “2015 Is A Defining Moment For Nigeria”- Fashola Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola came hard on President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration and members of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN). He said their idea of transformation defied dictionary meaning. The Governor said a government that spends an average of 65 percent of its annual national budget on recurrent expenditure in the last four years cannot be adjudged to be transforming the country. He said the 2015 general elections would be the defining moment for the country. The Governor spoke at 2014 The Leadership annual conference and awards organized by The Leadership Newspaper in Abuja yesterday. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 8
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 PDP Governors, Jonathan Meet Over Cancellation Of Endorsement Today Governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will today meet with President Jonathan to express their displeasure over the nullification by the National Working Committee (NWC) of their consensus endorsement of their candidates ahead of the 2015 general elections and their own candidature. A very reliable source at the Secretariat of the Governor Goodswill Akpabio-led PDP Governor’s Forum told Vanguard that some Governors were already in Abuja for the meeting slated for 9pm today at the Banquet Hall of the President Villa. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) 8
Vanguard Newspaper Wednesday 15th October 2014 “Why I Want To Be Delta State Governor”- Olejeme Ahead of the November 29th governorship primaries of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2015 general elections, a governorship aspirant in Delta State, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, said yesterday that her dream was to preside over a Delta State that would be functional, productive and prosperous to ensure that no citizen of the State lacked basic necessities of life. She also said she would declare free and compulsory education from primary to secondary level while tertiary education would be highly subsidized to an affordable level. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 12
Daily Trust Nespaper Tuesday 14th October 2014 “I’m Okay With Consensus Or Primaries”- Buhari All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), yesterday said he had no problem going either through primaries or having a consensus arrangement to pick the party’s candidate. Buhari, who was on a consultative visit to Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, said he joined the presidential contest for the forth time to ensure that the country is efficiently managed. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 4
Daily Trust Nespaper Tuesday 14th October 2014 Impeached Enugu Deputy Governor Returns Salary Impeached Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Sunday Onyebuchi, said yesterday that he returned into the State Government’s treasury, the September salary paid to him as a Deputy Director in the Civil Service, insisting that it was a “greek gift.” Secretary to the Enugu State Government, Mr. Patrick Okolo, had after the Deputy Governor’s impeachment, deployed him to his office as Deputy Director on Grade Level 15. However, Onyebuchi said he was surprised that the government paid N61, 067, 26 as salary for September 2014, when he did not work. He maintained that he disengaged from the Civil Service in 2007 to contest elections and has never asked to be re-absorbed. Enugu 2014; Impeachment; Deputy Governor; Civil Service 10
Daily Trust Nespaper Tuesday 14th October 2014 “Obasanjo Did Not Condemn Atiku”- Fashawe Former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not condemn the aspiration of his former Vice, Atiku Abubakar, his age long-ally, Otunba Oyewole Fashawe, has said. A statement made available to newsmen in Abuja said Fashawe, while speaking on behalf of Obasanjo, viewed all aspirants in all the parties as his political children and associates, hence, he will not endorse one over the other, no matter the amount of pressure from any quarter. Nigeria 2015; Obasanjo; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 17
Daily Trust Nespaper Tuesday 14th October 2014 “Katsina APC Disciplinary Committee Out For Witch- Hunt”- Aruwa The recently constituted disciplinary committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State is out to witch-hunt and victimize some members, APC Chairman in Ingawa Local Government, Sule Aruwa has said. Aruwa is one of the two LG Chairmen to appear before the committee to answer alleged violation of party directives with regards to visiting aspirants. The other is that of Safana Local Government, Ahmed Maigoro. Katsina 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 19
Daily Trust Nespaper Tuesday 14th October 2014 Sokoto: Group Wants Governor Wamakko To Go For Senate A group, under the aegis of Sokoto State Youth Enlightenment Forum, has endorsed Governor Aliyu Wamakko for the Sokoto Central Senatorial Zone on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The group made this known after its general meeting yesterday. Sokoto 2015; SSYEF; Wamakko; Senate 20
Nation Newspaper Tuesday 14th October 2014 Ekiti: “Test For Executive As NJC Orders Courts To Sit”- Fayose The battleline appeared drawn yesterday between the Executive and the Judiciary, following the insistence of the National Judicial Council (NJC) that courts in Ekiti State must hold sittings. The NJC directed the Chief Judge (CJ), Justice A. S Daramola, to make a formal announcement to re-open the courts which he did. According to a source, members of the NJC were unhappy that the police had not complied with their advice to protect Judges. Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; Fayose; 1
Nation Newspaper Tuesday 14th October 2014 Alao-Akala Didn’t Tear Ballot Paper, Says PDP Chieftain A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party in Oyo State, Adebisi Olopoenia, has refuted the reports that former Governor of the State, Adebayo Alao-Akala tore ballot papers during the party’s South-West congress over the weekend. He said Alao-Akala was merely trying to stop a process of illegality and fraud during the program. Olopoenia spoke to newsmen yesterday in Ibadan, the State capital. Oyo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 8
Guardian Newspaper Tuesday 14th October 2014 Jonathan Will Remain In Aso Rock In 2015, Says Mu’azu The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, has declared that President Jonathan will be re-elected for a second term in 2015 and the party will win the governorship election in Rivers State. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) 92
ThisDay Live Tuesday 14th October 2014 2015: Fasehun’s Party Asks Court To Stop INEC From Creating New 30,000 Polling Units A Federal High Court in Abuja has reserved October 22nd for ruling on an ex-parte motion brought by the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from further creating additional 30,000 polling units pending the determination of the substantive suit. Nigeria 2015; INEC; Polling Units; Unity Party Of Nigeria (UPN) 12
Sun News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Anambra Agog As Okonkwo Mobilizes Support For Jonathan Awka, Anambra State capital, was agog recently when widows from South-East received the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, at the Alex Ekwueme Square. It was an event organised by Women for Change Initiative and 4J, another NGO, an oil tycoon, anchored by Prince Arthur Eze, campaigning for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan. The President’s wife was welcomed by dignitaries, including Governor Willie Obiano, his wife, Ebelechukwu, National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of Motorcycle Transport Union of Nigeria and Auto Bike Owners Association of Nigeria (MTUN/AOWAN)/ National Chief Taskforce on Network, Abuja, Dr. Jim Okonkwo, Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, and other members of the National Assembly from South-East and wives of Governors of Ebonyi and Abia States. Nigeria 2015; Anambra; President Jonathan http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86047
Sun News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 “Detractors Should Steer Clear Of APGA”- Ezeonwuka A Board of Trustees (BoT) member of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, has warned those bent on destabilising the party to henceforth desist or face God’s wrath. “Those insinuating that there is need to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because it is a federal party are not thinking right. What NPP did during Mbakwe and Jim Nwobodo is what APGA is doing in Anambra State today.  They didn’t defect to the NPN yet they did a wonderful job.” Nigeria 2015; Ezeonwuka; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86015
Sun News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Oru West PDP Elder’s Council Applaud Jonathan’s Endorsement The Elders Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State has applauded the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the party in 2015. In a statement by the Publicity Secretary of the council and Orlu Zonal PDP youth leader, Willie T.C Okolieogwo, the council also advised aspirants in the State for different political positions in 2015 to desist from fraternising with expelled members of the party in the Local Government or face the reactions of the council and its attendant consequences. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=86013
Sun News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 “Attack On Edo Legislative Quarters Raises Impunity”- APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly condemned the attack on Edo legislative quarters on Saturday, saying the incident has raised the level of impunity under President Goodluck Jonathan administration to a level not even contemplated in the days of military rule. In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said based on the ease with which the thugs invaded a facility that should be well secured and the ample time they had to damage over 30 cars and inflict injuries on Legislators and their families, there was no question that the attack was carried out with the collusion of ‘lawless’ Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) politicians and law enforcement agents. Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=85997
Sun News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 I Don’t Need Your Endorsement, Atiku To Obasanjo  Former Vice-President and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said that he has no ill feelings towards his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, over the latter’s speculated aversion to his emergence as APC presidential candidate. A national daily, (not Daily Sun) had reported that Obasanjo told  former Lagos State Governor and  National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju  Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during a recent  private audience in Abeokuta, Ogun State, not to allow Atiku emerge  as the presidential candidate of the party. The former Vice-President told newsmen yesterday in Abuja  that Obasanjo reserves the right to back any presidential aspirant of his choice but noted that his former boss could not dictate to APC faithful on who to elect. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=85979
Sun News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 “Why I Changed My Mind”- Buhari Former Head of State and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, has explained why he decided to vie for the highest political office in the country, after saying that he would not do so again. This is coming ahead of Buhari’s formal declaration for the presidency tomorrow, at the Eagles Square, in Abuja. In a letter he wrote to some prominent Nigerians, intimating them of his aspiration an asking for support, Buhari said he was concerned about the deterioration of the economy and security in the country, among others, and therefore, wants to offer his services to arrest the situation. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=85951
Sun News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Mua’zu’s Visit Deepens Rivers PDP Crisis The recent visit of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, to Rivers State has deepened the crisis rocking the State chapter of the party, instead of resolving it, Daily Sun investigation has revealed. It was gathered that the Chairman’s visit was in connection with the internal crisis in the party, but another source said his visit was for the commissioning of projects and donation of relief materials to the victims of Rumowoji Mile 1 Market, Port Harcourt fire disaster, that occurred on December 17, 2013. However, checks revealed that the other faction of the party in the State was not informed about the visit. Mu’azu had during the visit, declared that the party would produce the next Governor of Rivers State. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=85949
Leadership News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 APC Chieftain Donates 27 Cars, 287 Motocycles To Party In Jigawa A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, on Monday donated 27 cars and 287 motorcycles to the party in the State. Distributing the vehicles in Dutse, Abubakar said each Local Government was given one car, while the motorcycles would be distributed to the 287 political wards across the State. He explained that the donation was his contribution to the building of the party in the State. Jigawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/386949/apc-chieftain-donates-27-cars-287-motorcycles-party-

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Leadership News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 “We Have Transformed Lives In 4 Years”- Fayemi Outgoing Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said that instituted programmes by his administration have brought a fundamental change in the lives of the populace in the last four years. Speaking yesterday during the commissioning of the new Ekiti Governor’s Lodge (Ayoba Villa) and presentation of books detailing activities of his administration, he stated that he had succeeded in fulfilling all his electioneering promises to the people. The Governor said it is now left for the incoming administration of Mr Ayodele Fayose to either honour or desecrate his legacies, saying what he believes is that his achievement feats would remain indelible in the hearts of the people. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/386929/transformed-lives-4-years-fayemi
Leadership News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Osun Assembly Dispels Rumour On Election Nullification Osun State House of Assembly has described the rumour making the rounds that elections conducted in 2011 which brought State and National Assembly Members to office has been nullified as a mere figment of the imagination of the opposition. A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr. Goke Butika, which was made available to newsmen stated that the case has nothing to do with nullification of any election. According to the House, the case that was determined at the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo State, was between the aggrieved PDP candidates and INEC. Osun 2015; Legislature; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/386928/osun-assembly-dispels-rumour-election-nullification
Leadership News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Enugu Monarchs Endorse Chime For Senate Royal fathers in Enugu State have declared their support for the Senatorial bid of Governor Sullivan Chime, explaining that their resolve to support him followed his selfless leadership qualities and unprecedented achievements in office. In a 9-point communique issued yesterday by the traditional rulers under the auspices of Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers at the end of their quarterly meeting, the Monarchs noted with delight “the unparalleled, amazing and spectacular quantum leap to modernity which the urban centres and rural areas in Enugu State had taken in the past seven years and three months under the governorship of His Excellency, Governor Sullivan Iheanacho Chime.” Enugu 2015; Chime; Senate; Monarchs http://leadership.ng/news/386957/enugu-monarchs-endorse-chime-senate
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Nasarawa Assembly In Fresh Plot To Impeach Governor Al- Makura After one failed impeachement bid, members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly are still determined to see Governor Umaru Al-Makura shoved out of office. The Nasarawa State House of Assembly is planning fresh impeachment proceedings against Governor Umaru Al-Makura over allegations of misuse of funds, Daily Trust learnt from sources in the Legislature and the Executive. Al-Makura survived a previous impeachment bid when a probe panel set up by the Chief Judge (CJ) cleared him of accusations labeled by the House because lawmakers failed to provide proof. The lawmakers objected to the composition of the panel, and petitioned against the CJ when he declined to disband it. Nasarawa 2015; House of Assembly; Al- Makura; Impeachment http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nasarawa-assembly-begins-fresh-impeachment-move-against-al-ma

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Nyako Accuses Fintiri Of Looting N18 Billion Impeached Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has called on the Presidency and national leadership of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to probe the sacked Acting Governor of Adamawa State Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri over allegations of N18b theft of Adamawa State resources. A statement signed by the Director of Press and Publicity to the former Governor Mallam Ahmad Sajoh urged the anti graft commissions to explore all avenues in unraveling the scathing discovery saying there cannot be smoke without fire. Adamawa 2014; Nyako; Fintiri http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nyako-accuses-fintiri-of-looting-n18billion-from-adamawa.95977/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Buruji Kashamu To Contest For Senate The Chairman Mobilisation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southwest, Prince Buruji Kashamu has joined the race for the Senatorial seat in the Ogun East Senatorial District. The posters of the man allegedly on the wanted list of the United States flocked Ijebu Ode during the last Ojude Oba day. The posters have also been seen in ,Ijebu Igbo,Ago Iwoye and Sagamu. A close aide of the PDP financier, who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent this morning via telephone that the man has dropped his intention to vie for the governorship seat and has resolved to contest for the Senate seat. Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/2015-buruji-kashamu-to-contest-for-senate-seat.95971/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Taraba Acting Governor Picks PDP Governorship Nomination Forms The Taraba State Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, on Monday in Abuja picked the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) nomination forms ahead of the gubernatorial primaries slated for November 29. The Media Adviser to the Acting Governor, Mr Aaron Artimas, who confirmed this in Jalingo, said that the forms were delivered to the Acting Governor at his official lodge in Wuse II, Abuja. Artimas said the National Administrative Secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Gurama Bawa, delivered the form to Umar in the presence of supporters and dignitaries from the State that had converged for the purpose. He said the intent form cost N10 million while the nomination form cost N1 million, adding that the forms were procured by businessmen, friends and well wishers of the Acting Governor. Taraba 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/2015-taraba-acting-governor-picks-pdp-nomination-forms.95962/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Ekiti: “Fayemi Is Trying To Get N1 Billion Loan Before His Tenure Runs Out”- Fayose Cries Out Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, on Monday warned the outgoing government against moves to secure a N1billion loan barely three days to the end of its tenure. This warning is contained in a letter with reference number OGE/EK/ADM/ 094 dated October 10 and signed by the Chairman, Ekiti State Transition Committee, Chief Dipo Anisulowo. The letter was addressed to the Managing Director, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in Lagos and made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti. Ekiti 2014; Fayemi; Fayose http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/ekiti-fayemi-is-planing-to-get-n1billion-loan-before-his-tenure-ends-

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 2015: “Please Accept Defeat With Good Faith”- Abdulsalam Abubakar To Politicians Former Head of State, Gen. AbdulsalamI Abbubakar, on Monday urged politicians to accept defeat and results of the 2015 general elections in good fate and in the interest of democracy. Abubakar, who made the appeal during an interaction with newsmen in Gombe, advised politicians not to take politics as a do-or-die affair, but to play it according to the rules. Nigeria 2015; Abdulsalam http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/2015-please-accept-defeat-with-good-faith-abdusalamii-abubakar-

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Punch News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 “Confab A Slap On The National Assembly”- Akinola Idowu A leader of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Mr. Akinola Idowu, says the fact that Nigerians had to resort to a National Conference to make key political decisions is an evidence that the National Assembly is weak. Idowu, who seeks to represent Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency of Ogun State at the lower chamber of the National Assembly, said this in a statement on Monday. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/politics/confab-a-slap-on-the-national-assembly/
Punch News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Jonathan Hasn’t Stolen Public Funds, Abati Insists The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, has insisted that the President has not stolen any public funds since the beginning of his tenure. Abati said on Sunday while responding to questions on the listing of President Jonathan as one of the richest African Presidents, during a programme on Channels Television. The presidential Spokesperson, who earlier issued a statement on the matter, said the website which claimed that Jonathan was worth $100m, mischievously wanted to portray the President as corrupt. Abati stated that President Jonathan had not stolen any public fund since he came into office and described him as an honest man. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; Richest Presidents; Abati http://www.punchng.com/politics/jonathan-hasnt-stolen-public-funds-abati-insists/
Punch News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 “I’m Ready For Probe”- Fayemi Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said he is ready to face any probe panel in order to defend the actions his administration. Speaking with journalists on Sunday in Ado Ekiti, the Governor said there was nothing unusual in an administration being called upon to defend the actions taken while in office. Ekiti 2014; Fayemi; http://www.punchng.com/politics/im-ready-for-probe-fayemi/
Punch News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Vote PDP Out, Buhari Urges Nigerians A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), has urged Nigerians to emulate the people of Osun State who voted against the Peoples Democratic Party during the August 9, 2014 governorship poll in the State. Buhari said this in Osogbo on Monday during a courtesy visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the Government House. The former Head of State said that the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun State should be an eye-opener for Nigerians ahead of the 2015 elections. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/politics/2015-vote-pdp-out-buhari-urges-nigerians/
Punch News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 “APGA Is In Serious Distress”- Okwu The factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Maxi Okwu, has said the party leadership can no longer deny that the party is in distress. In a reaction to the recent defections of prominent members of the party including a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, Okwu told our correspondent that the party has been seriously affected by the defections. He, however, noted that the party could be redeemed if its leadership crisis gets resolved amicably and soon. Nigeria 2015; Okwu; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) http://www.punchng.com/politics/apga-in-serious-distress-okwu/
Punch News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 “We’ll Resist Imposition From Abuja”- John Okon Chairman of the Cross River State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. John Okon, on Monday, said the party will not entertain imposition of candidates for elective positions from its National Headquarters. Okon said this at the party’s Secretariat in Calabar when he received a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. John Owan-Enoh, who is eying the central Senatorial District ticket in the 2015 election. He said there is no automatic ticket for PDP aspirants in the forthcoming general elections, adding that the party would provide a level-playing field during the State primaries in line with the party’s guidelines. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/well-resist-imposition-from-abuja/
Daily Post News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 PDP Chieftain Calls For Neutral Resolution Of Crisis In The Party A stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State, Lolo Ibieneye has called on members of the party’s National Integration Committee to come out with neutral resolution. The South-South Zone of the Committee set up by the National Leadership of the party came under fire following the fracas that occurred during its sitting in Abuja last week. The Prof. Iya Abubakar-led committee had been accused of been compromised by forces of the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike who was said to be desperate to grab the guber ticket of the party in Rivers State. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/14/rivers-pdp-chieftain-calls-neutral-resolution-party-crisis/
Daily Post News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 2015: Obasanjo Denies Endorsing Any Candidate A former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has denied the media speculations that he has endorsed one of the presidential aspirants for the February 2015 election. Obasanjo, while speaking through one of his close friends, Oyewole Fasawe, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Monday, said he had neither endorsed nor condemned any of the aspirants running on the platform of any of the political parties. Nigeria 2015; Obasanjo; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/14/2015-obasanjo-denies-endorsing-candidate/
Daily Post News Online Tuesday 14th October 2014 Enugu Group Accuses Chime, PDP Chairman Of Trampling On Human Rights The Enugu Rescue Group, ERG, has accused Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State and the PDP chairman in the State, Engr. Vita Abba of trampling on the fundamental rights of the people. ERG in a statement signed by Martin Okenwa, its Publicity Secretary, said it “condemns in totality the petition to the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, by the Chairman of the PDP in Enugu State, Mr. Vita Abba, seeking to scuttle the meeting of past State and Local Government executives of the party”. Enugu 2015; ERG http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/14/enugu-group-accuses-chime-pdp-chairman-trampling-huma

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Punch News Online Monday 13th October 2014 PDP Faults Ikuforiji’s Acquittal The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday described as a miscarriage of justice the acquittal of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, of all 54-count bordering on looting and money laundering to the tune of N700m by the Federal High Court, Lagos Division. The party hailed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for its decision to appeal the judgement. In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taofik Gani, Lagos PDP also called on the National Judicial Council to probe the judgment. The party also noted that the EFCC was able to show that the Speaker breached banking regulations in the manner of the withdrawals from public treasury. Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/pdp-faults-ikuforijis-acquittal/
Sun News Online Monday 13th October 2014 2015: Ayade Alters Cross River’s Guber Race Permutations Until Senator Benedict Ben­gioushuye Ayade recently threw his hat into the ring the Cross River State governorship, race was lacking not just in colour and intrigues, but all the gravitas required in a contest for the office of the Governor. But ever since that audacious move, which many now see as a welcome development and a breath of fresh air, the political temperature in the state has not only been dramatically altered, but the entire polity has been abuzz with his name. Seen by a broad spectrum of Cross Riverians, stakeholders and party faithful across the state as the main gladiator in the 2015 governorship pool, Ayade’s name is now on every­one’s lips. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=85728
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Monday 13th October 2014 Soyinka Still Baffled Over Fayemi’s Defeat In Ekiti Governorship Election Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has described the loss of the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in the June 21 governorship election as a mystery which the All Progressives Congress must unravel. He said with the various programmes and legacy projects put in place by Fayemi, his successor must continue on the path of development. He stated this during the inauguration of the new Government House known as “Ayoba Villa” in Ado Ekiti on Sunday. Fayemi said he had no apology for all he did in government. Ekiti 2014; Wole Soyinka http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/soyinka-still-baffled-over-fayemis-defeat-in-ekiti-governorship

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Monday 13th October 2014 APC Dares President Jonathan To Speak On $1 Billion Malabu Fraud The All Progressives Congress, APC has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently react to the monumental Malabu oil scandal that is again putting Nigeria under the global searchlight as a corrupt nation. In a statement issued by APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Lagos on Sunday, the party said, “President Jonathan must end his silence on the matter since half of the 1.1 billion U.S. dollars paid to Malabu oil and gas for oil field OPL 245 by two oil majors was allegedly used to bribe Nigerian officials, who in turn used the proceeds to buy private jets and armoured limousines”.  It said that since the deal to pay Malabu the huge funds was brokered and passionately defended by the Jonathan administration, it stood to reason that officials of the same administration would know one or two things, and perhaps were part and parcel of the whole scandal. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; Corruption; Malabu Scandal; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-dares-president-jonathan-to-speak-on-1-1billion-malabu-fraud.95824/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Monday 13th October 2014 “Obasanjo Is Targeting Me Because He Has Lost Political Relevance”- Kashamu Prince Buruji Kashamu, Chairman, Mobilisation and Organisation committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in South-West has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of lying against him and targeting him because of perceived loss of political relevance in Ogun State and the South West. Chairman, Mobilisation and Organisation committee of the PDP in South-West, Prince Buruji Kashamu has faulted the claim by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that he has been indicted as a drug Baron in America as a cocktail of lies. Kashamu was reacting to Obasanjo’s response to the pleas by some leaders of the party seeking his forgiveness. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/obasanjo-is-targeting-me-because-he-has-lost-political-relevance-kash

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Daily Times News Online Monday 13th October 2014 Youths Rally Against Bad Leaders, Demand 40% Inclusion In Governance A youth political pressure group,  the Advocates for collective Transformation (ACT) has demanded for 40% inclusion of youths in governance and decision making of the country. This, according to the group, is not unconnected to the poor performance of leadership in the country since it gained its independence. Speaking at a rally to commensurate this year independence anniversary at Yaba area of Lagos State, ACT National President, Comrade Tayo Fashogbon said Nigerian youths are totally demoralized without the necessary capacities and objective conditions to achieve their goals. He added that the youths cannot obviously wait any longer for the unrealistic tomorrow which has been promised since the elementary days in primary schools. Nigeria 2015; Youth Participation http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/2015-youths-rally-against-bad-leaders-demand-40-inclus

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Guardian Newspaper Monday 13th October 2014 Akpabio Hails Verdict On Adamawa Governorship The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Goodswill Akpabio, hailed the court pronouncement and the subsequent swearing-in of Mr. Bala James Ngilari  as the Adamawa State Governor, saying the victory is not only for democracy but a product of the rule of law as espoused by President Jonathan. Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with Jonathan at the State House, Akpabio, who is the Chairman of the PDP Governor’s Forum, admitted that the development was in favour of the PDP. Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 76
Guardian Newspaper Monday 13th October 2014 Shehu Sani Warns Northern States Against Over Dependence On Oil Revenue Leader of the civil society coalition in the North, Mallam Shehu Sani, has warned stakeholders in the region against excessive dependence on oil revenue, saying it is time to depend less on the resources from the Niger Delta in determining the future of Arewa. According to him, the ‘talakawa’ of the region will be in perpetual poverty if they don’t resist money politics and vote credible leaders to man leadership positions in Northern States. Nigeria 2015; North; Shehu Sani 90
Guardian Newspaper Monday 13th October 2014 PDP Ex- Treasurer, Ango Abdullahi Want Party Voted Out In 2015 An elder Statesman, Alhaji Mohammed Bello Kirfi, has told northerners that the 2015 general elections is the last chance they have to vote out the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) saying that the region would be worse off if they do otherwise. Speaking in the same vein, the Spokesman for the Northern Elder’s Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, who was the Chairman of the occassion, stated that President Jonathan ought not to contest for the Presidency again next year, saying that the North should be allowed to complete its eight year tenure since the South, through President Obasanjo, did eight years. Nigeria 2015; NEF 91
Guardian Newspaper Monday 13th October 2014 Group Cautions Against Imposition of Candidates In Taraba PDP For the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to achieve its dream of leading in the 2015 polls, the party has been advised to create a level playing ground for all the aspirants. The Taraba State chapter of the Global Achievers Group gave the advice yesterday at a press briefing which took place at the Mobile Link in Jalingo, the State capital, saying that imposing unpopular aspirants on the people would not in any form help the party during the 2015 general elections. Taraba 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 91
Nation Newspaper Monday 13th October 2014 Akpabio Advises PDP Chairmen Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio has urged People’s Democratic Party (PDP) State Chairmen not to take sides with government critics. Akpabio spoke while addressing Akwa Ibom people at the Ibom International Airport on his return from Abuja at the weekend. Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 10
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 13th October 2014 PDP Governors Meet To Take Stand On Endorsement Barring last minute changes, Governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will meet this week to strategise on the line of action to confront the National Working Committee (NWC) over the stoppage of consensus endorsements of their candidates ahead of the 2015 general elections. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) 7
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 13th October 2014 Group Mobilizes Nigerians Nationwide To Endorse Jonathan Millions of Nigerians across the States are being mobilized to openly endorse President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for a second term in office. The mobilization is in form of million-man marches to hold in all States of the Federation beginning today. Disclosing this in Abuja over the weekend, Prince Rekz Edward, Acting Director General of the G7 Patriots International, organizers of the march, said the march will begin simultaneously in Abia and Imo States today then move to Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi States tomorrow. Ebonyi, Delta and Edo will have marches concurrently on the 15th, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States will march on the 16th, while Rivers State will march on the 17th October 2014. Nigeria 2015; G7 Patriots International; President Jonathan 7
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 13th October 2014 Buhari, Kwankwaso Go Separate Ways As Consensus Plan Flops Efforts by stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to forge a consensus between two of the major presidential aspirants in the party, General Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso have failed. Both men in an apparent determination to slug it out have now formally scheduled dates to declare their aspirations. Reflective of their efforts of political supremacy, the associates of both men were last night engaged in a war of words on who was better placed to win the presidential ticket of the party. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 8
Vanguard Newspaper Monday 13th October 2014 2015: Buhari Woos Fashola, South-West Governors For APC Presidential Ticket Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), yesterday paid a visit to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State to ask for his support and other APC members in the State in his bid to be the party’s flag bearer for the 2015 presidential elections. Buhari who arrived the Lagos House, Marina with members of his campaign team, said he decided to convey the invitation personally because Lagos was considered to be the most viable and biggest constituency of the APC, adding that he would also visit all the other Governors in the South-West and Kwara before the Wednesday primaries. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) 9
Daily Trust Nespaper Monday 13th October 2014 Reps Put Finishing Touches On Constitution Review The House of Representatives has said it would put finishing touches on the ongoing constitutional review process so as to make a final copy ready before the end of the 7th Assembly. Just before the Sallah break, Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha who chairs the House ad-hoc committee on constitution review had announced at plenary that the conference committee set up to meet with the Senate to harmonise the two chambers’ positions on the matter would meet during the break. Nigeria 2015; House of Representatives; Constitution Review 9
Daily Trust Nespaper Monday 13th October 2014 Tambuwal Charges INEC On 2015 Elections Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has urged the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to respect the will of the people by ensuring free fair and credible 2015 general elections. The Speaker described the polls as a deciding factor of the unity of the country, saying Nigeria would have good leadership only when credible people are elected. Nigeria 2015; Tambuwal; INEC 8
Daily Trust Nespaper Monday 13th October 2014 Appeal Court Fixes October 20th For Hearing On Jonathan’s Sole Candidacy The case filed by Dr. Umar Ardo, challenging the adoption of President Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2015 election has been slated for hearing at the Court of Appeal on October 20th. Ardo had gone to the Appellate Court to challenge the decision of the party to endorse Jonathan as the PDP Presidential candidate saying that he is interested in contesting the election on the platform of the party but the decision has affected his ambition. Nigeria 2015; Judiciary; Sole Candidacy; President Jonathan 21
Daily Trust Nespaper Monday 13th October 2014 2015: Group Urges Against Campaign Of Calumny Politicians in the country have been urged to eschew politics of bitterness and campaign of calumny at all times. The President of a socio-political group, The Third Estate, Dr. Yusuf Lawal, made the call at an annual dinner of the forum held in Ilorin. Nigeria 2015; TTE 21
Daily Trust Nespaper Monday 13th October 2014 Kaduna Guber: I Will Not Step Down, Ashiru Says Kaduna State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Isah Ashiru yesterday said he has rejected the suggestion of some party elders calling on him to withdraw from the gubernatorial contest.Ashiru, one of the governorship aspirants in the State, served as a member of the State House of Assembly and House of Representatives for eight years each. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 21
ThisDay Live Monday 13th October 2014 Edo Police Warn Politicians Against Violence The Edo Police Command yesterday warned politicians against sponsoring and masterminding violence in the State. The warning was contained in a statement issued in Benin by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Noble Uwoh. The statement according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the command would not tolerate the activities of hoodlums and miscreants. The command warned politicians sponsoring and masterminding the activities of thugs in the State to desist from it. It said the police would not fold its arms and allow a breakdown of law and order. The statement further warned that anybody caught in any act of violence would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that thugs on Saturday invaded the Edo House of Assembly quarters and destroyed cars and property worth millions of naira. Edo 2015; Violence; Police http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/edo-police-warn-politicians-against-violence/191154/
ThisDay Live Monday 13th October 2014 Group Pledges To Mobilise Millions Of Supporters For Buhari’s Declaration The Buhari Support Group Centre, the main lobby group of former Head of State and a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has said it will galvanise millions of supporters to attend Wednesday’s declaration of presidential bid by Buhari. The group, which addressed journalists at the weekend on the planned rally at the Eagles Square in Abuja, said Buhari is poised to not only pick the party’s ticket but also secure the majority of votes in the next presidential election. Speaking on behalf of the group, its National Secretary, Ibrahim Bello Dauda, said Buhari  himself has assigned BSGC to be responsible for harmonising and coordinating all the political support groups working for the actualisation of his presidential ambition. Nigeria 2015; Buhari http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-pledges-to-mobilise-millions-of-supporters-for-buhari

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ThisDay Live Monday 13th October 2014 Jonathan Does Not Hate Rivers People, Says Wike The Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, has condemned what he described as incessant attack on President Goodluck Jonathan by Rivers State Governor,  Hon. Chibuike Amaechi. The Minister also said contrary to what the Governor wanted the people to believe, Jonathan does not hate the people of the State. This came as the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has insisted that they would vote for any party that fields an Ogoni person for the governorship of the State. Wike spoke yesterday at his Port Harcourt residence when the people of Rumueme Kingdom paid him a solidarity visit to urge him to vie for the governorship of the State in the 2105 elections. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-does-not-hate-rivers-people-says-wike/191153/
Punch News Online Monday 13th October 2014 “Mimiko Intimidating Lawmakers Seeking To Join Us”- APC The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has alleged that Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has been intimidating some members of the State House of Assembly who have the intention of joining the party. All the members, except one, had earlier, on the floor of the house, declared their intention to move to the Peoples Democratic Party, shortly after the Governor returned to the PDP. The Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, on Sunday promptly refuted the allegation, saying it was APC’s wishful thinking. Ondo 2016; Mimiko; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/mimiko-intimidating-lawmakers-seeking-to-join-us-apc/
ThisDay Live Sunday 12th October 2014 Mimiko’s Defection: APC Opens Door To LP, PDP Members In a move to cash in on the fracture caused by the defection of the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, from the Labour Party (LP) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend said its doors are open, ready and prepared to receive true progressive citizens of the State into its fold. The State Chairman of the APC, Mr Isaacs Kekemeke, stated the readiness of the party to receive those who for one reason or the other might want to leave their parties for the APC at a news conference he addressed in the State. Ondo 2016; Mimiko; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mimiko-s-defection-apc-opens-doors-for-lp-pdp-members

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ThisDay Live Sunday 12th October 2014 “I Have No Regret For My Actions”- Fayemi Convinced that he has taken steps to move the State forward, the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has stated that he has no regret for actions taken by him during his four years tenure. Fayemi, who will hand over to his successor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, next Thursday, made the remark at the weekend at the new Government House edifice constructed by his administration. He warned that Fayose should not fritter away the working relationship between the State and some international organisations, especially the World Bank. Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fayemi-i-have-no-regret-for-my-actions/191156/
ThisDay Live Sunday 12th October 2014 PDP Congress: Elders Avert Open Brawl Between Akala And Agboola The crisis of confidence among leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State at the weekend reared its ugly head during the party’s zonal congress, as a former Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, surged towards the Deputy-Senate Whip, Hosea Ayoola Agboola, and tore the ballot paper in his hand. The visibly enraged Agboola who was caught unawares by the action of the erstwhile Governor nearly retaliated, save for the timely intervention of other stalwarts at the venue of the South-West zonal congress of the party held at the Apex Multipurpose Hall, Agodi Ibadan. THISDAY recalls that both Akala and Agboola had been having a running battle since the 2011 general election. Though Agboola, who was formerly a Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, under Akala, won the senatorial race, thus emerging PDP’s only elected Senator in the whole of South-west zone, his camp still held tenaciously to some alleged clandestine moves by Akala to thwart his ambition at  the last minute in the 2011 poll. Oyo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-congress-elders-avert-open-brawl-between-akala-

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ThisDay Live Sunday 12th October 2014 Pro Yuguda Group, Others Defect To APC Various political pressure groups and associations under the auspices of Yuguda voters in Bauchi, numbering over 5, 000, have resolved to defect from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State. “We have all met, contacted all our elements, and decided to defect from PDP to APC because there are a lot of happenings that are not in accordance with the wish of most of us”, Yuguda Voters patron, Kabiru Dahiru, said. Dahiru, who was addressing newsmen in Bauchi at the weekend preparatory to the mass defection of the groups and associations’ members from PDP to the APC, said the defections cut across all the 20 Local Government Areas of the State. Bauchi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pro-yuguda-group-others-defect-to-apc/191057/
ThisDay Live Sunday 12th October 2014 Lagos CPC Members Pull Out Of APC, Join PDP Following allegations of marginalisation in the All Progressives Congress (APC), leaders and members of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Lagos State have pulled out of the party to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). CPC is one of the legacy parties – Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP) and a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) – that merged to form APC. The State chapter of CPC had been alleging usurpation of party structures and maginalisation of other parties in the merger by ACN, which had carried on like the leading party in the merger. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/lagos-cpc-members-pull-out-of-apc-join-pdp/191063/
Leadership News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 I Will Sell Dutse Airport If I Become Governor, Says Aspirant Alhaji Faruk Aliyu, former member of the House of Representatives, has said that he would sell the Dutse Airport if elected the Governor of Jigawa State. Aliyu, who represented Birnin Kudu Constituency, and an aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), said this on Sunday in Bauchi while fielding questions from newsmen. Jigawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/politics/386862/will-sell-dutse-airport-become-governor-says-aspirant
Leadership News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Judiciary Last Hope For Common Man, Says Ogbulafor The former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, said on Sunday his acquittal by an Abuja High Court proved the judiciary as the last hope of the common man. Ogbulafor said this in an interview with newsmen in Umuahia while reacting to the judgment of the court. The court had acquitted the PDP chieftain of a 17-count charge of corruption brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386870/judiciary-last-hope-common-man-says-ogbulafor
Leadership News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Jonathan Deserves North Central’s Vote, Says Omotosho Dr Mike Omotosho, the North Central Zonal Coordinator of Jonathan Actualisation Movement (JAM), on Sunday called on the people of the region to vote massively for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. Omotosho told newsmen in Ilorin that Jonathan had done enough for the region to earn their votes. He described the Abuja Centenary City project, Abuja multi-billion naira water treatment plant and renovation of the military barracks as some of the reasons why the FCT residents should vote for Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; JAM http://leadership.ng/news/politics/386860/jonathan-deserves-north-centrals-votes-2015-says-omotosho
Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 APC Vows To Resist Rigging As Okey Ezea Joins Enugu Guber Race Barrister Okey Ezea of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has joined the battle for the Enugu governorship position in 2015. Ezea had in 2011 contested against incumbent Governor, Barr. Sullivan Chime. He ran under the platform of the Labour Party. The APC Chairman in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, who addressed journalists on the party’s plan for 2015 elections, said they would resist any form of electoral manipulation by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He said the party would not allow a repeat of rigging as witnessed in previous years, during which the ruling party allegedly used government apparatus and personnel to perpetrate electoral fraud. Enugu 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/12/apc-vows-resist-rigging-okey-ezea-joins-enugu-guber-race/
Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Kano Guber: Murtala Mohammed’s Son, Abba Risqua Declares Bid To Contest Under PDP The son of former military Head of State, late General Murtala Mohammed, Alhaji Abba Risqua, has declared his intention to contest the Kano State governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Speaking with newsmen while inaugurating his campaign office, Risqua said that he arrived at the decision after consultations with stakeholders, including people of the State. Kano 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/12/kano-guber-murtala-mohammeds-son-abba-risqua-declares-

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Osun REC: APC, PDP Bicker Over Court Judgment On INEC Appeal Osun State chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday resumed fireworks over the Court of Appeal judgment in Akure, which struck out the appeal of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ambassador Rufus Akeju’s eligibility to conduct the 2011 elections. The PDP, in a statement signed by its State chairman, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, tasked the Judiciary to ensure that the Appeal Court judgement is implemented. PDP also demands removal of all Osun Federal and State legislators elected in 2011. But reacting, the APC faulted interpretations that the judgment nullified the elections of Lawmakers at the State and Federal level. It urged the PDP to produce the certified copy of the judgment rather than misinforming the public. Osun 2014; INEC; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/12/osun-rec-apc-pdp-bicker-court-judgement-inec-appeal/
Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Enugu 2015: ESCAAP Tell Other Candidates To Step Down For Ugwuanyi A group, under the aegis of Enugu State Coalition of Academics and Allied Professionals, ESCAAP, has called on other governorship aspirants to use their structures and work for the emergence of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as Enugu Governor in 2015. This is coming against the backdrop of insistence by some aspirants to present themselves for the PDP primary despite Ugwuanyi’s endorsement. However, the coalition, at a joint press briefing in Enugu on Sunday, said it had already activated all arms of its structure to effectively mobilise her teeming members for undiluted support for Ugwuanyi. Enugu 2015; ESCAAP; Ugwuanyi http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/12/enugu-2015-escaap-tells-candidates-step-ugwuanyi/
Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Delta 2015: Anioma Leaders Rally Behind Jonathan, Present Ndudi Elumelu, Two Others A high-level delegation of ?Anioma people of Delta State led by the Asagba of Asaba, Professor Chike Edozien Wednesday, last week, had a closed door meeting with President Jonathan at the State House, Abuja. Though, the details of the meeting was not disclosed, sources informed this paper that it was to express the support of the Anioma people for the second term bid of the President and also seek the President’s backing on getting an Anioma person as the next Governor of Delta State. Sources close to the Presidency however, informed this paper that the delegation of the Anioma People presented three people as potential governorship candidates. They are Honourable Ndudi Elumelu’s, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Health, Senator Okowa and Victor Ochei. Delta 2015; Anioma; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/12/delta-2015-anioma-leaders-rally-behind-jonathan-present-

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Gombe: Governor Dankwambo Says He Is Satisfied With His Performance Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State has expressed satisfaction with his performance in the last three and half years of administering the State. Dankwambo stated this in an interview with newsmen in Gombe shortly after his return from Hajj on Saturday night. He said that his administration had delivered a lot of democracy dividends in the state as it was testified by people in the State. Gombe 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/12/governor-dankwambo-says-satisfied-performance/
Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 2015: Saraki Ends Bid To Contest For Presidency Senator Bukola Saraki, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Nigeria’s main opposition party, today announced the suspension of his bid for the presidency in 2015. Saraki in a statement issued by his media office on Sunday explained that he decided to step down his ambition because, “Nigeria’s political outlook for 2015 is very complicated and this is the time for every patriotic politician to situate his personal ambition in the context of the country’s overall interest.” According to him, party primaries in any healthy democracy would always leave several contenders disappointed and, sometimes bitter, as there would be only one winner. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/12/2015-saraki-ends-bid-contest-presidency/
Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Enugu: Father Mbaka Endorses Ekweremadu For Senate, Says Onyebuchi’s Impeachment Is Dirty Politics The political ambition of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu received more boost at the weekend following his endorsement by the fiery Enugu Catholic priest, Revd. Fr. Ejike Mbaka. Mbaka, at the same time, described the impeachment of the former Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi as demonstration of wicked politics. The priest, who declared the support during the weekly prayer vigil at the Adoration Ministry ground in Enugu, said the Deputy President of the Senate had done so well and deserved to be re-elected. Enugu 2015; Father Mbaka; Ekweremadu; Onyebuchi http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/12/father-mbaka-endorses-ekweremadu-senate-describes-onyebuchis

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Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Enugu Guber: Itanyi Explains Why He Stepped Down For Ugwuanyi The former Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr Okechuku Itanyi, said on Sunday that he stepped down for Rep. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for governorship because he enjoyed support of majority of PDP members in Enugu State. Itanyi disclosed this while presenting N20,000 bursary award each to 100 indigent students from Ukehe community at St Peter’s Catholic Church, Ukehe in Igboetiti Local Government Area of Enugu State. He said: “Ugwuanyi is eminently qualified to be the governor of Enugu State come 2015, any aspirant who feels otherwise should test his popularity with Ugwuanyi during the PDP governorship primary.” Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/13/enugu-2015-guber-itanyi-explains-stepped-ugwuanyi/
Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Rivers APC Berates PDP For Disgracing State In Abuja The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has come down hard on the State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for disgracing the State in the Federal Capital, Abuja. Rivers APC made the condemnation while reacting to the unruly behaviour of Rivers State PDP leaders who engaged in a show of shame at the PDP National Headquarters on 9th October, 2014, brazenly exchanging blows during a reconciliation committee sitting for the party’s chapters in the Niger Delta region of the country. Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/13/rivers-apc-berates-pdp-disgracing-state-abuja/
Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Stop Begging Me, Do The Needful, Obasanjo Tells Jonathan, PDP Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday told President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President, David Mark, and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to do the “needful” and stop asking him for forgiveness. Obasanjo in a statement issued after his return from a trip to South Africa also stated that he remained a member of the party and that no one had offended him. The former Chairman, Board of Trustees of PDP, who was in South Africa over the South Sudan’s increasing insecurity and violence, said he almost cut short his stay there following “the avalanche of news, cacophony of appeals and pleadings from some quarters of PDP. For instance, as a former President of Nigeria, the Chairman of West Africa Commission on Drug and a member of Global Commission on Drug, I cannot accept that the Zonal leader of my political Party and, worse still in my Zone, will be an indicted drug baron wanted in America. How do I explain that to friends outside Nigeria? This is only one of the many issues that I have pointed and still pointing out.” Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/13/stop-begging-needful-obasanjo-tells-jonathan-pdp/
Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 2015: Buhari Remains Adamant, Set To Declare For Presidency On Wednesday Despite several calls on him to step down his ambition for younger aspirants, ex-presidential candidate of the now rested Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) General Muhammadu Buhari, will on Wednesday, formally declare his interest to run for the nation’s number one seat. Buhari will be contesting the presidential ticket of the main opposition party in the country, All Progressives Congress (APC). The event will hold at the Eagle Square in Abuja. Buhari’s declaration, initially slated for last Wednesday, was shifted in order to give the party’s faithful time to prepare for the Adamawa governorship election, which has since been aborted by the judgment of a Federal High Court in Abuja. Nigeria 2015; Buhari; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/13/2015-buhari-remains-adamant-declare-president-wednesday/
Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 “PDP Is On A Wrong Side Of History”- APC Carpets Opposition Over Attack On Fashola The Lagos State All Progressives Congress, APC, has described the allegation that Governor Babatunde Fashola-led government was a bad model of democratic governance as baseless and the biggest joke of the 21st century. It was reacting to a statement wherein the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, accused the Fashola administration of not showing signs that it was willing to conduct Local Government elections as the tenures of the office-holders end in October 29, 2014. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/13/pdp-wrong-side-history-apc-carpets-opposition-attack-fashola/
Daily Post News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Maku Set To Resign As Minister Of Information Ahead of the 2015 general elections, Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has confirmed that he would resign his appointment on October 20. The Minister said his decision to quit the Federal Executive Council was to allow him pursue his governorship ambition in Nassarawa State in 2015. He spoke during a thanksgiving service he organised at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Akwanga. Nasarawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/13/maku-set-resign-minister-information/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 200 Thugs Storm Edo Legislative Quarters, 30 Cars Destroyed On Saturday, thugs numbering about 200 attacked the Edo Legislative Quarters located along Ihama road in the Government Reserved Area (GRA) part of Benin, capital of Edo State destroying properties worth millions of naira. According to THE NATION, this latest invasion by thugs may not be unconnected with last Monday’s violent attack on a PDP lawmaker, Hon Abdulrazak Momoh, who is being treated at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. The thugs who struck at about 10pm specifically targeted the residences and properties of lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers .Other than destroying official residences, about 36 cars were also destroyed. The thugs also threatened to return on a later date. The All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are currently trading blames over the attack. Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/200-thugs-storm-edo-legislative-quarters-30-cars-destroyed.

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 2015: “Tinubu Cannot Support Buhari Over Atiku”- Aide Mr. Garba Shehu, Media Adviser to former vice President Atiku Abubakar has disclosed that the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC ; Bola Tinubu will not take any candidates side during the party’s presidential primaries. According to PUNCH, speaking on media claims that Tinubu, is lobbying for another aspirant and former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), Shehu said, “It is expected; there will be people who will support Gen. Buhari and there will be those who will support Atiku. The party is not a military organisation. There is no regimentation and there will be no forced opinion on anyone. We have no knowledge of that (Tinubu’s support for Buhari); we have no evidence of that. All we know is that he has resolved to play the role of a Statesman and to stay above the fray. There is nothing on ground to suggest to us that Tinubu has moved away from that position”. Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-2015-tinubu-cannot-support-buhari-over-atiku-

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Tambuwal May Dump PDP For APC On Tuesday There are indications that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal may finally dump the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the All Progressives Congress, APC. Barring any last minute change, the nationwide “consultations” undertaken by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, to decide his next political direction may finally be revealed, as impeccable sources close to the Speaker said he may defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday when the House resumes plenary. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/tambuwal-may-dump-pdp-for-apc-on-tuesday.95777/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Secretary Of Bayelsa Electoral Commission Assassinated On Friday night, unknown gunmen assassinated, Chief Simeon Akpeni, executive Secretary of the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC) and close associate of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson. According to THE SUN, prior to his murder, Akpeni had just returned from a political meeting in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. He allegedly got a call from someone who identified himself as an engineer and requested him(Akpeni) to come for a meeting to check something out. He was said to have left the house and called the number of the engineer repeatedly, but when the number was not going through, he began to return home. His three assailants reportedly shot him at close range,just in front of his house. Bayelsa 2015; Murder; BYSIEC http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/secretary-of-bayelsa-electoral-commission-assassinated.95779/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 “Forget His Age, Buhari Can Be President”- Dauda Mr Ibrahim Dauda, the National Publicity Secretary, Buhari Support Group Centre (BSGC), said with the structures BSGC has on ground, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari can become Nigeria’s President with “a little effort”. Dauda said this on Saturday in Abuja at a World Press Conference. The BSGC official said the support centre had put in place formidable structures and had active representatives at all levels of governance to support Buhari from the party primaries to the presidential election. Nigeria 2015; Buhari http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/2015-forget-his-age-buhari-can-be-president-dauda.95786/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 Adamawa Lawmakers Plot To Impeach New Governor Ngilari Adamawa State Lawmakers are already plotting to impeach newly sworn in Governor Bala Ngillari . The political crisis in Adamawa State may not be over. SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt that some lawmakers in the state House of Assembly have plans to sack the new governor, Mr. Bala Ngilari. Our correspondents gathered that Lawmakers loyal to Fintiri might have concluded plans to start a fresh fight with Ngilari. Some of the pro-Fintiri Lawmakers told SUNDAY PUNCH, on Friday, that they were looking out for “possible loopholes” that could constitute grounds for Ngilari’s impeachment. Adamawa 2014; House of Assembly; Impeachment http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/adamawa-lawmakers-plot-to-impeach-new-governor-ngillari.95792/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 12th October 2014 President Jonathan Billed To Visit Obasanjo Soon, Squash Tinubu Effect President Goodluck Jonathan is billed to visit former President Olusegun Obasanjo soon and squash any problem the visit of former Lagos Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress,APC may have caused to his re-election bid. According to LEADERSHIP, a top official of the Presidency, who spoke anonymously said “Let me tell you that the visit of Bola Tinubu to former President Obasanjo did not go down well with some people close to President Goodluck Jonathan and the President himself. We all know who Tinubu is and the havoc he has caused the party in the South-West, and how he had humiliated Obasanjo while he was in office. The same man is now seeking his support for his party at the expense of the PDP, the party that made him the President and which he has helped to become bigger. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/president-jonathan-billed-to-visit-obasanjo-soon-squash-tinubu-

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ThisDay Live Sunday 12th October 2014 Kwankwaso To Declare For Presidency On October 23rd All seems set for a clash between two leading presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the North-West zone, former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, and the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso at the party’s primaries. THISDAY gathered at the weekend that following the failure of efforts to broker a consensus deal between both aspirants whose electoral values depend to a large extent on votes from the North-West part of the country, Kwakwanso has decided to go ahead with plans to publicly declare his presidential ambition on October 23rd. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kwakwanso-to-declare-for-presidency-on-oct-23/191107/
ThisDay Live Sunday 12th October 2014 Fresh Crisis Hits PDP As South-West Chairman Protests New Exco Fresh leadership crisis hit the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday as its caretaker Chairman in the South-West zone, Chief Ishola Filani, protested the congress of the party where new executives to run the affairs of PDP in the zone were put in place. Filani, who made a brief appearance at the venue of the congress held at the Apex Multipurpose Hall, Agodi in Ibadan, presented his protest letter to the Chairman of the congress committee. He also copied same letter to the National Chairman of the party; the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Chief of Staff to Mr. President, Governor Segun Mimiko, Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose and the party’s Board of Trustees in the zone in care of Chief Olabode George. Nigeria 2015; South-West; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fresh-crisis-hits-pdp-as-s-west-chair-protests-new-exco/191073/
ThisDay Live Sunday 12th October 2014 2015: Uduaghan Assures Of Peaceful Polls Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has urged voters and Deltans not to be apprehensive and pessimistic about the forthcoming Local Government and 2015 general elections into various offices in the State. Uduaghan, who gave the assurance when he visited the Head of Koko community, Warri North Local Government Area, Chief Victor Nana, at the weekend, explained that as part of his administration’s peace and security agenda, he had put in place mechanisms aimed at forestalling violence and crisis during the polls. According to him, aspirants of the various political parties and the communities had been adequately sensitized and enlightened to resolve all issues amicably to guarantee peace, security and safety on election days. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-uduaghan-assures-of-peaceful-polls/191108/
ThisDay Live Sunday 12th October 2014 Rivers 2015: Nwuche May Run For Senate There are indications that a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chibudum Nwuche, will contest for Rivers West Senatorial seat in the 2015 general election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This came as a the coalition of traditional rulers and chiefs from Upata Kingdom has expressed their support for his candidacy in the Senatorial contest. The Upata Council of Chiefs comprising traditional rulers from over 21 towns and villages in Ahoada, Rivers State, said Nwuche would enjoy the overwhelming support of the people of the region to earn a landslide victory during the election. The endorsement was made at a traditional rulers and elders’ meeting held at the palace of Nwuche in Ochigba, Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-nwuche-may-run-for-senate/191148/
ThisDay Live Sunday 12th October 2014 Group: “Health Minister’s Imposition Will Divide PDP In Ebonyi” Like in Enugu State, another raging battle over consensus is tearing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) apart in the Ebonyi State, as the alleged endorsement of the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, for governorship position has divided the party. Addressing journalists at the weekend, a PDP group under the aegis of Concerned Citizens of Ebonyi State, said imposing Chukwu on the people would tear the party apart and create disharmony among the people. Recall that the leadership of the PDP had last week annulled all endorsements of aspirants by the various PDP Governors. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-health-minister-s-imposition-will-divide-pdp-in-ebonyi/191150/
Daily Times News Online Saturday 11th October 2014 INEC Slates October 24-26th For Voter Registration Exercise In Taraba The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has slated October 24 to 26 2014 for voter registration exercise in Taraba State. Six Local Government Areas of Taraba State did not participate in the exercise because of the crisis that affected the residents of the areas which sent most of residents of the areas relocating for safety. Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State, Austine Okojie who disclosed the decision of the umpire body while briefing journalists in Jalingo said it was not proper to leave a good population out of the exercise as it was going to affect them. As for the Continuous Voter Registration CVR, Okojie said it was scheduled for Oct 27 to 31, 2014 adding that the two exercises were conducted in 10 Local Government Areas of the State in May 2014 leaving out the six crisis areas. Taraba 2015; INEC http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/inec-slates-october-24-26-voter-registration-exercise-taraba
Daily Times News Online Saturday 11th October 2014 2015: Professor Joins APC Presidential Race A professor of business education at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Mr Mahmood Aliyu, has declared his intention to contest the 2015 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).The presidential aspirant made the declaration at a press conference on Saturday in Minna. Aliyu said his decision to vie for the Presidency was informed by the agitation for the emergence of new crop of leaders “to fight the malaise in the country.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/2015-professor-joins-apc-presidential-race
Daily Post News Online Saturday 11th October 2014 Salam Emerges Labour Party Chairman The Labour Party delegates at the ongoing National Convention in Akure have elected the former Secretary of the Party, Abdulkadri Salam as the new chairman. Salam, has replaced Dan Nwanyanwu, who had spent 10 years and eight months as the party chairman. Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/11/breaking-salam-emerges-lp-national-chairman/
Daily Post News Online Saturday 11th October 2014 Adamawa: Ngilari Swears In New Acting Chief Judge Hours after sacking the State Executive Council and all political appointees, Governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari has sworn in Justice Ishaya Banu as the Acting Chief Judge of the State. Speaking at the ceremony on Friday, Ngilari commended the judiciary for maintaining its integrity, which he said was vital for the development of Nigeria’s democracy. He urged the judiciary to maintain this standard because it was the last hope of masses and the government. Adamawa 2014; Ngilari http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/11/adamawa-governor-ngilari-swears-acting-chief-judge/
Daily Post News Online Saturday 11th October 2014 Federal Government Appoints Six New Permanent Secretaries President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of six new Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service. The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi I. Kifasi, who announced the approval, said that the appointments have been made to fill vacant slots following the retirement from service of Permanent Secretaries representing Benue, Kebbi and Niger States and retiring Permanent Secretaries representing Edo and the North-West Zone. The newly appointed Permanent Secretaries are Architect Echano Sunday S. Togo from Benue State; Mede Nana Fatima from Edo State; and Dr. Amina Mohammed Bello Shamaki from Kebbi State. Others are Istifanus, Musa Mik Fuktur from Taraba State; Bulus Zom Lolo for the North West Zone; and Malam Aminu Aliyu Bisalla for Niger State. Nigeria 2015; Federal Government http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/11/fg-appoints-six-new-permanent-secretaries/
ThisDay Live Friday 10th October 2014 2015: Nda-Isaiah To Declare Interest On October 28th A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, will formally declare his intention to contest for the party’s presidential ticket on, October 28. According to a statement by his campaign group, Sam4Nigeria, the declaration will take place at the Idris Legbo Kutigi Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State, at 11a.m. The Executive Director, Public Affairs, of Sam4Nigeria, Ibrahim Tukur, said after over one year of consultations with family and friends, critical stakeholders, different groups, communities and leaders across the country, it was now time for Nda-Isaiah to formally step out. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-presidency-nda-isaiah-to-declare-interest-on-october

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Leadership News Online Friday 10th October 2014 Imo Guber: Iheanacho Emerges APGA Consensus Candidate The Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) has endorsed the former Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho as the party’s consensus candidate for the 2015 governorship election in the State. This is contained in a communique signed by members of the State working committee, zonal executive members, Local Government Chairmen of the party as well as Members of Imo State House of Assembly. According to the communique, the party maintained that Iheanacho was unanimously endorsed following the outcome of a painstaking assessment and evaluation undertaken by the APGA leadership in the State. Imo 2015; APGA http://leadership.ng/news/386564/imo-guber-iheanacho-emerges-apgas-consensus
Leadership News Online Friday 10th October 2014 Rivers Thugs Besiege PDP Presidential Campaign All hell broke loose yesterday at the presidential campaign office of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja as political thugs unleashed terror at the premises, robbing and beating up aspirants from Rivers State. The political thugs, allegedly loyal to Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, also descended on the cameramen of Channels and SilverBird televisions who were on the spot to cover the event, just as security operatives at the premises looked on helplessly. It took a lot of diplomacy from other journalists before the digital camera and audio tape recorders earlier confiscated from some of the reporters were released. The presidential campaign office of PDP in Abuja serves as venue for the party’s South-South integration committee sitting. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386567/rivers-thugs-besiege-pdp-presidential-campaign-office
ThisDay Live Friday 10th October 2014 Ekiti 2014: Security To Be Tightened At Fayose’s Inauguration The Chairman, Transition Committee for the swearing-in ceremony of the Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose, yesterday said adequate security would be put in place at the event. Anisulowo, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, said the ceremony would hold next Thursday at Oluyemi Kayode Stadium at 10 a.m. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he assured eminent Nigerians, politicians and captains of industry who had been invited to witness the ceremony of security by the police and other security agencies. Anisulowo was also the Chairman, Ayo Fayose Campaign Committee. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/security-to-be-tightened-at-fayose-s-inauguration/190928/
ThisDay Live Friday 10th October 2014 Declare Your Assets Now, CNPP Tells Jonathan The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan, to declare his assets openly, as a matter of urgent national importance. In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, CNPP said it had become imperative with the publication by a United States-based online medium, Riches Lifesytle.com, which listed the President as the sixth African richest Heads of State. It said failure to take this patriotic route will further confirm the hunch in town that President Jonathan is worth more than $100 million reported by Riches Lifesytle. Nigeria 2015; CNPP; http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/declare-your-assets-now-cnpp-tells-jonathan/190932/
ThisDay Live Friday 10th October 2014 Adamawa: Ngilari Commends Legislature For Nyako’s Removal The newly sworn-in Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Bala James Ngilari, was at the State Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to cement his relationship with the State Executives of the party. While delivering his speech to party’s stakeholders and supporters, the Governor expressed gratitude to members of the State House of Assembly for the removal of his former boss, Murtala Nyako, from office. He said he saw no fault in Nyako’s removal from office “because the lawmakers were simply doing their legislative function.” Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ngilari-commends-adamawa-legislature-for-nyako-s-removal/190933/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Friday 10th October 2014 PDP Cancels Endorsement Of Aspirants By State Chapters The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has canceled the endorsement of candidates by officials of the party for the 2015 general elections at its State chapters. This, according to a statement issued by Prof. Wale Oladipo, the PDP National Secretary, is part of decisions reached at the NWC meeting on Thursday in Abuja. He said that some elected officers of the party at the State level, had continued to engage in processes aimed at endorsing candidates for the 2015 general elections. This, he said, was in spite of warnings from the party`s national leadership that as unbiased umpires, party officials should not be involved in such practice. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/2015-pdp-cancels-endorsement-of-aspirants-by-state-chapters.95490/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Friday 10th October 2014 Women Group Threaten To Sue APC Against Imposition Of Candidates The women wing of the Vanguard of Progressive Change, a support group, says its members will protest on the streets if the All Progressives Congress (APC) imposes any candidate on the people. The group gave the threat in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja and signed by its Leader, Ekema Edith. According to the statement, attempt to impose a particular candidate on the party is against the wish and desire of the party’s teaming supporters and is not acceptable to women in the APC. It cautioned leaders of the party on the desire and aspirations of the people for a change. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-primaries-women-group-threatens-to-protest-against-imposition-of-candid

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Friday 10th October 2014 Adamawa Governor Ngilari Sacks Entire Cabinet The newly-sworn in Governor of Adamawa State, Mr Bala Ngilari, on Thursday approved the dissolution of the State Executive Council and political appointees with immediate effect. A statement signed by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Chubado Tijjani, said all affected office holders should hand over all documents and other government properties to permanent secretaries in their various ministries. The statement, however, said that heads of Statutory Commissions were not affected by the dissolution. The affected appointees were less than three months old in office. They were appointed by the former Acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, who was sacked by a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday. Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/adamawa-governor-ngilari-sacks-entire-cabinet.95487/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Friday 10th October 2014 “Senate Did Not Suspend INEC’s New Polling Units”- Saraki Bukola Saraki, Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, on Thursday said that the Senate had not debated the issue of the new polling units created by INEC across the country. He made the clarification in a statement signed in llorin on Thursday. In the statement, Saraki said that the statement credited to Senator Andy Uba on the issue of polling units was at best, Uba’s personal views. Saraki said that the position taken on the cancellation of the new polling units was a personal one and not that of the entire Senate. He urged Senator Uba to allow INEC to remain an independent body and not to interfere in matters that could compromise the Electoral Body. Nigeria 2015; Senate; INEC http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/senate-did-not-suspend-inecs-new-polling-unit-saraki.95499/
ThisDay Live Thursday 9th October 2014 Ebonyi South Stakeholders Adopt Chukwu As Consensus Candidate Stakeholders of the Ebonyi South Consultative Forum (ESCF) have adopted the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, as the consensus candidate in the 2015 governorship election in the State. The adoption came barely 24 hours after the old Abakaliki political bloc unanimously endorsed the Minister to succeed the incumbent Governor, Chief Martin Elechi. Meanwhile, two aspirants have discontinued their ambitions to enable them support the consensus candidate, which according to them was for the overall interest and peace of the State. The two aspirants who stepped down are, a one-time Commissioner for Commerce and Industry under the Dr. Sam Egwu’s administration, Chief Ben Akpa, and the son of the State Chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council, Mr. Sam Agom Eze. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ebonyi-south-stakeholders-adopt-chukwu-as-consensus-candidate/190861/
ThisDay Live Thursday 9th October 2014 Group Tells PDP, APC To Stop Politicizing Issues Bordering On Human Lives A group, Nigerians for Change, has condemned the politicisation of the success attained by Nigeria in the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), saying the political class should rather unite to fight Boko Haram insurgents. The group, through its National Coordinator, Kingsley Omose, commended the Federal Government at a press conference in Lagos for fighting the disease to a standstill, adding that the unity among all levels of government and political parties in fighting the EVD was needed to fight Boko Haram militants. Kingsley stated that the success in containing the EVD was the kind of change Nigerians are yearning for, adding further that the organisation was committed to positive change on the nation’s landscape. Nigeria 2015; NFC; Ebola http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/group-tells-pdp-apc-to-stop-politicising-issues-bordering-on-human-lives

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ThisDay Live Thursday 9th October 2014 23 Ondo State Lawmakers Dump LP For PDP Barely a week after the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, left Labour Party (LP) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 23 members of the State House of Assembly on Thursday joined him in his new party. However, one out of the 24 remaining Lawmakers that were elected on the platform of the LP, Hon. Gbenga Edema, representing Ilaje Constituency II in the Assembly, is yet to join the PDP claiming that he was still consulting on the matter. With this development, PDP now has 24 members in the 26-member legislature as one of them, who was the former Speaker, Hon Samuel Adesina early this year joined the party. Ondo 2016; Mimiko; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/23-ondo-lawmakers-dump-lp-for-pdp/190859/
ThisDay Live Thursday 9th October 2014 PDP Berates APC For Sponsoring New Suit To Stop Fayose’s Inauguration The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has berated the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led All Progressives Congress for allegedly sponsoring another suit in an Abuja High Court by proxy, seeking an injunction to stop the swearing-in of the State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on October 16. The party posited that the new dimension the issue has taken and the alleged step taken by the APC had again confirmed its position that the ruling party is desperate to stall the inauguration of the Governor-elect, having lost out in the governorship election. In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by the State PDP Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, the party noted that well-meaning Ekiti people and Nigerians should note that the APC and its allies were bent on fomenting trouble in the State. The party was reacting to the suit no FHC/Abuja/ CS 709/14 between Young Democratic Party vs INEC, Fayose, Others. Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-berates-apc-for-sponsoring-new-suit-to-stop-fayose-s-inauguration

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ThisDay Live Thursday 9th October 2014 PDP’s Adoption Of Jonathan As Its Sole Candidate Will Ensure Violence Free Elections, Says Akpabio Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, Thursday said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole presidential candidate in the 2015 election would make the political calculation in Nigeria totally free, devoid of violence and unnecessary acrimony. In addition, he said it would bring harmony within the politics of the entire nation. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/akpabio-pdps-adoption-of-jonathans-sole-candidacy-will-ensure-vio

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Leadership News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Akpabio, Attah, Differ Over Akwa Ibom’s PDP Membership Register The seething friction in the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a new twist yesterday as the Governor of the State, Godswill Akpabio and his predecessor, Obong Victor Attah, differed over alleged moves to block returnees to the party and the constitution of delegates for party congresses. Attah, at the PDP South-South reconciliation committee meeting in Abuja, accused the Governor of taking the party’s registers to the Government House, thereby frustrating returnee members from being registered. He further alleged that the Governor and his team exclusively drafted the list of delegates to go for congresses. But in a swift reaction, Akpabio described the allegation as baseless, saying that Wards, chapters and the State party Chairman have custody of registers. Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386458/2015-akpabio-attah-differ-akwa-ibom-pdp-membership-register
Leadership News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Kaduna 2015: Yero Asks Ambitious Commissioners To Resign Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State has asked Commissioners nursing any political ambition to resign. LEADERSHIP authoritatively gathered that the Governor gave the Commissioners up to 10th of this month to leave the stage. A source in government house who confirmed this to our correspondent said the Governor’s decision followed the embarrassment he received in Sanga Local Government during his visit to commiserate with the people over the recent killings in the area. Kaduna 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386465/2015-yero-asks-ambitious-commissioners-resign
Leadership News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Kaduna: Governor Yero Declares Guber Interest Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero yesterday declared his gubernatorial ambition ahead of the 2015 general elections under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Governor Yero is the first sitting Governor to declare interest in seeking for re-election in 2015. He submitted his letter of intention to contest the governorship seat amidst thousands of party faithfuls including Members of the House of Assembly and members of the State Executive Council. Kaduna 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386510/gov-yero-declares-guber-interest-2015
Leadership News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Oyo 2015: Group Rallies Support For Ajimobi A non-governmental organisation, Coalition for Continuity, on Thursday urged residents of Oyo State to support Gov. Abiola Ajimobi’s second term bid. The Chairman of the group, Mr Banbi Abiodun, made the plea while speaking with newsmen at Otu in Itesiwaju Local Government Area of the State. Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/386525/group-rallies-support-ajimobi
Leadership News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 LP Boss Urges Parties To Educate Voters On Right Pattern Of Voting Mr Ashimole Felix, the Acting Chairman of Labour Party in FCT, on Thursday called for adequate enlightenment programme for the electorate on how to cast votes. He made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, saying that voters had not got enough sensitisation and the right guidance on voting pattern. Felix observed that the public had yet to know the difference between voting for a candidate and the symbols of political parties, going by the 2003 experience in the South-West. He cited a situation where voters were told to vote for a particular party logo at a particular election but they ended up voting for that particular logo in the whole election. Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP) http://leadership.ng/news/386528/lp-boss-urges-parties-educate-voters-right-pattern-voting
Leadership News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 PDP Says There Will Be No Imposition Of Candidates In 2015 The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, on Thursday assured party members that its leadership would not allow the imposition of candidates on members in any State of the Federation. He gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja while addressing some aggrieved Ijaw youths from Rivers who stormed the party National Headquarters. The youths were protesting against an alleged plan to impose an indigene on the people of the State. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386547/pdp-says-will-imposition-candidates-2015
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Adamawa: Ngilari Promises All Inclusive Government; Appoints Chief Of Staff The newly sworn in Governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari has promised to run an all inclusive government. Speaking after his swearing in, Ngilari said, “In this regard, I invite other arms of government, in particular the Legislature and Judiciary, not forgetting the Civil Service, to join hands with me to achieve these noble goals. “As a party man and a team player, I pledge my unalloyed support and loyalty to our great party and Mr President, ” Ngilari said. He described his emergence as an act of “God who gives power to who ever He chooses”. In his first official function, the Governor announced the appointment of Mr Chubado Tijjani as his Chief of Staff. Adamawa 2014; Judiciary; Ngilari http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/adamawa-ngilari-promises-all-inclusive-govt-appoints-chief-

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Adamawa: “Fintiri Can Return To His Position As Speaker”- Lawyer Mr Mike Ozekhome, constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, on Wednesday said that ex-Adamawa Acting Governor Umar Fintiri, who was removed by the court, could return to his former office as Speaker of the State House of Assembly. Ozekhome said this while expressing his views on the constitutional implication of the judgment on Fintiri’s fate. He said that by virtue of the judgment, constitutionally speaking, the sacked Acting Governor automatically reverts to his former position as Adamawa House of Assembly Speaker. Adamawa 2014; Judiciary; Ngilari http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/adamawa-fintiri-can-return-to-his-position-as-assembly-speaker

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Adamawa: APC Celebrates Fintiri’s Sack, Says Nyako Will Return The Adamawa chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said Wednesday’s Federal High Court judgment which sacked Acting Governor Umar Fintiri of Adamawa was a welcome political development for the State. An Abuja Federal High Court had ordered that former Deputy Governor, Mr Bala Ngilari, should be sworn in immediately as the state Governor, thereby nullifying his alleged resignation from office before the impeachment of ex-Gov. Murtala Nyako. The State Chairman of APC, Madam Binta Garba, told newsmen in Yola on Wednesday that with the outcome of Ngilari’s case, the party was hopeful that Nyako, who was also challenging his removal, would return. Adamawa 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-celebrates-fintiris-sack-says-nyako-will-return.95341/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Adamawa: “Fintiri’s Sack Has Rekindled Our Hope In Democracy”- Tsav Former Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Abubakar Tsav, said that the removal of Alhaji Umar Fintiri as Acting Governor of Adamawa state by a Federal High court has rekindled the hope of Nigerians in the judiciary. Tsav told newsmen on Thursday that the removal of Fintiri and swearing-in of Murtala Nyako’s former Deputy, Bala Ngilari, showed the judiciary as an unbiased umpire. He said the removal of Fintiri would serve as a lesson to politicians who believed that elevation in politics could only be achieved through acts of betrayal and treachery. Adamawa 2014; Judiciary; Ngilari http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/adamawa-fintiris-sack-rekindled-our-hope-in-democracy-tsav.

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Adamawa New Governor, Ngilari, To Reconcile Aggrieved PDP Members Gov. Bala Ngillari of Adamawa on Thursday met with the State PDP stakeholders in a bid to reconcile the aggrieved members. Ngillari, who was at the State Party Secretariat on his first assignment outside the Government House, said that the purpose of the visit was to familiarise and meet with the State party executives and other stakeholders. He said that his emergence as a State Governor was the will of God “who gives leadership to whoever he wants at a time He wants”. He said that all the party’s members were equal and important to him and what remained for them as members was to unite for the success of the party in 2015 general election. Adamawa 2014; Ngilari http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/adamawa-new-gov-ngilari-to-reconcile-aggrieved-pdp-mem

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Lockdown On Ekiti Courts: APC Accuses Jonathan Of Shielding Fayose From Justice The All Progressives Congress (APC) has charged President Goodluck Jonathan to stop his Administration’s brazen assault on the Judiciary by ordering the immediate withdrawal of the security agents deployed to block the resumption of the courts in Ekiti, as ordered by the National Judicial Commission (NJC), chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria. In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the act of deploying security agents to prevent the courts from re-opening as directed by the NJC amounts to undermining the Judiciary and the Constitution. Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/lock-down-on-ekiti-courts-apc-accuses-president-jonathan-of

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Elumelu Joins Delta State Governorship Race Ndudi Elumelu, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Health and younger brother of popular banker, Tony Elumelu has announced that he will contest in the Delta State governorship election come 2015. According to PUNCH, Elumelu made the declaration at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Onicha-Uku in Aniocha-North Local Government Area of Delta State. Assistant Parish Priest of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Onicha-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area, Rev. Fr. Ignatius Chigbo, then offered special prayers for Elumelu. Elumelu will be contesting the 2015 election using the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP as his political platform. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/2015-elumelu-joins-delta-state-governorship-race.95363/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 2015: Lack Of Interest By Igbo Politicians For Presidential Seat In 2015 Worries Okorocha Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Wednesday, expressed concern over the lack of interest among Igbo politicians in aspiring for the position of President of Nigeria come 2015. Okorocha said this when he received the Enugu Zonal Director and Management team of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Enugu zone at the Government House, Owerri. He said that Nigeria as a nation belonged to all and wondered why Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo should discourage any Igbo man from aspiring to the highest position in the country. He called on the Igbo people to brace up and support any of their own aspiring for the Presidency of the nation. Nigeria 2015; Okorocha; Ndi Igbo http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/2015-lack-of-interest-by-igbos-politicians-for-presidential-seat-

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Adamawa: Former Adamawa State Acting Governor Vows To Appeal Removal Umaru Fintiri, former Acting Governor of Adamawa State, has disclosed that he will appeal the ruling of a Federal High Court In Abuja that ordered his removal. According to CHANNELS TV, a lawyer to Mr Fintiri, Mr Bayo Ojo, said in a statement on Wednesday that he had been instructed to file an appeal. “The whole world knows that the former Deputy Governor did actually resigned through his two letters of resignation to the speaker and the former Governor separately”, Ojo said. Meanwhile, Bala Ngilari was yesterday sworn in as the Governor of Adamawa. Adamawa 2014; Fintiri http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/former-adamawa-acting-governor-fintiri-vows-to-appeal-removal.95357/
Leadership News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 “Jonathan Does Not Deserve Re-election”- Chukwuemeka Eze Former national publicity secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (NPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze has described the six years of President Goodluck Jonathan as the most disastrous in the history of Nigeria. Eze, who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital yesterday, said Nigerians are being subjected to wicked rule through the Jonathan-led Federal Government. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/386464/jonathan-deserve-re-election
Leadership News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 “Forgive Our Sins”, Mu’azu, Mark Beg Obasanjo In a bid to thaw the ice between President Goodluck Jonathan and his estranged godfather, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Adamu Mu’azu, yesterday led the Senate president, David Mark and former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, to apologise to the former President for all sins committed against him. The team also appealed to Obasanjo to return to active participation in the party. Obasanjo, had in the heat of his face off with President Jonathan and the leadership of the PDP under Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, resigned from active participation in the party’s activities. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386484/forgive-sins-muazu-mark-beg-obasanjo
Leadership News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 Tension In Nasarawa PDP Over Plot Of Mass Defection Tension has grip the ranks of the Nasarawa State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over plans by some stakeholders to defect from the party over their grievance of being sidelined by the National Headquarters of the party. Checks reveals that most of those threatening to abandon the party are not happy with the manner the National Headquarters of the party is handling the affairs of the party with particular reference to matters that affect the State. Findings indicate that the State chapter of the party (PDP) has been unable to secure an appointment in the last three months with the National Headquarters of the party to discuss vital issues confronting the party in the State. Nasarawa 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386498/tension-nasarawa-pdp-plot-mass-defection
Leadership News Online Thursday 9th October 2014 “Why We Want Governor Aliyu In Senate”- Shehu Dabo The former Executive Secretary of Lakpam Development Area and a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Hon. Shehu Dabo has said that Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu would be the best candidate to represent Niger East Senatorial District in 2015. Dabo who stated this in an interview yesterday with journalists noted that Governor Aliyu by his achievements in the State would be the best candidate to represent Niger East Senatorial District and not those who would just go to the Senate and remain docile. According to him, the Governor is better experienced than the incumbent Senator Shem Zagbai in the politics of the country because he was a former Federal Permanent Secretary. Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386502/want-gov-aliyu-senate-shehu-dabo
ThisDay Live Wednesday 8th October 2014 Gbemi Saraki Declares For Kwara Guber Race, Vows To Bail Kwarans From Broken Electoral Promises The daughter of the late Kwara State political icon and former Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Gbemisola Rukayat Saraki, yesterday declared her intention to seek the governorship position of the State on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the next general election. She had contested the last governorship election on the platform of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) but lost to the incumbent Governor of the State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed. She later returned to the PDP which she left when her brother, Senator Bukola Saraki dumped PDP for APC. However, Gbemisola Saraki in a letter of intent written to the State Chairman of PDP, Hon. Iyiola Oyedepo, in Ilorin dated October 6, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Ilorin yesterday, said she was contesting for the plum position of the State so as “to lead the State out of its present state of hopelessness and stagnation.” Kwara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/gbemi-saraki-joins-guber-race-vows-to-bail-kwarans-out-of-brok

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ThisDay Live Wednesday 8th October 2014 Ondo PDP Rejects Negotiations Entered Into With Mimiko The disaffection generated by the recent defection of the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, from the Labour Party (LP) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is showing no attempt of stopping among PDP members in the State, who have rejected all negotiations entered into with the Governor by the national body. The party’s Director of Publicity, Mr. Ayo Fadaka in a statement, titled: ‘Ondo PDP’s Reaction to Mimiko’s Defection,’ said the entire process leading to the Governor’s defection did not involve the State chapter of the party. Ondo 2016; Mimiko; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ondo-pdp-rejects-negotiations-entered-into-with-mimiko/190785/
Leadership News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 Delta 2015: Ibori Dumps Urhobo Aspirants, Insists On Obuh Former Governor of Delta State currently serving a jail term, Chief James Ibori, ahead of the 2015 governorship election in the State, has endorsed Mr Tony Obuh and directed all Oghara politicians to support him. The endorsement of Mr Tony Obuh, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in the State by the Ibori/Uduaghan dynasty is an indication that Ibori has been convinced that Tony Obuh will sustain the legacies of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan. There are also indications that the former Governor has dumped the Urhobo governorship aspirants for Tony Obuh, the alleged anointed candidate of Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386342/delta-2015-ibori-dumps-urhobo-aspirants-insists-obuh
Leadership News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 “Why Nigeria’s Democratic System Could Not Produce Good Leaders”- Shehu Sani The Chairman of Civil Rights Congress, Comrade Shehu Sani, has said that the distortion in the democratic processes of Nigeria was worsened by the fact that those who fought for Nigeria’s democracy did not participate in the governance process and activities. Sani, who spoke to journalists yesterday in Minna, noted that many people who fought the military to enthrone democracy, instead of participating, left without aspiring to the leadership of Nigeria at various levels. According to him, the situation made those who never valued democratic culture to get into the position of leadership and enthrone the culture of corruption against the people’s wish for development inherent with democracy. Nigeria 2015; Shehu Sani http://leadership.ng/news/386341/nigeria-democratic-system-produce-good-leaders-shehu-sani
Leadership News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 Onabis Joins APC Presidential Race A presidential aspirant in the 2011 general election and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Francis Onabis, has declared his intention to contest for Nigeria’s Presidency in 2015 under the APC. Onabis, an Italy-based businessman and APC chieftain in Esan Area of Edo State, said although he had no political experience, his love for the country and desire for change motivated him to contest the 2015 Presidency. In a chat with newsmen, the presidential aspirant said he had acquired knowledge and experience in good governance from his stay and legitimate business dealings abroad and he was ready to replicate best practices garnered in the nation’s governance. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/386340/onabis-joins-apc-2015-presidency-race
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 Buhari Postpones Official Declaration To October 15th Former Head of State, Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has postponed his presidential declaration from October 8 to October 15. NEWSWIRE NGR, reported that the postponement was announced via a statement signed on Tuesday by Dr. Audu Ogbeh Co-ordinator of the Buhari Campaign organization. The statement didn’t give any reason for the postponement, it only stated that “The declaration earlier scheduled for Wednesday, 8 October 2014, will now hold on Wednesday, 15 October 2014, at Eagle Square, Abuja”. Nigeria 2015; Buhari http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/buhari-postpones-official-presidential-declaration-to-october-

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 “APC Is Conniving With Foreign Interests To Embarrass Nigeria”- PDP The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC of conniving with foreign interests to embarrass the country. In a statement issued on Tuesday by Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, the Party said, “Our attention has been drawn to a statement by the APC wherein it again embarrassed itself on issues regarding to genuine efforts by the Federal Government to tackle the security challenges facing ournation. Our response to the APC is that we are solidly behind President Goodluck Jonathan in the steps he is taking to ensure the safety of Nigerians and defend our sovereignty as a nation, especially in the light of their connivance with foreign interests to embarrass the government and people of Nigeria. We state categorically that the actions preferred by some foreign nations against our dear country as we seek solution to our security challenges are unacceptable and totally uncalled for, especially given our cordial relationship with them and the roles Nigeria and Nigerians citizens played in assisting them in their internal struggles. Given the rush with which the APC attacked the Presidency, it is clear that they are working hand in glove with foreign interests in a concerted effort to tarnish the image of our dear nation, ridicule ourgovernment and frustrate genuine efforts towards ending the insecurity challenges we face as a nation.” Nigeria 2015; PDP; APC http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-is-conniving-with-foreign-interests-to-embarrass-nigeria-pdp.95185/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi Dumps APGA For PDP The former Governor of Anambra, Mr. Peter Obi, on Tuesday formally defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Obi declared his defection while hosting some PDP chieftains in his Onitsha home. The PDP Cheiftains were led on the visit by Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekwerumadu. Others in the team included the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Pius Anyim, and the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, Chief Theodore Orji. The also included the Governor of Akwa-Ibom, Dr Godswill Akpabio and Gov. Martin Elechi of Ebonyi; former National Chairman of PDP, Okwesilieze Nwodo; former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara and Sen. Uche Chukwumerije. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/former-anambra-governor-peter-obi-dumps-apga-for-pdp.95187/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 Adamawa: Court Sacks Fintiri As Acting Governor, Swears In Ngilari And Halts October 11th By-Election The Chief Judge of Adamawa has been ordered by a Federal High Court to immediately swear-in Mr. Bala Ngilari as Governor of the State. In the court’s ruling, it said the Adamawa State Deputy Governor Ngilari didn’t resign his position before ex-Governor Murtala Nyako was impeached. The court has declared Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri’s swearing-in as illegal and unconstitutional and ordered his immediate evacuation from the Government House. The court also ruled that the INEC shouldn’t conduct the bye-election slated for October 11. Adamawa 2014; Judiciary; Ngilari http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/court-sacks-fintiri-as-acting-governor-swears-in-ngilari-and-halts-october-11-bye-

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 $9.3 Million Arms Deal: Explain Asari Dokubo’s Role In This, APC Asks FG The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to explain to Nigerians what Mujaheed Asari Dokubo, was doing on the plane that illegally ferried US$9.3 million to South Africa, where Asari Dokubo, another Nigerian and an Israeli were arrested, according to a published report. In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said since the Federal Government has taken ownership of the funds by saying the National Security Adviser (NSA) issued the end-user certificate for the arms purchase, it stands to reason that the same government will know the involvement of all those aboard the plane. It said, therefore, that the Federal Government has a lot of questions to answer on the whole deal, including whether Asari Dokubo is the contractor or the end user, who he was procuring arms for and for what purpose. APC said the questions become pertinent because even the NSA, who issued the end-user agreement for the purchase, does not and cannot purchase arms for any of the armed services. The Service Chiefs have separate budgets from the NSA for arms purchase. Nigeria; Security; Arm Deal; APC; FG http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/9-3m-arms-deal-explain-asari-dokubos-role-in-this-apc-asks-fg.95210/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 Niger Governor Promises To Announce The PDP Governorship Candidate In The Next 1 Week Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger state on Tuesday said that members of the public would know who the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) endorsed as its gubernatorial candidate for the 2015 general elections within one week. Aliyu made the promise when the PDP stakeholders from zone B area of the State paid Sallah homage at his residence in Minna. He said that eight persons had approached him formally to be the next Governor of the State. He promised to advise each of the aspirants on the issues of governance, bearing in mind that one person would emerge as the flag bearer in the end. The Governor assured members of the party that his administration would maintain the zoning arrangement put in place by the PDP which had been successful in the State. Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/niger-governor-promises-to-announce-pdp-governorship-candidate-in-

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 “APC Will Rule Imo For 20 Years”- Okorocha Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha has bragged that his new political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC will rule the state for 20 years without interruption from any opposition party. According to THE SUN, Okorocha made the boast on Tuesday while inaugurating officers and members of the State’s Campaign Council. Okorocha said, “We are working. And with that, we have been able to silence the PDP, and we intend to sustain that for life. We have no gun, but the people. Our work or the performance of the administration has destroyed the PDP in the State.” Imo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-will-rule-imo-state-for-20years-okorocha.95191/
Leadership News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 Mimiko’s Defection: TUC, NLC Ignore Labour Party’s Akure Convention The leadership of the organised labour in the country has dissociated itself from the planned national convention of the Labour Party (LP) scheduled to take place in Akure anytime from now. This is coming just as the two leading unions, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have expressed their resolve to reposition the LP as the platform for the teeming working population of the country. In a joint communiqué issued by the presidents of TUC and the NLC, Comrades Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Abdulwaheed I.Omar yesterday, a copy of which was received by LEADERSHIP, the two groups stated that their members would not be part of the convention in Akure, saying by Mimiko’s defection, he ceases to be a member of their party. Ondo 2016; Mimiko; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386374/mimikos-defection-tuc-nlc-disown-labour-partys-akure-convention
Leadership News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 Adamawa: PDP Advises Members To Obey Court Ruling On Ex-Governor Fintiri The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday in Abuja called on its members in Adamawa to obey the court verdict that sacked the Adamawa Acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Fintiri. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, made the call while reacting to the court order delivered on Wednesday in Abuja. Fintiri, the former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, assumed leadership of the State, when former Gov. Murtala Nyako was impeached on grounds of financial irregularities. His Deputy, Mr Bala Ngilari, however, went to court, seeking an order to be sworn in as substantive Governor of the State. Fintiri had been sworn in as Governor in July on the ground that the Deputy Governor resigned from the office during the impeachment process of ex-Gov. Nyako. Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/politics/386428/pdp-advises-members-obey-court-ruling-ex-gov-fintiri
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 8th October 2014 Adamawa: Nyako Congratulates Ngilari, Says He Too Will Return To Governorship Ejected Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako has heartily congratulated his Deputy-turned-Governor, Mr. Bala Ngilari and expressed satisfaction with the legal proceedings which led up to his swearing-in. The former Governor, in a statement by his media aide, Ahmad Sajoh, said he believes he was illegally impeached and that events would take place which would see him return to power. Adamawa 2014; Nyako http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/adamawa-nyako-congratulates-ngilari-says-he-too-will-retu

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Leadership News Online Tuesday 7th October 2014 PDP To Amaechi, Stop Insulting Jonathan The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has warned Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to stop insulting President Goodluck Jonathan or be ready to face the consequences of his actions. The party, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, described recent comments by Amaechi against the Jonathan-led Federal Government as childish and unwarranted, adding that the Governor’s outburst is shameful. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386264/pdp-amaechi-stop-insulting-jonathan
ThisDay Live Tuesday 7th October 2014 Uyo Senatorial District Should Decline Interest in 2015 Guber Race, Says Okoko A gubernatorial aspirant in Akwa Ibom State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Benjamin Okoko, has given reasons why the Uyo Senatorial District of the State should not only decline interest but also support his ambition to emerge as the next Governor of the State in 2015. Okoko said the zoning arrangement started with him in 1999 having won the party’s governorship ticket then, but was begged by the chieftains and leadership of the party to hand over the ticket to Obong Victor Attah because of the party’s interest to commence zoning of the ticket slot from Uyo Senatorial District. The politician gave the clarification during political consultations for his governorship ambition to ward and chapter executives of the PDP in Ikot Ekpene, Oron and Uyo Federal Constituencies. Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/uyo-senatorial-district-should-decline-interest-in-2015-guber-race-

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ThisDay Live Tuesday 7th October 2014 Youths Endorse Ugbe For Cross River Governorship Candidate Youths under the aegis of “Cross River Youth in Politics” have resolved to queue behind Mr. Patrick Ugbe, the erstwhile Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, as he aspires to contest the 2015 governorship election. The youths who declared their position during a solidarity visit to the aspirant in Calabar, said their support was borne out of the leadership qualities associated with the aspirant and his love for the youth. Describing Ugbe as humble, responsible and accommodating, the President and Spokesperson of the group, Mr. Akibi Inyang, said Cross River needs a man like Ugbe who is highly intelligent, patient, sincere and focused. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/youths-endorse-ugbe-for-cross-river-governorship-contest/190720/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 7th October 2014 “I Have Advised Tambuwal Not To Leave PDP For APC”- Enoh The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr. John Owan Enoh, has disclosed that he had been advising the Speaker of the House, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, not to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC). Enoh, who is a Senatorial aspirant in Cross River State, said he has been a friend to Tambuwal since they were both elected to represent their respective Federal Constituencies. He stated this in Calabar while briefing journalists on issues concerning his aspiration, issues related to the politics in the State and the nation. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/enoh-i-have-advised-tambuwal-not-to-leave-pdp-for-apc/190722/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 7th October 2014 Former Ogun State Governor Barred From Entering Obasanjo’s Home On Monday, security operatives attached to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Hilltop home in Abeokuta, denied former Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, entry. According to VANGUARD, Daniel who was billed to declare his defection into the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, very soon was at Obasanjo’s house to seek his blessing and possible forgiveness. A source who spoke anonymously said that Daniel was driven to Obasanjo’s home by former Minister of Mines and Steel, Sarafa Ishola. Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/former-ogun-state-governor-barred-from-entering-obasanjos-

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 7th October 2014 Taraba State Governor, Danbaba Sunati Is Missing Acting Governor of Taraba State, Garba Umar, has declared the ailing State Governor, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai missing. DAILY POST reported that Umar made this shocking disclosure yesterday in Jalingo during a media chat with journalists. He said, “Few of my Aides and I were already at the domestic wing of the airport to receive my boss but, unknowingly to me, the cabal was already waiting at the international wing of the airport where the plane conveying my boss was directed to land”. However, a former Commissioner for Information in the State, Mr. Emmanuel Bello, told Leadership on phone that Suntai was not missing. Taraba 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/taraba-state-governor-danbaba-suntai-is-missing.95042/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 7th October 2014 Former Governor Of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki To Declare For Presidency Former Governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki will next week declare whether or not he will contest the presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, yesterday disclosed that he would make his position known on whether to bid for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket next week. Some groups and individuals have been calling on the former Governor, who is the APC leader in Kwara State, to vie for the APC presidential ticket alongside other party bigwigs like General Muhammadu Buhari, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, Kano State Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso among others. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/former-kwara-governor-bukola-saraki-to-declare-for-presidency

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Tuesday 7th October 2014 Atiku Denies Calling Buhari A Religious Fundamentalist Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has denied calling Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State and APC Presidential hopeful a religious fundamentalist. In a FACEBOOK post, Atiku wrote, “I have read recent reports in newspapers and on social media, calling my fellow APC leader, and Statesman, General Buhari a religious fundamentalist. I would like to state categorically that those reports are patently false. The report clearly is a mischievous attempt by obvious political opponents of the APC and the PDP media, seeking to cause discord within the ranks of the party, especially supporters of General Buhari . For clarity, I would refer our supporters to the full text of my Sallah statement – General Buhari did not feature in that statement by name or innuendo. I have also recently commended General Buhari’s support of internal democracy in our party, APC.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/atiku-denies-calling-buhari-a-religious-fundamentalist.95057/
Leadership News Online Tuesday 7th October 2014 2015: Jonathan Shores Up South-West Support, Coordinates PDP, LP Merger In his bid to secure his re-election, President Goodluck Jonathan has commenced series of initiatives that would guarantee a good showing for his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West region at the forthcoming general election. Sources who spoke to LEADERSHIP separately in Lagos yesterday stated that while the President has commenced consultative meetings with members of the PDP in the zone, he has also been stepping up efforts to ensure that the entire structure of the Labour Party (LP) in the region dissolves finally into the PDP. The sources stated that the decision to quicken the defection of LP members was to ensure that those who formally defect take part in the forthcoming congresses where the candidates of the PDP are expected to emerge. Nigeria 2015; Ondo; Meger; PDP; LP http://leadership.ng/news/386267/2015-jonathan-shores-swest-support-coordinates-pdp-lp-merger
Leadership News Online Tuesday 7th October 2014 “I Can’t Be Intimidated Out Of Rivers Guber Race”- Wike Minister of State for Education and governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has vowed never to be intimidated out of the race. The Minister’s position may not be unconnected with recent reports that he may be prevailed upon by the Presidency to drop his gubernatorial ambition, considering the fact that he hails from the same Ikwerre ethnic nationality with the incumbent Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Wike, who spoke in Port Harcourt yesterday when a delegation from Apara Kingdom of the State visited him at his residence, assured the people of the State that the leadership of PDP would have the luxury of choosing the candidate they want to contest next year’s governorship election. Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386265/2015-cant-intimidated-rivers-guber-race-wike
ThisDay Live Tuesday 7th October 2014 Adamawa Guber: No Election In Madagali And Michika Says Jega Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Adamawa state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Tuesday that there would be no election in two Local Government Areas of the State in the governorship by-election in the State due to violence. The two local government areas, Madagali and Michika, are believed to be still under the control of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, that has been terrorising the North-Eastern part of the country. Apart from Madagali and Michika, INEC in “Information about the Election” released last week, had said ?there was “constant state of fear, insurgency, thuggery, violence and ballot box snatching”, in Maha, Mubi North and South Local Government Areas. Already, INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, is in Yola, the State capital, to assess the situation on the ground. Adamawa 2014; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/adamawa-guber-no-election-in-madagali-and-michika-says-inec/190757/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 7th October 2014 “Jonathan Led-PDP Has Lost Steam”- Oyegun The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, yesterday lamented that in spite of the numerous failed promises made to Nigerians by the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the country’s ship was being steered under a leadership that has completely lost steam and desperate to continue in power. Oyegun, who in spoke in Benin City, the Edo State capital, while playing host to the leadership of Ijaw group under the aegis of Izon–Ibe Global Policy Network (IGPN), noted that the country cannot survive another four years of Jonathan administration going by his leadership style. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/oyegun-jonathan-led-pdp-has-lost-steam/190736/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 7th October 2014 Imposition: Enugu Speaker Threatened With Impeachment There are fears that the Enugu State Government has moved against the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Eugene Odoh, threatening to impeach him should he continue with his decision to go against the Governor’s anointed candidate for the 2015 governorship election in the State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. It is feared that the Speaker may have caved in as he has not uttered a word in defence of his earlier rejection of the consensus candidate, which he made strongly at the meeting of the people of Enugu North Senatorial District. The threat came as the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday dismissed as “blatantly false, mischievous and calculated attempt to deceive the public” with media reports claiming that the party was in disarray over the emergence of Ugwuanyi as its consensus candidate for the 2015 gubernatorial elections in the State. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/imposition-enugu-speaker-threatened-with-impeachment/190738/
ThisDay Live Tuesday 7th October 2014 2015: CNPP Task INEC On Voter Turn Out Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to emulate the Brazilian Election Management to conduct highly participatory but seamless general elections next year. In a statement issued Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Osita Okechukwu, it urged the Commission to take a cue from the transparency of the Brazilian polls for President, State Governors, National Congress and State Legislators all in one day. According to CNPP, in the said election, more than 80% of Brazil’s 142, 822, 046 registered voters voted, thus registering the highest voter turn-out in any liberal democracy in recent times. Nigeria 2015; CNPP; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-elections-cnpp-tasks-inec-on-voter-turn-out/190755/
Leadership News Online Tuesday 7th October 2014 Ebonyi Guber: Coordinator Urges Governor Elechi To Nominate Successor Chief Magnus Eze, the Coordinator, Okposi Development Centre in Ohaozara LGA of Ebonyi, has urged Gov. Martin Elechi to ensure seamless transition in the state by nominating his successor.Eze, who made the call on Tuesday in Okposi in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the move would ensure that Elechi’s legacies in office are maintained and improved-upon. He urged the Governor to consult widely with a view to reaching consensus on who would succeed him and convene a town hall meeting to announce his successor. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386329/coordinator-urges-gov-elechi-nominate-successor
Leadership News Online Tuesday 7th October 2014 CNPP Chairman In Akwa Ibom Defects To PDP Mr Linus Udofia, the Chairman, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), in Akwa Ibom, on Tuesday, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Announcing his decision in Ibiaku, Headquarters of Uruan Ward, Udofia said he took the decision after due consultations with his supporters and members of his family and to make himself relevant in the politics of the State. He said: “I am coming back to the PDP to contribute my quota to rebuilding the party, particularly in my Northern Uruan Ward 2 of Akwa Ibom State. My Ward has been neglected for too long because of my being in the opposition. I intend to strengthen the PDP in my Ward, make myself relevant and bring development to my people.” Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386326/cnpp-chairman-akwa-ibom-defects-pdp
Leadership News Online Tuesday 7th October 2014 Benue 2015:PDP Elders’ Caucus Exclude Former Minister, Lawyer From Guber Race The PDP elders’ caucus in Benue South West Senatorial zone has excluded former Niger Delta Minster Sam Odeh and Mr Harris Ogbole from contesting the governorship primaries of the party. The meeting which was held in Otukpo on Monday also urged the remaining aspirants in the race to harmonise their positions and present a formidable candidate who would challenge aspirants from the other zones of the State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Odeh and Ogbole, a lawyer, were excluded from the contest following the unanimous endorsement of Senate President David Mark for another term in the Senate. Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386322/pdp-elders-caucus-excludes-former-minister-lawyer-guber-race
ThisDay Live Monday 6th October 2014 Delta 2015: PDP Leaders Raise Alarm Over Imposition Of Candidates Ahead of the 2015 general elections, some PDP stakeholders have raised an alarm on the danger of a wrong choice of candidate by the party in Delta State as that may give rise to a protest scenario in the elections. Speaking in Lagos yesterday at a world press conference, leaders of the group, Hon. Godwin Mgbabago, a former PDP Chairman of Ndokwa West and Hon. Joe Adige, a former Member of the Delta House of Assembly and an Ex-Chairman of PDP, Antioch South, said that, recent historical documents, facts and figures show that the 2011 Gubernatorial elections in Delta State in which the incumbent Governor sought a second tenure did not produce results that exhibited the usual complexion of the strength of incumbency especially, for an aspirant from our great party, the PDP. The stakeholders stated that, those fronting and or anointing a neophyte for the seat of Delta Governor do not mean well for both the PDP and Mr. President. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/delta-2015-pdp-leaders-raise-the-alarm-over-imposition/190636/
ThisDay Live Monday 6th October 2014 “Why I Endorsed Governor Ahmed For Second Term”- Saraki The leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, has given reasons why he endorsed the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed for a second term in office. Saraki, who spoke with journalists in Ilorin at the weekend said: “My endorsement of Governor Ahmed for a second term was not accidental because Ahmed worked for it, he merited it, and has performed creditably well.” When asked whether the endorsement had the blessing of the party, he referred journalists to the leadership of the party for further inquiry. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/saraki-why-i-endorsed-ahmed-for-second-term/190638/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Monday 6th October 2014 Ekiti: SANs Drag Fayose, PDP To NHRC Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose have been dragged to court by two Senior Advocates of Nigeria challenging his eligibility to contest in the June 21 gov. election in the State, the Punch says. Two Senior Advocates of Nigeria- Norrisom Quakers and M.J. Onigbanjo- have dragged the Peoples Democratic Party and Ekiti State-Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, to the National Human Rights Commission over alleged violation of their rights to practise as lawyers. In a petition dated September 29 and jointly signed by them, they claimed that the September 22 and 25 attacks on the Ekiti High Court by some suspected political thugs constituted threats to their lives. Quakers and Onigbanjo, who are the lawyers to the litigants challenging Fayose’s eligibility to contest in the June 21 governorship election, addressed their petition to the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe. Ekiti Violence; Judiciary; Fayose http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/ekiti-sans-drag-fayose-pdp-to-nhrc.94902/
Leadership News Online Monday 6th October 2014 Atiku Urges FG To Make Presidency Less Attractive Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Monday appealed to the Federal Government to take necessary steps to make governance at the centre less attractive to politicians. Atiku stated this in Ado-Ekiti when he inaugurated the Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe General Hospital built by the outgoing Ekiti State government to mark its fourth year in office. He suggested that the Federal Government could reduce the rush for power at the centre by devolving some of its powers which he described as too enormous. He advised the Federal Government to limit itself with issues relating to defence and foreign affairs among a few other responsibilities. He said other sectors including health, education and agriculture should be left for the State governments to manage. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/386251/atiku-urges-fg-make-presidency-less-attractive-politicians
Leadership News Online Monday 6th October 2014 “Poor Representation, Bane Of NASS”- OCVGGP A group, the Ogun Central Vanguard for Good Governance and Professionalism (OCVGGP), has identified poor representation at the National Assembly as a reason Nigerians are denied quality legislation. The group, comprising youths across the professions, in a statement yesterday, is rooting for Lanre Laoshe to vie for Ogun Central Senatorial seat, saying he represented Abeokuta South Federal Constituency well at the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003 under the platform of Alliance For Democracy. Both the Convener and Chairman of the group, Femi Ajayi and Abdul Ganiyu Sobande, said lawmaking is a sensitive responsibility that should not be ceded to bench-warmers and passive souls. Ogun 2015; National Assembly; OCVGGP http://leadership.ng/news/386236/poor-representation-bane-nass
Leadership News Online Monday 6th October 2014 Former NNPC GMD Mobilizes Support For President Jonathan In Kaduna Former group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Andrew Yakubu has canvassed for the support of Southern Kaduna people for President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the 2015 general elections. This is even as he declared that he is not nurturing any political ambition for 2015, stressing that the speculations making the rounds in that regard should be ignored by the people as he has no political ambition for now. Yakubu stated these at a grand civic reception and thanksgiving service in his honour in his village, Angwan Wakili by the Atyap Traditional Council of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. He said having worked for President Goodluck Jonathan, he is convinced that the President means well for Nigeria with deep patriotism and determination to serve the country. Nigeria 2015; Andrew Yakubu; President Jonathan http://leadership.ng/news/386217/former-nnpc-gmd-mobilises-support-jonathan-kaduna
Leadership News Online Monday 6th October 2014 “My Administration Did Not Borrow Any Funds”- Katsina State Governor Shema Katsina State Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema has insisted that from the inception of his administration to date, he has not borrowed either within or outside the country stressing that one of the legacies of his administration was that it has not incurred any debt. Speaking yesterday when he recieved the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, during the traditional Hawan Sallah, Shema said though some States had incurred debts running into millions and billions of naira, his administration had prudently utilised federal allocations and internally generated revenue in running the State. He admitted that the State had a pending debt which was owed several decades ago before the birth of his administration, stressing that the debt was being deducted from State’s allocation by the Debt Management Office. Katsina 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/386200/administration-borrow-funds-shema
Leadership News Online Monday 6th October 2014 Amaechi To Rivers People: “Vote Out PDP, Secure Your Future” Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, has urged the people of the State to vote out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government in the 2015 general elections so as to secure their future. Amaechi made the call at Degema, the Headquarters of Degema Local Government Area of the State, after commissioning an 8,000 capacity football stadium, built by the Local Government Council. The Governor said the PDP has nothing to offer to the people of Kalabari Kingdom, as the only way for the people to regain their lost oil wells and benefit from democratic governance was to vote out the PDP. Rivers 2015; Amaechi; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/386185/amaechi-rivers-people-vote-pdp-secure-future
ThisDay Live Monday 6th October 2014 Enugu PDP Caucus In Disarray Over Consensus Candidate The insistence of Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, on imposing a candidate on the party has split the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) State caucus. Many of the prominent members boycotted the meeting of the caucus held at the weekend to register their disgust and disapproval of what they described as brazen attempt by one man and a few people around him to impose an unpopular candidate on the party. Among the prominent party stalwarts who stayed away from the meeting were the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; former Governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo; Senator Fidelis Okoro, Rear Admiral Allison Madueke, Chief Anayo Onwuegbu, former Information Minister, Frank Nweke Jnr; former Power Minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji; former Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Dubem Onyia, Senator Ayogu Eze, who has been leading the vanguard of those who told the Governor to abandon the idea of imposition and embrace primaries, Sen. Ken Nnamani, among many other prominent members of the caucus. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/enugu-pdp-caucus-in-disarray-over-consensus-candidate/190649/
ThisDay Live Monday 6th October 2014 Code Of Conduct Bureau Directs Fayemi, Others To Declare Assets The Director, Code of Conduct Bureau, Ekiti State, Mr. Akinfolarin Feyisola, has directed Governor Kayode Fayemi to declare his “end of tenure assets” unfailingly before the expiration of his tenure. Feyisola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado-Ekiti sunday that the directive also affected the outgoing Deputy Governor and other political office holders. He said all the affected public officers had been duly informed. Feyisola said it was mandatory for every political office holder in all parts of the country to declare their assets when coming and leaving office. He said defaulters would be dragged before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for going against the law. He said some of the officers had started collecting the assets declaration forms after receiving the reminder of the constitutional provision. Ekiti 2014; Code Of Conduct Bureau http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/code-of-conduct-bureau-directs-fayemi-others-to-declare-assets/190655/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Monday 6th October 2014 PDP, APC In Last Battle To Woo Obasanjo Ahead Of 2015 The Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress have started making moves ascribed by the Punch as the “last battle” to woo former President Olusegun Obasanjo ahead of the presidential primaries. Separate meetings the former president held with Senate President, David Mark, and an APC leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, marked the beginning of the last attempt to get Obasanjo’s support ahead of party primaries, the news media added. Nigeria 2015; APC: PDP http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/pdp-apc-in-last-battle-to-woo-obasanjo-for-2015.94900/
ThisDay Live Sunday 5th October 2014 2015: “I’ve Found My Successor”- Chime Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu state sunday said he has already found his successor who perfectly fits into the kind of Governor the State requires by the time he leaves office. Speaking with newsmen shortly after the caucus meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State where a three-time Member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was endorsed as the party’s consensus gubernatorial candidate for the forthcoming election, Chime said with Ugwuanyi’s emergence, it had become his burden to ensure he emerged victorious at the polls. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-ive-found-my-successor-chime/190597/
ThisDay Live Sunday 5th October 2014 APC Presidential Primaries: Group Accuses Oyegun Of Bias A political interest group within the All Progressive Congress (APC) operating with the name, the APC Southern Mandate, has expressed concern about an alleged plot by the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and some other members of the national leadership to foist a presidential candidate on the party. APC Southern Mandate, which comprises Chairmen and Secretaries of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 17 Southern States, held a series of meetings at the weekend in Abuja and Edo State after which it announced that it would soon stage a national protest to demand for Oyegun’s sack. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-presidential-primaries-group-accuses-oyegun-of-bias/190599/
ThisDay Live Sunday 5th October 2014 APC Reduces The Number Of Delegates For Presidential Primaries To 15,000 The All Progressives Congress, APC has reduced the number of delegates for its presidential primaries from 30,000 to 15,000. The National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress is at the verge of reducing the number of delegates for its forthcoming presidential primaries to below 15,000. SUNDAY PUNCH gathered in Abuja on Friday that the proposal was the outcome of several meetings held by the Chief John Oyegun-led national executive of the party. The NEC was mandated to fine-tune modalities for the indirect primaries which were agreed upon. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/apc-reduces-number-of-delegates-for-presidential-primaries-to-15-000.94851/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Sunday 5th October 2014 “I Can Replicate The Kano Magic For Nigeria”- Kwankwaso Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso has said that he can replicate the magic he has created in Kano for Nigeria at large. Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State is among the contenders for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2015 general elections. Kwankwaso, in this piece, unfolds his agenda for Nigeria: “Today I look at Nigeria and I feel sorry for the high level of insecurity and other challenges that stare our nation on the face and I feel that something urgent must be done to address the rot in the system. Nigeria cannot continue to operate as an orphan in the comity of nations having been abundantly blessed with human and material resources to be a global leader. I believe that I can change the sad story of Nigeria to something of a celebration if given the opportunity to lead. I have the confidence that I can replicate the Kano magic for Nigeria. Today, Kano is proud that I came to the scene in 2011 and changed the landscape for them.” Nigeria 2015; Kwankwaso; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/i-can-replicate-the-kano-magic-for-nigeria-kwankwaso.94853/
ThisDay Live Saturday 4th October 2014 Enugu Guber: Forum Commends Chime, PDP For Endorsing Ugwuanyi The Adada Media Forum has commended stakeholders in the Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for adopting the Chairman, House Committee on Maritime, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as the consensus candidate for next year’s governorship election in the State. The forum of media professionals from Nsukka zone made the commendation in a statement signed by its Chairman, Emma Nnadozie, noting that the amicable way Hon Ugwuanyi was picked meant that the people of the Senatorial Zone could now go to sleep over the issue of 2015 governorship polls. Ugwuanyi, who represents Udenu/Igbo-Eze North Federal Constituency, recently emerged as the PDP consensus candidate of the Enugu North Senatorial Zone for the 2015 governorship election in Enugu State, during a caucus meeting at Chime’s instance. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-forum-commends-chime-pdp-for-adopting-of-ugwuanyi/190501/
ThisDay Live Saturday 4th October 2014 Buhari’s Loyalist Urges Atiku To Step Down Following the view expressed by Ex- Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that he and co-contestant for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the former Head State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), shared a similar belief on the need for regime change, a loyalist of Buhari’s has canvassed for a consensus deal between the two leading aspirants. While reacting to Atiku’s expression of comradeship with Buhari, a chieftain of APC and a close associate of the former Head of State, Mr Osita Okechukwu, urged Atiku to consider yielding grounds for the emergence of Buhari as APC’s presidential candidate. In a statement issued yesterday, Okechukwu said both politicians believed there was an urgent need for efforts to be made to actualise the common objective of ensuring regime change, by voting out the inept and corrupt President Goodluck Jonathan’ s regime in the 14 February, 2015 presidential election. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buharis-loyalist-urges-atiku-to-step-down/190505/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Saturday 4th October 2014 Major Crisis Brewing In APC Over Buhari, Atiku Presidential Ambition The Presidential ambitions of former military ruler, Gen Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar is threatening to tear the All Progressives Congress, APC apart. The All Progressives Congress leaders have been meeting to avert likely crisis that may trail its presidential primary scheduled to hold in a few weeks from now. Saturday PUNCH authoritatively learnt in Abuja on Thursday that the leaders had begun discussions with aspirants on the need to make the forthcoming primary less acrimonious. As part of the moves to ensure peace in the party, the leadership is said to be pursuing the option of a consensus candidate. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/major-crisis-brewing-in-apc-over-buhari-atiku-presidential-ambition.94738/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Saturday 4th October 2014 Sanusi Emirship: Kwankwaso Accuses President Jonathan Of Victimization The face-off between the Presidency and the Kano State government over the installation of the former Central Bank Governor, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano is far from over as 50 policemen withdrawn from the Government House in the wake of the crisis, are yet to be returned to the Governor. Kwankwaso was alleged to have favoured Sanusi at the expense of the son of the late Ado Bayero who appeared the people’s choice. The protests in Kano shortly after Sanusi was announced was seen as a pointer to the claim that late Emir’s son was preferred by the people. But Sanusi who had battles with the Presidency over his allegations of missing oil money was installed and the Presidency was said to have frowned at the Kano State Governor. It was at the time that 75 policemen were withdrawn from the State out of which only 25 returned. The Governor has said that the action would not help policing the State well in these times of insecurity. In his opinion, withdrawing the policemen amounted to victimisation. Kano 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/sanusi%E2%80%99s-emirship-kwankwaso-accuses-presidency-of-victimis

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Saturday 4th October 2014 “Over 1 Million Persons Will Vote In Adamawa By-election”- INEC The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 1,529,636 registered voters are expected to participate in the Adamawa Governorship by-election scheduled for October 11, 2014. This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday and signed by Mr Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman. It stated that Adamawa, with a population of 3,178,950, based on the 2006 census, has 21 Local Government Areas and 2,609 polling units, adding that 24,013 personnel, including security operatives were required for the election. Adamawa 2014; INEC http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/over-1million-voters-will-vote-in-adamawa-by-election-inec.94740/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Saturday 4th October 2014 David Mark, Tinubu, Uduaghan And Anenih Meet With Obasanjo Senate President, David Mark; Former Governor of Lagos State and the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu; Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Women Leader, Mrs. Josephine Anenih on Friday had a closed door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his Abeokuta home. According to LEADERSHIP, Tinubu arrived ahead of Mark and the PDP delegation. Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the former Lagos Governor said, “I am here to pay homage to the former President. We want his observation on his former boys who are running for Presidency in our party. What can he say about them? Nigeria at 54, we are still an invalid baby in the incubator, that is the truth. We are blessed with human capital, we have not developed it.” Also speaking to journalists after the meeting, Mark said, “You know that Baba is the leader so, we have come to discuss with him and raise some basic issues that affect both the party and the nation at large. They are discussions that would move this nation forward you know his passion for this nation is unquantifiable so, we have really had a good discussion about it.” Nigeria 2015 http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/david-mark-tinubu-uduaghan-and-anenih-meet-with-obasanjo.94741/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Saturday 4th October 2014 Plateau Guber: Victor Lar Declares Interest Of Taking Over From Jang Senator Victor Lar, representing Plateau South at the National Assembly, on Friday in Jos, declared his intention to take over from Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State. Lar said he will contest the Plateau governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He said that if elected, his top priority would be to restore permanent peace to the State. The governorship aspirant, who was received by the PDP Vice Chairman, Central Zone, Mr Yusuf Tokkit, at the State Secretariat urged the party to create a level playing ground for all aspirants. He added that though Nigeria’s Constitution and that of the PDP did not create room for zoning, there was an unwritten law of equity that established it in the consciousness of the people of Plateau. Lar said other zones had produced Governors of the State in the past and that it was now the turn of his zone to produce the next Governor, hence his aspiration. The Senator said he was the most suitable choice from the zone for that position, having been in politics for over 30 years. Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/plateau-victor-lar-declares-interest-in-taking-over-from-jang.9

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Saturday 4th October 2014 Anambra Ex-Governor Obi Explains Why Nigeria’s Cost Of Governance Is High Former Governor of Anambra State Peter Obi has stated that the reason the cost of governance in Nigeria was so high currently was because government officials were unable to curb wasteful spending that contributes no economic value to Nigeria’s economic growth or the development of its citizenry. “What contributed to my success as the Governor of Anambra State was because I decided at great personal discomfort, to shut down areas that were not necessary, which helped us to reduce the cost of governance. Generally, governance costs so much in Nigeria and if our leaders are able to reduce the money spent in unnecessary things such as keeping many guests houses, keeping many aides that are not necessary, keeping long convoys, staying in the costliest hotels, chartering planes when not absolutely necessary, servicing politicians that do not add value to the society, engaging in Epicurean life, among other indulgences, they will have enough money to do the necessary things.” Anambra 2015; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/ex-governor-obi-explains-why-nigerias-budget-governance-cos

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ThisDay Live Friday 3rd October 2014 PDP Commences Sales Of Nomination Forms For Primaries October 27th In an apparent response to the notice of the 2015 general election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) thursday said the sale of its nomination forms for all categories of elections would commence on October 27th and end on October 30th, stating also that these dates are irreversible. The party also warned stakeholders against endorsement of aspirants as only the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party has the sole constitutional right to do so. PDP had earlier fixed the presidential nomination fee at N20 million with a N2 million fee for Expression of Interest. The governorship nomination form is fixed at N10 million with the Expression of Interest Form to be obtained at N1 million. The nomination fee for the Senate is fixed at N4million and N2million for the House of Representatives. The Expression of Interest Form is fixed at N400,000 for Senate and House of Representatives aspirants. The nomination fee for the State House of Assembly members is slated for N1million, while the Expression of Interest Form is fixed at N200,000. Though female nomination fee is free, but they are to pay for the Expression of Interest form. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-commences-sales-of-nomination-forms-for-primaries-oct-27/190449/
ThisDay Live Friday 3rd October 2014 Fayemi, Fayose In Verbal War Over Appointment Of New Permanent Secretaries As the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, thursday announced the appointment of eight Permanent Secretaries at the twilight of his tenure, the State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has branded the action as an attempt to politicise and rubbish the State Civil Service. Fayose, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said recent actions taken by Fayemi had shown that he was ‘desperate and playing politics of vendetta,’ to deliberately put a stumbling blocks on the way of the incoming administration. He added that the incoming Government would review most of the policies taken in the twilight of Fayemi’s government. Fayemi, who however, predicated his action on his intention to inject new bloods into the State Civil Service and fill all vacancies occasioned by retirement of some senior bureaucrats , denied that the action was a ploy to plant civil servants who have sympathy for his party in the system. Ekiti 2014; Fayemi; Fayose http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fayemi-fayose-in-verbal-war-over-appointment-of-perm-secs/190448/
ThisDay Live Friday 3rd October 2014 El-Rufai Declares Intention To Vie For Kaduna Governorship Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, Thursday declared his intention to contest the Kaduna State governorship on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). El-Rufai said this in Kaduna when he visited the party’s office. “I came along with my colleagues to formally inform the State chapter of the APC of my intension to contest for the governorship of Kaduna State. We think that it is a necessary first step to inform the party officially that this is our intention before making any formal declaration,” he said. He also congratulated the party leadership for its efforts in unifying the various factions and groups that constituted the APC. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/el-rufai-declares-intention-to-vie-for-kaduna-governorship/190444/
ThisDay Live Friday 3rd October 2014 2015 Presidency: Atiku Invites Buhari To Open, Free And Fair Primary A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has challenged the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), who recently declared interest to contest the 2015 election, to be ready for face him in a free and fair presidential primary. While welcoming the decision by Buhari to join the contest for the opposition party’s ticket for the 2015 general election, Atiku said he looks forward to meeting him in “an open, free and fair contest for the ticket.” Atiku in a press statement personally signed by him, said the task of rescuing Nigeria is a duty the leaders of the APC are committed to and that “the more individuals are ready to be part of the mission to rescue the country, the better.” Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-presidency-atiku-invites-buhari-to-open-free-fair-primary/190439/
ThisDay Live Friday 3rd October 2014 Enugu Guber: Enugu East PDP Adopts Ugwuanyi As Consensus Candidate Ahead of the 2015 elections, the PDP Caucus of the Enugu East Senatorial Zone Wednesday endorsed a Member of the House of Representatives, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as its consensus candidate for the governorship of the State. Ugwuanyi, who represents Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constituency was last Friday equally adopted by the PDP Caucus for Enugu North Senatorial Zone as other ten governorship aspirants, including the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Eugene Odoh and Party Chairman in the State, Vita Abba stepped down for him. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-guber-enugu-east-pdp-adopts-rep-ugwuanyi-as-consensus-candidate/190381/
ThisDay Live Friday 3rd October 2014 2015: INEC To Review Additional Polling Units Planned For North The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that it was working on the possibility of reviewing the additional polling units allocated to the North. The Commission said the review had become imperative in view of the outcry that followed the announcement. The INEC National Commissioner in charge of the South-West geopolitical zone, Professor Lai Olurode, stated this while speaking with journalists in Osogbo, Osun State. He said the commission was already collating opinions from
stakeholders, adding that the Commission would do the needful on the issue as soon as it completes its findings. The Commissioner regretted that the creation of additional polling units was criticised as the Commission did not make necessary consultation before the step was taken.
Nigeria 2015; Polling Units; North; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inecto-review-additional-polling-units-planned-for-north/190451/
ThisDay Live Friday 3rd October 2014 Adamawa: Court Reserves Judgement In Ex- Deputy Governor’s Suit A Federal High Court in Abuja thursday reserved judgment till next week in a suit filed by Mr. Bala Ngilari, Adamawa former Deputy Governor under impeached Governor Murtala Nyako. Justice Adeniyi Ademola reserved judgment after listening to the submissions of counsel to different parties in the suit, insisting that he would not give a definite date for the judgment. “Judgment is hereby reserved for next week Wednesday or Thursday, that is, after the Sallah break, and definitely before the by-election slated for Saturday October 11. “We will, in due course, accordingly, inform all parties of the definite date for judgment,’’ Ademola said. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ngilari had sued the Speaker, Umaru Fintiri, and the State House of Assembly.
Fintiri, was sued as an individual and as the Acting Governor of the State, with Nyako and INEC as co-defendants. At yesterday’s resumed sitting, counsel to Nyako, Mr. Kanu Agabi (SAN), had earlier argued that the House of Assembly had no powers to receive a Deputy Governor’s letter of resignation.
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Leadership News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 2015: “Sambo Can’t Win Kaduna For PDP”- El-rufai Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Abuja and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa’i yesterday said that Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo does not have the electoral value to win the 2015 general elections for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State. This is just as he warned against voting for the PDP in 2015, adding that “All those that care about Kaduna State should come together because the enemy is not APC, the enemy is the PDP, so we should unite to reject the PDP.” Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/386009/2015-sambo-cant-win-kaduna-pdp-el-rufai
Leadership News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 APC Insists Fayose Must Be Arrested, Prosecuted For Attack On Judge The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reiterated its earlier call for the arrest and prosecution of Ekiti Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, for leading a group of thugs to attack Justice Adeyeye in the premises of the State High Court on September 25, warning that failure to act decisively now would spell doom for Judges and the nation’s democracy. In a statement issued in London yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the issue of the security of judges and the unfettered administration of justice transcends politics, hence no politician, no matter his status, must be allowed to go scot-free after attacking judges. It said any delay in taking action will see Fayose assume office, meaning he can no longer be arrested and prosecuted for what is an egregious contempt of court. Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/385951/apc-insists-fayose-must-arrested-prosecuted-attack-judge
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 “Nigeria Will Remain Politically-Stable, United After 2015 Elections”- President Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Abuja assured the international community that Nigeria would remain politically-stable and united after the 2015 general elections. The assurance was contained in a statement issued by Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity. The statement quoted Abati as saying that Jonathan gave the assurance when he received in audience the new Ambassadors of Spain, Finland, Ireland and Ghana, who presented their letters of credence to him at the Presidential Villa. The new envoys are Alfonso De Erice (Spain), Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury (Finland), Sean Hoy (Ireland) and William Awinador-Kanyirige of Ghana. The President reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure that the 2015 elections were as credible as they could possibly be. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-will-remain-politically-stable-united-after-2015-elections-president-jonathan.94692/
Daily Times News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 Demand Purposeful Leadership, Al-Makura Tells Nigerians Governor Tanko Al makura, of Nasarawa State, has called on the citizens of Nigeria to demand for purposeful leadership that is anchored on the sacred principles of honesty, transparency, accountability and above all, the fear of God. Al makura made the assertion during his congratulatory message on the occasion of the 54th Anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence and the 18th Anniversary of the creation of Nasarawa State. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/demand-purposeful-leadership-almakura-urges-nigerians
Daily Times News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 Kaduna Guber: ABU Professors Drum Support For El-rufai Ahead of the 2015 general elections, a coalition of Professors from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, have perfected plans to embark on aggressive department to department and Faculty to Faculty campaign to drum up support for former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Nasir El-Rufia as he prepares to officially declare for the Governorship election of Kaduna State. The Professors under the platform of Kaduna State Good Governance Project, according to their Coordinator, Professor Adamu Ahmed have vowed to use their intellectual resources to support El-Rufai to take-over the State’s mantle of leadership, giving his unparalleled and tremendous experience, vision, bravery, precision and serene patriotism. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/2015-abu-profs-drum-support-el-rufai
Daily Post News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 Ekiti Crisis: David Mark Says Nobody Can Stop Fayose’s Inauguration Senate President David Mark has said, nobody can stop the inauguration of Ayodele Fayose as the State Governor on October 16. Mark made this assertion at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, during the defection of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State to Peoples Democratic Party from the Labou Party. Fayose had been in the news lately for allegedly leading thugs to beat up a Judge in the State. The State Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, has tabled before the National Judicial Council a petition accusing the State’s Governor-elect and the police of complicity in the attack on Judges and court workers in the State last week. But Mark said in spite of all the tussle going on in the State, Fayose would be sworn in, adding that nobody can stop him. Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/03/ekiti-crisis-mark-says-nobody-can-stop-fayoses-inauguration/
Daily Times News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 Benue Guber: David Mark Wants A U-Turn, Wants Idoma Governor In 2015 Senate President and leader of Idoma political bloc, David Mark, has called for power shift from the Tiv speaking area of Benue State to the Idoma area, otherwise known as zone C. Okpokpowulu, as he’s fondly called noted that the Tiv speaking area had been governing the State since it was created about 38 years ago in 1976, adding that it was time to allow other tribes in the area to occupy the government house. This, however, contradicts his earlier stand, where he urged the Idoma natives to forget ruling Benue State and wait for the creation of Apa State. Benue 2015; Idoma; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/03/benue-guber-david-mark-makes-u-turn-wants-idoma-governor-2015/
Daily Post News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 2015: Jonathan Denies Support Group The Presidency, on Thursday in Abuja said President Jonathan has no link with a group, Presidential View and Endorsement Platform, allegedly canvassing for his second term bid. This was made known in a statement by the Office of the Special Adviser on Political Matters to the President and National Coordinator Goodluck Support Groups (GSG), Prof. Rufai Alkali. In the statement, signed by Special Assistant on Support Groups to Alkali, Dr Godson Nnaka, the Presidency warned his supporters not to have anything to do with the said group. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/02/2015-jonathan-denies-support-group/
Punch News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 “We’ll Reclaim Kwara”- PDP Leaders Four governorship aspirants under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara have expressed their resolve to ensure that the party wins the 2015 governorship election in the State. They are the Chairman, Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa, Senator Simeon Ajibola; a Delegate to the just concluded National Conference, Mr. John Dara; Chairman, Lubcon Group, Alhaji Jani Ibrahim; and a former Kwara State Commissioner for Housing, Alhaji Kale Belgore The aspirants claimed that the State had long been subjected to bad governance and misrule. Kwara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/well-reclaim-kwara-pdp-leaders/
Punch News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 Don’t Divide The Church, Group Warns Politicians A faith-based group, the Christian Conscience Group, has advised politicians to be careful not to divide the Church through their utterances as the 2015 elections approach. This was contained in a communique issued after an executive meeting on Thursday and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Tunji Oguntuase. The group, which is agitating for the emergence of a Christian Governor in Lagos State, said it had been getting feelers that some politicians were trying to divide the Church along denominational lines. Nigeria 2015; CCG http://www.punchng.com/politics/dont-divide-the-church-group-warns-politicians/
Punch News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 APC Wants Political Candidates To Undergo Psychiatric Test The All Progressives Congress on Thursday recommended psychiatric test for candidates seeking political office, saying this would improve the quality of governance in the country. The party said this in a statement while reacting to allegations levelled against the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr.Ayodele Fayose, who the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, accused of leading thugs to beat Justice Adeyeye of a State High Court on September 25. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/politics/apc-wants-political-candidates-to-undergo-psychiatric-test/
Punch News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 Osun Poll: Group, REC Disagree On Alleged Fraud A Group, Osun Mandate Initiative, on Thursday, accused the Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, of aiding the manipulation of the Voter Register and ensuring victory for Governor Rauf Aregbeesola in the August 9 poll. The group made the accusation in a statement by its Chairman and Secretary, Mr. Adunola Bimbo and Mr. Femi Odofin, respectively. But Akeju, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, dismissed the accusation, saying the media had been erroneously awash with fabrications against his person. Cautioning the media against being used unscrupulously, Akeju said the Independent National Electoral Commission remained committed to protecting electoral integrity. The group described the election as “a fraud and daylight robbery.” Osun 2014; Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC); OMI http://www.punchng.com/politics/osun-poll-group-rec-disagree-on-alleged-fraud/
Sun News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 Kaduna Agog For Jonathan/ Sambo, Yerima/Bajoga Kaduna State went agog yesterday as over 150 groups declared their support for President Goodluck Jonathan and Namadi Sambo. They also called on the people of Kaduna State to rally round Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and Ambassador Nuhu Audu Bajoga. The ceremony took place at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua indoor hall, Murtala Square, Kaduna. The rally was coordinated by former Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Kaduna State, Mr. Abdulhazeez Mohammed. The groups include, Kungiya Marokan PDP (Praise Singers), Yero project, Southern Kaduna Winning All (SOKWINA) forum, Kaduna jobless Association, G23Alliance and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). Chairman on the occasion, Senator Musa Bello said the achievements of President Jonathan and Governor Yero were enormous and called on the groups to give them a second chance so as to consolidate on their achievements. Kaduna 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84461
Sun News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 Sokoto INEC Educates Electorates On Election Timetable The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Sokoto State said it has made available the time-table for the 2015 general elections at the Headquarters of each of the 23 Local Governments across the State. The Commission also warned the politicians in the area to abide by the rules and regulations that guide the electoral process, saying that free and fair election is a collective responsibility of all Nigerians. This is contained in a statement signed yesterday by Muhammad Musa, Head of Voter Education and Publicity and made available to Daily Sun. The Commission said that the action was in accordance with the provisions of section 30, sub-sections 1 and 2 of the Electoral Act 2015, as amended. Sokoto 2015; INEC http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84457
Sun News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 “Why I Joined Politics”- Peter Obi Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has said he decided to join politics to contribute to the creation of public wealth for the enrichment of the people and the return of sanity to the society harassed by all manner of barbarism. Obi made the disclosure yesterday during an interactive session with World Bank Youth Forum at the office of the World Bank in Abuja. Speaking on what contributed to his success as the Governor of Anambra, Obi said he decided at great personal discomfort to shut down the cost of governance. Nigeria 2015; Obi http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84445
Sun News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 Group Mobilizes For Jonathan, Power Shift A political group, Alliance for National Transformation (ALNAT), yesterday, stormed Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital to mobilise support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in 2015 general elections. The group also supported Governor Martin Elechi’s intention to hand over power to somebody from the Southern zone of the State, to continue with his infrastructural development and urged the party to support the agenda. The National Coordinator of the group, Dr. Eze Anoke, expressed joy over the massive turnout of the supporters in the State, saying that the group was in the State to tell the people that the transformational leadership model that President Jonathan introduced into Nigeria’s political and socio-economic spheres had brought hope back to Nigerians. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84441
Sun News Online Friday 3rd October 2014 14 APGA LG Chairmen Defect To PDP In Imo Fourteen of the 27 Local Council Chairmen of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and their supporters in Imo State, yesterday, defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in solidarity with Chief Martins Agbaso, who dumped APGA for the latter last week. The defectors also accused the State Chairman of the party of acting as a Sole Administrator by unilaterally sacking the Local Government Chairmen of the party in the State in total disregard for the party’s constitution. Addressing newsmen at the Owerri North Secretariat of the party, on behalf of the defecting Chairmen, Evans Mbata said their decision was informed by alleged highhandedness of the State Chairman of the party, Peter Ezeobi. Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84439
Vanguard Newspaper Friday 3rd October 2014 Zamfara 2015: APC Chieftain Warns Against Selecting Candidates A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State , Alhaji Ibrahim Ruwan-Dorowa, has advised the party against selecting candidates for the 2015 general elections. He said the process might endanger the party’s interest at the polls. Zamfara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 46
Vanguard Newspaper Friday 3rd October 2014 APC Is Now History, Says Zamfara PDP Chairman Apparently bouyed by the frustration in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), leading to exodus of its members to his party, the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State, Senator Hassan Nasiha, has described the APC in the State as “history”. Zamfara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 46
Vanguard Newspaper Friday 3rd October 2014 INEC, PDP Behind Ongoing Illegal Registration Of Voters In Nasarawa The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of being behing the “illegal registration of voters” now going on in Nasarawa State. State Chairman of the APC, Mr. Phillip Chekwo made the allegation at a news conference in Lafia, the State capital yesterday. Chekwo spoke following the arrest of some persons with fake INEC registration gadgets in the State recently, adding that both INEC, PDP and the police were working together over the issue. Nasarawa 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 47
Nation Newspaper Friday 3rd October 2014 Jega Seeks Credible Poll The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commisssion (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has urged parties to co-operate with the Commission to ensure a free and fair election. He said the Commission and parties must work to make election free and fair to deepen democracy. Nigeria 2015; INEC; Jega 7
Nation Newspaper Friday 3rd October 2014 Bayelsa Governor, Dickson, Warns Against Intimidation Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has advised politicians to play by the rules ahead of the 2015 general elections. The Governor’s comments followed the alleged summons of his key supporters by the Force Headquarters, Abuja. The Senator representing Bayelsa Central, Emmanuel Paulker, who was said to be aspiring for Governor, was accused of influencing the summons, owing to his closeness to President Goodluck Jonathan. Dickson spoke in Yenegoa yesterday at a State banquet to mark the 54th Independence Anniversary and the State’s 18th anniversary. Bayelsa 2015; Governor Dickson 11
Nation Newspaper Friday 3rd October 2014 Delta Guber-Ochei: “I’m Committed To Good Governance” A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant and former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Victor Ochei, has said the essence of his ambition is to provide good governance, accountability, unity and peace. Ochei said this when he addressed the State Leader and Elder’s Forum in Warri during a consultative session. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 11
Nation Newspaper Friday 3rd October 2014 Kaduna Guber: “Defeating APC Is As Simple As ABC”- El- Rufai Former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nasir El-rufai yesterday said defeating the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State will be “as simple as ABCD”. The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant said PDP had nothing to show for governing Kaduna State. Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 12
Daily Trust Nespaper Friday 3rd October 2014 Protect Your Votes, APC Urges Electorate Adamawa State Chairperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Binta Garba Masi, has charged party supporters to resist intimidation during October 11th governorship by-election in the State. Addressing a crowd of supporters on Wednesday, she said supporters of the opposition party must protect their votes to ensure a free and fair election. Adamawa 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC) 10
Daily Trust Nespaper Friday 3rd October 2014 “Mark’s Endorsement Will Eliminate Bitter Competition”- Professor Agada Former Minister of State for Education, Professor Jerry Agada, has said that the endorsement of Senator David Mark by members of his Senatorial District to run for Senate was done in good faith to eliminate cut-throat competition. Benue 2015; Idoma; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 19
Guardian Newspaper Friday 3rd October 2014 Steer Clear Of Partisan Politics, Ajimobi Charges School Principals Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has charged principals of public secondary schools in the State to discharge their professional duties with mindsets devoid of political partisanship and acts unbecoming of school principals. He gave the charge while declaring open the 35th congress of the State branch of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) at Lagelu Grammar School, Ibadan on Thursday. Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 7
Guardian Newspaper Friday 3rd October 2014 Aspirant Tasks Abia Indigenes Abroad On 2015 Polls Abia State indigenes in the Diaspora have been urged to return home and participate in the 2015 general election to drive the new political dispensation in the State. A former President of the Umahia Development Association (UDA) in the United States and House of Representatives aspirant, Chudi Onyeama, made the call in Lagos. He said the input of citizens of the State in all walks of life was needed to re-position the State and make it viable. Abia 2015; Onyeama 69
Guardian Newspaper Friday 3rd October 2014 Kogi Governor, Wada Warns Against Premature Campaigns Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State has warned prospective aspirants to any elective position in the State to beware of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) guidelines for campaign so that their actions and inactions do not run foul of rules. Wada, who spoke on Wednesday during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) North Central integration committee’s interaction with stakeholders at the Government House in Lokoja, warned that INEC has taken a very strong stand against premature campaigns. Kogi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 71
ThisDay Live Thursday 2nd October 2014 Ekiti Crisis: PDP Accuses CJ Of Partisanship Over Petition Against Fayose Following indictment of the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, in a petition written to the National Judicial Council (NJC) on crisis rocking the State Judiciary, the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the State Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Ayodeji Daramola, of partisanship and bias. The party, however, advised Justice Ayodeji “to face the truth and stop being biased in the interest of the sanctity of the judiciary.” A statement signed by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, yesterday, accused the CJ of allegedly amplifying beyond proportion, the true situation of things on what actually transpired last Thursday when a Trial Judge, Justice John Adeyeye, was allegedly beaten and harassed by suspected party thugs. Oluwawole added that the subsequent closure of the courts by the CJ was allegedly meant to achieve certain premeditated political scheming and to blow the crisis out of proportion and create the impression that the lives of the Honourable Judges were no longer safe. Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ekiti-crisis-pdp-accuses-cj-of-partisanship-over-petition-against-fayose/190367/
ThisDay Live Thursday 2nd October 2014 “Presidential Contest Still Open To All Parties”- Presidency The Presidency on Wednesday said the consensus arrangement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which led to the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate for the 2015 presidential election was meant to strengthen democracy, contrary to impression by the opposition that it was an imposition. It further said the adoption of the President has not foreclosed the contest for the 2015 presidential election. Presidential Adviser on Political Matters, Professor Ahmed Rufa’i Alkali, stated this when he said President Jonathan has rather been disposed to having a keen contest with candidates presented by political parties in the opposition camp next year, and has been preparing well ahead of the contest. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/presidency-presidential-contest-still-open-to-all-parties/190366/
ThisDay Live Thursday 2nd October 2014 Fashola Holds Interactive Session With APC Guber Aspirants, Favours Shasore Barely six weeks to the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has invited the party’s governorship aspirants for an interactive session on their vision for the State. A highly placed source confided in THISDAY after the session that seven of the party’s governorship aspirants participated in the screening process, which he acknowledged, helped the Governor to prepare a list of likely successors in the order of preference. The source said the aspirants invited by the Governor were the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji; the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and former Accountant-General of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. Other aspirants at the session were the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Ganiyu Solomon; former Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Tola Kasali; former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Leke Pitan and the Senate Vice-Chairman on Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Senator Gbenga Ashafa. The source said former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Olasupo Shasore, who was not part of the aspirants interviewed at the session, also made the list of likely successors Fashola submitted to the party leaders. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fashola-holds-interactive-session-with-guber-aspirants-favours-shasore/190364/
ThisDay Live Thursday 2nd October 2014 Independence Anniversary: Jonathan Asks Insurgents To Lay Down Their Arms President Goodluck Jonathan wednesday called on the insurgents waging war against the country in the North-East to lay down their arms and embrace peace. In a nationwide broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 54th Independence Anniversary, Jonathan restated the commitment of his administration to bringing all terrorists to justice and making the country safe for all. He extended the olive branch to those with genuine grievances, saying government would listen to them if they explored the dialogue table. The President said as the Commander-in-Chief, he would continue to do all it takes to enable the Nigerian Armed Forces to keep throwing “devastating blows at the heart of terror”. He urged Nigerians to put aside all parochial considerations and rally round the government and armed forces in the fight against terror. Independence Day; President Jonathan; Insurgents http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/independence-anniversary-jonathan-asks-insurgents-to-lay-down-their-arms/190373/
ThisDay Live Thursday 2nd October 2014 “Unscrupulous Politicians Are Using Religion To Incite Northerners Against Jonathan”- Shagari The Sokoto State Deputy Governor and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Mukhtar Shagari, yesterday said God chose President Goodluck Jonathan to lead Nigeria and advised unscrupulous politicians in the North to stop using religion to incite people against the President. Shagari made the remark yesterday, shortly after presenting six vehicles and 244 motorcycles to party officials in Sokoto. He maintained that it was God’s wish that Jonathan emerged the nation’s President and as such those selfish politicians using religion against him were wasting their time. He noted with dismay that such selfish politicians were fond of quoting verses of the Holy Quran during rallies and political activities in order to incite people against Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/shagari-unscrupulous-politicians-are-using-religion-to-incite-northerners-against-jonathan/

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Leadership News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 Buhari To Electorate: “Vote Out PDP In 2015″ A former Head of State and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari, has called on Nigerians to vote out the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) out of power in the 2015 elections. Buhari, who described the PDP led-government in the country as tyrannical, said the next year’s general elections will present the electorate the opportunity to put an end the ruling party’s misrule in the country. The former Head of State spoke yesterday in Ado Ekiti during the inauguration of the new Ekiti Parapo Square to mark the 4th anniversary of Governor Kayode Fayemi administration, the 18th anniversary of the creation of Ekiti State and the 54th independence anniversary of the country. Nigeria 2015; Buhari http://leadership.ng/news/385783/buhari-electorate-vote-pdp-2015
Leadership News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 PDP Chairman, Governors In Cold War There are strong indications of mutual suspicion between the national Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the fold of the influential PDP Governors’ Forum. Efforts by the National Chairman to fully integrate and mainstream his former Governor colleagues who desire to return to the party after a stint of absence does not appear to have the blessing of most of the incumbent Governors. LEADERSHIP gathered that the PDP National Chairman Adamu Mu’azu commenced the reintegration process without the knowledge of the serving Governors, a development that caused the South-East Governors to shun the inauguration of the party’s integration committee a few days ago. But as a source within the National Working Committee (NWC) has blamed the Governors for the National Chairman’s action, saying they showed indifference to the move aimed at reintegrating some of their predecessors. The party said reports about mutual suspicion, though true initially, had been resolved. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/385835/pdp-chairman-govs-cold-war
Leadership News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 Avoid Treasonable Comments, Mark Counsels Politicians Senate President, Senator David Mark, has cautioned politicians to desist from making inflammatory or treasonable comments capable of jeopardizing the smooth transition process as the 2015 general elections are fast approaching. Mark, who spoke yesterday at a special church service to mark the 54th Independence anniversary at the St. Mulumba’s Catholic Chaplaincy, Apo, Abuja, stated that such actions or statements would overheat the polity and create avoidable tension. He reminded politicians that their individual ambitions are subordinate to national interest, saying that, “Nigeria must exist as a nation first before we could pursue our individual ambitions.” Nigeria 2015; Senate President http://leadership.ng/news/385781/2015-avoid-treasonable-comments-mark-counsels-politicians
Leadership News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 “Rivers Economy Will Crash If Jonathan Wins”- Amaechi Rivers State Governor and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, has said that the economy of the State will crash if President Goodluck Jonathan wins a second term of office come 2015. This is as the Governor expressed doubts over the sincerity of President Jonathan to ensure free and fair general elections in 2015 as promised by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega. Amaechi, who spoke on Tuesday evening when he appeared on ‘Hard Facts’, a live phone-in radio programme, which was monitored in Port Harcourt, the State capital, said he would never dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) adding that there were plots to defraud the States once Jonathan is re-elected. Nigeria 2015; Rivers State Governor; Amaechi; President Jonathan http://leadership.ng/news/385786/2015-rivers-economy-will-crash-jonathan-wins-amaechi
Leadership News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 Group Collects 5,000 Signatures For Governor Aliyu To Contest Senate Seat Talba Success Movement, a political group in support of Niger State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu said it has collected 500,000 signatures for the Governor to contest for the senatorial seat of Niger east in 2015. The State Coordinator of the movement, Alhaji Hamisu Jankaru who disclosed this yesterday at a news conference said that most youth organisations in the zone have already endorsed the Governor for the contest under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to him over the weekend the women organisations have also endorsed Governor Aliyu for the Senate because the women believed that Aliyu has given much to women and deserved to represent them at the Senate. Niger 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/385790/group-collects-500000-signatures-gov-aliyu-contest-senate-seat
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 Fashola Says President Jonathan Cannot Take Credit For Defeating Ebola Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday took a subtle swipe at President Goodluck Jonathan and the Transformation Agenda of Nigeria (TAN) campaigners. According to PREMIUM TIMES, in an Independence day message to Lagosians, Fashola said that the true heroes behind Nigeria’s success in curtailing the spread of Ebola Virus Disease are not those campaigning across the country. “I have heard some stories emanating from campaign podiums with claims of conquering Ebola. The question we must ask is whether those who make these claims saw Ebola?”, Fashola queried. “It is women like Stella Ameyo Adedevoh to whom such a claim rightly belongs. It is young Nigerians like Dr. Morris Ibeawuchi, who first made contact with the index case patient and continued to treat him who saw and conquered Ebola. He got infected, from doing his job, got sick, survived and is back to his job. It is first responders from the Lagos State Ministry of Health like Dr. Jide Idris, Dr. Yewande Adesina, Dr. Wale Ahmed, Dr. Kayode Oguntimehin who saw Ebola. They responded to the call from First Consultant Hospital. They spent 12 (Twelve) hours daily in the early days supervising the construction of Ebola containment facility when the epidemic broke…..” Nigeria 2015; Ebola; Governor Fashola http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/fashola-says-president-jonathan-cannot-take-credit-for-defeating-ebola.94614/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 “Jonathan Did Not Say Anything New In His Independence Speech”- Dino Melaye Former Member, House of Representatives, Dino Melaye on Wednesday said that President Goodluck Jonathan didn’t say anything new in the 2014 Independence day broadcast. Melaye made the claim while leading an anti-government protest in Abuja. According to VANGUARD, the protesters who were drawn from Melaye’s newly formed Citizens Arise Movement of Nigeria,CAMON, went round the streets chanting different slogans against the Federal Government. Nigeria 2015; Melaye; President Jonathan; CAMON http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/jonathan-didnt-say-anything-new-in-his-independence-day-speech-melaye.94611/
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 “My Government Has Delivered”- Jonathan President Jonathan yesterday on the occasion of the country’s 54th independence anniversary gave his administration a passmark for delivering on most indicators of good governance. He assured Nigerians that his administration remains committed to the task of building a better and greater country. Independence Day; President Jonathan; Insurgents 1
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 Ekiti Crisis: NJC To Constitute A Probe Panel Today Worried by the violence in Ekiti State and alleged assault on a High Court Judge at the premises of Ado-Ekiti High Court, the National Judicial Council (NJC) will today, constitute a panel to investigate allegations by both the Governor-elect of the State, Ayo Fayose and the Chief Judge, Justice Ayo Daramola on the fracas. This was even as a top source in the Council yesterday disclosed that the duo may be summoned to appear before the panel to substantiate their allegations against each other. Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; National Judicial Council (NJC) 9
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 2015: “Jonathan Ready For Candidates Of APC, Others”- Presidency Ahead of the 2015 Presidential election, the Presidency said that President Jonathan who is the sole Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was ready for a keen contest with whoever emerges as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other opposition parties. Speaking yesterday in Abuja, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Professor Rufail Alkali who explained that the President had been preparing well ahead of the 2015 Presidential election, stressed that the endorsement of the President by the organs of the PDP was designed to strengthen democracy , contrary to the impression painted by the opposition. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) 8
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 Lagos Guber: Ashafa Opts Out, Bids For Second Term In Senate Senator Gbenga Ashafa, who is representing Lagos East Senatorial District under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally laid to rest speculations over whether he would vie for the governorship slot in Lagos State, as he declared his intention to run for a second term in the Senate come February, 2015 general election. Ashafa made the public declaration yesterday, at a forum with the leadership of APC in Lagos East Senatorial District, in Epe. Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 10
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 Delta 2015: “I Know Those Not Eligible”- Uduaghan Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State , yesterday said he knew those who would not be Governors of the State in 2015, adding that Nigerians have every cause to celebrate as a nation as a nation on attaining 54 years of independence. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 12
Vanguard Newspaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 2015: Amaechi Cautions Politicians Against Violence Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has cautioned against electoral violence in the 2015 general elections. The Governor, in his Independence Day broadcast, appealed to the political class to resist every urge to indulge in political violence, stressing that peace was needed for effective governance. Nigeria 2015; Rivers State Governor; Amaechi; 13
Daily Trust Nespaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 “Elect Only Visionary Leaders In 2015″- Buhari Former Head of State and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) yesterday urged Nigerians to ensure that only leaders with clear vision are elected in 2015 to lead the country at all levels. He also reiterated his call to eligible voters to remove the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from office in the election. Nigeria 2015; Buhari 4
Daily Trust Nespaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 2015: Group Insists On Okadigbo’s Adoption The Coalition of Anambra-North Youth Leaders has said that its decision to adopt Senator Margery Chuba Okadigbo as its sole candidate for the 2015 Senatorial election for the District is irreversible. The coalition which comprises of Youth Leaders from the seven Local Government Areas in Anambra- North stated this in a statement signed by its President, Comrade Ifeanyi Emeka David. Anambra 2015; Okadigbo 10
Daily Trust Nespaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 Ebonyi 2015: Elechi Pledges Power Shift As the tempo of political activities gather momentum, Governor Martin Elechi, has reiterated his commitment to power shift to the Southern part of the State. Elechi, who reiterated his stance at a ceremony to mark the nation’s 54th Independence Anniversary, said he considers the gesture a duty and debt to the people of the State. Ebonyi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 14
Daily Trust Nespaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 Controversy Trails APC’s Proposed Indirected Primaries The adoption primaries for the election of candidates for the 2015 elections by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is generating within the party. A group of legal practitioners in an open letter to the leadership of the party said the adoption of the indirect primaries by the party may lead to many inconveniences since the party has no elected delegates for conducting party primaries. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 17
Daily Trust Nespaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 2015: Taraba Group Faults Danjuma’s Endorsement Of Ishaku A Taraba group, DSK Project 2015, yesterday faulted General TY Danjuma over his reported endorsement of the Minister of State for Niger Delta, Architect Ishaku Darius as a consensus candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Southern Taraba. Director General of DSK Project 2015, Senator Abdulaziz Ibrahim, at a press conference in Jalingo said General Danjuma was ‘misinformed’ by ‘Abuja based politicians’ into endorsing Ishaku as against the earlier decision of the Southern Zone which chose Chief David Sabo Kente as its consensus candidate. Taraba 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 19
Daily Trust Nespaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 Katsina Is A PDP State, Says Kuraye Katsina State cannot be said to be an All Progressives Congress (APC) State because the APC has majority representation at the National Assembly, a House of Representatives aspirant, Hajiya Binta Kuraye has said. Kuraye was reacting to a statement credited to Senator Sadiq Yar’adua that Katsina cannot be regarded as a PDP controlled State. She told Daily Trust on the phone that Katsina has been a PDP- controlled State since 1999 and shall continue to be so. She said the position of Governor, State Assembly seats and the recent victories the PDP had at the 34 Local Government has consolidated the party’s control of the State. Katsina 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 19
Daily Trust Nespaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 Kaduna APC Lawmakers Endorse Buhari For 2015 All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the Kaduna State House of Assembly have endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2015 presidential election. The APC Members that comprise the opposition at the Assembly said they endorsed Buhari on behalf of their Constituencies. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 19
Nation Newspaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 Democracy Has Brought Development, Says Akpabio Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio has said the return of democracy has brought meaningful gains in all areas of development. Akpabio, spoke yesterday at the Independence Day celebration at the Uyo Sports Stadium. Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 8
Nation Newspaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 Federal Might Won’t Work In 2015, Say Saraki, Ahmed Kwara State overnor, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Senator Bukola Saraki yesterday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would wrest power from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the federal level next year. They dismissed the use of Federal might to win elections, saying APC has come to stay. Ahmed and Saraki spoke in Ilorin, the State capital, at the N250 Million empowerwent programme of Alhaji Mashood Mustapha, who represents Ilorin West/ Asa in the House of Representatives. Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) 10
Guardian Newspaper Thursday 2nd October 2014 Oyo Pastors Score Governor Ajimobi High, Seek His Second Term Pastors of various churches in all the 33 Local Government Areas of Oyo State have pledged their support for the continuity of the Governor Abiola Ajimobi administration beyond 2015. Under the aegis of Oyo State Pastor’s Forum, they spoke during a solidarity visit to the Governor in his office in Ibadan. Oyo 2015; Pastor’s Forum; All Progressives Congress (APC) 86
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 Adamawa Guber Aspirant Slumps During Live TV Debate Alhaji Dahiru Waziri, gubernatorial candidate of the KOWA Party in the forthcoming Adamawa gubernatorial by-election on Wednesday slumped during a live television debate. The debate was supposed to be between three candidates; Waziri, Alhaji Adhmadu Umaru Fintiri of the PDP and Dr Amos Sunday of the PPN. According to NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, after the three aspirants were introduced and had remained standing to commence the debate, Waziri slumped but was immediately rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yola. Further investigations revealed that Waziri is diabetic. The PDP candidate and Acting Governor of Adamawa, Finitiri then urged the organizers to reschedule the debate until Waziri was strong enough to participate. Adamawa 2014; KOWA Party; Health http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/adamawa-governorship-aspirant-slumps-during-live-tv-debate.94618/
Punch News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 “Don’t Give Governors Automatic Ticket”- Dorgu To PDP The representative of Sagbama/Ekeremor federal constituency of Bayelsa State in the National Assembly, Dr. Stella Dorgu, has backed the Peoples Democratic Party for not granting automatic endorsement for Governors and other office holders. She noted that the party’s position that endorsement would be dependent on performance and not by virtue of office was a welcome development. Recently, the PDP endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole candidate for the party ahead of the 2015 presidential election. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/dont-give-govs-automatic-tickets/
Punch News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 Plateau PDP Warns Dariye, Others Over Defection The Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State, Mr. Raymond Dabo, has said the party has no room for defectors who want to rejoin the party unless they follow the laid down rules. The insistence of the party is coming on the heels of fresh moves by former party members including a former Governor of the State, Senator Joshua Dariye, a former Deputy Governor, Pauline Tallen, a former FCT Minister, Jeremiah Useni, and others to be readmitted into the party. Our correspondent learnt that apart from declaring their interests to return to the party, some of the former PDP members, who left the party at various times in the past, had gone ahead to write the national leadership of the party in Abuja to prevail on the State leadership of the party led by Governor Jonah Jang to receive them into the party. Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/plateau-pdp-warns-dariye-others-over-defection/
Punch News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 Group Advocates Youth Participation In Politics A group, Dauda Adegbenro Foundation, says the country’s political fortune will change if enlightened youths participate more in politics. It, therefore, said it was important that youths imbibe leadership qualities from good role models and not those who have mismanaged the resources of the country. The group said this during a courtesy visit to PUNCH PLACE, the Headquarters of PUNCH Nigeria Limited, Magboro, Ogun State, on Tuesday. Nigeria 2015; Youth Participation http://www.punchng.com/politics/group-advocates-youth-participation-in-politics/
Daily Post News Online Thursday 2nd October 2014 Enugu Guber: Enugu East Also Endorses Hon. Ugwuanyi As Preferred Candidate All appears to be going well for Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who is the preferred candidate of the PDP in Nsukka Zone for the next year’s governorship election in Enugu State. This is as the PDP Caucus of the Enugu East Senatorial zone yesterday adopted him as its consensus candidate for the governorship of the State come 2015. It would be recalled that Ugwuanyi, who represents Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives was last Friday equally adopted by the PDP Caucus for Enugu North senatorial zone as other ten governorship aspirants, including the Speaker of the State Assembly, Eugene Odoh and Party Chairman in the State, Vita Abba stepped down for him. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/02/2015-guber-enugu-east-pdp-also-endorses-hon-ugwuanyi-preferred-candidate/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 1st October 2014 2015: The Race Opens, Says INEC The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday flagged off the contests for the 2015 polls, with the issuance of the notice on elections slated to take place in February 2015. The notice, as contained in the INEC guidelines, is in line with Section 30 (1) of the Electoral Act. According to the timetable also released yesterday morning to political parties, they have between October 2 and December 31 to conduct primaries to choose their candidates for the general election. The Commission also officially released the guidelines for the conduct of the 2015 general election to the 25 registered political parties in the country. Already, some of the political parties like the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have released their guidelines and timetables for the conduct of their presidential, governorship and legislative primaries. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/2015-the-race-opens-says-inec/190374/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 1st October 2014 Jonathan Sets Up Committee On Implementation Of Conference Recommendations President Goodluck Jonathan has assured that the recommendations in the report submitted by the National Conference will be implemented to the letter. In ensuring the implementation, he said he had kick-started it by setting up the Ministerial Committee headed by Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke. He said the committee is saddled with the responsibility of working out the modalities for implementing the Report. The President disclosed this in his nation wide broadcast on the 54th independence anniversary celebration. Jonathan said “every promise I make, God willing, I will see to its fulfilment. I assure you, we shall implement the report. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; National Conference http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-sets-up-cttee-on-implementation-of-conference-recommendations/190314/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 1st October 2014 Buhari Declares For 2015 Presidential Race, Insists On Consensus Arrangement Former military Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari has finally declared his intention to vie for the 2015 presidency on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC). The three-time contender for the Presidency of the country, while declaring his interest in Abuja also restated his belief in the efficacy of adopting a consensus arrangement to decide which aspirant should fly the APC flag at the presidential election. Buhari, who addressed a gathering of various youth support groups from around the country in Abuja yesterday, said he would make himself available for nomination alongside other aspirants of the party. Buhari, whose supporters were blamed for allegedly taking to violent protests following the outcome of the 2011 presidential election, cautioned the youth support groups to always accept results as pronounced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). According to him, APC had risen to become a formidable and credible opposition party with solid support in every part of the country, adding that the APC had made all necessary preparations to take PDP out of office, “and we will give PDP a good run for their money”. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-declares-for-2015-presidential-race-insists-on-consensus-arrangement/190302/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 1st October 2014 Adamawa: Acting Governor’s Application Stalls Judgement In Nyako’s Suit An application filed by the Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, yesterday stalled the judgment in a suit filed by a lawyer seeking the reinstatement of impeached Governor of the State, Murtala Nyako. The application forced the trial Judge, Justice Okon Abang, to adjourn the case to October 16 for hearing. A Lagos-based lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, had filed the suit in August, challenging the legality of Nyako’s impeachment on July 15. Ogungbeje, in his suit, had argued that Nyako’s impeachment lacked due process of the law, and prayed the court for an order reinstating him as Governor. Wole Olanipekun (SAN), representing the first, second and third respondents respectively, drew the court’s attention to his pending application before it. He had argued that the originating processes were not served on his clients, adding that when the lapses in the proceedings were brought to the court’s attention, the court directed counsel to adopt their written addresses. Justice Abang, in a short ruling, adjourned the suit to October 16 for hearing. Adamawa 2014; Nyako; Judiciary; Acting Governor http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/acting-governor-s-application-stalls-judgment-in-nyako-s-suit/190305/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 1st October 2014 Ekiti Crisis: PDP Insists On Full Investigation Ripples of the crisis in Ekiti State yesterday continued as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raised the alarm over what it described as a very dangerous and anti-people design by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to influence the judiciary to subvert the will of the people and stop the inauguration of the duly elected government in the State. The party also called for a full investigation into the activities of some officers of the State judiciary involved in the recent crisis in the State. This came as the State Council of Traditional Rulers yesterday made its stand known on the crisis rocking the State, warning that any attempt to subvert the mandate freely given to Mr. Ayodele Fayose of the State under any guise would be resisted by the Ekiti populace. Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ekiti-crisis-pdp-insists-on-full-investigation/190306/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 1st October 2014 Political Parties Push For Sanctions Against Third Party Campaigns Ripples over the breach of the Electoral Act by political parties continued to reverberate yesterday as the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to wield the big stick against political parties which use third parties to carry out their campaigns, arguing that the action is against the letters of the Electoral Act. Third parties campaigns are mostly carried by the allies of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and campaigners of President Goodluck Jonathan like the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) and other Pro-Jonathan campaigners that are calling on the president to declare interest in the 2015 presidential election. INEC had Monday declared that it would take necessary action against such associations, corporate bodies, individuals, political parties, media or other communication agencies, social media, candidates/aspirants that contravene the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and/or Electoral Act 2010 on public campaigns/rallies and processions. Nigeria 2015; INEC; IPAC; Third Party Campaigns http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/political-parties-push-for-sanctions-against-third-party-campaigns/190307/
ThisDay Live Wednesday 1st October 2014 INEC Issues Notice Of 2015 General Elections The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday 1st October 2014, issued notice of elections slated to take place in February 2015. The notice as contained in the INEC guidelines is in line with section 30 (1) of the Electoral Act (as amended). According to the timetable released to political parties, they have between October 2 and end of December, 2014, to conduct primaries to choose their candidates for the general elections. The Commission also, has officially released the guidelines for the conduct of the 2015 general elections to the 25 registered political parties in the country. Nigeria 2015; INEC http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-issues-notice-of-2015-general-elections/190315/
Leadership News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Shagari Says PDP’s Support For Jonathan Not In Doubt Sokoto State Dep. Governor, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari, on Wednesday in Sokoto said that the loyalty of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State to President Goodluck Jonathan was not in doubt. Shagari made the statement at the distribution of 267 motorcycles and five 406 cars he donated to the leaders of the party in the State. Shagari said “our support to the President is based on merit”. He also described the President as a trusted leader who always lived by examples for the people to follow. Sokoto 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/politics/385765/shagari-says-pdps-support-jonathan-doubt
Leadership News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 2015: INEC Issues Notice Of Elections In Kano The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano State on Wednesday issued a notice of the 2015 general elections in parts of the State. The notice was pasted at INEC offices in compliance with section 30 of Electoral Act, 2010 as amended, which provided not later than 90 days before the election. The notice is also in line with the INEC schedule of activities for the general elections nationwide. The INEC Assistant Director, Public Affairs in Kano, Alhaji Garba Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Commission had pasted the notice in each of the three Senatorial Districts. Kano 2015; INEC http://leadership.ng/news/politics/385749/2015-inec-issues-notice-election-kano
Leadership News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Ondo PDP Prepares To Welcome Mimiko The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Ondo State has expressed its readiness to welcome the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko into its fold. The Chairman of the party in Ondo State, Mr Ebenezer Alabi made the disclosure in an interview with LEADERSHIP in Akure yesterday. Alabi, however, explained that a committee that was put in place to welcome the Governor into the PDP was set up about a month ago. Ondo 2016; Mimiko; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/385690/ondo-pdp-prepares-welcome-mimiko
Leadership News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Ex-Militants To Procure Guber Form For Dickson’s Re-election Ex-militants in Niger Delta under the second phase amnesty programme yesterday declared their readiness to sacrifice three months of their allowances and set aside the sum of N10.5million for the purchase of the expression of interest form for Governor Seriake Dickson to contest for second term in office during the 2016 governorship polls in the State. The ex-militants, who met yesterday in the Yenagoa,under the leadership of the group’s Chairman, Comrade Stephen Ebisintei and Deputy Chairman, Salvation Rufus, said the decision to forego three months allowances towards the presidential campaign of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and Hon. Seriake Dickson in 2016 was due to the noticeable infrastructural development and sound economic policy at the State and Federal levels. Bayelsa 2015; Ex- Militants; Governor Dickson http://leadership.ng/news/385688/ex-militants-procure-guber-form-dicksons-re-election
Leadership News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 APC, LP, DPP Members Defect To PDP In Delta State No fewer than 10,000 Labour Party (LP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) members in Ndokwa West and Ethiope West Local Government Areas of Delta State yesterday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Chairman of the party in Ndokwa Local Government Area, Dan Ossai while receiving the decampees in Emu-Unor, described the massive defection into the party as an act of God which means that the party and democracy were on course. Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://leadership.ng/news/385685/apc-lp-dpp-members-defect-pdp-delta
Leadership News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 “Borno Has Become A Fishing Pond To PDP Politicians”- Governor Shettima Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has accused Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) politicians of using the State as their “fishing pond” which they visit at the peak of the season and abandon after achieving their “selfish ends”. The Governor took a swipe at the nation’s ruling party’s politicians after he had supervised the swearing in of 27 Chairmen of caretaker committees of Local Government Areas in the State at the Government House, Maiduguri, yesterday. He said the opposition politicians would continue to suffer defeat in all elections because they have failed to identify with the people at all times. Borno 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://leadership.ng/news/385683/borno-become-fishing-pond-pdp-politicians-gov-shettima
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Tinubu Accuses President Jonathan Of Using Religion To Manipulate Nigerians Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of using religion as a tool to manipulate Nigerians. Tinubu made the accusation while speaking at the Seminar on “Let Peace Reign” By Alliance of Muslims and Christians, which was held in Lagos on Tuesday. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/tinubu-accuses-president-jonathan-of-using-religion-to-manipulate-nigerians.94480/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Caution On Illegal Political Campaign: APC Slams INEC For Acting Too Little Too Late The All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed INEC for acting too little, too late by issuing a warning on illegal public political broadcast and campaign, saying INEC’s belated action is highly suspicious. In a statement issued in London on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said INEC’s action, coming after the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan have been campaigning endlessly for the 2015 elections, can only be to the disadvantage of other candidates and political parties. APC wondered where INEC was when the so-called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) was organizing noisy rallies across the country, attended by government officials and designed to benefit President Jonathan and his party, the PDP. The party also expressed shock that INEC has been in a deep slumber since the so-called Protectors of Nigeria’s Posterity have been running adverts on television solely for the benefit of President Jonathan in next year’s elections. Nigeria 2015; INEC; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/caution-on-illegal-political-campaign-apc-slams-inec-for-acting-too-little-too-late.

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Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 PDP Lawmaker Defects To APGA The PDP membership in the House of Representatives was reduced by one on Tuesday as Rep. Ikechukwu Ameke (Anambra) left the party for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The PDP Member defected to APGA in Abuja. According to Ameke, his transition to APGA is predicated on the request by his constituents against the backdrop of a subsisting litigation on his election into the House. Anambra 2015; Member; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/pdp-lawmaker-defects-to-apga.94470/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 INEC Clears 7 Canidates, 31 Observers For Adamawa Governorship By-Election The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it cleared seven political parties and their candidates for the Adawawa governorship by-election scheduled for October 11. The candidates, according to the Commission’s daily bulletin in Abuja, include Senator Mohammed Jibrilla of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with Martins Babale as his running mate; Aminu Furo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Elisha Jalo as running mate; Aminu Waziri of Kowa party with Raymon Mamuno as his running mate; Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with Jingi Kandamwe as running mate; Amos Sunday of PPN with Semen Gangpete as running mate; Abdulnasir Hamman of MPPP with Ta’aziya Ishaya as running mate and Mohammed Malgwi of National Congress of Progressives (NCP) with Serah Daniel as running mate. The bulletin said that INEC had cleared 24 domestic and seven international organisations to serve as observers for the election. The domestic organisations include the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement; Police Service Commission, Election Monitor, Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reforms, Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness. Others also included Women Arise for Change Initiative, Alliance for Credible Election, Nigerian Bar Association, Human Rights Monitor, Independent Election Monitoring Group and African Centre for Leadership Strategy and Development. The international organisations are European Union Delegation to Nigeria, United States Mission to Nigeria, British High Commission, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, UNDP/DGP, UN Women and Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Abuja. Adamawa 2014; INEC http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/inec-clears-7-candidates-31-observers-for-adamawa-governorship-by-election.94464/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Nigeria At 54: Northern Governors, FCT Minister Call For Peace The Northern States Governors’ Forum on Tuesday urged Nigerians to mark the country’s 54 years anniversary by working for its unity and prosperity. The Forum’s Chairman,Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, made the appeal in a statement signed by his Spokesman, Mr Israel Ebije, and made available to newsmen in Minna. Part of the statement said, “We want a country where we can be independent from personal or group interests but united towards achieving a common goal and aspiration as one Nigeria.” Independence Day; Northern Governors; Peace http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-at-54-northern-governors-fct-minister-call-for-unity.94454/
Nigerian Bulletin News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 66 Pressure Groups Support Buhari For President On Tuesday, about 66 pressure groups from different parts of Nigeria gathered in Abuja to declare support for former Military Ruler, Muhammadu Buhari come 2015 presidential elections. The Director-General of the Buhari Support Centre, Alhaji Umaru Dembo, who was present during the meeting assured Buhari of its support in his quest to become the next President of the country. He told newsmen who were present at the gathering that the group believed that Buhari was the best candidate to move the country forward because of his “integrity, honesty and accountability and his track record”. Dr Peter Oganto, National Chairman of Project Reach forth Nigeria, another group, also said the group would work for the realisation of Buhari’s presidential ambition in 2015. The Secretary of Buhari Friends Organisation, Mr Athanasius Okon, said the group had commenced education of its members to ensure they got their permanent voter cards. Nigeria 2015; Buhari http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/66-pressure-groups-support-buhari-for-president.94453/
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Adamawa: Hausa/Fulani To Back Acting Governor One of the 2015 governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Abubakar Halilu Girei, has dismissed insinuations that the Hausa/ Fulani extraction has developed cold feet in supporting the candidacy of Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri. Girei is one of the 11 aspirants that had expressed his intention to contest during the PDP primary election in the October 11 governorship election in Adamawa State, but opted to support the candidacy of Fintiri alongside six others. He told Daily Sun that the Hausa/ Fulani and other stakeholders of that extraction are solidly behind the candidacy of Fintiri, whose short span as the helmsman of the State has shown impressive feats which required the support of all and sundry including the Hausa/ Fulani extraction. Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84185
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Atiku Assures Youths, Women Of Job Opportunities Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday assured the youths and womenfolk that 50 per cent of appointments and job opportunities would be reserved for them to ensure they contribute to the development and growth of the nation. Abubakar, who led the governorship campaign team of the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bindow Umaru Jibrilla, in Toungo, declared that priority attention would be accorded youths and women in terms of appointments in his government if voted in as President next year. The former VP solicited for votes for the APC gubernatorial candidate, Senator Bindow Umaru Jibrilla, in the October 11 rerun election to enable him deliver the dividends of democracy to Adamawa people. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84183
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Adamawa: “I’ll Create 1000 Jobs In Two Months”- Fintiri In continuation of his campaigns, Adamawa State Acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, has promised to create 1000 jobs within two months if elected.During the campaign train that went to Maiha, Fintiri promised his teeming supporters that he would create the jobs for teeming youths in the State. Fintiri said he would also complete all abandoned General Hospital projects in the State including that of Maiha, which has deprived the people of social amenities in the State. According to him, as a Member of the State Assembly, he was aware that the Assembly had approved fund for the completion of Maiha hospital and wondered why the ousted administration of Murtala Nyako failed to do it. Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84181
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Shettima Tasks Borno Politicians On Unity Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has urged politicians in the State to unite against insurgency, urging them to tackle poverty among the people rather than fighting over political offices. Shettima, who spoke during the swearing in of new caretaker Chairmen for the 27 Local Government Areas of the State yesterday, said politicians should be conscious of the untold suffering, trauma and endemic poverty in Borno Stae in their politicking ahead of 2015, saying there was no justification for division among politicians in the State. He said they should unite and evolve ways of making the traumatised people happy. Borno 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84157
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Anambra: Community Leader Rallies Support For APGA Following the Supreme Court verdict that upheld the election of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, a prominent community leader, from Nando in Anambra East Local Government Area of the State, Chief Nnamdi Nwawue has called on the people of the State to support All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in next year’s general elections and ensure the party sweeps all elective positions. Nwawue, who hailed the apex court’s judgment as another landmark achievement for the judiciary in the history of democracy in Nigeria, stated that support for APGA in subsequent elections would put the State in a stronger position to speed up development, noting that things were bound to work better when all the Senators, House of Representatives and State Assembly Members are in the same party with the incumbent Governor. Anambra 2015; Member; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84141
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Delta 2015: Uduaghan Rules Out Imposition Of Candidates Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has vowed that he will not be a party to any attempt to impose a governorship candidate as his successor in the 2015 election. This is coming on the heels of speculations that the Governor might have anointed a retired Permanent Secretary in the State, Mr. Tony Obuh as the preferred candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). But speaking in Asaba during an inter-denominational service to mark the nation’s 54th Independence anniversary, Dr. Uduaghan said: “God alone will decide who will take over from me and I know that God will not allow a Governor that is not God-fearing and will come and destroy this chapel that we have dedicated to him today to govern our dear State.” Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84135
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 “With Oshiomole’s Foundation, PDP Should Forget Edo”- Ihonvbere Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG), Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, has reacted to President Goodluck Jonathan’s boast that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would ‘recover’ Edo from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Ihonvbere said: “If President Jonathan likes, he could come to Edo State 200 times; Governor Adams Oshiomhole has laid a foundation that ensures defeat for PDP.” Besides, Ihonvbere said: “It is the arrogance of power that killed the PDP in Edo State and they are dead finally because our own brother, Adams Oshiomhole, has laid a foundation that nobody can ever forget.” Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84131
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 PDP Youths Preach Unity, Endorse Jonathan The National Coordinator of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Youth Empowerment Strategy (PDP NYES) Comrade Adamu Abdullahi has urged Nigerians to be more united in confronting the challenges facing the country, especially as the country mark it’s 54th year of freedom from colonialision. Abdullahi said that despite the security challenges facing the country, President Goodluck Jonathan should double his efforts towards ensuring the continue unity of Nigeria as one country. Comrade Abdullahi hailed the courage and sagacity of the board of trustees, National Working Committee of the PDP and the party’s Governors Forum for endorsing President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, as the sole presidential candidate of the party in the 2015 general election. Nigeria 2015; People’s Democric Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84127
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Ekiti Crisis: PDP’s Allegation, Direct Invitation To Police- APC The All Progressives Congress (APC) Osun Chapter, has said that the allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party that the APC plans to disrupt the proceedings of election petition Tribunal should be seen as a direct invitation to the police and other security agencies to take over the Tribunal venue. The Acting Chairman of the APC, Elder Adelowo Adebiyi, through a statement signed by the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said PDP’s allegation of an imagined plan by the APC to dress up hoodlums in the attires of PDP to cause attacks at the Tribunal proceedings was no more than its grand plan to plunge the State into crisis. The party said it is in PDP’s character to always resort to violence to get whatever it fails to secure through acceptable means. Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84125
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 “We’ll Overrule INEC On New Polling Units”- Senator Uba Chairman of the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Andy Uba, yesterday gave hints that the Senate would overrule the Commission if it continued with the creation of additional polling units.This was just as Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN) stated that despite the explanations given by INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega for the creation of the additional polling units, the exercise lacked merit and “its timing, inauspicious.” Senator Uba told newsmen after yesterday’s plenary, that good as the idea was, the timing was wrong and the Commission had not taken into account, internally-displaced Nigerians following the security challenges in the North East. Nigeria 2015; Polling Units; INEC; Senate http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84116
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 2015: “APGA Will Win South-East”- Obiano Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has issued a sack letter to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South East, declaring that All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) will win the region in 2015 general elections. He said: “ We are working towards winning the five States in the South East to ensure that APGA flies in the whole of the South East. We are going to work with you to ensure that it happens in 2015.” Obiano’s declaration came as the leadership of APGA yesterday, announced that it would soon release its timetable for the 2015 general elections even as it ruled out imposition of candidates during its primaries. South-East Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Grand Alliance http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84108
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Enugu Guber: Nwodo, Other PDP Chieftains Caution Senator Eze Over Consensus Candidate Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, and some other chieftains of the party in Enugu State have defended the endorsement of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as the party’s consensus candidate for the 2015 governorship election in the State. The Enugu North Senatorial District PDP caucus (Nsukka zone) had, last Friday, picked Ugwuanyi, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Maritime, as its consensus candidate for the election. But Senator Ayogu Eze, who was in that caucus meeting, later said in Abuja, that he was ambushed into attending the meeting, insisting that he was still in the governorship race. Consequently, Dr. Nwodo and former Member of the House of Representatives, Ambassador (Mrs.) Justina Eze, who were among the Enugu North Senatorial zone’s leaders at the meeting, dismissed Senator Ayogu’s claim as frivolous. Also, Dr. Godsmark Ugwu and Humphrey Nwodo, a lawyer and PDP chieftain, advised Ayogu to abide by the decision of the people of his zone and be a good party man. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84112
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 2015: House of Representatives Okays Troops For Polls The House of Representatives was yesterday divided over the amendment of some items in the Electoral Act 2010, compelling the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, to suspend consideration of the bill indefinitely. But the Lawmakers amended section 29 (1) of the Electoral Act granting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the exclusive powers to request for deployment of troops during elections.When the review is signed into law, deployment of soldiers during elections can only be done with the request from INEC. Nigeria 2015; Electoral Act Ammendment Bill; House Of Representatives; Troops; INEC http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84096
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 2015: “Igbo Haven’t Adopted President Jonathan”- Ohaneze Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, debunked claims that it had adopted President Goodluck Jonathan or anyone else for the forthcoming presidential election. President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Gary Nnachi Enwo Igariwey, who made the clarification at a post Igbo Day 2014 press briefing held at Finotel Hotels, Awka, said the apex Igbo group was still making consultations on the issue of 2015 Presidential election. Before yesterday’s clarification, there were reports that the South-East and Ohanaeze have endorsed Jonathan. Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; Ohaneze Ndigbo; http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84079
Sun News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 2015: “I’m The Poorest Presidential Aspirant”- Buhari Former presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has said his presidential project has been the most underfunded in the history of general elections in the country. Buhari was the presidential candidates of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2003 and 2007 respectively. He was equally the candidate of the defunct CPC in the 2011 presidential election. Nigeria 2015; Buhari http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=84075
Punch News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Imoke’s Chief Of Staff, Five Others Resign The Chief of Staff to the Cross River State Governor, Dr. Alex Egbuna, alongside five other members of Governor Liyel Imoke’s cabinet on Tuesday resigned to pursue their aspirations in various elective positions. Information from a source at the office of the Secretary to the State Government around 6.15pm on Tuesday, indicated that others that had put in their resignation letters included the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Mike Aniah; the Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Patrick Ugbe, and the Commissioner for Works, Legor Idagbor. Others are the Special Adviser on Investment Promotion; Gerald Adah and the Special Adviser on Budget, Peter Oti. They all intend to run for the governorship position of the State except Egbuna who will be seeking the Abi/Yakurr seat in the Federal House of Representatives. Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/imokes-chief-of-staff-five-others-resign-2/
Punch News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 “Jonathan Lying About Job Creation, Electricity”- APC The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has described as false, claims by President Goodluck Jonathan that poverty has been reduced by 50 per cent and his administration had created millions of jobs. The party further advised the President to stop taking Nigerians for a ride by claiming that electricity had improved drastically. The party said power generation had not risen above 4,000Megawatts since 1999 and wondered why the Jonathan administration was boasting of improved electricity. The party said this in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe titled, ‘Nigeria at 50’. Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/politics/jonathan-lying-about-job-creation-electricity-apc/
Punch News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Buhari To Inaugurate Ekiti Square Activities marking the fourth anniversary of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration continued on Wednesday with the official commissioning of the 12,000 seater Ekiti Parapo Square in Ado-Ekiti. The square which is one of the projects of the Fayemi administration would be inaugurated by a former Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), supported by other eminent Nigerians. According to a statement by the Secretary to the event’s media committee, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, the 2014 edition of the State Merit Award would hold at the arena shortly after the inauguration. Ekiti 2014; Buhari; Ekiti Square; All Progressives Congress (APC) http://www.punchng.com/politics/buhari-to-inaugurate-ekiti-square/
Punch News Online Wednesday 1st October 2014 Enugu Guber: Senator Raises Alarm Over Alleged Intimidation The Ayogu Eze governorship campaign organisation has raised the alarm over an alleged attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State to intimidate its governorship candidate, Senator Ayogu Eze, out of the 2015 governorship race in the State. In a statement signed by its legal adviser, Mr. Kingsley Onyeke, the organisation said the party has descended on its candidate for daring to object to an attempt by the party to impose a predetermined candidate ahead of the November 29, 2014 governorship primaries in the State. Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) http://www.punchng.com/politics/senator-raises-the-alarm-over-alleged-intimidation/