Election News Trend October 2015

SourceDateStory TitleSummary of ReportsSubject/CategoryPage No./Weblink
VanguardThursday, October 22, 2015Tension in Sokoto, as indigenes move to recall senators over ministerial nomineeIndigenes of Sokoto State, on the platform of Sokoto Citizens Forum, have said they might consider sensitizing the people of the state across the three senatorial districts on the likelihood of commencing the recall of Senators Aliyu Wammako, Ibrahim Gobir and Ibrahim Danbaba over their perceived indisposition to the choice of Mrs. Aisha Abubakar as minister.Ministerial Nominee; Sokoto Statehttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/tension-in-sokoto-as-indigenes-move-to-recall-senators-over-ministerial-nominee/
VanguardThursday, October 22, 2015SGF under fire over ‘provocative’ thanksgiving service remarkIndications emerged yesterday that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir David Lawal, has come under fire from Presidency over a provocative claim he made during a thanksgiving service in Abuja last Saturday.SGF; Presidencyhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/sgf-under-fire-over-provocative/
Daily TrustThursday, October 22, 2015Kogi commissioners debunk defection reportForum of Commissioners and Special Advisers in Kogi State yesterday debunked media report that four commissioners and some advisers in the cabinet of Governor Idris Wada are planning to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).PDP; Kogi 2015; Wadahttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/kogi-commissioners-debunk-defection-report/115998.html
Daily TrustThursday, October 22, 2015Ex-Rep sues successor over certificate forgery"A former House of Representatives member, Dr. Haruna Kigbu, has filed a suit at the Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State, alleging that his successor Rep. Abubakar Sarki Dahiru forged his academic records which he used to secure employments as well as the ticket to run for the last election.
Kigbu, who represented Lafia/Obi Federal Constituency of Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2015, sought re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but was defeated by Dahiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC)."
Election Tribunal: Plateau Statehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/ex-rep-sues-successor-over-certificate-forgery/115995.html
Daily TrustThursday, October 22, 2015PDP’s culture of impunity not yet over - Barr MaiduguBarrister Bashir Maidugu is the deputy national legal adviser of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this exclusive interview with Daily Trust, he said at the backdrop of last weekend’s NEC meeting of the party that it was yet to learn its lesson from the culture of impunity which led to its woeful defeat at the 2015 polls.APC; PDPhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/pdp-s-culture-of-impunity-not-yet-over-barr-maidugu/116002.html
The NationThursday, October 22, 20152015 polls: Council of State hails JegaThe Council of State presided by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday commended the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, for his exemplary performance in office.INEC; Nigeria 2015http://thenationonlineng.net/2015-polls-council-of-state-hails-jega/
The NationThursday, October 22, 2015INEC got over N114bn for 2015 polls – ReportThe post election report has revealed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) got a total sum of N114, 058, 943, 747. 48 for 2015 general elections. The sum of over N108.9billion was appropriated for the commission by the Federal Government between 2014 to 2015, while fund received from developmental partners was N5, 207, 260, 433.55.INEC; Nigeria 2015http://thenationonlineng.net/inec-got-over-n114bn-for-2015-polls-report/
The NationThursday, October 22, 2015Senate: why Ekweremadu didn’t preside over ministerial screeningTHE Senate yesterday said its Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu, was not allowed to preside over the screening of ministerial nominees because he is of the opposition party. Senate Leader Mohammed Ali Ndume made this known in an interview with reporters at the National Assembly yesterday.Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://thenationonlineng.net/senate-why-ekweremadu-didnt-preside-over-ministerial-screening/
The NationThursday, October 22, 2015Okorocha condemns protestsImo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has condemned the pro-Biafra protests in Anambra, Rivers and Delta states. The protests were against the arrest of the director of Biafra Radio, Nnamdi Kanu. Okorocha said the protest or any other activity of the separatist group did not have the backing of any Igbo leader or the Southeast governors.Biafra; Rivers Statehttp://thenationonlineng.net/okorocha-condemns-protests/
The NationThursday, October 22, 2015Biafra: Court remands 20 for alleged treasonA magistrate’s Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has remanded 20 pro-Biafra protesters in prison for alleged treason.Biafra; Rivers Statehttp://thenationonlineng.net/biafra-court-remands-20-for-alleged-treason/
The NationThursday, October 22, 2015Nwachukwu seeks domestication of war crimes lawFormer Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (rtd) has urged the National Assembly to domesticate the bill that criminalises genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. He said given the way Boko Haram has been killing people, such a law will ensure that there is no impunity and that those who committed crimes will not go unpunished. He spoke yesterday at the 39th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society of International Law.Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/nwachukwu-seeks-domestication-of-war-crimes-law/
ThisDayThursday, October 22, 2015APC Supporters Celebrate Ruling on Akwa Ibom Governorship ElectionAPC candidate for the governorship election in Akwa Ibom State, Umana Umana. There was celebration by APC supporters in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, and Lagos on Wednesday following the ruling of the governorship tribunal for Akwa Ibom State elections. In its ruling, the tribunal headed by Justice Sadiq Umar ordered re-run of election in 18 out of the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom State.Election Tribunal; Akwa Ibom Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-supporters-celebrate-ruling-on-akwa-ibom-governorship-election/223451/
ThisDayThursday, October 22, 2015Concede Defeat If You Lose, Jonathan Charges Tanzanian PoliticiansThe Chair of the Commonwealth Election Observer Mission to Tanzania, former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday urged whoever might lose Sunday’s presidential election to promptly concede defeat for the sake of peace and unity in the country. He said it was equally important to realise that for the poll to be free and fair, all stakeholders, including the National Electoral Commission (NEC), political parties, police as well as voters must play their part.Jonathan; Tanzaniahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/concede-defeat-if-you-lose-jonathan-charges-tanzanian-politicians/223452/
ThisDayThursday, October 22, 2015"House to Unveil Heads of Committees Today
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The House of Representatives is set to unveil the chairmanship and membership of its various standing committees today after what seemed an unending manoeuvring to factor in diverse interests. After its inauguration on June 9, the leadership of the House had been in a quandary on how best to share the chairmanship of the various committees in the lower chamber - a development which has become the major cause of the delay in the constitution of the committees.House of Repshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/house-to-unveil-heads-of-committees-today/223453/
ThisDayThursday, October 22, 2015Yobe Tribunal Upholds Gaidam’s Election The Yobe State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday upheld the election of the state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, as the winner of April 11 governorship poll in the state. The tribunal’s Chairman, Justice Mojisola Dada, in the judgment, dismissed the petition of the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP), Adamu Maina Waziri.Election Tribunal: Yobe Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/yobe-tribunal-upholds-gaidam-s-election/223454/
ThisDayThursday, October 22, 2015Daar Communications: Presidency Lied about Maltreatment of BuhariDaar Communications Plc, operators of Africa Independent Television and RayPower FM, on Wednesday described as lies reports credited to the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the president, Mallam Garba Shehu, on how AIT and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) allegedly maltreated the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari, during the campaigns for the 2015 general election.AIT; Buharihttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/daar-communications-presidency-lied-about-maltreatment-of-buhari/223413/
ThisDayThursday, October 22, 2015Screening of Ministerial Nominees will Last for Six Weeks - Ndume The Senate on Wednesday said the ongoing screening of ministerial nominees will not end soon, disclosing that the exercise would now last for seven weeks. This disclosure was made by the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, while answering questions from journalists.Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/screening-of-ministerial-nominees-will-last-for-six-weeks-ndume/223419/
ThisDayThursday, October 22, 2015Buhari Appoints Yakubu New INEC ChairPresident Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Five new commissioners representing the five geo-political zones of the country were also appointed.INEC; Chairmanhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/buhari-appoints-yakubu-new-inec-chair/223457/
ThisDayThursday, October 22, 2015Tribunal Orders Elections in 18 A’Ibom LGs, Emmanuel, Umanah to AppealThe Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has nullified the results of the April 11 governorship election in 18 local government areas of the state. The tribunal however upheld the credibility of the election results in the remaining 13 local government areas. Consequently, the tribunal ordered a re-run of election in the affected local government areas to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) within 90 days .Election Tribunal; Akwa Ibom Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tribunal-orders-elections-in-18-a-8217-ibom-lgs-emmanuel-umanah-to-appeal/223458/
Daily PostThursday, October 22, 2015Kogi Guber: Audu, Wada absent as candidates sign peace accordIn a build up to the November 21st gubernatorial elections in Kogi State, candidates of all political parties contesting in the election had on Wednesday, at the initiative of Kogi State Commissioner of Police, converged at M.M. Katsina Conference Hall at the Police Headquarters in Lokoja to sign a peace Accord towards ensuring a violence free election. The event which had 24 candidates of various political parties present except Prince Abubakar Audu of the All Progressives Congress and the incumbent governor, Captain Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, saw those in attendance agreeing to play according to rules.http://dailypost.ng/2015/10/22/kogi-guber-audu-wada-not-present-as-candidates-sign-peace-accord/
VanguardWednesday, October 21, 2015We are waiting for Buhari’s cabinet, new policies – USUnited States, US Government has said it is waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate his cabinet and introduce policies that would drive Nigeria in the next four years. The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle disclosed this when he led some foreign investors on a courtesy visit to the Lagos House, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.Buhari; UShttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/we-are-waiting-for-buharis-cabinet-new-policies-us/
VanguardWednesday, October 21, 2015FG tasked on national integrationTHE Federal Government has been urged to foster national integration to heal the injuries left by the general election, as true leadership emphasizes people not electorate. This was the position taken at the eight Anthony Cardinal Okogie Annual Lecture at the McGovern Hall of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Maryland, Lagos.Buhari; Nigeria; National Integrationhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/fg-tasked-on-natl-integration/
VanguardWednesday, October 21, 2015Ambode commends US role in 2015 elections, seek greater economic tiesLagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday commended the efforts of the United States of America in ensuring peaceful democratic transition in the last general elections in the country. The Governor, who spoke when he received the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, said the concern of the United States and steps taken to ensure peaceful transition went a long way to ensure the polls were successful, noting that his commitment is to ensure that the rule of law is enshrined into governance in the state.Nigeria 2015; UShttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/ambode-commends-us-role-in-2015-elections-seek-greater-economic-ties/
VanguardWednesday, October 21, 2015Era of ‘godfatherism’ over in PDP, says SecondusNATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP declared Tuesday that the era of godfatherim was over as it has learnt its lessons and not ready to make mistakes of the past. According to the party, it has resolved to return the PDP to the grass root ahead of the 2019 general elections and anyone who must get the party’s ticket must be popular among the people.PDP; Chairmanhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/era-of-godfatherism-over-in-pdp-says-secondus/
VanguardWednesday, October 21, 2015Rivers govt dissociates self from separatist protestsThe Rivers State Government has dissociated itself from the protests in parts of Port Harcourt by what it perceived as some persons motivated by opposition politicians in the state with the failed aim of creating unnecessary political tension.Biafra; Rivers Statehttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/rivers-govt-dissociates-self-from-separatist-protests/
Daily TrustWednesday, October 21, 2015Kogi youths petition Buhari over Ocholi"Some youths from Kogi State have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider the nomination of Barr James Ocholi as the ministerial nominee for the state.
The youths, under the auspices of ‘Kogi Central and West Concerned Youths,’ said they need a different person to represent them."
Buhari; Ministershttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/kogi-youths-petition-buhari-over-ocholi/115814.html
Daily TrustWednesday, October 21, 2015PDP not a party of impunity - MetuhThe national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has said the party was not about sharing money with impunity as some people think, stressing that it has the philosophy of transferring wealth to all Nigerians.PDP; Nigeria 2015http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/pdp-not-a-party-of-impunity-metuh/115819.html
Daily TrustWednesday, October 21, 2015Uproar over APC council primaries in Niger"The Mokwa Local Government Area chapter of the All Progressives (APC) in Niger State is embroiled in crisis over the outcome of the primary election of the party preparatory to local government election slated for November.
This follows the alleged denial of nomination form to the vice chairmanship candidate for the area, Malam Ahmed Usman Tyabo."
APC; Niger Statehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/uproar-over-apc-council-primaries-in-niger/115813.html
Daily TrustWednesday, October 21, 2015Court of Appeal upholds Rep Arabo’s election"The Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna has upheld the election of Barrister Simon Yakubu Arabo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the member representing Kauru Federal Constituency.
The court dismissed the appeal of Chief Pius Bakan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who challenged a tribunal judgment that had earlier upheld the election of Barr Arabo."
Election Tribunal: Kaduna Statehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/court-of-appeal-upholds-rep-arabo-s-election/115816.html
Daily TrustWednesday, October 21, 2015Tribunal bans Plateau lawmaker from contesting electionThe National and State House of Assemblies Elections Petitions Tribunal yesterday blacklisted the lawmaker representing Langtang-South in the Plateau State House of Assembly (PSHA), Vincent Bulus, from contesting future elections. The tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election into the seat within 90 days, in a judgment it delivered in a petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Jackson Danladi.Election Tribunal: Plateau Statehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/tribunal-bans-plateau-lawmaker-from-contesting-election/115822.html
Daily TrustWednesday, October 21, 2015Nobody will hijack PDP under my watch - Secondus"The acting national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus has said no influential member would be allowed to hijack the party under his watch.
Speaking yesterday at Legacy House, Abuja, when a group known as PDP Rebirth Forum paid him a courtesy call, Secondus stressed that the party belonged to all, especially ‘the common man.’"
PDPhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/nobody-will-hijack-pdp-under-my-watch-secondus/115821.html
Daily TrustWednesday, October 21, 2015Wealthy Nigerians joining terrorism - Vice President Osinbajo"Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has raised the alarm that wealthy individuals in the country are joining terrorism.
Osinbajo said apart from those participating in terrorism for money, he had seen well-to-do individuals being recruited into the act. "
Terrorism; Nigeriahttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/wealthy-nigerians-joining-terrorism-vp/115896.html
Daily TrustWednesday, October 21, 2015Army issues final warning to Boko Haram again"The Nigerian Army yesterday issued yet another final warning to all Boko Haram terrorists to surrender and face the law.
A statement by Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said: “We wish to inform them that we are aware of all their hideouts, camps and enclaves.”"
Boko Haram; Armyhttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/army-issues-final-warning-to-boko-haram-again/115876.html
The NationWednesday, October 21, 2015Jonathan advises Tanzanians on peaceful pollsFormer President Goodluck Jonathan has advised the Tanzanian National Electoral Commission, political parties and civil society organisations to ensure peaceful and transparent elections. He added that only a credible voting process could confer legitimacy on a democratic government. Jonathan stated this yesterday in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, while addressing reporters as the chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) to Tanzania’s October 25 general elections.Jonathan; Tanzaniahttp://thenationonlineng.net/jonathan-advises-tanzanians-on-peaceful-polls/
The NationWednesday, October 21, 2015Tribunal compromise: APGA is desperate - Abia State GovtThe government of Abia State has condemned attempts by some elements, especially the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), to malign the integrity of members of the election petition tribunal. The government said the tribunal had lived up to expectation in attending to the petitions before it dispassionately, and so wondered why the opposition would want to tarnish the image of the members.Election Tribunal; Abia Statehttp://thenationonlineng.net/tribunal-compromise-apga-is-desperate/
The NationWednesday, October 21, 2015Supreme Court strikes out Agabje’s appeal against AmbodeThe Supreme Court yesterday struck out the appeal filed by Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Lagos. Agabje appealed the decision of the Court of Appeal, Lagos, which upheld the decision of the governorship election petition tribunal and dismissed the appeal he filed with his party. The tribunal had, in its judgment on June 20, dismissed the petition jointly filed by Agabje and his party challenging the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akinwunmi Ambode, on the grounds that it was incompetent.Election Tribunal; Lagos Statehttp://thenationonlineng.net/supreme-court-strikes-out-agabjes-appeal-against-ambode/
The NationWednesday, October 21, 2015Boko Haram: For military, it’s no retreat, no surrenderFOR the umpteenth time, the military has renewed its pledge to carry out the presidential mandate to crush Boko Haram terrorists by December. The renewal of pledge was made on Monday after a review of the on-going anti-terror was at a parley President Muhammadu Buhari held with Service chiefs. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin, led the Service chiefs to brief the President on the security situation after a 60-day review.Boko Haram; Armyhttp://thenationonlineng.net/boko-haram-for-military-its-no-retreat-no-surrender/
The NationWednesday, October 21, 2015Reps to probe NIPC over N1.85tr tax waiversThe House of Representatives is set to probe the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC) for the N1.85 trillion pioneer status ‘income tax relief’ it allegedly granted to some firms. It has mandated its Committee on Finance (when constituted) to investigate the issuance of pioneer status granted over the past six years to determine if there were any abuses and recommend ways to recover lost revenues. The Committee is also to bring to book anyone who wilfully disregarded the laws to cause monumental financial loss to the country.House of Repshttp://thenationonlineng.net/reps-to-probe-nipc-over-n1-85tr-tax-waivers/
The NationWednesday, October 21, 2015Corruption has eaten deep into judiciary, says FayoseEkiti State Governor Ayo Fayose yesterday came hard on the Judiciary, alleging that it is riddled with corruption. Its judgments, he claimed, are for sale to the highest bidder. He said the institution must be purged for the battle against corruption to be won.Judiciary; Corruptionhttp://thenationonlineng.net/judges-are-corrupt-says-fayose/
The NationWednesday, October 21, 2015Senate’s crisis over Amaechi deepensRather than abate, the crisis over the screening of ministerial nominee Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi is deepening at the Senate. Yesterday, his name was removed from the Order Paper after being listed among the eight nominees for screening. The number was pruned to three – Adebayo Shittu (Oyo), Hajia Khadija Abba-Ibrahim (Yobe) and Claudius Daramola (Ondo), who was not on the first Order Paper.Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://thenationonlineng.net/senates-crisis-over-amaechi-deepens/
VanguardTuesday, October 20, 2015Wada promises more infrastructure, flaunts score cardGovernor of Kogi State, Capt Idris Wada has promised to provide more social amenities if re-elected. Addressing party supporters in Ajaka, the governor said the 12 years of PDP leadership in the state have transformed Kogi into one of the most developed states in the federation, saying his administration will continue with such trend.PDP; Kogi 2015; Wadahttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/wada-promises-more-infrastructure-flaunts-score-card/
The NationWednesday, October 21, 2015Army probes alleged role in Ekiti, Osun 2014 pollsMORE than one year after the Ekiti and Osun states’ governorship elections, the army is probing the polls to determine whether its men acted unprofessionally. The army is also looking into the alleged malpractices of its men in some states during the last general elections. In a statement yesterday, army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said these measures were being taken to avert a recurrence.Army; Ekiti 2014http://thenationonlineng.net/army-probes-alleged-role-in-ekiti-osun-2014-polls/
Daily TrustTuesday, October 20, 2015IPAC crisis deepens as Ameh drags INEC to courtThe crisis rocking the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has deepened as the factional chairman of the body, Mr. Peter Ameh has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and his rival, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim to court over the disputed July 24th election of the body. IPAC has been enmeshed in crisis following the controversial chairmanship election of the body, where Bashir was returned as the chairman.IPAC; INEChttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/ipac-crisis-deepens-as-ameh-drags-inec-to-court/115718.html
Daily TrustTuesday, October 20, 2015Wada, Audu not best options for Kogi – PPNGovernorship candidate of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) for the November 21 election in Kogi, Dr Ojuh Godwin Hussein, yesterday said PDP’s Capt. Idris Wada and APC’s Prince Abubakar Audu are not the best options for people of the state. Kogi 2015http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/wada-audu-not-best-options-for-kogi--ppn/115719.html
Daily TrustTuesday, October 20, 2015Kogi Governorship: APC, PDP in supremacy battle"November 21 is the date, and two political parties are in the limelight - the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) which is warming up to repeat in the ‘Confluence State’ the feat it achieved during the last general elections in other places.
The PDP, which has the incumbent governor Idris Wada as its candidate, wants to retain the governorship. The APC is presenting Prince Abubakar Audu, who was the governor between 1999 and 2003 on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)."
APC; PDP; Kogi 2015http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/kogi-governorship-apc-pdp-in-supremacy-battle/115722.html
The NationTuesday, October 20, 2015Ex-council bosses: Wada doesn’t deserve second termThe Forum of Ex-Chairmen of Local Governments in Kogi State has said Governor Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has failed to deliver the dividends of democracy.The former council bosses said he should be voted out of office in the November 21 election.Kogi 2015http://thenationonlineng.net/ex-council-bosses-wada-doesnt-deserve-second-term/
The NationTuesday, October 20, 2015Stop blackmailing Abia tribunal - PDPA chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ben Onyechere, has said allegations that the election petition tribunal in Abia State had been compromised were condemnable. He said the allegation was a bid to pre-empt the outcome of the judicial process and was bound to fail as it was diversionary. Onyechere said it was wrong for anyone to cast aspersions on judges in the name of politics.Election Tribunal; Abia Statehttp://thenationonlineng.net/stop-blackmailing-abia-tribunal/
The NationTuesday, October 20, 2015APC: Fed Govt‘ll not micromanage anti-corruption agenciesPresident Muhammadu Buhari Administration will not micro-manage the nation’s anti-corruption agencies, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said yesterday.Anti-corruption; Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/apc-fed-govtll-not-micromanage-anti-corruption-agencies/
The NationTuesday, October 20, 2015Terrorism will soon be history in Nigeria, says BurataiPresident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with service chiefs on how to overcome weather and logistic challenges hampering the defeat of Boko Haram insurgents. The government has declared its intentions to crush the sect by December.Buhari; Boko Haram; Nigeriahttp://thenationonlineng.net/terrorism-ll-soon-be-history-in-nigeria-says-buratai/
ThisDayTuesday, October 20, 2015Election Petitions: PDP Alerts Court of Appeal President on Judicial BiasThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alerted the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, on the alleged reports of undue interference by her office in the activities of various election petition tribunals and other judicial cases. The party said the plot was to ostensibly sway the outcome of the petitions against the PDP and in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Election Tribunalhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/election-petitions-pdp-alerts-court-of-appeal-president-on-judicial-bias/223270/
ThisDayTuesday, October 20, 2015Constitution Review: Why Some Amendments Fail, by EkweremaduThe Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has blamed embedded ethno-sectional interests and considerations as major stumbling blocks to Nigeria’s quest for a more acceptable constitution. He stated this while delivering the 2015 Annual Lecture of the Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State monday.Constitution Review; National Assemblyhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/constitution-review-why-some-amendments-fail-by-ekweremadu/223271/
ThisDayTuesday, October 20, 2015PDP Complaints Can’t Stop Arrests, Says APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has said protests and criticisms cannot prevent the federal government and the anti-corruption agencies from investigating or inviting suspected corruption persons to answer to charges.The party also said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would not micromanage the anti-corruption agencies, adding that it was wrong for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to accuse the APC-led federal government of unleashing the agencies against the opposition.APC; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-complaints-can-t-stop-arrests-says-apc/223274/
ThisDayTuesday, October 20, 2015INEC May Postpone Kogi, Bayelsa Guber PollsThe absence of national commissioners may force the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to alter the timetable for the conduct of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States. The shift in the dates of the two elections is being considered due to the operational challenge posed by the retirement of most of its national commissioners whose tenure have expired, THISDAY has learnt.INEC; Kogi 2015; Bayelsa 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/inec-may-postpone-kogi-bayelsa-guber-polls/223282/
ThisDayTuesday, October 20, 2015APC Senators Resolve to Back Amaechi During ScreeningThe Senate caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) rose from its meeting last night and resolved to back the immediate past governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, when he appears before the Senate for his screening and confirmation as a minister.Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-senators-resolve-to-back-amaechi-during-screening/223283/
GuardianMonday, October 19, 2015Registration of herdsmen in South West underwayTHE leadership of the Fulani community in the South West rose from an emergency meeting yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital resolving to embark on compulsory registration of all herdsmen operating in the zone and their animals.Fulani Herdsmenhttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/10/registration-of-herdsmen-in-south-west-underway/
Daily TrustMonday, October 19, 2015Ministers: Youths not living up to expectationA youth activist and leader of Civil Society for Good Governance and Transparency International, Comrade Austin Agada, has said that the non-inclusion of younger people in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nomination shows that the youths were not living up to expectation.Buhari; Ministershttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/ministers-youths-not-living-up-to-expectation/115571.html
Daily TrustMonday, October 19, 2015Kogi governorship: Audu alleges threatThe Prince Abubakar Audu Campaign Organisation yesterday alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party in the state was plotting to eliminate its candidate in Kogi State, Abubakar Audu of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Head of Media of the organisation, Dr Tom Oyikere, in a statement issued yesterday in Lokoja, alleged that some hoodlums apprehended at Ejule in Ofu Local Government Area of the state by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad were on a mission to attack the house of the APC candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu.APC; Audu; Kogi 2015http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/kogi-governorship-audu-alleges-threat/115577.html
The NationMonday, October 19, 2015"APGA supporters protest judgment
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Supporters of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State have protested the tribunal verdicts which did not favour their party. They said there would be consequences if the judgments were not reversed. APGA lost the cases decided so far at the tribunal.APGA; Election Tribunalshttp://thenationonlineng.net/apga-supporters-protest-judgment/
The NationMonday, October 19, 2015Sylva to Dickson: don’t campaign with falsehoodThe Timipre Sylva Campaign Organisation (TSCO) has urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate and Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson to adopt issue-based campaigns ahead of the December 5 governorship election.Bayelsa 2015http://thenationonlineng.net/sylva-to-dickson-dont-campaign-with-falsehood/
The NationMonday, October 19, 2015Sanusi advocates Sharia punishment for rustlersThe Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi 11, has said Islamic laws should be used to prosecute cattle rustlers. He added that the punishments meted out to them should include amputation of hands and legs, killing, piercing of body with sticks, life imprisonment and banishment to exile. The monarch spoke yesterday when the police command paraded 74 suspected cattle rustlers with 818 cows and 87 sheep.Sanusihttp://thenationonlineng.net/sanusi-advocates-sharia-punishment-for-rustlers/
The NationMonday, October 19, 2015Ekiti APC accuses Fayose of mismanagementThe Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Governor Ayo Fayose of mismanaging the bailout funds received from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The opposition insisted that Fayose should explain how the bailout funds had been spent.APC; Fayose; Ekitihttp://thenationonlineng.net/ekiti-apc-accuses-fayose-of-mismanagement/
The NationMonday, October 19, 2015APC, PDP senators set for battle over AmaechiWeeks after he was tipped as a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari, former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s nomination is still generating ripples at the Senate.Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://thenationonlineng.net/apc-pdp-senators-set-for-battle-over-amaechi/
The NationMonday, October 19, 2015UN hails Nigeria over fight against Boko HaramThe United Nations (UN) has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari administration for its fight against Boko Haram. Mr. Weixiong Chen of the UN Counter Terrorism Centre said this when he led a delegation to Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS’) Controller-General, Dr. Peter Ekpendu.Boko Haram; Borno Statehttp://thenationonlineng.net/un-hails-nigeria-over-fight-against-boko-haram/
ThisDayMonday, October 19, 2015APC Chieftain Urges Buhari to Disregard Petition against Sokoto Ministerial NomineeA chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, Alhaji Abdullahi Sarkin-Gobir Adiya, on Sunday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to disregard the petition sent to the Senate against the ministerial nominee from the state, Ms. Aisha Abubakar, saying it was done in bad faith.Buhari; Ministershttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-chieftain-urges-buhari-to-disregard-petition-against-sokoto-ministerial-nominee/223217/
ThisDayMonday, October 19, 2015Falana: INEC Can’t Fix Dates for Bayelsa, Kogi Elections NowA human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana on Sunday said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lacked power under the 1999 Constitution to take decision on the Bayelsa and Kogi States governorship elections with two national commissioners. Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), also said INEC required a minimum of five national commissioners to form a quorum to take decision, citing the decision of a Federal High Court in the case involving the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and INEC.Bayelsa 2015; Kogi 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/falana-inec-can-t-fix-dates-for-bayelsa-kogi-elections-now/223222/
ThisDayMonday, October 19, 2015Election Monitoring: Tanzanians Laud Jonathan’s Exemplary RecordFormer president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who is leading the 54-member nations of the Commonwealth as part of the international observers to monitor the Tanzanian general election scheduled for October 25 is billed to leave the country this Monday for Dar es Salaam.Jonathan; Tanzaniahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/election-monitoring-tanzanians-laud-jonathan-s-exemplary-record/223223/
ThisDayMonday, October 19, 2015Illicit Arms: Stakeholders Call for Strengthening of Border Security to Stop ProliferationThe Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM-SALW) and concerned stakeholders in the development and security sector have called for improved border security in order to reduce the illicit flow of weapons in the country.Illicit Arms; Nigeriahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/illicit-arms-stakeholders-call-for-strengthening-of-border-security-to-stop-proliferation/223208/
ThisDayMonday, October 19, 2015FG to Establish Response Framework for Emergencies in N’EastThe federal government on Sunday disclosed that it would soon establish a framework for coordination, which it said would help to respond effectively to emergencies and humanitarian challenges in the three states worst hit by the activities of Boko Haram in the North-east.FG; North East http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/fg-to-establish-response-framework-for-emergencies-in-n-east/223213/
ThisDayMonday, October 19, 2015Akpabio’s Interrogation Politically Motivated, Says PDP"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the invitation and interrogation of the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as politically motivated, targeted to weaken the party before the 2019 elections.
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PDP: Buhari; Akpabiohttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/akpabio-s-interrogation-politically-motivated-says-pdp/223215/
ThisDayMonday, October 19, 2015Ministerial Nomination: APC Senate Caucus Meets, Unites to Save AmaechiThe All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the Senate will meet today to salvage the ministerial nomination of the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, whose nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari has been enmeshed in controversy in the last two weeks.Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/ministerial-nomination-apc-senate-caucus-meets-unites-to-save-amaechi/223191/
ThisDayMonday, October 19, 2015Bayelsa Governorship: PDP Accuses APC of Plot to Rig ElectionAs the governorship elections in Bayelsa State draws closer, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government of plot to rig the December 5 governorship election in the state with the sudden transfer of the State Director of the Department of State Security (DSS), Bassaleg Al-Hassan and the State Police Commissioner, Paul Okafor.APC; PDP; Bayesla 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/bayelsa-governorship-pdp-accuses-apc-of-plot-to-rig-election/223216/
Daily TrustFriday, October 16, 2015Tribunal sacks Imo lawmaker over fake certificateThe election petition tribunal sitting in Owerri, has nullified the election of Mr Ikechukwu Amuka (APC, Ideato South Constituency in Imo State House of Assembly. The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue certificate of return to Mrs Nkechinyere Ugwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the position.Election Tribunal; Imo Statehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/tribunal-sacks-imo-lawmaker-over-fake-certificate/115217.html
Daily TrustFriday, October 16, 2015Lawmaker decries militarization of Kogi electionMajority Chief Whip in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Friday Sani Makama, yesterday cautioned against the use of the military and other external security forces to influence the outcome of the November 21 election in favour of any candidate in the state.Kogi 2015http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/lawmaker-decries-militarization-of-kogi-election/115075.html
Daily TrustFriday, October 16, 2015PDP alleges plot to disrupt Kogi, Bayelsa governorship elections"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was inciting violence in Kogi and Bayelsa states, with a view to cause confusion, frustrate the electoral process and possibly impede the forthcoming governorship elections in the states.
The allegation came about the time of the inauguration of the APC campaign committee for the governorship election in Kogi"
APC; PDP; Kogi 2015http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/pdp-alleges-plot-to-disrupt-kogi-bayelsa-governorship-elections/115083.html
Daily TrustFriday, October 16, 2015Katsina guber: APGA candidate seeks N30bn damages from MTNAlhaji Umar Abdullahi Tsauri (Tata), the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Katsina State, during the 2015 elections, has asked a Federal High Court in Katsina to compel MTN Nigeria to pay him N30 billion damages.Tata had approached the court where he blamed the telecommunication company for allowing the opposition to clone his personal line to send text messages to unsuspecting admirers, announcing his withdrawal from the gubernatorial race, 24 hours to election date.APGA; Katsinahttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/katsina-guber-apga-candidate-seeks-n30bn-damages-from-mtn/115073.html
Daily TrustFriday, October 16, 2015Abia tribunal verdict: APGA heads to appeal courtFollowing the recent judgments by the National Assembly Election Tribunal in Abia State, which recorded several victories for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Ike Oye, said they would move to the appeal court to seek redress.Election Tribunal; Abia Statehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/abia-tribunal-verdict-apga-heads-to-appeal-court/115079.html
Daily TrustFriday, October 16, 2015Ministers: Rep protests exclusion of FCT"There was a mild drama on the floor of the House of Representatives, yesterday, when a member from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari should appoint an indigene of the territory as a minister.
Coming under constitutional point of order and personal explanation, Rep Zaphaniah Jisalo (PDP, FCT), representing AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency, argued that based on the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, the FCT could not be denied a ministerial slot."
Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/ministers-rep-protests-exclusion-of-fct/115219.html
The NationFriday, October 16, 2015Setback for PDP, APC in BayelsaThe death of Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd), who were expected to lead the campaigns of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State appear to have dealt a heavy blow to the strategy of the two parties as they prepare for the December 5 governorship election. APC; PDP; Bayesla 2015http://thenationonlineng.net/setback-for-pdp-apc-in-bayelsa/
The NationFriday, October 16, 2015Amaechi splits Senate panel"The Senate seems to be finding ministerial nominee Rotimi Amaechi’s case a hard nut to crack.
For the umpteenth time, its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions could not sit to consider the petition against him, it was learnt yesterday.
But the panel chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, said there was no cause for alarm, dismissing allegations of a crack in their rank."
Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://thenationonlineng.net/amaechi-splits-senate-panel/
The NationFriday, October 16, 2015Sylva accuses Dickson of interfering in APC’s affairs"The Timipre Sylva Campaign Organisation (TSCO), yesterday, accused the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, of dangerously meddling in the internal affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC)."APC; PDP; Bayesla 2015http://thenationonlineng.net/sylva-accuses-dickson-of-interfering-in-apcs-affairs/
The NationFriday, October 16, 2015Party divided over Mu’azu’s replacementMoves to replace the immediate past National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, with a substantive chair appear to have caused division in the party. Mu’azu resigned his position in May following the party’s defeat at the last presidential election.PDP; Chairmanhttp://thenationonlineng.net/party-divided-over-muazus-replacement/
The NationFriday, October 16, 2015PDP: we’ve recovered from shock of defeatTHE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it has recovered from the initial shock occasioned by the loss of power at the centre in the last general election. At its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting yesterday at the party’s Abuja national secretariat, the PDP said it found the loss disappointing. The meeting said the party had started the process of rebuilding.PDP; Nigeria 2015http://thenationonlineng.net/pdp-weve-recovered-from-shock-of-defeat/
ThisDayFriday, October 16, 2015APC Supporters Outraged at Tribunal Ruling on Akpabio's ElectionSupporters of the All Progressive Congress, especially those from Akwa-Ibom North- West senatorial zone, are outraged following the National and State Assembly Election Petition tribunal ruling that upheld the election of former governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio, on Wednesday.Election Tribunal; Akwa Ibom Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/apc-supporters-outraged-at-tribunal-ruling-on-akpabios-election/222857/
ThisDayFriday, October 16, 2015EU EOM Presents Final Report, Recommendations for Future Electoral ProcessesEuropean Union (EU) Election Observation Mission has presented its final report and recommendations for future electoral processes in Nigeria. In its report, it was observed that the 2015 general election in Nigeria was marred by incidents of violence, abuse of incumbency, and attempts at manipulation.EU; Nigeria 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/eu-eom-presents-final-report-recommendations-for-future-electoral-processes/222796/
ThisDayFriday, October 16, 2015House Standing Committees Likely to Be Delayed as Dogara Constitutes 11 Ad-hoc C’tteesThere are indications that the constitution of Standing Committees of the House of Representatives would be further delayed as the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, failed to announce the composition of the committees by the end of plenary on Thursday. He however announced the constitution and composition of 11 Ad-hoc Committees.House of Repshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/house-standing-c-ttees-likely-to-be-delayed-as-dogara-constitutes-11-ad-hoc-c-ttees/222900/
ThisDayFriday, October 16, 2015Abia Govt Flays Violent Reaction to Tribunal RulingsAs panic and restiveness grow in the opposition camp over the apparent unfavourable tribunal rulings in the already decided petitions, the Abia State government on Thursday moved to calm frayed nerves, saying that violent reaction was a disservice to the state.Election Tribunal; Abia Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/abia-govt-flays-violent-reaction-to-tribunal-rulings/222910/
ThisDayFriday, October 16, 2015Suicide Bombers Blow up Mosque Near Maiduguri, Kill 14Two suicide bombers on Thursday attacked a mosque located in a mini market in Molai, a suburb of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. The attack, which left 14 persons dead and many injured, occurred 15 kilometres away from the state capital.Boko Haram; Borno Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/suicide-bombers-blow-up-mosque-near-maiduguri-kill-14/222905/
ThisDayFriday, October 16, 2015Audu Denies N11bn FraudIn a tweet chat with his followers on Thursday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for the November 21 governorship election in Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, cleared the air on the N11 billion allegedly looted by him, among other questions tweeted at him by Nigerians using the hashtag #AskAudu.APC; Audu; Kogi 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/audu-denies-n11bn-fraud/222914/
ThisDayFriday, October 16, 2015PDP to APC: Perform or Be Voted out in 2019The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that it risks being thrown out of office in the next election in 2019 if it fails to leverage on the achievements recorded by the former administration and deliver on its promises to the Nigerian people.APC; PDP; Nigeriahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-to-apc-perform-or-be-voted-out-in-2019/222915/
VanguardWednesday, October 14, 20152019 Elections: INEC collaborates with NITDA for e-VotingAhead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday concluded plans with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), to deploy the use of high-technology for a robust election. The agreement was made at a joint press conference held by the Director General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack the Acting Chairman of INEC, Mrs. Amina Zakari, in Abuja.INEC; e-votinghttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/2019-elections-inec-collaborates-with-nitda-for-e-voting/
VanguardWednesday, October 14, 2015Tribunal never nullified my election — KashamuSenator representing Ogun East Senatorial district, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has said that the National and State Assemblies Election Petitions Tribunal did not nullify his election, noting that it only nullified the votes attributed to both candidates in 110 polling units out of 1,135 in the Senatorial District.Election Tribunal; Ogun Statehttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/tribunal-never-nullified-my-election-kashamu/
Daily TrustWednesday, October 14, 2015Appeal court dismisses Otti’s petitionThe five-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri yesterday unanimously struck out the appeal filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Alex Otti, seeking for an extension of time to call additional witnesses in its ongoing tribunal case challenging the election of Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu as governor of Abia State.Election Tribunal; Abia Statehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/appeal-court-dismisses-otti-s-petition/114833.html
Daily TrustWednesday, October 14, 2015Atiku, Nyako rift tears Adamawa APC apart"The growing rift between the camps of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and that of former Governor Murtala Nyako is splitting the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State.
Muhammad Umar Jibrilla, then a senator stood on the political structure of Murtala Nyako to defeat Atiku’s candidate, Ibrahim Mijinyawa twice to emerge as the APC’s gubernatorial flag bearer in the aborted by-election."
APC; Adamawa Statehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/atiku-nyako-rift-tears-adamawa-apc-apart/114830.html
Daily TrustWednesday, October 14, 2015Nigeria is technologically ready for e-voting but... – INECNigeria is technologically ready for electronic voting and the country may adopt it as soon as the current electoral acts are amended to that effect, the Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs Amina Zakari has said. INEC; e-votinghttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/nigeria-is-technologically-ready-for-e-voting-but-inec/114901.html
Daily TrustWednesday, October 14, 2015PDP postpones Kogi, Bayelsa governorship campaign flag-off"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has postponed the flag-off of its campaigns in Kogi and Bayelsa states ahead of the scheduled November 21 and December 5, in the two states respectively.
PDP national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, announced the postponement at the inauguration of the party's national campaign committees yesterday in Abuja."
PDP; Kogi 2015; Bayelsa 2015http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/pdp-postpones-kogi-bayelsa-governorship-campaign-flag-off/114905.html
ThisDayWednesday, October 14, 2015Tribunal Affirms Saraki's ElectionThe National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State Capital yesterday affirmed the election of March 28 which produced the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Kwara central, Senator Bukola Saraki.Election Tribunal: Kwara Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tribunal-affirms-sarakis-election-ibrahim-olayonu-adedoyin-floor-pdp-candidates/222737/
ThisDayWednesday, October 14, 2015EU Observer Mission Submits Report on 2015 ElectionVice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said it is the duty of the Muhamadu Buhari-led administration to guarantee free and fair elections in the country. Osinbajo said this yesterday when he received, on behalf of the federal government, the report of the European Union Observer Mission to the 2015 general election in the country.General Elections 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/eu-observer-mission-submits-report-on-2015-election/222736/
ThisDayWednesday, October 14, 2015Rivers: Tribunal Upholds Senator Nwogo's VictoryThe Rivers state National Assembly ‎Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has upheld the election of Senator Olaka Johnson Nwogo representing Rivers south east senatorial district in the senate.Election Tribunal; Rivers Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rivers-tribunal-upholds-senator-nwogos-victory/222668/
ThisDayWednesday, October 14, 2015Mayhem in Kogi as Soldiers Battle Insurgents, 16 Feared DeadIt was a horrendous moment for a detachment of soldiers attached to Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State yesterday, when an early morning raid on a hideout suspected to be occupied by Islamists led to a fierce gun battle leaving over 15 insurgents and one soldier dead.Kogi 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mayhem-in-kogi-as-soldiers-battle-insurgents-16-feared-dead/222715/
ThisDayWednesday, October 14, 2015PDP Closes its Defence, Tenders More Evidence in Support of Wike’s ElectionThe Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) yesterday closed its defence in the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside challenging the election of Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. But before closing its case, the party called on the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to dismiss the petition on the ground that it lacked merit.Election Tribunal; Rivers Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-closes-its-defence-tenders-more-evidence-in-support-of-wike-s-election/222743/
VanguardFriday, October 9, 2015Controversy trails bail-out funds disbursement in S-WestPRIOR to the 2015 general elections, the level of bankruptcy in many states of the federation reached a disturbing level where civil servants and pensioners resorted to begging to feed their families.Bailout; CBNhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/controversy-trails-bail-out-funds-disbursement-in-s-west/
VanguardFriday, October 9, 2015PDP senators reject partial ministerial listAHEAD of next week’s screening of ministerial nominees by the Senate, senators elected on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have vowed to stall the exercise.he senators, who held a meeting behind closed doors in Senate Hearing Room 1, was to, among others, consider the criteria set by the Senate for the confirmation of ministerial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari.Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/pdp-senators-reject-partial-ministerial-list/
VanguardFriday, October 9, 2015Tribunal upholds election of two PDP lawmakers in BenueBenue State House of Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Makurdi has upheld the election of Mr. Johnson Ahubi and Dr. Adoga Onah, two Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers representing Otukpa/Akpa and Oju 1 constituencies respectively in the Assembly.Election Tribunal; Benue Statehttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/tribunal-upholds-election-of-two-pdp-lawmakers-in-benue/
VanguardFriday, October 9, 2015Tribunal nullifies election of APC candidate in Imo"The House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Owerri, Imo State capital, has nullified the purported election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate for Owerri West state constituency, Mr. Victor Onyewuchi. Delivering judgment in the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for the election, Chidi Ihemedu, the tribunal chairman, Hon. Justice Abdullah Sanya, upheld the petitioner’s grounds for filing the suit and declared that the election as inconclusive."Election Tribunal; Imo Statehttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/tribunal-nullifies-election-of-apc-candidate-in-imo/
VanguardFriday, October 9, 2015Fulani Invasion: Yoruba leaders threaten secessionFOLLOWING alleged incessant and unprovoked attacks and invasion of their farmlands by some Fulani herdsmen, notable Yoruba leaders held an emergency summit in Ibadan, Oyo State, yesterday threatening to review its status in the Nigerian federation.Fulani Herdsmenhttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/10/fulani-invasion-yoruba-leaders-threaten-secession/
GuardianFriday, October 9, 2015Buhari, Saraki agree to end distractionsPRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki rose from Wednesday night’s meeting the former held with leadership of the National Assembly, resolving to end all distractions and get on with the business of steering the ship of state.Buhari; Sarakihttp://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/10/buhari-saraki-agree-to-end-distractions/
The NationFriday, October 9, 2015Senate opens debate on legislative agendaThe Senate yesterday opened debate on a report of its ad-hoc committee on legislative agenda for the upper legislative chamber. The proposed agenda identified and indicated the direction the Senate intends to take to achieve its goals in the next four years.Senate; Legislative Agendahttp://thenationonlineng.net/senate-opens-debate-on-legislative-agenda/
The NationFriday, October 9, 2015Senate seeks accelerated consideration of petitionsALL petitions against ministerial nominees are to be heard and considered before next Tuesday, it was learnt yesterday. Senate President Bukola Saraki has mandated the Senate Committee on Ethics & Privileges to ensure that all petitions submitted against the nominees are considered before the scheduled date for the screening and confirmation of the nominees.Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://thenationonlineng.net/senate-seeks-accelerated-consideration-of-petitions/
The NationFriday, October 9, 2015PDP senators plot against partial screeningSenators under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may spring a surprise when the screening of ministerial nominees opens next week in upper chamber of the National Assembly. The PDP Caucus met behind closed doors after yesterday’s Senate plenary.Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://thenationonlineng.net/pdp-senators-plot-against-partial-screening/
The NationFriday, October 9, 2015Screening: Senate sets high hurdles for would-be ministersThe Senate has set conditions for would-be members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), who are scheduled to appear for open screening at plenary on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. One of such conditions is that the nominees must show proof of declaration of their assets. The Senate is insisting that each nominee should appear with his asset declaration certificate issued by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://thenationonlineng.net/screening-senate-sets-high-hurdles-for-would-be-ministers/
Daily TrustFriday, October 9, 2015APC crisis portends danger in Bayelsa - DicksonThe Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, said that the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state portends danger to the democratic fortunes of the state.Bayelsa 2015http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/apc-crisis-portends-danger-in-bayelsa-dickson/114076.html
Daily TrustFriday, October 9, 2015Gombe governorship: INEC asks tribunal to dismiss APC’s petitionCounsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Barrister Yahaya Dangana has appealed to the Gombe State Governorship Election Tribunal to dismiss the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, who is challenging the election of Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.Election Tribunal: Gombe Statehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/gombe-governorship-inec-asks-tribunal-to-dismiss-apc-s-petition/114074.html
Daily TrustFriday, October 9, 2015Echocho, 109 others defect to APC in Kogi"The leading Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Kogi, Alhaji Jibrin Isa Echocho alongside 109 other members of the party yesterday decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Amongst those that dumped the PDP are Mohammed Ibrahim Idris, son of the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris (Ibro)."
Kogi 2015http://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/echocho-109-others-defect-to-apc-in-kogi/114206.html
Daily TrustFriday, October 9, 2015Tribunal to rule on Saraki’s mandate Oct 16The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State has slated Friday, October 16 for judgment on the legal tussle surrounding the election of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. The judgment, according to the Justice Josiah Majebi-Led three man panel would be communicated to the parties involved.Election Tribunal: Kwara Statehttp://dailytrust.com.ng/news/politics/court-to-rule-on-saraki-s-mandate-oct-16/114210.html
ThisDayFriday, October 9, 2015Kogi Election: IG to Deploy Seven Police Officers Per Polling UnitsIn order to checkmate electoral violence in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Kogi State, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase, has vowed to deploy seven police officers to each of the poling units across the state.Kogi 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kogi-election-ig-to-deploy-seven-police-officers-per-polling-units/222227/
ThisDayFriday, October 9, 2015Taraba Tribunal Reserves Judgment on Governorship ElectionThe Taraba State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting at the Appeal Court Headquarters in Abuja has reserved judgment indefinitely following the adoption of final written addresses by counsel in the petition.Election Tribunal; Tarabahttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/taraba-tribunal-reserves-judgment-on-governorship-election/222226/
ThisDayFriday, October 9, 2015Wike Dissolves 22 LG Caretaker Committees"Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Thursday announced the dissolution of 22 local government caretaker committees in the state. The dissolution of the committees, according to the governor, takes immediate effect.
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Wike; PDP; APC; Rivers Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/wike-dissolves-22-lg-caretaker-committees/222310/
ThisDayFriday, October 9, 2015CCT: Appeal Court Grants Saraki Speedy Hearing"The Court of Appeal in Abuja has formally assumed jurisdiction in the appeal brought before it by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to challenge his trial by the federal government on alleged false assets declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
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Saraki; CCB; CCT; Asset Declarationhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/cct-appeal-court-grants-saraki-speedy-hearing/222328/
ThisDayFriday, October 9, 2015Tribunal Dismisses Petition against KwankwasoThe National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Kano on Thursday dismissed the suit filed by the Mega Progressive Party (MPP) candidate challenging the election of former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso as a senator representing Kano central in the National Assembly.Election Tribunal: Kano Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/tribunal-dismisses-petition-against-kwankwaso/222333/
ThisDayFriday, October 9, 2015Why Udom Emmanuel’s Election Must be Nullified - Umana"The APC candidate in the Akwa Ibom State governorship election, Mr. Umana Umana, has insisted that the April election that threw up Udom Emmanuel as governor should be nullified because no election took place in the state.
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Election Tribunal; Akwa Ibom Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/why-udom-emmanuel-s-election-must-be-nullified-umana/222334/
ThisDayFriday, October 9, 2015Rivers: PDP Tenders Incident, Oath of Neutrality Forms"The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) on Thursday opened its defence to the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside. The party tendered from the bar incident forms used for the April 11 governorship election to prove that manual accreditation validly took place alongside card reader accreditation.
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Election Tribunal; Rivers Statehttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/rivers-pdp-tenders-incident-oath-of-neutrality-forms/222335/
ThisDayFriday, October 9, 2015SERAP: N’Assembly Leaders Granting Themselves Immunity are Breaking the Law"A civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has called on the leadership of the National Assembly to end the ongoing process aiming to amend the constitution to shield the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and others from prosecution for corruption, saying “This is tantamount to breaking the law.”
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National Assembly; APC; PDPhttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/serap-n-assembly-leaders-granting-themselves-immunity-are-breaking-the-law/222327/
ThisDayFriday, October 9, 2015Senate Ministerial Screening Conditions Threaten Amaechi, OthersThe Senate Thursday rose from a two-hour executive session with a set of conditions that would guide its ministerial screening which begins on Tuesday.One of the conditions which the Senate arrived at was the retention of its convention which made it mandatory for a nominee to secure the support of two senators from his home state to get the approval of the Senate.Senate: Ministerial Appointmentshttp://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/senate-ministerial-screening-conditions-threaten-amaechi-others/222330/
ThisDayFriday, October 9, 2015PDP Raises Campaign Teams for Kogi, Bayelsa Governorship ElectionsThe National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set up national campaign committees for the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, scheduled for November 21 and December 5, respectively.Bayelsa 2015; Kogi 2015http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/pdp-raises-campaign-teams-for-kogi-bayelsa-governorship-elections/222337/