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|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th September 2014||Fayose Calls On NJC To Probe Ekiti Crisis||The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to launch an investigation into the allegation of beating up a judge by him and other happenings in the State judiciary in recent times, saying it will expose the can of worms. He also urged the NJC, legal officers and Nigerians as a whole not to be swayed by the propaganda launched by the All Progressives Congress (APC), but to look at all issues at stake dispassionately and be guided by the truth. Speaking with journalists in Abuja yesterday, the Governor-elect said all the news about his causing troubles in the State was just a part of a grand plan by the APC to cause crisis in the State with a view to preventing his inauguration on October 16.||Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)|
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th September 2014||Enugu Guber: Stakeholders Endorse Ugwuanyi To End Rift In PDP||There were strong indications at the weekend that the emergence of the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Transport, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as the consensus gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2015 elections in Enugu State would reduce the lingering political disagreement between Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, and Members of the National Assembly. Stakeholders of the PDP caucus mainly drawn from Enugu North Senatorial District had last Friday night endorsed Ugwuanyi’s candidacy for the governorship election after a three-hour closed door meeting held at the instance of the Governor at the Government House. At the end of the meeting, no fewer than 10 frontline governorship aspirants from Nsukka zone pulled out of the race preferring Ugwuanyi as the candidate with the capacity to unite the various feuding factions in the State.||Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th September 2014||Jang Pledges Two Million Votes For Jonathan In 2015||For honouring him with a national honour of Commander of Order of Niger (CON), Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has pledged to deliver two million votes to ensure the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election. He spoke in Abuja at the reception in his honour by the State Government. An elated Jang said: “President Jonathan is the President in whom all Nigerians are well pleased. He has done excellently well and to ensure that he wins the 2015 presidential election, Plateau State under my watch, will ensure that he gets two million votes in the presidential election next year."||Nigeria 2015; Jonah Jang; President Jonathan||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th September 2014||Lagos Postpones Local Government Elections||The Chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Justice Fatai Adeyinka (rtd), yesterday disclosed that due to some constraints, elections into the 20 Local Government Areas and the 37 Local Council Development Areas, will not hold this year. Adeyinka, who came before the Lawmakers at yesterday’s plenary session with some other executive members of the Commission, explained that the Commission had made some recommendations to the State Government, which were yet to be approved. Part of the recommendations, according to him, was the creation of additional Wards in the State, which would be done subsequent to the approval of the State Government. Adeyinka explained that the current Voters’ Register was not updated because it was last used in 2011 and cannot be used again. “We need an updated Voters’ Register, which is with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and we have requested but INEC is not willing to release it."||Lagos 2014; Local Government Area Elections||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th September 2014||2015: INEC To Clamp Down On Early Campaigners||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday warned that it would henceforth take the necessary action against associations, corporate bodies, individuals, political parties, media or communication agencies, social media, candidates/aspirants who contravene the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and/or Electoral Act 2010 on public campaigns/rallies and processions. In a statement titled, “Caution On Illegal Public Political Broadcast And Campaign” and addressed to all the National Chairmen of registered political parties, corporate entities, associations and the general public, the Commission said its attention had been drawn to the insistent illegal campaigns carried out by associations, corporate entities, individuals, public and private media and other communication agencies in the country in contravention of the Constitution and the Electoral Act on the limitation of political broadcasts. In the statement, which was signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu, the Commission stressed that Section 99 of the Electoral Act 2010 prohibits broadcast and political campaigns earlier than 90 days before polling day.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 30th September 2014||Buhari Resists Pressure To Drop Presidential Bid||Former military Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, appears to have ignored entreaties from advocates of a generational shift to step aside and anoint a younger aspirant to carry the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next year’s presidential contest. Apart from going ahead to put finishing touches to his October 8 formal declaration of his bid for the presidency, Buhari’s loyalists have continued to mobilise support from every segment of the party towards the realisation of his ambition. One of such moves is today’s plan by the former Head of State to address a collection of several youth support groups from various parts of Abuja. However, one of the groups working towards the realisation of Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s presidential bid, the Kwakwasiyya Forum, has remained unrelenting in its call on Buhari to forgo his fourth attempt to become Nigeria’s President.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||2015: "It Is An Honour To Serve My People"- David Mark||Senate President David Mark has assured that he will continue to advance the course of peace, unity and progress of Nigeria, no matter the circumstances, saying he was honoured to work for his people. Senator Mark, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Paul Mumeh at the weekend in Otukpo, Benue State, said: “I will remain steadfast and committed to the ideals of nationhood in a manner that would give every citizen a sense of belonging .” Responding to the resolution by the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) Benue South Senatorial District endorsing him as the sole candidate for the 2015 senatorial election, Senator Mark said that as long he lives, he will continue to serve his people “diligently and with the fear of God.”||Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||Ekiti Speaker Denies Move To Stop Fayose’s Inauguration||The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Omirin, has denied the insinuation that he was making moves to become the Acting Governor of the State by all means. He was reacting to the allegation made by the State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) director of Media and Information, Mr Gboyega Aribisogan while appearing on a Lagos State based television that he was clandestinely working with the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi ,to ensure that the Governor elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose, is not sworn-in on October 16, 2014. Aribisogan was said to have based his allegation on the fact that the Speaker would automatically become the Acting Governor as stipulated by the Constitution in case of any vacancy in the executive arm of the government.||Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||"PDP Will Wipe Out Poverty In Oyo"- Makinde||A Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has said the party will erase poverty from the State if he is voted in to replace Governor Abiola Ajimobi in 2015. Makinde made this known at Polo Ground, Eleyele, Ibadan, while making public his intention to contest for the position of Governor. Thousands of his supporters witnessed the public declaration event which had a huge presence of security operatives. Makinde said he decided to take part in the governance of the State 10 years ago because of the need to offer the people what they needed to live a fulfilled life.||Oyo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||UPN Threatens To Sack Fasehun||Less than six months after being registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Unity Party of Nigeria is under threat as the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, has been given an ultimatum by the party’s National Executive Committee. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Bari Salau, said at a press conference in Lagos on Monday that Fasehun, who is also the founder of the Odua Peoples Congress, was not a democrat but only believed in imposition. He said Fasehun had authoritarian tendencies as he was running the party like the OPC instead of running it in a democratic manner.||Nigeria 2015; Fasehun; UPN||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||We’ve Not Violated Any Electoral Law, Says TAN||The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria has justified its activities, saying it has not broken any electoral law. TAN’s Director of Communication and Strategy, Dr. Udenta Udenta, who stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said the group was sensitising Nigerians to the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan. Describing the group as a key national institution, he said, “TAN is not a political party. We are not campaigning for any candidate.” According to Udenta, TAN is a non-governmental organisation designed to promote good governance.||Nigeria 2015; TAN||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||"Jonathan’ll Lose In Ondo"- APC||The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress says the people of the State will vote against President Goodluck Jonathan in the coming presidential election. The party said in a statement that the imposition of Jonathan on Nigerians by the Peoples Democratic Party confirmed that the party was the problem of Nigeria’s democracy. The statement which was issued by its Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Adesanya, said: “In view of the precarious and unhealthy state of the nation, the good people of Ondo State are eagerly waiting to vote out President Jonathan.”||Nigeria 2015; Ondo State; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||We’ll Keep Catching PDP Moles||The National Publicity Secretary of the All progressives Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the party is aware that there are many spies of the Peoples Democratic Party within the APC. He, however, maintained that they would keep fishing out spies of the PDP from the party. Mohammed, said this during an interview with our correspondent. He said this while responding to questions on why the APC waited for a former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, to join the PDP before accusing him of being a Boko Haram sponsor. A former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, also alleged three weeks ago that a leader of the party, Chief Tom Ikimi, was also a mole of the PDP. The APC Spokesperson said because the APC was a combination of three national parties, it was easy for the PDP to plant moles in the APC. He said the issue was also more complex because in a democratic setting, it was improper for a political party not to allow an individual to join its camp.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||"No Going Back On President’s Endorsement"- Bode George||A South-West leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, has described as divine, President Goodluck Jonathan’s endorsement as the consensus candidate of the party. He, therefore, called on all members of the party to unite and ensure victory for the President in next year’s general election. George said this in Lagos at the grand finale of the South-West PDP Women empowerment programme organised by the Leader, House of Representatives, Mrs. Mulikat Akande-Adeola.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||"PDP Not Taking Chances"- Zwingina||Former Deputy Senate Leader and stalwart of People’s Democratic party (PDP) Senator Jonathan Silas Zwingina has declared that the involvement of the campaign train of the eleven governorship aspirants is an indication of the seriousness of the PDP. Zwingina, who is also the Chairman of Fintiri Campaign Organization, told Daily Sun that the PDP is a serious minded party that is desirous of removing the State from the doldrum of underdevelopment as perpetrated by Nyako led administration. He stated that as patriotic and selfless individuals, the eleven aspirants have elected to allow the Acting Governor Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to end the tenure of the impeached Governor Nyako because of his transparent leadership style.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||Adamawa: Yakubu Tsala Defects To PDP||A prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Adamawa State, Yakubu Tsala, yesterday decamped to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as part of the fallout of the gubernatorial race between the two major political parties in the State. Tsala, a staunch member of the APC, and a founding member of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), who announced his defection to journalists, disclosed that the development is to retrace his steps to the PDP, of which he was a founding member. According to him, based on the PDP guidelines for defection, he said he has reaffirmed his membership of the PDP at his Futu Ward in Michika Local Government of the State.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||Adamawa: "APC Will Rescue Nigerians From Oppression"- Atiku||Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has flagged off the gubernatorial campaign for the party’s candidate in the State, Alhaji Bindow Umaru Jibrilla. Addressing a crowd of supporters in Toungo, Ganye and Jada, yesterday, Abubakar declared that APC was formed to emancipate Nigerians from the clutches of oppression by the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which he lamented has enslaved Nigerians. According to him, like minds which out of their patriotism, have decided to form the APC to save the country and its people from maladministration and insensitivity of the PDP controlled government of the State and at the federal levels to the plights of Nigerians.||Adamawa 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||Imo: Ideato South Elders Endorse Okorocha For Second Term||The council of elders in Ideato South Local Government Area in Imo State has endorsed Governor Rochas Okorocha for a second term as well as Victor Nwanaforo , who is expected to represent them at the State House of Assembly in 2015. According to a statement by the council of elders, Nwanaforo had no match in the 2015 elections because of his ideology and what he stood for in the community. The council also disclosed that the people no longer wanted politics of bitterness in Ideato South but politics of transparency and transformation. Consequently, the elders urged all well meaning sons and daughters of Ideato South to come out en masse and support Nwanaforo as their candidate in 2015, stressing that they should shun ‘stomach infrastructure’ and vote religiously the aspirant, who had been endorsed to represent their interests.||Imo 2015; Ideato South; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||Ogun: "Daniel’ll End Up In PDP"- Kashamu||Chairman of Mobilisation and Organisation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in South-West, Prince Buruji Kashamu, has predicted that the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, will end up in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Kashamu made the prediction on Sunday at a reception held for about 2,000 defectors, mostly youths from the Labour Party (LP) at Ijebu-Igbo in Ijebu-North Local Government Area of the State. A former LP leader in Ijebu-Ode, Odogbolu and Ijebu North Local Government Areas, Mr. Awofala Awoniyi, led the defectors, while Elder Gbenga Lawal from Omu Ijebu also defected to the PDP.||Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 30th September 2014||Senate Leader, Rep Disagree Over Split In Cross- River PDP||The cold war between Senate Leader, Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba and a Member of House of Representatives, Owan Eno, seems not over yet as the duo have disagreed over alleged division within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State. While Senator Ndoma-Egba raised the alarm that all was not well within the party following alleged plots by caucuses to re-zone political offices and screen out some aspirants, the Member representing Etung/Obubra Federal Constituency, John Owan-Enoh dismissed such statement as “untrue and uncalled for.” Speaking to newsmen at Ikom shortly after holding a consultative meeting with some of his constituents recently, the Senate Leader noted that there were moves to use zoning to select preferred candidates, insisting that such arrangement could cause crisis in the party.||Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th September 2014||Jonathan’s Eligibility: Lagos PDP Dissociates Self From Suit||The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday disowned Mr. Adejumo Agbaje, who filed a suit challenging the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election. In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taofik Gani and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the PDP said Agbaje was not a consequential member or leader of the party in the State. Agbaje along with some persons parading themselves as PDP members, had filed a suit no. FHC/ABJ/CS/662/2014 challenging the eligibility of Jonathan in seeking re-election in 2015.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisday
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th September 2014||PDP Sets Up Committee On Mimiko’s Defection||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ondo State Chapter has set up a nine-man committee to liaise with the national leadership of the party on the movement of the State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to the party. A chieftain of the PDP and the Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, disclosed this to journalists in Ikare-Akoko during a chat on the outcome of the meeting of the Ondo North Senatorial District of the party. According to him, membership of the committee included representatives from the three Senatorial Districts of the party.||Ondo 2015; Mimiko; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||2015: 600 PDP State Legislators Endorse Jonathan||Over 600 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the 36 State House of Assemblies in the country have endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election. The legislators, who rose from a meeting under the aegis of PDP State Legislators Forum in Abuja yesterday, also passed a vote of confidence on the party’s leadership at all levels. Addressing journalists on behalf of their colleagues after the meeting, a Member of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Audu Sule alongside his counterparts from Zamfara and Kebbi States, Hon. Muhammad Ahmad and Hon. Kabir Abdullahi Besse respectively, said their group used to comprise of 626 members nationwide before the defections of some members which has now reduced the membership strength to 615 adding that they have all resolved to endorse the President as the sole candidate of PDP in 2015 based on the success of his Transformation Agenda.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||Jonathan’s Sole Candidacy: "PDP Lied On Right Of First Refusal"- Ardo||A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa, Dr Umar Ardo has described as patently false and unsubstantiated the claim by the party that its adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential elections was based on standard examples from America where incumbents are given the right to first refusal. According to him, while the right of first refusal as propounded by the PDP is not the norm in America’s democracy as it is alien to it, the party’s position has demonstrated that the country’s public policy arguments are unreasonable and not well grounded.||Nigeria 2015; Ardo; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||"PDP Is Important To Nigerians"- Party Chairman||The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State has said that the party is second to religion in Nigeria. The Chairman of the party in the State, Chief Abubakar Gaya Haruna who made this known said after religion, Nigerians’ priority is PDP because it is the party that accommodates all Nigerians from different backgrounds and carrying out meaningful development projects. According to Haruna the party is the only political party that has national spread and all sections of the country represented in its affairs.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||Ekiti: Attack On Judges Portends Danger, Anarchy For Nigeria"- Saraki||The Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Dr Bukola Saraki has described the current security situation in Ekiti State as a big threat to the nation’s hard earned democracy, political stability and judicial independence. He posited that the security situation in the South West State “is an affront to our peaceful co-existence in our immediate environment and to our nation in general”. Saraki in a statement he personally signed called on the Federal Government, the Presidency, NJC, NJI, NBA and other relevant private and public institutions to make a pronouncement forthwith and condemn “this criminal atrocity and act of affront to our collective sensibility”.||Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; Saraki||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||APC To Jonathan: "PDP Cannot Win Rivers State"||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has dismissed as ridiculous the boast by President Goodluck Jonathan that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will recover the State during the 2015 general elections. Jonathan had, while speaking at the South-South zonal unity rally of the PDP in Benin City, said the ruling party will reclaim Rivers and Edo States from the APC during the 2015 and 2017 elections. But Chairman of APC in the State, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, said, “This boast made on Saturday by President Jonathan during PDP’s South-South rally in Benin City, the Edo State capital, is ridiculous because it runs counter to the realities on ground in Rivers State."||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||Niger- East Senatorial By-Election: Umaru, APC Drag Zagbayi, PDP To Tribunal||The All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the last Niger East Senatorial By-election, Barrister David Umaru have gone to the National and House of Assembly Election Tribunal holding in Minna, challenging the victory of the PDP candidate, Dr Shem Nuhu Zagbayi. The petition filed on Friday by the two petitioners has 389 respondents with the winner of the by-election held on the 30th of August, 2014 and supplementary on the 6th September, 2014, Dr Zagbayi, PDP, Independent National Electoral Commission and the Resident Electoral Commissioner as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents respectively. The 36-page petition posited that the scores ascribed to each of the candidates as shown in the result where Zagbayi scored 92,056 and David Umaru scored 87,405 were not the true reflection of the candidates’ actual scores.||Niger- East Senatorial By-Election; All Progressives Congress (APC); Tribunal||http://leadership.ng/
|Sun News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||Adamawa: PDP Canvases Support For Fintiri||As the campaigns for governorship election heightens, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwarts, including Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, have canvassed for votes for the party’s candidate, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in the October 11 election. The former anti-graft boss, who was on the campaign train of Fintiri in Mubi, the Headquarters of Northern Senatorial District, vouched for the credibility of Fintiri to deliver the goods in terms of infrastructural development, stressing that all stakeholders of the party were solidly behind Fintiri, as he has promised to transform the State when elected. The PDP candidate and the Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Fintiri, told his teeming supporters that he decided to transfer the Faculty of Law and Medicine of the State university to the main campus in Mubi, to avoid politicization of tertiary education in the State.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||Ekiti Mayhem: You Erred, Fayose Tells Lai Mohammed||Ekiti State Governor- Elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said the call by the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that he be arrested over recent political developments in the State was baseless, spurious and the product of an ignorant mind. Speaking in Ado-Ekiti yesterday through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said Mohammed was fed with lies about the happenings in Ekiti State and that he had exposed himself by commenting in a manner only an ignorant fellow would do. Adelusi noted that he was not surprised by Mohammed’s outburst because he, like other APC leaders, were sad as their efforts to launch a judicial coup failed woefully last Monday.||Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; Fayose||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||Ekiti Violence: PDP Rejects Transfer Of Fayose’s Trial Outside The State||The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against the transfer of the qualification case of Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayo Fayose, outside the State as advised by Governor Kayode Fayemi at the weekend. The party also knocked Governor Fayemi over the murder of former NURTW Chairman, Chief Omolafe Aderiye, by gunmen last Thursday. The PDP also described Governor Fayemi’s broadcast on Friday morning, on the unrest, as an act of wickedness and heartlessness. The party said only a wicked leader would address the State without at least, mentioning the name of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Chief Omolafe Aderiye, who was murdered and sympathise with his family. Governor Fayemi had in the broadcast to the State, referred to the murdered Aderiye as “someone.”||Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th September 2014||Ndukwe Set To Challenge Uba For Anambra South Senatorial Seat||Former Executive Chairman of the National Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Ernest Ndukwe, is set to challenge former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Andy Uba, for the South Senatorial seat in the State.This is coming as youths from Delta North Senatorial District petitioned the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the planned imposition of Mrs. Patricia Ajudua as the State House of Assembly candidate for the Oshimili North State Constituency. In Anambra, according to one of the Aides of the former NCC boss, Jude Ifeatu, Ndukwe would be challenging Uba on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), while Uba would contest the election on the platform of the PDP. Uba is from Uga in Aguata Local Government Area, while Ndukwe is from Oraifite, the home town of Chief Emeka Offor.||Anambra 2015; Senate; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th September 2014||Ekiti Violence: CNPP Writes CJN, Urges Relocation Of Courts To Abuja||More reactions yesterday trailed the attack on a sitting judge in Ekiti State by suspected supporters of the State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, with the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) expressing anger over the incident. The CNPP called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Justice Aloma Mukhtar, to relocate the two courts to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, for speedy dispensation of justice.||Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; CNPP||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th September 2014||Nigeria Ranks 37th In 2014 Ibrahim Index Of African Governance||The 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), released on Monday, shows that Nigeria ranks 37th out of 52 African countries. This appears to be an improvement from the 2013 ranking where the country took 41st position, but the Director of the IIAG at Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Elizabeth McGrath, told THISDAY in a telephone interview that the score was insignificant, because Nigeria deteriorated further in two of the four major categories of the index. The four categories composed of safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development are further divided into 14 subsections with 94 indicators.||Nigeria; Governance; Ibrahim Index||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th September 2014||APC Presidential Ticket: Tinubu Still Holds The Key||As the contest for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2015 presidential election gathers momentum, the South-West zone has emerged the “beautiful bride” who the aspirants must court if they must secure the ticket of the party to contest the poll, THISDAY can authoritatively report. It was gathered from party sources that the emergence of the South-West zone as the beautiful bride stems from two reasons, the first being the immense influence a National Leader of the APC and former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, still has on the zone. The second arises from the fact that the zone will not be producing the presidential candidate of the APC for the 2015 elections, but still commands the highest number of States controlled by the party and would therefore be expected to produce a substantial number of delegates who will determine the outcome of the presidential primary scheduled for December 2, 2014.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th September 2014||APC Accuses Jonathan Of Politicizing Chibok Girls’ Plight||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Jonathan Administration of seeking to negotiate the timing of the release of the Chibok school girls to achieve maximum public relations boost for itself, rather than out of a genuine concern for the girls who are now in their sixth month in captivity. In a statement issued on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the clearest evidence of the government’s manipulation of the girls’ release came during President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly.||Nigeria 2015; Chibok Girls; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisday
|ThisDay Live||Monday 29th September 2014||Timetable, Guidelines Cause Anxiety Among APC Presidential Aspirants||Ahead of the presidential primaries of All Progressives Congress scheduled for December 2, the rumblings of discontent that emerged after the release of the timetable and guidelines for the party’s primaries are widening into bigger disagreements, THISDAY has learnt. Consequently, the national leadership of the party is under pressure to reconsider both the timings and method for the choice of its candidates for next year’s general elections. Meanwhile, the two leading presidential aspirants in APC, former military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, have commenced intensive scrambling to get the endorsement of the South-West Governors. South-West has the highest number of APC Governors, with five of the six States in the zone governed by the party. The competition for the zone’s Governors is also said to be generating tension in the party.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||"Oshiomole/ Kwankwaso Presidency Needed To Fix Nigeria"- Weekend Observer||It is heartwarming that Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, has submitted a letter of intent to run for the 2015 presidential elections to the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC as a prelude to contesting and wining the presidential election come February 14 next year. To many Nigerians who know the pedigree of Oshiomhole as an erudite labour leader and a very successful Governor of Edo State, we need his wealth of experience and patriotism to tackle the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria. On his side is the very fact that he enjoys the popularity and support of Nigerians across the six geo-political zones and can win any election any time any day.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||Kwankwaso Explains Why He Wants To Be President Of Nigeria||Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso has explained why he wants to be President of Nigeria. Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso says he wants to become Nigeria’s President in 2015 to enable him use his requisite experience to address the fundamental socio-economic challenges facing Nigeria. Kwankwaso, who spoke with journalists last night in Kano, pointed out that he had been studying the problems facing the country over the years and had come to the conclusion that he possesses the requisite experience and expertise to tackle the issues and give Nigerians and Nigeria a new lease of life. He explained that given his rich background as a long-standing public servant, an engineer and a one-time Defence Minister, he truly understands what the country needs in order to become great among the comity of nations.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Monday 29th September 2014||2015: Buhari Commissions Study On How To Defeat Jonathan||Ahead of his plan to next week declare his intention to contest the 2015 presidential election, a leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, has commissioned a study on how he and the opposition in Nigeria could defeat the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its potential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, in the poll. Barring any hitches, Mr. Buhari, Nigeria’s Military Head of State between 1983 and 1985, is expected to formally declare his presidential bid on October 8 or 9, some of his associates confirmed to this newspaper at the weekend.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||Controversy Trails Zoning In C’River South||His seat at the Senate, where he represents Cross River South Senatorial District on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been reported to be zoned out of Calabar Municipal to Calabar South Local Council, but that notwithstanding, Senator Bassey Otu has declared his intention to run for a second term. Otu, while declaring his intention, lamented the dwindling fortunes of his District which is noted for producing great Nigerians. He then charged his constituents to brace up for challenges.||Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||12|
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||APC Aspirants In Edo Call For Level Playing Ground||Two aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with eyes on the House of Representatives and State House of Assembly, Cosby Eribo and Henry Okhuarobo Sunday urged the leadership of the party to ensure free and credible primary elections to pick its candidates.||Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||12|
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||Fasanmi Decries Nation’s Woes, Tasks Nigerians On 2015 Elections||Elder Statesman and Afenifere leader, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, has urged Nigerians to participate effectively in the democratic processes in readiness for the 2015 general elections, saying the best option open to the citizens is to embrace progressive politics to enable the nation enjoy good leadership.||Nigeria 2015; Afenifere; Fasanmi||13|
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||Ondo North PDP Pledges To Ensure Jonathan’s Victory||As preparations for next year’s general elections gather momentum across the country, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Northern Senatorial District of Ondo State has put machinery in motion to ensure the re-election of President Jonathan and victory of the party’s candidates in the zone.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||13|
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||"APC’s Presidency Slot Not Zoned To Any Part Of Nigeria"- Group||Ahead of the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a group under the party has declared that the Presidency has not been zoned to any particular part of the country. The group under the aegis of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (AAA) Collectives at the SOuth-West and Kogi State Zonal press conference held in Ibadan said the idea of zoning is peculiar to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and not binding on other parties.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||13|
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||Aliyu Chides ACF Over Comment On Northern Governors||The Chairman of the Northern States Governor’s Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Niger State, Governor Babangida Aliyu, has described as unfortunate the statement credited to Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) alleging that the Northern Governors rejected their recommendations on how to end the Boko Haram insurgency. He said the Northern Governors made wide consultations based on variant experiences, especially in flashpoint areas towards charting a security roadmap for the region on how to end insurgency. He maintained that ending insurgency is paramount and should not be a blame-game or invoke unnecessary allegations over who worked more in ending the security problem in the region.||Nigeria 2015; Northern Governors; Aliyu; ACF; Insurgency||XXVIII|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||"Kano PDP Will Bounce Back In 2015"- Senator Lado||Senator Basheer Muhammad Lado representing Kano Central Senatorial District under the platform of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is upbeat that the party will win next year’s governorship election in the State. Speaking when he made a cash donation of N20 Million to 4000 leaders of the PDP in the State, Senator Lado said PDP was the party to beat in the State.||Kano 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||9|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||APC Presidential Candidates To Pay N27.5 Million In Fees||National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has empowered the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to review the recently released timetable and guidelines for the primaries of the party. The party in its guideline has pegged the fees for the expression of interest and nomination forms for presidential aspirants at N2.5 Million and N25 Million respectively.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||21|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||Pro- Jonathan Group Drums Support For Re-election||A pro- Jonathan group, Youth Development Transformation and Sustainable Peace in Nigeria (YODESTIN) has said it is supporting the joint ticket of Vice President Namadi Sambo and President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 presidential elections. National leader of the group, Innocent Kaku, who addressed a press conference in Abuja, commended the Jonathan-led administration for its brave fight against Boko Haram and its rapid containment of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease thus saying this calls for a fresh mandate.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; YODESTIN||23|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||"Why We Have Not Defeated Boko Haram"- President Jonathan||President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday, that the fight against Boko Haram terrorists has taken so long because Nigerians were not fully united to fight the menace. Speaking at an interdominational church service to mark the country’s 54th Independence celebration, President Jonathan said when Nigerians are fully united, there is no problem they cannot overcome.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; Insurgency||1|
|Nation Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||NJC Probes Pro- Fayose Thugs’ Attack On Judges||The National Judicial Council (NJC) may convene an emergency meeting over last week’s attack on courts and judges in Ekiti State by pro- Governor-elect Ayo Fayose’s thugs, the Nation has learnt. A report on the incident has been written by the Chief Judge, Justice A.S Daramola, whose court room was invaded and records shredded. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Muktar, who is the NJC Chairman, got the report on Friday, according to sources.||Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; NJC||1|
|Nation Newspaper||Monday 29th September 2014||Zoning Of Rep Seat Divides Abia PDP||The planned zoning of one of Abia State House of Representatives seat to Arochukwu/ Ohafia Federal Constituency to a particular area is threatening the peace in the Constituency, it has been learnt. Several political groups are said to be at loggerheads over the arrangement. Sources told our reporter that the Member representing the area in the House of Representatives, Prince Arua Arunsi, might have begun moves for his second term through the zoning arrangement.||Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||8|
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 28th September 2014||Kwara 2015: Group Backs Ex- Minister For Governor||The Abubakar Bukola Saraki-Bolaji Abdullahi Kwara South Movement has canvassed the emergence of former Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, to contest the gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State, to ensure victory for the party and also consolidate the continuity projects of immediate past administration in the State in 2015. Abdullahi was a former Deputy Editor of THISDAY newspapers group before former Governor Saraki picked him as the Special Assistant on Media and Strategy, former Commissioner for Education, and later Minister of Youth Development and then Sports. Speaking at a press conference in Ilorin at the weekend, the Spokesperson of the group, Oyerinde Kayode Saaje, also enjoined other people from Ilorin Emirate and Kwara North Senatorial District to support Abdullahi’s governorship aspiration so as to bring new political change and good governance to Kwara.||Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 28th September 2014||Pro Jonathan Group Urges Political Parties To Adopt Jonathan||A pro-Jonathan group, the Goodluck Initiative for Transformation (GIFT), has called on other political parties to follow the footsteps of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and adopt President Goodluck Jonathan as their presidential candidate for the 2015 elections. Speaking in Abuja at a press conference, the group’s National Coordinator, Chinedu Okpalanma, said: “We have witnessed history being made for the unanimous adoption of a sitting President. We thank the PDP and the Chairman Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih; National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, and the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, who made the adoption possible.||Nigeria 2015; GIFT; President Jonathan;||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 28th September 2014||Plateau Stakeholders Urge Tapgun To Run In 2015||Concerned citizens of Plateau State and the Association of Non-indigenes of Plateau State (ANPS) have urged the former Governor of the State, Ambassador Fidelis Tapgun, to run for the governorship seat again in 2015. The group in a statement, signed by Chairman of the Joint Committee, Pam Chollom, said: “In 1991, we celebrated the wisdom of our people when they elected Ambassador Fidelis Tapgun as the Governor of Plateau State. “With less than N50 million as monthly allocation, the said Tapgun was able to return hope to our people in less than 18 months he served as a Governor. “His strong character made his integrity unquestionable. His consistency made him dependable which is the reason why we are calling on him to come back and lead us to the end of our journey to the Promised Land" the statement said.||Plateau 2015; Tapgun; ANPS||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 28th September 2014||Fear God, Lead By Example, Kumuyi Urges Christian Politicians||The General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministries, Pastor William Kumuyi, has called on Christians in politics and positions of authority to be God-fearing and also lead by example. The renowned clergyman urged them to use their positions to positive impact on the people in order to check the decay in the society. Kumuyi, who yesterday completed his three-day pastoral visit to Makurdi, the Benue State capital, said Christians must exhibit high sense of commitment to whichever field of life they find themselves.||Nigeria 2015; Pastor Kumuyi||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 28th September 2014||PDP Aspirant Urges Kwara Government To Cater For Widows, Orphans||Mrs Helen Ajayi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant to Kwara House of Assembly, has called on the State Government to cater for widows and orphans in the State. She made the call on Sunday in Ilorin in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Ajayi, who is seeking election into Oke Ode/Igbaja Constituency in Ifelodun Local Government Area, expressed concern over the alleged deplorable conditions of widows in the State. She said that she decided to contest the Assembly seat to touch the lives of widows in her Constituency. Ajayi told NAN that if she wins the election, she would pay attention on the welfare of widows and orphans by embarking on empowerment programmes for the youths.||Kwara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 28th September 2014||Oyo Governorship Aspirants Adopt Electronic Campaign||Some governorship aspirants in Oyo have adopted the use of electronic campaign bill boards to beat the ban on indiscriminate posting of campaign posters by the State Signage And Advertisement Agency (OYSAA). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that PDP and APC aspirants have been using the electronic device to market their programmes to the electorate. The campaign bill boards are noticeable at strategic areas around Sango, Mokola, Challenge and Eleyele areas of Ibadan, the State capital.||Oyo 2015; Electronic Campaign||http://leadership.ng/
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 28th September 2014||Shun Politics Of Hatred, Sultan Urges Politicians||Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, yesterday reiterated his call on politicians in the country irrespective of party affiliation, to shun selfishness and join hands together to salvage the nation, saying they should stop politics of hatred and personalities ahead of 2015. He also stated that the war against insurgents in the North-East was succeeding and urged Muslims in the country, to conduct a fast on October 3, to seek for God’s intervention and mercy over the security situation in the polity. The Monarch made the call shortly after turbanning the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, as Mutawallen Sokoto; Speaker of Sokoto House of Assembly, Lawali Zayyana, and three others in his palace in Sokoto.||Nigeria 2015; Sultan Of Sokoto; Peace||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 28th September 2014||Insecurity: Adamawa Stakeholders Meet Over Michika, Magadali Voters||Ahead of the Oct. 11 Adamawa governorship by-election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is meeting with stakeholders from Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas. The meeting was organised by INEC in order to ascertain the fate of voters in the affected areas recently over run by insurgents. The Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Alhaji Kassim Gaidam, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the meeting was to enlighten them on their rights during the election.||Adamawa 2014; Insurgency; INEC||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Sunday 28th September 2014||2015: Group Swings Into Action For Jonathan’s Re-election||The Mass Movement for Goodluck (MMG), a President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election support group, has described him as the friendliest President to the South-East geo-political zone. The group’s Director-General, Dr Kenneth Ibe-Kalu, made the assertion on Sunday at Afikpo, Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi, while inaugurating the council’s branch of the group. Ibe-Kalu, who was represented by his associate, Mr Hillary Egwu, said Jonathan was the only President who placed the Igbos in the political and social limelight after several years of deprivation.||Nigeria 2015; MMG; President Jonathan||http://leadership.ng/
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Sunday 28th September 2014||"Fayose Didn’t Slap Ekiti Judge, He Supervised Beating"- AG||The Ekiti State Attorney general, Wale Fapohunda, yesterday said that Governor-elect Ayo Fayose did not slap Justice John Adeyeye. Fapohunda’s statement follows multiple claims by outgoing Governor Kayode Fayemi, the All Progressives congress, APC and the media that Fayose had on Friday slapped Justice Adeyeye and tore his robe. Speaking on Channels TV Sunrise programme, Fapohunda said, When I spoke to the judge, the judge did not say that the Governor-elect slapped him. He said he supervised his beating. The judge said he (Fayose) was there, and was standing while his thugs, for want of a better word, beat the judge. Not only did they beat him up, they tore his clothes.||Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; Attorney General||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Sunday 28th September 2014||Bianca Ojukwu And Step Son Fight Over APGA Senatorial Ticket||The widow of late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu and her step-son, Emeka Ojukwu (jnr), are currently embroiled in a political battle over who would fly the flag of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for Anambra South Senatorial District come 2015 election. DAILY INDEPENDENT has this story. The widow of late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu and his son, Emeka Ojukwu (jnr), are once more, set for battle, over who flies the flag of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for Anambra South senatorial district in the 2015 election.||Anambra 2015; Ojukwu; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Sunday 28th September 2014||Senate Stops INEC From Allocating New Polling Units||The Nigerian Senate has stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from allocating the 30,000 polling units created by the Commission. In what appears to be a submission to common sense and logic, the Senate has told Professor Attahiru Jega, National Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to suspend the now controversial allocation of new Polling Units, PUs. The Senate, through its Committee on INEC, sent the advisory to Professor Jega on Thursday, September 23, 2014. The letter, titled CREATION OF NEW POLLING UNITS BY INEC and signed by the Committee Chairman, Senator Andy Uba, pointed out that “there appears to be a general misconception that has generated controversies over the Commission’s intention”.||Nigeria 2015; INEC; Senate; Polling Units||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Sunday 28th September 2014||PDP Chiefs Beg Jigawa Governor Not To Join APC||Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have appealed to the Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido not to dump the party for the All Progressives Congress, APC. Emissaries from the Peoples Democratic Party have appealed to the Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, not to defect from the party to the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2015 general election. The emissaries, which included the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, Tony Anenih, and the Secretary, Walid Jubril, were said to have prevailed on the aggrieved Governor to support the second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Sunday 28th September 2014||President Jonathan Explains Why PDP Believes In Stomach Infrastructure||President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday in Benin said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP believed in stomach infrastructure because the party must ensure that there was food security and job creation in the country. According to NAN, President Jonathan said this while speaking at the South-South Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) political rally in Benin, tagged ‘Unity Mega Rally.’ He also said that poverty in the country has been reduced by 50 percent. He noted that any leader who claimed not to believe in stomach infrastructure was not ready to lead, as "you cannot lead hungry people.’’||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|Sun News Online||Sunday 28th September 2014||"Government Does’nt Exist In Nigeria"- Agbakoba||Olisa Agbakoba, civil rights leader and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, exudes the astuteness and commitment of men of struggles who trod in the intractable burden of socio-political challenges, a man in the wilderness in socio-religious parlance. He tells Sunday Sun the implausible vicissitudes of a Nigerian nation gripped in a litany of low scruples, trifling confidence in the system, dismal absence of social and economic security, and internally compromised military. Ultimately, he expresses surprise that military chiefs prosecuting the war against the Boko Haram insurgency are yet to get the boot, despite humiliating evidences of lethargy and incompetence. Taking pot-shots at the government, he places the onus on President Goodluck Jonathan, who as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is yet to rise to the challenge.||Nigeria 2015; Olisa Agbakoba||http://sunnewsonline.
|Leadership News Online||Saturday 27th September 2014||PDP National Project Assessment Team Applauds Bayelsa Governor, Dickson||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Project Assessment Team, on Saturday in Yenagoa commended Bayelsa Government for the various completed and ongoing development projects in the State. The team leader, Chief Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the party, explained that the leadership of the party embarked on the projects’ evaluation, in order to showcase PDP’s achievements in the past 15 years. Metuh who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the team had earlier visited Jigawa and Akwa Ibom States. Metu said that the Seriake Dickson-led PDP administration in Bayelss had fast- tracked development in the State.||Nigeria 2015; Bayelsa State; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Sun News Online||Saturday 27th September 2014||Amosun’s Deputy, NASS Members Set To Dump APC||There are strong indications that the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Prince Segun Adesegun and some members of the National Assembly may have, unofficially, dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for another political association. A credible source disclosed yesterday that Adesegun was at the senatorial meetings of the new association held in Ogun East and Ogun Central on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Adesegun, who is a loyalist of a former Governor of the State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, had been conspicuously absent in the ongoing Local Government working visits of the Governor to the 20 Local Council Areas in the State except the visit to Imeko-Afon Local Government Area. The source, who pleaded anonymity, told Saturday Sun that while Governor Ibikunle Amosun was on tour of Ikenne and Ijebu North Local Government Areas, his Deputy and factional members of the APC loyal to Osoba, under the umbrella of “Matagbamole Group,” were meeting in different locations in the State. Although, the National Assembly members from the Senatorial District were not physically present at the meeting, they were said to have sent words to be part of the meeting.||Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Saturday 27th September 2014||Enugu 2015: Nsukka Zone Picks Ugwuanyi As PDP Zonal Consensus Candidate||Enugu Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi yesterday night emerged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) consensus candidate of the Enugu North Senatorial District for the 2015 governorship election in Enugu State . Ugwuanyi popularly known as Gburugburu is the Chairman House Committee on Maritime of the House of Representatives. Governor Sullivan Chime had called a PDP caucus meeting of the Enugu North Senatorial zone (Nsukka zone) where the governorship slot has been zoned to in order to avoid ran- cour in the selection of a candidate. At the meeting, Amb. Fidel Ayogu moved a motion for the adoption of Ugwuanyi, which was seconded by a one-time Deputy Dovernor of the State, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi.||Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Saturday 27th September 2014||Oba Of Benin Gives Jonathan Highest Royal Attire||The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa, on Saturday presented Red Egbeigbe, the highest Benin traditional attire to President Goodluck Jonathan. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Red Egbeigbe is the royal attire wore only by Benin prince and princess on rare occasion like marriages. Erediauwa presented the royal attire to Jonathan when he paid a courtesy visit to the Monarch in his palace in Benin City. Erediauwa congratulated the President for getting his party’s endorsement for second term.||Nigeria 2015; Oba Of Benin; President Jonathan||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Saturday 27th September 2014||2015: Buhari, Atiku Divide APC||The presidential ambition of two National Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari and ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar has begun to generate tension and division within the leadership of the leading opposition party. As a result, the National Caucus and the National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings held in Abuja on Thursday and Friday, respectively, to adopt a modality for electing the party’s candidates especially the presidential candidate at the primaries, failed to agree on the critical agenda.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Saturday 27th September 2014||Ekiti: "Arrest And Prosecute Fayose Now"- APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Ekiti State Governor-elect Ayodele Fayose for leading a band of thugs to beat up a Judge and then instigating his supporters to attack and burn down the opposition secretariat in the State. In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said since Mr. Fayose does not yet enjoy any immunity from arrest and prosecution, he should immediately be arrested over the dastardly and barbaric attack, which represents an attack on justice and on the rule of law, and the violence that has gripped the State. It said every time a judge had been attacked anywhere in the world, the attackers have been jailed to serve as a deterrent to others who may want to take the laws into their hands, adding: ”The case of the thuggish Fayose should not be different.”||Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Saturday 27th September 2014||"Presidency Of Nigeria Is Not For Small Boys"- Dan Nwanyanwu||Chief Dan Nwanywanwu, pioneer and outgoing National Chairman of the Labour Party, in an interview with PUNCH spoke on the 2015 elections, his party’s lack of Presidential candidate and the rumoured defection of Governor Olusegun Mimiko from the Labour Party, LP to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. On the rumoured defection of Mimiko, Nwanywanwu said, "I have heard so many rumours on that. The first time I heard a rumour about it was immediately after the inauguration in 2009. As we were leaving the podium, I heard that he was going to ACN (the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria). I was confronted by journalists and I said he was going nowhere. They said again that he was going to PDP. So these rumours have been there. I’m not foreclosing his defection. I’m not speaking for him, but this rumour has been in the mill since 2009. On why the Labour party was yet to have a Presidential candidate, Nwanywanwu said, "Labour Party has never refused to have a presidential candidate. We do not manufacture presidential candidates. It is not like going to the factory to produce an object."||Nigeria 2015; Labour Party (LP)||http://www.nigerian
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th September 2014||Clark Urges PDP To Ignore Petitions Against Jonathan’s Candidacy||Ijaw leader and former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday urged the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ignore the petitions written against the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole presidential candidate for the February 14, 2015, presidential election. A former PDP presidential aspirant from Adamawa State, Umar Ardo, had sent a petition to the PDP leadership urging it to reverse the endorsement of Jonathan because of what he described as “its obvious illegality.” But Clark, in an open letter addressed to the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, titled: ‘Umar Ardo’s false representation of law and facts bears no relevance to President Jonathan’s re-election in 2015,’ called on all organs of the party to ignore the petition.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th September 2014||"2015 Elections Will Meet Global Best Practices Criteria"- Jonathan||President Goodluck Jonathan has given his words to the international community that 2015 general election in the country will meet global best practices’ criteria. In ensuring this, he said democratic institutions in the country would be strengthened. Jonathan made the assurance at separate meetings with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, and the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron, before leaving New York late on Wednesday. In a statement by his Spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President reaffirmed his personal commitment to making elections in Nigeria progressively better, freer and more credible. According to Jonathan, in keeping with his administration’s dedication to openness and transparency in the conduct of public affairs, international observers would be allowed to freely monitor the 2015 elections and affirm that the elections are as free, fair and credible as his administration has promised.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th September 2014||"Medical Panel Not Meant To Remove Suntai"- Taraba State Acting Governor||The Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, yesterday visited the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to clarify the objective for constituting the medical committee set up by the State House of Assembly, stating that it was not aimed at removing the ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai. He also used the opportunity to present what could be described as his report card since assumption of office as the Acting Governor of Taraba State. “I’ve heard people say the motive behind the setting up of the panel is to remove the Governor. This is not true. It is merely intended to determine if I can hand over to him or not.” the Acting Governor told the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP.||Taraba State; Medical Panel; Acting Governor; Suntai||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th September 2014||Osun Election Tribunal: Aregbesola Asks Court To Dismiss Omisore’s Claims||Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has formally filed his response to the petition by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore and his party at the State Election Petitions Tribunal. In the reply dated September 22, the Governor challenged the competence of the petition on the some grounds. According to him, the petitioner lacked the locus standi to present the petition, having not shown that he was validly a candidate at the election subject to his petition. Other grounds he observed are that the allegations contained in several paragraphs of the petition are vague, general, generic, not specific, speculative, omnibus, imprecise and nebulous. Aregbesola also noted that several paragraphs of the petition raised a pre-election issuees which the Tribunal has no jurisdiction to entertain.||Osun 2014; Election Tribunal; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th September 2014||House Election: Ex-Senate President Cries Foul Over , Flays Minister, Others||Former Senate President and Chairman of Congress for Equality and Change, Chief Ameh Ebute, has rejected the attempts by some individuals in the Benue State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to scuttle the single-tenure zoning of the House of Representatives seat in Okpokwu, Ado and Ogbadibo Federal Constituency. Ebute who is the first Senate President of Idoma extraction noted that the seat for 2015 had been zoned to Ado as far back as 2010, during a caucus meeting of the three Local Governments at the Okpokwu hall in Okpoga. The thinking of the people, according to Ebute was that the Federal Constituency is one of the largest in the country, comprising of three large Local Government Areas, and that the only way the seat could go round the three Local Government Areas seamlessly without rancour is through single-tenure arrangement. But to his chagrin, Ebute who is currently the Chairman of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) said the Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro and the Benue State Chairman of the party, Agbo Emmanuel, convened a stage-managed meeting in Okpoga last Sunday and announced that the elders and the leadership of the party had changed the single-term arrangement to enable Ogbadibo Local Government Area go for a second term and warned that the decision should not be challenged.||Benue 2015; House Election; Zoning; Ebute||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th September 2014||Crack In Pro Jonathan Group Over Sambo-Jonathan Candidacy||A crack has emerged in a pro-Jonathan group, Youth Development Transformation and Sustainable Peace in Nigeria (YODETSIN) on the fate of the Vice-President Namadi Sambo in the 2015 presidential election. The group yesterday disowned its Deputy National President, Michael Ayuba Auta, for his position on the matter. Saying Auta’s comments were personal, the group averred: “YODETSIN is committed to the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan and also associates itself with the good works of the Vice-President.” A disclaimer by the National Publicity Secretary, Ikpe Matthew, said Auta was relieved of his post also because of his publication in The Paradigm Newspaper titled: “2015: Plot to Remove Sambo Thickens… Northern Youth Under Auspices of YODETSIN Protest Move Against VP.”||Nigeria 2015; Jonathan/Sambo; YODETSIN||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th September 2014||APC Warns Against Cover-Up Of $9.3 Million Cash For Arms Deal||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the alleged attempt by the Federal Government, in conjunction with some members of the National Assembly to cover up the smuggling of $9.3 million to South Africa on a private plane for the purpose of procuring arms. The party however said the cover-up would fail because the issues involved transcend Nigeria. In a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the attempt at a cover-up “manifested clearly in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, when Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha curiously refused to entertain a debate on a motion seeking a probe of the issue that has further ridiculed Nigeria in the global community”. It said the refusal by the Deputy Speaker became even more suspicious amid allegations that some members of the House had each received $50,000 as inducement to quash the motion. APC however hailed its members in the House for staging a walkout to protest against the inexplicable decision not to allow the issue to be debated on the floor of the House.||Nigeria 2015; $9.3 Million Arms Deal; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th September 2014||Amid APC Opposition, Senate Approves $1 Billion Loan To Fight Insurgency||Despite stiff opposition from Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Senate yesterday approved the $1 billion loan requested by President Goodluck Jonathan to fight the insurgency. Jonathan had on July 16 sent a letter seeking the Senate’s nod to secure a $1 billion loan to enable his government upgrade military equipment in its bid to conquer the Boko Haram insurgency. Yesterday’s approval followed the presentation of the report of the Joint Committee on Finance, Foreign and Local Debt by the Joint Committee’s Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi. According to the report, approving the request became necessary in view of the urgent need to stamp out the insurgency and “restore full normalcy to the country”. Makarfi also said the committee found out that the request was not for a cash loan but for the supply of military hardware to be paid back within a period of seven years. Furthermore, the Senator said the grace to secure the facility without paying cash was an uncommon opportunity, noting that it is not every country or supplier that can agree to such terms. The report stated that it was in the nation’s “interest to take up the opportunity and not allow it slip away”.||Nigeria 2015; Senate; $1 Billion Security Loan||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th September 2014||Ekiti CJ Shuts Down Courts As Fayose’s Supporters Beat Up Judge||As the trial of the Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, over a case instituted to challenge his qualification for the June 21 governorship election begins to generate tension, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, has ordered the closure of all courts operating in the State till further notice. In spite of the heavy presence of security personnel, comprising men of the Nigerian Army, police and State Security Service (SSS), who took over the court premises to prevent the recurrence of what happened on Monday, when the trial judge, Justice Segun Ogunyemi, was beaten, some youths yesterday still protested in continuation of their opposition to the alleged plan to stop Fayose’s inauguration through judicial means.||Ekiti 2014; Judiciary; Violence; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 26th September 2014||Chime Shuts Down Enugu For Jonathan||Enugu State was literally shut down Thursday as the Governor, Sullivan Chime mobilised the people of the State for a grand rally in support of President Goodluck Jonathan’s yet-to-be declared second term ambition. The Governor had earlier declared a work free day, announcing the closure of all public offices, banks, schools and markets across the State. Apparently in a bid to show the seriousness attached to the rally put together by the Enugu Movement for the Re-election of Jonathan (EMJ), the 22000-capacity Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, venue of the event was filled to capacity, with twice of the number outside.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; Governor Sullivan Chime; EMJ; Enugu State; Rally||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Friday 26th September 2014||"Nigerians Must Demand Effective Representation"- El-Rufa’i||The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and member, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai yesterday said Nigerians must demand effective representation. According to the former Minister, Nigerians must demand cogent infrastructural development, transparency and leadership that will be accountable to the citizenry. El-Rufai who spoke in Kafanchan, Kaduna State while addressing his campaign coordinators in Southern Kaduna Senatorial District ahead of APC governorship primary election, said “People keep asking me questions on development and I usually tell them that development is not basking in the euphoria of power. Development must be visible and not fashion; if a system is working and performing, citizens will see and there will be no confusion.”||Nigeria 2015; Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Friday 26th September 2014||2015: Three Opposition Parties Adopt Jonathan As Sole Candidate||If the words of a pro-Jonathan group are anything to go by, three opposition parties are said to have concluded plans to adopt President Goodluck Jonathan as their sole presidential candidate for the 2015 election. Briefing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, National Coordinator of the Goodluck Initiative for Transformation (GIFT), Engr. Chinedu Okpalanma, said that three political parties will officially adopt President Jonathan at the opening of the GIFT office in Lagos at the end of this month.||Nigeria 2015; GIFT; President Jonathan;||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Friday 26th September 2014||Confusion, Threats Mar PDP Reconciliation Meeting In Anambra||There was confusion and threats at the Emmaeus House, Awka, Anambra State, venue of a reconciliation meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Anambra State chapter yesterday when the Ahmadu Ali-led Integration Committee from Abuja scampered for safety following the fracas that disrupted the meeting. However, no life was lost, and there was massive turn out as who is who in Anambra State Peoples Democratic Party attended the parley. The trouble started when a factional Chairman, Mr Ejike Oguebego was invited to address the gathering and after introducing himself as the State Chairman, heaven was let loose. There were shouts of no! no!! no!!! from the crowd. Nevertheless, Chief Ken Emeakayi, also laying claim as State Chairman tried to calm down nerves but was greeted by more disapproval as party members equally shouted him down. Consequently, men and women from the opposite camps crowded in front of the visitors’ table, and soon followed shuffling and pushing as the crowd ran to the exit door which was securely locked. All efforts by other members of the Ahmadu Ali Committee to return sanity and order among the opposing camps fell on deaf ears, while chairs were flying.||Anambra 2015; Violence; People’s Democratic Party Reconciliation Meeting||http://leadership.ng/
|Sun News Online||Friday 26th September 2014||Lagos 2015: 13 Jostle For PDP Guber Ticket||Ahead of the October 29 governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), no fewer than 13 members of the party in Lagos State may have indicated interest in the party’s gubernatorial ticket.They include the Minister of State for Defence (state), Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; the party’s governorship candidate in the 2011 general elections, Dr. Ade Dosunmu; the Nigeria Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Ambassador Tokunbo Kamson; former Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Segun Ogundimu; the 2011 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Dominic Adegbola and two other governorship aspirants of the PDP in 2011, Messrs Babatunde Gbadamosi and Owolabi Salis. Others are the 2011 governorship candidate of the Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA) in the State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje; Messrs Branco Rhodes, Segun Adebayo, Gabriel Pearse and Deji Doherty.||Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Friday 26th September 2014||Group Urges Youth Participation In 2015 Polls||A political group, Advocate for Collective Transformation (ACT), has urged youths in the six States of the South-West geo-political zone to participate in the 2015 general elections for the development of the country. Speaking during the inauguration of its Osun State chapter, the Co-ordinator of the group, Oluwatayo Fashogbon, stressed the need for youths to show interest in politics. He also encouraged them to seek elective political offices in next year’s general elections, saying the future of the country should not be placed in the hands of the aged. According to him, many of the present crop of Nigerian leaders were selfish individuals who were only after the welfare of their children. He, therefore, urged the youths to take up the challenges of leadership and participate in all political activities ahead of the next election.||Nigeria 2015; Youth Participation; ACT||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Friday 26th September 2014||Ogun 2015: "PDP, LP Can’t Unseat Amosun"- APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has described as a wishful thinking, moves by the opposition to defeat it in the forthcoming general elections. This is coming on the heels of a purported plan by both the Labour Party (LP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State to merge to confront the ruling party. President Jonathan was reported to have endorsed an arrangement between the PDP and the LP aimed at shoring up the chances of the former to produce the next Governor of the State. In a statement, the APC publicity secretary in the State, Mr. Sola Lawal, scoffed at the plan, saying it would not succeed.||Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Friday 26th September 2014||IPC Trains Journalists On 2015 Polls||As Nigerians gear up for the 2015 general elections, the International Press Centre (IPC) has held a training programme for journalists in the South West geo-political zone. The two-day workshop, which had 29 participants in attendance, was held in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Democratic Governance for Development (DGD III) programme. The Director of IPC, Mr Lanre Arogundade, said the workshop was an assessment of media performance during the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections. He said this was because prior to the two elections, training workshops were held on conflict-sensitive reporting of the election and issue-focused reporting. Arogundade said an assessment of the governorship polls would enable the media make necessary adjustments in reporting future elections.||Nigeria 2015; IPC: Journalism Workshop||http://sunnewsonline.
|Punch News Online||Friday 26th September 2014||"Why Jonathan Appointed Obanikoro As Minister"- APC||The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress says the reason President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Senator Musiliu Obanikoro as the Minister of State for Defence was to destroy the APC especially in the South-West. The party noted that Obanikoro was already doing his “master’s bidding,” as he had used soldiers and thugs to intimidate members of the APC both in the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections. The Publicity Secretary of the party in Lagos, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said this during a press conference on Thursday to address the murder of an APC member, Alhaji Azeez Asake, who was killed shortly after the Peoples Democratic Party held a rally at Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos on Saturday. Igbokwe, who implicated Obanikoro in the murder, said one of the culprits identified only as Abija, had been arrested by the police.||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Friday 26th September 2014||APGA Will Recover Imo, Says Owu||A factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Mr. Maxi Okwu, has said the party will win back Imo State in the 2015 governorship election in the State. Okwu, who said this on Thursday during an interview with our correspondent, noted that the tussle for the leadership of APGA and the crisis that had arisen from it had weakened the party. He, however, said the party would resolve its crisis before December and would be ready to win elections in 2015, especially in the South-East.||Imo 2015; Owu; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)||http://www.punchng.
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th September 2014||Atiku Declares For Presidency, Says Time For Change Is Now||Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called for the provision of responsive and visionary leadership to provide the needed development to the country and citizens. Atiku made the call in Abuja yesterday at his formal declaration to contest for the presidency under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He said it was the responsibility of the younger generation to offer the upcoming generation a better direction of leadership as the future of the country and its leadership should not again be subject to experiments or learning on the job.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||3|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th September 2014||"Why PDP Adopted Jonathan As Consensus Candidate"- Jonathan||Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson says the adoption of President Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is aimed at institutionalizing the right of first refusal for an incumbent President as contained in the Electoral Act. The Governor who stated this in an interactive session with journalists Tuesday night in Yenagoa noted that the development would stabilize the political system.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||6|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th September 2014||Fayose Supporters Protest Trial||Supporters of the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayo Fayose, yesterday staged a peaceful protest at the Ado Ekiti High Court, against the trial of the Governor-elect on his eligibility to contest the June 21 governorship election. This is just as the Governor-elect filed an appeal against the ruling of the High Court, Ado Ekiti Judicial Division, which dismissed the application challenging its jurisdiction to hear the case.||Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||10|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th September 2014||Acting IGP Assures Of Security Ahead Of 2015 Elections||The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Suleiman Abba has given assurances of the preparedness of the Nigerian Police to provide security for a hitch free 2015 general elections. The IGP slated this yesterday in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists before a closed door meeting with Deputy Inspector Generals of Police (DIGs), Assistant Inspector Generals of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs).||Nigeria 2015; Acting Inspector General of Police||12|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th September 2014||Why Anenih, Others Visited Lamido||More facts have emerged as to why the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Tony Anenih and other top leaders of the party were in Dutse, to see the Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido. Leaders of the party, it was learnt, were not fully convinced that Lamido, who was part of the seven Governors that formed a splinter group within the party last year and until last week was being peddled as nursing the ambition to contest the presidential ticket of the PDP with Jonathan, has fully reintegrated into the party.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th September 2014||"I Will Not Contest Kaduna Governorship"- Baba Ahmed||Former Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed yesterday said he is not going to run for the governorship ticket of the APC in Kaduna. Baba Ahmed who confirmed he was under pressure by well-meaning individuals across the country to run as Governor, said he will not run despite the pressure as it is not among his current priorities.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th September 2014||Katsina APC Lawmakers Endorse Buhari For 2015||All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the Katsina State House of Assembly yesterday endorsed the presidential candidature of General Muhammadu Buhari for 2015. The State Lawmakers also appealed to the former Head of State to direct them on steps to follow to achieve success in the State’s gubernatorial election. Addressing newsmen in Kaduna, Minority Leader of the Assembly Abdullahi Ibrahim Mahuta said that Buhari is the most disciplined and incorruptible leader in the country.||Katsina 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||18|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 25th September 2014||"UPN Has Not Endorsed Jonathan For 2015"- Fasehun||The Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) yesterday said it has not endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 general elections. National Chairman of UPN, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, while briefing newsmen in Lagos, that the party believes every aspirant that wishes to contest for any post should be made to pass through the democratic norm of a selection process.||Nigeria 2015; Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN)||19|
|Sun News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||"George Has Repositioned South-West PDP"- Ex-PDP Scribe Akintoye||Former acting National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Charles Akintoye, has extolled the virtues of former National Vice Chairman of the party, Chief Bode George, over the success of the South-West zonal unity rally of the party held recently in Lagos. Dr Akintoye noted that the sterling qualities of Chief George have seen the party, which was hitherto in disarray in the zone, gathering momentum to sack the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the South West. According to him, the rally held last Saturday has laid to rest, the claims that the party wasn’t strong in the South West, stressing, “ we are now united more than ever to deliver the zone from the dominion of the party that is holding us down.”||Nigeria 2015; South-West; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||"Presidency Fueling Rivers State Crisis To Impeach Amaechi"- APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State chapter, has accused the Presidency of being responsible for the lingering crisis in the State Judiciary with the aim of impeaching Governor Chibuike Amaechi. The party, condemned what it called, ‘show of shame’ witnessed in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, 2014, where some armed and fierce-looking policemen, , brutalized innocent citizens, who were protesting the breaking of court gate, to grant access to Justice Daisy Okocha, to meet with Judges in the Chief Judge’s chambers. A statement issued yesteday in Port Harcourt, by the Senior Special Assistant and Public Affairs to the State Chairman of APC, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, described the development as the height of impunity.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||Nigeria 2015: Omehia Advises Buhari, Atiku||Former Governor of Rivers State, Sir Celestine Omehia, has taken a swipe at General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, saying their continued aspiration is blocking the interest of other Nigerians. While Buhari, a former Head of State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to openly declare his presidential ambition for the 2015 election, Atiku declared his ambition yesterday on the platform of the APC. Omehia, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, however, noted that both Buhari and Atiku have the constitutional right to aspire for any office in the land. He added that the duo have consistently contested for the office of the President, saying their aspiration was blocking the interest of the public.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||"Under Jonathan, Nigeria Is On Auto-Pilot"- Atiku||Former Vice-President and All Progressives Congress, (APC) presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar yesterday appraised the economy of Nigeria under the present administration and insists that Nigeria is on auto-pilot with no one in charge. The APC chieftain in his declaration speech, titled; “Time for Change,” presented before the gathering of his party faithful noted that Nigerians have been dehumanised as a result of what he called serious governance deficit.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||PDP Presidential Ticket: Group Offers To Pay For Jonathan||The Executive Director, Vanguard for Good Governance, one of the approved Goodluck Support Groups, Ezikpe Onyeka, has offered to pay the N20 million Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Presidential ticket form for President Goodluck Jonathan. Speaking at the rally of the party in Lagos at the weekend, Onyeka said that President Jonathan had done so well for the country that it would be asking for too much if he still has to continue serving the country. According to him, his decision to buy the ticket for President Jonathan is to show appreciation for the wonderful work he is doing in the country and to encourage him to continue.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; VGG||http://sunnewsonline.
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 25th September 2014||"Daniel Lacks Power To Merge Labour Party With PDP"- Oginni||A faction of the Labour Party in Ogun State has said the former Governor of the State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, lacked the power to merge the party with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the State. Factional Secretary of the Party in the State, Sunday Oginni, stated this yesterday while reacting to the report that Daniel was planning to merge Labour Party with the PDP.||Oyo 2015; Labour Party (LP)||11|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 25th September 2014||2015: US Offers Support To INEC For Credible Polls||The United States of America has promised to assist the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC), to achieve credible elections in 2015. Chief Political Secretary, American Consulate in Nigeria, Mr. Thomas Hines, who spoke in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday when he visited the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, in his office, said his country will support in capacity building and other related areas, adding that the US was determined to assist the nation strengthen its democracy.||Nigeria 2015; US Embassy||13|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th September 2014||2015: More Hurdles As Jonathan Is Dragged To Court Of Appeal Over Eligibility||Apart from the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2015 presidential election, the President has more hurdles to scale as he has been dragged to the Court of Appeal over his eligibility to stand for the election. The Court of Appeal was also urged to quash the resolutions of the National Executive Committee (NEC), the Board of Trustees (BoT) and the PDP Governors’ Forum that endorsed President Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the party in the 2015 presidential election. In an appeal number CA/A/574A/M2013 between Cyriacus Njoku as appellant and President Jonathan, PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as respondents, Dr. Umar Ardo as an interested party applicant, is asking court to grant an appeal in suit number: FCT/HC/CV/2449/2012 between Cyriacus Njoku vs Goodluck Jonathan delivered on March 1, 2013.||Nigeria 2015; Court of Appeal; President Jonathan; Eligibility||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th September 2014||APC Chieftain Drags Allison Madueke To Court Over Failure To Comply With FOI Act||A member of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja against the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke, for refusing to give him the information he requested under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act. Okechukwu had written the Minister requesting information concerning Nigeria’s crude oil swap variant and the certification of subsidy for the importation of kerosene and petrol into the country by the Nigerian National Petroleum. Corporation (NNPC) from January 2012 to date. The Minister however ignored the letter and refused to release the information sought. Following the Minister’s refusal to comply with the provisions of the FoI Act 2011, Okechukwu approached the court seeking for, amongst other reliefs, the declaration that the Minister’s refusal to release the information he requested for amounted to a violation of section 7 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act, and therefore, wrongful, illegal and unconstitutional.||Minister Of Petroleum; Freedom Of Information Act (FOI Act); Judiciary||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th September 2014||Ekiti 2014: "Nobody Will Stop My Swearing-In"- Fayose||The Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has declared that no scheming whatsoever on the part of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or group of persons will truncate his being sworn-in as the Governor of the State in October. Fayose, who address journalists yesterday during a press briefing at his 21, Adetoro Adelaja, Magodo residence in Lagos, also denied knowledge of what transpired on Monday when some hoodlums attacked the court where the judge ruled on the preliminary objection raised by him on the eligibility case against him in respect of his candidacy in the Ekiti governorship election filed by members of a group, E-11.||Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 25th September 2014||"We’ll Stop Candidates With Criminal Records In 2015"- IG||The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, has stated that the police will stop candidates with criminal records from contesting in the 2015 general election. Abba, who said the Force would collaborate with the Department of State Security (DSS) to carry out the task, added that he had made adequate arrangements for security for all activities leading to the elections, including party primaries, conventions, and campaigns by candidates. Addressing the senior officers including the Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, and Command Commissioners of Police at a meeting to strategise on the 2015 elections at the Force Headquarters yesterday in Abuja, the IG said the police would ensure tight security for the elections and the electorate.||Nigeria 2015; Inspector General Of Police||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||2015: "jonathan Not Eligible To Contest"- PDP, APC Members||Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) from allowing President Goodluck Jonathan to participate in the 2015 presidential election. In a suit filed by four Senior Advocates of Nigeria, the plaintiffs argued that by the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President, having contested the presidential election twice, won and took the oath of office and allegiance twice in respect of that office can no longer present himself for election to that office the third time.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; Eligbility; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||"I’m Not Behind Tambuwal/Amaechi Ticket"- Governor Aliyu||Niger State Governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has denied promoting Speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and Rivers State Governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi as Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates respectively in 2015 election, describing the speculations as the handiwork of his political enemies aimed at misleading Nigerians. The Governor who made his position known in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ayegba Ebije, stated that Amaechi who was fingered to have made the revelation has since denied knowledge of the story and has distanced himself from the online publication.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||Nyako’s Impeachment: Fintiri Files Application To Stop Judgement||Worried that the judgment fixed for September 30 by the Federal High Court in Lagos, in a suit seeking reinstatement of sacked Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, may not go his way, the Acting Governor of the State, Umaru Fintiri has filed an application seeking to stop the judgment. In the application filed before Justice Okon Abang, Fintiri, through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), want the court to set aside all the proceedings so far conducted in the suit.||Adamawa 2014; Nyako; Fintiri; Judiciary||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||Defection of Members: "APC Can’t Intimidate Us"- Kogi PDP||Kogi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as “motion without movement” Tuesday’s defection of some members of the party to the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC), saying APC cannot intimidate PDP in the State. The party alleged that only two Members of the State House of Assembly led by a former Speaker of the House, Hon Abdullahi Bello left the party, disclosing that their action is a “misadventure”. The State Public Relations Officer of the PDP, Mallam Abdulkareem Mohammed in a statement in Lokoja, yesterday said the PDP in Kogi State “is not losing sleep over it” as the defectors will not be missed. Mohammed who queried the authenticity of the figures said to have defected, described the few who left as political entrepreneurs who have lost relevance.||Kogi 2015; Defection; People’s Democratic Party (PDP);||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||2015: "Leaders Must Ensure Free And Fair Elections Or Risk Revolution"- Shehu Sani||The President of Civil Congress of Nigeria, Comrade Shehu Sani has urged those in power to ensure that elections in 2015 are free and fair or risk revolution because people were getting more enlightened about the need for good leadership. Sani who spoke yesterday at a lecture to mark the Niger State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), press week at the IBB Pen House Minna, posited also that religious and ethnic affiliations should not be the basis for electing leaders. He stated that the ordinary citizens across the country were not concerned about where their leaders come from but have been in need of good leadership devoid of any regional, religion or primordial considerations.||Nigeria 2015; CCN||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||Adamawa: Senator Barata Defects Back To The PDP||Senator Barata Hassan( Adamawa) today defected back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressive Congress (APC). It will be recalled that Senator Barata defected from the PDP to APC in February this year, in the heat of gale of defections rocking the National Assembly as 22 Senators signalled their intention to defect from the PDP to the APC. However , Senate President David Mark foreclosed all defection saga in the Upper House saying since the matter is still in court, the Senate ‘s hands is tied on the matter. Senator Barata’s defection then was not recognized by the Senate but he was seen attending APC ‘s caucus meeting in the Senate and in his home State Adamawa
Coming through a point of order, yesterday Senator Barata declared that he has defected back to the PDP, however Senate President David Mark ruled him out of order on the premise that he never left PDP in the first place .
|Nigeria 2015; Senator Barata; Defection; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Punch News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||"Jonathan’s Adoption As Sole Candidate Is A Threat To Democracy"- Balarabe Musa||The Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has condemned the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. He said the move was a threat to democracy in Nigeria, and may adversely affect the PDP. Musa, who said this during a telephone interview with our correspondent, noted that similar adoption of former President Shehu Shagari in 1983 was one of the causes of the political crisis that culminated in the coup that brought in Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) as Head of State.||Nigeria 2015; Balarabe Musa||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Thursday 25th September 2014||"No Adopted Candidate In Ogun PDP"- Amusan||A governorship aspirant in the Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Kayode Amusan, has faulted a report that the party is planning to adopt a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, as its governorship candidate. Amusan, in an e-mail sent to our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday by his Media Aide, Dr. Wale Adebamiro, stated that the party had said that only the presidential ticket would be determined through a consensus.||Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th September 2014||"Don’t Vote For Treasury Looters"- Buhari||All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, retired General Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged Nigerians not to vote for treasury looters in the 2015 general looters. Buhari spoke in Lokoja, Kogi State at a rally for the defected former Acting Governor Clarence Olafemi, former House of Assembly Speaker Abdullahi Bello, former Nigerian Ambassador to Botswana Isaac Onu, and over 5,000 former members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||4|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th September 2014||2015: Police Begins Arms Mop Up||Police Authority in Lagos State have issued a 14 day ultimatum to all those in possession of illegally acquired arms to submit them to the Command’s Headquarters, Ikeja, or face the law. Addressing newsmen yesterday, the State Commissioner of Police, Cornelius Kayode Aderanti, said it has become expedient to mop up excess arms and ammunitions in circulation in view of the 2015 general elections.||Nigeria 2015; Police||10|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th September 2014||2015: Minister Urged To Contest Taraba Guber Election||A youth group known as Taraba Masses Movement for Good Governance has called on the Minister of State for Niger Delta, Ishaku Darius, to contest the 2015 gubernatorial election in the State. Chairman of the group, Timothy Samson, in a statement yesterday said the endorsement of Ishaku for 2015 elections is based on his efforts in transforming the State, having attracted landmark projects such as the Kashimbilla Dam and Mambilla Hydro power projects to the State.||Taraba 2015; Ishaku Darius||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th September 2014||2015: ABU Professors Back El-Rufai For Kaduna Governor||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 support for former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Nasir El-rufai, as he prepares to officially declare for the governorship seat of Kaduna State, come 2015. The professors, under the aegis 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 leadership, giving his unparallel and tremendous experience, vision, bravery, precision and serene patriotism.||Kaduna 2015; KSFGG; El-Rufai; All Progressives Congress (APC)||19|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Katsina 2015: Masari Begins Moves For APC Guber Ticket||Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Masari yesterday met with the leadership of the Katsina State All Progressives Congress as part of his reach out tour for his gubernatorial ambition ahead of the 2015 polls. Masari who was accompanied by his campaign team and supporters to the secretariat of the party, told the State APC executives that his decision to seek the leadership in the State on the platform of the party was informed by his desire to provide quality leadership that is lacking in the State.||Katsina 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||20|
|Nation Newspaper||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Abia PDP Blocks Orji Uzor Kalu’s Return||The hope of former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu returning to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has dimmed. The reconciliation committee set up by the party’s National Executive was told there were no aggrieved members in the State. The Committee, led by former PDP National Chairman Ahmadu Ali, was in Abia State after visiting Imo on its national reconciliation assignment. Abia State PDP Chairman Emma Nwaka told the Committee that there was no need for reconciliation since there were no members in the State saying only those with valid membership could complain of estrangement adding that the party has no such case.||Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||10|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Attack On Ekiti Judge: Police Arraign 6 Suspects, Summon PDP And APC||The police in Ekiti State have charged before a Magistrate Court six persons suspected to have disrupted a high court proceeding on Monday in Ado Ekiti. The accused persons according to the Police Prosecutor, Corporal Oriyomi Akinwale are Raji Wasiu, 23; Ayo Ogunlana, 28; Fasusi George, 38; Arogbuwa Diya, 35; Adewunmi Gbenga, 30 and Adewunmi Kehinde, 44. Also, it was reliably gathered yesterday that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu has summoned the Chairmen of the PDP and APC to his office over the incident.||Ekiti 2014; Police||11|
|Guardian Newspaper||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Nasiha Emerges Zamfara PDP Chairman||Former representative of Zamfara Central District at the Senate, Hassan Muhammad Gusau Nasiha, has won the Zamfara State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship election, defeating three other contestants for the position. The election, which took place during the weekend at the party secretariat in Gusau, centered on two out of the 31 vacant positions in the State Executive Committee- State Chairman and State Women Leader- while the rest were elected unopposed.||Zamfara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||73|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th September 2014||"Only Jonathan Can Decide His Running Mate"- Presidency||The controversy over the fate of Vice-President Namadi Sambo as the running mate of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) continues to deepen as the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Prof. Ahmed Rufai Alkali, yesterday insisted that only President Jonathan would determine the fate of the Vice-President. National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, had on Sunday echoed the same sentiment on who becomes the running mate to the President who was endorsed as the sole presidential candidate of PDP recently.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Suntai: Court Declines To Grant Injunction Restraining Medical Panel||A High Court of Taraba State presided over by Justice S. Haruna yesterday declined to grant an order and interim injunction restraining the medical panel constituted by the Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Hon. Josiah Sabo Kente, to verify the health condition of Governor Danbaba Suntai from carrying out its function. The judge however, ordered all the parties to the suit to maintain the status quo and to desist from taking any further actions or steps with respect to the office of the Governor of Taraba State that is capable of occasioning a breach of the peace and breakdown of law and order in the State. He warned that any of the parties that violated the court orders would be cited for contempt and would be remanded in prison custody upon proper application to that effect.||Taraba State; Judiciary; Suntai; Medical Panel||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th September 2014||2015: CLEEN Foundation Predicts Increase In Violent Crimes||A CLEEN Foundation report on security ahead of the 2015 general election has shown that incidents of politics-induced assassinations, kidnappings, armed robbery and bombings may escalate as the political campaigns begin. The report titled: ‘Fifth Security Threat Assessment: Towards 2015 Election (July-September 2014),’ and presented to journalists yesterday in Abuja, also showed that 29 States were experiencing various forms of tension which if not managed properly could lead to chaos. In her welcome remarks, Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation, Mrs. Kemi Okenyodo, while referring to the violence which occurred following the outcome of the 2011 general election leading to the death of an estimated 800 person, said preparations for the 2015 general election must be done with a view to forestall a replay of the 2011 elections.||Nigeria 2015; CLEEN Foundation||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Buhari, Atiku At Kogi APC Rally, Urge Voters To Defend Mandate||Two of the presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday asked supporters of the party to be vigilant and protect their votes during next year’s general election. Both Buhari and Atiku addressed a sensitisation rally in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, along with other leaders of the party, including the APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, and Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso. At the rally, APC also formally received over 2,000 former members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) into its fold.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Rivers PDP Faction Demands Dissolution Of State Exco||A free-for-all ensued yesterday in Port Harcourt as a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State held a press conference to demand for the dissolution of the State working committee of the party. This came as the Chairman of the State chapter of the PDP, Chief Felix Obuah, accused a social rights activist and member of the defunct National Conference, Ms Annkio Briggs, of meddling into affairs of the party following her criticism of the no zoning policy of the party. The faction, which gathered under the aegis of Concerned Rivers State PDP Stakeholders, alleged that the party was being run unconstitutionally in the State by a two-man executive. However, mid-way into the briefing, another faction believed to be in support of Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, stormed the Delta Hotels, venue of the event, and a fracas ensued temporarily disrupting the event.||Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Judge Declines Jurisdiction In Suit Challenging PDP’s Zoning Policy||An Abuja High Court has declined jurisdiction to hear a suit seeking to declare unconstitutional the zoning policy of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Justice A.S. Umar, in a ruling yesterday, declined jurisdiction on the grounds that his court lacked the territorial integrity to hear the case. The judge’s ruling was on the preliminary objection by the party against the suit marked: CV/1471/2014, filed by a lawyer and a governorship aspirant of the party in Akwa-Ibom State, Leo Ekpenyong. Justice Umar upheld the argument by the respondent that the suit ought to be instituted in Akwa-Ibom and not Abuja.||Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th September 2014||2015: Enugu Agog As Chime’s Group Holds Rally For Jonathan||Ahead of tomorrow’s grand rally to mobilise support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in Enugu State, the capital city is wearing a new look. The rally, which is being put together by a group conceived by Governor Sullivan Chime, Enugu Movement for the Re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan (EMJ), is expected to take place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium. Already, the Governor has declared a public holiday for tomorrow in the State to enable the indigenes to participate fully in the rally which is expected to be witnessed by Vice-President, Namadi Sambo who would be representing President Jonathan.||Nigeria 2015; Enugu State; EMJ||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th September 2014||$9.3 Million Arms Deal: APC House Members Stage Walk-Out; Accuse FG Of Money Laundering||All Progressives Congress (APC) Lawmakers in the House of Representatives yesterday alleged that the Federal Government had ill motives in the $9.3 million cash-for-arms deal. This is as they angrily deserted the chamber when the Deputy Speaker Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, refused to entertain a debate on a motion seeking the probe of the deal, alleging that some members of the House had each received a $50,000 bribe to quash the motion. This was contrary to the rules of the House which stipulate that when a matter has been moved by way of a motion, the Presiding Officer shall allow those who want to speak for and against the motion. The APC Caucus noted “the attempt by the ruling party members to sweep the controversial smuggling of $9.3 million in cash allegedly meant to procure arms and ammunition from a security outfit in South Africa under the carpet”. The motion, which was sponsored by Hon. Kawu Sumaila (APC, Kano), was first tabled on the floor of the House last week but was not passed.||Nigeria 2015; House of Representatives; $9.3M; Federal Government; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Atiku To Declare For Presidency On Wednesday, S’West APC Endorses Bid||Baring any last minute changes, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will wednesday formally declare his intention to contest for the presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The presidential bid by the former Vice-President got a boost yesterday with the endorsement of the South-West arm of the APC for his candidacy. According to a statement issued by his media office in Abuja, Atiku would make his formal declaration at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja this morning. The statement said activities marking the declaration would be a largely youth-focused event to emphasise his passion for the challenges facing young men and women in Nigeria. It said youth economic empowerment is one of Atiku’s cardinal objectives, adding that he regards them as the fulcrum around which the development and future of Nigeria revolves.||Nigeria 2015; Atiku; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 24th September 2014||2015: "Benue State Endorses David Mark"- Governor Suswam||Benue State Governor, Dr Gabriel Suswam unequivocally announced yesterday that there is no vacancy for the Benue South Senatorial seat presently occupied by the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, saying “Our decision to return him to the Senate in 2015 is irrevocable”. Foreclosing the hopes of likely aspirants to the seat, Governor Suswam said “We in Benue State have endorsed the candidature of Mark to return to the Senate. The position of Senator Mark is not contestable. We want him back and there is no question or argument about it”.||Benue 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 24th September 2014||2015: "We’ll Reclaim Edo State"- PDP||Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South South Zone have vowed to reclaim the governorship seat of Edo State in the next governorship election. Chief Cairo Ojouboh, the PDP Deputy National Chairman, South South, who made this declaration in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Works, Arch. Mike Onolememen, insisted that from every indication, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Governor Adams Oshiomhole has failed, thereby providing the basis for the PDP to return to power. According to him, the PDP will not only reclaim the mandate in the State, but will also stand firmly against any evil permutation on its way by evil minded politicians in the State.||Edo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Daily Times News Online||Wednesday 24th September 2014||2015: Next Elections Will Be Very Tough, Says Buhari||A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday predicted that the 2015 general elections will be tough. General Buhari stated this while delivering his address in Lokoja where the leadership of the party received thousands of PDP members who defected to the APC, adding that the APC offer is an irresistible offer every reasonable Nigerian should embrace. According to him: “The next five months will be very tough, because we want to take over the government, from councillorship to presidency."||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.dailytimes.
|Daily Times News Online||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Ngige Accepts Supreme Court Judgement, Congratulates Obiano||The governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 2013 election in Anambra State, Dr. Chris Ngige, Tuesday congratulated Governor Willie Obiano as the apex court upheld the latter as the elected Governor of the State. Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling that declared Governor Obiano duly elected, Dr Ngige called on the people of the State to co-operate with the Governor to enable him discharge his function to them. Ngige, who represented Anambra Central Senatorial District, in a statement urged his supporters to remain calm, adding that they had fought a good fight and that the future held out better things for them.||Anambra 2013; Supreme Court Of Nigeria||http://www.dailytimes.
|Daily Post News Online||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Plateau 2015: Suspended State PDP Chairman Resigns, Joins Guber Race||Suspended chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State, Haruna Dabin, on Tuesday formally dropped his resignation letter to join the 2015 guber race in the State. The ex-party Chairman and the State Governor had been at loggerheads over the former’s perceived governorship ambition, which prompted the party to pass a vote of no confidence on him. The Governor had also insisted that he must resign if he wanted to contest for the position of Governor.||Plateau 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Daily Post News Online||Wednesday 24th September 2014||Ondo Will Deliver Majority Votes For Jonathan In South-West, Says JAM||Ahead of the 2015 general elections, a group, the Jonathan Actualization Movement (JAM) in the South-West has expressed assurance that the majority of votes for President Goodluck Jonathan, from the zone, will come from Ondo State. Hon Victor Olabimtan, who is the South-West Coordinator of the group, gave this assurance at the South-West Town Hall Meeting held in Akure, the State capital yesterday.||Nigeria 2014; President Jonathan; Ondo State; JAM||http://dailypost.ng/
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||"Daniel’s Lone Defection Plot Deceitful"- Ogun PDP||The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the purported lone defection of former Governor Gbenga Daniel from the Labour Party (LP) to the PDP as “a continuation of his deceit.” In a statement issued in Abeokuta yesterday by the State Publicity Secretary, Waliu Oladipupo, the party said, “much as our hands are widely opened to receive defectors into our party, including Daniel, we find his purported solo return as a less than clever attempt to hoodwink our people and deceive the national leaders of our party."||Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Group Mobilises Support For Jonathan||A pro-Goodluck Jonathan group, Rebuild Nigeria Initiative Presidential Campaign Team, Anambra State chapter, has urged Nigerians to support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election. Addressing newsmen in Awka, Anambra State, Lady Gina Okeke, the group’s Woman Leader in the State, urged Nigerians to support Jonathan’s re-election in the 2015 elections. In spite of security challenges posed by Boko Haram and other insurgent groups, Okeke said President Jonathan did not allow himself to be distracted in his commitment to the development of the nation, and the delivery of the dividends of democracy and good governance.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; RNI||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Don’t Link Me With Plot To Postpone Polls, Mark Warns||Senate President, David Mark yesterday warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to link him with an alleged plot to postpone the 2015 general elections. Mark said doing so would amount to expanding the frontiers of falsehood. Senator Mark, who was reacting to a statement credited to APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, purporting that the President of the Senate called for the postponement of the 2015 elections, said the allegation “was a bogus and blatant lie.”||Nigeria 2015; Senate President||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Anambra 2015: Group Backs Re-election Of Okadigbo’s Widow||Youths from the seven Local Government Areas in Anambra North Senatorial District have thrown their weight behind Senator Margery Okadigbo, widow of the late Senate President, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo, for second term at the National Assembly in the 2015 general elections. Chairman, Coalition of Anambra North Youth Leaders, Mr. Ifeanyi David, said the choice of Senator Okadigbo, apart from immortalising the spirit of her late husband, was informed by her development initiatives across the zone. David said the call for Senator Okadigbo to go for a second term in office was informed by her footprints in the area of youth empowerment, which, he said, spread across the zone.||Anambra 2015; Senate; Okadigbo||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||"Jonathan’s Re-election In The Best Interest Of Nigeria"- Orji Kalu||Former Governor of Abia State and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has described the party as the only brand that can guarantee the welfare of Nigerians. He made this known while addressing a cross-section of PDP members based in Guangzhou at the Sheraton Guangzhou, China, yesterday. Kalu, who used the opportunity to commend President Jonathan’s efforts in tackling security challenges facing the country, stated that the issue of Boko Haram had been politicised.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||2015: "APC Will Be In Aso Rock"- Okorocha||Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has predicted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win the presidential election in 2015. Addressing APC Local Government party Chairmen from the 36 States, who gathered in Owerri to celebrate his 52nd birthday, Okorocha stressed the need for APC members to be aggressive in order to flush out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its members from power, adding that PDP’s time in the history of politics in the country was over. His words: “In 2015, APC will be in Aso Rock, we must be aggressive to drag PDP and its members out of Nigeria.”||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Daily Times News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||"I Am Committed To Reducing Corruption To The Barest Minimum"- Jonathan||President Goodluck Jonathan has reiterated his administration’s commitment to reducing corruption to the barest minimum in the country. Jonathan stated his commitment on Monday at the 2014 Annual National Management Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) in Warri, Delta themed:”Strengthening the Institutions of Nationhood: the Challenges of Management”. The President was represented by Mr Yemi Adelekun, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation at the two-day event.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan||http://www.dailytimes.
|Daily Post News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Ndigbo Accuses Jega Of Northern Agenda, Urges Jonathan To Sack Him||President of Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria (NCSN) Chief Udo Udeogaranya has called on President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly to order an immediate sack of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Athahiru Jega. The group said its call became necessary to forestall a situation whereby Nigeria is plunged into political crisis that will ultimately implode the country. NCSN in a statement yesterday accused Jega of creating additional polling units (PU) that was primarily designed to make Northerners kingmakers in Nigeria’s presidential elections.||Nigeria 2015; Ndigbo; INEC; Polling Units; Jega||http://dailypost.ng/
|Daily Post News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||APC To Use Non-Party Members In Screening Buhari, Atiku, Others||Following the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015 presidential election, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has begun the process for the emergence of its candidate, as the party has finalized plans to raise a committee that would screen its presidential aspirants. Those believed to be vying for the party’s ticket to preside over the country include former Head of State, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; erstwhile Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State and the Publisher of Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah. The screening committee soon to be constituted by the APC leadership will parade “eminent Nigerians,” who will assess the presidential hopefuls and recommend who among them is best suited for the party’s ticket.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Daily Post News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Demand For Apa State Must Not Stop Idoma From Ruling Contesting Benue Governorship Election||Former Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi and governorship aspirant in the forthcoming election in Benue State, Dr. Mathias Oyigeya has stated that the Idoma community must not wait until Apa State is created before it governs Benue State. Oyigeya, an alumni of the University of Calabar, said he is ready to break the jinx of Idoma’s endless quest for governorship stool in Benue State after 38 years. Apparently responding to a recent statement credited to Senate President and kinsman, David Mark where he told the Idomas to forget ruling Benue State in 2015, adding that that would only be possible if Apa State is created.||Benue 2015; Idoma; Apa State; Oyigeya||http://dailypost.ng/
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||2015: CJN Calls For Appointment Of More Judges||Ahead of the general elections, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloma Muktar, yesterday called for the appointment of more judges saying it would help towards expediting the dispensation of justice in the country. The CJN who made the request while flagging-off the 2014/2015 legal year of the Supreme Court, equally decried the high ratio of remanded prisoners or awaiting trial inmates in Nigeria as alarming, a situation she said could be linked to an inefficient judiciary.||Nigeria 2015; Judiciary; CJN||8|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||"I’m Disposed To Return To PDP"- Imo APGA Chieftain||The strong man of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State, Chief Martins Agbaso, yesterday said he is favourably disposed to return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which he helped to build at its inception. Agbaso made his feelings known when he played host to a high-powered reconciliation committee of the PDP, led by Senator Hope Uzodinma, at his Ezedibia, Emekuku country home.||Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||14|
|Nation Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||INEC Extends Voter Registration In FCT, 11 States||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the phase II of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise by seven days in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 11 States. The extension which started from yesterday till September 28th, is at the Local Government level of each State. The phase II involves the FCT, Anambra, Bauchi, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Kwara, Ondo, Oyo, Sokoto and Yobe.||Nigeria 2015; INEC; Continuous Voter’s Registration (CVR); Phase II||5|
|Guardian Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Governor Akpabio Charges Youths On Governance And Development||Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Goodswill Akpabio has charged youths in the State to take responsibility for the governance and development in the State. The Governor who spoke on Sunday during an inter-dominational service to mark the 27th anniversary of the creation of the State and Nigeria’s 54th Independence Anniversary celebration with the theme "The God of All Grace" at the Ibom Hall Grounds, Uyo, said the youths must rise up and protect the uncommon transformation of the State because there must be maintenance and sustainability of the various infrastructure of the State.||Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party||86|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Taraba: Suntai, Acting Governor Face Impeachment||A "cabal" is trying to engineer the impeachment of both Taraba State Acting Governor Garba Umar and Governor Danbaba Suntai if a medical panel determines that the Governor is unfit to retake power, it was revealed yesterday. The plan is for both of them to be removed at the same time so that the unnamed "cabal" will seize power illegally, Umar said in an interview yesterday.||Taraba State; Impeachment; Governor; Acting Governor||1|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||"I Will Fight My Own War"- Governor Lamido||Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido has asked the opposition to fight its own war, saying he will his own battles in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Lamido spoke yesterday when he hosted a delegation of the PDP on a performance assessment tour in Dutse. He said though he was aggrieved with the party at a stage, he knew how to fight his battle within the party, noting that he would remain there despite challenges.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||3|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||"Southern Kaduna Will Vote PDP In 2015"- Bajoga||Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, has said the people of Southern Kaduna will vote candidates contesting the 2015 elections on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He said Southern Kaduna has always been a PDP base in the State and Nigeria since the return of democracy in 1999, adding that the voting pattern would remain unchanged in the 2015 elections.||Kaduna 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||APC Urged To Replicate Osun Victory In Adamawa Guber Poll||National leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been urged to replicate its strategies which led to the party’s victory in the Osun State governorship election in the forthcoming governorship by-election in Adamawa State. A group under the aegis of " Forum for the Patriotic Members of the APC" made the call in a statement issued yesterday and signed by the acting National Chairman Alh. Umar Jibo and National Secretary Musa Ogah Wakaso.||Adamawa 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||19|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Adamawa Guber: Fintiri May Not Cast Vote||The current siege occassioned by Boko Haram in parts of Adamawa State may prevent the Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, from casting his vote in Kirchinga Ward in Madagali Local Government Area in the forthcoming by-election in the State. Other prominent politicians that may face the same fate are the former Advisor to the President , Alhaji Ahmad Gulak, and former Deputy Governor of the State, Bala Ngilari who hails from the area.||Adamawa 2014; Insurgency||20|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||2015: Buhari Urged To Step Down For Atiku||A coalition of youth organizations in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States have appealed to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to consider contesting the position of President in the 2015 general elections on the platform of the APC. The groups also asked former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, to consider stepping down for the former Vice President to get the party’s ticket in the interest of justice and fair play.||Nigeria 2015; Atiku||20|
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||"Sambo Is Part Of Our Winning Team"- PDP||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it was satisfied with the working relationship between President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo, noting that the Vice President is part of the party’s winning team ahead of the 2015 election. A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, yesterday restated the overwhelming confidence of the party in a winning team that had transformed Nigeria in less than four years in office despite obvious challenges.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||"No Going Back On Impeachment"- Nasarawa Assembly||The Nasarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA) has restated its resolve to continue with its planned impeachment of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura even as the exercise has suffered legal technical hitches which forced the Investigative Panel set up to investigate their allegations to throw out the case for want of evidence. Reiterating the position of the Assembly, the House Committee Chairman on Information, Security and Special Duties, Mohammed Baba Ibaku, said the Assembly is not reconsidering its position on the impeachment and is ready to use all available means to see to it that their objective is fulfilled based on the grounds of their allegations.||Nasarawa State; House of Assembly; Impeachment; Governor||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||2015: See Me As New Atiku, Former VP Tells Nigerian||As aspirants jostle for presidential tickets in their various parties to contest the 2015 presidential election, former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has urged Nigerians to see him as a brand new politician refined to transform the country. Atiku who said this yesterday in an interactive session with journalists in Lagos said the period he has been out of power has given him the ample opportunity to study the challenges rocking the country and measures needed to solve the problems.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Supreme Court Affirms Obiano’s Election||The Supreme Court has upheld the victory of Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano in the November 2013 governorship election. The apex court in three separate judgements dismissed the appeals brought before it against the election of Governor Obiano by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Chris Ngige and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Tony Nwoye for lack of merits. In November 2013, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted governorship election in the State and declared Willie Obiano of APGA as the winner after scoring 180,178 votes. In the said election, Tony Nwoye of PDP polled 97,700 votes while Chris Ngige of APC polled 95,963 votes.||Anambra 2013; Supreme Court Of Nigeria||http://leadership.ng/
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||INEC Commences Distribution Of New Polling Units||In apparent defiance of Nigerians against the creation of 30,027 new polling units across the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Zamfara State, has inaugurated an 11-man committee saddled with the responsibility of reviewing existing polling units with a view to relocating existing ones where necessary, and allocating the additional 1,163 assigned the State out of the 30,027 newly created polling units in the country. However, the agitation against the creation of the extra polling units to the disadvantage of Southern States has continued with the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA) and other groups, calling for the resignation of the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and discontinuation of the distribution of the extra polling units.||Nigeria 2015; INEC; Polling Units||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Obuh Served Diligently, Qualified To Be Governor, Says Delta State SSG||The Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Mr. Ovuozorie Macaulay, has described a governorship aspirant in the State, Mr. Tony Obuh, as a near perfect gentleman who served the State diligently and qualified to govern the State, adding he has all it takes to manage a complex State like Delta. Macaulay who is also the Supervisory Coordinator, Isoko Federal Constituency of Project Obuh 2015, said: “Obuh always discharged his responsibilities with smiles on his face. He is someone you can trust with great responsibilities while you sleep, he is never tired and one without complaints.” The SSG was speaking on Sunday at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Agbor for a thanksgiving mass for Obuh’s voluntary retirement as Permanent Secretary from the State Civil Service after 32 years of service.||Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Violence In Court As Hearing Begins On Case Between Group And Fayose||The premises of the Ado-Ekiti High Court yesterday turned into a theatre of violence, as some youths suspected to be political thugs invaded the court and disrupted the trial of the Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose on his eligibility to contest the June 21 governorship election in the State. Even the trial Judge, Justice Segun Ogunyemi, narrowly escaped being lynched by the irate youths over what they called desperation for expeditious hearing of the case before Fayose would be sworn in on October 16. During the fracas, which lasted for several hours, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Chairman of Ado West Local Government Development Authority, Mr Sunday Ibitoye and one of the plaintiffs, Mr Adeniyi Ajakaye were beaten and chased out of the court promises, thereby leading to the abrupt termination of the hearing of the case.||Ekiti 2014; Fayose; Judiciary; Violence; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP); E-11||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||"There Is No Rift Between Governor Shettima And SSG"- Borno State Government||The Borno State Government yesterday said there was no rift between Governor, Kashim Shettima and the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda. According to a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Alhaji Abba Fugu, there was no truth in the media report that the two had irreconcilable differences. The statement read: “Borno State Government has noted with serious reservation, some media reports in recent days suggesting that the Secretary to the State Government, Jidda was getting ready to resign from the cabinet over purported disagreement between him and Shettima.” Fugu said such insinuation was baseless “however, some aspects of the Nigerian media revisited the issue yesterday, September 22, hence the need to issue this statement to put the records straight.” He said the initial action was not to take it serious but for “the avoidance of any doubt, Shettima and the Secretary to the Borno State Government have a perfect relationship that is evident to anyone conversant with happenings within the government."||Borno State Governor; SSG||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||3,340 APC Members Get N1000 Each For Joining PDP In Gombe||Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday in Deba town of Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Area of Gombe State, said they were given N1,000 each. The 3,340 APC members who dropped their membership cards in a move to join the PDP at the Deba township stadium according to their Spokesman, who is also the Local Government Organising Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Ali Aji, said they joined the PDP because they were no longer comfortable with the calibre of those leading the APC in the State under Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje, the immediate past Governor of the State. According to Mallam Adamu Aliyu Adamu from Deba Ward, “I joined the PDP from APC because I have the desire to join the party and I was given N1, 000 by those who mobilised us.” Another person who also decamped, Mohammed Umar from Balanga, said he joined because he saw some other people joining and was also given N1, 000.||Gombe 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC); Defection||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||"My Corruption Tag Is An Orchestrated Perception"- Atiku||A former Vice-President and front-line presidential aspirant in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has described the corruption tag foisted on him as an orchestrated perception resulting from unfounded corruption allegations against him. Atiku, who met with select journalists in Lagos yesterday, however added that despite being the most investigated public office holder at different times, not a single case of corruption has been established against him, stating that the perception was therefore at variance with what he truly represents. Atiku also dismissed the view that his chances as a presidential hopeful in the APC was tied to his ability to deliver Adamawa State during the October 11 governorship by-election in the State.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||"PDP Will Pull Down Tinubu’s Empire"- Adegbola Dominic||A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Dr. Adegbola Dominic, has said the party is ready to pull down the political empire of former Governor of the State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is a national leader of the All Progressives Congress. Dominic, who is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the PDP, said this on Monday at the party’s secretariat, where he met with leaders of the party to discuss his ambition. The 2011 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance said he was certain that the PDP would defeat the APC, which is fortified by Tinubu’s political empire, which has been in control of Lagos since 1999.||Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Obanikoro Knocks APC Over Murder Allegation||The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has berated the All Progressives Congress for linking him with the murder of a leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Azeez Asake. The Lagos State chapter of the APC had in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, accused two men, Ade Lawyer and Olokodona, of killing Asake, who is a member of the APC. It added that the assailants were loyalists of the Minister. Following Asake’s killing, his supporters were said to have embarked on a revenge mission, killing two others in Ebute Ero.||Lagos State; Violence; Obanikoro; People’s Democratic Party (PDP); All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 23rd September 2014||Bayelsa Kingdom Commends PDP For Endorsing Jonathan||The Epie Kingdom in Bayelsa State has expressed satisfaction with the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the Peoples Democratic Party candidate for the 2015 presidential election. The mood of the kingdom was conveyed by its paramount ruler, King Malla Sasime in a statement on Monday. According to him, allowing someone from a minority ethnic group to rule again is a sign that Nigerian politics is developing. The Monarch said the actions of the National Executive Council of the PDP; the party’s Governors’ Forum and members of its Board of Trustees should be commended for such a ‘giant step’.||Nigeria 2015; Bayelsa Monarch; President Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd September 2014||"Credible Elections May Prove To Be A Challenge In Adamawa"- Gundiri||A governorship aspirant in Adamawa State, Mrs. Markus Gundiri, has said that conducting a credible and peaceful election in the State may pose a challenge if the current insecurity in the area is not curtailed. Gundiri said in an interview with journalists in Abuja at the weekend that there are fears that many voters might be disenfranchised due to the insurgency in the State. He urged the Federal Government to go ahead and recapture towns besieged by Boko Haram, adding that “if the situation during the election remains the way it is today where the insurgents are still ravaging towns, then I do not see how elections could be held in the State.”||Adamawa 2014; Insurgency||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd September 2014||UPN To Field Candidate To Run Against Jonathan In 2015||Against all expectations, the newly-resuscitated Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) has said it will contest the 2015 presidential election. The leadership of the party previously founded by the respected Nationalist, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, has been regarded as a surrogate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), especially in the South-Western part of the country. However, in a communique issued at the end of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting last Friday in Abuja, UPN expressed its readiness to field a candidate for the presidential election, pegging the cost of nomination form at N5 million. The meeting, which was presided over by the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Dr. Manzo Abubakar, also made far reaching decisions on the structuring of the party and nomination of candidates for the 2015 elections.||Nigeria 2015; Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd September 2014||Group Urges APC To Make Atiku Its Presidential Candidate||As the 2015 general election draws closer, a political group, North Progressive Youths Movement (NPM), has urged the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to present the former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate to contest against the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan. Speaking with journalists shortly after the North-East rally in support of Atiku’s aspiration in Bauchi at the weekend, the National Coordinator of the group, Alhaji Babangida Muhammed Doma, opined that for the party to triumph in 2015, it needs to have a credible candidate like the former Vice-President who can get national acceptability.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd September 2014||INEC Dragged To Court Over Creation Of New Polling Units||Three men, one of whom claims he is aspiring to be President of Nigeria, have filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to nullify the 30,027 new polling centres recently created by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The plaintiffs, Ikogi Joseph from Bayelsa State, Odumegwu Chinedu from Anambra State and Omotoso Nicholas from Ekiti State, want the court to restrain INEC from giving effect to the new polling units. Aside from INEC, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation was also joined as a defendant. Their lawyer, Dr. Olukayode Olatoke (SAN) posed six questions for the determination by the court. All the questions queried the basis for the creation and the legality of the new polling centres recently announced by INEC. INEC and the AGF are yet to respond to the suit which was filed on September 10.||Nigeria 2015; Judiciary; Polling Units; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd September 2014||2015: Lawyers Ask Court To Stop Jonathan, Sambo||A Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to restrain the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from fielding President Goodluck Jonathan and his Vice, Namadi Sambo as presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the forthcoming 2015 presidential election. The plaintiffs, Mase Daphine Acho, Saeeq Umar Sarki (both lawyers) and Murtala Abubakar, said that Jonathan and Sambo were ineligible to be elected President and Vice-President respectively. This came as a political pressure group under the aegis of Operation Quarantine Ebola Political Parties-Jonathan/Sambo Tag-Team for 2015 (OQEPP/JSTT) has given Jonathan up till two weeks to declare his aspiration for next year’s election or face a legal action.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; Judiciary||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd September 2014||"Why I’m Missing The PDP Reconciliation Meeting Today"- Kalu||As the reconciliation committee set up by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to resolve the crisis between some personalities in the State is holding in Abia State today, a former Governor of the State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday expressed regret that he would not be attending the meeting. Kalu, in a message sent from his iPad, said he was in faraway China. He pledged his support for the reconciliation exercise, “not only in Abia State, but in all parts of the country where such is necessary,” adding that “I salute our party leaders past and present, and urge them to count on my support and goodwill at all times.”||Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd September 2014||"President Jonathan Yet To Accept Whether To Contest 2015 Elections"- PDP||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that despite its unanimous endorsement of President Gooodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential poll on the ticket of the party, the President is yet to formally declare his intention to contest the election. Making this known yesterday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, clarified that the fate of Vice-President Namadi Sambo as Jonathan’s running mate rested on the President, who is yet to officially inform the party that he would accept the offer.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd September 2014||Yuguda Backs Jonathan, Supports October Deadline To End Insurgency||Bauchi State Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda, has expressed his unflinching support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent declaration of a deadline to finally stem insurgency in the country by mid October. Yuguda described the target as attainable, calling on Nigerians to support the President. The President set the deadline in Abuja last Thursday at the 66th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in reaction to fresh attacks by the Boko Haram sect which he described as a secessionist agenda.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||PDP Governorship Primaries: 8 Ministers May Quit In Weeks||At least eight Ministers are expected to resign their appointments within the next four weeks to enable them join the races for governorship tickets of the People’s Democratic Party in their respective States, Daily Trust has learnt. This followed last week’s release of the PDP guidelines for primaries ahead of the 2015 general elections.||Nigeria 2015; Ministers; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||1|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||"No Automatic Ticket For Govs, Lawmakers"- PDP||The People’s Democratic Party says it will not adopt first term Governors as sole candidates on its platform for the 2015 general elections. This is following the adoption of President Jonathan as the party’s sole presidential candidate. The Publicity Secretary of the Party, Olisa Metuh told journalists in Abuja yesterday that the gesture might not be extended to Governors and Members of the National Assembly.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||3|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||2015: Jonathan Urged To Reject PDP’s Endorsement||A coalition of pro democracy groups known as the National Coalition Against Fraudulent Politicians has called on President Jonathan to reject his endorsement as the sole presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party for the 2015 elections. The group in a joint statement yesterday by its leaders, said accepting such endorsement would backfire on the President.||Nigeria 2015; NCAFP||5|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||Kwara 2015: Gbemi Saraki Set To Declare For Governor||Daughter of Second Republic Senate Leader, Olusola Saraki; Senator Gbemisola Saraki is set to declare her interest to contest the governorship ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, Daily Trust learnt. Gbemi, by the time she declares, will be slugging it out with more than 10 other aspirants eyeing the PDP ticket.||Kwara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||APC Presidential Candidate To Emerge December 2nd||The All Progressives Congress (APC) is billed to hold its national convention on December 2nd to elect its presidential candidate. The timetable of the election signed by the National Organizing Secretary and the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Osita Isunazo and Lai Mohammed respectively, shows that the sale of expression of interest form for presidential aspirants will start October 6th and end October 19th.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||APC Warns Against Postponing 2015 Elections||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned against any plan to postpone the 2015 general elections. The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said those who are flying the kite of pushing forward the election ostensibly because the nation is at war are trying to imperil the nation’s democracy.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||20|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||"I Did Not Downplay Adamawa’s Security Challenges"- Boni Haruna||Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna, has debunked the statement credited to the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Vice Chairman (Noth-East) Babachair David Lawal which quoted the Minister as saying "Adamawa is peaceful". Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, Haruna said it is unfortunate that some people would want to make political capital out of the security challenges in the North-East and the forthcoming Adamawa State governorship election, saying the bad news for such people is that they have completely missed the point. Haruna said he was quoted out of context.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||20|
|Nation News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||2015: South-West PDP In A Dilemma||In spite of unending calls by the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on its members nationwide to commence earnest preparation towards the 2015 general elections, the South-West zonal chapter of the ruling party appears to be slipping deeper into crisis by the day. Currently, the PDP in the zone is enmeshed in a leadership crisis that has pitched the current Zonal Chairman against some prominent chieftains of the party within the zone. All efforts, including moves by the national leadership, to douse the fire ignited by the fresh wave of disagreements, according to party sources, have proven abortive. The implication of the situation is that the party, which is seeking to build on its victory at the Ekiti gubernatorial election by winning more States come 2015, is left without a leadership ahead of the forthcoming elections.||Nigeria 2015; South-West; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://thenationonlineng.
|Nation News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||"We Need Level-Playing Field In APC"- Ajanaku||House of Representatives aspirant Otunba Rotimi Ajanaku has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) to provide a level-playing ground for aspirants. The aspirant, who is eyeing the Ibadan Southwest /Northwest Constituency slot, told Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi at Ibadan that only equity, fair play and justice can sustain the party. Declaring his ambition at the Governor’s residence, Ajanaku, who organised a rally to mark his declaration described the APC as a popular party that should be nurtured by justice. He appealed to the Governor to prevail on the party leaders to provide a level playing field for aspirants, stressing that APC will wax stronger by conducting transparent primaries. Ajanaku reiterated his loyalty to the party, saying that he has no plan to defect to another party.||Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://thenationonlineng.
|Nation News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||Ekiti 2015: Ola, Rasaki, Arise For Senate||Senator Bode Ola, Senator Ayo Arise, and Hon. Lateefat Rasaki are eyeing senatorial slots in Ekiti in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ola and Rasaki are from Ekiti Central District. Also warming up for primaries in the District are Mr. Kayode Alufa from Ijero, and Lateef Ajijola from Ado-Ekiti. In the North, Arise, a PDP chieftain, and Oluranti Adebisi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are in the race. In the South, Senator Akinyede is also said to be in the race. Ola, who has been endorsed by stakeholders, urged the party to remain steadfast and committed to the welfare of the people. The Governor-elect, Mr. Ayo Fayose, who raised his hand up in Ado, the State capital, described him as a good material and dependable chieftain.||Ekiti 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://thenationonlineng.
|Nation News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||Ibibio Elders Back Emmanuel For Akwa Ibom State Governor||A group, the Ibibio Elders’ Forum, has endorsed the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG), Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for next year’s governorship election. The forum said the aspirant will defend the growth, unity and development of the State. The forum is made up of elders from Ibibioland. It explained that Emmanuel is a humble and committed administrator. When some of the elders visited the SSG in his office at Uyo, the State capital, they urged him to declare his intention to run for the office. They said Emmanuel has lived up to expectation as a technocrat before he was appointed as the SSG.||Akwa Ibom 2015; People’s Democratic Party||http://thenationonlineng.
|Vanguard News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||Rivers 2015: Respect Existing Rivers Guber Rotation, Pax Harry Warns||A political bigwig in Rivers State, Dr. Pax Harry, has warned against attempts by any of the political parties to tamper with the existing political formula that rotates its governorship between the upland and riverine parts of the State. Harry who spoke with journalists in Abuja, weekend, said that it was the turn of the Kalabari-speaking people of the State to produce the next Governor in 2015, having not produced one since the creation of the State in 1967. Harry, who was a member of the Justice Kayode Esho-led Rivers Truth and Reconciliation Commission, pointed out that it would be wrong for the upland part of the State to attempt to preside over the affairs of the State after Dr. Peter Odili and Rotimi Amaechi might have held sway for 16 years.||Rivers 2015; Kalabari; Rotation; Pax Harry||http://www.vanguardngr.
|Vanguard News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||PDP, APC Bicker Over Alleged Plan To Cause Mayhem In Osun||Osun State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, weekend, traded words over alleged plan to cause mayhem and make the State ungovernable. While the APC accused PDP of planning to cause “sustained mayhem” across the State to make the State ungovernable for Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the PDP said it knew nothing about such plans, but only interested in reclaiming alleged mandate given to its candidate in the August 9 governorship election. The APC in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi in Osogbo, claimed that the party got the intelligence reports through insider sources within the PDP.||Osun 2014; Violence; People’s Democratic Party (PDP) All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.
|Vanguard News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||2015: Balewa’s Son Steps Out To Challenge Jonathan||A son of Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa, Dr. Abduljalil Tafawa Balewa, has formally thrown his hat into the ring to contest the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP with President Goodluck Jonathan.The development came despite a warning by the party yesterday to all party members to refrain from seeking the presidency following the decision of the major organs of the party to adopt the incumbent president as sole candidate of the party.||Nigeria 2015; Tafawa Balewa; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.vanguardngr.
|Vanguard News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||"North Won’t Vote For Jonathan In 2015"- Atiku||Former Vice-President and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, at the weekend in Lagos, said the North would not vote for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 presidential election, claiming PDP had done nothing to attract votes from Nigerians. At an interactive session with selected youths, he insisted that he would support whoever emerged presidential candidate of APC if he did not get the ticket, but expressed doubts on the ability of the Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria, INEC, to conduct a free and fair election.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.vanguardngr.
|Vanguard News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||"Lack Of Internal Democracy Bane Of PDP, APC"- Mantu||Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ibrahim Mantu has admitted that both the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC lack internal democracy. According to him, it is sad that party members are forced to wait in the sun without food to express their voting rights, only to discover at the end of the day that their votes do not count. Mantu in a chat with journalists weekend, said he was now a born again politician who had left the past behind.||Nigeria 2015; Mantu||http://www.vanguardngr.
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||APC Applauds INEC Over Readiness To Conduct Poll||The All Progressives Conngress (APC) yesterday applauded the authorities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its resolve to conduct elections inspite of the ongoing security challenges the country is faced with.||Nigeria 2015; INEC; All Progressives Congress (APC)||5|
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||Plateau INEC Expresses Preparedness For 2015 Elections||The Plateau State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Habu Zarma, has indicated the Commission’s commitment to conduct a free, fair and just elections in the 2015 general elections. He added that the Commission will also ensure equity, neutrality and credibility in the exercise. Zarma who was addressing stakeholders about INEC’s preparedness towards next year’s elections said the electoral body is poised towards ensuring greater participation by the citizens by providing a level playing field for all participants.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||84|
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||Kwara Labour Party Sure Of Victory In 2015 Elections||Kwara State chapter of Labour Party (LP) have boasted of their capability to win the election in the State. Spokesman for the party, Alhaji Adebayo Salaudeen at a press briefing in Ilorin, said they would mobilize all the categories of workers across the State to see the LP as the only party that could meet their democratic expectations.||Kwara 2015; Labour Party (LP)||84|
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||"APC Will Not Be A Dumping Ground For PDP Rejects"- Enugu APC||The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the party will not be used as a dumping ground for politicians rejected by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections. It denied any dealings with the impeached Deputy Governor of the State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, saying that he, Onyebuchi, has not approached the party.||Enugu 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||85|
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||Rochas Okorocha Sacks Eleven More Aides||A few days after Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State relieved six of his Commissioners of their posts to enable them pursue their political careers, eleven more of his Aides comprising Special Advisers and Transition Committee Chairmen in the Local Councils have also lost their jobs, in order to enable them contest elective positions in their councils according to a statement signed by Okorocha’s Principal Secretary, Dr. Pascal Obi.||Imo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||85|
|Guardian Newspaper||Monday 22nd September 2014||Ahead of 2015, NUJ Cautions Politicians On Utterances||The Nigerian Union of Journalists has called on politicians to desist from making inflammatory statements that could heat up the polity ahead of the 2015 general elections. In a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Benin City, Edo State capital, journalists also commended the Federal Government, Lagos and Rivers State governments on their handling of the Ebola Virus.||Nigeria 2015; Nigerian Union Journalists (NUJ)||86|
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd September 2014||2015: Youth Groups Back Jonathan’s Endorsement||The adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole standard bearer of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next year’s presidential election has continued to elicit positive reactions right to the grassroots level as hundreds of youths held a rally at the weekend in support of the endorsement. The rally in support of President Jonathan’s candidacy was held at Isiala Ngwa in Abia State less than 48 hours after the National Executive Council (NEC) of PDP, the party’s Governors and the Board of Trustees (BoT) took the bold decision to adopt Mr. President as the party’s sole candidate. President of Zepuo Youth Movement (ZYM), a pro-PDP youth organisation, which organised the rally, Uche Ike, told journalists that the rally was prompted by the “wise decision” by the national leadership of PDP to adopt President Jonathan as the sole candidate.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday 22nd September 2014||2015: Wamakko And I Are Indebted To Jonathan||Sokoto State Deputy Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader in the State, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari, yesterday said he and Governor Aliyu Wamakko were indebted to President Goodluck Jonathan and had no option than to support his 2015 re-election bid. Shagari made the assertion yesterday, while addressing the party supporters at a North-West town hall meeting organised by the Jonathan Actualisation Movement (JAM), held at the Giginya Hotel, Sokoto. According to him, Wamakko owes President Jonathan a debt of gratitude by supporting his re-election bid in 2015 rather than condemnation. He noted that in 2011, Jonathan raised Wamakko’s hand at the Trade Fair Complex Sokoto and urged the people to vote for him.
Shagari emphasised that it was now time for them to pay Jonathan back for the support given to them three years ago.
|Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||Emir Of Kano Visits Tinubu, Oba Of Lagos||The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has paid two separate courtesy calls on the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Babatunde Akiolu I. Sources close to the APC leader who spoke with LEADERSHIP yesterday on condition of anonymity said the Emir was on a thank you visit to the duo, following the role they played in his emergence as the revered Kano Monarch. The source added that Emir Sanusi visited Oba Akiolu on Saturday and paid another visit to Tinubu at his Ikoyi residence yesterday.||Nigeria 2015; Emir Of Kano; Tinubu; Oba of Lagos||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||Osun Election Petition Tribunal: Aregbesola Hires Eight SANs||Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has hired eight Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) to defend him over the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore. The SANs include Chief Akin Olujinmi , Rotimi Akeredolu, Prof Yemi Osinbayo, Kola Awodein, Femi Falana, Kemi Pinhenro, Segun Ajibola. The development came just as the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) State has filed a 257-page reply against the petition of the Omisore on the August 9, governorship election in Osun State. The APC, which is the second respondent in the petition, also filed written statements of 600 witnesses yesterday. Omisore is challenging the re-election of Aregbesola, claiming that the election was marred with fraud.||Osun 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||Remain With PDP, Mark Tells Constituents||Senate President David Mark has told his constituents to remain steadfast with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2015 general elections, just as he assured them that he would declare his political aspiration in due time. Addressing youth leaders from Ado Local Government Area in his Otukpo country home, Benue State, yesterday, Mark said he was yet to declare his intention but would make his decision known in due course, after due consultation with various stakeholders, and in accordance with the PDP guideline.||Nigeria 2015; Senate President; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||"Only Jonathan Can Decide Sambo’s Fate"- PDP||The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said only President Goodluck Jonathan could decide if Vice President Namadi Sambo will be on the presidential ticket of the party in 2015. The party also passed a subtle warning to party members who intend to contest the adoption of President Jonathan at the party primaries on December 6. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja, which unveiled plans by the party’s publicity team to conduct a nation-wide media tour of projects by the party across the States since 1999.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||"My Priority Is To Unite Nigeria"- Nda-Isiah||The founder of LEADERSHIP Group and 2015 presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, has said that he is in the race to unite the country. Nda-Isaiah disclosed this when he granted audience to the members of a think-tank group, the Broom Initiative, who paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Abuja at the weekend. Nda-Isaiah said he played a leading role in uniting the different parties to form the APC because he believed that Nigeria was better together and that only a strong, united platform could dislodge the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) next year.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||"PDP Is Not A Democratic Party"- Governor Kwankwaso||The fact that stakeholders of the PDP recently endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan to contest as flag bearer of the party in the 2015 election is further testimony to the undemocratic stance of the party, Kano State Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has said. He said this while receiving reports from committees sent out to the 36 States of the federation for consultation on calls for him to contest the presidency come 2015, at Africa House, Kano Government House, on Saturday.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Punch News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||"Jonathan Won’t Interfere With Osun Election Tribunal"- PDP||The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has said President Goodluck Jonathan will not interfere with the activities of the Election Petitions Tribunal that is deliberating on the petition filed by the party to challenge the result of the August 9 governorship election in the State. The PDP and its candidate in the governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, in their petition to the Tribunal had claimed that they could prove that the election was manipulated in 17 out of 31 Local Government Areas of the State.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||Three Killed As PDP, APC Supporters Clash In Lagos||At least three people lost their lives in Lagos Island on Saturday and Sunday after members of the All Progressives Congress and members of the Peoples Democratic Party clashed. Our correspondent learnt that trouble started immediately after President Goodluck Jonathan and other PDP National Leaders ended a rally at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday. It was learnt that some boys known as the Abija group, attacked and killed a chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Azeez Asake. Two of the assailants identified as Olokodana and Ade Lawyer were said to have led the attack on the deceased. The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressive Congress said Olokodana and Ade Lawyer were supporters of the Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro. The APC in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said Obanikoro’s boys also killed one Wasiu Lawal in Ajah last week. On Sunday afternoon, however, two PDP youths were allegedly killed by APC youths in Ebute Ero in retaliation of Asake’s murder. It was learnt that it took a combined team of policemen from several formations to restore peace in the area. All attempts to reach Obanikoro proved abortive as he was said to have travelled out of the country. Similarly, his Media Aide, Godwin Ohimai, could not be reached on phone. However, an Aide to Obanikoro, who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, denied the former Senator’s involvement in the alleged crime.||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||"New Polling Units Will Aid Systematic Rigging"- Senator Lekan Balogun||Chairman, Board of Trustees of Nigeria for Change, Senator Lekan Balogun, has described the creation of additional polling units by the Independent National Electoral Commission as a channel for rigging the 2015 general elections. He said it would also distort the statistics of the National Planning Commission, thereby making census activities and future planning difficult. The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain in Oyo State, who spoke at an event organised in Ibadan by the group to sensitise Nigerians on the need for change of attitude in the political class, said the creation of more polling units and the concentration of the polling units in the North was an example of autocratic tendency of INEC, challenging its Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to wash himself clean and restore the electorates’ hope for a free and fair election in 2015.||Nigeria 2015; Polling Units; Lekan Balogun||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||Group Clamours For Christian Governor In Lagos||A non-governmental organisation, the Christian Conscience Group, has called for the emergence of a Christian as the next Governor of Lagos State in the 2015 general elections. National Chairman of the CCG, Chief Enoch Ajiboso, said this at the inauguration of the Lagos-East Senatorial district of the organisation on Thursday, according to a statement. Ajiboso, while calling on Christians to actively participate in politics because it was not an ungodly act, called on public office holders across all levels to shun corruption and put the welfare of the people they are serving ahead of all other things.||Lagos 2015; Christian Conscience Group||http://www.punchng.com
|Leadership News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||Kaduna APC Chieftains Kick Against El-rufa’I’s Nomination As BOT Member||Kaduna State chieftain and gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Salihu Mohammed Lukman and other stakeholders of the party have expressed displeasure at the nomination of Mallam Nasir el-Rufai as a member of the party’s Board of Trustees representing Kaduna State, describing it as undemocratic. According to the aggrieved party members, it is against the party’s constitution for the State Chairman and Secretary to make such nomination without consulting with other relevant stakeholders and the State Executive of the party on who should represent the State as member of APC BoT. Alhaji Lukman who is also the Director General of the APC Governors’ Forum, and the other party chieftains from the State made their position known while addressing newsmen in Kaduna at the weekend.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Punch News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||"Mimiko Exploiting Civil Servants"- APC||The All Progressives Congress, Ondo State chapter, has berated the Ondo State Government for exploiting unpaid civil servants in the State to the tune of N2, 000 each, as a precondition to obtain a social welfare card known as Kaadi Igbe Ayo. The party in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, said the project was another means of extorting money from members of the public, which it said was common in the Governor Olusegun Mimiko administration.||Ondo 2016; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Monday 22nd September 2014||Tinubu Is Awolowo’s Successor, Says Ogunnusi||The Deputy Chairman, Committee on Finance at the House of Representatives, Mr. Yomi Ogunnusi, has likened former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to the late Premier of the defunct Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Ogunnusi said Tinubu wielded influence in the South-West just like Awolowo did when he was alive. He also noted that just like Awolowo, Tinubu was able to build a strong opposition against the ruling Peoples Democratic Party since 1999. The lawmaker said this while responding to the speculations surrounding the health of Tinubu.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 21st September 2014||Jonathan Is Committed To Your Security, Uzodinma Tells Ndigbo||Chairman of the Mobilisation Committee Ohanaeze Ndi’Igbo, Senator Hope Uzodimma, has assured the Igbo-speaking people living in any part of Nigeria that President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to the security of their lives and property. Speaking at a meeting of the apex Igbo socio-political body and Igbo leaders from 19 States of the country in Abuja at the weekend, Uzodimma urged the people to live without fear or molestation as the President had put in security necessary to protect them. He urged them to live in peace with their neighbours and to always alert security agencies any time their security was threatened instead of resorting to taking the law into their own hands.||Nigeria 2015; Uzodinma; Ndigbo||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 21st September 2014||Embrace Peace, Bankole Appeals To Party Members||Following division in the Ogun State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole has appealed to party members to embrace peace as the 2015 general elections gets closer. Bankole, who spoke in Ijebu Igbo area of the State during his Local Government Council’s tour, blamed the party’s 2011 electoral misfortunes on the party’s division. According to him, “the opposition party was able to get victory in 2011 because we had some crack holes, too many factions. I will work hard to make sure that the mistake is not repeated in the coming elections.”||Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 21st September 2014||Katsina APC Members Endorse Yaradua For Governor||The stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Katsina Central senatorial district and Daura district have endorsed Senator Sadiq Abubakar Yar’Adua to contest the governorship seat in the coming 2015 general elections. The endorsement of Yar’Adua by the party stakeholders took place recently in Katsina when a delegation of the stakeholders led by Alhaji Abdu Sarkin Shanu and Alhaji Hamza met Senator Sadiq Yaradua in his residence. The APC stakeholder’s delegation noted that the request by the people of the Senatorial District was made after considering laudable developmental projects initiated by the Senator and also with his vast experience in the political workings of the State.||Katsina 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Sunday 21st September 2014||Kwara 2015: "Ahmed Deserves Re-election"- Group||A former Liaison Officer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), North-Central in the UK, Yemi Kolawole, who recently joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the APC Governors for providing visionary leadership for Nigeria. Kolawole, in an e-mail press statement to THISDAY stated that the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, will be re-elected in 2015 due to his “immense achievements” in infrastructural and human development, noting that the same factor worked for the re-election of Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, recently.||Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Saturday 20th September 2014||Group Commends PDP For Endorsing President Jonathan As Sole Candidate||A group, the Concerned PDP Democrats, has commended the National Executive Committee (NEC), Board of Trustees (BoT), the National Assembly Caucus of PDP and the party’s Governors’ Forum for endorsing President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the party for the 2015 presidential election. Also, another pro-Jonathan group called Jonathanians in a statement by its Director of Campaigns; Charles Jiduwa also commended the ruling party for adopting Jonathan as its candidate in 2015. The group called on the party to use the opportunity of the planned national convention of PDP to constitutionalise the right of first refusal to reduce acrimony for a sitting President to seek a second term in office.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Daily Times News Online||Saturday 20th September 2014||Delta 2015: "Olejeme Is Governorship Material"- Jolomi Uduaghan||To fully appreciate the potential inherent in Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, the people of Delta State need to invest more in her, they need to give her maximum support to be Governor of the State in 2015, says Mr. Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan. Oritsejolomi Uduaghan, cousin of the current Governor of the State and Director General, Olejeme Campaign Organization said the giant strides recorded by Dr. Olejeme in Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, Subsidy Re-Investment Program (SURE-P) and Trust Fund Pensions PLC were evidence that she is capable of transforming Delta State if she has the opportunity of being Governor.||Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytimes.
|Daily Times News Online||Saturday 20th September 2014||Vote Wisely, Kumuyi Advises Nigerians||General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor Williams Kumuyi, has prophesied that Nigeria will soon overcome her challenges. Speaking shortly after he arrived in Osogbo, capital of Osun State for a three-day crusade late Thursday evening, Pastor Kumuyi said with corporate prayers, faith and unity, Nigeria will triumph over insurgency. He however called on Nigerians to vote wisely whenever it is time to elect leaders at all levels of government, adding that Nigerians have roles to play towards achieving the desired growth and development of the nation.||Nigeria 2015; Kumuyi||http://www.dailytimes.
|Daily Times News Online||Saturday 20th September 2014||Insecurity: Atiku Blasts Jonathan||Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Friday derided Goodluck Jonathan’s record on security, vowing that Boko Haram could be crushed easily if politicians chose to do so.Abubakar, who was vice president under Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007, is looking to win the presidential ticket for the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) at next year’s vote.
In an interview, he accused Jonathan and his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of lacking the political will to end the insurgency, which has killed thousands since 2009.
|Nigeria 2015; Insecurity; All Progressives Congress (APC); President Jonathan||http://www.dailytimes.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th September 2014||Enugu: Ekweremadu’s Kinsmen Ask Chime To Contest For Senate Seat||Ahead of the 2015 general elections, elders and traditional title holders in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State yesterday asked Governor Sullivan Chime to contest the Enugu West Senatorial seat presently occupied by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. Speaking during a solidarity visit to the Governor at the Government House, Enugu, the elders who operate under the umbrella of “Ndi Nze N’ Ozo Awgu Egbeleli" said their decision to support the Governor to go to the Senate at the expiration of his term was influenced by the achievements he had recorded as Governor. Awgu is one of the three Councils that make up Awgu/Aninri/Oji-River Federal Constituency, where Ekweremadu comes from. Led by their Traditional Prime Minister, Chief Stephen Onuoha and the Chairman of Awgu Local Government Council, Mr Mathanus Nze, said they would mobilise their people to ensure that the project was realised.||Enugu 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th September 2014||"Insurgency Can’t Stop Elections In North-East"- Jega||In what appeared to be a change of mind, the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commisssion (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday dismissed insinuations that elections might not hold in the troubled North-Eastern part of the country, arguing that if elections could hold in more volatile countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the case of Nigeria and the North-East in particular could not be different. Jega had told a National Assembly Committee last year the possibility of conducting elections in States under emergency rule was zero, arguing that it would be outrightly difficult if not impossible to conduct elections in States prone to insecurity. But, while appearing before the Senate Committee on INEC, Jega said that despite the precarious security situation in the area, elections could still hold in the three States of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno, especially as the country’s security forces were on top of the situation.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Friday 19th September 2014||South-South APC Vows To Resist Any Threat On Amaechi||The National Vice-Chairman, South-South of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hilliard Etagbo Eta, has said the party will do everything possible to halt the alleged threat to the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, by the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. Speaking to journalists in Abuja yesterday, the APC chieftain alleged that at the beginning of the altercation between the Governor and the President’s wife, agents of the Federal Government had used the then State Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu, to harass him (Amaechi) and his political associates.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||Boni Haruna Under Attack For Endorsing Jonathan||The National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for North East, Mr. David Babachir Lawal has berated the Minister of Youth, Boni Haruna, for asking Nigerians to support President Goodluck Jonathan. The Minister, at a pro-Jonathan rally on Tuesday, reportedly said “There is peace in the country and there is no need to ask the man (Jonathan) to leave the scene,” In a statement he personally signed, Lawal said he “Never would have thought that you, Mr Boni Haruna, yourself a refugee in Abuja, with thousands of your own kinsmen being daily butchered by Boko Haram and with thousands of the youths either brutally murdered, taken into captivity or displaced, I do not see what business you, a Minister of Youth Development has with that rally.” The APC chieftain asked the Minister where he would return to after Jonathan’s tenure next year.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||2015: "APC Will Effectively Secure And Manage Nigeria"- Buhari||Former Head of State and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, General Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in Sokoto insisted that should APC win the 2015 Presidency, the insecurity and other crimes against humanity currently on the rise in Nigeria will be a thing of the past. Buhari, who spoke while on a two-day working visit to the State, assured that the APC would not only secure but effectively manage Nigeria, since it has become obvious that the Federal Government has shown no concern for the safety of lives and property of its citizenry through its lack of political will to end the insurgency rocking the North-Eastern part of the country. Buhari said that, had the Federal Government deployed the number of security personnel it deployed for the governorship election in Osun State to the North- East, the insurgents would have been crushed by now.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||Senate Okays INEC’s Additional Polling Units||The Senate Committee on Electoral Matters yesterday approved the controversial plan to create additional polling units across the country ahead of the 2015 elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). INEC had recently announced the plan to create the additional polling units to decongest over-populated voting centres, but the move had generated controversy as politicians from the South alleged that the arrangement was done to favour the North. Dispelling the notion, however, the INEC chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, who appeared before the Senate Committee on Electoral Matters, insisted that the exercise was not done to favour any candidate, political party, or section of the country. Explaining further, he stressed that when the additional 30,000 polling units are created, it will make the conduct of the 2015 elections easier and the results could be announced earlier than 48 hours as done in 2011.||Nigeria 2015; Senate; INEC||http://leadership.ng/
|Punch News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||APC Is Lying About Tinubu’s Health, Says PDP||The Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday urged residents to pray for the quick recovery of the former Governor and National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is said to be ill and had travelled for treatment to a London hospital. The PDP also urged Tinubu’s family and the Lagos State Government to be honest about the state of health of the former Governor. In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, the party said Lagosians were interested in knowing the true state of health of the former Governor “whose medical bill is being paid with their taxes.”||Lagos 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||"No Political Party Has Plan For Education"- Peter Obi||A former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has lamented the decay in the education sector, insisting that no political party in the country has a framework for education. The All Progressives Grand Alliance leader said this at the 2014 Founder’s Day Lecture which was held in commemoration of the 105th anniversary of King’s College in Lagos on Thursday. The former Governor added that one of the reasons why Nigeria’s standard of education was low was not because of lack of funds but the government’s inability to effectively monitor the usage of funds which goes into the pockets of third parties instead of the schools that need them. He boasted that he discontinued the trend in Anambra State and the State came first in WASSCE nationwide.||Nigeria 2015; Education; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||"We’re Expecting 5000 PDP Members"- Kogi APC||A former Governor of Kogi State, Mr. Abubakar Audu, has stated that the All Progressives Congress in the State is prepared to receive over 5,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party that will defect on September 22. Among them are a former acting Governor, Chief Clarence Olafemi, and a former Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Mr. Bello Abdullahi. Others are Chief John Odawn, who was the State Chairman of the PDP for nine years; four serving members of the State House of Assembly and nine former Local Government Chairmen. Audu said this while reacting to the comments credited to a leader of the APC in Kogi State, Mr. James Ocholi (SAN), that the party was in serious crisis.||Kogi 2015; Defection; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||Why Lagosians Can’t Accept PDP, By APC||Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that “the State cannot accept a PDP leadership in 2015 because of cases of corruption, impunity, and illegality being pepetrated by the party”. The party said having had a responsible, proactive and transparent government, it would be suicidal for Lagos residents to desire a party like the PDP “noted only for corruption, stealing through many guises and impunity”. This was contained in a statement in Lagos on Thursday by State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Joe Igbokwe.||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||"2015 Elections Must Hold"- Tambuwal||Aminu Tambuwal. Speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday 18th September 2014, said that despite the security challenges the country was experiencing, elections must hold in 2015. Tambuwal’s statement comes on the heels of controversies generated by the “election is not on the table now” statement credited to Senate President David Mark. He said, “I firmly believe we can go into elections in 2015; elections in 2015 should be held.What we need to do is to address insurgency before the elections and encourage soldiers to do the needful,” Tambuwal stated at a meeting with a delegation of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) at the National Assembly.||Nigeria 2015; Speaker House of Representatives||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||Atiku Condemns PDP’s Nomination Of Jonathan As Its Sole Candidate||Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has condemned the nomination of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Atiku who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC told CHANNELS TV that some PDP Governors will join the APC in protest over the decision to make President Jonathan the sole presidential candidate of the party. Atiku also said that President Jonathan does not stand a chance against the APC .||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||Tinubu Returns, Says "I Never Needed Panadol"||National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, finally returned to Nigeria on Thursday evening after weeks of speculation over his health. “I’m alive and well,” he told reporters on his arrival. “I am as fit as a fiddle." There was nothing wrong with me. I never needed Panadol, except when I visited my friend, the dentist. It’s very shocking and disheartening. I planned this vacation long ago.” He left the country early August, first going to the US before heading for UK.||Nigeria 2015; Tinubu; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||Edo PDP Calls For The Resignation Of APC Excos For Allegedly Wasting N428 Million State Funds||The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has called on Leaders of the State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC to resign their positions for allegedly wasting N428million State funds. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State has called for the resignation of Mr. Anslem Ojeizua, the All Progressives Congress, APC, State Chairman, the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Godwin Erhahon and the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Louis Odion for what it described as their willful distortion of facts about the waste of government resources on personal and social engagements. PDP, in a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Matthew Urhoghide in Benin yesterday, also demanded an apology from Governor Adams Oshiomhole to all Edo people on the alleged reckless waste of the resources of the State to the tune of N428 million in two months.||Edo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Friday 19th September 2014||Fear Of EFCC Allegedly Makes Jigawa Governor Endorse President Jonathan For Re-election||Scared of being hunted down on corruption charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa today endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid for a second term in office. Mr. Lamido had recently vowed to oppose President Jonathan’s re-election ambition in 2015. But a close associate of the Governor’s told SaharaReporters that Mr. Lamido had to come to terms with the imperative of shelving his ambition for the fear of incurring investigation and possible prosecution by the EFCC. “The executive Governor of Jigawa, Alhaji Lamido, knows that they [President Jonathan’s team] were planning to use the EFCC to harass him if he decided to run,” said the source. He added that the Governor realized that the machinery of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was totally in the President’s pocket. “How can you challenge the President when he has all the money, all the party functionaries are loyal to him, and he can use EFCC anyway he wants,” the Governor’s associate added.||Nigeria 2015; Sule Lamido; President Jonathan; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|ThisDay Newspaper||Friday 19th September 2014||2015: Lamido Drops Ambition, PDP Endorses Jonathan As Sole Candidate||After months of preparation to launch his bid for the presidential ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, has finally dropped his ambition and joined other Governors of the party to endorse President Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the PDP to contest the 2015 election.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||1|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 19th September 2014||Jonathan’s Adviser Denies Working For Governor Ahmed’s Re-election||Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Mokanjuola Sulaiman Ajadi, yesterday denied reports that he was working for the re-election of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State. Ajadi, who is a chieftain of PDP in the State and governorship aspirant, described the report published in an online news platform, as baseless and a propaganda peddled by "unsound minds."||Kwara 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||12|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 19th September 2014||"I’m Out To Save Kaduna"- El-Rufai||A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and Kaduna State governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Nasir El-rufai has said his party is in the race to save the State from the shackles of bad governance. El-rufai said Kaduna State which used to be a reference point for peaceful co-existence is now the opposite and must be rescued from further deterioration.||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 19th September 2014||2015: Mark Moves To Reconcile South West PDP Leaders||Senate President David Mark and members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Integration Committee have begun moves to reconcile aggrieved party members ahead of the 2015 general elections. A statement issued to newsmen yesterday in Abuja by the Senate President’s Spokesman, Paul Mumeh, said the meeting was aimed at reconciling aggrieved members in the South-West geopolitical zone.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 19th September 2014||Obasanjo’s Step Daughter Enters Race For Lagos APC Guber Ticket||Step-daughter to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Adetokunbo Tobun-Agbesanwa, has expressed her interest in contesting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket for Lagos State. Agbesanwa is the daughter of late Major Moji Adekunle-Obasanjo and she is the current Senior Special Assistant to Governor Fashola on school environmental advocacy.||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||19|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Friday 19th September 2014||Don’t Bow To Pressure Over 2015 Elections, APCNGI Urges Jega||The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has been urged not to yield to pressure and postpone the 2015 general elections. The call was made by the APC New Generation Initiative, through its National Coordinator, Mallam Balarabe Rufa’i, in a reaction to a statement made by Senate President David Mark that the issue of 2015 elections was not on the table yet because Nigeria was faced with a war situation.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||19|
|Guardian Newspaper||Friday 19th September 2014||U.S Consulate, Others Harp On Electoral Security Ahead Of 2015||To ensure that the 2015 general elections are conducted without hitches, the Unites States (U.S) Consulate General in Lagos organised a programme on electoral scurity. Speaking at the event, a Senior U.S Conflict and Stabilization Officer, Patrick Quirk, who was the guest speaker, noted that the civil society groups in the country have important roles to play in ensuring security before, during and after elections. Quirk, also an electoral security expert with years of experience in conflict prevention, assessment, design and implementation, democracy and governance, conflict management and stabilization programme for the U.S and other European foreign agencies, noted that electoral violence varies from one country to the other.||Nigeria 2015; US Embassy||67|
|Nation Newspaper||Friday 19th September 2014||Delta 2015: Ibori’s Daughter’s Political Ambition Causes Stir||There is diquiet in Ethiope West Local Government of Delta State over alleged plot by some political leaders to impose the daughter of former Governor, James Ibori, Atake Ibori, as a candidate for the House of Assembly election. Hundreds of aggrieved members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday took to the streets of Oghara vowing to resist the plot, which they said would distort the zonning arrangement.||Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||10|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Friday 19th September 2014||Group Backs Oduah For Senate||A group, People’s Democratic Party Mandate Frontiers, PDPMF, has expressed it support for former Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah, to represent Anambra North Senatorial District in the Senate in 2015. The group in a statement signed by Chief David Umeh and Ike Ogu, said it was throwing its weight behind Princess Oduahto enable the district get quality representation in the Senate next year.||Anambra 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||16|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th September 2014||PDP Fixes December 6th For Presidential Primaries, Govenorship November 29th||After consultations with President Goodluck Jonathan and the Governors elected on the platform of the party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday fixed November 29 and December 6 for its governorship and presidential primaries respectively ahead of the 2015 general election. This came as the Governors yesterday ended their meeting with a resolution to endorse President Jonathan as the sole candidate of the party in the presidential primary election slated for December 6. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, disclosed to journalists in Abuja.
Metuh said the dates would merely be ratified in today’s meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC). The party Spokesman also said the primaries for the National Assembly, would hold on November 22, adding that the dates were being proposed by the party`s National Working Committee (NWC). According to him, the dates were a proposal and subject to the approval of the party`s NEC which is scheduled to meet on September 18.
|Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 18th September 2014||No Vacancy In Aso Rock, Says Governor Aliyu||Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday disclosed that there was no vacancy in the Presidency for any member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Aliyu, who stated this in Minna when some youths under the aegis of Babangida Aliyu Youth for Peace Initiative paid him a courtesy call in the Government House where they asked him to contest for the 2015 presidential election on the platform of the PDP, said: “For the 2015 election, there is no vacancy in Aso rock.”||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||"I’ll Expose Bad Corrupt Governors"- Edwin Clark||Ijaw leader and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart, Chief Edwin Clark has said that he will expose both past and present corrupt Governors in the country, saying that he has their records. The elder statesman, who spoke in Abuja also declared that there is no vacancy in Aso Rock in 2015 as Jonathan will contest and win the election. He accused the Governors of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso, his counterpart in Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido and Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha of being corrupt. He also accused the former Governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki of corruption.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||Osun Guber: INEC Denies Plan To Frustrate Tribunal Process||The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) in Osun State yesterday described as frivolous the alleged accusation by Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) that INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ambassador Rufus Oloruntoyin Akeju is planning to frustrate tribunal process in the State. A statement by its chief Public Affairs Officer, Mrs Adenike Tadese, said yesterday in Osogbo that the allegation in some National Dailies (LEADERSHIP not included) that Akeju planned to reduce the workforce engaged by the party to carry out inspection of ballot papers. INEC stated that PDP further alleged that the REC equally gave order that only two Wards would be checked daily by the PDP inspection team in order to delay the inspection exercise. INEC who condemned the alleged orchestrated lies fabricated to soil the name of the Commission and that of the REC stated that the directive to reduce workforce during the inspection exercise was not targeted at a particular party but to bring sanity to the exercise.||Osun 2014; INEC||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||"Otunba Gbenga Daniel Is Not From Ogun State"- Amosun||Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has said his predecessor Otunba Gbenga Daniel is not a citizen of Ogun State, promising to expose all the undercurrent that pushed him up as indigene of the State prior to 2003 elections. The Governor made this allegation yesterday at Odeda, in Odeda Local Government Area of the State while on a one day working tour. Drenched in heavy downpour, Amosun claimed he was among those that assisted Daniel’s claim to Sagamu indigeneship during his election as Governor. The Governor was reacting to the allegations levelled against his administration by the former Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel when he was at Odeda two weeks ago. Daniel had during a Labour Party summit at Odeda accused Amosun of selling off all the farmlands in the area to other States. Amosun described Daniel as a prodigal son who sold off all the patrimonies of the State under fake concession agreements. He particularly mentioned Apoje Farm Settlement, which Amosun disclosed was sold to a former Commissioner in Lagos State, Prince Ademola Adeniji Adele at a ridiculous prize.||Ogun 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||"Kwankwaso Will Beat Jonathan In 2015"- Group||A consultative group drumming support for the candidature of Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso to become the next President of the country has said that the the Kano State Governor will beat President Goodluck Jonathan in a free and fair election next year. The group while in Yola to canvass support for the candidature of Rabiu Kwankwaso said they are optimistic from the discussions they had with stakeholders in Yola that Kwankwaso is the candidate to beat in the party primaries which is slated to hold in October. Hon. Nura Mohammed Dankade who led the Rabiu Kwankwaso support team to Adamawa State said if the country must face reality their candidate who is in consultation with members of the APC, is what the country needs at the moment.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||"Umar Did Not Declare Suntai Incapacitated"- Aide||The Special Adviser to the Acting Governor of Taraba State on Media and Publicity, Mr Aaron Atimas has debunked insinuations in some quarters that the Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar granted an interview to journalists in Abuja where he said that his principal, Governor Danbaba Suntai is incapacitated. Aaron, who stated this yesterday in Jalingo during an interview with LEADERSHIP said that the Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar is not a medical doctor to comment on the health status of the ailing Governor. He noted that the Acting Governor had never made any direct comment on the health condition of his boss.||Taraba 2015; Suntai||http://leadership.ng/
|Premium Times Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||Nigeria 2015: Igbo In Diaspora Dump Jonathan||Despite the support enjoyed by President Goodluck Jonathan in the five States of the South East geo-political zone, some Igbo in the Diaspora under the aegis of World Igbo Congress, WIC, have enjoined their kits and kin back home to shop for a replacement for the president during the 2015 election. According to a communiqué issued after its convention, the WIC asked each political party in Nigeria to consider nominating an Igbo as its presidential candidate for the election. The communiqué dated September 9 signed by WIC Chairman, Larry Udorji, and Secretary General, Cyril Nwaorgu, was released to the media on Wednesday. The convention was held between August 29 and September 1. The WIC holds conventions annually during which it discusses crucial issues affecting the five Igbo States of Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo. Mr. Jonathan attended 2014 Convention. Other attendees include the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, both Igbo.||Nigeria 2015; WIC; President Jonathan||https://www.premium
|Daily Times News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||PDP Board Of Trustees Endorses Jonathan For 2015||The Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) on Wednesday night endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 Presidential elections. The BoT meeting held a night before the enlarged meeting of the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) which is slated to hold on Thursday. Prof Jerry Gana told journalists after the meeting that the party’s BoT had adopted President Jonathan as the sole candidate for the party, considering his performance in office.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.dailytimes.
|Punch News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||Atiku Writes Catholic Bishops Over 2015 Polls||Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on Catholic Bishops in Nigeria to pray for peaceful elections in 2015. He also asked them to pray for the emergence of a God-fearing administration that would make Nigeria spiritually, morally and socially sanctified. In a goodwill message to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria and made available to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, Atiku told the clerics to pray that Nigeria should overcome the many challenges which was threatening security, freedom of religion and citizenship in many parts of the country. The clerics are holding their 2014 second plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria in Warri, Delta State.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||"PDP Lacks Moral Right To Question Oshiomole"- APC||The All Progressives Congress has taken a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party for accusing the APC-led government in Edo State of financial mismanagement, stating that it “lacks the moral justification” to question the Governor’s expenses. The Edo State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, had accused Governor Adams Oshiomhole of spending over N400m on a trip to the United States, adding that the party (PDP) had documents to back up its claim. However, the State Chairman of the APC, Anselm Ojezua, in statement in Benin, said the document containing the alleged travel expenses of the Governor showed that the expenditure was authorised by the appropriation law and passed by the State House of Assembly. The State Chairman told his counterpart in the PDP to, rather, worry about his party’s (PDP) “scandal as regards the $9.3m smuggled into South Africa by the PDP-led government,” rather than “making a mountain out of a mole hill.”||Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||Stop Blaming Jonathan For Insecurity, Kashamu Tells ACF||The Chairman, Mobilisation and Organisation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West, Buruji Kashamu, has berated the Arewa Consultative Forum for saying President Goodluck Jonathan has failed the North. He said it was unfortunate that the ACF resorted to criticising the President when all Nigerians should rally round the Federal Government in its efforts to end insurgency in some parts of the North. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Kashamu, said, “I note with dismay the attempt by the ACF to heap the blame of the security challenges bedevilling the North-East on President Jonathan as if they were his creations. Terrorism is a global phenomenon and requires broad-based cooperation.||Nigeria 2015; President Jonathan; ACF; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||Oyo 2015: "Accord Confident Of Victory"- Ladoja||A former Oyo State Governor and National Leader of the Accord Party, Rashidi Ladoja, on Tuesday said the party would approach the 2015 general elections with high hopes, hinging the confidence on the party’s ideology, which he said centred on the welfare of the masses. Ladoja, who spoke in Iseyin while welcoming hundreds of new members into the party during a rally, said the new members, who were from the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, left the parties because their political importance was undervalued by leaders of their former parties.||Oyo 2015; Accord Party (AP)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||"Joining PDP Is A Sacrifice For My People"- Sherrif||A former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, on Tuesday said his joining the Peoples Democratic Party was a sacrifice he decided to make in order to resolve the numerous problems bedevilling his State. Sheriff said it was more profitable to be aligned to the government at the centre as it would spur the needed development in the State. Sheriff, who was Governor of Borno State from 2003 to 2011, said, “If it takes me to be sleeping 24 hours in the Presidency for my people, I will do just that.” He maintained that the allegation by the Australian hostage negotiator, Dr. Steven Davies, that he (Sheriff) was a terrorist, was hatched in Maiduguri by his detractors.||Borno 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||We Are Working Hard To Retain Lagos, Says APC||The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said it is leaving nothing to chance in its bid to retain its control of Lagos State, which is Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre. The Publicity Secretary of the Lagos APC, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, told our correspondent, that the party was working hard to ensure that the opposition party in the State, the Peoples Democratic Party, does not stand a chance in the 2015 governorship election in the State. Igbokwe said APC leaders were alarmed by the way the PDP “stole Ekiti State through the back door” and had since started putting measures in place to prevent such from happening in Lagos.||Lagos 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||2015: Police Set Up Election Monitoring Unit||The Inspector General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba has added a new unit, the Police Elections Security Planning and Monitoring Unit to the Nigeria Police, assuring Nigerians that 2015 would be devoid of hitches. Police Spokesman, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu made this known in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP in which he said the new unit would assure a hitch free 2015 general elections. The unit which Ojukwu said would be responsible for developing frameworks, processes, strategies and systems for election security, planning, monitoring and management, would also conduct elections security threat assessment, coordinate election security training, develop and implement guidelines for the conduct of Police officers engaged in election duties.||Nigeria 2015; Nigerian Police||http://leadership.ng/
|All Africa News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||Nigeria 2015: "Youths Must Not Make Themselves Instruments Of Destruction"- Primate Okoh||As Nigeria prepares for the 2015 general elections, Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, His Eminence, Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh yesterday warned against the nation’s youths making themselves instruments of destruction to political parties, advising parents to always guard their children and wards agains such acts. Primate Okoh’s warning came just as President Goodluck Jonathan said his administration is working hard to actualize a Nigeria where unemployment would not undermine the future of the nation’s youths. Both Primate Okoh and President Jonathan spoke yesterday during the 11th General Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) held at the Cathedral Church of the Good Shephard, Enugu. The theme of the synod is "Thy Kingdom Come."||Nigeria 2015; Primate Okoh||http://allafrica.com/
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||Yobe 2015: 200 Trade Associations In Yobe Offer To Buy Election Nomination Form For Governor Gaidam||About 200 Trade Associations in Yobe state on Wednesday said they would buy nomination form for Governor Ibrahim Gaidam to re-contest in 2015 election. Alhaji Yusuf Haruna, Coordinator of the Associations, told newsmen in Damaturu that the gesture was based on Gaidam’s performance from 2009 to date. "On behalf of the over 200 Associations and Groups, I wish to inform you that we have volunteered to purchase nomination form for the post of Governor for Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam to contest in 2015," Haruna said. He said the Associations had endorsed the Governor to ensure continuity of the infrastructure development in the State.||Yobe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||Sule Lamido Says Jigawa State Won’t Support Jonathan Unless He Fulfills His Promise||Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State has said that the State won’t support President Goodluck Jonathan unless he fulfills promises made to the State during the 2011 elections. DAILY TRUST has this story. Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido has said the State will not support President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid until promises made to the State in 2011 are kept by the President. He said all the four promises made before the 2011 elections by the President have not been fulfilled by the Federal Government. The Governor, in an interview with BBC Hausa radio on Tuesday said that the State expected to be compensated for its support to Jonathan in 2011. He mentioned the unfulfilled promises as “the cargo airport, which the president stated there would be six of them in the whole country, and promised us that one would be in Dutse.”||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha Sacks Six Commissioners||Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has sacked six of his Commissioners who are interested in contesting for various positions in the State come 2015 general elections. According to NATIONAL MIRROR a statement signed by Okorocha’s Principal Secretary, Dr. Paschal Obi, the Governor explained that the Commissioners were relieved of their positions to enable them pursue their elective political career which they are currently aspiring for. The sacked Commissioners include, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Theodore Ekechi; Mr. John Chike Okafor (Finance); Mr. Nick Opara-Ndudu (Internal Resources and Pension Matters); Dr. Ifeanyi Nwachukwu (Public Utilities); Dr. Uche Ejiogu (Primary and Secondary Education), and Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro (Industry).||Imo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||TAN Challenges Lai Mohammed, APC To A Public Debate||ONE of the major pro- Jonathan support groups rooting for his re- election, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria TAN disclosed Wednesday that rather than organise a rally in the North East which is slated for this week Saturday, it would instead put in place a prayer session for Nigeria because of the security challenge following the activities of members of Boko Haram. According to TAN in a statement by its Director of Communications, Udenta O. Udenta, top clerics from the two main religions in the country, Christianity and Islam from within and outside the zone would be mobilized to Gombe, the Gombe State capital for prayers to God to put an end to the problem. Meanwhile, Udenta O. Udenta has challenged the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC to a public debate where they would face each other and brainstorm on national issues.||Nigeria 2015; TAN||http://www.nigerian
|Sun News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||Boko Haram Kills Adamawa Acting Governor’s Uncle||The father of Mr. Tanko Wazimtu, Personal Assistant to Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Umaru Fintiri, was among the people killed by Boko Haram insurgents in his Madagali residence last week. Pa Wazintu, 75 was killed by members of the Islamist sect in the presence of his wife and daughter. As at the time of filing this report, sympathizers were still trooping to the residence of the Acting Governor and that of his aide over Pa Wazintu death. Bemoaning his father’s gruesome death, Tanko Wazintu, said: “My sister and step mother were forced to dig a hole to bury my father after being forced to sleep with his corpse for more that 72 hours.” Meanwhile, investigation by Daily Sun revealed that the insurgents have been forcefully recruiting youths into the Islamist group.||Adamawa State; Boko Haram; Acting Governor|
|Sun News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||Ekiti: PDP Battles APC Over Unpaid Salaries||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State yesterday resumed their war of words over unpaid salaries of the State civil servants by Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration. The Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, appealed to the outgoing Governor not to use the funds meant for the payment of workers salaries to pay government contractors, describing such act as robbing Peter to pay Paul. But the State Commissioner for Information, Tayo Ekundayo, wondered why Fayose did not give the advice to Fayemi when they met yesterday, dismissing Fayose’s statements as ill timed.||Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Thursday 18th September 2014||"Abe Is Wike’s Antidote"- Briggs||Ahead of the 2015 governorship race in Rivers State, the Publisher of Andy Briggs Reports, Mr. Andy Briggs, has said Senator Magnus Abe, if given the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket will be the antidote to Nyesom Wike’s quest to govern the State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In a statement on his news blog, Briggs said his view was anchored on the fact that the only politician in Amaechi’s camp whose “accumulated influence and savvy can carpet Wike or any other candidate put forward by PDP was Senator Abe."||Rivers 2015; Andy Briggs; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||2015: "Mark Did Not Seek Postponement"- Aide||The Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Senate President Kola Ologbondiyan, said yesterday that the Senate President David Mark did not call for the postponement of the 2015 general elections. Ologbondiyan said the clarification became necessary, following alleged misrepresentation of Mark by a National Newspaper during the Senate’s debate of the security challenge posed by the Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday. He noted that rather than call for the postponement of the poll, Mark emphasized the danger which Boko Haram posed to the country.||Nigeria 2015; Senate President||5|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||"I’m Hale And Hearty"- Tinubu||All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with two tweets yesterday, dispelled speculations on his health. Connecting with his followers on his twitter handle @asiwajutinubu, the former Lagos State Governor said "The story about my health is the mother of all lies. Do not believe it. I was on my usual holidays. I thank all well wishers. I return soon." He continued "May God forgive the rumour mongers because they do not know what they are doing. Those with evil thoughts towards me, God will guide them right."||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||4|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||No Crisis In Kogi APC, Says Chairman, Audu||The Kogi State All Progressives Congress (APC) said yesterday that Mr. James Ocholi (SAN) was not the party’s Deputy National Legal Adviser. In separate statements by the Chairman, Alhaji Hadi Ametuo and Dr. Tom Ohikere, an APC chieftain, the party dismissed Ocholi’s claim that it (APC) was in "crisis". It said Ocholi closed his eyes to the party’s growing strength because he was nursing a hidden agenda. Addressing reporters in Lokoja a few days ago, Ocholi said Kogi APC was in crisis and accused former Governor Audu of being responsible for it.||Kogi 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||7|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||Delta PDP Chair Backs Obuh For Guber||The Delta State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, has said that for the sake of equity, an Anioma son or daughter should emerge as Governor of the State in 2015. Chief Nwaoboshi, who spoke when a governorship aspirant, Mr. Tony Obuh, paid him a consultation visit, said the race for the governorship position was open and stressed the need for Anioma sons and daughters to aspire for the top seat. He said though the political terrain was known to be tough and rough, he believed in Obuh’s ability to weather the storm.||Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||13|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||"No Alternative To Jonathan In 2015"- Ekwunife||A Member of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, said yesterday that there was no alternative to President Goodluck Jonathan in next year’s presidential election. Ekwunife, who represents Anaocha/Dunukofia/ Njikoka Federal Constituency in the House, is also an aspirant to Anambra Central Senatorial seat on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) having recently dumped her former party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||15|
|ThisDay Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||CSOs Reject Calls To Postpone Elections Because of Insecurity||Members of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the country yesterday in Abuja rejected the call to postpone the 2015 general elections on security or any other ground. On Tuesday, Senate President David Mark, while speaking on a motion titled: ‘Threat To National Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Nigeria By Insurgents,’ said thus: ‘There is no question of elections, it is not even on the table now. We are in a state of war.’ The Executive Director of the Policy and Legal Advocacy Center (PLAC), Mr. Clement Nwankwo who spoke on behalf of other organisations, said to postpone the elections because of security challenges would amount to allowing the government to benefit from its failure.||Nigeria 2015; PLAC; Situation Room||11|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||We Don’t Lose Sleep Over APC, Says Abia PDP||Abia State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the party does not lose sleep over the All Progressives Congress (APC). PDP Publicity Secretary in Abia State, Chief Uchechi Ogbuka, in a statement said "As far as Abia State is concerned, the APC is non- existent." He was reacting to a comment credited to the National Vice Chairman of the APC (South East), Dr. Nyerere Anyim, where he allegedly criticized the PDP-led government in the State over poor infrastructure.||Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||12|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||2015: Ardo Heads To Court With Fresh Suit To Stop Jonathan||A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Adamawa State, Dr Umar Ardo, is heading to court to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting the 2015 elections. Ardo argued that the Constitution did not provide for an occupant of an executive office to stay beyond eight years. He said if Jonathan contests the election and wins, he would be spending more than the Constitutional limit of eight years in office since he took the oath for the office for the first time in May 2010.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||Rivers 2015: PDP Stakeholders Oppose Plans ‘To Impose’ Wike As Guber Candidate||Rivers State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against plans by a section of the party to foist the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, as the party’s governorship candidate in 2015. Rising from a meeting of the party’s stakeholders from Orashi region of the State where Wike came from, they accused the Minister of mismanaging the party affairs and using it to foster his personal agenda at the expense of other party members. They specifically accused the State party Chairman Felix Obuah and Evangelist Hope Ikiriko, a Federal Commissioner in the Federal Civil Service Commission, of being at the forefront of the move to hoist Wike as the governorship candidate.||Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||Pro-Jonathan Group, GIFT, Calls Off Sit-Out Campaign||The Goodluck Initiative for Transformation (GIFT), which has been holding sit out campaigns at the Unity Fountain in Abuja to compel President Goodluck Jonathan to re-contest as President in 2015, yesterday called off the campaign even before achieving its aim. The group had been at the Unity Fountain in Abuja since September 1st 2014, insisting that members would continue to be there until President Jonathan declares to contest the 2015 election. The National Coordinator of the group, Engr. Chinedu Okpalanma said the group decided to ‘put the sit out campaign on hold to enable us strategise ahead.’||Nigeria 2015; GIFT||19|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||Northern Women Want Recognition In Politics||A newly formed organization, Northern Women Caucus Alliance Forum, has called for the integration of Northern women in politics. This was part of the resolution reached by its leaders during its maiden meeting yesterday in Abuja.||Nigeria 2015; NWCAF||19|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 18th September 2014||ABU Professor Joins Presidential Race||A Professor of Business Education at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Professor Aliyu Mahmood Muhideen, yesterday declared his intention to run for the Presidency of the country on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaking with Daily Trust, Muhideen said his decision to join the presidential race was informed by his desire to fight corruption in order to move the country forward.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||19|
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th September 2014||Jonathan Visits Suntai||The recuperating Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, last night paid host to President Goodluck Jonathan. Since his return, Suntai has been staying at the guest house of Gen. T.Y. Danjuma (rtd) in Abuja. The low key event was witnessed by Suntai’s wife, Hauwa, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha and Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Gebons Kataps. Sources at the event told THISDAY that the President, led by Danjuma met Suntai in high spirits.||Taraba 2015; Suntai||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th September 2014||"Let The Electorate Determine The Next President"- Atiku||The former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has asked fellow presidential aspirants on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, including those agitated by the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan, to allow the Nigerian electorate decide their fate. Atiku, who briefed journalists in Abuja on his plans for a formal declaration to contest for the Presidency in 2015, said those pushing for the party’s automatic ticket are afraid of facing a democratic contest. He added that the insecurity in the North-Eastern region of the country should not give the Federal Government the alibi to deny the people of the region the opportunity to participate in elections, adding that it is not enough reason to stop elections from taking place in the zone. While the appraising the state of affairs in APC, Atiku who rejected the appellation of new entrant into the opposition party, said so far, the internal democratic practice in the party is far better than what obtains in the PDP.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 17th September 2014||Supreme Court Reserves Judgement In Anambra Election||The Supreme Court has reserved till September 22 judgment in the multiple appeals against the victory of the Anambra State Governor, Chief Wille Obiano. The hearing of the appeals at the Apex court lasted the whole day yesterday as the court battled to determine the appeals within 60 days allowed by the Constitution. After hearing all the appeals, the Court then adjourned till Monday for judgment. At the apex Court, the plaintiffs, Senator Chris Ngige of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Tony Nwoye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are contending that Obiano was not qualified to contest the governorship election, having allegedly submitted a forged document to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as part of his pre-qualification and also that Obiano was involved in multiple registration on the voters’ register.
On July 26, the five-man panel of five justices at the Appeal Court sitting in Enugu led by Hon. Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba unanimously dismissed the four separate appeals brought before it by the APC and its governorship candidate, Chris Ngige, the PDP and its candidate Tony Nwoye and Dr. Chike Obidigbo for lack of merit.
|Anambra 2013; Supreme Court Of Nigeria||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Sun News Online||Wednesday 17th September 2014||Kwankwaso Bemoans Rot In Abia, Urges The Electorate To Sack PDP||Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso of Kano State, a presidential aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), has said the level of rot and decay he has seen in Abia State can only take the efforts of a Governor produced by his party to address. He made the statement in Umuahia at the weekend through his five-man delegation, on a week’s visit to the State to woo APC members to support his presidential bid. Members of the delegation said they were in the State to interact with the people and leadership of the party and identify their problems and challenges with a view to integrating them into Kwankwaso’s presidential development plan. Earlier, the State Organising Secretary of the party, Chief Agba Osita had told the delegation that the leadership of the party in Abia pledged its support to Kwankwaso on account of his performance as Governor.||Nigeria 2015; Abia 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Wednesday 17th September 2014||Three INEC Staff Arraigned Over Alleged Theft Of Voter’s Cards||Three members of staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Anambra State Headquarters, Awka were yesterday arraigned at Atani Magistrate Court in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the State over alleged theft of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs). The suspects, who were arraigned were Anene Nwokedi (46), Victor Okei (38) and Fredrick Ijoma (43). The accused persons were charged with office-breaking and stealing, under Section 495(a). They were also charged with breaking and entering the office of the electoral officer, an offence punishable under Section 381 of Criminal Code Cap.36, Vol.1, revised law of Anambra State of Nigeria, 1991 as amended. After the reading of the charges, the accused pleaded not guilty and were granted bail by the Trial Court Chief Magistrate who also adjourned the case to November 5, 2014 for hearing.||INEC; Magistrate Court; Theft; Anambra State||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Wednesday 17th September 2014||PDP Chieftain Faults Jega On Additional Polling Units||A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Anambra State, Chief Ugochukwu Okeke, has faulted the creation of more polling units by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying the Commission’s Chairman, Attaharu Jega, is biased in the process. The electoral umpire last week announced the approval of additional polling units for some parts of the country, a move which drew the condemnation of some stakeholders, who accused INEC of giving some geo-political zones undue advantage over others.Okeke maintained that INEC had by that development favoured the North to the detriment of the South in the 2015 general elections.||Nigeria 2015; INEC; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Wednesday 17th September 2014||Osun Guber: PDP Allege Plan By INEC To Frustrate Tribunal Process||The main opposition party in Osun State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday, raised a fresh alarm over alleged plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reduce the workforce engaged by the party to carry out inspection of ballot papers. Besides, the party also alleged that the order allegedly given by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun State, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, that only two Wards would be checked daily by the PDP inspection team, was meant to delay the inspection exercise. The PDP in a statement signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, said the party had written a petition to INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega and relevant security agencies over the deliberate effort suspected to be the handiwork of the REC in alleged connivance with the All Progressives Congress (APC), to prolong or outrightly frustrate the inspection as ordered by the Tribunal.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Wednesday 17th September 2014||Jonathan And PDP Caucus In Closed Door Meeting||President Goodluck Jonathan held a closed-door meeting with caucus members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday night at the State House, Abuja. Those present at the meeting include Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Senate President, David Mark, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba and Deputy Senate Leader, Abdul Ningi. Governors present at the meeting as at the time it started at about 8.37p.m, were Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) and Theodore Orji (Abia). Others were the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus, former PDP chairman, Ahmadu Ali, the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) Secretary, Walid Jibril, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Rufai Alkali, PDP National Women Leader, Kema Chikwe, Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Wednesday 17th September 2014||APC Accuses Federal Government Of Harrassing Opposition||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government of engaging in systematic harassment of its members, while shielding accused Boko Haram. In a statement issued in Ilorin on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party specifically condemned the harassment and intimidation of Senator Mohammed Goje of the APC during a visit to his Constituency in Gombe. It said even though Senator Goje had alerted the police authorities in the State of his visit and was provided with security, in the course of the visit, the policemen attached to him were suddenly withdrawn while he was directed to cut short his engagements to answer a summon by the State Commissioner of Police.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Wednesday 17th September 2014||Adamawa Guber: Fintiri Picks Jingi As Running Mate||Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri has picked Barrister Afrimu Jingi as his running mate for the Adamawa by-election. NATIONAL MIRROR has this story. Adamawa State Acting Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has picked Barrister Afrimu Jingi, as his running mate ahead of the October 11 governorship bye-election in the State. National Mirror gathered from impeccable Government House sources that Jingi was the candidate selected by a three member search team constituted by the Acting Governor, chaired by Hon. Wilbina Jackson, the member representing Guyuk Constituency in the State Legislature. With the issue of Deputy Governor allegedly sorted out, Fintiri began consultations yesterday with various groups within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead the October 11 bye-election.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Wednesday 17th September 2014||PDP May Suspend Tambuwal For Anti Party Activities||The Ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP may suspend the Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the House of Representatives for alleged anti-party activities. LEADERSHIP reported that, Tambuwal’s suspension may take place tomorrow when the PDP holds its 63rd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. The PDP is reportedly upset with Tambuwal’s continued romance with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his refusal to attend the previous NEC meeting and PDP zonal rallies. Meanwhile, there are rumours that Tambuwal may defect to the APC just before the suspension.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Wednesday 17th September 2014||El-Rufai Formally Declares For Kaduna Governorship Race||Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja and a Chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, has formally declared his interest to contest the Kaduna governorship election come 2015. DAILY TIMES reported that, El-Rufai made the official declaration during a courtesy visit to the palace of Kpop Gwong, Col. Paul Zakka-Wyoms (retd.), the Paramount Ruler of the Gwong,Kaduna State. The former FCT Minister said, "I come here to formally inform you of our decision to seek the highest office in our dear State. It is a demonstration of deep commitment to the peace, development and unity of Kaduna State."||Kaduna 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th September 2014||PDP Governors To Meet Wednesday On Guidelines For Party Primaries, Presidential Convention||As part of the strategy to adopt and ratify the guidelines for various primary elections of their party, the Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would tomorrow meet to harmonise their positions preparatory to the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) slated for Thursday. Already, the meeting of the Board of Trustees (BoT) is scheduled for today while the National Caucus of PDP would meet tomorrow. A source said the PDP Governors were working to ensure that the presidential convention of the party slated for November would be made an affirmation convention, even though the Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, is said to be bent on contesting against President Goodluck Jonathan at the convention. A statement by the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio, said the meeting would hold at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro by 4p.m.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th September 2014||Adamawa Guber: Oyegun In Strategic Meeting With Atiku, Bindow||The national leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) has embarked on fence-mending drive in its bid to galvanise more support towards a successful outing at the October 11 governorship election in Adamawa State. In this direction, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun Monday met with the former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the National Secretariat in Abuja to explore how to forge a united front among various stakeholders of the party in the State. The meeting, which lasted barely an hour, also had in attendance, the party’s governorship candidate, Senator Jibrilla Bindow.THISDAY gathered from a party source that yesterday’s meeting was at the instance of Oyegun, who was said to have urged both politicians to close ranks along with other party to ensure victory for the party at the governorship poll.||Adamawa 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th September 2014||"Okorocha Has Set Imo State Many Years Back"- Ohakim||Former Imo State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, has said that the over three years of his successor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, in office has set the State and her people several years back in terms of development and vision, specifically alluding to an economy he claimed is now in shambles. Ohakim, who is aspiring to return to office in next year’s governorship election, however admitted to having made mistakes while in office, saying that he has learnt from his mistakes. While noting that some of the critics of his administration did not exercise sufficient patience and allow his vision to crystalise, Ohakim said: “Now, they have seen the difference. The economy of the State is in complete shambles. In my four years, Imo became a tourist destination. Nearly every seminar or conference facilitator chose Imo as a venue."||Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 16th September 2014||APC Presidential Ticket: Kwankwaso Woos Audu, Kogi||Ahead of the 2015 general election, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State has visited the Kogi State leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abubakar Audu, to solicit for his support and delegates of the party from the state to vote for him during the presidential primary election of the party. A delegation of the ‘Nigeria Project 2015’, the presidential campaign organ of Kwankwaso, yesterday visited Audu in his residence in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, where they held a closed-door meeting which lasted for five hours. The leader of the delegation and Chairman of Fagge Local Government Area of Kano State, Hon. Habibu Sale Mohammed, who briefed journalists shortly after the meeting, said it was impressive and encouraging, stressing that: “When we get home, we are going to brief Kwankwaso that Kogi State APC is fully behind his aspiration to win the presidential ticket of the APC during the party primary election.”||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||Tambuwal: Findings Show There Is No Provision For Removal Of Speaker||The House of Representatives Standing Orders which spells out procedures and practices of the House and its Committees, does not expressly provide for the impeachment of its Speaker, findings show. Hence, reported moves by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Presidency to remove the House Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal may prove futile. The House Standing Orders does not in any of its section, provide for the Speaker’s removal from office on the grounds of defection and anti-party activity, allegations that have been thrown on Tambuwal in some quarters. It does not even spell out removal procedures in the event of ‘gross misconduct’.||Nigeria 2015; National Assembly; Speaker House Of Representatives||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||"APC Can’t Stop Our Support For Jonathan"- TAN||Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) yesterday said it will not be deterred by the attacks of the All Progressives Congress (APC) daring the opposition party to counter the documented evidences on the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan. TAN, in a statement also said neither the Federal Government nor any of its ministries, agencies or departments fund its programmes and projects. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in statement on Sunday said Jonathan’s refusal to stop the rallies was evidence that he was behind TAN.||Nigeria 2015; TAN||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||Amosun’s Aide Resigns, Joins PDP||One of the aides to Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has resigned her appointment with the State Government and defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Barrister Abimbola Balogun, who served as Special Adviser on Environment, told a PDP gathering at Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government, on Sunday that she tendered her letter of resignation last Thursday. According to her, she had been part of Amosun’s administration since 2011, saying her decision to quit was borne out her passion for hardwork which was no more coming to her office.||Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||Defection: Appeal Court Sacks Ondo Rep, Declares Seat Vacant||The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, yesterday sacked the Lawmaker representing Akure South/North Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Sunday Abegunde. Abegunde had approached the Appellate Court to appeal the judgment of Justice Okeke of the Federal High Court which had earlier ruled that the seat of the Federal Legislator be vacant in May 2012. The Lawmaker, who is a former Member of the ruling Labour Party (LP), defected to the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), justifying his defection by claiming that his former party had a crisis which led to a division within the party. While upholding the judgement of the lower court, the Appellate Court presided over by Justice A.G Mishella, said Abegunde’s appeal lacked merit, and that there was no division in his former party as claimed.||Ondo 2015; Court of Appeal; Defection||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||Nigerian Youths Insist On 30% Representation||The leadership of the nation has been advised to lay a trusted base for the future of the nation by trusting in her youth and giving the more opportunities to lead and partake in governance. Speaking at a press conference organised by the Peoples’ Democratic Party National Youth Frontier (PDPNYF), yesterday in Abuja, the frontier’s National Coordinator, Comrade Austin Usman Okhai, pointed out that it is high time the nation’s leaders realised the potential of her youths for leading and give them a chance. Okhai also explained that the government can do so by encouraging the political parties to make provisions for it in their statutes, as a part of their policies.||Nigeria 2015; PDPNYF||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||Kwankwaso’s Campaign Posters Flood Port Harcourt||Presidential campaign posters of the Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rab’iu Musa Kwakwanso have flooded Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Checks by LEADERSHIP revealed that the posters, which have the presidential hopeful dressed in attire of the three dominant tribes in Nigeria, Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo, were seen in strategic positions in the Port Harcourt metropolis. Kwankwaso, who is one of the Progressive Governors that defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the heat of the crisis that rocked the party last year to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is the first stalwart of the party to publicly declare his intention to occupy Aso Rock in 2015.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||Police Arrest Former Governor Of Gombe Danjuma Goje||Senator Danjuma Goje, former Governor of Gombe State, who is presently a Senator was on Monday arrested by the police in the State. LEADERSHIP reported that Goje was arrested by the Gombe State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Abubakar, who detained him for some hours before releasing him. The reason for his arrest is however unknown.||Gombe 2015; Goje||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||"I’m Still In Charge Of Ekiti"- Fayemi Tells Fayose||Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has reminded the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the State Governor elect, Ayodele Fayose that he is still in charge. DAILY INDEPENDENT has this story. Thirty days to the expiration of his tenure, the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Monday, said he would not stop performing his role as Governor. He stated this at the inaugural meeting of a 19-member transition committee, comprising members of his administration and those nominated by the Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose.||Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||Plans To Disrupt Jonathan’s Campaign In South-West Foiled||Ahead of the 2015 general elections, President Goodluck Jonathan has told leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West that the Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose, is key to the party’s success in the zone. Jonathan stated this in Abuja recently in a meeting with members of the South West Unity Forum of the PDP, led by the former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Bode George, at the Presidential Villa. Contrary to media reports that an earlier meeting held at the NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja, which was presided by George, was to review the sack of the former chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the party in the South West, Chief Ishola Filani, a source close to the meeting revealed that the group met on how to take charge of the campaign structure and funds in the zone ahead of the 2015 elections. A confidential source told Daily Sun that plans to appoint a director general for the group was turned down by the President, who explained that such move could cause confusion within the party in the zone.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||North-West APC Youths Endorse Kwankwaso For 2015||Ahead of the 2015 general elections, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso’s presidential bid has received a boost as North-West All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Vanguard endorsed him to run. Speaking with Daily Sun shortly after a consultation team on Governor Kwankwaso’s presidential bid visited Zamfara State, a member of the youth vanguard, Alhaji Kabiru Oro-oro, said the Governor deserved to run in 2015. According to Oro-Oro, Kwankwaso had all it took to be the country’s President.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||2000 PDP Members Defect To APC In Edo||The rank of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State depleted, last weekend, as no fewer than 2,000 of its members defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Igueben Local Government Area of the State. Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who received the defectors, led by Eronmosele Aisabor, said the government had upgraded the College of Education, Igueben to a campus of the University of Education, Ekiadolor.||Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Sun News Online||Tuesday 16th September 2014||Imoke To His Aides: "Resign If You’re Interested In Guber Race"||Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, has ordered his aides interested in the governorship race to resign from the cabinet and face their campaigns. Checks by Daily Sun revealed that of over 20 aspirants so far in the race, six are currently serving as Commissioners and Special Advisers. Speaking at a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership meeting held at the Governor’s Lodge, at the weekend in Calabar, Imoke told those who were interested in running for elective offices in 2015 to brace up for the challenges and stop using his name to campaign. He was visibly livid that some governorship aspirants, especially his aides, only informed him about their intentions through text messages, while a few had been dropping names that “they have been anointed to go and start consultations.” He urged all his aides, who had taken the plunge into the governorship race to resign and face their campaigns.||Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://sunnewsonline.
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Monday September 15th 2014||"We Don’t Want An Igbo President In 2015"- Ohaneze Ndigbo||Ohaneze Ndigbo, the top Igbo social-cultural group in Nigeria has disclosed that Igbos are not interested in contesting for the Presidency come 2015 presidential elections. THE SUN has this story. As the nation marches towards the 2015 general elections, the apex Igbo social-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said that Igbo presidency is not on its agenda. President General of the organisation, Chief Gary Nnachi Enwo-Igariwey, told Daily Sun in Abuja after a meeting with leaders of Igbo organisations in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, that the group was not looking at Igbo presidency in 2015. He was, however, quick to add that the decision of the group would be made known at the appropriate time, even as he stressed that there was no time the group said it had not pushed the idea of an Igbo man being president in 2015.||Nigeria 2015; Ohaneze Ndigbo||http://www.nigerianbulletin.
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Monday September 15th 2014||PDP Lawmakers Eye Tambuwal’s Seat Following Alleged Defection Plan||Following widespread rumours that Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the House of Representatives will soon be defecting to the All Progressives Congress, APC; PDP Lawmakers are already eyeing the seat. NATIONAL MIRROR has this story. Legislative activities will commence fully on Tuesday as Members of the National Assembly resume from their two months recess. Following speculation that the House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, may defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, many PDP Lawmakers are already eyeing the seat. The resumption will lay to rest the widespread speculation that Tambuwal would defect to APC when the House resumes. Following this speculation, some Members of the Peoples Democratic Party have already started jostling for the Speaker’s position.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.
|ThisDay Live||Monday September 15th 2014||Amaechi: "Presidency Plots To Destabilize Rivers Again"||Rivers State Governor, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday alleged that the Presidency had hatched another plot to throw the State into another politically-motivated crisis. He made the allegation in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, David Iyofor, noting that there were reports that indicated a fresh sinister plot to throw the State into avoidable crisis. He added that the new State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dan Bature, had been directed by the Presidency “to install a gubernatorial aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Governor in the 2015 elections.” He said the Police Commissioner “has been instructed to use the Former State Police Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Mbu’s draconian style and tactics in causing crisis in the State. The Governor, therefore, said the people of the State would resist any attempt by anyone or institutions, including the Presidency, to unconstitutionally install the preferred PDP aspirant as Governor of the State, now or in the 2015 elections.||Rivers 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.com
|ThisDay Live||Monday September 15th 2014||PDP To Approve Guidelines For Party Primaries This Week||Barring any last minute changes, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary election has been billed to take place on November 26, while executive members of the party at all levels wishing to contest the primaries are expected to resign their office seven days before the said primaries for the elective posts that they want to contest. This was contained in the draft guidelines of the party for the primary elections circulated to members of the caucus of the party and to National Executive Committee (NEC) members. Though still a draft, the National Executive Committee (NEC), Board of Trustees (BoT) and National Caucus of the PDP are expected to meet this week to approve the draft guidelines.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday September 15th 2014||Suntai Returns From UK Medical Trip, Set To Take Over Government||Taraba State Governor, Danbaba Suntai, at the weekend returned from a medical trip to the United Kingdom. Suntai, who suffered injuries from a plane crash in 2012, recently went to London for a medical check up following initial treatments received in Germany and the United States. Arriving the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, Abuja, Suntai was received by the former Governor of the State, Rev. Jolly Nyame. Also at the airport were Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, Minister of Niger Delta, Isiaku Darius and a former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Uba Maigari. Speaking with journalists, Darius said the Governor was in good health, adding that he could now take over the responsibility of governing the State.||Taraba 2015; Suntai||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday September 15th 2014||PDP Harbours Failed Politicians, Says Kwankwaso||The Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, yesterday lambasted the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying that the party was harbouring failed politicians yet harassing the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and accusing its members unjustly of corruption. Kwankwaso also said his joining the PDP in 1998 was a wrong decision as he found himself with people he did not share the same ideology with. He added that “all we wanted in 1998 was ensure that the military leaves the political scene.” Speaking during an interactive session with journalists in Benin City where he said he came to felicitate with the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, on his 80th birthday and also meet with the 250 students from Kano State schooling at the Igbinedion University, the Governor said Nigeria needed a quality leader with the political will to steer her ship in view of the myriads of problems of Boko Haram insurgency, kidnappings, and other various challenges, a character he said was lacking within the PDP-led Federal Government.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday September 15th 2014||TAN Rallies Indecent, Offend Sensibilities, APC Insists||The All Progressives Congress (APC) has insisted that the rallies being held across the country by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) are insulting to the intelligence and sensibilities of Nigerians, at a time of unprecedented security and health challenges in the country. Reacting to the defence offered by its organisers, the party alleged that the rallies were being deceptively powered by the proceeds of massive corruption under the President Goodluck Jonathan administration. In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday, the party said no amount of inversion of reasoning by the TAN foot soldiers can wash the rallies clean of shame and disgust. It said only those described as ‘morons and sycophants’ by Prof. Wole Soyinka can be engaging in celebratory rallies when soldiers are dying in the hands of Boko Haram, and the citizens were daily being dispatched to their graves by insurgents. The party added that the rallies are also taking place when the country is still reeling from the challenge of Ebola that has claimed many innocent lives.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday September 15th 2014||ACF Alleges Plans To Emasculate The North||The Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) and former Inspector General of Police ( IG), Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie, yesterday alleged of a deliberate plan to emasculate the North economically and divide the people along religious line. Addressing an emergency meeting with non-governmental organisations from the North in Kaduna yesterday, Coomassie lamented that the region had witnessed a speedy descent into anarchy since the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009. Coomassie said President Goodluck Jonathan had failed woefully in addressing the increasing level of insecurity in the North occasioned by the activities of insurgents.||Nigeria 2015; Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF); North||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Monday September 15th 2014||No Automatic Ticket For Buhari, PDP Insists||Following fresh rumors that the All Progressives Congress, APC was planning to give an automatic presidential ticket to former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, the party has once more reiterated it’s support to a free and fair primary election. PUNCH reported that, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, National Publicity Secretary of the party, said the APC would not give automatic ticket to Buhari.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.
|Leadership News Online||Monday September 15th 2014||2015: Kwankwaso Woos Okorocha As Running Mate||A delegation of the “Nigeria Project 2015,” a campaign organ of the Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso at the weekend visited Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha possibly to seek a possible partnership in the contest for the Presidency in 2015 under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Disclosing part of the outcome of their meeting to newsmen in Owerri, the Kano State Commissioner for Information, Youth, Sport and Culture, Dr Abubakar Nuhu Danburan, who is the team leader, averred that their consultation with Okorocha was to seek his partnership with Kwankwaso. He, however, noted that they were more impressed with the blunt response from the Imo Governor who, he said, told them of his similar contemplated aspiration to contest the presidency in 2015. Danburan added that Okorocha though promised to support Kwankwaso if he eventually gets the ticket of APC.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)|
|Leadership News Online||Monday September 15th 2014||"We’ll Win North-West Votes In 2015"- PDP||The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said its victory in the Katsina State council elections indicates that the party is on ground in the North West region and will clear the votes in the zone in the 2015 general election. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement described the sweeping victory at the Katsina Local Council poll as a reflection of its popularity and acceptance by Nigerians in every nook and cranny of the country. The party also said its overwhelming electoral victories, earlier in Kaduna and now in Katsina, clearly indicate that it is on ground in the zone and will “sweep the votes not only in the North West but also in the entire Northern region in the 2015 general election”.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Friday 5th September 2014||Adamawa: Acting Governor Revokes Nyako’s Sale Of Government Lodges||Ahmadu Fintiri, the Acting Governor of Adamawa State has revoked the sales of government residential houses and lodges at Dougirei Quarters in Yola which were carried out during Murtala Nyako’s tenure. DAILY INDEPENDENT reported that Fintiri, through the Supervisory Commissioner, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Bashiru Ahmad, said the State Government decided to take the action based on the illegal ways in which Nyako’s administration sold the houses on owner-occupier scheme. A press release issued by the Adamawa State Government said those houses at Dougirei are official residential buildings that supposed to house Cabinet Members and falls under the category of those houses not to be sold at any time.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Friday 5th September 2014||Impeached Enugu State Deputy Governor Says Civil Service Posting Is A Joke||Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, the impeached Deputy Governor of Enugu State has described his Civil Service posting as a joke and an act of mischief designed to humiliate him. VANGUARD reported that Onyebuchi, who spoke with newsmen in Enugu yesterday said, "When I got the information, I felt it was a joke or something just intended to insult and humiliate me. I can’t imagine what they intend to achieve by this. After serving as Deputy Governor for seven years and three months, I will go back to office as a civil servant on Level 15."||Enugu State; Impeachment; former Deputy Governor||http://www.nigerianbulletin.
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Friday 5th September 2014||Adamawa: Tukur Warns PDP Against Imposition Of Opposition Candidates||Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and father of of Awwal Tukur, one of the aspirants in the forthcoming Adamawa by-elections has warned his party against imposition of candidates. VANGUARD reported that Tukur issued the warning while addressing Delegates at a one-day sensitisation seminar organised by the party’s State Executive in Yola. Tukur warned of the dangers of imposing people from opposition parties against the interest of consistent and loyal members of the party who have suffered for the party for the sake of being the flag-bearers of their new party on executive or legislative elections.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerianbulletin.
|Daily Post News Online||Friday 5th September 2014||Ribadu, Seven Others Withdraw From Adamawa Guber Elections||Barely 24 hours to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primary for the Adamawa governorship election, the former EFCC Chairman, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, has withdrawn from the race. Apart from Ribadu, seven other aspirants have also withdrawn, leaving only six to battle for the ticket of the party. Others who withdrew are Awwal Tukur, Aliyu Idi Hong, Andrawus Sawa, James Barka, Aliyu Kama, Markus Gundiri and Abubakar Girei.Those still in the race are Ahmed Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed Modibbo, Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri and Jerry Kumdisi. This was the outcome of a crisis meeting held in Abuja on Thursday night with the aspirants by Senate President David Mark and Members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. However, it was resolved that those who participate in Saturday’s primary ahead of the October 11 poll will not take part in the 2015 poll.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Punch News Online||Friday 5th September 2014||Adamawa PDP Governorship Primaries Holds Tomorrow||A day to the conduct of its governorship primary in Adamawa State, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has refused to release the names of its officials that will conduct the exercise. The exercise holds in Yola on Saturday (tomorrow). Efforts made by our correspondent at the National Headquarters of the party at Zone Five, Abuja on Thursday to get the names of the party’s officials that would be saddled with the responsibility of conducting the primary were not successful. None of the national officials of the party was available to speak on the matter.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.com
|This Day Newspaper||Thursday 4th September 2014||Crisis Rocks Cross River PDP Over Caucus Leaders||There are indications that the Cross River State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may soon suffer an implosion as crises is brewing within it, following the appointment of some persons as the party’s caucus leaders in its 18 Local Government Areas. Already, a group of the party’s members operating on the aegis of PDP Conscience Group has kicked against the appointment of the caucus leaders, describing it as illegal and unconstitutional and therefore, unacceptable. The members promised to fight against the policy to a logical conclusion.||Cross River 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||10|
|This Day Newspaper||Thursday 4th September 2014||PDP Governorship Aspirants Endorse Ward Congress List In Adamawa||The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Ward congresses conducted in Adamawa State for the October 11 governorship election has been endorsed by all the 14 governorship aspirants of the party in the State. Also, the PDP delegate’s election has been concluded in the State. Confirming the election yesterday in Yola, the State Secretary of the party, Tahir Shehu, who said while new delegates were elected in some places, the existing delegates were retained, adding that the list was being compiled.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||12|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th September 2014||Gombe: "Police, PDP Destroying Our Posters and Billboards"- APC||Gombe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the police and the members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of destroying its posters and billboards in Akko Local Government Area of the State. Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday in Gombe, the party’s Legal Adviser, Barrister Dauda Manu, alleged that a Corporal from Kumo Police Division and a Constable from Gadawo Police outpost, were seen by members of the party removing banners, billboards and posters. He further alleged that before that incident, Chairman of the Local Government Council asked their members to remove banners, posters and billboards in the area.||Gombe 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||8|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Thursday 4th September 2014||INEC Begins PVCs Distribution In Adamawa Tuesday 9th September||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will begin the three day distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) in Adamawa on September 9 ahead of the State’s governorship by-election. The governorship by-election in the State was slated for 11th October 2014, to fill the vacant seat of the Governor after the impeachment of Murtala Nyako by the State’s Assembly.||Adamawa 2014; INEC||17|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday 4th September 2014||"We Are Ready To Accept Ondo LP, PDP Members"- APC||The Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) is ready to accept progressives from the Labour Party (LP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) following the planned defection of Governor Olusegun Mimiko. APC said as Mimiko prepares to join the PDP from LP, serving Commissioners, House of Assembly and National Assembly Members have opened talks with it. With the development, the party Chairman, Isaac Kekemeke, said the "long time confusion" over the identity of true progressive politicians has now ended.||Ondo 2016; All Progressives Congress (APC)||7|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday 4th September 2014||APC, PDP Disagree On Niger-East By-Election||The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have disagreed on the inconclusive Niger East Senatorial by-election. A supplementary election is scheduled for Saturday in 21 polling units. In a statement yesterday, APC’s Publicity Secretary Jonathan Vatsa accused the PDP of scheming to subvert the people’s will. PDP Deputy Chairman, Tanko Beji, in a statement, told the APC to focus on the supplementary election, instead of engaging in "cheap blackmail."||Niger East Senatorial By-election 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||9|
|The Nation Newspaper||Thursday 4th September 2014||Kwara 2015: ‘Zone APC’s Ticket To Kwara Central"- Group||A group in the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Coalition of Kwara Youths (CKY), has urged the party to zone its 2015 governorship ticket to Kwara Central Senatorial District. Speaking with reporters yesterday, CKY Chairman, Sunday Okanlawon, flanked by the Secretary, Kola Ibrahim , and Women Leader Hadiza Umar, said that "The need for the party’s victory in the 2015 elections spurred our demand, as the party stands a better chance if the candidate emerges from the Central District. In the spirit of continuity and consolidation, especially on the good foundation set by our leader, Senator Bukola Saraki, there is need to return the governorship to the Central Zone."||Kwara 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||9|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 4th September 2014||"Vote Out Corrupt Leaders In 2015"- Baptist Clerk||The President, Ogun State Baptist conference, Rev. Adesegun Jaiyesimi, has called on Nigerians to vote out bad leaders at all levels of government in the 2015 general elections. Jaiyesimi also called on the Federal Government to treat the issue of the Boko Haram insurgents with all seriousness.||Nigeria 2015; Baptist Clerk||11|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Thursday 4th September 2014||Abia Group Wants Credible Candidates For 2015 Polls||As the clock ticks towards the 2015 general elections, Abia 17, a group of professionals of Abia State origin, have resolved to ensure that only credible people emerge as contestants. The Umahia, Abia State-based group made its views known during an interactive session with senior reporters in Lagos yesterday.||Abia 2015; Abia 17||14|
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th September 2014||PDP Upbraids APC, Oyegun, Accuses Him Of Image Laundering||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday upbraided the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, accusing him of engaging in a fruitless image laundering exercise for his party. In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, he said Oyegun cheapened his office and person by attempting to use an unempirical statement by Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, to absolve his party of blame for promoting insurgency in the country. PDP said Oyegun, in an attempt to stand the truth on its head, had succeeded in further exposing the desperation of the APC to launder its image through renewed propaganda and blackmail, a project which had already failed.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th September 2014||Presidential Race: I Am Still Consulting, Says Kwankwaso||Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, said he is still consulting with friends and political associates on whether to join those seeking to contest the 2015 presidential election or not. “As we started consultations on whether to join the 2015 presidential race, we have seen a lot of admirers and a lot of true enemies. Some people who have never met me, have sent me copies of my posters, calling on me to join the race. Although some of these posters were sent to me since the last two years with a logo of PDP, therefore I directed my aides to destroy PDP posters and keep the APC ones until I make the decision,” he said. Kwankwaso, who spoke with his political appointees yesterday at the Government House, Kano, appealed to them to advise him rightly on the choice to make.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th September 2014||FG Seeks Printing Of Ballot Papers, Election Materials In Nigeria||Indications that the 2015 ballots papers and other sensitive electoral materials would be printed in Nigeria emerged yesterday as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, visited the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to seek the enforcement of a directive of the Federal Government. Since 1999, almost all the sensitive electoral materials, including the ballot papers have been printed outside Nigeria, particularly in South Africa. Yesterday, the CBN Governor, visited INEC Headquarters where he had audience with its Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega. Speaking during the visit, the CBN Governor said his visit was in tandem with President Goodluck Jonathan’s directive to ensure that the Nigeria Security Printing & Minting Company is given the first choice of refusal to print all security printing materials either for election or security documents that are meant to be printed in the country, before they can be printed outside the country.||Nigeria 2015; Federal Government; INEC; Printing||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th September 2014||"Suspension Of INEC Officials In Osun Is The Beginning Of Electoral Victory For PDP"- Police Minister||The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan, yesterday said the alleged suspension of two officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over electoral malpractices in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State was the beginning of electoral victory for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State. Also yesterday, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Osun State called on the INEC to immediately clear the air on information given to the public by the PDP alleging that two of its staff had been suspended and are under investigation for manipulating the election result from two Local Governments to favour the APC. It mandated the INEC Headquarters in Abuja to wade into the matter to investigate and know whether or not the accused worked for the APC to rig the August 9 election in the State. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Wale Akinola, made available to journalists in Osogbo yesterday, the Minister said the suspension of the two INEC officials was an indication that the gubernatorial election held August 9 in the State, was massively rigged in favour of the incumbent Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, against the people’s will.||Osun 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th September 2014||Sherrif To Sue APC, Davies, Insists He Is Not A Sponsor Of Boko Haram||Former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, has said he will seek redress in court by suing the Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davies, who recently fingered him as one of the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgency. Speaking to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, Sheriff said he would also drag the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to court for repeating the same allegation. Sheriff, who insisted that the accusation was part of the campaign of calumny against him, said he was prepared to face any probe panel that is aimed at addressing the Boko Haram phenomenon. Sheriff said he doubted the authenticity of Davies’ press interview, wondering why the negotiator did not make his findings known to the Federal Government that commissioned him. The former Governor said he believed the Australian was acting out a script designed to embarrass him. On the issue of the sponsorship of Boko Haram, Sheriff said it was a ploy to evade the main issues concerning the insurgency, tracing the origin of the sect to the late Governor Mala Kachalla regime. He insisted that it was Kachalla who started the introduction and implementation of Sharia in Borno State.||Nigeria 2015; Boko Haram; Sherrif; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th September 2014||Onyebuchi’s Impeachment Is Abuse Of Legislative Powers, Says Ebri||Third Republic Governor of Cross River State, Chief Clement Ebri, has stated that the recent impeachment of the erstwhile Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, by the State House of Assembly amounts to abuse of legislative powers. Ebri said the impeachment of Onyebuchi on the flimsy grounds of running a poultry farm at the Government House and failure to represent the Governor at a ceremony in itself amounted to an abuse of the impeachment clause. Ebri said by that action the Lawmakers have desecrated the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The former Governor described Members of the Panel and the Legislators as “actors in a sordid drama who must all bow their heads in shame.” Ebri also chided both the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Presidency for allowing the matter to fester to such an extent as to produce such a ridiculous and embarrassing outcome.||Enugu State; Impeachment; former Deputy Governor||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Thursday 4th September 2014||Filani, South-West PDP Zonal Chairman, Sacked||With just 30 days to the commencement of the primary elections, the crisis in the South-West chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a turn for the worse yesterday as 13 members of the South-West caretaker zonal Executives sacked their Chairman, Chief Ishola Filani. Addressing journalists after their marathon executive meeting, which had in attendance the Secretary, Chief Pegba Otemolu, Auditor, Adekola Rasaq, Treasurer, Lanre Orimoloye, Financial Secretary, Banji Obasanmi, Publicity Secretary, Waheed Lawal, Women leader, Wunmi Euba, Youth Leader, Bolaji Jeje and three of the Ex-officio Members, they accused Filani of running a ‘one man show administration’ since February 19, 2013 when the Executive came on board. In his stead, the Members unanimously agreed on the treasurer, Lanre Orimoloye as the new Acting Chairman.||Nigeria 2015; South West; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Thursday 4th September 2014||Osun: "Electoral Officials Were Not Arrested For Colluding With APC"- INEC||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied suspending two electoral officers for colluding with the All Progressives Congress, APC to carry out electoral fraud. NIGERIAN TRIBUNE reported that in a statement issued by Mrs Adenike Tadese, INEC’s Chief Public Affairs Officer (CPAO) in Osun, the Electoral Body said, "it is imperative to correct the erroneous impression created over the pages of the newspapers concerning the suspension of two INEC officers over alleged electoral fraud during the August 9 governorship election. "It is pertinent to clarify and also set the record straight that the two electoral officers (EO), Mr Funsho Tope Fabunmi (Osogbo Local Government) and Mr Anthony Olusegun Esinoye (Obokun Local Government) were not suspended based on alleged collusion with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to manipulate electoral process in favour of the party in Osogbo and Obokun Local Government Councils respectively.||Osun 2014; INEC||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Thursday 4th September 2014||President Jonathan, PDP NWC To Meet Ribadu, Fintiri, 12 Other PDP Adamawa Aspirants Today||President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today meet with former EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri and twelve (12) other aspirants interested in getting the party’s ticket for the Adamawa by-election. THE NATION reported that, the Adamawa State Secretariat of the party was told that any aspirant who refuses to attend the meeting will lose the right to participate in the primary election. At the meeting, President Jonathan is expected to prevail on the aspirants to pick a consensus candidate. Although some are suspecting that the meeting which would hold in Abuja is a plot to hold all the aspirants hostage in the Capital City till Friday afternoon when delegates must have finished voting their preferred candidates.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 4th September 2014||"Why We Always Win Elections"- PDP||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed confidence that the party will come out victorious in Saturday’s supplementary by-election in Niger North East Senatorial District based on its records. The Publicity Secretary of the party, Hassan Mohammed Saba said this yesterday in a statement adding that PDP has the backing of the elctorate as the party that is on ground. He declared that PDP is the political party to beat and that they are confident that the party will be victorious since PDP administration in the State has always ensured the spread of dividends of democracy to all parts of the State.||Niger East; Senatorial By-Election; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 4th September 2014||2015: "Merit, Integrity Will Determine Leaders, Not Religion"- APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State has declared that choosing leaders for the forthcoming general elections would be free of any primordial sentiments, assuring that merit and integrity would be the cardinal considerations. Nasarawa State Chairman of the APC, Hon. Philip Shekwo, stated this yesterday when Rochas Okorocha 2015 presidential campaign team paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Lafia, saying the party will not elect leaders on the basis of religion, but on the basis of competence and credibility.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 4th September 2014||2015: "Mimiko’s Defection Will Not Affect Labour Party’s Chances"- Olu Abiola||The governorship aspirant of the Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State, Comrade Olu Abiola yesterday said the defection of the Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not affect the party’s fortunes in the 2015 elections. The former Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) while featuring on the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) programme tagged “Aspirant Forum” in Ibadan, said that with or without Mimiko, a National Leader of the Labour Party, the party would remain.||Ondo 2016; Labour Party (LP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 4th September 2014||Adamawa Guber: PDP Considers Zoning To Adamawa Central||According to feelers from the Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), the party is considering opting for a zoning formula, in order to satisfy the zone. A source from the party informed LEADERSHIP late yesterday that, from the look of things, the party Headquarters might settle for a zoning formula, in order to accommodate the many interests in the zone and get the zone to rally behind one candidate, so as to give the party more votes.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Thursday 4th September 2014||Oyo 2015: "No Plan To Disrupt Akala’s Declaration"- APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State yesterday denied any plan to disrupt the declaration of gubernatorial ambition by former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala billed for Ibadan today (Thursday) describing the allegation as baseless and unfounded. Apparently reacting to a statement issued yesterday by a group known as Southern Nigerian Youth Forum (SNYF) wherein it was alleged that Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the ruling party in the State, APC has perfected plans to storm the venue of Alao-Akala’s declaration with some political thugs and disrupt the event, the APC’s Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, faulted the group’s claim and described it as a false alarm coming from the camp of some noise makers who had been rejected by the people.||Oyo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Punch News Online||Thursday 4th September 2014||North Plans To Rig 2015 Elections, Says Ezeife||A former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has alleged that there is a plot to rig the 2015 presidential election in favour of the North. In a statement on Wednesday, Ezeife argued that the South-East, which is President Goodluck Jonathan’s strongest support base, was cheated in the recent distribution of polling units by the Independent National Electoral Commission. He said the fact that the South-East was allocated just over 1000 polling units, as against over 7000 units in the North-West was an indication of a definite plan to rig the February 14 presidential election.||Nigeria 2015; Ezeife; North; INEC||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Thursday 4th September 2014||We Can Defeat Jonathan In 2015, Says UPN||The National deputy chairman, Unity Party of Nigeria, Dr. Manzo Abubakar, has assured members of the party that due to the party’s ideology of welfarism, it can defeat the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate come 2015. He said this on Tuesday in Abeokuta while inaugurating the party’s office in Iberekodo, Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the State. He was optimistic that the UPN and its candidates would record successes in the 2015 general elections.||Nigeria 2014; Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Thursday 4th September 2014||Anenih, Gana Meet Aliyu Over Jonathan’s 2015 Re-election Bid||Ahead of 2015 general elections, a former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Prof. Jerry Gana; and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, on Wednesday, led a high- powered delegation of the party to Niger State where they met with Governor Babangida Aliyu. Although the motive and the outcome of the meeting which lasted for about two hours was not made public, sources say the visit of the PDP chieftains may not be unconnected with plans to mobilise support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid. The five-man delegation visit, our source further revealed, may as well be in Minna; partly to keep the party abreast of what transpired during the inconclusive Niger-East senatorial by-election and the controversy over what led to the scheduled re-run of the by-election.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||"We Stopped Ikimi Because Of His Awful Past"- Tinubu||The All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has dismissed the recent umbrage raised by his former party associate Chief Tom Ikimi, as the fury of a political profiteer frustrated from an ignoble enterprise. Ikimi had last week, walked away from the APC, alleging that Tinubu had turned the party into a personal estate and accused him of assuming powers and influence through political subterfuge. In response, Tinubu said that the APC hierarchy had, in consideration of what he described as Ikimi’s ‘awful past’ sought to reform him within the camp of the progressives but over time, saw that he was unredeemable as he claimed he continued to play the script of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||8|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||2015 Elections: "We’re Ready For Open Debate On Nigeria’s Future"- Fashola||Ahead of the 2015 general elections, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, said the All Progressives Congress (APC), would not shy away from any public debate on issues affecting the citizens of the country. Fashola spoke during a courtesy visit by the Public Relations Officers (PROs) of the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory to the State House, said the expectations of the citizens from the party were high considering the ongoing developmental works by the States controlled APC.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||10|
|Guardian Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||Benin Leaders Allege Plot To Manipulate Voters’ Registration||Benin Leaders of Thought (BLT), made up of Benin Traditional rulers and politicians on Tuesday, alleged a plot by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to manipulate the forthcoming voter registration exercise in the State by ensuring that majority of the voters in Benin were not able to get their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs). But the State Chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih, denied the allegation, describing it as unfounded.||Edo 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||6|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||INEC Under Pressure To Shift Adamawa Poll||As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) begins preparations for the governorship by-election in Adamawa State, supporters of some aspirants have started canvassing for adjustment of the election timetable. But the Chairman of the Commission Professor Attahiru Jega, has reportedly told them that the Commission can neither alter nor adjust the timetable, as it is strictly a matter of Nigeria’s Constitution and Electoral Act.||Adamawa 2014; INEC||10|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||Ebonyi Assembly Crisis: More Members Side With Reinstated Speaker||One day after an Abakaliki High Court ruling validated Chukwuma Nwazunku as the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, six of the members belonging to the Helene Nwobasi group moved to his camp. Their defection brings to 17 the number of Lawmakers loyal to the Speaker who was recently impeached by 18 out of the 24 Members of the Assembly and elected Mrs Helen Nwoabasi as Speaker.||Ebonyi Crisis; Speaker House of Assembly||18|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||Adamawa Guber: Barka Steps Down For Fintiri||Former Acting Governor of Adamawa State, James Barka, who was in the current race for the governorship ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has stepped down for the current Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri. Barka who was among those cleared to contest in the primary on September 6th said he could not run against Fintiri because the share the same ideals, adding that "my ambition is Adamawa’s project."||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||19|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||Adamawa: APC Clears All Aspirants For Primary||The All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Committee has cleared the seven aspirants vying for the party’s ticket to contest the October 11 governorship election in Adamawa State. Chairman of the Screening Committee, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, while addressing news men in Yola, said all the aspirants who participated in the screening exercise have been cleared by the committee.||Adamawa 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||18|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||Group Wants Buhari To Declare For 2015||A group in Jos, Plateau State, known as Buhari Integrity Group (BIG) says it has endorsed the candidacy of former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari to fly the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag in the 2015 presidential election. Coordinator of the movement and former State Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Alhaji Mubashiru Aliyu, said the group’s support for the former Head of State emanated from his zero tolerance for corruption, his stand on justice and fairness as well as his fear of God and love for the masses and the country.||Nigeria 2015; BIG; All Progressives Congress (APC)||20|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||APC To Jonathan: "Sherrif, Ihejirika Should Face Trial"||Former Borno State Governor Ali Modu Sherrif, former Chief of Army Staff Azubuike Ihejirika should face trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) says the All Progressives Congress (APC). APC had advised President Jonathan yesterday to hand over the duo and others for alleged sponsorship of Boko Haram, the fiendish sect that is waging a war to establish an Islamic Caliphate in some parts of the North. Sherrif and General Ihejirika have denied the charge, which was pronounced by an Australian negotiator, Dr. Steven Davis. The APC said Davis’ confession shows that sponsors of Boko Haram are not only within the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), they are alsovcloser to Presidency.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||1|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||"Why There Was Violence During Alao- Akala’s Tenure"- Team Akala||A group, Team Akala 2015 Project, has blamed the opposition for the violence that characterised the administration of former Oyo State Governor Adebayo Alao- Akala. The Board of Trustees’ Chairman, Dr. Kola Balogun, spoke to reporters yesterday in Ibadan, as Alao- Akala prepares to declare his intention to re-contest the seat tomorrow. He said with what happened in Oojo Area of Ibadan last week, where supporters of two Members of the State House of Assembly from the same political party engaged in violence, showed that violence was induced during Akala’s tenure.||Oyo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||7|
|The Nation Newspaper||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||PDP Doesn’t Believe In Fair Polls, Says Waku||Senator Joseph Waku has urged the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega to conduct credible elections next year. Speaking with The Nation in Abuja, Waku said he was confident the All Progressives Congress (APC) would take over governance in Benue State next year, if the polls were credible. He however, pointed out that the PDP would not allow a free and fair election if Jonathan were to run as the party does not believe in fairness of polls.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||11|
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||2015: Alao-Akala Set To Declare Governorship Ambition||The immediate past Governor of Oyo State Governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala yesterday laid to rest the speculation over his gubernatorial ambition in 2015, as he said he would on Thursday, declare his intention to run against the incumbent Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Speaking with a team of journalists that visited him yesterday at his Bodija, Ibadan residence, Otunba Alao-Akala, disclosed that he would be declaring his intention to vie for the position of the Governor on Thursday at Watershed Events Centre, Ibadan. This is sequel to pressure mounted on him by stakeholders to run as Governor of Oyo State come 2015.||Oyo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||Adamawa: "My Guber Clearance, An Act Of God"- Fintiri||Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has disclosed that the reversal of his suspension by the Appeal Committee of the PDP was an act of God which nobody could challenge. While speaking to newsmen in Yola yesterday Fintiri said that he was surprised when he heard that people were so concerned about his disqualification that they trooped to the streets in protest.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||2015: Ibori Meddling In Choice Of Delta State Governor||Ahead of the 2015 elections, uneasy calm reigns in Delta State following reports of interference by Chief James Ibori, the former State Governor currently serving a jail term, in the choice of who becomes the Governor after Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan. Sources said that Ibori is currently at war with key players of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the purported choice of the governorship candidate. Although it is widely believed that it is the turn of Delta North to produce the Governor, it was reliably gathered that the choice of Mr Tony Obuh, a Permanent Secretary in the Government House, Asaba, was rejected by the former Governor who alleged that Obuh was yet to pass through the political mills. Ibori was said to have vowed that an Urhobo person must emerge as the next Governor of the State.||Delta 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||PDP NEC Set To Meet Next Week||Barring any last minute changes, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will meet next week. It was gathered that the National Executive Committee, (NEC) will deliberate on and fix a date for the mid term convention of the party scheduled to hold in October. Party sources hinted that the National Working Committee of the party will at their statutory meeting today commence deliberation on the NEC meeting. The convention is among other things going to pass a vote of confidence on Dr Adamu Mu’azu, as National Chairman of the PDP. It was not however clear as at press time whether the convention will herald the declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||I’ll Not Defect To APC, Yuguda Assures Supporters||Bauchi State Governor, Alhaji Isa Yuguda, has dispelled rumours that he will soon defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and blamed his opponents for spreading the false information. The Governor, who stated this during an interview with select journalists in Abuja yesterday, insisted that he had never contemplated leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC, so as to be able to help President Goodluck Jonathan win his re-election next year. Yuguda, who described himself as a die-hard supporter of Jonathan wondered how he could have left him half way into his presidency when he needed him most to consolidate his position on the political turf.||Bauchi 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||Niger-East Senatorial By-Election: APC Tackles PDP Over David Umaru’s Popularity||The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Niger State government have engaged in war of words over the popularity of Barrister David Umaru and their expectations of next Saturday’s supplementary election. The Niger State government had responded to the position of the APC in the State over last Saturday’s Niger East Senatorial by-election, which the government claimed could cause trouble, and asked APC to take responsibility for any violence in next Saturday’s re-run.||Niger-East; Senatorial By-Election; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||INEC Suspends Two Officers For Electoral Malpractice In Osun||Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in Osun State has suspended two of its executive officers for an alleged electoral malpractice in the August 9 governorship election in the State. THISDAY gathered that the two officers are Fabunmi F.T from Osogbo while Esinloye A.O is from Obokun Local Government Area of the State. The two officers were also alleged to have sold thumb printed ballot papers to the APC and manipulated form EC8 series to favour the APC. It was also gathered that the INEC Headquarters in Abuja had waded into the matter to investigate and know whether they worked for the APC to rig the August 9 elections in the State. However, THISDAY findings at the State INEC office at about 5p.m. yesterday revealed that the two officers were actually suspended from the Commission pending investigation.||Osun 2014; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||"My Ambition Is The Adamawa Project"- Fintiri||The Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, yesterday disclosed that his emergence was an act of God and that was why his initial disqualification by the Ibrahim Mantu Screening Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sparked a protest in the State. Fintiri told journalists in Yola on his return from Abuja that the disqualification was aimed at discontinuing his ambition to contest for the October 11 by-election but turned out to be a blessing in disguise. According to him, his ambition to contest the October 11 by-election was solely an Adamawa Project and that was why Adamawa people protested against his initial disqualification.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||PDP, APC Trade Words Over Onyebuchi’s Deployment To Civil Service||The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State yesterday traded words over the propriety or otherwise of the redeployment of the former Deputy Governor of the State, Sunday Onyebuchi, to the Civil Service barely one week after his impeachment. While the ruling party justified the action of the State Government insisting that it ought to be appreciated for its “rare show of magnanimity,” the opposition party described the redeployment as a deliberate attempt to ridicule the Civil Service. This is coming as the Enugu Professionals Forum (EPF) condemned what it described as a conspiracy by some people in the State and a section of the media to perpetuate falsehood against Governor Sullivan Chime and his principal aides.||Enugu State; Impeachment; former Deputy Governor||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||Nasarawa To Dissolve Militia Groups As PDP Members Boycott Peace Summit||The Nasarawa State Government has ordered the immediate dissolution of all militia groups operating in the state. This was made known in a communiqué at the end of a peace summit at Government House in Lafia yesterday. The summit also resolved that government should detail appropriate security agencies across the State to apprehend and prosecute all persons or group of persons found prophesying the Ombaste cult group. Also, to ensure permanent peace in the State, the summit called for a visible role for the traditional rulers in the State to compliment government efforts hitherto suggesting that an executive bill be sent to the State Assembly for enactment in order to have their roles codified. However, despite the effort of the State Government to find solution to the series of crises in the State, the peace summit was largely boycotted by major stakeholders of the People Democratic Party (PDP). Virtually all the PDP Members in the State Assembly and the National Assembly boycotted the event.||Nasarawa State Governor; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Punch News Online||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||"PDP Increasing Propaganda Ahead Of 2015"- APC||The All Progressives Congress says it has begun strategising on how it will manage the ‘misinformation and lies’ being peddled by the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of next year’s elections. The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was represented by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the party, Joe Igbokwe, said this during the APC Publicity Secretaries summit in Lagos on Tuesday. The event, which had in attendance all the APC publicity secretaries from the 36 States, was themed, “Repositioning for Change.” Mohammed, who lamented that the PDP had failed woefully at the Federal level, said information dissemination was crucial because the PDP was using propaganda to deceive voters ahead of next year’s election. He, therefore, urged the publicity secretaries to brainstorm and come up with strategies on how to ensure that members of the public are not deceived.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||Kaigama Advises Politicians On Peaceful Elections||Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has challenged politicians to ensure that the next election is devoid of violence. He said that they could do this by ensuring that they play according to the rules and avoid rancour of any sort. Kaigama said this at the opening ceremony of the 12th General Assembly of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos themed “The Catholic Church in Nigeria – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” He said the country had had enough of violence and urged the government to embark on programmes that would bring peace to the nation. He said the church would do everything to promote understanding and peaceful co-existence and urged all Catholics to obey constituted authorities at all levels as enshrined in the Catholic doctrine.||Nigeria 2015; Kaigama||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||2015: Jonathan To Declare In October||Politicians, who are eying the Presidency in 2015, are putting finishing touches to declare their intention, The PUNCH has learnt. Among them are President Goodluck Jonathan; a former military Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso. According to the timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, party primaries will start on October 2, 2014 Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential primary, investigations by our correspondent showed that the President’s declaration is expected to come up at the end of this month or early in October.
Already, some Governors, especially from the South-South, South-East and North-Central, are preparing for the declaration, which a Presidency source said, would be “earth-shaking.”
|Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||"How Kalu Can Be Readmitted Into The PDP"- Irokansi||The Clerk, Abia State House of Assembly, Mr. Johnpedro Irokansi, has urged ex-Governor Orji Uzor Kalu to halt all his political hostilities against Governor Theodore Orji, and show genuine repentance from his propaganda against Orji’s administration if he wants to be re-admitted into the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. Kalu left the PDP in 2011 at the height of his political tussle with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and formed the Progressive Peoples Alliance which he had allegedly dumped late last year when he made botched moves to return to the PDP. Irokansi, who was reacting to the allegation by the State government that Kalu was using his newspaper organisation to run down Abia State, advised the former Governor to stop his wishful thinking of trying to return to the PDP through the back door.||Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Wednesday 3rd September 2014||Ogun PDP Denies Endorsing Bankole For Governorship||The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has ruled out the possibility of endorsement for any of the aspirants seeking the party’s ticket for 2015 governorship election in the State. The Chairman of Ogun PDP, Chief Adebayo Dayo, refuted speculations that a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, was favoured for the party’s ticket, saying the party was not considering endorsing any of the aspirants. Dayo told our correspondent that the party would conduct a transparent primary election so that all the aspirants would have a level-playing field.||Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||"Lack Of Vision, Bane Of Nigeria’s Development"- Atiku||Former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar yesterday blamed lack of visionary leadership for Nigeria’s underdevelopment. Citing statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other world health bodies he described the health sector as far below standard. Atiku who stated this while delivering his speech as the Chairman of the 3rd Progressives Governance Lecture Series of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Owerri, the Imo State capital , with the theme “Dealing with the challenge of building a physically healthy nation through preventive, protective and innovative medicare” noted that it was compounded by the neglect by the Federal Government.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Al Makura Sues For Peace, Ready To Meet Assembly Members, Stakeholders||Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has called on the residents in the State to seek peace and live in harmony with one another, saying it is the only way the State can develop. In a live broadcast to the people of the State, the Governor said it was pertinent that he appealed to the collective conscience of the people and to take a critical look at the perilous situation in which the crisis has placed the young, but promising State. He lamented that the situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are taking refuge in various camps, public buildings and neighbouring communities, was deplorable, especially as they are in dire need of shelter, food and healthcare. Meanwhile, a Member of the State House of Assembly, Baba Ibaku, has said Members of the Assembly would boycott the peace meeting called by the State Governor. He told journalists that the State Government was not serious about its action, adding that the Assembly does not believe in the action of the Governor.||Nasarawa State Governor; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||"We’ll Do Justice To CONFAB Report"- Tambuwal||The Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has reiterated the commitment of the National Assembly to do justice to all the recommendations in the report of the National Conference which has been presented to President Goodluck Jonathan. The Speaker stated this at the weekend in Agba community, Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, shortly after the burial of Pa Elder Moses Edeh Akuru, the father of the Member representing Ezza North/Ishielu Federal Constituency, Hon Peter Edeh and his twin brother, the Enugu Archbishop, Most Rev Christopher Nweke Edeh.||National Conference; Speaker House Of Representatives||http://leadership.ng/
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||ACPN Threatens To Sue PDP, TAN Over Rallies||One of the opposition political parties in the country, Allied Congress of Nigeria (ACPN), has said it may be constrained to take legal action to stop the nation-wide campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN). The party founded by the late politician, Alhaji Olusola Saraki, met yesterday in Abuja to deliberate on the developments in the Nigerian polity, especially its participation in the elections being organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the excessive deployment of security forces during elections. Addressing journalists shortly after the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, the party’s acting National Chairman, Ganiyu Galadima, said the issue of early campaigns and donations to political parties had become very critical as the 2015 general election draws nearer.
He said despite the restriction order contained in Section 221 of the Electoral Act, TAN had with the tacit support of the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continued to embark on public campaigns for the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.
|Nigeria 2015; Allied Congress Of Nigeria (ACPN)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Leadership News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Adamawa By-Election: APC Commences Screening Of Guber Candidates||All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday, commenced screening of its aspirants for the governorship by-election in Adamawa State at the party’s secretariat in Yola. The Chairman of the Screening Committee, Oluwa Rotimi Akeredolu confirmed to newsmen that so far the exercise was hitch free and going as scheduled. As at the time of filing this report, the committee has interacted with three aspirants including Senator Ahmad Barata, Dahiru Bobbo and Senator Bindow Umar Jibrilla.||Adamawa 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|ThisDay Live||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Presidency Claims Jonathan Support Groups Now Up To 8,000||Ahead of the 2015 general election, the Presidency yesterday claimed that 8,000 groups were now championing the aspiration of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election. Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, said this yesterday when the special committee set up to restructure the Goodluck Support Group (GSG), led by Gen. Adamu Ibrahim, submitted its report. The Special Adviser further said that “with the report of the Screening and Evaluation Committee now submitted to us we are going to the next level, that is to say, we shall undertake content analysis of the reports with a view to properly positioning the various support groups for the challenges of the 2015 general election.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|Tribune News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||"We Shall Take Over The Center In 2015"- APC||National Chairman of the All Progressives congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, has said that the party would stop at nothing to ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was voted out and replaced by APC, come 2015 presidential election. According to him, the tenure of the current President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration would come to an end in 2014, through the ballot papers. Former Governor of Edo State stated that the APC-led administration would fight to the finish to end corruption that had continued unabated in the country. He pointed out that every Nigerian, including some of members of PDP, wanted a political change in Nigeria, adding that every Nigerian would benefit from the change.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://tribune.com.ng/
|Daily Post News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Enugu Governor, Chime Re-employs Impeached Deputy||Few days after he was ‘axed’ from the Government House, former Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Sunday Onyebuchi, has been redeployed to the State Civil Service. Punch reports that the development followed Onyebuchi’s impeachment, and the subsequent appointment of a new Deputy Governor in the Coal City State. DailyPost recalls that Onyebuchi was a staff of the Enugu State Civil Service before his appointment to political office. However, the particular ministry, department or agency of the Government to which Onyebuchi was redeployed is still unknown at the moment.||Enugu State; Impeachment; former Deputy Governor||http://dailypost.ng/
|All Africa News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||2015: "Sentimental Politicians Should Be Rejected"- Baba Ahmed||Former Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, has warned Nigerians against voting politicians who are polarising the country along religious lines. Speaking at the induction, award and graduation ceremony organised by Institute of Public Speaking, Nigeria at the weekend in Kaduna, Baba-Ahmed who is also a former Secretary to Kaduna State Government said Nigerians have every reason to be angry because their leaders have failed them. He therefore advised Nigerians to ensure that only merit and sincerity of purpose count in electing leaders to steer the affairs of the country for another four years come 2015.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://allafrica.com/
|Daily Post News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Stop Insulting My Government, Orji Warns Kalu||Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji has warned his predecessor, Orji Uzor Kalu, against rubbishing his administration on the pages of his newspaper. He said Kalu should “stop running down his administration, using his ( Kalu’s ) paper as a conveyor belt.” Orji, was reacting to a recent media report, which quoted Anambra State-born billionaire politician, Arthur Eze, as saying that “Abia stinks.” He accused Kalu of using his medium to “twist the truth and propagate falsehood.” Briefing journalists on Monday in Umuhaia, the State Commissioner for Information, Eze Chikamnayo, said that Eze was quoted out of context by Kalu’s paper in his bid to further rubbish the efforts of Orji to reposition the State. He said it was unpatriotic of “the former Governor to use his paper to turn Arthur Eze’s candid remarks to mean that Abia stinks,” a comment he said Eze had denied when contacted. He said Kalu ought to be a shining example of patriotism, warning him to desist from “his campaigns of calumny against the State Government.”||Abia 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||"APC Is Dead If Buhari Doesn’t Contest 2015 Presidential Elections"- Kawu Sumaila||The All Progressives Congress (APC) should be considered dead if former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, is not allowed to run as the presidential candidate of the party in 2015,Alhaji Kawu Sumaila, Lawmaker representing Takai Federal Constituency of Kano State has said. The SUN reported that Sumaila made the declaration while addressing newsmen in Kaduna. He said," I am taking this position because I know that Buhari is tested and trusted, and so, I believe that only him can salvage the APC in 2015, and any attempt to field any other person may kill the party."||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.nigerian
|Nigerian Bulletin News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Rivers PDP Slams APC For Politicizing Ebola Virus||The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State Chapter says the All Progressives Congress, APC, is one flock of same minds suffering from the calamity of being ignorant of everything simply because they lack the courage to admit their ignorance of a great number of things including the dreaded Ebola Virus disease that is ravaging many parts of West African Sub-region. The party came out with this while reacting to the APC’s unnecessary discomfort over the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN South South Rally in Port Harcourt over the weekend which was a huge success, and its senseless attempt to blame the party for going on with the event in view of the reported cases of the Ebola disease in the State.||Rivers 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.nigerian
|Daily Post News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||"We Are Not Part Of PDP North-West Endorsement Of Jonathan"- Jigawa State Governor||Jigawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the State Government have said they did not arrive at any resolution endorsing President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 general election. Addressing newsmen in Dutse, the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmad Mahmud said: “We are not part of the decision; we didn’t know the content of the communique read after the Sunday PDP North-West zonal meeting at Kaduna.”||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://dailypost.ng/
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Declare Second Term Bid Now, Ijaw Group Tells Jonathan||Kinsmen of President Goodluck Jonathan, under the aegis of the Ijaw National Congress, have asked him to immediately declare for his re-election in the 2015 general election to silence the opposition. They threatened to “resist any attempt by Northern Elders Forum, to intimidate the President from seeking re-election next year.” According to them, the delay in declaring for re-election is giving impetus to some groups to issue unwarranted threats on the President and irrelevant conditions under which he could re-contest.||Nigeria 2015; Ijaw; President Jonathan||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||I’ve Not Stepped Down For Fintiri, Says Modibbo||One of those contending for the Peoples Democratic Party governorship ticket in Saturday’s primary in Adamawa State, Dr. Mohammed Modibbo, has dispelled the rumours that he has stepped down from the race for the Acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri He said there were speculations across the 21 Local Government Areas in the State that he and three other aspirants have stepped down for the Acting Governor, who has been allowed to contest in the election. Modibbo said this in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr. Julius Toba, in Abuja on Monday. He urged his supporters to disregard the rumour, which he described as cheap propaganda.||Adamawa 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||PDP Has Ruined Nigeria, Says Pedro||A Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Femi Pedro, has berated the Peoples Democratic Party for negative politics. He added that the type of politics being played by the party was the root cause of decay in the country. The ex-Deputy Governor, who lost at the PDP governorship primaries in 2011, said this on twitter on Monday. Pedro congratulated the leadership of the All Progressives Congress for selecting the modified direct primaries system as the preferred way of choosing its candidates in the upcoming 2015 elections, saying that it is a victory for grass roots democracy.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|This Day Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Enugu Governor, Chime Swears In New Deputy Governor||Exactly one week after Deputy Governor Sunday Onyebuchi was impeached by the State House of Assembly, a new one has been sworn in. The new Deputy Governor, Rev. Raphael Ifeanyichukwu Nwoye, took his oath of office which was administered by the State Chief Judge, Justice Innocent Umezirike, at exactly 4:08pm yesterday. The event which took place at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House, attracted top government officials in the State as well as traditional rulers from Nkanu East Local Government Area.||Enugu State; Impeachment; former Deputy Governor||9|
|This Day Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||"Why Jonathan Is Unpopular In The North-West"- Binta Kuraye||The President, Northern Women Peace Forum (NWPF), Hajiya Binta Kuraye, has said that President Jonathan has remained unpopular in the North-West, irrespective of the laudable achievements of his administration. Kuraye, who is also a member of the government National Center for Women Development (NCWD), said the President would remain unpopular if he refuses to identify with the grassroot politicians, who could relate his achievements to the people.||Nigeria 2015; NWPF; President Jonathan||12|
|This Day Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Adamawa: Group Canvases Support For Marwa||A socio-political group made up of young Nigerians across the country, Democratic Young Patriots (DYP) has called on the delegates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State to support the governorship aspiration of the former Lagos State Military Administrator, General Buba Marwa (rtd) in the interest of the State and the North-East zone.||Adamawa 2014; DYP; Buba Marwa||12|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Kwankwaso: "Jonathan Behaves Like Commander-in-Chief Of NTA"||Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso yesterday said President Jonathan has failed in his responsibility of protecting the nation’s citizens. He spoke at the 3rd lecture of the Progressives Governors Forum in Owerri, Imo State. Kwankwaso said Jonathan appears to be more of the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Television Authority rather than the Armed Forces because of the promotional TV jingles that wrongly compare him with other successful world leaders. He criticised the President, saying he has failed the nation with his inability to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||3|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||US Trains Nigerian Journalists For 2015 Elections||Reporters covering the activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are undergoing a United States sponsored workshop for the 2015 general elections. US Ambassador to Nigeria, James E. Entwistle, said the five day training, in collaboration with the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), was part of his country’s efforts towards perfecting Nigeria’s democracy.||Nigeria 2015; US Embassy||7|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||2015: "Nigerians Must Trust Us To Deliver"- INEC||The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appealed to Nigerians to trust it to deliver free, fair and credible elections in 2015. Speaking at the one-day town hall meeting on the Continuous Voter’s Registration (CVR) and the Permanent Voter’s Card (CVR) organised by Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) in Abuja yesterday, INEC’s Director of Voter Registry Emmanuel Akem, Director of Voter Education Barrister Oluwole Uzzi and INEC Head of Department FCT Voter Education Mr. Okezie Nwankwo made the appeal yesterday.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||7|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||2015: Kwankwaso To Declare This Month||Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has concluded arrangements to formally declare for the Presidency this month, a reliable source in Kano Government House confirmed. Top political sources in Kano told Daily Trust that the Governor is concluding the nationwide consultations he embarked upon over his presidential ambition.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||17|
|Daily Trust Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||"Only Justice And Fairness Can Ensure Victory For APC In 2015"- Kawu||Deputy Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Sulaiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila has said that only justice and fairness by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would ensure victory for the party in the next year’s general elections. Kawu therefore called on the leadership of the party in Kano State, to ensure a level playing ground for all aspirants vying for positions on the platform of the party.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||20|
|Vanguard Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||2015 Polls: Trouble brews In INEC Over N9 Billion Ballot Paper Contract||Crisis is brewing at the Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, following the decision of the Commission to contract the printing of the ballot papers of the presidential and governorship election to a foreign firm at a cost of N6 Billion. Although the Commission is yet to award the controversial contract to any of the foreign firms, it has however, set in motion the process that would lead to the award of the pricey job to an American or European firm any moment from now. Similarly, the Commission has set aside a sum of N3 Billion to be paid to local printers to produce the ballot papers to be used for the National Assembly and House of Assembly elections in Nigeria next year. A competent source in INEC told Vanguard that many officials, who were uncomfortable with the decision of the management to farm out the job to outsiders have made their opposition known to the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega and have opted to report the matter to President Jonathan.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||8|
|The Nation Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Ekiti State Government Cautions PDP On Baseless Allegations||Ekiti State government has advised the State’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to focus on ways of ensuring a smooth transition and how to record laudable achievements during the next administration. Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr. Tayo Ekundayo, who gave the advise in Ado-Ekiti, cautioned the PDP to stop its campaign of calumny against the government. He described the alleged lies by the PDP as part of a plan to create public disaffection for the Governor Kayode Fayemi led-administration.||Ekiti 2014; All Progressives Congress (APC)||7|
|The Nation Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||"How INEC, PDP Rigged Niger-East Senatorial By-Election"- APC||The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of conniving with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to rig last Saturday’s by-election in Niger-East Senatorial District. The election was declared inconclusive by INEC. APC’s State Publicity Secretary Jonathan Vatsa, alleged that the Commission accredited PDP mercenaries as security officials, who tried to induce voters at polling units. In a statement in Minna, Vatsa alleged that PDP thugs resolved to ballot box snatching when it became clear that the electorate were voting for the APC candidate. He said reports from the field indicted INEC staff at polling units of turning a blind eye to the irregularities perpetrated by PDP members, especially in Paiko, Rafi, Gurara, Tafa and Suleja Local Government Areas. The State government also said there was gross misconduct during the election.||Niger East; Senatorial By-Election; INEC||9|
|Guardian Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Why Security Personnel, Others Won’t Vote, By INEC||Citing official duties, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday stated that it might not be possible for security personnel on essential duty outside their base to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming 2015 poll. INEC’s Director of Voter Education, Barrister Oluwole Uzzi also said the same condition covers youth courps members and journalists deployed to cover the elections in places outside their base.||Nigeria 2015; INEC||84|
|Guardian Newspaper||Tuesday 2nd September 2014||Ogun PDP Assures Aspirants Of Fairness||The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ogun State chapter yesterday told its supporters that the party’s leadership has no annointed aspirant hence any of the contestants who claims to be the party’s candidate should be ignored. The party also appealed to its supporters to elect the most "credible" candidate among the aspirants to carry the party’s governorship ticket in the 2015 elections if the party is to clinch victory from the APC in 2015.||Ogun 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||84|
|Punch News Online||Monday September 1st 2014||2015: We Have No Candidate, US Envoy Tells APC||The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, at the weekend told the opposition All Progressives Congress that the US would not support any candidate for the presidency in the 2015 general elections. The Ambassador said the US would only be on the side of the people and a transparent electoral process. The advice came on the heels of insinuations, especially by the APC, of worsening partisan roles allegedly played by the security agencies in the recent governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun State on June 21 and August 9 respectively. The APC had repeatedly alleged that the various security agencies openly took side with the ruling PDP by intimidating leaders and supporters of the APC during the elections in the two States.||Nigeria 2015; US Embassy||http://www.punchng.
|Premium Times Online||Monday September 1st 2014||North-West PDP Endorses Jonathan For 2015||The Peoples Democratic Party, North West, has endorsed President Jonathan for a re-election in 2015, praising the President for overseeing what the party called “steady and stable progress” of Nigeria. President Jonathan was given the backing at the party’s zonal meeting in Kaduna on Sunday, attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo, the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Muazu, the Governor of Kebbi State, Sa’idu Dakingari and Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State. The Deputy Governors of Sokoto, Jigawa and Katsina States, PDP Senators from the zone, and PDP members of House of Representatives from the Zone, were also in attendance. Governors Ibrahim Shema of Katsina, Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, and the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, were absent at the meeting.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)|
|Punch News Online||Monday September 1st 2014||Group Flays Kwankwaso Over Comment On 1999 Constitution||Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere Renewal Group, on Sunday berated Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, for describing the 1999 Constitution as immutable. The group said the statement was selfish and unpatriotic. The Kano State Governor was recently quoted as saying that “any Constitution other than the 1999 Constitution should be rejected because anything less than that is an instrument by those who think it will help them.” In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, the group blamed Kwankwaso, and other self-seeking Nigerian politicians, for endorsing the 1999 Constitution when it suits them and calling for its amendment when it does not.||Nigeria 2015; Afenifere Group; 1999 Constitution||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Monday September 1st 2014||"Those Accusing Us Of Imposition Are Hypocrites"- APC||The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Chief Dele Ajomale, has accused those crying foul over imposition of candidates in the party of hypocrisy saying they have benefited from the very act they condemn. Ajomale said this at an empowerment programme organised by a Member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Epe Constituency II, Mr. Olusegun Olulade, in Lagos on Sunday. The Party Chairman, who represented a National Leader of the party and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, assured party faithful that the party will conduct primaries at all levels to choose its candidates for the 2015 general elections.||Nigeria 2015; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://www.punchng.
|Punch News Online||Monday September 1st 2014||PDP Accuses Ekiti Govt Of Property Scam||The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State says valuable assets and properties of the State are being hurriedly sold at cheap prices to chiefs of the All Progressives Congress and cronies of Governor Kayode Fayemi ahead of the swearing-in of the Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose. The party threatened to reverse all illicit sales made by the government when it assumes office on October 16, warning the beneficiaries to get prepared. In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, the State Publicity Secretary, Kola Oluwawole, accused some top officials of the State’s Housing Corporation and the Directorate of Lands and Planning of conniving with the government in the fraudulent sales.||Ekiti 2014; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.punchng.
|Leadership News Online||Monday September 1st 2014||Niger- East Senatorial By-Election: Umaru Appeals To Supporters As INEC Declares Poll Inconclusive||The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Niger East by-election, Barr. David Umaru, yesterday said the party would not be deterred by the irregularities that marred the Saturday by-election and should mobilise for the September 6 supplementary election. Addressing journalists yesterday, he said that the party would not boycott the re-run, but would mobilise members to come out en masse for a landslide victory next Saturday against all odds. Umaru said he was optimistic that he would be victorious at the next Saturday’s by-election, and called on his teeming supporters not to despair. Earlier, the Niger East Senatorial by-election was declared inconclusive by the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leading in the interim result released.||Niger-East; Senatorial By-Election; All Progressives Congress (APC)||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday September 1st 2014||2015: IPAC Demands Amendment To Electoral Act||As activities build up towards the 2015 general elections, the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has condemned the spate of third party campaigns by various political groups for some political parties, saying the trend is weakening political parties and overheating the polity. It, therefore, called for an amendment of the Electoral Act to stop such campaigns. The IPAC chairman, Dr Yunusa Tanko who stated this yesterday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen condemned the act by which politicians start canvassing for votes and campaigning before the approved 90 days, stressing that third party campaigns cut across all the political parties.||Nigeria 2015; Electoral Act; IPAC||http://leadership.ng/
|Leadership News Online||Monday September 1st 2014||Uneasy Calm In Bayelsa Council As Plot Against Assembly Speaker Thickens||Uneasy calm reigns among indigenes of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State over plots by some politicians in the area to hijack the leadership position of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Kombowei Benson and control the political slots zoned to the area. Already, the politicians involved, including some leading members of the Local Government administration, have started mobilising funds through various task forces and committees. The Task Force on Illegal Bunkering and Oil Theft, led by Mr David Lyon, was alleged to have started the process of mobilisation with over 2,000 members in Southern Ijaw communities including Korokorosei community where the Speaker hails from in the Council.||Bayelsa 2015; Speaker House Of Assembly; Ijaw||http://leadership.ng/
|ThisDay Live||Monday September 1st 2014||Niger-East Senatorial By-Election Inconclusive||The Niger East senatorial election which held at the weekend in nine Local Government Areas of the State has been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Returning Officer, Professor Wole Morenikeji, who stated this in Minna yesterday, said the election was inconclusive because there were allegations of electoral malpractices and irregularities in seven units in four Local Government Areas which rendered the results of the affected units void. He gave the names of the affected Local Governments Areas as Rafi, Shiroro, Muyan and Paikoro. He said a supplementary election would hold in the affected units on Saturday, September 6 before the final result of the by-election could be announced.||Niger East; Senatorial By-Election; INEC||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday September 1st 2014||Sambo Canvasses Return Of PDP Defectors||The Vice-President, Alhaji Namadi Sambo, yesterday called on aggrieved defecting members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to listen to the voice of reason and return to the party’s fold. Sambo made the call in Kaduna at the PDP North-West zone stakeholders’ meeting. "There is a popular adage which has it that even the teeth and the tongue do sometimes disagree. It should be acknowledged that there is no alternative to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). As the largest party in Africa, it is good enough to accommodate all and sundry," he said. In a statement by his Spokesman, Umar Sani, the Vice-President appraised the significant rise in the party’s membership across country.||Nigeria 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday September 1st 2014||Imo 2015: Oru West Endorses Ihedioha||Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other indigenes of Oru-West Local Government Area in Imo State have thrown their weight behind the gubernatorial ambition of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Emeka Ihedioha. Similarly, former Secretary to the Imo State Government and leader of the party in the council, Mr. Ignatius Umunna, also threw his weight behind the Deputy Speaker, describing him as an honest, trustworthy and reliable person who can deliver the true dividend of democracy in the State. The endorsements were reeled out when the Deputy Speaker was in the Local Council with his supporters in continuation of his State-wide consultation and sensitisation tour of the 27 Local Government Areas of the State ahead of his 2015 governorship ambition.||Imo 2015; People’s Democratic Party (PDP)||http://www.thisdaylive.
|ThisDay Live||Monday September 1st 2014||South-East Governors To Meet With Igbo Leaders In Three Weeks On 2015 Elections||Governors of the South-East geopolitical zone rose from a closed-door meeting in Enugu yesterday with a resolution to summon a meeting of the elders’ forum of the zone to discuss the myriads of challenges facing the region especially as the nation prepares for the 2015 elections. The Chairman of the forum and Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, made the position of the Governors known in a communique after their meeting which lasted for about five hours.
He said the meeting would be convened in the next three weeks. The forum also called on the Federal Government to establish a Cargo Section at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.
|Nigeria 2015; South East Leaders||http://www.thisdaylive.