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|Politics / PDP Hails Court Judgment On Its Kano Governorship Candidate by agwom(m): 5:53am On Mar 09|
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed the order of the Court of Appeal on Thursday restraining INEC from de-listing its governorship candidate in Kano State.
The Court restrained INEC from removing the name of Mr Abba Yusuf, the party’s governorship candidate, from the list of the state governorship candidates.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said that the judgment had completely put to rest all controversies regarding the PDP candidate for the election.
He said that Yusuf remained the bona-fide candidate of the PDP for the Saturday’s election.
“The Court of Appeal is commended for delivering justice by upholding the lawful nomination of Yusuf as the PDP candidate for the Kano state governorship election.
“All stakeholders are advised to note the order of the Court of Appeal and be guided accordingly.”(NAN)
|Politics / Atiku Gets Court’s Nod To Inspect Election Materials by agwom(m): 8:24am On Mar 07|
…rules out request for forensic analysis
The Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to inspect materials used for the February 23 presidential election.
A three-member panel led by Justice Abdul Aboki granted the order yesterday. Other members of the panel are Justices Emmanuel Akomaye Agim and Peter Ige.
Atiku and the PDP had through their lawyers, Levi Uzoukwu (SAN) and Chief Chris Uche (SAN), urged the tribunal to grant six reliefs to enable them institute and maintain their petition against the outcome of the presidential election.
They requested the panel to compel INEC to produce the Voters Register, the Smart Card Reader Machines, Ballot Papers and other sensitive materials used in the election for inspection and scanning.
The ex parte motion was supported with a 12-paragraphed affidavit deposed to by the Director of Contact and Mobilisation of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council, retired Col. Austin Akobundu.
But the tribunal, which is sitting at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, rejected the request by Atiku and the PDP to be allowed to conduct forensic audit of the materials.
It stated that by the provisions of Section 151 (1) and (2) of the Electoral Act, INEC is only expected to allow the applicants access to inspect documents, adding that the result of forensic analysis was not admissible as evidence in court.
The panel added that the purport of sections 151 (1)(2) of the Electoral Act is at the stage of pre-hearing, and that the applicant can only be allowed to inspect and certify documents to protect the integrity of the materials.
It added that the applicants should base the substance of their petition on official materials only obtained from the electoral body.
Daily Trust reports that President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner of the February 23 election with a total of 15,191,847 votes. Atiku, who came second with 11,262,978 votes rejected the results and vowed to challenge them in court.
The APC had since signified its readiness to meet the PDP presidential candidate and his party in court.
The Director of Strategic Communications of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN), who disclosed this in a statement earlier in the week, said Atiku Abubakar has a constitutional right to seek redress in court.
“In fact, it is the resort to court that is the only democratic way to ventilate his perceived grievance and any attempt to restrict or discourage the exercise of such right would be an invitation to anarchy.
“In addition, we are very anxious to meet Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in court in order to show the world in a conclusive manner the free and fair nature of the comprehensive defeat of Atiku at the polls.
“An election is not termed ‘rigged’ only by the mere claim of it by the loser. That is what Atiku and the PDP want to ram down our throats. Unfortunately for them, international, continental and sub-regional observers (who can be seen as neutral by all standards) all declared the election to be free, fair and credible. No ego-massaging narrative can change that,” Keyamo said.
|Politics / Pursue Oil Exploration In North To Logical Conclusion – ACF by agwom(m): 8:04am On Mar 07|
Chairman of the ACF’s board of trustees, Mallam Adamu Fika who led the delegation, urged president Buhari to pursue oil exploration in the North to its logical conclusion.
Fika, reminded the president of the request made by the forum in 2016 for execution of Baro Port, the Mambilla Hydro power, revival of the agricultural sector, road construction and rehabilitation, and oil and gas exploration.
“In 2016, during a visit of the delegation of the forum, led by late Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, Danmasanin Kano, the forum drew your attention to projects of concern to the North and of benefit to Nigeria at large.
“The projects included the Baro Port, the Mambilla Hydro power, self- sufficiency in agricultural produce, road construction and rehabilitation, and above all oil and gas exploration.
“It is pleasing to note that since then, the Baro port has been commissioned, while all other projects have been reactivated and now being implemented.
“We pray that those organs of Government charged with the responsibility for the implementation will double their efforts to ensure that these projects are executed fully to their logical conclusion within reasonable time,” he said.
|Education / WAEC Releases 2019 Results, Plans E-marking by agwom(m): 11:33am On Mar 06|
The West African Examination Council yesterday released the Senior School Certificate Examination results for private candidates, withholding 376 candidates’ over malpractice.
The private candidate examination tagged the new diet of WASSCE for private candidates, is a new programme introduced in 2017. Its first edition was conducted in January/February 2018; and the 2019 first series examination, concluded on February 4, 2019.
The head of the Nigerian office of WAEC, Olu Adenipekun, said plans were underway to introduce electronic marking (e-marking.
“A total of 3,102 candidates obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and General Mathematics,” he said.
|Politics / Dickson To Buratai: Prosecute Soldiers Who Killed My Photographer by agwom(m): 11:10am On Mar 06|
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has urged the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai, to identify and prosecute the soldiers who killed a government house photographer. Reginald Dei and one Taribi Seidougha in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state during the February 23 elections.
Dickson, in a statement yesterday by his director of Strategic Communications, Nathan Egba-Ologo, said Buratai has a responsibility to redeem the image of the army by ensuring the arrest and trial of the soldiers.
The governor urged the army to produce the killer soldiers and ensure they face the full weight of the law.
“Buratai should be wary of tying the army to the disgusting disposition of the Bayelsa APC’s violence and criminality by taking the proactive step to investigate the circumstances leading to the murder of the government house photographer and the PDP leader in Southern Ijaw.
“The Bayelsa State Government and Bayelsans would adopt all lawful means to seek justice in this brazen act of terror perpetrated against our citizens by a collusion of thugs and soldiers,” he said.
|Politics / Buhari’s Victory: Ribadu Assures Nigerians Of Better Life by agwom(m): 5:14am On Mar 02|
Malam Nuhu Ribadu, Director of Field Operations Directorate, All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, has assured Nigerians of better living condition in the next four years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership.
Ribadu, the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), gave the assurance at a thank you reception for members of the directorate on Friday in Abuja.
“We will continue to be happy in the next four years because we have re-elected a good man.
“Buhari is a good man, he is genuine, he is a honest and fair gentlema
“He will protect our resources, he will not allow bad people to cheat us and steal from our commonwealth, he will not, and that is what we want in a leader.
“He will not go and sell Nigeria, he will not sell whatever that we have, he will not sit with anybody to plot evil or do bad thing, he will not,” Ribadu said.
He added that ahead of the Feb. 23, Presidential and National Assembly elections, Buhari refused to allow the traditional way of politicians and did not take advantage of public institutions to achieve his desire.
According to him, Buhari refused to interfere with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), but rather charged the directorate to sell APC to Nigerians who have the final say.
He added that it was not about money, or intimidation, saying that Nigerian electorate were given free opportunity and chance to decide and they decided through their votes.
“Ladies and gentlemen, let us be proud of ourselves, we did something that money cannot buy, we did it honestly and only God can testify to that,” Ribadu said.
He urged members of the directorate to be proud of themselves for campaigning for President Buhari and the party’s candidates ahead of the elections, adding that they would be rewarded.
He said their reward may not be immediate, but that they would certainly be rewarded.
Ribadu, however, said that the general elections were not over, because the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections were still ahead.
He, therefore, appealed to members of the directorate to go back and continue to campaign for APC candidates, saying that it was not yet time to rest until it was over.
“We have another election coming up on March 9, it is a very important election for the party, I want to appeal to all of us, let us take it as very important.
“We have already done a wonderful job and we are capable of doing that again, the work we are doing is a continuation of supporting President Buhari because he would need a party that has majority of states.
“He would need more governors so that he can carry on with his work and implement the policies of our party.
“The governors would also require our own State House of Assembly members. Governance is about a team work,” Ribadu said. (NAN)
|Politics / Nobody Will Stop PDP From Going To Court -secondus by agwom(m): 8:02pm On Mar 01|
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has said that nobody will stop the party from contesting the outcome of the Feb. 23 Presidential Election in the court.
Secondus, while addressing a press conference on Friday in Abuja said that the party believed that justice would be done at the court.
“We will go to court. Nobody will stop us from going to court and bring out all of the facts both the international observers and some people have not seen.
“We will unearth them at the court and I believe that justice will be done at the court
“Because, if we continue to suppress injustice and go sentimental, the country will continue to pile on gun powder that will explode one day.
“So much injustice has been done in this country and if we allow it and it continues to pile, nobody knows what will happen.
“So, that’s why we decided as good citizens and law-abiding and people who believe in rule of law that we will go,” Secondus said.
Speaking on the recent meeting the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had with the National Peace Committee, Secondus said there was no condiction given to the party, as they were only invited to state their grievances.
“There was no condition. Initially, we were not to talk with them because a decision had been taken to go to court, but because of the personalities involved, we said ok, let’s just talk.
“There was no condition. There was no request of any condition.
“We made it clear that unless the injustices are addressed, there is no room for peace. It is only when you address the injustice that you can now sit down for peace,” he said.
Secondus also spoke on the alleged militarisation of the elections particularly in the South South and South East.
He said it was one of the strategies the rulling party used in denying PDP victory.
He added the development was also responsible for alleged killing of innocent electorate and suppression of voters who were either scared out or chased away from polling units.
He said that even by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) own record voter turnout in last Saturday’s election fell to about 36 per cent from 44 per cent it was in 2015.
“While the military was suppressing voters in PDP strong hold areas in the South, a different abracadabra was going on in some northern states particularly in Kano, Yobe, Borno and Zamfara states where numbers refuse to add up.
“In Borno, Yobe and Zamfara states, confirmed report shows that there was non-compliance in the use of Smart card reader as approved by INEC rules”.
He added that “The same applies to cancelled votes, in Nasarawa states over 115,000votes cancelled, Kogi 79,000 votes, Plateau 30,000 votes indicating that these high incidence of vote cancellation were designed to suppress the margin of victory in PDP strongholds.
Secondus urged PDP members and supporters across the country not to despair but to remain steadfast and focused.
“Like our presidential candidate assured, we shall triumph at the end because democracy has come to stay in this country and is staying by the grace of God.
“I also wish to reiterate to our security agencies particularly the Army that they are not at war with any section of her citizens and they must try to be professional in their duties by staying away from election matters as directed by the Supreme Court of the land”.
Highlight of the press conference include one minute silence for Nigerians who lost their lives on the election day and in the course of celebrating the outcome. (NAN)
|Politics / Nigeria Loses Over N1.81trn To Contract Dispute Cases – Abuja Chamber by agwom(m): 5:34am On Mar 01|
Nigeria has lost over N1.81 trillion ($5 billion) over the years resolving contract disputes that could have been resolved at less cost using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanism.
This was revealed by the President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, yesterday, while inaugurating the planning committee for an upcoming government contract dispute resolution workshop in Abuja.
Prince Kayode said most of the contract disputes were related to contract cancellations, cost adjustments and delays.
He said there was need for contractors and government agencies to explore alternative means of dispute resolution such as that being provided by the ACCI’s Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC) to save cost and time.
He said contract disputes dragged for about five to eight years in court and cost huge amount of money for parties involved.
The ACCI boss said the DRC, which has been approved by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has adopted the latest guidelines on global alternative dispute resolution to, not only resolve disputes on time but on reduced cost to all parties.
He decried situations were parties in a dispute sought alternative resolution means abroad at high cost.
He said the ACCI DRC has the capacity to dispense all contract disputes using alternative dispute resolution mechanism without the parties seeking such solutions abroad.
|Politics / INEC Set To Conduct Governorship Polls In 29 States —yakubu by agwom(m): 7:25pm On Feb 28|
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said that the commission is set for the March 9 governorship elections in 29 states.
He was speaking Thursday in Abuja at the opening of a meeting of the commission management with the states Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC), hours after declaring President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as winner of the last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.
According to him, the meeting among others was to review the elections the processes and procedures deployed during the last election in a bid to make amends where necessary.
He added that the meeting will also help in finalizing arrangements for the forthcoming governorship and state house of assembly elections.
“Once we conduct the national election, we take stock and review, so that process and procedures are strengthened learning from period of previous elections before we go into state elections,” Yakubu said.
He said that since the RECs were in Abuja with the State Collation Officers (SCO) for the presidential election, it was important for the commission to meet and review the experiences of the last elections with a view to strengthening its processes towards a successful conduct of the state elections on Saturday, March 9.
“The next election is going to hold on Saturday March 9 and this is going to be the governorship in 29 states of the federation. As you are aware, in seven states, the governorship elections are staggered and conducted off season. We have since concluded these elections.
“So, there will be governorship election in 29 states. And in all the states of the federation, there will be state assemblies election and in the FCT where the Area Council election coincides with the general election. We are also conducting election in 68 constituencies and that will be six area council chairmen and 62 councils.
“We have gone very far with the arrangements for the elections, election will hold on March 9 with the election of governor for states as well as members of the state assemblies,” Yakubu said.
The meeting was still going on as at the time of filling this report and resolutions of the meeting are expected to be released afterwards.
|Politics / Police Storm Venue Of ‘free Lagos’ Press Briefing, Fire Shots by agwom(m): 1:38pm On Feb 28|
There’s tension at the premises of Lagos Airport Hotel in Ikeja, venue of a “Free Lagos” Press conference about to hold now.
The press conference is being organised by a group known as ‘Orange Movement for a Free Lagos State’ with the theme, “Setting Lagos free from Bourdillon Bondage, #OtogeLagos”.
The conveners of the group comprise of former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, Spokesperson of Afenifere Group, Mr. Yinka Odumakin and Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While some participants had already seated inside the Oranmiyan Hall where the event was to hold, scores of other participants who stormed the Airport Hotel gate were stopped by a detachment of armed policemen mobilised to the scene.
The policemen did not allow anybody to come inside the hall.
In the ensuing drama, the policemen fired several shots to disperse the crowd with people running helter-skelter within the premises.
It was not clear while policemen in about 10 vehicles stormed the venue, but sources said the action was to prevent the press conference from holding.
But the state’s police spokesman, Chike Oti, said the command got an intelligence report that some hoodlums were trying to hijack the press briefing.
He said the police cannot stop anybody from using the Airport Hotel facilities being a business environment, adding that the command is also obliged to protect lives and properties of the citizens.
As at the time of filing this report, the participants have vacated the hall and are currently hanging around the premises as the drama continues.
One of the conveners, Comrade Mark Adebayo said they would sue the police for the siege.
Agbakoba, Odumakin and Afikuyomi are yet to arrive the venue.
|Politics / Youth Besiege Abuja, Block Roads Celebrating Buhari’s Victory by agwom(m): 11:32am On Feb 28|
Some youth in their numbers, yesterday, besieged major streets, especially in the Central Business District, Wuse Market, Jabi, Utako in Abuja celebrating President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the polls.
Brandishing sticks, brooms and cutlasses, the youth also blocked entry and exit points into the city.
They formed a human blockade at Masaka on the Abuja-Keffi expressway, impeding traffic flow. Same thing happened at City Gate on Airport Road and AYA-Zuba expressway at Dutsen Alhaji Junction.
City News observed that a large number of the celebrating youth, who were mostly minors, swarmed the lane leading into Abuja from Keffi, chanting ‘sai baba’ as they forced motorists to do same.
The bonnets and windshields of some motorists’ vehicles that did not chant ‘sai baba’ and did not make the NextLevel gesture by raising four fingers were smashed.
The chaos continued down to Mararaba market as they pulled down campaign billboards of opposition candidates and set them ablaze.
In some instances, they sat on some vehicles’ bonnets for minutes, dancing and chanting ‘sai baba’ while they brandished brooms, the APC symbol.
They also handed motorists brooms as permit and those who refused to collect were harassed and delayed passage.
Commercial tricycle and motorcycle riders also joined in the wild celebration, as they drove recklessly, performing stunts on the Airport Road, Obafemi Awolowo Way along Jabi-Berger roundabout, Abuja-Keffi Road and several other locations in the FCT.
They rode to places where they had been banned by authorities from accessing as other residents moved about cautiously and in fear.
A motorist, John Yahaya, said Buhari’s supporters were free to celebrate but harassing other citizens who were going about their legitimate businesses was not acceptable.
He said their action was provocative but thanked God that nobody confronted them as any altercation could result to violence.
The FCT police command spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, could not comment on the chaos in the city as he did not pick calls or reply to a text message sent to his mobile phone number.
|Politics / PDP, APC Square Up At Collation Centre Over Smart Card Readers by agwom(m): 9:40pm On Feb 26|
The collation agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday at the National collation centre, openly confronted each other over the usage of the Smart Card Readers (SCR) in the last Saturday’s Presidential election.
It all began when the PDP agent and a former Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka said his party had written a petition to INEC.
According to him, the PDP was worried that the promise the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu made that during the collation of results, the details of accreditation captured by the card reader in the country would be provided.
“Yesterday, my colleague raised the issue and we thought that when we come back this morning as we are listening to the states, we will be seeing the accreditation by the states by the card reader.
“This, Mr. Chairman, I like it to be on record that we want to see the accreditation for Bauchi state, for Borno state and Yobe in particular and of course, for the rest of the country because the number as we are seeing, it seems to me that we live in two countries.
“Why people in the south have issues with the SCR, why complaints were all over the place, we seem to have quiet and peaceful elections in places where the people have complained of severe cases of insecurity and harassment by the military and bandits.
“So, we would like you, Mr. Chairman, and I forward this letter to you to say that we will appeal that if it is possible. Mr. Chairman, that before we proceed to the next state, you should please, project to us what the card reader has captured as the accreditation in these states.
“We are supposed to read from the card reader, the electronic collation as against the manual information that we are getting to process information here. While it isn’t yet signed into law in your guidelines it was made clear that no voting should take place where there are no card reader. So, Mr. Chairman, we must appeal to you that we would like you to project these accreditation as done by the card reader,” Chidoka said.
In his swift reaction, the APC agent, Mr. Festus Keyamo, faulted Mr. Chidoka’s claims.
He said the INEC Chairman was empowered to fix guidelines on the conduct at the collation centre.
Responding, the INEC boss, Prof. Yakubu, said there is a procedure for submitting correspondence to the Commission.
“We haven’t shut down our office. This is the International Conference Centre where we are using as collation centre. Kindly submit your letter to the office, it will be acknowledged. Your letter will now be studied and we will respond, accordingly. I believe that there are details in the letter that we need to study,” Yakubu said.
|Politics / Re: Presidency Offers To Give Atiku Phone Number Of Buhari by agwom(m): 4:50pm On Feb 26|
|Politics / PDP Rejects Katsina State Presidential Election Result by agwom(m): 4:43pm On Feb 26|
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the presidential election result from Katsina State over alleged irregularities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and an indigene of the state, polled 1,232,133 votes to beat Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, who scored 303,056 votes in the poll.
Alhaji Salisu Majigiri, the state PDP Chairman, disclosed the party’s position at a news conference on Tuesday in Katsina.
He alleged that there were some election irregularities committed in some local government areas of the state during the poll that were unacceptable to the PDP.
“Like in Kankara Local Government Area, some uncustomised result sheets are used to enter results, even though, they are from INEC, but are not the ones specifically supposed to be used for 2019 elections.
“In other places, there are over voting which we also observed, we are not satisfied with the result, that is why we rejected it and refused to sign.
“We raised objections on these issues during collation, but we are overruled.
“We will also raise these issues in Abuja during the final collation,” he said. (NAN)
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|Crime / Kajuru Attack: Violence Spreads To Kachia by agwom(m): 2:36pm On Feb 26|
Attacks by gunmen on Maro village in Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State have resulted in breakdown of law and order in many of the surrounding villages, extending to the neighbouring Kachia Local Government.
Gunmen were said to have stormed Maro at about 5:30 am, razing many houses and attacking many of the villagers.
A source in Maro said the armed men were more than 400 and that they came to the village very early with different types of weapons.
“As I am talking to you, many have fled their homes and are hiding in the bushes,” said one of the villagers who called our correspondent.
Confirming the situation, the Kaduna State Government, in a statement, said it received reports of renewed attacks in Kajuru and Kachia local government areas.
It condemned the recourse to violence, and called on all communities to support the efforts to restore calm in the area.
The statement, signed by the senior special assistant to the Kaduna governor on media, reads in part: “Today, the Kaduna State Government was briefed by security agencies of renewed attacks in Kajuru local government area, and in parts of neighboring Kachia LGA.
“The Kaduna State Government has been assured that the security agencies are working assiduously to contain the situation.
“The Government is saddened by these attacks, condemns the perpetrators and urges all residents of the area to support the security agencies in their efforts to protect communities.”
Maro was one the villages that came under attack two weeks ago.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna State, DSP Yakubu Sabo, when contacted, said he will get back to our correspondent on the issue.
|Politics / Ex-commissioner Escapes Assassination, Husband’s Fingers Chopped Off by agwom(m): 1:37pm On Feb 22|
A former commissioner in Ekiti State, Mrs Funke Owoseeni, narrowly escaped being killed by suspected assassins, on Thursday at her Ijesa Isu, in Ikole local government area of the state.
The armed men, who allegedly besieged the former commissioner’s residence with dangerous weapons, however, descended on her husband, Mr Paul Owoseeni, when they could not locate their target.
The attackers dealt with Mr. Owoseeni with machete and other dangerous weapons, chopping off five of his fingers in the process.
Mrs Owoseeni, who also served as the caretaker chairman of Ikole council and at a time, the women leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in the state told journalists on the telephone that the assailants stormed her house at about 8.30pm and turned off the generating set outside, thereby subjecting the house into total blackout.
Mrs Owoseeni described the attack as a politically motivated assassination attempt.
She said while some students resident with her were about restoring light to the building, the bandits swooped on them and started requesting for where she (Mrs Owoseeni) was at that time.
According to her: “When the light went off, we suspected that the generating set was still running outside and we asked those students living with us to go out and check what was happening.
“Few minutes later, we heard them saying please save us, save us and my husband who was not with torch light rushed out to see what was
happening. The impression we first heard was a case of electrocution.
“While my husband rushed out to save the situation, I tried to get my torchlight to be able to see clearly.
“Shortly, the voices changed and I started hearing thief, thief, thief but my husband was already in their midst with those children. But because I went with torchlight, I was able to see them and I had to rush back inside and hid myself somewhere.
“They brought my husband inside and started asking ‘where is your wife? We are here for her and not you’. When he didn’t tell them where I was, they started macheting him with dangerous weapons and they did that until they chopped off his fingers and they fled when they saw that he had passed out.”
Mrs Owoseeni said they immediately took her husband to the General Hospital to stabilize him before he was referred to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) for intensive medicare.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti division, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, said the case has not been reported at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti.
|Politics / IGP Assures Adequate Security For Elections by agwom(m): 8:21pm On Feb 21|
The acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has assured Nigerians that adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure a safe, secure and conducive environment towards a peaceful and credible election.
A statement on Thursday from Police spokesman, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Frank Mba, said the IGP called on the citizens to come out en-masse on the day of the election to cast their votes without any fear or apprehension.
He said the IG assures that security operatives deployed for the general election will be professional, neutral, firm and fair, whilst warning would-be perpetrators of violence to steer-clear.
Mba said security personnel deployed for the elections have been adequately trained and are under strict instruction to abide by the Standard Operational Procedures of the Force and international best practices.
He said they will remain patriotic, steadfast, professional, neutral and civil, but firm, in their conducts and actions throughout the period and beyond.
He said, “The general public are therefore implored not to feel intimidated, but rather should be emboldened, by the presence of security personnel deployed to their areas, to go out and exercise their franchise.”
“The IGP however warns those who may want to undermine the electoral process by engaging in snatching of ballot boxes, hate speeches and vote trading to desist from such acts or face the full consequences of the law,” the Police stated.
|Politics / I Will Sell NNPC To Nigerians, Not To My Friends — Atiku by agwom(m): 5:12pm On Feb 21|
The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Atiku Abubakar has said that he will sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to Nigerians if elected as President.
He rubbished reports that he intends to sell the NNPC to himself and his friends.
The Presidential candidate made this clarification during a meeting with leaders from the grassroots in Kaduna state.
He, however, insisted that the corporation will be sold to Nigerians for the development of the country.
“They keep saying ‘Atiku wants to sell NNPC to himself and his friends. That is a lie!”
“They don’t want us to sell NNPC but we will sell it. We will sell it to you. Will you buy?” he queried.
His question was greeted with a shout of ‘yes’ from the crowd.
|Politics / Rivers Communities Urge Buhari To Call Amaechi To Order by agwom(m): 4:21pm On Feb 21|
Rivers communities drawn from three major ethnic groups of the state such as the Ikwerre, Etche and Orashi region have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi to order.
The groups in a press briefing addressed by Celestine Omehia for Ikwerre ethnic nationality, Prince Emma Anyanwu for Etche and Professor Keneli Ebeku for Orashi region said the purpose of press briefing was to draw the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, well-meaning Nigerians and the International Community to current political developments in Rivers State as it affects various ethnic nationalities in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the groups, a former Governor of the state, Sir Celestine Omehia said the briefing had become necessary in view of the rising degree of tension, hostility and violence as the rescheduled 2019 general elections approached.
He alleged that “the unending atmosphere of hostility been foisted by the unholy relationship between the APC and the security agencies has become a major source of worry, threatening peace and communal tranquility.”
“As leaders, our duty is to promote peaceful and free atmosphere before, during and after the polls and warn about possible flash points in the path to the 23rd Feb, 2019 rescheduled elections,” he stated.
“On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, the Minister of Transportation and Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, at the Party’s campaign rally in Port Harcourt threatened to deal ruthlessly with the Governor of Rivers State and the entire members of PDP.
“The Minister in full public glare accused the opposing political party of committing crimes against him in 2015 and called for revenge in the presence of the President and Commander – In – Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In a veiled threat, he said it was time to be a man”
“Roaring like a warrior, he incited his followers with an Igbo war song used to decimate the lives of people.
“As Ikwerre People who understand the import of such a war song , we cannot sit idly and watch the Minister of Transportation cause our people unnecessary harm through his unbridled quest for power”
“Ikwerre People are worried that as build up to the 2019 General Elections, some parts of our Ethnic Nationality have become theatres of violence and killings. This recurring decimal may not be unconnected to the political adventurism of the Minister of Transportation who will stop at nothing to ensure that he remains politically relevant,” he stated.
He said that the group want to use the forum as the leaders of Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality to call the Minister of Transportation to order.
Amaechi had in a press conference in Port Harcourt last year said that he is not a violent person and will not be involved in any act of violence.
|Politics / Tinubu Disowns Leaked Audio On Campaign Funding by agwom(m): 6:25am On Feb 21|
APC national leader Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday, denied a leaked audio report on campaign funding associated to him, describing it as “fake and desperately illogical and evil.”
A statement issued in Lagos by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, said Asiwaju addressed a meeting attended by hundreds of people. The meeting, according to him, was open to the public with the media present and visible.
“There can be no leak involved when a statement is publicly made and the media present. This misrepresentation of the audio as a “leak” is again part of a larger attempt to distort a normal speech to rally supporters prior to an election into something nefarious. As bad as this misleading description is, it is the least of the wrongs contained in these counterfeit reports,” the statement said.
One of the issues Asiwaju dwelt on in his address, Rahman stated, was the reward system for loyal party members and ardent supporters.
“He told party members that the APC has now devised a plan to compensate them for their hard work after they delivered victory to the party at the polls.
“In short, Asiwaju promised the party faithful, APC supporters and members a reward for their efforts to secure victory in the 2019 elections. He had previously stated the goal of getting three million people in Lagos to sufficiently believe in the vision of the APC and to vote for President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo. This objective was again the crux of his Valentine Day statement,” the statement said.
“Asiwaju also said he would not go to Alausa but would use his own funds for the present effort,” he added.
He noted that it is common practice to give tokens of gratitude to party members for their work.
Tinubu refutes comments on “leaked” audio report
|Politics / FG Declares Friday Work-free Day For Workers by agwom(m): 6:03am On Feb 21|
The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, 22 February, 2019 as a work-free day to allow Nigerians prepare for the Presidential and National Assembly elections, slated for Saturday, 23 February, 2019.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau disclosed this in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Interior Ministry, Barr Georgina Ehuriah on Wednesday night.
“Federal Government declares Friday 22, February 2019 as work-free day. Those providing essential duties and bankers are excluded.
“The work-free day is to enable citizens return to their poling units for the reschedule Presidential & National Assembly elections.
“Security agencies have been directed to ensure safety of lives & property before, during & after the general election,” the statement read in part.
|Politics / I’ll Go Back To Gamboru Ngala, Shettima Dares B/haram by agwom(m): 7:23am On Feb 20|
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno yesterday said he would go back to Gamboru Ngala, where his convoy was attacked last week.
Shettima’s convoy was attacked last Tuesday by the insurgents.
The governor spoke to newsmen after attending a security meeting, presided over by president Muhamamdu Buhari at the Villa.
Shettima attended the meeting together with Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa). Members of the country’s national security council were also in attendance.
The governor, while responding to question on his attack said: “ When you juxtaposed the sorry state of the north east four years ago and what it is now, you will admit there has been great change in our fortune security wise. The threats and challenges are still there but when you put it in proper perspective, I think the president deserves commendation not condemnation.
“Be that as it may, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. I am the chief security officer of the state, I should have the courage and believe me, I am not petrified.
“As the chief security officer of the state, the day I say I cannot go to a certain part of the state because of the insecurity, then what sort of confidence are you inspiring on the common man?
“The Boko Haram bask in the oxygen of publicity, by attacking my convoy, by targeting my person, they have gotten the much needed boost. But then as they say if you cannot with stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Leadership requires courage.
“I will go back to Gamboru Ngala next week and ready to pay the supreme price if need be and I will not be going in a bullet proof car. I will go in a normal car like any other members of my convoy and expose myself to all the risk that they are bearing for me to be protected.
“But believe me, no matter how long the night is, darkness must give away to the light of the dawn, no matter how stormy the weather may well be, it won’t rain forever. This madness will come to an end because is fight between light and darkness, it is a fight between cause and justice.”
|Politics / 130 People Killed In ‘kajuru Genocide’, El-rufai Tells Buhari by agwom(m): 2:29pm On Feb 19|
Governor Nasir El- Rufai of Kaduna state has said that it was 130 persons that were killed in Kajuru villages and not 66 as he previously disclosed.
Briefing State House reporters after a security council meeting, presided over President Muhamamdu Buhari at the Villa, he said the names and photographs of those killed would soon be made available to the press.
The security council meeting which lasted for an hour was attended by El-Rufai, Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa), Kashim Shettima (Borno) and members of the country’s national security council.
El-Rufai while describing the killings as a deliberate plan to wipe out a certain community, said anybody questioning whether the attack took place or not,was grossly irresponsible.
” The latest report shows that over 130 people were killed, not even 60. We have the list and we will release it to the media. The affected communities have provided us with the names of those that were killed,” he said.
He assured that the perpetrators of the killings would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Also speaking, Kaduna state commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdulrahaman, said a total of 11 suspects have been arrested in connection with the killings.
“Initially we arrested eight people and additional three have been arrested.More facts are coming out. We want to do the needful before taken the suspects to court,” he said
The meeting which started by 11:am was also attended by members of the National Security Council . Members of the Council include; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan- Ali, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas;
Others are Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar, acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Director General of Department for State Service (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi.
|Politics / Polls Shift: Jonathan Sues For Peace, Urges Voters To Resist Vote Buying by agwom(m): 9:38am On Feb 19|
Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday tasked Nigerians to embrace peace and shun violence ahead of the rescheduled general elections.
Jonathan, who was in Bayelsa, his home state at the weekend for the polls earlier scheduled for Feb. 16 and March 2 but postponed by one week to Feb. 23 and March 9, called on Nigerians to remain peaceful.
Jonathan spoke at a meeting with Niger Delta Youth Leaders on Monday in Yenagoa, where he urged the electorate to shun vote buying, instead vote according to their conscience.
“Use of money to induce voters has become very prevalent in Nigeria.
“It is more pronounced here than many African countries I have been to monitor elections and it is unhealthy for our development.
“My NGO is however, working on advocacy against it.
“Politics should be about the people but anyone who wants to make quick money should go into business and quit politics, which is all about service to the people.
“People should vote according to the dictates of their conscience and not be induced by money.
“I have said it several times that no ambition should be worth spilling of the blood of any Nigerian.
“Peace is fundamental to economic development and the reports of insecurity and violence scares away investors.
“Anytime someone is killed either by security agencies or by any other exra judicial means, it affects the reputation of the country adversely and that is why peace building is very essential, especially with the youth.
“Our youths are critical in our democracy because the future belongs to them, so, my advise is that we should be patient and shun violence in the coming elections,”Jonathan said.
Earlier, Mr Kenedy Tonjo-West, a Niger Delta Youth leader, said that representatives of Niger Delta youths from across the region were in Bayelsa to applaud the former President for his efforts at peace building.
He said that his exemplary leadership style of politics without violence and bitterness was an inspiration to Niger Delta youths.
West, who is also a Senior Special Adviser on Niger Delta Youth matters to the Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, noted that Jonathan’s influence on the youth of the region was responsible for the prevailing peace in the region.
He said that youths from the region were in Bayelsa to seek counsel from the former President following the shift in election date.
Mr Peretubo Oweilaemi, President of Ijaw Youth Council, said that youths from the Niger Delta region remained proud of the former President, who relinquished power in the interest of peace and development of Nigeria.
“The emphasis of our amiable leader, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on peace and peace building is very commendable, in spite of his political persuasion, he has chosen to always advocate peace and we the youth are learning from him.
“We have seen the region, which is very crucial to the country’s economy grow in peace because you advocate and preach peace all the time since you left office as President,” Oweilaemi said.
NAN reports that leaders of Non-Violent Youth groups including: Niger Delta Youths Coalition for Peace and Progress, Ex-Militant Leaders, who embraced the Presidential Amnesty programmes, among others were at the meeting.
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|Politics / Atiku Asks Court To Stop Buhari, Security Agencies From Interfering With Electio by agwom(m): 6:06am On Feb 19|
The presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has asked an FCT High Court for an order stopping President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies from alleged interferance with the general elections.
Atiku sought the order in a statement of defence he filed against a defamation suit instituted against him by the Buhari Campaign Organization (BCO).
In his counter-claim against the suit, Atiku sought an order of court ”mandating President Buhari and his agents including security operatives and officers to abide by the rule of law and the principle of separation of powers entrenched in the constitution and should not intervene in the forthcoming elections.”
Atiku, through his counsel, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), challenged the competence of the suit and urged the court to grant an order mandating President Buhari to apologise to him for filing a frivolous suit against him.
Atiku who asked for N2 billon as damages, said part of the money should be given to IDP camps across the country and the rest be used in equipping libraries and information technology centres for all state Universities in Nigeria.
In a 56-paragraph witness statement on oath deposed by one Abraham Udoh, the former vice president told the court that Buhari had failed Nigerians by his inability as a president to stop the ruthless and wanton killings that rendered citizens, farmers, women and children homeless without food or basic amenities.
The case will come up for hearing on March 7.
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|Politics / PDP Accuses APC, Presidency Of Sabotaging INEC To Stagger Polls by agwom(m): 12:09pm On Feb 18|
The PDP has accused APC of sabotaging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “in a well-orchestrated plot to engineer a staggered presidential election.”
The Director Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged in a statement, yesterday, that President Buhari was determined to have a staggered election which would afford him the opportunity to use security agencies to subvert the will of the people at the polls.
The party also said some APC elements in INEC had allegedly hired a team of data hackers who corrupted the voters register with a view to causing mass confusion and voters suppression on election day.
“We have been reliably informed that the same Amina Zakari and another high-ranking INEC commissioner played a pivotal role in assisting the APC and Buhari presidency in sabotaging the operations of INEC and scuttling the February 16 elections.
“These APC elements in INEC engineered actions that affected the distribution and delivery of INEC sensitive materials to designated locations, thereby frustrating the electoral process.
“Nigerians would have been shocked that many registered voters in possession of their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) would arrive at their polling centres on election day, only to discover to their amazement that their names have disappeared from the register in their units.
“Intelligence available to us further details how agents of the Buhari presidency infiltrated the distribution system and ensured that sensitive election materials do not arrive at the designated locations, with the view to stall elections in several states and pave way for a staggered election.
“This is in addition to deliberate swapping of sensitive election materials between different states and local governments to muddle up the process and stall election in affected areas. In some states like Edo, sensitive election materials did not arrive at their designated points on APC interruption,” he alleged.
“The PDP urges Nigerians to continue to be alert in resisting the APC and the Buhari Presidency in their plot to sabotage our elections,” he added.
|Politics / INEC Urged To Weed Out Officials Responsible For Logistics Problems by agwom(m): 8:06am On Feb 18|
Retired Group Capt. John Ojikutu, a security expert, has said 60 per cent of INEC staff that superintended the past elections which were equally postponed might still be in the system.
“It is high time they were identified and weeded out of the system,” Ojikutu said in his reaction to the postponement of the general elections by INEC.
According to him, from 2011, 2015 and 2019, the reasons for rescheduling of elections had always been logistics.
He said, “It has always been logistics problems since I can remember way back in 2011 when Jega came on board. Has INEC learnt any lessons from the experiences of the past including the 2015 experiences?” he asked.
“There could still be no less than 60% of these in the systems; Who are those that were managing the INEC logistics in the past and how many of them are still in the process? Are there any intelligence about any from the experience of the past? What has INEC done to attend to these experiences?
The leftovers in the systems that were part of the experience of the past could still be the clogs in the process; why would INEC not identify them and remove them,” he asked.
|Politics / It’s Church’s Role To Fast, Pray For Those In Govt — Osinbajo by agwom(m): 2:32pm On Feb 15|
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says it is the role of the church to fast and pray for those in government and leadership positions in order to bring God’s plans for the nation to fruition.
Osinbajo’s spokesman Laolu Akande, in a statement on Friday in Abuja said that the vice president spoke on Thursday in Jos at a one-day special prayer forum for a peaceful 2019 elections in Plateau and Nigeria in general.
The event was organised by the Plateau State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
“The devil cannot interfere in the plans and purposes of God in our lives or in the life of our nation; it is impossible.
“There is no way the gates of hell can ever prevail against the church because the church represents God’s plans and purposes on earth.
“The role of the church to bring about the plans and purposes of God to pass in our nation is to fast and pray for those that are in government.
“God’s plans and purposes for this nation rest on the shoulders of the Children of God.
“It is your prayers that will make the difference for our nation. I want to say to you again that please continue to pray and fast for those of us who are in government because we are there as the seeds that God has planted in this nation.
“We are the salt; we may not be plenty but salt does not have to be a lot to make a difference,” he said.
The Vice President admonished Christians to look inward for solutions to the problems of the nation as looking elsewhere amounted to very big mistake.
On his part, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State said Osinbajo’s visit to the state for prayers a few days to the elections was a sign of a peaceful outcome.
He thanked God for sparing the life of the vice president from the helicopter crash in Kogi recently.
Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo, Plateau CAN Secretary said that the desire of the association was to have peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.
He appreciated Osinbajo for honouring the invitation and prayed God to be with him during and after the elections.
The programme featured special prayers for the political leaders in Nigeria and for peaceful elections. There were also praise and worship sessions. (NAN)
|Politics / Atiku: What US Told Me Ahead Of Presidential Election by agwom(m): 2:19pm On Feb 15|
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in tomorrow’s Presidential election in Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar said he got a call, today, from the government of United States of America ahead of the election.
In a tweet through his verified twitter handle, Atiku said the US affirmed the international community’s commitment to free and fair elections in Nigeria.
He said it was the US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, who made the call on behalf of the US government.
Earlier today I received a call from US Secretary of State, @SecPompeo, who reaffirmed the international community’s commitment to free and fair elections in Nigeria.
Wishing you all a peaceful elections, wherever you are. God bless Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/cDoIN9g7jY
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) February 15, 2019
Atiku, a former Vice President of Nigeria will battle the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the top position in the country tomorrow.
|Politics / Don’t Accept Food From Politicians On Election Day, FRSC Officers Warned by agwom(m): 6:51am On Feb 14|
Officers and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Cross River State have been cautioned against taking food from politicians while on duty on the election day.
The state sector commander of the corps, Chidiebere Nkwonta, gave the warning in Calabar yesterday at an election’s stakeholders’ meeting and a capacity building programme for staff.
He warned that any officers caught violating electoral laws or colluding with others to tamper with the elections would be dismissed.
“We strongly cautioned against personnel of the FRSC against accepting gifts, drinks, food, enticements from anybody or they themselves wasting time to go and eat during election day.
“This is to guard against possible compromise or even getting drugged or confused so that you will not be up to discharge their given tasks on election day,” he said.
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