Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) councillor representing Dunkun-Agala
ward of Baure Local government area of Katsina State, Ahmadu Narayya,
was yesterday apprehended for alleged purchase of permanent voter cards
The Borno state chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council on
Thursday called for the postponement of elections in the state by five
The council cited the insecurity in the state and a charged political climate as reasons for the call.
IPAC, which comprises all registered political parties in the state,
said an interim government should be formed in the state when the tenure
of the present government elapses due to the postponement.
Some Nigerians, resident in the United Kingdom, yesterday staged a
rally in support of the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.
From the early hours of yesterday, morning, organizers of the event
drove through the streets of Saint James Square using loud
hailers to alert residents about the planned solidarity protest.
Hundreds of supporters massed outside the city’s Chatham House to
praise President Jonathan’s administration’s laudable achievements in
The lady who organised the rented crowd that protested at the Chatham House in London on Thursday has been uncovered. In a video posted on Youtube yesterday, the lady, who gave her name simply as Adijatu, said she organised the 100 persons from Manchester in the United Kingdom for the purpose of the protest.
Ahead of next month’s general elections, Vice President Namadi
Sambo has called on Muslim scholars and clerics to avoid hate speeches
and hate preaching. He made the appeal at a sensitization and Town Hall
meeting organised for Muslim preachers, Imams and Islamiyya teachers
from across the North-west geopolitical zone by the office of the Senior
Special Assistant on Islamic Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan,
Alhaji Tahir Umar Tahir, in collaboration with a coalition of Islamic
organisations in Kaduna.
I am appalled by the direction our dear country is going. A nation
where honest men and women of integrity are vilified and denigrated
while thieves and people of dubious character are celebrated and treated
as heroes, is a nation that has lost its soul. It is now virtually a
crime to live above board because you are looked down upon and called
unprintable names, while murderers and robbers hold their heads high and
are treated with utmost respect by society. Something is obviously
wrong with this scenario and everything must be done to restore normalcy
otherwise our future generation will likely live in a society that has
lost all its moral values.
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday paid a surprised visit to some
of the territories recently recaptured from Boko Haram by Nigerian
troops in Mubi in Adamawa and Barga in Borno states.
Jonathan, who left Abuja in the morning, in company of the National
Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd); service chiefs,
Inspector-General of Police and Adamawa State Governor Bala Ngilari,
also interacted with the troops on the frontline.
federal government has weeded out 15,000 ghost pensioners and saved
N2.1 billion in the last eight months following the establishment of an
independent agency responsible for the management of federal pensions
under the defined benefit scheme, the Pension Transitional Arrangement
The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu
Buhari yesterday said that he will always lead from the front and no
inch of Nigerian territory will be lost to the enemy.
He said Boko Haram crisis has “sadly” put Nigeria on the terrorism
map, stressing that “what has been consistently lacking is the required
leadership in our battle against insurgency.” Buhari made the
declaration in an address he delivered as a guest speaker at Chatham
House London yesterday.
He argued that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has
not done enough to halt Boko Haram militants. “The government has
failed in any effort towards a multi-dimensional response to this
problem leading to a situation in which we have now become dependent on
our neighbours to come to our rescue.”
All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the Senate has raised the
alarm over an alleged plot by the presidency to send the chairman of the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega,
on terminal leave next week.
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra
(MASSOB) has launched new Biafran currency, number plates for vehicles
and drivers’ licence for the people of the South East zone.
The MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, who spoke through the
organisation’s Information Coordinator for Onitsha, Mr. Charles Igbokwe,
said the new Biafran vehicles, drivers’ licence and new currency were
launched yesterday, in a colourful ceremony in Owerri, Imo State
Chief Uwazuruike explained that the idea for Biafrans having their
own vehicle plate numbers, drivers’ license and new currency, was aimed
at encouraging Ndigbo and indeed, Biafrans, to come together and work
together to develop the South East part of the country.
The first lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, yesterday
urged Nigerian women to vote for the re-election of her husband, Dr.
Goodluck Jonathan to secure a better future for themselves.
in Delta State during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Women for
Change Initiative Presidential Rally at the Orerokpe Township Stadium,
she said a second term ticket for her husband would guarantee better
future for Nigerian women, while urging them to resist the temptation to
vote for the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) in
the rescheduled March 28 presidential election.
The federal government, yesterday, said that arresting the
leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau alive, will address the
controversy surrounding his identity.
It also restated its commitment to achieve the feat before the rescheduled general election.
of the National Information Centre (NIC), Mr Mike Omeri, stated this in
Abuja while responding to questions from journalists on the controversy
over the identity Abubakar Shekau said that it is important to get
Shekau alive so that his real identity would be ascertained.
of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Bayelsa State yesterday
explained the national leadership’s move to endorse President Goodluck
Jonathan for re-election in 2015,saying the decision is a collective and
fight between two factions of motor park touts known as ‘agbero’ in
Oshodi area of Lagos State which claimed no fewer than three lives since
about a week ago is not over yet as a faction is planning another
Several people were wounded and 10 mini-buses were so far set ablaze.
All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on security agencies in
Borno State to arrest and prosecute the 23 political parties in the
state calling for Interim National Government (ING) despite recent
clarification by President Goodluck Jonathan that any call for such
government is a treasonable offence that is punishable under Nigerian
State government has refunded N209million to students of the Lagos
State University (LASU) following its reversal of the institution’s
Speaking at the event held in the school campus, the
state governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola said the refund is the money paid
in excess by the students before the reversal of the tuition fees last
year, adding that the sum of N209million is the first tranche of the
of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Davies
Ibiamu Ikanya, has alleged that no fewer than 30 supporters of the party
have been killed in politically motivated violence that has rocked the
state in the past few months.
A Bill for an Act to establish the National Assembly Budget and
Research Office (NABRO) was yesterday read for a second time in the
This followed the consideration of the Bill entitled: “A Bill for an
Act to establish an Independent National Assembly Budget and Research
Office which shall provide the National Assembly with objective, timely
and non-partisan analysis needed for economic and budget decisions and
other related matters 2015.”
THE Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has lamented the N5
billion proposed for the police to maintain and fuel their vehicles in
the 2015 budget, saying it was grossly inadequate.
Abba told the Senate Committee on Police Affairs in Abuja during a
budget defence session that the force required N24 billion for fuelling
and maintaining its vehicles instead of N5 billion proposed.
The IGP, who was represented by his deputy in-charge of Logistics and
Supplies, Mamman Tsafe, said that the police had been expanding over
the years with 332,756 policemen, 6,693 Traffic Wardens and 11,999
civilian workers with 3,756 police stations.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential campaign
organisation are flying off the handle over yesterday’s warm reception
accorded. All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Gen.
Muhammadu Buhari at Chatham House, London.
Gen. Buhari addressed contemporary issues before an attentive
audience in London, with special emphasis on corruption and insecurity
and how he intends to confront the twin–monsters if elected.
But Gen. Buhari’s brilliant outing appeared to have galled the PDP’s presidential campaign organisation.
Police detectives have queried top Rivers Peoples Democratic party
(PDP) members over the mayhem at an All Progressives Congress (APC)
rally in Okrika, hometown of First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan, The
Nation learnt last night.
Hon. Evans Bipi, who claims to be the Speaker of the Rivers State
House of Assembly, was, on Wednesday, quizzed by the police.Two other
prominent members of the PDP, including Hon. Bright Tamuno Gogo, were
also invited to explain their roles in the incident.
All Progressives Congress (APC) senators yesterday raised the alarm
about a plot to force Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega to go on terminal leave next week.
The caucus said that the plot to force Jega out of office before the
rescheduled Match 28 presidential election is being orchestrated by some
members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some other
people in high places.
Despite a sunny spell in the morning, the British weather turned on
its head at about 10.am in a strange sign that the biggest event of any
Nigerian political talk in recent times in the United Kingdom was about
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari took notice of this sudden drizzle outside,
cleared his throat calmly and looked straight into the select audience
at the Chatham House, made up of civil rights activists, political
activists, academics, journalists and observers, from all across the
world waiting eagerly for him to speak.
Nigerians and the international community got yesterday a glimpse
into the Gen. Muhammadu Buhari presidency —if the AllProgressives
Congress (APC) candidate is elected next month.
He explained how he will revamp the economy, tackle corruption and
end the insurgency that has taken thousands of lives in the Northeast.
In tackling the twin vices of waste and corruption, which he said
“ballooned” under the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan administration, Gen. Buhari
vowed not to “witch-hunt anyone”.
Abdul Kafarati of a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday dismissed the
suit filed by a constitutional lawyer, Dr Tunji Abayomi, seeking to
nullify the decisions of the National Conference.
Abayomi approached the court, asking it to declare that President
Goodluck Jonathan lacked the power to convene the conference without an
empowering legislation by the National Assembly.
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC,
Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has stated that he is fit, healthy and
well to lead Nigeria if elected on March 28.
Buhari made the disclosure during his appearance at the Chatham
House, London. The former Head of State who stood for more than one hour
to address and answer questions, also said that he takes full
responsibility for whatever happened under his watch as a military
dictator in Nigeria between 1983 to 1985.
me to start by thanking Chatham House for the invitation to talk about this
important topic at this crucial time. When speaking about Nigeria overseas, I
normally prefer to be my country’s public relations and marketing officer,
extolling her virtues and hoping to attract investments and tourists. But as we
all know, Nigeria is now battling with many challenges, and if I refer to them,
I do so only to impress on our friends in the United Kingdom that we are quite
aware of our shortcomings and are doing our best to address them.
Buhari Support Organisations (BSO) has warned that it will no longer
take what it called “insults” on the person of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) presidential candidate, retired General Muhammadu Buhari,
as it urged President Goodluck Jonathan to call his aides to order.
Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun
State, Prince Gboyega Famoodun has charged the federal government to
focus on bringing back the more than 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko
Haram alive rather than clamour for the arrest of the sect leader,
Ibrahim Shekau alive.
While commending the military for their
recent bombardment of Sambisa Forest, Famoodun queried the usefulness of
arresting Shekau that was announced to have been killed long ago,
adding that there is more to the call for his arrest alive now.
sitting of the House of Representatives was, yesterday, disrupted after
members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, rejected moves by the
presiding officer of the House to stall a motion seeking to bar the
military from playing a role in the conduct of the forthcoming
The APC members, who now form the majority, were galled by the ruling
of the deputy speaker of the House, Chief Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, to derail the motion spearheaded by the APC
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Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has denied allegation that he has rented a crowd to boo the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rted) during his presentation at the Chatham House, London, on Thursday.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State yesterday said the
essence of the last National Conference was to boost President Goodluck
Jonathan’s re-election bid.
A statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Adesanya,
said the post-conference summit held for Yoruba delegates in Akure was a
jamboree and a waste of resources.
The statement said: “The meeting was uncalled for when the conference report is still a tall dream months after its convocation.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said it would prioritise the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls.
The APC vice-presidential candidate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, spoke
yesterday at the party’s Youth Interactive Town Hall Meeting in Uyo, the
Akwa Ibom State capital.
Prof. Osinbajo, who spoke on some issues affecting the country, said
the Federal Government had not lived up to its responsibility of
ensuring the freedom of the abducted Chibok girls.
The Federal Government last night withdrew counter affidavit
earlier deposed to by two staff of the Federal Ministry of Justice on
the suit instituted against the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) on the use of the permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) for
the general elections, where it is a co-defendant.
The Society for Advancement and Protection of Public Rights recently
instituted a suit challenging INEC over plans to use the PVCs.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Kenneth Minimah yesterday said the
Nigerian military would reclaim other captured areas from Boko Haram
within weeks, assuring that troops fighting the insurgents in the North
East have demonstrated the willingness to end insurgency in the
Minimah, who spoke to journalists in Maiduguri shortly after his
visit to ruined Baga town, north of Borno, said the end of Boko Haram
was in sight.
Oshodi, a bustling centre in Lagos, was a theatre of war yesterday.
Five persons were killed while many others sustained varying degrees of
injury when two factions of the National Union of Road Transport
Workers (NURTW) engaged in a free-for-all. Many vehicles were destroyed
in the mayhem during which assorted weapons were freely used.
The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has dismissed the manifesto of
the All Progressives Congress, (APC) as bogus and impracticable.
National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in his critique of the
manifesto of the main opposition party, entitled, “APC: One week, one
lie … A manifesto of deceit,” claimed the programmes the APC promised
to deliver to Nigerians were not realizable amid grim economic reality
facing the nation.
Metuh told newsmen that the APC’s programme of monthly stipend of
N5,000 to unemployed youths, creation of 740,000 youth jobs in the 36
states in one year, free education, among others, were not feasible.
President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday night, took a swipe at the All
Progressives Congress (APC), saying elections are not won on the altar
Speaking during the presidential dinner and public lecture
organised in his honour by the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)
Alumni Association in Abuja, Jonathan said but for the competitiveness
he brought to bear on the democratisation of the polity, the opposition
would not be where it is today.
He said the opposition movement owed its existence and activities to
him, adding that it was his desire that parties should have the
strength to assert themselves, the confidence to seek political space
and the assurance that if they did well, they would get elected to
Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), the umbrella body of all voluntary
groups working for the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, has warned against any
attempt to change the leadership of the Independent National Electoral
Such alteration, it said, would amount to tampering with the
credibility of the elections and the independence of the commission.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as untenable
and an after-thought the statement credited to President Goodluck
Jonathan as the reason why the Ekiti rigging audio tape has not been
investigated, saying the President’s waffling on the issue shows he may
have something to hide.
In a statement issued in London on Wednesday by its National
Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the President
was wrong to have said the rigging audiotape had not been investigated
because the army captain who leaked it had not come forward to
A protest is set for today in London against All Progressives
Congress (APC) presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari – at a
The Presidency is spending thousands of dollars on the protest, which
is meant to take the shine off Gen. Buhari’s lecture at the prestigious
Besides some presidential aides, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor is said to be part of the plot.
A pro-democracy group based in Ibadan, Dynamic Yoruba Youth, has
commended the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun
State for expelling former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the party
The group, in a statement, described the expulsion of the former president as a good riddance to bad rubbish.
Activities in Ikorodu came to a momentary halt recently when the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr
Jimi Agbaje visited the area. The people rolled out their drums to
welcome the PDP candidate, who was on a campaign tour of the area.
No, it’s not true –Fayose
From WOLE BALOGUN, Ado Ekiti
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has challenged
Governor Ayodele Fayose to explain to Nigerians why he imported men in
army uniform into his country home, Afao-Ekiti on Tuesday night and the
roles these young men will play in the run up to the general
APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, who alleged that the men
were stealthily imported to Afao- Ekiti at night, declared that
Nigerians must know why these young men were in the town. The APC
chieftain stated that the explanation became imperative against the
background of the governor’s insistence that ‘soldiers’ would be
deployed for the general elections even when the courts had ruled
against such deployment.
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts
yesterday issued a one-week ultimatum to the country’s finance minister,
Dr Okonjo-Iweala and the auditor-general of the federation (AuGF) Mr
Samuel Tokura, to forward to it the full report of the forensic audit of
the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Though the presidential candidate of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari, is slated to speak at the
prestigious Chatham House in London today, certain Nigerians in the
diaspora have allegedly been mobilised by the Presidency to organise a
rally to embarrass Buhari at the venue.
The federal government yesterday approved the establishment on nine new private universities in the country.
are Augustine University, Ilara, Lagos State; Chrisland University,
Owode, Ogun State; Christopher University, Mowe, Ogun State; Hallmark
University, Ijebu Itele, Ogun State; Kings University, Ode Omu, Osun
State; Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Orode, Delta State; Mountain
Top University, Ogun State, Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom
State and Summit University, Offa, Kwara State.
A defence witness in the on-going trial of director of Media
of the President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Femi
Fani-Kayode, Kola Olapoju yesterday told a Federal High Court in Lagos
that some of the transactions, which are the subject matter of the case,
were “unusual and exceptional.”
The federal government has refuted online report suggesting
that it was attempting to undermine the use of permanent voter cards
(PVC) in the forthcoming general elections.
The report by an
online median had alleged that the Attorney General of the Federation
and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN) filed an affidavit
before the court to scuttle the se of PVCs for the polls.
Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) General Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned the latest bombings in
Yobe and Kano states in which scores of innocent people were killed and
many others injured.
A statement issued by the directorate of
media and publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation
(APCPCO) and signed by Malam Garba Shehu, yesterday quoted Buhari as
regretting that the latest Yobe bomb blast comes on the eve of the first
anniversary of the Buni Yadi terrorist attack which killed dozens of
innocent students of a Federal Government College in their sleep.
statement further said Buhari deeply regrets the frequency with which
terrorists are destroying the lives of innocent people.
The screening of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and seven other
ministerial nominees was again stalled yesterday following the
opposition of All Progressives Congress (APC) senators to the exercise.
the Senate informed all the ministerial nominees, including Senators
Obanikoro, Patricia Akwashiki and Joel Danlami Ikenya, who were already
in the White House premises of the Senate awaiting the screening, that
the postponement of the exercise was due to the scheduled consideration
of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), LEADERSHIP gathered
that it was due to petitions against the screening of Obanikoro.
The presidency yesterday accused the All Progressives
Congress (APC) of always taking side with the Boko Haram terrorists and
criticising federal government’s efforts in tackling the insurgents.
also refuted the claim by the opposition party that the federal
government had spent $32 billion dollars, which in naira amounts to a
whooping N6.5 trillion, on the war against terrorism. Senior special
assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin
Okupe who made the presidency’s position known at a briefing in Abuja
noted that the APC’s claim on the N6.5trillion spent on the insurgency
war was untrue and lacked any factual basis.
Six members of a terror sect known as Kalakato are now
cooling their feets in Kaduna Police cell over allegations of human
trafficking and robbery.
The Kaduna State police command who
raided the terrorists hide out in Farakwai village along Kaduna-Zaria
road, about 40km away from Kaduna town, said they acted following tip
off from the members of the public on the activities of the group.
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We have received information that Femi Fani Kayode has paid some boys to
mobilize Nigerians in the UK to protest against Gen. Muhammadu Buhari
on Thursday (26/02/2015) at Chatham House.
member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai,
representing Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency of Delta State, has
presented a motion of urgent need to resolve the prolonged face-off
between the Benin Electricity Distribution Company and the people of his
Ray Routh was sentenced to life in prison after a Texas jury found him
guilty of murdering the former U.S. Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, whose
autobiography was turned into the hit movie “American Sniper,” and
another man at a Texas shooting range.
National legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr.
Muiz Banire has dismissed fears about the possible removal of the
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),
Professor Attahiru Jega before the expiration of his tenure. The tenure
of the boss of the electoral umpire lapses on June 30. However, there
are wild rumours of clandestine plots to remove him from office. The
plot, sources said, is to send him on terminal leave three months before
the end of his term. But Banire, former Commissioner in Lagos State and
legal scholar faulted proponents of the plot, arguing that Jega cannot
be subjected to civil service rule.
As the April 11 governorship election approaches, the governorship
standard bearer on the platform of Alliance Congress Party of Nigeria
(ACPN), in Lagos State, Mayor Godwin Ngozi-Obi has declared that if
elected, he would wipe out intellectual and physical poverty among the
populace by bridging the gap between the rich and the poor through
massive creation of jobs and empowerment of youths. He speaks further on
his plans for the state. Excerpts:
The remains of the female politicians, who died in a ghastly auto
accident have been laid to rest at the Bayelsa State cemetery, Azikoro
in Yenagoa, the state capital.
President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife, Dame Patience and the Bayelsa
State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson as well as wives of the Anambra and
Ekiti states governors joined other sympathisers at a special memorial
service in honour of the deceased women at the Dr. Gabriel Okara
Cultural Centre, in Yenagoa.
BY WOLE SOYINKA
The “Advertorial” – full front page of Punch“ February 23, 2015 –
sponsored by Mr. Ayo Fayose (aka “No Apology”) deserves to succeed in
its aim of putting an end to all dispute surrounding the Ekiti elections
of June 21, 2014. After all, its entire page is dedicated to a Press
Statement from the US Department of State, which purportedly endorses
the results of that election, congratulates the electoral organisation,
the winner/loser duo, not forgetting the security forces – all for their
laudable contributions. The release could not be more timely, what with
the governor’s own exhortations on the virtues of credibility,
avoidance of violence, and its special appeal to “ALL THOSE WHO HAVE
NOTHING TO HIDE”.
By WILLY EYA
Founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr Fredrick Fasehun has
said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the March 28
presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari will never rule Nigeria again.
Chadian soldiers on Tuesday killed 207 Boko Haram militants in
fighting near a Nigerian town close to the border with Cameroon, the
country’s army announced in a statement.
One Chadian soldier was killed and another nine were wounded in the
clashes near Garambu, the scene of regular attacks by the sect in recent
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In Nigeria, it never rains, it pours. Former presidents do not just
quietly resign from their political parties and go back home in peace to
be “statesmen”, they conduct their “resignation ceremonies” in the full
glare of television cameras, and shred their party membership cards to
Disgruntled citizens do not just make their grievances known to the
government in a civil manner, they take up arms and do battle against
their countrymen. The electoral agency does not just do its job of
getting everything set for elections for which it had had a four-year
notice, it waits till the last minute and lays itself open to
accusations that it is deliberately trying to manipulate the process.
The long drawn battle between the NFF and out of contract coach,
Stephen Keshi over his future may have finally been laid to rest, as the
coach has almost sealed a deal in Burkina Faso.
We can authoritatively report that Keshi, who is currently in
Ouagadougu to discuss terms with the Burkinabe FA officials, is favoured
to secure a two-year contract after he impressed the officials.
Keshi’s rich knowledge of African football, his achievements in Togo,
Mali and Nigeria was said to have impressed the FA members, who were
more disposed to given him the job over the other two candidates.
Moreover, his background as an ex-player will earn the respect of the
players, which would make his job easy.
Move on Nigeria, a civic action group promoting good governance
and the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan’s
administration, has dismissed as non-issue the call by the presidential
candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari
for the president to publish the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
(NNPC) forensic audit report on the missing $20 billion.
President Goodluck Jonathan has extolled the virtues of
former president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, describing him as a committed
patriot and outstanding leader.
The president who personally wrote
to congratulate the former leader on his 90th birthday said the present
administration will continue to count on the former president’s support
Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati noted in
a statement yesterday that Jonathan wrote to felicitate with Shagari on
the occasion of his 90th birthday which comes up today.
A couple of months to the end of their tenure, members of the
ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives,
especially those who lost their re-election tickets, are not leaving any
stone unturned in a bid to get their last share of the national cake
from the Presidency.
In fact, it was by a stroke of luck that a
physical combat was averted yesterday between House majority leader Hon.
Mulikat Akande-Adeola (Ogbomoso North/Ogbomoso South/Orire, Oyo State)
and another member, Hon Gerald Irona (Oguta/Ohaji-Egbema/Oru West, Imo
Kano and Yobe states yesterday came under attacks from
suicide bombers suspected to be Boko Haram members which left no fewer
than 30 persons dead and over 70 others injured.
The attack in
Kano State occurred at Kano Line Motor Park at Kofar Nassarawa area of
the state when two teenage suicide bombers detonated the bombs strapped
to their bodies, killing no fewer than 12 persons and leaving over 20
President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday that more than 80 per cent of his advisers have nothing to say.
president who spoke in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, at a
special funeral service for eight female politicians and their driver
who died in a road accident on February 14, said this has been happening
to him since his days as deputy governor of the state.
this in reaction to Governor Seriake Dickson’s disclosure that he was
advised against organising a state burial for the deceased.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday lauded the
military for the successes it has recorded in the battle against Boko
Haram in recent times, saying the string of victories confirms the
party’s stand that the Nigerian military can hold its own if provided
with the necessary equipment and wherewithal to function.
on print and electronic media provide avenues for politicians to
‘tickle’ themselves in the process of electioneering. Even the
electorate looks forward to such jabs by those who use them to influence
their vote-casting decisions. This is the practice where democracy is
given free rein the world over. Often, the expectation is that political
parties and in particular, their candidates for elective offices, will
use the media to sell themselves, their policies and programmes, in the
hope that the voters will be convinced enough to buy their ideas and
give them the much needed support on polling day. But as is often the
case, taking liberty for license is a tempting option and the
politicians in our clime, especially, fall for it.
The governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, yesterday owned up
to the accusation that he betrayed his fellow governors with whom he
formed the group of seven governors (G7) under the Peoples Democratic
Lamido stated this at the national headquarters of
the PDP after he emerged from a meeting with the National Working
Committee (NWC) of the party.
several hours of meeting with both the minister of education, Ibrahim
Shekarau and the House of Representatives Committee on Education, the
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has reversed its decision to
commence a strike action today.
The union had a two-hour meeting
with Shekarau starting from 11am before another meeting with the
education committee which ended some minutes to 7pm yesterday.
A Twitter account linked to the Boko Haram sect has been suspended by the social media company, online Premium Times reports.
The account, opened recently, had only 19 tweets before it was flagged and brought down yesterday
Prior to the suspension, the account was used to propagate messages from the group and its leader, Abubakar Shekau.
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has called for a full
scale investigation of the alleged rigging tape of Ekiti State
governorship poll that was leaked by a Nigerian army officer, Captain
The literary icon, who stated this in a statement made
available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, argued that for Nigeria’s democracy
sake, INEC and the international community, there is the need to
investigate the leaked tape.
A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday directed the Economic
and Finance Crime Commission (EFCC) to hand over the international
passport of the director of Media of the President Goodluck Jonathan
Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode to the court.
The federal government has pledged to pay the sum of N264
billion being the outstanding fuel subsidy claims before the general
election in March.
This was made known by the Major Oil Marketers
Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), yesterday in Lagos, which said that
government has set March as the deadline for payment of the claims.
executive secretary of the MOMAN, Mr Obafemi Olawore, who dropped the
hint denied the rumour that the situation could cause scarcity in the
a move to avert a looming scarcity of petroleum products in the
country, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani
Alison-Madueke, on Monday met with the Chief Executive Officers of Oil
Marketing and Trading (OM and T) companies in Lagos.
The protracted meeting, it was learnt, which lasted from noon till
late in the evening was held at the Eko Hotel behind closed doors to
find solutions to the threats by the banks and marketers to stop
financing and importing products, respectively.
The Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, has
disclosed that Stephen Keshi could resume work as Eagles coach on
Wednesday should he agree on a new contract.
Keshi’s initial three-year deal ended after he guided Nigeria to the
Round of 16 at last year’s World Cup in Brazil and he has since been
working without a contract, africanFootball.com reports.
Pinnick said a new contract would be sent to Keshi on Tuesday.
hearing in two of the several suits filed against the presidential
candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)General Muhammadu Buhari
before a Federal High Court in Abuja could not go on yesterday due to
the non-service of the defendants written address on the plaintiff in
statement acredited to both Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and DG
PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode on the health
of the APC’s presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammad Buhari has continued
to elicit reactions as an NGO in the APC campaign train has described
the statement as unfortunate, unwarranted and highly provocative.
A group, Yoruba Youth Congress (YCC), has urged the National Assembly
to reject the nomination and screening of former Minister of State for
Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
In a statement in Akure, the Ondo State capital, YCC’s National
President Dapo Adepoju wondered why President Goodluck Jonathan always
related with people of “questionable character”.
A former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has confirmed that he
held a private meeting with the candidate of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), Gen. c, in London on Saturday.
There has been speculations that a picture showing Messrs. Blair,
Gen. Buhari, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Senator Bukola
Saraki, was photoshopped.
Amosun, others condemn action
Governor: I’m not on his trail
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose came under fire yesterday as
eminent Nigerians criticised his continous death wish for All
Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Senator Ayo Arise, Ekiti State APC and others had harsh words for the governor.
But despite the criticism of his hate message, Fayose yesterday in
Abuja inissted that Gen. Buhari is receiving treatment in a London
THERE is a plot to frame up Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as a Boko Haram
sponsor, the APC Presidential Camapaign Organisation (APCPCO) said
The proof lies in the Federal Government’s order to troops to capture alive Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
A fake Shekau, said the APCPCO, will be made to state that he is working for Buhari, the APC’s presidential candidate.
But, said the organisation, it is all blackmail because:
The police have flayed political leaders in Rivers State for
violating the peace accord they signed on February 4, 2015, to ensure
violence-free general elections. Assistant Inspector-General of Police
(AIG) for Zone 6, Calabar, Tunde Ogunsakin, gave the criticism
yesterday, while briefing journalists at the Police Officers’ Mess, Port
Ogunsakin said at the February 4 meeting, he cautioned that political
activities in the state must effectively accommodate the interests of
the electorates, without undermining their rights.
He noted that the force will not hesitate to lay the sledge hammer on
political “actors” and other stakeholders found culpable in the mayhem.
The Federal Government has made a u-turn on the job recruitment ban
to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), saying instead the MDAs
should adhere strictly to due process as stipulated in Part iv Section 8
of the Public Service Guidelines for Appointments, Promotions and
Discipline when conducting any recruitment or promotion exercises into
the Federal Public Service.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi, made
the clarification in a statement yesterday. He said the process
provides that all MDAs should forward their declarations to the
Establishment and Management office –now Organisational Design and
Development Department in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of
the Federation that is responsible for Manpower Planning and Man Power
Budgeting for onward passage to the Federal Civil Service Commission. Original link
Following the recapture of several communities in the fight against
insurgents by the military, residents of Mubi in Adamawa State have
begun to go back home.
Speaking when he received the Federal Government delegation, led by
the Minister of Youths Development, Mr. Boni Haruna, in his palace, Emir
of Mubi, Alhaji Abubakar Isa Ahmadu, commended the Federal Government
for the restoration of security in his domain and called on his
subjects, who were displaced by the insurgency, to return home.
Citizens Network for Peace and Development in Nigeria (CNPD) has
asked the Accountant General of the Federation to audit the account of
the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Director General of the group, Preye Dressman, who made the call
in Abuja, said the allegation that INEC was partial in the award of
contracts to favour a particular party over another was too weighty to
be brushed aside.
President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience are billed to
attend the burial ceremony of the eight women leaders of the Women for
Change Development Initiative and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),
who died in a motor accident on Saturday, February 14.
The women, Mrs Elizabeth Allison Oguru, wife of Bayelsa State
Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Gimbra Pamowei; Mrs Ruby
Benjamin, Mrs Consider Nayam Amadi, Madam Elizabeth
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ogun State
yesterday dismissed the alarm raised by the state Governor, Ibikunle
Amosun, of the existence of over 600,000 alien permanent voters’ cards
(PVCs) in the state, saying it has no such PVCs in its custody.
The INEC said the 21 alien PVCs belonging to eligible voters in Edo
State, which were discovered in Ogun State, had been returned to the
commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Governor Amosun had last week alleged that no fewer than 625,000 strange PVCs were currently unclaimed in the state.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State yesterday said the political
class should be blamed for the over five years Boko Haram insurgency in
the North-East and not the military.
Shettima, while receiving the new Commander of the 79 Composite Group
of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Commodore Christopher Egwoba, said
the military had always demonstrated patriotism and commitment in
tackling insurgency and other threats to Nigerian territory.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked President Goodluck
Jonathan to apologise to Nigerians over alleged acquisition of 90.04
hectares of land in the Aviation Village, Abuja for farming.
In a statement issued in London yesterday, by its National Publicity
Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the defence that the land
was meant for farming, which it said, is allowed under the Fifth
Schedule Part 1 (Code of Conduct for Public Officers) of the 1999
Constitution, does not hold water.
The Federal Government is test-running broadband services with the
award of two licences, one for Lagos and the other for North-Central
including Abuja. Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Eugene Juwah, disclosed
this to the Senate Committee on Communications yesterday.
Speaking during the 2015 budget defence of the Commission before the
committee, Juwah said: “Our policy objectives among others are to assure
qualitative and viable ICT services at reasonable rate, to foster
effective communication in Nigeria’s telecommunication market and to
ensure effective legal framework for the commission. Our broadband
initiative has started.
Delta State Police Command has recovered 7,365 Permanent Voters’
Cards (PVCs) which were carted away by gunmen, who invaded the office of
the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oghara, Ethiope
West Local Government Area recently.
About two weeks ago, gunmen invaded the INEC 0ffice, and stole about 600,000 PVC and some registers.
Sensing the danger of truncating the progress work in Lagos State, a
new support group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has
The group, We Stand for Lagos (WSFL), made up of a large spectrum of
professional bodies, income groups, market associations, artisan groups,
civil society bodies, political interest groups and cultural groups,
pointed out the danger of allowing failed politicians, incompetent hands
and political neophytes to draw back Lagos’ hands of progress, which
commenced in 1999.
Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of the Lagos High Court in Ikeja
yesterday quashed the N4.7 billion fraud charge filed against the
chairman of Bi-courtney Limited, Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN) and four others
by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the
competence of the charge against them, Justice Lawal-Akapo held that
the charge was incurably bad and defective.
The Defence Headquarters in Abuja has said that the ongoing
cordon-and- search operation in the recaptured town of Baga has revealed
some terrorists disguising as women just as the Nigerian Air Force
continued to bombard parts of Gwoza, Bama and Sambisa forest.
statement by the director of defence information, Major Chris Olukolade,
yesterday, said more discoveries of arms especially bombs hidden in
various locations in Baga, were being made, adding that apart from
terrorists captured in the course of fighting, many arrests of
terrorists hiding in the town are also being made, with troops busy
interrogating the suspects.
State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun yesterday confirmed that the
presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General
Muhammadu Buhari met with the former Prime Minister of United Kingdom,
Tony Blair saying he was not in any hospital for medical treatment as
All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO)
has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan and his Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP)-led government, to live up to their flaunted belief in the
rule of law and due process, public probity and accountability, by
acceding to the request of the House of Representatives to submit the
forensic audit report from KPMG on the alleged missing $20 billion from
the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The national security adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki; the
chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof
Attahiru Jega; representatives of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Army,
Air Force, and Navy yesterday met in Abuja to review the security
situation in the country ahead of the rescheduled polls.
the meeting co-chaired by Dasuki and Jega included representatives of
the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Directorate of State Services
(DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Commission (NSCDC), Customs
Service, Immigration Service, Fire Service and Nigeria Drug Law
Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
House of Representatives may summon the inspector-general of police
(IGP), Suleiman Abba over the pre-election death threats issued by the
controversial assistant inspector-general of police in charge of Zone 2,
Mbu reportedly declared that 20 civilians would be shot for every policeman killed during the forthcoming general elections.
Nigeria Police Force has revealed that it has arrested some suspects in
connection with the killing, last week, of Ahmadu Bello University
professor of agriculture, Prof Ahmed Falaki.
The police who did
not give any details of the arrests, made this known yesterday in a
statement signed by the Force spokesman, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu in which he
said the inspector general of police, IGP Suleiman Abba has ordered a
full-scale investigation into the murder.
According to Ojukwu, the
IGP ordered the assistant inspector general of police, AIG Tambari
Mohammed in charge of Zone 1to conduct and in-depth forensic
investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of the
Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) popularly known as
Chatham House has confirmed that the presidential candidate of the All
Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, will be speaking
at its event billed for Thursday, February 26, 2015 in London.
to a post on the Chatham House website (www.chathamhouse.org)
yesterday, Buhari, who is on a working visit to the United Kingdom, will
be speaking on the topic “Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in
Africa: Nigeria’s Transition”.
The on-going trial of the director of media of President
Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, before a
Federal High Court in Lagos was yesterday stalled due to the absence of
the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),
The court was forced to adjourn the trial till
today (Tuesday) based on a letter written to the court by Keyamo,
requesting that the date be vacated because he would be appearing before
an Adamawa Federal High Court on Monday and won’t be able to attend
The minister of education, Ibrahim Shekarau will today meet
with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) in
an attempt to dissuade the lecturers from embarking on their proposed
ASUP had last Saturday after its National Executive
Council (NEC) meeting resolved to embark on an indefinite strike action
beginning from Wednesday 25th February. The union had on February 11
giving the federal government a two weeks ultimatum to meet its demands,
failure of which the union will embark on a strike.
State governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday declared that the interview
the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General
Muhammadu Buhari had with a local television station, “All Eyes on
African TV” in London, United Kingdom, was not true.
said the picture taken from the interview was snapped at Transcorp
Hilton in Abuja and not in London as claimed by the opposition party.
Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday distanced himself from any social media account purportedly operated by him.
was in reaction to a twitter account, @newsvergeonline which yesterday,
posted a tweet, claiming that the former president had described the
director of media and publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party
Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, Femi Fani-Kayode, as a
Kano State governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has described Chief
Olusegun Obasanjo’s exit from PDP as a death warrant to the party and
another huge blow that will take the party down.
In an interview
with newsmen in his office, Governor Kwankwaso noted that for many
obvious reasons, Obasanjo has supporters not only in Ogun State or in
the western states, but also across the country.
The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign
Organisation (PDPPCO) has said that the revelation that the All
Progressives Congress (APC) lied about the location of General Buhari’s
interview for the TV show ‘All Eyes on Africa’ proves it is a party
founded and built on deceit.
In a statement issued yesterday in
Abuja, the director of media and publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi
Fani-Kayode said, “It has come to light that the All Progressives
Congress lied about the location of General Buhari’s interview with Kemi
Fadojutimi of the USA-based TV show ‘All Eyes on Africa’.
are reports that the twin evils of child trafficking and rape are being
perpetrated in the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in
Nigeria. This is both pathetic and tragic, to say the least. IDPs are
people forced out of their homes, communities and their economic
environment, and forced to squat in largely unfamiliar environments out
of no fault of their own, but mainly as a result of the collapse of the
system that took an oath to protect them and their property. The trauma
and stress of being uprooted from all that’s familiar is heavy enough
without the added burden of child trafficking and rape.
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) stunned a gathering in
Lekki yesterday when he said four years ago, he bought his own vault
where his remains would be interred.
He told journalists after inspecting the site of the new cemetery in
Ibeju-Lekki that death is a necessary end that will come when it will
come, saying there is the need for people to prepare for it.
According to him, “we are here to inspect a cemetery, we often don’t
like to talk about, but there is a need for it because the population
continues to expand and the Lekki sub-region is growing very fast.
Borno State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has
described as baseless, fictitious and unfounded, an allegation that the
association is threatening its members over their support for General
Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming
The CAN Chairman, Rev. Titus Pona, in a statement last Saturday in
Maiduguri titled: ‘Response To The Wild Threat of Allegations of Threat
to Christians in the State’, said the allegation was untrue. Original link
The Dangote Group is confident that with its ongoing agricultural
projects, Nigeria is on its way of being self-sufficient in food
The firm said it was determined to support the Federal Government in
its effort to revolutionise the agricultural sector and make Nigeria
self-sufficient in food production.
The Lagos State Coordinator of the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential
Campaign Organisation, James Faleke, has said the country cannot afford a
further postponement of the elections.
At a briefing yesterday in Lagos, he said the postponement of the
election from February to March was a manipulation by the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) to undermine the democratic process and wear out
The Ogun State government will build three bridges on Imeko Afon and Agosasa- Ipokia roads.
These narrow bridges, which had claimed many lives and property over
the years, are situated at Odo-Oyo and Afon on Imeko-Afon Road in
Imeko-Afon Local Government and at Odo-Oniru in Agosasa, Ipokia Local