Friday, January 30, 2015

Smart Card Reader Configured To Work At Particular Polling Unit – INEC


The electoral body in Nigeria says the smart card readers it will use in the general election had been configured for specific polling units, a strategy it had adopted to guard against attempts by individuals to rig the election.

Niger east Senatorial by-elections: Tribunal declares APC winner

The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Minna on Friday upturned the result of the Niger East Senatorial by-election conducted on August 30, 2014.
The by-election was concluded on the 6th of September, 2014 in favour of Barrister David Umaru of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Chairman of the 3-man tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Bako gave the verdict in a judgement that lasted for hours.

Niger east Senatorial by-elections: Tribunal declares APC winner

The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Minna on Friday upturned the result of the Niger East Senatorial by-election conducted on August 30, 2014.
The by-election was concluded on the 6th of September, 2014 in favour of Barrister David Umaru of All Progressives Congress (APC).

Smart Card Reader Configured To Work At Particular Polling Unit – INEC


The electoral body in Nigeria says the smart card readers it will use in the general election had been configured for specific polling units, a strategy it had adopted to guard against attempts by individuals to rig the election.

Makinde Wants Journalists To Unravel Truth Of N500m Refund To EFCC

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) Governorship Campaign Organisation of Seyi Makinde yesterday urged journalists in the state to come to the aid of the public by unravelling the hidden facts behind the controversial N500million refund to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that has generated heat in the state of recent.
The director-general of the organisation and former speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Kehinde Ayoola, who spoke with journalists in Ibadan yesterday, charged the pen-pushers to use their professional skills to bring out the truth of the matter.

Insurgency: Govs, Not Jonathan To Be Held Responsible – Maku

Former minister of information and supervising minister of defence, Mr Labaran Maku, has said that governors and not President Goodluck Jonathan should be held responsible for the insurgency in the Northern part of Nigeria and other violent crimes in other parts of the country.
Maku, who is currently the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State, told newsmen in Awka, the Anambra State capital, that as chief security officers of their respective states who are “unaccountable to the Presidency, the governors are autonomous and closer to the people and as such, should know better than the Presidency what goes wrong in their domains”.
According to Maku, Jonathan should not be held responsible for the insecurity in the country, rather the governors should be in charge as chief executives of their various states and take responsibility of any problem there.

PDP, Presidency Doing Everything To Stop Buhari – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday alerted Nigerians of various steps currently being taken by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Presidency and certain individuals to stop its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, from participating in the forthcoming general polls.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos, the party’s national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the duo of the PDP and Presidency are using various compromised people as fronts to institute frivolous court cases against Buhari and ensure that the polls are not held.

This Video of Pastor Adeboye Endorsing Osinbajo in Pres GEJ's Presence is Trending

So this actually happened last year but the video is currently trending. The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enoch Adeboye, has not publicly endorsed any politician. But in a video that was filmed last year February, during his visit to the Olive Tree parish of the church that had Prof. Yemi Osinbajo the current APC vice presidential candidate as its pastor, Pa Adeboye is heard showering praises on Osinbajo.

Police arrest 5 APC councillors planning to defect to PDP

Policemen yesterday arrested five of the 100 local government councillors in Ogun allegedly set to defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The five councillors were said to belong to the Ijebu North East  and Odoogbolu local government areas of Ogun State.  The arrested councillors were said to be on their way to a rally ground in Atan, the headquarters of Ijebu North East Local Government Area when the bus they were travelling in was accosted by about eight armed policemen around Ogbogbo.

Chadian army captures Nigerian town from Boko Haram militants

Chad’s army has driven Boko Haram militants out of Malumfatori town in north-eastern Nigeria.

The reported capture of the town, which lies near the borders of Chad and Niger, follows two days of fighting.

Both ground and air forces were reported to have been used in the assault, a senior official from Niger has told the BBC.

Tompolo blasts Danjuma

The call by a former Minister of Defence, General  T.Y Danjuma (rtd) for the arrest of former militants making provocative and inciting statements, ahead of next month general elections has courted  the anger of one of those indicted by the former Army chief.

Jonathan’s convoy stoned in Taraba, Adamawa

Twice at two state capitals yesterday, President Goodluck Jonathan’s convoy was attacked.

The President led the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to Yola, the Adamawa State capital, and to neigbouriing Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

His convoy was attacked in both places.

Buhari has close relationship with Christians –Ngige

The Senatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for Anambra Central Senatorial district, Senator Chris Ngige,  described allegations that the party’s presidential candidate, Major Gen Buhari (rtd) hates the Igbo as mere political deceit.
Addressing supporters at Enugwu- Ukwu and Nawfia in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra state Senator Ngige said that the APC presidential candidate Gen. Mohammadu Buhari from all indications, had demonstrated his love for Christians and had maintained closed relationship with them.

INEC laments apathy in PVCS collection in Bayelsa

Resident Electoral Commissioner in Bayelsa State Mr. Barikor Kpagih has lamented the lack of interest among residents of Yenagoa in the collection of their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Kpagih spoke in Yenagoa yesterday during an enlightenment forum organised by the state Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security.
He noted that other seven local government areas had attained 95 per cent collection of their PVCs, except Yenagoa with 51.3 per cent.

Imo guber: Okorocha’s kinsmen vow to vote Ihedioha

About 5,000 supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) from Ideato North and Ideato South Local Government Areas of Imo State have defected to the Peoples Domocratic Party (PDP).
They have resolved to vote massively for the PDP governorship candidate and Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha.

Clark begs Akwa Ibom aspirants not to dump PDP

Ijaw elder statesman and President Goodluck Jonathan’s  manfriday, Chief Edwin Clark, has pleaded with the 22 aggrieved former governorship aspirants of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State not to desert the party for the APC.
According to him, the opposition is an alliance between the APC presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and the leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

INEC, APC bent on disenfrachising our supporters in Lagos, PDP alleges

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that  the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was conniving with the All Progressives Congress (APC)  to disenfranchise its members and supporters in Lagos State by refusing to release their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) to them.
The national publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh raised the alarm yesterday in  a statement made available to newsmen. Metuh alleged that officials of INEC were, “working hand in gloves with the APC in the state to frustrate the distribution of the PVCs in PDP strongholds as well as to non-indigenes in the state.”

‘PVCs may be distributed at polling units’

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is considering the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) at polling units.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Akin Orebiyii, said this after a meeting with the State Council of Obas and Chiefs in Ikeja.
Orebiyii said that over 1.7 million PVCs of eligible voters, who registered in 2011, had not been claimed by their owners since the distribution began.

How residents sabotage anti-terror war in Borno

Coordinated attacks by Boko Haram on Maiduguri, Konduga and Monguno in Borno State confirmed claims that there are moles in the North-East who divulge military operations to insurgents. There were also hints that the Armed Forces may have intended to dislodge terrorists in order to clear the entire region for a peaceful polls next month.
Sources said this week’s attacks were a desperate and diversionary attempt to pre-empt a massive onslaught  and create an escape route for Boko Haram commanders.
The sources said, “but the most callous aspect of the attacks was the conscription and deployment of child-soldiers, teenage-female suicide bombers and animals to frustrate troops.

How residents sabotage anti-terror war in Borno

Coordinated attacks by Boko Haram on Maiduguri, Konduga and Monguno in Borno State confirmed claims that there are moles in the North-East who divulge military operations to insurgents. There were also hints that the Armed Forces may have intended to dislodge terrorists in order to clear the entire region for a peaceful polls next month.
Sources said this week’s attacks were a desperate and diversionary attempt to pre-empt a massive onslaught  and create an escape route for Boko Haram commanders.
The sources said, “but the most callous aspect of the attacks was the conscription and deployment of child-soldiers, teenage-female suicide bombers and animals to frustrate troops.

How residents sabotage anti-terror war in Borno

Coordinated attacks by Boko Haram on Maiduguri, Konduga and Monguno in Borno State confirmed claims that there are moles in the North-East who divulge military operations to insurgents. There were also hints that the Armed Forces may have intended to dislodge terrorists in order to clear the entire region for a peaceful polls next month.
Sources said this week’s attacks were a desperate and diversionary attempt to pre-empt a massive onslaught  and create an escape route for Boko Haram commanders.
The sources said, “but the most callous aspect of the attacks was the conscription and deployment of child-soldiers, teenage-female suicide bombers and animals to frustrate troops.

How residents sabotage anti-terror war in Borno

Coordinated attacks by Boko Haram on Maiduguri, Konduga and Monguno in Borno State confirmed claims that there are moles in the North-East who divulge military operations to insurgents. There were also hints that the Armed Forces may have intended to dislodge terrorists in order to clear the entire region for a peaceful polls next month.
Sources said this week’s attacks were a desperate and diversionary attempt to pre-empt a massive onslaught  and create an escape route for Boko Haram commanders.
The sources said, “but the most callous aspect of the attacks was the conscription and deployment of child-soldiers, teenage-female suicide bombers and animals to frustrate troops.

How residents sabotage anti-terror war in Borno

Coordinated attacks by Boko Haram on Maiduguri, Konduga and Monguno in Borno State confirmed claims that there are moles in the North-East who divulge military operations to insurgents. There were also hints that the Armed Forces may have intended to dislodge terrorists in order to clear the entire region for a peaceful polls next month.
Sources said this week’s attacks were a desperate and diversionary attempt to pre-empt a massive onslaught  and create an escape route for Boko Haram commanders.
The sources said, “but the most callous aspect of the attacks was the conscription and deployment of child-soldiers, teenage-female suicide bombers and animals to frustrate troops.

Buhari gets Olubadan’s blessing

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday received the royal blessing of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Odulana Odugade.
Olubadan, who was represented by High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin, Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, said there was a need for change in the country, adding that the change Nigeria needs is Buhari.
“We welcome you to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. We pray that your pursuit will be successful. We know Buhari and he is honest, straight forward and sincere. We need change in this country and we pray to God to make it happen because we know he will transform this nation.“

Fashola: revealing Agbaje’s tax status not personal

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola said yesterday that revealing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Jimi Agabaje’s tax status was for economic reasons.
He said issues of tax were beyond personal relationships.
 Fashola, who spoke in Epe yesterday, said: “I don’t hate Agbaje .Revealing the unpaid taxes of Agbaje’s pharmacy was not personal but was for economic reasons. I didn’t say you did not pay two years Land Use Charge, (LUC) you did. But you have four years unpaid LUC. If you have paid all your LUC, please publish your receipts.”

Buhari didn’t jail Ajasin, says family

The family of the first civilian Governor of Ondo State, Chief Adekunle Ajasin, has said former military Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, did not jail the former governor.
The family said the former head of state only invited the late Afenifere leader for interrogation.
Buhari is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Ajasin family cautioned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop using their father’s name to campaign against the progressives’ party.

500 LASTMA officers for APC rally

The Lagos State government has said it will deploy 500 officers of the StateTraffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to mange traffic today at the presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Commissioner for Transportation Kayode Opeifa, in a statement yesterday, said the rally would attract huge traffic on Funsho Williams Avenue, Eko Bridge, Ikorodu Road, Surulere and the Teslim Balogun Stadium, venue of the rally.

More knocks for Afenifere leaders

The Director of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign for Lagos Office, Abiodun Faleke, has taken a swipe at the Yoruba group, Afenifere, for endorsing President Goodluck Jonathan.
He accused the leaders of speaking for themselves and not the Yoruba as a race.
Faleke, who chairs the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption, Ethics and National Values, urged the leaders to pray that God rules in their affairs.
Faleke said it was unfortunate that the Pa Reuben Fasoranti-led Afenifere endorsed the cPresident, who had branded them as ‘rascals’.

Welfare: Union leader scores NLC president low

THE National Vice President in-charge of the Northwest, National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Sikamfa Ali Mshelinga, has scored the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Abdulwahab Umar, low on workers’ welfare.
Flanked by the leaders of Kogi State chapter of NUEE, Mshelinga alleged that under the NLC president, whose final tenure ends on February 12, workers in several states were not paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW), while others worked under inhumane conditions.

Kano Emir to electorate: don’t vote for persecutors

THE Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has urged voters to make a credible choice in next month’s elections by not allowing their votes to fall into the hands of those he described as persecutors.
According to the monarch, making a bad choice will be a recipe for disaster.
Sanusi spoke when the state Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) governorship candidate, Bashir Ishaq, visited him in his palace yesterday.

Nigeria needs $100bn to fix infrastructure, says Works Minister

For the nation to fix the rot in her infrastructure, the Works Minister, Mr.Mike Onolememen, has canvassed $100billion investment for 10 years, even a financial expert has counselled the Federal Government to jumpstart economic growth with huge investment as oil slump continues.
According to the Minister, who disclosed this Thursday in Lagos at ‘A day dialogue on the Capital Market and the 2015 Federal Budget’ organised by the trio of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers(CIS), Association of Stockbroking Houses of Nigeria(ASHON) and Association of Issuing Houses of Nigeria(AIHN), this is too much burden that the Federal Government cannot bear alone as provision of infrastructure is a capital-intensive process.

FG commissions N60bn steel mill in Sagamu

The Federal Government on Thursday commissioned a N60 billion integrated steel mill in Shagamu, Ogun State, as part of productive activities thrown up by the sectorial implementation of the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP).
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, who commissioned the mill built by the Standard Metallurgical Company, said government was committed to repositioning the steel sector to access a substantial share of the global wealth estimated at $10 trillion.

CBN approves Etuh as Chairman, Unity Bank

The Central Bank of Nigeria has approved the appointment of Mr Thomas Etuh and Alhaji Aminu Babangida as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unity Bank Plc repectively.
This was contained in a letter to the bank dated January 23, 2015 and signed by the Director of Banking Supervision.
Their appointments followed the resignation of the former Chairman, Alhaji Lamis Shehu Dikko, who left  the Board in December 2014 to pursue his political aspirations.

Buhari thanks supporters

THE All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has quoted the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, as expressing gratitude to Nigerians for the reception accorded in all the places he had visited for campaign so far.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu, said this in a statement made available to The Nation.

Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees

Sepp Blatter yesterday confirmed his entry in the FIFA presidential contest without revealing which five national federations have nominated him.
Blatter posted a message on his Twitter account to say “I’ve made my submission.” Yesterday was the deadline for entries while voting by FIFA’s 209 federations is on May 29. “Today is a key date in the electoral calendar. I’ve made my submission, now the electoral committee follow a process,” Blatter twitted yesterday.

President: Those accusing me of sponsoring Boko Haram are mad

President Goodluck Jonathan has described those accusing him as the sponsor of Boko Haram as mad people, saying only “a mad man” will  level such accusation against him.
He said this while speaking in Yola during the continuation of his presidential campaign, insisting that the Federal Government was determined to fight insurgency and root out Boko Haram from the country.

Jonathan, Sambo to Buhari: you lied on Mambilla dam

President Goodluck Jonathan and his deputy, Namadi Sambo, attacked the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, calling him a liar.
They spoke during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential rally in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.
The rally took place at the Jolly Nyame Sports Complex, along Jalingo-Yola Road.
Jonathan and Sambo accused Buhari of lying that the Mambilla hydroelectric dam project in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State had been moribund and would be revived, if APC won the February 14 presidential election.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.
Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.
More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Scientists are starting to analyse hundreds of blood samples from Ebola patients in Guinea.
They are tracking how the virus is changing and trying to establish whether it’s able to jump more easily from person to person

JAMB Procures Special Computers For Visually Impaired To Take 2015 UTME

 The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has procured gadgets to facilitate the participation of the visually impaired candidates in its Computer Based Test (CBT) in March.
The Head, Media and Publicity of JAMB, Mr Fabian Benjamin, made the disclosure in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
According to the statement the development is to ensure that no category of persons is left out during the forthcoming 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination on the all CBT mode.
“The computers which are called Braillenote Apex is procured to ensure that the visually impaired candidates are all accommodated in the 2015 CBT.

Fayose mopping up PVCs in exchange for money – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayo Fayose of mopping up Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in exchange for cash.
The party claimed that the governor is targeting students of higher institutions and artisans with the intent to collect their voter cards in exchange for money, warning them not to surrender their cards to the governor and his agents.
But the Special Assistant to the Governor on Information, Youth and Sports, Lanre Ogunsuyi, who denied the APC allegation, said Fayose does not need to buy voter cards before winning election for President Goodluck Jonathan.

Peace Accord: John Kerry Broke US Rule To Visit Nigeria – Akinyemi

Former minister of foreign affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, has disclosed that United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, broke a standing US rule to visit Nigeria few days to the country’s general elections.

All Presidential Candidates Have My Blessing – IBB

Former military president, Gen Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has cleared the air on his preferred candidate in the forth-coming presidential election saying that he endorses all the candidates.
Babangida made this known yesterday in a CHANNELS Television talk show programme, Straight Talk where he said all the candidates have shown passion for the unity of the country.
Asked by the programme presenter, Kadaria Ahmed if he actually endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as was reported in the media, Babangida said he actually alluded to it. “I did allude to that, I said I found him as someone who has a very strong belief about the unity of this country.

Man In Court For Allegedly Securing A Job With Stolen Certificate

The police on Thursday arraigned one Jacob Adeola in a Gudu Upper Area Court in the FCT, for allegedly securing a job with a stolen certificate.
Adeola a resident of No. 6, G.R.A., Abeokuta, Ogun is standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal trespass, theft and cheating by impersonation.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Israel Nongo told the court that one Dr Afuye Samuel of Ode-Ekiti, Ekiti State reported the matter at the Apo Police Station on Jan. 7.

Buhari Will not Participate in the Presidential Debate

Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will not be featuring in the presidential debate organised by the Broadcast Organisation of Nigeria (BON), The Cable reports

LASU VC, John Obafunwa Has No PhD & Holds Two Jobs - ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Wednesday accused the Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Prof. John Obafunwa, of not possessing a PhD and holding two jobs.

Dr. Adesola Nasir, ASUU’s Zonal Coordinator for Lagos Zone, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that apart from being LASU’s VC, Obafunwa was also the Chief Medical Examiner of Lagos State.

Declare A Public Holiday For PVC Collection –IPAC Chair

The chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, Mr. Yinusa Tanko, has urged the Federal Government to declare a public holiday to help Nigerians collect their permanent voter cards.

Tanko made the call during a telephone interview with our reporter on Thursday, after he and other party leaders had met with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega.

Winners Chapel's Reply To Allegations On Bishop Oyedepo by tulouse(f): 7:37am

Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the President and founder of the Living Faith Church worldwide, also Known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, which has gone viral. He was reported to have made the statement last Sunday when the President of the federal republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan came to worship at Faith Tabernacle, which is the headquarters of the ministry. 

New Facts Show President Jonathan’s Age Falsification

New facts emerging are putting into dispute the official age given by the President of Nigeria on his public service documents.

Accounts from the president himself and others who dare to provide information suggest that contrary to his stated age—being born on November 20, 1957; the president was born several, perhaps 10 years earlier and is over 60 years old.

President Jonathan said in 2011 while giving his Christmas Carol address:

We Saw Helicopters Dropping Arms, Food For Boko Haram – IDPs

Displaced residents of Monguno, in Borno State, which was recently taken over by Boko Haram, have said they saw helicopters dropping arms and food items for the insurgents in the bushes.

The IDPs, who said they spent about 48 hours in the bush running towards Maiduguri, expressed worry that the Boko Haram sect was not the only ones involved in the insurgency, but that there are many foreign fighters and some external supports.

Buhari Planning To Smuggle New Certificate To INEC Through Backdoor – FFK

The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation on Wednesday raised the alarm that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari, is trying to smuggle a newly acquired certificate into the Independent National Electoral Commission through the backdoor.

Abba Moro Says FG Will Soon Introduce E-Prison System

The Minister of Interior, Mr Abba Moro on Tuesday said the ministry was planning to introduce the e-prison system in order to put an end to incessant prisons breaks.

The Minister said this when a delegation of the Human Rights Commission paid a courtesy visit on him at the ministry in Abuja.

Abba Moro Says FG Will Soon Introduce E-Prison System

The Minister of Interior, Mr Abba Moro on Tuesday said the ministry was planning to introduce the e-prison system in order to put an end to incessant prisons breaks.

The Minister said this when a delegation of the Human Rights Commission paid a courtesy visit on him at the ministry in Abuja.

Zahra Buhari Back On Twitter, Accuses PDP Of Hacking Into Her Twitter Account

Zahra, the daughter of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of hacking into her Twitter account.
On her Twitter handle, she said the ruling party used somebody to gain an unlawful access into her account to post a grammatical blunder aimed at embarrassing her.

The aspiring first daughter, who now has a new account, said she was shocked that the PDP could stoop so low to gain a political advantage.

Agbaje’s Response To Fashola’s Tax Indictment

Mr. Jimi Agbaje expresses surprise at thisrather personal and unprovoked attack
against his person by Governor Raji
Fashola.Just in January, the Commissioner for
Finance sent a personal letter to Mr.
Agbaje, commending him for his

2 Yr Old Girl Jumps from 14 Storey Building after Her Parents Caught Her Watching Porn

A 12 year-old Russian girl in St. Petersburg, Russia killed herself Wednesday, jumping from her block of flats after her parents discovered she'd been watching online pornography.

The girl, whose first name was given by police as Daria, reportedly entered into a heated argument with her parents after they discovered she had been surfing porn web sites on her personal computer.

5 family members found dead at home took 'drugs overdose' to escape 'apocalypse''

A couple and three of their children were found dead at home after taking a cocktail of drugs in a tragic 'murder-suicide' - to escape "the evil in the world".

Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children, Benson, 14, Emery, 12, and Zion, 11, were found dead in Springville, Utah on September 27 2014.

Akure stands still for Jonathan

Akure, the Ondo State capital yes­terday literally stood still for sev­eral hours as President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo and national leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stormed the city for the party’s presi­dential campaign rally.
Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimko had in hon­our of President Jonathan and visiting leaders of the PDP, declared the day as a public holiday, thereby allowing civil servants and students to attend the campaign rally.

FG removes adverts, posters, from federal roads in Lagos

The Federal Road Maintenance Agen­cy (FERMA) has or­dered the immediate removal of all posters, sign posts and billboards from all Federal Government-owned roads in Lagos State.
National Coordinator of the task force of the newly established Subsidy Re­investment and Empower­ment Programme of FERMA (SURE-P FERMA), Alhaji Abdulrazak Rafiu Otto attrib­uted the directive to a recent approval granted the estab­lishment by President Good­luck Jonathan to take charge of all revenue collections on all advertisements placed on all federal roads in the state on behalf of the federal gov­ernment. The directive also includes all political posters placed on federal roads in the state.

Luis Figo To Run For FIFA Presidency

Portugal legend Luis Figo has announced his decision to run for Fifa president at this year’s election as he aims to dethrone the organisation’s current leader Sepp Blatter.
The deadline for candidates to declare their bid is Thursday, with Figo securing the required backing of five Fifa member associations.
“I care about football, so what I’m seeing regarding the image of Fifa, not only now but in the past years, I don’t like it,” Figo told CNN.

When Farmers Gather In Abuja To Celebrate

Penultimate Friday in Abuja, the roads around the Federal Secretariat Complex bordering the Eagle Square were closed, not for political campaign rally, but by a gathering of over 23,000 farmers from all states of the federation. Their reason for gathering was summed up in the name emblazoned on banners, caps, T-shirts and other publicity materials. They were celebrating Agricultural Festival, coined as AgriFest 2015, for short.

Gunmen invade Cross River speaker’s house

The residence of the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Mr Larry Odey, was invaded by unknown gunmen on Tuesday night, it was gathered yesterday.
It could not be ascertained if it was a robbery or an assassination attempt. But sources said the gunmen fired at his bulletproof door.

Presidential Debate To Hold February 8

The Nigeria Elections Debate Group(NEDG) has announced that the presidential debate for the February 14 presidential election will hold on February 8 just as the vice presidential debate will hold on February 1.
Announcing the debate yesterday in Abuja in a press conference ,chairman of the NEDG ,Sola Omole said 13 out of the 14 candidates for the presidential and vice presidential debates have confirmed their participation in the debates

Chad And The War Against Boko Haram

Recently, Chad sent a large contingent of its fighting forces to Cameroon for deployment along that country’s border with Nigeria as part of efforts to check the menace of the insurgent group, Boko Haram. The troops were sent off with great fanfare from the Chadian capital, Ndjamena.
It will be recalled that Cameroon has, within the last one year, suffered a series of attacks from Boko Haram, operating from its stronghold in Northeast Nigeria. Within that period, several settlements along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon have been sacked. Hundreds of people have been killed and many more taken hostage, including women and children. Based on the persistent attacks, the Cameroonian president, Paul Biya appealed for assistance from the international community.

Danjuma: arrest Tompolo, Asari-Dokubo, others now

One-time Minister of Defence Gen. Theophilus Danjuma yesterday called for the arrest of former Niger Delta-militants, who are threatening to rock the boat should President Goodluck Jonathan lose the February 14  election.
Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari said after a meeting last week in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, that “ex-militants” would return to their old ways should Dr Jonathan lose the election.
Gen. Danjuma described the statement as “reckless” and called for the arrest of the ex-militants.
Saying politicians and their supporters should be wary of provocative and inflammatory statements, he described Asari-Dokubo’s threat as condemnable.

‘Niger Delta concerned about violence in polls’

The Niger Delta Peace and Security Working Group has expressed concerns over possible post-election violences similar to those experienced across the country in the aftermath of the 2011 general elections.
The warning was contained in a communique issued at the end of one-day workshop by NDPSWG, a coalition of about 40 civil society Organisations working in the nine Niger Delta state. It lamented that like in 2011, early warning signs are being ignored b relevant agencies.

Buhari`s certificate: PDP takes on INEC’

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to address the issues surrounding the certificate of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, or face a vote of no-confidence from the party.
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, director, Directorate of Media and Publicity of the organisation, said this at a news briefing yesterday in Abuja.

13 years after, eminent Nigerians eulogise Ige

EMINENT Nigerians yesterday showered encomiums on the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, who was murdered 13 years ago at his Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State, home.
Many who attended the memorial lecture told the  killers to prepare for judgment as they would soon be brought to justice.
Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu, a retired archbishop of Methodist Church of Nigeria, who chaired the occasion, urged the government to include in the constitution provision for private prosecutors and investigators.

Mbu: obey the law or face my wrath

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone Two, Mbu Joseph Mbu, yesterday warned officers and the public to desist from lawlessness or face the consequence.
Mbu gave the warning at the “taking over” of the zone, comprising Lagos and Ogun states from AIG Umar Manko.
According to the AIG, he is in Lagos to do “pure police job” and nothing more and advised residents to be orderly.
Mbu said: “I have come to Lagos to do pure police job and nothing more than that but if people are saying that the fear of Mbu is the beginning of wisdom, I like that. That is why people should live an orderly life.

Agbaje evaded tax for four years, says Fashola

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, who he said evaded tax for about four years.
The governor spoke at a gathering of stakeholders across various sectors at the annual state taxation stakeholders’ conference in Ikeja.
Fashola said Jaykay Pharmacy at 9, Randle Close, Apapa, which is owned by the PDP candidate, owed the state N1, 629, 064.62 as Land Use Charges for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
He said it only decided to pay for 2013 and 2014 because of Agbaje’s plan to contest the February 28 election.

DSS parades kidnapper of two-year-old boy

The Kogi State Department of State Security (DSS) yesterday paraded a 21-year-old mobile phone seller, Sunday Okafor, for allegedly kidnapping a two-year-old boy, Prince Robert.
State Director Mike Fubara said Okafor was arrested while attempting to smuggle the child from Lokoja to Togo for N200,000.
The DSS director said operatives of the department burst the child-stealing syndicate to which Okafor allegedly belongs, when it discovered that some people were planning to kidnap children for rituals because of next month’s general elections.

Gombe to vote PDP out before noon on Feb 14

Ahead of next month’s elections, the Gombe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is confident that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  administration will be swept out of office before noon in the February 14 election.
APC governorship candidate Alhaji inuwa Yahaya, who spoke at a campaign rally in Nafada on the party’s confidence to win the election, said the PDP administration, in apparent premonition that it would be defeated by the APC, was clamouring for the postponement of the poll.
Yahaya said the people had become more aware of their political powers and would have obtained their permanent voter cards (PVCs).
The APC candidate urged eligible voters to get their PVCs.
He said: “I am sure that everyone is ready. Everyone has obtained his PVC. Whoever has not, I beg you in the name of Allah and the Prophet to please go and get it.
“The card is the weapon that we will use to change all we want. This is because without the card, there can be no elections; if there are no elections, there will be no change…”
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Scores dump PDP for APC in Benue

The Benue State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) concluded its campaign rallies yesterday in Benue North East Senatorial District with the reception of scores of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defectors into its fold in Logo.
The venue was the LGEA Primary School at Ugba, the headquarters of Logo Local Government Area, where Governor Gabriel Suswam hails from.
APC chieftains, including its governorship and senatorial candidates, Chief Samuel Ortom and Senator Barnabas Gemade, were elated at the defection.

I’ll maintain peace, Ajimobi tells US envoy

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has pledged to maintain his peace stance before, during and after next month’s elections.
He urged other governorship candidates to eschew violence.
The governor spoke when the United States Consul-General, Jeffrey Hawkins, visited the Governor’s Office in Ibadan yesterday.
Having succeeded in enthroning peace and security in the state in the last three and a half years, Ajimobi said he would spare no efforts to maintain the peace in the interest of the people and the development of the state.

PDP afraid of losing polls, says Oyo APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State explained yesterday why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was scheming for the postponement of next month’s election, saying it was afraid of the defeat that stared it in the face.
It described the call for postponement as “a shameful ploy by the PDP to remain in power beyond May 29”.
Ibadan, the state capital, is agog for the campaign of the party’s presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) today.

15,000 ballot boxes, 10,000 card readers ready in Lagos

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lagos State, Akin Orebiyii, has said 15,000 ballot boxes, 10,000 smart card readers, generators and other election materials have been delivered to the state.
Orebiyii, who spoke at a stakeholders meeting organised by the police, said the state was among those with low turnout in PVCs’ collection.
The REC said of the four million PVCs available, only 2.3million have been collected.
He said to make the collection process easier, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had extended distribution points to the 245 collation centres, an improvement to the 20 INEC local government offices that were usually used.

Jonathan to Rivers people: Amaechi has challenged me

President Goodluck Jonathan told supporters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State yesterday that Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has challenged him through his comment that he had not done anything for Rivers and Bayelsa people since he became president.
He spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital,   at the PDP presidential campaign rally held at the controversial Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex.
He told the people not to worry about the comment, since it indirectly described him as a honest president, who did not use the power of his office to allocate slot for the Southsouth states.

Buhari promises to complete Mambilla power dam

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari has promised to complete the Mambila Hydroelectric Dam to supply at least 3,050 megawatts of electricity to Taraba people and the citizens.He spoke in Jalingo during the party’s presidential rally, which threw the Taraba State capital into human and vehicular gridlock.
With the crowd of party supporters shouting “baba oyoyo, baba oyoyo” continuously, the party’s governorship candidate, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, pleaded with them repeatedly, but the shouting of Buhari’s praises continued. Speaking in Hausa, the former military head of state promised to end insecurity, unemployment and corruption, if voted for on February 14.

Buhari visits Ibadan today

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and his campaign team will storm Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, today.
The party’s Director of Publicity, Mr. Olawale Sadare, said this in a statement.
APC said General Buhari will on arrival in the state capital,  visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, after which his train will proceed to the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
Thereafter, the Buhari’s train will move to the Mapo Hall in Ibadan for a rally.
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‘Jonathan lacks skill to deal with Boko Haram’

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) said yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan lacked the competence, capacity and training to deal with the Boko Haram menace ravaging many parts of the Northeast.
APCPCO added that the President, therefore, could not be taken seriously when he claimed that he would deal with the terrorists.

PDP, Presidency behind election postponement plot, says APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the PDP and the Presidency of orchestrating the ongoing campaign for election postponement, despite their serial denial and the phantom assurances that they are ready for the polls.
‘’There is no clearer indication that the PDP and the Presidency are the puppeteers behind the election shift campaign than Wednesday’s newspaper advertorial plainly campaigning for the polls to be shifted,’’ the party said in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

68.8 million PVCs ready – INEC Says 65m PVCs released, expects 3.8 million today •You’re plotting to postpone polls, APC accuses PDP, Presidency •IG orders crack-down on pre-election trouble makers

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, enjoined those who fear that non -availability of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) will hurt next month’s general elections to have a rethink. Reason: All the cards have been printed and are ready for collection.

We’re not party to Jonathan’s endorsement, says ARG

Some prominent Yoruba leaders yesterday pilloried the faction of Afenifere which, purportedly acting in the interest of the Southwest, said on Tuesday that it had endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for second term.
The group spoke after meeting with the President in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Some of the group’s members, including its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Secretary Chief Seinde Arogbofa and some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chiefs attended the meeting.
Yesterday, the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) and some leaders, such as Senator Ayo Fasanmi and Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, castigated the group.

‘Boko Haram used 5,000 cows as shield’

Fleeing soldiers in Maiduguri yesterday said Boko Haram fighters used over 5,000 cows as shield during the battle for Monguno. .
 A fleeing soldier speaking anonymously explained that the cows were the ones seized from Fulani herdsmen in the villages around the northern part of Borno State by the insurgents.

Court restrains 5 telecoms firms

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, restrained five telecoms firms from suspending All Progressives Congress, APC, campaign fund-raising platform.
Trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba made the ex-parte order following an application by the party.
The telecom companies effected by the order include Etisalat, MTN, Glo, Airtel and Visafone.
They were restrained from giving effect to a directive by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, which warned them against running political promotions that will portray them as being partisan.

Amnesty, military argue over Baga, Monguno

 Nigeria’s military failed to protect civilians despite being warned of impending Boko Haram attacks on two northeastern towns, Amnesty International (AI) said yesterday.
Boko Haram militants warned residents of Baga “almost two months ago” that they would come there to attack troops and local militias before their Jan. 3 raid on the town, the London-based group said in a statement, citing an unidentified military official.
Boko Haram told locals the next target would be Monguno and the military was informed, Amnesty said. Boko Haram captured Monguno, 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Baga, on Sunday, according to militia member Hassan Ibrahim.

Calls for polls shift mischievous, says Akanbi

The call for the postponement of the next month’s general elections by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki is suspicious and mischievous, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) pioneer chairman Justice Mustapha Akanbi said yesterday in Ilorin.
The retired Appeal Court President also lashed out at Chief Edwin Clark for openly accusing Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chair Prof Attahiru Jega of bias and incompetence.

INEC: Nigerians’ll vote in 119,973 polling units

In spite of the subtle plot to postpone next month’s general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is forging ahead with its preparations.
The commission has released the breakdown of 119, 973 polling units where the elections will hold nationwide.
All Polling Units (PUs) in private compounds, mosques and churches have been relocated – in line with international best practices.

Heritage Bank Pledges to Turn around Enterprise Bank

Heritage Bank Limited has assured stakeholders and members of the public that it would turn around Enterprise Bank, which it acquired recently into a more profitable financial institution.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo said this at the Board Divestment Closure ceremony organised by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in Lagos on Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

APC rally: Police release detained student leaders

The Ekiti State Police Command has released officials of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) arrested in the wake of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign rally held last Saturday in Ado-Ekiti.
The student leaders were said to have been released on bail Tuesday after spending three days in detention.
The Youth Wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday condemned the detention of the students which it said violated their fundamental human rights.

Jonathan Promises ‘Not Less Than 2 million Jobs’ Every year


President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to ensure that ‘not less that 2 million jobs’ are created every year, if re-elected into office.
The President, made this known as he campaigned for supporter’s votes in Akure, Ondo State on Wednesday, noting that his administration would achieve the target by supporting Micor, Small and Medium scale Enterprises.

Banks shut again in Ijebu-Ode

Commercial banks in Ijebu Ode, Ogun state in western Nigeria remained shut for the second day today, over fears of robbery attacks.
Banks in Ijebu Igbo and Ago Iwoye, the university town were also shut.
The banks refused to open shop because the armoured personnel carrier that the police use to give them protection from bandits was not deployed to Ijebu-Ode.

Glo Listed Among Africa’s 6 Best Brands

Giant telecommunications outfit, Globacom, has been named as one of the six most admired brands on the continent of Africa.
The continent’s most outstanding business magazine, the London-based African Business, in its latest ranking of brands on the African continent, indicated that Globacom polled a total Admiration Score of 345 to emerge as one of the continent’s six most admired brands.
Globacom, the magazine added, beat several other multinationals in all sectors of the continent’s economy, to take one of the top six positions in the annual ranking.

Cambridge University provides More Details On Buhari’s WASC Results - Sahara Reporters


Muhammadu Buhari The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, UCLES, now Cambridge Assessment, has provided further details on the West African School Certificate, WASC, results presented by Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Candidate in the February 14 presidential election.

Photos From Yinka Ayefele Father's Burial In Ipoti-ekiti

The final burial arrangement of Yinka Ayefele's dad, late HIGH CHIEF JOSHUA TAIWO AYEFELE. Who Slept in the Lord on 12th of October 2014 was held in Ekiti Last Saturday 24th of January 2015 at our saviours Anglican Church, Ipoti-Ekiti 

Election Violence: Ogun Police Command Reads Riot Act To Politicians


As political activities gather momentum,the Ogun State Police command  has read the riot act to politicians against violence during their campaigns, saying the command would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any politician and  political party found culpable.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ogun state police command, Mr Sina Olukolu, who represented the commissioner of police gave the warning during a sensitisation meeting with members of political parties held at the police officers mess in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The command also  warned against religious, ethnic sentiments and use of inciting statements during campaigns.

We’ll overcome all challenges before elections —Jega

CHAIRMAN of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday, affirmed that the commission would overcome all the challenges it was facing before the commencement of the elections on February 14.
He also re-echoed the commission’s determination to ensure that the elections were much better than that of 2011.

Fashola renders 2,800 days’ account of stewardship, urges Lagosians to rescue Nigeria from bad governance, keep Lagos working with their PVCs


For the 28th consecutive time since the inception of his administration in 2007, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, Tuesday again rendered an account of the robust achievements of his administration even as he described the claims and allegations of the opposition against his Government   as “bold and stark ignorance“.

The Lies of AIT and GEJ in their Buhari Documentary'' - El-Rufai

Kaduna state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Malam Nasir El-Rufai just took to his Facebook page to launch a rebuttal against the unflattering video documentary AIT has been airing every night about Buhari.

El-rufai wrote:

Journalist claims foreign journalists are being blocked from getting visas to cover elections in Nigeria

Geoffrey York is an Africa correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Johannesburg, South Africa and he's on Twitter claiming foreign journalists are being blocked form getting visas to cover elections in Nigeria. If this is true, why so? More tweets after the cut...

AGN releases Muna’s funeral plans

The Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), through its National President, Ibinabo Fiberesima-Egbuka, has released the burial arrangement for late Nollywood actor, Muna Obiekwe, who died on Sunday, January 18.
According to information made available to the press, the funeral rites will kick-off on Sunday, February 1, with a candlelight procession that will start at Masha Roundabout, Surulere, Lagos.
The procession is expected to terminate at the popular O’Jez Restaurant, National Stadium.

Kano Hisbah arrests 12 suspected homosexuals

THE Kano State Hisbah Board has arrested 12 persons who assembled in a hotel on the outskirts of the state for alleged wedding of two suspected homosexuals, which is contrary to the law of the country.
The suspected homosexuals, according to report, had converged at a location in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area for the alleged wedding.

Buhari certificate saga: Fani-Kayode denies manipulating Cambridge document

buhariDirector of Media and Publicity, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has denied media reports alleging that he manipulated a document from Cambridge University to justify his claim  that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari’s West African School Certificate’s statement of result was forged.
The former Aviation Minister said in a statement made available by his Media Consultant/Special Assistant, Sufuyan Ojeifo, that he was not aware of the document in question which purportedly  emanated from Cambridge University.

Striking health workers storm Ibadan

The industrial action by members of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and the  Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) yesterday took a new dimension as the striking  health workers  stormed Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
They vowed to continue the over three months strike, until the government responds to their demands.
The workers, led by the National President of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy, Dr Taiwo Oyewumi of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, declared that President Goodluck Jonathan had been fed with lies on the strike.

Certificate saga: I’m not pertubed by suit against me –Buhari

The presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Gen.Muhammadu Buhari laughed off the suit against him over his school certificate by an Abuja-based lawyer, Mr. Chukwunweike Okafor.
He directed the applicant and other people who wanted to see his academic records to meet the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) . Buhari spoke to newsmen shortly after his endorsement by the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) in Abuja.

Boko Haram new video shows child soldier training camp

Apparently dazed by the successes of  the operations launched by the Nigerian Army against it, Boko Haram militants had resorted to the use of child suicide bombers to hit their targets.
While Nigerians are still grappling with this development, the group has revealed that it is training child soldiers to prosecute its war against Nigeria.
A media organisation associated with the group has published two images which reveal a military training camp for children in North-Eastern Nigeria.

Makinde to donate salary to pensioners

The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Oyo State, Oluseyi Makinde, has promised to donate his salaries to teachers’ pensions, if elected.
He made the promise while addressing teachers from five local governments during his campaign in Saki, Saki West Local Government Area.
Makinde held a town hall meeting with teachers from Saki East, Saki West, Atisbo, Oorelope and Irepo local governments of Oke-Ogun.

APC alleges plot to attack Buhari in Taraba

Security chiefs yesterday got a distress call from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
There are plans by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members to cause trouble, the APC said.
The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation spoke of  plans by hired thugs to attack its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, during his visit to Taraba State today.
Director (Media and publicity) of the organisation Mallam Garba Shehu said in a statement that it had intelligence report of plans to use thugs to throw stones and sachets of water at the Buhari team.
Shehu said the APC Campaign viewed seriously any plot to cause a breach of the peace, and then blame it on opposition leaders, stressing that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not committed to the agreement signed by parties and their candidates to conduct violence-free campaigns.

Military deploys drones to battle Boko Haram

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Come drones and other sophisticated equipment have been deployed in the Northeast to curtail Boko Haram’s insurgency, The Nation learnt yesterday.
It was also learnt that the military intensified air strikes on Boko Haram bases in Monguno to reclaim the town, which fell to the sect’s fighters last weekend.
The acquisition of the drones is part of the  new massive military campaign to be launched soon against Boko Haram.

APC replies Soludo

The All Progressives Congress (APC) will not ride to power on mere rhetorics of ‘change’, the party said yesterday through the Director, Policy, Research and Strategy of its Presidential Campaign, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
Fayemi was reacting to former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Prof Charles Soludo’s counsel that the APC presidential flag bearer Gen. Muhammadu Buhari should give facts and figures on how he plans to implement his party’s ambitious manifesto.
Details of APC’s reply are on page 47.

Attack on Jonathan is APC’s propaganda -PDP senatorial candidate

People Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate in Lagos State, Segun Adewale has described allegation that President Goodluck Jonathan is not performing as mere propaganda by All Progressives Congress (APC). He believes that the President would win the elections despite the verbal attacks hurled at him.

I’ll give human face to governance –Agbaje

As campaigns for the February 28 governorship election hots, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, has  flagged off its campaign, with a promise to give a human face to governance if voted into office.
Speaking at the rally which attracted thousands of party faithful from different parts of the state on Monday, the party leaders accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of running a government without human face.

Ambode promises to transform Mushin

All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode ,has promised to make Mushin, a suburb of Lagos, a crime- free community if elected as governor.
Speaking on Monday  at APC governorship campaign in the area , Ambode promised to provide jobs for youths in Mushin Local Government Area and other parts of the state to keep them off the streets and to create conducive environment for the youths and entire residents to succeed.
He also assured Lagosians that his government will improve on the standard of security that had been laid down in the entire state by the present government.

5,000 APC members dump Ngige for Umeh

No fewer than 5,000 erstwhile members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State at the weekend, dumped the party for All Progressives Grand Alliance ((APGA) and declared support for Chief Victor Umeh’s senatorial ambition.
Announcing their defection at Agulu Town Hall, the former chairman of APC in Agulu Ward 4, Peter Obiekwe, who spoke on behalf of the decampees said they had suffered so much in APC, adding that all the promises made to them by Ngige were never fulfilled.

February polls: We won’t interfere – EU Chief Observer Mission

The European Union Election Observation Mission(EUEOM) to Nigeria, yesterday, said it is not in Nigeria to interfere in the February elections.
It, however, recalled that of the 50 recommendations it handed down to the federal government on the 2011 elections, only one was implemented.
The EU Chief Observer, Santiago Fisas Ayxela, while briefing newsmen in company with the EU Deputy Observer, Hannah Roberts, said the team was in Nigeria on the invitation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to observe the forthcoming poll.

Ogun guber: Osoba opens up on Amosun

Former governor of Ogun State and national leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olusegun Osoba, yesterday, opened up on Governor Ibikunle Amosun, describing him as a “sectional governor.”
Osoba also described Governor Amosun as a stooge of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, saying most supporters of Amosun were loyalists of the former president.
The former governor, who spoke at a meeting with a cross-section of traditional chiefs, Baales and Olorituns in Ago-Iwoye in Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state, accused Amosun of concentrating his projects in Abeokuta, the state capital, and its environs, to the detriment of other parts of the state.

100 days in office: Fayose laments high debt profile

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has again lamented the depressing debt profile of the state, blaming it on the immediate past administration of former governor Kayode Fayemi.
Speaking during a low-key celebration of his 100 days in office yesterday, Fayose said the state government needed about N7.5 billion to settle arrears of entitlements due to public servants in the state.

Jonathan disowns Maku

• President: I can’t be involved in anti-party activities
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday disowned former Minister Labaran Maku, who claimed his support for dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), saying he cannot be involved in anti-party activities. Maku contested for the governorship candidature in Nasarawa State last year, but lost

Fashanu Drums Support For Jonathan

Former Nigerian international John Fashanu has thrown his weight behind President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid stating that the president has done well in the area of sports. Fashanu, a one-time Nigeria Football Federation board member spoke yesterday at a press conference in Asokoro Abuja.

Feb 14 Poll: Afenifere Endorses Jonathan

The Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, yesterday endorsed the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
President Goodluck Jonathan had yesterday evening arrived Akure,Ondo State capital and met behind close door with the leaders of Afenifere at the official residence of its leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti .
Jonathan who arrived Akure at exactly 5:20pm, drove straight in convoy with the Vice-President Namadi Sambo and the Ondo State governor,Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, former Anambra governor, Peter Obi, Chief Olusola Oke among others, to the important meeting.

APC Lauds Soludo’s Comments On Nigerian Economy

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lauded the former governor of the Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN), Prof Chukwuma Soludo for his insightful views on the nation’s economy.
The party in a reaction to Soludo’s piece in a national daily written by the former governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi who is the head of the Policy, Research and Strategy Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign, noted that the professor has a good grasp of the nation’s economy.

Fashola Condemns Attacks On Jonathan’s Convoy

Lagos State governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola has condemned the reported attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan’s convoy in Bauchi State and other parts of the country, saying nobody has the right to attack the president.
Fashola who said this at an occasion to mark his 2,800 days in office, affirmed that the president has the right to campaign anywhere in country, adding that such behaviours must be condemned if the country wants to move forward.

An Appeal To Jonathan, Buhari

A lot has been said, and is still being said on the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria. To some, the 2015 elections is likely to divide the country; to others the exercise could be postponed if INEC is not seen to be fully prepared while some feel that the elections, which is a major context between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will position Nigeria as a full grown democratic state. Our prayers is that the elections should be peaceful, free and fair.

Fayose’s Death Wish And Support For Jonathan

Ekiti State governor Ayo Fayose has never hidden the fact that he is a die-hard supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan since he emerged the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship flag bearer on March 22, 2014.
His love for the president became even stronger when he defeated the incumbent, Dr Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the June 21, 2014 governorship poll, attributing the victory to the overwhelming support he got from the people and the presidency.

‘Buhari And I Will Inherit Broken Economy’

Former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Kaduna State governorship candidate of the All Progresives Congress (APC) Mallam Nasir El-Rufai yesterday said, the presidential candidate of the APC and former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari will inherit a broken economy, adding that he will also inherit a bankrupt state.
Speaking at the Organised Private Sectors (OPS) interactive session with gubernatorial candidates in the state where he was the first to feature, Mallam El-Rufai pointed out that Kaduna State is bedeviled with domestic liabilities and owes about N106 billion to various sources.
He said most of the money received or generated are used to settle debts.

Jigawa Speaker Weeps As Lamido Presents Last Budget

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Speaker of the Jigawa State House of Assembly yesterday wept when Governor Sule Lamido presented his last proposed annual budget for the state and local government to the tune of N162.9billion for 2015 fiscal year.
Presenting the budget to the state Assembly, Lamido said, the proposed budget was carefully designed with consideration to the country’s economic situation and also focused on the completion of all ongoing project.

FG Promises On Abducted Schoolgirls Deceitful – BBOG Group

The #BringBackOurGirls group has dismissed the claim by the President Goodluck Jonathan administrarion that it will ensure the rescue of Chibok girls if elected in the February 14 presidential election, saying it is a deceitful political promise that should not be taken seriously.
Speaking at the group’s sit-out yesterday, one of it members and a leader of the Chibok community in Abuja, Dauda Iliya, noted that the promise cannot be believed up until it is carried out.
He also noted that a determined federal government would have ensured the successful return of the remaining 219 girls abducted from Chibok secondary school for more than nine months now.
The group also expressed worry over the condition of Mungono community after Boko Haram attacked the community recently.

Our Campaigns Are Issues-based ­­– PDP

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday described as laughable and diversionary the attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to tutor it on issues-based campaigns, saying that contrary to those of the APC, its campaigns are issued-based.
The PDP said it had been showcasing its numerous achievements in all the sectors of national life, while the APC had, on the other hand, been dwelling on propaganda, political mudslinging and empty promises to the people, in its campaigns.

4 Activists Sue Buhari Over Alleged Perjury

Four activists have filed a fresh criminal suit against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari before an Abuja Magistrates’ Court over alleged false information.
The activists are Shield Jones Ufot, Jimmy David, Ogueri Enwerem and Tochukwu Okorie.
The activists filed a direct criminal complaint through their lawyer, Ugochukwu Ezekiel at the court.
The complainants named Buhari as the only defendant in the suit.

Short Code Campaign: Political Parties Must Follow Guidelines – NCC

Sequel to the controversy that trailed the shutdown of the All Progressives Congress (APC) fund-raising portal by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms regulatory body has said that political parties must follow stipulated guidelines for using short codes for their campaigns.
Giving clarifications to journalists for its action yesterday, the commission’s director of public affairs, Mr Tony Ojobo, stressed that the NCC is a non-partisan public agency that upholds the ideals of professionalism, transparency and efficiency, saying that the political parties are expected to follow guidelines and regulations for placing short code advertisements for their campaigns or other businesses.

Boko Haram Planning Major Attack On Maiduguri

Fleeing residents of Monguno, another Borno State’s town that was seized by Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday have said that the insurgents are planning to attack towns and villages around Maiduguri before launching a major offensive against the capital city.
One of the fleeing residents and an Internally Displaced Person (IDP), Aisha Ba’malum, stated this when she arrived in Maiduguri yesterday. Aisha, mother of three children, managed to arrive in Maiduguri after running in the bush for two days.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ghana Pulls Down Jonathan, Buhari Billboards

The campaign billboards of two Nigerian presidential candidates erected in Ghana’s capital, Accra have been pulled down following an order by the country’s (Ghana) national security agency, Punch reports

Lawyer Sues over Buhari’s Certificate

A legal practitioner, Mr. Chukwunweike Okafor, yesterday Monday, approached the Federal High Court in Abuja with an application seeking a declaration that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), lacked the educational qualification to stand for the February 14 presidential election.

First Bank BC begins recruitment

First Bank Basketball Club has began a massive recruitment drive to bring in new players after losing the key players that won the local league last season and finished fourth on the continent at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women in Sfax, Tunisia.
Coach of the team, Adewunmi Aderemi told SportingLife that the team intends to recruit 10 new players after the screening exercise, which will begin soon, noting that positions where they lack quality players would be given priority.

Abalaka’s victory

•It is sad that the claims on his drug had to become subject of litigation
The controversy over Dr. Jeremiah Abalaka’s claim to have patented a vaccine for the treatment of HIV has refused to go away. Of note, 15 years after the federal agency, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) banned the doctor and his vaccine, a Federal High Court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, has lifted the ban on the use of the vaccine. According to media report, the court also restrained the Federal Government and NAFDAC from further interfering with the use of the vaccine.

Power supply now 3,791.66Mw

The  Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) received a total of 3,791.66megawatts (Mw) from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on 25th January.
Data released by the Ministry of Power and posted on its website yesterday, said the electricity market recorded energy generation of 3,864.00Mw.
Of this generated energy, the TCN could not evacuate 72.34Mw. Besides, the peak generated energy was  4,291Mw.

More equipment for military this week, says Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has disclosed that the Nigerian military would take delivery of some additional platforms this week as part of his administration’s efforts to end insurgency in the North eastern parts of the country.
He made the disclosure at Ilorin when he paid the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari, a courtesy call in his palace, before heading for the presidential campaign.
Jonathan said he was hopeful that with the delivery of the platforms, the military would move faster within the next two weeks to curtail the security challenge.

I will support best presidential candidate – Diya

Former Chief of General Staff (CGS), General Oladipo Diya, said yesterday he would support only the best candidate in next month’s presidential election.
This is even as he urged President Goodluck Jonathan and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, to play by the electoral rules.
The former number two Nigerian, was, however, silent on his preferred candidate, even as he refused to confirm the statement by former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida that retired Generals have endorsed Buhari’s ambition.

Tinubu, others for Bola Ige memorial

The Bola Ige Centre for Justice will today begin activities to mark the 13th anniversary of the death of a former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige.
The two-day event will start with a film show, Ofin-Ga, by Prof. Akinwunmi Isola at the Arts Theatre, University of Ibadan, by 6pm.

INEC receives card readers

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oyo State has said it has received a consignment of card readers.
This has ended speculations by politicians that some “money bags” have purchased Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
INEC’s Head of Voter Education and Publicity Ayodele Folami, who spoke on a private radio station, Flash FM yesterday, said the commission received reports of some politicians buying PVCs.
He described such exercise as futile and waste of resources “because INEC has received a consignment of card readers which will take care of anybody using someone else’s PVC”.
The INEC spokesman advised the electorate not to sell their PVCs and suffer for four years “because they will not be bold to ask the politicians for accountability”.
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Stop ‘arresting’ students, APC tells Fayose

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has berated Governor Ayodele Fayose for the clampdown on the state leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) for speaking at the party’s presidential campaign at the weekend.
A statement by APC State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said a students’ leader, Tosin Ogunkuade, spoke at the event.
Olatubosun said Ogunkuade’s offence was that he highlighted the challenges facing students, saying the present effort by the government was not capable of redressing the hardship faced by the students in accessing quality education.

Agbaje promises new education system

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State yesterday flagged off its campaign.
Its governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, promised that his administration will change the state’s education system. He didn’t give details of how the changes will be carried out.
Agbaje told his audience that his government would ensure that water flows in every home, that non –indigenes  enjoy equal right with the citizens and treat commercial motorcyclists with dignity.

NAFDAC intercepts 5 containers of fake Viagra, Alomo bitters

The  National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has intercepted huge consignments of fake aphrodisiacs known as  Heragra and Ziagra, peddled in the market as remedies for erectile dysfunction.
Manufacturers of the fake drugs target users of the popular Viagra.
In another development, officials of the agency acting on a tip-off, also intercepted five containers of counterfeit drugs and products, including counterfeit Alomo bitters, Diclofenac and Tramadol. The four 40ft containers and 20ft container of fake drugs and products were valued at N270 million.

I’ll tackle crime if voted in, says Ambode

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured residents that his administration will tackle crimes to ensure security of life and property.
Ambode gave the assurance yesterday while addressing thousands of residents at the APC campaign rally in Mushin.
The APC candidate assured that his administration would create an enabling environment for residents to carry out their businesses and make a living.
“We have made Lagos  safer in the last eight years.

Communities protest attacks by hoodlums

•Fingers bishop •’It’s not true’
Hundreds of residents of Abudu and Iyana – Ilogbo in Ado Odo -Ota Local Government of Ogun State marched on the Oke-Mosan Governor’s Office yesterday, protesting the routine invasion of their communities by hoodlums and land speculators.
Carrying placards with various inscriptions, the residents appealed to Governor Ibikunle Amosun to save them from hoodlums and the ajagungbale, who they said are fond of carrying out surprise attacks on their communities.

We’ll work for Jonathan, say minorities

•’PDP sabotaging president through impositions’
Nigerian minorities regrouped yesterday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, vowing to form a “new majority” for the purpose of re-electing President Goodluck Jonathan in next month’s presidential election.
The minorities, who gathered at the Banquet Hall, Government House, declared that Jonathan must be re-elected to further consolidate their quest for political equality and an egalitarian nation.
Declaring that the “born-to-rule syndrome” would be permanently checked if Jonathan clinched a second term, the minorities said they were capable of delivering their choice of candidate with unity of purpose.

Osinbajo: Buhari ’ll accord security top priority

 •‘Jonathan playing politics with Boko Haram’
Insurgency in the Northeast took a dangerous dimension because the President Goodluck Jonathan administration failed to prioritise security of lives and property, the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, said yesterday.
He promised that the issue of insecurity would be of top priority to APC presidential standard-bearer, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, if elected.
Osinbajo said the Jonathan administration failed to equip the military even when it was obvious that the security situation was getting worse.

Fund-raising platform’s closure in order, says NCC

THE Nigerian Telecommunication Commissions (NCC) said yesterday that it acted in order by closing the fund-raising platform of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman Eugene Juwah dismissed allegation of partisanship and double standard levelled against the commission.
Juwah, who fielded questions from reporters shortly after the opening ceremony of the Third African Preparatory Meeting of African Telecommunications Union (ATU), at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, said the action of the commission was based on rules.

NBC cautions broadcast stations

THE National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has threatened to sanction any broadcast station, which did not conform to the ethics of professionalism in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities during the electioneering campaigns.
In a statement, the Director, NBC Kaduna Zonal Office, Alhaji Ibrahim Isah Wada, warned that the commission would take decisive measures against any broadcast station that reneged on its professional responsibility as prescribed by law.

APC insists PDP members attacked Jonathan in Bauchi

•Party seeks probe
ALL Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Inspector-General of Police to institute a probe into the stoning of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign convoy in Bauchi last week.
The call followed the revelation by Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda that the attack was stage-managed by unnamed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwarts.
APC’s National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement in Lagos yesterday, said the investigation was necessary because of the criminal nature of the attack and the attempt to blame the APC.

U.S. blocks Israeli arms deal with Nigeria

Citing human rights abuses and widespread corruption in nixing helicopter sale, the United States has reportedly vetoed a 2014 arms sale of US-made Cobra helicopters by Israel to Nigeria.
Though the resale of decommissioned gunships was approved by Israel’s Defence Ministry, Washington stopped the deal over concerns that the Nigerian government was not doing enough to avoid civilian casualties in its ongoing fight with Boko Haram, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported yesterday.

President challenges critics of his economic policies

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday replied critics of his economic policies, challenging them to come out with facts and figures to contest the fact that the economy is Africa’s largest.
Last year, the Jonathan administration rebased Nigeria’s economy and declared it the largest in Africa.
The President said after the rebasing, the economy became the largest as recently attested to by the American Cable News Network (CNN).

Fashola lifts police with ICT centre

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday handed over an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Resource Centre to the Area ‘C’ Police Command in Surulere to facilitate its work.
He said his administration plans to hand over 100 of such centres to the police before his tenure expires on May 29.

Revealed: How PDP chiefs forged Buhari document

Blogger accuses Fani-Kayode of doctoring mail
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders seem to be hanging on tenaciously to their puerile stand that All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has not come clean on its academic qualifications.
It emerged yesterday that the PDP Presidential Campaign Council manipulated a Cambridge University e-mail to justify its claim that Gen. Buhari’s West African School Certificate’s statement of result was forged.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Buhari’s Certificate: How Fani-Kayode “Forged” My Friend’s Email, By Suraj Oyewale

I was on my way to work on the morning of Monday, January 26, when my friend, Sodiq Alabi, sent me a Facebook message asking me how to contact THISDAY newspapers since I am more familiar with newspaper houses as a regular contributor to issues in national dailies.
Sodiq included in the message a web link to an article in THISDAY newspaper with the title, “Cambridge University: Hausa Language Not Offered in 1961 Exams”. I opened the article to see these lines:

Pastor Adeboye On Nigeria's Next President

Adeboye added: “When you say you are on the side of a politician, you are on the wrong side ever possible. Because politicians never tell you the truth and you can quote me. Tell them that I said so. Politicians know how to say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ at the same time.”

Pastor Adeboye of RCCG
Pastor Adeboye of RCCG

Buhari certificate saga: Daughter, Zahra, speaks out on twitter

The APC presidential candidate's daughter took to twitter to defend her dad admist the controversy surrounding his school certificate. More tweets after the cut...

Jonathan Says Handover Must Hold May 29

President Goodluck Jonathan says the May 29 handover date remains unchanged, dousing suggestions for a postponement of the elections.
In a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, President Jonathan gave the assurance, stressing that there would be no postponement of the general elections.

Police Mount Heavy Security As APC Holds Rally At Mushin

As the All Progressives Congress (APC) holds its electioneering at the Mushin area of Lagos metropolis, the Lagos State Police Command on Monday mounted heavy security at the crisis-prone place.

We will not monitor elections in northeast – EU mission

The Head of the European Election Observation Mission to Nigeria, Santiago Ayxela, said this team will not be monitoring the forthcoming elections in the north eastern part of the country due the security concern.
He told journalists in Abuja after a closed- door meeting with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari , that they will deploy people close to the area and also rely on their contacts in the area for better information.
He said that the team which was constituted to observe the elections in Nigeria was put in place in November 2014 and will be active until April.

Buhari vs Jonathan: Beyond The Election | Prof Charles Soludo

I need to preface this article with a few clarifications. I have taken a long sabbatical leave from partisan politics, and it is real fun watching the drama from the balcony. Having had my own share of public service (I do not need a job from government), I now devote my time and energy in pursuit of other passions, especially abroad. A few days ago, I read an article in Thisday entitled “Where is Charles Soludo?”, and my answer is that I am still there, only that I have been too busy with extensive international travels to participate in or comment on our national politics and economy. But I occasionally follow events at home. Since the survival and prosperity of Nigeria are at stake, the least some of us (albeit, non-partisan) must do is to engage in public debate. As the elections approach, I owe a duty to share some of my concerns.