Friday, February 27, 2015

PDP Councillor Caught Buying PVCs In Katsina

The 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 (PVCs).

23 parties ask INEC to postpone elections in Borno by five months

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The Borno state chapter of the Inter-Party ‎Advisory Council on Thursday called for the postponement of elections in the state by five months.
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.

In London, Nigerians back Jonathan’s re-election bid

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 office.

Lady Who Arranged Anti-Buhari Protesters in London Uncovered (VIDEO)

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.

Sambo’s admonition on hate preaching

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.

A shocking testimony about Buhari

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.

Jonathan visits recaptured territories

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.

FG Weeds Out 15,000 Ghost Pensioners, Saves N2.1bn

The 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 Directorate (PTAD).

Buhari at Chatham House London: No Nigerian territory ’ll be lost to enemies under my govt –Buhari

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.”

Presidency Plans To Send Jega On Terminal Leave Next Week – APC Senators Allege

The 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.

MASSOB launches Biafran currency, vehicle number plates, drivers licence

MASSOB-igbosThe 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 capital.
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.

My Husband’s Re-election ‘ll Guarantee Better Future For Nigerian Women – Patience Jonathan

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.
Speaking 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.

Why We Want Shekau Alive – FG

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.
Coordinator 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.

Our Endorsement Of Jonathan’s Re-election Is Unshakeable – Bayelsa SDP

Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck considered suspending his country's World Cup team because of its poor play in the soccer tournament.
Members 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 unchangeable one.

Oshodi Mayhem: Faction Plans Another Attack As Another Member Dies

The 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 attack.
Several people were wounded and 10 mini-buses were so far set ablaze.

APC Calls For Arrest, Prosecution Of Parties Advocating ING

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The 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 laws.

Tuition Reduction: Lagos Refunds N209m To LASU Students

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Lagos State government has refunded N209million to students of the Lagos State University (LASU) following its reversal of the institution’s school fees.
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 refund.

Over 30 APC Supporters Killed In Rivers – Ikanya

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Chairman 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.

National Assembly Budget Office Bill scales second reading

A Bill for an Act to establish the National Assembly Budget and Research Office (NABRO) was yesterday read for a second time in the Senate.
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.”

IGP Abba seeks N24b to maintain police vehicles

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.

PDP, Jonathan team fret over Buhari’s Chatham House appearance

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 arrest three Okrika mayhem suspects

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.

Presidency plans Jega’s sack next week, say senators

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.

Drama as pro, anti-Buhari forces clash

Despite a sunny spell in the morning, the British weather turned on its head at about in a strange sign that the biggest event of any Nigerian political talk in recent times in the United Kingdom was about to begin.
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.

Buhari: I won’t witch-hunt in anti-corruption battle

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”.

Court Dismisses Suit Against Confab Report

Justice 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.
Last year, 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.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I am fit, healthy and well to lead Nigeria—Buhari

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.

Photos: Anti-Buhari protesters at Chattam house, London

Anti-Buhari protesters at the Chattam House to protest against the APC presidential candidate. . More photos after the cut...

Buhari’s Speech at Chatham House – Nigeria’s Transition

Read the speech below...

Permit 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.

We Won’t Take Attacks On Buhari Again – BSO

The 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.

‘Bring Back Chibok Girls Alive, Not Arrest Shekau Alive’

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.

APC reps revolt, abort House sitting


The 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 elections.
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 minority leader.

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I did not rent crowd to boo Buhari in London—Fani-Kayode

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.FaniBuhari

Nwankwo Kanu Ranked 13 Out Of 50 Arsenal Greatest Players

In a poll conducted by fans of Arsenal football club on the website, the Nigerian striker and two-time African Footballer of the Year winner was voted 13th best out of a total of 50 players.

Kanu appeared 198 times for the Gunners, and scored 48 goals during his stay from 1999 to 2004. He won the FA Cup and Premier League title.

‘Stop wasting our money on Jonathan’

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.

We’ll prioritise rescue of Chibok girls, says APC

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.

FG withdraws suit on PVCs

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.

Boko Haram: ‘We’ll reclaim all LGs soon’

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 coun­try.
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.

Blood flows in Lagos

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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.

APC manifesto impracticable, says PDP

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.

Jonathan blasts APC

President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday night, took a swipe at the All Progres­sives Congress (APC), say­ing elections are not won on the altar of propaganda.
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 office.

Buhari’s supporters warn against removing Jega

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 Commission (INEC).
Such alteration, it said, would amount to tampering with the credibility of the elections and the independence of the commission.

Ekiti rigging tape: You got it wrong, Mr. President –APC

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 authenticate it.

Jonathan’s men haul cash to UK for anti-Buhari rally

A protest is set for today in London against All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari – at a price.
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 Chatham House.
Besides some presidential aides, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor is said to be part of the plot.

Group commends PDP for expelling Obasanjo

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.

Day Ikorodu stood still for Agbaje

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.

Fayose has brought soldiers secretly into Ekiti –APC

No, it’s not true –Fayose
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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 elections.
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.

Reps Give FG Ultimatum Over NNPC Audit Report

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).

Chatham House Visit: Presidency Plots Anti-Buhari Rally In London

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.

FG Okays 9 New Private Varsities As NANS Backs President’s Re-election

The federal government yesterday approved the establishment on nine new private universities in the country.
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They 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.

Fani-Kayode: Witness Describes Transactions As Unusual, Exceptional

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.”

FG Debunks Alleged Plans To Scuttle Use Of PVCs

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.

Buhari Condemns Kano, Yobe Bombings

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.
The statement further said Buhari deeply regrets the frequency with which terrorists are destroying the lives of innocent people.

APC Senators Oppose Obanikoro’s Screening

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.
Though 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.

Presidency Accuses APC Of Taking Side With Boko Haram

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.
It 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.

Police Raid Terrorists Hideout In Kaduna, Arrest 6

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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

APC accuses Fani Kayode of organizing protest againts Buhari

Got this on Linda Ikeji's blog,She claimed it was sent to her  by APC.She wrote
" APC just sent me this press statement. Read below...
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.

1-Year Blackout: Rep Seeks NASS Intervention

A 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 constituency.

Fomer U.S Marine Found Guilty Of Murdering ‘American Sniper’

Eddie 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.

Forget it, nobody can remove Jega before June 30 –Banire

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.

How I’ll liberate Lagos from poverty

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:

Tears flow like rivers at Bayelsa State crash victims’ burial

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.

The silver lining in the cloud of postponement

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”.

Buhari won’t rule Nigeria again –Fasehun

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 kill 207 Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria

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 months.

Security Exercise Tagged “SHOW OF FORCE”:A must read for all

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The 90-hectare Abuja farmland controversy

Wale Sokunbi

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 boot!
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.

Keshi quits Eagles’ job

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.

Buhari lacks moral right to speak on missing oil money –Group

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.

Jonathan, Buhari Salute Shagari At 90

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 and solidarity.
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.

Jonathan’s Largesse Tears PDP Reps Apart

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 State).

Suicide Bombers Kill 30, Injure 72 In Kano, Yobe Attacks

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 injured.

80% Of Those Advising Me Have Nothing To Say – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday that more than 80 per cent of his advisers have nothing to say.
The 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.
He stated this in reaction to Governor Seriake Dickson’s disclosure that he was advised against organising a state burial for the deceased.

APC Hails Military Over Recent Successes Against Boko Haram

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.

NBC’s Charge To Electronic Media On Hate Adverts

Advertisements 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.

Yes, I Betrayed Kwankwaso, Wamakko, Amaechi, Others – Lamido

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 Party (PDP).
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.

Polytechnic Lecturers Shelve Planned Strike

After 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.

Boko Haram Twitter Account Suspended

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.

Soyinka Demands Probe Of Ekiti Rigging Tape

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 Sagir Koli.
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.

Court Orders EFCC To Release Fani-Kayode’s Passport

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.

FG To Pay N264bn Fuel Subsidy Before Polls

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.
The executive secretary of the MOMAN, Mr Obafemi Olawore, who dropped the hint denied the rumour that the situation could cause scarcity in the country.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Alison-Madueke Meets Marketers in Lagos to Avert Fuel Crisis

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In 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.

Keshi can resume as Eagles coach Wednesday – Pinnick

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, reports.
Pinnick said a new contract would be sent to Keshi on Tuesday.

WASC Certificate: Suits Against Buhari’s Qualification Stalled

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The 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 the suit.

‘Fayose’s Comment On Buhari’s Health Mischievous’

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The 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.

‘Enough of Obanikoro in FEC’

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”.

I met with Buhari, says Blair

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.

Fayose under fire over death wish for candidate

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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 hospital.

Shekau order: APC alleges plot to blackmail Buhari

THERE is a plot to frame up Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as a Boko Haram sponsor, the APC Presidential Camapaign Organisation (APCPCO) said yesterday.
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:

Fatal APC rally: Police carpet party leaders for violating peace deal

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 Harcourt.
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.

FG reverses self on MDAs job ban

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.

Boko Haram: Mubi residents return home

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.

Group calls for audit of INEC

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.

Bayelsa tragedy: Jonathan, wife to attend burial today

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

Alien PVCs: Ogun gov lied –INEC

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.

Boko Haram: Blame politicians, not military –Shettima

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.

APC wants Jonathan to apologise over alleged land acquisition

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.

ICT: FG test-runs broadband in Lagos, North-Central

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.

Police recover stolen 7,365 voters’ cards

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.

April 11: No need changing working team in Lagos –Coalition insists

Sensing the danger of truncating the progress work in Lagos State, a new support group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has emerged.
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.

Bi-Courtney: Court Dismisses N4.7bn Charge Against Babalakin

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).
Ruling on 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.

Troops Capture Terrorists Disguised As Women In Baga

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.
A 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.

Amosun Confirms Buhari Met Tony Blair In London

Ogun 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 being speculated.

APC To Jonathan: Publish Forensic Audit Report On Missing $20bn

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The 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).

NSA, DHQ, Jega, Others Meet On Polls

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.
Others at 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).

Elections: Reps May Summon IGP Over Mbu’s Death Threats

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The 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, Joseph Mbu.
Mbu reportedly declared that 20 civilians would be shot for every policeman killed during the forthcoming general elections.

Prof Falaki’s Murder: Police Arrest Suspects, Recover Prof’s Vehicle

The 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 professor.

Buhari To Speak On Nigeria At Chatham House Thursday

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.
According to a post on the Chatham House website ( 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”.

Keyamo’s Absence Stalls Fani-Kayode’s Money Laundering Trial

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), Festus Keyamo.
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 court.

Strike: FG, Poly Lecturers Meet Today

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 strike.
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.

Buhari’s London Interview Was Stage- managed – Fayose

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Ekiti 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.
The governor said the picture taken from the interview was snapped at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja and not in London as claimed by the opposition party.

I Have No Social Media Account – Obasanjo

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday distanced himself from any social media account purportedly operated by him.
This 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 “democracy wrecker.”

Obasanjo’s Exit, Death Warrant For PDP – Kwankwaso

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.

PDP Blasts APC Over Location Of Buhari’s Interview

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’.

Secure The IDPs Camps

There 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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fashola buys burial spot in Lekki

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.

CAN denies threatening Christians

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 elections.
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.

How we plan to feed Nigerians, by Dangote Group

The Dangote Group is confident that with its ongoing agricultural projects, Nigeria is on its way of being self-sufficient in  food production.
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.

Another polls shift’ll be too costly’

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 opposition.

Ogun builds three bridges

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 Government Area.

Firm condemns PDP’s ‘smear campaign’ against PTF

A firm of management consultants, the Afri-Projects Consortium, has condemned what it described as a smear campaign by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to discredit the achievements of the Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF).
The firm, a PTF consultant for four years, said a statement credited to the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, contained “irresponsible slander” against the firm and its director, the late Salihijo Ahmad.

Ministry: no bird flu in Obasanjo farms

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has dismissed a media report claiming that bird flu has attacked Obasanjo’s farm.
The ministry described the write-up as “a false alarm, a misleading assertion and an attempt to exaggerate the bird flu outbreaks within the nation beyond proportion so as to set off undue panic”.

APC renews call for probe of Ekiti alleged audio rigging tape

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has renewed its call for a comprehensive probe of the alleged Ekiti audio rigging tape released by an army captain who recorded it.
Its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement in Lagos yesterday, said it was wrong for anyone to label the tape a fake without a forensic investigation.
The party noted that the issues exposed by the tape were too grievous to be swept under the carpet or dismissed on the basis of nothing, but gross partisanship.

Minister: Jonathan has no plan to rig polls

National Planning Minister Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman has said the President Goodluck Jonathan administration is doing everything possible to ensure free and fair general elections.
The administration, Sulaiman said, had no plan to rig the elections.
The minister, who spoke at a reception organised in his honour by the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Abuja, described Jonathan as a leader with “a large heart”.

‘Fake video’: Osun APC urges Omisore to accept reality

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has told the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to accept the reality of the Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime’s tribunal verdict on the election.
The party condemned a “concocted video clip” circulated last week in Abuja by Omisore’s agents and the PDP to suggest that the APC rigged the August 9 governorship election.
The APC described as “delusional”, Omisore’s optimism that the video will make any difference to the worthlessness of his case at the Court of Appeal.
Wife of the governorship candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State Mrs. Angela Folarin has begged women to vote for her husband.
She said it is only her husband who can protect and defend their rights.

Jega meets NSA team, others today on state of security

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega will today hold a stock-taking meeting with a team from the Office of the National Security Adviser, the military and para-military organisations on security, for the general elections.
Today’s session with the military is the first since the were postponed on February 7.
The elections will now hold on March 28 and April 11.

Babalola bags University of London award

Eminent lawyer Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) is to be conferred with the honourary Doctor of Law (LLD) by the University of London.
Chief Babalola will be receiving his 12th honourary doctorate from the foremost British university at the Barbican Centre in London, March 11.

Military uncovers heaps of weapons in Baga, says DHQ

The Defence Headquarters yesterday said heaps of weapons have been uncovered by troops in Baga, Borno State barely 24 hours after reclaiming the fishing settlement.
It also claimed that a soldier was stabbed and another shot at close quarter during the cordon and search going on in the area.

Interim Govt is treasonable, says President at mass

President Goodluck Jonathan should call his supporters and aides to order, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja John Cardinal Onaiyekan, said yesterday in his review of the political activities in the country.
Many Nigerians are worried about the manner government officials and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign Council members have been heating up the polity.

Troops mandated to capture Shekau alive

Troops have been mandated to ensure that Boko Haram leader Imam Abubakar Shekau is captured alive.
Ground troops are expected to advance on Sambisa and Gwoza any moment from now, it was learnt yesterday.
Top on the agenda of the military are the rescue of the Chibok girls and the capturing of Shekau.
While the manhunt for Shekau begins, the military  are said to have reclaimed five key towns in Borno.

Activists warn Jonathan against tenure extension

Activists warned yesterday against another shift of the general elections.
They will stage a nationwide protest should the elections be postponed.
The elections fixed for March 28 and April 11 must hold, Nigerians United for Democracy (NUD) said.

Mbu’s Irresponsible Threat

Joseph Mbu is not the first Nigerian to be designated assistant inspector-general (AIG) of police, but he is certainly the first to demean that position in word and deed. Right from his tenure as commissioner of police in Rivers State, during which time he achieved notoriety for barricading one of the entrances to the Government House and openly taking sides with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he has always operated as a lone ranger, above the heads of his professional bosses at Force Headquarters. Perhaps as a reward for being a thorn in the flesh of perceived opponents of his Abuja puppeteers, he was made AIG and recently posted to the South West, which is considered a stronghold of the opposition.

RTEAN Endorses FRSC Speed Limiters

The national president of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) Alhaji Musa Shehu Isiwele, has commended the Federal Road safety Corps (FRSC) for its initiatives on the speed limiters, which hesays is capable of addressing the challenges posed to road safety by speed induced carnage in the country.

Immigration Recruitment Victims Threaten To Drag FG To ICJ

Victims of the 2014 ill-fated Immigration Service Recruitment stampede from Edo State have threatened to drag the federal government before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, over what they described as social injustice and total neglect of applicants that died and those wounded in the exercise.

Agbaje Made N500,000 Part Payment On Tax Default – Fashola

Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said that unless Nigerian leaders live above board by imbibing and showing high level of moral authority it will be difficult to stop the menace of corruption from ruining the country.
The governor who said this at an interactive session with the Lagos State Governor’s Office Correspondents (LAGOCO) at the weekend noted that though the concept of corruption were multi-faceted, theft constitutes worst part of the menace.

Restriction On Overseas Training: FG Saves $16m – CMD

The restriction placed on overseas training for civil servants would save the federal government no less than $16 million annually, the Centre for Management Development (CMD) has revealed.
The director-general of the centre, Mr Kabir Kabo Usman, who briefed the media on its activities in Abuja, at the weekend, lauded the restriction which opened a wide opportunity for the centre, saying it can double, if not triple, the number of trained civil servants.

Group: Jonathan II’ win in Lagos

As political parties in Lagos State are scheming to carry the day during the forthcoming governorship poll ,a Lagos-based group,Save Lagos Group(SLG) has said that the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and its governorship candidate in the state, may Mr Jimi Agbaje may loose the forthcoming gubernatorial to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates Mr Akiwumi Ambode

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fani-Kayode Counters President Jonathan, Says Ekiti Rigging Tape Authentic


Femi Fani-Kayode Contrary to President Goodluck Jonathan’s dismissal of the Ekiti rigging audio recording as a fabrication that is not worth his attention, the spokesperson for his campaign, Femi Fani-Kayode has admitted that the tape is genuine but that the characters involved in the meeting captured in the recording were not discussing how to rig the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti state.

African Allies Aim To Pin Down Boko Haram

Niger, Chad and Cameroon are seeking to pin down Boko Haram within
Nigeria’s borders ahead of a ground-and-air offensive by a regional
task-force due to start from the end of next month, a senior Niger
military official told Reuters.

Warplanes Bombard Boko Haram Forest, Training Camps – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters has said that warplanes bombarded Sambisa forest, Boko Haram training camps and caches of weapons and vehicles belonging to the Boko Haram group.
A statement issued by the Defence Spokesman, Major-General Chris Olukolade, said a concerted air campaign by the Nigerian Air Force is ongoing in furtherance of the mission to clear terrorists from all their enclaves.

Gunmen raid Calabar prison, free inmates

Residents living around the Afokang Prison in Calabar, Cross River, were thrown into confusion on Friday as unknown gunmen stormed the prison and started shooting sporadically.
Several inmates were freed in the ensuing melee.
However, it has not been ascertained if anybody was killed in the incident that occurred at about 11.30am.
Shops and other business outlets around the prisons have been closed down and security operatives drafted to the area to calm the situation.
Details later…

FG bans employment in MDAs

The Federal Government has banned all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government from announcing employment vacancies.
Head of Service of the Federation (HOS), Danladi Kifasi, issued the order noting that the action became imperative to check indiscriminate employment and promotion that have flooded the government payroll.

Appeal Court reserves judgment in suit challenging President’s re-election

The Court of Appeal in Abuja yesterday reserved judgment in the case challenging President Goodluck Jonathan’s eligibility to stand for re-election.
Presiding Judge Datijo Yahaya, after entertaining arguments from lawyers representing parties, said they would be informed of the judgment date. Other Justices on the five-man panel that heard the appeal include Mrs. Akomolafe Wilson, T.Y. Hassan, J. E. Ekannem and M. Mustapha.
The appeal was filed on April 16, 2013 by Cyriacus Njoku, who is challenging the judgment of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court delivered by Mudashiru Oniyangi (now of the Court of Appeal) who had earlier ruled that Jonathan was eligible to contest.

That Presidential Media Chat (1)

I watched the media chat of the president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on NTA about a week ago and several things ran through my mind.
People who have looked critically at his presidential campaigns have talked about them resembling presidential complaints. Within the first two minutes, the chat began to look like another complaint session on the state of affairs in Nigeria too. He started by telling Nigerians that the world is going through a phase in history that is fraught with challenges and that Nigeria is not alone. What he did not explain was that in other countries, when there is a challenge, the leader leads by example and not by precept (apologies to Government College, Ibadan alumni).

My Islamic Background Inspired Me – Asa

For all her jazz instincts and bubbly personality, Soul singer Asa owes her inspiration to her background as a Muslim.
In a recent chat with My Africa Podcast, she told show host, Andre Blaze, about her inspirational background, revealing how much time she spent following the teachings of Islam and how it all played a very important role in her music.

Fayose disagrees with judges on use of soldiers for polls

•APC to governor: stop denigrating judiciary
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has slammed appellate court judges for affirming a Federal High Court ruling that it is illegal to use soldiers for election duties.
Fayose, who featured in his monthly media chat “Meet Your Governor”, accused the Justice Abdu Aboki-led five-man jury of “playing to the gallery” in holding that the President lacked the power to deploy troops for elections.

Tambuwal seeks advice on use of military

Amid growing concern of lawmakers on the deployment of military personnel for elections, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal yesterday opted to seek professional advice on the subject.
Tambuwal halted a debate on a motion on military deployment for elections and directed the Committees on Justice, Judiciary and Business and Rules to appropriately advise him on the subject.
His decision followed the objection of Sunday Karimi (PDP Kogi) to the motion by the Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, who sought a probe of the roles played by the military deployed in last June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.

Group faults Obanikoro’s nomination

A group, Nigeria United to Save Democracy (NUSADEM) has condemned the nomination of former Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro as a ministerial nominee.
It said screening him was a waste of time “because he is not competent”.

AD aspirant renounces party

A governorship aspirant of the Alliance for Democracy in Lagos State, Dr Abimbola Ajayi-Ojora, yesterday renounced her membership from the party, citing injustice.
Mrs. Ajayi-Ojora, who spoke to reporters in Lagos, said the party did not allow her participate in the primaries.
She alleged that she was prevented from contesting because she could match the financial contribution of other aspirants.
Mrs. Ajayi-Ojora said: “I moved with the understanding that women are crucial to the fulfillment of the country’s dream to greatness. Without us, neither home nor community is complete. Our 35 per cent affirmative action is not only in our best interest but in the interest of national development.”

IGP angry at police officers’ strike threat

The Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has expressed anger over the threat by some officers to embark on strike for unpaid allowances.
Abba’s annoyance came following a media report with the headline: “Policemen threaten strike over unpaid salaries”.

Polls: PDP Insists On Deployment Of Soldiers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday insisted on the provision of adequate security, including deployment of soldiers, during the conduct of the rescheduled polls on March 28 and April 11.
The party’s national publicity secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, stated this during a telephone interview with LEADERSHIP last night.

Reps To Jonathan: Give Us Audit Report On Missing $20bn

The House of Representatives yesterday asked the federal government to make available to it the full forensic audit report on the alleged missing $20billion from Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The House of Reps’ action is a direct consequence of the exclusive demand made by LEADERSHIP Newspaper, which had invoked the Freedom of Information Act, to compel the auditor-general of the federation (AuGF) to provide the newspaper with the full report of the forensic audit of the NNPC.
However, rather that comply with this lawful demand, the AuGF Office had directed the newspaper to the presidency.

Court To Deliver Judgment On Obanikoro’s Eligibility Suit March 5


Justice Kazeem Alogba of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja will on March 5, 2015 deliver judgement on a suit challenging the eligibility of former minister of state for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro to contest for any elective office in Nigeria. The judge fixed the date after lawyers in the case instituted by three chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Micheal Ogun, Suleiman Saheed and Wasiu Odusan adopted their written arguments.

Boko Haram: Troops bombard Sambisa, Gwoza with air strikes

Many terrorist have been killed in air strike targeted at Sambisa Forest and Gwoza, it was learnt yesterday.
Sambisa is believed to be Boko Haram’s biggest hideout. Gwoza in Adamawa was seized by the sect, which abducted many policemen from the Police Training School in the town. The Defence Headquarters said hundreds of the terrorists were fleeing.

NIMASA Behind Campaigns Of Hate Against Buhari, APC Alleges

The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has accused the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) of being behind “dirty campaigns” of hate against the APC presidential candidate, retired General Muhammadu Buhari and his family as aired in the recent documentary by AIT and NTA.

Court Fixes April 23 For N786m Suit Against COAS, Others

The National Industrial Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Babatunde Adejumo yesterday adjourned to April 23, 2015 for definite hearing, a suit filed by Brigadier General Muhammad Adeka against the chief of army staff and four others.
Gen. Adeka in the suit marked NICN/ABJ/61/2014, is seeking an order to be paid N786million for what he called “ill-treatment, humiliation, violation of his rights and desecration of his rank as a first class senior officer in the Nigerian Army.

‘Jonathan ‘ll Restructure Nigeria Through Confab Report Implementation’

The Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has urged Nigerians, particularly the Yoruba Nation to support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, saying the president will re-structure Nigeria through the implementation of the National Conference recommendations if re-elected.
He stated this yesterday at the Post-National Conference Summit convened by the Ondo State government for South-west states, tagged “The National Conference, 2015 Elections and the Yoruba Nation”, held in Akure, the state capital.