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  1. An underage voter photographed while casting his ballot at Bondiga Tauma Ward in Sokoto
  2. This is a polling unit in Sokoto North were a supplementary election is expected to take place today 23rd March 2019. As early as 7am , women, including nursing mothers were seen on the queue, struggling to maintain their position while waiting for inec officials to arrive. Note, INEC officials are yet to appear. During my undergraduate days at the University of Maiduguri Borno State, Same scenario applies. Our Northern, Mostly Muslim brothers and sisters will arrive at the polling unit very early enough waiting to caste their votes during Students Union Government Elections. Northern ,Southern Christain Sisters and brothers Campaign the most on Campus, Argue and Analyse the most , but mostly drag their feets to the polling units on election day. Most of them arrive late to polling units, a good number end up not voting due to late arrival, while others continue to procasinate and not showing up at the polling unit at all . The above scenario equally applies in the South of Nigeria especially in the South East of Nigeria. We talk, talk , and talk , we complain and complain, we argue and argue, we take over the media space arguing yet we fail to participate actively in the voting process that shapes our lives. A process that determines our economic, social , cultural and political life. Most of us in the South East claim to be more knowledgeable, smarter , very intelligent, very sharp, yet we do not understand the common sense of Political Power , what a people, what an Irony . This is 7am and women across Sokoto and other parts of Northern Nigeria are ready to vote . Can this be said of our people? Photo Credit : TVC News Comrade S.O.B Igwe 23/03/2019
  3. The Coalition of United Political Parties on Tuesday alleged that were plans to depose the Sultan of Sokoto , Sa ’ ad Abubakar III , and the Emir of Kano , Muhammadu Sanusi II . It further alleged that some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in Sokoto and Kano states were behind the move. The coalition ’ s spokesman , Imo Ugochinyere, made the allegation in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja. Ugochinyere claimed that the decision to depose the traditional rulers was taken because of their decision not to take sides in the supplementary elections holding in the states on Saturday . He said, “The Coalition of United Political Parties has once again intercepted credible intelligence of a fresh plot by APC chieftains in Kano and Sokoto with the full support of Adams Oshiomhole against the Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kano . “We are alerting Nigerians to the plot and threats by the leaders of the All Progressives Congress to depose the revered Sultan of Sokoto and the Emir of Kano for refusing to bow to pressure to take sides in the supplementary governorship elections in Kano and Sokoto states . “The grouse of the leaders of the ruling party is that the respected traditional rulers refused to intervene and interfere to galvanise support for the sinking APC in Sokoto and Kano states. “Leaders of the APC are accusing the monarchs of allegedly taking sides with the Peoples Democratic Party and hence they have hatched a plot that if the traditional rulers do not help them to win the people ’ s support and they succeed to manipulate the election , that they will dethrone the respected traditional rulers from the thrones of their forefathers . “We make bold to say that this is a lie from the pit of hell . The Emir and Sultan are rather appealing for calm and for the will of the people to be respected. “Leaders of the ruling party are boasting and threatening that if they win , they will force them out by setting up state House of Assembly panel to indict them for corruption and force them out using presidential support . They are also considering the use of the CJN option against these respected monarchs. ” Copyright PUNCH .
  4. The Senate President and Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s “purported victory” in the February 23 presidential election would be short-lived. Speaking at the opening session of the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, Saraki said the PDP must defeat Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. “First of all, the true reflection of the presidential election showed the kind of character that the PDP has. I think that is something that we should build on. “My own appeal to everybody is to say this victory that the other party has seen is going to be short-lived. We have a great future ahead and I believe we will start that on Saturday, to make sure that we defend those five states that are declared inconclusive. “If anybody believes that it is a loss to PDP, it is a loss to the country that history will not forgive. We said it many times here, that the worst to do is to do an election that as a country Nigeria will not be proud of. “We have done an election that no doubt anybody and even those that think they have won are ashamed of the kind of election that we did. “I think it is a shame to the country and to those that were given that responsibility to do. “We are setting a bad example, not only in Nigeria, but in the continent when we bring militarisation into our election,” Saraki said.
  5. Supplementary Polls: Nigerians Will Treat APC Thugs In Military Uniforms as Fake Soldiers - PDP … Says APC Depending on Vote-Buying, Ballot Snatching The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cautions that Nigerians will treat All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs dressed in military uniform to assist it to rig the March 23 supplementary elections, as fake soldiers. PDP’s position is predicated on claims by the Federal Government that the soldiers who unleashed violence and helped the APC to rig the February 23 Presidential election were fake. The party said it is ready to confront, resist and dismantle all rigging machinery of the APC and consolidate on its already established victory in the March 23 Supplementary Governorship elections. Our structure and followership in Sokoto, Kano, Adamawa, Plateau, Bauchi and Benue states have been fully rallied at all levels of polling and collation process to resist any attempt by anybody to manipulate for the APC. It is instructive to state that the PDP already has full information of how the APC is moving huge sums of money in the attempt to bribe officials of INEC to manipulate the electoral process. This is in addition to reports of how the APC has been sending its agents to promise money to voters and how such overtures are being rejected by the voters. The PDP also has full details of how APC has sent network jammers to the states where supplementary elections are scheduled to hold as well as how they have paid thugs to cause confusion on the day of election and snatch ballot boxes, having realized that it has no chance in the supplementary polls. The PDP wants the APC and its candidates to note that their ignoble schemes are already known and that our party is standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of these states to defend our votes. In this regard, all our agents, members and supporters have been equipped to closely monitor all the electoral processes, from the accreditation of voters, voting and collation of results, ensure that all results delivered at the polling units be immediately posted on INEC website and use all legitimate means to firmly resist any attempt by the APC to alter the results. The PDP cautions those engaged by the APC to cause confusion and snatch ballot boxes to steer clear of the processes, as they will be doing so at their own peril. The party therefore charges Nigerians in the constituencies where supplementary elections have been scheduled to come out en-masse to vote and use all legitimate means to defend their votes to the very end. Signed: Kola Ologbondiyan National Publicity Secretary And Director, Media & Publicity PDP Presidential Campaign Organization
  6. File five grounds petition Revisit alleged certificate scam against President Punch reports Some details of the petition filed on Monday by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress, emerged on Tuesday. The petition, which sought to rely on 50 sets of documents, was filed before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja against the Independent National Electoral Commission, Buhari and the APC as the first to the third respondents, respectively. INEC had on February 27, 2019 declared that Buhari won the election with 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku, whom it said polled 11,262,978 votes. But the petitioners stated in their 139-page petition that “from the data in the 1st respondent’s (INEC’s) server…the true, actual and correct results” from “state to state computation” showed that Atiku polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari whom they said scored 16,741,430 votes. They said the results were the total votes scored by the candidates in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, as there was “no report on sever” about the results from Rivers State as of February 25, 2019. By this, Atiku claims to have defeated Buhari with 1,615,302 votes. One of the five grounds of the petition also tends to resuscitate the allegation that Buhari was not qualified to run for the office of the President on the grounds that he did not possess the constitutional minimum qualification of a school certificate. The five grounds of the petition read, “The 2nd respondent (Buhari) was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election. “The election of the 2nd respondent is invalid by reason of corrupt practices. “The election of the 2nd Respondent is invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). “The 2nd respondent was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the said election. “The 2nd respondent submitted to the 1st Respondent an affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification for the said election.” Arguing that Buhari was not qualified to run for the office of the President, the petitioners argued in part, “The petitioners state that the 2nd respondent (Buhari) does not possess the educational qualification to contest the election to the office of the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria. “The petitioners state that by Section 31 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), every political party shall not later than 60 days before the date appointed for a general election submit to the Commission in the prescribed form the list of the candidates the party proposes to sponsor at the elections. “Further, by Section 31(2) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), the list or information submitted by each candidate shall be accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by the candidate at the Federal High Court, High Court of a State or Federal Capital Territory indicating that he has fulfilled all the constitutional requirements for election into that office. “The 2nd respondent filled and submitted Form CF001 to the 1st Respondent, which was declared before the Commissioner for Oaths at the Registry of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on the 8th day of October, 2018. The said Form CF001 is accompanied by an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT indicating that the 1st Respondent received same. “The petitioners aver that the said Form CF001 filled by the 2nd Respondent and submitted to the 1st Respondent for the Office of President was also accompanied by the Curriculum Vitae of the 2nd Respondent as well as GENERAL FORM OF AFFIDAVIT duly sworn to by the 2nd respondent at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, along with copies of his Membership Card of the 3rd Respondent and Voter Card. “The information submitted to the 1st respondent (INEC) by the 2nd respondent (Buhari) is false and of a fundamental nature in aid of his education qualification, notwithstanding that he had declared in the said sworn affidavit as follows: ‘I hereby declare that all the answers, facts and particulars I have given in this Form, are true and correct and I have to the best of my knowledge, fulfilled all the requirements for qualifications for the office I am seeking to be elected’.” They stated that the educational institutions Buhari “claimed to have attended and the certificates presented by him namely, Elementary School Daura and Mai Aduaa between 1948 and 1952, Middle School Katsina between 1953 and 1956 and Katsina Provincial College (now Government College, Katsina) between 1956 to 1961 and mentioned by the 2nd respondent in his curriculum vitae attached to Form CF 001, were not in existence as of those mentioned dates.” They added, “The 2nd respondent in Form CF 001 filled and submitted by him to the 1st Respondent at Paragraph C, Column 2, Page 3, under SECONDARY, wrote “WASC,” thereby falsely claiming that qualification whereas there was no qualification known as WASC as of 1961. “The petitioners contend that the 2nd Respondent was, at the material time, not qualified to contest election for the exalted office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “The petitioners further aver that all votes purportedly cast for the 2nd and 3rd Respondents on 23rd February, 2019 during the Presidential Election and as subsequently declared by the 1st Respondent on February 27, 2019 are wasted votes in that the 2nd Respondent was not qualified to contest the said election in the first place or at all.” Names of 21 Senior Advocates of Nigeria and 18 other lawyers appeared on the petition. The legal team is led by Mr Livy Uzoukwu (SAN). They sought among their five main prayers, that the tribunal should determine that Buhari “was not duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast in the said election” and therefore his declaration and return by INEC “as the President of Nigeria is unlawful, undue, null, void and of no effect”. They also prayed that Atiku having been “duly and validly elected” ought to be “returned as President of Nigeria, having polled the highest number of lawful votes cast at the election to the office of the President of Nigeria held on February 23, 2019 and having satisfied the constitutional requirements for the said election. They sought “an order directing the 1st respondent (INEC) to issue a Certificate of Return to the 1st petitioner (Atiku) as the duly elected President of Nigeria”. They also asked the tribunal to rule that Buhari “was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the said election”, and that he “submitted to the Commission affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification for the said election”. However, they sought as their alternative prayer, “that the election to the office of the President of Nigeria held on February 23, 2019 be nullified and a fresh election ordered.” The petitioners are relying on 50 sets of documents which they, in the petition, gave INEC the notice to produce the original copies of those in its custody. Some of the documents are, “INEC Nomination Form CF001 of the 2nd respondent (Buhari); all INEC result sheets;(Form EC8 Series), EC8A, EC8B, EC8C, EC8D and EC8E – Certificate of Return; PDP Party Membership Cards; INEC Voter Cards; all witnesses’ party membership cards; and all Witnesses’ Voter Cards.” The petitioners also sought to rely on, “the circulars/corrigenda/manuals issued by INEC for the conduct of the Presidential Election held on 23/2/2019; Polling Unit materials checklist; summary of total registered voters on units’ basis; summary of PVCs collected on units’ basis; Voter Registers and letters of complaints over irregularities and malpractices during the election addressed to the INEC/Police/other relevant agencies/institutions.” They also sought to rely on “security reports relating to the election video/audio recordings/DVD/CD relating to the Election; Election Observers’ or Observers’ Reports; Newspaper/Television/ Radio reports and news; appointment letters and tags of PDP agents; expert reports and analysis; and photographs and GSM and other phone outputs”.
  7. 1. “The 2nd respondent (Buhari) was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election. 2. “The election of the 2nd respondent is invalid by reason of corrupt practices. 3. “The election of the 2nd Respondent is invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). 4. “The 2nd respondent was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the said election. 5. “The 2nd respondent submitted to the 1st Respondent an affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification for the said election.”
  8. Nollywood actor cum politician, Desmond Elliot, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been re-elected to Surulere constituency l, Lagos State House of Assembly. In the result announced on Sunday, he scored 15,357 votes, while Benjamin Olasunkanmi, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came second with 3,628 votes. The State Constituency Returning Officer, Dr Bolajoko Dixon-Ogbechi from the University of Lagos, made the declaration at the Surulere Local Government Collation Centre in Lagos. Big congrats to him!
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  10. The former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, on Friday said he was no longer part of the alliance formed by leading opposition parties in Oyo State to oust the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state. Alao-Akala, who admitted that he initiated an alliance with the main opposition parties in the state with the aim of defeating the APC, however, said based on a call he received from the Presidency, he had agreed to support the candidate of the APC, Adebayo Adelabu, in the March 9 governorship election. He said the move would enable them to form a coalition government in the state. The ex-governor said he remained in the Action Democratic Party, where he is the governorship candidate, and that he would give his full support to all the ADP’s candidates for the House of Assembly seats in the forthcoming election. He said "l received an emergency call from the Presidency. In the meeting with the Presidency, I was prevailed upon to work for the APC. My response was that I should be given 48 hours to consult with my people, the opposition parties’ alliance committee as well as the teeming members, the leaders and the stakeholders of my great party, ADP" — with Emmanuel Onyenso Williams.
  11. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been barred from investigating a private jet loaded with money on February 15, 2019, the eve of the aborted presidential and National Assembly elections, Saturday PUNCH learned on Friday. Our correspondent gathered that the plane which was billed to fly to Ilorin, Kwara State, from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos failed to take off due to the weight of the money on board. Multiple sources said the EFCC operatives thereafter stormed the plane after a tip-off from some people about the cargo. They demanded the source of the money, its owner and destination. The crew was said to have informed the operatives that the money was meant for election expenses in Kwara State, but the detectives reportedly insisted on taking away the cash haul. Our sources said, “The EFCC operatives interrogated the crew and they claimed they were part of the government. They also gave a code which they assumed the operatives would understand, but the detectives insisted on taking away the money. “However, a phone call came from the Presidential Villa ordering them to hands off the matter and clear off from the scene. Shortly after, armed soldiers took over the scene and the money was transferred into another plane which took off by 10pm that night.”
  12. Igbo Patriotic Forum (IPF) has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his victory in the last Saturday presidential and national assembly poll. Describing the President’s re-election as an opportunity for Nigerians to witness more infrastructural development across the country. While acknowledging the achievements of the federal government thus far, spokesman of IPF, Mazi Anthony Anyim, called on other Nigeria leaders to join hands with President Buhari in advancing the cause of Nigeria. He urged the leadership of the APC to zone the position of Senate Presidency to the South East, adding that Ndigbo had been marginalized by previous administrations. In a statement issued on Friday, the IPF called on Igbo sons and daughters to support the President Buhari-led government, stressing that the future of Nigeria is bright under the current administration. He said, “with the results of the February 23, 2019 presidential and national assembly elections, it is glaring that President Buhari is popular and well accepted by the people regardless of party affiliation. ”The votes polled by the President in the 2019 election in the South East is more than what he scored in 2015. ”The President has executed numerous projects in the South East than previous administrations. ”We appeal to the top echelon of the APC to consider the South East for the position of senate President. “The President is from the North and the Vice President is from the West. ” In the spirit of patriotism, Ndigbo should be considered for Senate President. “Collectively, all ethnic groups must work together for the sake of national development” The forum while admonishing former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to accept defeat in good faith, stressed that politics is not a do-or-die affair, adding that the collective interest of Nigerians should be paramount. Anyim equally urged Ndigbo to take active part in national politics, noting that the people of the South East have contributed immensely to the economic development of Nigeria.
  13. "I swear to "Allah" the only one God, I will not stop fighting against corruption & I will not give EFCC order to release anybody's bank account under investigation. I am not In a position to frezee any account & it's not my duty to release it. If that is their condition before they will congratulate me, tell them we are waiting for them at the court of law" ~Buhari
  14. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army has concluded plans to disrupt the March 9, 2019 Governorship and State Assembly elections in the state. Governor Wike said that the 6 Division has mapped out local government areas where they will initiate violence to ensure that elections are not conducted like they did during the Presidential and National Assembly elections. Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said: "They are plotting to cause crisis, so that the Governorship and State Assembly will be cancelled. "That is what the 6 Division is planning". He said despite the militarization of the elections, there are areas that some political parties cannot win because they are the strongholds of the PDP. "Did APC win the Presidential election in Rivers State? It doesn't matter what they do, they will not win. "There are areas that are no go areas. You don't kill people simply because you want to win. Look at how they shed innocent blood because they want to get 25percent or they want to satisfy the ego of one or two individuals ", he said. Governor Wike said that the PDP in Rivers State is prepared for the elections . He said the party campaigned and interfaced with Rivers people. "We have been prepared for these elections. There is no party that campaigned the way we did. Nobody is more prepared for the elections ", he said. He added: "You cannot change the will of the people. It is difficult ". Governor Wike has revived Rivers State through massive infrastructural projects, empowerment and economic development programmes. Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media .
  15. INEC has officially presented certificates of return to President Buhari and his VP, Yemi Osinbajo at an event which held at the International Conference center Abuja yesterday's afternoon. See more photos from the presentation ceremony below...
  16. Sani Shinkafi, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Zamfara state, has ejected all the displaced persons in his houses for voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s elections. Zamfara is one of the states where President Muhammadu Buhari had a good outing in the election. At a news conference in Gusau, the state capital, on Wednesday, Shinkafi explained that he took the action because he expected the IDPs to vote out a government that “could not provide for them or guarantee their security”. “I have asked all the IDPs residing in my Shinkafi houses to immediately pack out because they are not serious in life,” he said. “These are people who had to leave their villages due to insecurity caused by a government that could not provide such basic necessity to them, yet they went and sold their votes at the last elections trying to bring back the same gang.” He said in spite of earlier advice to the displaced persons “to vote out those who failed them in the past years”, they did the exact opposite. He claimed that the IDPS allowed themselves to be bought over during the election by “the people who failed them.”
  17. President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that his second term in office will be tough. President Buhari who was reelected as Nigeria’s president in the just concluded presidential and parliamentary election in the country said that Nigerians are very forgetful, especially with the fact that he spoke about his governments cardinal agenda to them during campaigns. President Buhari made the statement when members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) paid him a congratulatory visit today. Among those present at the meeting were the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF) Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and over 20 ministers. According to him, “My last lap of four years, I think is going to be tough. People are very forgetful and that’s why during the campaign, I spoke about our cardinal agenda.” Recall that President Buhari was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Wednesday after he polled 15,191,847 to thrash his major challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who polled 11,262,978 votes. Vanguard
  18. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed March 9 to conduct a supplementary presidential election in areas where the poll was canceled last Saturday. Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner for information and voter education, said the supplementary polls will be conducted alongside the governorship and state houses of assembly elections. Okoye said the decision was reached during the commission’s meeting with resident electoral commissioners (RECs) on Thursday in Abuja. INEC had canceled the presidential elections in some areas as a result of violence, which prevented the commission from deploying personnel and materials for the exercise. Some of the places affected include two local government areas in River state as well as other parts of Lagos and Anambra states. “Consequently, the meeting decided that supplementary elections will be conducted in all areas where elections did not take place and/or where returns could not be made on Saturday, 9th March 2019 alongside the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections,” Okoye said in a statement issued Friday.
  19. Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha , has said that the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Imo West District in last Saturday’ s election, Jones Onyereri , was no match for him ( the governor ) by all standards. Okorocha made the claim in a statement made available to journalists in Owerri , the state capital, on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo . The governor claimed that Onyereri , who is a serving member of the House Representatives , should have stepped down the moment he learnt that he ( Okorocha ) was in the race . The governor said in other other parts of the country , a politician like the PDP senatorial candidate would not have been allowed to contest against him . He boasted that he won the senatorial elections in all the 12 local government areas that make up the senatorial district. The statement read , “The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Imo West Senatorial District election , Jones Onyereri , is too small by all standards and in all ramifications to stand or contest election against Governor Rochas Okorocha . “In other parts of the country , Onyereri would not have contemplated contesting the senatorial election the moment he heard or knew that Owelle Okorocha was in the race . “But in this part of the nation , anything goes. People have no respect for their superiors , especially when they can afford to buy Land Cruiser Jeep with tinted glasses and two mobile policemen in front of the car . “On what grounds would Onyeriri challenge Okorocha in an election , to the extent of claiming victory ? Who was Jones Onyeriri before his entry into politics and who is he today? “Beyond politics , what other claims can he make in this life? He has the audacity to be challenging a man who has made his marks in every aspect of life long before venturing into politics . “Okorocha had run for the Presidency of this country two times – in 2003 and 2007 . Who had heard about Jones Onyeriri during these periods ? Even as a House of Representatives member, what has he done that Orlu zone people would now choose him above Governor Okorocha ?” Copyright PUNCH .
  20. A man had to be rushed to the hospital after injuring himself while celebrating the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded polls. It was gathered that the young man fell down from a motorcycle and broke his nose and other parts of his face while rejoicing with others in the north over president Muhammadu Buhari’s election victory. It was earlier reported that a young man lost his life yesterday while celebrating Buhari’s victory in the presidential elections.
  21. All Progressives Congress, APC leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday gave marching order to the party’s chieftains in Lagos State to deliver maximum votes for the party, failing which they would be stripped of their positions. Lamenting their poor delivery in Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, the party leader warned that nobody, including the chairman of the state chapter of the party, Alhaji Tunde Balogun was indispensable. Speaking to stakeholders after a closed-door meeting with members of the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, at the secretariat of the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Independent Campaign Group, BOS-ICG, in Ikeja GRA, he lambasted party chiefs for failing to deliver maximally for APC at last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly polls. He said the party’s strong membership did not show in last weekend’s election. Warning that any chieftain of the party who failed to attain in its mandate would be shown the red card. “Please, don’t praise me, I don’t need your praises, after the poor performance you all put up at the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state,” the national leader was quoted as saying. “It showed that most of the chieftains and council chairmen did not mobilize the grassroots after all the support from the party. “I will not condone this act any further. Party leaders and council chairmen who fail to perform to expectation at the next governorship and House of Assembly polls on March 9, should be ready to resign or face the music. “We have over three million registered APC members and yet the performance last Saturday was poor. “The chairman of the state party, (Babatunde Balongun) should know that his position is not a permanent one. If he fails, he will have to go too,” the party leader said. In attendance at the meeting were: GAC members led by Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Dr. Yomi Finnih, APC Governorship candidate in the state Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his running-mate, Dr. Femi Hamzat, APC state chairman, Tunde Balogun and executive members, among others. Vanguard
  22. Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George, Wednesday, cautioned National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu against what he described as THE harassment of Igbo residents in Lagos. In a statement, George frowned at the recent use of thugs, hired urchins and low-lives allegedly used to harass and unleash mayhem on the people of the South East in Lagos describing it “reprehensible, condemnable, sickening and very dangerous.” The statement reads: “This clearly ill-advised jungle justice on fellow Nigerians whose offense is basically the fact that they voted according to their conscience is capable of provoking a reprisal attack and a greater cataclysm that may graduate into a fury that no one would be able to control. “Since yesterday I have been talking to various stakeholders from the South East to be restrained and calm and not to let the unfortunate incident widen into another violent scenario that may consume the nation itself. “I am appealing to President Buhari to call Bola Tinubu to order lest his reckless penchant of mobilizing thugs against all perceived enemies does not ricochet into the tragedies of 1962 and 1963 which eventually triggered the Nigerian Civil war. Imo community demands end to political killings “Lagos is a mini Nigeria. It is the most accommodating and the most friendly entity in the Nigerian space. We welcome everyone with vivid embrace and with sincerity of purpose. We are the Nigerian melting pot, encouraging traders and various merchants to bring their gods for sale. We do not discriminate. If we had discriminated against Tinubu himself, he could never have risen to the level of relevance which he has achieved today in our Lagos. “We need peace in Lagos. We do not need hired hands sponsored to disrupt business activities of fellow Nigerians.” Vanguard
  23. We Won’ t Recognise Buhari As President Beyond May 29 – CUPP Meanwhile, the Coalition of United Political Parties has vowed not to recognise Buhari as Nigeria’ s President beyond May 29 , 2019. The CUPP said the opposition parties would ensure, within civil means , that Buhari did not enjoy what they called a stolen mandate based on his declaration as the winner of last Saturday’ s presidential election . The coalition ’ s national spokesman , Imo Ugochinyere, made the political parties ’ position known in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday. Ugochinyere urged Nigerians to continue to support the opposition parties in their quest to retrieve the mandate for the rightful owner. He said, “The opposition rejects the cooked and panel - beaten figures and will not recognise General Muhammadu Buhari as carrier of legitimate mandate beyond May 29 , 2019. “We will do everything within civil and legal means to stop his enjoyment of a mandate soaked in the blood of his people. “We hereby declare the President as the carrier of stolen mandate and urge all Nigerians to continue to resist within civil means this robbery and continue to support the opposition to retrieve this mandate and bestow it to the rightful owner. We shall never give up . “We assure all Nigerians that the CUPP shall, starting from today ( Wednesday), continue to lead the struggle to expose him and ensure what he stole is returned by the force of law. ” Describing Buhari ’ s victory as pyrrhic , Ugochinyere claimed that there was evidence nationwide that the 2019 presidential election was a clear departure from the electoral gains made in 2015 . He said it was glaring that the ruling All Progressives Congress stole votes and suppressed votes of the opposition to such an extent that the election was the worst since Nigeria’ s return to democracy in 1999 . He added , “This electoral robbery by the Presidency can only be compared to the electoral heists of 1963 and 1983. “Buhari has insulted us all and our sensibilities. He has dared us all. He raped our electoral decency . In a bid to hang on to power with the crooks under him , he murdered democracy . “Only a person who lacks understanding will congratulate a man who set out to burn down our electoral system. We ask , how do you accept this madness ? “Accepting this without as much as stiff resistance and exposing the fraud that was committed by President Buhari and the APC in this election is the recipe for future stealing of votes and massive voter apathy since voters will not have confidence in the system and this vicious cycle will continue perpetually. There must be an end to vote stealing .” While recalling that the President refused to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law, Ugochinyere alleged that Buhari’ s supporters aided by security forces, burnt card readers , stole electoral materials and sabotaged distribution . “His soldiers , acting on his instructions against the judgement of court , chased the PDP agents out of collation centres. “Returning Officers were held at gunpoint with security forces watching , in Imo , and made to announce fake figures. “In Akwa Ibom , votes were destroyed and cancelled to reduce figures. In Lagos , he supported ethnic violence ; votes for the first time were burnt because of President Buhari . “Hundreds of thousands of citizens in Sabon Gari in Kano never voted because President Buhari ensured they never did because he was afraid he did not have their votes . “He planned this onslaught on the people because he already knew he failed to perform and that the people had rejected him . “Nobody was shot dead for ballot snatching, rather innocent Nigerian voters and citizens opposing this robbery were killed in Kogi , Akwa Ibom, Rivers , Delta etc by security forces. “The only recorded incident of apprehension of ballot box snatchers was as a result of the implementation of Opposition Code 20 by citizens in Lagos . “His audacity that he will rob us and remain President is most insulting . He can get an announcement but he cannot get our support . He can rule with the guns and continue to kill and maim but we must stand firm from now till the end . “President Buhari is not the man we voted. Our President is dancing and celebrating on the rivers of blood of slain citizens, ” Ugochinyere added . He said it was clear to Nigerians why Buhari destroyed the Supreme Court and removed the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, illegally. He said, “He knew he would rob the people and had to first make sure that justice would be denied the people from the illegitimate head of the Supreme Court.” Copyright PUNCH .
  24. The Nigerian Army on Wednesday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State paraded 30 suspect, including a serving Commissioner, lawmaker in the Rivers House of Assembly and a Major in the army over an alleged plan by Governor Nyesom Wike to use them to comprise members of the Nigerian Army in last Saturday’s Presidential election. Also paraded was Wike’s Camp Commandant, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, in Government House. The Army Public Relations Office,r 6 Division Nigerian Army (NA), Colonel Iliyasu Aminu, who paraded the suspects to Journalists on a live television said there was a daring attempt by Wike to compromise security agencies, particularly troops of 6 Division NA with hefty financial inducements to help him in his illegitimate act of thwarting a free and fair electoral process to his favour while accusing the army and its command hierarchy of bias daily. He stated that the army, in close collaboration and synergy with all other security agencies in the Division’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) which covers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States and its commitment and loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria resolved to be neutral and apolitical, but was underestimated by Wike. He said “on Saturday, 23rd February, 2019 at about 8:45 am following a tip of on attempt by Governor Wike’s aids to induce and compromise troops deployed at the CBN Port Harcourt premises, Major AP Ubah and 3 other Police personnel, DSP Owen Oyoku Irikefe (Camp Commandant, Rivers State Govt House), Sgt Akanu Garba , Inspector Hycent Oboi and Sgt Nketan Chucks were arrested by a team from HQ 6 Division.” Colonel Iliyasu revealed that Preliminary investigations led to the discovery of N2.25 million in a Range Rover belonging to the DSP. Other items recovered are 4 INEC 2019 Electoral Tags, Customised Rivers State Government House brown envelopes while the sum of 500,000 was found in the Toyota vehicle belonging to Maj AP Ubah which he confessed was given to him by the Governor’s aides in addition to offer of a well-furnished accommodation for the period of his tour of duty. According to Iliyasu, “on the same day, at about 7:00 am, a member of Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Opokri Wanaka, representing Ahoada East in company of Dr Reason Onya Williams, Rivers State Commissioner for Urban Development visited own troops Camp at Akinima and requested to be acquainted with the Commander of the troops at the location. Hon Opokri offered the officer some amount of money he removed from his pocket but the officer not only rejected the offer but sent the duo away. “Incidentally, while the officer and his men were manning a Check Point at Mbiama Bridge, a white Hilux vehicle with a Rivers State Government Reg No.L02-03RV RIVERS and 8 occupants was stopped for routine search and clearance. A carton and 2 bundles of INEC 2019 presidential Election ballot papers were discovered in the vehicle. “Preliminary investigation reveals that none of the occupants of the vehicle is an INEC staff, INEC Ad-hoc staff or security agent.” According to the spokesman, on-the spot interrogations, Wanaka and Williams revealed that they allegedly tried to convince the troops that the vehicle was part of INEC’s convoy that was left behind and that the vehicle should be allowed to go because the electorate were waiting. “However, when the vigilant officer refused to be convinced, Dr Reason immediately placed a call to Governor Wike and His Excellency requested to speak with the officer who declined and requested the Governor to please call the GOC. After much resistance, the officer gave Dr Reason Onya Willams his number to pass to Governor Wike which he did via Whatsapp message. Within 10 minutes Governor Wike placed a call to the officer. “The recorded audio voice telephone conversation alleged to be that of Governor Wike was played over and over for Journalists. The bundles of money found on the camp Commandant and the Major AP Uba were display before the Journalists,” he said. However, there was a mild drama during the parade which was beamed live on television, Dr Reason Onya, DSP Irikefe and other suspects denied the allegations, alleging that they were deliberately framed to get at Wike. In swift reaction, Wike said the State Government had written to the International Criminal Court to prosecute the General Officer Commanding ( GOC) 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarhem for prosecution for crimes against humanity. Wike said instead of running in circles, the GOC should explain to Nigerians the reasons why the 6 Division allegedly stormed Collation Centres in Ikwerre, Emohua and Okrika Local Government Areas with INEC Electoral Officers, accusing him of stealing electoral materials and concocting results.
  25. A young man has fulfilled a promise he made before the presidential election held last Saturday, February 23rd, across Nigeria. According to reports, the Bauchi based man, vowed to spend 10 minutes in a gutter if president Buhari wins the election. Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had 11,262,978 votes in the presidential poll. True to his word, the man stayed for some minutes in a gutter and came out while displaying the 4 + 4 sign.
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