Saturday, February 16, 2019

Ebunoluwa Olafusi

    ‘May they never return’ — Lagosians rejoice as Buhari’s visit forces trucks off roads, bridges

‘May they never return’ — Lagosians rejoice as Buhari’s visit forces trucks off roads, bridges

Who would imagine a light traffic on Ojuelegba bridge on a Friday afternoon? Who would think of free flow of traffic at Costain on a weekend? Even during festive periods these major roads in  Nigeria's most populous city are usually busy while helpless residents are forced to bear the burden imposed on them by the of activities of truck drivers.Even [...]

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    Return campaign funds or face legal action, ACPN threatens Ezekwesili

Return campaign funds or face legal action, ACPN threatens Ezekwesili

The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has demanded that Oby Ezekwesili, former presidential candidate of the party, return all funds generated during her campaign.On Wednesday, Ezekwesili had accounted for "every penny" spent on her campaign.The former minister said the campaign raised N48,957,416.00, $17,645.00, and £200, from October 1, 2018 to February 2, 2019, before she withdrew from the presidential race.But [...]

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    Rivers APC asks INEC to postpone elections

Rivers APC asks INEC to postpone elections

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone elections in the state.INEC had disqualified the APC from contesting the election over the crisis which affected its primaries.There are two factions of the party in the state. One led by Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation while Magnus Abe, a serving senator, [...]

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    CDD to launch election analysis centre in partnership with TheCable, Arise TV

CDD to launch election analysis centre in partnership with TheCable, Arise TV

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is set to launch an election analysis centre (EAC)  for the general election.Describe "as a one stop shop for analysis", the project is in partnership with TheCable, Arise TV and select media organisations.Idayat Hassan, CDD director said the EAC located at Fraser Suite, 294 Leventis Close, central business district, Abuja, will be officially [...]

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    FULL LIST: Lagos to shut these 18 major roads for Buhari’s Saturday campaign

FULL LIST: Lagos to shut these 18 major roads for Buhari’s Saturday campaign

The Lagos state government has restricted movement on 18 major roads across the state in preparations for the presidential rally of President Muhammadu Buhari.The campaign would hold at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Surulere on Saturday, February 9.Speaking at a press conference in Ikeja, Demola Seraki, a former minister of state for defence and chairman, transport committee on Buhari’s campaign [...]

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    Your threat can’t stop us, EU replies el-Rufai

Your threat can’t stop us, EU replies el-Rufai

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has replied Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, over a threat he issued to foreigners on the forthcoming elections.The governor had said foreigners who intervene in the election would leave in "body bags".Responding through a statement on Wednesday evening, EU EOM said its observers would not be deterred from doing their work.It [...]

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    ‘I stood up for Nigeria’s dignity’ — el-Rufai defends ‘body bag’ comment

‘I stood up for Nigeria’s dignity’ — el-Rufai defends ‘body bag’ comment

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has dismissed criticisms which trailed the threats he issued to foreigners over the forthcoming elections.When he featured on NTA on Tuesday, the governor said foreigners planning to interfere with the country's election will leave in body bags. Body bags are used to convey corpses.The comment had sparked an outrage, with the Peoples Democratic Party [...]

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    Laughter, smiles as Buhari endorses Ondo senatorial candidates

Laughter, smiles as Buhari endorses Ondo senatorial candidates

President Muhammadu Buhari endorsed the three Ondo senatorial candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the mega rally the party held in Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday.The rally which took place at the Moshood Abiola Democracy Park, attracted a lot of dignitaries.Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling party; governors of Ekiti, Ogun, Edo states [...]

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    Benue belongs to Buhari, says Ortom as he receives president’s campaign team

Benue belongs to Buhari, says Ortom as he receives president’s campaign team

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, says Benue belongs to President Muhammadu Buhari and he can do whatever he likes there.Ortom said this at the Nigerian air force base, Makurdi, the state capital, while speaking with journalists on Wednesday.The governor was at the base to receive the president for the state's All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential rally."He is the president [...]

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    Okorocha: Oshiomhole, Amaechi planning to stop me by all means

Okorocha: Oshiomhole, Amaechi planning to stop me by all means

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor, says Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, are trying to stop his political progress by all means.Addressing some of his supporters on Tuesday, he said their calculation is that he would be a strong force to contend with in 2023, hence, the plan to stop him.He [...]

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    CSOs demand arrest and prosecution of 2015 electoral violence offenders

CSOs demand arrest and prosecution of 2015 electoral violence offenders

A coalition of civil society groups have raised the alarm about the stock pilling of weapons and the rising tension leading up to the 2019 election in the Niger Delta region, Bayelsa in particular.The groups said this in a press conference at Lagos Airport Hotel jointly addressed by Bayo Obatughase, deputy national president, Campaign for Democracy, Ologun Ayodeji of the [...]

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    Obasanjo is worse than Abacha, says Oshiomhole

Obasanjo is worse than Abacha, says Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is a worse dictator than Sani Abacha, ex-military head of state.Oshiomhole said this in reaction to the comment of Obasanjo that President Muhammadu Buhari is returning the country to the era of Abacha when state institutions were used to fight perceived enemies of the government."Today, another [...]

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    Daria Media announces winners of 2019 scholarship for women in journalism

Daria Media announces winners of 2019 scholarship for women in journalism

Daria Media has announced the 2019 recipients of the Mamman Marshal Scholarship For Women In Journalism.Six students drawn from Bayero University, Lagos State Univeristy and University of Uyo will benefit from this scholarship which covers tuition and accommodation.The recipients will also receive a modest stipend for the duration on their first degree.According to the organisers, winners for the 2019 scholarship [...]

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    Magnus Abe: A’court didn’t order INEC to accept APC candidates in Rivers

Magnus Abe: A’court didn’t order INEC to accept APC candidates in Rivers

Magnus Abe, senator representing Rivers south-east, says it is untrue that the court of appeal has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to list candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) contesting the elections.He said this while reacting to an order of stay of execution granted by the court of appeal sitting in Port Harcourt barring candidates of the APC [...]

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    Buhari swears in 27-year-old female lawyer as ICPC board member

Buhari swears in 27-year-old female lawyer as ICPC board member

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in 27-year-old Hannatu Muhammad as a member of the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).Muhammad was appointed as one of the board members to represent the youth in compliance with the provision of the ICPC Act.According to the Act, the board shall include "a youth not being less than 21 or more than 30 years [...]

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    Buhari: Agencies still diverting revenue — despite our anti-corruption drive

Buhari: Agencies still diverting revenue — despite our anti-corruption drive

President  Muhammadu Buhari says despite his administration's fight against corruption, some government agencies still divert or refuse to fully account for revenues generated.Buhari disclosed this during the swearing-in of board members of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) at the state house, Abuja, on Monday.He said the ordinary people in the country understand and support his administration’s fight against corruption, [...]

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