Saturday, February 16, 2019

Jamilah Nasir

    US secretary of state calls Atiku, seeks credible elections

US secretary of state calls Atiku, seeks credible elections

Michael Pompeo, the United States secretary of state placed a call to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday.Atiku disclosed this via his official Twitter handle but did not give details of his conversation with Pompeo.He, however, said Pompeo affirmed the international community's commitment to free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.The presidential and national assembly polls will [...]

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    INEC can’t take orders from FG, Agbakoba tackles Malami over letter on Zamfara

INEC can’t take orders from FG, Agbakoba tackles Malami over letter on Zamfara

Olisa Agbakoba, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is a neutral body which cannot take orders from the federal government.Agbakoba said this in reaction to the letter written by Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, asking INEC to postpone elections in Zamfara state because of litigation.The crisis in the Zamfara chapter of the [...]

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    CCT went too far, says Agbakoba on order to arrest Onnoghen

CCT went too far, says Agbakoba on order to arrest Onnoghen

Olisa Agbakoba, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says the arrest warrant against Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), is a step taken too far.On Wednesday, the CCT ordered the nation’s security agencies to arrest Onnoghen for failing to appear before it.Onnoghen, who is being prosecuted by the federal government for alleged [...]

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    Election-related violence is deeply troubling, says Amnesty

Election-related violence is deeply troubling, says Amnesty

Amnesty International (AI) says Nigerian authorities must protect people from violence and ensure full respect for freedom of expression, peaceful association before, during and after the elections.In a statement on Wednesday, Osai Ojigho, director, AI Nigeria, said there have been several instances of violence at election campaign rallies in some states in recent months.Ojigbo called on the government to address [...]

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    ‘You can use any finger to vote’ — INEC clarifies index finger rumours

‘You can use any finger to vote’ — INEC clarifies index finger rumours

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says any of the ten fingers — not only the index — can be used for marking the ballot papers when voting. The electoral body said it got wind of "false reports" that the only the index finger is approved for marking the ballot papers.It described the rumour as "false", saying any of the fingers [...]

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    Bill Gates: The world is growing older but Africa stays the same

Bill Gates: The world is growing older but Africa stays the same

Bill Gates and Melinda, his wife, say 2018 left them with many surprises — both good and bad, but the top of the list is that Africa is not growing along with the world.The co-founder of Microsoft and his wife expressed this view in the 2019 edition of the annual report on their philanthropic work, lessons learned, and priorities ahead.In [...]

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    Kogi PDP says there are plans to assassinate Melaye

Kogi PDP says there are plans to assassinate Melaye

The Kogi state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says there are plans by the police to assassinate Dino Melaye.Usman Okai, spokesman of the council, alleged that the police are working on the alleged order of Yahaya Bello, the state governor, to invade Melaye’s Abuja residence.In December 2018, at least 30 policemen invaded Melaye’s residence, laying siege for days.Melaye, [...]

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    Kaduna PDP asks DSS to release its campaign director

Kaduna PDP asks DSS to release its campaign director

The Kaduna state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Ben Bako, director, media and publicity of its campaign organisation.Bako was arrested on Saturday by the Department of State Services (DSS) for allegedly making inciting comments at a PDP rally in Kafancha, earlier in the week.Reacting to Bako’s arrest, Danjuma Sarki, [...]

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    Elections are under threat, says Buhari

Elections are under threat, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says corruption poses a big threat to the general election and the country's democracy.The president said this in an op-ed titled "Corruption Threatens Nigeria – And Its Election".Buhari said while his administration is devising ways to tackle corruption, the social vice "innovates to resist the law".He added that he shares the same desire with Nigerians who wish [...]

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    ‘I can make mistakes because I’m human’ — el-Rufai lobbies Kaduna pastors

‘I can make mistakes because I’m human’ — el-Rufai lobbies Kaduna pastors

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has reached out to some pastors in the state for support, saying as a human being, he is not immune to mistakes.The governor said this during a town hall meeting with some pastors under the umbrella of Pastors United For Change Association (PUCA), on Saturday.He explained to them that his choice of Hadiza Balarabe, a [...]

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    We’ll teach Atiku a lesson, says Tinubu

We’ll teach Atiku a lesson, says Tinubu

Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday told party supporters to vote using their index finger during the February 16 presidential election.Tinubu took voting education to the supporters of the party who gathered at the Teslim Balogun stadium, Sululere, for the mega rally of APC presidential campaign.The elder statesman told the people not to use [...]

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    Calling political opponents liars, looters ‘could trigger violence’

Calling political opponents liars, looters ‘could trigger violence’

The conference for peaceful election organised by ex-President Goodluck Jonatahn has warned African politicians against referring to their opponents in "unsubstantiated" names.The conference, chaired by Abubakar Abdulsalami, former head of state and chairman of the National Peace Committee, was attended by over 500 participants,  including former heads of state, members of the diplomatic community, development partners, the police and civil society [...]

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    EXTRA: Presidential aide campaigns for Buhari with picture from Atiku’s rally

EXTRA: Presidential aide campaigns for Buhari with picture from Atiku’s rally

Bashir Ahmad, personal assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari, used a picture from the campaign rally of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Taraba state to campaign for his principal.Atiku and his team visited Taraba on Tuesday. A newspaper advertorial placed the picture from the campaign on its front page, with a message thanking [...]

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    Leadership names Airtel 2018 ‘brand of the year’

Leadership names Airtel 2018 ‘brand of the year’

The board of editors of Leadership Newspaper has named Airtel Nigeria as its "Brand of the Year 2018".Erhumu Bayagbon, head, public relations, Airtel Nigeria, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.According to the statement, the editors said Airtel was deserving of the honour because it had demonstrated “intense interest and commitment to supporting laudable causes through its corporate social investment [...]

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    Osinbajo’s mum: Those saying Buhari and my son haven’t done anything live in another world

Osinbajo’s mum: Those saying Buhari and my son haven’t done anything live in another world

Olubisi Osinbajo, mother of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, says the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration deserves another term.She said this on Thursday when her son paid her a visit during the vice-president’s house-to-house campaign in the Somolu area of Lagos state.The 85-year-old said the successes record by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government could not be achieved by previous governments in 16 years.She [...]

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    Deaths recorded at APC presidential rally in Taraba

Deaths recorded at APC presidential rally in Taraba

At least two persons were killed during the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential rally in Jalingo, Taraba state, on Thursday.Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, who confirmed the incident, said the deaths were caused by overcrowding at the Jolly Nyame stadium where the rally held.In a statement, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness over the incident,  saying he wished they were alive to [...]

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