Saturday, February 23, 2019

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    ‘Why did you wait till 2am?’ — Oshiomhole tackles INEC chairman at ICC

‘Why did you wait till 2am?’ — Oshiomhole tackles INEC chairman at ICC

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), took on Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), over the postponement of the elections.Speaking at the International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja, where the commission held a press conference to explain the reasons for shifting the polls, Oshiomhole said the commission ought to have done more.The APC [...]

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    ‘There were attempts to sabotage our efforts’ — INEC chairman speaks on postponement

‘There were attempts to sabotage our efforts’ — INEC chairman speaks on postponement

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says there were attempts to sabotage the commission during preparations for the elections.He said this in Abuja while explaining the reason for the postponement of the general election.The presidential and national assembly elections had been shifted by seven days, while the governorship and state assembly polls were slo shifted by [...]

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    ‘Don’t we deserve an apology?’ — celebrities react to elections postponement

‘Don’t we deserve an apology?’ — celebrities react to elections postponement

Frustration, angst and criticisms have trailed the unexpected postponement of the general elections. [...]

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    Poll shift: CUPP hails INEC, accuses APC of sabotage

Poll shift: CUPP hails INEC, accuses APC of sabotage

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the postponement of the general election.Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the commission, had announced the postponement at a press conference in Abuja.He blamed the situation on the late arrival of electoral materials in some states.In a statement on Saturday, Ikenga Ugochinyere, spokesman of CUPP, said [...]

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    Boko Haram bombs Maiduguri mosque, ‘kills 11’

Boko Haram bombs Maiduguri mosque, ‘kills 11’

Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect struck inside a mosque in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, on Saturday, killing 11 persons.Damian Chukwu, commissioner of police in the state, confirmed the incident, saying it happened around  5:40am.He said two suicide bombers, accompanied by a gunman, infiltrated the mosque located in Kushari village behind old CBN quarters in the ancient city.Chukwu [...]

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    PDP asks INEC chairman to resign, accuses APC of ‘grand conspiracy’

PDP asks INEC chairman to resign, accuses APC of ‘grand conspiracy’

Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked Mahmood Yakubu to resign as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).Speaking through Ike Abonyi, his media aide, shortly after the elections were postponed by INEC, Secondus said his party was rejecting the new dates.He said it was a "deliberate, pre-determined agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari to [...]

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    APC campaign fingers PDP as brain behind poll shift

APC campaign fingers PDP as brain behind poll shift

The presidential campaign council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suggested that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was behind the postponement of the general election because it was heading for defeat.Expressing disappointment with the postponement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Festus Keyamo, the spokesman of the council, said PDP social media influencers already knew the elections would be [...]

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    Atiku: Poll postponement is ‘hand of Esau but voice of Jacob’

Atiku: Poll postponement is ‘hand of Esau but voice of Jacob’

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar has appealed to his supporters to remain peaceful following the postponement of the presidential election.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced early Saturday morning that it was moving the elections by one week because of logistics.Atiku, who is flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the presidential election, alleged that the shift in [...]

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    INEC postpones presidential poll till Feb 23

INEC postpones presidential poll till Feb 23

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has moved the presidential and national assembly elections till February 23.The governorship and state assembly elections will now hold on March 9.Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of INEC, announced this at a press conference in the early hours of Saturday.He said the decision was taken after a careful review of the plan for the exercise."Following a [...]

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    ‘It’s totally unacceptable’ — Situation Room kicks against staggered elections

‘It’s totally unacceptable’ — Situation Room kicks against staggered elections

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a civil society organisations (CSO) working in support of credible and transparent elections, has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not conduct staggered elections.There are reports that the commission may resort to this as a result of some logistics challenges. Electoral materials did not get to some states early enough.In a statement on [...]

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    Journalists ushered into INEC headquarters as pronouncement is about to be made

Journalists ushered into INEC headquarters as pronouncement is about to be made

Journalists who were denied access into the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja have been ushered into a hall while Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the commission, is about to speak on the outcome of the emergency meeting.Earlier Rotimi Oyekanmi, his chief press secretary, had said a decision had been taken on the elections and that Yakbu [...]

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    PHOTOS: Journalists ‘keep vigil’ at INEC headquarters

PHOTOS: Journalists ‘keep vigil’ at INEC headquarters

Journalists are currently outside the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral (INEC) awaiting the final pronouncement on the presidential and national assembly elections.With their cameras and recorders set, the reporters are expecting the electoral body to make an official position on the elections.INEC had summoned an emergency meeting based on the logistics challenges in some states. At the end of [...]

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    INEC ends emergency meeting, says a decision has been taken

INEC ends emergency meeting, says a decision has been taken

Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the electoral body has taken a decision on the elections.Oyekanmi said this at the end of an emergency meeting which held at the INEC headquarters of on Friday.He said Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, would soon brief Nigerians on the outcome of the meeting.The commission [...]

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    INEC holds emergency meeting hours to presidential poll

INEC holds emergency meeting hours to presidential poll

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are currently having an emergency meeting ahead of the presidential and national assembly elections.The meeting is taking place amid some challenges that could affect the exercise. Materials needed for the elections have not been distributed in some states.Already, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused INEC of conniving with the All [...]

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    Osun APC senatorial candidate accuses PDP opponent of conniving with thugs

Osun APC senatorial candidate accuses PDP opponent of conniving with thugs

Ajibola Famurewa, senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun east, has alleged that there is threat to the lives of the people of eight villages in Atakumosa east local government of the state.At a press conference in the state, Famurewa blamed this on suspected thugs loyal to Francis Fadahunsi, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opponent.Famurewa, a serving [...]

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    Army restores officers withdrawn from Akwa Ibom govt house (updated)

Army restores officers withdrawn from Akwa Ibom govt house (updated)

The Nigerian army has restored the officers withdrawn from the Akwa Ibom state government house.The officers had earlier been withdrawn, raising concerns on why such happened on the eve of the presidential and national assembly elections.Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of the state, is contesting the election in Akwa Ibom north west senatorial district.Known to be a key player in [...]

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