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Governorship and state legislature elections Overview - 13th April 2015

The governorship and state legislature elections across the country have witnessed shocking results as some prominent politicians, who had appeared larger than life before the polls, failed to win their polling units.

Some other notable politicians, however, lived up to expectation as they won in their poling units.

In Lagos, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, who voted on Sunday Adigun Street, Alausa, led his party to victory with 230 votes to Peoples Democratic Party’s 62.

Governor of the state, Babatunde Fashola, who voted in Ward G3, Unit 02, State Senior Grammar School, Itolo, Surulere, secured 270 votes for the APC just as the PDP scored 132 votes.

The APC also won the House of Assembly election in the ward as it got 306 votes while the PDP got 98 votes.

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Popular actor, Desmond Elliot, won election into the state House of Assembly to represent Surulere but the result of the election has yet to be released officially.

The candidate of the APC in Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, scored 133 votes in his ward 03 in Epe to beat the PDP which got 57 votes.

Also in Lagos, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Musiliu Obanikoro, won in his Ikoyi Ward 09, Unit 012 as the PDP coasted home with 66 votes to beat the APC which got 59 votes. In the House of Assembly election in the unit, the PDP scored 60 votes to beat the APC which scored 33 votes.

But the leader of the PDP in Lagos State, Bode George, lost in his Evans Square unit 01 on Lagos Island. The APC polled 137 votes while the PDP polled 87 votes.

Lagos PDP governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, lost in his Ward 3, Unit 9 of Apapa, where the APC scored 124 votes while the PDP scored 88 in the House of Assembly election but his party drew with the APC in the governorship election as both parties polled 87 votes each.

In Ogun State, former President Olusegun Obasanjo won in his polling station, Unit 22, Ward 11, which is located in Olusomi Compound of Totoro-Soroki, Abeokuta-North Local Government.

In the governorship election in the ward, the APC defeated the PDP, the Social Democratic Party and the Unity Party of Nigeria by polling 58 votes against PDP’s 4, UPN’s 8 and SDP’s 11.

In the House of Assembly election in the ward, the APC got 85 votes, the PDP got 8 votes while the SDP polled 14 votes.

A former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, lost in his unit 23, ward 13, Ago Oba polling centre in Abeokuta-South Local Government Area.

In the governorship election, the APC scored 169 to beat Osoba’s SDP, which got 36 votes while the PDP got 24 votes.

It was a freefall for Osoba’s party in the House of Assembly election as the SDP got 28 votes while the PDP got 37 votes and the APC amassed 146 votes.

But another former governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel, won in his Olukotun-Isote Ward 12, polling unit 7 of Sagamu Local Government Area, where the PDP scored 167 votes and the APC got 108 votes in the governorship election.

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, won in Ajura ward 4, unit 3 in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area as the APC got 212 votes, PDP scored 30 vote and SDP received 2 votes in the governorship election.

In the House of Assembly election in the unit, Amosun’s APC got 192 votes, beating the PDP to 30 votes and SDP to 1 vote.

The result of the House of Assembly election declared for the ward showed that Daniel’s party, the PDP, got 153 votes while the APC got 103.

Ogun State PDP governorship candidate, Gboyega Isiaka, in Imeko ward, unit 6, scored 213 votes, APC got 35 votes and the SDP got 11 in the governorship election. In the House of Assembly election in Imeko ward, the PDP got 192 votes, APC got 52 votes while the SDP got 10 votes.

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, swept the stakes in his Unit 1, Ward 8 of Oke-Isa, in Ilesa-East LGA, where his party, the APC, defeated the PDP by 173 votes to 1.

Also in Osun, the senator-elect for Osun-West senatorial district, Isiaka Adeleke, of the APC delivered his ward 02, unit 09 of Ede-North, where the APC got 88 to PDP’s 63.

PDP chieftain and former Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Iyiola Omisore, won in his unit 04, ward 01 located in Ife-Central Local Government, where the PDP got 147 votes to APC’s 101.

In Oyo State, incumbent Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the candidate of the APC won in his ward 11, unit 20 located at Oluyole Estate Extension, where the APC polled 116; PDP got 9; Accord Party got 40 with the SDP getting 9 and the Labour Party scoring 14.

Also, in Oyo State, former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala’s LP got 325 votes and the APC scored 26; PDP scored 3 and Accord scored 9 in Ogbomoso North-East Local Government Area of Saraa Ward 10.

The Oyo governorship candidate of the PDP, Teslim Folarin, lost in his Ona Ara ward 05 but the full details of the results were not officially available as of the time of filing this report.

In Ward 11, Unit 16 of Ibadan-North Local Government, the candidate of the SDP, Seyi Makinde, received 65 votes, AP scored 47 and APC got 44.

Also, the governorship candidate of Accord Party in Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, who voted in Bodija Ward 10, Unit 11, scored 185 votes to APC’s 64.

The governorship candidate of the PDP in Borno State, Alhaji Gambo Lawan, got 9 votes to APC’s 118 votes in his ward.

In Kwara, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of the APC, who voted in Adebiopen polling unit 008, Share ward 1, Ifelodun LGA, garnered 454 votes while the PDP got 8 votes in the governorship election.

In the House of Assembly election of the same unit and ward, the APC got 437 votes and the PDP got 19 votes.

In Adamawa, the governorship candidate of the APC, Nuhu Ribadu, polled 312 votes while the PDP scored 112 votes in Ribadu’s polling unit.

In Ondo, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who voted in Unit 3, Ward 7, Ondo-West LGA, got 223 votes for the PDP while the APC scored 32 votes in the governorship election.

His deputy, Ali Olanusi, who defected to the APC recently, mustered 217 votes for his party just as the PDP got 5 votes in Olanusi’s ward 11, unit 8 of Akoko South-West LGA.

 

APC wins Niger, Kano, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Kebbi  - 13th April 2015

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared Alhaji Abubakar Bello of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the Niger State governorship election.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Abdulganiyu Hambali of the University of Ilorin, announced on Monday in Minna that Bello scored 593, 702 votes, to defeat other contestants.

“Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello of the APC, having certified the requirements of the law and scoring the highest votes cast, is hereby declared the winner of the governorship election held April 11, 2015,” Hambali said.

He said that the candidate next to him in number of votes, was PDP’s Umar Nasko, who garnered 239, 772 votes, while Alhaji Yakubu Umar of the ADC scored 2, 144 votes.

In Kano, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the Deputy Governor of the state and APC gubernatorial candidate, emerged winner in the governorship race .

The Returning Officer for the state governorship election, Prof. Mohammed Hamis, announced the election results in Kano on Sunday night.

He said Ganduje scored 1.5 million votes, to defeat Takai of the PDP, who got 509, 726 votes, and 19 other contestants.

“Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” he said.

The Returning Officer said a total of 5 million voters were registered, while 4.3 voters were accredited during the exercise.

Also in Adamawa,Sen. Bindo Jibrilla of APC triumphed over 11 other contestants, amongst them, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, to emerge winner of Adamawa Governorship election.

Declaring the result in the early hours of Monday, the Returning Officer of the election, Prof Geofrey Okogbaa, said Jibrilla scored 362, 329 votes out of the 684, 050 total valid votes cast.

He said Engr Marcus Gundiri of Social Democratic Party (SDP) came second with 181, 806 votes while Mallam Nuhu Ribadu of PDP came third with 98,917 votes, among other contestants

He said a total of 22, 042 votes, were rejected.

Meanwhile, the result of 24 out of 25 House of Assembly seats so far released, showed that APC won 22 seats while SDP and PDP got one seat each.

In Nasarawa State, incumbent Gov Umaru Al-makura of the APC retained his seat, scoring 309,746 votes, to defeat his closet opponent, former Information Minister, Mr Labaran Maku of APGA, who polled 178,983 votes,, and three other contestants.

Announcing the result in Lafia in the early hours of Monday, the Returning Officer, Prof Hassan Abdulmuminin-Rafindadi, said that the governor won in all the 13 local government areas of the state.

According to him, a total of 623,279 votes were cast, out of which 613,508 were valid.

The All Progressive Congress(APC), also won the Governorship seat in Kebbi State, with its candidate, Sen.Atiku Bagudu, garnering 477,376 votes, to defeat 16 other candidates.

The Returning Officer, ,Prof.Muhammad Lawal, who announced the result, said that of the 1,454,369 total registered voters, 873,542 were accredited and participated in the election.

 

APC Win Bauchi State governorship election - 12th April 2015

The All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Bauchi State, Barr.Mohammed Abubakar, had been declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

His closest opponent, Mr Mohammed Jatau of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), secured 282,650 votes.

 

PDP’s Udom Emmanuel won Akwa Ibom governorship poll - 12th April 2015

PDP’s Udom Emmanuel won Akwa Ibom governorship poll with 996,071 votes, ahead of APC’s Umana Okon Umana who got 89,865.

APC Win Katsina - 12th April 2015

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives and All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Masari, polled 943,085 votes to beat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Musa Nashuni, in the state’s governorship election.

Nashuni polled 476,768 to come second in the election.

 

PDP Wins Ebonyi - 12th April 2015

Mr. Dave Umahi of the Peoples Democratic Party has been declared winner of the governorship election in Ebonyi State.
 
He polled 289, 867 votes, from 466, 312 total valid votes, to emerge winner of the election.
 
He won in all the 13 local government areas of the state, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Total registered voters in the 13 LGAs were 1,054,370; total number of accredited voters was 500, 938; total rejected votes was 17, 325; while total votes cast stood at 483, 637.
 
The Labour Party candidate, Mr. Edward Nkwegu, came second with 124, 817 votes from the total valid votes.
 
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Julius Ucha, was third after polling 27, 583 votes, while his counterpart in the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Senator Anthony Agbo, got 17, 971 votes.

Ugwuanyi wins in Enugu - 12th April 2015

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has won the governorship election in Enugu State.

Ugwuanyi, a member of the House of Representatives, defeated his closest rival, Okey Ezea of the All Progressives Congress with a wide margin, after winning in all the 17 local government areas in the state, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

However, the APC has called for the cancellation of the result of the governorship election.

The governorship candidate of the APC, Ezea, who addressed journalists at his campaign office in company with the party’s chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, alleged that the poll was marred by irregularities and violence perpetrated by the PDP.

The APC urged INEC to conduct a fresh election in the state.

Ezea, who had lost to the PDP in previous governorship polls, said, “Every four years we are made to believe that there will be free and fair elections. We put in all our efforts and resources but at the end of the day, we find out that the election is nothing but a scam.

“The supposed election of yesterday (Saturday) was nothing but a sham.

(Punch)

Ambode Wins Lagos for APC  - 12th April 2015

Mr Akinwunmi Agbaje of APC has won the Governorship of Lagos State, beeting his PDP rival, Jimi Agabje, into second place.

All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos Governorship candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has emerged winner in the governorship election in Lagos beating his arch rival of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Jimi Agbaje as runner-up. - See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/04/ambode-wins-lagos-gov-poll-succeeds-fashola/#sthash.LJh6Xyjy.dpuf
All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos Governorship candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has emerged winner in the governorship election in Lagos beating his arch rival of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Jimi Agbaje as runner-up. - See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/04/ambode-wins-lagos-gov-poll-succeeds-fashola/#sthash.LJh6Xyjy.dpuf

 APC wins Obasanjo's Ward - 12th April 2015

The All Progressives Congress won the governorship and state House of Assembly elections at former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s polling station, Ward II Unit 22, Olusomi Compound in Totoro-Sokori area of Abeokuta.

The APC defeated the candidates of Peoples Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party and Unity Party of Nigeria, among others.

In the governorship election results, APC polled 95 votes, PDP 4, UPN 8, while SDP polled 11 votes.

In the House of Assembly race, APC polled 85 votes, PDP 8, while SDP polled 14 votes.

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Obasanjo, who addressed journalists after his accreditation, lauded Nigerians for their doggedness and never-say-die attitude by making the democratic process to thrive in the country.

The former president, who was accredited in less than one minute and voted around 2.26pm, said Nigerians had done themselves proud.

He said, “I think Nigerians should be proud of their performance in this election. There were apprehensions and, understandably so, because of those who were beating the drums of war.

“But God took control and people who expected a big bang did not even get a whimper. We should all be proud of ourselves. We have done it for ourselves; we have done it for Africa. I believe we are gradually maturing in our democratic process.”

 (Punch)

 

PDP wins 19 out of the 26 seats in Ondo Assembly  - 12th April 2015

The election, which was marked by pockets of violence and ballot box snatching in different parts of the state, saw the return of the House Speaker, Jumoke Akindele(Okitipupa II) and the Majority Leader, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu(Ondo West II) to their seats in the house.

The All Progressives Congress managed to secure five seats of Akoko North West I, Akoko South West I and II, Akure South II and Owo II.

The other constituencies won by the PDP include Akoko North East, Akoko North West II, Akoko South East, Akure North, Akure South I, Ese-Odo, Idanre, Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo, Irele, Odigbo I and II; Okitipupa I, Ondo East, Ondo West I, Ose and Owo I.

The results of the two constituencies in Ilaje Local Government were not announced following the alleged manipulation of the results after armed youths seized electoral materials and returned them later with figures.

Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Olusegun Agbaje, while addressing newsmen in Akure on Sunday, said, “The Returning Officers for Ilaje Constituency I and Ilaje Constituency II were forced to declare the results under duress by armed thugs , even though the cancelled polling units could affect the final results.”

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He noted that the returning officers, in separate reports to him, declared the results of the two constituencies inconclusive because the outcome of the cancelled polling units could change the final results.

According to him, the results in the two constituencies should not have been declared given that there were no election in 26 polling units in Ilaje II with a total voting capacity of  20,879 and the cancelled 47 units in Ilaje I, with a total voting capacity of 25,302.

“The results had to be declared by the Returning Officer because of the tense situation and the threat to his life, that of the electoral officers and the Ad hoc staff,” he said.

He said the Chairman of the commission, Attahiru Jega, would need to look into the matter because of the legal implications in relation to the provisions of the Electoral Act and make a formal pronouncement on the matter.

Agbaje noted that the election witnessed low turn out of voters across the state, adding that there were pockets of  violence in ten local government areas.

They are Akoko North West, Akoko South West, Ese-Odo, Idanre, Ilaje, Irele, Okitipupa, Ondo East, Owo and Ose.

(Punch)

 

El Rufai victorious in Kaduna state -  April 12th 2015

Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna state has emulated President Goodluck Jonathan by calling Nasir El-Rufai, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, who is now governor-elect.

Yero who was seeking a second term in office on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party congratulated his opponent after losing in the governorship polls.

“Just received a phone call from Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero congratulating me for winning the Kaduna gubernatorial election. I thanked him too,” El-Rufai, a member of the All Progressives Congress Board of Trustees wrote on Twitter.

With the final results yet to be announced, El-Rufai leads Yero rather comfortably. Below are the results from 15 of the 23 Local Government Areas, Local government areas in the state APC won 13 .

1
Giwa
APC. 48,248
PDP. 14197
2
Igabi
APC. 88,361
PDP. 20,180
3
Ikara
APC. 37,521
PDP. 16,836
4
Kaduna South
APC. 120,535
PDP. 15,665
5
Chikun
APC. 36,920
PDP. 27,248
6
Jema’ah
APC. 39,760
PDP. 45,272
7
Kaduna North
APC. 106,915
PDP. 12,465
8
Kagarko
APC. 24,846
PDP. 15,413
9
Kajuru
APC. 18,522
PDP. 21,296
10
Kaura
APC. 37,521
PDP. 16,836
11
Kubau
APC. 53,934
PDP. 14,034
12
Makarfi
APC. 37,759,
PDP. 11,084
13
Sabon Gari
APC. 61,107
PDP. 12,504
14
Soba
APC. 55,836
PDP. 12,743
15
Chikun
APC. 36,920
PDP. 27,248
Total
APC. 864, 693
PDP. 293,201

Ribadu Bows Out, gives concession speech  -  April 12th 2015

Without waiting for the official declaration of the Adamawa governorship election result, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party issued a concession address Sunday.

He was trailing a distant third in a contest locked up for Senator Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress. Marcus Gundiri of the Social Democratic Party, who once lost an election to the former governor, is second.

Nuhu in his concession speech said he took his loss in good faith because leadership is a product of God’s anointment.

“My dear people of Adamawa State, I greet you in the best form of greetings. I had dreamt of coming back home to lead our dear state to greater strides after years of underdevelopment.

“I started this journey in August last year and successfully got the mandate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to fly its flag for the April 11 gubernatorial election. I came into this race knowing fully well that political contests are two-way traffics – one either wins or loses.

“As a man of faith, I was also aware that leadership responsibility is a product of God’s anointment.

“In the course of this journey, I have seen genuine support and encouragement from the people of Adamawa State.

“Several individuals from Adamawa and beyond contributed generously to keep the campaign going and many others devoted their time, energy and intellect to see to the success of this project. I sincerely appreciate this belief in my person and my ambition.

“The support I got from my party’s leadership and individual members from President Goodluck Jonathan down to the party agents in our polling units was overwhelming and gratifying.

“The party leader in the state, Barrister Bala James Nggilari and the state party chairman, Chief Joel Madaki led their lieutenants in making this journey memorable.”

Ribadu said he had no choice than to accept the preference of the majority for Bindow.

“I came into this race with lofty dreams and clear vision for our dear state, but the voice of the majority has not given me this chance. I take this in good faith.

“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the winner and pray that at the end of it all our dear state will witness the needed progress and development it so much desires. God bless Adamawa State, God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

(PM News)

Gunmen attack E-Rufai's Campaign Office - 10th April 2015

Armed thugs on Thursday night attacked Nasir El-Rufai’s Campaign Office in Kaduna state.

Though the motive for the attack is yet to be established, there are insinuations that it was allegedly masterminded by some PDP supporters.

A press statement issued out by El-Rufai’s Campaign Spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said the attack which was carried out around 10:00 p.m. at the office located at Isa Kaita Road, Ungwar Sarki, Kaduna was carried out by sponsored thugs.

According to him, the attackers left over 12 persons with serious life threatening wounds after forcing their way into the premises.

He stated that but for timely security intervention, the well armed thugs would have killed staff and supporters on the premises.

Meanwhile, he said the injured persons are receiving medical attention at Garkuwa Specialist Hospital, Kaduna.

While stating that the attack came few hours after the APC governorship candidate, Malam Nasir El-Rufai raised alarm of impending attacks across the state being masterminded by the PDP-led government of Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, Aruwan said El-Rufai remains committed to a violence-free election.

“The APC has already demonstrated its acceptability and electoral might. Everyone knows that the APC stands poised to win Kaduna State comprehensively ” he maintained.

He also insisted that Kaduna people are ready for change and so no one should stand in their way.

(PM News)

 

Thugs wielding sophisticated weapons on Thursday night attacked Nasir El-Rufai’s Campaign Office in Kaduna State, his campaign organisation has said. According to the organisation, the attack was carried out around 10pm at the office located at Isa Kaita Road, Ungwar Sarki, Kaduna. “The attackers left over 12 persons with serious life threatening wounds after forcing their way into the premises,” APC said through its campaign spokesman, Samuel Aruwan. According to the All Progressives Party (APC), the timely security intervention stemmed the well armed thugs who were planning to killed staff and supporters on the premises. “The injured persons were rushed to hospital after the armed thugs left. The injured persons are presently receiving medical attention at Garkuwa Specialist Hospital, Kaduna. The attack came few hours after the APC governorship candidate, Malam Nasir El-Rufai raised alarm of impending attacks across the state being masterminded by the PDP led government of Mukhtar Ramalan Yero. “The candidate in a letter to the police, dated 8th April, 2015 noted that the PDP has gone far in these plans. Arms have been bought and stockpiled, and the thugs who would use them already recruited. We are reliably informed that the suppliers of the axes, swords, knives and other dangerous weapons include the following persons: Sarkin Magori in Zaria, Dankawu Santana Karofi, Samaila Sarkin Gandu, Ali Azarali and Danlami Yunusa (aka Janbasco),” the statement said. The plan, according to APC, is for PDP to deploy a militia in each of the 23 local government areas of the state. “They have been charged to kill anyone that impedes their mission to steal the election of 11 April 2015. Their mandate is to intimidate voters and election officials, steal election materials, thumb print and pass off the result of their heist as valid results. At the heart of these plans is the Alhaji Yahaya Aminu, the chief of staff to the governor, Shehu Giant, the commissioner for Local Government and Ibrahim Ali, the commissioner of education.The PDP has also met with INEC officials and returning officers to induce them into condoning rigging and accepting to announce false results. “We are copying INEC, the DSS and other security agencies in the expectation that every institution will do its duty to uphold the sanctity of free choice, as well as the freedom to exercise that choice in peace and without fear of personal injury. It is obvious that the planners of this mayhem intend to harm our voters and supporters. This must not be allowed to happen. “The APC has already demonstrated its acceptability and electoral might. Everyone knows that the APC stands poised to win Kaduna State comprehensively. Our people are ready for change. No one should stand in their way. We look forward to hearing from you the steps that are being taken to address this unfortunate development, and to assure the integrity of the electoral process and the safety of the voters,” the statement added.

Read more at: http://dailytimes.com.ng/gunmen-attack-el-rufais-campaign-office/
Thugs wielding sophisticated weapons on Thursday night attacked Nasir El-Rufai’s Campaign Office in Kaduna State, his campaign organisation has said. According to the organisation, the attack was carried out around 10pm at the office located at Isa Kaita Road, Ungwar Sarki, Kaduna. “The attackers left over 12 persons with serious life threatening wounds after forcing their way into the premises,” APC said through its campaign spokesman, Samuel Aruwan. According to the All Progressives Party (APC), the timely security intervention stemmed the well armed thugs who were planning to killed staff and supporters on the premises. “The injured persons were rushed to hospital after the armed thugs left. The injured persons are presently receiving medical attention at Garkuwa Specialist Hospital, Kaduna. The attack came few hours after the APC governorship candidate, Malam Nasir El-Rufai raised alarm of impending attacks across the state being masterminded by the PDP led government of Mukhtar Ramalan Yero. “The candidate in a letter to the police, dated 8th April, 2015 noted that the PDP has gone far in these plans. Arms have been bought and stockpiled, and the thugs who would use them already recruited. We are reliably informed that the suppliers of the axes, swords, knives and other dangerous weapons include the following persons: Sarkin Magori in Zaria, Dankawu Santana Karofi, Samaila Sarkin Gandu, Ali Azarali and Danlami Yunusa (aka Janbasco),” the statement said. The plan, according to APC, is for PDP to deploy a militia in each of the 23 local government areas of the state. “They have been charged to kill anyone that impedes their mission to steal the election of 11 April 2015. Their mandate is to intimidate voters and election officials, steal election materials, thumb print and pass off the result of their heist as valid results. At the heart of these plans is the Alhaji Yahaya Aminu, the chief of staff to the governor, Shehu Giant, the commissioner for Local Government and Ibrahim Ali, the commissioner of education.The PDP has also met with INEC officials and returning officers to induce them into condoning rigging and accepting to announce false results. “We are copying INEC, the DSS and other security agencies in the expectation that every institution will do its duty to uphold the sanctity of free choice, as well as the freedom to exercise that choice in peace and without fear of personal injury. It is obvious that the planners of this mayhem intend to harm our voters and supporters. This must not be allowed to happen. “The APC has already demonstrated its acceptability and electoral might. Everyone knows that the APC stands poised to win Kaduna State comprehensively. Our people are ready for change. No one should stand in their way. We look forward to hearing from you the steps that are being taken to address this unfortunate development, and to assure the integrity of the electoral process and the safety of the voters,” the statement added.

Read more at: http://dailytimes.com.ng/gunmen-attack-el-rufais-campaign-office/

 Business sector draws up plan for Buhari Presidency -  8th April 2015

ON the back of peaceful presidential elections, the business community has predicted a relatively stable capital and foreign exchange market prior to the May 29 official transfer of power at the centre.

They, however, advised the President-elect, Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), to focus on economic reconstruction and revival, taking cognisance of Nigeria’s competitive edge. This came as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday, said it is ready to work with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to enforce criminal proceedings against illegal dollar transactions and payments.

In its correspondence with The Guardian, the Economics and Politics Research team of the Renaissance Capital specifically noted that ‘‘a Muhammadu Buhari win” implies reformist policies, including austere fiscal policy and a clampdown on graft. But leading a coalition, the Renaissance Capital, added, might undermine his ability to make difficult decisions.

Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won Nigeria’s March 28, 2015 presidential election with more than 15 million votes against President Jonathan’s (of the Peoples Democratic Party) over 12 million votes.

X-raying the upside of ‘Buhari win,’ Renaissance Capital likened the situation to that of Pakistan in 2013 when for the first time there was a transfer of power from one party to another under a civilian democracy.

“We think Buhari would likely be a reformist. In addition to a crackdown on corruption and more effective handling of the Boko Haram insurgency, we expect austere fiscal policy to be imposed. Less corruption could lower the cost of doing business, particularly for small businesses, and a more secure Nigeria would allow isolated regions to re-engage with the rest of the economy,” the report stated.

But it also identified the downside of APC victory to include “the stalling of economic activity under a first-term president (which) tends to be protracted, as it implies a mostly new cabinet and potential restructuring of ministries and departments.

“As government tends to be the biggest economic entity in developing economies, this transition implies economic activity will remain subdued for most of 2015. The fact that Buhari would head up a coalition may stall decision-making and add to pressure on fiscal resources, as he tries to reward the coalition’s constituents for their support. That said, we expect he would be constrained by limited fiscal resources.”

It stated that Buhari would be coming into office at a time when Nigeria’s fiscal and external buffers are at their lowest in several years.

For instance, the drop of the FY15E (full year earning in 2015) budget oil price to $53.0/bl, from $77.5/bl in FY14, implies that the Federal Government’s FY15E fiscal revenue is likely to drop by one third. The near-depleted excess crude account implies no access to savings to offset the decline in revenue.

Renaissance Capital, therefore, concludes: “Buhari’s administration will…have to work with very limited resources, which will significantly constrain its ability to fulfill its election promises.

“In Buhari’s previous stint in office, he administered austere policies; his administration cut spending by 15 per cent, temporarily banned hiring, hiked interest rates, froze capital projects, and cut imports to reduce the balance of payments deficit. This time around, Buhari is heading up a coalition, which may weaken his ability to make difficult policy decisions.

Consequently, Professor of Political Economy, Pat Okedinachi Utomi, warns against undue focus on political exigencies, urging Gen. Buhari to create zones of development with special attention paid to proactive sectors of the economy. “There are many perspectives; I am obsessed with production,” he told The Guardian in a telephone conversation.

Utomi noted with disgust that for 30 years, every budget speech has been riddled with rhetoric about diversifying the economy without real action. “What I have tried to do is to have a real practical approach to doing that; get everybody involved in producing Nigeria out of poverty; create six zones of development considering the natural endowments that are specific to each of the zones.

Already, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its 2015 growth forecast for Nigeria to 4.8 per cent, about half the average rate over the past 15 years, with the Standard & Poor’s downgrading the country on March 20, 2015, by one level to B+, four levels below investment grade.

According to the IMF, Nigeria requires an oil price of $123 per barrel to balance its budget, compared to Qatar, which requires $77; Kuwait, $78; and United Arab Emirate, $81.

Nigeria’s total debt profile as at December 31, 2014, put at $67.7 billion (N11.2 trillion), had earlier in the year, elicited a debt service proposal of N943 billion, with paltry provisioning of about N700 billion for capital expenditure.

A Bloomberg report recently quoted analysts as saying that the next leader will find public finances squeezed and much-needed capital infrastructure projects frozen.

“As a major exporter of oil, Nigeria will face tough times ahead. Whoever wins will have to recalibrate their policies to this new reality,” a sub-Saharan Africa economist at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Giulia Pellegrini, said shortly before the elections.

Indeed, the monetary policy environment has been projected to remain tight post 2015 elections, with the authorities facing the dilemma to either preserve foreign portfolio investments or ease the hawkish stance to encourage lending.

Granted, there is a deliberate effort to contain inflationary pressure of the current election spending, but the outlook has not been without implications of concomitant increased debt obligations in the system by politicians, which would further erode the confidence on public finance management.

Besides, the new concern over the rising level of election spending, which allegedly was dollar-denominated- the rare commodity that has stoked several speculations against the naira, is still present.

An economist and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Derivatives Limited, Bismack Rewane, had at the last devaluation, said that the three-tier government would have more naira to spend at the instance of the policy. However, the drawing down on the foreign currencies by politicians and the resultant liquidity issues in the system may pose another challenge for the economy managers very soon.

In over 13 months, the nation’s apex bank had defied the inflation-rate theory on the backdrop of anticipated election spending, as it portends a backlash on the economy with reduced Monetary Policy Rate (MPR).

According to Afrinvest Securities Limited’s report, as a result of the huge participation of the foreign portfolio investors in the Nigerian capital market, the need to attract capital inflow as well as save the depleting external reserves, may compel the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to keep the rate steady at 13 per cent (or +1 per cent) till the end of 2015, which is still, not palatable for real sector development and its operators.

Additionally, the persistent decline in crude oil prices, which exposed the weak revenue structure of the Nigerian economy, has increased the country’s risk premium, hence requires higher returns on investment.

An Abuja Development Consultant, Jide Ojo, while commenting on the challenge of reversing the negative economic trend, noted that while the winners have emerged from the general elections for the President, Senators and House of Representatives members, the common thread remained that some of them have presided over the country while it plunged into the current crisis.

According to him, “the bitter truth” is that the economy of this country is presently in shambles and a lot needs to be done to revamp it from the comatose state and must be done fast.

Citing a report, Ojo pointed out that Nigeria ranked 147 out of 189 countries surveyed, in the Ease of Doing Business Report 2014, a nine-point drop from the 138th position it achieved in 2013.

Also, in the Business Confidence Index Report prepared by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, aggregate confidence by investors in Nigeria’s economy in the first quarter of 2015 dropped to 22.3 per cent, compared to 30 per cent in the corresponding period of 2014, the largest quarter-on-quarter drop in the last three years.

“Nigeria is also still unable to curtail the about 400,000 bpd of oil being lost daily to illegal bunkering, despite contracting the pipeline surveillance to some ethnic militias. With the dwindling revenue, the government is cutting back sharply on capital spending, which was only raised by the National Assembly from the paltry N633 billion (22 per cent) to N700 billion for 2015, compared to N1.1 trillion in 2014 and N1.6 trillion in 2013. Indeed, the capital budget of many of the critical sectors such as road network was cut from about N100 billion to a paltry N11 billion.

“Inflation has also risen from about eight per cent in December 2014, to 8.4 per cent now, as poverty and unemployment have been on the increase. Indeed, in November 2014, the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had officially declared austerity measures in the country. This is indicative that all is not well with the country’s economy,” he said.

Ojo noted that with the dwindling oil price, soaring inflation, and lack of funding for the critical sector of the economy, the way out of the doldrums remains genuine diversification of the economy, which is a major challenge for the new leadership.

“We need to really fix the energy sector and encourage public-private partnership to fund some critical sectors such as roads and other transport sectors like aviation and waterways. This is part of the bulk on the table now, he said.

But the Lead Director of Centre for Social Justice, Eze Onyekpre, had lamented that the economy suffered neglect during this period of politicking and campaigns, as governance, including fiscal governance, was relegated to the background.

According to him, although the campaigns coincided with the period of dwindling oil price, it was clear that necessary measures to stem the economic decline were neglected, as the Federal Government devalued twice the naira, while many states of the federation owe workers many months’ salaries, but investing huge sums in politics and re-election bids.

Meanwhile, the CBN may is ready to enforce criminal proceeding, in conjunction with the EFCC against transactions and payments in dollars.

In a statement signed by the Director of Corporate Communications, CBN, Ibrahim Mu’azu, it noted that it has been observed that some institutions price their goods and services in foreign currencies and demand payments in foreign currencies rather than the domestic currency – naira.

According to CBN, the general public is hereby advised to report any contravention of the provision of this Act to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for appropriate action.

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Traditional Edo rulers, PDP chieftains, urge Binis to vote APC - 7th April 2015

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Traditional rulers, PDP chieftains, urge Binis to vote APC - 7th April 2015

BENIN—AHEAD of Saturday’s House of Assembly election in Edo State, traditional rulers from Edo South senatorial district of the state led by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom (Prime Minister), Chief Sam Igbe and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, urged the Binis to vote for candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, so that the people of the area will benefit from working in tandem with the in-coming APC- led administration at the federal level.

Chief Igbe, flanked by several other palace chiefs and PDP leaders from Edo South, who addressed newsmen in Benin City, noted that the people of the state would prefer to see development and not the kind of bickering witnessed at the early stage of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration, when the PDP had majority in the state House of Assembly.

He reasoned that the people of the state suffered under the PDP led Federal Government, “So we will not continue to be in opposition now that we have an APC government in the state and federal levels. We urge our people to vote for APC House of Assembly members this Saturday so that Oshiomhole will receive his full allocation to develop the state more,” he added.

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BENIN—AHEAD of Saturday’s House of Assembly election in Edo State, traditional rulers from Edo South senatorial district of the state led by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom (Prime Minister), Chief Sam Igbe and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, urged the Binis to vote for candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, so that the people of the area will benefit from working in tandem with the in-coming APC- led administration at the federal level.

Chief Igbe, flanked by several other palace chiefs and PDP leaders from Edo South, who addressed newsmen in Benin City, noted that the people of the state would prefer to see development and not the kind of bickering witnessed at the early stage of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration, when the PDP had majority in the state House of Assembly.

He reasoned that the people of the state suffered under the PDP led Federal Government, “So we will not continue to be in opposition now that we have an APC government in the state and federal levels. We urge our people to vote for APC House of Assembly members this Saturday so that Oshiomhole will receive his full allocation to develop the state more,” he added.

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BENIN—AHEAD of Saturday’s House of Assembly election in Edo State, traditional rulers from Edo South senatorial district of the state led by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom (Prime Minister), Chief Sam Igbe and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, urged the Binis to vote for candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, so that the people of the area will benefit from working in tandem with the in-coming APC- led administration at the federal level.

Chief Igbe, flanked by several other palace chiefs and PDP leaders from Edo South, who addressed newsmen in Benin City, noted that the people of the state would prefer to see development and not the kind of bickering witnessed at the early stage of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration, when the PDP had majority in the state House of Assembly.

He reasoned that the people of the state suffered under the PDP led Federal Government, “So we will not continue to be in opposition now that we have an APC government in the state and federal levels. We urge our people to vote for APC House of Assembly members this Saturday so that Oshiomhole will receive his full allocation to develop the state more,” he added.

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BENIN—AHEAD of Saturday’s House of Assembly election in Edo State, traditional rulers from Edo South senatorial district of the state led by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom (Prime Minister), Chief Sam Igbe and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, urged the Binis to vote for candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, so that the people of the area will benefit from working in tandem with the in-coming APC- led administration at the federal level.

Chief Igbe, flanked by several other palace chiefs and PDP leaders from Edo South, who addressed newsmen in Benin City, noted that the people of the state would prefer to see development and not the kind of bickering witnessed at the early stage of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration, when the PDP had majority in the state House of Assembly.

He reasoned that the people of the state suffered under the PDP led Federal Government, “So we will not continue to be in opposition now that we have an APC government in the state and federal levels. We urge our people to vote for APC House of Assembly members this Saturday so that Oshiomhole will receive his full allocation to develop the state more,” he added.

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BENIN—AHEAD of Saturday’s House of Assembly election in Edo State, traditional rulers from Edo South senatorial district of the state led by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom (Prime Minister), Chief Sam Igbe and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, urged the Binis to vote for candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, so that the people of the area will benefit from working in tandem with the in-coming APC- led administration at the federal level.

Chief Igbe, flanked by several other palace chiefs and PDP leaders from Edo South, who addressed newsmen in Benin City, noted that the people of the state would prefer to see development and not the kind of bickering witnessed at the early stage of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration, when the PDP had majority in the state House of Assembly.

He reasoned that the people of the state suffered under the PDP led Federal Government, “So we will not continue to be in opposition now that we have an APC government in the state and federal levels. We urge our people to vote for APC House of Assembly members this Saturday so that Oshiomhole will receive his full allocation to develop the state more,” he added.

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BENIN—AHEAD of Saturday’s House of Assembly election in Edo State, traditional rulers from Edo South senatorial district of the state led by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom (Prime Minister), Chief Sam Igbe and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, urged the Binis to vote for candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, so that the people of the area will benefit from working in tandem with the in-coming APC- led administration at the federal level.

Chief Igbe, flanked by several other palace chiefs and PDP leaders from Edo South, who addressed newsmen in Benin City, noted that the people of the state would prefer to see development and not the kind of bickering witnessed at the early stage of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration, when the PDP had majority in the state House of Assembly.

He reasoned that the people of the state suffered under the PDP led Federal Government, “So we will not continue to be in opposition now that we have an APC government in the state and federal levels. We urge our people to vote for APC House of Assembly members this Saturday so that Oshiomhole will receive his full allocation to develop the state more,” he added.

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Buhari’s emergence will end era of business as usual in Nigeria  -  4th April 2015

(Guardian) — Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi has described the victory of the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as the end of business as usual for those who revel in cutting corners in the running of the affairs of Nigeria.
The governor who stated this in a congratulatory message issued in Ibadan by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, described Buhari as a dogged fighter who should be commended for his vision and strength of character which impacted on his victory

The governor said the President-elect is a lesson in perseverance, resilience, calmness and patriotism, which he said were the attributes that made his victory possible.

Governor Ajimobi expressed deep gratitude to Nigerians for keeping faith with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and for reposing confidence in Buhari despite all the darts thrown at him by his opponents and their cohorts.

He restated his implicit confidence in the ability and capability of the President-elect to bring his wide experience to bear in ensuring that the change Nigerians had been clamouring for manifest in the shortest possible time.

The governor thanked the people of the state for turning out in large numbers to vote for APC during the presidential and National Assembly elections, saying this was a manifestation of the confidence they had in him and his administration.

He assured the people that their remarkable contributions to the emergence of the Buhari Presidency would attract some benefits and opportunities to the state in the areas of social and infrastructural development, employment generation and appointments.

Governor Ajimobi solicited further support from the people of the state by voting for him and the House of Assembly candidates of the APC in the April 11 elections in order to further the ongoing repositioning that would take the state to the next level.       
Meanwhile, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state has described the victory recorded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Saturday election as a fulfilment of the vision of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. 

He said the outcome of the presidential election is watershed in the annals of democratic elections in Nigeria. 

The governor in a state broadcast to the people of the state noted that the election of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as president of Nigeria is the culmination of the struggle for the enthronement of a people-driven democratic governance in the country.

Aregbesola reminded Nigerians that Awolowo had in 1983 predicted that the progressive elements in the North and South would one day come together for the liberation of the country.
He pointed out that the progressives have always wanted to come together in the past but their march had always been stopped by cruel fate.

The governor cited the example of intention of the coming together of the progressives under the United Progressives Grand Alliance (UPGA) in the First Republic that was cut short by military rule in 1966.

Aregbesola also pointed out the progressive tendency of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), that produced the Chief Moshood Abiola presidential election of 1993, which was brought to an abrupt end by the military after the election, was annulled.

 

Nigerian Reactions to APC Victory -  2nd April 2015

Prominent  Nigerians yesterday reacted to the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) in the March 28 presidential elections describing it as a major leap for democracy not only in Nigeria but the whole of the black world.

Buhari’s victory, which is the first of such in the country’s political history and a novel occurrence in the African continent, actually tasked the commitment of Nigerians to the entrenchment of representative government.

The reactions were pouring in as the winning party; the All Progressive Congress (APC) began preparations for a “Thank You” speech from the President-elect amid calls by its leadership to Nigerians to “celebrate moderately.”

 

As Nigeria celebrates Buhari's stunning win, challenges loom  -  2nd April 2015

(AP) — As Nigerians celebrated the electrifying victory Wednesday that returned one of its harshest former dictators to power, sobering challenges confront Muhammadu Buhari, from an Islamic insurgency that has killed thousands to widespread poverty and graft.

The 72-year-old Buhari made history as the first opposition party candidate to win elections in Africa's most populous nation, ending President Goodluck Jonathan's bid for another term. For a former general who three decades ago led Nigeria following a coup, it was an amazing transformation to a democratically elected president.

Fresh from his victory, Buhari warned the country's brutal Boko Haram insurgents that he would be coming after them.

"Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our will and commitment to rid this nation of terror," he said Wednesday as he received a certificate attesting to his victory. "We shall spare no effort until we defeat terrorism."

The bespectacled president-elect also warned that corruption would not be tolerated after he takes office on May 29.

As Nigeria's leader three decades ago, he returned looted state assets to government coffers, but his so-called "war against indiscipline" also sent soldiers into the streets with whips to enforce traffic laws and imposed humiliating punishment on tardy civil servants. His regime executed drug dealers, jailed journalists critical of the government and passed laws that allowed indefinite detention without trial.

Buhari, who insists he has undergone radical change since then and now embraces democracy, pledged Wednesday to take on the twin scourges of corruption and an Islamic uprising he said has "challenged Nigeria to its limits."

"Corruption attacks and seeks to destroy our national institutions and character ... distorts the economy and creates a class of unjustly enriched people," Buhari said, wearing splendid white robes with gold embroidery. "Such an illegal yet powerful force soon comes to undermine democracy because it has amassed so much money that they believe they can buy government."

Boko Haram, whose barbarous campaign to establish an Islamic "caliphate" has driven 1.5 million from their homes, kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls and left large swathes of northern Nigeria burned to ashes, has in recent weeks been hit hard by forces from Nigeria and neighboring Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

Buhari ruled Nigeria for less than 20 months before being deposed by a coup in 1985 amid wide dissatisfaction that he had been slow to overcome the nation's economic problems.

It may be deja vu for Buhari when he takes over the presidency: Nigeria's economy, Africa's biggest, is suffering again because of low oil prices. The country is Africa's biggest oil exporter and the government is heavily dependent on oil sales for its revenues. The 2015 budget has already been slashed because of slumping oil prices, and the value of the local naira currency has plummeted.

New scanners to confirm voters' biometric identity cards are credited with reducing voter fraud — a factor in previous elections — though the machines did not work at about 300 of the 150,000 polling stations.

Jonathan, whose party has governed Nigeria since decades of military dictatorship ended in 1999, conceded with grace late Tuesday, saying, "I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word."

In a continent where there have been cases in which a sitting president refused to accept defeat at the polls and violence resulted, the turn of events in Nigeria was welcomed by Nigerians and foreign leaders alike.

In the northern city of Kaduna, thousands celebrated in the streets, shouting "No Boko Haram! No Boko Haram!" Many danced and held up posters of Buhari, waving brooms to symbolize his pledge to sweep out corruption. Jubilant youths did wheelies on their motorbikes, while dozens of supporters climbed onto a police car as officers looked on.

In front of Buhari's home in Abuja, supporters gathered amid flags and debris from last night's victory celebrations. Dignitaries came to meet Buhari, including U.S. Ambassador James Entwistle and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, assistant secretary of state for African affairs.

President Barack Obama earlier hailed the election outcome.

"President Jonathan has placed his country's interests first by conceding the election and congratulating President-elect Buhari on his victory," Obama said in a statement. "I look forward to working with President Jonathan throughout the remainder of his term, and I thank him for his many years of service and his statesmanlike conduct at this critical juncture."

Jonathan's concession has defused tensions and fears of post-election violence. Some 1,000 people died and 65,000 were made homeless in riots in the country's Muslim north after Buhari lost to Jonathan in 2011. Results from Saturday's election show Buhari winning votes across religious, tribal and geopolitical lines.

Because of decades of military rule this was only the eighth election since Nigeria won independence from Britain in 1960, and the fifth since democracy was restored in 1999.

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Article By Michelle Faul. AP writer Jerome Delay contributed to this report from Kaduna.

 

APC Wins Presidential Elections: 31st March 2015

Muhammadu Buhari has swept to victory in the Nigerian general election, inflicting the first defeat of an incumbent government in the history of Africa’s biggest democracy.

The outcome, following a highly competitive, expensive and at times vicious campaign, was hailed by analysts as a milestone for the advance of democracy on the continent. It marks the first time in Nigeria’s history that an opposition party has democratically taken control of the country from the ruling party.

The APC praised Jonathan for conceding. APC spokesman Lai Mohammed said“There had always been this fear that he might not want to concede but he will remain a hero for this move. The tension will go down dramatically. Anyone who tries to foment trouble on the account that they have lost the election will be doing so purely on his own.”

APC Close to Victory: 31st March 2015

With 32 of Nigeria’s 36 states, plus the capital, declaring results, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari was leading President Goodluck Jonathan incumbent by 2.9m votes, according to official results.

General Buhari - who said he was “very confident” of victory - has campaigned as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up the corrupt politics of the continent’s biggest economy and most populous nation.

Tensions have mounted as voting and the collation of results each had to be extended by a day. If Buhari’s victory is confirmed, Jonathan faces the prospect of being Nigeria’s first incumbent president to lose an election.

The former military ruler won the key prize of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, but at one point his lead was cut to 500,000 votes after landslide victories for Jonathan in his southern Delta homeland.

 

Chief Justice - Judiciary won’t be used to change election results: 31st March 2015

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, Tuesday, assured that under his leadership, the judiciary would not subscribe to any plot to change the outcome of elections through the instrumentality of the court.
 
The CJN who stated this while swearing-in Justice Ishaq Bello as the new Chief Ju‎dge, CJ, for the Federal Capital Territory, ‎said he was aware that “some unpatriotic citizens may wish to use the courts to stop the electoral process”.
 
He said: “Permit me to use this opportunity to again assure all Nigerians that, under my leadership, the Judiciary remains resolute and committed to do its constitutional duty during this election period.
 
“‎We will not be swayed or distracted from the course of justice in any election matter that is before or comes before the justice system.
 
“‎It bears reminding to all heads of courts that you are primarily responsible for the preservation of our nation’s democracy. I strongly advise all judicial officers not to allow any party or politician to use the courts to truncate our nation’s democracy.
 
“We are ‎aware that some unpatriotic citizens may wish to use the courts to stop the electoral process and I wish to warn in clear terms that we shall not be used as a tool for the breakdown of law and order in our beloved country”, the CJN added.

 

 

Buhari Support Organization calls for arrest of Fani-Kayode  31st March 2015

Buhari Support Organization, BSO, has alleged that the federal government has entered into an unholy alliance with some Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs with an aim of declaring the PDP winner in the states where the results are yet to be declared public.

The Organization also called for the arrest of the Director, Media and Publicity unit of the PDP presidential campaign organization, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode for announcing on Sunday that PDP was already leading in 23 states even when the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC was yet to official declare the results.

BSO spoke through its Media and Publicity Director, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe in a press conference yesterday in Abuja.

Maduekwe however asked APC and Buhari supporters to remain calm.

He said “As we speak, the PDP-led federal government has directed some state REC who haven’t publicly announced results to declare PDP as the winner in their various states and let APC go to court. We ask Nigerians to join us in saying, “No”, to this recent manifestation of habitual impunity.

“We appeal to all our numerous supporters to sustain their calmness in the face of current provocation and abuse of our electoral processes.

“We strongly condemn in its entirety, the recent outburst and blatant misinformation of the general public by Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode that the PDP is already leading in 23 states of the federation. This claim is a total breach of the electoral act and is designed to cause the breach of peace. Gen. Mohammadu Buhari had repeatedly emphasised to his supporters to maintain calmness in that face of provocation by the ruling party. This recent utter exhibition of lawlessness enmeshed in the typical character of impunity by PDP is unacceptable.

“We ask the security agencies to immediately effect the arrest of Mr. Fani-Kayode for breaching relevant sections of the electoral act which forbids any organ outside INEC from officially declaring election results. His arrest for further questioning will be a clear indication that the security agencies are truly unbiased participants in this electoral process as this declaration is also a breach of both the 1st and 2nd Abuja Peace Accord.

APC  in Strong Lead -  INEC :  31st March 2015

 At two separate briefings held in Abuja, results released by the commission saw the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, pull ahead of his closest rival in the presidential contest, President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), by comfortably winning 10 of the 18 states and the FCT for which results were released.

Buhari won in Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Ondo States.

Jonathan, on the other hand, won in nine states and the FCT, namely: Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Nasarawa and Plateau States.

In Jigawa, Buhari beat Jonathan by polling 885,988 votes, representing 86.10 per cent of the total votes cast for the two parties, while Jonathan got 142,904 or 13.10 per cent.

A breakdown of the results for states Buhari won were as follows: Kano – 1,903,999 (89.80%) votes relative to 215,779 (10.20%) votes polled by his rival; in Kaduna – 1,127,760 (70.00%), 484,085 (30.00%); Katsina – 1,345,441 (93.00%), 98,937 (7.00%); Kogi – 264,851 (63.80%), 149,987 (36.20%); Kwara – 302,146 (70.00%), 132,602 (30.00%); Ogun – 308,290 (59.70%), 207,950 (40.30%); Ondo – 299,899 (54.40%), 251,368 (45.60%); Osun – 383,603 (60.50%), 249,929 (39.50%); and Oyo – 528,620 (63.50%), 303,376 (36.50%).
States won by Jonathan were: Abia – 368,303 (96.50%), 13,394 (3.50%); Akwa Ibom – 953,304 (94.00%), 58,411 (6.00%); Anambra – 660,762 (97.00%), 17,926 (3.00%); Ekiti – 172,466 (58.90%), 120,331 (41.10%); Enugu –553,003 (97.50%), 14,157 (2.50%); Imo – 559,185 (81.00%), 133,253 (19.00%); Nasarawa – 273,460 (53.60%), 236,838 (46.40%); Plateau – 549,615 (56%), 429,140 (44.00%); and FCT – 157,195 (51.80%), 146,399 (48.20%).

Based on the figures announced by the returning officers for the 18 states and FCT, Buhari got a total of 8,520,446 votes while Jonathan got a total of 6,484,210 votes.

However, a review of the official results released so far showed that while Jonathan, as stipulated by the constitution which requires a 25 per cent spread in 24 states of the federation, secured more than 25 per cent of the votes cast for PDP in 16 of the states and FCT, compared to Buhari which got 25 per cent in 14 of the states and the FCT.

A further assessment showed that compared to the 2003, 2007, 2011 general elections in which Buhari was a contestant, he maintained his dominance in his traditional stronghold in the North-west.

In this election, however, he finally made inroads into the South-west where he won four of the five states for which official results had been released, and in the North-central zone, where he won two of the states.

Conversely, Jonathan maintained his stronghold on states in the South-east and South-south zones, but save for Ekiti lost other South-west states to Buhari and also lost two North-central states that he won in 2011. His performance in the North-west was also considerably worse than in 2011.

The results were largely reflective of the pre-election bounce Buhari got by running on a much stronger platform with a national reach and voters’ disenchantment with the ruling PDP and the president.

Meanwhile, unofficial results released by INEC offices in other states showed that Buhari was leading in Sokoto, Bauchi, Borno, Adamawa and Lagos, while Jonathan had the edge in Rivers, Benue, Edo, Ebonyi and Bayelsa.

 

Commonwealth observer group commends Nigerian elections -  31st March 2015


The Commonwealth Observer Group has commended Nigeria and the Independent National Electoral Commission for successfully conducting Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, saying it was peaceful and transparent.

A former Malawian President and Chairperson of the group, Mr. Bakili Muluzi, gave the commendation while briefing newsmen on Monday in Abuja. Muluzi commended Nigerians and major stakeholders in the electoral process for demonstrating patience and maturity during the electoral process.“Full credit for the peaceful conduct of the elections must go, most of all, to the people of Nigeria.

“The Commonwealth Observer Group would like to commend the members of staff of INEC and polling officials, the security services, domestic and other international observers for the dedication and commitment they displayed. “We commend the contribution made by the National Youth Service Corps and tertiary students. “These young men and women showed dedication, creativity and courage in helping to deliver a transparent electoral process,” he said.

He also commended INEC for the introduction of biometric Permanent Voter Cards for the polls.


Buhari’s landslide  win in Kano boosts his lead  -  30th March 2015

Muhammadu Buhari earned a massive victory in the key northern state of Kano, beating his rival, President Goodluck Jonathan, by nearly 1.7 million votes, official presidential election results released Monday said.

Buhari’s victory in Kano in the polls held Saturday and Sunday had been expected, with the margin of victory seen as crucial to his chances nationally. The 72-year-old former army general is from neighbouring Katsina state and like most in Kano is a Muslim from the Hausa-Fulani ethnic group.

Buhari won 1,903,999 votes in Kano, which is Nigeria’s second most populous state after Lagos, the southern economic capital. Jonathan, who hopes to contain his losses in the north, won 215,799 votes.Buhari beat Jonathan in Kano by roughly a million votes in 2011.

Kano is among the Nigerian states hit hardest by Boko Haram Islamists, where many have criticised Jonathan’s handling of the insurgency.

Aside from tribal and religiously allegiances, Buhari’s effort to play up is national security credentials may have helped boost his margin of victory among Kano’s frequently-attacked population.

 

Altercations in Rivers State -  30th March 2015

Right from the word go, even well before the elec­tion period, Rivers State has stood up, along few other states as red light zones in the ongoing 2015 polls. It was then no big deal when the D-day came and things were not different from the pro­jections. Immediately words filtered out that the State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi had an alter­cation with the military which restricted his movement on Election Day, there were sponta­neous reactions that Rivers was only living up to its billing.

If one takes into cognisance his encounter with former Com­missioner of Police in the state, Matthew Mbu, now AIG in La­gos, even when the elections had not even started, which was a kind of dress rehearsal, this one would not be considered all that strange except the angle that the governor dared the military to shoot him which they expect­edly did not. For over two years, the state had been in a sort of war with Amaechi and governorship candidate of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) Nyesom Wike leading different camps trying to outdo one another in every area they can take advantage of.

The ding dong affair was to later snowball into what we had last Saturday with threats and counter threats of shooting be­tween the military and security aides of the governor. Expectedly, the development affected the conduct of the elec­tion in the state with allegations and counter allegations from the PDP and the ruling All Progres­sives Congress (APC). Already the APC has sent a petition to the Independent Elec­toral Commission (INEC) asking for the cancellation of the polls on the claims that election did not hold anywhere in the state contrary to the claims by the opposition PDP which is claim­ing victory in the controversial polls.

Already, the Greater Togeth­er Campaign Organisation, (GTCO) (campaign outfit of Dr. Dakuku Peterside, gubernato­rial candidate of the APC in the state, has made a startling rev­elation of how the PDP manip­ulated last weekend’s election with the help of INEC officials in the state.

According to reports from the state, 40,000 incidence forms were sent to Oyigbo Local gov­ernment of the state. Ibim Semenitari, Director of Communications, GTCO ex­plained that: “They gave it out at 6:30pm on Friday but stopped when the APC Agent complained about it. He was however asked to leave the INEC offices at about 11:30 pm. We believe that they may still give out the incidence forms they have printed as these forms will over-ride the thumb print identification. “Already 120,000 incidence forms were to be sent to Port Harcourt LGA; 80,000 sent to Obio/Akpor and 50, 000 for Ikw­erre LGA. The incidence forms are one of the ways PDP used to rig the elections around the country and especially in the South South and South East where the voter numbers are not as high as in other places,” she said. Besides, cars were allegedly seen moving into the Rivers State INEC office to pick up inci­dence forms.

There was a white Honda Accord vehicle seen driv­ing into the INEC office and leav­ing with incidence forms. “Mr. Benibo Jack from Abonnema was said to have called to brief the Situation Room with regards to the Akuku Toru incident where INEC ma­terials released to three wards namely 15,16 and 17 were hi­jacked by some unknown boys. “Mr. Jack was able to inter­vene with the materials of ward 17 in the hands of the hijackers accompanied by the DSS and EO. He recovered the materials of ward 17 and handed them over to the police, precisely to Inspector Gabriel Rebecca at the Abonnema Police Station. “There has been an attack on the house of Opobo/Nkoro Care­taker Committee Chairman, Hon. Loveday Jaja. The attack­ers moved to destroy his house and hurt him but he was not at home. They have been thumb-printing sensitive materials . “Another person, Alafagha Oko-Jaja, had his head broken and was profusely bleeding. It was not certain he would sur­vive as a result of the attack. “Opobo with barely 30,000 votes is the home town of the APC Governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, as well as the Chief of Army Staff, General Kenneth Minimah.

Already, the army has been going around the community harassing people while Chiefs in Kalaibiama are compelling voters to vote for the PDP presi­dential candidate, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. They say it was an or­der from General Minimah,” the group further alleged. “At about midnight, Mr. Ado­kiye Iyaye reported that the PDP led by Evans Bipi, a House of As­sembly candidate on PDP ticket, in company with Army and Po­lice personnel took over INEC office in Ogu/Bolo. “Supporters of APC in Ogu/Bolo were beaten up and arrest­ed. Chief Jonah Tamuno, APC party leader in Ogu/Bolo, con­firmed that the combined team of soldiers and police broke into his house and arrested Tamuno-Tonye Arimaka. Also beaten up and arrested at INEC office were APC Ogu/Bolo party agents in­cluding Christian Nyingiyikabo, Samuel Iyaye and Michael Oru­wari. “Evans Bipi and the combined team of military and police have been moving from house to house terrorizing the com­munity and beating up APC supporters.

Many persons have fled the community. Some had to leave by sea in the wee hours of yesterday morning,” the GTCO added. Already, the state chapter of APC has called for the immedi­ate suspension of the State Resi­dent Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mrs. Gesila Khan, for col­luding with the PDP to rig last weekend’s presidential and Na­tional Assembly elections in the State. According to a statement APC listed the irregularities that surrounding the election in the state over the weekend, citing Mrs. Khan as the major culprit. The statement signed in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, read: “For Mrs. Khan to have removed the INEC result sheets in all the polling units in the State with the intention of rigging the polls is a very serious criminal offence”.

The election was disrupted even before it started when APC leaders including Governor Amaechi requested to see the INEC results sheets before being accredited which INEC officials said were not available. According to them, “Mrs. Khan should not only be sus­pended but should not be al­lowed to conduct the April 11 Gubernatorial and State Assem­bly elections, as well as the Pres­idential and National Assembly elections when rescheduled”.

The party commended INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, for acknowledging the party’s petition on the polls in Rivers State, noting that “We are very convinced that if our case is thoroughly investi­gated it will be confirmed that the State REC, Mrs. Khan, compro­mised her office and tarnished the good image of INEC”. The state APC also defended the action of its Governor, Roti­mi Amaechi, in requesting to see the INEC result sheets and other sensitive materials for the con­duct of last weekend’s polls. The party said: “The Governor took that step as we were aware that the State REC had traded off the result sheets to PDP to write the results as they deemed fit.

Amaechi wanted to prevent a situation whereby people would queue to vote while PDP and INEC would write a different result not reflecting the true vot­ing pattern in the State. “It is sad that the PDP lead­ership in Rivers State could be so callous to arm the youths in order to kill and maim Rivers State people because of election. We know that Rivers people are peace-loving buy arming some of the youths at this time does not do anyone any good because it may be difficult to retrieve some of these arms from these youths later, thereby constituting a seri­ous security challenge

 

Right from the word go, even well before the elec­tion period, Rivers State has stood up, along few other states as red light zones in the ongoing 2015 polls. It was then no big deal when the D-day came and things were not different from the pro­jections. Immediately words filtered out that the State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi had an alter­cation with the military which restricted his movement on Election Day, there were sponta­neous reactions that Rivers was only living up to its billing. If one takes into cognisance his encounter with former Com­missioner of Police in the state, Matthew Mbu, now AIG in La­gos, even when the elections had not even started, which was a kind of dress rehearsal, this one would not be considered all that strange except the angle that the governor dared the military to shoot him which they expect­edly did not. For over two years, the state had been in a sort of war with Amaechi and governorship candidate of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) Nyesom Wike leading different camps trying to outdo one another in every area they can take advantage of. The ding dong affair was to later snowball into what we had last Saturday with threats and counter threats of shooting be­tween the military and security aides of the governor. Expectedly, the development affected the conduct of the elec­tion in the state with allegations and counter allegations from the PDP and the ruling All Progres­sives Congress (APC). Already the APC has sent a petition to the Independent Elec­toral Commission (INEC) asking for the cancellation of the polls on the claims that election did not hold anywhere in the state contrary to the claims by the opposition PDP which is claim­ing victory in the controversial polls. Already, the Greater Togeth­er Campaign Organisation, (GTCO) (campaign outfit of Dr. Dakuku Peterside, gubernato­rial candidate of the APC in the state, has made a startling rev­elation of how the PDP manip­ulated last weekend’s election with the help of INEC officials in the state. According to reports from the state, 40,000 incidence forms were sent to Oyigbo Local gov­ernment of the state. Ibim Semenitari, Director of Communications, GTCO ex­plained that: “They gave it out at 6:30pm on Friday but stopped when the APC Agent complained about it. He was however asked to leave the INEC offices at about 11:30 pm. We believe that they may still give out the incidence forms they have printed as these forms will over-ride the thumb print identification. “Already 120,000 incidence forms were to be sent to Port Harcourt LGA; 80,000 sent to Obio/Akpor and 50, 000 for Ikw­erre LGA. The incidence forms are one of the ways PDP used to rig the elections around the country and especially in the South South and South East where the voter numbers are not as high as in other places,” she said. Besides, cars were allegedly seen moving into the Rivers State INEC office to pick up inci­dence forms. There was a white Honda Accord vehicle seen driv­ing into the INEC office and leav­ing with incidence forms. “Mr. Benibo Jack from Abonnema was said to have called to brief the Situation Room with regards to the Akuku Toru incident where INEC ma­terials released to three wards namely 15,16 and 17 were hi­jacked by some unknown boys. “Mr. Jack was able to inter­vene with the materials of ward 17 in the hands of the hijackers accompanied by the DSS and EO. He recovered the materials of ward 17 and handed them over to the police, precisely to Inspector Gabriel Rebecca at the Abonnema Police Station. “There has been an attack on the house of Opobo/Nkoro Care­taker Committee Chairman, Hon. Loveday Jaja. The attack­ers moved to destroy his house and hurt him but he was not at home. They have been thumb-printing sensitive materials . “Another person, Alafagha Oko-Jaja, had his head broken and was profusely bleeding. It was not certain he would sur­vive as a result of the attack. “Opobo with barely 30,000 votes is the home town of the APC Governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, as well as the Chief of Army Staff, General Kenneth Minimah. Already, the army has been going around the community harassing people while Chiefs in Kalaibiama are compelling voters to vote for the PDP presi­dential candidate, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. They say it was an or­der from General Minimah,” the group further alleged. “At about midnight, Mr. Ado­kiye Iyaye reported that the PDP led by Evans Bipi, a House of As­sembly candidate on PDP ticket, in company with Army and Po­lice personnel took over INEC office in Ogu/Bolo. “Supporters of APC in Ogu/Bolo were beaten up and arrest­ed. Chief Jonah Tamuno, APC party leader in Ogu/Bolo, con­firmed that the combined team of soldiers and police broke into his house and arrested Tamuno-Tonye Arimaka. Also beaten up and arrested at INEC office were APC Ogu/Bolo party agents in­cluding Christian Nyingiyikabo, Samuel Iyaye and Michael Oru­wari. “Evans Bipi and the combined team of military and police have been moving from house to house terrorizing the com­munity and beating up APC supporters. Many persons have fled the community. Some had to leave by sea in the wee hours of yesterday morning,” the GTCO added. Already, the state chapter of APC has called for the immedi­ate suspension of the State Resi­dent Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mrs. Gesila Khan, for col­luding with the PDP to rig last weekend’s presidential and Na­tional Assembly elections in the State. According to a statement APC listed the irregularities that surrounding the election in the state over the weekend, citing Mrs. Khan as the major culprit. The statement signed in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, read: “For Mrs. Khan to have removed the INEC result sheets in all the polling units in the State with the intention of rigging the polls is a very serious criminal offence”. The election was disrupted even before it started when APC leaders including Governor Amaechi requested to see the INEC results sheets before being accredited which INEC officials said were not available. According to them, “Mrs. Khan should not only be sus­pended but should not be al­lowed to conduct the April 11 Gubernatorial and State Assem­bly elections, as well as the Pres­idential and National Assembly elections when rescheduled”. The party commended INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, for acknowledging the party’s petition on the polls in Rivers State, noting that “We are very convinced that if our case is thoroughly investi­gated it will be confirmed that the State REC, Mrs. Khan, compro­mised her office and tarnished the good image of INEC”. The state APC also defended the action of its Governor, Roti­mi Amaechi, in requesting to see the INEC result sheets and other sensitive materials for the con­duct of last weekend’s polls. The party said: “The Governor took that step as we were aware that the State REC had traded off the result sheets to PDP to write the results as they deemed fit. Amaechi wanted to prevent a situation whereby people would queue to vote while PDP and INEC would write a different result not reflecting the true vot­ing pattern in the State. “It is sad that the PDP lead­ership in Rivers State could be so callous to arm the youths in order to kill and maim Rivers State people because of election. We know that Rivers people are peace-loving buy arming some of the youths at this time does not do anyone any good because it may be difficult to retrieve some of these arms from these youths later, thereby constituting a seri­ous security challenge

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Rivers Lives up to Its Billing

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