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Why We Prefer Northern Presidential Candidate In 2023 — PDP

Indications emerged on Sunday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will adopt the report of its commit­tee set up to review why the party lost in the 2019 presidential election and recommend solutions on how the party would return to power in 2023. The 14-member committee, head­ed by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, had recommended that the presidential ticket of the party be thrown open to all regions instead of resorting to a zoning arrangement, a position which has greatly angered Southern stakeholders in the party. But speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, a chieftain of the party who is a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT), said the party would adopt the committee’s report as there is “a great likelihood that majority of PDP stakeholders want the ticket to ...
We Have Evidence That PDP Defeated Buhari In 2019 – Bala Mohammed
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We Have Evidence That PDP Defeated Buhari In 2019 – Bala Mohammed

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the 2019 presidential election. While Buhari ran under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku was candidate of the opposition PDP. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared APC winner of the election. Although Atiku and his party challenged the outcome of the election from the tribunal up to the Supreme Court, they could not upturn the victory of Buhari. Speaking when he featured on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, on Thursday, Mohammed alleged that fraud on the part of either INEC or security operatives cost his party the election. He said Nigerians knew what transpired during the 2019 elections, adding that his party has learnt its lessons....
Governor Wike Compensates Victims Of 2019 Election Violence With N450 Million
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Governor Wike Compensates Victims Of 2019 Election Violence With N450 Million

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has released the sum of N450 million as compensation for the victims of violence in the 2019 presidential election in Abonnema community of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area. The beneficiaries include those who lost their lives, sustained bullet wounds, lost valuable items and were arrested and detained by the Nigerian Army. The victims were allegedly attacked by soldiers who were drafted to the area to maintain law and order during the last presidential election. No fewer than 37 persons lost their lives during the 2019 presidential election in Abonnema, Daily Sun reports. Governor Wike, when he visited the community after the election to commiserate with the people, had promised to assist with compensation for the violence and mayhem u...
APC Fumes As PDP Demands Review Of Buhari Supreme Court Victory
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APC Fumes As PDP Demands Review Of Buhari Supreme Court Victory

The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday asked the Supreme Court to review its judgment, which upheld the victory of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd.) , in the 2019 presidential election and dismissed the appeal of the PDP candidate , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar . The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this during a press conference in Abuja , also called on the Supreme Court to review its judgments on the governorship elections in four states . The party demanded a review of the apex court ’s judgment on the 2018 governorship election in Osun State . In the judgment , the Supreme Court upheld the APC ’ s candidate, Governor Gboyega Oyetola’ s victory and dismissed the PDP candidate , Ademola Adeleke ’ s appeal . It also demanded a ...
PDP Seeks Review Of Supreme Court Judgment On 2019 Presidential Election
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PDP Seeks Review Of Supreme Court Judgment On 2019 Presidential Election

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Monday, said the “plot” by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to destabilize the country has left it with no choice but to approach the Supreme Court for a review of the outcome of the 2019 Presidential election. This is even as the party stated that in addition to the Presidential election, it would also tasked the apex court to take a second look at the governorship elections in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Osun states. Addressing newsmen at the party secretariat in Abuja, party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said the party took the decision having uncovered plot by the ruling party to influence the Supreme Court to upturn the Bayelsa governorship election in favour of the APC.
Buhari’s Comments Confirm Fraud In 2019 Polls – Kola Ologbondiyan
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Buhari’s Comments Confirm Fraud In 2019 Polls – Kola Ologbondiyan

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent comments on the country’s electoral process under the current Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) questions the credibility of the February 2019 presidential election. The party noted yesterday that in demanding that INEC and the police should ensure that the will of the people prevailed in credible elections, going forward, the president admitted that elections under the current dispensation had been anything but credible. In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP noted that in a meeting with the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, at the Presidential Villa, Buhari said, “Our elections...
In Nigeria, Nobody Tells You The Truth When You Are In Power – Peter Obi
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In Nigeria, Nobody Tells You The Truth When You Are In Power – Peter Obi

Peter Obi, vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 presidential election, says people in power do not get told the truth. Obi spoke on Friday as a guest speaker at the first convocation of Chrisland University, Abeokuta. Speaking on ‘Creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship: A critical intersection for economic development in Africa’, Obi said the challenges besetting the country are many. He noted that the failure of the leaders to invest in education and entrepreneurship led the country to its present economic state. He blamed the leaders for their roles in promoting corruption. “The truth is that in Nigeria, the problem is over 75%. The country has been criminalised. Quote me, I am talking from experience of somebody who had served, I...
PDP Expresses Shock Over Supreme Court Verdict
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PDP Expresses Shock Over Supreme Court Verdict

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expresses shock at the judgment of the Supreme Court on the Presidential election petition filed by the party and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Indeed, what we witnessed today was not what majority of Nigerians, who participated and observed the Presidential election expected; and this includes even members of the APC. The PDP notes that it indeed made a solid case, with undisputable evidence, showing that Atiku Abubakar won the Presidential election and as such is surprised that the justices of the Supreme Court held otherwise; however, that is the highest court of the land. Notwithstanding, the distinction of our case remains for Nigerians, including generations yet unborn, to appreciate. The PDP expresses gratitude to mill...
Kingsley Moghalu Resigns From YPP, Calls For Electronic Voting
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Kingsley Moghalu Resigns From YPP, Calls For Electronic Voting

The presidential candidate of Young Progressive Party in the 2019 Presidential election, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has left the Young Progressive Party (YPP). Moghalu announced his departure from the party on Monday via his official account on popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter. Moghalu, a former deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), called for reform of the country’s electoral system ahead of the 2023 general elections. “Without electoral reform which includes electronic voting, our democracy will remain weak. Let’s fix this before 2023,” he wrote. “Please join our non-partisan movement http://tobuildanation.org Partisan politics won’t fix this problem. “To this end, I’ve resigned my membership of Young Progressive Party. “Nigeria today is approachi...
Amnesty International Reacts As Buhari Govt Slams Treason Charges On Sowore
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Amnesty International Reacts As Buhari Govt Slams Treason Charges On Sowore

Amnesty international has reacted to the seven-count charge of treasonable felony and money laundering against detained activist and Convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore by the Federal Government. Sowore, a presidential candidate in the February 2019 presidential election was charged along with Olawale Bakare, also known as Mandate. The charges were signed on behalf of t‎he Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), by Aminu Alilu, a Chief State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation‎, the Federal Ministry of Justice. In the charges instituted against the defendants, the prosecution accused Sowore and his co-defendant of committing conspiracy to commit treasonable felony in breach of section 516 ...
Stock Market Gains N52bn As Buhari Floors Atiku At Tribunal
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Stock Market Gains N52bn As Buhari Floors Atiku At Tribunal

The nation’s stock market closed 0.39 percent higher on Wednesday after suffering two consecutive losses this week as a result of profit taking activities by investors. During yesterday’s session, the bulls chased out the bears from the market as investors kept an eye on proceedings at the election tribunal giving its ruling on the disputes from the February 2019 presidential election between President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his challenger, Mr Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). First feelers from the tribunal in Abuja gave clear indications that the President would retain his seat and this improved the level of confidence of investors, triggering buying pressure at the market. Though the final judgement did not come befor...
Atiku Vs Buhari: Summary & Key Rulings To Note At Tribunal
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Atiku Vs Buhari: Summary & Key Rulings To Note At Tribunal

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal is currently sitting in Abuja, to decide the fate of PDP/Atiku and APC/Buhari over the February 23, 2019 presidential election. We recall that INEC had declared Buhari and the APC as winner of the election, having polled a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku, who it said polled a total of 11,262,978 votes. The five-man panel of justices of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, is headed by Justice Mohammed Garba, as Chairman. Here are summary of the rulings so far, and key points to note... Key rulings to note - Tribunal unanimously dismissed INEC’s motion asking Vice President Osinbajo to be joined in the petition. It ruled that a vice presidential candidate is not a necessary party in an elec...
INEC: We Used Electronic Transmission For 2019 Polls Results But…
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INEC: We Used Electronic Transmission For 2019 Polls Results But…

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said it electronically transmitted results of this year’s presidential election, but that it was a pilot scheme not yet backed by law. INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Kogi, Kwara and Nasarawa states, Malam Mohammed Haruna, who represented chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the public presentation of the YIAGA Africa Watching The Vote (WTV) General Elections Observation Report of the 2019 elections. Malam Mohammed Haruna said: “The key word is pilot. We were piloting and you have to take that into consideration. In fact, it is not a done deal. We were testing to see whether eventually we would use electronic transmission. The clarification from YIAGA about the law tha...
We Are Convinced PDP Won 2019 Presidential Election – Bode George
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We Are Convinced PDP Won 2019 Presidential Election – Bode George

Chief Olabode George, the Atona Oodua Of Yorubaland, is a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, he speaks on the state of the nation, new Ministers and portfolio, as well as solution to Nigeria’s security challenge. Excerpts: rubi President Muhammadu Buhari last week inaugurated his cabinet but he has come under severe criticisms for asking Ministers who want to meet him to go through Abba Kyari, his Chief of Staff. Do you think Mr. President is right? My take is this: there is a saying that different stroke for different times. Maybe that is the methodology the President wants to adopt. During the era PDP was in power, the way we operated when we were in government, ministers have direct access to the Pr...
N13m: APC Disowns Wadume, Says We’ve No Budget For Thugs
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N13m: APC Disowns Wadume, Says We’ve No Budget For Thugs

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday dissociated itself from the N13 million allegedly given to the suspected Kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Balla, a.k.a Wadume for the Presidential election. In his confessional statement, Wadume allegedly confessed being given N13 million by the APC, but spent N7 million it the money for the election, in addition to collecting about N6 million from an unnamed sitting governor. However, reacting to the claim, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa Onilu said the party has not budget for political thugs, stressing that it would be better for the suspect to name who gave him the money. Onilu sais “It is expected that the alleged kidnapper, having come face to face with justice, would throw whatever he could lay his ...
Presidential Tribunal: Real Reasons Atiku Wasn’t Declared Winner Of Election – INEC
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Presidential Tribunal: Real Reasons Atiku Wasn’t Declared Winner Of Election – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed why Atiku Abubakar, the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was not declared winner of the February 23 election. INEC told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja that it was satisfied that Atiku did not secure majority of lawful votes cast during the election. The country’s electoral umpire stated this in a final written address it filed before the Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-member panel tribunal, INEC, through its lawyers led by Mr. Yunus Usman SAN, seeking the dismissal of Atiku’s petition on the outcome of the 2019 presidential election. Denying the allegation that votes were illegally awarded to the All Progressives Congress, APC, to ensure that Presi...
Atiku Reacts To The Arrest Of Sowore By DSS
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Atiku Reacts To The Arrest Of Sowore By DSS

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reacted over the arrest of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore. Igbere TV had reported that security operatives suspected to be from the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested the former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, over the planned Aug. 5 protest. Sowore, who is also the publisher of Sahara Reporters, was arrested early Saturday. The publisher posted a distress tweet around 1:25 am, saying “DSS invades Sowore’s.” Reacting over the arrest, Atiku said freedom of speech was not only constitutionally guaranteed but remains a substructure of democracy. He tweeted: “Freedom of speech is not only constitutionally guaranteed, it is the subs...
Afenifere Leaders Will Be The First To Flee If War Breaks Out – Junaid Mohammed
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Afenifere Leaders Will Be The First To Flee If War Breaks Out – Junaid Mohammed

Dr. Junaid Mohammed, a controversial Second Republic House of Representatives member, in this exclusive interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the state of insecurity in the nation, calls by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) on Fulani herdsmen in the South to return to the North, and other issues of national interest. Excerpts: It is almost five months that President Muhammadu Buhari was declared the winner of the 2019 presidential election. Having been inaugurated almost two months ago, he is yet to constitute his cabinet. Are you worried by that development? I am worried not because I am a member of the APC. In fact, I have never been a member of the APC but I am worried because in a democracy, the outcome of an election has very serious consequences and after election, the ...
Cabinet Delay May Send Nigeria Back Into Recession – Experts
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Cabinet Delay May Send Nigeria Back Into Recession – Experts

There are strong indications that the economy may slide back into another round of recession, given the apparent stagnation of government activities and the uncertainties surrounding its policy direction and priorities. It could be recalled that the 2019 presidential election was held on February 23 and the incumbent, President, Muhammadu Buhari, was declared the winner within a couple of days after the election. On May 29, he was formally sworn in as President for his second four-year tenure. However, there are apprehensions that the economy is currently at a standstill following the prolonged absence of ministers to drive government’s policies and programmes. In 2015 when President Buhari was first elected into office, he spent six months before appointing a cabinet, a situa...
I’m Ready To Lay Down My Life For Nigeria – Peter Obi
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I’m Ready To Lay Down My Life For Nigeria – Peter Obi

The Vice presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi has said he was ready to pursue the party’s mandate to its logical conclusion. Obi, who made the disclosure at the 8th stakeholders meeting of Anambra State chapter of PDP, titled “Repositioning for power and good governance” and held in Awka, said he was ready to lay down his life to ensure that Nigerians are delivered from hardship in the land. “I am ready to lay down my life to ensure that Nigerians are rescued from the hardship inflicted on them by President Muhammadu Buhari- led Government in the country. “I will fight for this mandate till the end. The person who is at helm of affair today ran for fourth time and nobody killed him. So, I am not afraid because when...
2023: Igbo Presidency Not Automatic – APC
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2023: Igbo Presidency Not Automatic – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, said that the South-East geo-political zone will not be given an automatic ticket to produce the presidential candidate on the platform of the ruling party in 2023. Since the victory of the APC in the 2019 presidential election, agitations by various zones to produce the presidential candidate in the next dispensation have rented the air, with the South-East, South-West and the North, laying claims to the ticket. National Organising Secretary of the APC, Chief Emma Ibediro, who stated the position of the party while reacting to the agitation of the South-East for the ticket, said the presidential ticket of the party would not be given on the basis of right or entitlement, but earned by people or zones based on their contributions to...
Election Tribunal: Atiku To Challenge Kano, Kebbi And Nine Other States’ Results
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Election Tribunal: Atiku To Challenge Kano, Kebbi And Nine Other States’ Results

The Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the February 23, 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Monday, presented their first set of six witnesses at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in their bid to prove their petition challenging outcome of the polls. They are by their petition filed before the Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal of five justices, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress at the polls. The petitioners presented their witnesses just as there were indications that they would challenge the results of the presidential election in 11 states. Monday was the third of the 10 days the petitioners were allotted to present their case. A former ally of Buhari, Buba Galadima, was the fi...
PDP Attacks INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, Says Commission Most Corrupt, Compromised
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PDP Attacks INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, Says Commission Most Corrupt, Compromised

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday berated the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for claiming that the commission was the most improved service institution in the country. It said “in reality, it has become the most debased, degraded and corrupted institution, particularly with the rigging of the 2019 Presidential election.” PDP insisted that the remark credited to Yakubu was an indication that INEC was the most debased and compromised institution in Nigeria. In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the former ruling party said “making such reckless claims at a time Nigerians and the international community are in huge disappointment over the irregularities, violation of rules, alteration of resul...
Buhari Vs Atiku: PDP Reacts To 60 Political Parties’ Position On ‘INEC Server’
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Buhari Vs Atiku: PDP Reacts To 60 Political Parties’ Position On ‘INEC Server’

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of allegedly sponsoring an “amorphous group” to support the denial by the Commission of the existence of a server. Recall that a group, under the aegis of Forum of Presidential Candidates of the 2019 Elections and National Party Chairmen on Tuesday, faulted the claim by PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, that electronic server was used during the 2019 presidential election. The group backed the denial by INEC of the existence of the server. This was in response to the decision by the presidential election petition tribunal on Monday rejecting the request by the candidate of the PDP in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, to allow th...
Several INEC Staff Say Results Transmitted To ‘Central Server’ – Premium Times
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Several INEC Staff Say Results Transmitted To ‘Central Server’ – Premium Times

Several officials who said they were deployed as electoral officers by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 presidential election said they transmitted results electronically to a ‘central server’ through smart card readers. This they said was done in compliance with the directive given by the commission during a three-day training before the polls. The 20 officials deployed to various states, who mostly worked as presiding officers, said they were told that there was a “central server in Abuja” where results are collated electronically. It is not immediately clear on which “central Server” the officials admitted to transmitting results but this has added a new twist to the ongoing confusion trailing INEC’s consistent denial that it used no server ...
Atiku Vs Buhari: INEC Must Produce Presidential Election Server – Peter Obi
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Atiku Vs Buhari: INEC Must Produce Presidential Election Server – Peter Obi

Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Mr Peter Obi has expressed confidence over his party’s victory at the tribunal. Obi spoke at a victory thanksgiving service in Atani, Anambra state in honour of Sen. Princess Stella Odua; Hon. Chukwuka Onyema and winners of Anambra state House of Assembly, Hon. Noble Igwe and Hon. Somto Udeze, Ogbaru 1 and Ogbaru 11 constituencies, respectively. Obi reassured that all hope was not lost, insisting that his party would not give up as the court case was still in progress. He, however, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide the server used for the election. “INEC must provide the server they used for the election because they know they used the server for the e...
June 12 Was More Credible Than 2019 Presidential Election – Jeremiah Useni
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June 12 Was More Credible Than 2019 Presidential Election – Jeremiah Useni

Former Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and Plateau State governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Gen. Jeremiah Useni (rtd) has said June 12 presidential election was more credible that the 2019 presidential polls. He noted that the adoption of June 12 as Democracy Day was long overdue, adding that it wasn’t an APC affair. Useni stated this on Friday after hearing on his governorship petition at the tribunal sitting in Jos, Plateau State. “To me, the June 12 election was more credible than the 2019 presidential election. We should have being celebrating June 12 long time ago as our democracy day.I am in PDP and I don’t want people to take June 12 as an APC affair, everybody knows what happened.” Gen. Useni noted that he was one of the...
Atiku, PDP Asking Us For Server That We Don’t Have, INEC Says
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Atiku, PDP Asking Us For Server That We Don’t Have, INEC Says

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday insisted that it had no electronic server being sought to be accessed and inspected by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the February 23, 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The commission had earlier denied the existence of such server in its reply filed on April 10, 2019 to oppose Atiku and PDP’s petition pending before the five-man tribunal. The petitioners are by their petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress at the last presidential election. INEC, Buhari and the APC who are the respondents to the petition and to the petitioners’ application for access to the server used for the election, on Thursday, asked the Justi...
EFCC Goes After Tinubu Over Bullion Vans During 2019 Election
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EFCC Goes After Tinubu Over Bullion Vans During 2019 Election

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday vowed to investigate the National leader of the All Progressives Congress Bola Tinubu over the bullion vans that drove into his home in February Although the EFCC has declined comments about whether it had launched an investigation to find out how former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, came about the bullion vans that drove into his home in February. Nigerians have mounted pressure on the anti-graft office to open money laundering probe against Mr Tinubu, after the ruling party chieftain was seen on February 22 receiving at least two armoured vehicles believed to be bearing cash. The development raised controversies because it came a day to the presidential election on February 23. Mr Tinubu is a senior leader of th...
Why I Asked Bulkachuwa To Withdraw From Presidential Election Tribunal – Atiku
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Why I Asked Bulkachuwa To Withdraw From Presidential Election Tribunal – Atiku

Former Vice-President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has explained his decision to request that the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, withdraws from the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. Igbere TV reports that Abubakar and his party, PDP, are challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election. They asked Justice Bulkachuwa to withdraw from the five-member panel she headed. They based their demand on Bulkachuwa’s relationship with an APC leader. Igbere TV gathered that her husband is a Bauchi Senator-elect on the APC platform. On Wednesday, the Tribunal ruled against Abubakar and the PDP. It said both parties could not prove the possibility of bias agai...
We Won’t Respond To Ayo Adebanjo – Presidency
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We Won’t Respond To Ayo Adebanjo – Presidency

The presidency on Wednesday said it will not comment on the remarks made by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and Afenifere leader that he will not recognise President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2019 presidential election until the courts declares him as the winner. Adebanjo in a chat with Daily Independent had also said he is ready for arrest if the Federal Government believes his remark is treasonable. Speaking with our correspondent, Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President said he has no reaction to Adebanjo’ s statement, adding that the Afenifere leader is merely expressing his opinion. “I don’t have any reaction to what he has said. He is only expressing his opinion”. On calls by some Nigerians that Adebanjo shoul...
I’m Ready To Go To Prison, Ayo Adebanjo Dares FG
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I’m Ready To Go To Prison, Ayo Adebanjo Dares FG

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and one of the leaders of Afenifere, has dared the Federal Government to arrest him over his statement that he would not recognise President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2019 presidential election until proven by the courts. Adebanjo, in an interview published by Daily Independent, had described the 2019 presidential election as a farce, saying he could not recognise Buhari – who was declared winner of the election – as president-elect. Adebanjo, who also expressed optimism that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would get justice at the court, also said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wrongly declared President Buhari as winner of the election. “The election was a f...
Osinbajo Is A Dishonest Intellectual, A Disgrace – Ayo Adebanjo
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Osinbajo Is A Dishonest Intellectual, A Disgrace – Ayo Adebanjo

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has described the 2019 presidential election won by President Muhammadu Buhari as a farce, saying he could not recognise him as president-elect. In a chat with Daily Independent, Adebanjo expressed optimism that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would reclaim his mandate at the court. He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wrongly declared President Buhari as winner of the election. He said: “The election was a farce. I don’t regard Buhari as president. Buhari was wrongly declared winner by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). When we get to court, we would know who the real president is. “Ho...
Electronic Transmission Of Election Result Illegal – Lawyers
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Electronic Transmission Of Election Result Illegal – Lawyers

Until the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill is passed into law any election result that is electronically transmitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is illegal, a cross section of Nigerian lawyers has said. In their contributions to the raging controversy over INEC’s purported transmission of the results of the 2019 presidential election, the lawyers told LEADERSHIP Weekend that it amounts to illegality for the commission or its officers to have transmitted the said results when the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018, has not been signed into law. They argued that Section 52 (2) of the operating Electoral Act 2010 prohibits the use of electronic voting machine in Nigeria, including the transmission of the results electronically. In the same vein, the legal ...
“Buhari, Swear With The Qur’an That You Didn’t Rig The Election” – Galadima
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“Buhari, Swear With The Qur’an That You Didn’t Rig The Election” – Galadima

A former ally to President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged him to swear with the Qur’an that he did not rig the 2019 presidential election. Buba Galadima who is also the spokesman to the Presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar also lambasted President Buhari. Galadima said Atiku won the election but it was allegedly rigged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He described the election as an embarrassment while challenging the president and the APC leaders to swear with the holy books to prove Buhari won. “The election was a national embarrassment. It was far from being free and fair. Not only that, it was clear to everybody that INEC, the military, and the police all colluded ...
If Buhari Offers Me Political Appointment I’ll Reflect On It – Moghalu
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If Buhari Offers Me Political Appointment I’ll Reflect On It – Moghalu

Kingsley Moghalu, presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria, says if he is offered a political appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, he would reflect on it before taking a decision. He has, however, announced his withdrawal from partisan politics. Moghalu stated this in a chat with Arise News TV in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on Friday. Disclosing his next move, he said he was now going to dedicate his time to a citizens’ movement called To Build A Nation (TBAN), which seeks to help in the development of Nigeria’s electoral process. The former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said: “I’ve decided to pretty much withdraw from partisan engagement at this time; the elections are over. “We’...
You Can’t Become President Through Backdoor – Lai Mohammed To Atiku
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You Can’t Become President Through Backdoor – Lai Mohammed To Atiku

The Federal Government has asked the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar to allow the court to determine the merits or otherwise of his petition against the winner of the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari. It said it was wrong for the former Vice President to resort to self-help in his desire to claim victory in the election. Mohammed said: “As you must have noticed in recent times, posters bearing the picture of former Vice President and the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, with the inscription: ”THE PUKKA, H.E. ATIKU ABUBAKAR, THE REAL AND THE RIGHT”, have surfaced across major streets in Abuja. “The appearance of these posters coincide with the media report that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar...
”You Have Till April 16 To Respond To Atiku’s Petition” – Appeal Court Tells INEC
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”You Have Till April 16 To Respond To Atiku’s Petition” – Appeal Court Tells INEC

The court of Appeal has issued out last warning to The Independent National Electoral Commission and the All Progressives Congress ( APC) to have till Thursday to file their responses to the election petition jointly filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, HE Alhaji Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Gcon, challenging the outcome of the February 23 presidential election. President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the candidate of the APC, has till at least April 16 2019 to respond to the petition. Waziri Adamawa and the People’s democratic party (PDP), on March 18, 2019 filed the petition before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, challenging the declaration of Buhari and the APC as the winner of the just concluded presidential election. According to the pet...
Gbenga Daniel was aspiring to become SGF under Atiku – FFK
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Gbenga Daniel was aspiring to become SGF under Atiku – FFK

Former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode, has revealed that Gbenga Daniel was aspiring to become the Secretary-General of the Federation, SGF under Atiku Abubakar if he had won the February 2019 Presidential election. FFK however mentioned that Daniel’s decision to quit the PDP for APC is sad and tragic, especially when Atiku Abubakar is still fighting to retrieve his mandate. He wrote: For the first DG of Atiku’s Presidential Campaign Organisation and his closest confidante in the South West to dump the PDP and join the APC even before the conclusion of Atiku’s election petition is sad. For a man that was gunning to be Sec. to the Federal Government in an Atiku govt. to join Buhari after Atiku was rigged out is tragic! For a man that was Atiku’s spokesman to say he was not a ...
South West Forum Wants Senate Presidency Zoned To South South
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South West Forum Wants Senate Presidency Zoned To South South

A pan -Yoruba Group, South-West Consultative Forum, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof.Yemi Osinbajo on their victory at the just-concluded 2019 presidential election. It also urged the All Progressives Congress to zone the Senate presidency to the South- South geopolitical zone. The forum also hailed the National Leader of the APC and Co-Chair of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bola Tinubu, for his efforts at ensuring that the party emerged victorious in the presidential election. SWCF in a statement signed by its Executive Secretary, Osinowo Ibrahim, said, “We are proud of Tinubu’s efforts at bringing the Yoruba to the centrepiece of Nigerian politics. The February 23, 2019 presidential election has proved to the entire nation that Tinubu is the pol...
Atiku, Try Running For Presidency One More Time –  Prophet Muyideen Kasali
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Atiku, Try Running For Presidency One More Time – Prophet Muyideen Kasali

The General Overseer of the Hour of Mercy Prayer Ministry Worldwide (Alaseyori), Prophet Muyideen Kasali, has urged Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to give presidential contest another trial. Kasali said the fact that Atiku did not win the 2019 presidential election did not mean he could not win election for the exalted office in future. A statement from the Head of Edidi Children School Foundation and wife of the General Overseer, Mrs. Oredolapo Awosika-Kasali, made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, said the cleric gave the admonition during the February edition of Hour of Mercy programme which rounded off a 27-day prayer and fasting to mark Kasali’s birthday celebration at the headquarters in Ibadan. The cleric stated: “There i...
I Will Be Tough In The Next Four Years – Buhari
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I Will Be Tough In The Next Four Years – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday warned that he is going to be tough in his governance of the country in the next four years. He gave the warning while receiving members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) who came to congratulate him for winning the 23rd February, 2019 Presidential election. Buhari secured another term of four years by scoring15, 191,847 votes the votes of 11,262,978 scored by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Buhari said that he will intensify efforts in the three areas of security, economy and fighting corruption. He also disclosed that he campaigned in all the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory to prove to his critics that he was fit. At the brief ceremony that started around 12 noon, the...
APC Legal Directorate To Atiku: We’ll Defend Buhari
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APC Legal Directorate To Atiku: We’ll Defend Buhari

The Legal Directorate of the All Progressive Congress, APC Presidential Campaign Council has affirmed its readiness to defend the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari with all the legal expertise at its disposal. A statement issued and signed by Prof Mamman Lawan Yusufari, Deputy Director Legal after its emergency meeting held on 27 Feb 2019 called on interested parties who were not satisfied with the results of the elections to challenge same by following due process of the law. The directorate congratulated President Buhari for winning the 2019 presidential election and thanked Nigerians for their overwhelming support. They lauded the presidential candidates, political parties and their support groups for their general respect for the law in the campaign activities The s...
‘I Never Knew A White Person Can Lie So Perfectly’ – Nnamdi Kanu
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‘I Never Knew A White Person Can Lie So Perfectly’ – Nnamdi Kanu

IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has slammed foreign election observers in Nigeria over their remarks about the conduct of 2019 presidential election in Nigeria. Nnamdi Kanu blasted the Oyinbo election observers saying he never knew white men can lie like this. The international election observers gave the Nigerian election and the conduct a very good pass mark. Kanu shared the video and wrote: "Now we know our problem is more than we previously thought. The Satanic alliance between the colonial powers and the devilish Islamic Jihadists of the caliphate is far more deeper than previously imagined. I never knew a white person can lie so perfectly. Only Biafra can save us." Watch the video HERE Now we know our problem is more than we previously thought. The Satanic alliance be...
Atiku Relying On Body Cameras From His Agents To Beat Buhari In Court
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Atiku Relying On Body Cameras From His Agents To Beat Buhari In Court

Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, is confident of victory when he formally institutes an election petition case against President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), and SaharaReporters understands one major reason for this is the wide-ranging availability of video evidence to back up his claims of non-voting, voter intimidation, ballot box snatching and destruction, illegal vote cancellation and deliberate voter disenfranchisement. Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Buhari the winner of the election at exactly 4:39am after polling APC 15,191,847 votes to Atiku’s 11,262,978. However, Atiku has already rejected the result, allegin...
Yemi Osinbajo Celebrates His Election Victory With His Staff
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Yemi Osinbajo Celebrates His Election Victory With His Staff

Early this morning, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo celebrated himself and President Buhari's victory in the 2019 presidential election which held last Saturday, with members of his staff in the presidential villa. President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo beat their strongest rival, Atiku Abubakar, to win a second term in office.
INEC’s Performance In 2019 Presidential Election, Shambolic – SDP
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INEC’s Performance In 2019 Presidential Election, Shambolic – SDP

The governorship candidate, Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Cross River, Mr Eyo Ekpo, said the performance of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the Feb. 23 Presidential and National Assembly election was shambolic. Ekpo made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Calabar. He said that there was enough institutional experience that INEC should have built on between 1999 and 2015. He said that the logistics arrangements were totally unacceptable and in a typical Nigerian fashion, no one had come out to take responsibility. “INEC of 2019 has enough to build on the previous experiences but it failed. “I would like INEC to improve in the delivery of materials subsequently, there is a Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) ...
Watch The Moment Atiku Rejected The Results Of The 2019 Presidential Election
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Watch The Moment Atiku Rejected The Results Of The 2019 Presidential Election

PDP held a world press conference today to address the 2019 presidential election results. Here is the moment PDP 2019 Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar rejected the election results. Watch the moment angry Atiku said: “I, Atiku Abubakar, reject the results declared by INEC”. Watch the video HERE WATCH the moment the people’s President, @Atiku, said: “I, Atiku Abubakar, reject the results declared by the @INECNigeria”. RETWEET if you agree that #AtikuIsThePeoplesPresident WATCH, RETWEET and COMMENT pic.twitter.com/Vn29x1X0vJ — Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) February 27, 2019
See Votes Won By All 73 Presidential Candidates In 2019 Election
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See Votes Won By All 73 Presidential Candidates In 2019 Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has finished collating the results of the presidential election held on Saturday and the list of the votes won by all 73 presidential candidates has been provided. President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress polled 15,191,847 of the total votes to become the winner, while his closest opponent, Atiku Abubakar, gained 11,262,978 votes, an astonishing victory margin of 3,928,869 votes. Felix Nicholas of the Peoples Coalition Party (PCP) came a distant third with a total of 110,196 votes. Here's how all the candidates in the 2019 presidential election performed: 1. Isaac Ositelu (A) - 19,209 2. AbdulRashid Baba (AA) - 14,380 3. Omoyele Sowore (AAC) - 33,953 4. Chike Ukaegbu (AAP) - 8,902 5. Shipi God...

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