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LG poll: Lagos Orders Restriction of Movement
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LG poll: Lagos Orders Restriction of Movement

The Lagos State Government has announced restriction of movement across the State between the hours of 8am and 3pm on Saturday, 24th July, 2021. The directive was given to enable the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) conduct hitch-free elections into positions of Chairmen and Councillors in all the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas. A press statement released by the Commissioner of Information, Gbenga Omotoso on Thursday July 22, read; “The restriction is to enable the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) conduct hitch-free elections into positions of Chairmen and Councillors in all the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas. “The restriction will facilitate the ease of movement of the electorate, e...
Subjecting INEC power to NCC is unconstitutional – Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal
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Subjecting INEC power to NCC is unconstitutional – Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal

Governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, has said that the decision of the Senate to subject INECs constitutional power to conduct elections to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and National Assembly is patently unconstitutional. Tambuwal, who is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said INEC's constitutional power to conduct and manage elections should not be shared with any institution. “For the avoidance of doubt, S.78 of the Constitution provides that The Registration of voters and the conduct of elections shall be subject to the direction and supervision of Independent National Electoral Commission’.” Tambuwal said in a statement released on Thursday, July 15. “In the Third Schedule, Part 1,F, S.15: INEC has the power to organize, undertake ...
Ex-Gambian junta member Sentenced to Death for murder
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Ex-Gambian junta member Sentenced to Death for murder

A Gambian court sentenced an ally of ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh to death on Wednesday July 14, for his role in the murder of a former finance minister. Jammeh seized power in 1994 as part of a bloodless military coup in the West African state. He then ruled with an iron fist until January 2017, when he fled to Equatorial Guinea after losing presidential elections to Adama Barrow. According to reports, Gambia's government subsequently established a Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) to investigate Jammeh-era abuses, which heard several hundred witness testimonies between 2019 and May. But Yankuba Touray - a member of the junta that ruled The Gambia for some years after the 1994 coup - refused to testify at the TRRC in 2019. Public prosecutors then charged him ...
Senate Approves 20-year Jail term for Persons Caught Snatching ballot Materials
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Senate Approves 20-year Jail term for Persons Caught Snatching ballot Materials

The Nigerian Senate has prescribed a 20-year jail term for anyone caught snatching ballot materials during elections. The lawmakers gave the approval for such punishment while passing the bill establishing the Electoral Offences Commission. The function of the commission includes investigating electoral offenses, prosecution of electoral offenders, and maintaining records of all persons investigated and prosecuted. Amongst the prescribed punishments for any offender include -Five years jail term or N10m fine for party officials who engage in electoral fraud The senate in Clause 12 of the bill approved at least five years imprisonment or a fine of at least N10 million naira or both, for any officer or executives of any association or political party that engages in electoral...
We don’t rig elections, Nigerians trust us – APC replies PDP
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We don’t rig elections, Nigerians trust us – APC replies PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the allegation of planned rigging in 2023 made by National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus. The party said its track record in implementing projects and programmes that meet the needs of Nigerians is attracting their trust, more members and supporters. John Akpan Udoedehe, the National Secretary in a statement said the APC observes strong internal democracy, transparency and fairness in the conduct of its affairs which PDP lacks. The scribe noted that the APC was a better option for Nigerians, including serving Governors, National and State Assembly members who are abandoning the PDP. “We want to remind Nigerians that while many APC members were victims of rigging when the PDP was in power, the APC h...
Osun LG Polls: Democracy Vanguard threatens court action over caretaker Committees
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Osun LG Polls: Democracy Vanguard threatens court action over caretaker Committees

A pro-democracy group, Democracy Vanguard, has threatened to drag the Osun State Government to court if it went ahead to constitute caretaker committees instead of conducting elections at the local government level in the State. Speaking Wednesday on a radio programme in Osogbo, its Osun State Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Olowu stated that his organisation would not subscribe to the constitution of caretaker committees. Olowu noted that the election at the local government level was a constitutional matter and that a delay meant that the Nigerian Constitution was no longer supreme. He maintained that the position of the state government was not genuine and cannot hold ground. While accusing political leaders in the country of not taking elections at the local government level ...
I have no plans to join politics – Sanusi
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I have no plans to join politics – Sanusi

Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has denied any plan to join politics. Sanusi, speaking in Kaduna, said he plans to continue to educate the public on the right candidates/leader to vote for during elections. He also stated that priority should be given to education, especially for children, before the country’s problems could be addressed. Sanusi said; “If we have those we trust who promised they will work for the betterment of the country, then we can come together and help them – this is not politics. I have no intention of joining politics. “If we do not educate our children to become successful, while other people send their children to schools, they will end up working for those ones that attend school and that’s the end.”
Nigerians are very Forgetful – President Buhari
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Nigerians are very Forgetful – President Buhari

President Buhari has said that Nigerians are very forgetful as they allow people who have been accused of corruption win elections. The President said this during his exclusive interview with NTA that was aired yesterday evening June 11. While accessing his administration's fight against corruption, the President said “When I was a bit younger, in uniform, when I came, I arrested president, vice-president, governors, ministers, commissioners, and put them under restriction or detention, and told them they are guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. Now, this is opposite – democratic system, as people would like to believe,” he said We put investigation panels, virtually based on the present geopolitical zones. For those who held positions and because it was a law for...
Can anybody tell me why APC should not win next election? – Governor Hope Uzodinma asks
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Can anybody tell me why APC should not win next election? – Governor Hope Uzodinma asks

Nigerians to give reasons why the All Progressives Congress (APC) should not win the 2023 general elections in the country. Addressing newsmen after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday June 8, the Imo state Governor claimed that no one has come in concrete terms to accuse the Buhari-led administration of failure. Uzodinma also alleged that part of the problem this government is facing is the deliberate attempt by some group of people to pull it down. He said; "Part of the problem of this government is the deliberate attempt by some group of people to pull (it) down. “Because nobody is telling me that this government is not performing, that salaries are not being paid or that the roads are not being constructed or the railway is not going or the various i...
Nigerians react as President Buhari says those “plotting to destroy the country will soon receive shock of their lives”
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Nigerians react as President Buhari says those “plotting to destroy the country will soon receive shock of their lives”

Opinions are divided after President Muhammadu Buhari issued a warning to those bent on destroying the country. According to a statement by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari vowed to shock those bent on destroying his government. Buhari stated that attacks across the nation were aimed at giving the impression that his administration has failed. He added that he visited all the 36 states before the 2019 elections  "and majority of the people believed me, and the election proved it. He further stated that those causing chaos in certain parts of the country were obviously too young to know the deaths that resulted from the Nigerian Civil War. He added: "Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat the...
 God has anointed Tinubu as next president of Nigeria” – Bishop Ipinmoroti
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 God has anointed Tinubu as next president of Nigeria” – Bishop Ipinmoroti

General Overseer and Primate of Christ Revelation Church of God , Bishop Ayodeji Ipinmoroti has said God revealed to him that Tinubu would become the next President of the country. According to the Nation, Bishop Ipinmoroti made the revelation to commemorate the children's day celebration in Lagos state. He said God did not design Nigeria to disintegrate and that his recent encounter with God that showed him former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu will emerge next President. Ipinmoroti stated that certain mysteries need to be tackled for Tinubu Presidency to materialise. He claimed that many of Tinubu's political associates would betray him before the elections but that won't stop him from becoming president. Bishop Ipinmoroti said God showed him “Nigeria system will work agai...
Mali’s constitutional court names coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita as country’s transitional President
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Mali’s constitutional court names coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita as country’s transitional President

Colonel Assimi Goita, leader of the post-coup junta in Mali has been named as the country's transitional President by the constitutional court. The ruling issued late on Friday May 28, said Assimi Goita would “lead the transition process to its conclusion” and carry the title of “president of the transition, head of state”. The court said Goita who led the first coup last August, which saw the elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta forced out of office, was named as the transitional President due to the "vacancy in the presidency". On Monday May 24, the two men tasked with steering the country back to civilian rule, interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were detained by soldiers. Col Goita said that both men had failed in their duties and were seeking to s...
INEC Holds Meeting with Security Agencies
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INEC Holds Meeting with Security Agencies

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday May 27, held an emergency meeting on election security with heads of security agencies at the INEC headquarters in Abuja. The meeting was convened after the electoral commission's facilities across the country were attacked. The meeting was attended by National Security Adviser Babagana Mongunu, the Director-General National Intelligence Agency Ahmed Abubakar, the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, the acting Inspector General of the Police Alkali Usman. Also in attendance were the representatives of the Chief of Defense Staff, as well as heads of the paramilitaries. The NSA is the co-chair of the INEC inter-agencies elections security Committee.
Why Politicians, Students, Must Undergo Drug Test – NDLEA boss, Buba Marwa
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Why Politicians, Students, Must Undergo Drug Test – NDLEA boss, Buba Marwa

The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), has explained why it is important for politicians seeking public office and students seeking admission into higher institutions to undergo drug integrity test. The chairman of the anti-drug agency, gave the explanation in Abuja today May 25 while delivering a paper on Drug Abuse and National Security Challenge: Way Forward, as the guest speaker at the 5th-anniversary lecture of presidential diary magazine. He said as elections come up in the states and across the country, there is the need for the people to entrust the management of their treasury and their well-being in the hands of politicians that have clear minds because no public office holder under the influence of drug...
Oyo Declares Friday Public Holiday
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Oyo Declares Friday Public Holiday

The Oyo state government has announced Friday May 21 as a public holiday, ahead of local government election scheduled to hold in the state. Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa who urged residents of the state to participate in the election, said the public holiday was declared to enable the state conduct a hitch free local government election holding on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Adisa said; “His Excellency, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, has authorised the declaration of Friday, May 21, 2021, as public holiday. “The declaration of the holiday is to enable residents of the state participate freely in the council elections billed to hold on Saturday May 22, 2021. “Every indigene and resident of the state is hereby enjoined to go about his or h...
INEC to Resume Voter Registration on June 28 
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INEC to Resume Voter Registration on June 28 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said it had concluded arrangements to resume Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on Monday, June 28. The commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at their meeting in Abuja with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Yakubu explained the commission was working to update its registration software to accommodate the newly established polling units to enable prospective voters to register. “However, more work still lies ahead. Apart from the CVR, we shall continue our preparations for two bye-elections scheduled for June 19 in Sabon Gari State Constituency in Kaduna State and Gwaram Federal Constituency in Jigawa State,” he said. H...
Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda Found Dead in his Bedroom
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Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda Found Dead in his Bedroom

The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has died, the Catholic Church has said. The Archbishop was reportedly found dead in his bedroom on Saturday morning, April 3. He was aged 68. Fr Pius Male Ssentumbw confirmed the news in a statement released on Saturday afternoon. "With deep sorrow, I hereby inform you that our beloved Shepherd, the Archibishop of Kampala Archdiocese, His Grace Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has been called to the House of the Lord. The Archbishop was found dead in his room this morning. We pray that the Almighty and Merciful God may grant him eternal rest. Further arrangements will be communicated later," he said. Dr Lwanga was last seen in public on Friday, April 2, 2021, when he said mass at Rubaga Catholic chur...
2023 presidency: No Decision Yet on Zoning of Presidential Ticket – PDP
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2023 presidency: No Decision Yet on Zoning of Presidential Ticket – PDP

  The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it is yet to decide on the zone to produce its candidate for the 2023 presidential election. PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan who made this known while appearing on Arise news said the party is yet to adopt any of the recommendations made by the Bala Mohammed-led committee, including that of zoning its presidential ticket. He said the proposal which advised that Nigerians from every part of the country be given an opportunity for the purpose of choosing the best candidate was still in review. “Due to enquiries from our members and the general public, it has become important to clarify that PDP is yet to adopt any of the recommendations proposed by the Bala Mohammed‘s Committee on the Review of the 2019 ...
‘You Know you Can’t Leave’ – Laporta to Messi
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‘You Know you Can’t Leave’ – Laporta to Messi

New Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has made a direct plea to Lionel Messi to stay at the club, barely hours after he was sworn into office on Wednesday, March 17. He won club elections last week and has returned to the helm of the club 11 years after leaving the post in 2010. With Lionel Messi nearing the end of his contract and rumors of him leaving the club due to his unhappiness at the club, Laporta has now appealed to the Barca star in a speech he made to members. Prior to his speech, Laporta and Messi, were pictured embracing prior to the new president's speech. Speaking to the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, Laporta said. "In our first spell we had the best players in Barca history, but if we were successful it was because we had stability," Laporta explained. "...
Supreme Court Affirms Sacking of Aguma as APC Chairman in Rivers state
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Supreme Court Affirms Sacking of Aguma as APC Chairman in Rivers state

The Supreme Court has affirmed the sacking of Igo Aguma as the chairman of the caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State. The leadership tussle had divided the party into two blocs; Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe, and also created legal impediments that stopped the party from partaking in the last general elections. The apex court upheld the Court of Appeal judgement which overturned the June 10, 2020 judgment of the Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt, which installed Mr Aguma as the leader of APC in the state and sacked the Ogbobula-led committee which was constituted by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC). It dismissed Mr Aguma’s appeal on grounds of lack of jurisdiction. In the lead judgement prepared by Justice Adamu Jauro an...
Leader Can Be Called Upon To Come Rule Again After Losing Elections – Goodluck Jonathan
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Leader Can Be Called Upon To Come Rule Again After Losing Elections – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, has given reason a politician could be called to come back to lead the people after losing an election. Recall that Jonathan lost his second term bid to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. According to the former Nigerian leader, the way leaders are perceived while in office can play a major role in their political career. Jonathan stated this on Wednesday when he met the representatives of political parties from The Gambia at the closing of a two-day consultative retreat for political parties. He charged African leaders to always pay attention to the way the majority of perceive them and their policies while in office. He said for this reason, even after they lose elections, they can be called back to rule again by popular demand. ...
Xavi Opens up on Replacing Koeman after PSG Crush Barcelona 4-1
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Xavi Opens up on Replacing Koeman after PSG Crush Barcelona 4-1

  Al Sadd manager, Xavi Hernandez, has admitted that, “everyone sees me as a Barcelona coach” and admits that returning to the Nou Camp remains part of his long-term plan. There are speculations surrounding Ronald Koeman’s future with the Catalan club. They further intensified this week, after they were thrashed 4-1 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16. Koeman is seeing questions being asked of his future, especially with presidential elections also about to be held, and Xavi remains one of the strongest contenders for his job. However, Xavi, who spent 17 years in Barcelona’s first team in his playing days, has said on FIFA’s official website: “Right now, I’m at Al Sadd and I’m doing well here. I’m at a big club in Asia, in Qatar. It’s the best tea...
Myanmar Coup: ‘Protesters Face up to 20 Years in Prison if they Obstruct Armed forces’- Myanmar military warns
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Myanmar Coup: ‘Protesters Face up to 20 Years in Prison if they Obstruct Armed forces’- Myanmar military warns

Myanmar's military has warned anti-coup protesters across the country that they could face up to 20 years in prison if they obstruct the armed forces. According to the military, sentences and fines will also apply to those found to incite "hatred or contempt" towards the coup leaders. The new law was announced as armoured vehicles appeared on the streets of several cities. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in protests in recent days demanding the release from detention of their elected leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and the restoration of democracy in Myanmar, after the military carried out a coup on February 1. Her party was elected in a resounding victory last November, but the military has alleged voter fraud without providing proof. In a statement...
‘Kamala Harris will be Impeached in 2022 if Republicans Take Back the House’ – U.S. Senator, Lindsey Graham Warns
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‘Kamala Harris will be Impeached in 2022 if Republicans Take Back the House’ – U.S. Senator, Lindsey Graham Warns

U.S. Senator and Trump ally, Lindsey Graham has warned that if Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in next year’s mid-term elections, Vice President Kamala Harris could face impeachment for her tweet supporting a bail fund for Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer It's the first time a top senator from the Republican party will be admitting to plans by the Republican party to revenge against Democrats for twice impeaching Donald Trump Speaking in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” a day after the U.S. Senate acquitted President Trump, the South Carolina Republican said the former president’s impeachment trial, brought forth because of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots, “opened Pandora’s Box.” and would make Republicans want to pay back. “If you use t...
Politicians Should Not See Elections As Coup – Goodluck Jonathan
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Politicians Should Not See Elections As Coup – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has advised Nigerian politicians not to see elections as coup or war, but rather come together to support whoever emerges winner. Speaking in Yenegoa, the Bayelsa State capital during the thanksgiving/anniversary service to mark Governor Douye Diri’s one year in office, Jonathan also advised those in politics not to play it with bitterness. He said, “Our democratic process is recognised by law, so modern day politicians should not begin to practice democracy and contestation to power as if we were organising coup. “At the end of the political process, we expect that both parties should come together and the winner carries everybody along. Leaders who contested the election must know that it was a political process known by law, and whoe...
Presidency Should be Zoned to the South in 2023 – Governor Ganduje
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Presidency Should be Zoned to the South in 2023 – Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has said that the presidency in 2023 should be zoned to the South. Speaking in an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today which aired on Friday February 12, Ganduje said that though zoning is not enshrined in the constitution, it is however a strategy for winning elections. He said; “The Southern part of the country but there should be a consensus of the members. “Zoning system even though it is not in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is a strategy for winning elections.” When asked if the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has done well for Nigerians since coming into power in 2015, the Kano state Governor said the ruling party under President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership improved on Nigeria’s ...
Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Student Macheted to Death
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Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Student Macheted to Death

A yet-to-be-identified student of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, in Owo, Ondo State, was macheted to death by some unknown persons on Wednesday, February 10. Confirming the incident to newsmen, the public relations officer of the institution, Samuel Ojo, said the reason for the attack is yet to be ascertained. Ojo dismissed rumours that the killing might be connected with the Student Union Government elections which is holding this week. He said there was no evidence to back up the claims that the killing is connected with the SUG elections and that the killing happened outside the polytechnic campus. Ojo added that an official statement on the incident will be released later.
Political Parties, Others Want All Elections Held In 1 Day
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Political Parties, Others Want All Elections Held In 1 Day

As the National Assembly resumes plenary to debate amendment to the Electoral Act, political parties and other stakeholders have called for the conduct of all elections in one day on grounds that it would save cost for the country. The Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) said conducting elections in one day was feasible and doable the way it is done in other developing. The acting national president of IPAC, Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu, who spoke with LEADERSHIP, lamented the enormous resources and time wasted in organising staggered elections. He added that unified elections will address the unnecessary challenge of huge spending and the needless grounding of businesses during multiple elections. As the National Assembly resumes plenary to debate amendment to the Electoral Act,...
Shehu Sani Reacts As The US Impose Visa Ban On Nigerian Politicians
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Shehu Sani Reacts As The US Impose Visa Ban On Nigerian Politicians

Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani reacted as the United States imposed visa sanctions on some Nigerian politicians. Sani, however, notes that the visa restriction would help Nigeria ensure credible and transparent elections. Recall that the US had yesterday imposed a Visa Ban on some politicians involved in rigging the last Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections. Morgan Ortagus, the spokesperson for the Department of State announced the sanction in a statement. However, the former lawmaker stressed that Nigeria’s failure to implement genuine electoral reforms led to foreign sanctions.
Former Governor of Adamawa state, Ngilari dumps PDP for APC
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Former Governor of Adamawa state, Ngilari dumps PDP for APC

Mr James Ngilari, a former Governor of Adamawa has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).   Adamawa state Chairman of APC, Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal said the former governor switched camps with thousands of his supporters after “long consultation.”   Bilal who said the APC at National and state level are making arrangement to officially receive the former PDP member and his supporters, added that they are in contact with the Mai Mala committee to strengthen the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.   He said;   “He told me verbatim that his coming to APC is not to look for any position but to enjoy freedom of political aspiration."
Electronic Voting Is The Only Way To Credible Elections – Jonathan
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Electronic Voting Is The Only Way To Credible Elections – Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan, former president of Nigeria and UN special envoy on crisis management, says for electronic voting is the only way to get to credible elections in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Speaking on the presidential panel of The Osasu Show Symposium 2020, Jonathan said the outcome of elections should be decided by the ballots, not by any other means — not even the courts. “To me if Africa especially will move forward is not just about routine conducts of elections, this year alone in West Africa made up of 15 states, we have five states that had elections,” Jonathan said. “So in terms of regular elections, we are progressing, but are these elections credible? Are they representing a constructional democratic setting is the issue. “Regular elections, fine, but election...
FIFA suspends Ivorian federation election after the body disqualified Didier Drogba from presidential elections
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FIFA suspends Ivorian federation election after the body disqualified Didier Drogba from presidential elections

Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba's hopes of becoming the next president of the Ivory Coast Football Federation has been given a new lifeline after football's governing body, FIFA on Friday August 28th requested the suspension of the Ivory coast Football federation's election after the body disqualified the former Chelsea striker from the elections. FIF's threw away Drogba's candidacy saying he had only received the official support of two of a required four Ivorian clubs. Drogba's election team said on Thursday it expected FIF's decision which claimed he was ineligible to run for the position. "Drogba's staff isn't surprised by this decision to reject the bid. But we remain unfazed. We will react to conform to the texts which surround this election," Mahamadou Sangare, a member of D...
Police Begin Massive Search After Mayor of Seoul is Reported Missing
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Police Begin Massive Search After Mayor of Seoul is Reported Missing

Park Won-soon, the mayor of the South Korean capital Seoul, is missing. According to South Korean police, Park was reported missing by his daughter, at around 5 p.m. Thursday (4 a.m. ET), and the police have launched a massive search for him. Reports from South Korean media say his phones are all o Park, 64, has been Seoul's mayor since 2011, and might contest in the 2022 presidential elections. Park, a former human rights lawyer is regarded as the second most powerful man in the country. He was overwhelmingly reelected as Mayor of Seoul in 2014 and again in 2018. More updates to come as the story develops.
You Have 10 Days Left for Primaries in Edo State – INEC tells political parties
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You Have 10 Days Left for Primaries in Edo State – INEC tells political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has told political parties interested in the Edo state governorship election that they have 10 days to conduct their primary election. The electoral commission's chairman, Mahmood Yakubu made the announcement during an inter-agency consultative committee on election meeting on Wednesday June 17. Mahmood stated that INEC will not extend the deadline for political parties that fail to submit the names of their candidates for the election. He said; All political parties interested in fielding candidates for the election are reminded that they must conclude their primaries for the nomination of candidates in the next ten days,” Yakubu said. “The deadline is Saturday, 27th June, 2020. I must stress that the date is firm and...
Yiaga set to Deploy 500 Observers for Ondo, Edo Governorship Polls
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Yiaga set to Deploy 500 Observers for Ondo, Edo Governorship Polls

Towards ensuring that the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo are given optimal coverage, Yiaga Africa has disclosed that it will be deploying 500 observers for the polls. While stating that observers will also be recruited to monitor procedures at the collation centres across all local governments within the two states, the organization said that the aim was to ensure timely and accurate information about the election process to voters and stakeholders. The Executive Director, Yiaga Africa, Samson Itodo, stated this on Saturday during a virtual meeting held to engaged journalists in the two states on Yiaga Africa’s election project; Watching The Vote, WTV, and its plans for the upcoming elections even as citizens vote amidst COVID-19. The ...
PDP Sweeps Benue LG Election, Takes All 23 Chairmanship, 276 Councilorship Elections
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PDP Sweeps Benue LG Election, Takes All 23 Chairmanship, 276 Councilorship Elections

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has recorded a clean sweep of last Saturday’s council elections held across the 23 Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Benue state. The party also cleared all the 276 available councilorship positions at the poll. Five political parties including the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Labour Party, LP, African Action Congress, AAC, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, participated in the election. Announcing the result of the poll, Chairman of the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission, BSIEC, Mr. Terso Loko said the election was held peacefully in 3,691 polling units across the state. He said the election turned out a huge success without any incidents assuring that the commission would build ...
PFN wants FG to heed calls for restructuring
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PFN wants FG to heed calls for restructuring

As Nigerians celebrate Democracy Day, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has called on Federal Government not to ignore calls by well-meaning Nigerians to restructure the country and its internal security. The body also called on Nigerians to join hands with the Federal Government to fight corruption, strengthen the judiciary and maintain stable democracy. In a telephone interview with The Guardian, PFN’s President, Rev. (Dr.) Felix Omobude said anti-corruption institutions in the country should be keen in fighting corruption and ensure that Nigeria becomes a decent society. He also wants the Nigeria police to be well equipped to fight modern day crimes. Omobude, who is also the General Superintendent of New Covenant Gospel Church in Benin City, Edo State, said until elec...
Joan Laporta Hopes To Bring Pep Guardiola Back To Barcelona
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Joan Laporta Hopes To Bring Pep Guardiola Back To Barcelona

The Manchester City manager has found success away from the Catalan club, but the man who initially hired him has his sights set on a reunion Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he hopes to bring Pep Guardiola back to the club as he prepares to run in the club’s presidential elections next year. Laporta was previously in charge at the Camp Nou from 2003-10, a period where Barca began their rise towards the Guardiola-led dynasty. It was during Guardiola's tenure as manager from 2008-12 that Barcelona arguably put together its most dominant team, claiming La Liga three times and the Champions League twice as part of a total haul of 14 major trophies.
INEC In Dilemma As Coronavirus Threatens Edo, Ondo Elections
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INEC In Dilemma As Coronavirus Threatens Edo, Ondo Elections

As the coronavirus pandemic contin­ues to ravage the country, there is confusion at the Indepen­dent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the fate of the governor­ship primaries in Edo and Ondo states as well as the elections, Daily Indepen­dent has gathered. While the governorship elections have been fixed for September 19 in Edo and October 10 in Ondo state, INEC has scheduled June 2 to June 27 for primary elections and nomination of candidates in Edo, while July 2 to July 25 for Ondo. INEC’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at a meeting with resident electoral commissioners, in Abuja, at the weekend had said the commission will rigorously monitor the primaries and apply sanc­tions if needed. He also said given recent experience with some gov­ernorship elections, polit­i...
“We Won’t Campaign During 2023 Elections” – PDP
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“We Won’t Campaign During 2023 Elections” – PDP

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday in Katsina said that it will not campaign in the 2023 elections, due to the failure of the present APC administration at the center, which has made it easy for its takeover of political power at the end of the present tenure. The National Secretary of the party, Senator Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri told newsmen during a briefing in preparation to the ward congress election which held on Saturday that the Buhari administration has failed Nigerians in the past 5 years as demonstrated in the present sufferings they are going through He said ’’every Nigerian whether resident in Aso villa or anywhere else in Nigeria will certainly admit that the present administration has failed, as they couldn’t even deliver their three point agenda: economy, sec...
2019 Election Will Be Last Manual Elections — INEC
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2019 Election Will Be Last Manual Elections — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Thursday that with the proposed reform of the electoral Act, the 2019 election may be the last “mainly manual” election in Nigeria. Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakub said this is achievable with the support of the National Assembly, tasking the lawmakers to expedite action on the amendment of the electoral Act. He spoke in Lagos during the opening of a two day retreat with the National Assembly Committees on Electoral Matters. The retreat was declared open by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo Agege with members of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Electoral Matters in attendance. The Chairman said part of the proposed reform in the electoral system was to deepen the deplo...
President of Guinea Bissau Resigns After one Day in Office
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President of Guinea Bissau Resigns After one Day in Office

Guinea Bissau’s rival president, Mr Cipriano Cassamá, has resigned from his post, just after one full day in office, According to him, he took the step due to death threats, stating that his life was in danger, and he has no security. Mr Cassamá said; “I have no security, my life is in danger, the life of my family is in danger, the life of this people is in danger. I cannot accept that, that is why I took this decision”. Cipriano Cassamá was chosen by lawmakers as president following disputed elections in December. This was despite the fact that former army general Umaro Cissoko Embaló had already been sworn in as president at a hotel in the capital, Bissau. The ruling PAIGC party is contesting that result in the supreme court. Despite the resignation of one presiden...
Mind your business and leave Lagos politics… APC Lagos tells Oyo State Governor, Makinde
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Mind your business and leave Lagos politics… APC Lagos tells Oyo State Governor, Makinde

Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday advised Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde to focus on the challenge of governing his state, instead of day-dreaming about how the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) can win elections in Lagos in 2023. The party said, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo, that the Oyo State governor did not speak on his future permutation for Lagos PDP from a vantage point of experience. The statement reads: “My candid advice to Governor Makinde is this Igbo proverb that ‘those whose palm kernels were broken for them by some benevolent spirit should learn to be humble’. “His Excellency is apparently still excited that he managed to attain his dream office after series of electoral defeats. He needs not forget tha...
Military Alone Can’t Defeat Boko Haram-Olabode George
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Military Alone Can’t Defeat Boko Haram-Olabode George

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George has faulted military approach to counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast, noting that only dialogue can end the insurgency by Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWA). George, a former military governor of Ondo State, has also lamented the kind of carnage taking place in the north due to the activities of banditry, insurgency and kidnapping, describing it as a national malady that requires a result-oriented approach. He has equally described the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari as the war against some perceived enemies, faulting the president for failing to investigating the case of two bullions vans driven in the Ikoyi residence of the National ...
Millionaire Businessman Andrew Yang Ends his Presidential Campaign after Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary
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Millionaire Businessman Andrew Yang Ends his Presidential Campaign after Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary

Businessman Andrew Yang has decided to end his Democratic party presidential bid after Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg came out tops in the Democratic primary elections that held in New Hampshire on Tuesday night. In the New Hampshire primary - Bernie defeated second-placed Pete Buttigieg but by a margin of less than 2% while Amy Klobuchar came third, Elizabeth Warren fourth while former VP Joe Biden crashed to fifth place on a disastrous night for who was once seen as a front runner in the race.                                 Yang, buoyed by a new set of fans known as the Yang Gang, announced he will be halting his electoral ambitions after also doing badly in the Iowa primaries last week. "While there is great work left to be done, you know I am the math guy, and it is clea...
INEC De-registers 74 Political Parties
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INEC De-registers 74 Political Parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has de-registered 74 political parties leaving just 18 others. Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, made this known at a news conference in Abuja today Thursday February 6th. According to the electoral umpire, the commission carried out a review of the performance of political parties after the 2019 general elections to ascertain the ones that qualify. See full list of the 18 recognised parties and the 74 deregistered parties below Below is a list of the de-registered parties AAP – Advanced Allied Party ABP – All Blending Party ACD- Advanced Congress Of Democrats ACPN – Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria AD – Alliance For Democracy AGA – All Grassroots Alliance AGAP – All Grand Alliance Party ...
77-year-old Joe Biden Says he Needs a VP Who can Take over Immediately’ if he Dies in Office if Elected US President
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77-year-old Joe Biden Says he Needs a VP Who can Take over Immediately’ if he Dies in Office if Elected US President

Former US Vice-president Joe Biden has stated that he could die while in office if elected as US president this year. Biden is the favorite to clinch the Democratic slot for President in the upcoming 2020 US presidential elections and will battle it out with Trump if he clinches the nomination, but says he will need to select a vice president who can quickly assume presidency in case he dies.   Biden's reference about his age came after a man in the crowd asked if he would pick Senator Kamala Harris to be his VP. Harris dropped out of the race to be president in December but if Biden manages to reach the White House, he would be the oldest president ever elected as by that time, he will be 78. 'I can think of at least eight women, at least four or five people of...
“I’ll Conduct Fresh Local Govt Elections In Imo State” – Hope Uzodinma
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“I’ll Conduct Fresh Local Govt Elections In Imo State” – Hope Uzodinma

The newly sworn in Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, on Monday, said he plans to conduct fresh elections into the twenty-seven local government councils in the state, in line with the existing local government laws of Imo. The Governor made the revelation when the chairmen of traditional rulers from the 27 local government areas of Imo State led by the Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Majesty, Eze Agunwa Ohiri paid him a courtesy call in his office. In a statement made available to us by the Governor’s spokesman, he said Uzodinma reminded the monarchs that their role cannot be over emphasized in ensuring peace and tranquility. “The governor assured them that his policies will meet the yearnings and aspirations of Imo people,” the statement added...
Judgement of Supreme Court does not Reflect Voting during Elections — Ihedioha
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Judgement of Supreme Court does not Reflect Voting during Elections — Ihedioha

The immediate past governor of Imo state, RT. Honourable Emeka Ihedioha has condemned the Tuesday judgement of the supreme court, led by the Chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammed, that declared Hope Uzodinma of the APC Governor-Elect of Imo state, saying it in contravention of the will of the people and does not reflect the voting that took place during the elections. In a statement obtained by Vanguard, Ihedioha stated that the Supreme Court verdict came as a rude shock and surprise considering the facts on the ground, and legal precedence. The statement reads in part: “I am reporting back to you our great Imo people on the fate of the mandate you freely gave to me as Governor and Engr. Gerald Irona as Deputy Governor. This mandate has now been truncated and cut shor...

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