During the Saturday election, reports of electoral violence and misconducts fuelled the internet. Some were reports where Igbos were being disenfranchised and some others, just simply disturbing. In all the madness from the Saturday election, INEC, Independent electoral commission, did nothing of any significance to address the situation. One begins to wonder what they did with the extra one week added to the preparation for the presidential election.
The police has confirmed the death of two persons after unknown gunmen opened fire at a polling unit in Amukpe, near Sapele in Delta state.
According to reports, the deceased were voters trying to cast their votes along Old Eku road Amukpe when the attack took place.
According to the police, the gunmen stormed the polling units when the voting was still ongoing and rained bullets at the voters leaving two persons dead on the spot while several others were badly injured.
Those injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where they are being tendered to.
The police say investigations are underway, assuring that those who carried out the attack will be apprehended.Read More
Following the rescheduling of the 2019 general elections, an international election observer group, the Pan African Women Project based in South Africa has appealed to the Federal Government to extend the visas of all foreign observers to enable them to stay until March 9, 2019.
The publicity secretary of the organization, Mphoentle Keitseng, made the appeal at a joint press briefing on the general elections by domestic and international observers in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
“The Nigerian government should instruct the Comptroller General of Immigration to extend the visas for all foreign observers enabling to stay until the March the 9th 2019 general elections,” said Ms. Keitseng.
The group expressed confidence in the ability of INEC to conduct the elections on the rescheduled dates but cautioned, “The Nigerian government should take into cognizance that the entire world is watching with keen interest, the entire electoral process by Nigeria.
“Many measures are put in place by different observer groups to ensure that the 2019 general elections will be transparent and credible and should meet all international standards. As such, further postponement should be avoided.”
She asked INEC to work assiduously towards instilling confidence in the process by constantly and timeously updating the public on its activities towards the election, just as the group also called on Nigerians to remain calm and support INEC and the electoral process.Read More
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised Nigerians to hold the President, Muhammadu Buhari responsible for any electoral crisis.
This follows the President’s statement during the caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ordering security operatives to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections next Saturday, February 23, 2019.
In a statement by the spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, says, “We want Nigerians and the international community to hold President Buhari personally responsible for any electoral crisis.
The PDP accused the President and the APC of plots to trigger widespread political crisis “to derail our democratic process and plunge our nation into anarchy”.
According to them the President’s statement is a direct call for jungle justice and attempt to divert public attention from their closed session.
“We do hope that this call by President Buhari is not camouflaged for the fake soldiers mobilized by the APC to shoot at innocent Nigerians, snatch ballot boxes and execute their rigging plans on the election day. It is indeed a license to kill, which should not come from any leader of any civilized nation.
“The underlining fact to the above is that President Buhari and APC leaders, upon getting to their voting constituencies last Saturday, realized that there is a nationwide rejection of Buhari’s re-election bid, and this has thrown them into a panic mode.
“We are aware that President Buhari, who had earlier boasted that nobody can ‘unseat’ him, is bent on using every dictatorial and tyrannical act to truncate the process of a free, fair and credible election”.
The PDP also alleged there have been moved by the presidency to reshuffle the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in order to deploy compromised officials to manipulate the electoral process in favour of the APC.
“Our party is also aware of the pressure being mounted by the Buhari Presidency on INEC to cancel elections in some states and make others inconclusive so as to achieve President Buhari’s objectives of a staggered election not minding the crisis such will trigger across the federation.
Nevertheless, the PDP wants to assure President Buhari that our nation is bigger than him and that Nigerians will never allow him and the APC to rig this election.
Nigerians have reached an irreversible democratic consensus to vote Buhari out and elect the Peoples Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who is ready to rescue our nation from the hardship, anguish, agony and bloodletting which the Buhari administration has plunged us.
The endorsement of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, by the Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has driven the group into splits.
Speaking in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on behalf of the ACF in the North Central zone, a founding member of the forum who is also a lawmaker in the Benue State House of Assembly, Audu Sule, said the endorsement was in breach of the constitution of the forum.
Mr. Audu Sule who made reference to parts of their constitution noted that the forum explicitly agrees that it is a non-political organization, and wondered why the forum would adopt a member when other members and Northern Nigerian citizens are also standing in the same election with President Buhari.
The ACF in a statement by its chairman, Musa Kwande, on Tuesday announced the group’s endorsement of President Buhari for a second term ahead of the presidential election scheduled to hold on Saturday.
He noted that the ACF came to the decision after carefully studying the antecedents of the major presidential candidates, the manifestoes and policy documents of their parties, alongside the need for social, political and economic stability in the country.
“The decision on who to elect should not be based on any form of inducements, mob hysteria, intimidation or false promises, but by calm and deliberate consideration of the candidates’ qualities of leadership, performance and moral standing in their public and private lives,” he stated.
The ACF explained that President Buhari deserved a second term to consolidate on his achievements, given the strides made by the Buhari administration to improve and reposition the nation economically.Read More
The Federal Government has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have dirty plans to orchestrate a crisis and trigger a sense of panic among the populace with respect to the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
According to a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, he said that the plot confirms the alarm raised by the Federal Government on Jan. 21st and Feb. 3rd 2019 that the PDP is planning to scuttle the election and, where that fails, discredit it.
He said in the days ahead, PDP bigwigs, including its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, his running mate Peter Obi, PDP Governors and others, are planning a world press conference in order to level frivolous and unfounded allegations against the federal government and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Alhaji Mohammed said that part of the false allegations they plan to make is that the Presidency, in connivance with the APC, is planning to force the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce presidential election results that are favourable to the government in power, on the basis of the false premise that the APC’s intelligence team is worried that the ruling party would lose the elections.
He said the PDP bigwigs also plan to use their world press conference to further disparage the Buhari Administration as well as the ruling APC, with a view to painting an unfavourable image of both to Nigerians and the international community and to put the government on the defensive in the run-up to the polls.
The Minister said the PDP’s last joker is a two-hour live press conference to be addressed by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, on Feb. 14th, the last day of electioneering campaign, to chronicle all their concocted allegations and lies against the ruling government, cast aspersion on government and ruling party officials and throw innuendos here and there.
”As electioneering campaign winds down, the PDP has realized that it cannot possibly win a free, fair and credible polls. It has thus resorted to engaging in red herring, hauling insults and abuses at the federal government and ruling party officials and making outlandish allegations with a view to creating a sense of panic and crisis.
”The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari, a man respected globally for his integrity, has continuously assured that the elections will be free, fair, credible and peaceful. He has warmly welcomed observers, both local and foreign., because he has nothing to hide, and because he is sure that the achievements of his Administration will win him re-election.
”We are therefore calling on all Nigerians and the international community to disregard any attempt to scuttle or discredit the polls. We urge observers to keep an open mind. There is no cause for alarm, except in the warped imagination of the PDP, which has entered the panic mode and is already ruing the loss of another general election even before it has been held,” he said.Read More
The Spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organization, Buba Galadima has said that Atiku Abubakar will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the Northwest, when the presidential polls hold, this February.
“I want to say that in the Northwest, namely Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kano, Jigawa and Kaduna, Atiku will defeat Buhari 60 to 40 percent on the minimum” Galadima claimed.
The PDP spokesman made the assertion as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
He also claimed that the PDP presidential candidate will divide the votes 50 to 50 with Buhari even in the president’s home state, Katsina.
Galadima also said that there is no likelihood of President Buhari defeating Atiku in the Northeast, except Borno where he opined that no elections are likely to hold because “20 local governments will be voting from Maiduguri IDP camps”.
He speculated that President Buhari will lose his deposits in the Middle Belt, adding that the same feat will be experienced in the Southwest.
The PDP spokesman said he is confident that in the South-south and Southeast the opposition party will return nothing less than 85 percent.
Galadima said that the mammoth crowd seen at venues of recent APC rallies are charades, he claims that the people were paid to attend the presidential campaigns of the ruling party.
He alleged that at every campaign that Buhari goes to in an APC controlled state, local governments are empowered with twenty to forty-five million nairas to purchase people and bring them to these rallies, and suddenly Buhari starts addressing the crowd and they all disappear because they must fulfill the contract for which they were brought in.
He claimed that in Kaduna, Atiku gathered twice the number that Buhari gathered, adding that the same feat was experienced in Kano.
“One Local Government rally by Kwankwaso is more than the global rally that was organized for Buhari after spending nearly one billion naira,” Galadima said.
He also said that the present government is a government of exclusion, adding that it is a government operating on the theories of nepotism and bedeviled by corruption.
Galadima said, “It is shameful that somebody who rides on the issue of corruption will raise the hand of a thief, certified crook, and say this is our candidate”.
“In Kano, you have seen the President raising the hand of a corrupt individual, a corrupt person that the whole nation has seen taking bribes, they are talking of corruption, that man belongs to them.
“They brought people from Niger, my good friend the Sultanate of Damagaram and two Governors from the Niger Republic, they are already telling us that they will bring aliens to vote for them,” Galadima alleged.
Reacted to the recent endorsement of Atiku Abubakar by leaders of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta forum, the Middle Belt Forum, and a faction of Afenifere.
He said those who endorsed Atiku are respected elder statesmen, adding that it was a clear show of unity by tribes and regions that previously do not see eye-to-eye.Read More
Former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili has finally responded to claims made by the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN). According to the party's chairman, she has been using the party to lobby for the role of finance minister under President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party also accused Ezekwesili of spending campaign funds without accountability. The allegations came after Ezekwesili unexpectedly dropped out of the 2019 presidential race.
Ezekwesili replied to the party via a statement on Thursday.
The statement reads;
No amount of lies can stop the emergence of a new political mindset and order
Three hours ago, I arrived far-flung Cabo in Mexico where our Albert Einstein’s Genius100 Visionaries meeting is holding. I was delighted to read reactions of real patriots to my announcement that I’ve decided to withdraw from the 2019 Presidential race & end my membership of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria – ACPN. I have also seen the reaction of ACPN leadership to my decision.
Fortunately, they have divinely helped me by making the Nigerian public now fully understand why I had to swiftly depart from their midst. How could I upon realizing the divergence of values and vision with the leadership of the Party continue to stand on such a political platform? My abiding vision has been to mobilize citizens to disrupt the old order politics of APCPDP.
Nigeria and Nigerians deserve a New Order of ethical, competent and capable leadership which I had mistakenly assumed the ACPN was aligned with me to offer until it proved otherwise. The values and vision divergence with the Party was a key factor that triggered my withdrawal from the Presidential race on their ticket prompting me to dissociate immediately in order to help build a coalition for Good Governance. It is why I was instant in sacrificing my candidacy to uphold my values by withdrawing.
The Party’s decision to immediately today endorse the candidate of APC which was announced by my erstwhile VP candidate who is also the Chairman of ACPN was their classic political entrepreneurship in full display for Nigerians to see. It is instructive.
The Party leadership’s transactional approach to Politics began to manifest in their attitude following after the Convention that adopted me as their Presidential Candidate. All who know me can attest that I detest transactional mindset. I would have none of such and therefore extremely delighted to part ways after a tumultuous three months of hoping that the ACPN leadership would elevate to the new values of disruptive politics that one had desired for and preached within the Party.
As for the defamatory statements made against my person by the ACPN leadership in their malicious statement, I want Nigerians to know that there is NO IOTA of truth in any of them. Everything ACPN wrote or said of the campaign donations is fabrication&outright lies. Our Campaign was conducted with the highest level of transparency and accountability with impeccable evidence. I know and can guarantee that at all times because these standards firmly underpin my commitment to lasting values and professionalism.
Only those who desperately wish to believe falsehoods would lend any credence to such puerile accusations by the leadership of ACPN. Only those who pretend ignorance of my legendary and uncompromising passion for accountability would give heed to such baseless statement.
I have declined any interviews until my return to Nigeria upon which I shall hold a World Press Conference to engage Nigerians on the actions I shall take even as we present a full report of our 3-month old Campaign for the 2019 presidential election to the public.
I want to again thank all who supported us in the last three months with their talent, time and treasure to run a formidable Campaign. Without your support, we would never have attained the height #Hope2019achieved. You gave our Disruptive Campaign real VALUE.
We shall at the World Press Conference also provide insights into the citizens’ movement that we are energized and committed to building. There is no end to our zeal to end the reign of Bad Politics in our country.
Finally, take it from me that WE shall definitely build the Coalition force that will terminate the poverty escalating governance of the two dominant parties in the 2019 election.
We are citizens of Nigeria.
And we are resolved.Read More
24-hours ago, Oby Ezekwesili the presidential candidate of the ACPN had announced her withdrawal from the 2019 presidential race. According to her, she is opting out to build a coalition to take down APC and prevent PDP from winning the election.
The reason she gave might have been plausible if her political party isn't endorsing president Buhari's re-election campaign.
Though INEC has rejected her withdrawal, Senator Ben Murray Bruce in a subtle way also seems to agree with a post that refers to Ezekwesili as a ‘Yahoo Boy’ by retweeting a message that reads;
‘declare for President. Collect donations into millions. Refuse to campaign. Quit race. Become richer. Madam Oby Ezekwesili is a yahoo boy’.
The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be transparent in appointing electoral officers for the general elections.
This was made known in a statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Director, Media, and Publicity Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday.
He said, “The PPCO calls on INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to ensure that the process of appointing electoral officers is transparent.
“Our party also insists that no university Vice-Chancellor or lecturer, who, at any point in time has manifested or expressed any form of
partisanship should be allowed to participate in the electoral process”.
The PPCO further called for the names of all electoral officers at all levels to be made public ahead of the elections, for all stakeholders
to assess the neutrality of such officers in their respective constituencies.
“We, therefore, demand that the process must be checked and conducted with strict compliance with the assurances of the INEC Chairman, that it will be credible and transparent.
“It is important to state that our party is not in the arena of conflict with INEC but as a political party and critical stakeholder in the 2019 elections, we have the responsibility to point out pitfalls that can endanger the electoral process and lead to a slide into chaos”.
The party also said that it is a responsible political party. “Our members, followers and teeming supporters cut across all the 120,000 polling units in our nation. The PDP, therefore, is a major stakeholder in the 2019 general election and even beyond.
“As such, INEC should stop engaging the PDP and other political parties as if we are enemies. The commission must consider all propositions and objections pointed out by the PDP and other opposition parties as measures that will foster free, fair, transparent and credible elections.
The PPCO restates that the PDP and our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as well as all our candidates in all the elections at all levels, are ready and set for the elections.
“Our Presidential candidate is vigorously campaigning across the nooks and crannies of our country consolidating on the consensus already attained by Nigerians across the divides to elect him as the next President of our beloved country.
“Meanwhile let it be known that anything short of a free, fair, clear and credible election will not be acceptable, not only to the PDP but also to the entire nation”.