Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jubilation in Ibadan, Lagos, Kano, Minna, Uyo, others

NIGERIANS took to streets yesterday in Ibadan, Lagos, Kano, Niger, Lokoja, Kaduna, Sokoto, Maiduguri and others jubilating from the moment it was confirmed that All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) would be declared as the country’s president-elect.

Men, women, youths and children, in joy, shouted: “Sai Baba, Sai Buhari” as they celebrated.

At Sabo area of Ibadan, residents, most especially northerners, brought out brooms, shouting “Sai Baba”, “Sai Buhari” as motorists had hectic time linking Adamasingba due to gridlock.

Some of the celebrants were on bikes, riding up and down the streets. A cow with the logo of the APC was bought for residents’ entertainment. A disc jockey was on hand to entertain the people.

It was the same story at Challenge, Gate, Iwo-Road, Felele, Ojoo and other areas.

Lagos residents also trooped  out in their thousands yesterday night to celebrate the emergence of the APC presidential candidate and his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The Hausas took over Ketu and Mile 12 axis of Ikorodu road, shouting: “Say Baba, Say Buhari”.

Lining up the two sides of the express road, they carried high the campaign banners of Buhari/Osinbajo and the state APC governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode from Mile 12 market towards Ketu/Ojota shouting: “Sai Baba, Sai Buhari”.

The crowd caused gridlock among vehicles going to Owode/Ikorodu, forcing motorists to chorus the victory slogan.

Some northerners also took to beating drums and playing their traditional flutes as others danced in circles in celebration.

In Kano, it was wide elation, as the news of Gen. Buhari’s victory filtered into town. Youths in their hundreds stormed the streets in celebration.

Some of the youths engaged in acrobatic display with their motorbikes and tricycles, with majority of them waving brooms – the symbol of the APC.

Minna, the Niger State capital, was also enveloped with joy as the youth, party members and supporters rejoiced.

As soon as the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Returning Officer for the presidential election, Prof. Attahiru Jega, adjourned sitting for the collation of result from Borno by 6pm, the youth took to the streets.

In what was like an instantaneous reaction, horn blaring cars and motorcycles with jubilating youths took to the streets, waving brooms and APC flags, Buhari’s banners and posters.

From Chanchaga through Tunga to Mobil, Bosso and Tundu-Fulani, the jubilating teams took over the roads.

At Maitumbi, Saiko, Limawa, Nikangbe, Dutsen Kura, Maikukunle and Kapgunku, youths were seen rejoicing and celebrating.

Thousands of APC supporters also trooped to the streets of Kaduna in wild jubilation.

The supporters, who were on motorcycles, bicycles, Keke NAPEP and cars, carried brooms and started chanting ‘Sai Baba’ and sweeping major Kaduna streets.

Though Kaduna city was very quiet in the early hours of yesterday, at about 4pm, APC supporters stated gathering at major junctions like Ungwar Sarki, Tudun Wada and Ahmadu Bello Way.

As at the time of filing this report, rumour of dusk-to-dawn curfew was going round, but the residents were unconcerned.

In Sokoto, thousands of APC supporters and well-wishers of its presidential candidate yesterday started jubilating the anticipated victory of the candidate before the official announcement by Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega.

The streets of Sokoto, the state capital, were agog with jubilant youths, most of who entertained the crowd with their bikes.

Maiduguri and Emir Yahaya roads were taken over by the youth.

Residents also took to the streets in Lokoja, even as results from Borno State were yet to be officially announced by INEC.

Thousandsof Maiduguri residents also rejoiced before Gen. Buhari was officially declared winner of the election.

Security operatives also joined in the celebration, shooting sporadically in the air and blowing sirens on high speed with their vehicles on the streets of Maiduguri.

In Yobe State, Damaturu, the state capital, also went into wild celebration as APC supporters trooped out to celebrate the victory.

The youth besieged the Damaturu central roundabout and major streets, chanting party slogans.

The Nation gathered that Potiskum, Gashua, Nguru, Geidam and other major towns were also in celebration mood.

Many of the people were happy that their votes counted.

In Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, supporters of APC were not left out.

They brandished brooms, singing and dancing along the major roads in the state capital.

The state APC governorship candidate, Umana Okon Umana, described the victory as a historic moment for Nigeria.

Umana explained that Gen. Buhari has the required skills, experience and capacity to turn Nigeria around economically and politically.

Also, a member of the Board of Trustees of PDP, Don Etiebet, said the victory was as a result of rebellion against the PDP.

Etiebet described President Goodluck Jonathan’s action in congratulating Gen. Buhari victory as a new beginning for the nation’s politics.

Source: The Nation

Dusk-to-dawn curfew in Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state.
The governor, in a broadcast to the people, said the curfew takes effect from 7.30 pm to 6 am.
He advised people to be moderate in their reaction to the result of the presidential election, which the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, won.
The curfew is believed to have been imposed to prevent wild jubilation in the opposition camp, which may provoke members of the ruling party and other Jonathan sympathisers.
The governor urged Nigerians to accept the result of the presidential election in good faith, saying the outcome of the poll reflects the will of God and Nigerians.
He said the result also reflects the will of all lovers of peace, progress and development of Nigeria.
A statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, hailed the resilience and commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Buhari.
The governor said the election results should not be seen as victory or loss for any party, adding: “To me, Nigerians and democracy won.”
He praised Nigerians for believing in the democratic process.
“By this election, Nigerians have shown that democracy has come to stay in the country.”
Fayose said: “I salute Nigerians, especially the people of Ekiti State.
“I salute President Jonathan for laying the most solid foundation for democracy in Nigeria.  And I salute Major General Buhari for being a resilient and dogged fighter.
“I urge Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation to respect the outcome of the election in the interest of peace, progress and development of the country.
“Nigeria, as a country, is greater than any individual or group and it is my plea that no one should do anything to rock the boat of peace in the country.”

Source:Thé Nation

I regret my action, says Orubebe

A former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe has apologized to Nigerians for his infamous act during the collation of the Presidential election results Tuesday.
Orubebe said he sincerely regretted his action as he allowed his emotion to betray him.
He pleaded with Niger Delta youths not to perpetrate violence because of the election of the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
He explained that politics is an emotional thing and that was what happened and it is not something he would want to happen again.
The former minister had disrupted proceeding for about 30 minutes while also accusing the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega of being biased.
Orubebe, who was one of the agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the National Collation Centre in the discharge of his duties, expressed his regrets during an interaction with newsmen at the National Collation Centre in Abuja.
He also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his statesmanship in congratulating General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory.
He said the President’s acceptance of defeat was the right thing to do.
He said: ‎”Election is a passionate thing and I really regretted what took place this morning. I was unnecessarily pushed by Jega to get to that level and I did make that statement.
“I want to apologise particularly to young Nigerians that look up to take politics as a career to say that what happened was not intended to cause them any embarrassment.
“To Nigerians generally, I regret my actions as even an elder in the Church, and a leader, the young men expected to see a lot from me and I believe that if there was any disappointment they got from me I apologize to Nigerians and to the youths of this country.”
A sober Orubebe asked Niger Delta youths not to take the laws into their hands on the outcome of the Presidential Election.
He added: “We have always talked about peace in this country and remember that when there was crisis in Niger Delta, I was one of the architects that sacrificed to go the creeks to tell the militants that we need peace in this country alongside President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Politics is a process, today it is Mr. A, tomorrow is Mr. B. That is why I am saying that we should be talking about the unity of this country. We shouldn’t be talking about sectional things; we shouldn’t be talking about religion.
“God has a reason for bringing us together in this geographical area called Nigeria. We should live as one and if we are given responsibility to do anything, we should fair to all and treat everybody equally. But I believe that tomorrow is another day. If today is somebody else turn, tomorrow can be another person’s turn.
“So I believe in the unity and peace of this country, I believe the young ones that are coming up will learn from us the way these things are handled. We have seen what the president did and we are also following in his footstep. So I speak to them to embrace peace, to look forward to see another great day.”
On President Jonathan’s sportsmanship attitude, he said: “Two things are in place. The president is the president of everybody, whether he contested with Buhari or not. He has seen the results displayed everywhere and it is only one that is remaining and he has also seen that even if he wins that one the figures as presented by INEC keeps Buhari on lead. As a statesman and as a president he has done what he should do.”
Orubebe however was not categorical on whether PDP will accept the results of the Presidential Election or not.
He said the PDP agents had a duty to submit a report of their observations at the National Collation Centre to the headquarters of the party where leaders will make an appropriate statement.
‎He said: “I cannot decide, for PDP is a large family, we are sent on an errand you go and be an agent, see what is happening there and come back to report to us. We will go and report to the party and the party will take the necessary action it has to take.
‎”The rest is for PDP as a party to get briefing from us and make a statement. You remember what happened in Ekiti recent governorship election, the governor congratulated his opponent and the party went back and said this is what they have seen. The candidate is not the party, he is a candidate and he has acted very well as a statesman, and as the president, the father of all, for us we are agents to be here to see what transpired here and give report to them.”

Source The Nation

Buhari wins by 2.57 million votes – official result

Main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari won Nigeria’s presidential election by 2.57 million votes, according to official results announced on Wednesday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission said the 72-year-old, from the All Progressives Congress (APC), won 15,424,921 votes or 53.95 percent of the 28,587,564 total valid votes cast.
His nearest rival, President Goodluck Jonathan, 57, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won 12,853,162 (44.96 percent) at the election, which was held on Saturday and Sunday.
INEC chairman Attahiru Jega said: “Muhammadu Buhari, of the APC, having satisfied the requirement for the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”

Source Vanguard

MEND congratulates Buhari

THE Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, has commended the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on his victory in the 2015 presidential elections, saying Nigerians made the right choice.
The group in a statement by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, said, “The Nigerian people have spoken and elected General Mohammadu Buhari to be the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” adding, “In doing so, we have not only made the right choice of a new leadership, we have also reaffirmed the strength of our democracy.”
“President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari’s message of hope, freedom and opportunity resonates with our group, as it does with the Nigerian people.
In these difficult times, with the economic crisis and security challenges, we are confident that under your leadership, Nigeria will once again regain its peace and unity,” the group asserted.‎
MEND also lauded President Goodluck Jonathan for his outstanding show of statesmanship “in conceding defeat and setting precedence as the first ever incumbent Nigerian President to be defeated and concede defeat, without any interference.”


With Buhari’s victory, I’ll surely go on exile – Bode George

George had said in an interview that he would proceed on exile if the APC wins at the federal level.
Speaking with Vanguard, on the PDP’s defeat at the polls, the PDP chieftain said “What will I be doing here? I can decide to go and live anywhere. Look at everyone surrounding him (Buhari).
”So, I am not joking about it, what will I be doing here? At 70, what will I be doing here? All we have been doing to restructure the country has been lost. We have been trying to ensure balance in the polity but all that has gone. What else will I be doing here?”


‎PDP vows to challenge Buhari’s ‎victory at tribunal

The  Peoples Democratic Party has said it will challenge the outcome of the March 28 presidential election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, through its Chairman and Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Wednesday morning, declared  Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.)‎ of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the election.
The PDP through its agent at the National Collation Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, when the final result was declared, had refused to sign the result sheet despite its candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, having earlier conceded defeat.
‎The agent of the PDP, Bello Fadile, who was in attendance when parties were being called upon to sign the result sheet, told journalists shortly after the result was declared that the party was not satisfied with the outcome of the election and had decided to challenge it at the election tribunal.
“Whether I sign it (the result sheet) or I don’t sign it,  does not make any difference. It doesn’t invalidate the result‎. When we go to court, then we can challenge the result,” Fadile said.
When asked to confirm if the PDP will challenge the result at the presidential election petitions tribunal, Fadile added, “Sure! The party petitioned. Don’t forget. So the party will follow through the petition. There are rules for this. The law is there.
“The result was declared on the 1st of April, I think. We will follow the due process. Like the president (Jonathan) said, ‘If you have any grievances, follow due process and the due process in this instance is to go to the tribunal.”

Source :Punch

President Jonathan to PDP: Celebrate, don’t mourn

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said despite his defeat in the hands of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) of the All Progressives Congress in the last presidential election, the Peoples Democratic Party should be celebrating rather than mourning.

In his statement after the announcement of the election result, Jonathan said the PDP should be rejoicing because it had in the last 16 years steered the country away from ethnic and regional politics.

He said, “To my colleagues in the PDP, I thank you for your support. Today, the PDP should be celebrating rather than mourning. We have established a legacy of democratic freedom, transparency, economic growth and free and fair elections.

“For the past 16 years, we have steered the country away from ethnic and regional politics. We created a Pan-Nigerian political party and brought home to our people the realities of economic development and social transformation.

“Through patriotism and diligence, we have built the biggest and most patriotic party in Nigerian history. We must stand together as a party and look to the future with renewed optimism.”

The President thanked all Nigerians for the opportunity given him to lead the country.

He assured them that he would continue to do his best at the helms of national affairs until the end of his tenure on May 29.

Jonathan disclosed that he had conveyed his personal best wishes to Buhari and prayed that God continue to bless Nigeria.

While thanking Nigerians for turning out en-masse for the March 28 elections, he said he had kept his promise to bequeath the culture of free and fair elections to the country.

He added that he had also expanded the space for Nigerians to participate in the democratic process, saying that is one legacy he would like to see endure.

Jonathan said although some people have expressed mixed feelings about the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, those who might feel aggrieved should follow due process based on the constitution and electoral laws in seeking redress.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

'My life is not easy' Justin Bieber on the downfalls of fame

The 21-year-old singer has been through a rocky few years, after being dogged with law suits and legal woes and a high profile break-up.

But the Boyfriend hit-maker has turned a corner in recent months, bringing the focus back on the music.

Chatting candidly to USA Today, Biebs, 21, revealed that he has learned from his mistakes, explaining he had to learn the hard way to get back on top.

"I had to see the downs to appreciate the ups, and know what I want. I'm the type of person who has to learn the hard way", Justin admitted.

SUPERSTAR: Justin is worth over £100million [GETTY]

"Sometimes I just have to see what it feels like. But I got to the point where I wasn't happy, I wasn't who I wanted to be."

And the singer, who is worth over £100million, hit back at those who claim it is easy to be him.

"Unless you’re stupid, I don’t think you would think it’s easy to be who I am", he ranted.

"Just use your head, you’ll understand that my life is not easy."

Justin is report idly being sued by his neighbor after the popstar attacked his house with eggs.

HARD LIFE: Justin claims his life isn't easy                    ..                                     Source:UK Daily Star 

South Africa braces for Marikana massacre report

The official report into the police killing of 34 South African miners in 2012 has been submitted to the office of President Jacob Zuma, with rights groups demanding that its findings are published immediately.
The president's office said on Tuesday that Zuma, who is currently on a state visit to Algeria, would prioritise the consideration of the report on his return.
Earlier in the day, Phuti Setati, secretary of the Marikana Commission that published the report, said he had no influence over when or whether the Farlam report would be published.

The shooting at Marikana, a town outside Rustenburg in the North West province in South Africa, was the worst violence witnessed in the country since the advent of democracy in 1994.
Evidence presented at the inquiry tarnished police claims that they acted in self-defence when they gunned down the striking miners.
In the days before, 10 other people were killed in other violence around the platinum mine - including non-striking miners, security guards and two police officers who were hacked to death.
'Police revenge'

Lawyers for the dead miners' families blamed the killings on a bout of police revenge, and accused officers of a cover-up.

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry, headed by retired judge Ian Farlam, was established two years ago by Zuma to investigate the deaths.

"President Jacob Zuma must make public the full report as a priority," Deprose Muchena, of Amnesty International, said.

"The surviving victims of the tragic events of Marikana and the families of all those who died have a right to receive justice."

The Marikana Support Campaign group demanded that the report should be published within two months, adding that the evidence heard by the inquiry pointed to some "some weighty conclusions".

Mining house Lonmin was widely criticised during the inquiry for failing to engage with the workers' wage demands.

It has also been blamed for the murders of its security guards and non-striking miners. The mining house has denied any responsibility.

A number of the legal teams recommended that senior police officials - including the former police minister Nathi Mthethwa and national police commissioner Riah Phiyega - be investigated for murder.

They also argued that Lonmin executives should be charged as accomplices. But others fingered South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa contacted the ministers of police and mineral resources in the days leading up to the massacre, pushing for police intervention over the strike.

Ramaphosa was not in government at the time, but a non-executive director of Lonmin and a senior leader in the ruling ANC party.

He has maintained he was simply trying to prevent further violence.
Source: Agencies

Jonathan calls, congratulates Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on his victory in the Saturday’s presidential election.

A top government official told our correspondent that Jonathan had called Buhari on the telephone to congratulate him.

Meanwhile, Jonathan is currently meeting with the leadership of the National Peace Committee for the 2015 general elections, led by a former military leader, Gen. Abdusalami Abdusalami (retd.).

Others at the meeting included the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh; Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onayeikan; and a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mrs. Priscilla Kuye.

The meeting is ongoing.


Fayose praises Buhari, urges Nigerians to accept election results

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has urged Nigerians to accept the outcome of Saturday’s presidential election in good faith, saying; “the election result is the will of God and Nigerians, and all lovers of peace, progress and development of Nigeria must accept it”.
Mr. Fayose, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, hailed the resilience and commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan and Mohammadu Buhari.
The governor said the election results should not been seen as victory or loss for any political party, adding that, “To me, Nigerians and democracy won.”
He praised Nigerians for believing in the democratic process, adding that “by this election, Nigerians have shown that Democracy has come to stay in the country”.
The governor said, “I salute Nigerians, especially the great people of Ekiti State.
“I salute President Jonathan for laying the most solid foundation for democracy in Nigeria. And I salute Major General Buhari for being a resilience and dogged fighter.
“I urge Nigerians, irrespective of their ethic, religious and political affiliation to respect the outcome of the election in the interest of peace, progress and development of the country.
“Nigeria as a country is greater than any individual or group and it is my plea that no one should do anything to rock the boat of peace in the country.”

Gwoza: Soldiers rescue women, children locked up by terrorist

The Defence Head Quarters (DHQ)yesterday, said soldiers on internal security operations in Maiduguri, have rescued a number of hostages including women, the elderly and children locked up by fleeing terrorists at Gwoza.
Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, who made this known in a statement issued in Abuja, said some of the hostages who were so weak are receiving medical attention, while others are being given the necessary care pending the arrival of aid agencies.
The Defence spokesman, who disclosed that   some of the freed hostages were providing useful information to aid troops operations in the area,  said cordon and search along with mopping up operations were ongoing in the town.
In a related development, the DHQ uncovered a bomb  factory in Gwoza. It stated that the  building which was being used for the manufacturing of various calibres of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) was still being carefully evacuated of dangerous materials.
The statement read in part: “Massive destruction of infrastructure and property including blown up bridges and burnt houses including the  Emir’s palace have also been noticeable.  Troops are also carefully removing land mines placed in various parts of the town.
“In Bama, also in Borno State, troops on routine patrol in the suburbs of the town, this morning, recovered a large number of rifles and various arms believed to have been abandoned by terrorists, who fled the area, when troops were advancing to flush them of the town recently.
“Bama was liberated by troops on  March 16, 2015 and troops have since been dominating the town with aggressive patrols to defend it against any further terrorists activities.”.

APC campaign organisation blast Godsday Orubebe for disrupting the annoucement of election results

The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation has said that the display by former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe at the INEC collation centre was a beginning of a sinister thing to come.
Director of Media and Publicity of the organization, Garba Shehu said in a statement in Abuja that Nigerians should watch out for such antics from the PDP and its agents in the coming days.
Shehu, said that the bizarre show of shame by Orubebe underpins a larger plot of the PDP and the Jonathan government to foment crisis and subvert our hard-won democracy.
“Much as disgraceful as the action by Elder Orubebe was this morning, it typifies the kind of things Nigerians should expect from the PDP and its agents, in an expression of their desperation and pent-up frustrations with the popular decisions of Nigerians in the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“We cannot under-rate the frustrations of these people, and we anticipate that they will not hesitate to do the unthinkable to subvert the course of the electoral process and, indeed, democracy in the country.
“We wish to alert that Orubebe’s drama aimed at disrupting the announcement of the results of the presidential election is just act one scene one in a plot that has many more acts and scenes ahead. The elements of the drama might involve a breach of law and order.
“We therefore call on Nigerians to be watchful, vigilant, and prayerful and remain resolute to protect our democracy from the machinations of agents-provocateurs.”

Source:Thé Nation

Perpetrators of poll violence ’ll be held accountable, says European Union (EU)

As the World waits for the final results of last weekend’s elections, the European Union (EU) has warned that it will hold anybody responsible for electoral violence accountable.

Addressing reporters in Abuja yesterday, members of the European Union Election Observation Mission for the 2015 Nigerian election, led by its Chief Observer Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, cautioned Nigerian politicians against violence as anybody who engages in or prompts violence will be held accountable.

Santiago Fisas Ayxelà and his team also stated that the EU, particularly the European Parliament, “will reject attempts by politicians to gain power through violence”, advising that instead they should go to court and focus on national unity.

The EU ruled out incidences of systemic suppression, stressing that there was “no national evidence of intimidation or systemic subversion of the process but we are watching the process, it is important INEC reevaluates its card readers.”

The EU also stated that “the Rivers state crisis will not affect the integrity of the process but the EU has received credible complaints from Lagos regarding collation of results.”

Fisas described this election as the most competitive in the history of Nigeria and urged Nigerians to accept the outcome and be peaceful.

He said the election was generally peaceful but with some regrettable incident of violence. He noted the problems recorded with card readers and delays in some polling stations.

The EU election observation leader praised security agencies and staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a job well done and expressed confidence in INEC’s work.

The EU team felt the biometric system was not adequately tested before it was deployed for the general election. Besides, the team said there was room for improvement, especially in communication and logistics.

The team Fisas said, “will follow up on petitions and present its final report in two months but that it will be up to the government to accept or reject such report.

The EU team also advocated for a reform of the electoral laws to strengthen democracy, especially in election funding and the right to stand for election.

The team described as implausible claims by INEC that a particular state recorded 92 per cent collection of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs), arguing that there must have been some deaths by some PVC holders between 2010 and 2015. They also lamented that much of the campaign violence was not addressed while some segments of the media received commendation for balanced reportage; others were biased

Source:Thé Nation

Sensing defeat, PDP moves to frustrate announcement of presidential results

Officials of Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday moved to frustrate the further announcement of presidential results.

The electoral agency, INEC, in Abuja had Monday released the results of 19 states which showed the candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, leading by over 2 million votes. Results that have also been announced by state INEC officials in other states, yet to be announced in Abuja, also show the opposition candidate set to emerge as the elected president.

However, as the announcement of results was to continue at the International Conference Centre in Abuja on Tuesday, PDP officials stampeded the process accusing Mr. Jega of bias. For several minutes, they prevented the further announcement of results alleging among others, that Attahiru Jega, the INEC boss, refused to collect a petition they sent about the elections; and that he also gave unverified results to the APC.

“Jega is not supposed to be bias. Jega is not suppose to be tribal,” former minister Godsday Orubebe who was among the protesters shouted.

He said the Mr. Jega commissioned a fact finding team on reports of malpractices from Rivers State but has not acted on the Peoples Democratic Party complaints on results from Kano, Katsina, Kaduna and Gombe, which were won by the opposition.
He was unyielding as Mr. Jega and other INEC officials appealed to him to allow the collation to go on.

He said the collation would not continue except Mr. Jega leaves the venue for his office to “address PDP complaints.”

Source:Premium Times

BREAKING NEWS:Confusion at INEC Abuja ...PDP agents disrupt declaration of results

There is confusion at the INEC collation centre in Abuja as agents of the Peoples Democratic Party have blocked the continuation of the declaration of results.

One of the agents is holding on to the microphone and insisting that Chairman Attahiru Jega must not continue the declaration of results.

“Prof Jega, you cannot continue, you cannot continue,” he barked at Mr. Jega as the INEC chairman made to move ahead with proceedings.

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Buhari wins in Lagos

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, polled 792,460 votes to emerge the winner in a closely contested race against President Goodluck Jonathan in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Mr. Jonathan, who is contesting under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, polled 632,327.

Out of the 20 local government areas in Lagos State, the APC won 15 while PDP won five.

Akin Orebiyi, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, urged any aggrieved party to approach the Election Petitions Tribunal which he said would be constituted soon.


Source:Premium Times

PDP sweeps presidential polls in Rivers

The  Independent National Electoral Comission,  INEC, has declared the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winner of the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers State.

Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Prof. John Etu-Efeotor,  who announced the result at INEC office in Port Harcourt, said the  PDP won in  the 23 local government areas of the state.

According to him, the PDP polled 1,487,075 votes, adding that the figure represents 94.99 percent of the total votes cast.

According to him, the All Progressives Congress, APC, polled a total of 60,238 representing 4.2 percent.

The total number of registered voters in the state is 2,324,300, while only 1,643,409 were accredited for the general elections, he said.

He said that the votes cast for the 14 parties that participated in the exercise were 1, 555,462, out of which 19,309 were voided.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Gesilia Khan, in a statement, yesterday, said  that the PDP won in all the senatorial and federal constituency elections


Judge, I5 lawyers escape death as armed thugs sack Federal High Court in Bayelsa, South-South Nigeria

About fifteen lawyers among them a pregnant woman and two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) yesterday escaped death in a stampede triggered by armed invasion of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa by suspected thugs over the suit between Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and Foster Ogola.

The incumbent Senator, Lokpobiri, is challenging the choice of Ogola in the court as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Bayelsa West Senatorial district of the state.

According to eyewitnesses, the thugs stormed the Federal High Court premises located along Capt. Amangala road, at about 10am over a purported sitting of the court and attempt by the judge, Justice I.E.Ekwo, to deliver judgement on the case of candidacy of the PDP.

Lawyers, who escaped from the premises included the State Chairman of the NIgerian Bar Association (NBA), Tony Okorodas.

The thugs upturned chairs within the court room and caused pandemonium as the lawyers scampered for safety.

An eyewitness said it took the deployment of armed policemen and sporadic shooting into the air to restore normalcy as the invaders fled the scene.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.

He said “yes, some group of boys, attacked the court and vandalized the windows and chairs in the court. I am not aware of shooting of guns but before our men deployed to the scene could arrived, they escaped.”

However the Counsel to Senator Lokpobiri, Selekeowei Larry (SAN) told newsmen that the thugs were led into the court premises by the state Governor, Hon.Seriake Dickson.

This was however dismissed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Daniel Iworiso- Markson, who in statement said the Governor’s visit to the scene was to ensure peace between rival supporters of Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and Foster Ogola.

Counsel to Senator Lokpobiri, Selekeowei Larry, told newsmen that the attack on the court, which he claimed was led by the State Governor, was a shameful act and a show intimidation against the judiciary.

He said: “Our case was listed as number 9 on the court list and I arrived the court early. Few minutes later, strange boys took over the entrance into the court and stopped people from entering. I tried to go out and know what was happening and I met the Bayelsa Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Wodu. And I asked him what was going on. But his body language and countenance showed that all was not well.

“While the court was hearing the case being handled by Linus Nwosu (SAN), we heard the loud voice of the governor threatening fire and brimstone and claiming that nobody can come from Abuja and determine what will happen in Bayelsa. We saw him wave his hands up and the thugs came into the court and everyone scampered for safety including the court judge.”

Selekeowei also debunked the claim that his client Senator Lokpobiri instigated the sacking of the court, describing the allegation as spurious.

“How can the same man that wanted justice through the court, disrupt the proceedings of the court with thugs?” he queried.

But the Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Daniel Iworiso-Markson frowned at what he described as the deploying of force by Senator Heineken Lokpobiri to secure the PDP ticket for the Bayelsa – West Senatorial District, with misleading information and outright forgery of party documents.

The governor, according to the statement, spoke during his visit to the scene of the clash between rival supporters of the winner of the party’s primaries, Foster Ogola and incumbent Senator, Heineken Lokpobiri, who is challenging the candidacy of Ogola in court.

Dickson in the statement warned that the government will deal decisively with anybody or group of persons, no matter how highly placed, that takes the law into their hands.

The statement read in part, “Reports have it that, supporters of Evangelist Foster Ogola were irked, when the Judge, who had earlier been petitioned over his lopsided handling of the matter, went ahead to fix hearing and judgement for today (Monday), without proper notification to both parties, even as the matter has been moved away from his court.

“Governor Dickson, who visited the scene of the clash in the company of some heads of security agencies, condemned the action of Senator Lokpobiri for manipulating the judicial process for judgement to be passed in his favour, without the knowledge of the other party in the matter.

“He advised the judiciary not to allow itself to be used by desperate politicians to perpetrate injustice, capable of causing a breach of the peace, as was experienced today between the rival supporters.

Meanwhile, as a press time, a police armoured personnel carrier had been deployed at the junction leading to the court premises with two patrol vans stationed some distance from the scene of the skirmish.

Source: Vanguard