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History Beckons As Buhari Sets To Unseat Jonathan


Barring any attempt to scuttle the will of the people, the stage seems set for a change of leadership in the nation’s polity with results of the weekend’s presidential polls indicating that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd), is in comfortable lead in three of the country’s six geo-political zones. The zones include the …

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Rivers APC Alleges scores of its members were killed during the Saturday Polls


The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, said on Saturday that scores of its members were killed, attacked and disenfranchised during the presidential and National Assembly elections. The party also claimed that about 100 of its members were arrested. These were contained in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by the Rivers State Chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies …

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FG floods states with soldiers as IG redeploys DIGs, CPs

Nigerian Soldiers

Preparations for tomorrow’s presidential and National Assembly elections heightened across the states and the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday with more sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials sent to Local Government Areas by state offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission. Security agencies also readied for the polls by deploying their men and officers to the streets and areas considered as …

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Nigeria Closes Borders Ahead Of Polls

2015 General Election

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the closure of all Nigeria’s land and sea borders from Wednesday, the 25th of March 2015 at 12 midnight. A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Mr Abubakar Magaji said. President Jonathan also directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to ensure that non-Nigerians do not participate in any part of …

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2015 Elections: Moroccan King snubs President Jonathan, rejects telephone conversation over election

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

The Moroccan monarch, King Mohammed VI, has rejected a request from President Goodluck Jonathan for a telephone conversation, saying it was an “inappropriate” move by the Nigerian leader to curry electoral favour just weeks before a crucial poll. Mohammed VI snubbed Mr. Jonathan’s request last week, saying it was more of an attempt to seek electoral favour than a genuine …

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2015 Elections: Jonathan meet with PDP Governors To Perfect Election Strategies

President Goodluck Jonathan

The President of Nigeria and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has met with state Governors elected on the platform of the PDP to strategise on how to win in the March 28 and April 11 general elections. The meeting, which was held on Monday behind closed doors, started at about 5:30pm local time at …

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Jonathan’s campaign votes millions to hire anti-Buhari protesters in London

campaign 2015

President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign has earmarked $20,000 to hire protesters in London Thursday as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, speaks at Chatham House. According to an internal memo seen by PREMIUM TIMES, the money would be spent on mobilising the crowd, refreshing them and defraying other logistics. The memo, which originated from the campaign’s Assistant …

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Boko Haram: We’ll catch Shekau before elections — Jonathan


President Goodluck Jonathan has said that he believes the leader of the insurgent group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, responsible for thousands of deaths, will be apprehended by government forces before Nigeria’s elections starting March 28. Mr. Jonathan disclosed this in an interview with Thisday newspaper on Friday. ​”God willing we will catch Shekau before the elections,” Mr. Jonathan said in …

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2015 Elections: INEC procures additional 20,000 card readers, 35,000 batteries


Ahead of the March 28 and April 11 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has procured about 20,000 backup card readers and 35,000 backup batteries. The procurement of the backup devices is part of the precautionary measures by INEC to forestall challenges that may arise during the accreditation process of the elections. Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, …

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Jega tells Senators he can not guarantee elections will hold March 28

Prof.Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, has told Nigerian federal lawmakers he could not guarantee the 2015 general elections will hold on rescheduled dates in March and April. At a meeting with Senators Wednesday, Mr. Jega said he could not commit himself to the “sanctity” of March 28 and April 11 – dates for the …

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Another PDP member tears party’s membership card in public

Abdullahi Muhammad Tears his PDP membership card

Hours after a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party and tore his membership card, another top member of the party has followed suit. Abdullahi Muhammad, the senior special assistant on security to the governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, openly tore his membership card in the state capital, Gombe, on Tuesday morning, citing dissatisfaction with the …

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6 PDP reps defects to APC and other political parties

House Of Rep

Six Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday defected to other political parties. The Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, announced the defection of the members during the House’s plenary in Abuja. The defected members are Tobias Okwuru and Peter Ali, both from Ebonyi, to Labour Party, and Chinenye Ike from Abia, to All Progressive Grand Alliance …

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Patience Jonathan visits families of the 11 Bayelsa women politicains that died in auto crash

Patience Jonathan visits families of Bayelsa politicians who perished in auto crash

President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience, on Monday paid a condolence visit to the bereaved families of 11 female politicians from Bayelsa State who died Saturday in a car accident along East-West Road in Rivers State. The women were political associates of the First Lady, and died while returning from a two-day visit to her in Okirika, Rivers State. Dressed in …

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PDP laments Obasanjo’s exit, says ex-President rejected appeasement


The ruling Peoples Democratic Party has expressed sadness over former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s decision, Monday, to dump the party. Mr. Obasanjo announced his resignation from the party at a dramatic meeting where he ordered his party membership card be shredded. PDP officials had earlier condemned the act, with the secretary of the party’s Board of Trustees, Walid Jibrin, saying Mr. …

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Obasanjo denounces PDP, tears membership card in public

Obasanjo tears PDP membership card

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday left his guests at his Hilltop mansion in Abeokuta with bated breath when he tore his Peoples Democratic Party membership card in their presence. The guests, who are leaders of the PDP from Obasanjo’s ward around his former residence in Ita Eko, where he registered, visited the ex-president to express their concern with his …

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2015 Elections: Oyegun, Tinubu, Amaechi, Saraki under security watch

men under watch

All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders are being intimidated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government, the party alleged yesterday. Its proof – security agents have placed some of its leading lights on surveillance. Besides, their phones are bugged. But, said the party, it will never bow to intimidation. APC spokesman Alhaji Lai Mohammed said in a statement: “We will …

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INEC again Extends Deadline for Collection of PVCs to March 8

2015 General Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission, has again extended the deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards by registered voters to March 8. The extension, which follows the postponement of the 2015 general elections to March 28 and April 11, was made known in a statement by the Secretary to the Commission, Augusta Ogakwu. Ms. Ogakwu said “The Commission hopes that …

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21 INEC Resident Commissioners reject postponement of elections


Twenty one Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have rejected a proposal to postpone Nigeria’s general elections billed for February 14 and 28. In a vote conducted Saturday by the INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, after he met with political parties and the civil society, 21 RECs said the elections should continue as planned while 16 …

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Nigerian Army Captain who leaked Ekiti poll tape speaks: How we were used to rig elections

Ekiti Election Riggers Photo

A Nigerian Army Captain, who leaked the audio evidence of how some top officials of the Federal Government and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, used the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to rig the governorship election in Ekiti and Osun States last year, has spoken out about the matter. In a statement entitled: “How Nigerian Army personnel were used …

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INEC to decide on poll shift Saturday


The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed separate meetings with chairmen and secretaries of all registered political parties, and resident electoral commissioners [RECs] for Saturday to decide whether to go ahead with the general elections scheduled for February 14 and 28. A statement Friday by Kayode Idowu, the spokesperson for the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, said after the meetings, …

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66 per cent of voters given PVCs — INEC


The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that the number of registered voters that have collected their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, amounts to 45,098,876. This figure represents 66 percent of the 68,833,476 registered voters. Kayode Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, told Journalists on Wednesday. The challenge, arising from distribution of the PVCs, has created the …

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Election Postponement Plot Thickens As 16 Minor Political Parties Endorse Shift Of Election Date, Threaten Boycott Of Polls

Professor Atahiru Jega

In a dramatic shift, 16 minor political parties on Tuesday threw their support behind some calls for the postponement of Nigeria’s general elections slated for February. In addition, five of the 14 presidential candidates signed a joint statement urging the electoral commission to postpone the elections to a “more appropriate” date. Although they do not have much to lose in the …

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How PDP bribed some pastors with N6 Billion to campaign against APC, Buhari — Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport

The Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday accused the Peoples Democratic Party of bribing some Christian leaders in the country with N6billion to campaign against the All Progressives Congress and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Amaechi made the claim at the APC governorship rally in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State. Having collected the said amount, Mr. …

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ECOWAS Parliament Gathers Support For Nigeria’s Elections


The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it was not aware of any plan for an interim government in the country. This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman. The statement said, “the attention of the Army had been drawn to unsubstantiated allegations being circulated particularly in the …

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February Polls: group seeking postponement of Elections storms INEC office

inec voters card protesters

Protesters numbering about 100 stormed the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Monday, demanding the postponement of this month’s general election. The youth gathered at the INEC headquarters in the Maitama District of Abuja asking it to delay the polls because of the difficulty in the distribution of the Permanent Voters Card, PVCs. The protest confirmed PREMIUM TIMES …

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Nigeria Elections: IGP orders special security for INEC

Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abba

The Inspector General Police, Suleiman Abba, on Tuesday ordered that special security be provided for officials of the Independent National Electoral Commissions, INEC, and its ad-hoc staff during and after the February general elections. In Abuja, while appraising the preparations of the Nigerian police for forthcoming elections, Mr. Abba directed the Special Forces in the Police, Special Protection Unit, SPU, …

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Tambuwal receives 2,400 PDP defectors in Soko State

Tambuwal holding the APC Sokoto Gov Form

Speaker Aminu Tambuwal on Monday received 2,400 supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kebbe Local Government Area of Sokoto state. Tambuwal, APC gubernatorial candidate in Sokoto State received the defectors at the party’s gubernatorial campaign rally held in Kebbe town, headquarters of Kebbi Local Government Area of the state. He …

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Why I met Rotimi Amaechi — Gov. Lamido

Sule Lamido and Rotimi Amaechi

Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa on Tuesday said he is still a card carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] and that his recent visit to Governor Rotimi Amaechi was to discuss the need for campaign officials to jettison smear campaigns as they sell themselves to the electorate. Mr. Lamido made the declaration at a PDP governorship rally in …

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Jonathan loses twitter poll organised by own aide, Reno Omokri

Jonathan Buhari

‎President Goodluck Jonathan has once again lost to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress [APC] Muhammadu Buhari, in a tweet poll organised to test the popularity of presidential candidates. The poll was organised by one of Mr. Jonathan’s aides, Reno Omokri. Using his Twitter handle, @Renoomokri, Mr. Omokri asked two questions. “Who will be more tolerant of criticisms? …

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Buhari was not stoned in Lagos as alleged by Obanikoro


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied the report that Muhammadu Buhari, its presidential candidate, was pelted with stones during its rally in Lagos, saying “a lie has never worn a bolder face”. APC blamed the report on Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister of state for defence, who took to his Twitter handle to condemn the alleged stoning of Buhari in …

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