Sunday February 1st, 2015
Sunday February 1st, 2015
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2015 elections: How to make Nigeria the winner (2)

  /   in For the record 9:35 am   /   Comments

N10.6trn controversy: Oby Ezekwesili

So badly did the people fall for the despoiling elite antics that Ironically, the rhetoric of decapitation of Nigeria became louder as the country headed into the centenary celebration of its amalgamation in 1914. Now with less than one month to another Presidential election in an atmosphere of gross insecurity and occupation of some of our local governments in the North East by insurgents the necessity for a cautiously managed elections and its aftermath assumes the highest priority ever.

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Re: Buhari vs Jonathan: Beyond the Election, by Kayode Fayemi

  /   in For the record, The Soludo debate 6:53 pm   /   Comments

soludo debate(1)

We commend Professor Chukwuma Soludo for his insightful and incisive article published in the Vanguard Newspaper of January 26th under the above title. We agree with Professor Soludo that if the political parties, including ours, must justify the overwhelming enthusiasm of Nigerians about the 2015 elections we must remain focused on the issues that matter most to them, which is the progress of our country and the well being of our people. Indeed, this has been the driving sentiment of our party and our campaign all along.

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The squandering of a Goodluck, by Louis Odion

  /   in Elections 2015, For the record 9:13 pm   /   Comments

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (R) and Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo greet supporters at a ceremony in Abuja on November 11, 2014. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on November 11 declared his bid for re-election, vowing to finally defeat Boko Haram whose rise in strength during his first term has threatened the country's sovereignty. The 56-year-old made the announcement to tens of thousands of supporters in the red, white and green of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at a carefully orchestrated ceremony including patriotic music, dancing, prayers and speeches. AFP PHOTO

CAUGHT between the iceberg of possible defeat and the tempest of certain shame, this is a crunch moment for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan indeed. With the economy unhinged, the naira in a free fall and his approval rating increasingly stuck at the nadir barely three weeks to the presidential polls, it is clear something is about to give in the world’s most populous black nation.

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PMS Pump price reduction and the economy – my take away

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Fashola

IT is no longer news that the Federal Government has announced a reduction in the pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol.

While I have made my position known on my Twitter handle that ‘a little over 10% reduction in cost of the final (crude oil) product (PMS) in response to an over 50% drop in the cost of the raw material is a good try and that Nigerians can get a better deal’, I am constrained to make this further intervention for a few reasons.

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2015 elections: How to make Nigeria the winner, by Oby Ezekwesili

  /   in For the record 8:25 pm   /   Comments

This quote by one of America’s greatest Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt elaborates the theme of this year’s annual Daily Trust. 2015 ELECTIONS: HOW TO MAKE NIGERIA THE WINNER. That the issue of focus is the Elections— a process through which Democratic Governments are formed is very instructive. That it is only one form of political system — Democracy— that respects the the right of citizens to choose their rulers is remarkable. No wonder Churchill considered it the least worst alternative against all other options when he stated , “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

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Profile of the Icon: Peter Enahoro

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Peter-ENAHORO4

  Place and Date of Birth: Uromi, Edo State; 21st January, 1935   Early childhood: Owo, Ondo State   Education: St. Stephens Elementary School, Akure (Ondo State) CMS Primary School, Ado-Ekiti (Ondo State) Government School, Ekpoma(Edo State) St. David’s School, Akure (Ondo State) Government School, Warri (Delta State)   Government College, Ughelli (Delta State) –

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Ambassador Adefuye’s speech at the Martin Luther King Awards

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Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S, Prof. Ade Adefuye

Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy extends far beyond America’s shores. I remember in October 1960 when Nigeria newly got her independence from Britain. Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, our first ever President invited Dr. King to attend his inauguration. Dr. Azikiwe happily wrote as follows: “I wish to inform you that I have included your name in the list of invitees to attend my inauguration…., because it will be the first time in our national history when a person of African descent will be assuming the high office of the Head of State of Nigeria.”

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Jonathan’s Chrismas message to Nigerians

  /   in For the record 4:19 pm   /   Comments

I greet and felicitate with you all once again as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

I join all of our Christian compatriots in giving thanks to God Almighty for the divine gift of Jesus Christ the Messiah whose earthly incarnation we commemorate.

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Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s Profile

  /   in For the record 11:52 am   /   Comments

BUHARI'S RUNNING MATE—APC Presidential Candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari presenting his running mate  Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, in Abuja.

Personal Data: Other Names: Oluyemi Oluleke, Date of Birth: 8th March, 1957, Place of Birth: Creek Hospital, Lagos, Home Address: 4, Osinbajo Close, Obanikoro, Ikorodu Road, Lagos, Nigeria. Nationality: Nigerian, Marital Status: Married.

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My call to you Nigerians is a call made due to love – Buhari

  /   in For the record 1:00 pm   /   Comments

General Muhammadu Buhari in his acceptance speech at the All Progressives Congress national convention where he emerged as the APC presidential candidate has said that his call to you serve Nigerians is a call made due to the love he has for NIgerians and Nigeria.

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John Odigie-Oyegun reels out APC manifesto

  /   in For the record 10:10 am   /   Comments

APC briefing on Boko Haram Sponsors

The Address of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, at the 3rd National Convention and Presidential Primaries of the party on Wednesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos, have promised that the party will ensure free and fair elections at all levels and respect for the rule of law, promotion of transparency and genuine anti-corruption measures.

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Nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian – Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan casting his vote during the Special Convention at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan once again said that nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian

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Jonathan administration revealed massive fraud, corruption – APC Chair

  /   in For the record 1:35 pm   /   Comments

From left, All Progressive Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun; National Secretary APC, Allhaji Maimala Bunni and Deputy National chairman North, Alhaji Shaibu Lawal  addressing pressmen reacting to impeachment moves by Federal Government and PDP in the State of the Federation in Abuja yesterday. Gbemiga Olamikan.

Gentleman of the Press,
1.Today, I want to continue the conversation with the good people of Nigeria as promised in my last press briefing and discuss what the All Progressives Congress (APC) plans to do when it comes into government.

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Jonathan desperate to win re-election – Oyegun

  /   in For the record 4:55 pm   /   Comments

FROM LEFT: APC CHIEFTAIN, NASIRU EL-RUFAI; APC PUBLICITY SECRETARY, CHIEF LAI MOHAMMED; APC NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, CHIEF DAVID OYEGUN AMD APC PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANT, GEN.MUHAMMADU BUHARI, AT THE APC SALVATION RALLY IN ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY

Text of the address by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Odigie-Oyegun at the Salvation Rally of the party on Wednesday the 19th of November 2014 at Eagle’s Square Abuja. Why we are here We are here today as a practical demonstration of our lack of confidence in the ability or willingness

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APC will chart a new course of recovery, regeneration of Nigeria – Oyegun

  /   in For the record 3:31 pm   /   Comments

APC briefing on Boko Haram Sponsors

Our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC),was formed as a result of the yearnings of the overwhelming majority of Nigerians for an alternative platform to change the trajectory of our beloved country.

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‘Under Jonathan’s Presidency your views’ll not send you to prison, exile’

  /   in For the record, News 6:59 pm   /   Comments

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (R) and Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo greet supporters at a ceremony in Abuja on November 11, 2014. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on November 11 declared his bid for re-election, vowing to finally defeat Boko Haram whose rise in strength during his first term has threatened the country's sovereignty. The 56-year-old made the announcement to tens of thousands of supporters in the red, white and green of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at a carefully orchestrated ceremony including patriotic music, dancing, prayers and speeches. AFP PHOTO

Read the full text of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR speech at  his Declaration of Intent to Run for the 2015 Presidential Elections under the Platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Eagle Square, Abuja Tuesday 11th November, 2014 Dear Compatriots: 1. Four years ago, precisely September 18, 2010; I stood in this Eagle Square, to offer

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In all spheres of life, Nigeria is worse off today, says Odigie Oyegun

  /   in For the record 7:39 pm   /   Comments

APC briefing on Boko Haram Sponsors

A  welcome address by the  National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s extraordinary National Convention in Abuja on Wednesday , oct. 29th, 2014. My dear compatriots, I welcome you to this Extraordinary National Convention of our great party the main  purpose of which is to approve proposed amendments to our party’s

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30,000 New Polling Units’ Crisis Ahead of 2015: Jega dares Senate

  /   in For the record, Special Report 12:32 am   /   Comments

File: Voter casting her vote

Fresh information available to Sunday Vanguard suggests that, barring any last-minute change of plans, the advisory by the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that it should not proceed with the allocation of the new 30,000 Polling Units, PUs, for sundry reasons, may be ignored – and this is authoritative.

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My administration has done its sincere best – Jonathan

  /   in For the record 8:11 pm   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the 54th Independence 
Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service at the National Christian  Center, Abuja On Sunday (29/9/14)

My administration has done its sincere best in the past four years to implement its agenda for national transformation and move our country forward on several fronts.

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It’s possible to be poor, live a life of honour, dignity, says Jonathan

  /   in For the record, News 9:49 pm   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan (L), presenting a 'Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)' Award To A Taxi Driver, Mr Imeh Usuah, who returned the sum of N18m (Eighteen Million Naira) forgotten in his car by a customer, in Abuja on Monday (29/9/14).

Let me now at this point specially appreciate three of the awardees: the taxi driver, Mr. Ime Usuah, the traffic warden, Cpl Solomon Dauda, and the steward, Mr. Michael Isaac Onuh, and ask that they should step forward and come to the stage. I read a story in The Vanguard on Sunday yesterday in which Michael Isaac Onuh was described as a pauper in the State House.

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It’s time to build on foundations laid by Igbo leaders – Jonathan

  /   in For the record 3:41 pm   /   Comments

President Jonathan

Great, progressive pillars of Igboland, I am indeed very happy to join you today in this unique initiative set aside to celebrate excellence and reaffirm the joint vision for the continuing development of Ndi-Igbo and Nigeria as a whole.

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Boko Haram sponsors are friends of President Jonathan, says Chief John Odigie-Oyegun

  /   in For the record 5:58 pm   /   Comments

APC briefing on Boko Haram Sponsors

Before I address you today, kindly permit me to play the full interview of Dr. Stephen Davis, the Australian negotiator who was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan to help secure the release of the over 200 girls who were abducted by Boko Haram on April 15th.

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2015: North VS South (1): INEC gives North fresh advantage

  /   in Features, For the record 12:52 am   /   Comments

Jega-cartoon-2015

In what many are describing as a gambit with the potential for dangerous and unimaginable consequences, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, led by Professor Attahiru Jega, may have set itself up for opprobrium from a section of the Nigerian nation. Its recently announced 30,000 new Polling Units, PUs, has been distributed across the country. Yet, in a curious twist of logic, the cleaning of the Voter Register, VR, which has seen many states in the northern part of Nigeria lose ‘GHOST VOTERS’ in their millions, have been allocated a whopping 21,615 (twenty one thousand, six hundred and fifteen) PUs, as against a meagrely 8,412 (eight thousand, four hundred and twelve).

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Gov Aregbesola s victory speech

  /   in For the record 7:31 pm   /   Comments

GOV. RAUF AREGBESOLA WINNER OF OSUN
GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION AT IFOFIN POLLING UNIT 1, WARD 8, IN ILESA ON
SATURDAY

After an unnecessarily tense, tortuous and even traumatic process, the Independent National Electoral Commission this morning declared me as the winner of the Osun state governorship election on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC). On behalf of my party, we are delighted to claim victory for our hard work, focus and dedication in this election. I thank the Almighty God for our triumph at the polls, against all odds.

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President Jonathan is destroying Nigeria – Odigie-Oyegun

  /   in For the record 5:11 pm   /   Comments

From left, All Progressive Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun; National Secretary APC, Allhaji Maimala Bunni and Deputy National chairman North, Alhaji Shaibu Lawal  addressing pressmen reacting to impeachment moves by Federal Government and PDP in the State of the Federation in Abuja yesterday. Gbemiga Olamikan.

Please permit me to start off this press conference with a quote by Chilean writer Isabel Allende, which goes thus: ”What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse.”

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Impeachment as a crude weapon: The Nigerian experience

  /   in For the record 12:45 am   /   Comments

Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa

HAD the major players in the British political system in the 14th century and the framers of the 1776 Constitution of Massachusetts lived till this moment, their verdicts on Nigeria’s political culture would be damning.

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Why nobody can save Nyako, by ex-minister Hong

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Hong

Dr Aliyu Idi Hong is a young man who is not afraid to call a spade a spade. As one time Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State before the 2007 general elections, he was not scared to take on the big names in the party. He was later appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, later Health before berthing at the Foreign Affairs.

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Ekiti Election: Read Gov Fayemi’s ‘Will of the people’ speech

  /   in Ekiti Elections, For the record 12:47 pm   /   Comments

Gov Fayemi

In o kun o Ekiti kete.

Yesterday, Ekiti State decided. Following the gubernatorial elections held in the land of honour, Ekiti State, Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially returned the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election.

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Democracy in danger as Nigeria comes under creeping fascism – APC Chairman

  /   in For the record 5:54 pm   /   Comments

Gov. Aliyu Wamakko Of Sokoto (m), Raising The Hand Of The Newly Elected National  Chairman Of Apc, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, at the tarty's National Convention In Abuja On  Saturday (14/6/14). With Them Are, Former Governor Of Lagos State,  Bola Tinubu (L); Former Head Of State   Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (2nd-L) And Former Vice President Atiku 
Abubakar.

I have called this World Press Conference today to alert Nigerians and our international friends of the grave threat posed to our democracy and indeed the very survival of our nation by an increasingly-tyrannical federal government.

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Corruption is corruption, says Bisi Akande

  /   in For the record 9:17 am   /   Comments

*Chief Akande

Apart from our regular media interventions, which are undoubtedly very constructive, our party has launched a Road Map that will lead us to the creation of a new and prosperous nation. Time will not allow me to go into the full details of the Road Map. Suffice to say that the agenda we have placed in the public domain to showcase our party’s determination to change the face of the country includes job creation; war against corruption; free, relevant quality education; restoration of agriculture; housing, improved healthcare; social welfare plan for the less privileged; greater attention to roads, power and infrastructure; better management of natural resources and strengthening peace, security and foreign policy.

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That midnight call from Dora Akunyili

  /   in For the record, Health 12:17 am   /   Comments

Prof. Dora Akunyili

The phone call came just after midnight. As the strident and persistent tone startled me out of fatigued slumber, I clawed for my handset on the bedside table wondering who could be calling so late and why.

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Global terror networks deeply involved with Boko Haram— Jonathan

  /   in For the record 6:56 pm   /   Comments

Jona-Paris1

Without doubt, your concern and empathy with the government and people of Nigeria is a clear demonstration of true solidarity and brotherhood in ensuring that the current security challenges facing our country are addressed in a definitive and conclusive manner.

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