Thursday March 26th, 2015
Thursday March 26th, 2015
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Polls: FG shuts land, sea borders

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President Goodluck Jonathan (centre) inspecting parade during the Nigerian Army Day Celebration in Abuja On Saturday (6/7/13)

All land and sea borders were closed last night while international flights to and from Nigeria will be suspended by midnight today as Nigerians go to the polls on Saturday to elect the President and members of the National Assembly.

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FUEL: FG accuses oil marketers of sabotage

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cartoon-marketers

The Federal Government has accused oil marketers of undermining efforts to make petroleum products available to Nigerians, especially in this critical period close to the Presidential polls.

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Court bars soldiers from polling stations

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soldiers

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, restrained the Federal Government from deploying soldiers for the general elections beginning on Saturday with Presidential and National Assembly polls.

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Jonathan, Buhari lay siege to South East

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Buhari and Jonathan

The two leading presidential candidates, President Goodluck Jonathan and Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) are today and tomorrow shifting their focus on the South-East with separate bids for the zone’s 6.6 million voters.

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Fani- Kayode asks Buhari to explain level of funding from Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda

  /   in Headlines, News 12:53 am   /   Comments

Fani- Kayode and General Muhammadu Buhari

AHEAD of the Presidential and general elections slated for March 28 and April 11 respectively, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO yesterday alleged that the All Progressives Congress, APC set up its own radio station called Radio APC or Radio Chanji to use it as a vehicle to announce false results after the Presidential polls.

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Yoruba elders split over Jonathan, Buhari

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LEFT: From left: PDP chieftain, Chief Bode George; Gen. Mobolaji Johnson (rtd); Afenifere Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State; Senator Femi Okunrounmu; Prof. Dupe Olatunbosun and Founder of O'odua Peoples Congress, OPC, Dr Frederick Fasehun, at the Post-National Conference Summit, in Lagos, yesterday. Photo: Bunmi Azeez.

THE South-West geo-political zone was split, yesterday, as Yoruba leaders and elders were sharply divided over who to vote for in the March 28 presidential polls between President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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CONFAB Report : FEC okays immediate implementation

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Confab Closes— From left: President Goodluck Jonathan receiving Report of 2014 National Conference from  Chairman of the Confab, Justice Idris Kutigi at the closing ceremony of conference in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday set the stage for the restructuring of the country by approving immediate and full implementation of the recommendations contained in the 2014 National Conference Report.

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No sight of Chibok girls in liberated areas – COAS

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Chief of Nigerian army staff Lt.General Kenneth Minimah  attend the commissioning ceremony of the "NNS Centenary", an offshore patrol vessel built by Chinese Shipbuilding and Industry Corporation (CSIC) for Nigerian Navy, on February 19, 2015 in Lagos.  Nigerian President Jonathan commissioned into the service of Nigerian Navy four patrol vessels to enhance maritime surveillance, protection of offshore resources and infrastructure. One of the vessels, a frigate was acquired from the US Coast Guard, and one of two others built by Chinese firm was donated by the Chinese government to its Nigerian counterpart.    AFP

Hope dimmed, yesterday, on the rescue of abducted Chibok girls from Boko Haram terrorists as the Chief of Army Staff, General Kenneth Minimah, declared that despite the liberation of some towns and villages in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, the troops have not been able to establish the whereabouts of the schoolgirls.

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Army not empowered to monitor polls -Jega

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JEGA-INEC

IN an apparent warning to the military to stay away from the forth-coming general elections, Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, yesterday, hinted that the power of the military as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended), does not empower it to monitor elections.

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Interim Govt: We’ve evidence against Jonathan —Fayemi

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Showbiz Interactive: From right: Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings; President Goodluck Jonathan; Mr Jim Ovia, Chairman, Zenith Bank; Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State (2nd row) and others  on arrival at the Showbiz Interactive with GEJ, at Eko Hotel, Lagos, yesterday. Photo: Lamidi Bamidele.

Former Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, yesterday, stoked the controversy over the alleged interim government arrangement when he declared that he had evidence that national leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was wooed to be part of the ING by President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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Diplomatic row: Jonathan shocked, embarrassed, says he didn’t speak with King of Morocco

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King Mohammed VI and President Jonathan

The controversy surrounding the alleged telephone conversation between President Goodluck Jonathan and the King of Morocco took another dimension as President Goodluck Jonathan Friday evening said he never spoke on phone with the Moroccoan King and has ordered the Minister of Foreign Affairs to carry out a full scale investigation into the matter and punish those responsible for the national embarrassment

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Smear campaign can’t deter me – BUHARI

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RALLY: From left: Mallam Nasir el-Rufai; Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; his wife, Dame Judith; All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, during the APC South-South zonal rally at Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, affirmed that he would not allow the smear campaign to dissuade him from his obligation of liberating the country from the bondage of misrule and misery of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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Attacks on Buhari: You’re desperate, APC fires back at PDP govs

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Femi Fani-Kayode and Alhaji Lai Mohammed

All Progressives Congress, APC, governors, yesterday, rebuffed Tuesday’s concerted attack on the party’s presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors, describing it as a reflection of the poverty of ideas of the ruling party.

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Buhari’s one-term plan unfair to North – PDP govs

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A mother carries banner to drum support for the leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and running mate Yemi Osinbajo during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.   Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. AFP PHOTO

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday rolled out its governors in a concerted attack on the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), warning among others that Buhari planned to serve only one term and derail rotation between North and South.

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PDP govs kick as INEC insists on card readers

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INEC OFFICIAL CHECKING THE THUMB OF A PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED VOTER, DURING THE TESTING OF SMART CARD READER AT HORARE WARD AND JOGEL POLLING UNIT IN JAMA,ARE LGA OF BAUCHI STATE ON SATURDAY.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday endorsed last weekend’s trial run on the card readers and resolved to use the device for the forthcoming general elections.

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Chad, Niger launch air, ground strikes against Boko Haram as troops recapture Buni Yadi

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CHIBOK UNDER WATCH—Nigerian soldiers guarding Chibok, Borno State, yesterday. Photo: NAN.

Niger and Chad, yesterday, launched major ground and air strikes in the North-East against Boko Haram, after the militants formally pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

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2015: Where PDP got it wrong – Clark

  /   in Headlines, News 5:56 am   /   Comments

E. K. Clark

Former Federal Commissioner for Information and South South leader, Chief Edwin Clark said yesterday that the alleged imposition of candidates who did not win the party primary elections as party candidate will haunt the party at the polls

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Chibok girls still alive – Jonathan

  /   in Headlines 7:20 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, assured parents of the abducted Chibok girls and all Nigerians that the girls were still alive and his government was doing everything possible to rescue them.

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ISIS: Security men on trail of ex-CJ Uwais’ son

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Justice Mohammed Uwais

Security agents were last night working frantically to track the whereabouts of a son of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammadu Lawal Uwais who was said to have joined the deadly Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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Let Jega be, Reps warn Jonathan

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2015-ELECTION

The House of Representatives, yesterday, warned President Goodluck Jonathan against removing the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, saying his removal could derail the nation’s democracy.

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Fuel scarcity gets worse nationwide

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Fuel Scarcity— Motorists queuing for fuel in Abuja, yesterday

As fuel scarcity bites harder nationwide, fresh facts emerged, yesterday, indicating that a combination of policies from Nigeria’s Central Bank and the high level of indebtedness of product marketers to some banks led to the low supply of Premium Motor Spirit PMS (petrol).

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Tension mounts on Presidency over Jega

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Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  Prof. Attahiru Jega

Pressure mounted, weekend, on the presidency not to compel Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega to proceed on pre-retirement leave as reportedly being canvassed by some concerned stakeholders in the polity.

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Jonathan’ll not sack Jega but… – FG

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Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  Prof. Attahiru Jega

The Minister of Culture and Tourism and the Supervising Minister of Information, Chief Edem Duke, has debunked the rumour making rounds that President Jonathan has an agenda to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, illegally.

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Buhari at Chatham House: Why I want to be President – Buhari

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BUHARI AT CHATHAM HOUSE—From left: Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Retd); former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown; APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi at Chatham House, London, yesterday.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), yesterday, in London gave reasons why he wants to be president after he left office as military Head of State.

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APC reps revolt, abort House sitting

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House of Representatives

The sitting of the House of Representatives was, yesterday, disrupted after members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, rejected moves by the presiding officer of the House to stall a motion seeking to bar the military from playing a role in the conduct of the forthcoming elections.

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Why we dumped G-5 govs – Lamido, Aliyu

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Aliyu and Lamido

Governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, yesterday, took on their Kano counterpart, Mallam Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over his accusation that the two governors betrayed five other governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who agreed to dump the party following their irreconcilable differences with the leadership of the party.

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I met Buhari, seeing Jonathan soon – Blair

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From Left; Gov Amosun of Ogun State, Gen Buhari, Mr. Blair and Sen. Saraki in London.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, yesterday, confirmed to Vanguard that he met with All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (ret) following which he resolved to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Calls for interim govt treasonable, says Jonathan

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VISIT—President Goodluck Jonathan (right) with Hrm Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Alaafin of Oyo during the visit of the president to Oyo town,weekend.  Photo: State House.

President Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed the idea of an Interim Government being insinuated by some people saying that such utterances amount to treason.

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2015: Jonathan moves to stop slide

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (M) PDP NATIONAL  CHAIRMAN, ALHAJI ADAMU MU'AZU; FORMER GOV OF OGUN STATE, OTUNBA GBENGA DANIEL; PRESIDENT,  OODUA COOPERATIVE ALLIANCE, ASIWAJU ADETOKUMBO AND MEMBERS OF OODUA COOPERATIVE ALLIANCE AFTER A  MEETING WITH  PRESIDENT JONATHAN AT THE STATE HOUSE MARINA IN LAGOS ON FRIDAY (20/2/15).

ALARMED by seeming soaring popularity of his main opponent in the March 28 presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan may have decided to personally coordinate his campaigns for the strategic election, which has already drawn global attention.

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Troops recapture B-Haram training base as Jonathan commissions warships

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WARSHIPS—President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, in Lagos, inaugurated four warships acquired by the Navy.

In furtherance of the ongoing military onslaught to rout Boko Haram terrorists from the North-East, Special Forces of the Nigerian Military, aided by the Air Force and Chadian troops, yesterday, pounded the Sambisa forest headquarters of the sect, killing 117 terrorists and arresting the Amir (Commander) of the sect. This came as Gwoza, which had become their new training base, was not spared.

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Only security chiefs can guarantee polls’ date

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Senate Questions Jega: INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega addressing pressmen shortly after interactive session with Senators at  Senate Chamber  at National Assembly Abuja.  Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday, told the Senate that only the service chiefs could guarantee the sanctity of the rescheduled polls in view of the security challenges facing the country.

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75.94% of total PVCs distributed – INEC

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Residents of Sebiotimo street, Agege, checking for their Permanent Voters Cards at  ward 5, Agage Local Government in, Lagos state,  yesterday [08-11-14]. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, released details of the Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs collection rate, showing that 75.94% of registered voters across the country have taken delivery of the crucial voting material.

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