Saturday March 28th, 2015
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Delta: Why Okowa will win Urhobo votes – Oshevire

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HONOURABLE Abel Oshevire is a former member of the Delta State House of Assembly. He was elected into the House in 2007 and he was the Chairman of the House Committee on Information. Before his election into the House, Hon Abel Oshevire was the Senior Special Assistant (Media) to Chief James Onanefe Ibori from 1999 to 2007. He is a strong member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. In this interview, Oshevire bared his mind on the 2015 election and the place of the PDP

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Aisha and Patience: Style and sophistry in Ilorin

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Mrs Aisha Buhari and Patience Jonathan

Ilorin, the town where two of the country’s major cultural streaks, Hausa-Fulani and Yoruba melt into one was the host to two of the country’s major political icons this week.

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Delta’s next gov’ll be Urhobo – Omene, UPU president

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Omene: UPU is intact, it is not divided

Chief Joseph Omene, a Civil Engineer, is the President General of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, the apex Urhobo socio cultural body. In this interview he speaks on the chances of an Urhobo man winning the 2015 governorship election in Delta State and other burning issues in the Nation’s politics.

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Buhari can not jail everybody – Capt Ewang

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Sam Ewang

By Chioma Onuegbu Group Capt. Samuel Ewang (retd) is a member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress, APC and a former military governor of Ogun State. He is presently the Akwa Ibom State Coordinator, of the Buhari Campaign Organization. In this interview, he speaks on issues relating to the presidential election

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POLLS: Ijaws table Jonathan’s re-election before Amasiekumor deity

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Clutching a photograph of President Goodluck Jonathan, the female spiritual head of Gbaramatu kingdom, Mama Ebolomorbo-Ere, joined by all white dressed aged women, stood in front of the Ijaw deity to pray for his victory. The chief priest thereafter sanctified the prayers with a native chalk. It was declared shortly after that Jonathan’s electoral victory was secured and rumbles of celebration and dances followed, as Amasiekumor, the chief priest, Tompolo and others entered into the white tent for a special session. Canon shots were later released and the departure of Amasiekumor was announced.

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CANDIDATE SWAPPING: In Delta, politicians are ‘dying,’ ‘resurrecting’

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SAPELE—A signed death certificate of All Progressives Congress, APC, House of Representatives candidate for Okpe, Uvwie & Sapele Federal Constituency, Delta State, Chief Christopher Anirah, sent to the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is generating commotion in the state chapter of the party.

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Rivers communities list needs for Peterside

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Gov Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State

The people, however, expressed satisfaction with Governor Rotimi Amaechi and promised to vote Dakuku to continue from where Amaechi would stop. Peterside, who had visited about 312 wards in the state in the last few weeks, canvassing for votes and wooing the people to vote for him with his Greater Together Campaign Organization, asked the people pointed questions in his bid to hear from the horse’s mouth. On some of the challenges, he made promises of what he would do if elected governor and gave instant solution to others.

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Community to Bayelsa govt: We‘ll demonstrate our anger at the polls

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Akenpia

AKENPIA—AKENPIA community in Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa State has written-off the Bayelsa State Government for allegedly neglecting the town, promising that the people would demonstrate their anger at the polls. Acting paramount ruler of Akenpia, Chief Saviour Obi, who spoke to Niger Delta Voice, lamented the total lack of government infrastructure in the community, saying parents have withdrawn their children from the only primary school in the town because there was no road and teachers.

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Jonathan mustn’t hang people to show he’s fighting corruption – Iduoriyekemwen

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Iduoriyekemwen: We've all learnt our lessons

HON. MATTHEW Iduoriyekemwen was at one time the Majority Leader in the Edo State House of Assembly and subsequently became the commissioner representing Edo State in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. In this interview, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP chieftain projects the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections. Excerpts: HON. MATTHEW Iduoriyekemwen

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Calm returns to Ekori after PDP, LP clash

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EKORI—PROPORTIONAL peace has returned to Ekori community in Cross River State where three persons were killed in an orchestrated violence between the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and Labour Party, LP, faithful in the area over political rally. Schools, markets and hospitals in the town were shut down as a result of the crisis and until the police intervened, the political thugs, who held the entire community hostage as they shot now and again, were not prepared to simmer down.

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Ugwuanyi reminds us of young Nwobodo in ’79 – Edoga, ex- Reps spokesman

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Chijioke Edeoga

Hon. Chijoke Edoga special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters was a former chairman of the House of Representatives committee on information at the onset of the present democratic dispensation in 1999. Edgoa who is from Enugu State and an enthusiastic supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in

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We shouldn’t be intimidated into voting the wrong person – Mbisiogu

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Festus Mbisiogu

By  Victor Gotevbe, Vera Anyagafu &  Prisca Sam-Duru President of  Good Governance Initiatives , Mr. Festus Mbisiogu,   in this interview speaks on issues of national significance. What is your position on the state of the nation? My position in respect of the political situation at present is clear. I want to state that Nigerians should

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How I will change the Senate — Kalu

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Orji Kalu

Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia State and well heeled international businessman is making his second attempt for a Senate seat. The first attempt turned into a no contest when according to him he was stopped from stepping out to vote on Election Day by four armoured tanks positioned outside his gate. Kalu who is vying on the ticket of the Progressives Peoples Alliance, PPA in this interview reviews that state of affairs in the country, his native Abia State among other issues.

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Why I’m mobilising 10m northerners in South for Jonathan — Bafarawa

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Attahiru Bafarawa

FORMER Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa penultimate Saturday mobilised about 10,000 northerners who represented about 10 million northerners living in the 17 states of Southern Nigeria on the banner of the Arewa Initiative for Peaceful Co-existence in Southern Nigeria (AIPCN) to Asaba, the Delta State Capital to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election. In this interview, he spoke on why he initiated the move, why non-indigenes must be accommodated and why northerners will back Jonathan’s re-election.

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PVC: How you can vote if you have relocated

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PVC test-run: INEC officials attending to a registered voter in the Port Harcourt Local Government Area Ward One, unit 23, during the card readers test-run in Rivers State, yesterday.  Photo:  Nwankpa Chijioke.

Many Nigerians would not vote in the forthcoming general elections simply because they have relocated from where they were originally registered. That, however, needs not be the case as the Electoral Act and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC have instituted regulations to guide the transfer of voters from one constituency to the other.

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Presidential Poll: PDP governors are scared of defeat – Oshiomhole

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Comrade Adams Oshomole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, in this interview, bares his mind on the forthcoming elections. While warning against any attempts to manipulate the polls or sack the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, he says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government has no further ideas on governance.

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The problem with Buhari on Boko Haram, corruption — Peter Obi

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PETER OBI: I have no ambition to go to senate

Mr. Peter Obi, the Deputy Director of the Jonathan/Sambo Campaign Organisation (South) is a former governor of Anambra State. He was in Lagos on Friday and fielded questions from journalists on issues relating to the forthcoming elections.

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Senate Confirmation: Coming to equity with unclean hands?

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Musiliu Obanikoro

In what was supposed to be a rubbishing of the attempt to successfully screen Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, senators of the All Progressives Congress, APC, raised objections bothering o points of order but were ignored by Senate President David Mark. Worse, whereas they made their point that Obanikoro had pending litigation against him, the Senate spokesperson, Eyinnaya Abaribe was quick to pour cold water on them, saying the privilege of being presumed innocent until proven guilty that some opposition senators enjoy cannot be denied a fellow senator.

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The opposition rating of Jonathan is unfair — Nwosu

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*Ralphs Okey Nwosu

Certainly yes; 16years of uninterrupted democracy, and the Jonathan government has been able to build a synergy with the arm of government that often truncates the nation,-building journey. We need to see it from this perspective and situate the dynamics we are in properly. Remember, the first republic was thwarted by the military. The second, the same military headed by Buhari. The third was still born and it is the same military factor. This time, in spite of the excesses of the political play, the security agencies are playing a new role of midwife and collaborative partnership. So, irrespective of the seeming difficult terrain, we have made progress.

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The thinkers in APC

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APC Joint Leadership Meeting: From left, APC National Leader Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu discussing with  APC Presidential Candidate  Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and National Chairman of APC Chief John Oyegun during APC Joint Leadership Meeting held in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

“Your leaders have no respect for their people. They believe that their personal interests are the people’s interests. They take people’s resources and turn them into personal wealth. There is a level of poverty in Nigeria that should be unacceptable. I cannot understand why Nigerians are not angered than they are.” This statement by Nelson Mandela, the late South Africa President, is likely to guide us as a nation from May 29, 2015, when the new President of Nigeria is expected to be sworn-in. It was a serious observation for Mandela, who had spent 27 years in prison, to declare that our leaders are corrupt and have no respect for the people. Has it always been so from the beginning? Where did we miss it? And if the story has been so from independence, what can we do to bring about a new nation with leaders that Nigerians need?

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Buhari: The face of anti-corruption

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Gen. Muhammadu Buhar

Apart from his promises to end insurgency, create jobs, restore the dwindling economy and generally evolve a new Nigeria, one other elaborate campaign promise General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, has repeatedly made is to stamp out corruption from the shores of Nigeria. But there seems to be an albatross on his neck. This deals with a widely held impression that a horde of persons who share an affinity with him in and outside his party are also corrupt. But even at that, is Buhari, himself, corrupt free? Will he achieve the purpose should he eventually win the election? Read to know the audacious move of, perhaps, the next president of Nigeria.

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Udom Emmanuel set to win by landslide in Akwa Ibom

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•Emmanuel addressing supporters last Tuesday

With a little over three weeks to the gubernatorial election nationwide, the PDP candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, is set to win the race in a landslide. Apart from Akwa Ibom being a decidedly PDP state, Emmanuel’s message of hope, industrialization, human capacity development, job creation, a call for unity, and a gale of endorsements across all the three senatorial zones and numerous socio-political organizations and a campaign message based on issues, devoid of character assassination, vile rhetoric or morally objectionable approach has struck a chord among the electorate, making his victory all but a fait-accompli.

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Why PDP will sweep Delta State — Aghovghovbia

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Aghovghovbia

Olorogun Grace Aghovghovbia is the managing director, Unique Personal company in the United Kingdom, a strong woman leader and advocate of women empowerment in Nigeria. At present, she is championing the crusade for diaspora voting in 2015 general elections. She speaks on the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to put measures in place for Nigerians abroad to exercise their civic right and why the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) would win the governorship election in Delta State.

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Ahmed, Ajibola and the battle for Kwara

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Abdulfatah Ahmed

For the incumbent governor of Kwara State and the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming general elections, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed,his performance in office in the last four years is supposed to be enough testimonial to win the next gubernatorial election.

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Anti-Corruption: Our case against Jonathan, by Hon. Olamilekan, Chairman, Reps Committee on Public Accounts

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*Olamilekan Adeola

Hon. Adeola Solomon Olamilekan is the Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts. He represents Alimosho/Egbeda Federal Constituency in Lagos. Olamilekan is seeking to represent Lagos West in the Senate via the forthcoming polls.. In this chat, he speaks on issues bordering on the polls.

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You can’t trust elections – Lakemfa

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Owei Lakemfa

You cannot trust elections. At least not entirely. My first awareness about elections was when as a kid, I was told the story of how Jews were asked to vote between setting free Jesus Christ or Barabbas, a robber and murderer.

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Okorocha is deceiving you, Udenwa tells Imo people

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Udenwa

By ANOZIE EGOLE He may not have spoken with this type of anger before. Obviously, he is not happy with the Gov. Okorocha led administration in Imo state. In this interview, Chief Dr Achike Udenwa, a former governor of Imo state and also a one time Minister of Commerce and Industry under late Yar’dua, talked

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Jonathan’s siege on the South-West: Will it amount to votes?

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President Goodluck Jonathan

THE postponed general elections were greeted with mixed feelings by Nigerians. Though many had kicked against the six weeks postponement, but beneath the line of such opposition was the general agreement that the shift would afford the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ample time to put its house in order to avert a post-election crisis.

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Ohanaeze endorsement of Jonathan, a gross deceit to Ndigbo – Okechukwu

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Osita Okechukwu

It is only since after the civil war that sycophants emerged in Igbo circle, Food is Ready politicians, this will stop, for patronage encourages corruption, indolence and brigandage. Jonathan is serious negotiating with the west, begging them and they are giving him conditions; they are negotiating; Is he doing that with Ndigbo? Why are we

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Senator Manager has been spoiled; we’ll stop him – Emiko

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Prince Yemi Emiko

By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South & Egufe Yafugborhi PRINCE Yemi Emiko is the All Progressives Party Congress, APC, Senatorial Candidate in Delta South Senatorial District of Delta State, slugging it out with the incumbent Senator James Manager, an Ijaw, who is gunning for the seat for a record fourth term against the unwritten understanding

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Jimi Disu likens PDP’s complaints to antics of school children

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Jimi Disu

By Juliet EBIRIM The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were once against the use of Permanent Voters Card, PVC, and campaigned for the use of Temporary Voters Card, TVC. That didn’t sell. They mounted a campaign that INEC, Professor Atihiru Jega must go. That didn’t sell too. The campaign now is for INEC to drop

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Why Imo may return Okorocha as governor – Mbata, IMSU Pro Chancellor

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Gov Okorocha of Imo State

Pro Chancellor/ Chairman Governing council  of Imo State University (IMSU) , Prince Alex Mbata has declared that his desire is to see the university become one of the best in the country. Mbata who was last year appointed the university’s pro chancellor by Rochas okorocha who is the visitor to the university in an interactive

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