Thursday, 23 April 2015
A Federal High Court in Abuja has set aside all actions and activities of the impeached former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin and the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers from November 21, 2014 till date.
The newly appointed Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has held a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa on Thursday.
The Federal Government has reeled out a one week programme of activities for the transition process from the Goodluck Jonathan administration to the administration of President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari. This is sequel to a meeting between the parallel Transition Committee and Inauguration Committee that was held in the Presidential Villa.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
The All Progressives Congress on Wednesday formally shut its doors against members of the Peoples Democratic Party wishing to join its ranks. The party also enjoined members and leaders of the ruling party to stay where they were and rebuild their party to play its new found role as the main opposition party.
Plaintiffs in the two of the three pending suits challenging the eligibility of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to contest in the March 28, 2015, presidential election have withdrawn the suit. The presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, subsequently struck out the matter after the plaintiffs indicated their intention to withdraw the suits on Wednesday.
Nigeria’s former Foreign Affairs Minister, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, on Wednesday condemned the xenophobic attacks on Africans and other foreign nationals in South Africa. He also called on the Nigerian government to remind the South African government of a possible consequence on their investments in Nigeria if such attacks continue.
The Senate has asked the Executive arm of government to recall Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa following the spate of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals. The Senate also asked the Executive to file a suit at the International Criminal Court against the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwethilini, whose comments allegedly set off the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
Thursday, 16 April 2015
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo State has fixed Saturday April 25 for the supplementary of the governorship elections in 256 polling units across 23 local government areas. Addressing a news conference on Wednesday at the INEC headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital in south-east Nigeria, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Gabriel Ada, said the commission was more prepared and ready to conduct the supplementary election.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
President Goodluck Jonathan has refused to give assent to some sections of the Nigerian Constitution amended by the National Assembly. Federal and State lawmakers had approved some sections in the constitution for amendment and sent it to the president for assent.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Events are being held globally to mark one year since more than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria’s north-east region. Starting from Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, a procession is to be held with 219 girls taking part to represent each missing girl. Similar marches are planned worldwide, including in London and Washington.
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the eligibility and election of the Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayo Fayose for lack of merit. The court held that the impeachment panel was in breach of the constitutional requirement, adding that should impeachment be considered, it is not enough to disqualify anyone from participating from an election, except such a person is further arraigned and convicted before a competent court of jurisdiction or Code of Conduct Tribunal, he cannot be guilty of any crime as proscribed by section 182, subsection 1 of the 1999 constitution.
Monday, 13 April 2015
Hillary Clinton has declared her interest to run for the U.S. presidency, vowing to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times. Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as a commanding Democratic front runner, announced her interest with a video posted on her new website on Sunday in which she said the economic deck was still stacked for those at the top.
There was anxiety in Ekiti State as the Supreme Court in Abuja prepared to deliver judgment on Tuesday (today) in the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress against the victory of Governor Ayodele Fayose in the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it has no power to cancel the results of the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states. It made this known to The PUNCH a few hours after the European Union Election Observation Mission to Nigeria on Monday called for a probe of the “severe problems” that characterised the polls in the two states.
Sunday, 12 April 2015
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr Nasir El-Rufai winner of Kaduna State governorship election. Announcing the result at the INEC Office in the state capital, the state’s Returning Officer, Professor Jafaru Kaura from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, said that El-Rufai polled the highest number of votes in Saturday’s governorship election in the state to emerge as the winner.
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has been declared the winner of the April 11 election. Mr Ambode polled 811,994 votes, with the runner-up and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jimi Agbaje, polling 659,788 votes.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives in Nigeria, Aminu Tambuwal, has won the Sokoto State Governorship Election. Honourable Tambuwal got the highest vote in all the 23 Local Government Areas in the State.
The Zamfara Police Command has arrested the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA), Dr Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi over alleged snatching of ballot boxes at Shadengara 004 polling unit in Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state.
Saturday, 11 April 2015
The Peoples Democratic Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO said yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan was still committed to conducting free, fair and credible election today. According to PDP, the opposition should count itself lucky that President Jonathan did not reject the outcome of March 28 presidential election and refused to go to court and challenge the results.
Friday, 10 April 2015
THE real reasons President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat in the 28 March presidential election even before its result was officially announced have been revealed to Sunday Tribune.
According to an insider who disclosed how the final decision that led to President Jonathan congratulating his opponent and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, members of the president's kitchen cabinet and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who were invited to the Presidential Villa, had already read the body language of the president to allow peace to reign.
A prominent member of the Caretaker Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Aja Nwachukwu, on Wednesday disassociated the group from the comments credited to the Chairman of the Committee, Chief Ralph Obioha, that it had endorsed the All Progressives Congress as the party for the Igbo.
The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been named one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. Okonjo-Iweala came 33rd alongside leaders such as the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Pope Francis, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Mmodi.
Thursday, 9 April 2015
The Peoples Democratic Party has raised the alarm that the All Progressives Congress is planning to rig Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in Lagos State. The party also claimed that a support group of Governor Babatunde Fashola, Lovers of Raji Fashola, had thrown its weight behind the PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Olujimi Agbaje.
AHEAD of the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections, the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has accused the wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, of pressurising the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to rig the governorship election in the state.
A Professor of Law and Political Science, Mojeed Alabi, has joined the league of members of the House of Representatives, warming up to contest the leadership of the green chamber during the inauguration of the eighth National Assembly in June.
The lawmaker, a first-time member in the lower chamber, was former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, from Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore and Ejigbo Federal Constituency.
Friday, 27 March 2015
The Ekiti State Police Command has said it will enforce the “no movement” rule on everybody, including Governor Ayodele Fayose and political appointees in the state.
The command also barred movement/distribution of money or inducement in whatever form from one polling booth to the other.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
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