Saturday, April 11, 2015
Vice President Namadi Sambo on Saturday urged Nigerians to support the incoming administration of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure peace and development across the Nigeria.
Mr. Sambo made the call after casting his vote in the governorship and House of Assembly elections in Kaduna.
He said all Nigerians, irrespective of their geo-political backgrounds, should continue to sustain the nation’s democratic norms for the good of the society.
Nigerians in Washington DC have taken to the streets where they protested against Oba Akinolu asking Buhari to start justice with him. They said the protest was a march to condemn his threat statement and they have also written to White House and the International Criminal Court (ICC) over his statements. See more photos after the cut.
The All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party supporters have clashed this morning in Kano. As the fight was on going, some of them rushed to where the ballot papers were and set them on fire, which automatically ended elections in that unit. This happened at the Karan Mata ward in Madobi Local Government.
The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has said a lot of Lagosians want to come out to vote but they fear being harmed and are also intimidated. Agbaje who says he is sure of victory before voting near his house in Apapa said this to press men about the low turnout at polling units in Lagos.
“There’s a fear because there are reports of intimidation of voters across the state. People are being scared from coming out to vote, so that may affect. There is voter apathy, but I think it’s more of disenfranchisement rather than the apathy. People want to come out to vote but they feel a bit intimidated, saying they will be beaten or harmed. But I still believe that all things being equal, we will get the votes that we need to win this election.”
"I will never doubt people who go to church or count on God anymore.
Yesterday I witnessed a miracle. We were drinking in front of my street when the heavy gusts of wind came with rain.. A man (who we later found out was a pastor) drove up with his kids and parked to buy treats for them. The kids started complaining about being left in the car. .
And with the rain coming, he was like - sure, you can come down from the car. They did. And joined us while we waited out the rain. Less than 5mins later... Brethren... A tree fell on the car. We are still helping my neighbors clear our street.. .
The man's kids would have been crushed instantly. Whatever told him to let the kids out of the car is the God I now serve from today."
Photos: Underage Voter Spotted At Nassarawa State With A Valid PVC + Little Girl Gets Accredited Too
People who however talked in hush tones at the centre said there was no need stopping the boy because he voted at the March 28 presidential election. Also see the photo of the little girl who got accredited in Sokoto below.
Youths In Rivers State Say They Won’t Vote Because They Have Been Provided With Fake Election Materials
Its Rivers State again. Remember Governor Amaechi, APC chieftains and a lot of APC supporters did not vote in the March 28 presidential election after accusing the opposition party of rigging and intimidation? Well today, youths in Obiakpor, Rivers State have also said there will be no election in that part of the State because the election materials they have before them is FAKE! Who is actually doing this in Rivers?
Apapa Constituency 1 is base of Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate for today’s election.
Joseph is also a candidate who is hoping to win his constituency today, but has been stopped from leaving his home.
The suspects identified as Usman Mohamed, 27; Umaru Adamu, 35; and Mohamed (currently at large) worked as security guards in Trans Africa Farms and Food Company; owned by an Indian national.
The Igbos are the wandering Jews of West Africa… gifted, aggressive, Westernised; at best envied and resented, but mostly despised by the mass of their neighbours in the federation – Henry Kessinger (famous American diplomat)
Back in the days, men made fortune out of war, war was business. But today, the Igbos are making fortune out of business, because business is the new war.
Before we talk about the plight of the Igbos in Nigeria, let us start by defining a word that has been frequently used by the Igbos to define their situation in the country, marginalisation!
Friday, April 10, 2015
The Nigerian Army today has said it has recaptured four towns from Boko Haram insurgents. The towns were named as Yamteke, Izge, Bita and Uba in Askira Uba and Damboa Local Government Areas of Borno State.
Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said troops of 3 and 7 division of the Nigerian Army, supported by colleagues from the Air Force, liberated the towns from the insurgents yesterday.
He also said the operation was in continuation of the push by the Nigerian military to liberate Sambisa forest, a stronghold of the terrorists in the State.
Could he be the next Governor? Well, barely 24hours to the Governorship elections, nine out of twelve governorship candidates have stepped down for APC’s Nasil El-Rufai. This was disclosed in a press conference today and the reasons other party candidates who stepped down for him gave was that El-Rufai has the best plan for Kaduna and he has promised to make the State stand out in Nigeria.
Now just only 3 candidates are left and they are the incumbent Governor, Ramalan Yero of PDP, James Magaji of Labour Party, and Nasil El-Rufai of APC.
A few days ago, the Oba of Lagos threatened Igbo leaders. If they did not vote for his governorship candidate in Lagos, he said, they would be thrown into the lagoon. His entire speech was a flagrant performance of disregard. His words said, in effect: I think so little of you that I don’t have to cajole you but will just threaten you and, by the way, your safety in Lagos is not assured, it is negotiable.
There have been condemnations of the Oba’s words. Sadly, many of the condemnations from non-Igbo people have come with the ugly impatience of expressions like ‘move on,’ and ‘don’t be over-emotional’ and ‘calm down.’ These take away the power, even the sincerity, of the condemnations. It is highhanded and offensive to tell an aggrieved person how to feel, or how quickly to forgive, just as an apology becomes a non-apology when it comes with ‘now get over it.’
The global health body, in a statement on Friday in Geneva, said although it could save lives, caesarean section was often performed without medical need, putting women and their babies at risk of short- and long-term health problems.
It urged the need for medical practitioners to focus on the needs of the patient, on a case-by-case basis, and discourage the practice of aiming for “target rates.” God bless them for this. I hope some Nigerian doctors will hear.
‘When I went in to fight this group in Alaba, we had a fight that lasted for two hours. I am telling you that when I went into Ubakason Plaza and Obosi Plaza; the den of these pirates, 99 per cent of the people that are trading there are Igbos so I don’t know why you just want to take criminality and start joining it with politics.
“I am bitter. I am frustrated. Kunle Afolayan is also bitter and frustrated. Kunle is like somebody whose wife has been slept with by somebody else and you find out that the man who slept with his wife has a tribe and he is complaining about what the tribe did to him and you are now asking him why he is mentioning a tribe. Continue...
Today we would be picking the 50th commenter and the 404th commenter. Good luck guys. Btw, I will be off for 3 hours, cus I am on my way to IB. It’s Friday people, not so nice that you work hard and no time to spend this money lol… So incase you are also driving and you spot a flashy red jeep a lady is driving, just holla Lolz. Love you guys and see you soon. So exciteddddddddddd….yipeeee partying all nightttttttt. Yaga! Yaga!!
Disregard What Politicians Are Telling You, Only PVC Holders Will Be Allowed To Vote, INEC Warns Again
Here's a press release from INEC ahead of tomorrow's Governorship/State Assembly elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received reports that some political leaders are asking members of the public to disregard its stated resolve to use Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and Smart Card Readers (SCRs) for the April 11, 2015 Governorship and State Assembly elections.
A particular state governor in the North Central geo-political zone is reported to have assured voters in the state that they could come out to vote on Election Day with Temporary Voter Cards (TVCs) if they do not have the PVC, and that INEC will not be allowed to insist on the use of SCRs for voter accreditation.
President Goodluck Jonathan has paid a condolence visit to late Oronto Douglas family. The president was accompanied by his vice, Namadi Sambo where they met his wife and the rest of his family members. Oronto a close aide of President Jonathan died early hours of yesterday at the age of 49. See more photos below.
The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, yesterday while addressing Igbo traders at Alaba International market to ignore the threat of the State Oba, and instead push his candidate and APC as a whole into the lagoon by voting them out.
“Nobody can push you into the Atlantic Ocean. Rather, you should use your votes to push the APC into the Atlantic Ocean by voting massively for the PDP on Saturday,” Agbaje said.
He continued; “Election is like a snake. You have to make sure you win by killing the snake completely by using your votes to drive the APC out of power. The reason why they are harassing you is because they fear Igbo votes. They will try to do ‘shakara’ for you but you must vote massively for the PDP and protect your votes.”
Agbaje, was accompanied by his running mate, Alhaja Safuratu Abdulkarim; and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
The house help who kidnapped the 3-Orekoya children the second day she resumed work this week has demanded for the sum of N15m as their ransom. She contacted the family yesterday with other people believed to be her group members where the exorbitant fee was demanded. We will continue to pray for their safety. It is well.
A 39-year-old South African woman was intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, with $373,725 (N74.4million) and €2,120 (N450,000) concealed inside packs of oats, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has said.
In a statement Thursday, the agency said the money was detected during an inward screening of passengers on a South African airline flight from Johannesburg.
Two Nigerians are also being investigated by the anti-narcotic agency in connection with the case.
The shoot took place as The White House with famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier. Both Michelle Obama and Kerry Washington wore Narciso Rodriguez dresses, while SJP opted for a printed Oscar de la Renta dress teamed with SJP shoes.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Singer Abolore Akande popularly known as 9ice has hit it in politics. Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has made the singer one of his special advisers. It will be recalled that 9ice also a politician joined APC not too long ago and contested for the ticket of the party’s Ogbomosho Federal Constituency but lost in the primaries. Now he has been compensated by the Governor. We say big congrats to him, no be small thing.