Federal Legislator To Pursue Nasarawa Peace Deal

nasarawa-3The Senator-elect of Nasarawa south senatorial district, Mr Salihu Egyegbola, has been speaking on how to ensure the full resettlement of his people as a result of last year’s communal crisis in the state.

Senator Egyegbola advocated the option of peaceful dialogue in resolving the impasse, given that the two tribes of Eggon and Alago have lived side-by-side in all the five local government areas of the senatorial zone.

He called for Federal Government’s support of the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura’s resettlement initiative aimed at addressing the rebuilding of the communities destroyed in the course of the crisis.

On the issue of grazing areas for herdsmen which has posed persistent threat to farmers in the state, the senator says he is optimistic that the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led Federal Government would address the matter once and for all.

Women and children fled from last year’s communal crisis in Nasarawa State as their men were left in the battle front to defend their homes.

Meanwhile, some of the displaced persons have continued to count their losses, as others now live in fear of attack should they return home to pick up the pieces of their lives.

However, some Nasarawa political leaders have given the assurance that they would end the carnage.

 

Fani-Kayode Reacts To Statement By Oba Of Lagos

Fani-KayodeThe Director of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has condemned the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s alleged threat to Igbos in Lagos.

Oba Akiolu was reported to have warned Igbo leaders living in Lagos that if they vote against the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, they would be in trouble.

In a meeting with Eze Ndigbos in Lagos, Oba Akiolu had warned,”if any of you goes against Ambode, whom I picked, that is your end”.

“If it does not happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me”.

Reacting to this warning, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode said that the Oba’s statement, demanding the Igbos to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode or be ready to “perish inside the lagoon” is ominous and unacceptable.

In a statement released on Monday, Mr Fani-Kayode said that the threat is not one that would be swept under the carpet and warned against further intimidation of PDP members no matter their ethnic or religious background.

He added that, “we want peace and we want harmony in this country, but no one or group of people would be allowed to turn us or our supporters into slaves or give us sleepless nights”.

Mr Fani-Kayode said: “The truth is that we were threatened with ethnic cleansing and religious carnage in the North had Buhari not won the presidential election on March 28 and had President Jonathan not quickly conceded defeat. We let that go and kept the peace, but now, our traditional supporters are being threatened in Lagos and in many other states as we approach the April 11 governorship elections.

“Let two things be clearly understood. In as much as we all want peace in this country and as Jonathan has graciously and quickly conceded defeat in the presidential election, this does not mean that we are weak or powerless.

“Let it be clearly understood by all and sundry that any attempt to kill, maim or molest our supporters in the North, in the West or indeed in any other part of the country either before, during or after Saturday’s governorship elections or any attempt at ethnic or religious cleansing by the APC, their supporters or their friends and agents, would be deemed unacceptable and would be met with defiance, contempt and a well-orchestrated and solid resistance.”

Mr Fani-Kayode also stated, “These APC threats and all the attendant rubbish that go with them must stop. No one is intimidated on our side and neither do we fear for the future because God is with us; He is faithful and He is in perfect control. This is an election and it is not a war. So, we must be civilised, restrained, gentle and courteous in all our ways and dealings.

“The APC would do well to remember that they only won the presidential election by two million votes. They got 14 million votes while the PDP got 12 million votes in that election. This means that we have 12 million loyal foot soldiers and supporters in this country and that is no mean feat. Those 12 million voters cannot be ignored or treated with disdain and contempt. They must and will be respected.”

Easter Celebration: Nigerians Asked To Thank God For Successful Elections

Okorocha on Easter CelebrationThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has urged all Nigerians home and in the diaspora to use the period of the Easter celebration to thank God for a peaceful presidential and National Assembly elections.

Governor Okorocha further urged Nigerians to also pray for smooth and peaceful transition of government on May 29.

Speaking to Channels Television at the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State capital in south-east Nigeria, Governor Okorocha said the Easter period which herald the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, should also be an avenue for Nigerians to “reflect on the tenets of sacrifice, patriotism and love for our dear country, as Christ loved the world and sacrificed his life that all may live”.

He also urged all Nigerians to cultivate the spirit of forgiveness and embrace one another, as “no other country can be called ours except Nigeria”.

The Imo State Governor also commended the spirit of maturity and love shown by President Goodluck Jonathan by congratulating the president elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

Governor Okorocha said, all political leaders in and outside the country should take a cue from the maturity displayed by President Jonathan in order to make the society a better place for all to live and prosper.

He further prayed that God would continue to bless Nigerians, especially Imo people and all patriotic leaders in the country, as they celebrate the Easter.

The Governor also appealed to Nigerians, irrespective of their political, religious or ethnical differences, to come together and support the incoming government, with the President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, as the driver.

“The APC led administration will run an all inclusive government, irrespective of where their interest lies during the Presidential campaign,” Governor Okorocha said, expressing optimism that General Buhari’s administration would bring the desired change Nigerians yearn for.

Speaking on his chances at the April 11 governorship polls, Governor Okorocha said he was optimistic that his party would emerge victorious, following his achievements in the lasts three and a half years in the state.

He, however, called on all security operatives, especially the Army and State Security Service (SSS) in the state to carry out their duties and desist from intimidating voters.

NMA Tasks Buhari On Proactive Reforms In Health Sector

NMA- task-buhari-on-health sectorThe leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has challenged  the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) to initiate functional and proactive reforms in the nation’s health care sector.

The association further said that the reforms would  redeem the sector from imminent collapse.

The Secretary General of the Association, Mr Adewunmi Alayaki made the call while presenting what he called a road map for the sector which seems to have been neglected with its attendant effects on the health of the citizenry.

He, however, appealed to the members of the health profession to support the new government in its task of revamping the sector for the good of all Nigerians.

Mr. Alayaki said that the country’s health sector is bedeviled with many challenges, from administrative hiccups to policy somersault, which has negative impacts on the health of the people.

 

Ogun State Government Announces Payment Of Deducted Salary

Ogun-StateThe Ogun State Government has announced the payment of salary deductions and cooperative dues, with 1.5 billion Naira released on Friday.

The payment covers deductions of salaries affecting both State and Local Government workers.

In a statement by the State  Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the state government said the payment was in fulfillment of the agreement reached between the Governor of Ogun State, Sen Ibikunle Amosun and the workers during an interactive session held last month in Abeokuta, the State’s capital.

Prior to the downturn in Federal Allocation and the general economy, the State Government had been remitting salary deductions as and when due and had also cleared arrears inherited from the past administration.

However, the suddenness of downturn adversely affected both the Federal Allocation and Internally Generated Revenue, thereby creating fresh arrears.

The State Government said that the release of salary reduction demonstrates that it has successfully adjusted to the new financial reality and was confident that it would be able to clear the balance of arrears expediently.

Ogun State Government further assured the workers that the government would always protect their interests at all times and restated the fact that it had no plan to sack any worker.

The financial adjustment, the State Government stated, was achieved through increased spending inefficiencies and enhanced focus on Internally Generated Revenue.

The State Government further expressed gratitude to the workers for their patience, understanding and co-operation since the administration assumed office, particularly when the economic downturn led to delay in the remittance of the deductions and co-operative dues.

Governor Wada Congratulates General Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari The Kogi State governor, Captain Idris Wada, has congratulated Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory at the just-concluded presidential poll.

In his goodwill message which was signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Jacob Edi, the governor noted that the retired General’s success in the election is a further testimony that democracy is now firmly rooted in Nigeria.

Governor Wada further stated that, like any sporting event, a winner is expected to emerge at the end of every election.

He, therefore, wished the President-elect a successful tenure as he begins the onerous task of leading the country in the years ahead.

Governor Wada also commended the outgoing President, Goodluck Jonathan for creating an enabling environment for democracy to flourish, having ensured a credible general election and for steering the ship of state in the last Six years.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

The announcement was made by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1, after the completion of the collation and announcement of results which started at the collation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday and ended on Tuesday, March 31.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.

APGA Holds Mega Governorship Rally In Aba

ABAAba, the largest commercial town in Abia State came to a standstill on Thursday as the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) stormed the industrial city for a mega rally in continuation of its governorship campaign across the state.

The party’s governorship candidate in the state, Dr Alex Otti told a large gathering of supporters that part of his plans when elected, is to rebuild the once vibrant industrial city through the provision of appropriate infrastructure that would attract foreign investors.

The campaign team of the governorship candidate received a large ovation from party supporters and residents.

As the team made its way through major roads and streets, people trooped out in large numbers and groups to welcome Dr Otti, just as a large crowd of supporters had already gathered at an open field on Eche road where the rally was held.
Party leaders from Aba north and Aba south Local Government Areas, the State and National level, including the wife of the founder of the party, Mrs Bianca Ojukwu attended the rally.

Dr Otti promised to build infrastructure to revive the obsolete industries in Aba.

Group Urges Buhari To Call Ekiti APC Members To Order

 Buhari The President-Elect, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has been urged to call the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State to order over their seeming desperation for power to avoid instability in the state.

The call was made by an Abuja-based group, the Society for Rule of Law in Nigeria (SRLN) in a statement issued on Thursday and signed by its National Co-ordinator, Dr Chima Ubeku.

The group said that the APC should stop behaving like bad losers and emulate President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It explained: “Fayose won an election, likewise General Muhammadu Buhari. If President Jonathan conceded defeat and PDP is not doing anything untoward against Buhari’s victory, why can’t the APC toe the same line in respect of the Ekiti election?

“Why is it that the APC that won the presidential election is fomenting trouble and trying to cause instability in Ekiti?”.

On the State Assembly crisis, the group said; “Since it was the APC lawmakers that went to court, they should allow the court to adjudicate instead of taking actions capable of overreaching the court.”

The group, which commended President Jonathan for acting like a statesman, added that; “Buhari should reciprocate by calling members of his party to order so that they don’t cause anarchy in Ekiti and other states not controlled by the APC.”

Commonwealth Congratulates General Muhammadu Buhari

commonwealthCommonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, has congratulated Nigeria’s President-elect,  Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory in the March 28 election.

In a statement, Mr Sharma said history had been made with General Buhari becoming the first Nigerian opposition leader to be elected through the ballot box.

The Secretary-General expressed admiration for the statesmanship and democratic spirit with which President Goodluck Jonathan congratulated the President-elect on his victory, even before the official announcement of the presidential election result on Wednesday.

Ready To Support Nigeria

“The people of Nigeria have demonstrated their deep commitment to democracy by exercising their right, recognised in the Commonwealth Charter, to participate in democratic processes, in particular through free and fair elections, in shaping the society in which they live. It was particularly heartening to see the active participation of young people in the election process,” Mr Sharma said.

Mr Sharma also acknowledged the pivotal role played by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), under the leadership of Professor Attahiru Jega, in delivering a credible election.

The Secretary-General thanked Dr Bakili Muluzi, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Nigeria’s elections.

In a letter to the former President of Malawi, he said: “My appreciation also extends to the entire Group that you have led so ably. Through your exemplary leadership you have shown a deep commitment to promoting the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values”.

Mr Sharma added that “the Commonwealth remains ready to support Nigeria in the post-election phase”.

INEC declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

The announcement was made by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1, after the completion of the collation and announcement of results which started at the collation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday and ended on Tuesday, March 31.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.

APC Calls For Cancellation Of Imo North Senatorial Election

ondoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State is seeking the cancellation of the Imo north senatorial election, claiming that it was marred by series of rigging and electoral malpractice.

They claimed that the malpractice  was masterminded by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Speaking to reporters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly and the candidate for Imo north senatorial district, Ben Uwajimogu, requested that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should cancel the elections due to the irregularities during the election.

Mr Uwajimogu accused the PDP in the state of colluding with security operatives and INEC to write fake results even in places where there was no election.

However, the state collation officer for the APC, Mr Alfred Ononugbo, refused to sign the collated result at the INEC office during the declaration of the final result.

The tension caused by the claimed irregularities was, however, doused by the announcement of the presidential election result.

Jubilation erupted across the streets of Owerri, the Imo State capital, following the emergence of the presidential candidate of the APC, General Muhammodu Buhari, as the winner of the March 28 Presidential elections.

The announcement was made by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1, after the completion of the collation and announcement of results which started at the collation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday and ended on Tuesday, March 31.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.

Meanwhile, the coordinator of President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in Imo State and a PDP chieftain, former Governor Achike Udenwa, described all the allegations by the APC as untrue and baseless.

Mr Udenwa maintained that in the National Assembly and presidential elections in the state, the PDP won with a far margin on merit without any form of rigging or electoral malpractice.

The former Governor of Imo State, also argued that no security operatives or INEC official worked to favour the PDP.

Tambuwal Congratulates Jonathan, Buhari On Successful Polls

 TambuwalThe Speaker of the House of Representatives has congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan and President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on the successful conduct and the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

Speaking during plenary, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal said that President Jonathan would be remembered for playing a critical role to douse tension in the aftermath of the election.

The Speaker also commended the Chairman and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for their doggedness in the face of mounting pressures.

The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has also commended President Jonathan for his show of sportsmanship in the aftermath of the election.

In response to the congratulatory call from the incumbent President, General Buhari said, “President Jonathan was a worthy opponent”.

World leaders have also congratulated Nigeria on the successful conduct of the 2015 presidential election.

Edo Declares April 1 Public Holiday To Celebrate Buhari

BuhariThe Edo State Government has declared Wednesday, April 1, 2015, a work-free day in the state to celebrate the “victory” of General Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2015 Presidential election.

The declaration by the Edo State Government was made ahead of the official declaration of the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The result of the presidential election from Borno State was still being expected, although General Buhari had taken a clear lead at the time.

Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has invited the people of the state to a victory party which would hold on Wednesday, at the Oba Ovoranmwen Square, Benin, the state capital.

Top artistes, including Davido, Patoranking, Osayomore Joseph, Young Bolivia, among others, would perform at the party to celebrate General Buhari’s victory.