ECOWAS Executives Meet Jonathan, INEC And Buhari

ECOWASThe Chairman of  Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), John Draman Mahama was at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to confer with President Goodluck Jonathan alongside ECOWAS Commission President, Desire-Kadre Ouedraogo over the nation’s forth coming general elections.

The Ghanaian President, Mahama who was received by President Jonathan on Monday afternoon is also scheduled to meet with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega at another venue within Abuja.

ECOWAS sources say, the closed door meetings were to reassure, uphold and cement the contenders, umpires assurances on fair and violence free election agreement endorsed by all contenders in the March 28th and April 11th forthcoming elections.

Mahama is to also meet with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) after his meeting with Jonathan at the airport.

 

MASSOB Demands Sack Of INEC Chairman

Movement foMASSOBr the Actualisation of the Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) has held a peaceful protest in Umuahia, Abia State capital, demanding for the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The group claims Professor Atahiru Jega is bias and partisanship in the forthcoming 2015 elections.

The Biafran activists numbering about 1,000, marched through major streets in Umuahia, chanting pro-Biafran songs and carrying placards with various inscriptions.

“Jega must go” and “We the neighbouring ‘State of Biafra’ want to help our brothers in Nigeria,” were some of the inscriptions on the placards.

They said that they want the INEC Boss removed because of his alleged secret parley with the north to conduct the Presidential poll in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari ( Rtd) and work against the electoral fortunes of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The MASSOB group insisted that they were part of Nigeria, and would not close their eyes to any form of injustice or foul play, especially as it concerns the 2015 election.

They urged the Igbos to return home before the elections to avoid becoming the targets of post election violence.

Meanwhile, political candidates in differents states have signed peace accord, pledging to maintain peace before, during and after the elections.

ARG Demands Public Pledge To Polity Restructuring From Buhari

argThe Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has demanded a public commitment to restructuring of Nigeria’s governance structure from the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).

The demand was made in Abeokuta on Thursday by the Group’s National Chairman, Olawale Oshun, at the public lecture organised by the Ogun State Chapter of the group led by Olusegun Odegbami (MON).

The lecture was delivered by the former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

In his brief remark titled “The Change We Demand”, Oshun said there are “clear and strong indications that there is need for change” and Yoruba people are insisting that “the change that must occur must include some assurances that never again should the issue of equity amongst Nigerian nationalities be blatantly sacrificed as Federal Government has done in recent times”.

“The change that we demand include an assurance to restructure the country in such a way that power will devolve to the most efficient federating unit. The Yoruba people have witnessed how over-centralisation of power has been instrumental to the abuses of power and the institution of ingrained corruption that is destroying our country today,” he said, adding that restructuring must be made a national electioneering agenda.

“ARG uses this opportunity to demand these assurances from the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) This should not be an assurance given in private anymore; let it be an assurance given in public.

In his lecture titled, “Before Nigeria’s oil runs dry: options for development in the Southwest of Nigeria”, Fayemi argued that if the political activism for restructuring of Nigeria’s polity had been ignored as an ethnic agenda, its economic reality, which can no longer be ignored, makes the case of urgent devolution of power.

According to him, the mantra to diversify the economy in Nigeria would continue to fail without appropriate steps to devolve power and entrench fiscal federalism.

“The need to diversify our economy and the necessity of decentralizing the governance are coterminous imperatives.

“Indeed, one cannot occur without the other. We cannot diversify the economy without decentralizing governance.

“Here are four core areas that embody the immense economic potential of the Southwest waiting to be unlocked through diversification and decentralization. These are agriculture, mineral resources, telephony and internet, as well as Nollywood and domestic tourism development.”

Participants at the event also called for “aggressive education”.

APC Holds Rally, Asks Nigerians To Vote Out PDP

APCThe All Progressives Congress  (APC) on Wednesday held a rally to woo voters ahead of the 2015 general elections, urging Nigerians to vote out the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from power during the 2015 general elections.

Leaders of the party gathered at the Eagle Square, Abuja, to tell Nigerians that only the APC has the ability to restore true democracy in Nigeria.

The APC presidential aspirant, Gen Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) told supporters that after the years it has held onto power, the PDP has nothing to show for it’s leadership and must voted out.

He further noted that the “APC are out to stablise this multiparty system by voting out “ adding that “if you want to have a secure nation, vote PDP out” he said, insisting that “no alternative”.

Gen Buhari also urged Nigerians to make sure they get their voters card and “vote those you want to represent you and lead you and make sure your vote counts”, he said.

While the national leader of the party, Mr Ogbonnaya Onu, believes that only the interest of the nation can be put first when the country’s election are free and fair.

Mr Onu stressed that “Nigeria is greater than any individual”, adding that “leaders come and go but the nation remains.

“Every leader must put the interest of his people first; if Ghana can organise a free and fair elections, Nigeria should; if Senegal can organise free and fair elections, Nigeria can and if Zambia can organise free and fair elections, Nigeria must.

“Today the APC is calling on Nigerians to make it mandatory on the ruling party that the general elections of 2015 must be free and fair”, he said.

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the APC, has also asked Nigerians to partner with the APC to bring about change in the country by ensuring they participate in the ongoing voter registration exercise.

He noted that the “time to act is before February 15, 2015”, maintaining that Nigerians should collect their permanent voter cards and insist on their right to vote .

Buhari Is Too Old To Rule Nigeria – Blogger

Bukola_OgunyemiA blogger, Bukola Ogunyemi, on Sunday wrote off the chances of a presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) to add value to Nigeria as president of the country.

“I think he is a bit too old, I think his time has passed and he is of more use to Nigeria and Nigerians out of the presidency”, he said on Rubbin Minds.

Ogunyemi also described retired General Buhari’s declaration to run for the presidency in 2015 as “the worst kept secret in Nigeria’s political sphere”.

He however noted that Buhari’s candidacy may interest Nigerians if “he is teaming up with Governor Kayode Fayemi”, adding that “that will be a game changer. I think Nigeria needs someone like Fayemi”.

He further noted that Buhari “doesn’t have that vibrancy and is not in tune with what is happening in Nigeria”.

He also added that the Katsina born retired military man cum politician has not provided any reason different from what he has always provided in his last three attempts to serve Nigeria.

“I read his speech saying he intends to run for one last time and I was looking to hear one major reason he is presenting himself for the fourth time to serve Nigeria in that capacity and I still cant find it”, he said

The blogger maintained that Buhari’s declaration will test the internal democracy mechanism of the All Progressives Congress (APC).