European Union Election Observers To Avoid North-East Nigeria

Chief Observer, EU Election Observers, Santiago Ayxela, said the observers would abide by international rules for elections

Observers from the European Union (EU) would not be deployed to the north eastern part of Nigeria to monitor the 2015 elections.

The European Union (EU) Chief Observer, Mr Santiago Ayxela, said this to journalists after a closed door meeting with the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, and party officials.

He said that the observers would not be able to monitor the elections in the north east because of the present security situation in the area.

Mr Ayxela said that a team of 90 European Union (EU) observers would, however, be arriving Nigeria to monitor the 2015 elections.

Some of the observers, according to Mr Ayxela, would be operating from strategic locations close to the North-East region.

Also speaking to journalists, the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), said that the European Union (EU) has told the All Progressives Congress of its plans to spread its observers across the country to assess the conduct of the 2015 general elections.

He expressed confidence in the capacity of the European Union to add value to the credibility of the elections.

The presidential election holds across Nigeria on February 14.


Buhari Dispels Rumours Of Ill Health

BuhariThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), retired General Muhammadu Buhari, has dispelled reports making the rounds that he is suffering from a chronic illness.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, General Buhari said he would not have been able to go on campaigns across the country if he is suffering from ill health.

He asked politicians to focus on issues rather than engaging in mudslinging and character assassination.

The Katsina-born politician, his running mate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and other APC stalwarts have been campaigning around the geo-political zones of the country canvassing for votes ahead of the presidential election in February.

Medical reports allegedly obtained from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) and shared on social media platforms shows that Buhari has been diagnosed with prostrate cancer in late 2014.

PDP Demands Full Disclosure Of Buhari’s Status

Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concerns over the health status of General Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode says there is an urgent need for a full disclosure of the health status of General Buhari ahead of the February 14 presidential elections.

Mr Fani-Kayode challenged the APC presidential candidate to prove to Nigerians that he is truly fit to contest the election adding that nothing should be swept under the carpet.

Merger Of Opposition Parties Is The Only Way To Defeat PDP – Buhari

Former presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), retired General Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the merger of opposition parties is the only way to defeat People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Addressing elected representatives and other members of the party in Abuja on Monday, General Buhari said the country has been bedevilled by a government anchored on corruption, oppression and insecurity and there is an urgent need to halt the trend.

He however advised members of the party to work within the framework of the law and aggressively mobilize the electorate to register ahead of the next general elections.

The former Head of State said, “a brief glance at the political history of Nigeria confirms that to hold power at the centre, you need a broad coalition, alliance, merger or whatever you may like to call it.

“Today’s situation is no different. The country is in the grip of a bad government whose only purpose is to retain power by hook or by crook – preferably by crook.

“PDP does not need merger or alliance – they are already merged and are in alliance with the Police, INEC, and the Judiciary with the NNPC and pension funds.

“The country is tired of PDP; we are tired of oppression; we are tired of corruption; we are tired of insecurity and we are tired, full stop!”

“I believe merger is the only way to prevent continuation of this bad governance. The political class is at one that the only way to stabilise the nation is for the opposition to merge and face the ruling party,” he added.

Buhari said while elected members of the CPC could hold their heads high that they were truly elected, the same could not be said of their PDP counterparts.

“You were actually elected. You did not use police to intimidate voters; you did not use INEC staff to inflate your votes. You won in spite of all attempts by government to rig you out. How many in the PDP can say that? Very, very few.

“You can, therefore, hold your heads high and regard yourselves as genuine representatives of your constituencies. You are true sons of democracy; your positions are   even more important than those of party officials and party leaders because you are the face of the CPC.”