Presidency Plans Disruption of March Election, Hires OPC, Other Bandit Groups

Nigerians who have been waiting and anxiously yearning for a change as per who becomes their next president come May 29 may after all be disappointed if the news at our disposal is anything to go by. The News Alert can authoritatively revealed that the Presidency through some people are working seriously to truncate the voting process once they discover that the poll results is not going the way of President Jonathan.

To achieve this, the presidency is working with some socio-cultural organisations like the OPC to disrupt the voting process particularly in the South West once the voting pattern is not in favour of Mr. Jonathan.

To this end, a leader of the organisation, one Otunba Gani Adams have been detailed to recruit enough thugs to do the dirty job, scare the voters by creating violence.

A source at the Villa revealed to us that Otunba Gani Adams was sighted at the Villa last week Friday in company of some aides of Mr. President. Gov Fayose of Ekiti and Gov Mimiko of Ondo were also at the Villa that day to perfect the deals. Gani was quoted through a reliable source that he demanded for a huge some of money from the presidency to procure necessary weapons and allowances for his boys.

The huge sum running to millions of naira was however approved. Another source privy to the meeting said the leader of the OPC have been asked to mandate his thugs to monitor all the polling units across the towns and villages of the SW, and where Jonathan seems not to be winning, the OPC thugs should create violence and disrupt the voting process.

That plan is expected to be carried out strategically at once across the south west states. This will lead to invalidating the results of those areas and where it becomes a general phenomenal, the INEC may be forced to cancel the election. Once this happens, the source said the presidency will automatically call for the cancellation of the election as it will be adjudged as not credible, fair and transparent.

The cry and outpour from this crisis may either lead to the institution of an interim government or a military take over. This is another plan by the presidency at making sure GMB is denied the presidency of this country. I can assure you that the presidency is fully prepared to truncate this election once it did not go the way of Jonathan. “This is a signal to the opposition and Nigerians, let us cry out now and warn the so called OPC leader and those who are promoting Gani Adams and others like him, not to send us into another war because of their selfish interest,” the source warned.

That plan is expected to be carried out strategically at once across the south west states. This will lead to invalidating the results of those areas and where it becomes a general phenomenal, the INEC may be forced to cancel the election. Once this happens, the source said the presidency will automatically call for the cancellation of the election as it will be adjudged as not credible, fair and transparent.

The cry and outpour from this crisis may either lead to the institution of an interim government or a military take over. This is another plan by the presidency at making sure GMB is denied the presidency of this country. I can assure you that the presidency is fully prepared to truncate this election once it did not go the way of Jonathan. “This is a signal to the opposition and Nigerians, let us cry out now and warn the so called OPC leader and those who are promoting Gani Adams and others like him, not to send us into another war because of their selfish interest,” the source warned.

 

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Don’t Dare Sack Jega, Northern Elders Warn Jonathan

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has warned President Goodluck Jonathan not to dare remove the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, ahead of next month’s general elections. Spokesman of the forum Professor Ango Abdullahi gave the warning today at a press conference in Bauchi where he stressed that sacking Jega at this material time will be a recipe for disaster.

Ango who was joined at the briefing by Alhaji Mohammed Bello Kirfi (Wazirin Bauchi ) said: “With regards to Jega’s tenure any attempt at this last minute by this government or its agency to remove Jega is a clear message that this government is determined to rig an election in which they see Jega as an impediment simply because he thinks that the Commission must follow the rules for a free and fair and credible election. This is the message they should be ready to send to the world.”

On the postponement of the general election, he added that for several months now, INEC has been consistent and emphatic on its readiness to organise and conduct the 2015 elections in February saying the reasons given were “flimsy, clumsy and indefensible.”

On the excuse of insecurity, the Northern elders viewed it as “fake because only a small fraction of the security personnel in the country are directly engaged in the war against insurgency within the north east enclave of the country.

“We also know that even in countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan , Sri Lanka and more recently Afghanistan where full scale wars were still raging when they decided that election could still be held and indeed were held”

He raised the alarm that the ruling elite was hatching plans to scuttle the 2015 general election and derail the regular democratic institutions from functioning to serve the needs of Nigeria.

Among threat to democracy he highlighted include “the use of soldiers to rig the recent election in Ekiti, massive use of public funds to bribe voters and electoral officials, intimidation and harassment of opposition in Rivers, Kano, Lagos, refusal to accept modernisation of the balloting process by the sitting government”

The forum affirmed its earlier stance that the 2015 elections must hold within the time lines allowed by law adding that by May 29, 2015 ” there must be new administrations at the federal and state levels based on credible, free and fair and transparent elections”

Ango maintained there is no room for any fabrication called interim government saying it is inconsistent with the 1999 constitution.

 

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Naira Rain: Jonathan Doles Out Billions to Igbos in Lagos as Sambo Replicates Same in Kaduna

Ahead of the postponed presidential elections, as vice president Namadi Sambo distributes billions of Naira in Kaduna, president Goodluck Jonathan is also distributing billions of naira in Lagos according to the report below from PMNews:

Leaders of Ndigbo resident in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, have confirmed that they were given money by President Goodluck Jonathan during his recent visit to the state to solicit for their support and votes.

Making this known is the former President of Ohaneze, Lagos State, and coordinator of Goodluck Jonathan Support Group, Dr Oliver Akabueze.

He said that the president solicited for their support and asked the leaders to mobilise Igbos in the state to vote for him.

He explained that the money received was not a bribe but campaign fund to mobilise the Igbos in the state to vote for the president who is seeking re-election.

Akabueze also stated that the president donated a luxury bus for his campaign and that the bus must be fuelled and a driver must be employed to drive the bus around the state during the campaign for Jonathan.

Though he declined to disclose the amount of money the president gave them in Lagos, sources said it runs into billions of naira.

READ: N5Billion Scam on Jonathan: Igbo Leaders Condemns Ohanaeze

Investigation revealed that the manner the money was shared has divided the leaders. Some of the leaders are grumbling because some got more money than the others.

P.M.NEWS learnt from one of the leaders that while some got N500,000,  others were given N300,000 and N100,000 respectively.

Some of the leaders who spoke to our reporter but did not want their names mentioned, said the money has caused division as some of the leaders who felt shortchanged said they will not campaign for Jonathan, saying those who got more money should go ahead and campaign for the President.

Last week President Jonathan spent five days in Lagos during which he held series of meetings with various ethnic and socio-cultural groups and their leaders to seek their support for his re-election.

During his stay, he reportedly doled out billions of naira to the groups, though his media aide, Reuben Abati, denied that the president gave out money to any group. by Cyrus Izuekwe.

 

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Jonathan Gave Us Money—Lagos Igbo Leader

Leaders of Ndigbo resident in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, have confirmed that they were given money by President Goodluck Jonathan during his recent visit to the state to solicit for their support and votes.

Making this known is the former President of Ohaneze, Lagos State, and coordinator of Goodluck Jonathan Support Group, Dr Oliver Akabueze.

He said that the president solicited for their support and asked the leaders to mobilise Igbos in the state to vote for him.
He explained that the money received was not a bribe but campaign fund to mobilise the Igbos in the state to vote for the president who is seeking re-election.

Akabueze also stated that the president donated a luxury bus for his campaign and that the bus must be fuelled and a driver must be employed to drive the bus around the state during the campaign for Jonathan.

Though he declined to disclose the amount of money the president gave them in Lagos, sources said it runs into billions of naira.

Investigation revealed that the manner the money was shared has divided the leaders. Some of the leaders are grumbling because some got more money than the others.

P.M.NEWS learnt from one of the leaders that while some got N500,000,  others were given N300,000 and N100,000 respectively.

Some of the leaders who spoke to our reporter but did not want their names mentioned, said the money has caused division as some of the leaders who felt shortchanged said they will not campaign for Jonathan, saying those who got more money should go ahead and campaign for the President.

Last week President Jonathan spent five days in Lagos during which he held series of meetings with various ethnic and socio-cultural groups and their leaders to seek their support for his re-election.

During his stay, he reportedly doled out billions of naira to the groups, though his media aide, Reuben Abati, denied that the president gave out money to any group.

 

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Ten Take Aways from the Gen. Buhari’s Chatham House Lecture, London

1. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and largest economy, is at a defining moment, a moment that has great implications beyond the democratic project and beyond the borders of my dear country.

2.Given increasing global linkages, it is in our collective interests that the postponed elections should hold on the rescheduled dates; that they should be free and fair; that their outcomes should be respected by all parties; and that any form of extension, under whichever guise, is unconstitutional and will not be tolerated.

3.  Driven by patriotism, influenced by the prevalence and popularity of such drastic measures all over Africa and elsewhere, we fought our way to power. But the global triumph of democracy has shown that another and a preferable path to change is possible.

4. It is much more important that the promise of democracy goes beyond just allowing people to freely choose their leaders. It is much more important that democracy should deliver on the promise of choice, of freedoms, of security of lives and property, of transparency and accountability, of rule of law, of good governance and of shared prosperity.

5. Boko Haram has sadly put Nigeria on the terrorism map, killing more than 13,000 of our nationals, displacing millions internally and externally, and at a time holding on to portions of our territory the size of Belgium. What has been consistently lacking is the required leadership in our battle against insurgency.

6. Let me assure you that if I am elected president, the world will have no cause to worry about Nigeria as it has had to recently; that Nigeria will return to its stabilizing role in West Africa; and that no inch of Nigerian territory will ever be lost to the enemy.

7. But I must emphasize that any war waged on corruption should not be misconstrued as settling old scores or a witch-hunt. I’m running for President to lead Nigeria to prosperity and not adversity.

8. As a progressive party, we must reform our political economy to unleash the pent-up ingenuity and productivity of the Nigerian people thus freeing them from the curse of poverty. We will run a private sector-led economy but maintain an active role for government through strong regulatory oversight and deliberate interventions.

9. On March 28, Nigeria has a decision to make. To vote for the continuity of failure or to elect progressive change. I believe the people will choose wisely.
10. I have heard and read references to me as a former dictator in many respected British newspapers including the well regarded Economist. Let me say without sounding defensive that dictatorship goes with military rule, though some might be less dictatorial than others. I take responsibility for whatever happened under my watch.

 

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REVEALED: Anti-Buhari Protest Organiser Abimbola Sonde Has a Record of Crime in UK [Photos, Videos]

The name of the woman caught on camera paid to organise the anti-Buhari protest at Chatham House on Thursday has been revealed. She is a restaurant owner in Manchester by the name Abimbola. However, on Facebook her names are  Pweetie Goldie Abimbola.

On the video, she provided Manchester as her place of location in the UK. She owns a restaurant in Manchester known as Crystal Lounge.

The 32 year old Sonde has a history not too far from what she did for the PDP by hiring protesters to embarrass the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhamadu Buhari.

In 2014, she was fined £1,800 in the UK for dumping rat infested bags of curry and rices dumped near houses.

Abimbola Sonde was seen by council CCTV operators driving into a street and waiting while a mystery male passenger got out and illegally threw five black bin bags of food waste and packaging over a fence at 10.30pm on Thursday, June 19.

All were stuffed with the remains of rice and curry dishes from her restaurant business, Manchester Evening News reports.

Sonde pleaded guilty at a Manchester Magistrate Court and was fined £1,065 and ordered to pay costs of £634.68 and a victim surcharge of £107.

When interviewed by officials, Sonde said business was bad and she could not afford to pay for a trade waste collection contract.

She had been taking rubbish to the tip, pretending it was her own domestic waste, but a local businessman and one of her customers told her it was okay to dump the bags on the land, telling her the council would collect it.

She told officials: “I’m owning up to it. Honestly, there’s no argument. I know I’ve done something really bad from everything you’ve said so far.”

She added that she was ‘very, genuinely sorry’ and apologised to local residents, saying it would never happen again.

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I Won’t Grant Amnesty to Boko Haram –Buhari

The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), on Thursday, ruled out amnesty for   Boko Haram insurgents if elected President on March 28.

He said the activities of the sect which has so far killed over 13, 000 people since 2009,   had become a source of worry to many people within and outside the country.

Buhari was at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, where he addressed the world on various issues concerning the rescheduled general elections.

He said,   “I think I will not go to that office with that promise. I have said in my address how, at least 13,000 Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram, how millions of them have been displaced and are now kept in different camps called Internally Displaced Persons camps.

“Schools have been burnt, there is so much disruption to normal life; people cannot farm and where they are able to farm, they cannot harvest. So, granting amnesty to Boko Haram will be unfair to the system.”

Buhari, who described himself as “a former military ruler and a converted democrat,” however stated that any insurgent caught would “be given the chance in civil courts to be properly prosecuted.”

He added, “We will secure Nigeria. At no other time in our history has Nigeria been this insecure. Boko Haram has sadly put Nigeria on the terrorism map, killing more than 13,000 of our nationals, displacing millions internally and externally, and at a time holding on to portions of our territory the size of Belgium. What has been consistently lacking is the required leadership in our battle against insurgency.”

He accused   the current administration of   allowing   Boko Haram to operate with ease by failing to provide what he described as “a multi-dimensional response” to its activities.

“In the matter of this insurgency, our soldiers have neither received the necessary support nor the required incentives to tackle this problem,” the former Head of State said.

Asked how he planned to tackle the violent sect if elected President, Buhari said his government would “pay special attention to the welfare of our soldiers in and out of service,   give the military adequate modern arms and ammunition and   improve intelligence gathering to choke its financial and equipment channels.”

The former Head of State also said his regime would look into the root causes of insurgency   “by intiating a comprehensive economic development plan promoting infrastructural development, job creation, agriculture and industry in the affected areas.

The APC presidential candidate gave assurance that the world would have no cause to worry about Nigeria any longer if given the mandate to rule the country by Nigerians.

He said, “Nigeria will return to its stabilising role in West Africa, and   no inch of Nigerian territory will ever be lost to the enemy.

Buhari also said the global interest the Nigerian general elections had generated was not misplaced. He therefore urged the international community to continue to focus on the country at this very critical moment.

The Katsina State-born general expressed the view that the   elections should be conducted on the rescheduled dates of March 28 and April 11   and that their outcomes should be respected by all parties.

He, however, warned that any further extension of the elections under whichever guise would not be tolerated.

The APC presidential candidate also flayed President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for the poor management of the country’s economy.

According to him, waste and corruption thrive under the Jonathan administration.

Buhari, who expressed his distaste for corruption, promised to run a transparent government.

He said, “There will be no confusion as to where I stand. Corruption will have no place and the corrupt will not be appointed into my administration. First and foremost, we will plug the holes in the budgetary process.

“Revenue producing entities such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Customs and Excise will have one set of books only. Their revenues will be publicly disclosed and regularly audited. The institutions of state dedicated to fighting corruption will be given independence and prosecutorial authority without political interference.

“But I must emphasise that any war waged on corruption should not be misconstrued as settling old scores or a witch-hunt. I am running for President to lead Nigeria to prosperity and not adversity. Nigerians can be respected again.”

He said the rebasing   in April last year which rated Nigeria’s economy 26th in the world did not affect the lives of ordinary Nigerians .

Buhari said, “After the rebasing exercise in April 2014, Nigeria overtook South Africa as Africa’s largest economy. Our GDP(Gross Domestic Product) is now valued at $510bn and our economy rated 26th in the world.

“Also on the bright side, inflation has been kept at single digit for a while and our economy has grown at an average of seven per cent for about a decade. But it is more of paper growth, a growth that, on account of mismanagement, profligacy and corruption, has not translated to human development or shared prosperity.

“A development economist once said three questions should be asked about a country’s development: one, what is happening to poverty? Two, what is happening to unemployment? And three, what is happening to inequality?

“The answers to these questions in Nigeria show that the current administration has created two economies in one country, a sorry tale of two nations: one economy for a few who have so much in their tiny island of prosperity; and the other economy for the many who have so little in their vast ocean of misery. Even by official figures, 33.1 per cent of Nigerians live in extreme poverty. That’s at   60 million,   almost the population of the United Kingdom.

“There is also the unemployment crisis simmering beneath the surface, ready to explode at the slightest stress, with officially 23.9 per cent of our adult population and almost 60% of our youths unemployed.

“We also have one of the highest rates of inequalities in the world. With all these, it is not surprising that our performance on most governance and development indicators (like the Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance and the UNDP’s Human Development Index) are unflattering.

“With the fall in the prices of oil, which accounts for more than 70 per cent of government revenues, and lack of savings from more than a decade of oil boom, the poor will be disproportionately impacted.”

He dismissed the persistent report by the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, that he was not fit to rule, saying that his doctors had declared him healthy.

According to him, the development(fitness) will prompt him to carry out a final onslaught on the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

Identifying joblessness among Nigeria’s youths as one of the issues that would grab his attention, Buhari said, “Sixty per cent of Nigerians are youths and most of them are unemployed. This is a problem we will tackle.”

Buhari also promised to provide robust security for investors to do their business.

When asked his position on Sharia, he said, “The Nigerian constitution is superior to any other law. Sharia is on the same level as customary laws. Sharia is limited and anybody who wants to change this will need to change the constitution. ”

The APC presidential candidate, who had been variously be accused of dictatorship, said he took responsibility for whatever happened under his watch as the head of state between 1983 and 1985.

He said,   “Standing before you is a retired general, but now a converted democrat I cannot change the past, but I can change the present and the future. Standing before you is a retired general, but now a converted democrat.

“Nigeria lacks the right leadership. I, Muhammadu Buhari will lead from the front. I’m running for President to lead Nigeria to prosperity and not adversity.”

Pro and anti-Buhari supporters almost clashed outside the venue of the event but for the intervention of policemen.

Both groups arrived the arena with placards expressing their opinions of the presidential candidate.

The anti-Buhari group, which called itself Civil Society and Support Groups-Diaspora,   was said to have been bribed with $20,000 by a force against Buhari’s bid to wrestle power from Jonathan.

 

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Nigeria Military Chief Goes To Baga, Vows to End Boko Haram in Weeks

Nigerian army Chief, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, has visited Baga town in Borno State, which has just been recaptured from Boko Haram, reiterating that the militants will be wiped out of Nigeria’s northeast in the next few weeks.

Gen. Minimah arrived Maiduguri earlier in the day accompanied by some military officers, shortly after that he hopped on helicopter accompanied by the crew of the government official propaganda television station, the National television Authority (NTA).

A military source later claimed General Minimah was conducted around the town  of Baga and other places during his unscheduled visit, he was shown round Baga by the General Officer Commanding the 7th Division of the army .

Mininah told newsmen, “My visit to Baga is to see our troops who are doing great jobs there.  It is a confidence and morale-boosting visit that will end the Boko Haram fight within the six-week timeline of war against terrorists and their activities in the northeast sub-region of Nigeria.”

“From Baga, we will move to retake Gwoza, Marte  and Madagali,” he said, exuding confidence that the end of the six-year insurgency may have come. “With this, there is going to be no more Boko Haram; the slogan is ‘never again’ and even the President shares in this slogan.”

He disclosed that roads leading to many communities recaptured from the insurgents will soon be reopened but was silent on the post-offensive security arrangement for the communities.

General Minimah also did not say anything about the casualties on both sides.

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Buhari Commends Military, Assures of Better Days

 

The APC Presidential Campaign Organization (APCPCO) has commended the heroic exploits of the officers and men and women of the Armed Forces on their fight against the Boko Haram terrorists that have for several years made life a living hell for many Nigerians while creating the greatest security nightmare ever known by the country, since the end of the Civil war.

A press statement by Mallam Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of APCPCO, quoted the presidential candidate of APC, General Muhammadu Buhari of expressing delight with the speed and efficiency with which several towns and villages in the North east region of the country, namely Baga, Konduga, Dikwa etc., hitherto overrun by the terrorists or under their control, have been liberated by the Nigerian troops.

According to the statement, it is refreshing to realize as patriotic Nigerians that indeed we have a military that can hold its own in combat and by so doing be an inspiration, and complement the efforts of friendly forces fighting alongside them.

While we have noted the full display of professionalism and courage in combat exhibited by the gallant officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Armed forces, we also pay tribute to their allies from Cameroun, Chad and Niger who are fighting alongside them. Terrorism being the scourge of today’s world requires the collective effort and resolve of the international community and relevant regional forces to deal with.

As we celebrate the triumph of our forces and look forward to the eventual weakening and possible annihilation of the terrorists from our territory and the sub-region, we urge the Armed forces to do more and ensure that territories already re-captured do not fall again to the terrorists and that reasonable security is provided to encourage the displaced population to return to their homelands.

The APC Campaign party again is very proud of the Armed Forces and its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari is particularly pleased that the Army which he once commanded to fame and glory is re-enacting the combat exploits for which it was known the world over.

We want to use this opportunity to remind the entire rank and file of the Armed Forces that under an APC government to be headed by General Buhari, the Armed Forces as an institution would be encouraged and given all it requires to continue to excel and fulfil its Constitutional role of providing reliable and sound security for the nation.

An APC government would ensure adequate provision of military hardware, logistics, welfare, training both local and overseas, as well as decisive leadership that will ensure that never again, will our country find itself in the type of security dilemma we have been subjected to in the last couple of years.

 

 

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Ex-Niger Delta Militants Reject Further Shift of Polls, Says no to Use of Military for Elections

Niger Delta militants in a formal declaration have signed to support a free and fair electoral and transition process.

In Two page document the militants assured that contrary to what some miscreants in the region had said, peace will be ensured in the region regardless of which candidate won.

The militants declared that there must be no further postponement of elections for any reason.

In the letter signed by several leaders of MEND, adoption of a particular candidate was rejected. The document stated that Niger Deltans were free and encouraged to choose any candidate they better trusted that could deal with the issues.

Among the signatories were General Aboy, General Bonny and General Gentle.

 

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Crisis Hit INEC Over Use of PVC as Presidency, PDP Back Commissioners to Insist on Use of TVC

A bitter ‘war is currently ravaging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), over the use of Permanent Voters and Card (PVC) and card readers for the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

Sources within the workings of the commission revealed to Abusidiqu that the decision of the Attahiru Jega led commission to use the PVC for the elections have caused deep division within the senior staffs of the electoral umpire who are scheming to outdo each other in the infighting.

While a faction of the senior members of the commission led by Jega is insisting on using the PVC for the elections, another faction led by the Commissioner of Operations in the commission, Dr. Nuru Yakubu is strongly opposed to the use of the PVC, but is instead rooting for the use of the Temporary Voters Card (TVC).

Abusidiqu gathered from a very reliable source that the Yakubu led group is been sponsored by the presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to ensure that the plan by Jega to use PVC for the elections is scuttled by all means. This the presidency and the PDP has resorted to having failed to force Jega by all its tactics to stop the use of card readers for the elections.

The commission had said that it would introduce card readers for voters’ accreditation in order to verify the rightful owners of PVCs.

It said that the device would eliminate impersonation and voting by proxy during the elections.

But the presidency and the PDP had two weeks ago rejected the use of card readers saying the machine may not make for credible elections as it is said to easily malfunction especially when the battery weak.

Stating the position of the party while playing host to a delegation of Africa Union election observers led by AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr. Aisha Abdullahi visited the national secretariat of the PDP, the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, lampoons the failure of INEC to meet up with the role expected of it as it had not test-run the machines for Nigerians to see whether the process would be successful or not was a big failure by INEC.

This has also been the position of top PDP elements like David Mark, Sambo Dasuki and some governors in the party.

However, the appearance of Jega at the floor of the Senate, where he explained how the card readers would be used to ensure a free, fair and credible election punctured the argument of the PDP while rejecting the use of the device.

Jega told the senate that the efficiency of the card reading machines is not in doubt as the commission has conducted mock test on the devices in all six geopolitical zones of the country, and ascertained that the devices are in good working order.

But determined to ensure that the INEC revert to the use of the TVC which is highly subjective to any form of rigging, the presidency and the PDP have resorted o using the senior members of the commission to achieve its aim.

Our said said the presidency has told the INEC’s Commissioner for Operations to ensure that he gets as many commissioners as possible to kick against the use of the card reader which will make it easy for it to rig the elections tom its favour.

Abusidiqu had earlier reported on how the presidency contracted a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Tom Ikimi, former Chairman of the defunct National Electoral Commission, Prof. Humphrey Nwosu and others to write the 2015 election results in some states in connivance with the Resident Electoral Commissioners in those states.

This development is seriously spiraling a crisis in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), that may affect the credibility of the elections as the commissions chairman, Attahiru Jega, despite the mounting pressure from the Yakubu led group sponsored by the presidency who are opposing the use of the card readers.

“Both Jega and Yakubu are now into serious dispute and the centre can no longer hold as things have fallen apart,” our source said.

 

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Jonathan Condemns Boko Haram’s Reversion of Attacking Soft Targets

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has condemned the reversion by the terrorist group, Boko Haram to the callous bombing of soft targets in parts of Nigeria in the wake of the ongoing rapid recovery by Nigerian troops and their multinational allies of areas formerly controlled by the sect.

A statement from the presidency today said “President Jonathan commiserates with all families who have lost loved ones in the bombings which continued today with attacks on Kano and Potiskum. The President shares the grief of all the bereaved families and is deeply saddened by the continued loss of many innocent lives at the hands of misguided and desperate fanatics who are now feeling the heat of the intense counter –insurgency operation by the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“The President assures all Nigerians and the people of the North-Eastern states in particular that the days of mourning victims of incessant terrorist attacks in the country will soon be over as the tide has now definitely turned against Boko Haram.

“President Jonathan further assures the people of Nigeria that the gallant, courageous and patriotic officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces, supported with new platforms, equipment and logistics provided by the Federal Government will carry the ongoing operations against the terrorists through to a successful conclusion in the shortest possible time.

“He affirms that his administration will continue to take all necessary action to guarantee the success of ongoing military operations against the terrorist group and drastically reduce its ability to take and hold territory or recruit, groom and brainwash young persons to undertake suicide bombing attacks on soft targets.”

 

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