Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, has explained why he’s being attacked over the use of the Smart Card Reader machines for the conduct of the general election.
Jega stated this on Wednesday, March 25, while unveiling the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room in Abuja.
The INEC Chairman said that those who had plans to fraudulently manipulate the outcome of the elections, are the ones averse to the introduction of the technology.
He said: “Let me use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that we believe that we have done everything possible to ensure that the 2015 general election is successful. We are adequately prepared in terms of both logistics and manpower. Likewise, all the security agencies, especially the police which have a lead role to play in terms of providing security during elections, have assured us that they are ready.”
“This is indeed why they have been attacking me because they know that the card reader machines will help…
In a classic case of a ‘pot calling kettle black’, a former Niger Delta militant leader says that a former dictator is ‘immoral’ and ‘ought to be in jail’.
Leader of the Niger Delta People Salvation Front, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, has stated that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, should not be allowed to get close to power as he’s a disaster waiting to happen.
Speaking at a solidarity rally for President Goodluck Jonathan in Warri, Dokubo-Asari stated that it shall be gun for gun, bullet for bullet, bomb for bomb should Buhari attempt to cause chaos after losing the election.
“He is a spent force with a stale mind incapable of leading a multi complex Nigerian State,” he said.
Dokubo Asari described Muhammadu Buhari as a tyrant and unrepentant dictator who ought to be stripped of his military honours as he rose the rank and file by unfair, immoral and corrupt means.
He said: “All persons of who believe that never again should those who see us all a…
Several commercial banks in Owo, Ondo State have been attacked by armed robbers.
Reports reaching say that many people have been killed in the syndicated armed robbery operation in many of the commercial banks in the town. One of the commercial banks is said to have been set ablaze.
An eyewitness reporter said that four banks were attacked and several people killed.
The eyewitness also sent in some disturbing pictures from the scenes of the attack.
The robbers reportedly entered Owo town through Abuja-Owo road. They were dressed in military uniform fully armed and blocked all major roads. Eyewitnesses said a few people were killed while others were injured during the attack.
A bank manager and a bank staff have been confirmed dead. The bank manager was reported to have been struggling with the robbers when he was shot dead. One of the robbers was captured and set ablaze.
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),has reacted to the allegation by a group which claimed he has perfected plans to rig the 2015 presidential election for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Jega in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kayode Idowu, described as baseless and false the allegation by a faceless group alleging in the front page of a national daily that the the commssion’s chairman, Jega plans to rig the election in favour of the APC.
The statement reads:
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) noted with dismay a front page advertorial by a faceless group in some National Newspapers on Wednesday, March 25, 2013, alleging a plot by the Chairman of the Commission to rig the 2015 general elections. The group cited the constitution of a presidential election result collation committee by the INEC Chairman as the basis for its allegation that a plot to rig the
election has been hatched.
INEC would not have bothered to respo…
In Nigerian elections, the incumbent always wins. But so far this campaign has been different from all others and this Saturday's poll is a real contest. Not only has President Goodluck Jonathan haemorrhaged support since he comfortably won in 2011, the "change" chanting opposition has thrown its combined weight behind one candidate - former military ruler, Muhammadu Buhari. In a country where opinion polls can be trusted about as much as a politician's promise, it is hard, even foolish, to predict the outcome. With control over Africa's largest economy at stake - this is a country where multi-billion dollar corruption scandals come and go - the campaigns have been toxic with both the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) and opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) hurling abuse at each other. 'Shameless'In this diverse nation of immense potential, regional and religious divisions have been exposed. The two main candidates are from different religions…
The Federal High Court in Lagos today granted an interim injunction restraining the Chief of Army Staff, his privies, agents and servants from arresting, detaining, harassing or intimidating Bola Ahmed Tinubu pending the determination of the motion on notice. Bola Tinubu had approached the court on March 25th through his lawyer, Femi Falana seeking the enforcement of his fundamental human rights. In the restraining order granted by Presiding Judge, J.T. Tsoho, the interim injunction also barred the Chief of Army Staff or his privies, agents and servants from further laying siege on the home of Bola Tinubu situated at number 26, Bourdillon Street, Ikoyi. Furthermore, the military or its agents are restrained from preventing him from participating in the 2015 general elections. The determination of the motion on notice in the matter between Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Chief of Army Staff was moved to March 31st. In the past 2 weeks, news of the planned arrest of Tinubu had circulated in th…
The Prime Minister David Cameron has written to President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that Nigerian elections go ahead this weekend, warning that failure to do so ‘would risk national security and stability, and adversely affect Nigeria’s international reputation’.
In a letter to President Jonathan, the Prime Minister underlines the importance of the elections for the African continent and points out the pivotal role for the President.
In a statement made available to Vanguard saying, “As Africa’s biggest democracy, successful elections in Nigeria are important not only for Nigeria’s future, but as a signal to the rest of Africa. Delivering a credible process will be a lasting credit to you as President and to Nigeria as a nation The Prime Minister emphasises the vital role of the Independent National Electoral Commission and its head Professor Jega, writing: “I am encouraged by INEC’s advances in recent weeks. The collection of over 80 per cent of Permanent Voter Cards and the broad…
Article written by Charles Oputa. Read below.. When I look back at my life, and all the stuff I did as a carefree, young and restless youth, I can't help but shudder at some of my very bad habits. Yes, I was once short-fused; blowing off at the slightest provocation. It was pitiful. Over time I have managed to rid myself of such sad habits but that can't be said for a lot of men some of who, even late in their lives can't still get over it, thereby losing their cool in their homes. No be small thing sha.
Domestic violence is an under reported crime in Nigeria, almost accepted as norm. Some men feel it's their right, some feel it's always the women who bring out the beast in them, while others will readily admit its a way of stamping their authority in the home. Sadly, many don't see anything wrong with beating their wives. How sad! Yes, am aware there are women who beat up their husbands, but those are in the minority and this piece ain't about them. The mo…
More photos from the peace accord signing in Abuja today March 26th ahead of Saturday's election. It was brokered by Gen. Abubakar who is pictured behind them.
Chairmen or both parties also shake hands
Imagine this! A couple who were photographed having sex on a moving motorbike (is that even possible?) traveling along a public road in India have been caught after a shocked motorist driving behind them took a photo and shared it on Facebook.
The man shared the photo and wrote "Have sex riding a bike ... No one will stop you ... This is Goa ... This broad daylight sex show took place right on the Mandovi bridge on Sunday afternoon. Not a single policeman on the way to stop them. A passer-by happened to click this picture. What do you have to say?" After the pic went viral, Goa police swung into action and tracked down the couple using their number plate. But I don't even know why they bothered to because when they found the couple, they only fined them 1,000 Rs which is about $15.
Ascon Petrol Station Lekki Phase 1 is on fire Men of the fire service are on the scene trying to stop the fire which has spread to the Round-about and the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge. More photos taken from different angle below