By Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

The vice presidential candidate of the main opposition party, All Progressive Congress (APC) Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP of being nervous ahead of the Saturday presidential election in Nigeria.

He declared that the ruling party is crying foul over the smart card readers because it will not allow them to perpetrate their best known game of “rigging”.

It would be recalled that the PDP on Wednesday alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has compromised over the smart card readers as they argued that the opposition party are in possession of the master keys of the card readers.

Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Director of Media, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, Femi Fani-Kayode accused the APC of having a close relationship with the manufacturers of the smart card readers.Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

He stated that the company which manufactured the cards have direct link with the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammed Buhari and some leaders of the APC.

Speaking Thursday morning on Channels TV, ‘Sunrise Daily’, the vice presidential candidate of APC declared that the ruling PDP is nervous and they should rather concentrate on how to ensure that the elections go on smoothly as the ruling government. Read More →



by pmnews

The two major presidential candidates in the Nigerian election for Saturday are meeting in a hotel in Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are currently meeting at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, ahead of the elections.

The meeting, it was learnt, is for the two candidates to further pledge not to instigate their supporters or encourage violence during and after the election.General Muhammadu Buhari and President Goodluck Jonathan during the Abuja Peace Treaty

The meeting is further to extract a promise from the two leading candidates to ensure the election is free, fair and peaceful, according to sources who know about the meeting.

The duo had previously met twice and on one occasion, they both signed a peace pact with other contestants for a peaceful election. Read More →



By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA—RESPITE respite came the way of the presidential candidate of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) yesterday, as hearing on 10 separate suits that sought to disqualify him from contesting against President Goodluck Jonathan this weekend, suffered a setback.

Justice Ademola Adeniyi of the Federal High Court in Abuja adjourned hearing on all the suits till April 22 and 23, shortly after he declined to join two human right activists, Mr. Chukwuma Ochu, who is a member of the APC in Rivers State, and Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa from Lagos State, as interested parties in the suit.

The court struck out the two joinder applications on the premise that the matter could be effectively heard and determined without the input of the two activists who the court described as “meddlesome interlopers and busybodies”.Gen. Muhammadu Buhar

Justice Adeniyi maintained that the duo failed to convince the court on how their personal interests would be affected by the outcome of the suits if they are not joined as parties in the matter.

“The parties seeking to be joined in the suit have nothing to lose if they are not made parties. I agree with counsel to the plaintiff that they are meddlesome interlopers who want to waste time of this court. The two joinder applications lack merit, they are hereby discountenanced and accordingly struck out”, the court held. Read More →



By Ramon Oladimeji

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission and five others to pay the All Progressives Congress a sum of N500m over unlawful shutting down of its presidential campaign fund-raising platform.Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah

Apart from NCC, the other judgment debtors are Etisalat, MTN Nigeria Limited, Globacom Limited, Airtel Nigeria Limited and Visafone Communications Limited.

The monetary cost was awarded against the six respondents severally and jointly on Tuesday by Justice Ibrahim Buba, who held that the shutting down of APC presidential campaign platform by the respondent was unlawful and constituted an infringement on the party’s fundamental right. Read More →



By Chuks Okocha in Abuja

Less than seventy hours to the Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation has raised the alarm that the Independent National Elections (INEC) is plotting to rig the elections in favour of the All Progressives Congress.Femi Fani Kayode

The PDP Presidential Campaigns disclosed that Sani Musa, the owner of the ACT Technologies that produced the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) is a card-carrying member of APC.

It also called for a comprehensive audit of the production of the PVCs, as the party is suspecting that the production of the PVCs has been compromised. Read More →



By Editor

OPPOSITION All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party yesterday disagreed over an alleged plot to disqualify APC’s presidential candidate, Major General Muhammadu Buhari to pave the way for an Muhammadu_Buhari_at_Chatham_House-wikipediaeasy victory for President Goodluck Jonathan or even another postponement of the elections.

APC had earlier alleged in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed of a plot to procure a judgement to disqualify its presidential candidate today when the Federal High Court in Abuja is expected to rule on the issue, warning that those thinking of such “satanic” move should perish the idea in the interest of the country.

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Senator Iroegbu

 


The Nigerian Army has concluded plans to unveil the first locally made Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), which is part of the ongoing reforms in the military and in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika

This was disclosed Friday by the Chief of Army Staff   (COAS), Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika during the press conference organised for the 2012 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADC 2012).

Ihejirika who was represented by the Chief of Military-Civil Relations, Maj-Gen. Bitrus Kwaji said that the recent military innovation “is the positive outcome of ongoing military reforms.”

He disclosed that local production of APC and other military equipment will save about 30 per cent of import cost for the country.

He said: “The highpoint of the ceremony, which is expected to be witnessed by President Jonathan, among other dignitaries, include the unveiling of the Nigerian built APC, Combat Airborne Jump and Helicopter Rappelling, Combat March and a Pep talk on old days in the Infantry Corps by Maj-Gen. Emmanuel Abisoye (Rtd).
“The Nigerian Army has continued to make salient contributions to the development of Nigeria. The transformation agenda of the federal government has been the inspiration driving the vision of COAS to continue to lead the army on the part of professionalism.

“This achievement is part of the transformation agenda of Mr. President for the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to look inwards and the Nigerian Army decided to key-in and one of it is the building of this vehicle (APC). Through it, Nigerian Army has saved the nation at least 30 per cent of importation,” he noted.

The Army Chief listed other activities lined up for the NADCEL 2012 with the theme: “Partnering the Civil Society Towards Improved Security” include sanitation exercise at designated places across the country, and Fire power demonstration.

Others are lectures, novelty football match by the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), provision of free medical services to win the hearts and minds of the citizenry, march past and presentation of United Nations Medals to the families of deceased officers.

He said there would be also be a visit to the Adonai Orphanage Home and 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna (NARHK) by the President of NAOWA, Mrs. Nnenna Ihejirika amongst others.