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There was drama at the Delta State Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal on Thursday in the hearing of the motions filed by the three respondents in the petition, as counsel for the parties in the case battle over a subpoena served on the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the April 11 election, O’tega Emerhor, is challenging the declaration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party as the winner of the April poll.

Counsel for the APC, Thompson Okpoko (SAN), at the resumed hearing in the petition on Thursday, branded counsel for the three respondents as “meddlesome interlopers and rabble rousers”, whose applications were meant to cause confusion and stall the hearing of the petition. Read More →

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri


The controversy dogging the appointment of Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari as acting chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by President Muhammadu Buhari, has continued with legal practitioners sharply divided on the matter. Whereas some of the lawyers who spoke to Sunday Vanguard faulted the appointment which they qualified as an impeachable offence against Buhari, others disagreed, saying the appointment was not in violation of extant provisions of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.Amina-Bala-Zakari

The crisis kicked-off almost immediately after the President announced his choice of Zakari as interim replacement for the former INEC boss, Professor Attahiru Jega.

The appointment came notwithstanding the fact that the tenure of the Commissioner of INEC was due to lapse on July 21.

Jega had, on June 31, a day he bowed out of office, formally handed over to another INEC National Commissioner, Amb. Ahmed Wali, to function in acting capacity pending the recommendation and confirmation of a substantive Chairman for the commission .

However, barely eight hours after, Wali, who is due to retire on August 11, took over, an order from the Presidency directed him to relinquish the position to Zakari, who leading opposition voices have insisted is associated with Buhari.

Jega bowed out with six INEC National Commissioners who were appointed the same day with him- their tenure having expired.

The commissioners were M.K. Hammanga (Adamawa), Dr Ishmael Igbani (Rivers), Prof. Lai Olurode (Osun), Dame Gladys Nwafor (Abia), Mrs Thelma Iremiren (Delta) and Dr Nuru Yakubu (Yobe).

Remarkably, another National Commissioner, Abdulkadir Oniyangi, who was appointed the same time with Zakari, has since July 21, vacated his position, a development that has further raised feathers to the effect that the president may have overreached himself in proclaiming the Chairman of INEC without the consent of the Senate. Read More →

The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission at Obingwa Local Government of Abia state has been burnt down.

Initial reports indicated that the arson was politically motivated.imgres

According to witnesses, the attackers brandished guns, axes, knives and other dangerous weapons as they forced their way into the local Government Headquarters.

Some security officers from the Nigerian Police Force, the Army and Civil Defence have now cordoned off the LG headquarters and also mounted road block on the road to Mkpoko, the local government host town. Read More →

Abuja – President Muhammadu ‎Buhari on Tuesday appealed to Nigerians, irrespective of their political or ethnic affiliations, to form a united front against corrupt practices in the society.

The President, who made the appeal when he hosted members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the breaking of fast at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, reiterated that “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria”.

He also enjoined members of the APC to drop their differences or influence in order for the party to achieve its campaign promises to Nigerians.According to him, the APC-led administration is determined to fulfill all the three basic promises of addressing security, economy/employment and corruption, which it made in its manifesto.AMAEACHI-BUHARI

“No matter the level you are, drop your influence so that we can help achieve the manifesto – security, economy, employment and corruption- because if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.

“We have to ensure that people we bring forward are those that will move the society forward,’’ he said

President Buhari,‎ who narrated how the APC successfully defeated the PDP-led Federal Government in the March 28 presidential election, commended former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu for his support and words of encouragement.

“I always like to go down the memory lane to show how lucky we are as a political group. Read More →

Tobi Soniyi in Abuja


• President asks APC warring factions to reconcile differences

A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu has denied claims that he has been making demands of President Muhammadu Buhari on whom the latter should appoint to his government.bola buhari
Speaking to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa last night after breaking fast with the president, Tinubu said he respects Buhari and remains loyal to him.
Ostensibly, the dinner with the president was held in furtherance of the peace initiatives by the ruling party to reconcile the warring factions in the National Assembly. Read More →

By Joe Nwankwo, Abuja


The Acting Chairperson of the Independent National Commission (INEC), Amina Bala Zakari, has approved the re-constitution of INEC’s 14 Standing Committees.

In a memo issued and signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, the Committees are expected to commence operation from July 1, 2015.

The Committees as constituted are:

1. Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Commit-tees (APDC): Hon. Lawrence Nwuruku, Chairman; Hon. Amb M.A. Wali, member; Hon. Dr. Chris O. Iyimoga, member.

2. Planning, Monitoring and Strategy Committee (PM&SC): Hon. Dr. Chris O. Iyimoga, Chairman; Hon. Prof. M.A. Salau, member; Hon. Amb. M.A. Wali.

3. Information and Voter Education/Outreach and Partnership Committee: Hon. Dr. Chris O. Iyimoga, Chairman; Hon. Amb. M.A. Wali, member; Hon. Amb. Lawrence Nwuruku, member. Read More →


…says plots to rig Kogi, Bayelsa guber polls already hatched
Appointment followed due process –Presidency

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday called for immediate removal of Mrs. Amina Zakari as acting Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, describing her appointment as unacceptable.Mrs.-Amina-Zakari-and-Jega

PDP, which decried the shoddy way President Muhammadu Buhari shoved aside the nominee of former INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, before the appointment of Mrs. Zakari, whose tenure as INEC commissioner expires next month, also alerted of plots to rig the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

It would be recalled that Prof. Jega, had on Monday, upon the expiration of his tenure, handed over to one of the National Commissioners, Ambassador Mohammed Ahmad Wali, whose tenure as National Commissioner will expire on August 11, 2015. Read More →