The refusal by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to participate in the proposed presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Electoral Debate Group (NEDG), has been described as not only an act of cowardice to his supporters across the country but an indication of his shallow mindedness about the ideals of statecraft.
The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Minna on Friday declared Barrister David Umaru of All Progressives Congress (APC) the actual winner of Niger East Senatorial by-election conducted on August 30, 2014.
Chairperson of the African Union Commission, AUC, Dr Dlamini Zuma, has appointed a former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Alberto-Chissano, to lead a 50-member team to monitor Nigeria’s general elections slated for February 14 and 28, 2015.
The Chairperson, who gave this approval in Addis Ababa on Thursday, indicated that Chissano is to be assisted by the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr Aisha Abdullahi.
MUSA BABA AHMED, Abuja
As electioneering campaigns rage around the nation bringing the day of decision closer, federal lawmakers in the House of Representatives have taken to the habit of conducting secret budget defense away from the prying eyes of the media.
This media blackout in budget defense according to observers may not be unconnected with the quest to mop-up needed funds for campaign in the case of those who won return tickets for re-election on the one hand, and those seeking for settlement as severance packages from MDAs due to their inability to get return ticket in June 2015.
PDP Governorship Candidate for Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has berated chieftains of the All People’s Congress (APC) for maligning him on various charges.
He spoke yesterday on the second day of his party’s rallies in Lagos, which took place in Amuwo and Apapa local government areas.
Lagos State All Pro-gressives Congress (APC) Governorship candidate Mr. AkinwunmiAmbode has promised to build companies in Epe and turn the city into a business hub if elected state governor come February 28.
Ambode stated this at the state APC governorship campaign rally held at Epe Recreation Centre, Epe, Lagos on Thursday.
AHMED MARI, Maiduguri
Borno State Governor Hon. KashimShettima has called on those agitating for postponement of elections in the state to have a re-think.
He said that any military personnel nursing an ambition to become a sole administrator in Borno if election is postponed in the state should have a rethink, as there is no constitutional provision for that in the Nigerian Constitution.
AKOR SYLVESTER, Abuja
Chief Medical Director of National Hospital Abuja, JafMomoh, has called on members of theJoint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to suspend their ongoing strike in the interest of the nation.
He noted that, “going on strike has guiding principles, such as stay at home, no travels, no work-no-pay. In case of JOHESU however, they have tried to disrupt the services rendered even by those not on strike.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, recorded its first conviction for 2015 on Wednesday as Justice A. Ongetenu of the Federal High Court, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State convicted and sentenced one Monday Agha to 10 years imprisonment for offences bordering on conspiracy, impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence.
Agha, who was arraigned on July 20, 2013, allegedly fraudulently opened several accounts in different banks using fictitious names with which he conspired with one Moses to defraud some unsuspecting victims.
EBOJELE AKHERE PATRICK, Benin
Hundreds of patients waiting to benefit from the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and Subsidy Reinvestment Program (SURE-P)-organized free health services, have begged for an extension of the four-day programme that ended on Thursday in Benin.