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Friday, 22 March 2019

Bauchi Finance Commissioner Dumps Governor After Failing To Concede Defeat

The political atmosphere in Bauchi State is an interesting one. Garbi Akuyam, commissioner of finance in the state, has resigned, citing “political realities of present day” in Bauchi. This comes less than 24 hours to the supplementary governorship election where the PDP is leading.

In his resignation letter, the Commissioner said,
“It is with pains, heavy hearts and deep concern that I write to tender my resignation as Hon. Commissioner of Finance and Member of the Bauchi State Executive Council with effect from Friday, 22nd March, 2019.

“I am compelled to resign my appointment, in view of the recent developments and political realities of present day Bauchi State, as well as dictates of the moment, hence my resolve to honourably relinquish my position as Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and that the decision is from my independent mind..."

Bala Mohammed, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was leading incumbent governor and APC candidate, Abubakar, before the March 9 election was declared inconclusive by INEC.
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Emir Sanusi Meets Good Police Commissioner Who Stopped Rigging In Kano

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, CON, yesterday received a courtesy visit from the now popular Kano State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Wakili at his palace.
Recall that CP Wakili was praised by many Nigerians after he prevented Kano State deputy governor from disrupting election in the last local government where the PDP was leading.

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Obasanjo Speaks: How Nigeria Can Start Making Progress

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday declared that Nigeria will not make progress until the country gets its governance system right. Obasanjo, who spoke at the opening of the National Annual Conference of the Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria (ACAEBIN) held in Abeokuta, also said the nation would be endangered if it failed to take partnership seriously.
At the two-day conference which was declared open by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, the former president affirmed that five issues must be identified to achieve accelerated development for Nigeria. The issues, which Obasanjo described as “points,” include 
Politics, Population, Prosperity, Protection and Partnership. According to him, Nigeria and other African countries are endowed with resources but their citizens regrettably continued to live in abject poverty. “If we bring these resources together and manage them effectively, then we will definitely get prosperity,” he stated.

The former President argued that business will not be right if audit was not right. He said: “What I want to emphasize is that it’s a must as Nigerians and as Africans that we have certain elements that we have to take very, very serious. I put it as five Ps. The first point is politics which is governance. Unless we get governance right, any other thing we are trying to do will not be right. 
“The second is population; at independence we were estimated to be 45 million but today we are 200 million. By the year 2050, we will be over 400 million. Normally, population should be an asset but looking at the condition we are in now, when in the North East of Nigeria, the percentage of adult literacy is about 53 per cent. You can see that we have a problem and education is basic in all human development. 
“How do we think of setting education to be useful? Those people who will make our population over 400 million in 30 years time are already born. You cannot unborn them. So, the problem is here. What do we do? We must provide education for them, housing for them and more importantly, employment for them. 
“One thing that I believe will help us is to provide employment and probably part of what will help us is agric business and you in banking business must pay attention to how we build the agric sector. I am not talking of horticulture. I am talking of the whole value chain, from land preparation.” 
Obasanjo added: “If we are able to get that (agric business) right, maybe, we will be able to get the issue of employment for our teeming youths right. We will be able to get even the issue of rural development right; we will be able to get the issue of the gap between the haves and the have nots right.

“The next one is prosperity. I am not being bothered about Nigeria’s poverty or Africa’s poverty. We have everything to generate wealth. We have God’s given resources under our soil; we also have human resources. If we bring these together, then we will definitely get prosperity. 
“Another one is protection; that is security. People must be protected in all aspects; protection of life, protection of property and the people can actually feel that they are protected. The final one is what I call partnership. Partnership within ourselves, partnership within our communities, partnership within our states and our country.
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Interesting Benefits Of Drinking Water Early In The Morning

Water in an empty stomach in the morning daily can be immensely beneficial for the body. People tend to complicate things when it comes to taking care of their health. A few simple steps can go a long way in taking care of your health, and one easy way of ensuring it is by drinking sufficient water in empty stomach first thing in the morning.

Not only does it clear your stomach, it goes a long way in reducing the risk of some diseases.

Firstly, it purifies the colon and it improves the stomach’s chances to absorb nutrients properly. A better digestive system automatically takes care of a lot of other things.

It is also one of the secrets behind a glowing skin, as water removes the toxins from the blood. Drinking water also improves the creation of new blood cells as well as muscle cells, and helps you in losing weight.

Also, make sure not to eat anything for a while after you drink water in the morning. This water treatment therapy has no side effects and boosts your metabolism greatly.

About four glasses of water (one litre) on an average daily would be great. If it feels too much in the beginning, you can start off slowly and then gradually increase the intake!
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Dino Melaye Becomes International Observer To Stop Rigging Of Re-run Elections (Photos)

PDP is trying to make sure they don't allow the APC use the Osun State rigging pattern in other state where INEC will conduct re-run election in selected states across the country.

Senator Dino Melaye is one of the International Observer for the elections...



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BREAKING: Tribunal Declares PDP's Adeleke Winner of Osun Election, Declares Him Governor

Dancing Senator has reclaimed his stolen mandate! The Election Petition Tribunal for the governorship poll held in Osun State in 2018 has declared Senator Ademola Adeleke winner of the election.

The three-man panel said during its ruling in Abuja on Friday afternoon that the rerun election that held on September 27, which most Nigerians condemned, was truly illegal.

The tribunal therefore deducted the votes scored by the APC candidate Gboyega Oyetola at the rerun after it declared that they were illegal votes.

The tribunal said the Dancing Senator, Adeleke, won the election at the first ballot on September 22, and the rerun that INEC devised to reach a final conclusion a week later was illegal.

Consequently, Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP is the authentic governor of the State of Osun.
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Dancing Senator Reacts After Tribunal Declares Him Governor

The Osun governorship election was rigged in a brazen manner. Senator Adeleke is grateful to God.
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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Eco. 361 Assignment (Development Economics 1) ---Getting out of Poverty through Talent Usage and Skill Acquisition

Talents are very important and humans are endowed with divers talents. Some discover and utilize their talents while others don't.
Skills can be learned and developed in order to earn more income, create wealth and move out of the poverty trap.

Against this background, clearly discuss the talents you have discovered in your self and the skills you have developed or acquired and how a combination of these can help you solve the poverty problem in your life and in our nation.

Thank you.

Dr. Tony Orji
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Why We Didn't Allow Atiku Inspect Election Materials - INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has clarified following allegations that it refused to allow Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), inspect materials used for the presidential election.

Atiku had headed to the court after losing the February 23 election to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He had filed an application to compel INEC to grant him access to materials used for the election and the court granted his prayer. But Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, said despite being served with the order, INEC denied Atiku access to the materials.

Asked to react, Rotimi Oyekanmi, spokesman of INEC chairman, told TheCable that INEC will comply with the court directive “if and when the commission receives the order”.

“It is common knowledge that since the declaration of the results of the presidential election, the commission has been busy with the multiple activities associated with the national assembly, governorship, state houses of assembly and federal capital territory elections,” he said.

“Only last Thursday, the commission presented certificates of return to senators-elect and house of representatives members-elect, including PDP members. Nevertheless, the commission will comply when the due process is followed.”
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APC Reacts To INEC's Action On Okorocha's Certificate

The National Vice-Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (South-South), Chief Hilliard Eta, has said his party is not responsible for the non-issuance of the Certificate of Return to the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Okorocha while reacting to INEC’s action, said it was mockery of Nigeria’s democracy, alleging that INEC had colluded with some of his political enemies to deny him his mandate.

He was quoted to have said, “I think it is a script the Resident Electoral Commissioner is playing. My election was peaceful, free and fair. All that is happening now is a script carefully planned in Abuja.”

Reacting to Okorocha’s comment, Eta said, “The APC has nothing to do with Okorocha’s predicament with INEC over Certificate of Return. The party has got nothing to do with the INEC’s decision.”

The APC’s national vice-chairman also said the party would recommend the expulsion of Okorocha and others currently on suspension from the APC for alleged anti-party activities.

Eta alleged that Okorocha and other suspended members were painting the party in a bad light.

“It is incorrect for him (Okorocha) to think that the party has a hand in the matter. It is characters like Okorocha that are giving us a bad name. Adam Oshiomhole has given a proper and distinguished leadership style. Unfortunately, characters like Okorocha, Osita Okechukwu and Usani (Usani) are giving us a bad name.

“We are going to recommend them for expulsion to the party’s National Executive Committee,” he added.

Recall that Okorocha, a senatorial candidate of the APC, was announced winner of the Imo West senatorial election held on February 23 by the Returning Officer, Prof Francis Ibeabuchi, in Orlu, after polling 97,762 votes to defeat his closest rival of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Jones Onyereri, who scored 68,117 votes.

But Ibeabuchi made a U-turn in Abuja when he disclosed that the results for the district and declaration that followed were done when he felt he was no longer safe.

Due to his revelation, INEC’s Head of Voter Education, Festus Okoye, said INEC would not award a Certificate of Return to any candidate in an election where results were announced under duress.

The commission made good its position on Thursday when it failed to present Certificates of Return to Okorocha and 42 other announced ‘winners’ in the February 23 National Assembly elections.
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Party Accuses INEC Chairman Of Refusing Atiku Access To Election Materials

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, of refusing the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar access to presidential election materials.

The Court of Appeal had ordered INEC to allow Atiku’s lawyers inspect ballot materials used in the February 23 presidential election, in furtherance of the petition filed by the PDP candidate against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.
However, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said 
Yakubu and the leadership of INEC have refused to obey the order of the appellate court, given on March 6, 2019. The PDP described INEC’s actions as deliberate and wicked ploy, and accused the electoral body of acting in cahoots with the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), to frustrate the case.

The main opposition party further said that INEC’s action was meant to ambush the case, adding that it’s a deliberate plot to knock Atiku off the timeline prescribed by law for the PDP and its candidate to file the case at the Tribunal.

The statement said, “It is imperative to inform Nigerians that upon obtaining the lawful order of the Court, directing INEC to forthwith, avail Atiku Abubakar and the PDP copies of all the documents and other materials used for the Presidential election, our legal team wrote to the INEC Chairman on the 11th and 12th of March 2019 respectively, causing the Order to be served on INEC and requesting access to the said documents and materials.

“Despite being served with the Order and several follow-ups, the leadership of INEC has refused to grant the PDP and Atiku Abubakar access to the materials and documents, notwithstanding the urgency of the matter.

“This action by the leadership of INEC has further exposed that it has been heavily compromised by the Buhari Presidency to rig the February 23, 2019 Presidential election and to frustrate the quest by Nigerians to reclaim the mandate from President Muhammadu Buhari and save the nation from the crisis of an illegitimate government.
“The leadership of INEC and the APC are seeking to frustrate our court option, seeing that the documents and materials will expressly show that Atiku Abubakar clearly won the election by the votes directly delivered at the polling units across the country as well as expose how the commission and the Buhari Presidency manipulated the results for President Buhari.

“The PDP cautions the INEC to note that Nigerians are now aware of its manipulative tendencies and that any further delay in granting access to the materials might attract public odium.

“INEC should therefore end its unpatriotic partisan shenanigans with the APC and immediately obey the Court of Appeal and grant the PDP and Atiku Abubakar access to the documents and materials and free itself from unholy entanglement with the APC against Nigerians.”
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You Don't Prove Integrity By Poverty – Reno Omokri to Osinbajo

Former president Goodluck Jonathan's media aide, Reno Omokri has reacted to claims by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that President Muhammadu Buhari is “perhaps” poorer now than when he was elected in 2015. He tweeted;

“Buhari is poorer now than in 2015”
- Osinbajo
Yet:
* His daughter wedded in a multimillion dollar wedding
* His son crashed a multimillion Naira bike
* He and his wife now dress in designer
* His kids fly BA First Class (I saw with me eye)

Stop the lies #BuhariNotPoorer
Osinbajo glamourises poverty by saying Buhari is poorer now than in 2015.

First of all, it is a lie! Is poverty good? Is poverty a virtue? Can a leader who can’t increase his wealth increase the nation’s wealth? You don’t prove INTEGRITY by POVERTY."
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Bishop Oyedepo's Winners Chapel Constructing 1,000 MW Plant

Reports from Canaancity project indicate that Bishop David Oyedepo-led winners chapel is set to construct 1,000 MW project in Canaancity Ota, which would give 24/7 electricity to the 15,000 housing unit estate, the church's air strip, faith theatre and covenant university's other campus.

It would be noted that winners chapel already runs a 15MW plant which powers the church campus and covenant university almost without any interruption.
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Saturday, 16 March 2019

How Can PDP Lose Election To Unknown Party In Rivers State? — Wike Laughs Opposition

Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike says at the moment no other party can win in the state except the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He spoke when members of the national assembly, elected on the platform of the PDP, presented their certificates of return to him at government house, Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Friday.

Commenting on the suspension of electoral processes in the state, the governor expressed optimism that the will of the people would prevail at the end.

He said he believes that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is doing its best to follow due process, urging the people of the state to remain calm.

“I know that PDP won the elections squarely. We believe in peace, therefore Rivers people should remain calm. We believe in due process. I believe that INEC is doing their best to follow the due process,” he said.

“In the end, it will be a sweet victory. The will of Rivers people will prevail. The people of Rivers voted overwhelmingly for the PDP in all elections, while the anti-democratic forces attempted to snatch results at the collation centres.

“Let me thank the people of Rivers state for the love they have shown for our great party. What is happening is sad. It is a drama. We have 13 house of representatives seats and the PDP clinched all of them. We have three senate seats, one has been declared and PDP won. When the remaining two seats are declared, PDP will win all.

You begin to wonder why any right thinking person would say that PDP lost the governorship election. Not that they say PDP lost to a party with a known logo, or even if you have seen the candidate one day in your life or seen his posters to make people vote for the candidate. For us, it is a drama. PDP won the election squarely.

“Not when you hijack results at the collation centre. When you hijack Form EC 8C, you forget that there is Form EC 8A. Any other party can win in any other state, but not in Rivers state. I dedicate this victory to God and the good people of Rivers state who stood firm and said that nobody can manipulate their mandate.”
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Rivers Election Results Stand: INEC Fixes Date for Just 6 LGAs

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Wednesday, March 20, 2019 for the completion of polls in six local government areas of Rivers State where elections did not hold during March 9 gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections.
INEC frowned at the roles played by some soldiers and armed gangs in trying to thwart the will of the people as expressed in the governorship and state assembly election in the state.

The decision followed the report of the fact-finding committee set by the Commission to probe the disruption of the collation of results in areas of the state.

The Commission, in a statement on Friday night, said that collated results in 17 local government areas of Rivers state are safe in the custody of INEC while results of 21 out of 32 state constituencies of the state had been declared prior to the suspension of the process by INEC.

It said it will proceed with the collation of the remaining results while the detailed timeline for completion of the election on Wednesday 20 would soon be released. The statement issued by Barrister Festus Okoye read:

“On the 10th of March 2019, the Commission suspended all electoral processes in Rivers State having determined that there was widespread disruption of collation of results of the elections conducted on the 9th day of March 2019. Subsequently, the Commission set up a Fact-Finding Committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours.

“The Commission met on the 15m day of March 2019 and considered the report of the Committee and established the following:

“That the Governorship and State Assembly elections took place in most of the polling units and results were announced.

“That the results from 17 Local Governments out of 23 are available and are in the Commission’s custody.

“That the Declaration and Returns for 21 State Constituencies out of 32 were made prior to the suspension.

“That collation centres were invaded by some soldiers and armed gangs resulting in the intimidation and unlawful arrest of election officials thereby disrupting the collation process.

“Consequent upon the foregoing, the Commission:

“Expresses its displeasure with the role played by some soldiers and armed gangs in Rivers State disrupting the collation process and attempting to subvert the will of the people. INEC is committed to expeditious completion of the collation process where results of the elections have been announced.

“Will engage the security agencies at the national level and the lnter-Agency Consultative Committee at the State level to demand neutrality and professionalism of security personnel in order to secure a peaceful environment for the completion of the elections.

“Will also engage with key stakeholders in Rivers State with a view to ensuring a smooth and peaceful completion of the process. Will issue detailed timelines and activities for the completion of the election on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019."
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INEC Releases Reports On Rivers & Bauchi Elections

The leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released its reports on the governorship elections held on March 9, 2019, in Rivers and Bauchi states.

This was contained in statements signed by INEC’s National Commissioner and chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye. See reports below...





Recall that INEC had suspended the governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers State till further notice following violence and threat to the lives of voters and the ad-hoc staff of INEC.
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Female Corper Wrongly Accused Of Electoral Fraud Is Free... Receives Her Certificate

The Corps member who was accused of election manipulation during the presidential election has been cleared. She successfully received her NYSC discharge certificate after being cleared by both the state DSS and officials of the NYSC. See photo of the incident below...


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Friday, 15 March 2019

"DON'T BE A KILL-JOY!"

I have a cousin who would always say "this pesin no get network" anytime she wants to insinuate that somebody does not share her point of view or she has nothing to gain from associating with somebody or the person is not worth her time or the stress.

Look for somebody that has network, my dear!

Some people wouldn't want to do anything meaningful with their lives and wouldn't want you to do same. When you meet such people, my dear, that pesin no get network.

Some people don't have a problem with you doing things that will help you live a fulfilled life but when you'll need their support, the everyday excuse will be "you see eh, this thing you want to do is good o but the thing is..." Or "I would have loved to put my shoulder to the wheel if not for this..." Or "I'll get back to you soonest." Sweetheart, that pesin no get network o.

Some wouldn't help you and wouldn't want you to ask or get help from others. When you meet such people, fly away o!

Flee from people without network! You'll be sorry if you don't because they'll kill whatsoever dream you have and extinguish your passion to be unique.

See eh... I believe that if that person really wants to help and is kind of tied down by circumstances, the person will suggest another possible way for you out of the situation.

If you have this dream and that person you call a friend can't share and/or encourage that dream, please move on to somebody that feels you; that loves and encourages your little efforts to make a meaning out of your life.

However, do not accommodate any form of hatred or resentment towards that person. You need such in the course of your journey to success so don't... Associate with that person but then you should bear in mind that you can't share your aspirations with that person. Again, two wrongs never make a right.

Dearie, don't you know that for every hundred that doesn't believe in you or your dream, a thousand is out there just waiting for you to whisper "I can do this..." Or "I'm good at this...?" In other words, why waste an irreplaceable asset(time) with people that don't know and want to know that our beloved father land, Nigeria, has nothing for us save what we make out of our own selves; why linger with someone without network when you have another whose network never fluctuates(available 24/7 to hear you out)?

Please, go for network-saturated people. Your future is brghtest with them!

How you wan take know pesin wey get network?

When you bring up an idea (meaningful and legal idea o. Yahoo no follow abeg) and that person understands you, encourages you and even make suggestions that are beneficial to that idea of yours, sweetheart, that pesin network strong wella!

That person doesn't have to sponsor the whole plan financially though he/she could do so if he/she is capable but then, the person's words of encouragement is enough support already. Hold that pesin wella because e go hard to get that kind pesin with network wey no dey fluctuate at all.

Now, take this torchlight wey you dey use flash other people face, flash your own face.

Don't be a kill joy!

You should be a network provider! Yes, get network so tey any pesin wey come near you go feel your vibe. In fact, make your network strong so tey people no go fit resist the urge to turn on their Wi-Fi anytime dem dey around you because dey don know say your hotspot na 24/7. I mean that you should possess a resilient spirit that will always put people on their feet to be up and doing anytime they're around you. Let them aspire to be like you as you inspire them!

No dey drain people's network and be complaining of same! I mean let it not be you that another person will accuse of being network-less. Get correct network!

Network providers are problem solvers. They are confidants. They are your go-to kind of person. They make indelible impact in the hearts of mare They have vibes that can make you feel as though you can move mountain Kilimanjaro with your little finger. Yes, that's how much they can do. 

Locate them.
Listen to the nuggets that proceed out out of their mouth.
Practicalize these nuggets.
You'll realize how close than far you are from your dreams.

We'll meet at the top!

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

How Okorocha's Son-in-law Lost Imo To PDP's Ihedioha

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, has emerged the Imo State governor-elect. He polled 273,404 votes to defeat 69 other candidates including his closest rival, Uche Nwosu of Action Alliance who scored 190,364 votes.

Announcing the results at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Owerri at exactly 10.08pm on Monday, the state returning officer, Prof. Francis Otunta, said APGA candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, polled 114,676 followed by the APC candidate, Senator Hope Uzodimma, who scored 96,458 votes.
How did APC went from ruling party to coming fourth position?

The returning officer said, “We have been working since Saturday to elect a credible governor for Imo State. The total registered voters is 2,221,008; Accredited voters is 823,743. The total votes cast is 714,35; rejected votes 25,130; total valid votes is 739,485.”

Declaring Ihedioha the winner of the polls, Prof Otunta said, “I, Francis Otunta, hereby certify that I am the returning officer for the Imo state elections. That the election was contested and the candidates received the following votes.

“Ihedioha Emeka of PDP, having satisfied the constitutional requirements, is hereby declared the winner.”

The PDP supporters burst out in wild celebrations as they sang and danced out of the hall.
Before the development, tension had heightened in the hall following the delay in the declaration of the election winner with fatigued party agents harassing the returning officers and his assistants.

The situation almost got out of hand when a state official was seen speaking with some of the electoral officers. Angry party agents rallied against him, questioning the propriety of his action.

After the declaration of the winner, the agents signed the original result sheets.
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Soldiers Stopped Us From Observing Rivers Election, says EU

The European Union (EU) Observation Mission to Nigeria says soldiers barred them from monitoring elections in Rivers State. They made the allegation in their preliminary report in Abuja on Monday.

Addressing journalists, the Chief Observer, Maria Arena, noted that they came to Nigeria on the invitation of INEC to monitor the elections and make recommendations.

Arena, who is a member of the EU Parliament, however, faulted the elections.

She said, “Observers, including EU observers, were denied access to collation centres in Rivers, apparently by military personnel. This lack of access for observers compromises transparency and trust in the process.

“In Rivers, INEC suspended until further notice the elections due to violence in polling units and collation centres, staff being taken hostage and election materials, including results sheets, seized or destroyed by unauthorised persons.

“There is no doubt that the electoral process there was severely compromised.”

Arena lamented the violence, underage voting and vote-buying that marred the governorship and House of Assembly elections in some states.

She said the EU deployed 73 observers following voting, counting and the collation of results in 22 states.

The chief observer said they monitored 223 polling units in 81 collation centres.

Arena added, “Although election operations improved, the elections were also marked by an overall low turnout and violence, including against election officials and voters.

“However, at eight polling units observed, we saw indications of vote-buying. Eight cases of obvious underage voting were also observed. Our observers saw that the counting of ballots transparent overall.

“Positively, in almost all cases, party agents received copies of the result forms, although they were often not displayed. The environment for these elections has been difficult, with cases of violence and intimidation, including attacks on election administration officials.”

She stressed the need for electoral reforms in the country, adding that the problems evident in the 2019 electoral process had shown that there was a need for an inclusive national discussion on reforms for greater electoral integrity and participation.

Arena also noted misuse of power of incumbency by the governors of the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic a Party on state-owned media houses.

She added, “While there can be many reasons for a low turnout, and it is not for me to speculate, it is surely disappointing that overall, only a relatively small portion of what is by far and away Africa’s largest electorate actually cast a vote on both election days. We hope that after these elections, parties and institutions look at what is needed to make voters want to take part in elections.”

Also speaking the Deputy Chief Observer, Hannah Roberts, criticised INEC for not providing specific information on the cancellation of votes in the February 23 elections.

She said, “While this number did not affect the outcome given the margin of win, this was not a good process. INEC did not provide sufficient information on these cancellations, the specific reasons for them, and the precise local government areas affected. This undermines public confidence in the process.”
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Wike Reacts To Political Developments In Rivers State

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has stated that the allegations leveled against him by the governorship candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) in Rivers, Biokpomabo Awara, are baseless and lacking in merit.

Wike spoke on Monday through Rivers Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah, who doubles as the Director of Information and Communications of the Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

He told Awara that governorship position is for mature people, tested and experienced persons and not for school boys with no record of public service.

Rivers governor said: “I have seen and read a copy of the press conference and our conclusion is that the entire content is as worthless as the piece of paper bearing the speech and it would be worthless to offer him (Awara) a response.

“However, allegations of wrongdoing against Governor Wike and the PDP in the press conference are false, baseless and lacking in merit.”

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers state, Mr. Obo Effanga, also denied the allegation by the governorship candidate of AAC that Wike bought a house for him in Maitama, Abuja to support the governor’s re-election. He said through the telephone last night: “It is laughable. I do not know anything about it.”
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Saturday, 9 March 2019

Good Woman Who Returned N37m Gets N1.4m From Nigerians

The reason some people are beginning to think that doing good doesn't pay is because those around them are insensitive. Ideally, when someone does something exceptional time and again, you go out of your way to make them feel truly appreciated. That's what has happened.

After her interview with Legit went viral, some Nigerians have donated over N1.4million to support airport cleaner, Josephine Agwu, who returned millions of Naira to the owners four times.

The woman in an interview few days ago had said;

“I’ve returned money 3 times. I’m a cleaner working at MMIA. I’ve returned N12m, N10m, N8m, N7m. In other countries, I will have been an ambassador talking to the youths about the importance of honesty. But today, nobody remembers me.”
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Thursday, 7 March 2019

GET USED TO IT!


Growing up, I had this faith or believe, so to say, that things will definitely fall in pleasant places for me effortlessly. I believed that I would just walk into a place I've never been before and whoa! people will see what I'm best at, my talent, boldly written on my forehead and applaud me.

But I was wrong! I was totally wrong. It never happened that way. It can't happen that way. It never has!

I found out that I had to answer the look of askance I get to see everyday on people's faces, everywhere I go. I had to prove to people that when I open my mouth to speak, I know what I want to say and I know how best to say it. I had to turn the tables against those who with raised eyebrows and twisted nose held up, say "come on! Show us what you've got."

I fight to earn. Not just money but everything! You'll have to fight to earn an applause!

I'll tell you a story.

I have this beautiful, go-to, married woman who is a very close friend of mine. I know virtually everybody in her family. That's how close I am to her.

One day, I met her somewhere after a very long time of missing her gregarious personality. Normally, she would hail me and shout till the whole world knows that I am with her but she didn't do that that day. Immediately, I asked her what the problem was but she wouldn't tell me and so I backed off.

Later on, she requested that I see her off and as we approached the gate, she said, "Jubilee, I have something to tell you. I'm sorry I didn't tell you back there when you asked because of the person in the room." I nodded because I sincerely understood her. There was somebody else with us in the room.

She pulled me to a hidden place under the shade of a big tree and began to disclose some information I tag 'top secret'. Her lovely and adorable husband had gotten a son out of wedlock after their blissful and enviable marriage. This woman was strong enough not to shed a single tear as she narrated everything. I cried a river for her within me. I cried blood for her. I tried to imagine what I would have done if I were in her shoes.

Why did I narrate this 'top secret'?

Be prepared to fight! That's the whole reason summarized in a statement.

If you have this talent that mesmerizes people - both your friends and foes - be prepared to fight to prove it. If you think that just like me, you'll walk into a place and at the mention of your name and what you do, people would bow, my dear, I think you're living in la-la land.

For joy? For love? For success? For respect? Name it!

Be ready to fight!

Just like this precious friend of mine, be ready to fight! She'll have to fight, she'll have to struggle, for her heart's desire.

I've seen her husband shower her with so much love till at a point, I began to wish I were married. He takes her to places of interest and buys her gifts that are expensive enough to buy my whole wardrobe. Yes! I mean my whole wardrobe. That's how much he loved her.

Ever since I knew them, everything had always been dandy-dandy until... Nonetheless, if she must lay claims to his heart, she'd have to fight!

Trust me, neither she nor even I, ever thought that things could go this bad but this is one thing we humans have to understand. If you must win, if you must survive, if you must lay claims to something without someone holding you by the collar to say otherwise or call you a liar, you must fight.

If you must survive that disaster, that heartbreak, that hurt, that disappointment, be ready to fight!

Again this morning, a friend told me the same thing while we were discussing. She said, "Ada eh... You see this world eh, you must fight o if you must survive." This is nothing but the truth and the sooner we realize and accept this fact, the more we learn to accept challenges wholeheartedly and the easier life would be for us because we'll get to smile more often.

Have you acquired new fame, new car, new hairstyle, new what-have-you? Be ready to fight for it!

You might want to ask, "hairstyle?"

Yes. I mean hairstyle!

Why would I say you'll have to fight for a thing as weird or trivial as fighting for your new hairstyle?

This is because no matter how nice this hairstyle of yours looks on you, there'll always be someone who would want to tell you how ugly this new hairstyle of yours has made you look. There'll always be a critic out there who would like to rub in your face the cheapness of the weave-on or the hair cream that has an awful smell even though the fragrance of your perfume has permeated the whole place. So, for everything you wear or own, no matter how small or insignificant, be ready to fight for it!

Not everybody will commend it! And so if you must keep your self-esteem in place, if you must maintain that smile you always wear anytime you are wearing your favourite black dinner gown, that confidence you have as you rock your new heels, be prepared to fight. If you must smile at their harsh criticism and laugh it off, you must fight!

I don't mean fighting with guns or matchets. I mean that kind of fight in which you get to use marvellous stratagems to prove to that critic that you just wanted to be simple and that was why you bought that cheap hair cream with an awful smell even though the truth is, you actually couldn't afford that expensive hair cream with a powerful fragrance. I mean for you to fight on your knees for that blissful marriage you used to have until the enemy attacked. Fight to prove intelligibly and confidently too, to your equals, your superiors and even your antagonists that this singing or painting talent that you have is yours and you're happy with you and that you have all it takes to prove it shamelessly anywhere, at anytime!

Please, don't get the message in this piece twisted. I don't mean to crash your faith or hope - to have a blissful marriage or be successful - that is as high as a minaret piercing the sky. I just want you to be conscious of this truth that we can't run away from and buckle your belts to fight relentlessly and with such a resilient spirit that will make your critics herald your worth wherever and whenever.

Get used to it! It never ends! Fighting never ends! Save in death.

We'll meet at the top!

We could connect, you know.
Facebook: Jubilee Adaeze Azubike
Twitter: @jubileeazubike
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Do you know I have so many stories, poems and motivational articles and videos stored up just for you in my page on Facebook, Jubilee's Pen.
Yes! It's specially for you.
Let's meet there!

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Nigerian Pastor & Wife Welcomes First Child After 22 Years

Delay is not denial. 22 years after they got married, a Nigerian pastor and his wife have welcomed their first baby. The couple identified as Reverend and Mrs Nnaghe Itam of Foundation Faith Church (Salem Church) in Calabar, are celebrating the arrival of their baby.

The cute baby girl named Gordalli-Evergreen Nnaghe Itam was dedicated in church on Sunday, Febuary 24, amid joyous cries and praise.


The child dedication programme was shared on the church official Facebook Page;
“Glory to God as our Papa and Mama Dedicate our Global Baby Gordalli-Evergreen Nnaghe Itam, she goes to Church today after 22 years of Marriage. The Joy that fills our Hearts knows no bounds. #BreakingForth #Imagodei #AMCCalabar”
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Lagos Police Hold Peace Meeting With Oba & Eze Ndigbo Over Okota Attacks

In an effort to quell the election crisis in Okota area of Lagos, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Lagos and Ogun, AIG David Folawiyo and the new Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Mu’azu Zubairu, have engaged community leaders, the Osolo of Isolo, Oba Kabiru Adelaja Agbabiaka and Eze Ndigbo and Chairman Council of Ndieze Lagos State, Eze Christian, Uchechukwu Nwachukwu and other community leaders in peace talk.

CP Zubairu while speaking at the palace of Osolo of Isolo on Monday evening said, what happened on Saturday was a matter of concern for everybody, including the security agencies, the Oba and the residents.

According to him, everybody was aware of the issues in the area but not aware of the true facts. He said he was in the area on Saturday with the AIG and without knowing that what happened in Okota, the election was wonderful.

“They said three people were killed and nobody had seen one corpse anywhere in this area. The gentleman who was attacked was immediately rescued, rushed to the hospital and he is getting better in the hospital. But you can see the negative news being sprayed about this area which is not good for everybody.

“If there are issues of elections in Nigeria, it should not be in Lagos and if there is any problem of elections in Lagos, why should it be in Okota where you have peace-loving Nigerians living together?

“This is why the AIG and myself have come here to reemphasise the peaceful co-existence which I believe has been happening in this kingdom for so many years. This kingdom is not known for any violence or crisis. It is known for living together in peace; why is this area trying to get a new name now? A place of crisis and chaos?

The CP said he believed the meeting was going to cement the relationship between the communities in the area.

“It is going to tell our followers that we are all one, and that what we need is peace. On our own side as a security agency, we are going to tell the people that we are here for everybody. We assure them that we are going to give the necessary safe and secure environment for the remaining elections.”

He urged the leaders to allow people vote candidates of their choice. “Party A or B doesn’t matter because that is what is bringing the problem. That it must be a particular party must be erased from our minds. Let us focus on good leadership. Nobody must be compelled to choose a party or candidate of any party.”

Earlier, AIG Folawiyo had said they were lucky to have the community leaders in attendance at the meeting. He urged them to shun violence in the area, adding that the police do not have problems with the community leaders but need their assistance.

Eze Nwachukwu said, the meeting with the Oba was very necessary and was about what happened during the last election.

According to Nwachukwu, there was a disagreement and the Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba communities were ready to sort it out and agree among themselves that if such should happen, they should report to the police or the Oba.

“What happened was that some hoodlums high jacked some polling units and suddenly somebody did not go to the police nor the oba and went ahead and took the laws into his hand. And nearly take someone’s life. Nobody died but there were some injuries.

“We have agreed that everyone should go home and talk to their people so that peace can reign. We have talked about peace for the Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba communities. We have agreed to be meeting from time to time to discuss our common problem for the interest of everyone.”

Oba Agbabiaka urged the Igbo leaders to always report any issues or disagreements to the police if they cannot come to him.

“Anytime you have any problem or any grudge with any people, you should please if you cannot come to me, call the police. You cannot take the laws into your hand or give judgement by yourself.

“Ndigbo, you see sometimes, it is good to show signs of appreciation. Majority of you know me, either you had your property through us or through the government.

“All you should know is that you are within Isolo and there is nothing that I do that I don’t carry you along. And that is what brought the idea of handing about four or five of you chieftaincy tittles.

“Also, the government means well for you. Luckily, in the last election, the House of Representatives winner in this area is your man, an Igbo, and the House of Assembly representative is also your man, two councillors are from you and also one supervising councillor.”

The Oba said there was nowhere in Lagos State the Igbo could see such gesture, adding that the government of Lagos State was trying to look after them and therefore them to be grateful.
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Excited Young Lady Weds Physically Challenged Man In Delta

A lady was obviously overwhelmed with joy as she tied the knot to her lovely physically challenged partner in Sapele area of Delta state. The couple simply identified as Mr. and Mrs. Oba, were overjoyed at the wedding ceremony because people never believed that it would happen considering the man’s condition.

Congratulations to the new couple!
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Monday, 25 February 2019

See The First Aircraft To Land In Nigeria

The history of Nigerian aviation can be traced back to November 1, 1925, when the first aircraft to ever land in Nigerian landed in the ancient city of Kano. 90 years ago, an aircraft belonging to the Royal Airforce (RAF) – De Havilland DH 9A – touched down Nigeria.

The air trip to Nigeria from Helwan (a town in Egypt) was led by the then Flight Lt. Coningham.

Nigerians awaited the arrival of the aircraft re-scheduled to land by 5pm. At 5.10 pm on November 1, 1925, Coningham landed the aircraft on a polo ground outside Kano’s ancient walls.

There were crowds of about 20,000 people who came to witness the first aircraft to land in Nigeria.

Vincent Orange’s book, the “Coningham: A Biography of Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham”, vividly captured the expedition.

Kano residents only saw plane again ten years after the Coninghams’ departure when Imperial Airways aircraft landed during the reign of Emir Abdullahi Bayero in 1935.

Coningham who is the pilot that landed the first aircraft in Nigeria was presumed dead on January 30, 1948 when the airliner he was flying to Bermuda got missing off the coast of USA. His death remains one of the unsolved mysteries of the aviation history. His whereabouts is still not known till date.
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