The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 26th March, 2015

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VANGUARD:

Jonathan Will Record Landslide Victory In Ogun – Isiaka

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka yesterday predicted landslide victory for President Goodluck Jonathan, saying Ogun people will massively vote for him and other National Assembly members fielded by the PDP.

 

 

VANGUARD:

FG Planning To Arrest APC Leaders – Tinubu

NATIONAL Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, said Federal Government was planning to arrest leaders of his party ahead of Saturday’s election.

 

 

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VANGUARD:

Jonathan’s Men Out To Demonize Ex-Military Leadears – IBB

Former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, yesterday described as callous and wicked the attempt by promoters of President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid to undermine the military institution by embarking on mudslinging campaigns against former presidents and leaders of military background.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Why I Am Being Attcked Over Card Readers – Jega

Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, Wednesday, said he has no regrets for insisting on deploying Smart Card Reader machines for the conduct of the general election, saying he knew that the decision would attract unwarranted attacks on his integrity as a person.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Boko Haram Using Human Shields

Boko Haram is using an unknown number of civilians as human shields as its fighters flee an offensive by multinational forces.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Jonathan Lied, LASG And Not FG Is Building The Adiyan Phase 11 Water Works – Fashola

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday accused President Goodluck Jonathan of trying to take the glory for a project the state is handling.

Governor Fashola made the allegation during his address at the first year anniversary of Lagos Homes Mortgage Scheme, Lagos- HOMS, held at Ikeja on Wednesday.

According to Governor Fashola, the presidency falsely claimed that the ongoing Adiyan Phase 11 Water Works was part of his six years achievements, saying nothing could be farther to the truth.

Fashola said: “I was reading The Guardian newspaper and on page 64, President Goodluck Jonathan listed as part of his achievement the ongoing construction of Adiyan Phase 11 Water Works. That advertorial is a lie. Lagos State government under my administration is the one building the waterworks.

“Many may not know about the project because it is yet to be completed. That project is being built and funded by taxes paid by residents of Lagos State. And if the presidential campaign is based on lies, it shows how deeply corruption has entered and rooted in the leadership of this country today.

“You can lie about the project that is not yours in order to deceive people for vote. That is a very low presidential watermark. No amount of documentary will change what is going on. And we will continue to say the truth. Instead of governing, they have become filmmakers.”

 

 

VANGUARD:

#NigeriaDecides: Sensitive Materials On The Move – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday said it had began the distribution of sensitive materials.

 

 

VANGUARD:

Polls: FG Shuts Land, Sea Borders

All land and sea borders were closed last night while international flights to and from Nigeria will be suspended by midnight today as Nigerians go to the polls on Saturday to elect the President and members of the National Assembly.

 

 

VANGUARD:

FG Planning To Accuse Our Chieftains Of Electoral Fraud – APC

THE All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Federal Government of planing to plant Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVCs and card reader jammers in the residences and offices of some of its chieftains so as to accuse them of electoral fraud during the elections.

 

 

VANGUARD:

PPA Adopts Jonathan Its Presidential Candidate

Barely 48 hours to the presidential election, the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, has adopted the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan as candidate of the party for the Saturday’s poll.

 

 

VANGUARD:

INEC Takes PVCs To Churches In Enugu

INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Enugu State, has added a new dimension to the distribution of permanent voters cards, PVCs, by moving to various churches to locate owners of the cards yet to be collected. Vanguard gathered that the measure was adopted to let eligible voters yet to collect theirs do so without hassles.

 

 

THE SUN:

March 28: APC Is Desperate For Power – Senator Adeyemi

Senator Smart Adey­emi yesterday said that the All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) “was desperate to win” the presidential elec­tion on March 28.

Adeyemi told newsmen in Abuja yesterday that Ni­gerians should hold the APC responsible if the nation’s na­scent democracy is scuttled after the polls.

“The APC should be held responsible if democracy is truncated. I want Nigerians to be wary of the APC. it’s a party that’s extremely desper­ate because information across the country today shows that the PDP will win at all levels with a landslide.”

“Nigerians now know that the APC is desperate for pow­er. The actions and utterances of their leadership is a pointer to the fact that this is a des­perate party that’s looking for power at all costs.”

 

 

THE SUN:

Improvement In Power Sector, A Feat By Jonathan – Nebo

To be candid with you, it hasn’t been difficult campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan, knowing where we were when the current administration came on board and what we have right now. We were barely generating 2, 800 megawatts. Today, we are generating more than 4, 000 megawatts with the capacity to generate much more, if only the vandals will leave us alone and allow government to fulfill its promise to the people.

 

 

THE SUN:

Suit Against Buhari’s Eligibility To Run Postponed Till After Elections

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday adjourned a lawsuit seeking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify the presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), from contesting the March 28, Presidential election. The case was adjourned till April 22 and 23rd 2015 for further hearing.

 

 

TRIBUNE:

Court Asks Lamido, Police To Pay N30m Damages To APC Candidate

THE Federal High Court sitting in Dutse, Jigawa State capital, has asked Governor Sule Lamido to pay the sum of N30 million damages to All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate, Alhaji Sabo Muhammed Nakudu.

Giving the judgement, Justice Sabi’u Yahuza said the court was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant violated the fundamental rights of the plaintiff.

 

 

TRIBUNE:

IGP Warns Against Deployment Of Unauthorized Uniformed Security Agencies

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, has directed that under no account should uniformed private/government security agencies and voluntary organisations, such as Boys Scout, Vigilante Group, Boys Brigade, Peace Ambassador, Man’O War, be seen in uniform within 300 metres of a polling unit.

This is as he restated the restriction of vehicular movement from 8.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m. during the general election.

While warning politicians and VIPs not to go to polling units on the day of the election with armed orderlies, the IGP said the use of siren, revolving lights, tinted glasses by unauthorised citizens would not be allowed.

He, however, reiterated the force commitment to the provision of round-the-clock security before, during and after the elections for the teeming citizens of the country.

He advised voters to conduct themselves in an orderly manner to ensure free, fair and violence-free elections.

 

 

TRIBUNE:

Nigerians Travel Out Of Lagos, Kano, Others

Air travels through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos has recorded an increase, following the large turnout of passengers travelling from one part of the country to another.

The increase, also being experienced on the international scene, had been attributed to the coming presidential election slated for Saturday across the country.

The development, even as Nigerians have started withdrawing cash from banks.

The large turnout of air travellers, which became noticeable early this week, became alarming on Wednesday, when Nigerian Tribune went round the airport.

Business had increased for International airlines like British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Ethad, Emirates, South African Airways and Kenya Airlines, in view of the full load capacity they have been enjoying since, Monday.

 

 

TRIBUNE:

Group Tasks Foreign Observers On Fairness During Elections

Coalition of Civil Society groups in Nigeria, under the umbrella of National Democratic Front (NDF) have urged Nigerians and foreign observers in the country to beam their searchlights on some political actors to enhance fairness.

With this move, the coalition said would foster equality in some sections of the country due to the low distribution of permanent voter cards (PVCs) in some parts of the country.

Rising from a roundtable discussion on the 2015 general election, held in Abuja, on Wednesday, the coalition alleged that Nigerians were going into the elections with so many unanswered questions bordering on the recent activities of the electoral umpire.

The coalition said the low distribution of PVCs in some states might lead to the disenfranchisement of some voters in the country.

 

 

TRIBUNE:

APC, OPC Thugs Clash In Lagos

Pandemonium broke out around the National Stadium axis of Surulere, Lagos State, when suspected thugs loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) clashed with members of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC), attacking motorists who were trying to connect the Ojuelegba end of Western Avenue Road.

According to eyewitness account, members of the OPC, loyal to Ganiu Adams were actually on an awareness march ahead of the forthcoming elections.

Trouble broke out when supporters of a National Assembly aspirant on the APC platform, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, who were also on a political solidarity march came face-to-face with the OPC members.

Cutlasses and machetes were freely used, as motorists plying the Western Avenue Road scampered to safety, abandoning their vehicles in the traffic gridlock which ensued.

With the violence in Surulere today, the atmosphere for elections in Lagos had become charged, even as the elections is still days away.

 

Henry Igwe

Henry Igwe

Copywriter. Sanguine. God understands me.

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