The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 31st March, 2015

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APC Rejects Results Of Presidential Poll In Bayelsa

The All Progressives Congress, Bayelsa State chapter, has rejected the declared results of the last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.

The party alleged on Monday that the results were filled with widespread irregularities.

According to the APC, the elections were heavily compromised and characterised by intimidation of voters and arrests of APC members and agents in most parts of the state.

The APC, in a statement by its chairman, Chief Tiwei Oruminighe, accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party to massively rig the elections.

He said, “There are armed and security forces collusion with PDP to compromise the electoral process; late arrival of electoral materials, and deliberate refusal to use the card readers.”

 

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Osun PDP, APC Disagree Over Outcome Of Polls

The Peoples Democratic Party has expressed dissatisfaction with the result of the presidential election in Osun State.

While announcing the result at the Independent National Electoral Commission headquarters in Osogbo, Prof. Isaac Azuzu, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Oye Ekiti and the Osun State collating officer, had declared the All Progressives Congress winner of the presidential poll.

The APC garnered a total of 383,603 votes from 28 out of the 30 local government areas in the state to defeat the PDP, which scored 249,929.

 

 

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Fayose Will Defeat APC Again – Aide

The Special Assistant to Governor Ayodele Fayose on Information, Youth and Sports, Mr. Lanre Ogunsuyi, has said the outcome of the Saturday’s election signalled the end of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State.

The Peoples Democratic Party won all the three senatorial districts and the six House of Representatives seats in the state.

Ogunsuyi, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Monday, said the election results proved that the June 21 governorship election won by Fayose was not rigged as claimed.

“It is now confirmed to whoever is still doubting whether Fayose is indeed a super political champion that the man is more than that, he is also a rare breed.

“In the same token, the outcome of Saturday’s National Assembly election, which made the PDP candidates to defeat all the candidates of APC in both the Senate and House of Representatives, including all the incumbents, shows that all negative claims about June 21, 2014 governorship poll, existed only in the imagination of those that faulted the outcome,” he said.

Ogunsuyi boasted that the PDP would repeat the same feat on April 11 in the State House of Assembly election.

“We don’t want a type of State Assembly that will be antagonistic of the governor and cause distractions for him.

“We already have problems with the current Assembly, and we do not want a repeat of that. We also do not want a 13-13 scenario as we were all living witnesses to its attendant negative effects in the past,” he added.

 

 

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APC Loses Six Reps Seats In Lagos

The All Progressives Congress has lost five House of Representatives seats to the Peoples Democratic Party and a seat to the Accord Party in Lagos.

Investigations by our correspondent showed that most of the reps lost in Igbo- dominated local government areas.

Sources in the APC said the love the people of the South-East have for President Goodluck Jonathan positively affected the PDP candidates, some of whom had not even been rigorously campaigning.

 

 

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Amaechi Imposes Curfew On Rivers

THERE was panic and anxiety in Port Harcourt on Monday following the announcement of an imposition of curfew in the state by the Rivers State Government.

The Secretary to the Government, Mr. George Feyii, who made the announcement said that the curfew would be effective from 7pm to 6am.

Feyii pointed out that the curfew would continue until further notice, adding that the aim was to protect lives and property of law abiding citizens.

Motorists and passersby, who got wind of the announcement late, rushed home just as residents looking for petrol to fuel their generators had to shelve the idea and went back home with their empty cans.

According to the statement signed by Feyii, “‘The Rivers State Government has declared a dusk to dawn curfew in the state beginning from Monday, March 30, 2015.

“Consequently residents in the state are by this announcement advised to observe the declaration of the curfew from the hour of 7pm to 6am except for workers on special duties.

“This is to forestall any breakdown of law and order in the state and to ensure the protection of lives and property of law abiding citizens. The curfew subsists until further notice.”

But the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, said the State Police Command was not aware of the announcement from the state government.

 

 

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We Will Resist Rigging – Jonathan Campaigners

The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation has said it will resist rigging of the presidential election.

Its Presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, is currently facing stiff opposition from the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.) for the coveted position.

The Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign organsiation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday.

He also insisted that based on the information made available to the party, President Jonathan was leading in the race.

 

 

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Boko Haram ‘Weakened’ But Still Committing ‘Horrendous’ Acts – UN

As the Security Council met this morning to discuss threats to international peace and security caused by terrorism, top United Nations (UN) officials briefed the 15-member body on the impact of Boko Haram in Nigeria and beyond, warning of the group’s intensified violence and brutality.

“Though weakened, the group continues to commit horrendous acts against civilians, including against women and children,” said Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA). “Boko Haram’s recent allegiance to the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whether for publicity reasons or to tap into ISIL’s support, is also of concern as it is gives a clear signal that Boko Haram’s agenda goes well beyond Nigeria.”

 

 

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#NigeriaDecides: INEC Rubbishes APC Claims Of No Election In Rivers

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria (INEC) has debunked claims of malpractice by protesting members of the All Progressives Congress who took to the streets in Rivers State after the election.

Rivers state has been a flash point in this elections with pockets of violence reported. The INEC said elections were held in the state.

Supporters of the All progressives Congress in their thousands and political aspirants of the party in the sate, started protesting after Saturday’s elections, saying there was no election in the state.

They have forwarded a petition to the INEC, seeking the cancellation of the elections results and insisting that it was flawed.

On Saturday, the Governor of the State, Chibuike Amaechi, of the All Progressives Congress, had asked the party’s supporters to boycott the voting, claiming that there was a deliberate attempt to rig the election.

He had asked an INEC official to show him the result sheet, where election results would be recorded after votes are cast, before he would vote. The INEC official according to him could not provide the document he requested for.

 

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