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Atiku Absence From Peace Accord Ceremony Caused By Communication Lapse – PDP
Kola Ologbondiyan, The National Publicity Secretary of the Party, on Tuesday Night said that the party will look into the communication gap between it and the National Peace Committee, chaired by General Abdusalami Abubakar, a former Nigerian leader.
Electoral Act Bill: Peter Obi’s Camp Urge National Assembly To Override Buhari’s Decision
A Group, the Peter Obi Support Network, POSN, has urged the National Assembly to come to the rescue of the country’s democracy by immediately override President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the amended Electoral Act.
Buhari, on Thursday, December 6, 2018, declined assent to the bill for the fourth time, saying that he is “concerned that passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral process for the 2019 general election which commenced under the 2015 Electoral Act, could create some uncertainty about the applicable legislation to govern the process.”
Jonathan’s Claims On US Interference in 2015 Polls a “mischaracterisation” – US Govt.
The United States Consulate in Nigeria has responded to the allegation by Former President Goodluck Jonathan in his book “My Transition Hour” that a former United State President caused his loss at the 2015 polls.
Stop Protecting Corrupt Relatives – PDP Tells Buhari
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to his integrity status by allowing an open investigation of his associates and close relatives, who were mentioned in alleged looting of public resources.
The opposition party accused Presidency officials of concealing malpractices by the President’s relatives with the recent attempts by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to gag a suspect who claimed to have engaged in illegal transactions with one Mariatu, a sister to the First Lady.
2019: Sowore Blasts Organizers For Excluding Him From Peace Accord, Presidential Debate
Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, has expressed displeasure as he was not called to sign the Peace Accord agreement of presidential candidates ahead of 2019 election.
President Muhammadu Buhari as well as some other presidential candidates had signed the agreement yesterday, Naija News reports.
Electoral Act: INEC To Meet With Political Parties, Other Stakeholders, This Week
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed plans to meet with all stakeholders including registered political parties to brainstorm on the controversies trailing the Electoral Act and how to make the 2019 elections credible.
Naija News understands INEC’s Deputy Director on Gender, Mrs. Blessing Obidegwu, made this known yesterday, after a media-gender sensitive programme organised by INEC in Lagos.
Ogun State Governorship: Amosun Will Support Me When The Time Comes – Abiodun
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has expressed the confidence that aggrieved members of the party will resolve their differences before the 2019 elections.
He noted that Governor Ibikunle Amosun will kick-start the party’s campaign when the time comes, adding that the governor would also use the event to raise his hand as the party’s flag bearer for the March election.
2019: SDP Pulls Out CUPP, Rejects Atiku, Declares Donald Duke As Presidential Candidate
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the SDP, Mr Alfa Mohammed, in Abuja on Tuesday at the end of the party’s expanded caucus meeting, SDP noted that Atiku’s emergence did not measure up to the established standard which was assented to by the political parties that formed the alliance.
Ambode’s Conduct At Lagos APC Primaries, Worthy Of Emulation – Shettimah
This he declared , noting that the governor’s acceptance of the turn out of Lagos governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is worthy of emulation.
Breaking: Atiku, Ezekwesili To Sign Peace Accord On 2019 Elections Today
The Presidential Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and his Allied Congress Party of Nigeria counterpart, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, are to sign the peace accord on the conduct of the 2019 elections today.
The two candidates and some others were not present when President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress signed the accord in Abuja on Tuesday, Naija News recalls.
N30,000 New Minimum Wage Must Be Paid Before 2019 Elections – NLC
The Nigerian Labour Congress has insisted the new minimum wage must be implemented and paid to workers before the 2019 general elections.
Chairman, Oyo State chapter of the NLC, Comrade Waheed Olojede, said this during his remark at the 2018 Pension Day celebration organised by pensioners in the state on Tuesday in Ibadan, the state capital.
See Why Nigerian Lawmakers Are Threatening Ministers With Jail Terms
Members of the House of Representatives have told Nigerian Ministers and other public officials working with the Executive arm of government that they are subject to scrutiny at all times on how budgetary allocations to their offices were used and that they will go to jail if they spend money without appropriation.
If you spend without our appropriation you go to jail, Reps tell Amaechi, others pic.twitter.com/dxOp8IoSUJ
— Crevo360 (@Crevo360_Ng) December 12, 2018
2019: Agbaje Speaks On What Will Happen In Lagos State If Sanwo-Olu Emerges Governor
Writing on his verified Twitter handle on Wednesday morning, Agbaje claimed that Sanwo-Olu’s running mate, Obafemi Hamzat, will be the second Governor.
2019: Obasanjo Is Confused, No One Takes Him Seriously – Presidency
The Presidency has dismissed the recent utterances by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, as a sign of confusion not worthy of attention.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said that whoever Obasanjo chooses to support at the 2019 elections is irrelevant, as the former president had publicly changed his mind on the matter so many times over the past few months alone.
President Buhari Refers To Jibrin As ‘Your Highness’ In FEC Meeting
Council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja was thrown into laughter today, when President Muhammadu Buhari referred to the Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibrin as “Your Highness”.
Buhari who arrived the council chamber for the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at 11:01am had, after the National Anthem, said ” prayers your Highness”, referring to Jibrin.
Buhari’s Refusal To Sign Electoral Bill Shows Fear Of Losing 2019 – Politicians
Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, andNCP presidential candidate, Dr. Yusuf Tanko,have joined voices criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari‘s refusal to sign Electoral Bill.
Tanko on his part, said Buhari was only acting out of selfish interest by not signing the bill.
2019: Atiku Finally Signs Peace Accord In Abuja
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has finally signed the peace accord for 2019 presidential candidates in Abuja.
The Presidential Candidate of the @OfficialPDPNig, @Atiku has signed the Peace Accord Document of the National Peace Committee ahead of the 2019 General Elections. The peace accord was signed today in company of the PDP Chairman, @UcheSecondus and others at the Kukah Center pic.twitter.com/GNXWvhc8eH
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) December 12, 2018
Electoral Act: APC Reps Will Stop Override Of Buhari’s Veto, Gbajabiamila Says
The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House would scuttle any plan to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto of the 2018 Electoral (Amendment) Bill.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday at the National Assembly, Mr Gbajabiamila said the APC has more than the required number to stop the process.