Nigerian youths and the 2019 general elections

By Chaplain Joseph Joluwaseyi  In the next few hours,  the 2019 general elections could begin across the states of the federation.    Mixed reactions have however continued to trail the fort-coming elections. While some people are predicting doomsday to Nigeria, others think the elections will be relatively violence-free.  But, as usual, eligible voters, who have collected their voter’s cards, will have to go out and cast their votes for the candidates of their choices, on the various days allocated by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for the exercise.  Based on…

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Over 1000 members dump APC for PDP ahead 2019 elections in Ogun

By Emmanuel Udom No fewer than 1,000 members of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State have defected from the party and pledged their allegiance to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The defectors, who were led by Pastor Adetunde Joseph from Oungbe Ward, Ita-Oba, Iselu, in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, were received into the PDP when party leaders, including the State Chairman, Engr. Adebayo Dayo; the Deputy Governorship Candidate, Dr. Reuben Abati and the Director-General of the Organisation, Aare…

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APC: Appeal Court knocks out Enoh’s plea on stay of execution, Insists Usani remains APC governorship aspirant

By Ita Akpan Calabar The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar has refused an oral application brought by a factional Chairman of All Progressive Congress, APC John Ochala for a stay of execution of a Federal High Court judgment recognizing Godwin Etim John executive in Cross River State. Delivering judgment in an appeal brought by the embattled Acting Chairman of APC yesterday, Justice Mojeed Owoade ordered that all parties maintain the status quo, pending the determination of the appeal filed by Ochala against the judgment of the Federal High Court…

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Buratai, army chief dares trouble makers ahead Feb 23 presidential poll

The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, has directed commanders to deal decisively with anyone caught doing anything that will be inimical to the success of the elections. At a meeting with principal officers and commanders of the Nigerian Army in Abuja on Wednesday, he said the army was taking a proactive approach to stop election crimes such as ballot box snatching and violence. He also directed the commanders to ensure the restrictions of movement within their commands and also carry out a stop and search, anyone found culpable…

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2019 elections: Shun bloodbath, Prince Adedoyin advises electorates in Kwara

Dare Akogun As Nigerians prepare for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, the governorship candidate of Accord Party in Kwara State Prince Samuel Adedoyin has advised electorates to shun violence before, during and after the elections. Prince  Ayorinde Adedoyin who stated this during a chat with newsmen warned politicians and security agencies to avoid acts capable of affecting the peace of the nation even as he  called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to avoid taking sides in the  general elections. Speaking on his governorship  ambition in kwara state …

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PDP’s reign must end in Kwara, says AbdulRazaq

Dare Akogun Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Thursday urged the people of the state to reject all PDP’s candidates at the poll. “They don’t have anything else for you. Go out on Saturday to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and all our National Assembly candidates. This is the only way out for us,” AbdulRazaq said at a rally in Pakata area in Ilorin. “We must end their misrule this Saturday. Once you vote all our candidates this weekend, we can complete the work on March 2.” Yahaya Seriki,…

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Fears over Obasanjo’s link with foreign poll observers

There is anxiety in political circles over the composition of some of the international observer missions deployed in the country for the general elections. The presidential election is slated for Saturday. The popular thinking is that former President Olusegun Obasanjo may have been influential to the composition and emergence of some of the chairmen of some of the observer groups. The ex-President, who is backing former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, is suspected to have sold an agenda to these observers, based on a  perception of what a source described as…

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Spaces for Change tackles Buhari over persistent attack on persons, groups

By Emmanuel Udom Spaces for  Change, S-4-C, has called on the Muhammed Buhari-led government to halt the persistent attack on persons and groups making meaningful contributions to the democratic process. The group specifically demanded for the discontinuance of all phoney charges pressed against political activists, opposition politicians and other eminent Nigerians Executive Director of S-4-C, Mrs Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, in a press statement named Justice Walter Onnoghen, Senator Dino Melaye and Mr Deji Adeyanju, as some of the prominent persons being attack by the government, while others are languishing in detention…

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CLEEN Foundation trains police officers on election duties

WELCOME REMARKS BY DR. BENSON OLUGBUO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CLEEN FOUNDATION AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR POLICE OFFICERS ON ELECTION SECURITY MANAGEMENT FOR THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS  Date: January 22nd-23rd, 2019 Venue: R & A City Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos May I on behalf of the CLEEN Foundation warmly welcome all our police officers from Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti State Police Commands to this important event being organized by CLEEN Foundation with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID). We want to…

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Police Service Commission guidelines for the conduct of police officers on electoral duty-CLEEN Foundation

INTRODUCTION Police officers on electoral duties have a responsibility of ensuring that peaceful conditions are maintained at the polling and counting centres during elections and that citizen’s exercise of their franchise is carried out without fear of coercion, intimidation, violence or manipulation. To effectively discharge these function, the observation of the following guidelines is compulsory for every police officer on duty. Alertness Police officers on electoral duty must be prompt in responding to any form of incident which could escalate if not properly handled at the polling and counting centres.…

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