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Month: February 2019

BREAKING: INEC ‘Achieves’ 95% Reconfiguration Of 180,000 Card Readers

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Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has given an update on the body's preparations for the elections rescheduled to begin on Saturday. Addressing a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, Yakubu, who had earlier briefed stakeholders on the commission's preparations, spoke to newsmen on efforts to ensure free, fair and credible elections. Speaking on the preparations of the electoral umpire, he said so far, 95% reconfiguration of 180,000 card readers has been achieved.   Elections Politics Breaking News News AddThis :  Featured Image :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  originally from saharareporters.com

Saraki: All The Nollywood In APC Yesterday Is Because They Don’t Want Elections

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Senate President Bukola Saraki has accused the All progressives Congress (APC) of seeking another postponement of the 2019 general election. Saraki said this on Tuesday during the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the rescheduled elections.  "We know, all that drama you saw yesterday, all that Nollywood drama in the APC caucus meeting yesterday is because they're looking for another postponement; they don't want elections on Saturday," he said. "We know they don't want elections on Saturday, but elections Insha Allahu will happen on Saturday, and the elections that will happen on Saturday will bring in the man that will take us to Promised Land. "INEC, you know that they don't want the election on Saturday, but you must d...

Bi-Courtney Makes U-Turn, Allows Staff To Join Unions

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Less than five months after the industry unions picketed Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, for banning its staff from joining any union of their choice in the Nigerian aviation industry, the company has rescinded its decision. In an internal memo obtained by SaharaReporters, the company indicated that members of staff who wanted to join the unions could do so with immediate effect. The management also backdated the dues deducted from its staff by nine months — May 2018 to January 2019 — and remitted them to the coffers of their respective unions. The company said it would henceforth deduct 2.5 per cent of basic salary from any of its staff who joined the unions and remit such. The memo, dated January 8, 2

You’re The Kind Of Candidate I’ll Endorse, Femi Kuti Tells Sowore

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Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Nigerian musician and son of the late afro-beat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has called on young people to plan for a landslide victory against the corrupt establishment.  He made the call at the New Africa Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos while hosting Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC). Femi, who is also a human rights activist, spoke on the sudden postponement of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). "This bunch of people, them yeye no be small. How can you just wake up and say you are not ready? What have you been doing for the past four years?," he asked. Lifting Sowore's hand, he continued: "If I’m going to endorse somebody, this is the type of person I will endorse. If there is a person I

#CorpersNotSlave: The Plight, Unjust And Unfair Treatment Of NYSC Members By Alao Abiodun

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The youth in any nation represent the future of that nation because they play a very vital and crucial role in the development of their nation in all ramifications and have always been the major key actor to any of the activities in the country.  Few days ago, Corps members across the nation were stranded in an horrifying and terrific state. The lamentation and complaints by corps members in various RACs across the nation over the very poor and shoddy welfare condition underscores the inhumane treatment, highly egregious preparations and pathetic welfare conditions for corps members in Nigeria especially during elections. Sadly, various RACs were looking like displaced settlements with no adequate shelter, poor security, no water and other basics. Many took a lot of risk,...

ECOWAS, EU, US Urge INEC To Adhere Strictly To New Date

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), European Union (EU), United States of America, among other foreign election observers, have urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to adhere strictly to the new date announced for elections. They also appealed to Nigerians to support INEC, despite the outrage over the sudden postponement of the elections by one week. A statement issued on Saturday by the US Embassy, noted that it fully supported the position on the joint statement by international election observers on the postponement of the elections. The said statement was jointly signed by the leader of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, former President of Liberia, Johnson Sirleaf, African Union Election Observation Mission leader, former Prime Min...