Wednesday, February 20News That Matters

Author: Francis Ibikunle

FLASHBACK: Delayed Materials, Insecurity… Reasons INEC Postponed Past Elections

Breaking News
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has characteristically postponed Nigeria’s elections, earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Few hours to when Nigerians were expected to cast their votes in various polling units, Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman, said after “careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan”, the commission decided to postpone the presidential and National Assembly elections to February 23, 2019, while governorship and state House of Assembly elections will now hold on March 9, 2019. This is not the first time major elections would be postponed in Nigeria. In 2011 and 2015, the commission cited late arrival of voting materials and insecurity, respectively, for the reason it postponed the electi

Gunmen Kill Okowa’s ‘Notorious’ Special Assistant On Youth Development

Politics
Lawrence Ngozi Akpomiemie, Special Assistant on Youth Development to Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, popularly referred to as ‘Notorious’, has been killed by yet-to-be-identified gunmen. SaharaReporters reliably gathered that Akpomiemie, popularly called Ngozi, was murdered in cold blood on Friday night in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state on his way from an undisclosed outing. A source, who preferred not to be named, said the deceased was ambushed by the gunmen while returning from an outing with a lady suspected to be his girlfriend, on Friday night. However, it was not clear at the time of this report if the lady was also killed during the attack."You know Ngozi is a notorious criminal in Uvwie too. He has committed so many atrocities against humanit

BREAKING: Names Of Election Ad Hoc Staff ‘Replaced At The Last Minute’ In Adamawa

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Breaking News Most of the names shortlisted as ad hoc staff in Adamawa State have been replaced at the last minute, a source at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has complained to SaharaReporters. "Most of the people who were originally shortlisted just woke up on Thursday morning to discover that their names had been removed and replaced with names, majority of which were Muslims," he said. "The replacements were most evident in Metropolitan Local Government in Yola North." The source also raised the alarm about the possibility of inadequate supply of sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the conduct of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections. Speaking exclusively with SaharaReporters, the source said "as of midnight on Thursday, both sen

Boko Haram Seeking Media Attention, Says Borno Governor

Politics
Kashim Shettima, Governor of Borno State, says the faction of the insurgent group that attacked him are only seeking to attract local and global media attention to themselves. Shettima was attacked on Tuesday, on his way to Gamboru in continuation of campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly elections. Three people were confirmed dead in the attack. Shettima said he would visit the families of those killed to commiserate with them. Speaking through Isa Gusau, Special  Adviser on Media and Strategy, Shettima said the Boko Haram sect that attacked him is only seeking local and global media attention in order to sustain propaganda strategy and to instill fear in citizens and gallant troops. He said: “Governor Kashim Shettima mourns, with the deepest thoughts and

DOSSIER: Owned By Amaechi’s Friend — Everything You Need To Know About HSLI, The Israeli Company Hired To Jam The Networks During Elections

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  On Monday, October 30, 2017, Nigeria's Federal Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi stunned his audience at an event to mark the World Maritime Day, as he unveiled an extensive deal at an estimated value of $195 million with an Israeli company, in which he did not name (later it was revealed that the company's name is HSLI Systems and Technology Ltd.).  Amaechi revealed that as a result of the deal, the unnamed company would gain complete control over Nigeria's waterways for a period of three years. Meanwhile, the Israeli company would provide training services to the Nigerian security forces; and at the end of the three-year contract, the Nigerians will regain full control of the waterways from the unnamed company. The agreement also consists of a supply of three hel...

Help Us Send A Psychiatrist To Evaluate Amaechi, Wike Begs Buhari

Politics
Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to send a psychiatrist to "review the situation" of Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation. Addressing non-indigenes of Rivers State at a campaign rally in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, the Governor also expressed disappointment that the President would sit by and allow Amaechi threaten violence during a campaign rally. He, however, denied having a hand in the crisis affecting the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, and debunked the claim that he negotiated a second term as governor with the President. He said: “If I am their problem, why should I be negotiating with the President? It is utter rubbish. It is totally untrue. The President should help us bring a psychiatrist to

NEWS ANALYSIS: Verifying election results via Parallel Vote Tabulation

Health, Politics
In an effort to reduce the level of suspicion in electoral processes, the Philippine National Citizen Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) says it has introduced Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) as a method of verifying election results. The post NEWS ANALYSIS: Verifying election results via Parallel Vote Tabulation appeared first on News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

No Politician’s Ambition Is Worth Our Blood, Say Delta Youth

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Youth of Delta Central have said “no politician's ambition is worth the blood of any Urhobo youth”. They have also resolved to rise against political violence before, during and after the 2019 elections. The youth, under the umbrella of Delta Central Equity Group (DCEG), stated this on Tuesday at Ughelli in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, during an enlarged appraisal meeting of political events, which followed the endorsement of Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, for a second tenure. Speaking on behalf of the youth, numbering over 5,000, Morris Idiovwa, convener of DCEG, said: "We must take our destiny into our own hands, and we must reject the antics of politicians taking advantage of the youth to cause crisis during the elections. "The era of politicians gi