Governing a state in Nigeria is equivalent to, or more demanding than, ruling some countries in Africa and the world. For instance, the Governor of Lagos State has about 20 million persons to cater for, while the President of Togo and Denmark have just about 6 and 8 million people under their watch. In matured democracies, the rigors of providing credible leadership dissuade people from contesting, but that is not the case in Nigeria because politics is very rewarding. Over 90 political parties, represented by over a thousand candidate, are seeking the mandate to govern Nigeria’s 29 (out of 36) state for the next four years on March 9. This piece foretells the outcome of the election in all the states. All the states? Yes! All the 29 states where governorship elections will h
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and his party have filed a suit for an order to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make available the materials used for the presidential election held on February 23, 2019 for inspection. The request was contained in a suit filed by Chief Chris Uche (SAN) before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal at the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal. The PDP is seeking an order which will grant them permission to inspect the Smart Card Readers, voter registers, ballot papers and other documents used for the elections. Joined in the suit are INEC, President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC). #NigeriaDecides Elections Legal News AddThis : Featur...
A trigger-happy police officer has just shot a bus driver dead in Mosan, Ayobo area of Lagos State. According to an eyewitness, the police officer shot the driver because he refused to give the police money. Narrating the incident to SaharaReporters, Sodimu Johnson, one of the eyewitnesses, said: “The officers were trying to collect money from the driver, but he did not give them. One of them shot the driver and when they saw that he was dead, they tried to run away. “The bus conductor and other passers-by chased them and were able to catch two of the officers. We held them and were trying to force them to carry the corpse to their station.” Another eyewitness stated that one of the officers shot at people to clear the way so they could escape, but the people stood their grou
The Free Lagos Movement says Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is positioning his son to become Governor of Lagos State in 2023. The group also accused Tinubu of placing his relatives in key positions in the state, noting that the APC leader has turned Lagos to his “personal cottage”. This was contained in an address delivered by Comrade Mark Adebayo, at a ‘World Press Conference’ addressed at The Airport Hotel, Ikeja, on Thursday. The group stressed that its demand were premised on ensuring “a Lagos that is free from stunted economic growth occasioned by monumental corruption and social manipulation of the people; a free Lagos that will embrace in all its ramifications the tenets of good governance in public sector, transparency, accou
Professor Cecilia Akintayo Cecilia Olufunke Akintayo, a Professor of Industrial Chemistry, will deliver the first Inaugural Lecture of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), the university has announced. The lecture, to be held on Friday, April 12, at the university’s auditorium, is titled ‘The Place of Plant Oil Derived Products as Sustainable Replacement for Petrochemical Products in Industries.’ “This is a historic occasion for us,” Kayode Soremekun, the Vice Chancellor of the university, said. Prof. Akintayo started her career as an Assistant Lecturer in 1997 and rose up the ladder as an Associate Professor in 2012. Three years later, she became a full Professor of Industrial Chemistry in Federal University, Oye Ekiti. She undertook postdoctoral work in the Institute of Orga
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), a pro-democracy and non-governmental body, has described the just-concluded presidential and National Assembly election is a “charade and a monumental travesty of justice”. The group has also encouraged Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to explore the legal option that he has alraedy said he would. HURIWA accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of manipulating the outcomes of the presidential and National Assembly's polls in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and as such committed “more egregious and satanic crimes than the alleged billionaire kidnapper, Mr. Evans”. According to the group, "the double standards show that Nigeria is an unjust c
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency, Ondo State, have accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to “rig” the just-concluded presidential and National Assembly elections. A statement by Agbajuni Oluwafemi, APC's Publicity Secretary in Okitipupa Local Government Area, noted that the election which held on February 23, 2019, was marred by irregularities. In the statement obtained by SaharaReporters, the party asked INEC to declare Albert Akintoye, the APC candidate, winner of the election. The party gave instances of happenings during the election, which was characterised by violence and irregularities, “purportedly organised by PDP in connivance with the e
Borno State recorded the highest voter turnout, with 41.18% of its registered voters trooping out to vote during the presidential election despite the insecurity endured by its inhabitants since 2009. Residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, were not deterred by the early-morning explosions on election day, as the voter turnout increased in the state from 28.62% in 2015 to 41.18% in 2019, making it the state with the highest increase in voter turnout compared to what held in 2015. In Zamfara, which has suffered high levels of violence like Borno, there was an increase in the number of registered voters when 2015 is juxtaposed with 2019. However, there is an 18% decrease in voter turnout. Besides Borno, only Ekiti and Kogi states recorded increase in voter turnout i...
A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has ordered the removal of Dumo Lulu-Briggs as the Rivers State governorship candidate of Accord Party. The presiding judge, Justice E.A Obile, declared Precious Baritordoo as the authentic candidate of the party in the March 9 election. Lulu-Briggs and his media team are yet to respond to the development . Elections Politics Breaking News News AddThis : Featured Image : Original Author : SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :
Two staff of the defunct national carrier, Nigeria Airways, jointly diverted the sum of $17.6million meant for the payment of two aircraft, payment of commission and D-check for a Boeing 737 aircraft. This was contained in the findings by the Justice Obiora Nwazota panel set up by the Nigerian government to probe financial diversion in the former national carrier. The panel, which comprised eight members, submitted its whitepaper draft report to the government on May 8, 2002, and as part of its recommendations, directed the government to force Major General Olu Bajowa (rtd) and Captain Mohammed Joji to refund the sums to the government. For instance, the committee recommended that Bajowa should refund to Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL) the sum of $4.35million, which was deposited for...