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BREAKING: APC Shuns Presidential Debate On Corruption And Development

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) is conspicuously absent at the ongoing presidential debate organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD). Five candidates are currently taking questions on the strategies of the political parties to tackle corruption and ensure development for the country. The event is taking place at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, with the APC box stark empty. While introducing the candidates, Eugenia Abu, who anchored the event, said the APC was invited but didn’t turn up. Present at the debate are Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC); Kassim Afegbua, spokesman of the Atiku Campaign Organisation representing Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Tope Fasua, presidential candidate of the Abundant Niger

February 16, 2019: Why Nigerians Will Not Look Back By Laolu Akande

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Laolu Akande   In this past three and a half years of the Buhari presidency, one, thankfully, has learnt, experienced and been part of quite a number of things. One of those things is the amount of dedication, the depth of patriotic zeal and sheer hard-work that is going on in this administration. I know the President’s determination to end grand corruption, not only by hisexemplary personal example, but by insisting on the proper processes and by empowering institutions. I know the level of intellectual exertions and sheer human rigour that the Vice President daily brings to his work. Even most, if not all Nigerians and close watchers of Nigerian events, have settled on the notion that not only are both gentlemen, honest people of integrity, but that they are also truly united

PDP, CSOs Accuse Buhari Of Plot To Remove CJN Onnoghen

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party and other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being the mastermind behind an alleged plot to remove the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. PDP, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), and Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution (CDNDC), made the accusation in different statements on Saturday. The opposition party said the presidency is plotting to destabilise the judiciary ahead of the general election. PDP, through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “If President Buhari is committed to cleaning up the system as he claims, we challenge him to allow the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, whose tenure has expired

Atiku Denied Lagos When Approached Over Seized State Allocation, Says Tinubu

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Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and co-chairman of the APC Campaign Council, has disclosed that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), abandoned the state when he was approached over allocation of the state seized by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, when the duo were in power. Tinubu said this when he received Yoruba traditional rulers in Abuja, on Friday. Tinubu claimed that Atiku, who was the vice-president to former President Obasanjo, did nothing when N250million was reduced from the state’s allocation when he (Tinubu) was the governor of Lagos State. “Atiku was vice-president of this country when the local government allocation for Lagos State was seized. When we led a protest to Atiku then

Adamawa Gladiators To Mobilise 1million Votes For Sowore ‘Without Expecting Any Personal Reward’

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A group known as the Adamawa Political Gladiators (APG) is mobilising one million votes for Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of African Action Congress (AAC). Speaking on behalf of the group to newsmen in Yola on Friday, Tony Sudan Gompwel said he had also printed campaign materials and branded a vehicle towards actualising Sowore's presidential bid in 2019. "We're targeting one million votes for Sowore, and we're canvassing those votes on a wide range social media platforms,” he said. "We're developing the Sowore followership, using pyramid styled network of down-line supporters. "For instance, if I steer 50 people, I expect them to steer 50 each; and so the chain goes on till we are able to raise one million votes and even surpass it for Sowore.” Gompwel further said he had printe

Court Fixes Date For Hearing Of Case Seeking Buhari’s Disqualification From Presidential Election​

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The Federal High Court has fixed January 21, 2019, to hear a suit seeking the disqualification of President Muhammadu Buhari from contesting the forthcoming 2019 general election. Kalu Agu, an Abuja-based legal practitioner and two others, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris, in the suit which came up before Justice Ahmed Mohammed, on Wednesday, claimed that President Buhari lied in his form CF 001 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with regards to his educational qualifications and certificates. Joined in the suit is also the All Progressives Congress (APC) and INEC as second and third defendants. Uchendu Ndubisi, counsel to the plaintiffs, informed the court that the defendants had been served, but asked for extention of time to allow ...

Rancour In EKiti PDP As Fayose, Olujimi Establish Parallel Campaign Councils For Atiku

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Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti State and Biodun Olujimi, the Senate Minority Leader, have inaugurated parallel campaign councils for Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In his capacity as the PDP South West Coordinator, Fayose inaugurated the council members in Adebayo area of Ado Ekiti. Meanwhile, Olujimi, who represents Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, in Ajilosun in Ado Ekiti, inaugurated a parallel council. She also accused Fayose of manipulating the list for pecuniary reasons. According to NAN, Olujimi wrote a petition to Uche Secondus, the PDP Chairman, accusing Fayose of hijacking the council. She said Fayose's move was contrary to the list agreed by party stakeholders, and urged the PDP National ...