The All Progressives Congress, APC, has just heard over the news media that The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decided to postpone the elections by six weeks on the strength of a letter by the security chiefs that they cannot provide security for the elections nationwide because of the commitment of its resources to fight insurgency in the north eastern part of the country.
This is clearly a major setback for Nigerian democracy, and our Party is meeting in emergency session to study its implications and will inform Nigerians of its decisions in the next few days.
In the meantime, though what has happened is highly provocative, I strongly appeal to all Nigerians to remain calm and desist from violence and any activity which will compound this unfortunate development. We must not fall into this obvious trap. Change we must. They can only delay it; No one can stop it.
I want to assure all Nigerians that the All Progressives Congress will not abandon its commitment to change and will sustain the struggle to establish a new Nigeria.
John E. K. Odigie-Oyegun. CON.
National Chairman, APC
The Independent National Electoral Commission has shifted the general elections earlier scheduled for February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11, 2015. INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who announced the new dates on Saturday in Abuja after series of meeting with various stakeholders, explained that the Presidential and National Assembly elections would hold on March 28 while the governorship and state Houses of Assembly polls would hold on April 11.
Jega said the commission was empowered by Section 26 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) to shift national elections due to some factors.
He explained that the postponement followed reports by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki(retd.), and other service chiefs that their agencies would not be able to guarantee security of INEC personnel in some parts of the country.
Jega denied holding meetings with any opposition figure or the Arewa Consultative Forum to rig election in favour of any candidate, dismissing calls on him by some people from the South-South to resign.
He also denied insinuations that the commission was forced to take shift the polls, saying INEC had taken the best decision under the prevailing circumstances.
“Nobody has forced us to take this decision; it is a very weighty decision, but under the present circumstances, we have taken the best decision and we stand by it,” he added.
Jega noted that it would be dangerous to send its personnel to areas the security agencies had said they would not be able to guarantee the safety of the staff.
The INEC boss said the shift of the polls, which he described as rescheduling, would enable more eligible voters to collect their Permanent Voter Card, but ruled out the opportunity for some people to transfer their registration status to their new areas of residence.
A former Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Defence Staff, General Alani Akinrinade (retd.), tells GBENGA ADENIJI and BAYO AKINLOYE that Nigeria may be headed for crisis if the elections are not well managed.
Some people are agitating for the postponement of the general elections. How do you see the call for poll shift or otherwise?
Those using the security situation as a reason for poll shift owe us answers on when it will be conducive to conduct the general elections. When is the situation going to be better than now? Before we can debate this, they must advance what will happen if the elections are held at the scheduled time. I haven’t seen or heard anyone oblige us with those arguments. I have a feeling that this situation that we are in is not going to change for a very long time. If elections could be held in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, we will have to think again; if really we want democracy or we want something else. I know there are cases in court concerning the election. I think the most annoying one is the case about (Muhammadu) Buhari not having a certificate.
Why is it annoying?
It is an insult to the armed forces — a terrible insult to the armed forces. If they are so embedded in the system and they have lost their souls, then they can go ahead and join everybody else in castigating a General of Buhari’s calibre. They are now talking about a school certificate. What is that?By the time he joined the army, in those days, there were no cutting corners.It is later when these same civilians took over from the army that admission into it became less transparent. I can give you an instance. There was Course Five around 1964: if one did not have a school certificate one couldn’t apply to join the army. And I know up to 1963 when the last General Officer Commanding left Nigeria, there were no corners to be cut. There was no such thing. Everything was on merit. And, that was how it was till Buhari’s time. Buhari attended the Mons (Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in England) and the Staff College; I don’t want to think they have an idea what they teach in those places. And the rest of us pretend as if we don’t know what they do there. You send a man to America for one and a half years in a military school. Do they think he just went there to learn how to fire a rifle? No.
But why is it difficult for Buhari to produce the original copy of the certificate?
He did. As I speak to you, I don’t know where my original certificate is because we gave the original to the Military Board. They took it from us when we applied to join the Army. Yougive the original copy of credential to the board. They take it and keep it in your file, that’s what happened.How many years ago? 50 years. And Nigeria with our (poor) record-keeping and filing things into an archive -if we have an archive at all; an archive inhabited by rats and cockroaches. I think it’s an insult. I take it as a personal insult.
But why is it difficult for Buhari to produce the original copy of the certificate?
He did. As I speak to you, I don’t know where my original certificate is because we gave the original to the Military Board. They took it from us when we applied to join the Army. You give the original copy of credential to the board. They take it and keep it in your file, that’s what happened. How many years ago? 50 years. And Nigeria with our (poor) record-keeping and filing things into an archive -if we have an archive at all; an archive inhabited by rats and cockroaches. I think it’s an insult. I take it as a personal insult.
Behind the pew I sat this morning during morning mass, some noise filtered into my ears. Taking a look backwards, I saw a young nursing mother with abig “well-ovallized”bosom breastfeeding her baby.
I must admit, I lost concentration on the mass proceedings for a few minutes.
After a while, I turned back again and told her that it isn’t proper for her to breastfeed her baby inside the church.
Her response was, “my baby is hungry, why won’t I feed him?”
And my rejoinder was, “you ought to have done that outside the church building”
Whether she took the correction in good faith or not I wouldn’t know because I never looked back again.
In your candid opinion, who was right, myself or the lady?
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Hehehehe!! This coming elections agenda settings is coming in a different dimension both in the area of publicity and other wise, i stumbled on this incredible photo and could not let is slip away.
So what do you think and to imagine that jega has even been made the referee..
A woman has been strangled to death by yet-to-be identified persons, who also cut off her private parts.
Her corpse was abandoned on Oniyanrin Street in the Mile 12, Ketu area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that people living in the area discovered that there was no gunshot wound or stab injury on the body, except that she was dead and her body part cut off.
The corpse was laid in front of a shop and was covered with clothes.
A resident, Mr. Abayomi Odegbami, told our correspondent on Monday that the unidentified woman was a regular face in the community, and usually slept in one of the shops.
He added that she was last seen by residents on Saturday, adding that residents suspected that she was killed in the evening.
He said, “Nobody knows exactly what happened to her.
“We just discovered that they strangled her and cut off her private parts. We suspect that what they were really interested in was her private parts.
“This incident happened on Saturday and the corpse is already decomposing. We have been calling the emergency numbers for some time now, and they have not come around.
“Our fear is that the corpse could burst and spread disease in the area.”
He added that such incidents had become a common sight in the area, adding that a similar one was recorded last year.
“I believe it has a ritual undertone and may not be unconnected with the coming elections because a similar thing happened last year and it was a man. A part of his body was also removed while his corpse was abandoned,” he said.
After the matter was reported to policemen at the Ketu division, our correspondent learnt that emergency officials later arrived around 4pm on Monday to pick up the corpse.
A source in the area said the officials insisted on collecting money before they could evacuate the corpse from the scene.
He said, “They said they also heard about it on Saturday.
“They said we should pay them before they remove the body. Where do we get the money from?”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident.
He, however, said it was a case of sudden and unnatural death.
He added that the victim’s private parts were not cut off as speculated by residents of the area.
He said, “It’s a case of sudden and unnatural death. No part of her body was cut off.”
I was very surprised when i saw this…
Amber Rose must have enjoyed herself during her trip to Nigeria for D’banj’s 10th anniversary kickoff party and while she hasn’t had time for social media on her visit, she shared a tweet that’s got people buzzing.
The model and video vixen shared: ‘Dancing with Girls from Nigeria made me realize I really suck at dancing’.
Yesterday We shared a clip of Amber Rose dancing ‘Shoki ’, the new dance craze in Nigeria.