Today’s Daily Brief: PDP explains Tinubu’s scheme to become president, FG says there are no plans to sack Jega, Delta monarch gives GEJ the nod, and more

 

The Federal Government on Friday (again) denied the reports making the rounds that the Presidency plans to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega.

This comes on the heels of an alarm raised by All Progressive Congress (APC) senators indicating that there is a plot to send Jega on terminal leave next week.

But the supervising Minister of Information, Edem Duke, who based his defence on the recent assurance made by President Goodluck Jonathan during the last presidential media chat, said government has no plan to remove the INEC boss before the elections.

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday, February 27, visited Delta state, where he was received by the Asagba of Asaba, Chike Edozien, in his palace.

While speaking, Edozien urged Jonathan to dualise the road from Asaba through Agbor and Kogi to Abuja, raise the Asaba Airport to an international hub to improve commerce and reduce travel time for the people.

He also implored the president to compensate families of victims of the 1967 civil war massacred by the federal troops they came to receive in Asaba as well as grant Asaba a federal university as a major contributor and pioneer business hub in Nigeria through the hosting of the Royal Niger Company.

 

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Will you help him?

The Mavin Records official Instagram page shared a picture that has gone viral.

The photo shows Don Jazzy holding up a piece of paper with the words ‘PLEASE HELP!!! I NEED TO MARRY IN 2015’ written on it.

The caption of the picture reads ‘Important #photoshop #doroAnnouncement. Only#adaobis need apply’.

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The Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) in Akwa Ibom State in south-south Nigeria on Friday embarked on a one-day market outreach programme, to sensitise traders and the general public on the need to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in order to participate in next month’s general elections.

The outreach programme was held at two major markets in the capital  – Afaha market and Akpan Andem market.

 

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The PDPPCO wishes to use this forum to expose the ungodly plan by Tinubu to seize the presidency of Nigeria by subterfuge. The real reason Tinubu nominated Osinbajo has been made known to us and we hereby offer a public service to the Nigerian people by drawing national attention to it. Tinubu wanted to be running mate to Buhari in spite of the nationwide resentment for Muslim-Muslim ticket that he and Buhari planned to foist on their party men and women. But when he and Buhari could not push through the agenda within the APC, he (Tinubu), after being given the opportunity to nominate a vice presidential candidate, he decided to prop up his stooge in the person of Prof Osinbajo.

Tinubu, according to our information, has compelled Osinbajo to swear to an oath that after six months in office, he would resign as the vice president, in the unlikely event that their party wins. Credible pieces of information at our disposal indicate that Tinubu has perfected plans to come to power through the back door. The ultimate objective of this plot is to ensure that Tinubu becomes president. The script is simple: given the questionable health of Buhari, Tinubu, who is desperate to be president for his own selfish reasons, will simply bid his time in the evil expectation that Buhari will not be able to go the whole hog.” Fani Kayode said.

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THE 2015 TRACKLIST: Finally GEJ gets Northern elders endorsement | Buhari says witch hunting is not really his thing | Senate wants to create parallel budget office | More stories

As you count down to the March General Elections, we show you what to read and what to skip today.

Finally Jonathan gets Northern elders endorsement for second term.

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IBB, others pay last respect to Gimba.

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Court says there’s nothing wrong with Confab report.

Leadership

Group wants military to keep the peace during elections.

ThisDay

Canadian troops withdraw after Boko Haram attacks.

Punch

Fashola has something against increase in import duties.

Punch

This is the reason why we want Shekau alive.

Leadership

PDP is forming war committee, says APC

TheNation

Buhari says witch hunting is not really his thing.

TheNation

There are plans to sack Jega.

TheNation

Oshiomhole says PDP is afraid of PVC.

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GEJ gets another endorsement from South west leaders.

Vanguard

Judiciary workers threatens fresh sanctions against defaulting states.

ThisDay

Senate wants to create parallel budget office.

ThisDay

Mark wants politicians to encourage the khaki boys.

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Play the track list with us every week, Monday to Saturday.

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GEJ’s people wasted money to hire protesters against Buhari – APC

by Damilola Jagun

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the Federal government of wasting public funds to hire people to protest against the APC’s Presidential Candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, at the Chatham House in London on Thursday, February 27.

In a statement issued in London on Friday, February 27, by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party expressed its disgust at the incident, saying the Peoples Democratic Party could have saved themselves from further disgrace by simply keeping quiet, instead of exposing their inanities.

The statement said: “For the spokesmen of the PDP and the Jonathan Campaign organizations to have rushed to the press to denounce what was a patriotic presentation by a high-regarded Nigerian is not only absurd but a new low, even for those who have lost every sense of propriety in their public actions and pronouncements.”

“The fact that the Jonathan Administration wasted public funds in hiring people to protest against Gen. Buhari’s appearance is another indication of how the commonwealth has been consistently frittered away under the ​clueless and incompetent Jonathan ​Administration.”

Furthermore, the opposition described as a double standard for the PDP and the Jonathan Administration to question the basis for Buhari’s appearance at the Chatham House, when the National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki, utilised the same platform a few weeks ago to push for the postponement of the 2015 general elections.

“So it is OK for Dasuki to speak at the Chatham House, one of the most important platforms for any statesman, but forbidden for the APC Presidential Candidate to use the same platform? The needless vituperation of the PDP and the Jonathan megaphones against our candidate is precisely the reason the sinking ruling party and the ​failed Administration it sired have become the butt of jokes around the world.”

“Instead of apologizing for seeking to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians by saying that Gen. Buhari went to London for medical treatment, these band of poor propagandists persisted in dancing naked in the public square. What a pity?” the party added.

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Gov. Al-Makura assures that IDPs will vote in the elections

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by Ranti Joseph

The Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, on Friday has assured the people of the state that security measures will be put in place to ensure that internally displaced persons participate in the 2015 general elections in their communities.

Nasarawa has been embroiled in communal crisis which was heralded by the killing of 84 security operatives in Alakyo village May 7, 2013.

Al-Makura distributed relief materials through traditional rulers to over 100 communities affected by the recent crisis in the state. He told journalists that his government was doing everything possible to ensure that the 2015 general elections scheduled for March 28 takes place in troubled communities hit by communal clashes in the state in the last two years.

He said the government was equally putting measures that would ensure the return of the internally displaced persons to kick start their lives and forget the past. The government was putting new strategies in place to ensure lasting solution to the lingering crises in the state. “To stem the tide of the recurrent crises in the state, government took far-reaching measures, including the vigorous pursuance of this administration’s innovative Community-Based Conflict Resolution initiative to resolve communal misunderstandings and disagreements for sustainable peace and socio-economic development of the State. It is heart-warming that these measures have been a catalyst to the restoration of normalcy in the affected communities and, indeed, the State as a whole. These unfortunate incidences were tragic, avoidable and a setback to the development endeavours of this Administration,” he said.

Almakura added that to ensure safety and more security measures, the state government has created ten additional security centres across the troubled communities urging the people of the state to continue to sustain peace and harmonious co-existence. “I urge you to be active participants in our community-based conflict resolution and endeavour for the settlement of all misunderstandings and local disagreements in the state,” he added.

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Femi Gbajabiamila apologises over row with Ihedioha

 

by Ranti Joseph

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, apologised to the House for accusing the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, of being biased during the previous day’s session.

Gbajabiamila, who is also the leader of the All Progressive Congress Caucus in the lower legislative chamber, had on Wednesday said the APC lawmakers would no longer recognise Ihedioha as deputy speaker accusing Ihedioha, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of bias in favour of his party instead of being the deputy speaker of the entire House.

“What you saw today (Wednesday) is yet another indication of what the PDP has brought on our country. We have a deputy speaker who has never hidden his ‎partisanship. He has always taken sides with the PDP, compared to the speaker (Tambuwal), who sees himself as the Speaker of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he had said at a press conference after he led APC lawmakers to walk out of the chamber.

The House chamber had erupted in rowdiness following the manner Ihedioha, who was presiding, handled the motion on military deployment during the elections which lawmakers of both major parties held different views.

While the APC members backed the motion that soldiers should not be deployed during polls, their PDP colleagues stood against it on the grounds that it was a matter before the courts. The APC lawmakers had walked out of the chamber in protest.

However, at Thursday’s session, presided over by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, Gbajabiamila withdrew his allegation against Ihedioha. “I withdraw that‎ portion where I called him the deputy speaker of a political party. We should be accommodating of each other as a House,” he said.

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‘He’s not qualified…': 18 APC lawmakers oppose Obanikoro’s ministerial screening

 

 

 

 

by Ranti Joseph

Eighteen senators of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Thursday opposed the nomination of Musiliu Obanikoro by President Goodluck Jonathan for a ministerial position.

The lawmakers cited Obanikoro’s alleged involvement in the rigging of the Ekiti elections as a reason for their decision.

The APC senators led by minority leader, George Akume, alongside Sani Saleh representing Kaduna central; Ojudu Babafemi representing Ekiti central senatorial district and Danjuma Goje representing Gombe central, disclosed their stand to journalists.

“Obanikoro is not qualified to hold public office based on his antecedent. It is our position that such a person is not qualified to hold public office and we are going to oppose that. Three senators from Lagos have written to the President of the Senate David Mark opposing that,” Babafemi said.

He added that the case would be coming up on March 6 and the Senate President, David Mark, would ensure the matter was cleared in court and not the senate.

The nominations of seven others were also deferred: Fidelis Nwankwo from Ebonyi state, Augustine Okwudiri Akobundu from Abia state, Joel Danlami Ikenya from Taraba state, Nicholas Akis Ada from Benue state, Patricia Akawashiki from Nasarawa state, Hauwa’u Lawan from Jigawa state and Kenneth Kobani from Rivers state.

The senate did not officially disclose reasons for its decision.

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Just In: Impeachment notice served on Ebonyi state governor

by Azubuike Azikiwe

The Governor of Ebonyi state, Martins Elechi, has been served an impeachment notice by the state House of Assembly.

Citing an act of gross misconduct, the lawmakers on Friday, February 27, raised a motion for Elechi to be impeached.

The acting leader of the House, Hon. Francis Nwifnuru, had accused the Governor of huge financial misapprpriation, undermining of the integrity of the House, among other offences.

The motion for the governor to be served the notice was raised by Hon. Odefa Obasi Odefa and seconded by Hon. Valentine Okike.

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Nnamdi Anekwe-Chive: Why the military are now taking the fight to Boko Haram (Part 2)

by Nnamdi Anekwe-Chive

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Remember, the complexity of the order of battle of the north east, and the fact the military efforts were eroded by gross under equipment, lack of cooperation of neigbours made nonsense of whatever military efforts that were ongoing.

In any case, Boko Haram would go on with the insurgency, raiding communities, villages and local governments, while hoisting their flags. They were embedded within the population, making it extremely difficult for the Nigerian troops to isolate them.

All these happened between 2011 to 2012, and events were spiraling out of control until the president declared a partial state of emergency in the north east in December, 2012, and a full scale emergency in May 2013.

How did the military and security services fare under this phase (May 2013– December 2013)?

Under General Ihejirika, then chief of army staff, men and military hardware were moved to Borno state, Adamawa and Yobe, with a lightening offensive against the Boko Haram terrorists.

They were dislodged from their camps, sacked from the villages, their flags brought down, the camps in sambisa forest were raided as well, with the terrorists routed from every inch of the Nigerian territory, but there was a problem. They ran across the border to Chad, Niger and Cameroon, regrouped, rearmed, their ranks swelled with Tuareg fighters from northern Mali and the Sahel, including recruits from those neighboring countries.

They opened a new front in late 2013 with semi-conventional warfare and also the activation of urban cells for suicide bombings, including brutal raids on soft targets. During some of those encounters with the Nigerian state, the military suffered setbacks, and more so, the terrorists were not fighting conventionally, they were using anti-aircraft, improvised technicals, improvised explosive devices, and suicide trucks against the Nigerian soldiers.

What kind of military hardware would have been strategic to contain these attacks from the terrorists by the Nigerian army?

Going by what was at Boko Haram’s disposal, the Nigerian military needed dozens of mine resistant ambush protected vehicles, T72 armoured tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, assault helicopters, tansport planes, intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance capabilities e.t.c.

Do we have these equipment in late 2013 and Q1, Q2 & Q3 of 2014?

The Nigerian military have some of these capabilities, but they were clearly not sufficient and grossly inadequate, considering the order of battle previously explained for the North East.

Were there efforts to quickly bring in these equipment, in order to change the military calculations on the ground?

At this time, Col. Sambo Dasuki(rtd) is now the NSA, having being appointed in June 2013, shortly after the declaration of the state of emergency in the north east. He led the efforts to bring in equipment from the US, the Nigerian government wanted the Obama administration to provide them with equipment like MRAPs and Cobra helicopters, in order to use these to turn around the war.

The United States government turned down the request, citing human rights violations by our military. Nigeria quickly turned to other sources amidst tremendous challenges, including US’s blockage of arms deal with the Israelis.

Donald Rumsfeld, another former US defense secretary, was asked by a soldier why the US military had no certain capability to prosecute the war they were fighting at the time, he told the soldier that every nation goes to war with the army they have.

Same can be applied to Nigeria, because as at the time the Boko Haram terrorists commenced a new phase of campaign in 2014, it manifested clearly that the Nigerian state was fighting a war with the army at its disposal.

So how did it go with the nation and its military and political leadership under this phase January 2014-February 2015?)

President Jonathan reorganized the armed forces in January 2014, brought in Lt. General Minimah to replace Lt. Ihejirika as the chief of army staff, and also Air Marshal Alex Badeh as the chief of defense staff. They set out to confront the new phase with further training of special forces in Russia, including the US and Britain providing non lethal support in form of training too.

They presented an assessment to the president and the national assembly on what the military needs to contain the insurgency, and equally go on the offensive.

The federal government made attempts to contact Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, China, Russia and South Africa, for arms and ammunitions, assault helicopters, transport planes, mine resistant protected ambush vehicles, armoured tanks, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets such as drones and other capabilities.

While the government were scrambling to equip the military and get buy in of our neigbours for military/security cooperation, the Boko Haram were unrelenting, maiming soft targets, sacking villages, attacking military formations, and created a general sense of anarchy in the areas where they were operating, culminating in the kidnap of the Chibok girls that attracted global attention.

As the insurgency raged, it needs to be restated that the Nigerian military capability were not all useless, they fought off terrorists, defended towns, and generally held their own in some key fronts, but failure of equipment, inadequate strategy and tactics on the part of some commanders led major towns to fall, while they also suffered heavy casualties.

Remember, the complexity of the order of battle of the north east, and the fact the military efforts were eroded by gross under equipment, lack of cooperation of neigbours made nonsense of whatever military efforts that were ongoing.

Looking at what military needed to win in early 2014; a special forces brigade to be stationed in north east to aid the CT-COIN, hundreds of MRAPs and T70 tanks to aid troop advances against book haram deadly technical, mines and IEDS, with complements of adequate air support and ISR, cooperation from the three neigbouring countries to deny book haram sanctuaries, and more infantry and specialized battalions deployed, and other specialized military units.

Robert Gates, on getting to know that the US forces suffer heavy casualties while riding in Humvees against the Iraqi and Afghan insurgents, bypassed the pentagon bureaucracy, and rolled out first set of MRAPs within one year, which did a lot to save lives. The above provisions outlined for Nigeria military in early 2014, could not have taken nothing less than six to 12 months to be ready.

So it’s a disservice to Nigerian military to say they are currently engaging in the fight for political reasons, without appreciating the challenges that dotted the land scape, though with huge consequences for human lives.

It is on record the military stated in December 2014, that they would start military operations in February 2015, and chief of army staff, Lt. General Minimah at various fora, reiterated the army would go offensive as soon the military hardware arrived, and it needs not be repeated that Mr President held several security meetings with his team, and neigbouring countries late last year, all geared towards the big offensive in 2015.

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“When Ebola hit Lagos, did he come?” – Fashola lists GEJ’s ‘sins’ against Lagosians

by Kolapo Olapoju

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, is unimpressed with President Goodluck Jonathan on many levels, and the latest reason is over his recent visits to the state.

Fashola accused Jonathan of sharing dollars during his five-day visit to Lagos, adding that he was being deceived by the state leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party as Lagosians would not vote for him.

He spoke on Thursday, February 26, during the APC rally at Ifako/Ijaye Local Government Area of the state.

We picked five quotes from his statement – here they are;

1. “They have said the President is coming to Lagos. He is welcome to come; Lagos is part of his constituency but we will not vote for him because when we needed him, he did not come to help us. When the international airport road was damaged and he promised to fix it, did you see him?”

2. “When Ebola hit Lagos, did he come? When Kuramo Beach was overflowing and it was going to wipe out the entire Goshen Beach Estate, did you see the President?

3. “When I took him to Ibeju-Lekki, where people were losing their lands, we flew in a helicopter to the place but after that, the President never returned. I wrote letters and appealed but no response.”

4. “We have been using your taxes to protect those communities. So, you have been on your own, with your own party and government. So, he can come 200 times but will you vote for him?”

5. “The only time the President works is a few weeks to elections. When there was security problem in Lagos, who was buying guns and patrol vehicles for the police? Was it not us?”

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#20LawsOfDemocracy: All you need to know before voting at the next elections (Part 2)

by Damilola Jagun

The Nigerian general elections is imminent, and quite a number of people are really interested in making sure their votes count, this time around.

In view of this, we bring you remaining (10) of the 20 Laws of Democracy – all you need to know about the forthcoming general elections.

11. Do Not Be Afraid To Criticise

Criticism keep the gear of democracy engaged .Criticisms, whether constructive or otherwise raises the bar for excellence in both leadership and followership to the beneï¬t of the citizenry. In the word of Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, “the man dies who in all who keep silent in the the face of tyranny” .Never be afraid to criticize; criticism never posts a loss in the account of good governance.A progressive government benefits from criticism. Never be afraid to criticize.

 

12. Beware Of Hasty Promises
Hasty promises by politicians are signs of either incompetence, lack of clear vision or insincerity.The hastier the promises of a politician, the lower the possibility of fufillment.Hasty promises are insults on the intelligence of the people.Beware of hasty promises; they are likely to result in disappointment.
13. Do Not Consider Age In Isolation
In a democracy, age is not a guarantee for clarity of vision, competence or wisdom required for good governance. Democracies abound in history where the young and the old have excelled beyond belief .The energy of youth and the experience of age amounts to nothing except it counts for progress for the people.Never consider age in isolation; age is not a substitute for knowledge, integrity or ability to lead
14. Do Not Give In To Gender Temptation
Prosperity is not defined by the gender of the leader but by opportunities the leader creates for the people. When selecting a leader, selflessness and responsiveness are more important than gender .Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, Margaret Thatcher, Indira Ghadhi, Margater Ekpo and Queen Amina are familiar models of emulation. They are remembered more for their accomplishments rather than their gender.

 

 

15. Do Not Ignore Antecedents
The antecedents of a political office seeker are birthmarks that cannot be erased by freshly brewed promises.Assess politicians based on their antecedents. The past record of the politician must be considered vis-a-vis his promises for the future .Do not ignore antecedents; a peep at the past always helps to guide the future.

 

 

16. Consider Religious Affiliation With Caution
The role of religion in any democracy is that of moral and spiritual guidance for the people. Religious affiliation is constitutional but must considered along with other critical factors to ensure good governance and prosperity for all.Consider religious affiliation with caution, a sound choice must be based on established qualification and capability.

 

 

17. Be Consistent With Your Conviction Even If It Is Unpopular
The consistency of a less popular opinion is more powerful than a popular opinion that lacks the salt of true conviction. Democracy is not merely a contest for the most popular opinion; it is also test of true and consistent conviction.Abraham Lincoln, one of the founding fathers of America is reputed to have failed elections a record nine (9) times before becoming the president of the United States.Be consistent and diligent in your convictions. History and time will reward you.
18. Report All Known False Claims By Politicians
The false claim of a politician is an irritable assault on the intelligence of the voter.The more truthful a candidate is, the more he deserves your vote. It is a civic responsibility for citizens to report every false claim by office seekers. Expose all false claims by politicians; you may just rescue your generation from an incompetent regime.

 

19. Never Fail To Stand-up For Something
In a democracy, standing for nothing suggests a lack of purpose.The reward for standing ï¬rmly for a reason can only be fulfillment and respect from those who agree or disagree with us. Standing for a principle, even when you do not achieve your aim is noble and it advances your cause.

 

 

20. Consider Joining An Organized Group, Union Or Movement
Organized groups are the building blocks modern democracies. The power and essence of a legitimate agitation, assertion or ideology is greatly enhanced when championed by a constituency .An organized movement or association may transfer the legacy of an ideology for a million years through the best and worst times and still maintain its integrity.Consider joining an organised group; it amplifies your voice.

 

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