Today’s Daily Brief: GEJ kicks off campaign in Lagos, He reveals Henry Okah was paid to kill him, APC accuses him of ‘dividing Nigeria’, and more

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described President Goodluck Jonathan lamentation that Nigeria has become more divided along religious and ethnic lines, as nothing but the shedding of crocodile tears.

In a statement released by the party through its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, January 8, the president was accused of being the main culprit for the division of the country.

The party said: “Mr. President, there is no point being sanctimonious about an issue for which you bear the most responsibility. You are the most divisive leader in the history of Nigeria, having ceaselessly exploited the country’s fault lines for political gains.”



Ahead of the 2015 election, President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign has kicked off at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos and the venue is crowded.

Presidential aide, Reno Omokori shared photos from the venue with the caption: “What a crowd! Lagos is standing still for the President’s Rally at Tafawa Balewa Square #GEJisit.”

Jonathan’s main opponent, Muhammadu Buhari had earlier this week flagged off his campaign in the S’South region of the country to contest for the presidency via the All Progressives Congress (APC) political platform.



The Kaduna State gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Nasir El-Rufai, on Wednesday appointed a spokesperson for his campaign organization.

Mr. El-Rufai in a statement issued in Kaduna named Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna bureau chief of Blueprint Newspapers Limited as the substantive spokesperson of his campaign organization.

Mr. El-Rufai clinched the APC gubernatorial ticket on December 5, 2014 after defeating his close rival, Isa Ashiru.

Mr. Aruwan, according to the statement, is a hard-working and disciplined journalist and well-connected within the diverse and dynamic segments of Kaduna state and Northern Nigeria. He is also a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, and Africa Regional Media Hub in South Africa.

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President Goodluck Jonathan and his ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday officially opened their campaign towards next month’s presidential and governorship elections in Lagos, with a vow to emerge victorious at the polls.

The president and all PDP state governors made the declaration at the Tafawa Balewa Square.

In his opening remarks, Ahmadu Ali, the Director of the Jonathan-Sambo Campaign Organisation, said that the PDP, unlike the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, belongs to all Nigerians.

“The PDP is not the exclusive preserve of an individual who has turned Lagos into a cow to be milked,” said Mr. Ali.

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President Goodluck Jonathan says the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wanted to assassinate him in the October 1, 2010 bombing at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

He was speaking at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos on Thursday, during the flag-off of his presidential campaign while reacting to the endorsement of his opponent, Muhammadu Buhari, by the militant group led by Henry Okah, who is in prison in South Africa for gun-running.

Twelve persons were killed in the 2010 attack, while 17 others were injured.

Accusing the opposition of orchestrating a campaign of calumny against him, particularly on social media, he said his administration had improved the lot of Nigerians in many regards.


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