Today’s Daily Brief: INEC praised for suspending polling units, Amosun & Osoba loyalists clash in Ogun, APC says PDP has ruined Nigeria with propaganda, and more

The governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and the state chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Olu Agemo and the party’s senator representing Ogun Central at the National Assembly, Gbenga Obadara on Wednesday clashed over the alleged removal of the billboards belonging to the party by the Ogun State Signages and Advertising Agency.

The billboards belonging to the party erected at different strategic points in the state on Sunday were pulled down on Tuesday by men from the agency.

Our correspondent gathered that one of the billboards erected at Sagamu end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, was removed.



Hopes for the emergence of a consensus presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress further dimed on Wednesday as efforts by northern leaders to broker a deal, has so far failed.

The latest effort which was brokered by the northern caucus and elders of the APC, in Abuja, on Tuesday night, fell flat, as only one out of the four northern presidential hopefuls, showed up for a scheduled meeting.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, was the only aspirant who honoured the invitation of the party’s Deputy National Chairman (North), Alhaji Lawali Shuaibu.



The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and some registered political parties on Wednesday commended the suspension of additional polling units by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) until after the 2015 general elections.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the suspension was in response to the public outcry against the planned exercise.

Mr Godson Okoye, IPAC’s National Publicity Secretary, said that INEC listened to the views of the people and their complaints.



The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has assured that the police would not apply excessive force during the 2015 general election pledging that his administration would curb the malpractice among the rank and file.

Abba who spoke during the presentation of the Human Rights manual for Policemen and Human Rights desk officers prepared with the support of the CLEEN Foundation, the Swiss Embassy and other foreign missions, said it would help officers and men of the force to know and respect the rights of Nigerians.

“This is not the first time human rights would be introduced by the Police but in addition to past efforts, every officer will be given a manual to guide them, every Policeman would get a copy. Excessive use of force must be curtailed and we seek the cooperation of members of the public to achieve this.”



The All Progressives Congress on Wednesday said that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party has ruined Nigeria in its 16 years of government in the country.

The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who made this known at an event to mark the sixth anniversary of the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, in Benin, explained that the country had come under total hardship in the hands of the federal government, which he said had failed Nigerians in all aspects.

Oyegun lamented that the security situation in the country’s North-East region had continued to worsen by the day despite the presence of the nation’s armed forces.


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