Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has defended his endorsement of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
He said despite the fact that Atiku lost to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, he remains “far better” than the incumbent.
In its bid to ensure that Osun schools meets up with their contemporaries in Nigeria and beyond, the Government of the State of Osun has began massive distribution of newly procured set of furniture to all Middle schools in the State tagged “Governor Gboyega Millennium Furniture” through the State Universal Basic Education Board under the leadership of Alhaji Fatai Kolawole, the board’s Permanent Secretary.
The school to school distribution of the newly acquired set of Governor Gboyega Oyetola Millennium furniture started on Tuesday 27th of March, 2018 with L.A. Adenle Government Middle School, Ayetoro, Osogbo.
By Clifford Ndujihe WITH the declaration of Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the winner of the Adamawa State governorship election, the opposition party has won more states than it did in 2015. PDP chairman, Uche Secondus and APC chairman Adams Oshiomhole Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the PDP had 11 governors. The number will rise to at least 14 on May 29, 2019 when new governors and those re-elected are sworn-in. If the Appeal Court and Supreme Court concur with the decisions of the tribunal and lower courts on Zamfara and Osun, and the suspended Rivers governorship election goes in its favour, the PDP will have 17
From 1987-1993, I served as Director of Public Affairs at the defunct National Electoral Commission having been so deployed from my regular beat at the NTA News to help the commission manage electoral information. What I saw in that beat which culminated in the annulment of the obviously hitch-free June 12 1993 Presidential elections particularly the way I was forcefully stopped from further displaying results on the public score board, adversely affected my disposition towards public events in Nigeria. Each time I conceive of an article on an election in the country, what is readily in my sub-consciousness is to never sharply criticize any election personnel knowing full well that such persons are virtually on a suicide mission for the sake of the fatherland. I have since found from the series of elections in the country in the last couple of years that the state of hopelessness of our elections has not changed; what seems to have changed is the methodology of the riggers. These days, the riggers are making strenuous efforts to blur the otherwise huge difference between elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and local government elections organized by state warriors. From as far back as 1986, when the Justice Babalakin Commission of Inquiry traced all the plethora of election chicanery in Nigeria to the political class, we have always known that politicians and not officials of the electoral body are the actors to watch if we want improved elections. We have also always empathized with INEC each time their officials are overwhelmed and made to act wrongly by politicians or their agents or indeed operatives of security agencies. INEC has often boldly chastised such unpatriotic actors. In 2017 for instance, an INEC report on elections revealed the following concerning the rerun elections in Rivers state. i) There were too many security agencies involved in the process outside the framework of the Interagency Consultative Committee on Elections Security; ii) It was not clear whether many of them were acting as part of their various organisations or as groups and individuals serving political interests; iii) There were cases of hostage taking, hijacking of materials and physical attacks on INEC officials by security operatives. Stories about the conduct of security agencies during the recent 2019 general elections are not dissimilar to what the 2017 report unravelled. If that is how the work of INEC has always been distorted, is it not ssurprising that, when elections are marred by
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Okorocha who was suspended from the All Progressives Congress (APC) over anti-party, arrived the State House, around 1:pm and went straight to the President’s office.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has shared more insight about the helicopter crash he survived in Kogi last month during the rigorous presidential campaign rally across the 36 states of the federation.
Osinbajo who spoke during a Banquet Hall at the State House during a special thanksgiving service for the victory of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said the fact that he survived the crash is enough for some people to be happy about.