Presidential Election: Real Reasons It Was Postponed

By Bayo Bernard More than 2,500 local and international observers were deployed across the 36 states and 376 local governments in Nigeria in the last few days for the presidential and national assembly election that was to be held on February 16, 2019. Most of them, particularly, foreigners, have now become stranded in some remotest part of the country following the postponement of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. INEC Chairman Unexpectedly Shifts Election At exactly 2.50am, INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu announced in Abuja, the nation’s…

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INEC Shocks The World, Postpones Election

By Uche Mbah In an unprecedented action,  the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections the same day it had been scheduled to hold. It was rescheduled  to February 23rd 2019, five hours before its commencement. Subsequently, the Governorship and state Assembly elections were also postponed by one week. According to INEC, the postponement was necessary because it will afford it enough time to sort out  the challenges which faced it. However, many sensitive materials had already been distributed before the postponement, though several logistic…

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Finally, the Bayelsa International Airport Takes Off With An Inaugural Flight

By Uche Mbah It was a carnival of  sorts as Governor Seriake Dickson today inaugurated the Bayelsa International Cargo Airport, estimated to have gulped N60 billion. The Airport, which was meant to be a state and Federal government joint venture, suffered a setback when the Federal Government pulled out of the deal. Dickson doggedly continued with the building of the Airport. The Airport was built by Dantata and Sowe, an indigenous construction company. The Airport could have been opened last August, but that date was not feasible. By November last…

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AGF’s Desperation for Disqualified APC Candidates

  By Oji Odu Following the upholding of the decision to bar the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in Zamfara state from the 2019 general election by the Court of Appeal, Sokoto, after a Federal High Court in Abuja had overruled the decision of the State High Court sitting in Zamfara, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and justice minister, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the election to field candidates in the exercise in Zamfara state. The High Court had earlier nullified INEC’s…

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Presidency: Who Will Obiano Vote For?

By Comfort Obi In the final stretch to the February 16 presidential election, the question many people are asking, especially, South Easterners, is: Which presidential candidate will Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra state, vote for? Let me confess that I have also, in the past couple of weeks, been asking myself the same question. I don’t know about others, but each time I ask myself that question, I just shake my head, and exclaim to nobody, in particular: politics. Ordinarily, the answer should be easy. Ordinarily, nobody should even…

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Supreme Court Ruling: Amaechi Activates Plan B

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu A faction of the APC in Rivers is now set to fully participate in the March 2, 2019 gubernatorial election, albeit by proxy, The Source has learnt. This magazine had exclusively reported, penultimate week that the two factions of the party in the state were making separate plans to take part in the electoral exercise by adopting smaller parties should the Supreme Court eventually bar the APC from fielding candidates. Before the Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Supreme Court’s final ruling in the disputed Rivers APC congresses which…

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For The Second Time, Buhari, Atiku Sign Peace Accord

By Uche Mbah For the second time in the run up to the 2019 Presidential election, candidates vying for the Presidency under the various party platforms converged in Abuja to sign a Peace Accord. The document included the commitment of every aspirant that signed the accord to commit to peaceful election – and the acceptance of the results thereafter. The first peace accord was signed in December, 2018, by the Presidential Candidates of political parties at the International Conference center, Abuja. It was midwifed by the National Peace Committee, headed…

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INEC Fire Disasters: A Deliberate Setback?

By Stephen Ubanna Barely three days to the February 16, Presidential election, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, are still counting their loses. At the last count about 4, 695 Card Readers, and thousands of Permanent Voters Cards, including  power generators have been destroyed by mysterious fire outbreaks. The worry: the fire disasters  occurred in supposedly  strong holds of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, thus, fueling speculations of sabotage. The fire incidents had occurred in Abia,  Plateau, and Anambra  states in quick succession. Take for instance, the Sunday, February 10, 2019,…

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Onnoghen: Police, DSS Launch Manhunt For Ex-CJN

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would have gone down in history as the first government to arrest a Chief Justice of Nigeria in case the police eventually picked Walter Onnoghen, suspended CJN. Following the bench warrant issued against the ex-CJN on Wednesday by Code of Conduct Tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, security agencies in the country including police and Directorate of State Services, DSS, the magazine has learned have been on red alert to apprehend and arrest Onnoghen. The CCT a short while ago directed ordered the Inspector General of Police, IGP…

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2019: Puncturing Violent Election

By Oji Odu Former President Goodluck Jonathan will always be remembered by posterity for making the 2015 general election violent free, even when under pressure not to do so. With 2019 election just days away, calls and pleas have re-echoed for violence free polls. Will there be violence free elections when the gladiators have continued to tear each other with hate speeches, unguided provocative languages and words? Will it be violence free when such words are echoed by both religious and traditional rulers? Will it be free polls when there…

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