Elections: Besides EU, More International Reports Indict INEC

BY Uche Mbah Beside the position held by the European Union, EU observer group that the 2019 general elections were marred by irregularities and the ruling party using security agencies to their own advantage, other groups-the National Democratic Institute, NDI, and the International Republican Institute, IRI, also indicted the Buhari government. Their report was presented to the presidency in Abuja on Tuesday. The two organizations are American Institutions dedicated to democratic norms and principles. Recall that the European Union observer groups submitted their election monitoring results to the Independent National…

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Buhari Disappears in London

President Muhammadu Buhari

By Uche Mbah Since President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to the United Kingdom for what his aids described as a private visit, he has all but disappeared from the radar, and nobody seems to know exactly where he is. For over one week, Buhari has been out of the country without transmitting any letter to the National Assembly for the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to take over as Acting President. He is currently acting as the vice president. His handlers claimed that he can rule Nigeria from anywhere. The trip has…

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Chinese Prisoners Work As Expatriates and Prostitutes in Nigeria

Nigeria has joined the long list of countries-mostly African and Caribbean-where slave labor in the name of prisoners are used as expatriate workers in construction companies. This has been reported as Chinese labor policy to get cheap unpaid labor for their construction firms. A house of Representatives member representing Gumel, Gagarawa, Maigatari, and Sule Tankarkar constituency in Jigawa state, Sanni Zorro, who doubles as chairman House committee on internally displaced persons has recently raised the alarm in a press briefing at his home in Kano. According to him, Lee Gee…

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Al Bashir: Buhari Summons Security Chiefs

Probably rattled by the the increasing spike of regime changes in recent times in African countries, President Buhari today summoned Security Chiefs in a meeting in Aso Rock hours after the Sudanese President, Muhammed Al Bashir, threw in the towel as the military took over power in Sudan for the next two years. Bashir thus joined other Africans that lost their seats due to protests, where the military aligned with the people to oust a sitting president. He joins Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Hosni Mubarack of Egypt, Abdelazeez Bouteflika of…

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Elections: Port Harcourt Under siege, Wike Meets Foreign Diplomats

The Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, has met with Diplomats from the United States and Britain, ostensibly to intimate them about the activities of the Military in the state in the run up of the governorship elections in the state. There has been reported massive movement of troops to Rivers state. In Zamfara state, more than a hundred were killed by alleged bandits. The army has also been reported to have invaded the home of a former Niger delta warlord, Ateke Tom, who is now a traditional ruler. He was…

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With Crisis-ridden Electioneering Campaign At Home, Buhari Takes On The World

By Uche Mbah The dwindling  fortunes of the electioneering campaigns of President Buhari in recent times has become a source of worry to the All Progressives Congress-led central government. An emergency meeting of the security chiefs was said to have been called by the presidency- a meeting the opposition Peoples democratic Party, PDP insisted is a closed door meeting to perfect the rigging plan of the APC. Recent campaign outings has become worrisome to the political gladiators, particularly since the president seem to lack coordination in his utterances and actions.…

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February 16: Anyoku, el-Rufai Trade Words over International Observers’ Involvement, EU Reacts

Nasir El-Rufai

By Uche Mbah Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyoku, and Mallam Nasiru el-Rufai,  the combative and foul-mouthed Kaduna State governor, have been speaking on opposing ends of the divide on the involvement of the International Community in the February elections in Nigeria. While Anyoku insists that no country is an island, el-Rufai threatens foreigners who interfere on Nigeria’s internal affairs with death.   “Nigeria’s friends and International Community as a whole are watching the behavior of the Federal Government and its  Agencies, including especially the…

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Transparency International Slams FG, Says TraderMoni Is Vote Buying

By Akinwale Kasali An International Agency, Transparency International has slammed the federal Government over its TraderMoni Initiative which the FG says was created to forestall and curtail poverty in the country and to boost the capital of market women. Transparency International has however slammed the FG saying that it was a device orchestrated in a way to buy the votes and the minds of the electorates. TraderMoni scheme, a collateral-free loan initiative targeted at petty traders and artisans as part of the National Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government,…

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2019: EU, UK, US Demand Free and Fair Elections

Leading western democracies have come together to reiterate their commitment to the free and fair elections in 2019 inNigeria. This is part of a coterie of demands presented to the Independent National Electoral commission, INEC, Chairman, Mahmud Yakubu, when they met at INEC Office in Abuja wednesday. They insisted that INEC be independent and Neutral in carrying out their duties. The countries are representatives of the European Union, Britain and the United states. During the meeting, the representative of American Embassy, David Young, cited the neutrality of the security services…

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Imo Governorship Election: Politicians Strike Deal Ahead Polls as Alliances, Alignments and Horse Trading Intensify

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The March 2, 2019 gubernatorial election in Imo state is wrapped in high wire intrigues as secret inter-party alliances and alignments take the centre stage. For example, highly placed sources are linking the candidate of Accord party and former governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim to an unwritten commitment to the Peoples Democratic, PDP, candidate and the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha. In the same manner, the outgoing governor, Rochas Okorocha is also allegedly weighing the option keeping the Ihedioha window…

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