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 Presidential Poll: Ezekwesili Explains Why She Quit

By Akinwale Kasali The former Minister for Education and the former Presidential candidate for Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has revealed that she quit her candidacy because her party’s vision and objectives is not in tandem with hers. According to her, she decided to immediately sacrifice her candidacy to uphold her values by withdrawing. “Nigeria and Nigerians deserve a new order of ethical, competent and capable leadership. I had earlier assumed the ACPN was aligned with me to offer that, until it proved otherwise. The values and vision divergence…

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2019 Polls: Agbaje Optimistic Of Defeating APC

By Akinwale Kasali Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Lagos State, has high hopes becoming the next governor of the state. Agbaje who had on several occasion tried his luck on becoming the governor of the Centre of Excellence, as Lagos State is called, but has been defeated by the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in the 2015 gubernatorial polls in the state. At the 2015 poll, Agbaje lost to the incumbent governor of the State, Akinwunmi Ambode, but this time around, Agabje believes he has…

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2019 Polls: Femi Adeshina Talks Tough

By Akinwale Kasali Shortly after the meeting between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential poll, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Thursday gave an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 presidential election notwithstanding any gang up against him. The former Editor of Sun Newspaper, is optimistic that any gang up against his principal will surely hit the rock, as president Buhari will retain the seat of power come 2019.…

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2019 Polls: Atiku Gets Obasanjo’s Backing, As APC Develops Cold Feet

By Akinwale Kasali During the 2015 presidential electioneering campaign, the battle for Aso Rock seat was between incumbent president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari had the blessings of former president Olusegun Obasanjo who many described as the ‘kingmaker’ in Nigeria politics. Three and half year down the line, the once celebrated and eulogised Buhari by Obasanjo has now become a ‘filthy rag’ in the face of Obasanjo, no thanks to his administration’s policy, which Obasanjo says lack focus on economy development. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the former vice-president…

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APC Set To Win Akwa Ibom State, As NDDC MD Emerges Governorship Candidate

By Akinwale Kasali For months now that Senator Godswill Akpabio defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progessives Congress, APC, the party at the center is not leaving any stone unturned as its battle ready to win the oil rich states in the general election coming up next year. Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission was on Monday declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections in Akwa Ibom. The chairman of APC’s committee for the governorship primary, Yamah Momoh,…

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2019 Polls: INEC Says Over 1.3m PVCs Uncollected In Lagos

By Akinwale Kasali Few months to the 2019 general polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, through its Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Lagos State, Sam Olumekun, said 1.38 million Permanent Voters Card, PVCs are yet to be collected. Olumekun made the disclosure in an interview recently in Lagos. “We still have about 1.38 million PVCs uncollected as we speak. Only about 15 per cent of the 2017 new registrants whose cards have been produced have come to pick their cards. It is very poor. “We have also added close to 750, 000…

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2019 Polls: Buhari Promises Free And Fair Election

By Akinwale Kasali With the 2019 election drawing closer, President Muhammadu Buhari is promising world powers that the 2019 polls will be free and fair. Buhari today in Abuja assured United Kingdom Prime Minister, Theresa May, of his administration’s commitment to conducting free, fair and credible elections in 2019. The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement said Buhari gave the assurance during a bilateral meeting with the visiting Prime Minister at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari welcomed UK’s support toward strengthening democratic institutions…

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