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President-elect to emerge today –Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that despite the extension of Saturday’s elections till Sunday in some parts of the country, the results of the presidential poll will be declared on Monday(today). INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, gave the assurance   as some of results from wards, local government areas and states continued to emerge... [Read...
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Jonathan takes the lead in Imo

The results of the presidential election in 11 out of the 27 local government areas in Imo State collated on Sunday in Owerri, capital of the state, show that President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, is clearly leading his main opponent, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Major-Gen... [Read...
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Don’t panic, Presidency tells Jonathan’s supporters

The Presidency on Sunday urged supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan against panic over some “fake results” of the Saturday’s presidential elections, allegedly being released by opposition party. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, made the Presidency’s position known on his Facebook page. Abati asked supporters of the President not... [Read...
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PDP, APC clash over Lagos poll results delay  

The agent of the Peoples Democratic Party for the presidential election collation in Lagos State, Mr. Wahab Owokoniran, and his All Progressives Congress counterpart, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, on Monday morning hotly disagreed during the collation exercise at the Independent National Electoral Commission Lagos office. The quarrel began immediately the Collation Officer for Lagos State, Prof.... [Read...
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Election results collated in private houses, hotels –APC

The All Progressives Congress in Anambra State has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of using residential houses, hotels and other secret places for collation of electoral results. The party also said that most of the legitimate collation centres were left empty without any sign of electoral activities. The senator representing Anambra Central and who is... [Read...
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Hoodlums attack Ondo INEC officials, snatch result sheets

The result sheets for the Ilaje Local Government for both the House of Representatives and Senatorial elections were snatched by some hoodlums on Sunday evening. Reports said workers of the Independent National Electoral Commission, who were on their way from the local government to submit the results at the collation centre at Okitipupa were also... [Read...
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Jonathan leads in seven Edo LGs

As the collation of results of the presidential election continues, the Peoples Democratic Party has won the poll in seven Local Government Areas in Edo State. Edo has 18 LGs. At the INEC office in Benin where the collation of results continued into the early hours of Monday, at Igueben the PDP led with about... [Read...
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Teslim Folarin, Akinjide lose LG to APC

The Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Oyo State, Teslim Folarin, lost his local government to the All Progressives Congress in the presidential election on Saturday. Folarin and the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, are from the Ona Ara Local Government Area of the state. They are the... [Read...
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PDP clears all LGAs in Ekiti

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party has won in all the 16 Local Government Areas in Ekiti state. The PDP trounced all the contending parties including its main opposition; the All Progressives Congress. Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is the candidate of the PDP while APC’s standard-bearer is Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd). The state Resident Electoral... [Read...
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Ibadan businessman, Olanihun, dies at 69

Ibadan, Oyo State businessman and philanthropist, Mufutau Olanihun, died of protracted illness on Sunday at the age of 69. The circumstances leading to Olanihun’s death are still not clear but a family source who did not give her name because she was not authorised to speak on the family’s behalf confirmed his death, saying that... [Read...
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INEC office razed as Rivers protesters demand fresh polls

The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the Emouha Local Government Area of Rivers State was on Saturday night set ablaze by persons believed to be political thugs. A senior official of the commission confirmed the incident hours after hundreds of All Progressives Congress protesters on Sunday besieged the INEC office in Port... [Read...
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APGA, PDP supporters clash over results

Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Grand Alliance on Sunday protested the outcome of the elections for Abia Central Senatorial District. The protesters, who occupied different sections of the sidewalks in front of Umuahia North Local Government secretariat – the collation centre for Abia Central senatorial district – chanted solidarity songs... [Read...
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PDP, APC disagree over conduct of elections in Enugu

The Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress on Sunday disagreed over the conduct of the presidential and National Assembly elections in Enugu State. Although the results have yet to be released as of the time of filing this report, the APC has called for a total cancellation of the polls in the state.... [Read...
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National planning minister rejects Kwara polls

The Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, on Sunday frowned upon Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara State. Suleiman, who spoke to reporters in Ilorin, alleged   electoral irregularities in the state, saying it was   “an electoral tragedy.” The Peoples Democratic Party leader in the state   said   the accreditation process was faulty, adding... [Read...
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Police arrest 10 for electoral violence in Osun

The Commissioner of Police for the elections in Osun State, Sam Okaula, said the police have arrested four suspects for attempting to snatch the results of the presidential election in Ikirun. He said the suspects had been transferred to the state capital, Osogbo, for interrogation. He added that six others had been arrested in the... [Read...
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FUG gets Inspenonline’s recognition

Future Unity Glanvills Pensions Limited has been named the Pension Fund Administrator of the year 2014 by Inspenonline Media. A statement obtained from the firm on Sunday said it was recognized for its deep-seated passion for professional excellence spurred by its deliberate policy of rendering personalized and excellent service to retirees and Retirement Savings Accounts... [Read...
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Adeyeye wins second term in Senate

The Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Prof. Sola Adeyeye, has been declared the winner of the Osun Central Senatorial District election. The Returning Officer at Osun Central Senatorial District, Mr. Jide Olutomi, declared the serving senator who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress the winner of the poll with the total votes... [Read...
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APC wants Fayose’s deputy charged with election violence

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to charge the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, for election violence. It also asked the Commission to cancel the election result in Ire-Ekiti over allegation of violence and ballot snatching. The opposition party based the call on the... [Read...
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Otti warns against forged results

The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has warned that the party would not accept the result of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state if it did not tally with what was obtained at the various polling units. Otti who addressed a press conference... [Read...
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8 out of 17 LGAs submit poll’s result in Abia

The complete results of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Abia State are still being awaited. While journalists laid siege to the Umuahia North council headquarters where the National Assembly results for Abia Central District were expected to be announced, feelers from Ohafia and Aba for Abia North and South districts respectively also indicated... [Read...
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INEC official nabbed in Ondo

A collation officer at one of the wards in Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State was arrested by men of the Ondo State Police Command on Sunday for allegedly mutilating a result sheet while entering the figures from the election. The situation was said to have created a mild drama as polling agents and... [Read...
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‘Every campaign should use Twitter hashtag’

Twitter on Monday said that a campaign was not good enough if it did not use a hashtag. According to Twitter, hashtags can bring deeper meaning and engagement to any story. “To create an online and social media presence for any campaign, Twitter hashtags are essential to create more awareness and engagement,” it said. In... [Read...
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Operators prepare artisans for contributory pension

Pension operators are working on plans to introduce the informal sector to the Contributory Pension Scheme. A statement from the National Pension Commission obtained on Sunday said it had commenced a nationwide dialogue with self-employed persons as well as workers in the informal sector ahead of the commencement of the micro pension scheme in the... [Read...
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Rosabon Financial Services begins CSR initiatives

Rosabon Financial Services Limited, one of Nigeria’s foremost non-banking institutions, said it has rolled out series of customer-focused Corporate Social Responsibility campaigns and partnerships that are in line with its goals of community development and customer satisfaction this year. The company, in a statement, said it had in the past embarked on notable CSR drives,... [Read...
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Banks to distribute free BVN cards to customers – NIBSS

Bank customers who have done the mandatory biometric registration at any bank branch will start collecting their Bank Verification Number cards, the Managing Director, Nigeria Interbank Settlement System Plc, Mr. Ade Shonubi, has said. Shonubi stated that bank customers would not be charged for the cards and that lenders would soon begin the distribution of... [Read...
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2,618 BDCs meet new capital requirement

The Central Bank of Nigeria has added 32 bureau de change operators to the list of firms that have complied with its new capital requirements. The number of licensed BDCs has, therefore, increased to 2,618 from the 2,586 firms earlier published by the CBN in February, according to a new report on the bank’s website.... [Read...
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Lagos woos private investors to homeownership scheme

The Lagos State Government has restated its determination to work with private investors for the provision of affordable housing for residents under the Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme. The Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Bosun Jeje, said this at the handover of one of the housingestates under the scheme, which was named after the late nationalist,... [Read...
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Hackers compromise British Airways frequent flyer accounts

Hackers have accessed tens of thousands of British Airways frequent flyer accounts, according to the London Evening Standard. The airline said no personal information has been viewed or stolen, and it has frozen affected accounts for the next day or so while it resolves the issue. It means top executive club fliers may not be... [Read...
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Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority earned N15.8bn in 2014

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority on Sunday said it earned a net income of N15.8bn in the 2014 financial year. The agency, in its annual report made available to our correspondent by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Uche Orji, said the amount was a significant improvement on the N505m recorded in the 2013 financial... [Read...
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Djokovic survives test

World number one Novak Djokovic survived a second set fightback from Slovak Martin Klizan before winning his opening match at the Miami Open 6-0 5-7 6-1 late on Saturday. Djokovic, who is aiming to follow up last week’s win at Indian Wells with his fifth triumph at Key Biscayne, took care of the first set... [Read...
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Ugandan urban planners undergo training in FUTA

The government of Uganda and the Federal University of Technology, Akure have started a partnership on capacity development for urban planners in the East African country. According to a statement by the management of FUTA, a team led by the Under Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Uganda, Mr. Emmanuel Olaunah, was at... [Read...
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Al Sadd deny Xavi deal

Qatari side Al Sadd released a statement on Saturday denying that a deal had been concluded to sign Barcelona and Spain great Xavi Hernandez. In a statement on their website, Al Sadd said the deal was “still under negotiation”, adding that “the FC Barcelona player is currently in Doha with his family to know more... [Read...
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E-payment network problems can be resolved — Obaro

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, SystemSpecs Company Limited, a financial software development company, Mr. John Obaro, says poor network problems affecting e-payment channels are not irresolvable. He also affirms, in this interview with OYETUNJI ABIOYE, that e-payment transactions are increasing amid infrastructural challenges What are some of the challenges facing the Central Bank... [Read...
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Microsoft buys start-up, LiveLoop

Microsoft has acquired the LiveLoop, a San Francisco-based start-up that has developed a plugin for the Office PowerPoint users to collaborate on the files and presentations. Redmond giant has acquired this start-up for an amount that is yet to be disclosed, according to World Tech Today. LiveLoop on its website stated that, “LiveLoop will be... [Read...
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NAHCO proposes bonus, dividend for shareholders

The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc has declared a dividend of 20 kobo per share and a bonus of one share for every 10 shares held for its shareholders for the 2014 financial year. The move followed a marginal increase in the company’s revenue for the year. The company had grown its revenue by 0.53... [Read...
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Circle Mall gets new leasing firm

The management of Circle Mall, formerly known as Osapa Mall, in Lekki, Lagos, has announced the appointment of Messrs Ibukun Efuntayo and Company, a firm of estate surveyors and valuers, as part of its leasing team. The Principal Consultant, Ibukun Efuntayo & Company, Mr. Emmanuel Efuntayo, described the appointment in a statement as a vote... [Read...
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Alves attacks Dunga

Barcelona defender Dani Alves, on the Brazil sidelines since the World Cup, has criticised national coach Dunga for what he deems an excessive overhaul of the squad after their Germany-inflicted Cup misery. “If there is revolution there is instability,” Alves, 31, told Globoesporte website in an interview published Saturday. Dunga has sought to bring in... [Read...
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Firm gets permit to generate hydro power

The Federal Government has issued a water use permit to an indigenous firm, Winner Power Gardens Limited, to generate electricity from the Okuru River in Kogi State. The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mr. Musa Istifanus, who issued the permit in Abuja, also said since the privatisation of the power sector, the government... [Read...
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UBA grants N1tn loans

United Bank for Africa Plc has announced that its loan book has crossed the N1tn mark for the first time. The pan-African bank, in a statement obtained on Sunday, said its 2014 results also showed a 14 per cent year-on-year growth with the loan book. It said the loan growth was, in line with the... [Read...
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Law Union to improve insurance awareness

Law Union & Rock Insurance Plc has expressed commitment to insurance awareness through sport development. A statement obtained from the firm on Sunday said the Ibadan Golf Club commended Law Union for its support during the recently concluded third Insurance Golf Tournament. In a statement, the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Chief Babajide Olatunde-Agbeja, said... [Read...
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National financial crisis looms over falling revenue – Commissioner

The Kwara State Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Demola Banu, has said there is a looming nationwide financial crisis as a result of the dwindling revenue from the Federation Allocation Account. According to him, many states and local government councils in the country are insolvent because of the dwindling federal allocation. He spoke in an interview... [Read...
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MTN connected 3.1 million subscribers in 2014 – Report

The telecommunications industry in Nigeria witnessed over 50 per cent Year-on-Year decline in subscriber growth in 2014 as against that of 2013, The PUNCH has learnt. A statistical data obtained from major telecoms companies showed that there were 15.1 million additions to the overall subscriber base in 2013, while there were only 7.3 million added... [Read...
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First Bank named best retail bank

First Bank of Nigeria Limited says it has received “The Best Retail Bank in Nigeria Award” for the fourth consecutive time at the just-concluded Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards in Singapore. Organised annually by the Asian Banker magazine, the award is renowned for its rigorous and transparent process in selecting outstanding... [Read...
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NGBA, AHK Nigeria meet SmartCity promoters

A delegation from the Nigerian-German Business Association and German Delegation of Industry and Commerce (AHK Nigeria) has met with the project managers of SmartCity Innovation Hub in Lagos to explore areas of collaboration. The meeting, it was learnt, was in alignment with its core objective of strengthening business relationship between Nigeria and Germany. The delegation... [Read...
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AFC achieves 31% income growth

The Africa Finance Corporation has reported a 31 per cent growth in its total comprehensive income – from $87.3m to $113.9m – for the financial year ended December 31, 2104. Overall, the investment grade-rated multilateral development finance institution said it recorded a 27 per cent growth in balance sheet size from $1.9bn in 2013 to... [Read...
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Bale absorbs criticism

Gareth Bale insists he has nothing to prove to anybody after playing a starring role in a vital victory for Wales in Saturday’s European Qualifier in Israel. The Real Madrid man came into the match under scrutiny, having been criticised for his recent club form by Real supporters and the Spanish media. His car was... [Read...
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European commercial property investment market attractive

The European commercial property investment market enjoyed a strong end to 2014, according to the latest quarterly report by Knight Frank. The report noted that the outlook for 2015 has been boosted by the European Central Bank’s announcement in January of a programme of quantitative easing which will help to maintain the attractive yield premiums... [Read...
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Multi-functional white board enters Nigeria

The YS Technologies says it is offering its CNIT IT-Pad to educational institutions, training organisations, oil and gas sector as well as the banking industry, among others, as a modern tool in training, learning and conferencing. It said its uses were several steps away from the conventional ways of projecting texts and pictures on whiteboards... [Read...
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Bafana Bafana hold Eagles in friendly

The Super Eagles produced a more assured outing against South Africa on Sunday than they did against Uganda in Uyo four days earlier as they were held 1-1 by the hosts in an international friendly played at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Captain Ahmed Musa’s scorcher seemed to have given the Nigerians the win but... [Read...
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Fed Cup: Williams sisters lead US

Serena and Venus Williams plan to play for the US Fed Cup team in the World Group playoff tie next month against Italy, Serena said. Italy will host the best-of-five match tie on a clay court in Brindisi April 18-19. The two nations are fighting for a place in the tournament’s top tier, AFP reports.... [Read...
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Brazil beat Chile to continue clean run

Roberto Firmino’s goal gave Brazil a 1-0 victory over Chile in a feisty friendly at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Sunday, their eighth successive win since last year’s disappointing World Cup campaign. Firmino, a 61st-minute substitute, burst clear after 73 minutes and expertly rounded Chile keeper Claudio Bravo before dispatching a simple finish into the empty... [Read...
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Siasia invites five

The coach of the Nigeria U-23 men’s football team, Samson Siasia, has called up five new players. They are from the victorious U-20 African Youth Championship team that played in Senegal. The Flying Eagles won the African cup. According to Siasia, the invited players are expected to arrive at the team’s camp in Abuja immediately.... [Read...
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Falcao plays down Juventus talk

Radamel Falcao insists he is fully focused on Manchester United, despite speculation linking him with a summer switch to Juventus. The Colombia international striker has toiled during his loan spell at Old Trafford from Monaco, managing only four goals in 22 appearances. Quotes attributed to the 29-year-old’s agent, Giovanni Branchini, this weekend have suggested that... [Read...
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British coaches for Greensprings/Kanu Football Camp

Coaches from England and Netherlands have confirmed their participation in this year’s Greensprings/Kanu Football Camp holding in April in Lagos. Specifically, the coaches who will be drawn from the English Premier League and Dutch league are expected to handle proceedings at the one-week clinic holding at the Lekki camp of Greensprings. According to Greensprings’ Head... [Read...
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Oyegun loses ward to PDP in Edo

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Odigie-Oyegun,  lost his ward to the People’s Democratic Party in Saturday’s Presidential elections. Two units made up Ward 2 of the Staff Training School at GRA Benin; the APC lost in both units. At Unit one, the PDP polled 95 votes in the presidential election while APC... [Read...
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Nurses bring sick 85-year-old voter to polling booth

Ailing 85-year-old Dr. Adebisi Sebanjo, caused a stir on Saturday after he arrived at the polling unit at Doula, Apapa, Lagos State. The octogenarian medical director of Julisam Hospital was assisted by two young female nurses wearing blue uniforms. Adebisi is the father of the Senior Special Adviser on Poverty Alleviation to Governor Babatunde Fashola,... [Read...
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Result sheet missing as security agents fight in Ekiti

There was commotion at the Local Government Collation Centre in Ijero Ekiti on Sunday as security agencies fight with election officers over Form EC8C containing the final result of the Presidential election. The security agencies attached to the centre, comprising Police, Department of Security Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service and others... [Read...
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Rivers APC supporters storm INEC office, demand fresh election

Aggrieved supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State have blocked some major roads within Port Harcourt, the state capital, protesting  the conduct of the Saturday presidential elections in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Some APC faithful, made up of youths, marched to the INEC headquarters on Aba Road while dozens... [Read...
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APC warns against announcing of fake poll results

The All Progressives Congress has warned against any attempt to tamper with the results of the elections that were concluded nationwide on Saturday, saying Nigerians have voted peacefully and massively and they know who they have voted for. In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the... [Read...
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DPO accused of snatching ballot boxes in Niger

A Divisional Police Officer attached to Magama Local Government area of Niger State (names withheld) was on Saturday accused of snatching four ballot boxes and papers at the Mungoro central polling unit of the Majin ward. He was also alleged to have tear-gassed officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and electorate who were on... [Read...
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APC, PDP go head-to-head in Benue, results inconclusive

There were signs on Sunday that the results of the Presidential and National Assembly elections might drag till Monday in Benue State. Findings showed that apart from the slow collation process, voting was still in progress in areas that could not vote on Saturday due to hitches. In Zone ‘C’ for instance, where the Senate... [Read...
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I didn’t lose in my ward, LG – Mu’azu

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Mu’azu, has dismissed reports that he lost his polling unit and local government area to the All Progressives Congress in the Saturday election. The PDP chairman hails from Bauchi State and the immediate past governor of the state. Mu’azu, who took to his official Twitter page to react... [Read...
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‘PDP shared money at my polling unit’

The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, says President Goodluck Jonathan was able to get 71 votes at his (Ambode’s) polling unit at Ward A5, polling unit 03, Epe, because members of the Peoples Democratic Party distributed cash. He, however, expressed pleasure in the fact that the APC presidential candidate,... [Read...
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Heavy traffic as soldiers block Mile 12-Ikorodu road

A long stretch of traffic has built up from the Mile 12 bridge all the way to Ikorodu Bus stop as soldiers have barricaded the ever-busy road based on what they called an “orders from above.” The Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, had announced that there would be no restriction of movement today(Sunday) over... [Read...
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Jonathan’s aide escapes lynching in Kano

The Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on School Agriculture, Dr. Baraka Sani, on Saturday in Kano escaped death from the hands of suspected political thugs, who prevented her from voting. The incident happened at Jigriya Ward in Dakatar Quarters, Nasarrwa area of Kano State, when Baraka was attempting to cast her vote but... [Read...
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INEC playing with Nigeria’s future ─ George

The Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees member, Chief Bode George, says the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, failed to have an alternative plan for possible failure of smart card readers used for the elections. George, who lost his ward to the APC, said if Jega had listened to the... [Read...
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Community leader clubbed to death in Benin

The Chairman of Obagienevbosa Community in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, Igie Osayande, has been clubbed to death by thugs. The victim was reportedly shot along with his brother, Igie Obafuedo, said to have been taken to a hospital for medical attention. The incident was said to have occurred on Saturday during voting at Ward... [Read...
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Arab coalition pounds Yemeni rebels, 15 killed

Arab coalition warplanes targeting Iran-backed rebels bombed the runway at the Yemeni capital’s international airport and killed 15 pro-rebel troops elsewhere in Sanaa, military and aviation sources said Sunday. On the fourth night of raids against Shiite rebels and allied troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Saudi-led strikes paralysed the airport in the... [Read...
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Six killed, four missing in Indonesia’s landslide

Rescuers have found six bodies and are searching for four others after a landslide hit Sukabumi district of West Java Saturday night, an Indonesian official said on Sunday. Soldiers, volunteers and policemen are searching for the missing persons under the debris of the damaged houses, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster management... [Read...
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2011 presidential gladiators: Where are they now?

ARUKAINO UMUKORO examines the political gladiators who slugged it out for the Presidential seat four years ago In 2011, a different set of political gladiators were in the race for the highest political office in Nigeria. From the set of 18 contestants, only two (President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party and Gen. Muhammadu... [Read...
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Nigeria votes in sharply contested presidential election

The most sharply contested election in Nigeria’s post-independence history wound down to a tense conclusion on Saturday amid fears that a polarised electorate would clash regardless of the outcome in a country split on religious, ethnic and sectional lines. There appeared to be little middle ground between partisans of the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan, a... [Read...
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Fashola urges INEC to address hitches

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Saturday cast his vote at the Ward G-3, State Senior Secondary School, Itolo, Surulere, where he called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to address issues relating to malfunction of card readers. The governor, who waited for over two hours in the queue with his wife, Abimbola,... [Read...
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Five arrested  in Osun, minister lauds security operatives 

Five persons were arrested in connection with various electoral offences in Osun State on Saturday. The Commissioner of Police in charge of election in the state, Mr. Sam Okaula, said this in an interview with our correspondent on Saturday night. Okaula said the election was relatively peaceful except for few cases of crisis. The CP urged... [Read...
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Gunmen attack Lagos commissioner’s residence

The residence of the Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, on Oyewole Road, in the Mulero area of Orile-Agege, was attacked by nine gunmen around 12.10am on Saturday. A resident said the assailants came in a grey colour Toyota Sienna bus, firing sporadically and calling the commissioner’s name. He was, however, not in... [Read...
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Kwara election, travesty of justice – Minister

The Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, on Sunday faulted Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara State. He alleged  that there were many  electoral irregularities, describing the elections in the state as a rape of democracy. Speaking during a press conference  media briefing in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, Suleiman, who is the... [Read...
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‘PDP national leaders messed up party’

Ondo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, has blamed the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party for his defection to the All Progressives Congress. Olanusi declared his defection to the APC on Thursday, citing marginalisation and unfairness on the part of the PDP. He told reporters in his polling unit at Supare, in... [Read...
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Late accreditation, voting mar exercise

Late accreditation marred the conduct of the presidential and national assembly elections held on Saturday across Edo State. There was however a large turnout of voters and the exercise was generally peaceful at most of the voting centres in the Edo Central and North senatorial districts monitored by our correspondent. Many of the voters had... [Read...
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Suspected PDP thugs snatch ballot boxes

Hoodlums believed to be agents of the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday snatched ballot boxes at Nungudoe Itak, Ikono, in the Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The hoodlums, our correspondents learnt, had pretended to be engaged in a fight only to swoop on the electoral officers and snatched the ballot boxes. Some... [Read...
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Oil slump, PIB threaten gas-to-power project

The steep decline in global crude oil prices, regulatory uncertainty and vandalism of gas infrastructure constitute major threats to gas development for the growing need in the power sector, industry players and analysts have said. Prior to the plunge in oil prices, International Oil Companies had raised concerns that the gas provisions in the Petroleum... [Read...
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Large turnout in Niger, Borno, Nasarawa, Sokoto

There was a huge voter turnout   in the presidential and National Assembly elections in Bauchi, Nasarawa, Kano, Yobe, Jigawa, Sokoto and Borno states on Saturday, despite the accreditation problems which marked the exercise. Meanwhile, women (some in purdah) turned out en masse to exercise their rights in the Federal Capital Territory, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi, Gombe... [Read...
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Abesan Cup organisers dedicate award to patrons

Abesan Football Development, organisers of the yearly Abesan Cup football competition amongst clubs in Lagos and Ogun states, have dedicated the recent award it received from the Lagos State Government to its patrons. AFD was among the 424 individuals and organisations, who were honoured by the Lagos State Government at the Corporate Social Responsibility Award... [Read...
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After world triumph, MFM target Nigeria dominance

At first, it looked like Nigerian church team, Mountain of Fire and Miracles FC, were in for a drubbing when they arrived late in Bangalore, India, for their first game against Colombia in the maiden edition of the Church World Cup. Eight countries namely hosts India, Uzbekistan, Brazil, Portugal, Colombia, Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana participated... [Read...
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Voters defy bombing, turn out in large numbers

Voters in Enugu defied fears occasioned by the early morning bomb explosions to turn out in large numbers at the various polling units in the state. There were concerns that the explosions at a polling unit at WTC Primary School would scare voters away from the venues. The bombs, believed to be improvised explosives devices,... [Read...
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Thugs steal ballot papers in Nasarawa

Pandemonium broke out at a polling unit by Sharp Corner in Mararaba, Nasarawa State on Saturday as some hoodlums snatched ballot papers meant for the over 3,000 eligible voters who were waiting to perform their civic duty after accreditation. The incident occurred at about 6pm and it took the intervention of soldiers, whose checkpoint was... [Read...
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Champions emerge at Shalom sports meet

Green and Yellow houses have emerged winners in the primary and secondary categories of the just-concluded inter-house sports meet of Shalom Group of Schools, Ipaja, Lagos. In a keenly-contested event decided at the school’s sports ground, Yellow House grabbed a total of 61 medals: 23 gold, 26 silver and 12 bronze, to win the college... [Read...
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Passed NFF Bill makes collision with FIFA inevitable

Last Monday, I was privileged to finally receive a verified copy of the Bill that was passed by the Senate on 13th November, 2014, “for an Act to repeal the NFA Act, 2004 and enact the NFF Act, to provide for the administration of the game of football in Nigeria and for other related matters... [Read...
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Peaceful election in Kogi

Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly election was largely peaceful in Ankpa, Ijumu, Kabba-Ibunu and Ogori-Magongo Local Government areas of Kogi State although the voters were disappointed by the late arrival of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission. At the wards 1 and 2 in Aiyetoro-Gbede, the hometown of Mr. Dino Melayeof the All... [Read...
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‘INEC must monitor Sunday election closely’

A former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission must monitor the election closely as it goes into the second day of voting. The national leader of the All Progressives Congress said INEC must also improve the voting process. He spoke after voting at polling unit 047 on Kaffi/Sunday... [Read...
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Hoodlums set ex-gov aspirant’s house ablaze

A group of political thugs on Saturday set ablaze the house of a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Dumbari Dimkpa. The thugs, according to sources, had stormed Dimkpa’s residence in Bera, in the Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State during the presidential and National Assembly election and torched the building.... [Read...
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Works minister denies car gift to army

Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, has denied donating operational vehicles to the Nigerian Army for the elections in Edo State. Onolememen, who stated this on Saturday shortly after his accreditation at Uromi, in the Esan North-East Local Government Area of the state, was reacting to an allegation by the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole,... [Read...
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Hoodlums shoot, snatch ballot boxes

Several cases of election violence were recorded in Ebonyi State on Saturday, as hoodlums shot and snatched ballot boxes in some polling booths across state. At the polling booth in Nwakpu Market Square, Ikwo Local Government Area, an unidentified man emerged from the bush and shot several times into the air. While the voters, police... [Read...
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Dodan Barracks: Once upon a seat of power

Residents around Dodan Barracks in Lagos State relate, with nostalgia, to BAYO AKINLOYE their experiences of the military base that was once the seat of power of the Nigerian State The road — Obalende Road — that leads to Dodan Barracks, Ikoyi in Lagos State was paved with ‘gold.’ The stench of the liquid dry... [Read...
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Polls reduce domestic investments by N40bn

Domestic investments in the Nigerian Stock Exchange have recorded a substantial decline due to fears and uncertainties regarding the 2015 general elections, as well as concerns about insecurity. The latest investment details from the NSE showed that local investments dropped by N40.1bn at the end of February 2015. As of January this year, the total... [Read...
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Enyeama: The man whom 100 caps fit

The Super Eagles perhaps spoilt Vincent Enyeama’s 100-cap party with Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Uganda but the experienced keeper may just have opened a new chapter in his illustrious career, reports ’TANA AIYEJINA Nigerians waited anxiously to see Vincent Enyeama equal former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo’s record as Nigeria’s most capped players with 100... [Read...
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B’Haram kills lawmaker, 33 others in Borno, Gombe

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 34 persons including a lawmaker on   Saturday morning in Gombe and Borno states. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, a member of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Alhaji Umar Aminu, a policeman and six others were killed by the insurgents who attacked Dukku and Nafada local... [Read...
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Voting continues to night in Jos

Voting was still going on in most of the polling units in Jos, the Plateau State capital as at 8 pm due to last arrival of election materials. In some instances where the materials arrived as late as 3 pm, the voters and the electoral officers decided to accredit and vote at the same time.... [Read...
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Maku rejects card readers

The governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance in Nasarawa State, Labaran Maku, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to discard the card reader before the April 11 governorship election, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Maku made the appeal while fielding questions from newsmen on Saturday shortly after casting his ballot at Wakama... [Read...
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Tension as shooting rocks Osun over senatorial  result

There was palpable tension along Gbongan/Osogbo road and at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Sunday night. It was gathered that the result from Ife Central Local Government Area was the subject of controversy between supporters of the All Progressives Congress and those of the Peoples Democratic... [Read...
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Buhari wins in Wada’s ward, leads in Kogi

As the Independent Electoral Commission collates the results of the March 28 Presidential poll across the country, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), is leading in six of the 11 Local Government Areas collated so far in Kogi State on Sunday. Our correspondent, who was at the INEC headquarters in... [Read...
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Gunmen storm INEC collation centre

Four gunmen on Sunday night stormed the Independent National Electoral Commission’s collation centre at United Christian Primary School, Apapa in Lagos State. An eyewitness told our correspondent that came to the centre around 9pm. Before the armed men could carry out any attack soldiers stationed around the centre quickly stepped in to face them. “We... [Read...
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I’ll recommend  INEC’s PVC to my country – US Ambassador

The Ambassador of the United States of America, to Nigeria, Mr. James  Entwistle, on Sunday applauded the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to deploy technology for the conduct of the general elections which commenced on Saturday. The ambassador, who spoke with journalists at the International Conference Centre, venue of the National Collation Centre of... [Read...
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INEC dismisses PDP’s claim of victory in 23 states

The Chairman of the Independent  National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has dismissed claims of victory by the Peoples Democratic Party in 23 states as reported by the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode. Fani-Kayode had on his official Twitter page  on Sunday, said,”As we speak now, we are winning in 23... [Read...
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INEC declares presidential election results on Monday

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that despite the extension of the Saturday’s elections till Sunday in some parts of the country, the complete ‎results of the presidential poll will be declared on Monday. INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who gave this assurance on Sunday, however, said as of Sunday evening, results of the... [Read...
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Buhari thrashes Jonathan in Ogun, wins 12 LGs

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party,  President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking re-election, in Ogun State So far, the APC has won in 12 local government areas of the state, while PDP has emerged winner in seven LGs. There are... [Read...
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DSS, others bar journalists from collation centres in Imo

There was mild tension in parts of in Imo State on Sunday as armed security personnel, including men of the Department of State Security, the Police and the Army  barred journalists from collation centres in the state. At the collation Centre in Owerri Municipal Council Secretariat, journalists were turned back from the gate by stern... [Read...
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Soldiers battle gunmen in Bauchi

Nigerian troops on Sunday engaged gunmen in fierce battle in Dungulbe village, seven kilometres from Bauchi, the Bauchi State Capital. Reliable security sources and villagers confirmed the fighting. A soldier, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told newsmen that fighter jets had been drafted to support the troops to repel the hoodlums. “The fighter jets... [Read...
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Be patient, vigilant, Buhari tells Nigerians

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress , Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has appealed to Nigerians to be patient as the Independent National Electoral Commission collates Saturday’s Presidential election results. The APC candidate, who is contesting the poll for the fourth time, gave the charge on his official Twitter page on Sunday evening. He... [Read...
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Gunmen attack Bauchi voters, police stations

An unspecified number of gunmen in a convoy of about 10 vehicles on Sunday stormed many polling units in Kirfi and Alkaleri Local Government Areas  of Bauchi State and destroyed many electoral materials. Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, stated this in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Bauchi. Mohammed said the... [Read...
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Tension heightens between Rivers APC protesters, police

Policemen fired gunshots at INEC office on Aba Road, Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, around on Sunday as the protest against Saturday’s elections in the state began to heightened. The incident happened after APC supporters surrounded an SUV in front of the Commission’s office, believed to have the PDP governorship candidate in the state,... [Read...
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