Presidential Elections: Security May Jam Some Broadcast Stations

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), has accused the federal government of planning to clamp down on media houses and their reporters during tomorrow Saturday February 16th presidential election.

Spokesman of the coalition, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere made the allegation in a statement released last night. Ikenga claimed the plan is to ensure that the media houses do not have the opportunity of alerting Nigerians on the various irregularities being allegedly planned during the presidential and National Assembly elections in favour of the candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) across the country.

He noted that the media organisations listed for attack are the African Independent Television (AIT), Silverbird Television, Arise Television, Raypower FM, and 15 other radio stations.

“The plan is to jam and destroy transmitting equipment of these media organisations on election day. The strategy also includes indiscriminate arrest and detention of reporters and cameramen of these stations, while their working tools will be confiscated and destroyed.

The opposition parties have credible information on the move by the APC working through the NSA and the elder brother of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, named Bashir el-Rufai, who is the Director of IHS Towers, a major base station services provider for telecom companies to disconnect the service providers in targeted areas under the guise of debt recovery for unpaid services rendered to the telecommunication companies.

“They want to keep the whole country in darkness, so as to stop citizens from tweeting, blogging, and giving live updates on what is going on in every centre, so that they will be able to carry out their rigging plan. They don’t want the people’s voice to be heard because they have already concluded their evil plot to ensure that the election is not free and fair,” CUPP alleged.

The coalition called on all stakeholders, including Nigeria’s international friends, to be aware of this plan which has been perfected by the Federal government.

“We are watching them and we shall continue to expose their evil plans for the world to see and know,” he added

In a swift reaction, the Director, Strategic Communications of APC campaign, Festus Keyamo, in a statement released last night, said such a plot is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the PDP.

“Whilst the story is full of half-truths and outright lies, the portion that concerns us at the Campaign Council is the allegation that the networks would be jammed on Saturday by the said Israeli company. This is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the PDP, the obvious sponsors of the story. We have warned a few days ago of a series of fake news lined up by the PDP and Atiku’s campaign team in the last days leading up to the elections. This is obviously one of them.”the statement in part read.


Oby Ezekwesili withdraws from presidential race

Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), has withdrawn from the February 16 presidential election

In a statement released early on Thursday morning, Mrs Ezekwesili said she stepped down from the election to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressive Congress and the peoples Democratic Party in the election.

When reached to confirm a statement on her withdrawal from the race to become the number one citizen of the country seen on Twitter, an aide to Ms Ezekwesili, Ozioma Ubabukoh, confirmed that the statement was genuine.

“Yes, she has withdrawn. It is true. You can run with it,” he said.

A close associate of Mrs Ezekwesili, Aisha Yusufu, also confirmed the withdrawal.


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Former President Shehu Shagari Buried

Former Nigerian President Shehu Shagari who died at the National Hospital Abuja on Friday night has been buried in his shagari village in sokoto state.

Born 93 years ago born in the northern Shagari village founded by his great-grandfather, Ahmadu Rufa’i, the former President served seven times in a cabinet post as a federal minister and as federal commissioner from 1958–1975.

In 1954 Shagari was first elected as a member of the federal House of Representative for Sokoto west. Four years later, Shagari was appointed as parliamentary secretary to the Nigerian Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He also served as the Federal Minister for Commerce and Industries.

From 1959-1960, Shagari was redeployed to the ministry for economic development, as a Federal Minister.

Between 1960-1962, he was Federal Minister for Pensions. From 1962-1965, Shagari was made the Federal minister for internal affairs and later Federal Minister for works.

In 1967 he was appointed as the secretary for Sokoto province education development fund. Between 1968-1969, Shagari  was appointed as commissioner for establishments in the north western state.

After the Nigerian civil war, from 1970-1971, Shagari was appointed by the military head of state General Yakubu Gowon as the federal commissioner for economic development, rehabilitation, and reconstruction.

From 1971-75 he served as the Federal commissioner of finance. During his tenure, Shagari was also a governor for the World Bank and a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) committee of twenty.

Banky W’s campaign posters destroyed in Lagos; Adesua Etomi reacts

Banky W’s campaign posters were destroyed by some unknown persons in Lagos and the singer complained about this.

On Instagram, Banky shared a photo of his posters which had been ripped to remove his face and he revealed that it was a sad situation because it cost his team so much to print the posters.

Consoling him, his wife Adesua Etomi told him that people “attack what they fear” and encouraged him to “ignore the distraction”.

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Banky W

APC Leader Bola Tinubu Backs Mikel Obi’s Football Project

Ahead of next year’s official launch of the Nigeria’s Next Football Superstar, A National Leader of ruling All Progressives Congress  APC, Bola Tinubu has thrown his weight behind the project of the Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi.

Speaking during Mikel’s courtesy visit in lagos, the former governor expressed delight with the project, saying it will further project the name of the country in good light and help to discover hidden talents in the grassroots across the nation.

Tinubu described the former Chelsea fc Star and super Eagles captain as a patriotic leader worthy of emulation by the youth.

The APC Leader expressed his readiness to assist Mikel’s Football Foundation achieve his goal of transforming many Nigerian youths to be leaders in their football career.

Responding Mikel Obi said it is time to give back to the kids and ensure that the next generation of talents will take the game to the next level.

The project to be launched in the first quarter of next year is for children between the ages of 13 and 16 out of which nine boys would be picked to receive two weeks training in a top English club with a chance to earn a year youth team contract.

The lucky young players will also enjoy an all-expense paid two-week trip to United Kingdom, to meet their football heroes.

Mikel emphasised that winners would be selected by independent top class coaches and scouts.

He said the foundation will highlight incredible talents across Africa, giving children a genuine chance to pursue their dreams .

The Foundation in partnership with Kwese TV network, will hold selection trials in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos. It will also hold trials in Algeria and South Africa.

DSS have the right to invite any citizen, I drove myself there and drove myself back after having a conversation with them – Adams Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has given an insight on why he was quizzed by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). TheCable on Friday reported that he was en route to Nigeria after visiting his indisposed wife, Iara, in the US, and subsequently meeting Bola Tinubu, APC national leader, in the UK.

The APC chairman travelled out of the country after he was interrogated by the DSS over allegations of collecting bribe during his party’s primary elections.

Speaking during an interaction with editors in Lagos on Saturday, Oshiomhole said he “saw DSS only once and it was a conversation, not an arrest or detention”. He said: “The conversation centred around APC primaries. The question now is whether or not it is the DSS job to interfere in a political party’s issues.

And if there’s an allegation of corruption, it is the responsibility of EFCC and ICPC.” The former governor of Edo noted that the DSS did not ask him to return the next day, contrary to media reports.

Oshiomhole said he was billed to travel abroad on Monday but postponed the trip for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. He said he eventually left the country on Tuesday.

Furthermore, the APC chairman said he was not released on administrative bail, adding that Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, did not come to pick him up from the DSS office.

He said: “I was the one who called Yahaya Bello and he came but I drove home in my own car.” Oshiomhole lashed out at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for calling on Interpol to arrest him, and for insinuating that he had fled the country over the matter.

He said: “What would they have said if it was the PDP chairman that was invited by DSS, for instance over the dollar bazaar at their Port Harcourt primary? “They would have said democracy is under threat and would have fired a letter to the UN as they often ridicule themselves.” The former labour leader alleged that “a few important members of APC may be conniving with PDP because they preferred the impunity of the PDP era”.