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Voters' registration begins Oct 24

BARRING any last minute changes, the much expected registration of voters for the 2011 polls will begin across the country on October 24. The exercise will hold in each of the 120,000 polling units of the country.



Speaking on the fresh voters' compilation yesterday in Lagos, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Lagos Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, said the exercise would last for two weeks between the last week of October and the first week of… Continue

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2011: North’s plot against Jonathan — Kaita

Anya, Shettima, Al-Gazali root for Jonathan

By Clifford Ndujihe

The next couple of days will be mind-rattling and decisive for President Goodluck Jonathan. After months of suspense, he has to tell Nigerians, next week, whether or not he is contesting the 2011 presidential polls. And taking that decision has not been an easy one for the President given the mixed bag of support and opposition heralding… Continue

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‘Zoning, lazy man’s option for electoral contest’

He is fondly called Allah De, a nickname traceable to his highly influential column in the Daily Times, which he started in the late 1950s.





Alhaji Alade Odunewu, an England-trained distinguished journalist, had paid his dues in helping to make the Fourth Estate of the Realm what it has today become.

The President of the Nigerian Press Council spoke to BASHIR ADEFAKA at his residence in Lagos, recently. Excerpts:



Let me take you from the last point: The Nigerian… Continue

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Nobody sacked me, I am still in charge — Ume-Ezeoke

By Chioma Gabriel, Deputy Editor

Embattled national chairman of All Nigeria Peoples’ Party, ANPP, Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke in this interview answers questions on the crisis in ANPP and denies the allegation that he has been sacked as national chairman of the party. He told Saturday Vanguard that he is still in charge until his tenure expires September 6 and a new executive comes in September 17 and 18 at the party’s national convention.

Excerpts:



Your party,ANPP issued a… Continue

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CRISIS IN ANPP LEADERSHIP

Ume-Ezeoke has been ousted, he is no more in charge — Oyegun

By Chioma Gabriel, Deputy Editor



John Odigie Oyegun, former governor of Edo State is believed to have joined the race for the chairmanship of ANPP and is part of the splinter group that ousted the current national leadership of the party led by Second Republic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke.



In this encounter, Chief Oyegun insists that last Friday’s meeting that sacked the… Continue

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2011: Jonathan’s joker for PDP ticket

Events that will shape the outcome of the 2011 polls, beginning with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential primaries are unfolding at a head-spinning pace. The aspirants are on their toes aligning, re-aligning and perfecting strategies to garner advantages.



Sources close to President Goodluck Jonathan boasted yesterday that the President had secured the support of 15 out of the 28 PDP governors and the eight opposition governors for his yet-to-be declared presidential… Continue

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Nigeria to end fuel subsidies by end of 2011, says Aganga

Nigeria’s government is aiming to remove subsidies on domestic fuel prices by the end of next year at the latest, after investing in a mass transit system to ease the impact on the poor, Finance Minister Olusegun Aganga said. “It is going to be sooner rather than later,” Aganga said in an interview in London today. Everything will be ready “by the end of 2011 at the latest. It could be this year.”



The subsidies will cost the government N 520 billion ($3.4 billion) this year, compared… Continue

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Why PDP guidelines are not out — Nwodo

By Henry Umoru, Abuja

THE National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo said yesterday that the non-gazetting of the Electoral Act to make it fully operational forms one of the reasons why the guidelines for the conduct of the party primaries cannot be released now.



According to Nwodo, the party was also waiting for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to come up with the election time-table and other rules for the general election… Continue

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Ex-minister condemns N20bn bond plan

THE former Minister for Culture and Tourism, Ambassador Frank Nchita Ogbuewu has described as fraudulent and uncalled for, plans by the Ebonyi State Government led by Gov Martin Elechi to raise the sum of N20b Bond from the capital market with just few months to end of his tenure as the Governor of the State.



In a statement by the Media Consultant to the former Minister, Barrister Uche Maduemesi, Ogbuewu is quoted as saying that what the Martin Elechi’s administration is trying to do… Continue

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Obasanjo tasks African leaders on Green Revolution

Accra—Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday in Accra, charged African leaders to set the target of 2025 for achieving “Green Revolution in Africa ”.



Speaking at a session to celebrate the achievements of Norman Borlaug, “the father of Green Revolution”, Obasanjo said it has become imperative for African agriculture to be transformed within a short time.



The special session was organised by Alliance for Green Revolution (AGRA) which is holding its annual conference in… Continue

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UNICEF, WHO collaborate with Nigeria on outbreak of cholera

By Chioma Obinna



To further strengthen Nigeria’s effort towards tackling the outbreak of cholera in the country, United Nation Education Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other partners are supporting the Nigerian government as it strives to contain the epidemic in 12 states.



It would be recalled that officially as at 30 August, 6,400 cases of cholera had been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, including 352 deaths.



So far, the… Continue

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Ndigbo need strong front in Lagos—Nwanyichimereze

By Prince OSUAGWU

Front-line member of Igbo women group in Lagos, Ada Igbo Lagos, Mrs Nwanyichimereze Kate Onunwa, has charged the Igbo in Lagos state to form a common front to articulate their programmes and interface properly with the Lagos state government.



She said this was to help the Igbo in Lagos align their businesses and activities with the laws, principles and regulations of the state government and possibly help in giving the state a good governance

Onunwa called on… Continue

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Jonathan’ll disappoint Nigerians if he doesn’t contest — Group

The Delta State chapter of Goodluck Support Group (GSG) says President Goodluck Jonathan will disappoint Nigerians if he fails to contest for the 2011 presidential race.



In a statement signed by state coordinator of the group, Chief Young Esiekpe, the group posited that Nigerians would be disappointed because his ascension to the number one seat of the country was as a result of divine intervention.



Esiekpe, a former member of the then Bendel State House of Assembly,… Continue

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Ghanaian sex workers protest against Nigerian counterparts

Ghanaian prostitutes at Adum, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti region, have expressed anger over some Nigerians importing younger and prettier girls who are gradually taking over the sex business. Save for the intervention of the assembly member for the area, Albert Osei-Banahene, the enraged sex workers would have hit the streets in their nakedness and marched from one office building to another, just to get the authorities to come to their aide.



“It is not that they are better than… Continue

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Neither Obasanjo nor Ondo govt. installed me —Oba Adebiyi Adesida, new Deji of Akure

THE emergence of Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida did not come as a surprise to many in the ancient town of Akure , the Ondo State capital. Since he indicated his intention to contest with other Princes in the Ojijigbogun Ruling House expected to present a candidate for the vacant stool after the former Oba, Oluwadare Adepoju, was deposed and banished to Owo by the state government for engaging in a street fight with one of his queens (Olori), Bolanle, it was clear that he was the candidate to… Continue

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Buhari, Soyinka back Jonathan on credible polls

By Emeka Mamah & Dayo Johnson

KADUNA—FORMER Head of State and presidential aspirant of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Major-Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, yesterday, expressed confidence on the ability of President Goodluck Jonathan to conduct free, fair and credible elections next year and urged Nigerians to give him a chance to do so.



General Buhari spoke in a Kaduna State Radio programme “Vision Nigeria”, while Professor… Continue

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1999 Amended Constitution fully in operation —Ekweremadu

By Henry Umoru & Salamatu Ismail

ABUJA—AHEAD of the 2011 general elections, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, said, yesterday, that unless a competent court sets aside the amended constitution of 1999, it remained valid and operational.



Ekweremadu who was answering questions from newsmen when he visited the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over last Saturday’s fire incident, said the constitution recently passed by the National Assembly… Continue

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Contempt: Court orders Police to arrest Onovo

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA—Following the refusal of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ogbonaya Onovo, to appear before it yesterday, an Abuja High Court sitting in Maitama, has ordered the Federal Capital Territory Police Command to ensure that he was arrested and produced in court on September 7.



Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, who was irked by the absence of the police boss in court yesterday, however, acceded to a request by a police lawyer, CSP Henry Njoku, who pleaded for more… Continue

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Don blames ailing economy on improper planning

BENIN—A Professor of Economics at the University of Benin, UNIBEN, Prof. Mike Obadan, has attributed what he described as the failure of the nation’s economy to grow rapidly since the inception of democracy in 1999 to deficiency in plan formulation and implementation by the Federal Government.



The university don, advocated the re-introduction of development planning in the country so as to achieve the Millenium Development Goals, MDGs, in 2015. He argued that in developing countries… Continue

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2011: Jonathan, IBB supporters in verbal warfare

By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN—SUPPORTERS of President Goodluck Jonathan for 2011 presidency in Edo State and those of former Military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, yesterday, traded words over claim that IBB was more experienced to lead the nation than President Jonathan.



It will be recalled that former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Albert Legogie, had Monday, declared that IBB would be the best candidate of the party in the forthcoming 2011 presidential election… Continue

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