Anxiety in Bayelsa as Buhari clinches presidential poll

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Yenagoa—Uneasy calm yesterday, pervaded Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital and its environs, as the results of the presidential election were announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, showing the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC,  candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari in clear lead.

Jonathan casting his vote

Most of the commercial banks shut their doors to customers at midday as the final results of the election were announced.

The move, it was learned, was a safety measure against likely attack in case of outbreak of violence over the outcome of the election.

A source in one of the banks said: “It was a precautionary measure taken due to the tension in the air over the outcome of the presidential poll. We have since closed for the day but we will open for business in the morning.”

Also, Youth Corps members have expressed concern over the development, especially with the text message allegedly from the authorities of the NYSC being circulated, urging them to vacate their lodge or relocate to military barracks close to them as well as not to put on their uniforms in public for fear of attack after the announcement of the presidential results.

Meantime, the prospect of President Goodluck Jonathan leaving the Aso Rock Villa on May 29 has soberred thousands of Bayelsans, who had believed he would be given the chance of a second term.

All over Yenagoa, anxious Bayelsans were glued to television sets at home and in public places watching with keen interest as the developments unfolded in Abuja.

But Police spokesman in the state, Asinim Butswat, said there was no cause for alarm.

He said on phone that though some non-indigenes had left, “We do not encourage anybody to leave.”

Butswat assured that the Police were at alert to deal with any trouble maker.

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U.S, U.K Commend Nigeria’s Election, Express Worry Over Likely Interference

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The United States and United Kingdom have hailed the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections which took place across Nigeria on Saturday and Sunday, describing the exercise as largely peaceful.

In a joint statement by the two countries, U.S. Secertary of State, John Kerry, and U.K Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, lauded Nigerians for showing a commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders.

While they admitted that so far, they had seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process, they, however, expressed worry that there may be “deliberate political interference” in the collation process.

They emphasised that such likely interference would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Abuja Accord which both leading political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress signed.

The statement added: “The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom would be very concerned by any attempts to undermine the independence of the electoral commission or its chairman, Professor Jega; or in any way distort the expressed will of the Nigerian people”.

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ELECTION UPDATES: Buhari gains early ground amid vote tally fears

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* Results expected to build up over Monday

* Empty streets, closed shops in flashpoint city Kaduna

* Protests in Rivers, Bauchi states

* Concerns over collation process (Adds results from key states Kaduna, Kano)

By Tim Cocks and Alexis Akwagyiram

ABUJA, March 30 (Reuters) – Nigerian presidential challenger Muhammadu Buhari recorded thumping majorities in key northern states on Monday, as the United States and Britain expressed concerns about meddling with the vote count.

Buhari, a 72-year-old former military ruler who has campaigned as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up the corrupt politics of Africa's most populous nation, won 1.1 million votes in the flashpoint city of Kaduna.

President Goodluck Jonathan, a 57-year-old southern Christian, won 484,000 votes there.

The city, scene of three days of bloodletting after Buhari lost to Jonathan in the last election in 2011, was tense but quiet as the results trickled in, with the roads empty of traffic and many shops and homes shuttered.

Buhari, a northern Muslim, also won 1.9 million votes in Kano against 216,000 for Jonathan, an indication of the political polarisation that has deepened over the last five years under Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Although the economy has been growing at 7 percent or more, scandals over billions of dollars in missing oil receipts and the eruption of an Islamist insurgency in which thousands have died have undermined Jonathan's popularity.

Although the early results will hearten the Buhari camp, they are far from conclusive in an election forecast to be the closest since the end of military rule in 1999.

In his native Rivers state, the volatile and hotly contested home of Africa's biggest oil and gas industry, Jonathan won a massive 95 percent of the vote.

The results coming from states such as Rivers have prompted suspicion among diplomats, observers and the opposition, whose sympathisers took to the streets in protest.

Police fired tear gas at a crowd of 100 female supporters of Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) demonstrating outside the regional offices of the INEC election commission.

"Their intention was to destroy INEC materials," a policeman at the scene told Reuters.

"DISTURBING"

The weekend vote was marred by confusion, technical glitches, arguments and occasional violence but in many places proved to be less chaotic than previous elections in Africa's biggest economy and top oil producer.

At least 15 people were shot dead on polling day, most of them in the northeast where the islamist insurgent group Boko Haram has declared war on democracy in its fight to revive a mediaeval caliphate in the sands of the southern Sahara.

However, the United States and Britain said that after the vote there were worrying signs of political interference in the centralised tallying of the results.

"So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a joint statement.

"But there are disturbing indications that the collation process – where the votes are finally counted – may be subject to deliberate political interference," they added.

Such views are likely to fuel an APC belief of political skulduggery, and increase the chances of a repeat of the 2011 post-election violence in which 800 people were killed, most of them in the predominantly Muslim north.

Even before preliminary tallies were recorded on Sunday, the party rejected the outcome in Rivers state and denounced the vote there as "a sham and a charade".

PDP also painted itself as a victim of rigging, but said it would make no difference.

"We are confident of victory," party spokesman Femi Fani-Kayode told journalists. "Any attempt to manipulate figures or to rig us out from any quarter will be firmly resisted."

COLLATION CONCERNS

World powers and international investors are watching the conduct of the poll closely to see whether one of Africa's most important states can improve its patchy record.

Fitch cut Nigeria's credit outlook to negative on early on Monday, but kept its BB- rating, citing the political uncertainty.

However, the stock market climbed 1.7 percent, narrowly missing a three-week high in its seventh consecutive day in the black as domestic investors bet on a relatively smooth outcome.

Bonds also gained, dealers said. The naira traded at 218 against the dollar on the black market, roughly in line with its levels before the election.

"If there's no post-election violence, the market will rise," said Ayodeji Ebo, head of research at Afrinvest in Lagos.

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INEC releases Presidential results from 10 LGs in Ogun

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ABEOKUTA-The Independent National Electoral Commission has released results of Presidential election in 10 local governments in Ogun State.

Out of the results of the 10 local government areas councils released as at 2:pm on Sunday in Abeokuta, All Progressives Congress won seven with wide margin while People’s Democratic Party won th e remaining three local government areas.

The local government areas released so far include Obafemi-Owode, Abeokuta North, Odogboolu, Odeda, Imeko-Afon, Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Remo-North, Ewekoro, and Ijebu North-East.

The details are as follows;

Odeda Local government

Number of registered voters -63,935
Number of accreditted voter -17,463

APC -11,102
PDP -4,456

Total valid votes -16,152
Voided votes -775
Total votes cast -16,927

Imeko Afon Local Government

Number of voters registered -35,311
Number of accreditted voters -23,481

APC -7,657
PDP -12,153

Valid votes cast -20,466
Void votes -1,122

Sagamu Local Government
Number of registered voters -77,955
Number of accreditted voters -37,772

APC -15,761
PDP -17,263

Ijebu Ode Local Government

Number of registered voters -55,127
Number of voters accreditted -25,973

APC -14,043
PDP -8,972

Remo North Local Government
Number of registered voters -39,180
Number of accreditted voters -16,960

APC -6,164
PDP -9,278

Ewekoro Local Government

Number of registered voters -62,425
Number of accreditted voters -14,193

APC -9,626
PDP -3,227

Obafemi-Owode Local Government

Number of registered voters -74,871
Number of accreditted voters -24,402

APC -15,207
PDP -5,786

Ijebu North-East

Number of registered voters 36058
Number of accredited voters 15214

APC- 7638
PDP -6163

Odogboolu local government

Number of registered voters 70658
Number of accredited voters 25752

APC -11623

PDP -11405

Abeokuta North local government

Number of registered voters -12 5485
Number of accredited voters -30556

APC 21213

PDP 5,742

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Unknown gunmen disrupt voting in Ebonyi

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Armed thugs on Saturday invaded some polling booths at Nwakpu market square in Onunwakpu Ikwo LGA carting away electoral materials.

Kelechi Igwe, who is the deputy gubernatorial candidate for PDP, is from the ward.

The thugs who were armed with AK 47 rifles emerged from a nearby bush and shot into the air to scare voters and officials away before snatching the materials.

There were no police patrol vans in sight and for kilometres.

Similar reports came in from Nsokara in Ezza South LGA.

The member representing Ikwo/Ezza South Constituency, Tob Okwuru alleged that the attacks were  carried out by the PDP.

Lt Col Felix O Alaita in charge of Nkwagu Military Containment of the Nigerian Army said he has mobilised to the area and order has been restored.
 

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Boko Haram HQ Gwoza in Nigeria ‘retaken’ before 2015 Election

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The Nigerian army says it has retaken the north-eastern town of Gwoza, believed to be the headquarters of militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

The insurgents had now been driven from virtually all the territory they had held, it said.

Some militants were now fleeing towards border areas, the military said.

News of Gwoza's recapture comes a day before presidential elections, which were postponed by six weeks because of the offensive against Boko Haram.

Meanwhile, the president of Chad, which is helping Nigeria fight Boko Haram, has strongly criticised Nigeria's military.

Thousands of people have been killed since 2009, when the group began its insurgency to create an Islamic state.

An estimated three million people have fled their homes because of the unrest, and many may be unable to vote.

Gwoza's location made an ideal base: The nearby Mandara Mountains offered protection and the jihadists could flee into Cameroon until the military there stepped up patrols. There is a complex system of caves and tunnels, some of which burrow hundreds of metres into the mountainside. Recent rumours suggest the Boko Haram leader may have been hiding there.

When Gwoza was captured by the jihadists last August thousands of residents were trapped and terrified on the mountain slopes with no food. They were badly let down – the military fled, leaving the jihadists to help themselves to the armoury.

Now on the eve of a pivotal election there is at last some good news for those who survived. The cost was high though.

One resident told me the jihadists recently assembled all the elderly residents and informed them that, as they were unable to defend themselves from a military attack, they would be helped on their way to paradise. They were slaughtered in Gwoza's abattoir.

Eyewitnesses say that after the military assault, people could be seen heading over the mountain by torchlight – Boko Haram fighters on the run.

BBC Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo says Gwoza's capture is a major milestone for the Nigerian army.

The town is not far from Chibok, where Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from a boarding school last April.

Our reporter says Gwoza was one of the places where the militants were rumoured to be hiding the girls, who are yet to be found.

Nigeria 'uncooperative'

After his fighters captured Gwoza in August 2014, the Boko Haram leader declared a caliphate in areas under his control.

The militants have been pushed back since Nigeria's neighbours, Cameroon, Chad and Niger sent troops to help it earlier this year.

"These successful operations have culminated in the dislodgment of terrorists from towns and communities in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states," military spokesman Chris Olukolade said.

A lot of arms and ammunition were recovered and "a massive cordon and search has commenced to locate any of the fleeing terrorists or hostages in their custody", he said.

  • Founded in 2002, initially focused on opposing Western-style education
  • Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language
  • Launched military operations in 2009 to create an Islamic state
  • Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria
  • Has also attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja
  • Abducted hundreds, including at least 200 schoolgirls
  • Pledged allegiance to Islamic State

Turning the tide against Boko Haram?

Who are the militants?

Maj-Gen Olukolade also thanked Nigeria's regional partners for their encouragement during the recent operations.

But Chad's President Idriss Deby has been fiercely critical of Nigeria's response, saying the Nigerian military had been uncooperative.

He told French magazine Le Point that Chadian troops have had to retake towns twice from Boko Haram because Nigeria's forces had failed to secure them.

He estimated Boko Haram had 20,000 young fighters, some of whom had been trained by Islamic State in Libya, the AFP news agency reports.

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We’re not involved in Mbaka Frozen account, says EFCC

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All the bank accounts of Enugu Catholic Priest of Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, have been frozen.

Sources traced the action to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

They claimed that the EFCC operatives who carried out the operation were detailed from Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Mbaka was also said to have been asked to report at their Port Harcourt office on an unspecified date.

Mbaka’s media aide, Maximus Ugwuoke said: “All the cheques issued to the banks today (yesterday) were returned. We don’t know why they decided to use EFCC operatives from Port Harcourt while the zonal headquarters is here in Enugu. ”

The media aide said the action might not be unconnected with the December 31, 2014 message in which Fr. Mbaka criticised President Jonathan’s administration.

The priest had also raised the alarm that his life was being threatened

But the EFCC denied freezing the bank account of the fiery priest.

Head of Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujiaren, in a statement last night, said:

“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been drawn to reports in a section of the media claiming that the Commission had frozen the accounts of Enugu-based Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Mass fame.

“The Commission wishes to state that there is no truth in the report and should be discountenanced.”

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‘Buhari being funded by ISIS, Al-Qaeda,’ PDP spokesperson says

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The spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign organization, Femi Fani-Kayode has accused All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari of receiving funds from Middle-Eastern terrorist groups.

Fani-Kayode urged Buhari to deny that he was receiving dollars from ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Hamas.

The PDP spokesperson made the accusations on Friday, March 20, via a statement.

It reads:

“We would like to take this opportunity to put a number of questions that millions of Nigerians have been asking the Presidential candidate of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, over the last few weeks.”

“Does he still believe that an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north? Does he have a secret soft spot and closet affinity for Boko Haram? What are his views about the terrorist organisations known as Al Shabab, Al Qaeda, ISIS and ISIL, all of whom are allies of Boko Haram?  Does he believe that they have a point and does he approve of their violent methods? Can he guarantee that not one dollar of Al Qaeda, ISIS or ISIL money has been used to support his presidential campaign? Does he believe in a secular state?”

“Is it true that Buhari gets massive covert funding from Hamas, ISIS, ISIL, Al Qaeda and various shady Middle Eastern interests? Is it true that he was once nominated by Boko Haram to be their spokesman in proposed talks with the Federal Government?”

Fani-Kayode had earlier accused Buhari of colluding with the Western World to legalize gay marriage in Nigeria.

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Emir of Buhari’s hometown pledges support to Jonathan

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The Emir of Daura in Katsina State, Umar Faruk Umar, on Saturday, March 21, played host to President Goodluck Jonathan in company of PDP leaders and top Government functionaries, as the Emir pledged his support to the President.

Daura is the hometown of Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the 2015 general elections scheduled to hold on March 28 and April 11.

While Jonathan promised to continue to do what is good for Daura, Umar assured the President to always count on support and counsel.

The president further promised that in the next dispensation, his administration will implement the decisions of the just concluded National Conference to raise the standard of the traditional institutions in the country.

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Coach Stephen Keshi’s daughter gets married [photos]

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Stephen Keshi, former coach of the Nigerian Super Eagles, gives his daughter out in marriage. Here are a few photos from the wedding of coach's daughter, Ifeyinwa, which held at Ekenwa in Benin.

Stephen Keshi, his wife and others were at the wedding. View photos in gallery.

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