Nigerian News from Leadership News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:15:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Naira Close On Monday At N197 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:04:52 +0000 The naira closed on Monday at N197.80 to a dollar at the inter-bank foreign exchange market, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says.

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Al-Makura’s Gesture To IDPs Belated and Pregnant – PDP Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:01:04 +0000 The Nasarawa State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura’s donation of relief materials to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and move to resettle them in their ancestral homes as belated and politically motivated.

In a press statement signed by the state chairman, Chief Yunana Iliya, the party questioned why it took the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in the state over two years to reach out to affected persons and communities, adding the move was suspect coming a few weeks to the general elections.


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Ayogu Eze’s Hope For Enugu PDP Guber Ticket Dashed Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:00:07 +0000 Federal High Court, Abuja, dismisses suit filed by Sen. Ayogu Eze seeking to be declared PDP governorship candidate for Enugu State.

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Gov Ahmed Warns Against Jega’s Removal Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:16:23 +0000 Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has listed the consequences of removing the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega before the rescheduled general elections.

Alhaji warned that any attempt by President Goodluck Jonathan-led government to remove Jega, before the elections would have a reverberating effect on the nation’s hard- earned democracy.

He added that Jega’s ouster at this critical time of the country’s democracy would cast a serious doubt on the commitment of Jonathan towards conducting credible, free and fair elections.

The governor spoke with journalists in Ilorin yesterday shortly after he met traditional rulers from Ilorin Emirate and commercial taxi drivers at the All Progressives Congress campaign office, Mandate office, Adewole, Ilorin.

The monarchs numbering about 600 and the taxi drivers had during the meetings endorsed Ahmed for a second term in office.

Ahmed had earlier solicited the support of his visitors for the presidential candidate of APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari during the March 28 election.

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Oyo Teachers Support Ajimobi’s Second Term Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:01:13 +0000 Teachers in Oyo State under the auspices of Teachers for Good Governance [TGG], have commended the Abiola Ajimobi administration for its overall development of the state, particularly as it affects the welfare of teachers.

The teachers in a statement in Ibadan on Sunday signed by Comrade Yisau Ahmed and Mrs M.O. Alao, said going by the numerous enduring achievements of the Ajimobi administration and its support for teachers’ welfare, teachers in Oyo State had resolved unanimously to support the re-election bid of Governor Abiola Ajimobi for a second term,so the good works would continue for the betterment of all.


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PVCs: Court Fixes March 16 To Hear Lawyers’ Suit Against INEC Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:20:04 +0000 Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos will on March 16 hear a suit filed by three lawyers against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over their inability to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

The lawyers are asking the judge to declare that their civil and legal rights would be breached if INEC does not issue them their PVCs or provide them an alternative means of exercising their franchise.

The lawyers, Chijioke Emeka, Kalu Uduma and Emeka Odikpo, are also seeking an order directing INEC to issue them their PVCs or make other alternative arrangements to enable them vote.

The plaintiffs want the court to hold that should they be excluded from the March 28 and April 11 elections due to no fault of theirs, they are entitled to legal damages.

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Insurgency: Lagos Assembly Commends Military Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:10:54 +0000 Lagos State House of Assembly has commended the Nigerian Military for its efforts towards recapturing the nation’s territorial space in the North-eastern part of the country and ending the activities of the dreaded insurgents.

This was contained in a statement signed by the spokesperson of the House and chairman of the House Committee on Information and Security, Hon Segun Olulade over the weekend.

The House maintained that the efforts of the Nigerian Military at Gwoza and other recaptured localities were commendable strides in the fight against the insurgents.

It said that the nation was not in doubt presently about the efforts of the military to defend the nation’s territorial space.

“If efforts of the military are yielding results, Nigerians will not say otherwise. What we are witnessing is a commendable effort on the part of the military who are risking all odds to ensure Boko Haram activities become history. The Nigerian Military is pushing and really pushing hard.”

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Jonathan Gives 164 Ex-corps Members Automatic Employment Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:58:27 +0000 President Goodluck Jonathan, at an NYSC 2012-2014 Honours and Awards, grants automatic jobs and scholarship to 164 ex-corps members.

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NEMA Supports Muslim/Christian Orphanages Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:36:26 +0000 The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated food items to four orphanage homes in Kaduna metropolis.

The items were donated to Jamiyar Matan Arewa, Al-lhsan Charity, Shelter in Christ and Adonai orphanage homes.

NEMA’s North West zonal coordinator, Musa Illalah said the gesture was to encourage the orphanages to cater for the less previleged in the society and offer the inmates a sense of belonging.

“May I, on behalf of the agency, present these items to you for the benefit of the children and inmates of these orphanage homes”, he said.

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Jega Surrendered INEC’s Constitutional Power To Service Chiefs – NUD Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:34:46 +0000 Against the backdrop of the postponement of the February election, the Nigerians United for Democracy (NUD), a coalition of civil society groups, has said that the statement attributed to the INEC chairman that only the service chiefs can guarantee the March general election is a great disservice, adding that by that statement, Prof Jega surrendered INEC’s constitutional powers to the service chiefs.

A statement signed by the NUD coordinator, Kano wing, Dr Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, said the March 28 election is still not sacrosanct considering Jega’s submission before the Senate last week, and called on the National Assembly to extract a firm undertaking from the national security adviser and security chiefs that the election would not be further postponed.

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