KKK Holds Parade To Celebrate Trump’s Win

The Ku Klux Klan held a pathetic parade to celebrate the election of Donald Trump in North Carolina on Saturday.

The hate group’s “parade” was originally to be held in Pelham but was moved one county over to Roxboro because of protestors.

The Burlington Times-News reports that the KKK rally had a full police escort. State troopers blocked intersections while 30 vehicles drove around the town.

The paper reports that men and women shouted “White power!” and “Hail victory!” from vehicles flying KKK flags, Confederate battle flags, Donald Trump flags, and Christian flags.

The hate group had originally planned their parade in Pelham, but cowardly moved it when protestors showed up.

Groups in Greensboro, Mebane and Charlotte held rallies Saturday to counter the KKK’s event.

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PDP Will Win In 2019, But …– Makarfi

The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, has expressed confidence that the party will win the 2019 presidential election.

Makarfi said the secret on how to achieve the victory would not be divulged.

In an interview, during which he addressed various issues ranging from last weekend’s Ondo State governorship election to the rebranding of the party, Makarfi said he was not worried by last week’s defection of Idris Umar, a former minister, to the All Progressives Congress (APC), or that of other members elsewhere.

“Since he left as minister, I have never known Umar, who defected to the APC, to have participated in anything concerning the PDP.

“There are those who we know (defectors from Ondo State) are one leg here and one leg there. We are not surprised. I am also not surprised at any movement now. It is the movement in 2018 that will bother me. Look, go back to the PDP when it was in power. During the first and second years, there were people coming. But when did the movement that brought the party down occur?

“We should not forget history. There are those who want to join or associate with the central government. They are like the chameleon; they keep on changing colours. The political movement from one party to another that should bother anyone is the movement in the last 12 months before an election. That should bother anybody, and it is yet to come,” he said.

Despite losing the Ondo State election to APC, Makarfi, said the future holds big things for his party.

“The future of the PDP is very bright.

“We know that it’s not going to be an easy task. We are passing through the worst period you can ever think of, but we will recover,” Makarfi promised.

He also revealed that the PDP was hopeful of winning the Ondo State governorship election in court, having seen the election awarded to APC.

“Well, Edo State, to me, was manipulated and taken away. That is why we are at the tribunal, and we believe that if good work is done by our counsel at the tribunal, we will remain above board. We believe we are going to win because we have a new judiciary. It is far more responsive, fair and just. I believe our mandate will return to us.

“When we went to Ondo State, there were factors and room for complaints. Some factors were within the control of stakeholders while some were beyond them. Some were external, which we are much aware of. The internal issue relates to state politics and other issues that are really state-based. I really won’t go into details. On external factors, our candidate was finally cleared two days before the election, and to move around the state in two days to cover grounds was a tall order.

“Again, Independent National Electorla Commission’s (INEC) position that the submitted list of agents was by the party was a problem. The law stated that they were party agents, not candidate’s, hence they were recognised. This prompted a big question: which party? We didn’t submit the list of agents. Those who took us to court, the Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff camp, just submitted the list of agents, which INEC accepted.

“Naturally, you wouldn’t expect them to be effective agents because the person they wanted was not the one standing for the election. I think INEC should have considered the recent court judgement and given the party the leeway to change its agents if it so desired, thereby escaping from sharing some blames for virtually lack of representation at the polling units.

“Again, if you look at the video clip being circulated by Jimoh Ibrahim, where he boasted and gave reasons why they went to court, among others, it is clear that it was intended to destabilise the PDP and prevent the candidate from campaigning. So the Modu Sheriff side has spoken, through their candidate, that the reason they were in the race was to prevent the PDP from winning. Even the blind and the dumb can draw a conclusion that very serious anti-party activities took place.

“I was disappointed by the result and what happened; but if you ask me whether I am really bothered as we walk towards 2019, I will tell you I am not. When we had a central government in the PDP, which stand-alone election did we lose? But when the general election came, what happened? So a stand-alone election needs a party with central power to mobilise everything there to come up with a particular result, but when general election comes, you are on your own; there is no gang-up per se. If you are on ground, you are on ground, if you are not, I am sorry.

So no matter the difficulty, we will continue participating in elections, believing that when it comes to general elections, the story will be different.”

Asked why he was that sure of a return to power in 2019, he said: “If I tell you that, it will be like disclosing the secret of the PDP and I won’t do that.”



Nigerian Becomes First Female To Win VSO Award In UK

Oluwatosin Folarin has won the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) National Youth Volunteer Award for 2016 and is the first Nigerian to win this award.  The 23-year-old graduate was posted to Ilesa in Osun state with fifteen other volunteers for three months. VSO, an International Development Charity works to address poverty under which their volunteers were sent to work in rural communities in order to secure Livelihoods.

At the ceremony which took place in the United Kingdom, Julia Lalla-Mahharagh, Chief Executive of the Orchid project, and judge for the award outlined that while assessing nominees, they had been impressed by her (Folarin) “Ability to go above and beyond.”  She said, “What wowed us as judges was the fact that Tosin went beyond her brief which was extensively to look at livelihoods. But so much more that what she seemed to do was meet the community exactly where they were at. Everything she did, she did with such passion.”

Folarin, who received her award by video was elated and described the experience as a “challenge which has made me become a better person, focused on achieving greater success.”  According to her, “Our project was themed ‘Securing Livelihood’ and we effected coherently with some of the United Nation’s seventeen developmental goals.  With respect to the first, second and eight goals which are end poverty, end hunger and decent work for all we carried out various projects  like farming in the model farm, training  farmers and enlightening them on various approaches to cocoa and cocoa value chain as well as encouraging them to explore on farming.  We also taught them couples of skills in order for them secure a living.

“Additionally, the third goal which is “wellbeing” we organized different programmes on health in which free medical check was conducted and trained practitioners were invited to speak to the community members.”

She described that, “Volunteering is a good way of making impact in your society and country at large. A little act of service goes a long way to make a positive change. This is why for the fourth goal which is “quality education”, volunteers had series of mentoring with pupils, and taught them some of their academic work.”

On Gender equality, she detailed that the fifth SDG goal was meritoriously looked into where women in the communities were able to understand that “they are not the weaker vessels.” “They understood that they also have equal rights and strength as their male counterparts,” She added.



Only Two Nigerians Win 2016 National Merit Award

Only two Nigerians would be conferred with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) this year, the Chairman Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA) Prof. Etim Moses Essien has said.

He told reporters on Thursday in Abuja that the award which is a separate Order of Dignity is in four categories of science, medicine, engineering/technology; and humanities including arts and culture.

He said the two recipients Prof. Sadik A. Omowunmi and Prof. Tanure Ojaide won in science and humanities respectively bringing the total of awardees to 73.

While Omowunmi A. Sadik is a Professor of Bioanalytical and Environmental Chemistry and inventor working at the Binghamton University New York United States, Prof. Tanure Ojaide is a prolific poet and writer.  Both are multiple international award winners.

While 71 recipients were awarded since 1979 when it was instituted, there was no award in 2015 due to the non-constitution of the governing board of the NNMA by the federal government.

“One of the unacceptable activities of various Nigerian scholars had been the tendency to concentrate their researches on problems and issues that might not have been relevant to the needs and aspirations of the country, except mainly those of a political nature and whose essential criteria and consideration were politically driven.

“As prescribed in the law governing the NNMA, the investiture will be performed by President Muhammadu Buhari next Thursday 1st December 2016, as the first Thursday of every December is stipulated for the investiture, at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa at Mr. President’s pleasure,” Essien said.

He said that each recipient would be given N10m each apart from other paraphernalia of the award and that recipients after their investiture can append NNOM after their names.

He said the names of the awardees were submitted to the President on September 1 as stipulated by law after the painstaking process of the assessment committee who recommended the recipients.

He said that this year’s NNOM Laurette forum themed “Mono-Economy, Diversification, Exchange Rate Stability and the Development of the Nigerian Nation” would hold next Tuesday and would be followed by the NNOM Laurette Award Winners’ Lecture instituted in 2007.

The lecture would be delivered by a 2013 Laurette Prof. Hilary Inyang Inyang titled “Configuration of Policy and Technical System for Improvement of Nigeria’s Environmental Security”

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This Beauty Pageant Contestant Was Told She’s “Too Fat” To Win

The Iceland Monitor reports that Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir, Miss Iceland 2015, was told by the owner of the Miss Grand International beauty contest that she needs to lose weight by Tuesday’s finale.

Arna Ýr says she was told to, “Stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest,” by spokespeople for the founder and owner of the Miss Grand International beauty contest, Thai TV presenter Nawat Itsaragrisil.

The pageant, which I’ve never heard of but is apparently legit and happens in Las Vegas in a few days, told her that Itsaragrisil wanted to give her the “advice” to lose the non-existent chub because he likes her and wants her to do well. So sweet!

“If the owner of the contest really wants me to lose weight and doesn’t like me the way I am, then he doesn’t deserve to have me in the Top 10,” a visibly upset Arna Ýr told The Iceland Monitor.

“Yes, my shoulders are a bit broader than the other girls’ but that is because I was a member of the Icelandic national athletics team and I am proud of that.”

“Of course, I don’t take these comments to heart, but to do my best then hear this… Personally, I think I’m fine as I am.”

Yes! Love this woman!

Also, get this, you guys. According to the Miss Grand International contest says the, “the advocacy and mission of Miss Grand International beauty pageant are committed to spread the message of happiness and we will take a stand and say ‘Stop the War and Violence’.”

LOL! Good one, website! Hot tip: You want to spread the message of happiness, maybe stop being shitty to women about dumb stuff like weight? And also, good luck with the whole “stopping war and violence via the objectification of women” thing!

Update 10/23/16, 5:11pm EST: Miss Iceland decided to drop out of the contest.

“If the owner of the contest really wants me to lose weight and doesn’t like me the way I am, then he doesn’t deserve to have me in the top 10,” Arna Ýr said. Truer words…

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I Am Ready To Kneel Down To Beg Atiku, Saraki, Others – Raymond Dokpesi

Raymond Dokpesi, contestant for the chairmanship position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said that he is ready to kneel down to beg former members of the PDP who have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to return.


Some former members of the PDP who have defected to the APC include former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar and embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki.


Dokpesi reminded the party that it needs to provide a viable opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).


Dokpesi said he would reunite the grieving factions in the party, and appealed to those who left for the APC to “return home”.


We want to give strong opposition to this government because there is a lot hunger and poverty in the country and Nigerians are suffering,” he said.


“My ambition is for PDP to win 2019 and I am going to deploy massively for that to happen. For that reason I am going to bring back all those leaders who left and I hereby tender my unreserved apology to them to return.


“There will be level playing field for all candidates under my leadership. I am not an agent of anybody and I am not sponsored by anyone and I feel insulted to hear that someone is sponsoring me. But I have no commitment to anybody.


“I am ready to kneel down for those aggrieved to come back to the party in order for us to be victorious in 2019.”

Thai Medalist’s Grandmother Dies Celebrating Win

The 84-year-old grandmother of a Thai Olympic bronze medal winner collapsed and died on Monday while celebrating the weightlifter’s success in Rio, police said.

The octogenarian was watching a live broadcast of her 20-year-old grandson, Sinphet Kruaithong, take third place in the 56-kilogramme division.

But a viral video showed the jubilant scene of cheering fans in his rural hometown transform into tragedy after his grandmother, Subin Khongthap, collapsed while watching the competition on a projector. “The initial assumption is that she died from heart failure — but we have to wait for the hospital’s result,” said Somwang Prangprakoan a police officer in northeastern Surin province.

“I’m not sure if she was too excited, or if maybe she was already ill,” he added.

During an interview with local press ahead of the competition, Sinphet’s grandmother said she missed her grandson but was overjoyed by his sporting journey.

“I cheer him on, fight fight! I miss my grandson and want him to be successful. He does this for the country to bring the gold medal back,” she said.

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APC Can’t Win Any Election In Rivers, Wike Insists

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has declared that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is not in a position to win an election in the state, accusing the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi of sponsoring violence to remain politically relevant.

Wike informed that with the proofs of corruption against Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation resorted to blackmailing the leadership of the APC that he would reveal to the public how much he invested in the party’s campaign if he was not confirmed as a minister.

This is even as the Senate Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, must release the collated results of the March 19, 2016 rerun elections. Speaking during a solidarity visit by the PDP Senate Caucus, Governor Wike said the Minister of Transportation lost his local government area and Federal Constituency, hence his desperation to influence the release of the results. He said: “Any person who loves Mr President won’t be causing unnecessary crisis for him. We have problem in the North East, problem in the South-East, so there is no need for another problem in the South-South .

“It is good that the elections were held so that Nigerians will know the truth about the polity. If elections are held 20 times, PDP will win”.

The governor decried the role played by soldiers during the rerun elections. He said the military were directly involved in the elections at polling units and at the collation centres in direct violation of the Electoral Act. He regretted the killing of the corps member, Samuel Okonta during the rerun elections, but stressed that investigation into the type of bullet that killed him must be made public. He confirmed that the state government will immortalise the late corps member.

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We Can Win War Against Boko Haram- Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said Nigeria can win the war against Boko Haram, stressing that the military was already having upper hand in the security measures taken so far.

Obasanjo spoke with State House Correspondents after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the mission of his delegation to Colombia to study its 50-year experience in the fight against rebels.

The former president, who led a delegation of a foundation headed by him to the Presidential Villa, explained that Columbia’s experience was important because the experience of the long period Columbia government has been fighting rebels would assist in tackling the present security challenge in the country.

According to him, the foundation produced a book from its findings, which prompted him to bring members of the foundation to meet with President Buhari to discuss their experiences, which could assist in defeating the Boko Haram.

He noted that the ultimatum given by Buhari to the military to end Boko Haram insurgency in three months was realistic, saying if the nation could win the civil war, it was possible to defeat Boko Haram.

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Ugly ‘Frozen’ Cake Gets A Heartwarming Win

The internet exploded with mockery against what looked like a bakery cake gone completely wrong. But the real story behind this much-abused creation is a sweeter tale.

In case you missed it (and where were you?!) the cake hate started when a Reddit user uploaded two side-by-side cakes of Queen Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” on Monday. One, a spot-on sugary rendition of the blond, porcelain-skin ice Queen, the other, well, a spray-tanned, blobby-haired monster. The photo was simply labeled “the cake that was ordered and the cake that arrived.”

Derisive comments quickly rolled in. “Does the purchase price include 3 free counseling visits for the kids at the party?” one commenter posted. Another chimed in, “The sad thing is, as horrific as it looks, someone put serious time into making that cake…There are hours and hours of terrible craftsmanship here.”

The Real Story Behind That ‘Terrible’ Elsa Cake

But, in a classic case of the internet jumping ahead of itself, it turns out the cake was actually a good deed. That “terrible” and “horrific” treat was made by a volunteer for Icing Smiles, a Maryland nonprofit charity that creates custom cakes for families impacted by the critical illness of a child, free of charge.

Um, oops.

Bakery founder, Tracy Quisenberry, posted a somber response on Icing Smiles’ Facebook page which quickly put things into perspective.

“My heart broke for the baker because I know how much of herself she puts into her donations. My heart broke for the family should they come across the posts because it may take from their joy of receiving the gift. It broke for our team whose extraordinary efforts were used in this way. Our Sugar Angel…was asked for a Frozen cake for a sick child and she did just that.”

The volunteer baker herself, Lisa Randolph-Gant, told her story too – and pretty much made the entire world love her:

“The cake was made for Icing smiles,for a really sick little girl. Yes I know the cake looks a HOT MESS …… BUT here is the back story …I had just lost my grandmother I had been with my Mom all day comforting her ,I came back to work on the cake I HAD 2 hours to get it done and delivered… At the end of the day ,I DIDN’T let that sick baby down l gave it all I had to give.”

The best part? The cute patient who received the Elsa cake reportedly “loved it.”

Now, wipe away that stray tear and resolve to be a better person.


We Made Sacrifices To Win 2015 Election- Oyegun

National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun yesterday revealed that the party’s victory at the last general elections was a product of sacrifice by the members and national leadership of the party.

He said that the leaders jettisoned their personal interests and subjugated them in the will and wishes of the people to win the election, noting that democracy can only thrive if the people were given a chance to choose their leaders. Oyegun who spoke in Abuja when the former Nigerein President, Mamam Usman paid him a courtesy visit also said that the people’s will prevailed in the election.

According to him, APC as a political party had a very excruciating experience with the outgone People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which he said did everything to frustrate the victory of the party.

He stated that the PDP never wanted the birth of the party from the contemplation of idea to form it by the legacy parties.

Oyegun’s revelation however followed an understudy exercise by the visiting Nigerien president who is also the leader of the opposition in his country to ascertain steps taken by APC to win the elections from opposition status.

He said: “The leaders of the 16 political parties of your alliance must be ready to subjugate. That is when the people of Niger will now have choice. We hope every nation in the continent will need from our example.”

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Mayweather Mocks Pacquiao, Says ‘Winners Win, Losers Have Excuses’

Floyd Mayweather has mocked his beaten opponent Manny Pacquiao on Instagram, after the Filipino revealed that he had fought in the fight, which Mayweather won convincingly on points, on Saturday with an injured shoulder.

Mayweather posted a picture on his account today, writing: “19 years in the fight game and I’ve had one excuse: “Don’t have an excuse”. Winners win and losers have excuses.”

The post has emerged following a report that Mayweather has agreed to give Pacquiao a rematch next year. The unbeaten American is said to have told an ESPN journalist Stephen A. Smith that we would be willing to fight Pacquiao again – once he recovers from shoulder surgery to repair a tear in his rotator cuff.

“I will fight him in a year after his surgery,” Mayweather is reported to have told Smith in a text message.

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Fashola, Tunisian President, Others Win International Crisis Group’s 2015 Awards

The global conflict prevention organization, International Crisis Group (ICG), has named the outgoing governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, as one of seven outstanding personalities worldwide to be honoured with its annual awards for 2015.

The Brussels-based think tank, in a media release Thursday, says Mr. Fashola is being conferred with the Stephen J. Solarz Award “for his commitment to resolving social, economic and security challenges in one of the world’s most challenging urban environments.”

Other awardees include Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, who is being recognized for “his visionary reshaping of private sector initiatives to promote peace, human rights and sustainable development” and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, who was chosen for her “exemplary efforts to prevent conflict and mass atrocities, alleviate suffering during the Balkan crisis, and protect refugees worldwide.”

Two Tunisians, President Béji Caïd Essebsi and Nahdha Party leader, Rached Ghannouchi, were both chosen for their “unwavering dedication to pluralism, inclusion and compromise during Tunisia’s democratic transition.”

Others to be honoured are the former Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino for her “tireless role in deescalating tensions and promoting peace” in several countries, and former Australian foreign minister, Gareth Evans, who passionately promoted the principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and also headed the International Crisis Group as its pioneer president.

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PDP Wins In Oil States Could Inhibit Sector- Analysts

Analysts noted the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) victories in the oil-rich states arguing this could hamper the passing of regulations to develop the sector.

While the All Progressives Party dominated the elections, it has struggled in such regions as the Rivers and Delta States, which are endowed with oil, a key commodity in the country’s economy. “Despite the APC’s extensive representation across the north of the country and the middle belt, its lack of presence in the five oil-producing regions could lead to partisan politics in the National Assembly, inhibiting the passing of laws relating to the petroleum industry,” Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) stated on Tuesday.

Its sentiments came as regional elections seemingly mirrored the outcome of the presidential vote, which was cast two weeks ago, as the APC captured 19 of the 29 seats being contested across the country. Despite the INEC declaring some states results as inconclusive and instances of violence in the highly-combustible south of the country, the elections were deemed to be largely free and fair.

The president-elect’s (Muhammadu Buhari’s) coalition party, the APC, asserted its dominance in the North Central, South West and North West of Nigeria, unseating the PDP in many regions for the first time since independence.

RMB argued the APC’s retention of power in Lagos state was of “grave importance” as the interests of Nigeria’s commercial hub would be aligned with that of the federal government.

The think-tank noted that the outcome of the gubernatorial elections will guide the president’s administrative selection process as a number of influential individuals contested the governorships in key states. “The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has in the past exerted considerable influence on national policies, particularly in matters relating to public spending.”

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Lalong Of APC Sweeps Over Plateau In Guber Election Victory

Rt Hon Simon Lalong of All Progressives Congress (APC) has emerged as the winner of the gubernatorial election in Plateau, after defeating five other candidates.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Emmanuel Kucha, Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture Makurdi, declared the results in the early hours of Monday. Kucha said that Lalong polled a total of 564 913 votes, to defeat his closet challenger, Sen. Gyang Pwajok of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 520 627, winning by a margin of 44 386 votes.

Other contestants were Mr Samson Adamu of All Progressives Grant Alliance (APGA) with 1 408, Bagudu Hirse of Labour Party scored 1 770 votes, Elizabeth Yirse Mega Progressive Peoples Party 1 035 votes while Anuma Agudu of Social Democratic Party got 260 votes. “Rt Hon. Simon Lalong having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes in the election, held on April 11, 2015, is hereby declared the winner,” Kucha declared.

The APC won in 11 out of the 17 local governments areas,while Pwajok won in six. Lalong, a lawyer by profession, is a former speaker of Plateau House Assembly, who served for two terms when Joshua Dariye was the governor of the state.

He was back into the legal practice after he left office in 2006, and decided to vie for the number one seat in the state on the ticket of the APC. The governor elect hails from Shendam Local Government Area in the Southern Senatorial District of Plateau.

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We Are Ready For This Round, PDP Vows To Win More States Come Saturday

The Peoples Democratic Party has said it is poised to win more states on Saturday despite losing the presidential election, as its governorship and House of Assembly candidates are very popular and widely accepted in their respective states and constituencies.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Thursday said the party had fully mobilized its members and supporters across Nigeria and would not allow a repeat of the irregularities that shaped the outcome of the March 28 elections. “We restate that we are ready for this round of elections and we will do everything humanly possible within the tenets of democracy to protect our votes and resist any form of irregularity including underage voting and selective malfunctioning of card readers,” Mr. Metuh said.

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Mu’azu Predicts PDP Will Win Lagos

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu, has predicted that his party would win Saturday’s governorship election in Lagos State. His prediction is premised on the party’s performance in the March 28 presidential election in the state.

He stated that the state cannot remain an Island of continuity in a sea of change. He described his party’s governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje has a formidable candidate, who would easily defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akinwunmi Ambode.

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PDP To Challenge Buhari’s Win In Lagos

The Peoples Democratic Party has said it would challenge the results of the election in some local government areas in Lagos State.

Speaking to journalists at the end of the collation exercise in Lagos, Monday, Wahab Owokoniran, said that a lot of things went wrong during the election. “Most of the card readers were not functioning. And the manual (accreditation) that was done much much later has really disenfranchised a lot of people,” Mr. Owokoniran said.

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, polled 792,460 votes to defeat President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP who got 632,327 votes.

Out of the 20 local government areas in the state, the PDP won only five – Surulere, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Oshodi-Isolo, Amuwo Odofin, and Ojo. The announcement of the results in Lagos began at around midnight on Sunday and was concluded by 8 p.m. on Monday. There was a protest outside the INEC state office on Monday as youth from Badagry came to register their displeasure with the outcome of the election in their area.


Gov. Orji Wins Senatorial Seat- INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the Abia Central Senatorial Zone result declaring Governor Theodore Orji as the winner with 65 653 votes. The result was announced at Umuahia North Local Government Headquarters used by INEC as collation centre.

According to the Returning Officer (R O), Dr. Innocent Okoro, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Barrister Ahamdi Nweke scored 46 070 while the APC scored 10 204.

The incumbent member of the House of Representatives, Uzor Azubuike lost the Aba North and Aba South federal seat to APGA.

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Jonathan Beats Buhari in Nasarawa- INEC

President Goodluck Jonathan has created an upset in Nasarawa State by defeating his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election in the state. According to the results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lafia on Monday, Jonathan got 273 460 votes to Buhari’s 236 838.

Jonathan won in seven out of the 13 local government areas of the state. He won in Obi, Keana, Nasarawa, Eggon, Kokona, Doma and Akwanga, while Buhari took Keffi, Wamba, Nasarawa, Toto, Awe and Lafia local government areas. Nasarawa State is under the control of an APC-led government under Governor Tanko Al-Makura.

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Five Things We Learnt From Barca’s Win Over Real Madrid

Barcelona took a huge step towards a fifth La Liga title in seven years with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid thanks to Luis Suarez‘s stunning strike on Sunday.

Here, AFP sports looks at five lessons to be learned heading into the final 10 games of the La Liga season.

1. Suarez sinks his teeth into Madrid

The Uruguayan made his Barca debut in the first game between these two sides as Madrid ran out convincing 3-1 winners back in October after completing a four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

This time it was Madrid who were wounded by the former Liverpool star as he capped his rapid rise in recent weeks with what he described as his “most important goal for Barca” and the one that could land them the title.

2. Ronaldo wins the battle, Messi the war

In the clash between the world’s two best players, Cristiano Ronaldo won 1-0 as his first-half equaliser moved him level with Real legend Raul as the third highest scorer in El Clasico history.

However, it was Lionel Messi who emerged victorious on the evening despite a subdued display until space opened up for Barca as Madrid chased the game in the final 20 minutes.

3. Pique’s turnaround at the heart of Barca revival

Barca had also scored first at the Bernabeu earlier in the campaign, but a stupid handball inside his own area from Gerard Pique handed them a route back into the game and they took full advantage.

That was just one of a series of errors from the Spanish international in the opening months of the season, but his remarkable turnaround in performance since the turn of the year has been one of the hallmarks of Barca’s run of 18 wins in 19 games.

Pique claimed he wanted to return to being the best centre-back in the world a few months ago and Barca boss Luis Enrique said he was “well on the road” to doing so after a solid display to hold the Barca defence together in the face of some incessant first-half pressure from Madrid.

4. Modric offers Madrid hope

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti took solace from his side’s much improved display for the first hour of the match in comparison to their wretched form in recent weeks.

That upturn had much to do with the return of Luka Modric in midfield after four months out as the Croatian played a major role in the lovely move which culminated in Ronaldo’s equaliser.

It was no coincidence that Ancelotti’s men faded as the former Spurs man’s legs wilted in the second-half after such a long spell on the sidelines.

5. Bale, Neymar still have much to prove

The two blockbuster buys of the 2013 summer transfer window were seen as the heirs to Messi and Ronaldo’s thrones at the Spanish giants.

Yet, this was another showing in which neither covered themselves in glory.

Bale was unfortunate to see a goal ruled out for Ronaldo being in an offside position in the first period, but fluffed his lines when firing wide with a good chance to send Madrid in 2-1 at the break.

Neymar passed up even better chances, most notably seconds before Ronaldo’s leveller, and was also too selfish on a number of occasions after the break with teammates better positioned to add the finishing touch.


My Husband Will Win Presidential Election- Aisha Buhari

The wife of the Presidential can­didate of the All Progressives Con­gress (APC), Hajia Aisha Buhari has declared that her husband, General Muhammadu Buhari and his party, APC would win the March 28 elections. Aisha Buhari spoke yester­day, at the Government House in Kano, during her town hall meeting organised for her to meet with women groups and representatives from Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states.

She hinged the prospects of the success of their party at the presidential poll on the huge support her husband was receiving from all over the country, including the support of women in Nigeria. According to her, the peo­ple of the Northern region were being looked down upon as Almajiris, and charged them to see the forthcoming election as a challenge, and thereby come out en masse to vote the APC to victory.

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Why Jonathan Will Win the 2015 Presidential Elections, By Nnaemeka Oruh

Two things are certain about this article; it will not be published by Sahara Reporters( they have proven to be a completely anti-Jonathan media outlet who are now so far from objectivity that one wonders if they sit back and realise that the media is supposed to be unbiased).Secondly, all the people who are opposed to Jonathan being re-elected will say that I have been paid. One sometimes wonders why they attack all the people who support Jonathan as being sycophants while only the supporters of the opposition are deemed to be the only patriotic people in the country. You see what you see and believe it, and I see what I see and believe it. What you believe probably informed your choice, and my own belief informed my choice too. It is the height of conceit for one to believe that his own choice is informed by patriotism while another’s is informed by something else.
It would have been easier to just go to sleep under the fear of the antagonism of the opposition thus drowning my own voice. But I have not collected money from anybody, and so, I can speak from my heart and accept the repercussions.
There is a belief that the incumbent president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will lose the presidential election. People who say this gauge the pulse of the social media, and the general belief of people from certain parts of the country and use those as the reason for making the assertion. Also, they look at the information from people who occupy a certain social status, who are domiciled in a certain part of the country. So based on all the information derived from these group, Jonathan stands no chance of winning the election. But this is inherently wrong.
The truth then is that Jonathan’s unpopularity rests mainly on social media; or rather the media. And the media is by far not representative of 20% of Nigerian voters. The real voters are of course not swayed by the media and the truth is, they seem to be for Jonathan. Go back a bit and ask the supporters of Atiku and they will tell you that owing to the type of noise and support he generated on social media especially twitter, Atiku would have been the winner of the APC presidential primaries. But the reality was that he did not win and that is simply because elections are not won on social media.
Majority of the people leading the campaign against Jonathan on social media will not vote that day. In fact, most of them do not have their PVCs! I have had the chance to talk to a few of them and almost all of them have no PVCs. So how then will they vote in their preferred candidate? To win the election, online oratory does not count. Online polls will not count. What will count will be the number of qualified electorates who in actuality cast their votes. And it is on this aspect that Jonathan has been working–appealing to serious Nigerian electorates, and getting their vote of confidence.
It is important that I point out that the loudest voices in the campaign against a Jonathan re-election have been those of Yorubas. Most of them in typical Yoruba impeccable culture are only crying for change because some of their elders have dictated that they do so. So in deference to the elders, they clamour for change( for the sake of change) and deride Jonathan as vociferously as they can. If you ask most of them why Buhari will be better, they simply say(as cracked CDs are wont to) “we want change o”. It does not matter if the change is retrogressive. The slightly brighter ones will take you up on security(and by this they refer to the Boko Haram menace which is essentially an issue of terrorism perpetrated by religious fundamentalists. Beating such religious fundamentalists is something no government in the world can boast of having gained victory on),corruption, and the often over flogged assertion” he is clueless”. Sometimes, they say he is weak. Of course he is weak, because he allows people talk about him as they please in the spirit of freedom of speech and democracy. That is weakness my people.
Let us not argue that a clueless person would have since cluelessly found himself out of government by now, or somehow led us to irredeemable ruin in the course of six years. No need also to argue that Jonathan did not birth corruption in Nigeria. We should rather focus on why every Dick, Tom and Harry can confidently come out openly and insult the president. And why we are even aware of what government officials earn, and indeed the nature of our finances. Both were possible because for the first time we have a president that truly believes in the tenets of democracy. A president who believes in respecting everyone’s human rights. A president that signed into law the Freedom of Information bill thus giving us access to information which hitherto was privileged.
The problem is not that Goodluck Jonathan has been the worst president in our history(on the contrary, he seems to be the best so far).The problem is that unlike the others before him, nobody wants to talk about his achievements. Instead, attention is repeatedly drawn to only his failures top of which was his rather poor reaction to the kidnap of the Chibok girls. The problem is also that for Olusegun Obasanjo, whom with his fellow Yorubas are championing Jonathan’s exit, the man has refused to be a puppet. So now he is the worst president ever even though recent history even shows that Obasanjo cannot stand and talk where Jonathan stands in terms of good governance. I will not talk about Obasanjo here because frankly, talking about him is not worth my time.
I am also not here to talk about the achievements of Jonathan. I only mentioned the ones in the last paragraph because they form part of the reason why Goodluck Jonathan will win the presidential election. He will win because to a large section of Nigerians, he represents what real democratic leadership should be. He is not perfect, but he respects the rights of people. Nigerians do not want to risk this freedom for another quasi-military democracy.
Goodluck Jonathan will win because the All Progressives Congress chose the wrong candidate to be their flag bearer. A Fashola ticket for instance would have given Jonathan the kayoo punch(I for one would have voted for a Fashola presidency).So in choosing a former dictator, they quenched our thirsts for change. Better to stick with someone who will at least respect our rights than risk descending to the abyss we just managed to climb out of(Buhari’s case was not helped by the fact that Obasanjo when he was given a chance still showed he was military at heart).
He will win because Nigeria is not made up of a certain ethnic group alone. It is a country of diverse ethnic groups whose views and beliefs will come into play in deciding who rules the country from May 29th.
Let us now run some predictions and calculations on why Jonathan will win. First of all, there is no argument that Jonathan will win all the Eastern and South South states. Some may argue that in Rivers state, Buhari stands a chance. That is completely untrue. I live in Rivers state and even though a lot of Rivers people will vote for APC for the governorship election, almost all of them will vote Jonathan for the presidency. It is not a question of ethnicism, it is a case of voting a democrat.
My calculations which are based on discussions with people from the South West also show that Buhari is not going to win all the states there. Where it is believed that he will win comfortably are Lagos and Ogun state. I however found out from all those I communicated with that Lagos is not a given. Projections also show that the middle belt would be claimed mainly by Jonathan while he will also have some votes from the core North. The votes he will get from the core North will come mainly from PDP fundamentalists. Now given all these, I do not see Buhari winning up to 24 states.
One cannot argue that this election will be very close. But the projections on social media and in fact the electronic and print media are by far inaccurate representations of what is the true situation. The true situation is that Jonathan holds the edge and that is mainly because of whom the APC chose as their presidential candidate. People always believe that Nigerians forget easily, but the truth is, we just do not forget.
I read through Yahoo News(a link from Associated Press or Reuters. Cannot remember which one exactly) an interview where General Buhari was asked what he will do if he loses the election and he said he will not answer the question because he knows he will not lose*. I hope that he has not been confused by the projections from the mainly Yoruba dominated media. If he has, I fear what will happen if he loses and suddenly had to face reality.
*There has since been another interview where he said he will accept the loss if it happens.I am worried though that the second interview was more of a political statement than an assertion straight from the heart.

See The Survey That Shows Buhari Will Win Presidential Poll

A survey carried out by a National Think Tank Group, has predicted victory for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Bu­hari. The two-page analysis of the survey, tagged: “Straw Prediction of 2015 Presidential Election”, made available to Daily Sun by Dr. Peter Orji, gave Buhari/APC an estimated votes of 15.4 million and President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 11 million.


The researchers stated that they arrived at the figures after “a careful study of the demographics of Nigeria voting patterns,based on an unbiased analysis of how voters shall cast their votes.”

According to the group, Buhari would lead in the North-East, North- West, North-Central and South-West, while Jonathan would win in the South-South and South-East.

The survey said Buhari would even­tually have an upper hand going by heavy votes he would record in his catchment areas against Jonathan, who the survey said, would garner fewer votes in his areas of strength.

However, unlike 2011, General Buhari, the survey said, “will secure substantial votes in the North-Central and greatly improve his showing in the South-East.”

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PDP Knows How To Win The Elections- Muazu

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu, has revealed that the party was negatively affected by “poaching of its best brains” meaning the defection of five of its governors to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). But he also stressed that the worst days were already over. Muazu made his statement on February 2, 2015 in Abuja, Vanguard reports.

It would be recalled that the governors who defected to the APC included Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers; Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano; Aliyu Magatakada Wammako of Sokoto; Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and ex- Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State respectively.

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