Electoral College Vote Seals Trump Victory As US Next President

President-elect Donald Trump has received a majority in the US Electoral College as votes from Texas electors put him over the 270 threshold.

Monday’s result confirmed as expected Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States.

The Electoral College appeared unswayed by a last-ditch bid by die-hard opponents to bar the Republican’s path to the White House.

Six weeks after his upset victory over the Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump sailed past the 270 votes needed to make his victory official, clearing the way for him to succeed Barack Obama on January 20.

JUST IN: Donald Trump arrives at polling place to cast his vote. [Video]

As Americans from all states of the country decide who becomes their president today, there have been many speculations as to who will emerge the winner between Hillary Clinton of the Democrat Party and Donald Trump of the Republican Party.

 

After weeks of polls from different organizations, Hillary Clinton seems to be the favourite of the two but the outcome of today’s elections will either validate or negate the polls.

 

Below is a video of Donald Trump arriving the polling booth to cast his ballot some minutes ago. After which he took some time out to talk to some of his supporters.

 

‘It is the most humbling feeling:’ Hillary Clinton casts ballot.

Seeking to become the nation’s first female president, Hillary Clinton cast her ballot Tuesday and settled down to wait for the country to make its choice.

The Democratic nominee and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, voted at an elementary school near their home in suburban New York before greeting supporters waiting for her outside.

“It is the most humbling feeling,” she said of voting for herself for president. “I know how much responsibility goes with this.”

It was a relatively calm moment Tuesday compared with Clinton’s hectic final few days day on the campaign trail. The former secretary of state and New York senator dashed through battleground states, encouraged get-out-the-vote efforts and campaigned with a star-studded cast of celebrity supporters.

It was an election eve punctuated by an emotional rally in Philadelphia with her husband, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, as well as performances by Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, and capped by Lady Gaga, who serenaded thousands of supporters before the Clintons took the stage for a 1 a.m. rally in Raleigh, North Carolina. It ended with cheering fans greeting her at the airport back in New York when she landed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

After the divisive rhetoric of the campaign against Republican Donald Trump, Clinton sought to offer a positive closing message on Monday. She told supporters in Pittsburgh they “can vote for a hopeful, inclusive, bighearted America.” In a buoyant mood, she also greeted voters who cried out “we love you,” smiling back: “I love you all, too … absolutely.”

Some good news boosted Clinton’s spirits in the final moments of the campaign. On Sunday, FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress, informing lawmakers the bureau had found no evidence in its hurried review of newly discovered emails to warrant criminal charges against Clinton.

The late October announcement of a fresh email review rocked the race just as Clinton appeared to be pulling away from Trump in several battleground states. The update from the FBI may have come too late for some: In the nine days between Comey’s initial statement until his “all clear” announcement on Sunday, nearly 24 million people cast early ballots. That’s about 18 percent of the expected total votes for president.

But campaign aides projected confidence in the final moments. They said they felt good about Nevada, where they said support for Clinton in early voting was strong. They were encouraged by the strong Latino turnout in Florida and felt they took a strong lead in Michigan and Pennsylvania into Election Day, when the bulk of votes are cast in those states.

Leading up to Election Day, Clinton made stops in Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and New Hampshire — often flanked by star guests. Jay Z and Beyonce performed with pant-suited backup dancers in Cleveland. James Taylor serenaded New Hampshire voters and Katy Perry sang “Roar” in Philadelphia.

She also campaigned with Khizr Khan, the father of a slain U.S. Army officer whose indictment of Trump at the Democratic National Convention was an emotional high point for Clinton’s party.

Her last two days on the campaign trail felt almost like a Clinton family reunion, with some of her closest confidants jumping on the campaign plane for her final hours. Even Huma Abedin, her embattled personal aide caught up in the email controversy, jumped on the plane for the midnight rally in Raleigh.

Trump and Clinton fight to the finish in bitter US vote.

White House rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were still flailing for a knockout blow Monday as a presidential race that has cast a pall over US democracy neared its end.

With one day of campaigning left, both sides had packed schedules in the swing states that will decide whether the Democrat can convert her slim opinion poll lead into final victory.

Trump, a populist tycoon who co-opted the Republican Party and created a raucous, nativist grassroots movement in his own image, was still campaigning at midnight Sunday.

Branding 69-year-old Clinton the “most corrupt candidate ever to seek the office of the presidency,” he urged supporters to “deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8.”

Clinton, the former secretary of state running to become America’s first female president, had events planned through midnight Monday to take her into polling day itself.

The Democrat spent the last eight days of campaigning under a renewed FBI inquiry into whether she had exposed US secrets by using a private email server at the State Department.

That burden was finally lifted on Sunday, when the FBI confirmed it would not seek criminal charges, but at the cost of another cycle of headlines about an issue that has hurt her.

She tried to end Sunday’s round of rallies on a note of optimism about the United States, albeit couched as a warning that her supporters need to rise to counter the Trump threat.

“I really want each and every one of us to think for a moment about how we would feel on November 9, if we were not successful,” she said in Manchester, New Hampshire

“When your kids and grandkids ask you what you did in 2016, when everything was on the line, I hope you’ll be able to say you voted for a better, stronger, fairer America.”

The world has looked on agog during the campaign, as Trump’s once mocked reality television shtick became a plausible vehicle for victory in a divided and suspicious country.

World markets were rocked last month when the renewed FBI probe threated to sink Clinton’s chances, and Asian exchanges opened higher after that threat was lifted.

But Trump came back fighting, and experts said the renewed scandal had already damaged the Democratic former first lady’s chance of succeeding President Barack Obama.

Clinton’s lead dropped from 5.7 to 2.9 percentage points in the week since the scandal returned, according to influential data journalist Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com.

Trump is predicting a ballot upset on a par with Britain’s shock vote this year to quit the European Union, or what on Sunday he called: “Brexit plus, plus, plus.”

Clinton has booked a star-studded roster of supporters — headlined by President Barack Obama and rock star Bruce Springsteen — for her final events on Monday.

But Trump is also touring key swing states and was determined not to let Clinton off the hook over her email, a symbol for his supporters of the corruption of the Washington elite.

– ‘Rigged system’ –

“The rank and file special agents of the FBI won’t let her get away with her terrible crimes,” Trump told a rally in Michigan, a state won comfortably by Obama in 2012.

“Right now she’s being protected by a rigged system. It’s a totally rigged system. I’ve been saying it for a long time,” he declared, as his supporters chanted “Lock her up!”

Late last month, with Clinton seemingly on a glide path to victory, a renewed FBI investigation in Clinton’s email use sent shock waves through both campaigns.

Trump, the 70-year-old property tycoon and Republican flag-bearer, seized on the opening, condemning Clinton’s “criminal scheme” and arguing that she is unfit to be president.

He has previously threatened to reject the result of Tuesday’s vote if he loses, alleging that the race has been “rigged” by the media and the establishment elite.

Opinion polls tightened as Trump began to recover ground he lost after several women accused him of sexual assault, and the race looked headed for a photo finish.

Clinton made no direct reference to her reprieve during her Sunday campaign stops.

Instead, she hammered her opponent over his sometimes ugly rhetoric and, implicitly, the alleged covert Russian interference that have poisoned the race.

“There are powerful forces inside and outside of America that do threaten to pull us apart,” she said.

“We’ve arrived at a moment of reckoning in this election. Our core values as Americans are being tested.”

If Clinton wins, she will seek to build on Obama’s cautious but progressive legacy, including his controversial health insurance reforms.

Trump has vowed to tear up the reform along with free trade agreements, to rebuild a “depleted” US military and review US alliances.

The latest polls give Clinton a narrow national lead of between three and five percentage points, but rolling averages point to a closer race, with Trump up in some swing states.

Silver has Clinton as a two-to-one favorite against Trump, but warned Sunday that her lead appears “less solid” than Obama’s did before his re-election victory in 2012.

Zuma faces no-confidence vote in corruption crisis.

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma faces a no-confidence vote in parliament next week with his presidency mired in crisis, after investigators documented allegations of government corruption.

Thousands of people took to the streets to demand that he should resign from office.

The vote was called by the main opposition, following a report by the country’s anti-corruption watchdog calling for a judicial inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling in the ANC Government.

The report was finally released after the president withdrew a court bid to delay its publication in the face of mass public protests.

Police used stun grenades and water cannon to disperse protesters in Pretoria carrying “Zuma must go’’ placards.

Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), told a news briefing in Cape Town that the no-confidence debate and vote was scheduled for Nov. 10.

“This motion should not be viewed as a partisan motion – we do not see it as a DA motion.

“I know there are ANC MPs and cabinet ministers who have had enough.

They have an opportunity to actually do something about their anger by Nov. 10,’’ he said.

Zuma has survived his two previous no-confidence votes this year, largely backed by the support of his ANC (African National Congress) which controls about two-thirds of the Assembly.

A senior party official told Reuters that ANC lawmakers were unlikely to break ranks and support the motion this time round.

However, there have been widening fissures in the ruling party this year.

There is growing discontent with the scandals that have plagued Zuma’s presidency and played a role in the ANC suffering its worst electoral losses since the end of apartheid in municipal polls in August.

This American Woman Waited 90 Years to Vote for a Female President, Then Died After Casting Her Ballot

For the first time in U.S. history, a woman is the presidential nominee for a major political party — something many never thought they’d be able to see in their lifetimes.

In a post to the National Pantsuit Day Facebook group on Wednesday, member Scott Harris decided to share a photo of one of these very people: His 90-year-old mother, Anita Harris. In the photo, Anita is all smiles and holding her mail-in ballot for the election. As Scott reveals in the post, she died just days after the photo was taken.

“My mom. Voting for HRC. She waited 90 years. She passed away last night. She’ll be cheering from above Tuesday [night],” the caption read.

As Scott explained in an interview with the Huffington Post, his mother had been in hospice care for about eight months before the photo was taken. He added that he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support he’d received after posting it.

“What is amazing is that human kindness still exists within this contentious election,” he said. “Just shows ‘Love Trumps Hate.'”

In a follow-up post to the Facebook group, Scott went on to thank everyone for their condolences and well-wishes, and to assure fellow group members they would be fighting hard for Hillary for the remainder of the election in Anita’s honor.

To everyone who has taken a moment to send condolences on my mom’s passing after her vote: My family is intimately involved in the HRC campaign. We are spread out over the nation with family and friends. I cannot express how my family is overwhelmed by the responses. We are utterly shocked that you all have taken time to simply make a condolence. Mom was a “Roosevelt Dem” as she would say. And damn proud of it. You all have eased the broken hearts of a family and given mom the greatest gift of going viral with her simple statement. Thank you all. Onward and upward!

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Adele tells fans ‘don’t vote’ for Donald Trump at Miami concert

Adele has entered the US election debate by urging fans not to vote for Donald Trump at a concert attended by Hillary Clinton.

The chart-topping Brit and Grammy-winning singer told the audience at Miami’s American Airlines Arena on Tuesday she did not want the Republican candidate to win.

In a video posted online, she is heard saying: “I do know what to do – don’t vote for him, that’s all I’m saying.”

She continues: “I support Hillary Clinton 100%, I do.

“And for anyone else that wants to vote for him, I don’t care, good for you, do whatever you want.

“I’m just letting you know who I would vote for.”

It is unclear if the Hello singer knew his bitter rival had dropped by the venue for a pre-birthday concert after attending a fundraiser.

According to Mrs Clinton’s campaign spokesman Nick Merrill, Adele said on stage that while she could not vote in next month’s election, “what happens in America affects me too”.

He said she endorsed the Democratic candidate for the White House, telling fans: “I love her. She’s amazing.”

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In February, Adele told Mr Trump to stop playing her music at his political rallies.

The billionaire businessman had been using the star’s songs such as Rolling In The Deep as “warm-up” music.

But Adele’s spokesman at the time confirmed: “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.”

She is not the only musician to distance the property tycoon from her music.

In May, The Rolling Stones told the US presidential hopeful to stop using their songs at his campaign rallies.

Last week, rap superstar Eminem released a new politically-charged single called Campaign Speech, featuring a loaded lyrical attack on Mr Trump.

May Says Brexit Vote Will Not Undermine Northern Ireland Peace Deal

There is no reason Britain’s June vote to leave the European Union should undermine a 1998 Northern Irish peace deal, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.

Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU and Irish nationalist parties oppose Brexit, saying it could undermine the 1998 Belfast Agreement and reinstate a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

“I don’t believe there’s any reason to believe that the outcome of the referendum will do anything to undermine the absolute rock-solid commitment of this government and the people of Northern Ireland to the settlement that was set out in the Belfast Agreement,” May told parliament.

“There is, and remains, a strong support for the entirely peaceful future for Northern Ireland that has been determined by democracy and consent … We remain committed to that.”

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Why Edo People Will Vote For APC- Gov Oshiomhole

Ahead the gubernatorial elections in Edo State this weekend, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has said due to the track record of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) in the state, its going to be a smooth victory for his party.

Speaking to State House Correspondents on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Oshiomhole  stated that Edo people had never had it so good like under the eight year reign of the APC.

He said, “For us it is fun, when you have a good report card, you are anxious to go and show to your parents that you did well in school so that you can ask for support to go to secondary school. It is when you fail that you cry and find a way to make excuses.

“We have worked for Edo people and there is no ward of the 192 wards that you will not find standard government project, whether it is road, school, health centre, water and these are things they have never seen for 10 years of PDP.

The governor asserted that his administration has rebuilt  schools and Edo teachers are paid as at when due and the teachers are properly motivated, that only qualified teachers are in the  classrooms adding that from the situation where Edo used to be 23rd in WAEC and NECO but last year the state came 2nd.

“With all these, there is no way the people will vote for a party that had been given them excuses. I have no doubt whatsoever that anytime, anyday, a fair minded Edo man will vote APC, He added.

On  fears that certain governors are ready to forment trouble during the election, he accused the River state governor ,Wyesome Wike and his Delta counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa of importing militants to Edo to destabilise the elections.

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South Africa’s ANC Faces Deep Crisis After Vote Defeat

Record electoral losses and deep internal divisions are threatening both the long hold on power enjoyed by South Africa’s ruling ANC party and the political future of President Jacob Zuma.

Since 1994, the African National Congress — once led by Nelson Mandela — has comfortably swept to victory in elections, and remains the largest party in the country.

But in last month’s municipal elections, the loss of control of the capital city Pretoria, economic hub Johannesburg and port city Port Elizabeth point to the party’s new fragility.

“The ANC is being consumed by three demons — corruption, factionalism and a leadership without credibility,” Prince Mashele, analyst and co-author of “The Fall of the ANC: What Next?”, told AFP.

The party has always bred factions and divisions, but its dismal showing during the August 3 local elections has brought tensions to the surface.

On Monday, activists from rival party factions scuffled in downtown Johannesburg as anti-Zuma members threatened to occupy the party’s headquarters.

“This is certainly the first time it has come to the fore in such a widely expressed way,” said Mari Harris, an analyst and director of Ipsos pollsters in South Africa.

Despite the increasingly vocal calls for Zuma to step down, many experts caution that he retains a strong grip on the party’s power structure and draws loyalty from his extensive patronage network.

“There are two extremes within the party — pro and anti Zuma — but in between there are other people who tolerate the president for now,” said Harris.

The party is due to choose a new leader at the end of next year, with the selected name then running as president in national elections in 2019 when Zuma cannot stand for a third term in office.

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Video: In Case You Missed Donald Trump Dancing In African American Church, Tells Congregation Why They Should Vote For Him

To African Americans who honestly can’t find a reason as to why to vote for Donald Trump, well here’s one reason.

The Republican attended an African American Church service and even though the Church was almost empty, Donald Trump delivered his speech and said that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, which is why they should vote for him and that he was there to remedy injustice.

Aside quoting the Bible, Trump joined in a spiritual exercise of worship and even though he couldn’t sing along, he danced along. Watch video below:

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INEC Wants SIECS To Adopt Technology In Elections

Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has advised states’ Independent Electoral Commissions to emulate the commission in the deployment of technology for conduct of elections.

Yakubu gave the advice when he received the Executive of the Forum of States Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) led by its Chairman, Mrs Gloria Ukpong, in his office on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

He said that the time had come for SIECs to adopt the use of technology in conducting elections, saying that INEC had taken the bold step in introducing technology to the process.

 

“It is now time for the SIECs to follow suit. We cannot continue to operate manually if we must achieve credible and free elections in the country.

“I hope very soon the use of technology will become mandatory for conduct of local governments elections in the country,” Yakubu said.

He said that the commission would not only continue to collaborate with SEICs but would strengthen its Memorandum of Understanding with them, including capacity-building within available resources.

Yakubu promised that INEC would give necessary support and collaboration to SEICs towards ensuring that their elections were credible “to deepen the country’s democracy’’.

Speaking earlier, Ukpong said that the forum executives were at the commission to ensure that the MoU between it and INEC was improved upon.

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Ukpong, who is also Chairman of SEIC, Akwa-Ibom, said that through the MoU, the relationship between the two bodies had been strengthened while the capacity of SEICs’ staff had been improved.
She, however, urged INEC to help SIECs in training of staff and use of technology such as card reader.
“In SIEC, only one state has deployed technology in the conduct of its election.
“Others are looking forward to the adoption of technology in the process but it is quite expensive, especially this period of the economy,’’ she said.
Ukpong also urged INEC to assist the states in accessing the updated voters register, saying that while some states had been able to update their registers, other had been unable to access it at INEC.
“Democracy is there for the people and people should be happy whenever we conduct free and credible elections,” she said.

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Buhari Can’t Dictate To N’ Assembly Over N4.6b Vehicles’ Vote- Senators

As the plan by members of the National Assembly to spend N4.6 billion on vehicles continues to generate a controversy, two senators have reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s position.

While the senator representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Delta North, Peter Nwaoboshi cautioned that the Senate should not by any means be mistaken as an appendage to the executive arm of government, his counterpart , Senator Abdullahi Adamu of  All Progressives Congress (APC) Nasarawa State has urged critics to quote Buhari accurately on his position on the matter.

Nwaoboshi, who was the PDP chairman in Delta, said so far as purchase of the cars was within the budget of the National Assembly, it was unreasonable for other arms of government to dictate or decide for them on how to go about it.

“Although the resident had said during the media chat where the issue came up, that he was not sure about the plan and has promised to look into the issue, in any case, the said vehicles are still within our budget and if that be so, he cannot dictate to us what to do with it.”

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Senators Deny Boycotting House Of Assembly Vote

A group of senators, under the platform of the Unity Forum, have rejected the election of Bukola Saraki as the Senate President.

The legislators, while addressing journalists at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, also refuted reports they boycotted the poll to choose House leaders, as has been widely reported.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Banabas Gemade, said they were attending a meeting with President Mohammed Buhari at the International Conference Centre.

“We did not boycott the inauguration, we were invited to a meeting with President Mohammed Buhari at the International Conference Centre, Gemade said.

He said the members that voted did not constitute a quorum. “When 53 Senators are outside during the nomination it is totally wrong to close the nomination,” Gemade said.

In his reaction, George Akume said the election of Senate President through a ballot without 53 legislators was “wrong. Before we could rush from the venue of the meeting with the President, the election was over,” said Akume.

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Fani-Kayode Begs PDP Lawmakers To Vote Gbajabiamila For Speaker

 Former Director of Media and Publicity of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation in the 2015 general elections, Femi Fani- Kayode has urged the PDP members in the House of Representative to vote for Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House.

Gbajabiamila is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the position. Fani- Kayode described Gbajabiamila’s emergence as  the APC consensus candidate for the post as a welcome development.

Gbajabiamila polled 154 votes out of 182 votes to beat Yakubu Dogara in a primary conducted by the APC in Abuja on Saturday.

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We Were Denied Opportunity To Vote For Buhari, Says Igbo Leader

The APC National Auditor, Dr. George Moghalu told igbo leaders at a dinner organised by Igbo Progressives, IP, Lagos State chapter that igbos won’t be marginalized in the Muhammadu Buhari presidency.

In his keynote address at the event , Moghalu said that Igbos represent one of the tripod-legs that make up Nigeria and therefore Buhari can’t afford to ignore thhe grou as no political party would survive without the support of the Igbo.

Earlier, the Convener of IP, Chief Dimude had revealed that the dinner was for the APC “to enable them explain the party’s national agenda for the Igbo and the place of the Igbo nation in the APC to ensure maximum support for high ranking Igbo sons and daughters in the APC, situating our intellectual contributions to the APC at the centre and determining our protection under the APC government in Lagos State.”

Moghalu who reminded the region that Buhari got only 0.013 per cent of Igbo votes said Ndigbo must begin to realign as a people to get things done right.

He said: “The reality on the ground is that we have no ranking Senator or ranking member of the House of Representatives from the South-East. We can’t bid for the post of the Senate President, neither can we bid for the Speakership of the House of representatives. It is not about a wish, but about the pains I feel. It was politically wrong for us. In the electioneering process, our people were not allowed to vote. The environment for our people to exercise their civic rights was not provided. We were denied the opportunity to vote, but at the same time, I feel bad as a person.

“I feel worried for the Igbo nation. So, as a people, we must realign and see to what extent we are going to get things done right.
‘’Fortunately for us, the leadership of General Buhari has expressed a desire to turn around the electoral process so that the people’s vote can count; so that the people can choose their leaders themselves.”

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Abia Electorate Commended For Voting PDP

Colonel Austin Akobundu, State Minister of Defence, commended the Abia electorate yesterday for voting for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday’s general elections. Akobundu described the action as a show of support for the good governance that President Goodluck Jonathan has provided.

According to a statement by Akobundu, the Minister believes that the electorate will come out en masse to vote for the PDP in the April 11 elections. The minister commended voters on their show of “courage, resilience, zeal and commitment” and promised that the party would not disappoint the trust of the public.

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Most Nigerian Women Will Vote Jonathan, Says Mu’azu

In a statement on Monday, Mr. Mu’azu said the positive role of the women’s wing of the PDP had provided the party with the cutting edge needed to bring it victory in the March 28 gubernatorial and legislative elections.

According to him, the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, wife of the Vice President, Amina Sambo, wife of the Senate President, Helen Mark, along with the PDP Women leader, Kema Chikwe, were already showing the way for the rest of the polity to follow on how to win votes for our party and win the 2015 elections in the process.

“I am proud of our women and their tremendous contribution to our party’s greatness and it is partly because of this that the PDP will be returned to power at all levels. They have given us the cutting edge we need to win this 2015 election and they will be handsomely rewarded with even more part in governance,” he said.

“My message to our women is to keep going for it because victory is in sight and our hands are open to grab it. Nigerians will be glad that they voted for the PDP instead of those who want to change a winning team without providing a better alternative.

“I am therefore delighted and wish to thank our women for the pivotal role they are playing to ensure that we pip the opposition when the last votes are counted in this week’s general elections beginning with the presidential election.”

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Cleric Prophesies That Boko Haram Members Will Vote & Serving Minister May Die

A Nigerian cleric based in the United Kingdom, Bishop Bassey Effiong Orok, has urged Nigerians to pray hard to avoid the death of a prominent Nigerian in the President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet. Orok also advised Jonathan to prevail on his cabinet members to go spiritual for God’s intervention.

The cleric told Daily Independent that “Soon, a prominent Nigerian citizen who works within the Presidency will pass away. This means Nigeria as a nation will soon observe a minute’s silent for a departed soul.

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“Vote for my Husband, He will Perform Better” – Patience

First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan, on Wednesday in Ikom, Cross River, appealed to Nigerians to re-elect her husband as President of Nigeria.

Patience, who made the call at the PDP rally in Ikom, Cross River Central Senatorial District, said her husband deserved re-election for a second term. She said she was in Ikom in continuation of the PDP nationwide women rally to solicit votes for her husband.

The first lady, who spoke shortly after inaugurating the 6,000-capacity Ikom Township Stadium, said Jonathan had so far performed well to earn a second term in office.

“I came to thank you for keeping to your promise in 2011 to vote for my husband. And I want to use this opportunity to appeal to you to you to repeat the same thing in the March 28 presidential election. My husband, during his first tenure, has performed tremendously and has impacted positively on the people especially women.”

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No More Threats As Ex Militants Beg Nigerians To Vote For Jonathan

In a remarkable change of tone, ex-militant leaders from the Niger Delta zone who had threatened mayhem if President Goodluck Jonathan was defeated in the forthcoming presidential election, yesterday pleaded with Nigerians to vote to re-elect the incumbent president. They suggested that Mr. Jonathan be returned to office based on what they described as the noticeable achievements of his administration, noting that the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) had waged a campaign of hate against the president.

Speaking as members of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiatives (LPCDI), the ex-militant figures stated that, though the media campaign against President Jonathan was filled with hatred and deceit, the Nigerian voters should support the president’s re-election based on the achievements of his administration in the areas of education, power, infrastructural development and security.

The ex-militants issued their new toned-down endorsement of Mr. Jonathan at the end of a meeting presided over by the group’s national coordinator, Reuben Wilson, popularly known as General Pastor Reuben. The meeting was held yesterday in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State. The group called on voters to focus on Mr. Jonathan’s performance instead of the rhetoric of hate against his administration.

Briefing reporters on the outcome of their meeting, Mr. Wilson said, “we resolved to call on Nigerians, particularly eligible voters, to rate the candidates for the presidential election based on performance and eligibility. President Goodluck Jonathan has done well and he should be voted in by Nigerians for [a] second term. They should assess him based on performance and not the region he comes from.”

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#PAUSIBILITY: Change Is The Only Constant Thing by Adebayo Coker

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These past few weeks have seen me skim the local television stations looking for one political campaign or the other, and I must confess it has been an interesting venture for me; I hope am speaking for a greater number of you too. But in all, I want us to hold on to one of the concepts of realism which is “ the determination to face facts and deal with issues practically without being influenced by any sentiments or false ideas; it is the showing of things as they are”.

BTW: I couldn’t submit anything last week as all that came to mind was about that Hotter Big Shop (I hope you can decode), but my preference to yield to the admonition to do no harm to men in cassock made me keep myself away from writing this column altogether.

Without hunger no man will strive for anything; the dearth of qualitative leadership and good governance, for a very long time now in our dear country, has made a good number of the populace clamour for TRUE change in our socio-political life.

There is a school of thought that I strongly believe: the greater the love the greater the hatred that follows any form of betrayal. I remember and I make bold to say anywhere and anytime that GEJ won the 2011 Presidential Election fair and square, as we all thronged our different Polling Stations and thumbed him in because we thought he represented a heave of fresh air, but these past few years have proven all of us wrong. It is never a good thing to make a decision based on sentiments. Never!

Jonathan has proven to us that not everyone who lives with the starving populace really feels their pain. One would have expected a man that fed us with I had no shoes bicky to readily identify the plight of the people and work at fixing the problems, but instead he daily gives credence to a school of thought that says a mind does not work well when the stomach is overfull as a full stomach is conducive only to sleep. This is why a huge number of us are asking this animal Professor to carry all the shoes he has so far bought with our monies and pave way for this change that we so much need in this land. He has proven on many fronts that his person and attitude are Un-Presidential.

I follow how the American billionaire, Donald Trump, daily loads President Obama with criticisms but never for once did POTUS degrade that office by trying to respond to any of those criticisms; rather Obama daily loads the populace with deliveries of his electoral promises and that endears the first black President of the United States the more to his people, regardless of their colour, race or religion. It’s very lazy to set attack dogs to action anytime you are called to give account of your stewardship. These attack dogs have pitched this President and this government against the people they are supposed to preside over with love. They are arrogantly clueless when it comes to managing the affairs of the nation.

On the other hand, GMB has shown to us that he has patterned his life after the giant bamboo whose exterior, though smooth and lovely to touch, is tough and resistant to the swords of the Jonathanians. Buhari has shown that he has space within him for continued growth. His anti-corruption stance is undeniably speaking for him as his report sheet shows neatness, orderliness and is not at all cluttered in anyway, but straight and upward to the sky. Even though he is not the Messiah that will turn our lives around but the people believe he will redeem the nation from the imminent collapse that is seriously hanging over our head if this reckless government is allowed to continue in office.

The people are tired of our seemingly ingrained teachings of corruption and they don’t want to deny themselves the opportunity of saving their dear country, availed by the knowledge of a single person that is appealingly the centerpiece of this social puzzle.

The only thing that is certain is change and to battle change is to waste one’s time, the battle can never be won. To become a willing ally of change is an assurance of life in itself. – Leo Buscaglia

My good people, it is important that we know why we are moving slowly. It’s like village women who are given lectures on birth control. They listen attentively, then go home and imagine that it did not pertain to them, but only concerns their neighbours, and go right on having more and more children. I know this change is not going to be overnight . We have to be patient. We must be willing to offer ourselves for service. We should stop asking why isn’t our society a better place as it will only amount to a total waste of time; rather we should start talking about how we can make our society a better place as I know that question has an answer.

In essence, we all have been accusing the system of being corrupt but habitually fail to realize that we make up the system. The change we need must start with us. Beam the light on yourself. Do not sell your vote!

 

60 Reasons Not To Vote Jonathan – Soyinka

Addressing students, Wole Soyinka said he has sixty reasons not to vote for the Jonathan regime.

“I will not vote and I will not encourage  anyone to vote for the continuation of this government, simply because your colleagues numbering over two hundred were kidnapped”, Soyinka told students at the 2015 edition of Vision of the Child (VOTC), a yearly programme inaugurated in 2012.

“And the government of this nation failed to show leadership.  So anyone who says after that event that I will vote or cast my vote or encourage anyone to vote for this regime must be living in Sambisa forest,” Soyinka said, referring to a forest in Borno State where the Chibok girls are believed to be held by Boko Haram.

“There has been a failure of leadership. Our children whom you represent today have been betrayed ,” Soyinka said, adding that no appropriate action was taken to rescue them.

Soyinka said it took the Jonathan government ten days to even accept that the Chibok girls were missing.

“After that dereliction of duty, after that failure of leadership, after that betrayal for our future, for anyone to think or to put words in my mouth suggesting that I will vote or encourage anyone to vote for this regime is a travesty of intelligence,”Soyinka said.

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#PAUSIBILTY: The Malfeasance of Joey The Donkey, As The King Of The Jungle by Adebayo Coker

 

 

I want to tell a story and I pray you follow me.

Joey is a donkey, strong but only amiably useful in the transport of man and goods from one point to the other, even to the present day. Each time other strong members of the jungle go on expedition, they ride Joey and leave him at the entrance of their rendezvous. Joey will be left alone to graze about but must surely come back on time to convey the strong men back to their various destinations. Very unfair you will say.

One day , just as another meeting was being held, Joey in his usual grazing manner had gone near a swamp where he met Paulina, an agonizing lonely hippopotamus: lonely because all other hippopotamuses are fast embracing a better life outside of the swamp but she remained unperturbed by the need for a systemic change; she remains dirty.

Pauly engaged Joey in a chat, though Joey was fearful ab initio, because Pauly is reputed for her ‘unusual’ strong cannibalization that makes every other animal to avoid her, but this time she promised to help Joey if only he would keep her company to the end of time; she would see to it that Joey becomes the King of the Jungle someday. Joey liked the idea but a feeling of somewhat awkwardness overwhelmed him as he wondered how feasible this is. Yet, he returned to take the strong men back to their destinations, but hopeful that he will be the King of the Jungle someday since the ominous Pauly had promised him.

Pauly started scheming by trailing all stronger animals to the different streams they drank from; she bit, hurt and even killed them one by one. Some offspring of the stronger animals resisted because they saw that Joey lacked the needed skills to lead the Jungle; but the majority of the animal kingdom resisted their gang-up against Joey purposely because that is the rightful thing to do. Joey came to reign.

It must be said that a leader is not born but made.

Joey rather than attuning himself to the stately office he occupies , chose to take counsel only from Pauly who is a mastermind of disharmony shrouded mysticism. Joey surrounded himself only with the counselors chosen him by Pauly.

Corruption and injustice prevailed and the princes and princesses were the subjects. They ambushed the progress of cultural development and led the people through waters of apathy. The waters led nowhere but back to themselves, to their greed, to their shamelessness, to their untrimmed gratifications. Many tags were ascribed to the emergent strains of villagers – harlot, thug, bandit, kleptomaniac, whore, robber, Machiavellian, political interns, and half-baked academic and title-carrying office holders, who explore, or rather, exploit the soft spots and valley of young ladies. Associated with each tag was a special attribute that tainted the pride and downed the glory of man.

– ‘ Lakunle Jaiyesimi ( Embers Die In Twilight)

Vainglory, sycophancy from ill-bred animals that are readily arrogating the power of salvation to Joey, obstreperous accumulation of wealth as expected of a hippopotamus that doesn’t see a change from within because “a hippo can be taken out of the swamp but never can a swamp be taken out of the hippo” and Joey, a donkey that had nothing but hooves before ascending a lofty height.

Credit: London Times newspaper

Credit: London Times newspaper

The people wailed as their lives improved but at nothing, and they clamour for a leader that won’t say “all these things did not start with my government”; someone that will take responsibility and act as a leader not someone that will attenuate their grave suffering to a national sacrifice while he, his family and friends feed fat on the resources of the land. The people want a change!

Joey swore to hold on to power at all costs. Even though he maintains the mien of a donkey he was betrayed by his many atrocious activities because a drunk will always blab faster than his senses. He starts throwing dusts when he sees that he is not in the good book of most animals in the domain.

Joey lacks the ability of a leader. It is not by PhD. His contenders have indicated that ” It has been established in the unwritten constitution of the world that no one with an emphasis ‘has the monopoly of violence, knowledge, speech and victory, even a pyrrhic one’.

                                                                                                  – ‘ Lakunle Jaiyesimi ( Embers Die In Twilight)

 

In all, my dear brothers and sisters, the time is now. Vote Right!