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Five Major Reasons Why President Goodluck Jonathan Lost. - #NigeriaHasDecided


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Nigerians are so used to the idea that an incumbent should win presidential elections that President Goodluck Jonathan's failure to beat Gen Muhammadu Buhari needs some explaining. Here are five reasons why the opposition won:

1: Harder to rig

Past elections have been marred by serious irregularities and suspicions of rigging. In 2007 observers said the presidential poll was not "credible". In 2011 the vote was considered to be better run but observers said that rigging and fraud still took place.
This time the electoral commission took more steps to prevent rigging, including new biometric voters cards.
Also President Jonathan's party, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), had lost control of some key states which meant it could not control the electoral process there.

2: Boko Haram and security
The election took place against the background of an Islamist insurgency in the north-east of the country. The Boko Haram militant group has killed 20,000 people and forced some three million others from their homes and President Jonathan was criticised for not getting to grips with this.The poll was delayed for six weeks to give time for the security situation to improve, but even though most areas controlled by Boko Haram were recaptured, it seems to have come too late for many people.

3: United opposition, crumbling PDP

The PDP has been described as an election-winning machine. When it was created it united a northern elite with leading politicians from the south, but that alliance has broken up and the party lost some key figures. Even former President Olusegun Obasanjo came out against Mr Jonathan.
At the same time, the opposition managed to unite under the All Progressives Congress (APC) banner. The last six weeks of desperate and dirty campaigning, in which the APC responded in kind, was not enough to turn the tide.

4: Economy

Nigeria is Africa's biggest oil producer and its largest economy, but many fail to feel the benefits with nearly half the population living below the poverty line. Continued corruption is seen as partly being to blame.
National income is due to grow by more than 5% this year and next year, but people did not seem in the mood to thank Mr Jonathan for this.

5: Time for a change

APC supporters chanted "change" wherever they went and it seems to have caught the mood. The PDP has been in power since the end of military rule in 1999, and 2015 is the year that Nigerians decided that someone else should have a go at sorting things out.
President-elect Buhari now has to prove he really can change things.

Current Result Statistics between APC and PDP presidential candidates

The Independent National Electoral Commission
Yesterday afternoon started the collation of votes and
announced the official results for 8 states and the
Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
The collation continued in the evening bringing the
total number of result announced to 18 states
including the Federal Capital Territory-Abuja.
The APC now leads marginally with 8,520,436
votes from each 10 states while PDP has a total
of 6,488,210 from 9 states.

Ogun: 308, 290; PDP 207, 950…
Kogi: APC – 264, 851; PDP – 149, 987…
Osun: 383, 603; PDP – 249, 929…
Ondo: APC – 299, 889; PDP – 251; 368…
Oyo: APC – 528, 620; PDP – 303, 376…
Kano: APC – 1, 903, 999; PDP – 215, 779…
Jigawa: APC – 885, 988; PDP – 142, 904…
Katsina: APC – 1, 345, 441; PDP – 98, 937…
Kwara: APC – 302, 145; PDP – 132, 602…
Kaduna: APC – 1, 127, 760; PDP – 484, 085…

Ekiti: APC – 120, 331; PDP – 176, 466…
Enugu: APC – 14, 157; PDP 553, 003…
FCT: APC – 146, 399; PDP – 157, 195…
Akwa Ibom: APC – 58, 411; PDP – 953, 304…
Imo: APC – 133, 253; PDP – 559, 185
Anambra: APC – 17, 926; PDP – 660, 762…
Abia: APC – 13, 394; PDP – 368, 303…
Nasarawa: APC – 236, 838; PDP – 273, 460…
Plateau: APC-429,140; PDP-549,615

The difference in votes is 2, 032,226.
The commission will reconvene by 10am
today 31st March, 2015 for collation of the remaining result


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9 Steps to Survive any Unforeseen Electoral Riot

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Though it may seem dramatic, an angry mob can be just as dangerous and unpredictable as just about any natural disaster. Thousands of people are killed in riots all over the world each year, and these riots erupt from a number of racial, religious, economic, political, or social causes that cannot be predetermined. If you've found yourself in the middle of a riot, you may not be able to run away immediately, but you can take some measures to protect yourself from harm. If you want to know how to survive a riot, just follow these steps.
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    Be prepared. If you know you're in an a riot-prone area but have no way to avoid being there, then taking a few simple precautions can have a big impact on your life. Though it's easier to assume that a riot won't happen in your area, it's better to be prepared for the worst. Even the calmest crowd can turn dangerous when its members are in a frantic, angry mood. Anger and hysteria are contagious, so it's best to know how to avoid these situations if they arise.
    • Get familiar with your area. If you're a stranger in that neighborhood, you should still get to know your location as intimately as possible. Study a map until you're very comfortable with the area 
    • Think about your possible escape routes and safe havens before anything actually happens. Crossroads are the best because you've got at least one road to race off down if rioters go crazy or the police start charging.
    • If you are going to any volatile area for the election/an other purpose, make sure you know several routes for getting home so that you have a number of methods of escape in the event of a riot.
    • Carry small amounts of cash with you in case you need to quickly arrange transportation, pay off looters, or address your basic needs.
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    Remain calm. Riots bring intense emotions boiling to the surface, but if you want to survive one you'd be better off keeping your own emotions in check. Your adrenaline and survival instincts will kick in, but strive to think rationally and pursue safety methodically.
    • Avoid confrontation by keeping your head down.
    • Walk at all times. If you run or move too quickly, you might attract unwanted attention.

5 things you should do before the General Elections on Saturday

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The coming election would’ve been history by now if it wasn’t for the postponement. But let’s face it. There could have been a war if it wasn’t for the postponement.

In few hours from now we’ll be lining up in front of those green and white rubber boxes to elect our next president.
However, here are five things you should do before the big day.

1. The candidates
How much do you know about Buhari or Jonathan? Do you know there are 12 more presidential candidates?
A lot of folks root for one of these two men and condemn the other without having really learned about both of them.
Now that the election is just few hours away, see it as a chance to learn more about whom you want to vote. Get to know what’s happening. Listen to them talk. Read the newspapers. Check the records. Look at the numbers.
Don’t just rely on what people are saying badly or nicely about a candidate. Don’t follow the multitude. Do your own homework and make sure the person you intend to vote is really worth your vote.

2. The big day
On election day you just have to pop down to your polling booth, stick around for a few hours to do your vote and then you’re done, right?
You know it’s probably not that simple for everyone. Some people live far from their polling booth and will need to plan how they’ll get there in time so they can do their vote and move on with the day.
Remember movement will be restricted on election day. You probably won’t be able to drive around. How will you get to your booth? What time will you do so? Is it possible to check the polling unit to be sure it’s safe and there’ll be no problems? These are things you need to consider to forestall last minute issues that might complicate the day for you.

Double tragedy in Lagos: Fire Engulf facilities in Lekki and Oyingbo- PHOTOS


Below are photos circulating online of the new Ascon fuelling station in Lekki Phase 1 currently engulfed by fire. Please use alternative routes.


Cranes of Uganda Shock Super Eagles In Uyo


The Super Eagles of Nigeria have continued their abysmal performances and this time losing 1-0 at home to the Cranes of Uganda in an international friendly.
The East African side, considered the better in the match, scored in the 80th minute when Faruku Miya’s close range shot from the edge of the box, took a deflection off new boy, Akeem Latifu and sailed into the net.
The late goal turned out to be the party spoiler for Eagles’ Captain, Vincent Enyeama, who was celebrating his 100th cap for the Eagles with the game.
Efforts by the 32 year old Lille goalkeeper to prevent the goal was futile as he was only able to parry the ball into his own net.
Enyeama is the second Nigerian after retired former Everton defender, Joseph Yobo, to make 100 appearances for the Super Eagles.
Both teams agreed to the friendly as part of preparation for the AFCON 2017 qualifiers starting in June.
Although the Super Eagles team was largely made up of new invitees, the loss would have further dampened the spirit of soccer loving Nigerians as the loss puts Uganda ahead of Nigeria in a head-to-head.
The Ugandans were ranked 71 in the world.
The Eagles leave for Nel­spruit, South Africa on Thursday where they will face the Bafana Bafana in another friendly match on Sunday. Source

Immigration Chieftain threatens to arrest any Foreigner found at the polling booth

Comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service in Plateau State, Mr. Raymond Jaja, has threatened to arrest any foreigner found near any polling units or with any election materials during the 2015 general elections.

Jaja, who spoke to newsmen in Jos on Tuesday, said the command had arrested some foreigners with forged documents and INEC voter cards.

According to him, the Nigerian law does not allow any foreigner to participate in national elections, adding that their residency does not grant them the opportunity to exercise such rights.

He said, “The Nigerian Immigration Service, Plateau State Command, is in possession of information that some unscrupulous foreigners are holding the Permanent Voter Cards and other critical national security documents like the national identity cards, certificate of indigeneship/residency etc with the ultimate intention of participating in the 2015 general elections.

Jaja added, “All foreigners are excluded from participating in elections in Nigeria, irrespective of immigration documents or facility accorded them; they only play according to privileges accorded them. We have visitors, we have tourists, we have resident, we have workers. We even have displaced persons in the country; they should limit themselves to the facility and provisions accorded them.

“National elections are the purview of specific nations and their nationals. Nigerians do not participate in elections in other countries. It is a general practice and no foreigner under any guise, having lived long should participate. Whoever is in doubt or believes he is a Nigerian but understands his foreign root, should approach the Nigerian Immigration Service to confirm his status.

“Foreigners, who are in possession of any of the above stated national security documents, are warned to hand over such documents to the Nigeria Immigration Service, command headquarters at the Federal Secretariat, Tudun Wada, Jos, or any of the immigration divisional office at the 17 local government areas in the state; and to further keep away from all polling units and designated electoral areas.

Man Caught With Cocaine Hidden Inside Cartons of Gala... *PHOTOS*

 According to a report by Premium Time, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a man who was attempting to smuggle 35.115 kg of Cannabis sativa hidden inside Nigerian made sausage rolls to China. 

The 33 year old man was arrested at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, during a screening of passengers. According to the agency, Mr. Ogbonna (the smuggler) confessed saying,

"My friend in China gave me N100k to take a bag to China. The last time I travelled to China, he assisted me,” said Mr. Ogbonna, a trader at the Onitsha main market. “When he gave me the money to take the bag containing gala to China, I thought he was doing me a favour I never knew he was digging  my grave. After my arrest, I feel bad and regret my action. I am married with a child.”

My spell in Chelsea was like swimming in wet clothes - Torres

Spanish international, Fernando Torres has likened his 4 years spell at Chelsea football club to swimming in wet clothes. El Nino has found his foot at Athletico Madrid ever since his sensational return this season.

The 30 year-old who netted a total of 20 goals in 119 appearances for The Blues revealed his frustrating moments at Stamford Bridge to Spanish newspaper El Pais:

"The doubts were understandable because people do not see the Premier League or the short time I was at Milan, they read the statistics, and they were not the same as always.

"The worst part about not playing is when you think that you are ready to do it. You try to get more minutes, taking the chances, but you end up in a situation where things have not gone well for weeks, or for years.

"That is like swimming in wet clothes. I know how I am, and I am good. In the end these doubts disappear, but then others come again."

He continued: "In the semi-final against Barcelona I scored a goal and in the final I came on with eight minutes remaining and I feel that I helped the team to overcome the result.

"I have good memories because winning the Champions was a dream since I was a kid when I used to go to see Atletico Madrid. Having won that Champions League (with Chelsea) makes me feel very proud."   Source

Jonathan Swears In Ministers, Names Obanikoro Foreign Affairs Minister

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday swore in the new set of ministers cleared by the Senate.
Embattled former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, (Lagos) was sworn in as the Minister of State Foreign Affairs II, while Nicholas Ada (Benue) is now the Minister of State Foreign Affairs I.
Mr. Obanikoro had resigned his appointment to run for the Lagos governorship ticket under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, but lost to Jimi Agbaje.
Mr. Obanikoro’s nomination and final clearance by the Senate had been embroiled in controversy as he was fingered in the Ekiti State rigging scandal evidenced by an audio recording.
Nigerians including the major opposition party, All Progressives Congress, opposed his nomination but the Senate President David Mark, said Mr. Obanikoro’s clearance was constitutional and in line with the Senate’s tradition.
Cabinet re-shuffle
Mr. Jonathan also made minor cabinet reshuffle as he named Alhassan Khaliru‎ the Minister of Health while Fidelis Nwankwo, is now the new Minister of State for Health‎.
Other ministers sworn in the presence of Council members, friends and family members include: Patricia Akwashiki ‎ (Nasarawa) as Minister of Information; and Augustine Akobundu (Abia State) as Minister of State, Defence.
‎Others are Hauwa’u Bappa, as Minister of State Niger Delta Affairs; Kenneth Kobani (Rivers) as Minister of State Industry, Trade and Investment; Joel Ikenya (Taraba), Minister of Labour.
President Jonathan also swore in two Federal Civil Service Commissioners – Jonah Madugo, who will represent Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa states and National Population Commission, Abimbola Salu-Hundeyi.
The President told the new Ministers that they were coming in at the “injury time”. He said Nigerians will be watching their moves.
“For the ministers this is an injury time. It is like bringing a player when you have just five minutes to go in a football match. So everyone wants to know what that player will do, the magic the player will perform within that short period. The player himself will be struggling to at least kick the ball before the end of the game.
“So you are coming in at a quite challenging period and I believe that a number of people will not envy you because government is coming to a close.
“For the member of the Federal Civil Service Commission, civil service is key; is the engine room of government.
“The greatest problem that people complain about is the issues of discipline in the service.‎ I believe that with you coming to join others, you will continue to modernize the federal civil service.
Mr. Jonathan said the National Population Commission team is qualified to hold office.
“For the National Population Commission, we are thinking of how to go for another head count. And every country wants to know the exact population for the purpose of planning and all that. I believe this is a good team and listening to your citations all of you are eminently qualified to hold any office in this country. And we believe that you will join us to serve our nation.” he said.
The president congratulated the new appointees and expressed hope that they will join to serve the nation.

NERC Reduces Electricity Tariff by 50%

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has reduced the multi-year tariff at all classes of electricity consumers.
The reduction came after industrial and commercial consumers under the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, M.A.N, petitioned the commission, asking for a review of the MYTO 2.1.
According to NERC, the high cost in tariff was due to the huge aggregate technical commercial and collection losses, which some consumers are made to bear.
The removal of collection losses from customer’s tariff is expected to reduce tariff by more than fifty percent in some places.
The distribution companies are to come up with other strategies to recover their costs and ensure efficient operations. Source

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I trust Buhari but doubt his environment – Bakare

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The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Tuesday said that he trusted the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) but not the credibility of “his environment”.
“Yes I trust Buhari and this is because I have worked closely with him but I doubt his environment. The Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, which one is really clean? Only God can give us true leaders,” Bakare said.
The pastor spoke while addressing Christians at the annual Lenten lecture of the Island Club in Lagos.
“I believe in contact without contamination,” he said.
Bakare, who was the running mate of Buhari on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 presidential election, said he was not a politician but a nation-builder.
He said, “If General Buhari wins, let President Goodluck Jonathan accept defeat. Whoever loses is not a loser and if the winner is President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari should accept this as the will of God.
“The 2015 election is a serious crossroad and we might be playing with fire but with wisdom and prayer, we shall end well.
“ I am not a politician; I am not a PDP nor APC member. I am a nation-builder. Whoever I support is not the issue, God’s will must prevail. My loyalty is first to God and to my country but God knows Nigeria’s next president.”
Speaking on fasting, he urged Christians in the country to examine the true spirit behind the Lenten fast, saying fasting was not an antidote to problems but an opportunity to submit to the will of God.
The pastor attributed the wrong attitude of Christians to fasting to biblical illiteracy, saying that true fasting ordained by God was explained in Isaiah 58, highlighting the need to help the poor and be led by God to observe it.
( Source:Punch)