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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Nigeria’s First e-Business Fair Attracts Thousands of Visitors



Connectnigeria.com hosted over two thousand visitors at the Eko Expo Center, Eko Hotel and Suites on Saturday 26th October 2013 to its annual business fair, which was themed “e-Business and the Growth of Your Enterprise.”

There was a business fair and exhibition as well as a forum for guest speakers drawn from the banking and Information and Communications Technology sectors.

Present at the event were representatives from different financial institutions and software giants and start ups such as the Central Bank of Nigeria, Microsoft, Diamond Bank Plc, Google Nigeria, Etranzact, and Pro Works. The conference provided a forum for the representatives of these organisations to respond to some of the questions from members of the public on burning issues regarding the use of electronic systems in business transaction, money transfer, and internet connectivity.

Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the CBN, was represented at the event by Mr. Olusuyi Adaramewa, Deputy Director of CBN, who presented the keynote address “Importance of A Cashless Society to Economic Growth & Development in Nigeria.” The Governor of the Apex bank used the opportunity at the event to explain to members of the public the rationale behind the cashless policy of the institution. 

He noted specifically that the cashless policy is not aimed at making the naira extinct; rather, the purpose is to reduce the carriage of large amounts of cash, theft, and the cost of printing naira notes. In addition to that, he explained that the cashless policy facilitates trade across distant regions through the use of Internet networks.

Activities at the event include exhibitions by different companies, special offers, and raffle draw that saw participants winning various prizes including an Apple iPad, HP printers, navigation systems, a Portable Sony Playstation and many more.


Convener of the event, Mr. Emeka Okafor, noted that the goal of the event is to engender economic growth of the national economy through Small and Medium-sized businesses (SMES). “The great economies in the world are developed largely through the efforts of small businesses – the ones that employ two, three or even twenty to sixty employees. 

The multiplier effect on families is exponential and as such it is important that this industry should be given specific attention. 

This is one of the reasons why we set up Connect Nigeria– to promote the growth of small and medium-sized local businesses by bridging the gap between them and their target customers, and also by creating platforms such as this business fair so that they can learn new trends and partner with industry leaders, multinationals and government agencies.”



Pictures From Nigeria’s First e-Business Fair

Convener Of The Fair, Emeka Okafor Answering Questions From Journalists 

A Participant At The Event Receiving A Gift



Delegates At The Fair

Exhibition Stands At The Fair 

Exhibition Stands At The Fair 

Exhibition Stands At The Event
Mr Olusuyi Adaramewa, Deputy Director Of CBN Making His Presentation At The e-Business Fair 

Nans threatens to confront ASUU


The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS zone ‘B’ has issued a seven days ultimatum to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to call off the ongoing strike or face confrontation.

The NANS zone B financial secretary and the leader in Abia state, Comrade Eluwah Miracle said that the students are tired of staying at home as a result of the strike which has led many students into different vices.

Eluwah accused the members of ASUU of being selfish in their demands from the federal government which has no basis on the conditions in the different universities across the country, saying that they are being economical with the truth.





We Are Sorry - Dialogue Committee Begs Oshiomhole


The Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue has apologized to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State over the unruly behavior of one its members, Col Tony Nyiam (rtd) who led some participants at the conference held in Benin City, Monday, to shout down the Governor when he was making his presentation.

In a letter signed by Chairman of the Committee, Senator (Dr) Femi Okurounmu, and entitled “Dialogue Committee condemns unruly Behaviour” it said: the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue wants to put it on record that we noted the sad incident at today’s (Monday’s) Interactive Session with Nigerians from the South South held in Benin City, Edo State.

“The Committee wishes to state its unequivocal commitment and that of its members to the principles of democratic discourse. Although we take special exception to the unruly conduct of one of our members who joined the crowd in shouting down the Comrade Governor of Edo State, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, while he was giving his remarks, the session continued and ended peacefully.”

The Committee continued in the letter dated October 28, 2013 “we want to emphasize that the Committee will listen to all shades of opinions in the areas of its mandates and will not henceforth condone the kind of unacceptable behavior we witnessed in Benin City.

 “The Committee wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the Government and people of Edo State for providing support to the Committee in its assignment in the state.”


Don't Promote Self Interest - Adeboye Tell Politicians



The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), Pastor Enoch  Adeboye has warned politicians and people in authority against promoting self interests at the expense of the generality of the people. 

Pastor Adeboye came out with this  in Yenagoa at a Public Service seminar for top Government functionaries as part of activities marking the 10th Anniversary of the church in Bayelsa state.


The Cleric said God would only exalt and provide for those who place service to mankind above their own interests, as God would always cater for people who tend to his sheep.  

Pastor Adeboye,  urged the people to acknowledge the fact that whatever positions they were occupying was for a purpose, emphasizing that if they utilize them to impact on people positively or negatively they would be rewarded accordingly.

In his remarks, the Bayelsa State  Governor Seriake Dickson said the essence of his Restoration Government was to build institutions and systems to engender sustainable development and entrench democratic principles.

Dickson explained that this vision informed the decision to provide legal backing to the yearly Thanksgiving Day and other laws geared towards promoting accountability and good governance.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Atiku Deplores Harassment, Deprivation Of Democratic Liberty



Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has criticized the police and the Federal Government for breaching constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens who share contrary political views by assaulting their rights to freedom of association and assembly.

Reacting to the incident in Abuja weekend where the G-7 members of the PDP were prevented from meeting at the Sokoto Government Lodge, the former Vice President regretted that the assault on the freedom of association and assembly is rapidly pushing Nigeria into an authoritarian state with impunity.

According to him, the democratic liberties of citizens are more important than individual political ambitions.

He deplored the incessant harassment and humiliation of political opponents insisting that it is indefensible.

The former Vice President maintained that freedom of association and assembly are constitutional guarantees, which should not be violated at will by the any government.




Mike Akhigbe Is Not Dead - Family


The family of the former Chief of General Staff, Admiral Mike Akhigbe has described as untrue, reports that the former number two man died in a London hospital.


Contrary to the reports of his alleged death, elder brother of the Admiral, Chief Joseph Alemon Akhigbe said the news was shocking to the family.

You will recall that Thisday Newspaper carried a report about the death of the country's former number two citizen.


NDLEA Destroys 30 Hactares Of Cannabis In Ogun




Officers and men of Ogun state command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have begun the destruction of 30 hectares of cannabis sativa discovered inside Ayepe forest reserve, in Odogbolu Local Government Area of the state.

The state Commander of the NDLEA, Bala Fagge disclosed that his men got information about the farmland through intensive investigation adding that the command has declared a total war on cannabis cultivation in the state.

Pictures From The 13th Governor’s Cup Lagos Lawn Tennis Final

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (left) congratulating the winner of Men Singles, Mr. Ante Pavic (right) from Croatia during the 13thGovernor’s Cup Lagos Lawn Tennis final at the Lagos Tennis Club, c, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (4th right), Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Mr. Enitan Oshodi (left), Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba (3rd left), Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Chief Pius Akinyelure (4th left), Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Mr. Ladi Balogun (5th right), winner of Men Singles, Mr. Ante Pavic (3rd right), representative of Etisalat Nigeria and Director, PMO and Operational Strategy, Ms. Ndidi Okpaluba (2nd right), Alhaji Sanni (right) during the 13th Governor’s Cup Lagos Lawn Tennis final at the Lagos Tennis Club, Onikan, Lago

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (middle), Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Chief Pius Akinyelure (left), Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Mr. Ladi Balogun (2nd left), winner of Men Singles, Mr. Ante Pavic (2nd right) and the representative of Etisalat Nigeria and Director, PMO and Operational Strategy, Ms. Ndidi Okpaluba (right) during the 13th Governor’s Cup Lagos Lawn Tennis final at the Lagos Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos

Apologise To Onosode: ASUU Tells David Mark


The University of Ibadan Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) has condemned in its entirety the statement credited to Senate President, David Mark deriding the personality of the leader of Government negotiation with ASUU, Deacon Gamaliel Onosode.

This was part of the resolutions taken at the end of the congress of the union held within the premier university over the state of the ongoing national strike.

The resolution, which was signed by the chairman of the ASUU of the university, Dr Olusegun Ajiboye asked the senate leader to tender an unreserved apology to the leader of the government delegation in 2009, Deacon Gamaliel Onosode saying the elder statesman ‘deserved respect as a man of proven integrity, and impeccable character’.

The Congress asked the Senate to be alive and sensitive to what is happening to the masses and teach the youth the sanctity of obeying agreement adding that President Goodluck Jonathan as the then Vice president instructed the government team to sign the agreement.

The Senate President, David Mark was reported as saying "those who negotiated on behalf of the federal government with ASUU in October 2009, the facts made available to us today by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Uche Chukwumeje, showed that they are people who do not know their right from their left and, in the process, put the federal government into the problem it is facing today, because when the agreements were read out I thought they were mere proposals, only for Chukwumereje to confirm that they signed the largely un-implementable agreements characterized by payment of  all manner of allowances.”


Thursday, 24 October 2013

AYECCI Hosts Eko Challenge Season 1


 African Youth Empowerment and Change Initiative (AYECI Inc.) in collaboration with the Lagos State Government proudly presents The EKO CHALLENGE Season 1. A fierce 2 days football match between Lagos State Government Agencies at the Ultra-Modern Agege Stadium, Lagos on the 26th – 27th October, 2013. 
Participating Team

LIRS vs. LASAA

LAWMA vs. LAGBUS

African Youth Empowerment and Change Initiative (AYECI Inc.)was ounded in 2009 and based in Lagos, Nigeria, AYECI Inc. is a leading non-profit social development organization working to facilitate access to education, empowerment and enabling opportunities for young people, women and their communities to enable them realize their full potential. 

The Event is Promoted under the NGO's Educate-a-Community Literacy Project is an intervention that responds to the critical problem of illiteracy and the corresponding high-risk it creates in the lives of people and their communities. 

The project works to help communities educate their non-literate populations. Partnering with development organizations the project delivers community-based basic and functional literacy skill training (health, financial, environmental, technology literacy etc.) as well as work to sustainably promote the efforts of these organizations in the host communities.

Connect Nigeria Holds First E-Business Fair In Nigeria




Nigeria will witness the growth of many small and medium enterprises in the coming years as a result of fast-growing information and communication technology in the country.

Many businesses will reach vast and diverse markets using ICT tools to leverage their operations.

Mr. Emeka Okafor, Managing Director of connectnigeria.com, an online directory, made this disclosurewhile officially announcing Nigeria’s first ever e-business fair to be hosted by the company.

Connect Nigeria will host members of the business environment to the first ever e-business fair in the country on 26th October 2013 at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island. The e-business fair, which is aimed at promoting electronic operations and transactions among businesses via virtual networks, reinforces the cashless policy being implemented by the country’s apex bank.

Mr. Okafor explained that the e-business fair will highlight opportunities for efficiency, growth, and security with regard to doing businesses through electronic means.

The event has as its theme, “e-Business and the Growth of Your Enterprise,” highlighting the strategic importance of ICT in the growth and development of businesses in the country.

Mr. Okafor noted that the number of internet users as well as people who conduct business transactions through electronic means continues to grow. About 50 million Nigerians have access to the internet, which is a little below a third of the national population. He explained that the idea behind the e-business fair is to enable businesses exploit this vast amount of internet users and leverage from there.


Connect Nigeria's e-business fair will also be a platform to discuss issues that pertain to online security and how to include SMEs and remote areas with limited internet access.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Ezekwesili Commends Amaechi On Creative Industry In Rivers



Nigeria’s former Minister of Education and former World Bank Vice President for Africa, Dr (Mrs) Oby Ezekwesili has lauded Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for creating the right atmosphere and promoting the existence of creative minds in the state in Nigeria’s emerging creative industry.

Dr Ezekwesili said Governor Amaechi’s remarkable effort had attracted most enterprising creative minds to the state, contributing to state economy.

She spoke in Port Harcourt on Tuesday while delivering a keynote address on “Literature and the creative economy” at the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, as part of activities marking this year’s Port Harcourt Book Festival.

She said economies gain more opportunities to succeed “by taking hold of the collective talents of a larger number of citizens connected to a broader, more reachable world than used to be the case. creative industries are generally small businesses, self-employment and plenty of informality, deriving from networks and contacts”.

Commending Governor Amaechi who also is the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr Ezekwesili said: “For in the development of a larger and more integrated creative society and creative economy, the literature community benefits. It has been found that in societies where the cluster approach to the development of the creative industries has enabled a value chain connectivity of literature to music to film to fashion, there has been greater acceleration of value creation within that industry.





Senate Pledges Legislative Support For The Presidential Advisory Committee On National Conference



The Senate has pledged its legislative support for the Presidential Advisory Committee on the proposed National Conference headed by Senator Femi Okunronmu.


The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu stated this when he received the Committee at the National Assembly complex in Abuja.

Senator Ekweremadu commended the Federal Government for providing Nigerians with the opportunity to discuss about their future and Nigeria as a nation.


The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference, Senator Femi Okunronmu identified the National Assembly as a critical stakeholder on Nigeria nation.


President Jonathan Leaves For Israel Tomorrow On Pilgrimage And Official Visit


Justice Lambo Akanbi of a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN to comply with its order to pay the sum of thirty seven point six billion to the victims of Odi community in Bayelsa State as compensation for the destruction of the community by the military in 1999.

Justice Akanbi gave the order in a ruling on an application by the CBN challenging the February judgment of the court which ordered the Federal Government to pay the amount to the Odi community.

The Central Bank had argued that the court did not give it right of fair hearing before issuing the order against it.

Counsel to the victims of Odi community Ifedayo Adedipe said that the application of the CBN was misconceived and a ploy to deny the Odi community justice.


Court Orders CBN To Pay 37.6 Billion Naira To Victims Of Odi Military Assault In 1999


Justice Lambo Akanbi of a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN to comply with its order to pay the sum of thirty seven point six billion to the victims of Odi community in Bayelsa State as compensation for the destruction of the community by the military in 1999.

 Justice Akanbi gave the order in a ruling on an application by the CBN challenging the February judgment of the court which ordered the Federal Government to pay the amount to the Odi community.

 The Central Bank had argued that the court did not give it right of fair hearing before issuing the order against it.

Counsel to the victims of Odi community Ifedayo Adedipe said that the application of the CBN was misconceived and a ploy to deny the Odi community justice.
          
Ifedayo Adedipe also said the implication of the ruling is that CBN has no option than to pay the money to the Odi community or face criminal contempt charges.



Strike: SSANU Unhappy With FG Over Unfulfilled Promises




Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities(SSANU)members at University of Ibadan today lashed out at the Federal Government over failure to meet their demands despite suspending their two weeks strike.

The SSANU members who stated this at a congress directed their executives to convey their annoyance to the Federal Government through the union's national executive in Abuja.

SSANU,University of Ibadan chapter chairman, Comrade Wale Akinremi,who presided at the congress had to appeal to the restive union members to exercise patience ,assuring them that the union executives are not sleeping over the development.

Comrade Akinwale explained that SSANU executive decided to suspend the strike because the two of the major issues at stake were being attended to by the Federal Government.

The issues, according to him,are the subventions for the SSANU members which he said ,had been released by the Government and the payment of hazard allowance, which he also said was being attended to.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Stop Parading Yourselves As PDP Excos - Judge Tells Baraje Led New PDP



The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party took another twist as a Federal High Court in Abuja restrained members of the Abubarkar Baraje led faction from parading themselves as the national executive committee members of the party.

The Baraje group was equally restrained from operating parallel national, state, local government area and ward offices of the party.

In his judgement, Justice Elvis Chukwu ordered The Independent National Electoral Commission to refrain from recognising, dealing and relating with the New PDP.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Federal High Court judgment upholding the party`s leadership under Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as absolutely clear, direct and unambiguous.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Olisa Metuh, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

He said the leadership of the PDP would no longer tolerate or condone any meeting, utterances, press statements and activities by the faction.

Metuh stressed further that as a law abiding party, the PDP would remain calm in the face of the unwarranted attacks on it by the faction in the last few months.

The Baraje led faction of the PDP says it will head to the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court.


The group in a statement by its spokesman, Chukwuemeka Eze reiterated that it will see the issue to a logical conclusion to ensure that a non-member of the party does not continue to lord them as National Chairman.

High Court Adjourns Trial Os Suspected Aluu Four Killers


A high court in Port Harcourt has adjourned till 31st October the trial of twelve persons arrested in connection with the killing of four students of the University of Port Harcourt in Omoukiri Aluu community in Rivers State.

The adjournment followed the tendering of video clips showing how the four undergraduates were tortured to death by a mob in Omuokiri Aluu community.


The 30 minutes video tendered as evidence by the Chief Prosecutor and Solicitor General of Rivers State Rufus Godwins showed how the students were paraded naked in the community and tortured to death with dangerous objects with a crowd of people watching with excitement.

Oshiomhole Signs Death Penalty Law For Kidnapping



 Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, yesterday, signed the states Kidnapping Prohibition Law as amended, which prescribes the death penalty for kidnappers.

Speaking while signing the law, the Governor said government would do everything within its powers to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state.

According to him “I have just signed into law a bill amending the Kidnapping Provision Law 2009 as amended by the state House of Assembly which now prescribes death penalty for anyone who is involved in any form of kidnapping. 

Oshiomhole said the  overwhelming majority of the criminals are migrant criminals from nieighbouring states and far away to perpetuate crime, adding that everything is being done to ensure that the security agencies put a security machinery in place to fight the menace.


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

You Are Insensitive To The Plight Of Nigerian Students - ACP Tell Patience Jonathan

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has described as the height of insensitivity, the decision by the First Lady, Patience Jonathan to receive an Honorary Doctorate award in South Korea, even as Nigeria’s public universities have remained shut for many months under the current administration.

APC in a statement by its spokesman, Lai Mohammed said if the First Lady and her advisers had been sensitive enough, they would have known that embarking on such a jamboree at this time is an assault on the sensibilities of Nigeria including the students who have been at home for almost four months now.

President GEJ On Sallah

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President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to Nigerians to adopt discourse that will dissipate acrimony, ethnicity and tribal sentiments and move the country in a direction that will not encourage the development of hatred in the youths of today.

The President spoke on Tuesday when he hosted a delegation of the Muslim community in the Federal capital Territory led by Minister of State for the FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide.


President Jonathan took time out to explain the rationale of the proposed National Dialogue which he said was aimed to consolidate the unity in the country and shape National conversation in a positive direction that would build patriotism and National Pride.

Pictures: Gov.Fashola,Asiwaju Tinubu Others At Central Mosque, Lagos For 2013 Eid-El-Kabir Prayers

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (middle), former Governor of the State and National Leader of All  Progresives  Congress  (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (left), Oba of Lagos,  Oba Rilwan Akiolu  (2nd right), and Bashorun of Lagos, Alhaji Sikiru Alabi -Macfoy during the Eid-el-kabir Prayers at the Central Mosque, Lagos 

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (3rd left), former Governor of the State and National Leader of All  Progressives  Congress  (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (2nd left), Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu 1 (3rd right), Bashorun of Lagos, Alhaji Sikiru Alabi-Macfoy (2nd right), Prince Alaba Oniru (right) and  former Chairman, Island Club, Alhaji Musiliu Anibaba (left), during the Eid-El-kabir Prayers at the Central Mosque, Lagos

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Pictures: Gov. Fashola Signs Mou With Microsoft International For Collaboration And Better Service Delivery In Seattle USA

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (middle) with General Manager, Microsoft Worldwide, Mr. Jeff Frazier (left) and the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje (right) shortly after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft International for collaboration in ICT for better service delivery with data in the State in Seattle, United States,

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (2nd right), General Manager, Microsoft Worldwide, Mr. Jeff Frazier (2nd left), Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje (right), Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs. Nike Animashaun (left) and the Senior Director, Microsoft Middle East/Africa, Mr. Yasser Elabd (standing)  during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft International for collaboration in ICT for better service delivery with data in the State in Seattle, United States

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (right) being welcomed by the  General Manager, Microsoft Worldwide, Mr. Jeff Frazier (left) during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft International for collaboration in ICT for better service delivery with data in the State in Seattle, United State

President Goodluck Congratulates Eagles

President Goodluck During His Vist To The Super Eagles Training Camp In Addis Ababa yesterday.
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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK FACEBOOK PAGE

President Goodluck has congratulated the Eagles over their two - one defeat over the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia.

 In a post on his facebook page, he assured the players and the technical crew of his total support for them in their quest to represent the nation in next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Pictures: Ngige Campaigns In Lagos

 The All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for the November 16, 2013 Anambra State Gubernatorial election and former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige addressing traders and party supporters at the Auto-Spareparts and Machinery Dealers Association (ASPAMDA) Market during the party’s campaign rally at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex on Lagos Badagry Expressway

 The All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for the November 16, 2013 Anambra State Gubernatorial election and former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige (2nd right), APC National Women Leader, Barr. (Mrs), Sharon Ikeazor (right), representative of Lagos State Governor and Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze (middle), Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe (2nd left) and the APC Deputy National Youth Leader, Chief Uzor Igbonwa Okeife (left) at the Auto-Spareparts and Machinery Dealers Association (ASPAMDA) Market during the party’s campaign rally at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex on Lagos Badagry Expressway

Representative of Lagos State Governor and Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze (left), All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for the November 16, 2013 Anambra State Gubernatorial election and former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige (middle) and the APC National Women Leader, Barr. (Mrs), Sharon Ikeazor (right) at the Auto-Spareparts and Machinery Dealers Association (ASPAMDA) Market during the party’s campaign rally at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex on Lagos Badagry Expressway

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for the November 16, 2013 Anambra State Gubernatorial election and former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige (left), addressing the Party supporters at the Auto-Spareparts and Machinery Dealers Association (ASPAMDA) Market during the party’s campaign rally at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex on Lagos Badagry Expressway, on Thursday

 The All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for the November 16, 2013 Anambra State Gubernatorial election and former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige (right), addressing traders and party supporters at the Auto-Spareparts and Machinery Dealers Association (ASPAMDA) Market during the party’s campaign rally at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex on Lagos Badagry Expressway.With him are: Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe (2nd right) and the representative of Lagos State Governor and Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze (left)

Delta Central Senatorial Bye-Election: PDP Uses Security Agents, Thugs To Intimidate Voters - APC


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the PDP of using security agents to intimidate voters while preventing voting materials from reaching polling units in opposition strongholds during Saturday's bye-election in Delta Central Senatorial district.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said reports from its agents on the field indicate that armed soldiers and policemen were deployed strategically to intimidate voters, while trailers and tankers were used to block the roads leading to opposition strongholds, thereby preventing voting materials from reaching there.

''Worst-hit areas are Ughelli North; Udu and Uvwie Local Governments, which are the strongholds of the APC. Also, several Hilux vehicles loaded with armed soldiers were sent to Okpe Local Government Ward 8 Collation Centre since Friday night.

''Though materials were moved from the distribution centre to local government headquarters overnight, the PDP, using security agents and thugs, have succeeded in ensuring that the materials are not being ferried to polling units
in several wards.

''In Sapele Ward 8, security agents even beat up voters even before the start of accreditation, thus scaring them away from polling units. In Udu LG Ward 7, election materials were seized by thugs. These strategies are all aimed at scaring away voters and suppressing votes in opposition strongholds.

''In Ughelli South, the INEC official is insisting that 19 booklets of ballot papers and 197 loose sheets (ballot papers) be given to the Jeremy Ward 2 of the Delta State Deputy Governor, even after materials have been shared to all the wards, including Jeremy Ward 2. If the INEC official has his way, the extra materials will be abused by the PDP.

''These conditions are not conducive to the conduct of a free, fair and credible elections, and we call on those saddled with providing security for the election to act fast and arrest the trend before it degenerates into violence and disenfranchises voters.