The Message from Kwara

The Message from Kwara

The Verdict By Olusegun Adeniyi, Email: olusegun.adeniyi@thisdaylive.com

By the time I left Ilorin, capital of my beloved Kwara State on the 6pm Arik flight last Friday to vote in Abuja the next day, the sense of excitement was palpable. Men and women who hitherto believed they had no power were buoyant. ‘O to Ge’ (enough is enough), the slogan of the main opposition party in the state (ruling party at the centre) had become an anthem on every lip. I spent only 24 hours on the visit, but I left feeling that whatever happened at the polls, it would be good for our democracy that people had become conscious of the power they wield with their ballots.

A few hours after the polls closed last Saturday, results coming from across the state were almost difficult to believe. And then around midnight, I received a call. A friend of the Senate President Bukola Saraki said, “Segun, you are right; the Titanic can sink.” When I asked him to explain, he said results he was getting from Ilorin indicated that his friend was losing. He then reminded me of a conversation we had last year on the day Saraki left the All Progressives Congress (APC). I had argued that it was a miscalculation because without federal might to call upon, Saraki had left himself vulnerable and Kwara people would sense that this was their best opportunity to take him out.

At the time, the man had argued that Saraki could not lose power in Kwara State under any circumstance. In the course of the conversation, I had reminded him of one of the most instructive scenes in the ‘Titanic’ movie which explained his retort last Saturday. The captain was informing the ship owner that the Titanic had hit an iceberg. “From this moment, no matter what we do, the Titanic will founder,” he said. This elicited a sharp retort from the ship owner: “But this ship cannot sink.” The captain responded: “She is made of iron, Sir. I assure you she can. And she will. It is a mathematical certainty.”

Because of Saraki’s strong media presence which we know can bias perceptions, there was an air of invincibility regarding his hold on Kwara politics. While even he believed the hype, it is now certain that there is a new dawn in the state. The era of Saraki is over.

This, however, is not the time to gloat and I will never join those who do because I endorsed Saraki when he first ran for governor in 2003. I can attest to the fact that he started well. But somewhere along the line, Saraki lost his way by shifting his focus to the presidency of Nigeria – an obsession requiring compromises that go with such ambitions. In a recent leaked audio tape of a meeting with his supporters, Saraki said he expended between N200 to N400 million in each of at least 30 states of the country during the 2015 general election. Most Kwarans came to the inescapable conclusion that the money could only have been sourced from the state’s treasury.

While there will be a day to take an objective look at issues surrounding Saraki’s political life (including the positives), whatever may have been his other failings, it was pride that ultimately led to his fall. He treated our people with such disdain that even some of those who were contemporaries of his father he addressed by their first name. Once you display contempt for a people, it then follows that you will feel entitled to their resources. Besides, the moment a politician believes his word is law and must dictate everything, transparency and accountability are often the first casualties. For the past 16 years, it has been a one-man-show in Kwara. Having carefully cultivated a cult of followers and enforcers who worshipped him, Saraki saw himself as an emperor as he trampled on the dignity of our people. One event which many of the elders in Ilorin still recall speaks to the hubris that eventually led to ‘O to Ge’.

At the height of his arrogant display of power as Kwara Governor in 2006, Saraki, whose oldest son, Seni, is a rapper, invited Jay Z (Shawn Carter) to Ilorin. During the visit, a street was named for the American hip-hop artiste and the Emir of Ilorin turbaned him as a chief of the Emirate. But the real story was how Saraki practically commandeered respected elders of the community to the airport to receive his American visitor. These elders, including the venerable Alhaji Alege, had waited for almost two hours when a private plane landed and out came Jay Z in khaki shorts, earrings and gold necklaces. The epitome of Bling!

Alhaji Alege was said to have turned to another elder, Alhaji Akanbi Oke, and asked in the inimitable Ilorinspeak: “Akanbi, dákun tani wọ́n ní ka wá pàdé?” (Akanbi, please who exactly are we directed to come and welcome?). Alhaji Oke responded: “Ọmọ to jáde nínú bàálù náà ni.” (It’s the young man that just alighted from the plane). Alhaji Alege then followed up with another question: “Ṣe ọmọ tó wọ ṣòkòtò pémpé, tó fi yarinni s’eti, tó kó seeni s’ọ́run?” (You mean the one in shorts, with earrings and necklace?). Following an affirmative answer, Alhaji Alege posed another question: “Iṣẹ́ kí ló ń se?” (what does he do for a living?) Obviously more informed, Alhaji Oke replied: “Alágbe ni” (he is a musician). That drew the last statement from Alhaji Alege: “Àlágbe ni Bukola ni k’áwá pàdé! Toh! Ó dáa bẹ. Akanbi, bá mi pé dẹ́rẹ́bà, èmi ń lọ ‘lè! (Incredible! So we had been directed by Bukola to come and receive a musician? Ok then. Akanbi, please call my driver, I’m going home).

Let me at this point congratulate Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe who was last Saturday elected to represent our people in Kwara Central at the Senate. I wish him well. But the focus is now on the governorship election scheduled for next week. What the people of Kwara now expect is the coronation of Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazak for whom I have a word of caution. The votes last weekend should not be seen as an affirmation of what anybody or a political party represents. Ballots were cast by the people of Kwara as a rejection of Saraki’s overlordship. APC simply provided the platform for a simple slogan to awaken the consciousness of the people.

I am well aware of the many contradictions within the APC in Kwara (comprised of strange bedfellows). Apart from the fact that they provide no alternative vision beyond a common desire to rid the state of Saraki, if they don’t quickly come up with ideas on how to reposition the state, the people will kick them out in four years’ time.

That perhaps then explains why the message from Kwara should not be interpreted simply as the defeat of one man. It is about the changing character of Nigerian politics which only the discerning can see. In my column, ‘Lagos and the Godfather’s Rage’ published in October last year, I offered perspectives on what led to the defeat of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, at the APC gubernatorial primary. In alluding to how patronage politics has in turn empowered a few individuals to decide the fate of others during elections, I also added that every political empire has an expiry date and those who believe they can forever lord it over the people will ultimately be upended.

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Yes, Nigeria is still replete with godfathers who anoint candidates for offices and believe their position on every issue must prevail irrespective of whether outcomes reflect what the majority of the people desire or would actually benefit from. But if there is anything last Saturday’s election in Kwara has shown, it is that our people have also imbibed the role of responsible citizenship: voting intelligently and demanding accountability of those who represent them. And now they are also aware that no empire lasts forever.

Despite recurring incidences of violence in sections of the country and institutional challenges facing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), our democracy is increasingly strengthened because people of all classes see the value in participating in the political process. Nowhere was this more eloquent than at the Victoria Garden City (VGC) in Lagos. The photograph that went viral last weekend, showed men and women who ordinarily would not vote sitting patiently (and comfortably under a canopy) while waiting to exercise their franchise. And when their ballots were eventually cast and counted, they sent a very powerful message: They voted overwhelmingly for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar – even though they share the same estate with the incumbent Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of the ruling APC who also voted there.

I am still compiling notes on what happened last Saturday at the polls. But it is instructive that Buhari supporters are already circulating messages that the president lost in both Abuja and the abode of the elites in Lagos because “many of the rich and powerful people in this country have built their personal fortunes from sources not wholly clean.” So, invariably, the over 11 million Nigerians who voted against Buhari did so because “corruption is fighting back”. It is a shame that a senior presidential aide can join in spreading such nonsense.

The lesson from last Saturday across the country should be very clear. Nigerians are desperate for leaders they can trust, at all levels. Our people are not stupid. In all the critical institutions that govern our public space, whether at the federal or at state level, they can see the destruction of ideals, enthronement of nepotism and bigotry, the ‘Iberiberism’ of forcing election officials to declare results at gun-point, and the arrogance of power by those at the helm of affairs–all to their collective detriment. And what they are saying, even when they may appear docile, is: This is not the Nigeria we want, or for that matter, deserve.

As our democracy matures and the people use their ballots to ensure ‘uncommon defeat’ for their oppressors, that message will resonate more and more in who gets what across the country, including in Abuja.

THOUGHT FOR FOOD!

Ordinarily, campaign should end after election. However, with the rejection yesterday of the presidential election results by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, it is obvious that we are now in the second phase of this battle. The legal option taken by the defeated Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate is legitimate and within his rights. But in the light of the corrosive campaign that preceded the election, especially by the foot soldiers of both Atiku and the re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari, I am adapting (and editing) a WhatsApp message for the benefit of our young men and women on social media:

Senate President Bukola Saraki was the DG of Atiku’s campaign while his sister, Gbemi worked for Buhari. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo supported Atiku while his son, Juwon campaigned for Buhari. Dr Doyin Okupe worked for Atiku while his son, Ditan mobilised for Buhari. Alhaji Buba Galadima campaigned for Atiku but his daughter, Zainab is working for Buhari. You are not a son or daughter to any of these personalities. You are just their promoter/defender on social media. When CBN job is vacant, it will not be advertised because it is for their children. It is the same with jobs in NNPC, NLNG, NPA, NIMASA, NCC, presidency etc. But when forms for recruitment into the police and civil defence are out, that will be made public and you can apply along with hundreds of thousands other Nigerians. Their children school abroad while they leave you to battle the perennial strikes of ASUU, ASUP, NASU and the likes. If you therefore think you can continue to make a nuisance of yourself on social media platforms just because you support these folks, then you need somebody to lend you brain.

Enough said!

Adieu Prof Elebute

The death last weekend of Professor Emmanuel Adeyemo Elebute (CON) at age 87 hit me badly. The last time I saw him was at the public presentation of my book, ‘Against The Run of Play’ in Lagos on 28th April 2017. There will be a day to write on one of the most accomplished medical practitioners ever produced in our country who had great affection for me and was a regular reader of my column. I pray God grants mummy (Prof Mrs Oyinade Elebute), egbon Kunle, Mrs Fola Laoye and other members of his family the fortitude a time like this demands.

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News Headlines Feb 28, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Feb 28, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
I’ve never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday – Atiku
Buhari dedicates victory to God, Nigerians, unfolds agenda
Presidential result: Afenifere kicks, Ondo APC jubilates
Ninth N’Assembly to get 15 ex-govs as senators
I’ve never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday – Atiku
Buhari dedicates victory to God, Nigerians, unfolds agenda
Navy arrests 130 vessels for maritime crime
Youths celebrating Buhari’s victory attack policemen in Lagos
Family mourns 16-year-old pupil’s death on election day
Beauty queen clashes with pageant organisers over prizes
Christian pilgrims board boss arraigned for stealing
Delta, Abia APC candidates seek cancellation of NASS polls
I will recover my mandate, says Akpabio
Why Buhari won by a wide margin in Kano – Ganduje
Imo PDP kicks
APC govs congratulate Buhari, say victory well deserved
ACF hails Buhari’s re-election, urges Atiku to accept defeat
Navy arrests 130 vessels for maritime crime
Beauty queen clashes with pageant organisers over prizes
Court reserves judgement on Jonathan’s ex-aide N1.6bn fraud case
Zamfara gov candidate ejects IDPs for voting Buhari
Backlash as man tweets ‘12-step guide to being a beautiful woman’
Firemen rescue man from burning house in Kano
TI commends PDP for not resorting to violence
You can’t parade govt officials on election duties, Wike tells army
African leaders congratulate Buhari on victory
INEC backs separate body to prosecute electoral offenders
Appeal Court affirms Owan-Enoh, others as APC candidates
Debts exceed statutory revenues in 32 states, says FRC
Billionaires’ list: Dangote gains $5.8bn in one day…now world’s 64th richest person, worth $16.6bn
Nigeria can earn $60bn annually from solid minerals –Expert
Power generation loses 1,108MW, drops to 3,456MW
Govt revenue drops by N42bn as FAAC allocates N610bn
Oil sector, highest contributor to illicit financial flows –Report
Davido battles Taylor Swift, others for Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
Editorial: Buhari’s victory and challenges ahead
INEC, professors, and analogue elections
In defence of Mahmood Yakubu
The debt Buhari owes Nigerians

The Nation
Obasanjo keeps mum over Buhari’s reelection
APC wins two Reps, one Senate seats in Bayelsa
Buhari’s victory ends dominance of cabals, says APC chieftain
NLC to Atiku: accept defeat in good faith
Wild jubilation in Edo over Buhari’s victory
Peaceful polls victory for Nigeria, says Buhari
‘Don’t gloat over victory, humiliate opponents’
UK, African leaders congratulate Buhari
Tackle lapses in electoral process, Olawepo-Hashim urges President
Dangote is world’s 64th richest
UK, African leaders congratulate Buhari
Investors bullish despite equities’ loss
CCT: Appeal Court reserves judgments in Onnoghen’s cases
Atiku rejects Buhari’s victory, heads for court
Buhari and challenges of second term
Court reserves judgment in trial of Jonathan’s ex-aide
Ogun APC rally: Police arrest six suspects
Disquiet in PDP as Jonathan loses senatorial district to Sylva, APC
Domestic observers applaud presidential election
Buhari conducted freest election since 1951, Esogban of Benin
Haye warns Joshua on Miller fight
Ahmed Musa congratulates Buhari
Fenerbahce coach reveals why Moses was substituted
Lagos Media Marathon will boost Ambode’s road races revival, says Alli
NFF hails President on re-election
Nigeria win inspired our qualification, admits Ivorian Diabate
Fed Govt, states, local govts share N610.368b
NEITI uncovers $20b recoverable revenues
‘Mergers, acquisitions coming to downstream oil sector’
‘Real estate funds panacea for housing shortage’
Traditional rulers seek autonomy for NDDC
NSE lauds NNPC for women engineers’ support
Ohanaeze: no crisis between Igbo, Yoruba in Lagos
Army certifies 35 fit to manage business
LASU Students Union election holds today
Lab chief warns block moulders
Woman charged with defrauding cleric of N10m
Suspected cultists face theft charge
Two held for ‘public disturbance’
Three killed, policemen injured as youths clash in Lagos
Tackling insecurity in schools during elections
Lagos deputy gov urged girls on science courses
Winners emerge at Maths contest
Firm to hold spelling bee contest
Educationist hails Sanwo-Olu’s education manifesto
Firm donates textbooks to Ondo pupils
Death of a dream
As poverty grinds
FUOYE threatens students: ‘no payment no lecture’
Fce (T) Omoku hospital gutted by fire
BIU students hold Business Fair
Students laud Unizik VC on infrastructure
In case you are just joining
BBNaija concludes online audition
Oscars: Spike Lee acts funny as ‘Green Book’ clinches best picture
Sexual abuse: R. Kelly released after settling $100,000 bond
Tonto Dikeh reacts on having new boyfriend
MTN Group’s music business gets new officer
Editorial: After the victory

ThisDay

Twists, Turns of Kajuru Killings
My Election is Victory for Nigeria, Says Buhari
Atiku: This is the Worst Election in 30 Years
Aliko Dangote Now 64th Richest Man in the World
Election Observer Groups Score INEC 80%
Stock Market Capitalisation Down by N85bn
Tinubu, Governors Congratulate Buhari on Re-election
APC Retains Majority Seats in Senate
Buhari’s Mandate Illegitimate, CUPP Insists
Appeal Court Reserves Judgment on Onnoghen’s Case
SGF: Buhari’s Victory Triumph of Democracy
US Military to Support Offensive against ISWAP, Boko Haram
Dasuki Fails to Stop Alleged Corruption Trial
Again, Hoodlums Attack Traders in Parts of Lagos
Police arrest 37, quell uprising
Presidential Election: Imo Women Protest Military, Police Misconduct
Finally, INEC Declares Ekwunife Winner of Anambra Central Senatorial Election
Ize-Iyamu: Youth Must Be Actively Involved in Electoral Process
OLAWEPO-HASHIM, CONGRATULATES BUHARI, TASKS HIM ON LAPSES
Gwamna Describes Buhari’s Victory Beacon for Fight Against Corruption
Atiku: I’ll Reclaim ‘My Mandate’
Atiku Rejects Election Results, Heads to Court
Photos: Buhari Celebrates Election Victory
Ehimuan-Chiazor: Nigerians Need Affordable Broadband to Access Video Ads
Dangote Cement Records N901bn Earnings, Declares N16 Dividend
MainOne, Facebook Enhance Open-access Fiber Network
Swift2pay to Introduce Online Bill Payment Service
UK Disagrees with US Decision to Ban Huawei 5G Network
New Nokia Phones Unveiled
Cyprus Cup: Falcons Beaten 4-1 by Austria
Yobo Tips Omeruo to Step into His Shoes
D’Tigers’ Coach Slams Cameroon over Match-fixing Allegation
NFF Congratulates Buhari on Re-election
Sala: Nantes Goes to FIFA to Demand First Payment from Cardiff
FA Investigating Nigerian Football Agent, Man City over Sancho’s Transfer
Lagos Media Marathon Will Enhance Ambode’s Road Races Revival, Says Alli
Football Sponsorship: The Lokosa Example in NPFL
Setting Healthcare Agenda for Nigeria (2)
Polio: Dangote Foundation Boosts Nigeria’s Certification by WHO
PROFOH, BOSKOH Reach Out to the Grassroots
IMEDReads Introduces New Vaccine Storage Device
Firm Pledges to Improve Health Status through Online Services
EDITORIAL: MINIMUM WAGE FOR WORKERS

Daily Trust
Youth besiege Abuja, block roads celebrating Buhari’s victory
Gunmen abduct 11-year-old boy in Abaji
Expect more projects, Aduda promises FCT residents
2019 elections: Traditional ruler commends youth for peaceful conduct
Security guard arrested over theft of Lexus jeep
2019 polls: Voter turnout rises in 19 states
Don’t go to tribunal, Agbakoba advises Atiku
Buhari vows to deal with Sokoto, Kaduna killers
Nigerians want Buhari to focus on economy, jobs – Survey
Local observers urge Atiku to accept results
Buhari’s victory sign of confidence by Nigerians – Masari
Buhari promises inclusive govt, Atiku heads to court
ICPC seizes 12 properties from businessman
How INEC chair stopped Chidoka from staging ‘Orubebe’ at collation centre
Yobo tips Omeruo to step into his shoes
Fenerbahce coach explains why Moses was substituted against Istanbul
How N14.5bn diversion controversy affects Nigeria’s export project
Aliko Dangote now 64th richest man worldwide
FG’s bonds rise, market loses N85bn as Buhari wins re-election
How to judge the Hanoi Summit
The battle Osinbajo couldn’t win
2019 elections: Increasing consideration for PWDs
AMCON continues to deliver despite odds
Egypt: Deadly train crash at Cairo station
United Kingdom: Brexit: MPs debate Theresa May’s next steps
Japan: ‘Tiniest baby boy’ ever leaves Tokyo hospital
Court remands 4 for allegedly beating suspected thief to death
Police arrest six for pelting VIPs at APC rally in Ogun
Editorial: As Ghana mass deports Nigerians
Joke Silva congratulates Buhari on his re-election
How ‘Boko Haram’ grass threatens Kwara rice communities
Dealing with snails and slugs that attack your crops
You can use methyl bromide for pest control, Quarantine office overrules NAFDAC
Unizik turns innovative ideas into commercial venture
FG gave N727bn to higher institutions in 4 years
El-Amin School instills passion for learning in students
Osinbajo cuts ‘Next Level Cake’
R. Kelly bond on sexual assault charges set at $1 million, due back in court Monday
Robert Rodriguez: How We Made ‘Alita: Battle Angel’
Thousands of square meters of land degraded daily in Nigeria’
Solar energy: ICEED trains women technicians in Borno State
Ogoni Cleanup: HYPREP to provide water to affected communities
Armsgate: Court dismisses Dasuki’s application for indefinite adjournment
Army gets 4th chance to defend suit challenging senior officer’s dismissal

The Sun
Kalu urges Nigerians to accept Buhari’s victory
Appeal Court reserves judgement on Onnoghen’s multiple appeals
2 feared dead as post-election violence erupts in Lagos
African leaders congratulate Buhari
House of representatives winners
I won’t concede defeat, our mandate stolen –Atiku
Buhari, Osinbajo receive certificates of return
EFCC docks 19 over illegal diesel deal
Presidential election has divided Nigerians more along regional, religious lines – Temlong, Plateau ADP guber candidate
Atiku to Buhari: Your victory is fraudulent, cannot stand
C’River Central: APC, SDP reject senatorial poll result, go to court
Why Atiku, Saraki, Akpabio, Uduaghan lost –Niboro
Obaseki congratulates Buhari, salutes peoples’ vote for uprightness, honesty
Buhari’s victory’ll make Igbo presidency reality in 2023 –Igbo World Union
Condemnations trail Buhari’s victory in Onitsha
VAT: Manufacturing sector contributes N864bn in 6 years –NBS
Real sector expands for 23rd month as PMI rises to 57.7%
Stock market loses N85bn as investors take profit in value stocks
Capri-Sun introduces 100ml pouch size
How SMEs can tackle products counterfeiting –Agbeyo, Cornfield Group boss
Buhari: Those questioning Kano results unserious –Ganduje
Five days after, INEC fails to announce Plateau north results
Use your re-election to complete ongoing projects, NLC tells Buhari
Polls: Vote cancellations higher than 2015 –YIAGA Africa
Presidential poll: Govs, Sanwo-Olu congratulate Buhari
Accept election outcome, security expert tells Atiku
Fighting bribery and corruption in Nigeria: Mission impossible? (2)
On top of the situation?
Oto geeism: Kwara’s own home-grown democracy
Cinnamon: A delightful spice for your health and beauty!
Your large breasts and you
Pregnant with no appetite
APC breaks PDP hegemony in Bayelsa, wins 3 NASS seats
Ayade dismisses thumbprinting viral video, demands police, DSS probe
Mixed reactions trail Buhari’s re-election in Nsukka
Anambra Central: INEC declares Ekwunife winner
VAT: Manufacturing sector contributes N864bn in 6 years –NBS
Real sector expands for 23rd month as PMI rises to 57.7%
Day beggars refused alms, deserted Abuja streets
Ordeal of lady whose hand was chopped
Lifeline for 20,000 people in Enugu, Ebonyi
70 Onitsha youths get royal empowerment

The Guardian
Why I’ll challenge poll result in court, by Atiku
Presidential poll results fraught with 513,214 lapses, say CSOs
Okocha shocked over court arrest order
Ladan, 31, Adefisoye, 34, emerge heroes of #NotTooYoungToRun
Court hears Okupe’s alleged receipt of N702m windfall from Dasuki
LASUTH holds choral tribute for Bankole
Fire service rescues man from burning house in Kano
UPU congratulates Buhari, urges unity
Warri Boys Association cautions Delta people against violence at guber poll
England investigates Nigerian agent in Sancho’s deal
Okparaebo inspires girl-child with free training, equipment
Nwora dismisses Cameroon’s match-fixing allegation against Nigeria
Lokosa’s award boosts battles for goals in the NPFL
Kepa dropped by Chelsea after Wembley row with Sarri
Bale avoids punishment for celebration against Atletico
Taking it by force, fire and fury
Lalong, REC accused of stoking looming bloodshed in Plateau
‘How Rivers votes for Buhari rose astronomically’
Not a victory for democracy
Tyga Sued By Car Company
South African Pastor Denies Resurrecting Man From The Dead
Why some kids behave badly
Editorial: Now that Nigeria has decided
A Lagos polling unit conversation
Body bags and the apparition of death, sorrow and blood
High costs of conducting elections in Nigeria
A vote for Leah
‘Nigeria’s iron ore can generate $60 billion yearly’
Passenger traffic slows down after pre-election surge
Stock market lose N86 billion more as Buhari is re-elected
Dangote Cement posts N390.3 billion full year profit
Alumni give back to alma mater, seek improved funding of sector
Varsity repositions to tackle unemployment, uncompetitiveness
Stakeholders canvass e-learning to improve sector
Varsity harps on entrepreneurial, practical skills for nation’s growth
Scientists advance natural cures for cancers
Top ways to prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Classification of heart-healthy nutrients
Your beliefs can create your reality

Tribune
#NigeriaDecides2019 | UK Congratulates Buhari On Re-Election
African Leaders Congratulate Buhari On Reelection
#NigeriaDecides2019 | Obasanjo Keeps Mum Over Buhari’s Reelection
#NigeriaDecides2019 | Tinubu Congratulates Buhari, Urges Nigerians To…
Buba Galadima released
N/Delta activist urges Buhari to run inclusive government, promote peace, unity
Stakeholders knock NRC over importation of wagons without locomotive engines
March 9 guber: PDP still holds ace in Enugu State
NASS elections in Ogun State, charade ― ADC
FCT minister congratulates Buhari, commends residents for orderly conduct during election
I will revisit cases of sacked workers in Oyo State ― Makinde
Emerhor hails Buhari’s re-election, thanks Deltans for voting APC
Buhari condemns Sokoto, Kaduna killings
Ambode congratulates Buhari, Osinbajo on re-election
Buhari election victory, tacit approval of APC programmes — Support Group
PDP, Senator Ohuabunwa reject results of Abia-North senatorial election
Buhari’s victory, confirmation of faith, trust in him by Nigerians ― SGF
Oshiomhole mocks Saraki for losing Senate seat
1 shot dead, DCO attacked in Lagos during Buhari’s re-election celebration
Alleged N9.7bn fraud: Court adjourns ex-Air Chief, Dikko’s trial to Feb 28
Panic in Osun community as suspected thug shoots couple
Electoral violence: Rivers APC mauls libel suit against Wike
#NigeriaDecides2019 | Buhari pays tribute to victims of electoral violence
Olawepo congratulates Buhari, tasks him to address electoral lapses
Buhari’s victory, appreciation of good governance ― Oyetola
How Okupe received N702m from Dasuki ― Witness
Ortom calls on security chiefs to call Akume to order
Giving victory to Buhari is grand theft ― Atiku
Ogun2019: APC calls for deployment of military personnel
Ondo APC celebrates Buhari’s victory
Election 2019: Domestic observers commend Bauchi INEC
I will not discriminate against anyone ― Kwara APC gov candidate
Why Saraki lost senatorial seat ― Kwara Senator-elect
Oyo can’t afford to fall into opposition’s hands, Ajimobi appeals
March 9 guber: PDP still holds ace in Enugu State
NASS elections in Ogun State, charade ― ADC
FCT minister congratulates Buhari, commends residents for orderly conduct during election
Buhari condemns Sokoto, Kaduna killings
Electoral violence: Rivers APC mauls libel suit against Wike
Suspected Cultists Appear In Court For Allegedly Displaying Dangerous Weapons
#NigeriaDecides2019 | NSE Indices Drop Further By 0.71 Per Cent
Dangote Cement maintains market dominance, exports 0.8MT of cement
#NigeriaDecides2019 | NSE capitalisation loses N85 bn in six hours
Maritime: Shippers Council, Navy collaborate to tackle insecurity on…
Seychelles’ Second President, Albert René Dies At 83
25 killed, many injured in Egypt train crash
Facebook, Instagram ban British far-right founder, Robinson
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Saraki, Ajimobi and the Jonathan example
Ambode assures Lagos retirees of continuous support, assistance

Vanguard
Unbundle INEC now, revisit Uwais Report, NGO advises FG
Buhari hosts staff of APC PCC Situation Room to `Victory Dinner’
Osinbajo cuts ‘Next Level Cake’
Three Presidents call, congratulate Buhari
Cisco Meraki Courts MSMEs With Simplified, Centralised IT Solutions
Buhari’s Victory Sparks Crisis In Lagos, Oyo, Abuja
Women And Jungle Justice: Psychological Effect, A Lifetime Ordeal — Dr. Agbonile
INEC Looking Into Petitions Against Okorocha’s Victory
Standard Financial Management For MSMEs (3)
Fanimokun Emerges As President Of Eko Club For 2nd Term
Repackaging Microfinance Banking For Impact
Presidential Poll Results Fall Within PVT Estimated Range — YIAGA AFRICA
Those Doubting 1.464m Votes For Buhari In Kano Ignorant — Ganduje
Mixed Reactions Trail Buhari’s Re-Election
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Kalu Urges Nigerians To Accept Buhari’s Victory
Oando Female Engineers Champion Mentorship In Celebration Of Int’l Day Of Women In Science
I Didn’t Lose, My Mandate Waiting For Me, Says Akpabio
The Judiciary: Matters Arising
How And Why Buhari Won
Women And Jungle Justice : It’s Barbaric, Lawless — Nigerians Speak
I’ll run an inclusive govt, Buhari pledges
Buhari’s victory: Nigerians made the right choice – Tinubu
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Frozen in electoral time

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By Mahmud Jega |

The long and arduous 2019 election season came to a shattering climax this morning with the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election. The retired Army General, former military ruler and veteran opposition leader who made history in 2015 by defeating a sitting president was re-elected this time around by beating back a determined effort by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the PDP candidate. This is the third time since 1999 that a sitting president was re-elected in Nigeria, and the second time in 20 years that a president is serving a second term in Aso Rock.

Buhari got 15.2 million votes, two hundred thousand less than the 15.4 million votes he got in 2015. This, even though the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] registered 15 million more voters since 2015. Atiku got 11.3 million votes, a million and a half less than the 12.8 million votes that President Goodluck Jonathan got in 2015. Still, Buhari led Atiku by nearly four million votes, more than the 2.5million margin he had over President Jonathan in 2015.

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In other words, both APC and PDP candidates suffered a decrease in votes, APC only marginally, PDP a little more substantially. To put it another way, incumbency at the Federal level and in many states hardly benefitted APC electorally while PDP’s loss of incumbency at the Federal level and many states did not seem to affect it too much.

Votes for the two major candidates dropped even though there are 84 million registered voters in Nigeria in 2019, 15 million more than the 69 million registered voters in 2015. Voter turnout in many states suggests that there was a drop in voter enthusiasm compared to 2015. In Lagos State for example, turnout dropped by around 300,000 while in Kano State, it dropped by nearly half a million. Some states that gave PDP huge votes in 2015, such as Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom, fell way short this time around, while APC also recorded fewer votes in its three biggest vote banks namely Kano, Katsina and Kaduna.

President Buhari won the election in 19 states while 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory [FCT] went to Atiku. The states Buhari won are Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun, Kwara, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Gombe and Bauchi. Atiku won in Oyo, Ondo, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau and FCT.

Electorally speaking, Nigeria was nearly frozen in time. In the whole country, only five states changed sides since 2015. While Ekiti State moved from PDP’s column to APC’s, Benue, Adamawa, Oyo and Ondo States moved from APC’s column to PDP’s. All other states remained where they were in 2015. Kwara and Sokoto failed to make a switch even though their APC governors defected to PDP. Ondo, which voted APC when it had a PDP governor, now voted PDP when it has an APC governor. Adamawa, which voted solidly for Buhari in 2015 when it had a PDP governor, switched over to PDP now that it has an APC governor, possibly because it is Atiku’s home state. Benue and Kogi, which voted APC in 2015 when they had PDP governors, went their separate ways this time around with Benue going PDP and Kogi going APC.

Buhari owes his victory to the overwhelming support he personally enjoys in the populous North West, North East and parts of the North Central, especially Niger State. He reaped the biggest votes in Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Borno, Bauchi and Jigawa States, much as he did in 2015. He however lost half a million votes in Kano State alone, possibly due to voter apathy but possibly also due to the Kwankwasiyya factor. While Buhari captured all the South Western states in 2015, he lost two key Yoruba states, Oyo and Ondo, this time around. Even though Buhari won in Lagos, most Lagosians stayed at home and he got only 580,000 votes in a state with 6.5million registered voters. PDP’s tally also slumped in Lagos, from 600,000 in 2015 to 450,000 in 2019.

Noticeably however, President Buhari made no electoral inroads at all in the South East and South South, the same areas that voted against him in 2015. Even APC-controlled Imo and Edo states voted for the PDP candidate, the former very heavily, the latter only marginally. Plateau, which is APC controlled, voted for the PDP presidential candidate, same way it did in 2015. Then also, PDP-controlled Gombe, Kwara and Sokoto states voted heavily for the re-elected president.

Four possible factors explain the drop in voters’ enthusiasm in this year’s presidential election, compared to 2015. The top one is the lack of regional, religious and ethnic difference between the two top contenders. Both Buhari and Atiku are Northern ethnic Fulani Muslims, which virtually eliminated inter-communal competition in the contest. Secondly, there was a noticeable paucity of money. Unlike in 2015 when the ruling PDP shoveled billions of naira in diverted state funds into the campaign, the stern and austere Buhari ensured that APC had little money to prosecute this year’s campaign. There was a marked shortage of wall posters, radio and television jingles, newspaper ads and funds for “mobilization.” PDP, on the other hand, had nowhere near the funds it had in 2015. Mega private corporations that generously donated to it in 2015 did not do so this time. Talk about Atiku’s stupendous personal wealth also did not materialize in this election.

The third likely factor was the short campaign period. Even though the parties had three months under the election time table to campaign, they did not start until mid-January, when they launched a vigorous campaign of mega rallies, two per day at times. The fourth likely factor was postponement of the poll from last week. Millions of people travelled home from the big cities before February 16 and many of them did not return home the following week to vote.

The only thing that matters now is that Buhari has won re-election. The most dramatic moment of 2015, i.e. President Jonathan’s concession phone call, might not happen this year, in which case a protracted legal battle over the results is not out of the question. The country has another very important election lined up next week, to elect state governors and members of state Houses of Assembly. Finally, President Muhammadu Buhari must unfold his second term program and style of rule. How different that will be from his first term, remains to be seen.

Credit: Daily Trust

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Corps members couldn’t operate card readers during elections’

‘Corps members couldn’t operate card readers during elections’

Adelani Adepegba, Lokoja

The Local Government Collation Officer in charge of Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Dr. Joseph Folorunso, has said some members of the National Youth Service Corps serving as ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission couldn’t operate the card readers during Saturday’s poll in the state.

He stated that they messed up the elections in some polling units as some of them couldn’t operate the smart card reader despite the intensive training the commission organised for them.

Speaking during the declaration of election results at the Kogi INEC office in Lokoja on Sunday, Folorunso, who is a lecturer at the Kogi State University, said card readers were not used in many polling units because the corps members couldn’t operate them.

The collation officer said if he had his way, he would prevent such corps members from serving as electoral officers in future elections.

He stated that some of the corps members were lackadaisical during the training, hence their inability to operate the card readers.

The lecturer advised INEC to engage only diligent and competent corps members as ad hoc staff in future elections to avoid problems.

He said, “Some of them messed up the elections because they could not operate the card readers. A senior officer approached one of them and said ‘upon all I taught you, show me how to operate this card reader.’

“You would be shocked that a corps member who claimed she attended the training could not operate the card reader. Under that disguise, they didn’t use the card readers.”

Folorunso said it was disheartening that a graduate trained on the use of a card reader was unable to use the device which was critical to the electoral process.

He noted, “It was very disheartening for some of us possibly because we work in the academic environment. These are people who make it look like our graduates are unemployable, but it is not so. It’s just that when they were training them, some of them were lackadaisical, pressing their phones, talking to their boyfriends or girlfriends as if anyhow they must recruit them.’’

Source: The Punch

News Headlines Feb 25, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Feb 25, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

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