Buhari, Obasanjo and the day after

Buhari, Obasanjo and the day after

By Dare Babarinsa

It is bitter irony of the winner-take-all American system we have imported hook, line and sinker that the man who secured more than 11 million votes may have no role in the new government that would take effect from May 29, 2019.
Unlike what we had in 2015, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, the loser of the last presidential race, has indicated that he would challenge in court the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari.
In 2015, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the once mighty Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had conceded victory to his challenger, General Buhari. Atiku says he would prefer to fight it out in the court of law.

Atiku is a veteran of the presidential game and was once one heartbeat away from becoming the President.
As the Vice-President under Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, he was almost like the co-President in the early years of their tenure especially before 2002. Then ambition and the raw bile of intrigues intervened.
Since then, Atiku has been chasing the prize. In 2007 when Obasanjo endorsed Umaru Musa Yar’Adua as his anointed successor, Atiku had the support of most of the PDP governors but they dare not oppose the patriarchal and dominant Obasanjo in the open.
Atiku moved to another party as the presidential candidate, taken the bait offered him by his old colleagues in the defunct Peoples Front of Nigeria, PFN, who now dominated the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
This time around, those old colleagues of the PFN days, especially Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, are now the leading centurions of Buhari’s APC amalgam. They were the ones who shut out a large swathe of Nigeria from the Atiku brigade.
Their new champion is the old general who once threw the army of political leaders into detention and ended the Second Republic. Now he is a born-again democrat and his laughter is infectious.
General Buhari showed unusual stamina and vivacity during his campaign.
Despite the weathering of years, he remains ramrod and vigourous and someone who saw him in Ekiti says our President may still be busy on the domestic front.

Covering a presidential campaign is tiresome for reporters, not to talk of the candidate himself. The rigour of the campaign proved that the old soldier has a reservoir of hidden strength.
In the months to come, the challenges of his office would tax his strength, his intellectual resources, his capacity for balancing act and his wisdom for managing the centrifugal pull of a heterogeneous country.
It does not speak well of the President that none of his security chiefs come from the South-East of Nigeria.
Indeed only two of them, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Naval Staff are from the South.
The rest; the commanders of the Army, Air force, Immigration, Civil Defence, Police, Prison, Custom and the National Security Adviser, are all from the North. This is an issue the President has to address in his second coming.
This would not have been an issue in the past era, but Buhari, suspected of ethnic particularism, is held to a higher standard.
During the First Republic, the head of the army, (Major-General J.T.U Aguiyi-Ironsi), the navy, (Commodore Akinwale Wey), the air force, (Colonel George Kurobo) and the Police (Louis Orok Edet) were all from the South.
President Buhari has already served notice that this time around, he would pursue his fight against corruption with added vigour.

As of now, the suspended Chief Justice of the Federation, is facing trial for alleged corruption. Buhari is also the first President to open the book of past military chiefs.
So far, there is no open allegation of corruption committed during his regime, against any of his top lieutenants. This is a big thing for a country where corruption in high places has become almost a custom.
Now the Buhari era is rescuing us from that custom. With a new National Assembly coming in June, it remain to be seen whether the President would take a keener interest in those who would emerge in the leadership of the new National Assembly.
The presidential election was also the National Assembly election and it had seismic effect in many parts of the country.
In Kwara State, the electorate decided to topple the Saraki dynasty which had held sway for 40 years.
Senate President Bukola Saraki, heir to the dynasty built and nurtured by his illustrious father, Senator Olusola Saraki, lost his bid to return to the Senate.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, who once contested for the governorship of Kwara State and lost to the Saraki machine, led the victorious onslaught.
With the downfall of Bukola, the Saraki mystique may finally unravel. The Kwara people have brought the O to ge (Enough is enough) train to town. We don’t know where it is heading to next.

For the governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, his loss at the senatorial contest makes the next governorship election to be of higher interest.
Ajimobi, who had made a lot of infrastructural changes to Oyo State, especially Ibadan, had recruited a lot of foes for himself by his perceived arrogance and high-handedness.
The governorship race in Oyo is now a photo-finish race between Seyi Makinde of the PDP and Ajimobi’s anointed candidate, Bayo Adelabu of the APC.
With his loss, Ajimobi would join two of his predecessors, Chief Rasheed Ladoja and Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala, in the elder statesmen league of politicians.
With his loss too, Senator Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom State, may be heading for the same club.
One man who has shown tremendous clout is the beleaguered governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who will be going back to the Senate.
He is the only governor of the ruling APC who is sponsoring a governorship candidate of another party and was bold enough to present that candidate to his principal in Abuja.
It baffles me till today, that despite the stoning incident in Abeokuta, President Buhari has remained non-committal about this double-dealing.

If this general elections has a hero, it may as well be the pussy-footing chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, and his over-worked colleagues. They had to deal with 73 presidential and thousands of senatorial and House of Representatives candidates, something that is unprecedented in Nigerian electoral history. The next National Assembly must revisit the Electoral Act.
During the First and Second Republics, you pay a deposit to the electoral commission if you are contesting.
If you don’t win a certain percentage of the votes, you lose your deposit. In 1979 Chief (Mrs) Simbiat Abiola, contested for Senate in Ogun State and lost her deposit.
If this is re-introduced, it would help to weed out the unserious candidates who are only seeking for attention and an addition to their Curriculum Vitae.
One non-candidate who dominated the election was Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigerian ruler for 13 years and Africa’s pre-eminent elder-statesman.
Obasanjo was the man who appointed Buhari the Minister of Petroleum Resources in 1976 and he was the man who made Atiku the Vice-President.
Either way, he would have remained an influential member of the power club in post May 29 era of Nigeria.
In 2015, he tore his membership card of the PDP before an assemblage of prominent women who had answered his call from all over Yorubaland including Kogi and Kwara States.
When the new APC tried to recruit him, he declined, saying he was now an elder-statesman.
It is a measure of Atiku’s persuasive power that he was able to recruit Obasanjo back into something close to partisan politics.
Since leaving power in 2007, Obasanjo intermittent interventions in national affairs has placed him on a special pedestal above the din of partisan political combats. He has also become our country most famous letter writer.
However his recent involvements with the PDP presidential campaign may have affected that role and Nigeria is the poorer for it.
Whether he would be able climb onto his old pedestal again as the voice of his country, only the future can tell.

Credit: The Guardian

For The Love Of Atiku

For The Love Of Atiku

Atiku Abubakar

By Ustaz Abubakr Saddeeq Muhammad –

As Opposition leader, you carry great responsibility; to campaign for the top job in any country is onerous. You are the standard-bearer for your politics, your party and the beliefs both hold dear. Anyone who has ever run a campaign to win an election knows how big a task it is.

A Journey: My Political Life by Tony Blair

Having Atiku Abubakar in any political contest heralds the presence of ‘a ferociously effective election-fighting machine’ due to his vast experience in Nigeria’s politics. In the same book where I quoted the above epigraph, Tony Blair said: “The first rule in politics is that there are no rules, at least in the sense of inevitable defeats or inevitable victories. If you have the right policy and the right strategy, you always have a chance of winning. Without them, you can lose no matter how certain the victory seems.’ Of course, Atiku does not lack the right policy or the right strategy in his desire to occupy the highest office in the land.

Unfortunately, politics in Nigeria is hardly about policy. Strategy, yes, and even that is more on how to manipulate the process and “vote” in the stead of the electorate. But what is “most grievous and most bitter” is the employment of ethnicity and religion as a strategy to ascend the throne.

The number of innocent souls mown down during the farmers-herders debacle was huge, and the killings stopped as suddenly as they started especially at the time when politicians became busy with electioneering in the run-up to this year’s elections. Did the cessation of the carnage have something to do with political gladiators?

Amid the ‘riot of celebration’ in the country after (the Independent Electoral Commission), INEC’s declaration of Muhammadu Buhari as the President-Elect, there is need to look at the role played by ethnicity and religion in 2019 general elections.

The politicians found in the farmers-herders crisis, a crisis of their own manufacture, a means to a bloody end – with the aid of the conventional and the social media currency was given the false narrative of a Fulani President using his kin to decimate Christians as part of an elaborate plan to Islamise Nigeria. This message was widely preached in places of worship by men of God quoting copiously out of context from the scriptures to stoke up the embers of ethnic hatred and religious disharmony. One pastor was seen and heard on video goading his flock to kill any Fulani that strayed into the church premises.

False prophets and preachers related what God told them about the general elections, that 2019 is the year of decision in which the Christians will decide the leadership of the country to end Muslim domination and place an iron lid on the Islamisation plan in Nigeria, that President Buhari should not seek reelection otherwise he will die. ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hope. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord”.’ Jeremiah 23:16

There was no abatement of the false exhortation from the pulpit for deliverance against Islamisation even after Atiku Abubakar, a Fulani and a Muslim emerged as the standard-bearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The pulpit knighted and anointed him as the messiah of the persecuted Christians of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, “to liberate the children of God” from another Fulani Muslim, Muhammadu Buhari and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mental aberration!

Atiku Abubakar’s demeanour and pronouncements did not belie the apostolic mission assigned him by the church. Every time he spoke there was that tint of affirmation of division and disunity in the country. He said: “…the leader Nigeria needs urgently is one who can unite the country and heal the deep wounds, not another Buhari who would further divide Nigeria and deepen the wounds,…”

The fact that Buhari’s running mate, Osinbajo is a pastor did not lighten the ferocity of the Islamisation storm. There were calls “on (the) General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye to strip Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of his pastorship” for exposing the misrule, embezzlement and corruption of the Goodluck Jonathan-led government. He was further maligned as “a fake man of God” and “a pastor only by name” for insisting that “it was impossible for anyone to Islamise Nigeria, as claimed by Christian interests.”

Socio-cultural organisations came out to endorse the candidature of Atiku Abubakar, and some of Buhari which compounded the situation as internal strife set in splitting members into two – the ones issuing the endorsement, the others repudiating it.

Some Muslim organisations endorsed Muhammadu Buhari of the APC as their presidential candidate and urged their followers to vote for him, not least the Sheikhs that pocketed ample share of the largess of the Jonathan government and now dread what the impending return of a Buhari government portends. The mimbar (pulpit) was transformed into a campaign platform for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Many Muslim, as well as some Christian leaders, paid solidarity visits to the Presidential Villa to register their support for the reelection bid of Buhari. Of course, the presence and participation of a trifle of Christian leaders did not alter the division of the PDP as a party for Christ and the APC as a vehicle for the Islamisation of Nigeria.

Honesty, I do not see any difference between Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari in the way they conduct themselves as Muslims in public. This is not to undermine their concealed commitment to their religion if there is any, but I am trying to establish a point. I really cannot say who between the two loves Islam more than the other. I am not speaking concerning their competence, integrity or willingness to fight corruption. I am referring to their relationship with their religion as Muslims. I have observed the Juma’ah prayers with both of them on different occasions, together or singly, at the Abuja National Mosque. My understanding is that both of them are wary of exhibiting any Islamic trait for fear of being tagged Islamists, probably. None of them ever commences a speech with bismillah (in the name of Allah) or suffixes future undertakings with inshaa Allah (if Allah wills). I concede these are not the criteria to ascertain a firm believer from a weak one, but in a country were Christian public officers commission projects “in the mighty name of Jesus”, there is nothing wrong where a Muslim in government uses words of similar import.

The church must by garlanded with roses for effective proselytising in favour of the PDP candidate to such an extent that Christians, especially in the South, were willing to lay down lives for a Fulani Muslim from the North. About a hundred Christians were killed in the South-East, South-South and South-West regions in election-related violence – ballot box snatching or shootings. Conversely, no one was killed from the North, at least during the period that actual voting lasted, trying to help their kinsman be president.

After the declaration of Muhammadu Buhari as the President-Elect by INEC, a scion of my late Sheikh’s family posted a statement on his Facebook page, a statement more deserving of a Secondus than a sheikh, in which he said: “Truly Atiku Abubakar should be saluted for his dogged stand against authoritarian leadership tendencies. He has saved the nation is a way only history will vindicate him. I, therefore, urged him to reject the fake results, no credit should be given to falsehood and seek redress in the court of law, the same way, the president did in his previous attempts, he knows better when injustice is served.”

It is indeed disheartening that the above averment came from somebody who has advocated for the opposite of what he is now urging Atiku Abubakar to do. He has once advised Buhari against seeking redress in the courts after the 2007 elections as that was not the best way to settle disputes between two Muslims. It was unfortunate then that Buhari did not heed to the Sheikh’s advice; that did not affect the fact that it was the right counsel. When Muslims were angry about his taking part in the reconciliation between Atiku Abubakar and Obasanjo after the former’s emergence as the PDP candidate, the Sheikh supported his participation with the “Hilful Fudhul” (League of the Virtuous) incident which established an alliance among Makkans against injustice. Thus, he said reconciliation among people of whatever creed is the task of every believer. Based on this, encouraging Atiku to concede to victory would have been more honourable to both parties rather than urging him to go to court and challenge an election adjudged free, fair, peaceful and credible by local and international observers.

Religious leaders, Muslim and Christian, have failed the nation lamentably in the 2019 elections. They made themselves susceptible to debasement by being partisan. Men of God are not men of gold. They are parents of all regardless of party affiliation, repositories of good counsel and spiritual guidance. But whenever they lean towards a candidate or his political party, they lose the deference their flock accord them.


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.


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
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Atiku rejects election result, heads to court

Atiku rejects election result, heads to court

Atiku Abubakar

The Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) , Atiku Abubakar, has rejected the announced result of the presidential election, saying he would challenge it in court.

Abubakar in a statement he personally signed early Wednesday morning in Abuja , said that it was clear that there were premeditated malpractices in many states which negates the results announced.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the Saturday Presidential election.

Buhari was declared re-elected having polled 15,191,847 votes, winning in 19 states, to defeat other 72 candidates including Abubakar, who scored 11, 255,978 votes and won 17 states and the FCT, to occupied the second position.

The PDP had also refused to sign the election result.

Abubakar said one obvious red flag in the election was the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states.

“The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50 per cent less than what they were in 2015?

“Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the PDP in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations.”

Abubakar said that the militarsation of the electoral process was a disservice to Nigeria’s democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship.

He said that in some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the citizens they were meant to protect, saying this is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future.

“I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world. Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations.

“I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days.

“If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.

“However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, Feb. 23.

“Year 2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.

“Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the Feb. 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.”

He appreciated the Nigerian people who trooped out in their millions to perform their civic duty the election.

Abubakar said that the patriotism of Nigerians was heartwarming and affirms his “oft-repeated statement that we are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one mother Nigeria.”

The former Vice President assured his supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, “we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.

“I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty.” (NAN)

Frozen in electoral time

Frozen in electoral time

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.


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

Father of five hangs self in Ekiti

Shock as father of five hangs self in Ekiti

Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti

Itapaji Ekiti in the Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State was, on Monday, thrown into confusion as a 60-year-old man, Mr Daniel Sakpe, hanged himself in his house in the community.

Sources in the community said the man sneaked out of bed around midnight and pretended to be going to the toilet.

According to the sources, when the father of five did not come back to bed, his wife decided to call him without response.

One of the sources said, “When the wife could not get any response from her husband, she raised the alarm. The woman also woke up her daughter, Rebecca.

“It was in Rebecca’s attempt to search for her father with a torchlight that she found his lifeless body dangling from the ceiling in one corner of the house.”

According to him, nobody can tell the reason for Sakpe’s action.

Neighbours in the Omobayi area of the community, who expressed shock at the development, said there was nothing unusual about Sakpe’s behaviour that could have made anybody to suspect that he was nursing any ill feeling.

One of the neighbours, who identified himself simply as Tunde, said, “The deceased was not moody and didn’t show any sign that he would commit suicide. He was one of those who conducted the church service in high spirit on Sunday.”

A police source in Ikole Ekiti, who confirmed the development, said officials from the Ikole Police Station had recovered his body and investigation had begun into the incident.

The Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Caleb Nwachukwu, said he had yet to be briefed about the incident but promised to get back once he could confirm it.

He had yet to get back to our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.

Credit: The Punch

President Buhari’s acceptance address


My Dear Nigerians,

First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.

2. I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.

3. In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.

4. My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.

5. I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.

6. Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.

7. I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections.

8. I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.

9. I will like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.

10. We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.

11. The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.

12. I thank you for your support and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Buhari wins second term

Buhari wins second term

President Muhammadu Buhari has been declared winner of the 2019 presidential election held on Saturday Feb 23.
President Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress polled 15, 191, 847 votes to defeat his nearest challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party who scored a total of 11, 262, 978 votes.
Declaring the results early this morning, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said the President scores majority of the lawful votes and won at least 25 per cent of the votes in at least two thirds of the 36 states.
‘That Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, having satisfied the law and having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner’, the INEC declared.
1. Ekiti State
APC – 219,231
PDP – 154,032
APC – 347,634
PDP – 337,377
3. FCT
APC – 152,224
PDP – 259, 997
APC – 308, 984
PDP – 138, 184
APC – 289,903
PDP – 283,847
APC – 285,894
PDP – 218,207
APC – 402,961
PDP – 138,484
APC -241,769
PDP- 275,901
APC – 85,058
PDP – 219,698
APC – 497,914
PDP – 50,763
APC – 54,423
PDP – 355,553
APC – 90,726
PDP – 258,573
APC – 612,371
PDP – 218,052
APC – 794,738
PDP – 289,895
APC – 993,445
PDP – 649 612
APC – 33,298
PDP – 524,738
APC – 365,229
PDP – 366,690
APC – 378,078
PDP – 410,266
APC – 798,428
PDP – 209,313
APC – 580,825
PDP -448,015
APC – 281,762
PDP – 194,655
APC – 267,842
PDP – 275,691
APC – 342,668
PDP – 356,817
APC -140,463
PDP – 334,923
APC – 468,555
PDP – 548,665
APC – 1,464,768
PDP – 391,593
APC – 1,232,133
PDP – 308,056
APC -324,906
PDP – 374, 743
APC – 117,302
PDP – 295,737
APC – 175,429
PDP – 395,832
APC – 836,496
PDP – 71,788
APC – 221,292
PDP – 594,068
APC – 118,821
PDP – 197,933
APC – 490,333
PDP – 361,604
APC – 581,552
PDP – 154,282
APC – 438,682
PDP – 125,423
APC – 150,710
PDP – 473,971

News Headlines Feb 27, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Feb 27, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
UPDATED: Buhari wins second term
Live Updates: 2019 Presidential Election Results
I declared Ifeanyi Ubah winner to save my life – Returning officer
I have fulfilled my promise to retire Akume, says Ortom
Elite, importers conspired against Osinbajo at VGC –Ojudu
February 23 elections: The pluses and the minuses
Injured Obafemi out for rest of season
Senatorial poll: Akpabio, Akume, Uduaghan lose
Uduaghan alleges fraud, PDP protests Omo-Agege’s win
PDP rejects Borno, Yobe, Zamfara, Nasarawa election results
Obi accuses INEC of disenfranchising eight million South-East voters
2019 budget, wage bill suffer delay as NASS extends recess
Ngige, Umeh reject Anambra central senatorial election
Aina seals €10m Torino permanent deal
Victim tells court how eight UNILAG undergraduates gang-raped her
Shock as father of five hangs self in Ekiti
Court remands teacher for sexually assaulting nine pupils
Consultant bags four months in prison for N65.5m pension fraud
35 missing after bandits attack Niger communities
Fire razes Osogbo plank market
Teenager remanded for armed robbery in Lagos
Mercedes-Benz expands portfolio with new A-Class Sedan
IATA to improve aviation with diversity, inclusion awards
Protecting yourself from pinless debit card fraud
AfDB supports African projects with $11.3bn in seven years
Retailers, merchants recorded 150,777 failed PoS transactions Tuesday
NSE launches trading platform for mutual funds
10 United stars to miss Palace clash
Mourinho wants next club to have ambition
Rodgers agrees Leicester deal
‘All eyes on Eunisell Boot’
Editorial: Theft and tracking Nigeria’s crude
Remedying power sector for service delivery
Cost-reflective tariff or metering, which comes first? (2)
A word for the president-elect

The Nation
2019: INEC declares Buhari winner of presidential election
2019 Presidential Results
PDP demands stoppage of collation of presidential election results by INEC
‘Bindow reduced Atiku’s margin in Adamawa’
Senators Omo-Agege, Manager re-elected in Delta
Buhari tops with 15.19m
How they stand in the RACE FOR Senate: APC 61 PDP 33 YPP
100 houses razed, many feared killed in Kaduna
Rivers official, PDP chieftain, others paraded
100 houses razed, many feared killed in Kaduna
Rivers official, PDP chieftain, others paraded
PDP, APC disagree at Collation Centre
Stock market in mixed performance
Different strokes, different folks
Court remands UNILAG students for allegedly raping 17-year-old
30 parties demand fresh elections in Bayelsa
My victory not accidental, says senator-elect
Lagos is stronger for its diversity, says Sanwo-Olu
Basiru dedicates victory to Osun Central
Delta NDCP complains about poll irregularities
Kwara: End of a political dynasty
Aftermath of broken romance: Dele’s ex Ruby goes into hiding
Lionel Messi a special friend, rare breed, says Neymar
Aisha Buhari, NDE empower 1,250 women in FCT
Oil prices rise as OPEC rebuffs Trump’s pressure
Cisco Meraki eyes market disruption via solutions simplification
Wanted: $30b yearly for energy development
Firms adopt AI to boost manpower
$500m coming for special economic zones funding
Driver damages N26.7m G-Wagon
Church worker, 32, defiles girl, 6
Hoodlums didn’t intimidate voters, traders at Oshodi, says lawmaker
Ex-banker’s failure to get lawyer stalls trial
Teenager charged with robbery
Ambode to workers: prepare for retirement early
Three face N13m theft charge
Man steals gold wristwatch
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
Big Brother Naija has been a blessing to me – Ifu Ennada
Editorial: Agbako’s apotheosis

NBA Accuses INEC Officials of Aiding Election Rigging
Presidential Polls: Buhari Scores Highest Votes
Buhari Wins Kebbi
Live Updates: Senate & House of Reps Results as Announced by State INEC Offices
National Assembly Adjourns to March 12 for Lack of Quorum
US Calls on Nigerian Youths to Study Black History
Shippers’ Council Raises the Alarm over Attacks on Nigeria’s Waterways
Buratai Denies Asking Army Officers to Work for Buhari
Obi Accuses INEC of Disenfranchising Eight Million South-east Voters
Olanipekun to Speak on Electoral Law, Democracy at Oxford University
Court Sacks Plateau Lawmaker over Certificate Forgery
Lagos Senator Commends Constituents, INEC on Victory
Sanwo-Olu Charges Lagos Residents to Co-exist in Peace
Varsity Don Emphasises Cross-disciplinary Scholarship for National Devt
I’ll Retrieve My Mandate from Al-Makura, Adokwe Vows…
Uduaghan Seeks Cancellation of Delta South Senatorial Election
Court Reverses EFCC’s Demotion of Academy Commandant
IAAF World Rankings System Launched
A Resurgent Abia Under Ikpeazu
Bracing Up for Another Snail Speed?
Salute to His Fighting Spirit
In Imo, Ihedioha Confronts ‘Iberiberism’
PDP Asks INEC to Halt Collation of Presidential Results
Atiku Wins Plateau
CUPP Rejects Poll Results
Marriott Introduces New Travel Program
More Firms Issue CPs to Tap Short-term Funding
Emirates Woos Nigerian Travellers
ITF Trains 450,000 on Skills Acquisition
IFAD Launches Fund to Create Jobs for Rural Youths
United Capital Records N9.2bn Revenue, N5.6bn
Bribery: FIFA Bans Tanzanian Ref Life
Royal Liverpool to Host British Open Championship in 2022
UEFA Charges Ramos for Deliberate Booking

Daily Trust
BREAKING: See votes polled by all Presidential Candidates in 2019 ElectionsINEC declares President Muhammadu Buhari re-electedBuhari to deliver acceptance speech now2019 Presidential Poll: INEC declares APC’s Buhari winner
Alleged poll fraud: Army parades Wike’s commissioner, others
Sokoto PDP rejects polls results, Tambuwal calls for calm
Election result: Youths threaten to burn Plateau APC chairman’s house
Jonathan’s kinsmen allege plot to rig constituency poll result
Anambra police arrest 14 electoral offenders
Buba Galadima writes family, says he is fine
FRSC recovers N1.78m in accident victim’s car
BREAKING: See votes polled by all Presidential Candidates in 2019 Elections
INEC declares President Muhammadu Buhari re-elected
Buhari to deliver acceptance speech now
2019 Presidential Election: How Buhari trumped Atiku
Loute blames chilly weather for Rangers’ defeat in Sousse
FIFA Women World Cup trophy hits Abuja in April 11
Udoh enjoying competition for Eunisell Golden Boot Award
Forex: CBN boosts market with $210m
Abuja Airport receives more passengers after poll
NIPC grants 9 coys Pioneer Status Incentive in Q4, 2018
INEC declares Okigwe Senate, Rep seats inconclusive
Akume loses Benue North West senatorial seat to Orker-Jev
PDP clears National Assembly seats in FCT
Class and cluster in Nigerian politics
No true winners
Closing the gap for Buhari in Plateau
Presidential elections: Now the longest wait
Fat rat saved from manhole by German animal rescue
Pakistan vows to respond after Indian ‘air strikes’
‘Fake Kenyan president’ arrested
Housewife kills husband over suspected girlfriend
How I was gang-raped by 8 students, Unilag student tells court
Female teacher accused of sexually assaulting 4-yr-old pupil
Editorial: Killing of NDLEA officers
Buhari leads Atiku with 1,004, 011 votes from 18 states
Comparison of 2015 vs 2019 Presidential election Results
Twitter Trend: How Nigerians react to #BuhariIsWinning
Forgery: Court sacks Plateau lawmaker
How 15-year-old chieftaincy dispute was resolved at Supreme Court
Illegal sack: National Industrial Court gives Energy Commission till Apr 9

The Sun
PDP rejects Kano presidential election result
…Party demands INEC stop results collation in Abuja
Kwara Central: I was rigged out –Saraki
Army parades electoral offenders
Kalu visits FMC Umuahia for medical check-up, begs FG to upgrade facility
Election result: Senate winners cont’d
Presidential election result: Buhari comes tops
Dasukigate: How I got N400m from ex-President Jonathan – Metuh
Anambra: Police arrest 14 suspects for ballot box snatching, thuggery
Bandits kill 16 in Sokoto
Unpaid entitlements: NLC plans operation occupy Ogun Friday
Obaseki thanks Edo people for acceptance of APC
Abia North: Stop raving, APC tells Ohuabunwa
Ekiti: Aftermath of election tribunal verdict
Kaduna: Why APC can’t return- PDP
PDP no threat to us –APC
Glo seals pact with Africa CEOs on economic growth
Actionaid urges Nigerians to boost tax revenue
GPPSL bags FIN Pipeline Service Company of the year
Monarch pledges support for Ocean & Cargo Terminal
Obaseki attributes migration, human trafficking to economic hardship
CUPP, LP demand cancellation of polls in Bayelsa
Omo-Agege returns to Senate, Uduaghan fails
APC, PDP share National Assembly seats in Edo
Cross River: Ayade tasks residents on guber, Assembly polls
Anambra Central: Why we can’t declare winner – RO
Court sacks Plateau lawmaker for forgery, orders payment of N30m damages
France 2019: Ballon d’Or winner out of Falcons World Cup clash
Nigeria Pitch Awards organisers set for 6th edition
‘Surgeon’ Joshua vows to reconstruct Miller’s face in New York
Nigerian music industry scores high with Star brand
‘Fire outbreak’ incorrect
Veterans remember Achuzia one year after
The place of divorce in both old and new testaments (2)
2019 Poll: Nurudeen Dasali’s idiotic reaction
Buhari’s skewed view of the Igbo race
Revolution in Nigeria’s payroll software package
Lifeline for 20,000 people in Enugu, Ebonyi
70 Onitsha youths get royal empowerment
Onitsha Port: Waiting for succour
Imo community floats unity projects
My life as a lawyer, SAN –Ofodile
My journey from banking to recycling –