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Involve us in your operations or leave our land, Ijaw youths tell oil firms

Yenagoa—The Ijaw Youth Council, yesterday, urged indigenous oil companies acquiring oil fields in the Niger Delta to ensure that the people of the oil producing communities have a stake in the ownership and operations of such firms or be prepared to face their wrath. President of IYC, Mr Udengs Eradiri, gave the warning at the annual general meeting of the Keffes Rural Development Foundation hosted by Chevron Nigeria Limited in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. He singled out Seplat, an indigenous upstream oil company, said to have bought most of the oil fields belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company in Ijawland. Eradiri warned that the youths would not allow the company to operate its fields in Ijawland, unless the local people were given a say as directors and percentage

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Ngige how poll was rigged

Some lurid details of the fraud in last Saturday’s Anambra State governorship election were laid bare yesterday. One of the major actors in the election, which was widely condemned as “flawed” and “shameful”, described the election as a “disaster”. Dr. Chris Ngige, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, said: “We have on tape a policeman thumb printing for APGA and INEC officials running away with election materials.” Ngige was angry as he spoke at a press conference in Awka, the state capital. He said: “This INEC used students instead of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to starve us of election materials. All the electoral officers were all compromised, like the one in Idemili North who deliberately acted on the

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The factors against Ngige

Dr. Chris Ngige proved to be the cat with many lives when as governor of the state between 2003 and 2006 he fought within the PDP against the establishment as dictated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. As governor, Ngige was humiliated and hounded out of the PDP, but there was no other party that took him in and he remained like a political orphan until he was finally removed from office by the courts in March 2006. Though Ngige came into the contest with the perception of a strong presence on the ground, he was, however, to be underemined by serious factors, some of his making and some external to him. The Platform It is claimed that if Ngige had used any other platform apart from APC, he would have put in a more challenging battle in the election. APC in the opinion of some Ibos is a Yoruba cum Hausa party with a culture that is alien to Ndigbo.It was thus no surprise that in the run up to the election that some APGA partisans went on internet blogs to paint the APC as a Muslim party with many giving a breakdown of senior officials of the party all being Muslims.

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Gani Adams It’s suicidal to oppose national confab

The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams, has described as suicidal, attempt by any region of the country to boycott the proposed national conference. The OPC leader said this while speaking with journalists at this year’s anniversary of ‘Oya Day’ at Ira, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State. According to him, the outcome of the conference could be the yardstick for which the nation would be run in the future. The OPC coordinator, who cautioned against alleged plans by some groups or individuals to politicise the move, believed that more people from the South-West geo political zone would support the conference. He said; “All I will tell you is that about 95 percent of the Yoruba people want this conference.

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Protests rock Anambra over INEC’s refusal to declare Obiano Governor

Protesters this afternoon took to the streets in parts of Anambra to express their displeasure over the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the APGA gubernatorial candidate, Chief Willie Obiano, governor-elect. Though Obiano (174,710 votes) beat PDP’s Comrade Tony Nwoye (94,956 votes) in the election held over the weekend, INEC refused to declare him winner on the grounds that the margin of victory was lower than the number of cancelled votes. It announced that a supplementary election would be held in the affected areas. Ifeanyi Muofunanya, Chairman, Awkuzu Youths Association, who led a group of protesters at Awkuzu Junction in Oyi local government, however, disagreed. “We are giving INEC 24 hours to declare Chief Willie Obiano the winner,” he said amidst shouts of approval from the protesters, who brandished placards in favour of Obiano. “Anambra has been a peaceful state. The election that took place on Saturday was unanimously declared as peaceful, free and fair by every observer. Why did INEC declare the results inconclusive? The youths of Anambra State are running out of patience. If INEC does not declare Willie Obiano the winner in the next 24

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You’re ungrateful, presidential aide tells rebel govs

Hopes of early resolution of the lingering political crisis in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, dimmed, yesterday, as the Presidency slammed three of the seven rebel governors for being ungrateful to the party that sponsored them to their present positions. The Political Adviser to the President, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, in a television programme monitored in Abuja, yesterday, castigated the governors of Sokoto, Niger and Adamawa states for fighting the same party that offered them opportunities to become governors from their unpopular parties. Gulak, who absolved President Goodluck Jonathan of any blame in the unfolding intra-party feud, said the dissenting governors were not interested in making peace but pursuing personal political interest at the expense of the nation.The presidential aide noted that some of the governors fighting the President and the leadership of PDP were ungrateful politicians, who owe the party absolute

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Overcoming Boko Haram won’t be easy, says U.S

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, addressed the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittees on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights, and International Organisations and Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade on the designation of Boko Haram and Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Oragnisations. Instability in Nigeria is of direct concern to the United States. Nigeria is one of our most important partners in Africa. It is home to an estimated 170 million people, making it the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. Nigeria is the 22nd fastest-growing economy in the world, the 13th largest supplier of oil to the global market, and the second largest destination for U.S. private investment in Africa. Nigeria is also the second largest African contributor to UN peacekeeping operations around the world and we welcome Nigeria’s participation on the UN Security Council beginning in January. The significant mutual interests we share with Nigeria have led us to build a robust bilateral relationship, which we have deepened and broadened through the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission. We meet regularly with senior Nigerian officials. President Obama met with President Jonathan on the margins of the UN General Assembly in September. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman led a large interagency U.S. delegation to Abuja in mid-August to discuss civilian security with senior Nigerian civilian and military leaders, including