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Thus, the independence of INEC has been gravely compromised. This postponement, coming a week to the first election, has raised so many questions, many of which shall be asked in the days ahead.
Buhari said recourse to violence might complicate the security challenges facing the nation. He urged Nigerians to use the postponement to strengthen their resolve to sack PDP from power and rescue the nation during the poll. Any act of violence can only complicate the security challenges in the country and provide further justification to those who would want to exploit every situation to frustrate the democratic process in the face of certain defeat at the polls.
Residents in Diffa said fighting was heard between 6 a. There are many dead. Local radio Anefi, however, said the bomb was thrown by a young man on a motor-bike who escaped. On Saturday, the governments of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin agreed to establish an 8, strong regional force.
Chad has deployed some 2, soldiers to neighbouring Cameroon and Niger as part of this effort.
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Boko Haram has seized territory in northeastern Nigeria as part of a five-year insurgency to carve out an Islamist state. Around 10, people were killed last year. A resident of the area, Aisami Bukar, who escaped to Maiduguri, disclosed to our correspondent on telephone that the insurgents who came in large numbers at about noon and were sighted by troops of Battalion of the army whose men gave them a devastating blow.
He said insurgents were attacking Damboa from Kalla village, just two kilometers away when the military launched artillery guns and killed scores. He said bodies of the insurgents and their vehicles were burnt and scattered all over in the bush. A military source, who does not want his name in print, said: Damboa is 87km south of Maiduguri, the state capital.
One of the exit points out of the state capital that was once seized by the insurgents. Jonathan, service chiefs under fire over polls shift Lawyers: Muhammadu Buhari last month to extract a promise of a violence-free poll to be conducted as scheduled. Kerry said the U. According to them, there is more to the postponement than meets the eye because the battle against insurgency, which has not been won in six years, cannot be won in six weeks.
The lawyers warned against actions that could result in a constitutional crisis even if the law makes room for a postponement. Nigerian government prepares for elections on the newly scheduled dates.
This action will demoralise voters, create more expenses. Everyone took the postponement rumour for granted until PDP loyalists started raising dust about it. Akeredolu said with the polls shift, INEC has confirmed that it is castrates in the present arrangement where it depends on the Federal Government for everything.
Oguntade said the decision appears to be a volte face on the part of INEC which, aware of the security situation for some time, had always maintained that the elections would proceed as scheduled. Buhari last week during which he reminded them of the need to abide by the Abuja peace accord on non-promotion of violence during the elections. ACF lamented that the security chiefs, who earlier assured that they were prepared for the election to hold as scheduled, could make a sudden U-turn.
A statement by the forum reads: He added that a new government should give the country a people-friendly constitution, which will not encourage people to steal, but guarantee equitable distribution of wealth and income. Segun Ajiboye, said hiding under security ruse would not help pro-election postponement forces to frustrate the genuine efforts of Nigerians seeking change. He urged Nigerians not to agonise, but organise towards ensuring that the new set of leaders that will emerge in the country are those with genuine interest for the masses.
But we should remain steadfast. This is time-buying game. It will not work. He flayed the excuse given by the security chiefs that they could not guarantee the safety of INEC officials as well as voters and election observers in 14 local governments in L By Miriam Ekene-Okoro Northeast, hence the suggestion to shift the polls by six weeks.
And you know what happened in the end; he was still defeated. That is the primary purpose of government. Because whether we go to elections or not, government will still have a duty to secure this nation.
He urged Nigerians not to fall for the gimmick of those who orchestrated the postponement. Mark said this in a statement in Abuja following the postponement of the elections. Any of the steps not taken or subverted could produce a questionable result. The postponement has shown the helplessness of INEC in the face of a malicious cabal bent on destroying the fabric of democracy.
But, he noted that the shift meant more expenses and more stress for candidates. According to him, the postponement would facilitate the holding of more credible and better inclusive elections by INEC, saying a slight delay in the polls should raise no eyebrows so long as the May 29 handover date remained sacrosanct.
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As long as May 29 remains sacrosanct, everything is in order. They told us that the election is February 14, and we all worked toward the date. The only security agents that can equally tell us that it cannot guarantee free elections are the po- By Musa Odoshimokhe lice. The army has no power or right to decide which day to vote or which day not to vote. They are to protect the territorial integrity of the country against external aggression.
If there is problem in 14 local government areas, in a country with local governments and if you minus the councils with problem from those without problem, elections can still be held successfully. So, we must find out why there are no guarantees for INEC to conduct elections in all the other areas.
They must tell Nigerians. I begin to think of the June 12, scenario. It is only the police that will be present where INEC will carry out elections. In statement by its spokesman Joe Igbokwe, the party said it was laughable that a four-yearly general election was being postponed eight days to its due date because the military has chosen the date to clampdown on insurgents.
Goodluck Jonathan government had shown that it was desperate to manipulate every institution to remain in power.
Sambo Dasuki rtdin far away London for the postponement of an election fixed more than a year ago and which time-table had been religiously followed by all parties. We recall that the country rose in one demeaning crescendo to condemn the demand and we remember that both the PDP and the Jonathan government, tongue-in-cheek, denied being behind the plot, as most Nigerians alleged.
Okoye said IEMG was not convinced and will not accept the postponement of the elections since the reasons given for the said postponement were not cogent and verifiable. In a statement in Kaduna yesterday, the constitutional lawyer said: The said decision is a coup against democracy, the constitutional order, the electoral process and the Nigerian people.
The security agencies did not complain about the dates and did not call for an adjustment of the timelines. They did not oppose the conduct of elections in the Northeast of Ni- From Abdulgafar Alabelewe, Kaduna geria and were taken into confidence as regards voting by Internally Displaced Persons.
So much resource has been committed to the electoral process. Agencies and organisations have signed contracts and made payments for various services connected with the elections. Domestic and international observers and media have been mobilised. Nigerians have made all sorts of preparations, including mental and emotional preparations. People have made arrangements and some have relocated due to the scare-mongering of a section of the political elite.
In a statement, its spokesman, Mr. The security agencies are aware that the Independent National Electoral Commission NEC can only postpone an election under section 26 of the Electoral Act, as amended only on grounds of a likelihood of a serious breach of the peace or natural disasters or other emergencies and these must be cogent and verifiable.
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So, the use of the Northeast insurgency as bait is only a cheap blackmail to achieve a pre-determined outcome. By section 2 of the constitution, as amended elections must be held not later than 30 days to the terminal date of the last holder of the office. If the present election is postponed and a second election is to be conducted in accordance with section of the Constitution, it may be next to impossibility to accommodate same within the constitutional framework and this will land Nigeria in an interim government arrangement.
INEC to postpone an election that was to hold barely in a week. Muhammadu Buhari, and for the shift other candidates ahead of the resheduled elections. Otu condemned postponement of the general elections, saying the Peoples Democratic Party PDP was only expressing fear of losing the polls. Jega said he By Leke Salaudeen will be willing to extend collection up to February It was concocted to hoodwink Nigerians. Legal luminary Malam Yusuf Ali SAN said the election was postponed to satisfy the selfish interest of those who are bent in drawing us back.
He said the reasons given for the postponement are quite amazing. Ali claimed that there is no logic postponing the election because of Boko Haram insurgence cited by the security agencies. The position of the military that they cannot guarantee security for February elections, according to him, is an admission of failure.
The primary responsibility of the security forces is to protect lives and property at all times, the legal luminary pointed out. It was a very sad development that the military will now decide for us when elections should hold in a civilian era, he said.
Akintola wondered why military chiefs who should be on top of security matters are saying they cannot guarantee security for the elections. Civil rights activist, Malam Shehu Sani condemned the postponment. Brown is a church deacon who's very proud about being saved. He has one brother, Larry "L. He was married years ago, but his wife died; in the original Tyler Perry plays, they had a daughter, but the character was never mentioned in the films and only shown in the play "Madea's Family Reunion".
Brown isn't overbright mentally, that is; the word more aptly describes his outrageous dress sense and he has the wiseguy role, making fun of characters like Edna and Reggie; but he is a nice, caring, giving man. He works part-time as a hospital janitor and also as a school enforcement officer he once beat up a teacher he thought had done something wrong. He is somewhat good at karate, busting out his "Kangaroo" move.
His catchphrases include "Stop being nasty! In one episode Brown begins to deal with his diabetes. Although he has used many variations to what the middle initial "S" is in his name, in one episode it is revealed his middle name is Sakagawea pronounced sah-kuh-jeh-wee-uh. However, this is not in the same continuity as the series. Cora Simmons is Brown's daughter with Madea.
She is a teacher and a praying woman who is very active in her church, but when angered, she shows aspects of her mother, Madea.
A childless widow, she later becomes engaged to Reggie Brooks, the football coach at her school who lives with his mother, Thelma In the play and movie, Cora had 2 adult daughters. Her age is never flat-out revealed in the series; she comes closest to blurting it out in "Meet the Big Wedding" "Mr. Brown, I am" [covers mouth] "years old! In the TV series' continuity, Cora has known for many years that Mr. Brown is her father, and he often references raising and being there for her; in the Madea's Big Happy Family movie, Madea claims that Mr.
It was also discovered that Cora may not be Brown's daughter after appearing on Mauryin the episode "Meet the Baby Daddy", a man claimed to be Cora's father but it was revealed that Mr. Brown was Cora's father after all. Will is Brown's nephew, a doctor who loves his uncle so much that he provides free medical services to the retirement-home residents. He and his wife Sasha have become adoptive parents to Brianna and Joaquin Ortiz.
Will never met his father; Vera, his alcoholic mother, met his father while she was drunk. Sasha, Will's wife, is a nurse who decides to work for Brown helping to look after the retirement-home residents. Sasha and Will start their family by adopting Brianna and Joaquin Ortiz. In one episode Sasha becomes pregnant, then miscarries.
She is also very good at giving advice. Tony Vaughn as Colonel Cleophus Jackson: The Colonel is a former military man who still lives as if he's in the military. His motto is "Shoot now, ask questions later.
His wife died several years ago and he's estranged from their only child, daughter Karen. He takes up with Edna Barnes; in Season 3 they moved out of Brown Meadows to a house down the street.
He finally weds Edna in Season 5. Most of her close friends and relatives have passed. She's extremely in touch with her sexuality—she can relate everything to sex—and acts like "late 60s" is the new A running gag involves Brown comparing Edna to various animals. She finally weds the Colonel in Season 5. In the series pilot she had a crush on Brown, telling him to come in his bed with her plus showing him her full body naked.
Brianna is a foster child who comes from a broken home and an unsafe foster environment. At age 16, she knows the foster care system too well. She's very bright, but has anger problems that stem from her tragic childhood. The only relationship she nurtures is with her brother Joaquin; she feels like they are alone in the world. At the end of Season 1, Brianne Gould left the series for undisclosed reasons and Logan Browning took over the role from the beginning of Season 2.
Gunnar Washington as Joaquin Ortiz: Joaquin is Brianna's year-old brother. I can also tell you that somebody cannot deport your brother and you still vote for that person, is it for him to also deport you?
Igbo people in APC are errand boys being used against their brothers. Do you think this trait can be employed by PDP to win the state? We have been in darkness in Lagos, so a vote for Agbaje is a vote for you to enjoy light. He is a candidate that you can be rest assured will work for Lagosians, a candidate for the masses and not a candidate selected and hand-picked by Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who will also expect dividends from him.
This is a candidate that everybody knows will represent the interest of Lagosians as well as put that interest above the interest of any godfather. But the change and development we want to see in Lagos State will start with Agbaje, who will turn the place around from a mega slum to a true mega city.
APC said billboards and posters of its candidates contesting both national and state Assembly elections, were being vandalised by hoodlums working for PDP. Olu Agunloye, the candidates maintained that contrary to speculations from some quarters, the February 6 court pronouncement did not bar them from contesting the forthcoming election. The logjam has produced two parallel factions fighting for the soul of the party, with each presenting candidates for the state and National Assemblies election.
While one faction is led by Dr. The Peoples Democrat- National Mirror www. Noting that the substantive case, which would make categorical pronouncement on which list is authentic, would be determined on March 5, Agunloye said all the 38 candidates involved would wait patiently for justice on the matter. They should not give up or succumb to any dubious reconciliation or be carried away by any fake or empty promises.
He added that APC members in the senatorial district are being abducted and tortured by PDP thugs, stressing that Fadahunshi has also being detaining people in his private residence in Ilase, a town in Obokun Local Government.
Korede, also pointed accusing fingers at the police and Department of State Security, DSS, in the state for allegedly shielding perpetrators or failing to act on reports of attacks against APC members. Police and DSS men have refused to act on all our complaints which is making tension to be on the rise in the area. Bola Ajao, dismissed APC claims, saying Fadahunsi and his supporters have been at the receiving end of devastating attacks by APC members in recent past.
Those complaining are only afraid of defeat awaiting them. The pioneer VC of Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH, said he doubted if Buhari havsthe needed capacity to relate with the international community, adding that he does not believe in political parties but the quality of candidates involved in the contest.
Etta stated that despite the security challenges which the present administration is facing, he scored President Jonathan high in the areas of agriculture, power, education, airport renovation, roads, and railways.
Accusing former President Olusegun Obasanjo of using brute force to deal with the people of Odi in Bayelsa and Zakibiam in Benue states, he averred that this explains why Americans no longer want to sell sophisticated arms to Nigeria.