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Monday, March 30, 2015

Election Results: The Dangerous Part of Naija's Election Has Begun

 By Yinka Adegoke (Courtesy of Quartz)
Jonatthan and Buhari
After waiting in long lines around the country over the past two days to vote, Nigerians are engaged in another long wait—to find out who will lead their country for the next four years. Both incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan and challenger retired general Muhammadu Buhari claim early leads.
Collating of tens of millions of votes from around the country will officially start on Monday at 12pm local time, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The wait, of more than 48 hours after voting began, is causing tensions to rise. Voters in some areas of the country are worried that what has been a remarkably transparent process on the ground could be vulnerable to vote tampering at the national level. Unofficial results from some of the 120,000 polling units around the country have been posted on social media by polling volunteers keen on maintaining a transparent process. INEC now believes it will be able to announce the presidential results by Tuesday.
Agents from both Jonathan’s People Democratic Party (PDP) and Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) claim early leads in what was always expected to be an extremely close election. APC is believed to have had a strong showing in Nigeria’s southwest region, which includes Lagos State, the most-populated of the country’s 36 states. In 2011 Jonathan won all of the southwest states except Osun.
Yet the PDP’s campaign publicity chief said on Sunday the president’s party was ahead in 23 states, with 64% of the vote.
INEC chairman Attahiru Jega, who has been under intense scrutiny, was quick to dismiss any announced results without his group’s imprimatur.
“I think you should be careful of such information from people that are partisan.Only INEC can declare winners,” Jega said in a Premium Times report.
Ultimately, the sooner results are announced, and Nigerians convinced the elections were fair and free, the better the chances the country has of avoiding violence and disruption.
The elections have so far been widely lauded as a success by both Nigerian and international observers including the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon. Yet, the most dangerous period in Nigeria’s electoral process is right after results are announced. In 2011 more than 800 people were killed in post-election violence.
Millions of people waited patiently to cast their votes for hours due to delays caused by various technical issues. Most notable were difficulties with a new personal voter card reader technology, which prompted the embarrassing spectacle of president Jonathan being unable to vote initially on Saturday morning. INEC’s Jega acknowledged the hitches on national television.


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Buhari Set To Win Presidential Polls, But Jonathan’s Camp Claims Lead

Source: SaharaReporters
Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is cruising comfortably to victory in last Saturday’s presidential elections, according to official results released so far by collation centers of the Independent National Electoral Commission across Nigeria.
 Of more than 50 percent of the polling units reported, Mr. Buhari has received more than 64 percent of the votes and had won outright in at least twenty states. In addition, he has secured more than 25 percent of the votes in an additional five states.
Despite Mr. Buhari’s impressive showing, Femi Fani-Kayode, the spokesman of incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan’s reelection campaign,has just issued a statement today claiming that Mr. Jonathan was leading by up three million votes. Yesterday, Mr. Fani-Kayode had also claimed that President Jonathan had carried 23 of Nigeria’s 36 states, a claim that INEC chairman Attahiru Jega dismissed at a press conference as spurious.
“We wish to take this opportunity to make it clear to the Nigerian public that according to the figures made available to us, we are ahead in the presidential elections by at least two to three million votes.”
Mr. Fani-Kayode added: “We have our own Situation Room and we have collated all our figures from the various polling booths, wards, local government areas and states in the Federation.
“Despite the propaganda of the opposition, we are confident of victory. They and all other stakeholders can be rest assured that we will accept nothing less than the announcement of an election result that is truthful and that reflects the true will of the Nigerian people.”
Based on collated figures released by various INEC offices across Nigeria, Mr. Fani-Kayode’s statement is seen as reflecting a desperate effort to deny what observers view as the inevitable declaration of Mr. Buhari as winner of the presidential polls.
Going by the electoral law, the winner of the presidential polls is required to win the most popular votes in the country and at least 25 percent of the votes in at least 24 states.
Some of the key states already won by Mr. Buhari are Kano, Lagos, Borno, Sokoto, Adamawa and his home state of Katsina. The APC’s presidential candidate had also secured at least 25 percent of the votes in numerous states, including Imo State, in the southeast, and Plateau State.
A source at the European Union in Abuja told SaharaReporters that numerous member countries had appealed to President Jonathan to concede the election should it emerge that he lost it. International observers have expressed concerns about high percentage of votes allotted to President Jonathan in states like Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and some Southeast states where Mr. Jonathan scored votes in excess of 95% across board.
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West Region: British High Commission, MAHSRA, Administration, Traditional Rulers Agree to Stop Violence Against Women


Actors in the fight posed for pictures
By Ndemen JB
The project launching and signing of protocol agreements took place on Friday, March 27, 2015, in the Bafoussam City Council Hall, between the NGO, MAHSRA and a dozen traditional rulers of the Western Region. The project code names “The advocacy campaign against sexual violence” is expected to reduce and stop violence against women. The ceremony was chaired by the Secretary General at the Governor’s office, Simon Emile Mooh.  Speaking at the launching, Simon Emile Mooh said that he expects a strong involvement of the administrative and traditional authority in the eradication of all forms of violence against women.
For his majesty Soukoudjou Jean Philippe Rameau, the Paramount ruler of Bamendjou, it is not enough to sign the agreement for the sake of it. The initiative of this NGO is commendable. Fight against violence against women, is a good thing, but it has to become a reality. I am willing to communicate about the issue, and educate my community provided it is practically implemented, he concluded.
It is nevertheless recognized that these days, women are still exposed to all forms of violence, like genital mutilation, beatings in homes, rape, enforced prostitution, humiliation or including early or forced marriage. To the Secretary General, it is all about raising awareness about the dangers of these retrograde practices that relegates women and dehumanizes them. Simon Emile Nooh reminded traditional rulers of the relevant provisions of the Cameroonian contribution that advocates gender equality, both human rights in general and the rights of women in particular.
Paramount fon signing the agreement
 It should be noted that MAHSRA is recognized by Cameroon law and the Office of the United Nations Economic Council.  Hence the strong presence of all the paramount rulers of the MiFi, Bamboutos, the Kung-chi and others was indicative. Dr. Kelly Ngyah, CEO of the MAHSRA NGO created in 2006, recognizes that traditional rulers have a lot of influences on their populations. "Through them, the message will quickly pass and thus the lives of abused women will change. The rulers will defend the rights of women. Their commitment would just say that if people violate the rights of women, they will take legal action,” he said.
Under the initiative titled: Enhancing Local Leaders’ Capacities in Preventing Sexual Violence Against Women, the official public presentation ceremony that held on Friday the 27th of March 2015 at the city council hall in Bafoussam, once more proved the organization’s commitment in transforming high level policy prerequisites into locally understood contexts and easily enforced measures. Under the distinguished patronage of the governor of the West Region, the occasion was graced by the presence of the deputy British High Commissioner to Cameroon Mme HALIMEH Allison Marriott, the senior divisional officers of Mifi, Bamboutos, Koung-Khi and Hauts Plateaux divisions, and over 14 paramount chiefs from the localities of Bafoussam, Bamougoum, Baleng, Balacthi, Bamessingue, Babadjou, Bagang, Baham, Bamendjou, Bameka, Bahouan; Bayangam, Bandjoun and Batoufam.
Citing the Cameroon government’s will as duly transcribed through its ratification of several international conventions such as: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Declaration on the Right to Development, the CEO reminded the audiences and authorities present that as a legally registered entity both nationally and internationally and with a consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, MAHSRA had a duty to ensure that global growth objectives are transpired through experience-based interactive sessions between the targeted beneficiary victims and the responsibilities of their governing authorities.
Following the enumeration of gender violence acts such as rape, child abuse, defilement, incest, sexual abuse and exploitation, forced prostitution, sexual harassment, humiliation and confinement, female genital mutilation, underage and early marriages, the CEO pinpointed to the local leaders that with their leadership influence over their people, they have a duty to enlighten and ensure such people and women do not continue to suffer in ignorance meanwhile retarding the local development expectations of their communities. In so doing, he reminded them that they had a duty to uphold and enforce due legal accountability measures against the perpetrators of sexual violence acts against women and other illegal gender discriminatory practices.
On the part of the deputy British High Commissioner, she congratulated the efforts of MAHSRA and appreciated the local government and traditional authorities to have taken out time and engaged their voluntary consent to come together in unity to combat the sexual violence practices that are faced by the community women in their localities.



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Les chefs traditionnels de l’Ouest signent un accord de plaidoyer contre la violence sexuelle faite aux femmes


Par Ndemen JB
VIPs et les chefs
La cérémonie a eu lieu le vendredi 27 mars 2015, dans la salle des actes de la communauté urbaine de Bafoussam, entre  l’ONG MAHSRA (Modern Advocacy Humanitarian Social and Rehabilitation Association) et une dizaine de chefs traditionnels de la région de l’Ouest. Cet accord de plaidoyer permettra de réduire, voir stopper des violences faites aux femmes. La cérémonie était présidée par le secrétaire général des services du gouverneur de la région de l’Ouest, Simon Emile Mooh. Le SG attend une forte implication de l’autorité administrative et traditionnelle, dans l’éradication de toute forme de violence envers les femmes.
Pour sa majesté Soukoudjou Jean Philippe Rameau, chef supérieur du groupement Bamendjou dans le département des Hauts-plateau, il ne suffit pas de signer cette convention pour le plaisir de le faire. « Nous ne voudrons plus de la théorie, comme ça se passe très souvent au Cameroun. L’initiative de cette ONG est louable. Lutter contre les violences faites aux femmes, est une bonne chose, mais il faut que ça devienne une réalité. Je suis prêt à communiquer autour de la question, et sensibiliser ma communauté. Pourvu que tout ceci soit pratique. » Précise sa majesté.
Representant Haute Commissaire
L’on reconnait tout de même que de nos jours, les femmes sont encore exposées à toute forme de violence, à l’instar des mutilations génitales, les bastonnades dans les foyers, le viol, la prostitution forcée, l’humiliation ou encore le mariage précoce ou forcé. Pour le SG de la région de l’Ouest, il est question de sensibiliser l’opinion publique sur les dangers de ces pratiques rétrogrades, qui relègue les femmes en seconde zone. Simon Emile  Nooh rappel des dispositions pertinentes de la contribution camerounaise qui prône l’égalité de sexe, tant sur le droit de l’homme en général et le droit de la femme en particulier.
 L’ONG MAHSRA reconnue par la loi camerounaise et le bureau du conseil économique des nations unies est descendue à l’ouest  pour plaider la cause des femmes et solliciter le pouvoir traditionnel qui a une influence indéniable sur les populations. D’où la forte présence des chefs supérieurs venus des départements de la Mifi, des Bamboutos, du Koung-khi et des hauts-plateaux de l’Ouest. Le docteur Kelly Ngyah, PDG de l’ONG MAHSRA créée en 2006, reconnait que les chefs traditionnels ont beaucoup d’influences sur leurs populations. « A travers eux, le message va vite passer et ainsi la vie des femmes violentées va changer. Les chefs vont défendre les droits des femmes. Leur engagement voudrait tout simplement dire qu’au cas où des gens violent les droits des femmes, ils vont prendre des mesures légales, » a-t-il précisé.                     
les engagement du chefs
Reconnaissant la pertinence du sujet sur les violences faites aux femmes, ils ont donc signé ces accords des plaidoyers pour éradiquer, sinon réduire à leur plus simple expression toute sorte de violences faite aux femmes. Dans cette action de lutte contre ces violences faites aux femmes et de promotion des droits de l’homme, le haut commissariat de grande Bretagne au Cameroun compte jouer une partition très salutaire, ceci à travers des appuis multiformes. Ce qui a d’ailleurs justifié la présence de l’adjointe du Haut-commissaire de Grande-Bretagne au Cameroun à cette cérémonie. Une cérémonie couronnée par la remise des médailles et de trophée aux femmes ayant joué une rencontre de football dans le cadre de la sensibilisation des populations.



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Nigerian Elections Updates: INEC Officials Arrested Over Electoral Offense Allegations

Source: Sahara Reporters

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Zone 10 Police Command in Sokoto disclosed that 6 suspects were arrested by police on allegations related to electoral offenses in Zamfara.
Those arrested include officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and party agents.

According to Hassan, the suspects were arrested on Saturday during elections in the Maradun Local Government.
He commended the people in the state for the relatively peaceful elections and ensured that the police in the zone would promote credible elections in accordance with the Electoral Act.
He stated that “So far so good, we have not recorded any political violence” and that “We will continue to provide a peaceful environment through effective security measures that will enable eligible electorate to exercise their civic responsibility.”


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BREAKING: Latest Unconfirmed Election Results

Source: SaharaReporters

The latest unconfirmed poll results. More results will be shared once verified.
BORNO STATE: Unit, 050 Maiduguri Borno state Presidential:
President
APC 422,
PDP 7
 
Senatorial:
APC 389
PDP 37
 
Representatives:
APC 394
PDP 3
 
JIGAWA STATE: Kudai Gabas Dutse PU
PDP 21
APC 576
 
JIGAWA STATE: Kasarau 3pu in Dutse Jigawa presidential
PDP 16
APC 536
 
JIGAWA STATE: Takur addu'a in Dutse Jigawa
Presidential
APC: 287
PDP: 34
 
KOGI STATE: Nigeria 2015 Polls Result Updates: In Kogi, At Jakura Unit in Lokoja Ward A
Reps:
APC- 172
PDP-120
LP- 15
 
KOGI STATE: Nigeria 2015 Polls Result Updates: In Kogi, At Jakura Unit in Oworo. Kogi West –
Senate
APC- 113.
PDP-23.
AP- 12
 
KOGI STATE: Nigeria 2015 Polls Result Updates: From Polling Unit 002 Koto-karfe Town, Ukwo Ward,
Presidential
APC: 313
PDP: 8
 
KOGI STATE: Presidential election: Okene LG, Kogi state, Idoji ward, Unit 4.
APC - 128
PDP – 4
 
KOGI STATE: Holy trinity unit lokoja. Kogi west.Senate result
Ap. 9
Pdp.4
Apc.53
 
KOGI STATE: Nigeria 2015 Polls Result Updates: In Kogi, From Koto Karfe - Polling unit 001 - Presidential –
APC: 242
PDP: 86
 
KOGI STATE: Nigeria 2015 Polls Result Updates: In Kogi,At GRA Polling Unit in Idah –
Senator Ahmadu Ali, DG of PDP Campaign Council's PU-
 
Presidential
APC- 173
PDP- 128
 
KOGI STATE: Zango polling unit
 
APC 371
PDP 31
 
Senators:
APC: 294
PDP. 96
 
Reps:
APC 296
PDP: 82
 
KOGI STATE: TURAKI: Kundila presidential PU 019
APC 289
PDP 3
 
KOGI STATE: PU 021
APC 150
PDP 3
 
KOGI STATE: PU 022
APC 472
PDP 19
 
KOGI STATE: PU 023
APC 239
PDP 4
 
KOGI STATE: PU 024
APC 326
PDP 12
 
KOGI STATE: PU 025
APC 239
PDP 4
 
KOGI STATE: PU 026
APC 362
PDP 12
 
KANO STATE: Bayero university Kano
Reps-:
APC = 113
PDP =23
 
SEN:-
APC =108
PDP = 23
 
PRESIDENT
APC =139
PDP =7
 
KANO STATE: PU 003 Kawo ward
 
President
APC 346
PDP 4
 
Senator
APC 346
PDP 5
 
Reps.
APC 331
PDP 61,
 
KANO STATE: UNIT 22 shekarau(MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND PDP LEADER AT KANO UNIT)
Reps...
APC 122
PDP 21
 
Senate
APC 130
PDP 21
 
President
APC 137
PDP 10
 
KANO STATE: PU NUM 065
 
PRESIDENT,
APC=303,
PDP=16
INVALID=2
 
SENATE,
APC=268
PDP=47
INVALID=6
 
HOUSE OF REP,
APC=270
PDP=38,
INVALID=13
 
 
KANO STATE: RASE COURSE.KANO BOX NUM 065, TOTAL VOTE 321,
PRESIDENT,
APC=303
PDP=16
INVALID=2
 
SENATE,
APC=268
PDP=47
INVALID=6
 
HOUSE OF REP,
APC=270,
PDP=38,
INVALID=13
 
LAGOS STATE: Result in OSHODI/ISOLO LGA in LAGOS P.U 032 - presidency –
PDP 102
APC - 93,
 
Senate –
PDP - 97
APC – 99
 
House of rep
PDP - 102
APC 95.
 
LAGOS STATE: P.U 005 Presidency –
PDP -67
APC- 76
 
House of Rep –
PDP -64
APC -71.
 
LAGOS STATE: P.U 006. Presidency –
APC – 58
PDP – 69
 
Senate - PDP -66
APC-78
 
House of Rep-
PDP-63
APC-53
 
LAGOS STATE: P.U 003.
Presidency
PDP 67
APC-92
 
Senate
PDP-69
APC-93
 
House of Rep-
PDP- 63
APC-96
APGA-1
Void- 5.
 
 LAGOS STATE:P.U 004. president
PDP-60
APC-32
 
Senate
PDP- 69
APC-32
 
House of Rep
PDP-66.
APC-33.

ENUGU STATE: Onitcha PU1
President
PDP 213
APC12


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Latest Updates: Trends Put Buhari on Lead in Nigerian Presidential/ National Assembly Election-See Unconfirmed Stats

Nigerian Presidential and National Assembly Elections update: Here below are some of the unconfirmed statistics
Muhammadu Buhari / Yemi Osinbajo(68%, 46,332 Votes)
Goodluck Jonathan / Namadi Sambo (32%, 20,902
Votes)
Oluremi Sonaiya / Saidu Bobboi (0%, 253 Votes)
Allagoa Chinedu / Arabamhen Mary (0%, 222 Votes)
Chekwas Okorie / Bello Umar (0%, 152 Votes)
Martin Onovo / Ibrahim Mohammed (0%, 103 Votes)
Sam Eke / Hassana Hassan (0%, 83 Votes)
Ambrose Albert / Haruna Shaba (0%, 77 Votes)
Godson Okoye / Haruna Adamu (0%, 72 Votes)
Tunde Anifowoshe-Kelani / Paul Ishaka Ofomile (0%, 72
Votes)
Ayeni Adebayo / Anthony Ologbosere (0%, 71 Votes)
Ganiyu Galadima / Ojengbede Farida (0%, 69 Votes)
Rafiu Salau / Clinton Cliff Akuchie (0%, 63 Votes)
Mani Ibrahim Ahmad / Obianuju Murphy-Uzohue (0%, 62
Votes)


Total Voters: 68,533


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Elvis Paul Tangem Receives Belated Award as Climate Change Campaigner

By B Buhdih 
HRH Fon Gwan Mbanyasiq handing award to Elvis Paul

One of Cameroon's environmentalist currently working with the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel (African Union) who was voted last year as Best Climate Change Campaigner has received the belated award.  Elvis Paul Tangem, it should be noted was voted last year by readers The Eye Newspaper as the Best Climate Change Campaigner the year. Yet he was not present at the fun-filled award ceremony in Nkambe last August 9, 2014 due to his busy schedule. The belated award was recently handed to him a forth night ago. Before handing the award to Elvis, the President of Cameroon Traditional Rulers Against Climate Change recommended his efforts in fostering the wellbeing of Mother Earth. According to HRH Fon Gwan Mbanyamsiq, the award is the fruit of hard work, determination, development orientation and dynamism.
On his part the chairman of The Eye jury Award, Gwain Colbert Fulai outlined that Elvis Paul joined the African Union, he had proven himself as an exemplary organized person and refined environmentalist. As one of the prominent environmentalists his abilities impacted lives in the North West Region when he was working with the FAO and later Burkina Faso where he worked with Tree Seed.  
Gwain Colbert handing Award to HRH Fon Mbanyamsiq
Today’s glories, they say are the products of yesterday’s planning. Thus tomorrow’s better days are also the product of today’s planning. But do people ever plan for tomorrow? Most people do not, relaying on the adage that let tomorrow take care of itself. This is however a defeatist nature by those who are weak. That is why those who adopt this do not excel in life. But those who do are always able to draw a line from one cause to effect. This is certainly so with environmentalists because sustainable development has become a singsong on every lip and modern technology has placed humanity on a fast line. But on this fast line, many do falter while rare species like Elvis Paul Tangem do excel.
That is why young men with extraordinary abilities like Elvis Paul Tangem could hide from the public eye. To HRH Fon Mbanyamsiq, the award is to encourage him in his cause for humanity. 
Moved by the recognition, Elvis Paul said that he is touched that his little efforts have caught public attention. He added that the award will serve as a stimulant for him to continue to with his work in fostering sustainable actions. 


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Presidential Elections: Buhari Leads In Preliminary Vote Count


Courtesy of SaharaReporter
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, received more votes than President Goodluck Jonathan in polling units within Aso Rock Villa, an area that contains the official residence of the Nigerian president.
Buhari
he presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, received more votes than President Goodluck Jonathan in polling units within Aso Rock Villa, an area that contains the official residence of the Nigerian president.
Results from polling units 021 and 022, located in Aso Rock, revealed that Mr. Buhari’s APC polled 265 and 348 respectively in the presidential election. Mr. Jonathan, who ran for reelection on the ticket of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), received 293 and 302 respectively in the two polling units.
In the senatorial election, the APC scored 260 votes in polling unit 021 and 337 in unit 022 337 to beat the incumbent president’s party which received 286 and 281 in the respective polling units. The results for the House of Representatives showed that the APC also defeated the PDP in Aso Rock, garnering 255 and 334 in the two respective polling units, with the PDP receiving 254 and 241.
Mr. Buhari’s defeat of President Jonathan in Aso Rock is seen as significant, since most of the voters in the two polling units are either staff of the Presidency or their families who reside near the president.
More results of yesterday’s elections will be officially released today, but preliminary figures indicate that Mr. Buhari has what one source at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) described as “a comfortable lead.”
Voting will be concluded today in some polling units in a few states where disruptions or the late arrival of electoral materials led to postponement of elections yesterday. #‎Nigeriadecides #‎Nigeria2015
Buhari Leads In Preliminary Vote Count, Defeats Jonathan At Aso Rock Polling Units
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, received more votes than President Goodluck Jonathan in polling units within Aso Rock Villa, an area that contains the official residence of the Nigerian president.
Results from polling units 021 and 022, located in Aso Rock, revealed that Mr. Buhari’s APC polled 265 and 348 respectively in the presidential election. Mr. Jonathan, who ran for reelection on the ticket of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), received 293 and 302 respectively in the two polling units.
In the senatorial election, the APC scored 260 votes in polling unit 021 and 337 in unit 022 337 to beat the incumbent president’s party which received 286 and 281 in the respective polling units. The results for the House of Representatives showed that the APC also defeated the PDP in Aso Rock, garnering 255 and 334 in the two respective polling units, with the PDP receiving 254 and 241.
Mr. Buhari’s defeat of President Jonathan in Aso Rock is seen as significant, since most of the voters in the two polling units are either staff of the Presidency or their families who reside near the president.
More results of yesterday’s elections will be officially released today, but preliminary figures indicate that Mr. Buhari has what one source at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) described as “a comfortable lead.”
Voting will be concluded today in some polling units in a few states where disruptions or the late arrival of electoral materials led to postponement of elections yesterday



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National Assembly: Hon. Awudu’s Private Member Bill on Wetland, Watershed, Protection Impresses Chairman’s Conference

Hon. Awudu Mbaya: Climate Change Campaigner 

Hon. Awudu Mbaya Cyprian, Questor at the National Assembly cum Executive President of Pan African Parliamentarians Network on Climate Change-PAPNCC is expected to defend a private member bill in Cameroon parliament on why wetlands, catchment areas and watersheds should be given the same protection like humans. The bill submitted by Hon. Awudu Mbaya got a passed mark in the Chairman’s Conference of the National Assembly to go into record as the first ever private member bill to have reached that level. In his capacity as Executive President of PAPNCC, Hon Awudu says if water as they say is life, there is a great need for water sources to be protected from harmful human activities. “We are facing serious water crisis in the country due to the fact that there is no law prohibiting human activities in and around water sources. Harping on the importance of water in mitigating the phenomenon of Climate Change, Hon. Awudu said that the situation could even be more precarious if all these areas are not protected.
Harping on this year’s International Water Day’s theme Hon. Awudu emphasized that the theme “Water and Sustainable Development”, is intended to highlight its role in the sustainable development agenda. He also added that although around 71 percent of the earth surface is covered with it, fresh water constitutes only 2.53 percent of the total amount. Surprisingly, most of it exists in the North and South Poles as ice. The real available freshwater resources in the world comprise only 0.2 percent. As a result, he continued, freshwater is becoming more and more valuable following the increase of population. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions. The importance of water in human existence cannot be overestimated, he concluded.
Why MPs Should Endorse It
Water is life; it has no colour and knows no political party. It is a universal commodity that everyone relies on for survival. Coming barely few weeks after the International World Water Day was commemorated on March 22, 2015, expectations are high at that Cameroonian MPs will throw their weight behind the Bill. Worthy to note that the day has been observed since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed it as a day for sensitisation of the public on the critical issues of water and how it affects humanity. It is a necessity for health, sanitation, industries, agriculture and maintaining a balanced ecosystem. Yet, it is being depleted at a rate never ever seen since the beginning of civilisation. Everywhere, groundwater table is declining at alarming rate due to over extraction. This has put people to arsenic threat. In Cameroon, about three million people lack access to improved water sources.
It has resulted to the outbreak of periodic water borne diseases such as cholera and diarrhea due to inadequate water and neglect of water sources. Even studies on worst-case scenarios have warned that wars between communities will be fought over fresh water supplies. Therefore there is the need for policies to promote water conservation and support the protection of Wetlands, catchment areas and watersheds. Alarmingly, the problem of water shortage is getting worse due to asymmetrical rainfall accredited to climate change and a global water demand that is projected to soar by 55 percent within 15 years. It is time Cameroon MPs reflect this urgency as time is running out. Definitely, there is need to do whatever is necessary to secure the future and avert a disastrous one. 


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Breaking News: (Naija Presidential Election)Chaos Erupts During Voting Exercise Across Rivers State Reports Say


Courtesy of SaharaReporters
Chaos has erupted in Rivers State today, as the electoral exercise in the region has been threatened by violence. Citizen reporters on the ground have alerted SaharaReporters to acts of violence and mischief at polling units across the southern state.
As voters waited in the heat, reports suggest, tensions heightened. A number of fights are said to have broken out this morning, and at least one person is reported to have been shot.
Representatives at the election monitor CLEEN Foundation have said that gunmen arrived at Mile 4, Rumueme, Obiakpor local government area, Rivers State, and clashed with army personnel. "Some of the gunmen ran away with bullet wounds, same with the army personnel, but unconfirmed information has it that one of the army personnel is dead," the representative told SaharaReporters. "The time of the incident is between 8 and 9 a.m. today."
A second major problem in the state can be attributed to issues with accreditation on the part of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Card readers are said to have failed in many locations, prompting officials to implement manual accreditation. In some regions, INEC officials are reported to have not shown up all together.
Political mischief has also made an ugly appearance across the state. Ballot boxes across the country have reportedly been snatched, and materials missing or stolen. A citizen reporter told SaharaReporters "No INEC official or material is in Akuku Toru LGA, Wards 15, 16 & 17, and its environs. Materials have been snatched."
"Be on the alert that it has been observed that result sheets of some units are missing," the source added.
Echoing this report, others reported that a man was caught with fraudulent result sheets in the region.
These issues have generated massive attention, as elsewhere in the country, today's election has been relatively peaceful thus far. The confluence of these challenges in the state has prompted some local government areas to call off elections.
At the time of this report, elections appear to have been called off in the Opobo/Nkoro LGA of Rivers State. Kofi Bartels, host of the program 'Hard Facts' on Nigeria Info Port Harcourt, tweeted today that the contest in the location has been called off as the wrong materials were provided by INEC. "Elections in Opobo, Rivers State called-off," he wrote. "Wrong result sheets sent to the area 


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Nigeria Presidential Election: Website of Independent National Election Commission Hacked


Courtesy of Sahara Reporters
The official website of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) was hacked today, by a group identifying itself as the Nigerian Cyber Army.
“Sorry xD Your Site has been STAMPED by TeM Nigerian Cyber Army FEEL SOME SHAME ADMIN!! Security is just an illusion” a statement read on the hacked INEC site.
Below the statement was a political cartoon of INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega dressed in a footballer referee outfit, apparently describing the rules to APC candidate Mumhammadu Buahari and President Goodluck Jonathan, who were dressed in football jerseys. The Jega cartoon said “absolutely no post-match hooliganism.”
The Nigerian Cyber Army warned that they also had access to other high ranking government servers in Nigeria


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Card Reader Hitches Mar Accreditation Of President Jonathan, First Lady


Source: Sahara Reporters
Malfunction of some of the card readers led to the initial rejection of the voter cards of the President Jonathan and his wife.
First Lady: Patience Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience Jonathan, spent more than thirty minutes at their polling station in Otuoke, Bayelsa State as several card readers malfunctioned and could not accredit them this morning.
Our correspondent reported that the accreditation of the president and his wife was marred by malfunction of some of the card readers, leading to the initial rejection of the voter’s cards of the President Jonathan and his wife.
As the ad-hoc staff hired by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and deployed to the president's Otuabula ward 13 struggled with the equipment to accredit Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan, the card reader cleared the president’s mother, Mrs. Eunice Jonathan, and his aide de camp.
Another correspondent also reported that the card reader cleared Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State in his hometown of Toru-Orua in Sagbama local government area at 9.30 a.m. (Nigerian time).
President Jonathan waited patiently at the polling unit for 40 minutes after arriving for accreditation at 9.15 a.m. He then left the venue and headed back to his Yenagoa residence.
Speaking with reporters, he described the malfunction of the card reader as a “technical itch” and called on eligible voters to remain calm. “There may be itches no doubt, but you should know that this is the first time we are using the card readers and permanent voters card,” Mr. Jonathan said.
President Jonathan also disclosed that he had had a telephone conversation with the chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, on the noticeable itches across the country. He said even if there was a problem with his own card, as long as the process was going on well across the country, “it is okay. Definitely, they will sort out my own. I can't be a ghost voter. Everybody knows me.”
He said he was not worried over his inability to do accreditation, describing the delay as normal. “My interest is the conduct of credible and fair elections. We are totally committed and I believe no matter the itches, the election will be smooth,” he said.
The president also stated that he had received reports that voting in some units in some states, including Jigawa and Delta, had been postponed by INEC due to non-availability of polling material.
“It will affect the conduct of the House of Representatives elections. In my own polling units, some voters’ cards [were] going through the card reader but my voter card and that of my wife [had] some problems. If I can endure patiently, sweating, I urge Nigerians to be patient with the process. No matter the pains you take, as a nation, we can conduct free and fair elections that will be accepted worldwide,” Mr. Jonathan said.
He called on Nigerians to realize that the world was interested in the outcome of the elections, adding that world leaders, including United States President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK, and several African leaders, including those of South Africa, Botswana, and Sierra Leone have called on Nigerians to do good elections. “That is what we should think [about] with the temporary things and pains we may go through. The whole world is interested in the conduct of the elections. It is a sacrifice worth taking.”

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Fight Against Boko Haram: Fru Ndi Visits Wounded Soldiers, Donates to Soldiers in the Battle Field

By Ron Maxime Nfor
White dotted bull donated to soldiers by SDF Chieftain

Ni John Fru Ndi was flanked by Hon. Joseph Mbah Ndam, Hon. Joseph Banadzem, Hon. Awudu Mbaya, Senator Paul Tchatchouang, Sen. Tsomelou, Hon. Osih Joshua just to name the few. Approximately, over 50 SDF officials accompanied Ni John Fru Ndi to the military hospital in Yaounde where he donated foodstuff and boost the morale of soldiers. Fru Ndi’s delegation was received at the Military Hospital by Koumpa Isa, Secretary of State for Defence incharge of Retired Soldiers. The minister was flanked by Col. Albert Bonzo, chief medical officer in the hospital. In a brief statement, Ni John Fru Ndi said that the reason of his visit was to comfort wounded soldiers and also to encourage them for fighting to defend the integrity of Cameroon. According to SDF Chietain, it was imperative for him to encourage these soldiers who are fighting a just cause. He also added that the soldiers should count on his support and other political leaders of his standing. He said the lone message to the soldiers is a message of concern and concern. Fru Ndi continued that even though politicians may have their differences but when there is war, it cuts across the nation and concerns everyone, adding that “war has no political party and no political name”. War he said is bad and that is why nobody in the world would name his child “war”.
He also emphasized that the small gift from the SDF is a mark of blessing, concern and love to the military fight at the front. His largess included two cows (one of which was the bulls that he (SDF Chairman took to the Ebolowa National Agro-Pastoral show), bags of rice, bags of salt and gallons of groundnut oil. It should be recalled that this white dotted bull was one of the major attractions to President Biya and wife at the Ebolowa show. The fact that SDF Chairman decided to donate this bull to the soldiers has been interpreted by many as a symbiotic gesture.  The gesture by SDF national chairman was applauded by the public as a mark of honour and patriotism. 


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Donga Mantung Division: Suspected Dealers in Human Parts Arrested

The suspected dealers, Sule, Usmanu Tanko and Nyamsay Isa were arrested on March 18, 2015 at Sabongari (Nwa Sub Division) in possession of human parts (skull, bones) and transferred to the Nkambe prison. The story goes that Usmanu Sule (claiming relationship) with Aladji Musa contacted him and proposed that he should buy the human parts. Shocked by the type of business proposal, he immediately alerted his immediate surrounding and the police. When Sule and Usmanu Tanko arrived at Aladji’s home to take him to the alleged suppliers, ( Nyamsay Isa and Fortipme Salifou) they were picked up. Acting on the instruction of police, the two middlemen called the suppliers and arranged that they should meet at “Terre Rouge” given that Aladji doesn’t cross the river. Nyamsay Isa was already at the meeting point while Fortipme Salifou (both of the West Region) was still to cross the river when the police appeared. Fortipme (supposed owner) escaped while Nyamsay was arrested.
When quizzed how they got themselves involved in the business, Sule said that sometimes ago he travelled to Mante (West Region) for the burial of his in-law and when he got there, his friend Nyamsay Isa proposed to him that he had human parts and whether he could look for someone to buy them. He said when he came back to Sabongari, while in a discussion with his friends; he told them that Magba is a bad place because the other day one of his friends asked him to look for a buyer of human parts. Sule claimed that the day he met Nyamsay Isa, his father asked him what they were discussing for that long and he told him his friend was proposing that he had human parts for sell. According to Sule, he made his friend at Mante some 17km away from Magba(West Region) after they haven’t met for a very long time.
The suspected dealers: Sule, Nyamsay, Usmanu
While at Sabongari, Sule said he told his friend that Nyamsay had proposed to him that he has human parts for sell but he was not interested. On hearing this, Usmanu Tanko took interest in the business and latter told him that he will propose it to his friend Aladji.
On the other hand, Nyamsay Isa said he too was also introduced to the business by the supposed owner who escaped. According to Nyamsay Isa, his friend Fortipme Salifou was the person who dug the skeleton. And that he was introduced into the business by Fortipme Salifou (owner). Salifou he added only asked him whether he could look for someone to buy the human parts given that he is closer to Sabongari where such businesses take place especially as they are closer to Gembu in Nigeria. Allegedly, the owner of the business, Fortipme Salifou from Magba is said to have absconded from police dragnet given that at the moment he was across the river.
However, public opinion holds that the truth has not yet been revealed. This is so because even though they all claim they were middlemen in the business, a school of thought holds that the police should investigate the matter with seriousness. And the escapist Nyamsay Isa should be fished out to get his own side of the story. (To be continued)…..



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