Thisday Newspaper Today, Wednesday 21st November 2018

Thisday Newspaper Today, Wednesday 21st November 2018

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2019: Misuse of Card Reader Will Be Risky, Jonathan Warns
Wed, 21 Nov 2018

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Reflecting on the manipulation of card reader during the 2015 general election, President Goodluck Jonathan has warned that any attempt to repeat the misuse of the electoral tool in the forthcoming 2019 presidential poll would be risky.

The former president stated this in his book, ‘My Transition Hours,’ which he presented to the public at an impressive ceremony in Abuja yesterday.

Jonathan, who also explained why he lost and accepted defeat in the 2015 presidential poll, said the selective use of the innovative machine as it occurred in the previous election might not be acceptable, urging uniformity and wholesome review of electoral process to guarantee the independence of election management body as well as the integrity of the procedures.

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The former president criticised ‘’how the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials in the Southern Nigeria insisted on the use of card readers, while in the Northern part of the country, the decision to use card readers had been de-emphasised,’’ and warned that it would be ‘’too risky’’ if what happened in 2015 is repeated in 2019.

Yesterday’s event was graced by worthy national and African leaders, who extolled the virtues of the former Nigerian leader, telling him that because of his singular act of conceding defeat in the 2015 contest, history would kindly record him as a patriotic African leader.

Among those who came and showered praises on him, were former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; former Heads of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); former vice presidents, Mr. Namadi Sambo and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who is also the PDP presidential candidate for next year’s election.

President Muhammadu Buhari sent the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, to represent him.

West African sub-region leaders that came to honour Jonathan were former presidents, Mr. John Mahama (Ghana), Mr. Ernest Koroma (Sierra Leone) and Mr. Boni Yayi (Benin).

Also in attendance were President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Speaker Yakubu Dogara; and Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

In the book, a copy of which was obtained by THISDAY, Jonathan argued that the time had come for African nations to begin working towards having truly independent electoral commissions committed to delivering clean election that would increase the confidence of the people in the integrity of the ballot box.

Talking about the importance of an independent electoral body on page 142 of the book, the former president said that though Nigeria had made significant progress as a result of his administration’s electoral reform, Nigeria must continue to build on what it has and ensure that it plugs observed gaps in the system.

‘’For instance, the implementation of card readers must be properly re-examined to ensure that they are used in all places to obtain a level playing ground for all contestants,’’ Jonathan recommended in his book.

He said, “The kind of confusion created in 2015 should not be repeated in 2019 and subsequent elections. It will be too risky if what happened in 2015 is repeated in 2019. Not everyone will have my restraint. Not everyone would play it the Goodluck Jonathan way.

‘’Really, no one had ever played it that way before now; the way of peace. It is my sincere hope that the trees we planted will be watered to bear the fruits of electoral freedom for our people.’’

Jonathan added that he was glad that a large number of people appreciated the depth of his action, promising to continue to contribute his quota to securing a stable government for the people by encouraging a healthy polity and a healthy economy, which he said promotes stable political system.

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PDP Celebrates Jonathan at 61, Mocks Buhari over ‘Next Level’ Plagiarism
Wed, 21 Nov 2018
Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has felicitated with former President Goodluck Jonathan as he clocks 61 years, while also describing him as icon of democracy. The main opposition party has also mocked President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly stealing the Rex Institute’s ‘Next Level’ logo and mantra as his 2019 campaign mantra []The post PDP Celebrates Jonathan at 61, Mocks Buhari over ‘Next Level’ Plagiarism appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Decentralisation of Power, Autonomy Real Issues in Restructuring, Says Agbakoba
Wed, 21 Nov 2018
Akinwale Akintunde Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and foremost pro-democracy activist, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN, has said the real issue in restructuring is autonomy and decentralisation of power. Agbakoba, who is also the National Chairman of the leading third force political parties now known as Alliance for Peoples Trust (APT), said this []The post Decentralisation of Power, Autonomy Real Issues in Restructuring, Says Agbakoba appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ezekwesili Kicks against Security Chiefs’ Presence at APC Rally
Wed, 21 Nov 2018
Segun James Hope 2019, the Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili for President organisation, has condemned the presence of top military and security officers at the unveiling of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s promotional event for 2019 presidential election. The campaign organisation said yesterday that the presence of security chiefs at the event was similar to cases in []The post Ezekwesili Kicks against Security Chiefs’ Presence at APC Rally appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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German Consulate Organises Solar Skills Training
Wed, 21 Nov 2018
The Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany has organised a four-week intensive training on Solar Photovoltaic Installation Supervision for engineering students, which had 25 instructors from eight partnering universities participating in the training. According to a statement made available to THISDAY by the Consulate, the training which was organised in Lagos was aimed []The post German Consulate Organises Solar Skills Training appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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No Soldier Guards Politicians, Says Nigerian Army
Wed, 21 Nov 2018
Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt The Nigerian Army has declared that its soldiers do not guard civilians, especially politicians, and electoral materials during, before and after elections in the country. The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Jamil Sarham, made the statement yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while speaking []The post No Soldier Guards Politicians, Says Nigerian Army appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FG Committed to Decongest Roads, Says Amaechi
Wed, 21 Nov 2018
Sunday Okobi and Oluchi Chibuzor In its efforts to decongest roads in Lagos State as well as the Apapa port, the federal government has promised to build a standard gauge line into the port. It stated the railway line would also enhance the ease of doing business within the area and reduce the current vehicular []The post FG Committed to Decongest Roads, Says Amaechi appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Emergence of ‘New Speaker’ Illegal, Says A’Ibom Assembly
Wed, 21 Nov 2018
Okon Bassey in Uyo Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has declared the purported emergence of Mr. Nse Ntuen, as a new Speaker of the Assembly as illegal and urged the people of the state to ignore him. Following the declaration of the seat of five members of the Assembly vacant on Monday, a cross []The post Emergence of ‘New Speaker’ Illegal, Says A’Ibom Assembly appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ndume Opposes Govs, Recommends N40,000 Minimum Wage
Wed, 21 Nov 2018
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The senator representing Borno South senatorial district, Ali Ndume, has said the new minimum wage should be N40,000, instead of the proposed N30,000. The senator said this yesterday when he featured on News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja. Ndume dismissed claims by governors that states cannot pay the proposed []The post Ndume Opposes Govs, Recommends N40,000 Minimum Wage appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Police Working Towards Credible 2019 Elections, Says IG
Wed, 21 Nov 2018
Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri The Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, has assured Nigerians that the police are currently working towards credible elections in 2019. Speaking at the Summit on Election Security Management for the North-east in Maiduguri, Idris who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Federal Operations, Rasheed []The post Police Working Towards Credible 2019 Elections, Says IG appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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