Thursday, 28 February 2019

News Release: Igbo National Predicament And The 2019 General Elections In Nigeria


Ndi Igbo are a nation in quest of self-determination and freedom in the artificial Nigerian Federation in which they have been held in bondage since the Amalgamation of 1914.

This struggle is not predicated on the outcome of the 2019 General Elections. From our experience in the Nigerian Federation. it was obvious that the outcome of the elections will underscore the reasons for our struggle and our rejection of the artificial Federation. The 2019 General Election in Nigeria has so far clearly demonstrated a high level of Igbo national unity and solidarity.

We spoke through the ballot that we are one, one people one nation - from Abakaliki and Afigbo in Ebonyi State to Nsukka, Udi in Enugu State; from Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha in Anambra State to the entire Anioma Igbos in Delta State, from Anioma to Owerri, Oguta and Egbema in Imo State; from Elele, Ikwere and Port Harcourt in Rivers State; from Port Harcourt  to Aba, Umuahia in Abia State, etc, etc. It does not matter that our votes were deliberately reduced to less than half of its strength. We have demonstrated and affirmed the reality and autonomy of our region.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Special Report: Unofficial 2019 Nigerian Presidential Election Result In Circulation


News Release: Beyond The Rejection Of Results By PDP


Int'l Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is calling on the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to go beyond the rejection of the results of the recently held Presidential Election in Nigeria as being announced by the integrity challenged Independent National Electoral Commission. Specifically, the Party must legally and patiently wait for the conclusion of the announcement of the INEC’s version of the Presidential Election results; after which the Party must put in public domain its own country-wide collated results from the country’s 176,000 polling centers; which must be done with State-by-State breakdown.

Monday, 25 February 2019

News Release: Our Democracy Under Threat

Uche Second us; PDP National Chairman

Potocols:

1.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is forced to take a stand and make the following pronouncements at this crucial point because our democracy is under threat of derailment.

2.Firstly, I want to categorically state that our collation centers have all original results from every polling unit, in every ward, in every Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria, of which the international community is well aware, implying all results currently being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is incorrect thus unacceptable to our party and people.

3.Secondly, officials of both President Buhari’s government and the All Progressive Congress (APC), working with INEC officers, have tried to alter the course of history and disenfranchise our people through the cancellation and manipulation of figures for results already announced at polling units, nationwide, in Local Government Areas (LGAs) where our party, the PDP, had commanding votes; this must now be resisted by every well meaning Nigerian.

4.Thirdly, the ruling party’s strategy has indeed been murderous, undignified, and disrespectful of the wishes of the electorate, our people and the international community who have been in solidarity with our nation as we attempt to strengthen our democracy and its institutions.

5.Fourthly, in full view of the watching world, and despite efforts by our great party and its agents to adhere to every laid down provision for the 2019 general elections, the APC in collusion with INEC have taken aggressive steps, mostly through inducements, manipulation and incarcerations, using the elements of state power including the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army in particular, alongside other organizations including the Department of State Security (DSS) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to silence the voices of our long suffering people; this is disheartening, considering the terms of the Peace Accord, which called for impartiality and non-partisanship by members of our security organization with constitutional roles to play during this civic exercise.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Special Report: Nigerian Bar Association Interim Report On 2019 Presidential And National Assembly Elections


Preamble:
The Presidential and National Assembly Elections were conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC”) on Saturday, 23rdFebruary, 2019 in all the thirty-six States of the Federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Elections were initially slated for February 16, 2019 but were postponed at the instance of INEC by one week. The Gubernatorial and Houses of Assembly elections are now scheduled to hold on Saturday, 9th March, 2019.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Speech: "Tomorrow, We Affirm That Nigeria Stands As A Democracy"-----President Buhari

President Buhari

Dear Nigerians,

Finally, we have reached the eve of the rescheduled first round of this year’s general elections.

2.  Tomorrow, the polls open. Tomorrow, we affirm that Nigeria stands as a democracy and that no worldly hand can deter us from this wise and fitting path we have chosen for ourselves.

3. While democracy is the most beneficial way to select a nation’s leaders, it is far from the easiest thing to achieve and maintain.

4. It requires a combination of patience, tolerance, compassion, diligence, wisdom and hope. These traits exist in us the Nigerian people. Because of who we are, democracy has the chance to flourish in this land.

5. Thus, I commend all of you for your patience and peaceful conduct so far during this electoral season and especially during this intervening week following the postponement of the February 16 elections.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

News Release: Nigerian Bar Association On Elections Postponement


The Nigerian Bar Association is confounded by and disappointed with the postponement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC”), in the wee hours of this morning, of the elections that were scheduled to hold today, 16 February 2019 and on 02 March 2019. We are confounded by the postponement, considering the serial assurances that INEC had, prior to this morning, given of its preparedness for the conduct of the elections; INEC had also expressly assured that postponement of the elections was not howsoever in contemplation. Our disappointment is compounded by the fact that none of the reasons that INEC has proffered justifies the postponement; all the reasons, with some diligence, could have been remediated.

Photonews: Nigeria's Election Umpire Briefs Observers


Friday, 15 February 2019

Special Report: Election Umpire Reschedules Nigeria's General Elections


Special Report: President Buhari's Medical Records?


U-Report: Group Submits Petition Against Nigeria's President, Others To International Criminal Court


Reported By A Citizen Reporter
EKWENCHE Research Institute in Chicago, Illinois, USA, through the Law Firm of  Fein & DelValle PLLC, Washington, D.C., USA, have successfully dragged and submitted the names of President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerian Army Chief of Staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai, a Lt Gen and other accomplices including Govs William Obiano and Okezie Ikpeazu of Anambra and Abia States; former Nigerian Inspectors Gen of Police, Solomon Arase and Ibrahim Idris and former Director Gen of SSS, Lawan Musa Daura, etc to the Chief Prosecutor of ICC, Madam Fatou Bensouda.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Speech: "Let Me At This Point, Reaffirm The Commitment Of The Federal Government To The Conduct Of Free And Fair Elections"---President Buhari

President Buhari

Fellow Citizens,

On Saturday, February 16, 2019, you will, once again, be called upon to choose the leaders who will pilot the affairs of our great nation for the next four years. This is a constitutional right which should be freely exercised by all eligible voters.

2. I wish therefore to start by assuring all Nigerians that this Government will do its very best to ensure that the 2019 elections take place in a secure and peaceful atmosphere.

3. It was indeed such free, fair and peaceful elections that made it possible for our Government to emerge, despite the fact that we were contesting against a long-standing incumbent party.

4. And as your president and a fellow Nigerian, I ask that you come out and queue to fulfill this important obligation you have to yourselves and your fellow citizens – and to our common future.

5. Let me at this point, reaffirm the commitment of the Federal Government to the conduct of free and fair elections in a safe and peaceful atmosphere. Just yesterday, I signed the Peace Accord alongside 72 other presidential candidates.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Special Report: FRN V Onnoghen At Code Of Conduct Tribunal


Justice Onnoghen

Ahead of the adjourned proceedings in the above-named matter before the Code of Conduct Tribunal ("CCT”), scheduled for tomorrow, 13 February 2019, the Nigerian Bar Association again urges the Executive arm of the Federal Government of Nigeria (“FGN”) to discontinue this Charge against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honorable Mr. Justice Walter S N Onnoghen, GCON (“CJN”) for the following reasons, amongst others:

Monday, 11 February 2019

News Release: MOSOP Stands With Ogoni Families As they Sue Shell In The Hague


The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) stands in solidarity with the Ogonis and some families of the Ogoni nine that have dragged Shell to court in The Hague over atrocities committed against our people in the 1990s.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Friday, 1 February 2019

News Release: Nigerian Bar Association Lauds "Overwhelming Success" Of Its Court Boycott


On behalf of the NBA National Executive Committee (“NEC”), Iwrite to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all our members for the overwhelming support that the NBA NEC received from you in regard to the boycott of Courts that was mandated by NEC at its Emergency Meeting held on 28 January 2019.