JONATHAN IS NIGERIA PRESIDENT


President Goodluck Jonathan looks set to emerge victorious in the presidential election held last Saturday. Jonathan, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has garnered more votes than his rivals, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) who placed second and Mallam Nuhu Ribadu of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) candidate who ranked third and fourth respectively as at press time.

The National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who is the returning officer for the presidential election, is expected to announce Jonathan as winner of the election today.

Results from 29 states have officially been confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Abuja as at press time, while the state collating officers had announced the results at the National Democratic Institute in Abuja, serving as the national collating centre.

Only the results from Adamawa, Borno, Taraba, Yobe, Gombe, Jigawa and Kebbi states. An analysis of the results released so far indicates that President Jonathan has won in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The CPC candidate, General Buhari who is trailing President Jonathan has won in seven states, while Mallam Ribadu who is third has won in only one state. Mallam Shekarau of the ANPP currently in the fourth position has yet to win any state.

Elections Results 2011


WINNERS OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SEATS

Hon. Ofor Chukwuegbo
PDP
EnuguNorth/South Kingsley

Ebenyi
PDP
EnuguEast/Isiuzo

Hon. Patrick Asadu
PDP
Nsukka/Igboeze South

Tobias Okechukwu
PDP
Awgu/Aninri/Oji River

Hon. Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi
PDP
Udi/Ezeagu

Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
PDP
Igboeze North/Udenu

Hon. Peace Nnaji
PDP
Nkanu East/West

Mrs. Stella Ngwu
PDP
Uzo-Uwani/Igbo-Etiti

Lagos Federal Constituencies

Lagos Mainland Federal Constituency
ACN
42, 060

PDP
16, 270

SDMP
576

NCP
321

Lagos Island Federal Constituency I
ACN
17,803

PDP
6,244

SDMP
60

ANPP
185

Lagos Island Federal Constituency II
ACN
22,254

PDP
6,946

SDMP
118

DFPF
423

ANPP
185

Federal Constituencies

Eti-Osa Federal Constituency
ACN
32, 473

PDP
16, 219

SDMP
1,125

NCP
442

Ikeja Federal Constituency
ACN
32, 757

PDP
15,152

CPC
3,562

LP
1,299

ANPP
1,049

Kosofe Federal Constituency
ACN
63,070

PDP
18,744

Senatorial Election Results

Rivers State

Rivers South East Senatorial District

PDP
154,218

ACN
58,182

APGA
13,605

Winner – Magnus Abe of PDP

Rivers East Senatorial District

PDP
154,218

ACN
34,978

APGA
3,679

Winner – George Sekibo of PDP

Kaduna State

Kaduna North Senatorial District

CPC
103,094

PDP
30,604

Winner – Usman Bawa of CPC

Kaduna South Senatorial District

PDP
428,992

CPC
73,830

ACN
70,488

Winner – Nenadi Usman of PDP

Delta State

Delta North Senatorial District

PDP
98,204

DPP
67,548

Winner – Ifeanyi Okowa of PDP

Nasarawa State

Nasarawa North Senatorial District

CPC
62,815

PDP
31,602

Winner – Solomon Ewuga of CPC

Nasarawa South Senatorial District

PDP
108,844

CPC
103,320

Winner – Solomon Adokwe of PDP

Kogi State

Kogi Central Senatorial District

PDP
68,167

ANPP
26,959

ACN
4,051

Winner – Nurudeen Usman of PDP

Kogi West
PDP
84,511

CPC
35,281

ANPP
6,483

ACN
5,817

LP
582

APGA
455

Winner – Senator Smart Adeyemi of PDP

Ondo State

Ondo South Senatorial District

LP
88,319

PDP
80,319

Winner – Boluwaji Kunlere of LP

Ondo North
LP
84,290

PDP
51,112

Winner – Prof.Ajayi Borrofice of LP

Ondo Central
LP
113,292

PDP
41,783

Winner – Dr. Ayo Akinyelure of LP

Edo State

Edo Central Senatorial District

PDP
61,983

ACN
49,385

Winner – Odion Ugbesia of PDP

Lagos State

Lagos West Senatorial District

ACN
503,786

PDP
234,679

CPC
40,711

APGA
13,305

ANPP
9,011

ALP
5,198

SDMP
2,631

NPPP
1,525

DFPF
1,478

Winner – Senator Ganiyu Solomon of ACN

Lagos Central Senatorial District
ACN
202,506

PDP
75, 982

APGA
9, 302

SDMP
3, 499

NCP
3,073

Winner- Mrs. Remi Tinubu of ACN

Lagos East
ACN
222, 429

PDP
83, 133

SDMP
10, 100

CPC
7, 776

ANPP
2, 183

Winner – Gbenga Ashafa of ACN

Benue State

Benue South
PDP
147,923

ACN
79,433

Winner – Senator David Mark of PDP

Benue North Senatorial District

PDP
229,682

ACN
143,978

CPC
4,971

MPPP
571

LP
352

Winner – Barnabas Gemade of PDP

Oyo State

Oyo Central
ACN
105,975

AP
92,544

PDP
78,643

Winner – Hon. Ayo Adeseun of ACN

Oyo South
ACN
127,621

AP
118,256

PDP
92,359

Winner – Femi Lanlehin of ACN

Enugu State

Enugu East
PDP
67,330

PDC
32,005

APGA
8,175

LP
4,439

ACN
3,621

CPC
730

ANPP
525

Winner – Hon.Gilbert Nnaji of PDP

Enugu North
PDP
86,220

LP
27,139

PDC
25,731

ACN
3,099

Winner – Senator Ayogu Eze of PDP

Enugu West
PDP
112,806

PDC
7,522

LP
5,175

APGA
3,591

ACN
1,325

Winner – Senator Ike Ekweremadu of PDP

Imo State

Imo West
PDP
95,816

ACN
63,755

APGA
54,432

Winner – Senator Osita Izunaso of PDP

Imo South
PDP
60,449

ACN
47,258

APGA
2,782

APN
1,568

ANPP
1,125

Winner – Matthew Nwagwu of PDP

Gombe State

Gombe Central
PDP
84,347

ANPP
50,080

CPC
40,145

LP
1,462

Winner – Danjuma Goje of PDP

Osun State

Osun East
ACN
119,852

PDP
51,315

Winner – Hon. Babajide Omoworare of ACN

Osun West
ACN
121,971

PDP
49,001

AP
7,789

Winner – Prof. Sola Adeyeye of ACN

Ogun State

Ogun Central
ACN
102,389

PDP
56,312

PPN
27,182

Winner – Gbenga Obadara of ACN

Ogun East
ACN
72,543

PDP
52,613

PPN
46,148

Winner – Gbenga Kaka of ACN

Ogun West
ACN
61,362

PDP
59,949

PPN
45,246

Winner – Akin Odunsi of ACN

Cross River State

Cross River North Senatorial District

PDP
91,123

ACN
11,056

ANPP
7,393

DFPF
1,721

Winner – Prof. Benedict Ayade of PDP

Niger State

Niger East Senatorial District

CPC
131,872

PDP
83,773

ACN
21,621

Winner – Ibrahim Musa of CPC

Sokoto

Sokoto East Senatorial District

PDP
138,397

CPC
57,643

DPP
41,113

ACN
38,947

Winner – Dr. Ibrahim Gobir of PDP

Sokoto South Senatorial District

PDP
112,585

CPC
36,682

DPP
32,029

ACN
19,3987

Winner – Dr. Ibrahim Gobir of PDP

NIGERI:Jonathan Leads with 60%, PDP May Lose Five States


By Imam Imam
President Goodluck Jonathan
The latest poll conducted by THISDAY/Ipsos ahead of the 2011 general election indicates that President Goodluck Jonathan may secure 60.3 per cent of popular votes in the presidential election. However, his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), may lose the governorship polls in five states.
In the poll conducted in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) between February 25 and March 16, 2011, 60.3 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Jonathan in the presidential election, while his closest rival, Major General Muhammadu Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) scored 22.4 per cent.
Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, the flag bearer of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), scored 5.9 per cent, while the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, scored 4.7 per cent. Shekarau was generally acclaimed to have won the presidential debate last week but this poll had been conducted before then.
Buhari has a clear lead among polled samples in Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Jigawa and Bauchi and further holds narrow leads in Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Yobe, Borno and Gombe.
Jonathan leads in all Southern states with the exception of Ekiti, where Ribadu has a 54-per-cent score, and Osun, which is considered too close to call, even though Jonathan leads. Ribadu and Shekarau had a strong showing in the state, thereby making it difficult to call for Jonathan.
A noticeable trend is the likelihood that PDP may win governorship in a state and lose presidential in the same state – or vice versa.
In Lagos, for instance, over 80 per cent of the polled voters said they would vote for Jonathan (PDP presidential), while 92 per cent said they would vote for Babatunde Fashola (ACN) in the governorship election.
It is even more common in some Northern states where PDP could win governorship and lose presidential in Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara.
Also, PDP is in danger of losing the governorship elections in four of the states it currently controls – Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue and Imo.
In Bauchi, the CPC candidate, Yusuf Maitama Tugar, was rated the highest by respondents. He scored 55 per cent, leaving the incumbent Malam Isa Yuguda of the PDP with 34 per cent; the ANPP flag bearer Nazeef Gamawa with 6 per cent; and ACN candidate Baba Tela with 4 per cent.
In the president’s home state of Bayelsa, former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and former presidential adviser on amnesty, Mr. Timi Alaibe, led with 56 per cent among the polled potential voters, while the incumbent Chief Timipre Sylva scored 44 per cent. Alaibe is of the Labour Party (LP), while Sylva is flying the flag of PDP.
A similar scenario is playing out in Benue State where the PDP governor, Hon. Gabriel Suswam, is trailing the ACN candidate, Professor Steve Ugbah. Suswam has 19 per cent, while his rival has 72 per cent.
Imo is also endangered for the ruling party as Governor Ikedi Ohakim trails Chief Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The state is considered too close to call because even though Okorocha polled 34 per cent in the survey, 41 per cent of the voters are still undecided. Ohakim has 14 per cent, while ACN’s Ifeanyi Araraume has 12 per cent.
In Kebbi, the PDP ranks third, meaning Governor Saidu Dakingari could lose his position to either ACN’s Kabir Turaki, who scored 44 per cent, or CPC’s Abubakar Shettima who scored 41 per cent. The state is still too close to call.
The battle ground states for governorship, according to the survey, are Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Borno, Oyo and Delta.
But the PDP remains competitive in Zamfara, where Governor Aliyu Shinkafi leads the pack by 43 per cent, closely pursued by ANPP’s Abdulazeez Yari with 37 per cent.
The PDP is also competitive in Oyo and Kaduna, where it holds narrow margins. In Borno, the poll favours the ruling party. It is too close to call in Delta but the ruling party is very competitive there.
The 62 per cent figure for the PDP in Ogun State is recorded in favour of Tunji Olurin, although it remains to be seen if this would change because both Olurin and Gboyega Isiaka were laying claim to the party’s ticket for a prolonged period.
Ipsos is one of the leading pollster companies in the world with more than 30 years of experience researching political attitudes.
It has the most long-term and comprehensive set of polling data of all polling agencies in the world.
Speaking to THISDAY yesterday on the latest polling results, the CEO for Sub-Saharan Africa, David Somers, said: “We initially designed a very large sample to cover the entire country. It’s a sample of 11,000 approximately of what we did in every state that will allow us to have estimate per state and in general. We conducted face to face interviews and as we talk to people in local dialects and personally on the ground, we asked people a series of questions about how they feel about life and about things in general and about things they want from their politicians. And ultimately for whom they will vote for whether at the presidential level or at the gubernatorial level. It’s honestly a traditional poll which we do all over the world.
“So the way we arrived at figures was to go to all the states, interview the people within those states and then aggregate all the data from the states up to a national level. We rate data accordingly so that each state will be represented correctly within the total national figure by the census and also by the voter registration. So we used as a waiting measure plus some other factors which we discovered while we went into this and that is how we got the national figures

Nelson Mandela ‘leaving hospital’ in South Africa


 South African former President Nelson Mandela is being discharged from a hospital where he spent two nights, a senior police source said. Mr Mandela, 92, is said to be in good health. He had flown from Cape Town to Johannesburg on Wednesday for what the government described as “specialised” tests. The move prompted renewed speculation about the former leader’s frail health. Friends and family visited him amid tight security on Thursday. The senior police officer said a convoy of vehicles was at the rear entrance of Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, preparing to take Mr Mandela to his home in the suburb of Houghton.

Crackdown on corrupt leaders to continue, says Jonathan


PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has declared a result-oriented anti-corruption crusade, acceptable electoral reform and stable power supply as the irreducible minimum factors for gauging the performance of his administration
He said the ongoing anti-corruption crusade would be vigorously pursued to ensure that all leaders linked with financial misconduct and other forms of abuse of office are brought to book.
Jonathan, who stated this yesterday assured that his administration would deliver on electoral reform, explaining that all winners in the 2011 general elections at all levels of government would emerge from a honest and transparent electoral process.
He said only free and fair elections would enable such leaders to exercise legitimate authority over the people, adding that “every valid vote of the electorate will count in the 2011 elections.”
Jonathan stated this during the opening session of the ongoing regional conference of Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) in Abuja.
And if the achievement of credible elections would reshape the polity, elected representatives and other political office holders must not after election be allowed to change their political parties without first resigning and getting fresh mandate on the basis of their new platforms, former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has said.
Anyaoku, a founding member of CAPAM, who also spoke at the event, appealed to the National Assembly now reviewing the Electoral Act and the nation’s constitution not to allow political party holders move around aimlessly.
Jonathan said because the entire world expects credible elections from Nigeria, his administration was determined to ensure that the votes of the people count in the 2011 polls.
“Let me assure you that we shall neither fail our nation nor our admirers all over the world who are counting on us to make a significant difference. Another area of challenge that we are currently addressing is inadequacy of critical infrastructure, the most compelling being epileptic power supply. This is important to stimulate economic growth, ensure poverty reduction and employment generation as well as enhance competitiveness. The third priority concern is anti-corruption, based on the existing policy of zero tolerance for corruption to ensure that all offenders are appropriately sanctioned within the ambit of the rule of law and observance of due process.
“The Commonwealth has contributed immensely to the attainment of global peace and harmony through the untiring efforts of several key players, including Commonwealth Heads of Government. It has always been guided by certain fundamental values, principles and norms, which have evolved over the years. These enduring values and principles have reaffirmed subsequently through a number of declarations by Commonwealth Heads of Government. There was a renewed commitment to participatory democracy, characterised by free and fair elections, representative legislative, an independent judiciary, a well-trained public service, a transparent and an accountable public accounts system,” he said.
The President said the appropriateness of the theme of this conference, “Good governance, accountability and trust” is apt because it seeks to create a veritable platform for engaging with leaders at the political, bureaucratic and technocratic spheres in order to reawaken them to their responsibility in taking their nations forward to higher realm of socio-economic transformation. It is universally acknowledged that without good governance there can be neither accountability nor trust. Indeed, government has been described as a trust committed by all. There can be no good government without good public sector institutions with a critical mass of public servants who are irrevocably committed to the promotion of the common good.”
The Head of the Service of the Federation (HOSF), Mr. Stephen Oronsaye said efforts had been intensified to regain the trust the citizenry had in their leaders, particularly the political class.
He said the public service must therefore mobilise the required policy intelligence to ensure that it earns the trust of the people and help the state to record quick wins in the war against poverty and disease, despite the worrying prognosis by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank that Africa’s chances of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are bleak.
To Anyaoku, those who represent Nigerians in the National Assembly, state assemblies and local councils as well as political office holders at the three tiers of government must be freely, fairly and credibly elected by the electorate.
“We are now looking at the President to see that the leading personnel of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), especially the chairman and commissioners are people of acknowledged integrity and non-political partnership, who can ensure that the entire electoral process including, in particular the compilation and timely display of the electoral register, and the logistic arrangement for voting, are transparent and correctly effected.
“There is the challenge of tackling corruption and its pervasive effect on all the institutions and instruments of governance, and reducing the role of money in our electoral process, elections should not be for only the super rich.
“There should be reasonable limits to the financial contributions to and deposits by candidates as well as how much they can spend on electoral campaigns,” he said.
Anyaoku, who stressed the role of political leaders in public policy formulation, said it is the responsibility of the civil service “to execute such policies with efficiency, and to do so with high moral fibre.”
He asserted that the civil service remains an inextricable and indispensable part of the government, adding that because it plays a very critical role in the state, its disposition should go beyond technical competence, effectiveness, and efficiency.
The disposition of the civil service, according to Anyaoku, must include moral competence and humility. “In the early years of Nigeria’ independence, the country could boast of a federal civil service that compared well with the civil service in any part of the world.
“Today, the Nigerian civil service has lost not only its earlier attributes of competence and efficiency, but also the tradition of your obedient servant which used to be how letters from members of the civil service were concluded. Our civil service while attending to the citizens seems now to manifest the attitude of doing them a favour.”

Niger Delta militant backs Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan


A former Niger Delta militant has said Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan is the best person to solve the crisis in the oil-producing region.

Victor Ebokawe, also known as General Boyloaf, told News Agency that, because President Jonathan is from the region, he understands its problems.

Mr Ebokawe also said that Mr Jonathan should contest next year’s elections.

Militants have carried out attacks which have cost Nigeria millions in lost oil revenue over the years.

Last year, thousands of militants laid down their arms in return for promises of training and jobs.

But this programme showed signs of started to unravel during the power vacuum while former President Umaru Yar’Adua was sick.

He died earlier this month and Mr Jonathan was sworn in as president to replace him.

On Friday, President Jonathan visited the Niger Delta and said coordination of the amnesty should be improved.

Mr Ebokawe, a leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta who said he has spoken to Mr Jonathan, believes the Niger Delta’s leaders will be patient with the president as he tries to implement the amnesty.

Mr Jonathan has not said whether he wants to contest next year’s polls and the governing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said its candidate will be from the north, not a southerner like him.

“Nothing is going to stop him. He cannot tell us that he will not run,” Mr Ebokawe told the News Agency.

“The presidency of Nigeria is not the birth right of a particular region,” he said.

“[Mr Jonathan] is a man who is ready to rule Nigeria as one Nigeria.”

The militants say they are campaigning for more of Nigeria’s oil wealth to be used to benefit local people but analysts say many attacks and kidnappings of oil workers are carried out by criminals trying to extract ransom payments.

SOURCED FROM BBC

….and so Goodluck Jonathan is Nigeria’s 4th President, as Yar’Adua Passes on



Eliashib Ime-James, Loveworld News Wire

For close to 15 years he battled with ill health, but his passion for civil governance kept him going. The illness worsened in the last six months, throwing Nigeria’s political horizon into a state of uncertainty. And so at about 9pm Wednesday, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Nigeria’s 3rd civilian president gave up the ghost at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

His remains will be be buried in his hometown, Katsina, Katsina State by 2pm today.

Since, November, The 58-year-old President of Africa’s most populous nation, has been receiving treatment at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for what medical experts called acute pericaditis, an inflammation of the membrane around the heart..

Meanwhile, with tears filled eyes, acting President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in this morning in accordance with the Nigerian constitution by The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alloysius Katsina-Alu,  as the substantive president following the death of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

He pledged his tenures determination to purse the fight against corruption and ensure a credible election in 2011.

And as a mark of respect for the late president, Jonathan has cancelled all official engagements and declared a national mourning for seven days, during which, the Nigerian flag will fly at half mast.

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was born on the 20th of November 1957. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). On 13 January 2010, a federal court handed him the power to carry out state affairs while President Umaru Yar’Adua received medical treatment in a Saudi Arabian hospital. A motion from the Nigerian Senate on 9 February 2010 confirmed these powers to act as President. On 24 February 2010 Yar’Adua returned to Nigeria, but Jonathan continued as acting president.Following Yar’Adua’s death on 5 May, Jonathan will assume the presidency in his own right.

Jonathan was born in Otueke in Ogbia Local Government Area of the then Eastern Region, later Rivers State, now Bayelsa State.He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Zoology in which he attained Second Class Honours, Upper Division. He also holds an M.Sc. in Hydrobiology/Fisheries biology, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Zoology from the University of Port Harcourt.