Jonathan receives Certificate of Return from INEC


PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has collected his Certificate of Return, following his declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
as the winner of last Saturday’s presidential election.

It was given to him during a short ceremony on Tuesday at the Commission’s Airport Road Collation Centre in Abuja by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, who also presented a Certificate of Return to Vice-President Namadi Sambo for his emergence as the vice-president-elect.

In his remarks on the occasion, the president commended Professor Jega and his team for conducting a credible election that had been praised by both local and international observers, saying the success of the exercise was the beginning of good governance in the country.

According to him, “we really have to commend INEC. Professor Jega and his team have made Nigeria proud. Before now the international observers used to paint our elections in tainted colours but this year’s elections, first, that of the National Assembly and then the presidential, the information we have received and what we have read in the papers is that they have given us a pass mark.

“It has to be so because of the competence of INEC officers and the position of not compromising your independence. We thank you. All Nigerians are happy because you have placed us on higher rung of the ladder and others have seen us as people who conduct credible elections.

“This is the beginning of good governance. This is the beginning of economic development. This is the beginning of major changes in this country,” he said.

While thanking God for the grace to conduct the election, President Jonathan hoped that the next leg of the exercise would be better than the last two, saying, “we hope that, by the grace of God, the last leg of election coming on the 26th will be better than the presidential election. We thank God. It is God that made it possible. If it is man, it wouldn’t have been possible.”

He commended Nigerians for coming out en masse to participate in the exercise and for their cooperation with government and INEC, as well as for voting for him, saying that it was a clear demonstration of their patriotism.

Commenting on the riots in parts of the North over the election outcome, Jonathan said the development was regrettable, coming against the background of commendation from international observers who witnessed the election, but added that his administration would, in the next four years, focus on issues like that to prevent recurrence.

“It is regrettable that when international observers are commending us for credible elections, we witnessed some skirmishes in parts of the country. It is really regrettable. This is what happened in the late 50’s when some parts of the country witnessed things like this. But that is what the new generation leaders have to face.

“We will make sure that in the next four years, issues like this will not lead to riot. We assure Nigerians we will carry everyone along. We will run an open government where all Nigerians will play a key role, irrespective of party affiliations,” he said.

The president also addressed the issue of victims of the violence in the riots in the North and said that the government would take inventory of the lost properties, provide assistance for victims’ families and ensure that it would never happen again.

He called on religious and political leaders to condemn the riots, saying that government would work towards providing jobs for the nation’s unemployed youths, to prevent them from being used by unscrupulous politicians.

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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

MEND ENDS CEASEFIRE, TO RESUME ATTACKS


A hardline faction in Nigeria’s main armed group says it is ending a three-month ceasefire and will resume attacks on the oil industry.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) had called the truce in the wake of an amnesty offer from the president.ATEKE

Most Mend commanders and thousands of militants have disarmed under the deal.

Correspondents say the splinter group is tiny and is believed to be led by Henry Okah, freed from prison in July.

It says the Nigerian government has done nothing to address the underlying problems in the oil-producing Niger Delta.

“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta resumes its hostilities against the Nigerian oil industry, the Nigerian armed forces and its collaborators with effect from 0000 hours Friday, Oct. 16,” the group said in an e-mailed statement.

Mend declared the 60-day ceasefire on 15 July to allow for peace talks shortly after Mr Okah was freed from prison.

It extended the ceasefire by a month in mid-September despite not having held any formal discussions with the government.

Last week, the authorities in Nigeria said as many as 15,000 oil militants active in the delta had surrendered under the two-month amnesty, which expired on 4 October.

SOURCED FROM BBC

NIGERIAN INSURGENT ‘TOMPOLO’ SURRENDERS ARMS


The last prominent militant in Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta region has given up his weapons after agreeing to a government amnesty deal.

Government Tompolo, who heads the main rebel faction in the western Delta, disarmed in return for promises of cash and education for his fighters.tompolo

On Saturday, two other commanders from the eastern Delta laid down weapons.

The amnesty is part of government efforts to end years of rebel attacks on the Nigerian oil industry.

Mr Tompolo is considered one of the most important rebels figures in the oil-rich Delta.

Militants there have claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure, as well as kidnappings for ransom.

The rebel leader accepted President Umaru Yar’Adua’s amnesty deal on Saturday, 24 hours before the offer expired.

“Today is the greatest day for Nigeria,” he said on Sunday as he arrived in the southern city of Warri, from where he travelled by boat to his Oporoza camp for the disarmament ceremony.

Hundreds of supporters and local people also made the journey to witness the weapons’ handover.

Among them was Defence Minister Godwin Abbe, who described Mr Tompolo’s surrender of arms as “an act of patriotism” and “a dream come true”.

“It’s an indication that peace has finally come to the Niger Delta. The time has come for us to settle down as a country and find a solution to the problem that led to the crisis in the region,” he said.

The ceremony comes a day after two prominent militant commanders in the eastern Delta, Ateke Tom and Farah Dagogo, led their supporters in surrendering their weapons.

Mr Dagogo said he was accepting the amnesty “with the hope that it will usher in a true spirit of reconciliation”.

Fellow militant leader Mr Tom and hundreds of his followers also disarmed at the beach ceremony in Port Harcourt.

Mr Tom said the government needed to ensure that promises made to fighters were kept.

“We must get what we want. The government are very trickish, we’re watching them,” he told Reuters.

SOURCED FROM BBC

CHRIST EMBASSY PAINTS NIGERIA GREEN


Nigeria’s 49th independence was marked with panache and vigour all around Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos, surprisingly not by the central government but a boisterous flock of Christ Embassy Church members that brought Lagos to its feet. Streaked in the fecund and peaceful national emblems of green and white, hats, wigs and body-art spoke voluminous tales of patriotism.CONNECT2

Traffic lights ahead on Oregun, stalled on green but the traffic remained bumper to bumper as the colourful crowd, snaked and meandered through the narrow streets. Large carnival-like floats carried the cheering crowd along as they distributed the ministry’s daily devotional to an animated mass, as they danced and sang glorious canticles of a new dawn; knocking on doors and announcing salvation.

Only minutes before the foot soldiers launched out, hundreds of volunteers had worked tirelessly throughout independence eve at the church’s headquarters in Oregun, wrapping up thousands of Rhapsody of Realities to ensure everyone in Lagos received a copy of the famed devotional. “this is our contribution in ensuring that Nigeria’s future is altered for the best” an exuberant member of the ministry said, her hands crammed with plastic bags and books.

Back on the streets there were mixed feelings in the celebration of Nigeria’s Independence. A vibrant and often critical press played the shrink’s role as expected.

The Daily Sun’s headline read “Rich country, Poor people” while This Day summed up Nigeria’s President Umar Yar’Adua’s psyche. “we have not lived up to the expectations of our founding fathers”.CONNECT3

But then maybe Nigeria has not been sincere in dealing with the root cause of its gross underdevelopment. “Pastor Chris says we have to change inside out. Our leaders have never tried the word of God in solving the problems of the nation” said an emphatic Pastor Ifeoma Chiemeka

Acrobats walked on sticks and men rode on horses while power bikes and roller-skates squared-up for a titanic battle. The children loved it all dancing along on the streets and shrieking in glee at the roadside carnival, at the same time they jostled for the freebies – a copy of Rhapsody of Realities. A group of labourers watched on nonplussed.

“There is no light, no water and the teachers are on strike what is there to celebrate?” they queried, their stern faces and arms akimbo spoke out their frustrations but nevertheless, they collected the books, the lettered immediately opened to the pages and would not stop.asoebi

Undeterred, the spiritual cum social crusaders harped away and joggled footballs in the humid and hot weather; “I believe in Nigeria” they chimed, waving Nigeria’s Green white and green flag. “We are charting a new course. We are sowing into the future of our dreams; through our prophetic words we are beautifying Nigeria’s future” the radiant Pastor Deola Okeowo said when the crowd pulled over at Maryland.

It was the British novelist and politician, Bulwer Lytton who said, “Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm. It is the true allegory of the tale of Orpheus; it moves stones and charms brutes, it is the genius of sincerity and truth achieves no victories without it”.

Even as the crowds, emptied from the streets, it was obvious that this was a momentous gathering, this was a good awakening and off course the birthing of a new day. Happy Birthday Nigeria.

Aghogho, CONNECTAFRICA

YAR ‘ADUA BACK AFTER MEDICAL CHECK-UP


Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua returned home late on Tuesday after having a scheduled medical check-up in Saudi Arabia and performing the Haj Muslim pilgrimage, his spokesman said.

Yar’Adua, who left for his latest checkup on August 14, regularly has treatment in Saudi Arabia and Germany for a chronic kidney problem.

After he travelled to Saudi Arabia for more than two weeks last August, for the Haj and for medical treatment, opponents questioned his fitness to govern Africa’s most populous nation.

SOURCED FROM REUTERS

NIGERIA’S REBELS DECLARE EIGHT WEEKS OF CEASEFIRE


militantsThe main rebel group in Nigeria’s Niger Delta is to observe a 60-day ceasefire in its attacks on the oil industry. Mend – the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta – said the move was in response to the freeing of rebel leader, Henry Okah, on Monday.

Mr Okah was released from jail as part of a government amnesty; he’d been held for more than a year on charges including treason. The Mend ceasefire is set to come into effect from Wednesday, a statement said.

On Sunday, just hours before Henry Okah was freed, militants in speedboats attacked the main oil depot serving Lagos – well away from the usual area of operations in the Niger Delta. Mr Okah said he regarded that attack as a gesture, welcoming him to freedom. But he said the Niger Delta needed a kind of peace process. People there, he said, were fighting so that the government would recognise the poverty and injustice that exists.

Asked if he would favour a partial decommissioning of weapons, he said: “Yes, yes, I would. But the government must start attending to our problems.”

Numerous attacks by Mend on installations in the Niger Delta in recent years have seriously disrupted the Nigerian oil and gas industry. Mend says it is fighting for a fairer distribution of the wealth from Nigeria’s natural resources, but in the past the government has dismissed the militants as criminals.

In a bid to end the attacks, the government offered militants an amnesty three weeks ago. Officials said any rebel willing to give up weapons by October would benefit from a rehabilitation programme, including education and training opportunities. The government’s critics say the amnesty is unlikely to work because the unrest is not a straightforward political struggle.