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  •  Ex President Jonathan leads election observation mission to Kenyan elections
    Ex-President Jonathan leads election observation mission to Kenyan elections
     Ex President Jonathan leads election observation mission to Kenyan elections
    Ex-President Jonathan leads election observation mission to Kenyan elections
    General news2 weeks ago

    Ex-President Jonathan leads election observation mission to Kenyan elections

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan departed Abuja for Nairobi on Friday leading a team of observers to Kenya’s general elections scheduled to hold on Aug. 9. Jonathan would serve as the Head of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA).

    EISA has deployed a full-fledged short-term team of observers to Kenya.

    Mr Ikechukwu Eze, Special Adviser, Media, to Jonathan, stated on Friday in Abuja that the EISA team comprises 21 short-term observers drawn from Civil Society Organisations.

    It also comprises Election Management Bodies and representatives of the academia from across the African continent.

    “The observers will be deployed in all the regions and specifically in ten counties, across Kenya.

    “They will observe the final stages of the political parties’ campaigns, Election Day procedures and results aggregation processes.

    “The Mission’s assessment of the electoral process will be guided by the principles and obligations set out in the 2007 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

    “It will also be guided by the 2002 Declaration of the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, among others,’’ he stated.

    Eze added that the EISA Electoral Observation Mission would issue a preliminary statement on its findings at a news conference on Aug. 11.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Presidential poll Clergyman urges APC aspirants to step down for Jonathan
    Presidential poll: Clergyman urges APC aspirants to step down for Jonathan
     Presidential poll Clergyman urges APC aspirants to step down for Jonathan
    Presidential poll: Clergyman urges APC aspirants to step down for Jonathan
    General news3 months ago

    Presidential poll: Clergyman urges APC aspirants to step down for Jonathan

    An Abuja-based clergyman, Prize Aluko has advised all the presidential aspirants in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to step down for former President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the forthcoming primary.Aluko, the senior pastor of the Resurrected Assembly, an arm of Glorious Outreach Ministry (GROM), stated this on Monday in Abuja.He said with Jonathan as APC presidential candidate, the ruling party would win the 2023 General Elections.According to him, going by the divine mandate of God, no matter who emerges as presidential candidate from other political parties, the APC will still maintain its winning streak in 2023 with Jonathan as its presidential candidate.The cleric said based on the divine revelation, the former president, with the authoritative will of God, is the best for the party.He appealed to other aspirants of the party to withdraw for Jonathan and allow the will of God to be accomplished.The APC’s special convention for presidential primary is scheduled to take place between June 6 and June 8.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jonathan has said that he would not seek reelection on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform in the 2023 elections.

     

    Mr Ikechukwu Eze, the former presiden’s spokesman said in a statement on May 10 that the former president who held power under the People’s Democratic Party, between 2010 to 2015 did not authorise the purchase of the nomination forms, a requirement for candidates to take part in primary elections.

    Jonathan rejected the N100 million worth APC presidential nomination forms bought for him by a group known as Association .

    The group had stormed the Abuja International Conference Centre, venue for the sale of APC nomination forms Monday night and obtained the documents for the former president to run for the

    (NAN)

  •  Jonathan rejects group s purchase of APC presidential form
    Jonathan rejects group’s purchase of APC presidential form
     Jonathan rejects group s purchase of APC presidential form
    Jonathan rejects group’s purchase of APC presidential form
    General news3 months ago

    Jonathan rejects group’s purchase of APC presidential form

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected the N100 million All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination forms bought for him to contest 2023 presidential election by nomadic Fulani pastoralists and Almajiri communities.

    Mr Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan’s

    Media Adviser in a statement on Monday, said it was an insult for the community  to buy the forms for him without his consent.

    The statement was in reaction to the earlier purchase of the forms for the former president to contest the party’s ticket with other aspirants for 2023 presidential election.

    “It has come to our notice that a group has purportedly purchased Presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination forms of the APC in the name of former President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

    “We wish to categorically state that Dr Jonathan was not aware of this bid and did not authorise it.

    “We want to state that if the former president wanted to contest an election, he would make his intentions clear to the public and will not enter through the back door,” Eze said.

    He, however, expressed appreciation for the overwhelming request by a cross-section of Nigerians for Jonathan to make himself available for the 2023 presidential election.

    Eze stressed that the former president had not in anyway, committed himself to the request.

    “Buying a presidential aspiration form in the name Dr Jonathan without his consent, knowing the position he had held in this country, is considered an insult to his person.

    “The general public is therefore advised to disregard it,” Eze maintained.

    Malam Ibrahim Abdullahi, leader of the nomadic Fulani pastoralists and Almajiri communities, had earlier told newsmen after picking the forms that Jonathan should be re-elected to enable him complete what he began.

    “My name is Ibrahim Abdullahi, I represent two of the most vulnerable communities in our country, the nomadic pastoralists and the almajiri communities.

    “We have decided to purchase this form for our former president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to come back and rule this country and continue with the good work he started,” he said.

    Among other things, he said Jonathan was  the first president since the country gained independence in 1960 that found it expedient, through his magnanimity, to remember the Almajiri community.

    (NAN)

  •  Former President Jonathan mourns Gulak
    Former President Jonathan mourns Gulak
     Former President Jonathan mourns Gulak
    Former President Jonathan mourns Gulak
    General news1 year ago

    Former President Jonathan mourns Gulak

    By Emmanuel Oloniruha

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan said he was shocked at the death of his former political adviser, Ahmed Gulak, who was killed on Sunday by gunmen in Owerri, Imo.

    Jonathan said this in a statement by his special media adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, on Monday in Abuja.

    “I received with surprise the death of Gulak who passed away on Sunday May 30 in Owerri, Imo.

    “Gulak was a staunch public servant and a devoted patriot who put everything in the service of his country.

    “His death is a painful loss for me and for many others who worked and interacted with him,” he said.

    Jonathan said Gulak will be remembered for his modest contributions to the growth of the country's democracy, especially his memorable days as both speaker of the Adamawa Assembly and political advisor in his administration.

    Jonathan prayed to God to comfort his family and give his soul eternal rest.

    “My deepest condolences to his family, government and people of Adamaoua State, who will be sure to feel the loss of this eminent and patriotic Nigerian.

    "May God give comfort to his family, his friends and his supporters, even as I call for calm while the law enforcement agencies conduct their investigations," he said. (NOPE)

    OBE / BHB / ABI

    (NAN)

  •  Ex President Jonathan denies receiving N300m bullet proof cars from Lyon
    Ex President Jonathan denies receiving N300m, bullet proof cars from Lyon
     Ex President Jonathan denies receiving N300m bullet proof cars from Lyon
    Ex President Jonathan denies receiving N300m, bullet proof cars from Lyon
    Politics2 years ago

    Ex President Jonathan denies receiving N300m, bullet proof cars from Lyon

    Ex President Goodluck Jonathan has refuted social media reports that he received N300 million and bullet proof cars from Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa.

     

    Jonathan, who made the rebuttal in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, on Wednesday in Yenagoa, described the allegations as “patently fictitious, malevolent, inciting and provocative”.

     

    According to the former president, the story is planted in the social media by a nebulous group known as “Reformation Forum” which claims links with the APC in Bayelsa.

     

    He said the group was calling for the refund of the alleged N300 million  and bullet proof cars, which were allegedly given to him to cater for guests during the planned inauguration of Lyon.

     

    The group had alleged that the gifts were delivered to the former president prior to the annulment of Lyon’s victory by the apex court.

     

    He said, “the story which claimed that the alleged money and vehicles were part of logistics given to Dr Jonathan’s family to cater for their guests ahead of  the botched inauguration is not only patently fictitious but malevolent, inciting and provocative.

     

    “In the first place there was no reason for APC or anybody else to offer money and vehicles to the former president for logistics over an inauguration programme in which he was not involved.

     

    “We make bold to state that there is no vehicle in the possession of former President Jonathan given to him by the All Progressives Congress. This is an insufferable lie.

     

    “If anyone on earth knows of such a vehicle, they should expose the particulars of the said vehicle to the public.

     

    “The claim by this group is therefore, nothing but a fairy-tale scripted to tarnish the good reputation of the former President, whom Nigerians and the rest of the world hold in very high esteem.

     

    “We condemn in entirety this growing culture of sustained falsehood against the person and family of Jonathan by shady and shadowy characters.

     

    “We urge Bayelsans and Nigerians to disregard the story as it contains no grain of truth.

     

    “It is a poor script written with the intention of causing distrust and inciting Bayelsans against themselves.

    “What Bayelsa needs now is peace, unity and progress, and not this noxious orgy of mud-slinging  and mischief-making.

     

    “As far as we are concerned, the Bayelsa elections have been won and lost at the polls and the courts; we therefore, urge all groups to accept the transition in good faith,” he said.


    Edited By: Philip Dzeremo/Donald Ugwu
    (NAN)

  •  Gunmen attack security post near Jonathan s residence
    Gunmen attack security post near Jonathan’s residence
     Gunmen attack security post near Jonathan s residence
    Gunmen attack security post near Jonathan’s residence
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    Gunmen attack security post near Jonathan’s residence

    Security post stationed near the Otuoke residence of the former President Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa was on Tuesday attacked by gunmen.

    Mr Ikechukwu Eze, Media Adviser to the ex-president disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Otueke.

    Eze said the hoodlums stormed the security post, a distance of about 100 metres away from Jonathan’s resident with five engine boats firing sporadically.

    “They came in about 1:30 am on Tuesday and attempted to take away a gunboat belonging to the military stationed at the creek beside the residence.

    “They were, however, resisted by the gallant soldiers who engaged them in gun battle.

    “The gunmen who could not stand the firepower of the military were forced to beat a retreat. One soldier, unfortunately, lost his life in the fight while another was injured,’’ he said.

    Eze further said the injured soldier was currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Yenagoa.

    “The former President who was not in Otuoke at the time of the attack however returned to his village early this morning to assess the situation.

    “The former president promptly condemned the attack and reassured his people that there was no cause for alarm.

    “Dr Goodluck Jonathan hereby condole with the family of the deceased soldier, the military and urges concerned security authorities to swing into action and bring the culprits to book,’’ Eze said.

    Edited by: Martins Odeh/Ismail Abdulaziz
    (NAN)

  •  Liberia Boakai reiterates promise to accept election results
    Liberia: Boakai reiterates promise to accept election results
     Liberia Boakai reiterates promise to accept election results
    Liberia: Boakai reiterates promise to accept election results
    Foreign5 years ago

    Liberia: Boakai reiterates promise to accept election results

    Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai has again promised to accept the result of the ongoing presidential run-off election if the exercise passes all tests of credibility.

    Boakai made the same promise during the first round of elections on Oct. 10.

    Addressing newsmen shortly after casting his vote at St. Kathlene McGure Memorial Catholic School in Rehab community outside Monrovia, he said the run-off was an acid test for Liberia’s democracy.

    The vice president is contesting against former international football star, Sen. George Weah, to succeed outgoing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

    Boakai joined opposition figure and third-place finisher in the first round, Mr Charles Brumskine, in challenging the results, calling for a rerun on allegation of massive fraud and irregularities.

    The Supreme Court had halted the run-off earlier slated for Nov. 7 pending the determination of the complainants’ petition by the National Elections Commission (NEC).

    NEC dismissed the complaints on the ground that they could not provide sufficient evidence to warrant a rerun of the elections as demanded by them.

    The case proceeded to the apex court, which also thrashed the complainants’ appeal in its ruling on Dec. 7 for want of evidence to substantiate their claims.

    Both men had also called for the resignation of NEC’s Chairman, Mr Jerome Korkoya, whom they accused of bias and incompetence.

    Responding to a question on whether he now had faith in the Korkoya-led NEC, Boakai said he was left with no other choice than to “live with it”.

    “We’re living with it; whether we have (confidence on the commission) or not, we’re living with it. We’ll work with it, we’ll accept the result.’’

    “It is great day for Liberia – a test day for democracy. We will accept the results provided they meet all the standards.

    “My focus now is to win, from there, I am going to get on the drawing board with my team and then we will put a plan together to move our country forward,” he said.

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan had, on Monday, met separately with Boakai and Weah during which he appealed to them to accept the outcome of the election results.

    In a statement, his media adviser, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, reported the former president as urging both men to appeal to their supporters to keep the peace.

    Edited by: Fatima Sule/Idris Abdulrahman
    (NAN)

  •  Liberia run off poll Jonathan meets candidates sues for peace
    Liberia run-off poll: Jonathan meets candidates, sues for peace
     Liberia run off poll Jonathan meets candidates sues for peace
    Liberia run-off poll: Jonathan meets candidates, sues for peace
    Foreign5 years ago

    Liberia run-off poll: Jonathan meets candidates, sues for peace

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan  has sued for peace and transparency in Tuesday’s presidential run-off election  in Liberia.

    Jonathan, who is co-leading the United States’  National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Elections Observation Mission to the country, made the appeal in Monrovia.

    The former president spoke during separate meetings with the two contestants in the race – former FIFA World Football Player of the year, George Weah, and incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai.

    His media adviser, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, made public the meetings in a statement on Tuesday morning.

    While calling for a free and fair process in the Boxing Day poll, he advised the two presidential candidates to accept the result of the election  in the interest of peace and stability in Liberia.

    Weah of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)  and Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP) are battling to succeed outgoing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, whose constitutional two terms in office end in January.

    Jonathan met with both men alongside former President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana, Hanna Tetteh, and other NDI leaders, according to Eze.

    He noted that the future of Liberia depended on the outcome of the run-off, urging Weah and Boakai to advise their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully during the election.

    “In any election, there are winners and losers. Only one presidential candidate will be declared winner.

    “The other should accept the election results to avoid a political crisis, especially if there are no good grounds to challenge the outcome,” he was quoted as saying.

    Jonathan equally called on the National Electoral Commission, security agencies and other stakeholders to be conscientious in playing their role to ensure a “peaceful, inclusive and transparent electoral process.’’

    “The economy of Liberia will benefit immensely from a positive and peaceful outcome  as a free and fair process would go a long way in reassuring investors that the country is now safe for lasting investment.

    “If the election fails it means Liberia has failed, it also means that Liberia has failed West Africa and failed the entire Africa,’’ he said.

    The former president noted that Nigeria and other West African nations played vital roles in stabilising the nation, urging Liberians not to do anything that could jeopardise the post-war peace in the land.

    “ Although both candidates pointed out some lapses in the preparations, especially with the issue of the voter register, they, however,  agreed to accept the outcome of the results.

    Speaking at the meeting, Weah reportedly said he was prepared  to accept the outcome of the election.

    “If the Liberian people decide that the other side will have another twelve years in the Presidency, we will call and congratulate them.

    “But as I said, if the election is free and fair, we are going to win. This is because we have worked so hard and our people want the change which we are offering,” he said.

    Jonathan and other NDI team members also met with the chairman of NEC, Mr Jerome Korkoya, where  he emphasised the need for a transparent, free and fair election.

    (Edited by: Mufutau Ojo)
    (NAN)