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PDP Accuses Jega of Holding Secret Meetings with APC in Dubai– THISDAY
Ripples of the rescheduling of the general elections have continued, with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accusing the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, of holding secret meetings with the main opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC), in Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE).
PDP also raised three questions for the INEC chairman on the one-sided distribution of the permanent voters’ cards (PVCs), which the ruling party said was skewed in favour of the APC and against states perceived to be pro-President Goodluck Jonathan.

PDP also described as fairy tales the concept of an interim government, dismissing it as part of the APC propaganda and unnecessary alarm raised by opposition, which it said have become the hallmark of APC at spreading false information.

Addressing a press conference yesterday on the rescheduling of the general elections, the Director of the PDP presidential campaign organisation, Femi Fani Kayode, said: “Pieces of information at our disposal have shown that Jega has had meetings with APC stalwarts in Dubai and other cities in the world to perfect this wanton conspiracy against 23 million eligible voters.

“Besides, we have information that the PVCs that Nigerians are scrambling for are not in Nigeria and will not arrive before the elections. These PVCs are still in China and Jega has strategically delayed their arrival to suit his electioneering permutations.”
Putting Jega on the hot seat, Fani-Kayode demanded to know: “Can Jega show Nigerians proof that the Chinese company printing the PVCs has been paid in full by disclosing the total contract sum and the amount paid to date?

1.4m Nigerians youths may be recruited as traffic wardens– VANGUARD
Over 1.4million Nigerians may be recruited into traffic warden service across the nation, in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda on job creation.

The initiator of the project and chairman of VANCTRAWACT, a Human Right and Non Governmental Organization, NGO, Mr JK Johnsonapla who disclosed this in Nnewi, Anambra State yesterday while explaining the new initiative, noted that the project had received the approval of President Jonathan after a recent visit of the group at the Aso Rock.

Johnsonapla further disclosed that the project would be handled by the Transitional Management Committee, TMC and the co-ordinating NGO, on behalf of the federal government.

He explained that the aim of the project was to redefine the road traffic control function as a veritable sub-sector for social, economic, human and urban development, adding that the project would introduce a pragmatic and proactive change in the road traffic control subsector to a world-class standard away from the current “agonizing” system of road traffic control.
“The NGO, fighting the cause of the traffic
warden service and a sense of belonging of traffic wardens in the public service, is fervently committed to the enforcement of the Court of Appeal judgement that recently granted autonomy to the traffic warden service”, he stated

I won’t islamise Nigeria, Buhari tells Christian leaders– PUNCH
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has told Christian clerics that he will not Islamise the nation.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday, Buhari said this during a meeting with Catholic bishops at the Pope John Paul Centre in Abuja.

Buhari said he would always put Nigeria first if elected into office, adding that when he ruled Nigeria between December 1983 and August 1985, he did not impose Islam on any individual.

He said having served in the military, he had been posted to several parts of the country and served alongside people of different religions and tribes.

He said the Peoples Democratic Party had succeeded in misrepresenting him to the Christian community because they could not sell their candidate.

I’m not planning to sack Jega – Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday dismissed reports that he is planning to sack the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega.

Speaking at a presidential media chat on Wednesday, the President said he has not told anybody that he wants to remove the INEC boss.

“I appointed Jega and other national commissioners and I’m not planning to sack them,” he stated.

He also said 2015 general election will go ahead as planned irrespective of what happened in the ongoing security operation against the Boko Haram sect.

He restated his determination to conduct elections that will be acceptable to Nigerians and the international community.

On the elections, President Jonathan said the primary objective of the operation against the Boko Haram sect is to improve the security architecture in the northeast and not to completely wipe out the insurgents.

“In 2011, we had the Boko Haram and elections still took place. What we are saying is that, these times around there are several things we must do. We must make advances in our operations against the sect. We don’t need to wipe out Boko Haram before we conduct elections,” he stated.

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