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Uganda's newest presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi says he has chances to win the next year’s presidential race, but he prays that Museveni doesn’t stand as a competitor.

Critics say that nothing new can be expected from Mbabazi, who has been with Museveni for the last 30 years.

But the former Prime Minister says he will tackle unemployment and deep-seated corruption in Uganda.

Do you see him winning next year’s presidential elections?

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Odo raised the alarm of an alleged grand conspiracy by the police and the State Governor to poison him in the police cell as soon as his arrest was perfected.

DAILY POST gathered that the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Adamu Mohammed, has invited the Speaker for questioning on matters relating to impeachment charges preferred against the state Governor, Sullivan Chime.

Odo told journalists on Thursday that the Assistant Commissioner of Police, who invited him via telephone call told him that he was invited to explain one of the allegations in the impeachment notice accusing Governor Chime of forging the 2012 supplementary budget.

Odo wondered why the police is interfering in the house legislative mandate even when the house has obtained a court injunction against police obstruction of the proceedings of the house.

The speaker while addressing newsmen said he does not intend to honour the police invitation, alleging that both the police and Governor Chime have connived to “detain and poison him” in police cell.

He urged the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to intervene in the state crisis and call CP Adamu Mohammed to order.

Odoh’s words: “The commissioner of police is yet to obey the court order instead he has invited me on account of petition allegedly written by the Governor.

“I want to state categorically clear that the issue of impeachment is a legislative matter and ought not to be taken over by the police. My personal life and my family is now in the hands of the Governor and the police. I suspect we may be detained and poisoned in Enugu state

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The head of Burundi’s army said on Thursday that an attempted coup had failed and forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza were in control, a day after another general said he had sacked Nkurunziza for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office.
“The coup attempt failed, loyal forces are still controlling all strategic points,” said Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Prime Niyongabo, in a statement broadcast on state radio.
A Reuters witness reported a journalist at the state broadcaster had said there was still heavy gunfire being heard around the state television and radio station in the capital on Thursday morning. Another Reuters witness said loud blasts were heard in the capital.
The witness said two private radio stations and a television station were attacked by unknown men in police uniforms. The two stations were among those that carried Major Gen. Godefroid Niyombare’s announcement on Wednesday that he had sacked Nkurunziza.
Neither Niyombare nor his spokespeople were immediately available to comment.
With President Nkurunziza having gone to Tanzania to discuss the crisis with East African leaders on Wednesday, the presidency dismissed the declaration by Niyombare, who was fired as Nkurunziza’s intelligence chief in February, after he advised  the president not to seek another tenure in office  saying on Facebook that the coup had been “foiled.”
Late on Wednesday night, Nkurunziza’s whereabouts were unclear.
A Tanzanian official said he had not attended the talks in Dar es Salaam, and had left to return to Burundi. But Niyombare said the capital’s airport and all border have been shut down.The head of Burundi’s army said on Thursday that an attempted coup had failed and forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza were in control, a day after another general said he had sacked Nkurunziza for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office.
“The coup attempt failed, loyal forces are still controlling all strategic points,” said Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Prime Niyongabo, in a statement broadcast on state radio.
A Reuters witness reported a journalist at the state broadcaster had said there was still heavy gunfire being heard around the state television and radio station in the capital on Thursday morning. Another Reuters witness said loud blasts were heard in the capital.
The witness said two private radio stations and a television station were attacked by unknown men in police uniforms. The two stations were among those that carried Major Gen. Godefroid Niyombare’s announcement on Wednesday that he had sacked Nkurunziza.
Neither Niyombare nor his spokespeople were immediately available to comment.
With President Nkurunziza having gone to Tanzania to discuss the crisis with East African leaders on Wednesday, the presidency dismissed the declaration by Niyombare, who was fired as Nkurunziza’s intelligence chief in February, after he adviced the president not to seek another tenure in office  saying on Facebook that the coup had been “foiled.”
Late on Wednesday night, Nkurunziza’s whereabouts were unclear.
A Tanzanian official said he had not attended the talks in Dar es Salaam, and had left to return to Burundi. But Niyombare said the capital’s airport and all border have been shut down. Read More
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The President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi, on Thursday paid glowing tributes to President Goodluck Jonathan for setting an exemplary leadership style in the African continent.

He gave the commendations after a closed-door meeting with President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Noting that Jonathan played a leadership role in Africa, he recalled that the Nigerian leader had mediated in conflicts in many countries including Mali and Guinea Bissau.

Yayi said he couldn’t come before now to congratulate President Jonathan for presiding over a hitch free and successful elections, because of the legislative election held in Benin
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He said: “I came to congratulate my brother, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. He is a very great statesman, he organized a peaceful election in the largest country in sub Saharan Africa.

“To us, the election was very transparent and peaceful and coming back, he took a wonderful decision by calling his challenger to congratulate him even before the final result was released.
“Usually, in Africa, it is rare. He gave us very good example of democracy, not only in our sub-region, or the continent as a whole, but the whole world.
“My brother, we like to congratulate you on behalf of your colleagues in the sub region. He is really a great statesman.

He successfully managed and led Nigeria to fight Boko Haram. It was not easy.
“Nigeria is a strong country, being able to set the pace in West Africa. Nigeria is great country and the President is a great president. Nigeria has been the first economic power in Africa. It is not easy.

“I will like to thank him because I’m the President of Benin and we depend on Nigeria. What he did here is of immense benefit to us.”
He also said that Nigeria has been playing leadership role in ECOWAS and the African Union. Read More
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Dickson made the denial in a reaction to claim by Sen. Clever Ikisikpo while defecting to the APC on Wednesday in Abuja.

Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa on Thursday denied that he was planning to leave the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress.

Dickson made the denial in a reaction to claim by Sen. Clever Ikisikpo while defecting to the APC on Wednesday in Abuja.

The lawmaker who defected from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had announced at the ceremony that the Bayelsa was ready to move over to the APC.

But Dickson in a statement issued in Yenagoa by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, described the assertion of Ikisikpo, who represents Bayelsa-East Senatorial District as “uncharitable”.

He said that the senator made the comment out of frustration. “Ikisikpo wants to dignify his perfidy and rope Gov. Dickson into his dubious defection scheme.

“He is a man who rose from relative obscurity through the platform of the PDP from 1999 as House of Assembly member and later to the National Assembly.

“And, he is serving as a two-term member of the green chambers and from there rose through the shoulders of President Goodluck Jonathan to the Senate.

“He could not even, as a mark of honor and respect, wait for the president, his benefactor, kinsman and leader of a political party that gave him so much, to leave office before defecting to the APC.

“It shows the height of desperation, treachery, mischief and blackmail perpetrated by some of the so-called PDP leaders, who worked to deny the party victory at the polls even against one of their own.

“As a government, we are not surprised at the action of Ikisikpo and others like him. In fact, the public should expect many more defections in the days to come from those, who worked against the party. Read More
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Chief Theodore Orji, says the many legacy projects built by his administration testify that his government has done well in laying a solid foundation for good governance in the state.

Speaking while commissioning the Umuahia and Aba High Court complexes simultaneously in Umuahia, Governor Orji said he believes that his administration has made a positive impact on the state through its many foundational and legacy projects.

According to him, incoming governments will not be bogged down in building similar institutional frameworks but rather focus on other important aspects of government.

He noted that there was little or no institutions that support democracy or durable infrastructure that serve the need of the people on his assumption of office including befitting judiciary, public information building, workers' secretariat and government house etc, adding that was why his government responded by embarking on democracy institutions as a way of building the new face of Abia.

He stated that the ceremony could not have come at a better time than now and thanked Abians for their support for his government.

The Governor also extended his hands of fellowship to his detractors who see nothing good in his government, stressing that there are many projects on ground for people to see.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Housing, Prince K.O. Mgbahuru, said the project in Umuahia which is furnished and equipped with state of the art facilities is replicated in Aba and thanked the Governor for providing the new court complexes which have six court halls as well as renovating existing ones.

Governor Orji who had earlier presented a brand new jeep to the Chief Judge, thanked her for being patient adding that he will fulfill all that is due her.

Earlier in her address, the state Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, who expressed gratitude to the governor for the edifices noted that this was the first time any government in the state was providing such an edifice for the judiciary and described it as the best in the South-East.

According to her, the complexes will help in quick dispensation of justice and decongestion of cases and drew the attention of the governor to the serious need for court halls and other facilities in other judicial divisions and margisterial districts outside Umuahia and Aba. Read More
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Nollywood actor, Desmond Elliot  who is contesting to represent Surulere Constituency seat in the Lagos House of Assembly, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly bribed voters at a polling unit in his constituency.

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The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has urged Igbo across the state to push the All Progressives Congress ‘into the lagoon’ by voting for him on Saturday.
Agbaje said this while addressing Igbo traders at the Alaba International Market on Thursday.

The PDP candidate urged them to ignore the threats made by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, that if they do not vote for the APC governorship candidate on Saturday, they would die in the lagoon.
“Nobody can push you into the Atlantic Ocean. Rather, you should use your votes to push the APC into the Atlantic Ocean by voting massively for the PDP on Saturday,” Agbaje said.

He urged the people to ignore the scare tactics being marshalled by the APC, saying, it was the antics of a drowning party.
Agbaje said, “Election is like a snake. You have to make sure you win by killing the snake completely by using your votes to drive the APC out of power. The reason why they are harassing you is because they fear Igbo votes. They will try to do ‘shakara’ for you but you must vote massively for the PDP and protect your votes.”
Agbaje, who was accompanied by his running mate, Alhaja Safuratu Abdulkarim; and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, said the APC had become arrogant because the party had been in power for too long.

He said, “In the last 16 years, the APC has been full of arrogance. This arrogance must end once and for all. Saturday is the time to say enough is enough.”
Counselling the audience to eschew violence and refuse to be intimidated at the polling venue, Agbaje urged them to guard their votes.
He said, “God is on our side and power will change hands on Saturday and life will be better for you and your businesses. There will be no oppression again because this election is about freedom from bondage.
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