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Here is the major news summary from Nigerian newspapers online today being 15th of February 2019 of breaking news, trending news in Nigeria, and breaking top news in Naija today for the Nigeria News today headlines.

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Nigeria elections: Military reacts to IPOB sit-at-home order

The Nigerian military on Thursday frowned at the call for boycott of the general elections by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff, in a statement, warned that no form of intimidation or harassment would be tolerated on election days.

He said: “Members of the public are also advised to disregard the call to stay at home on the day of the election being circulated in some parts of the country.

“The stay-at-home leaflets being circulated and similar on-line messages are part of the handiwork of mischief makers who are bent on scuttling the process and should be ignored.

“I want to assure the general public that the security services are prepared to support the Police to ensure safe conduct of the elections.”

Meanwhile, Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, VON, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has said members of IPOB were a fringe portion of the entire populace and as such would not be a threat to Saturday’s polls.

Okechukwu, who spoke in Enugu on Thursday during a Southeast rally for President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said such existed in every democracy.

Okechukwu said, “People who are saying we should not participate in the election are in the fringe.

“If we were listening to them, why are the people spending their money, their strength running up and down to become one thing or the other.

“So, please, we should discountenance the fringe elements, they exist in every society, even in the churches.”

Nigeria Decides: Friday declared public holiday

Ahead of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Osun State government has declared Friday as public holiday.Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, the Supervisory Director of Osun Ministry of Information and Strategy, made this known in Osogbo on Thursday.

Baderinwa said in a statement that the holiday was to allow eligible voters to prepare and participate in the general elections.

He said government was aware that some of the voters in the civil service would need to travel to their various localities to vote.

Baderinwa also quoted Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola as urging the electorate who would be participating in the election to be of good conduct throughout the election period.

He said Oyetola appealed to the people to shun violence and any act capable of undermining the peaceful atmosphere of the state.

“Election is not about violence or brigandage; it is about using your Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to cast vote for a good candidate that will strengthen democracy and good governance.

“We have come a long way in the state of Osun in terms of development, human capital development, peace and security.

“This election is another opportunity to vote for the progress and development of the state.

“The government assures the people that law enforcement agencies are also ready to protect lives and property and prevent breach of the peace and disruption of the election.

“The government wishes all a happy holiday and a successful and peaceful election,’’ he said.

Nigeria elections: Buhari raises alarm, reveals persons inciting youths for violence

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said intelligence report had uncovered that some opposition leaders were inciting young Nigerians to go on rampage in a bid to discredit the forthcoming elections.

He, therefore, appealed to the youths in Nigeria to shun violence during the polls.

The nation’s leader, in his speech during a national broadcast, said: “I want to make a special appeal to our youth: Do not allow yourselves to be used to cause violence and destruction.

“The people who want to incite you are those preparing the ground for discrediting the elections. Having lost the argument, they fear losing the elections.

“As Government has a critical role in maintaining the democratic traditions, so do citizens. I therefore urge you all, as good Nigerians, to take a personal interest in promoting and maintaining peace in your respective neighbourhoods during the elections.

“This is certainly not a time to allow personal, religious, sectional or party interests to drive us to desperation.”

Rivers: APC states position on Supreme Court ruling on ‘exclusion’

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday urged its members and supporters to vote en masse for the party on Saturday.

Chris Finebone, APC Publicity Secretary, Rivers state, said this in a statement which disclosed resolutions at a meeting of the State Working Committee.

It said the party deliberated on the recent court rulings of various courts especially the decision of the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt and concluded that the APC and its candidates “will now, most certainly, be on the ballot this Saturday.”

According to him, “No order or judgement given since, including orders given by the Supreme Court on both jurisdiction and representation have said otherwise.

“We opted not to rely on a media circus to convey our right to be included. Unlike the many news reports that were suggesting we were dead and buried, we have since seen the orders and the Supreme Court judgement on the stay of execution which proves beyond reasonable doubt that INEC has an obligation to relist APC or risk being sanctioned for excluding us and disobeying a subsisting court order.

“We hail once again both decisions of the stay of execution, taken by the Court of Appeal recently and their reaffirmation of both yesterday. These decisions mean that nothing is stopping INEC from placing APC on the ballot. We welcome the moves by INEC to put us back on the ballot, as the alternative would have confirmed once and for all, the genuine fear that they are working for the PDP.

“We wish to state advisedly that obedience to the rule law is the best antidote to anarchy. In the circumstances, we urge INEC to speedily implement the rule of law and return our great party to its rightful place. We are only demanding a right to compete.

“We have passed the stage of worrying if we will be on the ballot. We must now prepare to punish those who have been trying to keep us out of the elections with our votes. With these same votes, we must give Mr. President our full support.”

Presidential election: What Atiku, Secondus said at PDP final rally in Adamawa

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, has charged the people of Adamawa State to stand solidly behind their son, the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, at the presidential election on Saturday.

Addressing party supporters at the grand finale rally in Yola, on Thursday, Secondus assured them that Atiku will not disappoint Nigerians

“We have a valentine gift for you and our gift is that we brought the next President to you; your own son”, he said.

In a statement from his media office signed by Ike Abonyi, Secondus said that after the overwhelming support Atiku has got from the other parts of the country, the people of Adamawa should lead the pack on Saturday.

He said an Atiku Presidency will be active and innovative and “will not be a sleeping President who would source out his power to the cabals”.

“With Atiku there will be no cabals, he will be the Commander in Chief and will be in charge of security and economic matters.

Oyo 2019: ADP Chairman, Owolabi, 10, 000 others, dump party for APC, blast Alao-Akala

Chairman of the Oyo State chapter of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Chief Folaranmi Owolabi, and about ten thousand other members of the party on Thursday, dumped the party and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The ADP Chairman and his colleagues joined the APC less than 24-hours to the much+awaited 2019 general elections.

Owolabi announced the defection of the former ADP members at an event held at the APC state secretariat in Ibadan, the state capital.

The former ADP Chairman, while speaking, alleged that he and other members of the party dumped ADP due to overbearing influence of a former Governor of the state and the governorship candidate of the party Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala.

He said that he and other defectors had no regrets taking the action barely 24 hours to the general elections, as he cited neglect of the state chapter by the national secretariat of the party, which they claimed had made them vulnerable, as part of their reasons.

Owolabi while speaking further vowed to mobilize other defectors to campaign vigorously for the victory of the Oyo South Senatorial District candidate of the APC, Governor Abiola Ajimobi; state governorship candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu and other APC members.

He claimed that the ex-governor had disrupted all the arrangements he met on ground. He added that he was able to mobilize over ten thousand members of the ADP to the ruling APC because they had always seen the ruling party as better coordinated, fair and just in the way it handles issues involving members.

Owolabi said, “Up till yesterday (Wednesday), I was the Oyo State chairman of the ADP; but, by the grace of God I and more than 10,000 members have dumped the ADP and we are now fully in APC.

“We were the foundation members of the ADP since the last two years. We nurtured the party to become a force to reckon with in Oyo State politics, which is what attracted the likes of Otunba Alao-Akala to come and join us. But, sadly, up till yesterday the national secretariat has never bothered about the welfare and upkeep of the state chapter of the party. No moral or financial support so far.

Champions League: What Pogba did after red card in Man Utd’s 2-0 defeat to PSG

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, reacted angrily in the dressing room, after his red card against Paris Saint-Germain and issued an apology to his teammates, the UK Sun reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first defeat since taking charge of United, as PSG sealed a 2-0 win in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

But United’s misery was compounded in the final stages of the game, when Pogba was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Dani Alves.

Pogba will now miss the return leg in Paris.

The France midfielder was furious with himself and took out his frustration on his locker, once he had got inside United’s dressing room.

“Pogba was distraught and he apologised to all of his team-mates.

“He felt as if he had let them down and he is now gutted to be missing the second leg.

“He banged his locker in anger several times,” the report quotes a source as saying.

Nigeria Decides: Atiku reacts to Buhari’s national broadcast

The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s national broadcast.

Atiku Abubakar described the president as a failed steward who has consistently distorted and twisted facts and events in a manner that has continued to rubbish the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

”We see President Muhammadu Buhari’s attack on the opposition in his nationwide broadcast Thursday night as part of the many gaffes which have come to define last days of the Buhari Presidency, rather than an address to be taken seriously by Nigerians,” Atiku said in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Publication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu.

Atiku said Buhari ought to have shown deep introspection in his public comments, because he is not just presiding over any country, but one with the largest black nation on earth, which bestows a lot of responsibility on him.

Buhari vs Atiku: How Yobe will vote on Saturday

Yobe state since 1999 to 2015 has been ruled by the opposition political party, hence parting ways with the then ruling party, despite several strategies adopted to force the state to fall in line has proved abortive.

The 2015 general elections saw the state for the first time being ruled by the political party at the centre, the APC, an opposition party formed from the merger of three political parties, namely: ANPP, CPC and ACN.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe is enjoying the already established support, loyalty and structure by the defunct ANPP as this was evident in the 2015 general elections as the party won the presidential and the governorship elections in addition to winning 5 out 6 Federal House Representatives seats, 2 out of 3 Senatorial seats and 23 out of the 24 state assembly seats, while the opposition PDP won 1 Senatorial seat, 1 House of Representative seat as well as 1 State assembly seat, though the member later defected to the ruling party.

With this, it is audible to the deaf and visible to the blind that, the ruling APC may likely maintain its dominance as regards the upcoming Presidential/National Assembly elections as well as other elections scheduled to hold on February 16th, and March 2nd.

Repeatedly, APC chieftains in the state had boasted in several campaign rallies that, ‘Yobe state is a no go area for PDP”. They (chieftains) in most cases buttressed their claims with the unprecedented turnout of the party’s supporters, stalwarts, chieftains, and admirers who on the 21st of January, 2019 received president Muhammadu Buhari in Damaturu and pledged their total support for his reelection bid and their unflinching support to the candidacy of all APC candidates in the state.

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