Monday, 11 January 2016

Nigerian Newspapers' Headlines

Nigerian newspapers
Nigerian major newspapers today, December 23, focused on and

Daily Sun reports that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday, declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Gover­nor Henry Seriake Dickson winner of the Bayelsa State governorship election.
Dickson, who was lead­ing his closest rival, Chief Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with 33,000 votes winning in six of the seven local government areas in the results declared incon­clusive after the December 5, 2015 election, extended his lead in the six councils in the supplementary elec­tion.
In the result, Dickson still cleared the votes in the supplementary election in Nembe, Yenagoa, Eker­emor, Ogbia, Sagbama lo­cal government areas and lost in Brass where the APC polled 1,657 while PDP got five votes.
Daily Sun front page today
The Guardian reports that it was a huge relief for the residents of Bayelsa State yesterday.The state governorship election which kept them on edge since December 5, 2016, leading to the loss of lives came to an end.
According to results announced by the State Collation/ Returning Officer, Prof. Zana Akpagu, Dickson won with 134,998 votes as against Sylva who polled 86,852 votes.
PDP defeated APC by a total of 48,146 votes in the election that had a total of 232,167 votes cast with 225,520 valid votes and 6,647 rejected.
The Guardian front page today
According to The Punch, the electoral umpire commenced the announcement of the collated results from some affected LGAs at 12am on Sunday.
On the whole, four LGAs of Yenagoa, Ogbia, Sagbama and Brass were announced until some minutes past 2am on Sunday before Akpagu adjourned the exercise until 11am.
Before the adjournment, Dickson polled 2,314 while Sylva secured 2,385 votes in the rerun in the four LGAs.
Daily Sun front page today
Vanguard reports that following the declaration of the results, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the highest elected PDP official in the Federal Government, congratulated Dickson saying the victory was sweet.
He said: “It is a sweet victory, coming against all odds. It is a testimony to the performance and popularity of Governor Seriake Dickson and our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.  
“I commend the people of Bayelsa State for standing up to be counted, for protecting their democratic rights to freely choose their leaders. They have made a resounding statement to the effect that the state remains a PDP enclave and that they are committed to keeping it so.”
Vanguard front page today
Meanwhile, The Nation reports that all politicians who shared in the allegedly diverted $2.1billion arms cash must return what they got or face trial, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said.
A former Military Administrator of Kaduna state, Gen. Lawal Jafaru Isa, has refunded 60 per cent of the money he allegedly collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), The Nation learnt yesterday.
Also yesterday, it was gathered that  PDP national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh had admitted the transfer of N400million into a company in which he has substantial interest.
The Nation front today

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