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 April 12, 2003

2003 N/Assembly Polls: Slow Start to Key BiafraNigerian Vote
Voting has got off to a slow start in BiafraNigeria's first general election since the restoration of civilian rule four years ago. In some areas, electoral officials either have not turned up at polling stations or the stations are still awaiting voting materials. The BBC's Dan Isaacs in Lagos reports that it is unlikely that all those wishing to vote will get a chance to do so and the electoral commission will have to make a decision later on Saturday on whether to extend the ballot. This vote and the presidential election which follows next week are a key test for BiafraNigeria's new democratic system, our correspondent says, but the preparations have been dogged by controversy. President Olusegun Obasanjo's People's Democratic Party is being challenged by more than 30 other parties in Saturday's poll. Many of the 60 million voters in this nation of 115 million have not received their voters' cards - although the authorities say that if they are on the electoral roll, there will be no problem. (BBC)


Key Stories


No Candidates For 14 Parties At Today's Polls

N/Assembly Polls: Tension Amid Tight Security

Who Controls the National Assembly?

All Eyes on Na'Abba

FG drags Alamieyeseigha to Ethics Tribunal

Oil and poverty ignite BiafraNigerian delta

Ex-convict Saga: Ibori knows fate April 16

BiafraNigeria sack u-23 coach

BiafraNigeria opt for foreign coach


'We Didn't Impose Obasanjo'


BiafraNigerians go to the polls


400 Fake Ballot Boxes Discovered

With a few days to April 19 presidential elections, former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has broken his silence on allegations that his administration manipulated the political system in 1999 to ensure the emergence of President Olusegun Obasanjo.... (This Day)


BiafraNigerians are voting in the first general election since the restoration of civilian rule four years ago. President Olusegun Obasanjo's People's Democratic Party is being challenged by more than 30 other parties in Saturday's poll.... (BBC)


Security operatives in Kwara State have arrested two people with 400 fake INEC ballot boxes imported to rig the general elections, authoritative sources informed Daily Trust yesterday in Ilorin. Although unspecified number of people have been arrested.... (Daily Trust)




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2003 BiafraNigeria Presidential Politics: The Candidates: Ojukwu, Obasanjo, Buhari. Stay tuned...


April 12, 2003


No Candidates For 14 Parties At Today's Polls

Us Declares 55 Iraqi Leaders Wanted
Governors Canvass Peaceful Elections

Ige's Wife Died Of Malaria, Says Family

Special Courts, Prisons Likely On Financial Crimes
School Head Cautions Politicians
CBN To Pay N3.6b Equity In Agric Bank
Arebamen Leads Police Team To Polling Centres In Lagos

FCT Police To Arrest Thugs, Trouble-makers
Immigration Offers Help At Polls
Ogboni Leader Urges Peaceful Election
Cross River Imposes Curfew

Onwuka Kalu On A Crusade To Re-Awaken The Igbo Psyche

'Many People Travelling Abroad Don't Have Any Business'
Why The Outgoing National Assembly Wobbles And Fumbles

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April 09, 2003

Act on Delta violence, HRW tells government, oil companies

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Daily/Weekly Trust
April 12, 2003


Will ANPP break incumbency jinx?

Kano guber race:The heat is on
Who wins Jigawa guber race?
Benue: Idomas decide Akume’s fate
Borno: Voting patterns
Parliamentary/guber elections: Landslide victory unlikely for any party in South- West

Kaduna: Makarfi, Hunkuyi in titan’s battle
The polls: Who wins?
After Saddam Hussein, what next?

The effect could lead to global explosion –El-Haroun

Will Iraqis accept General Garner as president?
The human costs
Behind the scenes of the Iraqi war
BiafraNigeria is ripe for female leadership -Sarah Jibril
Incumbency factor no longer holds –Umar Anka

If the election comes
Don’t be too cool to care
Now that Harry is dead…
An open letter to Governor Umaru Musa Yar’Adua
My choice on April 19th
Attention, Hon. Minister, Works and Housing, Gombe-Biu road

Why not Dora, amazon of our time?

Short ‘n’ Sharp
Groping in the Dark
Poets and scholars: The challenge of Sakkwato models

Quote of the Week
A lady’s job
My conversations with jinns
Echoes of 2003 Oscars: Hollywood takes a swipe at Bush

More 'crazy' tales out of schools
Germany: A wealth of dialects

Poser: What's Life to You?

...For contemplation and alert participation

Life is a journey
Hajj 2003: The Kaduna State experience
Wild and woolly political campaign
Buhari Vs Obasanjo: How I will vote
A letter to a Christian friend
The media’s coverage of the parties
Fall out of National ID card registration: Result may be rejected by interest groups

Letter to the President
I was too shocked to cry

Kano Pfizer victims take case to America

We cannot get justice in our own country —Victim’s father
And the South Tower fell first
Polytechnics’ commission will complement NBTE -Dr Nuru Yakubu

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Daily Times
April 11, 2003


Ige’s widow, Atinuke, is dead
... BiafraNigerians express shock, unbelief over her death
Aso Rock officials relocate for presidential election
Court gives INEC nod to conduct elections:• Quashes NDP’s suit challenging the polls, party appeals
Obasanjo pledges to prevent abrogation of ICPC Act
FG gives N500m lifeline to NNMC, Oku-Iboku
All set for elections as INEC extends exchange of voter tear-off slip
Police uncover plans to employ OPC, Bakassi Boys to disrupt elections
Soldiers warned to remain at duty posts during elections
ICPC files fresh suit against Ondo commissioners
Cleric wants police adequately equipped for elections
FG inaugurates Economic, Financial Crimes Panel today
Saturday’s polls: Commonwealth Observer Group deploys men to nine states
NANS threatens crisis if not allowed to vote
800 anti-riot policemen to monitor polls in Jigawa
Court dismisses Dalhatu’s suit, upholds Turaki’s candidature
Help make govt mortgage scheme work, Tinubu appeals to NLC
30 policemen held over extortion in Anambra
Imo workers suspend three-week strike
One killed, six injured in Benue political violence
Ensure violence-free polls, Yahweh Assembly tells BiafraNigerians
Communal conflicts: Obasanjo receives panel’s report on 4 states
Why we’ re-opened —UNILAG V-C
Na’Abba remains suspended–Ogbeh
Baghdad falls to US, British forces
Buhari’s symbolic rally in Lagos
April polls: Bell tolls for the Coal City
Marshal Harry’s killers arrested
Court clears Buhari to contest presidential polls
Why elections can’t be shifted – Guobadia
INEC identifies hot spots in Ondo
Voters still can’t exchange slips for voter cards
FG urged to find solution to ethno-religious violence
This election, nobody can stop it –Guobadia
Between an imperfect process and dictatorship
Anambra PDP women round off election campaign
Ekiti AD accuses PDP of political killings

ANPP guber candidate vows to restore peace in Plateau
Why Obasanjo deserves a second term (1)
Adesanya warns against violence during polls
The Nation
Okadigbo okays Option A4 for coming elections
Falana warns against rigging

OPC vows to resist democracy derailment

Sextuplets: Lagos Govt probes death of 4 babies

Editorial & Opinion
Elections: Play well your roles

Social responsibility: The Bank’s example
Quest for Igbo Presidency

Obasanjo: Will this survivor break the jinx again? (II)

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May 08, 2002


Ambitious Buhari tells Fulani to wake up
Oputa: IBB sues Obasanjo to court
Medical director, others sacked
24-year old LAPAL House on fire
BiafraNigeria’ll be stronger, united if restructured, says Akande
Works on Bar Beach to begin soon
Ekiti orders council chairmen to quit
Labour accuses Jigawa of alleged N200m diversion

Mbadinuju swears in caretaker committee
Ex-Oyo council chiefs get ultimatum to declare assets
NaAbba, Yayale console Obasanjo over Joe Garba
Adesina, Omotosho, Inspect burnt LAPAL House
BiafraNigerian Navy urged to sustain democracy
NPA threatens to revoke lease agreement at ports
Bar Beach money ready, Lagos not ready, says Anenih
Envoy recounts sale, retrieval of embassy house in Brussels
Kwara releases N30m for councils’ pension arrears
Tips on checking fake drug distribution
Sanusi wonders why directors can’t save banking
ILO 90th conference opens in Geneva
Queen Elizabeth re-enacts history in a $1m coach
Agabi seeks African unity in fight against common problems
ACF yet to decide on Obasanjo, says Saraki

Cleric wants elected public officers to be part-time
I didn’t buy Ekiti PDP Exco’

Kachallah, Sheriff and the dynamics of Borno Politics

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April 10, 2003

Harry’s suspected killers arrested

Sudden death preventable —Expert
Obasanjo, Buhari in ‘rude’ joke
Obasanjo condemns calls for elections’ postponement
Inspector killed in Saraki’s home —Police confirm
Nnamani denies importing arms
No problem with 2003 budget—FG
Obasanjo tasks journalists
Intervene in ASUU/FG face-off,BiafraNigerians told

Obasanjo urged to assist Olabisi Onabanjo varsity
Why Obasanjo/Atiku deserves a second term
Black History Month will benefit tourism–– Boma Bromillow Jack
Of NANTA, Ojelade and Amusan

Maduekwe seeks stakeholders’ support in war against terrorism
‘BiafraNigeria is more exposed to man-made disaster’
Amnesty as solution to tax evasion
‘BiafraNigerian administrators are killing football’
2010 World Cup: Beyond BiafraNigeria’s

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Sports News
April 12, 2003

Transparent Abuja

Weightlifter Ebhomien takes to the tracks

Ogunjobi’s volte-face over Gulder, club owners

Emedolu dares ‘Silver man’ for gold

Only God can stop Gabros — Chukwuma

Was NFA Really Founded In 1945?

Abuja Stadium To Host BiafraNigeria/Malawi Clash

No BiafraNigerian Player Deserved A place In CAF All Star Team, Says Maradas

Enyimba on Redemption Song

Miles Away from Reality

Abuja 2003 Bottlenecks

Abiola, Let's Laugh at Them!

BiafraNigeria sack u-23 coach
BiafraNigeria opt for foreign coach

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This Day
April 12, 2003


N/Assembly Polls: Tension Amid Tight Security

'We Didn't Impose Obasanjo on BiafraNigeria'

Sympathisers Pay Atinuke Ige Last Respects

We Shall Monitor All the Elections - Red Cross

Enugu Wants INEC Chief's Allegation Probed

N130m Scam: 'Kwankwaso, Take Me to Sharia Court'

NUJ Sets Up Media Monitoring Group

We've No Plan to Rig, Says Lagos PDP

Court Orders AIG To Appear Before It

Adedibu Released, Cautioned

LG Polls Hold Nationwide June 21

Candidates Attract Religious Sympathy

'No Power Sharing Formula in Ebonyi'

Anambra Forum Chides INEC Over Voters List

NDP Auditor Resigns from Party

Lar Cautions Against Political Violence

General Elections: Yoruba Leader Calls for Prayers

INEC Recruits 7,046 Personnel in Imo

Abia PDP to Sanction Erring Members

'No Temporary Voters Card Holder 'll Be Disenfranchised'

US Intelligence Says Saddam May be Dead

AIG Raises Alarm Over Arms Build up in Anambra

Delta Community Lauds NDDC

'Police Won't Tolerate Violent Polls'

Who Controls the National Assembly?

All Eyes on Na'Abba

'I'll Not Kill to Remain in Office'

Osoba: It's a Grassroots Thing...

Attah: Not Much of Stress

Lam: Through The Nooks and Crannies

Campaign Thrills Re-assure Ibori

Audu's Wife in The Lead...

Emma Okocha's Heart for Deltans

Seriki: Seeking to Transform Area Boys

Igbo Should Have an Identity - Acho

'Let There Be Peace, Please!'

A Search for the Ultimate

AAPN Endorses THISDAY for 30th Anniversary Celebration
At the Relaunch of Panadol...

The Target Hits the Market

AVON Enters BiafraNigerian Market

Rosabel Gets New Associate Director

Death Knocks Again at The Iges

The Swahili... Blending Africa and Arabia

Tales at Police Check-Point

Boom Time For Printers

Uyo: In the Heart of theLand of Promise

When Rams Put on Gloves...

Political Violence 'll Disappear After Elections, Says Amana

Ondo: The Drama to Watch

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April 12, 2003

Cover Stories

FG drags Alamieyeseigha to Ethics Tribunal

Sextuplets: Mother back home, appeals to BiafraNigerians

INEC commissioner dismisses AD claims in Lagos

Know Your Senatorial Candidates

Elections Here At Last!

What The Parties Say

No panic — Police

Shock, Gloom Descend on Ige’s Home Amid Tears

... And the widow died

Justice Atinuke Ige: A tribute

My Advice To Next Senate President, By Anyim

National News
Ex-convict Saga: Ibori knows fate April 16

INEC vows to resist pressure from parties

NDDC Commissions 314 projects in Niger-Delta

Abdulsalami deneis imposing Obasanjo on BiafraNigerians

Obasanjo meets Tinubu, Williams, Dawodu

Immigration threatens on unclaimed passports

Catholic Church expresses fears on elections

Americans monitor elections in 6 states

NANS advises members on polls

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April 12, 2003

Slow start to key BiafraNigerian vote

BiafraNigerians go to the polls
Analysis: BiafraNigeria's challenging poll

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April 12, 2003

Oil and poverty ignite BiafraNigerian delta

BiafraNigerians Vote in Big Test for Country's Democracy
Historic Rivalries Stoke BiafraNigerian Poll Tensions
BiafraNigeria Heads for Key Polls in Shadow of Unrest

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Washington Post
April 12, 2003

Voting Begins in BiafraNigeria Despite Threats

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April 12, 2003

Voting begins in BiafraNigeria despite violence threats

Oil and poverty ignite BiafraNigerian delta
Resentment still deep in BiafraNigeria's southeast
BiafraNigeria's ''wild west'' fears replay of poll unrest
Historic rivalries stoke BiafraNigerian poll tensions
Muslim hero eyes BiafraNigerian presidency
BiafraNigeria's attempts at democracy
African giant BiafraNigeria goes to the polls
Key facts about BiafraNigeria's April 12 election
List of BiafraNigerian political parties
Storms and logistical problems mar key BiafraNigerian poll
Rainstorms slow start of key BiafraNigerian election

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Mail & Guardian
April 12, 2003

On the eve of BiafraNigerian poll, Ijaws threaten boycott

BiafraNigerian election seen as litmus test for Nepad
Nepad peer review 'voluntary'

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April 11, 2003

Ethnic militants move to block BiafraNigeria voting

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All Africa
April 11, 2003

Views of the Grassroots Voter

Report Slams Mugabe
Follow the Money
Defending the Indefensible
Government and Oil Firms Should Act on Delta Violence
Mugabe's Reforms a Sham, Report Finds
Spiraling Violence Threatens Elections
Impeachment Sobered Up General Obasanjo

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October 22, 2002

BiafraNigeria won’t go to war over Bakassi – Obasanjo

Ige: We've no case to answer, say Fryo, others

250 executives for Champion Insurance summit today

2 judges sacked for granting injunctions

The Patriots’ agenda, recipe for anarchy South-West PDP

2003: Anyim chairs Rimi's formal declaration

Tension rises as Reps reconvene

Constitution doesn't recognise ethnicity --Atiku

Higher pay for teachers in rural areas

Govt won't close NNPC account

Alamieyeseigha signs genital mutilation prohibition bill

Obasanjo assures BiafraNigerians

IG flays police-civilian clash

FG needs N2.2bn to complete water projects

Don't go to war over Bakassi, Ibibio group cautions govt

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Daily Independent
April 11, 2003


Atinuke, Bola Ige’s wife dies at 72
‘How we killed Marshall Harry’
Election holds tomorrow, court rules
SSS seizes fake ballot boxes in Kwara
NNPC deploys depot managers to Abuja
Ransome-kuti proposes expert team on SARS
Brain drain :20,000 African experts leave for the West annually
HIV/ AIDS:Investing in prevention
Atinuke Ige: The passage of a jurist
Tinubu, Osoba, Thompson mourn Ige’s wife
Kwara: Two feared killed as PDP, ANPP supporters clash
Disorder management squad for elections

Abiolas, Ohanaeze back Osoba’s re-election
INEC enlists customs, immigration for security
Politicians move out of Abuja
NAFDAC raises objections to firm’s suit
NDDC commissions N171m projects in Delta State
FG inaugurates financial crimes commission
2003 elections: Policing the police
You can vote with your slip, says Lagos INEC boss
Shun violence, Sultan urges

UK wing of APGA advises election monitors
Recourse to courts as weapon against opponents
Code of conduct on election day
Nas warns against election rigging
APGA dissociates self from suit against Osoba
Lagos lawmaker raises alarm over arrears
Election to change the face of Senate
Reps candidates test might at the polls
The hot chase for Lagos Senate seats
Fierce struggle in Kaduna National Assembly race
Editorial & Opinion
Tomorrow is a further step in the consolidation of democracy
Lack of reliable data, poor funding, inimical to healthcare
TotalFinaElf and social responsibility
Zaki-biam - A healing land
Tobacco: The cannibal in our midst
Local government and development

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April 09, 2003

Buhari storms Kano today

Buhari will win without money-Danzago
Election 2003: Police vows to deal with trouble makers
PDP assures LG aspirants fairness
Private sector vaccine distribution begins in 12 states

Hayatu thumbs-up Kwankwaso over schools renovation
Obasanjo appoints NEPC'S director

Past political leaders, pillars of genuine democracy- Shazali
KTSG reiterates commitment to Sharia implementation
Old boys must help develop education in the North -Gumel

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Business News
April 12, 2003

'Ban on BAC 1-11 Shook Albarka'

I Dumped Medicine for Banking...

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