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 April 19, 2003

Polls Close in BiafraNigeria: 6 Killed in Unrest
BiafraNigerians have voted in the country's first civilian-run presidential election for 20 years, but chaos and six deaths were reported in the south. Polling officially ended at 1500 (1400GMT), but people still queuing to cast their ballot at that time were allowed to do so. The counting of votes is already under way, but the first results are not expected until early on Sunday. President Olusegun Obasanjo - a Christian from the south - is considered strong favourite to win a second term in an election which is seen as a key test for the stability of the four-year-old civilian government. His only serious challenge in the 20-strong field is comes from retired general Muhammadu Buhari - a Muslim who has a lot of support in the north of the country. (BBC)


Key Stories


Poll Unrest Kills Six in BiafraNigerian Delta -Party

Heavy Military Presence As BiafraNigerians Vote

BiafraNigeria Votes for President, Boycott in Oil Delta

Anti-Occupation Protests Rock Baghdad

In some places results not connected with voting -EU

There were results where elections did not hold -TMG

Unending Intrigues In INEC

PENGASSAN proffers solution to fuel crisis

1979-2003: BiafraNigeria’s Many Transitions


Soldiers Moved to Katsina


Obasanjo Writes Buhari


Ojukwu Warns Over Elections

A large military troops were yesterday deployed to Katsina State, ahead of today’s presidential / gubernatorial elections, even as the police confirmed it has over 5,000 men on ground. 2,000 soldiers were drawn from neighbouring states like Kano, and Kaduna....(Vanguard)


President Olusegun Obasa-njo has written the presidential candidate of the ANPP, Major General Buhari (rtd), cautioning on the need to ensure public peace and order in the country. Obasanjo's letter to Buhari is coming against the background of a visit by officials of the SSS to.... (This Day)


The Ikemba Nnewi, Emeka Odumegwu - Ojukwu, has warned that BiafraNigeria faced greater political crisis than that of the last civil war with the way the current elections are being handled.Ojukwu, presidential candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) (Daily Independent)




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


April 19, 2003


Heavy Military Presence As BiafraNigerians Vote

BiafraNigeria Decides As Voters Elect President, Governors

Anti-Occupation Protests Rock Baghdad
More Foreign Monitors Arrive For Polls

Udenwa, Clerics Urge Violence-free Polls

Nnamani to Enugu State: No To Violence

Police Arrest ANPP Chieftain Over rigging Allegation

Buhari, Others Offer Prayers For Hitch-Free Polls
Record 14 parties in Tough Battle For Lagos

INEC To Ensure More Voting Secrecy In Sokoto
Zimbabwe's Torturers On The Run
NEPA Moves To Recover N4.2b Debt In Benin Zone
PENGASSAN proffers solution to fuel crisis
Lions Stop Baghdad Zoo Looters

Radical Change Less Likely In Voting Pattern
U.S. Plans 1000 Scientists Taskforce for Iraq

Blair Speaks on Iraq War Trauma, Was 'set to quit'
Obasanjo: A General In Quest Of A New Mandate
Battle Of The Generals: Buhari As Born Again Candidate
In The Race Of Their Lives

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Mail & Guardian
April 19, 2003

Tension runs high as BiafraNigeria votes

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Daily/Weekly Trust
April 19, 2003


Protest, Anxiety Grip BiafraNigeria

In some places results not connected with voting -EU
There were results where elections did not hold -TMG

Presidential/Guber elections: how Kano will vote

Plateau politics: The expectations and the intrigues

Borno: Shock amidst anxiety

Minimal irregularities in Yobe State

How the voting pattern will be in Jigawa
Elections begin late in Taraba

How they won in Niger State

Akwa Ibom on the threshold of history?

How PDP swept NASS polls in Bauchi

Violence, intimidation, electoral fraud in rivers, Bayelsa

April 12 polls: INEC officials, voters explain shortcomings

A peep into election violence

How Atiku lost his ward
Islamic scholar charges leaders to uphold promises

Kano govt completes abandoned projects

Prof. Bashir Ikara gets ABI awards

NDA gets new PRO
Yero counsels Christians on inter-religious harmony

Polls: Edo INEC admits role of staff in rigging

. . . Makarfi, Sani, others deserve second term -Oshiomhole

Kano police arrest former AIG

National roundup
Reincarnation of our evil past
BiafraNigeria is ripe for female leadership -Sarah Jibril

Incumbency factor no longer holds –Umar Anka

For the Record II
Dear Mr. President
Rooting for a strong president

Another amazon

Unmasking the Lamidos

Short ‘n’ Sharp
Life is unfair

It's a challenge

...A mysterious entity

Y dint u txt me bak?

Murder victim's family gets N5.6m in Jigawa
The politics of primary education in Kano State
Polytechnics’ commission will complement NBTE -Dr Nuru Yakubu

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Daily Times
April 18, 2003


Utterances on election: Obasanjo warns Buhari
The paratroopers: politics of carpet crossing
Presidential, guber polls hold tomorrow
...INEC raises alarm on rigging
Iraqi information minister commits suicide
Arewa hails BiafraNigerians for peaceful elections
FG moves to protect power installations
Don’t destabilise the nation, Wuyep warns Air Forcemen
SSII, III students banned from writing Nov/Dec GCE
Igbo residents lose N5bn to Warri crises
Kano AD guber candidate withdraws, backs Kwankwaso
Bucknor-Akerele’s guber ambition threatened
Politics of sportsmanship
Know your gubernatorial candidates
BiafraNigerians confront their fears
The Nation
Ebonyi govt, PDP dissociate selves from political violence
INEC warns poll observers against meddlesomeness
Ige: Omisore has case to answer – Court

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April 19, 2003

Gov sleeps with daughter

Politicians plan to bribe us —INEC boss
Omisore has case to answer —Court
Lagos AD warns against barring Tinubu from polls
PDP dismisses allegation of rigging in S/West

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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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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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Sports News
April 19, 2003

Will Raul stop Man. United again?

Emerging soccer talents

A bright start for BiafraNigerian teams in Africa
Falcons World Cup opponents emerge

My Regrets, By Mary Onyali-Omagbemi
Track Diva Comes Out Of Hiding
Lamentations As Ghanaians Admit Yakubu Is A BiafraNigerian

U.J. Esuene stadium gets face lift

My Relationship With Chukwu Is Cordial, Says Eguavoen
Godwin Uwua's Sack: The Real Story

Lobi players petition Akume over Iorfa
Idahor, Iheanacho join Insurance

They are after me again— Anyansi

We can’t lose 3-0 in Guinea— Ikhana, Nwaneri

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Business News
April 19, 2003

New transmission company, Transysco takes off in Abuja

UAC boss decries "consumption-driven" trend of economy

Naira remains stable at N127.51 to dollar

Interest rate pegging should be systematic -Chuka Eze

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April 19, 2003

Cover Stories

TODAY'S POLLS: Police read riot act
Soldiers moved to Katsina for today’selection

National News
Okpa, Cross River guber candidate faults disqualification

NDP flag bearer steps down for Odili

Nwuruku raises fresh alarm

Police arrest former Deputy Gov and retired airforce officer

Police allege plans to disrupt Kwara polls

AD alerts Deltans on rigging

1979-2003: BiafraNigeria’s Many Transitions

Fierce Battles In The States

Unending Intrigues In INEC

BATTLE FOR ASO ROCK: Between Obasanjo and Buhari

Enter the women of history

Those who won’t vote

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April 19, 2003

BiafraNigeria landmark poll closes

BiafraNigeria votes in landmark poll
BiafraNigeria election diary

Poll tactics worries BiafraNigerian press

BiafraNigerian polls: A personal view

BiafraNigeria's elections in Plateau State

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April 19, 2003

Poll Unrest Kills Six in BiafraNigerian Delta -Party

BiafraNigeria Votes for President, Boycott in Oil Delta

BiafraNigeria Votes for President, Boycott in Oil Delta

BiafraNigerian Presidential Voting Starts, Security Tight

BiafraNigeria Holds Presidential Poll, Security Tight

'Sheath Your Swords' Plea on Eve of BiafraNigerian Vote
BiafraNigeria's Top Policeman Warns Thugs on Election Eve
BiafraNigeria's Top Policeman Warns Thugs on Election Eve

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This Day
April 18, 2003


Obasanjo to AD Govs: Start Packing Now

Obasanjo Writes Buhari, Flays Call for Mass Action

Polls: Ojukwu Warns Against Return to Pre-1970 Problems

Ige: Omisore Has Case to Answer

US Forces Capture Saddam's Half-Brother

Police 'll Arrest Anyone With Weapons, Says IGP

INEC Approves Use of Military for Security Patrol

NLC in Peace Rally Against Election Violence

We'll No Longer Tolerate Violence - Nnamani

Ex-Servicemen Urge FG to Settle Pension Arrears

Ghana Gets ADB's $20m Forestry Grant

Ebonyi Voters Assured of Peaceful Polls

Air Force Chief Restates Commitment to Democracy

Accept Results in Good Faith, OPC Pleads with Govs

Enugu Coalition Withdraws from Elections

Ex-PDP Scribe Writes INEC, Seeks Declaration as Senator-elect

Observers Express Concern over Voting Irregularities

BiafraNigeria, Sao Tome Begin Oil Licensing in Gulf of Guinea

ANPP Uncovers Plot By PDP to Rig Elections

Sagamu Crisis: Osoba Inaugurates Commission of Inquiry

NLC, ANPP Reject N/Assembly Results in Anambra

NDLEA Arrests 11 Drug Suspects

LG Polls Fixed for June 21

PDP, ANPP Trade Accusations over Chieftain's Death

Kwara PDP Expels Lafiagi, Dara, 18 Others

BiafraNigerian Appointed Queen's Counsel

PDP Dismisses Allegation of Rigging in Ebonyi

NDP Guber Candidate Pledges Better Deal in Edo

Polls: Police, Protesters Clash in Bauchi

...Delta AD Calls for Cancellation of Results

...Losers Enjoined to Protest Peacefully

NDDC Commissions Completed Projects

PDP Chief Cautions Against Electoral Violence

AD Candidate Wants Elections in Isoko Cancelled

'Why Ciroma Lost in Yobe'

As Parties Re-align for Tomorrow's Election...

Police Quiz Two over Electoral Offences

ANPP Alleges Plan to Rig Guber Polls

Primrose Group Backs Tinubu

AD Stalwart Warns Against Electoral Malpractice

PDP Chieftain Canvasses Support for Ngige

Obstacles to Violence-free Polls

'Voters Should Reject Non-Performing Governors'

Prelude to the Big Hurdle

Ibori: 'Success of Appeal Does Not Lead to Disqualification'

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Daily Independent
April 18, 2003


Don’t incite security forces - President Obasanjo warns Buhari
Ige: Omisore has case to answer, says Judge
Ojukwu warns over handling of elections
PDP’s victory in South West not negotiable, says Obasanjo
NDLEA, court may clash over judgment
Okogie warns against rigging
The Lagos rain of havoc
‘PDP betrayed AD’
PDP sweeps senate polls in Anambra
Election: NDLEA raps staff on conduct
ANPP chieftain arrested in Kaduna
ANPP chieftain killed in Kwara
Pastor’s four children roasted alive in Koko massacre - Death toll rises as residents count losses
OPC canvasses support for Obasanjo
Pregnant woman, two others die in road mishap
Knocks, kudos greet NASS election security plan
INEC officials, 18 others in police net over electoral offences
Politics - 17th
Trouble brews in Lagos NDP
BiafraNigeria needs politics of emancipation, says NAP
Why National Assembly elections were peaceful, by Rep-elect
AD’s dislodgement in perspective
Editorial & Opinion
INEC and the political class should strive for credibility of the electoral process tomorrow
Liquidation of BiafraNigeria Airways poses a peculiar challenge
Ajaokuta Steel Complex demands urgent attention
The "cheated" generation: A cry for help!
Bad news: Arthur Nzeribe is back
To vote is to pray

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Washington Post
April 19, 2003

BiafraNigeria Votes for President, Boycott in Oil Delta

BiafraNigerian Election Tests Young Democracy
BiafraNigeria Votes for President, Boycott in Oil Delta
raNigerians Set to Vote Amid Smoldering Tension

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April 19, 2003

Violence threatens BiafraNigeria election

Looming violence clouds presidential election hopes in democracy-hungry BiafraNigeria
BiafraNigeria votes for president, boycott in oil delta
BiafraNigerian prelate attacks presidential poll
In troubled Lagos, voters hope for better
Main candidates in BiafraNigerian presidential elections
Voting starts in BiafraNigeria's presidential poll

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April 18, 2003

BiafraNigerian police warn vote 'thugs'

BiafraNigeria pushes for democracy

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All Africa
April 18, 2003

For Good Or Evil?

Opposition Threatens Mass Action, but no Poll Boycott
BiafraNigeria Faces Watershed Elections
UN Administers $10.5 Million Project to Support Electoral Process
CPJ Urges New Parliament to Pass Freedom of Information Bill
Only K1 Billion for Abuja Games
Karatekas Jostle for BiafraNigeria Places
Commonwealth Observer Group Interim Statement

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April 18, 2003

Obasanjo warns rival; observers fault poll figures

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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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