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 April 22, 2003

2003 Poll Results

Fait Accompli: Fraud Accomplished
BiafraNigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo is waiting to be announced as the winner of the country's first civilian-run presidential election for 20 years. With results declared from 96% of the constituencies in Saturday's poll, Mr Obasanjo has received 61.2%, compared with 32.7% for his closest rival Muhammadu Buhari. An official confirmation of Mr Obasanjo's victory is expected later on Tuesday, once there is verification that he has won at least 25% of votes in two-thirds of BiafraNigeria's 36 states. But the poll has been marred by allegations of vote-rigging. Mr Buhari's All BiafraNigeria People's Party (ANPP) has denounced the results as "a joke". European Union observers said the elections were "marred by serious irregularities and fraud". (BBC)


Key Stories


BiafraNigeria's polls 'marred by fraud'

Observers Note 'Significant Flaws' in Five States

Four Die as Gunmen Shoot at Obasanjo's Daughter

Saddam Alive and in Iraq, Says Opposition Leader

Polls: 3 Shot Dead in Kwara

Kano residents jubilate over Kwankwaso's loss

Governorship Election Results

Russian Govt Negotiates with FG Over Impounded Aircraft

BiafraNigeria, Belarus parley over seized aircraft


Buhari Alleges Fraud, May Reject Results


Polls Marred by 'Significant Rigging, Fraud' — Monitors


Retains Seat in Imo

A rejection of the results of last weekend's presidential and governorship elections may come from Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Dr. William Wilberforce Chuba Okadigbo. President Olusegun Obasanjo campaign organisation has, however, described the rejection as an act of a bad loser. (Guardian)


Election monitors said, yesterday, that BiafraNigeria’s presidential and state polls were marred by significant rigging and fraud that called the fairness of results into question in some areas. The US-based International Republican Institute (IRI), which deployed observers in 12 of BiafraNigeria’s 36 states,.... (Vanguard)


Incumbent Imo State Governor and PDP flagbearer, Chief Achike Udenwa, has been declared the winner of last Saturday gubernatorial election in the state. INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Garba Bawa stated this in a television and radio broadcast from his Owerri office, Sunday night. (This Day)






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April 22, 2003


Obasanjo meets target to be named winner
Buhari alleges fraud, may reject results,
AD accepts defeat, says pact with PDP remains
Saddam in Iraq, says opponent as Garner arrives in Baghdad
Tinubu orders arrest of owner of collapsed building
Yobe ANPP pledges to fulfil election promises

Afenifere, AD governors meet, chart fresh political path tomorrow

74 year-old kerosene explosion victim seeks justice
Kwankwaso concedes victory to Shekarau

Saraki pledges reconciliation, raises panel on cabinet
Defeated governorship candidates seek annulment in Imo

Famuyibo, Falana accept results in Ekiti
Ogboru rejects Delta governorship polls results

AD 'll hold stakeholders' summit soon, says Ogunleye

Ezeife urges unity, national conference

NBA's ex-chief, PDP leader urge ANPP to concede defeat
Kachalla loses to Sheriff in Borno

Attah retains seat in Akwa Ibom
Abia APGA candidate to challenge AD's victory in Aba
Tinubu thanks voters, pledges to improve on performance
Protests trail Dariye's re-election
Agbakoba donates book on election tribunal
Massive protest in Baghdad over Moslem cleric's arrest
'Secret' graves for Saddam's opponents exposed

Lavish life-style of Saddam's family angers Iraqis

U.S. arrests more Saddam's aides
Kano residents jubilate over Kwankwaso's loss

PDP's overwhelming victory and colour of the next dispensation
Governorship Election Results
Editorial & Opinion
Regulating airline operations

Bankers as an endangered species

Embassies and visa procurement
Beyond the ASUU strike

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Daily/Weekly Trust
April 21, 2003


Kwankwaso, Audu, Lawal, lose seats
Obasanjo in the lead
Col Aminu, 141 others in court soon –IGP

Shagari lambasts political parties

Violence mars voting in several states
ANPP to contest rigged results in court
Gubernatorial results so far
Tight security trails Nasarawa polls
Voting took place in all parts of the country -Guobadia

Victory celebration turns sour in Ilorin
Roads leading to INEC office in Makurdi closed

Adamawa ANPP boycotts result collation

Teenage boy crushed by collapsed building

Obasanjo urges contestants to accept defeat, victory in good faith

Dariye advices Nigerians to protect democracy

Polls: Borno police search residence of accountant-general

Daily Trust reporter escapes lynching

Electoral malpractice: Police arrest suspects in Kebbi, Adamawa, Ondo, Niger, Taraba

Sultan Maccido urges parties to resolve differences legally

INEC officials shun centres without escorts

Peaceful elections, indication of quest for democracy -Rep

Ademowo urges Nigerian leaders to shun corruption

Shagari lauds INEC
Polls peaceful in Zamfara

Polls: peaceful elections, under-aged voting in Borno

Police arrest 12 over electoral malpractices

Borno people protect their votes

Jigawa records early voting

Massive voters’ turn out in Gombe
Accept results in good faith –Madaki

NULGE, others disown Oshiomhole over endorsement of govs

Irate youths attack commissioner in Gombe

Contestant commends INEC on polls

Democracy has come to stay –Gov Bukar Abba
Low turn out trails presidential polls in Abuja South

Polling officers, police grumble over welfare

Enthusiastic voters defy rain to queue

Christians celebrate Easter after 40 days fasting

Voting commences on schedule

Traders open shops on election day

Polls in Gwarimpa orderly
Motorists panic as stations ignore fuel queues in Kubwa
Maitama FHA occupants condemn structural design
Shortage of ballot papers mar elections in Gezawa, Gabasawa
Wife of politician caught with voters cards

Election halts food business in Fagge

Inadequate materials mar elections
Women turnout en-masse for elections
Pig farmers accuse govt of extortion
Traders union urge govt to revisit investors plight
Cadbury threatens SEC over diversion of funds

Security presence, peaceful atmosphere attend elections in Lagos

Lagos State rehabilitates "miracle baby" and mother
FCT records less than half of registered voters

Youths burn vehicle with ballot papers

Rep-elect faults constitution over incumbency

Peaceful polls in Plateau

Okadigbo decries use of soldiers at polling centres

Kano PSP guber candidate congratulates ANPP

I will accept poll outcome -Wali

Emir says Presidential/Guber polls, most hitch-free
Soldiers ensured violence-free polls in Edo

I’m not worried about my son’s defeat, says Tukur

Election turnout shows Nigerians prefer democracy —Dariye
3 security personnel injured in auto crash

Violent opposition worries Atiku
Sani urges politicians to learn to accept defeat
AU, IRI laud conduct of presidential/guber polls

Alleged rigging: Police quiz two govt officials in Jos

My opponent was no serious contender –Senator-elect

Osoba threatens to reject guber polls result
The mechanics & dynamics of fuel scarcity in BiafraNigeria
Changing world of a desert people
Days of democratic reckoning (2)
What manner of election?

Re: Saddam man of the year
Sultan Bello’s response to Kyari Tijjani (II)

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Mail & Guardian
April 21, 2003

Obasanjo tipped for second term

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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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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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This Day
April 22, 2003


Obasanjo Maintains Lead, Buhari Threatens to Reject Results

Observers Note 'Significant Flaws' in Five States

Four Die as Gunmen Shoot at Obasanjo's Daughter

Saddam Alive and in Iraq, Says Opposition Leader

Polls Success, Victory for NEPAD - Aluko-Olokun

Election 2003: Allimi Flays Foreign Media's Negative Coverage

Devt of Riverine Areas Now My Priority -Ibori

Sheriff Beats Kachallah in Borno Guber Election

Akume Re-elected for Another Term

PDP Candidate Wins in Gombe

Gov Dariye Wins Re-election

Mu'azu Secures Fresh Mandate

Udenwa Retains Seat in Imo

Kwankwaso Congratulates Shekarau

Youths, ANPP, Protest Dariye's Re-election

Ibori Dedicates Victory to Deltans

Odili Jubilates over Election Result

Oyo Governor-elect Woos Opponents

Saraki Sets Up Transition Committee

I Won't Do Anything to Suffer Innocent People - Owie

Aminu Foresees Progressive N/Assembly

My Victory is a Challenge - Ngige

Polls: 3 Shot Dead in Kwara

Okorocha Blames Igbo Performance on 'Late Start'

...As Police Arrest 51 Suspects

Russian Govt Negotiates with FG Over Impounded Aircraft

UNIBEN V-C Chides Politicians for Neglecting Disabled People

Ondo: 20 Arrested over Rioting

Environmental Issues Attract Experts to Abuja

Governorship: New Kids on the Block

Media Group Okays Elections

Between Na'Abba and Kwankwaso

PDP Candidate Cries Out for Justice

'Better Candidates Won in South-West'

Saraki's Place in Kwara Politics

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April 22, 2003

Cover Stories

PDP captures 27 states; ANPP-7; AD-1 l Obasanjo set for victory

Buhari warns as AD accepts defeat

Guobadia faults observers on polls

Ogboru declares self winner in Delta

National News
Polls marred by 'significant rigging, fraud'—Monitors
AD needs to refocus, says scribe
Seeking redress after electoral defeat
Seeking redress after electoral defeat

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April 22, 2003

BiafraNigeria's polls 'marred by fraud'

BiafraNigeria's Obasanjo set for second term

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April 22, 2003

Commonwealth Boosts Obasanjo After BiafraNigeria Poll

Obasanjo Coasts to BiafraNigerian Poll Win Amid Outcry

Obasanjo Coasts to BiafraNigerian Poll Win Amid Outcry

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Daily Independent
April 21, 2003


Obasanjo leads; Osoba, Lam, Akande, Lawal out
Ibori re-elected
UN elects ICC chief prosecutor
Tinubu wins Lagos amid protest
Nnamani re-elected, promises renewed vigour
PDP wins governorship election in Anambra
Ladoja promises to mend fences in Oyo
Fayose defeats Adebayo in Ekiti
Makarfi secures second term in Kaduna
Sullivan summit plans scheme for African growth
Nigerian mission warns on emigration to South Africa
INEC gets IBB’s knock
Williams pledges to abide by Polls results
Defend democracy, Ibori urges Nigerians
Saraki’s victory sparks off riots in Ilorin
Odili re-elected, ANPP rejects result
Top NPA staff reassigned
NDA Kaduna gets new PRO
Two held over election fraud in Badagry
Gani to challenge Assembly elections at Tribunal
Old tunes confuse Nigerian electoral steps
PDP victory suspect, says AD
Voters praise INEC for corrections
Ibori: ‘Case must be heard again’
‘I will not congratulate vote riggers’
Editorial & Opinion
FG must enforce mining laws and ensure judicious use of royalties
The UN is a more credible force for post-war reconstruction in Iraq
The raid on computer village
So, who wants to be a millionaire?
Obasanjo: Matters miscellaneous
Between Middle Belt and core-north

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April 20, 2003

Big lead for Obasanjo in BiafraNigeria

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April 21, 2003

BiafraNigeria's president takes lead in early returns, but opposition charges fraud

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Washington Post
April 21, 2003

Obasanjo Takes Lead in BiafraNigeria Election

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All Africa
April 20, 2003

This Day Presidential Exit Poll

One More Hurdle Crossed
Coming Soon
Back On the Road
Econet's "Easy-To­reach" Deal
Housing Made Easy
A Promise Fulfilled
Dying, Dying, Dying
No Hiding Place
And Bisi Akande Wept
My Most Difficult Moments
Last Minute Dirty Deals
Blowing Hot And Cold
Battle of the Three Giants
Vote for New President Opens Amid Tension

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April 21, 2003

Obasanjo takes commanding lead in presidential ballot

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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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