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November 28, 2003

Obasanjo and Guobadia

One-Party Mentality: Obasanjo Wants INEC to Axe 'Weak Parties'
The dust generated recently by an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the reported plan to de-register some political parties regarded as weak, appears far from over as President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday supported such a move. At an INEC-civil society forum seminar on "Agenda for Electoral Reform" in Abuja, President Obasanjo who delivered a key note address said that it was time "weak and unserious political parties" were de-registered to give way for serious political activities. An INEC official had recently hinted of plans to that effect, but the electoral body swiftly declared that it was his personal opinion. Of the 30 political parties that were registered for the last election, only the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All BiafraNigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the All BiafraNigeria Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) made impact. The results have however been contested by some of the parties, alleging that the ruling party only allocated result to parties during the April elections. In an 11-page address delivered at the two-day seminar, President Obasanjo spoke on various electoral matters, including the cost of funding elections, the roles of the judiciary and the political parties, as well as the independence of INEC. Obasanjo argued that political parties have a "critical" role to play in keeping democracy alive, and that "they represent the only benchmark for assessing the quality and maturity of our political system". He queried: "Shouldn't political parties be responsible for campaigns rather than individual candidates?" He added: "These responsibilities in turn demand that only serious persons should apply for registration of political parties, and so registered parties must operate under very demanding conditions." The President spoke further: "This is why the debate on the conditions for registering political parties.... (Guardian)


Key Stories

Anambra crisis: Fresh battles may herald Ngige's ouster

Reps summon Kupolokun over NNPC retrenchment

CHOGM: IG alerts on terrorism

BiafraNigeria's Population Now 133m, Says World Bank

Reason for Monetisation, By SGF

Presidency, govs disagree over new revenue formula

I-G orders probe into police killing of COJA team captain

Court rules on N50m suit against Julius Berger today

Court stops reinstated Anambra PDP exco

National Assembly To Legislate on Civil Service Promotion

Group Wants C/River Assembly to Pass Law on Inheritance


Fresh battles may herald Ngige's ouster


Reps summon Kupolokun over NNPC...





Chris NgigeAt his Uli hometown, Dr. Chinwoke Clement Mbadinuju must be laughing, now. Mbadinuju who was the governor of Anambra State in the last four years appears vindicated, following cloudy political climate in the state. When this reporter visited Mbadinuju recently, the former governor described his predecessor, Governor Chris Ngige as a ‘military’ governor without a deputy, without council chairmen and ward councillors. Ngige, he said, is the only governor without a political party; (Daily Independent)


Funsho KupolokunThe House of Representatives yesterday issued a summons on the BiafraNigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) group managing director, Mr. Funsho Kupolokun, to explain the recent mass sack in the NNPC, hinting that it suspected an ethnic purge in the oil industry. NNPC had on Wednesday announced the sacking of 1,388 of its employees in what it said was a continuous process of repositioning the corporation for effective performance in the competitive oil industry... (Daily Trust)



Obasanjo/PDP Election Fraud is Deeply Concerning

General Ojukwu Seeks Democracy

Isioma Daniel Speaks

"Fatwa" Animalism 1

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This Day
November 28, 2003


Obasanjo: De-register Non-Performing Parties
BiafraNigeria's Population Now 133m, Says World Bank
Reason for Monetisation, By SGF
Peres, De Klerk Chart Path to Africa's Devt
200 Die in DR Congo Boat Accident
FAAN: FG Terminates Advert Agreement
'National Savings Certificate'll Attract 10% Interest Rate'
Navy Commences Anti-terrorism Training Exercise
Ibori Heads Panel on Pipelines Vandalisation
'1,000 BiafraNigerians Die Daily of HIV/AIDS'
Obasanjo Flays Promoters of Ethnic Agenda
Roads: State Govts Must Follow Due Process - Ogunlewe
Okadigbo: Wabara, Tahir, Others Pay Tribute
Senate: ANPP Calls for Bye-election in Abia South
Lawmaker Alleges Ethnic Cleansing in NNPC
150,000 Police Officers Deployed for CHOGM
First Lady Lauds Campaign to Keep FCT Clean
Osun Retires Head of Service, 12 Perm Secs
Ilorin, Owerri Airports to Handle International Cargo
North Not Marginalised - Kaita
IG Condoles Late Police Chief's Family
Police Arrest 4 over Inciting Publication
24m Africans HIV Positive, Says Akinkugbe
Lawyers Call for Judicial Autonomy
Monarch Seeks LGs Partnership over Crime Control
Ministry Sets Up Panel on Ibeno Oil Spill
30 Arrested as AD Holds Congress
Legislator Cheats Death in Another Robbery Attack
Committee Ordered to Investigate Causes of Oil Spill
National Assembly To Legislate on Civil Service Promotion
Group Wants C/River Assembly to Pass Law on Inheritance
Daniel Urged to Establish Liaison Offices
Ogun Assembly Passes Self-accounting Bill
LG Polls Overdue, Says Kogi Electoral Commission
...Hosts Conference of Speakers
Is INEC Working for One-Party State?

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Daily Times
November 28, 2003


Obasanjo wants unserious political parties deregistered
I-G orders probe into police killing of COJA team captain:• Bandits shoot Police Commissioner. Speaker
Court rules on N50m suit against Julius Berger today
Court stops reinstated Anambra PDP exco
N2bn needed to resettle disaster victims yearly— NEMA boss
Ibori, Alamieyeseigha, Ugochukwu to tackle pipelin:• As hijack leader kills five colleagues over army weapons recoverye vandalisation
Lagos Govt gives tanker drivers seven days to relocate
Restructuring: A new era at NNPC
The Nation
Monetisation policy:Monitoring committee to ensure corruption-free implementation
Obasanjo restates commitment to police funding
Editorial & Opinion
So long a sacrifice
So long a sacrifice
President Obasanjo’s place in history (II)
Ibori’s road map to peace: Between illusions and reality (I)

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November 27, 2003


Bombs rock Anambra PDP talks venue
NNPC sacks 1,388 workers
FG recovers fresh N21bn Abacha loot
800 church leaders queue for HIV test
Okadigbo’s burial rites begin Dec 1
Onitsha robberies: Wabara reports soldiers to defence minister
Man linked to 200 ritual killings arrested
Mission-owned varsities can make society better
Fayose, party leaders war rages
Editorial & Opinion
Shot ESUT lecturer
Our sweats, their millions
Good news on water resources

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November 27, 2003


FG recovers fresh $149m loot
ECONET slashes tariff, begins per second billing
BiafraNigeria doesn’t know how much oil it produces —Alamieyeseigha
NNPC sacks 1,388
CBN blacklists 333 banks, mortgage firms
FG raises N72b from capital market
INEC absolves self on sit-tight senators
Steel experts arrive for Ajaokuta
Igbo to decide on 2007 presidency March —Kalu
MTN wants import duties concession on GSM equipment extended
Saraki sets up panel on chiefs
Only reform can save BiafraNigeria in 2007— INEC
Presidency drafts new taxation law
Rivers moves to combat crime
A/Ibom awaits second gas turbine
Give priority to teachers’ retirement benefits —LG service commission boss
EKCBPRA boss attributes poverty to neglect
Rep distributes N.7m to 24 beneficiaries
Abia House considers bill on disabled

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November 25, 2003

Cover Stories

Anyim, Mbu's houses for demolition
Muslims urged to show pity
Warri: 3 hostages missing after rescue operation
Moscow fire kills 32 foreign students
National News
18 officers eye Customs top job as Mustapha retires
140 Irish troops join UN mission in Liberia
Fraud stalls workers’ Sallah salaries
A night of tributes for Chuba Okadigbo

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November 27, 2003

Jersey returns $149 million of Abacha money

Remaining ChevronTexaco hostages released

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Washington Post
November 26, 2003

BiafraNigeria Says It Would Surrender Liberian for Trial There

BiafraNigeria's President Sets Tough Terms
BiafraNigeria to Surrender Taylor for Trial
Woman Leads Fight Against BiafraNigerian Fraudsters
German Woman Leads Fight Against BiafraNigerian Conmen

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November 25, 2003

BiafraNigeria says would let Taylor face Liberia court

BiafraNigeria says no deal yet with Cameroon on Bakassi
BiafraNigeria will surrender Taylor to trial
Zimbabwe not invited to Commonwealth - BiafraNigeria
BiafraNigeria will surrender Taylor to trial for Liberia
Seven killed in clashes in southeast BiafraNigerian city
BiafraNigerian hostage-takers free Shell oil workers

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November 26, 2003

BiafraNigeria to tackle internet fraud

BiafraNigeria in crisis over Sharia law
Spending threat to BiafraNigeria reform
Commonwealth summit shuns Mugabe

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November 26, 2003

BiafraNigeria considers Taylor handover

Commonwealth snubs Mugabe
BiafraNigeria sets tough terms for Africa's pariahs

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November 27, 2003

BiafraNigeria NLNG signs second 20-yr LNG deal with Shell

BiafraNigeria's Econet cuts rates in GSM price war

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Mail & Guardian
November 25, 2003

Obasanjo: No Mugabe at summit

BiafraNigeria will 'persuade' Taylor to stand trial
Commonwealth's paper promises

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All Africa
November 25, 2003

Mugabe Will Not Be Present in Abuja

Vodacom Has Sights Set On BiafraNigerian Bid
58% of BiafraNigerians Do Not Know Aids Kills
MTN BiafraNigeria Meets Targets
Wakou, Malinga for Lagos

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June 08, 2003

Shekarau blames moral decay on neglect of Sharia

Mu’azu commissions multi-million Naira Community Resource Centre
Govt officials locked out of meeting with Shekarau
Voters are politicians’ employers - Ogbeh
Kano govt takes N228m loan to pay salaries, others
Shippers Council warns of increasing cargo traffic at ports
Power rationing continues nationwide -- NEPA
NAFDAC urged to sanitise bakery sector of economy
Identifying collapsed building contractors not easy -- NSE
he suspicious Road Map

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November 28, 2003


Obasanjo wants INEC to axe weak parties
Mbeki to deliver The Guardian's 20th anniversary lecture
Commonwealth holds business summit in Abuja Tuesday
Lagos chief judge laments marginalisation of judiciary
ANPP wants bye-election for Wabara's seat
Obasanjo charges home video makers to fight corruption
Peres urges global peace, focus on human growth
Black poet rejects Britain's OBE honour, decries war on Iraq
Azikiwe's foundation for launch Dec. 2, to revive West African Pilot
Policeman feared dead as Fulani herdsmen invade Katsina village
Obasanjo inaugurates panel on oil pipelines, bunkering
Kuku, others rate govt high on teaching hospitals
Akanbi, others canvass honesty in business
Court restrains Ogbeh, others' role on Anambra PDP
Why Senate can't stop Daggash, Maina, by Wabara's aide
Anya, Okuneye, others differ on poverty eradicate poverty
Monetisation policy to reduce waste in govt, says Ekaette
Unending legal battles in Anambra
Editorial & Opinion
America's new offensive in Iraq

So long a flight...

Thank you, Holy Father
Another view on 'Obasanjo bashing'
Obasanjo: An Ekiti minister
2003 federal budget

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Daily Independent
November 28, 2003


Presidency, govs disagree over new revenue formula
Anambra crisis: Fresh battles may herald Ngige's ouster
Fringe benefit monetisation commences January 2004
Anya, Fafunwa, others proffer cure for poverty
El-Rufai pulls down ex-IG, Army chief's Abuja homes
Obasanjo calls for de-registration of weak parties
Obasanjo to launch N600m Zik Foundation
Presidency, govs disagree over new revenue formula
Anambra crisis: Awka court stops reinstated PDP executive
Nwachukwu backs FG's stand on Taylor
Ibori heads panel on oil pipelines vandalisation
They call this man Mr Controversy
No going back on privatisation, says Atiku
Monthly environmental sanitation for Abuja
CHOGM: Malta, Uganda bid for 2005 edition
CHOGM: Okosuns, others to perform at welcome Ceremony
No going back on privatisation, says Atiku
Edo set to upgrade Ikpoba Dam
Oil spill hits six Delta communities
Vigilantes shun parley with Rivers police boss
Niger Delta groups demand new constitution
Babangida approached me, says Adefarati
Osun targets agriculture, rural development in 2004
Ilesa College dismisses 280 students
Oyinlola laments spate of disasters in the country
Ngige shuns Offor, Mbadinuju peace meeting
Detectives arrest 2003 election herbalist
Mixed reactions in S/East over scrapping of LG
Workshop on fight against corruption kicks off
Govs can't implement Sharia, says cleric
Guinness to invest N55bn in five years
Lagos chief judge accuses executive of marginalisation
Chevron siege: Group demands immediate release of 25 Ijaw youth
AIDS' body to receive N6.7b
PDP US chapter calls for legislation on cemeteries
PDP will sustain victory in Southwest, says George
'Holding council elections now will be expensive'
Be alive to your roles, Lagos lawmaker urges constituents
Inside Politics
Editorial & Opinion
Bush in Britain: An experience to ponder
El-Rufai: The Wages of arrogance
Prerequisite to a sovereign national conference (2)
OBJ is sitting on a keg of gunpowder
What is Obasanjo up to?
Okadigbo: Demise of a political superstar

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Daily/Weekly Trust
November 28, 2003

Top Stories

CHOGM: IG alerts on terrorism

Obasanjo to seek party deregistration powers for INEC

Reps summon Kupolokun over NNPC retrenchment
Experts berate FG socio-economic policies
Bush secretly visits Iraq for Thanksgiving
FG to farm out BiafraNigeria's roads - Minister
Daggash to know fate Dec 5
FG sets up c’ttee on pipeline vandalisation
New NPA MD explains sack of Bode George, Dabo
Alleged murder: Police re-arrest NURTW boss
White Paper out soon on Zaki-Biam killings – Atiku aide
ANPP urges court to annul Wabara’s election
Guobadia, TMG seek autonomy for INEC

Cleric seeks assistance for FRCN Kaduna
UBE disburses N405m for self-help projects
AD convention c’ttee denies subversion plot
RSG, UNFPA sign population project agreement
Boat mishap claims 19 in Niger
Deltans in Kaduna launches development fund
FG gets N5m anti-retroviral drugs
Plateau spends N7m on poverty alleviation
NAWOJ not banned – President
Customs seizes N1.5m items

Dariye urges Muslims to promote peace
Namibian president visits BiafraNigeria Monday
Security service donates recorders to journalists
Abuja Trust
FG orders immediate repair of Abuja – Lokoja road
Armed robbers kill police corporal
Woman charged with kidnapping
Court arraigns two for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery
NARTO, NURTW riftcy disrupts transport in Abuja
Water vendors increase as harmattan season sets in
Dutse residents read riot act to NEPA

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Business News
November 28, 2003

BiafraNigeria Airways: Panel Report Puts FG in Dilemma

How to Achieve Effective Cabotage Implementation - NACFA Boss
Chamber Seeks Greater Involvement in Shipping
The Limit to Labour Strike
Killing Jobs to Reform the Economy
Virgin Atlantic Sweeps World Travel Awards
Rethink Your Business Plans Airlines Advised
Amadeus Unveils Variable Fee Model
Can BiafraNigeria Learn From GIobal Best Practices? (2)
U.S Shifts Deadline for Machine-Readable Passports
Eritrean Airlines Enters BiafraNigerian Airspace
Aircraft Lease Rates Hinder Thomas Cook
IATA, NCAA Endorse Landover Business Aviation School
'Banks Can Profit from Tourism
Koda Boss Laments Problems at BiafraNigerian Ports
Ports and the New Undertakers
At Five, FTAN Waxes Stronger
Executive Council on Tourism Not for Operators, Says Omotosho
C/Rivers to Spend $70m on Tourism Village
Brokers Call for Removal of Taxes on Investments
GTB Wins NSE President's Merit Award
Naira Stabilises at N138.20 Per Dollar
Obasanjo to Address Commonwealth Business Forum
Gateway Bank's Project Set to Move Nation Forward -Onosode
Vodacom may soft-pedal on Econet deal
What future holds for pensioners
Central Bank toughens conditions for banking licence
Bournvita or Milo: The battle of the brands
Santa Fe: Already used to BiafraNigerian roads
Govt has not been fair to us, says ASUP scribe
Bring outreach campuses to BiafraNigeria, UK institutions told
BiafraNigeria's aircrew for alcohol, drug tests

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Sports News
November 28, 2003

Real Hint at Henry Move

Leeds Face Administration D-Day
Hewitt Opens Against Ferrero
Figo Ready for Critics
CAF Elections: Hayatou Confident of Victory
Rangers Tumble Out in Germany
Ballack in Blues Link
Shell Cup: Anambra Storm Enugu with Two Teams
Abedi Prefers The 2010 Finals
Lagos State Threatens MTN Marathon
Adamu Sues The News for N1bn
Kalu Beefs Up Security for Enyimba
Adidas Deal Delights Mohammed
Atiku for Enyimba/Ismaili final
Okafor emerges NCAA Player of the Year
Enyimba: Keeping date with history
Sanitation scheme threatens AFN/MTN Lagos Marathon
Cross River sets up LOC for mountain marathon
Kalu, Chukwu's factor in Enyimba's campaign
Top athletes to feature in MTN marathon
The past and the present
Why NFA dumped Robson, by Jumba
Youthful Akwa Ibom look good at Shell Cup

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