APRIL 16-30 Historic Headlines


April 16

-Oil price inches up as OPEC considers output cut

-Obasanjo, Afenifere talks deadlock

  • President, INEC, security chiefs meet

-12 parties reject polls results

  • PDP didn’t rig – Obasanjo’s aides

-Campaign: Jigawa spends N5.97bn from LG funds

-Ige’s widow for burial in Ibadan on May 2

-Polls: Police review strategy


April 17

-AD okays result in South West

  • Buhari, Ojukwu, others want option A4

-We won’t cancel results – INEC

-Ibori: Appeal Court orders fresh hearing

  • He’s still a candidate – INEC, PDP




April 18

-Sino Africa raises bid for NAFCON to $75m

-Firm sues BPE, others over bid to sell Leyland

-Military to escort ballot boxes

-M’Belt submits charter of demands to Obasanjo

-Transmission firm carved out of NEPA takes off


April 19

-Show down: Obasanjo highly favoured


April 20

-Guber candidate, commissioner arrested

-Massive turn out

  • I’m fulfilled – Guobadia

-Anxiety mounts

  • Oyo, Ogun: PDP in early lead
  • Kwara: Too close to call
  • Lagos: AD maintains lead




April 21

-Osoba, Lam, Akande, Lawal, others defeated

  • Adefarati, Adebayo, Audu also lose
  • Ngige beats Mbadinuju
  • Tinubu, Odili, Igbinedion, Udenwa retain seats

-Telecoms operators invade VI, spend millions on Saka Tinubu properties

-Adesanya keeps mum, Bode George hails result

-Accept defeat in good faith, Mbang tells politicians

-NSITF’s investment portfolio hits N17bn


April 22

-Privatisation: M-TEL shares not for public offer

-Nigeria’s external debt hits $29.5bn

-Now, power shifts in South West

-PDP wins 28 states

… ANPP seven

-Afenifere meets, AD accepts result

  • ANPP alleges fraud
  • No rigging in South-West – TMG

-Obasanjo maintains lead in 521 LGAs




April 23

-Obasanjo’s second term, good for economy – Bankers

-Nigeria, Sao Tome place 9 oil blocs on offer in JDZ

-Obasanjo wins second term

  • EU, C’Wealth disagree
  • Buhari wants fresh polls in 15 states

-How boy 11, girl 15, in Iyabo Obasanjo’s convoy were shot

  • Assassination alleged, police suspect bandits

-Catholic bishops commend INEC

-Gani cries foul

-Ex-convict suit: Ibori heads for S’Court


April 24

-We will crush any mass action – FG

  • My re-election not by accident – President Obasanjo

-AD govs disown AbdulKadir

  • Afenifere rejects polls results

-Anatomy of two transitions

  • Go to tribunals, US tells aggrieved parties
  • Voter-cards stolen from INEC before election day




April 25

-Eko Hotel: Lagos takes battle to recover shares to S’Court

-OPEC cuts production quota to 24.5m bpd

-Arrest Buhari – Mbang

  • We’ll challenge legality of polls – ANPP

-I’m devastated, says father of slain teenagers

-PDP primaries: President wants Ekwueme’s suit dismissed

-NLC vows to defend democracy

  • Mandela, Mbeki, others congratulate Obasanjo

-Labour to protest inefficient refineries

-Danger looms at Obalende police barracks


April 26

-New cabinet ‘ll not be based on party affiliation – Obasanjo

-Collapsed building: How GSM handset cost man his life

-Kuta, Wabara others begin race for senate top job

-No, Buhari!

  • NSCIA, NBA, Balarabe, others warn ANPP candidate
  • UK, US react




April 27

-How pact with PDP wrecked us – Afenifere/AD

-April polls: We won’t succumb – ANPP

-Anxiety over Lagos guber poll results

  • Tinubu demands explanation
  • It’s a mistake – INEC


April 28

-FG recovers N2bn stolen military pension fund

-Pentascope takes over NITEL

-North-West: ANPP’s winning strategy

-N’Assembly posts: Security agencies screen candidates

-Power tussle splits Medical Dental Council

-We can’t afford to fail Nigerians – Obasanjo

-Tribunal withdraws charges against Tinubu

-Passengers beat bus conductor to death




April 29

-Shippers Council closes bid on dry ports

-NEPA begins multiple tariff structure

-ANPP Reps move against Buhari

  • List of irregularities ready for tribunal – Etiebet

-Ige’s death killed Atinuke – Agabi

-South East: APGA’s loss, PDP’s gain

-Practitioners fault EU observers’ report on election


April 30

-Fears heighten over 97 trapped oil workers

-Oil prices drop after OPEC output cut

-Battle shifts to the tribunal

-Anyim, Na’Abba to get N9.5m pay-off

  • Other non-returning legislators may get up to N681m

-Abubakar Umar opposes mass action

-Conviction: Ibori moves to stop identification trial

-Fire razes Tejufoam

… injures five



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