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Politics / PDP candidate rejects Offa rerun victory against KWASIEC's announcement
« Last post by Peter B on September 04, 2013, 12:42:05 PM »
A councilorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Shawo South West ward in Offa Local Government of Kwara State, Mr. Afolabi Olawole has rejected victory at the election. He was declared winner of the ward election by the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission(KWASIEC) in  Saturday’s rerun election. He stated that he did not win in the election. According to him, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Adefioye Kayode won the election.

He spoke during APC’s media briefing in Offa on Wednesday. He stated that he rejected his announced victory based on his religious belief of not cheating. He added that his stand was also to ensure that his community did not witness violence and retrogression. He stated that he was not influenced by anybody. Also one of the presiding officers, Oyetunji Akin  said the APC won in  the councillorship and chairmanship elections in Shaw Central ward where he presided.

KWASIEC had announced that PDP won the ward. According to him, APC polled 1,213 to defeat PDP he said had 568.
Scholarship Announcements / British Government announces 2014/2015 Chevening Scholarships
« Last post by Peter B on September 02, 2013, 11:55:34 AM »

 Applications for the 2014-2015 Chevening Scholarships, the prestigious global scholarship program of the UK government, opens on September 1 2013.
Scholarships will support over 600 established or emerging leaders from 118 countries worldwide. They are typically for a one-year Master’s degree in any subject and at any of the UK’s leading universities.

“The Chevening program provides a unique opportunity for leaders of the future to build a global network of continuing professional significance. It enables talented individuals to establish social, cultural, academic or commercial partnerships with the UK,” said British Ambassador Designate to the Phillipines Asif Ahmad.

The programme is a United Kingdom government’s scholarship programme, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. Scholars are hand-picked by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world, sometimes in partnership with sponsoring organization.

Applicants must:

be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, with the intent to return there at the end of the period of study;
hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honors degree in the UK;
achieve the minimum Chevening English language requirement;
have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;
be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university.
Applications for the 2014-15 Chevening Scholarships must be submitted online at

Further guidelines will be posted on the official website, and must be read before the submission of applications. Closing dates and priority subject areas are available on the country pages of the Chevening website.

1,050 Nigerians Benefit from UK Scholarships
Meanwhile, one thousand and fifty Nigerians have benefited from the Chevening Scholarships so far.

The programme, according to a statement from the British High Commission in Abuja, makes award to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK and it is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

“Over 1,050 Nigerians have benefited from a Chevening Scholarship and are in positions of leadership across the country. This year, 11 Nigerians have been awarded a Scholarship for 2013-14 to study in a range of fields such as Medical Research, International Law and Finance and Accountancy,” the statement read.

The Chevening programme, launched in 1983, has developed into a prestigious international scheme, attracting many applicants from over 116 countries worldwide with many Chevening alumni all around the world.

According to the statement, “Chevening scholars share the qualities of ambition, drive and leadership potential, a commitment to change and organisational development, and a talent for innovation and creativity.”

2013 is the 30th anniversary of the Chevening program. It was established in 1983 and has since then produced over 42,000 Chevening alumni around the globe.
By UDUMA KALUA report from a United Kingdom based journal, University World News, has said the £3,000 visa pilot scheme against Nigeria was proposed by the British intelligence service, MI6 and British police headquarters at Scotland Yard.The new UK visa scheme will impose £3,000 (US$4,740) in charges on unspecified visa applicants thought to be ‘high risk visitors’ from Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.The Nigerian government has threatened retaliatory measures if London goes ahead with the ‘refundable’ but unpopular visa bond.The report said there was palpable anger and disappointment among Nigerians who have gained admission into British universities for the upcoming academic session.Students already in UK institutions are also unhappy about a new ‘visa bond’ scheme to be implemented against ‘high risk’ visitors by the David Cameron’s administration.As a precautionary measure, many parents have instructed Nigerian banks to suspend, for now, sending tuition and accommodation fees to British universities, the report noted.The report written by Professor Tunde Fatunde, a Nigerian scholar quoted diplomatic sources in Abuja, as saying that both the M16 and theScotland Yard, are reportedly worried that some foreign students who apply for visas to study in British universities have developed, in their home countries, ideas and determination to commit terrorism on British soil.The report said, the visa bond is believed to be a subtle way of ensuring that students who are labelled as ‘high risk’ know that they will be targets of intelligence surveillance while they are studying at British universities.It quoted a diplomat, who did not want to be named, as saying that Ghana was included on the ‘high risk’ country list because its airport and seaports were thought to be avenues for Latin American drug cartels who use some Ghanian students as drug couriers.The same diplomat said some students from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh had been involved in terrorism in Britain.He cited the examples of Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab, a Nigerian and former student of University College London, who tried to blow up an American plane in December 2009, and student Michael Adebolajo, a Nigerian-born Briton, who recently hacked a British soldier to death.“The British government is convinced that the use of visa bond may go a long way to make Britain safe,” the diplomat said.The diplomat also revealed that the visa bonds would be extended to some non-students thought to be high risk and hinted that British embassies might collaborate with local intelligence services in collecting evidence on some visa applicants.

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Politics / Panic engulfs PDP as Jonathan meets rebel governors
« Last post by Peter B on September 02, 2013, 06:30:06 AM »
By Emmanuel Aziken, Henry Umoru, Ben Agande & Dapo Akinrefon*Obasanjo urges Baraje faction to return *They are jokers — Babatope… ABUJA—The Bamanga Tukur-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was thrown into panic, Sunday, a day after seven governors on the platform of the ruling party broke out to form a parallel executive of the party. The panic was being fuelled by reports of the rebellion swelling to include party officials disenchanted with the outcome of last Saturday’s convention.Another governor in the North-West was last night said to be making moves towards joining the rebellion just as a former female deputy governor in one of the South-West states, was last night said to be mobilising women, including a former female gubernatorial aspirant in Lagos State to join the Kawu Baraje-led parallel faction of the party today.The sense of foreboding was reflected by the unwillingness of party and presidency officials to comment on the development which many of them said was still unfolding.Meanwhile, Baraje, yesterday, confirmed that the faction would be opening its national secretariat in Abuja, today.It was confirmed, yesterday, that President Goodluck Jonathan had summoned a meeting with PDP governors, including the rebel governors last night. The meeting was on-going at press time, with 16 governors in attendance. But even before its commencement, there were indications that some of the governors had moved to frustrate or boycott the meeting.The sense of panic which was prevalent among senior party and presidency officials was, however, played down last night by former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark who said the rebellion was bound to fail. He accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of orchestrating the rebellion with the purpose of foisting Governors Sule Lamido and Rotimi Amaechi as president and vice-president respectively in the 2015 election.Also dismissing the rebellion, PDP chieftain Chief Ebenezer Babatope said the development was a storm in a tea cup as he described the architects of the split as jokers.The rebellion in the PDP was nevertheless welcomed by governors in the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, who through their platform, the Progressives Governors Forum, lauded the development in the PDP as they promised to join hands with the governors irrespective of partisan leanings to move the country forward.Their assertion nonetheless, the PDP Governors Forum has pledged to stem the rebellion.Besides summoning the seven rebel governors, the president, yesterday, met with Obasanjo during which it was believed the development in the party was discussed. Presidential spokesmen did not give details of the meeting between Jonathan and Obasanjo which happened after the church service at the Aso Rock Villa Chapel.Obasanjo is known to be a patron of, at least, five of the northern governors who have in the last few weeks raised agitation against Jonathan’s handling of issues in the party and polity.The five Obasanjo governors, Sule Lamido of Jigawa, Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto, Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) were joined in the rebellion against the Tukur-led PDP by Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara on Saturday.

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New Members / Let us welcome our new member goodcherry
« Last post by Peter B on August 04, 2013, 08:35:00 AM »
Join me as I welcome goodcherry the latest member on the Niger Delta Forum, Please goodcherry come and say Hi to us here.
New Members / The Niger Delta Forum Warmly Welcomes fantasticboiz
« Last post by Peter B on July 22, 2013, 11:12:21 AM »
fantasticboiz, we welcome you to the Niger Delta Forum. As our Latest member, please come over and say Hi to us all, thanks!
New Members / Let us welcome our new member lasto9xi
« Last post by Peter B on June 05, 2013, 01:33:06 AM »
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New Members / The Niger Delta Forum Warmly Welcomes availeds
« Last post by Peter B on June 05, 2013, 01:06:04 AM »
availeds, we welcome you to the Niger Delta Forum. As our Latest member, please come over and say Hi to us all, thanks!
New Members / The Niger Delta Forum Warmly Welcomes wRs12VbZ3e
« Last post by Peter B on June 01, 2013, 08:04:43 AM »
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New Members / Our Newest member is, wV6mU1Bq7s
« Last post by Peter B on June 01, 2013, 12:58:44 AM »
wV6mU1Bq7s, welcome to the Niger Delta Forum, Thanks for joining us!
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