Goodluck Jonathan: President says Buhari can’t remember his own phone number

President Goodluck Jonathan is said to have stated this on Friday, January 9, during a rally in Enugu State.

President Goodluck Jonathan and APC Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly said that the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari can’t possibly change the country if he can’t remember his own mobile phone number.

Jonathan is said to have stated this on Friday, January 9, during a rally in Enugu State.

The president made the statement in response to Buhari’s promise to revive the economy of Nigeria.

“Is it now that Buhari cannot even remember his own phone number that he can change the economy of the country?” Jonathan reportedly asked.

The president stated that Buhari had a chance to change the lot of the country when he was in power from 1983 to 1985 but failed.

Jonathan also read parts of a speech made by former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida on August 27, 1985 after the latter overthrew Buhari’s regime to buttress his point that the APC candidate does not keep his promises.

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Boko Haram could ‘disenfranchise Nigeria voters’

Civilians who fled their homes following an attack by Islamist militants, in Gwoza arrived at the camp for internally displaced people in Yola, Nigeria, on 27 November 2014

At least 1.5 million people displaced by the Islamist insurgency in north-east Nigeria may not be able to vote in elections if the law is not changed, an electoral official has told the BBC.

Discrepancies in the law needed to be resolved in “very good time” or people could be disenfranchised, he added.

Ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari will challenge President Goodluck Jonathan in the February election.

Boko Haram’s insurgency has mainly affected opposition strongholds.

Last year, Mr Jonathan imposed a state of emergency in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in a bid to curb the insurgency.

However, Boko Haram has stepped up attacks since then and has declared an Islamic state in areas it controls.

‘Staggered voting’

BBC Nigeria reporter Will Ross says it is not clear whether the elections will take place at all in states under emergency rule.

But the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) said it was determined to ensure that the elections took place in all parts of the country.

The vote could be held on a staggered basis and areas could be secured with “proper deployment” of the security forces, Inec spokesman Nick Dazzang told BBC Focus on Africa.

Inec was distributing voter cards to displaced people, many of whom were living in camps, but discrepancies in Nigeria’s Electoral Act needed to be “reconciled”, he added.

Buhari To Declare For Presidency October 15

Former president, Muhammadu Buhari will officially declare his interest in the 2015 presidential race on October 15

All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Muhammadu Buhari will officially declare his intention to run in the 2015 presidential elections on October 15.

The former head of state is expected to make his interest known via a public announcement at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

A statement released to that effect reads:

“The Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization has announced that the formal declaration ceremony by General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) of his intention to contest the 2015 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been postponed for one week.”

The declaration was originally slated to hold on October 8 but has now been postponed till the 15th.

Other presidential hopefuls from the APC include former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and former governor of Kwara state, Bukola Saraki.