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September 30, 2020


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Today, Hon. Leke Abejide Member House of Representatives, Yagba Federal Constituency received the delegations of the African Democratic Congress party (ADC) in his office. The delegation includes National Representative of the Party Hon. Mrs Dola Abanida and the Kogi State Executives ably led by the Chairman of the Party Hon. Temitope Kingsley Oggah.
The aim of the visitation was to further strategize on improving the party and protecting the interest of the people across the board.
Hon. Temitope commended the moves of the Rep. Member Hon. Leke on how he has been able to redefine representation, while also articulating other issues that crave for urgent attention.
Hon. John Adaji the state organizing secretary also applauded the efforts of Hon. Leke especially in the aspect of moving the party forward.
The Zonal Chairman of ADC Kogi-East Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf cheered the Rep. Member to do more because Kogi people believe so much in African Democratic Congress as a party.
Hon. Leke admired their moves and alliance during and after the election. While addressing the delegations, Hon. Leke said, "As you all know that I can't do everything alone, I need more of your support and co-operation most importantly your prayers".
"ADC is a party that brings light and shine through dark and thick places, we can simply shine and make the people know that our party is out to make an explicit difference. I'm very optimistic that things will get better and our people will have the best through the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Hon. Leke acknowledged their unwavering support for the party and promised to constantly promote the progress of the party. He further laid emphasis on discipline as the core value to growth and cohesion of any party, while encouraging the Executives to embark on an aggressive drive for the Party members, noting that ADC is a party with foresight.
He pledged to continue to give in his best in the Legislative assignment bestowed on him through the party with impressive results.
Abraham Ibukun Eunice,
S.A Media and Publicity,
Hon. Leke Abejide, MHR.
Yagba Federal Constituency.


September 15, 2020

Federal govt will soon ban importation of fish, milk – Minister of Agriculture, Nanono


The Federal Government says it would soon ban the importation of fish and milk into the country.

Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Sabo Nanono disclosed this at the official commissioning of the Agribusiness incubation center (AIC) at Federal University Dutse, in Jigawa State.

Nanono said the Federal Government will further look critically on all food importation into the country.

The Minister explained that Nigeria is blessed with so many resources and opportunities, stressing that there is nothing which is imported that is not produced in the country.

” We will look critically into the importation of any food into the country because we all have it, Nigeria is a country where we eat what we produce and produce what we eat” he stated.

He said Nigeria has about 25m cows in the country but the only problem the country has is how to get the milk.

He said the Federal Government has commenced small scale milk processing centers to mitigate the importation of milk into the country.

“We have over seven of these centers and we are going to do more in the country, we also opened one in Dawakin- Kudu last year and the center alone is galvanizing over 12 thousand Fulani cattle rearers in the area” Nanono noted.

“If we take fish, there are so many fish infrastructures also in this country abandoned and not utilized”

The minister, however, said the Federal Government is also working to revive them and also create the new ones.




COVID-19: Buhari govt updates on reopening of universities

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, on Monday, said discussion on resumption of schools in the country was still ongoing.

Nwajiuba disclosed this during the Presidential Task Force on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing on Monday in Abuja.

He said the Buhari-led government has received feedback from all universities on its preparedness to resume school.

He said, “On resumption of schools, discussion is still ongoing.

“We have received feedbacks from all universities on their states of preparedness.”

“These are being tabled before the PTF.” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) on Monday cautioned state governments who have announced reopening of schools in their States.


September 12, 2020

ADC Visioning and Strategy Committee and Breakfast Breakfast Meeting with our Stellar National Assembly Members

ADC Visioning and Strategy Committee and Breakfast Breakfast Meeting with our Stellar National Assembly Members. From the right: Barr. Peter I Oyewole, Hon Peter Abiola Makinde, National Chairman Ralphs Nwosu, Sen. Patricia Akwashiki, Hon Asiwaju Leke Abajide, Hon Aremu Olaifa, Elder Calvin Alagoa, Hon Ibrahim A Suleiman and Comrade Peter Edeh.

September 10, 2020

Ondo 2020: One killed, many injured as thugs engage ZLP members


The countdown to the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State has continued to hot up following attacks by members of political parties against each other.

The latest of the attacks occurred on Wednesday evening in Alade Idanre in Idanre Local Government Area of the state leading to the death of one person.

With many injured during the fracas, it was gathered that the deceased simply identified as Taye was attacked when he was said to have adorned a branded fez cap of Zenith Labour Party, ZLP.

According to sources, Taye was said to have been challenged by thugs alleged to be APC members over the fez cap, with the confrontation leading to a fight before he was macheted to death.

One of the sources further revealed that the thugs who launched the attack were led by one Sunday Ogundiroyo known in the area as Agarahu and one Bola Akinniranye.

Meanwhile, the remains of the deceased had been deposited in a morgue at the General Hospital, Alade Idanre, Ondo State.

Recall that a few weeks ago, in preparation for the last Local Government election that took place in the State, thugs unleashed a series of attacks on members of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, leading to scores of injuries on members of the party.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Police Command in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro said investigations had begun to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident as well apprehend perpetrators of the act.




Abia LG election holds December





The Chairman of Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC), Prof Mkpa Agu Mkpa, has announced that local government elections will hold in the state on Saturday, December 19, 2020.

Mkpa announced this during a meeting with leaders of registered political parties in the state at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia on Thursday.

He charged the parties to ensure that they screen the certificates of all aspirants to ensure they meet the minimum qualification of a secondary school certificate before submitting their names to the commission.

He announced that the election will hold in all the 17 LGAs and 292 Ward’s of the state for the positions of Chairmen and Ward Councillors.

According to him, political parties that are interested in participating in the poll should visit the office of the commission from Monday, 14th to Friday 18th September, to obtain the detailed time table while date of collection of forms for candidates will be communicated to the parties later.

He also advised the party leaders to ensure that the prevailing relevant COVID-19 protocols are observed throughout the period leading to the polls and assured that the Commission on it’s part will ensure that the polls comply with COVID-19 safety protocols.

Also speaking, the State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rt Hon. Asiforo Okere, thanked ABSIEC for coming up with a time table for the election.

Okere assured that his party will mobilize her members to participate in the polls as well as abide by all the guidelines issued by the commission.




Bayelsa election: Court fixes date to hear Gov Diri’s appeal on sack


The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja will on September 14, hear the appeal filed by the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri.

He is challenging the judgement of the State Governorship Election Tribunal, which nullified his election.

On Thursday, some factional members of the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) brought an application to be joined as parties in the appeal.

ANDP counsel, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, said a notice of preliminary objection which is challenging the competence of the application has been filed.

Justice Stephen Adah said all parties will be allowed to respond to the application filed by the ANDP at the adjourned date.




BREAKING: Ondo INEC office on fire, over 5000 card readers destroyed


The Ondo State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is currently on fire.

The fire outbreak which started around 8:45pm at the ICT unit of the commission is yet to be contained as at press time.

Over 5000 card readers have been destroyed in the inferno.

With the cause of the outbreak unknown, men of the fire service are yet to arrive at the scene.

The Ondo State fire service is less than 500 meters from the commission.

The commission is situated in Alagbaka area of Akure, the state capital.

Governorship election in the state had been scheduled for October 10, 2020.




Malami inaugurates Nigerian Law Reform Commission


The Attorney-general and Minister of Justice at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Abubakar Malami on Thursday inaugurated the Nigerian Law Reform Commission.

Malami named Professor Jummai Audu as the Chairman; Barr. Bassey Dan-Abia -Commissioner; Hon. Muhammad Ibraheem – Commissioner and Dr Muhammad Aminu as the Secretary of the commission.

The Nigerian Law Reform Commission was established in July 1979 by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act, Cap. N118, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The Commission since then has been placed under the ministerial supervision of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, chaired by a Chairman.

The Functions of the Commission according to the Minister of Justice is to, generally take and keep under review all Federal Laws with a view to their systematic and progressive development and reform in consonance with the prevailing norms of the Nigerian society.

He said the Commission may also provide expert advice and information to Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the National Assembly or other bodies with regards to proposals for the reform or amendment of laws.

The Commission is also empowered to consider proposals for reform of State Laws from any State, group of States or all the States in the Federation and submit reports thereon to the appropriate Attorney-General or Attorneys-General.

In his words, Malami said that “Generally, scholars regarded law reform as the process of weeding out and replacing the obsolete laws within the legal system to attune the applicable laws to the prevailing realities and norms in the society.

“Therefore, the importance of law reform cannot be overemphasized because of its relevance to the socio-economic and political development of any nation. It is uniformly agreed that law as an instrument of social engineering always served as the instrumentality of meaningful reform in any civilized society.

“With this in mind, the Nigerian Law Reform Commission (Commission) was established in Nigeria through Decree No. 7 of 1979 with a view to keeping Nigerian laws in a perpetual review.”

He urged the newly inaugurated members of the commission to discharge their functions and be guided by the extant provisions of the commission’s constitution.



Edo/Ondo Elections: INEC boss, Yakubu reveals those who will not be allowed to vote

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said that voters for Edo and Ondo governorship elections who failed to wear their face masks will be prevented from voting.

Yakubu disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19 on Thursday in Abuja.

According to him, it is a measure by the commission to ensure the safety of voters during the governorship polls amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is mandatory for every voter to wear a face mask or face covering without which the voter would not be allowed to vote,” Yakubu, said.

Yakubu also stated that the non-pharmaceutical measures like physical distancing of about two meters would be applied, while hand sanitisers would be used.

The INEC boss cautioned voters against touching the surfaces and leaning on walls at the voting centres as this would be prohibited.

He also stated that the Commission had produced ten points voters video conduct, which had been distributed in the two states.

Speaking on the electronic voting, the INEC boss said the commission could not employ this system now because the laws had not permitted it.

He, however, stated that electronic balloting would be used in Anambra election in 2021 since the law allowed for electronic balloting and not electronic voting.

Meanwhile, the INEC chairman also revealed that the PTF had donated additional 3,000 thermometers to INEC, which would be added to the 1,000 earlier donated and deployed to Edo and Ondo for elections.




Police arrest suspected notorious kidnapper, Ibrahim in Katsina, rescue three victims



The police in Katsina State, on Thursday, confirmed the arrest of a notorious member of bandits and kidnap for ransom syndicate, Abubakar Ibrahim, 19, at Rugu forest.

SP Gambo Isah, the police spokesman, who disclosed this in a statement in Katsina, said that the syndicate, have been terrorizing people in Batsari, Safana, Damnusa and Kurfi Local Government Areas in the state.

Isah said that the police equally rescued three kidnapped victims, NAN reports.

According to Isah, on Sept. 7, 2020, the suspect led other members of his syndicate, on motorcycles, all armed with AK 47 rifles, and attacked Dagarawa and Kudewa villages, in Safana and Kurfi Local Government Areas of the state.

He said the bandits kidnapped one Ashiru Ibrahim, 32, Duduwa Audu, 50, and Asiya Saleh, 45, all of Kudewa village, Kurfi Local Government Area, and took them into Rugu forest.

“That nemesis caught up with the suspect when he fell into a bobby trap and was apprehended by SARS operatives after he collected the sum of N241,000 ransom from the relatives of the victims,” he said.

He revealed that in the course of an investigation, the suspect confessed that he committed the offence along with others, now at large.

Isah said that the N241,000 ransom was recovered in his possession.

“Today, Sept. 10, 2020, at about 9:30 a.m., the command succeeded in arresting one of the suspects and rescued the victims.

“The victims had reunited with their families after treatment at Kurfi General Hospital,” he said.




100 fake doctors, 1,179 other health workers removed from Bauchi govt payroll


The Bauchi State government on Thursday disclosed that 100 doctors are among the 1,279 workers it identified and removed from the state’s Ministry of Health payroll.

Their removal, according to the state governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, is part of the government’s efforts to sanitize the state’s nominal payroll system.

Governor Mohammed disclosed this during a public parley with stakeholders on problems associated with the management and payment of salaries of civil servants.

The governor said the state is being confronted with a great challenge of sorting out what he described as a corrupt salary regime, adding that the state civil service is suffering from fraudulent practices and corruption.

He stated that as of 2015, both the state and local government wage bills were N4.5 billion, adding that the figure has risen to nearly N7 billion in 2020 even though no employment of new workers has taken place.

According to Governor Mohammed, the problem with the state nominal payroll seems more challenging than envisaged.

“What appeared to be a first simple issue of sanitizing the nominal payroll and sorting out the arithmetics suddenly turned out to be a problem and seemed to defy all nominal formulas that will bring a solution. The problem is much more challenging than I envisaged.

“In the year 2015, the salary bill of Bauchi State, both state and local government, was N4.5 billion. As I address you today, we are nearing N7 billion.

“We have not employed at all. Even when civil servants have died or retired, we continue to experience a spontaneous rise in the payment of salaries,” the governor said.

He informed that some workers have their salary stopped due to inconsistencies recorded between their nominal and payroll records.

“In the Ministry of Education, we have 6,000 staff reflected on the payroll, while the Head of Service has a record of 5,000 staff which was sent four days ago to the ministry.

“There is the case of 110 staff whose salaries were stopped from the state treasury due to inconsistencies recorded between their nominal and payroll records,” he informed.

Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner for Finance, Umar Sanda Adamu, informed that at the inception of the current administration in May 2019, the state civil service was over-bloated.

He said because of this, the governor vowed to sanitize the payroll of the state civil service, adding that this was why he set up a committee to look into the problem of ghost workers and sanitize the payroll.

A database consultant, Ibrahim A. Jalo, who made a presentation at the parley, said a review of civil servants data is the only solution to the salary problem in the state, adding that only a civil servant should be on the state government payroll.

He lamented that pensioners are being subjected to suffering as a result of corruption in the pay system.

Citing an instance of a pensioner, Saeed Muhammad, Jalo informed the gathering that despite the fact that the pensioner’s salary is N34,000, he collects N34 million as an accumulated pension, but he noted that “it is not the pensioner that collects the money but somebody within the system. He only collects N34,000.”

While saying that there are many pensioners who have never worked for the state but collecting pensions, Jalo informed that many of such pensioners have been removed from the system using the database.



Fani-Kayode slams Tinubu for refusing to greet Ooni of Ife



Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation has slammed Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for refusing to greet the Ooni of Ife.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, had arrived at the coronation of the Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State, on Sunday, September 6 and was walking to the high table when he stopped by to greet Tinubu.

In the video, Tinubu was seen sitting down while the monarch paid respect to him.

This did not go down well with Fani-Kayode who accused the APC leader of being disrespectful to the throne.

According to Fani-Kayode, Tibunu’s action is a ‘crying shame’ to Yorubas.

On his Twitter page, Fani-Kayode wrote: “That the Asiwaju of Bourdillon refused to stand up to greet the Ooni of Ife speaks volumes.

“This was not only deeply insulting to every and & indeed son and daughter of Odua but it is also a crying shame.

“Would a northern political leader refuse to stand up for his traditional ruler?”

Some Nigerians also took to social media attackingTinubu for failing to accord the monarch his respect by standing up to greet him.

Others have also condemned the monarch for stopping to greet Tinubu.




47,000 candidates jostle for 2,000 Amotekun jobs in Oyo

No fewer than forty-seven thousand (47,000) people applied for 2,000 Amotekun jobs in Oyo State.

Chairman, Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps, General Kunle Togun, made this declaration in Ibadan on Wednesday.

He spoke during the screening and verification exercise that commenced on Wednesday across the state.

ADCNEWS gathered that the security outfit was formed in order to complement the efforts of the police and other security agencies.

Governor from the six south-western states had agreed to form the Western Nigeria Security Network also known as Amotekun in a bid to put an end to security challenges in the geopolitical zone.

But Togun, while addressing journalists on Wednesday disclosed that a background check on criminal records of the applicants will also be done.

He said, “Over 47,000 persons applied, while we are to take 2,000 for now. Graduates, school certificate holders and those that do not have any educational background applied.

“We asked them questions on what operations they had done in the past. We want to know if they are experienced and active, what role they played in their various groups. We’ll also check to know if they have had criminal records.

“Some gave incoherent information about where they came from; some did not give facts about the local government areas they claim to hail from.”




It is wrong for courts to decide elections – Jonathan


Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that the outcome of elections must be decided by ballots and not by courts.

Jonathan stated this while speaking on The Osasu Show Symposium 2020.

According to him, electronic voting is the only way to get to credible elections in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

“For elections to be democratic, that means that the outcome of the elections must depend on the ballot, not any other institution, not even the court.

“If the ballots don’t decide who wins, then we are not practicing democracy.

“And if we are now in a situation where people use force of arms and thugs to win elections, then we can’t say we are practicing democracy,” he said.




Biafra: Orji Kalu under fire for boasting he can bring back Nnamdi Kanu from UK


The Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL, has attacked former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, for boasting that he can bring back Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to Nigeria.

Senator Kalu had yesterday pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari government to allow him convince Kanu to stop his Biafra agitation.

National Leader of BNYL, Princewill Chimezie Richard, in a statement forwarded to ADCNEWS on Wednesday, said that some Igbo politicians are opportunists using the name of Biafra to seek relevance in Nigeria politics.

“What Orji Kalu is saying is rhetoric, as an Igbo man he knows deep down his heart that Biafra is a spirit, kill any of us the struggle continues,” he said

“Arrest and any of us, the struggle continues. Whoever that he may manage to convince to end the agitation, the struggle continues.

“Biafra project is not funded by politicians but freewill donations by Biafrans abroad.”

He said that the BNYL will come up with a strategy on how to use their grassroots structures to frustrate erring politicians in their region.

He warned that should the politicians become a hindrance to restoration of Biafra it could lead to frustration of Igbo Presidency 2023.



Ondo election: You’ll pay heavy taxes to Bola Tinubu if Akeredolu wins – Pastor Giwa warns


Senior pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa, has said that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State had perfected plans to further inflict pain on the people of the state through the Internal Revenue Service Building he (Tinubu) commissioned last week Saturday.

He again urged the electorate not to allow Akeredolu who is the candidate of the APC in the October election to win.

Giwa said the body language of people of the state had rejected Governor Akeredolu and his party.

According to Giwa, rigging is the only machine left for Akeredolu and the APC.

“Anywhere you see money, you see Asiwaju Tinubu. You can’t take your possessions to the grave, impossible!,” Giwa said in a statement to VELOXNEWS on Thursday.

“Should governor Akeredolu rig himself to power again, the people of Ondo state must prepare to pay taxes heavily to Chief Tinubu through the newly inaugurated internal revenue.

“They have concluded plans to further inflict pain on the people. Can’t you see how their government has jacked up fuel price and electricity tariff?

“Has Tinubu talked?, No, he cannot because he is one of the beneficiaries. It’s just a matter of time, we shall know where we are heading to.

“Ondo people must defend their votes; they must know their right hands from the left. We must do everything to avoid errors in the past.




Details of Buhari’s meeting with six Governors on Thursday revealed

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday presided over the National Food Security Council Meeting at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja.

At least six state governors, who are members of the National Food Security Council, were present.

They include Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the council; Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa; Simon Lalong of Plateau; Darius Ishaku of Taraba; and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi.

Others are the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.) and some ministers among others.

A tweet from Buhari’s verified Twitter handle afterwards, noted that “Food security remains at the forefront of our administration’s agenda.

“I chaired a meeting of the National Food Security Council today, where we noted the devastating impact of recent floods on the progress we’ve made so far.

“Our condolences go to the victims and their families.” The President said.



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Don’t come to Ekiti – Fayose warns Gov Makinde

Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has warned the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, to steer clear of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti and other South West States.

Fayose made this known on Wednesday during a meeting of the National delegates of the PDP in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The meeting, which had in attendance, chairmen of the party in Ekiti, Osun, Lagos and Ogun, was held at the Ogun PDP secretariat, which was recently taken over by loyalists of Ladi Adebutu from those of late Buruji Kashamu.

Speaking at the South West zonal meeting, Fayose maintained that Makinde had no right to dabble into the local politics in each State of the South West.

The Ekiti ex-Governor acknowledged that Makinde is presently the only PDP governor in the South West, saying, however, that he should give every State the freedom to be governed by its local leaders.

Fayose said he will be ready to fight anyone who plans to take over the structure of the Ekiti PDP from him.

He revealed that there has been a cold war of who become(s) the executive members of the zone.

He alleged that Makinde demanded that the zonal executive should be dissolved for a caretaker committee, adding that since the caretaker committee came on board, Makinde “has not allowed them to function because he produced the chairman.”

While stressing that he would continue to respect the Oyo State Governor as a brother whom he loves, Fayose stated that being a sitting governor does not give Makinde the right to go to another man’s State.

He said, “Nobody should come to my State; if you come to my State, I will face you squarely.”

The meeting, VELOX NEWS reports, was attended by Engr Deji Doherty, Sikirullahi Ogundele, Sunday Olatunde Akanfe and Bisi Kolawole – the PDP Chairmen for Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti states respectively.

In a communique signed after the meeting, the PDP in the South West resolved that no State chapter of the party should be ruled by another.

The PDP Chairmen said the existing zoning formula for the zonal executives of the party should not be tampered with.

They concluded that, “the Eddy Olafeso-led zonal executive only spent two years from November 2017 till date and should be allowed to complete the very credible job they’ve commenced in the South West.”

They emphasised that “the team must be allowed to complete its tenure.”




BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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BARRING last-minute change of plans before tomorrow’s meeting, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is in a quandary over next week’s governorship election in Edo State, as national commissioners jostle to be in the good books of the re-appointing authorities in what observers feared will affect the credibility of the poll. This pursuit may also have effects on the governorship election in Ondo State, slated for next month.

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US cancels visas of 1,000 Chinese nationals over security risks


The United States of America has revoked visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals under a presidential measure, denying entry to students and researchers due to security risks, the State Department said on Wednesday.

The acting head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said earlier that Washington revoked visas “for certain Chinese graduate students and researchers with ties to China’s military fusion strategy to prevent them from stealing and otherwise appropriating sensitive research.”

Wolf reiterated U.S. charges of unjust business practices by China, including attempts to steal COVID-19 research, and accused it of abusing student visas to exploit American academia, NAN reports.

Wolf said the U.S. was also, “preventing goods produced from slave labour from entering its markets, demanding that China respect the inherent dignity of each human being,” an apparent reference to accusations of abuse of Muslims in western Xinjiang.

A State Department spokeswoman said the visa action followed a May 29 proclamation by President Donald Trump as part of the U.S. response to China’s curbs on democracy in Hong Kong.

“As of Sept. 8, 2020, the department has revoked more than 1,000 visas of PRC nationals who were found to be subject to Presidential Proclamation 10043 and therefore ineligible for a visa,” she said.

She said the ineligible, “high-risk graduate students and research scholars” were “a small subset” of the Chinese coming to the U.S. for study and research.

She added that legitimate students and scholars would continue to be welcomed in the U.S.

In Beijing on Thursday, a foreign ministry’s spokesman described the U.S. move as “naked” political persecution and racial discrimination that seriously violated human rights.

“China reserves the right to make a further response on this issue,” Zhao Lijian told a daily media briefing.

China-U.S relations have sunk to historic lows with the world’s two biggest economies clashing over issues ranging from trade and human rights to Hong Kong and the coronavirus.



Lagos state govt gives updates on resumption of tertiary institutions


 The Lagos State government has said that only final year students will go back to classrooms, as tertiary institutions reopen next Monday.

This was confirmed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s Special Adviser on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday.

Sanwo-Olu had announced the re-opening of schools in the state, starting with tertiary institutions on September 14, 2020.

Secondary and primary schools are expected to resume a week after.

Wahab emphasised that the students in the state will resume in phases.

He said, “Basically, we are at a point where scientifically, we’ve been proven to have flattened the curve. And it invariably means that we are not as exposed as we used to be some five, four, three months back. So, consequently, we have to find a way to bring our lives back to normal. And in doing that, education is very critical to whatever we are going to do.

“In the past few weeks, we’ve been putting in place measures and facilities that will enable our children come back to school.

“Even at that, what we seek to do from next week is to start a phased reopening of our tertiary institutions.

“On the 14th, we have announced that our tertiary institutions are going to open to our students for the first time after six months.”



Govt sacks 80 civil servants, gives reason



The Niger State Government on Thursday sacked 80 civil servants for allegedly placing themselves on salaries above their current status.

Hajiya Salamatu Abubakar, the state Head of Service, during a press conference in Minna, disclosed that their dismissal was approved by the state Executive Council at its meeting on Thursday.

The Head of Service explained that those affected were uncovered by the salary committee earlier set up by the state Governor, Sani Bello.

Abubakar added that the officers placed themselves on allowances above their current status and entitlements.

She said the report of the committee was submitted to the office of the head of service which transmitted it to the Auditor General for further action.

The head of service added that the report was later presented to the state executive council, which approved the dismissal of the 80 officers from service on Thursday.

She said that the officers were from the Ministries of Health and Education, as well as Hospital Services and Management Board and Primary Health Care Development Agency, NAN reports.



Kaduna: Police academy fixes date for entrance examination


 The Police Command in Kaduna State has said that the entrance examination into the 8th Regular Course of Police Academy, Wudil, has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, across the country.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige disclosed this in a statement issued on Thursday in Kaduna, NAN reports.

Jalige said that candidates from Kaduna Central are expected to sit for the examination at the National Teachers Institute (NTI), along Kaduna-Zaria Expressway.

”The Police Command in Kaduna State wishes to inform the general public, particularly Kaduna residents that, the entrance examination into the 8th Regular Course of Police Academy, Wudil, Kano is slated for Sept. 17, across the country.

“Therefore, the command enjoins all candidates who applied for the programme to brace up and adequately prepare for the Computer Based Test (CBT), which will be conducted simultaneously on the same date nationwide.

“The command equally informs that candidates can now print their latest examination card, using either their telephone numbers or the RRR code, as required in the column provided, which is labelled as ‘Selection Examination Card,” he said.



September 09, 2020

Edo election: No face mask, no voting – INEC


 The Electoral Institute (TEI), has advised prospective voters in Edo State to stick strongly with the regulations on conducting elections within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Saad Umar Idris, Director-General of TEI, made this known while delivering a goodwill message during Training of Trainers (ToT) program for political parties’ agents in Benin City, the state capital, with the views to mitigating electoral violence in Nigeria.

He said, the commission had issued the first supplementary to the regulations and guidelines for the conduct of elections issued by the commission on 12th January 2019.

According to him, ‘these regulations and guidelines for the conduct of elections remain in force until replaced by new regulations and guidelines or repealed in part or in its entirety by the commission. Social distancing of 2 metres (6 feet’s shall be maintained by all persons.)

“Indeed, election is coming up at a period Nigeria is battling with the COVID-19 Pandemic which took the whole world by storm and has affected the manner, methods and strategies in which businesses, social activities and all other people/public-oriented activities are conducted.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) just like many other Election Management Bodies (EMBs) all over the world has had to restrategise.

The commission’s policy on conducting elections under a pandemic or other emergency health hazards include the wearing of face mask, which is made mandatory at all election locations. An improvised face mask using a handkerchief, scarf or other such materials is acceptable. We will also not accept mask branded with the insignia or unique identification of a political party/candidate or indicating the person’s voting preference.

Speaking on the legal framework for party agents, Mr Shehu Layiwola Wahab of the Electoral and Party Monetary, EPM x-rayed the dos and don’ts, and what are expected from political parties’ agents during the election.

“As agents, your contributions to peaceful conduct of this poll is very sacrosanct and should not be compromised no matter what and who is involved. We need peaceful electoral process and that is why we are here today.”


COVID-19: We have paid N20bn allowance to Nigerian health workers – Minister


The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnumbe Mamora, has said that the Federal Government has paid up to N20bn as COVID-19 allowance to doctors and health workers in the country.

Speaking during an interview on Channels TV, Mamora said it would be unfair if the doctors claim they haven’t received anything as COVID-19 allowance.

According to him, the Federal government has so far disbursed N20 billion as COVID-19 allowance.

“We have been able to pay the coronavirus inducement allowance because we had to suspend the hazard allowance for this period so that we can go into renegotiation after.

“We are now paying, starting from 50 per cent of the basic of the workers depending on where the point of operation is.

“We were able to pay April, May full, June, part of it has been paid but not fully paid and it’s because of the economic situation and these funds have to be sourced for one way or the other.

“We have also been able to disbursed close to N20bn and I repeat close to 20bn.

“So, to now say nothing has been done, that is not true.” he said.

Mamora further stated that every worker in the Federal Civil Service is entitled to the Group Life Insurance Scheme which is domiciled in the office of the head of Civil Service of the Federation.

He also said that the Ministry of Health only supervises the processes involved in the payments.

“When a health worker dies, and he was an employee of the Federal Government, the information comes to us, goes to our Human Resources Directorate and it is processed.

“Ours is to do a follow-up, but the office of the head of Civil Service will get these things done because they are the ones that interface with insurance companies because it is a group of insurance companies that manage this process.

“But what we have discovered is that some of the time, the appropriate information is not made available.

“For example, we have asked the various federal tertiary hospitals to come up with their nominal role, so we know who is on that list and stands to benefit in the event that death, unfortunately, happens.

“We made that clear and the doctors said they now understand better,” he added.




Bomb attack injures vice president, kills 10


A roadside bomb in Kabul has injured first Afghanistan’s Vice President, Amrullah Saleh, on Wednesday.

Saleh, 49, escaped with minor injuries.

The explosion killed at least 10 people and wounded 15, including the VP’s bodyguards.

Saleh, in a video, confirmed he sustained a minor burn on his face and an injury to his hand.

Standing next to a flag with a bandaged left hand, he said: “I am fine but some of my guards have been wounded. My son, who was in the car with me, and I are both fine. I have some burns on my face and hand. The blast was strong.”

The former intelligence chief, is the senior of President Ashraf Ghani’s two vice presidents.

Saleh has survived several assassination attempts, including one on his office in 2019.

At least, 20 people were killed in that incident.

Javid Faisal, National Security Council spokesman tweeted that the attacks “won’t weaken our resolve for a lasting and dignified peace in Afghanistan.”

European Union delegation in Afghanistan condemned the development.

“This is an attack on the Republic and desperate act by spoilers of peace efforts, who must be collectively confronted”, it tweeted.

The Taliban, through its spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, has denied involvement in the attack which occurred ahead of a meeting with the Afghan government.

The peace talks will be held in Qatar’s capital, Doha.




Edo guber: ADC candidate commiserates with APC over auto crash

Edo ADC guber candidate, Mabel Oboh, commiserates with APC over auto crash 

Mrs Mabel Oboh, Edo State African Democratic Congress, ADC’s governorship candidate, has commiserated with All Progressives Congress, APC; its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and the former governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole over the death of two mobile policemen in an accident involving their campaign convoy.

In a statement by her PA, John Anyaibe, Oboh described the development as sad and prayed for God to console the bereaved families.

Mrs Oboh, the only woman in Edo 2020 race for Osadebeh House, was reacting to a fatal accident that occurred when a truck rammed into a Toyota Hilux in APC’s campaign convoy, Tuesday, as it headed for Usen, Ovia South/West Council for a rally.

Oshiomhole’s SUV was reportedly damaged. However, the former APC chairman is reported to be hale and hearty and did not sustain injury.

According to her, “it was with a heavy heart I received the news of the ghastly accident, which claimed the lives of two policemen attached to Adams Oshiomhole’s convoy as they travelled to Usen for a campaign rally yesterday.

“I also learned that APC’s governorship candidate in the forthcoming election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu was also in the convoy.

“Let me use this opportunity to commiserate with them over the sad event that involved their security aides and top chieftains of the party.

“I also want to reach out to the family of the bereaved and let them know that at this point, my heart goes out to them. I can feel their pains and I pray the Good Lord grant them the grace and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”

An accomplished businessman, Oboh is a Nollywood veteran, a broadcaster, philanthropist and has garnered experience working with multi-nationals including the UN.

She emerged the party’s flag bearer after Benjamin Akhigbe stepped down as the party’s guber candidate on July 13.

Running on a manifesto of transformation, Mabel Oboh has promised to create jobs, build infrastructure and invest massively in agriculture, tourism, the health sector and ICT.

She has also promised to set up empowerment schemes for women and youths of Edo State.




I am not afraid to testify – Malami fires back at Magu


The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said he will gladly testify before the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel against the suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu if he is summoned.

Malami said this while answering questions on Arise TV on Wednesday morning.

He was reacting to a letter written by the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, calling on Salami to summon the AGF.

“If the Ayo Salami panel invites Abubakar Malami as a person or in the capacity of AGF for any testimony, for any clarification, for examination or cross-examination, Abubakar Malami will wholeheartedly, gladly within the spirit and context of the rule of law be there to testify within the context of the rule of law.

“Our position as a government is to submit to the rule of law and the rule of law component of it requires that we appear when we are called upon to clarify issues, when we are called upon to be examined, when we are called upon to be cross-examined.

“That indeed was an attribute of the government that translated to the victory we are seeing today arising from P&ID.

“I have responded to uncountable requests for clarification of issues and indeed executed uncountable witness statements for the purpose of putting the record straight and the case of Salami will certainly not be an exception,” Malami said.



PDP sold fuel for N600/litre – Presidency


President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has told Nigerians that petrol was sold for N600/litre under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration.

Shehu tweeted this alongside the front page of a newspaper from Easter Sunday in 2013, in response to PDP claiming citizens may not survive the increment in electricity tariffs and price of petrol.

PDP explained that the level of poverty in Nigeria was too high.

However, Shehu wrote: “Don’t allow the PDP to deceive you. Amidst acute shortages, they sold petrol at N600 per litre on Easter Sunday in 2013 (See Punch published on that day).”

The federal government through the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), recently increased the ex-depot price of petrol from N138.62 to N151.56 per litre.

Petrol marketers subsequently increased the price of the product from N148 to between N158 and N162 per litre.



Hike in electricity tariff, petrol: Nigerians may resort to suicide – PDP warns Buhari



The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has warned that the hike in electricity tariff and price of petrol may increase the rate of suicide.

PDP also warned that the increment may lead to Nigerians resorting to slavery abroad.

The opposition party was reacting to a remark by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Nigerians paying less for electricity and petrol.

Mohammed had said the price of petrol and electricity tariff in Nigeria was one of the lowest in Central and West Africa.

However, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan described Mohammed’s assertion as irrational.

He stressed that the hike was insensitive.

In a statement he issued yesterday, Ologbondiyan said: “We remind President Buhari that this hike will worsen the scary situation in the last five years, where compatriots are resorting to suicide, slavery mission abroad as well as selling of their children as options.

“PDP therefore rejects the highly irrational argument by the Minister of Information, Mohammed, that fuel price is lower in some West African countries, without presenting the contradictory economic settings in those countries and ours.”



Bauchi governor moves against gender-based violence, regrets granting pardon to rapist



Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has read the Riot Act to perpetrators of gender-based violence and rapists in the state, warning that anyone found guilty of the acts will be punished accordingly. He also apologised to Bauchi women for mistakenly granting pardon to a rapist.

The governor read the Act on Tuesday evening when he received members of the Bauchi State Action Committee on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, led by the governor’s wife, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed, who paid him an advocacy visit at the Government House, Bauchi.

According to the governor, with the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act operational in the state, anyone caught perpetrating gender violence or rape will be subjected to the provisions of the law.

He added that his administration will not grant pardon to those found guilty of gender-based violence and rape. This, he said, will serve as deterrent to others.

Governor Mohammed submitted that the formation of the Bauchi State Action Committee on Sexual and Gender Based Violence was timely.

The committee, the governor noted, will sensitize the people of the state across its length and breadth on the dangers associated with sexual and gender-based violence.

He stated that sexual and gender-based violence have become a scourge not only in the state but also across the country and expressed gratitude to the state House of Assembly for enacting the VAAP Act.

“I have listened with a lot of interest to the address of my dear wife on very important issues of violence against women, violence against the vulnerable. I think this is a very good initiative.

“I must once again thank the state House of Assembly for coming up with VAPP Law. This has become a scourge in Nigeria, not only in Bauchi,” Governor Mohammed said.

He noted with satisfaction that the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act has enumerated what is needed to be done to protect victims of sexual and gender based violence.

Apparently referring to a rapist caught last week who confessed to have been granted pardon by the state government for a similar offense for which he was convicted and sentenced to jail, Governor Mohammed apologized to the state womenfolk for the pardon granted unknowingly.

He assured that his administration will do everything possible to protect women and children in the state, declaring that his state will be in the forefront in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.

“I apologise to our women folks for the recent pardon extended unknowingly to one of the rapists in Bauchi. We will never pardon anyone found guilty of this grievous offense.

“I am happy with the advocacy set up by my dear wife because I believe that is the only way to go.

“We will do everything possible to protect our women folks and children. Bauchi will be at the forefront in fighting the menace,” the governor declared.





You’re known for reckless talks – Ondo Deputy Gov tells his boss, Akeredolu


Following the description of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi as a neophyte, nincompoop and a betrayal by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the deputy governor has lashed out at his boss over the attacks on his person.

Ajayi who will be contesting against his boss under the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, during the October 10 governorship poll said Akeredolu has always been known to have a ‘loose mouth.’

On Monday, while appearing on Arise TV programme, Akeredolu had described his deputy as politically unfit to govern the state.

According to Ajayi, while responding to Akeredolu in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Allen Sowore in Akure, governor Akeredolu’s “reckless gaffe is a continuation of his fruitless and sterile efforts to demean the constitutionally established office of the Deputy Governor and his person.

Sowore added that his boss was not surprised over the castigation of the deputy governor by Akeredolu.

“This has been the favourite tactics of Akeredolu and now that he’s frustrated by the people’s obvious rejection of his reelection bid, it’s expected that he would not desist on the road to infamy and perfidy.

“Governor Akeredolu is notorious for having a loose tongue, fueled most times by Dutch courage,” he said.





Lagos: Muyiwa Adejobi replaces Bala Elkana as Police PRO

The Lagos State Police Command has a new Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in the person of SP Muyiwa Adejobi.

He took over from SP Bala Elkana.

Adejobi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that he would ensure prompt exchange of accurate information.

The spokesman said that he would apply the “R.A.C.E Approach” as a tactic to properly perpetuate and immerse himself into the new office.

RACE is an acronym for Research, Action, Communicate, Evaluation.

“The first thing to do is to Research into what things that need to be in place; take Action; Communicate to people on my course of action and get Evaluation.

“The feedback I get from people which will enable me to access and cross-check policies and decisions in order to forge ahead,” he noted.

The officer assured that he would work with Divisional Police Officers (DPO) to gather information on occurrences and promptly disseminate same to the public.

Adejobi was Ogun State PPRO for eight years.





2023: Tinubu told to watch out for Osinbajo’s secret plots to outwit him, take over from Buhari

Olusegun Bamgbose, National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has claimed that Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, is subtly, secretly and seriously working to outwit Bola Tinubu and become next President of Nigeria.

According to Bamgbose, Osinbajo is working towards proving to Tinubu come 2023, that his being referred to as a Professor, is not honorary, but as a result of intelligence and hard work.

The senior lawyer noted that the 2023 presidential elections may go down in history of Nigeria, as the most interesting and most intriguing.

“The would be aspirants are exploring all avenues to outwit one another. They are not taking things for granted. It’s no longer news that Ashiwaju Bola Tinubu, other things being equal, will throw his hat in the ring,” Bamgbose told ADCNEWS on Wednesday morning.

“He is on daily basis secretly scheming on how to be the next President of Nigeria. He possibly must have earmarked billions of Naira to actualize his presidential ambition.

“Atiku Abubakar, on the other hand, is equally getting prepared by making himself relevant through contributing to burning national issues, hereby showcasing his potentials.

“He has made up his mind to contest the Presidential elections, for the very last last time come 2023, no matter what, even if PDP refuse him ticket.

“He will be much prepared to spend ‘recklessly’ to be the next President of Nigeria.

“Unknown to many people, however, is that the Vice- President, Yemi Osinbajo is discreetly building a political structure to outwit Tinubu, his mentor and godfather.

“He is actively in the Presidential race and has gone far in reaching out to the major political stakeholders in the country.

“He is subtly, secretly and seriously working to be next President of Nigeria. He will prove to Tinubu come 2023, that his being referred to as a Professor, is not honorary, but as a result of intelligence and hard work.

“He is strategically positioning himself to be the next President of Nigeria. He has quietly gained more acceptance than Tinubu ahead of 2023 Presidential elections.

“Osinbajo is preparing for a showdown. He is getting prepared to tell Tinubu that, the quiet movement of a tiger should not be taken for cowardice. .

“As it stands today, Osinbajo is ahead of Tinubu politically, as Vice President of Nigeria. Tinubu was a former Governor of Lagos State. Pastor Adeboye factor can’t be ruled out.

“He will always back Osinbajo any day, any time. How on earth do you expect Pastor Adeboye, not to support Osinbajo to become the next President of Nigeria.

“The Pastor Adeboye I know will never support Osinbajo to back down for any candidate, including Tinubu.

“It’s not a secret that the Pastor and President Buhari are very close. He recently visited the President. In essence, Osinbajo is perfecting his plans and strategies to take over from Buhari come 2023.

“However, I have my own plans to surprise them all. I’m a new entrant, but never a novice. We shall all meet on the field come 2023.”




Mama Taraba polled only 16,000 votes – APC mocks ex-minister


The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba says it is unshaken by the exit of the former Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan.

Alhassan, fondly called Mama Taraba, had dumped the APC to contest the 2019 governorship election under the United Democratic Party (UDP).

She defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) months after the poll.

In August, she made revelations about her ordeal while in the APC.

On Tuesday, Taraba APC Chairman, Ibrahim El-Sudi, called her comments “media hype”.

He spoke to newsmen after a meeting with APC Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni in Abuja.

“That is a media hype, as you can see, all the juggernauts, movers and shakers of APC in Taraba are behind me. So, one person cannot destroy or do anything to APC”, NAN quoted him as saying.

Sudi noted that the former minister did not command so much political weight as the public was made to believe.

He recalled that Alhassan only polled 16,000 votes during the general election.

“Her movement has not shaken APC in Taraba. It is in the heart of Taraba people that they want APC and they will continue to support APC”, he said.

Sudi disclosed that his meeting with Buni was to smoothen things in the Taraba chapter.

He expressed confidence that all issues will be resolved.



2023: We can predict APC’s future – Yari


Former Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has commented on the rift among members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, as well as the 2023 race.

He spoke at APC national secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday after a meeting with the Chairman, Mai Mala Buni.

Yari declared that his camp was ready for reconciliation.

The former governor and Senator Kabiru Marafa-led faction have been engaged in a supremacy battle since 2018.

Their disagreement, which caused parallel primaries, was a major factor that gave victory to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Although APC won the governorship election, the Supreme Court ruled that the party failed to submit its flagbearer’s name within the stipulated time.

Yari stressed that to achieve genuine truce, all aggrieved parties must come to a round table with open mind.

“If everyone is ready for reconciliation, we will know because we have been in this game since 1999 and by God’s grace we can predict the future of APC in Zamfara in 2023,” he said.



Edo: APC takes action on PDP’s suit against Ize-Iyamu



The Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) suit looking for the preclusion of Osagie Ize-iyamu from the September 19 governorship political race in Edo State was not heard on Tuesday.

Hearing was slowed down at the Federal High Court in Abuja because of a movement by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP had in a suit stamped FHC/ABJ/CS/69/20 implored the court for a request precluding Ize-iyamu because of not being legitimately selected by the APC.

The suit was documented on July 3, 2020 by PDP legal counselors drove by Ferdinand Orbih (SAN).

PDP is asserting that Ize-iyamu was not a result of a legitimate essential political race consequently, ought not be permitted to take an interest in the prospective political race.

Respondents are Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC and Ize-iyamu.

At first established in the Benin Division of the Federal High Court, the suit was moved to the Abuja Division inferable from the yearly excursion of the Federal High Court.

Orbih told the court that he was served APC's Notice of Preliminary Objection Tuesday morning.

He supplicated the court for a short deferment to contemplate the turn of events.

Equity Ahmed Mohammed affirmed the notification from insight to the APC, Tunde Adejumo.

Legal advisors to INEC, Alhassan Umar (SAN) and Wole Olanipekun (SAN) additionally mentioned for time to react to the movement.



Date of Kogi council polls announced



Local Government election in Kogi State would hold on 12th December, 2020.

The Chairman, Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission, KOSIEC, Mamman Nda Eri, disclosed this on Wednesday at a stakeholders meeting held in Lokoja, the state capital.

Eri, while releasing the timetable for the council poll assured that the election would be free, fair and credible.

He stated that all necessary measures have been put in place for the success of the election.

More to follow…




Doctors quit Kogi govt job over poor remunerations

No fewer than four medical doctors have left Kogi State civil service as a result of non-payment of salary and poor remuneration.

Kogi State chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Dr Omakoji Oyiguh disclosed this on Wednesday, at a familiarization visit to the State Council of Ulamua.

Dr Oyiguh who was elected new chairman of NMA in August 2020 said the problem has continued to depeen as more doctors are threatening to leave as soon as they have better opportunities elsewhere.

The chairman who expressed worries on this development noted that the Kogi State Government should give utmost priority to the welfare of health workers to prevent mass exodus of doctors from the state’s civil service.

” The issue of strike is not what I want my own administration to welcome. I would want to be very proactive in discussing with government to ensure that things do not reach the level where doctors will be frustrated to go on strike. This will create crisis in the health system of Kogi State.

” Salaries have been reversed over and over again since 2009, 2014 and now there is minimum wage. Kogi State is still at the lowest level of 2004. So, the doctors are not happy that their salaries compared to their counterparts in FMC is about half, and compared to their counterparts also in other states.

“As at yesterday, four doctors left the service of the Kogi State Government. So they are leaving en-mass, and we cannot afford to say nothing is wrong. Things are going wrong and we are not happy this is also happening under my leadership. We can’t count the number of doctors that have quit the services of the state. This does not speak well of the confluence state. I’m just two months old in this office.

“This cannot continue. I just have to cry out now before things get out of hands. Whatever the governor can do, to avert further loss of our doctors to other state, he should please do it before things get out of hands. As he is celebrating his victory at the supreme court, he should extend that celebration to bring smiles to the faces of doctors in the service of the government of Kogi State,” he added.

Responding, the State secretary, Kogi State Council of Ulamau Alhaji Babango Idris called on the association to stop the activities of quack doctors in the state.

According to him, the council will continue to synergize with NMA towards the protection of medical facilities and doctors in Kogi State.




Gana: Shehu Sani condemns killing of surrendered Benue most wanted criminal



Shehu Sani, a former federal lawmaker, has reacted to the killing of Terwase Akwase, the most wanted criminal in Benue. State.

Shehu Sani said it was wrong to have killed the criminal even after he had surrendered to the army.

Recall that the Nigerian Army on Thursday confirmed the killing of Akwaza, also known as Gana, in Benue State.

Gana was killed during a gun battle with military men along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road, on Tuesday.

Confirming the incident, the Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa State, Maj. -Gen. Moundhey Ali, said the military men gunned Gana down at a roadblock mounted by the soldiers.

Speaking with reporters, Ali said that 40 armed members of Gana’s gang were also captured during the operation.

He disclosed that several rifles, pump action guns, ammunition, charms and explosives among other items were recovered from the gang.

He said Gana’s corpse has been deposited in an undisclosed mortuary.

This was after Gana had earlier surrendered to the Benue State government following an amnesty programme extended to criminals.

But reacting to the development, Sani, a prominent member of the 9th Assembly and former member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said, “To ‘kill’ a person who ‘surrendered’ would discourage others from surrendering.”