S/West Governors back Tinubu’s on Amotekun

South-West governors and the apex Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere,  on Wednesday differed on the All Progressives Congress leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s  position on the Western Nigerian Security Network, Operation Amotekun. The governors commended the former Lagos State governor and promised to look into the  issues he raised, but  Afenifere hit  Tinubu hard, saying his statement lacked substance. After almost three weeks of silence on the launching of Amotekun, Tinubu on Wednesday made his position known on the security outfit, which was launched by the South-West governors in Ibadan on January…

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Ganduje, Tambuwal win at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Abdullahi Ganduje as the Governor of Kano State. Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf, filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State. In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, the apex court dismissed the appeal filed by Abba Yusuf challenging the election of Governor Ganduje for lacking in merit. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the March 9 election in…

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Stepping Out On A wrong Foot: Uzodinma vows to probe past 10 years of Imo State

Newly sworn-in governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, shortly after he took oath of office initiated the process of the probe of contracts awarded from 2010 till date in the state. He also sought the comprehensive financial status of the state within the same period. Former governors Ikedi Ohakim, Rochas Okorocha and Emeka Ihedioha were in charge of the state during the period. The governor gave the order in his inaugural speech, after he was sworn in. He said his administration was anchored on rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery. According to…

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My 39 prophesies that will still come to pass -Fr. Mbaka

Rave of the moment in the prophecy world and man on adoration ground who is also the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka, says there are 39 other prophecies that he made on his Adoration Ground that will still come to pass in 2020. Mbaka’s chest beat came in his reaction to the removal of the Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, by the Supreme Court and the inauguration of Senator Hope Uzodinma as governor. According to a statement by his spokesman, Maximus Ugwuoke, the…

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My Stolen mandate recovered, Uzodinma speaks on Supreme Court victory

The governor-elect of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has said that his stolen mandate has been recovered by the Supreme Court. Uzodinma, who spoke to our correspondent through his spokesperson, Declan Emelumba, shortly after the apex court declared him the duly elected governor of the state said that the court had demonstrated bravery. The governor-elect accused the Peoples Democratic Party of not having good plans for the state. He said, “The Supreme Court has declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of Imo State. The beautiful thing is…

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Amaechi laments over Lagos/Ibadan rail project

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has described as embarrassing the delay by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation in completing the 10 railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line. Amaechi made the remarks on Friday at the Abeokuta rail station under construction, during the monthly inspection of the on-going Lagos to Ibadan Rail project. According to him, CCECC, the contractor handling the 156km rail line, has reduced the pace of work between the last two inspections in November and December. “The delay is becoming an…

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Buhari @ 77: Don’t use my name to canvass for votes in 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those interested in seeking elective posts in 2023 to work hard as he will not allow anyone to use his name to canvass for votes while also assuring Nigerians that he will superintend over free, fair and credible elections in 2023. The president gave the assurance on Tuesday when some of his aides and staff of the State House and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha presented to him a birthday card to commemorate his 77th birthday anniversary at the…

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N1bn suit: Pinnacle asks court to dismiss ICPC objection

Pinnacle Communications Ltd (PCL) has asked the Federal High Court Abuja to dismiss a preliminary objection filed by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), challenging a suit it instituted against the anti-graft agency and Zenith bank PLC. PCL had in July 2018, dragged ICPC and Zenith bank to court for unlawfully withholding its money domicile in the bank without a valid court order, and consequently, is claiming N1billion against the agency as damages. At a resumed hearing on Wednesday, following the adoption of ICPC’s preliminary objection…

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See the full list of Prince Dapo Abiodun’s commissioner-nominees

Seven months after Ogun state Governor Dapo Abiodun was sworn-in, he has finally named his commissioner-nominees. In a letter to the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, who also read Abiodun’s letter containing the list of 18 nominees during plenary in Abeokuta. Oluomo said that the governor had written to seek for the confirmation of the nominees. Abiodun wrote: “In furtherance of our mission to build our future together, please find attached the list of nominees for the post of commissioners for your consideration”. The Full list:…

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Gbajabiamila promises to prioritize education

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on Sunday in Lagos warned students to avoid regrets in the future by staying away from hard drugs and truancy in school.According to Gbajabiamila, who spoke during a Health and Education initiative for students in Surulere 1 Federal Constituency, organized by some of his Aides and other professionals under the aegis of the Gbaja Professional Volunteer Network (GPVN), the need to take education seriously cannot be overemphasized. The initiative, which is a continuous exercise designed to go round the country was…

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Gbajabiamila congratulates Bello, Lyon

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has congratulated the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, Yahaya Bello and David Lyon, for emerging victorious.Gbajabiamila, in a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said the victories recorded by the APC candidates in the two States was an indication of the wide acceptance the party enjoys in the two States.The Speaker said Bayelsa State, in particular, has now joined the Next Level train,…

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Bayelsa 2019: APC’s Lyon in early lead

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Candidate, Chief David Lyon, are coasting home to victory following the results of the Saturday governorship election in Bayelsa State so far declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Out of the seven local government areas declared, Lyon won five councils while his counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri won two of the councils. Diri defeated Lyon in Sagbama, the Local Government Area of  Governor Seriake Dickson. While the PDP candidate scored 60,339 votes, Lyon got 7,831 votes…

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We’ll prioritise human rights issues – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the 9th House would give priority to issues related to human rights. As such, the Speaker said, the House would work closely with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to ensure that the rights of Nigerians are protected. Gbajabiamila, who spoke when he hosted the management of NHRC during a courtesy call in his office in Abuja on Wednesday, said the House would support the commission in any way possible to enhance its work. “We commend you…

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Confusion as APC, PDP claim victory in controversial Ibadan Appeal Court judgement

An air of uncertainty pervades the ancient city of Ibadan, capital of Oyo state as an ambiguous judgement by the Court of Appeal on the March 9, 2019 governorship election thrown confusion into the state’s political space. Both the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) and the leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) are claiming victory after the split judgement that did not outrightly remove incumbent governor,  Seyi Makinde of the PDP or proclaimed appellant, Bayo Adelabu of the APC as the winner.The Appeal Court on Monday said it “allowed” the…

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Ex-Petroleum minister, David-West is dead

Renowned professor of virology, activist and former minister of petroleum, Tamuno David-West is dead. He died Monday at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan at the age of 83 years. The famous political activist and virologist was born in Buguma, Kalabari, Rivers State. He worked as a lecturer and became a professor at the University of Ibadan where he lived and died. He joined the university in 1969 and became a professor of virology in 1975. David-West served in Nigerian government as commissioner for education and a member of the…

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Reps to support Greek Consortium on job creation – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the 9th House would encourage initiatives that would help create jobs for Nigerians. The Speaker said this while playing host to a delegation of the Greek Consortium in his office on Monday led by Mr Patrick Osobase.On the main focus of the consortium, which is to boost fishing in Nigeria, Gbajabiamila said it was a laudable initiative that the House would also support.“I was wondering what the Greek Consortium means, but we now know what it is. You…

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Appeal Court upholds 4 APC federal lawmakers’ victories in Ekiti

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti has upheld the election of Sen. Olubunmi Adetumbi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who won the Ekiti North Senatorial District seat. The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that the three-man appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by Sen. Duro Faseyi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Faseyi had appealed the verdict of the election petition tribunal that upheld the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) declaration of Adetumbi as winner of the Ekiti North Senatorial seat in Feb. 23 National Assembly…

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9th House will give adequate attention to education – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has assured that the 9th House would give adequate priority to the education sector.The Speaker said it was for that purpose that the House included education as part of its Legislative Agenda, which he said will be pursued vigorously.Speaking when he received a delegation of the Committee of Council Chairmen of Federal Colleges of Education led by the chairman, Dr Lawan Bukar Alhaji in his office on Tuesday, the Speaker said the House would ensure appropriate budget and carry out…

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Appeal Court voids Melaye’s election may face electorates Nov 16

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it will explore the possibility of using the November 16 governorship election to conduct a fresh election for the Kogi West Senatorial district. The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Kogi, Nasarawa and Kwara states, Mohammed Haruna, dropped the hint in Lokoja on Friday. Fielding questions from newsmen on the Court of Appeal judgment nullifying the election of Senator Dino Melaye, Haruna said since the governorship election was still 34 days away, there was the possibility for the election to hold the same day.…

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Go nowhere! Prez. Buhari bar ministers, govt agencies heads from foreign trips

President Muhammadu Buhari has barred his cabinet ministers and heads of government agencies from embarking on any foreign trip until after their budget defence at the National Assembly. The directive, according to a statement by the Director of Information Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, is to enable them to attend budget defence session at the National Assembly. The statement reads: “Sequel to the presentation of the 2020 Appropriation Bill by Mr President to the National Assembly, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate…

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House to empower lottery commission for more revenue generation -Gbajabiamila‎

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the House was ready to empower the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) through enabling legislation to empower it to generate more revenue.Gbajabiamila, who played host to the management team of the commission led by the chairman of its board, Alhaji Ibikunle Fatai, said the House is willing to come up with relevant laws that would make Nigeria generate more revenue to fund her annual budgets.The Speaker ‎said: “Yours is a very important agency in terms of revenue…

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Sowore, Bakare get N150m Abuja court bail grant

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare. Justice Chioma Ojukwu had fixed 4th of October for the hearing of the matter. She granted bail to Sowore in the sum of N100m with two sureties in like sum. The sureties who must be resident in Abuja must also have landed assets worth the bail sum in Abuja, and they are to deposit the original title documents of the assets with the court. The judge also ordered him to deposit the sum…

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Why Sowore is still in custody -DSS

The Department of State Services has said the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, was still in custody because his legal team had yet to serve it with a copy of the court order granting him bail. Spokesperson of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunnaya said this in a telephone interview with our correspondent, in Abuja, on Thursday. He said the DSS as a law-abiding agency has the highest regard for the laws of the land and would not do anything to undermine law and order. Afunnaya said, “We have not received…

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Gbajabiamila seeks Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s support for agriculture, health

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has asked the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to intensify its intervention programmes in areas of health care delivery services and agriculture.The Speaker, while receiving members of the foundation’s delegation, led by its President, Global Development, Mr Chris Elias, in his office during a courtesy call on Thursday, said Nigeria is always desirous of collaboration with development partners that would impact positively on the socio-political and economic development of the country.He said Nigeria’s collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gates…

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‘Common, stop insulting us’ -Senate Leader warns Nigerians over N5.5bn SUV criticism

Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi on Wednesday condemned the outcry generated by the senate’s planned purchase of sports utility vehicles amounting to N5.5bn for the senators, describing it as an insult. Senator Abdullahi stated this in an interview with journalists in his office in Abuja. He said the status of a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not undeserving of a sport utility vehicle. He said each of the 109 senators in the upper chamber would get one SUV which would be paid for at the end of their…

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Another 319 Nigerians Leave South Africa

The second batch of Nigerians has departed the O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, for the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. About 319 persons were evacuated by Air Peace at about 2:58 p.m.An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kimiebi Ebenfa, confirmed this to The PUNCH via a WhatsApp message on Wednesday. Ebenfa said, “We wish to inform you that the second batch of about 319 willing Nigerian returnees from South Africa has departed O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa, today (Wednesday) at 14h:58 local time. “The returnees, who…

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Oyo Tribunal Victory: GSM says its ‘triumph of truth’

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Monday, described the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party on which platform he won the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state, at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, as the triumph of truth over falsehood. This was as the governor appreciated the people of the state for standing by him before, during and after the election. He called on the opposition All Progressives Congress to forget politics and join hands with him to work for the good of Oyo State. A statement…

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System failure, slow check-in delay evacuation from South Africa as 188 Nigerians land in Lagos

One hundred and eighty-eight Nigerians who were evacuated from South Africa have landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. The evacuees, who departed OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, around 4 p.m aboard an Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft, touched down at 9:34 pm. A foreign affairs ministry official, Mr. Kimiebi Ebenfa, who was on board the flight, confirmed their arrival. He said, “We just landed safely despite the delays in South Africa.” The returnees comprising men, women and children were the first batch of the 640 Nigerians who…

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Tribunal upholds Buhari’s victory, PDP declares judgement provocative

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the petition by Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 2019 Presidential Election. The court held, in the lead judgment read by Justice Mohammed Garba, which was supported by other Justices of the tribunal, held that the petitioners failed to prove their case. Meanwhile, main opposition political party the Peoples Democratic Party said it completely rejected the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition…

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Ibadan Obas surrender to Olubadan, drop crowns

The new 21 obas in Ibadan land have dropped their crowns thereby surrendering to the supremacy of Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji. Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde gave the hint of the reconciliation between the Olubadan of Ibadan Oba Saliu Adetunji and his high chiefs during his welcome address at the at the ongoing South West security meeting at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan. The High Chiefs appeared as part of the entourage of the monarch to the Southwest security summit wearing their normal caps and…

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Gbajabiamila leads Nigerian delegation to Commonwealth Parliamentary conference

Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is leading the Nigerian delegation to the 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Africa Region, Conference taking place in Zanzibar, Tanzania from September 1. Members of the Nigerian delegation include the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and lawmakers from both chambers of the National Assembly. The 50th Conference, with the theme ‘E-Parliament: Seamless Platform for Facilitating Democracy’ will feature discussions at plenary sessions on different categories such as ‘Parliamentary Affairs: The use of ICT in strengthening public involvement in the…

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Kidnapping: S/West to launch regional vigilante

Governors in the six Southwest states are putting finishing touches to the inauguration of a joint regional security outfit codenamed Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN). This followed the Approval in Principle given by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for the zone to establish a Joint Task Force (JTF) to tackle killings, banditry and kidnapping in the Southwest. The governors rose from a security summit in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital in July, where they decided to defend their domain. A source close to the project confided in…

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How Gbajabiamila’s intervention stopped resident doctors strike

Following the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has suspended its planned industrial action, which was due to commence on Monday 22nd July, 2019. The union had at the end of its 39th Ordinary General Meeting in Benin City, Edo State in May, given a 40-day ultimatum, calling for the payment of outstanding salary shortfalls and arrears of its members. However, after the ultimatum, the Speaker had appealed to the resident doctors through the…

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Assets: How Oyo Gov., Makinde got his N48.1bn

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Monday made good his campaign promise to publicly declare his assets. The governor, who visited the Oyo State office of the Code of Conduct Bureau in Ibadan to receive a copy of the asset declaration form, said his decision to make the assets public was in fulfilment of his electoral promise. Details of the assets as contained in the CCB 1 with the name Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde, was declared at the High Court of Oyo State, on May 28, 2019. The assets declaration…

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