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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