TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, SATURDAY
MC Oluomo: Watch It INEC, The Integrity Of 2023 Elections Matters!
Reports from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) this close to the general election are raising concerns and calling to question the credibility and neutrality of the electoral umpire in this critical national assignment. Aside from the commission using its verified Twitter account to endorse a comment that disparages a leading presidential candidate, Nigerians were worried when INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State, Olusegun Agbaje disclosed that Lagos State Parks and Garages (LASPG) Management will be engaged to distribute election materials and personnel on Election Day.
The apprehension stems from that this committee is headed by a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, Musiliu Akinsanya, better known as MC Oluomo. The February 25 and March 11 general elections are too important to Nigerians that there should be no room for whatever will compromise the integrity of the polls. The arrangement elsewhere is that INEC works with the Nation Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) to distribute election materials. But in Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu banned the operations of both transport unions in the state after the latter suspended MC Oluomo.
Excerpts of the suspension letter signed by the general secretary of NURTW, Kabiru Yau, speak to the character of the man the INEC REC in Lagos wants to commit the transportation of logistics and personnel to: “This is to convey to you that in line with Article 42 section 5, subsection I, II, III, IV, V, and VIII of the union’s constitution, you have been placed on indefinite suspension from office as State Chairman of Lagos State Council of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) with effect from March 9th, 2021.
PDP Expels Chimaroke Nnamani, Fayose’s Son, Five Others
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) on Friday expelled the former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani and 6 others.
Nnamani was expelled from the party over alleged anti-party activities.
Their expulsion was announced by the spokesperson of the party, Debo Ologunagba at end of the PDP NWC 566th meeting on Friday.
Ologunagba disclosed that the party approved their expulsion from the PDP owing to anti-party activities and other grave offences in violation of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).
Others expelled from the Party include: Hon. Chris Ogbu (Imo State), Ajijola Lateef Oladimeji (Ekiti Central), Olayinka James Olalere (Ekiti Central II), Fayose Oluwajomiloju John (Ekiti Central I), Akerele Oluyinka (Ekiti North I) and Emiola Adenike Jennifer -(Ekiti South II).
Bwacha Wins Rerun Primary, Emerges Taraba APC Gov Candidate
Emmanuel Bwacha has been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship rerun primary in Taraba State.
Bwacha emerged winner of the rerun election when he polled 778 votes out of total valid votes of 783 to defeat five other aspirants.
It was gathered that the Chairman of, the Taraba governorship primary election Committee, General Yusuf Buratai (Rtd) announced him as the APC governorship candidate after the landslide victory.
Breaking down the votes, Buratai said Yusuf A. Yusuf had five votes. David Kente scored 0 votes, Engineer Saleh Mamman scored 9 votes, Danladi Kifasi scored 0, and Anthony Manzo also scored 0.
The total number of voters was said to be 835, and the number of accredited voters was 796, while the total votes cast were 791 and valid votes stood at 783.
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Buratai described the election as “free, fair and transparent, as the audience was said to have chorused in the affirmative.
Gunmen Attack Atiku’s Campaign DG In Rivers
Unknown gunmen have allegedly attempted to assassinate the Director-General of the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign council in Rivers, Abiye Sekibo, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Sekibo was reportedly attacked on Thursday night when he went to inspect the venue of a proposed presidential rally of the Peoples Democratic Party.
According to the former Minister of Transportation in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, the assailants were allegedly sponsored by the state Governor, Nyesom Wike.
“It is Wike and his people,” the former minister told The Whistler in a phone interview when asked who the attackers were.
Gunmen dressed in police uniform opened fire on Sekibo’s vehicle, a Land Cruiser bulletproof jeep at Rainbow Town.
Council Of State Takes Stand On Cashless Policy, Gives CBN Marching Orders
The Council of State meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Friday given their support to the Naira redesign policy with the condition that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele prints new Naira notes or recirculate the ones so as to bring respite to the suffering in the nation.
The meeting, which lasted for more than four hours at the Council Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja, had in attendance former heads of state and president Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd), Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) and Goodluck Jonathan, while former President, Olusegun Obasanjo joined the meeting online.
Two former Chief Justice of the Federation, Alfa Belgore and Mahmud Muhammad, were also in attendance.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Governors of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku; Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, AGF Abubakar Malami, said generally the policy was accepted by members but raised concerns about the implementations.
Ishaku said: “The CBN was advised to make money available in quantum. The old money can also be recirculated to ease the suffering of the poorest of the poor.”
Sanwo-Olu, on his part, said that Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, and Inspector General of Police (IGP), briefed the council on a state of preparedness for the 2023 general elections, and assured that they were fully prepared.
Kano: Appeal Court Affirms Wali As PDP Guber Candidate, Sacks Abacha
The Court of Appeal sitting in Kano on Friday affirmed Sadiq Wali as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The appellate court set aside the judgment of a High Court which recognized Muhammad Abacha as the governorship candidate of the party.
The three-man panel in the ruling read by Justice Usman Musale directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to recognize Wali as the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP for Kano state.
The panel held that the law is clear that only the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party can conduct the gubernatorial primary elections of a party and since Abacha did not participate in the primary election conducted by NEC that produced Wali and thus had no locus standing to challenge the said primary.
The court judgement is coming after the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar during his campaign rally in Kano on Thursday failed to endorse either of the parallel governorship candidates.
Despite the candidates being on the podium, Atiku and the leadership of the party failed to recognise either of the candidates pending the court ruling.
Days Before 2023 Election, IGP Effects Shake Up, Redeploys Senior Police Officers
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has ordered the posting/redeployment of some senior police officers.
The action which is coming just about fifteen days before the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria is targeted at achieving the maximum impact of community-based and strategic policing.
This development was made known in a statement made available on Friday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
According to the statement, the IG has “ordered the provisional posting of CP Afolabi Babatola Adeniyi to the Adamawa State Police Command as its new Commissioner of Police pending approval of the Police Service Commission while the posting of CP Adebola A. Hamzat, fdc, has been varied to Commissioner of Police in charge of the Border Patrol Force, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“Similarly, CP Lanre Bankole Sikiru, the former CP Ogun State, has been posted to head the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) X-Squad at its Annex in Lagos State. The IGP has tasked the new CP X-Squad to deploy all requisite assets in ensuring sanity, professional standards and discipline in all ramifications.”
Akeredolu Drags Buhari Govt, CBN To Supreme Court
Governor Rotimi Akeredou of Ondo State has dragged the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to the Supreme Court over the limitation on daily cash withdrawals from banks introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
CBN places the maximum weekly withdrawal for individuals and corporate organizations at N500,000 and N5 million, respectively.
Akeredolu, in an originating, summon filed by Ondo Attorney-General Charles Titiloye, asked the Supreme Court to declare that the federal government cannot, by a directive issued through CBN, amend or vary an existing act of the National Assembly, particularly section 2 of the Money Laundering Act, which relates specifically to limitations on cash withdrawals for individuals and corporate organizations to N5 million and N10 million, respectively.
The Governor also prayed the apex court to decide whether the guidelines issued by the federal government on maximum daily cash withdrawal and the hardship caused by the implementation of the policy were not in conflict with the provision of section 2 of the Money Laundering Act, sections 20, 39 and 42 of the CBN Act.
He contended that the guideline on daily maximum cash withdrawal made by Buhari administration was an infraction on the legal rights of the Ondo government and its citizens “to access funds for execution of developmental projects, small credit facilities to petty traders (who have no account in banks) and highly detrimental to daily commercial activities in the state.”
2023: Fresh Bloomberg Poll Puts Peter Obi Ahead Of Tinubu, Atiku
The result of a fresh opinion poll conducted by Premise Data Corp for Bloomberg News has projected Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) as the leading candidate ahead of the February 25 presidential election.
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Recall that the US news organization had on September 28, 2022, released a first poll that showed that Obi is ahead of his other counterparts in the race for the 2023 presidential election.
The poll surveyed 3,973 Nigerians from September 5-20, and respondents to the app-based poll were selected from quotas developed by age, gender, and location across the country’s six geopolitical zones.
But in a fresh poll conducted between January 26 and February 4, the news organization said Obi was the preferred candidate ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Tinubu; and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar.
The poll result released on Friday showed that Obi polled 66 percent, while Tinubu scored 18 percent and Atiku polled 10 percent of the 93 percent of respondents votes.
APC Has Delivered Change To Nigerians – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said his administration has delivered the promise of change made to Nigerians when it was coming to power in 2015.
The President made the submission at Ugwuogo Nike in Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State at the commissioning and handing over of the Federal Government Housing Estate in the State.
Represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the President said the housing scheme is one of the examples of change promised to Nigerians by his administration.
He said: “When our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) sought your mandate to form the Government in 2015, one of the things we promised was change.
“This housing estate is an example of the fulfillment of that promise of change.”
President Buhari while commending the Enugu State government for providing land space for the project, said the housing scheme is an example of what can be achieved through inter-governmental collaborations.