Group Buys APC Nomination Form for Obaseki

  The Obaseki Mandate Forum, a pressure group, has purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms for Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, for the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC). At a news conference on Wednesday, Nathaniel Momoh, the forum’s chairman, said the group has confidence in the governor. The ruling party has fixed June 22 for selecting its candidate in the governorship election scheduled for September 19, 2020. Momoh said the people of Edo, both at home and in the Diaspora, raised the money used in…

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FG Releases Details of Financial Autonomy Order for States’ Legislature, Judiciary

  The Federal Government has released details of Executive Order No.10 of 2020, four days after it was signed into law by President Mohammadu Buhari. The details signals the implementation of Financial Autonomy for the State Legislature and Judiciary Order of 2020. With Buhari’s assent, the legislative and judicial arms of government in the 36 states of the federation will no longer have to wait on State governors for funds. In the details released to the media on Tuesday by Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media to Attorney-General of the…

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Ekiti PDP: Fayose, Olujimi And The Future

  By Julius Adebiyi For members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in Ekiti state, the future of our great party appears bright but at the same time bleak. Bright, if stakeholders in the party, especially those who are currently working against the interest of our all-time leader and oracle of election victory in Ekiti, Peter ‘the Rock’ Ayodele Fayose, quickly readjusted and accept Fayose as the leader in the interest of all. Bleak if the so called Ekiti PDP Repositioning Movement, being promoted by Senators Biodun Olujimi and Duro…

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Just In: Buhari Appoints 79-Year-Old Prof Ibrahim Gambari As New Chief of Staff

President Mohammadu Buhari, has finally settled for former Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to the President, The Daily Bells reports. Gambari, from Kwara State was the Minister of External Affairs between 1984 and 1985. A professor of repute and a global citizen, the 79 year old replaces former Chief of Staff, late Abba Kyari. Prof. Gambari served meritoriously in the United Nations as Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa between 1999 and 2005. He…

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2020 Budget: Senate Reconvenes, Approves Buhari’s N850bn Loan Request

The Senate has approved the N850billion loan request of President Muhammadu Buhari, which was read at the plenary on Tuesday. The loan request is to finance projects in the 2020 budget. The President had asked the Senate to approve N850 billion loan for the Federal Government to enable his regime to fund the 2020 budget. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read the letter after a closed session with members when the red chamber resumes plenary on Tuesday. Buhari, according to the official communication, is seeking the approval of the senate…

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Kano Deaths: PDP Demands Investigation, Calls for Presidential Visit

  …. Berates Ganduje For Abandoning Governance The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded an immediate investigation into the disturbing mass death in Kano state, urging a Presidential visit to the state, where no fewer than 640 citizens had reportedly died under mysterious circumstances in the last one week. The party’s call is predicated on conflicting reports emanating from Kano State on the cause of the sudden deaths particularly at this time that our nation is battling with the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The PDP, in a statement signed by,…

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Reps Take Delivery of Exotic Camry 2020 Cars, Begin Distribution

The House of Representatives has started taking delivery of the Toyota Camry 2020 model cars acquired for members as official cars, otherwise called utility vehicles, The PUNCH has reliably learnt. The PUNCH correspondent sighted some of the cars at different parking lots within the National Assembly Complex, on Thursday. The legislators had at an executive (closed-door) session on February 5, 2020, resolved to purchase 400 units of the exotic car. The House has, however, kept sealed lips on the cost of each unit as the contract for the supply it…

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Lagos Assembly Passes Law To Jail Coronavirus Lockdown Offenders

The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed into law a bill empowering security agencies to arrest people who flout directives aimed at stopping the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the state. Part of the bill recommended that those who flout the coronavirus lockdown directive be jailed for a month or fined N100,000, The DAILYBELLS reports. The Lagos lawmakers passed the bill at their sitting on Thursday. The bill, titled ‘A Law to Combat and Stop the Spread of Corona Virus Pandemic in Lagos State and for Connected Purposes’, has…

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BREAKING: Another Senator, Rose Oko Dies

Senator representing Cross River North, Rose Oko is dead. She was aged 63. She was a second term member of the upper chamber and served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade and Investment. Sen. Oko was said to have passed on last night at a United Kingdom (UK) medical facility where she had been receiving treatment in the last one month. “She passed on last night in the UK where she has been in the last one month,” a close aide said while confirming the story. “The…

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President, Govs Must Have HND as Minimum Qualification -Senate

The Senate, on Thursday, passed for second reading, a constitution amendment bill which prescribes Higher National Diploma or its equivalent as the educational qualification required for anyone seeking to contest the office of the Nigerian President or state governors. The bill sponsored by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party from Plateau State, Senator Isfifanus Gyang, also prescribes National Diploma or its equivalent as the minimum qualification for federal and state lawmakers, The PUNCH reports. The bill seeks to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide…

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