Supreme Court on Friday nullified All Progressives Congress (APC), participation in 2019 elections and declares party with second highest votes as winner in Zamfara.
The Apex court heard two election appeals seeking to ascertain authentic candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidates in Zamfara in the last general elections.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC and Malam Sanusi Dan-Alhaji had instituted the case on the primary election conducted by the party for the nomination of candidates to participate in the last general election.
Chief Lateef Fagbemi,SAN, Counsel for Dan-Alhaji, while adopting his address, prayed the apex court to restore the Feb.13 judgment of the Zamfara High Court which allowed APC to field candidates in the general election.
Fagbemi submitted that the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, which disqualified APC from nominating candidate for the election on the grounds that the party did not conduct lawful primary should be set aside. Read more
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has raised the alarm on alleged plans by “unscrupulous and anti-democratic elements to contrive skirmishes in the coming weeks aimed at smearing his personality”.
Abubakar raised the alarm in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr Paul Ibe, on Friday in Abuja.
Abubakar who was Vice President from 1999 to 2007, said that it was being revealed the grand plot orchestrated by some agents of evil to stage-manage pockets of upset targeted at attacking his reputation.
“We wish to blow the whistle as an early warning alert of the grandiose scheme being put together by some unscrupulous elements aimed at jeopardizing the reputation of Abubakar in the coming days and weeks. Read more
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa says scanners at some Nigerian Airports are not working optimally.
The senior special assistant made this known before the Ad- hoc Committee set up by the Senate to look into circumstances that led to the arrest of Zainab Aliyu in Saudi Arabia in Dec. 2018, over planting of a banned drug, Tramadol, in her luggage .
The committee was headed by Sen. Kabiru Gaya(APC-Kano).
Dabiri – Erewa who is also Chairman designate, of Nigeria Diaspora Commission ( NDC) alleged that some foreign airlines were running drug cartels in connivance with some Nigerians at international airports across the country.
“They operate alongside local collaborators. It is not Air Peace, not Arik Air she said .
Meanwhile, the Airport Chief of Security of the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) Mr. El-Yakub Lamir, disclosed that scanners at the Aminu Kano International Airport in particular, were not configured to detect drugs.
He said that there were 15 security agents involved in checking luggages at the point of entry and exit but that they had been reduced in number due to public complaints.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Gaya, charged the officials of NDLEA to increase the number of sniffer dogs in all the international Airports across the country to a significant figure to help detect drugs.
He further called on officials of FAAN to upgrade the scanner at the airports to detect drugs.
He commended Zainab’s father for providing information on her arrest.
He assured that, as soon as the committee was done with its investigations, it would submit a report to the senate before the end of the 8th National Assembly.
The Senate had mandated the adhoc committee to investigate alleged planting of banned drug in one Zainab Aliyu and Mr Ibrahim Abubakar’ s bags, which led to their arrests in Saudi Arabia, where she was detained for four months.
They were both arrested when the Nigerian Government was able to establish that the drugs were planted in their bags by some drug cartel at the Aminu Kano International Airport where they boarded for Saudi Arabia.
Zainab Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, and Ibrahim Abubakar, were arrested in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking.
Aliyu was arrested in December 2018 when she was arrested at the Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday in New York announced the appointment of His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, as one of his new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates for 2019-2020.
A statement by UN quoted Guterres as saying that the appointment was sequel to the UN Member States agreement to accomplish the SDGs by 2030.
The Advocates are 17 influential public figures from around the world who are tasked by the Secretary-General to promote the Goals, raise awareness with new audiences, maintain global commitment and call for greater ambition and scalable action to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
Sanusi is the only Nigerian on the 17- man list of SDG Advocates co-chaired by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway.
According to Guterres, the Advocates are tasked with driving the action, building the ambition, and solidifying global political will of the SDGs.
“We have the tools to answer the questions posed by climate change, environmental pressure, poverty and inequality.
“They lie in the great agreements of 2015 – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Read more
Mr. Festus Keyamo, spokesman of APC Presidential Campaign Council, has condemned postponement of the general elections, but urged its supporters to remain resolute, patient and determined.
The Council was reacting to the shift of the presidential and NASS elections to February 23 and that of governorship and state houses of assembly to March 9.
Keyamo, the Director, Strategic Communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council, said in a statement on Saturday“We condemn and deprecate this tardiness of the electoral umpire in the strongest terms possible.
Keyamo said they received the news of the postponement with “great disappointment and disillusionment’’.
“President Muhammadu Buhari had since cooperated fully with INEC by ensuring everything it demanded to conduct free and fair elections were promptly made available to it.
“This news is therefore a huge disappointment to us and to our teeming supporters nationwide and around the world, many of whom have come into the country to exercise their franchise.
“We do hope that INEC will remain neutral and impartial in this process as the rumour mill is agog with the suggestion that this postponement has been orchestrated in collusion with the main opposition, the PDP, that was never ready for this election.
“We note that all the major credible demographic projections have predicted a defeat of the PDP and it seriously needed this breather to orchestrate more devious strategies to try and halt President Buhari’s momentum. Read more
The Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos, on Saturday bubbled with a lot of activities as residents and the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) faithful thronged the venue for the 2019 Presidential campaign rally.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the atmosphere was charged with excitement as thousands of people holding brooms sang and chanted APC slogans, while awaiting the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari.
While supporters in APC attires and dresses were waiting as at 11:54a.m., musicians like King Wasiu Ayinde and some other upcoming acts delighted them with various musical renditions.
Nollywood personalities like Jide Kosoko, Funke Daramola and `Remi Surutu’ were also around, adding spice to the gathering.
Market women, youths holding brooms and APC flags danced endlessly to rave songs being dished out by the DJ.
Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Dr @FemiHamzat with their wives in APC Colours ready for today’s Presidential Rally.
Ekiti Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal will give its judgment in Abuja on Monday, ruling on whether Governor Kayode Fayemi was validly elected.
Ahead of the judgment, the police on Sunday warned politicians and their followers in the state against unlawful protests.
The Police Commissioner in the state, Mr Asuquo Amba, gave the warning while speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti.
The commissioner, who was represented by the police spokesman in the state, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, said the command would not allow anyone to destabilise the state under the guise of protests at the outcome of the judgment. Read more
The independent national electoral commission (INEC) today opened the official recruitment portal for electoral adhoc staff for the 2019 general elections. All Interested applicant for the available Election Staff Positions for the 2019 Elections are required to Click on this Link to Register. All applicant who are yet to complete their application for available Election Staff Positions for the 2019 Elections, are required to Click on this Link below to Login.
All Applicants are to visit the Eligibility Page, where they will review the qualification criteria for their chosen Election Staff Position.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria suffered major infrastructural deficits in the 16 years of the Peoples Democraty Party’s (PDP) rule.
Prof. Osinbajo said this on Friday in Abuja at the 2019 Vice Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group in collaboration with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and Civil Society Organisations.
The debate featured Ganiyu Galadima of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN); Khadija Abdullahi-Iya of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), and incumbent Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The other two were Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Umma Getso of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).
Vice President Osinbajo noted that corruption was the major cause of the country`s current challenges and must be tackled head-on.
He said the country`s Gross Domestic Product had consistently gone up under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration which he added was building the country`s infrastructure, especially the road and rail sector. Read more
There were some moments of wrangling in Nigeria’s first TV debate on Friday night among political party candidates ahead of the February 16 presidential election.
And expectedly the feud was between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Dr Peter Obi, the vice-presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
The first argument arose when Obi derided Buhari administration’s anti-corruption efforts as tantamount to closing the shop and chasing the thieves.
Osinbajo rebutted the analogy and asked Obi, whether anything will be left in the shop if criminals looted all the inventory.
The two speakers also disagreed on whether Nigeria has improved its ambience to attract foreign investment. While Obi reeled out statistics about the volume of foreign investment in other economies, Osinbajo punctured by the fact that the countries Obi cited, such as South Africa and China have one thing in common: adequate infrastructure. Read more
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Head of State Yakubu Gowon and Pastor Enoch Adeboye, set aglow, the presidential Christmas Carol held at the State House Banquet Hall in Abuja.
Aside Adeboye, the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, many state governors attended the Carol.
The Carol tagged “Christmas Praise Concert”, was also attended by Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha.
The first Bible reading taken from Luke 2:18 –18, was read by Mrs Victoria Gowon, wife of the former Head of State, Gowon, while the second reading taken from Isaiah 7:14–15, 9:6–7, was read by Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) worldwide announces her global charity arm, His Love Foundation, with an initial focus on 6 key areas: Education, Health, Prisons, Hunger, Social Enterprise and Rehabilitation.
His Love Foundation is a culmination of RCCG’s Christian Social Responsibility (CSR), which has been in operation for a long while. With active participation from 42,796 operating centres/parishes in Nigeria alone and in 197 countries worldwide, RCCG has successfully implemented in Nigeria from March 2018 to date over 30,626 projects nationwide, with hundreds of thousands of projects being done in the nations of the world where the church is operating.
As a charity organisation, His Love Foundation will achieve scalability and reach more people around the world through institutional partnerships. The foundation is firmly focused on its mission which states, “Help for the helpless. Hope for the hopeless. Food for the hungry. Strength for the weak.”
In the words of the Special Assistant to the General Overseer on CSR, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, “To love God and to love our neighbours as ourselves, therein lies the whole duty of man. We need to have a compelling sense of responsibility to our community, which should be rooted in love. CSR is, therefore, a faith-based obligation to meet societal needs through the demonstration of love that positively impacts communities and individuals.”