“I was blackmailed by APC, promised to be forgiven if I joined party” ­― Mailafia

Dr Obadiah Mailafia, the African Democratic Congress presidential flag bearer in 2019 who also doubles as a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, according to a Nigerian News media on Tuesday, said he was told to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) so that he could be forgiven of an offence he did not commit. Mailafia said members of the APC had a wrong impression that he was negotiating to join the party after the elections. “Just before the elections, there were pressures on me and I…

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Tribunal victory: Why I congratulated President Buhari –Wike

Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor, has said that he congratulated the President after the tribunal confirmed his election because it was better to offer public congratulations than visit the President at night. Wike said that unlike some governors of the PDP, who visited  Buhari at night, he made his declaration public because it came from the heart. He spoke at the funeral service in honour of late Madam Blessing Awuse, mother of one of the leaders of the PDP in the state, Sergeant Awuse, at the St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Emohua,…

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Presidential tribunal verdict, a travesty of justice – PDP

The judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT on Wednesday upholding the victory of President Mohammadu Buhari, has been rejected by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, describing it as provocative, barefaced subversion of justice and direct assault on the integrity of the nation’s justice system. This is as the party expressed shock that the tribunal failed to point to justice despite “the flawless evidence laid before it, showing that President Buhari was not only unqualified to contest the election but also did not score the majority of valid votes…

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Presidential tribunal dismisses PDP, Atiku’s petition

The petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23, 2019 poll has been dismissed by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja on Wednesday. The Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal unanimously dismissed the case for lacking in merit after resolving all the five issues raised in the case against the petitioners. Justice Garba, who read the lead judgment held that none of the grounds upon which the petition was anchored was proved. The tribunal…

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PDP to Buhari: Resign over ‘no certificate’ plea

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to resign from office since the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, allegedly admitted that the president was not in possession of the required certificate and begged Nigerians to pardon him. The opposition party gave the advice ahead of the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in its case against the declaration of Buhari as winner of the 2019 presidential poll. But it was learnt that the Ministry of Information had clarified that the video on the matter was…

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Zimbabwe’s ex-president, Robert Mugabe dies at 95

Ex-president, Robert Mugabe, the founding father of Zimbabwe who ruled the country for more than three decades, has died. He was 95. Rumors went round about the health of the ex-president, who spent months in a hospital in Singapore earlier this year. Details of what ailed him were a closely guarded secret. The former president was deposed in a coup in 2017 when members of his own party turned against him after he dismissed then vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa to make way for his wife, Grace. Mnangagwa later became Zimbabwe’s next president. In his…

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Edo 2020: Captain Hosa Okunbo has not signified Interest in Politics

The election for the Edo State governorship seat would not hold until 2020. However, the sustained peddling of the name of billionaire philanthropist and businessman, Captain Hosa Okunbo, as a potential candidate, is reverberating across the country with seismic proportions. The reactions are understandable. A kingmaker of sort and relentless advocate of good governance for the betterment of humanity, Captain Okunbo has his hands in diverse sectors of the economy spanning petroleum, marine, construction engineering and agriculture. However, he has never been involved in partisan politics. Sources close to him…

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Supreme Court Warns Buhari: Stop! Using Public Funds To Defend Yourself In Court

Supreme Court has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari for using public funds to defend himself in personal litigations. The apex court criticised Buhari for using lawyers paid by government during his election tribunal hearings. The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate during the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, are challenging Buhari’s victory at the election tribunal. Also, Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris, are challenging the candidacy of President Buhari as the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress during that exercise. The appellants claimed that President Buhari lied on oath…

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Senate dragged to court over N6b cars for members

Over plan to spend N5.550 billion on vehicles for its principal officers, 6,721 concerned Nigerians, including the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT and Enough is Enough (EiE), at the weekend initiated action at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos against the ninth Senate. In the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1511/2019, the plaintiffs urged the court to “restrain, prevent and stop the National Assembly Service Commission from paying or releasing the budgeted sum until the downward review of the amount proposed by the Senate.” They also want a declaration that the…

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Lagos APC tells Tinubu “Support Oluomo’s NURTW chairmanship bid”

Members of the Oshodi/Isolo APC leaders, elders and stakeholders forum led by Pa J.O. Olabintan has asked Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to support a leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Oshodi, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, as chairman of the NURTW in the state. In a message to the former governor of Lagos State, the Oshodi APC leadership also asked Tinubu not to forget the promises he made to them as regards appointments in Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s government. The message was signed by 16 members…

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