Politics

Supreme Court affirms Tambuwal’s re-election as Sokoto Gov

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as the duly elected Governor of Sokoto State. The Apex Court in a unanimous judgement by a seven-man panel of Justices that was led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, dismissed an appeal the candidate All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Aliyu filed to challenge the outcome of the last governorship election in the state. The court dismissed the appeal for lacking in merits, adding that the appellant failed to prove non-compliance as alleged. Justice Musa Abba-Ajji who delivered the lead judgement, noted that whereas the appellant produced 12 witnesses before the tribunal, 11 of [Read]

I’m searching for new wife – Ibrahim Babangida announces

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Gbadamasi Babangida, rtd, has announced that he is in search of a new wife. Describing the kind of woman that will suit him at this stage of his life, IBB said he will not take a wife much younger than him because that will be a problem for the woman and for himself (IBB). Speaking with The Sun, the former Head of State, however, expressed the fear that the new wife may not be able to live the way he lived with his late wife and former First Lady, Maryam. Asaba Delta-born Maryam died on Sunday, December 27, 2009, succumbing to ovarian cancer at the [Read]

“Yorubaland in danger” – Chief Ayo Adebanjo declares

  Elder Ayo Adebanjo, a chieftain of the pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has raised an alarm that “Yorubaland is in danger”. Adebanjo raised the alarm in Ibadan at a book presentation and platinum recognition marking the 70th anniversary of Nigerian Tribune Newspapers, held at International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, held on Thursday. The elder statesman stated that President Muhammadu Buhari “is not ruling the country, he wants to dominate us”, hence the need for the Alaafin of Oyo to take the lead in liberating Yorubaland. Adebanjo maintained that, “The new task for you now is not just to tell us what Awolowo said, it is not just to [Read]

We Won’t Declare Kalu’s Seat Vacant — Senate

  The Senate on Friday ruled out the possibility of declaring vacant, the seat of its Chief Whip, Senator Orji Kalu, following his conviction by a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, PUNCH reported. Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment over a N7.1bn fraud charges against him since 2007 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The judgment was delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris, 12 years after the EFCC filed the suit against him. Kalu was convicted alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Jones Udeogu, who served under him as the director of finance and account at the Abia State Government [Read]

One killed, several injured in Ekiti LG elections

  EKITI – One person was confirmed dead and others injured, on Saturday, during the local government election in Ekiti State. Tribune Online gathered that violence broke out when people suspected to be political thugs invaded one of the units in Araromi area of Ikere-Ekiti in Ikere Local Government area, shooting sporadically to snatch ballot boxes. Journalists and observers scampered for safety as the fracas escalated with the political thugs attacking themselves with weapons and charms. [READ ALSO] Two die, pregnant woman injured in Osogbo road crash, Osun Govt reacts [PHOTOS] A source who witnessed the fracas said: “Someone was killed when the thugs were shooting. Some people tried to resist [Read]

JUST IN: DSS releases Sowore after 126 days in detention over #RevolutionNow

  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the Department of State Services (DSS) has released Omoyele, convener of RevolutionNow Movement, who has been in detention since August 3. A DSS source disclosed this to TheCable on Thursday night. Marshall Abubakar, one of the lawyers of Sowore, later confirmed the development. “He has been released. I am with him as we speak,” he told TheCable over the phone. More to follow… [Read]

“Please don’t handcuff me in public” – Uzor Kalu begs prison officials

Former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, who bagged 12 years in prison for fraud to the tune of N7.65bn, was heard begging the prison warders, after his sentencing, not to handcuff him in public. Kalu, who is the Senate Chief Whip, also asked the prison officials “Where are you taking us to?” The PUNCH reports that, as Kalu and his co-defendants were being removed from the dock by prison officials, they attempted to handcuff him.   The former governor, who appeared shaken, said, “Where are you taking us to now? Please, don’t handcuff me. I will follow you.” [READ ALSO] Orji Kalu to spend 12yrs in jail for [Read]

Court Orders Saraki, Akpabio, Fayemi, Others To Return Pensions Received As Former-Governors

  Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Federal Government to recover pensions collected by former governors serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) said it obtained the certified true copy of the judgment on Tuesday delivered by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo. The judgment was, however, read out last week following order of mandamus filed by SERAP in suit number FHC/L/CS/1497/2017. The court also directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to challenge the legality of states’ pension laws permitting former governors and other ex-public officials to collect such pensions. The judgment comes in the [Read]

Former Ogun Gov, Osoba Volunteers To Lecture In MAPOLY For Free

ABEOKUTA – Former Governor of Ogun State and former Managing Director of the defunct Daily Times Newspaper, Chief Olusegun Osoba has volunteered to lecture at the department of Mass Communication, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State.  Osoba disclosed this on Monday at the 160years celebration of journalism practice in Nigeria held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. The former governor who spoke on the theme, “Re-inventing the practice of journalism in Nigeria with emphasis on the influence of Social Media”, bemoaned the young lecturers for preventing veterans in journalism profession from impacting their knowledge on the young professionals. He attributed the falling standard of journalism in Nigeria to [Read]

BREAKING: Court orders forfeiture of Saraki’s houses in Ilorin

  A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday ordered the interim forfeiture of two houses in Ilorin, Kwara State belonging to former Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Justice Rilwan Aikawa gave the order citing section 17 of the advance fee fraud and other related offences act 14, 2006 and section 44(2)B of the 1999 Constitution. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), represented by its counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, had applied to the court requesting the temporary forfeiture of Saraki’s property. [READ ALSO] Why you can’t seize my Ilorin house – Saraki tells EFCC The agency told the court that it uncovered monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the [Read]

Jonathan Accuses Politicians Of Replacing Military Coups With Political Coups

  Former President Goodluck Jonathan has accused African politicians of systematically replacing military coups with political coups. Speaking at Okada, Edo State after being conferred with an honourary doctorate degree of Science at the 17th convocation ceremony of the Igbinedion University, Jonathan said; “Only yesterday in one African country, we were discussing the politics of our continent. “Most of us were former Heads of State, presidents, former presidents and vice presidents. The way African politics is going, we are replacing military coups with civilian coups and that cannot sustain the continent.” Speaking on behalf of other awardees, Jonathan said, “Let me plead with my fellow politicians, they should stop killing [Read]

Taraba Speaker Resigns Amidst Impeachment Plots

    The Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Mr Abel Peter Diah, on Sunday evening resigned amidst alleged plots by the state governor, Darius Ishaku to impeach him and other principal officers of the House. In a phone call on Sunday evening, Diah said that he had decided to “resign as the speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly for personal reasons.” Diah appreciated the members for giving him the chance to serve them in the capacity and urged to continue to work for the interest of Taraba State rather than personal reasons. Tension had continued to mount over the weekend with alleged plans by Governor Darius Ishaku [Read]

BREAKING: APC’s Smart Adeyemi Unseats Melaye as Senator, Wins Kogi West District Poll

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Smart Adeyemi, has won the Kogi West senatorial district election. The Returning Officer of the election, Professor Olajide Lawal, announced this on Saturday at the collation centre in Kogi State. According to him, Senator Adeyemi polled a total of 88,373 votes to beat Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 62,133 votes. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the APC candidate as the winner of the keenly contested election two weeks after the people of the senatorial district went to the poll. See the result below: This came after the supplementary poll conducted by INEC following [Read]

FG orders sack of unqualified teachers by Dec 31

IBADAN – The Federal Government has directed that all unqualified teachers should be flushed out of schools by December 31, Prof. Segun Ajiboye, Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), said on Friday. Ajiboye stated this in Ibadan at the induction of no fewer than 200 education graduates of the University of Ibadan. According to him, quacks teaching Nigerian children will be thrown out and replaced by qualified and certificated education graduates to mold sound future leaders for the country. The registrar said that teachers must stand shoulder to shoulder with other professional groups in the knowledge-driven economy. Administering the oath of practice on the inductees, Ajiboye reiterated that any [Read]

Drama as Buhari refuses to shake hands with Tinubu, Nigerians react [VIDEO]

A video of President Buhari refusing to shake hands with Senator Remi Tinubu at the 2019 E-Nigeria International Conference, Award and Exhibition in Abuja yesterday November 28th, has surfaced online and has got people talking on Twitter. Some Nigerians queried why he did not shake her like the other male government functionaries present at the event. Others however argued that as a Muslim, he is not expected to shake any woman. This was however countered by some Nigerians who pointed out that the President had in the past had handshakes with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and Ex British Prime Minister, Theresa May when he met with them. Others argue that [Read]