Politics

Osinbajo’s Aide Relocates Out Of Presidential Villa, Tradermoni, Others Moved To New Ministry

– Osinbanjo’s aide relocated out of Presidential Villa – Northern forces plot for 2023 presidency, Sidelined Osinbajo – TraderMoni, others moved from Osinbajo office to New Ministry ABUJA – The raging power tussle for the Presidency in 2023 may have again led to the relocation of some aides of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo out of the Presidential Villa. On Monday, September 16, the Federal Government set up a new economic team. President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Prof. Yemi Osinbajo chairman of the Economic Management Team in his first term. In previous administrations, the position was held first by the Vice President and, thereafter, by the minister of finance. Osinbajo [Read]

Saraki, Kwara govt lock horns over distribution of educational materials to schools

ILORIN – Kwara State Government and former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki are at each other’s necks over the distribution of instructional materials to public secondary schools in Kwara central senatorial district. The government positioned that the erstwhile Senate President jumped protocol by taking the materials to schools directly without carrying the ministry of education along. The state also added that personal identities of the former Senate President were emblazoned on them, stressing that it was not aware of the distribution of these instructional materials. But Saraki countered that the state government’s position, stating the the ministry has misconceptions about the true picture of the processes involved in [Read]

Buhari appoints Soludo, Rewane, Ode Ojowu to economic advisory council

ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted an economic advisory council to replace the current economic management team headed by Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president. According to a statement signed by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, the team will report directly to the president. Doyin Salami, a senior lecturer at the Lagos Business School and former member of the monetary policy committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is the chairman of the council. The other members of the committee are: Mohammed Sagagi as the vice-chairman Ode Ojowu – member Shehu Yahaya – member Iyabo Masha – member Chukwuma Soludo – member Bismark [Read]

2019: Jubilation in Ibadan as Makinde floors Adelabu again at tribunal

IBADAN – The anxiety that gripped members and chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State over the verdict of Governorship Election Petition Tribunal eased out on Monday as the petition of Chief Adebayo Adelabu, the APC governorship candidate was thrown out. There was wild jubilation by chieftains and members of PDP when the Tribunal Chairman held that the petition of APC lacked merit in its entirety Justice Sirajo Mohammed held that Engineer Oluseyi Makinde was validly elected in compliance with electoral law. The judge held that the petition of Adelabu lacked merit all things considered. He said that his grouse was not in compliance with electoral law. [Read]

Xenophobia: South Africa apologises to Nigeria

ABUJA – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has apologised to the Federal Republic of Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa. The apology was tendered to President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, Abuja by the two special envoys the South African leader dispatched to Abuja on Monday. “We met a short while ago with President Muhammadu Buhari to convey our President Ramaphosa’s sincerest apologies about the incidents that have recently transpired in South Africa. “Those incidents do not represent what we stand for as constitutional democracy in South Africa and the President has apologized for these incidents and he has also instructed law enforcement agencies [Read]

Why I am dumping PDP for APC ~ Former Kogi speaker, Olafemi

LOKOJA – There are strong indications that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state may have it difficult to dethrone Governor Yahaya Bello from the Lugard House in November Governorship election as the big wigs of the party are set to decamp to the All Progressive Congress (APC). It was reliably gathered that some strong members of the party paid a courtesy called on governor Yahaya Bello in Abuja and promised to decamp and work for his re-election in November. Sources close to the Lugard House also disclosed to us that one of the strong members of PDP in the state and former acting governor of the state, Chief [Read]

Tribunal upholds PDP assembly members’ seats in Oyo

IBADAN – The House of Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Sunday upheld the elections of two People’s Democratic Party (PDP) assembly members in Oyo State. The three-man tribunal led by Justice D. M. Igyuse upheld the elections of Hon Olasunkanmi Babalola (PDP-Egbeda State Constituency) and Hon. Akeem Adeshina (PDP- Iwajowa State Constituency). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the duo were dragged before the tribunal by their All Progressives Congress (APC) opponents in the election to challenge their emergence. Babalola, the Deputy Majority leader of the assembly, was dragged to the tribunal by Olalekan Usman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), while Adeshina was challenged [Read]

Police warn against illegal assembly as NANS ‘relocates’ to Ekiti

EKITI – The administrative machinery of the National Association of Nigerians Students (NANS) will relocate to Ado-Ekiti in response to the killing of two students of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti ((FUOYE), its National Secretary, Comrade Yusuf Farouk, has said. The students last Tuesday protested in Oye-Ekiti over incessant power outage in the community, leading to an attack on the convoy of the governor’s wife, Erelu Fayemi, while on an empowerment and advocacy tour to engage with women in the local government. They were said to have engaged the security operatives detailed with the governor’s wife in a clash. Two persons were killed and several others injured. Over a dozen of [Read]

Trouble in PDP As Mass Defection Looms After Tribunal Verdict

There is trouble in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party following former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s loss at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on Wednesday. The development, it was gathered, has made some members of Board of Trustees of the PDP to travel to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday (today) to engage in what one of our correspondents gathered was tagged ‘‘strategic consultation’’ with Atiku. The meeting, it was learnt, was necessitated as a result of wrangling among senior members of the party. Investigations also showed that the allegation by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, that some governors of the party were visiting President Muhammadu Buhari [Read]

Join us or start preparing for 2023 – Abiodun tells Akinlade

ABEOKUTA – Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has described the judgement by the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal as the triumph of rule of law; victory for democracy and further validation of the mandate bestowed on him at the polls. In a statement signed by Kunle Somorin, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abiodun said he remained magnanimous in victory and extended, once again, a hand of fellowship to all opposition elements in the State and called on the opposition Allied Peoples Movement to forget about 2019 gubernatorial elections and join hands with his government on its Building Our Future Together agenda. He advised that rather than [Read]

Osun govt sacks 422 civil servants for certificate forgery

OSOGBO – The Osun state government has approved sacking of civil servants involved in acts that breach the service’s rules and regulations. A statement signed by the state Head of Service, Festus O. Oyebade on Friday, September 13 disclosed that the state Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has approved that civil servants who violet the rules of the service should be disengaged from the service. The state government had between 2013 and 2015 eganged a private organisation to conduct staff audit during which different levels of infractions were discovered. The statement made available to newsmen on Friday evening reads, “Due to paucity of fund in the state and the attendant huge wage [Read]

JUST IN: [Ogun Guber] Tribunal Upholds Election of Dapo Abiodun As Governor, APM, Others Kick

ABEOKUTA – Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal has declared Governor Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as authentic winner of the governorship election held in March 9, earlier this year.  The Tribunal on Saturday dismissed the petition of the candidate of the Allied People’s Movement (APM), Hon. Adekunle Akinlade against the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun. Akinlade had approached the Tribunal to contest the declaration of Abiodun as the duly winner of the March 9th, 2019 governorship election having polled 241,670 votes as against the APM candidate who scored 222,670 votes. [READ ALSO] Akinlade Vs [Read]

KOGI GUBER: Melaye rejects PDP’s offer to lead the campaign against Yahaya Bello

LOKOJA – Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, has turned down his appointment as director-general of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship campaign in Kogi state. Musa Wada, a younger brother of the immediate past governor of the state, clinched the PDP ticket, and will face Yahaya Bello, incumbent governor, who is candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16 governorship election. Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, had announced that the party appointed Melaye to lead its campaign to displace the APC government in Kogi. But on Friday, Melaye who participated in the PDP governorship primary but came a distant fourth with just 70 votes, said he was [Read]

Akinlade Vs Abiodun: Tension, Heavy Security in Ogun As Tribunal Delivers Judgement Today [SEE PHOTOS]

ABEOKUTA – There is presence of heavy security personnel as early as 6:00am on Saturday, 14th September, 2019, at the entrance of the Ogun state magistrate court, Isabo, Abeokuta, venue of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal. The combined team of security agencies which include; Police, DSS, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, we’re seen cordoned off all entrances leading to the court premises. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that there was no Vehicular movement within and around the court premises, even pedestrians who were seen trekking between the Isabo to Kuto were screened. The Isabo-Oke-bode junction leading to the court premises was blocked with presence of armed security guard and the [Read]

Anxiety As Police Rush Agba Jalingo To Hospital

There is a tense atmosphere in the detention facility where the Publisher of CrossRiverWatch, an online news portal, Comrade Agba Jalingo is kept after the Police rushed him to an undisclosed medical facility sources at the scene say. Jalingo was arrested at his Lagos residence and has remained in detention since then without arraignment. Many have fingered the State Government led by Governor Ben Ayade as been behind his travails, an allegation which they denied initially and have remained evasive about. His health is said to have deteriorated after a week in detention with hands and feet swollen due to restraints. However, on Friday afternoon while vacation Judge, Justice Isoni [Read]