Politics

Natasha Akpoti weeps In excess as she narrates Tuesday’s attack On her

The candidate of the Social Democratic Party, in Kogi State, Natasha Hadiza Akpoti, was on Tuesday attacked by suspected thugs at the venue where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) organised signing of peace accord meeting for political and candidates in the state. The meeting, which was attended by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, as well as INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, held four days to the November 16 governorship election in Kogi. Adamu and Yakubu, in the company of some senior police officers and INEC National Commissioners, witnessed the signing of a peace accord by the political parties and their candidates in Kogi. The event had [Read]

JUST IN: Senate approves N10bn for Kogi State Government, Minority caucus kicks

The Senate is currently enveloped by crisis as the Minority caucus on Wednesday kicked against the approval of the sum of N10.016bn for the Kogi State Government few days to the governorship election slated for Saturday, November 16. The Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s opposition to the payment was sequel to the presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts on the issuance of sum of N10.016billion promissory note programme to the Kogi State Government and a Bond issuance to settle local debts and contractual obligations of the Federal Government – refund to states for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government. [Read]

Senate Re-announce Bill On Hate Speech

The Nigerian Senate has re-introduced a bill seeking the establishment of National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches, which shall enforce hate speech laws across the country, ensure the elimination of the menace. The bill is sponsored by the Senator representing Niger North, Aliyu Sabi and passed first reading during Tuesday’s plenary. The 8th Senate had tried to pass the same bill in 2017 without breakthrough. [Read]

Gunmen Kill Two Policemen In Bayelsa Before Saturday Governorship Poll

Two policemen have been shot dead along the Otuogidi community of Ogbia Local Government Area of the State and their rifle carted away by unknown gunmen. The killing of the two policemen coincided with the arrival of batches from the 32,000 policemen led by 15 Commissioners of Police, three Assistant Inspectors General, AIG, of Police and the Deputy Inspectors General of Police, DIG, to the state ahead of this Saturday poll. The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Force Criminal Intelligence Investigation Department Abuja, DIG Anthony Ogbizi who is in charge of the Bayelsa State Governorship election disclosed the number of deployed officers after an interacting session with [Read]

Drama As Edo APC suspends Oshiomhole

  BENIN – The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has suspended the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over his role in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party. The decision followed the vote of no confidence passed on Comrade Oshiomhole by the Chairmen of the APC in the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Edo State. According to a statement signed by Edo APC Chairman, Anselm Ojezua and Assistant State Secretary, Ikuenobe Anthony, “Consequent on the development, the State Executive Committee has adopted the vote of no confidence passed on him and the subsisting suspension order from the organs of the party in [Read]

Kogi Guber: Panic As Policemen teargas IGP Adamu, INEC Chairman, others during peace accord

  The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, and National Commissioners of INEC have been teargassed in Kogi State. The IGP and other dignitaries were on Tuesday teargassed by policemen who were trying to put down an uproar at the stakeholders’ meeting/signing of peace accord among political parties and candidates, organised by INEC, according to the Nation. The stakeholders’ meeting/signing of peace accord among political parties and candidates, organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with senior police officers and loads of their well-armed men on standby, was almost disrupted when those suspected to be thugs used force to [Read]

JUST IN: DSS Disperses #FreeSowore Protesters With Teargas [SEE PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) have dispersed protesters who stormed the headquarters of the service over the continued detention of the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore. The protesters had stormed the DSS office on Tuesday morning but were met with resistance by the officials who then started shooting sporadically to disperse them. [READ MORE] [BREAKING] Bayelsa Guber: Court disqualifies APC candidate Meanwhile, before they were dispersed, rights activist and leader of the protest, Deji Adeyanju, alleged that he was offered the sum of N1million by some persons to suspend the protest. He displayed the cash, adding that the money was offered to him at gunpoint. He, [Read]

[BREAKING] Bayelsa Guber: Court disqualifies APC candidate

ABUJA – Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has disqualified the Deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State. The court disqualified Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, over false information in his CF0001 form submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) to contest the election. Delivering the judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo, pointed out that he found no nexus in the name on his school-leaving certificate, first degree (BA), Masters and the affidavits he swore to correct his name. The judge held that all his documents bore different [Read]

Border Closure: Fuel scarcity hit Lagos, Ogun, Adamawa, Others

Residents of border communities in Ogun, Lagos, Adamawa, Katsina and Sokoto states are groaning following the Federal Government’s suspension of fuel supply to areas within 20 kilometres to the nation’s borders, Punch reports. Last Thursday, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), had directed that no petroleum products should be supplied to any filling station within 20 kilometres to the borders. [READ MORE] Shocking! Nigerian Varsity set to hold conference on witchcraft [SEE DATE] Investigations by Punch in Ogun, Lagos, Adamawa, Katsina, and Sokoto states showed that the government’s order had triggered fuel scarcity and hike in the prices of petroleum products. Punch further revealed that [Read]

BREAKING: Appeal Court Dismisses Akinlade’s Appeal, Upholds Abiodun’s Victory As Ogun Gov

IBADAN – The Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan has unanimously dismissed an appeal suit filed by APM, Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade against the election of Prince Dapo Abiodun. The Court upheld the victory of Prince Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while discussing the appeal of the candidate of the Allied People’s Movement (APM) as lacking in merits. Recall that the Ogun state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the state capital had also  earlier upheld the election of Prince Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC)  as the authentic winner of the guber election held in the state on March 9, 2019. In [Read]

I sold bread for 13 yrs of my early life – Seyi Makinde reveals

  IBADAN – Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has revealed that he sold bread for the first 13 years of his life by the gate of Adeoyo state hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State capital. The Governor who disclosed this at the 80th thanksgiving service of his mother Mrs Abigael Makinde at St Paul Anglican Church in Yemetu on Sunday November 10, said he only became successful by getting educated. According to him, his declaration of free education in the state was aimed at ensuring residents of the state get the benefit of being educated. Governor Makinde also urged parents in the state to put the education of their children [Read]

BOOM! I’m better in bed than Yahaya Bello, says Melaye [SEE VIDEO]

LOKOJA – Dino Melaye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi west senatorial district rerun election, says he is better in bed than Yahaya Bello, governor of the state. Melaye, who will face Smart Adeyemi, his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival, in the November 16 exercise, said this during one of his campaign outings. The appeal court had sacked the PDP lawmaker and ordered a fresh election in the senatorial district. While addressing a crowd at a rally, Melaye said he is better than the governor in many aspects, adding that he is more handsome, taller, educated and sexually active. “I want to assure you the kind of [Read]

Fresh crisis looms in PDP over Reps Minority Leader

AN alleged move by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to satisfy some influential party chieftains in its handling of the crisis over the emergence of Ndudi Elumelu as the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives has sparked a fresh crisis in the opposition party. Several stakeholders, including Elumelu who was suspended by the party over the issue, are insisting that the party hierarchy should leave Reps from the party alone to decide who leads them. Reliable sources at the PDP national secretariat said that some prominent chieftains of the party, including serving governors, senators, members of the Board of Trustees as well as former presidential aspirants, [Read]

Akpabio vs Ekpeyong: APC wins appeal, as court orders rerun in one LG

CALABAR – The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar has ordered a rerun in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State where Senator Godswill Akpabio lost to Senator Christopher Ekpenyong in the February 23, 2019 senatorial election in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District. Akpabio, who is currently the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the election, had gone to the Court of Appeal to challenge the decision of the election petition tribunal to declare the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ekpenyong, winner. The court ordered a rerun in Essien Udim within 90 days. In its judgement delivered on Saturday, the court [Read]

Sanwo-Olu presents N1.168trn 2020 budget to Lagos Assembly

  Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Friday presented the year 2020 proposed budget of N1.168 trillion to the State House of Assembly. Sanwo-Olu said the proposed budget had been christened: “The Budget of Awakening to a Greater Lagos”, and would give priority to the completion of ongoing projects. He said that the budget would be funded by a projected total revenue of N1.071 trillion, and a deficit amounting to N97.53 billion. According to him, the budget size is higher than the 2019 budget by 34 per cent. “The capital expenditure amounts to N723.75 billion while the recurrent expenditure is N444.81 billion, giving a 62:38 capital to recurrent ratio. [Read]