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Monday, 19 November 2018

 Tragedy:4 INEC Workers, Corps Member, 3-year-Old Die In Accident

Tragedy:4 INEC Workers, Corps Member, 3-year-Old Die In Accident

Four staff members of the Kogi State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission and a youth corps member with the commission died Saturday in a motor accident along the Ajaokuta-Lokoja Road.

A three-year-old daughter of one of the deceased INEC staff members, identified as Mrs Akintunde, also died in the accident.

Daily Trust learnt that they were returning from a wedding of their colleague in Anyigba when their vehicle rammed into a trailer, leading to their deaths.

It was gathered that one of the INEC staff members survived the accident.



Head, Voters Education and Publicity of INEC in the state, Mr Biambo Bagudu, while confirming the incident yesterday, said the staff members involved in the crash were of the ICT, Accounts and Operations department of the Commission.

He said they were returning from a wedding of one of their colleagues, Ibrahim Yahaya of the ICT unit of the commission.

Biambo, who described the incident as sad and shocking, commiserated with the families of the deceased and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the losses.

Daily Trust learnt that the remains of the victims had been deposited at mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.
Ayo Fayose's Trial For Alleged Corruption Resumes Today

Ayo Fayose's Trial For Alleged Corruption Resumes Today

Hearing will today (Monday) commence in the trial of the immediate past Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, who was charged with an alleged N2.2bn fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The EFCC arraigned Fayose, alongside a firm, Spotless Limited, on October 22, 2018 before the Federal High Court in Lagos, six days after he bowed out of office as governor.

The 11 counts pressed against him bordered on criminal breach of trust, theft and money laundering.

But Fayose and Spotless Limited pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following an application by his lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), a former Attorney General of the Federation, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun admitted Fayose to bail in the sum of N50m.



She adjourned till November 19, 2018 for commencement of trial, stressing that the case would be heard on a day-to-day basis in line with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

In the charges, the EFCC alleged that on June 17, 2014 Fayose “took possession of the sum of N1, 219, 000,000 to fund your 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Ekiti State, which you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing.”

 He was also accused to have, the same day, “received a cash payment of $5,000,000 from Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the then Minister of State for Defence, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law.”

In another count, Fayose was accused of “taking control of an aggregate sum of N317,000,000,” which he allegedly deposited into the bank account of Spotless Limited, “a company controlled by you and your family.”

He was also accused of “using an aggregate sum of N1,151,711,573 to acquire chalets 3 and 4, and 5 and 9 of the property situate at Plot 100 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos in the name of JJ Technical Service.”
Buruji Kashamu Emerges As New Ogun PDP Guber Candidate..Retains Reuben Abati As Deputy

Buruji Kashamu Emerges As New Ogun PDP Guber Candidate..Retains Reuben Abati As Deputy

Senator Buruji Kashamu has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for the Ogun State governorship election following the withdrawal of Mr Adeleke Shittu from the race.

Shittu,  who emerged as the governorship candidate of PDP from the primary conducted by the Bayo Dayo faction of the party in the state, allegedly withdrew from race voluntarily  for Kashamu, who represents Ogun East at the Senate.

Confirming the development, Kashamu’s media aide, Mr. Austin Oniyokor,  said the leaders of the party prevailed on Kashamu to replace Shittu to brighten the party ’s chances of winning the governorship poll.



However, it was gathered that the party retained former presidential spokesman Reuben Abati as the party’s deputy governorship candidate.

Oniyokor said,  “The party’s stakeholders, leaders and elders met and decided that it would be better for Senator Buruji Kashamu to run if the PDP wants to win.

“Mr Adeleke Shittu, who was at the meeting,  also saw reason with them.

“I can confirm to you that Mr Shittu  last week Friday signed the withdrawal  letter and at the Senate he has informed INEC of his withdrawal from the race.”
Buhari Kicks Off Campaign With Launch Of NEXT LEVEL, Asks Politicians Not To Set Nigeria Ablaze

Buhari Kicks Off Campaign With Launch Of NEXT LEVEL, Asks Politicians Not To Set Nigeria Ablaze


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to politicians to go about their campaigns peacefully, and not set the county ablaze.

The President made the appeal while flagging off his reelection campaign at the state house conference centre, Abuja on Sunday.

President Buhari said his administration had recorded a milestone in the last three years and is looking forward to fulfilling more if given a new term.

His words: “I am not unmindful that the national assembly and the presidential campaign starts today, I will implore candidates to go about the campaigns peacefully and decently,” he said.

"We have no other country, let us not set it ablaze because of politics.”

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Speaking on his plans to overhaul the education sector, President Buhari said: “Every child counts – and simply, whatever it takes to prepare our teachers, curriculum and classrooms to attain the right educational goals that grow our country, will be done,” he said.

"We will remodel 10,000 schools every year and retain our teachers to impart science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics using coding, animation, robotics to re-interpreter our curriculum.”

The President said his administration had done a lot in fighting corruption but admitted that there is still much to do.

"Corruption is an existential threat to Nigeria. Despite the gains we have made in closing the gates, we know that there is still much ground to cover to stop the systemic corruption,” he said.

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"We are committed to deepening the work we started this first term such that the nation’s assets and resources continue to be organised and utilised to do good for the common man.

"The next four years will be quite significant for our country. Nigeria is faced with a choice to keep building a new Nigeria – making a break from its tainted past which favoured an opportunistic few.

"Our choices will shape us – our economic security and our future prosperity. Nigeria, more than ever before, needs a stable and people-focused government to move the agenda for our country forward.”
Finally, INEC Confirms Tambuwal As Sokoto PDP Governorship Candidate

Finally, INEC Confirms Tambuwal As Sokoto PDP Governorship Candidate


Presidential aspirant and governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal, has been confirmed as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Festus Okoye, made the confirmation while speaking with a national daily.

It will be recalled that Tambuwal’s name was reportedly missing from the list released by INEC for the 2019 governorship election.

Manir Dan’iya was said to have been listed as the governorship candidate of the PDP in place of Tambuwal.

However, Tambuwal has now been confirmed to bear the flag of the opposition party, while Dan’iya has been named as his running mate.

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Speaking on the development, the INEC commissioner said the PDP “had just taken advantage of the substitution window to field Tambuwal, the incumbent governor of the State.”

"Now, as you are aware, by the provisions of Section 35 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), a candidate validly nominated by a political party may withdraw his candidature by a notice in writing, signed by him and delivered by himself to the political party that nominated him for the election and such a political party shall convey his withdrawal to the INEC,” Okoye reportedly said.

"So it is the responsibility of political parties to nominate candidates for elections but such a party can withdraw a candidate properly nominated if the candidate withdraws his candidature by a notice in writing signed by himself and delivered to the political party that nominated him.

"As at yesterday (Friday), the PDP carried out a substitution in relation to their governorship candidate for Sokoto State. They have now nominated Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as the governorship candidate of the PDP for Sokoto State.”

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This online news medium reports that Tambuwal contested and lost the PDP presidential primary to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar in October after he had in August, dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP.

On Wednesday, his deputy, Ahmed Sokoto , resigned his position for reasons not unrelated to Tambuwal’s defection.
There Is No Fake Buhari From Sudan In Aso Rock...Shehu Sani

There Is No Fake Buhari From Sudan In Aso Rock...Shehu Sani


The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has reacted to viral reports that real President Muhammadu Buhari is dead.

According to the reports making the rounds online, Buhari was dead and the President in Aso Rock was Jibril El Sudan.

Reacting through his Twitter handle, however, Sani discarded such report, saying Buhari has no double.

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The Kaduna lawmaker called on Nigerians to see Jibrin as an imaginative character.



He wrote, “There’s no one and nothing like Jibril El sudan. Buhari ‘Caesar’ is healthy and has no double.

"But you can literally refer Jibrin as an imaginative and mythical character in Shakespearean Nigeria.It’s natural to creatively invent characters and promote conjectures in our theatre of the absurd.”
Cross River APC Chairman, Wife, 5 Others Die In Motor Accident (Graphic Photos)

Cross River APC Chairman, Wife, 5 Others Die In Motor Accident (Graphic Photos)


The factional Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Mr. Matthew Achigbe, his wife and five others died in a ghastly motor accident on Saturday, along Afikpo/Abakaliki Expressway in Ebonyi state, on their return from official duty.

The accident was between a Toyota Forerunner and Toyota Camry and it occurred before the Akpoha Development Centre in Afikpo North area of the state.


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A witness, said officials of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) have taken the dead victims to Mater Misercodearie Hospital in Afikpo.

"Members of the Road Safety should please intensify patrol along the area so as to avert more accident,” he urged, adding that there was no survivor in either of the two vehicles.

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