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Senate Swears in PDP’s Ekpenyong

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The Senate on Thursday swore-in Senator Christopher Ekpenyong of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), representing Akwa-Ibom North-West Senatorial District in the National Assembly. The lawmaker took the oath administered by the Deputy Clerk of the Senate, Musa Abdullahi at about 10:40 am after the adoption of the votes and proceedings for Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The lawmaker defeated Senator Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the January, 25, 2020 re-run election for Akwa Ibom Northwest Senatorial district, held in Essien Udim Local Government Council.

Insecurity: Resign Now, Senator Abaribe Tells Buhari

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Minority leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe has demanded the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians. Abaribe made the  call at the plenary, where he was reacting to a statement by the President, who on Tuesday said he was surprised by the increasing insecurity in the country. The  Senate minority leader said the  resignation became imperative in view of the Buhari regime inability to curtail the alarming security challenges confronting the country. Abaribe spoke after the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, presented his motion on rising security challenges in the country. Although the Senate was divided on  Abaribe’s  demand for President’s resignation, senators, who commented  on the  insecurity in the country, were  unanimous in berating Buhari for failing to sack the service chiefs despite their dwindling performances.

Speaker of Imo House of Assembly, Seven Others Join APC

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Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Collins Chiji, has defected to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party. Seven other lawmakers equally joined the ruling APC from the PDP. The speaker announced his defection and that of his colleagues during plenary on Tuesday. The plenary, which lasted for 15 minutes, came to an end after the speaker announced the names of the defecting lawmakers. Apart from the speaker, others who defected are Uche Ogbuagu (Ikeduru), Dominic Ezerioha (Oru West) Chigozie Nwaneri(Oru East), Kanayo Onyemaechi (Owerri West), Kennedy Ibe (Obowo) Onyemaechi Njoku (Ihitte/Uboma) and Eddy Obinna (Aboh Mbaise). With the defections, APC now has 18 lawmakers with PDP having eight in the Imo State House of Assembly. Uju Onwudiwe (Njaba), who was declared the winner of the supplementary election held Saturday, on Action Alliance platform, is yet to be sworn- in by the speaker.

Imo: Nigeria's Capital of Political Runs Men and Food is Ready Politicians

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Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere Lack of alternative means of sustainable survival has turned 80% of Imo politicians into shameless politicians who eat their vomit. 1. From 1999 to 2007...They wined and dined with Dr. Achike Udenwa and immediately the succession process started, they broke into aggressive camps ready to sink and destroy the man who fed them for 8 years. 2. Some followed ARARUME slept at his Isiebu Mansion but few seconds after Charles Ugwu was announced as the chosen one, they left Ararume and started praising Charles Ugwu who never won the primaries and left Ararume to stand in the Cold and they stopped going to Isiebu 3. Enter Chief Martin Agbaso: Immediately Martin Agbaso of APGA was announced as the chosen one, these same men moved without shame to Agbaso and started chanting "Ochudo the God sent"... After the election was declared inconclusive and a new one set, they jumped ship without waiting to finish the fight. 4. Enter Chief Ikedi Ohakim: I

Breaking: Tinubu Breaks Silence On Amotekun

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National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has debunked claims that a security outfit launched by South-West governors, Amotekun, is a threat to national unity. Tinubu said this in a press statement on Wednesday. The statement reads, “Those claiming that this limited, inoffensive addition to security threatens the Republic have taken themselves upon a madcap excursion. “Those claiming that the Federal Government seeks to terribly suppress the Southwest have also lost their compass. Those who occupy these two extremes have sunken into the dark recesses of fear and political paranoia that can undo a nation if such sentiments are allowed to gestate.” The statement continues, “Amotekun. This issue has dominated recent discourse and media headlines. Distilled to its basics, it concerns how best state governments can assist with the safety and security of their residents. This is a matter of serious concern entitled to sober thought. However, it has been turned into a

US to Place Visa Restriction on Nigeria, Six Others

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United States President, Donald Trump, is set to add Nigeria and six others to a new list of countries on America’s visa restriction, Wall Street Journal reports. According to the report, Nigerians would not be barred from entering the country but would not be issued with certain types of visas. The Trump administration plans to roll out its expanded travel restrictions on Monday, marking the three-year anniversary of the initial travel ban Trump signed on his seventh day in office, sparking controversy at the beginning of his term. Unlike the initial travel ban list of 2017, most of the new countries don’t have majority-Muslim populations. Several of them, however, have had relatively higher rates of their citizens overstaying visas in the US, according to DHS data. The report reads in part, “The Trump administration plans to add seven countries to a group of nations subject to travel restrictions, including Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, along with others in Africa and A

Deputy Speaker of Imo House of Assembly Resigns

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The Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Okey Onyekanma, has resigned. His letter of resignation was read by the speaker of the house during plenary on Tuesday. Onyekanma equally resigned as the Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business.

Supreme Court Affirms Ortom’s Election as Benue Governor

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The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, affirmed the election of Samuel Ortom as the Governor of Benue State, dismissing an appeal by Emmanuel Jime, candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last governorship election. The panel of seven Justices led by Justice Olabode Rhodes -Vivour dismissed the appeal filed by the APC and its governorship candidate for lacking in merit.

Nine Imo Lawmakers Defect To APC

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Nine lawmakers of the Imo State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, defected to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, and Action Action. The lawmakers who defected are Authur Egwim (Ideato North) from AA to APC; Chyna Iwuanyanwu(Nwangele), PDP; Chidiebere Ogbunikpa (Okigwe) PDP; Obinna Okwara (Nkwerre), AA; and Paul Emeziem (Onuimo) also from PDP to APC. Others are Ekene Nnodimele (Orsu) from APGA to APC, Johnson Duru (Ideato South), AA; Ngozi Obiefule (Isu) AA; and Heclus Okorocha (Ohaji/Egbema) from PDP to APC. The speaker, Collins Chiji, read their letters of defection on Tuesday.

Breaking: Supreme Court upholds Tambuwal’s Election

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The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the election of  Aminu Tambuwal as duly elected Governor of Sokoto State. In a judgment read by Justice Uwani Abba-Aji,  the justices dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Ahmad Aliyu for lacking in merit. NAN reports on Nov. 22, 2019 a five-man panel of the Court of Appeal,  presided over by Justice Usaini Murkhtar, dismissed the appeals. NAN reports that the Sokoto State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on Oct. 2, 2019 dismissed the petition against Tambuwal. But dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, the APC, through its lead counsel, Dr Alex Iziyon (SAN) had appealed the judgment on three grounds of non-compliance with electoral laws, over voting and other irregularities. The Appeal Court ruled that the appellant failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt, thereby dismissed the case.  NAN  

Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Election of Abdullahi Ganduje as Governor of Kano State

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The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the election of Abdullahi Ganduje as duly elected Governor of Kano State. The Five-Member panel, dismissed the appeals and cross appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Abba Yusuf. NAN reports on Nov. 22, the court of appeal in Kaduna reaffirmed Ganduje as the duly elected governor of Kano state. The appellate court panel led by Tijjani Abubakar upheld the ruling of the Kano governorship election tribunal which ruled in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Ganduje, its candidate in the March election. The panel dismissed the petitions filed by the PDP and Yusuf, governorship candidate of the opposition party, on the grounds that the petitions lack merit. The Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) had declared Ganduje winner of the election, saying he polled 1,033,695 votes while Yusuf, his closest rival, garnered 1,024,713 votes. Dissatisfied with INEC’s declaration, Yusuf and his party headed

Court Reaffirms Ifeanyi Ubah’s Sacking As Senator

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The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Kubwa, Abuja, on Friday, reaffirmed its earlier order sacking Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party YPP as the senator representing Anambra South. The judge, Justice Bello Kawu, in a ruling, declined Ubah ’s request to set aside the earlier order issued in a judgment delivered by the court on April 11, 2019. The judge had, in the said earlier judgment, sacked Ubah for allegedly submitting a forged National Examination Council certificate to contest the February 23, 2019 senatorial election. The judge had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ubah. He directed that a fresh one be issued to Dr. Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party, who came second at the election. But Ubah had subsequently filed an application before the court praying for an order setting aside the judgment on the grounds that occasioned a grave miscarriage of justice against him. He

Buhari Embarks on First Foreign Trip in 2020

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President Muhammadu Buhari will embark on a six - day trip to London on Friday, according to the State House. He is to participate in the inaugural UK -Africa Investment Summit, while in London. The summit itself opens on Monday, January 20, but Buhari jets out of Abuja on Friday. Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on Thursday, next week. It will be his first foreign trip this new year. The Presidency, in a statement by Buhari ’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, explained that the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, would play host to the summit. African leaders, business owners and heads of international organisations are billed to be in London for the summit to engage in discussions “to create new partnerships that will deliver more investments and jobs.” The UK and Africa are expected to benefit from the outcomes of the talks. Punch

Federal Government Begins Implementation 0f 7.5% VAT

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The Federal Government has begun the implementation of the 7.5 percent Value Added Tax (VAT), the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, said yesterday. Addressing journalists in Abuja, he said, the new VAT took effect following the signing of the Finance Law on January 13, 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari. He said outstanding payments to the federal government that were not done in 2019 would now attract 7.5 percent VAT and not five percent that applied when those transactions were consummated. “Just yesterday, I saw a payment which was done in December 2019, and when I checked the payment, the VAT rate was five percent and I said no. it must be 7.5 percent because it has been overtaking by events. That is the current law,” he said. The AGF reiterated the federal government’s commitment to run an open governance system to drive down corruption. “The process for the portal started at the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation. We told the gove

39 More of My Prophecies Will Come To Pass - Mbaka

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The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, says there are 39 more prophecies of his that will come to pass in 2020. Mbaka said this in a statement while reacting to the removal of the Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, by the Supreme Court and the inauguration of Senator Hope Uzodinma as governor. The Supreme Court had on Tuesday nullified the election of Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State and declared Uzodinma as the governor of the state. In the statement by his spokesman, Maximus Ugwuoke, the Catholic priest stated that he gave 40 prophecies on New Year’s Eve but the only one that went viral was that of Uzodinma. The statement read in part, “Uzodinma becoming the governor of Imo was just a part of the about 40 prophetic prayers Fr. Mbaka made on December 31. But that became the only issue people satanically picked against him. “God has vindicated Fr. Mbaka as He has always done for Fr. Mbaka and adoration ministry in all the battles, vitupe

Uzodinma Orders Freezing Of Imo State Accounts

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Governor-elect of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has given an order to all financial institutions where the state funds are maintained not to honour any draft till further notice. This order came a few hours after the Supreme Court declared him the duly elected governor of the state on Tuesday. A letter addressed to the regional directors and managers of all the financial institutions in Imo State and signed by Cosmos Iwu, director-general of Senator Hope Uzodinma campaign organisation, on behalf of the governor-elect, ordered the financial institutions to “post no debit” on all the accounts. The letter which was titled, “Order of post no debit on all accounts of Imo State government effective 14, January 2020” stated that the order was a sequel to the apex court judgment which declared Uzodinma the new governor of the state. The three-paragraph letter, read, “Following the Supreme Court judgment of 14, January 2020, I am directed by his excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, to ta

Hope Uzodinma Sworn In As Imo Governor

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Senator Hope Uzodinma has been sworn in as the Governor of Imo State. He was sworn in by the Chief Judge of the state, Paschal Nnadi, on Wednesday evening. Uzodinma took the oath of office and allegiance before the Chief Judge at 7:28 pm before a mammoth crowd at the Heroes Square Arena, in Owerri, the state capital. He also signed the required documents empowering him as the seventh Governor of Imo State. His deputy, Placid Njoku, also took the oath of office and allegiance at 7:18 pm before the Chief Judge and thereafter signed the necessary documents empowering him as the second citizen of the state. The All Progressives Congress’ National Chairman, Adams Oshiohmole; a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, were in attendance. Punch

Five Aid Workers Abducted By Boko Haram Released

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Five aid workers abducted by Boko Haram insurgents last December have been released. Online newspaper, Premium Times broke news of the release while quoting security sources. The workers, two females and three males, were kidnapped on December 22 after a gang of gunmen believed to be Boko Haram terrorists ambushed their vehicle between Monguno and Damaturu. According to the sources, the release of the five abductees was facilitated by the State Security Service. “It is a big day for us here in Borno with the release of the five abductees, ” the source said. The source said five abducted arrived at the DSS office in Maiduguri at about 4 pm. The source said, “two of the abductees were staff of ALIMA, an international NGO; one from Solidarity International, one from International Organization on Migration and one from Red Cross.” The source did not mention if any ransom was paid to secure the release of the five abductees.

Supreme Court Judgment: Violation Of The Will of Imolites - Ihedioha

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STATEMENT FROM HIS EXCELLENCY, RT. HON. EMEKA IHEDIOHA, CON, ON THE SUPREME COURT RULING ON IMO STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION OF THE MARCH 9, 2019. JANUARY 15, 2020 My dear good people of Imo State, I address you today, following recent developments affecting our dear state, and in particular the Supreme Court judgement of 14th January 2020.In my relationship with you as Governor of Imo , I had employed regular consultations and dialogue as a tool of political discourse. This informs this course of action. 2. I am reporting back to you our great Imo people on the fate of the mandate you freely gave to me as Governor and Engr. Gerald Irona as Deputy Governor. This mandate has now been truncated and cut short by the Supreme Court, in contravention of the will of the people. 3. We shall always cherish the tremendous goodwill and support you gave us as we grappled with setting up a new administration to rebuild a state that was devastated by bad governance. 4. In the last seve

Cherubim And Seraphim Pastor In Uk Accused Of Rapeing Children, Adults In Church

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A 60-year-old Cherubim and Seraphim pastor based in Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, identified as Michael Oluronbi was on Tuesday, January 14th, convicted by a UK court for 24 counts of child sexual abuse and rape. He was found guilty of 15 counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault, and two counts of sexual assault Oluronbi was arrested at Birmingham Airport in May last year, while trying to leave the country for Nigeria, Daily Mail reports. His wife, Juliana Oluronbi was also convicted of three counts of aiding and abetting rape. According to court papers, five of the seven victims are siblings who were abused at their home address where the church conducted services. The prosecutors told the court that Oluronbi hid under the guise of carrying out deliverance and spiritual works on his victims, male and females, to sexually assault them. “This case involved the serious and sustained sexual abuse of vulnerable young children by a religious leader. The young age of the vict