COURT ORDERS INEC TO ISSUE CERTIFICATE OF RETURN TO APC CANDIDATE IN IMO NORTH SENATORIAL ELECTION

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to immediately issue a Certificate of Return to Mr Benjamin Uwajumogu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the validly elected Senator representing Imo North Senatorial District. Justice Taiwo Taiwo who delivered judgment on the application for the release of a certificate of return filed by Mr Uwajumogu, said the decision of INEC to review the outcome of the 2019 Senatorial Election is a contravention of the electoral act. The court further held that INEC…

Read More

MY BACKBONE, MY PRAYER WARRIOR, WIZKID APPRECIATES MUM ON HER BIRTHDAY, SEE PIX

Popular Nigerian singer, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has taken to Instagram to celebrate his mother as she turns a year older today, July 4, 2019. Wizkid and his mother The music artist shared an adorable photo of his mother, Mrs. Balogun, carrying his son, Zion, in her arms as he gushed over her. The singer, who was born on 16th July, 1990 to his parents, Alhaji Muniru Olatunji Balogun and Dolapo Jane Balogun, grew up together with twelve sisters. —his father married three wives. Sharing a photo of his…

Read More

NASS LEADERSHIP: PDP SUMMONS ELUMELU, OTHERS

Nigeria’s main opposition party, PDP, has summoned its members, named by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila as minority leaders, for a meeting. Mr Gbajabiamila named Ndidi Elumelu as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. The announcement caused confusion in the parliament as the PDP, which is the largest minority party in the House, had nominated Kingsley Chinda for the position. Other nominees by the PDP for other minority positions were also rejected by Mr Gbajabiamila. The PDP had nominated Chukwuka Onyema as Deputy Minority Leader, Yakubu Barde as Minority Whip…

Read More

FRESH TROUBLE FOR SENATOR ABBO AS JOURNALIST ACCUSES HIM OF ASSAULT, BREACH OF AGREEMENT

Adamawa-North lawmaker, Senator Elisha Abbo, has been drawn into a fresh scandal as a photojournalist, Olumuyiwa Owolabi, has accused him of assault and breach of agreement. Owolabi told The PUNCH that Abbo not only assaulted him but got the police to lock him up in Adamawa. He said he first met Abbo in 2014 during the run-up to the June 2014 Ekiti State governorship election which Ayodele Fayose won. Owolabi said, “On approaching Senator Abbo to enforce the contract agreement we had, he refused to pay. He ignored several pleas…

Read More

KIDNAPPERS OF KANO DOCTOR AND HIS SIBLINGS ASK FOR 200MIL RANSOM

Kidnappers that abducted a consultant with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, (AKTH), Dr.Bashir Zubayr, along Lokoja-Okene Federal Highway, are demanding for a N200m ramson. The family source said the kidnappers on Thursday contacted his elder brother, Hamza Zubairu asking for N200m as ransom. Nigerian Medical Association Kano Branch Chairman, Sanusi Bala in an interview, said the national body of the association has been notified of the situation. He said they are in touch with the family to ensure that Dr. Bashir Zubayr and others regain their freedom.However, when contacted, Assistant Director…

Read More

BUHARI’S AIDES IN A FIX, WORKING WITHOUT SALARIES AND LETTERS OF REAPPOINTMENT

Aides of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo whose appointments have not been renewed since the expiration of the last administration on May 29 are in a fix, PREMIUM TIMES reports. Appointees of the president, who occupy various positions in the presidency, were expected to leave office at the end of Mr Buhari’s first tenure on May 28, 2019. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that appointment letters issued to all the presidential aides had actually given May 29, 2019, as the termination date of their appointments. Mr Buhari has not…

Read More

APGA CALLS FOR PROBE OF EX-GOVERNOR YARI

The All Progressive Grand Alliance candidate during the March 9 governorship poll in Zamfara State, Sani Shinkafi, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to probe the immediate past governor of the state, Abdelaziz Yari. Shinkafi made this request known on Wednesday in a petition dated July 1, 2019, which he sent to the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu. The APGA candidate said, “It is on record that in the 14 local government areas of  Zamfara State attacked by bandits there was no single IDP camp…

Read More

CHINDA IGNORES GBAJABIAMILA, SITS ON MINORITY LEADER’S SEAT IN THE HOUSE

Kingsley Chinda (PDP), Member Representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Rivers STATE Kingsley Chinda, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) choice for the position of Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, on Thursday sat on the seat meant for the Minority Leader. Mr Chinda has been at loggerheads with the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, over the latter’s decision to recognise Ndidi Elumelu as Minority Leader. The plenary appears to be heated as the speaker has refused to recognise Mr Chinda, despite raising a point of order countlessly. Mr Gbajabiamila, contrary to PDP’s decision,…

Read More

FORMER NDDC BOSS, TIMI ALAIBE DECLARES INTEREST IN BAYELSA GUBER SEAT

 John Owen Nwachukwu  former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Timi Alaibe, has declared to run in the next governorship election in Bayelsa State. Alaibe disclosed on Thursday that he will run a Blue Ocean Economy and invite private sector capital for sustainable development in the State. He has also obtained the relevant form from the National Secretariat for the governorship race. The former NDDC boss, who unveiled his ambition to reporters in Abuja, said, ” I have had many consultations before declaring my interest. “The consultations…

Read More

COURT DISMISSES MIYETTI ALLAH’S SUIT AGAINST BENUE LAW AGAINST OPEN GRAZING

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed a suit filed by theMiyyetti Allah Kautal challenging the 2017 Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment Law passed by the Benue State House of Assembly. The court awarded a cost of N100,000 against the plaintiff to be paid to all the defendants before any other step can be taken in the suit. The Miyetti Allah Kautal had approached the court seeking a mandatory injunction against the Benue State Government from implementing the laws as passed by the Benue State house of Assembly. Delivering…

Read More