AKEREDOLU’S COMMISSIONER, OTHERS RESIGN, DUMP APC FOR ZLP

Another top government official working with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has resigned his appointment to join the Zenith Labour Party(ZLP), ahead of the October 10 Ondo governorship election. The official is Bisi Ilawole, a Commissioner with the Ondo State Oil Producing Commission (OSOPADEC). He resigned his appointment with the State government on Tuesday. In his resignation letter addressed to Mr Akeredolu, he appreciated the governor for giving him the opportunity to serve the state in the capacity of a Commissioner in the intervention agency. “Sir, it is my profound gratitude for the…

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HOW JONATHAN FOUGHT BOKO HARAM TO STANDSTILL BEFORE HE LEFT OFFICE – EX- MINISTER

A former minister of foreign affairs under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Aminu Wali, has stated that the previous government brought the Boko Haram insurgency to an end at the tail end of the administration. Mr Wali, who was Nigeria’s ambassador to China between 2009 to 2014 stated this in an Exclusive Interview with PREMIUM TIMES. He said the Boko Haram insurgency started getting bad after the government of President Muhammadu Buhari took over power in May 2015. The electoral umpire, INEC, had, in 2015, announced a postponement of the 2015…

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127MIL NAIRA FRAUD: BANKS PRESENT EVIDENCE AGAINST STEPHEN OSHINOWO

Two banks on Wednesday presented account documents in an Ikeja Special Offences Court in the ongoing N127.1million fraud case filed by the EFCC against Stephen Oshinowo, a former Executive Secretary, Lagos State Scholarship Board. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that compliance officers from the United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Zenith Bank Plc presented the documents which were tendered as evidence by the prosecution at the start of Oshinowo’s criminal trial. The witnesses while led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, O. A. Mohammed, both informed the court…

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KINGMAKERS MOVE AGAINST OLUWO OF IWO, PETITION GOVERNOR REQUESTING HIS REMOVAL

Iwo kingmakers have petitioned Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola to remove their monarch, Abdulrasheed Adewale, the Oluwo of Iwoland over his alleged criminal past. They alleged that Abdulrasheed was convicted in the United States of America in 1998 and Canada between 2006 to 2007. According to the petition, the alleged concealed criminal past disqualifies him from the crown. The petition was addressed to Governor Oyetola and signed by the kingmakers of Iwo council, dated September 9, 2020. They alleged that Oluwo concealed his criminal past which does not qualify him…

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MAI MALA BUNI, YAHAYA BELLO MEET IZE-IYAMU IN ABUJA

Jide Orintunsin – Abuja The Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee ( CENCPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor of Yobe, Mai Mala Buni, on Wednesday held a closed- door meeting with the party’s candidate at Saturday’s Edo Governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in Abuja. Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello was also in attendance at the meeting, which took place at the Abuja residence of the chairman. It was the first outing of Ize-Iyamu after the governorship election loss. The agenda of the meeting was undisclosed…

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WHY I DID NOT PICK AJAYI AS MY RUNNING MATE- EYITAYO JEGEDE

The PDP gubernatorial candidate, Eyitayo Jegede has given reasons why he did not pick Ajayi, incumbent Ondo Deputy Governor as his running mate. Ajayi who defected from the ruling All Progressive Congress to the People Democratic Party contested the party’s primary but lost to Jegede. Chieftains of the party within and outside the state had impressed it on Jegede to consider Ajayi who came second in the primary after joining the party less than a month as his running mate. But Jegede insisted he wanted a neutral person as running…

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YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT APC, WHAT IT STANDS FOR, BUHARI’S EX-AIDE SLAMS UZODINMA

Kawu Sumaila, a former aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, says Hope Uzodinma cannot speak for the All Progressives Congress (APC) because the Imo state governor lacks knowledge of what the party stands for. Speaking with reporters in Kano, Sumaila said Uzodinma did not know why APC was formed and was not there when the ruling party struggled in all its campaigns. He asked the APC caretaker committee to look carefully into the crisis bedevilling the party from 2019 to date and bring all those who are responsible to book. “I…

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BUHARI BREACHED THE LAW ON JUDGES’ APPOINTMENT, ABUJA COURT RULES

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja ruled on Wednesday that the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), acted in contravention of the law when he sent the names of 11 candidates recommended to him by the National Judicial Council for appointment as judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory to the Senate for screening and confirmation. Justice Inyang Ekwo made the pronouncement in a suit filed by an Abuja-based lawyer, Oladimeji Ekengba, contending that the forwarding of the names of the 11 nominees by Buhari…

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FG MEETS LABOUR THURSDAY OVER IMPENDING STRIKE ON ELECTRICITY TARIFF AND PETROL PRICE HIKE

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Government will on Thursday meet again with the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress on the threat by the organised labour to proceed on an indefinite strike and protest over the hike in electricity tariffs and fuel pump price. The FG is expected to unfold its palliative plans during the parley which would hold at the Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, disclosed the meeting date in an email on…

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ABUJA-KADUNA-ZARIA-KANO ROAD: SETTING THE FACTS STRAIGHT

By AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA In the last few weeks, Nigerians and industry experts have become dumbfounded and taken aback by the charge of ‘slow pace of work’ levelled by the House of Representatives Works Committee chairman, Hon. Abubakar Bichi, against Julius Berger, a company reputed essentially for its consistent history of successful project delivery. At the public hearing conducted by the Works Committee of the House of Representatives in Abuja, and in response to the Committee chairman, Hon. Abubakar Bichi’s charge of ‘slow pace of work’, the Managing Director of…

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