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APC candidate, Ahmad Babba-Kaita, wins Katsina North by-election

Ahmed Babba-Kaita

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Saturday’s senatorial by-election in Katsina, Ahmad Babba-Kaita, is the winner, released results show. The Independent National Electoral Commission is soon to formally declare the winner. But its released results, already pastes at the collation centre, show that Mr Babba-Kaita, currently a member of the House of Representatives, polled 224, 607 votes to …

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Oshiomhole’s Impeachment Plan Is Mere “Wishful Thinking” – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the position of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, that he should be impeached is merely wishful thinking. A statement signed by his Special Assistant, Yusuf Olaniyonu, on Friday, said the APC will continue to dream about their plan to impeach him as they need 73 senators to lawfully …

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Resign or be removed, Oshiomhole tells Saraki

Saraki and Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has accused Senate President Bukola Saraki of not acting in the interest of Nigeria. He also reiterated the APC’s call that Mr Saraki should resign or be removed from office. He made this call on Friday during a press conference held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja. “Lastly, …

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Saraki not fit for Senate presidency: APC

Senate President Bukola Saraki

The All Progressives Congress (APC) took off the gloves and knocked Senator Bukola Saraki, with bare knuckle on Thursday, declaring him unfit to be President of the Senate. The party said this in a blistering statement issued by Mr Yekini Nabena, its acting National Publicity Secretary in Abuja. It was the first reaction from the party, since Saraki addressed a …

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EFCC arrests former DSS boss, Ita Ekpenyong

Ita Ekpenyong, Ex-DSS Boss

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Ita Ekpeyong, the penultimate former Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS). Ekpeyong was arrested at his Asokoro, Abuja home, on Thursday afternoon, after a thorugh search of his house by the EFCC operatives. In November 2017, EFCC secured a court order to arrest Ekpeyong, but its officials were prevented …

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Daura betrayed Buhari to Saraki, says ex-aide in a tell-all interview

LAWAN DAURA, SACKED DG OF SSS

A former assistant to the sacked director general of State Security Service, Lawal Daura, has accused his former principal of extensive corruption, and has portrayed him as a man who serially betrayed his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, for money. The assistant, Abdulwahab Abdulrahman, a retired senior SSS official, said he left the agency because of the scale of corruption and …

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Gov. Emmanuel sacks two commissioners loyal to Akpabio

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State

On the day that Senator Godswill Akpabio formally defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom tried to spoil the defection party by sacking two commissioners loyal to Akpabio. The commissioners were sacked with immediate effect for what was called “act of disloyalty”. They are the Commissioners for Labour, Productivity and …

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Seiyefa appointed Acting Director-General, DSS

Mathew Seiyefa, Ag-DG DSS

Nigeria’s acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has appointed Matthew Seiyefa as the Acting Director-General of the Department of State Security, DSS. This came after the sack of Lawal Daura as Director-General, DSS, earlier in the day by Osinbajo after the invasion of the National Assembly by the DSS. This was confirmed by the Presidency on its twitter handle on Tuesday, …

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NASS Leadership Meets Tuesday To Consider Reconvening Before Sept 25

Saraki-Dogara

The leadership of the National Assembly will meet on Tuesday to consider the request of the Executive for the National Assembly to reconvene ahead of their scheduled dates. The Senate is scheduled to resume plenary on September 25, same day as the House of Representatives’ return to work. Meanwhile, with a request by President Muhammadu Buhari for the cerement of …

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DEFECTION: Akpabio Visits President Buhari In London

Godwill Akpabio visits PMB in London

Senator Godswill Akpabio on Sunday August 5, 2018 visited President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on vacation in the United Kingdom. Although details of the Senator’s meeting with President Buhari are not yet known, there had been speculations that he may defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom …

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All is now set for Senator Godswill Akpabio to dump PDP for APC

Godswill Akpabio with President Buhari

Senator Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, is set to dump the Peoples Democratic Party and dampen the celebration mood in the PDP headquarters, over the defection of some senators and three governors from the All Progressives Congress. Now a reverse switch is about to happen, with one of the main pillars of the PDP in the …

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2019: Dankwambo declares presidential ambition

Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo

Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, has declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election ambition. Mr Dankwambo said he will seek the position on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He made the declaration at the Government house, Gombe, on Saturday, during a meeting with party officials led by the deputy national chairman, Babayo Gamawa, elders and …

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Nigeria recovers 693 power equipment containers abandoned at ports for 15 years — Official

power-plant-with-meter.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), on Friday said that it had recovered more than 693 containers of power equipment abandoned at ports due to tariff. The Managing Director (MD) of TCN, Usman Mohammed, said this in a statement in Lagos. Mr Mohammed said that some of the power equipment had been auctioned by the Nigeria Customs Service, but said …

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APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole Insist Saraki Must Resign as Senate President

Saraki and Oshiomhole

 The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole; and some senators elected on the platform of the party led by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, on Wednesday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting came amidst the gale of defections being witnessed in the party. Oshiomhole told State House …

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Why Court Orders the Arrest Of INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

INEC Chairman Yakubu Mahmood

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the arrest of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, for failing to appear in court. Justice Stephen Pam issued the warrant of arrest on Thursday after Mahmood’s absent in court for the third time. The judge asked the police to effect the arrest immediately. Justice Pam …

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Breaking: Buhari elected new Chairman of ECOWAS

President Buhari at Ecowas

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has been elected as the new Chairman of the ‏Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Buhari was elected at the just concluded ECOWAS Summit in Lome, Togo on Tuesday 31st July 2018. “The announcement was made shortly after a closed session of Heads of State of the Commission,” Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to Buhari on New …

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Full text of Senate President Bukola Saraki’s statement on quitting APC

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Below is the full text of the statement by the Senate President Bukola Saraki on his decision to quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). ”I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC). This is not a decision that I have …

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BREAKING: Senate President Saraki Dumps APC

Senate President Bukola Saraki

The Senate President Bukola Saraki today twitted that he has finally dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for a yet to be named party but speculations has it that the senate president is gone back to his former party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Making the announcement in a short message on his social media accounts, he wrote: “I …

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Nigeria Will Continue To Support Peace-Building Efforts, Fight Against Terrorism – Buhari

President Buhar in Lome Togo

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged the continuous support of the country for the fight against terrorism and other crimes, especially in the West and Central sub-regions of Africa. The President made the promise on Monday in Lome, the Togolese capital during a joint summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Economic Community of West African States …

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Offa Robbery: Saraki assembles SANs to battle police over invitation

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

The Senator representing Kwara South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Rafiu Ibrahim, has said a team of senior legal experts will handle the allegation of complicity in the Offa robbery saga levelled against the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, by the police. The police have insisted that Saraki is needed to make certain clarifications on the statement of …

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NBC clamps down on Ray Power’s ‘political platform’; imposes fine

Raymond-Dokpesi, owner of DAAR Communication

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has fined DAAR Communications (owner of AIT/Raypower) N500,000 for persistent violation of the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. NBC’s Head of Public Affair, Maimuna Jimada, via a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja, said comments made on Raypower’s programme “Political Platform” was against the broadcasting code. Mrs Jimada said that the organisation was sanctioned …

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Dino Melaye resurfaces, says he spent 11 hours in wilderness traumatized

Dino Melaye

Controversial senator, Dino Melaye has resurfaced after it was said he was kidnapped on Thursday, saying he spent 11 hours in the wilderness traumatized. Senator Ben Bruce (Bayelsa East) on his Twitter page said Melaye had been kidnapped. “I have just been informed by Moses Melaye, @dino_melaye’s brother, that Dino has been abducted by unknown persons in a Toyota Sienna that …

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Defections: 2 senators backtrack after meeting with Buhari in Aso Rock

Senator Tejuoso and Akanbi: back in the APC

Senators Lanre Tejuoso (Ogun Central) and Adesoji Akanbi from Oyo South who were reported to have joined the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday are back in the All Progressives Congress (APC). They were among the senators who met President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night at the Villa in Abuja, in a show of solidarity. Tejuoso announced his return at the …

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BREAKING: Finally, Benue Governor Ortom Officially Dumps APC For PDP

samuel ortom

Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State, has finally ended speculations about his party leaning by formally defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ortom made the announcement at the Benue State Government House on Wednesday afternoon during a meeting with local government councilors. He was originally scheduled to attend a reconciliatory meeting with Adams …

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BREAKING: Security Operatives Reportedly Lay Siege To Saraki, Ekweremadu Residences

Bukola-Saraki-and-Ike-Ekweremadu

Security operatives have reportedly laid siege to the homes of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and that of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in Abuja. The Senate President was on his way to report at the Police Headquarters when his convoy was allegedly blocked by the police Saraki was to appear before the police today for further investigation …

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PDP expels Senator Kashamu and others for alleged anti-party activities

Senator Buruji Kashamu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced the expulsion of senator Buruji Kashamu, a senator representing Ogun East. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said on Monday after the emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja. Ologbondiyan three other PDP members in the state were also expelled. Also expelled from party in Ogun,according to him, …

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OFFA ROBBERY: Saraki fights back over Police Invitation

Senate President Bukola Saraki

The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has stated that the invitation to him by the Police to report to a station in Guzape over the Offa robbery investigation is a mere afterthought which is designed to achieve political purpose. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that he has …

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New Media Bill draconian, unconstitutional, anti-people, anti-free speech — Publishers, Editors, NUJ, BON

New Media Bill

NEWSPAPER publishers in the country, Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, BON; Editors and Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, have described the New Media Bill currently before the National Assembly as draconian, unconstitutional, anti-people, anti-business and anti-free speech. New Media Consequently, Nigerian Press Organisation, NPO, and other media stakeholders have asked the National Assembly to drop the bill. They also asked the …

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Senator Ademola Adeleke emerges Osun PDP candidate

Senator Admola Adeleke

Senator Ademola Adeleke has emerged as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 22 governorship election in Osun State. He garnered 1,569 votes in the primary of the party held in Osun State on Saturday. Adeleke defeated his closest rival, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi who scored 1,562 votes. More than 3,000 delegates of the party voted during …

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Saraki, IG fight dirty over arrested killer-cult suspects

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday accused Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris of plotting to frame him up “to settle scores.” The police rejected the claim, vowing that it would not allow anybody to obstruct the course of justice. According to Saraki, the transfer of some cultism suspects, who were arrested in Kwara State and were under investigation by the …

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