Dyepkazah Shibayan

    Oshiomhole and the silent coup on Democracy Day

Oshiomhole and the silent coup on Democracy Day

The disqualification of Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, from participating in the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) fixed for June 22 did not come as a shock to me and I'm sure to many others. Obaseki saw this coming when he said he would not be treated fairly by the screening panel which was set up by [...]

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    Piers Morgan says Trump unfollowed him on Twitter after coronavirus criticism

Piers Morgan says Trump unfollowed him on Twitter after coronavirus criticism

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    Senate approves Buhari’s $22.7bn loan request

Senate approves Buhari’s $22.7bn loan request

The senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari's request to borrow $22.7 billion. The upper legislative chamber okayed the request on Thursday amid objections from some senators. While the matter was being debated, Enyinnaya Abaribe, minority leader, warned against considering all the recommendations on the loan at once. He suggested that it should be done "item by item", but Senate President Ahmad Lawan disagreed with [...]

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    ‘We may go to court’ – protesters ask FG to allow female corps members wear skirts

‘We may go to court’ – protesters ask FG to allow female corps members wear skirts

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    Police on nationwide alert over killing of Iranian general

Police on nationwide alert over killing of Iranian general

Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, has placed policemen on "red alert" nationwide over the killing of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian general. President Donald Trump had ordered the killing of Soleimani whom he accused of planning an imminent attack on Americans. The death of the general sparked tension across the world. In Nigeria, some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) hit [...]

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    Before Lawan and our senators do Buhari’s bidding

Before Lawan and our senators do Buhari’s bidding

"Democracy depends on strong institutions and it's about minority rights, checks and balances and freedom of speech." Those are the words of former US President Barack Obama when he visited South Africa in June 2018. Now a quick question. Is the system of government practised today in Nigeria a democracy? I'm not sure how you will answer that but let me [...]

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    Yahaya Bello is a divine leader, says Edward Onoja after voting

Yahaya Bello is a divine leader, says Edward Onoja after voting

Edward Onoja, deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi, says Yahaya Bello, governor of the state, is a divine leader. Onoja said this on Saturday after voting at unit 13, ward 3, Omonyoku-Odidoko, Ogugu-Olamaboro local government area of Kogi. The deputy governorship candidate said the voters are eager to return the governor to office because they want him [...]

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    I’m under tremendous pressure to name ministers, says Buhari

I’m under tremendous pressure to name ministers, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is under tremendous pressure to name ministers for his second term in office.  Speaking after dinning with principal officers of the national assembly on Thursday night, Buhari said he did not know most of his ministers from his first term in office. He added that most of them were nominated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). “I [...]

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    Has supreme court verdict on Osun rekindled Ganduje’s hope?

Has supreme court verdict on Osun rekindled Ganduje’s hope?

Two things the Osun and Kano state governorship elections have in common: they didn't end on the first ballot; candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) carried the day after trailing their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts in the first round. Another issue to consider in both elections is the violence that marred the process. Supporters of the opposition were [...]

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    My husband is not a rapist, says Fatoyinbo’s wife as church cancels annual programme

My husband is not a rapist, says Fatoyinbo’s wife as church cancels annual programme

Omodele Fatoyinbo, wife of the founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), says her husband is not a rapist. Speaking at the Abuja headquarters of the church on Sunday, the woman dismissed the allegation levelled against her husband by Busola, wife of Timi Dakolo, a Nigerian singer. Busola had said Biodun Fatoyinbo raped her as a teenager growing up in Ilorin, [...]

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    VIDEO: COZA security guards attack protester in Abuja

VIDEO: COZA security guards attack protester in Abuja

Security guards at the CommonWealth Zion Assembly (COZA) in Abuja manhandled a protester who was trying to make his way to the front of the church on Sunday. The male protester joined the #ChurchToo Movement, which is protesting the alleged rape of Busayo Dakolo, celebrity photographer, by Biodun Fatoyinbo, COZA pastor. The pastor has since denied the allegation, threatening to take legal action. Below [...]

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    Omo-Agege, Ekweremadu lock horns over number two position at senate

Omo-Agege, Ekweremadu lock horns over number two position at senate

Ovie Omo-Agege, senator representing Delta central, and Ike Ekweremadu of Enugu west senatorial district, are currently in a contest for the number two position at the senate. Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the immediate past deputy senate president. Omo-Agege, who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is being backed by the leadership of the ruling party. Ahmad Lawan had [...]

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    AEDC begins installation of 900,000 meters in Abuja, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger

AEDC begins installation of 900,000 meters in Abuja, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has begun the installation of 900,000 meters under the meter asset providers (MAP) for electricity consumers in its coverage areas of FCT, Nasarawa, Kogi and Niger states. Ernest Mupway, the managing director, AEDC, announced the installation on Friday at the launch of the meters. According to him, the MAP vendors responsible for the sale and installation [...]

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    Lawmakers’ severance pay, more funds for security… why n’assembly increased 2019 budget

Lawmakers’ severance pay, more funds for security… why n’assembly increased 2019 budget

Mustapha Dawaki, chairman, house committee on appropriation, says the budget size was increased by N86 billion because the severance pay for lawmakers and legislative aides was not included. Addressing journalists on Tuesday, Dawaki said the legislative arm also decided to provide more funding for security agencies. "There is a slight increase in budget deficit because of severance of lawmakers, legislative aides. There [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Onnoghen resigns  as CJN ‘with immediate effect’

EXCLUSIVE: Onnoghen resigns as CJN ‘with immediate effect’

Walter Onnoghen has resigned as the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) with immediate effect, TheCable can report. He turned in his resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening, a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended that he be compulsorily retired for misconduct. By virtue of section 306 of the 1999 constitution, his resignation takes immediate effect. Section 306 says "(1) [...]

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    Gbenga Daniel resigns from PDP, quits partisan politics

Gbenga Daniel resigns from PDP, quits partisan politics

Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun state, has quit partisan politics, resigning his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Daniel, who was the campaign coordinators of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP, announced this in a letter to Uche Secondus, national chairman of the PDP. "I joined the PDP in Ogun State on Sunday, the 9th of September, 2001 [...]

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