Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ebunoluwa Olafusi

    Your threat can’t stop us, EU replies el-Rufai

Your threat can’t stop us, EU replies el-Rufai

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has replied Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, over a threat he issued to foreigners on the forthcoming elections.The governor had said foreigners who intervene in the election would leave in "body bags".Responding through a statement on Wednesday evening, EU EOM said its observers would not be deterred from doing their work.It [...]

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    ‘I stood up for Nigeria’s dignity’ — el-Rufai defends ‘body bag’ comment

‘I stood up for Nigeria’s dignity’ — el-Rufai defends ‘body bag’ comment

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has dismissed criticisms which trailed the threats he issued to foreigners over the forthcoming elections.When he featured on NTA on Tuesday, the governor said foreigners planning to interfere with the country's election will leave in body bags. Body bags are used to convey corpses.The comment had sparked an outrage, with the Peoples Democratic Party [...]

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    Laughter, smiles as Buhari endorses Ondo senatorial candidates

Laughter, smiles as Buhari endorses Ondo senatorial candidates

President Muhammadu Buhari endorsed the three Ondo senatorial candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the mega rally the party held in Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday.The rally which took place at the Moshood Abiola Democracy Park, attracted a lot of dignitaries.Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling party; governors of Ekiti, Ogun, Edo states [...]

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    Benue belongs to Buhari, says Ortom as he receives president’s campaign team

Benue belongs to Buhari, says Ortom as he receives president’s campaign team

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, says Benue belongs to President Muhammadu Buhari and he can do whatever he likes there.Ortom said this at the Nigerian air force base, Makurdi, the state capital, while speaking with journalists on Wednesday.The governor was at the base to receive the president for the state's All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential rally."He is the president [...]

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    Okorocha: Oshiomhole, Amaechi planning to stop me by all means

Okorocha: Oshiomhole, Amaechi planning to stop me by all means

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor, says Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, are trying to stop his political progress by all means.Addressing some of his supporters on Tuesday, he said their calculation is that he would be a strong force to contend with in 2023, hence, the plan to stop him.He [...]

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    CSOs demand arrest and prosecution of 2015 electoral violence offenders

CSOs demand arrest and prosecution of 2015 electoral violence offenders

A coalition of civil society groups have raised the alarm about the stock pilling of weapons and the rising tension leading up to the 2019 election in the Niger Delta region, Bayelsa in particular.The groups said this in a press conference at Lagos Airport Hotel jointly addressed by Bayo Obatughase, deputy national president, Campaign for Democracy, Ologun Ayodeji of the [...]

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    Obasanjo is worse than Abacha, says Oshiomhole

Obasanjo is worse than Abacha, says Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is a worse dictator than Sani Abacha, ex-military head of state.Oshiomhole said this in reaction to the comment of Obasanjo that President Muhammadu Buhari is returning the country to the era of Abacha when state institutions were used to fight perceived enemies of the government."Today, another [...]

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    Daria Media announces winners of 2019 scholarship for women in journalism

Daria Media announces winners of 2019 scholarship for women in journalism

Daria Media has announced the 2019 recipients of the Mamman Marshal Scholarship For Women In Journalism.Six students drawn from Bayero University, Lagos State Univeristy and University of Uyo will benefit from this scholarship which covers tuition and accommodation.The recipients will also receive a modest stipend for the duration on their first degree.According to the organisers, winners for the 2019 scholarship [...]

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    Magnus Abe: A’court didn’t order INEC to accept APC candidates in Rivers

Magnus Abe: A’court didn’t order INEC to accept APC candidates in Rivers

Magnus Abe, senator representing Rivers south-east, says it is untrue that the court of appeal has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to list candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) contesting the elections.He said this while reacting to an order of stay of execution granted by the court of appeal sitting in Port Harcourt barring candidates of the APC [...]

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    Buhari swears in 27-year-old female lawyer as ICPC board member

Buhari swears in 27-year-old female lawyer as ICPC board member

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in 27-year-old Hannatu Muhammad as a member of the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).Muhammad was appointed as one of the board members to represent the youth in compliance with the provision of the ICPC Act.According to the Act, the board shall include "a youth not being less than 21 or more than 30 years [...]

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    Buhari: Agencies still diverting revenue — despite our anti-corruption drive

Buhari: Agencies still diverting revenue — despite our anti-corruption drive

President  Muhammadu Buhari says despite his administration's fight against corruption, some government agencies still divert or refuse to fully account for revenues generated.Buhari disclosed this during the swearing-in of board members of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) at the state house, Abuja, on Monday.He said the ordinary people in the country understand and support his administration’s fight against corruption, [...]

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    EXTRA: Even if witches and wizards endorse Atiku, he won’t win, says Femi Adesina

EXTRA: Even if witches and wizards endorse Atiku, he won’t win, says Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, says Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will not win the election even if witches and wizards endorse him.Adesina said this in reaction to the endorsement of Abubakar by five socio-cultural groups in the country.Writing via his Twitter handle on Monday, he said President Muhammadu Buhari's opponents will fail during the elections, no [...]

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    PDP asks INEC to disqualify Buhari

PDP asks INEC to disqualify Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify president Muhammadu Buhari from the presidential election.Uche Secundus, national chairman of the PDP, made the call during the presidential campaign of the party in Enugu state, on Friday.He alleged that Buhari brought in foreigners from outside the country to influence the election in [...]

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    UNILAG shuts hostels of medical students, asks them to vacate premises

UNILAG shuts hostels of medical students, asks them to vacate premises

The College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, has announced the suspension of hostel accommodation exercise  and closure of students' hostels.In a notice on Friday, the management asked the students to vacate their hostels latest by Monday as a result of the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU).The strike began in November."This is to inform [...]

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    Agbaje kicks against plot to impeach Ambode

Agbaje kicks against plot to impeach Ambode

Jimi Agbaje, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state, says the plot to impeach Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of the state, is meant to intimidate him.The state house of assembly had accused Ambode of incurring expenditure from the 2019 budget without presenting it to the assembly.The lawmakers issued the governor a week ultimatum to explain his action, saying failure [...]

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    BitPesa is a ‘market-maker in every major African currency’

BitPesa is a ‘market-maker in every major African currency’

Elizabeth Rossiello, founder of BitPesa, a digital foreign exchange and treasury solution that leverages technology to significantly lower cost and increase speed of business payments, says the product is a "market-maker in major currencies in Africa.Speaking at a forum in Lagos, she said BitPsea seeks to empower businesses and entire markets at a level of macroeconomic engagement that would enhance [...]

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KANO361474413
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