Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom state, says under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the state did not benefit a kilometer of road from the federal government in 16 years. The Cable reports.
“Akpabio said his heart was with Buhari in the 2015 election despite the fact he was a member of the PDP. “
A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Timi Frank, today disclosed that more members of the ruling party in the House of Representatives will soon defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Daily Post reports.
“Frank said the APC members were waiting for the National Assembly to resume before defecting to PDP.“
The joint national chairman of the national assembly on the Electoral Amendment Bill, today said that the “national assembly has started working on the electoral act amendment bill recently rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari.” The Cable reports.
“This is the fourth time the committee would be working on the bill rejected by Buhari on two different occasions.“
The President had written to President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to notify the National Assembly over his decision to decline assent to the bill.
Commuters plying the East-West road were left stranded following a gridlock caused by ex-militants, who were protesting their unpaid allowances. Sahara Reporters reports.
“Armed with placards with different inscriptions such as ‘Pay Us our Money’; ‘Amnesty Office Pay Us’, among others, the protesters halted all vehicular movement on the ever busy road which connects Warri and Port Harcourt, as well as other states in the South-South.”
The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu disclosed that voters will not be allowed to go inside polling booths with their mobile phones, cameras and any other devices that can record images during Saturday’s Governorship election in Osun state. Daily Trust reports.
“The INEC chairman said this would help to curb the issue of vote-buying and vote-selling which he described as a new strategy adopted by politicians to rig elections.“
The Ekiti state governorship petition tribunal has been moved out of the state to a yet to be named place. The Cable reports.
“Suleiman Belgore, chairman of the tribunal, announced this after considering an application made by Adebayo Adelodun (SAN), counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”
Said Adelodun: “My lord, on our way to the tribunal, we were accosted by some crowds with sticks. We were on a spot for several minutes until a senior police officer came to us,” he said.
“We have to be safe first, in life, safety comes first, we are professionals and we move around to do out job. Sir, we hereby request that this sitting should be shifted to another venue, probably Abuja because of safety.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that every Nigerian port must have the complement of rail infrastructure.
He said this while addressing the International Association of Ports and Harbours Africa Regional Conference today in Abuja.
Said Buhari: “Our projection is that by the end of year 2021, we will have a completed standard gauge railway system across the main North-South trading route.
There is heavy security presence at the Ekiti state high court, Ado-Ekiti, venue of the Ekiti state election tribunal. The Cable reports.
“There are reports that their presence is connected with alleged plans to invade the venue of the sittings.”
National Secretary of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has raised an alarm over alleged buying of Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC), in Nasarawa State. Nigerian Tribune reports.
“He alleged that some influential persons in government in the State were collecting information from PVCs especially from women under the guise of financial assistance.”
Said Maku: “They collect PVCs from these women and asked for their PVCs as collateral promising them a loan of N10, 000 only to copy information in it. Why will anyone only request for PVCs as collateral for a loan and no any other property?”