Benue 2019: Ortom and Akume Getting Set For the Great Battle

The Next Edition: “The stage is already set for the epic battle with the defection of the governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, from the All Progressives Congress (APC), to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“Already, in his new party, he has collected nomination form to re-contest the governorship position but his former party, APC, has vowed to trounce him in the election.”

“The divide is very clear. On one hand is the Ortom camp, well supported by his new party, PDP, while on the other side is the Senator George Akume who spearhead the battle by the APC.”

A political observer who did not want his name mentioned in the press because of the political tension in the state told The Next Edition that Ortom’s decision to fall out with Akume who was instrumental to his victory in 2015 may cost him a re-election next year.

NASS Working on Electoral Bill Rejected By Buhari

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.

Gridlock on East-West Road As Ex-militants Protest Unpaid Stipends

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.”

We Will Not Allow Video Recording During Osun Election – INEC

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.

Ekiti Governorship Tribunal Moved Out of State

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.”

Every Nigerian Port Must Have the Complement of Rail Infrastructure Says Buhari

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.