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2019 elections: What INEC must do before polls – PDP Chairman, Secondus

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The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus, has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on what to do before the upcoming elections.

Secondus called on INEC make public the number of Permanent Voters Card, PVCs, collected from each state, across the federation.

In a tweet, the PDP National Chairman said the INEC should show a sign of its readiness to conduct free and fair election.

“At this critical time in the history of our beloved nation, I call on @inecnigeria to publicly announce the number of PVCs collected with respect to their states.

“This is a challenge for INEC to prove that they are indeed ready for a free, fair and transparent elections,” he tweeted.

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Sen. Abbo’s trial: What happened in court on Tuesday

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The trial of a Senator, Elisha Abbo, who allegedly assaulted a nursing mother, was on Tuesday stalled in a Zuba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja.

At the resumed hearing, the police prosecution counsel, Mr James Idachaba told the court that the defendant was not in court.

Idachaba told the court that he was ready to open his case against the defendant and all his witnesses were in court.

However, Mr Adegbite Adeniyi, counsel to Abbo, told the court that his client was sick.

”My Lord my client is suffering from Acute Febrile (medical term used to describe a sudden fever or elevation in body temperature)”, he said.

Adeniyi, who presented a medical report to the court, added that Abbo was on admission at a hospital in Yola, Adamawa State.

He, however, told the court that his client’s surety was in court.

He explained that the prosecution served him with the proof of evidence in the morning in court.

Adeniyi prayed the court to grant him an adjournment to put his house in other.

However, the prosecution did not oppose the oral application made by Abbo’s counsel.

The Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah adjourned the case until Sept. 24 for hearing.

NAN reports that Abbo, who represents Adamawa North senatorial zone, was arraigned on July 8 for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother, Mrs Warmate Osimibibra.

The prosecution alleged that the Senator committed the offence on May 11 at Pleasure Chest Shop FA 45 Located at Bannex Plaza Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II Abuja.

He also alleged that Abbo slapped the complainant severally on her face and forcefully dragged her shirt without provocation.

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Kogi govt detaining APC delegates in BIR

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Coordinator of Usman Jibrin Campaign Organisation in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Alhaji Nagogo Maiyaki has disclosed on Tuesday that some delegates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been detained in Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

He made the disclosure at a political gathering while hosting the gubernatorial aspirant and former Chief of Naval Staff, Jibrin Usman in Lokoja.

Maiyaki explained that intimidation and harassment of party executives who were perceived not to be loyal to the governor have been heightened ahead of August 29 primaries.

“As I speak, some of our delegates have been detained at the Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

“Yesterday, when I was going round to mobilise party executive for this event, I was informed that some of them were tricked to BIR and have been detained there.”

In an interview after the event, the party chieftain said, the governor did not want any gubernatorial aspirant to access the APC party Executive before the primaries.

He called on security agents to ensure the protection of party delegates and members, adding that it would be a shame for the party to keep losing members simply because they want to exercise their franchise.

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Ekweremadu: Attackers insulted Igbo nation – Enugu Parliament

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Enugu West People’s Parliament, Monday, condemned in strong terms the attack on former Deputy Senate President and Senator representing Enugu West, Ike Ekweremadu in Germany on Saturday.

It described the attack said to have been carried out by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as an attack on Ndigbo.

While addressing newsmen in Enugu, the Parliament, through its spokesperson, Jonathan Ivoke came hard on the attackers, describing them as ”miscreants masquerading themselves as those fighting for the Igbo agenda.”

The group urged Igbo leaders who are currently occupying various political and cultural offices not to be distracted by the threats in their passionate efforts to serve the Igbo nation.

It condemned what it described as a ”dastardly, cowardly and sacrilegious” attack on Ekweremadu by members of IPOB.

The group noted that Ekweremadu had done so much for his constituents, the Igbo nation, Nigeria and the entire West African sub region.

Maintaining that he was instrumental in ensuring the bail of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, the group said that Ekweremadu also drew the attention of the President to the possibilities of the python Dance escalating to another civil war.

”Ekweremadu has urged the president to address the obvious marginalization of the Igbo and this shows the extent of love he has for his people. It therefore means that an assault on him is assault to the entire Igbo nation,” it said.

The group called for immediate and thorough investigation, arrest and prosecution of all those who planned and carried out the attack on the Senator.

”Other Igbo in diaspora must take note of the threats of these miscreants masquerading as those fighting for the Igbo agenda and ensure that adequate security is provided in all genuine Igbo activities abroad,” the group said.

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