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Buhari vs Atiku: Fashola speaks on APC losing election

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A former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, has said the All Progressives Congress, APC, cannot afford to lose the presidential election to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC will be filing out against the PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Saturday.

Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, also revealed how members of the APC will guard their votes.

Fashola spoke in Abuja, while inaugurating members of the council’s election planning and monitoring directorate.

Fashola, who is the head of the Directorate said “members of the committee and all party members must to go to ward levels and stay till voting, sorting and counting ends, to ensure victory of the party in the election.”

The Minister added that “the APC cannot afford to allow erstwhile ruling party to return to power because of the ongoing infrastructure development.”

The former Governor insisted that Buhari has achieved a lot in areas of security, economy and infrastructure development.

“The main project is essentially getting more members, more public spirited people across the country, who believe in the development mandate of our party and our government to tackle insecurity, to fight corruption and to develop the economy,” he said.

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning

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Good Morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. Several persons were reported dead and many others injured in a clash that ensued between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogbolomabiri community in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State during a governorship rally organised by the ruling party.

The attackers, it was also learnt, opened fire on the protocol bus of the Bayelsa State Government House along the junction between Bassambiri and Ogbolomabiri communities.

2. The Executive Council of the Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has ratified the suspension of the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, from the party in the state.

The decision was reached at an enlarged meeting of the council and other party chieftains with the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, in Benin City, on Wednesday. At the meeting, the leaders said the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole became necessary because the national chairman has been deploying divisive tactics to cause disharmony in the party in collaboration with the proscribed group, Edo Peoples Movement (EPM).

3. The Department of State Services (DSS) has explained why it is yet to release Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement.

The Service in a statement by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, reiterated its avowed readiness to release Sowore once the processes are concluded, adding that the appropriate persons have still not turned up to take delivery of Sowore.

4. The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar on Wednesday affirmed the victory of Governor Udom Emmanuel of the PDP in the March 9 gubernatorial elections in Akwa Ibom State. The Appeal was filed against the judgement of the tribunal delivered on September 5, 2019 at Uyo, which dismissed Mr Ekere’s petition for wanting in merit. Delivering judgement in the Appeal filed by Mr Nsima Ekere, the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the re-election of His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel in the March 9, 2019 Gubernatorial Elections, the five-man panel gave her judgement on all the issues set out by parties in the appeal.

5. The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9th 2019 gubernatorial election in Oyo State, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, has declared that he is approaching the Supreme Court in order to validate his victory at the poll.

Adelabu in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday, alleged that some agents of darkness perfected the plan to steal his mandate, this according to him, necessitated his resolve to approach the judiciary to reclaim his mandate.

6. The Senate on Wednesday approved the refund of N10.069 billion to Kogi State government ahead of governorship election slated for Saturday.

The approval followed a report by the Senate Committee Chairman on Local debts and Foreign Loans, Senator Clifford Akhimienmona Ordia.

7. The Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi on Wednesday affirmed the election of the Speaker of Benue State Assembly, Titus Uba, representing Kyan state constituency.

Justice E. J. Ekanem, in his lead panel judgment held that the appeal brought against the speaker by the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Gwaza Ujamatyu, lacked merit.

8. The House of Representatives has urged the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to extend the use of compulsory National Identification Number (NIN) in the conduct of examinations till 2021.

This followed a motion moved by Rep. Zainab Gimba (APC-Borno) under Matters of Urgent Public Importance at plenary presided over by the Speaker of the House, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday. The House said the extension would allow more time to better sensitise prospective candidates to the NIN.

9. An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Wednesday sentenced to death, three men who kidnapped a Lagos monarch and killed his palace guard.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Duba Fureso, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh, who kidnapped the Oniba of Iba, Oba Oseni Goriola, murdered his 72-year-old palace guard, Mr Sunday Okanlawon, and attempted to murder the monarch’s wife, Bosede.

10. Nigeria began their quest to be at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, with a narrow 2-1 win over Benin Republic on Wednesday.

The Super Eagles had to fight from a goal down, as the Squirrels opened scoring at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

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Atiku To Lawmakers: Stop Being Foolish, Don’t Pass Hate Bill Into Law

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Nigeria’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has cautioned the National Assembly against stifling freedom of speech with its proposed hate speech bill.

The legislative arm is in the process of passing the bill, sponsored by Sabi Abdullahi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), into law.

There have been reservations by various Nigerians on how the bill can potentially stifle freedom of expression in the country.

Atiku, a PDP candidate in the 2019 presidential election, said the contemplation of such a law is an abuse of the legislative process.

He said this in a statement by his media aide, Paul Ibe.

He said: “The contemplation of such laws is in itself not just hate speech, but an abuse of the legislative process that will violate Nigerians’ constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of speech.

“Nigeria’s democracy has survived its longest incarnation because those who governed this great nation between 1999 and 2015 never toyed with this most fundamental of freedoms. It is prudent to build upon the tolerance inherited from those years and not shrink the democratic space to satisfy personal and group interests.

“Freedom of speech was not just bestowed to Nigerians by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), it is also a divine right given to all men by their creator. History is littered with the very negative unintended consequences that result when this God-given right is obstructed by those who seek to intimidate the people rather than accommodate them.

“We should be reminded that history does not repeat itself. Rather, men repeat history. And often, to disastrous consequences.

“Nigeria presently has too many pressing concerns. We are now the world headquarters for extreme poverty as well as the global epicentre of out-of-schoolchildren. Our economy is smaller than it was in 2015, while our population is one of the world’s fastest-growing. We have retrogressed in the Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International, from the position we held four years ago, and our Human Development Indexes are abysmally low.

“It, therefore, begs the question: should we not rather make laws to tackle these pressing domestic challenges, instead of this bill, which many citizens consider obnoxious? Stop this folly and focus on issues that matter to Nigerians.”

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FFK tells Atiku what to do to Femi Adesina, Presidency

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Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation has taken a swipe at the presidency over its recent statement mocking former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

DAILY POST reports that the Presidency, on Saturday listed some people who “fooled” Atiku Abubakar, the 2019 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate into believing he would become president of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina pointed out that former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his “foreign cohorts” gave Atiku false sense of hope.

Adesina disclosed that marabouts, prophets, some pastors, preachers and witches and wizards formed a “confederacy” and said Atiku would win but which never happened.

In an article he signed and sent to DAILYPOST titled: “Atiku: They gave him a false sense of hope,” the presidential spokesperson also accused lawyers of the PDP presidential candidate of deceiving him into believing that he would emerge president of Nigeria.

But, Fani-Kayode reacting, expressed shock at Adesina’s article on Atiku.

He called on the Media office of Atiku to respond to the presidency’s statement which he described as ‘act of insolence’.

On his Twitter page, Fani-Kayode wrote: “I was amused when I read Pres. Advisor Femi Adesina’s piece this morning in which he mocked Atiku for losing the presidential election and the case at the Supreme Court.

“If they are still loyal and have the strength and zeal I would humbly suggest that the DG of Atiku’s Presidential Campaign Org. or the Director of Media or any of Atiku’s 8 Presidential Campaign spokesmen responds in very strong terms on his behalf to Femi Adesina’s and the Presidency’s insolence. This ought to be done for the record: they owe their principal that much.”

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