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Osinbajo, Abba Kyari secure new appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted an audit committee, for the policies, programmes and projects under his administration.

This was contained in a statement from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, signed by Olusegun Adekunle.

The committee will be headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, while the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, is one of its members.

Buhari has tasked the committee with auditing and determining the status of implementation of the policies, programmes and projects, either inherited or commenced in his first tenure.

The President also asked them to identify and highlight the challenges, that may affect the successful implementation of such policies, programmes and projects.

The committee is also to prepare a comprehensive working document, that would guide the incoming members of the President’s cabinet on the direction of government

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, are also among the members.

The committee is expected to be inaugurated on Friday, March 23, 2019.

Full Statement:

CONSTITTUTION OF THE POLICIES, PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS AUDIT COMMITTEE

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the Constitution of the Policies, Programmes and Projects Audit Committee as follows:

His Excellency, the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria – Chairman

Chief of Staff to the President – Member

Head of Civil Service of the Federation – Member

Minister of Budget and National Planning – Member

Minister of Finance – Member

Minister of Power, Works & Housing – Member

Hon. Attorney General & Minister of Justice – Member

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment – Member

Minister of Transportation – Member

Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development – Member

Minister of Water Resources – Member

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria – Member

National Security Adviser – Member

Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Office – Member

Deputy Chief of Staff to the President – Member/Secretary

2. TERMS OF REFERENCE

To audit and determine the status of implementation of policies, programmes and projects either inherited or commenced by the out-going Administration;
Identify and highlight a residue of works and challenges that may militate against their successful implementation;

Prepare and produce a detailed working document that would guide the incoming Cabinet Members on the direction of Government regarding policies, programmes and projects;

Co-opt any organization(s)/person(s) relevant towards the successful execution of the exercise; and

Make any other recommendation(s) as may be necessary.

3. Date of Inauguration: Friday 15th March 2019

Time: 3.00pm

Venue: Vice President’s Conference Room

Olusegun A. Adekunle, Esq.
Permanent Secretary (General Services Office)

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Governorship election: Live supplementary polls results from Plateau State

Results of the supplementary governorship election in Plateau State have started trickling in.

The rerun elections are ongoing in four other states such as Kano, Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the exercise in these five states as inconclusive.

The commission had declared winners in the governorship elections in only 22 states.

However, the Returning Officers (ROs) in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states, declared the elections as inconclusive.

The supplementary elections will be held in the affected states today, March 23.

Follow Arewa.Ng, on this thread for results from Plateau State as declared by INEC.

Here is the result for the governorship supplementary poll at Plateau Hotel Polling Unit, Jos North LGA, Plateau State as announced by the Presiding Officer, Abdulaziz Mohammed.

PDP – 158

APC – 78

SDP – 1

Total number of votes: 237
Registered voters: 853.

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PDP Asks INEC To Cancel Kano Supplementary Elections — But APC Says No


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed over the calls by the former for the cancellation of elections in the state.

Addressing journalists on Saturday, Alhaji Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, state chairman of PDP in Kano, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the ongoing supplementary elections in Kano “with immediate effect”.

According to Bichi, the decision was based on reports received by the party that some “PDP agents have been molested, vehicles burnt, property destroyed in Doguwa, Nasarawa, Minjibir and Tudun Wada Local Government Areas of the state”.

PDP alleged that security personnel gave hoodlums cover to unleash mayhem on their supporters.

He also claimed that some political thugs were imported from neighbouring states to cause chaos in the ongoing supplementary elections.

However, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, debunked the allegations of the PDP that there was mayhem during the conduct of the supplementary elections.

Speaking at media briefing in Kano on Saturday, he said the election was conducted peacefully and devoid of violence and thuggery.

He referred to the allegations by the PDP as “baseless and untrue”, and called on the general public to remain calm and wait for the final results by INEC.

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JUST IN: Police Send Reinforcement To Kano After Electoral Violence


The Police Command in Kano State have sent a reinforcement of security personnel to Gama Ward of Nasarawa Local Government to beef up security at polling units located in the ward.

Abdullahi Haruna, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of the Command, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Kano.

Gama has been in the spotlighted for the incidents of violence, voter intimidation and ballot box burning and snatching that tainted Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Kano, even leading to calls for the cancellation of the exercise.

Abdullahi said the deployment of additional security personnel to the areas followed the visit of Anthony Michael, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), to the area.

He explained that following the report on the security challenges at the area, the DIG visited the ward to assess the security situation in the area.

The PPRO said the deployment of additional security personnel was necessary as part of efforts to enhance security as well as ensure the protection of lives and property in the affected areas.

He also denied reports of the alleged arrest of Commissioner for Special Duties, Muktar Ishaq.

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