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INEC Declares PDP Winner Of Zamfara Runoff Poll
The INEC in Zamfara State has declared Alhaji Ibrahim Tudu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of yesterday’s runoff election for Bakura constituency in the State House of Assembly.
Announcing the results, the INEC Returning Officer, Professor Yahaya Tanko Baba, said PDP’s Tudu polled 23,874 votes to defeat his closest rival APC’s Alhaji Bello Dankande Gamji who scored 16,546 votes.
Fourteen political parties fielded candidates for last Saturday’s election which was declared inconclusive by the electoral body. The APC in Zamfara State had on Tuesday withdrawn its participation in the runoff.
Reps Consider Bill To Compel President To Name Cabinet In 30 Days
The House of Representatives, yesterday, commenced the consideration of a bill to compel a president-elect, to name his cabinet within a month.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kpam Jimin Sokpo (PDP-Benue) titled ‘Transition and Assumption of Office Bill, 2020’, was read for the first time during plenary on Wednesday.
It also seeks to establish a special fund for the presidential transition committee and to also compel state governors to name their cabinets within the same time.
FEC Approves N50.85bn For Kano, Kaduna, Plateau Roads
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved roads and aviation contracts worth N59.350bn across the country.
The announcement was made on Wednesday by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello and Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, while briefing State House reporters on the outcome of the federal cabinet meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fashola said: “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented one memorandum for the award of contract for the construction of two roads; the Yakassai-Badume-Damagum-Makinzali Road in Kano, in favour of CCECC for N12.157 billion and the rehabilitation of the Kaduna-Panbegua-Jos Road, linking Kaduna and Plateau states, in favour of Setraco Nigeria Limited, for N38.701 billion and the proposals were approved by the Federal Executive Council.”
Senate Seeks Probe Of $9bn Annual Revenue Loss To Illegal Mining
The Senate, yesterday, urged the federal government to investigate the alleged annual revenue loss of $9 billion to illegal mining and smuggling of gold in Nigeria.
It also asked the Executive to intensify efforts to combat illegal mining, block all revenue leakages from such clandestine activities and establish gold mining farms to assist artisans and miners.
The resolutions followed a motion by the Senate Chief Whip and former Abia State governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, who noted that Nigeria lost close to $54 billion from 2012-2018 due to illegal smuggling of gold.
Bandits Kidnap Village Head, 9 Others In Katsina
Police in Katsina have confirmed the abduction of the village head of Gamji, Malam Falalu Galadima, and nine others by suspected bandits in Sabuwa Local Government Area of the state.
The Police spokesperson in Katsina, SP Gambo Isah, said the Commissioner of Police has directed the Area Commandant to immediately swing into action. “As I speak with you, our men are in the forest, trying to locate the kidnapped persons and make sure that they are rescued safely,” Isah has said.
A resident, who preferred not to be named for security reasons told Daily Trust that 13 people were kidnapped. He said the bandits came in large numbers, attacked the village around 1.30 am on Wednesday, shot sporadically and abducted the victims.
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