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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 18 January, 2021 Edition)

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APC Sweeps All Chairmanship, Councillorship Seats In Kano

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has swept all the 44 local government chairmanship and 484 councilorship seats in Kano State. The state Independence Electoral Commission announced this on Sunday evening.

Announcing the result Sunday evening, the KANSIEC chairman, Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka, said even though minor errors were encountered during the election process, he explained that the poll was largely successfully. Sheka applauded the state government for not interfering in the electoral process.

Daily Trust reports that governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State had predicted that APC will win election in all the 44 local governments of the state, as well as the 484 wards judging by the turn out he saw at his polling unit in Ganduje village.

Despite FG’s Directive, Schools Remain Closed In Kaduna

While many schools across the country are expected to resume on Monday, 18th of January, 2021 after being shutdown for many months due to COVID-19 hiatus, the Kaduna State Government has said all schools within the state must remain closed including Federal institutions.

The State’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Phoebe Sukai Yayi, disclosed this at a news briefing at the ministry on Sunday. She said the ministry was still monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will make a pronouncement regarding the situation in due course.

According to her, the only two federal institutions that will be allowed to open on Monday, 18th of January, 2021 are Kaduna Polytechnic and National Open University who have requested from the ministry to be allowed to write examinations for their students.

States ‘Squander’ Billions As Ruling Parties Clear LG Polls

State governors are spending billions of naira to conduct local government elections that are always cleared by the ruling parties, leaving almost no seat for the opposition, with political activists describing the development as a mockery of democracy.

While some experts called for the scrapping of State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs), others called for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution to give powers to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct elections at the local government level. They said amending the constitution was the only way to give a relatively level playing field for various political parties to produce chairmen and councillors and, by extension, competitive governance at the grassroots.

Besides clearing the polls, many states hardly reveal what they spend during local government elections; heightening suspicion that they only use the elections as a cover for sleaze.

South-West PDP Crisis: Lagos Pledges Support For Makinde

The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the weekend queued behind Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as the leader of the party in the South West.

The Lagos PDP leaders, who made the declaration after a meeting with Governor Makinde in Ibadan, said they were highly appreciative of the outstanding role the governor has played in the party. The party leaders also pledged their unflinching loyalty to the leadership of Governor Makinde in the South West PDP, adding that his leadership style was exemplary.

Governor Makinde and the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, have both been claiming the leadership of the party in recent times.

We’ll Defeat APC In Kebbi – PDP Chair

The Kebbi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed optimism of wresting power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.

The state chairman of the party, Haruna Sa’idu, stated this on Sunday while receiving a chieftain of APC, Abdulmalik Halliru Milton, who defected to PDP in Birnin Kebbi.

He said, “If people of Milton’s political calibre, who after assisting APC to clinch power in the state, could pitch his tent with PDP, it means PDP is on its way to taking over power from the under-performing APC government in the state.” Sa’idu, also berated members of the state assembly for what he described as allowing the state governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, to take them for a ride.

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