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Bello, Umahi, best candidates to rule Nigeria – Speakers
Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Mathew Kolawole, has described Governor Yahaya Bello, as the best person to lead Nigeria come 2023. Kolawole said this when he led seven of his colleagues to solicit the support of their counterparts in Ebonyi State.
He explained that the North-Central and South-East regions deserve to produce the next President and Vice President of Nigeria as they were the most marginalised since the return of democracy in 1999. According to him, Governor David Umahi’s decision to join the All Progressives Congress, was in the best interest of the South- East.
“Your people will benefit more. We in Kogi House have a robust relationship with the executive arm. For best functionality you need cordiality with other arms. Our governor is the youngest and doing well, including in the area of security. We have borders with nine states. We have passed a vote of confidence on him. We went further to look at the geopolitical zone in the country. We passed the resolution that our governor should be the first to contest the presidency in 2023. The Kogi Speaker said a combination of Bello as President and Umahi as Vice President was all Nigeria needed to build on the achievements of the current regime.
PDP woos Okorocha as ex-gov lampoons APC, plans party
The Senator representing Imo West and former governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, on Monday took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, saying the party was hurriedly formed to hijack power from the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015.
Okorocha, in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said he and other progressive-minded politicians were perfecting a plan to form a new political movement.
But the PDP appealed to the former governor to return to the opposition party instead of making the mistake he made in 2014.
Telcos submit 43 million NINs to NIMC for verification
About 43 million National Identity Numbers have been submitted by telecommunication companies to the National Identity Management Commission for verification in order to have them registered with their respective Subscriber Identification Modules.
Also, as the deadline for telephone subscribers with NINs to register their SIMs with the identity numbers elapsed today (January 19, 2021), operators have said that SIMs with unlinked submitted NINs would not be blocked.
It was also gathered that so far the NIMC had been able to provide about 45 million NINs, as it was able to register about two million people in the last one month after the Federal Government ordered citizens to register their SIMs with valid NINs.
Director demoted by Magu emerges as head of EFCC Academy
A Director with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ayo Olowonihi, has been appointed as the Commandant of the EFCC Academy, the EFCC has said. Olowonihi, who was on Grade Level 17 was suspended by the then acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, in 2015, and demoted to Grade 16 in 2017.
The aggrieved director subsequently instituted a case against the EFCC before the National Industrial Court. According to court documents, Olowonihi said Magu had on November 19, 2015, summoned him to his office accusing him of being behind some damning online publications on the activities of the commission and against the person of the chairman.
He said on Magu’s directive, he was interrogated, his official computer taken away, while he two phones were seized, adding that his office, after being thoroughly searched by a team of detectives and policemen, was sealed. The plaintiff further stated that while interrogation was still on, Magu demoted him as commandant and redeployed him.
Obaseki presented two UI certificates, forensic expert alleges
A forensic expert, Raphael Onwuzuligbo, on Monday told an Edo Election Petitions Tribunal that Governor Godwin Obaseki presented two different University of Ibadan degree certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission in 2016 and 2020.
Onwuzuligbo, a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, testified as a subpoena witness in the case filed by the Action Democratic Party, and its governorship candidate, Iboi Emmanuel, who are challenging the victory of Obaseki on the claim that he was not qualified to contest the election on alleged certificate forgery and perjury. Under cross-examination by the counsel for the respondents, the retired police officer noted that the UI’s certificate presented by Obaseki in 2016 was different from the one he presented to INEC in 2020.
The party prayed the tribunal to disqualify Obaseki over the alleged controversial UI certificate and nullify the votes cast for him, thereby ordering INEC to conduct a fresh election involving all other qualified governorship candidates, excluding PDP and Obaseki.
Amotekun alleges Oyo Okada operators working for kidnappers
The Chairman of the Oyo State Security Network, aka Amotekun Corps, Col. Kunle Togun (retd.), has said most commercial motorcyclists in the state are spies for kidnappers and bandits who infiltrated the South-West through the various porous borders in the country.
The Amotekun chief made the disclosure during an interview with journalists at his office in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday.
Toogun said investigation showed that the foreigners, who were ferried with trailers into Oyo State during the COVID-19 lockdown, could not speak any Nigeria language but French.
Religious fanatics twisting Kukah’s statement to divert attention – Soyinka
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has faulted critics of the Christmas speech of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, saying they are religionists diverting attention from the cleric’s central theme.
The playwright said he had studied the transcript as reported in the media and found nothing in the speech that denigrated Islam.
He, however, noted that he was not among the most religion besotted inhabitants of the globe, saying that alone, he was told, disqualified him from commenting on the subject.
2023: Why we are forming new political movement -Okorocha
The agitation for the 2023 Presidency thickened on Monday with a former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, announcing the plan to form a new political movement in Nigeria.
Okorocha, representing Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, said himself and other progressive-minded politicians were perfecting the plan as a result of the silent agitations and complaints across the country against the current state of the nation.
According to him, from the body language of the Nigerians, it was obvious that they were not satisfied with what was on ground in Nigeria. The Senator, who is a founding member of the All Progressives Congress, unfolded the plans in an interview with journalists in Abuja.
Mr. Joseph Simeon is an Editor/Content Creator at Naija Buzz News. He is an experienced content creator. He currently leads a small group of talented writers at Naija Buzz News. He previously served as the Relationship Editor at 1Push.Ng. He studied Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State, before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna for his Advance Studies in Public Administration. Simeon loves and enjoys playing football.