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INEC Fixes Nov 6 For Anambra Gov’ship Poll
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 6, 2021 as the date for the conduct of the Anambra State Governorship election. INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye said this on Tuesday at the end of the management meeting of the commission.
According to him, the commission met on Tuesday, 19 January and deliberated on a wide range of issues including the issuance of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the conduct of the Anambra Governorship election.
He said that by virtue of Section 178(1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Section 25(7) & (8) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), election into the office of a State Governor shall hold not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office. “Constitutionally and statutorily, the tenure of the Governor of Anambra State will expire on the 17 March 2022 and the earliest date for the election into the office of Governor, Anambra State, shall be 18th October 2021 and the latest date for the election shall be 15th February 2022.”
Akeredolu’s Order To Herders: Presidency Calls For Restraint
The Presidency on Tuesday said Ondo State government would not act outside the Constitution in tackling crime.
A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said in a statement that “the Presidency has been keenly monitoring events occurring in Ondo State and the ‘orders’ by the government of the state, ‘asking herders to vacate the forests in seven days. He said the government of Ondo, and all the 35 others across the federation, must draw clear lines between criminals and law abiding citizens who must equally be saved from the infiltrators, adding that “beyond law and order, the fight against crime is also a fight for human values which are fundamental to our country.”
The reaction from the Presidency came after Governor Rotimi Akeredolu ordered Fulani herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in Ondo State within seven days.
COVID-19: First 100,000 Vaccine Doses To Arrive Nigeria In 2 Weeks -FG
The Federal Government has said that the first set of vaccines, expected from Pfizer is expected to arrive in the country by the end of January 2021.
The Executive Secretary, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said this on Tuesday in Abuja during the facility tour of the three new Ultra Cold Chain (UCC) and other storage facilities in preparation to receive the 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
Though he was not specific on the actual date for the arrival of the vaccines, he said government will leverage on the polio eradication programme in the country just as he acknowledged that the 100,000 doses are just a drop in the ocean. According to him, “they (vaccines) are going to be applied on 50,000 Nigerians, comprising frontline health workers and elites within the polity, particularly State Governors, traditional and religious leaders, among others and each recipient of the vaccine is also expected to take two doses.
12.3m Subscribers Await SIM Linkage With NIN
About 12.3 million active SIM cards are yet to be linked with their owners’ National Identity Numbers (NINs), Daily Trust reports.
This is as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) confirmed on Tuesday that a total of 47.8m phone users had supplied their NINs to telecom operators.
It was learnt that the over 12 million SIM cards were pending because most of the users do not have the national identity numbers.
No Plot To Impeach Gov Diri – Bayelsa Assembly
Bayelsa State House of Assembly has denied rumour of an alleged impeachment plot against the state governor, Senator Douye Diri. Addressing newsmen, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Tare Porri, said the house had never contemplated impeaching the governor.
There were reports that members of the state assembly are collating signatures to remove the governor over his alleged refusal to share N38 billion federal government refund to the state with them. But Porri, who represents Ekeremor Constituency 1, said the house cannot request for the sharing of the refund money meant for the development of the state.
“We want to warn those behind the rumour, those who think that they can just wake up and accuse the house that is made up of respected and honourable members representing 24 constituencies. It’s quite unfortunate that we have to gamble with this type of situation in this state. We have never contemplated that. The assembly is in partnership and synergy with the governor to move the state forward,” he said.
Kogi State Is A Potent Cure Of COVID-19 – Gov Bello
Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello has declared every inch of soil across Kogi state as a potent cure for COVD-19 pandemic. Bello who decried the activities of some “corporate and individuals who created and sold the virus as a means to rip off the unsuspecting countries” stressed that he has never believed in the existence of the pandemic.
He stated that some highly placed persons in government have made the nation a drain pipe , “siphoning resources meant for the development of critical infrastructures,” saying , he has refused to join the bandwagon to marketing the COVID-19.
According to him” Since the HIV/AIDS broke out in 1985 with its devastating blow on humanity, the drug manufacturers of the west could not till today come up with a vaccine. The highest they could achieve was supplements. Why, with less than a year of the outbreak of covid 19, the west and China have started jumping on themselves with their vaccines. One does not need a soothsayer to know that there is high level politics and marketing going across the globe” Bello said.
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