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Two Edo APC Lawmakers Join PDP
Two members of the Edo State House of Assembly who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The lawmakers said they defected following the division in the APC in their respective local governments. Following the defection, PDP now has nine members while APC has one in the 10-man house of assembly.
The Speaker of the assembly, Marcus Onubu, read letters announcing the defection of the lawmakers; Yekini Idaiye (Akoko-Edo 1) and Nosayaba Okunbor (Orhionmwon East).
IGP Adamu Meets Senior Officers, Hints On Exit
Retiring Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Monday, met with senior police officers at the Louis Edet House, headquarters of the police in Abuja, and briefed them over the intricate succession crisis.
Adamu, who was officially due for retirement on Monday, did not hand over the reins of leadership as of the time of filing this report last night.
Daily Trust reported on Monday that Adamu is unlikely to get extension for the job, despite his lobby as the President Buhari was said to be perusing a shortlist. Amidst the confusion, the Presidency, on Monday, assured that there would not be a vacuum in the position. A spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, who gave the assurance, however, did not say when a decision will be taken by the president.
Strike: FG Meets SSANU, NASU Leaders Tuesday
The representatives of the federal government and the leadership of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) will Tuesday meet over planned nationwide strike declared by the unions.
Daily Trust reports that the minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, will lead government’s delegation while the President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim Haruna will lead the unions to the meeting.
It would be recalled that the university workers under the aegis of Joint Action Committee, had vowed to paralyse academic activities on various campuses starting next Friday, February 5, over alleged injustice on sharing formula of N40bn Earned Allowance. Other contentious issues raised non-payment minimum wage arrears, inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), delay in the renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members among others.
Money Laundering: Kalu To Be Re-Arraigned On Tuesday
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will on Tuesday re-arraign a former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, over alleged diversion of funds, sources said on Monday.
Kalu was on December 5, 2019, convicted and sentenced to 12-year imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Lagos on a 39-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N7.6bn during his tenure as governor between 1999 and 2007.
Kalu’s co-defendants, Slok Nigeria Ltd and a former Director of Finance of the Abia State Government House, Jones Udeogu challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in Lagos to conduct the trial after the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal, returned to conclude the proceedings.
Igboho Storms Ogun Troubled Areas, Says Killer Herdsmen Must Vacate
The Yoruba self-acclaimed activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, on Monday stormed troubled areas in Yewaland, Ogun State, insisting that killer – herdsmen must vacate Yorubaland.
Daily Trust reports that Igboho had recently visited Fulani settlement in Igangan, Oyo State, where he ‘displaced’ the Seriki Fulani, Saliu Abdulkadir and his household, a development which had attracted hues and cries nationwide.
Igboho alongside his supporters had stormed Abeokuta, the state capital, in continuation of his campaign against the suspected killer-herdsmen in the Southwest. The self-acclaimed activist who stopped briefly in the state capital headed to some trouble areas in Yewaland in Ogun West Senatorial district. Igboho also visited some other troubled areas including Eggua, Asa and Eseluland following their plights in the hands of herdsmen. While addressing his followers in Abeokuta, he insisted that killer – herdsmen must be flushed out of Yorubaland.
Zamfara APC Crisis: Buni Reconciles Yari, Marafa
Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, yesterday, met with the two factional leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State to end the lingering crisis rocking the party in the state.
Buni, who chairs the caretaker committee of the APC met with the two factional leaders at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
The feud between the two leaders cost APC in Zamfara State the 2019 general elections when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) grabbed the entire seats following a Supreme Court judgement.
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