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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 30 March, 2021 Edition)

Governor Godwin Obaseki

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Election tribunal dismisses petitions against Obaseki

The Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Monday affirmed the victory of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, in the September 19, 2020 governorship poll in the state by dismissing of all petitions filed against him and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

Five political parties had filed petitions against the declaration of Obaseki as the winner of the election. But the Justice Yunusa Musa-led three-man tribunal, while‎ delivering judgment on the petitions in Benin, unanimously dismissed all the petitions filed by the aggrieved parties for lack of merit.

The tribunal held that the petitioners could not substantiate their respective claims and awarded the sum of N200,000 each to the Independent National Electoral Commission, Obaseki, Philip Shaibu against one of the petitioners, Allied Peoples Movement.

Nigerians tired of fasting, introduce stimulus, Tinubu tells FG

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says Nigerians are tired of fasting, adding that the Federal Government must introduce a stimulus package rather than preaching austerity.

Tinubu said this at the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium held in commemoration of his 69th birthday in Kano on Monday.

Speaking at the event with the theme, ‘Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative of National Cohesion for Growth and Prosperity,’ the former governor of Lagos said the United States had released a stimulus package of $1.9tn to its citizens and more was on the way, adding that such was the way to go.

Some terrorists operating as bandits, Kidnappers, fund operations with ransoms – Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Monday said there was a correlation between insurgency in the north-eastern part of the country and banditry as well as kidnapping in the North-West and South-West respectively.

He claimed that the same set of people were responsible for the crimes, adding that the masterminds used the ransom they collected from kidnapping in other parts of the country to fund insurgency in the North-East.

Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, disclosed these in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

PDP attacks APC over alleged N25tn missing fund, demands probe

The Peoples Democratic Party has expressed shock over the alleged disappearance of a fresh N10.1tn from the national treasury.

A statement by the party’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was clear that corruption was on the increase under the Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) Presidency. Part of the statement reads, “Our nation has again been jolted by reports in the public space that a whooping N9.6tn ($20 bn) and another N500bn belonging to the Treasury Single Account (TSA), have been reportedly missing and allegedly diverted to APC interests.

“This fresh N10.1trn scandal is beside the earlier N15 trn, reportedly stolen by APC leaders from various government agencies, including the stealing of N9.3tn as detailed in the leaked NNPC memo, bringing the sum looted in these cases to N25.1tn.

PDP suspends ex-gov Aliyu for working against Jonathan

The Peoples Democratic Party in Niger State has suspended a former governor of the state, Babangida Aliyu, over allegations of anti-party activities leading to cracks in the party since 2014.

According to a communique issued at the end of an emergency stakeholders’ meeting in Minna, on Monday, the suspension was as a result of six allegations which the party in Chanchaga Local Government Area of the found disturbing and inimical to the party’s progress.

The PDP, in a statement titled, ‘Notice of suspension of Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu from the PDP, Chanchaga LGA,’ also disclosed that the ex-governor worked against former President Goodluck Jonathan and the party’s governorship candidate in the state, Alhaji Umar Nasko, by supporting and funding the opposition All Progressives Congress in 2015 with the sum of N450m to defeat his own party.

Tinubu and I have come long way in promoting democracy – Atiku

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, says he has gone a long way with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, in restoring and promoting democracy in Nigeria.

He said this in a series of tweets to congratulate Tinubu on his 69th birthday.

He wrote: “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu @AsiwajuTinubu and I have come a long way in the common mission to restore and promote democracy in Nigeria. On this special occasion of your birthday, I pray to the Almighty Allah to grant you long life and more vigour to keep the march on in the quest for good governance and a better life for our people. Congratulations, dear friend and brother.”

Buhari leaves for London medical holiday today as doctors set for strike

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors on Monday insisted on its plan to begin a nationwide strike on Thursday, saying the Federal Government was not sincere in implementing agreements.

The First Vice-President of the NARD, Dr Arome Adejo, who spoke on behalf of the President of the association, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja, said government failed to implement an agreement it reached with the doctors at a meeting held three weeks ago.

But while the Federal Government was trying to convince the doctors not to go on strike, the Presidency said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would travel to London on Tuesday for medical treatment.

Bayelsa issues 14-day deadline for herdsmen to ranch cattle

The Bayelsa State Livestock Management Committee has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and other operators to move their livestock out of the state.

Chairman of the 23-man committee and Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr David Alagoa, said this in an interview with journalists after a meeting between the committee and some South-South chapters of the MACBAN at the Ministry on Saturday.

He warned that at the expiration of the notice, the committee would impound cows as movement by foot either at night or day would not be tolerated in the state.

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