* Ondo poll: Akeredolu takes early lead, Jegede trails * Buhari may ignore Niger Delta elders’ demands

* Ondo poll: Akeredolu takes early lead, Jegede trails  * Buhari may ignore Niger Delta elders’ demands



Ondo poll: Akeredolu takes early lead, Jegede trails

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Rotimi Akeredolu, in the wee hours of Monday surged into an early lead as the Independent National Electoral Commission announced election results in some local government areas.

The LGA results announced by the electoral body included those of Ile Oluji/Oke Igbo, Akoko North-East, Ifedore and Irele, where Akeredolu coasted home to victory just as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede, won in Ondo-East LGA. Read more

Buhari may ignore Niger Delta elders’ demands

President Muhammadu Buhari may not act on the 16-point demand presented to him by elders of the Niger Delta until militants stop vandalising oil installations in the region, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.

Stakeholders from the region under the aegis of Pan Niger Delta Forum had, at a meeting with Buhari on November 1, presented 16 points that they claimed could help the Federal Government to achieve “quick wins” in the region. Read more

Igbo want presidency, not Biafra, says Iwuanyanwu

Politician and businessman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop treating the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kalu, as a hero.

Iwuanyanwu advised President Buhari not to treat the IPOB leader as an important personality by keeping him in detention for months but to quickly try him in court. Read more

I blocked Atiku from becoming president — Anenih

A former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, said he blocked ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from succeeding former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Anenih stated this in his book, titled ‘My Life and Nigerian Politics,’ which was presented in Abuja on Saturday.

Anenih, who served as the Minister of Works and Housing between 1999 and 2002, said Abubakar became too ambitious during the build-up to the 2003 presidential election in which Obasanjo was seeking a second term. Read more

Budget padding: EFCC screens Dogara, deputy, lawmakers’ asset forms

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is investigating no fewer than 65 persons, comprising mainly members of the National Assembly, for alleged padding of the 2016 budget.

It was learnt that some directors and other public officers in the various Ministries, Department and Agencies of the Federal Government were among the 65 suspects. Read more

Audu’s son withdraws from politics, honours late ex-gov

Mohammed, the eldest son of the late former Governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, has indicated his disinterest in politics, while vowing to uphold his father’s legacy.

Audu, speaking on Saturday in Ogbonicha during the activities to mark the first anniversary of his father’s death, said the newly-established Prince Abubakar Audu Foundation would focus on the continuation of his father’s legacy, particularly in the promotion of education, health and empowerment of women and youths. Read more

INEC, APC colluded to rig gov poll — Mimiko

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on Saturday said the Independent National Electoral Commission colluded with the All Progressives Congress to rig the election. He also complained that some card reader machines were not good  just  as he accused the APC and other opposition parties of inducing voters during the election.

Though the card reader rejected Mimiko’s fingerprint, he was allowed to vote at Unit 20 Ward 07 in the Ondo WestLocal Government Area of the state around 11.30am. This was after he filled the incident form given to him by INEC officials at the polling unit. Read more

Kidnappers kill retired Bayelsa principal after ransom payment

Suspected kidnappers in Bayelsa State have killed their victim, a 72-year-old retired school Principal, Chief Sunday Festus.

Festus, abducted since November 14, was reportedly murdered by his captors on Thursday, November 24, after his family paid an unspecified ransom for his release. Read more

‘Okorocha wrong to demolish ex-minister’s property’

Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Owerri branch, Lawrence Nwakaeti, has berated Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, for demolishing the building belonging to a former Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, for the second time in the guise of urban renewal project embarked upon by his government within the Owerri capital city.

Nwakaeti, who stated this in an interview, with journalists in Owerri, described the act as ‘petty’, adding that such proved that Okorocha was on vendetta mission against the former minister, who also contested the governorship during the 2015 general elections. Read more

My govt reviewing promises made — Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, said he has begun a review of the campaign promises made to the citizens of the state before his election on September 26.

Obaseki explained that he had started taking stock both at the Government House and the different ministries in the state to ascertain the amount of resources available to meet the promises. Read more

We’ve spent N50bn on airport project — Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has said his administration spent about N50bn on the state’s international airport project and other facilities within the project site.

He said the projects were a deliberate policy of his government to boost infrastructural development in order to attract foreign investment to shore up the state’s revenue. Read more

Tompolo’s Deal With NIMASA Risks Revocation

There are indications that the Federal Government might terminate the multibillion-dollar maritime surveillance contract between ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Government Tompolo’s firm and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Global West Vessel Specialists Limited GWVSL has an existing Public
Private Partnership PPP, agreement with NIMASA for surveillance and patrol of Nigeria’s waters, against oil theft, piracy, sea robberies and kidnapping. Read more

Only 4% of Nigerians have health insurance – NIPC

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Ms. Yewande Sadiku, has said about four per cent of 182 million Nigerians have formal health insurance.

This indicates that only 7.28 million Nigerians are registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme, leaving 174.92 million  without health cover. Read more

Price of local rice soars

In the face of soaring price of imported rice, the demand and consumption of locally produced rice has increased tremendously in recent time, just as farmers are smiling to the bank, due to the patronage they are enjoying.

A rice farmer in Asaba, Delta State, Mr. Raymos Guanah, who attested to the development, said local rice is now well-processed and cheaper than imported rice, leading to increased demand. “Nigerians are beginning to be more aware that there is so much difference between the locally-produced rice and the imported. Local rice is very nutritious. The rice we produced last year had been bought off and we have nothing left in stock.” Read more

Refineries get N162bn crude oil in eight months

Three of the four refineries in Nigeria have continued to receive high volumes of crude oil valued at billions of naira every month since the beginning of this year, despite their abysmal performance either individually or collectively.

Findings on Friday showed that although the three facilities got no crude delivery in the fourth quarter of 2015, they started receiving high quantity of crude oil in January 2016. Read more

Oil price may fall to $44, says Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said crude oil price may fall to $44 per barrel if the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries fails to reach a consensus this week.

The Federal Government has proposed a crude oil benchmark price of $42.5 per barrel for the 2017 budget, compared to this year’s $38 per barrel. Read more

FG Committed To Niger Delta Development – NDDC Boss

The Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, has reassured the people of Niger Delta region of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the development of the region.

Ekere, who spoke yesterday in Uyo, during the inauguration of the Akwa Ibom State caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said it was clear that Buhari had the best interest of the region at heart from the steps he has taken so far to solve regional problems. Read more

Save Our Businesses From Collapse, Hoteliers Beg Ambode

Hoteliers in Lagos State have appealed to Governor Akinwumi Ambode to grant them tax relief in order to save their businesses from imminent collapse as a result of the present economic challenges and multiple taxation.

Making the appeal, President, Lagos Hoteliers Association, Aare Tola Odunuga, lamented that multiple taxes by different agencies of government including local governments are having crippling effects on his members’ operations. Read more

Mailafia, others make case for social market economy

To salvage Nigeria’s economy, government should experiment with social market economy model, the former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia has said.

Social market economy is the model adopted by Germany in 1948, in the aftermath of the World War II, when her economy was in dire straits. Read more

Recession: PEFON urges govt to engage professionals

The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria, Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, has said that there are lots of professionals from various sectors that can help to proffer solutions to the economic recession affecting the country.

He said this during the induction ceremony of new members into the foundation in Lagos. Read more

AWCON 2016: Super Falcons thrash Kenya 4-0, face South Africa next

Nigeria’s Super Falcons finished as Group B leaders after beating Kenya 4-0 in their last group match of the ongoing 10th African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) tournament, by setting up a semi-final clash with South Africa’s Bayana Bayana.

Falcons opened scoring through Ngozi Okobi three minutes into the game; Faith Ikidi doubled the lead from a header in the 6th minute. Arsenal Ladies forward, Asisat Oshoala scored her sixth goal of the tournament in the 52nd minute, while super substitute striker Desire Oparanozie completed the rout for the Florence Omagbemi tutored side in the 88th minute, to end the match 4-0 at full time. Read more

Moses Winner Lifts Chelsea over Tottenham

Nigerian winger Victor Moses was the hero, scoring the winner as Chelsea stormed back from behind to end Tottenham Hotspur’s unbeaten Premier League record with a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge yesterday. The win propelled Antonio Conte’s soaring side back into top spot.

“This is my club. The manager gave me the opportunity to express myself and I’m pleased with how I’m doing,” Moses declared after the 2-1 win over Spurs. Read more

Civil Defence Back in the DStv League 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Defenders finally cemented their qualification to the DStv Premier Basketball league with a 67-47 points victory over Zamfara Shooter after three failed attempts to gain promotion from the National Division One championship.

The Defenders who were relegated in controversial circumstances in 2012   led from start to finish courtesy Joel Ijigba 18 points and a combined 17 points from Martins Ozege and EfeJonathan to ensure the team made it 7 wins out of seven. Read more

Cuba declares 9 days of mourning for Castro

Cuba will observe nine days of mourning for former President Fidel Castro, ending when his remains are interred on Dec. 4.

The bearded revolutionary who ruled Cuba for half a century died Friday night at age 90. Read more

President Hillary? Donald Trump in trouble after Democrats set to fight US election result

HILLARY Clinton will join forces with the Green party and challenge the result of the US election – sparking fears the failed Presidential candidate could usurp Donald Trump and storm the White House.

Clinton’s team mooted its support the recount in Wisconsin which has been plotted by Jill Stein – and would also help potential recounts in a further two key swing states. Read more

California mosques receive letters promising genocide, praising Trump

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called for increased police protection on mosques in California, after identical poison-pen letters were posted to three separate mosques on Wednesday.

The letters, which were reportedly sent from Santa Clarita, California, contain ominous warnings of genocide and praise president-elect Donald Trump. Read more























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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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