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EXCLUSIVE: How Ajimobi Lost His Bid To Install His Principal Private Secretary As Next Oyo Speaker

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Had Abiola Ajimobi, the outgoing Governor of Oyo State, won his Oyo South senatorial election, he would have gone all out to ensure the emergence of Seyi Adisa, his 34-year-old Principal Private Secretary, as Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly. However, Ajimobi lost the election, polling 92,579 votes while Kola Balogun, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 105,720, meaning the speakership project was well and truly over even before it had actually begun.  Had he won, though, there would have been one final hurdle: Adebayo Adelabu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state, would have kicked against it, as he wanted Asimiyu Alarape, a former Speaker of the assembly between 1999 and 2003, who had also been a member of many politi...

After Failing To Conduct LG Polls For Two Years, Akeredolu Set To Create LCDAs As ‘Sweet Juice’ To Loyalists

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In an apparent move to compensate many party loyalists who are yet to get any "sweet juice" in his two-year-old government, Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has shown his intention to create some Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state. The decision to create the LCDAs is coming after Akeredolu was lambasted for failing to conduct elections into the council areas of the state.  Making his intentions known in Ode-Irele, Irele Local Government Area of the state, on Monday, Akeredolu said the LCDAs would help bring people of the grassroots closer to the government at the centre.  SaharaReporters gathered that the Governor was visiting some towns in the state for a "thank you visit" to kick off his statewide tour when he declared his intentions. He said the LCD...

Chidi Lloyd Apologises To Buhari, Tells Magnus Abe To ‘Take His Sanctimony To The Dogs’

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Chidi Lloyd, Director-General of the Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, has apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari for lashing out against him with negative criticism. Lloyd also accused Magnus Abe, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, of conniving with Nyesom Wike, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to scuttle APC’s chances in the state, telling him to "take his sanctimonious demeanour to the dogs". He further berated Abe for attempting to coat his personal views as those of Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, and a leader of the APC in the state. In a statement he issued over the weekend, Lloyd noted that he is an adult, capable of making personal comments on the state of the nation. The

‘Ballot Paper Nonsense’ — Nigerians In The Diaspora Reject Buhari’s Reelection

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Nigerians in the Diaspora under the platform of the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria (GCSDN) have rejected the outcome of the presidential election that saw President Muhammadu Buhari win a second term in office. Speaking on behalf of the coalition, Frederick Odorige, the Global Coordinator, said the election was “ill-fated” and the worst that he had seen since he was born. The group cited the “militarisation of the elections”, as well as the violence that marred the process. A presentation made by Odorige on Youtube read: “The election was marred by killing, apparent rigging, ballot box snatching and destruction of ballot papers by hired thugs. It was highly militarized by soldiers loyal to Muhammadu Buhari. An election that culminates in the killing of 47 un

BREAKING: APC Pulls Down Giant Broom At Abuja City Gate

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The gigantic broom symbolising the All Progressives Congress (APC), constructed at the City Gate in Abuja, has been dismantled. The construction of the broom project, which signifies the APC logo and was done with iron rods, came to limelight in February. There was another giant broom constructed at the Unity Fountain, also in Abuja. The project had been widely criticised at the time it was mounted, a few days to the general election. However, on Friday, SaharaReporters saw construction workers disassembling the projects at the two locations. Many Nigerians had condemned the project as a waste of resources, especially as Nigeria is not a one-party nation. The Federal Capital Territory Development Authority (FCDA) was also not left out of criticism for permitting the party to use the...

BREAKING: Court Restrains INEC From Conducting Supplementary Governorship Election In Adamawa

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A state High Court sitting in Yola has issued an order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting supplementary governorship election in Adamawa State. Justice Abdulaziz Waziri of State High Court 4 gave the order following a motion ex parte filed by Movement of  Restoration for Defence of Democracy (MRPD), claiming that it's party logo was excluded from the ballot paper for the March 9 governorship election conducted in the state. However, a seasoned constitutional lawyer, Sunday Wugiri, told SaharaReporters that "though the order is valid for now, the court lacks jurisdiction to grant it”. “Only a Federal High Court can entertain any matter that concerns federal institutions like INEC,” he added. At a press briefing in Yola on Wednesday, the Pe

Taraba Govt Relaxes Curfew

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The Taraba State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew it imposed on Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, on Tuesday. The curfew will now be from dusk to dawn, running from 6pm to 4am, until further notice. On Tuesday, the 24-hour order was issued in a statement by Bala Dan Abu, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, to prevent breakdown of law and order in the state capital after the announcement of governorship elections results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). With the new directive, business activities are expected to resume and civil servants are to report to their duty posts. Politics News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  originally from sahararepor...

EXCLUSIVE: El-Rufai Leads Four APC Governors To Discuss Inconclusive Elections With Buhari

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Five All Progressives Congress (APC) governors led by Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State are currency having a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, SaharaReporters can report.  The meeting, which is at the instance of el-Rufai, is aimed at pressuring the President to help save the Governors of Adamawa, Kano, Bauchi and Plateau state from humiliating ouster, SaharaReporters learnt. Joining el-Rufai at the meeting are Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Yahya Bello (Kogi) and Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa) A presidency source told SaharaReporters that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to join the meeting shortly. The source said el-Rufai's team will try to convince the President that "if the governors of Adamawa, Plateau, Kano an...

BREAKING: APC Beats PDP By A Gap Of Over 1.1m Votes To Clinch Borno Governorship

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Babagana Umara-Zulum, a Professor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been declared winner of the Borno State governorship election. Zulum polled 1,175, 440 votes to defeat Mohammed Imam, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second with a meagre 66,115 votes. This is some astounding victory, as the margin between Umara-Zulum and Imam is precisely 1,109,325 votes. Umara-Zulum is the anointed of outgoing Governor of the state, Kashim Shettima, who appointed him into his cabinet as a commissioner. #NigeriaDecides Elections Politics Breaking News News AddThis :  Featured Image :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  originally from saharareporters.com