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As the Peoples  Democratic Party, PDP kicks off its presidential campaigns in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State today, the party’s candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, may have decided to move on with or without the involvement of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and some of his allies.  Mr Abraham Chila, leader of Ward2Ward4Atiku, a leading grassroots group mobilising support for Atiku, said Benue State and the North-Central will resist attempts to remove Ayu, saying the PDP national chairman will not be sacrificed like Chief Audu Ogbeh, who was forced out as PDP leader in the past. This is coming as more details…

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“We were able to have a very tangible commitment from the MDAs that going forward, we are going to have a lot of collaboration with Youth Development Cluster, National Youth Council of Nigeria; and we will collaborate with the various Directorates of Youth Development in the MDAs for onward transmission of Youth-based development programme so that we can create a data process for this event”.

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By Ndubuisi Emedosi Helen Keller captures it succinctly when she opines thus: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. The unity of dear country Nigeria right now should not be a luxury, but a necessity. Otherwise, she will go limping till we wear our thinking caps and carefully select a leader that will ignite the oneness of heart and purpose to emancipate our country, which stands wounded by many years of cumulative leadership failure. This leadership failure has resulted to a dysfunctional system that is almost peeling off our skin. Quite unfortunately, our current dysfunctional…

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered an investigation into the killing of a 14-year-old girl during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally in Ojota The PUNCH had reported that a drink seller, Jumoke Oyeleke, was killed by bullets reportedly fired by a security operative dispersing Yoruba Nation agitators at Ojota, Lagos State. The bullets ripped open the 14-year-old victim’s stomach. But the Lagos State Police Command A statement issued by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, said the security and well-being of citizens are of importance to the government. Part of the statement read, “We commiserate with the…

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Dennis Naku One hundred and fifty years into its existence, the ancient Opobo kingdom, an island in Rivers State, can now be accessed by road, following the inauguration of a section of the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo Unity Road by Governor Nyesom Wike. The mood in the ancient and historic kingdom of King Jaja of Opobo on Saturday was euphoric, as an ecstatic crowd thronged the road, cheering Wike for completing the road connecting the island to the mainland of the state. The governor, in his address to Opobo, Nkoro, Ogoni and Andoni indigenes at Opobo New Layout, described the completion of the…

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Leke Baiyewu 26 June 2021 The Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation has issued seven queries on the audited accounts of the Nigerian Ports Authority in 2017. The queries include standalone financial statements, non-current assets (depreciation, addition to fixed assets, property, plant and equipment, and interest in joint ventures), current assets (cash and cash equivalent, trapped fund in Enterprise Bank, inventories, trade receivables, etc.), liabilities, statement of profit and loss, and other comprehensive income, expenditures and administrative expenses. The Auditor General, Adolphus Aghughu, in an audit report sent to the National Assembly, dated May 24, 2021, a copy of…

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Tony Okafor, Awka The All Progressives Grand Alliance has condemned the circulation of posters purporting that former Central Bank governor, Chukwuma Soludo, will be the running mate to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 presidential election. The National Coordinator of APGA Media Warriors, Chinedu Obigwe, at a press conference in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Monday, described the act as the handwork of desperate politicians. The posters titled, “The Great Alliance: PDP & APGA. Atiku /Soludo as President and Vice President 2023,” were displayed along the Wuse Area and the Airport Road in Abuja, the nation’s capital.…

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John Alechenu, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress and its leaders are behind the ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria. The opposition party accused the ruling party of seeking to stifle free speech in an attempt to vanquish Nigerians. This was contained in a statement titled, ‘APC Behind Twitter Ban and Moves to Suppress Nigerians,’ signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan. Ologbondiyan explained that the PDP had information about “how APC leaders at one of their party’s national caucus meeting recommended the regulation of social media in Nigeria and how…

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Segun Adewole Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has condemned “the patently unlawful and unconstitutional directive by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to all broadcast stations in the country to suspend the patronage of Twitter with immediate effect.” The NBC had issued the order in line with the Federal Government’s suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria over purported use of the platform for “activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria.” But SERAP in a statement today by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare stated, “This directive by the NBC is itself unlawful because it is based on another…

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Olalekan Adetayo 7 June 2021 The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, on Monday, ordered the suspension of issuance of police permits to owners of vehicles with tinted glass nationwide. He also directed that the issuance of spy number plates be put on hold. Baba gave the directives at the Nigeria Police Force headquarters in Abuja. It is believed that the measures are parts of efforts being put in place to curtail the worsening security challenges across the country. Details later…

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