Author: Quadri Idowu

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressive Congress have appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Central Bank of Nigeria allow both old and new Naira notes exist for some more time. This was the kernel of the discussion with the president who hosted them at the presidential villa on Friday. Governor of Kaduna State Nasir el-Rufai stated this when he addressed journalists shortly after the meeting of the Governors with the President. There have been uproar over the cashless policy and the complications arising from the redesign of the Naira by the apex bank. NPO…

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President Muhammadu Buhari is in a closed door meeting with governors elected on the platform of the All Progressive Congress today at the presidential villa. The meeting, NPO Reports learnt, was to douse tension within the party over doubts over the support of the president for its presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. The meeting is holding at the State House in Abuja. Governors present in the meeting are that of Ebonyi, Ogun, Imo, Zamfara, Kebbi, Yobe, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, and Niger. Details later…

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By Halimah Olamide The Director of Social Media of the All Progressive Congress Campaign Council, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, on Friday rained curses on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele. Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister, was again ventilating his anger over the redesign of the Nigerian currency, the Naira and the attendant economic woes it has brought on Nigerians. According to Fani-Kayode, “History and posterity will punish Godwin Emefiele and those behind this orchestrated mess and conspiracy.” He said “Those that sent them on this errand of destruction will also be judged.” He also that “Their…

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By Safiu Kehinde Residents of Obakran/Oremerin area of Mile 12 on Thursday refused to be caught off guard as they resorted to self-help following a fire outbreak on the community’s transformer. As seen in a circulated video, the fire incident which reportedly occurred earlier this afternoon saw the residents sprouting into action in an effort to quench the fire before the arrival of the firefighters. According to an eyewitness who simply gave his name as Adewale Imoh, the transformer went ablaze shortly after the restoration of power. “They brought light and suddenly, we just saw the transformer bringing out fire.…

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By Halimah Olamide A 20-year old apprentice, Josiah Godwin, has allegedly killed his master, Savior Joseph and dumped his corpse in a well at Imafon Community in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that trouble started when the deceased, who specialised in fixing POP asbestos, smashed the apprentice’s phone on the floor over an unsettled dispute. While narrating the incident to newsmen in Akure on Thursday, the elder brother of the deceased, Odey Julius, said the body of the 27-year old deceased was found four days ago in a well at the…

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By Halimah Olamide The Prof. Pat Utomi-led Big Tent Coalition of political parties and civil society groups for Obi-Datti has called for a further extension of the Feb. 5 deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). The coalition, on Thursday, in Lagos, also appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to engage private sector in the distribution of the PVCs) to registered voters. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group is rooting for the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi and his running mate, Dr Yusuf Datti. Utomi, the leader, National Consultative…

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By Halimah Olamide The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers, says it is really to conduct a mock accreditation to test run the functionality of the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) devices. Mr Mark Usulor, Head, Department of Voter Education and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, in Port Harcourt, on behalf of Dr. Johnson Alalibo, the Residents Electoral Commissioner. Usulor, explained that the mock accreditation, slated for Saturday, would test the functionality of BVAS devices ahead of the general elections in Rivers. According to him, the exercise shall hold between 8.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. in…

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The Sokoto State All Progressives Council campaign team has reemphasised it’s commitment to embark on an electioneering campaign without violence in spite of alleged provocation by the opposition in the state. Sen. Aliyu Wamakko gave the assurance in a statement by Dr Danladi Bako, the Chairman, Publicity, Sokoto State APC Campaign Council and member of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council Media Directorate, on Thursday. Wamakko spoke to newsmen after a caucus meeting on the outcome of a briefing by the heads of security agencies with political parties in the state, attended by State APC Chairman, Isa Achida. He rejected insinuations…

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By Ehi Braimah On Channels television last Wednesday during the station’s Daily Sunrise morning show, Nasir el-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state, confirmed the suspicion of many people when he disclosed that there are fifth columnists within Aso Villa that are working against the interest of their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the upcoming presidential election. As el-Rufai explained without naming names, power brokers in the Villa and their collaborators want APC to lose the presidential election holding on February 25 because their preferred candidate did not win the primary conducted in June last year. Well, as you…

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The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) on Thursday, endorsed Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) as its preferred candidate for Feb. 25 Presidential Election. Former President-General, Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, said this at an extraordinary meeting of the forum comprising Afenifere, Ohaneze-Ndigbo, Middle Belt forum and Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) in Abuja on Thursday. “We have declared that all members of the various organisations have thrown their full weight behind Peter Obi/Ahmed Datti to be President and Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the banner of the Labour Party. “They have pledged to work…

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