Author: Ifeanyi N.

Delta State Governor, Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, presented a comprehensive N714.4 billion appropriation bill for the upcoming 2024 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly on Wednesday. Governor Oborevwori outlined the budget, named ‘Budget of Hope and Optimism,’ which allocates N316.6 billion (44%) for recurrent expenditure and N397.9 billion (56%) for capital expenditure. In his address, the governor emphasized that this proposal, his first since taking office, is designed to drive sustainable economic growth, boost investments and productivity, improve the ease of doing business, and foster ample opportunities for citizen participation in the economy. Addressing specific allocations, Oborevwori detailed, “In…

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State has officially handed a Certificate of Return to Rauf Age-Suleiman, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, reaffirmed as the legitimate winner of the March 18 Amuwo-Odofin Constituency II House of Assembly election by the Court of Appeal. Professor Ayobami Salami, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), presided over the presentation of the certificate on Wednesday. During the ceremony, Salami encouraged Age-Suleiman to contribute to the growth of his constituency and Nigeria as a whole, extending congratulations and prayers for wisdom in his responsibilities. “Nothing but prayers has made this a possibility. I…

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has raised allegations against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), accusing it of obstructing access to election materials used in the November 11 governorship election in Kogi State. Following a directive from the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, INEC was ordered to grant SDP access for forensic assessment of the election materials. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Director of New Media for Muri/Sam Campaign Council/SDP, Isaiah Davies Ijele, expressed frustration, claiming that INEC had refused to comply with the court order. The statement highlighted, “Yesterday, on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, our forensic experts visited…

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Dino Melaye, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the recently concluded Kogi governorship poll, has unequivocally declared his decision not to contest the electoral victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on November 11, citing a loss of confidence in the judiciary. In a statement made on Wednesday, Melaye expressed his skepticism, asserting that the judiciary no longer serves as the last hope for ordinary Nigerians but has become a department under the control of the All Progressives Congress. “Judiciary is no longer the last hope of the ordinary people; it’s now a department under the All Progressives Congress,”…

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A coalition comprising 100 pro-democracy groups has expressed satisfaction with the Appeal Court’s decision, which solidified Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s election triumph in Rivers State. In a unanimous ruling on Tuesday, the Appeal Court upheld the verdict of the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal, dismissing four appeals challenging Governor Fubara’s victory. Petitions lodged by Tonye Cole (All Progressives Congress), Beatrice Itubo (Labour Party), Innocent Ekwu (Allied People‚Äôs Movement), and Lulu Briggs Dumo (Accord Party) were all rejected by the Tribunal. Undeterred, the opposition parties pursued the matter to the Appeal Court, where the initial decision was confirmed. Governor Fubara, representing the…

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, affirmed the crucial importance of the current administration not failing the Nigerian people during President Bola Tinubu’s presentation of the 2024 appropriation bill. Addressing the assembly, Abbas acknowledged the challenging circumstances faced by millions of citizens, stressing that the government must provide swift and sustainable solutions to alleviate the difficulties faced by the people. “It is a well-known reality that millions of citizens are going through really difficult times. For this reason, they also look to the Tinubu-led government to provide quick and sustainable solutions,” stated Abbas. Highlighting President Tinubu’s antecedents and…

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Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun announced on Tuesday during a working visit to Adamawa State that he has obtained President Bola Tinubu’s approval for the recruitment of 30,000 policemen annually. This significant increase, triple the previous annual recruitment of 10,000 under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, aims to address the overworking of police officers, according to the IGP. Egbetokun acknowledged the challenges faced by police officers, stating, “I know that as of today in Nigeria, one policeman does the job of two to three officers. I know how you are being overburdened.” Highlighting the evolution of…

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Senate President Godswill Akpabio asserted on Wednesday that Nigeria has achieved a milestone in 24 years that the United States took 185 years to accomplish. He made this declaration during the 2024 budget presentation by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the joint session of lawmakers at the National Assembly. Akpabio emphasized the strategic positions held by former senators in the executive, fostering a robust relationship between the two arms of government. He noted that having ex-lawmakers in key executive roles ensures not only a necessary, but a symbiotic relationship, where they will collaborate closely. “Mr. President, the United States of…

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In the aftermath of the Court of Appeal’s turnaround affirming Governor Abdullahi Sule as the victor in the 2023 Nasarawa State governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) issued a call on Tuesday for the Supreme Court to meticulously scrutinize the recent judgment. The state election petitions tribunal had initially ousted Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on October 2, declaring David Ombugadu of the PDP as the rightful winner. However, the appellate court overturned this decision, asserting that the tribunal had erred in recomputing votes, reinstating Sule as the governor. Stella Oboshi, PDP women leader in the state,…

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State officially awarded a Certificate of Return to Rauf Age-Suleiman, the APC candidate, following the Court of Appeal’s confirmation of his victory in the March 18 Amuwo-Odofin Constituency II House of Assembly election. Presenting the certificate on Wednesday, Prof. Ayobami Salami, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), congratulated Age-Suleiman and urged him to contribute to the growth of both his constituency and Nigeria at large. Salami, in his address, invoked prayers for Age-Suleiman, asking for divine wisdom to guide his actions. Age-Suleiman expressed gratitude for the justice served through the legal process and…

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