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INEC to PDP, others: WE WONT DROP ZAKARI as collation centre chair
Sat, 05 Jan 2019

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THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday declared that it would not drop Hajiya Amina Zakari as Chairperson of the 2019 Elections Results Collation Committee. It said that contrary to fears in some quarters, Mrs. Zakari who is alleged to be a niece to the President will have nothing to do with the collation of the presidential poll results.

It said by law, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmud Yakubu is the Chief Electoral Commissioner and Returning Officer for the Presidential Election. Yakubu, according to the commission, cannot and will not delegate his responsibility as the Returning Officer to anyone no matter the circumstance. The position of INEC was made known by its Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Oluwole OsazeUzzi in an interview with our correspondent.

“We cannot and we won’t drop Amina Zakari as the chairperson of the Collation Centre Management Committee. She is only in charge of a committee to prepare the facility for the collation of results,” Osaze-Uzzi said. “She was also very involved in negotiating with the ICC management in 2015 for the use of the facility so her duty is to ensure the facility is ready.

She has no role whatsoever with the process of collation of results. “The job of the chairperson and other members is to make sure that the centre is conducive with internet access for INEC officials, representatives of political parties, international and local observers. “The committee has nothing to do with the process of compiling results. They are just blowing the scope of the committee out of proportion. It’s a needless controversy; not an issue at all.” Responding to a question, Osaze-Uzzi said: “By law, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu will superintend over the collation of results. He cannot assign the responsibility and he has not assigned the responsibility to anybody. “He is going to be in charge of collation of results. It is he who decides the validity of votes and any issues in the election as the Returning Officer.”

“INEC wants to reassure Nigerians that its chairman as the Chief Electoral Officers will be assisted by trusted Nigerians who he will appoint as collation officers in all the states.” Another source in INEC said: “Sections 27 and 28(2) of the Electoral Act spell out the collation and announcement of results and no single individual can hijack it. “In fact, those in charge of the elections are even expected to swear to an oath that they will be fair to all. “I think we should be careful in reading meanings and giving political colouration into every activity of INEC. Parties ought to be well-informed than other stakeholders.”

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Drama as Melaye surrenders to Police
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
AFTER eight days of a hide and seek game with the police, Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) yesterday gave himself up in Abuja. And in a dramatic fashion too.The senator who apparently had locked himself up in his high brow Maitama, Abuja residence on sighting the police penultimate Friday, voluntarily threw the gate open for them yesterday to come in, and immediately fell down in front of the waiting police team.He looked exhausted and had to be helped into a car that took him, in a long convoy t
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Suspected Boko Haram commander opens up on BLOODY EXPLOITS
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
A suspected top commander of the terror sect, Boko Haram, has opened up on his bloody exploits in the course of running different missions for the group. Umar Abdulmalik, who is now in the custody of the police following his arrest penultimate Thursday, has also told of how he joined the sect and how he masterminded bomb attacks and robberies in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Owo in Ondo State, and Lokoja, Kogi State. Abdulmalik was arrested in Lagos by operatives of the Inspector General
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Minimum wage: FG, Labour meeting inconclusive
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Negotiation between the Federal Government and organized labour on the N30,000 minimum wage remained inconclusive at the end of another round of meeting last night in Abuja.Both sides are scheduled to reconvene on Monday to take a final decision on the grey areas.Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, told reporters at the end of a five -hour long meeting yesterday that substantial progress had been made in the discussion and that all that is left is a final resolution.Ngige said there was no deadlock as
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Campaign flagoff tragedy:Tears as eight PDP supporters are buried
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
It was a sorrowful moment in Oju at the funeral rites of eight members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who died in a ghastly motor accident on Friday, 28th December, 2018 on their way to the Zone C senatorial campaign flag-off in Agatu. Representatives, candidates for various elections and party stalwarts, as well as bereaved family members, battled to hold tears as they took turns to give funeral orations at the combined church service.Governor Samuel Ortom in a funeral oration, described t
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Senate crisis: We ve agreed on ceasefire Ndume
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Members of the 8th Senate have agreed to put aside their differences and work in harmony for the progress of Nigeria, former Majority Leader, Alhaji Ali Ndume, (APC-Borno South), said yesterday.Ndume spoke with State House correspondents after leading the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Taraba State ,Mr. Sani Danladi, to a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa,Abuja.He said that Nigerians had been supportive of the National Assem
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Sack Amina Zakari from INEC, PDP tells NASS
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) yesterday charged the National Assembly to immediately commence the process of removing Mrs Amina Zakari from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).Zakari was on Thursday named the chairman of the Presidential Election Collation Centre Committee for the 2019 election, a development the main opposition party vehemently rejected.Spokesman for the PDP Campaign Organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan, told reporters in Abu
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Presidency: Zakari,not Buharis blood relation
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
The Presidency yesterday dismissed as a lie, claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),Hajiya Amina Zakari is a blood relation of President Muhammadu Buhari.The commission on Thursday named Mrs. Zakari chairperson of its 2019 Elections Results Collation Committee, prompting criticism from the party.The PDP rejected her appointment on the ground that she is a cousin of the president and would use her position t
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ACF to Labour leaders: dont truncate democracy
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday faulted the planned strike by organized labour 40 days to the commencement of the 2019 elections.The forum said while it is all for the wellbeing of workers, it is worried about the threat to industrial peace and harmony posed by the planned strike.Labour is mobilizing workers to commence a strike over the stalemate with government on the N30,000 new minimum wage.The ACF in a statement yesterday in Kaduna by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad
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Weve put a stop to pensioners dehumanization, says Buhari
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday in Abuja that his administration has put a stop to what he called the dehumanization of federal pensioners by ensuring prompt payment of their entitlements and backlog of arrears.He told a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners led by the acting president, Comrade Musa Ayuba Dallatu, at State House, Abuja, that retirees deserve timely payment of their emoluments, recognition, and respect for their work and dedication to the country during their ac
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At home with Dinos kinsmen on New Years Eve
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
On the orders of the presiding cleric at St. Peters Anglican Church, Ayetoro-Gbede, Kogi State, I found myself performing a task I had not prepared for on the eve of the New Year. I joined hundreds of other worshippers who converged on the church for what is now popularly known in Christian parlance as crossover service, to pray for Dino Melaye, the embattled senator from Kogi West.Concerned that the Abuja home of the senator had been under surveillance for days over the allegation that he attem
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PDP is lying on restructuring , says Salvador
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Moshood Salvador has said plan by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to restructure the country is an illusion.Addressing reporters in Lagos, said the PDPs campaign to restructure the country was not genuine. He said the party lacked the capacity to implement such programme.Salvador explained that the countrys political configuration made it impossible to restructure the country, stressing all sections must be involved.He advised those playin
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My frustration as a celebrated model Gabby Ibeabuchi
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Gabby Ibeabuchi is a celebrated model who has worked some notable brands over the years. He moved on to the corporate sector, banking to be specific before rediscovering his talents as a designer. Today, he has carved a niche for himself as the CEO of Twelve06, making clothes for Nigerian celebrities . In this interview with YETUNDE OLADEINDE, he talks about his passion, potentials among others. ExcerptsWhat should your clients expect from you in the new year ‘We had an amazing 2018. I have
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Flavour shuts down Anambra
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Highlife king Flavour Nabania has ended his year with a fun-filled, exciting concert in Anambra sponsored by Life Continental Beer.The show also featured other acts including the likes of Phyno, Chidinma, Obiligbo Brothers and Awilo Longomba.Flavour, who began his performance with a rendition of his fan-favorite song Oyi, electrified the stage as he thrilled fans all night long with his live instruments.The concert marked the end of a six-day period in which Life Beer provided southeasterners wi
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One lyrical shot at stardom
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Listening to Mannies dating-fever programme Say My Name on the popular Good Morning Nigeria show on Cool FM recently, a young guy, Briggs, called in, as is the tradition, wanting to be sure where he stood with his girlfriend, Sonia, who resides in Abuja. It became clear that Sonia preferred another guy, Michael, who not only shares proximity with her but who, apparently, was better loaded (if you know what I mean).Considering the manner in which Sonia, who was so unpretentious, dazzled the pre
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2Baba Drops new single Oyi to kickstart 2019
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Music superstar, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2Baba, has started off 2019 by dropping a new single titled Oyi.Oyi which is an Idoma word which means my guy/babe is a catchy pop song about making a long-term commitment to a lover.The single is a follow-up for the multiple award winning artistes 2018 smash hit single Amaka that dominated TV and radio charts in 2018. The video of the song is shot predominantly on a beach where people are seen frolicking from daylight to night time.
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AEN CALLS FOR SYNERGY AMONG ENTERTAINERS
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Africa Entertainment Network (AEN) has called for unity, synergy and networking among entertainers and between them and business professionals. This call was made by the AEN President, Mr. Emdee David Makezela during the unveiling of the platforms social networking website, www.africaentertainmentnetwork.com on December 15, 2018 at the Center for International and Professional Studies, CIAPS, Ikeja Lagos.The website enables every artiste to have a unique profile page where he/she can promote hi
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BURNA BOY SHUTS DOWN EKO CONVENTION WITH STAR LAGER
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
It was a night of fun as Burna Boy shut down Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. Thousands of music fans thronged the venue to watch the epic performances at the Burna Live Concert.The concert also witnessed performances by artistes like Davido, Wizkid, Tuface, Dbanj, Timaya, Duncan Mighty, and Patoranking with support from DJ Consequence and Dj Spinall.The show which was anchored by popular hype men Shoddy and Jimmy, saw Burna Boy mesmerize the audience while letting out hit tracks f
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Genevieve Nnaji celebrates 20 years in showbiz
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Nollywood Diva Genevieve Nnaji has marked 20 years in the Nigerian showbiz industry on New Year day.As a way of appreciating his fans, the multiple award-winning actress shared a picture of Lion Hearts script on Instagram, with a caption: As 2018 comes to an end, I mark 20 years in the art of film making.Im grateful for my life, journey, and growth thus far. Im happy I could celebrate with you through a product that embodied all of me, mentally and spiritually; for all of your pleasure. May 2019
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Winners emerge at Face of Okija pageant
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Twenty five year old contestants, Oluchi Blessing Nwizugbo and Unachukwu Chidi have emerged winners in the just concluded 2018 Face of Okija Cultural Pageant held in Okija, Anambra State.Oluchi, who won in the female category, is a graduate of History and International Relations from the Ebonyi State University while Chidi, winner in the male category is a graduate of Accounting from the Anambra State University.At the ceremony attended by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, renowned
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Unicyclists, others win at Lagos Grows Talents 2018
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
The Unicyclists group has emerged ultimate winner of the Lagos Grows Talent 2018 at the grand finale which took place at the One Lagos Fiesta on December 31, 2018.Three talented individuals won the ultimate cash prize. They scaled through auditions and different stages to clinch the top prizes after satisfying all the requirements and getting the most votes from both the audience and judges. The Unicyclists clinched the top prize of N1 million. The joy and excitement of the group could not be co
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Tiger Beer hosts biggest niche party of 2018
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
Tiger Beer has kicked off the Uncage Series by hosting the biggest niche party of 2018 on Saturday, December 29, 2018. The event which held at the African Artists Foundation, Victoria Island, Lagos, featured performances by Odunsi, Teni and other budding talents.Odunsi, who recently released an album and is already being considered as one of the pioneers of the alternative music genre rocked the party, while Teni who undoubtedly turned out to be the break-out star in Nigerian music in 2018, deli
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BCN, Google partner for free Abuja Wi-Fi
Sat, 05 Jan 2019
In a move to foster internet connection in Nigeria, Backbone Connectivity Network, in partnership with Google, has launched a free, high-speed and public Wi-Fi hotspot in Abuja.The station launch was kickoff of Googles intention to rollout free internet service in Northern Nigeria.It was launched in three strategic parts of the FCT, including Wuse Market, Enab Plaza and Banex Plaza.BCN owns and operates a network of over 2,000 km of fibre optic broadband cable having the largest broadband infras
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