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BREAKING: Appeal court orders INEC to retain Bayelsa APC, governorship candidate on ballot

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An Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission not to remove the All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate, David Lyon, from the ballot, to enable him to participate in the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State slated for Saturday.

The court gave the order following an ex parte motion filed by counsel for the Bayelsa State governorship candidate, David Lyon on November 14, 2019.

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Late Ajimobi was a patriotic politician- Oyo NUJ

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The Oyo State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has described late Abiola Ajimobi as a patriotic and distinguished politician who impacted many Nigerians.
Mr. Ademola Babalola, the State NUJ Chairman, made the observation on Tuesday during a condolence visit to the widow of the late former governor in Ibadan.
The Newsmen reports that the late Ajimobi, who died on June 25, was buried at his Oluyole residence, Ibadan, on June 28.
Babalola said that Nigeria had lost a prominent figure whose impact would be missed at all levels, adding the late former governor was a successful politician in Oyo State and Nigeria.
“We have come here to commiserate with you over the demise of your husband. We are friends with Ajimobi’s family. He was a patriot and distinguished Nigerian.
“It was pleasant to be with him. We have lost a great man in Oyo State. It will take us 50 years before we can see someone like Ajimobi.
“He was the first person to have governed the state twice. We shall continue to remember him for good,” he said.
Babalola prayed that Almighty should forgive the shortcomings of the late Ajimobi and grant him eternal rest.
He also prayed that Almighty God grant the family, associates, and the people of the state the fortitude to bear the loss.
A daughter of the deceased, Mrs. Abisola Kola-Daisi, who spoke on behalf of the family, thanked the union for their love, support during and after the lifetime of their late father.
On the NUJ delegation were Mr. Sola Oladapo, the Secretary, Mr. Akeem Abas, the Treasurer, Mr. Kemi Olaitan, Mr. Raji Adebayo, Mr. Jeremiah Oke, Mrs. Dupe Fehintola, and Mr. Musiliudeen Adebayo, among others.
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Akande-Sadipe pays second tranche of N25M to indigent students

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Federal lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency and Chairperson House of Representative Committee on Diaspora Hon. Tolu Akande-Sadipe has paid the second tranche of her 25-million-naira TASK scholarship.

This payment is the second tranche of the year 2019/2020 session for twenty (20) indigent students drawn from communities across the Oluyole Federal Constituency.

Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe in a bid to fulfil her campaign promises launched the N25 Million Naira scholarship immediately after her election to the 9th Assembly.

In a statement issued by her Media aide, Olamilekan Olusada, Akande Sadipe affirmed that the Scholarship beneficiaries were selected on merit and each student was graded with a cumulative average of their academic standings and entry essay.

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Recall that December 2019, Hon. Akande – Sadipe flagged off the N25 Million Naira scholarship scheme at her constituency office, where the first set of beneficiaries were awarded dummy cheques.

Sadipe disclosed that payments to beneficiaries were deposited to each recipient’s bank account which covers the balance of their tuition fee and incidental expenses for the 2019/2020 academic year.

In addition to this, Hon . Akande-Sadipe has initiated steps to commence the request for applications for new set of beneficiaries for the 2020/2021 academic year.

“The reason I believe so passionately in providing opportunities such as this, is that education has the potential to transform our nation, thereby creating progress and growth. Every citizen is a pillar of the nation and every nation rests on billions of such pillars. The more educated the pillars are, the stronger the nation’s foundation would be,” she said.

Hon. Akande continued, “It’s my desire that few of you someday may become legislators like me or even the Governor of Oyo State. Stay focused and committed, the sky is the limit”.

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One of the beneficiaries, Mr Olalere Ololade appreciated the lawmaker through his twitter handle: @granitolamide saying, “Good Afternoon everyone on this platform. My sincere appreciation and gratitude goes to Honourable Tolulope Akande Sadipe K for fulfilling her promise she made when she awarded us scholarship worth #100,000 on Dec 1, 2019, I have received the #100,000 for the first year of the scholarship scheme.”

“I was surprised when I saw the credit alert on the phone because I don’t believe it, I’m short of words but I pray May Almighty Allah in HIS mercy Continue to be with you throughout your days And May He make you Continue in fulfilling all the promises that you made during your campaign. Once again, I really appreciate your efforts Ma. God Bless you and your crew.”

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Magu: Nobody is above scrutiny, Presidency says

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The ongoing investigative probe of the embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, is meant to give him the opportunity to respond to allegations levelled against him.

There were indications on Tuesday afternoon that Magu’s suspension might have been recommended by the panel investigating him, although no official source was available to confirm this as at the time of filing this report.

A reliable presidential source, who explained the reason for Magu’s investigation, also said the Justice Ayo Salami-led investigative panel became necessary because of the anti-corruption bent.

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The source also noted the ongoing investigation of Magu had come out to prove that no public servant, no matter how highly placed, is above scrutiny, especially when there are allegations as weighty as those levelled against the embattled anti-corruption Czar.

According to the source:

“The panel investigating allegations against Ag. EFCC Chairman had been sitting for some weeks now.

“In consonance with the principle of fairness and justice, it was needful that the Ag. Chairman be given opportunity to respond to the allegations, which are weighty in nature.

“Under the Muhammadu Buhari administration, nobody is above scrutiny. Repeat: nobody.

“Accountability for our actions or inactions is inalienable part of democracy.

“In such elevated position as that of EFCC Chairman, the holder of the position must be above suspicion.

“There’s no prejudgment. Absolutely none. The Buhari administration can be counted on to uphold fairness and justice at all times,” the source said.

Magu was on Monday grilled for several hours by a special Presidential Investigation Panel in one of the rooms inside the State House Conference Centre over allegations of various improprieties.

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He was reportedly detained over the night at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) from about 10:30pm on Monday.

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