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Hiker dies after falling off a mountain in Abuja
The deceased who is yet to be identified is said to have died when he fell from the mountain while hiking along with others.
It was gathered that he was rushed to the Kubwa General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Governor Obaseki Joins The Peoples Democratic Party to seek re-election
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has joined the Peoples Democratic party after a period of consultation with the foremost opposition party
The governor announced his decision to join the party at the party secretariat in Benin city, Edo State on Friday.
The Governor had resigned from the ruling All Progressives Congress as a result of his disqualification by the Party for discrepancies in his credentials
The Peoples Democratic Party may have given Obaseki the waiver he needs to fly the party flag along with his deputy.
On account of this, the party shifted its primary election earlier scheduled for June 20 to June 23.
That would mean that the party would have less than five days to submit the names of nominated candidates.
Along with the Governor joining the PDP are 18 local government chairmen and 196 councilors
The mode of the primary election of the PDP in Edo has already been decided as the party has settled for indirect primary.
One thing going for the governor however is the groundswell of support from the PDP governors and other men of influence.
Top on the list of those who make up his support base are Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku has described Obaseki’s move to the party as good for the party as he said Edo will be better off with the governor in the PDP.
With his likely top challenger Ize Iyamu facing legal challenges, and his worst nightmare, Adams Oshiomole suspended from the APC, there is the likelihood that Obaseki will have a smooth ride to victory.
The clock is ticking for Inec deadline on nominations,and analysts of political development in the country are in limbo over what would befall the governor should he win the gubernatorial polls
And the issues raised are the reasons of Obaseki’s disqualification by the APC. , They argued that that if the reasons APC adduced for his disqualification were germane, then how would the PDP tackle that?
In a nation where elections are becoming defined by court actions, what will happen if his challengers take him to
court? and what is the role of lnec in all of this?
Meantime a meeting called by the PDP in Benin City to persuade aspirants who have already been screened to step down for the governor has met stiff resistance .
One of the front runners Kenneth Imasuagbon is reported to have walked out of the meeting. Another aspirant Ogbeide Ihama has said in his campaign message that he is not stepping down.
What more hurdles will the governor face?
Obviously the coming days have a lot to tell.
Federal Government says June 21 is not feasible to restart domestic flights in the country.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sariki has said that June 21 is not feasible a feasible date to resume domestic flights operations in the country.
The minister who made this known at a presidential Task Force on covid-19 briefing said that the Aviation authority despite pressures coming from all quarters will not approve resumption until they are sure lt is safe to do so. .
The Minister was represented by the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt Musa Nuhu.
President Buhari bows to voice of reason,bans foreign herdsmen.
The President’s decision followed a motion by the House of Representative’s requesting the ban of foreign herdsmen into the country.
The Kano State Governor,Ganduje had also asked the federal government to ban the herdsmen because of their involvement in crime and criminality
The spate of killing in the country is increasing at alarming rate.
There is the Herders farmers clash occurring daily. There is also banditry which resulted in a two week protests in Katsina, the President’s home state.where protesters accused the governor and the President of being insensitive to the security of lives and property.The ban no doubt will minimize crime in the country
Chief Giadom takes over From Oshiomhole As Chairman of the APC
Chief Victor Giadom takes over as Acting National Chairman of the APC cancels APC screening that disqualified Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The Deputy National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress,Chief Victor Giadom has taken over as the Acting National Chairman of the APC following the suspension of Adams Oshiomole by the Court of Appeal
Chief Giadom said his action was informed by a previous Court decision which empowered him to take over.
He said his decision is backed by members of the National Working Committee of the APC
The cancellation of the screening is coming barely 24hours of Governor Obaseki’s resignation from the APC.
Although Governor Obaseki announced his resignation, from the party, he did not say that he has defected to another party.
Court of Appeal affirms the suspension of Adams Oshiomole as Apc chairman.
The Appeal Court has upheld the suspension of former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomole as chairman and member of the ruling All Progressives Party.
The judgement delivered by a three man panel led by Justice Muhammad Lamido on Tuesday dismissed Oshiomole,’s appeal for lack of merit. .
The Appeal Court’s judgement followed an Abuja High Court judgement in march 2O20 which ordered the suspension of Adams Oshiomole as National Chairman of the APC following his suspension from the party by his ward.
Justice Danlami Senchi who ordered the suspension urged political parties to obey their constitution.
Earlier Tuesday, the Edo State governor Godwin Obaseki had resigned from the APC .as a result of his disqualification from the party’s primary scheduled for June 22.
A few hours after his resignation, his deputy, Philip Shaibu also resigned his membership of the APC, saying it is with pain l am leaving the APC I helped to build with our blood and strength.
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki says good bye to the All Progressive Congress (APC)
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has formally dumped the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Governor Obaseki announced this after a meeting with President Buhari Today at the State House.
The move came after the APC screened out the governor and two Others from its primary scheduled for June 22.
The APC screening committee led by Professor Jonathan Ayuba had on democracy day disqualified Governor Obaseki giving six reasons which included irregularities in the certificates he presented and others.
The Appeal committeel the party constituted also upheld his disqualification.
Concerned Nigerians have expressed worry over the unfolding drama around the Edo political scene before the polls scheduled for September 19.
The governor’s decision to quit makes the picture of his next line of action clearer.
The opposition party the PDP has seen a beautiful bride in Obaseki to court and it is not leaving any stone unturned in wooing him over to the party.
Many Nigeria think that the decision by the APC to disqualify the Edo Governor was carried out in bad faith, they wondered how squabble between the National Chairman and the governor could lead to irreconcilable differences which played a major role in the screening and disqualification.
Among prominent Nigerians who have frowned against the development in APC is Niger Delta leader, Chief Edwin Clark who warned that the APC refuses to learn from history to correct its mistakes.describesAPC’sAppeal committee decision as illegitimate adding’ it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth’
He recalled that the party’s decision before the 2019 general elections made her lose key States to the opposition party.
The States lost to the opposition are Bauchi, Zamfara, Rivers,and Adamawa.
Although the APC has insisted that it will organise its primary employing the direct option, to select its flagbearer, the ticket appears settled for Ize Iyamu who recently defected from the PDP
was Obaseki’s Challenger in the last Edo gubernatorial Elections.
And where the governor picks the PDP ticket,it will be a replay of events in the Edo Elections about 3years ago.
Governor Obaseki has disclosed that he will seek re-election on another party platform after consulting with his supporters.
Black Lives Matter Movement Records Gains
Black Life Matters movement defies a second wave of Coronavirus and march on major cities in the United States of America to protest racial inequity
The march which started three weeks ago in the wake of the gruesome killing of unarmed black man George Floyd is becoming a movement that could chart a new direction for the world’s largest economy.
The United States has a GDP of $20.51trillion making it the wealthiest in the World.
But galvanized protests against systemic racism and Police brutality alongside a pandemic that appears unending have exposed the US inadequacies in protection of human rights to the world.
United States is a big brother to countries with challenges that include Health, Education, Natural disasters, Elections and Human Right Violations.
But with what is happening now in the States it is difficult to understand whyt the leading country of the world has a worst case scenario of abuses it champions to fight in other countries.
The US Criminal Justice System empowered the Police who operate distinctively to enforce law and order at the Federal, State and county levels to use force and coercion on perceived offenders of the law.
Recent findings indicated lower crime rate in areas where police operations were disallowed in comparison to other areas that have overwhelming Police presence.
That goes to show that the inhuman treatment by the law enforcement agencies on the minority population, coupled with the economic differences led to high crime rate in the country.
Economic differentials between White and Black is put at a ratio of 10 to 1. That is to say that the
Whites earn about ten times more than the blacks.
The United Nations which the United States is a signatory to binding agreement proclaimed in Article one of its charter on Human Rights that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
If the proclamation is anything at all,then countries need to take it seriously no matter how highly placed.
A racist government is discriminatory,it is insensitive to the plights of others, and rebellion mainly is the product of such wicked government
The Blacks life Matters protesters are expressing their objection to government policies that thrive on racial discrimination, They are expressing disapproval to arbitrary arrest, detention and killing,
They are expressing their disapproval to inequality in dehumanizing housing and healthcare..
Good governments feel the pulses of the people and act in a manner that engender patriotism,and garners superlative growth.
The good thing in the protests is that it has gone beyond an African American problem as people of all colours have identified with the course marching in the rain and sun.
The protests which is entering the fourth week is increasing in numbers every day.with some gains recorded in police reforms and some percentage in employment reserved for blacks in some corporate organisations.
There is no gain saying the fact that a New America is emerging in line with the faith in the fundamental human rights in the dignity and worth of the human person
A new country is evolving where human rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world
To say that racism a belief is domiciled in America alone would be a misconception as many countries still invoke laws that racially discriminates.
Great Britain ,a colonial master to many third world countries recently aligned with the thoughts of Black Life Matters protesters in the United kingdom by planning to set a commission that would look into racial inequities in Education, Employment and a lot more.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson who disclosed it to newsmen expressed optimism to address matters ofi nequality
However with series of protests and pandemic spikes striking America in an Election year,with President Trump unable to fix both problems, The polls appear not to be in favor of his political party -Republican Party as recent polls show a clear shift to the Democrats.
WIKE IN POLITICAL ROMANCE WITH OBASEKI AS PDP WOOS THE EDO GOVERNOR.
Governor Obaseki may make his next plan of action clear anytime this week following his disqualification by the ruling party, The All Progressive Congress (APC) to contest in the forth coming general elections in Edo State on the Party’s platform as deadline for the primary draws closer.
While the APC has shut it’s doors to the Governor from seeking a second term using it’s platform, the PDP has said that it’s doors are wide open for the Governor to seek re-election.
Reports reaching us indicate that the Governor might go in the direction of the PDP.
Governor Obaseki had this weekend visited Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in Port Harcourt.
The meeting of the governors behind closed doors fuelled speculation about the developing line of thinking which is ‘that the Edo State Governor might not give up recontesting just like that’
Moments after news of his disqualification by the APC made headlines, the Governor had reacted describing the screening as a travesty of justice,a that he would not appeal the verdict.
Governor Obaseki’s unwillingness to appeal generated doubts about his next step, while many were of the view that he would defect to PDP, others thought he would contest on SDP or ADP platforms.
However his supporters expressed optimism that he will seek re-election on another Party’s platform.
The All Progressive Congress chairman in Edo State,Anselm Ojezuai told newsmen that although APC may have shut it’s doors to the governor,that it does not mean that He won’t be contesting the elections as there were other platforms open to him.
The same day ,PDP party’s top members began wooing the Governor of Edo State to join the main opposition party.
Prominent among PDP early callers was a former Vice president of the country and Presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 general elections,Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
In the line of those who are courting the Governor to join the party is Governor Wike.
In the days ahead it will be clear where the re-election pendulum will swing to but it is becoming certain that the governor is on the march to retaining his seat.
The Edo Governor and his predeccesor Adams Oshiomole have been at each other’s jugular for a couple of years ,a disturbing situation which many believe was caused by selfish motives and supremacy.
Attempts made to reconcile the warring parties by party members and other influential Nigerians met a brick wall.
The Independent National Elections Commission(INEC) has fixed September 19,2020 for Election of governor of Edo state and October 10 for Ondo State.
While the APC opted for direct primaries as mode of conducting it’s elections, the People’s Democratic party and 13 others settled for indirect Primaries.
The conduct of the primaries must be in compliance with the
1999 Constitution and the 2010 Electoral act,INEC spokesman Festus Okoye says.
APC Knocks out Governor Obaseki and 2 Others.
The Screening Committee of the All Progressive Congress has disqualified the Edo State Governor,Godwin Obaseki citing irregularities in his certificates.
Governor Obaseki who raised alarm of getting Justice under the National Chairman Adams Oshiomole following what many perceive is irreconcilable has described the verdict of the screening committee as a show of shame.
Watchers of political development are aghast to the party’s decision which they fear may rob APC Edo state of victory at the polls scheduled later in the year
Governor Obaseki has said he would not appeal the decision of the Screening committee and he has not let out what his next line of action will be.
President Buhari addresses the nation on Democracy day.
Moshood Abiola lives on
June 12 commemorates the restoration of Democracy from Military Rule in Nigeria
Before President Buhari”s government declared June 12 as democracy day; Nigeria had celebrated democracy day on May 29 every year
On June 6 2018, the President Buhari”s government declared June 12 to replace may 29 as democracy day.
The declaration was applauded by Nigerians from all walks of life
It was seen as a gesture memorializing Moshood Abiola the acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993 Presidential election, whose sacrifice helped in the rebirth of democracy in the country.
On June 12, President Buhari will broadcast to the nation.at7 o’clock in the morning according to
a statement released on Thursday by his
Special Adviser on Media and Publcity,Femi Adesina
With Covid 19 having a huge impact on Nigeria”s economy:it is difficult to tell what form celebration would take.
Federal government says it has no plan to impose another total lockdown
Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has said that it is not considering the option for another total lock down
The chairman of the Task Force Boss Mustapha made the disclosure during the daily briefing of Covid-19 in Abuja
He said the country would prefer to move forward rather than backwards despite the spike in cases and added that the Federal government would employ measures that would strengthen the fight against the disease while also urging Nigerians to imbibe safety measures
America’s Top General Apologises For appearing to side Trump against protesters
America’s joint chief of staff says he regrets appearing in a photograph with President Trump following the forceful dispersal of protesters outside the white house last week
General Mark Miller in a pre-recorded speech to graduates of the National Defence University regretted accompanying Trump to St John’s Church last week
His appearance with the President generated swift reactions to the role of the military in domestic politics
The Army General said he was outraged by the killing of George Floyd added that the protests spoke to’centuries of injustice toward African Americans.
Postponement of The Gazette of Executive Order 10.
Buhari orders the postponement of the gazette of Executive Order 10
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the postponement of the publication of the Executive Order 10 which gives Financial Autonomy to the Judiciary and houses of Assembly,
The move by the postponement was to enable further consultation among stake holders
Governors under the aegis of the Governors Forum have welcomed the development as they plan to congratule the President on the kind gesture.
Executive Order 10 was one Presidential pronouncement that ignited fear and uncertainty among the political class particularly serving Governors.
An aide to a serving government official said the pronouncement shook the foundation of many government houses across the country.
Executive Order 10 if operational would give the Judiciary and Houses of Assembly the sole right to their monthly allocation as well as account for them
The foregoing development secures the Governors hold on the Judiciary and Houses of Assembly.
Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza dies of heart attack at 55.
He was Burundi’s longest serving president
Before his death he had organised an election which delivered his ally and former Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye as his successor
Opposition claimed the election was a sham as some dissenting parties have begun legal works to seek redress.
Nkurunziza has been in office as president since 2005.
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