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Notable Lawmakers Lose Return Tickets In Enugu PDP Primary (Full List)

We Will Rescue You From APC In 2023, PDP Tells Nigerian Workers

Some serving lawmakers in Enugu State lost their return tickets in the Peoples Democratic Party primary elections for the position of State House of Assembly and House of Representatives on Sunday.

Notable among them is the Reps Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu, representing Oji River/Awgu/Aninri. The party’s ticket was won by Anayo Onwuegbu, with Okechukwu denouncing and rejecting the process.

In the Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency, Pat Asadu was defeated by Vitta Abba, a former PDP chairman. The medical doctor’s ambition for a fifth term was met with fierce opposition, particularly from residents of the Nsukka Local Government Area.

Meanwhile, Asadu is yet to comment on his loss.

However,  Cornelius Nnaji, Enugu-East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency and Offor Chukwuegbo, Enugu-North/Enugu-South Federal Constituency won their return tickets. Martin Oke, Igbo-Etiti/Uzo- Uwani and Simeon Atigwe, Igbo-Eze North/Udenu earned return tickets as well.

In the Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency, however, a serving lawmaker Dennis Amadi lost his ticket as well. Festus Uzor, the Chief of Staff to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had his way. Enugu State Deputy Governor, Cecelia Ezeilo also contested for the position.

Some of the results for the House of Assembly include: Udenu LGA, Solomon Izuchukwu Onah, a serving local government chairman, Igbo Eze North Constituency 2, Clifford Obe, Igbo Eze North Constituency 1, Ngozi Ezeja, Igbo Eze South Constituency, Vitus Okechi, a serving local government chairman, Igbo-Etiti East, Ezenta Ezeani, Igbo-Etiti West, Chukwuebuka Ugwu.

Others are: Nsukka East Constituency, Barr. Christiana Onah, Nsukka West Constituency, Amos Amadi Agbo, Uzo Uwani State Constituency, Hon. Chukwuma Ekweme.

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Actress Bimbo Oshin Speaks On Rumoured Sickness

Bimbo Oshin

Nollywood actress, Bimbo Oshin has reacted to the rumours making the rounds online that she’s reportedly down with an illness.

The speculation of Bimbo Oshin’s illness started after her colleague Kunle Afod took to his Instagram page to solicit prayers for the 50 years old actress.

Kunle Afod also praised Bimbo Oshin for being a beautiful person both inside and out.

He wrote: “She’s beautiful inside out. Send a word of prayer to her tonight. @bimbooshin”

The post generated mixed reactions as some people panicked and wondered what could be wrong with Bimbo Oshin considering she is just recovering from the demise of her husband, Dudu Heritage.

Clearing the air on the rumoured sickness, Bimbo Oshin in a post shared on her Instagram page said the picture which made people think she was sick was taken on a movie set.

Bimbo Oshin noted that there is absolutely nothing wrong with her and Kunle Afod who was the director of the said movie was only appreciating her.

She wrote: “We were on a movie set when this picture was taken. There is absolutely nothing wrong with me. @kunleafod was the director of the said movie, Kunle Afod was only appreciating me by this post. God bless you and be with you all in Jesus’ name”

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2023: Aspirants, Lawmakers Angry Over Buhari’s Failure To Sign Electoral Bill

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Political aspirants and lawmakers under the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party are not pleased with President Muhammadu Buhari‘s failure to sign the amended Electoral Bill.

Recall that the National Assembly last week passed a bill which allows statutory delegates to vote in primaries, but President Buhari refused to sign the bill.

Those identified as ‘statutory delegates’ include the President, Vice President, Members of the National Assembly, Governors and their deputies, Members of the State Houses of Assembly, Chairmen of Councils, Councillors, and National Working Committee of political parties, amongst others.

Sources that spoke on the issue with Daily Sun claimed that the decision of the President might be a payback to the lawmakers who in March failed to consider and pass an amendment on the same Act sent to them.

The source further stated that President Buhari is worried that if the bill is signed into law, it may further polarise the already tense political climate.

The source said, “If the president signs the bill into law and gives legal backing to the recognition of statutory delegates, amidst the ongoing conduct of primaries by political parties, it may jeopardise the conduct of the general elections next year.”

The source added that Buhari wants to reduce the chances of aspirants under the PDP and APC compromising delegates ahead of the Presidential primaries.

The source stated, “With the number of statutory delegates, it will go to about 10,000 to 12,000. If the law is left as it is, only about or at best, 2,200 delegates will elect the presidential candidates of the two political parties. The President believes that will reduce any planned financial inducement of these delegates. As far as the President is concerned, that’s very wasteful.

“For the PDP, there are only 810 delegates, but with statutory delegates, the number would shoot up to 3,900. Imagine how the inducement will increase. The president doesn’t want that under his watch.”

“Many party chieftains know this. Buhari is also extracting a pound of flesh from National Assembly members. They quickly added statutorily but ignored their agreement to delete a part of Section 84. Buhari wants to leave a legacy of probity. He’s also worried about the huge cost and management of delegates. Statutory delegates would increase the number of delegates in APC from about 2, 200 to about 12,000. It is expensive for aspirants, even in terms of money for bribes. It will fuel corruption. Some parties have already started their primaries, so if signed now, will they start all over again? INEC guidelines say parties must submit delegates’ lists seven days before the convention. What happens to parties that have started their primaries? These are the issues that informed the president’s decision.”

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Arewa Takes Decision On Total Ban Of Okada In Lagos

Okada Riders, Police Involved In Violent Clash In Lagos [VIDEO]

The Lagos State Arewa Community General Assembly has backed the total ban of commercial motorcycles,  popularly called Okada, in the South-West State.

Recall that Lagos State Government banned the operation of commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada, in six Local Government Areas of the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced this while briefing heads of security agencies in the state at a meeting at the State House, Ikeja last week Wednesday.

The governor stated that the total ban on Okada in the six local councils takes effect from June 1, 2022, and would be fully enforced.

According to Sanwo-Olu, the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) under the six local government areas would also be affected.

The governor listed the six affected local councils as Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.

In a communique after its general assembly on Sunday, Lagos Arewa stated that the ban placed on Okadas is not a new law and it has been in existence for ten years.

The communique was signed by Alhaji Musa Saleh, Secretary General, Lagos State Arewa Community (LASACOMM).

While stressing that the group is law abiding, Arewa called on all members to comply with the provisions of the laws of Lagos State.

The general assembly expressed support for all measures taken by the Lagos State Government in its efforts towards protecting life and prosperities of all Lagosians.

It said: “We condemn in totality the activities of all criminal elements who are mostly foreigners from Niger Republic, Chad, Cameroon and other Neighbouring countries who have infiltrated the ranks of those genuine riders and thereby perpetrating all forms of crime in Lagos state and are constituting serious threats to the lives and properties of Lagosians.

“We are calling on the Security Agencies to identify and arrest all those criminal elements masquerading as Okada riders.”

Arewa also tasked the Nigeria Immigration Service to step up its actions along the border line in checking the influx of those foreign elements coming into the Country without genuine intention.

The group restated its total commitment and support to the administrative policies of the Lagos State Government “getting rid of all security threats promoting peace and tranquility, safeguarding lives and properties of Lagos and the massive provision and development of infrastructures facilities for all Lagosians.

We are calling on all well meaning Arewa Community members to comply with our common resolve and avoid the Local Governments of Apapa, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Etiosa and Ikeja.”

The group vowed to work with the Lagos State Government and the Association of Arewa Okada Riders towards the implementation of extant rules and documentation of all riders in all Local Governments of Lagos State.

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South-East APC: What Okorocha, Nnamani, Onu, Other Presidential Aspirants Discussed At Crucial Meeting

Details of the meeting between Presidential aspirants of south-east extraction on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have emerged.

Naija News reports that Southeast APC presidential aspirant had converged at the Abuja residence of Senator Rochas Okorocha.

Aspirants in attendance include Okorocha, former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, former Science and Technology Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Ken Nnamani, Mrs. Uju Ken-Ohanenye.

An obvious absence was the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, who was scheduled to be at the meeting.

One of the Governor’s aides however said Umahi is aware and in support of the meeting but couldn’t be in attendance due to an emergency which needed his attention.

In a communique read to newsmen after the meeting, Ken Nnamani said the aspirants agreed to back any Igbo candidate who gets the APC ticket and the support of Nigerians.

He said: “The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the All Progressives Congress and its national working committee, as well as the teeming members of the party, are commended by the entire people of the south-east on their avowed commitment to the unity of Nigeria and the inclusion of all parts of Nigeria in the general architecture of the nation.

“We commend all Nigerians who are committed to the Nigerian project by the wholehearted support of the aspiration of the south-east to produce the next Nigerian president in 2023.

“In furtherance of these commitments, all aspirants herein commit to align with any of our south-east aspirants that is accepted by and chosen by other Nigerians to fly the flag of the APC.”

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Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today 23rd May 2022

JUST IN: Naira Hits Strong Against Dollar At Parallel Market

What is the Dollar to Naira Exchange rate at the black market also known as the parallel market (Aboki fx). See the black market Dollar to Naira exchange rate for 22nd May, 2022 below. You can swap your dollar to Naira at these rates.

How much is dollar to naira today in black market?

Dollar to naira exchange rate today black market (Aboki dollar rate):

The exchange rate for a dollar to naira at Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market) players buy a dollar for N605 and sell at N610 on Sunday, 22nd May, according to sources at Bureau De Change (BDC).

Please note that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not recognize the parallel market (black market), as it has directed individuals who want to engage in Forex to approach their respective banks.

Dollar to Naira Black Market Rate Today

Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN) Black Market Exchange Rate Today
Buying Rate 605
Selling Rate 610

Please note that the rates you buy or sell forex may be different from what is captured in this article because prices varies.

Money Laundering Act: Banks, Businesses To pay N1m Daily For Suspicious Transactions

The Federal government of Nigeria has enforced a fine of one million naira on any financial institution or non-financial  institution that fails to report suspicious transactions.

This is in accordance to the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, which the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), recently passed into law.

In Section 7 of the Act, which was titled ‘Suspicious transaction reporting’, it was stated that a suspicious  transaction can be one with unjustifiable or unreasonable frequency.

It is also a transaction of unusual or unjustified complexity appears to have no economic justification or lawful objective or is inconsistent with the known transaction pattern of the account or business relationship.

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Anita Joseph, Destiny Etiko, Other Celebrities React As Uche Ogbodo ‘Lock Lips With Her Younger Baby Daddy In Public

Uche Ogbodo and lover

Nollywood actress Uche Ogbodo has left her colleagues and fans drooling over her loved-up moment with her younger lover, Bobby Maris.

Amidst criticism and backslashes, Uche Ogbodo has continued to flaunt her younger lover on social media and showers him with love.

Uche Ogbodo is one of the few celebrities who claim that hiding or showing off one’s spouse or lover on social media does not cause separation.

A video shared on her Instagram page captured Uche Ogbodo and her baby daddy locking lips at the waterside as they smile at each other.

Uche Ogbodo who seemed ‘intoxicated’ by the love from her baby daddy urged him to take her to the end of the world.

She wrote: “TAKE ME TO THE END OF THE WORLD MY BABY”

Many celebrities like Anita Joseph, Foluke Daramola, Destiny Etiko could not hold back their thought as they gush over Uche Ogbodo and her baby daddy, Bobby Maris.

halimabubakar wrote: “Awwwyou all had fun

pianistclementino wrote: “Chai, God when?! i go love oo . Behold My Favorite couple, my love for them will never end #muchluvma ,, ..sending greetings to Bobby” 

destinyetikoofficial wrote: “Love is beautiful oo”

realanitajoseph wrote: “My people kiss by d waterside chaii”

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2023: PDP Primary Results For HoR, Kwara State Assembly Emerge

After the huddles amid anticipation, results for the just concluded Kwara State Peoples Democratic party, PDP’s primary elections has been announced.

Naija News understands that the state chapter of the PDP held its primaries on Sunday, May 22, 2022 for aspirants seeking elective positions into the House of Representatives and the state Assembly.

The political atmosphere in the state became tensed during the weekend as party stakeholders pushed for the emergence of their candidates.

Results announced hours after the polls revealed that Ibrahim Ajia emerged the winner for Asa/Ilorin West.

He won with 82 votes to beat two other contestants, S.S.Warah and Oba Aluko, who scored five and one votes respectively for the House of Representatives seat, in the Kwara Central Senatorial District.

A former member of the House of Representatives, Wahab Issa, again, got another shot for the Ilorin East/South House of Representatives seat, with 36 votes beating Yusuf Saka Eletu and Raheem Jimoh Agboola, who scored 32 and three votes respectively.

Meanwhile, two candidates had emerged through consensus arrangement in Kwara South Senatorial District, Naija News understands.

Their identities are revealed as Hassan Oyeleke for Ifelodun/Offa/Oyun Federal House of Representatives and Dare Bankole, for Irepodun/Isin/Ekiti/Oke-Ero Federal House of Representatives.

Reports from Kwara North Senatorial District, indicated that Idris Musa Buko, emerged the candidate for Baruten/Kaiama House of Representatives seat, while Hon. Bello Olatunde Emmanuel, also emerged for Edu/Moro/Patigi House of Representatives seat.

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Amotekun Arrest 4,000 Suspected Kidnappers, Other Criminals In Ondo State

The Ondo State chapter of the Southwest local security outfit popularly known as Amotekun has confirmed the arrest of no fewer than 4000 suspected criminals in the state.

Naija News understands that the suspects identified with different criminal acts were nabbed across the 18 council areas of the state.

The state commander of the Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said in a statement made available to newsmen during the weekend that the activeness of the security outfit has reduced criminality in the state by more than 70 per cent.

Adeleye confirmed that the four thousand suspects were arrested between January and May this year.

He said they were arrested for various crimes including kidnapping, armed robbery, human trafficking illegal possession of firearms among others

Adeleye, who is also the Special Adviser to the state governor, said that the security outfit “was committed to making the state crime-free and would not relent on its Operation Clean-Up efforts to eradicate crime in the state.”

He added: “On the average, between January and May 2022, we have made about 4,000 arrests and through the office of the Director of Public Prosecution of Ondo State, we’ve been able to send a reasonable number of them to correctional centres and prosecution are going on while the diligent investigation is going on many others.

“The criminal suspects were arrested for various crimes including kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, rape, theft, illegal possession of firearms, child trafficking, cultism, and human relations violations among others.

“Comparatively, in the last five months of last year and the first five months of this year, we have a very sharp decrease in the number of suspects arrested.

“Last year, on maintenance of law and order in the line of violators of open grazing law alone, we arrested close to 4,000 but this year, we have not arrested up to 1,000.

“Also, comparatively too, virtually all forms of criminal activities are on the decline in the state. Unlike before when kidnapping was an everyday issue, it is no longer as rampant as it was within the metropolis and even in the border towns, it is now becoming a thing of the past.

“These are part of landmarks and achievements of the Ondo State Security Network Agency,” Adeleye noted.

The Amotekun boss recalled that the security outfit started the year on a very good note.

He said that December was eventfully peaceful until the security had the first major carnage in Ose local government.

Adeleye, however, commended the men of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army for their collaboration in making the arrests.

He said: “On the clean-up operation, the military of Kogi partnered with the 32 Artillery Brigade in Akure and men of Amotekun corps as well as the local hunters of all the villages around the border towns and to a very large extent, we were able to drive these criminals away.

“We observed that these criminals come to Ondo State, strike and move back to Kogi. The same thing also happens around Ose Local Government where they strike and move to Edo state through the river.”

Adeleye added: “These criminals always take advantage of the fact that there are no Amotekun in Kogi and Edo, but that has since been stopped now as the security agencies in these two neighbouring states are collaborating with us.”

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‘What A Dwindling Personality’ – Yomi Fabiyi Knocks Tonto Dikeh Over Threats On Kemi Olunloyo And Mocking Ex-Lover Kpokpogri

Yomi Fabiyi and Tonto Dikeh

Nollywood actor Yomi Fabiyi has tackled Tonto Dikeh for issuing threats to Nigerian journalist Kemi Olunloyo and mocking her ex-lover, Prince Kpokpogri over his house demolition.

This is coming hours after Tonto Dikeh stormed Lagos and dared Kemi Olunloyo for a fight over allegation of buying a gun to kill her ex-husband Olakunle Churchill and smoking hard drugs.

In a lengthy post shared on his Instagram page, Yomi Fabiyi said if Tonto Dikeh feels she has a case with Kemi Olunloyo, she should inform the police or approach a court instead of taking the law into her hands.

Yomi Fabiyi recalled how Tonto Dikeh attacked him in the wake of his controversial movie ‘Oko Iyabo’ but he didn’t institute any legal action against her or threatened her privately.

The father of two boys faulted Tonto Dikeh for mocking her ex-lover Prince Kpokpogri adding that it’s high time she stops her arrogance and violent attitude.

He wrote: Sometimes silence is golden but in this case of you and Aunty Kemi Olunloyo, it will amount to CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE on the part of the society.

“As a public figure, young people are looking and following you online and offline, it is criminal and anti-social to issue “THREATS” of this nature privately or publicly because someone supposedly wronged you. If you feel you have a case and aunty Kemi infringes on your rights, inform the police, see they take right action or approach the COURT.

“Flashback when you jumped on my source of livelihood, asked people to attack my movie OKO IYABO, movie you never watched(like a handful) before rushing to judgement. I didn’t Institute any legal action against you yet let alone threaten you privately(when we chatted). 

“Little did I know you will find excuse to mock your EX predicament(House Demolition) recently because of your past encounter. What a dwindling personality. I notice a handful of you then(during Oko Iyabo) but I don’t dignify everybody with a response or throw stones at all dogs that barks, time will tell.

“I have a background, raised to know that there is “NO DIGNITY FIGHTING WHOEVER IS ON THE FLOOR”, I picture humanity as my best religion. The Nigerian society is getting tired of your likes hiding behind “gender”, “emotions”, “anonymity of social media” etc to promote criminality in the name of whatever. Your likes see threat to life, trial by ordeal etc as means of seeking redress, classless! Polluting and misleading the society with negatives aided in part by social media, THIS NONSENSE MUST STOP, arrogance of Ignorance!

“I will not ask you NOT TO attack Kemi Olunloyo. I like to advise people but sometimes don’t wish they heed, e get why. ISSUING THREATS AND ATTEMPTING ARE PUTTING LAWS INTO YOUR HANDS, PUNISHABLE UNDER THE LAW.”

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