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JUST: FG, Labour Reach Agreement, Strike Suspended

The Federal Government has reached an agreement with Labour unions in Nigeria over a nationwide strike proposed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Naija News reports that the Federal Government and the Labour Unions reached an agreement at exactly 2:53 am on Monday, September 28, a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) revealed.

According to the Minister, the agreement reached between the Federal Government and the Labour Unions means that deregulation will stay with the Federal Government rolling out palliatives for labour. The details of these palliatives, the minister said would be made known in the next two weeks.

Keyamo also revealed the electricity tariffs has been suspended by government for 2 weeks with a joint Committee headed him (Keyamo) to examine the justification for the new policy.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment added that the Labour unions have suspended the proposed strike action which was scheduled to start from today (Monday) according to an earlier tweet by the NLC.

Keyamo tweeted: “FG & LABOUR reach agreement at 2:53 am. Deregulation to stay as Govt rolls out palliatives for labour (details in 2 weeks); Electricity tariffs suspended by Govt for 2 weeks with a joint committee headed by @fkeyamo to examine the justification for the new policy. Strike suspended.”

Earlier, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had called on Nigerians to prepare for strike action if its demands were not met by the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

STRIKE BEGINS TOMMOROW MONDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER, UNLESS OUR DEMANDS ARE MET – NLC.

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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Monday, 28th September, 2020

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Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Monday, 28th September 2020

1. Buhari’s Policies Yielding Fruitful Results – Atiku Bagudu

President Muhammadu Buhari’s policies have started to yield the desired results in Nigeria, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, northern Nigeria, has said.

Naija News reports that Governor Bagudu backed Buhari’s policies during a visit to a private rice mill, owned by a business mogul, Alhaji Sahabi Lolo in Kamba, Dandi Local Government Area(LGA )of the state on Sunday.

This online news platform understands that the Kebbi governor who was accompanied by Governor Muhammed Badaru of Jigawa on the visit, expressed delight that the policies of President Buhari’s administration were putting the country on a more formidable economic footing.

According to the Kebbi governor, the investment derived from the Nigerian president in the rice value chain in the last few years is also bearing fruits on the economy.

2. NLC Insist On Strike Action Despite Meeting Gbajabiamila

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Sunday insisted that it will carry on with its proposed strike action over the increase of electricity tariff and petrol price.

The NLC made this known after a closed-door meeting between organized and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, NLC President Ayuba Wabba said the strike will only be called off if the federal government makes a u-turn before 12 midnight today.

On the court order stopping the strike, the NLC president said the organization has not been served with the order and cannot speak on it.

He, however, noted that there is a judgement of a Federal High court stopping the increase of electricity tariff which the FG has refused to obey.

During Sunday meeting, Gbajabiamila had urged organized labour to shelve its planned strike.

According to the Speaker, the consequences of any strike will be dire on Nigerians who will feel the hardship caused by the industrial action.

3. Gana Denies Embezzling NECO’s N368.8 million

Abubakar Gana, a former Acting Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO), has denied allegation levelled against him by an online media platform that he embezzled the sum of N368.875 million.

In a statement he personally authored and released to newsmen, Sunday, in Abuja, Gana claimed that the alleged sum said to have been generated during the June/July 2018 registration of SSCE, was discovered missing before his tenure.

According to the former NECO boss, Gana, the purported incident occurred on December 18, 2017, five months before his appointment.

4. Osinbajo Speaks On When Land Borders Will Reopen

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the federal government is working to reopen Nigeria’s land borders.

Naija News recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had on October 2019 ordered the total closure of land borders to check smuggling goods and arms into the country.

Speaking on Thursday during a webinar organised by The Africa Report, Osinbajo the borders will re-open soon.

Reacting to a question on the continued closure of the land borders despite preparations for the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), he said the government is working with neighbouring countries on the terms of reopening the border.

“We are working with our neighbours to see on what terms we would reopen those borders. At the moment, we are undertaking joint border patrols to control smuggling along the borders and we think it is working and I am sure that soon enough we should have the borders opened,” he said.

5. IPOB Makes Fresh Demand From Buhari Govt, Says ‘We’re Tired Of Bondage’

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu, has demanded a referendum from President Muhammadu Buhari‘s government to determine if its members still want to be a part of Nigeria.

Naija News reports that the IPOB made this demand from the Nigerian government while denying allegations that it attacked security operatives in the South-East and South-South regions.

The pro-Biafra group in a statement issued by Emma Powerful, the group’s spokesperson, said the allegations that IPOB members carry arms and is attacking security agents was a lie merely targeted at giving the Department of State Services an excuse to go after its members.

This online news platform understands that Kanu’s IPOB is leading a movement of people largely of Igbo descent seeking secession from Nigeria over alleged years of marginalization, oppression, and rights violations.

6. Nigerian Military Confirms How Boko Haram Attacked Borno Governor’s Convoy

The Nigerian Military has confirmed a Boko Haram attack on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.

The military, in a statement on Saturday by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche explained that 18 persons were killed in the attack on Friday.

Giving the breakdown of those who lost their lives in the attack, Gen. Enenche disclosed that 10 policemen, four soldiers and four civilians were killed in the attack which occurred at Barwati village in Borno State.

It will be recalled Naija News earlier reported that policemen, soldiers and some members of a government-backed local vigilante group were killed in the attack on the Borno Governor’s convoy on Friday which happened near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.

Confirming the unfortunate incident, the Nigerian military disclosed that 18 persons died in the attack when the Boko Haram insurgents deployed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on the road.

The statement noted that those who died were as a result of the multiple explosions from the terrorists.

7. Strike: Police Warns NLC, TUC Against Protesting

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has warned the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) over their planned nationwide protest.

NLC and TUC had scheduled Monday, September 28, 2020, to protest the recent increase in electricity tariff and petrol price.

Recall that the National Industrial Court in Abuja had on Thursday granted an order of interim injunction restraining the unions from disrupting, restraining, picketing or preventing the workers or ordinary Nigerians from accessing their offices to carry out their legitimate duties on September 28, 2020, or any other date.

Justice Ibrahim Galadima, who also issued an interim order restraining the labour unions from embarking on the strike action, gave the ruling following an ex parte application filed by a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, through their counsel, Sunusi Musa.

Barely 24 hours after the ruling, the judge on Friday issued another order restraining the unions from going ahead with the strike, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

But despite two court injunctions restraining the unions and their affiliates from proceeding with the strike, the labour unions insisted they would go ahead with the strike.

Speaking to The Punch on Saturday, Force spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba, said the police would be guided by the position of the law on the matter.

“What does the law say in this circumstance? We would enforce the law. That is the only thing I can say,” he said.

8. Ondo 2020: Wike Believes In Intimidation, Violence, Rigging – APC

The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State as someone who believes in intimidation, violence, and rigging.

The Ondo APC Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaiye, was reacting to a statement credited to Wike, which alleged that the APC in Ondo State had perfected plans to rig the governorship election.

According to the APC spokesperson, the party will continue to appeal to the people to renew the mandate given its candidate four years ago, considering the efforts of the APC-led government to reposition the state.

9. Laycon Wins Big Brother Naija Lockdown Edition

Laycon has been announced as the winner of the 6th Edition of the Television Show, Big Brother Naija(Lockdown) Edition.

The second runner-up in the show is Dorathy

The 2020 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show was brought to an end today, Sunday, 27th September 2020, after 70 days of entertainment.

The show which started on July 19 with twenty housemates, saw an eviction of housemates till there were five finalists.

The final five contestants were Laycon, Nengi, Dorathy, Vee, and Neo.

However, Vee, Neo and Nengi were evicted leaving Laycon and Dorathy to battle for the grand prize.

Announcing the winner this night in the grand finale, the Host Ebuka announced Laycon as the winner.

10. Israel Adesanya Defeats Paulo Costa Via TKO In UFC253

Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya has defeated Brazilian Paulo Costa via TKO to retain the Middleweight Championship in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 253).

Naija News win is the 20th career MMA victory for the Nigerian-New Zealand UFC middleweight champion.

When Adesanya vs Costa kicked off, there was less action in the first round as both MMA fighters traded few kicks and punches with the Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, Costa pressing Adesanya but throwing few shots.

Adesanya also known as Izzy or Stylebender, came out with more purpose in the second round, outboxing his opponent and landing deadly shots.

Before the match against Costa, Adesanya defeated Yoel Romero by decision at the UFC 248 pay-per-view event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In October 2019, Adesanya became the new UFC middleweight champion when he finished Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 by TKO. Before that, Adesanya picked up a decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in the co-headliner of the UFC 236 pay-per-view event.

Adesanya fought six times in less than a year-and-a-half total in the UFC and won all six bouts before heading into the fight against Costa on Saturday night.

On the other hand, Costa was coming off a big win over Yoel Romero at the UFC 241 pay-per-view event. The Brazilian previously beat Uriah Hall on the preliminary portion of the UFC 226 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Costa entered this fight on a 12-fight winning streak.

That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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PDP Condemns Attack On Borno Governor’s Convoy

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)   has condemned the attack on a security convoy in Borno State by armed men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists.

Naija News recalls that this is coming barely 48 hours when some members of the sect ambushed the convoy of Governor Zulum along Cross Kauwa-Baga road in Borno State leaving over 30 people dead including 10 policemen and 4 soldiers.

The party condemned the attack in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan.

Ologbondiyan said the repeated attacks on the governor as well as the rising wave of terrorist attacks, reinforced apprehensions of security compromises and lapses in the country.

He said the repeated attacks on the governor also stressed the need to immediately rejig the nation’s security `apparatchik’.

This is particularly with Gov. Zulum’s insistence that the security architecture in the North East axis is being compromised.

See the full statement of the party below

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Latest Npower News In Nigeria For Today, Monday, 28th September 2020

Latest Npower News In Nigeria For Today, Monday, 28th September 2020

Good morning, Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of the latest Npower news in Nigeria for today, Monday, 28th September 2020.

Here the latest Npower news in Nigeria today…

1. Npower News On Permanency For Batch A And B Beneficiaries

Npower news on permanency for batch A and B beneficiaries is what most Nigerians who enrolled in the N-Power scheme are searching for on the internet these days. Naija News has obtained the latest Npower news permanency for batch A and B beneficiaries amid the growing concern over the unpaid stipends due to the beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s social intervention scheme.

2. Former Presidential Candidate Tells Npower Beneficiaries What To Do Over Unpaid Stipends

A former Presidential candidate and human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has urged Npower Batch A and B beneficiaries to join him on October 1 #RevolutionNow mass protest he is spearheading. Naija News recalls that the exited Batch A and B Npower beneficiaries are contesting their disengagement by the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari through protests.

3. NSIP Disburses N13.3b To 15,246 Npower Beneficiaries

A total number of 15,246 beneficiaries of both batches A and B Npower beneficiaries in Kwara state were paid a sum of N13.3 billion before they exited the programme, National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), has said. Naija News reports that Kwara state Focal Person of NSIP Hajia Bashirah Abdulrazaq who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday said that batch A beneficiaries of the programme were engaged for a period of 42
months and were paid a total sum of N7.4 billion.

4. Minister Gives Latest Update On Batch C Npower Recruitment, Stipend Payment For Exited Beneficiaries

Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, has noted that the Npower Batch C recruitment which is currently at the review stage will be free and fair. She gave the assurance on Thursday during a meeting in Abuja with the state focal persons for the Social Investment Programmes.

5. Ministry Denies Releasing List Of Successful Batch C Npower Applicants For Stage 2

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has denied releasing any list of successful candidates for the second stage of the Batch C Npower recruitment programme. To this end, the Ministry called on Nigerians to disregard the viral fraudulent messages which emerged on Thursday evening and claimed the list of successful candidates have been released.

6. N-Power: Sadiya Farouk Approves Payment Of Stipends To Exited Beneficiaries

Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development on Thursday approved the payment of Stipends to the exiting N-Power beneficiaries under one of its National Social Investment Programmes. The Minister on Monday noted approval has been given for the payment of the outstanding stipends for the exited N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries.

7. N-Power: FG Hints On Those To Be Enrolled For Batch C

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, on Friday disclosed an update on the N-Power programme as Batch C will commence soon. The Minister stated this at an event in commemoration of the ministry’s first year anniversary in Abuja.

8. N-Power Commences Payment Of Npower Stipends

The Federal Government social intervention scheme, N-Power, has commenced the payment of Npower stipends to affected beneficiaries. Naija News reports that N-Power commenced the payment of Npower stipends today, Wednesday, August 19, after seventy-nine days protests by aggrieved batches A and B beneficiaries of the social intervention scheme.

9. Npower Batch C Applicants Get E-Mail Updates As Batches A And B Get Stipends

Some Batch C applicants of the federal government social intervention scheme, Npower have started receiving e-mail updates from administrators of the scheme. It is understood that the mail is been received by some of those who had earlier completed the application process before the recruitment portal was closed.

10. Minister Reveals When Npower Batch A And B Beneficiaries Will Receive Unpaid Stipends

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has finally revealed when Npower beneficiaries will receive their unpaid stipends. Naija News reports that the Minister said batch A and B beneficiaries of the Federal Government social intervention scheme, N-Power, will receive their stipends before the onboarding of the new beneficiaries by the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

11. Npower Stipend: Aisha Sends Important Message To Npower Beneficiaries

Aisha Yesufu, a rights activist and co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement, has asked disengaged N-Power protesters to meet with other agitators to “protest on the same day.” Naija News reports that Aisha’s call is coming at a time Npower beneficiaries are still lamenting the delay in payment of Npower June stipend and Npower July stipend for the year 2020.

12. Where Is Our Stipend? Npower Beneficiaries Bomb Minister After Her Youth Day Message

Beneficiaries of the federal government social investment scheme, Npower have again cried out over the non-payment of their outstanding stipends and other benefits. The disgruntled beneficiaries who took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to voice their anger on Wednesday blamed Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development for the non-payment of their stipends.

13. 4 Things Minister Sadiya Farouq Umar Said In Her Weekly Updates As Npower Beneficiaries Await Stipend Payment

The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development in Nigeria, Sadiya Umar Farouq has given a summary of her activities in the last one week. The Minister took to her verified Twitter handle on Sunday in a series of tweets to highlight what she has been doing.

14. WASSCE: Government Begs Npower Teachers To Resume

An appeal has gone out from the government of Osun State to former N-Power teachers to resume and prepare students for their forthcoming West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Intervention Programmes, Lukman Bello, made the appeal on Monday.

15. The Federal Government Has Spent ₦14 Billion On Student Feeding, N-Power And CCT In Jigawa State Alone

In the last four years, the federal government has spent ₦14 billion on the programs of the Ministry of Social Welfare under Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq in Jigawa State alone. Plans include feeding primary school students, the N-Power youth program, and the distribution of ₦5,000 stipend per month. While N9.074bn has been spent on the ₦5,000-month program for the needy, ₦5.178 billion has been spent on the primary school feeding program from 2017 to date in Jigawa.

16. 2,000 Npower Beneficiaries Storm Aso Rock, Table Fresh Request Before Buhari

At least 2,000 Npower beneficiaries held a ‘Thank You Rally’ to Aso Rock, Nigeria’s Presidential Villa over the success of the N-Power scheme and other Social Intervention Programmes in the country. Naija News reports that the ‘Thank You Rally’ to Aso Rock was led by the Concerned Citizens/ N- Power Forum with participants drawn across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

17. FG Extends Npower Online Application, Reveals Closing Date

The Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has extended Npower online application by two weeks. Naija News reports that with the development, potential beneficiaries of the Federal government empowerment programme (N-Power) can continue with the online application till the next two weeks.

19. FG Replies Protesting Npower Beneficiaries, Speaks On N600,000 Grant And Permanent Employment

The Federal Government of Nigeria has responded to the demands of some protesting N-Power beneficiaries who want exiting Batch A and B beneficiaries to be employed by the government. The protesting beneficiaries had also on Thursday, 23rd July, demanded that the government pay each of them N600,000 grant if it couldn’t employ them permanently.

20. Aggrieved Npower Beneficiaries Protest In Abuja, Make Demands (Photos)

Several aggrieved beneficiaries of the Federal government empowerment programme (N-Power) are currently protesting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Naija News reports that the aggrieved Npower beneficiaries over their disengagement from the programme and unsettled stipends.

21. Why NPower Beneficiaries Are Yet To Get Stipends – FG

Some NPower beneficiaries were not paid their stipends because the payment platform already recognised their accounts, the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development has said. In a statement on Thursday, Rhoda Iliya, deputy director of information at the ministry, revealed that 14,020 beneficiaries of NPower have existing accounts on the payroll of other agencies.

That’s the latest Npower news in Nigeria for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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School Resumption: Obaseki Gives New Directives To All Primary & Secondary Schools In Edo

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The Edo State Government has postponed the resumption of all secondary and primary school within the state by an extra one week.

Edo has shifted resumption of primary and secondary schools for the 2020/2021 academic session to Tuesday, October 6.

The Special Adviser to the Edo Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, disclosed this in an online statement.

Osagie said: “The Edo State government has moved the resumption of primary and secondary schools for 2020/21 academic calendar from Monday, September 28, 2020, to Tuesday, October 6, 2020.”

He however did not give any reason for the sudden change

 

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IGP, Adamu, Condemns Attack On Borno Governor’s Convoy

Nigeria Police Disbands IRT, STS State Offices

Suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group on Sunday evening again attacked the convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State along the Monguno-Maiduguri axis.

Monguno is north and about 80km drive to Maiduguri, the town hosted thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) mostly from Marte, Baga, Kukawa, Dikwa and other surrounding Local Government Areas.

Naija News reports that this is coming barely 48 hours when some members of the sect ambushed the convoy of Governor Zulum along Cross Kauwa-Baga road in Borno State leaving over 30 people dead including 10 policemen and 4 soldiers.

However, The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has reacted to the development. Naija News learnt Adamu condemned the attack on a security convoy in Borno State by armed men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists.

speaking further, Adamu directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Police Medical Services, Olubunmi Ogunsanwo to work in sync with the Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command CP Bello Makwashi and the Police Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) towards ensuring adequate provision of Medicare for the officers injured during the attack.

While condoling the families and friends of those killed during the attack, the IGP reassures the country, particularly the people of Borno State that the morale of Police officers and other security agencies involved in providing security especially in the State has not and will not be dampened by the incident.

 

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Edo Election Video: Why Tinubu Could Not Keep Silent

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By Bassey Akpan

The 2020 Edo State governorship election has come and gone but some of its talking points still reverberate. For several reasons, the Edo election has been viewed by many as a proxy battle at this particular moment in time between political forces and figures that will contend against each other during the battle for 2023.

These external factors and interests determined the actions and support given to the various candidates by many major figures. Thus several actors supported a candidate not of their party because they deemed what otherwise would be considered partisan betrayal as profitable to their 2023 calculations.

The Edo governorship election was a chess game played not just to win the governor’s seat but also played by certain people to better position themselves for 2023 while also attempting to sidetrack feared probable 2023 rivals. These calculations blurred party lines as loyalty to self-interests exceeded loyalty to party. The manner of things concerning Edo was never as they appeared.

Indications of these complex dynamics were evident early in the campaign. The PDP campaign initially fixated on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, a former governor of the State and immediate-past National Chairman of the APC.

ALSO READ: Edo election: Needless crisis and irresponsible leadership caused us victory — Edo APC (VIDEO)

With the intensity of attacks on Oshiomhole, one would have thought he was going to be on the ballot. This was just the prelude to a larger broadside. The PDP, aligned with a fifth column in the APC would see the Edo race as a way to attack and derail Asiwaju Tinubu’s purported 2023 presidential ambitions.

These elements had earlier in the year tried to use Edo and the legal entanglements in which they placed Oshiomhole as a way to weaken, if not destroy Asiwaju’s influence in the APC.

Their attempt not only failed, it backfired. Spontaneous and independent shows of support for Asiwaju were seen across the nation. It was confirmed. Tinubu enjoyed more grassroots support than these foes who dared not emerge from the shadows to confront him directly.

Thus, they came to see the Edo election itself as their hope to weaken Tinubu’s growing image. This objective resulted in certain tactical maneuvers and calculations that can only be described as a blatant antiparty activity.

Several APC governors and a few cabinet ministers held not so secret Abuja meetings on how they could use Edo to topple Tinubu’s likely presidential run. They determined that to support Ize-Iyamu was tantamount to bolstering Tinubu as both men were joined in political alliance via Oshiomhole.

Thus, they vowed among themselves to jettison party loyalty so as to hunt down and damage the Tinubu presidential project. In the end, these governors and others would not do for Ize-Iyamu what custom and tradition required of them.

Their affection had been turned against him because their overriding concern had little to do with the APC winning Edo. They had reached the cynical conclusion that a party victory would be their personal defeat. Thus, rebel APC governors were speaking Ize-Iyamu during the day but funneling aid to Obaseki by night.

With an important segment of the party fighting itself, what should have been a comfortable Ize-Iyamu victory loomed now as a defeat contrived in great partly by disloyal party members. Loyal party members had a choice. Do nothing and watch defeat come or try to salvage victory by any legitimate political intervention possible.

It is against this background, the involvement of Asiwaju Tinubu in the election must be weighed. In a video that went viral, the National Leader of APC admonished Edo voters not to renew Obaseki’s mandate as governor because of his anti-democratic action of inaugurating only nine members (a tenth member was later sworn-in) out of 24 members of the Edo State House of Assembly following their election during the 2019 general elections.

The remaining 14 have been locked out of the House Chambers since June 2019 thereby denying the majority of Edo people representation.

Tinubu made this statement in an attempt to rally party loyalists. He understood that leaders of the APC factions against him had laid traps to sabotage Ize-Iyamu’s campaign.

However, he was caught in a bit of a dilemma. To begin to talk for perfidy within the APC might serve only to demoralize loyal party members for a house divided against itself is not a winning campaign narrative. Tinubu thus decided to intensify the attack on Obaseki’s patent illegality in hopes of rallying support for Ize-Iyamu.

Perhaps it was too little too late. Perhaps it was the wrong thing to say at that late moment. In hindsight, he might have gotten more traction had he used more of his personal platform to extol the virtues of Ize-Iyamu.  Thus, one can perhaps criticize Tinubu for making a wrong statement at the right time. However, to attack him under the proposition that he had no right to concern himself with the election is hypocritical.

Supporters of  Obaseki and the PDP have put a spin on Asiwaju Tinubu’s action calling it interference in the affairs of Edo. To them, Tinubu ought to restrict his political interventions to Lagos. Yet they do not apply the same measure to themselves.

Did not numerous PDP figures and governors intervene in Edo? Were PDP governors not there immediately before and on the day of election? I can tell you for certain their presence was not for mere pleasure seeking or political tourism.  They were there directly placing their imprint on the outcome.

*Akpan is a public affairs commentator based in Abuja.

 

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APC React As Boko Haram Attack Borno Governor’s Convoy

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Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) on Sunday condemned Saturday attack on the convoys of Governor Babagana Zulum.

Naija news reports that this is coming barely 48 hours when some members of the sect ambushed the convoy of Governor Zulum along Cross Kauwa-Baga road in Borno State leaving over 30 people dead including 10 policemen and 4 soldiers.

However, Speaking via a  statement on Sunday, Chairman of the Forum and Kebbi Governor, Abubakar Bagudu , commiserated with the people and government of Borno State over the attack on governor’s two convoys along Maiduguri/Baga road of Borno State.

The governors also vowed to support the Borno Governor to see to the end of insurgence in the region. They also appealed to the Federal Government to immediately provide more logistical support to security agencies deployed to Borno to ensure speedy return to normal life in State and the entire North-East region.

The statement reads: “We join our brother, Governor Zulum, our leaders in Borno State and all Nigerians to pray for the repose of the souls of all those who lost their lives.

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FG Allegedly Agrees To Reverse Electricity Tariff Increment

FG Orders Nigerians To Fill, Submit Self-Certification Forms Or Lose Bank Accounts

Deregulation has reportedly been accepted as a policy by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

This was stated at a meeting which started at 8.37pm on Sunday, September 27, at the banquet hall of Aso Rock.

According to the Guardian, the deregulation was reluctantly agreed to by the NLC after so much pressure by other unions.

The news outlet added that the decision was influenced by petrol marketers, tanker owners and other stakeholders.

Reports also had it (as seen on Legitng) that the federal government has accepted to reverse the increment in the electricity tariffs.

Meanwhile, the report added that both labour unions will only take a final decision on the matter when it reached concrete agreement with government.

NaijaNews had earlier reported that Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Gida Mustapha.

Naija News reports that the meeting was held due to the planned industrial action and protests by organized labour scheduled to commence on Monday, September 28, 2020.

The meeting between the trio was held at the official residence of the Vice-President inside the Presidential Villa.

Read outcome of the meeting here.

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Magu: FCMB Apologises To Prophet Omale Over ‘False Claims’ Of Money Transfer

First City Monument Bank‘s management has once again debunked and apologised over its earlier report of an alleged deposit of N573 million into the account of an associate of the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

Recall that early last month that the managing director of FCMB, Adam Nuru, told the Presidential panel that N573 million was mistakenly transferred into the account of Godwin Omale.

However,In the latest development has apologised to both Emmanuel Omale, the General Overseer of the Divine Hand of God Ministries, and the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, over N573 million mistakenly ‘credited’ into Mr Omale’s account.

Naija new learnt that the bank published its apology in three national newspapers, The Guardian, Daily Trust and BusinessDay.

The letter was a sequel to a N5 billion suit filed by Mr Omale’s lawyer, Gordy Uche, against FCMB over the bank’s report to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit of an alleged payment.

In the letter dated September 11, titled “Re: Bank Negligence Occasioning Unique Investigation And Defamation To Our Client,” and signed by both legal counsel to FCMB, Adewale Fati and Olugbenga Elemide, the bank said it regrets the error and has accordingly published a public apology in three national newspapers as demanded by the senior advocate on behalf of Mr Omale.

The letter reads in part, “Please be informed that in line with the undertaking contained in our aforementioned letter, we have published in three national newspapers (The Guards newspaper, Daily Trust newspaper and Business Day newspaper) on September 11, 2020. Please find attached herewith copies of our public apology to Divine Hand of God Ministries.

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“It is our hope that the public apology has assuaged the grievances of your client, having seen that the error was indeed not borne out of any malice towards them. Kindly extend our good wishes to your client, whilst assuring you of our warm professional regards.”