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Actress Nkechi Blessing Speaks On Giving Love A Chance

Nkechi Blessing Excited As Random Stranger Sends Her N1m

Popular Nigerian actress, Nkechi Blessing on Friday disclosed that she is not ashamed of falling in love again, despite her past experiences.

Blessing in a post on her Instagram account called on her followers and fans not to give up on love.

The actress further stated that she would not advise any of her fans against finding and falling in love.

Blessing who described love as a beautiful thing called on her fans not to worry about her love life.

The actress wrote, “Regardless of what I have been through in relationships, I will never advise anyone against finding and falling in love.

“Love is a beautiful thing and I am never ashamed of falling in love again. Don’t worry about me, I am good.”

In another development, Temi, the daughter of billionaire Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has revealed the kind of wedding she wants when it’s finally time to tie the knot with her lover, Oluwatosin Ajibade aka Mr Eazi

According to her, she wants a private and personal wedding ceremony where she can easily identify the faces at the event.

She added that it would be annoying for her to see unknown faces at her wedding.

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2023 Elections: Labour Party Confirms Peter Obi As Member

2023 Elections: Labour Party Confirms Peter Obi As Member

The opposition Labour Party has confirmed a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi has joined the party.

Naija News reports that this development comes two days after Obi resigned his membership from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a tweet via its Twitter handle on Friday, the party said the presidential aspirant registered as a member and officially joined its fold on Friday in his ward in Anambra State.

The party disclosed that Obi is expected to pick the presidential form and contest the party’s presidential primary election fixed for next week Tuesday in Abuja.

The tweet reads: “As earlier reported, H.E Peter Obi Joins Labour Party of Nigeria, @PeterObi registered as a member of the party on Friday in his ward in Anambra State.

“He is expected to pick the presidential form and contest the party’s presidential primary election next Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/Official_LPN/status/1530208902398320643

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First Bank Names Billionaire Femi Otedola Major Shareholder As He Makes N543m In 8hrs

The First Bank Of Nigeria has confirmed billionaire Femi Otedola as the largest individual share holder.

This is coming months after a faceoff between two billionaires Otedola and Tunde Hassan-Odukale.

In it’s latest report, the bank revealed that Otedola has amassed 7.56% of its shares and this helped him earn over N543 million on Thursday.

According to the report, the billionaire has a direct holding of 0.58% direct stake and 6.98% indirect stake.

This brings Otedola stake to 7.56% making him clear of Tunde Hassan-Odukale who has 4.31% as at the end of 2021.

Hassan-Odukale’s 27,530,930 direct shares, and 1,518,758,784 indirect shares in First Bank is worth N16.62 billion.

Meanwhile, Otedola has made N543 million on Thursday as the value of his share holdings (2.7 billion units) increased from N28.66 billion to N29.21 billion during trading.

This occurred when First Bank shares rebounded from two days of losses to rise from N10.55 to N10.75 per share.

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NFF Confirms Nigeria 2023 AFCON Qualifiers Dates Against Sierra Leone And Mauritius

After announcing the new Head Coach for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed the dates of 2023 AFCON Qualifiers.

Jose Peseiro must hit the ground running and convince Nigerian football fans of his abilities as he will be in charge of Nigeria’s first competitive games after the heartbreak against Ghana earlier in the year.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will host Sierra Leone on the 9th of June at the MKO Abiola National Stadium Abuja by 5pm, while the second qualifying game will be away to Mauritius on the 13th of June at the Cote D’or National Sports Complex, St. Pierre by 1pm.

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Breaking: Lai Mohammed’s Son, Folaji Loses House Of Assembly Primaries

Hon. Folajimi Mohammed, the son of Nigeria’s information minister Lai Mohammed has lost his bid to return to the assembly under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress.

Mohammed, who is a two-term member of the Lagos State House of Assembly was defeated at the primaries held on Friday.

The winner of the primaries, a former Legislative Leader of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, Hon Seyi Lawal polled 15 delegates votes to defeat Folajimi who recorded nine votes.

The ticket of the APC in Ikeja constituency 1  was contested by nine aspirants including Mohammed, Lawal, Ladapo Oyebiyi, Ismail Balogun, Taofeek Olorunfunmi, Olabode Akerele, Adegboyega Kuku, Dr Bode Tawak, and Adesipe Adebiyi.

The Chairman of the three-man APC Electoral Committee for the constituency, Ewosho Oladunjoye announced that the other seven aspirants polled no votes at all, while there was one void vote.

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Peter Obi Joins Labour Party Days After Dumping PDP

BREAKING: Peter Obi Joins Labour Party Days After Dumping PDP

Former Governor of Anambra State and presidential aspirant, Peter Obi has officially joined the Labour Party.

Naija News reports that this development comes two days after he resigned his membership from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Recall that Obi had dumped the PDP a few days before its presidential primary slated for May 29 and 30 at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

In a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, Obi said he resigned his membership due to the recent developments in the opposition party.

In a statement on his official Twitter page on Friday, Obi announced his defection to the Labour Party ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

The former governor said he joined the party because it is in line with his aspirations and mantra of taking the country from consumption to production.

Obi said he pitched his tent with Labour Party which he said is synonymous with the people, workers, development, production, securing and uniting Nigerians as one family.

The former governor thanked all Nigerians, especially the youths who have joined him in the mission of taking back and reuniting Nigeria.

He, therefore, urged his followers and all Nigerians to join him in taking back the country, promising not to disappoint them.

He said: “I thank all Nigerians, especially our youths who have joined me in the mission of taking back and reuniting Nigeria. This project is yours and for the future of your children. I am just a facilitator.

“Since I resigned from the PDP because of issues that are at variance with my persona and principles, I have consulted widely with various parties and personalities to ensure we do not complicate the route to our desired destination.

“For me, the process of achieving our goal is as fundamental as what one will do thereafter.

“Therefore, I have chosen a route that I consider to be in line with our aspirations and my mantra of taking the country from consumption to production; and that is the Labour Party which is synonymous with the people, workers, development, production, securing and uniting Nigerians as one family. I invite all Nigerians to join me in taking back our country. Be assured that I’ll never let you down.”

Obi registered as a member of the Labour party in Agulu Ward 2 in Anambra on Friday to the admiration of his supporters.

He is expected to pick the presidential form and participate in the party’s presidential primary election slated for next week Tuesday in Abuja.

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2023 Gubernatorial: APC Vs PDP Contenders

2023: INEC Reacts As Many Politicians Join Presidential Race

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) conducted it’s governorship primary election, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) has also done the same.

Being the two major political countries, the battle for power might solely be between them

Below is a list showing the main flag bearers of the APC and PDP in the gubernatorial elections.

Kaduna State: (APC) Senator Uba Sani Vs(PDP) Isah Ashiru

Jigawa State: (APC) Umar Namadi Vs (PDP) Mustapha Lamido

Cross River State: (APC) Senator Bassey Out Vs (PDP) Sandy Onor

Plateau State:(APC) Nentanwe Yilwatda Goshwe vs (PDP) Caleb Mutfwang

Kebbi State:(APC) Dr Nasiru Idris Vs (PDP) Aminu Muhammad Bande

Lagos State: (APC) Babajide Sanwo-Olu Vs (PDP) Abdulaziz Olajide Adediran (Jandor)

Enugu State: (APC) Uche Nnaji Vs (PDP) Peter Mbah

Gombe State: (APC) Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya Vs (PDP) Jibrin Barde

Nasarawa State: (APC) Abdullahi Sule Vs (PDP) David Ombugadu

Borno State: (APC) Babagana Zulum vs (PDP) Mohammed Jajari

Delta State: (APC) Ovie Omo-Agege Vs (PDP) Chief Sheriff Oborevwori

Rivers State: (APC) Tonye Cole Vs (PDP) Sim Fubara

Yobe State: (APC) Mai Mala Buni Vs (PDP) Sheriff Abdullahi

Please note that this list will be updated…

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Actor Guild Of Nigeria Reacts As Jonathan Gets All Clear To Contest For Presidency

2023: Goodluck Jonathan To Attend PDP Convention - Source

The president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Emeka Rollas has reacted after a court sitting in Bayelsa cleared former President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2023 presidential election.

Naija News reports that Justice Isa Hamma Dashen of the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa gave the ruling on Friday.

The presiding judge ruled that the former President is eligible to contest the 2023 presidency.

He also held that Jonathan’s right to vie for the office of president again cannot be stopped by any retroactive law

Emeka Rollas, AGN president, who has been clamoring for the ministry of Nollywood, via his Instagram page shared a photo of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan whilst hailing the country in a sarcastic manner.

He wrote; ”The intrigue continues, Nigeria my country”

Recall that Jonathan was sworn-in as Nigeria’s President in 2010 following the death of his principal, late Umaru Yar’Adua.

In 2015, while running for another term, a court ruled that Jonathan was eligible to contest as his first inauguration was done to complete Yar’Adua’s tenure.

However, in 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the fourth alteration of the 1999 Constitution, which bars Vice Presidents who succeed their principals from serving more than one full term.

However, in an origination summons filed by Andy Solomon and Idibiye Abraham, the plaintiffs are seeking an order of the court stating that Jonathan is not affected by the fourth alteration.

The plaintiffs requested an accelerated hearing via a motion ex parte which was granted by Justice Isa Dashen to allow Jonathan participate in the APC primary slated for Sunday, May 30.

Having been granted the permission to contest the APC presidential primary, Jonathan will slug it out with the likes of the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President Ahmad Lawan; the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Governor Dave Umahi, Governor Ben Ayade, Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Governor Badaru Abubakar, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Senator Ajayi Boroffice and among others should he eventually join the race.

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2023 Presidency: Peter Obi Unstable, We Have Withdrawn Our Support – Group

2023 Presidency: Peter Obi Unstable, We Have Withdrawn Our Support – Group

A political group said it has withdrawn its support for 2023 presidential hopeful, Peter Obi.

The group described the former Anambra State governor as an unstable politician, hence he no longer deserves their support.

Naija News understands that the group was reacting to Obi’s withdrawal from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The presidential aspirant had on Wednesday shocked Nigerians after he announced his withdrawal from the opposition party a few days to the party’s presidential primaries.

In a statement obtained by newsmen on Friday, a group which identified itself as the Democratic Forum for Justice and Equity (DFJE) said it regrets supporting the candidate.

Though Obi is yet to announce his new political movement, there are, however, speculations that the presidential hopeful may join the Labour Party to realise his ambition.

It has been said also that talks are ongoing with Obi to have him join the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) led by the former Governor of Kano State and a presidential aspirant of the party, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as his running mate.

The pro-Obi group in the statement issued on Friday through its National Coordinator, Malam Isah Ajilete, said it regretted supporting the former governor of Anambra State in the first place and has now withdrawn its support.

The group noted that it was on the basis of equity and fairness for the Southeast that it initially declared support for Obi.

“We have withdrawn our support for Peter Obi, having realised that he is an unstable politician who has taken his desperation to a selfish level. We made bold to say that we regretted ever supporting Peter Obi in the first place and we have since shifted our loyalty to a stable politician,” the group said.

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This Despicable Delegate Inducement Must Stop For Nigeria’s Sake!

Until now, many had thought that the selling of votes is the vocation of illiterate Nigerian masses who don’t know better. Delegates to the recently conducted, and ongoing primaries have put a lie to this. With the recently amended Electoral Act which removed statutory delegates, only the college of elected delegates matters in the primaries and to aspirants. These delegates consist of three party members from each of the 774 LGAs with each state and the FCT presenting a representative of persons living with disabilities. This followed the enactment of the Electoral Act.

The Electoral Act 2022 drastically cut down on the number of delegates to elect party candidates for various offices by taking out the statutory delegates. In the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), only about 811 delegates are needed to elect the presidential candidate while in the All Progressives Congress (APC), the number is about 2,320 delegates. Given this arrangement and their superdelegates’ status, it’s expected that these party chieftains will be a self-respecting bunch patriotic enough to uphold the enlightened self-interest of citizens. It, therefore, beggars belief that they will act in the same manner or be worse than very poor and ignorant masses who sell their votes for as little as a thousand naira. Unfortunately, whereas these sell their future, compromised delegates sell their country. That’s to show how egregious their sellout is. These are people who should present to the Nigerian electorate candidates with vision, intellect, charisma, and character to stir the ship of state in the right direction.

This will be the first time under this Republic which commenced in 1999 that all the ‘statutory delegates’ comprising public officials (from the president to governor to council chairmen as well as federal and state lawmakers and political appointees) will be watching their party primaries on television. Naija News, therefore, expected rectitude, patriotism, and integrity from those privileged enough to provide Nigerians with options to choose from in the next general election. While the received wisdom is that the aspirants are the ones inducing the delegates with dollars, the APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu recently spoke up where he disclosed that it was the other way round! Speaking about the development, the ruling party boss said, “for now, there is no law against aspirants taking the campaign to delegates. I don’t have evidence that aspirants are sharing money to delegates. To me, it’s the delegates that are selling their conscience, which is not proper.

“Our delegates should know that anybody sharing money to them can’t be the right candidate for the party. He doesn’t mean well for the country. I don’t have a solution for the problem,” added the APC National Chairman. Naija News does not agree that he lacks powers to correct the unconscionable corruption of the electoral process of the country. What happened to the humongous influence he wields as party chairman, who until he got to that exalted office was a ranking senator and a former governor?

Critical stakeholders must not allow this scotch-earth subversion of democracy. Never in the history of Nigeria has party primaries become such a mercantile affair. So bad is the situation that politicians unabashedly require restitution from induced delegates who failed to live up to their own end of the bargain. The son of a former vice president made headlines for demanding a refund from delegates he accused of not voting for him after each of them collected N2million from him in his bid for a House of Reps ticket. That he got only two votes for all his troubles shows that he was outspent by his rivals.

It was also in the news that Ondo Central Senator, Ayo Akinyelure, retrieved the vehicles given to Chief Segun Adegoke, a member of PDP Board of Trustees and that of Mr Wole Akindiose, a former PDP Chairman in Ondo East and National delegate to the forthcoming convention of the party. Dissatisfied with the outcome of the primary won by Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) despite the money and vehicles purportedly doled out, the Chairman of the Senate’s Ethics Committee reportedly demanded his vehicles back from the leaders.

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani shared the story of a House of Reps aspirant who went about Kaduna with hunters and vigilante members to collect a refund of the money he paid to delegates before the primary and has so far collected N100 million after losing the party’s primary election in his constituency. Sani himself, who opted not to financially induce the delegates, got only two votes in the PDP governorship primaries in Kaduna State. This regrettably is a testament to what determined the voting pattern of the delegates.

Ahead of this weekend’s presidential primaries where the stakes are way higher, a national daily reported today that delegates to the national convention of the two major parties have already raked in N124bn from sundry presidential aspirants. So widespread was the malpractice that former President Goodluck Jonathan would say, “these whole primaries going on across the country is a mess. This is not a standard practice. We cannot use the process to elect the president, governors, senators, and House of Representatives members, and others. The process is already failed, which is not good for the country. We pray that good people should come. I hope that what happened this year, 2022 will not happen again in this country.”

This newspaper regrets that the sterling standard set by the citizen who rejected N5,000 cash-for-vote bribe during the last governorship election in Anambra state meant nothing to these greedy delegates. If Eunice Ngozi Onuegbusi, an ordinary citizen from Ukwulu in Dunukofia local government area of Anambra state, can be upright enough to refuse to sell her conscience for N5,000, more is definitely expected of party bigwigs elected to represent particular demographics in a primary election.

Having collected the politicians’ Greek gifts, what right do compromise delegates have to demand good governance and accountability from these persons if they eventually make it to public offices? After forcing the hands of Nigerians to vote for moneybags who will be quick to recoup their “investments” upon gaining power, the delegates must ask themselves how the country can make progress.

Naija News demands that Nigerians be patriotic and stop raping the country at the slightest opportunity. Since some persons cannot help but put pecuniary interest over the country, the anti-graft agencies must step in to ensure that this highly deleterious practice is not allowed to continue. Just as we condemned the princely sums for which the APC nomination and expression of interest forms were sold, the monetization of Nigeria’s political process remains an ill-wind that blows nobody any good. To this extent, we agree with the APC Chairman that aspirants who are inducing delegates do not mean well for Nigeria.

As such, the EFCC and ICPC have their work clearly cut out for them and must get cracking. They can start by going after the failed aspirants who are openly asking delegates to return objects of inducement given to them prior to the primaries. Owing to this growing malaise in Nigeria’s political process, Naija News is calling for an enabling law for independent candidates to stand for elections. That way, decent and credible Nigerians can offer to serve in public offices without being compromised or exploited by filthy lucre-loving party delegates. This is more so as the amount of money needed to buy the conscience of these greedy delegates can defray general election expenditures

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