Presidential election tribunal: Tribunal admits more exhibits

• I personally transmitted election results to server – INEC technical officer • Former Buhari’s ally, Buba Galadima appears as Atiku’s witness • As Buhari kicks against tribunal’s admission of own bio-data The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, on Monday admitted the final result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the Feb. 23 general election as an exhibit. Dr Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, Counsel for the petitioners tendered the document before Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-man panel as part of his clients’ moves to prove allegations of election malpractice leveled…

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ECOWAS Summit: Buhari advocates ‘common strategy’ to fight insecurity

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on leaders across West Africa to join forces together in the fight against insecurity. Buhari, who is the chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), said this on Saturday at the 55th ordinary session of the authority of heads of state and government of ECOWAS. The president said while member countries are making individual efforts to tackle insecurity, “recent developments have shown that we must cooperate more effectively to achieve our goals.” According to him, the countries must end the social menace if…

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Atiku petitions court over alleged plot to delay presidential election tribunal

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has petitioned the Court of Appeal over what he described as a deliberate ploy to truncate the constitutional calendar of the presidential election petition before the Tribunal. This is coming 11 days after the President of the Court of Appeal and erstwhile Chairperson of the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, disqualified herself from the Tribunal following the petition of the PDP and Atiku/Obi legal team. The PDP and Abubakar had…

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Liverpool wins Champion League

Liverpool erased the disappointment of last season’s Champions League final loss by claiming the trophy for the sixth time with victory over Tottenham in Madrid. It was Mohamed Salah, such a disconsolate figure when he was injured early in that loss to Real Madrid, who set Liverpool on their way with a penalty after two minutes when Moussa Sissoko was contentiously punished for handball. In a final that rarely touched the heights of the blockbuster semi-finals that made this an all-Premier League showpiece, Spurs had chances but were denied by…

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E-payments hit N34.02trn in first quarter, 2019 – NBS

A total of 557,083,712 electronic-payment transactions valued at N34.02 trillion were recorded in selected banks across the country in the first quarter, 2019, Nigeria’s statistics bureau has said. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said this in a report on Selected Banking Sector Data: Sectorial Breakdown of Credit, ePayment Channels and Staff Strength data posted on its website. It said Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) Instant Payment (NIP) transactions dominated the volume of transactions recorded with 232,816,102 volume of NIP transactions valued at N24.17 trillion were recorded within the period…

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Ramadan starts today, Sultan declares

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared today, Monday 6, as the first day of Ramadan fast in Nigeria. Abubakar announced the sighting of the new crescent in Sokoto yesterday in a radio and television broadcast. He said the new moon was sighted in various places across the country, which indicates that Sunday is the end of 8th Islamic month of Sha’aban. The Sultan said that reports of the moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organisations across the country. “Upon due verification and authentication by the…

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Ramadan: Sultan directs Muslims to look for New Moon

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… As NSCIA releases 30 contact details for moon-sighting notice The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, on Saturday called on Muslims to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1440A.H. Sultan Abubakar made the call in a statement by Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto. Junaidu said “this is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Sunday, May 5, which is equivalent to 29 day of Sha’aban 1440A.H., shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1440A.H. “Muslims are, therefore, requested…

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JAMB announces date for release 2019 UTME results

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results would be ready from Monday, April 29. Voice of Liberty learned that the examination body’s media aide, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Bwari, Abuja. “We are still screening but hopefully, anytime next week, the results will be ready,” he said. Benjamin had on Sunday, April 21, said that the 2019 UTME results would be released next week. But he did not state the exact…

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Polls server results: Courts are guided by Electoral Act, not by social media videos – Keyamo

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Festus Keyamo, has said that some videos circulating on the social media purportedly showing how the February 23, 2019 presidential election was rigged are of no effect when weighed against the provisions of the Electoral Act and INEC’s guidelines. Keyamo was reacting to videos where some Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff said the commission planned to transmit results of the 2019 elections electronically. Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had challenged the outcome of the presidential election won by President…

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Why Senate postponed 2019 budget passage till Tuesday – Saraki

The Senate has postponed the passage of the 2019 budget till Tuesday, April 30, 2019. This was disclosed during plenary on Wednesday. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the postponement is because of the absence of the Chairman of the committee at plenary and to also enable committee members to study the budget details before passage. He asked the National Assembly secretariat to ensure that senators get copies of the bill ahead of passage. “Some members have not got printed copies of the details and I have directed the Clerk to…

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Thousands of 2019 UTME candidates won’t get their results over exams malpractices, says JAMB Registrar

… Announces arrest of over 100 ‘professional examination writers’ Thousands of candidates who sat for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would have their results withheld for engaging in examination malpractices. The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede stated this in Lagos on Tuesday during the arrest of two children of the owner of a computer-based test (CBT) centre, who confessed to selling fake UTME questions and answers to unsuspecting persons. The centre- Risk Global Company Limited, which is located on 300, Ikorodu…

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Atiku releases details of election result from INEC server to prove he defeated Buhari

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential election has released further details about the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to back up his claims that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to the result declared by INEC from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Buhari polled 15,191,847, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes. But, Atiku claimed he garnered a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari, who, according…

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2019 AFCON: Nigeria in ‘easy group’ faces Burundi, Guinea, and Madagascar

Super Eagles of Nigeria have been handed ‘easy opponents’ in group B for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt. The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Guinea, Madagascar, and Burundi in group B to advance to the knock out round in the summer African tournament at the Alexandria stadium. The host nation, Egypt is drawn against DR Congo, Uganda, and Zimbabwe in group A. Cote D’Ivoire who will be featuring for the 23rd time at the African showpiece in Egypt is paired against Morocco, South Africa and…

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Real reasons for inconclusive elections in 2019 – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday in Kaduna said that steep competition among leading political parties in the country was largely responsible for the inconclusive elections recorded in 2019. Prof. Antonia Simbine, INEC’s National Commissioner for North Central Zone, stated this while presenting Certificate of Return to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday in Kaduna. Simbine said that while the nation’s internal democracy was deepening after six successive elections, the system was being faced by many other emerging realities. “One is the reality that our democracy…

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