Atiku assembles 400 witnesses against Buhari’s victory

The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the February 23, 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said on Monday that they had assembled over 400 witnesses to testify at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, where they would challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress’ victory at the poll.

They spoke through the National Legal Adviser of the PDP, Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, on the premises of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, venue of the tribunal where they filed their petition on Monday.

Supplementary elections: We expect high-level cooperation from security agencies – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called for improved synergy with various security agencies in the country during the supplementary election to be held in some states on March 23, 2019.
INEC’s National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, made the call on Monday during his appearance on Sunrise Daily, a breakfast programme on Channels Television.
“We are ready for this particular election, and we expect that things will go well,” he said.

Court adjourns N1.4b laundering case against Usoro, others

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State has adjourned till April 17 to hear three pending applications in the N1.4 billion money laundering charge against the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Paul Usoro.

Election: Bauchi governor meets Buhari, heads to court

The Bauchi State Governor, Muhammed Abubakar, says he will go to court following the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the governorship election in the state.
Governor Abubakar disclosed this to State House correspondents after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Monday.
On what he discussed with the President at the meeting, he said, “I am not seeking any action of Mr President.”

No certificate of return for Okorocha, INEC insists

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that it would not present a certificate of return to Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.
INEC’s National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, disclosed this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday.
He explained that the electoral body took the decision because the returning officer for Imo West senatorial district election said that he declared Governor Okorocha as the winner “under duress”.

Army probes assassination attempt on Wike, misconduct by personnel

The Nigerian Army has set up a committee to investigate the reported assassination attempt on Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, as well as allegations of misconduct against its personnel during the general elections.
Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
He explained that the committee was constituted as part of the measure to ensure that troops deployed for election security duties conducted themselves within laid-down Rules of Engagement and the Code of Conduct.

Three-storey building collapses in Ibadan, three rescued

Barely two days after a similar incident occurred in Lagos, another three-storey building has collapsed, this time in Ibadan.
The structure, which was still under construction, caved in at Shogoye in the Idi Arere area of the Oyo State capital.
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Shina Olukolu, confirmed that three persons had been rescued so far.
He added that rescue operations by emergency workers were ongoing at the site, as excavators were being expected to ensure prompt rescue of those still trapped under the rubble.

Violence: Bayelsa PDP flays Sylva, Lokpobiri, APC pokesmans over attack on Clark, others

The Bayelsa State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it described as the despicable display of disrespect for the Ijaw National Leader, Pa Edwin Clark, and other elder statesmen and leaders in the South South and Middle Belt.

Niger governor snubs PDP defectors

.Denies them access to govt lodge
By Ummi Ismaeel,
Niger State
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has shot the door against defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who joined the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and worked for his re-election on the March 9, 2019.
The defectors had gone to the Presidential Lodge, Minna, which serves as the Governors’ residence in company of others to congratulate him after the elections but met stiff resistance from the security men on duty who simply refused them entry.

Africa Climate Week: Delegates advised to reject false solutions to climate change

Delegates attending the Africa Climate Week holding March 18-22 in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, have been told to be wary of false solutions to the climate change phenomenon that fossil fuels industry trade associations promote to open Africa to the highest bidder.
In clear terms they were told to discard false solutions to climate change which the big polluters will want to advocate.