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Liberia Election: Boakai promises to accept result

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Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai has again promised to accept the result of the ongoing presidential run-off election if the exercise passes all tests of credibility.

Mr. Boakai made the same promise during the first round of elections on October 10.

Addressing journalists shortly after casting his vote at St. Kathlene McGure Memorial Catholic School in Rehab community outside Monrovia, he said the run-off was an acid test for Liberia’s democracy.

The vice president is contesting against former international football star, George Weah, to succeed outgoing president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Mr. Boakai joined opposition figure and third-place finisher in the first round, Charles Brumskine, in challenging the results, calling for a rerun on allegation of massive fraud and irregularities.

The Supreme Court had halted the run-off earlier slated for November 7 pending the determination of the complainants’ petition by the National Elections Commission, NEC.

NEC dismissed the complaints on the ground that they could not provide sufficient evidence to warrant a rerun of the elections as demanded by them.

The case proceeded to the apex court, which also thrashed the complainants’ appeal in its ruling on December 7 for want of evidence to substantiate their claims.

Both men had also called for the resignation of NEC’s Chairman, Jerome Korkoya, whom they accused of bias and incompetence.

Responding to a question on whether he now had faith in the Korkoya-led NEC, Mr. Boakai said he was left with no other choice than to “live with it”.

“We’re living with it; whether we have (confidence on the commission) or not, we’re living with it. We’ll work with it, we’ll accept the result.’’

“It is great day for Liberia – a test day for democracy. We will accept the results provided they meet all the standards.

“My focus now is to win, from there, I am going to get on the drawing board with my team and then we will put a plan together to move our country forward,” he said.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan had, on Monday, met separately with Boakai and Weah during which he appealed to them to accept the outcome of the election results.

In a statement, his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, reported the former president as urging both men to appeal to their supporters to keep the peace.

Source : (NAN)

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CCB Invitation: Magu Can’t Access Assets’ Documents, Says Lawyer

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CCB Invitation: Magu Can’t Access Assets’ Documents, Says Lawyer

Ibrahim Magu

The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has explained why he failed to honour the invitation of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

Recall that it was reported that CCB is planning to charge Magu for failing to declare his assets after failing to honour the invitation of the bureau.

Quoting portions of Magu’s letter in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘CCB invitation: Magu lacks access to relevant documents – Lawyer’ the embattled former EFCC boss lawyer Wahab Shittu said some of the documents requested by the CBB have been seized by the DSS and the retired Justice Ayo Salami-led panel.

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He stated that Magu told the CCB that DSS removed the documents from his office while he was in detention following his suspension from office to pave the way for his probe by the panel.

Mr. Wahab Shittu also asked the CCB to reschedule the invitation till when Magu would have access to his office and the relevant documents.

He said, “We wish to state that our client did not shun the CCB invitation as the media reportage did not reflect the true position of the narrative.

“We wish to state with high sense of responsibility that we have written two letters to the Chairman of the CBB, intimating him about the inability of our client to have access to the relevant documents as required by the CCB.”

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Saraki Reacts To Kidnap, Killing Of Worshippers In Zamfara Mosque

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Saraki Reacts To Kidnap, Killing Of Worshippers In Zamfara Mosque

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki has condemned the recent attack by gunmen on a mosque in Zamfara state which led to the killing of some worshippers.

Saraki in his reaction on Monday, condemned the activities of the criminals in its totality, calling on the government and security agents to step up their game in securing the lives of the citizens.

He added that the frequent cases and reports of insecurity in the country should be a source of concern for all Nigerians.

Recall that gunmen on Friday stormed a Friday mosque in the village of Dutsin Gari in Kanoma, Zamfara State, and abducted about 40 worshipers and an Imam.

Five worshippers were killed while several others were also injured.

Reacting to this development, Saraki wrote on his Twitter page:

 

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Recession: Nigeria’s Economy On Way To Recovery, Says Osinbajo’s Aide

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Recession: Nigeria’s Economy On Way To Recovery, Says Osinbajo’s Aide

Yemi Osinbajo

Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the Nigerian economy was already on its way to recovery from its second recession in five years.

Recall that Nigeria on Saturday, November 21, officially went into recession for the second time under President Muhammadu Buhari‘s administration.

But speaking on Sunday on a television programme, Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Osinbajo, said the economy is already on its path to recovery despite predictions by critics.

Akande said, “Let me say very clearly that if you look at the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) figures themselves, there is a clear indication of restoration. For instance, in Q2, the contraction was -6.1 but in Q3 which figures were just released, the contraction is -3. So, clearly, the Nigerian economy is on a rebound.

Also Read: Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

“To the question of when we will get out of this situation, the figures bear the truth that the Nigerian economy is on its way to recovery. This is going to be mainly because of the Economic Sustainability Plan that the President had put in place and asked the Vice-President to share its development and implementation.

“The economy is rebounding and this is mainly because of the preemptive action that the Buhari administration had taken even before now to ensure that the situation doesn’t get worse. We have the confidence that the Nigerian economy will bounce back very promptly.”

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