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Oyo State to hold Council poll May 12

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The Chairman of Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), John Ajeigbe, says the rescheduled local government election in the state will now hold on May 12.

Mr. Ajeigbe made this known on Friday while addressing newsmen in Ibadan.

He said the election would now hold because the Federal High Court Abuja injunction earlier stopping the conduct of the council poll on February 11, 2017, had been lifted.

The chairman said the election would hold in all the 33 local council areas and the 35 local council development areas in the state.

He reiterated the commitment of the state electoral body to conduct free, fair and credible election.

Mr. Ajeigbe further assured the stakeholders that the commission would play the role of an unbiased umpire in the conduct of the poll and called for mutual understanding for a successful exercise.

The chairman further solicited the cooperation of newsmen, saying `they have a greater role to play.”

“’You are all conscious of the fact that Oyo State is the central nerve of political activities in the South-West.

“’Therefore I want to appeal to the gentlemen of the press to exercise caution while reporting election matters.

He said details on the election timetable would be published in the national dailies soon.

Waheed Oyewole, State Chairman, Intra-Party Advisory Committee, said the development was a good one and urged OYSIEC to conduct a free and fair poll.

Mr. Oyewole said the credibility of the election would depend on the sincerity and unbiased actions of the state electoral body.

(NAN)

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Fake News Triggered #EndSARS Carnage – IGP

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Fake News Triggered #EndSARS Carnage – IGP

IGP Mohammed Adamu

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has expressed that the carnage that followed the #EndSARS protests across the country was triggered by fake news.

The IGP spoke on Thursday in Akure while addressing officers of the Ondo State Police Command as part of his tours of states affected by the #ENDSARS protest.

He maintained that those behind the protest were armed with the sinister motive to destabilize the government.

Also Read: #EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG

While urging the officers to return to work, Adamu pointed out that no nation could survive without policing even as he informed them that the Buhari administration has taken various steps to reform the Nigerian Police.

According to him, “The government has approved an extension of health scheme to retired police personnel. The police salary structure has been reviewed affecting all ranks.

“Your job is important. Without you coming out, there will be chaos and you are special.”

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Buhari Will Set Nigeria On Fire If He Doesn’t Implement People’s Demands —Wike

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Buhari Will Set Nigeria On Fire If He Doesn’t Implement People’s Demands —Wike

Nyesom Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has an opportunity to address the demands of the people or put the country “on fire.”

He gave this warning on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

This is coming at a time when there have been serious calls for the restructuring of the country.

Also Read: NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

“We must understand in this country that political leadership is very key, having the political will to implement what the people want is very serious.

“I don’t want to talk about the issue of distrust or no trust in government. People have raised such issues, that they don’t think that nothing will come out of all this dialogue. I don’t agree with that. I believe that if the president does not do, given the opportunities he has now, then, he will be putting Nigeria on fire.”

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Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Accuses FG Of Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives

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Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Accuse FG Of Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has accused the Federal Government of taking huge loans to acquire substandard and refurbished trains.

The former lawmaker from Kaduna made this accusation on Thursday on his Twitter page while condemning the recent breakdown of the Kaduna-Abuja railway.

Also Read: Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

The railway line was reported to have broken down between November 18 and November 20, exposing passengers on the journey to grave danger.

He expressed that for such to have happened, it means Nigeria paid for substandard or refurbished locomotives adding that the Chinese contractor in charge must be made to repair them at no cost to the government.

He wrote:

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