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#OsunDecides2018: Tempers flare as PDP protests local govt result

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#OsunDecides2018: Tempers flare as PDP protests local govt result

Tempers are boiling over in Osogbo, capital of Osun State, as party supporters and officials of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are crying foul and accusing INEC of vote tampering on account of the declared results from Ayedaade Local Government Area.

The PDP’s protest came after the State INEC office declared 9,836 votes for the party in Ayedaade LGA, a result that party officials said was 1,000 votes less than what was previously announced by the LGA’s INEC collation officer.

The results declared and made available to agents, journalists and observers at the local government collation by the collation officer indicated that the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, scored 10,836 votes in Ayedaade while the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, scored 10,861 votes.

The PDP party agent at the state collation centre promptly protested the figures, and was asked to seek clarifications from the officials who supervised the LGA elections. Officials later announced that they have reached understanding on the discrepancy with the PDP agent and that he had come to clarity on what was amiss. “Every data matched, there was no case (of manipulation)”, according to the Ayedaade presiding officer.

Unimpressed by what appeared to be an understanding inside the state collation centre however, the PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, told PREMIUM TIMES Sunday morning that “This is a deliberate plot by the returning officer to slash our votes by 1,000 in order to reduce our edge by over 500 votes,”.

“This is totally unacceptable and we have appealed to INEC to immediately announce the original result right there. We will not allow them to rob us and now say we should go to tribunal.

“This is clear, clear robbery and we will not accept it,” Mr Ologbondiyan said. “We appeal to all Nigerians and international observers who have the interest of Nigeria’s democracy at heart to immediately call on INEC to retrace its steps right here and now.”

#OsunDecides2018 LGA Results
#OsunDecides2018 LGA Results

The controversy arose as results from Osogbo were being awaited. Already, results from 29 of the total 30 local government areas of the state have been declared. Osogbo is the big prize that will ultimately decide the elections. In the governorship elections of 2014, Osogbo had 53,000 valid votes cast, of which the APC won 75 per cent of those valid votes.

As votes tally now, the governing party has so far won in 15 local governments, while the PDP has won in 11 local governments. The ADP has won in one local government (Iwo) while the SDP has won in two local governments (Ife East and Ife Central).

Rasheed Olawale, a spokesperson for Mr Adeleke’s campaign said: “We raised the alarm in the dead of the night that they are changing results. This is a brazen stealing of peoples’s will and must be rejected.”

Oluwole Uzzi, a spokesperson for INEC, however, rejected allegations that the election results were tampered with to the detriment of PDP, which is an opposition party in both the state and at Nigeria’s centre.

“But, since the collation is still ongoing, there is no need for anyone to conclude that a permanent decision has been taken on the matter,” the official told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Sunday morning. “Let us wait for the final declaration.”

Jamiu Olawunmi, a spokesperson for APC’s candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, also took a similar position when reached for comments.

“It is too premature to start talking about a collation that is still ongoing,” he said.

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Cloudy, sunny weather, thundery showers to prevail on Saturday – NiMet

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What the weather will look like on Friday - NiMet

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and sunny weather conditions with chances of thundery showers over most parts of the country on Saturday.

NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office (CFO) on Friday, predicted partly cloudy to cloudy morning over the central states with day and night temperatures of 29 to 33 and 18 to 23 degrees Celsius respectively.

It added that scattered thundery showers over Abuja, Nasarawa, Bida, Southern Kaduna, Minna and thunderstorms over Mambilla plateau and parts of Jalingo during the afternoon and evening period.

The agency predicted that Northern States would experience partly cloudy to sunny conditions during the forecast period.

It also predicted chances of thundery shower over Yelwa during the afternoon and evening hours with day and night temperatures of 35 to 37 and 21 to 25 degrees Celsius respectively.

According to NiMet, Southern States will experience cloudy conditions with slim chances of rains over the South East coast during the morning hours.

“Later in the day, there are chances of scattered thunderstorms over the region with day and night temperatures of 30 to 31 and 21 to 22 degrees Celsius respectively.

“Cloudy to partly cloudy conditions with chances of scattered thunderstorms and rainfall activities are expected over some parts of the country in the next 24 hours,” NiMet predicted.

(NAN)

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900 Nigeria Airways retirees die

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Nigeria Airways pensioners lament tedious verification procedure

Shu’aibu Alfa, Member Ministerial Committee on the verification of payment of retired Nigeria Airways workers, on Friday revealed that 900 retirees have so far died nationwide from 2004 till date.

Alfa, a captain, who is the Supervisor, Kano Verification Centre, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.

There are three centres where the ongoing verification exercise for the Nigeria Airways retirees are being conducted.

He said during the 15 years, no fewer than 900 of the retirees died, while the medical cases of some of them became worse, homes were broken and some were in situations beyond human imagination.

“The verification exercise has been going on very well, we made sure retirees were former staff of Nigeria Airways and we have their records.

“We ask questions and when they are certified, we clear them to start the verification process.

“In the verification team, we have people from the Ministry of Aviation, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General’s Office, Head of Service, EFCC, ICPC, PITAD and we also have our representatives on each desk,” Alfa said.

Mr Alfa, who was the Secretary, Nigeria Airways Pilots Association, commended President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Aviation and the Minister of Transportation, for approving the payment of their long awaited entitlement.

He also commended the support of the traditional rulers, religious leaders, political leaders and many other well-meaning Nigerians.

He appealed to the retirees to exercise patience during the exercise, as the committee was doing everything to ensure they were promptly screened.

(NAN)

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Lebanese convicted for currency trafficking in Nigeria

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Lebanese convicted for currency trafficking in Nigeria

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday secured the conviction one Haytham Aldahrah , a Lebanese who was arrested at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport while trying to board an Egypt Air flight to Cairo for refusing to declare the sum $105,000 and €65,000 respectively to the Nigeria Customs Service.

Upon his arrest, Mr Aldahrah declared the sum of $95,000 (Ninety Five Thousand Dollars) but a search conducted on him, revealed that he was carrying a further sum of $105,000 (One Hundred and Five Thousand Dollars) which he concealed from the authorities.

When the convict was arraigned on October 16, he pleaded not guilty to the two count charge but, two days later changed his plea to ‘guilty’.

In view of his latest plea, prosecution counsel Mohammed Gambo urged the court to convict him accordingly.

Justice Allagoa granted the prayer of the prosecution and convicted the defendant on the two counts charge. The judge sentenced the convict to forfeit 50% each of the undeclared sum he was found with, that is $52,550 and €32,250 to Treasury Single Account of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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