NRC suspends Abuja-Kaduna service as train derails again in FCT

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended the Abuja-Kaduna rail services after a train again derailed on the corridor. The train is said to be a few minutes from its destination in Abuja when it reportedly veered-off the rail tracks, yesterday. The incident was said to have occurred in the Kubwa area of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT). In an update on its mobile application, the NRC said it suspended services on the route due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.  The incident is coming just a few days after the Itakpe-Warri train…

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2023: INEC to conduct mock accreditation of voters in 436 polling units on Feb. 5

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), will next week Saturday, February 5, conduct mock accreditation of voters in 436 polling units across the country. The exercise is to test-run INEC’s readiness for the nationwide deployment of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines and other logistics for the February/March general election. The commission has designated 12 polling units in each state of the federation and four in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the equality of the country’s 109 senatorial districts for the exercise. INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at…

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Tribunal Judgement: Governor Adeleke rejects verdict; heads to Appeal Court

Osun State governor, Ademola Adeleke, has described the judgement of the governorship election petitions tribunal which sacked him as “a miscarriage of justice”. Recall that the Tribunal hearing the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Adegboyega Oyetola’s petition against the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Ademola Adeleke yesterday annulled the result of the July 16 Osun governorship poll. Justice Tetsea Kume, while delivering a majority decision, declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), did not comply substantially with the constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act. Reacting to…

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2023: Court refuses to order INEC to remove Tinubu’s name from eligible presidential candidates’ list

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has declined to issue an ‘order of mandamus’ to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove the name of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, from the list of qualified candidates for the February 25 presidential election. The suit was brought before the court by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), under the aegis of the Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International. In a judgement that was delivered by Justice Binta Nyako yesterday, the court dismissed…

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2023: “Only ‘sinners’ can fix Nigeria, not holy men” — APC chieftain

A member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), says Nigerians cannot afford to dwell on integrity in selecting a president because the challenges facing the country require a sinner to fix. He said this during an interview on a television programme on Tuesday. Abayomi, a lawyer, who is the Pro-Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University in Ondo State, said poverty is the main challenge facing the country, hence, citizens must consider who can create wealth and not embark on a search for a holy man. According to him, “Only sinful…

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2023: “APC ‘very deceitful’; have abandoned restructuring” – Atiku

…Says he’ll restructure Nigeria The Presidential candidate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has restated his commitment to devolution of power and restructuring of Nigeria, if elected president of Nigeria.  He accused the ruling Party of refusing to fulfill its promise of restructuring the country. According to him, Igbos in the South-East region had been clamouring for restructuring to enable them to have more powers to deal with their local affairs and assured the people that restructuring would be a major policy of his administration…

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2023: ‘Nigeria must stop manufacturing poverty’, Says Peter Obi

The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has said with its abundant human and natural resources, Nigeria has no business leading the pack of the world’s poorest nation. Obi said this while speaking to Staff and Students of the University of Abuja, yesterday. While reeling our facts and figures to buttress his points, explained where Nigeria is currently at and where it is going to be if he is voted into office as President, come February 25, 2023. The Labour Party candidate, was at the institution as…

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2023: “There will be democratic quagmire, unless…” – Obasanjo

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has warned Nigeria may experience what he termed: a “democratic quagmire” if the country fails to retrace its political steps in the right direction. He made the assertion while presenting his Keynote address, titled: “Respecting the Principles of Democracy”, in Port Harcourt, on Thursday. The former president noted that Nigeria’s democracy has gone through twists, dives and turns since political independence. He opined that, “The best of the country’s history has been the sustenance of democracy since the military transfer of power to an elected government…

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2023 Elections: Armed Forces will not tolerate acts inimical to successful conduct of polls” — DHQ warns

…Says troops are on red alert Ahead of the General Elections, the Military High Command yesterday warned that the Nigerian Armed Forces, in collaboration with other security forces in the country, would deal decisively with any act inimical to the successful conduct of the coming polls. Fielding questions during the bi-weekly briefing of Defence Correspondents in Abuja, on the troop activities and operational successes being recorded in the various operational theatres within the six geo-political zones of the country in the past two weeks, Director,  Directorate of Defence Media Operations,…

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2023: ‘No PVC, no voting’ – INEC Chairman

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday in Abuja, insisted that no eligible voter in Nigeria will be allowed to cast vote in the forthcoming general elections without a Permanent Voter Card, (PVC). Fielding questions from participants after presenting a paper on “INEC and the Challenges of ICT- The Way Forward,” Yakubu insisted that technology will be deployed to actualize a credible, fair and hitch-free general election. He assured that the Bimodal Voter Registration System, (BVAS), is highly secured, intact and cannot be compromised…

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