Nigeria’s electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bello Mattawalle, winner of the Zamfara state governorship election. Concise News reports that Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement at a press briefing on Saturday in Abuja Nigeria’s capital. The INEC boss, to this end, said Certificates of Return would be issued to the governor-elect, his deputy, three senators and seven reps-elect in Abuja on Monday.
Zamfara state governor Abdulaziz Yari has urged members of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC), to remain “calm, peaceful and law-abiding” after the Supreme Court nullifying the victory of APC candidates in the northwest state. Governor Yari said he had accepted the ruling of the Supreme Court in good faith, while praising APC supporters in the state for their support and commitment to the success of the party.
The Presidency has asked Nigerians to expect ‘renewed vigour and greater commitment’ of President Muhammadu Buhari in the second term of his administration, Concise News reports Buhari, who was declared winner of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential poll in February by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), would be sworn in for a second term in office on Wednesday, May 29. And speaking ahead of Buhari’s inauguration, spokesman for the Nigerian leader Garba Shehu remarked that his principal would consolidate on the gains and successes recorded during his first term.
Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan says the Supreme Court judgment nullifying wins recorded by candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara is a setback for the party. Lawan, who is running to become Senate President in the 9th Assembly, said, “The Supreme Court judgment on Zamfara State is a setback for the ruling party because the APC lost three senators and seven or eight in the House of Representatives.”
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the Federal Government to release the N25bn it approved for university lecturers. ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said members of the union were getting impatient daily over the delay, saying there would be a point the union leadership would no longer be able to stop members from taking action.
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has said that the proposed ‘Fulani radio’ station is not to reach only herdsmen in Nigeria. As the education minister had said, the NBC explained that the radio station was essentially for nomadic education outreach programmes, including electronically-mediated ones. The NBC said in a statement that the National Commission for Nomadic Education duly applied for a broadcast license to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes.
National Chairman of Arewa Pastors Non-denominational Initiative for Peace, Bishop Abu Richard, has condemned former President Olusegun Obasanjo for insinuating that there is a plot to turn Nigeria into an Islamic country. Briefing newsmen on Pre-swearing-in Prayer Meeting on Saturday in Abuja, the cleric said, “the accusation of Islamization by former President Olusegun Obasanjo is highly condemnable. As a child of God and by my exposure, the President cannot Islamize Nigeria with the Vice President, who is a Christian.”
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has said that an estimated 7,000 Nigerians died between 2015 and 2019 in the persistent violence between farmers and herdsmen in Benue and Nasarawa states. Concise News reports that according to a report funded by USAID, titled ”Engaging Communities for Peace in Nigeria (ECPN),” the violence has cost the Nigerian economy $13 billion a year over the past five years.
MTN Nigeria on Saturday said that it was being probed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the listing of its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The telecoms firm said that they received a letter on 23 May, 2019, from EFCC requesting information and documentation related to the listing of its shares on the NSE.
Manchester City and Flying Eagles midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru has stated his belief that Nigeria can go far at the ongoing FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Poland. Concise News reports that Dele-Bashiru, scorer of the third goal in the 4-0 spanking of Qatar, was one of the star Nigerian performers in Tychy.