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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she will push ahead with plans to hold a “legal” referendum on independence from Britain if her party secures a majority in polls later this year, despite London’s opposition.

Scottish leader promises to hold ‘legal’ independence vote

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she will push ahead with plans to hold a “legal” referendum on independence from Britain if her party secures a majority in polls later this year, despite London’s opposition.
FILE PHOTO - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at the Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, January 19, 2021. REUTERS-Russel Cheyne-Pool

Scottish leader says British premier fears democracy over independence issue

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday of fearing democracy when it comes to letting the Scottish people express their will on independence from the United Kingdom.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, attends the First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain January 13, 2021, where she delivered an update on the coronavirus pandemic. Andy Buchanan-REUTERS

Scottish nationalists set for record majority, boosting independence push

Scottish nationalists are on course to win a record majority in elections for Scotland’s devolved parliament that would start a new push for independence, an opinion poll published on Thursday showed.
Scottish independence campaigners have seized on comments by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which he said the creation of a devolved parliament in Edinburgh had been “a disaster”.

UK premier under fire over Scottish parliament criticism

Scottish independence campaigners have seized on comments by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which he said the creation of a devolved parliament in Edinburgh had been “a disaster”.
Japanese Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi and Britain’s International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, signed the agreement in Tokyo.

Britain, Japan sign post-Brexit trade deal

Japan and Britain signed a free trade agreement on Friday that is to come into force at the end of the current post Brexit transition period.
Stakeholders in the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Tuesday, unveiled a new agenda aimed at repositioning the organisation into purposeful, focused and result-oriented opposition body that would champion the cause of governance in Nigeria

CUPP wants INEC to adjust timetable for Ondo, Edo polls

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on the electoral commission, INEC, to adjust its timetable for Edo and Ondo governorship elections, following the Court of Appeal judgment that upturned the deregistration of 23 political parties.
As things stand, the DFL have insisted Bundesliga games will go ahead this weekend before play is stopped on Tuesday until April.

Bundesliga restart gives hope to other leagues – Schalke coach

The resumption of the German Bundesliga next weekend amid the COVID-19 crisis will give hope to other European leagues that they can also successfully return, according to Schalke 04 coach David Wagner.
English midfielder Jadon Sancho helped Borussia Dortmund to a 5-1 win over Augsburg in their first game of the new Bundesliga season on Saturday, scoring in the second half to pick up his second goal of the new campaign.

Fans banned as Bundesliga resumes May 16

The Bundesliga season will restart on May 16 after a suspension of more than two months, the German Football League (DFL) said yesterday, becoming the first European league to resume amid the coronavirus epidemic.
As things stand, the DFL have insisted Bundesliga games will go ahead this weekend before play is stopped on Tuesday until April.

DFL: Bundesliga season to resume on May 16

The Bundesliga season will restart on May 16, the German Football League (DFL) said on Thursday, becoming the first European league to resume amid the coronavirus epidemic.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during a BBC debate in London, England, December 6, 2019. (Jeff Overs-BBC-Handout via Reuters)

UK parties in final campaign push for Thursday election

The main political party leaders are continuing to push their election pledges to voters, as the campaign enters its final few days.
An ice sculpture stands in place of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the studio before the start of the Channel 4 News' election climate debate in London on Thursday. Kirsty O'Connor - AP

Boris Johnson replaced by melting ice on UK TV climate debate

Britain’s governing Conservative Party complained to the broadcasting regulator after its chosen representative was shut out of a general election television debate on climate change on Thursday.
Thousands of people joined a protest for independence in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, on Saturday, with one lawmaker saying 250,000 supporters took part.

Thousands protest for Scottish independence in Edinburgh

“What a day! 250,000 behind us marching for independence,” Scottish National Party lawmaker Joanna Cherry tweeted from the event, where many people carried Scottish flags.

Senator Babba-Kaita: Almajiri challenge greatest danger after Boko Haram

Sen. Ahmad Babba-Kaita representing Katsina north senatorial district has said that the almajiri challenge is the next greatest danger Nigeria is facing after Boko Haram.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visits a building site to make a commitment to EU citizens that Scotland would remain their home, in Easterhouse, Glasgow on April 5, 2019. (Photo by John Linton - POOL - AFP)

Brexit chaos leaves Scotland on independence tightrope

With Britain tearing its hair out over the Brexit confusion, Scotland’s government is biding its time as it prepares for the ultimate prize — independence.
Ahmed Buhari

Ahmed Buhari finally withdraws from 2019 presidential race

The presidential candidate of the Sustainable National Party (SNP), Ahmed Buhari, has finally withdrawn from the Feb. 16 presidential election.

SNP candidate assures of productivity-based economy for Nigeria

The Sustainable National Party (SNP) says it plans to turn around Nigeria’s economy from oil based to productivity based if elected in the Feb. 16 Presidential Poll.

INEC publishes final list of 73 presidential candidates

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has released the names of Nigeria’s presidential candidates and their running mates who will be contesting the February, 2019 presidential elections in the country.
President Buhari participates at Signing of Peace Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding by Presidential Candidates and Party Chairmen in Abuja on 11th Dec 2018-5

2019: Muhammadu Buhari, 67 others commit to peaceful electioneering

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday set the tone for rancour-free 2019 electioneering as he joined 67 other presidential candidates to sign a peace accord anchored by the National Peace Committee.
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May shelters from the rain under an umbrella after attending a church service near to her Maidenhead constituency, west of London on December 9, 2018. – Theresa May wants to go down in history as the prime minister who safely steered Britain out of Europe — a cause she did not believe in when the Brexit referendum was held. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Theresa May tours Europe in bid to save Brexit deal

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May faced sympathy but firm refusals on a desperate tour of European capitals on Tuesday, with EU leaders ruling out any renegotiation of the Brexit deal.

EU court rules UK can cancel Brexit decision

European Court of Justice rules the United Kingdom can cancel Brexit without the permission of the other 27 EU members

2019: List of presidential candidates and their political parties

On Friday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said a total of 79 candidates will be contesting the 2019 presidential election.
President Buhari attends APC Presidential National Convention at Eagle Square on 6th Oct 2018 8

2019: Full list of presidential candidates, parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has already scheduled the Presidential and National Assembly elections for Saturday, 16th February.

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