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Chekwas Okorie officially collapses UPP into APC

A former leader of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie who joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) last year has officially collapsed the structures of the party into APC.
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Former presidential candidate joins APC

A former presidential candidate on the platform of the defunct Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA), Mohammed Shittu, has joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
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IPOB ‘attacks’ APC registration officers, cart away materials in Anambra

The Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Anambra State Chapter, Chief Basil Ejidike, has alleged that suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) attacked registration officers and workers, carted away materials meant for the ongoing registration and revalidation exercise at Isseke in Ihiala local government area of the state.

Chekwas Okorie: Igbo Presidency will heal civil war wounds, ensure final re-integration of Igbo...

Former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, has said that giving the South-East geopolitical zone a chance to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023 would be “the master stroke to end marginalization and all grievances” in the zone.
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.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Edo guber: Opposition parties endorse Governor Obaseki

A coalition of some registered political parties, under the aegis of Coalition of Political Parties (CPP), in Edo on Friday endorsed the re-election of the governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, for another four years.

UPP leaders dissolve party, joins APC

Following the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s deregistration of 31 political parties, the leadership of the National Executive Committee (NEC), including the Board of Trustees (BOT) and other organs of the United Progressive Party (UPP), has joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

INEC deregisters 74 political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deregistered 74 political parties, meaning that they would not be participating in subsequent elections in the country.

Bayelsa election: PDP may soon witness mass defection – Chekwas Okorie

Chief Chekwe Okorie, the National Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP) has declared that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was disintegrating gradually, predicting that in no distant time, the party may witness massive defection of its leaders and stakeholders to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Douye Diri, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) candidate for the Bayelsa governorship election, on Saturday, described the electoral process as “smooth and peaceful”.

Senator Diri rejects election results, declares self as Bayelsa Governor-elect

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday governorship election in Bayelsa, Senator Douye Diri has declared that he was the winner of the election.

Kogi guber: 45 parties endorse Governor Bello for second term

The Coalition of Political Parties (CPP) in Kogi State, at a news briefing yesterday in Lokoja, said that their endorsement followed Bello’s good work in the last four years.

One injured as blast rocks southern Swedish city

A young woman was “seriously injured” by an explosion in the city of Lund, southern Sweden, on Saturday, police said.
After much consultation, human rights crusader, Barr. Natasha Akpoti, has declared to run for Kogi State governorship election slated for November 16. Natasha was candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the last Kogi Central Senatorial election.

Kogi guber: INEC clears Yahaya Bello, Musa Wada, Natasha Akpoti, 48 others — full...

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cleared 51 candidates and their deputies to contest the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi.
US rapper A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault and handed a conditional sentence after a street brawl in Stockholm.

Sweden finds US rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault

US rapper A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault in Sweden.
US rapper A$AP Rocky will spend another week in custody in Sweden as police continue to investigate an alleged fight in Stockholm.

A$AP Rocky: My security guard ‘begged’ accuser to leave

A$AP Rocky has given evidence at his assault trial in Sweden, telling the court he was followed by his accuser and that his security guard "begged" the man to leave.

UPP applauds Governor Ugwuanyi on public service reforms

United Progressive Party (UPP), Enugu State chapter, has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for establishing Public Sector Reform and Good Governance Committees.

Chekwas Okorie differs as Ohanaeze shows indifference to Senator Kalu’s emergence as Senate chief...

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural organisation of Ndigbo, has expressed indifference to the emergence of former Abia State governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, as the Senate Chief Whip, saying it amounts to nothing for Ndigbo.

Plateau elections: We fielded candidate for Plateau South, not North – UPP tells tribunal

The National Secretary of United People’s Progressive (UPP), Alh Sadeeq Masalla, has told the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Jos, that the party submitted to INEC the name of Inuwa Sanusi as its candidate for Plateau South and not Plateau North Senatorial candidate during the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Certificate of Return: Court halts proceedings on Governor Okorocha’s suit

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, on Wednesday, suffered set-back in his bid to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue him a Certificate of Return as the Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District, before the expiration of his tenure on May 29.

Certificate of Return: PDP frustrating my suit – Governor Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, on Wednesday, urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to reject an application the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, brought to be joined in the suit he filed to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue him a Certificate of Return as the Senator-elect for Imo West Senatorial District.

UPP chief Chekwas Okorie urges President Buhari to address lopsided appointments in his second...

The National Chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to address the lopsided appointment when sworn in for a second term on May 29.

Eleven candidates for Enugu North senatorial polls concede defeat

Eleven political party candidates for the just concluded Enugu North Senatorial election have conceded defeat to winner, Senator Chukwuka Utazi of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

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Former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Capital (NNPC Capital), Rev Godwin Okonkwo, has joined the Anambra State governorship race.

Anambra election: Former NNPC chief joins race

Former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Capital (NNPC Capital), Rev Godwin Okonkwo, has joined the Anambra State governorship race.
Ivory Coast Prime Minister Patrick Achi, 65, has been admitted to hospital in Paris, where he was being treated for severe fatigue accrued since his appointment in March, two sources close to him said.

Ivorian premier hospitalised with severe fatigue in France

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Patrick Achi, 65, has been admitted to hospital in Paris, where he was being treated for severe fatigue accrued since his appointment in March, two sources close to him said.
Five people were killed on Wednesday in an attack on a village in the western Tillaberi region of Niger, near the border with Mali, as the country celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a local official told AFP.

Five villagers killed in Niger Eid attack

Five people were killed on Wednesday in an attack on a village in the western Tillaberi region of Niger, near the border with Mali, as the country celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a local official told AFP.
Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is favoured to replace Neil Lennon as manager of deposed Scottish champions Celtic with talks at an advanced stage, according to media reports on Friday.

Ex-Bournemouth boss set to take over at Celtic

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is close to getting the top job at Celtic. The Scottish giants are on the lookout for a manager to replace Neil Lennon.
Super Eagles’ head coach Gernot Rohr has said winning the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for Nigeria would make him the most excited person.

Super Eagles boss submits list of 35 players to NFF

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has submitted a list of 35 players to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the upcoming international friendly games in Austria in June.

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Rafael Benitez says unfulfilled promises from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley played a key role in his decision to quit the Premier League club for Chinese Super League team Dalian Yifang.

Rafael Benitez admits he is hoping for Premier League return

The Spaniard has enjoyed three spells in English football to date, first, establishing himself as a firm fan favourite during his time at Liverpool, steering the club to Champions League glory on that night in Istanbul.
The order was given by the chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, during a public hearing on the alleged invasion of the Federal High Court. According to the lawmakers, all parties must submit a written account of what happened within 24 hours, adding that their memorandum would enable them to give report to the Senate.

Southern senators laud governors on security steps

The forum disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Secretary-General and Publicity Secretary, Senators Opeyemi Bamidele (APC-Ekiti), Matthew Uroghide (PDP-Edo) and Chukwuka Utazi (PDP-Enugu).
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has rejected the proposed scrapping of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), asserting that it fosters national unity.

Nigerian government mulls extension of petrol parity fund to gas supply nationwide

The federal government yesterday indicated that it is considering extending the current equalisation scheme in the petrol supply system in the country to the movement of gas across the country to make the product more available and accessible to Nigerians.
The Department of State Services, DSS, has denied any involvement in the attempt to arrest Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, at Ibadan, Oyo State.

DSS denies supplying arms to bandits, terrorists

The Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday denied reports that it was supplying arms to armed bandits and terrorists.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

President Buhari: I’m delightful seeing Christians breaking fast, extending gifts to Muslims

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight that Eid festival will continue to bring with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst Muslims and Christians as witnessed during the fasting period.