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Nigeria’s poor CPI ranking self-inflicted – groups

Anti-corruption groups have indicated that Nigeria’s poor ranking (149/180) in Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report as the second most corrupt country in Africa after Guinea Bissau is self-inflicted.
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari of clamping down on the judiciary.

Atiku Abubakar congratulates Joe Biden as US president-elect

I congratulate Joe Biden on his well-deserved victory at the November 3, 2020, US elections, and look forward to the age-long collaboration of our two nations in the course of the advancement of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all peoples.
Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman-CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has commended another Nigerian-American, Esther Agbaje, for winning the Minnesota Representative ticket in the United States.

US election: Ekiti governor congratulates Esther Agbaje for winning legislative seat

Following Esther Agbaje's victory in the US general elections, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has congratulated the Nigerian-American for winning a legislative seat in the United States.
A candidate who died of coronavirus in October, David Andahl, has won a legislative seat in North Dakota.

US election: Deceased candidate wins legislative seat

A candidate who died of coronavirus in October, David Andahl, has won a legislative seat in North Dakota.
Similarly, Esther Agbaje, has been elected into the Minnesota House of Representatives. She pulled a total of 17,396 votes, which represents 74.7% of the total ballots cast, defeating her closets opponent Alan Shilepsky.

Two Nigerians win in US election

Two Nigerian-Americans have reportedly won their respective positions in the ongoing United States general elections.
Twitter has placed sharing restrictions on a tweet from President Donald Trump, setting up a high-profile standoff between the president and the platform in the aftermath of Election Day. Facebook has added labels to the president’s posts, saying the final vote count isn’t in yet.

Twitter, Facebook label Donald Trump post suggesting Democrats manipulated ballot counts

Twitter and Facebook have continued to restrict and label posts from President Donald Trump after yesterday’s presidential election, this time addressing a baseless claim that Democratic officials were manipulating vote counts in key states. Twitter flagged the tweet and restricted its reach, saying it was “disputed and might be misleading.” Facebook added a general warning that “final results may be different from the initial vote counts.”
Democratic challenger Joe Biden, says it is not his place or incumbent President Donald Trump’s place to declare the winner of Tuesday election.

Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in Michigan, Wisconsin

Democratic Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, is now leading President Donald Trump in Michigan and Wisconsin by a narrow margin.
According to a US online news outlet, Dr. Adeoye ‘Oye’ Owolewa who represents Advisory Neighborhood Commission single-member district 8E01 wants to take his passion for D.C. statehood to the next level.

US election: Nigerian elected member of Congress

Oye Owolewa, a first-generation Nigerian-American is, as reported by Thisday, the grandson of Chief Mrs. PC Ajayi-Obe, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, recently buried at Omofe Cathedral, Ilesha, Osun State. Oye hasn’t forgotten Nigeria but had reason to visit just once: “I was in Nigeria as recently as 2017. I visited, but never lived for more than a month. I visited my grandmother (recently passed) SAN Phoebe Ajayi-Obe.”
Donald Trump has admitted losing the US presidency would not be “easy”, as voters head to the polls in the final hours of a historic election.

US election: Donald Trump vows to stop vote counting at Supreme Court

President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed he had won the US election, despite the final results not yet being given, and said he would go the Supreme Court to dispute the counting of votes.
A former college football coach, Tommy Tuberville, is taking his playbook to Washington, D.C.

US election: Ex-football coach wins Senate seat

A former college football coach, Tommy Tuberville, is taking his playbook to Washington, D.C.
Democrat Joe Biden has won in the southwestern US state of Arizona, a traditionally Republican stronghold which was captured by President Donald Trump in 2016, Fox News and the Associated Press projected early Wednesday.

Joe Biden: Donald Trump bid to stop vote counting ‘outrageous’

Joe Biden’s White House campaign slammed US President Donald Trump’s threat to try to stop the election vote count as “outrageous” early Wednesday, saying its legal team was ready to prevent such an “unprecedented” act.
Supporters of President Donald Trump chant and wave flags outside the Versailles Cuban restaurant during an Election Night celebration in Miami [Wilfredo Lee-AP Photo]

US election: Surge in Latino support for Donald Trump helps him win Florida

Trump, who won the state in 2016, outperformed his 2016 margins with Florida’s Hispanic voters, who made up 19 percent of all the state’s voters. A lot of the swing came in Miami-Dade, the county that contains Florida’s largest Cuban and Venezuelan communities, many of whom are strongly anti-left wing.
Lindsey Graham, one of Donald Trump's closest allies, held off a strong challenge to his senate seat tonight - and declared the President will win the election.

US election: Republicans hold back Democrats, narrowing path to Senate control

The battle for power in the Senate tightened into Wednesday as Democrats picked up a seat in Colorado, but suffered a setback in Alabama, and Republicans held their own in high-profile races in South Carolina, Iowa, Texas and Kansas, dramatically narrowing the political map.
Democrat Joe Biden has won in the southwestern US state of Arizona, a traditionally Republican stronghold which was captured by President Donald Trump in 2016, Fox News and the Associated Press projected early Wednesday.

US election: Joe Biden wins state of Arizona, first Democrat to do so since...

With a population of 7.27 million, Arizona has 11 electoral votes, which are now going to Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the Associated Press news agency said early on Wednesday.
Voters stand in line outside a polling station on Election Day, in Mesa, Arizona, Nov. 3, 2020.

Voters in several US states back drug legalisation in referendums

According to the board of elections on Wednesday, with ballots still being counted in the nation’s capital, Washington, 77 per cent of voters are saying yes to effectively decriminalising a range of psychedelic plants and mushrooms.
Democrat Joe Biden has won in the southwestern US state of Arizona, a traditionally Republican stronghold which was captured by President Donald Trump in 2016, Fox News and the Associated Press projected early Wednesday.

US election: Joe Biden wins Arizona to claim 11 more electoral votes

Democrat Joe Biden has won in the southwestern US state of Arizona, a traditionally Republican stronghold which was captured by President Donald Trump in 2016, Fox News and the Associated Press projected early Wednesday.
Caption- President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo-Evan Vucci) . Evan Vucci. AP Source. AP

US election: Donald Trump to challenge results at Supreme Court

President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed he had won the US election, despite the final results not yet being given, and said he would go the Supreme Court to dispute the counting of votes.
Caption- President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo-Evan Vucci) . Evan Vucci. AP Source. AP

US election: Donald Trump claims victory, wants counting of ballots to stop

President Donald Trump has declared that he has won the US presidential election despite the fact that the ballots were still being counted in many key states.
Twitter has placed sharing restrictions on a tweet from President Donald Trump, setting up a high-profile standoff between the president and the platform in the aftermath of Election Day. Facebook has added labels to the president’s posts, saying the final vote count isn’t in yet.

Twitter restricts Donald Trump’s post on alleged vote rigging

Twitter has imposed restriction on a tweet by U.S. President Trump in which he alleges an attempt by unnamed persons to “steal the election”.
Voters stand in line outside a polling station on Election Day, in Mesa, Arizona, Nov. 3, 2020.

US election: Voters favour Joe Biden on virus, Donald Trump on economy – AP Votecast

Voters in the U.S. presidential election faced a public health crisis and a wounded economy, but neither candidate emerged as the clear choice to handle both of those issues, according to AP Votecast.
People march on the night of the election in Seattle, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo-Ted S. Warren)

US election: Protesters gather near White House, no wide unrest seen

More than 1,000 people protesting US President, Donald Trump, converged on Black Lives Matter Plaza on Tuesday night, just a block from the White House, while hundreds more marched through parts of downtown Washington, sometimes blocking traffic and setting off fireworks.
A worker boards up the windows of a Ralph Lauren store in SoHo in Manhattan. Stephanie Keith for The New York Times

US election: New York, others remain apprehensive despite calm

New York and other cities across the United States on Tuesday remained apprehensive over potential violence in spite of relative calm as voting got underway in the country’s presidential election.

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Graeme Souness blasts Liverpool over defeat to Fulham

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NGA chief: Nigeria’s gas reserve can sustain West African market

Nigeria has abundant gas resources which, if harnessed, will meet the energy demand of over 350 million people and the industrial needs in the West African sub-region.
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Thai prosecutor indicts 18 over anti-government protests

A Thai prosecutor on Monday indicted 18 activists for their roles in anti-government rallies last year by a protest movement that has brought unprecedented challenges to the royal palace and military-dominated establishment.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has approved the deployment of modern technology in the security system to fight crimes in the State.

Governor Ikpeazu: Oil companies have no presence in Abia

Ikpeazu, while receiving the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill led by Senator Albert Bassey at Government House, Umuahia, said that Abia oil-producing communities have remained peaceful more than other oil-producing communities in the country, stressing that the peaceful disposition of the communities should serve as a model for the compensation of oil-producing communities.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 75 healthcare workers tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week across the country. Its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

Nigeria records 269 new coronavirus infections

After reporting its lowest COVID-19 daily infection figure in seven months on Saturday, Nigeria recorded another relatively low number on Sunday with 269 new cases.

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UN expert: US failure to sanction Saudi crown prince for Jamal Khashoggi killing ‘dangerous’

A U.N. human rights investigator said on Monday that it was “extremely dangerous” for the United States to have named Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler as having approved an operation to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi but not to have taken action against him.

Ondo governor dissolves boards, parastatals

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has approved the dissolution of all boards and parastatals, except the statutory ones in the state, with immediate effect.
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APC chieftain canvasses for new members in Rivers

Mr Victor Giadom, former Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called for the registration of more members into the party in Rivers.
Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien has emerged as the new National Chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, which is the mouthpiece of monarchs, leaders and stakeholders of the coastal states of Niger Delta.

Senator Ibok-Essien emerges new PANDEF chairman

Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien has emerged as the new National Chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, which is the mouthpiece of monarchs, leaders and stakeholders of the coastal states of Niger Delta.

Youth leaders, CSO laud CBN chief’s support to local oil refinery

Youth leaders from various ethnic groups across the country and the African centre for Human Rights and Justice have hailed the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, for his outstanding support to the private sector to drive the economy.