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A man wearing a protective face mask casts his vote at a polling station during Madrid's Regional elections, in Madrid, Spain, May 4, 2021. REUTERS-Susana Vera

Lockdown rebel wins Madrid regional election – opinion poll

The conservative leader of Spain's Madrid region, who for months defied the leftist central government by keeping bars and shops open during the COVID-19 pandemic, won a regional election on Tuesday, an opinion poll showed as voting ended.
Lady Chidi Alexandra Onyemelukwe, the daughter of the Second Republic vice President Alex Ekwueme, says she is contesting the November governorship election in Anambra State in order to add value to governance and make a difference.

Anambra election: PDP female aspirant urges electorate to shun inducement

A female aspirant in the Nov. 6 governorship in Anambra, Mrs Chidi Onyemelukwe, has urged the electorate to guard against monetary inducement in making their choice of candidates.
Isu said the agency had earlier distributed food items meant for the 2019 flood victims, which was initially kept at its warehouse, following the approval of Gov. Douye Diri two weeks ago.

Bayelsa governor hailed for non-interference in INC polls

The newly president of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Prof Benjamin Ogele Okaba, has commended Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri for non-interference in the just concluded election for national offices of the INC, held over the weekend in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.
The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat added that the present supply of fish and other seafood products in the State was insufficient to meet the fish and seafood demands of Lagosians hence the need to have a private sector driven aquaculture centre.

APC chieftain: Lagos deputy governor must resign as council election committee chair

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Chief Fouad Oki, has called on the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Femi Hamzat, to step down as the chairman of the APC Local Government Screening and Primary Elections Committee.
The 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony will be held Sunday March 14th, as awards show season continues apace despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Grammys scrap ‘secret’ nomination committees

The organizers of the Grammys said Friday they were scrapping the “secret” committees that select which acts get nominated for the prestigious music awards following criticism from artists and allegations of rigging.
Governor Seyi Makinde has said that he would make history in Oyo State to be the first governor to hand over to a successor

Oyo governor: APC will not rule beyond 2023

Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde has declared that the bad governance and maladministration of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will not extend beyond 2023.
People wait to cremate victims who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 23, 2021. REUTERS-Danish Siddiqui

Coronavirus crisis: US asks citizens to leave India

The United States has told its citizens to leave India as soon as possible as the country battles a devastating coronavirus wave.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

Electoral Act: CSOs storm National Assembly to seek inclusion of e-voting

A coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) stormed the National Assembly on Tuesday, seeking the inclusion of electronic voting in the Electoral Act.

Plateau PDP: Intrigues as 2023 governorship race begins

With the Plateau PDP house still in disarray, no thanks to the disputed state congress already set aside by the courts, the contest for the 2023 governorship ticket is rife and raging in closets and cleavages, with some of the party wigs insisting that relatively young aspirants be favoured to emerge to avoid the ‘mistake’ of 2019 which grated on the Party’s electoral appeal and fortunes leading to its shock loss of chance to recapture power.
Relatives react as a healthcare worker pulls a stretcher carrying the body of a person, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mortuary, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave

India’s coronavirus crisis deepens as countries promise aid

India’s new coronavirus infections hit a record peak for a fifth day on Monday as countries including Britain, Germany and the United States pledged to send urgent medical aid to help battle the crisis overwhelming its hospitals.
Newcastle United’s all-time leading goalscorer, Alan Shearer, has been named alongside four-time Premier League golden boot winner Thierry Henry as the first players to be inducted into the official Premier League Hall of Fame.

Newcastle, Arsenal legends inducted into Premier League Hall of Fame

Newcastle United’s all-time leading goalscorer, Alan Shearer, has been named alongside four-time Premier League golden boot winner Thierry Henry as the first players to be inducted into the official Premier League Hall of Fame.
A demonstrator is taken away by law enforcement officers during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny in Saint Petersburg, Russia April 21, 2021. REUTERS-Anton Vaganov

Allies of Russia’s Alexei Navalny defiant in face of possible extremism charges

Close allies of jailed Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic, pledged on Sunday to continue their actions despite the prospect of being outlawed under extremism charges.
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FCT council poll: Thugs disrupt APC primary election in Gwagwalada

The Chairmanship primaries of the All Progressives Congress in Gwagwalada Area Council for the 2022 council election in the FCT has ended in violence.
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FCT council poll: APC chairmanship candidate for Kwali emerges

Danladi Chiya, the incumbent Chairman of Kwali Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory, has been declared winner of the chairmanship primaries of the All Progressives Congress in the area.

Kuje council chair wins PDP primary election

Mr Abdullahi Sabo, the incumbent Chairman of Kuje Area Council, FCT, has been declared winner of the Chairmanship Primary Election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the area.
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Electoral Act amendment: INEC to provide details of accredited voters

The Senate yesterday commenced the amendment of the Electoral Act bill 2021 which will now makes it compulsory for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make available to a political party or candidates in any election, upon request, the details of the number of accredited voters for the election on both the card reader and voters register used for the election.

2023: Kingsley Moghalu urges young people to join politics

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has asked young people in Nigeria to actively participate in politics and help reshape the future of the country.
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PDP suspends Senator Kwankwaso over disruption of zonal congress

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended a former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, for his alleged involvement in the disruption of the party’s recent North-west zonal congress in Kaduna State.
Sporadic shootings have been reported in Ward 8, Bomu Town in Gokana Local Government, Ogoniland, in the ongoing local government election in Rivers State.

Voter apathy mars Rivers council election

The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, RSIEC, had distributed sensitive and non-sensitive material for the elections on Friday to allow for earlier commencement of the process, Saturday.
Sporadic shootings have been reported in Ward 8, Bomu Town in Gokana Local Government, Ogoniland, in the ongoing local government election in Rivers State.

Security agencies prevent plans to disrupt Rivers council poll

Andoni local government area of Rivers recorded peaceful poll in the Saturday council poll as security agencies stop plans by unknown persons to disrupt the process.
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Delta APC rejects result of Isoko North by-election

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has rejected the result of April 10, Isoko North Constituency by-election in Delta, describing it as a charade and not true reflection of the process.
The first round of voting will take place on 27 February 2022, with a second round in March, the minister of territorial administration, Lieutenant Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga, told reporters.

Mali post-coup government says elections set for February 2022

Presidential and legislative elections in Mali will take place next February, the country's post-coup government announced Thursday, saying it was honouring the timetable it promised to the international community.

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NCC: 5G will positively impact Nigeria’s digital economy

The Chairman, Board of Commissioners of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Adeolu Akande, has stated that the full deployment of 5G technology in the country would have positive impact on Nigeria’s digital economy.
Malawi will destroy over 16 000 expired coronavirus vaccines donated to the impoverished country by the African Union three weeks before their use-by-date, a health official said on Wednesday.

Nigeria: Over 1.2 million vaccinated against coronavirus in two months

Nigeria has vaccinated 1,266,742 persons against COVID-19, two months after nationwide rollout commenced on March 5.
An aerial view of Konkola mine project north of the capital Lusaka, Zambia, file. REUTERS/SALIM HENRY

Zambia denies report it shuttered Konkola Copper Mines

Zambia’s Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has not been temporarily or permanently shuttered, the state-appointed provisional liquidator of the copper mine previously owned by Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday, denying a Bloomberg report.
Jose Mourinho has said Tottenham deserved to win against West Ham as they fell 2-1 to their London rivals.

No ‘leading candidate’ to replace Jose Mourinho as Spurs mull over ‘options’

Tottenham are yet to identify a ‘leading candidate’ for their vacant managerial position with the club mulling over a number of ‘options’.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has set a Champions League record having kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 defeat of Real Madrid.

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy sets Champions League record against Real Madrid

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has set a Champions League record having kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 defeat of Real Madrid.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu on Monday adopted Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State as the new leader in the South East Zone.

Enugu schools need more male teachers – stakeholders

Professionals in the education sector in Enugu have bemoaned the low number of male teachers in schools across the state.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to “use their good offices to urgently probe and refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies allegations that N4.4 billion of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in three audited reports by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.”

Nigerian legislators urged to be transparent, accountable

Olumide Ojo, Private Sector Investment Programme Manager of OXFAM, has called on legislators across all tiers of government to embrace transparency and accountability for the Nigerian economy’s growth.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

May Day: Benue governor assures workers of steady welfare

Gov. Samuel Ortom has assured Benue State workers of steady welfare in spite of continuous dwindling resources in the country and other challenges facing the state.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Enugu: Police kill robbery suspect, arrest two others

The police in Enugu State said they have gunned down one armed robbery suspect, arrested two and recovered firearms and ammunition in operations carried out within seven days in the state.

UNIUYO vice chancellor reinstates commitment to occupational safety guidelines

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) in Akwa Ibom State, Prof. Nyaudo Ndaeyo, has assured that he was ready to enforce occupational safety guidelines in work places as the safety of students and workers of the institution can no longer be taken for granted.