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1. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history, her eldest son, Charles, yesterday emerged as King of England. Queen Elizabeth, an icon recognisable to billions of people around the world, died on Thursday.

2. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Executive Committee (NEC) on Thursday, passed a vote of confidence in the party’s National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu. This is coming as the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike insisted that the chairman must resign to end the lingering crisis rocking the party.

3. The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has resigned his position as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors Forum. The former presidential aspirant tendered his resignation on Thursday at the ongoing PDP National Executive Council meeting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

4. The Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday, recovered incriminating materials in the residence of Tukur Mamu. Mamu, who is the negotiator between the Nigerian government and terrorists that abducted Abuja-Kaduna train passengers on March 28, is currently in the custody of the service.

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5. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that the time of reckoning is coming for those who continue to insist that they can hijack the national leadership in the Peoples Democratic Party. The governor maintained that nobody can silence him from speaking against such injustice and demanding that the right thing be done.

6. A Nigerian man, Jeffery Oviasogie, resident in Aberdeen, Scotland, who raped a woman has been sentenced to four years and eight months by a High Court in Glasgow. Oviasogie pleaded guilty to raping a 29-year-old woman in Bon Accord Terrace Gardens early on September 26, 2021.

7. No fewer than seven persons were feared dead when an uncompleted four-storey hotel building collapsed in Ibadan, yesterday. It was gathered that the collapsed hotel building is adjacent to one of the new generation banks at Awosika, Bodija area of Ibadan.

8. President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that the armed forces would continue to sustain their operational tempo to contain the security challenges in the country. Buhari, who spoke at the opening of the 12th Nigerian Navy games in Lagos, yesterday, said plans were on to ensure that security agencies put appropriate measures in place to secure the country despite the challenges.

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9. The Federal Government has spent the sum of N21billion on the mapping of the country into enumeration areas ahead of the 2023 census. Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, stated this at a breakfast meeting with partners on the 2023 population and housing census, yesterday, in Abuja.

10. The Anambra State Aids Control Agency has revealed that the State is the fifth highest in Nigeria in terms of HIV transmission among people between 15 to 49 years. The Executive Director of the agency, Mr Johnbosco Ementa, stated this during a two-day stakeholders’ meeting organised by the body in Awka, on Thursday.


Ooni’s new wife adds colour to Olojo festival





The new wife of Ooni of Ife, Mariam Ajibola, on Saturday stepped out with her husband, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, for the first since she got married to the royal father on Saturday as the annual Olojo Festival got underway in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Mariam, who attended the event with her husband, and other dignitaries that included; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and Osun state Deputy governor, Benedict Alabi, among others, was dressed in all white attire, and was seen speaking with the royal father as different groups paid homage to the Ooni during the ceremony.

The new Yeyeluwa of Ife is attending Olojo, a major cultural celebration in Ile-Ife, during which Ooni will adorn ‘Are crown,’ for the first time as Ooni’s wife.

The new queen was ushered into Ile Oodua Palace in Ile-Ife at 8pm on Tuesday, September 6 by her mother and other members of her family from Kogi and Kwara states and since then, she had not attended any public outing.

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Keyamo: Why Osinbajo was not included in Tinubu’s campaign council





The campaign council of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has cleared the air surrounding the absence of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo from the list of patrons.

In a statement released on Saturday by Festus Keyamo, spokesperson of the council, the APC camp said Osinbajo was left out of the lineup to allow him “concentrate on governance of the country and administration of government.”

On Friday, the APC presidential campaign council released a list containing 422 names of its members.

Osinbajo was absent from the list alongside Yakubu Dogara, former speaker of the house of representatives, Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation, and Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, former minister of state for education.


The vice-president had contested the APC presidential ticket with Tinubu, and it appeared to have severed the relationship between the duo.

The absence of Osinbajo’s name from the campaign council further fuels the suspicion of an awry turn in their relationship.

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Addressing the situation, the campaign team said President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the omission of the vice-president and Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, from the list.

The statement:

“Our attention has been drawn to some stories making the rounds that there may be something amiss within the family of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the name of our own revered and respected Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, is not included in the list of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council,” the statement read.

“Nothing can be farther from the facts. For the avoidance of doubt, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, is the chairman of the campaign council. As a result, Mr President has SPECIFICALLY directed that the Vice-President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, should be left out of the Campaign Council to concentrate on the governance of the country and administration of government.

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“As a responsible party and government, all the key functionaries of government cannot abandon their positions for electioneering campaigns. The APC has the mandate of the Nigerian people to administer the country on their behalf at least till May 29, 2023, and this we intend to do with all sense of responsibility.

“Our candidates and the leadership of the APC have also indicated that the list is not sacrosanct as there may be periodic review of it as circumstances dictate.

“We will not toe the path of those who governed the country in an irresponsible manner before us, and our Party is not in total disarray like those who wish to ‘rescue’ the country but cannot simply manage their own internal affairs.”


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Shock as PDP senator, Chimaroke Nnamani, makes APC presidential campaign council list





Chimaroke Nnamani, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and senator representing Enugu east senatorial district, has been listed a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council.

In a 422-man committee released by James Faleke, secretary, APC presidential campaign council, on Friday, Nnamani is the 350th on the list as a member.

Prior to his announcement, Nnamani did not announce his exit from the PDP.

But in August, Nnamani, in a long-thread tweet, said he is in opposition to the “shameless campaigns and parodies” aimed at the health of Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the APC.

Nnamani, a medical doctor, said he is appalled by the “extreme and unprofessional” forms of attacks directed at the former Lagos state governor over his health.

“I vigorously oppose, protest and detest the shameless campaigns and parodies targeting Tinubu’s health,” he wrote.

“As a health worker, I am amazed by ignorance, foolishness, wickedness and callousness of these idiotic operators. I believe they are unwarranted, extremely unprofessional, and have no place in our polity.

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Nnamani also cited Tinubu’s works in the criminal justice sector, education, and health, adding that he left a “lasting legacy of hard work in Lagos infrastructure”.

He did not answer or return calls and SMS sent to his mobile phone.

But Felix Morka, APC national publicity secretary, said he would respond later.

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