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Today's Headlines: CBN Has Directed Banks To Dispense Old Notes–Soludo;Atiku, PDP Battle INEC Over BVAS

CBN Has Directed Banks To Dispense Old Notes–Soludo

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has finally directed commercial banks to dispense old currency notes and to also receive same as deposits from customers.

This was disclosed by Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo of Anambra State, who is a former CBN Governor.

Recall that Daily Trust had exclusively reported that some commercial banks had commenced payment of the old naira notes despite the absence of any directive by the CBN.

The Anambra Governor said tellers at the commercial banks are to generate the codes for deposits and there is no limit to the number of times an individual or company can make deposits.

Soludo said the CBN Governor gave the directive at a Bankers’ Committee meeting held on Sunday, 12th March, 2023.

“The Governor, Dr Godwin Emefiele, personally confirmed the above to me during a phone conversation on Sunday night. Residents of Anambra are therefore advised to freely accept and transact their businesses with the old currency notes (N200; N500; and N1,000) as well as the new notes,” Soludo added.

Atiku, PDP Battle INEC Over BVAS

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to comply with the order of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) and allow them carry out forensic examination of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines and all information stored in the server, IREV, backend, clouds, among others.

In a letter dated March 9 signed by its legal team, led by Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), the party recalled that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja and presided over by Justice Shagbaor Ikyegh, had granted the orders on March 3 in favour of PDP and Atiku.

They reminded INEC that the court had in the ruling, expressly directed it allow and grant access to the party and its presidential candidate and their representatives to inspect, scan, make copies, forensically audit and obtain Certified True Copies (CTC) of all electoral materials which were used in the conduct of the Presidential Election.

In the letter titled: “Demand for immediate compliance with court order granted on March 3, 2023 for access, inspection and examination/analysis of electoral materials used for 2023 presidential election” Gadzama said it was disturbing that despite the court order since March 3, INEC was yet to allow PDP and its representatives access, inspect and/or obtain the needed electoral material. He said this was despite repeated visits to the commission and follow-ups in respect of the matter.

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Ohanaeze Solidly Behind Obi To Recover Mandate -Ezeife

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Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP) Mr. Peter Obi, has the full backing of apex Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, as he battles to retrieve his mandate from the February 25 election.

Igbo Elders Consultative Forum (IECF) stated this, yesterday, in reaction to a trending statement in the media that “Obi was not destined to be President of Nigeria in 2023.” The statement was credited to a Ambassador Tony Chiemelu Obizoba, who claimed to be the Director-General, Implementation and Strategic Planning, of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo General Assembly Worldwide.

Chairman of the elders forum and former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife and secretary, Prof. Charles Nwekeaku, described Obizoba’s statement as fallacious, outrageous, insipid, reckless, irresponsible, and unacceptable to the Igbo in general and the Igbo Elders Consultative Forum in particular.

The forum said Ohanaeze does not have any officer of a committee that answers a Director-General and that the official spokesman of the body remains its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Alex Ogbonna.

48,000 Killed By Earthquakes In Turkey_ ErdoganPhoto Credit:Punch Newspapers

Turkish President Recep Erdogan, on Sunday, said the number of people killed by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey’s SouthEast has reached 48,000, with over 115,000 people injured

“The death toll has reached 48,000 and the number of injured has exceeded 115,000,” Erdogan said in a televised address to the nation from the Samandag district of Hatay province.

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