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Top News In Nigeria This Evening, Friday, 17th July, 2020

1.Edo 2020: 35 political parties endorse Gov Obaseki

A coalition of 35 registered political parties, under the aegies of Coalition of Political Parties (CPP), in Edo on Friday endorsed the re-election of governor Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu for another four years.

The Chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP), and CPP in the state, Mr Collins Oreruan, told newsmen at a news conference in Benin that the 35 political parties had collapsed their structures to massively support the governor’s reelection bid.

Oreruan said, “we resolved that instead of acting as individual entities, it will be more effective to support the governor as a block with our existing party structures across the state.

Oreruan noted that under Obaseki-led administration the state had witnessed peaceful atmosphere for businesses and industrial growth.

He added that many employment opportunities had been created for the youth under Obaseki’s administration

According to the CPP chairman, governor’s educational and agricultural revolution in the state has attracted commendations from national and international communities.

Oreruan said the CPP’s support for Obaseki was total and that the coalition would campaign for the governor across the length and breadth of the state.

2.Nasarawa: APC Chairman suspended

The executive members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ancho ward, Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have suspended the parry’s Chairman, Mr Micha Magaji, over alleged corruption and anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Mr Ibrahim Mamuku, the party’s Vice-Chairman in the ward and 17 others, on Friday in Lafia.

The suspended chairman was alleged to be disloyal to the Gov. Abdullahi Sule-led administration and other stakeholders.

Magaji was also alleged to have embezzled the funds meant for office rent for three years and also diverted office furniture and equipment to his personal use.

According to the party executives, his suspension will make it easier for proper investigation of the allegations leveled against him.

The suspension letter also stated that the officials were awaiting necessary action in order to strengthen the party for victory in future elections.

3.Alleged Unlawful Land Seizure: Court Fixes July 22 for Hearing in Ex-Gen vs Lagos Suit

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division on Friday adjourned to July 22 for definite hearing in an N8.1 billion legal action brought against the Lagos State Government by Maj. Gen. AbdulRauf Tijjani (rtd).

Justice Ekwo adjourned to the said date following the confirmation that the parties involved in the suit have filed and exchanged necessary court processes to join issues with each other.

At the resumed hearing on Friday, Justice Ekwo requested lawyers involved in the matter to brief the court on the status of his directive made on July 13 that papers relating to the suit must be filed and exchanged to pave the way for full blown hearing of the suit.

The plaintiff, Alhaji Tijjani, who stood for himself, confirmed to the court that he had filed and served his own processes on all the respondents.

4.PDP congress: Court dismisses suit challenging Pro-Fayose ward chairmen in Ekiti

The Federal High court sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Friday dismissed a suit challenging the conduct of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ward congress in Ekiti State, by the National Working Committee (NWC).

In what seems like a temporary relief to the ward Chairmen that emerged from former Governor, Ayodele Fayose’s faction, the court upheld the preliminary objection raised concerning the ‘justiceability’ of the case.

The defendants in its objection filed against the case instituted by the group loyal to Senator Biodun Olujimi, said the principle of fair hearing has been violated on the strength that the ward Chairmen allegedly recognized by the NWC, were not joined as defendants.

5.Ondo primary: Aspirants don’t dictate to party —Yahaya Bello

The chairman of the Ondo State All Progressives Congress Primary Election Committee, Governor Yahaya Bello , has said it was the sole responsibility and prerogative of the party to chose which mode to use for its primary.

He said this in response to a question on the party’ s position on agitations by 11 of 12 aspirants for the party to jettison the indirect mode in favour of the direct mode.

The Kogi State Governor spoke shortly after the inauguration of the committee by the Mai Mala Buni- led APC Caretaker Committee at the party ’s National Secretariat, in Abuja , on Friday.

6.Ex-NDDC MD, Nunieh, Testifies Before House Committee

The Former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joi Nunieh, on Friday testified before the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC investigating the alleged financial malfeasance and other activities of the Commission.

Nunieh, who joined the panel via Zoom, has made grave allegations against Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta Affairs, whom she accused of contract scams and other corrupt practices in NDDC.

She also called on the Nigeria Police to investigate and charge Akpabio.

Nunieh was to testify before the Committee on Thursday but was prevented from travelling to Abuja following an early morning siege to her residence in Port Harcourt by armed policemen. She was eventually rescued and taken to the Rivers State Government House by the state governor, Nyesom Wike.

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