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Today's Headlines: Tinubu Is Nigeria Pres-Select Not Pres-Elect - Bwala, Markle Was Disrespectful To Queen Elizabeth -Trump

Tinubu Is Nigeria’s President-Select Not President-Elect – Atiku's Camp.

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The camp of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has described Bola Tinubu as ‘President-select’ and not ‘President-elect’.

It also warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) against using the instrument of blackmail to intimidate the judges of the presidential election petition tribunal.

Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress was declared as the ‘President-elect’ by the Independent National Electoral Commission after polling the largest number of votes in the February 25 election.

The spokesperson for Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Daniel Bwala, who gave the warning in an interview with Arise TV said that the election had been conducted and a president had been “selected by the INEC, that is their preferred candidate”.

Now we are in court to say that it was a rigged process. As long as there is no final determination of the matter, we have every right under law, equity and justice to hold the opinion that we express - that he is a President-select and not a President-elect,” he said.

Bwala also said the PDP had observed that in the last few months, the Nigerian government under the platform of the APC had been using the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to intimidate media houses in an attempt to subdue freedom of expression from the opposition.

Bwala said the governing party and the government in power will always want to do anything they can to intimidate judges or induce them. He also noted that they always try to manipulate the process or confuse the people.

Trump Says Meghan Markle Was ‘Very Disrespectful’ To Queen Elizabeth, ‘Surprised’ Prince Harry Was Invited To King Charles’ Coronation

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump has blasted Meghan Markle over her treatment of the late Queen Elizabeth II, raging that she was ‘very disrespectful’ to Her Majesty.

Trump also said he was 'surprised' Prince Harry was invited to his father's coronation after the public falling out between the Sussexes and the rest of the Firm.

Speaking to former UKIP leader Nigel Farage on GB News, Trump revealed he had high hopes for the big day on Saturday and gave King Charles his full backing, saying the monarch 'loves the country'.

The businessman and politician paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, calling her 'incredible' and praising her for going through 'years and decades without controversy'.

He also lambasted President Joe Biden for not attending the coronation, calling him 'incompetent' and claiming the current US president would be 'sleeping' when the event took place.

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FG Urges Senate To Direct Query On N6trn Unpaid Ground Rent To OSGF.

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The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has urged the Senate Ad hoc Committee investigating the N6 trillion unpaid ground rent to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).

Fashola said this when the Senate ad hoc committee chaired by Sen. Adamu Aliero (PDP-Kebbi) visited the ministry on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Senate had on March 29, set up an ad hoc committee to investigate and recover the over N6 trillion accrued from the non-payment of ground rent from property owners across the country.The motion was moved by Sen. Yusuf Yusuf (PDP-Taraba).

Fashola, during the meeting, told the Senate committee that the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) that issued receipts on the property, was under the purview of the SGF and not his ministry.

The minister said that he only knew about the activities of the PIC after requests were forwarded to him to sign Certificate of Occupancy on the property.

Labour Demands: Gov Emmanuel Summons Payroll Officers Ahead Of May 29.

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Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has issued a summon to payroll officers in the state employ in reaction to issues raised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at the 2023 Workers’ Day celebration.

Recall that the NLC had on May 1 raised issues bothering on promotion arrears, 7.5 contributory pensions refund, gratuity amongst others, and had appealed to Governor Udom Emmanuel to resolve such issues before exiting office on May 29.

Reacting to the appeal, Governor Udom Emmanuel at the state Executive Council Meeting held at Government House, Uyo on Wednesday mandated the Head of Service to summon all payroll officers from MDAs where there are issues with the salaries of staff promoted from level 6-7, for training and resolution of the outstanding issues and thereafter present same for the Governor’s approval.

A release signed by the Hon. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong and made available to our Correspondent in Uyo on Thursday indicates that the Head of Service had earlier presented a memo, seeking approval for the consequential adjustments in pension arising from the implementation of the national minimum wage.

“Council approved the financial adjustments of pension for pensioners enrolled before 2007-2012,” the release stated.

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