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Today's Headlines: Senate Bows To Pressure, Empowers INEC; 14 Kaduna Commissioners Swap Portfolios

Senate bows to pressure, empowers INEC to determine transmission of election results

The senate has reconsidered the electoral act amendment bill and has empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to determine the best mode to transmission of election results.

The electoral commission will now have to decide how to transmit election results — either electronically or manually.

The upper legislative chamber also approved that all political parties must use the direct primary mode in picking candidates.

The senate approved four clauses in the electoral act amendment bill.

14 Kaduna commissioners swap portfolios, chief of staff reassigned

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai on Monday reshuffled the state executive council cabinet and reassigned new portfolios to some commissioners and senior government officials in the state.

According to the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, the reshufflement was designed “to help harness fresh energy for the government’s final lap, bring new insights and enable the commissioners to have more rounded experience of the government.”

14 commissioners swapped portfolios while those  in the ministries of Finance, Justice, Health, Housing and Urban Development, Internal Security and Home Affairs and Human Services and Social Development were not affected by the change.

2023: ‘Northerners paid your school fees, your allegiance is to them’, Ohanaeze slams Dokpesi

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, on Tuesday, lambasted the Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, for supporting a northern presidency in the 2023 elections.

The group, in a statement, said it was not surprising that Dokpesi supports a northerner to succeed Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), noting that northerners paid Dokpesi’s school fees and his allegiance is to the region, even though he is from Edo State, in the South-South.

Ohanaeze was reacting to a statement made by Dokpesi in Abuja on Saturday as part of activities marking his 70th birthday.

Group appeals to President Buhari to appoint Bello-Koko as NPA boss

The leadership of Unified Nigerian Youths Forum (UNYF) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to approve the appointment of Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko as the substantive head of the Nigerian Ports Authority following the ongoing probe of the tenure of the now-suspended Managing Director of the NPA, Hajiya Hadiza Bala Usman.

The forum said that it would enable Bello-Koko to complete the progressive and all-inclusive reforms he has started in the organization.

A statement issued by the forum’s President, Comrade Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem, explained that the decision to call on Buhari to confirm Bello-Koko as NPA head was taken after an extraordinary emergency congress meeting of the forum at NAF international conference center FCT-Abuja to X-ray his tenure, and the misleading Pandora Papers hullabaloo.

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