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Today's Headlines: PDP Lawmaker Defects To APC, Goodluck Jonathan Urges Review Of Electoral System

Attahiru Speaks

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has asked Nigerians to hold former Chiefs of Army Staff responsible for the purchase of arms and ammunition for the Nigerian military.

Naija News reports that former army chief included Generals Luka Yusuf, Kenneth Minimah, Azubuike Ihejirika, Abdulrahman Dambazau, and Tukur Buratai.

Appearing before the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the matter in Abuja on Monday, the army chief distanced himself from any wrongdoing in the procurement of arms and ammunition running into billions of naira from 2011 till date.

Shehu Sani Reacts

Shehu Sani, a former national lawmaker, has reacted to the news of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Ibrahim Isa Pantami appearing on US watchlist.

Reports emerged at the weekend that Pantami had been placed on watchlist over alleged ties with the leadership of terrorist group operating in the North East, Boko Haram.

Reacting, Sani, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial district at the 8th Assembly, backed the Minister, saying that “Pantami is not publicly known to be a Cleric who preaches violence or advocates for it in his Islamic activities.”

Arapaja Emerges PDP Southwest Chairman

Taofeeq Arapaja, a former deputy governor of Oyo State, has emerged the National Vice-chairman (South-west) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Newsmen report that Arapaja, backed by Governor Seyi Makinde, scored 343 votes to emerge the winner at PDP South-west delegates congress held on Monday in Osogbo.

He defeated his rival, Eddy Olafeso, who scored 330 votes during the election. Mr Olafeso is the immediate past national vice-chairman (south-west) and candidate of former Ekiti governor, Ayo Fayose.

PDP Lawmaker Defects To APC

A lawmaker in Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Samuel Tsebe, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Until his defection, he was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, disclosed this when he spoke with journalists in Lafia on Monday.

Mr Balarabe-Abdullahi said he received a letter from the lawmaker representing Akwanga Constituency at the House, indicating his defection.

Goodluck Jonathan Urges Review Of Electoral System

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has advocated the need for legislation that will prevent the courts from declaring a winner in an election.

Speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja, Jonathan insisted that the situation where the judiciary is allowed to declare winners in an election, because of electoral fraud should not be abhorred, as it is undemocratic.

He explained that the ballot papers should be the only means of choosing political leaders, adding that when a politician or the electoral system is found wanting, the courts should only be made to order for a re-run and not to declare a winner.

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