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Today's Headlines: I Was Very Sad-Obi Replies Wole Soyinka On ‘Fascist’ Comment, Indomie Noodles Not Banned –NAFDAC

Obi replies Wole Soyinka on ‘fascist’ comment

The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the February 25 presidential election, Mr Peter Obi has reacted to Prof Wole Soyinka’s allegation that his supporters widely known as ‘Obidients’ are ‘fascists’.

Obi said he was very sad there was such an exchange, maintaining that he respects Soyinka as a father.

He gave the response on Monday while fielding questions on Arise Televison’s Prime Time programme.

He said that people always mentioned as ‘Obidient’ are not entirely people who are with him, insisting that the opposition had also come into it.

However, Obi maintained that young people have been deprived by supposedly a system that is meant to care for them.

He said, ”Prof is a well respected, revered personality in Nigeria and globally. And I have always respected him and he is a dear father to me. For me I was very very sad that there was such an exchange."

”Some of the ‘Obidients’, I must tell you, or people they mentioned that they are ‘Obidient’ are not entirely people who are with us."

Indomie Noodles Not Banned – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has denied reports of banning Indomie instant noodles and has assured consumers that the product is safe for consumption.

It should be recalled that health officials in Malaysia and Taiwan had claimed to detect ethylene oxide, a carcinogenic substance responsible for lymphoid cancer and, breast cancer in the product leading to a series of investigations of Indofoods, manufacturers of the product.

The Ministry of Health of Malaysia (MOH) would immediately issue a directive to hold, test and release the Indomie Special Chicken Flavour instant noodles products from Malaysia at all entry points of the country.

Despite this scare, the Director-General of the health agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, has asked consumers not to fret over the South-Asia countries’ preemptive measures

“NAFDAC did not ban Indomie,” Professor Adeyeye said in a phone conversation with our Channels Television reporter on Monday.

‘You’re partisan, you can’t be watchdog of judiciary’ — Keyamo tackles NLC

Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, says the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) cannot be a watchdog over the judiciary because it is partisan.

The minister said this in response to comments credited to Joe Ajaero, president of the NLC.

The NLC president had said that organised labour and civil society would create a “hall of shame” for judges that compromise election tribunals.

Commenting late on Monday, Keyamo said the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) should caution lawyers not to be allowed to be used against the judiciary.

“The only constitutional watchdog over the judiciary and judicial officers is the National Judicial Council,” he said.

“It negates the very foundation of one of the principles of natural justice for a party to a case or its sympathizers and/or supporters to say they are constituting themselves as ‘watchdogs’ over the umpire (the judiciary) which is to decide case(s) in which they have an interest."

I did not collect single kobo to announce Binani as Gov-elect – Hudu Ari

Embattled Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Adamawa State that was suspended, Barrister Hudu Yunusa Ari has denied the widespread allegation that he received N2 billion to announce Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani as the winner of the governorship election in Adamawa State.

Binani was the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) in Adamawa State during the 2023 election.

She had challenged the incumbent Governor of the state who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who was later, declared the winner of the election by INEC.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service monitored by our correspondent on Tuesday, Hudu said he had no regrets whatsoever about the action he took by making the announcement in the middle of that election.

Barrister Hudu Yunusa who the police were looking for, said that his announcing the result was his responsibility which was backed by law.

He disclosed that he was ready to present himself to the police this week, even as he argued that neither the DSS nor the Nigerian Police came searching for him as was widely discussed.

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