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Today's Headlines: Why APC can’t sanction Emefiele; INEC will prosecute electoral offenders – Yakubu

Why APC can’t sanction Emefiele

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The ruling All Progressives Congress on Tuesday explained why it could not mete out sanction to the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, for defying the Supreme Court verdict on the controversial cash swap policy.

The scarcity of the new naira notes brought about by the CBN policy has generated tension and visited untold hardship on the masses.

In the last two months, a considerable number of Nigerians have thrown caution to the wind and invaded several banks to register their displeasures in bizarre manners.

Viral video clips of half-clad customers breaking down bank gates and threatening to beat up officials have surfaced on the social media space.

INEC will prosecute electoral offenders – Yakubu

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said on Tuesday that the commission is setting up a legal team to deal with cases of electoral offenders during the February 25 presidential and National Assembly polls.

This was as he said the forthcoming governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections will be expectedly more demanding than the presidential poll and urged the security agencies to be on guard.

The INEC boss spoke at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security in Abuja on Tuesday.

Yakubu advised political parties to caution their supporters, stressing that the March 18 governorship and state Assembly elections are a contest and not war.

Imo PDP tackles national secretary, denies sabotaging Atiku

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The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has described as false a statement credited to the national secretary of the party, Samuel Anyanwu, wherein he alleged that some chieftains of the party betrayed the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, during the February 25 presidential election.

A statement issued in Owerri, the state capital, on Wednesday by the PDP spokesperson, Collins Opurozor, insisted that the party worked for Atiku at the polls.

Opurozor said it was surprising how the PDP got only 10 votes at Anyanwu’s polling unit on February 25.

The statement read, the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State is aware of a statement by Senator Samuel Anyanwu, the National Secretary of the party, which has now been published in some sections of the media, alleging that the money for the party’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Imo State was misappropriated. The statement goes on to accuse the Imo PDP leaders of sabotage during the election.

Embrace bi-partisan approach to issues, Lawan advises 10th Assembly

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has advised the incoming 10th National Assembly to maintain a bi-partisan approach that prioritises the national interest amid its deliberations.

According to him, any approach to the contrary would thwart every attempt by the incoming parliament to achieve stability in governance and maintain a harmonious relationship with the executive that benefits the Nigerian people.

Lawan said this on Tuesday, during a farewell visit by the outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, to his office at the National Assembly, Abuja.

Lawan, in his welcome address, said, i must take this opportunity to commend the members of the Ninth National Assembly – the Senate and House of Representatives – for doing a lot of work, and coming up with legislative interventions that have made so many segments of our lives better.

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