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Nigerian News (Thursday, 14 March, 2019 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the National Food Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

Good Day Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know today🙂. Enjoy!

1.President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly ordered the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to take over the operatorship of the entire Oil Mining Lease 11 from Shell Petroleum Development Company. The order letter from the president titled “Operatorship of Entire Oil Mining Lease 11” was signed by the president’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. “Kindly note that the President has directed NNPC/NPDC to take over the operatorship, from Shell Petroleum Development Company, of the entire OML 11 not later than 30 April 2019, and ensure smooth re-entry given the delicate situation in Ogoniland,” the letter read in part.

2. The National Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress led Federal Government of planning to use soldiers to rig the forthcoming rerun governorship elections on March 23 in Kano, Bauchi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Benue and Plateau states. According to PDP, the plan is to activate the same thing that happened at the governorship rerun in Osun State, where thugs allegedly aided by security agencies, bared journalists, observers and voters from voting for PDP. “Nigerians will recall what happened during the rerun of the Osun State governorship election where masked security men from the Department of State Services and policemen took over the polling units and centres. Nigerians saw the evil that happened there as the security men barred supporters of the PDP from gaining access to the polling centres. However, both Nigerians and the international community saw how security agents served as aides to members of the APC as they walked freely to the polling centres. That is what they are now planning to do on March 23. Some governors of the APC met with President Muhammadu Buhari this week. We know the issues discussed at the secret meeting,” Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP National Chairman, said.

3. Mr. Felix Obuah, the Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, the winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state. “With the available results so far from the field, I want to assure you that his excellency (Wike) has won overwhelmingly and INEC should not waste time in declaring Governor Nyesom Wike the winner and governor-elect of Rivers State. We are not worried about what some people are saying. The truth is that with the results from the field, the incumbent governor should be declared governor-elect,” he said.

4. The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Wednesday said that it had obtained documents showing strange payments of money by some state governments to local government areas where supplementary elections would hold on March 23. According to CUPP, Kano State Government disbursed N223.5million to 13 local governments in the state. The coalition further said that same incidents happened in Bauchi, Adamawa.

5. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in his response to the exclusion of his name from among senator-elect that would receive certificate of return today said that the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) lacks power to withhold his certificate of return as the senator-elect for the Imo West Senatorial District. According to him, INEC’s decision was part of an effort to make him irrelevant ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

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