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Nigerian Newspapers Review (Thursday, 21 February, 2019 Edition)

Chief Femi Fani Kayode (FFK)

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Thursday morning????. Enjoy!

1.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (INEC) has tender 115 cheques as exhibits against Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, who was the Campaign Publicity Director of former President Goodluck Jonathan. FFK was accused of conspiring with others to directly and indirectly retain some funds which were alleged proceeds of crime. The anti-graft said that FFK directly and indirectly “retained the sum of N1,500,000,000.00 which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: stealing.”

2. The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) alleges that they had uncovered an alleged plot by the presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to deploy soldiers and police to rig the general elections. “The outgoing APC government  is  planning  to deploy special forces led by the army and police to help them make their rigging of  the elections easier. We have credible intelligence that the army leadership was told to aid APC thugs to write fake results and smuggle them into the collation centres,” CUPP spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, said.

3. Result sheets for the Presidential and National Assembly elections meant for Imo State were discovered in Gombe State and that of Gombe was found in Imo. The sensitive election materials were apparent mistakenly mixed up. Some of the missing materials for Imo State were also discovered in Ondo. INEC is however already making necessary arrangements to send result sheets to their correct location.

4. Human rights activist, Femi Falana, says that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State risks being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court over his body bag comment. According to Falana, the only thing that could save the governor was for none of the foreign election observers in the country to be killed. Falana however urged the United States and the United Kingdom to issue El-Rufai visa ban. “The western countries that have threatened to place travel restrictions on members of the ruling class who incite violence or interfere in the electoral process should not hesitate to make an example of the governor without any further delay. The Special Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, who has also warned against any form of electoral violence in the country, is urged to hold Governor El-Rufai responsible if foreign observers and monitors are killed during the 2019 general elections,” Falana said.

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5. Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), while addressing a cross-section of diplomatic community and international election monitoring groups said that only an act of God could stop the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday. “We have no reason to believe that anything, except an act of God, and we believe that as a prayerful nation, the act of God has been assuaged and that things will go right. We have no reason to feel that anything will go wrong,” he said.

6. Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a former Governor of Kano State, on Tuesday joined the Lagos State Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, to visit the Sarkin Hausawa of Agege, Lagos. Kwankwaso urged the Hausa community to vote for the PDP in the state. Alhaji Musa Dogonkadai, the Sarkin Hausawa, prayed for the PDP candidate, as well as for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

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