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Nigerian Newspapers (Thursday, 21 March, 2019 Edition)

Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar

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

1.The Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar led National Peace Committee has met with party leaders in the states where supplementary polls scheduled for Saturday will hold.

The former head of state appealed to them to accept the outcome of the rerun elections and give peace a chance.

INEC had announced that supplementary elections will hold in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto State on March 23.

2. A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday rejected a request by the African Action Congress and three of its members for an order of interim injunction stopping the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from going ahead with the collation and announcement of results of the March 9, 2019 Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in Rivers State.

The plaintiffs are challenging the decision of INEC to resume the announcement of the results of the election which it had earlier said was marred by violence and irregularities.

Justice Inyang Ekwo who rejected the request ordered the plantiffs to put the respondents (INEC and PDP) on notice by serving the papers filed on them. He then adjourned the case till March 25.

3. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, on Wednesday at the 85th PDP Emergency National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja said that those who rigged the 2019 general elections would not go unpunished.

“What has happened (the 2019 elections) is pure evil. Our consolation as members of this party is that no evil doer has ever escaped punishment.

“Elections are done all over the world. Elections are conducted in other Africa countries and at no time have we heard of these inconclusive elections,” he said.

4. Jimi Agbaje, the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, has vehemently denied dumping the PDP.

Report went viral on Wednesday that Mr. Agbaje who lost the governorship position of the state to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had dumped the party because of its internal crisis.

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“In the past 24 hours, Mr Olujimi Kolawole Agbaje, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the recently-concluded 2019 election in Lagos State, has received uncountable calls and messages from numerous friends, teeming political associates within PDP and countless members of his supporters, that he has resigned from the PDP.

“Mr Olujimi Kolawole Agbaje is still a card-carrying member of the PDP. He remains committed to the broad-based party, which he remains absolutely certain, has the best antidote to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.

“The falsehood is another chunk from the ongoing propaganda and disinformation machinery of his foes. Mr Olujimi Kolawole Agbaje urges all to treat the rumour with the disdain it wisely deserves.”

5. Three Lebanese contractors who worked for the Government of Ekiti State during the administration of Ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose has revealed that he had lied to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to protect his friend who is an aide to the governor.

One of the Lebanese contractor revealed that he normally gives Fayose’s personal aide, Abiodun Agbele, who facilitates the contract for him 10% of the contract sum.

He further revealed that he once lied to the EFCC about owning a property on the instructions of Agbele. The property was bought in the name of a company JJ Technical Services Limited, which belongs to his younger brother and brother-in-law.

6. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has vehemently denied receiving any pay from the National Open University of Nigeria.

The Vice-Chancellor of the institution had stated that the former president receives N40,000 for his service as a facilitator in the school (The VC’s statement was published in part on 1Push Naija Newspaper Review on March 20, 2019).

OBJ however in his response noted that he had not received any pay either as salary or otherwise from the university and he was not even planning to receive any pay from the school for his services.

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