Kogi Chief Judge Dies At Coronavirus Isolation Centre

The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Nasir Ajanah is reportedly dead. TheCable reported that a member of the late Judge’s family who confirmed his death on Sunday morning, said he died at the COVID-19 isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

Ajanah died a week after the death of Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga, the president of the Kogi customary court of appeal was reported.


The late Judge who died at the age of 64, served in various capacities such as chairman, Kabba disturbance tribunal, Kogi, (1994); chairman, election petitions tribunal in Adamawa state (1998); member of governing council of Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (1999 and 2006) and chairman, panel on Murtala Mohammed international airport fire incident (2000).

It was further learnt that he will be buried in Abuja on Sunday June 28.

FG Rubbishes ‘Political Vultures’, says Buhari and Tinubu Still Together

According to a statement signed by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, “the very essence of the requests put to the Emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, which were unanimously approved aim to pull back the party, faced with an existential crisis from the brink of collapse, follow the constitution and take everyone along.

While this action has been widely accepted with great relief by lovers of democracy and the rank and file of the membership, we are concerned that political vulturism masquerading as “smart analysis” is selling the commentary that this is a Buhari-Tinubu “showdown.” Nothing can be farther from the truth.

To put the records straight: In the formation of this great party and giving it leadership, President Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who are reckoned as the founding fathers of the APC are both inspired by democratic norms, national interest and not at all by partisan motivations. These are the qualities that have made them move past cynical distractions.

They are in touch with one another. Their relationship remains as strong as ever and between the two of them, only they know how they manage their enviable relationship.

Try as hard as they could, the opposition parties have used all their intellectuals and their supporters in the media to break this relationship and have failed. And they won’t.

For President Buhari who has received much of the cynical commentary, Nigerians know him as someone who will not do anything with bad intentions. Neither will he do anything out of partisan motivations or for himself.

This whole exercise, that should lead to massive reform and overhaul of the leadership of the party, as he said in that brilliant speech, was ”to save the APC from the imminent self-destruction. We have to move ahead. We have to take everyone with us and ensure that the party is run in accordance with democratic norms and with consensus. We have to work for the benefit of the country.

The leaders of the party, who have received two successive massive mandates to govern the country and a majority of the states should be judged by how this exercise turns out in achieving these objectives, not cursed at the mere commencement of the process.”

BREAKING: Ize-Iyamu Picks Gani Audu As Running Mate

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has picked former Chairman of Etsako West Local Government, Hon Gani Audu, as his running mate.

Audu is also a member representing Etsako West constituency 2 in the state House of Assembly.Gani Audu

The governorship election is scheduled to hold on September 19, 2020.

Recall that Ize-Iyamu emerged as the party’s flagbearer on Monday after winning the primary election.

Okowa’s daughter tests positive for coronavirus

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, says he will be going into isolation after one of his daughters tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a tweet on Friday, the governor said his wife, Edith, would also be going into isolation for 14 days.

“Earlier today, Edith and I received the news that one of our daughters has tested positive for #COVID19. Hence, in-line with the laid out procedures, we are both going into isolation for the next 14-days,” he said, “we will continue to keep you all updated.”

The governor did not state which of his daughters contracted the disease.

Okowa had only on Thursday celebrated the birthday of his youngest daughter whom he described as ‘excellently creative’.

CONFIRMED: Ajimobi Dies At 70

Former Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has died after battling coronavirus-related symptoms.

The 70-year-old, who is believed to have been on life support machine since last Friday, was confirmed dead on Thursday at First Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Consultants Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos.

He had been hospitalised since June 2.

The two-term governor was appointed Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) last month.

It was gathered that Ajimobi, who was diabetic, later tested negative for COVID-19. His health, however, slumped gradually due to the ailment.

Ajimobi’s wife, Florence, had been hospitalised for same ailment, but she had since been discharged.

JUST IN: Ghana To Rebuild Demolished High Commission Building – FG

Ghana has promised to rebuild the demolished building in the Nigeria High Commission in Accra. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, announced this on Thursday.

Onyeama expressed satisfaction with the steps taken by Ghana on the issue, noting that the country had accepted responsibility and agreed to restitute.

The minister flayed Nigerian officials in Ghana for not obtaining the necessary documents for the land despite making payment since 2000.

He said the High Commission did not have the title deeds or obtain approval for the demolished building.

Details later…

JUST IN: Buhari endorses Giadom as APC acting national chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed support for Victor Giadom as the acting national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, told reporters at the State House on Wednesday that Buhari would be attending the virtual meeting of the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting which Giadom scheduled for Thursday.

“The President has received very convincing advice on the position of the law as far as the situation in the party is concerned and has determined that the law is on the side of Victor Giadom as Acting National Chairman,” Mr Shehu said.

“Because he will always act in accordance with the law, the President will be attending the virtual meeting Giadom called for tomorrow afternoon.

“We urge the media to stop promoting manufactured controversies and to not give any further room for mischievous interpretations of the law on this matter.

“In addition to the President, the Giadom meeting will, hopefully, be attended by our Governors and the leaders of the National Assembly.”

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, and Giadom had on Tuesday unsuccessfully tried to see Buhari at the villa.

The president’s move has pitted him against the party’s suspended national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who alongside the party’s National Working Committee backed Senator Abiola Ajimobi as acting national chair.https://www.youtube.com/embed/tTKtKgIz48g?start=23&feature=oembed

D’banj rape accuser, Seyitan, makes damning allegations against Nigerian police

D'banj rape D'banj rape accuser Seyitan Babatayo

Seyitan Babatayo, the woman who accused singer, D’banj, of raping her in 2018, has accused the Nigerian Police of unlawfully detaining her and the singer of pressuring her to admit that she made allegations to gain publicity.

She said this in a press statement allegedly released on her behalf by a law firm named Bronks and Montgomery, on Twitter on Wednesday.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-8170112491591625&output=html&h=300&slotname=4046550241&adk=1326642198&adf=4286836829&w=360&lmt=1592996447&rafmt=1&psa=1&guci=×300&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.qed.ng%2Frape-dbanj-wants-me-to-say-i-was-chasing-clout-seyitan%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&fwrattr=true&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&adsid=ChEI8PPL9wUQ4–L95Plg8DLARI9AEtu-trTyAR7d3zy3NpFYA7iwkunzbhxahoyTxaIPGDWUr8nx9-g-pl-O5vYm1hqfgGcQDvzs8ztJoUJLQ&dt=1592996927328&bpp=17&bdt=641&idt=642&shv=r20200618&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Db1a94817e7568bb2%3AT%3D1592996914%3AS%3DALNI_MZZLP_afkKX6ZAN1gPQ7gPlXdynhQ&prev_fmts=360×300&correlator=2900095198519&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1438218988.1592996912&ga_sid=1592996928&ga_hid=1351937421&ga_fc=0&iag=0&icsg=46773216264192&dssz=72&mdo=0&mso=0&u_tz=60&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=820&u_w=360&u_ah=820&u_aw=360&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=1004&biw=360&bih=708&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=21066167%2C21066393%2C42530493%2C42530495&oid=3&pvsid=2080543409449510&pem=791&rx=0&eae=0&fc=900&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C360%2C0%2C360%2C708%2C360%2C708&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CoeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8336&bc=31&ifi=2&uci=a!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=j2YYthBj3p&p=https%3A//www.qed.ng&dtd=655

The statement provided a timeline of events from December 30, 2018, the day of the alleged assault to June 18, 2020, when she was rescued after being held hostage by D’banj’s team.

“On June 16, 2020, four armed policemen stormed my apartment, and arrested me without a warrant. They seized my phones, other personal effects and detained me in the police cell overnight at IGP – IRT Office at Harold Shodipo, Ikeja.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-8170112491591625&output=html&h=300&slotname=4046550241&adk=1326642198&adf=892726556&w=360&lmt=1592996447&rafmt=1&psa=1&guci=×300&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.qed.ng%2Frape-dbanj-wants-me-to-say-i-was-chasing-clout-seyitan%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&fwrattr=true&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&adsid=ChEI8PPL9wUQ4–L95Plg8DLARI9AEtu-trTyAR7d3zy3NpFYA7iwkunzbhxahoyTxaIPGDWUr8nx9-g-pl-O5vYm1hqfgGcQDvzs8ztJoUJLQ&dt=1592996927345&bpp=6&bdt=659&idt=665&shv=r20200618&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Db1a94817e7568bb2%3AT%3D1592996914%3AS%3DALNI_MZZLP_afkKX6ZAN1gPQ7gPlXdynhQ&prev_fmts=360×300%2C360x300&correlator=2900095198519&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1438218988.1592996912&ga_sid=1592996928&ga_hid=1351937421&ga_fc=0&iag=0&icsg=46773216264192&dssz=72&mdo=0&mso=0&u_tz=60&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=820&u_w=360&u_ah=820&u_aw=360&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=1829&biw=360&bih=708&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=21066167%2C21066393%2C42530493%2C42530495&oid=3&pvsid=2080543409449510&pem=791&rx=0&eae=0&fc=900&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C360%2C0%2C360%2C708%2C360%2C708&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CoeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8336&bc=31&ifi=3&uci=a!3&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=cF88k681ll&p=https%3A//www.qed.ng&dtd=677

“On June 17, 2020, with various efforts, I was released from custody after being made to sign a gag order by the police and D’banj’s team, and could only post on social media what had been approved by D’banj’s team. I spent the night in a location of D’banj’s team’s choosing, which was not made known to the public…,” the statement reads in part.

In it, she repeated her earlier claim about D’banj gaining access to her hotel room after using his influence to obtain an extra key from the hotel management after which he sexually assaulted her.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-8170112491591625&output=html&h=300&slotname=4046550241&adk=1326642198&adf=3247961597&w=360&lmt=1592996447&rafmt=1&psa=1&guci=×300&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.qed.ng%2Frape-dbanj-wants-me-to-say-i-was-chasing-clout-seyitan%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&fwrattr=true&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&adsid=ChEI8PPL9wUQ4–L95Plg8DLARI9AEtu-trTyAR7d3zy3NpFYA7iwkunzbhxahoyTxaIPGDWUr8nx9-g-pl-O5vYm1hqfgGcQDvzs8ztJoUJLQ&dt=1592996927351&bpp=6&bdt=665&idt=749&shv=r20200618&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Db1a94817e7568bb2%3AT%3D1592996914%3AS%3DALNI_MZZLP_afkKX6ZAN1gPQ7gPlXdynhQ&prev_fmts=360×300%2C360x300%2C360x300&correlator=2900095198519&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1438218988.1592996912&ga_sid=1592996928&ga_hid=1351937421&ga_fc=0&iag=0&icsg=46773216264192&dssz=71&mdo=0&mso=0&u_tz=60&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=820&u_w=360&u_ah=820&u_aw=360&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=2527&biw=360&bih=708&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=21066167%2C21066393%2C42530493%2C42530495&oid=3&pvsid=2080543409449510&pem=791&rx=0&eae=0&fc=900&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C360%2C0%2C360%2C708%2C360%2C708&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CoeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8336&bc=31&ifi=4&uci=a!4&btvi=3&fsb=1&xpc=1lWhdi4RPs&p=https%3A//www.qed.ng&dtd=768

She also maintains that she was arrested on June 16 after going public with the allegations and coerced into recanting her statement and thanked the public for their support especially those who have contributed money for her legal defense.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-1&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1275563579543076870&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.qed.ng%2Frape-dbanj-wants-me-to-say-i-was-chasing-clout-seyitan%2F&theme=light&widgetsVersion=0b113ea%3A1592946486158&width=550px

On Monday, D’banj shared a video of himself singing and declared that he was innocent until proven guilty.

“Innocent until proven guilty. Stop social media trial.#SAY no to rape and human rights violation,” he captioned the Instagram video.https://www.youtube.com/embed/5_y5AA7LOA8?start=66&feature=oembed

Thank You Edo People – Osagie Ize-Iyamu

The address read by the candidate of the All Progressive Party APC, after his election as the flag bearer of the party.

First and foremost, I give thanks to God Almighty for the successful conduct of the primaries and the safety of all our members, including officials of all agencies, who took part across the state.

I thank the leader of our party, the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari for his fatherly disposition and democratic stance that set the stage for a free and transparent contestation devoid of institutional bias, favoritism, or imposition of any kind.

I am also grateful to the national leadership of the APC for the courage displayed and the commitment to democratic ideals that have distinguished our party and made it appealing to millions of Nigerians across the country. The bold insistence on adherence to the constitution of the party, even amid immense pressure, was a great show of leadership that served as a reminder to all that the APC is a party founded on sacred values central to its growth and survival.

My grateful thanks also go to the Edo State Traditional Council led by Our great King, Omo’ N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpo, The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II for the fatherly counsel and important interventions. I wish to reiterate my deep respect and undying loyalty to the institution.

To the election committee chaired by His Excellency, the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma for organizing a primary election that allowed the members of our party in the state to elect a candidate in a responsible, safe, fair, and transparent process, I convey my deepest gratitude.

From the start, with the adoption of the direct mode of primary, our party showed its recognition of the peculiarity of the times we are in and its commitment to complying with all regulations and guidelines in place to ensure that our people are protected from danger, specifically the coronavirus disease.

Today, because of the hard work of the committee, the cooperation of INEC, observers, and all security agencies, that desire got full expression as members of our party, whose conduct was admirable and responsible, participated in a primary that will form a point of reference to all on how to practice democracy without compromising safety procedures in the fight against a viral disease.

I am grateful to everyone for their support, most especially my fellow aspirants who shunned the politics of bitter opposition and displayed the level of maturity and sportsmanship never before seen in the history of this country.

Against an incumbent government that tested the resolve and unity of our party using morally bankrupt tactics without any regard for the rule of law, we were able to prevail because Dr. Pius Odubu, Hon. Osaro Obazee, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, General Charles Airhavbere (rtd), Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, Hon. Saturday Uwuilekwe and Professor Ebegue Amadasun showed great leadership and fought a good fight premised on the shared understanding that we are all on the same side, confronting and seeking to undo the many failures of an administration that betrayed our people and the values of our party.

I am very grateful to them and I look forward to working with them as we return to the streets and homes of our people, to restore and strengthen their hope and faith in the party, the All Progressives Congress, and return Edo state back on the path of development and growth.

Today’s victory is not for me alone. It is a victory for democracy, for the rule of law, and for our party, the All Progressives Congress. To everyone who played a part in making it possible; to my family, my campaign team, support groups at home and in the diaspora, members of our party, and all Edo people, I say thank you.

Receiving your endorsement and nomination to represent our party in the Governorship election is one of the greatest honors of my life. I find myself joyous but as well aware of the faith reposed in me by you all. Most importantly, I feel the weight of that trust and the great need not to disappoint all of you who deemed me worthy of the honor to fly the banner of our great party and be your representative at the polls.

The agenda remains SIMPLE in the literal sense of those alphabets as I renew my pledge to devote myself to moving this state forward by bringing new ways and innovative methods in: Security and Social Welfare, Infrastructural Development and Urban Renewal, Manpower Development and Training, Public-Private Partnership, Leadership by Example, and Employment Creation and Social Empowerment Scheme.

This time, we must get it right. And the work to make this a reality must continue with revitalized passion and zeal. Our victory today is only the beginning. We must now all come together, renew our loyalty to the party, and march with sturdy strides on this new path that beckons.

Fellow party members, thank you once again for your confidence in me and support. I assure you, and the people of our state, that you will not be disappointed.

May God bless you all.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu APC Governorship Candidate

Just In: Court Restrains Obaseki From Participating In PDP Primaries

 Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

A federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt has restrained Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in the PDP governorship primary election.

The suit was instituted by an aspirant in the election, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihiama asking the court to stop Obaseki from participating in the election.

Obaseki, who just decamped to the party from the APC was screened last week by the PDP Screening Committee.

Gov Obaseki

An order of interim injunction restrained defendants in the suit including; National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, Emmanuel Ogidi, Kingsley Chinda, Debekeme Boyleyefa, James Manager, Ajibola Muraina, the PDP, Obaseki himself, INEC and the INEC Commissioner.

The court said the time slated for obtaining nomination form and participating in screening had lapsed when Obaseki came into the picture.

Recall that the PDP had twice postponed the date of its primary election to accommodate the screening of the Edo State Governor.

The PDP primaries is slated for the 25th of June.

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