Today’s Headlines:It’s Time To Support Incoming Govt-Gambari, FG Ends Nigerians’ Evacuation In Sudan

It’s time to support incoming govt – Gambari

Ahead of the inauguration of the President-elect and governors on May 29, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has urged Nigerians to start building support and provide an enabling environment for the incoming government to thrive.

Gambari made the call in Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital, while briefing newsmen following a visit to Gov. Atiku Bagudu and Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar.

“I am here on a private visit to see the governor and His Royal Highness, the Emir of Gwandu. Because we are coming to the end of this administration.”

”I am here to appreciate them for their support, prayers and also making a point that elections are now over.”

“We should now be building support and enabling environment for the incoming administration so that they could build up on the positive record of President Buhari in all the major priorities his administration focused on.

FG ends Nigerians’ evacuation in Sudan

The Federal Government, on Sunday, said it had ended the evacuation of Nigerians trapped in war-torn Sudan, noting that the last batch of returnees arrived in Nigeria on Saturday.

It, however, stated that it was organising a programme to mop up other Nigerians who might want to return home after the end of its evacuation exercise in Sudan.

The government also said it was happy to announce that no Nigerian life was lost in the course of the evacuation exercise.

The government disclosed this in a joint statement issued in Abuja by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ben Kalu: It’s risky for APC to ignore south-east in n’assembly leadership positions

Benjamin Kalu, a member of the house of representatives, has justified the consideration of the south-east geopolitical zone in the leadership positions of the 10th national assembly.

Speaking on Sunday in an interview with Channels Television, Kalu dismissed insinuations that the south-east does not deserve the position of deputy speaker considering the votes scored by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the zone.

On May 8, the APC nominated Tajudeen Abbas and Kalu as the preferred choice for speaker and deputy speaker, respectively.

Some lawmakers, including Idris Wase, the outgoing deputy speaker, had rejected the party’s nominations.

Abbas is from the north-west zone of the country while Kalu hails from the south-east.

Reacting to the development, Kalu said the decision of the party is to achieve nation-building and national cohesion.

Edo Assembly LP candidate challenges defeat at tribunal

The Labour Party candidate for the Egor Constituency, Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Derick Uhunmwagho, has asked the election petitions tribunal to nullify the emergence of Osawaru Irobosa of the Peoples Democratic Party as the winner of the March 18 and April 15 supplementary polls.

The petitioner, through his counsel, Stanley Imhanruor, contended that “The 3rd respondent (Irobosa) was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election.”

“The election that returned the 3rd respondent was invalid by reason of corrupt practice, or non -compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared that Irobosa polled 12,436 votes to win the poll, while the LP candidate got 11,245 votes to place second.

But the LP candidate, through his legal team led by Etigwe Uwa (SAN), contended that he won the main election on March 18 and INEC had no reason to declare the election inconclusive and call for a supplementary poll.

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