BUHARI’S CHIEF OF STAFF, INEC CHAIRMAN MEET AMID WAEC CERTIFICATE SAGA

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** President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, on Friday met the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, at the Presidential Villa. This is coming amid the President’s West Africa Examination Council issues.

The meeting which was held behind closed doors lasted for about thirty minutes. Yakubu did not speak to State House correspondents when the meeting ended.

The presidency is yet to issue a statement on the meeting as of the time of filing this report.

TRENDING

*. Babatunde Fashola, has said former President Goodluck Johnathan only conceded defeat after the 2015 elections because he knew the nation would witness economic recession soon. Mr Jonathan, before the announcement of the final results, in a move that shocked many political pundits, conceded defeat to the current president Buhari, after a keenly contested polls. That was the first time an incumbent would be losing the top seat (and conceding victory) to an opposition party in Nigeria.

“. Contrary to fears in some quarters that soldiers were being deployed in and around the National Assembly to curtail the activities of federal lawmakers, the Army has explained that the move is intended to prevent Shiite demostrators from accessing the Three-Arm zone that houses the Presidential Villa, National Assembly , and Supreme Court. The deployment was first observed two days ago, the same day the Senate proceeded on a two-week recess.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
United States President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton has announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been invited to visit Washington, DC in early 2019. As per Fox News report, Bolton, while speaking at a press conference in Georgia on Friday morning, has said that the scheduling of the visit is yet to be finalised, but the Russian President would be invited “after the first of the year.” “We have invited President Putin to Washington after the first of the year for, basically, a full day of consultation

2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Jamal Khashoggi’s body was ‘cut into three pieces and put in a suitcase before being thrown down a well’, it has emerged. The Saudi journalist was killed in two hours and the body was thrown away in a ‘panic’, according to reports. Reports claim he was drowned before his corpse was divided into three main separate parts – the head, the body and the legs. They were then stuffed in suitcases and bags, the reports claim. After weeks of denial, Saudi Arabia at the weekend said the journalist had been killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

3. PRESIDENCY:
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Nnamani said that there are moves to bring those aggrieved during the primaries back to the APC fold. He said “We are still harmonizing; in the primaries and the congresses, there were quite a few conflicts and conflicts are common in political arena.

4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill and said only the Supreme Court had final word on fate of elected politicians sacked by the judiciary. They said any elected office holder who lost his position at an election tribunal would remain in office and enjoy all accrued benefits until the determination of appeal and final verdict by the apex court. This new provision in the bill is contained in Section 143 as amended.

5. JUDICIARY:
Ayodele Fayose, has met the required conditions of his bail.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State on Wednesday granted him bail following his detention over allegations of fraud by EFCC
Fayose, who was said to have met the conditions of the bail by 2pm on Friday, was ordered remanded in prison by the trial judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.
The media aide to the Governor, Lere Olayinka, announced the meeting of the bail condition by Fayose.

6. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
FG will on Monday take a position on the new National minimum wage on Monday, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has said. Ngige who told State House reporters this afternoon said an enlarged meeting of all key stakeholders in the government circle at both federal and states has been scheduled for Monday. He said the decision would be taken at the end of the meeting before a draft law would be transmitted to the National Assembly by President Buhari on the new national minimum wage law.

7. POLITICS:
Concerned that the crises generated by the primaries for the selection of candidates for next year’s general election might jeopardise the chances of the party in some states, the National Chairman of APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, is making strenuous efforts to reconcile aggrieved members, particularly governors, whose interest have been injured in the process. Some governors have been up in arms against the national chairman because their preferred candidates lost out, rallying their colleagues to move for his removal.

8. POLITICS:
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research unit of The Economist Magazine, says Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will defeat President Buhari in 2019. The London-based magazine made the prediction in its latest country report on Nigeria, which was obtained by THISDAY. This is coming less than two months after it had predicted that Buhari would lose the election. “Mr. Buhari is the APC’s presidential candidate and his main challenger is Mr. Abubakar

9. INEC:
The chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, who addressed a press conference on Friday, stated that any doubt on the forms submitted by aspirants regarding their personal particulars including Buhari’s certificate can be challenged in court. According to the INEC Chairman, anyone in doubt of forms submitted by the candidates regarding their personal particulars, can challenge it in court. He added that while the commission is making the particulars of the candidates known, the public is to seize the opportunity to view the personal details of the candidates

10. SPORTS:
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has lost his wallet containing his Samsung 8 Android telephone and his credit cards/work permit that enables him to visit Nigeria legally anytime there is need to be with the Super Eagles or meet officially with his employers- the NFF. “I lost my wallet containing my Samsung 8 and my visa visiting card just after the Aiteo Cup final in Asaba on Wednesday. “I was trying to exit the stadium but the fans were many pushing and running up and down. So I didn’t know the time my wallet was stolen.

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