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COVID-19 and Lockdown – By Benjamin.


Name: Mr. Benjamin
Profession: Electrician.

What do you think cause coronavirus?

  • I can’t really say anything about that, I don’t know what cause it.

How did this lockdown affect you?

  • We can’t open shop, we self, we are locked down already…
  • we can’t open shop, we can’t go anywhere.

Is it a good idea for Government to shut down churches and mosques amid COVID-19 outbreak?

  • ehmm… Actually, it’s good as government said we should lockdown churches and mosques to avoid contacts and spreading of the disease.

But people are still moving, people are still walking, can’t this spread the disease?

  • We can’t because of coronavirus stay away from ourselves, our children who knows nothing about coronavirus.

So, we staying at home, is it good?

  • It is good

Is there anything called coronavirus?

  • Yes, 100% sure.

Is it because of COVID-19, there haven’t been steady electricity in your community?

No It is their custom, they are use to it.



APA sues INEC over deregistration

The African Peoples Alliance (APA) has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court for deregistering the party ahead of the February 29 local government elections in Enugu state.

Joined as defendants in the suit no. FHC/EN/CS/21/2020 filed on Friday at the Federal High Court in Enugu by counsel for APA, Mr Chukwunonso Ogbe, are the Attorney General of the Federation and his Enugu State counterpart.

Also joined in the suit brought through originating summons is the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC).

Ogbe said that the process was brought in pursuant to the provisions of Sections 221 and 225A of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Order 3 Rule 7 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rule 2019.

The counsel said that the suit sought to determine the propriety of deregistering the party at a time it had nominated candidates for the upcoming council polls in the state to be conducted by ENSIEC.

He said that the party would pray for other reliefs, if the court so hold that INEC could not deregister a political party that had validly nominated candidates for elective positions.

“One of the reliefs is for the court to declare that the action of the first respondent amounted to a violation of the rights of the plaintiff to exist as a political association.

“We are also praying the court to declare as null, void and of no effect, the purported act of deregistration of the plaintiff.

“We are also seeking for an order restraining ENSIEC and Attorney General of Enugu State from disqualifying the candidates of the plaintiff from vying for elective posts on February 29,” he said.

Ogbe said that the plaintiff also sought for N1 million general damages against INEC for deregistering the party after nominating candidates for a council election.

NobleReporters learnt that the defendants have 30 days after service of the summons to enter appearance.

It will be recalled that INEC on February 6 announced the deregistration of some political parties in the country, with the inclusion of APA.

Meanwhile, the deregistration of the party came at a time it had nominated candidates and started campaigns for the February 29 polls in Enugu State.


Floods of protest in Rivers over LG polls

…youth imposition.

Hundreds of youths have protested an alleged move by some political god fathers to impose candidates in the pending local government election in Cross River State.

The Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) has tentatively fixed February 22, 2020 for council elections.

This has led to beehive of activities at the 18 local governments and 196 wards of the state.

But suspecting fowl play in the build up to the election, youths from Boki council took to the streets of Calabar yesterday, shouting, ‘we-no-go-gree ooo’.

The youths, who carried placard with various inscriptions, said they were opposed to recycling of politicians from Boki who had been in power since 1999 to date.

Speaking with journalists, one of the youth leaders and chairmanship aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party, Kidze Leo, said: “In our hearts we have a lot of worries. We are saying no to imposition of one person against the opinion of many people. There have been a lot of killings in Boki which leaders have not come out to react to. They are only interested in their political ambition.

“Someone who has been nominated and confirmed as commissioner at that level will go as low as causing confusion. It is a big disappointment. I am a businessman and politician, an aspirant (chairmanship) for that matter. If I don’t come out to speak, who will talk for millions of these people? We have come to join forces to produce a vibrant chairman during the election.

“The leaders causing confusion have been in power for a very long time. They don’t want anybody to rise to their level or even above them. They are intimidated by young people coming up in politics. When they see a rising star they gang up and bring you down.

“They brainwash the other youths who are hungry, who cannot fend for themselves and use them against the other fellow youths. But this time, the majority of the people who want to see this transformation are on this side. So, we will definitely conquer.”

Another chairmanship aspirant, also on PDP platform, Jonathan Osang, said: “They should allow us to go freely into the election. The problem of Boki is not the youths. The problem of Boki is the leaders. They have been in power since 1999 to date.

“They were there when they were youths. Now they don’t want the youths to grow. We have a digital governor. We need a digital youth as chairman. The problem of Boki can never finish if we don’t have a youth as chairman.”

Responding, the Permanent Secretary in charge of Security in the governor’s office, Alfred Mboto, promised to take their complaints to the governor.


Ekiti PDP Members, Speaker Behind Poll Killings.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members in Ekiti State have alleged that the state’s Speaker of the House, Rt Hon. Funminiyi Afuye led a team of suspected party thugs who allegedly shot four members of the PDP, leading to the alleged killing of one, Kosadake Dotun.

A special adviser to Professor Olusola Eleka, the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Seun Olusola, who alleged that four members of the PDP were shot during an alleged attempt by the APC to rig the polls, said: “What happened was that while the poll was on going, in the process Speaker of the House, Hon Funminiyi Afuye, came with some thugs who brought out some already thumb-printed ballot papers and wanted to stuff them into the ballot boxes, but the people there asked questions and wanted to resist them. One suspected thug (name withheld by us) that came in company with the speaker shot sporadically and the bullets hit four members of our party, the PDP. One person died in the process and as I am speaking with you, three of our members who sustained gunshot wounds have been brought to the state teaching hospital in Ado-Ekiti. The incident happened at the AUD, Araromi in Ikere-Ekiti.

“Our member who was shot dead is Kosadake Dotun. Others who sustained gunshot wounds were Ayeni Gbenga and Abiodun Bukola.”

When the reporter called Rt. Hon. Afuye to react to the allegation at about 5pm on Saturday, the following conversation was exchanged over the telephone:

Sun: Please sir, could you react to the allegation by a member of the PDP that you led some thugs to a polling centre where some members of the opposition were allegedly shot?

Afuye: I will soon send you my own reaction to the development.

Sun: Okay, but are you denying or confirming the allegation sir?

Afuye: I will soon send you my reaction, you.”

As at the time of filling this report, Hon Afuye was yet to send in any reaction.


NASS should Adjust electoral bill to allow electoral transmission of results.

…PDP urges

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, called on the National Assembly to urgently revisit the electoral bill and demanded the bill be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, in order for election results to be transmitted electronically.

The 8th Assembly under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki had proposed an Electoral Act Amendment Bill which was vetoed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The PDP, however, renewed calls for a review of the bill in a communique issued at the end of a meeting of the Southwest PDP stakeholders in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Prominent among the leaders at the meeting included the vice chairman, Northwest, Senator Ibrahim Kazaure, National Vice Chairman, PDP, Southwest, Eddy Olafeso, PDP chieftain, Dr. Doyin Okupe and former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.

Others included Chief of Staff to the Oyo State government, Bisi Ilaka, Deputy National Chairman, PDP, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, Ladi Adebutu, Sikirulai Ogundele among others.

The party argued that the electoral bill must be signed so that results can be transmitted electronically to forestall rigging and manipulation by the ruling party.

It equally condemned the growing use of security agencies in in untoward manners to compromise election results in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), especially during the last governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

“We demand an urgent revisit of the electoral bill by the National Assembly, particularly the bill passed by the 8th Assembly and curiously vetoed by the president. This bill represents an immediate panacea to the crisis and debacle elections have since become in our nation.”

“It is a shame that the legacy of respect for the electoral desires of the people the PDP bequeathed to President Buhari has been destroyed to the extent that Nigerian elections no longer command respect in the comity of nations nor generate legitimacy at home”, the party stated in the communique.

Meanwhile, the southwest chapter of the party condemned the gruesome murder of the PDP Women Leader in Kogi State, Mrs. Salome Acheju during the recently concluded elections in Kogi.

The party demanded that justice be served in the case, adding that “only such firm action will prevent the state from becoming a labyrinth of violence in the nation.”
It, however, raised the alarm over a plot by the presidency to upturn the victory and mandate of the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde.
“We wish to reemphasize and place firmly in public view that the PDP roundly defeated the APC in Oyo State during the last governorship election, winning in twenty-eight local government areas while APC won in only five.”

“The only judgement that can remain consistent with the electoral desires of the People of that State is that which confirms the victory of the PDP in that election. Bayo Adelabu and APC’s direct evidence at the State Election Petition Tribunal, even if acceded to, cannot harm or injure the outcome of the election”, the party submitted.