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Nigerian singers such as Davido And
Psquare plus worldwide blogger 9ja-ss has taken the case of Mr ibu into
Their bank account as they’re willing to take
Mr ibu to the best hospital in the world and
sort other things bothering him and his
family out while the NollywOod industry /
actors are busy sending prayers.
Growing up and till now, Mr.IBU has been
my favorite comic actor. He doesn’ t have
to say anything to make me laugh, his
appearance alone is enough.
Growing up too, I could effortlessly sing
every verse and chorus of Psquare music.
At a point myself and my immediate elder
brother started break dancing which I later
realized it s not my thing but his.
For Davido, he’ s my GOAT in the Nigerian
music industry and I’ mproud of him.
Get well soon Mr. IBU

No Work, No Pay: Tinubu approves payment of ASUU members’ withheld salaries

According to Mr Ngelale, the President invoked a “prerogative of mercy” to waive the earlier “no work, no pay” rule imposed on the orkers by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

ByMojeed Alabi

 October 20, 2023

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Exactly one year after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called off its eight months industrial action, President Bola Tinubu has approved the payment of their withheld salaries.

The latest directive was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.

The government is however silent on the withheld salaries of other workers unions in the universities, who had also embarked on strike within the same period.

President’s decision

According to Mr Ngelale, the president invoked a “prerogative of mercy” to waive the earlier “no work, no pay” rule imposed on the workers by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Invoking the Principle of the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy, President Bola Tinubu has approved the partial waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” Order that was instituted against striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) following the commencement of their eight-month industrial action which began on February 14, 2022 and was terminated on October 17, 2022.

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“In view of his determination to mitigate the difficulties being felt during the implementation of key economic reforms in the country, as well as his recognition of the faithful implementation of terms which were agreed upon during the fruitful deliberations between ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has directed the grant of an exceptional last waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” Order on ASUU, which will allow for the previously striking members of ASUU to receive four (4) months of salary accruals out of the eight months of salary which was withheld during the eight-month industrial action undertaken by the union,” Mr Ngelale wrote.


READ ALSO: ASUU faults dissolution of university governing councils by Tinubu


When ASUU embarked on strike in 2022, the government cited Section 43(1)(a) of the Trade Disputes Act to impose the “no work, no pay rule” on the workers. ASUU, however, kicked against the position insisting that the government’s failure to fulfill its commitment informed the strike action.

SSANU kicks

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has kicked against the decision of the government, even as it threatened to embark on another round of strike if its members’ withheld four-month salary was not paid alongside that of ASUU.

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Speaking on phone with PREMIUM TIMES on Friday evening, the National Vice President of SSANU, Abdussobur Salaam, said the union would wait for the government’s decision before reacting.

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Presidential Poll: S’Court to hear Atiku, Obi’s case against Tinubu next Monday

PDP, APC, LP reel out security plans ahead of polls

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA—The Supreme Court has fixed Monday to hear separate appeals that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his counterpart in the Labour Party, LP, Mr. Peter Obi, filed to nullify President Bola Tinubu’s election victory.null

The apex court communicated the date through hearing notices it sent to all the parties on Thursday.https://live.primis-amp.tech/content/video/amp/videoIframe.php?s=114290#amp=1

The duo, in their appeals, are praying the apex court to set aside the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, which affirmed Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as the valid winner of the presidential election that held on February 25.

Whereas Atiku, through his consortium of 67 lawyers that comprised of 18 Senior Advocates of Nigeria led by Chief Chris Uche, SAN, filed 35 grounds of appeal to challenge Tinubu’s election victory, Obi, through his own team of lawyers led by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, filed 51 grounds of appeal before the Supreme Court.

Both Atiku who came second in the election and Obi who came third, are seeking to set aside the judgement of the Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel of the PEPC, which had on September 6, dismissed petitions they filed against Tinubu.

Specifically, Atiku, contended that the verdict of the PEPC was not only “against the weight of evidence”, but occasioned a grave miscarriage of justice against him.

The former Vice President insisted that the PEPC panel erred in law, when it failed to nullify the presidential election on the grounds of non-compliance with the Electoral Act, 2022, even when evidence showed that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, acted in breach of extant laws and regulations guiding the conduct of elections.

He accused the PEPC of reaching its unanimous decision based on gross misconstruction and misrepresentation of provisions of both the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and the Electoral Act, 2022.

According to him, “The lower court erred in law when it refused to uphold the mandatoriness of electronic transmission of results for confirmation and verification of final results introduced by the Electoral Act 2022 for transparency and integrity of results in accordance with the principles of the Act.”https://4e82260626738fa414faca1827d7a10b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

He argued that section 64(4) & (5) of the Electoral Act, as well as INEC’s Regulations & Guidelines for the conduct of the election, which he tendered in evidence, made mandatory, the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, machines for electronic transmission of results of the election directly from the polling units to INEC’s collation system for the verification, confirmation and collation of results before the announcement.

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Meanwhile, in his own appeal, Obi argued that the PEPC panel erred in law and thereby reached a wrong conclusion when it dismissed his petition.

He alleged that the panel wrongly evaluated the proof of evidence he adduced before it and occasioned a grave miscarriage of justice when it held that he did not specify polling units where irregularities occurred during the election.

Obi and the LP further faulted the PEPC for dismissing their case on the premise that they did not specify the figures of votes or scores that were allegedly suppressed or inflated in favour of President Tinubu and the APC.

They equally accused the Justice Tsammani-led panel of erring in law when it relied on paragraphs 4(1) (d) (2) and 54 of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022 to strike out paragraphs of the petition.https://4e82260626738fa414faca1827d7a10b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

While accusing the lower court of breaching his right to a fair hearing, Obi, insisted that evidence of his witnesses were wrongly dismissed as incompetent.

He told the apex court that the panel unjustly dismissed his allegation that INEC uploaded 18, 088 blurred results on its IReV portal.

Obi insisted that the PEPC overlooked evidence that established that President Tinubu was previously indicted and fined the sum of $460, 000 in the USA over his involvement in a drug-related case.

“Imposition of a fine is not limited to a criminal conviction, as the word, in law, includes a civil forfeiture,” Obi further argued in his appeal.

Meantime, President Tinubu and the APC have since asked the apex court to dismiss the appeals which they said were bereft of merit.https://4e82260626738fa414faca1827d7a10b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

President Tinubu further urged the court to reject an application that Atiku filed for permission to tender a copy of his certificate that was released by the Chicago State University in the USA.

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Ondo Assembly suspends impeachment proceedings against Lucky Ayiedatiwa

By Adamu Abuh(Abuja) and Adewale Mohmoh(Akure) |   18 October 2023   |   3:14 am 

APC Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje held a closed-door meeting with Ondo Assembly members

Reprieve yesterday came the way of the embattled deputy governor of Ondo State, Mr Lucky Ayiedatiwa following the resolve by the state House of Assembly to suspend the ongoing impeachment process against him.https://68fd5043a2851323c8971b4a38765307.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

The decision followed a closed door meeting between members of the state House of Assembly led by Mr Oladeji Olamide and the Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje led national working committee (NWC) of the party held at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

Also in attendance at the parley that lasted two hours were the Aminu Bello Masari-led 9-man Reconciliation Committee, and the Ondo state APC chapter chairman, Ade Adetimilehin.

The Chairman of the reconciliation committee and former governor of Kastina, Masari who spoke to reporters at the end of the party however admitted that they were yet to meet with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on the matter.

According to him: “For now, the probe and impeachment process have been suspended to allow room for the committee to work. We met with all stakeholders, except for the governor who we are still making effort to see.”

Admitting that that the lawmakers were in Abuja at the instance of the National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the reconciliation committee, the Speaker of the state assembly, Oladeji Olamide, said the State House of Assembly was ready to cooperate as an arm of government with the party.

He said: “We promised to work with the national chairman and the chairman of the reconciliation committee to find a lasting solution to the political crisis in Ondo State.

“We gave a promise that on our part, we are ready to cooperate as an arm of government with the party. At the same time, whenever they want to meet us, we will be of help to the committee. More importantly, we will allow the committee to do their work without hitches. Apart from that, we believe this is the only political solution that will be of help to resolve the crisis in Ondo State.”null

While appreciating all the stakeholders in the crisis for allowing political solution to the impasse in the state, national chairman, Ganduje said the decision by the lawmakers to ceasefire showed that they are democrats and committed party faithful.

Ganduje said: “First of all, I have to thank the speaker and his members of state assembly for honouring our invitation to have indepth discussion and receive an interim report from the reconciliation committee.

“We thank you for that. This is proof that you are real democrats, civilized and believe in conflict resolution. I have to thank everybody

He served Nigeria diligently’ – Buhari, Jonathan felicitate Gowon at 89

‘He served Nigeria diligently’ – Buhari, Jonathan felicitate Gowon at 89

From left: Mr Sam Amuka, Publisher, Vanguard Newspapers; General Yakubu Gowon, a former Head of State and a recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award; Aremo Olusegun Osoba, a former Governor of Ogun State, and Alhaji Isa Funtua, a recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Former Presidents Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan have rejoiced with former Head of State, statesman and leader, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), as he clocks his 89 on October 19, 2023.https://324915d29427271ad6e125f3243544d7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

Buhari, in a statement issued on Wednesday by his spokesperson, Mallam Garba Shehu, said:”I convey my warm greetings to respected former Head of State, General Gowon on his birthday and pray for his long and healthy life.https://live.primis-amp.tech/content/video/amp/videoIframe.php?s=114290#amp=1

“He served Nigeria with diligence and determination. History will kindly remember him for setting the country on the path of reconciliation, rehabilitation  and reconstruction after the civil war.   

“Gowon’s National Development Plans, including the Hydroelectric Power at Kainji are some of the major achievements of his visionary leadership.

 “I remain eternally grateful for his insightful wisdom and support throughout my years in office.”

In a separate message, Jonathan has felicitated Ex-Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon on the occasion of his 89th birthday, describing him as an inspiring and humble leader.

In a goodwill message he personally signed, the former President affirmed that Gen. Gowon “has contributed immensely to the unity, peace and development of Nigeria.”

A statement issued by Ikechukwu Eze, Dr. Jonathan’s spokesman also noted that the former President further commended Gen. Gowon for his commitment to the cause of  advancing the nation and mobilizing citizens towards national reconciliation.

He further stated: “I join your family, numerous friends and well-wishers to thank God Almighty for it has pleased Him to grant you wisdom, long life and the grace of service. You have been an inspirational leader and patriotic statesman who has contributed immensely to the unity, peace and development of Nigeria. https://324915d29427271ad6e125f3243544d7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

“As a leader, you have continued to offer yourself for national service long after leaving office; mobilizing citizens towards prayer and national reconciliation. As you celebrate, I wish you more fulfilling years in sound health, peace and joy.”

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Impeachment: Reprieve for Ondo Deputy Gov, Aiyedatiwa as assembly suspends process

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The Ondo State House of Assembly members have agreed to suspend impeachment processes against the state’s deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

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According to a post on the All Progressives Congress’s social media platform, X, on Tuesday, the development was to allow for political solutions.

The statement disclosed that lawmakers met with the party’s reconciliation committee and the NWC.

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DAILY POST reported that the National Working Committee, NWC, of the APC, on Tuesday, met with members of the Ondo State House of Assembly.

The meeting followed moves by the assembly members to impeach Ayiedatiwa.

Recall that the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Ganduje, had set up a nine-man reconciliation committee led by Aminu Bello Masari in a bid to stop the impeachment move.

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All members of the committee, including the state chairman of the APC, Ade Adetimehin, were in attendance during the Tuesday’s meeting.

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The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, said in a statement on Tuesday that Tinubu acted “in exercise of the powers conferred on the President as established in Section 3(6) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”https://live.primis-amp.tech/content/video/amp/videoIframe.php?s=113240#amp=1

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Ganduje, is currently meeting with a delegation of aggrieved lawmakers of the Ondo State House of Assembly over the planned move to impeach the state deputy governor, Lucky Ayiedatiwa.

Ganduje is meeting the Ondo lawmaker alongside members of the reconciliation committee set up to douse tension over the planned impeachment move.


The delegation arrived at the APC national secretariat at about 1.25 p.m. in a large convoy amid heavy security operatives.


This is coming eight days after Ganduje established the committee to resolve the political impasse between the warring parties.

The committee was tasked to interface and engage with all contending partners to gather facts and circumstances surrounding the lingering impeachment process of the Ondo State deputy governor; advise the party on the most amicable ways of handling the lingering issues, and make necessary recommendations to the Party on resolution of issues and any other matter that may come up in the course of the assignment.

Members of the Aminu Masari-led committee included the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola; Benue politician, Senator Jack Tilley Gyado; immediate past Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Tanko Al-Makura; former Governor of Ebonyi state, Martin Elechi and ex-Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar.

EFCC arrests musician for duping Briton £9,300, American $2,000

17th October 2023

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested a musician named Aniji Shedrack Chidubem, popularly known as Sanij-D, for allegedly defrauding a Briton, Susan Mclean, the sum of £9,300.00.

Sanij-D, who was arrested in the Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was also alleged to have defrauded an American, Diana Rosado Gonzalax, the sum of $2,000.00.

The suspect used social media platforms – Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp applications, with foreign phone numbers as means of defrauding his victims.

The EFCC, in a statement on Monday, said, “Based on credible intelligence on the activities of a syndicate of internet fraudsters, Chidubem allegedly impersonated one Christopher Rossi, a marine engineer that fixes boats and pipelines in Singapore. He was using Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp applications, with foreign phone numbers, as his fraudulent means of perpetrating and defrauding his victims.”https://live.primis-amp.tech/content/video/amp/videoIframe.php?s=113240#amp=1

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