Anambra state, with over 4 million population, 21 local government areas (LGAs) and 5,720 Polling Units (PUs) has recorded an impressive turnout of voters with some arriving at the PUs as early as 7.30 am even before the arrival of electoral officers by 8.35 a.m. Although the security situation in the state has forced the closing down of 86 PUs.
The Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Amara Iwuanyanwu, has been relieved of his duty. This followed a resolution of the house at its Tuesday plenary in Owerri the state capital. The Speaker, Mr. Paul Emeziem (APC-Onuimo) who announced the impeachment of Iwuanyanwu, declined to state the reason why he was removed. The house also adopted a resolution recalling six under listed lawmakers that were suspended on July 8 for unparliamentary conduct.
The lawmakers include, Dominic Ezerioha (APC-Oru West), Uche Ogbuagu (APC-Ikeduru), Philip Ejiogu (PDP-Owerri North), Anyadike Nwosu (PDP-Ezinihitte), Kennedy Ibeh (APC-Obowo) and Michael Njoku (APC-Ihitte Uboma). The suspension had attracted condemnation from the people of the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday cautioned those peddling false campaigns of tenure extension, he vowed to leave office on May 29, 2023. Mr President swore by the Holy Qur’an that he will serve in accordance with the constitution and go when his time is up. According to a statement titled, ‘President Buhari Says I Will Leave On 29 May 2023, Warns Tenure Extension Campaigners To Desist,’ signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari made the above affirmation at a meeting in Makkah with a select group of Nigerians residing in Saudi Arabia where he recently visited. “I swore by the Holy Qur’an that I will serve in accordance with the constitution and leave when my time is up. No “Tazarce’’ (tenure extension).
President Muhammadu Buhari is holding a meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Erdogan, accompanied by the first lady, Mrs. Emine Erdogan, arrived Nigeria on Tuesday for a two-day official visit. He is expected to hold bilateral talks with President Buhari, as the two leaders are expected to consider about 24 bilateral agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) among other issues.
The Comrade Uchenna Madu-led Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), on Monday insisted that the November 6 Anambra governorship election must hold. The group said it has so far mobilised over 300 personnel to assist in ensuring the election holds as scheduled. The group however cautioned Independent National Electoral Commission against manipulating the outcome of the poll. In a resolution made available to newsmen after its monthly national meeting in Enugu, MASSOB insisted “it is a legitimate political process.”
President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia around 11:50pm on Monday to part take in the Future Investment Initiative Institute conference. Mr. President was received at King Khalid International Airport by the Deputy Governor of Riyadh, Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Abdulaziz. A team of Saudi government and Nigerian Embassy officials, some cabinet ministers from Nigeria as well as some members of Nigerian community in Saudi Arabia, were also at the airport to receive Buhari. This was disclosed in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Tuesday.
The House of Representatives, on Thursday, passed a bill seeking to establish a South-East, South-West, North Central Development Commission. All the six geopolitical zones will now have development commissions, as the Niger Delta Development Commission already exists for the oil-producing states in the South-South and some in the South-East and South-West. Hon. Femi Fakeye, while presenting the report of the Committee on Justice on a Bill for an Act to establish the South-West Development Commission during a penultimate sitting, said the commission will be amongst others, charged with the responsibility to receive and manage funds from allocation of the Federation Account, including donations and gifts, the reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads, houses and other Infrastructural damages suffered by the region. The report for the South-East Development Commission was also presented by the Deputy Chief Whip Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, who stated that the commission will serve as a catalyst to develop the commercial potentials of the South East.