Accused, Kabiru Seidu, 31, aka “Osama” and Nuhu Salihu, 25, aka “Small” who appeared before Kogi Senior Magistrates’ Court, Lokoja on Monday, have declared that the allegations against them and Senator Dino Melaye were false.

The accused persons, including Melaye, declared that the allegations were false and they were not guilty when their pleas were taken.

The accused persons were reported to have implicated Melaye in the offences of criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of firearms and illegal arms dealing.

The umpire of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Prof. Humphrey Nwosu, is elated that the recognition of the day will rekindle the national consciousness for a better nation.

The Chairman of the defunct National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Monday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for designating June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

In a letter Nwosu wrote to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation ( SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha on Monday in Abuja, he also thanked Buhari for honouring the memory of Chief Moshood (MKO) Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 election.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has advised oil-producing countries in Africa to plan for a world beyond oil, saying they cannot afford to act differently from the rest of the world. Professor Osinbajo stated this Monday while declaring open the Extra-Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of the African Petroleum Producers’ Organization, APPO, in Abuja.

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to channels his grievances through the appropriate means provided by its constitution.

The party gave the advice on Friday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, in reaction to the outcomes of the party’s congresses in Imo.

The congresses had resulted in the emergence of two factions – one led by Mr Hillary Eke and supported by the APC leadership, as well as the other led by Mr Chris Oguoma which has Governor Okorocha’s backing.

The Church in Nigeria appears to be divided again ahead of the 2019 general elections, as a Senior Pastor at Redeemed Christian Church of God, Emmanuel Ikechukwu has declared his intention to run for the office of the President. The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is likely to retain his position ahead of the elections, is also a Senior Pastor at the Church.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) says it will take advantage of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act to purchase nomination forms for 500 aspirants into various political positions in the country.

NYCN’s President, Malam Murtala Garba, made the pledge when he led a delegation of youths to APC Convention Secretariat to purchase form for Sule Yakubu .

Yakubu is running for the position of APC National Youth Leader North East.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to honour Mrs Kudirat, the wife of MKO Abiola – the presumed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election.

The party made the request on Friday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi.

They joined other Nigerians to commend the President for declaring June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day.

The ruling party also welcomed the posthumous award of Nigeria’s highest national honour, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), granted to MKO Abiola.

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