Court orders: We don't intend to postpone elections- INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does not intend to postpone any of the elections as a result of court orders coming close to election schedules, the Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said.

Yakubu made the position known at a National Stakeholders’ Forum for 2019 General Elections, organised by the Commission in Abuja.

He said that the Commission had been receiving court orders in which some had been conflicting or contradicting.

He said that the Commission had been operating on the principle of latest order.

I'll emancipate Ebonyi women if elected, says female legislator
Mrs Maria Ude-Nwachi, ANN candidate for Afikpo federal constituency

Mrs Maria Ude-Nwachi, member representing Afikpo North-East State Constituency in the Ebonyi House of Assembly, says she is in politics to emancipate women and youths in the state.

Ude-Nwachi said this at a news conference on Sunday in Ibii community, Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi.

The female legislator was elected member of the Ebonyi House of assembly in 2015 under the platform of the People’s Progressives Alliance (PPA) and became the only opposition member of the 24-member house.

Commonwealth deploys observer group for Nigeria election

The Commonwealth has deployed a 20-member Observer Group, led by former President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, for the Feb. 16 Nigerian presidential election.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, constituted the observer group following an invitation from Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), according to Commonwealth Secretariat.

General election: INEC gives final list of contestants

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the final list of candidates for the forthcoming governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.

The governorship and house of assembly polls are scheduled for March 2.

The lists published on Thursday on INEC’s website, www.inecnigeria.org was signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony.

NYSC tasks stakeholders on security for corps members in Niger

Mrs Theresa Arokoyo, Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Niger has called on stakeholders to provide adequate security for corps members in upcoming elections.

A statement by Mrs Favour Albert, Head of Public Relations of NYSC in the state, said that Arokoyo made the call at a forum with stakeholders in Minna on Thursday.

Arokoyo called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Department of the State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police Force to prioritise the security of corps members during and after the elections.

Fg saves over N206bn from salaries-- IPPIS

Mr Olufehinti Olusegun, the Director, Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) has said the Federal Government saved over N206 billion in salaries of federal civil servants during the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years through blocking financial leakages of ghost workers.

He gave the breakdown as N76 billion in 2017 and N130 billion in 2018, adding that the current administration of President Mohammadu Buhari had helped sustain the policy introduced in 2007.

Nigerian workers deserves living wage, says Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, says a living wage is aptly appropriate for Nigerian workers rather than a national minimum wage because of the country’s harsh economic reality.

Dogara made the assertion at a public hearing on the new National Minimum Wage bill organised by the House Ad hoc Committee in Minimum Wage on Monday in Abuja.

Niger appoints Bima as acting Chief Judge

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has appointed Alhaji Ahmed Bima, as the new Acting Chief Judge of the state’ High Court of Justice.

Bima was sworn-in during the valedictory court session in honour of the outgoing Chief Judge, Mrs Maria Zukogi.

Bello described the outgoing Chief Judge as “someone with integrity and impeccable character, who worked selflessly to improve the judiciary and welfare of judges.

Cross River APC Reps. candidate to attract investment to constituency

Mr Victor Abang, the All Progressive Congress candidate for Ikom/Boki Federal Constituency in Cross River on Sunday pledged to attract genuine investments into the constituency if elected by his people.

Abang disclosed this while addressing his supporters at Yala-Nkum ward in Ikom local government area during his campaign rally.

He explained that loxal and foreign investors would be attracted to the constituency’s abundant cocoa, palm oil, banana and plantain which are the mainstay of the people’s economy.

UK expresses concern over suspension of CJN Onnoghen

The British High Commission expresses serious concern over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

We have heard a wide range of credible and independent voices, including in the Nigerian legal profession and civil society, who have expressed concern over the constitutionality of the executive branch’s suspension of the chief officer of the judiciary.