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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers Sunday morning, November 17, 2019

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Sunday morning.

1. KOGI 2019: Politicians spreading fake news to invalidate polls —CDD

Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has said political parties used fake news to delegitimise the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the electoral process during Saturday’s election in Kogi State. Director of CDD, Ms Idayat Hassan, in the group’s preliminary statement on the conduct of Saturday’s Kogi governorship election, said the electoral environment observation report had previously predicted that political parties would use fake news during the election to cause confusion. Read more

2. We’re not aware! INEC says it has no report of PDP claim that Gov Bello is altering results

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that election results from polling units where cases of ballot box-snatching were recorded may be cancelled. Chairman, INEC Voter Education and Information, Festus Okoye, Saturday said results from volatile polling units could be cancelled depending on reports from the presiding officers in such units. Read more

3. KOGI 2019: Bello, APC forcing officials to endorse fabricated results, PDP cries out

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that agents of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) were threatening and forcing presiding officers, including NYSC members, to sign prefilled result sheets in favour of the ruling party in some local government areas. According to PDP, this was going on in Okene and Okehi Local Government Areas in Kogi Central Senatorial zone, where the governor and the APC were allegedly bent on allocating fictitious votes and fabricated results in their favour. Read more

4. KOGI 2019: Civil society organizations say election a disappointment to Nigeria’s democracy

Participation Initiative for Behavioral Change in Development (PIBCID), 2Baba Idibia Foundation and youth-focused civil society organizations, have expressed displeasure with the conduct of political parties during the governorship election in Kogi State. They described Saturday’s election in the state as a disappointment to the nation’s democracy. The groups chided the parties for not keeping to their words of ensuring peaceful participation in the election. Read more

5. #BayelsaDecides: Dickson accuses APC of colluding with security agents to hijack election materials

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has alleged that members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) have joined forces with security agents in the state to hijack voting materials. The governor stated this in a chat with journalists shortly after casting his vote at Polling Unit 005, Ward 2, Toru-Orua community, Sagbama Local Government Area of the state. Read more

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6. #BayelsaDecides: Jonathan rues late arrival of INEC officials, voting materials in Ogbia

After waiting endlessly for the arrival of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, voted at unit 39, Ward 13 at the Otazi Playground, Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa on Saturday. The former president, who was expected to cast his vote as early as 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning when he left his country home in Otuoke, voted at 11.30 a.m., while his wife voted at 11.35 a.m. Read more

7. ABIA: Appeal Court affirms Gov Ikpeazu’s election victory

The Appeal Court sitting in Owerri has dismissed the appeal filled by the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2019 governorship election in Abia State, Alex Otti, challenging the victory of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in the polls. The court headed by Justice R.A. Adah on Saturday validated the emergence of Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner. Read more

8. Stop misleading the public, obey court orders, Falana replies DSS

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has replied the Department of State Services (DSS) over claims that former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, convenes of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, and others in custody freely chose to remain in the custody of the DSS rather than in prison. Falana said the claims made by DSS Spokesman, Peter Afunaya were misleading; asking the service to stop telling lies and obey court orders instead. Read more

9. Savannah Petroleum PLC becomes E&P firm with new acquisition

The British independent oil and gas company, Savannah Petroleum Plc, has announced its completion of acquisition of assets of the Seven Energy International Limited (SEIL) in a recent business transaction to become a full-cycle Exploration and Production company. A statement issued by one Mutiu Yekeen on behalf of Savannah Petroleum said the acquisition which took place on November 13 led to the appointment of administrators who would preside over the transfer of assets to group of companies controlled by Savannah and AIIM. Read more

10. 40,000 flood victims in Borno lack access to food, others –UN agency

About 40,000 flood victims in Rann, Kalabalge Local Government Area of Borno State, lack access to food and other basic services, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Saturday. OCHA, in a statement issued in Maiduguri by its Head of Communication, Eve Sabbagh, lamented the plight of victims of floods which submerged Rann, headquarters of Kalabalge LGA and its environs on November 7. Read more

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