The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it had uncovered plans by some political actors to use food vendors around polling units for vote-buying in the forthcoming general elections. Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this when he received a delegation European Union (EU) Observation Team, led by Chief Observer, Mrs Maria Arena, on a visit to INEC on Monday, in Abuja. Yakubu said that in INEC’s determination to improve elections and ensure that votes counted, the commission had taken steps to address the disturbing trend of vote-buying by politicians.
The eminent lawyer disclosed that his University partnered NUC to move the institution beyond the minimum standard set by the commission, saying this necessitated the giant strides and records the university had recorded in the country. Babalola spoke on Monday during the 10th matriculation ceremony and award conferments on alumni of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti(ABUAD), who had done the institution proud in their academic and career pursuits.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has advised Nigerians to resist the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from returning to power in 2019 election, saying the motive behind the party’s desperation is to loot the nation and cause more damage. Osinbajo said Nigeria’s economy would have collapsed long ago but for President Muhammadu Buhari’s honesty, reminding that only a honest and selfless leader like the Buhari can be trusted with the nation’s wealth.
Marcus Rashford is a “tremendous talent” who will get better and better, says England manager Gareth Southgate. Rashford has been key to Manchester United’s resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, netting five goals in his last six Premier League matches as United have won six on the bounce. The Manchester-born attacker has also been in excellent form in an England shirt this season, scoring in both the home and away UEFA Nations League fixtures against 2010 World Cup winners Spain.
Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal Special Anti-Robery Squad (FSARS), Special Investigation Panel and Special Tactical Squad. Adamu gave the order for their immediate disbandment on Monday at his inaugural conference with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers in Abuja.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan ahead the union’s meeting with the Federal Government on Monday. Ogunyemi added that ASUU had said only concrete evidence of implementation by the government would make it’s members return to the classrooms. He said ASUU had rejected government’s proposal to pay N20 billion in two tranches on the revitalisation of universities and asked government to mainstream the earned academic allowances into the 2019 budget before National Assembly.