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INEC declares APGA winner of Anambra Guber election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State.

The returning officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi announced the final result at about 1:50 am on Wednesday.

Obi announce the result after adding the figures garnered by each of the political parties in the Tuesday supplementary polls to those already declared on Sunday from the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

She announced the votes polled by the political parties as follows; APC, 43,285, APGA, 112, 229, PDP, 53,807, among others.

She also announced the total number of valid votes in the election as; 241,523, rejected votes stood at 8,108, while the total vote cast in the election was given as 249,631.

Obi said: “This is the moment we have been waiting for. I want to use this opportunity to thank the chairman of INEC and his team for this opportunity given to me and my university to partake in this Anambra 2021. I thank the service chiefs, the people of Anambra State, we remain very grateful.

“Allow me to read this form EC8E, which I have completed. I Prof Florence Banku Obi hereby certify that I’m the returning officer of the Anambra governorship election held on 6 and 9 of November.

“That Charles Chukwuma Soludo of APGA, having certified the requirement of the law is hereby declared the winner of the election,” Prof. Obi said.

Former chairman of APGA, Senator Victor Umeh while reacting to the victory said the election was transparent, and is the best election so far held in the state.

“We have again won the state, despite the fact that some people boasted that they will win the state. This is to tell them that APGA is on ground, and it is not just about boasting of winning, but doing your homework well. I urge them to concede victory to our party and the candidate, because the people made a clear choice.”

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Senate to amend Standing Rules

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The Senate on Wednesday declared its intention to amend the Standing Rules adopted in 2015.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who disclosed this at the plenary, said the rules would be updated in line with the current realities.

He added that the amendment would allow the Senate to accommodate committees created by the 8th National Assembly and not captured in the standing rules.

Lawan said: “The copies of the proposals will be distributed today (Wednesday) and the idea is for all of us to study them between now and Monday, and on Tuesday we will look into them.

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“So, if any of us has any idea of an additional thing or suggestion on what has been introduced by Tuesday we should be able to have our positions.

“It is inevitable that the standing orders as they are today have to be amended for us to be up-to-date in everything that we do here.”

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Third Force to set up shadow govt with Utomi as president. See cabinet

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Leaders of conscience under the umbrella of the Third Force Movement, initiated by the National Consultative Front (NCFront) has concluded plans to intervene in what they described as Nigeria’s growing misrule and national confusion.

To achieve this, the group said it was setting up a formidable national shadow government to provide alternative interventions and solutions to problems of national governance in the various sectors of Nigeria’s political and economic endeavours.

The govt has Prof Pat Utomi as President of the Cabinet. And he doubles as Lead Speaker on Economic development.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by Head, Public Affairs Bureau, NCFront, Dr Tanko Yunusa at a World press conference held in Abuja.

Yunusa said the Third Force Movement can no longer keep quiet while the country slowly slides into collapse and anarchy, noting that the group was set to rescue Nigeria by providing alternative solutions to various national trauma in the country.

He tasked well-meaning Nigerians across party lines and in the broad civil society to embrace and support the historic shadow cabinet initiated by NCFront.

Meanwhile, he said the task of the shadow cabinet involves addressing and intervening in all national issues as it affects each of the portfolios designated, to raise alternative perspectives on the position presented by the government with facts and figures.

Also, the cabinet members were charged to set up tasks teams to intervene in relevant sectors of the Nigerian polity and economy.

Also, Yunusa said the inauguration ceremony of the shadow government, by the President of the Cabinet, Prof Pat Utomi, who doubles as a lead speaker on economic development, comes up in a fortnight at the NCFront New National Secretariat in Abuja.

According to Yunusa, “the Inauguration Ceremony of this historic shadow government, by the President of the Cabinet, Prof Pat Utomi, who doubles as Lead Speaker on Economic development, comes up in a fortnight at the NCFront New National Secretariat in Abuja”.

He also said “however, while we shall continue to update the list from time to time, the following are the distinguished members of our historic shadow government;

A. Security
1.ACG A A Wakili (rtd) (Lead Speaker)
2.Ejiro Ernest Ofoye Esq
3.Bulus Akila

B. Agriculture & Rural Development:
1. Chief Razak Eyiwuawi ( Lead Speaker)
2. Mr Kalada Ogan
3. Princess Ade Ogunleye
4. Jagun Lookman Abiodun

C. Health:
1. Dr F. Ikechuku (Lead Speaker)

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D. Commerce & Industry:
1. Chief Mrs Alice Ebun Adeyemi (Lead Speaker)

E. Foreign Policy:
1. Lady Barrister Lucky Arikpo (Lead Speaker)
2.Mrs. Judith Duke

F. Governance & National Integration
1. Dr Yunusa Salisu Tanko (Lead Speaker)
2. Mr Felix Harry
3. Chief (Barr.) Francis O.Wainwei

G. Works & Infrastructural Development
1. High Chief Peter Ameh ( Lead Speaker)

H. Youths & Sports
1. Mr Alistair Soyode (Lead Speaker)
2..Anthony Bisong

I. Poverty Eradication & Affirmative Action
1. Bar Adewole ADEBAYO (Lead Speaker)
2.Hon. Dr. Olu Sybil Usim Wilson

J. Economic Development
1. Prof Pat Utomi (Lead Speaker)
2. Engr Elechi Ikechukwu
3 Dr Ejor Michael.

K. Education & Human Capital Development
1. Mr. Lanre Adenuga ( Lead Speaker)
2. Afolabi ifedayo adebisi
3.Jerry Okundaye
4 .Yusuf Adeniyi Jamiu.

L. Housing & Uban Development:
1. Arc Ezekiel Nya Etok (Lead Speaker)
2. Engr Janet Adeyemi Mrs
3. Mr I . S Boyle

M. Science, Technology and Innovation
1. Jude Iferanmi ( Lead Speaker)
2. Mr A. Taylor-Harry

N. Democracy & Nation Building
1. Chief Precious Elekima (Lead Speaker)
2. Sir Olawale Okunniyi
3.Ngoama Waekite Wemi

O. Power (Electricity), Petroleum and Mineral Resources
1.Dr. Peterside Sofiri Starson (Lead Speaker)
2.Bomor Okus

P. Finance
1. Mr Wesley George ( Lead Speaker)

Q. Law & Justice
1. Monday Onyekachi Ubani ( Lead Speaker)

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Nigerian govt confirms withdrawal of expired COVID-19 vaccines from stock

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Nigerian govt receives 100000 doses of COVID 19 vaccines from India

The Federal Government on Wednesday confirmed the expiry of some batch of COVID-19 vaccines within the last month.

Dr Osagie Ehanire, the Federal Minister of Health, made this closure on Wednesday during a media briefing in Abuja.

Ehanire further noted that the vaccines were withdrawn and destroyed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) while clarifying that the donation of surplus Covid-19 vaccines with short/expiring shelf lives had been of great concern internationally.

He said, “Nigeria has utilized most of the over 10m short-shelf-life doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far supplied to us, in good time, and saved N16.4 billio or more than $40m in foreign exchange.

“The vaccines that expired had been withdrawn before then and will be destroyed accordingly, by NAFDAC.”

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This assurance comes a few hours after reports suggested that up to one million COVID-19 vaccines expired in Nigeria last month without being used.

Reacting further to the emerging reports, the Minister of Health noted that some of them had residual shelf lives of only a few months that left the government a very short time to deliver to users.

“Nigeria does not dispense vaccines with a validity extended beyond labelled expiry date. We continue to adhere to our rigorous standards,” he stated.

Ehanire also said, “donors also recognize a need to give away unused vaccines, before they expire in their own stock, but they need to begin the process early enough and create a well-oiled pathway for prompt shipment and distribution through the COVAX and AVAT facilities, to reduce risk of expiration”.

“With better coordination, vaccines need not expire in the stock of Donors or Recipients.”

The Minister explained that it now declines all vaccine donations with short shelf life or those that cannot be delivered in time.

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