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World Leaders Won’t Attend Buhari’s May 29 Inauguration, Says FG

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World Leaders Won’t Attend Buhari’s May 29 Inauguration, Says FG

 

World leaders will not be part of the May 29 ceremonies for President Mohammadu Buhari inauguration for a second term in office, the Federal Government has disclosed.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed stated this yesterday while briefing State House Correspondents on activities for the programme.

He said: “Buhari’s inauguration for a second term on May 29, 2019, will be a low-key affair, hence the decision to exclude the world leaders.”

Mohammed disclosed that a number of events slated for the inauguration would now be held during the first observance of June 12, as the National Democracy Day, which the world leaders are expected to attend.

He explained that the decision for the low-key inauguration was taken during last week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

He, however, said invitations have been sent to all world leaders to attend the June 12 Democracy Day celebrations.

“Since the first observance of June 12 as Democracy Day falls into an election year, and as a measure to sustain June 12 as Democracy Day, the inauguration and advancement of democracy in the country will now take place on June 12,” Mohammed said, adding that the country could ill-afford two major celebrations within two weeks.


He added that details of the events slated for the two ceremonies would be unveiled at a world press conference slated for May 20, 2019 in Abuja.

President Buhari had directed immediate implementation of his order that the Democracy Day should be celebrated on June 12 instead of May 29.

The President complemented the directive with a posthumous award to the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, who was acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election as the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).

The House of Representatives had in December last year also approved June 12 as Democracy Day in the country, following adoption of a report on a bill seeking to amend the Public Holidays Act 2004.

The lawmakers had approved the amendments to three clauses ‎in the Act, as recommended in the report. One of the clauses deleted May 29 as Democracy Day replacing it with June 12.

 

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Edo results: Obaseki winning, godfatherism shamed – Omokri mocks Tinubu, Oshiomhole

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Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has mocked the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Adams Oshiomhole as results of Edo governorship election trickle in.

Governor Godwin Obaseki, who contested Saturday’s governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is in an early lead as results come in.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu seems to be behind Obaseki despite support from Oshiomhole and Tinubu.

Omokri, reacting to the results announced so far by INEC, said the forces of godfatherism are being shamed in Edo.


According to the former presidential aide, results from Edo governorship election proves that Edo is different from Lagos State.

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Omokri on his Twitter handle wrote: “me The @OfficialPDPNig is coasting to an easy victory in Edo, going by official @INECNigeria results so far released.

“The forces of godfatherism are being shamed. Oshiomhole and Bola @AsiwajuTinubu now know that Edo is definitely not Lagos!”

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Edo 2020: PDP accuses APC of mounting pressure on INEC to alter results

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of mounting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to alter the results of the governorship election in various parts of Edo State in favour of the APC.

In a statement, Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the party, noted: “We have been informed that the INEC Chairman has come under intense pressure from the APC to allow the replacement of results declared in the riverine areas of Edo State in order to jerk up figures for the APC.

“The PDP has also observed that INEC’s virtual portal is increasingly becoming unstable. We also have information on ploys being undertaken to replace results in Fugar and other adjoining local governments, all in Edo North.”

The party appealed to INEC Chairman not to “fall for this pressure in the interest of the unity and cohesion of our country.


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“We have the results as already declared in the various polling units and we urge INEC to confine itself to these results already declared by its officials at the polling units.

“We invite Nigerians to closely monitor results being declared on the INEC virtual portal to ensure the wishes of the people of Edo State are not altered overnight.”

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EPL: Micah Richards predict position Man Utd will finish this season

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Former Manchester City player, Micah Richards, has predicted the position Manchester United will finish this season in the English top-flight league.

Man United finished in the third position on the Premier League table last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost 3-1 against Crystal Palace on Saturday in their first Premier League fixture.

Richards now believes the Red Devils cannot compete for the Premier League title this season, adding that the Old Trafford club will be far behind Liverpool and Man City on the Premier League table.

“I do not think United have strengthened enough at present to challenge for the title [this] season,” Richards told Sky Sports before Man United’s clash with Crystal Palace.


“I think the arrival of Donny van de Beek improves them, but when you look at Manchester City and Liverpool, their cohesion is infinitely better than United’s still.

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“When you get new players, it does not mean you are going to be a great team overnight.

“When you look at what Jurgen Klopp has done… he arrived at Liverpool five years ago, and it took him time to reach the heights.

“I think they will be massively improved and they have got more strength-in-depth, but I still think they will be far off Liverpool and Manchester City.”

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