- Tension Mounts Over Rivers Rerun Elections
Disturbed by the mounting tension ahead of Saturday’s rerun election in Rivers State, the Federal Government has warned against the killing of innocent citizens, especially members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have continued to trade accusations over acts capable of causing violence during the exercise.
The Director, Corps Welfare and Health Services, Mrs. Abosede Okaku, who represented the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Suleiman Kazaure, during a sensitisation session organised for corps members in Port Harcourt yesterday, said the military and other security agencies had been directed to protect them. According to her, the Federal Government will not take it lightly with anyone that harms any corps member.
Mrs. Okaku implored security agencies to ensure the safety of all the corps members who have volunteered to participate in the elections.
“ On December 10, we are having major election here in the state and you will be involved. We asked corps member to volunteer, we did not make it compulsory. It is only those corps members that volunteered that will take part in the election. Do not be involved in electoral malpractice, else, you will face the wrath of the law.
“Avoid bribery and corruption, destruction of electoral material because they are punishable. The DG has liaised with the security operatives, the IG, commissioner of police, the Army commander, Federal Road Safety Commander and others for your security. Your security is very important to us. We will not allow any attack on our corps members.”
On allegations by Governor Nyesom Wike that the police leadership was partisan and shunned him, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris said he would not respond to any allegation levelled against the force in the media.
Idris who spoke at a meeting with zonal commanders and commissioners of police yesterday in Abuja hinted that the deployment of personnel for the elections had commenced. He directed all the commissioners of police in the adjoining states to be on ground as he would be in the state on Thursday to assess the level of preparedness.
On the Wike’s allegation
that the police leadership was compromised, having withdrawn his chief security officer and other security details, the IG said: “We have very serious security issues to address in this country, I don’t want to trade allegations on the pages of newspapers, we have 36 governors in this country and I think we have good relationship with all of them.”
The APC National Secretary, Mala Buni described the allegations of withdrawal of Wike’s security aides and an assassination threat on the governor as a hoax meant to deflect attention from the reports of an alleged arms buildup and other sinister plots the Wike-led PDP administration planned to execute on the election day.
“Nobody is after Wike. The governor and the PDP’s diversionary and false alarm are hinged on the reality that they will lose the legislative rerun elections once security is tightened. Again, the PDP and the governor are haunted by their horrible past misdeeds. Nigerians recall how Wike, then a PDP minister used federal institutions to harass, intimidate and threaten the life of perceived political enemies, particularly Chibuike Amaechi who was then the governor,” he said.
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose raised the alarm that Wike “would be placed under house arrest” before the election.
Fayose revealed that an intelligence report from top security sources at his disposal vividly confirmed that if Wike resisted the arrest, “anything may happen to him.”
Speaking yesterday in Ado Ekiti after presenting N93.4 billion appropriation before the House of Assembly for passage, the Ekiti governor noted he had it on good authority that those plotting the nefarious act would not hesitate to kill Wike if he resisted the plan.
He said the alleged withdrawal of Wike’s CSO on Monday was a prelude to the planned intention of those he branded “as potential dangers to the country’s democracy.”
In a statement yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would deploy 10,294 staff to conclude the national and state assemblies elections in Rivers State.
University Of Ibadan (UI) Goes Digital, Releases Timetable for Virtual Academic Session
University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday announced it is going ahead with resumption on February 20 despite the second wave of COVID-19.
In a statement released by the school, the First Semester of the 2020/2021 academic session will commence virtually on February 20, 2021.
The virtual academic session will last for 13 straight weeks and end on Friday May 12, 2021, while the matriculation ceremony will hold on Tuesday March 16, 2021.
The University of Ibadan also scheduled one week for the Finalization of Continuous Assessment, to begin from Mon. 17 May and ends Friday 21 May.
The rising number of COVID-19 cases has compelled the Senate to approve the virtual academic session in an effort to ensure the tertiary institution abides by the protocols established by the Federal Government to curb the spread of the pandemic.
“It, therefore, agreed that the 2020/2021 First Semester lectures will be delivered online. In this regard, students will not be accommodated on campus,” a statement from the school said.
“Senate also approved the cancellation of the 2019/2020 session. The next session is, therefore, renamed 2020/2021 Academic Session. Consequently, students who have been admitted for the 2019/2020 session will now be regarded as the 2020/2021 intakes.
“Kindly note that online opening of Registration Portal and Orientation Programme for the 2020/2021 intakes may commence ahead of the Sat 20/02/21 date indicated above,” the statement said.
House of Representatives Impeached Trump Over Capitol Invasion
The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Trump for the second time after instigating the US Capitol invasion.
Led by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, 232 representatives, including 10 Republicans, voted to impeach the outgoing president against 197 that voted for him to remain in the office for the next six days when he would handover to the president-elect, Joe Biden.
The ten Republicans were Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 leader in the House; Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Fred Upton of Michigan; Dan Newhouse of Washington; Peter Meijer of Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; David Valadao of California; and Tom Rice of South Carolina.
Speaking before the vote, Pelosi said “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.”
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said, adding later, “It gives me no pleasure to say this — it breaks my heart.”
Republicans, who unanimously stood behind president Trump in 2019 during his first impeachment, were divided this time over the attack on Capitol.
A Republican representative from California, Kevin McCarthy, said “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” Mr. McCarthy said. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”
US Congress Declares Joe Biden as The 46th President of The United States After Trump Mob Left
The joint congress of the United States on Thursday, January 7, 2021 certified Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States following President Trump’s mob action that disrupted the congress joint proceeding on Wednesday.
After ordering his followers to disrupt proceedings on Wednesday, President Trump later announced that there will be an orderly transition on January 20.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement issued by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” Trump added.
While the certification was just a mere formality as Biden had secured enough electoral college votes (270) required to clinch the world’s most powerful seat, the refusal of Donald Trump to accept the results of the November 2020 election made the session a keenly watched, especially after Trump mob disrupted a joint session of the Senate.
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