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.
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.”
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Lock President Trump Out of Their Platforms Following Insurrection
The world’s leading social media platforms are shutting their doors at the outgoing president of the United States, President Donald Trump, following a mob action he instigated to disrupt the legislative process that could declare former Vice President Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.
In a shocking series of tweets, President Trump had called on Vice President Mike Pence to reject fraudulent electors’ votes planned to be counted on January 6th, 2021 and take back their election. A request that led to many Trump fans demanding Pence reject the choice of the American people and ensure Trump continuity.
However, Mike Pence, in a well-publicized statement, told Trump he lacks the power to change the election results. A response that later prompted Trump to call on his followers to march to the Capitol in Washington DC and take back America from the joint session of the Senate.
What followed was a shocking sight of thousands of Trump followers forcefully breaking into Capitol, stealing and destroying properties.
Mike Pence was evacuated with lawmakers moved to a more protected section of the building. All pledge to get Trump to call them to order fell on deaf ears until Americans started calling his action insurrection act and domestic terrorism before he made a compromised video to order them to stop.
Still, it took a few hours before they left.
“We gather due to a selfish man’s injured pride, and the outrage of supporters who he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning,” Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah and the 2012 presidential nominee, said after the chamber reconvened.
“What happened here today was an insurrection incited by the president of the United States.”
In order to curtail Trump’s excesses and ability to engineer something similarly, Twitter deleted his last three tweets and locked him out of his account for the next 12 hours. Facebook and Instagram followed suit with 24 hours suspension from their platform to ensure he does not instigate more mob action per adventure Joe Biden is declared as the 46th President of the United States.
In a speech delivered by Mike Pence, the Vice President said “To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win.”
“Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And this is still the people’s house.”
Republican Senator from Kentucky and the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, said the “failed insurrection” had only clarified Congress’s purpose.
“They tried to disrupt our democracy,” he said. “They failed.”
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