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The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday, dismissed insinuations that the End SARS protest may affect the party’s presidential chances in 2023.

APC’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said the protests won’t affect the party’s chances of retaining power in 2023.

Yekini Nabena


Following the alleged killing of protesters across the country by security operatives, there are some insinuations that APC won’t be allowed to return to power in 2023.

Some Nigerians on social media had urged Nigerians to vote out the APC, come 2023. 

However, Nabena in a brief chat with DAILY POST advised Nigerians against connecting the END SARS crisis with 2023 political activities.

According to Nabena: “I don’t think so, how many people have been confirmed dead or their bodies in the mortuary based on the analysis and censors taken so far on the Lekki toll gate massacre?

“You see, we also have to look at the political tune under this, everything must not be about politics though. Yes there was genuine demand for police reform but at this point, allowing politicians to come in with hoodlums to cause a crisis is the adverse effect of it.

“The issue we should be looking at now is how government can reform the police completely; you know SARS is just a name.”

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The Middle Belt Forum   rejected  positions of the northern governors and traditional rulers  on Nigeria’s unity and EndSARS protests saying they were on their own

The National President of the Middle Belt Forum,  Dr Bitrus Porgu, in an interview with one of our correspondents,  in Jos on Monday, noted that those who attended the meeting failed to acknowledge the need for a positive turnaround in the affairs of the country.

According to him, this shows that the northern governors and traditional rulers are together with the President in the mess going on in the country.

A cross-section of traditional rulers from Northern Nigeria during an emergency meeting with Northern Governors at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna on Monday. Photo: NAN

Describing the view of the northern governors and others as selfish, the National President of the Middle Belt Forum called on them to have a rethink in their assessment of the Nigerian situation and push for restructuring of the country.

Porgu said, “As far as we are concerned, their (Northern governors) views are for them. They do not represent our views because they are selfish. Are they saying that the current situation in Nigeria where nothing is working should continue?  We have always said that bad governance, nepotism and other divisive tendencies brought by this administration must not continue.  Anyone who  is saying a different thing is simply on their own”

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Commenting on the statement by the northern leaders, a member of the #EndSARS movement, Raphael Adebayo, said it showed that they had a shallow understanding of the issues being canvassed by the campaigners, ThePunch reports.

According to him, it is sad that the leaders fail to grasp the crux of the clamour by the youth despite the number of protesters brutalised and killed by security agents during the street rallies.

Adebayo noted, “This exposes their shallow understanding of the issues being canvassed by the #EndSARS. It also shows the quality of leaders we have in the country.

“After weeks of protests during which scores of protesters were violently killed by paid thugs and security agents, the best certain group of leaders can come up with is to say it was targeted at regime-change. Telling us that their only concern is about political spillover shows that they are not concerned about  issues that #EndSARS protests are raising.”

The activist, who reiterated that the #EndSARS protesters were only interested in reform of the Nigeria Police, further said that regime change might happen if the government continued to turn a deaf ear to the demand of the people.

“Because they have done so badly, so wickedly, they should be worried this would eventually get to them asking them to leave power. For now, the #EndSARS protest is not about regime change but if the government wants it so, then it should be prepared because if this legitimate demand for justice continues to be ignored, Nigeria will see change and there would be no way out for this regime that has declared itself anti-people,” Adebayo stated.

The spokesman for Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, Luka Binniyat,  said the aim of the #EndSARS protest was for good governance and justice.

Binniyat said it was the same mass protest over perceived incompetence of President Jonathan Goodluck that paved the way for Buhari.

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Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, has warned electorates against voting for his opponent, Donald Trump in today’s presidential election in the United States.

He said that “our planet” will not recover if Trump rules for another four years.

He made this known in a tweet on Tuesday.

Biden tweeted, “If we give Donald Trump another four years in the White House, our planet will never recover.”

The former vice president launched his White House candidacy – his third, following disastrous bids in 1988 and 2008 – in April 2019 in this blue-collar city.

Biden has a slight lead in the pivotal state, which Trump won by less than a percentage point in 2016.

But the polls have tightened in recent days, and after the brash billionaire’s shock victory four years ago.


Biden earlier called on voters to “take back” American democracy from Trump.

“It’s time to stand up and take back our democracy. We can do this,” the 77-year-old former vice president said as he wrapped up a boisterous drive-in rally in Pittsburgh in the critical swing state of Pennsylvania.


“I have a feeling we’re coming together for a big win tomorrow,” he said to cheers and honks, adding that if elected president he would act to “get COVID under control on day one.”

But Trump on Tuesday predicted a “beautiful victory” in his final reelection campaign stop hours before polls open across the United States.

“We’re going to have another beautiful victory tomorrow,” he told a crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the same place where he held the climactic rally of his 2016 campaign, when he upset the polls to beat Hillary Clinton.


“We’re going to make history once again,” he added.

Angered by the killings, IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, yesterday, warned that all those who have hand in the alleged ongoing killings of ”innocent Biafrans” should know that vengeance is coming.

In a statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, he challenged Governor Wike to take action and find the killers of his people instead of being an apologist to the military.

The statement read: “Everybody that has a hand in the ongoing Obigbo genocide must know that vengeance is coming. It’s not a matter of if but when. And when it does come, apologists like Wike and the Nigerian Army must remember what happened at Obigbo.

“There were riots and disturbances all over Nigeria. Nigerian Army and Police have killed and continued to kill hundreds of young people and in retaliation, young people attacked police stations. To single out the inhabitants of Obigbo for extermination is a vicious and evil undertaking and a calculated attempt by Wike to please his Fulani masters and Britain that tried but failed to exterminate the Igbo race between 1966-70. Obigbo will not die, it shall rise again because the blood of the innocent is crying out for revenge.

“The 1966 alliance of the axis of evil is once again at play. History has taught us not to forget, we will not forget. Those children in Obigbo murdered have nephews and cousins who are so embittered to the point that they can no longer be controlled. I feel sorry for Wike and all collaborators in this brutal genocide.

“Twist the narrative all you like, nobody can stop the hand of time. When the rain begins to fall, remember I warned you. I will not write, neither will I comment on this issue again.”

Trump, Biden in decisive race

ABOUT 236 million Americans will today decide between President Donald Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden who will lead the country in the next four years.

Already, more than 94 million people have cast their ballots in early voting, putting the country on course for its highest turnout in a century. In the US election, voters decide state-level contests rather than an overall single national one.

To be elected US president, a candidate must win at least 270 votes in what’s called the Electoral College. Each US state gets a certain number of votes partly based on its population and there are a total of 538 up for grabs. This system explains why it’s possible for a candidate to win the most votes nationally – as Hillary Clinton did in 2016 – but still lost the election.

According to national polls, Biden is leading by a narrower margin in many key states and has multiple paths to victory. Trump’s route to the required 270 votes is thinner but still viable, meaning either candidate could win. Trump’s campaign is counting on a surge in Election Day turnout from his supporters to fuel the President’s path to reelection.

Biden is ahead in sufficient swing states to allow multiple routes to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House, including through the Sun Belt and the Midwest.

“We feel very confident about our pathways to victory,” Biden senior adviser Anita Dunn told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Biden is hoping that wins in states like Arizona, Florida, Georgia or North Carolina could send an early signal later today that he is heading for victory.

Trump, while trailing Biden, also has a clear, if narrower, chance to get to 270 electoral votes that relies on him sweeping through a swath of battlegrounds he won four years ago with what his campaign promises will be a huge Election Day turnout.

The President cannot afford to drop states like Florida, Georgia or North Carolina and then must battle Biden in the Midwest — the decisive territory in his victory over Hillary Clinton, where he is struggling, by comparison, four years later.

Still, the President is within striking distance in some swing state polls and Democrats are haunted by the idea that he could yet again defy expectations and pull off a stunning Election Day comeback.

President Trump has already cast doubt on the integrity of vote counting and warning he will deploy squads of lawyers when polls close today as his latest attempts to tarnish the democratic process deepen a sense of national nervousness hours before Election Day.

Fears are also growing that the President might try to declare victory before all the votes are counted as he and Biden launch a final-day swing through the battleground states that will decide one of the most crucial elections in modern US history. Their sprint is taking place as the coronavirus pandemic — that Trump has denied and downplayed — begins to rage out of control across most of the country. The situation further complicates life for millions expected to head to polling places today to join the record 95 million citizens who have already cast an early vote.

It can take several days for every vote to be counted after any US presidential election, but it’s usually pretty clear who the winner is by the early hours of the following morning.

In 2016, Donald Trump took to the stage in New York at about 03:00 local time to give his victory speech in front of a crowd of jubilant supporters.

Officials are however already warning that the country may have to wait longer – possibly days, even weeks – for the result this year because of the expected surge in postal ballots. The last time the result wasn’t clear within a few hours was in 2000, when the winner wasn’t confirmed until a Supreme Court ruling was made a month later.

Different states have different rules for how – and when – to count postal ballots, meaning there will be large gaps between them in terms of reporting results. In some states, it will take weeks to get complete results.

On Sunday, a report by the news site Axios said Mr Trump would declare victory on Tuesday night if it looked as if he was ahead.

Mr Trump denied the report, but said that counting ballots after election day was a “terrible thing”. Meanwhile, Mr Biden vowed to stop the Trump “stealing” the election.

A federal judge in Texas appeared sceptical of an attempt by Republicans to throw out about 127,000 votes already cast in the presidential election at drive-through voting sites in Houston, a Democratic-leaning area, according to Reuters news agency.

On the eve of Election Day, US District Judge Andrew Hanen said the Republicans who brought the case faced an “uphill road” in convincing him that the votes should be voided.

The judge said the plaintiffs needed to show that Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins, a Democrat, had an “evil motive” in allowing drive-through voting as an alternative during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hanen also questioned the last-minute timing of the case: “Didn’t we test this in the primaries this summer?” The judge asked a lawyer for the plaintiffs, adding: “Why am I just getting this case?”

Wall Street’s major stock indexes opened higher on Monday after their worst week since March as investors prepare for an eventful week surrounding today’s presidential election.

After jumping more than 300 points at the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid back a bit, then resumed its climb. Around 9:45 AM ET, the 30-share index was up more than 323 points or 1.22 per cent at 26,825.37.

The S&P 500 – a gauge for the health of US retirement and college savings reports- was up 0.87 per cent, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index was up more than one per cent.

The Abia State Police Command has said it had arrested a septuagenarian and 20 other suspects for alleged involvement in the killings, looting and burning of government and private properties following the #EndSARS protest in Aba and Umuahia, the state capital.

Addressing reporters in Umuahia before parading the suspects, Police Commissioner Janet Agbede said the protesters allegedly killed two policemen during the protests by beheading and burning them.

Agbede said while the military and police jointly repelled the hoodlums from attacking the Umuahia Correctional Service Centre, the crooks looted and burnt a building housing the Dragon Squad, a unit of the police at old Zone 6 Annex at Ogbor Hill, off the Aba city center.

The police commissioner said five banks, a High Court, one Magistrates’ Court and Aba town hall and the church inside it were torched.

The places that were destroyed also included the state fire service building at Aba, 102 government and privately-owned vehicles, street lights in Aba and Umuahia as well as the dislodging of traders from onions, yam and water melon markets in Aba.

Agbede said one FNC rifle with 12 rounds of live ammunition was recovered from the home of the 70-year-old suspect, Umunna Eze.

She debunked the rumour that herdsmen were grouping to attack the state.

The police commissioner gave looters who had not returned what they stole one week to return them or face the wrath of the law.


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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Calabar Zone, has insisted its eight-month-old strike will continue until the Federal Government meets its demands, saying its members will not go back to the classes on empty stomachs.

The zonal chairman of the union, Dr. Aniekan Brown, said this at a briefing at the University of Calabar on Monday.

The briefing was attended by ASUU chairmen from universities in the zone which comprises Abia State University, Akwa Ibom State University, Cross River University of Technology, Alex Ekwueme University, Ebonyi, University of Uyo and University of Calabar.

“Sometimes, either by deliberate ill-intended machinations or for want of understanding, ASUU’s struggles are misunderstood. In the light of the above, it considered expedient to engage the public, to bring to the fore ASUU’s stance on the on-going strike action, and the government-induced distraction known as the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and the Federal Government of Nigeria’s illicit commitment, hard-work, determination, and treachery to forcefully migrate staff of Federal Universities to IPPIS.”

Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika on Monday said airlines operators are owing the Federal Government $6,993,234.00 and N19,365,374,686.00 in unremitted fees.

This is as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, Smart Adeyemi, said the N4 billion the Federal Government planned as bailout for airline operators to cushion the harsh effects of the COVID-19 pandemic was “too little”.

Sirika and Adeyemi spoke in Abuja at the commencement of a three-day public hearing on the repeal and re-enactment of six Aviation Bills organised by the Senate Committee on Aviation.

The minister’s statement followed comments by a representative of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Chinasa Unaegburam, who criticised a proposed five per cent service charge to be paid by airlines in the Bill meant to Repeal and Re-enact the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Act.

Unaegburam said: “Clause 23 of the NCAA Bill seeks to impose a cost of five per cent contract sales and service charge on airlines. That five per cent has been in the law since 2006. Our proposal is that consideration be given to lowering that percentage.

“We are proposing that we have our fees at cost recovery. So, the aim is to ensure that these agencies are run efficiently in the system and that there is accountability and transparency.

“Putting these factors in place, we can then justify the retention of this five per cent. But today, members of the AON are groaning.

“We propose 1.5 per cent, but it is subject to negotiation. The operators have to operate efficiently, which is a very important issue for the operators.

“Again, there is a provision for a two-year imprisonment on non-remittance of charges.

“An airline should not be subjected to a jail term for non-remittance of a charge. The whole section should be expunged.”

Sirika said: “We have concerns and they are very genuine. NCAA operates on cost recovery basis.

“They (AON) are owing us $6,993,234.00 and N19,365,374,686.00. She (Unaegburam) is proposing that the percentage goes down; and the money is not there.

“These are funds we get from tickets and they (operators) ought to be remitting this money so that we can train more inspectors and keep the industry safe.”

Also, the House of Representatives has suspended the planned concession of four international airports in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt and Abuja.

The action, the lawmakers said, was taken to ensure that contentious issues raised by airport unions and other stakeholders are resolved first.

The lawmakers said this was also meant to avoid industrial actions that may further cripple the already distressed industry.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji, spoke yesterday during the budget defense of the Ministry of Aviation in Abuja.

The absence of Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika at the budget defence session propelled the lawmakers to adjourn the meeting as there was no one to effectively defend the ministry’s budget.

The results of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) conducted between August 17 and September 12 show that only 65.24 per cent of the candidates who sat for the examination have Credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) announced this on Monday at a media briefing on the release of the results of the 2020 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE).

The examination was earlier scheduled to start on April 6 but could not because of the outbreak of Coronavirus.

WAEC’s Head of the National Office, Patrick Areghan, noted that 1,549,740 candidates registered for the examination, while 1,538,445 sat for it.

Areghan said 1,338,348 candidates, representing 86.99 per cent, obtained Credits and above in a minimum of any five subjects – with or without English Language and/or Mathematics.

He said 1,003,668 candidates, representing 65.24 per cent, obtained Credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

Areghan said the results of 215,149 candidates, representing 13.98 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, were being withheld.

He said: “A total of 1,549,740 candidates registered for the examination from 19,129 recognised secondary schools in Nigeria. Of the number that registered for the examination, 1,538,445 candidates sat the examination.”

The examination was also taken by candidates from schools in Cote d’Ivoire, Benin Republic and Equatorial Guinea, where the Nigeria curriculum for Senior Secondary School is being used.

The spokesman also said the results of candidates representing 13.9 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat the examination were being withheld in connection with cases of malpractice.

“The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for determination in due course,” he said.

Candidates who sat the examination and have duly fulfilled their financial obligations can check their results on the examination body’s website: