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Aftermath Of Okigwe Primaries: Results Sheets Fly Up, Down At APC Hqtrs

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…Party Yet TO Pronounce Candidate

…INEC Releases Names Wednesday

APC primaries for the Okigwe bye-election may have come and gone but the controversy surrounding the election has kept on hold, official decision, or pronouncement by the National Leadership of the party.

APC had last Thursday conducted primaries for Eleven Aspirants over the Okigwe bye-election slated for October 31st.

The said election through peaceful had some pockets of controversies ranging from parallel elections between the supporters of Senator Araraume and Frank Ibezim as well as the officials of the party sent from Abuja to conduct the said election.

While the Chairman of the Panel for the conduct of the election declared Frank Ibezim winner of the primary election, other members of the Panel declared Araraume, the winner.

At the time of filing this report, information from the party’s headquarters hinted Lead that various Result Sheets were flying at the party’s secretariat in Abuja for submission.

While Imo State Government is championing for the acceptance of the result signed by the Chairman of the election panel, Araraume and his supporters are clamoring for the other result on the grounds that it represents the votes of the electorates that voted during the election.

However, a source from the APC headquarters hinted Lead that the leadership of the party would soon make a pronouncement on who between the duo of Araraume and Ibezim who flies the Ticket of the party for the election slated for 31st of October

According to the source, NWC party leaders would not want a situation where any of the interest group would leave the party for another political party hence a lot of factors are being considered before the party takes a final decision and stand.

However, while the party is yet to make a pronouncement over who is the candidate, the INEC would be Wednesday shortlist the names of the candidate.

Recall that the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma had before the primaries suggested for a consensus candidate for the party, a suggestion he said would not only save cost for the Aspirants but would make the party more united and stronger in Imo and Okigwe in particular.

This suggestion of Uzodinma however did not see the light of the day as the said Aspirants went ahead and picked their individual forms.

However, the only solution to the APC leadership crisis in Imo, is the congress which would usher in, new party executive in all spheres.

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FCMB demotes Adam Nuru, appoints Yemisi Edun as acting Managing Director

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The First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has announced the appointment of Yemisi Edun as its acting managing director.

Edun takes over the running of the bank from the Managing Director, Adam Nuru, who on Tuesday, January 5, proceeded on leave amid allegations of marital infidelity involving him and former staff of the bank, Moyo Thomas. There are allegations that Moyo’s estranged husband, Tunde Thomas, 45, died on December 16, 2020, from a heart attack after battling with depression upon discovering that the two children from their marriage were allegedly fathered by Mr Nuru.

A statement from the bank announcing Edun’s appointment reads in part

“In line with normal corporate practice, Mrs Yemisi Edun is acting as the managing director of FCMB in the interim period while Mr Adam Nuru is on leave, and the Board conducts its review of the allegations.

She has not been appointed as the substantive Managing Director. As and when the Board completes its review of the allegations, we will provide an update.”

Edun has hitherto been the bank’s executive director, finance.

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Teacher fakes her own kidnap in Kwara to extort N250, 000 from her father

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The police in Kwara state have arrested a 24-year-old teacher, Medinat Ibrahim,  for allegedly faking her own kidnap just to extort N250, 000 from her father.

Medinat, who was paraded alongside two other suspects identified as Amudalat Wahab (30) and Hammed Lekan (28) said she committed the crime to raise money to settle a debt which accrued from the monthly contribution at the private school where she serves as a teacher.

She alleged she was maltreated by her stepmother who also caused friction between her and her father, adding that she decided to fake her own kidnap to get money to offset debts she incurred during COVID-19 lockdown.

I teach in a private school where I was paid N15,000. We organised monthly contribution which I collected and invested in a business, but when COVID-19 broke out, our salary was stopped, I could no longer continue with the contribution.

“Those who were in the group continued to mount pressure on me to pay up my own contribution and there is nowhere that I could get the money. So I decided to go and hide in my sister’s place and I told someone to call my father on phone that I was kidnapped and demanded a ransom of N250,000 which was paid to my friend’s account.” she said

Parading her before newsmen, the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Bagega, said Medinat conspired with her elder sister, Amudalat Wahab, and one Hammed Lekan to arrange her kindap and they have both been arrested as well.

The CP said a bank account, belonging to one Hammed Lekan, was used to cash the N250,000.

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731 Batch B NYSC members test positive for COVID-19 – Presidential Task Force

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, says 731 members of Batch B National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) have tested positive for COVID19.

Mustapha disclosed this at the national briefing on COVID19 in Abuja on Tuesday, January 5.

According to Mustapha, the PTF had conducted the testing of batch B corps members using RDTs. Out of the 35,419 in Batch B, 731 tested positive compared to the 108 recorded in Batch A.

His words;

“It is on record that cases were recorded from corps members from every state of the federation. There is also a rising rate of infections among healthcare workers and this calls for the escalation of surveillance.

In Africa, Nigeria has joined South Africa in reporting the highest daily infection cases.

As at date, the statistics for Nigeria shows the following: Cumulative cases: 91,351; Cumulative Tests: 958,911; Deaths: 1,318 and Week 53 recorded 57 deaths which is the highest for any single week since we started”

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