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Muhammadu Buhari in London on Monday told the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, that though the country will be having elections in 2019, his primary concern was to tackle insecurity and also put the nation’s economy in a better position. President Buhari meets with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street London President Buhari stated this when he held a bilateral meeting with the British Prime Minister, at 10, Downing Street, London.

Recall that the President had declared his intention to seek for re-election last week Monday at the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja, before he left for London. But Buhari told the British Prime Minister that his administration from the onset was focused on three cardinal areas which were security, economy and fight against corruption, adding that as his opponents were interested in the forthcoming elections, his interest was to deliver on his election promises.

According to him, “We campaigned on three major issues, to secure the country, revive the economy and fight corruption. We have elections next year, politicians are already pre-occupied with the polls, but I am bothered more about security and the economy.” President Buhari while going memory lane stated that Nigeria and Britain have a long history of cooperation on several fronts, stressing that, “People ought to know how they arrived where they are, if they would move forward. It was a mistake for us to have stopped the teaching of history as a subject in schools, but we are returning it to the curriculum now.”

He commended British companies like Unilever, Cadbury, and many others, “who have stood with Nigeria through thick and thin. Even when we fought a Civil War, they never left.“But like Oliver Twist, we ask for more investments. We are encouraging more British companies to come to Nigeria. We appreciate the support you have given in training and equipping our military, particularly in the war against insurgency, but we want to also continue to work with you on trade and investment.”

President Buhari in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, told Prime Minister May that his administration’s strides in agriculture, had put Nigeria firmly on the road to food self-sufficiency.

He said, “I am very pleased with the successes in agriculture. We have cut rice importation by about 90 percent made lots of savings of foreign exchange, and generated employment.

“People had rushed to the cities to get oil money, at the expense of farming. But luckily, they are now going back to the farms. Even professionals are going back to the land. We are making steady progress on the road to food security.”

On education, President Buhari said more investment was being made, because “people can look after themselves if well educated. In this age of technology, education is very important. We need well-staffed and well-equipped institutions to move into the next generation.”

Speaking on climate change and environmental issues, President Buhari brought up the necessity of inter-basin water transfer from Congo Basin to Lake Chad.
He said “The Lake Chad is now about 10 percent of its original size, and it is perhaps one of the reasons our youths dare both the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean, to get to Europe.

“But if there is inter-basin water transfer, about 40 million people in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, and other countries stand to benefit. I made the case during the Climate Change Summit in France. If Lake Chad is recharged, it will reduce the number of youths coming to Europe to increase social problems.

“We brought back about 4,000 people from Libya recently. Almost all of them were below 30, and Libya was not their final destination. They were headed to Europe.”
In her remarks, Prime Minister May said Britain would continue to work with Nigeria in the areas of training and equipping the military.

She was particular about abduction of young schoolgirls by Boko Haram, noting that Britain would continue to give Nigeria needed assistance.

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Osun Decides: INEC Announces Date For Rerun In 4 Local Governments

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Following the inconclusive nature of the September 22 gubernatorial election in Osun State, in which the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP led by 353, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced Thursday, September 27 as the new date for rerun.

According to the commission, the rerun will be conducted in some of the units in which votes were cancelled for alleged irregularities.

The affected local governments are : Orolu, Osogbo, Ife South and Ife North, making four local governments in all.

Recall that INEC had on Sunday announced the final results of the governorship election, with candidate of PDP leading with a total votes of 254, 698, while APC polled 254,345 to come second in the exercise.

The returning officer for the governorship election, Prof. Joseph Adeola, who announced the results reeled out the total number of valid votes to be 767,955 and rejected votes to be 47,843.

Adeola added that the margin between the PDP and APC which is 353, and the total cancelled ballots totalling 3348 will not make any party a winner of the contest, in line with electoral act.

He, therefore, declared the election inconclusive, as he said the exact date for rerun will be announced soonest.

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Lagos Governorship: 377 APC Ward Chairmen Endorse Sanwo-Olu

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Three hundred and seventy-seven ward chairmen of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State under the auspices of Conference of Ward Chairmen unanimously endorsed Babajide Sanwo-Olu as their governorship candidate ahead of next Saturday’s primary election in the State.

The group is made of ward chairmen from all the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Authorities in Lagos State.

The endorsement took place at Martino’s Hall in Ikeja during a meeting the governorship aspirant had with some leaders of the party and grassroots mobilizers, where members of the Conference turned out in large numbers and had a one on one interaction with the aspirant.

The Director General of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organization Tayo Ayinde opened the meeting by extolling the good virtues of the aspirant, reminding the chairmen of some great strides that Sanwo-Olu has made while serving in different capacities as Special Adviser and Commissioner at various times.

Ayinde assured everyone present that Sanwo-Olu is a party man and will not abandon the party and its members when he eventually becomes the governor.

He enjoined the Conference members to mobilize all party men and women in their wards to come out in large numbers and vote for Sanwo-Olu as the candidate of the APC on Saturday.

The APC Leader in the state, Cardinal James Odumbaku, told members of the Conference not to despair, emphasizing that Sanwo-Olu’s government will be a listening and an inclusive one, especially for members of the party whose input will be paramount and will form part of decision-making process.

Odumbaku prayed for a successful run ahead of next Saturday’s primary election in the State.

He also prayed for all party members and the entire people of Lagos State.

Sanwo-Olu thanked the Conference of Ward Chairmen in the State for the confidence reposed in him and promised not to disappoint them when he gets to power.

Sanwo-Olu, who spoke in Yoruba throughout the event, went down memory lane by informing the chairmen of his role in the cabinet of former Governors Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babatunde Raji Fashola as Special Adviser, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions before being reappointed as Commissioner for Commerce and Industry.

He reminded the grassroots politicians of his role as the fundraiser for the party in most of the elections held in the past.

Speaking on loyalty, Sanwo-Olu told the chairmen emphatically that he has remained a loyal member of the party between 2002 till date.

Speaking on behalf of all ward chairmen in Lagos State, Shola Oshobajo assured Sanwo-Olu of his members’ support before, during and after the primary elections, which is scheduled to hold on September 29, 2018.

Amidst cheers and applause, punctuated by music, Sanwo-Olu was presented to the Conference of Ward Chairmen and they rose to endorse him in unison.

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Osun Election Update: PDP’s Ademola Adeleke In Early Lead As INEC Announces Results

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Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is currently leading in the results announced so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State.

From the results announced so far, Adeleke is ahead of his close challenger, Gboyega Oyetola, of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The results below.

Oriade LGA:

ADC: 109

ADP: 1224

APC: 9778

PDP: 10109

SDP: 2265

TOTAL VALID VOTES: 24380

TOTAL REJECTED VOTES: 1186

TOTAL VOTES CAST: 25566

TOTAL REGISTERED VOTERS: 54921

TOTAL ACCREDITED VOTERS: 25697

Ilesha West LGA:

PDP: 8286

APC: 7251

SDP: 2408

ADP: 2363

ADC: 127

TOTAL VALID VOTES : 21,220

TOTAL REJECTED VOTES: 1,861

TOTAL VOTES CAST . 23,081

TOTAL REGISTERED VOTERS: 60,600

TOTAL ACCREDITED VOTERS :32,569

Boripe LGA

APC : 11, 655

PDP: 6, 892

ADC: 137

ADP :1137

SDP – 2730

Total Number of Registered Voters – 57, 397

Total Number of of Accredited Voters: 25, 045

TOTAL VALID VOTES: 23212

TOTAL REJECTED VOTES: 1777

TOTAL VOTES CAST: 24989

Ilesa East LGA:

ADC: 188

ADP: 1275

APC: 9790

PDP: 8244

SDP: 3620

Total Number of Registered Voters: 65745

Total Number of of Accredited Voters: 26194

TOTAL VALID VOTES: 23990

TOTAL REJECTED VOTES: 2081

TOTAL VOTES CAST: 26071

Obokun LGA:

ADC: 106

ADP: 663

APC: 7229

PDP: 10859

SDP: 1907

Total Number of Registered Voters: 45959

Total Number of of Accredited Voters: 22617

TOTAL VALID VOTES: 21453

TOTAL REJECTED VOTES: 1164

TOTAL VOTES CAST: 22617

Orolu LGA:

ADC: 79

ADP : 388

APC : 5442

PDP: 7776

SDP:2043

Total Number of Registered Voters: 31,904

Total Number of of Accredited Voters: 17,485

TOTAL VALID VOTES:16,157

TOTAL REJECTED VOTES :1,260

TOTAL VOTES CAST: 17,417

Ede South LGA:

PDP : 16,693

APC: 4,512

ADP : 357

SDP : 855

Total Valid Votes: 23,136

Total Rejected Votes: 1,605

Total Votes Cast: 24,741

Number Of Registered Voters: 46,887

Number of Accredited Voters: 24,888

Ifedayo LGA

APC 3182

PDP 3374

SDP 1377

Atakumosa west LGA

APC 5019

PDP 5401

SDP 1570

ADP 718

Boluwaduro LGA

APC 3843

PDP 3779

SDP 1776

Ede North LGA:

ADC : 89

ADP :758

APC: 7025

PDP: 18745

SDP: 1380

Boripe LGA

In the result announced by the returning officer, Professor Afolabi Atanda, APC Candidate, Gboyega Oyetola won the council.

APC : 11, 655

PDP: 6, 892

ADC: 137

ADP :1137

SDP – 2730

Total Registered Voters – 57, 397

Accredited: 25, 045

Atakumosa East LGA

ADC:60

ADP:629

APC:7,073

PDP:5218

SDP:2140

Total number of registered voters: 35,657

Total number of accredited voters:17,086

Total valid votes:15,721

Total rejected votes:1,008

Total vote cast:16,729

Ife South LGA:

APC:7223

PDP:4872

SDP:6151

ADP:561

ADC:136

Total valid votes = 19,998

Rejected votes=1,399

Total votes cast = 21,397

Ila LGA

APC: 8403

ADC : 96

ADP: 183

PDP: 8241

SDP: 3134

Total Registered Voters: 39,188

Total Accredited Voters; 21,124

TOTAL VALID VOTES- 20,531

TOTAL REJECTED VOTES – 847

TOTAL VOTES CAST- 21,378

Irepodun LGA

ADC: 158

ADP: 2,564

APC: 6,517

PDP: 8058

SDP: 4856

TOTAL VALID VOTES 22,859

TOTAL REJECTED VOTES: 1,410

TOTAL VOTES CAST: 24,269

TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS: 46,558

TOTAL NUMBER OF ACCREDITED VOTERS: 24,307

Ifelodun LGA

ADC 236

ADP 2834

APC: 9882

PDP: 12269

SDP: 1970

Isokan LGA:

ADC: 56,

ADP : 682

APC : 7297

PDP :9048

SDP: 3460

Number of Registered Voters: 45,903

Number of Accredited Voters: 23,314

Total Valid Votes: 21,723

Total Rejected Votes: 1519

TOTAL NUMBERS OF VOTE CAST: 23,242

Odo Otin LGA:

ADC – 1034

ADP – 1112

APC – 9996

PDP – 9879

SDP – 2941

TOTAL REGISTERED VOTERS: 57,663

TOTAL ACCREDITED VOTERS: 27,051

TOTAL VALID VOTES: 25,654

TOTAL VOTE CAST: 27,023

REJECTED VOTES: 1,369

Ayedire LGA

ADC: 144

ADP :166

APC :5474

PDP: 5133

SDP: 2396

TOTAL VOTES CAST:15240

REJECTED VOTES: 1024

TOTAL ACCREDITED VOTERS: 16264

AYEDAADE LGA

ADC :145

ADP : 1654

APC : 10,861

PDP : 10,836

SDP: 2967

Ejigbo LGA

ADC: 258

ADP: 592

APC: 14,779

PDP: 11,116

SDP: 4,803

Total Valid Votes: 32,787

Rejected Votes: 2,109

Total Votes Cast: 34,896

Registered Voters: 63,652

Accredited Voters: 35,061

Irewole LGA;

ADC: 249

ADP: 1915

APC: 10049

PDP: 13848

SDP: 1142

TOTAL VALID VOTES : 28267

REJECTED VOTES: 2502

TOTAL VOTES CAST: 30769

No of registered voters : 61977

No of accredited voters: 30898

Ife North LGA

ADC -94

ADP -745

APC:6527

PDP:5486

SDP: 5158

Total number of registered voters – 52684

No of Accredited voters- 20549

Total Valid Votes: 18846

Rejected Votes: 1,674

Total Votes Cast: 20,520

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