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15 10 2021 SIGNATURE TV NEWS UPDATE

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2031 Presidency: Don’t Threaten Us, Northern Elders Warn 

The Northern Elders’ Forum has warned Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) against issuing any threat over the presidency.

The forum said this while reacting to PANDEF’s statement that the north should wait till 2031 before producing another president.

The Director of Publicity and Advocacy of the Northern Elders’ Forum, Hakeem Baba Ahmed who spoke to newsmen however, stated that northerners shall not be threatened or intimidated by any group or region.

Ahmed insisted that the fundamental right of every citizen to elect a candidate of their choice and the rights of all political parties to choose candidates must be respected, irrespective of any threat from any group

He stated that the north was willing to sit down with anybody and discuss how these things can be done and  advised PANDEF and other organizations to insist on a competent Nigerian who must run an inclusive administration that will integrate everybody into the process.

Breaking: Sam Anyanwu emerges s’east consensus candidate for PDP National Secretary

Senator Samuel Anyanwu has emerged the consensus candidate of the South East zone of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) for the position of the National Secretary of the party in the forthcoming National convention.

A statement issued by the National Vice Chairman of the party for South East zone, Chief Ali Odefa, said Anyanwu emerged the consensus candidate after thorough deliberation by the leaders and members of the party in the zone.

According Odefa, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Southeast zone has displayed its maturity and readiness to reclaim all its stolen mandates in the zone through a peaceful and united manner, adding that Southeast was now prepared and ready for the task ahead.

Odefa noted that the Southeast remains a stronghold of the PDP and assured their members  that the party remains strong, firm, on ground and poised for victory as the 2023 general elections  approach.

Anyanwu who hails from Imo State, was a member of the 8th Senate where he represented Imo East Senatorial district under the platform of the People’s Democratic party.

 

Reps back Gbajabiamila, restrict parties to direct primary

The House of Representatives has insisted on direct primary in the selection of candidates for elective public offices by political parties.

Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, in a statement issued on Thursday, stated that the amendment sought by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, to the Electoral Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, to delete the options of delegates primary and consensus is a reflection of the yearnings of Nigerians.

 Nigerians had demanded for the discard of thedelegate-based primary election method in favour of direct primaries during public hearing on the election amendment bill.

Adebowale Emerges 13th VC Of University Of Ibadan

The Senate of the University of Ibadan Thursday approved the appointment of  Professor  Kayode Oyebode Adebowale, as the 13th Vice Chancellor of the institution.

The Pro-chancellor of the institution, Dr. John Odigie-Oyegun, who announced this, said Adebowale emerged out of 16 applications received.

Babatunde Ekanola, a professor of philosophy, had been appointed in acting capacity since December 2020 after the expiration of the tenure of Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka.

Adebowale until the appointment was the Deputy Vice Chancellor.

 

IN BUSINESS

Port Harcourt Refinery MD Assures On September 2023 Completion

The Managing Director of Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC), Ahmed Dikko, has assured Nigerians that he would deliver a fully rehabilitated, functional refinery in record time.

He gave the assurance in response to criticism from Nigerians over the commitment of the Federal Government to revive the moribund refinery.

Dikko stated the rehabilitation project which is being handled by Maire Tecnimont SpA would be completed and delivered within the stipulated period, with the Old Port Harcourt Refinery that would be ready by September 2023.

He said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsidiaries, were committed to resuscitate the nation’s ailing refineries.

 

Reps Summon CBN, Finance Ministry Over Stalled $3.1bn E-Customs Project

The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Finance, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and  the Controller General of Nigeria Customs Service, over the stalled E-Customs project.

The committee is also to invite the Chairman of the CBN Technical Committee on Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme and the Managing Director of Adani Mega Systems Limited ‘in order to resolve the matter

This was  sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance moved by Chairman of the House Committee on Customs and Excise, Leke Abejide, at the plenary on Thursday.

The house mandated its committees on Customs & Excise, Finance, Banking and Currency to wade into the lingering dispute between the CBN and Adani Mega Systems limited which hindered the take-off of the project for years.

He said that the  dispute between the two parties is at such a time of alarming rate at entry of undetected arms and ammunition into the country’s ports and border stations as a result of no functional scanners.

ON THE FOREIGN SCENE

UPDATED: At least 32 dead in Afghan mosque blast

At least 32 people were killed and 53 wounded when explosions hit a Shiite mosque in the Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday, a hospital spokesman told journalists.

The cause of the blasts was not immediately identified, but it came exactly a week after a suicide bomb attack on Shiite worshippers in the northern city of Kunduz, that was claimed by the Islamic State group.

An eyewitness told newsmen that he heard three explosions, one at the main door of the mosque, another at a southern area, and a third where worshippers wash themselves.

IN SPORTS

Basketball Players Protest In Abuja, Want NBBF Constitution Amended

Nigerian basketball players are calling for the amendment of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF)’s constitution ahead of the federation’s elective congress.

The NBBF’s elective congress has been slated for October 30, 2021 in Benin, Edo State and the players are also expressing concerns over the sudden change of venue.

They said the constitution, allegedly designed by the Musa Kida’s faction and kept away from other stakeholders, was structured to favour Kida’s ambition to remain in power.

Speaking on behalf of hundreds of basketball players in Abuja on Thursday, the players’ representative in the NBBF board, Stanley Gumut of Mark Mentors, said the players were fed up with the antics of the ex-factional president.

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