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INEC in Lagos: We won’t upload votes *Go home if you won’t vote – INEC EO *Our PU moved to expressway – VGC residents

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Some uncanny drama are already playing out in Lagos over Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections, with complaints of some troubling underhand activities coming out from the usually surprise bags of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

While videos coming out of the election showed the process going seamlessly in certain parts of the state, other areas are witnessing some hiccups, as the commission seems to have changed the narrative in the middle of the story.

While the usually volatile areas such as Ojo, Isolo and Apapa, where pockets of violence were also recorded in the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections, seem to be recording no such incidents, a video showing some young men, said to be thugs, parading the Fadeyi area on Lagos Mainland, and threatening people not to come out unless they were voting the All Progressives Congress (APC), has surfaced.

But more strangely are the reports from Surulere and Victoria Garden City, on both the Island and Mainland with the commission said to have been telling completely strange stories, which the residents find unacceptable.

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For instance, in a polling booth said to be located at Aguda, in the Surulere area, a lady, said to be an INEC official, was captured on video announcing to voters insisting on the uploading of votes from the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) machines to go home because there would be no such process.

“We’re not uploading! Your political (party) agents are aware of it that we’re not uploading. If you want us to vote, we’ll be voting, but if you don’t want us to vote, no problem, we’re not uploading!”

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One of the voters was overheard in the same video saying in resignation, as he walked away from the scene: “Oga, make una carry am give who una wan give, I no vote. Why I come to suffer myself here.”

Another lady, was seen in another video, saying the VGC residents were directed to come to vote at the expressway, where the INEC set up a voting centre completely different from the original polling station inside the estate used since the estate came into being.

“It’s 8.30am and we’re set up as you can see – fully set up here. Everything is properly organised here, but INEC said that they’re not coming into VGC, they’re going to set up on the express. I don’t understand. Do you know the thousands of people in here who came to vote and you want us to go to the express. It has never happened before.

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“They’re saying that they’re not coming in. So, please, tag INEC, tell them we’re set up. We’re here, we’re waiting. This is our polling unit, this is where we voted the last time, we’ve always voted here. In every election circle, we’re here. Now, they’re saying that they’re going to the express to set up and that we should all come to the express to meet them. How would thousands of people vote at the express? Does that even make any sense? Please, INEC, please now! We thought we’re not going to have drama this time. Please.”

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Tough economy: Trouble in APC, as staff plan strike

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A loud grumbling has enveloped the 40 Blantyre Crescent, Wuse, Zone 2, Abuja, headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), where staff across different departments are threatening to down tools in protest of poor welfare and biting economic hardship.

Daily Trust, is reporting that the staff are specifically asking the party’s top echelon to make provision for their housing and other allowances, stressing that the economic situation of the country had become quite unfavourable to them.

The paper quoted one of the staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that the party’s executive members had left them to suffer, while taking home humongous amounts of money as salaries and allowances.

Though Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, National Chairman of the party, is said to have commenced payment of N35,000 provisional wage award to them in January 2024, they argued that the largesse would in June, and they would be back to square one and therefore, they needed more stable welfare packages.

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In a swift riposte, Felix Morka, spokesman of the party, was quoted as dismissing the agitation, saying: “Those matters I don’t really discuss them. As you can see, there are many important things to discuss; at the national level, in Edo State. We are battling with all that. So, any in-house matters are not my focus right now.”

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BREAKING: Davido ups the ante, doles out N300million to orphanages

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David Adeleke Nigerian music sensation, otherwise known as Davido is stamping his giant feet with which he has mesmerised his audience across the world in the arena of philanthropy, with an announcement of a fresh donation of a whopping N300million to some orphanages across the country.

The latest is an increase of N63million up from the N237million the popular singer, who disclosed the largesse in a statement on his social media accounts on Tuesday, dolled out last year as part of the gesture in what is now turning out a yearly programme since it started a few years ago.

The gesture is coming at a time Nigeria is under an intense weather of deprivation and poverty, with the prices of food and other commodities hitting the roof and citizens, unable to afford basic items mostly going to bed on empty stomachs as a result.

In recent weeks, demonstrations had erupted in many parts of the country, including Niger, Kano, Ogun and Oyo States, where residents trooped into the streets to demand an end to the parlous situation, which they blamed on the insensitive policies of the government of Bola Tinubu, the Nigerian President.

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The singer, who first gave out N250m to 292 orphanages in October 2022, said the this year’s donation would be done through The David Adeleke Foundation (DAF), adding: “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the nation. Details of disbursement tomorrow.”

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BREAKING: Tinubu set to probe Buhari’s N23trillion Ways and Means debt

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At last, President Bola Tinubu, may be going through the N23trillion Ways and Means debt obtained by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, with a fine comb to determine what the funds, which is attributed to a major part of the current debt overhang in the country, went into.

The Nation, quoted Wale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy as revealing this much to participants at the ongoing Public Wealth Management Conference organised by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MoFI).

Besides, the Minister reportedly said the Federal Government would also present a bill to the National Assembly, soon to authorise the removal of “all taxes and levies that constitute nuisance from the country’s tax system, as a measure to wean itself from future Ways and Means indebtedness.

The government, Edun added, will vigorously pursue policies that will allow it harvest revenue in real time from Government Owned Enterprises (GOEs) and Corporate entities.

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It was also on the same day that the Minister explained that Tinubu’s administration inherited a surge in food and general commodity prices from the previous government, but emphasised the government’s commitment to reducing food prices and tackling the nation’s high inflation rate.

Outlining the measures government was taking in tackling the situation, he revealed that, the government had released 42,000 metric tons of grains, with an additional 60,000 metric tons scheduled for release soon.

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