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Reps pass 2020 budget, increase to ₦10.59trn



The House of Representatives on Thursday passed the 2020 Appropriation Bill of more than ₦10.59 trillion against the initial amount of ₦10.33 trillion presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The house passed the bill after considering the report of the Committee on Appropriations presented by the Chairman, Rep. Muktar Betara (APC-Borno) during the Committee of Supply.

The ₦10.33 trillion budget was presented on Oct. 8 by Buhari before a joint session of the National Assembly with both chambers of the assembly assuring Nigerians of passage before the end of the year.

The report, however, reflected the total sum of N10,594,362,364,830, indicating an increase of about ₦260 billion.

Presenting the report, Betara said “that the house do consider the Report of the Committee on Appropriations on a Bill for an Act to authorise the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation the total sum of ₦10,594,362,364,830.

“Of which ₦560,470,82,235 is for Statutory Transfers; ₦2,725,498,930,000 is for Debt Service; ₦4,842,974,600,640 is for Recurrent (Non-Debt) Expenditure; while the sum of ₦2,465,418,006,955 is for contribution to the Development Fund for Capital Expenditure for the year ending on Dec. 31, 2020.”

The initial amount allocated to Statutory Transfers was ₦556.7 billion reflecting an increase of about ₦3.77 billion, while the initial allocation to Debt Service was ₦2.45 trillion, reflecting an increase of about ₦28 billion.

The Recurrent (non-debt) Expenditure was initially put at ₦4.88 trillion and reflected a decrease of about ₦4 million.

The house would transmit the Appropriation Bill to the president for assent.

Edited & Vetted By: Kayode Olaitan


Obaseki’s re-election puts ‘god fatherism’ to rest in Edo politics – Gov. Fintiri



Gov. Ahmadu  Fintiri of Adamawa has described Gov. Godwin Obaseki as one that has changed the Edo politics by putting ‘godfatherism’ to rest.

Fintiri, in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, on Sunday in Yola said  that the re -election of Obaseki was well deserved.

Obaseki  was declared winner and returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Benin after  defeating  Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of APC in the Saturday’s governorship election in Edo.

“The  Edo election result is an affirmation and demonstrated that Obaseki’s re-election is indeed a true reflection of the wishes of the people of Edo.

“Obaseki  should write his name in gold as one who changed the politics of Edo by putting  ‘god fatherism’ to rest,” Fintiri said.

Fintiri, who was the vice chairman of the PDP National campaign committee for Edo governorship election, urged Obaseki and the PDP to extend a hand of fellowship to the opposition.

He advised Obaseki to dedicate himself to re-uniting the people of the state and be governor to all.

“The path is now clear for focused piloting of the states affairs toward doing more for the people of Edo in your last term as Governor.”

He noted that the people of Edo had spoken well and made their votes count ( NAN)

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN
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It’s not political sunset yet for Ize-Iyamu — Chidoka 



Chief Osita Chidoka, a former Aviation Minister, says the performance of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded Sept. 19 governorship election in Edo is gallant.

Chidoka, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Sunday in Awka that Ize-Iyamu among other candidates, gave Gov. Godwin Obaseki, the incumbent governor and candidate of PDP a good fight in spite of the odds.

He urged the APC candidate to hold his head up high and see the results as announced by the Independent  National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials as a reflection of the people’s will.

The former aviation minister called on the APC candidate to concede victory and congratulate the winner.

He said the election gave him the rare opportunity of having those who called him names to recant and rewrite his story, while still politically active.

According to him, if I were Ize-Iyamu, I would have called Gov. Obaseki before the final announcement of results.

“`He should be proud of himself as a politician because this election, like no other event, defined him as a strong politician.

“Those who four years ago, called him liar, thief, cultist recanted, not many get that opportunity.

“The outing against a sitting governor was not bad, he maintained his following, across the state, in spite of the baggage of his political party and chief supporter.

“This is not sunset, it is twilight and the sun may yet shine again in his future endeavours; glorious future beckons if you rise above self and claim victory.

“Pastor, make the call now. It will turn defeat to victory and redefine you,” he said in a statement he signed.

INEC had declared Obaseki winner of the polls.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Peter Ejiofor)
Source: NAN
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Obaseki wins, dedicates victory to Edo electorate as defeat of god fathers



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday concluded the Sept. 19, Edo governorship polls with the declaration of incumbent Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as winner.

Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta, and the Returning Officer for the election, announced the result after its collation in Benin.

He said that Obaseki polled a total of 307,955 votes to defeat the closest rival and the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.

A total of 14 candidates participated in the contest which had the total number of accredited voters for the election at 557,443 and total valid votes votes as 537,407.

The rejected votes were 12,835 and the total number of votes cast was 550,242.

Prof. Rim-Rukeh announced that Obaseki, having scored the highest number of votes was therefore declared the winner of the election.

Obaseki won in 13 of the 18 Local Governments Areas of the state, namely, Orhionmwon, Igueben, Owan West , Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha, Esan West, Esan Central, Esan South East, Esan North East, Uhumwode, Egor, Ovia North East and Ovia South West.

At the collation centre the Collation Officer for Etsako Central, however, disclosed that an INEC official was shot and another INEC staff member was injured on the face.

He noted that both of them were battling with their lives in an undisclosed hospital.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that there were records of invalid votes in some polling units across the  18 local government areas.

NAN reports that the returning officer released the scores for the candidates prior to the declaration of PDP as the winner.

The scores are as follows:

A A 107

ADC 1370

ADP 2374

APC 223, 619

APGA 177

APN 57

ADP 78

LP 267

NNPP 258

NRM 573

PDP 307, 955

SDP 323

YPP 132

ZLP 117

Meanwhile, Obaseki in a brief acceptance speech dedicated the victory to the collective resolve of the Edo electorate to destroy God fatherism in the state.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN
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Edo poll: INEC declares additional results from 3 LGs



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared additional results of the Edo governorship election from three local government areas of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that collation officers from 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) had earlier submitted their results to the Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC) for Edo, Mr Johnson Alalibo.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner had announced Prof. Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, Vice-Chancellor, University of Petroleum Resources, Effuru, Delta, as the Returning Officer to announce the final collated results.

The released LGAs results included:

Etsako East, APC 17011, PDP 10668

Registered voters-157291

Accredited voters- 28404

Total valid votes-27824

Rejected votes 335

Total votes cast 28159.

Akoko-Edo- APC 22963,   PDP 20101

Registered voters -121027

Accredited voters -46967

Total valid votes- 43377

Rejected votes -617

Total votes cast -43994.

Etsako Central-APC 8359, PDP, 7478

Registered voters- 50004

Accredited voters -16092

Total valid votes- 15885

Rejected votes- 157

Total vote cast -16042

Meanwhile, collation officers for Ovia South West and Orhionmwon LGAs were being awaited to make their presentations before final collation and declaration of  result.

Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
Source: NAN
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