You Are Priceless And Your Life Is A Blessing to Many – Fans Celebrate Actress Jumoke Odetola On Her Birthday

Yoruba Nollywood actress Jumoke Odetola has been celebrated by fans on her birthday today, October 16.
Fans took to the comment section to praise the actress after she shared gorgeous photos to celebrate her birthday.
Sharing photos, she wrote:
“Grateful to God for the special grace he has bestowed on me, for growth & for opportunities beyond human effort.
See some reactions below;
Afeez Owo wrote, “Happy birthday to you fine lady
Kunle Afod wrote, “Happy Birthday
Jumoke Salami wrote, “My lady
Hilary Skincare wrote, “You are priceless and your life is a blessing to many. You are loved beyond words. I wish you many more glorious years. Happy birthday world-best
Otunuga Abiodun wrote, “Today is a celebration of the life that God has given you and I for one am so grateful for all of the joy you bring to people’s life. May the good Lord bless you always. Happy birthday my woman
Obakemi Akewi Surprise Packs wrote, “Ajokemo! God bless your new age
Mhiz Loveth wrote, “Happy birthday to a special being created for special things on this day I wish you all the best and I pray God will continue to lift you and take you higher. Thanks for your love, and support Alajokemi. Loving you till eternity, no leave no transfer
Fatimoh Salami wrote, “Keep pressing our neck, we are not ready for today. Your muse is musing”.

Funke Akindele Celebrates Toyin Abraham on Her 43rd birthday

Nollywood actress and producer, Funke Akindele has congratulated colleague Toyin Abraham, on her 43rd birthday.
Recall that Abraham turned 43 on September 5th, 2023.
In an Instagram post, Funke Akindele congratulated Toyin Abraham on her new age, wishing her health and wealth.
She wrote: “Happy Birthday Toyin baby. Mummy Ireoluwa! Here’s wishing you longer life in good health and wealth.Have fun dear @toyin_abraham”.

BREAKING: Obi Failed To Specify How He Scored Majority Of Votes – Tribunal

The Presidential Election Petitions Court has ruled that the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, did not adequately outline how they obtained the majority of legitimate votes in the February 25 presidential election, Daily Trust reports.


In the lead judgment read by Justice Abba Bello Mohammed, said the political party made generic allegations of irregularities, suppression of votes and corrupt practices to rob them of their votes, especially in Rivers, Benue, Lagos, Taraba, Imo and Osun states but failed to specify the polling units affected.

Justice Mohammed further held that LP also failed to prove the allegations of overvoting against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their actual reduced votes.


BREAKING: Tribunal Strikes Out Suit Seeking Disqualification Of Shettima

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), which aimed to disqualify Vice President Kashim Shettima.

The party had argued that Tinubu was improperly sponsored by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for nominating Kashim Shettima as his vice-presidential candidate for the election.

The opposition party had claimed that Shettima was still the APC candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District on July 14 when he accepted the nomination for vice-presidential candidate.

However, ruling on the case on Wednesday, the PEPT ruled that it is a pre-election matter and it therefore lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.


Fuel Subsidy: We Played Politics With 2012 Occupy Nigeria – Ex-Ekiti Governor, Fayemi Admits

A former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has admitted that they played politics with 2012 Ocuppy Nigeria protest against removal of fuel subsidy.
Speaking on Tuesday, Fayemi said the protest that trailed the fuel subsidy removal during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2012 was due to political interests.
Fayemi said this in his keynote address delivered at a national dialogue organised to celebrate the 60th birthday celebration of the founding National Secretary of Alliance for Democracy and Fellow, Abuja School of Social and Political Thought, Professor Udenta Udenta in Abuja.
The programme was attended by Jonathan, former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili; former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, among others.
The PUNCH reports that on January 1, 2012, President Goodluck announced the removal of fuel subsidy and adjusted the pump price of petrol from N65 per litre to N141.
The decision sparked mass protests, tagged ‘Occupy Nigeria’ across major cities of the country.
The price was later re-adjusted to N97, after more than a week of protests.
Petrol price was later reduced to N87 in 2015.
Jonathan faced serious backlash for the fuel price adjustment, especially from leaders of the All Progressives Congress, who were then in different opposition parties, including the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressives Congress, All Nigeria Peoples Party, and All Progressive Grand Alliance.
While condemning what he described as the “winners take all” style of Nigeria’s democracy, Fayemi said the challenges facing the nation today cannot be solved unless the country embraced proportional representation, where the spoils of elections are shared between contestants.
According to him, the last time Nigeria experienced economic development was during Jonathan’s administration
Fayemi said, “Today, I read former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s interview in The Cable saying our liberal democracy is not working and we need to revisit it, and I agree with him. We must move from the political alternatives. I think we are almost on a dead end of that.
“What we need is alternative politics and my own notion of alternative politics is that you can’t have 35 per cent of the vote and take 100 per cent. It won’t work! We must look at proportional representation so that the party that is said to have won 21 per cent of the votes will have 21 per cent of the government. Adversary politics bring division and enmity.
“All political parties in the country agreed and they even put in their manifesto that subsidy must be removed. We all said subsidy must be removed. But we in ACN at the time, in 2012, we know the truth Sir, but it is all politics.
“That is why we must ensure that everybody is a crucial stakeholder by stopping all these. Let the manifesto of PDP, APC and Labour Party, be put on the table and select all those who will pilot the programme from all parties.”

Presidential Tribunal: Tinubu Not Worried, Sees No Need To Threaten Judges – Presidency

The Presidency has said President Bola Tinubu didn’t threaten judges.
According to the Presidency, Tinubu is not worried about the outcome of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal set to deliver its ruling on Wednesday, September 6.
Speaking on Channels TV this evening September 4, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, said;
“He (Tinubu) is not worried simply because he knows he won the election,” 
He said the President sees no need to threaten judicial officers, adding that the judiciary is in the best position to make independent decisions based on the merits of the case before it.
“The President sees no need to threaten judicial officers. He sees no need to raise speculations against the integrity of judicial officers; he believes in the sanctity and integrity of the Nigerian judicial system, he believes the great men and women on the panel will make their decisions based only on the facts before them.
He will continue to ensure that no matter what the outcome of the judgment is, he does his part and ensure that our institutions continue to be respected, not just by him, but all actors,” Ngelale said
The Tribunal’s judgment will be delivered while the President is away in New Delhi, India, for the G-20 Leaders’ Summit.
The Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Umar Bangari, said the Tribunal will on Wednesday, September 6, deliver its judgments on the cases before it challenging the victory of Tinubu, the then candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25, 2023 poll.
The court also said the proceedings will be open to live broadcast by interested television stations.
Tinubu’s election is being challenged by Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

Niger Coup: President Tinubu, Islamic Leaders Meet In Aso Rock

Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, President Bola Tinubu is meeting with a delegation of Nigerian Muslim leaders (Ulama) led by Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, in Aso Rock, Abuja.

Recall that a group of Islamic leaders had recently offered to interface with the coup leaders in Niger Republic on behalf of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and they got the approval from President Tinubu.

They were in Niger to interact with the junta’s head, General Abdourahamane Tchiani.

The Islamic clerics had advised against the use of military force by ECOWAS.

President Tinubu is the Chairman of the ECOWAS’ Authority of Heads of State and Government and it’s expected that the Islamic leaders will brief the President on the outcome of their interactions with the military junta as well as their colleagues in Niger Republic as regards the political crisis

The ECOWAS had taken steps to show its disapproval of the military take over of power in Niger by imposing a series of sanctions and an ultimatum, which the body threatened could lead to an armed response.

ECOWAS has insisted that the military junta should reinstate the democratically-elected President.

The Ulama are opposed to war with the Nigerien military, as threatened by ECOWAS.

They said that apart from the dire consequences of armed conflict, they were enjoined by their religious faith and the Quran to seek mediation first in cases like this before resorting to war.


JAMB Bans Schools From Selling Admission Forms For Distance Learning, NCE, Others

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has banned tertiary institutions from selling admission forms for First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovation Diploma, and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into Full-Time, Distance Learning, Part-Time, Outreach, Sandwich, and other related courses.

The board in a statement on Wednesday directed that all such admission processes must now pass through JAMB only as no institution is henceforth allowed to advertise or sell “application forms” for admissions into the programmes.

The statement noted that the move is part of measures to sanitize the process and urged all institutions to comply with the directive.

JAMB added that it would work with regulatory agencies such as the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) as well as other professional regulatory agencies to ensure the policy is adhered to.

The full statement titled; ‘CESSATION OF ILLEGAL/IRREGULAR ADMISSION’ reads: “All applications of admissions to First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovation Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into Full-Time, Distance Learning, Part-Time, Outreach, Sandwich, etc., must be processed ONLY through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

“No Institution should advertise or sell “application forms” for admissions into the programmes.

“Institutions should advertise candidates to apply to them through Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Duplication of application forms is NOT allowed.

“Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the three (3) Regulatory Agencies(National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) will ensure that all tertiary institutions comply with this policy directive.

“Other Professional Regulatory Agencies will also play a role in sanitizing the process.”


BREAKING: Tinubu Appoints Coker-Odusote NIMC’s New DG

The Director-General and CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, was on Tuesday ordered to commence a 90-day pre-retirement leave by President Bola Tinubu.


The directive takes effect on August 24, 2023, leading to Aziz’s eventual retirement from service on November 24, 2023.

This was contained in a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Ajure Ngelale.

Tinubu has also approved the appointment of Bisoye Coker-Odusote as the acting Director-General and CEO of NIMC for a 90-day period.

His appointment takes effect on August 24, 2023, after which a full term of four years will begin as the substantive NIMC Director-General/CEO on November 24, 2023.

Furthermore, President Tinubu approved the appointment of Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub as the Director and CEO of the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC).

This follows the recent expiration of the tenure of the former DTAC Director and CEO, Dr Pius Osunyikanmi.

This appointment takes immediate effect.


Mosque Renamed to ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus’ in Dubai

A mosque has been renamed to ‘Mary Mother of Jesus’ mosque in Dubai.
The Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque in Al Mushrif, a district in Abu Dhabi, UAE, was renamed to ‘Mariam, Umm Eisa’ which translates from Arabic to English as ‘Mary Mother of Jesus’ on the order of Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi crown prince.
He said the reason is “to consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions,” Gulf News reported.
Reacting to the development, a senior chaplain at St Andrew’s Church, Andrew Thompson, was quoted as saying, “We are delighted that we are celebrating something that we have in common between both our faiths.
“Mary, as the mother of Jesus, is of course a holy, special figure in our communities. She is a woman who symbolises obedience to God.
“We look forward to growing in deeper understanding with our neighbours, and we celebrate with them the new name of the mosque,” Thompson said.
Jeramie Rinne, senior pastor of the Evangelical Community Church in Abu Dhabi, also hailed the news.
“Mohammad has made another generous gesture of religious tolerance in renaming the mosque. 
“The UAE continues to set the pace in this region for peaceful coexistence and cooperation. We are very encouraged and feel blessed to be a part of this nation,” he said.
A church in Al Ain was said to have recently opened its doors for Maghrib prayers.
Church workers reportedly laid down carpets on the wooden floor for over 200 Asian Muslim workers to say their prayers.