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BREAKING: President Buhari Absent Again At FEC Meeting

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Buhari absent at FEC meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari was absent again today at the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

The meeting is being presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The cabinet had awaited the president’s arrival until the State House Chief of Protocols suddenly stepped in at 11.00am and whispered to Osinbajo.

A security officer had also stood anxiously behind the president’s official seat in expectation of Buhari’s attendance.

The Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa are scanty as only about 20 ministers were seated as of the time journalists were leaving.

Osinbajo kick-started the meeting with a call for the recitation of the national anthem as well as prayers by the Ministers of Education and Health, Adamu Adamu and Isaac Adewole respectively.

Immediately the meeting commenced, ministers were sighted curiously whispering.

A fortnight ago, Buhari was also absent at the weekly council meeting.

The meeting did not hold last week with the Presidency citing the Easter break.

The acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Habibat Lawan, is in attendance.

Lawan became acting SGF last Wednesday following the suspension of Babachir David Lawal who is being investigated for alleged mismanagement of funds meant for the development of the northeast.


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Edo Assembly Orders Closure Of Bank Accounts

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Edo Assembly has ordered closure of all accounts of the House.

The new Speaker Victor Edoror gave the directive at its first sitting in Benin.

He also told the executives to stay clear of activities of the House.

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Edo Assembly Swears In 12 APC Members In An Undisclosed Location

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Twelve members of the Edo state house of Assembly loyal to the All Progressives Congress, APC have been sworn-in on Wednesday at an undisclosed location in Edo state.

It will be recalled that the Governor of the State, Godwin Obaseki ordered a ‘renovation’ of the Edo state house of assembly on Wednesday afternoon in order to quell an alleged plot to impeach him.

For several months now, Obaseki has actively worked to prevent the inauguration of the lawmakers in order to maintain ‘control’ over the assembly.

Following a fallout with his predecessor, Adams Oshiomole, Obaseki ensured that the lawmakers were not inaugurated in order to prevent Oshiomhole’s loyalists from taking control of the state legislature.

Below are photographs from the swearing-in ceremony.

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Edo Assembly Shut Down, Roofs Removed As Obaseki Fingers Oshiomhole, Uzodinma In Police Invasion

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has accused his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, of being responsible for the police invasion of the state’s House of Assembly on Thursday.

Obaseki accused Oshiomhole and Uzodinma of trying to cause tension in Edo ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.

The governor spoke to BBC Pidgin through his media aide, Crusoe Osagie, on Thursday.

Obaseki and the Edo Assembly Speaker were said to have stormed the complex and ordered the police out of the premises to prevent “forceful takeover” of the assembly.

According to reports, the speaker subsequently gave an order of no entry into the assembly complex.

It was learnt that shortly after Obaseki and the speaker left the complex, some trucks started to deliver stones and sands at the premises.

Heeps of stones and sand offloaded at entrance of Edo Assembly Complex after police invasion

Some youths were also seen pulling down the roofs of the assembly complex to indicate commencement of renovation work at the premises.

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