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Atiku vs Buhari: Trouble As European Union Denies Knowledge Of INEC Server

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The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) on Saturday said it was unaware of any server used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)in the conduct of 2019 presidential election.

The stand of the EU EOM spells trouble for the election petition filed by the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

BREAKING: Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential Election Was ‘Rigged’ — European Union

The petition had prayed that the tribunal grants the party access to the server used by the electoral umpire for the conduct of the Presidential election that saw President Muhammadu Buhari (APC) emerge as winner to pilot the affairs of the country for his second term in office.

While briefing newsmen in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the Deputy Chief Observer for the EU, Hannah Roberts said the mission knew nothing about INEC server that was allegedly used to transmit results of the 2019 general elections, but rather the Mission relied on results that were released by INEC.

“The EU had to rely on INEC’s explanation in result transmission,” she said.

The report seems contrary to the claims by the main opposition party, PDP that an INEC server was used to transmit results of the 23 February presidential election.

However, INEC in its counter-affidavit at the tribunal had already dismissed the existence of any server, saying that results were manually collated across the country.

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I Don’t Believe President Buhari Is In Charge — Wole Soyinka [VIDEO]

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Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said that he does not believe President Muhammadu Buhari is in charge of the country.

He made this statement in reference to the open letter written to Buhari by a retired colonel and former military administrator of Kaduna, Umar Dangiwa, over the president’s habit of appointing people from his section of the country into office.

Reacting to this in an interview on PlusTv Africa’s ‘One-On-One’ on Thursday, the playwright and political activist said the answer to the nation’s problem is decentralisation.

The renowned writer commended the former military administrator who has a tendency to hit the nail hard and go straight to the point factually without self-interest.

He said: “Umar Dangiwa is one of the really serious letter writers without self-interest and when I saw this I was appalled but I shouldn’t have been appalled in the first place. I was appalled by the silence that followed this revelation. I think those who are responsible for this criminal lopsidedness should be punished. It is not sufficient just to discuss it. It’s criminal.

“I have said this before. I don’t believe there is really anybody in charge in Aso Rock. I’m sorry to say this. I’ve been studying the trend over the past year and a half and I believe this president is not in charge of this nation, in so many aspects and directions.

“I’m convinced he’s not really and totally with it.

“It’s so serious. It is not the fact alone, we know the history of this. We know what it has caused the nation, and we know it isn’t over yet. And you say are launching an enquiry. That’s not enough. This man is not in charge.”

Watch the full interview here;

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BREAKING: Buhari Nominates Okonjo-Iweala For WTO Director-General Position

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former coordinating minister for the economy, for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), TheCable reports.

In a document seen by TheCable on Thursday, Buhari withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the same position.

The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021 for a four-year term that would run from 2021 to 2025.

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Buhari Presides Over Virtual FEC Meeting

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President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

The meeting, which started at 09:02 GMT has the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as well as some Ministers in attendance.

Ministers present in the hall include those of Justice, Aviation, Finance, Information and Culture, Environment, Water Resources, Defence and Works.

All other Ministers are attending form their various offices in the nation’s capital city, Abuja.

The meeting is expected to consider issues surrounding how the nation can mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 and how to enhance the livelihood of Nigerians in the midst of the pandemic.

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