Anambra Central Senatorial re-run: Ekwunife defects to APC

   Senator Uche Ekwunife, who represented Anambra Central Senatorial District, announced on Friday that she had defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).   Ekwunife, who was inaugurated as senator in June, 2015, had her election nullified by Appeal Court in Enugu on December 6 2015, on grounds of irregularities.   The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in the zone within 90 days.   Announcing her exit from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to newsmen in Awka, the politician said, “It’s better now for me to join the APC.   “Let the heat be there; I am already on campaigns for my return to the senate, to complete my contract with the people of Anambra Central District,” she said....

14 militants killed in Egypt’s Sinai

CairoAt least 14 jihadists were killed and 13 others arrested by the Egyptian Armed Forces in the restive North Sinai province bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Israel, the military spokesman said in a statement on Friday.

Jim Nwobodo dumps PDP for APC

A former minister of information, and governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, on Friday defected to the All Progressive Congress. Nwobodo, a former Senator and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, attended an APC meeting, reportedly convened by Foreign Affairs minister, Dr. Jeffrey Onyeama, in Enugu. He declared his membership of the party at the meeting, to the surprise of most of the APC members present at the event. A former PDP senator from Enugu State, Chief Fidelis Okoro, also defected to the APC at the meeting. Okoro was in the Senate between 1999 and 2007. There were indications that the former PDP bigwigs’ defection did not go down well with the some APC members, who openly voiced their dissatisfaction with the development at the meeting....

Bayelsa gov election result already written – PDP

Election is ected to hold on Saturday in the Southern Ijaw LGA and some parts of the state to conclude the governorship election in the South-South state. Our correspondent  gathered that Southern Ijaw has a total of 120,827 registered voters, while the commission was also targeting 38,000 votes in the three affected local governments. Bayelsa state has a total of 663,639 registered voters. Governor Seriake Dickson, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party is leading a former Governor of the state, who is also the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Timipre Sylva, in the already conducted election. However, the Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said in a statement in Abuja on Friday that his party had gathered from intelligence report that the Saturday election would be a mere formality, alleging that the APC government has already written the results ahead of the election.According to Secondu, “Southern Ijaw is the...

Biafran struggle: Ohanaeze rejects Kanu’s approach

The Secretary General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, says the approach of the founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to the perceived marginalisation of the Igbo is unacceptable. Nwaorgu said Kanu’s strategies to correct the alleged imbalance were at variance with that of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo which believed that the problems could be resolved within the country and not through violence. Speaking in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday, Nwaorgu, however, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to consider releasing Kanu unconditionally. He said Kanu has not issued any apology to Igbo leaders over his comments about them. He said, “Kanu’s solution to the Biafran matter is different from ours and not acceptable to us. Kanu and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo are operating on different sides of the coin. He and the youths believe in going out to the streets to protest. Kanu’s despondency is much deeper than ours. I...

Bayelsa state guber rerun set to hold on Saturday

TVC E, POLITICS - The re-run of the Bayelsa state governorship election in some parts of the state gets underway tomorrow. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Governor Seriake Dickson, and his All Progressives Congress counterpart,Timipre Sylva, are making final moves to win the election. In the rerun,which will produce the eventual winner,the candidates of the two frontline political parties,will battle for over 100,000 votes in the LGA from 101 polling units. of the results from 7 local government areas of 8 so far declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, Dickson has polled 105,748 votes against Sylva's 72,534, indicating that the PDP is ahead with 33,214 votes. Based on INEC's record, Southern Ijaw has about 70, 000 permanent voter card holders while the accredited voters of the 101 cancelled polling units is slightly above 30, 000. INEC had cancelled the Southern Ijaw poll over alleged widespread violence, ballot snatching and hostage taking of...

CBN sells N136.24bn treasury bills at first auction in 2016

The Central Bank of Nigeria sells N136.24 billion in treasury bills with maturities from three months to one year at its first auction of the year 2016. The central bank sold N55.4 billion of three-month paper at 4 percent, up from 3.62 per cent in December last year. Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, says the federal government will soon go to the debt market to raise fund in order to finance its capital expenditure. Adeosun added that the decision to borrow is being considered in light of the pressure confronting the economy as a result of plunging oil prices in the global crude market....

AIB elects TVC Director as ExCo Member

Global members of the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) have elected the Director of Radio Services, TVC/CBS Nigeria, Mr. Richmond Dayo Johnson as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for a two-year term, starting January 1, 2016. According to the association, the election of Dayo Johnson into the committee was predicated on his pedigree and expertise as a seasoned broadcaster and also for his notable contributions to the transformation of CBS into one of Africa’s most dynamic media organisations. Speaking on Dayo Johnson’s election, Chief Executive, AIB, Simon Spanswick said that, "It is great to have TV Continental playing a central role in the Association for International Broadcasting. The election of Richmond Dayo Johnson delivers African broadcasting an important and influential place within the AIB. ‘’As Africa's broadcasting markets continue their rapid development with Nigeria arguably leading the way, it is vital that there is an exchange of views and...

MTN to retrain Visafone workers for 4G technology

Visafone workers inherited by MTN are to be retrained so they have the requisite skills for engaging the new 4G and long term evolution (LTE) technology. Sector analysts say the acquisition is expected to provide MTN with a robust voice and data platform of Visafone and cater for booming internet population of the country. It was gathered that selected workers of Visafone are likely to commence the retraining immediately ahead of the launch of the new data service. MTN Executive, Ms. Amina Oyagbola, said the acquisition which seeks to leverage resources for service enhancement is also reflective of the telecoms concerted efforts to deepen the growth and roll out of broadband services across the country. It will also help to realize other targets of the plan. Oyagbola said: “The acquisition of Visafone highlights MTN’s commitment to Nigeria. More capacity will facilitate enhanced product/service offerings and experience in the data space to the delight of our...

Microsoft is building its own SIM card for Windows devices

Microsoft is planning to make LTE (telecommunications) access a little easier soon, thanks to its own SIM card. The software giant is currently testing a cellular data app that lets Windows 10 devices connect to various mobile network operators without a contract. The cellular data application has been published to the company’s Windows Store, but Microsoft has not yet announced its plans for the service. The application is designed to work on Windows 10 and “requires a Microsoft SIM card,” according to the listing. It’s not immediately clear which markets Microsoft plans to launch its SIM card in, and the pricing of the cellular data. Microsoft is planning to sell plans through the Windows Store, so the data will be tied to a Microsoft Account. Depending on availability, Microsoft could be planning to create its own mobile virtual networks to allow Windows 10 users to connect to partner carriers. The lack of contracts...

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