32-yr-old Adebo Ogundoyin emerges as speaker of Oyo Assembly, Peruzzi assaults Twitter influencer Pamilerin, Botswana decriminalises homosexuality – Here’s everything that went down this week

This week was a rollercoaster of buzzy stories, from politics to pop culture and while we routinely reported each of these stories from our YNaija desk, here’s a roundup of everything that went down in the past six days and are still trending today:

32-yr-old Adebo Ogundoyin emerges as speaker of Oyo Assembly

Adebo Edward Ogundoyin of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), representing Ibarapa East state constituency alongside Hon Abiodun Muhammed Fadeyi representing Ona Ara State Constituency as Speaker of Oyo state’s 9th Assembly. All I can say is #NotTooYoungToRun.

Twitter influencer Pamilerin Adegoke accuses Peruzzi of assault 

Twitter frothed with reactions from Twitter influencer Pamilerin Adegoke accusing Peruzzi of assaulting him recently in Bayelsa. Pamilerin made the accusations via his Twitter account, accompanied by a photo of his face showing a slightly reddened eye, saying he was slapped by Peruzzi’s after he was accosted. Peruzzi apologised (quite flippantly) but the memes that was generated online will forever remind us of what he did.

Super Falcons beat South Korea 2-0 in second World Cup match

Super Falcons of Nigeria beat South Korea Republic 2-0 in the ongoing 2019 World Cup in France. Nigeria suffered an embarrassing defeat in their first game against Norway and needed a win against Korea so as to keep their hopes of going to the next round alive.

Justice Garba replaces Bulkachuwa on presidential election petition tribunal

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is now headed by Justice M. L Garba, who is the Presiding Justice of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal. Garba, who appeared on the five-man panel for the first time on Monday, replaces the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa. I hope Garba doesn’t get replaced too.

Buhari proposes renaming of Abuja National Stadium after M.K.O Abiola

President Muhammadu Buhari has proposed a renaming of the Abuja National Stadium after the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 elections, Chief M.K.O Abiola for his sacrifice and contributions to the actualisation of democracy in the country.

Buhari disclosed this in his speech to Nigerians during the maiden celebration of the country’s Democracy day on June 12. The proposal elicited a loud ovation at the Eagle Square, Abuja, venue of the ceremony.

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Monday dismissed the petition of the Coalition for Change (C4C) against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election. This followed an application for withdrawal of the petition filed by the petitioners on June 10.

Buhari signs Public Holiday Amendment Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the Presidential Villa, signed the Public Holidays Act Amendment Bill into law. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondents in Abuja. Enang, a former senator, said the Act declared June 12 of every year as public holiday and Democracy Day in Nigeria.

Botswana decriminalises homosexuality in landmark ruling

Botswana’s High Court ruled to decriminalise homosexuality on Tuesday, in a landmark case being watched across Africa after Kenya recently upheld its own anti-homosexuality laws. Botswana is regarded as one of Africa’s most stable and democratic nations but homosexuality is outlawed under the country’s penal code of 1965. Eat your heart out, homophobes.

Ahmed Lawan emerges as President of 9th Senate 

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan representing Yobe North Senatorial District has been elected President of the 9th Senate. Lawan, a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and Majority Leader in the 8th Senate was elected as Presiding officer of the red chamber on Tuesday, having scored 79 of the votes cast to defeat his only challenger and fellow party man, Mohammed Ali Ndume who scored 28 votes.

Ovie Omo-Agege is the new Senate Deputy President

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central at the National Assembly won election into the seat of the Deputy Senate President.

The 55-year-old lawyer scored a total of 68 votes to defeat his only challenger in the race; 3-time Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 37 votes.




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