The Big 10: These are the stories that drove conversations this week

These are the top 10 biggest stories that made headlines this week.

  1. Rivers parliamentary rerun

The Rivers State parliamentary rerun election which will hold today generated lots of attention during the week.

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) were planning to rig the election.

However, the APC in its reply said the allegations were baseless.

The last minute campaigns also had both the PDP and APC urging their supporters to fight back if intimidated.

2. Late NYSC corps member’s body may be exhumed

Following the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that an independent investigation be carried out as to the cause of death of a youth corps member, Ifedolapo Oladepo, who died recently at the Kano State NYSC Orientation Camp, her corpse may be exhumed to carry out an autopsy.

3. Inability to pay the Super Falcons

The Super Falcons who won their 8th African championship in Cameroon recently have seized the trophy over the inability of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to pay outstanding allowances and bonuses.

Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed blamed the non-payment of allowances of the Super Falcons to the economic situation in the country.

In the same vein, Minister for Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung said provisions were not made because no one expected the Super Falcons to lift the 2016 African Women Championship on Saturday in Cameroon.

4. Ban of importation of cars through land borders

The Federal Government has banned the importation of car through the land borders.

The House of Representatives, however asked the Federal Government to suspend its new policy of banning the importation of vehicles through land borders.

5. Shi’ites labelled insurgency group

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as shi’ites has been labelled an insurgency group in a White Paper released by the Kaduna State Government.

The White Paper also recommended that members of the Nigerian Army who were involved in the killing of 347 Shi’ites members in Zaria be brought to trial before a Court of competent jurisdiction.

6. Gambian President rejects election results

Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh has rejected the results of the just concluded Presidential election in the country which was won by main opposition, Adama Barrow.

Jammeh had earlier conceded defeat, stating it was the will of God but make a change of heart on Friday.

While speaking on State TV, Jammeh claimed the election results were incorrect.

7. Ghanaians vote Nana Akufo-Addo as President

Candidate of the New Peoples Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has been declared the President-elect of Ghana after defeating incumbent President, John Mahama.

Mahama had earlier conceded defeat to Akufo-Addo before the final results were announced.

8. Donald Trump- TIME person of the year

US President-elect, Donald Trump was named the TIME Magazine Person of the Year over the week.

9. Fayose’s military fatigue

Ekiti Governor, Peter Ayodele Fayose on Tuesday present the 2017 budget before the State’s House of Assembly dressed in military fatigue.

This however did not go down well with the All Progressives Congress who claimed Fayose was challenging the authority of President Muhammadu Buhari.

10. Zahra Buhari gets new wedding date

Zahra Buhari, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari will be getting married to Ahmed Indimi on December 16.

The wedding had earlier been posted because the President was reportedly not happy with the media attention it was getting.

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