The Big 5: Atiku to call Microsoft, IBM experts as witnesses for INEC servers claim; Buhari rallies APC reps for Assembly leadership battle | Other top stories

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APC adopts Gbajabiamila for speaker, zones deputy to North-Central

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has adopted Femi Gbajabiamila as its candidate for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly.

Gbajabiamlia, who made his intention known some weeks ago, is currently the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. “This position was reached after an intensive deliberation with the APC’s House of Representatives members-elect at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Banquet Hall of Aso Villa. “The Deputy Speaker position has been zoned to the North Central,” the party said in a statement Tuesday evening by its spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu.

Atiku to call Microsoft, IBM experts as witnesses, gives details of INEC servers

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, is set to call Microsoft, IBM and Oracle experts to authenticate his claim that the servers belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission showed that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari by over 1.6 million votes.

The PDP candidate on Tuesday said this in fresh response to the reply of INEC to his petition.

Petrol landing cost now N180 per litre  – Kachikwu

The landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, is N35 higher than the pump price of N145 per litre, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said on Tuesday on NTA’s Good Morning Nigeria programme. Furthermore he said, Kachikwu said the rise in global crude oil prices after the 2016 hike in petrol price brought back subsidy.

Buhari rallies APC reps for Assembly leadership battle

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives members-elect to stand firm in the battle for the Ninth Assembly’s leadership.

Over dinner on Tuesday at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja, the President made the plea to, according to a source, ensure unity among the newly elected members of the National Assembly ahead of the election of their leaders. The Ninth Assembly opens in June.

Onnoghen’s resignation not enough – SANs

A 20-man group of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) under the aegis of the Justice Reform Project (JRP) yesterday said Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen’s resignation was not enough in view of “the grave nature of the allegations” against him.

Urging the Federal Government to sanction other judges whose legitimate earnings do not justify their wealth, the group said justice should run its course in the Onnoghen matter.

According to JRP, extending the anti-graft exercise to other judges will restore confidence in the Judiciary and dampen the impression that the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) was being victimised.

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