The Big 5: Senate approves June 12 as Democracy Day; Fayemi nullifies employments made by Fayose since July, 2018 | Other top stories

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Fayemi nullifies employments made by Fayose since July, 2018

The Ekiti State government has nullified the employment of over 2,000 workers employed a few weeks to the end of the administration of Ayodele Fayose as governor. Fayose had engaged about 2,000 workers in the state’s civil service after the July 14, 2018 governorship election won by Kayode Fayemi. The Commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olumilua, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Thursday after the weekly State executive meeting, said the All Progressives Congress, while in opposition, had warned against illegal recruitment and had urged job seekers to shun the last minute moves made by Fayose to employ people into the state’s civil service.

N649b Paris Club refund ready for states to share – FG

The Federal Government will soon release the sum of N649.43bn as the final refund for the Paris Club debt to state governments.

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, gave the figure on Thursday in Abuja during a media briefing on the activities of her ministry.

Senate approves June 12 as Democracy Day

THE Senate has unanimously concurred with the Public Holiday Act (Amendment) Bill passed by the House of Representatives, which approved June 12 as Democracy Day. Edward Pwajok (Plateau APC) and Kayode Oladele (Ogun APC) sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives last year.

The bill, which scaled third reading in in the House in March, was passed same month. It sought for an Act to amend the Public Holidays Act to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria in view of current realities and exigencies of the modern time.

EFCC arrests Kwara lawmaker-elect over N26m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ilorin zonal office has arrested Abdulgafar Ayinla, a member-elect of the Kwara state house of assembly, over his alleged involvement in property scam, forgery and obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of about N26 million.

Ayinla, who is expected to be sworn in on May 29, 2019, has reportedly confessed to the commission of crime, disclosing that he used the money to finance his political campaigns.

Supreme court to give judgement in Ekiti suits on May 24

The Supreme Court has fixed May 24 to deliver judgment in the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, challenging the election of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti.

Appellant in the appeal, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had urged the Supreme Court to reverse the decision of the Ekiti State governorship election petition tribunal and that of the court of appeal, which both held that it failed to establish rigging and malpractices in the election that produced Governor Kayode Fayemi.

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