The Late 5: #EkitiDecides- Fayose reacts, says ‘I will laugh last,’ Ortom dumps APC and other stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation today:

Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using security operatives to win Saturday’s governorship poll in the state for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

In a series of tweets on his official twitter handle this Monday, he said:

“We will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God,  As for me, I am Peter Ayodele Fayose, I hold my head high.”

“I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. By the power of God, I will laugh last,” Fayose added.


Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue says he has ceased to be a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), following what he called “a red card” given to him.

Ortom made this known on Monday in Makurdi shortly after he swore in a new Special Adviser on Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, adding that the red card from APC will enable him to join any political party that has an ideology worthy of being adopted by his administration.


President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State, Aviation to commence the process of repatriating Nigerians who travelled to Russia for the FIFA 2018 World Cup and got stranded after the competition.

The information was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Public Affairs, Garba Shehu via his official twitter handle on Monday.


Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has announced a reward of N10 million for persons with useful information that would lead to the arrest of the killers of four policemen in the Owan West Local Government Area of the state.

Obaseki disclosed this after an emergency security meeting in Benin City, the state capital on Monday, attended by the heads and representatives of the Nigeria Police, the Army and the Department of State Security.


A Magistrate Court in Akure has remanded Seidu Sakiru Adeyemi in Olokuta Prison custody for allegedly killing Miss Khadijat Oluboyo, daughter of the immediate former Deputy Governor of Ondo. 

The Chief Magistrate, Victoria Bob-manuel who ordered that the accused be remanded in the prison custody pending the receipt of legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP). adjourned the case to August 23, 2018.


And stories from around the world:

U.S. President Donald Trump said after meeting Vladimir Putin on Monday he saw no reason to believe his own intelligence agencies rather than trust the Kremlin leader on the question of whether Russia interfered to help him win the 2016 election. (Reuters)


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday said his summit meeting with US leader Donald Trump was “very successful”, following several hours of talks in Helsinki.

The leaders touched on issues including tensions on the Korean peninsula and the situation in Syria during their first summit, Putin said at a joint press conference. (AFP)


Prime Minister Theresa May bowed to pressure from Brexit supporters in her party on Monday, accepting changes to her plans for leaving the European Union in an attempt to salvage her over-arching strategy. (Reuters)


Eritrea has reopened its embassy in Ethiopia in further evidence of a rapid thaw between the two countries that a week ago ended two decades of military stalemate over a border war in which tens of thousands died. (Aljazeera)


France’s victorious World Cup team is to receive the country’s highest accolade, the Légion d’Honneur, the French presidency has announced. (BBC)

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