The Late 5: PDP rejects Ekiti election results, Fayemi says victory is to restore the values of Ekiti people and other stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation:

The National leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the results of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti, describing it as a daylight robbery and a brazen subversion of the will of the people.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Sunday said “from the authentic results flowing directly from the polling centers across the state, Prof. Olusola Eleka, incontrovertibly won with a very comfortable margin over the APC candidate but accused INEC of allowing an alteration of results at the collation centers.”

The Ekiti Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described his victory in Saturday’s governorship election as one “for reclaiming the land and restoring Ekiti values.”

Speaking on Sunday to newsmen in Isan-Ekiti shortly after he was declared the winner of the governorship election, Fayemi said: “The victory of this election, I believe, is for  reclaiming the land and restoring the values of our people.

“Our values in Ekiti are respect for our leaders, commitment to our people, non brigandage, nor criminality and so on,” he added.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun to clear the air over the allegations of certification forgery leveled against her “without further delay’ and settle the facts of the case once and for all.”

In a statement, on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, “Clarifying the allegations of certificate forgery would show a commitment to doing the right thing and a natural disposition toward openness, adding that “the failure to address the allegations may create public anger and lead to accusation of a cover-up. The public can become passive and cynical if it believes that people in a position of public trust are out for themselves.”

The Plateau Government has condemned Saturday’s attack on the convoy of Governor Simon Lalong by some hoodlums while leaving an IDP camp in Jos..

In a statement on Sunday by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati said that the hoodlums were acting the script of their sponsors.

Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has said it would soon commence a biometric data-capturing of house maids, security guards and drivers as part of its efforts to checkmate crimes and other nefarious activities in the country.

The NSCDC Commandant General, Abdullahi Gana, disclosed this on Sunday while addressing stakeholders from some private guard companies in Maiduguri, adding that the Corps was currently sponsoring a bill at the national assembly that would give the private guards’ security sector the mandate to checkmate various illicit activities across the country.

And stories from around the world:

US President Donald Trump told Theresa May she should sue the EU instead of negotiating a Brexit deal, the British prime minister said.

May told the BBC on Sunday that is what Trump referred to in a Friday press conference when he said he had made a suggestion that May found “too brutal”.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he had low expectations for the Monday summit with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin just days after 12 Russian intelligence officers were charged by a federal grand jury for hacking the Democrats ahead of the 2016 election. (Reuters)

The Prime Minister of Haiti, Jack Guy Lafontant, has resigned after days of violent protests against fuel price rises.

In a speech in the lower house of Congress in the capital, Port-au-Prince, he said President Jovenel Moïse, had accepted his resignation. (BBC)

Hundreds of Syrian rebels and their relatives left the southern city of Daraa on Sunday under a deal to bring the “cradle” of the country’s uprising back under government control. (AFP)

Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the country’s ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state. (The Guardian, UK)


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