The lawmaker representing Lagelu/Akinyele federal constituency of Oyo State, Olatoye Sugar, has been shot dead, as suspected political thugs engage in violent clashes in parts of Ibadan, the state capital.
Meganews learnt that Sugar, who was also the Oyo Central senatorial district candidate of the Action Democratic Party in the National Assembly election was attaked on his way from his village where he had gone to vote.
He was reportedly hit in the eye and was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, where he died.
Reports say the area most affected by the violence is the Lalupon Iyana church axis.
Some residents told us that the violence which broke out around 6pm is yet to abate with sporadic gunshots pervading the entire area.
Information reaching this newspaper revealed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is currently quizzing some officials of Sterling Bank Plc and Kwara State Government following an alleged N1billion cash withdrawals by the latter from an account domiciled with the bank.
According to investigations, the money which was withdrawn at Sterling Bank’s Post Office, Ilorin branch on February 7, 2019 was allegedly disbursed a week before the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The Kwara State Government officials arrested and being interrogated at the Ilorin Zonal Office of the anti-graft agency are Commissioner for Finance Nurudeen Banu; Accountant-General Sulaiman Ishola; Commissioner for Water Resources Yusuf Abdulkadir; Head of Service Susan Modupe Oluwole; Commissioner for Energy, Eleja Taiwo Banu; Chief of Staff, Abdulwahab Yusuf; officials of the Secretary to the State Government, and those of the Government House.
Findings show that the Sterling Bank officials also being interrogated – Rahaman Alimi, Akinleye Ademola, Olarewaju Sarafa and Rasaq Abolarin were said to have moved the said money in bullion van and personally delivered it to the Chief of Staff to the Kwara State Governor, Abdulwahab Yusuf.
The officials are expected to be arraigned before a Federal High Court in Ilorin next week.
…More details as events unfold
‘Balance for Better’ is the theme for this year’s international women day, a day earmarked to highlight the significant roles and impacts of women across the world.
The Nigerian film industry is one that has benefitted enormously from contributions made by women who took their stand to confront the status quo with innovations and creativity.
In no particular order, here is a list of nine women whose inputs to the film landscape is worthy of recognition;
This filmmaker and media mogul is a voice to reckon with in the movie industry. The CEO of EbonyLife TV is reputable for directing award-winning films for both cinema and television networks. Some of her notable works include such as; ‘The Wedding Party’, ‘Fifty’, ‘The Royal Hotel Hibiscus’ and ‘Desperate Housewives Africa’. Joke Silvia.
Mo’ Abudu, as she is popularly called, has three of her films, ‘Chief Daddy’, ‘The Wedding Party’, and ‘Fifty’, acquired by Netflix, an American video streaming platform. She was recently nominated for the 2019 Médailles d’Honneur at France’s Cannes festival.
Bolanle Austen-Peters is the founder of Terra Kulture Arena, the first purpose-built private theatre in Nigeria.
In 2013, she established the Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions (BAP) where she produced a Broadway-style musical production titled, ‘Wakaa The Musical’, staged at Onikan, Lagos. ‘Wakaa The Musical’ later became the first Nigerian film to play in London, at the Shaw Theatre.
Her feature film on Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, ‘93 Days’ was later premiered the Toronto International Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, as well as several international film festivals. For this 50-year-old film producer, promoting African arts is the goal.
The successful actress turned filmmaker can be said to be a pioneer. She made her debut into movie directing with the film, ‘LionHeart’
Despite initial industry controversies that halted the screening of the film in Nigerian cinemas, Genevieve was not one to stop midway. ‘LionHeart’ made history as Netflix’s first original Nigerian movie.
Known as one of Nigerian’s most versatile film director, Tope Oshin’s first documentary, ‘Amaka’s Kin’, celebrated the life of the legendary, Amaka Igwe, and highlighted the voices of working female directors.
She also has a history in acting, scriptwriting and movie production. Tope Oshin has worked on projects like, ‘Up North’, ‘Tinsel’, ‘Hotel Majestic’, ‘Shuga’, ‘Hush’ and the award-winning adult-film, ‘We Don’t Live Here any More’.
In 2009, Omoni Oboli took her grand re-entry into the movie scene with her role, Mona in Kunle Afolayan’s ‘The Figurine’. She would later enrol at the New York Film Academy to acquire skills in movie directing.
Omoni made her debut into movie directing with, ‘Being Mrs Elliot in 2014, which topped the charts as one of Nigerians highest grossing movies for long. Her preceding films, ‘The First Lady’ and ‘Wives on Stike’ would later follow the same pattern.
Although she started her career as an actress in the movie scene, Stephanie took a step further to study directing at the New York Film Academy.
In 2009, a time when movies at the cinema were not a popular choice, Stephanie took a plunge with her movie, Through the Glass, grossing in over N10million within its first week.
Stephanie Linus also has a strong voice on social campaigns both locally and internationally. Her award-winning film, ‘Dry’, which focused on Vesicovaginal fistula condition and under-aged marriage among young women earned her a special recognition at the first ‘Blacks in Cinema’ presentation in Los Angeles.
The film released in 2015, was later screened a second time at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), in February 2019.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, All Progressives Congress National Leader, today, at his Alausa, Ikeja Polling Station, cast his vote and filded questions from journalists.
On the election, he said “the information reaching me is that they (INEC) started late in most places and I don’t know why that should be. As a result, I believe inec should extend time. They should extent time to accommodate who have persevered and waited to vote for the candidate of their choice.
On the widely observed low turnout across the state, he said it was an unusual situation. According to him, the politicians need to device means of encouraging people to always come out to vote during elections.
“The people need to be aware of the units, be carried along.”
He commended the peaceful conduct of the election and condemned the media reports of the Okota violence incident during the Feb.23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He said “So far, it is violent free. And I take exception to the okota incident, two weeks ago. I am very upset about that. As if we were violent people. You have 1,325 polling units and only five units were affected by Okota incident. But, to you people, it is only the incident that is the story.
“I can’t explain better than that. Only 5 units out of 1,325 units were affected by violence and you now reported that we were a violent people. You are not doing justice to us; you are not doing justice to yourself; you are not doing justice to the economy; you are not doing justice to your own medium of information and to INEC themselves.
”In Lagos? Lagos has seen tremendous development since I was a governor. The monthly internally generated revenue of this state was 600m, today it is over 30 billion. No state has achieved financial independence as Lagos, no other nation. They depend on allocation from federal government. Lagos today will not depend on any allocation before we take care of our capital need.
“We build roads everywhere across the state. The real estate value of Lagos State, property owners has exponentially gone better than every other state of this country. Lagos State is the 5th largest economy in West Africa.
“Let me see who is the governor, who is the leader who has done that”.
When asked if he was afraid that his party is threatened in its strong hold by the ‘otogee’ song, Tinubu declared “Lagos is not Kwara. Are we from Kwara? He then joked and said to the reporter who asked the question: ”You have been in Lagos, let me ask your medium to transfer you to Kwara”. This received rousing laughter from the crowd.
He continuey by saying ” there is a limit to copycat. Lagos should be otope (meaning to thank God for)”.
When asked if he was sure of victory, he enthused, “We are going to win. We are the only party in Lagos. The rest are repeaters. Every four years they come out and they go back to their shell after elections” He asked “Where is the threat? PDP in Lagos continue to behave like leopard can never change its skin. We belong to the progressive, we are progressive and we are going to win this election.” He concluded.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Saturday lost his polling unit to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in today’s gubernatorial election.
He was accompanied to the poling unit close to his Oluyole residence, by his wife, Florence.
Former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and APC Delta South Senatorial Candidate in the February 23 elections, says he cannot give verdict for the ongoing governorship and State Assembly elections in Delta State.
Uduaghan who spoke after casting his vote at Abigborodo, Warri North LGA, however expressed optimism that his party would carry the day at the end of voting and collation of vote cast.
Speaking, he said, “About two days, they (INEC officials) started sending out the materials to the various local government councils and by yesterday, the materials would have been at the RAC (Registration Area Centres) and Abigborodo is a centre.
“But I think my party in Warri North protested. Based on our security experience, if you take the materials a day before the voting to any of the riverine areas, it is a very risky business because people can go there at night and vandalise them. So, I think the party protested and INEC evaluated. So, it was this morning that they (INEC officials) left Koko but it was much earlier than the last time.
“I will not be surprised in the case of Sapele because you know that in the last exercise, there were some skirmishes and people died. So, I think the security is tighter in these elections because of what happened in the previous elections.
“The security agencies usually evaluate what is on ground based on information and, of course, intelligence report. So, maybe the security arrangement, this time, was because of previous experience, currently information and intelligence report, which I don’t know.
“We are optimistic. Let us get the results first; let me get the reports first because I don’t know what is happening in other areas. I don’t know whether people are behaving, misbehaving or there is a security challenge. So, it is difficult for me to just give a verdict.”.
To be declared winner, a governorship candidate must not only get the highest number of votes, he must also win at least one-quarter of total votes cast in two-thirds of all the LGAs in the state.
This is contained in the guidelines for the governorship election posted by INEC on its website. The commission said the collation officer for a state can only return as winner, any candidate who “(i) has the majority of votes cast at the election; (and) (ii) has not less than one quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the LGAs in the state.”
The guidelines stated that “Where no candidate meets the requirements of the majority of votes cast and the electoral two-thirds, as provided in 41b (i) and (ii) above, a run-off election will be organised by the commission within 21 days in line with the provisions of Section 179 (2) to (5) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.”
In case of cancelled votes, the guidelines stated that the returning officer should not declare any candidate winner if the margin between the two leading candidates is less than the number of registered voters at the polling unit or units where votes were cancelled or did not hold at all. The commission stated that in line with sections 26 and 53 of the Electoral Act, a winner would only be declared after a fresh poll has been conducted at the polling unit(s) where votes were cancelled or did not hold at all.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Maiduguri Zonal office has arrested one Abba Ali Abbari, a party agent, delegated alleged to have been hired to distributes some money to people from Auno, Dalwa, Jakana in Konduga LGA Borno State.
Abbari was arrested at the NYSC Internally Displaced Persons camp with the sum of N1, 290,000.00, with a template given to him by a party Chairman Election Committee to pay the sum of N50, 000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) to party agents, according to him.
Similarly, Alhaji Garba Isah a party stakeholder was arrested by Operatives of the Maiduguri Zonal office at Ali Mongonu Teacher’s Village Internally Displaced Persons camp with the sum of N300, 000.00, while distributing to voters from Kukawa and Doran Baga in the camp.
According to him, “my duty is to take care of ballot boxes and to equally share money to voters. This particular money was given to me by a stakeholder.” Isah stated during an interview.
While making the arrest at Teacher’s Village IDP camp, the beneficiaries vandalized a vehicle belonging to a staff of the Commission. The DPO of Doran Baga who intervened, saved the situation.
Actor/Politician, Desmond Elliott, escaped unhurt after hoodlums attacked the vehicle he was riding in to his polling unit in Surulere, Lagos state, where he was meant to cast his vote.
Desmond who is re-contesting for a seat in the state House of Assembly candidate, was driving along Akerele road when some hoodlums tried to stop him to collect money from him.
Angered that he refused to stop and attend to them, one of them fired a gunshot at his car, damaging his windscreen.
Immediately he was rescued, thugs shot sporadically into the air, creating an even more tense atmosphere.