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Reps fight over controversial Electoral Act clause, INEC, NCC bosses invited

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Members of the House of Representatives, on Thursday engaged in fisticuffs as tempers rose over disagreement on a clause in the Electoral Act amendment Bill currently being considered.

This was as Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila announced invitation of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmud Yakub and Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), NCC Umar Danbatta, to appear before the House to offer insights into some of the nutty issues.

Plenary of the House had earlier turned rowdy, when Deputy Speaker Idris Wase who was presiding over the consideration, gave majority nod to negating voice votes over a proposal that “conduct of elections and transmission of results shall be done electronically”, leading to protest by members who voted in support of the proposal.

However, the House which was initially billed to proceed n its summer holiday on Thursday, was forced to suspend the consideration until 10am today (Friday), during which the INEC and NCC bosses will appear, when it was obvious that no progress could be made beyond clause 52 of the over 150-clause Bill.

Wase had made moves after the session was reverted to plenary from the Committee of the Whole, to report what transpired but provoked members when he added the controversial clause as what have been adopted. The shouting bouts between opposing members was to degenerate into physical attacks.

The consideration of the Electoral Act amendment report was smoothly progressing until clause 52 on the report was mentioned, when Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu proposed an amendment to the effect that the “conduct of election and transmission of results shall be done electronically”.

Same proposal was seconded by Deputy Whip, Nkiruka Onyejeocha, after which Deputy Speaker Idris Wase who chairs the committee of the whole put question for voice votes. He had earlier expressed opinion that there places where GSM network may not be accessed”

His ruling that the “nays have it” against the thunderous ayes instantly threw the House into uproar, with members accusing him of bias.

Even at the return of a seeming normalcy, he insisted that if the electronic voting and transmission of results is adopted, “what happen to our brothers in Yobe and Maiduguri where the masts are down?”

After about an hour of no progress due to the disagreement, it took the intervention of the Speaker to address his colleagues of the need to continue the process this morning.


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Oregon dog’s 12-inch ears earn Guinness World Record

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Lou, a 3-year-old canine belonging to Paige Olsen, officially has the longest ears on a dog (living).
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An Oregon woman’s black and tan coonhound earned a Guinness World Record when each of her ears was measured at 12.38 inches long.

Guinness said Lou, a 3-year-old canine belonging to Paige Olsen, officially has the longest ears on a dog (living).

Olsen said she always knew Lou’s ears were “extravagantly long,” but she only decided to measure them while sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All black and tan coonhounds have beautiful long ears, some are just longer than others,” Olsen, a veterinary technician, told Guinness.

Olsen said Lou’s especially long ears have not led to any medical complications for the canine.

“Of course everyone wants to touch the ears, they’re very easy to fall in love with with just one sighting,” she said.

Olsen said Lou is also a competitor at dog shows and has earned titles from the American Kennel Club and Rally Obedience.

Source: (UPI)


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Breaking: Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has in the early hours of Sunday appointed Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.

Ibrahim-Gaya succeeded his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died at the age of 91 years after protracted illness.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji announced the appointment on behalf of the Governor.

More to come…


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Tanks head for Kosovo-Serb border as Balkans tensions grow

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A Kosovo security unit trooper guards the border with Serbia as the Balkan nations trade accusations.
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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused neighbouring Serbia of “provoking a serious international conflict”, with tensions between the two countries at their highest for years.

In the latest flashpoint, two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were on Saturday attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian licence plates entering the country.

The car registration office in the town of Zubin Potok was set ablaze, and two hand grenades were thrown at the civil registration office in the nearby town of Zvecan, though they did not go off, police said.

There was no mention of any casualties.

Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two main roads near the border since the government ban went into force on Monday.

Drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.

The Kosovo government says its move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from their neighbour.

Serb fighter planes flew close to the border crossing of Jarinje where protesters cheered them. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the vicinity.

Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serb army did not give any details.

NATO’s mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, called for restraint.

Source: (NewDaily)


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