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No Court Order Stopped Deregistration Of 22 Parties – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted there was no court order to stop the de-registration of twenty-two political parties in the country.

A five-man panel, led by president of the court of appeal, Justice Dongban-Mensem, earlier reversed the deregistration of the parties saying the act was carried out in breach of the Nigerian constitution.

It also ruled that INEC’s action of deregistering the political parties while their suit seeking to stop the same act was still pending at the federal high court in Abuja constituted an affront on the authority of the court.

INEC insists there was no court order to that effect.

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Lagos PDP Endorses Makinde As South-West Leader

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The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has endorsed Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, as the south west leader of the party.

This endorsement was stamped by the Lagos deputy chairperson of the party, Waliu Hassan who says Makinde has worked diligently in the interest of the party.

But Ekiti former governor, Ayo Fayose, has always called governor Makinde a baby politician, not yet ripe for that huge role.

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FG Shuts NIMC Headquarters

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The federal government has ordered an immediate closure of the headquarters of the national identity management commission in Abuja.

Minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, who gave the order, also directed the national identity management commission, NIMC, to open 20 locations in the FCT.

NIMC spokesman, Kayode Adegoke, announced 20 centres were reactivated within the FCT to ease the enrolment process.

The federal government also says the deadlines for the registration of all subscriber identification modules with valid national identity numbers were still in force.

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Imo, Kaduna Postpone Schools Resumption

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Despite the federal government’s directive on school reopening, Imo State government has postponed by one week, resumption of schools in the state because of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

State commissioner for education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, says the postponement became necessary to curb a further spread of the rising cases in some urban areas of Owerri west and north.

Ikegwuoha says the government has a team of personnel that would ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocol when schools reopen in the state.

Elsewhere, in Kaduna State, the government has closed public and private schools till further notice.

Permanent secretary, ministry of education, Phoebe Yayi disclosed in a statement on Monday, that only Kaduna polytechnic and the national open university were exempted because of their examination timetable.

Yayi said no definite date has been set for schools to reopen.

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