What US QAnon conspiracy theorists had said would happen in Washington DC on Thursday did not happen, that former president Donald Trump would be inaugurated on March the fourth and would return to the White House. It never happened.
Security was beefed up around the US Capitol to forestall what intelligence agencies said was a renewed plan to attack the building this week.
The house of representatives cancelled Thursday’s session, but the senate continued with its agenda.
Security has been significantly beefed up around the Capitol, and one thousand more national guard troops have been added to the capitol security structure to ensure congress is protected.
Makinde Is Our Leader, Fayose Declares
Following weeks of muscle-flexing and war of words over who takes the party’s mantle of leadership in the South-West, now the disagreement between Ekiti State former governor, Ayodele Fayose and Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde seemed to be permanently quenched on Monday as Fayose declared his submission to the leadership of the Makinde.
On Monday, Fayose speaking at the Wocdiff Centre, Osogbo, venue of the Zonal Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party, acknowledged, “the governor of Oyo State, governor Seyi Makinde, my brother, my friend and by the grace of God, our leader.”
Fayose also apologized to members of the party not in his faction for all they have all gone through over the years as he said “nothing last forever, if I offend anybody, I apologize,”.
He added “I and Seyi Makinde are one from the beginning.”
Both men forced PDP national secretariat to move the venue of the congress from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to Osun State capital, Osogbo. While Makinde preferred Lagos, Fayose wanted Ogun State.
Makinde in his remarks at the congress, stressed that “this is a family affair. It is an attempt to reposition our party in the South-west region.
“It has ramifications for our party nationally. Whatever the outcome is, we will take it in the spirit of a family contest. We don’t want to defeat ourselves; we want to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“At the end of this exercise, there will be no victor, no vanquish. As the only governor of the party in the zone, whoever emerges, I will work with them to reposition the party. I thank you for the peaceful conduct.”
Makinde and Fayose are contending the leadership of their party, Peoples Democratic Party, in the south-west.
The PDP screening committee had cleared 33 names to vie for elective posts in the congress.
Benin Vote Count Begins After Opposition Groups Boycott Election
Vote counting has begun in Benin Republic following Sunday`s general election that was boycotted by some opposition parties.
Benin president Patrice Talon has lauded the conduct of Sunday’s elections saying his country had proven “expertise” in managing elections.
The incumbent Talon is widely expected to win the elections. Reports say turnout was low with several polling stations in the capital reporting low levels of participation.
Violent protests broke out triggered by objections to president Patrice Talon’s quest for a second five-year mandate. At least two protesters were killed in save when Benin soldiers fired shots in the central town of Bante on Thursday.
Benin, has a population of 12 million and became Africa’s top cotton exporter in 2018.
Provisional results of the first round of the election are expected by April 13.
Aggrieved Politicians Sponsored Imo Attacks – Uzodinma
Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma has accused some politicians of sponsoring the recent attacks in the state. He calls them aggrieved.
The governor made this charge on a television interview earlier this week.
Gunmen attacked the Owerri Correctional Prison and freed more than eighteen hundred inmates. The attackers also razed the Imo State police command headquarters located in Owerri and burnt all the vehicles parked at the command headquarters.
The hoodlums also made an attempt to loot the police armoury in the state.
The police accused members of the eastern security network, the security arm of the proscribed indigenous people of Biafra, as the masterminds of the attacks, but the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, says IPOB is not responsible.
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