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Senator Godswill Akpabio has resigned his position as Minority Leader of the Senate of the Eighth National Assembly, to further fuel his anticipated defection from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

 

Senator Akpabio’s resignation letter, which was contained in his personal letterhead and also signed personally, was addressed to the Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmaunel Bwacha.

 

In a copy of the letter circulated to journalists by his Special Adviser on Media, Anietie Ekong, Senator Akpabio thanked the leadership of the Senate, all his colleagues and the PDP for the opportunity to lead the PDP Caucus in the chamber over the past three years.

 

Senator Akpabio’s letter was also copied to the Senate President, the Deputy Senate President, the Clerk of the Senate, the Clerk of the National Assembly, and the National Chairman of the PDP, among others.

 

The letter dated 4th of August has only surfaced after Senator’s Akpabio’s second meeting with the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, after his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari who is on vacation in London over the weekend.

 

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, had also over the weekend confirmed that Senator Akpabio would be received into the APC at a ceremony in Akwa Ibom State tomorrow.

 

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A deal has been sealed to end the bloody conflict in South Sudan after months of internationally mediated talks.

 

President Salva Kiir and former Deputy President turned rebel leader, Riek Machar reportedly signed a final cease fire and power-sharing agreement mark the beginning of a new era of peace in the country.

 

In his remarks; President KIIR said as a leader of South Sudan, the agreement that was signed should be the end of the war and the conflict in the country.

 

On his part; Riek Machar said it was a moment for celebration, not just in South Sudan, but throughout the world.

 

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Close to one hundred people are reported to have died following an earthquake that hit the Indonesian resort island of Lombok.

 

Reports say rescue workers found chaos and destruction across Lombok after a magnitude six point nine earthquake hit the area, causing an exodus of tourists.

 

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency has so far confirmed ninety-one deaths, but said the toll was expected to rise as information came in from areas where thousands of buildings collapsed or were badly damaged, especially in the north.

 

The military said it was sending in a vessel with medical aid, supplies and logistical support for the island, while the Indonesian Red Cross reported that a woman who was assisted to give birth after the quake named the baby boy ‘Gempa’, which means earthquake.

 

More than one hundred and thirty aftershocks have also been recorded since the quake struck on Sunday morning, and a tsunami warning was also issued but lifted after a few hours.

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There has been another round of Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is reported to have claimed the lives of thirty-three people.

 

The latest outbreak of the highly-infections virus comes weeks after the Congolese government had announced that a separate flare-up had been contained.

 

The Health Ministry said dozens of Ebola cases have been recorded in the north east of the country, where fighting between militia groups forced more than a million people to flee.

 

These latest deaths come after an outbreak in the north west of the country, which also killed thirty-three people, was declared over.

 

The World Health Organisation, WHO has warned the DRC Ebola outbreak, is at the top of the scale in terms of difficulty responding because of the country’s tropical climate.

 

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From Kano State; we have a report indicating that the State Government no longer has a Deputy Governor, following the resignation of Hafiz Abubakar.

 

Abubakar announced his resignation in a letter addressed to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje; a couple of days after his defection from the All Progressives Congress to the People’s Democratic Party.

 

Abubakar said he took the decision because of disrespect of his office and unjust treatment by Governor Ganduje.

 

He said for two and a half years, he had endured immeasurable and unjustifiable humiliation without any reason other than his principled position on the issues of governance and the desire to keep the government on track.

 

His resignation also comes a day after thirty members of the State House of Assembly endorsed an impeachment notice against him.

 

But before his resignation; Hafiz Abubakar had complained to the police and State Security Service over threat to his life and plans by the state government to stage a rally against him.

 

Following the latest development; the State Governor convened a meeting with the leadership of the State House of Assembly and other senior members of the APC ostensibly to produce a new Deputy Governor.

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