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The fate of the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Moses Ekpo, is shrouded in speculations, as defections and counter-defections hit the two major political parties in Nigeria, ahead of the 2019 general election.


The News Agency of Nigeria circulated a report yesterday, suggesting that Moses Ekpo has dumped the People’s Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress, but that has not been confirmed or denied.


The agency’s report made reference to a twitter post by an APC affiliated platform and a local online site, suggesting that EKPO’s move was part of the speculated defection of the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, from PDP to APC.


Our correspondent learnt from a Government House source in Uyo that the Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor travelled to the United States of America to represent Governor Udom Emmanuel at an event, while his Chief Press Secretary cannot be reached on phone.


However; another contact close to our correspondent in Uyo indicated that at least six aides of Governor Udom, who are thought to be loyal to Senator Akpabio, have already signalled their resignations.


Meanwhile; Senator Akpabio has visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London where he is spending ten days on vacation.


However; there are no details of Senator Akpabio’s reason for visiting President Buhari while on vacation, but the development has sparked speculations of an impending defection of the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State from PDP to APC.


Before travelling to London, Senator Akpabio is also reported to have held a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, as well as visited the APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in Lagos.


The rumour was reinforced through a statement credited to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, signaling that Senator Akpabio would be received into the APC on Wednesday this week.


In the meantime; Senator Godswill Akpabio is reported to have lost the services of at least four of his personal aides on account of the rumour about his planned defection from PDP to APC.


They include Senator AKPABIO’s Senior Legislative Aide, Utibe Nwoko, as well as Chief Moses Akpan, Kufre Ini-Ima, and Prince Ukandu Ukpe.


The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Emmauel Udom, Aniekeme Finbarr, disclosed in a post on his Facebook that the men announced their resignation during a meeting of PDP stakeholders of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, which was held in Abak.


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The training of legal officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has moved to Enugu State.


The training on prosecution of election offences, which also covers personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, is holding at the Nike Lake Resort today and tomorrow.


The first set of training of INEC legal staff and police personnel was held in Lagos State last week, as preparations intensify for the 2019 general election.

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Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has secured a formal term of office after being declared winner of the presidential election on Monday.


The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced that with results of all ten provinces declared, Mnangagwa polled fifty point eight percent of votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the main opposition MDC alliance, Nelson Chamisa, who scored forty-four point three percent.


However; the result has been rejected by the MDC, while President Mnangagwa posted on twitter that he was humbled by his victory and promised a new beginning.


Reports from the capital say police were called in to remove opposition officials from the electoral commission stage when they rejected the results.


There has been rising tension in Zimbabwe after the results for parliamentary elections were declared and the presidential election results initially delayed, which triggered violence, with troops deployed on the streets and six people killed.

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is visiting the North West to assess the ongoing operation against armed bandits that have been attacking villages in Zamfara State, with scores of people killed.


Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar reportedly arrived in Katsina to see the progress being made by troops deployed under Operation Diran Mikiya in a bid to obtain firsthand information on the status of troops, aircraft, ground support equipment and logistics support.


He was accompanied by other senior officers from Headquarters of Nigerian Air Force, while the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, Air Vice-Marshal Samson Akpasa was on ground to receive the delegation at the Umar Musa Yar’adua Airport in Katsina.


Meanwhile; Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola has replaced Air Vice-Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya as Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force.


This followed the redeployment of Air Vice-Marshal Adesanya to the Nigerian Foreign Mission where he is expected to resume as Defence Attaché in Russia.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has travelled to London for ten days’ vacation, beginning from today.


President BuharI left Abuja earlier today after series of engagements yesterday, including holding a meeting with service chiefs and heads of security agencies, ahead of his departure.


Reports say the meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja lasted several hours and focused on ways of resolving the lingering security challenges in different parts of Nigeria.


Those in attendance at the meeting included the Minister of Defence, retired Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali, the Chief of Defence Staff General Abayomi Olonisakin, and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.


Others were the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.


The meeting comes after Amnesty International released a damning report on the government’s handling of the security situation in Zamfara State, due to attacks by armed bandits.


Amnesty International said a total of three hundred and seventy-one people have so far been killed in attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara State over the past seven months.


In a statement obtained by our correspondent, the United States-based group described the situation in Zamfara as Nigeria’s forgotten conflict due to failure by the authorities to act decisively.


The Director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, Osai ojigho, noted that inhabitants of several Zamfara communities have been left at the mercy of armed bandits, who have killed hundreds of people over the course of two bloody years.


He despite repeated claims by the authorities of tackling the situation, including a recent order by President Muhammadu Buhari for the deployment of one thousand-strong military force in Zamfara, it has not translated into protection for remote, vulnerable communities.

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