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 The Nigerian Army has sealed collaboration with hunters and vigilantes in the North East as part of efforts to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

 

The Acting General Officer Commanding Seven Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Brigadier General Abdulmalik Biu gave the assurance in the Borno State capital.

 

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, disclosed in a statement that the understanding was reached during a meeting between Brigadier General BIU and the Chairman of the Hunters and Vigilante Association, Alhaji Maigana Maidarma.

 

In his remarks; Alhaji Maidarma said his members would leverage on their knowledge of Sambisa Forest towards assisting the Army in their operations against Boko Haram terrorists.

 

Meanwhile; Major General Abba Dikko has taken over command of Operation Lafiya Dole, as Major General Rogers Nicholas steps down from the Theatre Command in Maiduguri.

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As the 2019 general election gathers momentum, President Muhammadu Buhari has visited the proposed presidential campaign office for next year’s election.

 

The building located at Herbert Macaulay Way, Central Area, Abuja, had served as campaign headquarters for the 2015 election.

 

The President was accompanied on the journey by his Chief of Staff, Mallam abba Kyari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and other senior government officials.

 

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi who doubles as the Director General of Buhari Campaign Organization was also on hand to receive the President and took him round the newly refurbished structure.

 

According to a statement issued by the Presidential Spokesman Femi Adesina, President Buhari expressed satisfaction with the face lift and thanked all those who worked to give the office a befitting look.

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has now lost three states governors to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

 

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, completes the number, as he joins Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

 

Governor Tambuwal announced his defection to PDP at the Government House in Sokoto metropolis, while addressing hundreds of his supporters who trooped out to show their solidarity with him.

 

The former Speaker of the House of Representatives also took to twitter to shed more light on his decision, which he said was done after wide consultations and the assurance of the people of Sokoto State.

 

Similarly; the National Public Secretary of the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi has ended speculations about his political fate with a formal announcement of his resignation from the National Working Committee of the ruling party and his defection to the opposition PDP.

 

In a statement released, Abdullahi, who is an ally of the Senate President, said he took the decision in view of recent political development in the country.

 

Abdullahi noted that in the last few days, he had witnessed what he called flagrant usurpation of his role as spokesman for the ruling party, which he was inconsistent with ethical standards.

 

He also frowned at the decision by the National Working Committee of the APC to dissolve the Kwara State Executive Committee of the party without seeking his views as a member of that body.

 

The former Minister of Youth and Sports accused the APC of rejecting that political group he belongs, adding that as such, he no longer feel justified to remain as a member of the party.

 

Twenty-three of the twenty-four members of the Kwara State House of Assembly are also reported to have dumped the APC for the PDP.

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has called for the resignation of Senator Bukola SarakI as President of the Nigerian Senate.

 

OshiomhoLE made the call while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

This followed the defection of Senator SARAKI from the ruling APC to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

 

Oshiomhole said the Senate President should as a matter of honour leave the crown in the house where it belongs.

 

Reports say some APC Senators, including the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, also attended the meeting with the President Buhari.

 

In the meantime; the National Working Committee of the APC has appointed Yekini Nabena to replace Bolaji Abdullahi as Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party.

 

This followed the resignation of Abhullahi and subsequent defection to the PDP, which he announced in a statement yesterday.

 

Abdullahi, who is an ally of the Senate President, said he took the decision in view of recent political development in the country, adding that in the last few days, he had witnessed flagrant usurpation of his role as spokesman for the ruling party, which he said was inconsistent with ethical standards.

 

He also frowned at the decision by the National Working Committee of the APC to dissolve the Kwara State Executive Committee of the party without seeking his views as a member of that body.

 

The former Minister of Youth and Sports accused the APC of rejecting that political group he belongs, adding that as such, he no longer feel justified to remain as a member of the party.

 

Twenty-three of the twenty-four members of the Kwara State House of Assembly are also reported to have dumped the APC for the PDP.

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari will be taking a break from work for ten days, beginning from tomorrow.

 

During the period, President Buhari will visit London, according to a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

 

The Presidential spokesman told newsmen in Abuja that the President has already transmitted a letter to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, notifying them of his vacation to London.

 

Adesina said while the President is away, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will exercise state authority in acting capacity as President.

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