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APC’s Akeredolu leads Ondo gov poll with 68,211 votes



  • Wins nine of 12 LGAs; Jegede 3
  • Results from six LGAs awaited

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressive Party is leading the Ondo governorship election conducted in the state on Saturday with a margin of 68,211 votes going by the results of 12 local governments already declared by the poll umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission.

There are 18 local governments in the state. Results from the six remaining LGAs are expected to be announced as from 9am when the INEC returning officer and other members of the electoral team and party agents reconvene at the state collation centre in Akure.

Details of the results so far announced showed that Akeredolu polled 161,667; Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party scored 93,456; while, the Zenith Labour Party’s candidate, Agboola Ajayi got 29,824 votes.

There are 3,009 polling units in the 203 wards of the 18 local government areas in the state. Seventeen parties are taking part in the election but going by the results already announced, it appears to be a three-horse race involving the APC, PDP and ZLP.

After the collation of results had been concluded in most of the local government collation centres, the INEC state collation centre in Akure was opened and the announcement of results from the various councils commenced around 12.45am on Sunday.

The first local government to be announced was Ifedore where the PDP candidate, Jegede, had the upper hand against Akeredolu of APC; and Ajayi of the ZLP.

The results are as follows:

Ifedore LGA

APC: 9,350

PDP: 11,852

ZLP: 1,863

Ileoluji/Oke-Igbo LGA

APC: 13,278

PDP: 9,231

ZLP: 1,971

Irele LGA

APC: 12,643

PDP: 5,493

ZLP: 5,904

Akoko North East LGA

APC: 16,572

PDP: 8,380

ZLP: 3,532

Akoko South West LGA

APC: 21,232

PDP: 15,055

ZLP: 2,775

Akoko North West LGA

APC: 15,809

PDP: 10,320

ZLP: 3,477

Ondo East LGA

APC: 6,485

PDP: 4,049

ZLP: 3,221

Akure North LGA

APC: 9,546

PDP: 12,263

ZLP: 1,046

Idanre LGA

APC: 11,286

PDP: 7,499

ZLP: 3,623

Akoko South-East

APC: 9,419

PDP: 4,003

ZLP: 2,004

Akure South-East

APC: 17,277

PDP: 47,267

ZLP: 1,236


APC – 35,957

PDP – 5,311

ZLP – 408


Osun Rep unveils N100m varsity scholarship



Hon. Lukman Kayode Mudashiru

Osun Rep unveils N100m varsity scholarship

The member representing Iwo/Ayedire/Ola-Oluwa Federal Constituency of Osun State, Lukman Kayode Mudashiru, has earmarked N100 million to sponsor indigent students from the constituency for university education.

A statement on Saturday from his media office said successful applicants would be sponsored for four-year undergraduate programmes at Ahman Patigi University, Kwara State.

Mudashiru had set up a scholarship committee comprising respected individuals from the community in order to ensure transparency and efficient selection process.


He said the goal of the committee was to identify and support indigent students based on merit, assuring that the committee would discharge its duty judiciously “to maximize its impact on the lives of our youths.”

The lawmaker said: “This initiative is a testament to our unwavering dedication to the educational upliftment of our community. We are determined to ensure that deserving students receive the support they need to pursue higher education.

“Education is the bedrock of development, and I am proud to deliver on my promise to support the aspirations of our youths. This scholarship program is an investment in the future leaders of Iwo, Ayedire, and Olaoluwa Local Government Areas, and I am confident that it will yield positive results for our community.”

Osun Rep unveils N100m varsity scholarship

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Reps to monitor probe of military drone attack



Reps to monitor probe of military drone attack

The House of Representatives say it will monitor the investigation into the military drone attack that killed over 80 Nigerians in Kaduna State on Nov. 3.

Rep. Babajimi Benson, Chairman, House Committee on Defence, gave the assurance in a statement titled, “Tudun Biri tragedy elicits profound sorrow” in Abuja on Saturday.

He expressed regrets over the ugly incident, while tasking authorities of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to prioritise the safety of civilians during operations.

He urged them to exercise utmost caution, and implement measures to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

He said: “The unfortunate incident in Tudun Biri community, Kaduna state, has cast a sobre mood over the hearts of all Nigerians; the House Committee on Defence is profoundly saddened by this regrettable incident.

“The loss of innocent lives in this tragic incident is heartbreaking, and our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families.


“We would like to recognise the prompt admission of responsibility by the Nigerian Army following the accidental air strike.”

He commended various stakeholders who played crucial roles in alleviating the suffering of the victims.

He said the incident underscored the significance of exercising caution and precision in military operations, particularly in areas with civilian populations.

He said the committee acknowledged the complexities encountered by the Armed Forces of Nigeria in upholding security and addressing diverse threats across the country.

He commended the dedication and sacrifices exhibited by the Armed Forces and other security agencies in the service of the nation.

“It remains crucial for the public to steadfastly support our troops, acknowledging the intricate nature of the security environment in which they operate.

“The House Committee on Defence will closely monitor the investigations and work collaboratively with the military authorities to ensure that corrective measures are implemented to prevent the recurrence of such unfortunate incidents, ” he said.

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Tinubu commiserates Saudi Royal family over death of Prince



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Tinubu commiserates Saudi Royal family over death of Prince

President Bola Tinubu, on Saturday, commiserated with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and the Royal House of Saudi on the passing of Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz bin Bandar Al Saud who died in jet crash Thursday.

The Saudi Royal Court announced that Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz died when the Saudi Arabian Air Force’s F-15SA fighter plane crashed in Dhahran on December 7.

However, it did not disclose the injuries that led to the prince’s death.

Talal, 62, who was on a training mission died alongside one other pilot.


The last rituals for Talal will be carried out at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, said the monarchy.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, President

Tinubu expressed grief at the loss, acknowledging the departed Prince’s excellent and dedicated service to his country throughout his outstanding career in the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Saudi Intelligence Agency.

According to the statement titled ‘President Tinubu mourns Saudi Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz Bin Bandar Al Saud,’ the President prayed God Almighty to grant repose to the soul of the departed, and comfort for the Royal House of Saud, the Kingdom, and all who mourn this irreparable loss.

Prince Talal joins a list of Saudi Royals who were either involved in or lost their lives in aviation accidents dating back to a 2017 helicopter crash that killed Prince Mansour bin Muqrin and seven others near the Saudi-Yemeni border.

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