The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Biodun Oyebanji has been declared the winner of the Ekiti State governorship election. The chief returning officer, Kayode Adebowale made the announcement in the early hours of Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. Mr Oyebanji secured 187,057 votes to defeat his closest challengers, Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who polled 82,211, and Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 67,457 votes. Born 21 December 1967, Mr Oyebanji hails from Ikogosi-Ekiti, in Ekiti West local government area (LGA) and is the anointed candidate of outgoing governor Kayode Fayemi. Of the 16 LGAs in the state, Mr Oyebanji won 15 while Mr Kolawole won in Efon LGA. There have been multiple reports.
In compliance with the Electoral Law and Guidelines of INEC, three of the presidential candidates for next year’s elections, Bola Tinubu (APC), Peter Obi (Labour) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (NNPP), on Friday, returned their nomination forms to the commission with the names of their running mates. Ibrahim Kabir Masari was named as Tinubu’s running mate while Obi picked Dr Doyin Okupe, a former spokesperson for President Olusegun Obasanjo. Kwankwaso picked a lawyer, Ladipo Johnson. The submission of the names was however done to beat the 17 June deadline given by INEC for the submission of the names of parties’ running mates. The parties are at liberty to substitute the names at a later stage before the general election, symbolising them as “placeholders.” Tinubu’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman confirmed that the forms were returned on Wednesday, 15 June, two days ahead of schedule. When probed on the religious identity of the nominee, Kabiru Faskari, an APC member from Katsina State said; “Well, he qualifies as a veteran in terms of politics. He began as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP. He is young and represents the youth. He is grounded in politics because he was even a national officer of the APC. He is quite close to the presidential candidate because he has been with him for a long time and I believe it is a very informed decision to put out his name”. Faskari added that the decision was entirely that of the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu having consulted with President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors and the national leadership of the party. He said though Masari may not have been very popular in the sense of being a state governor or cabinet minister, but that “he is very known to us in the APC”. The Labour Party, on its part submitted the name of the former Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr Doyin okupe as the party’s vice presidential candidate. Okupe who disclosed this by himself while featuring in a programme on the Channels Television, “Politics Today”, said that his name had been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by his party as the Vice Presidential candidate. He said, “I stand in as the vice presidential candidate of the party. Labour party has submitted my name as the VP of the party”. Okupe who spoke on how his party was going to dethrone the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, said LP would ensure it returned Nigeria to its rightful owners, noting that Nigerians have suffered so much in the hands of APC. An official of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), who didn’t want to be named, confirmed the submission of Ladipo Johnson’s name on Saturday. According to the party official, Johnson is “standing in” as the party’s vice-presidential candidate and his name has been submitted to INEC in order to meet up with the 17 June deadline. Kwankwaso had earlier confirmed that talks were on between his NNPP and Peter Obi’s Labour Party on the possibility of presenting a joint ticket for the elections.
American e-commerce giant Amazon says it is making plans to expand into five countries across Africa, Europe, and South America while maintaining its base in the United States. The development was first reported by BusinessInsider. The five countries are Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Nigeria, and South Africa. The e-commerce platform will launch in Nigeria in April next year. Amazon, which currently runs in 20 different countries, is investing in long-term growth while it scales up its US-based outlet. According to the report, this could result in more competition for local e-commerce companies, which operate across Africa, and Mercado Libre, a leading online marketplace in Latin America. Due to the decline in sales caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath effect, the company seeks to improve sales and generate more demand and growth. Amazon has been scaling back hiring, subleasing warehouse space, and limiting delivery network expansion this year in anticipation of unforeseen slowdowns. In January 2022, the FG mandated non-resident companies (NRC) to remit 6 percent of turnover from digital services provided to Nigerian customers. Amazon will be required to comply with the new rules.
Two people were killed and six were injured when suspected militants opened fire on a bus in southwestern Rwanda, Rwandan police said. Saturday’s attack, which killed the bus driver and a passenger, was carried out by the National Liberation Front (FLN), the armed wing of the anti-government Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD), the police said in a statement. “Armed thugs, suspected to be remnants of FLN operating from across the border, shot at a public passenger bus,” the Rwanda National Police said late on Saturday. The police were tracking down the assailants in the incident on the Nyambage-Rusizi road in the district’s Nyungwe Forest, they added. The government has said the FLN had launched attacks from the Nyungwe forest area close to the Burundi border in 2018. In April, the Rwandan government upheld a 25-year prison sentence for Paul Rusesabagina, who was portrayed in the movie “Hotel Rwanda” sheltering hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide, for his involvement with MRCD. He was convicted in September on eight terrorism charges, which he denies.