The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, the winner of the Osun governorship election. The Returning Officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Adeleke got a total of 403,371 votes beating the incumbent Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, who got 375,027 votes in a keenly contested race. According to the total votes recorded by the electoral umpire, the PDP won 17 of the 30 local government areas of the state, while the APC won the remaining 13. The PDP won in Ede North, Ede South, Ifelodun, Boluwaduro, Egbedore, Odo Otin, Osogbo, Ila, Atakumosa West, Olorunda, Ilesa West, Obokun, Oriade, Orolu, Ife North, Irepodun, and Ejigbo LGAs. The APC, on the other hand, won in Boripe, Ilesa East, Ayedire, Ifedayo, Ife Central, Ayedaade, Iwo, Olaoluwa, Isokan, Atakumosa East, Irewole, Ife South, and Ife East LGAs. The election was held across 3,763 units in the 30 LGAs of the state and witnessed a huge voter turnout and was largely peaceful. Of the 1,955,657 registered voters in the state, 1,479,595 Permanent Voter Cards were collected before the election.

Two Catholic priests, Reverend Fathers John Mark Cheitnum, and Donatus Cleopas were kidnapped by terrorists in Kaduna State over the weekend. In the wake of the incident, which happened in Lere Local Council, Christian leaders called for calm among the religious community, urging the faithful to desist from taking laws into their hands. The Chancellor, Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo confirmed their abduction to journalists in Kaduna. He equally appealed for the release of the two victims.

Nigeria’s inflation rate recorded a seventh consecutive monthly rise to 18.6 percent in June, representing a 0.9 percent point rise from the 17.71 percent recorded in May 2022. This is the highest since January 2017. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said this in its consumer price index (CPI) report for June 2022, released on Friday. The figure released by the NBS for June this year is also 0.84 percent points higher compared to June 2021, which was 17.75 percent. “On a month-on-month basis, the headline inflation rate increased to 1.82 percent in June 2022, this is 0.03 percent higher than the rate recorded in May 2022 (1.78 percent).” “The percentage change in the average composite CPI for the 12 months ending June 2022 over the average of the CPI for the previous 12 months period is 16.54 percent, showing a 0.62 percent increase compared to 15.93 percent recorded in June 2021.” The report added that food inflation rose to 20.60 percent in June 2022 on a year-on-year basis but the rate of changes in average price level declined by 1.23 percent when compared to 21.83 percent in June 2021. The report further explained that the rate of changes in food prices compared to the same period last year was higher due to higher food prices volatility caused by COVID-19.

Chad rebels said on Saturday they would suspend their participation in talks with the government, a move that raises doubt about their involvement in a national dialogue in August that is meant to be a precursor to long-awaited elections. The peace-building talks in Qatar with Chad’s transitional military authorities were meant to ease tensions after interim president Mahamat Idriss Deby seized power following his father’s death last year. In a joint statement, the groups accused the representatives of the interim government of creating a “bad atmosphere” at talks and announcing the Aug. 20 national dialogue without any consultation. The Chadian authorities on Thursday announced the date of the national dialogue, which Deby has presented as the first step towards planning a vote. It would in theory include the armed groups but the conditions for their participation have not yet been agreed on.