1. After Saturday’s governorship elections in Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa states, indications emerged that governors Douye Diri of Bayelsa State and Hope Uzodimma of Imo State were in early lead, as collation of results progressed.
2. The Nigerian Air Force has struck a deal with an Italian defence company for the supply of 24 M-346 master aircraft. The deal is said to be worth around €1.2bn.
According to a report by Military Africa on November 7, 2023, the aircraft is expected to be delivered to the Nigerian Air Force in 2024.
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3. The Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party have called for the cancellation of the Imo State governorship election held on Saturday. The deputy governorship candidate of the LP, Tony Nwulu, said in a press conference on Saturday night that security agents allegedly provided cover for some people as they subverted the will of the people.
4. Two suspected ballot box snatchers were shot on Saturday as voters in Kogi State trooped out to elect a new governor.
The suspects reportedly lost their lives after they were shot by eagle-eyed soldiers following their attempt to snatch ballot boxes in Anyigba and Ankpa both in Kogi East Senatorial District.
5. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended elections in nine wards at Ogori/Magongo in Kogi State where irregularities were said to have been discovered. NEC disclosed this in a statement on its X handle by a National Commissioner and Member
Information and Voter Education Committee, Mohammed Haruna.
6. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bayelsa says its Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO), abducted on Friday, has regained his freedom. The Head of Voter Education and Publicity of the state INEC in Yenagoa, Mr Wilfred Ifogah, confirmed the cheering news in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday.
7. Action Alliance candidate Olayinka Braimoh, who is running for governor of Kogi State, has explained his arrest and detention on Saturday, which he claimed resulted in his disenfranchisement. Braimoh was arrested by security operatives in Kabba, along with seven of his security details, after campaign materials were allegedly found in his car.
8. Elder statesman Edwin Clark has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate reported cases of irregularities in Saturday’s governorship elections held in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States. Clark made the call when a group, the South-South Diamond Ladies, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
9. President Bola Tinubu, on Saturday, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, assured the country’s captains of industry that, with his team in place, every negative perception or notion about what Nigeria has represented in the past with respect to the ease of doing business, monetary policy, and trade cooperation has become a thing of the past.
10. The Niger State Police Command has arrested a 51-year-old woman, Blessing Jeremiah, for stealing a three-year-old girl child in Niger State and attempting to transport her to a buyer who had paid her N530,000. The suspect, who was said to have stolen the child from her parents in the Tudun-Natsira area of Minna, was arrested while trying to board a luxurious bus to transport the child to Nnewi in Anambra State.
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