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2019 Elections: Senate Approves N53.2Bn Security Budget

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2019 Election: Senate Refers INEC Budget To Committee

The Senate on Tuesday approved the security budget of N53.2 billion for the 2019 general elections.

The approval of the budget followed a presentation of the report of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Appropriation at plenary.

The Senate further approved that the money be vired from both the recurrent and capital components of the Special Intervention Programme captured in the Service Wide Vote of the 2018 Appropriation Act.

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Presenting the report, the Chairman of the committee, Sen. Danjuma Goje, said that the committee members met and agreed to approve the budget of security agencies as part of the budget for the 2019 elections.

“The committee, having considered the report of its sub-committees on INEC Security and intelligence, interior and police affairs in respect of the provisions for INEC, NSA, DSS, NSCDC, NIS and NPF, approved request by President Muhammadu Buhari for passage,” Goje said.

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The report showed the amount Buhari had requested for each of the agencies as follows: Office of National Security Adviser (NSA) (N4.3 billion) and Immigration (N2.6 billion).

Others are Department of State Security (DSS) (N12.2 billion), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) (N30.5 billion), National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) (N3.6 billion).

However, the Senate approved N9.5 billion for NSA, N2.6 billion for Immigration, N10.2 billion for DSS, N27.3 billion for NPF and NSCDC, N3.6 billion.

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The Senate had on Oct. 11 approved part of the budget of N189 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as requested by the president.

The Senate approved the N242.4 billion requested for the election.

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Goodluck Jonathan Denies Dumping PDP

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Goodluck Jonathan Denies Dumping PDP

Former president Goodluck Jonathan has denied rumours he had dumped the People Democratic Party.

The former president said he has no reason to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), or retire from politics for now.

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He made the statement through his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, in reaction to a report by an online publication claiming the former president had resigned from PDP and quit politics.

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Eze’s statement described the news as fake, saying it was a “calculated attempt to rubbish the elder statesman”

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Supplementary Elections: Presidency Urges APC Candidates To Work And Earn People’s Mandate

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Supplementary Elections: Presidency Urges APC Candidates To Work And Earn People's Mandate

President Mohammadu Buhari has charged all APC candidates in states where supplementary elections would hold to work hard to earn the people’s trust and mandate.

The presidency warned state governors against having any thoughts that the president would influence the decision of the people.

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It also warned political leaders to desist from making inflammatory statements capable of inciting the citizenry to violence ahead of Saturday’s supplementary elections.

The presidency said some party leaders expected that Buhari would abuse his office by usurping the powers of INEC to turn the table in their favour.

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Party leaders in the six states were advised to work hard to earn the people’s votes on Saturday.

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Gbenga Daniel Quits Politics, Shows Interest In APC

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Gbenga Daniel Quits Politics, Shows Interest In APC

Ogun State former governor Gbenga Daniel has shown interest in joining the All Progressives Party.

Gbenga Daniel resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday saying he was quitting politics.

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But on Sunday, after meeting with his supporters, Daniel said he was considering their plea that he ‘lead them into APC.’

Apart from governing Ogun under the PDP, Gbenga Daniel was the chief campaign strategist for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in last month’s election.

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Daniels also supported Ogun APC governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun, in the governorship election in the state.

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