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Trump Fires His Defence Secretary Days After Losing Re-election Bid

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US President Donald Trump has fired Mark Esper as the defence secretary and announced an acting replacement, making the announcement over Twitter.

The step was not entirely unexpected and comes in the wake of Trump losing the presidential election, although he continues to contest the results.

There have been simmering tensions between the two since the summer, with Esper having publicly distanced himself from Trump over the tough crackdown by the federal government targetting protests against racism and police violence.

The president had considered using a law from 1807 to deploy military forces against the demonstrations and Esper, a former soldier, came out strongly against the idea.

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Esper has also effectively banned the display of symbols of the Confederate rebels during the Civil War within the military and has reportedly also been working to change the names of bases named for generals who fought for the slave-owning South.

“Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service,” Trump said.

He announced that Christopher Miller, the current director of the National Counterterrorism Center, would take over in an acting capacity.

Last week, NBC News reported that Esper had prepared a resignation letter, though the Pentagon had denied that he was quitting.

Trump’s first secretary of defence, James Mattis, resigned in 2018 in protest over the president’s policy in Syria, and later came out more clearly against Trump’s general attitudes towards allies.

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The White House in the last four years has been rife with chaos, including high-turnover and sudden terminations over Twitter.

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Kogi Lawmaker Calls On Gov Bello To Run For  2023 Presidency, Lauds His Effort On Security 

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President Buhari and Governor Bello of Kogi State.

Ahead of 2023 Presidential elections, Member representing Bassa constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon Ranyi Daniya has called on Governor Yahaya Bello to heed the clarion call of well meaning Nigerians to contest for Nigeria’s Presidency in 2023.

Daniya made the call while addressing stakeholders and leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) of Bassa LGA extraction on Tuesday.

Member representing Bassa constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon Ranyi Daniya

The lawmaker highlighted the achievements of the Governor in areas of security, unity, infrastructure and youth inclusiveness.

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“It is high time we join the train of national politics. Governor Bello should be encouraged and supported by all well meaning Kogites in other to ensure we have purposeful leadership in our country,” he said. Daniya also called on the people of Bassa LGA to vote massively for all the candidates of the APC in the council elections scheduled for 12th December.

Member representing Bassa constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon Ranyi Daniya

He thanked Bassa citizens for standing firm with the APC and the government led by Alhaji Yahaya Bello and prayed for sustained peace and development in the area.

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INEC Seeks Amendments Of Constitution, Electoral Act To Shelve Bye Election

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it is proposing a bill to the National Assembly, seeking amendment of the constitution and electoral act to enable parties replace their elected representatives that die or vacate seat before end of tenure.

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Resident Electoral Commissioner for Kogi state, Professor James Akpam, disclosed this at the stakeholders meeting preparatory to the Ibaji state constituency bye election held on Thursday at the INEC office in Lokoja.

He said the bill if considered and passed into law will go a long way to curb cost in the electoral processes of INEC and other untoward activities associated with election in Nigeria.

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The Ibaji constituency seat is currently vacant following the demise of Hon. Abah early this year after a prolonged ailment, the Commission is preparing for his replacement through bye election.

According to the Commissioner, INEC has concluded arrangement to conduct a free, fair and credible election in Ibaji, despite the Covid 19 scare as all the pandemic protocols would be observed during the Saturday, December 5 election.

He explained that the constituency has 148 polling units,10 registration areas(RAs), 76,575 registered voters, 96% of which have collected permanent voters cards with 630 adhoc staff, one returning officer, 10 collaboration officers have been recruited and trained for the exercise.

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Akpam who also revealed that non sensitive materials have been received from Abuja, added that smart card readers have been configured, the sensitive materials are expected on Thursday for on ward movement to the registration areas.

He explained that during the recent Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo  State respectively INEC observed Covid-19 protocols , stressing that voters in next Saturday election in Ibaji must observe protocols to aviod crisis.

The REC pointed out that the social distancing, use of face masks , washing hand and Sanitizers would be strictly applied during the election.

Akpam added that all the INEC Staff would do the same, calling voters to come to various polling units with their face masks.

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He stated that that card readers would be sanitized intermittently , saying that immediately a voter is allowed to vote the INEC officers will apply sanitizer on Card readers before  the next voter will vote

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Breaking: Senator Elisha Abbo Defects To APC, Says PDP Is Finished.

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Globaltimesnigeria.com reports that Senator Elisha Abbo has formally defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

According to the report,  Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Elisha Abbo

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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Abbo is a close ally of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

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