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Yiaga Africa deploy 500 observers for Anambra poll – Official

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Yiaga Africa has deployed 500 stationary observers for the Nov. 6 Anambra governorship election for effective monitoring.

Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Yiaga Africa said this at a pre-election briefing on Friday in Awka.

“Yiaga Africa will deploy 500 stationary observers to a representative statistical sample of 248 polling units and 27 mobile observers in all the 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Anambra.

“The Yiaga Africa Watching the TV Vote (WTV) will also deploy 21 collation observers to each of the LGA collation centre,” he said.

Itodo said that the selected polling units were determined by established statistical principles to ensure that the resultant information was true representative of the state.

“The PVT sample of polling units was drawn according to well established statistical principles and is truly representative of all the polling units because the percentage of sampled polling units for each LGA is similar to the percentage of all polling units for each LGA.

“Over the course of election day, Yiaga Africa’s data Centre in Anambra will receive 4,500 text messages containing approximately 60,500 individual pieces of information about the 2021 Anambra governorship election.

“Once the text messages are received at Yiaga Africa’s data center, they will be processed and reviewed to ensure the information is complete, authentic and accurate.

“Since Yiaga Africa is based on official results from a representative random sample of polling units, it will be able to estimate the statewide results for the governorship election within a narrow range based on a well established statistical principles,” he said.

Itodo said that if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) results fell within Yiaga Africa’s estimated range, Nigerians should have confidence that the results reflected the ballot cast at polling units.

“If the announced results have been manupulated and do not match the polling units results, Yiaga Africa will expose it,” he said. (NAN)

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President Tinubu To Address Joint Sitting Of National Assembly Tomorrow

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As part the event to commemorate 25 years of unbroken democracy and Legislature in Nigeria, there will be joint sitting of both the Senate and the House of Representatives on Wednesday 29 May, 2024.

This is contained in a statement by clerk to the national Assembly Sani Magaji Tambuwal and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

The statement indicates that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will address the joint sitting on state of the nation and also flag off the National Assembly Library.

Senators and Honourable Members are expected to be seated by 9am.

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

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FG Offers 2-Month Free Ride On Abuja Light Rail

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The federal government has offered 2-month free ride services to passengers on the Abuja Light rail after its inauguration on Monday.

Nyesom Wike, The FCT Minister, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a ministerial press briefing on the one year in office of President Bola Tinubu.

He said President Tinubu would inaugurate the rail project on Monday, while it would start commercial services on Tuesday.

“For those who are saying that the rail system had already been commissioned, don’t make a mistake. What was earlier commissioned was the building. What we want to commission on Monday is commercial operations.

“If you are going to the airport, from here to airport is 20 minutes. Seeing is believing. Go on Tuesday. We are going to allow for free rides for two months.

“You know, Mr. President, he can even say extend it to six months just to reduce the pain of our people. That is renewed hope agenda. When you say something, you do it,” Wike said.

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