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Apc’s Lagos senatorial candidate, threatens to file nine figure suit against, pdp senatorial campaign council

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APC Lagos East Senatorial Candidate
Tokunbo Abiru, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for senatorial bye-election in Lagos East, has threatened to file N1 billion suit against Adetokunbo Pearse, the Media Director of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Senatorial Campaign Council, for alleged character defamation.

Abiru, who is the immediate past Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Bank Limited, has also asked Pearse to retract all defamatory publications against his person within seven days, or he will consider legal proceedings if he fails to comply with the demands.

He gave the conditions in a letter of claims his legal counsel, Kemi Pinheiro, a senior advocate, wrote to the media director of the PDP Senatorial Campaign Council, faulting the statements credited to him on the points of law.

Pearse had reportedly called for Abiru’s disqualification from the senatorial contest in Lagos East, alleging that the APC candidate is guilty of double registration, which Abiru denied.

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Pearse had also in a statement he signed, alleged that Skye Bank Plc “collapsed under Abiru’s leadership” and that Polaris customers “are today accusing Abiru of fraud”.

However, in the letter of claims dated October 4, 2020, by his legal counsel, Abiru noted that Pearse’s allegations amount to a very serious case of libel, which he said has caused him considerable distress and embarrassment.

The letter added that all the allegations made against Abiru “are false to your knowledge and your attack on him was unjustified, malicious and callous”.

“In demonstration of factual inaccuracy in your allegations, there is no criminal charge pending against, or a conviction of, our client on the allegation of financial impropriety in the bank or voter fraud.

“If indeed Skye Bank Plc collapsed under his leadership, which is false, we wonder how come he was retained by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the Chief Executive Officer of the Polaris Bank Limited”, the counsel wrote.

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Abiru, in his legal counsel’s letter, demanded that the PDP’s media director retract all defamatory claims against him and tender apology to be approved by his legal counsel.

“We have also advised our client that he is entitled to substantial compensation for the injury of his reputation and feelings in respect of which we invite your proposal. Our clients also demand from your all the legal costs he has incurred so far on this matter.

“If we do not receive a satisfactory reply within seven days of receipt of this letter, our instructions are to commence legal proceedings against your persons, without further recourse to you, wherein our client shall claim against you.

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“The claims are as follows damages, including exemplary damages, in the sum of N1, 000,000,000.00 for libel contained in your defamatory publication; injunction restraining further publication in any manner related to the similar words defamatory of our client and an order directing you to retract or cause to be retracted the said defamatory words in the same form adopted in your publication,” Abiru’s counsel said in the letter.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), had in 2016, appointed Abiru as the CEO of Skye Bank Plc, when the bank recorded about 80 per cent non-performing loans, far above the regulatory standard.

According to reports, Abiru executed a transformation plan that brought the bank from liability to profitability, which culminated in the establishment of a bridge bank, Polaris Bank.

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ASUU, FG clashes over N30billion allowance

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal  Government had a meeting on Wednesday for the third time which ended in a gridlock, as the two parties failed to reach an agreement on the payment platform for salaries and benefits.

Asuu insist that the federal government should pay 30billion to the union and her members alone, the federal Government responding to this said that the request was not feasible. The government they are willing to pay N30billion to all unions in universities, not ASUU alone, and also willing to pay another N20billion as revitalization fund.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige said “This government is not against revitalization but this government says that because of the dire economic situation occasioned by COVID-19, we cannot really pay in the N110b which they are demanding for revitalization.

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“We offered N20b as revitalization fund. On Earned Academic Allowances, the government offered N30b to all the unions in the universities, making it N50b altogether.

“ASUU is saying that the N30b should be for lecturers alone, irrespective of the fact that there are three other unions. So there is a little problem there. We don’t have any money to offer apart from this N30b.”

Ngige added  that if the crisis continue, the Federal government will be forced to take legal action against the union, if they insist on their strike and refuse to take their offer.

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Samuel Chukwueze build and furnishes a bungalow for a widow

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The Villarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze has completed a three bed room flat for a widow in his home town Ugba community in Abia state.

The super Eagles star star scored his first goal of the season in Villarreal’s 2:0 defeat over valladoid early this, he has also been shortlisted for la Liga team of the week.

The Nigerian born forward Samuel Chukwueze showed his love for his community by building a bungalow( three bed room flat) for Mrs. Theresa Ikoro of Amaokwe Ugba Ibeku in Umuahia Abia state.

The 21 year old forward has been linked with a sensational move to Manchester united due to his performance

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Kanye West Admits defeat in the 2020 US elections

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Kanye West Admits defeat in the 2020 US elections

Kanye West threw in the towel on his presidential run in the 2020 election and hinted at another long-shot bid four years from now — though he didn’t get many votes this time.

Kanye West made the concession in a tweet after appearing on the ballot in 12 states in the presidential election between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

“WELP,”   West said in the tweet. “KANYE 2024.”

Kanye West appeared on the ballot in 12 states and notched more than a thousand votes in all of the contests, according to preliminary tallies by The Associated Press.

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In Colorado, West got nearly 6,000 votes in a state that went to Biden. In Vermont, another state that went to Biden, Kanye West got more than 1,200 votes, according to the tally.

In Arkansas, he got 3,979 votes; in Idaho, he got 2,309 votes; in Iowa, he got 3,179 votes; in Kentucky, he got 6,259 votes; in Louisiana, he got 4,837 votes; in Minnesota, he got 6,796; in Mississippi, he got 3,009 votes; in Oklahoma, he got 5,587 votes; in Tennessee, he got 10,188 votes; and in Utah, he got 4,053 votes, according to the preliminary tallies.

Kanye West announced earlier Tuesday that he voted for himself, the first time he cast a ballot in a US presidential election.

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“God is so good . . . Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it’s for someone I truly trust…me,” he tweeted.

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