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1. Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has broken silence on the outcome of the just-concluded presidential election. Obasanjo said he refused to speak on the presidential election because the matter was already before the court. He said it would amount to sub judice if he speaks on the Presidential election result since the matter is already before the court.

2. The Federal Government, Tuesday, said it was considering 50% increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) to be able to pay the new national minimum wage currently being processed by the National Assembly. Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, and Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, disclosed this when they appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance.

3. Benue Youth Forum has called on the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello to stay away from the State ahead of the rerun election in the State on Saturday. The youth also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the governor against an alleged plot to invade Benue with a legion of armed thugs. This was contained in a statement its President, Comrade Terrence Kuanum.

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4. The Taraba State Government on Tuesday lifted the curfew it imposed on Jalingo, the state capital to forestall the escalation of the post-election violence that broke out soon after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced results of the governorship polls. A terse statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Darius Ishaku, Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa, commended the people for their patience throughout the duration of the curfew and urged them to remain law abiding.

5. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tuesday, boasted that it would surely recover the Presidential mandate given to its candidate, Atiku Abubakar on the February 23 presidential election. It also said that none of the states where it is in the lead ahead of the March 23 supplementary election will be hijacked by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, said the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus declared the party’s position during a solidarity visit by the leadership of the party to the Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal.

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6. The kidnappers of a famous Islamic scholar and prominent reciter of the Holy Quran, Sheikh Ahmad Sulaiman have demanded a ransom of three hundred million Naira before his release. Sheikh Suleiman, a prayer-warrior and fanatical supporter of President Buhari had offered prayers for the re-election bid of Mr. President. The Islamic scholar was returning to his base in Kano, after attending a religious function in Kebbi State, when he and others were abducted.

7. The coordinator, Coalition Against Kajuru Killings, Rev. Father Williams Kaura Abba, has explained that the latest mindless death toll among the natives in Kajuru has surpassed 130 lives with no fewer than 10,000 displaced persons living in four different camps. He called on government at both Federal and state levels to muster courage and the political will to halt the incursion of these non-state actors.

8. Ahead of the supplementary elections in Kano on Saturday, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has warned that his government will not tolerate any breach of peace by any group or persons in the state.‎ ‎Ganduje gave the warning on Tuesday in Kano, when an amalgam of 320 associations called Kano Peace Ambassadors, paid him a solidarity visit.‎

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9. Steve Lawani, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the last senatorial election in Benue South has rejected the outcome of the election that produced former Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, as winner. The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Moro winner of the election after polling 85,162 votes to defeat Lawani, who polled 47,972 votes. However, Lawani in a statement on Tuesday vowed to seek redress at the tribunal, claiming that he was robbed.

10. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the halting of the conclusion of collation of the already declared results in the Bauchi State Governorship election, which it claims to have won. A statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the ex parte order stopping final collation of the Bauchi governorship election results as unconstitutional, adding that it amounted to “arm-twisting” of the judiciary and the court by the All Progressives Congress (APC)

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