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2019 election: Buhari did better in South East than in 2015 says VON DG, Okechukwu.

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The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Chief Osita Okechukwu, on Sunday claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari, did better in the South East in 2019 than he did in 2015 election.

He said while lauding the Federal Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for organising free, fair and credible elections.

Okechukwu spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.



He said the electoral body became more visible under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, this is responsible for the free, fair and credible conduct of the elections.

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He also expressed delight in the civic and responsible manner all the security agencies had conducted their affairs during the polls.

Okechukwu explained that the security agencies rose to the occasion and displayed high professionalism throughout the exercise.

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Commenting on the turnout of voters in Enugu, his home town, Okechukwu said that it was historic.

He said that the participation of voters had given hope for the deepening of democracy.

The turnout of voters in Enugu State and by extension the whole country was delightful to see.

“There has not been an election that engendered large turnout of voters like this one conducted by the administration of President Buhari,’’ he said.

Okechukwu said the isolated complaints about late arrival of election materials and card readers’ malfunction were pardonable in view of the huge task of conducting such exercise across the country.

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Inflation rate falls to 1.7%

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 The office for National statistics says the consumer price index is 1.7%-down from 2.1% – in August

Head of inflation at ONS Mike Hardie said: “The inflation rate has fallen noticeably into August, to its lowest since late 2016. This was mainly driven by a decrease in computer game prices, plus clothing prices rising by less than year after the end of the summer sales.

“Annual growth in house prices slowed to its lowest rate since September 2012, with four of the nine English regions now seeing prices falling over the year”.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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