NANCY PELOSI RE-ELECTED AS U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER

Nancy Pelosi has been narrowly re-elected speaker of the United States House of Representatives as a new Congress took office amid the surging coronavirus pandemic and a plot by some Republicans to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump. The House voted 216-209 to reinstate Pelosi on Sunday after Democrats lost 11 seats in the November elections to command a narrower 222-212 majority. Five Democrats chose not to support her – two voted for Democratic legislators who were not running while three others simply voted “present”. Pelosi, the…

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DRAMA IN CROSS RIVER NORTH: FIVE DAYS AFTER LAWAN SWORE-IN ODEY, A NEW SENATOR EMERGES

Dr. Stephen Odey, will go into Nigerian political history books as the shortest serving Senator of the Federal Republic This is because, Odey who was on Wednesday December 18, 2020, sworn-in by President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, as Senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, will quit the red chambers following a judgement of the Court of Appeal delivered last Friday. INEC had on Sunday, December 6, declared Dr Stephen Odey as the winner of Saturday, December 5 bye-election held at Ogoja for the northern…

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APPEAL COURT FREES OLISA METUH, ORDERS FRESH TRIAL

The court of appeal sitting in Abuja has nullified the seven-year jail sentence handed down to Olisa Metuh, former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party. In its ruling on Thursday, the court held that Okon Abang, judge of a federal high court in Abuja, exhibited bias in the case of the former PDP spokesman. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Metuh on seven counts of money laundering for allegedly receiving N400 million from the office of the national security adviser. On February 25, 2020, the trial court…

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U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2020: ALL EYES ON DONALD TRUMP AS ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES TODAY

This Monday, the 538 members of the Electoral College will cast their ballots and formally send Joe Biden to the White House. Under the arcane formula which America has followed since the first election in 1789, Monday’s electoral college vote will mark the official moment when Biden becomes the 46th president-in-waiting. Electors, including political celebrities such as both Bill and Hillary Clinton, will gather in state capitols across the country to cement the outcome of this momentous race. Normally, the process is figurative and barely noted. This year, given Trump’s…

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U.S. ELECTION LATEST: SUPREME COURT DASHES TRUMP’S BIGGEST HOPE TO REMAIN IN POWER

The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously threw out a last-minute attempt by President Trump’s allies to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania. Voting 9-0, the court rejected the request by Trump’s men, to delay or overturn the results of the presidential election. Prior to the decision, President Trump had reportedly called the speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives twice during the past week to make an extraordinary request for help reversing his loss in the state. But Speaker Bryan Cutler allegedly told the president he had no…

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