Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, is in line to win a re-election.Obaseki, who contested Saturday’s governorship poll the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is in an early lead as results continue to trickle into the night.To retain his seat, he is in a tussle against Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is backed by his former mentor and former governor of the State, Adams Oshiomhole.
2-.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that there are plots by agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to replace election results where the PDP is leading, particularly in Edo North. In a communique written to alert the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) of the alleged plot, the PDP said it has charged its members to remain vigilant and follow their results “bumper to bumper” to all the collation centers.
3-.Former Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, has predicted victory for Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki. In his post on Twitter Saturday night, the media mogul congratulated Obaseki on what he described as an “anticipated victory”. He said the election was keenly contested.
4-.The Lagos State Government has okayed the reopening of gyms and cinemas in the state. Governor Sanwo-Olu made this known during the COVID-19 update at the state house, Marina. They are, however, expected to reopen with a capacity of just 33 per cent.
5-.A three-storey building has collapsed in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State. In a statement on Saturday, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said it had received distress calls that the building, located at the Excel College, 15, Ansarudeen Street, Ile Epo Bus Stop, collapsed at about 8:15 am.
6-.President Muhammadu Buhari has offered his condolences to the government and people of Ebonyi State over the motor accident on Akaeze-Ukwu River, which claimed several lives on Friday night. Reports emerged yesterday that scores of passengers died after a bus conveying mourners plunged into the river.
7-.Kenya’s chief public prosecutor, Noordin Haji, has ordered a probe into $71 million in “irregular procurement” linked to the coronavirus by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA). Hard-pressed Kenyan hospital staff have staged strikes to highlight what they say are scandalous practices by the authority, which purchases medication and equipment for the nation’s public hospitals.
8-.Riot police on Saturday detained hundreds of women, dragging many into vans, as opposition protesters marched through the Belarusian capital Minsk demanding an end to President Alexander Lukashenko’s rule. The women were seized by riot police in black uniforms and balaclavas as well as officers in unmarked khaki uniforms and plain-clothed officers in face masks.
9-.Arsenal on Saturday needed a late goal to beat West Ham in the gunners’ first London derby of the season. Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners into a 25th minute lead from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross. But Mikel Arteta’s men were largely outplayed by the Hammers, who faced stinging criticism after a 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle on the opening weekend.
10-,Gareth Bale completed his return to Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, Spurs announced on Saturday. Bale, 31, won four Champions League and two La Liga titles with Madrid after moving for a then world-record fee of £85 million (today $110 million, 93 million euros) in 2013.