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Saraki: There Was No Deal over Ekweremadu’s Emergence | ThisDay

With the ruling All Progressives Congress still coming to terms with the controversial emergence of principal officers of the National Assembly, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said he never intentionally spurned his party’s position on the choice of the officers. He also denied striking a deal with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which led to the emergence of a PDP senator as deputy senate president.

In his first public comment since the inauguration of National Assembly on June 9, Saraki, whose election as senate president provoked strong disapproval from APC, also regretted the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party as deputy senate president.

Breaking news: Fire guts Agip oil facility in Rivers | Vanguard

The Agip oil company centre in Ebocha in Ogba Egbema Ndoni LGA in Rivers was yesterday gutted by fire.

According to a citizen reporter, Lukeson Oguchi, the fire started at about 11pm after a loud explosion.

Vanguard is yet to ascertain the cause of the fire or number of casualties.

Fire fighters are still battling to put out at the fire as at the time of this report.

Voting delays in Burundi after poll stations attacked | Al Jazeera

Polling stations in Burundi’s controversial parliamentary and local elections have officially opened, with the climate tense after two months of protests sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term.

The polls opened at 6am local time (04:00 GMT) on Monday.

Some 3.8 million Burundians are eligible to vote in the polls, which the opposition and civil society groups are boycotting, claiming they will not be free and fair. Burundian authorities have refused to delay the elections despite calls from the international community.

Greece shuts banks in bid to prevent collapse

Banks in Greece stayed shut on Monday as officials scrambled to prevent the country’s financial system from collapsing in panic.

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Account holders were also facing tough limits on what they can withdraw from ATMs, and trading in Greek stocks and bonds was also halted.

The measures were announced Sunday as Greece slid rapidly toward default and exit from the eurozone.

Powerful forces behind National Assembly crisis –Akande

Powerful forces that do not want President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption stance to succeed are behind the leadership crisis rocking the 8th National Assembly.

Former interim National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bisi Akande, who gave the indication yesterday said most northern elite, Nigerian oil barons and other business cartels were the brains behind the unending crisis at the National Assembly.

In a statement made available to Daily Sun, he regretted that before the party knew it, polluted interests, who saw the inordinate contest for principal positions as a loophole for stifling APC governments’ desire to fight corruption, had hijacked the process of choosing leaders of the National Assembly.

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