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’s Vice , Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, and his American counterpart, Mike Pence, held discussions in the White , with both leaders affirming the mutual benefit inherent in a deeper bilateral relationship between both countries.

They spoke on , military assistance and other issues and affirmed the need for continuous observation of the rule of law, while also noting Nigeria’s pride of place on the African continent and America’s reputed global leadership.

Osinbajo was quoted in a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, as saying that, “The US is a natural ally of Nigeria, as Nigeria and US have many things in common.”

He noted that with Nigeria being the largest economy in Africa, its market offers great opportunities to US investors.

In their discussions on economic matters, Mr. Pence said, “Nigeria is a great country with a population of 200 million people, that’s a great nation. We want to see Nigeria prospering more.”

US VP Pence then told his Nigerian counterpart that, “I am grateful that you reached out, the door is open for more dialogue.”

He said Nigeria should continue to pursue market reforms in the economy and encourage an independent judiciary, adding that the rule of law will contribute to Nigeria’s future.

Both leaders also discussed Nigeria’s economic diversification efforts, during which Prof. Osinbajo spoke on how Nigeria is deepening the manufacturing industry and trying to reform the power sector to allow for more investors.

He appreciated the support of USAID through its Power Africa initiative that is helping Nigeria to further open the space in the power sector.

On the issue of security challenges and military assistance, the Nigerian VP thanked the Trump administration for its support on the purchase order for the Tucano aircrafts, stressing that such military equipment will help the Federal Government in the battle against terrorism and insurgency.

Discussing government’s efforts to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, Prof. Osinbajo expressed the commitment of the administration to continue to negotiate for her release and that of the remaining abducted Chibok girls.

“Over 100 of the Chibok girls that were abducted even before President Muhammadu Buhari came into government, have been released under the Buhari administration,” the VP explained adding that most of the Chibok girls, 90% of them, were also Christians.

The American VP was said to have appreciated the efforts of the Nigerian government and offered US’ support in ensuring the release of others still abducted.

Mr. Pence said he “appreciates the perspective on Leah Sharibu,” adding that, “I am aware of the sensitive nature of her plight,” while also noting that most of the girls that were released in the Chibok abduction were Christians.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has denied allegation that he was planning to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Melaye made the denial on Monday via his official twitter handle.

According to him, only ‘foolish and stupid’ people will decamp from PDP to APC.

The Senator also stated that APC will be defeated in forthcoming Kogi governorship election.

“Only compound fools and people with degree in stupidity will leave PDP for APC. APC will be defeated in Kogi State,” Melaye tweeted.

Recall that the Senator rejected the party’s appointment as the Director-General of the Kogi State PDP Governorship Campaign Council.

His tweet last Friday rejecting the sparked speculations that the Senator might dump the PDP.

He had tweeted, “Let me state categorically that I have turned down the position of the Director-General of the Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council.

“I wish PDP all the best.

“When truth is a casualty, there is chaos.”

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Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has congratulated Muhammadu over his victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

Oyetola, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Wednesday in Osogbo, said that the judgment had put to rest the tussle over who truly won the February 23 presidential election.

The governor said that all lovers of democracy must salute the resilience of the judiciary in deepening the country’s democracy through sound and lucid judgments.

“On behalf of the people and government of the State of Osun, I congratulate our president, Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

“With this judgement, Mr. President will remain focused on the delivery of good governance to Nigerians.

“It is my hope that the verdict will put an end to the needless bickering, distractions and provocation that greeted the election.

“I congratulate the leadership and all members of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on this victory,” Oyetola said.

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Balarabe lauded the judiciary for its fairness in handling the petition.

“I am overwhelmed, happy and delighted again for the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the election petition tribunal.

“My people voted massively for the president and he won his election in Nasarawa State.

“The tribunal judgment has confirmed the earlier victory declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) in which Nigerians has given to the president during the election,” he added.

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