#BBNaijaFinale: Laycon emerges winner of BBNaija lockdown edition 2020

Big brother Naija housemate and top finalist, Olamilekan Agbeleshe, popularly known as Laycon has emerged the winner of the Lockdown edition 2020.

Laycon was declared the winner of the 2020 lockdown edition of the show on Sunday after he beat other housemates with the highest number of votes from viewers.

Fellow housemate, Dorathy, emerged the 1st runner up while Nengi was declared the 2nd runner up.

Laycon led by 60 per cent votes followed by Dorathy with 21.85 per cent votes. However, Nengi had 15.03 per cent votes while Neo and Vee had 1.94 per cent and 1.18 per cent votes, respectively.

Many celebrities such as Eniola Badmus, Nkechi Blessing, Samklef, Odunlade Adekola, Broda Shaggi, Anita Joseph, Toyin Lawani, Yul Edochie, Reminisce, Small Doctor, Yvonne Jegede, Teni D Entertainer, Vector, Niniola, Di’Ja, DJ Nana, Ice Prince, Timi Dakolo, Joeboy, Stephanie Coker, Seyi Edun, Woli Agba and Funmi Awelewa all rooted for Laycon

Not being left behind are the youths in Ogun State, who on Thursday, staged a walk around Abeokuta, the state capital to drum support for Laycon.

The youths walked for about four hours; across major streets and markets in the state capital with a banner with an inscription “Ogun Youths Walk For Laycon,” gave away free recharge cards to passers-by for voting in support of the housemate.

The breakdown of the grand prize for BBNaija season five lockdown edition includes N30 million cash prize; a two-bedroom apartment courtesy Revolution Plus; a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors; a trip to Dublin courtesy Guinness; home appliances courtesy Scanfrost.

Others are a trip to Dubai packaged by Travelbeta; a year’s supply of Indomie noodles, Munch it, and Colgate toothpaste; a year’s supply of Pepsi, a branded chiller, trip to watch the UEFA Champions League finale; and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone.

Last year, the BBNaija winner, Mercy Eke, won N30 million prize money, as well as other mouth-watering gifts.

The Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe during the unveiling of the BBNaija lockdown edition said, “The fifth season of BBNaija marks a major milestone in the reality TV series. We are making this season significant by not only increasing the winnings but also implementing other creative and innovative ways to ensure the show lives up to the premium entertainment especially during the current pandemic.”

I didn’t sack Bauchi head of service – Bala

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has debunked a news report insinuating that he sacked the state head of civil service Ahmed Abubakar Ma’aji.

The governor in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on media Mukhtar Gidado Sunday clarified that Ma’aji was not sacked but he attained his retirement age having served Bauchi state for 35 years.

According to him, the government has appointed new acting head of service in the person of Dr Bala Lukshi who is the most senior permanent secretary in the state.

“Our attention has been drawn to what we consider a mischievous story by an online Newspaper to the effect that Governor Bala Mohammed has “sacked” Alh Ahmed Abubakar Ma’aji, as Bauchi State Head of Civil Service.

“For the avoidance of doubt and in order to put the records straight , it is imperative to clarify  that at no time  did His Excellency , Governor Bala Mohammed sack the immediate past Head of Civil Service. Alh Ahmed Abubakar Ma’aji, has reached the normal retirement age  on Friday 25th September, 2020  having meritoriously served the State  for 35 years.

“The news report is therefore a misrepresentation of the press release earlier issued conveying the appointment of the Acting Head of Civil Service Dr Bala M Lukshi.

“Finally , we call on media practitioners to always cross check their facts before going to press for proper and effective information dissemination”. The statement reads.

WAEC to release 2020 SSSCE results late October

The West African Examinations Council has said that it has a 45-day timeline from its last paper to release the results of the 2020 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination . This indicates that the results should be released by late October .

The council told one of our correspondents on Saturday that it would keep to 45 days after the last paper was written to release the results and work to meet the deadline .

This is just as the Lagos State Ministry of Education through the State Examinations Board stated that from 2021, entrance examinations into the Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools would be done through the Computer -Based Testing .

The West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination was taken between August 17, 2020 and Saturday, September 12, which means that the council would release the results latest by October 27– 45 days after.

The Head of Public Affairs , WAEC Nigeria , Demianus Ojijeogu, in a text message to one of our correspondents on Saturday, said , “ Before the outbreak of COVID -19, we usually released it 45 days after the last paper on the timetable must have been taken. We are working on meeting that timeline . ”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education , Mrs Folashade Adefisayo , said on Saturday at the launch of the CBT at the State Examination Board headquarters that the entrance exercises would be conducted through CBT from 2021.

Only 210 pupils seeking admission into Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools in the state opted for CBT in 2020.

Adefisayo, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education , Mrs Abosede Adelaja , said , “ The examination will be strictly CBT by next year since the world is a global village . Moreover , you need to add and embrace modern technologies.

Some APC chieftains supported Obaseki because of 2023 –Tinubu’s aide

Mr Tunde Rahman, the spokesperson for the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu , has alleged that some chieftains of the party supported Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party in last Saturday’ s Edo State governorship election because of the politics of 2023.

Rahman said this in an article titled, ‘ Asiwaju Tinubu and Edo Election, ’ published on an online medium , TheCable.

Tinubu is rumoured to be eyeing the Presidency in 2023 but he has neither denied nor confirmed this .

However, many politicians within the APC who are also eyeing the Presidency are said to be doing everything possible to ensure that Tinubu’ s ambition is truncated.

Contributing to the debate , Rahman stated, “ Indeed, it must be pointed out clearly that beneath all the shenanigans that trailed Edo poll, underneath all of that rabble -rousing , rumour-mongering, campaign of calumny , character assassination, deceit and double- dealing is the matter of 2023.

“ Rather than first helping their party solidify its stronghold and strengthen it for future elections and re -commit themselves to the party’ s ideals and principles , the APC chieftains were tearing at the party’ s fabric , destroying its foundation and preparing it for eventual disintegration in the name of playing politics of 2023.

“ But like Asiwaju rightly observed , he is but a mere mortal who does not foresee tomorrow. What tomorrow holds, indeed what 2023 holds , is within the province of God Almighty. ”

Rahman also explained why his boss recorded a video in which he called on the people of Edo State to not support Obaseki.

Tinubu had a few days to the election put out a video calling on the people of the state to reject him at the poll, accusing the governor of not being a democrat .

Pundits had stated that the video was counterproductive as it helped foster the narrative that Tinubu wanted to run the affairs of the state by proxy as a godfather and further helped the ‘ Edo No Be Lagos ’ campaign culminating in the defeat of the APC candidate , Osagie Ize -Iyamu.

However , Rahman said Tinubu did not intend to order the people of the state but was only trying to appeal to their sense of democracy.

Rahman wrote, “ The opposition PDP and their agents made heavy weather of Asiwaju ’ s video on social media. Now , Asiwaju did not seek to dictate to the people of Edo . He was not out to oust their rights to choose by themselves.