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Good Day! Below is a Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad:

1. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has indicated plans to call “no more than 100 witnesses” in the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT). Both parties are challenging the declaration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the February 25 election. Counsel for Atiku and the PDP, Chris Uche, addressing the court in Abuja on Saturday, said all the parties had met, and considered and agreed on the numbers of witnesses, duration and examination of witnesses. Uche added that though the new time given them to call the witnesses is seven weeks, they would need three weeks, since the issues were getting narrower. All the parties in the suit agreed to streamline the numbers of witnesses as well as the duration of each party to call witnesses. CHANNELS

2. A civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has endorsed the bill seeking to provide for independent candidacy in presidential, governorship, National and State Assemblies, as well as local government elections. HURIWA, in a statement by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said now that the bill has been transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent, the President should speed up processes and sign the bill to law before he leaves office on May 29, 2023. The group said the bill, if it becomes a law, would be a big game-changer in Nigeria’s electoral processes as citizens would be able to vote the candidates they believe in without necessarily being constrained to belonging to one party or the other. LEADERSHIP

3. President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Hiroshima for talks with the G7 Saturday, after winning long-sought access to advanced US fighter jets to bolster Ukraine’s defence. Zelensky’s surprise summit appearance — he had previously been expected to appear by video call — came after he welcomed a “historic” White House decision to allow Ukraine to obtain F-16 jets. The group of seven rich democracies are meeting in Japan to discuss issues including the need for “constructive and stable” relations with China, which the bloc accused Saturday of “economic coercion”. But it was Zelensky’s arrival, and debate about the future of Russia’s 15-month-old invasion of Ukraine, that dominated the summit. CHANNELS

4. Nigerian chef, Hilda Effiong Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci has revealed that she did not know she could sit while cooking to break the Guinness world record. Hilda who on Monday completed a 100-hour cooking marathon in her quest to become the Guinness World Records holder for the ‘longest cooking time’ by an individual disclosed this in an interview on Friday. The Akwa Ibom State born said she stood for 100 hours cooking because she saw that the contestant who had won the challenge didn’t sit while cooking. DAILY POST

5. Seun Kuti, the embattled Afrobeat singer and son of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti is being remanded at the State Criminal, Investigations and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos on the orders of Yaba Chief Magistrate Court for assaulting a police officer has been crowned the ‘General Overseer’ of his cell by the inmates. A copy of the Holy Bible was said to have been handed over to him as an instrument of his office. His appointment as the GO was however not without some drama after the inmates initially rejected him. At that stage, he reportedly promised to dole out N25,000 to them and he was directed to produce it without delay. He had to beg for the phone to call his wife who quickly brought the money which was handed over to their leader. VANGUARD

6. Former world tennis number one, Simona Halep, has been found guilty of a second breach of anti-doping rules, the International Tennis Integrity Agency, ITIA says. Halep was first suspended in October 2022 for testing positive for the banned substance roxadustat, which stimulates the production of red blood cells, at the US Open in August last year. The ITIA, on Friday said the two-time Grand Slam winner has been further charged “relating to irregularities in her athlete biological passport”. The athlete biological passport programme monitors biological data over time to identify potential doping violations. PUNCH

7. Mamadou Sawane headed home the winning goal seven minutes from time as Senegal scored twice in four minutes to come from a goal down and beat Morocco 2-1 to clinch their first-ever U17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in a dramatic finale at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers. Skipper Abdelhamid Ait Boudlal had given Morocco a 14th-minute lead, one they kept until the 79th minute when Serigne Falou Diouf scored a VAR-awarded penalty. Sawane towered the entire defense to head home four minutes later, completing the hard-earned turnaround for the Teranga Cubs. Senegal has now won a third consecutive continental title within four months, their team of local based players having won the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) title in February at the same venue of their conquest on Friday, while they also won the U20 AFCON title in Egypt in March. VANGUARD

8. The African Men Entertainment Kings, AFRIMEK, has suspended popular Nollywood Yoruba actor Shoneye Olamilekan, better known as Show, for physically assaulting his junior colleague, Temidayo Morakinyo. This comes hours after the actress took to social media to call out the actor for physically assaulting her on a movie set. In a series of posts on her Instagram story, Morakinyo narrated how the actor stormed her movie set in Ibadan, Oyo State, and beat her on Friday. DAILY POST

9. Russia on Friday said it banned entry to 500 Americans, including former president Barack Obama, in response to sanctions imposed by Washington. “In response to the anti-Russian sanctions regularly imposed by the Biden administration… entry into the Russian Federation is closed for 500 Americans,” the foreign ministry said, adding that Obama was among those on the list. On Friday, the United States added hundreds more companies and individuals to its sanctions blacklist as it broadened efforts to choke off Russia’s economy over the Ukraine offensive. CHANNELS

10. The Presidential Election Petition Court on Saturday adjourned the pre-hearing of the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to Monday, May 22, 2023, for continuation of pre-hearing. The five-man panel headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani fixed the day after the parties proposed the modalities for the hearing of the petition. Justice Tsammani directed parties to consult and report to the court regarding issues for consolidation before the next adjourned date. PUNCH

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