Today in Nigerian History: 19th June

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On this day in 2014;Delegates at the last National Conference, voted unanimously for life imprisonment for those who engage in the sale of fake drugs.

The conference also rejected a proposal for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution aimed at institutionalising the office of wife of the President of the country, which will be called Office of the First Lady, just as an amendment which sought to reduce the age limits for those aspiring to contest for the position of President, governors and other elective positions by five years was rejected by the delegates.

Another strong position taken by the delegates, was that public schools taken over by various state governments across the country 42 years ago be returned to the religious missions which were the original owners.

Also on this day in 2014;The former Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN,withdrew the money laundering charge preferred against the eldest son of the late military dictator, Mohammed Abacha. Mohammed was accused of concealing the sum of N446.3 billion allegedly stolen from the national treasury between 1995 and 1998.

He was said to have received the stolen money from his late father, General Sani Abacha, and hid same.

Equally on this day in 2013;Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State called for a 10-year-ban or more on public office holders found by the courts to have rigged themselves into power, noting that until same was done, cheats will continue to find themselves in power.

And on this day in 2013;the South West Zone of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, endorsed former President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office, noting that he is constitutionally entitled to seek re-election.

It also appointed former President Olusegun Obasanjo as grand patron of the party in the zone, even as it constituted a stakeholders’ council under the Chairmanship of Senator Lekan Balogun.

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