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US election: There’ll be smooth transition to Trump’s second term – Mike Pompeo declares

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US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Tuesday declared that preparations are being made for a smooth transition into President Donald Trump’s second term.

Pompeo promised a “smooth transition” but refused to recognize Joe Biden’s victory, insisting that Trump will remain in power.
“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo earlier told a State Department news conference.

Joe Biden defeated incumbent President Donald Trump in the tightly contested presidential election and was declared winner by the media.

He recorded over 270 electoral college votes and also had a higher number of national votes.

Although the Democratic Party candidate has since assumed his role as the President-elect, preparing to takeover White House, the incumbent, President Trump has refused to concede defeat.

Trump has gone to court challenging Biden’s victory in the election he (Trump) alleged was marred by massive corruption and fraud.

Just yesterday, Trump expressed hope of being declared winner of the November 3 presidential election, saying results that would be announced next week would put him a head of Biden.

Asked if the US can still be bold to call for free elections around the world, Pompeo said the question was “ridiculous,” adding that “This department cares deeply to make sure that elections around the world are safe and secure and free and fair.”

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End SARS: Nigerian govt reaches out to UK over sanction threat

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The Federal Government, on Wednesday, revealed that it has reached out to the British Government over the threat by the UK Parliament, to impose sanctions on Nigerian officials over their roles in the End SARS protests.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this while fielding questions from State House reporters at the end of the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, the Nigerian government has reached out to present its own side of the story.

Onyeama also argued that lawmakers are not responsible for imposing sanctions.

“Yes, we have reached out to the UK government. The meeting that took place were Parliamentarians and they do not speak for the UK government which acts for the United Kingdom and they have also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that has happened.

So, we have been in touch with them and engaging with them. Of course, as in any democracy, the members of parliament are able to also able to air their view.

“But what is important, is that a balanced picture is made available to them, before they take any decision,” Onyeama said.

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