March 20, 2019

* 2019: ADP urges landlords to quit tenants without PVCs (Nation) * Buhari not materialistic – says Oba Akiolu (Vanguard)

* 2019: ADP urges landlords to quit tenants without PVCs (Nation)         * Buhari not materialistic – says Oba Akiolu (Vanguard)



2019: ADP urges landlords to quit tenants without PVCs (Nation)

Chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Edo State, Mr. George Oloruntobi, has told landlords in the state to issue quit notice tenants without permanent voter cards. Oloruntobi said voting during election was a civic duty every adult must endeavour to participate in as part of electoral processes. Addressing party supporters at Uselu, Egor local government area, Oloruntobi said many Nigerians in the northern part of the country including beggars have collected their PVCs. The Edo APD chairman noted that the northerners were more politically enlightened than the people of the South. He also urged Southerners to marry more wives and have more children to stop the North from having dominance in terms of highest number of voters during election. Read more

Buhari not materialistic – says Oba Akiolu (Vanguard)

Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos on Saturday compared President Muhammadu Buhari with other Nigerian past leaders and delivered a verdict: Buhari is a non-materialistic leader. “If you watch the life of President Buhari, he is not materialistically minded like the other people”, Akiolu said. The Lagos monarch made this remark when the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa led the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria to his palace on a courtesy call. The visit was part of the activities for the 2018 Conference of Speakers which commenced on Friday in Lagos. “God loves this country and we are very lucky. My appeal to you, my sons and daughters is that let peace return to this country. Nigeria is not going to break. Read more

We’ll use legal means to foil APC’s plot against Saraki, say Senators (ThisDay)

Two members of the National Assembly, Senators Isah Misau and Rafiu Ibrahim, have vowed to seek legal means to redress any illegality that may be carried out by APC Senators to unseat Senate President Bukola Saraki. The duo representing Bauchi Central and Kwara South respectively in the Senate in a joint statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, to react to the recent threat by Senator Abu Ibrahim that the Senate will know no peace until Senate President Saraki vacates office declared “we urge Senator Ibrahim and his colleagues to know that if they tried anything illegal and indecent, we will resist it through legal means.” Read more

INEC moves to stop arrest warrant of chairman (SUN)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has asked a Federal High Court, Abuja to stay the execution of its order for the arrest of Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, pending determination of an appeal on the order now pending before the Court of Appeal. Prof. Mahmood had approached the Court of Appeal on Thursday, seeking an order setting aside the bench warrant on the grounds of constitutional and judicial breaches. In a motion for stay filed through its counsel, Asiwaju Adegboyega Awomolo SAN, Thursday, the com- mission asked for, “an order staying the execution, giving effect to, enforce or carry into being, the bench warrant or any order or orders however made by this honourable court, in so far as may affect or touch on Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), pending the hearing and determination of the appeal filed by the applicant at the Court of Appeal”. Read more

Saraki will not quit senate presidency, say Senators Misau, Ibrahim (Vanguard)

The Senator representing Bauchi Central, Isa Hama Misau and his colleague Rafiu Ibrahim, who represents Kwara South have warned Senator Abu Ibrahim(APC Katsina South) not to foment any trouble when the Senate resumes on September 25, as the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will never resign from the position. Misau and Ibrahim, in a joint statement, claimed that the People’s Democratic Party, which they and Saraki now belong, has the majority in the upper chamber and as a preliminary to settle issues, they will call for a head count. The statement was circulated on their behalf by Olu W. Onemola, who works for Saraki as media assistant. Read more

Expulsion: PDP writes INEC, DSS, Police over Kashamu, others (Nation)

…As Senator rejects expulsion from party

The National Headquarters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has formally written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Department of State Security Service (DSS) and the Police Command in Ogun State, notifying each of them of the expulsion of Senator Buruji Kashamu and three others from the party. Senator Kashamu representing Ogun East Senatorial district at the Senate, factional Chairman of PDP in Ogun State, Engr. Bayo Dayo,  and two others were expelled from the party weeks  ago by the PDP National leadership for alleged anti – party activities but Kashamu and Dayo rejected the expulsion, dismissing it last Thursday as a ruse and illegality that shall not stand. Read more

I’ll rather quit politics than leave PDP for any other party – Makarfi (Vanguard)

A presidential hopeful, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi, has ruled out the possibility of leaving the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for any other political party if he does not win the party’s ticket for the country’s top job in 2019. He said he would rather quit politics, instead of joining any other political group. Makarfi said this on Saturday while addressing newsmen at the PDP secretariat in Minna, the Niger State capital. NAN reports that Makarfi is in Minna to drum up support for his presidential bid in 2019. “If I leave PDP, I would leave politics. If I was to leave PDP, I could have defected a long time ago.So that possibility is not there,” he said The one time governor of Kaduna said he predicted the recent mass defections to PDP, adding that the biggest challenge is managing it. Read more

APC will adopt labour tactics to win Kwara, Sokoto, Benue (Nation)

National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has told the People’s Democratic Party that he would rather be an attack dog than be a mushroom eater. Comrade Oshiomhole said he opted for the tactics he is deploying as National Chairman of the APC because of the party’s commitment to Nigerians. Oshiomhole who spoke to reporters at the Bénin Airport on his way to Sapele, Delta State yesterday, said the APC would continue to engage and pro-attack, whether the opposition called him an attack dog or not. The former Edo State governor added that APC would deploy labour tactics to humble the PDP in Kwara, Benue and Sokoto states. Read more

Don’t be clog in wheel on progress, Ambode tells lawmakers (SUN)

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Friday evening, urged lawmakers across the country to eschew all acts that can constitute clogs in the wheel of progress based on party differences, saying the whole essence of politics is to serve the people and give back to the society. Speaking while declaring open the Second Quarterly General Meeting of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria held at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said politicians across party lines must be constantly reminded that the essence of politics which is also enshrined in the Constitution is the protection of lives and property and welfare of the people. Read more

NAF fighter jet destroys Boko Haram hideout in Borno (Nation)

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya  Dole  has conducted a successful attack on a Boko Haram Terrorists’ (BHTs) Hideout in Daban Masara in Borno. Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said that the operation was carried out on Friday. ” The surgical air strikes were conducted on the strength of credible intelligence which indicated that remnants of BHTs on the Lake Chad Islands were hiding out in settlements at the Southern part of the lake, including Daban Masara, and were amassing in some buildings for a meeting. Read more

Kachikwu: FID on NLNG $7bn Train-7 Shielded from Vagaries of 2019 Polls (ThisDay)

Plans by shareholders of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited to reach a Final Investment Decision (FID) on the company’s Train-7 project by December 2018, would not be affected by potential vagaries of Nigeria’s 2019 general election, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has said. Kachikwu, at the weekend gave the assurance when he visited the Bonny Island base of the NLNG which currently produces 22 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG but plans to invest circa $7 billion on the Train-7 project to expand its production capacity to 30mtpa. Read more

1 Die, 19 Injured in auto Crash in Katsina (ThisDay)

Tragedy struck Friday night in Bindawa Local Government Area of Katsina State when one person died and 19 others sustained varying degree of injures in an auto crash involving a motorcade bearing Hon. Ahmed Babba Kaita. Kaita, who is vying for Katsina North Senatorial seat on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), was among hundreds of supporters who were out to campaign ahead of the August 11, 2018 by-election in the zone. The accident was said to have occurred when the campaign team of the aspirant was returning to Kankia after visiting Kusada, Ingawa and Bindawa Local Governments to canvass for votes. Read more

I want to surpass Blessing Okagbare’s record, says gold winning athlete (Vanguard)

Nigerian young sprinter Rosemary Chukwuma, said on Saturday that her aim was to win more medals for the country and surpass Blessing Okagbare’s record. She told newsmen at the ongoing Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba that the aim of every athlete was to exceed past records. Chukwuma was part of the country’s 4×100 women’s team that won gold at the ongoing championships. She had earlier won gold at the 100m and 200m at the 2018 Africa Youth Games in Algeria. The 17-year-old Chukwuma hit the limelight after winning the sprint double at the 2017 National U-18 Championships held in Abuja. The youngster also won the 200m event at the 2017 National Youth Games (NYG) held in Ilorin. Read more

Scrabble Federation recalls 2 Nigerian internationals from suspension (Vanguard)

Akure – The Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) has recalled two Nigerian internationals, Tunde Oduwole and Wale Fasina, from suspension. This was announced in a statement in Akure on Saturday, signed by the Chairman of the federation’s Publicity Committee, Akintunde Akinsemola. The statement said the players were suspended on Feb. 27 for three months, following their involvement in an act capable of bringing the game to disrepute at the NSF 2018 event in Kano. It explained that the players were found to have colluded to alter their game scores, with the intention of putting themselves in prime positions to win prize monies. The federation said the act was capable of bringing the game of scrabble to disrepute, both within and outside the country. Read more

Vidal thanks Bayern for sanctioning €20m Barca move (SUN)

The Spanish side have agreed to sign the midfielder on a three-year contract and the Chile star leaves Bavaria on good terms. Arturo Vidal bade a warm farewell to Bayern Munich as he relishes a new challenge at Barcelona. Chile midfielder Vidal has agreed to join Barca on a three-year deal , with just a medical remaining to conclude a transfer understood to be worth in the region of €20 million (£18m/$23m). The 31-year-old is Barca’s fourth major recruit of the close season following Brazilian midfielder Arthur’s arrival from Gremio, the capture of Bordeaux winger Malcom at Roma’s expense and defender Clement Lenglet’s switch from LaLiga counterparts Sevilla. Read more

Neymar returns as PSG thrash Monaco in China (Straitstimes)

Brazilian superstar Neymar made his first club appearance since February as Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Monaco 4-0 in the Champions Trophy in China on Saturday (Aug 4). Angel Di Maria’s double fired PSG to their first silverware under new coach Thomas Tuchel as Neymar, long sidelined by a metatarsal fracture, came on as a late substitute. Di Maria’s thunderous free kick opened the scoring on 33 minutes and he grabbed PSG’s fourth in injury time following strikes from Christopher Nkunku and Tim Weah. Read more

North Korea slams US for urging enforcement of sanctions (SBS)

North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho has criticised calls by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to maintain sanctions against North Korea.  Ri Yong Ho said despite “goodwill measures” taken by his country, the US was “raising its voice louder for maintaining the sanctions against the DPRK”.  He made the comments during a security forum in Singapore, according to a statement. Mr Ri criticised “insistent moves manifested within the US to go back to the old, far from its leader’s intention”. “Impatience is not helpful at all for building confidence. Especially, advancing unilateral demands will further deepen mistrust, instead of reviving trust,” said the statement. Read more

DRC’s Bemba to return to Europe after filing presidential bid (Guardian)

Ex-rebel DR Congo leader Jean-Pierre Bemba will head back to Europe after returning to the African country this week to launch his bid for the presidency in December’s long-delayed elections, a leader of his party said Saturday. The former DRC vice president arrived in the capital Kinshasa on Wednesday after 11 years abroad — a decade of it behind bars — and on Thursday officially launched his bid to succeed long-serving President Joseph Kabila. Bemba, 55, then arrived in the town of Gemena in his stronghold in the northwest on Saturday. Read more

Brazil’s da Silva set to launch presidential campaign from behind bars (Japantimes)

Even behind bars, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will secure his leftist party’s nomination Saturday and continue to overshadow more likely candidates in the country’s most unpredictable presidential election in decades. Saturday will see three big party conventions, two months before the first round of voting on Oct. 7 in Latin America’s dominant economy. Center-left environmental campaigner Marina Silva will get the nomination of her Rede party in Brasilia. Also in the capital, former Sao Paulo governor and establishment heavyweight Geraldo Alckmin will secure the nod from the center-right Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB). Read more

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