March 23, 2019

*2019: Atiku declares presidential bid, tackles Buhari (PrimiumTimes)* Fayemi to Fayose – Be ready to account for Ekiti funds (Nation)

*2019: Atiku declares presidential bid, tackles Buhari (PrimiumTimes)* Fayemi to Fayose – Be ready to account for Ekiti funds (Nation)


2019: Atiku declares presidential bid, tackles Buhari (PrimiumTimes)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar stood before a cheering crowd in his home state of Adamawa on Saturday, announcing he will seek the Peoples Democratic Party ticket for president next February.

Decrying the large-scale killings that have touched many parts of the country in recent months before thousands packed into Yola town square at the heart of Nigeria’s north-east, Mr Abubakar said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government would be remembered more for its bloodshed than any development it brought to citizens. Read more

Fayemi to Fayose – Be ready to account for Ekiti funds (Nation)

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said he is not on a vendetta mission on his decision to probe how the state finances were managed when he takes office on October 16.

Fayemi said there is need to know why the state government still owed several arrears of workers’ salaries and pensioners’ benefits after receiving three tranches of bailout funds, Paris Club refunds, Budget Support Funds and secrecy with which the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is shrouded in the last four years. Read more

In 2019, Nigerians will bury PDP – Lauretta Onochie (Vanguard)

Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide has said that Peoples Democratic Party PDP is a dead party and that in 2019, Nigerians will bury PDP.

Onochie made this known in a Tweet on her Twitter handle saying that ‘a party that could not put together a Coalition of political parties; is now banking on prospective decampees from APC. Read more

Edo Govt, Orhionmwon LGA identify priority projects (Nation)

Following the inauguration of Ward Development Committees in Orhionmwon Local Government Area, by the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, officials of the state government have commenced engagement with community leaders, resulting in the identification of the need for a skills center by indigenes and residents of Okogbo in Ukpato Ward of the local council.

The priority projects were agreed on at a meeting attended by the officials of the state government and community leaders and other members of the community. Read more

Abia Gov’ship: I have forgiven Olisa Metuh – Otti (Vanguard)

Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in the 2015 election in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, said he had forgiven the former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh for the role he played during the collation of the results of the election at the INEC collation centre , Umuahia , in 2015.

Otti who stated this while declaring his interest in the 2019 governorship election, in Aba, Abia state, alleged that Metuh and and former governor, Theodore Orji, had stormed the collation centre and forced the INEC returning officer to reverse the result of the governorship election in favour of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of the PDP. Read more

Eko Disco rehabilitates facilities in Ikoyi (Nation)

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) said on Saturday it had commenced the rehabilitation of work on power facilities in Ikoyi and environs to improve services to its customers in the area.

Mr Godwin Idemudia, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, said in Lagos the network improvement work was being handled by Marolls Engineering Limited.

According to him, the exercise will start with the rehabilitation of Moore Road 11kv Feeder and Injection substation. Read more

Zimbabwe’s president appealing for white votes (VOA)

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, extended a hand of reconciliation Saturday to whites and ruled out more invasions of their land.

In a sharp departure from his ruling ZANU PF party, which used to treat whites as foreigners and seized land under Robert Mugabe’s regime, President Mnangagwa appealed to whites to vote for him in Zimbabwe’s July 30 general election, and promised them land. Read more

Knife attacker on Germany bus arrested, nine injured (TheManilaTimes)

Nine people were injured in an attack by a man wielding a knife on a bus in northern Germany, officials said, although his motive remained unclear.

The packed bus was on Friday (Saturdya in Manila) heading in the direction of Travemuende, a popular beach destination close to the city of Luebeck, when a man pulled the weapon on passengers, Luebeck chief prosecutor Ulla Hingst said.

Regional interior minister for Schleswig-Holstein state, Hans-Joachim Grote, told DPA news agency that six people suffered knife wounds and three others different injuries, while the attacker also punched the bus driver. Read more

Marijuana worth millions seized in Italy (EuroNews)

Police have seized €20 million worth of marijuana plants in a large scale operation in southern Italy.

At least 18 people were reportedly arrested and a further 21 more suspects are believed involved.

In three different parts of the region, officials discovered 26,000 plants. Read more

Facebook and Instagram now encouraging moderators to tell on underage users (Gizmodo)

It just became more difficult for children under the age of 13 to use Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook already doesn’t technically allow children under the age of 13 to create accounts. But until recently, Facebook only looked into children’s accounts if someone reported them for being underage. Now, when reviewers come across accounts appearing to belong to children under the age of 13, for whatever reason, the reviewers are supposed to lock the accounts, according to a report from TechCrunch and a recent Facebook newsroom post.

If a user was blocked for this reason, but is actually 13 or older, they will have to present Facebook with a government-issued ID to prove their age and have their account unlocked. Read more

France, Russia send humanitarian aid to Syria for Ghouta victims (TheManilaTimes)

France and Russia on Saturday dispatched a plane carrying humanitarian aid to the ravaged former Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, which was retaken by government forces in April after a five-year siege. A Russian Antonov 124 military cargo plane carrying 50 tons of medical aid and humanitarian supplies left the airport at the central French city of Chateauroux at 3 a.m. (0100 GMT), the airport’s head Mark Bottemine said. Read more

A third of UK bosses avoid hiring women who could have children soon (Telegraph)

A third of bosses in the UK have admitted to discriminating against female candidates who they fear “might start a family soon”.

Research from employment lawfirm Slater and Gordon appears to confirm fears that businesses favour men in the hiring process and that some bosses believe having children affects how women perform at work.

In a survey of 501 managers of small and medium sized British businesses, 28 per cent said they have or would avoid hiring a woman for a role if they had recently become engaged or married. A similar number said they would or have done the same for women with young children. Read more

Chelsea in talks with Juventus over £53m Gonzalo Higuain transfer (Metro)

Chelsea are in talks with Juventus over a £53million deal for Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain.

The Old Lady need to raise some funds after shelling out £99m to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and believe they can make more than half of that back by selling Higuain.

Juventus signed Higuain for £75m in 2016 after offloading Paul Pogba in a record deal to Manchester United and the Argentine worked with Maurizio Sarri in Naples. Read more

Qatar to spend at least $200bn on 2022 World Cup (TASS)

After Russia won the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup in 2009, it estimated the cost of hosting the tournament at about $10 billion. However, later on the overall cost of hosting the World Cup grew

Doha plans to spend at least $200 billion on the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Russian Ambassador to Qatar Nurmakhmad Kholov told TASS.

“At least $200 billion will be spent on the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” he said. “They want to show themselves to the best advantage while hosting the 2022 World Cup, so the primary focus and resources will be on the tournament.” Read more

Barcelona: Marc Cardona joins Eibar on loan (EverythingBarca)

The 23-year-old gets the chance to play top division football next season after struggling to make his way into the Barcelona senior side.

Marc Cardona has joined La Liga side Eibar on loan with a purchase option at the end of the season. He recently signed a new contract with the club with his old one set to run out this summer. This move suggests that the new contract was a way to ensure they earned some money from a transfer rather than letting him go for free. Read more

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud will keep his promise to shave his head after France win the World Cup (TalkSport)

Olivier Giroud has revealed he will keep his promise to shave his head, but only after his son’s Christening on Sunday.

The Chelsea star vowed to crop his incredible locks if France won the World Cup in Russia.

Despite not having a single shot on target during the whole tournament, the former Arsenal men helped Les Bleus beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow on July 15.

And, he has vowed to keep his promise of losing his mane of hair. Read more

Tottenham must beat Wolves to Silva (ThisisFutbol)

With Wolves reportedly enquiring about AC Milan striker Andre Silva, Tottenham must move quickly to snap him up ahead of their Premier League rivals.

Milan sporting director Massimo Mirabelli, as quoted by the Mirror, has confirmed Wolves have enquired as to the availability of the Portuguese striker, with the club’s sporting director also opening the door to a potential sale this summer. Read more

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