March 25, 2019

* 2019: Buhari Not Jittery Over Atiku, APC Govs Declare * I Am Confident Of Victory In Taraba – Sen. Aisha Alhassan

* 2019: Buhari Not Jittery Over Atiku, APC Govs Declare                * I Am Confident Of Victory In Taraba – Sen. Aisha Alhassan



2019: Buhari Not Jittery Over Atiku, APC Govs Declare

Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday declared that President Muhammadu Buhari and the party are not jittery over the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the main opposition Presidential candidate in 2019 election. Atiku was elected by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as its Presidential flag bearer during the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Sunday. Speaking with State House correspondents after leading four governors of the party to a closed-door meeting with President Buhari over the just concluded party’s primaries, Chairman of the APC Governors Forum and Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, was optimistic that Buhari would be reelected in 2019.

I Am Confident Of Victory In Taraba – Sen. Aisha Alhassan

Sen. Aisha Alhassan, former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development and the governorship candidate of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in Taraba, says she is confident of victory in 2019 general elections with her new platform. Alhassan expressed the optimism on Wednesday in Abuja when she visited the UDP national secretariat with UDP Taraba State Executive to submit the state’s report to the party’s National Chairman, Mr Godson Okoye. She said it was not the name of political party that mattered in winning elections but the structure and followership in any election.

President Buhari Releases Executive Order 8

President Muhammadu Buhari has released a new Executive Order into law. The new order is meant to regulate money laundering and tax evasion. The President released the new Executive Order number eight, tagged “Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularization Scheme, VOARS,” on Wednesday. The new Executive Order (008) took effect from Monday, October 8, 2018, the day it was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, made this known in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

APC To INEC: We’ll Present Candidates For 2019  Election In Zamfara

The All Progressives Congress has faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration that the party was ineligible to present candidates for the Governorship and National Assembly elections in Zamfara State, on the basis that primary elections were not held. National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, in a letter to the INEC which he signed in Abuja, on Wednesday, said the electoral management body acted in error by basing its decision to bar the APC from presenting candidates on a false premise.

What APC governors discussed with Buhari – Okorocha

Governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC), on Wednesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari. The governors after the meeting declared that the party is not jittery over the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the main opposition Presidential candidate in the 2019 election. Rochas Okorocha, Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, speaking to state house correspondents after the meeting, said: “I don’t know about talking tough, we can’t be jittery and history is there to speak, history is very important and it is there to speak, so like I said we are not going to engage in this verbal war with anybody, we will be talking about issues. If we say look, you are not good, we tell you what we can do and we cannot do and what others cannot do.

Search For Missing Gen. Alkali Not A Punitive Expedition – Army

The Nigerian Army says its search and find operation for the missing retired Maj.- Gen. Idris Alkali at Du village of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau is by no means a punitive expedition as being expressed in some quarters. It said its attention had been drawn to unfounded and unsubstantiated news about the search and find operation trending on several platforms. A statement issued by Maj.-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, the Chief of Military/Civil Affairs, on Wednesday, said rather, the intensified effort was aimed at locating the retired senior officer’s whereabouts in line with the army’s cherished core values and global best military practices.

Criminal Charges: Court Permits FG To Serve Ekweremadu Through NASS

The Federal High Court Abuja has granted the Federal Government permission to serve criminal charges on Deputy Senate President Ike EKweremadu through the Clerk of the National Assembly. Justice Binta Nyako gave the order on Wednesday following a complaint from the government’s counsel, Mr Celsus Ukpong, that Ekwerewadu had been evading the service of the criminal charges on him. Ukpong had in two separate ex parte motions, prayed the court to permit the service of the two-count criminal charge against Ekweremadu through substituted service.

Experts Raise Alarm On Rising Global Mental Health Disorders

Experts have raised fresh alarm over rise in mental health disorders in every country on the planet, which they said are expected to cost the global economy £12 trillion yearly by 2030. Authors of a new report published yesterday in The Lancet to mark the World Mental Health Day (WMHD), revealed that depression and anxiety were on the rise in all countries of the world. The report was put together by 28 experts of The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development and launched at the first Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, United Kingdom (UK).

11 Persons Severely Injured In Abuja Restaurant Fire

Eleven people on Wednesday in Abuja suffered varying degrees of burns from a gas explosion that occurred at Rosy Restaurant in Area 11. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the victims, who were immediately taken to Asokoro general hospital, suffered high degrees of burns. A pregnant woman, who simply identified herself as Ajayi, who works at the restaurant, said that they were all going about their normal duty when the gas suddenly exploded.

Akwa Ibom Announces 50 Per Cent Tickets Fees Slash As Eagles Camp Bubbles

Super Eagles’ fans interested in watching Saturday’s African Nations Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Libya at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo have been served a good hand by the Akwa Ibom State government, which has slashed the gate fees by 50 per cent. According to the government, fans will now pay as low as N500 to watch the game from the popular stands, which was initially N1, 000. Those wishing to see the game from the VIP stands will pay N1, 000 as against the initial N2, 000 price tag.

South South Stakeholders To Honor Pinnick In Uyo

Football stakeholders in the South South zone would tomorrow (Friday) roll out the drums to honor president of the nation’s soccer governing body, Amaju Melvin Pinnick in Uyo ahead of the AFCON 2019 qualifier between the Super Eagles and Libya. Amaju who is also the first Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is being honored by the zone over his numerous achievements as NFF president and for breaking the jinx of incumbents at the Glass House not doing a second term after winning the September 20 elections in Katsina.

Alex Iwobi Shines Bright In Super Eagles Training Session

Alex Iwobi in the Super Eagles training today picked up from where he left off in Arsenal’s Premier League match against Fulham, is reporting. His skill, sleek passing and constant movement into free space received huge cheers from the crowd at the training pitch of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium who came to watch. He also scored one of the standout goals of the evening, with a sweet lob over the goalkeeper’s shoulder and at this point, the whole crowd went wild with cheers.

Ighalo, Idowu Complete Eagles’ Invitees’ Roll Call

Changchun Yatai of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo and Lokomotiv Moscow of Russia defender, Bryan Idowu on Wednesday completed the roll call of players invited to the Super Eagles’ camp for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya. Ighalo was first to land between both, and quickly made himself available for evening training, while Idowu stepped in soon afterwards, just in time to also leave with the team to the pitch.

Floyd Mayweather Has His Say on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Actions After Conor Mcgregor Fight

It remains unclear how Khabib Nurmagomedov will be punished for his actions in the aftermath of his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229. The Russian, who attacked Dillon Danis moments after defeating McGregor, could be stripped of his lightweight title, receive a substantial fine and be suspended from the sport for a lengthy period. There have even been suggestions that police in Nevada will decide to take action against the 30-year-old. UFC president Dana White told reporters earlier this week that he thinks Khabib should keep his belt.

 Cristiano Ronaldo on Rape Allegation: Vegas Incident Was ‘Consensual In Nature’

Cristiano Ronaldo has “vehemently” denied a rape allegation, saying the relations he had with his accuser were “consensual in nature”. American teacher Kathryn Mayorga claims the Portuguese football star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in June 2009, saying she was paid $375,000 (£275,000) in a later out-of-court settlement. Ronaldo initially described the allegation made last week as “fake news”, and has now said in a statement that “what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature”. The statement, issued through lawyer Peter Christiansen, says Ronaldo “does not deny” reaching a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Ms Mayorga in 2010.

UEFA Super Cup Could Be Played Outside Europe as Top Clubs Eye Big Money To Be Made By Going Global

European football bosses could take the prestigious Super Cup on a world tour. UEFA is understood to be considering the potential of playing the traditional August curtain-raiser, between the previous campaign’s winners of the Champions League and Europa League, outside Europe. While nothing has been agreed yet it is believed to be on the agenda, with Europe’s top clubs under increasing pressure to play top fixtures in the United States, Asia and elsewhere. UEFA have denied reports a Champions League final could be staged in New York, but taking another major fixture between two European superpowers outside its home continent is a possibility.

Wimbledon Will Discuss Punishment For Outbursts With The ATP And WTA

Wimbledon chiefs will speak to the ATP and WTA about recent outbursts by players towards ball boys and girls in a bid to encourage greater respect for tournament volunteers. In light of controversial behaviour by Fernando Verdasco and Aryna Sabalenka, the commercial and media director of the All England Club insisted that a code of ethics needs to be preserved. Mick Desmond also said that Wimbledon would not be afraid to fine players — regardless of their status — if they were seen to be disrespecting ball boys and girls at the Championships.

Wall Street Plunges As Investors Seek Safety

Wall Street shares have fallen sharply as investors sought safety amid growing worries about bond markets and trade tensions. New York’s Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 3%, or more than 800 points, in Wednesday trading. That was its worst drop in eight months. The S&P 500 was also down 3% while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 4%. It followed a bleak session in Europe, where Germany’s Dax and France’s Cac 40 had each ended the day more than 2% lower.

‘El Chapo’ Case Will Still Start In November

The judge in the trial of Mexico’s Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, accused of running one of the world’s biggest criminal drug empires, said Wednesday his trial would get under way next month. Jury selection is set for November 5 even though “El Chapo’s” attorneys insist that they cannot be ready to represent him due to the huge number of documents in the case. The trial is expected to take four months. Guzman, 61, is accused of running the Sinaloa crime syndicate and has been held in New York since being extradited to the United States on January 19, 2017, after twice escaping from prison in Mexico.

Hurricane Michael Devastation Hits Florida As ‘Strongest Storm In History’ Brings 155mph Winds

Extremely powerful Hurricane Michael crashed into Florida’s northwestern Panhandle coast on Wednesday. The huge storm system has been flooding towns and ripping up trees with 155mph (249 kph) winds and has the potential for a devastating storm surge. Michael, which had caught many by surprise with its rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico, was the most powerful storm ever recorded to hit the Panhandle, a thin stretch of land in upper Florida.It gathered still more strength just before making landfall northwest of the town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. Its sustained winds were just 2 mph (3.2 kph) shy of being an extremely rare Category 5.

Emails Link Flynn To Person Involved In GOP Operative’s Hunt For Clinton Emails

Congressional investigators have reviewed emails between retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn when he was a top adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump and at least one person involved in the late Republican operative Peter Smith’s secretive effort to obtain thousands of Hillary Clinton emails that Smith believed had likely been stolen by Russian hackers. The emails were included in a cache of documents and records that Smith’s estate turned over to agents working for special counsel Robert Mueller and investigators from Capitol Hill, according to the attorney for Smith’s estate, William Ensing, and congressional sources.

Woman Burns Teen’s Genitals With Hot Tongs For Refusing Sex, Charged

Woman was charged Tuesday for confining a 13-year-old boy to her home and burning his genitals with hot tongs for resisting sexual advances in Indian city of Noida, police said. The woman was absconding after the incident. The teen’s mother said the woman was from their neighborhood and had made sexual advances repeatedly. “The married woman, apparently in her late 20s, had lured the boy to her house in the afternoon last Friday when she was alone there,” police said. The woman has been charged with hurting the boy with a weapon, wrongful confinement, kidnapping and criminal intimidation. She has also been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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