* 2019: PDP, R-APC yet to agree on 4 knotty issues (Nation) * Buhari congratulates Erdogan on re-election victory (Nation)

* 2019: PDP, R-APC yet to agree on 4 knotty issues (Nation)         * Buhari congratulates Erdogan on re-election victory (Nation)



2019: PDP, R-APC yet to agree on 4 knotty issues (Nation)

Ahead of their defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC), leaders of Reformed All Progressives Congress(R-APC) have tabled tough demands before the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). While some of the demands have been accepted, there are four other knotty issues yet to be settled.The four pegs of negotiation are: conceding party structures in states to R-APC on 60 to 40 per cent basis; automatic ticket; change of PDP’s name and governorship ticket in some states. It was learnt that members of the Board of Trustees of PDP, the National Executive Committee and National Working Committee (NWC) are opposed to the idea that the party should change its name. State chairmen of the party were also opposed to conceding 60 per cent of the officials of ward, local government and state executive committees (SEC) of PDP to R-APC. Read more

Buhari congratulates Erdogan on re-election victory (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday evening spoke with his Turkish counterpart, Mr Recep Erdogan, via telephone, and congratulated him over his re-election. The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday. The presidential aide stated that Buhari in the telephone conversation with Erdogan said he looked forward to the strengthening of relations between Nigeria and Turkey. President Buhari expressed the hope that the results of the recently held elections would strengthen democracy and lead Turkey towards more economic prosperity. Read more

Buahri’s group applauds signing of Executive Order on corruption (Vanguard)

A non-governmental body, the Buhari Youth Organisation, BYO, Friday, described the signing of an Executive Order on the preservation of suspicious assets connected with corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari as a welcome development. Recall President Buhari on Thursday, signed the Executive Order 6, which seeks to restrain owners of assets under investigation from carrying out any further transaction on such assets. The BYO said the order seeking to seize assets of corrupt persons and institutions in Nigeria was in order commendable  the President for what it said, was “Total declaration of emergency on corruption in the country.” Read more

INEC to suspend Continuous Voter Registration on Aug. 17 (Nation)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Friday that it would suspend the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on Aug. 17 until after the 2019 general elections. The commission disclosed this in a statement issued by Prince Solomon Soyebi, National Commissioner and Chairman, information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja. Soyebi, however, said that the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) would continue until a week to the commencement of general elections, Feb. 16, 2019. The decision, according to him, was taken following consultative meetings the commission had with major stakeholders in Nigeria in the electoral process. Read more

Brazil 1 Belgium 2: Jay-Jay Okocha names his Man of the Match and It’s NOT (Punch)

Belgium have joined neighbors France in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup after a 2-1 win over one of the pre-tournament favorites, Brazil, on Friday evening in Kazan. Belgium took the lead after 13 minutes when Fernandinho headed into his own net, Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne doubled the advantage in the 31st minute before Renato Augusto pulled a goal back on 76 minutes. Though De Bruyne picked up the official Budweiser Man of the Match accolade, SuperSport pundit Jay-Jay Okocha says he was most impressed by another Premier League star in Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. Read more

The path to 2019 ‘ll be rough—APP Chair, Ugochinyere (Vanguard)

As young as he is, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere’s name commands respect in some quarters. His activities are closely monitored by the security agencies, especially the police and the Department of State Services, DSS. He started brushes with the law right from the tale end of 2015 when his vociferous voice as President of National Youth  Council of Nigeria, NYCN, was noted and considered too strong to be ignored by the federal authorities. His activities considered antithetical earned him invites as a guest of the dungeon of the DSS for three consecutive times. Many who knew about his travails in the hands of the security agency thought Ugochinyere would abandon his course of speaking openly what he considered as ills of the authorities. Read more

Why blackmailers are after Dokubo, PAP boss — Chief Loyibo, PANDEF chieftain (Vanguard)

A chieftain of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, the umbrella group of traditional rulers, leaders and stakeholders of Niger Delta region, Chief Mike Loyibo, has revealed why those he described as “amnesty merchants” and “blackmailers” were after the new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Prof Charles Dokubo. Loyibo, who spoke to Saturday Vanguard in an interview, said: “As a critical stakeholder in the Niger Delta sustainable development project, I got worried by the avalanche of petitions from some individuals and groups of persons who claim to be the “owners” of the Niger Delta or the south-south against the current Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, boss, Prof Charles Dokubo, who assumed office barely three months ago.” Read more

Union kicks over SON’s rejection of election result (Nation)

A major industrial crisis is brewing at the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) following the management’s rejection of the  union election. It called for its cancellation and a fresh election. The management, it was gathered, was transferring the newly elected union officials and other vocal union members out of the headquarters in contravention of labour laws. The management, in a letter addressed to the FCT Council of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), signed by the Director, Human Resource Management, Usman Abdulkadir, said the conduct of the union election violated the rules for the conduct of such an election. The letter dated  June 14, this year said the management was rejecting the outcome of the election because it violates the rules of displaying posters and fliers and the nomination of a candidate on the floor of the election, after the closure of nomination among other actions by the contestants. Read more

PLATEAU: Horror in IDP camps (Vanguard)

When armed gunmen identified as Fulani herdsmen invaded about 19 villages mainly in Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Riyom local government areas of Plateau State, all that the villagers wanted was to escape to safety. While some lost their lives in the ensuing confusion, thousands made it to safe places in areas where they are totally strangers. Running in groups in search of where to lay their heads, they found themselves in available spaces now designated as Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camps which number about 20, spread across Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South local government areas. Having escaped from danger, new challenges stare the displaced persons in the face as many who escaped with just the clothes on them are now in need of other basic things like food, sanitary facility, clothing and appropriate shelter. Read more

Malaria: Traditional Chinese Medicine to the rescue (Vanguard)

Nigeria is set to harness Traditional Chinese Medicine to combat malaria, as a team of experts from the Jianqxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine have introduced complementary and alternative medicine to fight the scourge. The treatment will also include acupuncture and the use of Chinese herbal products. According to the Deputy Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Guan Zhongqi, “The Chinese government have brought these new ideas and forms of treatment to Nigeria to tackle Malaria. We know that Malaria is a common disease in Africa and we have some Chinese traditional treatment and we think it is best to bring these ideas to the Nigerian healthcare system. Read more

CAN cancels protest march slated for July 11 (Nation)

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has postponed until further notice its planned public protest slated for July 11, 2018. It said it did so due to some circumstances beyond its control. CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle  made the announcement in a statement  signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji , his Special Assistant, Media and Communication. However, Ayokunle said the three-day prayer and fasting would hold as scheduled from July 9 to 11, 2018 in all churches and state chapters of CAN. He disclosed that the church and denominational leaders would come to the National Christian Centre together with the National Executive Committee (NEC), of CAN on the July 11 at 10am to pray to God for the nation. Read more

World Cup breaks stereotypes about Russia – Putin (Nation)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that his country’s hosting of the soccer World Cup had helped debunk stereotypes about it.Russia’s host nation status had been met with resistance by some in the West, who suggested the tournament could be unsafe and play into the hands of Putin. The Russian president stands accused by Washington of conducting “malign activities” around the world. But the month-long tournament, which ends on July 15, has so far been without major security incidents. Read more

Belgium’s win over Brazil was defined by two players (JOE)

The favourites to win the tournament were beaten 2-1 by Belgium on Friday night in Kazan. The South Americans fell behind after 13-minutes when Fernandinho inadvertently turned the ball into his own net. Belgium then scored a wonderful goal on the break. Neymar’s corner was cleared by Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku dribbled by several Brazilians and Kevin De Bruyne then unleashed an unstoppable shot from the edge of the penalty area. Renato Augusto reduced the deficit and Brazil pushed hard for an equaliser in the second-half, but Belgium held on to set-up a semi-final against France. The result can be defined by two players. Read more

Eden Hazard’s magic feet show up Brazil as Belgium knock off Selecao (Kwese.Espn)

Belgium are through to the World Cup semifinals following their 2-1 quarterfinal win over Brazil on Friday, thanks to an own goal from Fernandinho and a laser-guided strike from Kevin De Bruyne. Belgium score very easy these days. Against Brazil, Roberto Martinez’s team netted their 13th and 14th goals of this World Cup. Efficient. Read more

FIFA announce the fastest footballers at the 2018 World Cup (Balls)

With the World Cup sadly rattling rapidly toward its finale – with the quarterfinals starting today, there are only eight games left! – FIFA have announced the players who have hit the highest speeds at the tournament thus far. Top of the list of the fastest footballers at the 2018 World Cup is Cristiano Ronaldo, who seems to be, er, getting fitter, faster and stronger with age. Ronaldo clocked a top speed of 34 km/h against Spain in Portugal’s opening group game. He is joined at the top by Ante Rebic, who memorably punished Willy Caballero’s farcical error in Croatia’s group stage game with Argentina. Read more

CRUNCH Brazil v Belgium: Marouane Fellaini takes just five minutes to make his mark on Neymar (Talksport)

The 2018 World Cup has presented us with some incredible moments for fans to take away from Russia. Whether it’s England finally winning a penalty shootout, Germany crashing out in the group stages or Panama scoring their first ever Finals goal, the tournament has been a memorable one. One of the more unfavourable moments whoever, has been the ease in which Brazil talisman Neymar goes to ground. Talented and infuriating in equal measure, the Paris Saint-Germain forward has incensed fans with his apparent play-acting. However, as soon as Brazil kicked off their game against Belgium, fans noticed Marouane Fellaini take up a position by the diminutive forward and started to panic. Read more

No delay on reuniting migrant families, U.S. judge rules (CBC)

A U.S. judge on Friday refused to grant the Trump administration a blanket extension of the deadline to reunite children separated from their parents at the border, instead acknowledging that more time may be justified only in specific cases. The administration said it needed more time to reunite 101 children under five years old to ensure the children’s safety and to confirm their parental relationships. “There’s always going to be tension between a fast release and a safe release,” said Sarah Fabian, a Justice Department attorney. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the administration to share a list of the 101 children with the American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully sued to force the reunions, by Saturday afternoon. Read more

US navy on alert as Iran threatens to block Gulf oil route (Theweek)

The US navy is on standby near the Strait of Hormuz after Iran’s military warned it would block all oil shipments through the channel if Washington goes ahead with sanctions against Iranian oil exports. The strait is the most important oil transit channel in the world, with about a fifth of all oil consumed globally passing through on tankers every day, Reuters reports. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s most powerful military force, told Iranian media: “We will make the enemy understand that either all can use the Strait of Hormuz or no one.” Read more

Syrian conflict: Chlorine used in Douma attack that left dozens of civilians dead, chemical weapons watchdog finds (Independent)

Chlorine was used in an attack on the Syrian city of Douma that killed dozens of civilians in April, the world’s chemical weapons watchdog has found. A preliminary report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it found “various chlorinated organic chemicals” in two locations, but there was no evidence nerve agents were used. Dozens of civilians were killed in the attack on the rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the country’s capital Damascus. Read more

Battle for Hodeidah: Glimmer of hope in UN talks to save vital Yemeni port (BBC)

The UN’s special envoy to Yemen has returned from talks with the Houthi rebel leadership championing what he called “positive and constructive” progress over the fate of the vital port city of Hodeidah. British national Martin Griffiths, who took up the post in February this year, addressed the United Nations security council in a closed-door briefing on Thursday after his return from capital Sanaa, where he met with rebel leader Abdul Malek al-Houthi, and Aden, the Yemeni government’s interim base. “All parties have not only underscored their strong desire for peace, but have also engaged with me on concrete ideas for achieving peace,” he said in a statement. Read more

French Officer Charged in Fatal Shooting That Set Off Riots (Nytimes)

A police officer who fatally shot a young man in western France this week, setting off three nights of rioting, has been charged with manslaughter, his lawyer said on Friday. The officer had initially claimed that he acted in self-defense while trying to arrest a 22-year-old man in Nantes on Tuesday, but later said that he had fired his weapon by accident. “He recognizes he made a statement that did not conform with the truth,” said his lawyer, Laurent-Franck Lienard. The officer was granted conditional release. The victim, identified by the single name Aboubakar, died from a bullet wound to the neck after the police stopped his car in the Breil neighborhood, which is home to a large public housing complex. The police said Aboubakar had been under surveillance. Read more


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