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* 5 governors in plot to upturn Buhari’s advice (Nation) * Defection: My role as John the Baptist – Uduaghan (SUN)

* 5 governors in plot to upturn Buhari’s advice (Nation)             * Defection: My role as John the Baptist – Uduaghan (SUN)



5 governors in plot to upturn Buhari’s advice (Nation)

Five governors have been fingered in a plot to upturn President Muhammadu Buhari’s advice to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to adopt direct primary in picking candidates for the 2019 elections. The President is said to be strongly in support of direct primary at last week’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting based on field reports from Osun and Bauchi states. The five governors, it was learnt, took advantage of the President’s trip to China the day after the meeting, to reject his advice. But APC senators and members of the House of Representatives are insisting on direct primaries – apparently to checkmate the governors. Read more

Defection: My role as John the Baptist – Uduaghan (SUN)

Immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said his recent defection from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is to mobilise virtually every PDP member in the Niger Delta region into the All Progressives Congress (APC). Uduaghan defected last week and said described himself as John the Baptist, an indication that there is a bigger politician from the PDP who he had gone to prepare ground for in the APC. Speaking at Olomoro in Isoko South Local Government Area of the state, the ex-governor who is aspiring to represent Delta South Senatorial district at the National Assembly in 2019, taunted the PDP members and said they were confused by what he meant by being John the Baptist. Read more

David Mark joins 2019 Presidential Race, to pick form today (ThisDay)

Former Senate President, David Mark, will today pick his presidential interest and nomination forms ahead of the 2019 presidential election. It was gathered that Mark, also known as ”the Okpokpowulu K’Idoma” would contest on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Confirming the development yesterday, James Oche, the National Coordinator of Door2Door for David Mark, said his principal, after a nationwide consultation has decided to join the presidential race to salvage the entity called Nigeria from a total collapse. Read more

Shekarau returns to APC, after four years in PDP (Nation)

Former governor of Kano state Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has returned to the All Progressives congress (APC), after four years sojourn in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The ex-minister of Education’s decision became necessary, over what he described as lack of internal democracy in the party as well as injustice by the party headquarters to Kano PDP members and its stakeholders. According to his media aide, Sule Yau Sule, who spoke to The Nation on phone, “the defection of lbrahim shekarau to APC is not yet official, but, obviously, there are move to that, we are going to hold stakeholders meeting that will finally decide the next direction”. Read more

YCE faults Osinbajo’s stand on restructuring (Vanguard)

The Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE, has faulted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s stand on restructuring saying restructuring remains  fundamental to the problems of Nigeria for obvious reasons. It, however, hailed the Vice President for being a good ambassador of the Yoruba and loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari. The Secretary-General of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide said this in an interview with reporters at his country-home in Efon-Alaaye, Ekiti State,  on Sunday. Olajide said: “The Yoruba are very proud of Mr. Vice President (Osinbajo). He has performed most creditably in office. His absolute loyalty to his boss is commendable. “Moreover, on the few occasions he acted as President, his leadership has been most inspiring.” The YCE scribe, however, said the VP goofed on his position on  restructuring by Nigerians. Read more

Tracing the incessant bloodbath in Brass (ThisDay)

Emmanuel Addeh traces the crises in Brass, Bayelsa State, noting that underneath the violence is a battle for control of the levers of power in the area. Last February, a violent confrontation between youths loyal to the two dominant political parties in Bayelsa State led to the death of one Ayebatonye Junior, who was reportedly shot in the neck by supporters of a rival gang. One month earlier, at least, three persons were seriously injured when youths loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) engaged in an open confrontation. The survivors appear unaware that they are, perhaps, puns in the chessboard of a huge and bloody power play between two local political principalities. Read more

NPA reports gains of new oil cargo handling policy (Vanguard)

There are indications that the breaking of monopoly over handling of oil and gas consignments has enabled oil companies to cut cost of operations in Nigeria. Before 2017, the Onne port in Rivers State, managed by Intels Nigeria Limited, was the only port receiving shipments for operators in the petroleum industry. The managing director of Nigeria Ports Authority, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, who confirmed the development while on a visit to Vanguard Newspaper in Lagos yesterday, said that the policy has culminated in a significant cost reduction for oil companies. Read more

Man charged for stabbing bouncer’s head with broken bottle at Night Club (Vanguard)

A Sale representative Gerald Nduonye, who allegedly stabbed a bouncer’s head with a broken bottle at a Lagos night club, was yesterday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in Igbosere. Nduonye 25, who resides at 2, Oloja Street Shomolu Bariga area of Lagos is facing a two count charge bordering on assault and breach of peace preferred against him by the police. The prosecutor Sergeant Friday Mameh told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on September 2 at about 4a.m. He said that the incident occurred at 873B, Ouilox Night Club, at Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island Lagos. Read more

Hairdresser stabs neighbour to death for calling her shaku-shaku (Punch)

A 23-year-old hairdresser, Opeyemi Adamson, has allegedly killed her neighbour, Taiwo Olowookere, at their house in the Meiran area of Lagos State. Punch Metro gathered that 28-year-old Taiwo lived with the suspect’s mother-in-law, who accommodated her after she separated from her husband. Opeyemi, who lived with her husband, stayed in the same compound with the victim. The duo were said to have nursed animosity towards each other until Friday, August 24 when things took a tragic turn. The deceased had reportedly complained about Opeyemi’s eight-months-old baby, saying the child’s noise disturbed her. Read more

Why Dalung launches ‘Elite Athlete Development Grant’ with his salary (Vanguard)

Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youths and Sports Development, on Monday launched the Elite Athlete Development Grant with his one month salary. He says the gesture will end leadership tussles in sport federations, insecurity and other vices. Dalung launched the grant, organised by Nigeria Sports Development Fund Incorporation (NSDFI) in Abuja. According to him, government funding has been the cause of leadership crisis in federations. “If sports are funded by the public through Non- Governmental organisations(NGOs), few people will be interested in the boards. “I am happy to launch this fund with my one month salary because it marks begining of solution to sports crisis in the country. “It is a right step towards joining other nations that do well in sports through public funding, I urge sports loving individuals and organisations to donate and support the fund. Read more

Loss of passion for local league worries Oliseh (Nation)

Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh was in a nostalgic mood Monday as he wondered why the passion for the Nigeria league appears to have disappeared into thin air. The former Borussia Dortmund defensive midfielder took to the social media to display an old picture of one of the crowd pulling encounters in the local league. It was the match between Rangers international and Bendel Insurance in 1978. Interestingly Rangers international have managed to remain in the top flight 40 years down the line. Oliseh who left his job as Super Eagles coach just after the 2016 edition of the Championship of African Countries (CHAN) held in Rwanda noted that preference for foreign league has become the new passion. Read more

National Youth Games: Team Benue will win medals in all sports, says director (Punch)

The Director of Sports in Benue, Mr Philip Nongo, on Tuesday, said he was optimistic that Team Benue would win medals in all sports it would feature in at the 2018 National Youth Games. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the games are scheduled to hold in Ilorin, Kwara from September 7. Nongo told NAN in Makurdi that the Benue contingent had the capacity to win medals in all the sports it would be participating in. He said that he was optimistic Benue would at least belong to the first overall five, adding that the Team Benue was aware of the rules of the Games which included not using overage youth. Read more

The FA women’s super league is back! (FCBC)

During pre-season, Marc Skinner bolstered his side by adding some exciting new recruits in the form of former Sunderland captain Lucy Staniforth, Scotland international Chloe Arthur from Bristol City and full-back Harriet Scott from Reading; whilst also retaining key players with contract extensions for fan favourites Lucy Quinn, Paige Williams and captain Kerys Harrop.  The 2018/19 league season returns with a new look and is set to be more competitive than ever with Blues taking on the likes of Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and league newcomers, West Ham. Read more

Monica Lewinsky explains why she stormed off stage in disgust (Nzherald)

Monica Lewinsky said she stormed offstage at a Jerusalem speaking event because of an interviewer’s “off limits” question about former President Bill Clinton. The former White House intern turned anti-bullying activist tweeted that there were agreed-upon parameters regarding the topics of her televised conversation Monday night with a well-known Israeli news anchor, following a speech she gave about the perils of the internet. She called Yonit Levi’s first question about her relationship with Clinton a “blatant disregard for our agreement.” Read more

Senate Democrats to grill Trump nominee Brett Kavanagh (Independent)

Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will today begin a marathon week of hearings, in which senators will pick over the judge’s background, writings and legal philosophy. Republicans mostly back the president’s selection of the 53-year-old, a conservative who will shift the balance of the court to the right if his nomination is approved. However, liberals are concerned over Mr Kavanaugh’s record and fear his ascension could deal a blow to women’s rights, including abortion rights granted under the historic Roe v Wade ruling. Read more

Roe v Wade: What is the landmark US abortion ruling and will Brett Kavanaugh’s tenure jeopardise it?

The retirement of US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy could have dramatic repercussions for US law – particularly in relation to abortion.

Despite his reputation as a conservative, Mr Kennedy, 81, was long seen as pro-choice and famously sided with his liberal counterparts in Planned Parenthood v Casey in 1992, a decision that reaffirmed the court’s view that access to abortion was a fundamental right protected by the constitution – first established by Roe v Wade in 1973. Donald Trump has since nominated his preferred candidate to succeed Mr Kennedy from a shortlist of 25 and chosen Brett Kavanaugh, a choice women’s rights activists fear will see the ideology of the country’s highest court pulled closer to that of the Republican Party. Read more

Idlib assault: Trump warns Russia and Syria against making ‘grave mistake'(Independent)

Donald Trump has warned Russia, Syria and Iran will be making a “grave humanitarian mistake” if they go ahead with an assault on Idlib, the last opposition stronghold in the country. President Bashar al-Assad and his allies have been amassing a huge military presence near to rebel-held Idlib, where opposition fighters and Islamist groups are holding out among a population of around 3 million people. Mr Trump tweeted on Monday night that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad “must not recklessly attack Idlib Province”. Read more


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