May 23, 2018

* APC ward chairmanship aspirant stabbed to death at congress (Punch) * My quest for second term not for personal gain, says Buhari (Punch)

* APC ward chairmanship aspirant stabbed to death at congress (Punch)                               * My quest for second term not for personal gain, says Buhari (Punch)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE MAY 5, 2018

 

APC ward chairmanship aspirant stabbed to death at congress (Punch)

A chairmanship aspirant for the All Progressives Congress in Jeremi Ward 10 (III), Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Jeremiah Oghoveta, has been reportedly stabbed to death. Oghoveta, in his late 30s, was stabbed on the neck on Saturday, ahead of the nationwide ward congress of the APC near God’s Grace Ministry at Okwagbe Town. It was gathered that the deceased was stabbed by a younger brother of one the leaders of the party in the area before the arrival of materials for the exercise. Sources in the community told our correspondent that it was not clear why the suspect had to stab the deceased after members of the party had reached agreement on how the exercise should be organised. Read more

My quest for second term not for personal gain, says Buhari (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said his quest for second term was not borne out of personal gain. Rather, he said his decision to seek re-election was as a result of a deep passion to serve Nigerians. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke at the All Progressives Party’s Ward Congress held at Bayagida Model Primary School, Daura, Katsina. Read more

Senator Bukar’s death: NASS yet to inform us – INEC (Nation)

30 days after his demise, the National Assembly is yet to officially inform the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, about the death of the Senator representing Katsina North Senatorial District, Senator Mustapha Bukar (Madawakin Daura), as required by law. The Head of Department, Voter Education of the Katsina state branch of INEC; Alhaji Albani Takai told the Nation in an exclusive interview that the failure of the legislators to perform this statutory function is affecting the electoral umpire’s plan to conduct a bye-election in the senatorial district. He said ’’we are yet to receive official notification from the senate concerning Senator Bukar’s death and we cannot do anything at the moment until that happens. Statutorily we have 90 days from the death of the Senator and 30 days on the official receipt of his death from the senate to conduct a bye –election’’ Read more

Boko Haram will surrender, says ‘Mama Boko Haram’ (SUN)

Human rights lawyer and mediator, Hajiya Aisha Wakil (known popularly as ‘Mama Boko Haram’) has said the Islamist insurgents will someday surrender their arms and return home. Speaking at a fund raising for her NGO in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Saturday, Wakil said the insurgents were willing to give up their arms, assuring that they will soon return home. “All my sons in the bush will come home and surrender for peace,” she said. ‘Mama Boko Haram’ assured that she will continue to support efforts to return peace to the troubled state. Read more

APC CONVENTION: Pressure mounts on Oyegun to contest (Vanguard)

In spite of his decision to jettison any ambition of re-contesting for the chairmanship of All Progressives Congress APC, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun is under pressure to rescind his decision, Saturday Vanguard gathered. Specifically, some unnamed influential sons of his Bini ethnic stock were said to be behind the development. A party source in Abuja, who disclosed this, said: ‘’Chief Oyegun’s detractors only launched the first attack because they saw the goodwill that he had begun to enjoy in many state chapters of the party. The attacks became more virulent when Adamawa State chapter of the party passed a vote of confidence on him, asking him to re-contest. It would be in the best interest of the party to accord Chief Oyegun a dignified exit rather than the crude tactics being deployed by some people to oust him even before his tenure elapses.” Read more

Ward Congress: Ambode commends party members (Nation)

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has commended the peaceful process members of the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) conducted its ward congresses across the state. The governor, who participated in the exercise at his Ward A6 in Epe Local Government Area, said the party had displayed high level of maturity in the conduct of party activities. He added that members of the party who turned out in large number to exercise their civil responsibility had shown that the APC is a cohesive party. He said: “All our great party members in Ward A6, you have done well for turning out in this number to be part of the APC ward congresses. I want to use this medium to thank you all for the orderliness and peaceful way you conducted yourself. Read more

Heavy rains disrupt Ekiti APC primary (SUN)

A heavy downpour disrupted the primary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti, currently holding at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. The primary is being held for the July 14 governorship election. The downpour began at exactly 12:01 noon when voting by delegates was supposed to commence. It lasted for a whole hour, leaving 90 percent of all in attendance drenched. The exercise had begun as early as 8 a.m., with the accreditation of delegates, newsmen and party agents among others. The disruption by the rain, which also exposed the poor infrastructural state of the stadium, delayed proceedings. Read more

Osogbo agog as PDP holds rally (SUN)

Osogbo, the Osun State capital, is currently agog as opposition party PDP stages a rally to draw support ahead of the governorship election billed for September 22. Party members from different parts of the state are trooping to the state capital, with the party’s flags and diverse campaign inscriptions and songs. One of the aspirants, Oluomo Gbenga Owolabi, has allayed fears of rumoured violence during the rally. He said the rally would be peaceful and successful. He expressed optimism that he would win the election through the party which he assured had the capacity to obtain victory during the poll. Presidential aspirant Atiku Abubakar’s team has also hit Osogbo in large numbers singing his praise and chanting the party’s victory in both the presidential and governorship elections. Read more

Come out, take your rightful positions in governance, Ekweremadu tells Nigerian Youth (Vanguard)

Ahead of 2019 Presidential and general elections, deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday gave the Nigerian youth, a matching order to step out to take their rightful positions  in governance and national development as well as to remain focused in realizing their goals and never lose self-confidence. Ekweremadu also gave insight into why the National Assembly passed the constitution amendment bill, which sought to reduce the age qualification for various political offices in order to give the Nigerian youth their rightful place in the political leadership of the country. Ekweramadu spoke in Enugu on Friday while addressing the 7th Enugu State Annual Youth Summit. Read more

Wives of monarchs seek lasting peace in Niger Delta (Nation)

Queens from various kingdoms in the nine states of the Niger Delta region at the weekend pledged to work with their husbands to sustain the existing peace in the region. Rising from their maiden summit convened by the Queen of the Brass Kingdom, Her Majesty, Dr. Josephine Diete-Spiff, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, the queens said there was no alternative to peace and expressed their commitment to ensuring peaceful coexistence in their kingdoms. The queens in a communique after their deliberations said they would henceforth address issues bordering on peace affecting the region under an association to be called the Niger Delta Royal Queens Forum (NDRQF). Read more

Tomorrow’s Rivers APC congresses will hold, says Amaechi (Vanguard)

The Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has said that tomorrow’s Rivers All Progressives Congress, APC Ward congresses will hold. He also denied reports that he had hijacked the materials for Ward Congresses, saying that ‘to think of the lie again that I had hijacked the materials. There are no materials for Ward Congresses. It is just for people to buy forms and contest elections. Go to the bank, pay and collect your teller and get your form.’ The Minister reacting to the invasion, wrecking and looting of the Rivers state secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said ‘a lot of people have complained about internal democracy in APC. Read more

Modular Refinery to be established in Abia (Nation)

Abia State has reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding and other relevant documents with two firms for the establishment of a modular refinery in the state. The refinery, according to information gathered by our correspondent is expected to be sited in Ukwa West Local Government Area of the State which has the highest oil deposit in the state. The Information Commissioner, in a press release stated that the agreement was signed in Umuahia, the state capital, adding that Secretary to Abia State Government Dr. Eme Okoro, signed on behalf of the State Government while the Managing Director of GoldTrust Limited, Mr. Freeman George Amadin and the Managing Director of White page Concept, Engr. Mohammed Yakubu, signed on behalf of their respective companies. Read more

Disagreement over ‘dirty naira note’ turns bloody in Lagos (Guardian)

A disagreement between a commercial motorcyclist and his passenger over a dirty Naira Note on Saturday in Lagos, turned bloody as irate youth beat the cyclist to a state of comma. A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who witnessed the incident reports that the cyclist, identified as Okon Akpan, had conveyed his passenger, also identified as Miss Titilope Fatai, from Okokomaiko to Iyanoba market for a fee of N200. Trouble however started when Fatai gave the cyclist N500 but when Akpan gave his passenger her N300 balance, made up of N200 and N100 Notes, the lady returned the N100 Note and requested for replacement on the grounds that it was “too dirty”. Read more

Police recruitment: Be above board, IGP tells officers (Vanguard)

As recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, begins nationwide on Monday, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has warned officers handling the exercise against sharp practices. Idris, who addressed Commissioners of Police and other senior officers nominated to serve as Heads of Police Recruitment Screening Committee in the 37 commands of the federation, warned that they must be thorough and above board just as he said they must ensure that the screening exercise was smooth, hitch free and devoid of any form of corrupt practice. Read more

AFA will change structure, fortunes of African sports, says Udezue (Guardian)

It has been rated as one of the fastest growing sports merchandising outfit in the continent. But while stakeholders in African sports describe AFA as a young organization that has brought sports merchandising to a level new to this part of the world, the managers say they still have many grounds to cover. AFA Sports promoters are a group of young men assembled in the USA to develop basketball concept for the continent of Africa. AFA means ‘Africa for Africa’ and on that score, the organization is out to develop an African league with base in Nigeria that would be highly professional and profitable to the players, teams and with their sights set on quality facilities’ development. Read more

Don’t judge Uzoho on club form – Dosu (Punch)

Former Nigeria goalkeeper Joseph Dosu has said the current club form of Deportivo La Coruna B keeper Francis Uzoho should not be used to judge his national team performance ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. Uzoho, who made La Liga record last year as the youngest foreign goalkeeper to debut in the league, has conceded 17 goals for Deportivo B this season. However, the 19-year-old has kept 11 clean sheets in goal in the Segunda B. The former Golden Eaglets keeper kept a clean sheet on his Eagles debut in the Eagles 4-2 win against Argentina in a friendly in November 2017. Read more

Eagles’ official soft drink, Coca-Cola, launches another campaign ahead World Cup (Guardian)

Coca-Cola Nigeria has kicked off another spectacular campaign to rally fans behind the Super Eagles on the road to Russia for the FIFA 2018 World Cup tournament.The Official Soft Drink Sponsor of the Nigerian national football team, which has been rewarding fans with its ‘Score a Trip to Russia’ promotion for the past six weeks, has announced it is giving fans another chance to join in the excitement of the games and show their love for the Russia bound team with the release of a special edition Super Eagles branded Coca-Cola packaging. Read more

Neymar returns to PSG training ground and works out (Punch)

Neymar returned to the Paris Saint-Germain training centre on Saturday and the club tweeted photos of the Brazilian star working out in the gym. The pictures showed the world’s most expensive player grimacing as he lifted weights and working out on leg-strengthening equipment. One photo showed him walking barefoot in a sand-covered area used by players returning from injury. Neymar flew back into France on Friday to rejoin the club after an operation on a broken foot bone in March. Read more

Hundreds arrested at anti-Putin demonstrations in Russia (Abcnews)

Police have arrested hundreds of protesters at opposition rallies across Russia called on Saturday to protest against Vladimir Putin, two days ahead of his inauguration as president for a fourth term. Thousands joined the demonstrations in dozens of cities that were called by opposition leader Alexey Navalny as a display of dissent ahead of the inauguration on Monday and to protest what they said is a lack of political freedom under Putin. Read more

Kennedy relative Michael Skakel has murder conviction overturned (BBC)

The highest court in the US state of Connecticut has thrown out the murder conviction of a relative of the Kennedy family. The supreme court recommended a new trial for Michael Skakel, whose aunt Ethel was the widow of former US attorney general Robert F Kennedy. Mr Skakel was found guilty in 2002 of killing a teenage neighbour in 1975. He was released on appeal in 2013, but the conviction was reinstated by the supreme court in 2016. Mr Skakel has always maintained he is innocent. His defence team has long claimed that his original trial lawyer did not defend him properly. Read more

Journalists’ deaths can only thicken the fog of war over Afghanistan (Guardian)

Afghanistan is not widely known for its media, but it should be. For the bravery shown by hundreds of reporters in the face of escalating carnage, but also because it is a beacon for free press in a region where that is rare. In a country where officials are widely resented for corruption and incompetence, and security forces fight a deepening insurgency, a vibrant media at least means citizens know what is happening and have a platform to discuss it and challenge those in power. Read more

Russian police arrest opposition leader Alexei Navalny and hundreds others as Anti-Putin protests boil over (Time)

Russians angered by the impending inauguration of Vladimir Putin to a new term as president demonstrated throughout the country on Saturday. Police arrested hundreds, including protest organizer Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is Putin’s most prominent foe. Police seized Navalny by the arms and legs and carried the thrashing activist from Moscow’s Pushkin Square, where thousands were gathered for an unauthorized protest. Demonstrations under the slogan “He is not our czar” took place throughout the country, from Yakutsk in the far northeast to St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad on the fringes of Europe. Read more

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