* Atiku: Obasanjo’s Endorsement Means Nothing, Says APC * Why I Won’t Attend Fayemi’s Inauguration –Fayose

* Atiku: Obasanjo’s Endorsement Means Nothing, Says APC                           * Why I Won’t Attend Fayemi’s Inauguration –Fayose



Atiku: Obasanjo’s Endorsement Means Nothing, Says APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that Thursday’s endorsement of Presidential candidate of the main opposition People Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo will not in any way affect the fortunes of the party in the 2019 Presidential election. National Vice Chairman South south of the party, Utufam Hilliard ETA told newsmen on Thursday evening that the former President has lost political value saying his endorsement has no effect. Eta, who said the endorsement is not a threat to his party stated repeatedly: “Obasanjo will be dimistified.”

Why I Won’t Attend Fayemi’s Inauguration –Fayose

The governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has said he won’t attend the inauguration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday because he has a date with the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The governor also advised members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to co-operate with Fayemi and work for the interest of the state. Fayemi had, on Wednesday, said he had invited Fayose and was expecting him to attend the swearing-in on Tuesday.

Pay Omo-Agege His Entitlements or Appear In Court, Judge Warns Saraki

The Federal High Court on Thursday warned the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over the imprisonment proceedings initiated against him by the Delta-Central senator, Ovie Omo-Agege. Omo-Agege had initiated the committal proceedings praying that Saraki be sent to prison as punishment for flouting the May 10 judgment of the court which ordered him (Omo-Agege) to be reinstated from illegal suspension and be paid all his accrued benefits for the period of the voided suspension. The hearing of the committal proceedings was scheduled for Thursday, but the alleged contemnor and his lawyers were absent from court.

INEC Bows to Pressure, Moves Zakari from Operations to Healthcare, Welfare

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Thursday succumbed to pressure by re-organising the Chairmanship of five out of its fifteen (15) Standing Committees. This sudden but long awaited change saw Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari moved from her position as the Commission’s Chairman on Electoral Operations and Logistics Committee to Health and Welfare Committee. The commission disclosed this in a statement by its National Commissioner, Mallam Muhammed Haruna, where it also revealed that none of the 89 registered political parties had submitted the list of its sponsored candidate.

2019: Ribadu Steps Down For Dankwambo

Alhaji Muhammad Ribadu, Senatorialcandidate, Gombe North Senatorial District under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has relinquished his candidature to Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state. Ribadu  stated this in Gombe on Thursday during a welcome reception organized by the party in honour of Dankwambo, who was one of the PDP presidential aspirants that lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the party primaries He said that he decided to forfeit his candidature  to Dankwambo to compensate him for the loss in the presidential primaries.

NSE Index Rises 0.11% as Market Regains Positive Momentum

Gains in consumer goods equities helped to reverse the negative trend at the stock market Thursday, pushing the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index to appreciate by 0.11 per cent to 32,417.82. Specifically, Nestle Nigeria Plc and Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, which are two leading consumer goods stocks, bolstered the positive close recorded Thursday. Also, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc and Zenith Bank Plc recorded gains for the day. In all, 15 stocks appreciated led by Niger Insurance Plc with 10 per cent, trailed by Prestige Assurance Plc with 8.3 per cent. Four Mills chalked up 7.6 per cent. Learn Africa Plc chalked up 5.4 per cent, just as Okomu Oil Palm Plc and Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc garnered 5.2 per cent and 4.7 per cent respectively.

Davido Threatens Lawsuit against the Cable over Infidelity Claims

Earlier in the day, TheCable reported that Nigerian international superstar, David ‘Davido’ Adeleke and Chioma Avril Rowland’s relationship has run into “troubled waters”. This, the paper claims, is because of the constant disagreements over “alleged infidelity” on the part of the singer. The paper claimed that Chioma, whom Davido had sung “Assurance” for, has been complaining and accused the singer of “impregnating” another woman.

Commuters Allege Fire Outbreak on Third Mainland Bridge

A fire has allegedly broken out on Third Mainland Bridge on Thursday evening. According to one of the Twitter users, who shared videos from the scene, the fire is reportedly coming from under the road dividers. The Twitter users called on emergency services to come to the scene, in order to contain the fire.

Allison Ayida Is Dead

Allison Ayida, who grew to the top of the Nigerian civil service and famed as a super permanent secretary has died at the age of 88. Ayida died Thursday at Saint Nicholas Hospital, Lagos. Born on 16th June of 1930, Ayida attended Kings College, Lagos, Oxford University, United Kingdom, and entered the civil service after graduation. He served in several positions in the civil service and reached the peak of his career as permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economic Development where he helped to reshape Nigeria’s post-civil war economy before and after the civil war.

AITEO Cup: It’s Enugu Rangers, Kano Pillars Final

Five-time Nigeria F.A/AITEO Cup champions, Rangers International F.C Wednesday in Kano fought from two goals down to defeat Nasarawa United 4-2 and set up a dream final against Kano Pillars. Kano Pillars on the other hand grabbed the ticket to the final in a similar dramatic note. The Sai Masu Gida left their travelling fans on their seat edges to win 4-1 in penalty shootout. Regulation time had deadlocked at 2-2 at the Agege Stadium in Lagos. The AITEO Cup final is scheduled for Asaba later this month with the overall winners representing the country in next year’s CAF Confederation Cup.

Nigeria Vs Libya: Ezenwa Ready to Give His Best

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has vowed to fight for his place in the Nigeria national team despite playing as a second goalie to Francis Uzoho. Gernot Rohr’s men face Libya in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification clash and he is expected to challenge Uzoho and Daniel Akpeyi for a starting role. Notwithstanding the threat from Uzoho, the Enyimba man insists that his only intention is to prove his worth whenever he gets an invite to the national team.

No Messi, No Problem As Argentina Beat Iraq 4-0

Argentina shrugged off the absence of Lionel Messi as a second-string team eased past Iraq 4-0 in an international friendly in Riyadh on Thursday. Interim coach Lionel Scaloni used the match to blood a host of new talent with goalkeeper Sergio Romero, defender Ramiro Funes Mori and striker Paulo Dybala the only experienced players in the line-up. Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a near-post header from a left wing cross by Marcos Acuna.

Madrid to Take Legal Action over Catalan Parliament Vote

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Thursday his government would take legal action after Catalonia’s parliament voted for a resolution condemning King Felipe VI and calling for the monarchy to be abolished. Separatist parties and the left-wing, anti-independence En Comu Podem (“Together we Can”) party joined forces to vote for the resolution which condemned the monarch’s “intervention in the Catalan conflict” and called for “the abolition of an outdated and undemocratic institution like the monarchy.” Felipe VI is a divisive figure in the northeastern region since he made a stern speech in October 2017 denouncing the secession attempt by Catalan leaders.

Kanye West Hugs Trump in Rare Show Of Affection

Does rap megastar Kanye West support Donald Trump? He loves him — and proved it Thursday by striding from his chair at a surreal White House meeting to hug the president. “I love this guy right here,” the serial Grammy winning artist declared in the Oval Office, before taking the president in his arms. The rapper had been invited to lunch to discuss prison reform but turned what would ordinarily have been a staid White House photo-op into possibly one of the most unusual encounters in the Oval Office’s storied history.

Brazil’s Presidential Candidates Battle Voter Rejection

Brazil’s far-right and leftist candidates dueling for the presidency could not be further apart in terms of politics, promises and personality. But there’s one thing they share: big blocs of voters virulently opposed to seeing one or the other take power. The reasons for the rejection are different. Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right 63-year-old former paratrooper and long-serving member of congress, is detested by as many Brazilians as those who support him.

Trump – We’re Getting Closer to Understanding Saudi Journalist’s Disappearance

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said the authorities were getting closer to understanding the disappearance of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, as Turkish investigators prepared to enter the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he was last seen. “I have to find out what happened…and we’re probably getting closer than you might think,” Trump said in an interview on the Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” programme. Global pressure has mounted on close U.S. ally Saudi Arabia about the disappearance of Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies, who entered the consulate on Oct. 2 to get documents for his planned marriage.

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