March 25, 2019

* Atiku: Why I’m a Serial Contester * Buhari’s Keyamo Welcomes Atiku

* Atiku: Why I’m a Serial Contester                          * Buhari’s Keyamo Welcomes Atiku



Atiku: Why I’m a Serial Contester

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said that despite being a fulfilled man, his desire to build a better Nigeria for the future generation of Nigerians turned him into a serial contestant. The former vice-president emerged as the standard-bearer of the party Sunday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, having polled a total votes of ‎1,532 to defeat 11 other contestants.

Atiku, who is contesting for the fifth time, disclosed this in an interview with Arise TV, where he said he considered his emergence as a dream fulfilled, even though it is not the ultimate dream.

He said: “The ultimate dream is to be elected as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But I think it is the first step before the final destination. I think it is a very fulfilling exercise or ambition so to say. I really look forward to the challenges ahead because the challenges ahead are quite enormous‎. I look forward to that.”

Buhari’s Keyamo Welcomes Atiku

Few hours after former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was picked as the presidential candidate of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has welcomed the candidate into contest. The 72-year-old Waziri of Adamawa polled 1,532 votes to beat 11 other candidates in primary conducted in Port Harcourt. The spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Campaign Organisation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, formally welcomes the Abubakar to the campaign trail. He said that Nigerians are now left to decide on a candidate with credibility problem and the one with transparency. In a tweet, Keyamo, @fkeyamo said “We welcome H.E, Atiku Abubakar to d 2019 campaign trail.

2019: Ezekwesili Joins Presidential Race

Former Minister of Education and co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls movement Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili has joined the presidential race, thereby swelling growing number of persons aiming to oust President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general election. Ezekwesili, a former vice president for Africa at the World Bank in a statement she issued on Sunday made available to journalists announced her intention to run in the nation’s presidential election scheduled to take place in February 2019.

Buhari Denies Ordering Sani Punishment

Nigerian government Sunday said it had nothing to do with a letter in circulation that showed that President Muhammadu Buhari authorised the punishment of disloyal members of his ruling All Progressives Congress. The October 2 letter allegedly authored by Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai listed ‘compendium’ of sins committed by Senator Shehu Sani against Buhari. “Your Excellency will recall that earlier this year, you directed me to initiate processes to recall Shehu Sani from the Senate to punish his repeated acts of contempt and disloyalty,” the letter said in part.

Police Summon Melaye, Murray-Bruce Today

Senators Dino Melaye and Ben Murray-Bruce are to report to the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command, Garki, Abuja by 1000hrs on Monday, the Police High Command said today. The invitation superseded an earlier one sent to them over their conduct in connection with a protest last week Friday in Abuja. The police said they want the two senators explain their role on the day”unruly and violent protesters attacked police men on duty in front of the Force Headquarters” . They are no longer expected to report at the office of the IGP Monitoring Unit as earlier stated in a Press Release issued by the Police Headquarters on 5th October. The Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said today that the two senators have a case to answer following preliminary investigation carried out so far by the police into the incident.

Saraki Declares Support for Atiku

Nigeria’s senate president Bukola Saraki has promised to support the opposition People’s Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the forthcoming 2019 election. Abubakar polled 1,532 votes to defeat Saraki who came third with 317 votes followed by the former governor of Kano State Rabiu Kwankwaso who polled 158 votes. Saraki, who also contested in the primaries that produced Abubakar, said the former Nigerian vice president deserved the victory.

Atiku Begins Search for Running Mate

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday at the main bowl of Adokie Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, won the presidential primary of the People’s Democratic Party. Hardly did Atiku emerge as the winner than the talk of his running mate started. Investigations by our correspondents showed that the search might have been limited to the South-East region of the country. However, in the election, Atiku polled 1,532 votes out of total of 3,221 votes, representing almost 50 per cent of the entire delegates’ votes.

I’m ‘Running’ in 2019, Says Pastor Tunde Bakare

The presiding Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has broken his silence on whether he would contest in 2019, declaring that he is “running”. He made the declaration at his state of the nation address to mark the 58th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria which has just ended in Lagos. His statement, ‘I am running’, attracted rapturous applause from the congregation who converged at the church auditorium located along Akilo Road in Ogba, Lagos until he clarified that he would not be contesting on the platform of any political party.

2019: With Atiku Victory Is Sure – Ishaku

Following the victory of the former vice president, Abubakar Atiku at the presidential primaries of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Portharcourt, Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku has said his emergence as the party’s flag bearer is a good omen ahead of 2019. According to him, Victory is certain for the PDP in 2019 presidential election. Ishaku in a statement issued by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Bala Dan Abu said the success of Atiku was a product of sheer determination and a clarion call to serve the country.

Mimiko Emerges ZLP Presidential Candidate

The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) on Sunday elected former governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, as its presidential candidate for the 2019 election. Mimiko was elected as a consensus candidate by members of the party in Abuja at its national convention. The presidential hopeful said that he would levearage on the party’s social democratic ideological orientation to convince Nigerians to work with him. According to him, with the party’s pedigree and those of its leading lights, he will not have trouble convincing Nigerians why the party is the preferred option for them in the elections of 2019.

2019: Akinlade’ll Be Next Ogun Governor,  Amosun Boasts

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, on Sunday, declared that despite the  clearance given by the National Working Committee (NWC) to Dapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, his anointed candidate, Hon. Abdul-Kabir Adekunle Akinlade, will succeed him in 2019. Governor Amosun gave this declaration on a live programme on Channels Television, monitored by our correspondent during the conduct of the Senatorial, House of Representatives and state House of Assembly primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Minimum Wage: Workers Will Smile Soon, Says FG

The Federal Government on Sunday said it would soon address the agitation for the upward review of the national minimum wage in a manner that will make workers and all Nigerians smile. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, made the promise in his remarks at the 22nd Choir Anniversary of the Christ Apostolic Church, Living Water DCC Headquarters, Abuja, tagged “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Office of the SGF, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle, said the present administration was sensitive to the plight and wishes of the masses.

Navy Shuts Illegal Maritime Academy, Arrests Proprietor, Teachers

The Nigerian Navy Ship Jubilee, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State, has sealed an illegal maritime institution, Merchant Seaman Academy, and apprehended four persons including the school’s proprietor, Mr Adams Pius, in the Essien Udim Local Government Area of the state. The school, whose academic activities had been stopped in 2013, allegedly resumed in 2016, using “unwholesome strategies to defraud innocent Nigerian youths” who sought admission into higher institutions through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

Party Chieftain Dies at Ogun APC Primaries

A chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun State reportedly died after being allegedly hit by a charm during senatorial, House of Representatives and state House Assembly primaries in the state, yesterday. The deceased, identified as Jimoh Salami, a supporter of one of the House of Assembly aspirants in Abeokuta North Local Government Area, died on the spot after being hit. According to an eyewitness, trouble erupted when some political thugs, said to be loyal to a particular aspirant, invaded the venue of the legislative primary to manipulate the outcome of the election.

ABUAD Wins 2018 NUSSA Games

Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD, has emerged the overall winner in the just- concluded 13th edition of the Nigerian Universities Staff Sports Association, NUSSA and Games. The victory is more significant bearing in mind that this is the university’s first appearance since the commencement of the competition 13 years ago. The nine-day tournament, which took place at the University of Ilorin, saw 63 universities, federal state and private, jostling for laurels in 16 different sports.

Conor Mcgregor Khabib Brawl: Reason Why Brawl Happened REVEALED

McGregor was welcomed back to the Octagon by the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, his successor at the summit of the lightweight division. The back-and-forth affair ended three minutes into the fourth-round when Nurmagomedov sunk in a rear-naked choke, which McGregor reluctantly tapped to. And moments after Nurmagomedov registered his 27th professional victory, a mass brawl broke out after one of his team-mates sucker punched ‘The Notorious’. Pandemonium ensued with the police and T-Mobile Arena security jumping in and breaking up the ruckus.

Aubameyang Makes Premier League History, Lauds Arsenal Mentality After Win

Supersub Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made Premier League history as Arsenal beat Fulham 5-1 away in the Premier League on Saturday, and has lauded the Gunners’ mentality after their win. Unai Emergy’s side were leading 2-1 when the Spanish coach turned to the Gabon international and teammate Aaron Ramsey off the bench midway through the second half, with two goals from Alexandre Lacazette coming either side of Andre Schurrle’s strike. The two substitutions saw Arsenal shift gears, with Ramsey adding a third moments after entering following Aubameyang’s assist.

Real Madrid goal crisis, Ramos makes Ronaldo claim

Real Madrid are going through a huge crisis that sees the Merengues be without a goal in the last four games. Just to make things worse the La Liga giants have lost the last two games in the Champions League and La Liga. Speaking to journalists in the mixed zone after yesterday’s home defeat against Alaves, Ramos replied to journalists who asked whether the recent poor results of the La Liga giants can be linked with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.

What’s Next From The New York Times’ Trump Tax Team?

Last week, reporters at The New York Times broke a major story that President Donald Trump helped his father “dodge” taxes, including “instances of outright fraud.” They’re not done. “We’ve got more leads and more string to pull. We’re just going to keep going on it,” investigative reporter Susanne Craig told CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday. “There’s a lot of information that we’ve been given.” Craig, who shared a byline on the story with David Barstow and Russ Buettner, said there hopefully would be a part two.

After 70 Years, Who Are The Palestinian Refugees?

Donald Trump says he has a peace plan that will solve the Arab-Israeli conflict for good, he calls it the “deal of the century”. But Palestinian refugees living in neighbouring countries fear they are not going to be part of it – particularly those in Lebanon. With restricted work and property rights, there are few options for them outside returning home. So after 70 years of waiting, and four generations, what does it mean now to be a Palestinian refugee? The BBC’s Paul Adams travelled to Burg Al-Barajneh camp in Beirut to meet them.

EU Citizens Could Face Repeat Of Windrush Scandal, Say Landlords

Landlords have said that EU citizens living in the UK are at risk of facing some of the same difficulties caused for the Windrush generation by a lack of legal certainty around their status after Brexit. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA), which represents more than 30,000 landlords in the UK, has written to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, demanding that EU citizens are provided with a hard copy document to prove their status to avoid confusion over their right to rent in the UK. Under the right to rent rules of Theresa May’s hostile environment policy, landlords are required to check the immigration status of potential tenants or risk prosecution.

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