SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 7, 2018
Buhari Campaign Group Flays Keyamo’s Response to Alleged Fraud
The Buhari Campaign Organisation, a group campaigning for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari has taken exceptions to the rebuke from Barrister Festus Keyamo, the spokesman of the main campaign outfit of the president. Keyamo, director of strategic communications of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation had last week rebuked the BCO following the revelation of a memo from the group to the minister of works, power and housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola where the group had requested for contracts to fund the aspirations of the group. The revelation of the letter had drawn chastisement from political commentators including Keyamo who quickly disowned the group.
Minimum Wage: Atiku reinstates commitment to a living wage
Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in the 2019 Presidential elections, Atiku Abubakar has promised to pay workers a living wage if elected into power. This is even as the former Vice President lauded federal government agreement to pay a minimum wage of ₦30,000 previously negotiated with the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, the Trade Union Congress, TUC, and other labour affiliates. In a press statement by the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization, APCO, the PDP candidate said his plan for the Nigerian workers would be made known in his manifesto expected to be launched in the weeks ahead.
2019: Saraki Confident of Atiku’s Victory
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki has said that he’s confident of the victory of the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential election. Saraki, who is also the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, assured that, given the mounting support by Nigerians, Atiku will coast to victory in the February 2019 presidential election. Saraki was said to have stated this while inspecting the Legacy House headquarters of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in Abuja on Tuesday.
Alkali’s murder: Community, religious leaders shield criminals, says Lalong
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, on Tuesday, accused community and religious leaders in his state of shielding criminals which at times lead to crisis in the state. He has, therefore, warned that henceforth, community leaders will be held responsible for criminal activities in their domain if they fail to produce the culprits. The governor spoke to State House Correspondents after he accompanied members of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) to the Presidential Villa to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the murder of Maj.-Gen. Idris Alkali.
Lagos 2019: We Fear We’ll Lose to Rigging, Vote Buying – AD Candidate
The governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), in Lagos State, Owolabi Salis, has said his campaign is worried that it may lose the election to rigging and vote buying. While speaking yesterday at a Seminar organised by the Christian Ministries Welfare Initiative (CMWI), in Lagos, the governorship candidate said he is confident of winning if the election would be devoid of rigging and vote buying. “We have been looking at our disadvantages in this election and we know we are going to win, but we know our weaknesses.
New minimum wage: What N30,000 salaries will do to Nigeria – Gov. Umahi
The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has said the newly proposed N30,000 minimum wage to civil servants will do more harm than good to the economy. The Governor stated this at the Presidential Lodge, Abakaliki after inaugurating his re-election campaign team for the 2019 election. He said, “The reason is that it will cause inflation which is going to sweep out whatever gain you think you have. “l think we are approaching this issue of minimum wage very wrongly.
$5m bribery: Kano Assembly investigative committee to appear before court
Hon. Baffa Babba Dan Agundi, chairman of Kano state House of Assembly Investigative Committee on the alleged bribery allegation by Mr. Jaafar Jaafar, publisher of an online news platform, Daily Nigerian, against Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Tuesday said himself and the Committee members will appear before a Kano High Court on Monday, November 12, in respect to a suit filed against them. The Nation reports that a pro-democracy group, Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria, had last Monday dragged the Committee and the state Attorney-General to Court, praying that they stop the investigation of the bribery allegation.
Ekiti Assembly PDP members declare for Olujimi
The People’s Democratic Party’s members in the Ekiti State House of Assembly have declared their support for the Senate Minority Leader, Abiodun Olujimi, as the leader of the party in the state. The legislators also said their support for Governor Kayode Fayemi was in line with the directives of the immediate past governor of the State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, that the Ekiti project is bigger than anyone. The Deputy Speaker, Mr Olusegun Adewumi, who claimed to be speaking on behalf of his colleagues stated these while addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday. He said, “We remain committed members of the PDP as against insinuations in some quarters that we have defected to the APC.
EFCC Removes Name of Billionaire Bizman from Wanted Persons List
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has complied with the judgment of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) directing it to remove the name of a billionaire businessman and Founder of AITEO Group, Mr. Benedict Peters from its wanted list. Although there was no official confirmation from the EFCC, a top lawyer who participated in the case confided with Daily Sun that his client’s name had been de-listed from the wanted list of the Commission.
Soldiers on Operation Whirl Stroke ambushed, wounded in Benue –Defence HQ
A Captain in the Operation Whirl Stroke stationed in Benue, Zakari Sani, has been wounded in an ambush, alongside other officers, Defence Headquarters has said. In a series of tweets on its verified Twitter handle @DefenceInfoNG on Tuesday evening, the DHQ said that “a very courageous and hardworking officer, Zakari Sani, was ambushed alongside other soldiers in Benue State while on Operation Whirl Stroke. It noted that Sani was badly wounded and was evacuated to Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi, where he was initially stabilised and later evacuated to Ceda Crest Hospital in Abuja for higher management outside of the operations theatre.
Nigeria/South Africa clash: Chukwu says Mikel’s absence won’t affect Super Eagles
Former Super Eagles’ chief coach Christian Chukwu on Tuesday said midfielder Mikel Obi’s absence from the upcoming Nigeria/South Africa clash would not affect the team negatively. Chukwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Mikel’s absence from the home and away fixture against Libya did not affect the Eagles, and now would not be different. The Super Eagles will take on the Bafana Bafana on nov. 17 in Johannesburg in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier. The former Green Eagles captain said the Super Eagles were capable of beating the Bafana Bafana with good focus and team spirit. “We should remember that Mikel was not in the match against Libya and yet Nigeria came out victorious.
Billionaire Owner of Monaco Soccer Club in Custody, Home Searched
The Russian billionaire owner of Monaco football club was in custody Tuesday, his lawyer confirmed, the latest twist in his legal battle with a Swiss art dealer who he claims cheated him of up to one billion dollars and Sotheby’s auctioneers. Police officers also carried out a search Tuesday morning of Dmitry Rybolovlev’s luxury penthouse apartment in the principality, said a source close to the case. Rybolovlev’s lawyer Herve Temine confirmed the latest developments, while stressing the principle of the presumption of innocence.
Leaks show Man City hid costs from UEFA
Manchester City created a shell company for a commercial deal to disguise tens of millions of dollars in income from UEFA investigators, according to club documents cited by a German magazine. Der Spiegel cites internal Man City correspondence to show the team’s holding company, state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group, paid the shell firm to “buy” player image rights from the club. The magazine reported that Man City officials detailed a long-term search for “creative solutions” to hiding expenses and evading UEFA monitoring of spending on players.
Boxer dies after a knockout in WBC title match
An Italian boxer, Christian Daghio, has died after he was knocked unconscious during a fight in Thailand. The 49-year-old, who had won seven world titles during his career, was knocked out twice in the final round of his WBC Asia title fight against Don Parueang last month. After his second knockdown, Daghio was immediately treated by medical staff inside the ring but didn’t get up. He was subsequently taken to hospital in Bangkok where he spent two days in a coma before he died.
Ronaldinho Has Passport Seized as Debt Case Investigators Find Just $7 In Bank Account – Reports
A Brazilian judge has ordered the seizure of national football icon Ronaldinho’s passport as part of a case involving a $2 million unpaid fine after investigators found just $7 in the star’s bank account, according to reports. The former Barcelona and AC Milan ace, 38, was handed an 8.5 million real (US$2.2 million) fine three years ago over claims he and his brother built an illegal construction in a preservation area in their homeland. The pair have reportedly defaulted on the payment despite mortgaging the property, with the interest on the fine said to be too high.
PM office rejects BBC report on November Brexit timetable
Britain wants a Brexit agreement by the end of November and Prime Minister Theresa May would give a speech on Nov. 19 saying she had delivered on the referendum with a deal which brings the country back together, the BBC reported on Tuesday. However, a spokesman at May’s Downing Street office dismissed the report which outlines a detailed timetable in which the BBC cited a document entitled “Brexit Communications Grid Summary”. “The misspelling and childish language in this document should be enough to make clear it doesn’t represent the government’s thinking. You would expect the government to have plans for all situations — to be clear, this isn’t one of them.” The BBC cited the document as saying Brexit Minister Dominic Raab will also put to parliament by way of a statement the Withdrawal Agreement and Future Framework on Nov. 19.
UN Denies Forcing Asia Lawyer to Flee
The UN on Tuesday denied that it had forced the Pakistani lawyer of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy to leave the country. Saif-ul-Malook fled to the Netherlands from Pakistan after violence erupted over the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the conviction of Asia Bibi who was on death row. “The UN in Pakistan extended its assistance to Malook at his request and did not force him to leave the country against his wishes, nor can the UN force someone to leave Pakistan against his or her will,” said UN spokesperson Eri Kaneko.
Voters crowd polling stations as US delivers verdict on Trump
Andrew Menck didn’t bother to vote in the last seven midterm elections but, determined to deliver a rebuke to Donald Trump’s presidency, he joined the lines outside his local polling station that built up before dawn. “I disapprove of the president’s actions,” said the 34-year-old, a Chicago voter who sees his ballot as a chance for real scrutiny of a president who has enjoyed a largely free hand from the Republican-controlled US Congress. “I don’t know if he’s necessarily held accountable. Republicans hold the House and Senate.”