* Buhari didn’t want alliance with Tinubu in 2013 – Galadima (Punch) * Old age disturbing you, Miyetti Allah tells Gowon (ThisDay)

* Buhari didn’t want alliance with Tinubu in 2013 – Galadima (Punch)          * Old age disturbing you, Miyetti Allah tells Gowon (ThisDay)



Buhari didn’t want alliance with Tinubu in 2013 – Galadima (Punch)

The Chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress, Buba  Galadima, said President Muhammadu Buhari was against forming an alliance with a former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, who had nominated Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate before the 2015 elections. He also said he blocked the Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, from becoming the running mate of  Buhari during the build-up to the 2015 Presidential election. Galadima said this during an interview with ‘The Interview’, an Abuja-based monthly magazine. He, however, said he was the one who insisted that he would not sign the correspondence to the Independent National Electoral Commission unless Bakare’s name was removed. Read more

Old age disturbing you, Miyetti Allah tells Gowon (ThisDay)

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has lashed out at the former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retired), over his suggestion that the leadership of the cattle merchants in Nigeria should be invited by the security agencies for questioning over the ceaseless killings in the country and the crisis with farmers. Plateau State Chairman of the MACBAN, Mohammad Abdullah Nuru, in his response to Gowon’s suggestion, said old age was disturbing the elder statesman and should not be taken seriously. Gowon, 83, made the recommendation at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi, the Benue State capital, when he visited Governor Samuel Ortom to commiserate with the government and the people of the state over the wanton killings and destruction of property. Read more

Alleged forgery: Reps panel wants Buhari’s aide prosecuted (Punch)

An ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives has recommended the arrest and prosecution of the Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, for alleged forgery of his law degree certificate. In addition, it recommends his sacking as a Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari. The committee, which is chaired by a member of the All Progressives Congress from Kwara State, Mr Ahman Pategi, also seeks the dissolution of the presidential panel on the grounds of alleged abuse of office by the chairman. On Obono-Obla’s degree, the committee stated that he did it “fraudulently” at the University of Jos, asking the institution to withdraw it. Read more

Ortom: APC, Oshiomhole determined to cause Crisis in Benue (ThisDay)

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, Saturday accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of trying to throw the state into political crisis ahead of the 2019 elections. Ortom, who said this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, expressed shock that a few days after his defection from the APC, Oshiomhole, who had commended him days before, made a quick turnaround to launch verbal attacks against him. Ortom’s statement is coming on the heels of warning issued Oshiomhole by the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to get ready to face the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) immediately his party loses next year’s election. Read more

Dasuki’s family asks NBA to probe Malami (Vanguard)

Family of detained former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), has lodged a petition against Attorney-General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr.  Abubakar Malami, SAN, asking Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, to investigate and sanction him for unprofessional conduct. The AGF was, in the petition signed by Dasuki’s wife, Hajia Bintu Sambo Dasuki; his son, Abubakar Atiku, and his nephew, Senator Umar Dahiru, alleged to have engaged in conducts capable of causing anarchy in the country, by encouraging the Federal Government to disobey lawful court orders directing release of the ex-NSA on bail. Read more

I’m being persecuted because I refused to surrender Benue land to herdsmen – Ortom (SUN)

Governor Samuel of Benue State, on Sunday, said that he was being persecuted by the Federal Government and his former political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), because he refused to surrender Benue lands to Fulani herdsmen. Governor Ortom stated this at St. Michael’s Catholic Rectory Ameladu during a thanksgiving service in his honour. Heinsisted that the agenda of the invaders was not for grazing but to take over the land from the real owners. Governor Ortom, while stressing that he would never be party to such evil agenda, however, reassured the people of the state of his administration’s commitment to protecting their interests no matter the level of intimidation and threats. Read more

EFCC detectives to quiz Ekweremadu over assets (Nation)

Detectives are to quiz Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu tomorrow on some  assets linked with him. He is expected at 10a.m. at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abuja. This is the second time in a week that the EFCC has invited Ekweremadu. According to a source, who spoke in confidence, the invitation followed Ekweremadu’s request that he should be given another day. The source said: “We have delivered a fresh letter of invitation to Ekweremadu and he has confirmed the receipt. “Our detectives are expected to interrogate Ekweremadu on some assets linked with him. The EFCC is suspecting that the assets were acquired with suspicious funds. Read more

2019: INEC budgets N1.8bn for possible presidential run-off (Punch)

The Independent National Electoral Commission has budgeted the sum of N1.8bn for a possible Presidential run-off in 2019. A run-off or rerun is a second-round election that takes place after the first one fails to produce a winner. According to Section 134 of the 1999 Constitution, a Presidential candidate can only be declared winner garnering the highest number of votes cast, and having received at least a quarter of the votes at each of at least two-thirds of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The section reads in part, “If no candidate satisfies the requirement, a second election will be held between the two leading candidates within seven days from the pronouncement of the result.” Read more

Osun PDP accuses APC of fueling plot against its standard-bearer (Guardian)

Osun State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of fueling the plot against its standard-bearer, Senator Ademola Adeleke. Its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, said this in a statement yesterday in Osogbo, the state capital.He urged members to be wary of the spoiler game being sponsored by the APC, especially the court cases against Adeleke. According to him, the APC was scared of what a united PDP could achieve in the September 22 poll, hence it is using its members to unsettle its standard-bearer.Two members of the party had taken Adeleke to court, demanding that he presents his WAEC certificate.Odeyemi however said intelligence report at the party’s disposal had linked the APC to the case. Read more

Apapa Gridlock: Lagos shuts down 10 Bonded Terminals, Buildings (ThisDay)

The Lagos State Government at the weekend shut down five bonded terminals located within residential areas in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area (LGA), and explained that the decision became imperative to end intractable gridlock undermining socio-economic activities in Apapa area of the state. While it revealed plan to seal all bonded terminals located within residential areas in the state, the state government equally sealed five other buildings in the local council for allegedly contravening the state Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, 2010. Officials of the State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) carried out the operation at the weekend with the support of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force). Read more

Family of murdered Lagos guard demands corpse from police (Punch)

The family members of late Jesse Onaniba, who was killed during an attack on Okoya Street, Ajegunle, Lagos State, are demanding the release of the remains of their son for burial. Punch Metro had reported that Onaniba was killed on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, during an attack on the community. Punch Metro learnt that Onaniba was a member of the vigilance group contracted by residents of Okoya Street to secure them against incessant attacks by armed robbers. Our correspondent also learnt that the group had engaged the robbers and managed to prevent the attackers from robbing residents. Read more

Dismissed US soldier nabbed in Owerri for defrauding visa seekers (Punch)

Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the Imo State Police Command have arrested one Garrick Slacks, a dismissed United States soldier, for allegedly defrauding Nigerians with fake promises to secure visas and other travelling documents to US. Southern City News learnt on Sunday that the suspect, who was arrested on Saturday, was in the custody of the state Police Command in Owerri. The police source, who did not want his name in print, said, “He was a serial fraudster who had used his position as a foreigner to defraud Nigerians, who are desperate to travel abroad, especially to the US.” Read more

Dalung promises to bridge welfare gap between men, women national teams (Guardian)

Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung has promised to bridge the welfare gap between the men and women’s national teams.The Minister made the promise when he visited the national women U-20 team, the Falconets, in Austria after their 4-0 trouncing of FC Wacker Innsbruck. Dalung, who learnt that after playing six qualifying World Cup matches, which they won, they were yet to receive their match bonuses and camp allowances, frowned at the treatment being meted to female players, describing it as unfair. “My passion for women’s football is high and I don’t like the idea of treating people differently. I don’t like injustice and it doesn’t look fair for them to be in camp without their entitlements. These are young players and if you don’t give them the morale support they need now, when will you do that?” Dalung queried. Read more

NFF to hand Ikeme Eagles role (Punch)

The Nigeria Football Federation has announced that it will offer retired Super Eagles’ goalkeeper Carl Ikeme coaching education as a goalkeeper trainer and then absorb him into the technical crew of the national team. NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said the federation is in contact with Ikeme, who announced his retirement from the game on Friday, with a view to training him as a goalkeeper coach. “Carl Ikeme was an embodiment of absolute dedication, commitment and patriotic fervour in the games that he played for the Super Eagles. The circumstances of his retirement from the game are somewhat depressing, even as we thank God for his life. Read more

Asaba 2018 AAC: 15 countries on ground, others expected today (Vanguard)

Botswana were the early birds of the 21st African Athletics Championships billed for August 1-5, but at the last count yesterday, more than15 countries have touched down in Asaba, Delta State. Others participating nations, are said to have arrived Lagos and today, they will be airlifted to Asaba. On Sunday some of the athletes were seen doing light training, and they expressed their reediness to compete for honors in the Championships, which will be used to select the African team to the IAAF World Cup in Athletics billed for Prague, Czech Republic in September. Meanwhile South Africa, whose athletes were seen yesterday in Asaba, said they are ready to dominate the Championships and maintain its vice grip on top of the medals table. Read more

Gymnastics: Nigeria shine in South Africa (Punch)

Nigerian gymnasts won 16 medals at the just-concluded 2018 African International Championships in Pretoria, South Africa. The team led by coach Anthony Asuquo won four gold, two silver and 10 bronze. Twenty-two gymnasts participated in the competition. Moferanoluwa Lawal, Yimika Kolade, Mindy Akinola and Aya Avani won gold in their events while Nimishe Sandeep and Morola Lawal won silver. Geda Liyel-Imoke, Volda Liyel-Imoke and Daval Liyel-Imoke – children of former Cross Rivers State governor – as well as Safiya Tukur, Adila Salisu, Lara Anot, Iseoluwa Babarinde, Amaka Asemota, Daniella Asemota and Tamilore Falayajo won bronze. Read more

Confed Cup: Enyimba lose to Williamsville, drop to third (Punch)

Two-time African champions Enyimba on Sunday lost 2-0 to Willamsville Athletic Club of Ivory Coast in their fourth group match of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup played at the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan. Goals from N’da Jean-Willy Kouakou and Guy Cedric Yameogo condemned the People’s Elephant to their second loss in the group stage of the competition. They have now dropped to third in the log with six points from four matches. Williamsville top the table with seven points while CARA Brazzaville, who defeated Djoliba 1-0 on Saturday, are second with six points — with superior goals difference compared to Enyimba. Djoliba are bottom of the group with four points. Read more

Real Madrid to raid Chelsea for Willian, not Eden Hazard (Kwese.espn)

Eden Hazard might be feeling a little confused about the latest transfer rumour emerging from Real Madrid. The winger has been strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu in recent weeks, but the Mail now says that the La Liga giants want his Chelsea teammate Willian instead. The Brazilian is thought to be part of a £100 million double swoop on the Blues, as Real also step up their bid to sign Thibaut Courtois. According to the report, “Real’s opening bid is being seriously considered,” after Chelsea came close to selling Willian to Barcelona earlier in July before the Catalans turned to Malcom. Read more

Poulsen excited to work with RB Leipzig-bound Nagelsmann (Sportskeeda)

RB Leipzig star Yussuf Poulsen relishes the opportunity to work with Julian Nagelsmann when the Hoffenheim sensation arrives in 2019. Highly rated German head coach Naglesmann – who turned down Real Madrid – will swap Hoffenheim for Bundesliga rivals Leipzig next season. In the meantime, Ralf Rangnick will combine his role as Leipzig’s director of football with first-team coaching duties in 2018-19. Denmark international Poulsen is excited to work with Nagelsmann, who has guided Hoffenheim to successive Champions League berths. Read more

Mugabe emerges on eve of Elections, calls for New Democratic Govt (VOA)

The familiar voice that dominated Zimbabwe politics for more 37-years, re-emerged Sunday after several months of silence, on the eve of the country’s most critical elections. Former President Robert Mugabe called journalists to his Blue Roof mansion in Harare, to castigate the party he led since before independence, which recalled him in November, and the new man who leads it, his former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and offer support to the opposition. Mr. Mugabe used the press conference to clear the persistent rumors that he never intended to leave office, by declaring that in fact, he was preparing to step down as the party’s leader and that he had a picked a successor. Below is part of the transcription of the press conference. Read more

Cambodia’s Ruling Party Coasts to Victory in Election with no viable Opposition (Time)

Cambodia’s ruling party won an expected victory in an election Sunday widely considered illegitimate after the only credible opposition was silenced and which ensures that long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen will serve another five-year term. Although 20 parties contested the election, the only one with the popularity and organization to mount a real challenge, the Cambodian National Rescue Party, was dissolved last year by the Supreme Court in a ruling generally seen as political. Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith confirmed to The Associated Press that the Cambodian People’s Party had topped the polls. Read more

Erdogan congratulates ‘brave’ PA teen who slapped soldiers (Israelnationalnews)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday congratulated Palestinian Arab teen Ahed Tamimi in a phone call hours after her release from an Israeli prison, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reported. Tamimi, 17, who was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier during a protest of leftists and Palestinian Arabs in her town of Nabi Saleh, was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment in practice and fined 5,000 shekels as part of a plea bargain. Erdoğan lauded her “bravery and determination to fight”, according to Hurriyet. After her release, Tamimi went to Ramallah, where she met with Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Read more

‘Panicked’ kangaroo smashes way into Australian home (BBC)

An Australian family has been startled awake after a kangaroo crashed its way through a window in their home. The residents managed to trap the marsupial in a bathroom after it “ran amok” in the house in Melbourne early on Sunday, a wildlife rescuer said. The family was unharmed, but the distressed kangaroo suffered blood loss and cuts to its paws and legs. Rescuer Manfred Zabinskas said the incident could partly be attributed to homes competing with kangaroo habitats. After being called to the home, Mr Zabinskas found the kangaroo “fairly exhausted” in the bathroom, and administered a sedative to remove it safely. “The family was quite concerned about him because of the amount of blood everywhere,” he said. Read more

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