* Buhari, Oshiomhole upset R-APC defection plan (Nation) * Juicy carrots: APC dangles automatic tickets before aggrieved senators, Reps (Punch)

* Buhari, Oshiomhole upset R-APC defection plan (Nation)                * Juicy carrots: APC dangles automatic tickets before aggrieved senators, Reps (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE JULY 22, 2018

 

Buhari, Oshiomhole upset R-APC defection plan (Nation)

Overtures by President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to influential leaders of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) may have stalled the planned mass defection of members of the group, at least for now. Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and four APC governors met on Thursday with Senate President Bukola Saraki on the grievances of the group while Oshiomhole has also met individually with the likes of Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara,Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and ex-Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Kwakwaso, as well as the  APC caucus in the National Assembly with a view to dousing the defection fire. Read more

Juicy carrots: APC dangles automatic tickets before aggrieved senators, Reps (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress has offered its aggrieved National Assembly members automatic tickets in their constituencies in a last-ditch effort to stop the impending defection of the lawmakers from the party. This offer, among others, has become necessary to scuttle the planned mass defection of the legislators, which has been slated for the floor of the National Assembly on Thursday, Sunday Punch has learnt. Investigations by our correspondents on Saturday showed that aggrieved APC senators and members of the House of Representatives were determined to formally announce their defection before the National Assembly goes on its eight-week recess on Thursday. Read more

PDP gives Saraki, Dogara, Tambuwal, Kwankwaso, others 2-week deadline (Nation)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) seems to be in a hurry to get its deal with members of the Reformed -All Progressives Congress (R-APC) done and sealed. The two sides have been locked in intense talks and negotiations over the last few weeks for the aggrieved members of the APC to switch camps ahead of next year’s elections. But President Muhammadu Buhari and the new national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, have also launched peace talks of their own to persuade such APC members to reconsider their plan to dump the party. Read more

Boko Haram: Military fails to locate troops, gun trucks (Punch)

Some troops of the Nigerian Army, who went missing in action, following the Boko Haram terrorists’ attacks on a military base in Jilli, Yobe State, and Bama, Borno State, have yet to be found, according to reliable military sources on Saturday. Our correspondent learnt that the army bases in both locations were making frantic efforts to locate the displaced soldiers as well as recover at least three military gun trucks which were still missing. “I can confirm to you that not all the ‘missing-in-action soldiers’ have been found. We are still looking for several of them. Some gun trucks are also yet to be recovered. Read more

2019 tears Kaduna APC apart (SUN)

“The reconciliation being embarked upon by the All Progressives Progress (APC) is too little and it is coming a little too late because in Kaduna, the people have decided to throw away the baby with the bath water. God gives power. It is apparently clear that with our exit, APC has lost power in Kaduna, come 2019.” These were the exact words of Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, representing Kaduna North, as he formally bade farewell to the APC, a party he helped to ascend to power in 2015. He told Sunday Sun in an exclusive interview last Thursday that he made every efforts to remain in the party, but the party was unwilling to accommodate him and members of his group. Read more

Imo: Deputy Gov may resign as impeachment gathers steam (Nation)

As Imo State lawmakers spurn all interventions, including recent moves from top officials at the presidency and Imo stakeholders to stall their impeachment plots, there are indications yesterday that close associates of Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, who have been weighing the options open to him, may have advised him to resign his position as the number two citizen in the state. This, according to a source, “is to ensure that Madumere would be eligible to contest the governorship election in 2019.” The source said the lawmakers’ resolve to go ahead with the impeachment process “was simply aimed at spoiling Prince Madumere’s chances of contesting and winning the governorship election in 2019. Read more

After a string of Governorship losses PDP resolves to Change Name (ThisDay)

In a move widely believed to be pre-emptive and designed to prevent the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from exploiting issues from the recent political realignments in the country, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has finally resolved to change its name ahead of the 2019 general election. THISDAY learnt that PDP, which planned to announce the decision to change its name today, had also pencilled in Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu as the one to head a committee that would walk the party through the procedure. That was as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said Saturday in Yola that the federal government led by the APC had failed Nigerians and the people were yearning for change. Read more

Col. Nyiam to Buhari: You don’t deserve 2nd term (SUN)

Col Tony Nyiam (rtd) is a pro-democracy activist and acclaimed mastermind of the 1990 Gideon Orkar coup d’état against the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida. In this interview with Sunday Sun, he speaks on the crisis of governance in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), the unending bloodletting in the country and restructuring, among other topical national issues. Read more

Kogi west: The Melaye factor rankles APC, buoys PDP (Guardian)

Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has made a declaration to dump the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). 
The maverick senator has all odds working in his favour as he surmounts them one after the other. 
 First, he survived a stage-managed recall process to remove him from the senate. That plot did not see the light of day, as the verification of signatures could only achieve 5.35per cent against the required 50. 
Having been abandoned by his own party APC, the PDP played a crucial role in mobilising it’s members in his support during the failed recall process. No wonder his nostalgia to return ‘home’ to PDP. Read more

2019: I don’t foresee light at the end of the tunnel — Bala (Vanguard)

How do you see the spate of killings in some parts of Nigeria?  The latest killing in Sokoto proves that it’s a nationwide problem. It is not a regional problem, neither is it the product of Boko Haram insurgency or herdsmen or ethnic, religious – based cleansing. Every reasonable person should know that we have aspects of insecurity in every part of Nigeria. The killing is done in such a sophisticated manner that you cannot trace it to an aggrieved community or group of people. It is well planned, articulated and executed. So what is to be done? The killings continue while the Federal Government insists it is doing its best to arrest the situation. Read more

Gowon, Welby express deep concern over Killings (ThisDay)

Former head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon Saturday condemned the ongoing killings in the country and warned that if unchecked may lead to religious war. His warning is coming on the heels of the head of the Anglican Communion Worldwide and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who had earlier expressed deep concerns about what he described as violent attacks on Christians in Nigeria, challenging the British government to take specific actions to help the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to enforce security and achieve reconciliation. Read more

Midnight fire razes 200 shops in Jos market (Vanguard)

Mystery fire razed over 200 shops erected on the rubble of the earlier burnt Jos main market, Plateau State. The cause of the fire, officials and the victims could not say, but, while some people said the fire started at about 1.30am, the state Fire Service said it got a call around 12.30am and got to the scene at about 12.45am. The affected shops deal mostly in second-hand clothing, bags, shoes, among others. At the time Sunday Vanguard visited the market at about 8am, yesterday, smoke was still emitting from the area though the state Fire Service had battled to put out the flames and some shop owners were seen in groups discussing the incident while some were searching through the rubbles to see what they could salvage. Read more

F/Eagles hammer Mauritania 5-0, qualify for Niger 2019 (ThisDay)

Nigeria’s U20 national team, the Flying Eagles, battered their counterparts from Mauritania 5-0 at the Agege Stadium in Lagos on yesterday to qualify (6-1 aggregate) for the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations to be staged in Niger Republic. Having missed the 2017 finals in Zambia following a home defeat to Sudan also in Lagos after winning in Khartoum, the class of 2018 were in no mood for small measures and showed their dominance right from kick –off, throwing everything at an equally –determined Mauritanian contingent on a damp turf. There were early doubts the match would go ahead due to torrential downpour, but workmen somehow made the pitch playable and the match commissioner, Sallieu Kamara from Sierra Leone, gave the go –ahead for the contest. Read more

Powerful earthquake jolts southern Iran (En.trend.az)

An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale shook Iranian southern province of Hormozgan on July 22, morning. The tremors occurred at 9:37 local time (UTC ‎+4:30), according to a report from the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute, Iran’s state-run IRINN TV reported. The earthquake’s epicenter was located at 54.96 degrees longitude and 27.62 degrees latitude and a depth of 8 kilometers underground near the city of Ruydar. Rescue forces have been dispatched to the affected areas, according to the report. There is no immediate report on possible casualties or damages. Read more

Macron security aide scandal deepens with minister under fire (JapanTimes)

The most damaging scandal of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency deepened Saturday with his interior minister due to face a grilling in parliament over his response to a top security aide of Macron caught on video beating up a young man at a Paris protest in May. Opposition lawmakers have demanded that Macron, who has so far remained silent about the incident, explain the government’s stand after the videos of his aide Alexandre Benalla emerged this week. “If Macron doesn’t explain himself the Benalla affair will become the Macron affair,” far-right leader Marine Le Pen said in a tweet. Read more

 

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