SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 7, 2018
Buhari Polls 14.8m Votes In Apcs Direct Primaries
The All Progressives Congress APC has affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari as its candidate for the 2019 presidential elections. At a special national convention currently underway in Abuja, the Returning Officer in the presidential primaries, Dr Kayode Fayemi said Buhari polled 14, 842, 072 million votes. According to him, “that gives you a pointer to what we are going to have in the 2019 elections. This is the registered votes of the registered members of our party. We are not talking about other Nigerians who will vite for the president in the general elections”, he said.
Jonathan: Whoever Emerges PDP Candidate Will be Next President
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has predicted that whoever emerges as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would eventually become the next president of the country. In his remarks at the ongoing National Convention of the PDP in Port Harcourt, Jonathan said having worked with all the 12 aspirants, he believed they were all eminently qualified to be president of the country. His words: “I have worked with all the aspirants at one time or the other. They are all eminently qualified to be president of this country. I am also certain that among them is the next president of this Federal Republic.”
Buhari Arrives APC Convention Ground
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived the Eagle Square venue of the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress. He arrived at 10:03pm to a rousing welcome by party leaders, delegates, and supporters. Saturday’s event started with the national anthem which was followed in quick succession by Christian and Muslim prayers. Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee, Governor Abiola Ajumobi, in his address recalled that at a similar event in 2014, party members gathered to elect a presidential candidate and added that, “Nigeria is now a better, less corrupt and more purposeful country.”
Saraki, Dogara Backers Bank on APC Primaries’ Crises for Leaders’ Survival
Some senators and members of the House Representatives have said Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, will survive the impeachment plot of the All Progressives Congress against them as a result of the crises attending the ruling party’s primaries. They believed there would be a realignment of forces in the National Assembly as the federal lawmakers resume from recess on Tuesday, which would make it difficult for the APC legislators to muster the required number to remove the presiding officers.
PDP Convention: We Have Learnt Our Lessons, Says Secondus
The People’s Democratic Party has enumerated its success stories in the past years, adding that though the party has learnt its lessons, it has graduated from being an opposition party in 2015 to a ruling party in the waiting in 2018. Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Party, said this in an address at the opening of the PPD 2018 Special National Convention which he also declared open on Friday in Port Harcourt. Secondus, who expressed pleasure in welcoming members from all over Nigeria to Port Harcourt, said that the subject of this year’s national convention was: “Nigerians Take Back Your Country’’.
Buhari: I Will Bring Back Every Nigerian Abducted By Terrorists
President Muhammadu Buhari, said on Saturday that the Federal Government remained committed to getting back all Nigerians abducted by terrorists. Buhari made the commitment during the Passing Out Parade (POP) of 365 cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president, who was the reviewing officer, was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. “We are committed to ensuring the release of all the women and men held in captivity.
States Borrow N151.95bn From Pension Funds
Pension fund operators have invested N151.95bn of the increasing pension funds under the Contributory Pension Scheme in State Governments’ securities as of the end of the second quarter of 2018. Figures obtained from the National Pension Commission revealed that this amounted to 1.8 per cent of the total pension funds, which stood at N8.23tn in the period under review. The commission had also barred the pension operators from investing the increasing funds in state government’s securities that had yet to comply with the Contributory Pension Scheme.
FG Should Increase Education Funding – Avuru
Managing Director Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, Mr. Austin Avuru, has urged the Federal Government to increase funding of education tenfold from the present situation. Avuru said this, in Nsukka, on Thursday, while presenting Special Convocation and 58th Founders Day Lecture of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, at the Princess Elexandra Auditorium. He maintained that increase in education funding would be the only way to transform education completely in the next 20 years.
National Assembly’s Resumption And Unending Leadership Battle
Gradually, but steadily, the primaries of the political parties are rounding off. Eyes, no doubt, are on the ruling All Progressives Congress, the main opposition People’s Democratic Party and what the outcome of the intra-party elections will be for the February 2019 general elections. While the primaries wind down, attention will turn to the National Assembly again, beginning from this Tuesday when the senators and members of the House of Representatives will reconvene in Abuja.
APC Holds Primary in Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone
The National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have reversed itself by conducting primary election in Kaduna Central Senatorial zone. The automatic ticket earlier granted the incumbent Senator Shehu Sani by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party was greeted with protest in the senatorial zone, following the exclusion of Uba Sani and three other aspirants. Hundreds of delegates from the seven senatorial zones turned up for the election which was presided over by Prof. Eddiefloyd Igbo, an official from the National Secretariat of the APC.
Oge: I’ll Step Into Ras Kimono’s Shoes – Daughter
Like father, like daughter aptly describes Oge Kimono, daughter of the late reggae legend, Ras Kimono, who passed away a few weeks ago. Just like her late dad, Oge has taken up reggae music as a career and has dropped a couple of singles. Already, she is a regular face at reggae events across Nigeria. Just back from her father’s funeral, which attracted the creme de la creme of Nigerian entertainment, Oge opened up on life with Kimono, her father, and also shared fond memories she had with him.
ANYASI-AGWU: Day Son ‘Stabbed’ Me Because Of Enyimba
Football has undoubtedly made Felix Anyansi-Agwu smile and cry as the debonair chairman of Enyimba International Football Club chats his course in the beautiful game of soccer. Nearing almost two decades in the saddle, history would forever be kind to Anyansi-Agwu having yet supervised some of the golden moments of the Aba-based side but he reckons the years gone by have not been without some difficult challenges.
Man Utd Vs Newcastle: Sanchez Grabs Late Winner To Give Mourinho A Breather
Under-pressure Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho saw his side score three goals, including a late winner, as they beat lowly Newcastle 3-2 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday. Amid newspaper speculation he could be sacked this weekend, Mourinho’s side fell 2-0 behind as early as the 10th minute after goals from Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto fired the visitors — who haven’t won in the league this season — into a shock lead.
SERENA: Giving Birth To Olympia Nearly Killed Me
Tennis star Serena opens up on the agony she went through during and after the birth of her baby, Olympia, the battle to regain fitness and back to the court Serena–who long ago ascended into the pantheon of stars known by a single name–swap her pink Crocs for sneakers, and grabs a broom and dustpan to sweep pine needles off the hard court, Just three nights earlier, Serena suffered the worst defeat of her 23-year professional career, a 6-1, 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Johanna Konta in the opening round of a U.S. Open tune-up tournament down the road in San Jose.
M5.9 Quake Shakes Northern Haiti
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.9 earthquake has shaken northwestern Haiti. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake was centered about 12 miles (20 kilometers) west-northwest of Ti Port-de-Paix off Haiti’s north coast.
Trump Says He’s ‘A Hundred Percent’ Certain That Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Named the Wrong Person
President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday he was “a hundred percent” certain that Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, had got the wrong man. Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a razor-thin margin Saturday afternoon, securing 50 votes in the Senate. He was sworn in later that evening in a private ceremony. “This is one of the reasons I chose him is because there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh. He is an outstanding person and I’m very honored to have chosen him,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to a campaign rally in Topeka, Kansas.
Pompeo Seeks Allied Unity in Dealing with N. Korea
America’s top diplomat left Tokyo for Pyongyang on Sunday after pledging that the U.S. would coordinate with allies Japan and South Korea on efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. On the eve of his fourth visit to North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Saturday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to try to unify the countries’ positions as he looks to arrange a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and chart a path toward denuclearization.