August 20, 2018

* Buhari should not be happy … – Fayose (Vanguard) * Why Buhari is the only world leader invited by ICC — Envoy (Punch)

* Buhari should not be happy … – Fayose (Vanguard)          * Why Buhari is the only world leader invited by ICC — Envoy (Punch)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE JULY 16, 2018

 

Buhari should not be happy … – Fayose (Vanguard)

…says President’s approval of Saturday’s poll is an aberration “I will laugh last” , he assures Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said President Muhammadu Buhari has shown that he lacks democratic credentials by applauding and approving what he described as : “a charade that passed for the governorship election in Ekiti State last Saturday.” The governor was reacting to a statement by a media aide of Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu, entitled “Fayose: In the end, a high-powered nothing,” issued by the Presidency to react to Saturday’s election. Fayose, in his reaction through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, said if Buhari was a democrat, he would not have supported a situation whereby the will of the people was subverted through the use of brutal force. Read more

Why Buhari is the only world leader invited by ICC — Envoy (Punch)

Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Oji Ngofa, on Sunday said the decision of the International Criminal Court to invite only President Muhammadu Buhari among other world leaders to the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute of the Court was an indication of the high regard in which Nigeria is held. Ngofa said this in an interview with journalists in The Hague ahead of Buhari’s arrival in the country. He explained that Nigeria has always been a strong pillar of support to the ICC, especially in Africa, since the adoption of the Rome Statute establishing the Court on July 17, 1998. Read more

We didn’t push Ortom out, APC reacts (Vanguard)

The All Progressives Congress APC has reacted to reports that the Benue state Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom has left its ranks, saying it has not received a formal communication to that effect. Speaking Monday in Abuja shortly after a meeting of its National Working Committee NWC, APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said the governor had on several occasions promised that he would not leave the ruling party except he was pushed out. “Gov. Ortom had told me severally that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out and I know that we have not pushed him out”, he said. Read more

R-APC: Fresh attack on Saraki as APC national officer accuses him of double dealing (Punch)

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena,  has accused the Senate President, Bukola Saraki of double-dealing with respect to the formation of the Reformed-All Progressives Congress. Nabena further alleged that the Senate President betrayed the party’s trust by sponsoring rebellion within its ranks. The party chieftain said this in a statement made available to newsmen via e-mail, in Abuja, on Sunday. He equally challenged the Senate President to come clean by making public where he truly belongs within the ongoing realignments in the APC. Read more

Fayose’s fall is a signal to Wike, says Edo APC (Nation)

The All Progressive Congress in Edo State has said that the failure of Ayodele Fayose in last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State was a signal to Governor Nyesom Wike and other PDP governors in the South South region. It said it would take the lead in next year’s general elections for all the South South states come under the APC. State Secretary of the APC, Mr. Lawrence Okah, who stated this in a chat with newsmen urged Nigerians to stop believing what he termed rumors and lies the PDP posted on the social media during the conduct of Ekiti governorship polls. Okah stated that the victory of the APC in Ekiti was a signal that the party is ready to win other states in the South South region. Read more

Stop blaming Buhari for Killings, MURIC tells Nigerians (Guardian)

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised Nigerians to stop blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for killings around the country. The group gave the advice in a statement on Monday by MURIC’s Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan. Akintola blamed politicians, tribal bigots and a section of the media on the spread of wrong information about killings around the country. “Nigerian lawmakers should take the lion share of the blame, followed by the citizens and the media. “They should all accept their culpability in this peculiar mess instead of blaming the executive since the latter has done what is humanly possible within the law,’’ Akintola said. Read more

Tukur Buratai heads for Maiduguri to visit locations of attack (SUN)

The Chief Of Army Staff(COAS), Lieutcenant-General Tukur Buratai, has left for Maiduguri, the Borno state capital to have a first hand information on the  attack of one of its location by terrorists over the weekend. Tukur Buratai , Daily Sun gathered left the army headquarters where he spent a few minutes in office before leaving for the airport. It was gathered that the army chief who left with some principal officers at the army headquarters at about noon, is expected to visit Boboshe village in Bama local government area of Borno,  where over 23, soldiers were said to be missing and several equipments carted away by the insurgents who ambushed the soldiers. Read more

Why I’ve dumped APC party – Ortom (Vanguard)

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue state says he has ceased to be a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), following what he called “a red card” given to him. Ortom made this known on Monday in Makurdi shortly after swearing in a new Special Adviser on Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Jerome Shimbe who replaced Mr Titus Zam, sacked on July 8. According to him, the red card from APC would enable him to join any political party that has an ideology worthy of being adopted by his administration. The governor stated that the strained relationship between him and the party under which he contested the 2015 governorship election in the state has left him without a party. Read more

Buhari 2019: Group clarifies position on Ali Modu Sheriff’s appointment as DG (Guardian)

The Presidential Support Committee of Buhari 2019 has said that the appointment of Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, former National Chairman, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as its Director-General was done in the best interest of the party. Mr Kassim Muhammad Kassim, National Secretary of the group, gave the explanation in a statement on Monday in Abuja. Kassim explained that the conglomerate of about 300 Buhari Supporters groups unanimously endorsed Sheriff to lead the said Presidential Support Committee, Buhari 2019 and not the Buhari’s Campaign Organisation for the 2019 election. Read more

Ekiti 2018: Police helped APC to buy votes, says Ekiti PDP (Nation)

The Ekiti State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of colluding with the Police to rig Saturday’s governorship election. Ekiti PDP Chairman, Chief Gboyega Oguntuase, also accused the Police of complicity in the alleged sharing of money to voters on the day of the election. Oguntuase who accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of engaging in what he called “see-and-buy” to induce voters absolved his party of participating in the alleged cash-for-vote saga. Addressing a news conference at the party secretariat on Monday, Oguntuase alleged that the governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is holding what he called a “stolen mandate” which he vowed will be retrieved at the tribunal. Read more

Flood: Isiaka calls on state government to set up relief fund (SUN)

Two-time governorship candidate and a gubernatorial aspirant of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Ogun State, Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka,  has called on the state government to set up a relief fund to mitigate the losses suffered by victims of the flood that ravaged Abeokuta metropolis last Friday. Isiaka, otherwise known as GNI, equally tasked the state government on the need to improve the drainage system in the state,  particularly in the capital, to forestall repeat of the disaster.According to him, the relief fund became imperative in the face of the huge losses suffered by the residents, noting such will go a long way to assuage those affected by the flood. He, however, noted that the fund should be set up in a way to allow Ogun State indigenes all over the world, to contribute. Read more

Nigerian Army refutes missing soldiers report (Guardian)

Nigeria Army Monday said the reports that many soldiers went missing after their post was attacked by Boko Haram insurgents were not true. An AFP reports Sunday said hundreds of soldiers after the attack, a second in days, on a remote military base which held about 734 troops in northeast Nigeria. The base is reported to be new and the troops arrived there only recently from Lagos. The reports quoted an unnamed military source. “Boko Haram terrorists attacked troops of the 81st Division Forward Brigade at Jilli village in Geidam district. The terrorists came in huge numbers around 7:30 pm (1830 GMT) and overran the base after a fierce battle that lasted until 9:10 pm,” the unnamed military source told AFP. Read more

Kebbi State Government approves payment of July worker’s salaries (SUN)

Kebbi State Government has  approved the immediate  payment  of July 2018 salaries for both civil servant  and pensioners in State and Local Governments in the state. The Head  of the Civil Service in the state, Alhjai Abubakar Idris  in a statement  personal  signed  and issued  on Monday stated that both civil  servants and pensioners  in the state and local  government  would start  receiving  their  July  salaries from Monday 16th July 2018.According to him, “further to Kebbi State Government ‘s solemn pledge to stagger the payment  of salaries and pensions  to State  and Local  Government  staff  following  the early payments of May and June salaries  which were paid  on 13th and 21st respectively  in order  to enable workers meet the demand  of fasting  and Ride Fitri festival. Read more

Taraba CP attacked by hoodlums in Jalingo (SUN)

The Taraba state Commissioner of police CP David Akinremi was on Monday morning attacked by irate youths at Tudunwada area of Jalingo. The state Command’s Public Relations Officer ASP David Misal told Newsmen in Jalingo that the Commissioner had gone to the area with a team of officers to restore normalcy following reports of youths unrest only for the him to be stoned on the head. Misal, who said the commissioner was rushed to the hospital where he was treated and later discharged, also disclosed that several arrests have been made following the crisis. Read more

Juventus fans sing abusive song at Ronaldo unveiling (Thesportsman)

The arrival of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin was a momentous day for Juventus and their fans and may herald a new era for a club that’s clamouring to separate itself permanently from the Italian domestic game and into the ranks of the global super-elite. The €105M deal to bring the 33-year-old to Serie A has been greeted with much fanfare on the peninsula and crowds mobbed the club’s J-Medical centre as he arrived to undertake a medical ahead of his official unveiling as Juventus player. Ronaldo, who will earn a reported €26.5m per annum as a player with the Bianconeri, was cheered boisterously by fans as he arrived with many chanting “Ronaldo, bring us the Champions League” or, simply, his name. Read more

Tottenham target Rafinha not wanted by Barcelona (101Greatgoals)

Spanish outlet Marca is today reporting that Barcelona are keen to get rid of several players this transfer window. One of which is Tottenham target Rafinha. A large part of why Barca wish to get rid of Rafinha is because he is Brazilian and is taking up a none EU space in the Barcelona squad and given that he is not exactly a first-team regular, Barca want him out to make room for a none EU player who would play more. One of which could be Chelsea’s Willian who has been heavily linked with a Barca move. Read more

Paul Pogba takes light-hearted dig at England while holding World Cup trophy (GMS)

Paul Pogba is now a World Cup winner after helping France beat Croatia in the final on Sunday afternoon. The 25-year-old netted France’s third goal on the hour-mark to put his national team 3-1 up. He will never score a more important goal for the rest of his career. France ran out 4-2 winners and sealed the World Cup trophy for the second time in their history in the process, following their maiden triumph back in 1998. For Pogba, becoming a world champion must have felt particularly sweet after all the criticism that he’s received following his return to Manchester United in the summer of 2016. Read more

Mbappe could win Ballon d’Or, but this is no golden generation for France – Matthaus (Goal)

Les Bleus do not have the style or quality to dominate international football despite their World Cup win, says a legend of the game in Germany. World Cup winner Lothar Matthaus does not believe that a French era of dominance is near despite Les Bleus lifting a second world crown on Sunday. France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow to add 2018 success to their 1998 triumph, while banishing the memories of defeat to Portugal in the European Championship final two years ago. Nineteen-year-old Kylian Mbappe was named the tournament’s best young player, while 15 of the 23-man squad are 25 and younger giving France the second youngest squad in the tournament. Read more

Amazon workers strike in Germany, Spain and Poland to coincide with Prime Day (Nbcnews)

Thousands of workers will walk off the job on Tuesday at Amazon warehouses in Germany to demand better working conditions, joining colleagues in Spain and Poland in taking action that coincides with a major sales promotion. The Verdi services union called the one-day strike to back its demand for labor contracts that guarantee healthy working conditions at fulfillment centers run by the world’s largest e-commerce company. “The message is clear — while the online giant gets rich, it is saving money on the health of its workers,” said Stefanie Nutzenberger, Verdi’s top official responsible for the retail sector. Read more

Hillary Clinton blasted Trump on Twitter before his meeting with Putin (VOX)

Hillary Clinton took a jab at President Donald Trump on Twitter just hours before his highly anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. Trump is in Helsinki, Finland, for his first official meeting with Putin. Among other things, the two leaders are expected to talk about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the war in Syria. But Trump has already admitted that he’s setting the bar low for the meeting and doesn’t expect major outcomes.“I go in with low expectations,” Trump told CBS Evening News on Saturday. “I’m not going with high expectations.” Read more

Trump and Putin speak after meeting in Helsinki (Reuters)

Donald Trump met one-on-one with Russia’s Vladimir Putin behind closed doors on Monday in a long-awaited summit overshadowed by the U.S. president blaming his own country’s past “foolishness and stupidity” for the two powers’ hostile ties. Following are highlights of comments made by Trump and Putin at a news conference after their meeting in Finland’s capital Helsinki. Read more

Michelle Obama and Beyoncé’s mom were last seen partying together at a Beyoncé Concert (Time)

The city of Paris had many reasons to party on Sunday night. For one, the French soccer team won the 2018 World Cup. For another, it was Bastille Day. And the third? Beyoncé and Jay Z put on their On the Run II tour at Paris’s Stade de France — and their front-row fans were none other than former First Lady Michelle Obama and Beyoncé’s own mom, Tina Knowles Lawson. Best of all, the two beloved matriarchs were snapped seeming to enjoy each other’s company, hanging out and dancing joyfully together to Beyoncé’s hits during the show. (Obama’s younger daughter Sasha was also reportedly in attendance, adding to the fun.) France: truly the happiest place on earth this weekend. Read more

 

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