* Ekiti: Fayemi leads (Nation) * Why I refused to sign free trade agreement — Buhari (Punch)

* Ekiti: Fayemi leads (Nation)        * Why I refused to sign free trade agreement — Buhari (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE JULY 15, 2018

 

Ekiti: Fayemi leads (Nation)

Dr. John Kayode Fayemi appears to be   on his way back to the Government House, Ado Ekiti, as governor. Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was, at press time, leading his closest rival, Professor Olusola Eleka of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 13 of the 16 local government areas of the state, including Fayose’s  Irepodun-Ifelodun Local Government Area. Turn out of voters was massive and the election was generally peaceful across the state. Observer groups attested to the peaceful conduct of the election. There were reports of ballot box snatching in a few places, but the commission said the development was not widespread to affect the outcome of the voting. Although some voters, including Eleka and Fayemi’s wife, Bisi, were rejected by the card readers, the use of the machines was generally successful. Read more

Why I refused to sign free trade agreement — Buhari (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, explained why he had yet to sign the African Continental Free Trade Agreement which is expected to increase intra-African trade by 52.3 per cent from the current 19 per cent. The Federal Executive Council had, on March 14, approved that Nigeria should sign the framework agreement for the establishment of the initiative. But a few days to the signing of the agreement, Buhari opted out of the African Union meeting where the pact would be signed by 55 African countries. Already, 44 African countries had endorsed the agreement which would enable them to form a $3tn continental free-trade zone encompassing 1.2 billion people. Read more

How Fayemi defeated Eleka in Fayose’s LG (Nation)

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in yesterday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, was the clear winner in Governor Ayodele Fayose’s Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area, where many had expected Professor Eleka of the PDP to have a walk over. Fayemi polled 13,869 against Fayose’s anointed candidate’s 11,456 votes. However, Eleka won in Fayose’s polling unit and ward which was not enough to secure victory for his party in the local government area. The local government has 11 wards. Result from each ward was collated at the headquarters of INEC situated in Igede. A total of 66,162 voters  are registered in the local government while 27,306 were accredited. Of the 27,211 votes cast, 25,849 were valid while 1362 were rejected. Read more

Presidency backs Osinbajo on state police, ex-IG disagrees (Punch)

The Presidency will not oppose the National Assembly on its ongoing efforts to make provision for the creation of state police in the country as a way of tackling the nation’s security challenges. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the indication in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents on Saturday. Shehu was asked if the Presidency was on the same page with the National Assembly on the issue of state police. The presidential spokesman said Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had spoken publicly on the matter. He explained that Osinbajo’s position remained the position of the Presidency on the matter because he was qualified to speak for the Presidency. Read more

Ekiti 2018: Fayose loses local govt to APC (Nation)

The candidate of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the ongoing Ekiti State election has emerged victorious in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area. Kayode Fayemi of the APC polled 13,869 votes in the local government of the outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose. The PDP had 11,456 votes. Even though the PDP won in Mr Fayose’s polling unit and ward, the votes in other wards were not enough to secure victory for his party in his local government. The local government has 11 wards and results from each ward was collated at the headquarters of INEC situated in Igede. Read more

We’ll soon expose cowards behind R-APC –Omo-Agege (Punch)

The embattled senator representing Delta Central at the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, has described the sponsors of a new faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Reformed APC, as cowards, saying that those behind the group will soon be exposed. Omo-Agege claimed that the gang-up of the R-APC whom he termed ‘Rejected APC’ would not stop the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. The senator spoke at the Osubi Airstrip in the Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State on his first visit to his constituency since the senate mace theft saga began about three months ago. Read more

NBC shuts down Ekiti broadcasting commission indefinitely (Nation)

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC has ordered the immediate shut down of Ekiti Broadcast Service for breaching provisions of the Broadcasting Code. The Commission has taken the decision to curb the continued breach of the Electoral Act and the Broadcasting Code on Political Broadcast. The Commission is particularly irked by the unauthorized declaration of results by the state Governor in the state broadcast station. Read more

2019: Only Atiku can return PDP to power – Fabiyi (SUN)

With the tension in the country ahead of next year’s general elections, how do you feel?

First and foremost, I will say that it is quite unfortunate that today in the history of our country, we are faced with a lot of daunting challenges. One of such is the issue of security challenges that we have in the country today; the economy is not also growing especially since the present government came on board. The insecurity challenge for instance has taken a new dimension. The feelings of Nigerians when the APC government came on board was that maybe they would do something different but unfortunately we have not been able to get it right. It is quite painful and unfortunate. Read more

I’ve forgiven Theodore Orji, says Orji Kalu (Nation)

Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, at the weekend, broke his silence over the face-off between him and his successor, Senator Theodor Orji, assuring that he has forgiven the estranged former political associate. Until now, Kalu, who governed Abia State for eight years, between 1999 and 2007, when he handed over power to Orji, who served as his Chief of Staff, has declined making direct statements on their soured relationship. Recalling how his relationship with his successor got bitter, Kalu told The Nation, in an exclusive interview in Lagos at the weekend, that he did not offend Orji in anyway.  “As for the former governor, T. A. Orji, my conscience is clear. I did nothing wrong to him. I did not offend him in any way. This man was in jail and I insisted that he should succeed me as governor. Read more

EU, British High Commission, give preliminary reports (SUN)

The European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mr. Ketil Karlsen, as well as the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, have given their preliminary reports on the Ekiti governorship election to journalists. In separate interviews with journalists in Ekiti yesterday, the duo reported that there were impressive turnout of electorate during the poll in the places they had visited before the interview, saying they also had their colleagues in different parts of the state and when they all meet together after the election, their reports would be presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Read more

#Ekiti : Police give kudos to Ekiti electorate, INEC (Vanguard)

Ado-Ekiti-The Commissioner of Police in charge of Ekiti North Senatorial District, Mr Ali Janga, has praised the Independent National Electoral Commission and the electorate for the peaceful conduct in today’s governorship election holding in Ekiti State. Janga, is among the three CPs deployed in Ekiti by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris to monitor the election and work with the Deputy Inspector General 0f Police, Operations, Mr Habilal Joshak. He was to be in charge Ekiti North senatorial district, comprising Ikole , Ido/ Osi, Oye, Moba and Ilejemeje. Janga, who spoke in Ido Ekiti hailed the massive turn out of the voters across the state and the transparency of INEC in the discharge of its duties. “I have visited three local governments and there were no electoral manipulation anywhere. People raised false alarm by sending distress calls to us, but many of them were found to be false when we got there. Read more

Excitement, anxiety over new national carrier (SUN)

An air of excitement mixed with anxiety is currently blowing across the Nigerian aviation airspace following announcements last week that the country would be taking delivery of five new aircraft by December 19, 2018 in readiness for the launch of a new national carrier on December 24, 2018. The mood followed the many years of the country not having its own airline and the ugly experiences that trailed the defunct Nigerian Airways and Virgin Nigeria. “I can’t wait to see it happen; I can’t wait to see our nation- al pride return to the sky,” exclaimed Ngozi Oluchukwu, a travel and tour agency operator on hearing that the Federal Government had fixed Decem- ber for the inaugural flight of the national carrier. Read more

Kolade: Relations between government and Oyo traditional rulers cordial (Guardian)

What is the relationship between your government and the traditional institution?

Oyo State government is acting strictly in accordance with the statutory allocations to local government from the federation account that provides that five percent of the revenue from the Federation Account be set aside for the traditional rulers. It is out of this money, the salaries and other allowances due to the traditional rulers are paid. This is a thing of the law and we make sure it is obeyed. The traditional rulers within the state are paid regularly and generally in Oyo State, our traditional rulers are fairly treated, and they have not been complaining as far as I know. Because of the way we treat our traditional rulers, they have generally been cooperating with the state government in all that we do. Read more

Olisa Agbakoba lucky to be alive – Evah (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared June 12 Democracy Day. How do you react to this?

We are happy.  We clamoured for June 12 to be declared Democracy Day.  Some of us who were involved in the struggle, even before Abiola died,  do commend the President.   I was the convener of Non-Indigenes for the Actualization of June 12. I formed the group when our leaders like Ovie Kokori, former Secretary General PENGASSAN and Wariebe Aganmene (former president of NUPENG) were arrested. Infact, we mobilised the oil workers to cripple the economy of the country at that time. So, following the arrest of some prominent citizens over June 12, I decided to mobilise non-indigenes, especially people from the riverine areas, to  join the strike and the blockage of roads. That was what we did as young men. Read more

My daughter’s killer hypnotised her before her death –Ex-Ondo deputy gov (Punch)

What can you tell us about your daughter’s death?

All I can say is that the boy killed her for ritual purposes. My daughter was not a wayward girl. She was not a girl that was not well-fed. We made everything comfortable for her. I know that she didn’t go to his house on her own volition. That boy must have hypnotised my daughter before she could leave her school to head for his house.

What made you say that she was used for ritual purposes?

The boy dug a grave in his room, buried her and placed a mattress on the grave and was sleeping on the grave. My daughter was not found under the bed frame because the boy had no bed frame. When we tried our best to find her, we organised prayers. When we finished with the prayers, the heat was on him and he said he wasn’t able to continue with the ritual. Read more

72-yr-old man electrocuted on way home from mosque (SUN)

Residents of Humani Street, Bajulaiye in Shomolu area of Lagos State were thrown into mourning when news spread that one of their neighbours, 72-year-old AbdulRasheed AbdulQuadri had been electrocuted. The sad incident occurred at about 3:00p.m the septuagenarian was going back home from the jumat service at the Central Mosque few blocks away from his house. Sunday Sun learnt from the residents that Pa Abdul-Quadri known in his neighbourhood as Baba White was killed when he tried to step over the open gutter in front of his house. Read more

Fire razes 6 shops in Kano market (Nation)

No fewer than six shops were burnt at Kofar Wambai Jewellery Market (Kasuwar ‘Yan Yeri) in Kano on Friday night, the Director of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Sagir  Madaki, said yesterday. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano that his men received a distress call from Kofar Wambai Police Division at about 8:57p.m that there was fire outbreak at the market. “On receiving the information, we quickly sent some of our personnel and fire fighting vehicle to the scene of the incident at about 9:05p.m to quench the fire,” he said. Read more

What’s Croatia’s secret (Guardian)

On the morning after the night before, eyes learning to refocus again after giddily celebrating Croatia reaching a first World Cup final, Anita Sambol jumped into her car and made the 60 kilometre journey to Zagreb. She needed a passport. Urgently. She, like her country’s footballers, was on her way to Moscow for the World Cup final, to be a witness to a momentous moment in her country’s history. “It’s been really crazy, crazy, crazy here during the World Cup,” she says, speaking to CNN Sport from her Croatian home. Read more

Nigeria’s Ekundayo wins Euro IBF Title after defeating British opponent (Vanguard)

England-based Nigerian boxer, Larry ‘The Natural’ Ekundayo Friday night defeated his British opponent, John Thain in London, to clinch the European International Boxing Federation title. Ekundayo was adjudged the IBF champion with all three judges scoring him as the winner of the prestigious European belt at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, and the home of British boxing. The victory over Thain has made Ekundayo the highest ranked Nigerian boxer in the world and also positioned him for a world title shot. In a fight that lasted 12 rounds, Ekundayo showed outclassed Thain who got a bloodied nose and was left bleeding for about six rounds. Khomeini Bukhari, Director of Africa, Peel Aston Global and a member of Team Ekundayo, in a statement on Saturday, commended the pugilist for doing his country proud. Read more

Asaba 2018 AAC: AFN picks 100 athletes to vie for medals (Vanguard)

Athletics Federation of Nigeria yesterday released the list of 100 athletes that will represent Nigeria at the 21st Africa Athletics Championships, billed for August 1-5 in Asaba, Delta State. Expectedly, the list include top athletes like Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteghonor, Tobi Amasan, Ese Brume, Divine Oduduru, Ogho-Oghene Egwero and Seye Ogunlewe. Others include Patience Okon-George, Yinka Ajayi, Praise Idamadudu, Stephen Mozia, Chukwuebube Enekweche and Kelechi Nwanaga. This list was ratified by the board of the AFN after a meeting in Asaba. The selection trial for the championships, was disrupted by a peaceful protest of athletes on July 8 in Abuja demanding for better conditions as they train and sweat for the country. Read more

I will definitely go for Arsenal, Dangote insists (Guardian)

African richest man insists that he will buy English football club Arsenal as a reward for completing his $10-billion refinery in Lagos. When completed the refinery will produce 650 000 barrels of oil per day and will make Nigeria Africa’s largest exporter of petroleum products. And the Nigerian billionaire intends to reward himself for achieving that feat by buying Arsenal, a club he supports. Dangote is worth $12.4 billion according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index and his fortune betters, by about $4.4 billion, that of Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke. “I love Arsenal and I will definitely go for it,” Dangote told Financial Times in a report published on July 11. Read more

England are going home… Empty-handed (Mumbaimirror)

Belgium achieved their best World Cup finish as goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard secured a 2-0 victory over England in Saturday’s third-place playoff in Saint Petersburg. Meunier, who missed the semifinal loss to France due to suspension, scored after just four minutes before Hazard grabbed a late second as Belgium eclipsed the side that came fourth at the 1986 edition. Belgium have now defeated England twice in a fortnight, having waited 82 years to beat them before winning 1-0 in their group stage encounter. Read more

Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams might steer clear of US Open doubles (Sportingnews)

Serena Williams will consider foregoing doubles at the US Open after concentrating solely on singles at Wimbledon. Williams arrived at the All England Club having played just seven matches since her return from a 13-month break to accommodate the birth of her first child last September. But the 36-year-old, a seven-time Wimbledon singles champion, still made an astonishing run to the final, where she fell to Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-3 on Saturday. Not taking part in the doubles, a format in which she was won 14 grand slam titles, granted her additional time to rest and is an option Williams may continue with in the long term. Read more

Twitter suspends accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by Mueller (SMH)

Social networking site Twitter has suspended two accounts linked to 12 Russian spies indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 US presidential election. On Friday, a federal grand jury charged the 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016 in the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Republican Donald Trump. Twitter said on Saturday it had suspended the accounts @DCLeaks_ and @Guccifer_2 that were named in the indictment, which alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy involving sophisticated hacking and staged release of documents. Read more

US indicts Russian intel officers ahead of Trump-Putin summit (AFP)

Twelve Russian intelligence officers have been charged with hacking Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Party in a stunning indictment just days before President Donald Trump meets with Vladimir Putin. The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is looking into Russian interference in the November 2016 vote and whether any members of Trump’s campaign team colluded with Moscow. Democratic leaders immediately called for Trump to cancel Monday’s scheduled meeting with the Russian president in Helsinki, but the White House said the summit would go ahead. The 29-page indictment issued Friday accuses members of the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU of carrying out “large-scale cyber operations” to steal Clinton campaign and Democratic Party documents and emails. Read more

Haiti’s PM resigns after deadly riots over plans to raise diesel prices by 47% (Skynews)

Haiti’s prime minister has resigned following deadly protests over proposals to raise fuel prices by nearly 50%. Jack Guy Lafontant faced a vote of no confidence over his handling of a failed plan to raise the cost of diesel by 47% and petrol by 38%. Haiti is desperately poor, with about 60% of its population living on less than $2 (£1.51) a day. Many are incredibly sensitive about even minor increases in prices. The controversial plans were made in agreement with the International Monetary Fund, with Mr Lafontant arguing the price hikes were needed to help the country balance its budget. But the plans sparked three days of riots between 6 and 8 July, with seven people killed and dozens of businesses looted. Read more

Finnish brewers create ‘problem-solving’ beer for Trump-Putin summit (Skynews)

A Finnish craft brewery has created a “problem-solving” beer that they hope could help Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin settle their issues “like adults”. In a humorous tribute to the forthcoming Helsinki summit, which will be held on Monday, RPS Brewing issued a limited-edition beer featuring a cartoon of the American and Russian leaders. Slogans on the bottle included “Let’s Settle This Like Adults” and “Making Lager Great Again”. The beer launched with just 10,000 bottles available and sold out within days. The company also sent samples to the US and Russian embassies in Helsinki. Read more

Astronauts explain why nobody has visited the moon in more than 45 years — and the reasons are depressing (BI)

Landing 12 people on the moon remains one of NASA’s greatest achievements, if not the greatest. Astronauts collected rocks, took photos, performed experiments, planted some flags, and then came home. But those week-long stays during the Apollo program didn’t establish a lasting human presence on the moon. More than 45 years after the most recent crewed moon landing — Apollo 17 in December 1972 — there are plenty of reasons to return people to Earth’s giant, dusty satellite and stay there. Read more

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