* Fayemi presents certificate of return to Buhari (Guardian) * PDP to boycott 2019 polls if… – Secondus (Vanguard)

* Fayemi presents certificate of return to Buhari (Guardian)        *  PDP to boycott 2019 polls if… – Secondus (Vanguard)



Fayemi presents certificate of return to Buhari (Guardian)

Ekiti state governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday presented his certificate of return to President Muhammadu Buhari. Fayemi, former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, was the candidate of the national ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the July 14 governorship election. Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the Chief Returning Officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, said Fayemi polled 197,459 votes to emerge the winner. Olayinka made the declaration at the headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) in Ado-Ekiti on July 15. According to the result, Fayemi defeated the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, who came second with 178,121 votes. Read more

PDP to boycott 2019 polls if… – Secondus (Vanguard)

The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has threatened to pull out of the 2019 general elections if the electoral umpire and security agencies fail to demonstrate sufficient level of impartiality expected from them by Nigerians. National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus stated this at the party’s national secretariat on Thursday while playing host to a combined delegation of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Secondus who lamented what he called the manipulation of vote figures by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the recently concluded Ekiti governorship election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also accused the Nigerian Police of chasing away PDP agents from various polling centres particularly areas known to be its strongholds. Read more

Buhari approves appointments of three DGs (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of three Directors-General/Chief Executive Officers of three agencies under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development. The appointments were approved on Thursday. They appointees are: Umar Albarka Hassan (DG/CEO, National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency, Kaduna); Prof. Linus Okon Asuquo (DG/CEO, National Metallurgical Development Centre, Jos); and Prof. Suleiman Bolaji Hassan (DG/CEO, Nigeria Institute of Mining and Geosciences, Jos). The information was contained on the verified Twitter handle of Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media. Read more

Environmental experts urge Buhari to fast track PIGB signing (SUN)

Some cross section of environmental experts and professionals in the upstream and downstream sector, on Thursday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly assent to the Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIGB). The Senate had, after a clause-by-clause consideration in May 2017, passed the PIGB, while the House of Representatives also passed the Bill in January 2018. The Petroleum Bill seeks to introduce reforms that would engender transparency, while at the same time making the oil and gas sector more business-oriented and profit-driven. Read more

Why Jonathan government didn’t save despite oil boom – Okonjo-Iweala (Punch)

A former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has linked the failure of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to save for the rainy day, despite oil boom, to the insistence of state governors that funds in the Excess Crude Account must be shared. According to Okonjo-Iweala, as finance minister, with the backing of Jonathan and ex-Vice-President Namadi Sambo, she had a running battle with state governors, who insisted that there was no need to save despite that crude oil was selling at $86 per barrel. Read more

Ortom meets Oshiomhole, makes U-turn (Vanguard)

Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom may have shelved his decision to leave his ruling All Progressives Congress APC, following a trouble-shooting meeting he had with the National Chairman of the party, Comrades Adams Oshiomhole, Thursday in Abuja. Speaking with journalists at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, Ortom said the party leadership has assured him that no individual in Benue state can push him out of the party. “I was given a red card by a Senator…but the leadership of the party told me that the decision of the party leadership at the national level is superior to any individual and I think that is good enough. We have spoken to him, he has spoken to me, stakeholders are going to be spoken to and that is where I belong. Read more

Nasarawa attacks: Group lauds Al-Makura’s peace deal (Nation)

The Egbura ethnic group in Nasarawa State has commended the ongoing efforts by the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to unite the various warring ethnic groups in the state. Lately, rivalry among the various ethnic groups in the state had triggered communal clashes, leading to avoidable deaths of innocent villagers and destruction of property. In a move to stem the trend however, Governor Al-Makaru, had, last week, met with the leaders of the Bassa ethnic group in Abuja over the group’s recent clash with a rival Egbura ethnic group. At the meeting with the governor, the Bassa leaders were said to have demanded the creation of a separate chiefdom as one of the conditions for peaceful coexistence with other groups in the state. Read more

Ortom appoints new BIRS chairman (Nation)

Governor Samuel Ortom has approved the appointment of Terzungwe Atser, as the new chairman of Board of Internal Revenue Service ( BIRS) . The former chairman of BIRS Mrs. Mimi Adzape was unceremoniously removed from office last week by the governor. Before his new appointed as chairman BIRS Mr. Terzungwe Atser was an Assistant – Director with Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in Abuja. Mr. Atser is expected to resume duty at BIRS office along Makurdi – Gboko road. Read more

FG plans to frame Atiku for herdsmen attacks, group alleges (Guardian)

The Secretary-General of Atiku Renaissance Group Awwal Tahir said it received intelligence report from Defence Intelligence Agency source who claimed that top politicians within the presidency plan to link Abubakar Atiku to recent killings in the country. “On June 25th, 2018, we received intelligence report from trusted personnel of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) of a grand plot by top politicians within the Presidency to link the unabating herdsmen attacks across the country to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar,” Tahir said in a statement on Thursday. “However, we were presented with documents detailing the same plot by personnel of another intelligence agency last week.” Read more

INEC fixes August 11 for conduct of Bauchi South Senatorial by-election (Vanguard)

The Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) has fixed August 11 for by-election to fill the vacant seat of  Bauchi South Senatorial District at the National Assembly. INEC  Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Bauchi, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, who stated this on Thursday during a stakeholders meeting, said only those who voted in the 2015 general elections and had collected their PVCs as at December 2017, were eligible to vote during the by- election. “Accreditation and voting during the election will be done simultaneously as voters will be accredited and allowed to cast their votes immediately. Read more

Villagers hail as masquerades beat, seriously injure 2 Catholic priests in Enugu (Vanguard)

Two Catholic Priests of Nsukka Diocese in Enugu state were, Thursday 12 July 2018, seriously injured after being mercilessly beaten by masquerades and some alleged youths of Ogbodu-Aba in Udenu Local Government Area of the state. The two priests, with serious wounds and swollen faces, also sustained injuries in their eyes and mouths. In a report by Reverend Fr. Matthew Eze, the Director of Social Communication, the Diocesan communication department, said the priests “Rev. Fr. Peter Chikwado Udaya, the parish priest of St. Patrick’s Parish Ibenda and Rev. Fr. Daniel Tochukwu Akubue, the parish priest of St. Mary’s Parish, Ada-Obollo as well as the assistant Diocesan Liturgist were attacked as they were going back to their duty posts after a brief visit from St. Charles Parish, Eha-Ndiagu.” Read more

Ruggedman slams police spokesperson Yomi Shogunle over #EndSARS comment (Guardian)

Nigerian rapper, Michael Ugochukwu Stephens, known professionally as Ruggedman Wednesday slammed the assistant commissioner of Police, Yomi Shogunle, for allegedly misrepresenting his position on police brutality and perceived illegal activities of Nigerian Police’s Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS). Shogunle had earlier shared a photo of Ruggedman with a SARS officer and claimed that Ruggedman, one of the most vocal critiques and campaigner for the proscription of the squad, has now turned around to join those calling for SARS to be reformed instead. The rapper, however, insisted that he has not changed his position. Read more

Boko Haram kills 6 traders in Borno ambush (Guardian)

Boko Haram fighters killed six traders when they ambushed a convoy of lorries under military escort in northeast Nigeria, a civilian militia member and a local resident said on Thursday. “Six traders were killed in an ambush by Boko Haram gunmen on Tuesday,” said Umar Kachalla, from the volunteer security force in Gamboru, a trading hub on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon. The attack happened at about 6:00 pm (1700 GMT) at Mussini village, some 16 kilometres (10 miles) from Gamboru. Kachalla said the gunmen opened fire on the 23-strong convoy, forcing it to stop, then looted supplies and torched the vehicles. “The poor state of the road makes it difficult for motorists to escape any ambush because they need to manoeuvre through deep and gaping potholes,” he added. Read more

Zik’s nephew elected President, Onitsha Sports Club (SUN)

A nephew to the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dr. Arinze Modebe was, on Thursday, elected the new President of Onitsha Sports Club. The Sports Club founded in 1929 serves as a recreation centre for the elites in Onitsha and their wives and also a rallying point for other activities. Modebe , a medical doctor, in a speech after his swearing in by a Senior Magistrate, Uche Amechi,  promised to make Onitsha Sports Club the first and best port of call for any tourist coming into the Anambra commercial city. Priding himself to be associated with the late Zik of Africa, Modebe recalled that his late mother and Zik were the only children their mother had while alive and prayed that he will replicate that same sense of responsibility and fear of God which the late Zik lived for. Read more

World Cup finalists set for new Laliga season (Vanguard)

11 LaLiga players from four different teams were involved in France’s 4-2 win over Croatia, more than any other league. Now they’re set to return with their confidence sky high ahead of the new season. The 2018 World Cup final was unlike almost any other. There were six goals for the first time since 1966 and while champions France logically raced to Paris with the trophy in tow, Croatia were just as warmly welcomed back in Zagreb, having massively exceeded expectations. In total, there were 11 LaLiga players celebrating their summer achievements the following morning, and LaLiga should relish the prospect of these players carrying their positive momentum into the 2018/19 domestic season. Read more

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