SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 10, 2018
Fayose Is Free to Attend My Inauguration – Fayemi
The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has extended invitation to Governor Ayodele Fayose to attend his inauguration slated for October 16, 2018, saying he is free to grace the occasion as a leader of the state. At a press conference addressed by the committee handling the preparations for the inauguration ceremony in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, Fayemi said President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors, particularly those of the APC extraction will be gracing the occasion. Part of the programme lined up for the ceremony was a lecture and an essay competition entitled: ‘Reclaiming Our Land, Restoring Our Values, Ekiti of my Dream’. The lecture will be delivered by the world renowned Poet, Prof. Niyi Osundare.
Choose Fani-Kayode as Running Mate, Group Tells Atiku, PDP
Christian group, Christians in Power Network, CIPN, has advised the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and its flagbearer at the forthcoming 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to choose a former minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, as their vice presidential candidate. In a statement signed by Apostle Chikezie Onyekere and Pastor Solomon Ayuba, the organisation’s Coordinator and Secretary respectively, the group said “we predicate our advice on the fact that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, unlike many Christians, is the one man who has stood firmly for the faith and has suffered immense persecution in the hands of the establishment because of this. He is one man many Christians believe has been ordained by God to rescue us from the hands of our relentless traducers and murderers”.
Tell Nigerians What FG Used Borrowed N3tr for, Atiku Asks Buhari
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to tell Nigerians what he used the N13 trillion his government borrowed within three years of his administration for. Atiku, in a statement Tuesday by his Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, said that the Buhari government and the APC have been very idle of late, which explains their abandonment of the vital duties in order to focus on hurling insults and false accusations on the presidential candidate of the PDP.
Senate President Swears In 2 New Senators
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has administered the oath of office on Lawal Gumau (APC- Bauchi South) and Ahmed Babba-Kaita (APC- Katsina North) as senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The senators were sworn in during plenary on Wednesday. Gumau emerged winner of the Bauchi South Senatorial election held on Aug. 11. Gumau, who was a member of the House of Representatives, replaced late Sen. Ali Wakili, who died on March 17. Meanwhile, Babba-Kaita who was declared winner of the Katsina North Senatorial election, replaced Sen. Mustapha Bukar, who died on April 4.
INEC Amendment Act of 2010 Passes Second Reading
The Amendment of Independent National Electoral Commission Act of 2010 on Wednesday passed the second reading stage on the floor of the Senate. Thereafter, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, referred the Bill to the Committee on INEC, which will be reporting back to the full plenary on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018. According to the Twitter handle of the Senate, speaking on the bill, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and Senators Kabiru Gaya and James Manager, called for the INEC Committee to re-review the Bill.
APC Consulting Lawyers on INEC’s Decision on Zamfara
The All Progressives Congress (APC) is consulting its lawyers in its legal department to file a reaction on the eligibility of its candidates to run in Zamfara State in the 2019 elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had in a letter Wednesday said that the party is not eligible to field candidates for governorship, National Assembly and state assembly positions in Zamfara. The letter signed by the commission’s acting Secretary Okechukwu Ndeche, titled: ‘Failure to conduct primaries in Zamfara State within the stipulated time-frame’, said: “Please refer to the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections released by the commission on Jan. 9, 2018.
I Am Not Stingy, Says Obaseki
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has declared that he is not a stingy man as many perceived him to be. Governor Obaseki said he could not give out tax payers money anyhow when money is needed to train teachers in the state. He spoke at the graduation ceremony of 7000 primary school teachers in the state who were trained on pedagogy under the Edo BEST initiative. Obaseki disclosed that it cost the state government N150,000 to train one teacher annually.
Senate Confirms Shonubi as CBN Dep Gov, Banire as AMCON Chair
The Senate Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Mr Folashodun Shonubi as the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly also confirmed the nomination of former Commissioner for Transportation in Lagos State, Mr Muiz Banire, as the Chairman of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). The confirmation of the two nominees was as a result of the adoption of the reports of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions presented by its Chairman, Senator Adebayo Ibrahim.
Emir of Kano Calls for Use of Local Language to Teach
The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, on Wednesday, advised the Federal Government to institute a policy that allows the use of local languages to teach in Nigerian schools. Sanusi, who gave the advice at a two-day Northern Nigeria Traditional Leaders Conference on Out-of-School Children, in Kaduna, said that the use of only English language in teaching has contributed to low educational development in the country. The conference was organised by Federal Ministry of Education, Universal Basic Education Commission, National Commission for Mass Education and Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development in collaboration with UNICEF.
Sex-For Mark: Unlike OAU, LASU, UNILAG Keeps Mum On Allegation Against Professor
The management of the University of Lagos, Akoka, has kept mum on the investigation of one of its lecturer, Olusegun Awonusi, a professor of English, over allegations of sexual harassment. in May that Joy Nwana, a student of the university, accused Mr Awonusi, who was also a former vice chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, of demanding sex for mark.In July, the university released a panel interim report on the matter, having called for memoranda from students and staff.
Gunmen Abduct Agip Workers, Others in Bayelsa
Gunmen have kidnapped two Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s (NAOC’s) workers. They also abducted two persons. The incident occurred along the creeks of Azuzuama in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State. It was learnt the victims were in the area last weekend to carry out a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV), usually done by stakeholders after an oil spill, when the gunmen kidnapped them. A source, who spoke in confidence, said the victims included an employee of the Ministry of Environment and an official of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA). He said the kidnappers had contacted the Agip management, demanding ransom.
Tour De France: Geraint Thomas Hopes Thief Has ‘Good Grace’ To Return Stolen Trophy
The Tour de France trophy won by Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas this summer has been stolen from a display in Birmingham, England, the British team has confirmed. Team Sky had been displaying all three grand tour trophies won by its riders — last year’s Vuelta a Espana and this year’s Giro d’Italia secured by Chris Froome and Thomas’ Tour trophy, which he won in July. In a statement, Team Sky said it had loaned the trophies to bicycle manufacturers Pinarello. Thomas’ Tour trophy was stolen when it was “momentarily left unattended” during the clear-up operation at the end of the Cycle Show at the National Exhibition Center.
‘Everyone’ to blame for Manchester United’s problems — Louis Saha
Manchester United, the most successful club in English football, is enduring its worst start to a league campaign in 29 years. There is uncertainty over the future of manager Jose Mourinho, talk of player unrest, reports of leaks from within to the media, and distinguished ex-players have been venting their ire. Former striker Louis Saha admits all is not well at Old Trafford, that the situation is “not normal” and that everyone at the club is to blame for the torrid start to the season.
Jamal Khashoggi: Turkish Media Says Video Shows Disappearance Plot
Turkish media outlets have published CCTV footage which they say shows evidence of a plot linked to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It shows purported Saudi intelligence officers entering and leaving Turkey via Istanbul airport. Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi monarchy, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and has not been seen since. Turkish authorities say Mr Khashoggi was killed. Saudi Arabia denies this.
Ex-MI6 Spy’s Veiled Swipe at Donald Trump Revealed
Christopher Steele, the former MI6 officer behind the Russia dossier on Donald Trump, has broken 18 months of silence with a veiled swipe at the US president. He has written about the importance of speaking “truths to power”, a possible reference to the allegations he made about collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin in the run-up to the US presidential election two years ago. Sky News has seen the text of an email written by Mr Steele to the editor of Vanity Fair after he was chosen to feature on its list of the 100 most influential people in the media, politics, entertainment and finance.
Hurricane Michael, Nearing Landfall, Could Be Florida Panhandle’s ‘Worst Storm … In A Century’
A terrifyingly powerful Category 4 Hurricane Michael was poised to become the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history Wednesday, its rapid strengthening catching some by surprise and leaving anxious officials telling those who didn’t evacuate: It’s time to hunker down. “This is the worst storm that our Florida Panhandle has seen in a century,” Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday morning. “Hurricane Michael is upon us, and now is the time to seek refuge.”