SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 8, 2018
Fayose Threatens to Quit PDP
The outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has threatened to leave the People’s Democratic Party after the National Convention held on Saturday in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State. The governor hinted our correspondent on Monday that he would renounce his “membership of the PDP anytime from now.” He added, “After consultations, I will speak clearly to Nigerians.” A former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, was declared the winner of the party’s presidential primary, defeating the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and Senate President Bukola Saraki, to a second and third positions.
Saraki Must Quit as Senate President, Says Omo-Agege
As the National Assembly prepares to resume plenary session on Tuesday, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege said that Bukola Saraki should be ready to quit as Senate President. Omo-Agege, who is representing Delta State Central Senatorial District, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja. Omo-Agege said, “Our demand has not changed, in fact, that demand has been accentuated by the directive of the APC national leadership.
‘Vote Wisely for Credible Politicians in 2019’
A Chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State Hon. Thompson Abideke has applauded the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate in 2019 elections. Abideke who spoke with reporters on Monday in Warri said that Atiku’s victory did not come as a surprise, adding that he is the only one who can give President Muhammadu Buhari a good fight in 2019 exercise. His words,”I see PDP taking over the reins of governance at the centre because APC led government has disappointed Nigeria and thereby plunged Nigerians into untold hardship to the extent that the average Nigerian cannot afford two meals a day”.
PDP Leaders’ Action at Police Hqtrs Reckless, Shameful – APC
All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned what it described as “irresponsible, shameful and reckless actions of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, PDP state governors, ranking PDP federal lawmakers who led hired thugs in a failed attempt to forcibly enter Nigeria Police headquarters under the guise of a protest.” The party in a statement by acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said: “If the PDP’s confrontation with the Police was an attempt to copy APC leaders peaceful protests in Abuja, ahead of the 2015 elections, it was a low-budget imitation and terribly-acted script.
Buhari Shares N500m Among Needy People in Adamawa
President Muhammadu Buhari has shared N500 million free cash to needy people in Adamawa. Buhari distributed the money from August 2017 to August 2018 through the House Uplifting Programme under the Cash Conditional Transfer programme. Mr. Zhegun Joseph, the Head of Programme, Adamawa, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Yola.
Lagos State House of Assembly Postpones Resumption by 7 Days
The Lagos State House of Assembly again on Monday postponed its resumption for plenary session earlier scheduled for Oct. 8 to Oct. 15. Newsmen report that the Assembly had on July 10 adjourned to Sept. 17 to enable members to go on their annual recess before it later rescheduled it for Oct. 8. During the period, the House hosted the Conference of South-West Speakers and Conference of Speakers of Nigeria between Aug. 3 and Aug. 5 in Lagos. The conference elected new executive at its 2018 Second Quarter Conference and the Speaker of the Lagos Assembly emerged as its new chairman.
Court Dismisses Suit Challenging EFCC to Investigate Benue Accounts
The Federal High Court, Abuja has dismissed the suit filed by the Benue Government, challenging the power of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate accounts of Benue State. Delivering judgment on the suit on Monday, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba held that the suit was lacking in merit. The judge also held that the case was built on a misconception that the EFCC lacked statutory powers to investigate the financial activities of a State Government.
FG to Announce New Minimum Wage –NLC President
The Federal Government is set to announce the new minimum wage as the Tripartite Committee completes its assignment. The outcome of the Tripartite Committee has been submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress, made this known while speaking with newsmen on Monday in Abuja. According to him, the committee used two days to reconvene and deliberate on a new minimum wage that was acceptable to all employers of labour in the country.
Pension Scam Rocks Anambra
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Anambra State Council, on Monday, raised the alarm over alleged non-remittance of the deducted salaries of workers in the state meant for the Contributory Pension Scheme, to the appropriate quarters. Raising the alarm during a brief ceremony to mark the 2018 World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) held at the NULGE Secretariat, Awka, the organised labour in the state stated the workers’ salaries have been deducted for the scheme by government since 2014 without being remitted to the Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) as required by the law.
Cases before Supreme Court Must Be Heard on Fixed Dates, Says CJN
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has said that henceforth all cases at the Supreme Court will be taken on the dates slated for their hearing. The move, which is targeted at speedy dispensation of justice, however warned litigants and counsel to come to court fully prepared as the court would no longer entertain frivolous request for adjournment of cases before it. The directives of the CJN, which was disclosed in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Awassam Bassey, also noted that the apex court has also commenced the publication of its cause list for up to three months per time on its website.
Shell’s Oil Spill Polluted Over 113 Hectares in Bayelsa – Report
Leakage from an oilfield operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at Aghoro community in Bayelsa has discharged some 1,114 barrels of crude oil into the environment. The leakage has adversely affected the fishing vocation of residents who had withdrawn from fishing to pave way for cleanup. The resulting oil spill impacted and polluted an estimated area of 113.03 hectares, according to a joint Investigation Visit (JIV) report of the incident obtained by newsmen in Yenagoa on Monday.
Hazard Still Keen On Real Madrid Move, says ‘It Is Best Club in The World’
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has cast fresh doubt over his future despite a blistering start to the season by admitting he is still tempted by the childhood dream of a move to Real Madrid. Hazard has been instrumental in Chelsea’s unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri, scoring eight goals in all competitions, as the Blues sit joint top of the Premier League alongside Manchester City and Liverpool. The Belgian was crowned the second best player at the World Cup and, after leading his country to third place in Russia, stated he felt the time was right for a fresh challenge with Madrid his preferred destination.
Pope Meets Top US Cardinal in Shadow Of Abuse Scandal
Pope Francis met the president of the US bishops’ conference Monday as his supporters closed ranks over the pontiff’s handling of allegations of sexual misconduct by a US cardinal. Francis held talks with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and other senior members of the bishops’ conference just 48 hours after ordering an investigation into Vatican archives concerning former archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick, who resigned in July. DiNardo on Sunday “welcomed” the “additional steps Pope Francis is taking to ensure the faithful are protected from the evil of sexual assault”.
Trump Says He Has No Plans to Fire Justice Department’s Rosenstein
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that he has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official in charge of the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. There has been widespread speculation that Trump might fire Rosenstein, a frequent target of Trump’s tweeted criticism, after a New York Times report that he had made remarks about Trump’s fitness for office and offered to tape record conversations with him. Asked by a reporter if he had any plans to fire him, Trump said, “No I don’t, no.”
Mps May Not See Theresa May’s Fresh Brexit Plans Before She Asks EU Leaders To Agree Them, Downing Street Admits
MPs may not be shown Theresa May’s fresh plans to break the Brexit deadlock before she asks EU leaders to agree them, Downing Street has admitted. No 10 refused to guarantee the proposals – further compromises to solve the Irish border issue – would be published before a crucial EU summit next week. It means Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Emmanuel Macron, the French president, and other EU leaders, could give their approval before MPs have even been able to consider them.