March 23, 2019

* I have no plans to return to PDP, Atiku’s political ally, Barka says (Punch) * Saraki must reconvene National Assembly Immediately, says APC (Guardian)

* I have no plans to return to PDP, Atiku’s political ally, Barka says (Punch)             * Saraki must reconvene National Assembly Immediately, says APC (Guardian)



I have no plans to return to PDP, Atiku’s political ally, Barka says (Punch)

A former acting Adamawa State Governor and political ally of ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Ambassador James Barka, has denied dumping the All Progressives Congress for the People’s Democratic Party. He said it was true that the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Yola, during which they implored him to return to the party, adding that he did not promise to join the party. Barka, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said he had no plans to go back to the PDP which he left in 2014 while he was the Nigerian Ambassador to Malaysia. Read more

Saraki must reconvene National Assembly Immediately, says APC (Guardian)

Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday called on the Senate president Bukola Saraki to reconvene the National Assembly “immediately” to consider the 2019 general election Budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). “The National Assembly must be convened immediately,” APC’s acting national publicity secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena said in a statement. This is coming weeks after president Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on National Assembly matters Ita Enang urged federal lawmakers to cut short the annual recess in order to attend to urgent national matters including the budget for the 2019 general elections. Read more

Ibb: Lamido will be good candidate (Nation)

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant Alhaji Sule Lamido has visited former President General Ibrahim Babangida. It was part of his consultative meeting with former leaders, stakeholders, party officials and elders on his ambition in 2019. The meeting was held at the Minna Hilltop residence of the former President in Minna, capital of Niger State. In a statement Lamido’s media aide, Mansur Ahmed said: “The meeting, with former President discussed extensity about the Presidential ambition of Sule Lamido. The meeting, which lasted over an hour, was to pay homage, to brief him about our nationwide consultation, to seek for his prayer, blessing, advise and to learn more from his vast experienced.” Read more

18 trapped as 4-storey building collapses in Abuja (Punch)

At least 18 people are trapped beneath the rubble of a four-storey building which collapsed around 1.30pm in the Jabi area of Abuja. Our correspondent who is at the scene reported that the building which was under construction when it collapsed had over 25 people inside. Rescue officials were said to have rescued about six persons while a corpse has been evacuated. However, the heavy rain has also hampered rescue operations. Read more

Yobe APC chairman escapes removal from office (Nation)

The State Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC) Adamu Chilariye and some members of his exco on Friday escaped Gov. Gaidam’s wrath over allegations of disloyalty and unhealthy relationship with some political aspirants. The Nation investigation revealed Governor Ibrahim Gaidam and his Deputy Abubakar Aliyu  with members of the party executives,  some  stakeholders and othe top  government officials convened a crucial  meeting yesterday at  the governor’s office over allegations of disloyalty on the State Party Chairman, Adamu Chilariyel  and some members of his exco. Read more

We were not elected to only pay salaries, governors declare (Punch)

Governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, have said that they are not elected to only pay salaries of civil servants. They argued they were also elected to provide good roads, electricity, education and other necessary amenities for the people. They said there was no way they could perform magic if there were no funds to work with. They therefore called for the examination of the national income in the last 14 years to enable them to agree on the contentious issue of minimum wage implementation. Read more

Obaseki attributes Edo’s progress to people-centric governance (Nation)

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has ordered the immediate payment of workers’ August salaries ahead of the Eid-el Kabir celebrations next week, noting that the progress being recorded in the state is the result of a people-centric governance model adopted by his administration. According to Obaseki, the focus of his team is the well being of Edo people and residents and not a few individuals. The payment of August salary on the 17th day of the month, the governor explained, is the result of the prudent and sound management of the state’s resources, which has prioritized a robust reserve, grown over time, despite the massive investment in infrastructure and other critical sectors of the state. Read more

Again, Fashola blames DISCOS for poor power supply (Guardian)

Nigeria’s minister for power, works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, on Friday said electricity distribution companies are responsible for poor power supply in the country. The minister who spoke during an interactive session with members of the public held in Lagos said power generation in the country has increased from 4000 mega watts to 7000 mega watts. Fashola, a former Lagos state governor explained that government on its part has done all required in ensuring regular power supply across the country. “Power generation has moved from 4,000mw to 7,000mw. The responsibility of now bringing power to your homes lies now with the Distribution Companies,” Fashola said. Read more

INEC promises credible governorship election in Osun (Vanguard)

Mr Segun Agbaje, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Osun, says the Sept. 22 governorship election in the state would be credible. Agbaje said this on Friday at a programme tagged, ‘ Vote Not Fight Campus Town Hall Meeting,’ held at the Osun State University in Osogbo The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme was organised by an NGO, Kimpact Development Initiative (KIDI). Agbaje said that the era of rigging elections had passed with the introduction of the enhanced card reader machine. He said the commission had put in place adequate measures to ensure a credible, free and fair election in the state. Read more

Engage actively in politics, SDP tells youths (SUN)

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ondo State has urged youths to actively participate in politics in order to be part of the decision making process. The Chairman of the party, Mr Korede Duyile, said this in Akure at the official declaration of Mr Tajudeen Adefisoye as flag bearer for the Idanre/ Ifedore Federal Constituency position in the 2019 general elections. Duyile said the constituents were tired of presenting the same set of contestants with the same ideology. He said the party was now on the ground with many indicating interest  in various positions. “Our membership is already increasing in Idanre and in the state;  more people, especially the youths,  are seeing our party as a credible platform to fulfil their dreams,” he said. Read more

Experts drum support for Safe Motherhood Campaign Initiative (Nation)

Some medical experts in Bayelsa on Friday advised pregnant women to key into the Safe Motherhood Campaign Initiative of the State Government to tackle infant and maternal mortality rate. Dr Ebiakpo Agbedi, Director of Planning, Research and Statistics in the state Primary Health Care Board, gave the advice during an orientation programme in Yenagoa. Agbedi said that the programme was organised by the state Ministry of Health for members of the Sensitisation Committee on Safe Motherhood. He explained that the essence of the Safe Motherhood Initiative was to promote good health of mother and child across the communities. Read more

Untold story of Nigerians who donated kidneys to loved ones (Punch)

For many Nigerians, donating a kidney to a loved one is far from being an easy decision. Perhaps it is the case in many other places. There is the initial hesitation that arises from a deep-rooted fear of the unknown. The thought of parting with a kidney, no matter how generous the intending donor may be, is usually an uncomfortable one. More often than not, they have to decide whether to live with one kidney for the rest of their lives and risk possible life-threatening health complications in the future, or not. Either way, the donor is likely to feel like a man standing between the devil and the deep blue sea. But what can he or she do if giving out a kidney is the only thing that will save the life of a loved one? Read more

Lautech: ASUU Ibadan, Lagos zones protest in Oyo (Nation)

Academic workers union under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU )  from the Lagos and Ibadan zones on Friday staged a peaceful protest across Ibadan, the Oyo state capital city on what they described as the continuous neglect of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho. The protesters who gathered at the headquarters office of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Agodi Gate, carrying placards walked through Total Garden –UCH-and terminated at the Oyo State Secretariat, Agodi Ibadan where they delivered a letter of protest to the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi. Read more

Court discharges nine men accused of murdering Apapa PDP chairman (Punch)

An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday discharged nine men charged with the murder of the Apapa local government PDP chairman, Adeniyi Aborisade. Delivering a ruling, Chief Magistrate Mr. Alex Komolafe dismissed the murder charges against Rotimi Kujore, 44; Fatai Adele, 62; Ismaila Abiola, 50; Amos Fawole, 65; and Victoria Falowo, 42. Others include Mukaila Odukoya, 54; Isaac Oropo, 55; Muhammed Babangida, 37; and Ugochukwu Nwoke, 50. The accused were arraigned alongside Moshood Salvador, chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, who has since been discharged of the crime leveled against him. Read more

Navy detains 8 suspected diesel smugglers (Vanguard)

Troops of the Nigerian Navy in Port Harcourt on Friday arrested eight men accused of smuggling about 200,000 litres of adulterated diesel believed to be worth over N50 million. The suspects, who were arrested along Taraba Jetty waterways, were alleged to have sourced the petroleum product from unapproved refining site. Cdr. Ikenna Okoloagu, the Base Operation Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Port Harcourt, paraded the eight suspected smugglers and vessel before newsmen in Port Harcourt. “The arrest followed routine patrols of our area of operation with the focus to stem crude oil theft, illegal bunkering and other illegal activities within the maritime environment. Read more

Murdered APC chieftain buried in Ido-Ekiti (Punch)

The remains of Bunmi Ojo, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, were on Friday laid to rest in his hometown, Ido Ekiti, in Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State. Ojo, who was shot by unknown gunmen on August 10 in Ado Ekiti, was a Commissioner in the Federal Character Commission. The News Agency of Nigeria reports all markets in the town were closed while some public offices were deserted in honour of the slain politician who was also a Personal Assistant to former Governor Segun Oni. Scores of residents, including peoplefrom different political associations, thronged the Methodist Church, Ido Ekiti, venue of the funeral service. Read more

Youth Sports: Elliot, Others call for articulate Programmes (Leadership)

Lagos Lagos State lawmaker and famous Nollywood actor, Desmond Elliot has advocated for articulate programmes that would encourage and support kids who are talented in different sports. He made the call at the closing ceremony of this year’s Cowbell Football Academy Summer Camp held at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos. The three-week camp, sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, drew young footballers between the age of 4 and 18 from different parts of Lagos and beyond. He commended Promasidor for playing a lead role in the development of football talents through the sponsorship of Cowbell Football Academy, saying Nigeria cannot grow its sports sector except it makes deliberate attempts to develop its young talents at their tender age. Read more

Rangers midfielder undergoes scan on thigh injury (BBC)

Rangers midfielder Lassana Coulibaly has had a scan on a thigh injury which forced him to miss Thursday’s Europa League game in Maribor. The on-loan Angers player was declared unfit as Steven Gerrard’s side earned a 0-0 draw to reach a play-off with Ufa. Gerrard is unsure if he will be fit for Sunday’s League Cup tie at Kilmarnock. “We don’t think it’s a serious problem but he’s an important player for us so we want to check it out just to see if there is any damage in there,” he said. Mali international Coulibaly suffered the injury towards the end of last Saturday’s 2-0 Premiership win against St Mirren. Read more

FIFA discusses with agents revision of regulations (FIFA)

FIFA held today in Zurich the third consultation meeting with a group of football agents concerning the ongoing revision of the intermediaries system. The FIFA administration and the Task Force Transfer System, established by the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee and composed of representatives from confederations, national associations, the European Club Association, FIFPro and the World League Forum, met with a selected group of agents including representatives of the European Football Agents Association (EFAA). Read more

Jesus and Marcelo out of Brazil’s 1st post-World Cup squad (Dailymail)

Brazil coach Tite has left striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Marcelo out of his squad for two friendlies next month in the United States. The matches against the United States and El Salvador will be the team’s first since the World Cup in Russia. Tite says he wants to give opportunities to new players ahead of next year’s Copa America, which will be played in Brazil. The Brazilians will face El Salvador on Sept. 11 outside Washington, four days after facing the Americans in New Jersey. Read more

Sarri certain Hazard is staying at Chelsea despite Real Madrid links (Goal)

The Belgian has consistently been linked with a move to Spain throughout the summer but his manager is confident he won’t leave. Maurizio Sarri is adamant star forward Eden Hazard will not leave Chelsea this season. The Belgium international has been consistently linked with Real Madrid and expressed an interest in leaving Stamford Bridge after a stellar World Cup. Thibaut Courtois made the same switch earlier this month and has urged his international team-mate to follow him to the European champions. Read more

Rescue missions underway after monsoons kill 324 in India (Foxnews)

Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days, officials said. With heavy rains stopping after a week, rescuers moved quickly to take those marooned by floods to 1,500 state-run camps. They used more than a dozen helicopters and about 400 boats across the state, relief officials said. The state’s top elected official, Pinarayi Vijayan, told reporters that at least 324 people had died and more than 220,000 had taken refuge in the camps. Read more

Could Brazil’s Lula really run? It’s not likely (Abcnews)

Experts say there is a narrow path for authorities to allow jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to run for Brazil’s presidency again. But it’s unlikely to be the case. The Workers’ Party defiantly registered da Silva’s candidacy in October’s election to much fanfare on Wednesday. That came despite his conviction for corruption and money laundering last year. The decision was upheld in January by an appeals court. Brazilian law says that candidates with a conviction upheld are ineligible to hold office for eight years. But such candidates are not automatically barred from campaigning. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal must officially accept or reject da Silva’s candidacy. Read more

Germany agrees migrant deal with Greece (Euronews)

The German government said on Friday that Greece has agreed to take back migrants who apply for asylum there, but then later turn up at Germany’s border with Austria. The development should bring Berlin closer to implementing a deal to defuse a domestic political spat over migration that has been festering for months. “We’ve reached an agreement with Greece, the interior ministries, and the completion is imminent, only a final exchange of letters is still needed, but we’ve reached an agreement,” Interior Ministry spokeswoman Eleonore Petermann told reporters. Read more

Man arrested in Chile over bomb threats that caused flight chaos (Reuters)

Chilean police arrested a 29-year-old man over bomb threats that grounded nine commercial airplanes in Chile, Peru and Argentina on Thursday. A specialist organised crime unit arrested the man in the northern Chilean city of Antofagasta overnight. “The police managed to trace the phone calls that were made warning of explosives on different planes,” a police spokesman, Diego Rojas, said on Friday on local radio. The man was due to appear before a court in Santiago on Friday afternoon charged with making threats of explosives contrary to national security legislation. Police did not release the man’s name. Read more



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