* I will defeat Atiku, even in Adamawa – Okorocha (Vanguard) * Saraki will rather rule in hell than serve in paradise – APC (Guardian)

* I will defeat Atiku, even in Adamawa – Okorocha (Vanguard)        * Saraki will rather rule in hell than serve in paradise – APC (Guardian)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 20, 2018

 

I will defeat Atiku, even in Adamawa – Okorocha (Vanguard)

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, Sunday challenged the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, that he (Okorocha) was prepared to floor him (Atiku) in any election especially in his Adamawa state. Okorocha in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, reacted to Atiku’s comment that he would lead struggle for the PDP to take over Imo and Nigeria at large. Recall that Vanguard reported Atiku’s visit to Imo state people’s Democratic Party, PDP, where he expressed his intention to end bad governance in the country, adding that he would lead PDP, to take over the state and Nigeria. Read more

Saraki will rather rule in hell than serve in paradise – APC (Guardian)

Nigeria’s ruling All Progressive Congress on Monday said Senate President Bukola Saraki is selfish with his political ambitions that he “will rather rule in hell than serve in paradise”. “The only politics that Bukola Saraki plays is self, himself only and only himself”, APC said in a statement by Yekini Nabena, its Acting Spokesperson. Saraki, who only defected back to People’s Democratic Party late July, last Tuesday said he was considering running against President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. “I am consulting and actively considering it,” Saraki told Bloomberg News. However, APC warned Nigerians to be wary of Saraki whose ambition “would always supersede that of the country”. Read more

I have what it takes to compete with Buhari, Tambuwal replies Tinubu (Punch)

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on Monday said, if he wanted to, he could contest for the presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, as he has what it takes to compete with President Muhammadu Buhari. He made this known while reacting to the statement of the APC National Leader, Ahmed Tinubu, about his exit from the ruling party. According to a statement on the State’s Twitter handle, @sokotogovthouse, Tambuwal said; “If I wanted to and if the Presidency is what (why) Ahmed Tinubu thinks I defected, I could contest with President Buhari under the APC. I have what it takes to have contested with Mr. President.” Read more

Saraki to Tinubu: I won’t allow you to create mischievous impression about my exit (DailyTrust)

The President of the Senate Dr Abubakar Bukla Saraki has responded to reports credited to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu claiming that he (Saraki) and some other left the party because they could not actualise their selfish personal interests. In a statement personally signed by Saraki and made available to newsmen in Abuja and posted on his Facebook page and twitter handle, Saraki said that he would have refrained from joining issues with Tinubu but was compelled by the urge to set the record straight. Saraki said that he respected Tinubu a lot but must make clear his decision to leave the APC, hence his response to Tinubu. Read more

Akume kinsmen drum support for Ortom (Tribune)

Kinsmen of Senator George Akume from Jemgbagh comprising Gboko, Buruku and Tarka today pledged their unalloyed support to Governor Samuel Ortom ahead of the 2019 elections. The group also said that the enactment of the anti-open grazing law had reduced the activities of the herdsmen. Leading the crowd that visited the government house yesterday, Mr Sam Tsumba said the visit was to register their solidarity with the Governor and to welcome him back to his former party. Tsumba who expressed the readiness of Jemgbah to stand behind the governor owing to his laudable performance in office, said that the appointment of many of their sons into key positions including Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, as SSG and acting Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue Service, Mr Terzunwe Atser could garner support for Governor Ortom in the area. Read more

2019 polls budget: Saraki hits executive, says it lacks foresight (Punch)

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Sunday berated the executive, alleging that its late submission of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s budget for the 2019 elections showed its lack of foresight. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on New Media, Olu Onemola, berated the President Muhammadu Buhari Media Organisation for accusing him of slowing down the approval of the budget. The group had accused Saraki of postponing the resumption of the Senate in spite of Buhari’s submission of INEC’s budget. Read more

LASG seek residents support as Third Mainland Bridge undergoes test (Nation)

The Lagos State Government has said that the Third Mainland Bridge will be temporarily shut down from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26, 2018 for Investigative Maintenance Test to be carried out. The State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya, in a statement on Sunday appealed for the cooperation, support and understanding of all motorists and residents during the closure. He said the decision for the four-day closure was reached after consultations with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. The four-day closure, according to Akinsanya, will enable the contractors assess the true state of the bridge after which works would commence by the end of the year or early in 2019. Read more

NECO releases June/July 2018 SSCE results (Punch)

The National Examinations Council has released the June/July 2018 Senior Secondary Schools Certificate Examination results. Out of the 1,041,536 candidates who sat for the examinations, only 742,455 of the candidates got at least five credits, including Mathematics and English Language. A statement signed by the acting Registrar of the Council, Abubakar Gana, states that a total number of 20,181 candidates were involved in examination malpractices — less than that of 2017. Read more

Police nab, parade suspected armed robbers in Gombe (Tribune)

As Muslim faithful prepare for the Eid-el Kabir Sallah celebration, Gombe State Police Command has arrested three suspects who are allegedly connected to the gruesome murder of a 25-year-old, Abdulhamid Danladi, whose vehicle was forcedly taken away by the suspects. While parading the suspects along with other suspected criminals at the Command headquarters, Gombe State Police Commissioner, Shina Tairu Olukolu said the arrest followed an intelligence obtained by the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIIB) and a team from the Pindiga Police Division which led to the arrest of Solomon Bagudu and Dauda Aliyu as well as the recovery of the stolen vehicle which occurred 10th March, 2018 along Pindiga-Tumu road in Gombe State. Read more

Gombe Police parade murder suspects, impersonator (ThisDay)

Three suspects connected to the gruesome murder of a twenty-five year old, Abdulhamid Danladi, and theft of his vehicle have been arrested and paraded by the Gombe State Police Command. Parading the suspects along with other suspected criminals Monday , the Gombe State Police Commissioner, Mr. Shina Tairu Olukolu, said the arrest followed intelligence obtained by the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIIB) and a team from the Pindiga Police Division which led to the arrest of Solomon Bagudu and Dauda Aliyu as well as recovery of the stolen vehicle which occurred March 10 along Pindiga-Tumu road in Gombe State. Read more

Amaju Pinnick is NFF chairman – FG (Punch)

The Presidency on Monday said it recognised the Amaju Pinnick-led executives of the Nigerian Football Federation as the authentic executives of the federation. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a message he posted on his Twitter handle, @akandeoj. Akande said the Federal Government had already conveyed its position to the world football governing body, FIFA. He said the government would continue to work with stakeholders to resolve the federation’s dispute in due time. He added that the government is upholding NFF’s treaty obligations to FIFA. Akande wrote, Read more

NBBF canvasses support for D’Tigress, as team intensifies preparation (Guardian)

Basketball stakeholders have been urged to set aside all their differences and support the D’Tigress as they prepare for the FIBA 2018 Women World Cup in Spain. The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) leadership called for calm and focus for the task ahead rather than expending unnecessary energy on normal social issues that happened between two players (Aisha Mohammed and Ijeoma Ajemba) in camp, which had since been resolved. Speaking on behalf of the federation, the International Representative on the NBBF board, Col. Sam Ahmedu said the disagreement between the two players has since been resolved with appropriate fines handed to the players involved. Read more

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius in advanced talks with Besiktas over two-year loan spell (Independent)

Liverpool are in advanced negotiations with Besiktas regarding a loan deal for Loris Karius. Karius is edging closer to a two-year loan spell at the Turkish Super Lig club, who will retain an option for a permanent deal. The 24-year-old lost his status as Jürgen Klopp’s first-choice goalkeeper this summer following the £62million signing of Alisson from Roma.  Karius’ place at Anfield had been under scrutiny ever since his costly errors in May’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. Read more

Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly deserve more chances at Manchester United (Kwese.Espn)

Jose Mourinho’s frustration at Manchester United’s failure to sign a new centre-back during the summer transfer window is well-documented, yet perhaps even he did not foresee the scale of difficulty his defenders would have against Brighton. Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Chris Hughton’s superbly-drilled side was, in terms of the overall performance, arguably United’s worst showing under Mourinho. And, damningly for the manager, two of his most high-profile recruits were at the scene. Victor Lindelof played well for Sweden at the World Cup but has not looked commanding since arriving at Old Trafford from Benfica last year. Read more

Neighboring South American countries stiffen borders as chaos in Venezuela triggers exodus (CNN)

Thousands of Venezuelans fleeing the economic and humanitarian crisis roiling their homeland are facing increasing hostility from their South American neighbors. Stricter border rules and mob violence have greeted some migrants as they look for refuge from the chaotic situation in Venezuela. The mass exodus is ratcheting up tensions in countries such as Peru, Ecuador and Brazil even as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announces the introduction of “a magic formula” to get his country back on track. Brazil announced Sunday it would deploy 120 men from the country’s national force to the border state of Roraima, where hostility towards Venezuelan migrants recently boiled over. Read more

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif says US addicted to sanctions (CNN)

The United States is addicted to applying sanctions on Iran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday in an exclusive interview from Tehran. “I believe there is a disease in the United States and that is the addiction to sanctions,” he told CNN, adding that, “Even during the Obama administration the United States put more emphasis on keeping the sanctions it had not lifted rather than implementing its obligation on the sanctions it lifted.” The interview is the first the key architect of the complex nuclear deal between Iran and the West has given to Western media since some of the US sanctions against Iran were renewed last week. Read more

Uri Avnery: Veteran Israeli peace activist who met Arafat dies (BBC)

The Israeli journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery has died at the age of 94, days after suffering a stroke. Avnery, who pushed for the creation of a Palestinian state, stoked controversy by meeting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the early 1980s. He also founded an influential left-wing magazine and served as an MP. President Reuven Rivlin, a member of the right-wing Likud party, praised his “ambition to build a strong and free society” despite their “differences”. Opposition leader Tzipi Livni, of the centre-left Zionist Union, called Avnery a “rare, trailblazing man”, who “planted in the heart of Israelis ideas of peace and moderation, even when they weren’t in the lexicon”. Read more

 

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