SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 26, 2018
My Credentials Still With Military, Buhari Tells INEC
Over 70 out of the 91 political parties are presenting presidential candidates that will participate in the 2019 Presidential elections. Our correspondent, who visited the FCT office of the Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday, reported that over 70 names had been posted as of Thursday night. The list was posted with INEC’s timetable which fixed October 25 for the publication of candidates of political parties across the country. Some of the candidates include: President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, Obadiah Mailafia of the African Democratic Congress, and former Governor Donald Duke of the Social Democratic Party. A source at INEC said the figure might be higher than 70.
Ganduje’s Bribery Video Authentic – Journalist
The Publisher of the Daily Nigerian online medium, Mr Jafar Jafar, on Thursday, appeared before the Kano State House of Assembly Investigative Committee on the alleged $5m bribery scandal against the Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje. The publisher admitted that he erred for not contacting officials of the state government before releasing the controversial video clips. While responding to a question from the Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ibrahim Muktar, on whether or not he attempted “balancing his story” before publication, Jafar said, “I did not meet or contact any government official to balance the story.”
Voting For Buhari Will Return Power To S’West In 2023 –Fashola
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday, urged the people of the South-West to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections to guarantee a return of power to the region in 2023. The minister stated this at a special town hall meeting on infrastructure organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Orientation Agency. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, led three other ministers including Fashola, Ministers of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, to the town hall meeting.
Buhari Says He Is Disappointed In Nigerian Press
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is disappointed in the Nigerian press. He said his grouse was that the media did not give his administration the credit for the agricultural revolution he said was ongoing in the country. Buhari spoke while hosting some young political appointees to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday night. “I’m very disappointed in the Nigerian press. They didn’t give this government the credit of the “Go back to the land” programme. We have cut down the importation of rice by at least 90 per cent,” the President said.
APC Crisis : Amosun, Okorocha Defiant, Insist On Chosen Successors
Governors Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, yesterday, dismissed the tag of ‘bad losers’ put on them by the All Progressives Congress, APC, as they separately reiterated the determination to foist their chosen successors on the state, irrespective of the inclinations of the party leadership. Their assertions came as associates of the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, were yesterday, evolving strategies to frustrate moves by his antagonists to force a meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party to force a no-confidence vote on Oshiomhole.
Marafa Accuses Yari Of Sponsoring Anti-Oshiomhole Protests
The lawmaker representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District, Senator Kabiru Marafa, has faulted the Thursday protests in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, calling for the removal of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole. Marafa, in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, dismissed the protests by some members of the APC in Zamfara on Thursday as sponsored. The senator alleged that the protesters were mobilised by Governor Abdulaziz Yari “following his inability to bend rules to impose candidates who are his cronies on the party in the state.”
2019: “ Hungry, Desperate PDP ” Does Not Deserve Your Votes, Amaechi Tells Nigerians
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday in Ibadan urged Nigerians not to vote for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying it is “ desperate and hungry for power.’’ The minister made the plea at a Special Town Hall Meeting on Infrastructure organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture to showcase the achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. Amaechi said that the Buhari administration had recorded unprecedented achievements on infrastructure development in three and half years than the 16 years rule of the PDP.
Kachikwu, Ekere, NCDMB Boss Seek FDI Into Nigeria
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu; the Chief Executive Officer, Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited, an indigenous oil and gas company, Dr Louis Ekere; and the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Mr Simbi Wabote, have called for increased foreign direct investment in Nigeria. In their respective contributions at the Nigerian Oil and Gas Core Strategic Investors’ meeting, which held in the United States on Wednesday, they said more FDIs would complement the efforts of the current administration in the different sectors of the economy.
No Player In Aiteo Cup Final Can Make Eagles– Rohr
Gernot Rohr has told SCORENigeria he did not see a player who could make his Super Eagles team from either Enugu Rangers or Kano Pillars during Wednesday’s thrilling Aiteo Cup Final. The coach also said there is still more work to be done on the pitch of the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba if it was to host a Super Eagles game.Rangers staged a stunning comeback to beat Pillars 4-2 on penalties Wednesday in Asaba with Rohr watching from the stands. “I am satisfied with the match, but I didn’t really see one player better than the players I have,” Rohr said.
I Don’t Care About Joshua – Wilder
World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, insists his status as a world-class heavyweight has nothing to do with his rivalry with Anthony Joshua and that he is focused on beating Tyson Fury in his next bout. Wilder and Joshua were primed for heavyweight division bout but negotiations broke down again earlier this month over a potential unification bout. Joshua says he wants to face Wilder if the unbeaten American successfully defends his WBC belt against Tyson Fury on December 1, but the ‘Bronze Bomber’ insists he is not paying attention to the Briton’s comments.
FIFA’s Infantino in Trouble over Proposed Competitions
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to ignite new opposition today in Kigali, Rwanda over his ambition to introduce two money-spinning pet projects. The projects are a revamped global club cup and a bold new international championship. Infantino’s Saudi-backed plans, which have already been harshly criticised, are on the agenda of Friday’s meeting of FIFA’s ruling council. It is unclear whether the council’s 37 members will vote on the projects, giving world football’s governing body authorisation to implement them.
Defensive Lapses Prove Expensive For Celtic
Celtic’s Europa League hopes took another bruising as they were well beaten by RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena. A makeshift Hoops side shorn of several first-choice players made an encouraging start to the Group B match but were punished for defensive lapses, first on the half-hour mark by striker Matheus Cunha and again minutes later by attacker Bruma, before the home side cruised their way through the second half. Brendan Rodgers’ men lost 3-1 to Salzburg in their previous European fixture and the Austrian side top the section with full points after their win over bottom side Rosenborg.
Barca Await Stumbling Madrid As Lopetegui Looks For Lifeline At Camp Nou
Julen Lopetegui said it was the happiest day of his life being named coach of Real Madrid but he could not have imagined this. Four and a half months, 138 days, nine La Liga games. One defeat at Camp Nou on Sunday and that might well be that. If Florentino Perez’s mind is already made up, the result against Barcelona may not matter. A draw, or even a Madrid win, is not beyond the realm of possibility. After all, this game rarely has much respect for form and Lionel Messi is injured. “It’s a great game for us in this moment because we have no choice but to stand up,” Toni Kroos told AFP this week. “We have to show how good we are against a difficult opponent and I think we can do it.”
UN Official: Khashoggi Was Victim Of An Extrajudicial Execution
The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions said the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi bears the hallmark of an extrajudicial execution, and those who orchestrated his murder “are high enough to represent the state”. “What we know is sufficient to suggest very strongly that Mr Khashoggi was the victim of an extrajudicial execution,” Agnes Callamard told Al Jazeera. Khashoggi, 59, a Washington Post columnist and critic Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Pence Justifies Space Arms Race by Inflating China, Russia Threat – UCS
Grego said that although China and Russia appear to be enhancing anti-satellite technologies the United States is “far more developed and capable.” The United States, Grego added, should strengthen the resilience of US satellite systems and reduce potential threats by negotiating international limits. The physicist was also concerned by Pence during the same interview sowing doubt over the administration’s commitment to ban nuclear weapons in space.
Son Of Murdered Journalist Khashoggi Leaves Saudi Arabia For US
The eldest son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Salah, and his family have left the Gulf kingdom for the United States after the government lifted a travel ban, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. “Salah and his family are on a plane to (Washington) DC now,” Sarah Leah Whitson, the rights watchdog’s executive director for the Middle East and North Africa, told AFP, citing a family friend. There was no immediate comment from Saudi officials, but Whitson said that they were apparently allowed to leave after a travel ban on Salah was lifted.
Handwashing Video App Could Help Treat Those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Developed at the University of Cambridge, it is hoped the “brain-training” app will allow OCD sufferers to be treated within seconds just by unlocking their smartphones, instead of having to book in an appointment with a therapist. One of the most common types of the disorder involves fears around contamination and excessive hand washing, which can be crippling to sufferers. The study, conducted by Baland Jalal and Professor Barbara Sahakian and published in the Scientific Reports journal, showed how just a single week of using the app showed significant improvements in those tested.
18 Dead As Floods Sweep Away Students And Teachers Near Dead Sea
Flash floods unleashed by heavy rains swept away middle school students and teachers visiting hot springs near the Dead Sea. At least 18 have been confirmed dead and 35 were injured as the torrent carried some for several kilometres, a civil defense official said. Thirteen people escaped without injuries, said Brig. Gen. Farid al-Sharaa, speaking after nightfall as large spotlights illuminated the flooded area. Some survived by clinging to rocks, he said.