* Oshiomole threatens to expel Ngige from APC (Guardian) * Trouble for Ortom as 13 PDP gov’ship aspirants kick against his return (Vanguard)

* Oshiomole threatens to expel Ngige from APC (Guardian)                 * Trouble for Ortom as 13 PDP gov’ship aspirants kick against his return (Vanguard)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE JULY 23, 2018

 

Oshiomole threatens to expel Ngige from APC (Guardian)

The national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has threatened to expel the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, from the party. Oshiomole and Ngige have been at loggerhead over the refusal of the minister to inaugurate boards of parastatals under his ministry, several months after they were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari. “If the minister refuses we will suspend him from the party,” the party chairman said on Monday at the State House in Abuja. “And if the President condones disrespect for his office, I will not condone disrespect for the party,” Read more

Trouble for Ortom as 13 PDP gov’ship aspirants kick against his return (Vanguard)

Thirteen governorship aspirants on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections in Benue State have kicked against the imminent return of Governor Samuel Ortom to the party. Addressing a press conference on Monday in Abuja, the aspirants said while they were not against the return of defectors; they were against the defection of people with negative values and mileage to the party. Speaking under the auspices of Forum of Governorship Aspirants, they vowed to resist any attempt to truncate the internal democratic process that has characterized the Benue chapter of the party in the past few years, adding that if the PDP is to take the state from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC; effort must be intensified to nip in the bud, what they termed the plot to shortchange the party’s executive in the state. Read more

Fayemi warns against illegal recruitments at Ekiti College (Nation)

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has warned the management of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, against illegal recruitment of new workers to create problems for the incoming administration. Fayemi warned the management led by the College Provost, Prof. Mojisola Oyarekua, to resist an alleged directive to carry out massive employment of cronies of Governor Ayo Fayose in violation of due process. A statement on Monday signed by Director, Fayemi Media Office, Wole Olujobi, wondered why an administration that has failed to employ one single individual in the last four years now want to employ thousands in the college and other institutions with few days left in office. Read more

Imo APC holds fresh congress, elects Daniel Nwafor as chairman (Punch)

The Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Monday elected a new state chairman, Daniel Nwafor. The party also elected other members of the state working committee. The election, which took place at the Imo International Convention Centre, Owerri, was monitored by the representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission from Owerri office. Governor Rochas Okorocha was in attendance, but his deputy, Eze Madumere, senators Benjamin Uwajumogu, Ifeanyi Araraume, Hope Uzodimma, Osita Izunaso and other top members of the party were absent at the Congress. Read more

Protesters claim Osun governorship primary was rigged (Guardian)

Supporters of one of the defeated candidates in the People’s Democratic Party governorship primary elections in Osun State, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi are protesting against the alleged manipulation of the election in favour of Senator Ademola Adeleke. The aggrieved people marched to the party state secretariat on Monday to present their case. The party held its primary election on Saturday with Adeleke declared as the flag bearer for the party. The state gubernatorial election has been scheduled to hold September 22, 2018. Adeleke emerged winner with 1,569 votes while Ogunbiyi a former Managing Director of Mutual Benefits Assurance, polled a total of 1,562 votes. Read more

INEC worried over rising cases of vote buying (Nation)

The Independent National Electoral Commission  ( INEC ) has expressed worries over rising cases of vote buying during elections by political parties.The commission accused politicians who could not subvert its administrative processes had resulted to vote buying and selling. National Commissioner and Head of Legal Services, INEC, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, said this at the public presentation of Election Monitor’s (EM) observation report on Ekiti governorship election, in Abuja, on Monday. Mrs. Agbamuche-Mbu said INEC will work with relevant stakeholders to curb the practice. Read more

Inflation drops 17th consecutive months to 11.23% – NBS (Punch)

The National Bureau of Statistics on Monday said the Consumer Price Index which measures inflation rate dropped by 0.37 percentage points from 11.61 per cent in May to 11.23 per cent in June. The bureau said this in the CPI report which was made available to journalists in Abuja. It said this is the seventeenth month since January 2017 that the index would be recording continuous decline. It reads in part, “The Consumer Price Index which measures inflation increased by 11.23 per cent year-on-year in June 2018. “This is 0.37 per cent points less than the rate recorded in May 2018 (11.61 per cent) and represents the seventeenth consecutive disinflation since January 2017.” Read more

NACCIMA urges FG to sign AfCTFA (Vanguard)

The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has called on the Federal Government to immediately sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCTFA) to make the economy more competitive. The National President, Chief Alaba Lawson, made the call at a press conference on Monday in Lagos. He urged the Federal Government to take full advantage of the AfCFTA and eradicate non-tariff and regulatory barriers to international trade. “While we continue to address the issues around the AfCFTA, we should sign the agreement now and set up an all-embracing implementation Committee in readiness for when it will finally take off. Read more

Anambra explains seizure of Nkpor spare part market land (SUN)

Anambra State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Uchenna Okafor, has said that the reason the state government took over the land belonging to the Traders at the Nkpor New Auto Motor Spare Parts market was to sack criminals hiding in the area to commit crime. The land was located along the Onitsha/Enugu Expressway, Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area. Okafor described as ‘untrue, false and unfounded’, the allegation making the rounds that the state government had taken over the landed property of the traders, saying that the land actually belonged to the traders, but for the overriding public interest of the generality of the people, the state government had to convert the area to modern park to scare away criminals in the area. Read more

Killings, greatest threat to Nigeria’s existence, says Dickson (SUN)

Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has described the current spate of violence and killings by gunmen across the nation and particularly in the Northern part of the country as the biggest ever existential threat to the nation’s cooperate existence, since after the civil war. The Nigerian civil war had ended in 1970. Dickson also singled the lopsided federal structure, dysfunctional Nigeria structure as well as the over centralization and politicization of law and order as threats to contemporary governance in the country. Read more

Military doing everything to end Boko Haram attacks, says Air Chief (ThisDay)

Following the death of seven worshippers in a bomb explosion during morning prayers at a mosque in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, the military said it was doing everything possible to end the reign of terror by Boko Haram terrorists. Reacting to the attack carried out by a male suicide bomber, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Monday said despite the recent attacks, the military had come a long way in recapturing control of areas formerly under Boko Haram captivity. Read more

Apapa gridlock: LASG suspends approval for development of tank farms (Nation)

As part of measures to sanitize the chaotic traffic situation in Lagos especially in Apapa axis caused by indiscriminate parking of trailers and tankers, Lagos state government has suspended further approval for development of Tank Farms and also given Tank Farms currently operating 30 days within which to have adequate holding bay failure for which they would be sanctioned. This was part of the resolution of a meeting between representatives of the Federal and Lagos State governments and stakeholders in the Maritime industry  as well as security outfits which took place at the State House Alausa on Monday. The stakeholders in attendance include: FG, LASG, NPA, Shippers Council, Tank Farm owners, DPR and security personnel. Read more

Gunmen kill ex-Katsina Commissioner (Nation)

Unknown armed bandits along Kaduna- Abuja highway on Sunday night shot and killed a former commissioner for education in Katsina state, Prof Halimatu Sa’adiyya Idris. A press release which was obtained from the Public Relations Officer of the state Ministry of Education, Salisu Lawal Kerau, which confirmed the development on Monday, said she and other road users were attacked near Bussa village, between Jere and Kateri communities. Prof Idris, 60, was made commissioner in November, 2015, during the early months of Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s tenure. Read more

Flying Eagles coach Aigbogun resigns from Enyimba (Guardian)

After his qualifying the Nigeria U20 male team for the 2019 Africa Youth Championship (AYC) on Saturday, Paul Aigbogun has resigned from his position as the manager of Nigeria Professional Football League side, Enyimba. Aigbogun doubled as the coach of the Aba-based club side and as the head coach of the Nigeria U20 team. Aigbogun was on his second stint as Enyimba coach after he was re-appointed in November 2017. He was appointed as the head coach of the Flying Eagles in February 2018. Some sources claim that he resigned due to personal reason while others say the strain of handling both jobs might have been too difficult to handle despite the UEFA A licensed coach stating in the past that he could handle the ‘tough task’. Read more

Merkel respects Ozil’s decision to quit German team (Vanguard)

Chancellor Angela Merkel “respects” Mesut Ozil’s decision to quit playing football for Germany, her spokeswoman said on Monday, after the midfielder resigned over alleged “racism” in criticism against him. “The chancellor values Mesut Ozil highly. He is a footballer who has contributed a great deal to the national team,” said Ulrike Demmer, adding that he has “now made a decision that must be respected.” Read more

Russia 2018 : foreign fans spend N539.5billion (Nation)

Nigerian fans and their other counterparts across the globe that graced the just ended World cup in Russia spent an estimated N539.5billion (about $1.5bn), Russia’s Sberbank has revealed. The state-owned banking and financial services company analysed usage of foreign credit cards during the World Cup, taking into consideration all credit cards purchases, cash payments and currency conversions within its network to arrive at the submission made public on Monday. During the month long event which ran from June 16 to July 15 foreign citizens’ expenses in Russia doubled when compared with the same period last year Read more

I and Putin merely talked about future benefits for both countries –Trump (Punch)

US President Donald Trump said Monday he had given up “nothing” during his summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, following a week of withering, bipartisan criticism over his handling of the meeting. “When you hear the Fake News talking negatively about my meeting with President Putin, and all that I gave up, remember, I gave up NOTHING,” Trump said on Twitter. “We merely talked about future benefits for both countries. Also, we got along very well, which is a good thing, except for the Corrupt Media!” Read more

Britain would not block death penalty for IS suspects (Reuters)

he British government would not object to Washington seeking the death penalty for two British Islamic State militants if they are extradited to the United States, a Home Office minister said on Monday. Security minister Ben Wallace said Britain was prepared to waive its long-standing objection to executions in the case of captured fighters, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh. The men are suspected of being two of four militants, dubbed “The Beatles” because of their English accents, who took part in the kidnap, torture and murder of Western hostages. Read more

Trump’s ex-aide Manafort in bid to delay U.S. fraud trial (Reuters)

A court hearing began on Monday on a request from U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to delay his criminal trial scheduled to begin this week on more than two dozen financial charges, including bank and tax fraud. Manafort, a long-time Republican operative and businessman who is a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, has pleaded not guilty. The federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, scheduled a hearing to consider his lawyers’ request to delay his trial for several months. Read more

 

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