SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 3, 2018
Osinbajo Jibes at Melaye, Adeleke at Independence Dinner
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday evening took a jibe at the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye; and the People’s Democratic Party governorship candidate in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, over their humorous acts. He cited the examples of the two politicians belonging to the opposition PDP to prove his claim that Nigerians are the most humorous people in the world. Osinbajo said this in his remarks at the dinner and gala night held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja as part of activities marking the nation’s 58th independence anniversary.
INEC Issues Certificate of Return to Osun Governor-Elect
Alhaji Gboyega Isiaka, the Osun Governor-Elect on Wednesday received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Osogbo. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ekiti and Osun states, Prince Adedeji Soyebi, presented the certificate to Oyetola. In his remarks, Oyetola promised not to disappoint the people of the state who gave him the mandate in the Sept. 22 governorship election. He said the people of Osun would continue to enjoy the benefit of good governance in the state.
APC NWC Dumps Ambode, Affirms Sanwo-Olu As Winner Of Lagos APC Primary
The Monitoring Committee appointed by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC to oversee the primary election in Lagos state has declared Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu as the winner of the election. This is a reversal of the earlier decision of the committee which distanced itself from the Tuesday’s primary in the Centre of Excellence. The chairman of the committee, Clement Ebri on Wednesday affirmed the result that was declared by the chairman of the APC in Lagos, Hon. Tunde Balogun. Lagos Governorship primaries: No election in Lagos yet- APC NWC
2019 Presidency: North-West Forum Endorses Makarfi For PDP
Political leaders and elder statesmen of the North West under the aegis of the North West Progressives Forum (NWPF) have adopted former governor of Kaduna state, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi as the region’s consensus candidate going into the Presidential Primaries of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, scheduled to hold on Saturday the 6th of October, 2018. Giving reasons for the adoption of Sen. Makarfi, spokesman for the group Mal. Isa Saleh Funtua, argued that the North West has the highest number of registered voters in Nigeria, and exerts the most influence on the outcome of presidential elections, so must play an active role in deciding which way the 2019 contest goes.
Primaries: Count Me Out of Any Backdoor Arrangement – Boroffice
The senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District, Prof Ajayi Boroffice on Wednesday reacted to an allegation raised by the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC) Ade Adetimehin that he was involved in backdoor arrangement to secure the ticket of the party to represent Ondo North District for next year’s election. Through a statement by his press secretary, Kayode Fakuyi, the lawmaker said he was aware of a statement by a faction of APC in the state, through which the faction hurled abuses and made litany of spurious and baseless allegations against him. According to the statement”It is a matter of public records, that Senator Boroffice has participated and won competitive elections in the past.
APC Faults Observers, Says Oyetola’s Victory Incontestable
The All Progressives Congress has said election observers who faulted the conduct of the Osun State governorship election won by the candidate of the party, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, are not sincere in their reports. The APC Chairman in Osun State, Mr Gboyega Famodun, who said this at a press conference in Osogbo on Tuesday, stated that Oyetola won the poll without any manipulation, stressing that the victory was incontestable. Famodun claimed that the People’s Democratic Party brought hoodlums from Kwara State into Osun State as well as fake observers but security agents prevented the people from interfering with the election.
NYSC Approves Enrolment of Corps Members into NHIS
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has approved the enrolment of corps members into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, disclosed the approval of the health services scheme to journalists at the opening ceremony of the 2018 edition of the NYSC Annual Management Conference which coincides with the 45th anniversary of the scheme held in Akure. The director general also revealed that apart from the approval of enrollment into the NHIS, the orientation camp of the scheme now has a consultant from the Federal Medical Centre on ground as part of the partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health to attend to any critical emergency health issue.
AAU Killings: Edo Police Arrests Suspects, Recover Ammunition
Crack detectives from the Edo State Police headquarters in Benin have been dispatched to the university town of Ekpoma to unravel the mystery surrounding the recent mass killing of students of Ambrose Alli University by suspected cultists at the Ihunmudumun neighbourhood. From far away Osun state where he is temporarily based to ensure a peaceful governorship election which comes up tomorrow, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo disclosed that some arrests have been made in connection with the killings.
Footballers Are Committed in Spite of Camp Delay – Amputee
Victor Nwenwe, the coach of Nigeria national amputee football team has said that the footballers had remained faithful in spite of the delayed invitation to national camp ahead of the upcoming Amputee World Cup. The News Agency of Nigeria reports, Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF) team, called “Special Eagles’’ will feature in the 2018 Amputee World Cup holding from Oct. 24 to Nov. 5 in Mexico. Nwenwe told News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that the buildup programmes needed to drill the footballers into shape for the World Cup was currently taking place at National Stadium, Lagos.
UEFA Charge Manchester United Over Late Kick-Off Against Valencia
Manchester United have been hit by two UEFA charges after turning up late to their own stadium ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Valencia. As if things on the football side were not difficult enough, the beleaguered Reds’ preparations were hampered by the city’s traffic en route to the Group H clash. Jose Mourinho’s men did not arrive at Old Trafford until around 7.15pm and the outfield players did not emerge for the warm-ups until 7.40pm, leading to the kick-off being put back five minutes until 8.05pm.
Croatia Court Rejects False Testimony Charge Against Modric
A Croatian court has rejected a charge against Croatia international and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric of giving false testimony in a criminal trial, the court said on Wednesday. An email to Reuters by the Zagreb municipal criminal court said it rejected the charge, made by the Croatia state attorney in March, but gave no explanation for its ruling. The state attorney’s office can appeal against the decision. Modric testified last year at the trial of a tax official and three former senior officials from the soccer club Dinamo Zagreb, including its former chief executive Zdravko Mamic, about the dates of signing the annexes to his professional contracts which regulated transfer fees.
Nene―S/Africa’s Zuma Fired Me For Blocking Russian Nuclear Power Deal
South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told a judicial corruption inquiry on Wednesday that he was fired by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to approve a $100 billion nuclear power deal with Russia in 2015. Nene is the highest profile figure to give evidence at a probe into alleged influence-peddling by the Gupta family, friends of Zuma, who are accused of using their relationship with the former leader to unduly win state contracts. Zuma has repeatedly denied accusations by his opponents that he pushed for a deal with President Vladimir Putin at a BRICS summit for Russia to build a fleet of nuclear power stations.
Princess Removed from British Line Of Succession For Becoming Catholic
A Monegasque Princess has been barred from succeeding to the British throne due to her Catholic conversion. The news about Princess Alexandra of Hanover was reported by royal news website Royal Central, which cited French weekly Point de Vue as breaking the story. The 19-year-old princess is the daughter of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Princess Caroline of Monaco and the granddaughter of Hollywood actress Grace Kelly. While her chances of ruling Britain have dwindled, she remains the 12th in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne.
Syria’s Assad Says ‘Understanding’ Reached with Arab States
President Bashar Assad told a little-known Kuwaiti newspaper that Syria has reached a “major understanding” with Arab states after years of hostility over the country’s civil war. The interview in the Al-Shahed newspaper, published Wednesday, was Assad’s first with a Gulf newspaper since the war began in 2011. Assad doesn’t name the Arab countries but says Arab and Western delegations have begun visiting Syria to prepare for the reopening of diplomatic and other missions. Soon the civil war will be over, Assad told the paper’s publisher, allowing Syria to resume its pivotal role in the region.
Twitter Reacts to Theresa May’s Dancing Queen Moment
Theresa May astonished Conservative party members by beginning her keynote speech at the party’s conference by dancing to Abba. The prime minister boogied her way onto the stage to the Swedish pop group’s 1976 hit Dancing Queen – a tongue-in-cheek reference to the PM’s visit to Africa last month, where her attempts to dance with schoolchildren elicited comparisons with a robot. The novel entrance was caught by news cameras and quickly spread across social media, where it drew a combination of amusement, dismay and outright horror: