SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
Osun Election : PDP Demands Justice, Says Democracy Under Siege
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Thursday rose from an emergency meeting with a call on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to declare its candidate in the September 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke winner of the election. Describing Thursday’s re-run election as a black day for the nation, the party’s national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus described the exercise as a mockery of the electoral process even as he noted that democracy was under siege with the rights of voters, trampled upon.
Strike: Buhari’s Cos Meets Labour Leaders As Unions Paralyse Govt, Business Activities
The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, on Thursday met some labour leaders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to resolve the issues that led to the ongoing warning strike by workers. Labour unions, had on Wednesday directed workers to go on strike over the failure of the Federal Government to reconvene the tripartite committee on the new minimum wage. The workers are demanding N50,000 minimum wage. Currently, N18,000 is the minimum wage in the country.
I’ll Defeat Buhari If I Get PDP Ticket – Kwankwaso
Former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwasohas declared that he will “easily beat President Muhamadu Buhari” if given his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket to face the APC candidate in 2019. Kwankwaso, who spoke in Jos yesterday, during a consultation visit to the North-Central state, said he had the electoral value to wrestle power from the APC. “I come from a state which has the highest number of voters that can sway an election in my favour. ”If I pick the PDP ticket, I will be the next president of this nation.
Strike May Delay Civil Servants’ September Salaries – AGF
The Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, on Thursday called on the Nigeria Labour Congress to shelve its warning strike in order to allow the office to complete the process of payment of salaries of civil servants. Idris, who said this in a statement issued in Abuja, noted that the industrial action had led to a situation where workers who were directly involved in the release of funds for payment of salaries could no longer have access to their offices.
APC Disqualifies Shittu, Aisha Alhassan, Clears 166 Others
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has disqualified Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu, and Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, from participating in Saturday’s governorship primaries of the party. Although the screening committee did not state reasons for disqualifying Shittu from the Oyo governorship race, it was gathered that it might not be unconnected with his failure to partake in the one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
19 Firms Bid For Afam, Yola Discos
Nineteen firms have indicated interest in acquiring the Afam Power Company and the Yola Distribution Company (YDC) put up for sale by the Federal Government. At the close of the submission of bids for the Expression of Interest (EOIs) for both firms, seven companies submitted bids to buy Afam, while 12 submitted for the Yola Disco. The Head, Public Communications of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Amina Othman Tukur, in a statement, said among the companies that bid are renowned players in the power industry.
Aisha Buhari’s ADC, Sani Baba-Inna Released
The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly released the Aide De Camp (ADC) to Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha. The Frost Lady had, last Friday, accused her ADC, Sani Baba-Inna of fraud. Mrs Buhari said Mr Baba-Inna collected cash gifts totalling N2.5 billion from politicians and businesses over three years but kept it to himself. She asked the police to retrieve the money, and publicly asked persons who may have given money to Mr Baba-Inna to demand same from him.
Lagos CP Pledges To Provide Security For APC Primary
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, has assured the people of the state that the police is ready to provide watertight security during the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship primary election billed for Saturday, September 29 across the state. He warned policemen in the state against partisanship during the election. The CP further urged party faithfuls to be law-abiding and steer clear from any conduct that could jeopardise free, fair and peaceful conduct of the election and also called on aspirants to talk to their supporters to shun violence.
Teenage Girls Flog, Cut Friend With Blade
Two teenagers, Sonia (16) and Benita (17), have been arrested for allegedly beating up their friend, Oyinkansola. The suspects were alleged to have flogged the victim with canes and cut her with a razor blade after a disagreement. Oyinkansola sustained injuries in her mouth, neck, hand and breasts. Sonia and Benita reportedly confessed to beating up the 16-year-old, but denied using a razor blade on her. They allegedly claimed using their fingernails.
Lagos Open Tennis Qualifying Serves Off
Lagos will play host to players from across the world as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) approved circuit, the Lagos Open Tennis serves off this weekend. Already scores of emerging tennis players from different countries of the world have been arriving ahead of the event, which will be played in the next two weeks at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, TBS, Onikan.
Aiteo Cup: Akwa United Edges Out Kogi United
champions Akwa United edged past hard fighting Kogi United in the Matchday two of 2018 Aiteo Cup group stage clash in Aba on Wednesday. Kogi United produced a spirited performance to ward off series of attacks from Akwa but could not stop Barnabas Imenger’s pass from getting to Mbaoma who beat Sheshere with a cool finish. Coach Tunde Abdulrahman make only change from the team that forced Nasarawa United to a goaless draw on Monday with Victor Tale coming to replace Abubakar Danlami -who was drafted to central midfield in place of Kingsley Ogwuche- at right back.
Holyfield: Joshua-Wilder Fight Can Bring Boxing Back
Former heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield has been comparing the possible duel between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder to his scraps with Mike Tyson and says the fight can bring the heavyweight division back to its prime. Joshua retained his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles by beating Alexander Povetkin last week, while Wilder puts his WBC belt on the line against Tyson Fury in December.
Brisbane Roar Sign La Liga-Experienced Midfielder Alex Lopez
The Roar look to have made a smart addition to their foreign legion. Brisbane Roar has ended their pursuit for a foreign midfielder after the signing of Spanish veteran Alex Lopez. Having been chasing former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, the Orange has instead settled for the 30-year-old central midfielder – who has significant experience in Spain’s La Liga from a seven-year stint at Celta Vigo.
US Man Who Lost Hand In Sausage-Making Ordeal Cut Off Own Arm
A 69-year-old Vietnam veteran who lost a hand after it got stuck in a meat mixer while he was making sausages at his North Dakota home in the US says he had to slice off his left arm above the wrist with a butcher knife or risk bleeding to death. In his first public comments since the August 17 accident, Myron Schlafman said he credits two police officers with saving his life by quickly applying a tourniquet before ambulance crews took him to the hospital.
Abbas Rejects ‘Biased’ US As Sole Mideast Mediator
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas tore into the Trump administration Thursday, refusing to accept the United States as the sole mediator in the Middle East conflict, a day after Donald Trump promised a “very fair” peace plan. The 82-year-old Palestinian Authority president used his address to the UN General Assembly to lambast the United States for closing the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moving its embassy and slashing Palestinian aid money.
The U.N. Will Begin Preparing Evidence Of Atrocities Against Rohingya In Myanmar
The U.N. Human Rights Council voted Thursday to establish an international body that will collect evidence and prepare case files of alleged atrocities in Myanmar, where the military has been accused of committing genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Creation of the new body marks a major step toward criminal prosecution over the violence that caused more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee across the border into Bangladesh since August last year, many alleging army abuses such as arson, rape and murder.
US, 6 Nations Urge UN To Begin Syria Constitution Process
The United States and six other nations called Thursday for the United Nations to convene a committee to begin drafting a new constitution for Syria. Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan and Saudi Arabia joined the U.S. in urging the world body and its special envoy for Syria to form the committee as soon as possible to promote a political transition in the war-ravaged country. The U.N.-led effort to bring Syria’s warring factions together to draft a new constitution under which elections would be held has been stalled for years. The seven countries said in a statement they want the U.N. envoy to report back on progress by the end of next month.