SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
Osun Re-Run: Zero Hour For Adeleke, Oyetola
Several factors will decide today’s governorship re-run in seven polling units, across four local governments in Osun State. Some of the factors include religion, money power and the disposition of angry workers. Zoning and voter apathy may not influence today’s poll as the two major political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) roll out their arsenal for a final showdown in a battle for the soul of the state, today. The battleground for votes are Ife North, Ife South, Orolu and Osogbo. The outcome will determine the eventual winner.
Nigeria Needs An Educated President, Says Dickson
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State says Nigeria is in need of a highly educated and competent President. Dickson noted that the time had come for Nigeria to be led by a visionary leader, a nation builder and a democrat. A statement by the Special Adviser, Media Relations to the Governor, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the governor as making the comment while playing the host to a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, and members of his campaign team at the Government House, Yenagoa.
Minimum Wage: Labour Orders Nationwide Strike
The Nigeria Labour Congress has directed all its members and affiliate unions to commence a nationwide strike on Thursday (today). The organised labour had held a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in Abuja on Wednesday, which did not produce the expected outcome. The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the industrial action would commence due to the refusal of the Federal Government to reconvene the meeting of the tripartite national minimum wage committee to enable it to conclude its work.
I’ll Tackle Poverty, Insecurity, Says Saraki
A presidential aspirant in the 2019 general election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has promised to tackle the challenges of insecurity, poor electricity supply and decrepit infrastructure facing the country, if elected as president in 2019. Saraki, who has been going around the northern part of the country in the past couple of days spoke during a chat with journalists in Katsina yesterday at the PDP secretariat after meeting with supporters of the party in the state.
Why My Deputy Is Fighting Me – Okorocha
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha said he attracted the wrath of his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere, because he refused to endorse him to be governor in 2019. “He was Chief of Staff and later deputy governor, which means from May 2011 to the time he was impeached about two months ago, he was the second in command in the government. And he is still struggling to remain as deputy governor and also as aspiring to be governor at the same time. Men like Prince Madumere are bitter or ugly case-studies,” he said.
Osun Rerun: ACPP Declares Support For APC
The Alliance for Cooperating Political Parties (ACPP) has declared support for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola, ahead of Thursday’s governorship rerun election in Osun State. Leader of the political group, Prince Adesoji Masilo, who was also a candidate of African People’s Alliance (APA) in the Osun gubernatorial election, said the coalition threw its weight behind the candidature of Oyetola because it believes in his competence to govern the state.
N2.5bn Scandal: PDP Mocks Buhari, Says Aisha Is Entangled
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenges President Muhammadu Buhari to show his zero tolerance for corruption by allowing for an open inquest into the N2.5 billion scandal, in which the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has already been entangled; instead of the spirited effort by the Presidency to suppress a matter that is already in public domain.
Why FG Okayed $64m Contract For Escravos Power Supply
The Federal Government, yesterday, said $64 million had been approved for power supply to Escravos communities in Delta State. The government also assured Nigerians that the ravaging effect of flood was over because the confluence town of Lokoja in Kogi State has recorded appreciable reduction of six centimetres in water levels over the past week.
Nigeria Can Make Money through Tourism than Oil, Experts Tells FG
A Professor of Theatre Arts at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, Dr. Rasaki Ojo-Bakare, has advised the federal government to make development of tourism potential of the country a priority, saying the sector can take the economy to higher pedestal than what the oil can do. Bakare particularly regretted the poor attentions the Ekiti State Government is paying to the sector, adding that tourist attractions in Ekiti West Local Government alone can pay the salary of workers, if properly harnessed without further depending on federal allocation for sustenance.
NBS: Nigeria Recorded Favourable Trade Balance in Q2 2018
Nigeria’s all products terms of trade (TOT) indices for April, May and June 2018 stood at 100.5, 111.1 and 109.2 respectively, indicating favourable TOT for all the months of the second quarter (Q2), the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has stated. NBS stated that the data meant that the country used 0.5, 11.1 and 9.05 per cent less of her exports to procure the same level of imports in the months under review.
Pinnick Set for CAF Installation on His Anniversary Day
Providence has made it possible for Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick to have a double celebration on Sunday when the CAF Extraordinary General Assembly holds in Egypt. According to www.sportsvillagesquare.com, on that day, Pinnick will formally be presented as the Senior Vice President to all the chairmen and secretaries of the 56 affiliates of CAF. Symbolically, the day also marks the fourth anniversary of his accession unto the saddle of football administration in Nigeria after winning the election in Warri.
Sahara Group Staff Target Gold Medals at 3rd Edition of Saharalympics
Leading International Energy and Infrastructure Conglomerate, Sahara Group has raised the performance bar a notch higher as staff from its various locations across the globe gather in Lagos, Nigeria to trade tackles and light up the tracks at the third edition of the Saharalympics. At the stroke of 8 a.m on Saturday, September 29, 2018, the band will strike the opening chord, 100 pairs of training shoes will ground stomp in unison and the march past will begin, signaling the official start of the biennial games at the Campos Square Mini Stadium, Igbosere, Lagos.
Reus Scores 100th Dortmund Goal In 7-0 Romp
BVB’s 7-0 thrashing of Nurnberg included two for the forward, whose tally for the club now stands at 100. Marco Reus scored his 100th goal for Borussia Dortmund in a 7-0 Bundesliga thrashing of Nurnberg on Wednesday. After seeing a deflected 20-yard shot beat Fabian Bredlow in the first half, Reus reached the milestone after the restart with a cool finish into the bottom-right corner at the end of a neat exchange with Jacob Bruun Larsen.
Tiger Woods’s Mount Rushmore Of Golf: ‘Snead, Jones, Nicklaus… Me’
Tiger Woods is one of the best golfers of all time. Just ask him. After arriving in France for the Ryder Cup, Woods was asked which four people belong on his Mount Rushmore of golf. The answer? Sam Snead, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and… Tiger himself. There’s no doubting Tiger is among the best golfers in the history of the world—perhaps even the best—but it’s still amusing to hear him put himself up there. It also speaks to Tiger’s intense competitiveness and how his self-confidence can border on arrogance.
I Picked Up A Knock But Defeat Hurts More – Marcelo
Marcelo picked up a knock in Real Madrid’s comprehensive loss at Sevilla, with head coach Julen Lopetegui awaiting further details after the left-back suffered an apparent muscle tear. Madrid not only lost 3-0 to Sevilla in LaLiga but the Champions League holders saw Marcelo forced off due to injury on Wednesday. Marcelo hobbled off the pitch with 18 minutes remaining, leaving Madrid down to 10 men during the closing stages after all three substitutions were made.
Vatican Agreement With China Draws Concerns Amid Crackdown
The Vatican’s breakthrough agreement to give China some say over bishop appointments has critics accusing the church of caving in to the ruling Communist Party just as it is waging a sweeping crackdown on religion. Others say it’s an imperfect but much-needed step toward uniting Catholics in the world’s most populous country. The agreement is a step toward addressing the long-cherished hope of bringing together China’s 12 million Catholics who are divided between those worshipping in state-sanctioned churches and the underground priests and parishioners loyal to the pope, who are frequently detained and harassed.
Ramon Escobar: Man Deported 6 Times From US Charged With Beating Deaths
A violent man who was deported from the US six times has been charged with beating three sleeping men to death after being questioned by police about the disappearance of his aunt. Ramon Escobar was not taken into custody on August 30 when he was questioned in Houston, Texas, over the whereabouts of his aunt Dina Escobar, as he had no outstanding warrants. He was one of the last people to see the 60-year-old woman before she vanished, days after her husband Rogelio Escobar also disappeared.
Donald Trump’s UN Press Conference Was Frenetic, Yet Friendly
George Washington couldn’t tell a lie. Donald Trump can’t help telling a lie. At his press conference today Trump suggested that not only wouldn’t Democrats vote to confirm the father of our country to the Supreme Court, but that Washington may not have had a spotless record when it came to his private affairs. ‘He may have had some, I think, accusations made,’ Trump said. ‘Didn’t he have a couple of things in his past?’ Who will Trump exhume next to besmirch? Honest Abe? The Gipper?
ABC Chair Resigns Over Australian Political Interference Claims
The chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has resigned following allegations of political interference. Justin Milne resigned from the national broadcaster amid reports he had asked for journalists to be fired because their reporting was disliked by the Australian government. The government has denied pressuring the broadcaster over its staff. ABC’s managing director Michelle Guthrie was fired on Monday.
Migrant Killed After Morocco’s Navy Fires on Boat
A migrant has been killed after Morocco’s navy opened fire on a boat carrying her and more than two dozen others, a human rights group said Wednesday. The 22-year-victim, who was studying law, died before reaching a hospital, said Mohamed Benaissa, the head of Morocco’s Northern Observatory for Human Rights. Three other migrants were wounded in Tuesday’s confrontation, he said. The speedboat was carrying 25 Moroccan nationals and two Spanish captains, Benaissa said by telephone.