SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
Osun Rerun: Anti-Buhari Coalition Accuses INEC of Releasing PVCs to Govt Officials
The Coalition of United Political Parties on Monday alleged that INEC was giving to Osun State officials unclaimed permanent voter cards in units where there would be supplementary election. The coalition members alleged that the conspiracy was being spearheaded by some unnamed national officers of the commission. CUPP, which was formed a few months ago with the aim of ousting the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in the 2019 presidential election, warned that the act of illegality would not be allowed to stand. Spokesman for the CUPP, Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere, made the allegations in a statement on Monday.
APC Reschedules Date of Presidential Primary
The All Progressives Congress has rescheduled its presidential primary to Friday, September 28, as against the earlier announced date of Thursday, September 27. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, announced this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. Nabena said the election was rescheduled because of the Osun governorship rerun election fixed for Thursday, Sept. 27, by the Independent National Electoral Commission. “In view of the Osun governorship rerun election which has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, by INEC, the APC has now rescheduled the presidential primary election to Sept. 28.
PDP begins screening of presidential aspirants
The People’s Democratic Party on Monday commenced the screening of its Presidential aspirants for the 2019 election. The party’s National Convention is scheduled for Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. The screening chaired by former Vice President Namadi Sambo was conducted at the party’s Presidential Campaign Office, Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja. The aspirants are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Senate President Bukola Saraki; immediate past Senate President David Mark; former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa; and former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Tanimu Turaki
PDP Heads to Court over Osun Election
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has resolved to approach the court to quash the “illegal” declaration of the September 22, 2018 Osun governorship election as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In a press statement by the spokesman of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan Monday, the party insisted that the polls had already been concluded and results announced in all polling and the collation centers, thus bringing the exercise to its lawful conclusion and removing INEC powers to declare the election inconclusive.
Buhari Government Deserves Commendation Over Osun election – Lai Mohammed
Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday said the Buhari led government deserved commendation and not the criticism on the outcome of Saturday’s governorship election in Osun state. The ruling All Progressives Congress came under heavy criticism from the opposition People’s Democratic Party and some section of the public after the governorship election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) despite PDP’s candidate Ademola Adeleke leading APC’s Gboyeba Oyetola. But, Mohammed, faulted criticisms trailing the decision INEC’s to declare the election inconclusive, adding that the APC would not make complain about the situation because of its belief in the rule of law.
Toyin Saraki cautions world leaders on SDGs
Toyin Ojora Saraki has sounded a warning bell as the United Nations General Assembly convenes in New York. Saraki cautioned that unless significant progress is made, the Sustainable Development Goals will not be met by the global community. “Only two countries in Africa – Rwanda and South Africa – have met the Abuja declaration to pledge 15% of their government budgets to health. Meanwhile, tuberculosis kills more than 4,000 people every single day, non-communicable diseases kill over 41 million people every year, and 80% of deaths in childbirth could be avoided with techniques that should be available across the globe.
Though in presidential race, I don’t see myself as a politician
The convener of ‘Take It Back Movement’ and presidential aspirant on the platform of African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, has said that he is not afraid to be in the presidential race even when the action might pitch him against some politicians he has had to fight in the past. In this interview, Sowore gives the full account of the “drama” that played out when he visited the Ooni of Ife recently. He also bared his mind on the state of the nation, the forthcoming general elections and his unrelenting quest to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Paris fund: Ortom orders direct disbursement to beneficiaries
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has ordered the direct disbursement of the N14.9 billion Paris Club refund to beneficiaries. This followed the suspension of the committee earlier set up and headed by the state deputy governor, Mr Benson Abounu, for the disbursement. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fund from the Federal Government would be used to defray salary arrears, pensions and gratuity of workers and retirees.
NIMASA starts rescue of 12 crew hijacked on Saturday — D-G
The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Monday said it had started rescue operations for the 12 crew members hijacked on Saturday by pirates in Rivers. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that crew men of the vessel “MV Glarus”, owned by Allison Shipping, was hijacked by pirates off the Bonny Island in Rivers for a ransom. The NIMASA Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, who was speaking to newsmen in Lagos, condemned the act, adding that the agency was working hard to ensure the release of the crew.
Onome Akpobome: 3 Lagos Hospitals Didn’t Have Facilities To Save My Mother
Onome Akpobome, stepson of the late reggae maestro, Ras Kimono, has revealed details of the incident that led to the death of his mother. In an interview with NET, Akpobome disclosed that himself and his mother’s elder sister visited three hospitals whose negligent attitude led to the death of his mother. Onome, is the son of Ras Kimono’s wife, Efemena, who had him before she got married to the singer.
Jubilation as police arrest kidnapper of NPC staff
There was jubilation in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Monday after the operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the state police command arrested the leader of the gang that kidnapped a staff of the National Population Commission, one Engr Amasike Ameleonye in July. A gang of armed men had in July kidnapped Amasike after shooting his police orderly and snatching his AK47 rifle in Okwelle in the Onuimo Local Government Area of the state. The gang collected N5m as ransom before releasing the victim who is said to be working in the presidency but was in the state to see his relatives.
Pinnick lauds Obaseki
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has commended the efforts of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, in improving the state’s sports sector. Pinnick spoke during a courtesy visit to the governor and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, to thank them for their support for his re-election bid, according to a statement on Monday. He stated that the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, currently undergoing rehabilitation, could host the Super Eagles in April, 2019, if the contractor handling the project delivers a good job.
Anthony Joshua makes Alexander Povetkin admission: ‘I didn’t think he would do s***’
AJ displayed his improving ring nous last night as he overcame a blitzing start from Povetkin which included a foray of left hooks and overhand rights. They were met maturely by Joshua, however, who cleared the bloody from his swollen nose and utilised his to good effect to mount a monstrous seventh-round knockout of his fellow Olympic Champion. That was all while carrying a flu which made the Watford fighter feel moe inclined for a night under the sheet than on the canvas. Speaking of his welfare before the fight, Joshua said: “I felt like a heavy gust of wind could knock you over.
FIFA Best Awards: Salah, Modric, Hazard, Pique, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho in London – BEST pics
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s strike in last season’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield has won the FIFA Puskas Award for the goal of the season. Ten goals were shortlisted for the award, with many pundits predicting a win for Gareth Bale’s acrobatic volley in the Champions League final for Real Madrid against Liverpool. But the Egyptian star’s effort, which saw him spin past two Everton players before curling a left-foot shot into the far corner, gained 38 per cent of the more than 500,000 votes cast. The award, which is named after Hungary and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas, was the first announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London. Salah, 26, has also been shortlisted for men’s player of the year.
Dybala has already left Juventus
Life does not give anything. If anything, sometimes and not at all, it can only offer great opportunities. Those who can grasp the meaning of that precious gift transform the “seed” into a tree rich in good fruits for themselves and for others. Then there are those who, for different reasons, do not realize the potential luck. The fleeting moment is dissolved and destiny, like Paganini, does not repeat. There is a distinct feeling that the second case belongs to the story that has so far linked Paulo Dybala to Juventus.
Mohamed Salah Wins FIFA Puskas Award For Soccer’s Best Goal Of 2017-18
Mohamed Salah has won the 2018 FIFA Puskas Award for his sensational goal against Everton at Anfield last season. The Liverpool forward produced a moment of brilliance to light up his first Merseyside derby appearance, spinning away from his marker in the area before curling a shot into the far top corner.
Grange Hill Actor Found Dead
Actor Al Matthews has died aged 75. Al, who starred in Grange Hill before carving a career in Hollywood in hit films including Aliens, Fifth Element and Superman III, was found dead in a Spanish retirement home at the weekend. Local press are reporting that Al, who was from Brooklyn in the US and fought in the Vietnam War, was living in Alicante in Spain at the time of his death and had been living there since he retired from acting in 2005.
Hirono Is Trying to Weaponize #MeToo
The Kavanaugh confirmation controversy’s ripple effect is certain to make it one of the most consequential Supreme Court confirmation hearings at least since Robert Bork’s in 1987. That’s because with every passing day the impact it is having on the American social, judicial and political psyche is growing more considerable. In particular, the Kavanaugh accusations are exposing just how flawed and unprepared we are as a society when tasked with ethically and responsibly addressing sexual assault or harassment charges when politics is involved.