* PDP on Life Support Machine, Says APC (ThisDay) * You’re always announcing fake defection of our members to your fold, APC tells PDP (Punch)

* PDP on Life Support Machine, Says APC (ThisDay)            * You’re always announcing fake defection of our members to your fold, APC tells PDP (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE JULY 23, 2018

 

PDP on Life Support Machine, Says APC (ThisDay)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is down and desperately seeking for help from a coalition to recover. In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi, APC accused the PDP of trying to hide its irredeemably bad image under the heap of a new coalition. “After three years in the wilderness, the PDP is understandably excited with possibility of hiding its irredeemably bad image under the heap of a new coalition. “Like the vulture, PDP sees every altercation as a potential opportunity for a feast. “If PDP is not alleging wild conspiracies, they are threatening to boycott elections or announcing fake defections. What is clear with all these is that no matter how long a leopard lives, it cannot change its spots,” it said. Read more

You’re always announcing fake defection of our members to your fold, APC tells PDP (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress has accused the opposition People’s Democratic Party of always publishing reports of fake defection of the ruling party’s members to its fold. APC also challenged the PDP to drop its “antics of seeking a new coalition” and the “desperate shopping for members” ahead the 2019 elections. It said that instead of doing all that, the PDP should face the Nigerian electorate on its own merit. The APC gave the challenge in Abuja on Sunday via a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abudullahi. Read more

Kogi ex-speaker dumps APC, says party shut him out over Dino Melaye’s failed recall bid (Vanguard)

Immediate past Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Umar Ahmed has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC for the Social Democratic Party, SDP, over what he described as decision of the party leadership to shut him out of the party. Announcing his defection today at a press conference, the lawmaker representing Lokoja 1 also listed fractionalization of the party as well as imposition of candidate for the Reps bye-election as another reason he dumped the party. The lawmaker disclosed that his problems in the state started when he refused to support the failed recall bid of Senator Dino Melaye, and rather opted for reconciliation; a development he said was misconstrued by the power bloc in the party who shut him out. Read more

Fraud in NSITF: Why we can’t inaugurate board, Ngige tells Oshiomhole (Vanguard)

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has told National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that the delay in the inauguration of the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Funds, NSITF, was as a result of the alleged uncovered fraud of over N40 billion by the previous board. It was gathered that the minister has faced immense pressure to inaugurate the NSITF Governing Board, despite the allegation of fraud allegedly perpetuated by the past board of the Funds. Read more

2019: Forum vows to unseat Masari (ThisDay)

A political group in Katsina State, Katsina-Daura-Funtua Network for Justice under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has vowed to unseat. Governor Aminu Bello Masari in 2019, describing him as a “deceiver” who has failed to fulfill his 2015 campaign promises to the electorate. The forum also accused the governor of killing the local government system, which according to it, has resulted in the mismanagement of the statutory grants of the 34 local governments of the state. The forum, which has 77 aspirants who contested for the state Assembly seats during the 2015 general election but lost at the party’s primaries, warned people it described as mischief makers to desist from dragging its members to the mud. Read more

I didn’t give Atiku N70m to organise rally, Gov Bindow says (Punch)

Adamawa State governor, Muhammadu Bindow, has described as “malicious and false” a report alleging that he gave N70m to organisers of Saturday’s rally in Yola by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party. Bindow, in a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser Press and Media Affairs, Mr. Martins Dickson, said the report trying to portray him as engaging in anti-party activities was a “cheap blackmail” by those worried over his rising profile and that of All Progressives Congress in the state. “The publication is false, malicious, misleading and an attempt to mask the rising profile, good virtues and sacrifice of Senator Bindow in upholding and promoting APC as the most popular party in Adamawa. Read more

We will leave APC,with or without Saraki – Baraje (Vanguard)

The former Chairman of the new People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje has said that members of the party and the supporters of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki have decoded to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)with or without the senate president,even as he described the juicy appointments being offered them by the presidency as an embarrassment. Baraje particularly expressed surprise and shock at the desperation of the All Progressives Congress( APC) to woo the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives , Yakubu Dogara and other aggrieved members of the the party. Read more

2019: Yoruba nation should listen to Obasanjo’s warning – Fasheun (SUN)

The founder of Odua People’s Congress (OPC) Dr Frederick Fasheun, has called on the Yoruba nation to be united and speak with one voice in their demands as the 2019 elections draw closer. Fasheun noted that the volte-face made by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo against the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of next year’s election is an indication of the former president’s regret for throwing his weight behind him in 2015. He, therefore, urged the Yoruba leaders and the people to listen to the former president while advising President Buhari to resign since the people are no longer happy with him. Read more

JAMB remits another N7.8bn (ThisDay)

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has remitted another N7.8 billion to the federal government, bringing to N15.6 billion, the amount remitted by the examination body in less than two years. The latest remittance is the surplus generated from the conduct of 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). However, government in its magnanimity, directed JAMB to remit about N5.6 billion of the amount and use the balance for restructuring of the board’s headquarters to meet up with its international status. The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos, that the board had planned to remit the whole as was done in 2017. Read more

Gunmen abduct PDP chieftain on eve of planned defection (Guardian)

A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and Vice Chairman, Bayelsa State Peace and Reconciliation committee, Bibi Oweifa, has been abducted by unknown gunmen at the state secretariat annex, Yenagoa.  The unknown gunmen in a commando style reportedly kidnapped Oweifa, an aspirant for Yenagoa constituency 2 in the State Assembly, just a day to his planned official defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC). Sources said his plan to defect alongside hundreds of his supporters, to the ruling APC, was scheduled to hold yesterday, 21st July 2018, before he was kidnapped.This is just as three gunmen dressed in police uniform in Imo State assassinated a PDP youth leader, Chidi Eburuaja.Eburuaja, until his death, was the Youth Leader of Owere Nkworji ward in Nkwerre local government council of the state. Read more

FG: We’ll prosecute those who swindled World Cup fans (Nation)

The Federal Government has vowed to arrest and prosecute the airline travel agents who cancelled the return tickets of 230 Nigerian football fans stranded after the 2018 World Cup Tournament in Russia. The Nigerian Ambassador to Russia, Prof. Steve Ugba, said this in an online video statement made available by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tope Elias-Fatile, in Abuja on Sunday. Ugba made government’s position known while addressing the stranded Nigerians in Moscow, Russia before their departure to Nigeria. Over 150 stranded Nigerian football fans besieged the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow on July 12 for assistance at the end of the 2018 World Cup tournament. Read more

7 Reasons Why Alex Iwobi is the Next Big Thing in African Football (Nation)

In what promises to be an exciting mix of talent and content, MultiChoice Nigeria recently announced the Super Eagles and Arsenal star, Alex Iwobi, as the latest face of its DStv Compact package. The deal will see the Nigerian superstar feature in DStv’s upcoming campaign for the new football season as well as make special appearances at the brand’s events, amongst other activities. We all know Nigerians love their football and Alex Iwobi’s “signing” with MultiChoice is exciting because he is not only a great footballing talent but the next big thing in African football. And here’s why we think so; Read more

Bale cancels wedding ceremony (SUN)

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale has reportedly called off his wedding to fiance Emma Rhys-Jones due to an ongoing family rift. The 29-year-old, who has dated his wife-to-be since childhood, was due to tie the knot in Italy this summer in a star-studded ceremony. Plans have been shelved for at least another year, however, which The Sun reports is down to concerns regarding Bale’s fiance’s dad. Martin Rhys-Jones allegedly fell out with his daughter after moving in with a Russian florist half his age shortly after being released from a US jail, where he was serving six years for a £2m international fraud, and the pair want things to die down before getting married. Read more

Francesco Molinari in ‘disbelief’ after winning Open at Carnoustie (BBC)

Francesco Molinari said he was as surprised as anyone to win The Open Championship at Carnoustie. The Italian posted a flawless two-under-par 69 to win on eight under, two clear of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele. “I knew I was coming in playing some good golf but my record round here was terrible,” said the 35-year-old. “So that didn’t make me too optimistic. To go bogey-free in the last two rounds is unthinkable.” Molinari, who on Sunday parred his first 13 holes before carding birdies on the 14th and 18th, is the first Italian to win one of the sport’s four majors. “It’s just disbelief,” he added. “Look at the names on the Claret Jug. It’s the best golfers in history and to be on there, it’s incredible. Read more

11 minibus taxi drivers shot dead in ambush (Guardian)

Eleven South African minibus taxi drivers were shot dead and four injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in KwaZulu Natal province, police said Sunday. National commissioner of police Khehla Sitole said the men were travelling back to Johannesburg from a colleague’s funeral on Saturday night when they were ambushed. “Preliminary reports indicate that that the 11 were among 17 people coming from a funeral… Four victims were critically injured and taken to hospital while two survived unscathed,” he said. Read more

Greedy, angry, violent: Kim Jong-un’s real school days (Nzherald)

Greedy, violent, with an explosive temper and inclined to swagger over his classmates is the unvarnished reality that has emerged of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s schooldays. The true picture supersedes an earlier, airbrushed version which had a young Jong-un as a basketball loving, American culture-obsessed teenager. He liked basketball while attending the elite Liebefeld Steinhölzli state school near the Swiss city of Bern between 1998 and 2000. But according to Axios.com, a classified file on the leader’s formative years compiled from interviews with the school’s teachers, students and staff, portrays a darker portrait of the future despot. Read more

Macron to reorganize private office after bodyguard scandal (Reuters)

French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered a reorganization of his office after acknowledging failings in the way the presidency handled a scandal over Macron’s top bodyguard who was filmed beating a protester on May Day, a source close to the presidency said on Sunday. Alexandre Benalla, long a fixture at Macron’s side, was placed under investigation on Sunday in a case that has sparked a political storm. The source also told Reuters Macron had deemed the actions of his bodyguard “unacceptable” and “shocking.” Read more

Families of anti-Ortega protesters forced to take refuge in Managua cathedral, human rights group says (CNN)

Mothers and other family members of detained opponents of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega fled to the cathedral in Managua after pro-government groups harassed them, said Adelaida Sánchez, a spokesperson for the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH). The mothers had been camping outside El Chipote detention center for several weeks awaiting news of their children, mostly students and civil leaders. Sánchez said the Nicaraguan government ordered the pro-government groups to clear the area around the detention center, prompting many of the mothers to seek refuge in the Managua Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Read more

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