* PDP presidential primary promises to be stormy (Guardian) * Battle for National Assembly leadership: APC caucus frets, hopes to stop Saraki, Dogara (Punch)

* PDP presidential primary promises to be stormy (Guardian)               *  Battle for National Assembly leadership: APC caucus frets, hopes to stop Saraki, Dogara (Punch)



PDP presidential primary promises to be stormy (Guardian)

There are indications that the forthcoming presidential primary of main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), would present some tense moments for the party, following contentions between northwest and northeast geopolitical zones to produce the standard bearer. Attempts by the northeast to have the ticket micro-zoned to it did not receive the consideration of the party, as the National Working Committee (NWC) maintains the position of the national convention, which zoned the position to the north in general. Read more

Battle for National Assembly leadership: APC caucus frets, hopes to stop Saraki, Dogara (Punch)

As the battle for the control of the National Assembly rages between the federal lawmakers of the ruling All Progressives Congress and their Peoples Democratic Party counterparts, officers of the caucuses of the parties have disagreed on the possibility of the removal of the presiding officers of the chambers. While the APC members contended that they did not require two-thirds majority to remove Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the elated PDP legislators argued that their APC counterparts would find it difficult to effect a leadership change in the National Assembly if the presiding officers dump APC for the PDP as anticipated. Read more

Buhari orders new FAAC remittance template (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that a new template for revenue remittances into the Federation Account be generated. The objective is to stop future embarrassment arising from remittances into the  account at meetings of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC). The new template is to be jointly agreed upon by the Ministry of Finance, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation  (NNPC) and the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).Addressing journalists at the end of a FAAC meeting where a  total of N821.863bn, one of  the highest sums in recent time, was shared by the three tiers of government in recent times, Finance Minister  Kemi Adeosun said the president  directed that “prior to the FAAC, Read more

Ekweremadu: Mass defection movement to rescue Nigeria (ThisDay)

The Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu Saturday described the recent defection of federal lawmakers and Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as a genuine movement to rescue Nigeria. Ekweremadu berated those personalising the mass defection across the federation from the All Progressives Congress (APC), insisting that it was no longer about anybody’s individual political ambition. He expressed the view during in Enugu yesterday, noting that what had happened so far was “a tip of the iceberg” as so many other top political office-holders would soon dump the ruling party. He, therefore, described the PDP as the fastest growing political in Africa, noting that spirits “have been high within the PDP family and Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), mainly after the joining and rejoining of the PDP and the coalition by scores of federal and state lawmakers. Read more

Secondus summons Osun PDP aspirants over crisis (Punch)

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has invited all the PDP governorship aspirants from Osun State to a crucial meeting in Abuja on Monday. Among those expected at the meeting are Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, who came second at the party’s primary and Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi among others. It was gathered that Secondus would use the occasion to appeal to them to sheathe their swords and cooperate with both the party and its candidate to win the election. Meanwhile, the candidate for the September 22 governorship election in the state, Senator  Ademola Adeleke, has picked Mr. Albert Adeogun, as his running mate, Sunday Punch learnt on Saturday. Read more

Sokoto: Tambuwal, Wamakko scramble for lawmakers (Nation)

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and his estranged godfather, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, are now locked in a battle of wits for the support of the majority of members of the state House of Assembly as both men go their different political ways. Tambuwal is expected to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the  People’s Democratic Party (PDP) later  this week while Wamakko has chosen to remain in the APC. Reliable party sources told The Nation that the lawmakers are now being camped in locations across the state by the political gladiators. The governor is said to be working round the clock to leave for the PDP with as many state legislators as possible to boost his value in his new party. Read more

Defections due to failure of APC Govt, says Wike (ThisDay)

Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has declared that the recent gale of defection that hit the All Progressives Congress (APC ) was due to the fact that the APC government has failed Nigerians. He declared that the APC government runs on vindictiveness, intimidation and illegality, whilst denying Nigerians the dividends of democracy. Addressing journalists after projects inspection yesterday in Port Harcourt, Wike stated that more high profile defections were in the offing across the country. He said: “Politics is all about alignments and re-alignments. We expected the defection, knowing that the ruling party at the National level has completely failed the people. “It is not hidden that even when they had majority in the two chambers of the National Assembly, they never had it easy because their representatives knew the APC has nothing to offer the people. Read more

Kabba royal family rejects Kogi gov’s choice (Punch)

The Ilajo Royal Family has rejected the announcement of Chief Solomon Owoniyi as the new Obaro of Kabba, by the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello. The family, in a statement made available to journalists in Lokoja on Saturday, explained that the governor’s pronouncement was not in consonance with the traditional council’s position. The statement was jointly  signed by Chief Mark Olowosayo of Ajinuhi Ruling House; Chief Stephen Ojo Bebeyi of Ajibohokun Ruling House, and Chief Paul Toluhi of Mokelu Ruling House respectively. The statement read in part, “The Ilajo Royal Descendants of Kabba, made up of the Mokelu, Ajinuhi and Ajibohokun ruling houses, hereby vehemently denounce, condemn and reject the choice of the said Chief Solomon Dele Owoniyi from the sub-urban village of Odolu, as the new Obaro. Read more

2019: Edo NIM collapses structure into ADP, as Sen. Owie carpets Obasanjo, others (SUN)

Members of the Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM, Edo State chapter, yesterday, collapsed their party structure into the Action Democratic Party (ADP), with the view of winning the forthcoming general elections in the state. Welcoming the members into the party in Edo North, former Chief Whip of the national assembly, Senator Roland Owie, said their choice of alignment was necessary in order to rescue the nation from the current economic hardship occasioned by successives government. He lamented that those who could not salvage the country when they had the opportunity to do so are still those promising a better life and infrastructural development for its citizens,saying that Nigeria has remained one of the countries that has embarked on the construction of a bridge for 16 years and still could not finish it. Read more

NPA wants State of Emergency declared to tackle Apapa Traffic Crisis (ThisDay)

Following the failure to resolve the endemic Apapa traffic gridlock after several attempts, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency to resolve the situation. This is just as it dismissed insinuations that the traffic congestion in Apapa is the result of lack of capacity of terminals at the ports to receive the volume of cargo that comes into the country, stating that things have gotten worse in the area since 2017 when the country received the lowest volume of cargo in recent times. Read more

Stakeholders query Katsina Refinery (Guardian)

Rather than view Tuesday’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and Niger Republic for the building of a new refinery as a boost in the country’s refining capacity, stakeholders and civil society groups view it as an incredibly parochial move aimed at satisfying sectional interest. In fact, some experts are calling for the immediate cessation of the Federal Government’s involvement in the project, insisting that it was unreasonable for a country, which has failed to optimise the production capacity of four existing refineries, to enter into a new MoU for a new plant, instead of fixing the comatose ones. President Muhammadu Buhari, and his Nigerien counterpart, Mahamadou Issoufou, signed the document for the proposed facility, which is expected to come on stream between two to three years, and produce 150, 000 barrels per day (bpd). Read more

Cash-and-carry: How agents influence player selection in national teams  (Punch)

These are definitely not the best of times for Nigerian football. And just when the country’s huge football followers felt there was an end in sight for the leadership tussle that had torn the Nigeria Football Federation apart – following the intervention of the Federal Government – they were hit with another colossal quagmire. Salisu Yusuf, Super Eagles assistant coach, was caught on video receiving a bribe of $1,000 from undercover journalists who posed as football agents, to feature two players at the 2018 CHAN in Morocco. Read more

Iheanacho: Eagles will do better at Qatar 2022 WC (Vanguard)

Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho said the team has learnt some lesson from participating at the 2018 World Cup, stating that the Eagles will be back and better at the Qatar 2022 tournament. Iheanacho starred for Nigeria in the  painful 2-1 loss to Argentina in the final game in Group D. A draw would have seen the Super Eagles through to the next round. The Leicester City man did not have a good game and coach Gernot Rohr admitted later that he was not fully fit for the game. ‘’I think it was a good experience at the World Cup. We didn’t get the chance to go through but I think it was a good experience for us as a young team,’’ Iheanacho told LCFC TV. ‘’I’m looking forward to the next World Cup. We’re back and ready now.’’ Read more

Winner emerges in Star Eagles promo (Punch)

A Lagos-based technician Ajose Adepeju has emerged the latest winner of N1m in the Star United We Shine Millionaires Promo. The promo, which runs from June 15 to August 15, has consumers looking out for a seven-digit winning code under the crown cork of the Super Eagles special edition bottles of Star Lager. Adepeju, who is a 30-year-old satellite dish installer, said, “I usually enjoy my Star Lager when I drink with my colleagues. On that fateful day, I was at a bar with my friends where we were served our drink. I had only heard of the promo from the bartender, who told me not to throw my crown cork away. My friend told me that I would win and when I checked my crown cork, I won. Read more

Nigeria’s ‘Joe Boy’ stakes pride against Ghana’s Nukpe (Guardian)

In 1962, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital hosted the first world boxing title fight in Africa, where Nigeria’s Dick Tiger defeated America’s Gene Fullmer to win the World middleweight boxing title. That historic fight, which took place at the Liberty Stadium, (now Obafemi Awolowo Stadium), shot Nigeria into the world boxing fame. Again, Ibadan will this afternoon witness another major boxing moment, as two promising boxers on the continent take to battle for the African Boxing Union (ABU) Lightweight champion’s belt. Read more

Casillas, Hart, Cech pay tribute to Ikeme (SUN)

Some of the top goalkeepers in world football including Iker Casillas, Joe Hart, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Petr Cech have paid tribute to Super Eagles star Carl Ikeme who has announced his retirement from football. Ikeme has announced his retirement from football a year after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. Although he has entered remission, the 32-year-old revealed that he was advised to quit football so as to focus on his health and family. “After speaking to the doctor, he suggests that I should retire, just the treatment, the toll its taking on my body and things like that,” the Wolverhampton goalkeeper told the club’s official website. Read more

Man United vs Liverpool:Sheyi Ojo, Shaqiri shine (Vanguard)

Man United vs Liverpool : Liverpool scored three second half goals as they wrapped up their pre-season tour of America on Saturday with a dominating 4-1 victory over Manchester United at Michigan Stadium. Xherdan Shaqiri put a stamp on his Liverpool debut with a spectacular bicycle-kick goal to round out the scoring in the International Champions Cup match in front of a crowd of 101,000. Shaqiri, of Switzerland, was one of five recent high profile signings which saw Liverpool shell out more than 200 million pounds ($260 million US) in an attempt to close the gap on Premier League champions Manchester City. Read more

Mourinho battles to buy £80m Maguire (SUN)

United face a battle to land Maguire and will have to shell out in the region of £80m to get him. This would be more than the world record £75m Liverpool spent on signing Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton last season. United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has approached Leicester about signing Maguire. Boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to make Maguire his fourth summer signing after landing Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant. The former Premier League champions have no intention of selling the England ace and still hope he will sign a new deal at the King Power Stadium. Read more

Ahed Tamimi: Israel frees Palestinian viral slap video teen (BBC)

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi has been freed by Israel after eight months in prison for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank. Video of the incident outside her home in Nabi Saleh last year went viral. For Palestinians, she became a symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation, but many Israelis see her as a publicity-seeking trouble-maker. The Israeli prison service says she is on her way back to the West Bank. Sixteen at the time, she originally faced 12 charges, but pleaded guilty in March to four charges including assault. Read more

Robert Capa’s shell-damaged slum to be restored in Madrid (Guardian)

A squat, dilapidated house in southern Madrid that was bombed by the Nazis and immortalised by the photojournalist Robert Capa is to be preserved as a reminder of the suffering caused by the Spanish civil war and a testament to all those who have called its cramped rooms home. No 10 Peironcely Street, which lies in the working-class district of Vallecas, had stood for just shy of a decade when it was pummelled by German bombers in the winter of 1936. In November or December of that year, the Hungarian war photographer recorded the damage done. His famous picture, shot on a Leica, shows three children sitting amid the rubble on the pavement outside the shrapnel-gouged house. Read more

Earthquake on popular tourist island in Indonesia kills 10 people (Skynews)

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens injured after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on a popular tourist island in Indonesia. The powerful tremor, which was followed by two smaller earthquakes and 60 aftershocks, hit Lombok on Sunday. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, said: “The earthquake killed at least 10 people, some 40 people are injured and dozens of houses were damaged. “We estimate the number will keep rising because we are not done collecting data.” People were sent running from homes and hotels in the early morning as the earthquake hit. Dozens of single-storey houses and taller buildings were damaged. Read more

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