March 21, 2019

* PDP, SDP, R-APC, 36 others form alliance against Buhari (Punch) * Okupe advises Saraki to run for presidency (DailyTrust)

* PDP, SDP, R-APC, 36 others form alliance against Buhari (Punch)           * Okupe advises Saraki to run for presidency (DailyTrust)



PDP, SDP, R-APC, 36 others form alliance against Buhari (Punch)

Thirty-nine political parties met in Abuja on Monday where they signed a Memorandum of Understanding to field a single presidential candidate in 2019. The parties also agreed to work together in all elections that would come up in 2019. The MoU, signed by the People’s Democratic Party, the Reformed-All Progressives Congress, Social democratic Party and 36 others, states that the “parties shall promote a positive reaction to the above failures of the present regime and to give hope to all our people.” Read more

Okupe advises Saraki to run for presidency (DailyTrust)

A chieftain of Accord Party (APC) and former presidential spokesman, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has advised the Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to leverage on his increasing popularity and contest the 2019 presidential election. Okupe stated this on a Channels TV programme, Sunrise Daily, yesterday, while analysing the purported APC crisis occasioned by the recent breakaway of rAPC. According to him, “Apart from Buhari, the next most visible and most notable politician in Nigeria today is Bukola Saraki and he would do himself a great favour if he steps into the ring and run for the position of president; he has the pedigree. “Saraki has had the required exposure and experience from being a special assistant to the president to being a two-term governor and now Senate president. He has been through different stages of leadership and this makes him stand out among many other aspirants who have indicated interest to become president,” he said. Read more

US to FG: End spate of killings, arrest perpetrators (SUN)

Deputy Chief of Mission in the United States of America embassy in Nigeria, Mr. David Young, has urged the Federal Government to end the spate of killings in the country because life is sacred, regardless of class, religion or occupation. Young, who extended his country’s condolences in Jos, the state capital, when he visited Governor Simon Lalong, yesterday, where he urged Nigerians to embrace peace and promote unity. The envoy also condoled with the people of Plateau; over the recent killings in the state. He emphasised the need for the people to speak peace and work ways to ensure the realisation of and affirm the need for peaceful co-existence. The deputy chief of mission reiterated that life is sacred, irrespective of who and where the citizens might belong. Read more

Alleged forgery: 2 suits seek Adeosun’s sacking, prosecution (Punch)

A lawyer, Mr Francis Obalim, and a political party, Action Peoples Party, on Monday, filed separate suits asking the Federal High Court in Abuja to order the sacking of the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, on the grounds of her alleged failure to possess a valid discharge certificate issued by the National Youth Service Corps. The lawyer, the plaintiff in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/712/2018, applied for an order quashing and setting aside Mrs Adeosun’s appointment as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

Obasanjo ambushes Soyinka on Olumo Rock (Punch)

Humanity oscillates between extreme opposites; darkness paints the beauty of light; fear skirts the periphery of bravery; ugliness envies beauty; falsehood stalks truth, death ambushes life; good wrestles evil; all in an everlasting tussle. And science cements this eternal truth into reality, combining negative and positive poles to produce light. The ubiquitous beauty of social media is also its blight. Social media, a nonphysical marketplace of ideas where information is served online among human communes, is a bittersweet leveller. It’s the color-blind arena where the walls of difference separating the rich and the poor; the young and the old; the literate and the illiterate; the weak and the powerful, are pulled down to kindle seamless social interaction. Read more

$25bn Oil contract scam: PDP challenges Buhari to speak up (Vanguard)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to speak up on allegations of illegal award of oil contracts worth $25 billion (N9 trillion) under his stewardship. The party said the alleged complicity of the Buhari Presidency coupled with Mr. President’s failure to address the reported fraudulent contracts awarded through the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has earned the nation a huge embarrassment of being labeled a ‘kleptocracy’ in the international arena. The party was reacting to allegations of corruption contained in a new book authored by former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell and ex-United States Intelligence Community expert on Nigeria, Matthew Page. Read more

National grid collapses, generation drops to 92MW (DailyTrust)

The nation’s electricity grid may have experienced another collapse at the weekend as the quantum of energy generated into the grid dropped to 92.30 megawatts (MW) on Sunday, the Daily Trust reports.Records of daily operations in the power sector showed that the highest generation was 3,621MW but it sharply dropped to 92.30MW during the period as the system frequency rose to 51.18 Hertz, a level that could trigger system collapse. Further statistics from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing proved that beside the reported collapse at the weekend, the national grid had recorded eight system collapses in 2018 with the most recent occurring in June.   While seven were total collapse of the system, plunging the entire country into darkness in January (when five such incidences occurred), in February and in June.  There was a record of partial system collapse in April. Read more

New kings suspend Olubadan’s LG salary (Vanguard)

The new kings installed by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, yesterday, confirmed that they were responsible for the stoppage of the monthly salary of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji and not the state government as being insinuated. The monarchs said this after a meeting held with scores of community leaders (Mogajis) at Mapo Hall in Ibadan Oyo State. This was as the monarchs issued a letter of suspension to the leaders of masquerades who flouted his order not to dance in the new kings’ compounds. Led by Otun Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, the new monarchs concluded that the salaries from 10 months which the Olubadan is entitled to would be suspended until he recognized their new status as kings. Read more

Béninoise police detain 50 Nigerian students, parents claim (Nation)

Over 50 Nigerian students are being wrongly detained in police stations in Cotonou, the Republic of Benin’s commercial capital, their parents claimed yesterday. They alleged that their children were unlawfully arrested by Béninoise police and kept in inhuman conditions – some since seven days ago – without being told their offences or charged to court. According to them, 50 others were arrested, tried and jailed without their families’ knowledge. In a July 9 petition made available to The Nation, the distraught parents sought President Muham-madu Buhari’s intervention through his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Diaspora affairs, Hon. Abike Dabiri– Erewa. Read more

Harvest of arrest as police pick 137 cultists during ‘77’ celebration (SUN)

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 137 suspected cult members in different locations of the state. The suspected cultists were observing the “7th day of the 7th month” celebration, where they initiate new members and celebrate their old members. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who paraded the suspects yesterday at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, said that 120 were arrested in Ikorodu where they were observing ‘7-7’, undergoing initiation in preparation to unleash mayhem on the larger society. Based on intelligence available to the command, which was communicated to the officer in charge of the Anti-Cultism Unit, who deployed plainclothes policemen to Ikorodu, police “efforts paid off last week while they were observing their nocturnal cult festival.” Read more

Policemen chase, force student to jump off Lagos bridge (Punch)

A 200-level Material Science Engineering student at the Kwara State University, Oluwadara Adedayo, is battling with injuries after he allegedly jumped off the Cele-Okota Bridge in Lagos State. Adedayo was allegedly chased to the bridge by some armed policemen attached to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Lagos State Police Command. Punch Metro learnt that Adedayo, who was currently on Industrial Training in Lagos, was heading towards the Yaba area of the state last Monday when he was accosted by the operatives at Cele bus stop. It was gathered that the cops, after stopping the 24-year-old, decided to check a mobile phone and a modem found on him. Read more

Police arrest suspected killer of ex-Ondo deputy governor’s daughter (Nation)

The Ondo State Police Command has arrested Adeyemi Alao, the suspected killer of Miss Khadijat Oluboyo, the daughter of former Ondo State Deputy Governor Lasisi Oluboyo. Khadijat was found dead in Alao’s home on Sunday. Sources said she had died about six days when her body was discovered inside her boyfriend’s room. Alao is said to be a permanent resident in Abuja. It was learnt that the suspect allegedly made attempts to bury Khadijat’s body in his house at Oke-Aro area of Akure, the Ondo State capital. According to a source, Alao had allegedly dug a grave in the room when nemesis caught up with him. Khadijat, a 20-year-old final year student of Adekunle Ajasin University (AAU) in Akungba-Akoko, was said to be fond of visiting Alao each time he came to Akure from Abuja and usually passed the night with him. Read more

Goal keeping role in Super Eagles should still be open, says Shorunmu (Guardian)

Former Super Eagles’ goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu, has called on the national team manager, Gernot Rohr, to still keep the number one goal-keeping role of his team open, as there are many good goaltenders in the domestic league. Shorunmu said if more keepers had been discovered and groomed over the years, there wouldn’t have been problem for the Super Eagles’ handler during preparations for the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup.He noted that apart from Francis Uzoho, Daniel Apeyi, Vincent Enyeama and Carl Ikeme, the country does not have enough credible keepers plying their trade in Europe big clubs. Read more

Chelsea drops Omeruo, lists Moses, Ola Aina (SUN)

As the English Premier League gets underway in August, two of the three Nigerians in Chelsea have confirmed their statutes with The Blues while the third still is yet to confirm if he would be farmed out as usual. According to the updated squad list published on the official website of Chelsea, Nigeria internationals, Victor Moses and Ola Aina will keep the jersey numbers they wore last season if they remain with the London club at the end of the summer transfer window in exactly a month’s time. Moses will retain the number fifteen jersey he used last season when he reports for pre-season training before the trip to Australia. The right wing-back was allocated the number 13 jersey in his debut season with Chelsea in 2012 but has played with the number 15 kit in the last two seasons. Read more

African Athletics Championship Delta gets CAA pass mark (Vanguard)

The Confederation of African Athletics has given kudos to the Local Organizing Committee for a good job in preparations and readiness to host the Africa Championships billed for August 1-5 in Asaba, Delta State. After an inspection tour of the Stephen Keshi Stadium facilities and technical equipment meant for the championships, Vivian Gungaram CAA first vice president and head of the inspection delegation expressed satisfaction with progress. Other members in the delegation include Siddiq Ahmed Ibrahim from Sudan and Momar Mbaye from Senegal. “We have gone around the facilities. From my first visit, I see there has been a lot of improvement. Read more

FIFA’s hammer dangles on Nigeria (SUN)

World soccer governing body, FIFA have fixed this Tuesday for their decision on the latest crisis to rock Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), with the possibility of an announcement also expected on the matter. This follows a formal notification given FIFA by the NFF about details and true situation of the latest leadership tussle in the Nigerian soccer governing body. It is on the strength of the NFF letter that FIFA will take a decision on Tuesday, which is a week after the global body, demanded an update on the matter, while also handing out a Fridaydeadline for a resolution of the issue. Read more

Galatasaray in Onyekuru talks (Vanguard)

Galatasaray have announced that they have opened talks with Everton for the signing of Nigeria wideman Henry Onyekuru. The Turkish giants tweeted on Monday that they’d begun discussions with the Premier League side regarding the West African’s future. “Professional footballer Henry Chukwuemeka Onyekuru’s official transfer from Everton FC has started with official talks between the footballer and [his] club,”  Gala tweeted on their official @galatasaraysk handle. Read more

France, Belgium in heavyweights clash (SUN)

A place in the World Cup final is at stake when European heavyweights France and Belgium meet for the 74th time in all competitions at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. France, who have won their two previous World Cup meetings with Belgium, booked their place in the last four with a 2-0 victory over Uruguay and captain Hugo Lloris feels his side are ready for the challenge of taking on a Belgian side who “know how to do everything”. Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Lloris said: “They are an exhaustive team, they know how to do everything. I think the Belgian team is the most exhaustive team in all aspects of the game during this tournament – they are strong everywhere. They have everything they need to be a great team and they are a great team. Read more

Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams beats Rodina, moves into quarter-finals (DailyTrust)

Seven-time champion Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a straightforward win over Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina on Monday afternoon. In what was a rare meeting between mothers at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament, Williams was in control throughout a 6-2 6-2 victory. Rodina, whose left thigh and right knee were taped, often moved slowly and could not deal with Williams’ power. Serena Williams said her match against fellow mother Evgeniya Rodina “shows you can still be mom and play tennis” The American, 36, faces Italian world number 52 Camila Giorgi next. Read more

Suspended live exporter plans to ship 60,000 sheep under different name (Guardian)

David Littleproud says he has no power to intervene in a move by Emanuel Exports to ship live sheep to the Middle East under another name, two weeks after the company’s primary licence was suspended pending an animal welfare investigation. Fairfax Media has reported that the Perth-based company applied to the federal department of agriculture to use one of its two remaining active export licences to deliver the consignment of 60,000 sheep to a buyer in Kuwait. The federal agriculture minister, who has said that he wanted to target rogue exporters, said in a statement on Tuesday that “all decisions on live export licencing, issuing of export permits and related matters are made by the independent regulator alone. Read more

South Korea suspends Nationwide Civilian Defense drills to aid North Korea Talks (Time)

South Korea has suspended its summertime civil defense drills aimed at preparing against a North Korean attack to keep alive a positive atmosphere for nuclear diplomacy with the North. Seoul’s decision on Tuesday to “temporarily suspend” the nationwide civilian drills had been anticipated since the United States and South Korea halted their annual military exercises following a summit last month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Streets in South Korean cities froze at the sound of air-raid sirens every year during the Ulchi drills in August with cars stopping on roads, pedestrians moving into buildings and subway stations, and government workers evacuating from their offices. Read more


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