SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 26, 2018
PDP to Buhari: Tender Your Credentials Before INEC or Apologies to Nigerians
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to show proof of his vaunted integrity by presenting his academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) or apologise to Nigerians if he has none. The party said Buhari should fulfil his obligation like other presidential candidates, rather than bugging INEC with affidavits. The PDP in a statement on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said while its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has submitted his educational and other relevant documents to INEC, President Buhari is rather seeking ways to “short-circuit the system” instead of complying with set rules.
Ekiti Govt Seals Off 2 Buildings Linked to Fayose
Ekiti state government has sealed off two buildings linked to former Governor Ayodele Fayose in Ado Ekiti. The state’s Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning and Urban Development, said the erection of the buildings contravened the laws guiding urban renewal regulations of the state government. The buildings with elevated fence, covering over six plots are located at the Government Reservation Area (GRA) in Ado Ekiti and almost adjacent the new Deputy Governor’s lodge located within the Government House. Our correspondent observed on Friday during a visit that the gate to the buildings was locked with no contractors working on the buildings on sight.
Buhari, 78 Others to Vie for Presidency in 2019
As the 2019 general elections approach in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari and 78 other candidates will be contesting the seat of the president in February 2019. Buhari faces competition from a competitive list of candidates from other political parties including former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, and former minister of education, Obiageli Ezekwesili. Other prominent presidential candidates include one-time Cross Rivers State governor Donald Duke, former Central Bank of Nigeria deputy governor Kingsley Moghalu, popular public speaker Fela Durotoye, and Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore.
IGP Questions Emmanuel’s Campaign Team In Abuja
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has led his campaign team to Abuja following the invitation from the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, on the alleged impending breakdown of law and order following the destruction of campaign materials in the state. It was learnt that the IGP, who summoned Emmanuel’s campaign coordinators, accused them of various misdemeanours based on a petition by All Progressives Congress chairman in the state, Mr Ini Okopido, to Buhari, who asked his Chief of Staff to involve Abubakar for an immediate investigation into the matter.
Nigeria Among Countries With Costly Internet Service
Due to high cost of mobile data, over two billion people are said to have been cut off from the Internet. The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), which revealed this, noted that more than 2.3 billion people live in countries where just 1GB of mobile data is not affordable. In its 2018 Affordability Report, A4AI warned that this high cost to connect is keeping billions offline and pushing the global goal of universal Internet access further out of reach. The September subscriber statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday put Internet users in the country at 105 million. But by penetration, it is about 50.2 per cent of the estimated 195 million populations.
We Worked Hard To Rescue Agom Adara From Kidnappers – El-Rufai
As he mourned the late Agom Adara, Dr. Maiwada Galadima who was killed by kidnappers, Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has explained that, his government and the security agents worked strenuously to rescue the traditional ruler from his abductors. Governor El-Rufai in a statement by his media aide, Samuel Aruwan said, he is pained and heartbroken that criminal elements have taken away from a man who did his best for peace and harmony in Kaduna State.
Missing General: Village Head, Others Surrender To Police
24 hours after being declared wanted by the police over the disappearance of an Army General, Mohammed Idris Alkali (retd), three suspects on Friday voluntarily surrendered themselves to the Plateau State Police Command in Jos. A source said the other suspects were also ready to surrender themselves but were waiting to see how the persons who already surrendered to the police would be treated. “The three suspects voluntarily surrendered themselves to the police. If the police detain them, it will be difficult to get the others. But if they are granted bail, be assured that they will all appear before the police by next week,” the source stated.
Steven Zhang Takes Over As Inter Milan President
Inter Milan on Friday named Steven Zhang, son of the club’s Chinese owner, as new club president. Zhang replaces Indonesian Erick Thohir in a move widely anticipated at the San Siro ground. “The club, the employees and the town were waiting for this. Welcome president Zhang,” the club said on Twitter. The Inter board are scheduled to meet to formally endorse the change later Friday. Zhang, 26, is the son of Zhang Jindong, head of the Suning group, the electronics and household electrical goods conglomerate with 30 billion euros in annual turnover. Thohir sold Inter to Suning in 2016, while keeping a 30% holding and staying president until the end of his term.
Sri Lanka President Sacks Prime Minister
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Friday sacked his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed former president Mahinda Rajapakse as the new premier, the president’s office said. A private television network loyal to Rajapakse televised him being sworn in as the new Prime Minister, replacing Wickremesinghe. The surprise move comes despite past clashes between both Sirisena and Wickremesinghe over economic policy as well as the day-to-day administration of the government.
Saudi Prosecutor To Visit Istanbul Over Khashoggi Murder: Erdogan
Saudi Arabia’s chief prosecutor will visit Istanbul on Sunday to speak with Turkish authorities as part of the investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey’s president said Friday. “They (the Saudis) are sending the chief prosecutor on Sunday to Turkey,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding that Ankara had more evidence on the killing. The 59-year-old Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and a critic of Riyadh, was killed on October 2 while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork for his marriage to a Turkish woman.
Japan, China Strike Deals During Abe Visit As Ties Improve
Japan and China signed $2.6 billion in business deals and touted their warmer ties on Friday during a rare visit to Beijing by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as both face trade challenges from US President Donald Trump. Abe met Chinese President Xi Jinping after a full day of activities that included talks with Premier Li Keqiang and an honour guard with Japan’s flag raised outside the Great Hall of the People across from Tiananmen Square. Relations between Asia’s two biggest economies have improved in recent years after they sunk to new lows in 2012 when Tokyo “nationalised” disputed islands claimed by Beijing.
Jordan Flood Death Toll Rises To 20, Most Of Them School Pupils
At least 20 people, most of them school pupils, have been killed in flash floods in Jordan, the emergency services said Friday in an updated toll.A further 35 people were injured following heavy rains on Thursday, including members of the security forces involved in rescue operations, said an official from the civil defence — Jordan’s fire service — who asked not to be named. He said rescuers were still searching for people missing in the area, a popular tourist attraction around 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Amman.