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* PDP writes May, Merkel accuses Buhari of abusing rule of law (Punch) * APC to pick presidential candidate Sept 20 (Nation)

* PDP writes May, Merkel accuses Buhari of abusing rule of law (Punch)           * APC to pick presidential candidate Sept 20 (Nation)



PDP writes May, Merkel accuses Buhari of abusing rule of law (Punch)

The national leadership of the People’s Democratic Party has sent a petition to both the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of disrespecting the judiciary. It also accused the President and the Federal Government of engaging in what it described as impunity and other anti-democratic vices. The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, signed the party’s letters which were made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday. In the letters, Secondus accused the Federal Government of using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to intimidate the members of the opposition. He also drew the attention of the two world leaders to President Buhari’s alleged brazen attack on the principle of rule of law. Read more

APC to pick presidential candidate Sept 20 (Nation)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) will pick its presidential candidate on September 20, the party announced yesterday. It also fixed N45 million as nomination fees for aspirants to the highest office in the country. In the guidelines for the primaries released yesterday in line with the approval by the National Executive Commmittee (NEC), governorship primary will hold on September 25, senatorial primary is fixed for September 27 and House of Representatives for September 29. The House of Assembly primary has been fixed for October 2. Nomination forms will go on sale from today till September 10. They will be available at the state offices and at the national secretariat. Read more

Buhari uncompromising, power drunk, says Atiku (Punch)

A former Vice-President,  Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has expressed the fear that the 2019 presidential election may not be free with President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired military man, now leading the country. He said unlike former President Goodluck Jonathan, who was in power during the 2015 general elections and was “much more level-headed” being a “peaceful, (and) very patriotic Nigerian,” the country was now dealing with “a retired general, (who is) very uncompromising, also power-drunk; (and) who will not be ready to leave power without a fight. Read more

Osinbajo versus Atiku (Guardian)

The debate on the need to restructure the polity gained unusual prominence yesterday as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar disagreed strongly on what the concept actually means. Atiku, a presidential aspirant, has always told anyone who cared to listen that he is an apostle of the proposition. When Osinbajo in a speech therefore said “The problem with our country is not a matter of restructuring…and we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into the argument that our problems stem from some geographic restructuring,” Atiku seized the opportunity to lecture him in a publication titled, “Osinbajo Got It Wrong On Restructuring.” Read more

Indirect primaries breed corruption, Shehu Sani tells APC (ThisDay)

The Senator representing Kaduna central, Shehu Sani, has slammed the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), opposing direct primary election, including governors, describing indirect primary as a major source of corruption in the polity. Sani said indirect primary stands as direct antithesis to the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to fight corruption at all levels. Senator Sani who stormed the national secretariat of APC yesterday to submit a petition to the leadership of the party, said he is fully in support of the party’s adoption of direct primary, adding that indirect primary election is against the progressive ideals of the ruling party and President Buhari’s war against corruption. Read more

Why Warri port channel dredging can’t go below 7.5 meters — NPA boss (Vanguard)

Gas pipeline belong to the National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is to hinder the dredging of Warri port channel from being dredged going below 7.5 meters. Disclosing this in Lagos Monday during a working visit to the corporate head officer of Vanguard Media Ltd, publishers of Vanguard Newspaper, Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, said though NPA would have love to dredge the channel below the 7.5 mark, it is not possible. Disclosing this in Lagos Monday during a working visit to the corporate head officer of Vanguard Media Ltd, publishers of Vanguard Newspaper, Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, said though NPA would have love to dredge the channel below the 7.5 mark, it is not possible. Read more

NNPC, Chinese consortia sign pacts on biofuel development (Guardian)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Chinese consortia to develop sustainable biofuels in the country. At a ceremony yesterday in Beijing on the sidelines of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit, the two pacts were signed between NNPC and OBAX-COMPLANT Consortium on one hand, and another involving the oil agency and CAPEGATE-NANNING Consortium. Speaking at the event that held at the Nigerian Embassy in the Chinese capital, NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, explained that the agreements were aimed at implementing the Federal Government’s mandate on clean, alternative and renewable energy programmes, particularly automotive biofuel production nationwide. Read more

INEC failed on voters’ registration – Gbadamosi (SUN)

Babatunde Gbadamosi hails from the renowned political family of the late Alhaji Sule Oyesola Gbadamosi who was fondly called SOG in his days as one of the leaders of Action Group. The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant speaks on the Voter Registration Exercise and the 2019 poll. My thoughts are that if the coming election are conducted under the current climate, we will see the vast majority of Nigerians disenfranchised and unable to exercise their civic duty and their civic rights to choose those who will lead them because of the way INEC is conducting the voter registration exercise. Read more

Police raid 91-year-old Clark’s Abuja House (ThisDay)

The Nigerian police yesterday raided the Abuja residence of the former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-south leader, Chief Edwin Clark. The heavily armed policemen, who searched all the rooms in the elder statesman’s house, alleged that they were in the house to search for arms which they accused him of stockpiling. But in a swift reaction, the police in a statement issued by Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, neither gave the order nor aware of the raid. The policemen who were said to have arrived at the Asokoro residence of Clark at 1.30p.m., left the premises by 2.30p.m. Read more

‘Madwoman’ says sex partners own human parts found with her (Punch)

A woman alleged to be mentally deranged, Folake Falade, has denied knowing anything about human parts found in her possession in Aiyetoro, Cele-Nizer, on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway. The 40-year-old said the body parts found with her on Monday, August 27, belonged to men who usually had sex with her in a tunnel where she lived. There had been turmoil in the community after some residents allegedly spotted the suspect, who was widely believed to be mad, making telephone calls. A mob was said to have gathered and would have lynched her but for the intervention of some officials of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps and policemen from the Ijanikin division. Read more

Sept 8 Clash: Eagles in mixed training in Seychelles (Nation)

Training for Super Eagles ahead of the Saturday’s showdown against Pirates of Seychelles in Victoria is not just about Pitch work but also a combination of both Volleyball and Beach football. The team was seen on social media Tuesday showing skills while enjoying the cozy atmosphere on the beach. About 18 Eagles have already hit camp and the team took to the beach on Tuesday for a combination of beach Volleyball and sand football respectively. Both China based Odion Ighalo and Saudi Arabia based Ahmed Musa who was a delight to watch at the last world cup in Russia have the Savoy Hotel Resort and Spa camp of the team. Read more

AITEO Cup Rookie Round holds on Wednesday (SUN)

The Gateway Stadium in Sagamu; Patani Stadium in Gombe; Area 3 Stadium, Abuja; Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina; Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu and; Osogbo Township Stadium are among the venues to host the 10 matches that will determine 10 winners who then proceed to the Round of 64. Former champions Enugu Rangers, Shooting Stars, Bendel Insurance, Enyimba FC, Akwa United, FC IfeanyiUbah and El-Kanemi Warriors are among the 54 teams standing by for the winners from the Rookie Round. Niger Tornadoes Feeders of Minna, Topworld FC of Ado-Ekiti, FC IfeanyiUbah Feeders, Kogi United Feeders, Sokoto United, Akure City FC and the fancifully –named Bityong Cornerstone of Kaduna, Altar Knight of Ebonyi, Wasiu Read more

Manchester United put unannounced signing in new Premier League squad (Mirror)

Manchester United have named youngster Lukasz Bejger in their Premier League squad, despite never formally announcing his signing. The Red Devils fought off competition from rivals City to secure the signature of the 6ft 2in Polish teenager from Lech Poznan last month, reports the Manchester Evening News. Bejger posed for a photo with first-team skipper Antonio Valencia and has been training at Carrington, although he has never officially been confirmed as a new arrival. The 16-year-old was listed as one of the 55 under-21 players in United’s Premier League squad list. Read more

Chelsea star may give the chance to impress as England start Nations League campaign (Sportslens)

The UEFA Nations League starts in September, with 55 teams competing in four leagues in the newly-formed competition. Highlights of the opening round of games include England’s clash with Spain on Saturday, while World Cup winners France visit Germany two days earlier. Spain will be amongst the favourites to win the competition at the new sportsbook from FanDuel, although England will fancy their chances of success when the two sides meet at Wembley. Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and Liverpool forward Adam Lallana have withdrawn from the squad through injury, but the Three Lions are still expected to field a strong team. Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus salary revealed with full Serie A wages list released (Mirror)

Cristiano Ronaldo tops Serie A’s wages list with the Juventus superstar earning more than three times the next best paid player in the league. The Portuguese has failed to justify that premium in the early stages of his time in Turin since an £88m move from Real Madrid. The 33-year-old is goalless in three Serie A outings, though Massimiliano Allegri’s side are perfect with three wins. Ronaldo picks up a massive €31m (£28m) after tax per year, report Gazzetta dello Sport, roughly £538,000 per week, dwarfing his fellow players in Italy. The next best salary is Gonzalo Higuain, who now picks up €9.5m (£8.6m) per year (approximately £165,000 per week) after his move to AC Milan from Juventus. Read more

In Qatar, World Cup workers toil on tourist visas (Atimes)

Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, has gone to great lengths to assure the international community labor conditions are improving for workers. But on the ground, foreign laborers told Asia Times they are still working on tourist visas, unable to benefit from landmark labor reforms – or unaware of the changes. Turning onto the road to Mesaieed, an industrial area south of the Qatari capital Doha, the road immediately changes, from a smooth, soundless drive, to the crunching of gravel. The eyes take a few seconds to adjust to the darkness, except for the flash of a face staring at the screen of his phone or the glow from a tip of a cigarette as a man or two stands outside box-like buildings. Read more

Bob Woodward’s peek behind the Trump curtain is 100% as terrifying as we feared (CNN)

Yes, it’s as bad as you thought it was. Maybe worse.

That’s the unmistakable message about President Donald Trump and his administration from the early pieces of Bob Woodward’s chronicle — titled “Fear: Trump in the White House” — of the first year of the billionaire businessman’s presidency. The image Woodward casts of Trump is of a petulant child, deeply insecure about, well, everything. His staffers — from Defense Secretary James Mattis to chief of staff John Kelly and on down — spend most of their time a) keeping Trump in the dark for, in their estimation, the good of the country and b) running him down in meetings he isn’t in. Trump seems, by turns, annoyed by being left out of the loop and indifferent to it. And most importantly, the President seems entirely unaware of how incredibly out of his depth he actually is. Read more

South Korean envoys en route to North Korea as denuclearisation talks stall (Reuters)

South Korean special envoys left Seoul on Wednesday for a one-day trip to North Korea to discuss a third summit to be held this month between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. South Korean officials hope the visit might revive momentum for talks on denuclearisation between the United States and North Korea. Those talks have stalled since U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang last month after Pompeo received a belligerent letter from a senior North Korean official. Trump and Moon spoke by telephone for 50 minutes on Tuesday, officials said, and plan to discuss North Korea during the U.N. General Assembly in New York later this month. Read more


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