April 27, 2018

* Pressure mounts on PDP to sanction Sheriff, others * Fani-Kayode, Bode George gun for PDP chairmanship

* Pressure mounts on PDP to sanction Sheriff, others  * Fani-Kayode, Bode George gun for PDP chairmanship



Pressure mounts on PDP to sanction Sheriff, others

Some groups and individuals within the People’s Democratic Party are mounting pressure on its national leadership to impose sanctions on the former National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and his followers.

Investigations by one of our correspondents in Abuja on Monday, indicated that those who wanted Sheriff and his group punished had been submitting memoranda to the leadership of the party ahead of its meeting slated for Tuesday (today). Read more

Fani-Kayode, Bode George gun for PDP chairmanship

A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, will be contesting the position of the national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, should the position be zoned to the South-West, The PUNCH has learnt.

Fani-Kayode, who was the Director of Publicity for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, will be competing with a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bode George; the governorship candidate of the party in Lagos in 2015, Mr. Jimi Agbaje; and a former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran. Read more

Terrorism became bigger under Jonathan, Presidency replies Dasuki

The Presidency, on Monday, said terrorism became bigger while terrorists got more daring under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan due to the administration’s incompetence and misgovernance.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this while responding to a statement credited to a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), that the last administration cleared the North-East of Boko Haram terrorists to make election possible in the affected areas in 2015. Read more

2019: Jonathan, Makarfi, others vow to rebuild PDP

Members of the National Expanded Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party met in Abuja on Monday night and vowed to rebuild the party ahead of the 2019 elections.

They said that there was the need to rebuild the party in order to accommodate those that would be joining it from other political parties. Read more

‘Akeredolu ‘ll soon be sacked’

The first runner-up in the September 2016, governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Mr. Olusegun Abraham, has commended the ruling of the Court of Appeal which dismissed the application for stay of court proceedings filed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

The appellate court sitting in Abuja had on Monday struck out the application for stay of court proceedings filed by the governor against his opponent at the APC primary in 2016. Read more

Fayose floats presidential campaign

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has abandoned his desire to seek re-election in 2018.In its place, he has launched his presidential campaign on Facebook.

Fayose had initially said he would approach the Supreme Court to determine his eligibility to run again for the office of governor of his state because of his inability to complete his first term in office. Read more

UPP set to spring surprises in Anambra guber poll

Not a few upsets and surprises have been recorded in the Nigerian political landscape since the return to democratic rule in 1999.One of the interesting twists however is that election in Nigeria is becoming more unpredictable as its democracy matures. In 2015, an incumbent president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was defeated in a an unprecedented manner.

Earlier this year, Governor Segun Mimiko lost his bid to install a successor just as the candidate of the PDP recently dusted the preferred candidate of the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregebesola in the just concluded Osun West Senatorial bye-election. Read more

Inflation Falls for Fifth Straight Month to 16.1%

For the fifth consecutive month, the inflation rate dropped further from 16.25 per cent in May to 16.10 per cent in June 2017, indicating a 0.15 per cent points decline.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in its latest report released Monday, said the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, increased by 16.10 per cent (year-on-year). Read more

CBN Sells $195m to Banks

In continuation of its foreign exchange supply drive, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday intervened in the interbank segment of the market to the tune of $195million.

Figures released by the bank show that it offered the total sum of $100million to the wholesale segment, while the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) segment received the sum of $50 million. Read more

Crude Oil Price Inches up to $49 as US Drilling Declines

Crude oil price on Monday edged up to about $49 per barrel after fewer drilling rigs were added in the United States, thus easing concerns that surging shale supplies will undermine the efforts by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC to reduce the level of inventory in the oil market.

While the Brent crude, the global benchmark traded at $48.99 per barrel, the US crude traded at $46.57 per barrel. Read more

FG: We Can’t Allow Drones on Our Airspace Uncontrolled, Unregulated

The federal government on MOnday warned in strong terms that it would no longer tolerate a situation whereby individuals and private organisations use remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in any part of the country to roam about its airspace uncontrolled and unregulated.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, made this known in Abuja while declaring open the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) stakeholders’ workshop and symposium for African and Indian Ocean Read more

Presidency: Dasuki’s Claim on Boko Haram, Attempt to Rewrite History

The presidency on Monday dismissed claims by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), that the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan had already cleared Boko Haram before the advent of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

A statement by Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the statement was not only untrue but also an attempt to deceive Nigerians and rewrite history. Read more

APC National Legal Adviser, Banire Raises the Alarm over Threat to Life

The National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN) has alleged receiving several threats to life messages by those he described as agents of anti-democratic forces in Lagos State.

In a statement yesterday, Banire also alleged that a rent-a-crowd rally is being organised today in Lagos by a former Chairman of Mushin Local Government and the current commissioner in Lagos State with the assistance of some elements to destroy the democratic aspirations of the people and impose candidates against the people of the state. Read more

Osinbajo: FG to Bring Down Cost of Aviation Fuel

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said the aviation industry would play a significant role in the economic development of Nigeria and hence, the federal government was making conscious efforts to bring down the cost of aviation in the country.

Osinbajo, according to a statement by his media aide, Mr. Laolu Akande, last night, made the remark while receiving a delegation of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) led by its President, Olumuyiwa Aliu, in the State House, Abuja. Read more

NBA president tasks lawyers on respect for seniority

President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abubakar Mahmud, has advised lawyers in the country to respect the order of seniority at the Bar. Speaking yesterday at the inauguration of nine committees, he admonished them not to express their grievances against the leadership of the judiciary on social media platforms, but go through the appropriate channel.

He noted that the establishment of the committees was fundamental to ensuring a more active Bar, as it was not possible for the national officers or the secretariat to deal with all the activities and functions of the Bar. Read more

NDE to train 360 artisans in basic business skills

Plans are underway by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to train 360 artisans and petty traders in basic business under its Small Scale Enterprises (SSE) programme for operators of micro and small-scale enterprises.

Its deputy director, Information and Public Relations, Edmund Onwuliri, quoted the Director General, Ladan Mohammed, as saying that the 360 trainees were drawn from Kaduna, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Plateau, Nasarawa, Imo, Anambra, Ogun, Lagos, Cross River and Edo states. Read more

When Nigeria’s anti-graft war gets U.S. support

In the spirits of several bilateral agreements between Nigeria and the United States of America (USA) particularly the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), signed by the two countries on September 13, 1989, the American government has renewed its commitment to assisting Nigeria in the fight against corruption.

The commitment was made at the launch of a website dedicated to exposing activities of corrupt government officials and create awareness among Nigerians which the American government facilitated through collaboration with a group of religious leaders and Non-Governmental Organisations. Read more

Ogbeh insists on adherence to global standard in food production

Worried that Nigerians are indirectly eating poison because of the way food production are handled, the federal government has commenced nationwide advocacy on agricultural quality control and standards.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh during the flag off of the advocacy in Abuja lamented that despite the adherence of the country to global standard for exported agricultural product, Nigeria does not have its own standard in food production. Read more

Fraud charges against Briton struck out

Drama ensued in a Lagos High Court, Ikeja last week after Justice Atinuke Ipaye struck out ‎alleged USD$8.8m fraud charge filed against a British citizen, Deepak Khilnani by the Lagos State Attorney-General, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem.

Lawyers identified themselves as friends of the court protested against the discontinuous of the ‎case of alleged $8.8m fraud filed against Khilnani.The lawyers led by Mr. Olayinka Ola-Daniels told the court that the attorney general failed to give any reasonable reason(s) why the case should not be continued. Read more

Super Eagles Ace Troost-Ekong Scores For Bursaspor In Win Over Leeds United

Turkish top league side Bursaspor continued their build up to the start of the Super Lig in Turkey with a convincing 3-0 win over Leeds United in a pre-season friendly played at their camp in Austria.

English Championship side Leeds United were no match for the Turkish side with Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong putting the Turks ahead after just 13 minute into the game. Read more

After 17th goal of the season, Odey promises more

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leading goalscorer Stephen Odey got the only goal as MFM FC continued their push for the title or perhaps, a continental ticket on a day rivals at the top, Plateau United faltered. The 1-0 win against Wikki Tourists vaulted MFM to 49 points, just two behind Plateau United.

Odey, who has now netted 17 goals afterwards told npfl.ng that he was delighted to have increased his goals tally, declaring that he would still score more before the season ends. Read more

Tottenham targets Nigerian forward

According website Voetbal24, the Premier League side are willing to match the 20m Euros asking price of Gent. Sources close to the player has however said a bid has not yet been launched. The forward is however much loved by EPL side as newly promoted side, Brighton have made an offer for him.

The EPL newcomers however had their bid rejected by Gent as it fell short of their valuation of the 22-year-old who has been at the club for two and half seasons in Belgium. Read more

Botswana athletes in visa hitch, as Warri Relays/CAA Grand Prix holds in Ozoro

Botswana’s star-studded team were delayed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos yesterday on its way to Delta State for the 2017 edition of Warri Relays/CAA Grand Prix, which holds today at the Delta State Polytechnic Stadium, Ozoro. Over 200 athletes from different parts of Africa are attending the one-day event.

The Guardian learnt that the team from Botswana was ‘denied’ entry into the country by Immigration Officers because the athletes and their officials arrive without visas. Read more

Barcelona announce record $800m revenue

Barcelona announced Monday record income of 708m euros ($812.8m) for 2016/2017 with an after-tax profit of 18m euros.

The Spanish giant said the healthy revenue was up 13m on the forecast figure in their budget for the period. A statement following the approval of the accounts at a board meeting disclosed the club has reduced its debt by 24.5m euros to 247m euros Read more

How Becker lost £100m investments in Nigeria

Boris Becker may have lost his £100m fortune in part because of questionable investments in the Nigerian oil industry, according to claims in the German press.

Since the 49-year-old former tennis star was declared bankrupt in a London court last month, speculation has been rife over how he managed to squander a personal fortune estimated at over £100m. Read more

Germans intensify Ujah chase, City drop Iheanacho

German  Bundesliga newcomers   Hannover 96 have stepped up their pursuit of out-of-favour Nigeria forward Anthony Ujah who is reportedly eager to ditch his relegation-bound Chinese Super League outfit Liaoning Whowin this summer.

Hannover manager Andre  Breitenreiter, who   is scouring  the  transfer market for a   proven goalscorer to ensure  the Reds  retain their top-flight status  at the end of the season,  has  set Ujah  out as a key transfer target. Read more

Land allocation delay sparks anxiety among Rangers players

Rangers players and officials  are  allegedly  worried that they may not get the plots of land promised them  by the  Enugu State Government for winning the Premier League title, 32 years after they won the crown in 1984.

In appreciation of their efforts, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, on December 19, 2016,  announced  that the  players and the coaching staff  would  get  N41.5m, and  a plot of land each at the  Rangers Estate, Enugu. Read more

Details Of Chelsea Training Session : Omeruo Returns To First Team, Moses, Tomori

Allnigeriasoccer.com understands that Nigeria international Kenneth Omeruo resumed training with Chelsea first team on Monday ahead of their trip to Asia.

The central defender had missed the Blues workout on Friday due to an undisclosed reason before skippering a Chelsea XI the following day in a friendly versus Crawley Town.

Victor Moses and Fikayo Tomori remain in contention to make the roster to Asia as both trained on Monday and were deployed as wing-backs during the session which lasted for about one and half hours. Read more

Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs Scout Fulham’s Nigerian Talent, Others At U19

Scouts from top European teams were among the spectators at the recently concluded 2017 European U19 Championship in Georgia.

Mysports.ge says the teenagers that were in action during the tournament were watched by representatives of Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton. Read more

Iran casts doubt on Syrian chemical attacks

Iran has questioned claims by the US and its allies that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons.

The country’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said he has “serious doubts” over whether such allegations “can be verified”. Read more

Trump administration: Iran complying with nuclear deal

The United States said Monday that Iran is continuing to comply with the terms of the nuclear deal that curbed Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

But the Trump administration coupled its certification to Congress of Iran’s compliance with a blistering critique of Iran’s non-nuclear activities, saying Iran is “unquestionably in default of the spirit” of the deal. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a similar critique earlier this year when the US certified the deal for the first time since President Donald Trump, a fierce critique of the deal, took office. Read more

Pence reiterates pledge to move US Embassy to Jerusalem

Vice President Mike Pence on Monday evening forcefully reiterated the Trump administration’s promise to eventually move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I promise you that the day will come when President Donald Trump moves the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Pence said. “It is not a question of if; it is only when.” Read more

US calls for smaller deficits in new NAFTA talks

US President Donald Trump has described the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as a “disaster” and ordered fresh talks earlier this year.

The objectives have been released in advance of the start of meetings with Canada and Mexico next month. Economists have warned that reaching the goals might be difficult. Read more

Winnie the Pooh censored in China after President Xi Jinping comparisons

Beloved book and animated cartoon character Winnie the Pooh is being censored in China, according to BBC News.

The Chinese name for Winnie the Pooh (Little Bear Winnie) is being blocked on Chinese social media sites because bloggers have been comparing the plump bear to China’s President Xi Jinping, the BBC reports. Animated GIFs of the character were deleted from the app WeChat, and those who comment on the site Weibo with “Little Bear Winnie” get an error message. Read more

R Kelly denies holding several women in ‘abusive cult’

The singer’s lawyer said he would work “diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name”. A BuzzFeed report accuses the singer of brainwashing women, who got closer to him in an effort to boost their musical careers.

Kelly has faced previous accusations of sexual misconduct, but was never found guilty. He denies any wrongdoing. Read more




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