* Saraki keeps NASS members in the dark over reconvening (Vanguard) * You can’t decide Senate’s leadership, PDP tells Oshiomhole (Punch)

* Saraki keeps NASS members in the dark over reconvening (Vanguard)       * You can’t decide Senate’s leadership, PDP tells Oshiomhole (Punch)



Saraki keeps NASS members in the dark over reconvening (Vanguard)

Some National Assembly members said they are not sure whether  the two chambers will reconvene tomorrow to consider the 2019 budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission. This is because the Chairman, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has not made  any official announcement. The Nation reported today that many senators and House members, who were set to go on summer holiday and perform the Hajj rites, remain in Abuja  because there is no word from the National Assembly’s leadership. Read more

You can’t decide Senate’s leadership, PDP tells Oshiomhole (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party on Sunday, asked the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, to stop his continued calls for the change of the leadership of the Senate, saying such was completely out of his decision. The party urged Oshiomhole to also stop “his childish tantrums and get educated” on the fact that the positions of the Senate President and that of deputy Senate President did not belong to political parties but to Nigerians, who elected persons into the seats through their representatives in the Senate. Read more

Sanusi warns politicians on exploitation of religion (Guardian)

Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II has cautioned politicians who hide behind the mask of religion to exploit Nigerians. He regretted that the North, in the last two decades, was robbed of focus due to the politicisation of religion and culture. Politicians turned religion into a vehicle for campaign, thereby exploiting the religious character and ignorance of the people, he said. Rather than solving problems in the education and health sectors, governors were busy promising to deliver religion, which led to the underdevelopment of many states, the emir noted. Read more

By-elections: Kogi, Katsina PDP reject results as APC wins in 3 states (Punch)

The Kogi and Katsina  chapters of the People’s Democratic Party have rejected the results of the Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency and Katsina North Senatorial Zone by-elections, which held on Saturday in the states. The Chairman, PDP Kogi State, Mr Sam Ohuetu, made the call on behalf of the party at a news conference in Abuja on Sunday. Ohuetu alleged that the election was neither free nor fair, insisting that it was marred by violence, snatching of ballot boxes and vote-buying. He also alleged that appointees and key officials of the Kogi State Government who were not indigenes or voters in the constituency were seen intimidating and harassing the electorate with thugs and personnel of security agencies. Read more

2019: Atiku’ll make Nigeria work again, says ALDI (SUN)

A former Vice President and Presidential aspirant in the 2019 general election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has been described as one with the magic wand to make Nigeria work again.The Atiku Leadership Development Initiative (ALDI) which stated this, at the weekend, in Awka, Anambra State, lamented what it called ‘destruction’ of the country by the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government. Speaking at the inauguration of Anambra State chapter of ALDI, in Awka, Director-General of the group, Hon. Domnic Okey Nwuzor, said the present government had succeeded in dividing Nigeria along ethnic and religious lines just as it has messed up her economy. Read more

2019: Igbo group cautions APC over harassment, intimidation of opposition (SUN)

An Igbo Socio-Cultural Organisation, Imeobi Igbo, has cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC) over alleged use of security agencies to arrest, intimidate and harass the members of opposition parties in the country. National Chairman of Imeobi Igbo, Chief Mike Ikegulu-Onugha, stated this, on Sunday, while reacting to the siege on the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), last week. He said it was a tip of the iceberg of what APC and the Federal Government would do against the expectation of Nigerians in 2019 election. Read more

Makarfi weeps over bad roads in S-East (Vanguard)

Senator Ahmed Makarfi, presidential aspirant under the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday said he had a horrible experience plying the roads in the South-East region. Makarfi spoke in Owerri, during his visit at the Imo State PDP secretariat. While narrating his experience, he said travelling to Owerri by road had justified his decision that 90 percent of his campaign would be on road projects. Makarfi said: “As I was coming from Enugu to Owerri, the roads are bad. It is shocking. That is why I said 90 per cent of my campaign will be on road projects. Read more

Be active in politics, Utomi charges Catholics in Lagos (SUN)

As the 2019 elections draw near, renowned economist and politician, Prof. Pat Utomi, has called on Catholic faithful in Nigeria to get active in politics and aspire to position to enable them change the system and bring good governance. The Political Economist, said Nigeria needed people like prophet Amos and a liberation theology where lay faithful to be involved in politics, adding that “if you do not get involve in politics, you are doing yourself a disservice.” He spoke at the 2018 edition of the Catholic Men Organisation convention of the Lagos Archdiocese in Lagos, where he urged priests of the Catholic Church in Nigeria to encourage lay faithful to participate in politics, quoting Pope John Paul II who had said in 1982 that, “the place of lay men in the church is the market square as they are better positioned to making Christ present at the Market Square.” Read more

NEMA donates 8 trucks of relief materials to Zamfara victims (Punch)

The National Emergency Management Agency has donated eight trucks of relief materials to about  29,000 victims displaced by bandits in seven villages and towns in Anka Emirate, Zamfara. The NEMA’s Coordinator, Sokoto Operations Office, Malam Sulaiman Muhammad made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau on Monday. Sulaiman said the items comprised assorted grains, clothing materials, cosmetics, and toiletries among others. According to him, Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the NEMA Director-General are expected to flag off the distribution of the items to IDPs in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara on Tuesday. Read more

International Youth Day: Council commends resilience of Nigerian youths (Punch)

The National Youth Council of Nigeria, an umbrella body of all youth organisations in Nigeria, has commended the resilience of Nigerian youths on the occasion of International Youth Day. Its National Treasurer, Mr Uko Michael, gave the commendation in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja. Michael said the Nigeria youths deserved to be commended and celebrated for their selfless services and contributions in all aspect of the economy and nation-building. Read more

Black car Bolt’s only demand on Aussie football foray (Guardian)

Usain Bolt might be a superstar athlete but the fastest man ever won’t be getting special treatment when he arrives in Australia in his bid to become a professional footballer. Australia’s Central Coast Mariners have agreed to help the eight-time Olympic champion achieve his long-held dream, letting him train with the club indefinitely in his pursuit of a playing contract. He is due to arrive in Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, on his own this weekend and has made just one demand — that his hire car is black. Read more

Ghana beat New Zealand to bow out with win (Vanguard)

Ghana left it late to defeat New Zealand 1-0 in their final Group A match at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Concarneau, France on Sunday. A goalless first half at the Stade Guy-Piriou saw the Black Princesses create chances through Sandra Owusu-Ansah and Ruth Anima. Sam Tawharu also forced an early save from Ghana goalkeeper Martha Annan. The best scoring opportunity before the break fell to New Zealand’s Grace Jale, but her header from a corner flew over the crossbar. Needing a victory to have any hope of reaching the quarter-finals, the Junior Football Ferns looked the stronger side after half-time, but were unable to convert that pressure into a goal. Read more

It’s crunch time for Falconets as China comes calling (Guardian)

To be or not to be, that is the question Nigeria’s national U-20 women team, Falconets must answer as they confront China in their last group game of the on-going FIFA U-20 Women World Cup in Dinan/Léhon, France today. Both teams have three points apiece with the Falconets above the Asians on the log on goals difference. The teams have two things in common: They lost their matches against table toppers, Germany and defeated whipping girls, Haiti to set up today’s must win game. Read more

Rooney inspires DC United to last-gasp win (Guardian)

A moment of magic from Wayne Rooney fired DC United to a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Orlando in Major League Soccer on Sunday. The two sides had appeared to be heading for a 2-2 draw at Audi Field as Orlando broke out following a United corner in the fifth minute of stoppage time. With United goalkeeper David Ousted stranded upfield, Orlando’s Will Johnson advanced past halfway with an empty net ahead of him. But a superb last-ditch tackle from Rooney upended Ousted, and the former England and Manchester United star then launched a long ball into the area met by Luciano Acosta, who nodded home the winner. Read more

12 killed when Ecuador bus with football fans crashes (Yahoo)

Twelve people were killed and 30 injured when a bus carrying fans of Barcelona S.C., Ecuador’s most popular football club, crashed Sunday, officials said. The bus was heading from the southern city of Cuenca to the coastal city of Guayaquil, where Barcelona is based, after a local tournament game. The vehicle apparently ran off the road and flipped around 2130 GMT, Ecuador’s Transit Commission (CTE) said in a statement. The president of Barcelona Sporting Club, former national goalkeeper and World Cup veteran Jose Francisco Cevallos, published the death toll on Twitter. Read more

VAR used in Spanish football for first time (Eurosports)

The video assistant referee (VAR) was used for the first time in Spanish football on Sunday to award midfielder Pablo Sarabia with Sevilla’s opening goal against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. Referee Carlos Cerro del Grande deferred to the video assistants to ensure Sarabia was not in an offside position when he latched on to Luis Muriel’s pass to give Sevilla a surprise lead against La Liga and King’s Cup holders Barcelona in the ninth minute in the Super Cup game in Tangier, Morocco. The use of VAR was hailed as a success at the 2018 World Cup and has been approved for use in La Liga this season, following Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A which introduced the technology last year. (Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)Read more

White House considers legal action against former aide over release of secret recording (Punch)

The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering using legal instruments to penalise Omarosa Manigault-Newman, Trump’s former aide, to stop her releasing a recording she made in the White House Situation Room to the general public. On Sunday, Manigault-Newman played the recording of her firing by the White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, during an interview for the NBC broadcaster. The White House spokesperson, Sarah Sanders, slammed Manigault-Newman’s move by calling it a “blatant disregard for our national security” since bringing a recording device into the Situation Room is prohibited.Read more

Koreas to hold Pyongyang summit in September (Guardian)

North and South Korea agreed Monday to hold a summit in Pyongyang in September after high-level talks in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula. The two sides “agreed at the meeting to hold a South-North summit in Pyongyang in September as planned”, the joint statement said, without giving a precise date. A trip by the South’s President Moon Jae-in to the North’s capital would be the first such visit for more than a decade, as the diplomatic thaw on and around the peninsula builds.Read more

Can Trump do to Saudi Arabia what he did to Iran for the sake of ‘world peace’? (Memo)

Can US President Donald Trump — who has warned his global trading partners not to do business with Iran for the sake of what he tweets in bold caps as “WORLD PEACE” — at least use his leverage over his allies in the Middle East to help stop the Pandora’s Box of a humanitarian catastrophe that they have opened in Yemen? This should not be beyond the realms of possibility if, as US Senator Mike Lee claims, “It stretches the imagination, and it stretches the English language beyond its breaking point, to suggest the US military is not engaged in hostilities in Yemen.” Read more

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