March 23, 2019

* Saraki, not Buhari responsible for late presentation of INEC budget – Presidency (PremiumTimes) * What Trump really meant when he tweeted about a ‘RAT’ (CNN)

* Saraki, not Buhari responsible for late presentation of INEC budget – Presidency (PremiumTimes)                   *  What Trump really meant when he tweeted about a ‘RAT’ (CNN)



Saraki, not Buhari responsible for late presentation of INEC budget – Presidency (PremiumTimes)

The presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari was not to blame for the seemingly late presentation of the budget of the electoral commission, INEC, for the 2019 election. Rather, the presidency said, in a statement by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu, Senate President Bukola Saraki was to blame. Mr Shehu’s statement is the latest in the accusations and counter-accusations between it and Mr Saraki since the latter defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The INEC budget for 2019 elections was submitted last month by Mr Buhari to the National Assembly. The budget is yet to be passed by the lawmakers amidst allegations INEC had submitted the budget to the presidency since February. Read more

What Trump really meant when he tweeted about a ‘RAT’ (CNN)

You would think — or at least hope — that the person who serves as President of the United States would be supportive of anyone who cooperates with federal authorities to bring criminals to justice. After all, Article II of the US Constitution expressly charges the President with enforcing our laws: “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” But not, apparently, Donald Trump. We saw this with his tweet on Sunday morning, in response to a New York Times article about White House counsel Don McGahn, who was interviewed several times by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Read more

Buhari not committed to 2019 Polls, says Saraki’s Aide (ThisDay)

The Special Assistant to the Senate President on New Media, Mr. Olu Onemola, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of not being committed towards the successful conduct of the 2019 general elections. Onemola, in a release issued in Abuja on Sunday against the backdrop of allegation by Buhari Media Organisation that Saraki was slowing down the approval of the 2019 election budget approval, said President Buhari was desperate to frustrate the conduct of the 2019 polls by denying the nation the enabling law to conduct the elections. Read more

Eid-El-Kabir : IGP orders massive deployment of police personnel across Nigeria (Vanguard)

As Muslims in Nigeria join their counterparts across the world to marked the 2018 Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered massive deployment of police personnel across the country. This was as he felicitated with Muslim faithful throughout the country on the occasion. Idris, according to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood, Sunday, directed the implementation of robust and elaborate security arrangement throughout the country by the Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in zonal and state commands nationwide. Read more

Why Buhari must sign Electoral Bill now, says Falana (Nation)

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to “urgently” sign the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law. Falana said if the president signs the bill now, whatever modifications the bill seeks to make to Nigeria’s election sequence, would not affect the 2019 elections. This, according to him, is because an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Protocol, to which the country is a signatory, bars Nigeria from modifying electoral laws six months to elections unless certain conditions are met. Read more

Why Saraki, Tambuwal left APC by Tinubu (Vanguard)

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has offered a political-philosophical analysis on why Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal left the APC. He said the duo quit because the APC could not offer them what they wanted. In a major analysis of the political situation in Nigeria, titled “They go away because We go the Right Way, which he also tweeted, Tinubu said the two defectors left the APC because they “wanted automatic tickets and sharing of the national wealth which the APC could not guarantee”. Read more

2019 elections doubtful, FG driving Nigeria to electoral chaos – Fayose (SUN)

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has described the Saturday by-election in Rivers State for Port Harcourt Constituency III State Assembly seat as another sad reality that votes of Nigerians will not be allowed to count at the 2019 election as the elections will be held at gun-point to achieve predetermined results. The governor, who said it should now be obvious to all Nigerians apart from those who for partisan reasons have elected not to see anything bad in the destruction of the legacy of free, fair and credible conduct of elections bequeathed to the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari, that Nigeria is in a state of anarchy, said the whole world must not leave the country to be driven into the pit of catastrophe because of the desperation of a few people to retain power. Read more

2019: We will send APC packing from Lagos — ADP (Nation)

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) on Sunday said it would dislodge the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos by winning the governorship election in 2019. The Chairman of the party, Mr Adewale Bolaji said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said the party had mapped out the right strategy to ensure that the APC was sent packing in the state. Bolaji said that the ADP had the people to win the state for the party, and was banking on the confidence reposed in it by residents to sack the APC. “Our great party will defeat the APC government in Lagos in 2019, we are confident. Read more

Tambuwal loses 252 aides to APC (Vanguard)

In what appears like a political earthquake, 252 Special advisers and Special assistants appointed by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state have resigned their appointments. And they have returned to the All Progressives Congress, instead of working under a PDP government. Alhaji Ibrahim Haske, a special adviser to the governor and spokesman for all the aides, announced this at a news conference  in Sokoto on Sunday. He said their decision followed Gov. Tambuwal’s defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Read more

Governorship zoned to Ogun West, says APC chairman (Punch)

The chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Derin Adebiyi, has reiterated that the governorship slot of the party for the state in 2019 has been zoned to Ogun West. He added, however, that the other two zones are not barred from vying for the exalted position. He said this on Friday while addressing party executives, members and receiving one of the governorship aspirants from Ogun West, Biyi Otegbeye, at the party secretariat in Abeokuta when Otegbeye made his declaration. Read more

Rivers by-Election: APC accuses PDP of sponsoring violence, rigging (ThisDay)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of perpetrating violence and snatching of electoral materials during Saturday’s suspended by-election for Port Harcourt Constituency 3 in the Rivers State House of Assembly. In a statement issued by the Acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabene, APC hailed the Rivers State electorate for bravely defending their votes despite the violence. APC urged the Rivers State electorate and indeed all Nigerians to continue to stand their ground and resist any attempt to rig elections in the country, adding that votes must count and the people’s will must prevail in all elections. Read more

Aregbesola begins construction of 308km rural roads (Guardian)

Three months to the end of his tenure, Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has inaugurated the construction and rehabilitation of another 308km of rural roads across the state in line with his pledge to continue to take development to the grassroots. While flagging off the rehabilitation, Aregbesola said his administration had delivered on the electoral promises made to the people in all aspects of life, particularly in the area of infrastructure, where the largest chunk ‎of the state’s resources were spent on. The new phase coming under the Osun Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP II), took place in both Oragun and Oke Ila respectively. The project is jointly financed by the World ‎Bank and the French Development Agency. Read more

NCDMB seeks listing of more upstream oil & gas companies (Vanguard)

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has called on stakeholders in the capital markets to work towards the listing of more companies in the upstream oil and gas sector as well as those that add value to the hydrocarbon resources in the country. The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote made the call when the management of the board visited the NSE to perform the Closing Gong Ceremony in Lagos, saying that efforts should be made to list more  refineries, petrochemical industries and fertilizer companies in the domestic market. He noted that listing of more upstream oil and gas companies has become necessary because most of the companies listed under the oil and gas sector of the NSE are into marketing of petroleum products. Read more

DISCOs reject N72bn networks projects by TCN (Vanguard)

Crisis rocking the power sector of the economy, Sunday, took a different dimension as Electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOs, rejected the N72 billion distribution networks investment being executed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN. The DISCOs, instead, argued that any investment in distribution networks without recourse to them managing the networks was wrong investment. Acting under the aegis of Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, ANED, DISCOs in a statement in Abuja, expressed concerns that customers might bear the cost of the unsolicited and wrongly directed investment, stressing that government-run TCN had no capacity to invest in a private-led power network. Read more

PDP condemns demolition of Aiyefele’s studio (Nation)

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the demolition of a building belonging to musical maestro, Yinka Aiyefele, in Ibadan by the Oyo State Government. In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday in Abuja, the party described the demolishing of the building, said to be worth N800 million as “horrifying, wicked and speaks volume of the insensitivity of the perpetrators”. The building which also houses Aiyefele’s Flash FM station and recording studio, was said to have been brought down in spite of a court order. Read more

Nigeria, Ghana in tight contest as AFRIMA opens public voting Monday (ThisDay)

The newly released nominees list for the fifth All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), sees Nigeria and Ghana in a tight contest in the Western Africa region category. Nigeria leads the pack with four nominations in the male category including two nods in Best Female Artiste in the Western region. Ghana follows closely with five nominations while Guinea, Cape Verde, Benin Republic, Mali, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire hold one spot each. In Southern Africa region, Cameroon takes up four of the eight spots in the category for Best Female Artiste in Central Africa, followed by the Republic of Congo and Angola with two nods each. Read more

Driver sells company truck for N250, 000, absconds to Akwa Ibom (Guardian)

A driver attached to Ramlac company in Lekki area of Lagos State, who absconded with the company’s truck three months ago, has been arrested by men of the Federal Anti Robbery Squad, Lagos police command, in his home town in Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa-Ibom State. The suspect, Isaiah Ezekiel, who was employed barely a month before he committed the crime, was sent to distribute 150 bags of sachet water to retailers within Lekki. Apprehension, however, set in after frantic efforts to reach him on his mobile phone when he did not report back failed, as the phone was switched off. Read more

Moses, Iheanacho face fresh Obstacles in EPL (Footballlive)

Such it was again this weekend, as Moses was benched for all 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 3-2 win against Arsenal, while Iheanacho played only the last eight minutes for The Foxes in their 2-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers. On the other hand, Iheanacho’s compatriot at Leicester City star, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi was on for all 90 minutes at King Power Stadium, as his side spanked Bright Enobakhare’s Wolves, courtesy an own goal by Matt Doherty and James Maddison’s strike. While Enobakhare missed the game, Ndidi put in a full shift for The Foxes and was joined on the pitch by Iheanacho in the 82nd minute. Read more

Musa exposes secrets of his Saudi Arabia Transfer (Footballlive)

Musa, who struggled since his arrival from CSKA at Leicester, and had to play on loan back at the Russian club last season, hinted that the financial strength of Al Nassr’s bid play a key part in the shock deal that took him to the Middle East. Many Nigerian football followers have argued all along that Musa was tempted by the huge financial trappings Al Nassr put before him and quickly jumped at the opportunity of getting cash and game time outside King Power Stadium. However, the Super Eagles star inferred that he would not have gone to Saudi Arabia had the former English Premier League champions not pushed him to accept the offer. Read more

Mikel’s Height, Experience Thrill Teda’s Coach (Footballlive)

While Stielike admitted he was surprised that Mikel was able to play all 90 minutes of his side’s 1-1 home draw against Jiangsu Suning on Saturday, the German ex-international stressed that the Super Eagles’ captain put up a brilliant performance in the game. Stielike also hinted that Mikel has been ruled out of the past six matches on account f injuries, but did not state categorically whether the former Chelsea star will begin to get regular starting spots henceforth. This comes after Mikel was reinstated into the starting lineup after Brazilian striker, Jonathan failed a fitness test, and Stielike was delighted that the Nigerian ace played at a high level in his first game after recovering from a knee injury. Read more

Paul Dummett ready to revive Wales career under Ryan Giggs (Skysports)

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett is prepared to end his self-imposed international exile and rejoin the Wales squad under Ryan Giggs. Dummett declared himself unavailable for selection last summer, with Newcastle confirming the full-back had opted to “concentrate on his club career until he is back to full fitness”. The 26-year-old rejected Giggs’ invitation to join his first Wales squad at the China Cup in March, but Dummett insists he is now ready to make his return ahead of next month’s UEFA League of Nations qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and Denmark. Read more

Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho turns on media as Paul Pogba admits attitude ‘wasn’t right’ in Brighton defeat (Independent)

Back in May, Jose Mourinho was sitting in the same chair as on Sunday evening, in the same darkened room under the Amex, after the same result, a chastening defeat by Brighton. Back then he went on the attack, indirectly tearing into the performances of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in what was, even by Mourinho’s standards, a breathtaking tirade. “Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much,” Mourinho said. “People always ask: ‘Why always Lukaku?’ Well, now they know why always Lukaku, and why always this player and why always that player. We are probably not as good as people think we are individually.” Read more

Residents of Brazil border town attack camps for Venezuelan migrants (Nytmes)

Residents of a border town in northern Brazil that has become a main entry point for Venezuelans seeking refuge destroyed migrant camps over the weekend in one of the most dramatic instances of a backlash to the Venezuelans’ growing presence there. After squatter camps in the border town of Pacaraima came under attack on Saturday, as many as 1,200 Venezuelans who feared for their safety rushed back across the border into the country they had fled, military officials said. The unrest in the main municipality along the border between Brazil and Venezuela began after the family of a local merchant told the authorities that he had been assaulted by a group of Venezuelans on Friday night, according to residents and officials. The authorities said on Sunday that the assailants’ identity and nationality had not been confirmed. Read more

Brexit: Why political crisis could be well on the way (Skynews)

Westminster might be deep in recess, but the Brexit wars that defined the last political term are firing up once more. The Remain and Leave camps are dusting down their campaign books and tour buses as they prepare for an autumn of rallies, stump speeches and events. Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is teaming up with the Leave Means Leave team to campaign against what he describes as Theresa May’s “fraudulent” Brexit plans. And on the other side, Remainers are mobilising under the People’s Vote banner to campaign for a second referendum on the final Brexit deal. Read more

Muslims begin annual haj pilgrimage amid heavy rains (Reuters)

As more than 2 million pilgrims from around the world braved stormy weather in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to begin the annual haj ritual, the country’s health minister said there was no sign of any outbreaks of disease. Worshippers arrived in the kingdom last week for the five-day ritual – a once-in-a-lifetime religious duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it, which retraces the route Prophet Mohammad took 14 centuries ago. Several hours of heavy rain and thunderstorms forced pilgrims to take cover in tents and trudge through puddles, with civil defence warning of possible flooding throughout the evening but denying any adverse effects on the rituals. Read more

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