* Saraki, Secondus, Ortom, others hold secret talks in Ilorin (Punch) * APC postpones Osun governorship primaries to Friday (Vanguard)

* Saraki, Secondus, Ortom, others hold secret talks in Ilorin (Punch)                * APC postpones Osun governorship primaries to Friday (Vanguard)



Saraki, Secondus, Ortom, others hold secret talks in Ilorin (Punch)

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Uche Secondus and a presidential aspirant under PDP, Sule Lamido on Wednesday held a closed door meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State. Other notable politicians that attended the meeting included the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed; his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom; a former PDP Chairman who also led the new-PDP bloc in the All Progressives Congress, Kawu Baraje; and the PDP Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan. among others. Read more

APC postpones Osun governorship primaries to Friday (Vanguard)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the Osun state primaries to elect the party’s candidate for the forthcoming Osun State Governorship election has been postponed from Thursday 19th July, 2018 to Friday 20th July, 2018. The party in a statement signed by APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi on Wednesday night said a meeting between the Primary Election Committee chaired by H.E. Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari, Governor of Zamafara State and stakeholders will hold at the Osun State capital, Oshogbo on Thursday. Read more

INEC decries ‘vote-buying’ in Ekiti governorship election (Punch)

The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed displeasure over the open buying of votes in the recently concluded Ekiti State governorship election won by the All Progressives Congress. This was contained in a communiqué issued after its regular meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners from all the states and the Federal Capital Territory. According to the communiqué signed by the National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mohammed Haruna, the Commission noted that although the exercise was free and fair, vote-buying marred the poll. Read more

Ortom snubs APC as Party Leaders move to stop defection (ThisDay)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State day failed to honour the invitation by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a meeting to reconcile him with his erstwhile godfather, Senator George Akume. Akume was, however, at the meeting presided over by the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, who expressed hope that a solution would still be found to the crisis in spite of Ortom’s absence. A close political associate of the governor told THISDAY in Abuja Tuesday that the governor was technically no longer a member of the APC and that many of his followers did not see the need for the meeting. Read more

Sule Lamido Faults Buhari on Campaign Promises (SUN)

The former Jigawa State governor and a presidential aspirant under the PDP, Sule Lamido Faults Buhari , says the President has failed to deliver on any of his core campaign promises of fighting against corruption, reviving economy and improving security in the country. Lamido explained that Nigeria has become more insecure, impoverished and Buhari’s fight against corruption is targeted at political opponents. Sule Lamido made the remarks Tuesday while in Yola to canvas the support of PDP delegates ahead of the party’s convention. While faulting the President on his claim of fighting insecurity in the country, Sule Lamido said the incessant killings of innocent Nigerians and destruction of properties is a sign of failure of the APC government. Read more

I regret supporting Okorocha, he’s a trickster, Senator Umeh (Vanguard)

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Senator Victor Umeh, Anambra Central has taken a swipe at Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, alleging that he is a trickster. Umeh who noted that he regretted supporting Okorocha’s governorship ambition in 2011, said that he is a “trickster” and a “419” who found his way into office through what he described as fraud and deception. Addressing Journalists yesterday in Abuja,Senator Umeh noted that the Imo Governor Okorocha was about to make history in Nigeria as the only Governor that impeached two deputies. Read more

2019: IBB endorses Kabiru Turaki’s agenda (SUN)

Former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has thrown his weight behind a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki (SAN). Babangida said Turaki’s agenda is capable of transforming the country. “I am in love with your agenda for Nigeria because it is capable of transforming the country from her present predicament”. General Babangida stated this in Minna, capital of Niger State, yesterday, when he received the aspirant at his Uphill home. Turaki was in Minna to meet PDP stakeholders in Niger; ahead of the party’s presidential primary. Read more

Buhari’s N242bn request capable of scuttling 2019 elections – PDP (Nation)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has raised fears of possible hiccups in the 2019 election financing with the budgetary option adopted by President Muhammadu Buhari. The President had in a letter to the National Assembly on Tuesday, asked the lawmakers to approve N242 billion for the 2019 general elections. The President urged the lawmakers to make the N242 billion available to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conduct of the elections. However, in a statement issued on Wednesday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said President Buhari’s request was capable of scuttling the 2019 general election. Read more

Fuel Subsidy: Senate Okays payment of N348bn to 74 Oil Marketing Companies (ThisDay)

The Senate on Wednesday approved the payment of N348.003bn to 74 Oil Marketing Companies, OMCs,  as outstanding fuel subsidies owed them by the federal government as at June 30, 2017. The approval  is sequel to the presentation at plenary of a 14-page interim report of the Committee on Downstream Petroleum Sector by the Chairman, Senator Kabir Marafa, on promisory  note programme  and a bond issuance to settle inherited local debts and contractual obligations to petroleum marketers. The payment, according to Senate, will be through promisory note programme and bond issuance to  settle inherited local debts and contractual obligations to the  74 oil marketing companies . Read more

How N62bn got missing in NSITF care, enquiry panels tells Ngige (Punch)

The Administrative Panel of Enquiry, which probed the N62bn scam at the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, on Wednesday submitted its report to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige. The report detailed how N62bn got missing in NSITF care. Chairman of the panel, Mr. Ishaya Awotu, said that there were irregular allowances totaling N5.7bn paid to staff and management. “These allowances were paid without the approval of National Salary, Incomes and Wages Commission.’ Some of the allowances were Management Staff Allowance, Staff Education Allowance, DSTV Subscription Allowance, and Dressing Allowance. Read more

Governors meet to discuss FAAC deadlock, minimum wage (Nation)

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Wednesday night met in Abuja to discuss matter arising from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) deadlock, minimum wage, among other issues. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the June monthly meeting of FAAC in Abuja ended in a deadlock. The FAAC monthly meeting is the forum where money is shared among the federal, states and local governments. Also on the meeting agenda was presentation by the Cheif Executive Officer of EduMarshals, on replicating EduMarshals education project at the state level. The Postmaster General was also expected to make presentation at the meeting on the Nigerian Poster Service in Maximising revenue potential through electronic stamp solution , digital addressing system and addressing verification system. Read more

NYSC DG reads riot act to state coordinators (Vanguard)

The National Youth Service Corps Director-General, Brigadier Suleiman Kazaure, has warned state coordinators against acting in ways that are at variance with the core values of the scheme. Kazaure gave the warning at a pre-orientation meeting of the NYSC Management with State Coordinators and Camp Commandants in Abuja. He disclosed that the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Stream I Orientation course will commence on Tuesday 24th July, 2018. The Director-General, who said details regarding the conduct of the stream II edition of the Orientation Course would be released in due course urged the Coordinators to communicate policy issues discussed at the meeting to camp officials for effective conduct of the programme. Read more

Katsina flood death toll rises to 58 (ThisDay)

The death toll from the flood that ravaged 10 villages in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State on Sunday has risen to 58 as more corpses were said to have been discovered Tuesday from demolished structures and water channels within the affected communities. The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Dr Aminu Waziri, who disclosed this to THISDAY, said more corpses that were washed away by the flood to neighbouring villages of Mada Runfa and Kuntumi in Niger Republic had been recovered and brought home for burial. He said: “We buried more than 27 bodies and more are being uncovered from collapsed structures. My officers in collaboration with villagers are on search and rescue mission to uncover the bodies of the victims. Read more

INEC extends CVR registration time to weekends, public holidays (Nation)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday announced the inclusion of weekends and public holidays as word days of its personnel in ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR). It, however, stated that the extension to those days would commence on Aug. 1 and end on Aug. 17 when the exercise would be suspended until after the 2019 general elections. This commission disclosed this in statement by its. National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mallam Mohammed Haruna, in Abuja. Read more

Woman bags 3 years imprisonment for cutting Housewife’s Neck (ThisDay)

An Ile-Ife Magistrate’s Court in Osun State on Wednesday sentenced a lady, Damilila Toromade, to three years imprisonment for cutting the neck of a housewife with razor blade. The magistrate, Mrs A.A. Olowolagba, sentenced Toromade, 26, after she pleaded guilty to a charge of assault. Olowolagba said it was unfortunate and sad that a young lady like the convict could engage in inflicting injury on another young woman like herself. She said the convict should have engaged herself in a productive activity, instead of engaging in public assault. Read more

After Russia 2018: Some Lagosians cry over losses to bet (Vanguard)

The early exit of football teams of the supposedly heavy-weight countries at the just concluded world biggest football fiesta tagged “Russia 2018 ‘’, which ended on July 15, resorted into joys to the betting companies. It, however, brought agonies to several of those who staked with the betting companies in Lagos for possible claims or dividends. Many of such clients have continued to count their losses following the defeat suffered by their preferred teams by their opponents. Sports betting has now become a booming business in the country for people to make ends meet and sequel to the fact that most of those who indulge in betting have special interests in football in particular. Read more

Etebo turned down Watford for Stoke City (SUN)

Super Eagles star, Oghenekaro Etebo has revealed that he turned down the chance to join English Premier League clubs in favour of penning a deal with Stoke City this summer. The versatile midfielder has linked up with his new teammates at the Potters and is line to make his unofficial debut at their training camp in Germany this week when they face Bochum, Meppen and Hamburg in friendly matches. Speaking to the official website of Stoke City, Etebo said  “I had a lot of options this summer from the Premier League, but I signed this deal before I went to the World Cup, and I am happy with that.” Read more

NFF appoints Ikpeme Acting Gen. Sec., postpones league resumption (Vanguard)

The Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led by Chris Giwa, has appointed Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme Acting General Secretary of the football house following corruption allegation levelled against former General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi. The announcement was made on Tuesday night after an exhaustive meeting of the NFF Executive Committee at the football secretariat in Abuja. Sanusi had been mandated to step aside sequel to investigations into allegations of financial corruption levelled against him to give way for the appointment of an acting scribe pending when the Executive Committee will announce a substantive General Secretary. Read more

AITEO threatens to quit Nigeria Football (Nation)

Aiteo on Wednesday handed down a two week ultimatum for the leadership crisis rocking Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) be resolved, otherwise it will withdraw all its deal with the glasshouse. The major sponsor of Nigeria football  made this known in a signed statement made available on Wednesday afternoon. It reads, “The persisting situation makes it difficult for us, as a law-abiding entity, to operate responsibly within the demands placed on us. Read more

Refereeing and VARs a new era for football, Infantino says (Vanguard)

FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Wednesday said the world football ruling body has looked back extremely satisfied with how the referees performed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Infantino also said FIFA was impressed with how the historical implementation of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) contributed to the resounding success of refereeing at Russia 2018. “We said we wanted this to be the best World Cup ever and it’s been the best World Cup ever. A crucial role in this achievement was played by the referees who excelled with performances of the highest standard,’’ he said in a statement released by the FIFA Media Office, Read more

Chelsea name club legend Gianfranco Zola as Maurizio Sarri’s assistant (Kwese.espn)

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of club legend Gianfranco Zola as Maurizio Sarri’s assistant coach.


Zola returns to Stamford Bridge, where he won the enduring love of supporters with seven spectacular years as a player from 1996 to 2003, in order to help Sarri with the adaptation from Napoli to Chelsea ahead of a Premier League season, which begins in just over three weeks’ time. “For me it is an amazing thing,” Zola told Chelsea’s website. “I am very willing to work hard because it is going to be a difficult challenge but I am pleased to be here, and to work hard with Maurizio to be successful. It would be great to be successful with Maurizio and for the club and I will give my best, as I did in the past as a player, so I will give my best in my new position. Read more

Trump calls out ‘very aggressive’ Montenegro in latest NATO jibe (Nbcnews)

In the 12 short years since Montenegro regained its independence, the European country has joined NATO, boosted its defense spending, and according to official figures contributes more troops per capita to the war in Afghanistan than the United States. Yet this U.S. ally  smaller than Connecticut and about as populous as Baltimore  found itself in President Donald Trump’s crosshairs late Tuesday as he once again criticized NATO. The president suggested he would be unhappy defending “tiny” Montenegro if it were attacked, calling into question NATO’s central principle of mutual defense. Read more

Trump wades into Georgia GOP gubernatorial primary (CNN)

President Donald Trump has taken a side in the Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary headed into a runoff next Tuesday, opting to back Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement,” Trump tweeted. Trump’s endorsement on Wednesday could help tip his supporters down South for Kemp against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the closely fought race to face Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams this November. Read more

Trump now says he holds Putin responsible for election interference (CNN)

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he holds his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Moscow’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 US election. Speaking to CBS, Trump said he would consider Putin culpable because he’s Russia’s leader. “I would because he’s in charge of the country just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country,” Trump said. “So certainly as the leader of the country you would have to hold him responsible.” He said his message to Putin warning against future meddling was “very strong” during their meeting Monday. Read more


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