SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 23, 2018
Shehu Sani joins PRP
Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, on Tuesday, joined People’s Redemption Party, three days after he left the All Progressives Congress. Sani made this known in a statement by his Special Adviser, Political and Ideology, Mr Suleiman Ahmed, in Abuja. He said that “It has become impossible for the senator to continue to co-habit with reactionaries and their perfidious and inimical style of politics. “Sen. Sani maintains the highest respect and honour for President Muhammadu Buhari. However, we prefer to live in a Cottage of Honour than a mansion of shame.
British Govt Informs Nigeria of Plans to Issue Travel Document To Kanu –Source
The British government has informed the Federal Government of plans to issue travel document to the the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. A top government official disclosed this to reporters on the condition of anonymity on Tuesday. Kanu is a dual citizen of Nigeria and Britain. The source said in informing the Federal Government of their intention, the British authorities made it clear that they have the best intentions towards Nigeria.
We Are Not Moved By Nnamdi Kanu’s Threat, Says Presidency
The Presidency on Tuesday said there was no cause for alarm over the recent threat by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, that he would return to the country “with hell.” The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement made available to journalists. Shehu said the Presidency viewed the threat as a mere distraction. He said Nigerians had nothing to fear because the present administration was ready to defend the nation’s territory against any threat.
I Didn’t Get N30bn From FG, Fayemi Cries Out
Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday denied receiving N30bn from the Federal Government after his inauguration. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, quoted Fayemi as saying that the people of the state should discountenance the rumour, “as it was fake and unfounded.” “The fact remains that the new administration has not received any money from the Federal Government or any of its agencies since its inauguration a week ago.
Senate Passes Electoral Act Amendment Bill
Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), said, “Mr President is declining assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill due to some drafting issues that remain unaddressed following the prior revisions to the Bill. “Mr President invites the Senate and House of Representatives to address these issues as quickly as possible so that he may grant assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill.’’ Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu, said the bill would not be used for the February 2019 general elections, unless it was signed into law at least six months before the election.
Buhari Support Group Accuses 3 Governors of Sabotage
Scores of protesters yesterday stormed the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) expressing support for the continuous stay of the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. The protesters, under the aegis of the Federation of Buhari Support Group vowed to work assiduously for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 poll, in spite of the antics of the adversaries of the party.
Juventus defeat Man United at Old Trafford
Cristiano Ronaldo emerged victorious again on his second return to Old Trafford, but this time did not get on the scoresheet as Juventus outclassed Manchester United to win 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday. Instead Ronaldo played a supporting role by helping set up Paulo Dybala’s winner on 17 minutes as the Italian champions opened up a five-point lead over United at the top of Group H. Jose Mourinho’s men were handed a break before kick-off as Valencia’s 1-1 draw away to Young Boys means United still hold a two-point lead over the Spaniards, but a fourth defeat of the season will see speculation over Mourinho’s future increase once more.
Bayern Still Has Same Problem, Ancelotti Says Ahead Of Clash
Carlo Ancelotti had a dig at his old club Bayern Munich as he prepared to lead Napoli into their vital Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday. The Italian is returning to the Parc des Princes for the first time since his Bayern side were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by PSG in the group stage of last season’s Champions League. That result led to Ancelotti being sacked by the German giants, and he returned to the game this summer with Napoli.
US Revokes Visas For Saudis Involved In Khashoggi Killing
The United States announced Tuesday that it was revoking visas of Saudi officials involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in the toughest action to date against its longtime ally. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States has “identified at least some of the individuals” behind the death of the Washington Post opinion writer in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate. “We are taking appropriate action which includes revoking visas, entering visa lookouts and other measures,” Pompeo told reporters. Visa “lookouts” mean that suspects would be marked as inadmissible when trying to enter the United States.
Explosive Device Found At New York Home Of Billionaire Soros
The FBI on Tuesday was investigating an explosive device found in the mailbox at the New York home of US billionaire and liberal donor George Soros, a target of right-wing groups, officials confirmed. An employee of the residence in Bedford, north of Manhattan, found the suspicious package in the mailbox on Monday afternoon, opened it and found what appeared to be an explosive device, Bedford police said. “The employee placed the package in a wooded area and called the Bedford police,” the local police department said in a statement.
Elections, not a do or die affair, INEC tells politicians
Ahead of February general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has warned politicians against seeing the process as a do or die, urging them to see elections as a means to an end and not an end in themselves. INEC National Commissioner and Chairperson of its Election and Party Monitoring Committee, Prof. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine gave the charge Tuesday in Abuja at a workshop on Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders organized by the European Centre for Electoral Support ECES.