SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 8, 2018
Shehu Sani Thanks Buhari for ‘Bursting Executive Lie’
The letter, which was dated October 2, allegedly authored by Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai listed ‘compendium’ of sins committed by Senator Shehu Sani against Buhari. “Your Excellency will recall that earlier this year, you directed me to initiate processes to recall Shehu Sani from the Senate to punish his repeated acts of contempt and disloyalty,” the letter said in part. This again reflects the deep-rooted animosity between the Governor and Sani which can be dated to 2015 after their inauguration.
Atiku Can’t Stop Buhari’s Victory, Says APC UK
United Kingdom chapter of the All Progressives Congress said the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party has made the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari easier. Mr. Ade Omole, leader of the APC UK made the assertion in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, on Monday in Abuja. According to him, President Buhari remains the best candidate in the 2019 presidential election.
OBJ – From The Day I Nominated Atiku to Be My Vice, He Set His Mind Not for Any Good
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is certainly not a fan of Atiku Abubakar, his former vice-president, who is now the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party. His various testimonials about his former deputy are trending online. The 72 year-old former customs officer, emerged on Sunday as the opposition’s standard bearer for the 2019 election, to face incumbent Muhammadu Buhari. Nigeria’s Twitterati have been dredging out Atiku’s testimonial as given by Obasanjo, who said in a BBC TV interview why he will never support Atiku for Nigeria’s highest office.
Saraki May Emerge PDP Kwara Central Senatorial Candidate –Shittu
The Kwara State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Kola Shittu, on Sunday, said it was possible for the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to emerge the Kwara Central senatorial candidate of the party. Saraki had contested the PDP presidential ticket and came third with 317 votes in the primary that held in Port Harcourt, River State at the weekend. Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar emerged the PDP presidential candidate for the 2019 elections. He polled 1,532 votes to trounce other aspirants.
Atiku ‘Full of Credibility Crises’, Says Buhari Campaign
The Presidency and the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) yesterday launched a scathing attack on People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar, saying he is “full of credibility crises”. In separate statements by the spokesman of the BCO, Festus Keyamo and Special Assistant on Social Media to the President, Laureta Onochie, Atiku came under fire. BCO questioned the alleged monetisation of the process at the PDP convention in Port Harcourt.
Battle Has Just Begun, Abe Dares Amaechi
Senator Magnus Abe has dared the Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, and other leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, stating that the battle for who remains the candidate of the party for the 2019 governorship election in the state has just begun. Abe, who also emerged the candidate of the party in a direct primary conducted in the state by the Peter Odike-led APC, also rejected the adoption of Mr Tonye Cole as the governorship candidate of the APC by the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.
US Rate Hike to Push up FG’s Cost of Borrowing
The federal government will have to take foreign loans at higher cost as it seeks to finance the 2018 budget, due to the interest rate hike in the United States.The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, had said the federal government would borrow N1.6 trillion to finance part of the N9.12 trillion 2018 budget. A significant portion of this amount was expected to come from foreign borrowing. The United States Federal Reserve last Wednesday raised interest rates again at the end of its Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, raising concerns of increased turmoil in emerging markets (EMs).
I & E FX Window Records Increased Inflow
Activity level in the investors and exporters’ (I & E) window improved last week as total turnover increased by 9.1 per cent to $1.2 billion, during the week, up from the $1.1 billion recorded the preceding week. Also, at the FMDQ OTC futures market, total subscriptions rose 2.9 per cent week-on-week to $4.4 billion, up from $4.3 billion recorded the preceding week. The highest increases were recorded in the MAR 2019, JAN 2019 and NOV 2018 instruments. Afrinvest Securities Limited disclosed these in a report at the weekend.
Police Arrest 20 Suspected Cultists in C/River
The Cross River Police Command on Monday said it has arrested 20 suspected cultists across the state between August and September. Mr Hafiz Inuwa, the state Commissioner of Police, who spoke with our reporter in Calabar, said that the suspects were arrested for carrying out illegal activities and engaging in cult wars. He said 11 of the suspects were arrested on Aug. 23 in Ogoja local government area of the state during a cult war between the Vikings and Klans confraternity.
Musa Vows to Justify Big Money Move
Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa has said he hopes to justify the big money Saudi club Al Nassr paid to snap him up from Premier League Leicester City after he scored again and provided an assist in the league. It was reported that Al Nassr paid in excess of 20 million pounds for the Nigeria star. “I am determined to justify the huge investment my club made on me,” he said. Al-Nassr demolished Al-Hazm 5-1 with Ahmed Musa, who was named the best player for September, opening the scoring for the home side on 26 minutes.
Mbappe Helps PSG Break 82-Year-Old Record with 4 Goals
Kylian Mbappe tore Lyon to shreds on Sunday with four goals as a 5-0 thrashing at the Parc des Princes saw Paris Saint-Germain set a new French top-flight record of nine straight wins to start a season. Thomas Tuchel’s Ligue 1 leaders broke the 82-year-old record of eight consecutive wins set by Olympique Lillois in 1936, having equalled the mark with their 3-0 victory at Nice last weekend. “Fantastic, incredible. It was super hard in the first half, it was a crazy match,” PSG coach Tuchel told Canal+.
Ronaldo Among First Nominees for Ballon d’Or Award
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was among the first 10 nominees for the men’s Ballon d’Or trophy announced on Monday, awarded by France Football magazine to the best player in the world. The Portuguese has won the award for the past two years and five times in total, a record he shares with Argentine Lionel Messi who is expected to be included on the 30-man shortlist named throughout the day. Ronaldo’s nomination comes after the 33-year-old last week denied rape allegations levelled against him by a woman who sued him in court in the United States.
Man United Must Be Ruthless Over Jose Mourinho, But Have No Plan to Replace Him
There are two crucial qualities required at board level by every major football club when it comes to hiring and firing their managers: ruthlessness and foresight. As the Jose Mourinho “stay or go” saga rumbles on at Manchester United, neither quality is there in abundance in the Old Trafford boardroom. United’s owners, the Glazer family, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward are displaying admirable patience, which is perhaps also laced with indecision, as the situation with Mourinho reaches a critical stage. But what they lack is the clarity of thought and readiness to act that has been evident at Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in recent seasons.
Should Conor Mcgregor Come Back to Boxing?
Conor Mcgregor made a losing return to the UFC after tapping out to bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in their eagerly-anticipated showdown in Las Vegas. The Irishman made his comeback after nearly two years away from the octagon but was thoroughly outclassed by Nurmagomedov, whose rear-naked choke forced a submission midway through the fourth round. Nevertheless, McGregor remains a star attraction for the organisation and has several options open to him.
Danny Rose ‘surprised’ Tottenham so close to Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea
Danny Rose has said he is surprised that Tottenham are so close to the Premier League leaders, and he feels it is encouraging that they are competing at the top without yet producing their best form. Spurs, who lost back-to-back fixtures in September, have won their last three. But those victories have come against Brighton, Huddersfield and Cardiff, and Saturday’s narrow 1-0 home win over the league’s bottom side was indicative of some unconvincing displays.
The Only Interesting Thing About Melania Trump’s Africa Visit Really Was Her Pith Helmet
There isn’t much that distinguishes Melania Trump’s recent Africa type trip to the continent from previous ones of other Western celebrities or VVIPs. The right photo-ops have of course been taken—solemn photos in the shadows of Ghana’s slave castles, adorable moments with baby elephants in Nairobi, kissing African babies, and being pictured with as many African children as could be squeezed into such a quick trip.
Monuments to Remember Dead and Missing in Quake-Ravaged Indonesia
Monuments and parks will be built over parts of Indonesia’s Palu as a solemn tribute to the thousands buried in a quake-tsunami whose corpses will never be found, officials said Monday. Nearly 2,000 bodies have been recovered since the disaster on September 28, but authorities believe another 5,000 may be entombed beneath the ruins. The search will end Thursday, officials say, when the worst-hit places will be sealed off, becoming mass graves containing unknown numbers of dead. Memorials will be erected at Balaroa, Petobo and Jono Oge outside Palu where liquefaction — a phenomenon where the brute force of a quake turns soil to quicksand — engulfed entire villages.
Manhunt After 2 Israelis Killed at West Bank Factory
Israeli security forces are searching for a Palestinian suspected of killing two Israelis and wounding a third in the occupied West Bank on Sunday. Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 28, and Ziv Hajbi, 35, were shot dead at a factory near the Jewish settlement of Ariel. CCTV footage showed a man carrying a rifle fleeing the scene. He was identified as Ashraf Naalwa, 23, who also worked at the factory. Israel’s military said it was treating the killings as a terrorist attack. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said troops would soon apprehend the “despicable murderer” and “bring him to justice”.