SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 31, 2018
Shekarau — Buhari Will Get Fewer Votes in North in 2019
A former governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, said yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the majority votes in the North but will not garner as much votes as he did in 2015. Shekarau said his prediction was premised on the strength of the opposition PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar who also hails from the North. He, however, said Buhari will ultimately defeat Atiku in the contest. Shekarau, a chieftain of the APC noted that the 2019 election would not be as simple as the 2015 poll. But with massive mobilization, he said Buhari would win majority votes in the North and ultimately a re-election.
Adeleke Arraigned for Exam Malpractices, Granted Bail
The police on Wednesday arraigned the People’s Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in the September 22, 2018 election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and four others, on charges of examination malpractices. The defendants were arraigned before Justice I.E Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, where they all pleaded not guilty to the four counts preferred against them. The rest of the defendants alongside whom Adeleke was arraigned were, Sikiru Adeleke; the principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Alhaji Aregbesola Muftau; the registrar of the school, Gbadamosi Ojo; and a teacher in the school, Dare Samuel Olutope.
2019: PDP to Cede House Speaker to South-West
As part of efforts aimed at wooing the South-West, the People’s Democratic Party has decided to surrender the position of Speaker of House of Representatives to the region if it wins the 2019 presidential election. The party had earlier ceded the position of Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the same region. These were part of a political strategy being planned by the party to enable voters from the region to vote for its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi.
Osun Election: Afenifere Suspends Omisore for Supporting APC
The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Tuesday, announced the suspension of the candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the last governorship election in Osun State and member of the group, Senator Iyiola Omisore, for one year. Omisore was alleged to have aligned with the All Progressives Congress to win the run-off election in the Ife South and North Local Government Areas of Osun State. His action was said to have gone against the position of his party, the Social Democratic Party, and the Afenifere.
Nigeria Records First Win in Amputee World Cup
After two losses at the ongoing Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico, the Nigeria team, nicknamed ‘Special Eagles’ have finally recorded their first victory at the tournament. The Special Eagles defeated their opponents El Salvador by a lone goal scored by Ezeji Kennedy who is the first Nigerian player to score in an Amputee World Cup. Although, it was a slim victory, quite historic considering the odds that were against the team in making their debut appearance at the World Cup after missing out on the past three editions due to lack of finance despite qualifying.
Federer Confirms Paris Masters’ Participation
Roger Federer has confirmed his participation at this year’s Paris Masters after a three-year absence. Federer’s only victory in Bercy came in 2011, but he has the chance of recording a historic 100th tournament win of his career in the French capital after winning the Swiss Indoors in Basel for ninth time last weekend. The world No 3 will play the winner of the tie between France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic of Canada on Wednesday after receiving a bye in the first round. On his last appearance in 2015, Federer was knocked-out by American John Isner in the last 16.
Rooney, United Start MLS Campaign Against Columbus Crew
Wayne Rooney has his sights set on postseason glory as D.C. United launch their MLS Cup campaign on Thursday with a home tie against Columbus Crew. Former Manchester United and England star Rooney has been the catalyst for a stunning transformation in United’s fortunes this season, leading them from the bottom of the Eastern Conference in July to playoff contenders in October. United arrive in the playoffs brimming with confidence after a 10-game unbeaten streak, with the Washington club sealing fourth place conference standings on Sunday with a 0-0 draw against Chicago.
Kanye West Says He’s Been ‘Used’ On Politics
Rapper Kanye West, who has been outspoken in his support for President Donald Trump, now says he’s going to focus on his music and fashion after being “used” in the world of politics. In a series of tweets, the 41-year-old West lashed out at conservative pundit Candace Owens for saying he had designed apparel for the so-called “Blexit” campaign, or “Black Exit” from the Democratic Party. “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” West wrote. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”
South Sudan Rebel Leader Machar Back in Juba After 2 Years
South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba for the first time in more than two years on Wednesday to take part in a peace ceremony. Machar, who under the terms of a peace deal is to be reinstated as vice president, had not set foot in the city since he fled in July 2016 under a hail of gunfire when an earlier peace accord collapsed. The rebel chief arrived at Juba airport at 9:30 am (0630 GMT) and was welcomed by President Salva Kiir, Machar’s former ally turned bitter enemy.
Turkey Doubts Saudi Arabia Willingness to Cooperate On Khashoggi
Saudi Arabian officials have appeared unwilling to “genuinely cooperate” with Turkey’s investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior Turkish official said Wednesday. “The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators,” the official told AFP on the condition of anonymity. “We did not get the impression that they were keen on genuinely cooperating with the investigation.”