SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 15, 2018
Shittu Sues APC Over NYSC Certificate
Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu has sued the All Progressives Congress(APC) for disqualifying him as a governorship aspirant in Oyo state on account of not presenting the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme discharge certificate. He claimed it was wrong for APC to disqualify him from the governorship primary election for not presenting the certificate. He asked the court to declare that the submission/presentation of NYSC Discharge Certificate to APC is not part of the requirements for him to participate in the primary election for Nomination of Governorship candidate of the party in Oyo State for the 2019 General Election.
Buhari ’ll Sweep South-East Despite Obi’s Nomination – Nwosu
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari would win massive votes in the South-East in 2019 despite the decision of the People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to pick his running mate from the geopolitical zone. Nwosu, who spoke to newsmen in Owerri, said the nomination of a former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, as Atiku’s running mate would make no impact. Describing Obi’s nomination as a Greek gift to Ndigbo, the Imo APC governorship candidate said that the people of the zone should wait till 2023 to produce the President rather than accepting”a vice presidential slot which is more of a spare tyre.”
Makarfi, Hunkuyi Struggle for Kaduna North’s Senate Ticket, As Winner Goes To Court
A last minute’s move by the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party to to compensate its immediate past Acting National Chairman and presidential aspirant, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, with the Kaduna North Senatorial ticket of the party, has backfired, as the current occupant of the seat; Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi has kicked against the move, describing it as unacceptable and untenable. Curiously, while Hunkuyi is protesting the move physically, another contender to the seat, Ahmad Rufai Shehu, who was the only one who collected nomination form, has gone to court to restrain PDP and INEC from accepting the nomination of either Hunkuyi or Makarfi without conducting primary election.
2019: 6,609,115 Lagosians Eligible to Vote –INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission in Lagos State said 6, 609, 115 residents were eligible to vote in the 2019 General Elections in the state. Mr. Sam Olumekun, the Resident Electoral Commissioner disclosed this at a workshop on Lagos State Election Security Strategic Plan for 2019 Elections. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was organised by Nigeria Policing Programme in collaboration with INEC in Lagos State.
Primaries: Aggrieved APC Reps to Decide Next Move After Appeal Panel Decision
Many All Progressives Congress House of Representatives members who lost out at the recent primary election are to decide on their next line of action after the outcome of the appeal they entered before the party’s appeal panel. Findings showed that some of the aggrieved lawmakers felt they were “deliberately edged out” of the primaries to pave the way for the favoured candidates of godfathers or other interests.
Terrorists may kill abducted medic within 24 hours -ICRC
Islamic State in Nigeria might kill healthcare workers it has held hostage since March within 24 hours, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday, calling for mercy and urging Nigeria’s government to intervene. Medical workers Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha were working in the town of Rann when they were kidnapped along with ICRC midwife Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, who was killed in September, the ICRC said in a statement.
Exchange Rate Stability
Emefiele said there was no cause for alarm owing to the recent decline in the country’s external reserves. He, however, stressed that even though there was need to build buffers, “unfortunately I must say that we are in a period where it is difficult to talk about building reserve. “It is a choice we have to make and at this time, the choice for Nigeria is to maintain a stable exchange rate so that businesses can plan and we don’t create problem in the banking system assets. “Naturally, when this happens, it results in weakening of assets, rising non-performing loans (NPLs), and other wide implications. This is why we will maintain the posture we have and we believe that it is sustainable in the short run,” Emefiele said.
Lokpobiri Calls for Mandatory Surveillance Gadgets on Vessels as Pirates Abduct 3 Korean Crew in Nigerian Waters
Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has counseled members of the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) to mandate all vessels plying the coastal waters of the region to install the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) device for proper tracking of the vessels by the maritime security agents as a way of curbing the incessant incidences of piracy in the sub region. He said all vessels must also be made to install an Automatic Identification System (AIS) and the Transponder device for easy and proper communication.
Siblings in Forex Scam as 3,500 Investors Demand N2bn Deposits
The dream of no fewer than 3,500 people to make easy cash through forex trading has become a nightmare after they were defrauded of their money estimated at N2bn. The victims deposited money in a binary options company, BTD Multi-Global Company. The company, established in 2015, reportedly promised 20 per cent returns per month on every deposit, and was good to its promise for two years. However, in 2017, the company was alleged to have stopped withdrawals from accounts by depositors.
Gov. Ambode Holds Media Conference For 2019 Race
The Executive Governor of Lagos State His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode will today at his office in Alausa, Ikeja meet with journalists to unfold plans for the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. In a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head of Communications and Media for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, he stated that the Governor, as well as the other sponsors and partners, are all set for the parley with the media practitioners on Monday.
I Want More from Uzoho —Rohr
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr graded Elche goalkeeper Francis Uzoho in the wake of the national team’s 4-0 rout of Libya on Saturday and the German has told his first choice goalkeeper to improve on kicking the ball out of the penalty area. ‘’Uzoho didn’t concede a goal which was important. He also had some problems with his foot,’’ Rohr said at Saturday evening’s press conference. ‘’You will notice that some of his balls were going out of the pitch. The grass was not so good.
Mikel Hails Eagles
Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has praised the team after they defeated Libya 4-0 on Saturday in an AFCON 2019 qualifier game in Uyo. Mikel, who was absent from the game due to niggling injury problems, congratulated the team for their spirit and as well the hero of the day Odion Ighalo who fired a hat-trick. “Congratulations to the team! Amazing game, good team spirit and also congratulations Ighalo on your hattrick,” Mikel tweeted.
Usain Bolt Fumes Over Drug Test Notice
Sprint legend Usain Bolt says he’s stunned after being handed a drug testing notice despite retiring from athletics and having no professional contract as he bids to launch a football career in Australia. The 100m world record-holder quit athletics last year and is yet to be offered a deal by Australia’s Central Coast Mariners, where he is currently on trial. “So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” Bolt said Monday via an Instagram video as he zoomed in on the notice.
1 storming run from Dane Coles enough for All Blacks nod
A storming 20-metre run chasing a loose ball in slippery conditions last Friday was all it took for Dane Coles to convince All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to include the hooker in his squad for the end-of-season tour. The 31-year-old front row forward had not played since rupturing knee ligaments against France last November, with a niggling calf injury further delaying his comeback. He played about 16 minutes for his provincial side Wellington against Taranaki on Friday, though, and it was in New Plymouth that he outsprinted two backs to set up the field position for a try that helped his side to a 34-10 victory.
Simona Halep Secures Year-End No.1, But Presence At WTA Finals In Doubt
Romania’s Simona Halep will officially end the season as world No.1 for the second year in a row as she current deals with an ongoing injury issue. The 27-year-old is the 13th player in history to have finished at the top of the WTA rankings two consecutive times and the first since Serena Williams (2014 and 2015). 2018 has seen Halep win her first ever grand slam title at the French Open when she defeated Sloane Stephens in the final. She was also runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. Outside of the majors, she has also won titles in Shenzhen, China and Montreal, Canada. Resulting in Halep’s win-loss record on the tour this year currently standing at 46-11.
Religion Is Solution, Not Cause of Conflicts
The 6th Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions that concluded on Oct 11 saw religious leaders adopting a declaration on the role of religions in the modern context. The declaration, among others, pledged the involvement of the leaders of world and traditional religions in achieving long-term stability and preventing violent incidents caused by hatred and intolerance. “(We are committed) to render every possible assistance to all societies and peoples, irrespective of race, religion, belief, language and gender, in ensuring the inalienable right to a peaceful life,” it said.
Merkel’s Regional Ally Bullish Despite Bavaria Election Blow
Smarting from the loss of his party’s absolute majority in Bavaria’s state parliament, a prominent ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed speculation Monday over his future and insisted he would work to keep supporting the German leader’s national government. Both of Merkel’s partners in an unhappy “grand coalition” of Germany’s traditional major parties lost significant ground in Sunday’s vote in one of the country’s most important states. Party leaders appeared keen to maintain discipline ahead of another state election in two weeks, in neighboring Hesse.
Canada Pledges $50m to UNRWA
Canada has announced that it is contributing $50 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Some $40 million would be allocated over two years to assist the health and education efforts of the refugee agency, a statement said. Another $10 million is aimed at helping 460,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria and Lebanon. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said Canada’s new contribution would improve lives and “protect the human dignity” of millions of Palestinian refugees.
Lewinsky Affair Not an Abuse of Power, Says Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton has said her husband Bill’s affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power and he was right to not resign from the US presidency in the wake of the scandal. The two-decades-old episode has come under renewed scrutiny in the #MeToo era, with critics questioning whether the power imbalance between a sitting president and an intern made it impossible for the relationship to be considered consensual. Some, like New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, have said that Clinton should have stepped down after he was impeached by a Republican-controlled House in late 1998 for lying about the affair.
World Food Day: World Hunger is on the Rise Again
According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), over 820 million people are currently suffering from chronic undernourishment across the globe. The reasons for the surge are complex, but are attributed to increasing conflict, economic slowdowns and the rise in extreme weather events related to climate change. Furthermore, rapidly increasing obesity levels are reversing many years of progress in combatting hunger and malnutrition. Indeed, today 672 million people suffer from obesity and a further 1.3 billion people are overweight. However, change can happen.