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* There may be no Nigeria or elections in 2019 – Adeboye (Nation) * APC earmarks N1.4bn for congresses, convention (Punch)

* There may be no Nigeria or elections in 2019 – Adeboye (Nation)                  *  APC earmarks N1.4bn for congresses, convention (Punch)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE MAY 6, 2018

 

There may be no Nigeria or elections in 2019 – Adeboye (Nation)

Will there be elections in the country next year as widely expected?

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, fears there may not be, especially if the wave of killings by herdsmen is not stopped immediately. He even fears there may be Nigeria unless the authorities find a lasting solution to the problem. Speaking at the May 2018 Holy Ghost service on Friday night, Adeboye stated that there was no way he could continue to keep quiet while the killings, which have  been counted in thousands this year alone, went on. He spoke against the backdrop of the killing of two Catholic Church priest in Benue State, a fortnight ago and several attacks on churches. Read more

APC earmarks N1.4bn for congresses, convention (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress will spend N1.4bn for its congresses and the national convention. The figure was contained in the budget approved by the party’s caucus and the National Executive Committee at its last meeting held in March. Documents obtained by Sunday Punch in Abuja on Saturday indicated that N603.6m was earmarked for the conduct of ward and state congresses across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory. For the Ward Congress Appeals Committee, the document revealed that each of the three members would receive a transportation allowance of N100,000 in addition to  N40,000 daily payments while their chairmen would receive N50,000 as the daily allowance for the three-day exercise. Read more

How Buhari’s men plan to checkmate Saraki, Dogara, others (Nation)

Strategists of President Muhammadu Buhari are leaving nothing to chance in the event that some bigwigs of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) dump the party in the build up to next year’s elections. The Buhari camp has in place a Plan B to mitigate the effects of the possible defection of the likes of Senate President  Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Senator  Rabiu Kwankwaso, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Senator  Aliyu Wammako, and  Senator  Ahmed Yerima, among others. Also tipped to defect are Senators Shehu Sani, Suleiman Hunkuyi, Magnus Abe, Dino Melaye, and some other Senators and members of the House of Representatives. Read more

Buhari should expect more protests from Christians — CAN President (Punch)

Since you became the CAN president, what are the major issues you have resolved within the organisation and in the larger Christian community?

One of the controversial issues we met on the ground was the issue of secondary school curriculum where religious studies were put under civic and moral education. They limited the number of hours that could be spent teaching Christian Religious Studies. We saw it as inappropriate in a country that needs its youths to be taught the fear of God. In a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, we need to teach people how to see the next person as their neighbour and accept other people. Read more

At PDP South West rally Atiku, Secondus to the rescue for 2019 (SUN)

Ahead of the 2019 General Elections, and the Ekiti and Osun state elections scheduled for July 14 and September 22 respectively, opposition party PDP on Saturday staged a South West rally in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to marshal members and activists for victory at the polls. Party National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus, addressing the gathering of party faithfuls who came from all over the South West, assured that the party would not succumb to any form of intimidation in its quest for victory  in the 2019 General Elections and the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States. Secondus said that the party was on a “mission to rescue the nation” and take power from the ruling APC party in Ekiti, Osun and at the federal level. Read more

Women politicians who will shake 2019 (DailyTrust)

Since the return of democracy in 1999, women have persistently cried marginalization when it comes to clinching electoral offices but many of them have remained undeterred, endlessly making moves to win important positions. There are indications that many of them have rolled up their sleeves ahead of 2019. Despite the fact that they constitute large number of voters, Nigerian women have not yet broken the jinx to produce a governor through the ballot box. The highest office they could grab is that of deputy governor after riding on the backs of men as attested to in some few states at present. Read more

I had bad dreams about Benue attacks while on leave in China – Ortom (Punch)

Some of your security aides have been transferred, and prior to this, you alleged that there were threats to your life. Do you see this as part of the plot to kill you?

I was on vacation when the policemen attached to me were transferred. I have complained through the Commissioner of Police here in Makurdi that this is not right. As governor, I have the right to select my immediate security personnel who could work with me, and I drew the attention of the authorities of the Nigerian Police to this and they reversed their action the following day. So, to me, whether it was made in error or by mischief or whatever means, the important thing is that it was corrected and today, all my aides are with me because I also saw a letter which stated that cases of transfer of police officers, as far as Benue State was concerned, should be suspended indefinitely and I have all my aides. Read more

N24b office complex: Magu shocked me, says ex-EFCC chair Waziri (Nation)

A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, has expressed joy at the completion of the N24billion office of the commission in Abuja. Waziri who initiated the project during her tenure said yesterday that she was pleasantly shocked by the ability of the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency, Mr. Ibrahim Magu to bring the plan to fruition. Magu, according to her, has shown example of why continuity is necessary in governance in Nigeria. Speaking during a visit to the 10-storey complex, Mrs. Waziri said:  “My first reaction was that of shock and excitement. Read more

Armed Forces wade into herdsmen-farmers conflict in Anambra (SUN)

The Anambra State Chairman of Cattle Menace Committee and Director of Department of State Services Mr Yusfu Ishiaku has charged communities, farmers and Fulani herdsmen to desist from taking any action capable of stoking conflict in the state. He gave the charge at State Police Headquarters, Awka during a meeting with security agencies comprising the Army, DSS, Police, Civil Defense, and Prisons Service, and stakeholders including Anambra North traditional rulers, farmers, as well as Fulani herdsmen. They discussed issues relating to the destruction of farms by cattle in various communities in the area. Read more

Thugs attack Kuje chairman, vice over Buhari endorsement (DailyTrust)

Thugs yesterday attacked the vehicle of Kuje area council chairman,  Alhaji Abdullahi D. Galadima and his vice, Samuel Tanko Duda, after a stakeholders meeting at the Kuje town hall endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid. City News learnt that the hoodlums smashed the windscreens of official cars of the chairman and his vice. A witness, who identified himself as Benjamin, said the incident happened at about 1:13pm shortly after the APC stakeholders/executive meeting which had Senator Usman Jibrin Wowo, Danladi Etsu Zhin, Abdullahi D. Galadima,  and other party chieftains in attendance. He said the chairman and his vice were driving out of the town hall, venue of the meeting in a convoy when the thugs started throwing stones,  which smashed  the windscreens of the black Toyota Prado SUV the chairman was in; and the Toyota Camry, 2016 model  carrying the  vice chairman. Read more

Ekiti APC suspends governorship primary indefinitely (Punch)

The All Progressives Congress has suspended its governorship primary, following an outbreak of violence. This was made known via a Facebook post by the Special Assistnat Public Communications & New Media at Ekiti State Government of Nigeria, Mr. Lere Olayinka. Our correspondent had reported earlier that some persons suspected to be thugs had invaded the venue of the primary, where they smashed a ballot box on the ground, scattering the contents. Read more

North unhappy with Buhari’s silence on killings –ACF (Punch)

President Muhammad Buhari has expressed his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of APC. How did the ACF receive this news?

President Buhari has expressed his constitutional right to vie for the Presidency of this country for a second term. It is left to his political party to decide whether to endorse him or not. If the party endorses him, it will be left for Nigerians to decide on Election Day whether to return him or not, based on his performance in four years. It is, therefore, not for ACF to decide for any individual or political party. The ACF is not also in a position to decide for Nigerians, all of whom can express their democratic rights. ACF has a list of qualities which voters should look for in good leaders at all levels that seek to guide voters during elections. It is in pamphlets which are distributed to the voters across the region. We do this because in a democracy, both the voters and the elected leaders are expected not only to be accountable but also blame themselves when things go awry. Read more

Alex Iwobi: Arsene Wenger is the cornerstone of my career (DailyTrust)

Nigeria and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi has said departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was the cornerstone of his career. The player who told BBC that Wenger was his inspiration, came through the youth system at Arsenal before progressing to the first team. Wenger announced last month that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season. Speaking about the impending departure of the manager, Iwobi said it is both “sad” and “exciting”. “It’s sad for me. He has been inspirational,” the 22-year-old said. “He has done a lot for me in a short time in my career so it’s a bit sad but it is also exciting times. We don’t know who is going to come in, we are just waiting. Read more

2018 Unity Tourney: Guards polo, corporate firms celebrate democracy (DailyTrust)

Abuja, the centre of unity and Federal Capital territory (FCT), is set to witness one of its grandest moments this year, as top polo teams from across the country arrive for the ninth edition of the Unity Polo Tournament. The event is billed to gallop off with fanfare from May 8-13 at the foremost Guards Polo Ground that has been the centre of activities ahead of the event. Tournament Manager, Bem Garba is confident of the usual corporate and public organizations’ support for the fiesta that is stage to celebrate the return of democracy in Nigeria. “We enjoy a strong relationship with both the corporate and public community, Nigerian polo patrons, and we are delighted to bring these partnerships together for this historic event,” he said. Read more

From prison, Malaysia’s Anwar helps reunite opposition (Abcnews)

Malaysian opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim can’t vote in what he believes will be a “defining election” for his country on Wednesday but even from his prison cell has remained a political force to be reckoned with. The firebrand politician’s conviction in 2015 for what he and his supporters said were false allegations of sodomy fractured the alliance of opposition parties that under Anwar’s leadership was threatening the ruling National Front’s decades-long hold on power. Read more

Malaysian police stop boat carrying 131 Sri Lankans to Australia and New Zealand (Guardian)

Malaysian police have intercepted a tanker with 131 Sri Lankans believed bound for Australia and New Zealand, destroying an alleged human smuggling ring that has been operating for over a year. Authorities halted the modified tanker on Tuesday off the coast of southern Johor state, national police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said. He said the immigrants included 98 men, 24 women, four boys and five girls. Police also raided a fishing boat used to transport the migrants to the vessel and detained three Indonesians and four Malaysians on board, he said. Another five Malaysians were nabbed for suspected involvement in the smuggling syndicate. Read more

Earthquakes, lava fissures could last for months on Hawaii – USGS (Reuters)

More homes on Hawaii’s Big Island were destroyed on Saturday as eruptions linked to the Kilauea volcano increased, spewing lava into residential areas and forcing nearly 2,000 people to evacuate, officials said. Scientists forecast more eruptions and more earthquakes, perhaps for months to come, after the southeast corner of the island was rocked by a 6.9 tremor on Friday, the strongest on the island since 1975. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Saturday that several new lava fissures had opened in the Leilani Estates subdivision of Puna District, about a dozen miles (19 km) from the volcano. Not all the fissures were still active, it added. Read more

 

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