SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 2, 2018
Watch Your Tongue, PDP Warns Tinubu
The People’s Democratic Party has cautioned the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, not to draw himself out by joining in what it calls “the smear campaign” and “unsavoury comments” against its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. It said that Tinubu, as an elder, should “not reduce his pedigree” by engaging in what it called indecorous utterances which it said had become the trademark APC. The PDP was reacting to a statement made by Tinubu in Abuja on Wednesday, when he boasted that the APC would defeat the PDP and its presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election.
IPOB: Hold Abaribe, Fani-Kayode Culpable For Kanu’s Escape – Ayogu
A plaintiff, Mr Isaiah Ayogu, has urged the Federal High Court, Abuja, to hold Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe and former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode culpable for the escape of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu to Israel. The Federal Government had proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra as a terrorist group after a court had pronounced it so. Mr Oghenovo Otemu instituted the suit on behalf of the plaintiff, Mr Isaiah Ayugu, a legal practitioner and made a copy available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja. Others included in the action are: Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Counsel to Kanu, Tochukwu Uchendu, Emmanuel Shallow Ben, Emmanuel Kanu, and Uchechi Kanu.
I Didn’t Sue The President, Says NHIS Boss
Alliance Law Firm, lawyers representing the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, on Thursday, described as false, news that its client sued the presidency. The Managing Partner of Alliance, Dr Uche Val-Obi (SAN), in a statement in Lagos, said that his client pledged his continued loyalty to the President Muhammadu Buhari and would fully cooperate with the incoming Director, Mr Ben Omogo. “Our attention has been drawn to the false news making rounds that our client, Prof. Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of NHIS, has taken the Presidency to Court over his purported suspension by the Governing Board.
Oshiomhole: APC Has Lost 5 Million Voters, Says Okorocha
The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday alleged that the fortune of the ruling All Progressives Congress has reduced drastically since the inception of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. He claimed that the party had lost about five million voters due to Oshiomhole’s highhandedness. Okorocha, who is also the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, made the allegation in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The governor, who is one of those calling for Oshiomhole’s removal based on the way the recent party primaries were handled, said he had since discovered that the party chairman acted without the backing of the President.
School Certificate: CUPP Spokesman Wants Court To Disqualify Buhari
A suit seeking to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from contesting the 2019 presidential election over his failure to produce his West African School Certificate, WASC result has been filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) were listed as defendants in the court action initiated by the Chairman of Action Peoples Party APP, Imo Ugochinyere. The court action came as the plaintiff in another statement alleged a move by government officials to tamper with the records at WAEC by generating a computer generated result meant to deceive the public. He thus urged WAEC to sustain its age long record for integrity.
2019: Tinubu’s Fall From Grace Imminent – Atiku’s Spokesman
The spokesman of Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, Segun Sowunmi, on Thursday, said the fall of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, from political grace is imminent. Sowunmi said Tinubu’s remarks that the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, could meet with his supporters anywhere in the world including a jungle to strategise but that Nigerians would not vote for him in 2019, was self-delusional. He said: “It is only a man of questionable pedigree whose certificate are dogged with a lot of confusion; whose parental background is pretty much unknown; whose state of origin is opaque and unclear, that can understand how life is in the jungle. “If Asiwaju Bola Tinubu means that his life is in a jungle, we want to say to him that pride goes before a fall. Those who disdain men that are going to contend with them for the goodwill and votes of the Nigerian people with careless talk is what we find even with Buhari.
Delta APC Primaries: Court Issues Contempt Notice On Oshiomhole, INEC Chairman
The Federal High Court sitting at Asaba has issued a contempt notice on All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole for disobeying its order not to submit a list of Delta APC candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) until the resolution of the case. The court noted that despite its October 17 order, Oshiomole submitted names of purported National Assembly candidates from Delta APC to INEC and that INEC also went ahead to receive and publish such names even when the order directed both parties in the case not to do so but to maintain “status quo.” The Chief Cyril Ogodo-led executive of the APC in Delta State sued the APC, Oshiomhole, INEC and one other in a suit, with Suit No: FA/ASB/CS/76/2018, over the authentic list of candidates from the parallel primaries conducted in the state through the two contending State Executives in the state.
Senate Committee Gives NNPC 2 Weeks to Account for $1.05bn Fuel Subsidy
The Senate Ad-hoc Committee investigating the alleged $3.5 billion petroleum subsidy by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has given a two- week ultimatum to the NNPC to account for $1.05billion it reportedly spent on fuel subsidy within the last one year. The Senate had on October 16 set up the ad-hoc committee following allegations by Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujinmi, that NNPC was unilaterally running an illegal $3.5 billion fuel subsidy account without a recourse to the National Assembly. NNPC Managing Director, Mr Maikanti Baru, told the committee at a public hearing Thursday evening that the Corporation spent $1.05billion to defray under recovery cost of Premium Motor Spirit(PMS) from October 2017 to date.
Minimum Wage: Bishop Urges FG, States To Pay N30,000
The Anglican Bishop of Ihiala Diocese in Anambra, Rt. Rev. Israel Okoye has appealed to the Federal Government and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) to accede to organised labour’s demand of N30,000 minimum wage. Okoye made the appeal on Thursday at the second session of the third synod of the Diocese at St. Mary’s Church, Isseke, Ihiala Local Government Area. The bishop said Nigerian workers deserved better treatment from what was currently obtainable, saying there is need to prevent workers from going on strike. “The debacle over minimum wage implementation in Nigeria is unnecessary as government could eliminate financial wastages in whatever form to increase the salaries of workers,” he said.
2019: We’ll Play By The Rules, Buhari’ll Accept Outcome, Amaechi Assures EU
The Minister of Transportation and Director General of the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has assured the European Union (EU) that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would adhere strictly to the electoral laws in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. Amaechi also assured that President Muhammadu Buhari will accept the outcome of the elections that will be conducted by the electoral umpire. The Buhari henchman gave the assurances when he received in audience the European Union delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS in Abuja, Wednesday.
Return 1 Illegal AK 47 Rifle, Collect N1m, Gov. Yari Assures
Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state has, on Thursday, announced a reward of N1 million on every illegal AK 47 rifle returned to the state government. The governor, who announced this at a news conference in Gusau, said the gesture had become necessary following the unabated increase in crime, especially abduction in the state. He wondered why “in 2015, with just about 250 soldiers, the crime rate was low but with over 1,600 soldiers of different categories, we cannot contain crime in the state.” He said with the proposed engagement of 8,500 youths as civilian task force, those involved would be better equipped in the fight against armed banditry, cattle rustling and kidnapping in the state.
Ekiti Gov Poll: Tribunal Rejects Petitioners’ Plea To Add A Witness
The Ekiti Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday refused to permit the People’s Democratic Party and its candidate in the July 14 election in the state, Prof. Olusola Kolapo, leave to call an additional witness. PDP and Kolapo are challenging the outcome of the election in which Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress was declared winner. The Independent National Electoral Commission, APC and Fayemi are the respondents in the petition.
Senate Ready To Pass Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill – Lawmaker
Sen. Bassey Albert, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, on Thursday said that the Senate would pass the Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill before the end of the year. Albert gave this hint in Lagos when he led his members on oversight functions to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). He said the bill was currently on the third reading and would be given accelerated attention to enable it to come to fruition. He explained that the bill, when passed, would eliminate gas flaring and put punitive measure against perpetrating the act by increasing the penal fees paid by seeing companies from N10 per 1,000 Standard Cubic Feet (SCF) of gas to 3.50 dollars per 1,000 SCF of gas.
Again, Earth Tremor Hits Abuja, Ministry Says No Cause For Panic
The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development on Thursday assured Abuja residents that there was no cause for panic, following another report of Earth Tremor occurrence in Maitama District, Abuja. Mr Ishaku Kigbu, Special Assistant to the Minister of State of the Ministry, made this known in a statement in Abuja. He said the NGSA technical team were still conducting further assessment of the occurrence. Kigbu said the tremor which lasted for a minute occurred at about 12.26p.m.
In Migrant Caravan, Kids And Parents Struggle With Long Trek
Toddlers slump in strollers bouncing across the rough asphalt, and infants only a few weeks old jiggle in their fathers’ arms. Others, limp from exhaustion and nearly too big to be carried, are slung across their mothers’ chests like sacks of grain, sweaty hair plastered to their heads. The U.N. children’s agency estimated last week that 2,300 children were traveling in the caravan of Central American migrants. That number has declined somewhat as the group’s size diminishes, but kids of all ages are still everywhere and at risk of illness, dehydration and other dangers.
Trump Political Ad Assailed As ‘Sickening,’ Racially Divisive
U.S. President Donald Trump faced scathing criticism on Thursday for an advertisement linking Democrats and immigrants to violent crime, with some fellow Republicans blasting it as “sickening” and the most racially divisive political ad in three decades. “This ad, and your full approval of it, will condemn you and your bigoted legacy forever in the annals of America’s history books,” Al Cardenas, the Florida Republican Party’s former chairman, wrote on Twitter. The online ad features courtroom footage of Luis Bracamontes – an illegal immigrant from Mexico convicted in the 2014 killings of two police officers in Sacramento, California – saying in accented English he would kill more cops.
Trump Slaps ‘Tough’ Sanctions On Venezuela
The White House imposed “tough” new sanctions against Venezuela on Thursday, denouncing Caracas as being part of a “troika of tyranny” that includes Cuba and Nicaragua. National Security Advisor John Bolton told an audience at Miami Dade College that the sanctions would particularly target Venezuela’s gold sector, which “has been used as a bastion to finance illicit activities, to fill its coffers and to support criminal groups.” Bolton, a longtime foreign policy hawk, said the elections of far-right Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and conservative Ivan Duque in Colombia were “positive signs for the future of the region” that demonstrate a regional commitment to free markets and “accountable governance.”