* We stand to lose nothing by Saraki’s exit –Lai Mohammed (Punch) * Atiku denies ‘do or die’ statement (Nation)

* We stand to lose nothing by Saraki’s exit –Lai Mohammed (Punch)          * Atiku denies ‘do or die’ statement (Nation)

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 1, 2018

 

We stand to lose nothing by Saraki’s exit –Lai Mohammed (Punch)

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, said the Federal Government has nothing to lose with the exit of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, from the ruling All Progressives Congress. He said Saraki has all along been behaving like a member of the opposition even while still a member of the APC. Mohammed said this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhamamdu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Atiku denies ‘do or die’ statement (Nation)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a presidential aspirant under the platform of PDP has denied in strong terms a statement attributed to him that there would be consequences should the PDP fail to issue him the presidential ticket. The elder statesman was alleged to have boasted that the party has no option rather than giving him the mandate to be its presidential flag bearer or there will be no peace in the party. Reacting to the malicious statement making the rounds in some quarters of the media on Wednesday, a close ally to the former vice president Abdullahi Shuga explained that the statement was not only false but malicious, fabricated by political opponents to dent the image of his boss. Read more

Why Court ordered Police to arrest INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu (Vanguard)

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, issued a bench warrant for arrest of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, over his alleged disobedience to a valid court order. Justice Stephen Pam ordered the Nigerian Police Force to arrest and produce the INEC boss in court on August 8 to face contempt charge. The order followed Mahmood’s persistent refusal to honour a summon for him to appear in court with respect to a suit involving the Anambra State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. Prior to Wednesday’s sitting, the INEC Chairman had on July 5 and 10, equally failed to honour the court’s summon to appear and defend a contempt proceeding that was initiated against him by Chairman and Legal Adviser of the PDP in Anambra state, Ejike Oguebego and Chuks Okoye, respectively. Read more

Finally Tambuwal dumps APC, Joins PDP (ThisDay)

The Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Wednesday defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), saying President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to meet the yearnings of Nigerians. Addressing party supporters at the Government House, Sokoto, Tambuwal said his decision to leave the ruling party was as a result of the inability of Buhari to tackle insecurity and improve the living conditions of Nigerians. He maintained that majority of Nigerians are currently facing hardship, frustration and penury as a result of the ineptitude of the present administration. Read more

Ortom’s impeachment: CP told me it’s an order from above – Security Adviser to Gov (Vanguard)

The Presidency, yesterday, exonerated President Muhammadu Buhari from the impeachment notice served on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State by eight of the 30 members of the state House of Assembly. The Presidency’s reaction came as Security Adviser to Governor Ortom, Col. Paul Hemba (retd) quoted  the state’s Police Commissioner, Besan Gwana, as saying that the decision to seal off the state House of Assembly was based on order from above. But the Police Commissioner feigned ignorance of the shut down of the complex, saying he was in Abuja at the time of the closure. Policemen had earlier in the day sealed the Assembly complex, chasing out civil servants who are staff of the State House of Assembly. Read more

Kwara PDP chairman, Oyedepo, leads members in defection to APC (Punch)

Members of the People’s Democratic Party in Kwara, led by the state chairman, Mr. Iyiola Oyedepo, on Wednesday announced their defection to the All Progressives Congress. Scores of Kwara residents, especially those from Ilorin metropolis, including some PDP members, on Wednesday protested against what they described as “the political leadership of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.” The protesters who marched along some streets in Ilorin lambasted Saraki and the Kwara State Governor,  Abdulfatah Ahmed. They carried placards with different inscriptions condemning what they referred to as “bad governance,” “political hegemony” and “under-development” under Saraki’s political leadership. Read more

Ibeto: Why I left APC for PDP (ThisDay)

The former Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa, Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto, has said that he left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to enable him realise his ambition of ruling Niger State. Ibeto, who resigned from his ambassadorial position on Monday and registered with the PDP in his Ibelu ward in Magama Local Government of Niger State on Tuesday, also said he still holds President Muhmmadu Buhari in high esteem and “respects him”. The former envoy, who spoke to some newsmen after joining the PDP, further said that he did not hold any grudge against former Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu under whom he served as deputy governor for eight years before political differences separated them in 2014. “I remain respectful to, and grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing me an ambassador to represent Nigeria in South Africa and for the confidence he reposed in me as a politician to serve Nigeria in that capacity Read more

Oil will soon become history – Governor Badaru (Nation)

Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru has said that, with the development of renewable energy, oil will soon become history. He however said that, the only alternative that can lead to the sustainable prosperity of Nigeria is agriculture. Speaking on Wednesday in Kaduna on the occasion of, “Validation Workshop on Capacity Gaps for Implementing Holistic Empowerment for Livelihood Programme (HELP), Governor Badaru said, his administration has created a lot of jobs on rice value chains and doing same in Tomatoes and groundnut value chains. Read more

‘We are not part of protest on power outage’ (Nation)

A youth group under the aegis of Ikale Development Initiative (IDI) on Wednesday dissociated itself from the protest over power outage NY a coalition of youths from Ondo South senatorial district over power outage. In a statement jointly signed by the President and Secretary of the group, Messrs Afolabi Ebilala and Denis Adeoye respectively, the group described the protest as politically motivated thereby disassociating itself from such sabotage. According to the statement, the brains behind the planned protest are individuals exploiting the plight of the people of the district to attack the state government in advancement of their parochial political interests. Read more

NFF leadership tussle: Court adjourns Pinnick, Giwa case (Guardian)

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos on Wednesday adjourned the case between Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa for the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) till September 25. The case was slated to hold on July 23, but it suffered a setback due to the absence of the presiding judge. The judge’s absence prompted the adjournment of the case till Wednesday. Both Pinnick and Giwa have been in and out of courts in the last four years on who is the authentic NFF president. Lawyers to the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick had filed a motion for the court to vacate the judgment that nullified the September 30, 2014 election in Warri. The election brought Pinnick to office as President of the NFF.           Read more

Emoghavwe bags NOC award (Punch)

The Nigeria Olympic Committee  says it will honour   foremost Paralympian Monday Emoghavwe with its Distinguished Merit Award in Asaba on August 5. The event is backed by the Delta State Government. Emoghavwe,  who is the Nigeria Paralympic Committee  president, will be recognised for his contribution to the development of para-power sports and the Paralympic Movement in Nigeria. “In para-sports arena, Monday Emoghavwe is noted as pioneer of sports for persons with disabilities,” the NOC said in a statement on Tuesday.  “In collaboration with his colleagues, Emoghavwe started sports for the physically challenged persons at the Rehabilitation Centre  of Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigeria  in Maryland, Lagos.” Read more

Man shot dead in Zimbabwe as post-election clashes erupt (Guardian)

Protests in Zimbabwe’s historic elections turned bloody on Wednesday as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw. The polls — the first since autocratic president Robert Mugabe was forced out by a brief military takeover in November — had offered Zimbabwe the chance of turning the page on a brutal chapter of its past. Read more

DR Congo declares 4 new Ebola outbreak in eastern province (Guardian)

Officials from the Health Ministry said four people have tested positive for Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo just days after another outbreak that killed 33 people in the northwest of the huge country was declared over. Twenty people have died from hemorrhagic fevers in a densely populated area near the town of Beni close to the Ugandan border, the ministry said in its statement, without saying when these occurred. The ministry said there was no evidence linking this outbreak with the last one, which began in April and occurred over 2,500 km (1,553 miles) away. Read more

How Meghan and Prince Harry’s Monogram compares to Kate and Prince William’s (Elle)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s joint royal monogram was revealed two months after their wedding in their official letterheads. Here’s what you need to know about the couple’s new logo, and how it compares to Prince William and Kate’s. The image debuted on an Australian morning show, Vanity Fair reports, after a host found the logo on a thank you note she received from the royal couple. The cipher is a lovely hybrid of the letters M and H written in blue ink with a crown hovering above. Read more

Man who’s rescued over a thousand turtles is our new hero (Metro)

Michael gives abandoned and unwanted terrapins a home, often nursing them back to health. And the 38-year-old has plans to build plenty more sanctuaries in the future – because he just can’t get enough turtles. Michael said: ‘When I was a child I loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – all I wanted was a turtle. ‘But my dad wouldn’t let me have one. ‘Then, when I was going through a bad patch in my early 30s, I saw on Facebook that a man had a terrapin and was going to throw it out if no one came to take it – so I did. ‘He handed the terrapin over in a Bisto jar. ‘It all started from there really. Read more

Fire victims’ relatives sue Greek officials for negligence (Abcnews)

The relatives of two people killed by Greece’s deadliest wildfire in decades filed a criminal lawsuit Wednesday against Greek officials for their response to the disaster, accusing them of negligent manslaughter and felony counts of exposing people to danger. The victims, two teachers aged 70 and 73, became trapped by the flames on July 23 as they attempted to flee their homes in Neo Voutza, a seaside area neighboring the worst-affected area of Mati, northeast of the Greek capital of Athens. Their burnt bodies were found a day later. Read more

Zimbabwe Protesters killed as Nation awaits Presidential Election Results (VOA)

Reports say at least three people have been killed and several others injured in Harare as Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance supporters protested over election results showing an outright win for the ruling Zanu PF party in polls conducted Monday. Some local and international independent newspapers put the number of deaths at four amid reports of skirmishes between the police, members of the Zimbabwe national army and other security agents in the capital, Harare. Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba was not reachable for comment. Read more

Iran FM arrives in Singapore (Irna)

During his stay in Singapore, Zarif is also scheduled to sign a document on Iran’s joining the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC). Senior experts and foreign ministers from ASEAN have convened in Singapore since Monday to discuss regional and trans-regional issues related to this Association and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia. On the second day of their meeting on Wednesday, foreign ministers of ASEAN countries exchanged views on South China Sea, North Korea, and human rights and environmental challenges in Southeast Asia. Read more

 

 

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