* What ‘ll Make PDP Win in 2019, Says Makarfi (ThisDay) * Don’t borrow money for celebration of Eid-el Kabir, Don admonishes Muslims (SUN)

*  What ‘ll Make PDP Win in 2019, Says Makarfi (ThisDay)             * Don’t borrow money for celebration of Eid-el Kabir, Don admonishes Muslims (SUN)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 14, 2018

 

What ‘ll Make PDP Win in 2019, Says Makarfi (ThisDay)

One of the presidential aspirants under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has cautioned the People’s Democratic Party against picking a candidate that has money against a trustworthy candidate with integrity and goodwill. Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna State, who spoke in Bénin City, Edo State, while addressing Edo PDP delegates said certain criteria should be used to eliminate some aspirants from the race. He therefore, urged the delegates of the party to vote wisely at the forthcoming party primaries if they want to garner votes in the presidential election.The former senator disclosed that he is traveling round the country on road in the course of his campaigns to have a mental state of roads and infrastructural situation across the country. Read more

Don’t borrow money for celebration of Eid-el Kabir, Don admonishes Muslims (SUN)

Prof. Ishaq Akintola of the Lagos State University (LASU) has urged Muslims in the country to spend within their income rather than borrowing money to celebrate the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir. The lecturer gave the advice on Tuesday in a statement in Lagos. The lecturer, who is also the Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) said “Just like Hajj, the sacrifice of ram is only for those who have the wherewithal, it is not mandatory. “ “What pride is there if we borrow money to slaughter ram but whistle for our dinner for weeks after the festival. Read more

Akpabio’s Defecrion, bad omen for APC, says Former Akwa Ibom Deputy Gov (ThisDay)

Senator Godswill Akpabio’s deputy while he was Akwa Ibom State governor,  Mr. Patrick Ekpotu has said the defection of his former boss from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is a bad omen for the ruling party. Ekpotu, who also served alongside Akpabio as commissioners under former governor Victor Attah’s administration, said the Senator’s defection signals destruction for the ruling party. He added that the defection showed that the senator was incapable of operating as an opposition outside the state power apparatus. Read more

Appeal Court halts arrest of INEC Chairman (ThisDay)

In a related development, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division has ordered a stay of execution of the warrant of arrest on Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, pending the determination of his appeal. Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court in Abuja, had on August 1, 2018, ordered for the arrest of Yakubu, following his absence in court on three different occasions, to show cause why he should not be committed to prison over his alleged disobedience to the order of the court.Justice Pam, also in a short ruling on August 8, reaffirmed the order, when Yakubu on the last adjourned date failed to show up. Read more

Saraki urges Buhari to investigate National Assembly DSS siege (Guardian)

Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the last Tuesday’s siege on the National Assembly. Masked operatives of the Department for State Services last Tuesday besieged the National Assembly, preventing federal lawmakers and journalists from entering the national assembly for a meeting to deliberate on urgent national matters including the budget for the 2019 general elections. People’s Democratic Party lawmakers accused the APC government of being behind the invasion. But APC and the Nigerian government denied prior knowledge of the blockade and the director-general of the DSS was immediately sacked by the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo. Read more

Former Osun SSG gets ADC Flag, promises to pay arrears of Workers’ Salaries (ThisDay)

A former Chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State and Secretary to Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s government who came third in the governorship primary election of the party, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade Akinbade has been presented the flag of the African Democratic Congress as the flad-bearer of the party. The National Chairman of the party, Chief Ralphs Okey Nwosu presented the flag to Akinbade in Osogbo, the state capital and urged the people of the state to reject the All Progressives Congress (APC) and support Akinbade to be the next governor. Nwosu also presented a retired judge in the state, Justice Olamide Oleyede the Deputy governorship candidate of the party. He said the duo are suitable very commuted to serve the people and move the state forward. Read more

Recruits into PENCOM petition Osinbajo over death of colleague (Vanguard)

Successful recruits into the National Pension Commission, Pencom, have petitioned Acting President Yemi Osibanjo over the suspension of their appointments which they said has led to the death of one of them, Ajiya Mustapha. The recruits in a Save our Soul (SOS) message to Osinbajo dated August 9, 2018 and signed by Mustapha Sadiq and Ismaila Oluwatosin Gazail on behalf of the affected recruits described the blocking of their assumption of duty since May 2017 as “unfortunate” and their conditions as “pitiful.” Read more

N178m Fraud: Court grants INEC officials N100m bail each (Leadership)

Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday granted three of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N177.3 million fraud, bail in the sum of N100 million. The three officials, attached to the Osun state INEC office: Gbadegun Isaiah Abiodun, Oladipo Oladapo and Afolabi Peter Albert, were on August 1 docked by the anti-graft agency on a 5-count charge bordering on the alleged offence. They however pleaded not guilty to the charge. Read more

NCDC, PHN, others seek end to disease epidemics in Nigeria (Vanguard)

Towards ending the series of outbreaks of  Lassa fever, Monkeypox, yellow fever, cholera, meningitis, Ebola and other epidemic diseases in Nigeria, the  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, PHN, have launched  the Alliance for Epidemic Preparedness and Response, A4EPR. According to the NCDC, the aim of the A4EPR is to develop a formal structure for the private sector to support the Nigerian government through the NCDC, in the prevention, preparedness, detection, response and control of outbreaks in Nigeria. Read more

NAF destroys bandits’ hideout in Zamfara (Leadership)

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has successfully destroyed three armed bandits’ locations in Zamfara state. A statement signed by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the Air Task Force for the ‘Operation Duran Mikiya’ destroyed armed bandits’ hideouts in Sububu forest,Birnin Magaji and Rugu forest all in Zamfara state. He noted that the attack was initiated following credible intelligence that armed bandits were using some parts of Rugu forest as a logistics staging area for the supply of arms and ammunition. Read more

Ex-Cop infects 9-year-old, 5 others with HIV, kills Self (Leadership)

A 40-year-old dismissed policeman yesterday committed suicide after allegedly defiling and infecting a nine years old girl and five others with Human Immune Virus (HIV) in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa State. According to investigation by some members of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), the deceased policeman was dismissed from the Police Force for alleged gross misconduct and detained in Port Harcourt prisons and relocated to Bayelsa State. Read more

Falconets hold China, hit quarter final (Guardian)

A stoppage-time goal from captain Rasheedat Ajibade was all Nigeria national U-20 Women’s team, Falconets, needed to advance to the quarterfinal at the on-going FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup holding in France. The game was heading to an end with China looking sure of picking the group’s second ticket, but Ajibade’s last minute strike turned it around for Nigeria to earn a highly-dramatic 1-1 draw.With the qualification to the last eight, the Christopher Danjuma-led Falconets yesterday pocked the $10,000 promised by sports minster, Solomon Dalung. The Falconets were finalist at the 2010 and 2014 editions of the championship. The last group match, which took place at the Stade du Clos Gastel in Dinan-Lehon yesterday saw the Chinise looking the more dangerous side in the first half. Read more

Cycling Lagos organises tour of competition route (Guardian)

The Cycling Lagos at the weekend staged a mini tour where journalists were shown the route for the international cycling competition scheduled to hold on August 25. The tour, which took off from the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, went through Falomo Bridge, Awolowo Road, Tafawa Balewa Square, Broad Street, Eko Bridge and Western Avenue, Lagos and terminated at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Speaking on the tour, the Chairman, Cycling Lagos, Mr. Soji Adeleye, described the Cycling Lagos mini tour as a trial organised to show the readiness of the organisers, partners, and cyclists for the championship.“The Cycling Lagos mini tour is our simple way of informing Lagosians about our readiness to stage the August event. The tour is a dress rehearsal ahead of the grand finale of the event that promises to be the biggest cycling competition in Africa. Read more

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson difficult to leave out – Jim Furyk (BBC)

By having Brooks Koepka as their top qualifier, the United States Ryder Cup team can boast 2018’s most devastating golfer among its ranks. The 28-year-old from Florida has been celebrating a stunning PGA Championship win – one that will live long in the memory despite the one-dimensional nature of the long and soft Bellerive course that staged last week’s tournament. And as US Open champion Koepka collected his second major of the year, Tiger Woods also left us in no doubt that he will also be part of Jim Furyk’s American team. Even though the 42-year-old finished outside the automatic top eight qualifiers, he looks certain to receive a wildcard pick. Woods has already been named as a vice captain for the US defence of the Ryder Cup in France next month, but his claims to be there in a playing capacity are now overwhelming. Read more

Real Madrid line up €50million-plus-player transfer bid for ideal Cristiano Ronaldo replacement (Caughtoffside)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly keen to offload goalkeeper Keylor Navas in a deal that could help him sign Mauro Icardi. The Inter Milan striker is seemingly a top target for Los Blancos this summer, with his prolific scoring record in Serie A certainly making him look an ideal replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo after his switch to Juventus. In order to help make this happen, Real are now lining up an offer of €50million-plus-Navas to Inter to help bring Icardi to the Bernabeu, according to Don Balon. It remains to be seen if Inter would accept such a proposal, but it seems a wise move from Madrid if they can pull it off, having already signed a new ‘keeper this summer. Read more

10 of 20 clubs could have made profits in 2016-17 without fans at games (BBC)

Half of Premier League clubs could have played in empty stadiums and still made a pre-tax profit in the first season of the current broadcast deal, BBC research has found. In 2016-17, during which clubs benefited from a record £8.3bn in global TV revenue, matchday income contributed less than 20p in every £1 earned by 18 top-flight outfits. The number of clubs that would have recorded pre-tax profits even if matchday income was taken away rose from two in 2015-16 to 10 in 2016-17. Dr Rob Wilson, a sport finance specialist at Sheffield Hallam University, said the previous £3.018bn broadcast deal struck in 2012 signalled a permanent change to top-flight football as a business in England. Read more

Erdoğan says Turkey will boycott US electronic products (Guardian)

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Turkey will boycott electronic products from the US, which has imposed sanctions and raised tariffs against Ankara in a dispute about the detention of an American evangelical pastor. The Turkish president said he had been taking necessary measures regarding the economy, amid a slide in the lira currency exacerbated by the dispute with Washington, but it was important to keep a firm political stance. Switching to foreign currency would mean giving in to the enemy, Erdoğan added. “We will boycott US electronic products,” he said. “If they have iPhone, the other side has Samsung. In our country there is Venus, Vestel [the Turkish smartphone brands].” Read more

MH370 Conspiracy Theories: Stowaway Hijacked Missing Plane, Aviation Expert Claims (Ibtimes)

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was most likely brought down by a stowaway on board the jet, an aviation expert claimed over the weekend. The new theory comes just weeks after Malaysia said in its report that they have not ruled out the possibility of a hijack. Philip Baum, editor of Aviation Security International, reportedly said that experts should be looking into the possibility that someone sneaked onto the Boeing 777-200 to sabotage the flight. “I think a stowaway is a strong possibility, especially as no officials seem to want to even contemplate the possibility,” Baum told the Independent, adding he believes the saboteur likely hid underneath the floor or just behind the flight deck in a “hinged, self-closing access panel.” Read more

How the Kasich dilemma is paralyzing Trump’s Republican critics (CNN)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was among the big winners when Republican Troy Balderson apparently survived last week’s special election for a US House seat centered on Columbus. Kasich was also among the biggest losers. In the process, he encapsulated the puzzle facing the small band of Republicans consistently critical of President Donald Trump. Call it the Kasich dilemma. Trump’s Republican critics almost uniformly agree that they cannot attract a large audience for their case against the President until Republican elected officials and voters see evidence that his approach is endangering the party’s electoral prospects. And yet Trump’s critics inside the party feel compelled to help other Republicans win tough races — as Kasich did by endorsing and filming television ads for Balderson — in part because they fear that failing to provide assistance will brand them as disloyal and undercut their credibility inside the party. Read more

If the Westminster car crash turns out to be a terrorist attack, this is what we should bear in mind (Independent)

There is a great deal that we do not precisely know about what appears to be the latest low-level terror attack at Westminster. However, like many you may have a terrible sinking feeling that, first, it could have been much worse and, second, it might not be unrelated to the heightened political tensions of the moment – across parties, across religious and political beliefs – across the country, in fact. The “debate” about antisemitism, about the burqa and niqab, the hateful tone of so much that goes on in social media, the talk of traitors and treason, enemies of the people. If you want to see what racial or religious hatred looks like, you need not infiltrate some terror cell; just take a look at the comments left below the line on popular news websites, or surf around Twitter. Read more

Hong Kong activist decries ‘colonial invasion’ in defiant speech (Guardian)

A Hong Kong pro-independence activist has decried Beijing’s rule over the city as modern-day colonialism in a speech to a foreign journalists’ association that defied China’s demand that the event be cancelled. Beijing swiftly criticised the talk, saying freedom of speech in Hong Kong did not extend to , which it said was a threat to national security. “We express our indignation and condemn it,” the Chinese foreign ministry office in Hong Kong said. The government’s demand raised questions about Beijing’s growing influence in the former British colony, which was promised semi-autonomy and freedom of speech as part of the 1997 handover. Xi Jinping, China’s president, and other officials have warned separatist activity will not be tolerated. Read more

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