SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 17, 2018
Why I Criticised Choice Of Peter Obi As Atiku’s Running Mate –Gov Umahi
Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, says his social media critics over his position on Atiku Abubakar’s nomination of Mr. Peter Obi as a running mate are ‘uninformed.’ Umahi made the assertion on Tuesday in Abakaliki while addressing newsmen after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Development Programme on socio-economic development. The governor, who is the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, condemned the critics. He said, “Nobody is against Peter Obi, because he is my friend, competent and you must have seen our pictures together on the social media.”
Sack Kukah From National Peace Committee, Group Says
The Buhari Media Organisation has called for the withdrawal of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, from the National Peace Committee led by former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar. The organisation made the call in a statement issued by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju; and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, on Tuesday in Abuja. The group said the call had become necessary because of Kukah’s alleged open display of support for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
Fayemi Appoints SSG, Cos, CPS
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has announced his first set of appointments. In a statement released Tuesday evening, the governor named Mr Abiodun Oyebanji as Secretary to the State Government. The governor also appointed Mr Biodun Omoleye as the Chief of Staff and Mr Yinka Oyebode as Chief Press Secretary. Oyebanji, a former University lecturer, had previously served as Chief of Staff during the administration of Otunba Niyi Adebayo, and was Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning during Fayemi’s first term.
Execution Of Khorsa, Liman: Outrage, As Red Cross, AI, Others Urge Action From FG
Outrage, yesterday, trailed Monday’s execution of United Nations voluntary health worker, Hauwa Liman by Boko Haram as the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, Amnesty International, AI and International Christian Concern, ICC, urged the Federal Government to take immediate steps to ensure the release of other aid workers and Leah Sharibu still in the custody of the sect. This followed the killing of another health worker, Saifura Khorsa by the sect a month ago.
EFCC Grills Fayose, Asks Ex-Gov To Return N1.3bn
The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, finally honoured an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday after losing his immunity from prosecution and arrest. After leading Fayose to the interrogation room, it was learnt that he was asked to write a statement explaining how he spent N1.3bn he allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser through a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, during the build-up to the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.
Omisore – Travel Ban Doesn’t Affect Me, As I Have No Corruption Case With EFCC
The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has said that he has no case of corruption in any court or with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Omisore said this in his reaction to the Yoruba Youth Socio-Cultural Association, which flayed the Federal Government for excluding him and Senator Musiliu Obanikoro from the travel ban list issued against 50 prominent Nigerians.
Ignore Media Attacks On Kachikwu, Anioma Youths Tell Buhari
Youths from Delta State under the aegis of Anioma Youths Mandate for Buhari, AYMB, have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore media attacks on the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, describing same as the handiwork of political jobbers. The youths, in a statement yesterday, expressed shock at what they described as the continuous attacks on the minister.
Osun Poll: Adeleke Files Petition At Tribunal
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Gubernatorial Candidate in the just concluded election in Osun, Sen. Ademola Adeleke, on Tuesday filed a petition at the tribunal challenging the outcome of the poll. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the petition was brought against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressive Congress (APC) and it’s candidate, Chief Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola. The PDP Chairman in Osun, Mr Soji Adagunodo, who spoke to newsmen after the petition was filed at the Osun Governorship Election Tribunal, said the party believed that the judiciary would return the mandate to Sen. Adeleke.
Senate Probes Alleged $3.5bn Subsidy Recovery Fund
The Senate on Tuesday resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate $3.5 billion Subsidy Recovery Fund, allegedly created by “the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and solely managed by its Group Managing Director and the Executive Director, Finance.’’ The decision followed a Point of Order raised by the Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Abiodun Olujimi at plenary. Olujimi, who presented the matter to the chamber for consideration, cited Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 (as amended).
Konta Beats Elise Mertens In First Round Of Kremlin Cup
Johanna Konta made an excellent first impression for prospective coach Dimitri Zavialoff by defeating Elise Mertens in the opening round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. The British number one split from Michael Joyce last week after a disappointing first season together and is working with Frenchman Zavialoff, long-time coach of Stan Wawrinka, on a trial basis at her final tournament of the season.
Fan Jailed For Firework Attack on Lyon Goalkeeper
A French judge on Monday handed down a six-month jail term and a six-month suspended sentence to two fans found guilty of throwing fireworks that put Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes in hospital in 2016. The first firework thrown from behind the Lyon goal on their visit to Metz knocked Lopez off his feet, while the second one exploded beneath him as he fell on it, leaving him temporarily deafened and with no sense of balance. Players from both teams remonstrated angrily with supporters behind the goal as Lopes was rushed away following the explosion.
Keita Third Liverpool’s Kieta Hurt In Africa
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita had to be piggy-backed off the field by a Guinean team-mate Tuesday after hurting a hamstring because no stretcher was available in a Rwandan stadium. He was the third Anfield star to be injured on Africa Cup of Nations duty after attackers Mohamed Salah (strained thigh muscle) and Sadio Mane (broken thumb) since last Friday. A Guinean official confirmed to AFP that Keita, who joined Liverpool during the close season from RB Leipzig, had injured a hamstring but gave no further details.
Barcelona Monitoring Ronaldinho’s Support Of Right-Wing Candidate In Brazil
Barcelona are monitoring the situation with former player Ronaldinho in light of his support for right-wing presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro in the upcoming Brazilian elections. Ronaldinho is one of a number of high-profile athletes in Brazil to have backed Bolsonaro, who has been criticised for misogynist and anti-gay statements during the campaign. The former Brazil international remains a club ambassador for Barca, but there has been a debate in the Catalan press about his suitability for the role. An opinion column in Diario Sport argued the club should end their links with him.
Donald Trump Just Called Stormy Daniels ‘Horseface’ And Everyone Is Pointing Out The Obvious Problem
Stormy Daniels has had her defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump thrown out of court by a US judge. The pornographic actress claims to have had a sexual affair with Trump in 2006, which the president has denied. According to Fox News, now that the case has been dismissed, Trump is entitled to attorneys’ fees. A statement from the White House said: No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti can truthfully characterise today’s ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels.
Tusk to Ask May For ‘Concrete Proposals’ To Break Brexit Impasse
EU summit host Donald Tusk on Tuesday said he will ask British Prime Minister Theresa May for concrete and creative proposals to break the Brexit impasse, as she tried to rally her divided cabinet. European Council President Tusk will meet Wednesday evening with May and the 27 other EU leaders at the start of a summit that had been tipped as the deadline for a draft deal in time for March 29 when Britain is due to leave the European Union. “Tomorrow I am going to ask Prime Minister May whether she has concrete proposals on how to break the impasse,” Tusk told a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday.