March 25, 2019

* You are unpopular, Okorocha replies Uzodinma * I Remain Imo Guber Candidate – Uzodinma

* You are unpopular, Okorocha replies Uzodinma                 * I Remain Imo Guber Candidate – Uzodinma



You are unpopular, Okorocha replies Uzodinma

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has attributed the non-jubilation of opposition parties in the state when Senator Hope Uzodinma was named the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to his unpopularity. A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha said: “He should face his two most recent criminal charges over the issuance of dud cheque and non-declaration of assets. We won’t talk about other similar cases. “In 2011, he took the Senate seat for Orlu Zone from Chief Osita Izunaso, through the court. In 2015, Nigerians knew what transpired in Imo.

I Remain Imo Guber Candidate – Uzodinma

The presumed winner of October 1st governorship primary election in Imo state,  Senator Hope Uzodinma, has said that he remains the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 governorship election in the state.  Uzodinma, in a statement issued on Friday by The Hope Uzodimma campaign organisation, reiterated that Sen Hope Uzodimma remains the APC candidate for Imo Governorship, assuring that his name will be published accordingly by INEC.

Isa Yuguda: I join APC to help Buhari, Abubakar get reelected

Former Bauchi governor Mallam Isa Yuguda says that he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) in order to boost the reelection chances of both President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar. Yuguda said that his joining the party was also to continue contributing to nation-building. Isa Yuguda, the immediate past governor of the northeastern state, made the statement after a meeting held by Bauchi traditional rulers and political stakeholders in Abuja.

Plateau Executive Council approves N15.2bn supplementary budget

The Plateau Executive Council has approved a supplementary budget of N15.2bn, Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Yakubu Dati, has disclosed. Dati told Newsmen in Jos that the approval was one of the decisions reached at the council’s meeting presided over by Governor Simon Lalong. Giving a breakdown of the budget, Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mr. Sylvester Wallangko, said that N6.3bn was for recurrent expenditure, while N8.9bn was for capital expenditure. He said that the monies will be invested in ongoing projects before the end of the year.

Ondo State Assembly Impeaches Speaker, Deputy

The Ondo State House of Assembly on Friday impeached its Speaker, Bamidele Oloyelogun, and his deputy, Iroju Ogundeji. Assemblyman Sunday Olajide (APC-Akure Constituency 2) moved the motion for the impeachment, while Assemblyman Oluyede Feyide (APC- Ose Constituency) seconded the motion. After the impeachment of the two officers, the lawmakers elected Assemblyman Olamide George (APC-Akure North Constituency) as the new Speaker, while Assemblymen Abimbola Fajolu (APC- Ile Oluji/Okeigbo Constituency) emerged as the Deputy Speaker.

2,000 Pvcs Seized From Expatriates in Lagos

There were fears in Lagos yesterday over high volume of foreigners holding Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC). This is just as INEC disclosed that 1.5m PVCs had not been collected. Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun, at a stakeholders’ meeting, said the total number of registered voters, including 700,000 newly registered voters, stood at 6,609,115. However, it emerged that among the registered voters were nationals of Cameron, Chad, Niger, among other neighbouring countries. Thousands of them were identified by the state command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) during different raids.

Pharmacist Council Clamps Downs on 358 Facilities in Taraba

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has sealed 358 medical facilities and given 16 compliance directives to others across the 16 local government areas in Taraba state. The Director, Inspection and Monitoring of the Council, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, disclosed this at a news conference in Jalingo on Friday after a tour of 539 facilities across the state. Aruya said the observation of of the team in Taraba shows that many people in the state go into the sale of medicines without due recognition of laid down guidelines for setting up such facilities while some are outrightly not qualified to go into the business of selling medicines as they can neither read nor write.

Police Arraign Alleged Killer of Ex-Minister’s Niece

The police on Friday arraigned DSP Inagozie Godwin, who allegedly shot and killed Miss Anita Akapson, a niece of Sen. Nenadi Usman (former Minister of Finance) in an FCT High Court in Zuba. In a criminal charge filed by the Commissioner of Police against DSP Godwin, it was stated that Anita Akapson, 31, was shot to death on Oct. 13, at about 9. 45 pm, at Katampe, Abuja. The accused pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge of culpable homicide contrary to section 22(3) of the penal code and punishable under section 22(4) of the same code. The court noted that the offence was a culpable homicide was not punishable by death, but carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

 Many Feared Dead As Boko Haram Ambush Travelers

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have ambushed travelers on Borno highway which left several dead and many with gunshot wounds, a Civilian Joint Task Force, CTJF. The travelers came under attack between Longomani and Musini near Ngala town at about 5:30pm on Thursday evening in Ngala local government area of Borno State.

AFCON 2019 Qualifier:  Baxter targets early penalty against Nigeria

In apparent jest of the way Nigeria defeated Libya in Uyo last month, South Africa’s coach, Stuart Baxter said his team might also get a first minute penalty kick. Responding to a question on why he was confident in the impending fixture with Nigeria, Baxter, in a video clip on the official website of South African Football Association (SAFA) spoke about the possibility of early penalty kick award. “The referee can give us a penalty in the first minute” said the coach who also banked on history to support his confident posture. He is the only coach to have handled South Africa to beat the Super Eagles. “Being confident means I trust the players I have worked with. I know they have the desire to qualify. They know that Nigeria are a top class team and will also be desirous to get results”, said Baxter.

Ministry Sets Up Committee for Sports Federations Funding

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has set up a 7-man Committee to map out a clear and defined funding structure for National Sports Federations. The Committee was set up on Thursday November 8, 2018 by the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung while addressing National Sports Federations Presidents on funding for their local and international competitions. The members who include the President of the Wrestling Federation of Nigeria Hon. Daniel Igali, President of the Taekwondo Federation Mrs Margaret Binga, Mr. Frank Orbih of the Badminton Federation, AFN President Ibrahim Gusau, Yahaya Muhammed of the Weightlighting Federation, Hon Suleiman Yahaya Kwande of the Nigeria Football Federation and Evangelist Solomon Ogba of the Nigeria Olympic Committee are to submit a report within seven days on a clear and defined funding structure for National Sports Federations.

 Didier Drogba retires with defeat in USL Cup final

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba ended his glittering footballing career in defeat as Phoenix Rising lost to Louisville City in the USL Cup final. Drogba led out the Rising – the team he part owns – for his swansong in the final of U.S. football’s second tier. However, a second-half goal from Louisville’s Luke Spencer meant the Ivorian did not get to bow out with one last title. The defeat marks the end of Drogba’s trophy-filled career, which was topped by scoring the equalising goal and deciding penalty in Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League triumph.

Iwobi Reveals Emery Secrets

Arsenal star Alex Iwobi says Unai Emery has turned Arsenal into one big family who are fighting for each other. Iwobi has been a revitalised figure under new man Emery this season. The Nigeria international came off the bench against Liverpool on Saturday to supply a crucial assist. His defence-splitting pass was latched on to, and finished by Alexandre Lacazete to earn the Gunners a point. Iwobi opened up to the official Arsenal website about the changes that Emery has made since taking charge. “It’s basically a family and we’re all fighting for each other, not just for the manager and the players, but also for the fans,” Iwobi said.

Gabon Suspends Newspaper for Saying Country is on ‘Autopilot’

Gabon’s official media watchdog on Friday said it had suspended a newspaper for three months for an article saying the country was on “autopilot” after the hospitalisation of President Ali Bongo in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago. Lack of official news — along with memories of the secrecy-shrouded demise of Bongo’s father, Omar Bongo, who died in office in 2009 after decades at the helm — has set the rumour mill churning at full tilt with suggestions that he is incapacitated or even dead. L’Aube (Dawn) newspaper on Monday ran a story headlined “Gabon on (very dangerous) autopilot” and suggested that Prime Minister Lucie Mboussou be appointed an interim president.

 Belgium, Colombia at war over tariff on chips

Belgium, the self-proclaimed inventor of the French fry or chip, urged Europe on Friday to help it fight a tariff slapped on its iconic export by Colombia. The potato was first farmed in the Andes mountains of South America, but once it is chipped and fried, Belgium claims it as her own — and exports it to back to its ancestral home. Despite being widely dubbed “French”, fries are a prized product in Belgium and its frites culture was added to the UNESCO cultural treasures list last year.

 We Had Our Daughters through IVF, Michelle Obama Reveals

The former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has revealed that she and her husband, ex-President Barack Obama, had their two children — Malia and Sasha — through the in-vitro fertilisation. Michelle said that after marriage, she and the ex-president had trouble achieving pregnancy; and that when she finally became pregnant, she suffered a miscarriage. Eventually, they had to settle for the IVF, through which they both had their two children — both girls. Michelle’s journey to motherhood was everything but easy, it turned out, as she claimed that even when she agreed to have an IVF, her husband’s frequent absences from the home compelled her to sometime go it alone, as she had to administer the injections that were a part of the IVF process all by herself.


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