How Singer Faycol Died


More details have emerged as to how she died. Sources say Feyi collapsed suddenly and was immediately rushed to the Sacred Heart Hospital in Lantoro, Abeokuta where she was pronounced “brought-in-dead”. Feyi was then taken to a church for

prayers and was reported to have opened her eyes but was in a coma for a while before she finally gave up the ghost. Feyi, who was the only child of her parents, has since been buried at the Sagamu Local government Cemetery. May her soul rest in peace. Amen.

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Pasuma’s Track With Tiwa Savage Remains Number 1 For 3 Weeks


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Arguably the most Fuji singer presently, he seems to have successfully made the switch to Hip-Hop.

Popular Fuji music star, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma has continued to gather momentum for the release of his first hip-hop album.

The Fuji legend has over the last couple of weeks released a couple of hip hop tracks which have all been well received by his fans worldwide.

Pasuma’s latest single titled ‘Ife’ which features award-winning pop diva, Tiwa Savage, has been receiving rave reviews since it was released a few weeks back.

The Spellz-produced track has maintained the number one spot on the top ten chart of top music distribution site, ‘Spinlet’ for the third week in a row. Spinlet confirmed this via their official Twitter page yesterday, writing:‘Top Ten Chart, Pasuma stays at number one for the third week in a row with ‘Ife’ featuring Tiwa Savage.’

Other hip-hop singles already released by Pasuma include ‘Abo’ and ‘O ti clear’ among others due to follow soon. The video for ‘Abo’ was shot and directed by Clarence Peters.

In the coming weeks, Pasuma has stated that he will be ready with the hip-hop album, which is scheduled to drop in the first quarter of 2015 and as things stand, several more than his regular Fuji music fans are anticipating the album’s release.

Photo: EFCC Arraigns Bureau de Change Operator for $50k fraud


Find the EFCC Press statement below
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, October 20, 2014 arraigned one Abubakar Abdullahi before Justice Dije Aboki of Kano State High Court on one count charge of criminal breach of trust.

The accused, who is the manager of Maisabulu Bureau de Change, Kano, had sometime in April, 2013 upon the instruction of his employer, Alhaji Kabiru Maisabulu, the managing director of Maisabulu Bureau de Change purchased the sum of 50,000 United States dollars from the Central Bank of Nigeria on behalf of one Bello Sani Yakassai of Misau Bureau de Change but, converted the said sum for his personal use.
The count reads: ” That you Abubakar Abdullahi being the manager of Maisabulu Bureau de Change sometime in April 2013 in Kano within the judicial division of the High Court of Justice of Kano being
entrusted with certain property to wit: the sum of $50,000.00 equivalent to the sum of N7,780,000.00 given to you by Ahaji Kabiru Maisabulu for onward transmission to Bello Sani Yakassai committed criminal breach of trust in respect thereof and that you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 314 of the Penal Code”
The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
Based on his plea, Justice Aboki ordered that the accused be remanded in EFCC custody pending the hearing of the bail application and adjourned the matter to November 4, 2014.

Photos: Outgoing Minister of Health hands over to Minister of State


 

 

 

Outgoing Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu pictured above handing over to the Minister of Health for state, Dr Khaliru Alhassa at the Federal Ministry Health office in Abuja today Oct. 20th. Prof. Chukwu resigned from office last week Wednesday October 15, to pursue his political ambition as governor of Ebonyi state

PHOTOS: Staff Bid Obanikoro Farewell As He Tenders Resignation Letter


The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro officially tendered his resignation letter today to pursue his dream as the next Lagos State Governor in 2015. The staff of the Ministryof Defence all came out in their numbers to bid him farewell.  See more photos below:

 

Bank manager arrested for attempting to rob bank in Delta


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A senior bank manager, who allegedly runs an armed robbery gang, has been arrested along with two members of his gang for attempting to rob a bank in Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Parading the suspects before newsmen, the police spokesperson, DSP Celestina Kalu said the arrested members of the gang, confessed that their brother who is a staff of the bank, hired them to rob the bank as he told them that a huge amount of money would be transferred from the bank to Ellu village.
The suspects further confessed that the bank worker advised them to ambush the clerk on the road and rob him of the money that would be on transit.
She further said, “The suspects have been charged to court for conspiracy and attempted armed robbery” adding that “a battle axe and other items were recovered from the suspects.”

Footballer Dies after His Acrobatic Celebration Goes Wrong in India


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An Indian player died while celebrating his goal for his club in an Indian football match. His acrobatic goal celebration ended in tragedy as he landed with his head.

According to London Evening Standard News online Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, landed awkwardly and suffered a serious spinal injury as he celebrated scoring an equaliser for Indian team Bethlehem Vengthlang FC last week.

He was treated in hospital after the incident but has since died from his injuries.

Footage from the match, which was televised, shows him landing on his head after completing somersaults to celebrate scoring from close range in front of thousands of fans.

His team mates were set to pile onto him to join in the celebrations, but quickly realised the midfielder was seriously injured.

Footage from the match, which was televised, shows him landing on his head after completing somersaults to celebrate scoring from close range in front of thousands of fans.

I Am Here To Rescue Lagos From Bondage – Obanikoro


Outgoing Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro yesterday declared his interest in running for the governorship of Lagos State in the coming elections.

Obanikoro, who spoke when he inspected the ministry’s Quarter Guard set by the Defence headquarters in his honour, as part of activities marking his sendforth, explained that he wants to become the governor of Lagos State in order to rescue the state from unnamed individuals that have put the state in bondage.

“Lagos is under bondage and for the liberation of Lagos; I want to liken it to General Gowon’s phrase that it is a task that must be done.

“As a native Lagosian, I am committed to the liberation of Lagos.

“Commercialisation of Lagos as a way of governance is something we must put an end to,” Obanikoro said.

The minister also expressed hope that the ceasefire deal struck between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect will be successful.

He expressed his appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan, the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau and the staff of the ministry for the support given him while in office.

“We came in at a very difficult time for the country and I thank God we have been able to strongly put in hard work to ensure that value is added to what we met on the ground, and some of the successes that we have seen in terms of stability in the country is part of the contribution that we have also made as part of the ministry of defence family,” he said.

“Funding will always be a challenge, the commitment and the effort we have put in so far with Mr. President at the helm of affairs; we are making progress. From a nation of anything goes to a nation where we are bringing about stability. We have conquered the issue of militancy in the Niger/Delta; the Boko Haram issue will also be a thing of the past,” he said.

“I’m excited; things like this don’t come easy, a lot of sleepless nights have gone into it. We must salute Mr. President for the courage and the conviction that we must have peace than to have war,” he stated.

$9.3m Arms Deal: Oritseejafor Is A Man Of God I Can Vouch For – Adeboye


General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye has spoken in defence of the national president of the Christian Association (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor on his alleged involvement in the $9.3 million arms purchase funds seized by South Africa.

“Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor is a man of God I trust and I can personally vouch for him,” said Adeboye yesterday, in London, during an ecclesiastical visit.

“I believe on the issue of his aircraft being chartered and the purpose it was used for he had no prior knowledge. I am sure God will continue to build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail in Jesus name. One anointed cannot attack another anointed. A pastor cannot attack another pastor. Touch not my anointed is what God said. Some Nigerians have questioned the use of Pastor Oritsejafor’s private jet by the Federal Government to convey the money to South Africa, accusing him of involvement in money laundering,” Pastor Adeboye was quoted by Vanguard as saying.

Following the seizure of the fund by South African authorities, some Nigerians have passed derogatory comments at the CAN president, accusing him of having prior knowledge of the deal. The pastor however said the aircraft had been leased out and he had n knowledge whatsoever of who was using it and what it was being used for.

In defence of the the pastor who also founded Word of Life Bible Church, the federal government said he knew nothing about the deal.

“Oritsejafor is the President of CAN and head of all Christians in Nigeria who is representing at least, 50 per cent of people in this country. When it comes to a man like that, people should be cautious and circumspect,” said Dr. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, when commenting on the issue.

Fayose: How Can We Spend N3.3bn On The Governor’s Lodge While The People Remain In Poverty?


Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has faulted Dr Kayode Fayemi for spending N3.3 billion on the construction of a Governor’s Lodge when the people of the state live in abject poverty.

“My heart nearly failed me when I got to the new governor’s lodge on last Thursday. The mansion cost N3.3 billion. It was initially awarded for N2.3 billion and later increased to N2.7 billion, while a sum of N640 million was used to procure fittings and furniture,” said Fayose, who spoke while administering oath of office on the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Modupe Alade and other Special Assistants in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, yesterday.

He continued: “And this building will require N150 million to maintain annually. Ekiti cannot sustain this and we have to do something about it.

“How could a governor be living in such a house when the masses are living in abject poverty?” the governor asked. Ekiti State is one of the poorest states in Nigeria.

Explaining why he chose Mrs Alade as SSG, Fayose said it underscored the enormous respect he has for the womenfolk. He assured that his administration will strictly comply with the 35 percent Affirmative Action for women in government in consonance with the Beijing Declaration of 1993.

He also pledged that his government would protect them through allotment of reasonable appointive and elective positions, especially during the 2015 State and Federal Legislative polls.

“Let me tell the men here who are politicians that some of them will be asked to step down for women in next year’s elections,” he said.

Alleged Drug Trafficking: I’m Not Wanted In US Or Anywhere, Says Kashamu


Buruji KashamuThe Chairman, Mobilization Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West, Chief Buruji Kashamu, has explained why he cannot be extradited to the Unites States of America to answer questions on alleged drug trafficking.

The PDP chieftain, who was reacting to a call for his extradition by the Anti-Corruption Network in Abuja on Monday, insisted that there was no request for his extradition from any country.

Speaking through his Media Adviser, Mr. Austin Oniyokor, Kashamu said that he would have ignored a leader of the group, Mr. Timi Frank, who made the call, but decided to reply because he wanted to correct the impression given by Frank in his statement.

Oniyokor, in the statement, also said Kashamu was not a wanted person either in the USA or anywhere on the world.

He said, “We are constrained to react because of the attempt to mislead the public.  It is misdirected and mischievous.

“Prince Kashamu is not wanted by anyone. If he is, as claimed by this armorphous group, we challenge it to produce a warrant to that effect or bury its head in shame.

“Frank and his ilk should know that the AGF cannot surrender anyone without an extradition request that has to be subjected to a legal process. Up till date, nothing of such exists and it cannot because Prince Kashamu had been tried in the United Kingdom based on the same indictment at the behest of the United State Government.

“He was freed by the British court when it was found that it was a case of mistaken identity. He did not escape from justice as his extradition case is now cited and has become a reference in British Law books, such as Nicholls, Montgomery, and Knowles on.

“‘The Law of Extradition and Mutual Assistance’ (Third Edition), and David Young, Mark Summer and David Korker on the ‘Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings’, among others. These law books gave a full account of the British court proceedings and the decisions of the court on the same purported indictment.

“By its conduct, the so-called anti-graft group has shown its ignorance of the due process of law or it is blinded by other interests which it seeks to serve, and not the noble cause it lays claims to. Otherwise, it should know that someone cannot be tried over the same allegation by the same party(ies)”.

Robbers invade Church,Kill Pastor in Ogun (GRAPHIC PHOTO)


A 60-year-old pastor, Mr. Joseph Adebo, has been killed by armed robbers who unleashed terror on residents of Oke Ela area in Ilaro, Ogun State.

Punch learnt that the pastor was shot in the chest and his left arm by the robbers. It was further gathered that Adebo was pastor in charge of a Pentecostal church situated at Powerline, Oke Ela in Ilaro.

Our correspondent learnt that the robbery gang, whose number has yet to be ascertained, stormed the area around 3am of Saturday, October 4. They were said to have fired several gunshots into the air to scare the residents as they went from one apartment to the other, dispossessing residents of their valuables.

Punch learnt that when they got to Adebo’s church, an argument reportedly ensued between the robbers and the pastor during which he was shot dead, while the assailants were said to have quickly taken to their heels.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, while confirming the death, said the police were still working on a lead to get the robbers.
He said:

 “The case was reported to the Ilaro Police Division. The pastor was killed by the robbers during their operation. Unfortunately, no suspect has been arrested as of now, but we have a lead we are working on. I do not want to disclose names so that our investigation will not be jeopardised.”

A resident of Oke Ela area, who begged to remain anonymous, said that Adebo might have been alone on the church premises, adding that the clergy was shot dead probably because he did not ‘cooperate’ with the robbers.

He said,
 “The robbers came in the early hours of the morning. No one really knew their number. They were moving around houses, and they did not even spare the church. No service was going on in the church, but the pastor was around. I think he was also the only person in the building.

“He might have been shot because he argued with the robbers. Some neighbours believed he was eavesdropping on the robbers’ conversation, and had wanted to raise the alarm. But when they found out, they got infuriated and one of them shot him, leading to instant death.”

Another resident who gave his name as Olufemi, said neighbours were shocked when they woke up in the morning and found the pastor’s corpse inside the church.

He said

, “When it was morning, we found him in a pool of blood right inside the church building. Everyone was shocked at the sight. After all the commotion, we reported the incident at the Ilaro Police Station.”

I’ve Not Defected To APC, Still Consulting On My Political Future – Tambuwal


Aminu TambuwalThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, has not defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, his Special Adviser on Media, Imam Imam, said in a statement on Monday.

He, however, confirmed that Tambuwal attended a political meeting with Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko, on Monday, adding that onsultation on the speaker’s political future is still ongoing.

The statement was in reaction to widespread reports in the social media that the speaker had finally defected to the APC.

The statement read: “Due to various media inquiries about the purported defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal, we wish to state the following:

“That today, Monday, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Tony Anenih, led other members of the party on a reconciliation meeting to Sokoto but the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a member of the NEC of the PDP, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal CFR, was not invited to the meeting.

“That Rt. Hon Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was later invited by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, to attend the meeting of their political family to discuss the political future of Sokoto State.

“That the Speaker, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal, duly obliged and attended the meeting.

“That the meeting had in attendance prominent Sokoto citizens many of who have no known political affiliation. The most notable being the Sardauna of Sokoto and former Minister of Finance, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji.

“That consultations on the Speaker’s political future continues and the outcome will be made public at the appropriate time”.

Anti-Coourption Network Give FG One Week Ultimatum To Extradite Kashamu To US


ACNA Non-Governmental Organization, Anti-Corruption Network, has given the Federal Government one week ultimatum within which it should ensure that the sole financier of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-West, Chief Buruji Kashamu, is released by security agencies and extradited to the United States for prosecution over alleged criminal charges.

The ACN warned that should the government fail to comply with its demand, it would seek redress in Court.

The organization’s Director (Outreach Services), Mr. Timi Frank, in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, said it had written a petition to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), to that effect.

Mr. Frank said the demand became necessary because “his appeal to quash the criminal case against him has failed for the second time in an America Court”.

But the PDP chief has always maintained his innocence, saying he cannot be tried twice for the same alleged offence since he has been cleared by the Courts in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom.

The ACN said a man with international warrant on him such as Kashamu, should not be allowed to parade himself in Nigeria as a political leader.

He said, “We have written a petition to the AGF on the need to release Mr. Buruji Kashamu to the security agencies in America looking for him. A man with international warrant on him should not be allowed to parade himself in Nigeria as a political leader

“Buruji Kashamu who is facing criminal charges and trial in an America court in a case with suit No. 94CR17215, escaped to Nigeria and have since refuse to go back.

“His appeal to quash his criminal case failed for the second time in an America Court. We therefore by this notice, ask that if the office of the Attorney General of the Federation refuses to act accordingly within the next seven days, we will go to court to seek redress.

“We are a responsible society and the world is a global village. Criminals should not be granted succor anywhere in the world. As an organisation, we shall always defend the laws of our land and protect our society from intercontinental criminals and crooks. No amount of blackmail, intimidation, harassment or name calling will detract our attention from championing the course of justice as fair play in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We have no other country but Nigeria, so we must do all within our powers to protect the basic sanctity of truth. We will continue to advocate for a just and egalitarian society

Removal Of Immunity Clause’ll Breed Transparency In Governance – HURIWA


HURIWAThe Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria said on Monday that the reccomendation for the removal of immunity clause for all the cadres of elected officers in the 1999 Constitution would institutionalise transparency.

The National Coordinator of the NGO, Mr Emmanuel Onwubiko, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

“It is a positive development if the process of amending the constitution will result in this sweeping change because that is one basic way to institutionalise openness.

“It will also remove lawlessness on the part of the executives”, Onwubiko said.

Onwubiko said over the years, it had been erroneously believed that Section 308 (1) dealing with the immunity clause, amounted to a licence to commit illegalities.

He, however, said the removal of the clause would be meaningless if the public officers could manipulate the legislature.

Onwubiko said the amendment of the 1999 should also reflect true autonomy for both states and local governments.

He said it had become imperative for the immunity clause to be deleted from the constitution to allow for criminal cases to be filed against any public officer who abused his office.

He said, “The holders of these executive offices who hitherto see themselves as being above the law of the land will be forced to sit up and comply with the rule of law.

“It will help in making sure that the principle of accountability and transparency in governance are maintained.

“They will be well aware that should they commit any criminal offence any member of the civil society can file a case against them in a court of competent jurisdiction”.

Onwubiko, however, said there should be provisions that would make it difficult for opposition parties to take advantage of the amendment to frustrate the government of the day.

“There should be some legal safeguards and guidelines to avoid the pitfalls of opposition politicians latching in on the removal of the law to frustrate the smooth running of government”, he said.

Jonathan Not An Ambitious Politician, Says Clark


Jonathan and ClarkA former Federal Commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has faulted those describing President Goodluck Jonathan as an ambitious politician, reminding them that when he was chosen to be the running mate to late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2007, the then governor of Bayelsa State rejected his nomination.

He said instead of being a vice president, Jonathan said he was content with being the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Bayelsa State that same year.

The Ijaw leader said it took a lot of persuasion for President Jonathan to accept to be the running mate to the late Yar’Adua, adding that if he were to be ambitious as being alleged, he would have jumped at the offer immediately it was mooted to him.

Clark spoke in Abuja on Monday at his residence, when he received a group known as Federal Capital Territory Indigenes and Geo-Political Forum Leaders.

The elder statesman pointed out that despite the pressure from several quarters on the president to formally declare for second term, he has refused, saying such trait was not common in Nigerian leaders.

Clark said, “This is the first time we have a president that is not ambitious. Nigerians are asking him to openly declare for 2015 but he has refused.

“There is peace in Nigeria despite the fact that some people have been planning to make the country ungovernable. We are not in a country whereby only one region or section would be ruling.

“Jonathan didn’t want to become of President of Nigeria, just like Gen. Yakubu Gowon. Jonathan was not ambitious. It was the South-South people who provide the most resources of the country and should therefore be involved in the running and managing of the resources”.

Jonathan’s Aide On Youth Empowerment Joins Imo Governorship Race


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The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Youth Empowerment, Obi Adim, on Monday obtained the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, form to contest the governorship election in Imo in 2015.

Mr. Adim, joined by his supporters, picked the form at the PDP state office on Okigwe Road, Owerri.

He later told journalist that his priority, if elected as governor, would be to reduce the high rate of unemployment among the youth.

“The level of unemployment among the youth in the state is something else and that will be given serious attention if I am elected as governor in 2015”, he said.

Mr. Adim said he had lined up more than 10 companies that would create approximate of 50,000 jobs for the youth, to address the problem.

“Already some of the companies have sent in their letters of intents”, adding that on the day of his swearing in as governor of the state, the companies would sign the agreement.

According to Mr. Adim, some of the companies will go into manufacturing, food processing and packaging, while others will go into ship building facility in Oguta area.

He said that others would venture into affordable housing.

Mr. Adim said “the whole essence is to make Imo progressively business friendly, to attract more companies that would continue to create employment opportunities for the workforce”.

He said that his policies and programmes would be built around 10 key issues that concerned an average person in the state.

He promised to ensure proper medical care, security and affordable housing and environment.

Receiving the aspirant, the state Chairman of PDP, Namdi Anyaehie, assured him of a level playing ground for all aspirants.

“Our duty is to ensure that the process of conducting primaries is transparent”.

(NAN)

2015: Bauchi SSG, Yuguda’s Chief Of Staff, Six Others Resign To Contest Election


Isa YugudaaAhead of the 2015 general elections, eight members of the Bauchi State Executive Council have resigned their appointments to contest various positions.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Principal Private Secretary to Governor Isa Yuguda, Adamu Alkali, on Monday in Bauchi.

According to the statement, the members include the Secretary to the State Government, Aminu Hamayo; Chief of Staff, Government House, Abdulkadir Mohammed, and Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Abubakar Fago.

Others are the Commissioner for Agriculture, Isa Wabu; Commissioner for Water Resources, Bappah Azare, and Commissioner for Envirnoment, Tasiu Mohammed.

Some other members of the cabinet that also resigned included Commissioner for Works and Transport, Sani Bura, and Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Mohammed Lassi.

Meanwhile, Mr. Yuguda has approved the appointments of Mahmood Maijama’a as Acting Secretary to the State Government, and Tanko Dutse, as Chief of Staff, Government House.

While Mr. Maijama’a is the state’s Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Dutse was a former Commissioner for Agriculture during Mr. Yuguda’s first tenure.

The statement said that the governor has directed the outgoing commissioners to handover the activities of their respective ministries to their permanent secretaries pending the appointment of new commissioners.

While wishing the outgoing cabinet members luck and Allah’s guidance in their political ambitions, Mr. Yuguda thanked them for their meritorious service to the state.

(NAN)

PDP Commends TAN For Successful Conclusion Of Pro-Jonathan Rallies


TAN North West RallyThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Monday, officially recognized the role of Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, in getting President Goodluck Jonathan re-elected in 2015. The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, congratulated TAN for its “Pro Jonathan Rallies”.

The statement reads: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wishes to congratulate the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) for successful conclusion of its sensitization rallies across the country in support of our sole Presidential candidate, His Excellency, Dr. Gooduck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.

“The party notes that through these rallies, the numerous achievements of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration were adequately projected to the Nigerian populace and the international community.

Metuh said further “The TAN movement, which is a novelty in the nation’s political development, has indeed deepened democracy and broadened citizen participation in the polity.

“The collection of over 17 million signatures in support of President Jonathan during the rallies, is a clear demonstration of the far-reaching acceptance of our standard bearer and his party.

“The PDP particularly notes the unique contributions of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah,  the leader and the brain behind the TAN movement even as we recognize the willingness of TAN to work with our great party in furtherance of our collective objective ahead of the 2015 general elections”, Metuh said.

Kashamu’s Your Creation, Ex-Senate President Tells Obasanjo


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The Senate President in the short-lived Third Republic, Senator Ameh Ebute, has faulted former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s claim that he cannot be in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which parades an ‘indicted criminal’ in the person of Chief Buruji Kashamu, as its leader in the South-West.

Kashamu is the Chairman, Mobilisation Committee of the PDP in the Southwest and self-styled leader of the party in the region.

Ebute, in an open letter addressed to the former president, copies of which were made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday, accused Obasanjo of double standard.

He recalled that Kashamu was a creation of Obasanjo, who the ex-president used in fighting his many political battles especially against the former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel.

The former senate president was reacting to Obasanjo’s response when the national leadership of the party begged him recently that he should return to the party and lead it.

In his response to the pleas, Obasanjo stated that one of the reasons why he was uncomfortable participating in the activities of the party was due to the fact that a certain drug baron was made the leader of the PDP in the South-West geo-political zone.

He had said, “For instance, as a former President of Nigeria, the chairman of West Africa Commission on Drug and a member of Global Commission on Drug, I cannot accept that the zonal leader of my political party and, worse still in my zone, will be an indicted drug baron wanted in America.

“How do I explain that to friends outside Nigeria? This is only one of the many issues that I have pointed and still pointing out. I have national and international standard to maintain and reputation to keep and sustain”, Obasanjo said

In his letter, Ebute said without Obasanjo, perhaps Kashamu would have remained unknown, adding that it would be wrong for the former president to now turn around and be criticising his former associate.

He said, “I wish to recall, sir that when the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, seized the PDP structure from you in 2008/2009, it was this same ‘drug baron’ whom you aligned with to create parallel party structure and institute legal action against the party.

“It was this same man, who secured the court judgment that eventually got your faction of the PDP recognised by the national leadership ahead of the 2011 general elections.

“Your daughter, then Senator Iyabo Obasanjo, worked closely with this same Kashamu to protect and defend your sagging and diminishing political interest and relevance in your local turf in the state.

“This was a period when Buruji’s frequent visit to your Abeokuta Hill top residence was always greeted with celebrative feasting on bowls of pounded yam and egusi soup.

Sultan In Asaba For Uduaghan’s 60th Birthday Lecture, Preaches Unity, Dialogue


SULTAN-UDUAGHANThe Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has called for continued dialogue among Nigerians.

The sultan made the call in Asaba, the Delta State capital when he visited Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Monday ahead of the lecture on Anger Management organised to mark the governor’s 60th birthday.

Alhaji Abubakar III described the Delta State governor as a trail-blazer in engaging in actions that unite Nigerians despite their ethnic and religious persuasions.

“I am in Asaba to take part in the discussion on issues affecting our nation. We should thank the Governor for thinking in that direction, we should continue to talk, if we want the country to be great, we should close ranks.

“To find solution to Nigeria’s problem, we must come together and talk to one another. The more we talk to one another, the more we understand one another, I believe strongly in the application of dialogue to settling all issues”, stressing, “we must continue to look at ourselves as one and as the two major religions in the country preach, we must love one another”.

He observed that peaceful co-existence and harmony could only be achieved by Nigerians when they engage themselves in frank dialogue rather than relying on persons that do not understand the cultural, religious and ethnic colouration of the country.

The Sultan stressed, “we must come together to fight our common enemy because disease does not know religion or tribe just like poverty.

“We are Nigerians by virtue of God’s creation, we must continue to look at ourselves as brothers, love one another as we are created by one God despite our different tribes and religion”.

In his response, Uduaghan thanked the sultan for coming to Delta State for the lecture and described him as a bridge builder, who believed in the indivisibility of Nigeria.

“Since you assumed the throne of your forefathers as the Sultan, you have been one of the greatest ambassadors of peace in Nigeria. You have moved across this country and beyond preaching peace.

“I know that God will reward your efforts to give us peace in Nigeria and I want to assure you that Delta State will continue to partner with you in bringing peace to Nigeria”, Uduaghan said.

Court Sacks Jimoh Ibrahim As Newswatch’s Owner, Stops Sale Of Magazine


 

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday quashed the Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) which transferred ownership of Nigeria’s flagship magazine, Newswatch, to wealthy businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, Premium Times reports.

Two minority shareholders — Nuhu Aruwa and Jubril Aminu — had filed a petition, urging the court to nullify the agreement which transferred ownership of the company to Mr. Ibrahim.

The applicants also sought an order restraining the respondents from publishing and selling to the public, Newswatch daily and weekend magazines.

Respondents in the suit are Newswatch Communications Ltd, Global Media Mirror Ltd, Jimoh Ibrahim, Newswatch Newspapers and the Corporate Affairs Commission.

Delivering judgment in the suit on Monday, Justice Ibrahim Buba, upheld all the prayers of the minority shareholders.

The judge also awarded the sum of N15.7 million as damages against Mr. Ibrahim and also gave an order stopping further publications of Newswatch Daily.

Mr. Ibrahim has been locked in a battle for the magazine’s ownership after its founders purportedly transferred the majority shares to him in 2011.

Newswatch, established 30 years ago, was a household name in Nigeria during the military era particularly in the 80’s and 90’s.

‘I shouldn’t have trusted some people’ – Former Plateau Governor has “learned” his lesson


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Former Governor of Plateau, Chief Joshua Dariye, says he regrets trusting many people while he was in office.
Dariye, who currently represents Plateau Central in the Senate, told journalists on Monday, 20 October, that in hindsight, he would do many things differently.
He said, “Looking back at my eight years as governor, and with the benefit of hindsight, there are so many things I would have done differently. But, one clear thing I regret is that I trusted many people that did not deserve to even come near me.”
Senator Dariye said his eyes opened very widely after he left office, which led him to regret associating with, and trusting so many people that turned out to be “green snakes in green grass.”
He urged those in leadership positions to place the interest of the public far above their selfish desires, saying that such sacrifice was crucial for the progress of the country. He added that current leaders should learn to respect their predecessors, if they expected their successors to also respect them after their tenure.

“I think it is an unwritten law of nature; what goes round, must surely come round because history has a stubborn way of repeating itself,” he said.

Mercy Johnson Okojie names new born son, Henry


Actress Mercy Johnson is yet to release a photo of herself and her new born son but has revealed the name herself and husband chose for their new bundle of joy. His name is Henry, which means ruler.

Hopefully, we will get the pic of mum and son sometime this week. Mercy welcomed Henry on Wednesday 15th of October. The couple already have a daughter, Purity.

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82


Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died. He was 82. According to a statement released by his family, he died at home yesterday evening in his home in Kent, Connecticut surrounded by family. The statement didn’t specify his cause of death but he’d been battling cancer for a while.

“While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he’s still very much with us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much” the statement read.

He worked as a designer for Balenciaga, Lanvin, Elizabeth Arden before launching his label in 1965. He rose to fame in the U.S. for dressing First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

He’s survived by a wife, a son, stepchildren and step grandchildren.

Oscar Pistrious sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp


 

For killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013, double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to 5 years in prison by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

The following was what she considered before imposing her sentence.
1. Culpable homicide – 5 years in prison
2. For the Tasha shooting which he was found guilty for – 3 years in prison, wholly suspended for 5 years with conditions. The two sentences will run concurrently. His family is not planning to appeal.

He will serve a minimum of 10 months in jail, after that, he’ll be sent home to serve the remainder of his sentence under strict supervision controls. This will be up to South African Correction Services.

Nigerian Law School students release statement, say their DA lied


Some students of the Nigerian Law School have responded to the statements made by the Director of Administration of the Law School yesterday, calling it appalling, contradictory and a blatant lie. They have written to explain some facts that they say are easily evidenced by the law school records. Find the statement below…

The Nigerian Law School has issued a statement in the media claiming that the mass failure of the 2014 results is a lie. It is so unfortunate that an institution like the Nigerian Law School and its new acting DG cannot even stand by their actions and tell the truth.

The Nigerian law school is meant to be an institution that breeds future legal practitioners and Judges of this great country. The mass failure of 5800 students is no joke and cannot be kept hidden. 

There are some students that their whole community or villages had to pull their resources together before paying their tuition fees. Some students parents had to sacrifice and forfeit money they have been saving to maintain their household only so one child in the family can get an opportunity to become a lawyer while others had to endulge in hard labour to pay the fees of the Nigerian Law School which cost 365,000 Naira.
The new acting DG called ONADEKO and his puppet that have been lying in the media should know that the more they lie, the stronger it will make the student who’s lives have been stolen to stand up against such tyranny and oppression. We live in an age of multiple social media networks and an age with a plethora of global communication.
It is written in the article that only 57.01% of students passed and  in the same article it is written that only 1000 students failed. As you can see that makes absolutely no sense. It is written in the article that 5841 regular students wrote this years exam. It can also be easily checked that way more than 5841 regular students took the exam. By records given by the secretary of the law school of Abuja, over 7000 students throughout all the campuses  with 2000 students writing the exam in the law school in Abuja wrote the bar 2 exam and only 1200 are being called to bar with 800 students given conditional passes.
These are facts that can easily be obtained by the law school as it can be given by just inquiring at the Abuja campus. Even if 1335 students were resitting exams with only 88 people passing, that would mean 5665 students failed. This is something that has never happened in the history of any law school in any country. If 5665 students who took the exam for the first time failed an exam that they paid over 300,000 Naira for then it is blatantly obvious that there is a problem with the institution and not the students.
It’s acceptable that some students do not take the exam seriously enough, but it is ridiculous to say that 5665 students which excludes the resit students were not up to standard.
The students will not relent nor tolerate Onadeko’s actions because he can’t steal peoples lives and come out in the media with a blatant lie due to his incapacity to handle the affairs of the Nigerian law school. He has failed as a leader and a legal practitioner due to his actions. If the the students of the Nigerian law school cannot rise up and defend themselves and the results that has been stolen from them,how can they come out and defend people in the society that have been unlawfully affected in different ways.
The mass failure of the 2014 results is a test to the Nigerian law students and they have been charged with the duty of defending themselves and the next set of students after them. If the DG claims that the students are lying, then let him publish the results in newspapers for everyone to see. The students should rely in the capability,integrity and judgement of institutions which the efficacy of their authority supersedes that of the Nigeria Law School such as the National Assembly and the Body of Benchers.
Nigeria has it’s problems,yes! But we have not lost hope in the integrity of all our institutions. They should continue striving for what is right until a proper investigation has been conducted which we believe will reveal the truth about the situation. Rumor has it that the DG called ONADEKO marked some of the answer scripts himself.
If the Judiciary, Body of Benchers and the National Assembly does not investigate the mass failure of the 2014 Law School results will only lead to the conclusion that Nigeria and it’s institutions of knowledge are nothing but play grounds of the heads of institutions who will do what they want,when they want.
The Judiciary and the National Assembly are the ordinary persons institution of hope. If they don’t investigate this foul play under the leadership of ONADEKO as acting DG of the Nigerian Law School and penalize him ,then the Executive arm of government will have to intervene and play it’s role as the protectors of the nations students, youths and institutions in general.

Nicki Minaj Is Smoking Hot For GQ Magazine – Photos


Nicki Minaj is the celebrity model for GQ Magazine’s November edition.On dumping her wild coloured wigs and transforming into a more natural woman she said:

“I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup. I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”

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“Police Must Kill the Dogs that Attacked Me” – Omonigho Abraham


 

Omonigho Abraham, the 4-year-old boy who was attacked by two dogs in the Igando area of Lagos State, has said the police and the government must ensure that the dogs that almost took his life are killed.

The little boy, who is in the Burns and Plastic Ward of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, told PUNCH Metro yesterday that he would not return home until the dogs were dead.

Narrating his ordeal, Omonigho, who still had a bandaged head, said he had tried to run from the dogs when they started to attack him but he was overwhelmed.

“I was playing with my brothers when the dogs entered our flat. I could not jump, so they
bit my head. I pinched Gaddafi (one of the dogs), but he did not leave me. It was when I heard the voice of my mummy that I woke up. I want them to kill the dogs; I won’t return home.”

PUNCH reports that the young boy, whose face was still marred with signs of the attack, wore a sad
countenance when he saw the gory pictures of his torn head on his father’s phone. He later started playing games on the smart phone.

A worker in the ward who said the boy’s health had improved compared to when he was admitted said:

“The day they brought him here remains unforgettable for me. I couldn’t eat throughout that day because he looked horrible.”

PUNCH Metro had first reported that Omonigho’s scalp was bitten off by two dogs in their neighbourhood, while he played with his brothers. Residents of the area and some policemen who besieged the scene of the incident had done nothing to rescue him until his mother, Mrs. Abraham  arrived, fought off the dogs and snatched her son from their jaws.

Omonigho’s father, Mr. Odiah, who was angry that the police claimed to have saved the boy berated the police for failing to rescue his son. According to him, the police are attempting to muddle up the investigations. He told PUNCH Metro that he even got a call from the Divisional Crime Officer of the Igando Police Station asking him to come and “order the release of the dogs to their owner”.
He said:

“She asked me to come and agree to release the dogs to the owner or else, they would release the dogs to the owner themselves. She said in the alternative, I should take the dogs to my house.

It was also learnt that the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, paid a visit to the victim at LASUTH. Odiah said:

My wife even told him that at the gate when she was about rescuing the boy, she asked one of the seven policemen to follow her inside, but the police officer said, ‘am I the one that should follow you to go and die?’. My wife said that was what gave her the courage to go inside the rescue the boy,” he added.

Odiah says since PUNCH Metro reported the matter, he has been receiving support from Nigerians. Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, sent his personal medical doctor, one Dr.Ufoma, who discussed the possibility of the victim being flown abroad for further treatment. The Lagos State Government, Ministry of Health, was also said to have refunded money spent on his treatment, and promised to pay all other expenses.

The police spokesperson, Nwosu, also confirmed his visit to the hospital and promised to investigate the allegation. He said:

“I was there on Friday as part of our efforts to show concern. I told the mother that in the midst of all this, what is more important is the life of the boy. If anybody has acted in an unprofessional way, we will investigate and take the appropriate action.”

He said the dogs were undergoing tests and the results would be made public.

Gov Fashola’s Aide, Folly Coker Fingered In Tiwa Savage’s Marital Crisis


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Ever since news broke out of marital crisis between Tiwa Savage and her husband, Teebillz, there have been may speculations as to the truth concerning the couple’s marriage. In a new twist, according to papermacheonline.com, this is what’s really going on between the showbiz couple:Gov Fashola’s aide, Folorunsho Folarin-Coker aka Folly Coker has been fingered in Tiwa Savage’s marriage trouble (his ownership of Mavin Records unveiled + how he imposed Di-ja on the label)

A new twist has unfolded into the crisis rocking the 5 month-old marriage of singer, Tiwa Savage as a top aide of Governor Babatunde Fasola, Folly Coker has been linked with the problems the new couple are facing.Paper Mache can authoritatively reveal that Folly Coker, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Government on Central Business District owns Mavin Records and is instrumental to the overnight success of the record label. Sources divulged that Folly and Tiwa Savage had been an item for sometime and it was the affair that gave birth to the ownership of the label by the politician.

Insiders hinted that when D’banj pulled out of Mo’hit Records it was Folly Coker that came to the rescue of Tiwa and the rest of the team by investing some money to set up the Mavin Records and used Don Jazzy as the frontman of the business.Information made available to Paper Mache had it that Tiwa Savage’s decision to marry her manager, Tunji Balogun did not go down well with her label financier, Folly who felt very bad that the marriage would signal an end to their romance.Tiwa Savage on her part was revealed to have used her marriage to even the score with her politician-lover who is also accused of sleeping with her record label-mate, Di-ja.

Folly was alleged to have met Di-ja whose real name is Hadiza Blel at a fashion event organised by his estranged wife, a popular fashion designer and daughter of a successful industrialist.Di-ja who is also a fashion designer is claimed to be a protege of Folly Coker’s ex wife, Folake and her dalliance with the politician got her a place in the record label as she was imposed on the label where she made her debut with the Dorobucci single and video.

 

Tiwa Savage’s constant text messages and chats with Folly Coker was said to have been one of the many sources of her marital problems as her husband doesn’t hide his disapproval whenever ‘Mr Folly’ calls or sends a message, a relationship his wife labelled ‘strictly official’.

Folly Coker who was a Deputy Chief of Staff to ex-Lagos Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is not new to controversy. His crashed marriage to Folake Akindele, his business relationship with Kasham Buruji and his appointment into the Lagos State government had always been topics of controversies.


While performing at their TripleMG/MMMG concert in the UK, Iyanya gave such a heated performance on stage that the ladies practically dragged him off the stage. Iyanya always seems to have this ”effect” on women when he is performing on stage…..

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Serena Williams does an eye-popping full split during tennis game


Serena Williams demonstrated her incredible flexibility by doing a full split at the WTA Finals . She beat Ana Ivanovic despite pulling out of two previous matches because of her troublesome knee..

Her body is the Truth…This is what men dream about..

Hollywood Actor Sean Astin Received Backlash After Insinuating Nigeria’s Ebola-Free Status Was Not True


 

It’s amazing how some people never want to believe any good about Nigeria once her name is mentioned!You can tell by Hollywood actor/radio host, Sean Astin’s unbelieving reaction to W.H.O’s declaration that Nigeria is now an Ebola Free country, that he didn’t believe W.H.O’s verdict to be true. However, after some criticisms on twitter he grudgingly changed his views.

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WHERE ARE OUR APC ASPIRANTS IN IMO STATE?


 

A leader is like a shepherd and a shepherd’s efficiency or otherwise is determined by his ability to keep the flock together, well-fed and and focused. A failed leader is the leader who keeps his followers confused through his actions and inactions.
It is important to remind all those Imo politicians aspiring to one political office or the other under the witch doctor’s broom that the expression of interest and nomination forms have been on sale for the past two weeks or more. Party secretariats across the Federation have had no dull moment, but the APC secretariat in Imo State has remained as unobtrusive as the graveyard of destitutes.
My Governor has not been seen anywhere around the national secretariat of the Party where his fellow presidential aspirants have been busy purchasing and returning their forms. My Governor has also not picked the gubernatorial form, rather he has been busy sneaking in and out of the PDP secretariat and paying nocturnal visits to PDP bigwigs across the Federation. I do not know who advises him, but he should know what is best for him and leave PDP out of his equations. The President would have seriously shot himself on the foot if he allows Okorocha to bring his confusion into the Imo PDP.
Imo people have rejected Okorocha and every Party connected to him, even if he joins Jesus Party, he will still fail. Therefore, he should continue with his gang of failures in the APC, and allow his loyalists and supporters to pursue their political aspirations.
IMO GA ADI MMA OZO!

Onwuasoanya FCC Jones

Total’s chairman/CEO Christophe de Margerie dies in plane crash


Christophe de Margerie, the Chairman and CEO of giant oil company, Total, died in plane crash last night October 20th in Russia. He was 63.

According to a statement released by airport authorities early this morning, de Margerie’s private plane collided with a snowplow on the runway of Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow as it was accelerating for takeoff just a few minutes before midnight. They also said in the statement that the driver of the snowplow was intoxicated. The business jet’s three crew members also died.

The chief executive who was based in Paris, France had gone t to Russia to attend a meeting of corporate executives with Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev and was returning to Paris when the accident occurred. He is survived by a wife and children.

Total released a statement on their website this morning, confirming his death. See below

Paris: Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died just after 10pm (Paris time) on October 20 in a private plane crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow, following a collision with a snow removal machine. Four people were found dead at the scene of the accident, including three crew member and Christophe de Margerie. The thoughts of the management and employees of the Group go out to Christophe de Margerie’s wife, children and loved ones as well as to the families of the three other victims.

D’Banj’s Ex Jennifer Obayuwana ”Finds True Love”. Photos Of Her New Beau


Dbanj’s ex girlfriend, daughter of multi-millionaire Polo boss, John Obayuwana, has shared new romantic photos. Jennifer and her beau Peter Salah look like a perfect match.

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Amodu: S’Eagles job tough


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Head of the newly appointed consortium of coaches for the Super Eagles, Shaibu Amodu describes the task of winning the two remaining Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches as very tough.

Consequently, he has asked Nigerians to be moderate in their expectations of the team in the remaining qualifiers.

Amodu, along with Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Alloysius Agu were named in the new Super Eagles technical crew on Thursday, with their immediate task being to qualify the team for the tournament.

“We have been given an assignment that is tough and very challenging, but not one that is impossible to accomplish. We will give it our very best and see how things can be turned around.

“I think this situation is very similar to what we had in the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup. We worked hard, did our bit and were fortunate to have results.

“There are some things that, as humans, we cannot control, just as there a lot more we can influence. “I can assure everybody that we will give this assignment all we have and then hope that all other things fall in place for us.

“Let us all be modest in our expectations, so that we do not put ourselves under undue pressure. Let everybody involved in the game in Nigeria pull together in the right direction and then we see what we can achieve with the next two games as mandated by the Nigeria Football Federation,” Amodu said.

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2015: Tambuwal’s men under watch


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…As PDP’s axe dangles on guber aspirants

Ten days to the close of pur­chase of nomination forms by governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), there are fresh facts that some aspirants may be prevented from flying the party’s flag during the forthcoming general elections.

Daily Sun learnt that while some aspirants will be stopped at the party primaries, a few others who had been endorsed as consensus candidates by some outgoing state governors may be screened out. It was also gathered that the PDP hierarchy and the Presidency are op­posed to some persons who purport­edly worked against the interests and directives of the above organs to vie for the governorship elections. This, Daily Sun gathered, explained why the PDP made a public declaration against the endorsement of some aspirants by governors and the state PDP.

According to a source, “the time has come to show that loyalty to the party pays. The party is not going to reward someone or those people who worked against its interest in the past to become its candidates. Otherwise, what message are you sending to those who were loyal and carried out the party’s directives?

“I’ll give you just one example to buttress what I’m mean. You may say it belongs to the past but you see, during the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives (Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal), there were some PDP members in the House who worked against the party’s direc­tives and by extension, against the Presidency. Today, some of them are aspiring to contest governorship elections in their states. I concede it to them that it is their constitutional rights but we will, as a party, speak at the appropriate time on the sorts of people who will and will not fly the party’s flag,” the source affirmed.

It is against this backdrop and the need to ensure that their favoured candidates get both the party and se­curity clearances that has propelled some of the outgoing PDP governors who have been visiting Abuja to ascertain if their preferred successors have issues.

For instance, Governors Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta and others espe­cially from the North have people they favour but have kept sealed lips on their preferred successors, while also working underground to ascertain if their anointed candi­dates would scale through party and security screening when the chips are down.

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha has mounted a strong cam­paign to win the Imo State governor­ship primary and has also won the support of some influential politi­cians. Sources revealed however, that the presidency has not forgiven him for his role during the election of Tambuwal as speaker.

Similarly, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi representing Udenu/Igbo Eze South federal constituency, who was re­cently endorsed as the PDP guberna­torial candidate for Enugu State also has the same problem with the presidency. He was said to be one of the strong supporters and financiers of the speaker’s emer­gence against the Presidency’s preferred choice and the party’s firm directive on the matter.

Though he, like Ihedioha, has been trying to reach out to the Presidency through emissaries, President Goodluck Jonathan is said not to have forgiven him for his alleged involvement in influencing how the lawmakers voted during that ill-fated elec­tion that dislodged the Presi­dent’s annointed candidate.

Our source further disclosed that Nigerians will be shocked by the outcomes of the party primaries across the states be­cause “it will be suicidal for us as a party to hand over our tick­et to people who worked against our party before now and whose allegiance is elsewhere. No mat­ter what they profess today, we are mindful of what they can do tomorrow.

“If the President and our party are disposed to our outgoing governors having a big role in deciding their successors, they must give us credible and acceptable candidates or alternatives. Otherwise, we are not obliged to accept their sole choices if they don’t satisfy our criteria, one of which is loyalty to the party.”

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JOIN HANDS TO SAVE IMO STATE, LETS KICK ROCHAS OKOROCHA OUT


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  1. Aboh Mbaise LGA 5,592,914,085.45 billion naira funds looted
  2. Ahiazu Mbaise LGA 4,893,694,597.34 billion naira funds looted
  3. Ehime Mbano LGA 4,725,559,182.63 billion naira funds looted
  4. Ezinihitte LGA 4,997,483,173.94 billion naira funds looted
  5. Ideato North LGA 5,093,265,185.62 billion naira funds looted
  6. Ideato South LGA 5,012,503,586.88 billion naira funds looted
  7. Ihitte Uboma LGA 4,626,105,741.15 billion naira funds looted
  8. Ikeduru LGA 4,995,560,424.90 billion naira funds looted
  9. Isiala Mbano LGA 5,577,420,777.89 billion naira funds looted
  10. Isu LGA 5,011,558,318.56 billion naira funds looted
  11. Mbaitoli LGA 5,900,278,353.78 billion naira funds looted
  12. Ngor /Okpala LGA 5,182,836,304.63 billion naira funds looted
  13. Njaba LGA 4,819,954,493.86 billion naira funds looted
  14. Nwangele LGA 4,659,850,212.82 billion naira funds looted
  15. Nkwerre LGA 4,085,707,232.35 billion naira funds looted
  16. Obowo LGA 4,462,812,258.27 billion naira funds looted
  17. Oguta LGA 5,014,875,269.83 billion naira funds looted
  18. Ohaji/Egbema LGA 5,373,005,346.51 billion naira funds looted
  19. Okigwe LGA 4,804,445,947.19 billion naira funds looted
  20. Onuimo LGA 4,371,098,781.40 billion naira funds looted
  21. Orlu LGA 4,759,790,822.05 billion naira funds looted
  22. Orsu LGA 4,547,088,244.85 billion naira funds looted
  23. Oru East LGA 4,706,100,105.04 billion naira funds looted
  24. Oru West LGA 4,646,145,112.23 billion naira funds looted
  25. Owerri Municipal LGA 4,622,099,470.68 billion naira funds looted
  26. Owerri North LGA 5,103,710,965.71 billion naira funds looted
  27. Owerri West LGA 4,782,559,065.16 billion naira funds looted
  28. ISOPADEC 16 Billion naira funds looted
    JOIN HANDS TO SAVE IMO STATE. LETS KICK ROCHAS  OKOROCHA OUT

Morocco denies pulling out as hosts of 2015 AFCON


 

Morocco has denied that it had withdrawn hosting of the 2015 AFCON.
The North African country however insists that they still want the tournament postponed, forcing a conflict with organisers.
The Confederation of African Football has maintained its stance that the tournament, to be held between January 17 and February 8, must go ahead as planned.
The ebola virus has claimed more than 4,000 lives since the start of the year, and with around a million spectators expected to travel to watch the tournament, Morocco sports minister Mohamed Ouzzine reiterated the country’s desire to for a postponement.
“Our concern is the health of Africa, and based on WHO [World Health Organisation] reports and guidelines, we have to listen,” he said.
“Zero safety does not exist, but one has to take the necessary precautions so that the coming tournament will be a football feast, bringing together our African brothers, but given the current ebola situation we don’t think
such a feast can take place as expected.
“I don’t think there is any state or any country that has the necessary capabilities to monitor, check and control the current ebola situation when faced with these numbers. This is our real problem. We don’t have a problem with visiting teams, we have a problem with visitors.”

 

Stars & Socialites flaunt their Genevieve Pink Ball Dresses


Agbani Darego & Bola Balogun

Agbani Darego & Bola Balogun in Meena

The 2014 Genevieve Magazine Pink Ball is going on at the Dorchester Event Centre in Lagos right now! BellaNaija will bring you unparalleled access to all the juicy pics and gist.
Right now, here is your first look at stars and socialites showing off their Pink Ball looks via social media.
Enjoy and let us know your early style picks.
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Betty Irabor

Agbani Darego

Dolapo Oni in Elvira Jude

Ene Maya Lawani

Moet Abebe

Beverly Naya in Ejiro Amos Tafiri & Moet Abebe in Sally Bawa

Toke Makinwa

Toke

Tonye Garrick

Yvonne Nwosu in Vonne Couture

Bolanle Olukanni in Elvira Jude

Mo'Cheddah shows off her look without the cape

Mo'Cheddah

Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi

Vimbai Mutinhiri & Ugonna Omeruo in House of Nwocha

Fade Ogunro in Tresh Couture

Eku Edewor in April by Kunbi

Moet Abebe & Jumai Shaba

Seyi Shay in Poosh

Osas Ighodaro in Toju Foyeh

Titi Oyinsan

Funke Akindele

Ariyike Akinbobola

Liz Yemoja

Jumai Shaba

Bridget Awosika in Bridget Awosika

Julius Agwu

Mariam Adeyemi

Chris Attoh & OC Ukeje

Sharon Ojong

Lynxxx & DJ Xclusive

Kunbi Oyelese, Ugonna & Vimbai

OC Ukeje

Stephanie Linus

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Outrage at Nigerian Law School as Over 3,500 Students Fail Bar Exam


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Thousands of law students are currently in anguish, as the Nigerian Law School recently released the poor results of 2013/2014 August bar examinations.
PM News reports that out of 6,000 candidates who took the exams, only about 2, 172 students passed. Which means about 3,828 students failed.
Many of the students are said to have blamed their failure on the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Olarenwaju Adesola Onadeko, whom they have accused of plotting to destroy their careers by failing them. The students have subsequently demanded for a review of the exam and their results.
Some of the students reportedly communicated with PM News about the matter via text messages. Here are some of the alleged messages sent:
“Save Law School Students: The DG Olarenwaju Onadeko has come to destroy the future of over 70 per cent of students who wrote exams in August and has run to the United Kingdom to seek solace.”

“Please save the future of 5000 law school student, so that the results may be reviewed because some lecturers are in support of this movement as they know the DG asked for a lot of scripts to be marked down. Please this is the least you can do.”

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose really did throw open the gates of Ekiti government house (SEE PHOTOS)


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In his inauguration speech, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti promised to throw open the gates of his official residence, and we hear he did.
He had said, “That government house you are looking at, when we finish here, I am going to lead you there. You are going to sleep there tonight. Open all the rooms and sleep there.”
Fayose, who has been driving around in a vintage sky-blue Mercedes Benz, even allowed the people of the state take a dip in his swimming pool.
See a couple of photos below;

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Pray For 2015 Elections, Safe Release Of Chibok Girls, Jonathan Tells Intending Pilgrims


Goodluck-Jonathan-0912222-415x260President Goodluck Jonathan has called on all intending Christian Pilgrims to pray for a peaceful, successful conduct of the 2015 election as well as the safe return of the abducted Chibok girls.

Jonathan, who was represented by the Senate President, Senator David Mark, made the call on Saturday in Abuja at the inauguration of the 2014 Christian Pilgrimage.

The occasion coincided with the airlift of the first batch of 250 Christian pilgrims from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, who would be visiting Israel, Greece and Rome.

The president urged them not to forget that the main essence of pilgrimage was to pray and be spiritually reborn in order to live better lives and to affect the lives of the people around them positively.

“Do not forget the significance of pilgrimage, we need a rebirth and this rebirth must first begin with us for true transformation.

“Let us all pray for the safe release of the Chibok girls and let us also pray for the peaceful conduct of the 2015 general elections”, he said.

Jonathan also expressed the hope that the ceasefire deal reached between government and Boko Haram insurgents would truly lead to lasting peace in the country.

He assured Nigerians that insecurity would not derail the Transformation Agenda from actualising its purpose, stressing that God himself was taking the lead in the fight against insecurity.

The president further admonished Christians not to view the pilgrimage as an avenue for doing business but should maintain a clean sheet without absconding as it had been recorded over the last few years.

In his remark, Executive Secretary of the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), John Kennedy Okpara, said that the government of Israel commended Nigeria for having a good record of no absconding pilgrims in the last few years.

He expressed gratitude to God and the government for the support which the commission had received in conducting a successful pilgrimage.

Okpara expressed the hope that upon their return, the pilgrims would have become spiritually re-dedicated to God and would impart the good thing they had learnt to people around them.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Board of NCPC and Primate of the Anglican Church, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, urged all contractors and handlers to treat the pilgrims with utmost respect.

“Pilgrims must also endeavour to be their brothers’ keeper during this pilgrimage; do not resist corrections, stay together as one”, he said.

30,000 pilgrims are expected to take part in the pilgrimage.

Speaker Ikuforiji Picks Gov. Form, Says Lagosians Deserve The Best


IkuforijiThe Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, on Saturday picked an Expression of Interest form of his party, declaring his intention to run for the Lagos State Governorship seat.

Mr. Ikuforiji, who picked the form at the All Progressives Congress, APC, state secretariat in Ikeja, told journalists that he believed that the state deserved the best, which he was willing to give, come 2015.

“I believe very much in the future of the state and I know that the best is what the people deserve”, he said.

The speaker said he had discharged his duties professionally and creditably at the legislative arm of government and he had begun a transition to the executive arm as he picked his form.

“It is the same best we are taking to the governor’s office so that the residents will have the globally accepted government”, he said.

On his chances, he said that it was not his first time of contesting an election and he had no fears.

According to him, the members of the party know the best person to choose among the aspirants.

As a Speaker of the House, I contested to get to the Assembly and contested to become the Speaker.

“To contest is not an issue and to go round the membership of the party; they know who is the best amongst the aspirants in the APC”, he said.

Mr. Ikuforiji, however, said that he did not rule out the possibility of a consensus candidate emerging from the aspirants.

“You talk of consensus candidate, it is all part of the game; there can be consensus candidate and we will not be the first.

“Even President Goodluck Jonathan is the consensus candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. So, there is nothing wrong in having a consensus candidate”, he said.

The speaker urged the residents to wait till he launches his campaign in a few days time when he would roll out his plans in key areas.

On his travails during the money laundering case brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ikuforiji said he believed that leadership came with trials and tribulations.

“If the EFCC wants to appeal the case or whatever, it is the business of EFCC; it is not my business”, he said.

Mr. Ikuforiji said that he believed in the rule of law and was confident that he would always triumph.

“If they appeal, if I have won all over at the lower level, be rest assured that the appeal will amount to nothing”, he said.

(NAN)

Nigerian Kidnapper Jumps Out Of Window In Maylasia


A Nigerian student from Edo State jumped from a window of a 15-storey building trying to escape police in Maylasia.

According to the Malaysian Star, an online news portal, student simply identified as Osazuwe was staying with friends when police stormed the place and in a bid to escape, he decided to jump from the window instead of being caught and probably sent to jail.

Reportedly, the incident happened when another Nigerian student had lodged a police report in Puchong on Sunday, October 12th, claiming his girlfriend had been kidnapped by Osazuwa and his gang.

Criminal investigator Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah told local media:“The boyfriend said he received a call from a suspect who demanded RM40,000 (N2 million) for the release of his girlfriend, also a Nigerian student here.

“We suspected the kidnappers were people that the victim must have known. Police immediately tracked the victim and her kidnappers’ whereabouts.”

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Malaysia police said the victim’s boyfriend cooperated with the police in their investigations and he managed to coax the suspects into giving him more time and told them he was gathering the funds.

Investigator Mohd Adnan said when police ambushed the unit located at the condominium’s 13th floor, there were three Nigerian men and two local women.

The police managed to find the victim’s location on Monday. She was being held in a condominium unit in Taman Melati, Ampang.

“We formed a team to raid the condominium unit and moved in on the suspects at about 5 pm. Upon seeing the police, the suspects attempted to escape. The raiding team arrested two women and two men.

“The gang thought they could get money quickly by carrying out this crime, but look what had happened — it has just gone awfully wrong.

“The suspect who died was in his 20s and we are still trying to establish his full identity,” the police said.

Pro-Jonathan Group Says Jonathan Is Best President


The spokesman of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) who has been campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan in the current dispensation said he is the best President that Nigeria has ever produced.

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According to the Director of Media of TAN, Dr. Udenta Udenta, who addressed senior journalists in Abuja on Friday, no fewer than 12.2 million Nigerians had so far endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 Presidential election.

Dr. Udenta said that Jonathan’s highest support base comes from the South-South with 4.1 million signatories, followed by North-West’s 2.3 million and South-West’s 1.8 million signatories.

Others, according to Udenta, are South-East, 1.6 million, North-Central, 1.2 million and North-East, 1.1 million.

According to Vanguard, Udenta insisted that from available facts and figures, Jonathan had outperformed all other Nigerian leaders in all facets of development, adding that the figures so far released by the group on his achievements had not been countered by any group or individual because of their authenticity.

Udenta said: “President Jonathan has outperformed all other Nigerian presidents. We have the facts. We have so far carried out several messages in largest TV networks and no one has countered one of the messages and claims. None of the figures has been countered by even our critics.”

Highlight of the briefing was the presentation of TAN’s campaign material, which is a printed material with Jonathan’s photograph, PDP and TAN’s logos emblazoned on the wrapper.

TAN is wrapping up its nationwide rallies with what it calls grand finale rally at the Eagle Square in Abuja, where President Jonathan is expected to formally declare to contest the 2015 election having been given the ticket of his party on a platter through consensus arrangement that bars other contestants from picking the nomination form.

Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kill Nine In 2 Villages Despite ‘Ceasefire’


On the day Nigeria announced a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram jihadists, the militants attacked a Nigerian village, killing several people.

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On Saturday, they launched yet another attack on another village, all in Borno state.

According to Reuters, the insurgents attacked the village of Abadam on Friday night, killing at least one person and ransacking homes, while another attack on the village of Dzur on Saturday morning left at least eight people dead.

Nigeria’s armed forces chief, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, announced on Friday a deal with Boko Haram for a ceasefire that would enable the release of girls whose abduction in the remote northeastern town of Chibok in April caused international shock and outrage.

Nigeria had announced a similar agreement in the past, but it turned out government had struck the deal with the wrong people.

According to experts close to the conflict, any serious ceasefire would require having Abubakar Shekau or any other leader of the movement at the negotiating table.

Fayose Sacks 35 Ekiti LG Chairmen, Committees, Boards


Ekiti State Government on Saturday announced the dissolution of the 35 local government areas including Local Council Development Areas’ caretaker administrations.

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This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Ado-Ekiti.

According to the statement, all the 35 council chairmen along with their secretaries and other members of caretaker committees have been relieved of their appointments.

It stated that Governor Ayo Fayose had approved the immediate dissolution of all the councils.

The statement also ordered the immediate dissolution of all boards of parastatals, agencies and commissions.

The 35 local government areas involved were those of the original 16 and the 19 LCDAs in the state.

The statement directed all the affected caretaker chairmen to immediately hand over to the directors of administration in their respective council areas.

NAN recalls that caretaker chairmen had been in control of the 16 council areas throughout the four year tenure of the immediate past governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

The former governor also appointed caretaker committees for the 19 newly created LCDAs few days after the June 21 governorship poll which he lost.

NAN further recalls that Fayemi’s attempted to hold council election in the 16 councils on February 4, 2011, but was halted by the state High Court ruling following a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

The PDP had alleged that some of the members of the State Independent Electoral Commission were card-carrying members of the then ruling Action Congress of Nigeria.

NAN reports that Fayose, at his inaugural speech on Thursday in Ado Ekiti, vowed not to recognise any illegal creation made by the immediate past administration.

(NAN)

Sambo Says Jonathan To Declare For 2015 Soon


TANPresident Goodluck Jonathan will soon formally declare his intention to contest for a second term in the forthcoming 2015 presidential elections.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, made the disclosure while representing President Jonathan at the grand finale of the nationwide rallies by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), held at the Eagles Square, Abuja on Saturday.

TAN, which had embarked on sensitisation and mass mobilisation of citizens at the six geopolitical zones of the country since August 16th, have been highlighting the achievements of the Jonathan administration, collecting signatories in his favour and urging him to present himself for re-election in 2015.

Unveiling the over 17.8 million signatures so far collected, the vice president commended TAN for its constructive engagement of the populace, which he said was in line with democratic tenets all over the world.

Sambo noted that the signatures were an eloquent testimony of the popularity of President Jonathan and his acceptance nationwide.

The event was attended by dignitaries including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Pius Anyim; Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Femi Adesina; Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Governors Mukhtar Yero (Kaduna) and Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) among others.