I left Chelsea because I was not appreciated – Fernando Torres


Fernando Torres has revealed that he left Chelsea for AC Milan because he was not appreciated well enough at Stamford Bridge.

Torres joined Chelsea in January 2011 as the then British record transfer fee of £50 million (€63m), having seen his remarkable early standards at Liverpool suffer a dip.

The former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid player did not live up to expectation at the Bridge as he could not replicate his goalscoring form and never truly justified his price-tag during his three and a half years at the west London side.

“Mourinho has always been good to me,” Torres told Cuatro. “The decision to leave was a personal one because I needed more, I needed to feel important.

“Mourinho and I have a good relationship and still today we continue to talk to each other.”

Speculation was rife during the summer that Torres could return to Atletico this summer but the 30-year-old claims such a move was never an option.

“There wasn’t a genuine option to return,” he added. “The media speculated it and I didn’t like that.

“I’ve said it many times: I won’t go to Atletico to retire. I will go if I have motivation to compete because their team today is very different than when I was there.

“I follow them every weekend, but they were never an option that were real.”

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Nigeria won’t qualify for 2015 Nations Cup: Congo coach confident they will beat the Super Eagles


Congo national team coach, Claude Le Roy is confident that they will defeat Nigeria and qualify for the 2015 African Nations Cup tournament.

Nigeria will travel to Brazaville next month for the all important clash against the Congolese, which could make or mar their qualification hopes.

The Super Eagles are currently third in the group, and have just four points after four matches in the group.

While Congo is second in the group with seven points, trailing South Africa who occupy the top spot with eight points.

And Le Roy is confident that they will beat the Super Eagles and end their qualification hopes.

“I am sure that we will qualify for next year’s AFCON because we are not going to lose at home to Nigeria. I am confident that we will beat Nigeria, which will guarantee our place in next year’s AFCON,” Le Roy told Radio France International.

“The magic for us was beating Nigeria in Calabar. That result was so crucial for us and we are not going to let our effort go in vain when Nigeria come to Congo”, added Le Roy.

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[Photos] Bola Tinubu Returns To Nigeria


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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, on Thursday returned to Nigeria via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, after a short London Trip.

It is rumored that the reason for the trip is linked to the former Lagos governor’s failing health.
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Although the APC has vehemently denied the reports in the past, photos posted on Facebook by Sunday Dare, media aide to Tinubu suggest that the ‘Jagaban Borgu’ is quickly becoming frail and losing vigor.

Tinubu was greeted at the airport by the former Lagos State Justice Commissioner, Professor Yemi Osibajo and a few other loyalists. TINUBU-3

Gombe Bomb Blast: Latest Update – 25 Dead, Three Arrested


Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the bomb blast that rocked Gombe Line Motor Park in Gombe town this morning.

The blast reportedly killed at least 25 people and injured many others. Over 12 vehicles belonging to Gombe line were also destroyed.

Abdullahi Kudu Nma, State Commissioner of Police, has told reporters that the command has arrested three people in connection with the blast that went off at 9:30am, about 15 minutes after a military patrol team left the area.

Gombe state has been relatively peaceful and safe from the incessant Boko Haram attacks.
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IK Uche is Back: Keshi invites 25 Super Eagles players for 2015 Nations


Ikechukwu Uche has been recalled to the Super Eagles national team by Stephen Keshi after being out on international wilderness for almost two years.

In first his assignment since coming back as national team manager, Keshi released a list of twenty-five players that he has invited for Nigeria’s 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers next month.

Nigeria has two very important games to win against Congo and South Africa, if they wish to qualify for next year’s Nations Cup tournament.

The eye-catching name on the list is IK Uche who is returning to the Super Eagles after being out for a very long time.

The Villarreal FC striker who fell out with Keshi and has not featured for Nigeria since the 2013 African Nations Cup, but both men seems to have now sorted out their differences .

Meanwhile Keshi continued in his tradition of calling up locally based players, this time inviting seven who ply their trade in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

But there was no place in the team for Victor Moses who missed the last qualifiers against with an injury, although he has recovered from the injury.

Full list of invited players:
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide and Chigozie Agbim

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Efe Ambrose, Solomon Kwambe, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo and Azubuike Egwuekwe.

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Hope Akpan, Raheem Lawal, Omatsone Aluko and Tony Edjomari.

Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike, Gbolahan Salami, Osaguona Ighodaro, Ikechukwu Uche, Aaron Samuel, Sunday Emmanuel, Babatunde Michael and Emem Eduok

2015: PDP Gives Returning Governors Automatic Tickets


PDP-GovsThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has announced automatic tickets for its governors seeking second terms in office.

The offer means the governors will have to refuse to run before other candidates are considered.

The only the PDP governor seeking a second term is Ibrahim Dakwambo of Gombe State.

While the governors of Kaduna, Taraba and Adamawa States may be seeking re-election, they will be starting their first term as they merely completed the terms of their former governors.

It also emerged Tuesday that President Goodluck Jonathan was only publicly endorsed as the sole candidate of the party after he had been given the right of first refusal.

Adamu Mu’azu, the PDP National Chairman said Thursday that the party leadership had decided to give automatic tickets to state governors running for second term, who had performed creditably well, to re-contest their position in 2015.

According to him, the governors will be given the right of first refusal.

Mr. Muazu spoke when the president obtained his nomination forms at the party office in Aubja on Thursday.
Mr. Jonathan assured Nigerians that he would continue to work with them to move the country forward.

The president said that no matter how strong a president was across the world, he was only an individual that on his own, could do nothing.

“You alone cannot change the society. For you to succeed, you work with people; so if you are succeeding that means we have a team that is working to transform this country.

“So I will work with all Nigerians to make sure that we move our country to the next level”, the president said.

He said the days of saying that Nigeria was a potential great country was over, adding that, “Nigeria is a great country”.

This, he said, was demonstrated in the way the country collectively handled the Ebola case with the whole world being happy with Nigeria.

President Jonathan, however, added that it was time for all hands to be on deck to move the country to the desired level in the years to come.

He thanked Nigerians generally and reassured that his administration would not let the people down.

The president also expressed gratitude to the PDP leadership for giving him the right of first refusal.

“First let me thank God for today and Nigerians that are here today for this brief ceremony.

“Let me thank the leadership and all members of our party for believing in me and for giving me the right of first refusal.

“I could have still picked the forms if they did not give me, but giving me the right of first refusal has attracted more people that ordinarily it would have had”, the president said.

He specifically thanked the PDP national chairman and members of the party`s National Executive Committee, NEC, for unanimously endorsing the decision of its other organs that adopted him as the party’s sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election.

The president also thanked the PDP Governors’ Forum for providing the N22 million for purchasing the nomination and expression of interest forms for the election.

He thanked members of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, and other Nigerians for their contributions towards the purchase of the forms.

“I remain most grateful for their gesture and I thank them for believing first in this country, secondly for believing in the PDP because they know that this form is for the PDP ticket and lastly, for believing in me”, he said.
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PDP Bars Adamawa Gov From 2015 Race


Bala NgilariAhead of the 2015 general elections, Governor James Ngilari of Adamawa State has been barred from contesting the governorship election of the state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The party said it was bound to comply with the agreement it entered into with governorship aspirants from the state about two months ago.

The decision to ban Ngilari was taken at the meeting of the members of the National Working Committee of the party in Abuja on Wednesday night.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja, Thursday.

According to Metuh, the next governorship candidate of the party would come from the Central Senatorial District of the state, which has never produced a governor.

Ngilari is from the northern part of the state.

He said, “On Adamawa, the NWC has decided that the decision and agreements of the candidates in Adamawa during our last exercise would be upheld.

“Accordingly, the governorship election in 2015 has been zoned to Adamawa Central. All aspirants, who bought forms (eight of them) that signed the agreement and withdrew are advised to come and exchange it without any payment with the new 2015 forms.

“It means they are entitled to run since they are from the same senatorial zone. The party will fully implement that agreement”.

It would be recalled that the former acting governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri and seven other governorship aspirants in the state stormed the PDP national headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday to insist that Mr. Ngilari must not be allowed to contest the governorship primary of the party in the state.

The eight aspirants insisted that the zoning arrangement earlier reached with them by the party must be respected.

Apart from Fintiri, those who also visited the party to register their grievances were a former political aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak; son of a former PDP national chairman, Awwal Tukur, former minister of health, Idi Hong; Mr. James Barka, Aliyu kama, Marcus Gundiri and Abubakar Girei.

A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, who was part of the team with whom the agreement was made, was conspicuously absent.

Has footballer Joseph Yobo joined politics? See photos


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Looks like joining politics is the new trend among our famous folks. Former Super Eagles captain JosephYobo is the new ambassador of the PDP Ward 2 Ward Initiative. He is pictured above with other members of the group while on a courtesy call on the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, yesterday Wednesday October 29th. See another pic…

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Bomb blast reported at Gombe Line motor park this morning (PHOTOS)


A bomb went off at the Gombe Line motor park in Gombe state around 9am this morning which has resulted in the death of at least 30 people. Eye witnesses say the bomb was planted by a man who came and dropped his bag in a Kano line bus and left. NEMA officials are said to be at the scene right now removing the dead bodies and taking the injured to the Gombe State Specialist Hospital. Hoping to get more info from the blast later. See more photos below:

Gombe State Specialist Hospital this morning
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Photo: EFCC declares man wanted


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Find the EFCC press release below…
The public is hereby notified that Salisu Taiwo aka Olusola Enitan, whose photograph appears above is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a case of Conspiracy, Obtaining Property and Money by False Pretences and Issuance of Dud Cheques. Taiwo under the pretext of renting a property, situated at Magodo GRA, Lagos, and purchasing items for its furnishing, issued cheques totaling N11, 398, 500.

But before the cheques could clear, he evacuated all the furniture and electrical appliances purchased by the property owner at his instance and sold them at give away prices at Alaba Market Lagos.

Dark complexioned Taiwo is 39 years old and 5.7 Feet in height. He speaks Yoruba and English fluently.

His last known address is Block A, Flat 35, Alarab Estate Akute, Ogun State.

Anybody with useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the Commission in its Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt and Abuja offices or through these numbers 09-4604620, 070-26350721,070-26350722,070-26350723,070-6350724, 070-26350725 ; its e-mail address: info@efccnigeria.org or the nearest Police Station and other security agencies

GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Ghanaian Soul Singer Lady Jay Allegedly Attacked By Her Manager


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Ghanaian neo-soul singer Lady Jay was allegedly attacked and badly beaten by her manager.
It is not clear where the photos of the assaulted musician were taken from, but reports circulating in the local media say the woman was head-butted by her manager, following which she was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital for treatment, Spy Ghana provides.
It was added that the incident was duly reported to the police for investigation.
The picture above is a picture of how she looked before the attack. Abd below is how she looked after the attack:

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Stomach Infrastructure Is A Welfare Programme, Ayo Fayose Enlightens Nigerians…


Newly sworn-in Governor of Ekiti State who has been criticised for making provision for stomach infrastructure immediately he got into office has explained why he actually created an office for it.

Fayose while speaking at the PDP national secretariat yesterday, when he accompanied President Goodluck Jonathan to pick his presidential forms said, even Britain does it. His words;

If you look at Britain, as rich and as comfortable as they are, in the entire time, they find their way to address the issue of the poor and less privileged masses in their country by what they call social security. Food is a social security, you can’t be talking to a hungry man, he would be distracted by any means. Secondly, when we say stomach infrastructure, it is a welfare programme, a programme that would keep the heart of a man stable.”

Folorunsho Alakija Named 9th Richest Woman In The World


American’s website, Wealth-X has named Nigeria’s oil mogul, Folunsho Alakija has the 9th richest woman in the world. According to the website the selection was done based on the richest woman in each region of the world. Check out the list below with their estimated net worth;

S/No Estimated Net worth             Name                                 Region

$37.9b                                      Christy Walton                           North America

$31.3b                                      Liliane Bettencourt                     Europe

$14.8b                                      Gina Reinhart                             Pacific

$6.3b                                        Vanessa Paola Slim                    Latin America

$6.3b                                        Soumaya Slem de Romero         Latin America

$6.3b                                        Johanna Monique Slim Ayub     Latin America

$.3b                                          Uang Huiyan                              Asia

$4.2b                                        Shari Arison                               Middle East

$1.2b                                        Folorunsho Alakija                     Africa

 

Keshi Seeks Time to Decide on Eagles Return


Stephen Keshi says he needs time to mull over the possibility of returning to coach Nigeria.

The ex-Nigeria international says he will take his time to make the “difficult” decision of whether to return as coach of the Nigeria national team.

Keshi was dismissed from the Super Eaglels coaching role earlier this month after guiding the African champions to just four points in four Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying matches and was replaced by a consortium of coaches headed by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) technical director Shuaibu Amodu.

Following a meeting with the country’s football stakeholders in Abuja this week, President Goodluck Jonathan ordered that the 52-year-old be recalled and given a new contract- a position shared by Amodu who himself has requested the coach be allowed to finish the 2015 Afcon qualifying series.

“It is a very, very difficult decision. I am not sure I would say ‘no’ for now or ‘yes’ to the order,” Keshi told reporters after meeting with sports minister Tammy Danagogo on Thursday.

Keshi Led Nigeria to the Second Round of this Year's Fifa World Cup. Image: Getty.

“I still have to think about it because we all want peace. I want a settled mind before making the decision. I don’t have issues with anybody because life is too short. This is my country. I am always willing to offer my service.”

Keshi also reiterated his resolve not to let money determine his decision.

He added: “If I separately wanted a contract, I would have opted for the offer made by Equatorial Guinea because the offer they made was bigger than what Nigeria offered. But this is my country and I want to serve it.”

The former Togo and Mali coach led the Eagles to a third Afcon title last year in South Africa and also qualified Nigeria for last summer’s World Cup in Brazil, where they lost out in the second round to France.

Nigeria are third in their pool in the race to Morocco 2015 and need defeat Congo in Point-Noir by two-goal margin to improve their chances. They must also win their final qualifier at home to South Africa. Both remaining matches are slated for November.

Source: Reuters.

Ohakim and Wife Join the Funeral Service of late High Chief Sir Chilaka Okwuonu


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Osun poll: Security beefed up as tribunal begins pre-hearing


By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—Osun State Election Petition Tribunal yesterday began pre-hearing of the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the August 9 governorship election in the state.

The candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore is challenging the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of All Progressives Congress, APC.

There was heavy security at the Osun State High Court, Osogbo, venue of the tribunal as security operatives mounted road blocks along the roads leading to the court, checking motorists and people.

Senator   Omisore and his party, PDP, had petitioned against Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the APC and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

While PDP is represented by four Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, and 24 other lawyers, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who is the first respondent in the petition, was represented by four SANs and 14 others.

The Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime- led reconstituted election tribunal arrived the court around 9 a.m., and appealed to the parties to cooperate with the panel to ensure fair hearing on the petition.

The tribunal chairman also cautioned against spreading falsehood over the activities of the tribunal, condemning the rumour that was spread last week that the tribunal had given order for the recounting of the votes.

While calling for cooperation of the parties involved in the matter, Justice Ikpejime also appealed to political parties to allow the tribunal do its job without distraction.

At the commencement of the proceedings, Aregbesola’s lead Counsel, Akin Olujimi, SAN, PDP lead Counsel, Alex Izinyon SAN, and INEC lead Counsel, Ayotunde Ogunleye, welcomed the new members of the tribunal, promising to cooperate with them.

The Petitioner’s lead lawyer, Dr Izinyon  urged the tribunal to take the entire petition together so as to fast-track the pre-hearing of the matter and move to the witness, noting that two months have been spent out of the six months stipulated by law to finish the process.

But, Counsels to governor Aregbesola, APC and INEC, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively, Olujimi, Rotimi Akeredolu and Ogunleye, insisted that any challenge on jurisdiction to the competence of the panel must first be heard before moving forward.

Citing various laws of Electoral Act and Appeal Court decisions, the three defendants urged the tribunal to decide on pending application before moving forward to others.

Counsel to the petitioners, Izinyon, submitted that the application can be heard together, citing the case of Enukeme v Onumazi and others, reported in the Election Petition Law Report, 2014, Court of Appeal.

Meanwhile, the Tribunal has fixed Monday for ruling on the request by the PDP and its governorship candidate, Senator Omisore that the tribunal should not determine the competence of their petition at the pre-hearing stage.

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Keshi: Fans react


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With Stephen Keshi in line to return as Super Eagles coach, fans have shared their views on this latest development.Below are views of some football fans from different parts of Nigeria:Nwankwe Tarilaye,TM Bayelsa United from Yenegoa-Keshi should not return. What kind of working relationship will he have with a board that pushed him out?Bakare from Offa- Kwara State: Sacking him isn’t the solution at first but if he would be back,the Boss must learn from criticisms of all Nigerians.

Shuaibu Haliru from Sokoto: Keshi shouldn’t be brought back, he uses a lot of self interest in his squad. We have good talented players out there, players like Obasi, Uche, Abdullahi Shehu, Sherif Isa but they never get called up.Ojobi: Keshi won’t help Nigerian football because of his arrogant stand on locking out some very good players.Chikere Nwankwo: It’s laughable and a shame if Keshi agrees to go back to his vomit. What about the many countries he claimed were after his signature? The President by this action has slighted the Pinnick board. What it means is that nobody can talk to Keshi again. We’re in for poor results from the Eagles

Kendrick from Benin: I’ll be ashamed if Keshi accept to return back as Eagles coach. He has done his best and that’s the best he can give. I pray to God that Keshi should not come back, he wants to kill Nigeria football with his pride.

Biodun Adeyemi: President Jonathan should have allowed the NFF to have their way. He is causing more trouble for them by this action of ordering the return of Keshi. What about the girls who have been kidnapped for months?

Timothy from Markurdi: Keshi should never accept to return as the Suoer Eagles coach, his good record is fading with the current problem in Nigeria football. Let him keep his pride and good record than to spoil it now. Even though he qualifies the Eagles for Morocco 2015, the Eagles can’t do well in the tournament. It is obvious. For Keshi I advice him not to return to this job .

Egiom from Port Harcourt: Keshi has done well for Nigeria but He should take a bow and leave for good.

Uche Dibia: Will Keshi change his arrogant nature and invite better Nigerian players than the journey men he invites from China?

Mohammed from Taraba: Keshi is the best for Nigeria no doubt about that, I don’[t know why NFF sacked him in the first place. I think he is the right person for the the job.

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Burkina army seizes power after uprising


 

The army’s seizure of power in Burkina Faso on Thursday amounted to a “coup”, an opposition leader told AFP, adding that they consider the president’s departure “non-negotiable”.President Blaise Compaore, who has ruled the country for 27 years, “is again in the process of duping the people,” said opposition leader Benewende Sankara.

“We have been saying for a long time that he must hand in his resignation. His departure is non-negotiable.”Burkina army seizes power after uprising against veteran rulerBurkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore was toppled on Thursday as the army took power after protesters set parliament ablaze in a popular uprising against the veteran leader’s 27-year-rule.

The demonstrators earlier forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow Compaore to extend his reign, with tens of thousands of people joining a mass rally in the capital Ouagadougou calling for the strongman to go.Hundreds of people stormed parliament and other public buildings including the national television headquarters, ransacking offices and setting fire to cars, despite a heavy police and army presence across the capital.

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Banky W: “I’m sad I didn’t get to be on MI’s new album”


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R&B singer and also lead henchman of EME — Banky W has revealed he is sad that he is not on M.I’s 3rd album, The Chairman released today, as a featured artiste.

Banky made this known today via Instagram while urging fans to go out and buy copies of the album.

While thanking MI for inspiring him and describing the new album as a classic, wrote: ‘Bigups to my favourite rapper on the continent, @mi_abaga on the release of his album. Thank u for continuing to inspire me. Sad that I didn’t get to be on the album, but proud of U, inspired by ur work and wishing u nothing but the best always. Yall make sure u cop this classic.’

The Chairman album, which is M.I’s third full-length studio album, features artiste like Wizkid, Seyi Shay, Ice Prince, Olamide Reminisce, Patoranking, Runtown, Sarkodie, 2face, Nosa, Koker, Sound Sultan, Emmy Ace and Bennie Man.

The two stars are not exactly new to collaborating on projects as they have been on two tracks before at different times in their career.  In a song titled ‘Feeling It’ off Banky W’s The W Experience album, the ‘Lagos Party’ star featured the rapper who is fond of describing himself as the ‘short, black boy’ while they also hooked up to deliver ‘Still together,’ an ode to Nigeria for the country’s 50th independence anniversary in 2010.

Yvonne Nelson all excited for the American premiere of ‘Folly’


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Famous Ghanaian actress, producer and model — Yvonne Nelson seems really excited this morning as she shared this post with her fans on her Twitter page: ‘FOLLY premieres this Saturday 1st Nov in New York (empire cruise 23rd street) and Sunday 2nd in DC at (stonefish lounge) Come out and see this amazing movie…..come out lets interact and take some selfies. For more info on tickets call 3474792011 / 3472571796 @iamelizabethd.’

According to the movie’s Facebook page, the premiere will be a star-studded event to be hosted by Nosa Igbinosa and will be held at the top notch Empire Cruises’ HABOR YATCH located on East 23rd street & FDR Drive in New York City. In more exciting news for those partaking in the premiere, the movie will be screened while the boat cruises around New York City Downtown.

The film, parading stars like Uche Jombo, Alexx Ekubo, Joseph Benjamin, Joke Silva, Elizabeth U. Daniels, Belinda Effah among others, was directed by Alex Mouth and produced by Elizabeth Daniels.

Focused on Rhoda, who seems to have a perfect life until recklessness turns her world upside down in what will become wasted years later in life, the movie puts the story of love gone sour on the front burner, highlighting the thin line between promises and betrayal.

Wondering why the project is connected to Yvonne Nelson, an actress and producer herself, it might not be unconnected with the friendship she shares with Daniels who is the producer of the movie.

Yinka Ayefele’s dad to be buried in January 2015


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Final plans are set for the burial of Yinka Ayefele‘s recently deceased father, High Chief Taiwo Ayefele who passed away on his 76th birthday on Sunday October 12, 2014.

The burial has been slated to hold in January 2015.

To commence with a lying-in-state ceremony on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Ipoki Ekiti Civic Centre from 5pm while the service of songs will hold on Friday, January 23, at Orita Market, Iwaro street in Ipoki Ekiti.

The final burial ceremony of Pa Ayefele, who is survived by Yinka, Niyi, Oluwole and Olumide Ayefele, will hold at Our Saviours Anglican Church in the same town on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

Desmond Eliott: “Why I didn’t use my Yoruba name before now”


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Veteran Nigerian actor, director and aspiring politician — Desmond Elliot is among the fore runners of the several entertainers eyeing political offices ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Just a couple of months ago, he declared his intention to represent Surulere Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly under the All Progressives Congress, and in a recent Twitter quiz with his fans, the 40-year old actor who before now was not really known as a Lagos State indigene, confessed he is now a night crawler because of politics.

The actor revealed that he has never been a night crawler all his life but that politics has changed that to a large extent.

When asked why he had not been using his Yoruba name, Olusola since hitting limelight, the actor explained that he had to use his English name for ‘professional reasons.’

Speaking with City People on his reasons for joining politics, he explained that joining politics for him is an ambition he had nursed for many years but only joined at a time he considers the most appropriate time to declare his intention.

‘Politics has been in me for many years but I wanted a party which was progressive. My choice of APC was because its stronger and progressive. The party is one you can identify with. This is also a good platform and a good party. It has lots of PROGRAMS that cater for people’s welfare. It has so much differentiated itself from all others. This is one of the reasons why I decided to join the party,’ he explained.

IG Abbah Breached The Law By Withdrawing My Security Details – Tambuwal


Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal has reacted to the withdrawal of his security details by the acting Inspector General of Police, Sulaiman Abba, saying the police chief breached the law by giving such order.

Tambuwal had on Wednesday defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), which brought up calls for his removal as Speaker of the House, since the PDP holds majority seats in the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

His adjournment of the House sitting till December 3 meant no votes can be held as regards his removal until then.

The police however moved to strip him of one of his privileges as speaker, by withdrawing his security details.

In a statement issued and signed by his media aide, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal said he was shocked to receive the statement issued by the Nigerian Police Force Headquarters justifying the withdrawal of Police Security Personnel attached to him.

The Police had in the statement claimed that by his defection from the PDP to the APC, the Hon Speaker is in breach of Section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution and is consequently no longer entitled to police security.

“The implication of the Inspector General of Police’s statement is that as sanction for this alleged constitutional breach, he has removed Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal from office of Speaker House of Representatives.

“For the avoidance of doubt the question of whether or not there is a division or faction in the PDP has been resolved by Lord Justice Faji of the Ilorin Division of Federal High Court in suit FHC/ABJ/CS/605/2013 in which the court held that indeed there were factions in the PDP.

“Again in suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/ 605/2013, the Sokoto Division of the Federal High Court per Justice Aikawa, the judgment of the court was that there was not only Division but faction in the PDP which later merged with the APC.

“As the number four citizen in the hierarchy of protocol in the country,  the Speaker is entitled to security protection by the security agencies, therefore we see the action of the Acting Inspector General of Police as not only contempt of the courts but a ploy to bring harm to the person of Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

“We are on authority that nothing in the 1999 Constitution nor the Police Act confers on the police force adjudicatory powers including the interpretation of the constitution.

“In any case even Section 215 of the 1999 Constitution does not contemplate the issuing of or compliance with unlawful orders by the President and or the the Inspector General of Police respectively.

“What the Acting Inspectorr General of Police has done therefore has no basis in law including the 1999 Constitution which he has cited. It is a brazen act of crass impunity, gross Constitutional breach and contempt of court, The Inspector General should desist from assuming or usurping the constitutional functions of the Judiciary.

“For the avoidance of doubt the Speaker of the House is elected by members from among themselves under Section 50(1) (b) of the constitution and vacates office under Section 50 (2) (a) (b) &(c), in the case of (c) by two-thirds majority of members of the House.

“The Section 68(1)(g) of the Constitution which refers to a member vacating his seat on grounds of defection, which the Inspector General of Police refers to, has a proviso which has been and still is a matter for judicial and not police interpretation.

“We have faith and confidence in our judiciary and are persuaded that it cannot by stampeded into administering injustice,” the statement read.

Girl goes missing after leaving club with man (PHOTO)


It’s a story about a 300level English Language student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Annabel Nzubechukwu Edeh, who has not been seen since she left a night club with an unknown man many weeks ago in Awka, Anambra state.

Annabel had gone to the night club with friends on September 17th and as the group of girls prepared to leave, Annabel told her friends she was in need of money so would go home with a guy she’d met at the club and would return to school the following morning. It’s been 6 weeks and Annabel hasn’t been seen.

Read the full story as told my Oluchukwu Igwe, a 500l Chemical Engineering student of same school:

They were six girls, who went to Lounge 24 Gaga, a nightclub in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on September 17. They are Calista, Uju, Lovelyn, Ada, Chika and Annabel. All of them are friends and live close to one another. When they returned to their hostels the following morning, one of them – Annabel – could not be found.

Where is Annabel? This was the question classmates of Annabel Nzubechukwu Edeh could not answer. The 300-Level English Language and Literature student of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in Awka has not been seen anywhere, 43 days after she went to the night club with her friends.

Was she kidnapped? Is she dead? These are some of the questions being asked by her distraught family members and friends. She is the only girl in a family of three.

Annabel, 24, a native of Enugu State, was last seen on Wednesday, September 17 evening, when she left her Paradise City Hostel in Iyiagu Estate, Awka.

When she was leaving the club, Annabel reportedly left at midnight with a guy she met at the club. That was the last time she was seen.

Annabel’s friend and hostel mate, who simply gave her name as Ifeoma, said after clubbing, the girls decided to find a place to sleep before returning to their hostels. But Annabel, she said, told her friends she wanted to go with Mmiri, a male acquaintance, she met at the club. She was said to have told her friends that she was in need of money, which could have informed her decision to go away with the guy.

When she did not return in the morning, it was learnt that Ada and Chika called Annabel’s phone but were disappointed to hear a male voice claiming to have found the phone on the ground and asked the ‘owner’ to come for it.

Ada and Chika, it was gathered, retrieved the phone and contacted Annabel’s elder brother, Ifeanyi, who reported the matter at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Awka.

CAMPUSLIFE learnt that Ada and Chika were detained for alleged complicity but were later released on bail.

When contacted on the phone, it was learnt that Mmiri claimed Annabel left his house at 3:30am when she refused to enter his room.

But, after the conversation, Mmiri reportedly switched off his phone and stopped going to a popular bar, where he drinks with his friends. He is nowhere to be found.

Our correspondent’s efforts to speak with Annabel’s friends she went to the nightclub with were futile. All of them declined to comment on the issue.

Annabel’s roommate, Ukamaka, gave an account of what happened when she spoke to CAMPUSLIFE on telephone.

She said: “Annabel told me she was going to the club that evening. Her friends, Ada and Chika, waited in the compound till they were joined by their other friends. I had a premonition of the incident in a dream I had the previous night. I told her not to go to the club but she refused. When the other three girls arrived, they all left together. When she did not return in the morning, I called her line but nobody picked. Later, a man claimed he found it.”

Asked to describe the kind of person Annabel is, Ukamaka said that her roommate is a good Christian and hardworking, saying Annabel is a good tailor. “I believe Annabel is a victim of circumstance,” Ukamaka said.

Ifeanyi said his family remained devastated by the incident. “We are devastated at the moment. When I received the news, I travelled from Onitsha to Awka to report the matter at the police station. The matter is still being attended to at SCID and “B” Division. We have even gone spiritual to seek God’s help to find my missing sister. Our Dad is late but mum is highly disorganised.”

Ifeanyi said the matter had been reported to the UNIZIK management.

When CAMPUSLIFE visited Annabel’s mother in Onitsha, she fought back tears as neighbours consoled her. She said: “I warned my daughter to stay clear of bad friends, but she would not listen. When she was admitted in a hospital a few months ago, my spirit never accepted the kind of girls who visited her. Now, they have done their worst. I can’t see my daughter, now. Where is my only daughter? Annabel was seven months in my womb when my husband died.”

Mrs Edeh said she had consulted a prophet, who confirmed to her that her daughter is alive but held captive somewhere. She claimed that the prophet informed her that it was Annabel’s friends that facilitated her ‘abduction’ and threatened to sue them if her daughter did not return within days.
She added: “All I am asking is the safe return of my daughter. I have no other girl. If she was kidnapped, those holding her would have called us. I am confused. We are only praying to God and hoping that she returns home safe and alive. I am pleading with anyone, who knows her whereabouts, to give useful information that can help us to locate her.”

Culled from The Nation

PHOTOS: 9ice brands bus, palm oil, palm wine, soft drinks to campaign in Ogbomosho


Abolore Akande aka 9ice, who is going for House of Reps in Ogbomosho South/North and Orire Constituency Federal 1, branded buses and soft drinks to campaign in Ogbomosho. He also branded palm oil, palm wine and water to give to his supporters. See more photos below:

Diezani Madueke’s sister rescued after 8 days from kidnapper’s den


The sister of Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, Osiya Agama has been rescued by police in Port Harcourt eight days after she was kidnapped.
Mrs Agama was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on her way from an evening church on Tuesday October 21, at Leventis Bus-Stop along Port Harcourt-Aba Road, as she approached her car.

The police said yesterday that she has been rescued. A text message from the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, stated that she was rescued during a joint operation by the Police, Military And Operatives of the State Security Service.
The text reads;
“This is to inform you that Osiya Agama has been safely rescued during a joint operation by the Police, Military and the State Security Service. Two Suspects Were Arrested”.

The text didn’t say where she was rescued from.

Nigerian Defense Headquarters Orders Fleeing Soldiers To Retake Mubi From Boko Haram


Some Nigerian troops seen in Song in Adamawa earlier today

Some 24 hours after Nigerian soldiers from the 234 battalion fled Mubi, Adamawa State as Islamist fighters advanced, the Defense Headquarters in Abuja has ordered the troops to return and retake the town from the militants. SaharaReporters was first to report yesterday that Islamist terrorists fighting under the banner of Boko Haram had captured the strategically important town of Mubi from Nigerian troops who were so overwhelmed by the insurgents’ firepower that they abandoned their barracks and weaponry as they fled.
A military source in Abuja told SaharaReporters this morning that the embarrassing retreat had infuriated the Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh, whose hometown, Vimtim, is now less than 15 miles from the location of the insurgents.
Yesterday’s daring attack by the Boko Haram militants marked the first time in more than two months that the insurgents were able to send Nigerian soldiers fleeing. Before yesterday’s attack, Nigerian troops had
scored a series of decisive triumphs over the insurgents, killing hundreds of them, capturing their weaponry and vehicles, and repelling their attempts to grab more territory in Adamawa or Borno States.
But military sources confirmed to us yesterday that Boko Haram militants were able to sweep into Mubi yesterday with little or no resistance from Nigerian troops based in the town. Newspaper accounts disclose that the militants have since bombed a prison yard and a major police facility in the town.
Our military sources said the insurgents had taken over the headquarters of the former Special Operations Battalion (SOB) now known as the 234 Battalion. One source said military authorities in Abuja were particularly nervous about the insurgents’ capture of the barracks because the retreating soldiers left behind a huge cache of sophisticated weapons kept at the armory in Mubi. “With the weapons in their possession, these militants can pose a serious threat to many other parts of the state and beyond,” a military officer told SaharaReporters.
One of our sources at Defense headquarters disclosed that some 300 soldiers who fled yesterday have now been ordered to converge at Song, a small township directly commanded by Brigadier Agbarefe, the Brigade Commander from the 213 Brigade in Yola. The troops are backed by two armored tanks and a few anti-personnel carriers (APCs) as they await final orders to march on Mubi to confront the insurgents and try to dislodge them.
Our source added that there was no aerial cover planned for the moment, but that the troops would proceed regardless.
The troops will be without their commanders, Lieutenant Colonel A. Agu and a platoon commander, who were both injured yesterday when the pick up van they were fleeing in somersaulted several times.
Several soldiers in the battalion said morale was low, adding that their equipment were hardly adequate for the assignment to flush out the insurgents from Mubi.
However, a military source in Abuja denied the depiction of troop morale and equipment, insisting that the soldiers were well prepared and adequately armed to carry out the order to recapture Mubi. He said an additional brigade had been mobilized to provide additional firepower.

Stephen Keshi to return as Eagles coach


 

Indications have emerged that Stephen Keshi will return as the head coach of the Nigeria Super Eagles, supersport.com can report.
Supersport.com learned from an inside source at the NFF on Thursday morning that Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan has ordered that the former Nigerian international be reinstated as the head coach of the African champions.
The source added that the president had an emergency meeting with troubled NFF president Amaju Pinnick on Wednesday night and advised that Keshi should return as the national team gaffer.
“I can confirm to you that Stephen Keshi will return as the head coach of the Super Eagles because of the presidential intervention.
“The president (Jonathan) met with all football stakeholders last night and he told them that Keshi must return as the Super Eagles coach with immediate effect,” the source revealed to supersport.com
Supersport.com also asked the source what the fate would be of Shuaibu Amodu who replaced Keshi as the
Super Eagles handler.
“It has been concluded that Shuaibu Amodu would step down, and Stephen Keshi will continue as the head coach,” the source added.
Nigeria will face Congo and South Africa next month, and the Eagles must win the two encounters to have the chance of making it to the 2015 Afcon.

2015: Why PDP Stopped Governor Ngilari


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The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday declared that the zoning of the governorship position in Adamawa State to the Central Senatorial District ahead of the 2015 election remains valid.

By this declaration, the incumbent governor, James Ngilari, who hails from Adamawa North, has been ruled out from the contest. He is, however, said to have picked forms for the contest.

The PDP NWC’s decision came just as President Goodluck Jonathan obtained his presidential nomination form yesterday.

In the case of Adamawa State, the national leadership of PDP had reached an agreement with 14 guber aspirants of the party to ensure that the governorship position goes to the Central Zone in 2015 especially when it became apparent that the then acting governor, Umaru Fintiri was unstoppable in the race to the botched by-election.

Reiterating the decision of the party, yesterday, the NWC through the national publicity secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh said, “For Adamawa State, the National Working Committee has decided that the decision and agreements of the candidates in Adamawa during our last exercise last month will be upheld; accordingly, the gubernatorial election in 2015 has been zoned to Adamawa Central.

“All aspirants who bought forms (eight of them) that signed the agreement and withdrew are advised to come and exchange them without any payment with the new 2015 forms.

“It means they are entitled to run since they are from the same senatorial zone of the party that will fully implement that agreement.”

..Aspirants Hail Decision

Meanwhile, all the 14 aspirants who participated in the process leading to the aborted election have hailed the party for taking the decision.

By Chibuzo Ukaibe

Aftermath Of Tambuwal’s Defection: Presidency, PDP Move Against Emeka Ihedioha


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Strong indications have emerged that President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are unhappy with the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, over the latter’s private reception for Speaker Aminu Tambuwal a few hours after the speaker defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday.

The reception which was said to have taken place at the deputy speaker’s guest house on Pope John Paul Street, off Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, few hours after the mini-national convention of the APC, was attended by most members of APC in the House.

Ihedioha has, however, dismissed the report as ‘not sensible’ while Tambuwal directed all enquiries on the matter to the deputy speaker’s men.

The reception, which was initially meant to be a private one for Tambuwal, was later ‘invaded’ by other members of the lower chamber, including some PDP members, a reliable source told our correspondent.

A presidential aide told our correspondent yesterday in Abuja that the deputy speaker, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, had been asked to explain which master he had elected to serve “because we cannot understand why he chose to host Speaker Aminu Tambuwal to a warm reception a few hours after he defected from our party to APC.

“Is the deputy speaker with us or he is planning to move to the APC with his boss? The PDP deserves an answer from him.’’

The presidential aide asserted that, at this ‘critical moment of political decision,’ President Jonathan wanted to be very clear on whose side the deputy speaker belonged.

The presidential aide continued: “You know this man (referring to Ihedioha) cannot be trusted; he has consistently worked against the party in the past. He now appears to be working for the PDP because of his 2015 political interest. But even at that, we do not know where he truly belongs.”

When contacted, the media adviser to Tambuwal, Malam Imam Imam, said all clarifications on the issue should be referred to Ihedioha’s aides.

The chief press secretary to the deputy speaker, Oke Epia, however, described the report as inconsequential.

“This is a non-issue; are those behind this saying the deputy speaker would want to do that to show that he is in APC? I can tell you that this is not a sensible thing at all,”Epia said.

The development came as the presidency was said to have directed the Nigeria Police Force, State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to withdraw their security personnel attached to the speaker for defecting from the PDP to the APC.

The acting inspector-general of police, Suleiman Abba, confirmed the redeployment of the police personnel attached to Tambuwal on Wednesday.

The force public relations officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, hinged the withdrawal of Tambuwal’s security aides on Section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Security details attached to the speaker were said to have been withdrawn yesterday morning.

After his defection on Wednesday, Tambuwal vowed to work with his new party to dislodge the ‘PDP cabal’ from power in the 2015 general election.

“We came to work this morning and what we found was that all the security men did not report for duty. We are puzzled but that is the situation,” a National Assembly aide said.

LEADERSHIP

Major Decision of the PDP NWC Meeting Held on the 29th of October, 2014.


PRESS STATEMENT
Major Decision of the NWC Meeting Held on the 29th of October, 2014.

In Abia, the NWC directed the Abia state executive committee to oversee the affairs of the ward, and local government until congresses are held. The working committee noted the expiration of the tenure of the ward and local government executive committee of the party since September 2014.

By this, the ward and Local Government executive officers of the party cannot participate in the congresses to be held on sat as officers of the party since their tenure has expired.

In Anambra state, the NWC noted that the tenure of the executive of Anambra state chapter expired on October 24th 2014. Accordingly it directed the South East Zonal Executive Committee to oversee the affairs of Anambra state chapter until congresses are held.

In Enugu state, the NWC considered the resignation of Enugu state chairman and hereby directs that the state deputy chairman, as acting chairman should summon a meeting of the state executive of the party to appoint a chairman from the zone where the outgoing chairman hails from pending the conduct of elections to fill the vacancy. The NWC expects that this exercise should be completed within two weeks

In Imo state, the NWC noted the tenure of the Imo state executive committee will expire on October 31st 2014 and therefore approved that the state executive should continue as caretaker committee. They are hereby reconstituted as caretaker committee without voting rights until congresses are held.

In Delta state, the NWC considered the resignation of the Delta state Chairman and hereby directs that the state deputy chairman as acting chairman should summon a meeting of the state executive committee to appoint a chairman from the zone where the outgoing chairman hails from pending the conduct of election to fill the position. The NWC gives two weeks within which the election should hold.

In Adamawa, the NWC also decided that the decision and agreements reached by the aspirants during the last September 2014 governorship primary will be upheld. Accordingly, the gubernatorial primary for 2015 election has been zoned to Adamawa central. All the aspirants who bought the 2014 nomination forms and withdrew in deference to the agreement should exchange them with the new 2015 forms without fresh payment. These category of aspirants are therefore entitled to run, since they are from the senatorial zone.

Finally, the NWC has extended the sale of nomination form nationwide by one week. The new closing date is Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary

Wolverine Actor, Hugh Jackman Treated For Cancer For The Third Time In Under A year


The Australian, 46, previously underwent treatment for potentially disfiguring basal cell carcinoma in November 2013 and in May this year

Hugh Jackman has been diagnosed and treated for basal cell carcinoma for the third time this year, his spokesperson has confirmed. A representative for the Wolverine/Les Misérables actor told E! News that he recently received medical attention for the form of skin cancer, and is “all good” now. The Australian, 46, previously underwent treatment for

basal cell carcinoma (nose cancer) in November 2013. He was treated a second time in May 2014.  On both occasions, the cancerous tissue was removed from his nose.According to the National Institutes of Health, basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly suffered form of cancer in the United States, and is usually entirely treatable. However, if not swiftly seen to, it can cause disfigurement. Jackman has been vocal in the past about the importance of protecting the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, which can lead to cell mutations.

On Monday, he posted the following on Instagram:

”I’m realistic about the future and it’s more than likely that I’ll have at least one more but probably many more, which is not uncommon for an Aussie particularly from English stock growing up in Australia where I don’t remember ever being told to put sunscreen on,” he told the Associated Press in May.“But the beauty of this is it’s all preventable, it’s just about getting proper check-ups. I can be typical man, a little lazy, I couldn’t be bothered and now I’m not lazy at all.”

South African Goal Keeper Killed In His Girlfriend’s House Was On His Way To See His Wife!


 

Senzo and his wife, Mhize

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Senzo Meyiwa’s best friend, Tumelo Madlala, narrated the devastating moment he saw Senzo gunned down.
Tumelo Madlala was visiting the goalkeeper and his singer girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, in Spruitview, Ekurhuleni, when three men broke in and demanded her mobile phone after a family Sunday lunch. The 27-year-old footballer intervened when one of the intruders became violent with his girlfriend but was shot at point blank range as Miss Khumalo’s two children screamed in horror.
Tumelo said:

‘Three men came into the house. They wanted Kelly’s phone and she refused to give it to them. There was scuffle between Kelly and one of the men. Senzo stood up and tried to intervene… ‘That was when the man pulled out a gun and shot Senzo.’

Meyiwa, who recently fathered a child with his pop-star girlfriend, is understood to have been on his way to meet his wife, Mkhize, at a party when he was killed in cold blood.

Senzo and his girlfriend with their daughter below:

Kelly Khumalo opens up about her love for Senzo Meyiwa

Meanwhile Miss Khumalo once dated a convicted murderer, Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and had physically assaulted Senzo’s wife Mhize when she just started dating Senzo.

Omoni Oboli And Her Husband Have An Intimate Wedding Anniversary Celebration – Photos


 

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Award winning Nollywood actress/producer, Omoni Oboli and her husband, Nnamdi celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary yesterday with an intimate dinner at her younger sister’s restaurant. It’s a Nigerian celebrity’s 14 year  wedding anniversary, so yes, celebrity weddings can stay firm and not crash. Meanwhile. she shared these photos and beautiful caption:‘Le boo and I had a beautiful healthy dinner at my lil sister’s restaurant Otres, has done well for herself! We had grilled chicken, grilled fish, steamed veggies, sides of pan grilled sweet potatoes and lots of conversation! Delish! We had a nice view of the water and the bridge.

 We ended the day with a leisurely stroll along the bridge inspired by the view at restaurant Otres. Ok in the spirit of full disclosure, we had ice cream from cold stone afterwards. Now its time for me to change to my new pink lingerie…y’all are not part of that…lol! Thanks so much my beautiful friends and fans for the lovely prayers and wishes! We see them all. May God bless you too!’

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Mourinho Lauds Drogba after Capital One Cup Progress


Jose Mourinho has praised Didier Drogba for his impact in Tuesday’s League Cup win, as Chelsea survived Shrewsbury scare to book a quarter-finals ticket.

The Ivorian, 36, in his second spell at the west London club, opened scoring via a well-taken shot early in the second half. Andy Mangan leveled for Micky Mellon’s side but Drogba would later contribute to the 81st- minute own goal when by putting Jermaine Grandison under pressure, while the Shrews defender turned home a Willian cross.

“I was worried when they equalised, but we go through and Didier played a massive part in that,” said the Portuguese, 51.

“Hopefully he will be good for the weekend, but we will have to see because right now his character is stronger than his body.

Didier Drogba Celebrates With Team-Mates During Tuesday Night's League Cup Win at Shrewsbury. Image: Getty.

“Maybe what he has done today (Tuesday) is through his character, not his body. That’s what makes players special and any of the young players lucky enough to play alongside him learn from that.”

Mourinnho was also satisfied with the performances of his experienced players, like goalkeeper Petr Cech and midfielder John Obi Mikel, who made their first starts in as many matches.

He added: “I also had people like Petr Cech and Mikel, people with lots of years at the club, who would prefer to start at Old Trafford.

“They didn’t and they came here today and gave a fantastic example.”

Mourinho was far from impressed with performances of his fringe players and says it will be “easy” to select his team for the weekend following the hard laboured 2-1 win over the League Two side.

Dane Andreas Christensen, 18, was handed a first team debut, while fellow defender Nathan Ake, 19, and Kurt Zouma, 20, were also given a start.

Egypt winger Mohamed Salah and Andre Shuerrle were among the non regular players given opportunities to shine.

“I expect players to give me problems. I love problems. But a lot of them didn’t and they’ve made it easy to choose my team for Saturday,” said Mourinho, whose side host Queens Park Rangers this weekend.
“If players who played 90 minutes two days ago were fantastic, I expect people who are not playing a lot to raise the level to create me problems. They didn’t create me big problems.”

Why Sokoto Didn’t Welcome Tambuwal – Prof Bashar


An All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in Sokoto State, professor Mohammad Lawal Bashar, explains in his interview why he is against the idea of zoning the party’s ticket and the feelings of other aspirants to supposed plans to hand over the ticket to Speaker Aminu Tambuwal.

Aminu Tambuwal

Prof Bashar said that the idea of zoning the party’s ticket is mistaken decision and it was taken by some party’s stakeholders despite its problems and the possible for disaster in his party.

He added that he had no problems with any of the aspirants, including Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has defected to the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), from the ruling party, PDP.

Meet The 38 People, Groups That Contributed N22m For Jonathan’s Re-election


President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed appreciation to the groups and individuals who donated the N22 million needed for the purchase of a presidential nomination form of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Thanks to the donors, the president, who has been adopted as a consensus candidate of the PDP, will tomorrow, October 30, pick up the nomination form for the 2015 Presidential elections. He has gotten about N100 million in pledges and donations.

“The President is … grateful to all the persons, groups and communities who have sent donations, and made pledges to assist him to pay the required N22 million for the PDP Presidential Nomination Fee and Expression of Interest Form,” a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati said.

The donations and pledges that the president has received from a broad section of Nigerians were listed in the statement as follows:

  1. Mr. Kennedy Ikenna Odoeme – N5, 000
  2. Mr Ezemagu Sunday Nnamdi – N10, 000
  3. PDP Governors – N22 Million
  4. Transformation Agenda of Nigeria (TAN) – N22m
  5. Ogbia LGA Stakeholders, Bayelsa state – N5m
  6. Otuoke Community Stakeholders – N2m
  7. Brass LGA Stakeholders, Bayelsa state – N50, 000
  8. Bayelsa State PDP Stakeholders- N5m
  9. Northern Youths Forum – N2m
  10. Central Market Traders Union, Kaduna State – N1m
  11. PDP Stakeholders, Zaria LGA – N500, 000
    12.PDP Stakeholders, Yobe State – N500, 000
    13.PDP Stakeholders, Kaduna State- N2m
  12. Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore – N5m
  13. The Goodluck Support Group, Gombe State – N1m
  14. Adamawa State PDP Stakeholders – N3m
  15. Ebonyi State PDP Stakeholders- N2m
    18.Kogi State PDP Stakeholders – N5m
  16. Rivers State PDP Stakeholders – N5m
  17. The 2015 Project – N1m
    21.Team Goodluck, Ondo North Senatorial District – N5m
  18. Middle Belt PDP Women Support Group for GEJ 2015 – N500, 000
  19. King David Generation Foundation, Jos – N200, 000
  20. Behwong Weneng Yere Duk, Jos – N200,000
  21. Redemption 3 Youth Organization, Plateau State – N500, 000
  22. Plateau State Indigenes Association, Abuja – N300,000
  23. Gombe Youth United for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan 2015 – N500, 000
  24. Gombe Youth Vanguard for PDP- N500, 000
  25. Yamahu/Deba Goodluck Support Group – N200, 000
  26. Coalition of Gombe Support Groups for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan – N2m
  27. Hinna Youth Coalition for Goodluck – N500, 000
  28. Nigerian Women Pray for Jonathan – N1m
  29. National Association of Widows – N100, 000
  30. National Council of Women Societies – N500, 000
  31. Female members of the PDP Board of Trustees – N500,000
  32. Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities – N100,000
  33. National Association of Market Women – N500, 000
  34. Community Awareness and Development Network – N1 m

Jonathan promised his donors that he will continue doing his best to justify the confidence reposed in him by the donors.

“President Jonathan thanks all Nigerians, members of the PDP, friends, associates, and all groups who in sincere appreciation of the achievements of the administration in the last four years, have been urging him to seek a second term in office,” the statement added.

Two Nollywood Acts Battle It Out For House Of Assembly Seat


The aftermath of our Nigerian actors/musicians running to politics means that in some cases they may end up vying for the same political seat/position as in the case of  Nollywood actors, Tony One Week Muonagor and Bob Manuel Udokwu.

The two actors are vying for Idemili North constituency in Anambra ‎State House of Assembly. While Bob Manuel Udokwu who is from Ogidi, is a member of APGA, Tony One Week is from Ugamuma village Obosi and is a member of ACN.

Aside from acting, Bob Manuel Udokwu has hosted the Gulder Utimate Search show for several seasons while Tony One Week also has some songs to his credit.

President Jonathan Likely To Be Re-Elected In 2015 – Reuters



(Reuters) – Not many presidents could survive three multi-billion dollar government oil corruption scandals and a wave of cold-blooded killings and kidnappings of civilians by Islamist militants still holding hundreds of schoolgirls after six months.
Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan has not only survived, he will seek reelection in February stronger than ever, after five years in a job no one expected him to get.
Jonathan’s support base within the ruling party is now unchallenged, a rare feat for the often fractious People’s Democratic Party (PDP), while the main opposition APC coalition is split between two contestants for the presidency.
The government announced a ceasefire with the Islamist Boko Haram rebels 10 days ago, ahead of talks in neighboring Chad to secure the release of more than 200 girls seized from Chibok village in April in an abduction that shocked the world.
If the talks are successful it would help the president’s image. But nothing has come of it yet and violence has
since surged, with dozens more children kidnapped.
Jonathan has defended his overstretched military’s efforts against a Boko Haram insurgency that has killed thousands. In the case of the failure to free the schoolgirls, he has said any rescue attempt would endanger their lives.
Meanwhile, apart from the security challenges, his government also has been beset by corruption allegations.
A parliamentary report detailed a $6.8 billion fuel subsidy fraud. A government investigation revealed corrupt cut price crude sales to oil majors that cost the treasury billions. And a former central banker has reported that between $10 and billion $20 billion had been diverted by the state oil firm over 18 months between 2012 and last year.
The government pledged to investigate the first two cases and denied the third.
Last month, South Africa froze two payments from the Jonathan administration totaling $15 million that it suspected were for illegal arms deals. Nigeria said the deals were legal.
Yet it is a testament to Nigeria’s complex mix of ethnic rivalry, patronage and intense competition for centralized oil wealth in Africa’s top producer that Jonathan can brush off these various scandals and attract a high level of support.
WEAKER OPPOSITION
Jonathan, a Christian southerner, was an accidental president, taking over in 2009 after President Umaru Yar’adua, a Muslim from the north, died from illness.
When Jonathan was elected to his own term in 2011, many in the north resented his decision to run, believing he had torn up an unwritten rule that power should rotate between mainly Muslim north and mainly Christian south every two terms.
Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, who lost to Jonathan in 2011, and defected PDP ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar are vying for the opposition APC ticket. Both launched bids in the past month, focusing on security and graft.
Roddy Barclay, senior Africa analyst at Control Risks, a political risk consultancy, sees two “principle factors for Jonathan’s robust position in spite of the scandals and failings which have rocked his government”.
“Firstly, the primacy of money and patronage in determining electoral outcomes in Nigeria,” means an incumbent gets a huge advantage, and second, “the opposition lacks steadfast unity”.
That marks a big change from less than a year ago. In December it was the PDP that was in crisis. Thirty seven lawmakers defected to the APC that month, demolishing the PDP’s lower house majority. Rotimi Amaechi, powerful governor of the oil hub state of Rivers, also defected.
The same month, Jonathan’s mentor and PDP Godfather, ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, wrote a scathing letter saying it would be “fatally morally flawed” for Jonathan to seek re-election in 2015 because of corruption under his rule. Jonathan called the intervention “unjustifiable and indecorous”.
Ten months on and the APC has failed to capitalize. It has not agreed on a presidential candidate and several disillusioned APC figures have flipped to the PDP, underscoring the fluid nature of Nigerian party politics.
They include popular two-term ex-governor of Kano state Ibrahim Shakarau, a Buhari rival, and former anti-corruption chief Nuhu Ribadu, denying the APC a strong anti-graft platform, although Buhari still has strong anti-corruption credentials.
“MODEST EXPECTATIONS”
In June, the APC then lost a governorship election in southwestern Ekiti state to the ruling party.
“The opposition is cannibalizing itself. Its top elites are vying against one another. That’s a glide path for President Jonathan,” said Eurasia Group’s Philippe de Pontet.
“Had the APC sustained its momentum from 5-6 months ago … we’d be in a different world.”
On Dec 2, the dynamic could shift when the party picks its candidate. Buhari earned a reputation for cracking down on corruption during his time in power in 1983-85, and most Nigerians agree he did not use the post to enrich himself, but it is not clear whether he would win votes from APC supporters in the south.
The emotional conflict felt by Barrister Isaac Matthew illustrates Jonathan’s staying power.
Driven by the plight of the schoolgirls to leave a court case he was defending to join protesters demanding more action to rescue them, he says Jonathan bears ultimate responsibility since “leaders are supposed to protect their people”.
“I’m still probably going to vote for him,” he said, citing Jonathan’s concentration on power reform and some works Matthew said had greatly improved the road network.
“The opposition has no credible candidate to stand against him. Not Atiku (Abubakar) and not Buhari.”
The power sector is under improvement, but that may not draw votes since the supply in one of the world’s most electricity-starved countries has fallen in the short term.
Many voters are likely to see the Boko Haram insurgency, which only affects the remote northeast apart from occasional bomb attacks in the capital or other cities, as just one problem in their large, diverse country.
“Expectations in the electorate are fairly modest and they are hugely disenfranchised, despite … years of civilian rule,” said Antony Goldman, head of Nigeria-focused PM Consulting.
“You don’t need to be popular or successful in conventional terms to win an election in Nigeria,” he said, although he added that no president had managed to stay popular after four years in office, and the APC had yet to present a clear alternative.
EBOLA NOT A FACTOR SO FAR
One issue that has not yet played an important role is Ebola, rampant in some other West African states. A mixture of luck and impressively decisive action has meant Africa’s most populous country was able to avoid a potentially devastating epidemic after a Liberian brought it to the megacity of Lagos, but the virus could still come back to plague Nigeria, with unpredictable political consequences.
Jonathan’s assumed decision to run has widened a divide between elites in Nigeria’s south and north because of a feeling in the north that it is still their “turn” to rule.
That makes violence likely, especially if the poll is close. In 2011, more than 800 were killed and 65,000 displaced in three days of violence after Jonathan beat Buhari in the poll.
If Buhari, now 71, gets the ticket but loses the election again, his supporters may have less reason to end the mayhem so quickly if they sense he has missed his last chance.

APC party members engage in free-for all fight in Abuja..


Some members of the Abia state chapter of the APC engaged in a free for all fight at the extra-ordinary non-elective convention which held today October 29th at the old Parade Ground in Abuja. According to reports,the fight broke out between two factions who were fighting for the chairmanship of the party in their state

Health of boy viciously attacked by dogs worsens…


The condition of four-year-old Omonigho Abraham, who was attacked by two dogs in the Igando area of Lagos State about a month ago, has reportedly worsened in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja where he is currently receiving treatment.
Punch learnt from his father, Odia, that Omonigho’s scalp which was torn off by the German shepherd dogs during the gruesome attack, had not healed and had been giving off an offensive odour.He said this had given the family serious concern and attempts to get the medical report of his condition had also been frustrated by some medical officers in the hospital.
He said….

 “My boy still complains of pains in different parts of his body. Also, when they open the bandage on his head, you will see that there is no much difference. It’s still like the first time the incident happened.In fact, for up to two weeks no consultant or doctor attended to him, and his head started smelling.In fact, for up to two weeks no consultant or doctor attended to him, and his head started smelling.We have been told he may still have to be admitted for six months or up to one year, for the doctors to do a skin-grafting surgery on his open skull. They will cut skin from parts of his body, to cover up the skull.”

He added that he had also continued to foot the bills of the boy, despite the instruction of the state government to the hospital management not to collect any money for his expenses.

Our correspondent gathered that a non-governmental organisation had to raise money for Omonigho’s drugs and over N100, 000 had been purportedly spent in buying drugs, among other expenses.The report of a fundraising for Omonigho’s medical expenses was said to have angered the management of LASUTH who allegedly accused Odia of making money off his son’s predicament.

The father of three told our correspondent he was called into a meeting on Tuesday in which the management of the hospital promised to start implementing the state government’s pledge to the Abrahams.
He said,

“The Lagos State Government, through its Ministry of Health, has already played its part by writing a letter to LASUTH that it would foot all the bills for which we are grateful.
“But when the letter got to them, they did not implement it. I was still buying the drugs till yesterday (Tuesday) that I was exhausted and I cried out that I did not have any money to buy drugs again.

“That was when the management of the hospital led by the Chief Medical Director, apologised and promised to start implementing the state government’s order.I have decided to wait for at least a week and see if they will change, like they promised.”

Odia said the Delta State Government and a few other people were interested in the medical report which had not been issued to him.

“The real issue I have now is that they (LASUTH) have not released the medical report which I asked for since October 16. They (LASUTH) have been directing me from one person to another and I am getting tired. If I see the report, I will know what exactly to do about this issue.”

Woman Kills Man who tried to rape her in Lekki (PHOTO)


An unidentified suspected rapist has been killed in the Lekki area of Lagos State while attempting to rape a 22-year-old woman, Ifeoma Okechukwu.

It was learnt that the incident happened on Monday, around 12.30pm, in Atlantic View Estate, Alpha Beach Road, Lekki. Punch learnt that Okechukwu was on her menstrual period and had gone out to buy sanitary pads. The Imo State indigene was said to be on her way back home when she was accosted by the stranger.
She said,

 “After buying the sanitary pads, I was going back home when I saw a man, who should be in his forties, standing at a corner. He approached me and ordered me to take him to my house.“He put his hand into his pocket as if he wanted to bring out a weapon. He said he would kill me if I shouted.When we got to the house, he said I should shut the door and I did. He said I should remove my clothes; and I started begging him, but he refused to listen.So I told him to let me get to the kitchen because I was cooking something and I would be back. I got a rod and hid it in my wrapper. I went back and moved slowly towards him, still begging, but he refused.He was taking off his clothes and wearing a condom when I used the rod to hit him in the head. I started screaming. And then I picked the phone and called my uncle.”

The victim’s uncle, who pleaded anonymity, told Punch Metro that he went to report the matter at the Ilasan Police Station after learning what had happened.
He said,

“I was not at home when the incident happened and her younger brother had also gone out. So, she was alone in the house and it was possible he had been monitoring her movement.When she called me and said what had happened, I left the office and went to the police station in Jakande Estate where I reported the matter.”

A police source told our correspondent that investigators found a pack of condoms on the deceased, including a phone without a SIM card. The source added that since the incident happened, no one had shown up to claim the man’s corpse.
He said,

“He was about wearing the condom when the girl hit him on the head and he died. His mission was to rape her and steal from the house. He probably took advantage of her frail stature.We have got information that he was not alone. He belonged to a gang that has been terrorising Lekki residents for some time now. And that’s why since this incident, nobody knows his name and address, and none of his relatives has come forward to say they know him.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, promised to call our correspondent back, but he had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

Okechukwu was however said to have been arrested and detained in police custody

Nigerian Army Confirms Troops Fled Mubi; Investigation Now Underway


  
A 155 Artillery weapon in Mubi, now abandoned by fleeing troops

SaharaReporters reported earlier in the day that the town had fallen to the militants.
A senior military source said there was no reason to believe that the Special Operation Battalion troops stationed in Mubi should have fled from the militants or in response to their threats because the army had decided to use the headquarters in Mubi to launch an attack to retake several towns from Boko Haram in the coming days. To that effect, five artillery tanks had been brought into Mubi in the last few days, the source said.
The officer disclosed that efforts are being made to send in fresh troops to replace the fleeing ones and push
out any militants that might have entered Mubi.
As previously reported by SaharaReporters, residents and soldiers fled Mubi earlier today as information filtered in that Boko Haram militants had arrived and seized the town, gunshots rending the air.
Some of the soldiers who spoke to our reporter said their base had fallen to the militants but the senior officer said he could not confirm if the militants reached the base as the troops had all fled. The soldiers said air patrols were taking place around the area.
Efforts to reach military spokesman General Chris Olukolade to speak about the situation have so far proved abortive.

Why I Did Not Attend APC Convention – Atiku


Former Vice- President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was conspicuosly missing at Wednesday’s Special Convention of the All Progressive Congress (APC) but he has explained why he was part of the gathering.

“I was scheduled to return to Nigeria yesterday from a quick business trip abroad, but could not, due to last minute logistics changes,” said Atiku via his Facebook account.

He therefore expressed apologies to the leaders and supporters of the party.

APC convened the extraordinary national convention to amend the party’s constitution and adopt a revised manifesto. It was also an opportunity for the presidential aspirants to address delegates of the party. The meeting was also convened, according to opinions in some quarters, to discuss the option of choosing a consensus candidate to represent the party at the 2015 presidential election.

Some of the presidential aspirants who addressed delegates at the convention include Kano state governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, his Imo state counterpart Rochas Okorocha, Former military Head of State, General Mohammadu Buhari, and Leadership newspaper publisher Nda Isaiah.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal was also present at the convention following his defection from the PDP on Tuesday.

Constitution Amendment: APC Lacks Direction, Not Ready For Governance – PDP


The National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC) for amending some parts of its Constitution, describing it as a sign that the party was not ready for governance.

The ruling party, in a statement on Wednesday stressed that the amendment was as a result of lack of direction and unpreparedness of the APC.

The statement signed by National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh added that the development has confirmed the “APC as a disorganized political party, lacking the ability to effectively administer itself” and wondered how it can govern a nation as complex as Nigeria.

“The APC special convention is a charade and an exercise designed to mask their inadequacies and paper over the numerous cracks that are obvious for all to see, the PDP further said the APC is a collection of strange bed fellows and enemies of democracy.

“In APC, Nigerians have continued to witness a rickety, wobbly vehicle bound to jerk to a stop midway, abandoning the occupants to the mercy of inclement elements. Of course, Nigerians have noted that the PDP remains the only steady and stable platform for the growth and progress of democracy in our dear country,” the statement read.

Ferdinand Suspended, Fined Over Derogatory Twitter Remark


Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been handed a three match suspension and fined £25,000 by the Football Association for a comment he made on Twitter.

The punishment is believed to be consequence of a comment where the ex-England international used the Jamaican slang world “sket”, which is defined as “a promiscuous girl in her late teens or 20’s”.

The 35-year-old has also been “severely warned as to his future conduct and told to attend an education programme arranged by the FA.

Ferdinand wrote the tweet in question in reply to a message sent to him suggesting QPR needed a new centre-back.

Rio Ferdinand has Made 504 Premier League Appearances Till Date and Recently Hinted He Could Retire at the End of the Season. Image: AP.

The primary tweet which tagged the ex-Manchester United centre-back’s handle read: “Maybe QPR will sign a good CB (centre back) they need one” and he responded: “get ya mum in, plays the field well son! #sket.”

He will miss this weekend’s home game against leaders Chelsea, the ‘R’s’ trip to Manchester City on 8 November and Newcastle’s visit on November 22.

Ferdinand earned a total of 81 England caps before retiring in May 2013. He is a member of FA chairman Greg Dyke’s commission looking at how to improve English football.

Fintiri, Gulak, Six Other Aspirants Want PDP To Respect Pact On Zoning Of Adamawa Gov Seat


adamawa-PDPEight Peoples Democratic Party aspirants that obtained nomination forms for the botched October 11 governorship by-election in Adamawa State, yesterday, stormed the Abuja secretariat of the party, asking the leadership to respect a subsisting agreement on zoning.

The aspirants had stepped down for the former Acting Governor of the state, Umar Fintiri, before a Federal High Court in Abuja halted the by-election and ordered the swearing-in of the former Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, as substantive governor of the state.

Upon stepping down for Fintiri in the botched by-election, the national leadership of PDP had assured the aspirants that their nomination forms would still be valid for the 2015 governorship election proper in the state.

The aspirants, who met with the party’s National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, are – Auwal Tukur, Umar Fintiri, Idi Hong, James Barka, Abubakar Girei, Marcus Gundiri, Ahmed Gulak and Aliyu Karma.

Speaking on behalf of the aspirants, Ahmed Gulak, a former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters, said: “We are all aspirants from Adamawa State that were supposed to take part in the by-election that could not hold.

“The party, alongside the government at that time, entered into an agreement that our forms will be validated for the 2015 election and the governorship slot will be zoned to Adamawa central.

“We have met the party and the National Secretary assured us that the agreement is valid and they assured us that the agreement will stand.

“We are not aware that the governor has picked form but the fact is that there is a subsisting agreement among all parties, including the party that the slot for governorship in Adamawa 2015 will be for the central.

“On that agreement, the validation of the forms for those from the central and the zoning on that agreement will stand”.

Jonathan Laments Population Explosion In FCT, Blames Insecurity In Other Parts


AbujaPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday linked the population explosion in the Federal Capital Territory to the security challenge being experienced in parts of the country.

He spoke while receiving a delegation of the FCT Council of Chiefs, area council chairmen, appointees and legislators at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The delegation was led by the Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Muhammed; and the Minister of State, FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide.

Jonathan lamented that while the idea behind the creation of the FCT was for it to accommodate less than one million people, insecurity had forced people into Abuja, thereby increasing its population and stretching the infrastructures in the nation’s capital to the limits.

He said the situation had got to a point that government did not know the exact number of people living in the territory.

He said, “The idea behind the creation of FCT is to cater for less than one million people. According to the last census, the FCT’s population was less than a million.

“But today, because of the crisis we have in the South: militancy and kidnapping in the South East and South South and of course the terror activities in the North, the population of the FCT has expanded.

“We don’t even know the exact population now until the next census will hold but definitely, the population has increased much more than anticipated.

“When population growth is so fast that it cannot meet up with infrastructural development, people are under pressure of facilities: whether water, electricity etc”.

No One Can Be Governor Of Ogun State Without Obasanjo’s Blessing – Isiaka


gboyega isiakaAny politician aspiring to become governor of Ogun State, South-West Nigeria, will find it a difficult task without the blessing of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Alhaji Gboyega Isiaka, has said.

He made this position known on Wednesday while speaking with journalists in Abuja shortly after he picked the governorship nomination form of the party at the Wadata Plaza national headquarters of the PDP.

Isiaka was among new members of the party, who recently defected from the Labour Party to the PDP alongside ex-Governor Gbenga Daniel.

The former governorship candidate of the Peoples Party of Nigeria in the 2007 election, said: “We know that whoever wants to be governor of the state has to get the blessing of all, including Baba (Olusegun) Obasanjo. We are waiting and praying for the blessing of Baba.

“We know we will get it. He is the father of all and as the father, we pray for his blessing because no one can be governor of the state without his blessing”.

Isiaka explained that it was wrong to say that the former president was leading a faction of the party in the state, adding that the last unification rally held in the state by the party had removed those having that idea.

2015: Jonathan Meets With Political Party Representatives


Goodluck-Jonathan1-600x516President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday night in Abuja held a closed-door meeting with the executive members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council over the 2015 general elections.

The Chairman of IPAC, Mr Yunusa Tanko, told State House correspondents after the meeting, which held at the First Lady’s Conference Hall of the Presidential Villa that discussions centred on violence-free elections in 2015.

Tanko, who is also the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party, said IPAC had come up with strategies to ensure that the polls were strictly issue-based.

He said, “Our visit is a private one to discuss the issue of violence, free and fair elections.
“We were in a conference discussing violence-free election and it is our belief that the executive of IPAC meet with the president to discuss the issue of violence-free elections.

“A larger house meeting would be called for all the political parties to discuss violence-free elections in 2015.

“These are some of the strategies that we have employed ourselves because by the time the larger house meets we will discuss them.

“But the fact is that the code of conduct of the political parties, which was signed by all the 26 political parties, clearly stipulates how we should behave and that we should have issue-based campaigns.

“This is because it’s actually the electorate that is supposed to be given the rightful duties to enjoy the dividends of democracy and it can only be achieved through peaceful coexistence and peaceful elections.

“We want to major on issued-based campaigns in the interest of Nigeria and in the interest of the electorate”. (NAN)