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)

Adamawa Imposes 24Hrs Curfew On Mubi, Others As Soldiers, Residents Flee From Boko Haram


Boko HaramInspite of the existing state of emergency and purported ceasefire deal between the Federal Government and Boko Haram, the terrorists, yesterday, overran Mubi, the commercial nerve centre and second biggest town in Adamawa State as well as other neighbouring towns and villages, killing many residents who were unable to escape.

Many of the soldiers and residents were said to have fled to neighbouring local government areas. Fleeing residents said the insurgents also engaged Nigerian troops in a deadly shoot-out.

As at 2pm on Wednesday, it was learnt that the police barracks in the Government Reservation Area (GRA) was overrun by the insurgents while the prison in the town was blown up. This is just as an online news medium, Sahara Reporters, is claiming that the insurgents have taken over the 234 Special Battalion barracks in the town as soldiers fled abandoning their position.

A fleeing resident of Uba town, which is about 30 kilometres from Mubi, who gave his name as Joshua Chinasa, said several people might have been killed during the shooting spree which lasted almost two hours.

He said: “We are in serious trouble as these boys (Boko Haram) have taken over our towns, splitting in groups with some Boko Haram members advancing towards Mararraban Mubi and Vintim, the home town of Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, giving Nigerian troops a hot chase. Mubi has now become a ghost of itself as people in their hundreds are fleeing for their lives. Even here in Maiha, we saw military vehicles zooming off towards Yola, the state capital”.

Ahmad Sajoh, the spokesperson to impeached Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, who also narrated his experience, said he lost communication with his daughter after the advance of the insurgents early yesterday.

He said: “This morning, I got a call from my daughter who is a 200 level student of Adamawa State University, Mubi. She was hysterical. I was in Abuja for a meeting, but her information forced me to head back to Yola immediately. She told me that the insurgents were approaching the town which is the second largest in Adamawa State. I ordered her to leave the hostel and join her cousins to escape the town. I called my father who confirmed the story.

“By the time I arrived Yola airport, the town had fallen to the insurgents. My parents are trapped while my daughter and her cousins are missing. We lost contact for the past six hours.

“My colleague, Mallam Iliyasu of the Bursary Department Adamawa State University, Mubi, who is trapped in the town, said by 2pm the Police Barracks in the GRA was overrun by the insurgents; the Prison was blown open while fighting was going on at the Army barracks.

“The IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp at Lamorde was thrown into confusion. The new rulers of the town had issued a decree banning all entry and exit to the town. Students who trooped to the motor park are now stranded with most taking refuge in any house that could welcome them.

“The barracks are the least safe locations in the town. So far there are no reported cases of killings or abductions. But fear and apprehension had taken over. No word yet on the incident either by government or the military”.

Meanwhile, in response to the renewed violence, the state government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Mubi, Mararaba Mubi and Uba.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Andrew Weyle, who announced this, advised the people to stay away from the roads and other public places.

He said, “Following the escalation of violence by the insurgents, his Excellency the Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Bala James Ngillari, has approved the imposition of 24 hours curfew on Mubi, Mararaba Mubi and Uba, with immediate effect.

“People are advised to stay off the roads and public places except those on essential services”.

PDP’ll sack Ajimobi From Office In 2015, Says Oyo Guber Aspirant, Makinde


Seyi-MakindeA governorship aspirant in Oyo State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Seyi Makinde, has said that the party would win the 2015 governorship election in the state.

He stated this in Abuja on Wednesday when he submitted his expression of interest form to contest the governorship primaries of the party in Oyo state.

According to the aspirant: “The PDP will sack Governor Abiola Ajimobi from office next year”.

While welcoming Makinde’s delegation to his office in Abuja, the National Organising Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha, on Wednesday, described Makinde as a man of the people.

Mustapha noted that the presence of the National Secretary of the PDP, Prof. Wale Oladipo, and other chieftains of the PDP on the entourage of Makinde was an indication that he has notable connections.

Makinde explained that the process of taking reclaiming Oyo from the All Progressives Congress had begun with his submission of the expression of interest form.

He said, “I am proud of the quality of the state executive. I only demand a level playing field during the primary so that the most popular aspirant could emerge as candidate. I know that I will emerge as the Oyo PDP governorship candidate in a free and fair primary.

“All over the world, age, intelligence, vibrancy, passion, integrity and dedication are qualities of great leaders. I have these qualities and I want to offer myself for service of my people”.

PDP Just Making Noise, Cannot Win Lagos – APGA


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apgaThe Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Lagos State, Mr. Campbell Umeh-Nzekwe, has told the Peoples Democratic Party in the state that it will not win Lagos State in the next general election by solely relying on President Goodluck Jonathan for support.

The APGA chieftain explained that if former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is a Yoruba man, could not help the PDP win Lagos during his eight years tenure, then it would be an almost impossible task for Jonathan, who is an Ijaw man, to do so.

Umeh-Nzekwe, who was the first organising secretary of the Lagos PDP in 1998, made this known on Wednesday in an interview.

He, however, advised the PDP to support an APGA governorship candidate since the party (APGA), was a more formidable threat to the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state.

The APGA chairman said the major personalities in the PDP were not good options because they were once allies of former Governor Bola Tinubu, who is now the APC leader.

He said, “The PDP should stop heating up the political situation in Lagos State because they don’t have the structure; they don’t have the financial capacity to win election in Lagos. As I am talking to you, some of them (aspirants) don’t know their ward chairmen.

“They are just gathering to negotiate national cake, not to win election. It has been their system since 1999. The PDP has only won a House of Assembly seat in Lagos since 1999.

“Their leader, Bode George, has never won his polling unit before and the PDP is his empire. The current chairman, Tunji Shelle, is not a politician. He was George’s subordinate in the navy. There is no way they can win election.

“So, the PDP is just making a noise. Their hope is that Jonathan will help them but if Obasanjo, a son of the soil, could not win Lagos State, it would be naïve to think that Jonathan, an Ijaw man, can win it for them”.

Ekiti Youth Vanguard Urges Fayose To Emulate Fayemi, Declare Assets Now


AYO+FAYOSE1A group of young professionals and artisans in Ekiti State under the aegis of Ekiti Youth Vanguard, have asked Governor Ayo Fayose to declare his assets to the public to demonstrate openness, transparency and accountability, which he had promised during his inauguration.

In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Charles Fakunle, the group challenged Fayose to emulate his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, by making a timely and public declaration of his assets within his first month in office.

The EYV recalled that Fayemi deposed to the Assets Declaration Form for Public Officers at the registry of the State High Court, Ado-Ekiti, barely a month after he was sworn-in.

“Fayemi is the first chief executive of the state to have made public his worth in cash and assets.

“It is high time we started holding our leaders accountable in this country that is ridden with corruption. So if our governor can come out boldly to say ‘these are my assets and when I leave office, I will declare again and you will see that I have lived a straightforward life,’ that would be very encouraging”, the group said.

According to Fakunle, since Fayose has been making it a public issue that his predecessor had acquired so much, it would only be proper that he publicly declares his assets so the people can know of how little or much he has made outside of politics.

“We now challenge him to also make a public declaration of how little or much he was able to acquire outside of politics. Such move by Fayose will not only reveal the true position of his assets, but also defray rumors that he has acquired properties in Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and Ado Ekiti through some shady means.

“We are also aware of the allegation of N1.3bn fraud hanging on his neck which he has yet to absolve himself of.”

“Declaration of asset at assumption of office and at leaving office is an essential tool for addressing corruption in public office.

“The mere fact that this constitution exercise is not thoroughly done and that the Code of Conduct Bureau saddled with the responsibility to ensure strict compliance with the law is not doing its work does not mean that the requirement should be discountenanced.

“No constitutional provision should be discarded at convenience of a chief executive”, the EYV advised.

Boko Haram: We’ll Prevail In A Little While, Says Minimah


Kenneth-MinimahThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Kenneth Minimah, on Wednesday assured Nigerians that the Boko Haram insurgency would soon be a thing of the past.

Minimah said that the security agencies would address the Boko Haram security challenge very soon.

Speaking while delivering the guest of honours speech at the commissioning of a block of classrooms and the foundation laying ceremony of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association Model Secondary School, Kurudu, Abuja, the army chief commended the members of NAOWA for their support to their husbands involved in securing the country against threats especially in the ongoing counter-terrorism war in the North-East.

He urged them to continue to sustain the support to their spouses as they confront the security threats in the country, which he said would soon be a thing of the past.

He said, “Permit me to commend you on the supports you have given us as wives and mothers in our absence as we are busy working on the security challenges of this nation, as you have remained the rock behind us and also shared our pains and joy of this profession.

“I can only pray that all your efforts come out fulfilled at the end so that you share the joy of this very profession at the top that I am.

“I also urge you to continue to identify with the activities of the Nigerian Army especially at this time that we have this security challenges and indeed we will prevail in a little while.

“I wish to assure the National president and all members of NAOWA that the Nigerian Army will always support you and provide an enabling environment for you to achieve your destined and desired objectives”, he said.

Minimah also expressed gratitude to President Goodluck Jonathan for his unflinching support to the Nigerian Army in its effort to enthrone peace in the country.

The army chief, who also commended Nigerians for the support to the security agencies, sympathised with them for being at the receiving end of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

“Let me also express our appreciation to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his entire support to the Nigerian Army”.

We’ll Make Rivers Ungovernable If Amaechi Doesn’t Stop Insulting Jonathan, Patience – Bipi Tells Kinsmen


evans-bipi-360x225Kinsmen of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rives State have been urged to call their son to order over the verbal attacks he has been dishing out recently against President Goodluck Jonathan.

The leader of the six anti-Amaechi lawmakers in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Evans Bipi, who made the call yesterday while speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, also warned that the state would be made ungovernable for the governor should he refuse to heed the call to stop attacking the President.

Bipi stressed the need for the governor’s kinsmen to call him to order so that he (Amaechi) could conclude the remaining months of his tenure in peace.

He expressed regret that Amaechi had consistently denigrated the president and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, describing the action as an abuse of the governor’s immunity.

Bipi said, “We appeal to chiefs and leaders of Ubima community, Amaechi’s native home to ask their son to desist from attacking the President and his wife if he wants to peacefully conclude the remaining months of his tenure.

“Let me warn that we will make the state ungovernable for him (Amaechi), not minding his immunity if he does not refrain from this irresponsible action against the President and his wife.

“It is regrettable that Rotimi Amaechi has consistently insulted and disparaged a sitting President and his wife with impunity in abuse of his immunity as a governor. May I also warn Amaechi to also stop using the platform and resources of Rivers State for his personal interest”.

He, however, accused the state governor of using N19 billion belonging to the state to organise ‘an extravagant’ rally for the All Progressives Congress.

Bipi said, “We feel pained that we are constrained to take necessary action against him (governor) because of the immunity, which he enjoys. However, we are encouraged by the fact that his arrogant reign as the governor of Rivers State will soon come to an end.

“In less than eight months from now, Amaechi will be made to answer for all his actions against President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Dame Patience Jonathan”.

Challenging the governor to show proof where Mrs. Jonathan, who he once famously called his ‘Jesus’, allegedly sent militants to stage protest against him for refusing to share Rivers money with her, Bipi also accused the governor’s wife – Judith Amaechi – of receiving N36 million from him to support her Empowerment Support Initiative programme.

Reacting to the allegations, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha, said it was wrong and irresponsible for anybody to say that the state would be made ungovernable.

He stressed that Gov. Amaechi had nothing personal against the president and first lady, adding that the bone of contention had to do with the neglect of Rivers State and the people by the Federal Government under the leadership of President Jonathan.

He maintained that Amaechi couldn’t have kept quiet as a governor in the face of ill treatment against the people of the state, adding that the lawmaker spoke out of ignorance.

“On the allegation that the governor spent N19 billion for an extravagant rally, they saw the tsunami or the crowd at the stadium and they are now looking for a way to explain it because they have been deceiving the Presidency that the APC is not on the ground in Rivers State.

“That is just the minutest of the crowd. With a snap of the hand, the APC supporters would gather in a larger number than what they saw on Saturday. The people of the state are simply in love with their governor”, Okocha added.

He, however, disagreed with Bipi on the allegations that Mrs. Amaechi collected N36 million from him to support her ESI programme, adding that burden of proof lies on the person making the allegation.

Nigerians In The US Warn Jega Over New 30,000 Polling Units


Nigerians resident in the united states have called on the Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Atahiru Jega against the use of the newly created 30,000 polling units during the 2015 general elections.

In a statement by Dechi Dariye, Abayomi Adeolu and Osahon Osagie, Jega was advised to accept professional recommendations and legislative disapproval on the use of the new polling units.

“We note that the Senate Committee in Nigeria responsible for oversight functions on election management has advised against continuing with the new polling unit allocations because of the limited time required to embark upon a credible process, following international benchmarks. We see this as a realistic corroboration of the Handley recommendations, but sadly, despite public denials by the electoral Commission under your leadership we hear of subterranean efforts to surge ahead with the new polling units, despite professional recommendations and legislative oversight disapproval,” the statement read

“We find it rather curious that despite the length of time which has elapsed between the last election and the imminent one, the conclusions of the scientific report was not prioritized given the bearing it has on the coming election in regard to logistical arrangements. This is why we find it strange that such scientific precision was dispensed with for arbitrariness in the current exercise of Polling Unit creation which has led to unnecessary controversies.”

“In the United States of America, it is unheard of that any agency which relies on legislative approval for funding its functions will deride legislative advice, ignore adverse security reports, gloss over litigation in court, disdain and completely disregard strong public opinion on a sensitive matter like this when ethnic, regional and religious tension is at its highest boiling point. We do not expect that disregard of the legislature will emanate from an electoral umpire.”

The Nigerians therefore advised Jega to do what is right and follow the wise counsel of professionals and the legislature to ensure a well-organised election in 2015.

Man Defiles Teenager For 5 Days In Lokoja


A 28-year-old mechanic, Abdulkadir Salihu, has been remanded in prison by a Lokoja senior magistrate’s court for allegedly abducting and r*ping a teenage girl for five days.

Salihu was arraigned on a two-count charge of kidnapping and r*pe

According to Prosecuting police officer, Corporal Ubi Ubana, a man who identified himself as Adama Ibrahim of Galilee Street, Lokoja reported the matter at the ‘A’ Division Police headquarters and Department of Criminal Investigation, Lokoja on October 23.

Ubana explained that Ibrahim had while reporting the matter alleged that on October 16, at about 1:25 pm, his 13-year-old niece (names withheld) was sent to buy Okro from Adankolo New Layout Market, when the accused cunningly took her into his house on Agbai Street and defiled her.

Ibrahim said Salihu locked up the girl in his room from October 16 to 20 during which he had carnal knowledge of the teenager several times. He eventually released her after the fifth day.

Ubana said investigation was ongoing, but asked that the accused be remanded in prison due to the gravity of his offence.

Mrs Joyce Abdulmalik of the Lokoja Senior Magistrate Court 1, in her ruling, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Medium Security Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe and subsequently adjourned the case to November 10 for mention.

Family Unable To Pay Hospital Bill After Giving Birth to Triplets


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A couple with five children was recently blessed with a set of triplets. The couple, now with eight kids – five boys and three girls – never envisaged going that far in child bearing. But since circumstance had made it so, Mr. & Mrs. Ifeani Benjamin Amadu, from Ukpo in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, have no option but to accept their fate.Mrs. Amadu told our correspondent that three months into her pregnancy, she had gone for scan only to be told that she was carrying three babies in her womb, a revelation that threw her into fright. 

 Soon after she was delivered of the babies at Ajeromi General Hospital, Ajegunle, Lagos, on Saturday, October 27, 2014, the woman and her husband found themselves in a tight corner. They had no money to offset their hospital bills, which stood at N150, 000.

Mrs. Amadu, while narrating her experiences during and after her pregnancy, pointed out that it was a serious battle. “The pregnancy was not business as usual,” she began. “At a point, my whole body became too heavy that I could not do even very common things. I could neither sleep well nor walk freely. Also, bending and bathing were tough for me. In fact, it was as if I was carrying excess load.”

She told Daily Sun, however, that all the problems disappeared immediately after she was delivered of the babies. People kept trooping to the hospital to see the bundles of joy. It was discovered that the triplets were the first to be delivered in the hospital this year.

Though she had a safe delivery and her triplets were in sound health, paying her hospital bills and taking care of the triplets have become a daunting task. Following failure of the couple to foot their hospital bill more than two weeks after delivery, the triplets and their mother could not be discharged.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Amadu, a National Certificate of Education (NCE) holder and a teacher in a private school earns a very lean salary. Her income and that of her husband are nowhere enough for them to cater for the delivery. “I could not save enough for this delivery because my salary is poor,” she said. “I tried to get a job in a public school as a teacher, but none came my way. So I decided to manage with the one that I have right now. My husband too planned as much as he could for the task ahead, but we never knew that things would work out this way.  Unfortunately, earlier before my delivery, robbers visited us and carted away some money that my husband had planned to invest in a little business. So, that is why we have found ourselves in this tensed situation.”

Mrs. Amadu wants financial support from men and women of goodwill who she believes would have a share in the special blessings being brought by the triplets. “At the moment, we cannot pay the hospital bill due to our severe financial constraints. We are therefore calling on men and women of goodwill like Governors Wille Obiano, Rochas Okorocha, Babatunde Raji Fashola, corporate bodies and other groups and individuals to come to our aid so that we can leave the hospital. I am tired of staying here; I want to go home with my babies,” she said.

Her husband, Mr. Ifeani Amadu, also expressed his feelings. “We have been married for 14 years, and since that time, my wife has been fruitful. In fact, we had closed child bearing after four children. But the pregnancies continued to come. After having five children, we never planned having another, yet the sixth came. As a child of God, I have been feeling so bad to encourage abortion or family planning. But now, we have been forced to do it.”

He believed that the triplets would serve as a point of contact for others. He described the situation, as a serious one and called on Nigerians to come to the rescue of his family. “I have been thinking about how to get out of this situation. My wife and the triplets have spent close to three weeks in the hospital because I have no money to pay their bill. I am appealing to those who are touched by what my family is going through to assist us financially so that we could pay the hospital bill and cater for the babies too.

PDP, Mimiko Reach Truce In Ondo State


Following the defection of Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, from the Labour Party, reports say Mimiko and other leaders of the PDP in the state have reached an agreement to work togeth­er in the interest of the state and the country in general.

Sunnewsonline reports that the incumbent governor also promised to be just in his dealings with members of the party during their meeting at the Gov­ernment House in Alagbaka in Ondo State.

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For all the far-reaching decisions that were taken including the sharing of political offices among members of the party.

Jonathan Meets PDP Leaders Over Tambuwal’s Defection


President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday had a closed door meeting with the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), some governors and leaders of the House of Representatives over the defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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It was gathered that the President is worried that the defection of the Speaker could have adverse effect on the political fortunes of the PDP, especially in the forthcoming elections.ThisDay reports that the meeting is against the backdrop of the alleged plans by the Majority
Leader of the House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande-Adeola (PDP, Oyo) and other some key PDP members of the House to challenge Tambuwal’s defection.

It would be recalled that the Tambuwal on Tuesday defected from the ruling PDP to the major opposition party, APC, to contest for the number seat in 2015, in his hometown of Sokoto.

His defection was greeted by calls on him to resign to allow another person from PDP take over the leadership of the House as Speaker. He was said to have expressed optimism that he would remain the speaker of the lower house because PDP will not be able to gather two-thirds majority required by the constitution to impeach him.

Tambuwal was said to have adjourned the House till December 3, as part of efforts to stall and frustrate every move by the PDP to remove him.

Although those that attended the meeting declined to say anything about the outcome of the meeting, there were suggestions that the officials led by the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, strategised on the next step to tackle Tambuwal defection.

Those in attendance are Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, Governors of Bayelsa, Henry Seriake-Dickson, Benue, Gabriel Suswam, Gombe, Ibrahim Dankwambo and their Enugu State counterpart, Sullivan Chime.

Others include the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, the Deputy Leader of the House, Hon. Leo Ogor, Chairman, House Committee on Health, Ndudi Elumelu amongst others.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Wednesday October 29, 2014, reportedly led more than 50 members of the house to the APC mini convention in Abuja.

Nigerians Donate N98m For Jonathan’s Nomination Form


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President’s spokesperson, Dr. Reuben Abati, made this known yesterday in Abuja saying that the money was the donations from Nigerians to assist Jonathan with paying for presidential nomination fee and Expression of Interest form worth N22 million.

Jonathan, who is to run for re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), thanked all those groups and individuals who rendered their financial support and expressed his great excitement over the matter.

“I Don’t Expose My Cleavage”- Actress Yvonne Jegede


Nollywood actress Yvonne Jegeda who resumed back to acting after leaving the country for a while to pursue her educational goals has revealed many things about her that will interest you.

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Yvonne, who has been around for a while now has made it known in a recent interview with Encomium magazine that she doesn’t expose her b**bs like her colleagues in the movie industry.

I don’t expose my cleavage, it was a photo shoot. You don’t see me walking on the street with my cleavage hanging out. It was a photo shoot. I felt I have some features that people should know of. Even with that, some people still believe that she has a lot of b**bs but no behind, that is wrong.

I am coming out to showcase. I think the older I get, the more comfortable I am in my skin. You get secured, more confident with age. If I feel very comfortable showing off my curves, my cleavage, excuse me, it is my body. But I will not walk around unclad. I wear whatever I am comfortable with.

The actress who left Nigeria for America for further studies immediately after featuring in 2face’s “African Queen” video.

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She studied International Relations in a University in Cyprus and also made it known that she is not in anyway threatened by any of her colleagues she left behind in the movie industry. She said:

You are there, you have fame, money, good for you. I have a degree, I still have the opportunity to be what I want to be. I think I am one of the best actresses. Whatever it is that they have achieved, I can also achieve, even better. I still respect them because they are my senior colleagues, but it doesn’t change the fact that I am Yvonne Jegede. I still do my best whenever I am on set.

She however explained that her comeback has not been a rosy experience as many movie makers feel her face alone cannot sell their movies.

It wasn’t easy, a lot of people said face cannot sell movie, some will even ask if I can still act. It was one or two people that have been using me. Information travels far when you are on set, that is how a producer kept on giving others my contact.

If anybody should call and ask about the movie they were shooting and the cast, they will give me referral, that was how the word went around and people kept on calling.

Meanwhile, the actress who is a great fan of Genevieve Nnaji and Omoni Oboli a few months back, landed in a messy chest surgery scandal upon her return to the movie industry.

NURTW, Drivers Clash In Ibadan Over Park Levies


Latest reports inform that properties worth millions of naira were vandalised on Tuesday, 28 October, 2014 as a result of a clash that happened between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW and truck drivers at Express Quarry Nigeria Limited, on Kilometre 15, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ekefa Village, Ibadan, Oyo State.

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No fewer than 27 cars and 17 trucks were vandalised during the tragic incident, according to Punch report.

It was gathered that the fight broke out over the payment of N2, 500 by each truck driver to the NURTW.

Eyewitnesses informed newsmen that due to the dangerous weapons that were used in the fight, many people were injured and taken to the hospital.

It was gathered that prior to the clash, members of the Oluyole Ibadan Granites Sellers and Hauler Association; truck owners, as well as drivers had staged a protest on Monday against further payment of the money to the NURTW office at the quarry.

Investigation revealed that the issue degenerated when some NURTW leaders visited the scene of the incident on Tuesday.

Reports say the fight that ensued afterwards caused heavy traffic along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway as vehicles heading towards Ibadan were stuck in the traffic until policemen from the Oyo State Area Command came to restore peace.

Also, some businessmen who had come to the quarry to purchase granite were said to have incurred huge financial losses as a result of the chaos.

Amon the victims of the incident, Dada Oyebamiji, said he lost N1.4m while another businessman, Segun Adesina, said he lost N350, 000.

When newsmen visited the scene of the incident on Wednesday, anti-riot policemen, two armoured personnel carriers, six police vans and a Black Maria were seen there.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Kola Sodipo, who paid a visit to the scene of the incident, urged all those involved in the fracas to maintain peace.

The police boss also promised that those behind the incident would be brought to book.

Tambuwal’s Security Details Withdrawn by FG


The security details attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has been reportedly withdrawn by the Federal Government.

It was gathered by Daily Trust that the security details were withdrawn in the early hours of this morning.

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Early this morning, few minutes after midnight to be precise, top level security report informed the Speaker that orders have been given for the withdrawal of his security details,” a source said.

Tambuwal, as speaker, is entitled to high-level security made up of men from the police, Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Service (DSS).

Tambuwal had on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, formally announced his defection from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

Federal Government withdrawing his security details may not be unconnected with his defection.

Following his defection, the PDP national leadership had said the “honourable and responsible” action for the speaker would be to resign from his position as Speaker having left the party that brought him to the House of Representatives in 2011.

The PDP also acknowledged it may lack the two-third support which is required to force the speaker out.

The speaker received a standing ovation on Wednesday when he led more than 50 members of the house to the APC mini convention in Abuja.

Tambuwal, a three-term member of the House, was elected into the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).

He has held several offices in the House. In 2005, he became the Minority Leader of the House until he defected to the PDP. Upon his re-election to the House in 2007, he was also elected the Deputy Chief Whip.

Tension At MMIA As Alleged Ebola Victim Lands Nigeria


There was tension and anxiety at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, on Wednesday over the arrival of a Nigerian, who contracted Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, but was cured arrived at the airport aboard Royal Air Maroc, after reportedly being assisted into the country by the Nigeria’s consular officer, Mrs. T. Mohammed.

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The victim identified as Mr. Theophilus Onnakhinon, who reportedly flew from Sierra Leone, has a younger brother, Mr. Chinedu Eroka, who reportedly escaped from the Sierra Leonean authorities.

Although the reason for his younger brother’s absconding is not known, a source at the Port Health at the Lagos Airport confirmed that Mr. Onnakhinon was treated and cured of the Ebola disease in Sierra Leone by the health authorities after spending weeks in their custody

 

Police Rescue Diezani’s Sister From Kidnappers


Madam Osiya Agama, the sister of petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke who was who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has reportedly being rescued by the police.

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The police reportedly rescued the kidnapped Osiya Agama on Wednesday.

Punch reports that the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, in a text message confirmed the release of the septuagenarian saying:

“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”.

On October 24, it was reported that Diezani Alison-Madueke’s sister was abducted at the Old Port Harcourt /Leventis area of the capital of Rivers State.

Apparently, the victim was kidnapped on her way back from an evening church service on October 21, 2014, according to Punch.

Come To Court Or Be Arrested – Coroner To TB Joshua


Following the collapsed building belonging to Prophet TB which left about 116 persons dead, the prophet has been threatened with an arrest by the coroner if he fails to honour the court’s invitation.

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Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe on Wednesday said TB Joshua is not above the law while reacting to the church’s counsel, Lateef Fagbemi’s suggestions as to inviting those who can be of assistance from the SCOAN.

According to Vanguard report, Komolafe who said if TB Joshua cannot come to court should give an explanation stated:

“The court has the power to summon whoever it deems necessary to assist it,” The counsel should advise the Prophet to come. The church is not on trial. It’s not a matter of ego. Nobody is above the law. The court will be fair to all.“If he is an institution with immunity, the court will not even go there. If the man refuses to come, he can be arrested… He has to appear. We summoned The Prophet. We summoned the contractors.”

On September 12 a guest house belonging to the Synagogue church collapsed which killed no fewer than 115 people including 84 South Africans who were present at the time of the tragedy.

Following the collapse of the Synagogue guest house, several groups have called for the arrest and trial of T.B Joshua.

Although the building inspectors attributed the addition of extra floors to the guesthouse, without strengthening the foundations, as the likely cause of the collapse.

Prophet TB Joshua as since reacted to the building collapse saying  a low-flying aircraft was responsible for the collapse, however saying: “Hard times may test me, they cannot destroy me.” In few weeks the truth behind the collapsed building will be revealed”.

Proophet TB Joshua will testify at the inquest on November 5.

Ebola Victim arrives Lagos from Sierra Leone, People Scamper for safety at Airport


There was serious panic at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on Wednesday as a Nigerian, who had contacted Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone arrived aboard Royal Air Maroc.

The ebola victim, Theophilus Onnakhinon, was flown from Sierra Leone by the airline while his younger brother, Chinedu Eroka, was said to have absconded from the Sierra Leonean authorities. It was not however clear why Eroka absconded.

A source close to the Port Health at the Lagos Airport confided in aviation reporters that the victim had been treated of Ebola virus in Sierra Leone and cured of the disease by the health authorities of that country after some weeks in their custody.

The source who doesn’t want to be named as he was not allowed to talk to the media on the issue said that the victim was assisted into the country by the Nigeria’s consular officer, Mrs. T. Mohammed.
The consular officer accompanied the victim into the country in order to avoid stigmatization.
The source said, “It is true that there was Ebola scare at the Lagos airport but the fact is that the victim had been cured of the disease in Sierra Leone before being assisted into Nigeria by our consular officer in that country and immediately he landed, he was handed over to the port health authorities who immediately carried out checks on him and isolated him from the other passengers.

“But, the truth is that we just want to recheck what has already been done by the Sierra Leonean authorities. You know, we cannot take chances again in the country. I can assure you that the situation is under control.”

Giwa to withdraw court case


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Peace may finally return to Nigerian football as Chris Giwa will withdraw his case in court so the country can move forward.
A person who should know told us that during a late night (Wednesday) chat with the president of the country, Goodluck Jonathan, Giwa was told to go back and withdraw the case so that football can move forward in Nigeria.
“When the president of your country talks to you, you have no choice but listen to him so we expect the case withdrawn later today (Thursday) when it comes up in court,” Our source said.
Chris Giwa was voted into office as president of the Nigeria Football Federation on August 26, in an election that was strongly criticized and disputed by the congress of Nigerian football.
World Football governing body, FIFA “ordered” another elections for September 30 which Giwa went to a court in Jos to stop.
Despite a court order stopping the elections, the NFF went ahead and voted Amaju Pinnick as its new
president before the same court in Jos last week nullified the elections ordering Pinnick to vacate the glass house.
With FIFA writing to Nigeria for the umpteenth time giving the country until Friday to put its house in order, this development certainly comes in the nick of time.

Tambuwal: Jonathan calls emergency PDP meeting


 
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday engaged some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in a meeting aimed at taking a common position on the Tuesday defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.
The meeting took place hours after the House said the PDP, individuals and groups condemning the defection of   the speaker to the All Progressives Congress should not dictate to it on how to conduct its affairs.
Tambuwal had announced his defection from the PDP before he adjourned sitting till December 3.
The situation made the President to summon the National Chairman of the PDP,   Adamu Mu’azu, to the meeting which had the Deputy Speaker of the House, Emeka Ihedioha; the Deputy Leader of the House, Mr. Leo Ogor; and a member from Delta State, Ndudi Elumelu, in attendance.
Some PDP governors such as Gabriel Suswam (Benue); Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa): Ibrahim Dankwabo (Gombe) and Sullivan Chime (Enugu) were also part of the meeting.
Top government officials who attended the parley   included the Secretary to the Government of the

Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim; the National Security Adviser,   Sambo Dasuki; and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Muhammed Adoke (SAN).

One of those in attendance told one of our correspondents on the condition of anonymity that the meeting centered on how to make Tambuwal vacate his seat as speaker.
“The issue of the Speaker and his exit was one of the fundamental issues discussed at the meeting,” he   said.
The source however did not disclose the decision reached at the meeting.
Another source said that Ihedioha “took the heat at the meeting.”
He did not explain further.
The presence of Adoke and Dasuki at the meeting suggested that they might have reviewed the legal and security implications of the options available to them with the two government officials.
Earlier, Mu’azu had at another meeting   the President had   with a delegation of the Federal Capital Territory Council of Chiefs,   dropped the hint that Jonathan summoned him.
“The President had summoned me for a meeting. I was with him when he wanted to come and receive you and he told me to follow you. I only did follow follow,” he had told members of the delegation.
The PDP had shortly after Tambuwal announced his defection called on him to do the needful by resigning as speaker.
The party, argued through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, that since Tambuwal became the speaker on the ticket of the “majority party (PDP), he had no right to continue to occupy the seat.
But the House said on Tuesday that   the PDP and most of the commentators on the issue were “ignorant” of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the House Standing Orders.
The   Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs,   Victor Ogene, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues,   said Tambuwal did not breach any law in defecting to the APC.
He also noted that there was no provision in the constitution prescribing that the speaker must be elected from among the majority party members.
Ogene cited Section 50 (1)(b) of the constitution to buttress his argument.
He said, “The clear provisions of Section 50(1) (b) of the Nigerian Constitution easily settle the worries regarding the continued speakership of Tambuwal – ‘There shall be a Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves.’’’
He also noted that the speaker was elected as the representative of the “generality of Nigerians” and not necessarily because he belonged to a particular political party.
On the views of some “commentators” that Tambuwal should have vacated his office by virtue of the provision of Section 68(1)(g) of the constitution, he replied that the matter was still awaiting judicial decision.
Ogene added, “It is common knowledge that following the defection of 37 members of the House in December 2013, from the PDP to APC, there has been multiple court cases on the matter, thus rendering it subjudice to discuss any likely outcome.
“Everyone is thus enjoined to await the final judicial pronouncement on the issue of defection, which has afflicted virtually all political parties in the land.”
He warned the PDP   against interfering with the lawmakers’ “privilege” and constitutionally-guaranteed freedom to choose their leaders.
Ogene stated, “Additionally, Order 1, Rule 1 (2) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives states: ‘ In all cases not provided for hereinafter, or by sectional or other Orders, precedents or practices of the House, the House shall by resolution regulate its procedure.’
“It is in the light of the foregoing that the House wishes to appeal to those who seek to regulate its procedure from outside its hallowed chambers to have a rethink, as the nation’s Constitution, the Standing Orders of the House and precedent – as in the Speakership of the late Edwin Ume-Ezeoke in the Second Republic on a minority platform – have all provided answers to what would have otherwise been a knotty political issue.”
But as Ogene spoke, the PDP through its National Vice-Chairman of the party in the South-South, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh,   vowed to do everything within its powers to regain   the speakership of the House.
Ojougboh told journalists at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja that there was no way Tambuwal and other defectors from the party would be allowed to go away with the party’s mandate.
He said, “PDP is a very disciplined party. If you come and steal in the PDP and use the PDP to elevate yourself and get into office when the time comes, God will get you out like the issue of Tambuwal.
“You can see how God has exposed him. PDP will do everything within the law to regain its seat and that is what we are going to do in Edo and Rivers states as well. We are going back to the South-South to regain our seats.”

How man was pushed to commit suicide over N1000 theft in Ebonyi


A 32-year-old man, Mr. Simon Mbam, of Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has committed suicide after he was tortured by some villagers for allegedly stealing N1,000 from a shop in the market.
The victim, who jumped into a pond in the area last weekend, found himself in the mess when he left his house in the evening of the fateful day to buy drinks with his friends.
While late Simon and his friends were busy sipping their drinks, the owner of the shop raised an alarm over a missing N1,000 in his carton of drinks, but no customer admitted to haven taken the money.
The alarm raised by the shop owner attracted villagers who stormed the scene and gave the suspects till the following day to return the money or face the consequences.

According to Vanguard, It was learned that the said missing money was found at the door step of the shop, but when the villagers who were determined to get to the root of the matter gathered, the owner of the shop insisted on knowing the person behind the act.
The suspect, who later confessed to the crime, was allegedly beaten by the irate villagers until he started bleeding and losing consciousness.

They demanded that he should be treated like a thief, even as he was fined two goats, two crates of beer and N5,000, which were immediately provided by the suspect’s mother (names withheld).

It was gathered that the village head rejected what the suspect’s mother brought, insisting that an additional N5,000 should be provided so that the matter would be completely resolved without involving the police.

This second demand by the villagers made the suspect, who felt humiliated by the entire process, escape from his captors and jumped into Aku Pond, which was not far from the market square.
All efforts to rescue him on time proved abortive as he drowned before his body was retrieved by the villagers.
Meanwhile, four persons including the village head, had been arrested by the police after the mother of the victim reported the matter.

Malala donates $50,000 to reconstruction of schools in Gaza


Nobel Prize winner and Pakistani education campaigner, Malala Yousafzai, has donated $50,000 towards the reconstruction of schools in war-torn Gaza in Palestine. Many public buildings and schools in the Gaza Strip were destroyed by Israeli warplanes and tanks during Gaza’s recent conflict with Israel.

Malala made the donation yesterday Wednesday October 29th after receiving the World Children’s Prize for the rights of the child in Marienfred, Sweden. Speaking at the event, Malala said the money will be channeled through the United Nations relief agency UNRWA to help rebuild 65 schools in the Palestinian territory.

Ohakim been presented with his PDP Nomination and Expression of interest Form purchased for Him by Imo Artisans, Traders and Keke Operators


Ohakim been presented with his PDP Nomination and Expression of interest Form purchased for Him by Imo Artisans, Traders and Keke Operators. The money was raised through contributions, Donations and partnerships in what the group called their Contributions and commitment to ensure Ohakim returns back to Government House and continue to implement those Clear Cut Policies and Programmes that boost Imo Economy

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FIFA’S LETTER TO NIGERIA


The letter with the title; Situation of the Nigeria Football Federation reads thus

We acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated 27 October 2014 with regard to the latest developments of the situation of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).We take note of the order granted by the Federal High Court nullifying the NFF elections of 30 September 2014 and the fact that some persons claiming to have been legitimately elected previously went to occupy the offices of the NFF causing great confusion among the administrative staff.

We also note that security forces prevented you from travelling to Namibia where you were supposed to represent the NFF at the final match of the African Women’s Championship.As stated in our previous letters dated 9 September 2014 and 2 October 2014, FIFA stressed that should the electoral process and the instalment of the newly elected NFF board be affected by any interference, the case would be brought to the attention of the appropriate FIFA bodies for a suspension of the NFF until the next FIFA Congress due to take place on 28 and 29 May 2015.

The course of events as described in your correspondence clearly shows that interference has not ceased.Under these circumstances and in order to give Nigerian football a last opportunity to avoid a lengthy suspension, we inform you that if by Friday 31 October 2014 at midday Nigerian time we have not received proof that the case has been definitively withdrawn from court and that the board elected on 30 September 2014 is able to carry out its activities without any hindrance, we will refer the case to the FIFA Emergency Committee for implementation of the suspension.

We would like to underline the dire effects a suspension could have on Nigerian football. It would for instance mean that no team from Nigeria of any sort (including club teams) could have any international sporting contact (art. 14 par. 3 of the FIFA Statutes). But it would also mean that neither the NFF nor any of its members or officials could benefit from any development programmes courses or training from FIFA or CAF any longer.We recommend that you contact the main stakeholders and concerned parties to brief them on the FIFA position. We thus hope that by Friday midday, we will receive the requested evidence in order to avoid the adverse consequences of a suspension.

Jerome Valcke

Secretary General -

Freeze Cool FM Abandons Wife for Older PH Lover


The popular on-air-personality is reportedly having issues with his Marriage..According to Yes International Magazine ……
“All is said not to be well with the marriage of popular on-air personality, Freeze. The Cool FM presenter whose real name is Ifedayo Olarinde, has allegedly abandoned his wife and university sweetheart, Ope for an older lover who is said to be based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Freeze and Ope have two children – Ayo and Adun. Interestingly, when YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine sought the handsome dude’s reaction on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at exactly 1.57pm, he first queried whether that was the only reason we called. And when we responded in the affirmative, he said:

“You called to ask about the challenges in my marriage? Do you have work? Common!” When reminded that by calling him, we were doing our work, and professionally too, he said: “Why can’t you talk about national issues? I think you should concern yourself more as a fellow journalist on finding out where the girls are. That’s Bring Back Our Girls. Go and face that one. There is nothing wrong. Okay! Everything is okay. Alright! I don’t discuss my family as a matter of principle. Good or bad, I do not discuss my family. Thank you”.

But his denial notwithstanding, sources close to him insist that not only is his marriage threatened, he’s since abandoned his wife and children, preferring instead the company of an older lover in PH who is said to be a mother of four. Some of his friends have waded in, trying to get him to return to his family and straighten things up with his wife to no avail. Also, his pastor, Paul Adefarasin of the House On The Rock, has equally intervened. Yet a truce has not been reached.

He was said to be in year two when his path and that of his wife, then a Jambite, crossed at UI. Now, the unabashed collector of expensive timepieces and his love are unfortunately having challenges with their union. And a serious one at that.

DEFECTION: PDP Demands Tambuwal’s Resignation



The national leadership of the  Peoples Democratic Party is pushing for the resignation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mallam Aminu Tambuwal over his defection to the APC.
Already, the members  of the National Working Committee of the party had met with PDP leaders in the House concerning the defection.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Abuja.
He said, “After a thorough consideration of the matter, the NWC came to a conclusion that the Hon. Speaker, as a responsible elected officer, knows full well what is needful and honourable of him since his new party is in the minority.
“We are not unmindful of the fact that Hon. Tambuwal became Speaker on the platform of the PDP as the political party with the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and that this incontrovertible fact has
not changed.”
It was gathered that the party might be pushing for his impeachment if he refused to resign.

“I’m not bothered that people think I am arrogant” – Wizkid brags


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In a new interview with Encomium mag, Wizkid said he doesn’t care if people think he is arrogant, that he doesn’t love everybody and so doesn’t expect everybody to love him.

Asked if it bothers him that people think he’s arrogant, Wizkid said;

“Bother me? Never! I am not bothered. Honestly I don’t hear people saying it because anytime I go out, I show my fans great love. I do my thing. I don’t have problem with that because I don’t love everybody as well. So I don’t expect everybody to love me too. That’s life” Continue…

Asked if he is terrible person, Wizkid said;

“Terrible? Everyone has opinion about people. But when they say Wizkid is terrible, you need to ask them, “Why is Wizkid a terrible person? What did he do? For four years, I was making music with Samklef, everyone knew his house. I was going up and down, shouting, Samklef Nor Ni. That’s me, I am just trying to be a good person. Whereas everyone cannot like you and everyone cannot hate you” he said.

Asked if fame has in anyway changed him, Wizkid said
“No, fame has not changed Wizkid. The only thing fame has changed in Wizkid is that I added some accessories. I have got nice chains, watches, and nice clothes. Asides that, I am still Wizkid. I no tall, still same height”
He also reacted to his recent controversy with singer Saeon,
“Oh really? She’s bitter about it. I didn’t see the allegation but I gave her hit song. I no try? I did my part. I was in the studio with her, gave her hit song. I no try. That’s not even how much I charge for collaboration, I charge N10 million. I collected N1.5 million from her because of love. I was busy, I didn’t want to do it” he said.
Asked about the comment that he doesn’t charge those he loves, Wizkid said;
“Yeah I don’t charge people I love. I said so but when someone is on your neck everyday for a collaboration and she offers you money, won’t you collect it? If you fail to collect it, they start calling you terrible person. I am just trying to be a good guy”
On his fashion sense, Wizkid said;
“Fresh! Am I not looking fresh? I have always loved chains a lot. For me, I also see chains as investment because they ar gold and diamond. You can always sell anything gold and diamond. It is like an investment for me”.
On why he loves to flaunt his accessories on social media, Wizkid said;
“You know now. I didn’t have accessories when I started my career. Did you see me wearing bling-bling when I did Hola at your boi? No! I hustled to get money to buy them and there is no crime if I show it or flaunt it to my fans because they gave me money to buy them” he said
On where he invests his money, Wizkid said;
“I will say property but most importantly Jewelry. Do you know how much I can sell this chain on my neck when I get broke, God forbid? It’s money and to me it’s investment. I don’t spend money on foolish things. I spend moderately. Besides I am a grown man. I have problems too. I have a child I am taking care of. I have responsibilities, believe it or not” he said
Asked if he is expecting another child, Wizkid said;
“Expecting wetin? Did I tell you I am expecting a child? Yes I didn’t tell you guys when I was expecting my first child because people wanted to kill me but Honestly, nothing like that I am not expecting any child now”
Asked if he is getting married anytime soon, Wizkid hissed and said “Wedding? No!”
Source: Encomium Mag

I Have No Plan To Leave APC – Atiku


Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday has Abuja denied reports that he was planning to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).

“Our attention has been drawn to a recent publication which alleges that APC chieftain and presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, intends to dump the opposition party APC for the PDM. This information is not only egregiously false, but our investigations have traced it to a senior APC member from the Northeast zone, who is working to further the presidential ambition of another aspirant within the party,” a statement signed by Malam Garba Shehu, Atiku’s Head of Media said.

The APC member was also said to be “working with certain elements in the PDP.”

The statement therefore reiterated Atiku’s resolve to remain with the APC, saying any contrary report is false.

“Atiku Abubakar does not intend to leave the APC for the PDM or any other party. He believes in the change message of the APC.
He believes that APC is progress,” the statement added.

Nigeria Handed Friday Fifa Deadline to Set Aside Court Ruling


Fifa has given Nigeria until midday Friday, October 31, to overturn a court ruling which annulled the recent election into the Executive Committee (EXCo) of its football federation or face international suspension until May 2015.

A Federal High Court in Jos passed a ruling to set aside the Fifa approved Elective Congress of September 30, 2014.

In a letter sent to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday, Fifa said Nigeria must reinstate the newly elected ExCo board, headed by Amaju Pinnick. The World football governing body has earlier warned it would automatically place a global ban on the country till the next Fifa congress, should there be any hindrances to the newly-elected NFF ExCo.

Fifa letter said: “As stated in our previous letters, Fifa stressed that should the electoral process and the installment of the newly elected NFF board be affected by any interference, the case would be brought to the attention of the appropriate Fifa bodies for a suspension of the NFF until the next Fifa Congress due to take place on 28 and 29 May 2015.

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“We thus hope by Friday midday, we will receive the requested evidence in order to avoid the adverse consequences of a suspension.”

Justice Ambrose Allagoa ruled last month’s elections in Warri illegal because the Jos High Court had prior to election date put in place an order that the polls could not be held- which the NFF ignored.

However, 1st vice-president of the newly elected board Seyi Akinwunmi said the NFF did file for “preliminary objection concerning the jurisdiction of the court”, a stance which the court denied.

The injunction was brought by some persons acting on behalf of Chris Giwa, who claims he was elected NFF president on August 26.

Fifa has said it do not recognise the elective congress which took place on August 26 and warned Giwa and his supporters to quit the NFF office.

Nigeria was previously banned from international football in July after another Jos court ordered the removal of the then NFF president Aminu Maigari.