Funke Akindele, Waje and Omawumi looking quite lovely at the Multichoice @20 event.
Funke Akindele, Waje and Omawumi looking quite lovely at the Multichoice @20 event.
A large scale scandal has broken out in a church known as the City of Truth (a.k.a Holy Ghost Embassy), Uyo, Akwa Ibom State as the founder and general overseer of the church, Bishop Israel Usoro, has been accused by his pastors of engaging in fake instant healing and false prophecies. The revelations below…
“On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, I took an independent step to verify the stories and this step brought me face to face with the truth. That evening during the regular Power Night programme, a clean-shaven young man dressed in torn T-shirt and dragged along by another young man was intercepted as they were about to enter the church and interrogated in the studio room.
“During interrogation, both the young man and his accomplice, who earlier claimed that the young man he was dragging into church was mad, confessed to me (with Elders Idorenyin Mfon, Effiong Usoro and Evangelists Anietie Walter and Harrison Eke as witnesses) that he ‘was NOT MAD and that he was arranged to dress like and to act as a madman in the church for you to “deliver” him so as to boost the faith of members in your anointing and increase the membership of your church’.
They said what they were doing was a new method of ‘evangelism’ which you have since embraced.”
The fast rising Beverly Naya landed herself the role of Yaya on the primetime television series on DSTV-Tinsel. According to Beverly:” “I was in the states shooting a TV series when I was contacted about a screen test for the role of Yaya, fortunately my return date back to Lagos was in a week so as soon as I got back, I auditioned. I was delighted when I got the role, Yaya really is a fantastic character to play. So far it has been nothing but a lovely journey working with the Tinsel cast and crew, they’re very welcoming and professional. I’m also happy that I can now be seen not just in Nigeria but around Africa too, that’s a beautiful blessing.”
The seven aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors have tabled new demands before President Goodluck Jonathan as conditions for making peace with him and the leadership of the party.
It was learnt from competent sources close to the group that the governors tabled the new set of demands following indications by the Presidency that it was willing to resume peace talks with them.
It was also revealed that among other conditions, the governors wanted the suspension of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of River State lifted, while the Presidency should also recognise him as the leader of Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
Besides, it was gathered that the governors are also insisting that PDP must lift the suspension on Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and allow him resume as the National Secretary of the party in accordance with the Appeal Court judgment.
Apart from the embattled secretary of the party, the ‘rebel governors’ also want recall of factional chairman, Abubakar Kawu Baraje; his deputy, Sam Sam Jaja and Ambassador Kazaure as well as removal of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as national chairman of the party.
The governors are also said to have requested the President to call the FCT Minister, Bala Muhammed, to order over his peceived assault on the G-7 governors.
They are equally reported to have asked Jonathan to restore the security aides of the governors, which were withdrawn in the wake of the political crisis and to sanction the policemen that tried to disrupt their meetings in Abuja.
One of the governors confirmed to Vanguard, yesterday, that they were open to any discussion that would lead to peace, but doubted if the Presidency was ready for genuine peace and reconciliation.
Contrary to the Leadership Newspaper report of Saturday, November 16, 2013, and in other Social Media platforms that Governor Rochas Okorocha was among those who gave newly Muslim converts money, Dan brothers, who are the converts, have debunked the claim.
In their exact words, ” Myself Ibrahim Ukah and my brother, Abdulahi Ukah were not given any cash by Governor Okorocha of Imo State and we did not even see him on that day. We were shocked to read that the Imo State Governor gave us money. We are not aware of such money, and the Imam did not tell us something like that. The Imo Governor would not have given us money without our knowledge and we are reading it in the papers. Perhaps who ever made the claim would be able to tell us where the money is since the report said it was given to us.
But our doubt is that the report quoted that the event took place at National Mosque in Abuja. To the best of our knowledge that day, we didn’t see the Imo State Governor and never heard about him talk more making cash donation to us. But somebody drew our attention to the report and we have been trying to find what gave rise to the report”.
Dr. Chris Ngige said: “We have on tape a policeman thumb printing for APGA and INEC officials running away with election materials.”
A very Angry Ngige also said: “This INEC used students instead of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to starve us of election materials. All the electoral officers were all compromised, like the one in Idemili North who deliberately acted on the orders of INEC and APGA.
“Students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka here were used as poll clerks just to find fault in APC and to favour their lecturer, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who ran as deputy to the APGA candidate in the election.
“Much more astonishing is that they wore NYSC uniforms because of the election and when they are taught how to perfect fraud, somebody will tell Nigerians that this country will be good.
This is the disposition of the personnel that came to work in the election.” Ngige urged INEC chairman Jega to call for the list of the Adhoc staff who worked during the election.
“I do not want anybody to favour me or my party APC. Apart from the people from Calabar, every other person that worked during the election had affiliation with APGA,” Ngige alleged.
Ngige said APC members had computed that over 600,000 people were denied their voting rights, adding that the 210 units being allocated by INEC to them for the “so-called” supplementary election were not enough. He added that the 16 local government areas being claimed by INEC as places where elections were cancelled was not true.
APC, he said, knows that election did not take place in 20 local government areas. Ngige said: “INEC on Sunday came up with what it called supplementary election.
The votes allocated to APC during the so-called election on Sunday were fake because we did not participate. “Our stand is clear.
The election was fraught with intimidation, with thuggery, with disenfranchisement of our voters and total partisanship by the electoral body.”
He was disappointed in the system. Said Ngige: “If it were a bazaar, it would have been a different thing and APC would have prepared for it, but we were told by INEC and the President of this country, Goodluck Jonathan, that it would be free, fair and credible.
But it was not the case. “Because they told us that they were ready for the election, that was why we conformed to it because we thought that those errors and mistakes had been corrected in the voter register, without knowing that it was a deceit.”
In his view, “the election was a systematic way to deal with the opposition parties in this state, especially APC, and the same thing happened in 2011 during my senatorial election.”
He blamed it all on Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, who accused of adopting “the same tricks he used in 2011 by adopting his APGA system to dislodge Ngige and APC.”
“To my mind, the election was flawed ab-initio,” Ngige said. He added: “I am a statesman in this country. I have never gone to INEC to seek for favour.
For Jega who everybody regards as a man of honour and integrity to sit back and allow his office to be messed up by those without honour, I’m really amased.
“Jega is an activist like myself and I do not support injustice. I’m injured and pained that this kind of atrocity is happening in his time and I also have difficulty in absolving him. What has happened in Anambra State is a disaster. “I am sad for my country. I have lost hope in the entire process.
People’s hopes are being dashed. I’m not desperate to become a governor. I have been there before now. The people of the state have lost hope in INEC,” Ngige said.
With the European and African play-offs completed, all but one of the 32
available places at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil have now been filled.
The last remaining spot in the draw – which takes place on 6 December at the Costa do Sauipe resort in the Brazilian state of Bahia – will be claimed by the winner of the play-off between Uruguay and Jordan.
The South Americans lead 5-0 from the first leg in Amman.
The World Cup will be staged in Brazil from 12 June-13 July, 2014 in 12 host cities
Africa: Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria
Asia: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea
Europe: Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland
North & Central America & Caribbean: Costa Rica, Honduras, United States, Mexico
South America: Argentina, Brazil (hosts), Colombia, Ecuador, Chile
Every footballer in the world wants to be playing in Brazil next summer when the World Cup returns to South America. But only a handful will be there – all aiming to reach the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July. With many stars not taking part, BBC Sport looks at the biggest names forced to watch from afar [1 of 12]
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Volleys, audacious flicks and towering headers are the norm for the Paris St-Germain crowd-pleaser. But six assists and eight goals in qualifying, including a brace against play-off opponents Portugal, was not enough for Sweden. “A World Cup without me is something I won’t be following,” he says [2 of 12]
Robert Lewandowski: International defenders across the globe – and particularly those based in the German top-flight – will be thankful the Borussia Dortmund striker will not be in Brazil. The Poland frontman, currently the Bundesliga’s leading scorer with nine goals, could only help his nation finish fourth in England’s Group H [3 of 12]
Gareth Bale: Will the world’s most expensive player ever play for Wales in a major tournament? Ryan Giggs, Mark Hughes and Ian Rush never managed it. The £85m Real Madrid midfielder saw his side finish seven points shy of a play-off spot in Group A [4 of 12]
Christian Eriksen: In 2012-13, his final season at Ajax, the Tottenham midfielder created more goalscoring chances than any other player across Europe’s top leagues. That includes Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But he will not be unlocking any defences in Brazil after Denmark failed to progress from Group B [5 of 12]
David Alaba: Austria have not reached the World Cup finals since 1998 – but one man who might, one day, help end the barren run is Bayern Munich’s brilliant full-back/midfielder. Not this time though. Despite Alaba scoring five of their last 11 goals, Austria missed out on a Group C play-off place by three points [6 of 12]
Branislav Ivanovic: Wholehearted at the back and useful in attack, but Chelsea’s multi-tasking Serbia defender will have to watch next year’s tournament from home. Although he has helped his national team concede just six goals in eight games, they were pipped to the Group A play-off place by local rivals Croatia [7 of 12]
Stevan Jovetic: The emergence of Montenegro since they gained independence in 2008 has been rapid. They finished third behind England and Ukraine in Group H, with Manchester City’s forward giving the English defence a torrid time along the way [8 of 12]
Arda Turan: Remember Turkey at the 2002 World Cup? That epic journey to the semi-finals seems a long time ago now. They have not qualified since and that means Atletico Madrid’s flying winger Arda, who created 26 chances during qualifying, has been denied a chance to shine on the greatest stage [9 of 12]
Petr Cech: Chelsea’s giant Czech has only played at one World Cup so far – 2006 – and at the age of 31 missing 2014 would probably mean no chance of playing in a future World Cup. But don’t bet against the Champions League winner featuring in Russia 2018 [10 of 12]
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Like Borussia Dortmund team-mate Robert Lewandowski, Gabon forward Aubameyang will not be able to reproduce his impressive Bundesliga form at the World Cup. His nation, who played in the London 2012 Olympic Games, failed to make it to the African qualifying play-offs [11 of 12]
Jonathan Pitroipa: Named on the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year 2013 shortlist alongside Aubameyang is Burkina Faso star Pitroipa. But the Rennes winger, who starred as the Burkinabe reached the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final, is also missing – they were eliminated by play-off opponents Algeria [12 of 12]
According to Wiki leaks Professor Ukandi G. Damachi who is a friend to the US consul, He told them in secrecy about the alleged poisoning.
Prof…essor Ukandi G. Damachi is a friend to US consul, long term confidant to Nigeria’s past president Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida with privy to Nigeria’s government workings inside information.
The Wikileaks cable, reference ID 08LAGOS153, described in Professor Damachi’s narration, that late president Yar’Adua was given poison in his food, “his food was poisoned”, he alleged. Further stating that the president inherited his predecessor, president Obasanjo’s kitchen, and these kitchen staff were likely used to poison Nigeria’s president. The professor further revealed that when president Yar’Adua realized this he fired the Obasanjo kitchen staff.
He Said: “There are lots of problems in Nigeria.” The first problem, he said, is the President’s illness; “his food was poisoned”, Damachi alleged. Asked whether he meant “food poisoning” or that someone had deliberately poisoned the President’s food, Damachi shrugged, replying “The President inherited Obasanjo’s kitchen staff”; Yar’Adua has now fired them all, and the kitchen has been cleaned out following the incident, Damachi said.At the same time, Damachi went on, the President did attend functions on both the Saturday and Sunday preceding his illness and ate some food at both of them. “What President eats at a function?”, Damachi asked rhetorically. The President was so sick that the day he signed the budget, he was unable to sign a second piece of legislation awaiting his approval…”
Late Yar’Adua Yar’Adua was known to have stepped hard on his predecessors toes. Upon entering office president Yar’Adua, described by his wife as a very honest man who left no wealth behind; seriously went after the reversal of Nigeria’s public assets that his predecessor had sold to his allies, Aliku Dangote and Femi Otedola.
“In the weeks leading up to Obasanjo’s departure, Dangote’s privately held company has also scooped up a cement plant, a telecoms licence and mining concessions in a rush of privatisations that has triggered accusations of cronyism by opposition parties.”
By July of 2007, barely 2 months into office, Yar’Adua had held meetings with Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), to querry the sale of Nigeria’s refineries to Obasanjo’s henchmen, Aliku Dangote and tycoon Otedola. BPE reportedly justified the sale to Bluestar, saying it was transparent, but the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) faulted it, and maintained that the corporation was capable of running them efficiently.
President Yar’Adua “after considering the facts presented to him, the President directed that the sale should be revoked as the exercise was not transparent enough. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) praised President Yar’Adua for the revocation of the privatization of the refineries.” Dangote And former president Obasanjo Dangote And former president Obasanjo President Yar’Adua, determined to recover Nigeria’s infrastructure and assets coveted by Obasanjo and his cronies, moved on to other government assets.
Yar’Adua also suffered from chronic allergic disorder and this was easily attributed to be the direct cause of his death.
The possibility of the poisoning to death of a Nigerian serving head of State will amount to a grievous crime. The exhumation of late President Yar’Adua’s body may be necessitated as well as a thorough investigation of ll who may have been involved in the murder of a president in office.
Late Palestinian premier, Yasser Arafat was recently exhumed due to evidence of polonium poisoning as an investigation into alleged Israeli intelligence poisoning was reopened.
Ghanaian Actress Nikki Samonas has for the first time opened up about some controversial X-rated scenes with Nigerian ‘bad boy’ actor Jim Iyke.
In an exclusive interview with UTV, she denied allegations that she had s*x with Nigerian actor Jim Iyke in a movie as it is being rumoured about.
“Yes! Jim Iyke and I have done a lot of movies together. It is through Jim Iyke that I shot my first movie in Nigeria. Yes we starred in a particular movie and a movie is a movie. It is make believe so whatever you saw in the movie is make believe. We did it that way to show people that things like this happen but it doesn’t mean it really happened”.
About what went on between her and Jim Iyke both on and off the cameras she emphasized was only for the time they were working together like actors do. There was nothing between them.
“After the movie came out there were rumours that we were dating. No! There was absolutely nothing going between us. I never dated Jim Iyke and I never had s*x with Jim Iyke I haven’t done anything like that with him, whatever I have done with Jim Iyke is strictly business so what you see us doing in the movie is make believe”.
Asked if this movie affected her in anyway; she said most of her family members, friends and even the media felt disappointed when they saw the video. This was because they thought it was a private affair which has been recorded and leaked on the internet but she tried to explain to those who complained to her that it was just a scene from a movie.
As to whether she is still close to Jim Iyke, Nikki disclosed that it’s been a while since she communicated with him adding that the movie brought some misunderstanding between them which she refused to give details of.
The movie titled “My first wife” raised a lot of controversies after it was released some years back with critics bemoaning how Nikki allowed the Nollywood actor to fondle her body and the extent of exposure all in the name of acting. -UTV
Semi-nude photographs of the beautiful artiste had gone viral on the internet after the false news of her appointment as Imo State Youth Ambassador. Many had even started questioning why the Imo State Governor would go for Adokiye who in their estimation, does not portray the Imo youth in good light, going by the sexually explicit pictures of hers circulating around.
But to put the record straight, Adokiye has now cleared the air on the controversy, explaining she actually visited Imo State with The Youth Decides team, but was not at anytime given appointment by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
28 year old Nigerian student Louis Esene and his 22 year old ‘bride’ were caught during their bogus wedding when the registrar noticed they were uncomfortable with each other.
A bogus bride was caught out because she ‘flinched’ when her phoney husband-to-be touched her knee in a register office. Emilia Ginova, 22, was jailed today for posing as a blushing bride ready to walk up the aisle with her groom.
But a court heard Ginova had only first seen Nigerian student Louis Esene on the day of the service – and was being paid £3,000 to take part in the sham marriage. She was caught out by an eagle-eyed registrar who spotted her shocked reaction when Esene, 28, reached out to touch her leg.
Registration officer Donna Davies said: ‘The groom tried to touch the bride’s knee but she looked very uncomfortable. She flinched and there was no interaction at all. I knew it was a scam.’ The marriage was stopped – and the pair were both arrested at the register office in Pontypridd, South Wales.
Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has urged the Presidency to dissociate itself from the utterances of its officials capable of causing disaffection among gover…nors.
Amaechi said the Presidency must desist from misleading Nigerians, saying there is only one leader for the 36 governors. He added that his re-election as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) was accepted by majority of the governors.
The governor was reacting to a statement credited to Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, the Special Adviser on Political Matters to President Goodluck Jonathan, referring to governors as “Amaechi Governors Forum”.
In a statement yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, David Iyofor, the governor said Gulak’s ignorance of basic democratic tenets could damage the credibility of the Presidency and make it a body that lacks respect for people’s mandate.
The statement reads : “It is certainly rude, uncharitable and nonsensical for Gulak, an appointed aide, to derisively refer to elected governors as ‘Amaechi Governors Forum’. Gulak and his co-travellers in the Presidency must be told in unambiguous terms that the Governors’ Forum is an internal business of governors and who becomes their chairman can only be determined by the governors alone.
“It is a known fact that in the election for chairman of NGF held on May 24, Governor Amaechi got the mandate of the majority of his colleague-governors to continue to serve as their chairman when 19 governors voted for him as against 16 that voted for Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang. We know that 19 is always greater than 16.
“But for the Jonathan Presidency, according to Gulak, 16 is greater than 19. We, like most Nigerians, are further saddened that the likes of Gulak in the Presidency are so ignorant and totally bereft of substance that they lack the capacity to comprehend the quantum of damage their comments do to the President.
“This is why it is imperative for the Presidency to dissociate itself and President Jonathan from the unbefitting, perverse and delinquent comments of Gulak on who is the authentic chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.”
The killing of a female communit…y leader by a trailer in Abule-Egba in Lagos on November 13 has been linked to the convoy of the First Lady of Kwara State, Omolewa Ahmed.
community leader, Victoria Adeoye, 63, was killed when a tipper-trailer ploughed into bystanders as it tried to avoid a head-on collision with Mrs. Ahmed’s convoy, which was driving on the wrong side of the road.
Unconcerned, Mrs. Ahmed and her convoy of about seven cars abandoned the accident victims and sped on towards Abeokuta. The Kwara First Lady was on her way from visiting popular Fuji musician, Kollington Ayinla, who was receiving treatment at Hamkad Hospital for an undisclosed ailment.
Eyewitnesses say the accident occurred when the fourth vehicle in the convoy was exiting the small road leading to the hospital. Mrs. Adeoye and a roadside ice cream seller were killed.
In order to cover up the cause of the accident, authorities at Hamkad Hospital gagged their workers from disclosing their VIP guest, and swiftly moved Alhaji Ayinla to another hospital.
Mrs. Adeola’s son, Olusegun Adeoye, an Abuja-based medical doctor, told SaharaReporters that Hamkad has refused to disclose the killers of his mother.
SaharaReporters however learnt from people in the area that although the plate numbers of the vehicles were covered, policemen in Mrs. Ahmed’s convoy had freely chatted with people in the area and disclosed they were from Kwara State.
SaharaReporters approached Dr. Femi Akorede, a spokesperson to the Kwara State governor, who admitted that the convoy at the hospital was that of the Kwara State First lady. However, he vehemently denied that the convoy caused the tragic accident, claiming instead that the brakes of the tipper-trailer failed and endangered the First Lady’s convoy.
It is unclear how he obtained those details since he was not on Mrs. Ahmed’s detail.
Asked why the First Lady’s convoy did not at least stop to assist the victims of the accident they witnessed even on compassionate grounds, he said she was only made aware of it after she returned to Ilorin, the state capital.
Eyewitnesses however, contradicted Akorede’s account, insisting that the accident happened as the convoy harassed motorists on the highway, causing the trailer to careen off the highway and then slam into several people, including Mrs. Adeoye who was at the bus stop on her way to Oshodi.
The Lagos State police also tried to cover up the cause of the accident by trying to use force to move the vehicles, until a mob prevented them from doing so.
The accident occurred within 24 hours after another a similarly reckless convoy of the Kogi State Governor killed Professor Festus Iyayi, a former Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) President, on his way to an ASUU conference in Kano on November 12
CNN) — George Zimmerman was charged Monday with felony aggravated assault after allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, according to Dennis Lemma, chief deputy with the Seminole County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office.
Zimmerman, who was acquitted earlier this year of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin, was arrested after the incident at the home of Samantha Scheibe, Lemma said. He also was charged with two misdemeanors — domestic violence battery and criminal mischief — in connection with the same incident, Lemma said.
Zimmerman is being held in jail without bail and will make his first appearance in front of a judge Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Differing 911 calls
Deputy: Zimmerman barricaded door
According to a police report on the incident, Scheibe said that after an argument Zimmerman broke a table with a shotgun then pointed it at her “for a minute.”
Scheibe called 911 at 12:30 E.T., Lemma said.
On a 911 call recording released by police, a woman can be heard telling authorities: “He’s inside my house breaking all my (things) because I asked him to leave.”
The woman then says to someone at the house, “I’m doing this again? You just broke my glass table. You just broke my sunglasses and you put your gun in my freaking face and told me to get the (expletive) out.”
A man is heard telling her to calm down, but then she tells the dispatcher that the man just pushed her out of the house and locked the door.
On a separate 911 call, a man calls to report that his girlfriend was “for lack of a better term, going crazy on me” and throwing his things out. The caller says the woman is outside with police.
When asked why he is calling, the man says, “I just want everyone to know the truth.”
He says he never pulled a firearm and that it is in a bag, locked. He claims she was the one who broke the table.
When deputies arrived at the house, Scheibe gave them a key. When they pushed open the door — which was blocked by several small pieces of furniture — they found Zimmerman, who was sitting and unarmed, Lemma said. He was passive and cooperative, Lemma said.
The sheriff’s office was seeking a search warrant to look for two guns deputies believed were inside the home, he said. According to the police report, Zimmerman had locked up the guns before police arrived.
Recent contact with authorities
This is one of several brushes that Zimmerman has had with law enforcement since he was acquitted this year of murder and manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
Earlier this month, police in Lake Mary, Florida, said no charges would result from an alleged domestic dispute in September between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman.
Shellie Zimmerman said in September that she has doubts about his innocence in the Trayvon Martin case.
Since his acquittal in the Martin case, Zimmerman also has been stopped for speeding twice. He was pulled over the first time in Forney, Texas, in July and told the police officer he had a concealed weapon permit and a gun in his glove compartment. The officer wrote on his incident report that he gave Zimmerman a verbal warning.
Zimmerman was pulled over in early September going 60 mph in a 45-mph zone in Lake Mary and received a $256 ticket. He was not carrying a weapon at the time.
Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in the Sanford neighborhood where Zimmerman and Martin’s father lived in February 2012. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, had a confrontation with the unarmed African-American teen after calling police to report a suspicious person, and he said he shot Martin, 17, in self-defense.
Zimmerman was acquitted by a six-person jury in July on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
The high-profile case sparked a heated nationwide discussion of race as well as debate over Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
His attorney in the murder trial, Mark O’Mara, no longer represents him
Zimmerman’s wife has doubts about his innocence
CNN’s Kim Segal and HLNtv.com’s Graham Winch contributed to this report.
“Saturday Night Live” usually taps actors as its hosts, with the occasional sprinkling of athletes or musicians. This week, Lady Gaga made her debut as host, in addition to being the musical guest. And like so many of her performances, it was fantastic.
Sometimes it feels like Gaga’s whole life is just one long performance — life as theater. So, it wasn’t too much of a surprise that she could pull off some smart comedy. The energy she brought felt like a breath of fresh air for the show; in fact, this episode may just be the best so far of the season.
It all started with the monologue (forget the cold open — it’s dead to us these days). Lady Gaga, of course, sang and danced, a monologue staple that usually makes us groan. But she did a clever reworking of her hit song “Applause,” which not only poked fun at her public image but also zinged how people get cheap applause by pandering to the audience. The lyrics had shout-outs to ladies, people from out of town, and New York firemen.
Gaga’s actual musical performances were more … uh, Gaga-esque in that they sought to shock. R. Kelly showed up to duet with her on “Do What U Want” and the two sort of pantomimed having sex.
Celebrity dancer Kafayat ‘Kaffy’ Shafau has proven to us that carrying a baby bump can never stop her from doing what she loves to do best – dance!
She took to the dance floor and rocked the beats like no other at the wedding of Peter and Lola Okoye keeping everyone’s attention fixed on her.
Quite energetic for an expectant mother, to think that she danced on a pair of heels.
Those who had thought the death of former Speaker Haruna Tsokwa and the emergence of his successor, Josiah Sabo Kente, would serve as a unifying factor in the polarized State Assembly and by extension Taraba politics may be holding back their breadth. This is because the sound-bites coming from the House in the wake of the new Speaker’s emergence show that the rumble in Taraba politics is far from over.
Josiah Sabo Kente, the member representing Wukari 1 constituency in the Taraba State House of Assembly, had a date with history on Monday October 10, 2013 following his emergence as new Speaker of the House. The death of his predecessor, Harua Tsokwa a week earlier, had sent shock waves across the state. Having come close to occupying the exalted seat in the past it was hardly surprising that Kente who hitherto held sway as Majority Leader of the divided House was in jubilant mood. It was not just a personal victory for Kente but also for the G-16 lawmakers that had rejected a letter surreptitiously transmitted by Governor Danbaba Suntai upon his return from ten months of medical vacation abroad seeking to return to his duty post.
To keen watchers of unfolding events in Taraba Kente’s emergence as the new speaker has not only propped up fresh political intrigues and maneuverings among political gladiators in the north-east state, it has equally set a new stage in the theatrics of Taraba politics. Sabo Kente and the late Speaker Haruna Tsokwa were the arrowheads of the G-16 lawmakers that were at the forefront in opposing the letter supposedly transmitted by governor Suntai.
How Sabo Kente emerged
The sitting that saw the election of Josiah Sabo Kente was presided over by deputy speaker Adamu Tanko Maikarfi (Gassol 1 constituency) and had 19 out of the 24 members of the House in attendance.
Earlier, clerk of the House, Ismaila T. Ukwen had in line with Order 2 Rule 7 of the House announced the vacancy in the office of the Speaker to members at the sitting. Emmanuel Dame, Member representing Ardo Kola constituency nominated Josiah Sabo Kente for post of Speaker and was seconded by Hamman Adama (Bali 2 Constituency). There was no counter nomination.
The deputy speaker, Tanko Maikarfi subsequently swore in the new speaker and decorated him with his office regalia after which he continued with further proceedings of the House
Unperturbed by calls from opposition parties and stakeholders that a fresh election be conducted in Anambra State, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, yesterday ruled out the possibility. He lacked the powers to order fresh election as long as the returning officer for the poll had declared results made available to him by field officers of INEC, he said.
Jega stated this while reacting to the rejection of the supplementary election by three governorship candidates – Chris Ngige (APC), Tony Nwoye (PDP) and Ifeanyi Ubah (LP).
In separate telephone interviews, the candidates described the decision to conduct a supplementary election as unacceptable. But Jega, who spoke through his chief press secretary Mr Kayode Idowu, told LEADERSHIP on the telephone yesterday that the calls for a fresh poll in Anambra were ‘time-wasting”.
He said, “The calls will come no doubt; but one thing we should take into account is the fact that there is law in whatever we do. There are laws governing or guiding all activities of INEC; the election in Anambra is not isolated.
“For now, even though it is difficult for me to state when the election will hold, one thing I can assure you is that the INEC chairman has summoned all field officers to Abuja with a view to interrogating their reports on the election.”
On whether Jega was under pressure to cancel the election and conduct a fresh one, Idowu said: “It depends on what you mean by pressures; if you call the suggestions in some quarters pressures, fine and good; but, like I said earlier, such calls are immaterial because once the returning officer makes a pronouncement on any election result, it stands. Not even Prof. Jega has powers to cancel such; only the election petitions tribunal can make a pronouncement on the conduct of any election.” Yesterday, INEC suspended the announcement of the winner of the Saturday’s Anambra State governorship election pending the conduct of supplementary election in the polling units in about 11 out of the 21 local government areas of the state where election was cancelled due to irregularities.
The local government areas are Ayamelu, Anambra West, Anambra East, Idemili South, Nnewi South, Oyi, Orumba North, Onitsha North, Ekwusigo, Aguata, and Awka North.
According to the preliminary results of the election announced yesterday at the commission’s state headquarters, Awka, by the state returning officer who is also the vice-chancellor, University of Calabar, Prof. James Epoke, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state, Chief Willie Obiano, was already coasting to victory with a total of 174,710 votes while his closest rival, Comrade Tony Nwoye of the PDP, had a total of 94,956 votes followed by the APC candidate, Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige, who scored 92,300 votes, while the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Dr Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, came fourth with a total of 37,446 votes.