2015: Only Atiku Has The Political Stamina To Match PDP, Deliver Presidency To APC – Group


Atiku-APC ConventionAhead of the 2015 general election, a group known as the League of Patriotic and Progressive Youth, has said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is the only candidate that has the political clout to deliver the presidency to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

A statement by  its North central zonal coordinator, Dominic Alancha, said after various consultations with other youth groups in the country and leading political actors, “it is increasingly clear that only the former Vice President has the political stamina and sagacity to match the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP)”.

He added: “We therefore, urge the APC and all those who are strongly desirous of a viable alternative to the PDP, to heed our call and push for the candidacy of Alhaji Abubakar Atiku. On our part, we have commenced a nationwide mobilization towards achieving this modest target for APC”.

Imo Lawmakers Not Planning My Impeachment – Okorocha


okorocha_mdgAs the wave of impeachment threat berths in Imo State, the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has expressed confidence that his seat is not under any threat from the State House of Assembly.

He was reacting to alleged moves by the state lawmakers to impeach him over unpaid entitlements.

Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha said that he is not aware of such move.

He said: “we read it in the newspapers like every other Nigerian, and we are not aware that members of the State House of Assembly are making any move to impeach me”.

The governor instead showered encomiums on the state lawmakers for partnering with him in achieving the transformation that has taken place in the state, in spite of their political affiliations.

He said: “we do not see any reason to begin to see things differently or for us to begin to doubt the existing conviviality between them and the governor. Imo people have benefitted much from the cooperation existing between the executive and the legislature in the State and would wish it to continue”.

Okorocha stressed that the issue of unpaid entitlements could be resolved between him and the lawmakers since they work together as one family adding that the issue of entitlements of lawmakers anywhere in the world is a recurring issue.

The governor added that the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which has shown much desperation to come back to power, would not even contemplate asking their members for impeachment because they know it would be the most unpopular action in the history of the state.

Adamawa: N82bn Alleged Debt False, Bogus, Says Nyako… Accuses Ag. Governor Of Witch-Hunt


Murtala-NyakoFormer Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, has described plans by the Acting Governor of the state to probe his administration as “ridiculous”.

The acting governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, in a state-wide broadcast on Tuesday, announced that Nyako’s administration, which he accused of leaving behind a whopping N82 billion debt, would be probed.

A statement issued in Yola on Wednesday by Nyako’s Director of Press and Publicity, Malam Ahmad Sajoh, said the planned probe was an attempt to discredit the former governor and pitch him against the people of Adamawa.

“To say Nyako left a liability of N82 billion is to say the least, ridiculous.

“How much did the state get as income over the period? It is not even half of the amount quoted”, Sajoh said in the statement.

The statement reads in part: “We have received the news of a plan to probe Murtala Nyako as one of the expected outcomes of the illegal process that culminated in his forceful removal from office by the combined forces of opposition in Abuja and Yola. The framers of the 1999 constitution did not foresee that the provisions of the document will be abused in the manner of a coup d’ tat as was done in the illegal impeachment of Governor Nyako. And like coupists, the perpetrators of the act have adopted the same modalities of reeling out false and bogus figures, forceful removal of bonafide office holders and intimidating those who refuse to succumb to their strong arm tactics”.

It added that any inquiry by the interim administration will only form part of “the ill-conceived plot to justify the removal of Nyako by the House of Assembly which was done in contravention of the law and subsisting court orders”.

Sajoh reiterated the resolve by Nyako to challenge his impeachment in court.

“Those behind the action should take lessons from the case of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Fayose of Ekiti State, who were framed and later rose to greater heights”, he said.

The statement maintained that the probe would not be fair even as it added that Nyako was already in court and was hopeful that the judiciary would vindicate him.

Why Insurgents Now Use Female Suicide Bombers – Mba


frank_mba_police_spokespersonThe Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Wednesday in Abuja said international terror organisations use female suicide bombers in attacks because they are less suspicious.

Mr. Mba, who was answering questions at the National Information Centre, said the use of females in suicide attacks is not new.

“Established international terror organisations use female suicide bombers, the major reason is because women generally raise fewer suspicion, particularly when there are security layers.

“If you have been following the trend of terrorism worldwide, you will understand that the use of a female suicide bomber is not new.

“But, it is a new trend in our own part of the world”, he said.

The force spokesperson, however, said a new counter-terrorism strategy was being developed to address the new trend in the country.

“We are developing counter-terrorism strategies to deal with that.

“By our rules of engagement and by our culture too, male security operatives generally are not allowed to search females.

“You will see increase in female security personnel on roads and in other places where stop and search exercises are being carried out.

“Nigerians should be prepared to see more female police officers, bomb disposal experts, DSS operatives and soldiers in combat operations’’, he said.

Mr. Mba appealed to parents and Local Government authorities across the country to support efforts to stamp out street hawking by young girls, particularly among minors.

(NAN)

Ekiti: I Didn’t Create Additional Councils To Cause Fayose Problems, Says Fayemi


Kayode FayemiOutgoing Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has signed into law a bill creating additional council areas from the existing 16 local governments in the state.

At the signing of the bill yesterday, Fayemi also denied allegations in some quarters that his government created the new councils as a trap for the incoming Peoples Democratic Party-led administration of Mr. Ayo Fayose.

This is just as the matter of the newly created councils is being contested at an Ado Ekiti High Court by the PDP in the state.

According to Fayemi, he created the new councils in fulfilment of his administration’s electioneering promises to the people.

He added that his government would bridge all noticeable gaps in the policy for its expeditious and smooth take off before the expiration of his tenure on October 15, 2014.

He noted that the Assets’ Sharing Committee of the House had visited the affected local governments, adding that the reports are already before him.

“This is a promise fulfilled, following the yearnings of the people. These yearnings predated my coming into government in 2010. The first executive governor of this state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, attempted this policy before the end of his tenure but never came to pass. Despite this, our people never stopped requesting for additional local governments for rapid development and for political independence. With this policy, we are not just making history but we are part of history. We have written our names in the book of history for taking this bold step. And I will do everything within the constitution for effective functioning of these councils before this administration comes to an end”, he said.

He added: “Soon, we will appoint transitional political functionaries that would begin the process of the existence of these councils for rapid development at the grassroots where the bulk of our people live”.

He dismissed PDP’s claim that the policy was a flagrant breach of the 1999 constitution, stressing that all extant constitutional provisions were complied with in arriving at the conclusion of the exercise.

Earlier, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin, said the legislature decided to key into the policy because of the enormous role the local government system plays in the lives of rural dwellers and overall development of the society.

Aba Prayer Vigil Tragedy: Survivors Recount Experience


Night-Vigil-DisasterSurvivors of the carbon monoxide inhalation incident at a prayer vigil in Aba, Abia State, during the weekend have recounted their experiences.

The survivors are now recuperating at the Austin Graces and Goodness and Mercy Hospital on Okigwe Road, Aba.

Fifteen of the 16 people, who had gone for the prayers on Eziukwu Road on Friday, were found unconscious on Saturday, while one person died in the incident.

Uchechukwu Sylvester, one of the affected persons, narrated his experience in an interview from his hospital bed.

“It was Friday night and we went for tarry night at Eziukwu road. I can tell you that we started the prayers by 10 p.m.

“Within some hours, I don’t know what happened. I don’t know what kind of spirit that visited us; what we noticed was that some of us were falling to the ground.

“At a point, our coordinator took the microphone and rounded off the prayers after which he himself fell down to the ground.

“That was all I knew until I saw myself in this hospital on Sunday being fed by one of my brothers with rice,” he said.

He praised God for bringing them back to life.

Another victim, Mary Nwankwo, who suffered ear blockage in the incident, said she was getting better.

“My ear is opening little by little now. I thank God for saving us. I thank God for keeping us alive. May God who did it be praised”, she said.

Giving his own account of what happened, Kalu Ogbonnaya, a fashion designer, said that they were praising God during the prayer meeting and all of a sudden, one of them fell flat and did not move his body.

Soon, another person fell to the ground and others followed one by one but they never knew what was happening to them.

He, however, said that they suspected it was the Holy Spirit moving in their midst.

He said he soon became weak and fell down and wanted to vomit but could not, adding that that was all he knew until he woke up in the hospital the following day.

Mr. Ogbonnaya thanked God for saving their lives from perishing at an all-night prayer meeting.

(NAN)

Abdullahi, Ex-Sports Minister, Formally Declares For APC


bolaji_abdullahiA former Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has the solution to Nigeria’s political development and stability.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to think carefully of the party they will cast their votes for in next year’s general elections.

Abdullahi, who publicly declared his membership of the APC yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, said the opposition party is the only party that holds the key to Nigeria’s political future.

The former minister told reporters that he had become a card-carrying member of the APC and was now involved in partisan politics.

He urged Nigerian professionals, who desire a positive change in the affairs of the nation, to join the party.

The former minister said he discovered when he was in office as a commissioner in Kwara State and a minister at the federal level that professionals, especially journalists with commitment, can make changes happen when they are called upon to serve.

On the state of the nation, Abdullahi, a tested journalist said: “The question you should ask yourself is whether or not you are better off today than you were six years ago; whether or not the education your children receive today is better than what they six years ago and whether or not the health services available to you today are better than what was obtainable six years ago.

“So, if you conclude that they are better, then there is no need for you to change. But if, like many of us, you face the reality that they are not, then you will understand why we say that we need a change.

“I have served at the state and national levels and I am convinced now that I should be more involved in contributing to solving problems, not just writing about them (problems). That is why I am now a full member of the APC.

“Yes, I used to see myself as a technocrat. It was strategic because I needed to have an environment to perform the job I was given without necessarily becoming political or promoting myself. That’s because whether as a commissioner or minister, I was only there by the recommendation of my bosses. I needed to do the work assigned to me without failing.

“However, I also discovered that much as that gave me the opportunity to perform, the truth is that it became a limitation in some ways. This is because when the decisions are to be made, which would affect the people, technocrats are not allowed to be in such gatherings. They are only called upon to implement the decisions and, even in doing that, they have to be careful because it may affect the fortunes of the politician”.

10 Years Old Strapped With Explosives Arrested in Kastina


OmeriSecurity forces have arrested a 10 Years old girl strapped with high
calibre explosives in Katsina State, Coordinator of the National
Information Center, Mr. Mike Omeri has said.
Omeri in a statement said security forces stopped a car in Kastina state
today and arrested three suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

According to him, those arrested included a male and tow girls, aged 18
and 10. He said the two attempted to escape.

The “10-year-old … was discovered to have been strapped with an explosive
belt,” he said.

The chilling trend of deploying young women and girls as bombers comes
three-and-half months after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls
from the remote town of Chibok in the northeast.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau boasted about the mass abductions in a
video during which he threatened to sell the girls as slaves.

The Chibok abductions prompted a social media campaign that went viral and
drew unprecedented global attention to Boko Haram’s extremist uprising,
which the group says is aimed at creating a strict Islamic state in the
mainly Muslim north.

Adamawa By-Election: Ex-Political Adviser To Jonathan, Gulak, Declares Guber Ambition


ahmed-gulakThe former political adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Ahmed Gulak, has declared his intention to contest the forthcoming governorship by-election of Adamawa State.

Speaking while addressing stakeholders at the Conference hall of Lelewal Motel in Jimeta, near Yola, the Adamawa State capital, Gulak said his intention to contest the gubernatorial seat, which became vacant following the impeachment of Murtala Nyako, was to right the wrongs of the past administration.

He allayed any fear over imposition of candidates in the gubernatorial race just as he said the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party national leadership had no intention to impose any candidate on the people of Adamawa.

The former presidential aide noted that such assurance of an enabling and fair level ground would give the process more credibility as only the right candidates will emerge.

He maintained that the era of imposition was over in the PDP as President Jonathan wanted to see the emergence of popular candidates in the party.

Speaking at the occasion, the director-general of Gulak Campaign Organisation and former deputy governor of the state, Engr Lynn Nathan, argued that of all the aspirants that had already declared their interest in the seat, none of them could match Gulak in terms of pedigree and experience to take Adamawa to the Promised Land.

Nathan urged the delegates to choose competent persons and shun politics of religion and ethnicity saying such tendencies undermines the principles of democracy.

Many of the delegates and coordinators that spoke at the occasion expressed support for Gulak’s aspiration, vowing to assist in his emergence as the flag bearer of the party.

Insecurity: Retired Air Force Officer Warns Military Against Staging Coup


military-policeA retired Air Commodore, John Ajaiye, yesterday warned the military against attempting to stage a coup in the face of the security challenges in the country.

Air Commodore Ajaiye (retd), who is chairman of a Pro-Jonathan group, Arise Nigeria, warned his former colleagues that Nigerians would resist any attempt to return the country to military rule.

Speaking to journalists in Kaduna, the retired Air Force officer also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for allowing developed countries to assist in the search for lasting solutions to the raging problem of terrorism in Nigeria.

He said: “It may be becoming tempting for some misguided officers in the military to start thinking about change of government by force, though I doubt if any officer that has served under a military regime would think so.

“The truth is that, yes, like anything handled by human beings, there must be challenges, so is it with our democracy. However, no matter what, Nigerians would do everything to resist another military rule in any form it may take. Nigerian will never put up with another military dictatorship. We shall resist it.

“Yes, we have security challenges, yes we have some evil and corrupt politicians; yes we have social issues, but all these also exist during military rule, and in some cases they are far worse. Coups are indicators of backwardness, lack of civility and an outright insult on the people.

“We that served both under civilian and military rule can tell you that the military is always by far the most negatively affected under military governments”.

Ajaiye noted that under military regimes, well-connected soldiers get promotions above better officers, compromising professionalism in the military.

He added that the military now is far better in terms of welfare, working facilities, professionalism and motivation than under military rule.

“We are trained to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria, not to assume governance. Put down your khaki and join politics if you want to rule and improve on the situation. So anyone thinking about a military rule now does not know what he is doing”, he said.

On the fight against terrorism, he said: “President Jonathan Goodluck did not create Boko Haram. We must try and understand that we dealing with strange situation never imagined in Nigeria.”

“The President is doing his best to contain the situation. I want to commend him for seeking and getting the cooperation of the US, France, Britain and so on. Now that they have joined in the search for solutions, our problem is now clearer to the world. I sincerely believe that we shall solve the problem very soon. It is sad that some people are using the tragedy of Boko Haram to play politics with it. Instead of cooperating as one people to solve the problems, some politicians and busybodies are causing some undue distractions to the operations going on. Terrorism affects us all, and we must rally behind our leaders to see to its end”, he said.

FIFA vice-president Julio Humberto Grondona is dead


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Julio Humberto Grondona, FIFA’s vice-president and head of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), had died at the age of 82.

Grondona was admitted to a hospital with a heart problem on Wednesday morning, but his condition got worse very quickly throughout the day and he eventually passed away.

He had been at the helm of affairs at the Argentina FA for 35 years and was responsile for the construction of the Ezeiza training complex, which the national team uses now.

As well as being the vice-president of the world football governing body, he was the founder and chairman of Arsenal de Sarandi, who are currently in Argentina’s Primera Division

Arthur Eze dumps godson Nwoye for Obiano


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There are indications that Prince Arthur Eze, the chairman of Atlas Oranto Petroleum International, the billionaire philanthropist, who single-handedly financed the November governorship election of the PDP candidate, Comrade Tony Nwoye, may have dumped his political-son to support the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano.

A source hinted  that after a closed door meeting at the weekend between Eze and Obiano, Prince Eze decided to work with him as the governor of Anambra State to help him reposition the state.

The source said the governor had earlier been pressuring Eze, and last weekend when he got the opportunity to be with him, he promised to ensure the people’s expectations were met.

Prince Eze, who accepted Obiano, also went further to announce a $1million support for the on-going crackdown on criminals in the state and pledged another sum of one billion naira to support the governor’s agricultural programme.

Our source said that this acceptance of the governor, despite his earlier outburst over the November election, in which he accused ex-gov Obi of rigging in favour of Obiano, may lead Eze to dump Nwoye.

The Court of Appeal judgment in Enugu last weekend, which saw Obiano coasting home to victory may after all be consolidated as many believe that with Arthur Eze backing Obiano, Nwoye may likely not have the moral fibre to continue the matter to Supreme Court level.

A Special Assistant to the governor on Media, Mr Emeka Ozumba, however, could not confirm if his boss had wooed Eze.

Omisore Promises To Complete Aregbesola’s Beneficial Projects If Elected Governor


iyiola-omisoreThe Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate in the August 9 Osun governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has assured that he would not abandon any ongoing project of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration if elected governor of the state.

Omisore, who spoke through the director general of his campaign organisation, Akogun Lere Oyewumi, while addressing journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, however, said that the assurance covers only projects that are beneficial to the people of the state.

The PDP governorship candidate was reacting to fears in some quarters that he might abandon some ongoing projects embarked upon by the present administration if he wins the election.

He said, “On roads and other infrastructural facilities, we have seen that we are going to inherit even more than we bargained for, but we have promised the people of Osun State that we are not the type of government that will abandon any project because they were initiated by somebody else, no, the modalities of doing them may be different.

“How do we stop Gbongan-Sekona road? Or how do we stop the roads passing through Osogbo-Ikirun-Esa Odo? The design of this was even done by Omisore himself when he was in the National Assembly.

“All this are federal government roads, the present governor is doing it so that he can get the money from the federal government and send it to Lagos but unfortunately, the president could not give him such money because he did not pass through the normal channel before embarking on the federal roads. They must agree on the cost, all this were not done, they just started the road and when they got to certain point, they approached the federal government and it said, ‘we were not consulted.’”

Over Dependence On Oil, Resource Control May Split Nigeria – Sen. Abe


magnus-abeThe Senator representing Rivers South-East, Magnus Abe, yesterday, expressed concern that the Nigerian Government’s over-reliance on oil and the current disagreement over resource control in the country, could split the nation if not properly handled.

Abe, who stated this in an interview with journalists in the state, therefore advised that, rather than fight over the percentage from oil resources, Nigerian leaders should develop and utilize other natural resources which remained untapped across the country.

He said, “What is getting the most attention is oil. If you sit with people who think and analyse what we are doing in this country, what we are wasting in this country, what we can convert what we are not touching in this country into, what we can get our citizens to do, you would be amazed on how far we are sliding.

“If we are not careful, this country can blow up and split into different parts, all over the issue of oil and at the end of the day even those who think they will gain from that will lose”.

He, however, expressed the hope that Nigeria will do better as a united, progressive, democratic country, where everybody’s right is respected, and where people are treated fairly and justly.

Abe, who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), noted that each region of the country should be rewarded according to their contributions based on the natural resources in their area, to the federation account.

He said, “If you contribute something you will be rewarded for your contribution and others are encouraged to contribute than bicker and fight and end up destroying ourselves”.

“If you talk to me two months ago, I use to tell people that Nigerians want to live together, but as am sitting down now cannot say that with same conviction I said it then.

“My position on resource control is very straight forward, I think the issue challenging this country is beyond the issue of resource control or rather the issue of resource generation to run this country.

“What we are currently having in Nigeria is sharing economy where everybody depends on whatever comes from oil”.

The senator, who decried the quality of education in the country, stated that the standard of education had fallen even as quality of lives of citizens are also falling.

Nasarawa APC Accuses Maku, Other PDP Chieftains Of Masterminding Al-Makura’s Impeachment


Al-MakuraThe Nasarawa State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) elders from the state of masterminding the impeachment plot against Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, saying the move is occasioned by the party’s fear of facing Al-Makura at next year’s election.

This position was made known in a press statement signed by the state chairman of APC, Mr. Philip Shekwo, after the executive committee meeting of the party in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital yesterday.

The party was reacting to advertorials recently published in some national dailies in which chieftains of the PDP expressed their support for the ongoing impeachment plot by the PDP-dominated Nasarawa State House of Assembly against the governor.

The statement accused the PDP chieftains, who were signatories in the advertorial, among whom were the Information Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku; Amb. Philip Azige, Prof. Onje Gye-Wado, of being the “dramatis personae that bled the state to a near comatose” pointing out that their action in masterminding the impeachment “speaks volumes of their ignoble, despicable and rejected desires for the return to years of arrested development”.

The statement continues: “Their position on the saga is understandable given their disgraceful rejection by the people of Nasarawa State in 2011.

“Now that all their attempts to distract Governor Umaru Al-Makura Administration through legislative strangulation ,media tirades using cognomens, foisting crisis, among other stratagems, have failed, they have now opted for their last diabolic weapon; impeachment”, it reads further.

 

Ebonyi Assembly Crisis: Governor Raises Alarm Over Plot To Cause Rift Between Executive, Legislature


martin_elechi_Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State on Wednesday raised the alarm over plans by some unnamed individuals and groups in the state to drive a wedge between the executive and legislature.

The governor stated this in Abakaliki, the state capital, in his first reaction to the crisis currently brewing at the state House of Assembly.

The crisis started when 18 out of the 24 members of the House impeached the Speaker, Chukwuma Nwazunku and elected Rt. Hon Helen Nwaobasi as the new speaker.

But Uwazunku, supported by some of his colleagues opposed to his impeachment, insisted that he remained the speaker, forcing the police to take over the assembly complex to prevent breakdown of law and order.

Gov. Elechi described as evil, a recent publication in a national newspaper titled: “Our stand on Ebonyi State House of Assembly crisis and the hidden threat to impeach Governor Martin Elechi”, stressing that the publication was a calculated attempt to cause disharmony between him and the lawmakers.

Ondo Poly to resume August 11 after students apologize over protest


The Students’ Union Government, SUG, of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo [RUGIPO] in Ondo State has tendered its apology over the recent protest staged by the students over the hike in School fees.

The students, who protested on July 7, to press home their demands of reduction in school fees and against the newly introduced policy of “No School Fee, No Test” linked their action to effect of youthful exuberance and thoughtless.

In a statement separately issued by the Full Time SUG’s President, Akinomotomiwa Ayipada and Secretary, Owadasa Olanrewaju and Part-Time SUG’s President ,Oluwole Adegboro and Secretary, Abiola Olowe commended the Rector, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun for his contribution to the growth of the institution.

The students added that they have reflected on the event and came up that the protest was totally unwarranted and unjustifiable.

The Part-Time SUG particularly said its members ignorantly attended the stakeholders meeting held on Sunday, July 6, where the ideas of the protest was planned, saying they did not participate in the protest staged on the following day.

The Full Time SUG statement reads: “We did apologize that your magnanimity and priority given to welfare of students had been taken for granted by the reason of our protest. It is on record that no Rector in the history of this institution has committed much time and resources to the improvement of students’ welfare like you have done so far.

“We are very much sorry for the embarrassment and discomfort our protest might have caused you and the entire management team. We have indeed learnt our lesson and promise that nothing of such will ever rear its ugly head in future”.

Already, the management of the institution has fixed August 11 for the students to retur back to campus.

Jonathan appoints Suleiman Abba as new Inspector General of Police


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President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Suleiman Abba, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 7, as the new Inspector General of Police in Nigeria.

The development came following the federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Jonathan on Tuesday.

Abba was also a former Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to Maryam Abacha.

He would now replace Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, who has attained the mandatory 35 years in service.

Glasgow 2014: Team Nigeria’s Hope Apochi Advances into Boxing Medal Event


Nigeria’s solitary hope in the men’s 91kg heavyweight boxing of the Commonwealth Games, Efetebor Apochi, has kept hopes of fighting for- at least bronze- medal alive after seeing off Australia’s Jai Opetaia by split decision.

The Nigeria boxing team captain, 26, progressed into Friday’s semi-final after all three judges recorded his fight against Opetaia in his favour.

Judges 1,2 and 3 recorded triple 29s for the Nigerian against 19-year-old Opetaia’s triple 28s.

Efetobor Apochi Beats Australia's Opetaia to Reach Glasgow 2014 91kg Heavyweight Boxing Semi-Finals.

The Orogun, Ibadan-born boxer almost dug a hole in the ring with a couple of somersaults, which ended with a canny little shake of his hips, in celebration of his passage to the medal event of the boxing category.

The only obstacle in Apochi’s route to final is Canada’s Samir El-Mais, 33, who also won in split decision over England’s Warren Baister in the first quarter-finals fight at the SECC on Wednesday.

Apochi, who has named Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao as his heroes, knocked out Isle of Man’s Krystian Borucki in just 2.33secs of round one round of 16 bout on Sunday.

Nollywood Hottie, Yvonne Jegede Is Hot Like That In New Photos


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Popular Nollywood actress Yvonne Jegede who 1st became known after appearing as one of the 3 beautiful ladies in 2Face Idibia‘s “African Queen” in 2004 alongside Annie Idibia has shown over the years that she is force to reckon with in the entertainment industry…….
The actress has featured in several TV series including “Blaze of Glory”, “Behind the Siege“, “Everyday People” and “Edge of Paradise“ and movies like “Missing Angel“, “Tears of a Saint” and “Emotional Blunder”.
She also took time off in 2007  to study International Relations in Cyprus and returned to acting in 2012.
Well, we have just been presented with her new photoshoot where she channels different personas in 4 looks.

Check out photos from her recent photo shoot……

 

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Awilo Longomba and Yemi Alade On One Track


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Legendary ‘Soukous’ singer — Awilo Longomba is in the news again.

Remember I told you all how much the Makossa singer was enjoying Nigeria and not long after, he is back.

The legendary African act requested the vocal prowess of Yemi Alade on a new single he just dropped.

The ‘Johnny’ crooner is surely every acts dream collabo-mate due to the energy, sweet vocals and high banging beat on the jam ‘JOHNNY’.

The two acts hooked up in the studio yesterday and these pictures were taken during their studio session.

It is not yet clear whose album the song will end up on.

Yemi Alade is scheduled to drop her debut album King of Queens in a few weeks.

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Awilo specifically said he wants to feature Yemi Alade. Hours after, she’s here with us at the studio. Bless her.

Charly Boy: “The Witches And The Vampires In Our Midst”


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After he released awkward photos of himself and two ladies he calls ‘Virgins’, the area fada of Abuja entertainment has dropped another controversial open letter.

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In the late seventeenth century, witchcraft was big deal as it is now. When someone knows how to deal with nature and understand certain ways to manipulate it to yield to him/herself then such a one is labeled a witch. Until now, when people see that one is breaking forth against odds or doing things that seem beyond the ordinary then others begin to tag them as witches or devil’s agent.

As far back as 1692, the Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts, present day Denver in US. So many people, especially women (and even children), were accused of practicing witchcraft. Though there was no proof as to what they had done, they were usually burnt to death. As history would have it, it was said that those who confessed to the accusations were abandoned but those who denied or had nothing to say were persecuted. Innocent citizens were persecuted for nothing.

There were issues in Salem society then, people who involved in acts against the law and committed crimes or those that acted against their belief weren’t confronted but rather, others laid accusations that other persons were the ones spiritually instigating such acts of wickedness.

For me right now, I know that history has a way of repeating itself, the same mistakes older generations made are the same mistakes we are making again. Instead of finding ways of confronting those issues their society faced as at that time, they looked for others upon whom they blamed their problem. If you ask me, their problems never got solved.

If you look closely, you would discover that anything people don’t understand they label as evil. If you don’t think like them or you reason above them, or you make certain pronouncement that goes beyond the ordinary then you must be devil’s handy man. Omo, see trouble!

First Lady says man who drowned at Abuja hotel wasn’t her nephew


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First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has disowned one Christopher Awai, who drowned at a swimming pool in a hotel in Abuja.

Christopher Awai drowned at Agura Hotel while swimming during a party held by Ijaw students at the University of Abuja to mark the end of Ijaw students week celebration.

He was said to be a nephew of Mrs. Jonathan.

The management of the hotel had said the deceased did not drown in the hotel pool, as autopsy result indicated his system contained alcohol and not water.

But in a statement on Wednesday, Special Assistant to the First Lady on Media, Ayo Adewuyi said she has no link with the said Awai.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to media reports linking one Christopher Awai who allegedly drowned in the swimming pool of Agura Hotel, Abuja to the First Lady, Dame (Dr) Patience Faka Jonathan.

“This is to clearly state that the said Christopher Awai has no link whatsoever with the First Lady and as such, he is not a nephew of the First Lady.

“We also wish to state without any iota of equivocation that Madam Esther Ebiere Gbonkumor, who was mentioned in the news reports as the immediate ‘younger sister’ of the First Lady is not in any way related to Dame (Dr) Patience Faka Jonathan.

“Madam Gbonkumor was said to have petitioned the Inspector General of Police on behalf of the family ‘demanding a full corona inquest into Awai’s death’.

“It is an unfounded rumour which the First Lady knows nothing about and we will like the public and well meaning Nigerians to note, for the purpose of accurate record and common good”, the statement added.

Heavily Pregnant Mercy Johnson Step out With Her Daughter Purity


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Veteran Nollywood diva, Mercy Johnson is said to be the highest paid actress in Nigeria at the moment but she’s currently on a forced work leave.

The movie star who is expecting her second child with Prince Odianosen Okojie, dressed her growing bump in an attractive white blouse, and white pants.

She styled the look for the outing with a white bag, white palm sandals, a selection of silver jewelry and dark shades.

Her daughter also looks adorable in a white T-shirt, jeans, and white shoes.

It’s official! Everton sign Lukaku from Chelsea for £28m


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Romelu Lukaku has returned to Everton, this time on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

The Belgium striker posted a picture of himself on his way to Merseyside today, where he has now signed a five-year deal with the Toffees, after both clubs agreed a fee around  £28m – a new club record for Everton, who previously paid  £15m for Marouane Fellaini.

Lukaku scored 15 times in the Premier League last season on loan at Goodison Park and Roberto Martinez has never hidden his desire to bring back the 21-year-old.

Jose Mourinho has decided to let the striker leave, after he brought in Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid and Didier Drogba on a one-year deal.

Glasgow 2014: Maryam Defeats 75kg Weightlifting Champion to Win Nigeria’s 6th Gold


And the medals keep coming for Team Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games, as the women’s freestyle wrestling pair of Odunayo Adekuoroye and Aminat Adeniyi clinched gold in just a quarter of an hour of the day’s medal event.

Adekuoroye, 20, compensated for her first round loss to Canadian World and Olympic champion Canadian Carol Huynh in Delhi four years ago by defeating India’s Lalita Lalita 5-0 to clinch the first gold medal of the day in the wrestling competition.

And not quite a quarter of an hour long inside the wrestling arena at the SECC precinct, 21-year-old Adeniyi beat another Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik to win the women’s 58kg freestyle final.

Adekuoroye’s route to Wednesday’s final had had her eliminate Canada’s Jill Gallay, 27, and Cameroon’s Christelle Lemofack Letchidjio, 23, in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

Adeniyi got the better of England’s Sarah Grundy, 23, and New Zealand’s Tayla Ford, 21, in her previous two rounds on the mat.

Hannah Reuben, 20, beat South Africa’s Refilwe Molongwana 4-1 in the women’s 69kg freestyle wrestling bronze medal final.

InformationNigeria’s attention then shifted to the Clyde Auditorium, where it appeared Kaduna-born Usman was going to hit another high in the women’s +75kg weightlifting after Samoa’s defending champion Ele Opeloge spilled her attempt to set a new Games record at 161kg in her final attempt on the clean and jerk.

Maryam Usman Being Presented With the Gold Medal After Winning Women's 75kg Weightlifting. Image: Twitter via @adamrangpr.

Usman, 23, hit the deck and finished off her best attempt in the second phase of the contest, lifting a 151kg weight to add to her previous 124 from the snatch stage and complete an overall score of 280kg.

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As well as not drawing a single no-lift decision in both phases of the final, Usman was too good for the reigning champion, who at some point appeared to have been stretched by the Nigerian’s ability.

New Zealand’s Tracey Lambrechs took bronze after lifting a total weight of 237kg.

As at time of report, Nigeria have won six gold medals, five silver medals and eight bronze and climbed to eighth on the medal ladder

Elsewhere, Team England’s Leon Rattigan beat Nigeria’s Soso Tamarau in the bronze medal final of men’s 97kg freestyle wrestling 12-2.

Jonathan Condemns Kano Bombing


President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned today’s attack on Kano State Polytechnic and has therefore directed the Armed Forces, Police and other national security agencies to strengthen security around educational facilities in states prone to terrorist attacks.

The President also condemned the attacks on two mosques in Potiskum, Yobe State Tuesday.

“No amount of intimidation and violence would stampede the government into abandoning its goal of giving education a new lease of life and opening up access to all young Nigerians who wish to improve themselves,” said Jonathan in reaction to the suicide bombing of the Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies.

According to the president, “the callous attacks on soft targets fully affirm that the terrorists are nothing but bloodthirsty adherents of a warped and retrogressive ideology.

American Missionary With Ebola Fighting To Stay Alive


An American missionary who has contracted the Ebola virus in Africa is fighting for her life, her son says.

Missionary Nancy Writebol, 60, remains in quarantine after contracting Ebola in Liberia, where she and her husband David have been working with aid group Serving in Mission. She is one of two Americans battling the deadly virus.

“She’s stable,” Mrs Writebol’s son Jeremy told the US Today show.

“As dad put it, she’s fighting through it, and continuing to express a few symptoms, but she’s able to move around on her own, and they’re getting lots of fluids into her. She’s working real hard to get through this.”

Meanwhile, volunteers are not being discouraged from working in Africa despite the deadly Ebola virus with many believing they should go where God needs them.

Husband David has not been diagnosed with Ebola, and has only been allowed to see his wife through a window since she was placed in isolation, said Jeremy.

American Dr Kent Brantly, 33, is being treated at a hospital in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, after also contracting Ebola.

Police Arrest Pastor, Woman In Delta As Sanctified Water Kills 2


Men of the Delta State Police Command have arrested a man, said to be a pastor, and a woman, for allegedly killing two children with a deadly substance sold by the pastor for N1,850.

In a press release, the Command spokesperson, DSP Celestina Kalu, said the suspects are in custody helping the police with relevant information.

“On July 25, at about 4.00 am, the Police at Abraka Police Station received information that a woman, Ese Oghenevwe (25), of Urhuoka quarters, Abraka had killed her two sons namely, Prayer Clement (9 months) and Wisdom Clement (2 years) by giving them a liquid substance to drink.

“Based on the information, detectives arrested the said Ese Oghenevwe. The suspect revealed that the substance was given to her by one Apostle Austin Eduviere of Triumphant World International Church, Abraka for healing purposes as the Apostle claimed he had prayed over it.

“Meanwhile, the said Apostle Austine Eduviere has also been arrested and he is helping the Police in their investigation. The suspect disclosed that the said substance was a mixture of water and salt which he sold to people for N1,850.00 for healing of various sicknesses after praying for them,” the statement read.

Police explains why Boko Haram now use female bombers


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The Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Wednesday in Abuja said international terror organisations use female suicide bombers in attacks because they are less suspicious.

Mba, who spoke at the National Information Centre, said though unfortunate, the use of females in suicide attacks was not new.

“Established international terror organisations use female suicide bombers, the major reason is because women generally raise fewer suspicion.

“If you have been following the trend of terrorism worldwide, you will understand that the use of a female suicide bomber is not new.

“But, it is a new trend in our own part of the world”, he said.

The force spokesperson, however, said a new counter-terrorism strategy was being developed to address the new trend in the country.

“We are developing counter-terrorism strategies to deal with that. By our rules of engagement and by our culture too, male security operatives generally are not allowed to search females.

“You will see increase in female security personnel on roads and in other places where stop and search exercises are being carried out.

“Nigerians should be prepared to see more female police officers, bomb disposal experts, DSS operatives and soldiers in combat operations’’, he said.

Mba appealed to parents and local government authorities across the country to support efforts to stamp out street hawking by young girls, particularly among minors.

Earlier, the coordinator of the centre, Mike Omeri, said the insurgents had resorted to using young girls because something went wrong with their strategy.

“This trend of using young people clearly shows that there is something wrong with the main recruitment arm of the insurgents.

“Citizens are becoming more aware and so the tendency is to recruit those who do not know what they are doing, young people as young as 10 years.

“Boko Haram is so deadly and this underscores the seriousness of the campaign that our country is engaging in order to flush out the insurgents”, he added.

Edo Assembly declares member’s seat vacant after he dumps APC for PDP


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The Edo State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, declared the seat of one of its members, vacant.

The Speaker, Uyi Igbe, who made the declaration during the House plenary at old assembly complex in Benin, explained that the affected lawmaker, Abdulrazak Momoh, representing Etsako West 1 constituency, defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party without following due process.

He pointed out that session 109 (1) (g) of the 1999 constitution, as amended, authorised the Speaker to declare the seat of a lawmaker vacant upon defection from the party he was elected to another party.

He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to take necessary steps to fill the vacant position within 90 days.

Reacting, Abdulrazak Momoh, described the action as laughable, saying the 15 APC lawmakers’ action violate the court action he instituted against them for forging his signature.

Momoh said there was a subsisting court order stopping the House from declaring seats vacant, suspending and stopping the salaries of the defected lawmakers.

He recalled that the Speaker had in the past said he (Momoh) was not suspended because of a pending legal action he instituted against the Assembly.

Continuing he said, “The court restrained them from suspending and declaring my seat vacant. It is already a known fact that they do not obey court orders.

“What they have done today is null and void because the Government House is not the designated place for legislative activities”.

The lawmakers have remained disunited since June 9, when crisis broke out among them.

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“I told Suarez that Arsenal are not good enough for him” – Gerrard


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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, has revealed that he asked Luis Suarez to stay at Anfield last year, because Arsenal who were interested in signing him at the time, were not good enough for him.

Arsene Wenger famously sent in a bid of £40million plus one pound for Suarez, which was expected to activate the player’s release clause, but the Reds stood firm and refused to sell.

The Uruguay international has however sealed a £75m move to Barcelona this summer and Gerrard admits it is still a blow to the team.

“You know what I think of him, I love him to bits and I’m his number one fan as a player,” Gerrard said. “I spoke to him before he went, and he was so thankful to the club for all the times they stuck by him.

“His dream all along, from the first day he came, was to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona.

“Last summer, when he was out in the cold and training on his own, that’s the conversation I had with him. I said, ‘Don’t go to Arsenal.’

“With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal. I said, ‘If you score 30 goals for us and win the PFA Player of the Year, the press Player of the Year’ – and believe it or not I knew he was going to win them – ‘they will come back for you.’”

Mourinho explains why he sold Lukaku to Everton


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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, has said that Romelu Lukaku lacked the professional commitment required, to play for the club.

The Belgian striker has sealed a £28m move to Everton and it is evident that he and his former manager did not get on well toogether.

“The thinking was, first of all, the fact that Romelu was always very clear with us that in his mentality and his approach he was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation at Chelsea,” Mourinho said.

“He wanted to play for Chelsea but clearly only as the first choice striker – and at a club of our dimension it’s very difficult to promise a player that status.

“That reduced, immediately, his desire to come to us. After that Everton came with an important offer and because we want to be inside the Financial Fair Play rules, you have to analyse these situations.”

Lukaku has signed a five-year deal at Goodison Park, where he scored 15 league goals for the club on loan last season and will earn £75,000 per week.

Chibok group denies receiving N100m, says Jonathan’s aide only gave money to parents


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The leadership of the Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), the group representing the Chibok people in Abuja, has denied knowledge of a reported N100 million presidential gift to the delegation that visited President Goodluck Jonathan.

The group explained that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Special Duties, Prof. Dan Adebiyi, after the Aso Rock meeting, visited the hotel in the night and told the girls, who escaped from the Boko Haram insurgents, that the presidency had sent them a token of N100,000 each.
“Of the 122 parents who visited, he gave 61 N200,000 each and 51 N100,000 each. The remaining 10 parents were told that the money was finished”, KADA said.

KADA stated that he got no money and neither did Adebiyi, who coordinated the visit.

He said the group was only bothered about the abduction of the over 200 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, kidnapped on April 14.

A statement by the KADA leadership, which was read to newsmen on Wednesday by its spokesperson Dauda Iliya, said the controversial cash was the N1 million given to the parents by the member of the House of Reps representing Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Federal Constituency, Hon. Biye Gumtha.

“It is noteworthy that our primary goal is the safe return of the girls that are still in captivity. It is sad that we are losing sight of this to the allegation of sharing money.

“We, therefore, want the world to understand that we, KADA stand by our earlier position and did not demand, receive or handle any finances throughout the process of the visit.

“On the night of the 22nd July, 2014 at about midnight, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Special Duties, who had been coordinating the visit on the side of the presidency, visited the hotel and told the 51 escaped girls that the President sent them a token of N100,000 each, and accordingly gave them the said sum without prior discussion with any KADA official or any other person in the community.

“He equally gave the sum of N200,000 each to 61 parents out of the 122 parents that came on the visit. 51 parents were given N100,000 each on the basis that the money given to him was not enough to go round at N200,000. The remaining 10 parents were not given any amount of money.

“As for the money given to some parents back home in Chibok, it was from the sum of N1,000,000.00 given to them by the Hon. Member of the House of Reps, representing Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Federal Constituency; that is the source of the alleged N7,000.00 given to parents in Chibok, who were not part of the visit.

“While we acknowledge that any well intended support for our suffering population, which has lost its means of livelihood since the events of April 14 and subsequent attacks could be welcome, however, the approach that the presidency adopted has brought reproach and dishonour to our community in the eyes of the public that has supported us since the abduction of our daughters.

“We hereby state categorically that no amount of money whatsoever was given to KADA leadership to share among the parents and escaped girls or for whatsoever reason and therefore the allegation is completely baseless, false and malicious.

“We clearly spelt out to the presidency through the office of the Chief of Staff that we shall not be involved with any financial transaction whatsoever, including payment of transportation from Chibok to Yola, flight by air from Yola to Abuja, hotel accommodation and feeding in Abuja, and intra-city transportation while in Abuja.

“When the presidency requested us to invite parents and escaped Chibok girls against 22nd July, 2014, we accepted the responsibility on the condition that we shall facilitate by way of contacting and mobilizing the parents and escaped girls, thereby playing the sole role of facilitators”, Iliya affirmed.

Bayo Adeyinka: 7 reasons why Governor Aregbesola will win


On Friday, May 24, 2013, 35 governors gathered to vote for the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF). With the initial postponement and intrigues that surrounded it, it was going to be a night of long knives. With the Presidency interested in the outcome and with Governor Amaechi determined to give it another shot, in spite of his open confrontation with the President, it was going to take more than ordinary determination to navigate the treacherous waters. It would take grit, uncommon courage and the ability to outfox the henchmen of the Presidency.

At the entrance of the venue of the election, all the Governors were mandated to submit all their mobile phones. But one man particularly suspected there was going to be foul play so he sneaked in a pen camera. He recorded the vote counting surreptitiously until when Governor Godswill Akpabio noticed they were being secretly recorded. When controversy sprang up on the actual winner of the contest, he released the video to the public. The man who exposed the lie for what it was was Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Governor of Osun State.

Controversy is his middle name. For 9 months, he operated solely without commissioners. He renamed Osun State and gave it a new nomenclature called ‘State of Osun.’ He fashioned a new educational policy and called it reclassification of schools. In one fell swoop, schools were merged and bedlam ensued. In one school, we were treated to a picture of students dressed in choir robes, hijab and masquerade attires as uniform. Some suspected Muslim fundamentalists broke into a school and flogged a teacher. For the first time in the South West, religious embers were stoked. Then came the uniform controversy. All the public schools were mandated to adopt the same uniform all over the State. Fakunle Comprehensive School, Osogbo was demolished despite pleas that a school with such a grand tradition should be allowed to stand. He declared Hijra as a public holiday for Muslims, the only state to do so in Nigeria. Then he declared another holiday for traditionalists called ‘Isese Day’. Suspected of being a religious fundamentalist, he donated N35m for the burial of late Prophet Timothy Obadare. And then the ‘Opon Imo’ controversy. Then came the issue of the ‘Sukuk’ Islamic bond. His tenure could be appropriately termed ‘one week, one trouble’.

In spite of the unending controversies and despite the appointment of an Osun State indigene, Jelili Adesiyan as the Minister of Police Affairs, it is my carefully considered opinion that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will win the August 9 election. Here’s why I think he will trump Otunba Iyiola Omisore, the PDP’s candidate.
1. Omisore’s Poor Candidature

Iyiola Omisore is not Peter Ayodele Fayose. He lacks the charisma of Fayose. He is not a Jimi Agbaje. He lacks the character of Agbaje. He doesn’t have the mass appeal even though he has the notoriety. While you cannot deny that he has a semblance of structure, having been the Deputy Governor of the State and also a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, his major Achilles heel is that he has been successfully tainted by the accusation of involvement in Bola Ige’s murder. This is one accusation that has refused to go in spite of his protestations. In addition, his campaign is a poor caricature of Ayodele Fayose’s. Whoever is his campaign director needs to get fired as he has run one of the most bizarre and lacklustre campaigns ever. His efforts to align with the masses fell flat- his handling of two roasted corn cobs in both hands, his ride to a campaign venue on an ‘okada’ and his absurd combination of two different ‘Ankara’ materials as cloth are images that have defined his campaign. He has not successfully exploited Rauf Aregbesola’s obvious weaknesses.

it was time to debate Ogbeni, he didn’t show up. That was an opportunity to redeem himself, but he failed to utilize it. Ayo Fayose challenged Kayode Fayemi for a walk on the streets of Ado-Ekiti but Iyiola Omisore claimed he didn’t come for the debate because he didn’t want Ogbeni to beat him up. Is it any wonder that the President has not attended any rally in Osun State even up till now? The President must have read the handwriting on the wall and there was no point dissipating energy in the wrong direction. PDP lost it when the ticket was given to Omisore because he is irredeemable. If he’s banking on federal might, he got it wrong this time because you can only rig successfully where you are popular. In fact, Ogbeni will be gifted this election not because of his superlative performance but primarily because of Omisore’s poor candidature.

  1. Disunity In The PDP House
    No situation exacerbated the looming disunity in Osun State PDP than the statement credited to the Minister for Police Affairs that he will beat Senator Isiaka Adeleke when he leaves office. Adeleke claimed he was assaulted during a party meeting and he subsequently defected to APC. Fatai Akinbade, a former Chairman of the State PDP and a man who served three different times as Commissioner under three different military regimes also defected to the Labour Party. Former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola has not come out openly in support of Iyiola Omisore despite belonging to the same party. In fact, he was even courted by the top echelon of the APC. As a former National Secretary of the party and also a former Governor of the State, his body language speaks volumes. Oyinlola is a Prince of Okuku, the capital of Odo-Otin Local Government, one of the 30 Local Government areas in Osun State. It is instructive to note that Odo-Otin is one of the three local government council areas with the highest number of 15 wards in the state after Osogbo and Iwo.
  1. Ogbeni Aregbesola’s Above-Average Performance
    In spite of his controversies, only a blind man will ignore Ogbeni’s performance. He has built mega schools, many of them super infrastructures with commendable appurtenances. He has constructed over 20 intercity roads and more than 15 intra-city roads. This is apart from some very ambitious dualization projects embarked upon. The free festive inter-city train ride from Lagos to Osogbo has become a constant feature of his administration. I was informed that he has built 74 primary health Centres all over Osun State. He has increased IGR in Osun from N300m to N1.6b and has not been known to borrow from any financial institution, save for the Islamic bond he took. His O’Meals project is laudable. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying the fact that he has improved the face of governance in the state.
  2. Ogbeni’s Massive Campaign Network
    Ogbeni has embarked on a blitzkrieg of a campaign. Maybe due to the lessons learnt from Ekiti’s recent election, he has left no stone untouched. This is the first time I’m seeing an incumbent campaign as if he’s the under-dog. He has run a very good campaign so far- both terrestrially and on social media. Going by his student unionism antecedents, one is not too surprised that he has at least 2 former student leaders in his cabinet and they are both active in running his campaign. Most of the controversial issues raised have been either effectively addressed or well mitigated by this team. When the issue of religious fundamentalism came up, they released the video of Bishop David Oyedepo’s visit. Ogbeni has been photographed genuflecting to Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye. He attended a major night vigil organized by a white garment church. He has been dancing ‘skelewu’ at all rallies to show he can connect with the populace. He has run his campaign without Bola Tinubu being visible so the issue of the overbearing influence of the APC leader has been largely well managed. Ogbeni runs the best propaganda machinery in the South West and the effect can be seen in how he has successfully diverted attention from his controversies while making Omisore seem to be the controversial one.

  3. The Seeming Inconsequential Position of Osun In National Politics
    In the calculation of the PDP, Osun State may not really be worth the trouble. Like Ekiti, one would have expected a massive support from the centre but apart from the involvement of the Minister for Police Affairs Jelili Adesiyan and party big wig Buruji Kashamu, no other major PDP political actor has been to Osun State. Not even the Vice President Namadi Sambo who usually represents the President on most occasions. The PDP Chairman has been missing in action conspicuously and in my opinion two major issues come into consideration here: firstly, the antecedents of Osun politics where the State was the only one won by the erstwhile ACN candidate Nuhu Ribadu during the 2011 Presidential elections without having any impact on the outcome of the full national election results. The resources are limited and they would rather concentrate such where they can get the greatest political capital- Adamawa, Nassarawa, Edo, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos States.
    The second is the opportunity to take the wind out of the sail of APC’s complaint that Osun’s elections will be rigged by the PDP just like they suspected it was done in Ekiti. Furthermore, it is PDP’s calculation that APC will be misled to believe they have stopped PDP’s incursion in the South West. Consequently, if APC wins Osun, the party will be seen to be a bad loser anytime it complains after another loss. So PDP can afford to lose Osun State without batting an eyelid.

  4. Ogbeni’s Grassroots Support
    Rauf Aregbesola is well schooled in the art of politics. He has been able to successfully marry both politicking and governance which was one of the major issues Governor Kayode Fayemi had. You can accuse him of everything but you can never accuse him of not connecting with the populace. With the pupils, he has appeared in their school uniform on many occasions. He has held his health walk in several towns across the states. He has several mushroom groups such as De Raufs located all over the state and these ones project his ideology. He has given himself the identity of ‘Oranmiyan’, a progenitor that the Yorubas respect. His support base is not limited to a particular demographics – he has a broad base across all sectors in the state. Ogbeni is street smart and can fight dirty if need be. A veteran of many political battles, he is not a gentleman like Kayode Fayemi and can be very rambunctious. That was why he asked people to come to the polling units with charms on Election Day. If there is anyone who is a true protege of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he is one. That is one of the reasons the Ekiti story cannot repeat itself in Osun State.

  5. The Geo-Political Demographics in Osun State
    The geopolitical demographics currently favour Ogbeni Aregbesola. Ogbeni is from Osun East Senatorial District, the largest district in the State.Though Iyiola Omisore also hails from the same district, Ogbeni is from Ilesa, one of the three biggest towns with the highest number of voters in the state while Omisore is from Ile-Ife. Osun East with a voting strength close to 500,000 comprises of 10 Local Government Areas- 4 in Ife and 6 in Ijeshaland. There are about 1.2m registered voters in the state. Ogbeni is expected to have a clean sweep of all the 6 Local Governments in Ijeshaland while Omisore will sweep his own 4 Local Government areas. However, Ogbeni’s deputy Mrs Laoye-Tomori is from the state capital, Osogbo and so he’s expected to pick up the votes in the town. Iwo, which is the largest town in the State is predominantly Muslim and this will also play to Ogbeni’s favour.
    Omisore’s deputy, ex-Speaker Adejare Bello hails from Ede, the same town Senator Isiaka Adeleke hails from. ‘Serubawon’ as the Senator and former Governor is popularly called has more grassroots support in Ede than Bello. His family even has a University called Adeleke University in Ede.

I present to you below my take on the electoral configuration that will arise during the August 9 election across the 30 Local Government Areas in Osun State.
Aiyedaade – Omisore
Aiyedire – Omisore
Atakunmosa East – Ogbeni
Atakunmosa West – Ogbeni
Boluwaduro – Ogbeni
Boripe – Ogbeni
Ede North – Ogbeni
Ede South – Ogbeni
Egbedore – Ogbeni
Ejigbo – Ogbeni
Ife Central – Omisore
Ife East – Omisore
Ife North – Omisore
Ife South – Omisore
Ifedayo – Ogbeni
Ifelodun – Ogbeni
Ila – Ogbeni
Ilesa East – Ogbeni
Ilesa West – Ogbeni
Irepodun – Ogbeni
Irewole – Ogbeni
Isokan – Ogbeni
Iwo – Ogbeni
Obokun – Ogbeni
Odo Otin – Ogbeni
Ola Oluwa – Ogbeni
Olorunda – Ogbeni
Oriade – Ogbeni
Orolu – Ogbeni
Osogbo – Ogbeni.

Female suicide bombers not Chibok girls — FG


By Caleb Ayansina -ABUJA

The Federal Government, Wednesday, took steps to douse anxiety over the possibility that Boko Haram insurgents are using the abducted Chibok girls as female suicide bombers. Female bombers have carried out series of attacks on Kano city in the last five days, fuelling fears that those involved could be some of the girls being held by the terrorists. Also, former education minister, and co-coordinator of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Professor Oby Ezekwesili, has expressed fears that the abducted Chibok girls may be indoctrinated or coerced into being used as suicide bombers. She said on her twitter page recently: “It feels like eternity since April 14 when our girls lost their freedom. How can we move on like that? This new trend and pattern of female suicide bombers surely should particularly worry us. Female suicide bombers are again and again becoming the trend and our Chibok girls are still in the enemy’s den. “It worries me stiff. Are we thinking? Our Chibok girls really need to be rescued from the clutches of evil. We must all not stop praying and demanding that the Federal Government acts for results. We have no apology for being agitated. We have nothing to defend for crying out for their rescue.” However, Co-ordinator of National Information Centre, Mike Omeri, during a routine security briefing, alongside representatives of security forces in Abuja, vehemently denied the insinuation. “The use of Chibok girls by Boko Haram is actually not true,” Omeri sharply responded to a question asked by a journalist at the briefing. Also, Omeri confirmed the arrest of a minor female suicide bomber in Katsina State by security forces. He said three Boko Haram suspects were arrested,Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at about 10p.m. along Zaria Road, Tudun Wada area of Funtua metropolis. The suspects, according to him, include a male, Iliya Dahiru, and two females, Zainab Musa, 18, and Hadiza Musa, 10. “The three suspects were arrested in a Honda CRV car. When they were directed to disembark for security checks, 10 year-old Hadiza was discovered to have been strapped with an explosive belt and immediately, Iliya and Zainab attempted to escape with the car, but were later blocked by other concerned Nigerians, and subsequently arrested. The Police successfully unstrapped the explosives. “It is on this note that we appeal to parents to consciously observe and watch their children’s activities to prevent them from participating in unwholesome activities, particularly acts of terrorism,” he said. Vanguard

Osun 2014: Omisore will win convincingly — Fani-Kayode


Former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode has said that All Progressive Party (APC) could not defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Sen. Iyiola Omisore on Aug. 9, stressing that the party “ will win convincingly. Speaking with newsmen today on the upcoming gubernatorial election, the Ile-Ife-born politician said he was confident of PDP ‘s victory. He said the people of Ife would vote massively for PDP’s candidate, Omisore, who he described as a true son of Ile-Ife. “This is an opportunity for the people of Ife to have their own person at the executive level in the state. “Omisore was a Deputy Governor, my father was a Deputy Prime Minister in the old Western region. “This time around, we are going for the highest executive level in Osun because Omisore has what it takes to be governor,” he said. The former minister expressed the view’. (NAN)

NFF offer Keshi new contract worth N7m a month


 

According to new reports, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has tabled a new deal for Stephen Keshi worth about N7m per month. Keshi, whose previous deal ran out after the 2014 World Cup, was earning N5m per month. The Big Boss was heavily linked with the South Africa job, but after SAFA chose a new manager, the Big Boss is expected to sign the new contract and continue with the Super Eagles. “We have had meetings with Keshi and the good news is that he is willing to continue as coach of the Super Eagles,” an NFF official told AfricanFootball. “He is only concerned that most of the fringe benefits in his contract were not provided and demands better treatment from the Federation. “I think the first step was a success and we will build on it because the (2015 Africa Cup of Nations) qualifiers are not far away.” The African champions will begin the defence of their title in September. They have been drawn against Sudan, South Africa and Congo/Rwanda.

2015: APC Presidential Ticket…See Presidential Candidate and Running Mate List


The outcome of the Ekiti Gubernatorial election was a shocker to many in the All Progressives Congress, APC. However, only few could have predicted how that election result was going to affect the party’s thinking on its presidential platform

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor

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NEW permutations for the 2015 presidential ticket of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC have emerged following the defeat of the party in the Ekiti gubernatorial election last month. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the outgoing governor of the state who was defeated in that election, had according to party insiders, been in pole position to be projected as the party’s vice-presidential running mate in the 2015 election.

Fayemi was expected by many to run as the APC presidential running mate as the sitting governor of Ekiti State next year.
Fayemi’s prospects had brightened following serious objections to party leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu taking that slot on account of religious balancing. Tinubu is a Muslim and suggestions of him pairing with any of the leading Muslim aspirants in the North, especially Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, had been a major issue of contention.

Major issue of contention
Though there were insinuations that Tinubu did not mind, many party enthusiasts bothered by inscriptions of the party as an Islamic party fought against such a pair of Buhari and Tinubu as formidable as it looked.
With religion putting Tinbubu aside, Fayemi before the election became one of those non-Muslims that had been factored as possible running mate to any of the leading presidential aspirants in the party.

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The Ekiti governor, according to sources, had been especially touted to run with Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State.
The increasingly powerful lobby of APC governors where Fayemi is believed to have a strong sway, and which was instrumental to many recent decisions of the party, Vanguard learnt, would have been used by the governors to project the Kwankwanso-Fayemi ticket.

Besides Fayemi, another prospective running mate had been Otunba Niyi Adebayo, former governor of Ekiti State. However, the defeat of Fayemi, Vanguard learnt, has led to a diminution of either options in a presidential ticket throwing up fresh permutations that have led to the emergence of new options. One of the increasingly toasted options is Senator Olurunimbe Mamora, former minority leader of the Senate.

Other permutations said to be especially favoured in the calculation of the Tinubu camp are Yemi Cardoso, a former commissioner for economic planning in Lagos, Prof. Yemi Osibajo also a former commissioner for justice in Lagos State and Senator Ajayi Borofice, presently representing Ondo State in the Senate.

Mamora’s emergence follows the illegibility of Governor Babatunde Fashola, also on religious consideration. The popular Lagos State governor is a Muslim.
Mamora, it was learnt, is especially being linked to the APC’s leading presidential aspirant Buhari by some party stakeholders who are drumming such a ticket as a win-win ticket. The former senator is being projected for his loyalty, integrity and popularity as factors that would sell the ticket in the Southwest and the rest of the country.

“He’s a Christian, popular and acceptable to Christian and Muslim communities,” a source canvassing the ticket revealed at the weekend.
Continuing, the source said of Mamora, “He is a highly respected liberal democrat and a professional; former Lagos Speaker, two-term Senator and well loved across party and religious lines. He can easily reach out to the National Assembly for President Buhari. “

Noting similarities between Mamora and Buhari, the source said:
“He’s highly principled and also has disdain for corruption like Buhari and he will be acceptable to the   Afenifere/Oodua Groups which will enable Buhari win not less than 80% of Yoruba votes.”

But a source close to Tinubu played down the Mamora option saying that Mamora was dropped from going back to the Senate in 2011 on account of his perceived disloyalty to Tinubu in the internal conflict between the Tinubu and Fashola camps ahead of that year’s gubernatorial election.

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Mamora was said to have sided with Fashola and thereby incurred the wrath of Tinubu leading to his being replaced with Senator Gbenga Ashafa in the 2011 election.
Cardoso who served in the Tinubu cabinet it was learnt, is also being seriously canvassed on the basis of his economic expertise and projected as one who could help a possible President Buhari to manage the economic affairs of the country.

The projection of Senator Borofice it was gathered is aimed at cutting from the votes of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ondo State.
The idea behind Borofice is that he could draw out votes for APC being that he is from Ondo State, a state that is now under the control of Labour Party and which had in the past thrown support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The calculation behind Borofice is that he is from a state that is not within the control of the APC, so by projecting him as a vice-president, he could draw votes that would ordinarily have been mobilised by the governor for the PDP,” a source privy to the permutations told Vanguard.
Such projections, however, are out of joint with other available factors in the contest.

Emergence of Sam Nda-Isaiah
The emergence of Sam Nda-Isaiah as one of the aspirants has also opened possibilities of a Muslim from any of the Southwest States emerging as a running mate. However, given the present lukewarm attitude of many party stakeholders in the region to the prospects of the newspaper columnist and publisher, not much thought has been made of the personalities that could fit the mould for a running mate for a Northern Christian presidential candidate.

Another permutation that some believe could electrify the party is the presentation of Adams Oshiomhole as a running mate or possibly a presidential candidate. Oshiomhole who has acquitted himself fairly in Edo State and won commendations for his infrastructural developments is considered as a possible weapon of mass destruction if put on the presidential ticket and could especially impede the PDP in its South-South base.

In the past, a matchup between Oshiomhole and Speaker Aminu Tambuwal had been projected as a serious challenge that for the PDP.
However, given the relative independent mindedness of the Edo governor, not many in the APC hierarchy seem to be giving much consideration to lifting him up.

Match-ups

Presidential candidate       Running Mate

Buhari                                     Mamora
Buhari                                     Cardoso
Buhari                                     Osibajo
Buhari                                     Borofice
Tambuwal                               Oshiomhole
Oshiomhole                            Tambuwal
Kwankwanso                          ???

 

Commonwealth Games Gold Winner, Blessing Okagbare Shows Off Her Se*y Side – Photos


Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare is Africa’s fastest woman and is the Commonwealth Games gold medal winner in the women’s 100 metres race. She also set a new record running at 10.58 seconds.
Okagbare is the second African to win the Commonwealth Games Women’s 100m title since

 

Nigerian Mary Onyali-Omagbemi won in 1994.

Check out some of her photos

 

Photos From The Accident Scene Involving El Rufai’s Young Son


El Rufai’s son Hamza El Rufai died this morning in a fatal accident. Here are pics from the accident scene. Hamza was driving the black Lexus car (pictured above) when he ran into a stationery blue colored Volkswagen Saloon car around the Ningi Barrack along A.Y.A – Kubwa road aroudn  5.30am this morning July 29th.

Two persons were involved in the crash but only Hamza died. According to the Federal Road Safety Corps, his corpse was taken to the national mosque by his parents while the crashed vehicles were deposited at the Maitama Police station. Continue to see more pics and GEJ’s message commiserating with El Rufai ..

 

PRESIDENT JONATHAN COMMISERATES WITH MALLAM EL-RUFAI ON THE LOSS OF HIS SON

 

 

 

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with a deep sense of grief and shock, news of the sudden and untimely death of Hamza El-Rufai, son of the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

 

 

 

On behalf of himself, his family and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends his heartfelt commiserations to Mallam el-Rufai and all members of the el-Rufai family.

 

The President says although no amount of words can fill the deep gap created by the loss of Hamza, he hopes that the outpouring of support at this moment by friends and associates will comfort Mallam El-Rufai.

 

President Jonathan prays for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed and also for God’s blessing, comfort and protection for Mallam El-Rufai and the rest of his family.

 

Reuben Abati

 

Special Adviser to the President

 

(Media & Publicity)

 

July 29, 2014

Aston Villa Keen on Victor Moses


Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is keen on a sensational move for Chelsea FC winger Victor Moses in a bid to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.

The Telegraph reports Lambert would want to sign the Nigeria World Cup star on a season-long loan, but awaits Jose Mourinho’s decision.

Chelsea are believed to be willing to allow the 23-year-old out for another season, but would rather weigh the most suitable opportunity, after ending up playing second fiddle at Liverpool last season.

Victor Moses Was a Member of the Super Eagles Squad to the World Cup in Brazil. Image: Getty Image.

Moses is also a transfer target for a host of other Premier League outfits, such as: Everton, Newcastle United, former club Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.

Villa returns from their tour of the United States on Tuesday. They have already landed former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole, Phillipe Senderos and Kieran Richardson.

Glasgow 2014: Weightlifting Gold Medalist Amalaha Fails Urine Test


Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games for failing a drug test.

The 16-year-old claimed Team Nigeria’s first gold medal in the women’s 53kg category on Friday at a combined total of 196kg.

Her ‘A’ sample tested positive for a combination of banned diuretics and masking agent- amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide (referred to as co-amizide in medical terms, and it promotes the loss of sodium and water from the body, but without depleting potassium).

The Rivers State-born teenager will have her ‘B’ sample tested tomorrow.

Chika Amalaha Won Gold in the 53kg Weightlifting Category. Image: Getty Image.

She stands the risk of losing her Commonwealth Games Gold and further charges according to the official anti-doping rules, should her ‘B’ sample highlights subsequent adverse findings.

Nonetheless, hydrochlorothiazide is not itself a performance-enhancing drug, it may be used to mask the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and is classed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as a “specified substance”.

Russian cyclist Alexandr Kolobnev was banned from the 2011 Tour de France after Hydrochlorothiazide was detected in the urine, but later cleared of all charges of intentional doping.

Amalaha beat Papua New Guinea’s Dika Toua, 30, and Santoshi Matsa, 20, of India, to Gold in Group A of the women’s 53kg class at the Clyde Auditorium.

She is the first athlete to fail at the ongoing Games, aside some few pre-competition anti-doping rule violations.

Ebola Virus: Pastor Ituah Ighodalo Defends Himself After Facebook Post Sparking Outrage


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If you don’t know  him, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo is the Senior Pastor of Trinity House Church and he got a little more than he bargained for after he got attacked over a Facebook post on the “Solution to Ebola“.

On Saturday 26th July 2014, Pastor Ighodalo posted this: -

I just saw this and I think will help many believers.

Solution to Ebola!

Several years ago, Ebola virus erupted in Africa, killing thousands without restrain or cure. The medical world was perplexed. A great man of God by the name John G Lake came to the rescue. Laying hands on infected people who were not to be touched.

The slightest contact with any secretion from an infected person is all it takes for transmission. But with bare hands, cleaning secretion and curing every victim, John G Lake along with his Holy Ghost filled team, brought to an abrupt end the spread of the deadly virus.

When asked by the medical world how he did it. He had this to say: I have the life of God in me, every virus that comes in contact with me dies. He asked them to get an innoculum from an infected person, observe same under a microscope to ascertain viral activities in it.

They did and confirmed living and multiplying virus. He then asked them to put the innoculum on his palm and observe under the microscope. This time there were no more activities. ALL WERE DEAD upon contact with him. What a life! Every child of God has this life! He that has the Son has this life! That higher life that put out Ebola in the days of John G Lake will do the same through you in your day! At the Name of Jesus, Ebola will bow out! Stop the fear!

Let this message of hope and faith go viral and the Ebola viral spread will stop! Don’t disdain the ever living words of Jesus: A

nd these signs shall follow them that believe, in my Name, they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing (Ebola virus included) it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hand on the sick (those already infected) and they shall recover – Mark 16:15-18.
John G Lake and team are long gone! But I am here, you are here! We can save our world!
We have the life of God in us!
Spread the faith!
Stop the fear!
Spread the life!
Stop the death!
Yes you can!
The world belongs to you!
Cause you belong to Jesus!
Halleluyah.

His post has since gone viral, with a few commenters accusing him of encouraging people who think or are anointed to go about laying hands on people infected with the virus.

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He later responded to the post.
Read here:

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Security Stepped Up In Abuja For Pro-Jonathan Rally


Security has been stepped up in Abuja in readiness for a youth solidarity rally in support of President Goodluck Jonathan which will hold on Thursday.

Security operatives, mostly officers of the Nigeria Army have been stationed at strategic entry points and locations within the capital city, with every vehicle entering the metropolis subjected to series of security checkpoints.

Terror attacks suspected to have been perpetrated by Islamist sect Boko Haram have become frequent in the North in the past few days heightening fears in the region. A large gathering of people seem a possible target of suicide bombing which is becoming rampant in the country, hence the heavy security in the nation’s capital.

The youth rally being organised under the auspices of the Jonathan Youth Vanguard and Niger Delta Youth Leaders Council (NDYLC) is said to involve over

Nkiru Sylvanus Shines and Dazzles In New Promo Photos


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Famous veteran Nollywood actress and now producer made a complete 360 degree turn when she decided to jump back into the movie business.

The actress turned civil servant then actress again dropped new photo just after her first movie after her return.

The Nigerian actress who recently premiered her movie – The Voice in Lagos, rocks a sequined gold dress for some shots in the glam shoot.

She assisted the shoot too with a sequined green dress too.

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‘Please Help! I’m Dying’ – Nollywood Actress Cries Out!!!


For some time now, popular Yoruba actress, Omotunde Ogundimu, has been off the movie scene. But if you think she has found another passion, then, you are wrong. At the moment, the mother of three is battling a debilitating ailment that has since removed the shine from her acting career. In this interview with TheNationOnlineNg, she ventilates her pains and hope, among other issues.

You seldom appear in movies these days. So, what really is responsible for this?

I have been ill.

So, how do you feel now?

I am still very weak. I was at the clinic and the doctor revealed that, even if I have the money readily available, I can’t undergo the surgery now because I have lost so much blood. So, I was given some drugs to help boost the blood back to the level it should be.

Which hospital is that?

It is called Beachland Specialist Hospital in Arepo, Ibafo, Ogun State.

What is the nature of the ailment?

My period comes like 10 to15 days; then, it will stop and come again. I menstruate twice in a month. I noticed it last year before my husband passed away. Anytime we had intercourse, I would always bleed. I took it for something else, so I didn’t really pay attention to it. But when he became sick and we couldn’t have intercourse any more, it (the bleeding) stopped. Then, I didn’t have time to study it at that period too.

But what I noticed is that my menstrual circle changed, so I would menstruate twice in a month with very heavy flow. So, at that time, I just felt it was one of the signs of menopause because I am way above 40. But last year, I had to go to the hospital to complain and the doctor said I had fibroid, even before the tests and scan were conducted. When the scan was done, it was discovered that the fibroid was fully grown in my womb.

You said during the period your husband was sick, you were not having intercourse. But were you having the heavy flow at that time?

Then, it was normal. But the only time it became abnormal was when we had intercourse, so I thought I was approaching my period.

What do you think is exactly wrong with you? Don’t you think it might be a spiritual problem?

No; I don’t think so. You can only say something is spiritual when you don’t get a solution to your problem. But in my own case, I have been able to find out what the problem is and the remedy. Every woman has fibroid, but it is only when it is overgrown that it becomes a problem that needs to be attended to. When it started, I had people who shared their own experiences with me and I was directed to the hospital.

So, how have you been coping, financially?

Well, I am presently in Ibafo, Ogun State, which is close to my home town. When my husband passed away, my family asked me to come back home, so as not to be left alone in Lagos, where I don’t have anybody. So, I came home and rented an apartment. But my children are in one of the boarding schools in Lagos. I didn’t want to change their school.

Whenever they are on vacation, they come here and we spend time together. Sending them to one of the best schools in Lagos is part of my huge financial commitments. But I am glad that I can do that for them because I want them to have the kind of education that I didn’t have.

With your state of health, you definitely need some help. Is anyone living with you?

Some of my siblings do come over to help. But most of them are married and I cannot force them to come and stay with me. So, whenever they volunteer to come, I am always glad to have them around. If not that it went online, nobody knew I was sick. I am a very quite person.

Why did you have to make the ailment hidden for this long without going public with it?

I am just a private person and I just felt I could raise the money and go for the surgery before anybody could know that I was sick.

I don’t go to functions anymore because of the state of my body now-I am so lean. Nobody will see me without asking what is wrong with me. Even the last time I was on location, many of my colleagues felt I was dieting and they complained that it was too serious.

As a crossover actress and one who is popular in both the Yoruba and English sectors of Nollywood, one would expect that you would have a lot of people coming around you.

As I said, the news just got online some days ago and I have been receiving calls from every one of them, promising to do something in any way they can. Most of them didn’t know I was sick and the news going online has drawn their attention to my plight. I also got a call from the AGN president, Ibinabo Fiberesima, asking me to send my details and home address; she promised that they will visit me.

How much do you need to undergo the surgery?

N500,000.

Are you sure the N500, 000 you are requesting for is just for the operation?

I pray the money will be enough. The actual money for the surgery is N350, 000. But I just feel I’ll need some money for my upkeep till I am able to stand on my feet and get back to work. That is the reason I summed up the whole money to N500, 000.

But do you think you need as much as that to undergo a fibroid operation?

Yes, that is true. But it is a private hospital and for someone like me to come out and say I need N350, 000, people will say I should be able to afford such an amount of money because I am an actress. But people do not know what I have been doing all the while. I have single-handedly been training my three kids and I have been struggling to ensure they go to the higher institution, which I did not attend.

Also, the treatment and drugs that I have been taking have cost me a lot of money. Right now, I don’t have any other business I am doing apart from my acting career. I was hoping I would be able to save some money and set up a business. But all that is on hold now.

Does that mean your in-laws were not in support of the union?

The circumstances that surrounded my husband’s death are best known to them. He was married to five wives and he died at the age of 41. After his death, they sold one of his property in Abeokuta and shared the money among us his wives and gave a whole building to my children. After that, no calls to even ask about the welfare of their children.

What is your position among the wives?

I am the second wife.

Didn’t you know he was married?

I never intended to go into the marriage. But sometimes in life, some things take place that you do not plan. You know when you are in love with a man, you believe everything he tells you. When we were courting, he only told me he had someone that bore him a child. When I was pregnant with my first child, he took me home to meet his father, who asked me if he had told me about my senior (the first wife); so, that was when I knew.

I didn’t understand what he was saying until he told me that the man I wanted to get married to already had a wife and a child living with him. I left and told him I was going for abortion. But he went to my mum in Ibafo to inform her about my decision and she came down with him to Iyana Ipaja that same day to plead with me. He knew I am the only child of my mother and that she was already looking forward to having grandchildren. That was how I found myself in a polygamous home. And then, I was working as a clearing and forward agency at NAHCO, Ikeja, Lagos. I had my own apartment, so he was always at my place. But he was a lovely man and a good man. He took care of me. But you know, when there are so many women involved, it is a different story.

Is it that you do not have friends in the industry because you said none has paid you a visit?

(Laughs) That was before! You know, it is said that no matter the multitude, there will always be a disagreement. But at the moment, I am not fighting anybody. So, I have been receiving calls and prayers from most of them, promising to come and pay me a visit. Most of them didn’t know I was sick. As I said, I am a very private person.

We have had cases of stars seeking help from the public. So, is it that you people do not save for the rainy days?

I understand what you are saying. But in my own case, I have been managing on my own all the while without asking anybody for assistance. But the truth of the matter is that the money we are paid here is nothing to write home about. It is all about helping your colleague, when he or she wants to shoot a movie. So, it is whatever the person has that you will collect. All the stories they tell about some people collecting N600, 000 for a roles are lies.

But most of you live flamboyantly; so, where do they get the money from?

I don’t know o! I only know about myself, my sister. Yes, some of them earn well and are into other businesses. As I said earlier, if I get back on my feet and start working, I will get something else doing aside my acting career. Some make money from the movies they produce, especially if the movies sell well.

Having been in the industry for over a decade now, what can you say about your experience as a producer?

I have done three movies: Temidun, Origun Meta and Abiamo Toto. I would have produced another one, but I don’t want to produce any movie that will be below the name and standard that I have been able to build for myself over the years. But my first three were hits in the market. That was when movies still had values. What we have now are marketers who always complain about low sales.

And I can proudly say I was able to make good use of the proceeds from those movies. I opened a wholesale wine shop, but that is history now because that was where I was collecting money when my husband fell sick. And you know how business is, once you don’t add more to it, it will collapse.

I learnt Tope Alabi brought you into the movie industry. Why have you not sought her assistance?

We were in the dance group, Sunny Wonders Performing Group, before she left. We were into dramas and stage plays. But after a while, we met again and I stayed with her at her parents’ home, which was not far from my uncle’s house where I was living then. But when we met, she started telling me about finding my way into the Yoruba movie industry, instead of wasting my time with the group that promised to take us abroad to perform. That was how she introduced me to Alade Aromire Group. But I don’t have her contact and that is the reason I have not been able to reach her for assistance.

I am someone who does not like to bother people. Sometimes, when you expect help from a particular person, you might end up being disappointed. And at the end of the day, you will feel bad. That is the reason I don’t like telling people about what is happening to me. I am a fighter, if not for the fact that Mr. Idris Bello of Shybellmedia got in touch with me and asked what was wrong. I told him I was sick and he came visiting the next day.

When he saw me, he told me not to keep mute on the issue. He said I should let people know about my state of health, stressing that those who would come to my aid will do and those who will talk will talk. I told him they would say, ‘Is she not an actress? Why wouldn’t she be able to afford such an amount? And he told me that I have my life to live.

BBA Winner Dillish Mathews Shares Hot Bikini Photos


The Big Brother Africa show winner, Namibia’s Dillish Matthews shared some stunning photos of herself with her fans.

The 24-year-old beauty took to her Twitter to bring a bit of fun to her fans. The girl is seen in a tiny blue bikini top and booty jeans shorts.

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Today she also posted a wonderful collage with the caption, “Good morning my angels! Remember to love YOURSELF first before you can love another. YOU ARE IMPORTANT”

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Dillish Matthews, a business person, model, and entertainer who represented Namibia in Big Brother Africa, is the one of the most recognizable persons in Africa.

Nigerian Table Tennis Player Strips To Celebrate Bronze At Commonwealth Games 2014


Team Nigeria on Monday went totally insane after they won third place at table tennis at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

It all went down when Nigerias’ Ojo Onalopop (ranked 488th in the world) beat India’s Kamal Achanta (ranked 50th in the world) to seal a bronze medal for the Nigerian team.

The team was so happy that their emotions began to overflow… and then the pants came off.

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Check out the video of how Team Nigeria celebrate their victory (story continues below):

Team Nigeria on Monday returned to the zenith of tennis at the Commonwealth Games after beating India 3-1 to claim the bronze medal in the men’s team event.

Though, in the rating of International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Nigeria had been seeded below India and most of the Indian players were rated higher than the entire Nigerian team, bookmakers were proved wrong. The youthful Nigerian side turned the table against the Asian giant to clinch Nigeria’s first medal in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games in the last eight years.

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An elated NTTF boss, Oshodi described the win as result of years of hard work, adding that Nigerian players are talented. “I think the gap between our players and some of these top players is not much and what our players need more is exposure and they will be up there,” he said.

Popular Actress Speaks On Her Alleged Affair With Genevieve Nnaji


Benoise actress and singer, Ella Martins, allegedly in a s*xual relationship with Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, has cleared the air in a recent interview with Vanguard.

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Ella Martins and Genevieve Nnaji

The news went viral after an online magazine broke the reports last year that Benin Republic actress, Ella Martins, and Nollywood diva, Genevieve Nnaji, were lesbians, sharing photo of the two k*ssing.

Speaking on the genesis of the allegation she said: “What happened is that Genny and I were in a club in Lagos and her phone got missing. Later, I think a paparazzi or someone got hold of it and started sharing some contents about me and Genny online. I don’t see anything abnormal in the pictures but people started talking that we must be lesbians and all. As normal persons and friends, we do take normal pictures at home and in other places, but I don’t know why the online magazine showed Genevieve and I kissing, I am surprised and don’t know where they got those pictures from. We kssed, but it was nothing extraordinary. It was normal kss between girls.