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Katsina federal lawmaker dumps APC for PDP

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A member of the House of Representatives from Katsina State, Ibrahim Murtala, has defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Murtala, who is representing Matazu/Musawa Federal Constituency, announced his defection in a letter read by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on the floor of the House on Tuesday.

According to NAN, Murtala, in the letter, said that he wished to inform the House and the general public that he was no longer a card-carrying member of the APC.

Murtala said he would from now pursue his political career under the umbrella of the PDP.

Champions League: Mourinho confirms Man United player to start against Valencia

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that midfielder, Paul Pogba will start for the Red Devils when they tackle Valencia in an away Champions League fixture on Wednesday night.

Pogba was an unused substitute in United’s 4-1 victory over Fulham in the Premier League encounter over the weekend.

The France international was forced to watch from the sidelines throughout the duration of the match.

But Mourinho has now confirmed that the 25-year-old will start for United against Valencia at The Mestalla Stadium.

“Against Valencia, he [Pogba] is going to start,” Mourinho said on Man United’s official website.

“Against Valencia, he is going to have a fantastic football game to play and to show everybody how good he is.”

The kick-off time for the match is 9pm.

Draw inspiration from Ambode’s reaction to Lagos primaries – Shettima, El-Rufai tell aggrieved APC aspirants

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Peace and Reconciliation Committee, on Monday urged aggrieved aspirants of the party to learn from how the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, who took the outcome of governorship primary in his state with equanimity.

The Chairman of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee in Southwest and Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Ahmed Nasir El-Rufai, called on the aspirants to put the interest of the party at heart and embrace the peace initiative of the party.

Other members of the committee including the Managing Director of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, former Ekiti Deputy Governor, Prof Modupe Adelabu and Hajia Seida Usman-Bugaje, said there was need for people to eschew crisis and work for the party’s unity ahead of 2019.

Speaking while interfacing with the aggrieved aspirants in Ondo and Ekiti, Shettima said the way Ambode handled the outcome of the primary in Lagos had made him a darling of many Nigerian statesmen, urging the aspirants to view life from that perspective.

“From 1999 to date, Governor Ambode, who is also a member of this committee, I don’t think any Nigerian politician has demonstrated his level of courage in the way he handled the governorship primaries in Lagos.

“He is a governor who has worked exceptionally, but as I said politics sometimes comes with unpredictable outcomes. Our courage in reacting to situations like Governor Ambode has withstood is what separates men from boys.

“I think anyone unhappy with the outcome of the APC primaries should draw inspiration from Governor Ambode”, he advised.

Shettima said the fact that the national working committee set up the committee confirmed that the party appreciates the fact that all members are given due recognition.

He said it could have been disastrous for APC to allow the crisis to fester by not taking time to persuade the aggrieved members, saying the aspirants should cooperate with the committee to be able to proffer lasting solution to all the disagreements.

“Nigeria currently has about 120,000 polling units and for President Muhammadu Buhari to win, he needs votes from all these units relying on party members to garner to be able to get votes. And in most cases, these are people the president may or may never know.

“We are here to listen to you, we didn’t come here with a mindset. But we are pleading that you to join hands with us to resolve all these crises.

“Even our own leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was the first victim of party’s compromises. When the Vice Presidential candidate to President Buhari, he had to painfully compromise his interest for over all interest of the party,” he said.

Governor el-Rufai, on his part, expressed joy that the crisis in Ekiti was not as huge and convoluted like Ondo State, expressing fear that the party risks the chance of losing Ondo State if unity is discarded by party members.

“If we win at the State and federal levels, we stand the chance of accommodating everybody but when we lose, then the party will be a greatest loser.

“In Kaduna State, I had issue with APC but I never had the intention of leaving the party. I stayed in the party and fought until justice prevailed. So, we stand to gain nothing if we continue to fight on. We must listen to ourselves and find solution to all these crises together,” he said.

Security operatives attack kidnappers’ operation base in Delta, kill suspect

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A combine team of the Nigerian Army attached to 222 battalion in Agbarho Otor and the Nigeria police ‘A’ division, Ughelli North local government area of Delta State, Monday evening stormed suspected kidnappers’ operation base inside Ughelli forest, and allegedly killed one of the suspects during an exchange of gun fire.

It was gathered that the suspect, identified as Efe Johnson, a suspected hardened kidnapper, was allegedly killed in a gun battle with the security operatives who reportedly opened fire on the suspects at their operation base, when they arrived there in anger, even as other suspected members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds.

It would be recalled that a few weeks ago, a top PDP member was kidnapped at her farm in Ogor community where a ransom was allegedly paid to secure her release. The development is also coming on the heels of the abduction and subsequent escape of a Senior Special Adviser to the Delta State Governor on Conflict Resolution, Chief Okiemute Oviri, who was abducted by a gang of hoodlums along Orogun road but escaped from the kidnappers’ den in the early hours of Saturday.

Confirming the incident to newsmen in Asaba, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka disclosed that the deceased suspect, Efe Johnson, in company of three other members of his gang, was shot along the Oviri Ogor road in Ughelli north council area, during an attempt to abduct one Mrs Tracy Panshark.

DSP Andrew Aniamaka said, “The hoodlums had succeeded in abducting the woman who they forced to lie flat on the floor of the back seat of her Solana coupe car when they were accosted by the security operatives who engaged them in a gun battle. During the shootout, one of the kidnappers was shot from behind, while the others escaped with their arms and pump action rifles, unfortunately for him, he died after giving useful information to the security operatives. The security operatives stormed the tick forest of the kidnappers inside Oginibo community in Ughelli community on intelligence gathering.”

He however stated that the combined security operatives were on the trail of the fleeing suspects.

Since the killing of the kidnap suspect, the entire Ughelli community have been gripped by tension, especially in the evening when the operatives shoot sporadically in the air to scare criminals including armed robbery suspects.

A resident of Ughelli town, who spoke to newsmen on the condition of anonymity, said, “This is what we want in the entire Ughelli community so that the hoodlums will run away from our communities. It was really a well done job by the security operatives. We need more of such.”

Champions League: Barcelona’s squad to face Tottenham Hotspur revealed

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Barcelona have released their line-up to tackle Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League fixture slated for Tuesday night at the Camp Nou Stadium.

Barca coach, Ernesto Valverde released a provisional list of 19 players through the club’s official Twitter page, @FCBarcelona.

Valverde’s men head to the game following a 4-0 victory over Espanyol on Saturday in the La Liga fixture.

Below is Barcelona’s squad against Tottenham:

Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis Suárez, Coutinho, Arthur, Luis Suárez, Messi, Dembélé, Cillessen, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Munir, Vidal, Vermaelen, Aleñá, Miranda.

The kick-off time for the match is 9pm.

2019 presidency: Dino Melaye mocks Buhari, APC in new song [Video]

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The Director in charge of Civil Societies and Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, and Campaign Spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has mocked President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in a new song.

In a video he shared on Instagram yesterday, the lawmaker, who represents Kogi West in the National Assembly, said voting out Buhari and APC in 2019 was the only way to end poverty and hunger.

The lawmaker said, “There’s poverty in the land. Let’s us say no to poverty; let’s say no to hunger by voting out President Muhammadu Buhari.

“That is the only way to end hunger; that is the only way to end poverty. Please Nigerians, vote out the APC.

“That is the only way this pretentious people; this deceptive people can understand that we know that they are responsible for hunger.”

Melaye, who was among the lawmakers who dumped the APC for the PDP, recently ended his call for the removal of Buhari and APC with a song he sang in Yoruba language.

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The Director in charge of Civil Societies and Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, and Campaign Spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has mocked President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in a new song.

In a video he shared on Instagram, yesterday, the lawmaker, who represents Kogi West in the National Assembly, said voting out Buhari and APC in 2019, was the only way to end poverty and hunger.

The lawmaker said, “There’s poverty in the land. Let’s us say no to poverty; let’s say no to hunger by voting out President Muhammadu Buhari.

“That is the only way to end hunger; that is the only way to end poverty. Please Nigerians, vote out the APC.

“That is the only way this pretentious people; this deceptive people can understand that we know that they are responsible for hunger.”

Melaye, who was among the lawmakers who dumped the APC for the PDP recently, ended his call for the removal of Buhari and APC with a song he sang in Yoruba Language.

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2019 presidency: Gov. Wike highlights key areas Buhari has failed Nigeria

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on Nigerians to vote out the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019.

Wike said the APC-led Federal Government has failed to use the resources at its disposal to improve the lives of the people.

The governor spoke during the annual harvest of Christian Universal Church, Port Harcourt, the state capital over the weekend.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Chukwuemeka Woke, the governor said Nigerians must use their votes to commence the revival of the country.

He said, “At the centre, judge them by the promises they made, which they have failed to fulfil. The APC federal government cannot be trusted with another four years.

“They said that they will make one dollar to one naira. Instead, it moved from the 160 Naira they met to close to 500 Naira before coming down to 370 Naira to a dollar.

“They claimed they will reduce the price of a litre of petrol to N42, but, today, it has risen to N145. We have the worst unemployment crisis in the country, as millions have lost their jobs and the infrastructural sector has been abandoned. Nothing is working in the country.

“It is even worse because the failed APC federal government has allowed insecurity to claim the lives of several thousand in the Middle Belt. Several indigenes were killed in Benue, Plateau, Taraba and Nasarawa states by rampaging herdsmen”.

EPL: Sarri identifies 31-year-old striker as Giroud, Morata’s replacement at Chelsea

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Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has finally identified 31-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker, Edinson Cavani as Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata’s replacement at Stamford Bridge.

According to France Football, Sarri is resolute to sign the Uruguay international as he looks to re-enforce his current attacking options at Chelsea.

The report claimed that Sarri is not happy with the resources available to him up front and has grown tired of persisting with Giroud and Morata.

The Italian gaffer wants Cavani to join the West London club to strengthen his attack line.

Cavani’s current deal at PSG will expire in 2020 and it will be difficult for the French Ligue 1 champions to extend his contract due to his age.

Chelsea will have to face competition from Napoli and Atletico Madrid, who are also interested in signing Cavani.

Sarri’s side will tackle Vidi on Thursday in the Europa League fixture.

Arrest, detention of AAC members, crackdown on peaceful protesters anti-democratic, barbaric – SPN gubernatorial candidate

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The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye has described the arrest and detention of members of African Action Congress (AAC) and crackdown of peaceful protest embarked by AAC members by Lagos State police command as anti-democratic and barbaric.

Veloxnews gathered on Tuesday that the police in Lagos arrested six supporters of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore at the weekend for allegedly removing the campaign materials of an unnamed political party and replacing them with those of AAC.

Spokesman of the Lagos police, Chike Oti who confirmed the report on Sunday said the suspects were arrested around 2.30 am by patrol cops around the Ikeja area of the city.

Oti said the alleged actions of supporters of Mr Sowore, whose campaign slogan is “Take It Back” runs foul to the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) laws that forbade advertisers from pasting posters at no other hour than during the daytime.

But, Bamigboye while reacting, called on well-meaning Nigerians, pro-masses organisations, human rights groups and labour organisations to prevail on the Nigeria police for the immediate and unconditional release of all the arrested persons.

He condemned the arrest and detention of members of the party who organised a peaceful protest to demand their release.

Bamigboye in a press statement entitled, “The arrest and detention of AAC members and crackdown of peaceful protest to demand their release is anti-democratic and barbaric”, signed by SPN head of media committee, Comrade Isaac Ogunjinmi, a copy which was made available to Veloxnews on Tuesday disclosed that “no fewer than seven members of AAC were arrested in the dead of the night by some overzealous, partisan and doggy security agents while they were pasting poster”.

He said, “The arrested harmless AAC activists were later handcuffed, chained and detained while members and sympathisers of the party who staged a peaceful protest against the arrest and to demand their release were also teargassed. As we filed this report, some of the protesters have been arrested and currently under detention.”

Bamigboye described the arrest and detention as “unacceptable as it is anti-democratic, barbaric and a violation of human right and freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression. Besides, it shows the Nigeria police are being turned into the agents of the ruling party to suppress and intimidate opposition”.

“This must be condemned and resisted, Therefore, he called on all well-meaning Nigerians, pro-masses organisations, human rights groups and labour organisations to prevail on the Nigeria police for the immediate and unconditional release of all the arrested persons”.

Ronaldo De Lima reveals difference between him and Cristiano Ronaldo

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Brazilian legend, Ronaldo De Lima, has revealed the difference between him and Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo De Lima said it was not coincidence that Cristiano Ronaldo was still on top of his game at 33 years of age.

Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 for Juventus and the 33-year-old has already made a huge impact in Serie A, scoring 10 and racking up five assists.

Ronaldo De Lima, who is also a Real Madrid legend, noted that the Portuguese superstar trains and works hard for the love of the game, while he (De Lima) trained because he had to do.

He told Euro Sports, “It’s no coincidence that Cristiano has reached 33 years of age in that shape.

“I think there are few players who take care of their body like he does, with so much desire to improve. I trained because I had to do, he does it because he loves it.”