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2019: Ex-Senate President, Nnamani, Nwobodo draw battle line against Chimaroke

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Notable members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu East Senatorial zone have vowed to stage an upset against former governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, the Peoples Democratic, Party, PDP’s candidate for the election.

Veloxnews reports that both ex-president of the Senate, Chief Ken Nnamani and former governor of old Anambra State, Dr. Jim Nwobodo, have vowed to resist any attempt by the PDP to impose Nnamani on the people by proxy.

They made the declaration on Monday during the official flag-off of the campaign of the APC candidate for the district, Prince Lawrence Eze.

Senator Nnamani said the action of the PDP was a clear violation of the electoral act and the nation’s constitution.

Nnamani wondered how someone who is in America could be declared winner of an election he did not participate in, adding that “Chimaroke Nnamani did not swear affidavit because such sensitive document cannot be sworn to by proxy, yet some people went behind to declare him winner of the PDP primary.

“I know that there is no law in our land authorising someone to swear affidavit for another person. I am saying this because those who perpetrated this fraud may be matching to the prison.

“This action shows that the PDP impunity is still rearing its ugly head in Enugu East senatorial zone. Our political process in the country as well as the zone is on trial. We are going to resist this undemocratic act, because I am an interested party in the matter.

“We cannot have a senator by proxy”, he added, warning that the situation, if not properly handled, “is capable of igniting political crisis in the senatorial district.

“I’m yet to know why PDP chose to commit such high level of impunity in my own senatorial district.

“As much as we know, Chimaroke was not seen anywhere. He is still outside the country in his sick bed. Even if somebody filled the forms for him in proxy, the electoral law demands he must swore the court affidavits by himself.”

Chief Nwobodo, in his remarks at the event, described the fronting of ex-governor Nnamani as candidate of the PDP as a great fraud which they must all join hands to resist at all cost.

Nwobodo, and Nnamani boasted that he (Prince Eze), is likely to be the only candidate for Enugu East senatorial election and pleaded to be joined in the suit to seek ex-governor Chimaroke Nnamani’s disqualification from the contest.

Chief Nwobodo urged the electorate in the zone to vote for Prince Lawrence Eze as the next senator of Enugu East senatorial district, just as he applauded the APC candidate for using his personal resources to provide various social amenities for his people, including construction of asphalted roads in many communities.

Prince Eze in his speech, had assured the people of the district that if given the mandate to serve, he would protect the interest of the entire people of the zone, adding that he will also make their empowerment and responsible leadership his watch word.

The event was attended by top chieftains of the APC in the state, including the immediate past governor of the state, Barrister Sullivan Chime, 2019 APC gubernatorial candidate in the state, Senator Ayogu Eze, former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eugene Odoh, Enugu State chairman of APC, Dr. Ben Nwoye, among others.

The job Arsene Wenger wants revealed

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Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, wants the Bayern Munich job amid doubts over Niko Kovac’s future, the UK Telegraph reports.

Wenger is not interested in taking over at another club in England, after ending his 22 years in charge at Arsenal.

The Frenchman has already said that he wants to be back in management by the beginning of 2019 and it is believed he is keen to take over at Bayern.

There are suggestions in Germany that Wenger is seen as a possible successor to Kovac, who has had a bad start to life at the Allianz Arena.

The German champions are fifth in the Bundesliga table after 12 games.

Kovac’s position took another blow this weekend, when Bayern threw away a 3-1 lead against Fortuna Dusseldorf to draw 3-3.

How Saraki, Shehu Sani reacted to death of Abba Kyari

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The Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has mourned the passing of the former Military Governor of the defunct North Central State, Brig.-Gen. Abba Kyari (retd).

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described the late Kyari – father of Chairman Senate Committee on Defence, Senator Abubakar Kyari – as a wise elder statesman; a fine officer; and a patriotic Nigerian who always put the country first.

The statement read: “At this time, my thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the late Brig.-Gen. Abba Kyari, the erstwhile Military Governor of the defunct North Central State.

“The late General was not only a wise elder statesman but throughout his lifetime, he was a fine Military Officer and a Patriotic Nigerian who always put Nigeria first.

“The nation will miss him and his wise counsel, especially at this time that we are heading into the general elections. I pray that the Almighty Allah (SWT), grant him a place amongst the righteous ones in Al Jannah Firdaus. Amin.”

The Senate President also prayed for strength and fortitude for the family of the deceased at this hour of loss.

Meanwhile, Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, while reacting to Abba Kyari’s death, described him as a compassionate and upright man.

On his Twitter page, Sani wrote: “Brigadier Abba Kyari was a Governor we grew to know as pupils in Kaduna. He was a compassionate man and of upright character.

“On behalf of myself and the good people of Kaduna central, we pray that May Allah grant him Aljanna Firdausi.Amin.”

APC’s Gboyega Oyetola sworn-in as new Osun Governor

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The winner of the recent governorship election in Osun State and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gboyega Oyetola has been inaugurated as Governor of the state.

Oyetola officially took over from his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola, in Osogbo, the state capital, after he was sworn-in by the Chief Judge of the state on Tuesday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Oyetola winner of the governorship election in state.

The INEC Returning Officer in the state, Prof. Joseph Adeola Afuwape had announced that Oyetola garnered 255,505 votes to defeat his main rival, Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP, who polled 255,023 votes.

The swearing-in event had in attendance: governors from the South-West, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, the Ooni of Ife, among others.

Champions League: Mourinho tells Man Utd players to stay home if they can’t handle pressure

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has told his under-achieving players to “stay at home” if they cannot handle the pressure at Old Trafford.

United is the only team yet to score at home in this season’s Champions League.

Mourinho’s men will however qualify for the knockout stages, if they beat visitors Young Boys on Tuesday and Valencia failed to beat Juventus in Turin.

“If you feel pressure, stay at home – and when I say home, I don’t say stadium home, I say home home and watch on TV.

“If you feel pressure to play matches at home where the people come to support… come on.

“I never felt pressure to play at home,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

Muslim group blows hot over Allah’s land allegedly seized by Fayose

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The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has added its voice to the raging land controversy between the Islamic group, Ahmadiyyah Muslims and former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.

Ahmadiyyah Muslims had staged a massive protest in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, penultimate Saturday against Fayose.

The group, under the leadership of Bashiru Alawode, accused the former Governor of forcefully acquiring its land to build a petrol station for his son.

According to the group, an Ahmadiyyah mosque was built on the land since the early 40’s but they decided to demolish it recently because it was built with old moulded blocks.

The group maintained that the intention was to put up a modern mosque to replace the old one but Fayose allegedly seized the land and started building a petrol station there.

MURIC, in its reaction, described Fayose’s action as tyrannical, totalitarian and immoral.

This was contained in a statement made available to Veloxnews on Tuesday and signed by MURIC’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

The rights group said, “Fayose’s action is shameful. He is a political misnomer and an unmitigated disaster. He has proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is an oppressor without borders.

“How can a whole sitting governor confiscate a piece of land belonging to the Muslim community for personal use? This is oppression of the highest order. Fayose is a selfish demagogue, a political charlatan and a skullduggery primus inter pareil.

“This is a man who pretended that he was a friend of the Ekiti masses. He rode okada in public. He ate roasted corn by the roadside all in an effort to deceive the people that he belonged to the hoi polloi. But the wind has blown now and we have seen the ruff of the hen. Fayose is a shenanigan nulli secundus. Napoleon Bonaparte was right when he said ‘Men are led by toys.’

“Fayose must return Muslim land. Any land on which a mosque is built is Allah’s land. Seizing that land was audacious in the first place and by that action the former governor has only confirmed that he has no fear of God. This man needs to repent or he will face Allah’s wrath.

“He has also proved his pathological hatred for Muslims by commandeering their piece of land. We have always said that Fayose is a Muslim hater. Are we not vindicated now? Why should he seize mosque land of all the landed properties in Ekiti State? Why Muslim land? The same Fayose went on a demolition spree of mosques in the state when he was governor. The same Fayose refused to give Muslims in the state any political appointment. He was widely known for his extremely lopsided political appointments: an all-Christian cabinet and all-Christian board members and chairmen. It was impunity ad infinitum. Fayose has left a pitiable legacy of endogamy.

“Muslims in Ekiti State must realize that rights are never given on a platter of gold. You struggle for it. Dare to struggle, dare to win. There is no gain without pain. No people ever overcome their downpressors without struggle. American blacks went through that experience. South Africans regained their land through struggle.

“The travails and eventual victory of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Martin Luther King Jnr, Nelson Mandela, Haile Selassie, Thomas Sankara, Patrice Lumumba, Agostinho Neto, Samora Machel and other icons of civil liberty, black struggle and African revolution bear eloquent testimonies to this assertion. Ekiti Muslims must therefore rise as one to give Fayose sleepless nights. The demonstration which started last week must not stop although it must always be peaceful.

“Muslims must visit Fayose’s private residence in Ado Ekiti with placards on a regular basis particularly on Fridays. They must march on Fayose’s house straight from the Jum’ah prayer on Fridays. Taunt Fayose with Bandiri drums. Let Alasalatu women surround his house chanting Islamic ditties (waka). Occupy his street until he surrenders the land. They must repeat the same thing every Salah day as they return from Id al-Fitr and Id al-Kabiir prayers. Like Macbeth, Fayose has murdered sleep. He shall sleep no more. Our people say ‘he who steals a poor man’s chicken has offended the most garrulous story-teller’.”

MURIC appealed to the current Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to intervene in the matter.

“The current governor is a gentleman to the core. We are appealing to him for redress and we hope he will placate Ekiti Muslims, not only on the matter of Ahmadiyyah land seized by the tyrant but also on the issue of political appointments,” the Muslim group said.

Obasanjo reveals what Nigerians should be worried about

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A former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Nigerians need to worry about the country’s changing demography driven by rapid growth in population coupled with a stagnant and in some cases retrogressing agricultural productivity.

Obasanjo stated this at the just-concluded Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum (NZHF) in Sokoto State.

He noted that “by 2050, the country’s population would be over 400 million, and the increase in population would put pressure on food systems as more people would require food to eat for survival.”

According to him, “Nigeria should begin to think and proffer solutions to this coming challenge that the country would be faced with in no distant future.”

The former president’s position was reechoed by the former governor of Adamawa State, Alh. Murtala Nyako, who canvassed greater youth involvement in agriculture.

Nyako underscored the importance of nutrition to the peace and security of the nation, stressing that a well-nourished population is calmer than one that is not.

He added that the restiveness being experienced across the nation is correlated to poor nutrition among children who end up stunted with low intelligence quotient.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Mahammadu Sa’ad Abubakar commended the Nigeria Zero Hunger initiative, and lauded Obasanjo for taking the driver seat to move the initiative forward.

The Sultan, who is the spiritual head of Muslims in Nigeria, called on the Federal and State governments to fund agricultural research and extensions services.

Dr Kenton Dashiell, Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Delivery at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) said the task of ending hunger requires partnerships and collaboration among all actors in the agriculture value chain.

Dashiell, while reading the communique which was released on Monday, disclosed that the participating states: Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Ogun, Sokoto and Kebbi, of the zero hunger forum were on track, and have made progress towards the attainment of zero hunger.

While commending the efforts of Sokoto state, especially in agriculture financing, Dashiell said Sokoto and Kebbi were among the few states in Nigeria that had met the Maputo Declaration of allocating 10 percent of annual budgets to agriculture.

Efforts by Sokoto state to tackle malnutrition were also appreciated especially the investment in the Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) towards addressing malnutrition in children.

The communique noted that addressing malnutrition is key for Sokoto state. In this context, the government was advised to partner with the private sector in the establishment of food manufacturing industries that would produce Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) using local materials and targeting children.

It was also agreed that awareness on breast feeding should be intensified and that women should be supported in nutrition-enhancing enterprises that would provide nutritious food options to the population and at the same time serve as income generating activities for women.

Diamond Bank introduces XclusivePLUS, highlights benefits to customers

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In its quest to go beyond banking in serving its customers better and impacting on their lives, Diamond Bank has introduced a premium lifestyle subscription service for its Affluent banking customers called XclusivePlus.

Speaking on the XclusivePlus Proposition, Kari Tukur, Head, Consumer Banking, Diamond bank Plc. Said “we have seen a rise in customer spend in the past few years for luxury travel, luxury experiences and luxury products among the emerging affluent client segment. Our proposition is well positioned to further enhance their lifestyle and provide them with the most satisfying rewards.”

She went on further to explain. “XclusivePlus membership comes with an automatic card upgrade to the Diamond Visa signature naira debit card. Diamond Bank is the first bank in Nigeria to go to market with this card. This is a naira card with higher spend limits and enabled for international spend. With this card, our customer will enjoy lots of world class travel and lifestyle benefits such as free access to over 800 Premium airport lounges globally, great discounts and VIP treatment at luxury hotels around the world, free travel insurance cover for them and their family for medical emergencies, lost luggage, flight cancellation and much more anytime they travel. This insurance is also valid for foreign visa applications.”

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Atiku, PDP dancing on graves of soldiers killed by Boko Haram – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his party, are dancing on the graves of fallen soldiers.

Atiku had commented on the death of soldiers to Boko Haram attacks, while his party (the PDP) alleged that the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, diverted funds for the military to the APC campaign.

But in a statement on Tuesday, APC’s spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the comment of the PDP is “callous and insensitive to the families and dependants” of the late soldiers.

“The allegations by the PDP that military funds have been diverted to finance the 2019 election campaigns of the APC is a sad reminder of the evil and retrogressive practices the PDP was notorious for during its defunct rule.

“God forbid that the APC inherits and apply such morbid practice as brazenly displayed during the immediate past PDP administration where funds allocated to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east were shared among PDP leaders and their cronies.

“It is clear that the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar have decided to dance on the graves of our valiant and patriotic soldiers by politicising their deaths in the recent Boko Haram attack on the Nigerian army Metele base.

“The PDP and Atiku are playing desperate politics where even the blood of our fallen heroes is fair game. Their actions are callous and insensitive to the families and dependants of the late soldiers and indeed our military which battles daily to ensure our territorial integrity.

“Nigerians see through PDP’s ploy to score political points as elections approach and it will surely backfire. While the APC mourns the death of our military and other security personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty, we urge them to remain focussed on the brave task of securing the nation.

“The President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration remains solidly committed to bringing lasting peace and security to all parts of the country and ensuring that previously displaced persons are rehabilitated to resume their normal and productive lives,” Issa-Onilu said.

Last week, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) faction of Boko Haram attacked 157 task force battalion of the Nigerian army in Metele, Borno, killing about 100 soldiers.

Five dead, two injured along Sagamu/Abeokuta expressway

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Five persons were confirmed dead on Tuesday while two others sustained injuries in an accident involving a Subaru car and a Honda bus at Orile Imo area along the Sagamu/Abeokuta expressway.

Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in Ogun, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta.

Akinbiyi stated that the accident was caused by over-speeding which made the driver of the Honda bus with registration number EKY 365 FB to lose control.

The TRACE spokesman said the driver veered into the other lane and collided with the Subaru car with registration number KTU 246 AT inbound Abeokuta.

He added that seven males were involved in the accident, saying that five of them died while two others sustained injuries.

“The accident happened around 7:15 am. The Honda was coming from Abeokuta, lost control, veered into the other lane and collided with the Subaru car which was going toward Abeokuta.

“Three people were initially injured and four died instantly. However, a post-crash report indicates that another of the injured victims has also died bringing the number of the dead to five and two injured,’’ he said.

Akinbiyi disclosed that the corpses of the dead have been deposited at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) morgue, while the injured were receiving treatment at the same hospital.

He further urged motorists and other road users to be cautious and ensure that their vehicles were in good condition before embarking on any journey.