Luka Modric Ends Ronaldo, Messi Dominance, Win FIFA Best Player Award

Real Madric midfielder, Luka Modric has won this year FIFA best player award ahead of Liverpool player, Mohamed Salah and former club teammate and Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo in the world this year by FIFA at the ceremony held in London on Monday night, after a voting process involving fans, national team coaches and captains and journalists from across the globe ended.

The indications suggest that Real Madrid midfielder Modric is the favourite, having also won the World Cup's Golden Ball and won UEFA's Player of the Year award.

The absence of Cristiano Ronaldo from the gala had served to further fuel the speculation that Modric will win the personal award for his stellar performance for his club Real Madrid and the Croatia national team.

With no Cristiano in London, the bets are on Luka Modric having won the Champions League with Real Madrid and reached the World Cup final with Croatia, only to be beaten despite his spectacular performances.

The Best Coach award will be blue, with Didier Deschamps likely to be the victor following World Cup victory, though there is also competition from Zinedine Zidane to retain his crown or Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic.

The best goalkeeper award was won by Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, while Kasper Schmeichel and Hugo Lloris lose out.

In the women's category, Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan could not end the dominance of Brazil player Orlando Pride's Marta for the crown,

In the final category, for best support went to the fans of Peru, while Chilean side Sebastican Carrera and then national team fans of Japan and Senegal together could not get award

Bride Price Is Purely Commercial And We Should Get Rid Of It– Chimamanda Adichie

Nigerian novelist, writer of short stories, and nonfiction, Chimamanda Adichie has said she is not a fan of bride price and wants it to be gotten ridden of.

Adichie said this in an evening programme with some young Nigerians in Lagos on Sunday, that focused on their work and talk on bride price and why she finds its commercialism.

According to her, her dad didn’t receive any bride price during her wedding, he just collected 10kobo to make it symbolic.

She also revealed she is not a fan of bride price because it ruins things. She said;

“I am not a fan of bride price. I think we should get rid of the whole idea of money in marriage, it ruins things. We are not selling anybody”.

Chimamanda Adichie who is currently in Nigeria, has revealed that her bestselling book ‘Americanah’ will be adapted into a series, not a movie.

According to the author, Danai Gurira is writing the script for the series which will also feature Lupita Nyong’o as part of its cast.

Chimamanda Adichie also told those present that it is wrong to use feminism as an excuse to insult a man.

Don't Vote For Our Brother, Warn Six Siblings Of US Lawmaker

Six siblings of a Republican congressman from Arizona, Paul Gosar, seeking re-election in November's midterms have publicly endorsed his Democratic opponent - ensuring an awkward Thanksgiving family dinner this year.

Gosar, who was first elected into the Congress in 2011 with the backing of the populist Tea Party movement and is known for his hardline views on immigration, is odds-on favorite to retain his seat in the rural, conservative state when he faces Democrat David Brill this fall.

But that hasn't stopped six of his nine brothers and sisters from featuring in a series of videos released Friday for the Brill campaign, drawing surprised and bemused reactions as the family feud plays out across national media.

In one of the ads, entitled: "Paul Gosar Is Not Working For You," the siblings are introduced by only their first name and profession as they take turns to lay out the case against him.

"If (Arizona voters) care about healthcare, they care about their children's healthcare, they would hold him to account," says physician Grace.

Lawyer David adds: "He's not listening to you, he doesn't have your interests at heart."

Their last names and identities are finally disclosed in a "reveal" toward the end, before candidate Brill closes out the video to say he approved the message.

In a second video, called "A Family Defends Its Honor," the siblings say that speaking up against their brother is personally difficult, but they feel compelled to stand up for what is right.

The congressman hit back on Twitter on Saturday, comparing his siblings to slavish supporters of Soviet despot Joseph Stalin.

- Mom's favorite? -

"My siblings who chose to film ads against me are all liberal Democrats who hate President (Donald) Trump," he wrote.

"These disgruntled Hillary supporters are related by blood to me but like leftists everywhere, they put political ideology before family. Stalin would be proud."

In another tweet, he complained: "We all have crazy aunts and relatives etc and my family is no different," before adding: "To the six angry Democrat Gosars—see you at Mom and Dad's house!"

He also approvingly shared a New York Times report that quoted his 85-year-old mother Bernadette Gosar saying she believes in "the same philosophy and policies that Paul does," leading the congressman to gloat: "I guess I really am Mom's favorite!"

It is not the first time the Gosar family's political disagreements have spilled out in the open.

Last year, seven of the siblings wrote a stinging letter to the Daily Miner, a local Arizona newspaper, after Gosar suggested the white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville was orchestrated by George Soros, a liberal billionaire and backer of progressive causes.

Gosar also made headlines earlier this year when he called on police and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to check the immigration status of protesters attending President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in January.

Democrats are hoping for a strong showing in the November 6 vote, when all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs, along with 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and more than 30 gubernatorial spots.

Republicans currently hold majorities in both the House and the Senate. Democrats are hoping that a "blue wave" will propel them to victory in the House, and the latest polls give them a good chance of doing so.

Gosar, however, can probably rest easy: political forecasting site FiveThirtyEight currently gives his opponent a less than one percent chance of an upset victory.

Osun Election Was Conclusive, Insists Former INEC Chairman

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof. Maurice Iwu, has faulted the declaration of the Osun governorship election held on September 22 as inconclusive.

Iwu, who was the INEC boss from June 2005 to April 2010, spoke on Sunday following the declaration due to vote difference by the Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Joseph Afuwape.

He said, “In 2010 during the review of INEC’s Elections’ Manual, my committee and I as the chair, invented the inconclusive elections outcomes, particularly where elections did not hold for one reason or the other.

“However, we the initiators of the inconclusive elections realised that our proposal was against the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended), particularly the presidential and the governorship elections and returns.

“Our proposals could be applied only in senatorial, House of Representatives, and state assembly elections and returns, for which the Constitution did not specify how these returns should be made.

“In this, what is required by the Constitution is that the ‘first past the post’ and/or that the candidate must have the polled majority of the votes cast.

“Secondly, that the candidate in addition to it, must obtain 25 per cent of the total votes cast in two-thirds of the LGAs of the state in question or of the states in case of presidential election. The electoral act or INEC guidelines cannot supersede the constitutional provisions for that purpose.

“As the constitution has clearly spelt out the manner and how a return should be made in the cases of governorship or presidential election returns.

“Now that the abuse of this tool is becoming obvious, the beneficiaries of this anomaly have refused to listen or adjust accordingly.

“God will surely help us.”

Cristiano Ronaldo Gathers Most Likse On Instagram Post Of All Time”

An Instagram that Juventus and Portugal player, Cristiano Ronaldo posted of his newborn baby with his current girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez has officially taken the coveted title of most-liked Instagram, with more than 14 million likes on Instagram.
Ronaldo spent nine seasons in Ream Madrid and won Four Ballon Dór before joining the Old Ladies
In February 7, 2018, the title of most-liked photo on Instagram went to Kylie Jenner in a photo posted of her newborn baby girl Stormi

  While Kylie Jenner and Stormi’s post takes the number spot, his post appears four times on the list. Others included are Justin Beiber, XXXTentacion, Ariana Grande and Mac Miller.

Tiger Woods Returns To Full Prominence After Winning First Trophy In Five-Year

All year, Tiger Woods knocked. Tournament after tournament, the 14-time major champion contended for titles. Back in March, he finished tied for second and tied for fifth at the Valspar and Arnold Palmer Invitational, respectively. 

On the final day of the British Open in July, Woods ascended to the top of the leaderboard before a few hiccups cost him. At the PGA Championship in August, he thrilled in the final round, soaring up the standings despite driving the ball inconsistently. He finished second. Sunday ratings for the season’s last major jumped 69%.
 All that was left was the victory.
On Sunday September, 23, 2018, at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, it came in what was once typical Tiger fashion. His sizzling start on Saturday — six birdies in the first seven holes — gave him a cushion; he entered the final round with a three-shot lead. Dressed in his Sunday red, victory red, Woods struck the fairways he needed. Almost everything went his way. On the 15th hole, his tee shot landed to the right of a

Ras Kimono’s Wife Efe, Dies Three Months After Music Legend’s Demise

The wife of late reggae icon Ras Kimono, Efe Mena Okedi is dead.

Okedi died in the early hours of Sunday at her residence in Magodo Isheri, Lagos.
Her death was confirmed by Michael Odiong, project manager at Premier Music.

Okedi was also Kimono’s manager and a member of his band while he was alive.

Her death comes three months after the ‘Rhumba Stylee’ singer died on June 10 in a Lagos hospital.

Okedi was the third wife of the music legend.

Okedi, who worked as a nurse in the U.S once described Kimono as “the most gentle and kind Rastaman I know”.

Following his demise, she took to Instagram to mourn him, writing, “It’s 2 weeks today that you passed, feels like yesterday. Rest on my lion, missing you”.

She survived by her son, Onome.

Breaking: INEC Declares Osun Election inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Saturday’s September 22, 2018 Osun State governorship election “inconclusive”.

Announcing the results on Sunday afternoon, INEC’s Returning Officer, Joseph Afuwape, said Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled254,699, while his closest challenger, Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had 254,345 votes.
Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) polled 128,049 votes to place a distant third.

However, Afuwape said that since the difference between the two leading parties was just 353 votes but the number of cancelled votes was 3,5498, no winner had emerged.

“Unfortunately, as the Returning Officer, it is not possible to declare any party as winner,” he said.

RE-RUN Election between the two leading candidates to hold on Thursday 27th Sept, 2018

He urged party agents to wait for a few minutes to get the date for a rerun

 Areas for the rerun polls...
 Orolu LGA: 942 votes cancelled
 Ife South LGA: 547 Votes cancelled
 Ife North LGA: 337 votes cancelled
 Osogbo LGA : 884 votes cancelled
Total Votes Cancelled: 3,498

APC In Vote Buying In Osun Despite INEC Threat

This is really sad for Nigeria, the @OfficialAPCNg has resulted to vote buying in #OsunState. This is an insult to our democracy & a total disgrace to @MBuhari .. I urge the good people of Osun to rise above this & vote for their future

Osun Decides: 435,015 Pvcs Yet To Be Collected, Says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Friday in Osogbo, Osun State capital that 435,015 registered voters in Osun are yet to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

The Resident Electoral Commissioner Mr Olusegun Agbaje, who made this known at a press conference that as at Wednesday when collection of the cards for the election ended, the 435,015 refused to show up for the collection.

The commissioner, who said 1,682,495 voters were registered, warned that those who had yet to collect their PVCs would not be allowed to vote.

He gave an assurance that the uncollected PVCs were safe in the commission’s custody, adding that a credible election would hold on Saturday.

Agbaje also warned against vote selling and buying, saying those caught risk imprisonment of one year or N500,000 fine.

He also said those caught violating the secrecy of their votes may be jailed for six months or fined N100,000 or both.


Three Months After, Stella Oduah Dumps APGA, Returns To PDP

The Senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah has returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Oduah had defected to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in June.

In a statement released by her media office on Friday, the former Aviation Minister said she discovered that APGA’s ideology was a mirage. “I thought APGA had sound ideological leanings native to Igboland”.

The statement reads: “Politics has always been about ideology and delivering service to the people for me, because I believe leadership is all about solving problems.

“Political platforms must afford members unfettered opportunity to participate in the electoral process and to solve the problems of their community, constituency and state.

“I joined APGA because I thought it had sound ideological leanings native to Igboland. But my ideological expectations were a mirage. I discovered that internal democracy, which will guarantee justice, fairness and equity, was also not in practice in the party.

She added “After due consultations and with respect to my religious beliefs, I announce that PDP remains the vehicle through which I will keep fulfilling my mandate to the people of Anambra North.”

Another Buhari’s Minister Exposed For Skipping NYSC

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, failed to participate in the NYSC scheme despite graduating from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) at age 25, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.

The revelation about Mr. Shittu, who is currently angling to become Oyo State governor, is coming to light about a week after Kemi Adeosun was compelled to step down from her post as Nigeria’s finance minister after this medium reported that she skipped national service and then procured a fake exemption certificate to cover her tracks.

Months of discreet checks at the NYSC headquarters showed that the communications minister did not present himself for service after graduation and is yet to do so till date.

Contacted Tuesday, Mr. Shittu admitted that he did not serve but claimed he thought his first political post after graduation could suffice as national service, a claim lawyers and NYSC insiders consider as ludicrous and untenable.

Skipping the compulsory national service is an offence under the NYSC law, punishable with up to 12 months imprisonment.

Employers are mandated by law to always request NYSC certificate of national service from employees as part of the conditions for hiring.

Mr Shittu, born on March 23, 1953, studied law at Ife, graduating in 1978. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, qualifying as a lawyer in 1979.

Having earned a bachelors degree at the age of 25, Section 2 of the NYSC Act expects Mr Shittu to have participated in the year-long national service.

The Minister speaks 
Adebayo Shittu
Section 2 (1) of the NYSC Act mandates all Nigerians who earn degrees or higher national diplomas from tertiary institutions in Nigerian and abroad (effective 1972/73 session) to participate in the scheme.

Those exempted by the law are those who graduated after their 30th birthday, persons with national honours and individuals who serve in the military and intelligence organisations.

Rather than enlist in the national service, Mr Shittu went into politics after graduation, and was, in 1979, elected member of the Oyo State House of Assembly.

The minister said he believed that having been elected lawmaker, he needed not participate in the national service.

He said he deliberatively skipped the NYSC scheme because he was convinced that his membership of the state assembly was itself a “service”.

“The constitution provides for the qualification needed for state assembly members, NYSC is not there,” Mr. Shittu said. “I didn’t need it to become a member of the state assembly, and that is already a service,” he said.

Mr Shittu disagreed with our reporter who laboured to explain to him that the NYSC Act makes participation in the scheme mandatory for all graduates like him and that election or appointment to political office does not qualify as a basis for exemption.

What the Law Says

Mr Shittu’s argument does not appear convincing when placed against the letters of the NYSC law.

Section 2, subsection 1 of the Act makes it obligatory for “every Nigerian” who graduate at the end of academic year 1972-73 and subsequent years, “to make himself available for service for a continuous period of one year from the date specified in the call-up instrument served upon him”.

Subsection 2 of the same section enumerated instances of exemption from the national service, which did not include holding political office, as Mr Shittu claimed.

The four categories of individuals exempted from the national service, according to the NYSC law, are those who graduated above the age of thirty, and those who have served in the armed forces or the Nigeria Police for a period of more than nine months.

The third category covers staff of four security organisations, namely the Nigerian Security Organisation, the State Security Service, the National Intelligence Agency and the Defence Intelligence Service.

Exemption status is also conferred on individuals who bagged national honours before graduation.


Despite not possessing certificate of national service, Mr Shittu went on from being a state lawmaker, to occupying important government positions, including his current post as minister.

Mr Shittu is a former attorney general and commissioner for justice in his native Oyo State. He also served as member of the Oyo State Judicial Service Commission from 2004 to 2007.

In 2005, he was nominated minister by President Buhari, and later assigned the communications portfolio upon legislative screening.

It is not clear how he scaled screenings by the Oyo State House of Assembly, the SSS, and the National Assembly, who are all expected to screen commissioner and ministerial nominees before their appointment.

Mr Shittu is now aspiring for governorship of Oyo State.

Section 12 of the NYSC Act mandates all employers to demand the national service certificate of prospective employees before hiring.

Section 12 of the Act reads:

“For the purposes of employment anywhere in the Federation and before employment, it shall be the duty of every prospective employer to demand and obtained from any person who claims to have obtained his first degree at the end of the academic year 1973-74 or, as the case may be, at the end of any subsequent academic year the following:-

a. a copy of the Certificate of National Service of such person issued pursuant to section 11 of this Decree

b. a copy of any exemption certificate issued to such person pursuant to section 17 of this Decree

c. such other particulars relevant there to as may be prescribed by or under this Decree.”

Section 13 of the Act also criminalises skipping the national service as it prescribes 12 months imprisonment or fine of N2,000 or both, for such offenders.

Lawyer speaks

Lawyers who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES said the minister is in the breach of the NYSC law for skipping the national service.

“His membership of the state assembly is not the same as national service,” said Huwaila Mohammed, a Kano-based practitioner. “He needs to serve, because the section of the law dealing with exemption did not include political office holders like him.”

Another lawyer, Abdul Mahmud, agreed with Ms Mohammed’s position, saying the minister “is a dodger who is in breach of the law”.

He said by the provision of Section 12 of the NYSC Act, Mr Shittu ought to have presented his certificate of national service before he was cleared as minister.

“The provision is clear,” Mr. Mahmud said. “It says (you must serve) before you get any job in the federation.”

Mr Mahmud, who chairs the Abuja-based pressure group, Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL), said Mr Shittu’s “case is worse than that of Kemi Adeosun because he deliberately refused to serve”.

“If we assume as a member of the Oyo House he (Mr Shittu) served, did it not defeat objective 4 (b) stated in Section 1 (4) (b) of the NYSC Act? Members serve in states other than their own,” he said.

The lawyer said Mr Shittu should be arrested immediately by the police and made to face the law.

All positions he has held are illegal and he should return all monies he earned from those posts to government coffers.

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