Photo: Atiku Wept At his Campaign Headquarters

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar Friday wept at his Presidential Campaign Office shortly after obtaining his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headquarters in Abuja.

Support Groups Obtain PDP Presidential Nomination Form For Atiku

The support groups of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Friday bought for him the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms for the 2019 presidential election.
The group led by Princess Adekemi-Adesanya Eboda, National President and Global Coordinator for Women and Youth Support for Atiku (WAYS) presented the forms to Abubakar at his campaign office in Abuja.
The coordinator said they resolved to tax themselves to raise the funds for the forms as expression of their commitment to support Atiku in his presidential bid.
Eboda said that Nigerians, especially women were looking up to Abubakar to rescue the country.
“I speak the voice of millions of mothers in Nigeria who bear the brunt of the gale of jobs losses in the country.
“I speak on behalf of women of this country urging you to rescue Nigeria from this current bad situation.
“To show you that we are solidly behind you, we have chosen to purchase your nomination form and expression of interest form from the PDP to contest for president in 2019 and we shall give you all of our support,” she said.
A leader of one of the groups, Mr Edwin Adai on behalf of all the groups, presented the forms to

At NIPEX 2018, Nigeria printers condemn printing of election materials abroad

By Eniola Daniel
National President, Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Workers (NUPPPPROW), Comrade John Ushie, has called on the Federal Government to consider giving the jobs of printing election materials and other paper works to indigenous operators.
NIPEX 2018
    Ushie said this move will boast the Nigerian economy and reduce the rate of unemployment in the country. He made the call at the ongoing Nigeria International Print Expo at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos with the theme; Print Business: Innovation & Profitability.
   According to him, “Printing of ballot papers and other election materials outside Nigeria is totally condemnable. We condemn it in its entirety: there is no way we can have a country like Nigeria where we have capable hands but rather snub them and take the job of printing outside the country. We have the capacity, and that's why we are advocating that for those who are coming up must be empowered. The irony of it is that only small amount is taxed on materials printed outside the country and more taxes on printing materials imported into the country
  On innovations in the print industry, he said, “today, printing is easier. We could sit by our system,  process our work and send them for printing. Our major challenge in this part of the world is finance: we want this profession to move forward that is why we are meeting with all the stakeholders and we are happy that the Bank of Industry (BOI) has come in and with the effort of the organiser of this

“I Have What It Takes To Secure Inclusive Growth For Nigeria And Nigerians’, Says Saraki As He Declares For President

Saraki during his visit to ex president Goodluck Jonathan
Nigeria Senate President , Dr. Bukola Saraki on Thursday officially declared his intent to run for president in the 2019 general elections.
  He said, “I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and Nigerians,” Saraki said in a meeting with young political aspirants in Abuja.
Saraki, who political pundits predict the battle for the PDP presidential ticket to be firce between him(Saraki), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who also defected from the APC last year and former Kano state governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, who on Wednesday declared his ambition in Abuja.
   “I am consulting and actively considering it,” Saraki told Bloomberg News.
On Wednesday, Saraki met with the erstwhile Nigeria president, Goodluck Jonathan and has also paid courtesy visits to former military presidents Ibrahim Babangida, Olusegun Obasanjo amongst other notable politicians across the country since his defection. He said’

Blood Flows In Plateau Again, 8 Killed, 95 Houses Burnt As Gunmen Invade Communities

The Plateau Police Command has confirmed the death of not less than 8 persons in the state in a latest attack by Fulani herdsmen
 The State Commissioner of Police,  Undie Adie confirmed that eight people were killed by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in Abonong and Zayit villages of Foron District of Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Matthias Tyopev Terna, said three people were injured and 95 houses burnt during the attack.
“On the 28/08/2018, at about 2000hrs, the Plateau State Police Command, Jos, received an information that some communities in Foron District of Barkin Ladi LGA namely; Abonong and Zayit were under attack by unknown gunmen.
“The command quickly mobilised to the communities and while the police were approaching the areas, the attackers sighted them from a far and ran away from the scene of crime.
“As a result of the attack, eight persons lost their lives, three people were injured, 95 houses were burnt and 310 cattle were stolen.”
In a related development, the military said its troops have ‘neutralised” four Boko Haram in an ambush in the central part of Borno State, while attempting to clear the highway of explosives. The

Hope For PIB Passage Dashed As Buhari Withholds Assent To 17-Year Old Bill

• Says PIGB shrinks presidential powers over oil sector
• Experts differ on legislation, OPEC membership
President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld assent to the Petroleum Industrial Governance Bill (PIGB). The decision is coming after 17 years of rigorous consultations and legislative hassles on the document.
Sources told The Guardian yesterday that Buhari hinged his action on the argument that the bill reduces the president’s control of an industry that contributes the largest chunk to the national economy.
“The president said those he contacted among his ministers, especially the attorney general and minister of justice, claimed that presidential powers have been passed to a technocrat who might undermine the interest of the president.”
In the works for almost two decades, the PIGB has passed through both the House of Representatives and the Senate. In its torturous journey to the president’s table, contributions were taken from industry operators, oil-bearing communities, and all levels of government.
The bill was particularly being championed by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, who described it as the solution to the problems bedeviling the nation’s oil industry.
Originally called Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) when it was presented, it was whittled down to accommodate all the variables against its passage before it received the nod of the House of Representatives as PIGB in January this year. The House and Senate versions were harmonised on

Ronaldo Claims Almost 200,000 of the 346,915 Votes To Win 2018 UEFA Goal Of The Season Award

Ex Real Madrid star and Portugal forward, Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead kick for Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final clash with Juventus has been voted UEFA’s Goal of the Season for 2018.
Ronaldo’s effort in the first leg of the last-eight encounter in Turin helped Real to establish a 3-0 lead over Juventus.
They were to see that lead whittled away on home soil, but ultimately prevailed courtesy of another timely effort from a talismanic presence – with Ronaldo netting a dramatic penalty at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He would go on to help the Blancos conquer Europe for a third year in succession, landing him a fifth continental crown, while also finishing as the Champions League’s top scorer.
Ronaldo can now also boast a first UEFA Goal of the Season award, with his strike against Juve claiming almost 200,000 of the 346,915 votes cast on the official website of European football’s governing body.
That haul saw him finish well clear of Marseille star Dimitri Payet in second, with the Frenchman claiming the runner-up spot for his effort in a 5-2 Europa League win over RB Leipzig.
Third place went to Eva Navarro for her goal for Spain in their Women’s U17 EURO final victory against Germany.
Ronaldo is just the third player to scoop the top prize, which was first handed out in 2015.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi took the award in its first two seasons, before the baton was passed to Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in 2017.

Buhari Orders Police To Seal Eagles Square Ahead Of Kwankwaso’s Declaration

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has allege that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Police to seal the Eagles Square, venue of tomorrow’s declaration of Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso for President.
Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, National Spokesperson of the coalition, called on the Nigerian Media, International Community and the general public to stand up against this latest culture of intimidation and impunity.
He said in a statement forwarded to that, “The attempt to block the venue of the declaration billed to hold at the Eagle Square shall be resisted as the venue was fully paid and approved for the event.
“The constant attack on key opposition leaders and the use of state force against opposition aspirants cannot stop us from serving Buhari his well deserved electoral defeat come 2019.”

Buhari Is So Lifeless, I Regret Meeting Him, Says Trump

Trump To Meet Kenya President In White House
U.S based  world’s leading global business publication, Financial Times said US president, Donald Trump described his April meeting with Nigeria president, Muhammadu Buhari as ‘so lifeless’ in an article titled ‘Africa looks for something new out of Trump’ as Kenya president visits the White House.

Trump met Buhari on April 30 at Washington as the two leaders discussed issues including “fighting terrorism” and economic growth.
Buhari was the first sub-Saharan African leader to visit Trump at the White House for a bilateral talk that touched on security, economy, trade, investment and governance.
The Financial Times in its latest article claimed that the meeting ended with Trump warning his aides that he never wanted to meet someone so lifeless again.
“The first meeting, with Nigeria’s ailing 75-year-old Muhammadu Buhari in April, ended with the US president telling aides he never wanted to meet someone so lifeless again, according to three people familiar with the matter,” the newspaper claimed.
The US President will welcome Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta to the White House on Monday

Dreams Die Here', Yul Edochie Tags Nigeria 'Dreams Killer'

Governorship contestant in the last Anambra State Gubernatorial poll, Yul Edochie has come for the Nigerian government for killing dreams and aspirations in the country as a result of the decay in the system.
The actor cum politician made his disappointments known via his Twitter page on Sunday, August 26, 2018. He gave a brief story of his friend who worked in Nigeria for years as a doctor without making money but became rich after his short move abroad.
"My friend hustled as a practicing medical doctor for over 10yrs in Nigeria with nothing much to show for it. He left Nigeria last yr to practice abroad, came back one yr after, got married, boughts lands, building his house and happy. Dreams die here. We can't continue like this," he tweeted.
 We might be wrong but amassing so much wealth under one year abroad sounds too good to be true but we kind of understand the point Yul is trying to make. Yul Edochie who ventured into politics about a year ago was recently made the Senior Special Assistant to the governor of Anambra state on creative and Entertainment Media.
Yul Edochie is now the Senior Special Assistant to the governor of Anambra state on creative and entertainment media.

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